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Giants RB Bradshaw offers advice to rookie
By TOM CANAVAN
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Giants starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw has some advice to first-round draft pick David Wilson:
Drop some of the moves.
Bradshaw said that when he was a rookie, he had a tendency to do a lot of spinning and twisting when he was carrying the ball. He learned his lesson.
"Just with the fresh legs, you feel good and you want to show your talents out there," Bradshaw said Friday. "But everybody knows he's fast and he can make moves. It's just the way he does it, and there are times when it's not even needed."
Bradshaw said Wilson is doing the same thing.
"He kind of does his own thing: juking and doing a lot of different things, putting a lot of torque on his ankles and knees," Bradshaw said. "So we're trying to teach him how to be a professional, and hold back on some of those things. I'm just trying to bring him along with the information we learn and just different things how we learned it as rookies and coming up as young guys."
Bradshaw said this is the healthiest he has felt in a year. He has not missed a practice at training camp. Last season, he was lucky if he practiced once a week because of problems with his feet and ankles.
Giants punter Steve Weatherford took exception to comments by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that his team would kick New York's butts later this season in Dallas.
The Giants (No. 3 in the AP Pro 32) swept the Cowboys last season en route to the Super Bowl title.
"You could let him blow smoke all day," Weatherford said in an interview on WFAN. "I mean, I guess that's the only thing they have to cheer about down there right now. I've got a ring on my finger."
Defensive line coach Robert Nunn was intrigued by Jason Pierre-Paul's recent statement that he is only playing at 50 percent of his potential. The Pro Bowl defensive end, entering his third season, had 16 1/2 sacks in 2011.
"I really do believe there's parts of JPP's game that there is a lot of room for improvement," Nunn said. "Now, I don't know how you put a number on it - 50 percent or what percentage - but he can make a lot of improvement in a lot of areas. And one is his endurance. That's going to be a thing that he's got to work on."
Nunn said Pierre-Paul's understanding of the game has improved and the Giants intend to move him around a little this season.
EXTRA POINTS: Linebacker Keith Rivers had the only interception at practice on Friday. ... The Giants finished practice with the two-minute drill, but David Carr and the second team ran it. It wasn't very good after a quick first-down completion. Ramses Barden dropped a pass on the next set of downs, and the defense held on fourth down with linebacker Mark Herzlich knocking a deflected pass to the ground. ... LB Jacquian Williams missed practice with a hip injury, while starting left tackle Will Beatty was out with back issues. Coach Tom Coughlin was a little concerned with Beatty's back, which has been acting up. ... The Giants open the preseason at Jacksonville on Aug. 10.
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Updated August 3, 2012