Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/12/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

NFL teams are forced to cram as much as possible into the truncated offseason program under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and the Giants kicked off their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday by starting to install their schemes, going through workouts and then working on corrections.

"It will be an interesting three days," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We have had four days off so we have to get in gear again with what we have been doing here. Practices won't be any different to the naked eye. We are very, very cautious in terms of no one is going to be out of control.

"And we will take good care of each other in terms of how we use our hands and our feet. No shoulders, no helmets, nothing in the nature of trying to have any kind of shoulder exposure whatsoever. So it will be a good couple of days."

The veterans will wrap up their part of the offseason program Thursday while the rookies will have an opportunity to stick around longer. Coughlin said the staff has been able to form some opinions on the young players to date, but it will really take until training camp and preseason games to make final decisions.

One area of concern is at tight end, where free agent Martellus Bennett has been limited this offseason and Jake Ballard was waived after failing a physical as part of his rehab process from knee surgery. Travis Beckum, also recovering from knee surgery, has a "reasonable" chance to be ready in time for the season, according to Coughlin.

There is a chance Ballard could return in 2013 if he's able to recover full from the knee injury.

On-hand for the minicamp is offensive guard David Diehl, who was released from jail Monday following a DWI arrest in which his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

"David is very remorseful. He is a very proud young man, as you know," Coughlin said. "He is very sorry for what happened. He has been an exemplary citizen for this organization. I think that he understands it completely and as I said, he recognizes and he is going to be a very, very good spokesperson for trying to help young people understand that his mistake could be avoided in whatever way possible."

Coming off a Super Bowl title, Coughlin is still pounding home the mantra of "improvement" as his team tries to take advantage of the final days of the offseason program.

"Improve on a daily basis, recognize the mission, and understand how important this little phase is right here," he said. "And then we will have a solid message for them because I do feel it is a much different five weeks between now and when we go to camp. And maybe perhaps we have had another time before of the shortness of the current offseason program.

"There is some work that has to be accomplished in the offseason."

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