Giants S Deon Grant Says Jets "Feel Worn Down"

New York Giants safety Deon Grant tells Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News that the players "are not down" because they haven't done a lot of hitting during training camp.

Grant adds that friends of his on the New York Jets, who the Giants face on Monday night in the new Meadowlands Stadium, are "feeling worn down" by all the hitting they've done during training camp.

Rex Ryan is doling out fines to coaches for running shirtless and using tanning products, so he's unlikely to be pleased to hear that a player is lamenting how physical he's running his training camp.

Earlier this week, the 11th-year safety out of Tennessee was critical of the way Jim Mora ran Seattle Seahawks practices in 2009.

"I wasn’t trying to throw Jim (Mora) under the bus or anything like that," Grant told Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. "I was saying his camp was hard, it was full speed and we were going, and we didn’t’ have those days off."

Grant is competing for the Giants' starting strong safety job. If he can hold off Kenny Phillips, Grant can extend his consecutive starts streak, which currently sits at 144 games, tops among NFL safeties.

If you're looking for possible culprits, Grant and Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis played together in Knoxville, both entered the NFL in 2000, and share the same agent. Grant played with Jets linebacker Lance Laury the last few years in Seattle, but since Laury was same guy using a power tool on his own leg muscles during the premier episode of Hard Knocks, I doubt he'd mind a little hitting in camp.

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