Giants DT Chris Canty, who had offseason surgery on his knee, told PFW Tuesday that he will be ready at the start of training camp.
“I expect to be out there for the first day of camp,” Canty said by phone. “Obviously, I defer to the medical staff of the Giants and whatever they feel is in the best interest of myself and the team.
“Everybody is pleased with the progress.”
Canty, who two weeks ago estimated that his knee was at 80 percent health, missed all of the team’s organized offseason workouts. Despite being hindered down the stretch, Canty had three of his four regular-season sacks in December and played some of his best ball, he said, down the stretch as the Giants ran up towards a Super Bowl title.
“I feel like I just started to get a handle on this 4-3 defense, playing defensive tackle,” said Canty, 29. “It was just a matter of getting into the swing of it. I think the best is yet to come for me.”
The Giants have depth on their defensive line, and even more with the recent re-signing of DT Rocky Bernard, but health is a bit of a worry with a few interior players. Canty’s knee, Shaun Rogers’ elbow and Marvin Austin’s pectoral are three injuries worth monitoring. There have been other reports that Rogers and Austin are overweight and out of shape by the Giants’ standards with training camp in Albany, N.Y. one month away. Canty said he expects everyone to show up ready to go, however.
“We’re expecting everyone to come and be ready to go for July 26,” he said. “The (individual) situations are what they are, but I think the staff has a pretty good handle on where everyone is. I think the guys will be ready.”
In the meanwhile, Canty is getting ready to host the sixth-annual Chris Canty Camp of Champions, an instructional football camp for 300 kids at George Washington High School in New York City. The two-day camp runs from June 28-29 and will help kids ages 8-16 learn better fundamentals in the sport at all levels in a non-contact setting. This is the first year it will be held in New York, which Canty says will help to allow kids who rely on public transportation to attend.
Giants teammates such as Jason Pierre-Paul and Michael Boley, plus other NFL players such as the Jets’ D’Brickashaw Ferguson and the Jaguars’ Eugene Monroe will help at the camp. It is co-sponsored by the United Way and by the Police Athletic League of New York City.
“It’s great to be able to teach the kids about football and do so with safety in mind,” Canty said. “They’re kids of all levels, and they really come to learn. It’s a special day for all of us, and we’re really excited about how big the event has gotten. Every year we have more fun and help kids out.”
For more information, check out the event website at www.chriscantyfoundation.org.