(CBSNewYork) – NFL training camps are notoriously tough, especially for veteran players who have gone through them every year they’ve been in the league. The rigors of conditioning, practices and replacing the pads may cause vets to rethink their decision to return. For the Giants, this has now happened three times in the week since the start of camp.
Offensive line veteran Zach Fulton told the team he decided to retire on Thursday night, according to multiple reports. Fulton becomes the third player this week to make the decision after offensive lineman Joe Looney and linebacker Todd Davis.
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The giants are going to run out of gold watches. Another veterinarian has retired. This time, it was OL Zach Fulton who informed the team of his decision last night. Fulton joins Todd Davis, Joe Looney and Kelvin Benjamin as the guys who hooked them up so far in training camp.
– Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) August 6, 2021
That list includes Kelvin Benjamin if you include the entire offseason so far. According to Mike Garafolo, the reason Fulton, 29, was the same as Looney, his body just couldn’t take the strain.
I spoke to a source about it and was told it was the same for Zach Fulton and Joe Looney. The mind was ready but the body was not. https://t.co/I5nPgIGjQs
– Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 6, 2021
It’s not unusual for players to retire from training camp, but the trend has been odd for the Giants this week with three veterans all deciding to hang up within days of each other.
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That’s not to say the Giants did anything unusual or wrong that led to those decisions, and several reporters have said that people they spoke to said the problem was physical for Looney and Fulton, not with the organization.
It’s easy to wonder if there is a bigger problem after three Giants players (Todd Davis, Joe Looney and Zach Fulton) recently retired during training camp.
“There is absolutely nothing there. The Giants have been great,” a source close to a retired player said this morning.
– Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 6, 2021
Understand why the three retirements will be lumped together in looking for a trend with the Giants, but I know Joe Looney didn’t think his body would hold up like it needed to, and he didn’t want to follow coaches and keep busy. another place. https://t.co/UPv4njLipM
– Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 6, 2021
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Anyway, a bad start to the camp for the team which also a fight broke out earlier this week it ended with quarterback Daniel Jones at the bottom of a stack of players.