Giants hope to take advantage of first-half schedule

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants began this season by dropping the first two games and not looking very good in the process. But, as fate would have it, the Giants are never as bad as they appear under Tom Coughlin, who never stops striving to improve his team’s play. They’ve won the next two games and looked very good doing it.

“We’re trying like heck to be the best we can be,” said Coughlin. “We’re trying to improve on a weekly basis. We’re trying to do the things we didn’t do in the beginning. We’ve had some takeaways, we’ve had pretty good control of the ball, with the exception of the one the other day. We’ve done some things that worked together as a team, so I’m hoping that continues.”

Last year, the Giants fell out of contention early by losing their first six games. This year, after going 0-2, they needed to win some games to avoid a similar fate.

“Definitely it’s good to get those two wins, get two in a row, get back to even, but we’re still down in the division, so we can’t let off the gas,” QB Eli Manning told reporters on Monday. “We’ve got to keep working to get better each and every week. Another huge game this weekend, so because of our start, they’re all important, they’re all big for us. We’ve got to find a way to win this game.”

And that game would be the one coming up this Sunday against the Atlanta at MetLife Stadium. The Falcons seem to be a perfect opponent for the surging Giants and their suddenly potent offense.

Atlanta may have one best offenses in the league (tied for 1st in yards w/Indianapolis and 2nd in PPG with 32.8) but their defense is near the bottom. They are 28th against the run and 30th vs the pass.

The past two weeks, the Giants’ offense has shredded JJ Watt and Houston and then squashed the 4th ranked Redskins in DC.

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Giants’ scouts, front office featured in NFL Network series

Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, NFL Network will be premiering the first episode in a four-part series called Finding Giants. There will be a new episode every Tuesday through October 21.

The show is a must-see for New York football fans, providing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the front office of the Giants and the process of finding the future stars for the organization (view trailer).

Finding Giants offers an in-depth look at scouting and team building in today’s NFL and shows what it takes to find and draft the best players to fit an organization. Finding Giants will also give fans a unique look at the personal side of working in the NFL as scouts and their wives balance life on the road with family life at home.

Additionally, Finding Giants will show footage inside the Giants’ draft war room during the 2014 NFL Draft, in which the Giants selected such players as Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg and Andre Williams.

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Demps moves up on the depth chart

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants signed safety Quintin Demps this past offseason primarily to be a kick returner and for depth at safety. But sometimes, things take a turn once the season gets underway.

USATSI_8107934_110579513_lowresDemps has been tapped to start over the incumbent, Stevie Brown, at free safety until further notice. Brown, who is returning this season after missing the 2013 campaign with a torn ACL, has played well, but has not shown the ballhawking ability that won him the job back in 2012.

Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked why the change was made.

“Just to try to increase the play that we’re getting in the middle of the field, trying to make sure that we get Stevie (Brown) to be in the best spot he can be in as well,” the coach explained.

Demps responded by playing a solid game vs the Redskins last Thursday. He had seven total tackles with an INT and two passes defended.

“He’s very fast,” Coughlin said of Demps. “He’s a good returner, he catches the ball well, he’s been a veteran in the secondary, he’s played in the secondary.”

It’s been a trying year thus far for the Giants as they try to make all the new parts on their roster fit together.

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Beckham plans on making his debut vs Falcons

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants will not practice today, as it is players’ day off. Yesterday, they were out on the field almost in full force. MLB Jon Beason (foot/toe) did a “little”, LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) was “better” and first round pick, WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hamstring), is closer to making his NFL debut this week.

What does head coach Tom Coughlin have to see from Beckham before that happens?

“There are a lot of things,” said Coughlin. “He has to practice, he has to practice consecutive days, he has to be able to show us that he’s not only strong enough but can endure day after day, so there’s some room here to make some progress and impress everybody.”

Coughlin also said Beckham does not have to be the punt returner to be active for the game.

“No, he doesn’t have to be that to get on the field, no,” the coach said.

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Eli, Beckham working one-on-one

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. have been working in one-on-one sessions to try and get the rookie up to speed, the quarterback said on Monday.

Beckham has barely practiced with the team since being drafted. He’s been sidelined with a hamstring injury since summer OTAs.

“We’ve been doing that a little bit this week – talking concepts, talking signals, talking route conversions,” Manning said of working separately with Beckham. “Little things that pop up, get his mind thinking when he’s sitting down, when he’s in the locker room, when he’s in the meeting room, get him where he’s thinking… kind of having to think through every situation right there so when he gets it out on the field, he’s reacting and not thinking what he should be doing.”

Manning knows there’s still a lot of work to be done, despite the first-round pick’s physical talent.

“He’s very fast, but he’s got good body control. He runs good routes, from what I’ve seen he’s pretty polished on what he’s doing, so that’s a good thing, but he still needs reps and lots of practice,” Manning said.

Beckham said he expects to fully practice at some point this week and hopes to play on Sunday.

“Definitely want to, but at the end of the day, that’s not really my decision. I’m just trying to stay right by coach, get as many reps as I can and go from there. If I get the opportunity to play, then I’ll do what I can do,” Beckham said.

Beckham, Beason both practice

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jon Beason both practiced on Monday.

Beckham was limited, but did “a little bit more,” Tom Coughlin said.

The first-round pick said that he expects to fully practice this week and plans on playing on Sunday.

Beason did “OK,” the head coach said.