Head coach Tom Coughlin and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. discuss the obstacles the Giants face against Andrew Luck and the Colts’ passing game.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle joins Daily News Live to discuss the Giants’ Monday matchup against Andrew Luck and the Colts at MetLife Stadium.
Cullen Jenkins (calf) and Rashad Jennings (knee) did not practice on Friday.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and Steve Weatherford (ankle) were both limited.
Jennings is not expected to play on Monday.
Geoff Schwartz is a “reach” to play on Monday, Tom Coughlin said. He is not officially active yet, so has not appeared on a injury report.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
In case you’ve been living in a cave, Indianapolis has another possible future HOFer in QB Andrew Luck, the NFL’s top passer. He is one of four top signal callers the Giants will face over the next four games (Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Tony Romo are the others).
The Giants will be without one of their defensive captains, MLB Jon Beason, who is out for the season after undergoing a procedure to fix his ailing foot. His replacement will be Jameel McClain, who has been manning the position in Beason’s absence.
“The challenge to play four top-tier quarterbacks in the next four weeks? I’m telling you, we’ve got to do this crazy thing once again, man. We’ve got to play defense,” McClain told reporters Thursday. “And playing against whoever you’re playing against, this is the NFL, in my opinion everybody is top because we all worked hard to get there. We’re the top of the top. We’ve got to bring our ‘A’ game. No mistakes. None of that. It sounds so simple and it’s something that we have to complete as a defensive unit, myself to everyone else.”
Michael’s big night… The latest Giant HOFer, Michael Strahan, will be on hand to collect some hardware on Monday Night. Strahan was inducted into Canton in August. Approximately 100 former Giants players will be in attendance Monday night to witness Strahan receive his Hall of Fame ring in a halftime ceremony.
Before the game, the Giants alumni who played for the team prior to Strahan’s arrival in 1993 – including Mark Bavaro, Leonard Marshall and Carl Banks – will be introduced individually and form a gauntlet through which the current team will run as it takes the field.
Head coach Tom Coughlin thinks the Giants need more from their offense and have lacked in getting big plays this season.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants are 23rd in overall offense through Week 8 – 24th in passing and 15th in rushing. To be fair, they’ve played only seven games, and one them was a shutout vs Philly.
The offense has yet to get completely untracked. Explosive is not a tern I would use to define the new plan thus far. They have just 18 pass plays of over 20+ yards and only two over 40. On the ground, they have only two rushes of over 20+ yards.
But, again, to be fair, they have been without their best run blocker, LG Geoff Schwartz, and feature RB Rashad Jennings has missed the past two games. WR Victor Cruz, the Giants top wideout and QB Eli Manning’s “go-to” receiver, is gone for the season.
With rookie WR Odell Beckham, Jr., WR Rueben Randle and TE Larry Donnell, the Giants hope to open things up downfield going forward. The only problem is, the offensive game plan has to allow for more big plays. So far, OC Ben McAdoo has been keeping things short in an effort to rein Eli in from throwing the ball wantonly downfield. The result of that decision has hamstrung the Giants from having a big-play offense.
Tom Coughlin couldn’t stop praising the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday. He said they’re an “outstanding football team,” and he knows the Giants have a tough game ahead of them on Monday night.
“Number one in the league on offense, first place in the AFC South, an exceptional fast start team,” Coughlin said. “Sixty-four points in the first quarter, the opponents, 13. They are the number one passing team as well, big plays, you name it. Defensively – very, very aggressive.”
But Coughlin seems to relish in taking on a team of this caliber.
“We look forward to this week of preparation against this outstanding team,” he said. “Looking forward to Monday night and really looking forward to being at home and sharing the experience with our fans, looking for our fans.”
The Giants haven’t played a home game since October 5 in their Week 5 matchup against the Falcons.
“The 12th man, I think, will make a big difference here in the remaining nine games of our schedule, and it starts Monday night right here at home,” the head coach said.
Cullen Jenkins (calf) and Rashad Jennings (knee) did not practice on Thursday.
Jennings was able to do individual drills, but will be held out of Monday’s game.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and Steve Weatherford (ankle) were both limited in practice.