The Daily Coughlin: O-line swaps, a fight and hope for the pass rush

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

One thing coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t stand for is fights between players at practice. DE Damontre Moore and LG Justin Pugh, playing LT in place of Ereck Flowers, went at it during Monday’s session in a heated moment (BBB, Aug 3).

Coughlin was asked after practice if he had to address the players regarding their behavior.

“I usually say something to everybody,” he said. “However it comes out, it comes out. Sometimes not so gentle, sometimes it is.”

Pugh was at LT because the Flowers was out with a hip flexor. Pugh told reporters that he mentioned to the Giants when they drafted him that he could play all five line positions. Coughlin confirmed that is well-known throughout the organization.

“Well, he’s obviously played left tackle in college,” Coughlin said. “He came here and played right tackle. In the spring we moved him to left guard knowing full well that he would have to move around. So, we thought today would be a good day to put him at left tackle. [Geoff] Schwartz came back out, so we had Schwartz out there. We had John Jerry out there so that he could do a little something with the right side as well. His versatility — he’s a smart player.”

justin“It was great,” Pugh said about the experience at LT. “I felt right at home out there. When I switched to guard, I felt very, very comfortable on the left side. I had fun out there today. You throw (quarterback Ryan) Nassib in there and it’s like Syracuse all over again. Just throw Nassib in there, throw (defensive tackle Jay) Bromley in there, and Jameel (McClain) at linebacker and we’ve got a little two-on-two we can work with. It was good.”

Flowers has been experiencing hip discomfort for a few days and the medical staff decided to hold him out.

“He doesn’t seem to be bad,” Coughlin said. “It’s a hip flexor issue. This morning he was sore, but by the time I caught him in the meeting room, he was doing this [stretches leg]. Hopefully, it’s just a short amount of time.”

The next man up at guard at practice was Adam Gettis, a free agent pickup held over from last season. The coaches decided to see what he could do with the top units.

“Gettis played well yesterday and we thought this would give him a chance,” Coughlin said. “If he was going to catch our eye, this would be a good way to do it.”

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Moore, Pugh fight during Giants practice

Defensive end Damontre Moore and offensive lineman Justin Pugh engaged in the Giants first fight of training camp Monday, according to reporter James Kratch (Aug. 3).

Pugh was working at left tackle with rookie Ereck Flowers out with a hip flexor. After an argument earlier in the day, the issue turned physical when Pugh and Moore became entangled in the backfield in the day’s first 11-on-11 segment.

The fight was broken up quickly as the sidelines emptied, with Pugh losing his helmet in the process. Moore and Pugh faced each other later in the day without incident.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin was not happy about the fight.

“I have a problem with all of them,” Coughlin said. “Because they’re out there swinging.”

When Coughlin coached Jacksonville, he lost defensive lineman Marcus Stroud to a broken hand in 2001 after a training camp scuffle. “In the old days, they used to wrap (the injury) up and play with it. They don’t do that anymore. I was upset about the fight and losing their temper. The bottom line is, you can’t afford to do it.”


Grantland pegs Damontre Moore as NFL’s next notable pass-ruser

Third-year defensive end Damontre Moore was featured on Grantland’s list of the NFL’s next notable pass-rushers.

Moore, 22, racked up 5.0 sacks in 2014 and could be in line for an even bigger role this upcoming season with Mathias Kiwanuka gone and Jason Pierre-Paul a major question mark due to injury.

In 319 snaps a year ago, Moore had 14 quarterback hits and did so on 3.8 percent of the time.

Grantland writers Bill Barnwell and Robert Mays caution that while Moore has produced in limited playing time, they remain skeptical.

It’s a nice bit of power from Moore, whose listed weight of 250 is 55 pounds short that of Svitek, but it’s not the sort of dominant moment that makes you jump out of your chair,” they wrote. “The Giants will certainly have more playing time for their third-year end in 2015, but I’m not enthused that his performance in a small sample last year means much in projecting a positive future.”

Sam Spiegelman

I tend to disagree with the Grantland writers, who I actually consider some of the better analysts in the business.

Moore is a physical and promising pass-rusher who is primed for a bigger role in 2015. He’s even asked the coaches to put him at different positions in order to see the field more.

Under Spags, Moore will have a chance to start or be a part of the Giants pass-rush rotation. We shall see as he vies for playing time in camp.


Flowers has hip flexor strain

Giants rookie OT Ereck Flowers is not practicing on Monday due to a hip flexor strain (Aug. 3).

According to the team, Flowers is day-to-day.

Flowers, who was drafted ninth overall by the Giants in April, signed a $14.4 million deal with an $8.7 million signing bonus in June.


Five things we learned from Giants secondary coach Tim Walton

Giants secondary/cornerbacks coach Tim Walton spoke with the media on Monday during Giants training camp. Here are five things we learned…

1.)  Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is healthier this year and has taken a “great step forward” when it comes to him being able to compete from the outset.

2.) With Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham, Jr. back on the practice field, it will help the secondary get better and will improve their preparation heading into Week 1.

3.) The safeties will be the leaders of the secondary while on the field and will “direct the show.”

4.) It’s way too early to determine who will get the most time at slot cornerback once the season starts.

5.) After being challenged by the coaching staff last year, Jayron Hosley has taken a step forward and has bought into what the staff is trying to do.


John Mara believes NFL will have 2 Los Angeles teams in 2016

New York Giants owner John Mara told WFAN 660 radio that he believes the NFL will have two teams in Los Angeles in 2016 on Monday.

“I think there’s going to be one or two teams playing in LA next year—2016,” Mara told the station. “Maybe a temporary stadium (next year), but I think — and this is just my opinion — that one or two teams will be playing somewhere in L.A. next year. But we’ll see.”

Adding more substance to the matter, Mara is one of six members on the NFL’s Competition Committee to study possible relocation to Los Angeles.

Mara said something similar after the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix in March.

The Raiders and the Rams have been the teams most connected to Los Angeles. Both teams have previously played in the city before.

The Raiders returned to Oakland in 1995, the same year the Rams moved to St. Louis. Rams owner Stan Kroenke bought 60 acres of land in L.A. in Inglewood, Calif.

Sam Spiegelman

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States and it’s where NFL headquarters is located, so it makes that that the league would make this move.

The only holdup has been which team or teams would relocate. Neither the Raiders or the Rams have filed any teammate to get out of their current locations.

All eyes will be peeled to January when a franchise has a chance to file for relocation.