John Fennelly, Lead Writer
No practice today as the Giants prepare for Saturday night’s preseason home opener vs the Steelers at MetLife.
Several players will not be available. OT Will Beatty (leg) and CB Trumaine McBride (hip) will be out again, and rookie DT Kelcy Quarles (ankle) will be held out as well.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) was on the field catching punts and kicks on Thursday, but is still not participating in full.
“He is getting better,” said head coach Tom Coughlin before practice on Thursday. “The [training staff] is doing a lot with him, and I think he is responding pretty well the next day. He is not that sore. I think he is close.”
Beckham agrees that he was “getting there” but could not say when he would exactly get there. That decision is ultimately up to the Giants’ medical staff.
“Yeah, I am getting there,” Beckham told reporters. “It is a process, but I am taking it day by day. Like I said, we have been running a little more and just looking forward to getting back out there.”
“I am definitely getting close,” continued Beckham. “I don’t know a time period exactly. It’s something that is hard. It’s something that can reoccur very easily if it is not strong enough. You really just test the strength and the muscle groups around it. It’s almost that time…around the corner.”
OL Geoff Schwartz (knee) was back practicing so he will likely play. Coughlin was asked on Thursday if LB Jon Beason was on schedule to return for the regular season opener.
“Well, he is running, which is a good thing….we’ll see,” said Coughlin.
With much to be decided roster-wise, Coughlin was prodded on how many snaps the “ones” and “two” will play vs the Steelers:
“If there is a normal role, I suppose you are describing it. Our guys will play the same amount or maybe a little bit more than they did before. I still want to see, if we can, everyone who is dressed. If they are able to play, I would like to see them all.”
As for the TE derby, Coughlin said the five candidates would continue to see action on Saturday. He would not commit to any one player as a frontrunner, but he did say this when asked about Larry Donnell:
“I think they all are fighting for opportunities, for play time and for recognition,” said Coughlin. “Larry has done some very good things and we are hoping he continues to do that…they will be rotated through again. Kellen Davis is a guy that got work late in the game the other night, and he’ll get more work this week, too.”
…and Adrien Robinson…?
“He gets in there once in a while with the ones,” said Coughlin. “He was in there the other night with them. When two tight ends are on the field together, he was in there.”
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