John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The week ahead: The Giants will be back at practice today at QDTC. Today’s workout will be held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Workouts will resume at 1:20 p.m on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Giants will travel to Indianapolis on Friday, then play the Colts at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night.
Injuries: They came away from the Steelers game virtually unscathed, sans a possible concussion to FB John Conner.
“They are calling it that,” head coach Tom Coughlin said on Sunday. “He is going through the protocol. I think anytime you are dinged and you come to the sideline that is the way it is going to be treated today. His eyes were bright and he was smiling when I left the locker room so I was a little bit surprised. It will be precaution and safety first so he will go through the protocol and who knows if he really is feeling as well as I thought he looked last night. Maybe that can all be accomplished in time for us to see where he will be at this week in terms of practice and play. I don’t know if anything is being ruled out just yet.”
Some takeaways from Saturday’s game…
DE Jason Pierre-Paul looked a bit like the old JPP against the Steelers.
“I thought he played well,” said Coughlin. “I thought that he really chased the ball and showed the outstanding speed that he has. You saw it on the reverse, you saw him down the line of scrimmage. I thought for the plays he had in the game that he gave good effort and was in good position. Again the way in which he chased the ball and coming in from behind was very good.”
The Giants have been slowly unraveling their offensive package. Thus far, the QBs have been asked to hone the short passing game, but more vertical, deeper passes will be inserted into the game plan.
“I think some of the vertical is in. You haven’t seen it,” said Coughlin. “You haven’t seen the ball down the field very well. I certainly think that is coming.”
The NFL is cracking down on illegal contact and defensive holding this preseason, which is bad news for the Giants, who have switched to more aggressive style of pass coverage this season.
Five of the team’s ten penalties on Saturday night were called on the secondary: Prince Amukamara and Zack Bowman (both for illegal contact), Jayron Hosley (twice flagged for pass interference) and Bennett Jackson (defensive holding).
In last week’s game vs. Buffalo, four of the six Giants penalties were called on the secondary: Amukamara (illegal contact), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Hosley (two holdings, one was declined), and Bowman (pass interference).
It’s come as no surprise to the Giants’ coaching staff. Coughlin said officials have visited the facility and outlined how the rules would work this season.
“We were told full well that the letter of the law would be introduced in terms of legal contact. Any contact beyond the five-yard area would be called. The pass interference is being called very close and there’s not a whole lot of room for error with regard to a defender in any type of contact with an opposing receiver or tight end or whatever. We knew full well that we could expect that the enforcement of the emphasis would be full-fledged.”