John Fennelly, Lead WriterRyan Nassib may be losing his golden opportunity to be the Giants’ primary backup QB. On Monday, Curtis Painter, who has yet to throw an incomplete pass this preseason, practiced with the “twos” while Nassib worked with the “threes.” Head coach Tom Coughlin tried to quell anyone who dared to jump to any conclusions.
“They [Nassib and Painter] will work back and forth like that,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin was asked if the sudden switch was based on performance. Nassib has been unimpressive thus far while Painter has seemed more poised and confident in the new offense:
“[Painter] certainly did earn it, but I never put them in any kind of order for you and I won’t do it now, either. They both have worked with the seconds, they both have worked with the three’s and we will decide later in the week how we are going to play.”
WR Corey Washington is making the best of his opportunity this summer with the Giants. Coughlin had nothing but good things about the 6’4″ wideout. Washington has both of the Giants’ receiving TDs this preseason and has wowed the crowd with the way he fights DBs for the football…and usually wins. Said Coughlin:
“He has been one of those kids, you throw it up, he goes and gets it.”
The WRs have been taking turns missing practice time. On Monday, four of them – Victor Cruz (knee), Jerrel Jernigan (knee), Trindon Holliday (hamstring) and Marcus Harris (hip) – sat out. All but Holliday are due back on Tuesday.
WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hamstring) finally took the field for the first time since the spring, albeit only in individual drills.
“He did individual,” said Coughlin. “They said he did alright. Maybe they can extend it a little bit tomorrow, I hope…probably wasn’t full speed today, but he got out there and did some things. I won’t be able to ascertain until he takes some team snaps.”
The TE derby has been riddled with detours thus far. Injuries to two of the candidates have dampened what started out to as a wide open competition.
“Daniel Fells (knee) actually took some time on the field with us,” said Coughlin. “Xavier Grimble still is over there with the trainers, but I am hoping that Daniel Fells is better tomorrow and maybe we can get Xavier Grimble pretty quick. He’s been out a long time for a rookie.”
Also sitting out practice today: FB John Conner (concussion), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), CB Jayron Hosley (foot), DL Mike Patterson (shoulder) and MLB Jon Beason (foot-PUP).
The Giants’ running game is pulling the apple cart again. It was suggested that Coughlin has that “running game” mentality once again:
“We are trying to. You know last year was not very good and our football team was not very good. So this year we are trying like heck to be able to run the ball and give ourselves some balance, do some things with play-action. Hopefully we will be able to continue to do that. There were some things that were good about it the other night. The long run was obviously the one statistical run, but we are going to stay with it. We had 35 runs in the first game, 31 runs the other night, so we would like to be able to stay with it.”