John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe preseason means nothing. I remember saying and writing that many times over the years. So what’s the big deal if the Giants’ starting offense is misfiring in August? As long as it’s in synch from September through February, that’s all that matters.
The offensive line is going through some shuffling right now and head coach Tom Coughlin was asked if this was because of the recent injuries and performance or if it was the plan all along.
“It’s the plan all along,” he said. “We just want to mix them around, make sure that guys can be flexible enough to move.”
Coughlin has intimated to his team that it’s time to start putting things together. Friday’s game will tell us if the message was heard.
“We got the message,” said WR Victor Cruz. “We understood, he has a way of saying it that makes it very loud and very clear so we got the message and we understood that. He didn’t even have to say anything for us to know that we had to play better and we had to perform better from an earlier standpoint in the game, when we’re in the game. We understand that and hopefully we can change that come Friday.”
DE Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t too worried about his preseason stats. He was asked how important sacks in the preseason were to him.
“Not important,” said JPP. “It’s not important at all. We only get 25 snaps, that’s not a realistic number for me to play, play hard in 25. You don’t get a feel of what the offensive tackle’s doing or the inside rusher. I’m not worried about sacks in the preseason. Wait a couple weeks and we’ll see.”
Coughlin confirmed S Cooper Taylor (foot – sesamoid) will have surgery and IR is a “possibility.”
MLB Jon Beason (foot/ankle) is moving well in individual drills and is on schedule to return for the Giants’ regular-season opener Sept 8 in Detroit.
“As far as I know, he’s done well,” said Coughlin of Beason. “He’s done everything they’ve asked him to do. The movement on the field and what he’s done on the field has been good.”
CBs Prince Amukamara (groin) and Jayron Hosley (foot), WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and Trindon Holliday (hamstring), OLs Charles Brown (shoulder) and James Brewer (back), RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot) and TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring) all missed practice on Wednesday and will all likely be held out of Friday’s game vs the Jets.