John Fennelly, Lead WriterHead coach Tom Coughlin is obviously perplexed by his team’s play this summer, but believes everyone in the building is working on trying to make things better. It appears the sense of urgency – especially on offense – is sinking in…
“I think the idea of them practicing with purpose and realizing what an excellent opportunity this is because when you win a game and the ones play like that and you come back out on the field and everybody understands that it wasn’t the way it should be, I think there will be, hopefully there’s great incentive and a sense of urgency about… we’re running out of time here for us to play well. That’s what I’m thinking.”
“I really don’t think there’s just one thing,” said QB Eli Manning, who is taking the majority of the heat for the offense’s ineptness. “I think we’ve got to start playing together and everybody doing their assignments. Just get in a great rhythm for the offense and what we need to do.”
OL Geoff Schwartz admitted that everyone to a man understands the overall performance of the offense has to improve.
“I think there’s urgency just with the way we played the other night,” Schwartz said. “I don’t think it has anything to do with it being the third, fourth preseason game. We’ve just got to come out and put on film what kind of offense we want to be.”
WR Victor Cruz says the Giants haven’t fully revealed themselves yet and has a feeling things will get straightened out soon.
“We haven’t given a lot plays or tipped our hand on a lot of things that we have shown yet,” Cruz said. “It is still pretty base stuff, but we just have to do a better job of executing. I know our ones and twos didn’t do very well in the first half of the game, but we just have to do a better job of executing and getting the little things right, which is what we are working towards.”
On the injury front…
WR Odell Beckham, Jr. appeared to pull up after making a reception and did not return to the field.
Coughlin was asked if he knew what happened to Beckham. He said he was unaware of the situation, but Giants’ SVP of Communications, Pat Hanlon, jumped in with some updated information.
“Jerry (Reese) talked to him, he said he’s fine,” said Hanlon. Beckham is slated to play this Friday vs the Jets barring any setbacks.
Three players hurt in Saturday’s game in Indianapolis – CB Prince Amukamara (groin), T Chrales Brown (shoulder), S Cooper Taylor (foot) – were joined on the sidelines by OL James Brewer (back), DB Ross Weaver (ankle) and TE Kellen Davis (Achilles).
Prince was reportedly going for an MRI on his groin, but the decision was made not to have one. He attended practice as if everything was normal.
“I don’t know how good it is to have a corner with a strained groin but he walked out here in pads,” said Coughlin. “That told me something about where his mind is. He wants to get back out here and get going. Hopefully that will happen sooner than later.”
DT Mike Patterson (shoulder) and TE Daniel Fells (knee) returned to practice.
MLB Jon Beason (PUP, Foot) says he is on track for training camp. (BBB Aug 18).
TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), CB Jayron Hosley (foot) and RB Peyton Hillis (ankle) were held out once again. No word on any of their statuses.