Saturday Morning Report: Bradshaw Appears to Be Back

The work is in. The Giants held their final practice before heading to Baltimore today where it will be they will be in a must-win situation against the plummeting Ravens (9-5). Now we wait to see if anything has changed from last week.

“I’m concerned about our team. I’m concerned about our team. We have to bring our A-game,” said Tom Coughlin when asked if facing a team on a three-game losing streak is dangerous.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) appears to be ready to play again. Coughlin said he was “encouraged” by what he saw in Bradshaw at practice and that he “looked good”, but no decision regarding whether he will play has been made as of yet but believed the doctors had cleared him.

“I think he has, provided the progress is continuous,” the coach said of Bradshaw. “We have tomorrow and we have Sunday afternoon. They’re very hopeful as well.”

Someone asked if the playbook is bigger when Bradshaw is available. Coughlin denied the notion.

“The playbook is the same. The game plan is the same. The game is the same; it’s just how it’s utilized when you have the veteran versus a guy who’s just been here a couple weeks, a rookie”

DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) did not practice for the third consecutive day. He was held by the medical staff once more and his status is up in the air for Sunday. If he can’t go, DE Adrian Tracy would be the player that would see more reps on the defensive line although Coughlin would not confirm that.

S Kenny Phillips (knee) is progressing but is still questionable. CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring) is probable. Another concern is the health of C David Baas (hip/shoulder) and OL Chris Snee (hip), who are both listed as questionable.

“Well, I think we saw them on the practice field and taking reps,” said Coughlin. “…how they are this afternoon, tomorrow morning, let’s hope there’s continuous improvement.”

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The defensive line, which was considered part of the backbone of the team along with the passing game is drawing a lot of questions from the fans and the media due to their subpar performance. The coach did not really have an answer.

Q: When you make adjustments to your rush-defense, why do you think those adjustments really haven’t translated as well?
A: This question has been asked 9,000 times and I’ve answered it 9,000 times and it will probably take an offseason to maybe analyze it even further. I think the first thing you do on defense is stop the run. If you stop the run, I think you rush the passer pretty well.