Eli Manning and Victor Cruz both think the team knows what they need to do, but just aren’t executing it correctly.
“No matter how well you game plan, it’s still the execution on the field that’s the most important thing,” Manning said on Monday. “We know we’ve got to perform at a higher level and make some plays that are out there and be more consistent.”
Manning had just one completion in the team’s third preseason game on Saturday. Victor Cruz is yet to make a catch so far.
“We do some great things on the practice field, and now we just have to translate that over to the game,” Cruz said.
“We can’t do things faster because it is game speed or feel like we are rushing things. We just have to settle in and play the way we play when we are on the practice field when we are making plays and doing a lot of positive things out there,” the wide receiver said.
Tom Coughlin challenged his starters that if they’re not playing better in Friday’s game, they will have to play more in the final tuneup before the season starts.
“We’re just going to keep working this week in practice, try to make improvements and hopefully the good things we’ve been doing in practice will carry over into the game,” Manning said.