With practices scheduled for the late afternoon / early evening hours, the media sessions are being pushed to the morning.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said DT Mike Patterson (shoulder) and WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring) would be held out of action again today and DE Robert Ayers (ankle) would do individuals. TE Daniel Fells (knee) will likely join them on the sideline.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) will also miss practice again. Coughlin was asked if there was any progress.
“There’s progress with all of them that didn’t play,” he said. “We left 12 players here and they all (got treatment), three times on Saturday, three times on Sunday, so we’re making progress but they’re not ready to turn them loose.”
OT Will Beatty, who suffered from headaches last week, did not play on Sunday night, either. Coughlin said that was planned for some time to give Beatty’s leg an extra week.
“Beatty’s not out. This was a plan,” said Coughlin. “It was a plan that Beatty wouldn’t play in the opening game, just like it was a plan that McBride and a couple of others, Herman, wouldn’t play in this game. (Beatty) didn’t do anything to set himself back.”
The coach said he was not surprised the way rookie RB Andre Williams handled himself in the opening game.
“That was what we expected,” he said. “That’s why we drafted him.”
Brandon Mosley started in Chris Snee’s old spot on Sunday night. Coughlin liked what he saw from the former Auburn product.
“Well I thought he competed well along with that line,” he said. “Toward the middle to the end of that first quarter they played pretty well. He played some extra snaps. He needs that. A lot of those guys need playing time. Some of our people that are here that are coming off injuries, they need playing time. I’d like to see him continue to develop and get more time. If he can come through for us, it will be big.”
S Cooper Taylor blundered on special teams by letting his man (Marcus Easley) beat him, resulting in a blocked punt.
“He just didn’t block the guy,” Coughlin explained. “It was a one-on-one, the player just ran around him. Now that’s a good special teams player he played against, he’s a good one. But still, it was one-on-one, it was a breakdown. It’s a technical thing that can be corrected.”
In what could be taken as good news for Taylor, the coach appeared to talk as if the second-year safety was in the plans.
“He’s got to be a contributor on teams. Yeah, he does. He has to be. He knows it,” said Coughlin.
With David Wilson no longer with the team, Coughlin was asked if Wilson’s composure and courage in dealing with his career-ending neck injury would seep into the team’s mentality. He thought it might.
“I think so. I think it’s a great example,” Coughlin said. “You don’t ever want to see it happen in that regard but there are a lot of things that happen in life that are unexpected that you do have to be prepared for. How to handle it was certainly demonstrated by David.”