5 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (8/29)

Posted Aug 29, 2014

Giants players meet the media a day after the team's Preseason finale as the team prepares for roster cuts

1. Prince Amukamara was cleared and expects a full week of practice before Detroit.

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The Giants have been cautious with Amukamara’s groin injury and kept him out of Thursday’s preseason finale against the Patriots. That was done in order to have him as healthy as possible for the season opener in Detroit, which the fourth-year cornerback said he has been all cleared for as the Giants need all their defensive backs against perennial All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

“So last week I was only able to do individuals,” Amukamara said. “But the doctor cleared me that I can do everything, so I am excited about that.”

2. It’s better late than never for Jacquian Williams.

The fourth year-linebacker, who was originally drafted in the sixth round by the Giants in 2011, has made great strides this summer and locked down a starting job. Now his goal is to keep that role for an entire season for the first time, which he’s been unable to do because of health and other reasons.

“What I did this year is what I expected to do coming into my second year,” Williams said. “That was something I looked forward to, my second year. Obviously there were some injuries and stuff that came along, so you know that stopped the process.”

3. Geoff Schwartz says surgery not an option after “gross” toe injury.

In last Friday’s preseason victory over the Jets, Schwartz, the starting left guard, left with a dislocated toe. Schwartz then had it examined earlier this week by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, and it was determined that the 6-foot-6, 340-pound lineman must remain in a walking boot for 7-10 days and will then be evaluated on a weekly basis.


From the locker room of the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, he reiterated today that surgery was not even an option but that he doesn’t have a timetable as he comes back from the first in-game injury of his career. “I knew it happened right away,” Schwartz said, leaning on his crutches. “When they took the shoe off, I figured it would look like it did. I don’t remember really if it hurt or not. I was just in a blur. It was gross looking.”

4. The offense is ready for Week 1, but improvements need to be made along the way.

With the Giants’ opener 10 days away, quarterback Eli Manning was asked about the readiness of the new system under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.


“Don’t get me wrong, we’re ready for Week 1,” Manning said. “But I think as a season goes on, you’re always looking to improve, whether you’ve been in a system for 10 years or not.”

5. Corey Washington and others await final roster decisions.

NFL clubs must reduce their rosters to 53 players by Saturday’s deadline of 4 p.m. ET. Until then, it will be an anxious time for players like wide receiver Corey Washington, who went undrafted out of Newberry College.

Washington, 6-4 and 214 pounds, made his case by catching a late touchdown in each of the Giants’ first four preseason victories. But players never know if they’ve done enough at this time of the year.  “Hopefully a great feeling tomorrow,” Washington said. “Hopefully I make this 53-man roster and be able to provide for my family.”