7 Takeaways from Giants Media Hour

Posted Aug 12, 2014 shares seven takeaways from the Giants player interviews

1. Tuesday’s practice will feature “green” zone installation.
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Whether you call it red or green (as the Giants do), quarterback Eli Manning said they will be installing parts of the offense on Tuesday when it comes to the area inside the 20-yard line. Coming off a preseason game in which Manning attempted just two passes in four drives, the new system under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo hasn’t been fully unveiled, but that will come as the Giants play three more preseason games before the regular-season opener.


2. McAdoo is “absolutely” itching to show more of the scheme.
The former Green Bay quarterbacks and tight ends coach was asked if he’s anxious to unveil more of the system, to which he responded “absolutely” with a smile. But the fundamentals are first. “At the same point in time, we just like to go out and play sound, smart, and tough,” McAdoo said, reiterating that it’s not just one man’s offense. “Be committed to discipline and poise and execute the way that we’re capable of executing.”

3. WR Odell Beckham Jr. sees potential in the offense.
The first-round draft choice still hasn’t hit his top speed as he overcomes a hamstring issue but took a step closer to his return yesterday by participating in individual drills. Meanwhile, Beckham was asked what he’s seen from the offense through the first two preseason games. “It has potential to be, if not the best, one of the best in the league,” he said. “You have a receiving corps like we do and a great quarterback, along with the backfield and the tight ends and much improvement from the offensive line, I don’t see anything but being one of the best in the league this year.”
4. Victor Cruz is telling Corey Washington to take it day by day.
Washington has grabbed everyone’s attention with two touchdowns in as many preseason games in addition to productive practices. And while he tries to make the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie out of a non-powerhouse school, Washington is following the lead of Cruz, who was in the same position in 2010. Meanwhile, McAdoo sees what Washington brings to the table. “Corey is a big man that can run and go get the football,” he said of the 6-4, 214-pount receiver. “That’s a good place to start.”


5. Like the offense as a whole, the tight ends continue to take steps forward and backward.
Entering their third preseason game, McAdoo was asked if any tight ends are distinguishing themselves. “I think Larry (Donnell) has had a nice camp so far,” McAdoo said. “And I think Daniel (Fells) has had a good camp until he got nicked up. The other guys are making progress.”

6. DRC trash talks with the best of them.
Don’t be fooled by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s quiet demeanor. When he’s on the field and a wide receiver taunts him with a celebration after a catch, look out. He might go into his locker that’s stocked with superhero-themed cleats and pull out the green ones. “I’m already mad you caught it,” he said. “Doing that, that’s going to bring more out of me. So it’s easy to get me going, and when I’m going, I’m going.”


7. RB Andre Williams is quickly picking up the offense.
The rookie fourth-round draft choice has made a strong complement to Rashad Jennings in the backfield through the first two preseason games.  “He’s run hard,” Manning said. “He’s picked up the offense quickly for a rookie and understands all his routes and blocking assignments and run techniques.”