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2. It looks like RB Peyton Hillis will be out “a little while.”
In addition to Wilson, the running back room took another hit when coach Tom Coughlin said today that Hillis has an ankle/foot issue and will be out “a little while.” Then the questions turned to the depth at the position. “Let’s hope we don’t lose another one today because that’s the way this game goes,” Coughlin said. “If you have one down at one position, that position gets it again. Let’s hope we can practice today and not have that issue. The fullbacks can play running back, too.”
3. The kicker competition is alive.
Throughout training camp, kickers Josh Brown and Brandon McManus have alternated turns at practice. During the first preseason game, McManus took and made the lone field goal attempt from 47 yards, while Brown made both extra points (more on that below). Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn was asked today if the competition is as close as it seems on the outside. “Yeah. You guys have seen it every day,” he said. “They’re both competing and have really strong legs. They both have pretty good accuracy at this point. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”
4. The new offense will help the defense in future games.
While the Giants continue to install their new up-tempo offense, the defense has been taking notes. Cornerback Trumaine McBride, who had an interception in yesterday’s practice, said it will help the defense against future opponents with similar pace, especially NFC East foes like Philadelphia and Washington.
5. Safety Cooper Taylor’s offseason workout program helped him in extensive action against Buffalo.
The second-year safety, who had eight tackles and an interception in the preseason opener, partly credited his increased size and flexibility for his production against Buffalo when he saw his most extensive action as a pro. Taylor said he added five pounds, which may not sound like much but comes from losing body fat and adding pure muscle.
As was the plan in the first preseason game, Cruz didn’t take many reps against the Buffalo Bills, which allowed him a front-row view of what he sees every day in practice. And that’s a quality Giants secondary and a promising wide receiver in Marcus Harris. “Our secondary is really good and I know because they give me fits each and every day I’m here,” Cruz said. “It’s good to go up against guys that are like that because that’s what we’re going to face all year long.” Cruz then had some good words for Harris, who had four catches for 49 yards on Sunday. “He’s really coming to the forefront here as a good player,” Cruz said. “We’ll see how it goes, but he’s definitely one of the guys that’s standing out.”
7. The Giants temporarily get used to longer extra points.
For the first two weeks of the preseason, the NFL is experimenting with moving the extra point back to the 15-yard line as opposed to the usual 2-yard line. The Giants were the first team to get a crack at it, and Josh Brown made both of his attempts on Sunday against Buffalo. “It’s a little bit different,” Quinn said. “You see after the touchdown everyone goes up to the 2 [yard line] then slides back. We’ve been doing it all camp, so it hasn’t been an issue.”