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7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (11/26)

Posted Nov 26, 2014

Here are seven things we learned as the Giants met the media Wednesday

1. WR Odell Beckham Jr. is “full-go” after appearing on the injury report.

After making his one-handed catch for the ages against Dallas, the rookie wide receiver momentarily left and returned in Sunday night’s game with a back issue, which landed him on Wednesday’s injury report as the team prepares for a road test against the Jacksonville Jaguars. But coach Tom Coughlin said he is “full-go” to practice. “It’s good. Just took a nice knee right to the back, bruised it and it was just tight for the rest of the game,” Beckham said after practice. “I was trying to loosen it up. Thankfully I got it loosened up.”

2. DE Mathias Kiwanuka, LB Jameel McClain, and G Adam Snyder missed Wednesday’s practice.

The three veterans all sat out on Wednesday with knee injuries, and Coughlin said Mark Herzlich and rookie Devon Kennard would both be ready to play middle linebacker in place of McClain. Meanwhile, right tackle Justin Pugh (quadriceps), linebacker Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf) participated in the individual section of practice. Safety and defensive co-captain Antrel Rolle was excused from practice to deal with a personal matter.

3. Coughlin’s 300th game and return to Jacksonville don’t mean much without winning.

It is only fitting that Coughlin would celebrate his 300th game as a head coach in Jacksonville, where he led the Jaguars to two AFC Championship Game appearances with the expansion franchise in his first NFL head coaching job. But he’s not doing any celebrating with a 3-8 team that is currently on a six-game losing streak. “Right now, not much, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said when asked what the milestone meant to him.

“What’s important to me is that we have this game on our schedule and with where we are, we need to win a football game, and that’s the important thing. We’ve traveled to Jacksonville before, I’ve been very appreciative, the fans have been great when we return back there. It will be the same, my family will all be there at the game. I understand it’s alumni day, so it’s obviously a day of a lot of emotion going back there. I will certainly be appreciative of all those things, but just as the Jaguars will be, our full intention is to get ready to play a game and win a game.”

4. Coughlin held in high regard in Jaguars organization.

Coughlin isn’t one to talk about his own legacy, but current Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley shed light on what he means within the Jacksonville organization. “Since my being here, I got a chance to spend some time with him through some charity events, and I know he was down here this summer, and we had the chance to go out and have breakfast together,” Bradley said on a conference call with Giants beat reporters when asked about Coughlin, who coached the Jaguars from 1995-2002.

“We see each other at the combine, I know some of the events I go to, he is held in very high regard. We have a lot of people in our building right now that were here when Tom Coughlin was here. A guy like Mike Perkins, our video guy, holds him in high regard. You just never hear anything other than great things about the man. I know for me personally the time he spent with me and the wisdom he has shared, I really appreciate our relationship.”

5. No more crutches for WR Victor Cruz.

The offensive co-captain, who tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in the Oct. 12 game against Philadelphia, has been rehabbing at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center and was again at the facility today. Earlier in the week Cruz tweeted that he is off crutches:

No more crutches. Small victories. God is eternally good.

— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) November 24, 2014
Following the surgery, Cruz said on Oct. 17 that he would be in a brace for about six weeks and the rehab process would be anywhere from four to eight months. “Once I’m off the crutches and able to kind of walk on my own a little bit, I’ll still be doing stuff at the facility,” Cruz said at the time. “But I’ll be going to see my trainer as well and doing some little things with him also.”

6. Beckham says Tyree; Tyree says Beckham.

David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII is a play that went unrivaled until Beckham came along with his grab last week. Now the debate has begun over which is better. For that, it’s best to go to the sources as Beckham and Tyree, now the Giants’ Director of Player Development, have discussed the matter.

“He was like, ‘You know, it may be better than mine,’” Beckham said. “And I’m telling him, ‘No way, yours was in the Super Bowl. Period. Mine was just in a regular season game.’ I still have to give my hats off to him for that.”

7. QB Eli Manning: “You want to see the character.”

The Giants are on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, and with five games to go, Manning wants to see what this team is made of down the stretch.

“I think we’ve got some young guys in this locker room and some of it is their first time having to deal with this situation,” Manning said. “You want to see the character in how they are going to respond. How they are going to deal with this scenario. We have lost a bunch in a row and it is Thanksgiving. There are some distractions, but this is the time where you have to grind and put it all together and make sure you are mentally ready to go play this game.”