7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (8/14)

Posted Aug 14, 2014 highlights seven things we learned as the player met the media

1. LT Will Beatty will travel with the team but has no indication on how many reps he’ll play.
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After fracturing his leg in the final game of the 2013 season, Beatty is set to make his 2014 preseason debut when the Giants travel to face the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night. “I’m blessed to be in this position,” Beatty said.

“The coaches feel that I have proved myself in practice enough to allow me to play in this preseason game, to travel with them.”

2. Beatty’s injury kept his focus on the future.
The optimistic left tackle said the injury allowed him to focus on the future and not “wallow” in last season’s troubles.

“Knowing all that I had to do to get back here, I really didn’t have time to wallow,” he said.

3. FB Henry Hynoski can play multiple positions.
After playing in just three games last season, the fourth-year fullback said right now he’s in the best shape of his career and he’s ready for whatever the coaches ask of him, which includes fullback, running back, and now even some tight end duties.


“Yeah, I’m really asked to do a lot,” Hynoski said. “Right now I can play fullback, obviously, running back, and tight end is something I feel I can do also. Getting into some routes, some inline blocking and that type of thing. In this league, the more you can do, the better. It certainly won’t hurt if I can expand my role a little bit more.”

4. Victor Cruz thinks fellow wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. still has plenty of time in the preseason.
Beckham, the Giants’ rookie first-round draft choice, practiced yesterday in team drills for the first time since having an issue with his hamstring. Beckham has taken a step forward each day this week, but we’ll see if he makes the trip to Indianapolis this weekend.

“I think we’ve still got a couple preseason games left and he’s got some time out here on the practice field to get himself right, get himself together,” Cruz said. “He’s got plenty of time.”

5. CB Walter Thurmond III wants a suffocating defense.
People look at the Giants’ secondary and see that it can be one of the best in the league. But how do the players judge what makes a secondary the best?

“Most definitely suffocating [offenses],” Thurmond said. “It’s a passing league and if you can hold those guys to under 200 yards a game and obviously get turnovers. We have a great group of guys back there with Antrel [Rolle] and Stevie [Brown] and Prince [Amukamara] and DRC [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie]. That pass rush is going to be pretty insane as well just because of the coverage on the backend. I know a good D-line when I see one, coming from Seattle and stuff like that, and how especially when the secondary can get our hands on the receivers, it really frees those guys up to get those one on one matchups on the defensive line. We have to work together as one unit out there this year and it’s going to be a great time.”

6. The offense is close to being fully installed.
It’s not for public eyes yet, but Cruz, who has yet to be targeted in two preseason games, said the new system under offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is installed.


“I think we’re right on point,” Cruz said. “I think everything is installed, the entire offense is in, we know everything, everybody is kind of sharp, at least in the receivers room, definitely as an offense. Everybody is sharp. Everybody understands the plays. Now it’s just a matter of fine-tuning everything, making sure we’re doing everything the right way, getting our technique down. But everything is installed and everything feels good so far.”

7. The run game clicked in Canton.
During the Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills, the Giants learned something about the revamped offense on the 15-play, 80-yard drive that ate up nearly seven minutes of the first quarter and was capped by Andre Williams’ three-yard touchdown run.

“If you just throw in that first game, that one drive where we marched the whole way down the field in Canton, I think that was a pretty impressive series for our offensive unit,” Hynoski responded when asked how he knows that the running game is improved. “You could just see things click. There’s a lot of backside cut-offs opening. We’re getting a zone play off the right hand; you see a lot of plays getting brought back to the opposite end. It’s just linemen staying on their blocks backside that are really opening things up also.”