7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (8/24)

Posted Aug 24, 2014's Dan Salomone highlights seven takeaways as the players spoke with the media

1. Geoff Schwartz’s injury creates openings.  
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The Giants’ starting left guard dislocated a toe in Friday’s win over the Jets, and while the team waits to hear the severity and a timetable for his return, the focus turned to his possible replacements entering Big Blue’s final preseason game against the New England Patriots on Thursday night. Second-round draft choice Weston Richburg and offseason acquisition John Jerry are among the next men up.  

2. Richburg is making progress at left guard but hasn’t singled out one position.
Especially with the injury to Schwartz, Richburg’s role is becoming clearer. Richburg, who has seen time at all three interior line positions, stepped in for an injured Schwartz against the Jets at left guard. “Maybe more reps there since Geoff is out, but I still have to be able to play multiple spots,” Richburg responded after being asked if he’s honing in on one position now. “I played a little right guard this weekend. It hasn’t been singled out to one spot yet, so I have to be ready to go in wherever.” Meanwhile, Richburg said what he’s doing best right now is having a short memory and not letting mistakes affect him.


3. Jerry is confident after playing all four preseason games in a familiar offense.
John Jerry has been able to play all four of the Giants’ preseason games so far, which is something he was unable to do last season with his former team, the Miami Dolphins. Meanwhile, Jerry comes from a similar offense in Miami under head coach Joe Philbin, whose coaching tree stems from Green Bay like new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. “I feel like I am most definitely back where I need to be,” Jerry said. “At the end of the day, we still have a couple weeks before the first game, so I still have time to do all I can.”

4. The offense needs to eliminate pre-snap penalties.
Before the first-team offense put together its longest scoring drive of the preseason right before halftime against the Jets, the Giants lacked consistency in moving the ball. And while a lot of attention has been on defensive penalties this preseason, the Giants, among other things, need to clean up the flags offensively. “Looking at the statistics with the coaches today, we understand that penalties lead to punts in most cases,” running back Rashad Jennings said. “I think if we can eliminate pre-snap penalties and make sure everyone has the same idea, and playing on the same accord, that gives us a chance to continue to sustain drives.”


5. J.D. Walton has knocked off the rust.
The former Denver Broncos center, who did not play at all last season stemming from an ankle injury, said today that all the rust was knocked off after the third preseason game in Indianapolis. “It’s been a long road,” Walton said. “Being able to get back to this position is awesome.”

6. Corey Washington has a big chip on his shoulder.  
Washington, the undrafted rookie wide receiver who has caught a touchdown in every preseason game so far, said today that he is motivated to make the Giants’ 53-man roster since being waived by the Arizona Cardinals after spending just 15 days with the team. Now he just needs to keep “tunnel vision” on that goal.

7. Jennings has high expectations for the running back group.
The ground game has been a bright spot for the Giants’ new offense this preseason, and Jennings is confident that the group will continue to grow because the Giants have players who can get the job done. Meanwhile, Jennings will lead the way in all facets of the position. “To be a complete running back, you have to be able to study film like a quarterback, you’ve got to be able to catch the ball like a receiver, block like an offensive lineman, and you’ve got to be able to be agile just like a running back, who you are,” Jennings said. “So playing running back, you have to wear a lot of hats.”