7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (9/1)

Posted Sep 1, 2014's Dan Salomone discusses seven things we learned during Monday's Media Hour

1. The Giants are confident in Jon Beason’s return.

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> Unofficial Depth Chart released
> Photos from Giants Practice (9/1)
> Meet the 53-man roster
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The Giants are officially one week away from the season opener on Monday Night Football in Detroit, and middle linebacker Jon Beason looks to be on pace for it, as was the plan since injuring his foot in June. Coach Tom Coughlin said today that he will receive “x” amount of snaps in practice to gauge his readiness for live action. And as long as there are no setbacks, the staff seems confident he will play against the Lions. Regardless of how much he plays, Coughlin said the veteran leader’s presence is certainly felt.


2. Brandon Mosley could “perhaps” return to practice later this week.
Mosley, who started at right guard for most of the summer, missed the final week of the preseason due to a back injury. Coughlin said today that the third-year pro is doing better and could possibly return to practice later this week in preparation for Detroit. Meanwhile, offseason acquisition John Jerry will work in his place. And after receiving a big workload in the preseason finale against New England, Jerry has “advanced” in the offense.

3. Coughlin is not set on a tight end.
After setting the 53-man roster on Saturday afternoon, the Giants released a depth chart, which had Larry Donnell leading the three-deep rotation at tight end. Daniel Fells was listed as second and Adrien Robinson third. But you can’t read too much into unofficial depth charts, especially with the tight ends this year. They are all expected to contribute in different packages and situations. Coughlin was asked today if the position is set, to which he simply replied, “No.”

4. The switch is already on for a team that started 0-6 last year.

Despite finishing 7-3 in the last 10 weeks of last season, the Giants could not overcome the 0-6 hole they dug for themselves in 2013. The players know that’s unacceptable this year and want to get off to a fast start, starting Week 1 in Detroit. Victor Cruz was asked about how the Giants flip the switch from training camp to regular season, and the wide receiver responded that it’s already on. “Every game is a must-win in this league, especially the first one,” Cruz said. “You want to go out there and start your season on the right foot and start the season on a positive note. The first one is definitely a must-win and all of them are. We want to go in with that mindset that this game is one we have to have and move forward from there.”


5. Eli Manning likes the way they’re running the ball.

The franchise quarterback was asked what the new offense under Ben McAdoo has done well.  “I think we’ve been running the ball well,” Manning said. “I think we need to get better in the passing attack, finding completions, hitting some big plays down the field. But I think we’ve been doing that in practice, we made some strides, made some plays, so we just have to keep protecting the ball, playing smart. We’ve gotten into pretty good third down situations as of late, we’ve just got to convert them.” The Giants finished the preseason fifth in the NFL in averaging 134.6 rushing yards per game at 4.1 yards per carry.

6. Coughlin likes the way they’re taking care of the ball.

For all the growing pains the offense went through in the preseason, the Giants have excelled at not turning the ball over. The Giants are the only team in the NFL to not throw an interception in the preseason. That’s something they can build on, given that the team played an extra week in the Hall of Fame Game. “The big thing happening in the preseason, which is not shocking, but the reason we won a couple games is because we didn’t beat ourselves,” Coughlin said of his team, which went 5-0 in the preseason. “If you look at the numbers, you can see that. So that is something we can hang our hat on, regardless of what the statistics are.”

7. The Odell Beckham Jr. questions should die down.

Coughlin hopes they do, at least. After being peppered on a daily basis about the first-round draft pick and his hamstring, the head coach said he’ll give an update when there’s one to be given. “Let’s just let this kid get better,” Coughlin said. “Everybody settle down and let the kid get better. I mean, I went to him and said, ‘Let’s not have any more setbacks.’ Whatever it takes to get over this, let’s do this. Let’s encourage him, let’s not let him feel like he is an outsider, let’s get on with it. But, I mean, to talk about him every day. I will let you know when he is ready to do something, I will let you know.”