7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (9/18)

Posted Sep 18, 2014

Here are seven things we learned as the Giants met with the media on Thursday

1. Jon Beason is heading to Charlotte to have his foot examined.
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After aggravating the same foot injury that kept him out of training camp, starting middle linebacker Jon Beason was forced to leave last week’s game and has not practiced this week. He said today that he is “feeling better, surprisingly better” and will head to Charlotte, N.C. on Friday to see Dr. Robert Anderson, who examined Beason’s original foot injury in June. However, like Tom Coughlin said, you can never rule out Jon Beason for Sunday. “I’m not sure. I feel like I could go out there and take care of business,” Beason said. “I’m active in the meetings, I know the game plan, I’m still studying and preparing as if I’m playing on Sunday.”


2. The Giants have asked practice referees to be strict.
Throughout the week, NFL teams use mock officials at practices to gauge where they are in the penalties department. After giving away six first downs via yellow flags in Week 2, Coughlin said today that he has asked them to be “very strict in their calls” at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

3. The Texans are getting a bang for their buck with J.J. Watt.
Last week the 6-foot-5, 289-pound defensive end lined up at tight end and caught a one-yard touchdown pass in the team’s victory over Oakland. What does Giants linebacker Jameel McClain think about that? “They are getting the bang for their buck out of J.J. Watt,” he said. “If you are playing tight end and defensive tackle, ‘Man, this guy is a freak.’ If he is doing all of that, then so be it. You cover him like you cover anybody. Obviously he is a great athlete. Obviously he is going to be aggressive and we’ve seen that he has soft hands because he got his touchdown. It will be interesting nonetheless.”


4. Trumaine McBride rises to expectations.
After Walter Thurmond III was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle, cornerback Trumaine McBride was the next man up to fill in for one of the best nickel corners in the game. The role isn’t anything new to the veteran McBride. “When we first approached Trumaine with that idea back in camp, etc., he was excited to do that,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “He actually wanted to do that. I was a little bit apprehensive, but he has looked really well. He has some clinic plays just in practice from playing in that inside nickel spot. We are going to miss Walter Thurmond III and his knowledge and what he can do in there, but Trumaine is excited about being in that spot and I think Trumaine will answer the challenge. He is a guy that plays bigger than what he really is and he really rises to the expectations.”

5. The offense needs to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
After saying the offense had its best Thursday practice of the year, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was asked if the Giants are over the hump in terms of having a comfort level in the new system. “We are not quite comfortable yet,” he responded. “We need to be comfortable being uncomfortable is what we need to be right now. We are continuing to grow each and every day. We have made some progress. We are continuing to plug away and we are climbing that mountain and trying to get to the peak, but we are not there yet.”

6. Coughlin channeled John Wooden.
The late UCLA basketball coach is one of the handful of legendary figures that Coughlin draws upon when it comes to his team. Today he spoke about cleaning up the Giants’ own problems before concerning themselves with the opponent. “That’s what we talk about all the time,” Coughlin said. “Go back to John Wooden, it’s your team. Your concern is your team. Obviously the opponent coming in here and you’re looking for strengths, weaknesses, how they play, what their strengths are, so on and so forth, but your team is where most of your attention and energy goes to try to correct the things that prevent us from winning a game.”


7. The Giants want to be aggressive on kickoff returns.
Including his critical fumble late in Week 2, Quintin Demps returned five kickoffs in the end zone from depths of seven, five, four (twice), and two yards against the Arizona Cardinals. That’s by design. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said today that the team wants to be aggressive in that department and is close to breaking one for a long gain. “[The kickoff returners] have clocks in their head,” Quinn said. “If it is hanging up there, hanging up there, hanging up there and deep. A couple of those didn’t have great hang, so he was aggressive to bring it out.”