7 takeaways from Giants media hour

Posted Aug 18, 2014

Giants players recap Saturday's win and prepare for Monday's practice

1. The offense feels a sense of urgency.
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In yesterday’s conference call with the media, coach Tom Coughlin brought up the idea that starters could play more than normal in the final preseason game. That puts the focus on getting the offense going in this Friday’s second-to-last game against the Jets. Wide receiver Victor Cruz was asked if the sense of urgency is felt. “Definitely,” he responded. “Offensively we know we have to play better. We have to do better, we have to execute better and we know that. There is definitely a sense of urgency for us to get better and show things better in the next game.”


2. LB Jon Beason is “really close.”
After injuring his foot in spring football, Beason is still trying to make it back for the Sept. 8th opener in Detroit. He said that Monday should be a “pretty aggressive” day in his rehab as he and the training staff get some reactionary work in on the side of the practice field. “I feel like I’m really close, but I have to go out and do it and I want to test it,” Beason said. “That’s going to confirm it for me.”

3. The play on the field is not reflecting the play in practice.
Quarterback Eli Manning, who completed just one pass for six yards on Saturday against the Colts, said today that the offense is doing good things in practice, but that those positives need to start carrying over to games. “I really don’t think there’s just one thing,” Manning said. “I think we’ve got to start playing together and everybody doing their assignments and just get in a great rhythm for the offense and what we need to do.”

4. CB Prince Amukamara is not too concerned with groin injury. 
Fresh off a visit to the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), Amukamara said today that he did not have an MRI, which is a good sign for the fourth-year cornerback. That and his ability to jog and plant have Amukamara confident in returning “very, very soon.”


5. Weston Richburg will play wherever and whenever the coaches tell him.
While Coughlin has said the starting offensive line isn’t set in stone, rookie second-round draft choice Weston Richburg, who has seen reps at center and both guard positions mostly on the second team, said today he has no indication of a bump up. “Like I said, I’m going in playing where they want me to play,” Richburg said. “When I’m at that position, focus on that position fully, and don’t think about anything else.”

6. Rookie LB Devon Kennard is going to help a lot.
In Beason’s absence, Kennard, a fifth-round draft choice out of USC, has stepped up in the starting rotation and has drawn praise from fellow linebackers, including veteran Jameel McClain and now Beason himself. In addition to Kennard’s “grown man” stature, Beason praised his work in the classroom and ability to retain and apply what his coaches tell him. “That just means he’s wise beyond his years,” Beason said.

7. Rule emphasis is changing players’ techniques.
The NFL’s new emphasis on illegal contact and other penalties in the secondary has been visible so far in the preseason. Safety Antrel Rolle was asked if it changes the technique of defensive backs.

“Yeah, the technique does change at the point where maybe you can’t be as physical or can’t even feel the receivers as much,” Rolle said. “I think it’s already an offensive league. I guess now they want to see more points scored than ever. I guess you just have to go out there and make the best of it. You can’t let it offset your game, especially throughout the course of a season.”