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All eyes on Giants WRs heading into Philly

Posted Oct 14, 2015

Will the Giants have the services of Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. this week?


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- Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle were out.

So Dwayne Harris, Geremy Davis and Myles White went in.

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Taking over with 1:41 to play and down by four points, Giants quarterback Eli Manning began his 32nd game-winning drive last week with that trio of receivers. They have 55 career receptions to their names combined, 44 of which belong to Harris alone.

Nonetheless, the Giants came away with a thrilling 30-27 victory over the 49ers in a game that saw Manning complete a franchise-record 41 passes to eight different players. Their third consecutive win moved them into first place in the NFC East, but heading into a primetime matchup against the Eagles, Manning and the Giants will see if they have to do it again.

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Beckham and Randle are coming off hamstring injuries that they suffered in the second half of Week 5.

Speaking on a conference call with Philadelphia reporters on a day off for the players, Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that Beckham’s injury is “day to day.”

“The trainers seem to think he’s making good progress,” the head coach said. “He wouldn’t practice today, no, but hopefully we’ll get some work in before the end of the week.”

As an encore to his standout rookie season, Beckham has 31 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns through five games. His absence would be a major loss.

“I think it’s good to have good players around you,” Manning said today. “He’s a good kid, he’s a good player, he works really hard, he wants to be really good, so it’s fun having that enthusiasm and the way practices and plays the game, that effort on the team is contagious. It transfers over to other players and they see the way that he conducts his business and the way he plays hard and practices hard.

“I think having him, obviously you have to use your opportunities to get him the ball and have him make plays and also if teams want to focus on him, it opens opportunities for other guys to make plays for us.”

With the shifted schedule leading up to the Monday night game, the team will return to the practice field on Thursday before traveling to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the one-year anniversary since Cruz’s last game has come and gone. The star wide receiver tore the patellar tendon in his knee during a game on Oct. 12, 2014. Ironically, it happened on the road against the Eagles. Cruz continues to try and covercome a separate calf issue that has sidelined him since training camp.

“He’s rehabbing, working indoors primarily, working with the trainers, he’s in every meeting,” Coughlin said. “However, he has not been cleared to be on the field."

The extra day will help, but if one, two or all three receivers can’t go on Monday night, the Giants will need everyone to step up.

“Well, we have wide receivers that have been playing and rotating in and out,” Coughlin said. “You saw them at the end of the game the other night and we have to go in that direction.”


So Dwayne Harris, Geremy Davis and Myles White went in.

Taking over with 1:41 to play and down by four points, Giants quarterback Eli Manning began his 32nd game-winning drive last week with that trio of receivers. They have 55 career receptions to their names combined, 44 of which belong to Harris alone.

Nonetheless, the Giants came away with a thrilling 30-27 victory over the 49ers in a game that saw Manning complete a franchise-record 41 passes to eight different players. Their third consecutive win moved them into first place in the NFC East, but heading into a primetime matchup against the Eagles, Manning and the Giants will see if they have to do it again.

Beckham and Randle are coming off hamstring injuries that they suffered in the second half of Week 5.

Speaking on a conference call with Philadelphia reporters on a day off for the players, Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that Beckham’s injury is “day to day.”

“The trainers seem to think he’s making good progress,” the head coach said. “He wouldn’t practice today, no, but hopefully we’ll get some work in before the end of the week.”

As an encore to his standout rookie season, Beckham has 31 receptions for 428 yards and three touchdowns through five games. His absence would be a major loss.

“I think it’s good to have good players around you,” Manning said today. “He’s a good kid, he’s a good player, he works really hard, he wants to be really good, so it’s fun having that enthusiasm and the way practices and plays the game, that effort on the team is contagious. It transfers over to other players and they see the way that he conducts his business and the way he plays hard and practices hard.

“I think having him, obviously you have to use your opportunities to get him the ball and have him make plays and also if teams want to focus on him, it opens opportunities for other guys to make plays for us.”

With the shifted schedule leading up to the Monday night game, the team will return to the practice field on Thursday before traveling to Philadelphia on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the one-year anniversary since Cruz’s last game has come and gone. The star wide receiver tore the patellar tendon in his knee during a game on Oct. 12, 2014. Ironically, it happened on the road against the Eagles. Cruz continues to try to overcome a separate calf issue that has sidelined him since training camp.

“He’s rehabbing, working indoors primarily, working with the trainers, he’s in every meeting,” Coughlin said. “However, he has not been cleared to be on the field.”

The extra day will help, but if one, two or all three receivers can’t go on Monday night, the Giants will need everyone to step up.

“Well, we have wide receivers that have been playing and rotating in and out,” Coughlin said. “You saw them at the end of the game the other night and we have to go in that direction.”