“I am very confident we are going to get the passing game straightened around,” Coughlin said. “Have we sat back and flat-out thrown the ball in one game? No, we haven’t, because we are not going to get away from the run. Because last year we were so poor in the run game that it ruined our balance and in result, we turned the ball over at ridiculous rates. So that is not going to happen and we wanted to make sure of that throughout the course of the preseason. Perhaps there should have been a time where we did nothing but throw the ball, but that really was not something that I wanted to entertain during this preseason.”
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Led by free agent acquisition Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams, the Giants should improve a ground game that ranked 29th in the NFL last year. With Manning and his corps of talented receivers, the passing game could post big numbers. Admittedly, they were not there in the preseason, despite a 5-0 record. That segment of the schedule ended last night with a 16-13 victory over New England. Now the Giants will begin preparing for the regular-season opener in Detroit on Sept. 8.
And that alone should give the offense a different look and enhance its development.
- Coughlin was impressed with the play of John Jerry, who played most of the game last night at right guard in his most extensive action of the summer.
“John, I thought, played better last night,” Coughlin said. “I thought that each time he has entered into a game, he has had the opportunity to have more snaps. He had a lot of snaps last night. I think he has performed better each time he has gone onto the field. From that standpoint we are pleased to get him in the game, leave him in the game, let him play under those circumstances and then have a chance to look at him. I think, as I said, he played better last night than he did the week before, and that is the key. Improvement is the key.”
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The Giants must reduce their roster to the 53-man regular-season limit by 4 p.m. tomorrow.
Last season, they kept three quarterbacks on their regular-season roster for the first time since 2007. Coughlin would not say if he intends to keep both Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter or just one backup behind Eli Manning.
“In an ideal world, you would keep two quarterbacks,” Coughlin said. “Therefore, you would have an extra roster spot and that’s the way I think everybody thinks. Now there are different circumstances and situations and all of those things have to be taken into consideration. Then you must do what’s the best thing for your team. While it’s ideal, whether or not it’s best for our team, I am not at liberty say right now.”
- Coughlin was asked about the possibility of keeping all four tight ends currently on the roster.
“Whatever we feel is the best compliment to other positions that we decide in terms of numbers of what we can afford to do and what we can’t afford to do, that will be the way we go,” he said.
- Coughlin had good news regarding linebacker Jon Beason, who has been sidelined since June with a toe injury.
“I think he’s going to be able to practice come Monday,” Coughlin said.
To do so, Beason must be removed from the reserve/physically unable to perform list.
- Guard Brandon Mosley’s back injury has responded to treatment and that, plus the extra day the team gets by playing on Monday night, could help him return to the field.
“They are telling us that they think he will respond very well,” Coughlin said, “and in effect, if he does, with Thursday being our Wednesday, that they would expect he may very well be ready.”
- Fullback Henry Hynoski suffered a shoulder contusion vs. the Patriots that Coughlin indicated isn’t serious…Wide receiver Mario Manningham has a strained calf. Roster decisions must be made on both players.
“Anytime you have an injury that occurs at the final hour, it does add another dimension to the selection that perhaps you didn’t want to deal with,” Coughlin said.