Coach Tom Coughlin
Q: Will the starters go a quarter or quarter and a half?
A: Yeah, we will have different individuals who play a little bit more and different individuals who will play a little less, but that is a normal advance right now.
Q: Will some starters go the full half?
A: Maybe, but I doubt it.
Q: What about the quarterback rotation?
A: The rotation will be Curtis [Painter] second.
Q: How about Will [Beatty], will he start?
A: He will start right away and get his plays in.
Q: Is Curtis [Painter] being second something that was planned all along?
A: It is where we are right now. Curtis will go second.
Q: This is the official end of training camp…How do you think training camp went?
A: It is, but it isn’t. We still have two preseason games to go, so the timing is good; the guys that are here and have permanent residences, it is time that they had the opportunity to go home and that type of thing. Our schedule is such that our meetings will remain basically the same. Our days will reflect more of the in-season schedule. For example, a day after a ball game when they come back we are here until 8:30-9:00 o’clock at night because of all the things that need to be done. I think we can wait a while to talk about training camp.
Q: Have you made a determination on whether Odell [Beckham Jr.] will go?
A: He is not going to play. Expect him next week, but not this week. There is not enough work.
Q: Are you seeing some progress [from Beckham] this week?
A: We have had him for individuals and we have had him for a few plays. When the few plays are run, he looks to be doing fine, but like everybody, they need more repetition, more time on the field. They need to be in that fatigued state to see how they perform then. We need all of those things to take place.
Q: Are there certain things you will look for on offense and defense that will be benchmarks?
A: Right away, I would like to stop the run. I don’t want anyone to run the ball on our first defense. We have kept people out of the end zone. Again, the offense contributed to the scoring the other night. We would like to be a little bit more consistent and have a little bit better tempo on the offensive side of the ball. I would like to see if the opportunity is there that something positive happen with the return game, be it punt return, kickoff return or whatever it might be. Some type of an opportunity to evaluate that aspect of it.
Q: The way [Andrew] Luck and [Matt] Hasselbeck frankly played the other night in their first game… They could be a test for any secondary…?
A: At anytime. Sure. They took the no-huddle and went down the field and had a little malfunction, but otherwise, they had to be pleased with their first drive.
Q: Is it important for you to get throws downfield? Is that something you feel like you need to do in the preseason or for the opportunity to present itself?
A: If the opportunity is there, yes. Is it something that is at the top of ‘Here is what we must do’ board, no. Naturally, if the opportunity is there and you get the one-on-one matchup you’d like to have, you’d like to see what could happen with that.
A: That is a pretty good thought, maybe I’ll write it down and it will be an objective there based off that. No, you are right. The fact that we are talking about some real touch foul types of things, that perhaps will be…. It has happened to us that way, let’s put it that way. They haven’t been go [routes], they have be in cuts and all kinds of things. Not a bad thought.
Q: Is Henry [Hynoski] taking some reps at tight end?
A: He is not going to line up on the line of scrimmage, but he will line up at the up position, in the flood wing position and all over the backfield. He can do those types of things.
Q: Is that new for him?
A: No, he has done that pretty much. He’s just never lined up on the line of scrimmage, and I don’t see him doing that.
Q: Does [Hynoski] look all the way back to you?
A: I think each day, with each physical drill that we have out here, it gets closer.
Q: Does Larry Donnell get most of the first team reps?
A: Kellen Davis had a bunch of those, and then he and Larry had the first half, and that is pretty much the way it will go.
Q: How is Daniel Fells doing?
A: He is not out here. He started back, but we couldn’t get him all the way back. We are supposed to have him next week.
Q: Victor [Cruz] said he wouldn’t mind catching a pass on Saturday… Would you like to see that?
A: Think so? That wouldn’t be a bad idea, would it? Heck, I am rooting for him right out here.
Q: Victor said the offense was all the way installed right now….?
A: The last installation went in the other day.
Q: Was that the plan all along?
A: We just throw darts at the board and whatever day it is…. It’s planned. There are a lot of things that do get adjusted, but the plan of how you install stays pretty much right on the money.
LT Will Beatty
Q: Do you feel ready to play Saturday night?
A: Do I feel ready? I have been looking forward to this moment. I am blessed to be in this position. Coaches feel that I have proved myself in practice enough to allow me to play in this preseason game and travel with them. They haven’t given me any indication of how many plays or snaps I am going to play so before you ask that question I don’t know. I am travelling. Travelling means that I will have a chance and opportunity to be out there on the field. I am looking forward to it.
Q: What are you expecting out of yourself?
A: I am expecting a lot from myself. I am going up against [Robert] Mathis, and it is his 11th year in the league, and knowing it’s a preseason game, but his intensity to the game and how he plays it; he will look at it as a regular season game. Each snap he gets, he is going to give it his best. This is my marker of how well I have trained during the off-season to recover and get back to top shape.
Q: Are you at all surprised that this early you will be back on the field [following a broken leg]?
A: No, it was my goal to get out here and be step for step with the players, my teammates. Going out there and during the off-season program, I tried to maintain the…. I never wanted this injury to be media attention. I wanted to be able to deal with it during the off-season and come back like, ‘Okay, you’re ready to go. It is a new season, let’s start….’ But missing the first preseason games it was like okay it would be not beneficial for me to start the season and not have any snaps under my belt, so I am looking to this and I did not know this would be the week I start. Each practice I plan for if coach put me in there, I am going to be ready. I want to make sure that I am ready for each snap I take, however that may be.
Q: Are you pretty confident at this point, barring any setbacks, that on opening day you’ll be out there?
A: Yes. Two days with full pads I was out there working with all of them and taking all the reps making sure that, ‘Okay, challenge himself,’ so when you do get out there, it’s not okay you’re expected to do all 70 plays. That’s the preseason game, so how many plays am I going to get? [The coaches] are not giving me a number so they are still playing it by ear, which is good for me because it keeps me on my toes and ready to go.
Q: Now that camp is ending are you a little surprised at how far along you were right from the start of camp?
A: That is a good thing, right. You are saying it as if it is negative. Coming off of an injury, you never know how your body is going to respond to it. I don’t know of any other players that I could sit down and talk with about, ‘Oh you came back in so and so amount of weeks and it took me “x” amount of weeks.’ It is not one of those. Just being out there and having that opportunity and having a team give me the chance to come back and still play, I am looking at the positive of it. They are allowing me to get back out there and do what I do. I know out there in a game uniform and all that I am not going to be thinking about my leg at all. I know [Mathis] won’t be thinking about my leg when he’s rushing. I am preparing for a good match-up and I’ll know afterwards when I am watching film that it will determine where [I] am at. That is where [I’ll] see that I went live and how I did.
Q: Do you have any questions about the leg or have they already been answered?
A: Do I have any questions? No, it’s still my right leg, so I am pretty good with it.
Q: At what point did you say it is back where it has to be?
A: It is still not the right leg before the injury, but the doctors said that is going to take time, take it through its paces just to warm it up and loosen it up before you are ready to go. [The doctor] said you are good to go; you don’t have to worry about re-injuring it or any setbacks. In that aspect of it, I am not worried about it at all.
Q: Has the fight to get back healthy taken your mind off the problems that you and the line experienced last year or is that still a bad taste in your mouth?
A: No, it kept me focused on the future. Knowing that all I had to do was get back here, I really didn’t have time to wallow in self-pity or sorrow.
A: I mean we all have something to prove each and every day. If you write a bad report, you are going to have to improve tomorrow. These are our jobs; this is what I elected to do. I am blessed to be in this position. I know to the coaching staff, to the owners, the people watching, it’s ‘Yeah this is your first game back.’ It’s not going to be ‘Okay this is your first game back, we’re giving you an excuse or we are giving you an outlet.’ You are out here, you are playing and the best five will play. So if you want to be out there playing, you better be one of the best five.
Q: How important is this game for you and Geoff Schwartz to work together? You haven’t really gotten that live action next to him yet.
A: I am going at it as, ‘Yes, it is a live game I’m playing against someone else.’ It is still me going out there and doing the same thing in practice. The only difference is you don’t have the coach yelling at you after each play. They have to be on the sideline and wait for you to get off the field. I feel confident in him, he feels confident in me. It’s not like ‘Okay, this is our first game.’ It’s not the nervous jitters and all that being two veterans. We have played before….last season…..So it’s going out there and making sure we put our best foot forward.
Q: You have to prove that you’re back from the injury. Is there a part of you that has to prove your back to 2012 form?
A: I mean, each day you have something to prove. So just getting out there and showing the coaches my appreciation for still being in a Giants uniform. Giving me the opportunity to come back from an injury to come back and play. I know it’s preseason so it’s not the actual start of the season, but it is okay. I am getting out there, I am getting some reps, I’m getting some movements and it gives me more hope for the future. Knowing that the first game starts ‘Okay I have done this before’ I am not getting out there for the first time. Yes, I have something to prove, but we all have something to prove. I don’t think the weight on my shoulder is bigger than anyone else’s.
Q: There are a lot of great offensive lines and great offensive linemen on the field that have a real nastiness, either to them individually or as a unit. Does this group have that?
A: Oh yeah, most definitely. We can’t show it to you all because you all are too bad character crazy for getting in fights and things like that, watching the T.V. when I go home. You call it nastiness, we call it competition. It’s a friendly competition. We are out there, it’s not life or death competition, but it’s still bragging rights of the season of the players. We get to go out there and we don’t want to be the first one to stop. We don’t want to be beaten in any way. It can be a foot race. You going against a receiver, once you except that challenge there is no way you want to lose. I am never going into a competition expecting to lose. It’s that toughness, that will to win, that strive to excel that we have.
Q: You know that there are a lot of people who put last year’s offensive failures on the line. Are you convinced this group is better?
A: I am. It’s a new group, new playbook. It not the same offense as last year so you can’t say what you did last year, you are going to do this year. There are so many new variables that everyone has to see how this offensive line responds. We are already starting off better than we started off last year. That is an improvement and we just have to keep improving on it and moving forward.
Q: When you said the right leg isn’t exactly where it was before? Are you more concerned about fatigue, strength, agility with it? What isn’t quite up to par that bothers you about it?
A: I’m not dunking like I used to. That is really not a concern on the field. We are not allowed to use the goal post as a tool to celebrate, or an end zone dance anyway. I think I will be pretty good throughout the game.
Q: Whatever the concerns you may or may not have about the leg, you say it’s going to take time. The doctors have told you it’s going to take some time. Do you fully expect at some point it will feel 100% again or can you never be 100% after the kind of injury you suffered?
A: It’s 100% now you are not going to reinjure it. So I don’t have to worry about me waking up in the morning and stretching and yawning out of bed, ‘Okay, right leg is a little stiffer then the left one.’ In time that will go off. So in time this injury will be nothing but a memory. It’s nothing that I am going to have to ‘Okay you are going to have to stay in rehab and you are going to have to do physical therapy to just to make sure.’ It’s none of those diagnoses that I have had. I am still able to play and when I get out there I can move how I did before. Now I may not be to 100% as in strength to the left leg but that is because I have been off of it for so long. To build it up, it’s not a one-legged hop by any means when I am out there. It is in great football shape, I want to say. I guess I am not having any concern, like saying ‘Okay I am not going to be able to do something.’
CB Walter Thurmond
Q: I saw a stat the other day about all of the penalties that we’ve discussed in the secondary – around the league, not just in your games. Do you expect this feeling out process that the players have to have and the referees have to have to continue to develop over the next three preseason games so that we come to an understanding about where that stuff is going to be at the beginning of the regular season? Or do you just think they’re going to be strict throughout the entire preseason and are trying to prove a point to you guys?
A: I think they are most definitely trying to prove a point. That’s been a point of emphasis. They came out and talked to us earlier, when training camp started, to let us know that they’re going to be more vocal as far as calling these penalties on the defensive backs and also on the wide receivers as well for pushing off and everything like that. I think they’re going to be really aggressive in the next couple of preseason games to iron out the kinds (of things that will be penalized) and we’ll see how it goes during the regular season.
Q: To be fair, that’s going to make the game very disjointed, if they’re throwing laundry as much as they’re saying they could. That’s not good for anybody, right?
A: It’s going to slow the games down a lot, especially if teams are throwing the ball 30 or 40 times a game. The game is already slowing down now because of how much they’re throwing the ball and getting away from the run. That stops the clock and everything. It’s going to be an interesting situation. There’s going to be a lot more commercials, a lot more money out there. But we’ll see how it goes.
A: You have to be more conscious and disciplined with it. I’m going to continue playing my game. It’s not going to be a big deal to adjust. The team is going to be aggressive and I’ll keep my eye out for the referee to see if that laundry is on the turf.
Q: Does it hurt you more as a slot cornerback or more on the outside? Not being able to get your hands on the guy.
A: I think it goes both ways. You have eyes on you at both positions. Like I said, it’s a point of emphasis now and it’s supposed to go both ways, as far as defenses and offenses are concerned. It’s something that we have to work through.
Q: I’m going to ask you about the Colts, since [Andrew] Luck can throw it and they have some pretty good receivers. How good of a test is this to show you where you guys are?
A: It’s going to be a great test for us. We’re striving to be the best secondary group out there and one of the best defenses to play the game this year, so it’s going to be a great test. They have a great ground game, Andrew Luck is a phenomenal passer. It’s really going to test us to see if we’re able to get our hands on it, to minimize those penalties down the field.
Q: When you and Antrel [Rolle] and even [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] talk about maybe being the best secondary – even Prince [Amukamara] has said that, too – do you have to get a ton of turnovers to be considered the best secondary or is it just a matter of shutting people’s passing games down. Not necessarily making turnovers, but just suffocating them?
A: Most definitely suffocating them. It’s a passing league and if you can hold those guys to under 200 yards a game and obviously get turnovers. We have a great group of guys back there with Antrel and Stevie [Brown] and Prince and DRC. That pass rush is going to be pretty insane as well just because of the coverage on the backend. I know a good D-line when I see one, coming from Seattle and stuff like that, and how especially when the secondary can get our hands on the receivers, it really frees those guys up to get those one on one matchups on the defensive line. We have to work together as one unit out there this year and it’s going to be a great time. FB Henry Hynoski
Q: When you see a run like Rashad Jennings’ last week, does it kind of rekindle memories that maybe you can get that running game back to where you want it to be?
A: Absolutely. As I’ve always said, when one of the running backs score, I feel like I score. That’s the pride I take in the job. That was vintage, when I was playing in 2012. We scored on that play a bunch of times so we’re excited to get the ground game going again and show that we’re the physical presence again on the field.
Q: There’s so much talk here about getting the vertical passing game going and things like that, but the kind of things you did then, you want to get that going. The vertical pass game is not as much in your arsenal.
A: The vertical pass game works when the run game works. Everything starts with the run game. That’s something we have to take great pride in and that’s where it all starts, up front in the trenches. That opens things up for the pass game and everything else.
A: If you just throw in that first game, that one drive where we marched the whole way down the field in Canton, I think that was a pretty impressive series for our offensive unit. You could just see things click. There’s a lot of backside cut-offs opening. We’re getting a zone play off the right hand; you see a lot of plays getting brought back to the opposite end. It’s just linemen staying on their blocks backside that are really opening things up also.
Q: Tom [Coughlin] mentioned your name the other day in relation to the tight end position. It seems like they’re broadening your job description here.
A: Yeah, I’m really asked to do a lot. Right now I can play fullback ,obviously, running back, and tight end is something I feel I can do also. Getting into some routes, some inline blocking and that type of thing. In this league, the more you can do, the better. It certainly won’t hurt if I can expand my role a little bit more.
Q: How much of that have you ever done?
A: In college, I was used as an H back a lot, a motion guy. I did all that kind of stuff. I know how to do it here. I know all the plays, so if they were to line me up, I’d be ready to go.
Q: Do you like that?
A: I just like playing football and if it involves blocking, I like it especially. Anywhere I can line up and get to hit somebody, I guess I’ll be happy.