Everything’s relative, of course. But it seemed last night that
Bradshaw, the Giants’ leading rusher the previous two seasons, was X-rayed during the game and was limited to three carries. Coughlin said Bradshaw was still being examined, but has a “right hand contusion.” He didn’t say if Bradshaw will practice tomorrow or be available for the preseason home opener Friday night vs. Chicago.
Hosley, the third-round choice in this year’s draft who electrified the crowd with a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown, wore a protective boot on his right foot following the game. While that sometimes indicates a fracture, Coughlin responded to a question about Hosley by saying, “They’re going to deal with it as a turf toe kind of an issue. It’s a toe issue. Hopefully, nothing will turn up in terms of all the tests. And then it’s something that’s going to be very sore, there’s no doubt. How he is able to deal with it will indicate how fast he can get back o the practice field.”
Hosley said he didn’t know when he was injured and disagreed with post-game speculation that he was hurt high-stepping into the end zone.
“I was running, and I didn’t feel anything at that point,” Hosley said. “It was just green grass and the fans screaming. I was just going for the touchdown, that’s it.”
After watching the tape, Coughlin couldn’t tell when the injury occurred.
“He had a couple of punt returns and that play (the interception),” Coughlin said. “He only played seven plays from scrimmage. As far as I know, he did not clarify when it happened.”
As for the game itself, Coughlin was not exactly doing cartwheels. “You’re always happy to win,” Coughlin said. “However, there’s an awful lot of things that have to be corrected.”
Perhaps no area needs to be addressed more forcefully than a rushing attack that produced only 58 yards and 1.8 yards a carry. In two games, the Giants have 184 rushing yards and an average of 3.2 yards an attempt.
The individual numbers last night were unsightly. Rookie
“The biggest thing, I felt like I had no missed assignments, went out and executed,” said Wilson, the first-round draft choice who has led the 1-1 Giants in rushing in each of their two preseason games. “I had a couple close ones. One of them, the guy kind of grabbed my jersey. I have to credit him on his strong fingers, but I was just trying to go out there and get better each week. Last week I had mental errors, and this week, not to my knowledge, we’ll go back and watch film, but not to my knowledge did I have any.”
“We had a couple of decent runs, as I said, David had a nice run, Andre Brown had a nice run that was called back,” Coughlin said. “Da’Rel Scott had a couple of runs where he ran up in there hard, although we didn’t have a lot of yardage to show for it.”
Perhaps it’s indicative of the current state of the running game that in Coughlin’s runners rundown his most pointed praise was for fullback
“The short yardage pick-up by Henry, although not a lot of distance, was a plus for us,” Coughlin said. “We’ve not always, in the last couple of years, been very good in that area. That was a plus. It gave us one more form of a weapon to be utilized in that circumstance. That was a good thing.”
Overall, the Giants gained 230 yards and averaged 3.9 yards per play.
“From an offensive standpoint (we had) nothing consistent, and that was bothersome to me,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin was bothered by two plays in particular, one of them on special teams. The first was an overthrown
“It was kind of a throwaway,” Manning said of the pass that flew over
“Our field position was good there, we were almost at midfield, we would’ve had the opportunity to drive the ball down and do some more work offensively instead of turning it over right back to them,” Coughlin said.
The coach was also displeased that
“Certainly the blocked punt creates a big issue for you,” Coughlin said. “Usually when a punt gets blocked, the team that had the punt blocked loses the game. We were fortunate that that didn’t happen.”
Beginning tomorrow, Coughlin and the Giants will get back to work so they win games more with proficient play and less with good fortune.
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“They need to get back out on the field, and they both know it,” Coughlin said. “It’s a shame that that happened, especially as quickly as it did last night without many reps. I’m hoping they can play through some of this.”