Five takeaways from Thursday's team practice and media hour:
1. DRC BACK AT PRACTICE
Reinstated yesterday, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned to practice on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The 10-year veteran had been suspended since last Thursday for violation of team rules and did not play in Denver.
"It's great to have DRC back," coach Ben McAdoo said. "Had a lot of energy. Welcomed him back with open arms."
That energy radiated throughout the locker room, where Rodgers-Cromartie said defensive tackle Damon Harrison was the first one to hug him and welcome him back.
But what exactly happened that led to the suspension?
"To be honest, coach called me up and he said some things and I kind of didn't agree with it and I handled it the wrong way," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "At the end of the day, that's on me. So the suspension, I take that. All I can do is try to work back to get in good grace with the guys. I'm just glad that they didn't let this turn them from me and they accepted me and I'm just back working, man."
2. INJURY REPORT
Did not practice: LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), G John Jerry (tooth), LB Calvin Munson (quad), C Weston Richburg (concussion), CB Eli Apple (not injury related, excused for personal reasons)
Limited: S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle)
Full: LS Zak DeOssie (wrist/elbow)
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3. NEW FORMULA
Since McAdoo arrived as offensive coordinator in 2014, Eli Manning is third in the NFL with 2,038 pass attempts, trailing only Drew Brees (2,142) and Philip Rivers (2,039). However, only 19 of those came in Week 6 as the Giants ran 32 times for 148 yards. Manning has attempted fewer than 19 passes in just five of his 217 career starts, including postseason, and none since 2009.
It wasn't all that surprising, given that the Giants were without four wide receivers – three for the rest of the season – and were going against the "No Fly Zone" and the No. 1 defense in yards. But it also coincided with current offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan taking over playcalling duties. But McAdoo, like with the lineup, won't divulge that information for this week.
"Yeah, a lot less passing and that's just the circumstances of what we were in last week," said Manning, who added that it's not that much different to hear Sullivan in his helmet because he has been calling plays in practices and during training camp. "Had some new receivers, different guys playing some of their first games and first games in a while. So, you had to be careful. It wouldn't be a game we're going to throw it 40 times. So, we still have to throw it, we have to hit some shots, we have to make some plays, but you've just got to be smart about it."
4. SEAHAWKS SCOUTING REPORT
McAdoo opens every Wednesday press conference with a scouting report of the upcoming opponent. The following is what he said about the 3-2 Seahawks, who are coming off their bye week.
Offense: "They're led by one of the best leaders in the ballgame, Russell Wilson. He throws with accuracy, has a great touch on the ball. He does it from inside and outside the pocket. We know he can extend plays. He does a good job creating on the move with his feet. He gets better as the game goes on, which will be a big challenge for us. Surrounded by a lot of playmakers – guys with size, guys with speed and some guys with a combination of both. (Doug) Baldwin and (Jimmy) Graham are two of his favorite targets. They have four very talented backs around him when they're healthy and their offensive line is working to gel as a unit, fixing some injuries there."
Defense: "They're a very good tackling team. They're fast, they're physical, they're a confident unit. You can see that as the series go on, as the game goes on. Very confident in each other and it shows. They've played a lot of football together. (Michael) Bennett, (Cliff) Avril and (Frank) Clark are dynamic defensive ends up front for them and (Sheldon) Richardson and (Jarran) Reed are a strong duo inside. Very physical players and good with their hands. (Bobby) Wagner, (Earl) Thomas, (Kam) Chancellor and (Richard) Sherman – they cover a lot of ground for them on the perimeter in their cover-three scheme and they're playing a lot of man-to-man as well. They're special players indeed."
Special teams: "(Tyler) Lockett is a dangerous returner – has been since he got into the league. (Bradley) McDougald is a productive player and a challenge on coverage teams and Jon Ryan can still boom the football as the punter."
5. CARROLL: GIANTS 'TOOK IT OUT' ON DENVER
While resting over their bye week, the Seahawks watched the Giants notch their first victory in convincing fashion over the Broncos on Sunday night. On a conference call with Giants beat reporters, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked today if the performance helps him drive home the point to his team that the 1-5 Giants will be a challenge.
"Well, we're not in that business of trying to convince them now," he said. "They've played a bunch of really close games. You can see the play and the potential of their ability as a team. They just took it out on Denver in a very difficult situation.
"I mean, everybody knows who plays there. That's so hard to play there against a really good team and they were able to really control the game. So, it's really clear that we're up against a difficult opponent and we're going across the country to do it and all that kind of stuff."
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