The Giants have regrouped after a Week 1 loss and shifted their attention to the Detroit Lions
Big Blue has an extra day to prepare for their home opener – the Giants host the 1-0 Lions on Monday Night Football, meaning the Giants will have started 2017 with a pair of primetime games. After their first full practice of the week, coach Ben McAdoo and players met with the media to discuss turning the page from Dallas to Detroit and the keys for a victory on Monday night.
Here is what we learned Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center:
1. TAMING THE LIONS IN PRIMETIME
McAdoo began his Thursday press conference with a scouting report on the Giants' Week 2 opponent. Both playoff teams in 2016, these two sides met in Week 15 last season, with the Giants winning 17-6 at MetLife Stadium. The Lions are off to a 1-0 start this year after a 35-23 win over Arizona. Here is what McAdoo had to say about the Lions.
Offense: "Their offense is dynamic, led by [quarterback] Matt Stafford. He's among the finest QBs in the league. Their O-line is a remade unit, they're functioning well together, they're playing well. They have a handful of matchup pieces on the offensive perimeter – [Wide receivers] [Golden] Tate, [Marvin] Jones and [Kenny] Golladay – either with size, speed or quickness."
Defense: "Their defense is a multiple unit with good, veteran leadership and youthful talent. They play with strong, deep and physical defensive linemen. [Linebacker] Jarrad Davis is adapting to the pro game well, out of Florida. Their back end is smart, combative in both the run and the pass and they're led by [safety] Glover Quin."
Special Teams: "They have a good of a group of core players as you can find. They're about eight deep at that position. [Safeties] [Don] Carey, [Miles] Killebrew and [linebacker] [Nick] Bellore lead the way there. [Matt] Prater is a tremendous kicker and has a great history behind him and he had to double up in the punting duties last week and did an admirable job there."
2. GIANTS INJURY REPORT; BECKHAM IMPROVING
Did not practice: T Bobby Hart (ankle), LB Keenan Robinson (concussion)
Limited: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle)
Full participation: DT Jay Bromley (knee), CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand), WR Tavarres King (ankle)
Beckham has not played since injuring his ankle in the second preseason game against the Browns. He was listed as questionable for the Giants' Week 1 game in Dallas, but ultimately did not suit up. The three-time Pro Bowler was listed as limited on the injury report Thursday.
"It felt good just to be back out there," Beckham said. "Something about – it's just when you put that helmet on, it's a different mode. When you put the helmet on and go out there and warm up and when we got to individuals, I was running routes. I was feeling pretty good. So, like I said, we're definitely taking major strides in the right direction."
3. LIONS INJURY REPORT
Did not practice: None
Limited: DE Ezekiel Ansah (knee), WR Golden Tate (finger)
Full participation: None
4. RECEIVERS READY TO BOUNCE BACK
The Giants' offense struggled to get in any sort of rhythm against the Cowboys, gaining just 233 yards on offense. Sterling Shepard led the wide receiver group with seven catches, but Brandon Marshall, playing in his first regular-season game with the Giants, was held to one catch on four targets. The group is confident they'll bounce back this week.
"We have no choice but to do better," Marshall said. "That's the goal. If you don't, then it's going to be a long season. It's early on in the season, first week. Didn't perform the way we wanted to so this is a bounce back game."
5. STOPPING STAFFORD
The Giants held the Lions to just six points in their meeting last season. Stafford and the Lions' offense came out firing last week, though, against the Cardinals. The Lions' all-time leader in passing yards, completions and touchdowns, threw for four more scores in the win, and that has the attention of the Giants defense.
"His ability to make plays downfield and him using his legs, being very mobile, and his awareness game," defensive end Olivier Vernon said of what makes Stafford special. "You saw a lot of it during the film study today and he's able to make plays on the ball. Then, he has great receivers that can make plays as well. They have some nice shifty running backs."
"Yeah, I mean for sure he is somebody that is definitely going to challenge you on the outside and on the perimeter and he is going to go deep too," cornerback Eli Apple said. "He's got a great arm, so it's going to be a great challenge."
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