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7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (10/20)


  1. The state of the Giants (3-4) is somewhere in between the Washington and Dallas games.**


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Meeting with the media a day after the Giants' 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, coach Tom Coughlin was asked simply, "Where is this this team?"

He responded, "We are probably somewhere between the kind of night we had in Washington (a 45-14 victory in Week 4) and how we were yesterday. I am not going to comment on the Eagles game. We have nine games to play. Hopefully we will be able to talk about this team being a lot better than you see it right now."

2. LB Jon Beason will re-visit Dr. Robert Anderson.

Beason, who missed Weeks 3-5 with a foot/toe injury, had to leave yesterday's game because of his toe. The X-ray was negative, but Coughlin said today that his starting middle linebacker will likely make another trip to Charlotte, N.C. to see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

3. G Geoff Schwartz has a long way to go.

The offseason acquisition is currently on injured reserve/designated for return after dislocating his toe in the preseason, and he will be eligible to play in his first game in Week 8 after the bye. However, he still has a ways to go before he can return.

"He has been standing on the sidelines for a long time now," Coughlin said. "We are going to have to get him on the practice field extensively before that happens."

4. The bye week buys time for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and RB Rashad Jennings.

Rodgers-Cromartie missed two days of practice last week with back and hamstring injuries, and Coughlin said today that it is going to be a "continuous kind of thing" with him moving forward. Meanwhile, Jennings (knee) missed the last two games.

"Yeah, it buys you some time," Jennings said about the upcoming break. "It's definitely playing in our favor right now for the whole team to just heal up where we're at. Heal up, step away from the game physically, a few days mentally, but we know we have a long season ahead of us in the third quarter, so it's going to be exciting football."

5. WR Odell Beckham Jr. is producing while progressing.

The rookie first-round draft choice caught two of Eli Manning's three touchdowns on Sunday, bringing his season total to three in just three games. But Beckham, who was dealing with hamstring issues, admitted he is still trying to get his "football legs" underneath him.

"It is still all fast. It is the NFL. Everything is moving fast," he said. "I still have to catch myself from time-to-time telling myself to slow down. I think it is natural when you are young like that and you are coming onto a new level to just try and slow it down. It is a difficult thing to do sometimes."

6. DE Jason Pierre-Paul's performance was overshadowed by the loss.

Beginning with a sack on the Cowboys' first possession, Pierre-Paul put together his best performance of the season against Dallas. He finished with six solo tackles, three tackles for losses, three quarterback hits, and recorded his first two-sack game in 2014.

"I missed two plays," Pierre-Paul said. "It goes to show that I am in shape and if it was up to me, I am not coming out. The most plays I have played was 100-something plays the year we won the Super Bowl and we played the Jets at home. It is nothing to me. I am in great shape and I felt good."

7. Eli on Peyton's record: "I know he was proud of the win with it."

While the Giants were flying back from Dallas, Eli's older brother, Peyton, broke Brett Favre's NFL record of 508 career touchdown passes, throwing for four in the Broncos' Sunday night victory over the 49ers to reach 510.

"Yeah, I just sent him a text," Eli said. "We were on the plane when it happened so I got home and saw it and sent him a text message and said congrats and that I was proud of him. I haven't gotten to talk to him yet.

"I know he was proud of the win with it. I didn't get to see it happen live. You never play for individual awards and records and that type of stuff but that's pretty special. The touchdown record is pretty special and I think it has an opportunity for sticking around a long, long time."

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