EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Tom Coughlin said today the Giants' offensive line must rebound quickly after a subpar performance on Monday night.
The unit struggled in the team's 27-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and must quickly regroup with the Dallas Cowboys set to visit MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
"Well, the other night wasn't our best effort, obviously that holds true," said Coughlin of the line after the Giants rushed for a season-low 81 yards and Eli Manning was sacked three times. "But you know what, we've got to pick ourselves up and get back on track and recognize the strength of their defensive front, which is a good one with the addition of a couple new players (Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain, who recently returned from suspensions). Hopefully, we'll get some of this straightened out. We've certainly got to do a better job of not getting beat on the edge or even getting pushed back into the quarterback's face. Even with the three-step drop stuff, you've got to have time to get the ball out."
The Giants could soon add an experienced and reliable player on their offensive line, though not in time to face the Cowboys. Will Beatty, who has not played this season because of a pectoral injury he suffered in May, will begin working in individual drills in practice this week. That will start the clock on a three-week time period in which the Giants can activate Beatty. If no move is made during that time, at the end of the three weeks, the Giants must either activate Beatty or keep on him on the physically unable to perform list, which would end his season before it begins.
"Beatty is starting on the clock and he's going to begin, like I said the other day, very slowly (with) individual work," Coughlin said.
*Coughlin said linebackers Devon Kennard (hamstring) and Jonathan Casillas (neck) will practice today. Kennard has missed the last two games. Another linebacker, Uani
'Unga, is on the preliminary injury report with a neck issue, but Coughlin said, "I don't think they made much of that. A burner type thing, and hopefully he's not going to be bothered by that."
Defensive end Robert Ayers, who has missed four games with a strained hamstring, will also work today.
*Coughlin was less certain about the practice status of wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle, who played in Philadelphia despite suffering hamstring injuries the previous week vs. San Francisco. "I'm not sure about that yet," Coughlin said. Coming off the Monday night game in Philadelphia, the Giants have a late-afternoon practice scheduled for today.
*Coughlin was asked about an update on Jason Pierre-Paul.
"I wish I knew," he said. "As soon as I have information, I'll let you know."
*Coughlin was asked if he has reached out to Terry Collins, the manager of the New York Mets, who are one game from clinching the National League pennant.
"I have texted him a couple of times congratulating him on his progress," Coughlin said. Asked if Collins has texted back, Coughlin said, "Once. He's a little busy."
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