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Notebook: Joe Judge's bye week message to team


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants' players have numerous options for spending their time during the bye-week hiatus that began after today's practice. Coach Joe Judge hopes and expects being smart and sensible are at the top of the list.

"We talked about it this morning," Judge said. "Just make the right decisions."

That has become a customary sendoff for coaches who are concerned for their players' well-being and conduct as they scatter for the long weekend off during the season. The players will return to work on Monday.

"We talked about a few of the instances that happened this year and last year around the league," Judge said. "Look, it's natural for a lot of guys to kind of let their hair down this time of year. You get a few days off, you step away from a stressful situation for a couple of days, you kick back. You've got to make sure that you put yourself in the right surroundings and you make the right decisions. We talk very openly with our players about making the right decision. Before they get out of here again today, I'll remind them of the same thing. It's good for guys to refresh physically, refresh mentally and come back ready to go. Within that time, we're not exempt to consequences and we're not exempt from tragedies, so we have to understand that and make the right decisions."

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