Big Blue Morning: Back to work

September, 4, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants return to the practice field Thursday to officially begin their week of practice preparation for Monday Night's season opener against the Lions in Detroit.

I don't expect to see Odell Beckham Jr., of course, but it will be interesting to try and find out whether there has been any change in the alignment at wide receiver when the Giants are in their preferred three-wide receiver set. I know they would like to keep Victor Cruz in the slot, and Jerrel Jernigan did have a big game last time they were in Detroit, so maybe they catch lightning in a bottle with him on the outside opposite Rueben Randle next week.

As Mike Rothstein points out, the Lions have a new coaching staff this season and a new defensive coordinator for Tom Coughlin, Ben McAdoo & Co. to try and out-scheme.

I wrote this Wednesday about Coughlin, his importance and his approach to this season's Giants team, in case you missed it.

On Wednesday, the Giants put Geoff Schwartz on short-term injured reserve, so he can't play until Week 9. They will start rookie Weston Richburg at left guard in Detroit, and if Brandon Mosley can't get back on the practice field Thursday or Friday, John Jerry is the likely starter at right guard.

More later from practice and the locker room.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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