Friday, August 1, 2014
Giants Camp Report: Day 9
By Mike Mazzeo
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of New York Giants training camp:
• Coach Tom Coughlin said "we'll see" when asked how many snaps his starters would play in Sunday night's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills, but he added that there will be a "minimal number." Victor Cruz eluded to what might be a ballpark figure. When asked how his role has changed going into his first preseason game of the year, Cruz mentioned that he's gone from a player who plays the second half to one who will just get 15-20 snaps Sunday. Coughlin also said that snaps could be impacted on health and position battles, which might necessitate more snaps.
• Cruz thinks the Giants will run their West Coast offense from the beginning. "I think they are going to put us right to the test and see how well we know the offense, how well this thing can perform at a high level," he said. "And I think right out of the bat we will be maybe not no-huddle, but a little bit more up-tempo."
• Asked what his team wants to accomplish Sunday, Coughlin mentioned keeping penalties to a bare minimum, not turning the ball over, avoiding sloppy play and establishing the running game. And, of course, staying healthy.
• Coughlin said rookie cornerback Bennett Jackson has a "significant" ankle sprain, though X-rays were negative. Jackson had gotten his feet tangled with wideout Corey Washington in Thursday’s practice. Left tackle Will Beatty (headache) was on the field but did not practice Friday. So were defensive tackle Mike Patterson (shoulder) and defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle). Rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did his standard JUGS routine.
• During practice, Charles Brown was with the starters at left tackle, while second-year pro Johnathan Hankins moved in next to Cullen Jenkins at defensive tackle. Rookie Andre Williams got a look with the ones, as Rashad Jennings was given more of a rest. Jennings is not dealing with an injury, so don’t read into that. Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells got the majority of snaps at tight end. Seems like those two players have emerged from the pack at that position. Donnell did have a drop during 11-on-11s. Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard is one of the more intriguing players to watch Sunday. The coaches think very highly of him. Quarterback Eli Manning's pass was intercepted by corner Trumaine McBride in red-zone drills.
• The Giants conducted the last half-hour of Friday's practice in their practice bubble because of the threat of lightning.
• The Giants placed tackle Troy Kropog (foot) on injured reserve and signed tackle Adam Gress. Gress is an undrafted rookie free agent out of Penn State; He is 6-7 and 300 pounds.