- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With so many new faces on the team, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin organized a team outing Tuesday night, taking players to a bowling and billiards place to compete on a smaller scale.
"That was a surprise for them last night," Coughlin said Wednesday. "We've done it in the past. We've done different things. We've taken years where we haven't, and we wanted to do it this year because we have so many new guys, so many young guys. We needed a little team-building session and we thought that would be a good idea. It was a good idea."
Some news of the event came out via Twitter, and punter Steve Weatherford posted photos from Frames bowling alley -- including one of the Manning brothers' "football on your phone" commercial playing on several big-screen TVs.
So how did Coughlin do? "Lousy at best," the coach said.
Coughlin was also asked about the connection between Eli Manning and Victor Cruz. They connected on back-to-back plays in the red zone Wednesday, with Cruz making a one-handed touchdown catch. Still, Coughlin is looking for more.
"Today?" Coughlin asked. "We're trying to get better with it, that's for sure. It certainly isn't midseason form."
The Giants have had a lot of injured players this training camp, and some are still out while others are being worked back into the their spots at various speeds. Coughlin was asked if players missing the reps meant they were falling too far behind.
"Well, they catch up," Coughlin said. "In fact, they don't miss anything except taking the reps. If they're smart, what they do is by position, they're listening to the corrections. They're trying to visualize themselves in that position ... corrected.
"If they're very attentive and alert and understand the circumstances that they're in, then they really do not lose any of the mental time. It's the field time that they lose, and hopefully as soon as they get to come back they catch up. It might be a day, it might be two days, it depends on how it is."
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