Coughlin report: Planning for Indy

August, 16, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the starters will play approximately 20 snaps when the Giants play host to the Colts on Sunday, while the second string will get about 25 snaps.

"If we get any kind of snap distribution like we did the other night [against Pittsburgh], it would be a 65-snap game, if it went that way," Coughlin said.

[+] EnlargeCurtis Painter, David Carr, Eli Manning
Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY SportsCurtis Painter won't take any snaps against Indy; David Carr and Eli Manning will.
The 20 snaps for the starters in the second preseason game is part of the gradual snaps increase for the starters through the first three preseason games, before toning it down for the final one.

The Giants' starters had a strong showing last Saturday, scoring a touchdown while holding Pittsburgh to a field goal.

Coughlin added that the team will only be using three quarterbacks this week, as David Carr and Curtis Painter will be split up. Carr will play against the Colts, along with Eli Manning and rookie Ryan Nassib, while Painter will play the following Saturday against the Jets.

JPP UPDATE: Coughlin liked what he saw from rehabbing defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during a workout on Thursday. Pierre-Paul had offseason back surgery, and it's not known yet whether he'll be ready for the season opener against Dallas.

"He worked well yesterday. I think he's a little sore today so they slowed him down again," Coughlin said. "Yesterday was an outstanding day. He ran well. He worked in the weight room."

Coughlin didn't believe the soreness was a sign of a setback.

"He ran yesterday well, he's sore today probably because he hasn't been running, so they just held him back today," Coughlin said. "In other words, he's not ready to come out two days in a row and do what he did yesterday. But I'm encouraged by what he did."

ALL FOR AHMAD: Coughlin raved about former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw, who will return to MetLife Stadium for the first time since he signed with the Colts in the offseason. Bradshaw played for the Giants from 2007-12, winning two Super Bowls. He won't play Sunday.

"He was a tough, hard-nosed guy. Any time you came on the field you knew what you were going to get out of him. Very focused, very physical, very tough. Played hard, very emotional about the way he played. He was a big, big part of our two championship teams," Coughlin said. "Those are the things that stand out for me: his toughness, his heart, the way he approached every game, the emotion he put into it. He would play with extreme pain, we all know that. Nothing but great thoughts about him."

END WITH A FIGHT: A scuffle halted practice on Friday, drawing the ire of Coughlin. It appeared defense end Adewale Ojomo was involved.

The team was in the middle of a two-minute drill when the skirmish broke out, ending practice.

"Of course I'm not happy. Why would I be happy about that?" Coughlin said. "You could get somebody hurt under those circumstances."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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