Thursday, September 4, 2014
Early New York Giants practice report
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Linebacker Jon Beason was on the field and working with the rest of the team in the portion of New York Giants practice that was open to the media Thursday. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday morning that Beason had come through his Monday return from a foot injury well and that the plan for getting him up to speed this week hadn't changed. It remains to be seen how much Beason will play in Monday night's season opener in Detroit, but there are good indications he'll be able to make a contribution at middle linebacker.
Brandon Mosley, who was the starting right guard all through training camp until he injured his back, returned to practice Thursday. But the sense I get is that the Giants like what they saw from John Jerry after he took over the position from Mosley late in the preseason and that Jerry is the likely starter at right guard in the opener. Rookie Weston Richburg looks sure to start at left guard. And veteran Adam Snyder, a former 49ers guard who signed with the Giants Wednesday, could work his way into the playing-time mix in short order, according to Coughlin.
Not working in the early portion of practice were defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (shoulder), offensive lineman James Brewer (back) and, of course, rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), who jogged some laps around a separate field and worked on the side with a team trainer. There's no chance Beckham plays Monday, and the continued absence of Kuhn from practice could leave the Giants' defensive tackle rotation thin. That could mean some playing time for rookie third-rounder Jay Bromley at the position. Johnathan Hankins and Cullen Jenkins are the starters, with Mike Patterson and Bromley on the bench. On passing downs, defensive ends Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers are able to move inside and rush from the defensive tackle position.