In a revelation that should come as a shock to no one, Odell Beckham will not play against the New England Patriots on Thursday night. “He has to practice first,” quipped Tom Coughlin when asked about Beckham’s status for the game. The rookie wide receiver, drafted twelfth overall in last May’s NFL draft, was again relegated to the sidelines while his healthy teammates practiced. Coughlin is clearly frustrated by Beckham’s inability to stay on the practice field after suffering an unrecognized setback on Tuesday of last week. He was riding a stationary bicycle as practice began.
Joining Beckham on the Tour de Rutherford were linebackers Spencer Adkins, and Justin Anderson, offensive tackle Charles Brown, and wide receiver/return specialist Trindon Holliday. All but Brown are likely to be among the 15 roster moves the team needs to make by 4 PM tomorrow to get down to the reduced roster limit of 75. If the player can’t practice or play in the last preseason, he will be of no value to the team, and only Brown is a candidate for the final 53 to be announced by Saturday. Also not practicing was wide receiver Marcus Harris, who jogged on the sideline. Offensive linemen Brandon Mosley and James Brewer were absent for physician visits regarding their back injuries. The team did not disclose if the pair were seeing the same doctor.
Geoff Schwartz was en route to North Carolina for a late Monday afternoon appointment with Dr. James Andrews. The Giants will be able to provide an update about how much time he will miss by the end of the day tomorrow. Coughlin said he is hoping for the best. He omitted the flip side of that infamous saying, – while preparing for the worst, but that’s been implied all along. Weston Richburg manned the left guard spot in practice again today, while John Jerry was again at right guard, the configuration we should expect to see on Thursday night. It would not be surprising if the first team line played the entire first half to give them some time to gel before the season opener against Detroit’s ferocious front four. Coughlin said most starters will play 15 to 18 snaps.
Prince Amukamara was back on the practice field, but appeared limited. Trumaine McBride was also working with the first team. While it was encouraging to see Amukamara back at practice, it would be surprising to see him on Thursday. His quick return bodes well for the September 8th opener. Linebacker Jon Beason was on the sidelines, working on his backpedaling and coverage skills and is inching closer to being activated from the PUP list. It’s doubtful he will be activated before the team makes it’s roster moves tomorrow, and he is a long shot to play against New England.
Daniel Fells lined up first at tight end today, relieved by Larry Donnell. Coughlin admitted that the position will use a committee approach with different players asked to take on various roles. And while that was not the team’s preference entering training camps, that “What it evolved into.” Donnell spoke with the media after practice and said “You never get too confident” this time of year. He hopes he has shown enough to earn a spot on the Giants roster. Donnell recognizes that he need to improve his run blocking and that “He’s got a ways to go” in that regard.
The offense had one of it’s best showings in practice, with Eli Manning finding Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle for touchdowns. The pass to Randle was picture perfect, dropped between Walter Thurmond and Antrel Rolle as Randle ran a flag pattern. Randle has another drop in the end zone, and Manning later missed an open Victor Cruz. Jerrell Jernigan dropped a sure touchdown pass and is squandering his opportunities to make the final roster. If Preston Parker has another good showing on Thursday night, he could take the spot away from Jernigan who has failed to make plays when given the opportunity. It appears last December’s “Break out” by Jernigan was a fluke.
Zack Bowman intercepted another pass in practice this time an overthrown ball by Ryan Nassib. Bowman has had a nose for the ball all summer.
As practice was winding down and the team entered the two minute drill phase, something got defensive end Damontre Moore so fired up that Coughlin sent him off the field for a few plays to cool down. When asked about it after, Coughlin shrugged it off, saying Moore was “A little tired, a little irritated,” and there was “Not much to it.”
Manning spoke with the media and when asked about Coughlin’s 15 to 18 play estimate, said it “Sounds about right.” He pointed out that not only are the pass routes different in the new offense, but his footwork as well. Manning responded “We’ll see,” when asked if this offense will mean more no huddle opportunities.
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