The Giants will get a much-needed day off today and resume their workouts Tuesday at QDTC. It will be the final session open to the public. Camp breaks on Thursday. The Giants will host the Jets this Saturday night at MetLife Stadium.
On Sunday it was confirmed that the Giants lost two more defensive players for the season. Safeties Bennett Jackson (torn ACL) and Justin Currie (fractured ankle and fibula) were injured in Saturday's win over Jacksonville.
“Bennett had been a guy that we had grabbed and he worked very, very hard at that job trying to give us another option there,” coach Tom Coughlin said on his Sunday conference call with reporters.
“It’s just a sad thing to see it happen, because it’s difficult. He’s tackling a tight end and they get all twisted up on the bottom of a pile. He ends up underneath the tight end, and if you just watch him grimace, it comes when he’s on the ground. So I don’t know exactly what happened.”
Jackson, the starting strong safety, was still in the game with less than four minutes to play when he was hurt bringing down a Jaguars' receiver along the sidelines. Why he was still in the game is no secret: the Giants were low on DBs and the coaches wanted him to get more live game reps.
Jackson, a sixth-round pick in last year's draft, missed the entire 2014 season with a knee injury. Earlier this year, the club transitioned him from corner to safety at minicamp. Currie was a UDFA that was opening some eyes at camp, but he'll have to wait until next year to make his NFL debut.
The Giants currently have three healthy safeties - Brandon Meriweather, Justin Halley and Jeromy Miles. All three have been signed over the past five weeks.
Coughlin was hopeful that he would have three more back this week. Second-round draft choice Landon Collins (knee), second-year pro Nat Berhe (calf) and third-year veteran Cooper Taylor (toe) should all resume practicing this week.
That will not be the case for MLB Jon Beason, who left Saturday's game with a sprained knee. He is listed as day-to-day, but Beason believes he could be ready for the team's season opener in three weeks.
“I totally believe that I can and I have my mind made up,” Beason said on his Sunday conference call. “I’ll do everything I can humanly possible to make sure that that happens. And I don’t want just straight on Sunday. I want to get back in time for preparation for that game.”
The Giants' first team passing game needs work, and it begins with the return of WRs Victor Cruz (calf) and Rueben Randle (tendonitis). Coughlin is unsure of when he will have all three of his star WRs on the field at the same time.
“I really don’t know,” Coughlin said. “The thing with Rueben has really confused me. He’s been able to handle this so well over the years, and yet this circumstance has been bothersome. There was so much speculation going in about having these people work together. We haven’t really seen them work together yet and we’re this far into camp. And the same thing with Victor. When they tell us they can go, they can go.”
The regular season is just three weeks away, and with camp ending, Coughlin is switching to business mode this week.
"This will be an in-season type of a preparation this week,” Coughlin said. “We are trying to make it as structured as much as possible according to what they can look forward to coming into the regular season.”
Some other players that Coughlin singled out on Sunday...
OL Geoff Schwartz did not start, but played extensively (40 snaps) once the game began. “He played pretty well when he was playing at the guard spot; I don’t think quite as good at the tackle spot,” Coughlin said. “But it was his first time out and he did get a lot of snaps, so it had to help him."
On the recently-signed Meriweather...."Well, he’s a veteran safety that we know the style of play that he is best utilized in. He got his feet wet last night and I think he’ll improve and be better the next week."
On LB Uani Unga, who is making a mark this summer...."Aggressive, very good on special teams. Made a couple of nice plays at the mike backer position, and he seems to be a physical player."
On DT Markus Kuhn, who started at DT vs. Jacksonville...."Well, he’s a big, strong guy. We’ve talked an awful lot about stopping the run, and he can hold the point in there, which he’s done over and over. He’s very smart, and so we look at him as a guy that can anchor down in there and can knock back off the ball. And he’s pretty much done that."
On rookie LT Ereck Flowers...."We thought he played well technically,” Coughlin said. “Very sound, and he is improving. If you watch some of the run game, you see him move people off the ball. He did a nice job of that. He and (Justin) Pugh got involved in a couple of nice twist exchanges where we picked up in pass protection. You saw him aggressively go back and recover that ball on the ground, I know he’s listening because we’ve been harping on that. Let the officials tell you that it was an incomplete pass, and don’t let it lay on the ground. We’ve shown examples of that, so I think that there’s no doubt that each one of these experiences he’s grown and benefitted from.”