The Giants will not practice Thursday or Friday as they prepare to host their co-tenants and rivals, the Jets, at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.
On Wednesday, Victor Cruz (calf) and Weston Richburg (knee) did not practice, while safety Landon Collins (knee) and WR Rueben Randle (tendonitis) worked lightly again.
Safety Nat Berhe, who missed all of mini-camp and most of training camp with a calf tear, re-aggravated the injury. RT Marshall Newhouse had his ankle stepped on and left practice.
Although the Giants want to get long looks on their reserves, head coach Tom Coughlin first wants to get his starters in sync. He said the starters will play the first half on Saturday.
“Well, we have played our people a little bit more this preseason,” Coughlin said. “The third game, obviously, is an important game, just like any of them are but as far as advancing our people, we’ll play a half. There may be some that extend and there may be some that won’t not play a full half, but by and large, we’ll plan on playing a half and a half.”
On if he's looking forward to playing the Jets in the preseason: "It is always a good game. It is a game that is well approached by the media, it is a preseason game, we have our issues, we have people that we are trying to evaluate and they do, too, and I think that is where it is. That is where the game is."
On if it seems any quieter without Rex Ryan on the Jets' sidelines: "You know what, we’ve got our own issues. I don’t pay much attention to what is going on in other places."
On if he'll play the starters through halftime vs. the Jets: "I’m glad you brought that up, but it doesn’t happen much. I come in at the half and if we are in pretty good shape, I say that is enough."
On what he wants to see in this third preseason game: "It is continued improvement for me. The timing of the passing game is not there yet, and it’s got to happen. I thought our protection did a nice job early on. We’ll be tested this week, the Jets have an outstanding pressure package---they also have an outstanding front, a big front, so we are going to be tested with regards to that, too. That brings up the idea of some kind of consistency with your run game. We have got to have that. We had it at times the other night; we need it more often but we are going up against a very good front, so those would be the ways, you mentioned offense, where we would be looking to see us make progress."