“Remember how we used to use [David] Tyree?” Coughlin said. “He would come in and be a blocker. That’s what Harris does. You see him on the field and you start thinking that way. And that part alone opens a lot of possibilities. Maybe you get back into the old fake, ghost screen stuff. So it just opens a lot of things up. Whether he becomes the third or fourth receiver or a special situation kind of player offensively, he wants to contribute on offense and he will be given that opportunity.”
Giant fans, as always, are curious about what the plan is at linebacker this season. Coughlin said that newly-signed JT Thomas and Jonathan Casillas would get a chance to win jobs.
“They will make contributions in both ways,” Coughlin said. “Thomas played very well against us (for Jacksonville last Nov. 30). Quite frankly, there is no better info as you get ready looking into free agency than people that have done well against you.
“Both will get plenty of opportunities. There is just more information about Thomas in normal down and distance situations than there is on Casillas. But we know they are both special.”
Defensive tackle is also a question mark this season. In addition to the recent draftees (Jon Hankins, Jay Bromley, Markus Kuhn) and Cullen Jenkins, Coughlin sees former Jet Kenrick Ellis and practice-squadder Dominique Hamilton as tow players to keep an eye on.
“Ellis is a big human,” Coughlin said. “The young man on our practice squad, Hamilton, is a big human, so I am looking forward to seeing what they can do, too … We realized that big dominating guy in the middle is a good starting point for the D-line.”