The Giants are moving past the Dallas Debacle by throwing all of their focus towards this week's home opener vs Atlanta.
"It was hard at the beginning of the week, no doubt, but I think they’re moving along," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "I think yesterday was better than the day before."
Recovery Day came with the news that the Giants could be without MLB Jon Beason, the club's recently elected defensive captain this week. Coughlin was optimistic that Beason could possibly play against the Falcons on Sunday, but the official injury report has listed Beason as doubtful.
"Well, he is feeling better, he’ll tell you that, but we’re going to see," Coughlin said Friday. The likely replacement will be rookie Uani 'Unga, who had twelve total tackles but the coach mentioned that Jasper Brinkley, and possibly Mark Herzlich may get on the field as well.
"I think that it would be a good shot in the arm," Coughlin added when asked what type of impact Beason's presence would provide. "Players, not unanimously but wholeheartedly, voted him captain. It would be a definite plus for us. The only reason I answer in that fashion is because you don’t want to get right down when you can get another week. I hope, but we’ll have to see."
DT Markus Kuhn (knee) is out and the Giants will use a combination of players to soak up his reps, but FA pickup Louis Nix may not be one of them.
"He’s been here a short amount of time," Coughlin said of Nix. "He’s had an opportunity just really to try and understand the way we do things, and so the information that he has is very specific for him. He doesn’t have the whole playbook, obviously, but yeah that’s what he’s here for, to play and help."
TE Daniel Fells (foot) will not play this week and that means Jerome Cunningham, a workout warrior who impressed in the preseason and at training camp, gets to strut his stuff in a live NFL game.
In addition to Kuhn and Fells, DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot) is also out and WR Victor Cruz (calf) is still not ready to practice.
Coughlin was asked if he saw the photos of DE Jason Pierre-Paul's unwrapped hand this week in the media. He said he had not.
"I didn’t look, I heard it was out there, but I didn’t see it", he said. " I was busy and whenever it was on I wasn’t watching anything. By the time I got home, I wasn’t going to sit around watching that."
He also said he did not see the extent of JPP's injury when he came in last week because it was wrapped.