Tom Coughlin is putting last week's game behind him and moving on towards this week's preseason square-off with his former employer, the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spoke to the media a few hours before the team's scheduled practice on Wednesday.
He was asked in the future if he would do another week like last week, when they traveled to Cincinnati to practice against, and then play, the Bengals. He said he was in favor of doing it again.
"Because we got a lot out of it," he said when asked why.
On if there is any news on when JPP will be showing up: "No... I think he’s talked to more of our people, but it’s conversation."
On if Eli Manning's contract situation is or will have any impact on him: "No. I haven’t seen one thing about it. It’s not going to affect him."
On how high he rates QB Eli's professionalism: "How high does it go? What’s the number you want, 1-10? (Yes.) 11."
The offensive line
On how Geoff Schwartz has looked this week: "So-so. He did so-so. Trying to get him to go every day. His second day wasn’t as good as his first. But hopefully he gets better."
On rookie Bobby Hart being tried at tackle: "That’s where he’s played. He’s played there in college, so we wanted to take a look at him...You’ve got to line them all up somewhere. He’s playing some guard and he’s playing some tackle."
On using different combinations on the O-line in practice: "I read about that when I read about other teams. They’ve got this point and they’ve got—I just want to find the five guys that work best together, as soon as we can. Whether it’s the second, third preseason game. There’s a certain number that we’re going to have to depend on, and they’re going to have to be versatile enough to play in some different spots," said Coughlin.
"Obviously, I’d like it to happen fast, but you’ve had a guy like Schwartz that hasn’t practiced much. You have Marshall [Newhouse] who has been out a day or so. So we’ve had some of that. Plus, the young guy, we’re trying to bring a couple of young guys around. Hart, we’re trying to get Hart going. And he’s had some good days, and days that are not as good. So I’m looking for some consistency in his play as well," he added.
On DE George Selvie (knee): "You know [George] Selvie, no ligament damage. Had a little tissue, little strain. He gives everything he’s got. I don’t really think he’ll be too long. He can’t go today, but I think he’ll be back soon."
On CB Prince Amukamara (groin) and S Nat Berhe (calf): "They’re little by little. Little by little, they’re doing it. You don’t see much of them in the team stuff, but they’re working their way back in there, which is good. They take all the jog-through and all that business, they take. And some of the individual. Hopefully we can advance that part of it."
On WRs Victor Cruz (calf) and Rueben Randle (knees): "Cruz has had a little strain in the calf area, so he’s not going to practice today. Randle’s not ready. We thought Randle was going to be ready to go today, but he’s not going to practice today. So we’ll have a couple receivers down today."
Coughlin said Cruz was probably suffering from dehydration but seemed to be more concerned about Randle missing more time and how it's affecting the passing game.
"Well, we’ve been out a while. I mean, yes, but he needs to practice. That’s the one thing I’m anxious about," said Coughlin. "Everybody wants to talk about our passing game. Unless we get out there and practice together, what passing game? So that’s something that has to be considered. We have to work together on the field to get to where we’re going. So advancing some of these young guys, yeah, that’s a plus. But we certainly aren’t cohesive with the other guys, either."
On free-agent WR/KR Dwayne Harris: "Powerful, nifty, tough, do a lot of things for you. It’s kind of interesting that in studying him, you saw him as a gunner on kickoff coverage, running punts back, running kicks back, and doing a lot of things. Coming into [the Dallas Cowboys] offensive sets and blocking at the perimeter, or being a guy who catches the ball underneath—short pass, long run kind of a guy. So he’s versatile. We’re trying like heck to get the punt return team going, which is something I’m hoping will advance come Saturday night."
On rookie WR Geremy Davis: "He’s got to get better. We like him, he’s big and strong and fast. But he’s got to define some of the things that he can do for us. But, obviously, we’re always looking for gunners, gunner help. If he does that for us, as one of those people who can work in a rotation out there, that would help a lot."