Tuesday is players' day off so the Giants will not be out on the field today. They resume practicing at QDTC on Wednesday and then again on Thursday. Both practices are open to the public and will begin at 5:50pm.
WR Rueben Randle (tendonitis), safety Landon Collins (knee) and CB Jayron Hosley (concussion) did not practice Monday.CB Prince Amukamara (groin) was on the field in full pads but did not participate.
Safety Cooper Taylor (toe) also sat out . DE George Selvie (knee) left practice early and LB Jonathan Casillas (neck) returned to practice after missing Sunday's workout. Safety Nat Berhe (calf) finally participated in some individual drills.
Head coach Tom Coughlin spoke about the newly-signed safety Brandon Meriweather, who comes to the safety-challenged Giants with a history of overzealous aggressive play that has landed him in hot water multiple times with the NFL's lords of discipline.
"He’s a very physical safety— comes down in the box very well," said Coughlin. "He’ll bring a degree of toughness to our secondary, to that position, so we welcome him...the toughness part you want. The penalties and the issues, you don’t want. And he’s a young man who has expressed thanks in being here and having the opportunity, and I think he’ll take coaching. He’s competitive, he’s very competitive. And to a certain extent, obviously, we want that, but we don’t want what goes with it, obviously."
Meriweather knows he'll have to clean things up a bit now that he's a Giant.
"I think every player you ever asked will say, you play your game the way you play your game, he said. "Do you play within the rules? Yes. When they make new rules, do you have to adjust a little bit? Yes. So I’m going to play my game the way I play my game, but I’m also going to respect the rules."
Meriweather was asked what makes the Giants' system perfect for his talents.
"The coaches," he said. "The coaches, so far, they’ve been very hands-on. They’ve been helping me with everything. The players have been very helpful. I’m just thinking a good chemistry and all will be a great thing for the defense."
DC Steve Spagnuolo was not pleased with his defense's performance in the preseason opener but he's not panicking. He knows there's a lot to comprehend and feels it will come. He was asked on Monday why he isn't stressing the "playing fast" edict like his players are.
"You know what I attribute that to? And we talked about it," he said. "I think they were thinking too much because they wanted to be right, and it’s the first game, and there’s a lot of youth on our side of the ball. I think it was more that. Look, we focused a lot on that and we’re talking about it now. I’m hoping in this next go-around, that it will be think fast and just go. That’s what the defensive game is all about. I told them, don’t worry about making mistakes. Maybe I didn’t say that enough going into the game. If you’re a guy and you want to make the football team, and they’re always being corrected for an error, they want to be perfect. But we’re going to chase perfection, but we’re going to rely on relentless. That’s what we’re going to try to do."
Coughlin tried to quell the rumblings that the Giants may be trying to lowball QB Eli Manning, who is now lined up for a bonanza of a contract extension.
“I think he’s prepared to be better than he’s ever been, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said. “I thought last year his improvement was outstanding. His conditioning, his offseason work. Even right now, his recovery cycle work and flexibility is better than I’ve ever seen it. Again, he’s young, he’s obviously very driven, and he’s in a great frame of mind.”
CEO John Mara told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Monday that the Giants will wear a patch on their jersey to honor his mother, Ann, who passed away in February, as well as a helmet sticker with Frank Gifford's No. 16. Gifford passed away last week.