The Giants will face the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday afternoon with rookie Dak Prescott at QB in place of the injured Tony Romo. Ben McAdoo, making his regular season debut as Giants head coach, isn't taking Prescott lightly.
"Dak is a winner. He's won everywhere he's been," said McAdoo of the former Mississippi State star on Monday. "He has taken advantage of his opportunities in the preseason and it'll be a challenge for us...He's looked good in the preseason and he's done a nice job for them. We're going to have our hands full. He's a good player."
The Giants will be looking to defend Prescott with a retooled defense that includes some major changes throughout. The club released veteran LB Jasper Brinkley on Monday to make room for QB Josh Johnson. That means Kelvin Sheppard could be the new starting MLB.
"It just came down to it's a numbers game at this point," explained McAdoo. "It came down to numbers. We thank Jasper for everything he's done for us. Coming in playing last year off short notice, he did a nice job for us. We wish him the best."
McAdoo also said Sheppard would be the MLB depending on the package DC Steve Spagnuolo calls. Keenan Robinson, Mark Herzlich and rookie B.J. Goodson will all see reps as well.
Injuries...LB Jonathan Casillas (ribs) and rookie safety Darian Thompson (shoulder) returned to practice, but were limited. McAdoo said Casillas could be turned loose on Wednesday but Thompson will be testing out a harness and remain limited for the time being. McAdoo also said DB Leon Hall and Goodson were still going through the league's concussion protocol process.
On the Giants' interest in former Green Bay Packers OL Josh Sitton..."You look at everything. I have history with Josh. Tremendous player, tremendous talent. We wish Josh nothing but the best but he's not on our roster."
On newly-signed QB Josh Johnson..."He has good rhythm in his body. He's been trained in a version of the system. He plays with his cleats in the ground, has a natural throwing motion and has some good experience."
On OT Will Beatty..."I look forward to going in and watching the film. He did some good things out here today. It's encouraging."
On if the Giants will look for offensive line help this week via the waiver wire..."No. Again, we're comfortable with the players we have on this roster right now. We have a good, strong football team. You never stop looking, but we're definitely comfortable with what we have."
On DT Robert Thomas, who the Giants picked up this past weekend off the waiver wire..."He plays with great energy. Leverage, he stays on his feet. Tremendous balance and he uses his hands well. He's active. Good player, glad to have him."