The Giants will be undergoing their "recovery day" out at QDTC today in preparation for their upcoming game vs the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
On Thursday, the Giants had both positive and negative news regarding injuries. WR Victor Cruz (calf) is still nowhere to be found and the club still has no timeframe for his return.
“He’s working and he’s doing more and more,” head coach Tom Coughlin said on Thursday. “But they’re not even at the stage where they’re really going to bring him out and turn him loose - let him run for a while - before they make a decision on whether he can practice. So that’s all forthcoming.”
Cruz' slot position was intitially given to Preston Parker, but his poor performance in Dallas last Sunday (three drops on third downs) had prompted the coaches to insert Dwayne Harris into the mix.
TE Daniel Fells (foot), DE Owa Odighizuwa (foot) and DT Markus Kuhn (knee) did not practice Thursday, but MLB Jon Beason (knee) and OT Ereck Flowers (ankle) did.
Flowers turned his ankle in Dallas but refused to leave the field. He played well in his NFL debut, albeit on one leg. Coughlin was impressed when the team's first-round draft pick did not blink an eye in getting right back to work.
"Well, basically, he said I’m playing and I’m practicing," said Coughlin. "It’s a breath of fresh air. Guy has an ankle, oh well. I started talking to him on Tuesday. “I’m practicing,” and he did."
Coughlin was asked if that was rare for a rookie...
"I don’t know, but can we have a few more? Whether they’re rookies or veterans of whoever they are."
The Giants' pass rush is nonexistent these days. On Sunday, they hit QB Tony Romo just once and came nowhere near him on that fateful last drive. DC Steve Spagnuolo had few answers and gave no indication when he'll get some.
"Yeah. We’ve got to get to the quarterback more, no question about that," said Spags."How do you do it? We’ll try to figure it out. Again, I thought their O-Line did really well. He does a really good job. If you go back and look at the pressures we did bring, his hard count got us in trouble. We gave some things away early, he put the protection where it should be. And look, there’s a lot of other bullets we could have went to the game with, but you’ve got to make the decision."
Rookie Uani' Unga had a stellar NFL debut last week (12 tackles, 10 solo, INT) but he failed to keep Cowboys' TE Jason Witten out of the end zone with 0:07 seconds left in the game. Not an embarrassing moment by any stretch, but the Giants want and need Beason back asap. Spagnuolo spoke about the what ifs had the Giants had Beason in Dallas:
"Well, anytime you lose a good football player that helps and his leadership, and is vocal. You know Uani, I thought Uani did a great job. Talk about production, for a young guy going in there. I wish we would have won the game, I think he would have had a chance to get one of the weekly awards that go around the league because he played that well. But losing Jon, we lose that guy who can go out there and maybe offset what Tony’s doing in the middle of a down."