BECKHAM SUFFERS NON-SETBACK
Suffers a non-setback? That doesn't make much sense. Well, neither did the narrative pushed by the Giants when they announced that 2014 first-round selection Odell Beckham Jr. would miss another preseason game.
"I don't consider this a setback," Beckham told the team's website, (via ESPN.com's Dan Graziano).
"They're not saying it's a setback," head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed, per Graziano.
This announcement came a day after Beckham pulled up lame on a play during practice.
Whatever you want to call it, Beckham is missing key practice time, and that's a setback to the offense. Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle are struggling to generate anything imposing in the receiving game. Beckham's injection into the offense wouldn't do much for the leaky O-line, but it would at least give Eli Manning an extra pair of hands to throw at when under pressure.
Fourth-year receiver Jerrel Jernigan has not made the most of his first-team reps this preseason, and Beckham would be scarfing them up had his hamstring not been hamstrung.
Instead, the Giants must wait for Beckham's healthy return and, perhaps, the first sparks of life in the Giants' passing game.
SHUFFLE AND RE-SHUFFLE
A good offensive line is reliable and consistent, and neither of those terms describe New York's current starting five.
The Giants started fiddling with their offensive line configuration this week. According to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, tackle Justin Pugh flipped sides to work on the left side, allowing Mosley to kick out to Pugh's vacated right tackle position. Rookie center Weston Richburg worked out at all three interior O-line positions.
Raanan suggested this starting five: Will Beatty (LT), Weston Richburg (LG), J.D. Walton (C), Geoff Schwartz (RG), Justin Pugh (RT)—and he made a pretty convincing case for it.
While on the topic of shuffling lineups, ESPN.com's Dan Graziano predicted one in the wide receiver lineup for the final weeks of the preseason. Corey Washington and Marcus Harris are two young receivers who deserve some of the "placeholder" reps Jernigan has received with Beckham sidelined.
CRUZ PLAYS IT COOL
The Ben McAdoo bandwagon has gotten significantly lighter in the past week, as fans are now leaping off at a lighting-quick rate.
Cruz is in for the long haul, though. When asked if the issues on offense will progress into the regular season by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, Cruz denied any feeling of concern.
"We haven't given a lot of plays, tipped our hands on a lot of things we're showing [in practice]. It's pretty base stuff [in preseason games]," Cruz said, per Raanan. "We just have to do a better job of executing."
In other words, Cruz is saying the Giants will execute the more complex regular-season offense with a higher degree of efficiency than they do the dumbed-down preseason version. I beg to differ.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“I think the Giants are the real New York team."
—Rookie running back Andre Williams on the Giants-Jets rivalry (New York Post, via CBSNewYork)