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Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul “Full Speed Ahead” & More from Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin

September 4th, 2013 at 11:10 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin took the podium for his first press conference of the year on Wednesday, and in typical fashion, the first series of questions were all injury-related. Surprised, right? No? Neither were we.

Out of the gate, the pre-practice injury report included David Baas (knee), Andre Brown (leg), Victor Cruz (heel), Jayron Hosley (ankle), Henry Hynoski (knee), Damontre Moore (shoulder), David Diehl (thumb), Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and Adrien Robinson (foot).

"To answer your first two questions, yes and yes," Coughlin said preemptively. "Both Victor Cruz and JPP will practice. … Full speed ahead."

As it relates to some of the other players, Coughlin noted that Damontre Moore has "missed a lot of time," but added that he's participated in every meeting and several walkthroughs. He also said that center David Baas is getting "a little better each day."

Despite focus on the injuries, Coughlin expressed excitement about getting things started and playing a meaningful game against the Dallas Cowboys this coming Sunday.

"It's an exciting challenge. A tremendous challenge," Coughlin said of the Cowboys, adding that he hopes going 4-0 in AT&T Stadium "gives us a little psychological advantage going down there."

Finally, Coughlin wouldn't name a No. 2 running back, simply saying "we'll see." And as it relates to having only three safeties on the roster? He raved about recent practice squad addition Jawanza Starling, and said there are "other guys" who could step up.

And with that, not only are Cruz and JPP "full speed ahead," but so to are the New York Giants and week one of the NFL season. It's football time!

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Tags: Adrien Robinson, Andre Brown, Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, Damontre Moore, David Baas, David Diehl, Football, Henry Hynoski, Jayron Hosley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

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4 Responses to “Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul “Full Speed Ahead” & More from Afternoon Tea with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    I have always thought JPP was going to play. It seems now the only reason he won’t is if he decides not to. It seems that he’s 100% healthy but just not quite in football shape. It seems that he should see something like 30 snaps to easy him into action.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Patricia Traina ?@Patricia_Traina 45s
    Giants place RB Andre Brown on temp IR. They add DE Adewale Ojomo to the 53-man roster.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Interesting. Glad to hear TC say that about Starling. I do not know how we got him, but I am excited about it. He was a beast in college, has the size we like, and is definitely someone who can be part of the future here.

    I assume that while Ojomo was added to the roster he will return to the practice team if we pick up a 4th safety or veteran running back after this week. I worry that we will be unable to keep him. Teams are going to recognize that we’re trying hard to keep him around, and given the Giants’ ability to evaluate defensive ends, that may well make him a target for teams that are looking for a fourth DE or suffer an injury at that position. Frankly, I’d rather protect him on the roster than a few others who are deep on the depth charts. I think he has a reasonable chance of being in our TE rotation next season.

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