2. Prince Amukamara is feeling good; Brandon Mosley is up and moving.
Coach Tom Coughlin doesn’t want to make Amukamara’s groin injury a “three-week problem” by rushing him back but said that his cornerback is making progress and “feeling pretty good.” Meanwhile, Mosley is “up and moving, so that is a good sign” after missing the last two practices with a tight back. Coughlin said that John Jerry and Weston Richburg will be the starting guards while Mosley and Geoff Schwartz (dislocated toe) are out.
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3. Josh Brown’s numbers went up during kicking competition with Brandon McManus.
Brown, who essentially won the kicking competition today after McManus was waived as part of NFL clubs reducing their rosters to 75 players, had nothing but praise for the promising young kicker. Brown said that McManus pushed him to be better and that he will end up on another NFL roster within 48 hours (which is precisely what happened when Denver traded for McManus before he was officially waived by the Giants). “Even where I was last year and everything I did kickoff-wise went up with him here,” Brown said. “Absolutely there’s positive benefit for me and positive benefit for him as far as just learning. It’s never fun. He was upset and it just very easily could’ve been the other way.”
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4. The Giants’ overall goal never changes: win a championship.
5. Ryan Nassib feels like a different player.
Coming off two strong preseason performances, the second-year quarterback said today that he feels like a different player than the one he was as a rookie. That stems from having a full offseason workout program. Coughlin has noticed. “It has boosted his confidence,” Coughlin said of Nassib’s work the last two weeks. “He came off a so-so game and then played very well for the last two. He works at it. He’s a worker, a grinder and doesn’t have a lot of emotion, whether it be good or bad. He is just a hard working guy.”
6. Mark Herzlich is prepared for life after football.
7. Coughlin is the 12th man on special teams.
As the Giants get set to announce the 53-man roster on Saturday, the best way to make a Coughlin team is by producing on special teams. “Coach Coughlin says he’s the 12th man on the punt team every single week,” Herzlich said. “That’s how much he cares about it. When we stand up in our meetings on Saturday, ‘First punt stand up,’ and coach Coughlin stands up. That’s kind of the feeling here.”