The third game day of the Giants preseason is here and we have you covered. Here is a look at the Giants biggest storylines going into tonight’s game. With each storyline I’ll give you a link to a wonderful article and also my take on it as well.
Should New York Giants Reunite with Stevie Brown? by Maurice Moton (empirewritesback.com FanSided)
"According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Brown and the Texans mutually parted ways based the player’s dissatisfaction with his outlook as a starter. Basically, Brown didn’t have a chance of earning a starting role in Houston."
Moton brings up a very interesting idea in the return of Stevie Brown. The Giant secondary has been completely decimated by injuries, especially at the safety positions. Brown is a guy the Giants have had success with in the past. The question has never been about Brown’s talent but whether or not he could keep his head on straight. Brown’s release from the Texans is an opportunity for the Giants to rectify their mistake of letting all their safeties with experience go on to other teams. Brown would be the best option the Giants have at this point.
Tom Coughlin gives New York Giants recovery day at camp by the Associated Press | Wire Reports (MLive.com)
"Coughlin on Thursday held a recovery day for his players. They did some football-related things to get ready for Saturday’s annual preseason game against the Jets, but for the most part the soon-to-be 69-year-old coach staged a spa day.Based on seniority, players had to do two of six recovery workouts: yoga; hot and cold baths; massage; self-massage stick rollers and bands; functional movement screen exercise; or air compression boots."
This is a pretty good idea from coach Coughlin. Often you think of Coughlin as a tough minded, hard working coach who demands a lot from his players. We forget that Coughlin truly cares about his players and knows how to treat them right. You can’t work players to death, you have to give them some recovery time. After all it is only training camp and injuries are mounting up for this Giants squad. Taking care of the Giants was a pretty wonderful idea.
Giants safety Nat Berhe to have surgery to remove blood clot in calf by Dan Graziano (ESPN)
"Berhe tweeted that he will have surgery Friday morning to remove a hardened blood clot from his calf. Sources close to the situation say the surgery is likely to keep Berhe out for the season. That would make him the fourth safety the Giants have lost for the season due to injury in the past 13 days."
The Giants have to be disappointed about this news. Berhe was a player the team had high hopes for. Earlier this offseason many of us predicted him to start at free safety for the team. The Giants options have gotten quite limited at this position. They may have just lost their best player at the position. A guy to watch this preseason is Jeromy Miles. Miles comes over from the Baltimore Ravens. He has a high football IQ and tackles really well for a defensive back.
Revis says Beckham needs to “step up to the challenge” by Mike Florio (Pro Football Talk)
"“He just has to step up to the challenge,” Revis said Wednesday, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “He’s one of the best receivers in the league. He definitely is maybe a target for coaches to game plan, or maybe slide the coverages over his way, or maybe a safety, or maybe a double [team]. The guy did awesome last year. This comes with it, in years after. It’s something that he has to work at.”"
There really isn’t much to say about this than Revis is correct. Beckham Jr. is not going to sneak up on anybody this season. He is no longer a surprise, he is a proven weapon that defenses will want to take away from the Giants. Revis didn’t say anything inflammatory, he didn’t call the young receiver out all he did was say that it isn’t getting any easier for Beckham Jr. in his second season.
Tom Coughlin “concerned” about Victor Cruz’s calf injury by Josh Alper (Pro Football Talk)
"The bad news is that another injury has kept him from practicing for the last week. Cruz called his right calf injury minor last week and said he expected to be back at practice on Tuesday, but the day came and went without Cruz getting on the field with his teammates. He maintains that it’s not a major concern, but that hasn’t convinced coach Tom Coughlin.“I’m concerned,” Coughlin said, via the New York Post. “Obviously there were a few slotted [practice] spots there that didn’t take place. I would like to see him get out there and be able to stay out there. That’s what our real intent is.”"
We knew the return of Victor Cruz was going to be an interesting storyline this preseason. It would be nice to get him some reps in the preseason. That being said there is no reason to risk a setback. Cruz may not be Cruz until the first part of the regular season is in the books. The important thing here is to be patient.
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