Tom Coughlin Wednesday Press Briefing Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from Tom Coughlin's Wednesday press conference, in which the curmudgeonly old New York Giants ballcoach revealed that he does know how to text message, and does so with St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo.

On what the Giants lose when Justin Tuck is not in the lineup.

"Leadership ability. Pass rush. Where do you want me to stop? What do you think we lose? You lose a heck of a football player and the captain of your defensive team," Coughlin said.

"You lose Osi, too, if you want me to keep going. Get them out there and you will quickly see and that's not taking anything away from the guys that are playing. They are playing their tails off. Tollefson played well. Trattou came in and gave us some snaps. JPP rose up again when he had to and made a couple sacks. They are playing hard and there is no if, ands or buts about that. You are talking about reinforcements of a very high quality."

Coughlin said that Tuck practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday.

Tight end/H Back Travis Beckum did not practice again on Wednesday due to his ongoing hamstring issues. Coughlin said "Beckum is Beckum" when asked about him, then said he is not frustrated by the ever-present health issues with the third-year receiver.

"We have had hamstring issues with Travis before," Coughlin said. "I am not frustrated but expectations are very high. It is very difficult to improve him when he is not practicing."

Hakeem Nicks did not practice, and Coughlin said veteran Domenik Hixon will step in if Nicks (bone bruise on his knee) can't go on Monday.

"Domenik has done it before and very well," Coughlin said. "Victor has to get ready and go play. Jernigan has to get ready and go play and Devin Thomas will have opportunities as well so they have to prepare themselves to go and when the opportunity is there they have to take advantage of it."

Coughlin was also asked about trying to equalize the number of carries between Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, something he said during the preseason the Giants wanted to do. Bradshaw had 13 carries Sunday against Washington to just six for Jacobs.

"The first thing that has to happen is that we have to get some plays on offense. If you make some third downs, then you have a chance to have some plays and you have a chance to have some continuity. You have a chance to do a lot of different things," Coughlin said. "I am not going to tell you that it will be this or that. I know in my mind what I am looking for in all the players if they were healthy. How many times I want them to touch the ball. But that is under circumstances where you have some snaps and you are doing some things in the game to keep the ball."

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