The New York Giants opened their week of preparation for Game 2 of the NFL season on Monday, getting ready to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET. FOX). Head coach Tom Coughlin knows the Giants are already behind the eight-ball after Week 1 in their effort to defend their Super Bowl title.
"You can’t lose a game. Everybody’s 1-0, and we’re 0-1," Coughlin said during his Monday press briefing. We have another big game this weekend. That’s the great thing about our profession, we get to line up and play again."
The Buccaneers are 1-0 after a 16-10 victory Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.
Coughlin had said after the season-opening loss to the Cowboys that he was looking for better focus and preparation from the Giants. That continued to be a focus on Monday.
"They came with good energy. I think they were focused. We practiced faster; we’ve got to maintain it. It’s (about) getting the focus right, get the work right, practice fast, practice hard. It’s a good star," Coughlin said.
- Coughlin said that cornerback Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) practiced Monday and "did some of everything." His status remains uncertain for Sunday. [Amukamara transcript]
- Safety Kenny Phillips did not practice due to a back issue, but Coughlin expects him to practice Wednesday.
- Defensive tackle Marvin Austin (back) practiced, but hsi status remains uncertain. [Austin transcript]
- Left tackle Will Beatty, continuing to recover from a back injury that forced him to miss most of the preseason, is having his workload steadily increased. Coughlin was uncertain if or when Beatty might return to the lineup. "He has to make up for a lot of lost time," Coughlin said. [Beatty transcript]