Coughlin: Starters will get about 30 plays vs. Jets

Eli Manning and the Giants' starters will play about a half on Saturday. - Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today's notes from New York Giants practice.

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday that starters will play "basically a half," or somewhere around 30 plays on Saturday night vs. the New York Jets in the team's third of four preseason games.

Here a few of Coughlin's other thoughts following Thursday's Giants' practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Coughlin said fullback Henry Hynoski, who was removed from the PUP list on Thursday, will continue to do individual drills for now. He called the fullback "very" important to the Giants' offense:

"There aren’t many (fullbacks) around," Coughlin said. "Even today, when you look around in the league, there are not many guys that are 265 and have the skill set that Henry has as well."

Coughlin added that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn are "getting close" to coming off the PUP list.

On what he hopes to see from Terrell Thomas, playing for the first time Saturday after missing two straight seasons with torn ACLs:

"He's got to come back and practice each day and come back and play in the game, play well, build his own confidence and come out of the game feeling good about where he is and I'm sure if that's the case, we're all going to feel that way," Coughlin said. "I have liked what I've seen."

Quarterbacks

Coughlin indicated that Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib would both play Saturday night. David Carr is not expected to play. Carr and Painter are competing for the backup role behind Eli Manning.

Practice Notes

Wide receivers Ramses Barden and Louis Murphy, cornerback Corey Webster and defensive end Damontre Moore did not practice Thursday.

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