Tom Coughlin: Giants remain 'work in progress'

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that the Giants are a 'work in progress.'

For the second time in recent days, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin referred Wednesday to his team as a "work in progress" at it enters the 2013 NFL season.

"Trying to figure it out ... We are a work in progress, as I said many times, and I think that continues to a certain extent, but we certainly do know what we have and we do know what our plan is, so let’s play," Coughlin said. "Here we go. Excited. It all begins now, in the division, in Dallas, on Sunday night. It doesn't get much more exciting than this. We're excited to practice today to get started, to get going."

We will have a full injury report later, but Coughlin said that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel) were "full-speed ahead."

Here are some of the other highlights from Coughlin's Wednesday press conference.

On who will be the No. 2 running back with Andre Brown on IR:

'We'll see."

On the fact that the Giants are 4-0 at AT&T Stadium:

"I haven't mentioned it. I haven't mentioned it this morning. It's a new year, a new start, new teams. Hopefully it's going to give us a little bit of a psychological advantage going down there, but it's going to have to happen on the field."

On the Cowboys' switch to a 4-3 defense:

"Well you've got a guy in Monte Kiffin whose been coaching that defense for a long, long time. He's an exceptional football coach. They have, as I look at preseason, it looks like that team has bought into the new scheme. They seemed to have adjusted and executed very well. We know that they play hard, they play fast, they play downhill, they're disciplined."

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