The New York Giants were so decimated at tight end Tuesday that the tea had offensive tackle Herb Taylor run pass routes just so they could get in a full workout during Giants Training Camp at the University at Albany.
Bear Pascoe was the only real tight end on the practice field. Kevin Boss, Travis Beckum, Scott Chandler and Jake Ballard were all sidelined.
"I thought that Bear Pascoe and Herb Taylor did an outstanding job with allowing our team to practice today, are you kidding me?" Coughlin said. "Basically, those adjustments are from this morning. When I picked up the medical (report) today, four tight ends were out. The most frustrating thing, no matter what anyone ever tells you, is that all the planning, all of what goes into your practices, and all you expect to do, and then you hear this part of it. I give credit to both sides. The defense was made aware of what the offense was practicing with, and the offensive team was made aware of how there would be some added circumstances in our practice."
Second-year wide receiver Ramses Barden has apparently now put together back-to-back solid days.
"He's had a couple good days in a row," Coughlin said. "The whole consistency thing was the challenge, but last night and this afternoon's practice were good. Let's hope he keeps it up."
"It will come down to me taking advantage of opportunities when they come.I've had a year to grow and to learn, to gather a lot of knowledge from other people's experiences. I've gotten a chance to watch a lot of games," Barden said. "It will come down to me taking advantage of opportunities when they come."
Matt Dodge has been wildly inconsistent during training camp, with plenty of 60+ yard punts, and quite a few shanks as well.
"He is very talented and very strong legged. Bascially what it is right now is a 65-yarder and a 40-yarder," Coughlin said. "The 40-yarder doesn't have much hang time. His goal will be consistency."
Middle linebacker Keith Bulluck told reporters his knee is feeling 'scary good.'
Two practices today -- 8:35 a.m. and 6:05 p.m.
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