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New York Giants News And Notes: Slant Routes And Injured Players Edition

Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is your Saturday morning notebook.


Head coach Tom Coughlin was asked Friday about the Giants' difficulty covering the slant pass during the season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Coughlin did not blame the issue on the cornerbacks.

"It's an everything thing. It's a combination thing. You don't want to let them inside, but it's also based on the coverage. It wasn't always inside control by the corner," Coughlin said. "On the same token, there were some people that were supposed to be in the right spots that we wanted and the throwing lane was pretty obvious, so it's a combination. It's not just one thing."

Cornerback Prince Amukamara is listed as 'questionable' on the injury report. Amukamara seems to think he will be ready to play Sunday, even if he isn't 100 percent. Amukamara has practiced all week, and said "If I can compete in practice, you can play."


Defensive tackle Marvin Austin missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, and a back injury kept him out of the season opener. Austin, listed as 'probable' for Sunday, is excited about making his NFL debut.

"I'm just trying to stay focused, and make sure my preparation is the best it can be," Austin said.

The Giants can use help from Austin, the 2011 second-round pick. Linval Joseph (55) and Rocky Bernard (50) played more than the ideal number of snaps against the Dallas Cowboys.


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