Tom Coughlin promised recently that the New York Giants would begin giving some players who had been working exclusively as backups some first-team reps. Sunday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center they did just that.
According to various reports, defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, linebackers Jacquain Williams and Dan Connor and right tackle James Brewer all got a handful of first-team reps during practice.
The Giants practiced in pads Sunday, and head coach Tom Coughlin was asked to assess where he thinks the team is at this stage of its development.
"Well, we’re not where we need to be, that’s for sure," Coughlin said. "Each day we make a little bit more progress. I thought our hitting was a little better in the 9-on-7 today than it was the other day. I told the players that, so I think a blind man can tell if a 9-on-7 is right. We’re getting there, not quite there, but we’re getting there."
Practice ended on a 69-yard pass from Eli Manning to Brandon Myers for a touchdown on the first play of the two-minute drill segment Coughlin always ends practice with. Coughlin liked the "radical adjustment" Myers made to catch the ball.
"Well, it’s about time I get that read right," Myers said. "I had the same play, actually, earlier in practice and I got it wrong. It’s just one of those things that take time to kind of get used to it and luckily we were both on the same page and he found me."
Rookie first-round pick Justin Pugh, out with a concussion, did watch practice from the sidelines. "He felt a little better," Coughlin said. "He came out and just really observed."
Wilson not worried about depth chart
The Giants recently put out a depth chart that had David Wilson and Andre Brown listed as co-starters. Wilson isn't worried about that.
"The depth chart is a political thing, something that they have to put out there so the fans and other teams will know," Wilson said. "Regardless of who’s in there, we’ve just got to all prepare, mentally and physically in camp. Going into those games and showing the coaches what we can do and what we’ve learned and how we’ve grown over the year."