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New York Giants' news, 8/20: Coughlin says 'we need improvement'

New York Giants' headlines for Tuesday, 8/20.

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Jeff Zelevansky

The New York Giants' third preseason game is against the New York Jets this Saturday at MetLife Stadium. That always fires up the fans, but for head coach Tom Coughlin the opponent doesn't matter. An improved performance heading into the regular season does.

"It’s our third preseason game. It’s an important game from our standpoint because we need improvement," Coughlin said. on Monday. "We haven't scored any points, we haven't scored touchdowns. We're still lacking in the turnover area, which as I mentioned, I thought we had opportunities the other day. There are some things that we are definitely trying to accomplish: putting pressure on the opponent's quarterback, continuing to stop the run, having a good mix between the run and the pass, and having consistency.

"We've got a lot of things to improve on."

Offensive Line Shuffle

The injury to David Baas, a sprained left MCL that might keep him out of the lineup when the regular season begins, will froce changes on the offensive line. Coughlin would not commit to what the line will look like without Baas.

"We're going to discuss that as we go along," Coughlin said. "There's plenty of opportunities to play going forward, as you know, so whatever decision we make., you'll have Cordle and the other centers all involved."

The winner in the Big Blue View poll asking how to shuffle the offensive line was an offensive line moving David Diehl to left guard, Justin Pugh to right tackle and having Kevin Boothe start at center. That combination drew 67 percent of the 707 votes cast.

Red Zone Woes

The Giants are 0-for-6 in preseason in the red zone, including going 0-for-4 against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

"Execution. It's execution is what it is. That's the common denominator. Execute," Coughlin said. "There have been some opportunities to hit some open receivers, which we haven't done.

"There are execution issues along the line and again, making plays. Make a play. Somebody, let's make a play."

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