Good morning, New York Giants fans! The Giants return to practice Monday afternoon for the first of four practices that will bring the training camp portion of the preseason to a close. After Thursday practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will no longer be open to the public. Practice Monday will got from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. ET.
Oh, Those Pass Interference Penalties
Five of the Giants' 10 penalties Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers came in pass coverage. That is a direct results of the NFL's emphasis on enforcing the rules about contact with receivers more than five yards down the field. The Giants, with aggressive cornerbacks, are having a hard time adjusting to the new rules.
"We were told full well that the letter of the law would be introduced in terms of legal contact," head coach Tom Coughlin said Sunday. "Any contact beyond the five-yard area would be called. The pass interference is being called very close and there's not a whole lot of room for error with regard to a defender in any type of contact with an opposing receiver or tight end or whatever. We knew full well that we could expect that the enforcement of the emphasis would be full-fledged."
On Sunday, Prince Amukamara and Zack Bowman were flagged for illegal contact, Bennett Jackson was called for holding, and Jayron Hosley was hit with a pair of pass interference penalties. For of the six Giants' penalties in the Hall of Fame Game were called against the secondary.
"It's tough," Amukamara said. "Last year, they allowed the corners to have that healthy five (yards). So six or maybe seven, depending on who you are, you can get away with just touching the guy. Now it's strict hands-off, do not touch the receiver after five yards. It's just something that us DBs are going to have to get used to and be more aggressive within the five yards."