Tom Coughlin has started his fight on reducing injuries by implementing a "GPS week" to track practice data such as fatigue. Other methods to prevent injuries include giving out massages in lieu of practice time. Desperate times calls for desperate measures but even a Giant veteran such as Prince Amukamara is surprised that Tom Coughlin is changing up his usual practice routine.
"Right. Yes, very surprised. I would say injuries may have something to do with it. Injuries have been huge the last couple of years here," Amukamara said. "So I guess guys -- I guess we’re all just trying to figure out and just trying to do different stuff to help prevent that."
Amukamara believes the rest coupled with extra massaging and stretching will not only prevent injuries but should improve morale and performance.
"It’s definitely new, but I don’t think any of the guys are complaining any time that we can get rest. But also, work on our soft tissue muscles and getting massage and stretching. And spend more time in the meeting room. So it’s more of a mental day," Amukamara said. "I think guys really like that. If we respond right, hopefully we can keep the schedule."
These new measures are only an experiment for now and it's up to the players to make sure these GPS and rest days stay. When asked if these rest days will be implemented in the regular season, Prince is not sure of its future.
"I don’t know, because I don’t know what the Saturday practice is going to be like. I think it all depends on how fast and tough the Saturday’s practice is. But if we respond well to it, I’m sure Coach Coughlin will take in our insight. I’m sure that we’ll continue to do."
Speaking of injuries, it's not a question that the secondary has been the most ravaged. The good news is that Prince is feeling ready to go for the preseason game against the New York Jets.
"I feel like I’m completely over (the groin injury)," Amukamara said. "I’ve been full-go, not limited in any reps. I’ve been able to do everything that I did before I got injured. So I wouldn’t say I’m limited in any case."
Now that Prince is healthy, he will finally get the chance to build chemistry with the ever-changing safety group. Even though they aren't the first plan for the Giants, Prince is confident in the veteran ability of Brandon Meriweather and Jeromy Miles.
"But a guy like Meriweather -- he’s a for sure, true vet. So he definitely takes ownership of the defense. So does Miles, and Collins does, too, when he’s in there," Amukamara said. "So I haven’t played in a game with them yet, so we’ll just see how we all play together. That’s what I like about preseason, because you get to build that chemistry and that communication."