New York Giants (@Giants) February 24, 2016
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo addressed several topics Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine. Among them were the future of Jason Pierre-Paul and Victor Cruz, the team's injury situation, and more.
Let's look at some of the takeaways from McAdoo's remarks, some of which were made at the podium and some of which were made to reporters in Indianapolis after his formal press conference.
Does McAdoo want Pierre-Paul back?
The coach didn't outright say he wanted the free agent defensive end back with the Giants next season, but he certainly left that impression.
"It was obvious when Jason came back last year how disruptive he was," McAdoo said. "I just think when you look at him and his ability to get off the ball and get after the quarterback is easy to see."
What about Victor Cruz?
The rehabbing wide receiver had said in a recent interview he was "80 percent" sure he would be back with the Giants. McAdoo said he "absolutely" wanted Cruz on the roster in 2016.
McAdoo said during his press conference the Giants would "look at a variety of things that impact injuries," and mentioned practice schedule, hydration, sleep and recovery among them. He also called new strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman a "forward thinker."
McAdoo told reporters he is going to flip the weekly practice schedule, giving players the day off after games.
Ben McAdoo is flipping the regular season work schedule for the Giants. Players will be off on Mondays and will work on Tuesdays ...— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) February 24, 2016
... He said it'll help w/recovery and sleep, which is "one of the most important things that are related to injuries and staying healthy."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) February 24, 2016
Not giving up on Andre Williams
McAdoo said he hasn't given up yet on running back Andre Williams, who has struggled through two seasons with the Giants.
McAdoo says he thinks people are giving up too soon on RB Andre Williams. Thinks he will have a bounce-back year. #Giants— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) February 24, 2016
McAdoo said the Giants would like at free agency and the draft for running backs, but didn't know what would happen there. He did say the team was studying the running game, including their scheme, what other NFL teams do and even what colleges are doing.
The importance of the Combine
McAdoo said the Combine makes players into real people for NFL coaches.
"You get a chance to meet ‘em and shake their hand and look ‘em in the eye and talk to ‘em and get a feel for what they're about," McAdoo said. "They're not just a guy on tape, they're not just a guy on a piece of paper. They're a human being and what they're all about and what they stand for."
He also told reporters he focuses on the film and lets the scouting department assess character concerns. Further, he said it can be difficult to assess character in a short meeting with a player.
McAdoo: Agents coaching players has diminished Combine interviews. "For 15 minutes, most guys can act the right way & say the right things."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) February 24, 2016
The future of Rueben Randle
McAdoo was non-committal on the future of the free agent wide receiver, which you can probably read as a nice way of saying bringing him back isn't a priority.
McAdoo on wanting Rueben Randle back as a FA: "At this point in time it’s a little early to tell."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) February 24, 2016