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Pat Shurmur: “I feel like we’re on the right path”

Giants coach assesses team’s readiness for season opener

Giants coach Pat Shurmur after Thursday's preseason finale.

Posted by Big Blue View on Thursday, August 30, 2018
Pat Shurmur during the post-game press conference.

The preseason is over for the New York Giants. They won two games and lost two games. Whatever! Odell Beckham Jr. got his big contract. Hooray!! They got through with no major injuries, with only Darian Thompson (hamstring) and Olivier Vernon (ankle) of real concern. Phew!!!

Now, the Giants get down to brass tacks.

They will have to set a 53-man roster on Saturday. GM Dave Gettleman promised Thursday that the Giants would “keep the 53 best” players and then look to the waiver wire to try and upgrade wherever they can.

Having completed his first preseason as Giants coach, one filled with a high number of tough, padded practices and one in which he was praised for his efforts to build relationships with players, how does Pat Shurmur feel about the Giants’ readiness for the 2018 season, which begins Sept. 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars?

“I don’t know about readiness. I feel like we’re on the right path with regard to team building, I feel like we’ve got enough information,” Shurmur said. “We played all the players through the preseason, so we’re not going to be guessing as to whether a guy can do it or not. We’re in a position now to pick that initial 53-man roster. We’re in a position to keep moving forward, and I feel good about the work we’ve done to this point.”

Here are more takeaways from Shurmur’s post-game press conference.

On Donte Deayon’s two-interception night

“He did a really nice job. And, on the flip side, I thought he did a really good job when the ball was in the air, and he caught it. It was the first interception along the sideline and then the second interception he undercut the route and did a nice job. He also had some tackles. I would say he helped himself tonight. He had a good performance.”

On the play of quarterback Kyle Lauletta

“I think he fell victim to some drops that would’ve made things look a little better. That one scramble where I think he hit (Jerell) Adams, that keeps a drive alive. He was aggressive with his throws down the field, which we wanted to see. You can see he has plenty of arm strength, which is good, and I thought he was pretty poised throughout the game.”

On the helmet rule

(The Giants were penalized three times)

“I thought we had adjusted well, and then all the sudden a bunch of them creeped up on us. We’ll just go back and look at each one and just see why. When we went through this helmet thing, it was said that these were the certain plays we want out of our game and those are pretty obvious. Some of the plays now, we’re getting flags that if those aren’t part of the game, I don’t know if we have a game. So, we’ve just got to see. We all want what’s right and what’s best for the players. I feel like player safety is on the front burner. We want to make sure it’s a safe, physical, gritty game and play the way the rule is written, and I think it’s just a matter of us continuing to coach it the right way and then when it gets officiated, just officiate it consistently. That’s really what we want.”