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Punt return committee
With T.J. Jones no longer on the roster, the Giants don’t have a clear punt returner.
“I would always prefer to have one guy, if that’s his only job,” special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said. “Like anything else, you want one player to be able to focus on one job because when you start giving them 16 jobs, it kind of clouds them a little bit. But you always prefer to have one guy back there and that’s what he does full-time, but Jabrill is talented, Golden Tate is talented, Antonio Hamilton is talented, so I don’t have any issue with it.”
James Bettcher on developing young players
How long should is take for a young defensive player to really understand what is happening on the field? Defensive coordinator James Bettcher said there is no one size fit all answer.
“I think that, one, it’s by position. I think sometimes interior defensive linemen versus guys that play further away from the ball that have maybe more things going on, a motion, all of the sudden a split, my eyes, fits in the run game, from off versus press. Some of those things, it takes a little, I don’t want to say it takes longer, but there is a little more to it from that standpoint,” Bettcher said. “All young players just need reps, sometimes that goes into year two. I think we’ve all seen guys that in their third year in the league they break out. Why is that? Because they have developed. They understand things and the game slows down for them, or their fundamentals and techniques get better.
“It takes some players longer than others. That doesn’t mean that a player is a bust, that just means the guys needs to develop. I think every player is going to be a little bit different as young players.”
Giants defense knows what’s coming
Minnesota has an excellent running game. With all of the chatter about the Vikings struggling passing attack, though, the Giants know they will be looking to fix that.
“Well, we know they’re going to take some shots this week. Kirk (Cousins) has already apologized to those guys, so we know he’s going to look to get them the ball more,” said safety Jabrill Peppers. “So, we definitely know we have a tall task ahead of us, especially with Dalvin Cook, who’s one of the best backs in the league right now, running the way he’s running, and it’s opening up their bootleg game and play-action pass. So, we definitely have to be on our keys, lock in, alignment and assignment, and just execute the game plan, that’s all it comes down to.”
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