The New York Giants held practice on Monday as they began prepping for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Joe Judge spoke about a variety of things in his remarks to the media. Here are some of the takeaways.
Will Shane Lemieux play again this season?
Judge could not guarantee that Lemieux, on IR with a partially torn patellar tendon, would return this season.
“We can’t rule anything out right now in terms of something being over,” Judge said. “He’ll obviously have to wait and see how his body responds. I’m very hopeful that he can come back, but that being said, I don’t have a crystal ball right now on that.
“I know he’s talking to the doctor about a couple different procedures right now, so we’ll see where that goes.”
About that re-configured offensive line
With Lemieux and Nick Gates (leg fracture) on IR, Billy Price has stepped in at center and Ben Bredeson at left guard. Both are players the Giants traded for right before the start of the regular season.
“I was actually really pleased with the way they came through the other night,” Judge said. “I’d say the way Billy and Ben have jumped in here in a short period of time and really made a lot of gains for us, jumping in and learning the vocabulary with one week of practice and then you have another week of a couple walk-throughs going in there.”
Judge seemed particularly pleased with Bredeson.
“I like when Ben got in. I think Ben competes his butt off. He’s making a lot of gains for us right now,” Judge said. “I like the way both guys work and obviously we’re trying to get to be the best unit we can be. I talk to guys all the time, it doesn’t matter offensive line-wise how you are individually, it’s we’ve got to be the best unit because everything works collectively with those guys.”
The forgotten man
Second-year tackle Matt Peart did not play a single snap against the Washington Football Team on Thursday.
“With the way it just shook out the other night, we just didn’t get him in the other night. Felt (tackle) Nate (Solder) has been doing a good job. We’re going to rotate Matt on through the tackle position,” Judge said. “We’ll kind of take a look at him maybe playing some stuff inside as we get going right here. We’ll kind of work around through practice these next few days and kind of see where things shake out. Matt’s been making big gains for us and doing a good job. I think (tackle) Andrew (Thomas) and Nate are doing a good right there playing tackle for us.”
Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney updates
Golladay was caught yelling at someone on the Giants’ sideline late in Thursday’s game. Toney posted something on Instagram that some took as the rookie being unapphy wioth his role.
“I’ve already spoken to all parties involved about all that stuff you guys are referencing. Look, I’d say in terms of – you guys asked me the other night about Kenny, there was no argument on the sideline. There was no him versus Daniel or anything of that nature. This is a guy that in the heat of the moment, you speak very passionately. You kind of speak with some emotion. I speak with emotion on the sideline. There was no blowup or anything that has to be made of it. I understand sometimes the perceptions will be what they are, but like I said the other day, there’s no issue there,” Judge said.
“Now, in refence to KT (Kadarius Toney), I have spoken to KT and I’d say the one thing about that is the initial tweet or whatever it is, social media thing – the initial whatever it was had absolutely nothing to do with the New York Giants, National Football League or football in general. I think from that guy’s perspective – obviously we have a lot of players that are very active on social media. Our message to the players is always, ‘Whatever you put out there, make sure you don’t have to explain, clarify or defend.’ “
The first-round pick had no touches and played just five snaps against Washington.
“I explained the other day on the sideline to him, I talked to him about it. I said, look, there’s times in the game where it’s natural to become frustrated because you want to make an impact for your team. The one thing I’d say for this guy is he works hard every day. This guy comes out here and he works hard. He’s doing a lot of things to put himself in a better position and he’s doing a lot of things learning the league. He’s put himself in a position to be an impact player in this league,” Judge said. “The impact comes down to how you execute within that 60-minute stretch of the game, right? So, I’d say with the way he’s preparing, he’ll continue to get better and he’ll be in position.”
Tight end Evan Engram (calf) is “making consistent improvements,” per Judge.
Cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has been playing despite his preseason ankle injury, but that “you’ve just got to assume it’s always there for the remainder of the year.”