Good morning, New York Giants’ fans! Let’s get your day started with a few notes from Wednesday’s media access.
Tomlin: “No hesitation” using Brown on punt returns
There is great debate in the Giants’ fan base over the wisdom of using Odell Beckham Jr. as a punt returner. The Steelers use superstar wide receiver Antonio Brown as their full time punt returner, and Tomlin said Wednesday the team has “no hesitation” in doing so.
“He's the best we got and arguably the one of the best in the world, so there's really not a lot of discussion,” Tomlin said. “He's a highly conditioned athlete. It's an opportunity to impact the game and we have no hesitation putting him back there.”
Cruz: Offense can still get better
Wide receiver Victor Cruz believes the team’s offense, one of the few in the league yet to have a 30-point game, can still improve.
“I believe so. I think that we can definitely put some things together this week to create that high-powered offense. We have got a good game plan in so far to kind of spread the rock around and get everyone involved and we will see what happens. But obviously our goal is to score as many points as possible and we will take it from there,” Cruz said.
“As long as we win games, I don’t care about anything else. As long as we finish the game with more points than the other team, that is the only thing that matters. So obviously do we want to score more points and be that balanced offense like we know we can be? Absolutely. But as long as we have more points than the other team when that clock hits zero, we will take it.”
Practice squad move
The Giants Wednesday signed safety Christian Bryant to their practice squad. Bryant has played in 11 NFL games: two this season for the Arizona Cardinals and nine last year for the St. Louis Rams. The 5-10, 198-pound Bryant was the Rams’ seventh-round draft choice (No. 241 overall) in 2014, from Ohio State. He spent that entire season on St. Louis’ practice squad. Bryant was waived Monday by the Rams.
Here is the current Giants’ practice squad:
S Christian Bryant
OT Laurence Gibson
OG Jon Halapio
CB Michael Hunter
DE Stansly Maponga
WR Kevin Norwood
WR Darius Powe
LB Deontae Skinner
DE Ishaq Williams
RB George Winn