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We speculated earlier today about the possibility of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz playing in Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Perhaps that is no longer on the table with news that Cruz, returning from a torn patellar tendon, won't practice Wednesday due to a calf strain.
Head coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that Cruz has. Coughlin added that it was "probably deydration" and "not at all" related to his knee.
Here are some of the other takeaways from Coughlin's Wednesday press briefing.
More injury updates
Wide receiver Rueben Randle (knee tendinitis) will continue to be sidelined. Defensive end George Selvie, who left practice early on Monday, has no ligament damage, just "a little tissue, little strain." AS for how much time Selvie will miss, Coughlin said "I really don't think he'll be too long." Coughlin added that cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin ) and safety Nat Berhe (calf) are improving "little by little."
On shuffling the offensive line
"I just want to find the five guys that work best together, as soon as we can. Whether it's the second, third preseason game. There's a certain number that we're going to have to depend on, and they're going to have to be versatile enough to play in some different spots," Coughlin said. "And so, obviously, I'd like it to happen fast, but you've had a guy like [Geoff] Schwartz that hasn't practiced much. You have Marshall [Newhouse] who has been out a day or so. So we've had some of that. Plus, the young guy, we're trying to bring a couple of young guys around. [Bobby] Hart, we're trying to get Hart going. And he's had some good days, and days that are not as good. So I'm looking for some consistency in his play as well."
On Year 2 of the new offense
"What we expect from them [the players], they have a pretty good idea of that. They've got to go see everything on the field, and all the different coverages and the techniques that are going to be employed against them," Coughlin said. "But I expect it to be -- we're going to improve, we're going to improve in all areas, and we're going to be able to complement each other by hopefully having a lot of weapons on the field that people are going to have to decide what they're going to defend."
Coughlin did admit to concern with practice time missed by receivers, Randle in particular.
"Everybody wants to talk about our passing game. Unless we get out there and practice together, what passing game? So that's something that has to be considered," Coughlin said. "We have to work together on the field to get to where we're going. So advancing some of these young guys, yeah, that's a plus. But we certainly aren't cohesive with the other guys, either."
On running back Orleans Darkwa
Darkwa impressed Friday vs. the Cincinnati Bengals with a nine-carry, 52-yard performance.
"Last year his special teams were outstanding. He's always been a pretty good — he's run the ball on scout team for us, and done a nice job of that, too. So he has some power, he has some punch, he's run the ball up in there for us," Coughlin said. "You know he gives you some more flexibility. Thinking about having a guy who can run behind the line of scrimmage and can play special teams."
On what the Giants see in Dwayne Harris
"Powerful, nifty, tough, do a lot of things for you. It's kind of interesting that in studying him, you saw him as a gunner on kickoff coverage, running punts back, running kicks back, and doing a lot of things," Coughlin said. "Coming into [the Dallas Cowboys] offensive sets and blocking at the perimeter, or being a guy who catches the ball underneath — short pass, long run kind of a guy. So he's versatile. We're trying like heck to get the punt return team going, which is something I'm hoping will advance come Saturday night."