The Giants are 3-2 despite sustaining injuries to key players on both the offensive and defensive side. One of these casualties is last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. who hurt his hamstring during Big Blue’s Sunday night win against the San Francisco 49ers and is currently healing the affected area’s swelling. Tom Coughlin discussed his wide receiver’s health status, among other things, during a conference call with Philadelphia media.
“Well, it’s day to day," noted Coughlin. "The trainers seem to think he’s making good progress. He wouldn’t practice today, no, but hopefully we’ll get some work in before the end of the week.”
Beckham Jr. has so far corralled in 31 passes from 52 attempts, gaining 428 yards for an average of 13.8 yards per reception while also accounting for 3 TDs. Even when not on the ball, Beckham Jr. has been a nightmare for opposing defenses who have begun game planning just for him as well as often sending two men to cover him. While Coughlin admitted his exclusion from the squad would be a major blow, the head coach refused to count out Eli’s other targets.
“Well, we have wide receivers that have been playing and rotating in and out, " said Coughlin. "You saw them at the end of the game the other night and we have to go in that direction. We’d prefer not to do that, obviously, when in the game he draws a lot of attention and so on and so forth. All we can do is hold on to the fact that he is a very, very competitive young man and if it’s at all possible, he’ll be ready to play.”
Coughlin indicated that Big Blue’s other catching threat, Victor Cruz, may miss another game delaying his 2015 debut.
“He’s rehabbing, working indoors primarily, working with the trainers, he’s in every meeting," noted Coughlin. "However, he has not been cleared to be on the field.”
The Giants will be squaring off against familiar foes in the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in a matchup that could a long way in determining the fate of the entire NFC East. Coughlin noted the tight divisional race and how his team was not the only one dealing with missing personnel.
“There’s great parity, there’s great competitiveness, teams are barreling each other every time we play each other, I don’t care who it is. They’re very physical, very tough games. It’s just the way it is, and I’m sure everyone likes it and appreciates it that way. We’ve had some injuries in the division, without a doubt. Every team has had them, setbacks and what have you, and are dealing with that. The competitive aspect of the game, the physical aspect of the game is—there certainly is a lot of parity and there are a lot of people playing, certainly, as hard as they can play.”