JPP, Prince Amukamara, Rueben Randle, Will Beatty, Jon Beason, J.T. Thomas, Victor Cruz, Larry Donnell, etc. The Giants’ injury report reads very closely to its starting roster. Tom Coughlin knows this and is getting tired of answering questions related to medicine.
“None that I know of. You know what I’m going to do, I’m going to have somebody come in here and answer all the medical. Seriously. I’m going to have somebody do that because I’m not going to do this every time I come in front you now. Tomorrow, don’t ask me this stuff. If you want it today, I’ll give it to you today, but that’s it.”
Coughlin refused to discuss return timelines for any player, including Cruz who was thought to have been close to 100% a couple of weeks ago. Instead, Big Blue’s coach was more interested in discussing a still-developing Tampa Bay team that is 2-1 in their last three games and ranks near the top of several categories across all three phases of the game.
“Defensively, it’s a Lovie Smith defense, for sure. They run very well, they’re very quick, they’re penetrators, the linebacker level is very fast, they do an outstanding job of pressuring the quarterback even with four defenders. They are 15th in the league overall, their 13 takeaways makes them sixth in the league and their nine fumble recoveries makes them first in the league in that category.Their special teams are outstanding. They’re fourth in the league in punt return, second in the league in kickoff return, fifth in the league allowing only 4.7 yards per punt return, opponent punt return. Their outstanding punt returner and kickoff returner is Bobby Rainey. They have speed and quickness in their special teams unit.I think a couple of things indicative about this team—four games ago against Carolina, they suffered a defeat, didn’t give up a lot of yards, but were minus-four in the turnover margin. Four weeks later against Atlanta in overtime, they were plus-four and they were able to win the game. So they’ve been resilient. They gave up a 24-0 lead to lose to Washington. They were up 20 points against Atlanta. Atlanta came back, tied the game, they went into overtime and, of course, they won the game in overtime. It’s a good team, it’s an improving team, and we’ve got to prepare ourselves to go to Tampa this upcoming Sunday.”