Latest From Giants Camp
After losing 27-10 in their first preseason game to the Dolphins, the Giants looks to prepare for Saturday's matchup against the Bills. More importantly, we're beginning to find out more about where new players will fit, who will be the team's middle linebacker, and the injury statuses of key pieces.
As far as Victor Cruz's status for Saturday, it's still in question according to head coach Ben McAdoo.
"It's early in the week, we'll see" McAdoo said during a press conference this afternoon.
Cruz, who has missed the majority of the past two seasons, has yet to see live reps. You have to wonder if Cruz will get healthy in time for Dallas on the 11th, and just how effective he will be. At this point, I would not even rule out the team cutting him. Hopefully we can find out more about his groin injury as the week progresses.
The 7-year vet Kelvin Sheppard is looking like he is the favorite for the middle linebacker position, an area which Big Blue has struggled in for years.
"He's an instictive guy who gets football, he's played a lot and he's a veteran guy. We feel like he's right there in the mix." McAdoo said when asked about Sheppard's play. As for when exactly Coach McAdoo will come to a decision, "We're going to use all the information we can get, so we're going to let that play itself out."
During camp this afternoon, left guard Justin Pugh and newly acquired D tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison, exchanged words in a scuffle.
The two were separated right away, as the $46 million dollar man Harrison continued to talk trash. It really does not surprise me at all that the D line and O line got after it a little bit. In many cases, it's often inevitable, so I wouldn't make too much of this.
The 27-year old Harrison had 72 combined tackles last year for the Jets, and will make an immediate impact for the New York pass rush. Jason Pierre-Paul is back and healthy, and Oliver Vernon has turned heads early on in camp as well. Look for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to be breaking out blitz packages like it's 2008 with that group in front.
Rookie standout Sterling Shepard sat out full team drills today with a groin tweak. His return is expected this week, and I'd imagine we see him Saturday. Having Sheppard healthy is vital for Big Blue if they can't have Victor Cruz out there come Week 1.
27 days until Dallas!
Here's Ben McAdoo's presser:
Action from today's day at camp: