Eli Manning and the New York Giants face the Chicago Bears on Friday night at Metlife Stadium. Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
The New York Giants make their 2012 preseason home debut Friday night against the Chicago Bears at Met Life Stadium.
One week after apparent bad bedding on the campus of Albany caused a few New York Giants players to complain about sore backs, the headlines were dominated first by a Week 2 preseason destruction of the s followed by the commotion caused by the fallout of a video posted on YouTube showing Jason Pierre-Paul dumping Prince Amukamara in an ice bath.
Boys will be boys, and with that the GIants moved quickly to preparing for their 2012 preseason home debut Friday night against the Chicago Bears with a different look on offense. With starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw limited with a bruised hand, first-round pick David Wilson -- and not projected third-down back D.J. Ware -- took snaps with the first team on Monday.
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Tom Coughlin's explanation was that Wilson needed some time with the first team and the session was previously scheduled, but with Ware struggling in short yardage against the Jets and Wilson showing flair and the ability to pick up the blitz, there could be a changing of the guard sooner than expected.
Hakeem Nicks (foot) returned to practice and though chances are he won't play Friday night, everything appears on track for the September 5 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. More injuries, however, have the offensive line in a state of flux. Left tackle Will Beatty remains sidelined with a back injury. The longer Beatty is out, the more the Giants will consider moving David Diehl back to his old spot and shifting Sean Locklear or James Brewer to the right.
"There's going to have to be flexibility," Coughlin said. "Whether Sean plays left or right, or whether David Diehl plays left or right, or that type of thing. We obviously expect and live in expectation that Beatty will come back to the practice field unless something would happen otherwise. We're getting close (to the season) and those five guys need to play a lot together."
The Bears are coming off a 33-31 win over the Washington Redskins. Their defense shut down rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and newcomer Michael Bush showed he can be a nice complement to starting running back Matt Forte.
"You want to convert on third downs, you want to keep scoring when we get in the red zone," Bears QB Jay Cutler told reporters on Monday. "We want to eliminate turnovers, try to get big plays throughout the running game and the passing game. Just continue on the same path we're on and keep executing."
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