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When it comes to practice, the New York Giants are, for the most part, delivering what head coach Ben McAdoo expects to see: tough, fundamentally sound football in which both sides of the ball are challenging each other.
However, when it comes time to transfer that work to a game, suddenly the Giants look as though they have never played together before, which is concerning considering they have been outscored 45-10 in their first two preseason games.
When the players return from a day off Sunday, McAdoo plans to start acclimating them for their regular-season schedule ahead of the Giants annual summer meeting with the New York Jets.
And one of the many objectives for McAdoo is a better commitment to the fundamentals and physicality that go hand-in-hand.
"We have to keep working on that in practice and make sure it carries over and shows up on game day," he said via conference call.
"I think there are some signs in practice, the half-line drill, the 9-on-8 and 8-on-7 the physicality is there. It shows up; we just need to carry over it to game day."
If McAdoo is concerned about the struggles of his team, especially his starters, he isn't showing his hand.
"We're going to give guys opportunities to compete, but at the same point in time we're not going to have any knee-jerk reactions," he said.
"No one's panicking here. We're not going to rush to judgment on anything. We're going to go out there, we're going to get the pads on and we're going to get to work."
Here are a few other notables from McAdoo's day-after conference call.
Second-year offensive lineman Bobby Hart, who replaced Justin Pugh at left guard with the starters before moving to right tackle with the backups, improved from a week ago, according to McAdoo. "He got better playing inside and playing tackle. Again, we need to see more consistency from him, but he is a guy that stepped up, jumped in when his number was called and he did improve."
Rookie inside linebacker B.J. Goodson apparently threw his hat into an already crowded competition at middle linebacker that includes incumbent Jasper Brinkley and newcomer Kelvin Sheppard. Goodson finished with three tackles against the Bills and currently leads the team with 10 (nine solo) in two preseason games.
McAdoo believes that the struggles of quarterback Ryan Nassib, who is 9 of 27 for 100 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions, is a combination of mental and physical. "I still have confidence in Ryan. I know he can go out there and play at a high level," he said. "We need to run the ball better around him and he needs to make some throws and then we need to make some plays. We can't be dropping balls out there, and we need to protect him.