The players were on the other end of the field and even with the zoom up full it couldn't pick out the numbers. But I promise you McKenzie is there. More important is to listen to what I'm saying.
If McKenzie can't go, second-round pick Will Beatty will likely make the start there. Coughlin said he did okay once McKenzie went out Sunday. "He did okay," Coughlin said. "He's a young, talented kid who just needs to play. In this particular game, Chris Snee was next to him, so he could help him."
In other issues, RB Danny Ware continues to take limited practice, but Coughlin said he needs to get past a few more physical tests before his dislocated elbow is deemed healed and ready to go.
Also, I promised you guys I'd ask a question about Sintim, and Uncle Ern never goes back on a promise. As I suspected, he's not to a point in his development where he's a sure thing to be activated on gameday. Nothing to do with his health, but special teams numbers.
"At this point, no," Coughlin said when asked if the pass-rushing linebacker was ready to make a significant contribution, even in a situational sense. "He's been injured, and there's special teams numbers. We'd like to see him advance toward that. He is a player, and he's going to be a physical guy who can help us down the road. We'd like to move in that direction, but we have to deal game in, game out with what our situations are, what our needs are, how our numbers are going to come down."
In other words, don't expect to see Mr. Sintim on any consistent basis for a while. Sounds like the missed time obviously had effected the learning process, which is a big curve for any rookie, regardless of position.