We'll have our conference call with Tom Coughlin later this afternoon. In the meantime, a few additional thoughts from last night's game.
* Victor Cruz looked wonderful again in stiff-arming the cornerback on his way to a 21-yard completion. But he didn't do himself any favors in the punt return race with Aaron Ross when he muffed one at the Giants' 1. It's becoming more and more evident that Ross will be the guy back on punt returns, while every effort is being made to have Andre Brown the main guy on kickoffs. Brown actually didn't look bad after taking some criticism last week. "They got on me last week about it, so this game I just wanted to show my burst," Brown said.
* Adrian Tracy, though playing against the second and third-stringers, played a very strong game. He had nine tackles overall, two for losses. Now, none of that secures a spot on the roster for him, but it was an encouraging sign from someone who only had occasional mention in the daily training camp reports.
* Whether it was because Rhett Bomar was in charge, or whether Kevin Gilbride was hiding some stuff, but the goal line offense looked like it needed a lot more work and a lot more imagination. Once they got down to the 2, it took them five plays, helped along by an unnecessary roughness and a pass interference call, for Brown to punch in from the 1. There was the possibility of seeing a Victor Cruz scoring fade, but Bomar's throw was too high. But that was negated anyway by the interference call.
* Coughlin said afterward that he saw improvement in Matt Dodge's punting. But, wow! The more I see him, the more I see Rodney Williams. That's not a good thing, folks. He hit six punts for a 43.2-yard gross, but only a 36-yard net. Those two big hits of 53 and 60 yards were brought back for healthy returns because they didn't hang up there long enough for the coverage to get down there. And then, when the Giants were pinned inside their 10, he hit a perfectly atrocious punt out of the end zone. The good thing is, you can get a punter anytime, so Coughlin and Tom Quinn will probably put up with Dodge's inconsistency until the end of camp and evaluate the situation from there. He's got a long way to go.
Any other observations out there?
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