As the Giants wrapped up training camp Thursday, two days before their third preseason game, Victor Cruz proudly let it be known that the new offensive playbook has been fully installed.
Now the Giants have to figure out how to use it.
"That's the part we're at now, fine-tuning those little details so we can get on the same page," Cruz said. "But the offense is in, it feels good . . . Everybody is sharp, everybody understands the plays. Now it's just a matter of timing to make sure we're doing everything the right way, getting our technique down. Everything is installed and everything feels good so far."
As the Giants head into Saturday's game against the Colts, Cruz said the goal is to keep the offense on the field for longer than the first two preseason games.
"We've had some ups and downs, some three-and-outs and then some big plays," he said. "We want to show the consistency of a 10 to 12-play drive for a field goal or a touchdown to show that this offense is really good."
And maybe Cruz can even catch a pass?
"That would be fun if I can catch one," he said.Tom Coughlin said introducing the playbook to the players was mapped out well in advance of camp.
"There are a lot of things that do get adjusted," he said, "but the plan of how you install, that stays pretty much right on the money."
Odell Beckham Jr. will not play Saturday night against the Colts, but Coughlin said the first-round pick is expected to be ready for next week's game against the Jets.
What is holding Beckham out? "Just not enough work," Coughlin said.
The receiver has been limited all week. "We've had him for a few plays,'' Coughlin said. "When the few plays are run, he looks to be doing fine. But like everybody, they need more time on the field."
Cruz said he doesn't think missing most of training camp and three preseason games will affect Beckham in the regular season. "We still have a couple of preseason games left and he's got some time on the practice field to get himself right and get himself together," Cruz said. "It's a matter of him getting his confidence back . . . "