Going deep not on Tom Coughlin's must-do list for Colts game

Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass in Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws a pass in the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Canton, Ohio. Photo Credit: AP / David Richard

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Tom Coughlin ran down his list of objectives for Saturday's third preseason game in which the Giants face the Colts. It included better run defense, a more consistent tempo to the offense, and something positive from the punt or kickoff return games.

He also agreed that it would be nice for Victor Cruz to catch a pass, or even be targeted.

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But one thing not on his agenda is completing a deep pass. Even though Eli Manning's longest throw this preseason has been for 10 yards, Coughlin said the Giants will not be forcing anything down the field on Saturday night.

"If the opportunity is there, yes," Coughlin said. "Is it something that is at the top of the here's-what-we-must-do board? No. Naturally if the opportunity is there and you get the one-on-one matchup that you'd like to have, you'd like to see what happens with that."

Coughlin did agree that with the way NFL officials are calling penalties in the secondary this preseason, taking more chances will be worth the risk.

"The fact that we're talking about some real touch foul kind of things … it's happened to us that way, let's put it that way," Coughlin said. "But they haven't been go [routes], they've been in cuts and all kinds of things. But not a bad thought."

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