FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Are the Giants ready? Maybe not quite yet, but . . .
"We will be September 13," Odell Beckham Jr. said after the Giants' 12-9 preseason victory over the Patriots. "This is all fun, but we know when game time is and the things we need to do to get ready for then . . . The preseason is over. The preseason is now irrelevant to us."
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It was irrelevant to Beckham a little before others. He and Eli Manning were two of the offensive starters who did not play at all in the finale against the Patriots Thursday night. Tom Coughlin said he made that decision based on several factors.
"I didn't want them to play, I didn't need them to play," he said. "I thought we had a pretty good week of practice and there wasn't a whole lot to be gained at this point in time."
Beckham sounded a little disappointed about not playing but said he understood giving other players fighting for roster spots more of a chance to showcase themselves. Some did, including receiver Geremy Davis and tight end Jerome Cunningham, who had big catches. Others, such as receiver Corey Washington, who missed the game with a shoulder injury, did not get that opportunity (although Washington injured his shoulder making a dazzling catch on the final play of the final practice before roster cuts on Tuesday).
"It was good to be able to watch guys out there to compete," Beckham said. "People have been fighting all their lives for this moment and the reality is that some of them are not going to make it. It's very hard to watch people go."
As for Beckham, he'll be in Dallas next Sunday.
"I can't wait," he said. "To open up in [AT&T] Stadium against Dallas, it's huge. I think we all know what's at stake and what we need to do. Our goal is to win."
It was the first time since 2010 that Manning did not play in the preseason finale.
"I've done it a few times, but not very often,'' he said, adding that sitting down is not his preference. "Coach [Coughlin] told me yesterday I was resting. I still like being out there and I like playing.''
Tom Brady likes playing, too, and Manning is happy that he'll be able to, thanks to a judge's ruling.
"I'm happy for Tom. I know it has probably been a stressful offseason and few months,'' he said. "I'm happy he will be back playing and that he will be playing next week. I try not to get too involved in all that and I don't know all the details. [Roger Goodell] has a job to do, but I'm just glad Tom can play next week.''