Ryan Nassib's 2014 season did not start out well.

"I started to freak out at first because the headset in my helmet wasn't working and I was like two seconds from going in [the game]," the Giants' backup quarterback said after Sunday's 17-13 win over the Bills in the Hall of Fame Game. "I was like, 'Jeez, I'm going to have to do like in high school and run from the sideline to the huddle between every play.' "

The communication system eventually started working, and so did Nassib. By the end of his playing time, he showed he had graduated. In the first extensive playing time of his career, he completed 7 of 12 passes for 139 yards and a 73-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner. His passer rating was 126.7.

Nassib threw one interception that was negated by a Bills penalty, a throw that coach Tom Coughlin called "a very bad play." He also was flagged for intentional grounding.

But Coughlin's overall impression of the player who is fighting to be Eli Manning's backup was positive.

"Ryan for the most part did a nice job," Coughlin said. "He did direct his team and he threw the ball well enough and I'm sure he's looking forward to continuing his development and getting in a game next week and having more opportunities."

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Enough to run with?

With David Wilson heading to injured reserve, Coughlin was asked if he has enough running backs on the roster. "The answer," he said, "is yes."

The Giants also have Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and Kendall Gaskins, plus two fullbacks. And one of them, Henry Hynoski, can play running back.

 

Giant steps

Tight end Daniel Fells suffered the only bad injury, a bone bruise . . . Coughlin said the decision not to play tackle Will Beatty "was predetermined long in advance." Beatty missed several practices last week with headaches but also is coming back from a broken leg . . . Coughlin laughed (a little) about the Bills fan who was heckling him during his on-field postgame interview in Canton on Sunday night. "You couldn't hear me over the guy yelling 'Coughlin! You're 7-9!' " he said Monday. "We all heard that one."

. . . Coughlin said he liked the intensity and physicality of the first preseason game from both teams, saying it "honored" the Hall of Famers . . .The Giants return to practice Tuesday evening, but the session will not be open to the public because of an event at MetLife Stadium.