Surprise, surprise! Tom Coughlin is a traditionalist when it comes to extra points.
The Giants coach said he does not expect to change his approach or strategy even though the one-point kick has become more difficult in 2015 with the ball spotted at the 15-yard line, making for a 33-yard attempt. Teams still have the option of going for two points from the 2, and in the preseason several teams have done that almost exclusively. The Giants are not one of them.
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"The advantage there is no different than it ever was," Coughlin said of a two-point attempt. "I think it's just as important to kick extra points from 33 yards as it is to go for two."
He did concede that weather such as swirling winds late in the season at MetLife Stadium could sway his thinking. And a defensive penalty on a kick attempt which could put the ball on the 1 might make a difference. But Coughlin seems content to do things the way they've always been done, one point at a time.
"The old extra point circumstance was 99-point-something (percent successful), and a 33-yard field goal was 94-something," Coughlin said. "So in between there, yeah, it's something . I'm hoping that our percentages, in terms of 33-yard extra points, are going to be 100 percent. Just like I always think."
WR Odell Beckham and G Justin Pugh returned to practice after missing Wednesday's workout following dental work. Pugh said he had an infected molar removed. "It wasn't fun," Pugh said. "I'd rather practice than go get teeth pulled and not have a back right molar for two months."
Beckham caught a slant and took it 85-yards for a touchdown in the practice . . . WR Julian Talley was sidelined and had a boot on his left foot.
S Landon Collins (knee) continues to look good running on the side and even won a sprint to the line of scrimmage with the rest of the defense S Nat Berhe (calf) returned to practice but S Cooper Taylor (toe) had to sit out.