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Ben McAdoo believes more sleep can cure Giants’ ills

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New York Giants' Ben McAdoo answers questions from the media on the third day of NFL minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J. on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

INDIANAPOLIS — Don’t sleep on the 2016 Giants, because they’ll be doing plenty of that themselves.

Ben McAdoo mentioned the sleep patterns of the Giants several times in his meeting with the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, and he spoke about them in connection with the troubling number of injuries the team has been subjected to in recent seasons. If McAdoo gets his way, this season could wind up being one big slumber party for the Giants.

One of the changes McAdoo is making to the team’s snoozing is the weekly schedule. Much in the way the Eagles had done under Chip Kelly the last few years, McAdoo will give the players the day off on Monday instead of the traditional Tuesday.

“Number one, it’ll help with recovery,” McAdoo said of the change. “Number two, it’ll help with sleep, which is probably one of the most important things that are related to injuries and staying healthy.”

Injuries have been a bugaboo for the Giants, and McAdoo also made a change at the top of the team’s strength and conditioning division. He removed longtime coach Jerry Palmieri and replaced him with Aaron Wellman.

“Aaron Wellman and I go back a little ways, I’ve had my eye on him for a while,” McAdoo said. “I think he does a tremendous job. He’s a forward thinker and that’s something that’s important to me. He can still crack the whip if need be and that’s hard to find in today’s league. He’ll do a tremendous job.”

McAdoo was quick to note that strength and conditioning were not the only links to injuries.

“You can’t just point to one thing,” McAdoo said. “You have to look at a variety of things that impact injuries, whether it’s the way we practice, whether it’s the way we hydrate, the way we sleep, the way we recover. You just can’t point to one thing and say that’s going to cure everything as far as the injuries go. But we’re going to look at a variety of things.”

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