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Giants finally get to test new offense in Hall of Fame Game

Mario Manningham catches a pass during training camp

Mario Manningham catches a pass during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Mike Stobe

The Giants don't know exactly what to expect from their new offense when it takes the field for the first time in Sunday's Hall of Fame Game. It may be good, it may be bad. It may score three touchdowns, it may have three-and-outs.

But one thing they seem fairly certain of is that it will be fast.

The Giants went no-huddle on the first snaps of training camp and it's a good bet that they'll be blistering the field with rapid-fire play-calling against the Bills.

"I think they're going to put us right to the test and see how well we know the offense, how well this thing can perform at a high level," wide receiver Victor Cruz said Friday. "I think right off the bat we'll be maybe not no-huddle, but a little bit more up-tempo."

Fellow receiver Rueben Randle said he thinks the Giants will be in a rush as well. "We work on it a lot," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we do and I think we are prepared to do that."

New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will be at the wheel for this test drive, and it will be his first time taking any offense for a spin. He's never called plays in a game before.

"I'm excited to get out there and see all of the mechanics of how this offense is going to go," Eli Manning said. "Just hearing the plays from coach McAdoo . . . how he's calling things, how he's saying things and at what pace and the tempo of how we're going to try to run this offense."

However the offense functions, the Giants know they can't get too excited or too depressed. Coach Tom Coughlin said this week that only about half of the system has even been installed, so there are plenty of other plays and schemes that they will be relying on once the regular season begins Sept. 8 in Detroit.

The coaches also see this time as one of experimentation. They get to see what will work and what won't against a live defense. And they'll get to see which players are capable of running which plays.

"You have to keep that consistent, even keel," right tackle Justin Pugh said of reacting to whatever success or failures the Giants encounter Sunday. "It's all about finding what works, what's jelling, what runs are we doing well. That takes a little time."

"It's a new offense, so we're excited to see how it goes and see how other teams take it," Cruz said, "as well as test our own team to see what skills we have and what we can do right. It should be exciting for us."

Notes & quotes: Coughlin said the starters will play a "minimal" number of snaps in the game . . . DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who returned to play from a 2010 neck injury, said RB David Wilson may never be back to full health with his neck issues. "I know that it's a difficult injury to really recover from 100 percent," he said, "but I trust 100 percent in the doctors. They got me through it. I don't know how similar [our injuries] are, but I believe that if any organization can bring a guy through it, it would be the Giants." . . . LT Will Beatty missed a second practice with a migraine . . . X-rays on rookie CB Bennett Jackson's ankle were negative but Coughlin said he suffered a "significant" sprain on Thursday . . . The Giants put T Troy Kropog (foot) on injured reserve and waived/injured CB Travis Howard (knee). They signed T Adam Gress and CB Chandler Fenner to fill the roster spots.

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