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Giants ready to do more than dink and dunk

Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws against the Pittsburgh

Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Frank Franklin II

The dinking and dunking portion of the program may be coming to a close.

The Giants have yet to open up their offense through two preseason games, instead relying on short passes and a lot of running. But that has more to do with what the team has installed and is working on than what the finished product will look like.

Eli Manning, who has yet to throw a football farther than 10 yards and who did not complete a pass Saturday night in the Giants' 20-16 victory over the Steelers at MetLife Stadium, said the air show is just around the corner.

"It's preseason and we're not putting everything out there, but I think over these next weeks, we'll start to get a little bit more and be a little bit more aggressive and see if we can make some plays," he said.

When a team changes offensive systems, as the Giants are in the process of doing, it usually does not want to show the league too much of its regular- season characteristics. Tom Coughlin said there is "some of that" thinking, but he chalked up the blandness thus far to the installation process.

"Overall what you're seeing is you have very early in training camp installations and you really don't do a lot of game-planning," he said. "By and large, as you continue through preseason, you have more installations, and that's what you see in the game."

Most noticeable so far has been the lack of a connection with Victor Cruz. Manning hasn't even looked in his direction, although on the play in which he was sacked, he appeared to be starting to turn toward his most experienced target.

Coughlin said he's not worried that Cruz hasn't even had a pass thrown to him.

"We still have three games to go," he said. "He gets plenty of balls in practice, etc., etc."

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