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Giants starters, whoever they are, to get 'minimal' snaps

Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back to pass

Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back to pass during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, July 27, 2014. Credit: Brad Penner

Tom Coughlin said his starters will play a "minimal" amount of snaps on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game against the Bills. The thing is, not all of his starters are really starters yet.

"There are many positions that we're trying to establish who that is," Coughlin said after Friday's practice. "It's not a given. In that regard, maybe guys will be playing more."

That would seem to apply to positions such as linebacker, tight end, fullback (if they use one) and maybe a few offensive linemen. The Giants also are watching the health of some players.

"A lot depends on how the final version from the medical people comes to us," he said. "Some areas or positions are a little bit stressed and others aren't, so we'll see how that goes."

Overall, Coughlin said the goal is victory.

"You don't play a game without wanting to win," he said.

But there are also other objectives Coughlin is looking to accomplish.

"It's the overall picture of the organizational things, the substitutions, the penalties - holding them to a bare minimum," he said, rattling off a laundry list of intentions. "Don't turn the ball over, don't make the game a sloppy game. Establish some of the things we'd like to do. For example, I'd like to be able to run the ball and be able to do that in the first game this weekend as well. I'm sure Buffalo wants the same thing ? Have an opportunity to play a game, see what people are like under those circumstances, the enthusiasm, the energy, certainly come out of the game without injuries, all those things."

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