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Jon Beason says practices against Bengals are a proving ground

New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason #52 during

New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason #52 during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Aug 2, 2015. Photo Credit: Brad Penner

CINCINNATI - The Giants' week of facing the Bengals will culminate with Friday night's preseason game. But by that point, Jon Beason said most of what the team hopes to accomplish on this trip should be taken care of.

"I've actually thought about that," he said of putting more significance on the two practices than the actual game when he spoke before Tuesday's workout. "It's like, 'Oh, I better get my work today and tomorrow, because I know come Friday, if it's a series or maybe two series, [it's] eight plays.' You're like, 'I'm dressed up, I'm warmed up, I'm ready to go, the lights are on.' Obviously, it's a prime-time game so it just feels a little different. I'm anxious to get out there, but I know on Friday it will be short-lived. It is what it is."

Beason said he hopes the Giants can prove a few things to themselves in these workouts. He wants them to be strong against the run. He hopes they can prove their toughness and physicality. "We're going up against a worthy opponent," he said. "Four years in a row they've been in the playoffs. I think they are number two in rushing, so it's a great challenge for us up front, we obviously want to stop the run. You just want to get something out of this.

"I don't know that we have anything to prove to ourselves, but I think we need to go into this practice with the mentality that we are a great group. We are physically imposing, we're tough, we're relentless, we know what's going on. Guys are going to be accountable to just doing their job. And just try and give them a great look as well."

As for the pace of play on the practice field -- let's face it, one team's 75-80 percent will be different from another's estimate of that intensity -- Beason said the Giants call their practice tempo "brother-in-law." As in hit the guy as hard as you would your brother-in-law, a guy who is family but not really.

"When you're practicing against your own team, obviously you have relationships with the guys across the ball," he said. "Sometimes, that's your boy, you don't go quite as hard. Automatically, without a shadow of a doubt, the level is picked up when it's an opposing team. It's a different uniform, you don't know those guys. You want them to say after this play is over or after the day is over, 'Hey, I respect that guy and I respect this team. They know how to practice, they know how to get after it.' "

As for the possibility that the practices will be marred by fights, Beason had a monetary reason for players to stay away from those antics.

"This trip costs us a lot of money," Beason said. "We had to get on a plane, and we're staying in a hotel, we moved our whole camp up here for a few days. So we want to get something out of it. I've been told the Redskins and the Texans had to part ways [because of fighting]. So now we're just practicing in Cincy, for what? We want to go against them, a worthy opponent, and try to get better."


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