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Slow and steady progress for Giants' new offense

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, center left, looks

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, center left, looks on as his team stretches during an organized team activity on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Julio Cortez

The Giants have one more OTA and three days of minicamp next week before they take a month off. Tom Coughlin said they will not be able to install the entire offense in that time and that some of the playbook will have to wait until training camp.

"Every situation will be covered in a small way," Coughlin said on Thursday. "There will be additional ways once we have more time to get on the board and work it out, spend more time with the players. Getting into this with a new situation of any kind, the hourly containment is a little difficult. You're on the field for a couple hours, that takes better than half your day and you stick a meeting in there and you don't have a lot more time. Our meetings will be extended when we come back [in July] and I think that will help a lot."

As for the portion of the offense that is being introduced to the players during offseason workouts, Coughlin said it is not a swift proposition.

"It's slow, to be honest with you," he said. "Progress is slow but steady. Some days, of course, are better than others. But, you know, we're getting there. We're getting there. There's a lot of things that have to be converted in the guys who have been here, in their minds, and the new people who have not been in a system such as this, you've got a lot to learn. It's a work in progress."

Giant steps

Coughlin said LT Will Beatty, who fractured his leg in the season finale last Dec. 29, is expected to be back on the field at or near the start of training camp. "He seems like he's making progress," Coughlin said. "He's doing all the rehab, but on paper he wasn't scheduled to go until training camp"

Running back Peyton Hillis has missed the last week with a muscle injury but Coughlin said he is expected back for next week's minicamp ... WR Jerrel Jernigan, who flourished late last year when he replaced Victor Cruz as the slot receiver, is being used primarily on the outside so far this spring ... Backup QB Ryan Nassib threw three interceptions in Thursday's workout, two off tipped passes ... Rueben Randle missed several plays late in practice before returning to the field to catch a touchdown on the final snap of the workout. "I just got hit in the wrong area," he said of the injury to his, um, midsection. "I didn't get hurt, somebody just happened to mis-swat the football and I got the bad end of it."


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