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Tom Coughlin still working on snap count for Hall of Fame Game

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks to the

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin speaks to the media following a team practice during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Monday, July 28, 2014. Credit: Brad Penner

Every year football coaches are asked the same question: How much will the starters play in the preseason opener?

This year, though, the question comes with a wrinkle for Tom Coughlin. The Giants open the preseason Sunday night in the Hall of Fame Game against the Bills in Canton, Ohio, the first of five preseason games for them this summer. Four is the norm.

So how Coughlin handles snap distribution will be interesting and there isn't much to go on in terms of his own past preferences.

"I've thought about that from the time the game was announced," Coughlin said on Monday.

He may have thought about it, but he's not yet ready to answer it. The Giants have a few more practices left to determine who even is going to be ready to make the trip.

Coughlin said he is not relying on what other teams have done in the Hall of Fame Game to make his decision.

"We have enough background to figure it out," he said. "You approach it in different ways whether you have four or five [games]. But this is going to benefit us. We're going to get some more opportunities in this offense."

Maybe not all of them on Sunday, though. Coughlin made it sound like the starters will get a series or two - his normal plan for a preseason opener - and that the payoff in quantity will come later in the schedule.

"Not right away," he said of the extra work. "It'll come to that, sure. They'll get plenty of snaps."

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