Victor Cruz was glad to see some of the peripheral weapons get a chance to catch passes Monday night, but he made it clear that if the Giants are going to win games this season, they'll have to do it by throwing to the big guys.
By that he meant himself and Rueben Randle, the two starting receivers.
"I think in order for us to be successful, there needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction and in other playmakers' direction, like Rueben Randle as well,'' he said the day after a 35-14 loss to the Lions.
Cruz and Randle totaled four catches for 25 yards. Larry Donnell, Rashad Jennings and Jerrel Jernigan had 13 receptions for 131 yards.
"It's important to increase those guys' confidence,'' Cruz said, "to let them know that we're going to need them this year and they're going to have to make some plays for us in order for us to win.''
Randle was targeted on only two passes by Eli Manning. Cruz had six targets -- he dropped two of them -- but had only two in the first half. The Giants didn't look for either of them on any of the four plays they ran from the 1-yard line to score their first touchdown.
"I do believe we have to make a concerted effort to get Rueben Randle the ball, as well as myself, and just get some continuity,'' Cruz said.
JPP seems A-OK
The Giants have had plenty of trouble with neck injuries over the years, from career-enders to Antonio Pierce and David Wilson to season-stealers for Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck. It does not appear that Jason Pierre-Paul will join that list.
The defensive end had X-rays on his neck in the first quarter Monday but returned to play the rest of the game.
"I'm sure we'll monitor it, but he really felt good after the game and [Tuesday] morning, as well,'' Tom Coughlin said. "We will list him as limited, but I think the fact he came back and played with good energy, finished the game, didn't seem to have any issues, I think that is a good sign.''
Linebacker Jon Beason, playing his first game since suffering a foot injury in the spring, said he was sore and will likely be limited in practices this week. "You could feel the impact of the turf versus the grass,'' he said of Ford Field's surface. "Being sore was something the training staff anticipated. We're going to work to get it calmed down so I'm ready to go tomorrow.'' . . . Coughlin did not have an update on punter Steve Weatherford, who injured his left ankle and left the stadium in a boot Monday. He had an MRI Tuesday . . . Coughlin said he saw "some good plays, some bad plays'' from the interior of the offensive line, where center J.D. Walton, guard John Jerry and rookie guard Weston Richburg made their first starts for the Giants. "I wish there was more continuity and consistency,'' Coughlin said. "You'd like to see it played like a veteran line that can look at each other, don't even have to verbalize and know exactly what the intent is of the guy you are lining up next to. But that is not the case right now.''