Coughlin report: Starters get a half

August, 22, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin plans to play his starters for "basically a half" against the Jets on Saturday night, in the team's third preseason game.

He also left open the possibility that some of them could play a little more than that, into the third quarter.

"Sometimes that's based on numbers if the numbers aren't where you want them to be," Coughlin said Thursday. "You'd like to get guys 30 snaps in this game."

As for the quarterbacks, Coughlin confirmed that Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib will play Saturday, in addition to Eli Manning. David Carr will sit this one out, after Painter sat out last Sunday's game against the Colts.

But the coach would not reveal who'll play immediately after Manning, and who will be the third quarterback.

"Who comes in second -- we've got some maneuvering thoughts on that one, too, but they're both going to play," Coughlin said.

Nassib, who the Giants traded up to draft in the fourth round this past spring, will almost certainly make the team. Carr and Painter are competing for a spot on the roster.
Kieran Darcy is an staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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