Practice report: New offensive line, again

August, 26, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin is trying out another new offensive line.

On Monday, the Giants trotted out Kevin Boothe at center in place of Jim Cordle. James Brewer moved to left guard and rookie Justin Pugh remained at right tackle. Chris Snee remains at right guard and Will Beatty remains at left tackle.

The Giants started Cordle at center and Pugh at right tackle to replace the injured David Baas (knee) and David Diehl (thumb) against the Jets on Saturday. There were some communication issues, and Eli Manning was under pressure at times facing an aggressive Jets defense.

Coughlin wouldn't say if this is definitely the starting O-line moving forward until Baas and Diehl are ready to return. "We’ll possibly do some of that," Coughlin said. "We’ll try different combinations. Nothing wrong with that, I hope."

TC on KP: The Giants have lost safety Stevie Brown for the season to a torn ACL. The Eagles released former Giants safety Kenny Phillips on the same day the Giants learned the extent of Brown's injury. So, could the Giants be interested in a reunion?

"I’m not aware of that," Coughlin said. "Although I do know our staff will look at every player."

Practice 411: This was a scout team practice, which means the Giants were preparing a lot for the preseason finale against the Patriots on Thursday. Coughlin said he is not sure yet how much the starters will play, but he did say he is likely going to play his starters some.

"Well, I’m strongly inclined to do that," he said. "It’s just (a question of) how much, that’s all."

During practice, Dan Connor remained with the first team at middle linebacker. Jason Pierre-Paul did work with the second team during individual drills in his first practice since coming off the PUP list.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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