NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:43 PM
Jon Beason did not practice for a second straight day on Thursday. But the Giants middle linebacker is still hoping to suit up on Sunday against the Saints in New Orleans.
“That is the plan,” Beason said. “Feeling better every day. It happens when you play a lot of reps.”
“I’m just a little sore,” he added. “We’re trying to be smart and I’m trying to make it to Sunday.”
Beason has been battling a nagging ankle injury he suffered in last Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys, although on Thursday, he walked around the practice field slowly, with his left knee wrapped. The oft-injured linebacker said his troublesome knee needed something of a “maintenance” day to recover.
“Nature of the injury says TLC every so often,” he said. “That’s where I’m at.
Odell Beckham (hamstring) practiced fully for a second straight day, a good sign for a receiver who’s been far from his usual stellar self in the last two weeks.
“Today he was sticking his foot in the ground, he was coming out of his breaks with some speed and energy and made some nice plays,” said offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. “I like what I saw today.”
Both Beckham and Rueben Randle, who also dealt with a hamstring injury recently, practiced fully and McAdoo hopes that will inject life into an offense that’s scored just two touchdowns in the last two weeks.
“Yeah, we expect it,” he said. “When you practice well, it correlates to success in the games.”
Kicker Josh Brown booted 46 touchbacks a season ago, but he has just 16 so far this year, and on Sunday, he sailed a kickoff to the 10 that bounced out of bounds, giving the Cowboys excellent field position at the Giants 40 and allowing them to drive for a go-ahead second-quarter field goal.
The Giants aren’t worried about Brown, who’s a perfect 15-for-15 on field goal attempts, but they are hoping that he can regain his touch as a weapon on kickoffs. Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn described Brown as “too slow and herky-jerky” in his kickoff motion.
“So we kind of smooth him out,” Quinn said. “We looked at some tape from the previous two years trying to get just more tempo to it.”
“Hopefully, he’ll just settle down and go through his mechanics and trust himself, becauseI think sometimes he gets a little anxious,” coach Tom Coughlin added. “The result of that hasn’t been as good as you’d like. I think he’ll settle down.”