August 28, 2013

Patriots, Giants regulars could get meaningful snaps Thursday

The Associated Press

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) waits for a snap behind the offensive line during NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass away from New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) and Ricky Sapp (55) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

"I learned very early on in my (college) career at Florida to worry about what I can control and the things that I can't control I'm not going to spend time worrying about," Tebow said.

Playing with and against backups in the first two games, Tebow completed 5 of 19 passes for 54 yards and one interception. He also gained 61 yards on 10 carries. He did not play against the Lions.

Players from both teams who survived Tuesday's cut to 75 need solid performances to keep their jobs.

"If you're going to make a move, if you're going to show something, someone who is looking to make our team that hasn't made it before, I'd say that you need to get about the business of doing it," Coughlin said. "It's time. There's not a lot of time, but what opportunity you get to step on the field Thursday night, I'm hoping, for your benefit, that it's a good one."

Giants rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib is expected to get his first meaningful playing time. The fourth-round draft pick has completed just 3 of 10 passes, but Coughlin plans to use him once Manning goes to the bench.

But with Manning having played in 135 consecutive regular-season games, Nassib might not get on the field again this season.

"It is kind of weird to think about," he said. "It's just the way the situation is. I'm cool with it. I just have to make sure I take these reps as serious as possible.

"Because they might be my only reps for some time."


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