On WFAN: Shurmur Previews Giants Week 1 Matchup Against Jaguars

Barkley Ready To Go, Vernon Troubled By High Ankle Sprain

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September 04, 2018 - 7:08 pm
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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur joined "Mike's On" during Tuesday evening ahead of Big Blue's season opener. The Giants host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.

Shurmur and his coaching staff are making their final preparations and weighing up roster decisions.

"We're putting the roster together," Shurmur said. "We're putting the final players in place. We're certainly ready to get going. I think we've had a productive training camp. For the most part, we're pretty healthy. So, we'll get out there tomorrow and get ready to get going here."

After releasing backup quarterback Davis Webb, a big topic is who will emerge as Eli Manning's understudy. The Giants released a depth chart ahead of the season opener with Alex Tanney listed behind Manning and Kyle Lauletta as third-string. Matt McGloin has also joined the Giants for workouts.

"We felt like the best combination of guys was to keep Alex Tanney and obviously, Kyle Lauletta," Shurmur said.

Shurmur did not confirm a no. 2 quarterback during the interview.

"We haven't really named it," Shurmur said. "It will get revealed here quickly."

Rookie running back Saquon Barkley has dealt with injuries throughout the preseason. He's been given the green light for Week 1 against Jacksonville.

"He's ready to go," Shurmur said. "He's actually been practicing pretty full speed here for quite a few days. He's ready to roll."

Linebacker Olivier Vernon's status is less clear. The outside linebacker has been dealing with a high ankle sprain.

"We're gonna have to see," Shurmur said. "He wasn't out there when we were practicing on Sunday. He's making fast progress, but we'll just have to see as we go here."

The Jaguars ranked second-best in total defense last season and led the NFL with the fewest passing yards surrendered per game. This will be a test for the Giants' new-look offense and rebuilt offensive line.

"We're playing a Jacksonville team that plays a lot of one-deep zones," Shurmur stated. "A lot of times, it doesn't come down to matchups -- it comes down to concepts. We're gonna do what we have to do to try to get the ball down field and get it in the end zone. But it's also important that we stay efficient with it, so we stay out of those third-and-long situations."

Listen to Mike's full interview with Shurmur below: