When the Giants host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, Sept. 14, it will be the first time- a la college- that his squad will face another team.
“This is almost more like a college training camp because you’re not worried about getting ready for a preseason game,” coach Judge said in a Zoom call to the media. “You are not concerned about having a plan in place for a specific opponent. You have more time to work in installs and what you can address within your own team.”
Preseason games are vital to all coaches, especially a new leader that’s evaluating his players for the first time. Game situations is when coaches see how his players respond under pressure.
This summer will be different.
Judge needs to fine-tune operations on the practice field, where game-like situations will show who’s ready for the season. How certain players respond could determine who fills out a roster in September.
“We have to do a good job of structuring camp in that we’re able to evaluate the players first,” Judge said. “Make sure we make the right decisions while we form this roster. Intra-squad games and scrimmaging will get this team to full speed in preparing for September 14.”
No preseason games, no problem. Just like college.