EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With each passing offseason workout, the New York Giants' new offense is starting to fall into place, with more clues as how coordinator Ben McAdoo plans to run his scheme.
Take for instance the role of the running backs. Peyton Hillis revealed that there will be a lot more check-down passes under McAdoo than there were under predecessor Kevin Gilbride.
"That's going to be a big part of it," Hillis said. "The quarterback is going to be looking for the check-down a lot this year, so we have to make sure as backs to get into our routes and be ready for the ball."
Another aspect Hillis believes will help the running backs is that the offense requires patience.
"It's a lot of cutting and running," he said. "It allows the back to be more patient and make the cut and make more yards. If you have the right mentality, the running back can do really well (in this offense)."
Meanwhile, Rueben Randle said the receivers no longer have to make sight adjustments on the ball, which he thinks will help them play faster.
"I think it's going to be pretty exciting. Coach McAdoo has done a great job of putting us into position to make plays and use our abilities. We still have a lot of work to do but as far as where we are now, we're in a good spot.
Randle, who ended Thursday's practice with a deep touchdown reception, explained that the route he ran, while similar to what he has run in the past for the Giants, wasn't quite the same.
"It was a little shorter and the timing was a little different," he said.
And that's just fine with Randle, who said he likes the new offense.
"Everything is pretty much black and white; what you have is what you run," he said. "It's simple. It's going to take a lot off our mind and just allow us to play football."
As the glowing reviews continue to flow in from the players, how has the overall process been coming along?
"It's slow to be honest with you," head coach Tom Coughlin said. "The progress is slow, but steady. There are some days that are better than others, but we're getting there."
Part of the reason has to do with the veterans needing to convert what they knew into what McAdoo wants.
"There are a lot of things that have to be converted in the minds of the guys who have been here and the new people," Coughlin said. "In a system such as this, there's a lot to learn. So it's a work in progress."
As the Giants wrap up their organized team activities (OTAs) - the team will hold its mandatory minicamp next week - Coughlin said it's unlikely that they'll be able to install every aspect of the playbook.
"We probably will not, but every situation will be covered in a small way," he said. "There'll be additional things once we've had more time to get on the board and work it out and spend more time with the players. Our meetings will be extended when we come back, so I think that will help a lot."
--The Giants are awaiting word regarding the nature of the foot injury suffered by starting middle linebacker Jon Beason in Thursday's OTA practice.
The 29-year-old Beason was injured on a pass play to Randle.
"He was running and he felt something across the bottom of his foot," said Coughlin. "We'll see."
Coughlin then backtracked on a follow-up question about the injury, saying, "Foot - (I'm) not sure if it was top, bottom, (or) middle. I probably said bottom, but who knows?"
Beason came up limp after suffering the injury and had to be helped to the sideline by teammate safety Stevie Brown after being unable to put any weight on his foot.
The trainers did a quick exam of Beason's bare right foot before carting him back to the locker room.
Beason was taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for tests. There was no update from the team on his condition, but there is concern.
"He's very important because of the nature of the man, his attitude, what he brings to the table, his leadership skills - very important," Coughlin said.