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Wednesday Notebook: OBJ on facing Ramsey; Injury update

The New York Giants are preparing for their season opener this Sunday at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game last season and appear to have made several improvements to their roster this past offseason.

Giants’ first year head coach Pat Shurmur knows what he’s up against:

“Jacksonville week. As we go through the rhythm of this, we’ll do walk-thrus in the morning and then practice this afternoon at 1 o’clock and get ready to go. Certainly, we’re playing an outstanding football team, a team that fell one game short of going to the Super Bowl. I experienced that last year in Minnesota, so they’ve assembled a very fine football team. They’ve got a quarterback that plays winning football, they were the number one rushing team in the league last year, and they’re outstanding on defense. Not to mention, they have a terrific kicking game. We’ve got a big challenge this Sunday and look forward to battling them out here in the stadium.”

One of the backstories has been the comments made by Jaguars’ DB Jalen Ramsey, who was quoted a few weeks ago doubting the abilities of Giants QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr.

“Honestly, I’m more so looking forward to just playing football again, to be real with you,” said Beckham when asked if he was looking forward to facing Ramsay this week. “But yes, it is an exciting matchup. It’s a good test for yourself in the first game against the best defense in the league I would say… I probably been watching him since he came in the league. I’m a fan of football. Personally, before we were playing them Week 1, I was very, very on to him and what he can do. Like I said, he’s just as good as they come. He can go down as that ‘Primetime’ (Deion Sanders), in my opinion, if he keeps up what he’s doing now.”

Injury Update

TE Evan Engram is out of the concussion protocol.

“Evan took the red jersey off. He’s officially out of the protocol. That’s probably the one of note,” said head coach Pat Shurmur of injuries.

Shurmur confirmed that OLB Olivier Vernon has a “high ankle sprain” and would not practice on Wednesday:

“He’s making great progress. From what I’ve seen, he seems to be a fast healer, but he’s working his way back. I don’t think he will be out there today. He’s doing a good job of trying to get back. Certainly when we don’t have OV in there, we’ve got to compensate and maybe two or three guys have to do what he does.”

Rookie LB Tae Davis did not practice but was working on the stationary bike.

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