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Ross ready to move on

Aaron Ross says his brief third quarter-benching on Monday night is in the past, and he’s ready to move on.

“Big game this week against Philly,” said Ross, who was speaking for the first time since he was benched by head coach Tom Coughlin after getting beat on two long passes in coverage against the Rams.

“Have a really explosive team to play against. Time to move onto next week.”

Ross, who declined comment after Monday night’s 28-16 Giants’ win, reiterated that he’s ready to move on when asked a pair of follow up questions, including what was said during a meeting between him and head coach Tom Coughlin.

“That remains private,” Coughlin said. “I liked what we discussed (Wednesday).

The fifth-year cornerback also wouldn’t get into why he appeared to be unwilling to attend a defensive backs meeting over on the sidelines Monday night after he was benched. Ross was eventually coerced into joining the meeting by Corey Webster.

“It was something else,” Ross said before laughing.

Ross says he’s ready for Sunday’s game against rival Philadelphia -- even if he has to play 60-to-80 snaps.

He’s also looking forward to returning punts, something he did at college in Texas and something he did twice last season and twice for 13 yards on Monday night.

“Very excited,” Ross said.

Special teams coach Tom Quinn says he’s confident in Ross’ abilities replacing Domenik Hixon.

“He’s very secure in catching,” Quinn said. “He’s square and he’s got a good first step.”

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell explained the decision to bench Ross.

“We felt like we needed to see how he was being attacked in the football game. You see it in basketball all of the time. A guy’s having a tough day, you bring him to the side, you say, ‘Hey look what they’re doing to you, see if you can learn something from what’s happening.’ Then we got him back in the football game,” “Aaron is our starter this week. We expect him to be better. I think he’ll grow and learn from the experience.”