INDIANAPOLIS -- Coach Tom Coughlin met with the media Thursday at the NFL combine. Here's what we learned about the New York Giants:
Coughlin is likely to get a contract extension: Just like last year, when the Giants tacked one more year onto his deal so he didn't have to go into the season as a lame duck, Coughlin is likely to have his deal extended through 2016. He said there would be news on that at some point soon, though he didn't say what the news would be.
Weston Richburg is likely to play center: Coughlin said the 2014 second-round pick, who started 15 games at left guard as a rookie, is a center and would be "given every opportunity" to compete for the starting center job. Coughlin didn't say this, but 2014 starting center J.D. Walton is a likely cap cut whose release would save the Giants $3 million against this year's cap.
Victor Cruz is coming along: Coughlin said Cruz, the star wide receiver who tore his patellar tendon in Week 6, is doing well in his recovery and is planning to start running again soon. The Giants hope Cruz can recover in time for training camp, but they acknowledge his injury was quite serious and will give him the time he needs to recover.
Pass rush is a priority: Even if they re-sign or franchise Jason Pierre-Paul as expected, Coughlin indicated the Giants would be looking to add another pass-rusher this offseason. Coughlin didn't make it sound as though he expected Mathias Kiwanuka (another likely cap casualty) back next season, and while he said he likes Robert Ayers and Damontre Moore, Coughlin said the Giants would like to add to that arsenal as well.
The Giants are meeting with running backs: One of the items on the Giants' offseason agenda is a change-of-pace, big-play-threat running back to fill the role they had carved out for David Wilson last year. One of the many players with whom they've met here is Indiana running back Tevin Coleman, who had 14 rushing touchdowns of 43 or more yards and eight of 64 or more yards in college.