Coughlin report: Starters to play a quarter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin said he likely will play his starters a quarter against the Steelers in the preseason opener on Saturday.

Coughlin may not have some of his starters, though. Justin Tuck sat out practice on Wednesday with a tight back. Coughlin said the team was being cautious and he hopes to have Tuck.

Right guard Chris Snee has been working his way back into practice the last couple days after coming off the PUP list. So the team could keep him and cornerback Terrell Thomas, who also just came off the PUP list on Tuesday, out of Saturday's game. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been somewhat limited in practices this week, so his status for Saturday night at Pittsburgh remains to be seen.

TC observations: Coughlin said he's been impressed thus far with Cullen Jenkins' versatility. Jenkins has played some defensive end in addition to his defensive tackle duties.

"He’s a tough guy to block no matter where he is," Coughlin said. "He is very, very effective. Very good. Moves well, just give us a nice piece of versatility to be able to play him basically wherever we need him."

Coughlin was asked about Tuck standing up and rushing in some practices. The Giants have also used Adrian Tracy and Justin Trattou standing up at times in practice.

"He’s been probably doing that for the last five to seven years," Coughlin said. "That’s just to move him around to get him in position, bring him to different spots. There’s multiple guys that can play that role but he has been doing it with the first group."

Coughlin was also asked about backup quarterback Ryan Nassib's progression.

"Young guy with a lot of ability," Coughlin said. "[Nassib] is trying to fight his way through all the learning. Did some good things today again."

The head coach also said he's been impressed with second-year guard Brandon Mosley, who got some reps with the first team in place of Snee.

"He’s had some very good practices," Coughlin said. "He occasionally suffers from a lack of experience when something new confronts him but he has been impressive. He’s a tough kid. He’s battling."