A concussion ended
Those recent issues have prompted Spievey to change the way he plays the game and the way he tackles.
"My biggest thing right now is to stay healthy," said Spievey, who returned to practice Sunday after missing a few days with a hamstring injury.
"I'm just working on keeping my head up. I have to focus on that. I think if I keep my head up, I'll be fine."
The NFL is placing an emphasis on that this year with the new rule that prevents defenders and ball carriers from using the crown of their helmet to deliver a blow.
"The new rule with lowering your head, particularly safeties, that rule's going to affect running backs and safeties," head coach Jim Schwartz said.
"No. 1, it's a safer way to tackle with your head up. You never want to be in a situation where your eyes are down. You won't miss as much if you keep them up.
"It's good technique. That hasn't just been from this year with him. (Spievey) has a tendency to go too low sometimes. They make an all-or-nothing tackle, where the safety position relies a little bit more on making a sure tackle rather than making an all-or-nothing play."
Spievey needs to be more consistent of a tackler and he also needs to be more available if he's going to make the 53-man roster. Sunday, he was splitting reps with
"It's very important (to get back on the field) because I'm just trying to make the team right now," Spievey said. "I need to make the team, so I need to get out there and show what I can do."
Rookie running back
"They took him in just to make sure nothing was wrong and to get an x-ray on it," Schwartz said. "I wouldn't anticipate, or know anything yet, but he got stepped on in practice."
A sixth-round pick out of Notre Dame, Riddick is fighting for a roster spot at running back.
"Anytime we can get Lou on the practice field, it's good work for us," Schwartz said. "He gives a lift to the defense. He makes a difference out there. He moved well today.
"There's going to be a fine line there. I thought he had a good day today. He looked good in individual and in the other periods. When he gets out there he's able to do a little bit more."
Schwartz said Idonije is close to returning and could benefit from Monday's day off for the players.
DEVIN THOMAS OFF PUP
Thomas, who won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2011, said he can't wait to throw his hat into the ring for those open No. 4 and No. 5 receiver spots.
"I have a championship under my belt, so I know what it takes to win," Thomas said. "I just want to bring my experience to this team."
His experience on special teams might be where he can make the most impact. He has a career kick return average of 24.1 and is a pretty good cover man, too.
"I definitely feel like a I can play a big role (in special teams)," Thomas said. "I've been through the ringer and I've pretty much played every position, especially on special teams, so wherever (special teams coach John Bonamego) plugs me in, I feel I can go out and make some plays."
Havard Ruglandand Sam Martintook reps kicking off today. Kicking into the wind, both players reached the goal line and a couple yards deep into the end zone pretty consistently. It was Martin who had the furthest kick on a line drive sideways spinning boot that landed a few yards into the end zone.
- Backup quarterback
Shaun Hillhad a good day throwing the ball down the field. He hit Micheal Spurlockon a go route in seven-on-sevens and placed a terrifically throw ball to tight end Tony Schefflerover two defenders down the seam in a team period.
- After a physical padded practice on Saturday, Schwartz gave a number of vets limited reps on Sunday to give some other guys a chance to play. That meant more reps for quarterback
Kellen Mooreand he and tight end Joseph Fauria made the most of it. Fauria had a good day catching the ball over the middle of the field.