Rashad Jennings carried the ball a career-high 34 times against the Texans, and it would be unrealistic to expect him to repeat that workload.
It’s been a rough week on the injury front for the Giants.
The New York Football Giants are looking for their first September win in over two years, as Big Blue hosts the Houston Texans on Sunday. New York lost two key contributors, cornerback Walter Thurmond and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, for the season in the loss to the Arizona Cardinals last weekend.
With Jon Beason’s status up in the air and rookie Devon Kennard already sidelined with a hamstring problem, Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich will likely split strong-side linebacker duties next to Jameel McClain for the Giants on Sunday.
A day after learning cornerback Walter Thurmond had been lost for the season due to a torn pectoral muscle, the Giants announced on Tuesday that wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan was placed on season-ending IR.
Maybe the Giants could have used more preseason reps. Then again, maybe those would not have been enough, either, given the poor matchup against the Lions.
The New York Giants dealt with a brittle offensive line in 2013, and the team appears to have the same problem occurring this season, even before a single regular season game is played. In addition, first round draft pick Odell Beckham, Jr. has not seen the field in a meaningful way, so an expected big part of their offense will be unavailable as they face the Detroit Lions on Monday night.
The Detroit Lions and the New York Giants are polar opposites when comparing NFL franchises.
The Giants had their first practice of the regular season on Monday at the team’s facility in East Rutherford, N.J., and prized first -round pick Odell Beckham Jr. was watching from the sidelines.
He’s purely a run-stopper, as most middle linebackers of today are. But he is also no stranger to dropping back into the short zone on pass defense.
After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants aren’t one of the morning-line favorites to get back to the postseason.
“I feel like I’m really close, but I have to go out and do it,” Beason said on Monday. “I want to test it, that’s gonna kinda confirm it for me.”
“You don’t put much stock in them,” he said of the exhibition games. “But you need them to get ready. If you want to play at a high level consistently, you have to have that game shape, that football shape.”
Don’t kid yourself. If this O-line doesn’t get it together, whatever improvements were made to the rest of the roster will go for naught.
The key to the Giants’ 2014 season could very well hinge on how well they adapt to the new West Coast offense being installed by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.