Starting cornerback Corey Webster missed his second straight practice on Friday with a hip flexor, and his status for the game between the two winless teams on Sunday is doubtful.
There were very few individual performances to point out, so for the first time we’re going to select some units in our following segment because this was a collective effort.
If one thing bugged Giants defensive players the past nine months, it was the constant questions about finishing next to last in the NFL rankings last season.
If he can make a few people start hurting, starting with some Jets receivers on Saturday, he’ll be on his way. And the Giants’ secondary will be better for it.
D-coordinator Perry Fewell has appealed to his players’ pride and asked his defense to “play like Giants.” That will work. For a game or two.
Despite spraining his right ankle “pretty good,” New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle expects to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Rolle was covering tight end Bear Pascoe on a pass near the right sideline. Both went up to catch a high pass and Rolle landed awkwardly and fell to the grass. He got up but had trouble putting weight on his leg.
Understandably, the odds are against him. However, Thomas wants to face the challenge. His goal is to play when New York opens the season Sept. 8 at Dallas.
A year ago, the New York Giants failed miserably in their bid to get back to the Super Bowl and defend their title. This year, the Giants just want to stay home — and become the first NFL team to play the Super Bowl in their backyard.
After being warned by coach Tom Coughlin that now was not the time to slack off, the New York Giants held their final workout before the start of training camp in late July.
Mathias Kiwanuka is going back to being a defensive end for the New York Giants — and as a starter. Kiwanuka was thrust into the role earlier this week when Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.
Heading into the NFL Draft on Thursday, look for the Giants to fill many holes on defense in the seven rounds. That doesn’t mean, of course, that general manager Jerry Reese will use the 19th pick overall to take a defensive player.
It’s not totally out of the question that the Giants will get the help they need. But first, Big Blue will need to take care of their own business.
A year after carrying the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in five seasons, New York’s defense is one of the major reasons the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs.
The return of Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to practice on Thursday after missing the previous day with a sprained left knee could only bode well for his on-field rapport with quarterback Eli Manning.