Backups will be big part of Giants’ offense vs Jets

Is there anything to you need to know about the Giants other than a slew of their top offensive players are dealing with injuries and are questionable for the season opener?

Of course, there is. The Giants would normally be testing the depth of their roster this week against the Jets, but now they have little choice….

So, Victor Cruz is out for a while with a bruised heel.  Another mysterious injury to a sports star immediately after signing a long-term, lucrative deal. It’s solely a coincidence, but a strange one at that.  A heel injury? Can’t make this stuff up.

In the base offense,  Rueben Randle will assume Cruz’ spot across from Hakeem Nicks. When the Giants go three wide, Kevin Hardy is pushing Jerrel Jernigan and Louis Murphy for playing time. Throw in Ramses Barden, who’s light has gone from dimly lit to a steady glow.

We knew changes on the offensive line were coming, but injuries have suddenly expedited the plan. David Diehl has been moved off of RT after getting beaten badly on several plays this preseason. First round pick Justin Pugh is now the RT and, unless he proves to be overmatched, will hopefully stay there for the next five years.

Diehl moves to LG, taking Kevin Boothe’s spot. Boothe is sliding over to center, where David Baas is nursing a sprained MCL. They are joined by RG Chris Snee and LT Will Beatty in the starting lineup. First men up will be Brandon Mosley and James Brewer. On the bubble now are Jim Cordle and Matt McCants. The team would like to keep Eric Herman, but he’s got to show some progress and soon.

The RB situation is still being worked out. David Wilson is a breakaway back and Andre Brown is a pile-pusher. We haven’t seen much from either thus far, but it’s early. Rookie Michael Cox appears to have made the team. Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torian are fighting for the final spot if there is one and one of them has to step up vs Gang Green. If FB Henry Hynoski is taken off PUP this week – or next – one or both of them could be gone.

The Giants need to show something from their TEs in a live game. They’ve all looked good on practice, but we’re waiting for some non-beta production from Brandon Myers and Adrien Robinson.

QB Curtis Painter has this one game to prove he is worthy of being Eli Manning’s top caddy. Otherwise, David Carr will be the backup once again.