Tom Coughlin ended his preseason by getting a long look at his team in the final preseason game vs New England:
“Quick, competitive game; we had our chances. We played a lot of people; we got an awful lot of snaps in this game. Some of it was planned and some of it quite honestly was because we had to adjust.
Adrien Robinson went out of the game before, I think it was the first kickoff. So he was gone. And then, you know, that put us in a circumstance where all the tight ends got a lot of snaps. And I will have to look and see about that.
But, you know, I feel badly about the guys that were injured. Andre Brown was injured and he’ll take a while. But hopefully the other things will be correctable.”
Some things the Giants planned at the outset of camp may have to be scrapped now that injuries have hobbled them.
The plan to carry three QBs is one idea that could be in trouble. Rookie Ryan Nassib did not distinguish himself to the point where he is guaranteed a roster spot, which was a given until last night. Injuries have made the three QB plan a luxury the Giants may not be able to afford.
The Giants are now facing a scenario where they would cut Nassib, hope no team picks him up, and then sign him to their practice squad. That is a huge gamble that could backfire on them.
The primary backup role ended in a tie between David Carr and Curtis Painter. The Giants have always relied on Carr, but he nor Painter stood out this summer. The guess is, the Giants don’t make a change and Carr stays.
The four TE plan cold go as well. If Robinson is going to miss time, the Giants may have to IR him. He is going for an MRI today on his foot. If he is said to be out 3-4 weeks, the Giants will have no choice but to shelve him. With Bear Pascoe still mired at FB and Brandon Myers still struggling with the Giant way of doing things, the team only has Larry Donnell to lean on as a backup.
The Giants might have to use their ‘IR designated to return’ card on RB Andre Brown. We know he’s talking this injury down, but his diagnosis and what doctors tell him today could be worlds apart. That means they’ll probably need to keep three RBs (Michael Cox, Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torain) behind David Wilson instead of two, which was believed to be the plan. The other RB was to be FB Henry Hynoski, but he has yet to practice in earnest since coming off PUP last week.
The secondary is another area where the Giants just might need to get creative. At safety, the team has not figured out how they will soften the blow of losing Stevie Brown.
Free agent Ryan Mundy has been the constant this summer. Antrel Rolle (ankle) returned, but Tyler Sash left last night’s game with a concussion. Will Hill begins serving his suspension next week. Rookie Cooper Taylor looked stiff in his debut.
This means either Aaron Ross or Terrell Thomas could be playing more safety. That’s not a good sign. Thomas looks healthy, but he’s still got a ways to go. Ross is more aggressive this time around with the Giants, but he’s been inconsistent. Plus they need him at slot corner.
There are other positions, too, that will be effected. More to come on those. Let’s digest these for today, first.