Thursday Morning Update: O-line hurting again

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Temps starting to rise here in NYC but that won’t matter this week as the Giants prepare to play on the road indoors vs Detroit this Sunday.

*Yesterday at practice, ten players did not participate: G James Brewer (ankle), WR Victor Cruz (knee, concussion), T David Diehl (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), DT Cullen Jenkins (shin, quadricep), WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring), CB Terrell Thomas (knee)

*The Giants have more injuries along the offensive line again. Both starting guards (Diehl and Brewer) are both hurting and the Giants may have to turn to the likes of Dallas Reynolds, Brandon Mosley and Stephen Goodin.

That is not deterring Eli Manning from going out this week to face the vaunted Detroit pass rush. Tom Coughlin says the idea of limiting Eli has been discussed.

“We’ve talked about this,” said Coughlin. “He wants to play and he’s looking forward to playing and competing and having a better game. I wouldn’t expect anything different.”

“We’ll be ready and whoever is out there will be prepared to go and hopefully we’ll be able to run our offense well and we know they’re talented,” Eli told reporters yesterday. “They’ve got a great defensive front and do a good job of getting pressure and just bringing four guys a lot of times. So we’ve just got to get ready for their scheme, what they want to do and have some good answers.”

*Coughlin also commented on Cruz’ status, but can’t possibly be optimistic the star WR will play again this season.

“He is going through the concussion protocol, but he does have a knee, which will probably prevent him from doing anything, but he’s being evaluated as he goes forward for the knee and the concussion,” the coach said.

*Jerrel Jernigan will take Cruz’ spot in the lineup. Coughlin was asked if he liked what he saw out of Jernigan last week:

“I like the way… his toughness was outstanding the other day. Even running his kickoffs up in there, he barreled up in there and got knocked around from side to side, spun around, and then the play he made late where the big safety, (Kam) Chancellor, came and stuck him and he spun out of that and kept going. I was inspired by that.”


Points of interest this morning….

Eli to stand behind third string offensive line vs Lions (Rock/Newsday)

Megatron seeks success vs ‘unknown’ Giants’ DBs (Schwartz/NY Post)

With Cruz likely out, JJ slips into the slot (Ehalt/ESPNNY)

JPP hopes to avoid another offseason surgery and rehab (Orr/Star-Ledger)

Giants not sympathetic if it snows on the Super Bowl (Samuel/NYDN)


GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning as the Giants prepare to play the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Week 16.




8 comments
Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I'd never root for Eli to get hurt but the Giants are certainly asking for it and it'd be hard to argue they didn't deserve for it to happen with their stubborn insistence to keep him out there the whole game every game to take a beating despite his poor play and that the season is long over.

joeknix
joeknix

Not sure if you saw this little nugget . . . Eli wants Gilbride to stay, uggh . . . http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/eli-manning-wants-kevin-gilbride-back-as-giants-oc-1.6635932


Just because they have worked together for a long time doesn't mean change isn't neecessary.   I really hope the Giants go another direction and move away from their terribly predictable and stagnant play calling.  However just from the comments I heard from Mara recently where he said all the parts have to play well for it to work referring to Eli and the O-Line . . . it sounds like they are going to pin things on "injuries" rather than addressing the fact that Gilbride never changes his play calling regardless of personnel.  I suspect they won't do anything with Reece either.  Be prepared for more of the same next year.  Just my gut.



joeknix
joeknix

@Brian Webster Nothing has really changed . ..  they have honestly been playing with a 3rd string line in talent for the whole season anyway.  Eli goes to work every day just like TC.  This shouldn't surprise anyone.  They are still professionals and want to win every game possible and put forth maximum effort even if it's in vain.  I for one am pulling for Eli to finish the last two games strong but also not pulling for Giants victories so we can solidify a top 10 pick and get him a young anchor on the offensive line. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@joeknix What else do you expect him to say? How many players are going to come out publicly and say a coach should be fired before next season during the current season? Especially when that coach has been there his entire career.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants

@joeknix Yeah we saw that....wait til the season is over he may change his mind

joeknix
joeknix

@Brian Webster @joeknix No, I didn't expect him to throw anyone under the bus especially since a fair amount of the blame falls back on him since players execute the game plan not coaches.  I'm just hoping this isn't his real feeling on the matter and same goes for Mara.  Like most Giants fans, we realize it's time to make changes but since the Giants organization is loyal to a fault . . . my confidence in changes beyond player movement is still low.