John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants will gear up for the Jets this Saturday, but the opponent will not be their major focus. They need to start scoring some points and getting to the quarterback.
Expect some red zone drills with new wrinkles. Although Tom Coughlin claims execution is the culprit, the playcalling has to be reexamined as well.
The Giants needs to get the TEs more involved and find a red zone presence from among the WR group. Last week, Eli Manning threw behind Brandon Myers inside the 10 and Adrien Robinson was having issues getting open.
Suggestion: if Ramses Barden is going to be on this roster, the Giants have to make him a red zone option, even though he hasn’t shown much prowess in that area. Defenses might be reluctant to dedicate one-on-one coverage on Barden with a CB six to eight inches shorter. If they decide to put three eyes on him, it could open some things up and possibly leave another receiver unattended.
The defense recorded only one sack. They did a bit of blitzing, but they could not get home. The Colts did a nice job picking them up…The Giants will be in deep trouble if d-line doesn’t amp up the pressure.
Lineup changes….Curtis Painter takes over as the No. 2 QB this week in hopes of raising his market value and/or displacing David Carr as Eli’s primary backup. OLs Justin Pugh and Brandon Mosley may see more reps. David Diehl got toasted several times on Sunday. The rest of the line looked sluggish. The future could be here sooner than expected.
Players possibly returning….S Antrel Rolle (ankle) could resume practicing this week. DE Justin Tuck (hamstring) is day-to-day but he really can’t keep missing time. Same with CB Corey Webster and WR Jerrel Jernigan. CB Terrell Thomas (knee) has very little time to prove he’s ready to play NFL Football again. He has to play this week or there’s no way he makes the roster.
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) is “getting closer” to returning, and he will be a welcome sight.
RB Da’Rel Scott is getting buried at the bottom of the depth chart. He’s also got to play this week or he could be gone because Michael Cox is having a monster camp and Ryan Torain is making a bid, too. If rookie S Cooper Taylor (hamstring) doesn’t get on the field soon, he could find himself on IR this year.
No-gos…..C David Baas (knee) is out. Early returns point to backup Jim Cordle taking the first team reps in Baas’ absence, but don’t count out Kevin Boothe. WR Victor Cruz (heel) is unlikely to play again in the preseason. DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DT Markus Kuhn should remain on PUP, but Coughlin indicated there might be some movement on FB Henry Hynoski this week.