The Jets will be getting a scaled-down version of the Giants tomorrow night, so they’re making the right move starting Geno Smith against a defense that is missing Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore and Antrel Rolle.
But it’s the offense that the Giants and their fans are concerned about right now. The offensive line has begun it’s transition with Jim Cordle starting at center and Justin Pugh at right tackle. Pugh was brought in to be a starter. Cordle has been buried on the Giants’ roster for the past few years.
Cordle, a UDFA out of Ohio State, feels he’s ready for his closeup after spending several seasons behind the likes of Shaun O’Hara and David Bass. In college, he actually trained under Jets’ Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold during his time in Columbus.
“I came in and got to learn from the best, Nick Mangold, the Jets center. He took me in and taught me a lot that definitely helped me out. He was a three-year starter at Ohio State. And I’ve played against some really good guys in college, Ricky James from the Colts. Coming up with the first team, I feel like I know I can do it.”
The Giants will be without WRs Victor Cruz, Louis Murphy and Ramses Barden tomorrow night as well. Tom Coughlin is relying on Jerrel Jernigan to step up his role in the offense on Saturday:
“This is definitely a setback with the hamstring issue because, quite frankly, he’s had some very good days at practice. Hopefully, he’s had enough where he’ll play well in the game on the weekend and come through it strong and give us some more options.”
The LoudMouths panel talks about the latest with the New York Giants including the injury-plagued offensive line.