Tom Uddo, Contributor
It’s a short week for the Giants as they hope to stop their season from freefalling completely out of control tomorrow night when they take on the Chicago Bears in hopes of finding their first win in what seems to be the longest NFL season of all time.
The Bears have lost two straight games after starting the season 3-0, but have a formidable offense with QB Jay Cutler, who is having a steady year, along with weapons such as RB Matt Fore, WR Brandon Marshall, and former Giants TE Martellus Bennett.
Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell spoke with the media yesterday and commended the play of the Giants backups as injuries are still present throughout the lineup.
CB Trumaine McBridge will get the start tomorrow night as CB Corey Webster will miss his fourth straight game with a groin injury.
Fewell says that McBride has played well over the past few weeks, even though it has not been reflected on the scoreboard.
“I thought Trumaine responded very well in the ball game Sunday,” said Fewell. “He had one play that was a makeable play for him, the 56-yard catch, that if he would have taken another step and attacked the ball, I thought he would have either knocked the ball down or gotten a turnover for us. I thought he stepped up against Kansas City, but we have no W to show for it.”
When it comes to Webster, Fewell says that his status remains uncertain.
“We’re hoping day to day with Corey. He said he felt much better today,” said Fewell. “Obviously, I don’t think he’ll be ready this week. We just have to go by what he says from day to day.”
With DT Linval Joseph missing practice all last week and the game on Sunday due to an ankle injury, DT Johnathan Hankins started in his place. Fewell noted that Hankins, a rookie out of Ohio State, made few mistakes and played well.
“I thought Johnathan responded well, too,” said Fewell. “As we looked at the tape, he had one particular block that he kind of got fooled on and they hit us on a run with, but that was a normal rookie mistake. But I thought Johnathan responded well in the run game.”
LB Jon Beason, who was acquired from the Carolina Panthers last week, only saw a limited amount of snaps against the Eagles on Sunday, but Fewell was impressed by his play, even with a small sample size.
“The first time we had a chance to see him live was today and his in-line quickness kind of stood out right off the bat. He’s an intelligent football man,” said Fewell. “We had a jog through practice yesterday and so his ability to communicate with the players and to come out and have good knowledge of what a 4-3 defense is and where to fit was impressive.”
Even though Beason has only been with the team for a few days, he will be an important part of the Giants defense that is staggered by injuries.
“We have certain packages that he will be involved in. He’s only been with us a couple of days, but we felt like it was important to get him involved as soon as possible,” said Fewell. “With the short week, a short preparation week, how much information can he digest and how much can he continue to spit out and spit out correctly; we’re still working with him on that.”
There is no questions that the Giants will have a tough test ahead of them on Thursday night in Chicago. Cutler has struggled over the past few seasons, but is looking once again, like the elite quarterback that many predicted him to be, and Fewell understands that.
“I think that he has some really nice weapons with his two big receivers and then Bennett being a tight end and Forte, so I think he has some nice weapons around him,” said Fewell. “There’s no reason why he should not return to his form.”
The Giants are hoping that their backups, on both offense and defense, can come up big as they seek their first win of the season after a disastrous start that has many calling for the heads of the entire organization.