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New York Giants’ Depth Gets Tested Early

September 8th, 2012 at 12:00 PM
By Jen Polashock

It sure would give the impression as if every year the New York Giants’ depth chart is battle tested several games into the regular season. This year (in game one) it was (especially for the defense), yet again.

Not long ago, North Carolina State DT Markus Kuhn was on the bubble and realistically headed for the practice squad. Wednesday night, he was in there and taking snaps for veteran tackle Rocky Bernard. Perry Fewell trusts in his possibilities, so get used to seeing #78 on that D-Line.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence in Markus Kuhn. Shoot, that’s why we drafted him. He’s a New York Giant, he’s going to get his feet wet real early and, shoot, we’re going to play his butt. He’s going to get in there and mix it up. He’s not afraid to mix it up. He’s a German guy, so he doesn’t know the difference. He says, ‘I’m going to get in there and play ball, right?’ So he’s going to play ball,” Fewell said.

Linebackers Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger were big camp hopefuls as the linebacker depth was at an all-time high during training camp and the Giants signed LB Keith Rivers during free agency. They both are on the 53-man and contributed their speed when they were on the field. Seemingly one of the better pick-ups, #55 played hard in the season opener as he replaced both strong side and weak side backs in Michael Boley (hammy) and Mathias Kiwanuka (groin) at times. How awesome is it to see such quickness at the linebacker position again?  

Hurting players that were listed as questionable, DB Jayron Hosley (toe) played nickel in some packages and OT Will Beatty (back) came in on limited snaps as an eligible blocker. DE Adrian Tracy (hammy) also played as well as D’Rell Scott (knee) and, of course, WR Hakeem Nicks (foot) and “Probable” RB Ahmad Bradshaw (hand). It really is unreal how injuries and Big Blue buddy up each year. Someone needs to get in between this destructive relationship.

Throw into the mix one of the bigger injuries for this past game: DB Michael Coe (hammy) and you see where some depth kinks still need to be worked out. Coe is CB Prince Amukamara’s depth at RCB. Since Hosley was already playing nickel, DB Justin Tryon was the guy (listed as CB Corey Webster’s backup at LCB). Where there once was a position that had been “stacked” is now one bare due to injuries. Again.

General Manager Jerry Reese is more familiar with what’s going on inside Big Blue than anyone here. Understanding his approach really isn’t that hard:

"We investigate everything, so when that situation arises, we will investigate that," said general manager Jerry Reese. "…our scouting, and that's a strong part of what we do, our scouting and our player personnel…looking closely at our budget in that respect … That's very important to us, that's our lifeline, really."

Suppose it’s how Reese comes to the decisions after that exploring he does that everyone loves to question.

As the bridge is still being built into 2012, the materials being used not only consist of what is seen in the end product, but what is used behind the scenes. Depth again will be an integral component in how to get this team to their combined goal at hand—even if it has to be shifted and sorted out a few more times.

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Tags: Adrian Tracy, Ahmad Bradshaw, Corey Webster, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Jayron Hosley, Markus Kuhn, Michael Coe, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Prince Amukamara, Rocky Bernard

4 Responses to “New York Giants’ Depth Gets Tested Early”

  1.  Krow says:

    Tested … and found lacking.

  2.  norm says:


    norm says:
    September 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM
    Justin Tuck does have the ability to rise to the occasion. His “I got a ring” sideline pep talk during the playoffs is now the stuff of legend and seemed to do a good job in firing up his mates – especially those who were not around during the ’07 title run.

    So we know that Tuck CAN be a leader in January when the stakes are at their highest and the pressure to win is through the roof. And that’s a good and valuable thing. The ability to step up, lead, and not shrink from the big moment is not a trait that’s universally shared among the game’s top players (see: Romo, Tony) Some guys are at their best in September; other save their A+ game for December and beyond. Tuck is clearly in the latter camp.

    Problem, of course, is the ability to lead in the postseason means nothing if you never get there in the first place. And Tuck certainly does not help that cause by visibly moping on the sidelines during the regular season. Yes, it’s a long season and yes, it’s unrealistic to expect players like Tuck to ratchet up their intensity to post season level for all 16 games.

    But ferfuxake dude, at least pretend like you have at least a nominal emotional investment in these less “meaningful” regular season games. If nothing else, stay the hell off Twitter. Giants fans certainly don’t need to read any more “Rosebud” posts lamenting the loss of innocence and your pining for the simpler life of your Alabama upbringing. Help lead this team to another Super Bowl and then we’ll all be happy to read that sh!t when you write about it in your freakin’ memoir.

  3.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Man. My alumni is god awful. Wtf happened to The U…. Pathetic.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      You would be referring to your “alma mater”.

      You are an “alumnus”.

      Two of you would be “alumni”.

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