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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