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New York Giants’ Adewale Ojomo Out, Keith Rivers Doubtful for Week Two

September 14th, 2012 at 3:09 PM
By Paul Tierney

In some potentially discouraging news, the New York Giants will most likely be without Keith Rivers for the team's Week two bout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rivers was all over the field in the Giants first game, and he was well on his way to becoming an integral aspect of the Giants linebacker core. Staying with the injury theme, Adewale Ojomo has been ruled out of Sunday's matchup. Both players have hamstring injuries.

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Although the Ojomo injury will only impact the Giants on special teams, Rivers' absence would be a significant blow to the linebacker core. With Michael Boley nursing a hamstring injury of his own, the Giants may be heading into their second game relatively thin at a position that was supposed to be extremely deep for the duration of the year. 

With Rivers' potential absence and Michael Boley most likely playing limited amount of snaps, the Giants are going to rely on Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger to provide depth at the weak side and strong side linebacker positions, respectively. Although the Giants still have a fast linebacker core capable of defending the pass, Rivers' absence raises question marks in the team's ability to stop Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin.

After giving up 143 yards on the ground to the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants have some serious issues to work out in terms of their run defense. It's going to need to start up front with the defensive line, but the linebackers and safeties need to show an increased physicality if the team wants to stop the run.

It will be interesting how defensive coordinator Perry Fewell goes about utilizing the linebacker core this week, as well as seeing how he decided to defend Doug Martin. Although the NFL is now a pass-first league, Tampa Bay possesses an average passing attack, at best. Stopping the run should be this defense's top priority heading into their second game.


Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Doug Martin, Football, Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, Michael Boley, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Perry Fewell, Spencer Paysinger, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8 Responses to “New York Giants’ Adewale Ojomo Out, Keith Rivers Doubtful for Week Two”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    September 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM
    rlhjr – GB won the SB 2 years ago and we did last year by rarely taking the heart of another football team by running the football (maybe the ATL game). That’s old school football. The rules have changed. I bet a lot of money SF doesn’t win because of it’s new school football. 10-20 years ago a team like SF would the clear cut favorites. Today’s NFL is just different. Eli broke the Giants’ season pasing mark by like 800 yards last year. We clearly drafted wilson to fit with the new stlye of football. Old school football can work better this year with the replacement refs becasue they don’t call illegal contact or holding nearly as much as the normal refs.

    rlhjr says:
    September 14, 2012 at 3:18 PM
    Trust me GOAT, I understand the trend. But I have to stick to my guns in this case. You must be able to run the ball well, and you must be able to jam recievers and rush the passer. Winning a SB with only the ability to pass and next to no runniing attack without a strong defense………is lucky and flukeish.
    Which is exactly what GB was, and still is.

    Three things can happen when you pass the ball, completion, in-completion interception. Two of those things are bad. Granted, taday you might add 80 yard TD to that list. You’re still only doing 50/50. But when playing the Giants, SF Balt. or Texans you can add “Get your QB injured”. Thats a show stopper would’nt you say? And a deterant to taking the time to wait for a 80 yrd TD play to develop.

    rlhjr says:
    September 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM
    How can two teams go 16 and oh, then 15 and one and then proceed to have their teeth kicked out in the post season? Because those teams are indicative of a house without a foundation.

    You can’t run, stop the run or rush the passer? No shinny trophy in January. It’s that simple.

    Yeah, moving the ball through the air is more important than it used to be.
    However, it’s not gotten to the point where it grossly outweighs the fundamentals.


  2.  ERICHONIUS says:

    So you are considering removing Kiwi as a starter to increase the starting defenses speed?

    •  rlhjr says:

      No bud.
      The premise of my remark was based on the Giants having another linebacker with the size, speed and athleticism of Rivers to play MIKE. That would free up Kiwi to be a DE with the ability to morph into a linebacker.

      Also, JPP needs to be allowed to roam the line of scrimmage and rush from a position where he can beat the shorts off the targeted blocker(s).

      Sorry for the deleay, had to go to the gym, then stuck in massive traffic jam.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Kiwi is going to be a big factor against the run on Sunday. We’ll miss Rivers, but let’s not forget how good Williams can be when he’s healthy.

    •  rlhjr says:

      Agree. However, TB is going to bring a power running game to the table.
      The Giants will have to be ready to control it better than what they did vs the cowgirls. Missing Rivers is not going to help. In other words, the Giants can ill afford to come up short in the size/speed department. Especially at linebacker. We shall see.

  4.  kujo says:

    I know a bunch of you are parents. Let me just say that should you ever find yourself chaperoning a trip for your kids’, and you take a busload of them into a restaurant 35 minutes before they close, and the workers at the restaurant give you superior service at a superior speed with smiles on their faces, please make sure to tip. I had such a group tonight. They spent $400—$0.00 left in tips. ZERO! Unf*cking real.

    Anyway, I dunno what the conversation around here was today, but I’ll say this–removing our best run stopping linebacker in a game where the team will absolutely want to run the ball a lot, is f*cking stupid.

  5.  kujo says:

    Oh I just read rlhjr bringing up the “JPP to linebacker” nonsense he’s been on about since 2010.

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