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Mitch Petrus Would Likely Start for New York Giants If Chris Snee is Unable to Play Against Browns

October 5th, 2012 at 9:39 AM
By Dan Benton

Only a month ago, offensive lineman Mitch Petrus was without a job. The New York Giants had waived their 2010 fifth-round pick in favor of D.J. Jones, who was awarded to the team off of waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles, but Petrus was immediately brought back after Jones failed his physical. Now, as Big Blue enters a crucial week five game with the Cleveland Browns, Petrus not only has his job, but may actually start for the defending Super Bowl champions.

"Next guy. Probably be Mitch Petrus," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said when asked who would start for Chris Snee if he was unable to play on Sunday.

Snee has missed practice all this week after suffering a hip injury during a 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and stands a very realistic chance of not playing on Sunday. Surprised? Don't be. As we speculated on Thursday, the Giants' biggest challenge this weekend will not be the game itself, but actually being able to field a full team.

Should Petrus start at right guard for Big Blue on Sunday, he'll have to play much better than he did throughout training camp and the preseason. He struggled mightily in both pass protection and run blocking, missed several assignments and was flat-out beaten by reserved defensive lineman. To his credit, he's an emotional guy with a non-stop motor and the pressure might be just enough to get him jump-started.

"Next man up."

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon


Tags: Chris Snee, Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, D.J. Jones, Football, Kevin Gilbride, Mitch Petrus, New York, New York Giants, NFL

39 Responses to “Mitch Petrus Would Likely Start for New York Giants If Chris Snee is Unable to Play Against Browns”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    I think people need to realize there are 12 games left. We need to beat Cleveland and even with all the injuries we have enough healthy players that we should beat Cleveland. Now it might not be pretty but this is much like the Miami game last year, it’s a game vs a desperate team that we have to win. After this assuming we win, we can then re-evaluate our injuries. Most of these injuries are minor so how many who could be available next week might be very different than this week. Really only KP as of now for SF, everyone else could return. My point is calm down and let’s focus on beating Cleveland.

    It would be different if we lost 2 players we could lose for the season like the Jets. We are not in that situation at all. Let’s just take this week by week.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Film review: Will Beatty handled Trent Cole

    •Beatty plays 68 snaps. On 26 of those, he has a tight end lined up next to him. On two others, he has two tight ends with him. Which means he was by himself on 40 of his 68 plays.

    •He ends up blocking Cole by himself, without any help or chipping from anyone else, 31 times. He should get hazard pay for this. Cole is a relentless nightmare to block. However, I only counted five plays out of those 31 on which I’d say Cole beat him. And there were only a couple of those that matters to the outcome of the play. Their final matchup of the night, which will go down as the Barden offensive pass interference play, has to be a satisfying capper for Beatty on a tough but very good night, as he flattens Cole and takes him to the ground.

    •He ends up blocking Darryl Tapp one-on-one eight times, and Tapp has no chance against him.

  3.  Krow says:

    Mitch ‘Cut Me ****’ Petrus starting. If only we can get Sinorice Jernigan in the game. Does it get any better than this?

  4.  Krow says:

    Hmmm … M I C K is censored? I swear, this filter makes no sense at all.

  5.  Krow says:

    M I C – K E Y Mouse … Mickey Mouse … **** ey Mouse …

  6.  Levito says:

    I think it’s in understatement how badly the Giants need this game. Check out the rest of the schedule. After Cleveland, every team they play is either a division opponent or a playoff team from last year. It’s a really tough schedule and if they can’t take advantage of the one crappy team in front of them, they’re in for a really long season.

  7.  kinsho says:

    It could be worse. Next week could have been the week we play the Ravens at Baltimore.

    But yeah, bring on Petrus. Man is an exemplary dumba$$, but he can run block pretty well and open up holes for the ABs.

  8.  Nosh.0 says:

    Well I think we should beat Cleveland based on the simple fact that we have #10 playing for us. And the Browns have Brandon Weeden for them. But that’s also been a big problem this Giants team has had, (the first 14 games last season), relying way too much on Eli. While these 4th Q comebacks are exciting, they shouldn’t be relied upon, and that’s clearly something we’ve done too often dating back to last year.

    Wanted to comment on Barden also. I think me and 55 have been the loudest voices when it comes to banging on the kid. I’d just like to offer a few thoughts as to why I think he is a bad fit for our offense.

    1. Our passing game relies on WR’s being able to catch the ball even when they’re covered. Nicks is probably the best in the NFL at this. Cruz is pretty good also. And Hixon has shown he has the ability to do this. Same for Bennett. Ramses hasn’t, and I don’t think it’s something you can really teach.

    I’m as big an Eli kool aid drinker as anyone and he can make some amazing throws. But he also relies heavily on his WR’s to make plays for him while they are covered. Check out half of all Nicks and Cruz highlights. Now #10 does his part by putting the ball up in a spot where his wideout can make a play on it, but the WR still needs to make the play. Barden hasn’t once shown me the ability to make a play on the ball while in the air.

    2. If you’re not great at making the tough catch while covered, you better run great routes and figure out how to find the soft spot in a zone. Steve Smith was great at this for us before he hurt his knee. He never had the ball skills other WR’s had but he made up for it with his route running. Barden while better than last year, is still light years away from calling this a skill.

    Bottom line is I just don’t see Barden possessing the skills needed to be successful in this offense. He can’t catch the ball with a DB blanketed all over him, and he doesn’t seem to adjust to a ball in the air. He also lacks elite speed and great route running quickness. Yes if the DB is going to play 10 yards off him like in Carolina then I think he can put up some numbers. But I’m willing to bet he doesn’t see that coverage again, and also willing to bet he never comes close to having a game like he did that thursday night.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Yeah, pretty much agree with all of this.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      But successful to what level? I think he can be a better version of what Hagan provided for us a few years ago. Barden has made several catches while covered so far this year. Can he make this consistently vs starting caliber CBs? Maybe not but vs the Philly CBs that’s high level of CB. Barden is a solid WR that will make some nice catches but not make many great plays. I think most of us are saying he can be a solid contributor if needed at 3rd WR. That said I do think Hixon is better and if Nicks is out a while we could use more that a solid guy a 3rd WR which is why Randle or Jernigan have to get up to speed quickly.

  9.  Nosh.0 says:

    Last year I would have been fired up that Petrus was getting a start. Now, after seeing him in the preseason………woof.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Also agree with this. That last preseason game against the Pats, where he played RG, was scary-bad. He almost got Eli killed. And his run blocks, which had been his wonderful strength, were pretty lousy too.

      Someone commented that he was used to playing on the left side and the position was new to him and might be reason to excuse his performance against second and third stringers. Really? Really?

      I will be praying for a miraculous recovery for Snee. If petrus plays then Eli should have increased his insurance coverage or decided to hand the ball off 90% of the time on Sunday.

  10.  kujo says:

    When asked for his thoughts about possibly starting this Sunday should Snee be unable to go, Petrus:

    “Drrereehhjsdouhaashuwe weouhpljdfbabfjlpayaya aoqauefbfljpowqm fa.”

    •  fanfor55years says:

      And Kuhn said “Even I do not understand vat he ist saying”.

      •  kujo says:

        Eli’s response is gold:

        “Ah… well, you know, you go out there and you give a 110%, and you wanna play good, and, you know, you hope you play good… I think we’ll play pretty good on Sunday!”

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