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.
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."
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