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New York Giants Tuesday Morning Storylines: David Wilson, Eli Manning & Robert Griffin III Edition

November 27th, 2012 at 11:41 AM
By Simon Garron-Caine

'Eli Manning' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ The New York Giants are hot off a 38-10 rout of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, and are six days away from a huge divisional matchup with Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, so let's take a look at some of the story lines around the team as the Giants head for the home stretch with another NFC East crown in sight.

Here comes David Wilson

We spent all day yesterday following the saga of Andre Brown, who will spend the next eight weeks on temporary injured reserve. This morning, the focus turns to David Wilson.

Our good friend Dan Graziano over at ESPN has a great read on the situation:

But Brown is out now, and the Giants have to find solutions in the run game in his absence. It's not as simple as increasing Bradshaw's workload, since Bradshaw's already barely practicing and always seems to be running through some type of injury.

Graziano's right that Bradshaw's body just can't take up 20-25 carries a game and he takes an interesting look at what roles Wilson and Bradshaw will play in order to get Wilson enough touches to properly spell Bradshaw. Remember, Wilson and Brown are very different guys.

Another good friend, Pat Traina, passes along that Wilson's been working overtime with Henry Hynoski to study all the pass protections:

“Right now he’s going to be staying after practice with me for about an hour, hour and a half and we’re going to get him ready,” [Hynoski] said. “I’ve been working with him mainly on pass protection stuff. I tell him that after practice I want him to have all his protections written down – who you are assigned to and what the adjustments could be, and he did that.”

The coaches have been holding Wilson back based on his pass-blocking abilities, but they won't have that luxury anymore. All the Giants can do now is cross their fingers and hope Professor Hynoski connects with his pupil.

Last word on the situation, we'll throw it back to Graziano: "If the Giants are going to maintain the success they had Sunday in the run game, they'll need Wilson to show something and they'll need to ask more of a battered Bradshaw. A couple of somewhat frightening gambles they have no choice but to make."

All about Eli…

It's nothing groundbreaking, but a somewhat sleepy effort by Gary Myers over at the Daily News at least serves to prove this point: As Eli Manning goes, so goes the Giants. Or, as Myers writes, "The Giants are still a team that is All About Eli."

Paul Schwartz from the Post writes that everything, from the running game to the defensive line, got back on track Sunday against the Packers. But Manning stood out, what with three touchdowns…especially the one set up by a bruising 13-yard run that finished with Manning lowering a shoulder into defensive back Tramon Williams.

“I wish he used his other shoulder,’’ Nicks said, smiling. “Just goes to show the effort. Eli’s all-in right now.’’

We suppose the Giants are saving money by retreading "All In," as they won't have to make new T-shirts.

Rolle back at cornerback…

With Michael Coe injured and waived, and Jayron Hosley struggling in his rookie year, the Giants are back to using Antrel Rolle at nickel cornerback, writes Jenny Vrentas over at NJ.com.

While Rolle may not have as many opportunities to make plays at the nickel corner position, he called it a “natural fit.” Defending Randall Cobb was Rolle’s “primary responsibility,” and the Packers’ multi-purpose threat had just four catches for 39 yards against the Giants. Whether or not he’ll stay there depends on the weekly game plan, Rolle said.

Rolle resented the nickel CB role last year but has come around, telling Vrentas he likes playing safety but likes winning More. With good young talent in Will Hill, Stevie Brown and Tyler Sash to fill the void behind him at safety, we're okay with Rolle providing some stability in this role.

A nice story….

The Giants got an emotional boost on Sunday, a la Colonel Greg Gadson, when 15-year old Adam Merchant of Barre, Vt. gave the team a pep talk before the game. Merchant, suffering from Burkitt Lymphoma, was originally scheduled for the Pittsburgh Steelers game, but Hurricane Sandy delayed travel.

So much better for the kid to have been at the Green Bay game, don'tyathink?

Next up…

Next up, of course, is the rookie phenom Robert Griffin III. Griffin's already given the Giants fits this year in a close Big Blue victory where Griffin's defense let him down. This game is high stakes, however, as a Giants win all but seals the division and a Redskins win puts them in squarely back in contention for a wild card and only one game behind in the division.

We'll have lots more on RGIII and the 'Skins as the week goes on, but if you want to get a head start (and can stomach it), here's this.

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Tags: Andre Brown, Antrel Rolle, David Wilson, Eli Manning, ESPN, Football, Hurricane Sandy, Michael Coe, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Pat Traina, Paul Schwartz, Pittsburgh Steelers, Robert Griffin III

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18 Responses to “New York Giants Tuesday Morning Storylines: David Wilson, Eli Manning & Robert Griffin III Edition”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    5 years ago today, Sean Taylor was murdered in his home. Love or hate the enemy, the kid was a father, a husband and a sensational football player. All for some kids trying to get a few hundred bucks from the guy. Senseless.

    R.I.P Sean Taylor.

    •  Valid says:

      The Redskins would certainly be much scarier than they are right now with him patrolling the backfield. Dude was on his way to becoming a great player.

      R.I.P.

  2. Yeah man I think Coe was a big mistake. If Coe’s healthy, you wouldn’t need to be using Rolle at nickel, right?

    I think a healthy Coe is better than Tyler Sash or Justin Tryon are ever going to be. It’s very surprising for me to see a team that puts such a premium on cornerbacks to let one who this capable go so easily.

    I still just don’t get it.

  3.  Valid says:

    Re-post from last thread:

    As far as the Redskins game goes, keep in mind that this is the first time in RGIII’s career that he is meeting a team for the second time. It’s like a veteran baseball team seeing a rookie pitcher for the first time. They don’t know what he throws, what his tendencies are, etc. By the second time around, they have a better understanding of what type of pitcher he is.

    The Giants now have film of RGIII playing against themselves. No other team in the league had the luxury of having that through the first 11 games of this season. That is why I expect the Giants to do a much better job of defending him this coming week. I don’t think we’ll see RGIII have the same kind of success he had five weeks or so ago.

    Krow, I’ll also see you’re worried about the Eagles game. I’m not worried for a few reasons. First of all, there is a very good chance we have the division locked up by then and that, at the most, we may just be playing for seeding. Second of all, the Eagles absolutely suck. They are 3-8 and have shown absolutely no sign of life since beating us.

    Finally, there is NO WAY IN HELL this Giants team loses a game that it has to win in Week 17 against that sorry a$$ group of scumbags. If it turns out that we need that game to get in, I expect the Giants to win that game something like 41-7.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    +1

    I think the key with RG3 is Morris. If we stop the run like we did in the second half we should be fine. It seems like 90% of their pass plays are based off of play action. The one thing i do worry about though is the big play. Garcon will play and now the Robinson kid is engaged. We can’t let them have anything cheap like that Jordy Nelson play.

    The Eagles are one of the worse collapses I have seen.

    •  Valid says:

      Exactly. Part of what made Griffin so dangerous against us in the first meeting was the fact that Morris killed us. It was really more Morris than RGIII. Shut him down, and suddenly, that read option becomes much less lethal.

      Also, DeSean Jackson is now out for the year for Philly. The only way we don’t win that game by three touchdowns is if we have nothing to play for.

      •  F0XLIN says:

        Last time we faced the Skins Canty was only 2 weeks removed from the PUP list, far from mid season form. The last 3 weeks he has been playing outstanding and should be a huge help containing Morris this time around.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          I agree. Also I think you saw us begin to figure out that offense in the second half. That go ahead TD they got was much more RG3 making great plays than bad defense.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      Man. talk about the Eagles. I’m loving it, Funny that one of their 3 wins is against us. LOL.

      That said, Nhamdi. What Happened to that guy? He might be one of the biggest free agent busts of all time. He’s hot garbage.

      •  Levito says:

        I’m enjoying it too, but at the same time, now that their season is over, I’d like to see them win a few games so they don’t get a top 3 draft pick. Not that there’s a Luck/Griffin type player up there that I’m aware of, but it’s good leverage if they wanted to stock up on future picks. So if they can get a couple of wins (not against the Giants, however), and move back a few spots, I’ll be happier about it.

        But it’s amazing to watch how bad a defense can be. And even funnier to see how much worse it got after they fired their DC, as if he was even close to one of their problems.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        It’s funny when the eagles signed all those free agents I said to my non Giant fan friends these seem like some real redskin move. Of course the response was the eagles aren’t the redskins which was very true. But looking back on it ths collapse is very redskin like. No one’s free agents flopped like the redskin’s ones until this Philly haul.

  5.  kujo says:

    Jenny Vrentas ?@JennyVrentas
    Giants holding RB workout 2day. Two names there: Cadillac Williams, Ryan Grant. Sounds like some guys from last week may be there, too. #nyg

  6.  JimStoll says:

    Mike Garafolo ?@MikeGarafolo
    RT @JennyVrentas: Giants holding RB workout 2day. Two names there: Cadillac Williams, Ryan Grant.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    RB wise I rather go with a lessor name that is a good special teams player. I feel like the Ryan Grants and Cadillac Williams of the world are done. Addai is a little younger and didn’t have major injuries like Cadillac. But the best option is probably someone like Torrian/Lumpkin who has little thread, bigger backs and have played specials before.

  8.  F0XLIN says:

    KP on ESPN Radio says he tweaked his knee “I’m good I’m good” and expects to play Monday

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