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New York Giants’ Kenny Phillips Says He Will Play in Week 13

November 28th, 2012 at 7:00 AM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants finally got some good news on the injury front this week. After losing Andre Brown for the season to a broken fibula, there was fear that safety Kenny Phillips may be out as well after re-aggravating the knee injury that had kept him on the sidelines since Week four. Fortunately, Phillips has assured fans that he will be out on the field this Monday against the Washington Redskins.

'Aaron Ross and Kenny Phillips' photo (c) 2010, Marianne O'Leary - license:

Phillips' presence on the field allows the Giants to play three and even four safeties at one time. These personnel groupings make it extremely difficult for quarterbacks to diagnose who is going to blitz, who is going to drop into coverage, where they are going to drop into coverage and even makes it hard to tell if the defense is in man or zone coverage. Furthermore, Phillips is one of the best over-the-top safeties in the NFL and has an advanced knowledge of the Giants defensive schemes.

"I can absolutely play Monday," Phillips said on ESPN radio. "I feel a whole lot better."

The Giants were fortunate that Stevie Brown was able to fill in admirably in Phillips' absence. Brown had five interceptions and  two fumble recoveries in six games without Phillips. However, Brown is not well versed in the Tampa-Two defense and has blown coverages on more than one occasion this season, most notably on Cincinnati Bengals wideout  A.J. Green's 56-yard touchdown reception in Week 10. Brown will still be utilized as a third-safety and on special teams, but Phillips is undoubtedly an upgrade in the defensive backfield.

Big Blue will need all the speed they can get against Robert Griffin III on Monday. The Giants would be better off with three safeties and two linebackers on the field to keep up with the Redskins versatile offense. An extra safety can be utilized as a spy, as a zone defender in the middle of the field, or even in man-to-man coverage. If the Giants can switch up their pass coverages and confuse the Redskins standout rookie this weekend, Big Blue will have success on the defensive side of the football.


Tags: Andre Brown, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Kenny Phillips, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Robert Griffin III, Stevie Brown, Washington Redskins

16 Responses to “New York Giants’ Kenny Phillips Says He Will Play in Week 13”

  1. This is good news for the Giants. Stevie Brown may have made a few plays, but they aren’t the same secondary without Kenny out there.

    Plus, you’ve already stretched thin with Rolle at nickel CB…

  2.  Dirt says:

    @ProFootballTalk: RG3: Redskins “extremely confident” heading into Giants game

    •  Krow says:

      As they should be. This is the perfect fail scenario that Giants fans know all too well.

      • Krow, I just wrote that up. Should be posted around 10 am.

        Basically: the Skins are good, they are hungry, and their backs are against the wall. We might have a great opportunity to seal the division early…

        ….but c’mon, given these circumstances anybody who watches these Giants probably has a bad feeling in their gut.

  3.  The Original G Man says:

    How many weeks did KP tell us he was good to go with his most recent injury? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  4.  F0XLIN says:

    Agreed, pretty sure he said it for 4 weeks straight before he finally hit the field

  5. I must say, Dan and I are talking about Ryan Torain and dare I say I’m getting a bit excited?

    I know he’s not gonna blow anyone’s socks off, but he’s proven in the NFL he can be a really tough runner and an excellent pass blocker. The Giants need him to come in and eat up 5-10 tough carries a game. Grind out a few yards in short yardage and on first downs.

    I think he can do that, if he is anything close to the same guy he was in 2010 in DC.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    You’re all way too worried about the Skins. I think the Giants are going to trash them. We didn’t play well the first time we met this season but there were three big things that will now be different:

    1) Nicks was a shell of himself so Cruz had to be the primary target for Eli and, with the exception of that game-winning play, the Skins did a good job of covering him because they were able to assign one defender to Nicks and not worry about being too damaged by that;

    2) Phillips didn’t play. He is a FAR greater player than most realize, and allows Fewell to do things that are totally different and will give RGIII fits. That kid is terrific, but he IS a rookie. Andrew Luck is probably even more brilliant than he, and notice what the Pats did to him (and their defense isn’t nearly as good as ours);

    3) Canty was just recently back from the PUP list and we allowed Morris to savage us in the first half. I don’t think that happens again now that #99 is back and in full-go mode. And absent that run game RGIII becomes just another good mobile quarterback (albeit the MOST mobile of them all and able to make great plays with his legs); and

    4) It’s one thing to look at that weird offense they run on film, another to have played against it. As some noted over the past few days, familiarity will certainly help the second time around.

    Yes, the Skins are pumped up and confident. So were the Niners. Yes, teams with mobile quarterbacks can make good defenses look bad. Carolina had one of those. Yes, desperate teams playing at home can be very tough opponents. I think playoff teams playing at home in 2007 and 2011 would qualify since those are win-or-go-home games. The ONLY reason the majority of you are so worried is that we all know the Giants are maddeningly inconsistent (as are almost every other team in today’s NFL). But I see the Giants feeling that the Skins have started sounding like they’re the new sheriff in town (much like the Jets sounded last season the week before that game), knowing they have a chance to pretty much put the division championship in their back pocket, and wanting to “continue to improve each week”, coming in VERY focused and ready to dominate a team that is without question inferior to them.

    I said the week before the Packers game that I felt very confident. Provided Kenny Phillips plays on Monday I am just as confident this week. I think the Giants are going to make it very clear who the “big boys” are in the NFC East and have the pundits start acknowledging that they are once again a force to be reckoned with.

  7.  The Original G Man says:


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