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New York Giants Safety Kenny Phillips Says He Will Play Against Baltimore Ravens

December 18th, 2012 at 3:00 PM
By Paul Tierney

It's all hands on deck this weekend for the New York Giants. Given the gravity of the situation, it looks like the Giants will be pulling out all the stops on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Yesterday, we received word that Ahmad Bradshaw plans on playing. Today, it was Kenny Phillips who said he would be on the field in Week 16.

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

A win, and the Giants have a chance to clinch a playoff berth next weekend at home against a lowly Philadelphia Eagles team. A loss, and Big Blue is in serious jeopardy of eliminating themselves from postseason contention. The Giants understand that there is no wiggle room left for any more uninspired performances. There are no more excuses at this point of the season. Phillips understands this, and that's why he says that fans should expect him on the field this Sunday.

"Yeah…the situation we in right now, it's now or never," Phillips said.

Phillips is a huge addition to the Giants secondary. He has enough speed to get over the top and prevent big plays, but he's also physical enough to be an asset against the run. His return would allow the Giants to play Antrel Rolle as a slot corner and put Phillips and Stevie Brown as the deep safeties. The three safety formation, with Phillips in the lineup, has allowed the Giants to play some of their best defensive football of the season.

The Ravens have been struggling on offense as of late. Joe Flacco completed just 50% of his passes last weekend and threw a pick-six. Ray Rice only received 12 carries and and gained just 38 yards on the ground. However, the Ravens have the unique ability to run the ball down the Giants throats, as we saw the Atlanta Falcons do with Michael Turner, or they can throw the deep ball to Torrey Smith. Phillips diverse skill set would be a huge asset to the Giants against a versatile Ravens offense.

Phillips is far from guaranteed to see the field on Sunday. Just last week, head coach Tom Coughin said that Phillips had a setback and was uncertain of a timetable regarding his return. Phillips still has to prove to the coaching staff that he can perform during practice this week before he gets to play against Baltimore. However, it's encouraging that he feels well enough to be confident in his ability to contribute this weekend.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Antrel Rolle, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Football, Kenny Phillips, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Ray Rice, Stevie Brown

23 Responses to “New York Giants Safety Kenny Phillips Says He Will Play Against Baltimore Ravens”

  1.  Krow says:

    I’m all for Kenny. He was a great pick and has done a steady, solid job for us. But if he’s not physically up to it then he should sit.

    I hate to say it, but this looks like it’s more about being in his contract year than anything else. He knows that finishing the season injured will translate to losing dollars … big dollars. He’s desperate to not end up like TT.

    •  Levito says:

      He should probably know he’s already on that track. His only chance at a big contract is for the Giants to make a deep run in the playoffs, and for him to be a part of it.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        I disagree with both of you. The best way KP to get a big contract is to be healthy. He has enough quality game film. Playing below his normal self doesn’t help him free agent wise. It really only helps if he’s staying. Him playing is being a team guy. If he get’s hurt further or delays his recovery that can only hurt his money. I’m sure his agent isn’t happy.

        •  Krow says:

          Nobody wants to limp into free agency. Like it or not there’s a lot of legitimate concern over his knee. This year he’s been hurt a lot … and for a long time. Team’s are going to be reluctant to give you a big contract under that cloud.

  2.  LUZZ says:

    If that were the case, why not sit one more week?

    I don’t think the team doctors would clear him if he really couldn’t go. Either way, we’ll find out in the first 3 minutes of Baltimore’s first possession. If he’s back there, he’ll be tested early.

    •  Levito says:

      Did you see him against Washington? Somehow he was cleared, but it was painfully obvious he had no business being on that field that night.

  3.  LUZZ says:

    I’m betting the Giants this week. Might be one of my biggest plays of the year. The other big play is Stanford over Wisconsin. There you go, two free one’s for everybody. Merry Christmas to all.

  4.  demo3356 says:

    Well well well. It wouldnt be week 16 in the NFL without Jimmy Sunshine Stoll leaving the Giants for dead and talking about firing Coughlin.. Unfreakenbelievable that after 2 Lombardi’s we still have to be subjected to these hysterical ankle grabbing posts. I just wish he posted with half the passion after big wins that he does after a loss..

    •  GOAT56 says:

      He’s not the issue though because Mr Stoll is consistent. It’s the larger community. It’s sad but Dan is probably helped by us losing because fans much rather come in here and complain than give props for a great win. but I can blame people here because that’s just the way we are as a society some negative gets way more press than something positive.

    •  Hanshi says:

      I have to agree on the last part. Giants fans should feel as good after a win as they do bad after a loss.

  5.  Hanshi says:

    Hey, I’m going to the game in Baltimore. Is anyone from G101 going to be there. I’m going to the Eagles at Giants a week later too.

  6.  Levito says:

    Dan can probably give you real stats, but I’d bet that winning has a better effect on pageviews than losing. Comments might be the opposite, though, but I’d be willing to bet that winning generates more traffic.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I will gladly take that wager. While the posts are not a direct effect on pageviews I’m pretty sure there is a strong correlation. And there is definitely many more posts of off a bad loss than a great win. I wouldn’t be surprised if the 2010 Eagles game #2 or the 2011 Redskin game #2 had as post as any thread around here ever.

      •  Levito says:

        Well, I’m hoping Dan steps in and settles it. I think the comments are people venting. When the Giants win, everyone is too happy. When they lose, people are upset and want to vent. This isn’t just here. Look at comments on every site on the internet. Most are negative.

  7.  kujo says:

    Is there any current thematic explanation for the New York Giants more annoying than the one which says “the Giants go as Eli Manning goes?” It’s like saying “water is wet” or “Lady Gaga is a hermaphroditic seatroll with glitter and pumps.”

  8.  Andrew Rigsbee says:

    Hanshi – I will be in Baltimore this wknd. Are you on facebook or anything to coordinate a G101 meet up?

  9.  Krow says:

    Highbridge Harry asked about our pass rush … in a previous thread …

    My guess as to why it’s ineffective isn’t because of the DEs. They seem like they’re getting around the corners OK. But since there’s no push up the middle by the DTs the opposing QBs simple step up into the intact pocket.

    Our DTs have had a collective miserable year. And without them driving the interior of the OL backwards the rush from the DEs can’t get home. As long as they’re stoned on the LOS we’re not going to create any pressure.

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