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New York Giants’ Michael Cox Will Be in Running Back Mix Vs. Washington Redskins

December 28th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Billy Javed

Over the past few weeks, the New York Giants' offense has again struggled to run the football. In what is otherwise a lost season, head coach Tom Coughlin wants to finish the year strong, most preferably in all facets of the game. In order to do so, the Giants will have to march out their starters in a game of pride against the Washington Redskins who also have nothing to lose. There are some limited positions in which there is enough flexibility to see some young potential contributors get real game action, unless of course there is an unlikely blowout.

At defensive end, Demontre Moore could continue to see more reps and build his confidence for the 2014 campaign. On the offensive line, Dallas Reynolds, who did a surprisingly impressive job filling in at guard, limiting Detroit Lions’ stud defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh last Sunday, will get another shot to audition for more playing time either with the Giants or elsewhere next season. Then there is the running back situation, which has pretty much been a situation all season. With both Peyton Hillis and Andre Brown being listed limited participants in practice (each recovering from a concussion), rookie running back Michael Cox will be in the mix this week as the only running back currently at full strength.

Cox, a seventh-round pick out of the University of Massachusetts, entered the game last week after Andre Brown fumbled the football and was knocked out of the game with a concussion. It was the first action he had seen since October 27th against the Philadelphia Eagles where he had nine carries for 19 yards. Not exactly a stellar outing, but with the exception of a few games, the Giants haven’t been able to make too many holes for the running backs this season.

Perhaps a guts over glory type game against the Redskins could fuel the offensive line to give it their all and give Cox a shot or two to show what he can do with a little room as he was able to show what he can do after contact during last weeks overtime kick return against the Lions where he returned the ball from six yards deep in the end zone, made a move, hurdled kicker David Akers at the 35 yard line, and dragged a defender into mid field.

The play and desire to fight for yards may have caught Coughlin’s eye as he essentially assured that though Cox may not necessarily start, or even get the majority of the carries, he will be on the field as a running back on Sunday.

"Well, he’s had games where he’s shared the role on first and second down," Coughlin said. "And he certainly will have to again."

Look for the Giants to end the season playing Giants football. They will attempt to be balanced and try to execute to perfection. If the Redskins can allow it, Cox may have a chance to prove what he’s got, if anything.


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21 Responses to “New York Giants’ Michael Cox Will Be in Running Back Mix Vs. Washington Redskins”

  1.  kujo says:

    Rolle has more tackles and more INTs than any of the NFC safeties selected. He also has 1.5 less sacks than Eric Berry (3.5), 2 more than Kam Chancellor (0), and the same amount as Troy Polumalu (2).


  2.  kujo says:

    Are there really people on here sh*tting on Rolle? Seriously? Look, I’ve vowed not to take things to the level that I lovingly refer to as “my level,” but let’s be real–Rolle has arguably been the best player on this team, and he’s right–NO ONE (and I include Cruz) has made more big plays in 2013 than him. No one. Zero. NONE! Him being selected over Polumalu is tantamount to Shaun O’Hara being selected to the Pro Bowl in a year in which he played 2 games.

    Nepotism, favoritism, cronyism, popularity contest…call it what you want. I’ll go with farcical f*cktardedness.

    •  Krow says:

      The guys at PFF say Rolle sucks and they gave him a bad grade …

    •  turkish says:

      ‘Rolle finished third in the fan voting at strong safety — the only member of the Giants to finish in the top 10 in fan voting at his position. But fan voting isn’t the only factor, as voting by players and coaches factored into the final decisions and Rolle didn’t earn a spot as a starter.” ESPN

  3.  stuh says:

    I think Rolle has had his best season since he been a Giant. The pro Bowl is a popularity contest and a joke. I wouldn’t have been surprise if Eli had made it.It’s bullspit.

  4.  Dirt says:

    FWIW: I thought Rolle was invisible during the beginning of the season (when the team gave up 30+ in the first 5 games). Then, he made a fool out of me the final 10 or so games. If Pro Bowl voting still ends with two weeks to play, that’s about 8 of 14 good games. And people will blame him from getting burned against Dallas, not considerate of Fewell having him singled up in soft zone coverage against one of the best athletes in football.

    So, I get why he didn’t make it.

    But, man, did he ever pile up the stat sheet during the 8 games he was on or what? Produced more during that window than others did all year.

    •  turkish says:

      Exactly. Can see why he did NOT make it. Only Giants fans/Coaches/Alumni and Rolle himself believe he was “snubbed”. HUGE fan of Rolle here, he just wasn’t a Pro Bowler in 2013.

  5.  Dirt says:

    @NFLonFOX: Most Playoff Appearances, all-time: Giants 31 Cowboys 30 Packers 28 Rams, Steelers, Vikings 27 Colts 26 Bears, 49ers 25

  6.  turkish says:

    Sounds like O’Brien is working out a deal with the Texans. Well that sucks.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Rolle certainly does deserve Pro Bowl election. For that matter, over the last 10 weeks of the season I doubt there was a better safety in the league than Will Hill. But who cares (except that Rolle lost $100K to a popularity contest)?

    As for rebuilding, we’re not close UNLESS Nicks comes back and is healthy. It is so hard to find a #1 receiver for the Giants’ system that Reese HAS to take a chance if Nicks will sign for reasonable money.

    If Nicks comes back in good shape then we’re just worrying about the O-line, one linebacker (sign Beason for sure), one pass-rusher, a corner and a tight end who can block and catch. We could fill many of those holes in one year, but I still see 2015 as the first year we can again realistically hope for a ring.

    We should hire the Eagles’ training staff. They have the same 53-man roster they had at the start of the season!!! We haven’t come close to that in over a decade.

  8.  jerseyrich says:

    Keeping Nicks at a discount would be HUGE….but if we do and he remains the 2012/2013 version of Nicks, then we are screwed.

    Right now we draft 11….could get to 8 with a loss….can fall to 15 with a win.

  9.  jerseyrich says:

    Also, im not sure exactly how many different starters we’ve had this year (somewhere in the 40′s) but the number is 4 short of the NFL record, whatever it is. THAT is the definition of team that is going to lose many games.

    FF55 said it best…..we need to hijack the eagles training staff, because whatever the Giants are doing, and have been doing for a very long time now, is not working.

    •  turkish says:

      Again, it’s all about the S&C program in Philly. Giants program is awful. Wy too many injuries. Every season.

      Obviously, the big issues you look at are the soft tissue injures, because those are preventable,” Kelly said, per “If someone breaks a leg, someone breaks a leg. There’s not much from a sports science standpoint or preparation standpoint that goes into the prevention of breaking a bone.”

      •  Krow says:

        Much as I hate to admit it … the Eagles have a winner in Kelly. They made the bold move and invested in the future. Looks like it paid off.

  10.  stuh says:

    Can’t understand what the conditioning programs of the Eagles can be that no one else has been able to duplicate . Maybe it’s a voodoo ritual. Give me a break.

    •  Krow says:

      I remember back in the 70′s everyone wanted to find out how those Steelers took college kids and packed on 50 pounds of muscle. What was their secret? How can we do what they did? What an incredible strength and conditioning program they must have.

      Turned out it was steroids.

      Anyway it seems like every time someone has a lucky year with injuries we try to find out why. But usually it’s just coincidence … or something sinister.

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