Much of coach Pat Shurmur’s press scrum following the New York Giants Monday practice was devoted to questions about the rebuilt offensive line. So Cheap Landon Collins Jersey
, let’s focus on that in today’s ‘takeaways.’What does the coach expect at this point?Well, it comes down to Shurmur expects the linemen to be able to do their jobs.“They should be in a position where they block well, run and pass, that’s what we are looking for. The amount of training we have to together, it is what it is. We all have the same. We’re not the only offensive line with changes. We probably have more than some places,” Shurmur said. “We went through this a year ago in Minnesota, it can be done. We have got players that are playing hard, and they’re playing together. We’ll just expect that they are going to do a good job blocking.”Are the Giants settled with the linemen they want to keep?Umm, the answer would be “no.”“I think we are still a little unsettled in terms of determining who that full unit is. There’s a lot of decisions to be made, we’re not done deciding who are going to be the linemen on our 53,” Shurmur said. “We may keep one more lineman than usual, who knows. We have to figure that out. You always know going through, ‘okay, if we had to play tomorrow, who are the five starters, who is the inside swing guy, who is the outside swing guy?’ Maybe there are games when you keep eight active, depending on what the rest of the roster looks like.”On why he moved the linemen together in the Giants locker room“It’s that big oval shape in the locker room. I think you should sit with your position groups,” Shurmur said. “We’re going to go as far as that line will block for us, I think it’s important that they’re together in everything that they do. Even if they’re sitting next to one another, they may talk about something that happened in practice or in a meeting that they wouldn’t shout across the locker room about Cheap B.J. Hill Jersey
, so I think it’s smart to sit with your position groups.” We know about what there is to know about the New York Giants at this point. They are not good — in fact, it would not be inaccurate to say that they are bad. However, after the Giants traded Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions and Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints, there change is afoot for the Giants. Let’s take a look at the effects of some of those changes, which means a concentration on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive front With Damon Harrison on the Detroit Lions, the direct beneficiary was rookie defensive tackle B.J. Hill. As Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson played virtually the same number of snaps through the first part of the season, so to did Tomlinson and Hill this game. With the Giants once again playing, primarily, a 4-2-5 nickel defense, Tomlinson and Hill each played 42 defensive snaps, or 62 percent of the defensive snaps. All in all, this seems like about the right share of the snap count for the two. Defensive linemen need to be rotated over the course of a game, and that is even more true for the big guys than the edge players. The pair played well together, with Hill making his presence felt early in the game as both a run defender and pass rusher. The rookie finished the game with six total tackles and a pass deflected, while Tomlinson had three tackles of his own. The other beneficiary of Harrison’s departure was Mario Edwards Jr., who was acquired after being waived by the Oakland Raiders. Edwards played 21 snaps (31 percent) on defense, picking up a pair of tackles and generating pressure of his own on Alex Smith. Kerry Wynn continued his strong season, playing 29 snaps (43 percent), and has thrived in his role as the modern Dave Tollefson. He only had a pair of tackles, but Wynn was consistently around the ball or in the backfield when he was on the field. LinebackersWith starting middle linebacker Alec Ogletree out with an injury, the Giants gave third year linebacker B.J. Goodson the mic. Goodson played Cheap Dalvin Tomlinson Jersey
, by far, the most snaps of his season, playing 59 (87 percent) of the defensive snaps as the starter. He performed well, picking up 8 total tackles and a tackle for loss. As could be expected from more of a “traditional” linebacker, Goodson wasn’t great dropping in coverage, but he did play well going down-hill, playing decisively and fighting through blocks well. With former nickel linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong now on the Cleveland Browns, UDFA rookie Tae Davis (42 snaps) and Nate Stupar (27 snaps) rotated as the weak-inside or weakside linebacker.Olivier Vernon played the second most snaps at 58 (85 percent), and he had the greatest impact of the Giants’ pass rushers, with three of the team’s five QB hits. He also had a 43-yard return on a fumble recovery. This brings us to another rookie third-round pick, Lorenzo Carter. Carter has seen his share of the defensive snap count rise in recent weeks, and the trend continued against Washington with 39 snaps (57 percent), spread between outside linebacker and defensive end. Carter showed up as well, with three tackles and a quarterback hit, as well as pushing his blocker back into the pocket several times. Like Hill, Carter is not yet a finished product, but his upside is tantalizing. All told, the Giants’ front seven wasn’t particularly productive against Alex Smith and a talented Washington offensive line, but they didn’t play poorly, either.SecondaryAs we should expect, Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins both played every defensive snap (68). B.W. Webb http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey
, starting at outside corner in the spot vacated by the trade of Eli Apple, played 67 snaps and free safety Curtis Riley played 66. With Webb starting outside, undrafted rookie Grant Haley took over the slot corner role, playing 39 snaps (57 percent). All things considered, Haley played reasonably well for a rookie seeing his first significant action as a pro. He finished with four tackles, and had some hiccups in coverage, but otherwise held up about as well as we should expect. It is (far) too early in his career to say whether Haley is an answer as the slot corner, but he showed enough to justify further looks in the second half of the season. Fellow undrafted rookie Sean Chandler, listed as a free safety, saw a bump in snaps as well, playing 18. Safety Michael Thomas played 11 snaps on defense.Things could get interesting for the Giants as the trade deadline approaches. Rumors have pegged both Collins and Jenkins as potential targets for other teams, and their departure could trigger a seismic shift in the Giants’ defense. Losing Jenkins could move Grant Haley from slot to outside — or bring newly acquired corner Tony Lippett on as a starter, if he is healthy enough. If Haley moves to outside corner, Chandler could come on as the slot corner, a position he has some experience with. Or the team could move Riley down from his free safety position to play corner again. If Collins is traded, the team could look at playing either Thomas or Chandler as the second safety. Of course, that is all speculation right now, but the snap counts for the Giants’ Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers could look wildly different from their games in the first half of the season.