Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE
Justin Tuck hasn't had much to smile about in 2012.
There were six sacks on Alex Smith last Sunday, and Justin Tuck didn't register any of them.
In fact, he hasn't gotten his first sack of the season yet, and no, that is not a typo.
Captain or no captain, Tuck needs to impose his defensive presence and keep pace with Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Giants website did report that Tuck remains optimistic.
“I think we all are kind of puzzled by the fact,” said Tuck, who had 1.5 sacks in the NFC Championship against the 49ers. “It’s not like we forgot how to rush the passer. We’ve been doing it all our lives. It’s something strange, but we’ll figure it out.”
Production from the versatile veteran Mathias Kiwanuka and first-year man Adrian Tracy has been increasing, and Chris Canty was just activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Tuck hasn't complained of any lingering neck or shoulder issues that he dealt with last season, but the Giants do have plenty of defensive end depth, so he needs to pick up his production.