The New York Giants are coming off a year where they not only severely underperformed on both sides of the ball, but were faced with injuries that called their depth into question.
That depth may be tested this season yet again.
As of Friday, the Giants had several players out or leaving practice due to injury that they just cannot afford to lose. Steve Smith is the latest victim, leaving today’s practice with a groin injury with an MRI scheduled for tomorrow.
With Domenik Hixon already out for the season, the Giants could ill afford to lose any of the wide receivers, let alone a 100-plus reception player.
The offensive line is struggling to stay afloat as well, with Shaun O’Hara missing time with a condition in his ankle and Rich Seubert breaking his hand on Thursday, showing up to Friday’s practice with his hand in a splint.
This is bad news for Seubert since he was already fighting to keep his job. The Giants already have second round pick Will Beatty waiting to take over for David Diehl at left tackle, which would allow Diehl to return to his natural position of left guard. Mitch Petrus has been given more reps in the absence of Seubert, and could provide a possible replacement if Beatty does not pan out.
Kenny Philips still has not practiced this year after the knee injury that kept him out last season forced him to be placed on the physically unable to perform list to start this year’s camp. Deon Grant also missed Friday’s practice with a groin injury.
The safety position was the weakest link in the secondary last year—maybe even the whole defense—and if the depth issue continues to be a problem nothing Perry Fewell can scheme will be able to combat it.
Out with the Old, In with the “Few”
One common theme of this year’s camp seems to be that the players on defense are responding well to Fewell’s fiery nature. He is able to motivate them and keep them on their toes at the same time.
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