Jets vs. Giants: Could Big Blue's Secondary Struggle This Season?
Coming into the 2011 season, the Giants secondary was already thin and lacked depth.
They lost CB Prince Amukamara in the beginning of August to a foot injury that will sideline him until early October for the latest. And last Monday night, they suffered an even bigger blow, losing stud CB Terrell Thomas for the season due to a torn ACL injury.
So how will the lack of depth shake up their defensive schemes?
The beginning of the season will likely be a transitional period with a lot of kinks and mis-communications to work out. It is rumored that S Antrel Rolle will move over to nickel back and play in the slot, but his coverage skills are suspect, and being matched up against a speedy slot receiver could be troublesome.
Right now, CB Aaron Ross will be bumped up on the depth chart and is now forced to play outside -- a position that he has struggled in immensely over the years. While Ross is athletic, his small frame has caused him to struggle in covering bigger, physical receivers. It will be interesting to watch him cover Plaxico Burress tonight.
In order to combat the liabilities in coverage, the Giants will likely blitz more, from all levels of the defense. While Ross struggles in coverage, he is quick off the edge and gives Big Blue a great zone-blitzing option.
The NFC East is a pass-heavy division, and the Giants secondary will be tested all season long. Teams will look to cash in and beat them over the top for the big play when they can, especially early in the year before the unit has time to jell.
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