The Giants' defense has been heavily plagued by injuries this preseason, almost to the point of absurdity, and no position may have been affected more than their linebacker corps.
Now, with Osi Umenyiora and rookie DT Marvin Austin out for Sunday’s game, the Giants' mediocre trio of backers will be asked not only to fill against the run, but to cover as well, as Mike Shanahan loves to use two-TE sets.
In high school we called it the TE dump. Surely, Shanahan has a different name for it, but the basic premise it that the tight end releases off the line, faking as if he is going to block, and then cuts toward the middle of the field looking for a quick dump pass from the QB.
The play is simple but effective, and with the Redskins’ talent at TE and the Giants’ lack of depth at LB, even if Cooley doesn’t play, it should be called often. Additionally, Fred Davis has lost around 15 pounds this offseason and looks almost like a hybrid tight end/wide receiver. He should provide matchup nightmares for the Giants’ linebackers.