Debuts of Sintim and Boley Give D Both Flexibility and Uncertainty

Max WillensCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 09:  Clint Sintim #97 of the New York Giants works out at rookie camp on May 9, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

On Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys won't be the only team with new acquisitions to show off.

According to Mike Garafolo's Twitter page, Clint Sintim and Michael Boley each got half the snaps at their respective positions in Wednesday's morning practice session, which is a strong indication that both could suit up for Sunday's game in Dallas.

The nationally televised game will be Sintim's first regular season action, and it represents both a tremendous opportunity and a stiff test. Though he's shown himself to be a capable pass-rusher, Sintim still has a lot to learn about pass coverage, and the Cowboys are well-suited to exploit that. Both Marion Barber and Felix Jones are effective at catching passes, and Jason Witten is one of the best tight ends in the league. Every time Sintim takes the field (Danny Clark will start), he must create havoc.

Sintim is unquestionably a better pass-rusher than Clark, so his insertion into the Giants' game plan makes sense; the Giants' front seven must protect its perilously thin secondary, especially this week with a potent Cowboys attack waiting for them.

Even though defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan will be tipping his hand every time he sends Sintim into the game, it will still be an essential part of keeping the Cowboys' offense in check.

And while the prospect of Sintim's regular season debut should excite fans, seeing Michael Boley at all, even if it's just on the practice field, should be thrilling.

After Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard, Boley was the Giants' most important offseason acquisition. Unfortunately, he has also been the least productive. Boley spent almost the entire offseason recovering from hip surgery, and he has not had many opportunities to even walk through defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan's schemes.

Because Boley makes more (~$2M) than Chase Blackburn, Gerris Wilkinson, and Bryan Kehl combined, his rise to the starting lineup is inevitable. But playing him for the first time against a divisional opponent would be tremendously risky, and Giants fans are hoping those practice snaps are meant to help get him up to speed, not prepare him to play on Sunday night.

Injuries to the secondary aside, the Giants' defense still boasts admirable depth. Coach Tom Coughlin and Bill Sheridan should be able to avoid putting their new players into unexpected situations, and with a little bit of luck, they just might get to watch Sintim and Boley up on Jerry Jones' brand new video screens, making plays that leave Cowboys Stadium absolutely silent.

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