Injuries have pushed the New York Giants‘ secondary against the ropes and the timing couldn’t be worse, as they will attempt to turn their season around on Sunday against the high-powered Philadelphia Eagles.
Cornerbacks Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Jayron Hosley all missed practice on Thursday, and the chance of any of them playing on Sunday is looking grim. That leaves Prince Amukamara in the No. 1 corner slot and then a bunch of questions marks across the rest of the board.
Terrell Thomas may move over to the outside from his usual nickel spot. He’s been covering slot receivers for the majority of the season, but the Giants need to replace Webster and Ross on the outside. Six-year veteran Trumaine McBride would then step up and fill the nickel position. McBride played well last week after Ross was forced to leave the game with a back injury.
However, the Giants will be facing a new animal in the Philadelphia offense. Sure, the Eagles are just 1-3 on the season, but they rank second in total offense with 459 yards per game.
Slowing down DeSean Jackson will be the secondary’s top priority. Jackson has caught 21 balls for 393 yards and two touchdowns this season. Whenever he’s on the field, he’s a constant big-play threat. He’s averaging 18.7 yards per catch, which is good enough for fifth in the NFL. Look for Amukamara to start on Jackson.
The time is now for the Giants. With a win and a Cowboys loss, the Giants will be miraculously one game out of being tied for first place in the NFC East. Thus far, it’s been a season of squandered opportunities, and failing to take advantage of this one could sink Big Blue.