The New York Giants have had their secondary slowly whittled down over the course of the 2013 season. This week, the team announced that both Corey Webster and Trumaine McBride would miss Sunday night’s game against the Washington Redskins.
Washington’s passing game, led by second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III, has struggled this year, but one thing is for sure; the Giants’ secondary will have to know where Pierre Garcon is at all times.
Garcon’s 75 receptions are the second-most in the NFL, and he is also the fourth-most targeted receiver in the league. His 121 targets is by far the most on the Redskins. Rookie tight end Jordan Reed ranks second on the team in targets with just 59 for the season. If RGIII is going to have success through the air, you better believe Garcon is going to be the beneficiary on the majority of the passes.
Without Webster and McBride, the Giants will have to rely on Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas, Jayron Hosley and rookie Charles James.
Hosley could get the start in place of McBride as Thomas has been more of a nickel back for the Giants this season. Look for Amukamara to line up across from Garcon and attempt to put the clamps on the lethal receiver. If the Giants can take away Garcon, the Redskins offense will have trouble moving the football and putting together extended drives.
New York’s secondary has had a solid season with young players like Amukamara stepping into larger roles. In the last five games of the year these players have a chance to cement themselves as long-term assets along the defensive unit.