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TOPIC: Giants at Texans: 6 things to watch in Sunday’s ma

Giants at Texans: 6 things to watch in Sunday’s ma 10 months 1 week ago #4950

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To have any realistic chance of making a playoff run this season the 0-2 New York Giants have to find a way to defeat the also 0-2 Houston Texans on Sunday. Here are some of the things to watch as the Giants try to get their first victory of the Pat Shurmur era.Somebody set an alarm clock http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-alec-ogletree-jersey , please!The Giants need to figure out what time kickoff is, and remember that the first few series of the game actually do count. In Week 1, the Jacksonville Jaguars scored on three of their first four possessions en route to building a 13-3 lead. In Week 2, the Dallas Cowboys got a touchdown and a field goal in their first two possessions.Of course, it would also help if someone would tell the offense it’s legal to score early in the game.Tackle ... the ... quarterbackSpeaking of things they aren’t doing right, let’s hope the Giants come up with as better plan for defending the read option this week.In Week 1, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles rumbled around left end for a 41-yard gain on a read option. The only thing that kept him from going father? He’s a quarterback and he ran out of gas.In Week 2, Dak Prescott ran 7 times for 45 yards. By my count, five of those runs were read options.Through two games, whatever the Giants are doing against the read option isn’t working. It’s a bad plan. They need to get a new one or Deshaun Watson might run for a million or so yards. The end zone is ... that way, somewhereThe Giants have scored only 28 points in two games. They have only two touchdowns. It’s sort of obvious, but Shurmur said Wednesday that “we’ve got to get in the end zone, quite frankly.”Yes. Yes, they do.It will help if they are able to throw some passes down the field against Houston. Throwing two-third of their passes either behind or within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, like they did last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys Cheap Jon Halapio Jersey , isn’t going to cut it. Having Odell Beckham averaging 10.8 yards per catch isn’t going to cut it. Being 29th in the league in yards per play and 31st in red zone percentage is not going to cut it. Being last in the league in yards per play on first down isn’t going to cut it.Can everybody please block somebody?Dallas made the Giants look silly with rushers constantly heading unimpeded to Manning. The Giants couldn’t seem to get everyone blocked when the Cowboys blitzed last Sunday, even when they had enough blockers. They couldn’t seem to keep track of who was supposed to block whom when Dallas used twists and stunts along the front line. Man on man the Giants seemed to do OK most of the time. It just seemed like far too often Giants blockers had no idea which guy they were actually responsible for.Per Football Outsiders the Giants offensive line is last in the league in Adjusted Line Yards when run blocking and 24th in Adjusted Sack Rate while pass protecting, Not good.With a dominant defensive front, the Texans pose a massive challenge for the Giants beleaguered offensive line. Pray that new center John Greco makes the right calls, that guysknow their assignments, that Manning moves just enough to stay in one piece and make a few plays along the way.DeAndre Hopkins vs. Janoris JenkinsWith Eli Apple (groin) almost certainly sidelined on Sunday, the Giants would appear to have little choice but to have Jackrabbit shadow Houston’s All-Pro wide receiver. If Jenkins can play the way he did in memorable 2016 matchups against Dez Bryant, virtually taking the then-Cowboys star out of a pair of games, that would be a massive boost for the Giants.A little pass rush, pleaseThe Giants have just one sack. It doesn’t look like Olivier Vernon is going to return to action this week. Maybe the porous Houston offensive line, which has surrendered seven sacks in two games, will be the elixir for the missing pass rush which, per Football Outsiders, has been the worst in the league in terms of Adjusted Sack Rate (1.7 percent).Giants vs. Patriots: Defensive players on the roster bubble As the preseason heads into the final game, roster spots more than starting jobs are up for grabs. The mid-preseason roster cutdown to 75 is long gone http://www.giantscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-connor-barwin-jersey , so on Saturday — two days after the preseason finale — teams will make their cuts down to a 53-man roster.Let’s look at a few New York Giants who will be playing for a roster spot Thursday night against the New England Patriots.Avery Moss, EDGECutting ties with a player after just one season would typically be a little drastic, especially when there were impressive flashes during his rookie season. But there haven’t been many players impacted more in the switch to a 3-4 base defense than Moss. While at edge rusher there’s not much difference in a 3-4 and 4-3 than whether or not the player is standing up or has his hand in the dirt, but Moss hasn’t been able to make much of an impact with a switch to linebacker. The quality of depth at the edge could be argued, but there’s a quantity at the moment. Moss finds himself behind Olivier Vernon, Kareem Martin, Connor Barwin, Lorenzo Carter, and Romeo Okwara. The 2017 fifth-round pick has four tackles, one for a loss, this preseason. He might be better off catching on with a team that could use him as a more traditional defensive end. A.J. Francis, DTFrancis stood out — both on and off the field — early in training camp, but that hasn’t translated to preseason games. The Giants have stated their desire to have the ability to have a deep rotation along the defensive line, but that still might not leave room for two backups behind Damon Harrison. Other players in the backup interior battle such as Robert Thomas, Kerry Wynn Cheap Will Hernandez Jersey , and Josh Mauro have all flashed more during the games. Francis saw just 13 snaps against the New York Jets in the third preseason game, the fewest among the defensive line.All of the cornerbacks except Janoris Jenkins and Eli AppleWe’ve talked about the cornerback competition in every preview this preseason. It’s kind of clearer — B.W. Webb does appear to be the favorite as the slot corner — but there’s still questions about who will fill out the depth chart. Donte Deayon returned to the lineup and played nearly half the game against the Jets. Chris Lewis-Harris was close behind in snaps. Leonard Johnson, who leads the team with three passes defensed this preseason, has also seen significant playing time since he was brought in earlier in August. The most interesting case might belong to undrafted free agent Grant Haley. The Giants spent a significant amount of their UDFA bonus money on Haley and he played the most snaps of any player in the second preseason game, but saw the field for just seven snaps against the Jets. Haley could easily make the roster — I think he’s been the most impressive of the group behind Webb — but the Giants could also try to slip him through waivers and on to the practice squad, which could lead to quite a bit of risk hoping he doesn’t get claimed.The safeties, tooCurtis Riley has emerged as the favorite to start at free safety, but there’s little clarity after that. Every other player could potentially see time as a third safety on the field or just as easily be playing for another team in 2018. How the team feels about Darian Thompson could shape how the rest of the depth chart pans out. Thompson came into camp as the favorite for free safety, started against the Cleveland Browns, but injured himself early in the game and hasn’t played since. If the Giants still think highly enough of Thompson he would take a roster spot, but if the Giants like what they’ve seen from some other players. Thompson could surprising be on the outside looking in.Andrew Adams appears to be the steady backup, who could fill in either spot should his services be needed. William Gay has battled injury and switched to more time at safety after it appeared he was losing come ground in the slot corner battle. A move to safety for an older defensive back is typically a sign of losing a step or two, which isn’t great news for Gay. Michael Thomas is likely guaranteed a roster spot on his special teams impact alone, regardless of how much he adds as safety depth.
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