The idea of this space each week is to trade posts or questions and answers with a blogger covering this week’s Patriots opponents.
So this week, I did my due diligence in seeking out New York Giants Blogs that I thought were interesting and well written, and contacting them about possibly working something out this week.
The silence was deafening. Not a single Giants blog returned my emails, which I find kind of shocking. Why wouldn’t a die-hard Giants fan leap at the opportunity to get in front of a Patriots audience, if only to remind us of you-know-what.
Nope. Nothing. (Though it seems in one case anyway, someone else might’ve gotten there ahead of us.) So what I’m going to do is give you a quick run down of items the Giants are facing in camp, and what we might look for tomorrow night.
- The big story this week has been defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who stormed out of practice after a dispute with new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan early in the week. Umenyiora later apologized for the incident, but has not said what led to the dispute. Sheridan faces a tough job in replacing Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator after the latter left to become head coach of the St. Louis Rams.
- Most of us still curse the name David Tyree as we still can’t figure out what the guy had on his helmet that allowed him to hang onto that ridiculous catch to keep the Giants’ final drive alive. Tyree however, is facing the end of his career in New York, as he is currently about eighth on the depth chart. In fact, tomorrow night could be Tyree’s “last hurrah as a Giant”, and ironically enough will come against the Patriots.
- Wide receiver has been an issue all camp for the Giants, with Plaxico Burress literally shooting his way off the team last season. Who is the number one receiver? Steve Smith? Domenik Hixon? Rookie Ramses Barden? Sinorice Moss apparently feels he isn’t getting a fair shake with the club.
- The vaunted Giants defense has been riddled with injuries in the preseason. A recent article noted that safety Michael Johnson and DE Mathias Kiwanuka were about the only Giants starters to remain healthy through camp.
For the Patriots, I expect that we’ll see very little of the regulars, and a whole lot of reserves tomorrow night. (Cue the “Consumer Fraud” calls) With cutdown day looming on Saturday, this will be the last chance that many of these players get to make an impression on the coaching staff.