Big Blue Morning: Webster banged up

September, 20, 2013
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Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants

The news of the day: The Giants' pass defense doesn't need a fresh challenge a week after failing to sack Peyton Manning, but Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers presents one anyway as a quarterback who can beat them with his legs as well as his arm. The Giants say they've been prepping for running quarterbacks all offseason. Of some concern is the fact that cornerback Corey Webster missed practice Thursday with a hip injury. We'll certainly monitor that today, though it's not unusual for Webster to miss a day of practice here or there. He generally doesn't miss games.

Behind enemy lines: An 0-2 start for the Giants is upsetting, and their first 0-3 start since 1996 would be considerably more so. But sometimes it's easy to forget what these things mean elsewhere. Tom Coughlin's going to coach the Giants for as long as he wants to coach them. Ron Rivera, the Panthers' coach, may need to win a game soon if he wants to keep his job.

Around the division: Following the Eagles' utterly heinous six-turnover loss to the Chiefs on Thursday night, the combined record of the NFC East is now 2-7, including an 0-2 mark against the Chiefs. The whole Eagles thing sure did look fun in Week 1 when the Redskins showed up apparently without having watched tape of one single Oregon play from the past six years. But a fun new scheme can only go as far as your personnel can take it. And we've not met the scheme yet that can succeed if you turn it over six times.

Around the league: Giants fans were hoping last week that the team might sign former Broncos running back Willis McGahee, who was in for a workout. They signed Brandon Jacobs instead. McGahee hooked on Thursday with the Browns, who'd just traded Trent Richardson to the Colts the day before. So I guess Giants fans will get to find out what they missed, though I have to believe McGahee is nothing more than a stopgap body for a depleted run game in Cleveland. If he'd shown anything exciting as a ballcarrier, he surely could have made this year's Giants.

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