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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Two types of rush

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.

The news of the day: Lots of talk around the Giants on Wednesday about the pass rush, and what can be done to jump-start a unit that's come up with only five sacks in its past seven games. I personally think it's only going to get back to where it needs to be if and when Jason Pierre-Paul is back to full strength. And the guy did just have back surgery. It's at least possible that he's never the same again, right? Ohm also checks in on the "terrible" run game.

Behind enemy lines: Cam Newton struck me as extraordinarily upbeat and positive on the conference call with Giants writers Wednesday. He apparently struck the Panthers writers that way, too. Newton appears to be making an effort to be more of an outward leader, which is something the 0-2 Panthers likely could use. The Giants were able to contain Newton when they clobbered Carolina last season, but he presents a dual challenge as a passer and a runner for a team that's struggling even to get to stationary quarterbacks.

Around the division: The Giants aren't the only NFC East team struggling to run the ball. The Dallas Cowboys have struggled to get their run game going behind DeMarco Murray, even though Murray seems healthy for a change. They're hoping the Rams, against whom Murray had his breakout game in 2011, provide some relief. But the Rams are a bit tougher up front than they were that year.

Around the league: The stunning NFL news of the day was the Cleveland Browns' trade of 2012 first-round pick Trent Richardson to the Colts for a 2014 first-rounder. Gives the Browns two first-rounders next year, which I assume they'll use to try to secure a franchise quarterback. But what's amazing about that is that they had two first-rounders just last year and used them to get Richardson and quarterback Brandon Weeden. With the new coaching staff apparently (and understandably) dissatisfied with Weeden, they end up basically taking a do-over with the Richardson pick. Which is fine, but hard not to feel like two years got wasted in the meantime, right? Anyway, I'm back on "NFL Insiders" today at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN to discuss this and many other topics. Please tune in.