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Friday, October 18, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Still not in a rush

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

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

The news of the day: So much attention has been paid to the running back situation and to Eli Manning's interceptions that a lot of people have been missing the most significant problem that's keeping the Giants from playing the way they believe they can play. Kieran Darcy checks in on the Giants' absentee pass rush, which Justin Tuck still believes can make an impact. The Giants won't be able to control games in any way until they start knocking down quarterbacks again.

Behind enemy lines: Adrian Peterson, the Vikings' star running back, was limited in practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. Obviously, with the game not until Monday night, the Vikings have time to get Peterson right. But if he's to be limited in any way, it will severely hurt a Vikings' offense that's keyed around Peterson and the running game. The Vikings are starting quarterback Josh Freeman, who just joined the team a couple of weeks ago after being cut by the Buccaneers, so it's more likely than ever that they want to pound the ball with Peterson to take pressure off a quarterback who's still settling in.

Around the division: Michael Vick and Nick Foles playfully decided to address the media together Thursday, which is nice that they're getting along and all. But this is a quarterback controversy (or "conversation," as some would prefer it be called) that's likely to linger all year. Given that Vick's not exactly a quick healer, I imagine the Giants will be planning for Foles this time next week, since they face the Eagles in Week 8. Long-term, I still think Chip Kelly would rather go with Vick, but I am no mind-reader.

Around the league: We will talk Cardinals-Seahawks, the Eagles' quarterback situation, maybe some Giants and a whole bunch of other topics this afternoon at 3 pm on "NFL Insiders" on ESPN. I have a nice suit and tie picked out, and I hope you will tune in.