Friday, November 15, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Cat-like Matthews ready
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: Jason Pierre-Paul's status for Sunday's game against the Packers remains in doubt because of a shoulder injury that has kept him from practicing the past two days. If he can't play, the Giants' base defense likely would slide versatile defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins out to defensive end and replace Jenkins with another defensive tackle, such as Mike Patterson or Johnathan Hankins, on the inside. The Giants are greatly concerned about Eddie Lacy and the Packers' running game, especially with third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien starting the game because of injuries to Aaron Rodgers and Seneca Wallace, and an extra defensive tackle on first and second downs might make some sense. Jenkins has experience playing end as well as tackle. On passing downs, an additional defensive end, such as rookie Damontre Moore, could come into the picture. Of course, it's also possible Pierre-Paul will play and they can line up as they normally do ... Regardless of Pierre-Paul, running back Andre Brown is recovered from his 30-carry effort of last week and ready for an encore against Green Bay on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Behind enemy lines: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said the "club" cast he wore on his right hand last week made him feel like a cat with no whiskers, and he's wearing a smaller cast this week. Matthews obviously matters a great deal to the Packers' chances of extending the Giants' league lead in turnovers. And yeah, you have to click the link to find out what the cat thing means. I can't do everything for you.
Around the division: Nick Foles is getting an extended shot to prove whether he can really be the Eagles' quarterback of the long-term future. The organization isn't sold yet, but Foles is red-hot, and a big performance this week against the division-rival Redskins would be another feather in his cap.
Around the league: People are going to grumble about this -- none more loudly than the league's defensive players -- but the NFL is talking about expanding the rules that protect quarterbacks. Apparently, the number of significant quarterback injuries this year has caught the attention of the right people.