Sunday, January 29, 2012
Scout team preparing Giants for Patriots
By Matt Ehalt
David Carr is seeing firsthand that running the New England offense is a pretty sweet job. As the scout team quarterback, Carr gets to imitate New England's Tom Brady in practice and run the high-powered New England offense.
"It's a quarterback friendly offense, honestly," Carr said. "They've got some good stuff there. The coaching staff is pretty good. They got some good weapons. It's pretty easy to run. Not saying they can go out there and put it on cruise control, but it's a smooth offense."
Just like any week heading into a game, the scout team has been hard at work trying to prepare the Giants for New England's prolific offense. That includes emulating the likes of Brady, receiver Wes Welker, and the tight ends combination of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
"It's definitely tough (being Brady) but you got a lot of weapons, we just try to give them the best look possible," Carr said. "I think our guys got a good plan but I want to light them up in practice so they don’t have anything to worry about on Sunday. That's been my goal all year and it seems to be doing a pretty good job of getting the guys ready to go. Just trying to give them a little bit extra, anything I can pick up from the film watching Brady and the common opponents we've seen over the last couple of weeks and trying to do that stuff on the field."
Carr said that tight end Travis Beckum has been playing the role of Hernandez, while fellow tight ends Bear Pascoe and Christian Hopkins have been helping out with Gronkowski duty. For Welker, that has been the responsibility of Dan DePalma, who is a wide receiver on the practice squad.
DePalma said the team gave him a DVD with Welker's routes and he's been studying it at home and at the facility to try and duplicate New England's slot receiver. He said it's been helpful as a young receiver to learn the way that Welker plays in the slot. He described Welker as quick and very shifty, with the ability to shake defensive backs.
"My job is to just study him, his little movements, how he runs his routes and try to duplicate them on the field so when (Aaron) Ross or (Corey Webster) or Antrel Rolle is covering me, I give them as best of a Wes Welker look as I can," DePalma said.
The receiver said he's earning praise for the job he's been doing so far, which also includes portraying Julian Edelman as a defensive back.
"I can only do so much but they're studying film too and telling me I'm doing a pretty good job so I guess we'll see next Sunday," DePalma said.
Added Carr: "He's doing great. He's playing Edelman on defense and he's playing nickel, he's sweating a lot. He's done a great job."