Sunday, September 23, 2012
Stock Watch: Andre the Giant
By Ohm Youngmisuk
After two games in one week, here's the Giants' Stock Watch: three things that are on the way up, and three that are headed downhill at the moment.
As some of you may know, I am a big old-school rap fan, so I've named my "streaking" and "slumping" categories after two old-school classics: "Smooth Operator" by Big Daddy Kane, and "The Gas Face" by 3rd Bass.
Andre Brown/offensive line: Brown excelled in place of Ahmad Bradshaw, rushing for a total of 184 yards in the last two games. He has ignited the running game, running hard and being patient for holes to open. He has secured a role even when Bradshaw returns.
Andre Brown revived the Giants' dormant running game with 113 yards on Thursday night.
The offensive line has survived the loss of David Diehl and given up just one sack in the last two games while getting the running game going. Will Beatty and Sean Locklear are getting the job done at the tackle positions.
Jayron Hosley: The third-round pick has been impressive, holding his own in the last two starts. He also had a nice interception off Cam Newton and has handled the duties of starting on the outside while moving to the inside to cover slot receivers. Hopefully his hamstring injury isn't serious.
The Black Unicorn:Martellus Bennett has scored in every game as a Giant so far and he can only get better. He still is learning about Eli Manning and the offense. There have been moments when Bennett stopped short on a route or dropped a pass. And that tells us he should only get better, which is a bit scary considering he has had five catches for 72 yards or more in each of the last two games.
Honorable mention: GM Jerry Reese, who deserves credit for emergence of Andre Brown and Ramses Barden. Reese and Tom Coughlin kept Brown over D.J. Ware and have remained patient with Barden through injuries.
THE GAS FACE
Injuries: The Giants have been hit hard by the injury bug already. WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), RB Bradshaw (neck), OL Diehl (knee) and WR Domenik Hixon (concussion) did not play on Thursday. They will have two weeks of rest since last playing against Tampa on Sunday.
The doghouse: Gas Face to the doghouse. David Wilson has had a total of 10 offensive snaps in the last two games. My guess is it is a combination of him being a rookie and having to learn the offense, while also still having to earn the trust of the coaching staff after losing that fumble in the season opener.
No matter what it is, it still would be nice to see Wilson on the field a bit more and get a few more touches, because I still think the Giants can use his speed and playmaking ability down the road. Would have been nice to see Wilson get some carries at the end of the Carolina blowout.
The kneel-down: Gas Face to the kneel-down controversy over Greg Schiano calling for the Code Red and ordering his troops to rush through the Giants' line as Eli was taking a knee.
I understand the arguments for both sides as to why and why not to do what Tampa did. Frankly, I don't care anymore and am ready to turn the page.
Give me your Smooth Operators and what you are giving The Gas Face to below in the comments list. Thanks!