Friday, November 30, 2012
Notebook: Bennett, Wilson and Garcon
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Martellus Bennett insists he did not cry at MetLife Stadium last Sunday night.
The Giants tight end took a big hit from Packers safety Jerron McMillian in the fourth quarter, and was slow to get up. McMillian was flagged for unnecessary roughness. (He also was hit with a $21,000 fine by the league).
"I guess it's for the well-being of whoever was down, because I guess he was crying and whatnot," McMillian said this week, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin. "I guess something was wrong with him, but it was a clean hit. I think they more so threw the flag because of his reaction instead of the actual contact."
"I didn't cry," Bennett said, chuckling, when asked about McMillian's comment Friday. "The last time I cried was when I asked my wife to marry me."
LEARNING CURVE: With No. 2 running back Andre Brown out with a broken fibula suffered against the Packers, rookie David Wilson might finally get some significant carries, starting Monday night against the Redskins.
The starter, Ahmad Bradshaw, said Friday that Wilson is now "very important" to the Giants' offense, and talked about how he's trying to help the first-round draft pick.
"I just try to feed him a lot of the little things because that's what he has problems with," Bradshaw said. "When he's running the ball and reading the guards' blocks and just being more patient. A lot of our runs are patient runs and waiting for the front line to make a certain block or for the defensive line to jump outside and you know we cut it up. Just little things I can help him with. He has great vision, great speed. He's a sponge right now to absorb all the information."
BIGGER CHALLENGE: The Giants barely got past the Redskins in their first meeting on Oct. 21. And they didn't have to deal with Pierre Garcon back then.
But the talented wide receiver is expected to be in the lineup for Washington on Monday night.
Garcon scored on an 88-yard touchdown pass in Week 1 against the Saints, but tore a ligament in his right foot in the process. He has only played in five games this season. But he has been active for the past two, and caught four passes for 86 yards and a score in the Redskins' last game, on Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.
"Veteran leadership, outstanding receiver, speed, all of the above," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, when asked about Garcon.
Garcon, in his fifth year out of Division III Mount Union College, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Colts. In 2011, he posted career-highs in catches (70) and receiving yards (947), before being signed by the Redskins as a free agent.
"He's a heck of a player, isn't he?" said Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. "He puts speed on the field for them and he can stretch the field. We're always aware of him. We won't change our plan, but we're always aware of him."