Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Running back roulette
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: Barring some unforeseen development in the next day or so (i.e., a short-term injury to a more significant player), the Giants will place running back Andre Brown on injured reserve/designated for return with a fractured left leg. That will keep Brown out of at least the first eight games of the season. Brown had hoped to be back sooner, but in the meantime the Giants may look to bring in another running back. Reports on Tuesday said that veterans Beanie Wells, Jonathan Dwyer and Leon Washington were in East Rutherford for workouts/tryouts, and while it's possible the Giants would sign one of them to spell Brown while he's out, it's also possible they won't. And even if they do, it likely wouldn't be until next week, when they could sign them without having to guarantee their salary.
Behind enemy lines: Sunday night's opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, aren't waiting until next week to add help to their offensive line. They are signing veteran guard Brian Waters, who didn't play in 2012 and will need some time to get up to speed but, Tim MacMahon writes, will be worth the wait. The Giants' defensive line is still facing a makeshift offensive line in Dallas on Sunday night, as the Cowboys don't know who their starting guards are going to be.
Around the division: Looking ahead to the "Monday Night Football" season opener between the Redskins and the Eagles, Phil Sheridan wonders whether a summer spent practicing against Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense, which includes some option elements, will end up being a benefit to the Eagles' defense when it faces Robert Griffin III and the Redskins' multiple offense.
Around the league: It's completely ludicrous to criticize Jets coach Rex Ryan for going to his son's game at Clemson on Saturday just because it was final cut-down day. If Ryan had gone to one of his son's games four days earlier, when rosters had to be cut to 75, no one would have noticed or cared. Did he owe the guys who got cut Saturday a look in the eye more than he owed it to the guys who got cut Tuesday? I agree that the absence sends a poor message about Ryan's current role in the decision-making hierarchy of the Jets organization, but since when did Ryan care what anyone thought about him? The NFL establishment makes way too much of Saturday in the first place. I have little doubt that Ryan's role in the actual cutting of the players was that big a deal that he couldn't go to his son's game. Perspective, please.