Friday, September 13, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Don't walk under ladders
By Dan Graziano
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.
The News of the Day: This Friday the 13th is an unlucky one for Giants linebacker Dan Connor, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday with a neck injury. (Clearly, as we have already noted here, he wasn't faking.) The Giants won a waiver claim on former Seahawks linebacker Allen Bradford, who was a running back in college and fails to address the linebacker problem the Giants refuse to admit they have. They'll open and spend most of the game in nickel again Sunday, and they'll continue to de-emphasize the linebacker position, and tight ends will likely continue to have big games against them. Not to say they can't win like that, especially once the pass rush is at full strength. Just my $0.02, is all.
Behind enemy lines: While the Giants are down to Mark Herzlich at middle linebacker, the Broncos are getting healthier at that spot. Wesley Woodyard, who injured his ankle in Denver's opener, returned to practice Thursday and says he's expecting to play in Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium. A case of the extra time between games (Denver opened on a Thursday) helping out.
Around the division: The Eagles beat the Redskins on Monday night, in part, by blitzing them more than teams tended to blitz Robert Griffin III in his rookie season. Could be a recipe for rattling Griffin, though the Redskins bravely insist they hope the trend continues because they believe it will play into their hands.
Around the league: The Detroit Lions spent a portion of their Thursday working to refute a report that their stadium charges the highest price per ounce for beer in the NFL. Must be nice to be 1-0 and have this be your biggest problem, right?