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Thursday, October 3, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Hankins' time?

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: Injuries and an 0-4 start may be conspiring to create an opportunity for a couple of the Giants' rookie defensive linemen. It sounds likely that Johnathan Hankins could be active for the first time Sunday, and it's possible Damontre Moore will start to get some more snaps on defense. The release of Da'Rel Scott earlier in the week likely means more carries for David Wilson, too. As I wrote after Sunday's loss in Kansas City, the Giants need to start finding out who's going to be part of their future and who's not.

Behind enemy lines: Chip Kelly says success on offense is an 11-man job. Phil Sheridan says Kelly is off by one, and that Kelly himself has to be the Eagles' offense's 12th man by doing a better job putting his players in position to succeed.

Around the division: John Keim writes that a couple of players on the Redskins' defense, notably Brandon Meriweather and Barry Cofield, had standout games in Washington's Week 4 victory over the Raiders. The Redskins are thin on defense, but a healthy and productive Meriweather makes a difference in that secondary.

Around the league: I was going to write something about the Josh Freeman fiasco in Tampa Bay, but it's becoming fairly clear that the whole Tampa Bay situation is actually a Greg Schiano fiasco. Someday relatively soon, we'll be looking back on Schiano's insanely arrogant NFL flameout and wondering how there was anybody who didn't see it coming.