Friday, November 8, 2013
Big Blue Morning: See ya next year, David
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: The Giants made some roster moves Thursday, including the decision to put running back David Wilson on season-ending injured reserve to make room for running back Andre Brown, who was activated from short-term IR. The Wilson decision has been coming for a while, though obviously he and the team hoped it wouldn't come to this. Multiple people I spoke with about the situation Thursday said they were optimistic that Wilson wouldn't need surgery on his neck and would recover fully in time for the 2014 season. But with Wilson needing a few more weeks before his next evaluation and the Giants only having eight games left anyway, this move made sense. The Giants also put defensive tackle Shaun Rogers on IR and activated defensive tackle Markus Kuhn from the physically unable to perform list. While the Rogers move was to make room for Kuhn, my guess is that the biggest beneficiary will be rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who has impressed in limited action so far but has struggled to get on the field due to the numbers game at defensive tackle.
Behind enemy lines: Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden showed up on the Raiders' injury report Thursday with a groin injury. Hayden was one of the biggest victims of the Eagles' and Nick Foles' seven-touchdown-pass onslaught Sunday, but losing him would hurt the Raiders' depth in the secondary and perhaps make them even more vulnerable to a potentially big game by Eli Manning and the Giants' passing attack.
Around the division: Really bad loss for the Redskins on Thursday night, as their offense stalled out in the second half and they lost on the road to a terrible Minnesota Vikings team. NFC East teams are now 8-15 this season in games played against teams in other divisions, and the Giants actually have a chance to catch the Redskins for third place with a win Sunday against the Raiders. And yes, the Redskins were 3-6 through nine games last year, too, and ended up winning the division, but it's important to remember that they had to win all seven of their remaining games to do it.
Around the league: There are no Giants on John Clayton's midseason All-Pro team, which is not really a surprise. Of the 26 players on the team, nine have played against the Giants this year, but that's largely because four of them are Chiefs. Anyway, thought you'd enjoy a look at the team in case you hadn't seen it already. And it beats the heck out of another Jonathan Martin note. Catch me on "NFL Insiders" at 3 p.m. ET Friday on ESPN.