Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Jumping over Terence Newman
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Lots going on here Wednesday as the New York Giants practiced in preparation for Sunday's playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach Tom Coughlin talked, the players did a lot of talking, and we'll have plenty of it for you here and of course on ESPNNewYork.com. But I wanted to address something specific.
During Tuesday's chat, jbl429 from NYC asked whether the Giants had seen something on tape about Dallas Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman that told them they could jump over him. Tight end Bear Pascoe and fullback Henry Hynoski both added yards to key plays by hurdling Newman in Sunday night's game, and running back Ahmad Bradshaw tried to do the same but was unsuccessful. I asked Pascoe this question, and here's what he said:
"What corner his size wants to hit a 270-pound tight end up high? There might be a few, but I don't think there are too many. For me it was just instinct. If he goes low, you go high. If he goes high, you go low. I know a lot of people were surprised, but that's just the way it worked out. There was no book on him that says you're supposed to try and jump over him."
Hynoski said the same, insisting that "you don't plan things like that -- they just happen." He did, however, say that Bradshaw took a little bit of abuse in the film room Monday for being the only guy that didn't pull it off while less likely hurdlers Pascoe and Hynoski did.
"Yes, he did hear about that," Hynoski said. "We let him have it a little bit."