Good morning, New York Giants' fans. You know what day it is, and I know you are both anxious and apprehensive as today's 1 p.m. Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles kickoff approaches. Here is some reading material to occupy a bit of your time while you wait.
Finally, Beckum is on his way back to the practice field at a time the Giants badly need him. With Domenik Hixon out for the season and Mario Manningham listed as doubtful against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday because of a concussion, the Giants need Beckum to make a solid debut after missing the first two games.
And they need him to be the key asset for this offense he was supposed to be.
"I still am. I know a lot of people question that, but I didn’t change; I had an injury," said Beckum, who had 13 catches and two TDs last season. "I’m still the same player. I just have to go in there and show everybody else who I am."
Giants wearing down: When you've had as many injuries as the Giants have had, it can show up in surprising ways. As many of you have pointed out, the Giants haven't suffered too many significant injuries to star players. However, they've had so many injuries that it impacts their depth, and in turn their ability to finish games strong. The Giants have scored only seven points after halftime so far this season. Only the Vikings and Jaguars have scored fewer second-half points. And while we're talking about only two games here, it's a trend worth watching.
After two games I'm not sure I buy the rational for this argument -- that injuries have led to bad second-half performances. The Giants do, however, need to play better in the third and fourth quarters.
"Yeah, I mean we’re going to do our best to put the ball on the sidelines or out of bounds and limit the room he has to work with," Weatherford said. "Ideally, I’d like to have the ball out of bounds. That’s what Coach (Tom) Coughlin’s looking for. But getting the ball outside the numbers on the sidelines is going to be important if you’re not able to get it out of bounds."
Weatherford refuses to let Jackson’s presence get in his head.
"You can’t think about what you don’t want to do," he said. "You just go out there and visualize yourself making the play and punting the ball exactly where you want it to go."
Weatherford is a Giant largely because of Jackson. Let's see if he can help neutralize him.
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