The injuries at cornerback to Trumaine McBride and Corey Webster and at defensive end to Jason Pierre-Paul mean the New York Giants' defense will have some new, younger pieces on Sunday vs. the Washington Redskins.
At cornerback, second-year man Jayron Hosley is expected to start, backed up by undrafted free agent rookie Charles James. Hosley, a second-year man, has played only seven defensive snaps all season. James has played one. Hosley could possibly have had a larger defensive role this season if not for a hamstring injury.
"Jayron has good cover skills, I think he’s a good matchup for some of the quick guys that they have in there in their lineup so I don’t think we’ll miss a beat from that standpoint as far as the quickness and the matchups are concerned," said Giants' defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
Third-round pick Damontre Moore, who has seen only 34 defensive snaps this season, will see extended playing time at defensive end with Pierre-Paul down.
"We'll play Moore, we'll get him ready. We'll also play [Cullen] Jenkins and move him outside a little bit," Fewell said. "Obviously we have a plan that we'll do a couple different things in certain situations."
Fewell hinted that with Pierre-Paul down and Jenkins likely to play outside some second-year defensive tackle Markus Kuhn could be active for the first time this season, saying the 2012 seventh-round pick "will come into the picture."
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