Rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who has played in only three of the New York Giants first eight games, figures to see increased action the rest of the season with Shaun Rogers having been placed on injured reserve.
"I wouldn’t say I’m really excited because a guy went down and he was hurt but the opportunity is there and it’s there for me to take, so I’m going to take full advantage of it," Hankins said.
The second-round pick from Ohio State has been impressive in limited snaps. He admits that having often been the odd man out in what had been a deep defensive tackle rotation hasn't been easy.
"It’s been tough. I’ve been talking to coach and the guys. It's not always going to be handed to you or given to you, so you have to learn how to work for it," Hankins said. "I’ve been practicing my butt off every single week as if I’m going to go out there and play, so this week If my name is called, which I think it may be, I’m just going to go out there and give it my all."
Markus Kuhn ready if needed
Second-year defensive tackle Markus Kuhn took Rogers' spot on the roster. Kuhn had been on the PUP list all season following surgery to repair a torn ACL.
"If I would be active, I’m ready to play. I’m completely healthy, I feel great. I definitely could contribute, of course," Kuhn said on Friday.
Antrel Rolle: 'Every game is a must-win'
The Giants have a long hill to climb to get back into contention in the NFC East.
"Every game is a must-win game for us so that’s going to be our mentality – win at all costs," Antrel Rolle said Friday. "Not every win is going to be the way you expected it to be, not every battle is going to be the way you expected it to be, but you just have to go out there and win at any costs."
Giants brace for Raiders' run game
The Raiders are fourth in the NFL rushing the ball. The Giants are fourth in stopping the run. Something has to give on Sunday.
"I think we’re kind of built for that a little bit more than anything else, honestly," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "I think we match up with it pretty well. But we have to go out there and execute, because they do a lot of things in the run game to throw you off. They can give you all different looks in that 21 personnel (two backs, one tight end). They can be a power team, they can get on the edges," Justin Tuck said. "We have to continue to do what we’ve done and play pretty well against the run."