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Perry Fewell: 'We have to simplify' with patchwork secondary

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Fewell talks about how injuries in secondary will impact what the Giants can do on defense.

Jayron Hosley gets stiff-armed by T.Y. Hilton of the Colts
Jayron Hosley gets stiff-armed by T.Y. Hilton of the Colts
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New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell definitely is not playing the same hand entering Week 10 that he entered the 2014 season with. The battered secondary, which has now lost three top cornerbacks and has starters in Zack Bowman (illness) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) who are not 100 percent, is the biggest issue.

How will Fewell line up his corners on Sunday vs. the Seattle Seahawks. Fewell said this week that should Bowman not be able to play Jayron Hosley would play outside in the base defense. In the nickel, Hosley would slide inside and Chandler Fenner, who began the season on the Giants' practice squad, would play outside.

The new alignment, and the fact reserves Mike Harris and Chykie Brown basically just arrived, will force changes in how Fewell calls the game.

"We have to simplify our package. Obviously, when you have new faces, you can't, you will not, do as much as you have done in the past, and you have to quickly find out what the strengths of the new faces are, and how much terminology they can digest in a short amount of time," Fewell said. "I don't know if they can actually develop a lot of chemistry, but what we are going to have to do is develop some know-how of what concepts we are trying to do and try to be in the positions that we should be in, and our veterans have to help the guys that are just coming in with the call, repeat the call to them so we can all be on the same page."

Here are a few other topics Fewell addressed during his weekly meeting with reporters:

On the play of some of the young players who saw additional snaps ...

Fewell said he thought defensive tackle Jay Bromley "did well for his second opportunity." ... He was less pleased with defensive end Damontre Moore, saying he "looked for a little more productivity" than Moore provided ... Linebacker Devon Kennard "played well on paper" and "didn't have any glaring hiccups."

On Antrel Rolle saying players need more passion ...

"This is my perspective. We have lost three games in a row. When you lose two or three games in a row, and you are fighting hard, you are searching, trying to find what's that missing element that can take you over the top. I think our guys are really playing hard, sometimes we are not playing smart, but I think they are giving great effort in what we are doing. When you have lost three games in a row, you are trying to find that little peel, that little thing that will help take you over the top, or get more guys pumped up, or make guys mad, or what have you.

"I think maybe in his own way, that is what he is trying to do, get guys to, "hey man, we are fighting for our lives, for a victory, we're playing like this is the last play of our football career." I think he is trying to get guys to see that, that every play has to be played that way."