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Giants news, 9/29: Giants "a little more prepared" to defend read option

New York Giants headlines for 9/29.

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning New York Giants fans! Here's your news updates for this Tuesday morning.

Giants preparing for Bills' read option offense

The read option has been effective against the New York Giants in recent years. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has made it a priority to study it.

The studying began in mid-May, long before the Giants — or anyone — could guess that Rex Ryan’s quarterback would be the scrambling Tyrod Taylor.

It was only OTAs, and the Giants were only beginning to learn the nuances of Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. But the new coordinator was already insisting they unravel something that had baffled them for years, forcing them to routinely practice against the read-option offense.

"We started (working on our defense for the read-option) back in OTAs," defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said Monday. "It’s hard to remember back in previous years what we did in OTAs. But this year, I know it’s a big point of emphasis."

Some have argued that the Giants under Perry Fewell were not prepared to deal with the read option. Defensive end Robert Ayers seemed to hint that might be the case.

"Not to throw salt, but I do feel like Coach Spags has done a good job of preparing us for these situations in advance," Ayers said. "You've got to give these guys respect and you've got to prepare a lot of times in advance. Teams like Buffalo, teams like Philly, teams that do these things — we need to have answers for them."

. Devon Kennard has also noticed a difference.

"Last year, we acknowledged that teams run the read-option," added Kennard. "But I don’t think we addressed it to this degree. We’re going to be calling stuff (on Sunday) that we’re really comfortable with. I think we’re a little more prepared."

Should the Giants bench Larry Donnell?

While Larry Donnell's first year as a starter went well, it seems that he has been regressing. His blocking is as poor as ever but his prowess as a receiver seems to be getting worse from last year. Patricia Traina has a list of suggestions that the Giants should follow to win against the Bills this Sunday and one of them is to demote Donnell. While an outright cut in a fashion similar to Preston Parker is unlikely, she would like Daniel Fells and Jerome Cunningham to see more snaps.

Donnell, who in this last game was credited with two dropped passes and a rather curious-looking mid-air somersault just moments before a tackle, isn't going anywhere thanks to the hobbled nature of Jerome Cunningham (knee) and Daniel Fells (foot).

However, given his lackluster play thus far -- in addition to his pass-receiving issues, his run blocking has been putrid -- he should go somewhere, and that somewhere is to the bench if Fells and/or Cunningham is healthy.

Cullen Jenkins on the Giants fourth-quarter mentality

Jenkins has said in the past the Giants don't respond well to adversity. Now he's stating that the Giants need to get a tougher mentality once that fourth quarter hits.

"And even though we were up, the whole atmosphere in the stadium kind of felt (muted). I think I was talking to [Johnathan] Hankins, and I told him, 'You can't blame the fans.' They're probably sitting there hesitant. 'OK, are they going to have a letdown again?'

"Mentally, when you get in that situation, good football teams that know how to win don't have those thoughts. You're not going to have the thoughts of, 'OK, are we going to be able to hold them?' You're going to say, 'OK, we've got the lead, now it's time to put them away. This game is ours.'"

Injury Updates

As per usual, the New York Giants have a plethora of injuries to sift through for their matchup against the Buffalo Bills.

Victor Cruz has boldly claimed, he will play on Sunday.

Defensive ends Robert Ayers and Owamagbe Odighizuwa are participating but need a "go though a whole week of practice."

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Markus Kuhn were also back practicing in some degree.

Ereck Flowers says his ankle "feels better" as he keeps reminding Coughlin of the fact.

The Bills have concerns for several players for their game against the Giants as well. Sammy Watkins is considered day to day with a mild calf sprain while LeSean McCoy is "unlikely" to play against the Giants because of hamstring issues.

Around the league

The Chicago Bears wave the white flag on their season as they began selling pieces of their team. Linebacker Jonathan Bostic has been traded to the New England Patriots for a sixth-round draft pick. Jared Allen has been traded to the Carolina Panthers for a conditional sixth-round pick.

The NFL will conduct an investigation on referee Ed Hochuli as he allegedly told Cam Newton that "he wasn't old enough" to get a call for a late hit.

Jerry Jones isn't worried about his Dallas Cowboys despite losing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

Beat reporters for the Philadelphia Eagles give six reasons why they aren't out of the division race yet.