With 10 players on the injury report on Monday and a game to play on Thursday night vs. the Washington Redskins, New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo knows this will be a difficult turnaround for many Giants.
“It’s a short week, so it’s tough to recover. That’s the biggest challenge going from a Sunday overtime game to a Thursday night game,” McAdoo said. “We have a lot of guys who are banged up. They’re going to have to fight through some things.”
While the Giants’ injury report looked long, Washington had 22 of the 53 players on its roster listed on their injury report.
Another line combo
With D.J. Fluker (toe) likely out for a few weeks and Justin Pugh (back) still sidelined the Giants’ offensive line will be shuffled again this week. The most likely options for starting in Fluker’s spot would be Jon Halapio, who has seven snaps worth of NFL experience, or John Greco, a 10-year veteran who just joined the team a week ago.
“You know I’m not going to tell you that,” McAdoo said Monday when asked who would replace Fluker.
Asked specifically about Greco, McAdoo said:
“He’s played a lot of football in his career. He’s been around a long time, been in a lot of different systems. So, we’re confident that John will be able to go and be able to step in for us.”
“Tremendous job” by Mike Sullivan calling plays
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has now called plays in as many games this season as McAdoo did before relinquishing that responsibility.
“I think our run game is coming. It’s coming along. You’re seeing some physicality in the guys up front. I think the tight ends are making progress and they’re fitting in. We added a couple new pieces there as well as the offensive line. They’re working well together. I think the backs are making some progress, so the run game is probably the most encouraging thing,” McAdoo said. “What you’re seeing – third down is a challenge for us right now. That’s an area where we spend a lot of time and we want to continue to improve and work to improve. But, I think Sully has done a tremendous job there calling it. It’s not an easy chore. But, we’re making some progress especially in the run game. He sticks to the run, which I like.”
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