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Giants news, 11/23: Lorenzo Carter’s production, new tight ends, more

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Why hasn’t Lorenzo Carter been dominant?

The Giants hoped Carter, in his second season, would step forward as a dominant edge player. Instead, he is ninth on the team in tackles (33) and has only 2.5 sacks and 8 quarterback hits.

Why hasn’t he done more?

“I think that everyone wants to be that competitor. They want to put themselves in that position and I know Lorenzo does. I know that he is a competitive guy, just being with him day in and day out. He wants to make those splash plays and I think you can look at a whole bunch of different factors,” said outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson. “He’s been a guy that we have been able to move around. You see him on the ball, off the ball, he’s in coverage, he’s rushing, he’s doing different things that way. That’s a unique skill set that he has.

“I know there’s plays that he wants to be a step closer, accelerate a little more or do things like that. I think he is definitely holding himself to that high standard still and continues to work that. We have six more weeks to put the pedal to the metal with him. Hopefully those numbers start to come.”

New duo at tight end

Without Evan Engram and Rhett Elliison, the Giants will be using Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson at tight end on Sunday. Neither player began the season with the team.

Simonson spent last season with the Giants. He was waived with an injury settlement Sept. 10, and signed just last week.

“We heard from a few other teams that were just keeping tabs on me,” Simonson said. “But once I thought there might be a possibility I could come back here, I was hoping that would happen.”

Smith, a rookie claimed on waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, has played in three games with one reception for 1 yard.

“Since he’s been here, he’s very conscientious about doing things right,” offensive coordinator Mike Shula said. “I think he’s flashed in practice and in the game in both the running game and the passing game. He’s probably not as explosive as Evan is with his speed, but I think he has good football awareness in both the running game and the passing game.”

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