Last week against the Jets you may have noticed a pattern. The Giants were intent on running the ball in all situations. They in fact rushed the ball 32 times for a poor average of 1.8 yards per carry. This stat alone proves what the pre-season is all about. Get things on film in a competitive atmosphere and make corrections. The Giants will repeat that effort tonight.
“It’s been a high priority,” Coughlin said. “It hasn’t been accomplished very well, but we certainly have tried it. We rushed it 32 times the other night for 1.8 yards per rush (in a victory over the Jets). Obviously, it hasn’t been very successful, but we will continue to try to develop the run in all capacities. Whatever the personnel combination is on the field, we’ll continue to try to rush it.”
The difference tonight might be rookie David Wilson. Wilson got some first team snaps this week, and we will see him with the starting O-line tonight. He will be given his chance to step into the 2nd spot behind Bradhsaw, let’s see what he can do. Wilson has had a great attitude this off-season. At first he was being a bit over confident when he stated he was ready to go at this level, but after his coach Jerald Ingram stated “We’ll let David know when he’s ready” he seems to have taken a huge step forward in maturity. Last week he admitted to being nervous playing with the starters in practice, and when questioned by a reporter after the Jets game, he said I think I did all my assignments, but we need to watch the film to make sure. Sounds like someone who learned it’s the details that matter at this level.
Tonight is still just s dress rehearsal and with starters like Hakeem Nicks, JPP, Michael Boley, and Will Beatty out, it is still about building depth and seeing who can step in and contribute.