3 NY Giants who must step up in Week 2

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2. OT Cameron Fleming

Cameron Fleming won the NY Giants’ starting right tackle position and struggled mightily in Week 1. It was expected there would be difficulty with handling two elite edge rushers in TJ Watt and Bud Dupree. Unsurprisingly, Fleming could not hold down the right edge all night.

Assuming Fleming does get another opportunity to start at RT this week, he must show improvement despite facing another fearsome pass rush against Chicago. There are younger guys behind him who could start pushing him out of the rotation if he continues to be unable to run block for the team and provide stability at a key position.

I expect the team to do a better job scheming and helping Fleming with tight end support on his side to support with oncoming blitz and to help set the edge. There were far too many plays where Fleming got either ran around, ran through, or was unable to even touch either oncoming rusher.

If the Giants offense wants to reach their full potential, they must have a run game going with its most talented offensive player in Saquon Barkley. Fleming needs to do a better job with run-blocking and driving his guy upfield. He needs to be the hammer, not the nail.

Football games always will be won and lost in the trenches up front and far too often it’s why the GMEN have struggled mightily in recent years.

They need to buck the trend and start showing results on game day and it needs to start this Sunday.