The NY Giants are seeing key guys get healthy at the right time, and this is of course fantastic news for head man Brian Daboll. In the Week 17 win over the Colts, standout safety Xavier McKinney was able to get back on the field after his ATV incident, playing in 83 percent of the defensive snaps. Obviously, that’s big news for the G-Men.
However, he’s not the only defensive back getting ready to make plays in the near future for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. Stud cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has been dealing with a knee injury, but he was able to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis. Jackson is fighting his way to get back on the field for Week 18. Will that happen?
NY Giants CB Adoree’ Jackson is inching closer to his return
While speaking to the media earlier this week, Jackson said he wants to try and play on Sunday in the Week 18 matchup vs. the Eagles. While this game is meaningless for NY – as they’ve locked in the No. 6 seed in the NFC Wild Card Round – it looks like Jackson wants to be able to shake off some rust in Philly before the postseason arrives.
This would make sense, but the coaching staff also doesn’t want to rush the DB into action too soon. We should know more on Jackson’s status in the coming days, but it’s obviously great news that he’s practicing and ready to suit up. Having him healthy for the playoffs will make quite the impact for this team’s defense.
Elsewhere, star pass-rusher Azeez Ojulari continues to battle back from his ankle injury. Ojulari only played in seven snaps for NY this past weekend. Having him close to 100 percent will be crucial for Daboll, as either the Vikings or 49ers will be awaiting in the Wild Card Round. Resting Ojulari this weekend vs. Philly seems like it’d be a wise decision.