Stock watch: Three safeties up
December, 3, 2012
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com
Before we get to Redskins-Giants II, let’s take a look at who’s up and who’s down for the Giants with this week’s Stock Watch.
As we do every week, the streaking and slumping categories are named after songs. This week’s musical choice is Alicia Keys, who just released her new album.
“IF I AIN’T GOT YOU” (streaking)
Three safeties: With Kenny Phillips back on the field last Sunday night, Perry Fewell brought back the three-safety look and it looked good.
With Phillips and Brown mostly playing deep and Antrel Rolle moving up to play closer to the line of scrimmage and covering the slot, the Giants defense smothered Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay.
The Giants hope Phillips will play against Washington on Monday night.
David Wilson: It’s not the way he would have liked it to come but Wilson is expected to get his first major opportunity at playing time with Andre Brown’s injury.
The rookie says he is ready to show what he can do and that he can pass protect and pick up the blitz. We’ll see how the coaching staff uses him behind Ahmad Bradshaw and if they will use Ryan Torain or Kregg Lumpkin.
Mathias Kiwanuka: With Fewell using him up on the defensive line, the hybrid linebacker/defensive end had his best game of the season with two sacks, six tackles and three quarterback hits against Green Bay.
When Jacquian Williams gets healthy, that could allow Fewell to use Kiwanuka up front even more.
“TRY SLEEPING WITH A BROKEN HEART” (slumping)
Corey Webster: The Giants’ top defensive back did get some redemption with an interception against Rodgers. But the 61-yard touchdown that he gave up to Jordy Nelson shows that he’s still scuffling a bit and not all the way back to the level he normally plays at.
Prince Amukamara’s solid play has helped the Giants’ secondary.
Rueben Randle, punt returner: Randle may be emerging as the third receiver the Giants sorely need to step up. But at punt returner, the normally reliable Randle muffed two punts. On his second muff, though, the Packers were called for a fair catch interference penalty.
This, though, feels much more like an aberration.
Andre Brown: Sadly, Brown’s season came to an end when he broke his fibula last Sunday night against the Packers.
He was having the best season of his career with 385 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground and 12 catches for 86 yards. If the Giants make the Super Bowl, there’s an outside chance Brown could be back since the team placed him on its IR/designated to return spot.
With Brown out, the Giants will have to rely on Bradshaw in goal line situations unless Torain emerges as a power option in jumbo packages.