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The Giants are embarking on crucial season. One that, if it goes poorly, could result in major changes throughout the organization. The objective going into this year was to end the three-year playoff drought the team is currently mired in.
The past three years here have been frustrating ones. Injuries have prevented the team from gaining any traction, leaving them to tread water in the standings. Sorry to say, but they may finally be ready to drown.
They will enter this season without their left tackle (Will Beatty) and top pass rusher (Jason Pierre-Paul). WR Victor Cruz has made major strides in coming back from a career-threatening knee injury but we have no idea when he'll be cleared to play.
And now, their rebuilt secondary is about to be crushed under the weight of five injuries. CB Prince Amukamara is dealing with a groin. No timetable. His replacement, the mercurial Jayron Hosley, suffered a neck injury on Friday in Cincinnati and is in a neck brace. No timetable for him, either.
Trumaine McBride was the early favorite to be the slot corner. Now he's laid up with a hamstring issue. CB Chykie Brown hurt his knee in practice last week. He's expected to miss more time. No timetable has been placed on either.
Safety Nat Berhe is dealing with a tear in his calf. The Giants hoped he would vie for a starting spot, but he's yet to practice and it's unclear when he'll be ready to.
The Giants went into the draft with the goal to strengthen the safety position. They nabbed Alabama's Landon Collins and Mykkele Thompson of Texas to address the dearth in the middle of their secondary.
Both players were injured in the first preseason game. Collins left the game with a sprained MCL and will likely miss the remainder of the preseason. Thompson was not so lucky. He will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a severe Achilles injury.
“The level of concern has been there since day one, because of the nature of where we are,” Head coach Tom Coughlin said on his Saturday conference call. “Even going back to Nat Berhe being unable to come in here and practice, one of the few remaining safeties from our roster of a year ago.
We obviously drafted two young players that we know were going to be able to help. Now we’ve lost one of those guys, the other issue is how quickly Landon can come back so he doesn’t miss out on anything, because he definitely needed last night. To be honest with you, he needed it. In order to be able to be in position, I think to where he’s seen a great deal of what takes place in the National Football League, and has been in games, and has had a chance to prepare and play, he needed last night. He didn’t get much last night.”
Where does this leave the Giants?
Bennett Jackson, a converted CB who has never played in an NFL regular-season game, has been working at nickel corner and will now assume more duties at safety.
Cooper Taylor, who missed all of last season, and has very little NFL game experience, will also be heavily relied upon.
Veteran Jeromy Miles played in DC Steve Spagnulo's defense last year in Baltimore should provide experience and depth.
Then there's rookie free agents Justin Currie and Justin Halley. We'll find out soon if either can play in this league.
When will all this injury craziness end? The Giants have done everything in their power to prevent injuries. They have changed the way they practice and have employed the latest methods available in the training room. Nothing has stopped this injury train.
But life goes on. Where there is one door closing, another opens. Unfortunately for the Giants, they are running out of doors.