Packers' DT B.J. Raji's comments about the Giants' offensive line being soft caused a stir in the Giants' locker room locker room yesterday. Well, not really. The Giants don't really care what Raji or anyone else has to say at this point....
"If you need extra motivation this time of year, there's something wrong," said OL Kevin Boothe. "It doesn't change our preparation." (See video above for more comments).
The Giants are more than ready for the trip to Green Bay. After a productive week of practice, they feel they can go in and give the defending Super Bowl champs all they can handle.
"We're anxious," said RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who was back at practice yesterday. "Ready to get out there and play. We have a lot to prove."
If Raji is looking for tough guys, he can look no further than TE Jake Ballard, who is playing through a slight tear in his knee.
"A PCL is not like a sprained ankle," Ballard told reporters yesterday. "It's not like two days it hurts and then the next day 'oh, this feels great'. It's going to take time and and we don't have a lot of time right now. It feels about the same..."
Head coach Tom Coughlin didn't feel like doing much talking yesterday but gave an affirmative assessment of the play of DE Dave Tollefson, who has quietly become a key player on the Giants' defense.
"He’s done an outstanding job for us," Coughlin said without hesitation. "He’s been there all year, right through the thick and thin. As other people were not able to play he did and he contributed very well. He had a big game the last time we played Green Bay."