Yesterday, the Giants got some good news. A dose of reality came first as OT Stacy Andrews came by the facility to visit along with brother, former Giant Shawn Andrews.
Stacy was placed on IR this week after it was discovered that he had pulmonary embolisms - blood clots - in his lungs. He is looking good and will be able to resume his career next season.
"It was blood clots," Andrews said when asked what happened. "I didn’t know it at the time. The high tolerance for pain I have, I was just brushing it off and I’m thankful that we have the training staff that we have...As soon as I came out of meetings, they were like, ‘We’re about to go to the hospital and get it checked out and see what the problem is.’"
He seemed confident that he will be back. "I'll be fine. No long term impact at all. I’m excited about that." Good news for once.
Giants' guard Mitch Petrus was a subject of rookie hazing last year at the hands of his predecessor, Rich Seubert. The Giants drafted Petrus to replace Seubert but injuries derailed that plan. When Seubert broke his leg in the season finale in Washington, opportunity began to knock again for the second-year player out of Arkansas.
But it was not meant to be. The team decided to hand the LT job to Will Beatty and slide David Diehl into Seubert's position. That plan has been scrapped due to the season-ending injury to Beatty. Diehl is back at LT and Petrus is now at LG.
After being inactive for the first 11 games, he is in the thick of the fray in the middle of the Giants' line. Last week against the Packers, Petrus drew the humongous BJ Raji. He held his own.
The Giants had been lacking physicality in the trenches this year. Petrus, who was known for his physical play, finally got to show the Giants what he was made of.
"He’s just a feisty, combative, competitive guy. He was very physical and I’m very proud that he stepped in there and did as well as he did," said OC Kevin Gilbride this week.
When asked if he thought the line had amped up its play in the past week and a half, Gilbride agreed that it had. "I certainly think that Mitch adds to that. That’s his nature. That’s his personality." That's more good news.
People are writing that the Giants will miss Kenny Phillips (knee) Sunday when they play the Cowboys. Really? You mean the defense that's given up a historical amount of yards the past few weeks is actually going miss one guy? Nonsense.
Phillips was a top draft choice that got injured and has not lived up to the promise. It's of no fault of his own that injury has reduced him to a good player from a potentially great player. We hate to see this happen, but that's the reality here.
Tyler Sash, a rookie out of Iowa who is tied for the team lead in ST tackles, will take Phillips' place tomorrow night. He is no Kenny Phillips, but he might be something else. He has a nose for the ball and the Giants need to increase their takeaways.
Sit back and watch. Petrus and Sash might just be the type of players the Giants need right now. It would not shock me if they both excelled as this season unfolds...