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Eisen's Mailbag

." Every few days,'s exclusive Writer/Editor Michael Eisen will pick some of the best questions and comments we receive via email* and answer them right here! If you'd like to submit a question or comment to Michael, click here.

Dear Michael:
What's up with Shaun O'Hara? I think the O-line misses him and I think him not playing was one of the reasons we didn't run the ball against Tennessee.


Dear Shaun:
I'm going to assume this isn't Shaun O'Hara checking in. O'Hara has been bothered by an ankle/Achilles injury that is sore and swells up. He has been unable to practice and, thus, unable to play. The Giants are treating the injury to try heal it and to prevent a recurrence. It's unknown when the Pro Bowl center will return. Until he does, Adam Koets will start in his place.

Dear Michael:
Our running game was better when (Brandon) Jacobs was starting and (Ahmad) Bradshaw was the backup. Do you think we should go back to that and have Jacobs starting?


Dear Greg:
I have to agree with Tom Coughlin that whichever player is listed first on the depth chart is irrelevant. They're both going to play. What's more important, as the coach pointed out this week, is the distribution of carries. Bradshaw has 52, while Jacobs has 20. The offensive coaches would like to make it more equitable. My guess is Jacobs will begin to get a few more carries, even if he remains the backup.

Dear Michael:
Our return game has been very disappointing. (Darius) Reynaud hasn't come close to break a long punt or kickoff return. Why can't we try some other guys like Manningham, Ware or even Ross, now that's he's healthy. I remember Ross had a good punt return in the preseason.


Dear Don:
I wouldn't say Reynaud is a lot to be the returner all season, but I don't see a move being imminent. The Giants traded for him to fill that role and they're not going to give up on him after three or four games. Tom Coughlin has mentioned a couple of times that the poor returns are not all Reynaud's responsibility – the blocking needs to improve also. There's no question the Giants must get better returns on punts and kickoffs. But that's up to the entire return team, not just Reynaud.

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