The New York Giants have turned the page to the Carolina Panthers, whom they will square off against this Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Big Blue is 1-5 heading into the matchup while Carolina has dropped its past three games after winning the first three of the season.
Coach Joe Judge met with the media before his team began on-field preparations at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here is what you need to know:
🔹 As he does every Wednesday, Judge started his presser with a scouting report on the upcoming opponent. Judge said Panthers coach Matt Rhule, who served as the Giants' assistant offensive line coach in 2012 before he took over the Temple program a year later, does "a good job organizing all three sides" and Carolina plays as a "cohesive unit."
🔹 Offensively, Sam Darnold, the former Jets quarterback who will make his 20th career start at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, is productive in the pass game but "you can't forget about his legs." Judge said they have very talented receivers who are always a "shot threat."
🔹 On defense, the Panthers play "very fast up the field with the defensive front." There's a lot of speed in the second level with the linebackers and the secondary is very opportunistic.
🔹 Chase Blackburn, a two-time Super Bowl champion player for the Giants, has become an established special teams coordinator in Carolina. Judge said Blackburn gets his players to play the way he did, which is "size, speed, and very aggressive."
🔹 On Tuesday, the team placed left tackle Andrew Thomas (ankle/foot) and wide receiver/return specialist C.J. Board (fractured forearm) on injured reserve. To fill their vacancies, the Giants signed tackle Korey Cunningham and wide receiver Dante Pettis off their practice squad. "It's our job to have all the players prepared; it's their job to be prepared and go out there and be productive. You don't want to lose any player. Andrew has done a really good job of going through some [injury] stuff in the offseason, coming back, played very well."
🔹 Judge said you will see all three tackles (Cunningham, Nate Solder, and Matt Peart) on Sunday, and they will prepare on both the left and right sides.
🔹 Judge said there are no "hard timelines" for the other players on the injury report. Running back Saquon Barkley, wide receiver Kenny Golladay, and offensive lineman Ben Bredeson were all ruled out of last week's game against the Rams. The injuries continued to mount during the game as wide receiver Kadarius Toney (ankle), Solder (finger), and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (pectoral) also got banged up. They will see how they do with the trainers today. No one has been eliminated for Sunday's game at this point, Judge said.
🔹 There have been no conversations about injured reserve when it comes to Toney.
🔹 Judge doesn't see any issue with the effort of the edge rushers. He said they will do things within the scheme to help them, but it takes all 11 players. "The pass rush starts with the coverage, and the coverage is aided by the pass rush."
🔹 Judge said offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson, a former first-round draft choice whom the Giants signed to the practice squad at the end of September, will miss practice with an illness. Judge said he had been making a lot of progress with strength and conditioning and getting caught up with their schemes.
🔹 Two members of the 2021 draft class were designated to return to practice, as Judge indicated on Monday. Cornerback Aaron Robinson, the third-round choice, and linebacker Elerson Smith, a fourth-rounder, will now have three weeks to be placed on the roster or kept them on the physically unable to perform list for the remainder of the season.
🔹 Judge was asked what Robinson can bring to the defense. "We're about to see." They haven't seen him go "full-tilt" since he's been with the team.
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