Despite being ranked seventh against the pass, the Jets defense gives up the second-most yards to tight ends. So it's not an ideal week for the Giants to have each of their players at that position on the injury report.
Jake Ballard, who sprained his knee last week against Washington, will likely miss the Jets game on Sunday, according to Tom Coughlin. Meanwhile, Bear Pascoe (ribs) and Travis Beckum (chest) were limited in Wednesday's practice.
Both, however, expect to play and will try to fill the void of the Giants' third-leading receiver in terms of yards (604). Pascoe and Beckum said they were excited for the opportunity against the Jets, who gave up 156 yards and a touchdown to Eagles tight end Brent Celek in last week's rout.
The Jets allow 69.4 yards per game to the position, which is a fraction behind Green Bay's league-worst 70.1. Beckum, who added to that ledger when he stunned the Packers for a 67-yard touchdown at the beginning of the month, will look for the same opportunity against the Jets.
"They do a lot of things defensively," Beckum said about the Jets. "They do a lot of moving around, and I think their objective is to kind of confuse an offense. But as long as we're on our Ps and Qs, we should be straight. But like I said, a lot of times when you do a lot of things on defense, there tends to be mistakes."
Beckum also touched on the Jets' loss of safety Jim Leonhard, who suffered a season-ending injury in Week 14.
"Defensively, they lost - I'd probably say - their leader," Beckum said. "When stuff like that happens, it's kind of tough to get back to where you were. We're going to try to take advantage of what we see on film."
Beckum suffered a sternoclavicular injury when he hit the turf awkwardly in Dallas. He said he's good now and fully expects to play.
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