During his opening remarks on Wednesday, Tom Coughlin said the tight ends were "in for an interesting week, for sure."
He was referring to their blocking duties against a Seattle defense that looks nothing like the team that gave up 197 rushing yards to the Giants last season. They have five new defensive starters since the Giants last saw them, including one of the NFL's largest ends in Red Bryant.
, who is sometimes used as an extra tight end in run situations, knows the 6-foot-4, 323-pounder (give or take) well. Andrews spent last season with Seattle, and before Bryant was injured, the two would knock heads with each other in practice.
"Big Red Bryant over there – he's a big, heavy, strong guy over there," Andrews said of the lineman who was on Injured Reserve when the Giants traveled to Seattle last year. "That's a guy you've got to move. You've got to muscle up with him. You have to use technique. That's a big thing right there. He's going to try to knock you off the ball, try to overpower you. Once he gets his hands on you, low man wins."
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride also agreed that you don't see many defensive ends the size of Bryant.
"That specifically is going to make the tight end runs particularly challenging," Gilbride said. "We'll see. We'll do what we can. Sometimes you have to match up instead of just one guy. So you're going to zone block so you put the tackle and the tight end on a guy that size. We know we'll have our hands full."
While Bryant sits on the inside eye of the tight ends, Andrews' ability to block the edges materialized last week on Ahmad Bradshaw's touchdown run in Seattle. Andrews' key block essentially allowed Bradshaw to go in untouched from 13 yards out.
"I knew in the preseason I would end up probably doing the 'big' package, the tight end package," Andrews said. "My thing is to get better every week. I feel like I made an improvement last weekend. With this game coming up, my thing is to do better than I did the previous Sunday. That's my thing right there."
Bryant, however, is only one variable in this interesting week of preparation as he mostly plays first and second downs.
In addition to keeping tabs on safety Earl Thomas, who can quickly get to the line of scrimmage, Seattle's leaner defensive end Chris Clemons provides a counterbalance to Bryant with speed rather than mass.
"We've got both ends of the spectrum on each side of us," Bear Pascoe said of the 6-foot-3, 254-pound Clemons. "You just have to be real keyed into our game plan and our technique and what we've got to get done…It's not so much what their defense is or anything like that, it's their personnel."
Andrews weighed in.
"He's super fast, he's super fast," Andrews said of Clemons. "He brings a lot. He's a hands guy, slap your hands down type of guy. And you can't forget about Raheem Brock over there. Those two guys are quick off the ball."