The hits keep coming for the New York Giants, who are facing the possibility of starting the season 0-4 ahead of their matchup with the mighty New Orleans Saints on Sunday, October 3. Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton have both been officially ruled out this week due to hamstring injuries.
$ Over the course of the last three seasons, this wideout duo has built significant trust with Jones, and without Slayton, a reliable deep target will be missing from the mix this week. Jones loses his favorite third-down option now that Shepard is out. To make matters worse, Ben Bredeson is out with a hand injury, forcing the Giants to start their fourth left guard in the first four games.
The Giants signed Wes Martin off the Washington Football Team’s practice squad to replace Bredeson, but he is unlikely to be ready to play in this game. This leaves interior offensive lineman Matt Skura, who has started for the Baltimore Ravens for the past four seasons.
According to Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record, Skura is expected to take over Bredeson’s left guard spot.
With Bredeson out, the Giants’ starting offensive line is expected to consist of Andrew Thomas, Matt Skura, Billy Price, Will Hernandez, and Nate Solder, from left to right. Due to the Giants’ current desperation at guard, Matt Peart, the 2020 third-round pick, has been getting some work there as well.
But, at 6-foot-7 and 318 pounds, Peart is better suited as an offensive tackle. During training camp, he was beaten out by Solder for the right tackle job. Return of the Ross?
As Art Stapleton pointed out, this could be the week in which wide receiver John Ross makes his Giants debut and has a chance to make an impact.
Ross was placed on injured reserve for the first three games of the season, but was cleared to return earlier this week.
With Slayton and Shepard out, Ross could find himself in a much bigger offensive role than he anticipated. The former Cincinnati Bengal and 2017 first-round pick has struggled in his first four seasons in the NFL, but with the Giants, he has a great chance to resurrect his career.
Ross is known for his blistering speed, and if Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett decides to let Jones loose in the deep passing game, Ross is a candidate who could benefit from it. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay is also dealing with a hip injury, and 2021 first-round pick Kadarius Toney has yet to make much of an impact due to a lack of playing time through the first three games.
However, against the Falcons in Week 3, Toney caught two passes for 14 yards, and he is another option who could step up vs. On Sunday, it’ll be the Saints.
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