Weeks go by as the season progresses, and it’s easy to forget that the Giants have an entirely new training system, and players have been tasked with learning entirely new offensive and defensive tactics. This is especially true when it comes to how the inside-back’s placement is formed.
Veteran Blake Martinez was a surprise cut in late summer. A surprise survivor from the roster, Austin Calletro started his season opener. Since then, Calitro and Micah McFadden have taken turns working alongside each other linebacker Tae Crowder.
Linebacker Jaylon Smith was activated outside the coaching staff and signed to the active roster on Saturday. The former Cowboys played interference with the Giants in their last four games last season.
Smith, 27, has been on the coaching staff since September 20. He could get a chance to start alongside Crowder on Sunday.
The quarterback did not play well in the 23-16 loss to the Cowboys.
“We are still in the process of finding the right people for who will play inside,” defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said. “I want guys who can run, hit and tackle. As a unit, like all 11, we need to handle better. We had a lot of missed tackles. Like I said, opposing this offense, it’s going to be a great test for us to see how we improve from Monday to Sunday.”
The in-game will feature RB Saquon Barkley’s attempt to dribble Bears LB Roquan Smith, who topped 100 tackles in his first four seasons in the NFL, with 161 tackles in 2021.
“I remember the game [in 2020] ‘When I tore my knee against them,’ said Barclay, ‘I went wide and walked out.’ “He was the first full-back who tried to put pressure on me. Usually, a lot of times, especially a full-back, he wants to back off and threaten my speed. It shows you how much they trust him and how much he trusts himself. Anytime you encounter a player like that, You want to rise to the level of your competition.”
The Giants got a break. RB David Montgomery will go out with the Bears with the ankle and knee injuries he suffered in the first quarter of last week’s Chicago victory over the Texans. Montgomery has 159 yards in 35 team dash attempts and five receptions at 38 yards.
Khalil Herbert, a sophomore from Virginia Tech, will replace Montgomery. Herbert carried the Bears load in Week 3, rushing for 157 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 7.9 yards per attempt in a victory over the Texas.
Gambler giants Jimmy Gillen getting enough of the Cowboys back ace KaVontae Turbin to cause a slip and prevent the 28-yard return from turning into a 63-yard touchdown was a plus for Gillen but minus for the entire unit.
“He’s doing a lot of intervention,” said special teams coordinator Thomas McGoughee. ‘Jamie needs to focus on kicks, coverage teams need to work on tackle and focus on tackle. Obviously we don’t want the specialists to do a whole bunch of damned interventions. So, obviously this is something we’re frustrated with.’
Daniel Jones has 8,958 yards, putting him ahead of former Duke Giants quarterback Dave Brown, and to seventh on the franchise passing list. Brown had 8,806 passing yards. YA Tittle is sixth with 10,439 yards. … DT Leonard Williams’ streak of 114 straight games – his entire career with the Jets and Giants – ended when he sat last week with a sprained knee. He will also miss this match against the Bears. The Giants’ longest following streak is 22 consecutive games for Crowder.
WR Marcus Johnson and DT Henry Mondreaux have both been upgraded from the game’s training lineup.
The Bears will miss Cairo Santos, who did not travel with the team for personal reasons. Michael Badgley has been signed into the coaching staff and will be promoted for the match.
This is the first of two ancient games of giants. They will wear the uniforms the franchise wore from 1980 to 1999, which features red and blue trim from that era on the shirts and pants, and a dark blue helmet with “GIANTS” on the side. End areas will also be decorated in the style of throwback.