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Giants’ rushing attack could be short a huge piece Sunday

The Giants’ resurgence with their rushing attack has coincided with the arrival of D.J. Fluker at right guard. Fluker played the majority of the snaps in the loss to the Chargers and started in last week’s victory in Denver.

He earned his way into the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, but Saturday was added to the injury report and listed as questionable with a knee issue. If he cannot play, it puts a crimp in what the Giants want to do on offense.

There are not many options behind Fluker. The only other guard on the roster is Jon Halapio, who was signed off the practice squad a few weeks ago and has never appeared in an NFL game. The primary backup guard, Brett Jones, is starting at center in place of Weston Richburg, who will miss his third consecutive game with a concussion.

Another option would be to move Justin Pugh from right tackle to left guard, move John Jerryfrom left guard to right guard and bring Bobby Hart off the bench to start at right tackle.

It is approaching midseason and, finally, it looks as if the offensive line is stabilizing for the Giants. The most surprising development is that Sunday Jones will start his third consecutive game at center in place of Richburg and thus far, there has been no discernible drop-off.

Jones, 26, is from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, and once was known as the best offensive lineman in the Canadian Football League. Naturally, he was not drafted. At 6-foot-2, he is shorter than most NFL centers, and at 312 pounds he has a low center of gravity.

In last week’s 23-10 victory in Denver, the Giants were pinned back inside their 1-yard line in the fourth quarter when Jones’ block helped spring Orleans Darkwa for a 15-yard run to provide some breathing room.

“We’ve always known Brett can go in there and play, and he’s showing it,’’ said Justin Pugh, now the right tackle in the reconfigured offensive line.

The best two running games of the season have come with Jones at center — and also with Fluker at right guard.

“That’s the way it is in the NFL, you have to be ready to play when you’re asked, especially if you’re a backup guy,’’ Jones said.


Ben McAdoo handed the play-calling duties over to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan last week. Were there times the head coach wanted to overrule Sullivan?

“That’s something that stays between us,’’ McAdoo said. “We keep all of those conversations that happen on the headset personal and professional. There were a couple times in the game where I started looking ahead to see if I could lend a hand. But you had to be smart that way if you’re going to give someone an opportunity to call the game, you want to give them the opportunity to do that.”


An interior matchup to watch: DT Damon “Snacks’’ Harrison vs. Seahawks center Justin Britt. The Seahawks’ offensive line has struggled this season, but not because of Britt.

“He’s one of the better centers in the NFL,’’ Harrison said. “He’s a big, aggressive guy who can also move. So, that’ll be a tough challenge for me this week.’’ Asked if he, too is, a big, aggressive guy who can move, the 341-pound Harrison said, “No. I’m a big, slow guy who can’t move. I just stay in one spot.’’


For the second consecutive week, the Giants will face a team coming off their bye. The Broncos looked stale and out of sync. The Seahawks beat the Rams, 16-10, in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, were off last week. … Russell Wilson saw what the Giants did to Broncos QB Trevor Siemian and was impressed.

“They have a lot of star players on their defense and they can do a lot of special things,’’ Wilson said. “It’s going to be a battle. This team — their record doesn’t show how good they are, in my opinion. They are 1-5 … but the reality is, all their games have been super close against some tough teams, against some really good players too.’’

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/21/giants-rushing-attack-could-be-short-a-huge-piece-sunday/

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