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Matt Mosley Chat Transcript:

Matt Mosley of ESPN.COM chatted today.  Here are all the Giant related questions.

What’s shaking, Matt? I’m concerned that the much-lauded Giants D-line depth is already falling apart. What are the chances that everyone (aside from poor Jay Alford) gets healthy by Week 2 or 3? Also – I can’t believe I’m asking this, but who long snaps for the Giants now? I really need to get a life. Thanks!


  (12:11 PM)

Good question on the backup snapper. If memory serves correct, I think Zak DeOssie can handle those duties. And I’m not overly worried about all the injuries. Giants are being careful with Canty. He’ll be ready to roll at some point. And big Fred and Barry should be available as well. I’m not as worried as Coughlin right now.

Predictions on #1 RB in NFC EAST


  (12:18 PM)

1. Brandon Jacobs2. Brian Westbrook3. Clinton Portis4. Marion Barber5. Felix Jones

Who steps in behind Brandon Jacobs in the Giants formidable running game, Ahmad Bradshaw, Danny Ware or Andre Brown?


  (12:21 PM)

Wow, lots of RB questions all the sudden. Bradshaw’s the No. 2 guy at this point. Danny Ware’s making a strong move, though. Brown’s out for the season.

Who emerges as the Giants starting wide receivers after the departures of both Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer?


  (12:25 PM)

I think Steve Smith and Domenik Hixon will begin the season as the starters. Mario Manningham would be the third guy in the mix. The good news is that Hakeem Nicks appears to be turning it on late in camp.

What are the rumblings you hear about Chris Canty’s hamstring tear? Might it jeopardize his season?


  (12:26 PM)

No one has suggested to me that he’ll be out for the season, but I do know how these things can linger. I’ve watched Canty play through injuries before, so I wouldn’t be overly concerned about it.

After recovering from a recent hamstring injury it is said that Hakeem Nicks just had his best practice as a New York Giant, is it possible to see the same kind of productivity Desean Jackson gave the eagles last year, maybe more? Or is that a stretch?


  (12:28 PM)

They won’t ask him to do that much. That’s a bit of a stretch in my mind.

Hey Matt love your blogs and chats. Anyway I was wondering with the exception of missing a game or 2 a season why such a low fantasy spot for B. Jacobs who might lead the league in rushing and rushing td’s? It’s definitely possible. What do u think?


  (12:36 PM)

Great back, but he doesn’t churn out huge fantasy stats. He’ll get you a lot of 4 and 5-yard runs that win football games. But Peterson and Williams will give you scores from anywhere on the field. I will do whatever it takes to land the great DeAngelo.

Speaking of Manningham, Eli seems to be targeting him quite a bit. Has he regained some of his Michigan ability? And, can he hold off Nicks, Barden, et al, all year?


  (12:37 PM)

He’s matured a lot as a person and player. Running good routes and he’s making a lot of plays in practice. I’d still like to see more of it in games.

How much will the Giants miss Derrick Ward in the running game?


  (12:39 PM)

He’s a really good player, but so is Bradshaw. And Ware’s coming on strong in the preseason.


So you think Bradshaw and Ware will replace Ward’s 1300 yards of production and 40 catches? I know you really love the Giants, but you are making an awful lot of leaps this year about them. You think Eli will do 26/8 TD/INT without Burress or Toomer, and you think the running game won’t miss a beat without the most productive back from last year? Isn’t that a lot???


  (12:43 PM)

you have to improve in other areas. Beckum’s going to end up helping more than some of you think and Boss is ready to reach the new level, which means seven or eight touchdown catches. Barden’s beast in the red zone. You don’t necessarily replace Ward straight up, but Bradshaw and Ware have the talent to get the job done. What did Manning have last year? 23 and 10. I think 26 and 8 is reasonable. It’s not Plax was tearing it up stats-wise last season.

Matt, loved your article on Plax’s future (or potential lack thereof) in the NFL. What do you think we’ll learn from tomorrow’s interview on E:60? Have you had a chance to speak with anybody in his inner circle?


  (12:44 PM)

One of the problem’s is that Burress didn’t let people into his inner circle. And I’m not talking about reporters. The Giants reached out to him many times to sort of help manage his life and career. He rebuffed them almost every time.

What is the deal with Canty and Ross? Is Canty done for the season? Garafolo said today he was on the practice field this AM, with no pads….what does that mean exactly?


  (12:50 PM)

I haven’t heard anything about Canty being out for the season. I just think they’re being cautious. Ross will be ready for the season. Giants simply trying to stay ahead of these injuries. Ross is one of those quick-twitch guys like Terence Newman. You have to really watch those injuries.

Matt, do you see the Giants making any moves before the season starts?


  (12:54 PM)

I don’t see a lot happening on that front. But don’t let Coughlin read this. He thinks we’ve played up the depth angle too much on the Beast blog.

How worried should one be about the Giants performance vs the Bears saturday?


  (1:02 PM)

Steve, you get the last question. I think the Giants will bounce back with a nice performance. The Bears actually did them a favor, which is what Justin Tuck basically said after the 17-3 loss. You guys are the absolute best. This was a late-arriving crowd, but by the end, we were rolling. Thanks for your time.

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