Umenyiora, Robbins practice with Giants’ 2nd unit
The struggling New York
New York has lost five of its last six games and is hoping to salvage its season going into a key
If the changes remain in place Sunday, it would mark the first time since 2004 that former Pro Bowler Umenyiora did not start when healthy and the first time since 2007 that Robbins was a reserve.
“We will play everybody,” Coughlin said. “We will get everybody involved. We are trying to do the best we can in maneuvering our personnel according to our team. We preach team defense, so we are going to try to get other guys involved as much as we can and see if we can’t solve some issues.”
Neither Umenyiora nor Robbins was available to the media after practice Friday, but other members of the defensive line spoke of the changes.
“The coaches are the ones who are paid to make decisions,” defensive end
“There’s a lot of pressure on us every week,” Tuck said. “We know what people have said about our defensive line. But that shouldn’t matter now. I like pressure. I like playing under pressure.”
Tuck was asked if he would be upset if he wasn’t starting.
“I tell you this, you can ask all 53 guys in this room and no one would answer it the same way,” Tuck said. “I could care less if I was starting. If someone else starts for me, that would be the coach’s decision. I would just wait for my chance to play.”
Canty, who signed a six-year, $42 million contract with the
“It was pretty frustrating, because I wanted be out there to help my new team,” Canty said. “I haven’t played against my former team yet. We’ll find out on Sunday.”
Canty has played in only four games since returning from the calf injury, collecting five tackles.
“I’m looking forward to having the chance to compete,” Canty said. “There’s going to be something special about the game. It’s a divisional game. We just have to match their intensity. … I feel if the coaching staff puts me out there, I’ll be ready.”
Tuck was asked if the game would have a playoff feel to it, considering it’s basically do-or-die for the
“I think any time you play Dallas, it has that playoff feel,” Tuck said. “There’s a true rivalry there. It doesn’t matter what our records are. We play a little tougher and faster. Dallas has that kind of effect on us.”