It's all hands on deck this weekend for the New York Giants. Given the gravity of the situation, it looks like the Giants will be pulling out all the stops on the road against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Yesterday, we received word that Ahmad Bradshaw plans on playing. Today, it was Kenny Phillips who said he would be on the field in Week 16.
A win, and the Giants have a chance to clinch a playoff berth next weekend at home against a lowly Philadelphia Eagles team. A loss, and Big Blue is in serious jeopardy of eliminating themselves from postseason contention. The Giants understand that there is no wiggle room left for any more uninspired performances. There are no more excuses at this point of the season. Phillips understands this, and that's why he says that fans should expect him on the field this Sunday.
"Yeah…the situation we in right now, it's now or never," Phillips said.
Phillips is a huge addition to the Giants secondary. He has enough speed to get over the top and prevent big plays, but he's also physical enough to be an asset against the run. His return would allow the Giants to play Antrel Rolle as a slot corner and put Phillips and Stevie Brown as the deep safeties. The three safety formation, with Phillips in the lineup, has allowed the Giants to play some of their best defensive football of the season.
The Ravens have been struggling on offense as of late. Joe Flacco completed just 50% of his passes last weekend and threw a pick-six. Ray Rice only received 12 carries and and gained just 38 yards on the ground. However, the Ravens have the unique ability to run the ball down the Giants throats, as we saw the Atlanta Falcons do with Michael Turner, or they can throw the deep ball to Torrey Smith. Phillips diverse skill set would be a huge asset to the Giants against a versatile Ravens offense.
Phillips is far from guaranteed to see the field on Sunday. Just last week, head coach Tom Coughin said that Phillips had a setback and was uncertain of a timetable regarding his return. Phillips still has to prove to the coaching staff that he can perform during practice this week before he gets to play against Baltimore. However, it's encouraging that he feels well enough to be confident in his ability to contribute this weekend.
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