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Once again every Giant was on the practice field Friday in the last major workout before Sunday's playoff game with the Eagles, which was held on the stadium field instead of in the practice bubble. That brings up the distinct possibility that for the second time this season Tom Coughlin will dress both of his placekickers, John Carney and Lawrence Tynes.

 

With the weather expected to include the winds that usually follow a snowstorm, Coughlin may want to have Tynes available for kickoffs and maybe cross-country field goal attempts while keeping Carney active for the regular field goal tries.

 

Even if Tynes dresses the Giants should have enough potential inactives to fill their eight spots. With Brandon Jacobs back, Danny Ware probably will not dress. WR Derek Hagan and OL Adam Koets will not be needed. That's three from the offense.

 

With DT Fred Robbins healthy again, neither Jeremy Clark nor Leger Douzable will have to dress. DE Jerome McDougle has been inactive more often than not. One of two linebackers, Gerris Wilkinson or Rich Scanlon, probably won't get a uniform. Neither will CB Rashad Barksdale. That makes eight.

 

The potential pitfall is if Coughlin is worried the banged-up Justin Tuck might not make it through the game and feels the need to dress either McDougle or Clark as an added defensive lineman. Or if he fears Zak DeOssie's back might give out on him and dresses both linebackers to man the coverage teams.

Looks like Domenik Hixon may be returning punts again to help with the field position. Ahmad Bradshaw appears set to return kickoffs. Coughlin may have to give Hixon a few snaps off on offense, which might provide a nice opportunity to unleash Mario Manningham on the unsuspecting Eagles.

 

A helicopter hovered over the stadium at the outset of practice, causing some concern among the Giants. But it flew away before Coughlin could get his anti-aircraft battery into firing position.

 

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...and the unsuspecting Giants fans too. We've barely seen this guy on the field all year and now he's some kind of secret weapon?

 

I'm thinking that Manningham and even (gasp!) Moss surprise all of us by making a few plays Sunday and throughout the playoffs. This would follow last year's pattern of heretofore little used guys emerging down the stretch.

 

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Thank god Hixon is getting back in there on specials. Field position has been killing us on kicks/punts.

 

 

Thank God is right....Jesus H. Christ. :doh: Supposedly the selling point for McQuarters was that he does not make mistakes back there....yeah right tell me another one. :rolleyes:

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...and the unsuspecting Giants fans too. We've barely seen this guy on the field all year and now he's some kind of secret weapon?

 

They are hardly ever allowed on the field, what are you talking about? He obviously means that the Eagles won't have much film of Manningham's professional career...and thus won't know what he can do.

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Thank God is right....Jesus H. Christ. :doh: Supposedly the selling point for McQuarters was that he does not make mistakes back there....yeah right tell me another one. :rolleyes:

 

 

He did make a nice play on his own muffed punt though.... <_<

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Thank God is right....Jesus H. Christ. :doh: Supposedly the selling point for McQuarters was that he does not make mistakes back there....yeah right tell me another one. :rolleyes:

 

In college this guy was Mr.Versatility or something like that. Offense, Defense, Special Teams this guy played on all sides of the ball....however it didn't really equate to NFL success.

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Thank God is right....Jesus H. Christ. :doh: Supposedly the selling point for McQuarters was that he does not make mistakes back there....yeah right tell me another one. :rolleyes:

 

No kidding. The guy is just fucking scary back there. I can't remember the game or opponent, but the punt where he let the opposing team gather around the ball while it rolled and suddenly jumped in there and grabbed it up almost made me shit my pants.

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