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GIANTS: Mimicking a tall order


GIANTS: Mimicking a tall order
Most Giants fans wouldn't recognize the name of Taye Biddle. He's the guy who's beating up on the secondary this week.


"Times that I normally wouldn't go up and hit them, if they're close I just go up and hit them anyway," Biddle said of his coach-approved amplified role as a practice squad receiver mimicking the physical presence that the Cardinals bring. "Both of the receivers out there are very physical and big, so I'm going to be sure to give them a physical look. They're a different breed, so I have to be a different breed in practice."

Trying to simulate the size and strength of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin is almost as difficult a task as it will be for the cornerbacks to cover them on Sunday. But the Giants are trying just about everything. Biddle is pretending to be Fitzgerald; rookie Mario Manningham is playing the part of Boldin. And even veteran R.W. McQuarters was asked to jump in, run a few routes and spar with his fellow defensive backs.

"They've been doing their job," cornerback Aaron Ross - who was named the NFC defensive player of the week for his work against the Ravens - said. "R.W.'s been doing a little bit, being physical with us just like we know Boldin and Fitzgerald is going to do when we get there. We've been preparing for them."

The two big men in terms of both size and stats, Fitzgerald and Boldin have totaled 129 catches for 1,701 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Giants' wide receivers have totaled 124 for 1,497 yards and 10 TDs. Plus they have a third weapon, the often overlooked Steve Breaston, who has 48 catches for 642 yards. He's the third option in Arizona, but those numbers would lead the Giants in both categories.

Plus, Fitzgerald and Boldin are the Brandon Jacobses of wide receivers. Fitzgerald is 6-3, 220 pounds and Boldin 6-1, 217. Biddle may be trying to rough up the defensive backs in practice, but he's only 6-1, 185. Manningham is 5-11, 183.

"It's very difficult obviously to do that," coach Tom Coughlin said of getting a feeling for their size and strength during practice. "You have your scout squad and your scout squad will do exactly what their offense does, but you are not going to take Plaxico and play him on the scout team."

But playing against Plaxico Burress in training camp and other physical receivers - like the Cowboys' Terrell Owens and Roy Williams - does help.

"Going up against [Burress], he does some things that are similar to what they do," Corey Webster said. "Going against Burress helps us out on Sunday."

After weeks of having the offense rise to challenges presented by opposing defenses, it's now time for the defense to answer the call. The Cardinals have the second-best offense in the NFL and the second-best passing offense, but the Giants have the second-best pass defense. It doesn't have the best against the best vibe of last week's running game against the Ravens' defense ... but it'll do.

"Every week we try to look at what the strengths of the opponent are and what has to be done in terms of giving ourselves a chance to win," Coughlin said. "Certainly that will be a great challenge for our defensive team, the quality and the production of the Cardinals' offense."

The secondary won't have to do it alone. When asked about slowing down the receivers, the first position Coughlin mentioned was defensive line. They'll have to pressure Kurt Warner to disrupt the timing of the high-flying attack.

"We have to try to harass him," defensive tackle Barry Cofield said. "If he gets into a rhythm, he's one of the best quarterbacks ever. We have to do as good a job of helping our DBs as much as possible."

On the other end, the cornerbacks will jostle with the receivers at the line of scrimmage, trying to alter their precision routes and the safeties will attempt to limit yards after the catch.

Asked about his chances of disturbing players as big and physical as the Cardinals' receivers, Webster looked a little insulted. "Everybody's got weight rooms," he said. "We lift a little, too."

Player Rec. Yds. Long TDs

Larry Fitzgerald 67 939 75 6

Anquan Boldin 62 792 79 10



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 20, 2008

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