On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns’ take on the New York Giants. To help preview a few topics from New York’s perspective, we reached out to Ed Valentine from Big Blue View and exchanged five questions with him. Enjoy!
Chris: “The Giants are in the middle of a playoff push, as crazy as that may sound. Given what you saw from Daniel Jones last week, who would fans rather start this week — he or Colt McCoy? And if McCoy plays, how did the former Brown do in his start a couple of weeks ago?”
Ed: “Well, Jones is the better player. As we saw last week, though, he needs to be able to use his legs. If he can’t move in the pocket and at least be a threat to run that’s a huge disadvantage. If Jones isn’t able to move better than he did against Arizona, he shouldn’t play. Against Arizona a couple of weeks ago the Giants didn’t ask McCoy to do a whole lot — he only threw for 105 yards. He did make a couple of big throws at the end of the game, though. I think he’s a good NFL backup QB.”
Chris: “New York is ranked 31st in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt allowed on offense. Who are the weak links on the Giants’ offensive line?”
Ed: “The tackle play hasn’t been great. Rookie Shane Lemieux is a better run blocker than pass blocker right now. The Giants have also struggled at times to cleanly pick up T/E stunts.”
Chris: “The Giants’ defense has been pretty solid in 2020, but I see that James Bradberry is out at cornerback this week. Where do the Giants turn at cornerback now?”
Ed: “Your guess is as good as mine. They have one true cornerback on the roster, though they have other guys who have played it. Julian Love was a cornerback at Notre Dame. Logan Ryan played cornerback most of his career. My guess is Love. The Giants play a lot of zone coverage, anyway.”
Chris: “Andrew Thomas was the 4th overall pick of the draft this year. Browns fans know how Jedrick Wills has done as the 10th overall pick, so tell us a bit about Thomas’ rookie campaign.”
Ed: “Thomas had a really rough start against some really outstanding pass rushers. He had a four- or five-week stretch recently where he actually played really well, but statistically had a bad game last week. His stats this season will end up looking really ugly, but I think Thomas is a good player who will have a good career. He just had an awful five five or six games.”
Chris: “Tell us about one player on offense and one player on defense who Browns fans might not be familiar with, but who could make a nice contribution for this week’s game.”
Ed: “On offense, I’m sure Browns fans know who Wayne Gallman is. I will go with him, though, since he has become the lead back and done a nice job for the Giants.
On defense, Carter Coughlin. The Giants have lost Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines and Kyler Fackrell to injury and traded Markus Golden to Arizona. Coughlin is a seventh-round pick out of Minnesota who is getting a lot of playing time and making the most of it.”
Thanks again to Ed for taking the time to answer my questions.