Learning to ride a bike comes with the expectation of a fall or two.
Think of it as an analogy for playing cornerback in the NFL as a rookie, like the Giants’ Cor’Dale Flott, who held on for a half last week against a 1,000-yard triple receiver. The Giants stuck top cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson on Panthers deep threat Robbie Anderson and left Flott on his first career start against DJ Moore, who eventually broke free for a 16-yard touchdown when Flott swung. twisted and slid to the ground.
“I learned a lot of lessons just being there,” said Flott, who only allowed that hold on three targets. “It shows the trust the coaches have in me, which I respect a lot.”
With starting cornerback Aaron Robinson (annex) once again ruled out, the Giants’ plan to cover the Cowboys’ trio of CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup (in his season debut) and Noah Brown is unknown, but Flott believes he has a leading role. He had his “best week of training” after finding out he was going to be a starter, coordinator Wink Martindale said.
Veteran Fabian Moreau finished the game last week in place of Flott (who had cramps, according to Martindale), and is expected to be lifted from the practice squad for the third week in a row.
“The Cowboys have elite receivers, so I’m preparing to execute,” Flott said. “At LSU, there are no training wheels at all. I’m used to them.”
Flott was drafted out of LSU to play in the slot, but Darnay Holmes won the job early in training camp.
“I’m also comfortable outdoors, so whatever’s available and where I’m needed, I’ll be there to play,” Flott said. “Fabian knows the game as much as anyone in our room. If he is there, I will be a good teammate and I will support him.
WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and DL Leonard Williams (knee) did not train on Saturday and are listed as questionable in the final injury report. OLBs Azeez Ojulari (calf) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (MCL sprain) are both officially considered questionable but appear to be given the green light to play short of a backhand. Neither played in the first two games after being listed as questionable.
“I think they’re much better than they were the week before,” Daboll said. “We’re going in the right direction with these guys.”
OL Jon Feliciano (shin) and DBs Dane Belton (clavicle) and Jason Pinnock (shoulder) were upgraded to full participants and cleared to play.
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and CBs Justin Layne (concussion), Nick McCloud (hamstring) and Aaron Robinson are out.
QB Tyrod Taylor was not in practice on Saturday due to personal reasons, but is expected to join the squad in time to be available for the game.
During a film breakdown on ‘NFL Live’, ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky said the Panthers tipped against the Giants, depending on whether Christian McCaffrey lined up next to Baker Mayfield in the shotgun or a yard away. behind him. Panthers head coach Matt Rhule disagreed with the assessment, but did the Giants know about it?
Daboll hasn’t said definitively, but, as a former offensive coordinator, he’s aware of tipping plays.
“You’re always trying to get a competitive edge,” Daboll said. “You can go through a scouting report and talk about trends. In the heat of the moment, do I think it matters? Yeah. But unless something is 100% or in the 90s, 80s [percent-wise], you can tell a player too much, where he thinks: “Look for that”. And remember this. Do this. You want to let them use their skills and play fast.
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