Here are some facts, stats, notes and quotes on the Giants' big win over the Eagles last night.
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In this installment, we will look at the players rising gradualy.
Kevin Boss – Many folks who invested heavily in Boss before the season have been understandably concerned thus far. But big Kevin sure shows signs of being a keeper, as his three key touchdown catches will attest. Boss shot out of the gate and proved to be a much better blocker than anyone gave him credit for. And after being a non-factor in the very early going this season, Boss is already filling the heads of Giants fans with thoughts of ‘Jeremy, who?' It sure looks as if the confidence placed in Boss by Jerry Reese and the coaching staff is going to pay dividends.
Barry Cofield – The only reason Cofield isn't listed among the rapid rising stocks is because he was so good last year. But very few guys on the entire Giants roster have improved their level of play from 2007 to this season as much as Cofield has. His numbers aren't exactly awe-inspiring (24 tackles, two sacks), but ask anyone how important Cofield is to the entire defensive unit's success and they'll confirm that he's worth a little of your Wall Street dough. While everyone is giving all the DT credit to Fred Robbins and his impressive sack numbers, Cofield is the under-the-radar guy that sets the table for everyone else.
Mathias Kiwanuka – Don't get suckered into buying heavily into Kiwi. For sure he'd definitely worth some of your hard-earned cash, but don't invest too heavily in him – at least at this point. And the reason for this has nothing to do with his ability. He's proven since his move to defensive end that he can play with his hand on the ground and play very well. He has a three-sack outing against Big Ben Roethlisberger as proof for the non-believers. The reason we caution dropping huge bucks on Kiwi is because we really don't know where he'll be lining up next season once Osi Umenyiora returns. Put Kiwi in the ‘watch and wait' category.
Fred Robbins – New York's defensive MVP is definitely worthy of strong consideration for investment purposes. But we can't help but wonder if he's going to be able to continue his extremely high level of play all season long. And this has nothing to do with his ability or fitness level – both of those are just fine. It's just that with 5.5 sacks by midseason Robbins certainly caught the eye of interior offensive linemen and defensive coaching staffs league-wide, who are now going to put extra effort into keeping him off their quarterbacks. Definitely plan to drop some dough on Big Fred; just don't break the bank just yet.
Justin Tuck – Put big number 91 in the same category as Robbins. He's been so good, and we definitely expect more of the same. But he's also got a bulls-eye on his back that he might not have had during the season's early going. However, things appear to be going Tuck's way as a 2.5-sack game against Dallas was followed closely by the rescinding of his $7,500 fine for hitting Dallas QB Brooks Bollinger. One thing you can count on from Tuck: he's going to work as hard and play as hard as possible on every single play. While most D-linemen have the rep of taking plays off from time to time, that's never the case with Tuck.
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