Jim Cordle ready to step up in Baas' absence

The New York Giants, have had a crazy preseason so far. Every week, the Giants are seeing starter after the other go down with an injury. From safety Antrel Rolle to wide reciever Victor Cruz to right tackle David Diehl, Big Blue is looking more like Black and Blue. Big Blue is confident in the depth they have on the offensive line, and back-up lineman Jim Cordle is ready to step up.

There has been a constant stream of injuries occurring at New York Giants training camp this summer. Key players like safety Antrel Rolle and wide receiver Victor Cruz have been the latest players to go down with injuries for the G-Men and have put the Giants in a hole to start the 2013 NFL season. Another setback that the Big Blue offense will need to overcome besides Cruz, is center David Baas.

Baas, who has been the starting center for the past two seasons, injured his knee in the first quarter of the Giants preseason contest against the Indianapolis Colts.

Players that are currently battling to be Baas' replacement, are Kevin Boothe and Jim Cordle. Boothe who has been the Giants left and right guard that past few seasons, and was the starting right guard when Baas playing center and has experience playing center for the Giants.

Cordle talked about the chance of starting at center in these last two preseason games.

"Even if I wasn't with the first team, they'd still be the biggest games," said Cordle. "Each week you've got to get better. That's how you're evaluated in the preseason games. I'm still working on it. I'm just playing for a roster spot. I happen to be out there with the first group, so I'll play as hard as I can."

Cordle, who played football in college at Ohio State University, signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He has since been a back-up center for the Giants and has had chances to play on special teams.

Last week in Big Blue's preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts, Cordle played a majority of the game with the first team offense after Baas got hurt early in the game. With an opportunity to play with the starting offensive, Cordle was pleased with the experience.

"I think that helps," noted Cordle. "I got some positive comments from Coach, which was good to hear. And I believe in myself, so I'm excited for the opportunity. Even if I haven't played well, I expect to play well in this game. So yes, I think it does help."

With only two preseason games left and little over two weeks before the Giants go to Dallas for the first game of the regular season, Cordle has shot at becoming the starting center for Big Blue's offense.

"I've probably thought about it," noted Cordle. "I don't know how it's going to work out, but it's in the back of my mind. I'm playing for a roster spot this game, just to stay around here. We'll see, when opening night comes up, what the lineup is."

The Giants play their third preseason game this Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, against their cross town rivals the New York Jets.

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