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Hobson to get first NFL start
October 29th, 2003
Mo Lewis is hurting. He’s listed as questionable for this week’s game against the Giants and may play but Coach Edwards today announced that rookie Victor Hobson will get the start. ALSO! The Giants inside report courtesy of Inside Football.com Mo Lewis is hurting. He’s listed as questionable for this week’s game against the Giants and may play but Coach Edwards today announced that rookie Victor Hobson will get the start. ALSO! The Giants inside report courtesy of Inside Football.com

Lewis was not dressed at practice and sat on the sidelines while Hobson worked with the first team defense. Hobson has a daunting task in his first start where he will face the brash, outspoken TE Jeremy Shockey. When asked about the task of having to contain Shockey this week, the rookie didn’t seem intimidated “I’ve been watching him (Shockey) on film and I’ll be ready for him on Sunday” said Hobson. “He’s a great athlete. He gets open pass wise and is a solid blocker. I’ve just got to study more and, practice my technique and shield him off.”

A big reason the Jets run defense has been so porous is due to poor tackling. The team missed multiple tackles during crunch time against the Eagles and this is something they will work on this week. If they don’t tackle better, a slippery, elusive back like the Giants Tiki Barber will eat them alive this Sunday.

The Coach knows his defense must their toes when facing Barber. “He's a very elusive guy in the field.” Said Edwards “You have to make sure your angles of pursuit from the backside are correct because if not he's a cutback guy, shifty, nifty. When you play a guy like that, you have to be aware.”

In regard to the rest of the Jets walking wounded, although both CB Donnie Abraham, S Jon McGraw (shoulders) shed their slings and were participating in light drills today, both are still out for at least another 2 games. As we reported yesterday, John Abraham (groin) is out and Jamie Henderson (knee) was back to practice today and is probable for Sunday.

Here are some Giants notes courtesy of Inside Football.com’s Patti Traina-Duckers. Inside Football is the best source for NY Giants information.

INISIDE FOOTBALL

Giants rookie LG Wayne Lucier, who last week played with a temperature of 103 degrees, was excused by head coach Jim Fassel so he could get some rest for what's been described as a flu. Head coach Jim Fassel said he expects Lucier, along with TE Jeremy Shockey (foot), and DE Kenny Holmes (knee) to play on Sunday against the Jets.

Shockey, who has been bothered by a stress fracture, did more today in practice than he has in recent weeks. He is listed as probable on the Giants' injury report. Meanwhile Holmes, also listed as probably on the Giants' injury report, sat out today's practice. The Giants' pother probable player, LT Luke Petitgout, has a sore foot and biceps problem, and rested on some plays. He's expected to go on Sunday as well.

In other injury news, DT Cornelius Griffin (ankle) is listed as questionable, but is said to be doing a little better than he was on Monday. Still, it's probably unlikely he'll be able to play Sunday, and if he can't go, look for Lance Legree, who filled in for Griffin last week, to start in Griffin's place.

The Giants will most likely use the same offensive line as they did last weekend against Minnesota, according to head coach Fassel. The line include Petitgout and Ian Allen at tackle, David Diehl and Lucier at guard, and Chris Bober at Center.

Giants kick return Brian Mitchell, ranked last in the NFC with a 5.4 yard punt return average, has been put on notice by Fassel to make something happen. Against Jets' punter Dan Stryzinkski, returning punts can be a challenge. So Fassel has asked Mitchell, who has let several balls bounce and roll for negative yardage, to at least field the punts and then see if there's room for a return.

Some interesting numbers for Jets fans: under head coach Herman Edwards, the Jets are 7-0 in the month of November. The Jets will also try to tie the regular season series at five all, and surpass the Giants, who have outscored them 170-150.

The Giants lead the regular season series, 5-4, and have outscored the Jets, 170-150.