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Beasley holding the Jets secondary together
By Sean M. Deegan
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October 30th, 2003
With two defensive backfield starters in the on the shelf with injuries, Jets veteran CB Aaron Beasley is quietly having a very productive season.

Also: The Giants Inside Report, courtesy of Inside Football.com. With two defensive backfield starters in the on the shelf with injuries, Jets veteran CB Aaron Beasley is quietly having a very productive season.

Beasley, an 8 year vet who was brought in from Jacksonville last season to replace Aaron Glenn is coming off a 2002 season where his play was spotty at best. After a year in the system, he has seemed to finally grasp it and is now thriving. With injuries to starters Jon McGraw and Donnie Abraham, Beasley has become the leader of the Jets secondary.

Despite the loss of key players, the Jets secondary leads the NFL with only 153 passing yards against per game. Granted, that stat is probably misleading due to the D’s horrible play against the run (31st in the NFL), a big part of the success the secondary has had is due to Beasley.

“He's more consistent I would say than he was last year” Said Coach Herman Edwards of Beasley today. “I think when he came in the system last year, it was kind of new to him. I think he's more familiar with what we're asking him to do. He's done a pretty good job. He really has. He's made some plays for us, had a big pick against Philadelphia, which led us to a score. He's doing a good job.”

So far, Beasley has 26 tackles and leads the team with 2 INT’s. He had a big interception against Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb last Sunday that led to a Jets touchdown. At age 30, he still seems to be at the top of his game.

The Coach feels that rookie DT Dewayne Robertson is not playing up to his potential. After praising him for his progress over the last several weeks Edwards felt his play against the Eagles was not up to par. Over 80 rushing rushing yards by Philly in the 4th quarter of last Sunday’s game is proof in the pudding.

“I thought last week was not one of his better games, to be quite honest. Said Edwards on Robertson. “We talked about it. So hopefully he's got to pick it up. He's a guy we need to be able to play well for us. He's a young player. He's played a lot of football for us. He's still a rookie, still has a lot of time to improve, but he's got to play good for us, there's no doubt about it.

The Coach was asked today if the Game on Sunday is the season. “I think every game down the stretch now is our season, because it defines your season as you play. I think they're all important. Obviously, as the season winds down, you lose time to catch up. I think we all know that.”

He went on. “I think every game from here on will define what we are and how we handle it, how we deal with adversity. Every game will be a game that we need to win. There's no doubt about it. This game is important because it's the Giants. You know, it's a rivalry game. But next week it will be important, too. It's important to win because winning breeds confidence. Winning is important because that's what you play for really. You practice all week, prepare yourself all week to try to win a football game. They're all important, I think.

WR Wayne Chrebet is not on the injury list and will play on Sunday but is still a bit bothered by a sore back. Since Chrebet is still not 100%, Curtis Conway will remain the starter with Santana Moss for another week. Chrebet will likely go back into the starting lineup next week against Oakland.

Injuries remain the same as yesterday with CB Donnie Abraham (shoulder), S Jon McGraw (shoulder) and DE John Abraham (groin) out. LB Mo Lewis (hip) continues to be questionable and CB Jamie Henderson (knee) is probable for Sunday.

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

Two offensive linemen, left guard Wayne Lucier (flu) and Luke Petitgout (biceps/foot) did not practice. Jim Fassel said he was concerned about it, but confident that he'd have both linemen for Sunday. "Lucier was feeling better today, but not well enough to practice," Fassel said. "He is still weak. He'll probably practice tomorrow and should be fine for the game on Sunday. Luke is sore. I wanted to back off."

Meanwhile, DE Kenny Holmes (knee) and DT Cornelius Griffin (ankle) sat out of practice. Holmes has missed several practices in recent weeks, but plays well in the games. Griffin, who suffered a high ankle sprain against Minnesota and who is listed as questionable for the game on Sunday, will probably not be ready for Sunday. If he is not, Lance Legree, who filled in for him last week, will start in Griffin's place.

The Giants also added cornerback/special teamer Kato Serwanga to the injury list as probable with a sprained ankle.

PK Matt Bryant, who is listed as out for this week's game as he recovers from a pulled hamstring, was excused by Fassel for the weekend so he could be with his mother, who had open-heart surgery back in Texas.

Since Fassel became head coach of the Giants in 1997, Big Blue is 9-14-1 in November, one of only two months in which they have a losing record under Fassel (they are 0-2 in January regular season games).

QB Kerry Collins, who completed 23 of 29 attempts with two touchdowns and a 97.7 passer rating on Sunday, has been selected as the FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for his performance last week in Minnesota. Other finalists included Marc Bulger of St. Louis and Trent Green of Kansas City. Voting is determined by NFL fans.