The New York Giants’ young cornerbacks will have their hands full this Monday night with the Seattle Seahawks’ talented wide receiver group.
DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba are a formidable trio for any NFL secondary, never mind one that will start two rookies such as the Giants (Deonte Banks, Tre Hawkins III) will in this game.
Giants head coach Brian Daboll was asked on Saturday about the growing pains teams face when putting young players in key positions.
“That’s a good question,” Daboll said. “I’d say any young player, starting with rookies, but even second-year guys, they have to play. There’s going to be some quote-unquote growing pains at times with any young player. But I think as long as they’re improving, and you can see it at practice, they get some more familiarity in game situations.
“They’re good players. Put them into different situations. Hopefully, the next time they react to a situation, whatever that may be, they learn from it, and they’re able to execute it better than the first time that they did it. But I have a lot of confidence in our young guys. We’ll just keep on rolling along with them.”
So far this season, the Giants are allowing 19.7 receptions per game, seventh-best in the NFL, and are in the middle of the pack when it comes to passing yards allowed (223.7).