Gi­ants banged up at cor­ner­back and safety for Vik­ings’ matchup

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van

The New York Gi­ants are so short of play­ers in the se­condary that rookie coach Ben McA­doo had to have a cou­ple of his re­ceivers play safety in prac­tice.

McA­doo would not iden­tify the guys who got shifted nor would he say whether any of them might be used Mon­day night when the Gi­ants (21) face the Vik­ings (3-0) on the road.

Who knows? Imag­ine Odell Back­ham Jr. back there! He did it in the Pro Bowl.

The truth is the Gi­ants need some bodies in the se­condary, and it’s not just safety. They are hurt­ing at cor­ner­back, too.

Let’s start at safety. Rookie starter Dar­ian Thompson missed last week­end’s game with a foot in­jury. He is still wear­ing a boot. His backup, Nat Berhe, is in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter be­ing hurt this past week against the Red­skins. Sec­ond-year safety Mykkele Thompson went on in­jured re­serve on Sept. 20 with a knee in­jury.

That leaves starter Lan­don Collins, An­drew Adams, who was signed off the prac­tice squad late last week, and vet­eran cor­ner­back Leon Hall, who has shifted to the back line.

Janoris Jenk­ins is the only healthy start­ing cor­ner­back. Do­minique Rodgers Cro­mar­tie (groin) and first-round draft pick Eli Ap­ple (ham­string) had to leave Sun­day’s game. They did not prac­tice al­though they worked out­side with the team’s train­ers.

If nei­ther can’t go, vet­eran backup Trevin Wade and rookie Michael Hunter are next up.

The only good thing for the Gi­ants is that the Vik­ings are 31st in the league in of­fense and 28th in pass­ing. “The plan is the faces change but the ex­pec­ta­tions re­main the same,” McA­doo said when asked about who would start with Collins at safety.

Adams would seem to be next in line, but he has very lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence. Hall is a nine-year vet­eran who says he could make the ad­just­ment.

Beck­ham would not mind a crack at safety.

“I wouldn’t mind hit­ting some­one,” said Beck­ham, who has got­ten his fair share of fines for il­le­gal hits as a re­ceiver.

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