Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York covers the Giants, and with the Cowboys taking on Big Blue on Wednesday night he answered some questions in our weekly Opposing Voice series.
Q: How healthy is Hakeem Nicks? Will he make an impact in this game?
A: Hakeem actually didn't do much in practice on Sunday and Monday, which kind of gave a lot of us a bit of a pause. He has not suffered any setbacks and I think the Giants are just being extra cautious with their top receiver. I think Nicks is healthy but he may need some time to get his legs and wind and adjust to live action. He barely played in the preseason and has only been practicing for a little bit. While his timing with Eli Manning may be a tad off early, I don't think it will take the two long to get back on the same page.
Q: Sean Locklear will start at left tackle on Wednesday night. Tells us something about him.
A: Locklear will start at left tackle. Will Beatty has been slowed by a back injury and Locklear has impressed the coaching staff stepping in for Beatty. Locklear has started 82 times in his career, most of them in Seattle at right tackle. In 2005, he started at right tackle in helping the Seahawks reach the Super Bowl. But he has starting experience at left tackle, starting three games there for the Redskins last year. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride says the team has not skipped a beat with Locklear in there at left tackle.
Q: Of the corners, who covers Dez Bryant?
A: We'll have to see where Dez lines up. Usually the Giants do not move Corey Webster around to shadow the top receiver. Often, they keep him on the same side. So with that said, Michael Coe will start opposite Webster. It will be interesting to see who the Cowboys throw to Coe's side. As for the slot receiver, the Giants may use S Antrel Rolle there again like they did some last year. Rookie Jayron Hosley and rookie safety Will Hill also might see time as the nickel cornerback.
Q: The Giants are a mentally tough team. Why is that?
A: I think that has a lot to do with the head coach and their captains. Tom Coughlin is a tough-minded coach. Manning is the leader and he is often unflappable. With Justin Tuck leading the defense, the Giants have strong-minded leaders who have pretty much seen everything.
Q: Brandon Jacobs is gone, but does that mean the run game is going to slow down?
A: Rookie David Wilson actually might give the running game a jolt of energy. He has been exciting in the preseason but I don't know how many touches he will get. He has to earn the trust of the coaching staff but he's the type of back that can bust a big play on any carry. Ahmad Bradshaw remains the starter, and really the running game's success is going to depend on whether the offensive line can open some holes.