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Bobby Hart to start at right tackle for Giants

The Giants will turn to Bobby Hart to replace the injured Marshall Newhouse at right tackle. AP Photo/Winslow Townson

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants are turning to a second-year lineman to protect Eli Manning's front side on Sunday.

Bobby Hart, last year's seventh-round pick, will make his second career start Sunday when the Giants host the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium, according to multiple sources. He will replace the injured Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.

Veteran Will Beatty was the Giants' other option.

Newhouse was ruled out Friday with a calf injury suffered late in last week's win over the New Orleans Saints.

Hart, 22, replaced Newhouse for the final 12 snaps of that contest. He held up well, especially on the game's biggest play.

"I thought, given the situation, it was game on the line and we had to throw the ball," offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. "We were throwing the ball quite a bit. [Hart] was competitive in those snaps and matched up against a heck of a player -- 94 (Cameron Jordan) for the Saints is a very, very good football player. He competed well and was able to get some chip help on one of the plays from the backs. Those guys did a tremendous job. He didn't seem overwhelmed or flustered. He competed and was able to do enough to help us be successful."

Despite a rough preseason, the Giants have remained confident in Hart's ability. They've had him as their primary backup at tackle and guard the first two weeks of the season.

"Since he got here last year, it has been night and day," coach Ben McAdoo said. "He has worked hard at his development, his body has changed completely and it is encouraging."

The cheat sheet

Beckham vs. Norman in the slot?

Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is expected to follow Odell Beckham Jr., except in the slot. Well, Beckham has only played 8 of 134 snaps (6 percent) out of the slot this season because the Giants prefer rookie Sterling Shepard at that spot. When the Panthers employed the same tactic last year against the Giants, Beckham played 16 of 73 snaps (22 percent) out of the slot. Expect the Giants to move him around more on Sunday than they have the first two weeks of the season.

Don't bring the heat

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has struggled when the opposition hasn't blitzed this season. Cousins has seen four or fewer rushers on 85 percent of his dropbacks this season. He has one touchdown pass and four interceptions with a QB rating of 46 on those plays. It may be beneficial for the Giants to drop as many players into coverage as possible on Sunday.

Giants vs. TEs

The Giants only allowed 11 receptions on 23 targets for 95 yards to tight ends Coby Fleener and Jason Witten over the first two weeks. But they'll be facing Jordan Reed and are without starting free safety Darian Thompson (foot). Nat Berhe takes Thompson's spot and isn't known for his cover skills. This will be a completely different test, and a matchup to watch.

Prediction

I picked the Giants to start 3-0 prior to the start of the season and am sticking with it. Beckham has a little extra motivation this season and is set to explode (in a good way). Giants 28, Redskins 17