A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 12.
The New York Giants were missing star receivers Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and they desperately needed someone to fill the void. But in the first half, one of their prime candidates, tight end Kevin Boss, was costing his team with penalties and drops. A holding call on Boss nullified a Mario Manningham touchdown catch and the Giants were down at halftime 17-6.
But late in the third quarter, Boss started atoning for his errors with two catches for a combined 42 yards. With 3:24 left in the game, Boss and quarterback Eli Manning made a sight adjustment at the line of scrimmage. Boss found some open space and Manning unloaded the ball against the Jags' blitz. Boss broke Courtney Greene's attempt at a tackle and raced 32 yards for the game-winning touchdown. That's why he's our High Energy Player of the Week.
Justin Tuck, a daily reader of this blog, will surely inform Boss of this high honor when the players return to practice Wednesday.
"It's important to be on the same page as the quarterback, and Eli and I were both able to see the pressure coming," said Boss, who finished with 74 yards receiving on three catches. "I was able to read it hot, and he threw me a pretty easy ball and I had some room to run."
The emergence of Boss in 2007 made it possible to trade Jeremy Shockey, but he has had an up-and-down career since his performance in the Super Bowl. On Sunday, he made huge plays for the Giants when they needed him the most. We'll see what he does for an encore against the Washington Redskins.