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    GIANTS PUT PETRUS ON LINE VS. COWBOYS

    GIANTS PUT PETRUS ON LINE VS. COWBOYS

    "There is no better way to characterize what will take place Sunday night for
    the Giants than to listen to right guard Chris Snee, who has been a part of this
    longer than nearly all of his teammates.


    “Our playoffs start now,’’ Snee said yesterday. “I think that’s the way you
    have to look at it.’’




    There is no other way to look at it. The Giants (6-6) have the rare
    opportunity, after losing four consecutive games, to face the rival Cowboys
    (7-5) at Cowboys Stadium for first place in the NFC East.




    And dropped smack in the middle of this clash of semi-titans is none other
    than Mitch Petrus, a big, burly “aw-shucks’’ country boy with energy to burn and
    a question on his mind as, for the first time in his two-year stay with the
    Giants, he was surrounded by a whole bunch of cameras and microphones and
    notebooks while slurping down an energy drink from a can.







    “Do I have chocolate on my mouth?’’ he wanted to know.




    It has come to this for the Giants and their shape-shifting offensive line,
    which in the past few weeks has lost starting left tackle Will Beatty to a
    detached retina, tackle-eligible Stacy Andrews to blood clots in both his lungs
    and most recently starting center David Baas to what the team is calling
    “intense headaches.’’ Baas was stricken only hours before last Sunday’s 38-35
    loss to the unbeaten Packers with what he says are “migraine-type headaches’’
    that kept him out of that game and most likely will keep him out of this
    week’s.




    The sudden loss of Baas forced an adjustment on the fly: moving Kevin Boothe
    from left guard to center and Petrus — who has barely played in his two years on
    the roster — into his first NFL start, at left guard. The reconfigured line held
    up just fine, but up next is a more forceful challenge.




    The Cowboys have a killer defensive front, led by NFL sack-leader DeMarcus
    Ware (15 sacks), Anthony Spencer (six sacks) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff. With
    35 sacks, the Cowboys — directed by pressure-happy defensive coordinator Rob
    Ryan — trail only the Ravens (41) and are tied with the Texans and Vikings for
    NFL sack mastery.




    “They’re good,’’ Snee said. “They have been for years and at times they’ve
    given us problems. It’s tough when you have five guys who can rush the passer as
    well as they can.’’




    The Packers last week had no idea Petrus would be on the field, but the
    Cowboys are certainly clued in. That means the Cowboys can target the 2010
    fifth-round pick from Arkansas.




    “I definitely think that could be a possibility, if somebody said ‘They’re
    going to test him more,’ because Green Bay really didn’t know,’’ Petrus said.
    “We’re really going to see what this guy has because if this guy can’t play
    we’re going to keep bringing it. I’m up for the challenge, though. The
    pressure’s on, right?’’




    Right. Except pressure and Petrus don’t go together, not outwardly, anyway.
    He fidgets when he sits and isn’t any calmer when he plays. Right after Petrus
    learned he was about to get his first start, he approached Snee and the other
    linemen to express his excitement.

    “The guys wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to be spastic,’’ Petrus
    said.


    “I like that intensity,’’ Snee said. “I just wanted to make sure he was calm.
    Not to be bouncing off the walls before the game, which he was close to
    doing.’’




    Petrus certainly didn’t dominate Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji but he
    wasn’t dominated.




    “Sometimes we have to calm him down a little bit,’’ Boothe said. “He brings a
    lot of energy, which is good, it’s needed. He’s a talker, even when we don’t
    want him to talk.’’




    Petrus’ parents and some friends will be making the six-hour drive from
    Arkansas for the game.


    “I go all out, man,’’ he said. “Don’t want to play with any regrets. I don’t
    want to waste the ability I’ve been blessed with.’’
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: GIANTS PUT PETRUS ON LINE VS. COWBOYS

    Let the Hynosaurus and the Rhynosaurus loose ! Lots of Cowpies to plow this sunday night !!!
    " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.

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    Petrus sounds like a hoot in the locker room. His motor is always engaged no matter what he's doing lol
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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]Petrus sounds like a hoot in the locker room.* His motor is always engaged no matter what he's doing* lol
    [/quote]
    Sounds like Richie Seubert in a lot of ways .
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    Good to see him go, the o-line finally looked pretty decent last weekend.


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    [quote user="MikeIsaGiant"]Good to see him go, the o-line finally looked pretty decent last weekend.[/quote]

    I think we may have stumbled on the OLine that can take us into the playoffs.
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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="MikeIsaGiant"]Good to see him go, the o-line finally looked pretty decent last weekend.[/quote]

    I think we may have stumbled on the OLine that can take us into the playoffs.
    [/quote]

    Very true, now all we need is a pretty decent defense! Unless our running game can keep the crappy defense off the field for awhile

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    “I go all out, man,’’ he said. “Don’t want to play with any regrets. I don’t want to waste the ability I’ve been blessed with.’’*

    He's certainly got the right mind set

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    [quote user="RoanokeFan"][quote user="MikeIsaGiant"]Good to see him go, the o-line finally looked pretty decent last weekend.[/quote]

    I think we may have stumbled on the OLine that can take us into the playoffs.
    [/quote]




    +1


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    Seems like the Giants have found a few hungry players now if only some of that hunger rubs off on others.

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