GIANTS' MITCH PETRUS BRINGS MUCH NEEDED FIRE TO OFFENSIVE LINE
"It was Week 12 and the smashmouth New York Football Giants were ranked 32nd in running the rock. Say
Well, Week 13 and last minute player scratches shifted an already ailing
offensive line that may have had a hard time opening holes for Darren Sproles.
Petrus to some pretty heavy rock music, please.
The entrance tunes request is due to my first encounter with #62 on the field
last season. It was the 2010 Detroit at New York game in Week 6. He was back near the endzone,
waiting for a kickoff—playing air guitar to AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night
Long.” He was so full of energy that I couldn’t help but notice him and how he
brought something extra out there with him.
Back to the o-line shifting. Most, I’m sure, were nervous about David
Diehl moving back to LT, Kevin
Boothe sliding over more to C and Petrus being inserted as LG for #10, #44
& #27. Little did they realize the spark (read: mean streak) that this would
provide in the trenches—in his very first NFL start, mind you.
Everything happens for a reason and players have to be ready to step up
whenever their number is called…yadda, yadda, yadda.
Petrus obviously was prepared for his. He harnessed his “hypeness” and
focused on the task at hand.
Watch game film and pay close attention to how #62 took care of 1st round NT,
B.J. Raji (no slouch—dude can play). Petrus held him to one solo tackle. Raji
has over 20 pounds on him and a “spin move.” Didn’t matter.
The more time Petrus gets in on the line, the more he will show he’s got that
“Rich Seubert” in him. Just remember I said that…
Interesting game match-up this weekend for Mitch who grew up in Arkansas and
played for the Razorbacks in college. If anyone out there doesn’t know Jerry
Jones’ affection for them (AK Razorbacks) doesn’t know this division. Just
A true test will be going against Dallas’ fast, rushing 3-4, but Diehl will
help and from what Petrus has exhibited on-field — he’s in stance and ready for
his call of duty."