Excerpt: "The Giants' are leaning heavily on their defensive ends early in the season.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul played all 71 defensive snaps in Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Redskins, while fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon logged 64 snaps. Pierre-Paul has been on the field for 206-of-211 snaps (97.6 percent) and Vernon has played 93.8 percent of the defensive snaps this season.
It's a heavy workload, especially as Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and Vernon (wrist) deal with injuries. It remains to be seen if the defensive ends can hold up playing so many snaps all season, but they produced on Sunday. Pierre Paul recorded eight tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and one pass defended, while Vernon added two tackles, one sack and three quarterback hits.
Here are some other takeaways from Sunday's snap counts:
•With cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) limited to 32 and nine snaps, respectively, Trevin Wade was pressed into extended playing time. Wade logged 43 snaps, struggling in coverage and missing tackles.
The Giants can't afford for Rodgers-Cromartie or Apple to be sidelined for long." Read more...