Possibly the best way for the Giants' defense to prepare for Sunday's game against San Francisco was to watch last week's game against Buffalo.
The Giants did a fairly decent job of keeping quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the pocket last week and that should help them when facing a similarly versatile and athletic quarterback in Colin Kaepernick.
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"It's definitely good that we faced a very similar guy last week," outside linebacker Mark Herzlich said. "We just have got to keep doing the same kind of things we've been doing. There will be some changes for this team and this offense, but it's really the same thing: Don't let him beat you with his legs."StoryNFL levies fines from Giants-Bills gameColumnGlauber: Giants' defense is getting job done
Kaepernick has struggled this year during the 49ers' 1-3 start. His total quarterback rating of 38.6 ranks 27th in the league. But he leads the league in rushing yards by a quarterback, tied with Carolina's Cam Newton, but on fewer attempts.
The Giants, however, have to prepare for him to be a dual threat.
"It's one of those things where in baseball they have streaky pitchers that I hear about. He's a streaky quarterback," Herzlich said. "If he gets hot . . . You don't want him to get hot against you, basically, because he can make the throws. I've seen him do it in three years of playing against him."
Yet, it does seem that players today are getting better at playing mobile quarterbacks such as Kaepernick, that he has become less of a novelty. Young players such as rookie Owa Odighizuwa have had to face a lot of similar offenses in college.
"For me, personally, that's all we faced in the Pac-12," said Odighizuwa, who could get some extra playing time Sunday. "Playing the zone read scheme is nothing that's new for me. It's something I did a lot of."
Notes & quotes: The NFL on Friday confirmed several fines from last week's Giants-Bills game that had 28 penalty flags and several instances of players losing their temper. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes was hit the hardest by the league. He was fined $8,681 for unnecessary roughness (he head-butted Ereck Flowers) and another $23,152 for directing abusive language toward a game official. The NFL also confirmed a report from earlier in the week that Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $8,681 for "unnecessarily striking an opponent" when he took a swing at Bills safety Duke Williams . . . Robert Ayers (hamstring), Victor Cruz (calf), Devon Kennard (hamstring) and George Selvie (calf) are all out.