Giants prepare for unknown Packers QB Scott Tolzien
When the Giants look at their defensive game plan this week, their preparation for the Packers likely will sound a little like a line from a bad knock-knock joke.
Scott Tolzien who?
Scott Tolzien, the starting quarterback for the most storied franchise in the NFL, that's who.
At least that's who the Giants figure to be facing Sunday. Tolzien was a backup in San Francisco for a few years and was on the Green Bay practice squad until last week, when he was elevated to the active roster because of Aaron Rodgers' shoulder injury. When Seneca Wallace injured his groin Sunday against the Eagles, Tolzien saw his first NFL action. After the game, Packers coach Mike McCarthy announced that Tolzien is his guy to face the Giants.
"The quarterback they have now, I have no idea of anything about him," former Packer and current Giants defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins said. "I haven't even seen one snap of him."
Antrel Rolle was equally ignorant of what Tolzien (pronounced Tol-ZEEN, by the way) brings to the table.
"I don't know much about him at all, but later on today, I will," Rolle said Monday before he began his Packers prep.
After entering Sunday's game, Tolzien completed 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards and two interceptions against the Eagles. The Packers signed their former backup, Matt Flynn, on Monday, but he is expected to be a backup to Tolzien.
The Giants haven't faced a full-strength starting quarterback in more than a month. Josh Freeman of the Vikings clearly was ill-prepared to start against them and Michael Vick and Terrelle Pryor were playing on injured legs. Now Tolzien will add to the string of questionable passers.
Is there a chance that the Giants will overlook him and let down against the Packers, knowing that Rodgers will be sidelined? Rolle laughed at that idea.
"We're 3-6," he said. "We can't relax with anyone."