Revamped Giants secondary faces great test in Andrew Luck
The Giants' secondary has been saying the right things this preseason. On Saturday night, its members will see if they play the right things.
The revamped unit will face its biggest test of the preseason against Andrew Luck and the Colts in Indianapolis. After facing E.J. Manuel and Ben Roethlisberger for one series each, the Giants figure to get at least a quarter of work against this starting quarterback and his playmaking receivers.
"It's going to be a great test for us,'' cornerback Walter Thurmond III said Thursday. "We're striving to be the best secondary group out there and one of the best defenses to play the game this year, so it's going to be a great test. They have a great ground game. Andrew Luck is a phenomenal passer. It's really going to test us.''
In his first preseason game against the Jets, Luck completed 4 of 5 passes for 53 yards. He completed passes to both T.Y. Hilton and former Giant Hakeem Nicks.
"They took the no-huddle and went down the field and had a little malfunction [fumble],'' Tom Coughlin said of the Colts' debut. "But otherwise, they had to be pleased with their first drive.''
Added Giants safety Antrel Rolle: "Luck is an elite quarterback. He's an outstanding young and rising star in the league. I think he possesses great tools and great poise as a quarterback. This is going to be the best test that we've done thus far this year with the receiver tandem they have.''
The Colts also could have receiver Reggie Wayne back on the field Saturday. Colts coach Chuck Pagano said the team will "play it by ear'' in determining whether Wayne, coming off knee surgery, sees any snaps.
Either way, the Giants' secondary knows that if it can tame the Colts, it will be in a good spot to carry that success into the regular season -- at which point its goal will not be to merely stop offenses but, as Thurmond said, to "suffocate'' them. The Giants' starters have not allowed a touchdown yet.
"It's a passing league, and if you can hold those guys to under 200 yards a game and obviously get turnovers, [you will win],'' Thurmond said. "We have a great group of guys back there . . . We have to work together as one unit out there this year and it's going to be a great time.''