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Giants defensive linemen don't want to be looking up at Colts' Quenton Nelson

The Colts' Quenton Nelson blocks the Cowboys' Jaylon

The Colts' Quenton Nelson blocks the Cowboys' Jaylon Smith on Dec. 16, 2018. Photo Credit: AP/Michael Conroy

The Giants’ defensive linemen have been studying cutups of Quenton Nelson’s blocking in preparation for Sunday’s game. They’ve come away impressed by the Colts’ rookie guard. They’ve used words such as “strong,” “tough,” and “physical” to describe his play.

But then there are the other video clips of Nelson that haven’t been shown in the meeting room as the Giants fine-tune their gameplans and techniques. They’re the clips of what Nelson does after his blocks. Those the Giants' defenders watch on their own while cruising around social media or surfing through sports highlight shows.

The rookie has developed a reputation for not only flattening opponents, but also humiliating them by haunching over their facemasks and lingering for a moment or two in a show of dominance.

“We’re aware of it,” defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson said.

Avoiding that situation is one of the things the Giants will try to accomplish on Sunday.

“You definitely don’t want that to happen to you,” defensive lineman B.J. Hill said.

So how do they go about that?

“Just by doing your job,” Tomlinson said. “Playing aggressive all the time and getting off your block clean . . . You have to get off the ball and attack him before he attacks you.”

For offensive linemen, pancaking an opponent and then letting him know about it the way Nelson does isn’t unheard of.

“I’ve seen it a few times here and there, for sure,” Giants rookie guard Will Hernandez said. “It’s the nature of our position, just the way offensive linemen are."

Even seemingly mild-mannered Nate Solder has been caught flaunting his higher ground this season.

“It serves as a replacement for talking,” Hernandez said. “It’s kind of like what we do. Most offensive linemen aren’t big talkers. They’re more doers. And so when we do something like that, yeah, we lay a little extra, push a little harder to let you know. We don’t have to talk, you know?”

Hill said defensive players shouldn’t take it personally if they find themselves looking up at a full Nelson.

“Just don’t let it happen,” he said. “I mean, he plays physical. He’s doing his job.”

Tomlinson, though, said it could be cause for retribution.

“Everybody tries to be physical and do their jobs to the best of their ability,” he said. “You just make sure it doesn’t get too out of hand so you don’t get a penalty for it.”

Notes & quotes: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (quad) did not practice, and Pat Shurmur insisted the Giants have no plans to place him on injured reserve. “He said he feels better,” Shurmur said. “At this point, I think it’s a player’s responsibility to do everything they can to get on the field and get back into games.” . . . LB Alec Ogletree (concussion) did not practice. Nor did S Michael Thomas (excused for family issue), WR Russell Shepard (ankle) or C Spencer Pulley (calf) . . . The Giants placed special-teamer Antonio Hamilton (quad) on IR and activated WR Cody Latimer off injured reserve.

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