The Giants are still saying there is a chance Kenny Phillips can play on Sunday. The reality is he probably won’t. And that means they’ll have to turn to rookie Tyler Sash to step into their defensive backfield.
Sash has not had much experience on defense this year. He played about 15 to 20 snaps in the first 11 games of the season, he figured, and then logged about 8 to 10 on Sunday after Phillips was hurt. Now, against the Cowboys, if the Giants want to stay with their three-safety look, they’ll likely need Sash to play a lot more than that.
“I’m excited about getting the opportunity,” Sash said. “Obviously the coaches have trust in me … It’s just something where you have to be ready to go at any time because you never know when somebody is going to go down. Kind of like our offensive line.”
Safety is actually one of the few positions on the team that hasn’t been touched by injuries this season. So Sash has waited around and played special teams. Last week, he didn’t even take any practice reps with the defense he said. Then all of a sudden he was on the field against Aaron Rodgers and the defending Super Bowl champs.
“I made all the right calls, all the checks, got everybody lined up,” he said. “That always helps from the trust aspect there. I’m not preparing any different this week than I have the last however many weeks it’s been.”
Other than actually practicing, that is. Sash also knows that if he is on the field the Cowboys will be looking for him. Nothing makes a veteran quarterback like Tony Romo drool more than a rookie safety.
“That’s fine,” Sash said of being hunted. “We’ll give them some different looks …. to keep him guessing. Move me around, move everybody around. We’re not going to line up in vanilla coverage and give away what we’re going to play all day.”