Blount is healthy and ready to roll, but will be taking a backseat to Doug Martin once again in this contest. The real question is whether DJ Ware will get more snaps than the former 1000 yard rusher against his former squad. Blount has really fallen off the map, but I hope he doesn’t become buried on the depth chart. Of course if Tampa wins against the reigning Super Bowl champs to start 2-0, Bucs fans will find it difficult to question the new Head Coach.
The Giants are, as always, piled up with injuries. Well at least it always seems like they are dealing with a million injuries. Terrell Thomas is officially out for the season after undergoing another surgery on his troublesome knee. To add to their secondary woes, former first round pick Prince Amukamara is still dealing with a high ankle sprain. He has been practicing this week, but that particular injury often takes weeks, if not months, to recover from. His loss would really expose the Giants secondary, but he apparently has looked close to full speed in practice.
Also missing for the Giants is Keith Rivers, who is currently listed as Doubtful for tomorrow’s game. In his place will be the regular starter, Michael Boley who looks to be mostly healed from a hamstring injury. Hakeem Nicks is still dealing with soreness from his surgically repaired foot and is listed as Questionable. Coach Coughlin thinks he will play, so he probably will, but could be limited on snaps. That should force Victor Cruz into a bigger role, which proved detrimental last week for the Giants. Cruz had 3 embarrassing drops against the rival Cowboys and was a key reason they fell short.
Another point to note is the role of David WIlson in this game. Wilson fumbled his second carry of his career last week, which turned out to be his final offensive snap of the game. He was visibly upset on the sidelines, showing a lot of, well, emotion… Coughlin doesn’t forgive fumbles easy, but he did state that Wilson should see some more offensive snaps this week. It would be better for the Bucs if Wilson stayed off the field as he is more elusive than starter Ahmad Bradshaw at this point in his career. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a major role for the rookie running back, however, as he faces another top rookie RB.