But once the play was overturned to an incomplete pass, Webb went to work, igniting the drive with a beautiful 27-yard pass to Sterling Shepard on 3rd-and-17 from the Giants’ own 14-yard line. He would complete passes to five different receivers on the drive: Gallman, Shepard, Cody Latimer (his first catch as a Giant; a tough one, at that), Shane Smith and Evan Engram.
Since Gettleman cut Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and did not meaningfully address the corner position in the offseason, the options behind Apple are largely unproven or hurt: journeyman B.W. Webb is the top backup and has had a solid camp, but Donte Deayon is hurt, William Gay has struggled, and undrafted rookie Grant Haley hasn’t been as advertised just yet.
“It’s been a long time (since my mom attended a practice of mine), but she showed up today, which was nice,” Shurmur Wednesday. “She only lives a couple miles away. She lives out in Canton now, and my brother’s here. My sister lives in Chicago, so she won’t be here for practice, but my brother’s here and my mom, so it was good to see them.”
The Giants have no clear solution in their secondary due to injuries, inconsistent play and lack of depth. Strong safety Landon Collins and shutdown corner Janoris Jenkins are studs, but outside corner Eli Apple needs to assert himself, Curtis Riley needs to grab ahold of the free safety spot that the Giants seem to want him to win, and either Donte Deayon needs to get healthy or someone has to step up and become a reliable slot corner. Not to mention the Giants can’t afford any injuries to D-backs, either, given a lack of depth. Veteran journeyman B.W. Webb is their best bet, and it would be nice to see undrafted rookie Grant Haley step forward to grab ahold of a key role, too. Haley could be that man in the slot, for example, but he needs to start making more plays, and fast.
Barkley, meanwhile, said he knew right away his injury was “nothing crazy.” And he even said, hypothetically, “if there were a playoff game tomorrow, could I play? I mean, to be completely honest, as a competitor, I would find a way. I want to play tomorrow.”