New York Giants: How new pass interference ruling affects G-Men in 2019

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The Backups

Football is a rough game on the human body. It’s unrealistic to think that Beal and/or Jenkins will play every play or even every game. 5-9 Grant Haley, a second-year man is slated to be the nickel/slot corner. He did well last season in that role.

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Should one of the starters go down, Haley would likely step in. His size will be a detriment on big receivers. There are ways smaller defensive backs can overcome size deficits, but it will be increasingly harder now that virtually every play they make is reviewable.

The other corners on the roster are Tony Lippett, who has played three NFL games since 2016. They also have Antonio Hamilton (25 NFL games, 0 starts, 18 total tackles mostly on special teams), Ronald Zamort, who has been around the NFL since 2016 and has never played, as well as former undrafted free agent Michael Hunter, a consummate practice squad player that has seen six games of NFL action.

The lack of experience among the backups aside from alarming on its own will also spell trouble penalty-wise.

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What will eventually happen is that players will adjust how they do their jobs in time. By 2020 there will be fewer targeting and roughing calls because players will change their techniques. It’s the same here. Initially increased attention to pass interference will result in more calls, especially to the New York Giants. In time, it will even out but until then, the G-Men have problems.