Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Wary of Backup

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Wary of Backup

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EAST RUTHERFORD - Terrell Thomas is not planning on leaving anything to chance.

Even though it may seem obvious, he promised the Giants will keep reminding themselves in meetings and on the practice field not to underestimate the Scott Tolzien-led Packers on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

You know, Tolzien, Green Bay's starting quarterback in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers. He was on the team's practice squad just last week before being signed to the active roster and pressed into duty in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles.

"You're human and you know Aaron Rodgers is not playing," Thomas said after practice Wednesday. "But we definitely know we have a true contender at quarterback who can beat us, there's no question about that, and I think he'll be a lot more comfortable in the pocket. And we can't be comfortable at all because we're facing him, not Aaron."

Because if any team has been susceptible to backup quarterbacks through the years, it's the Giants. Remember when they were beaten by Nick Foles and the Eagles on Oct. 6, before Foles emerged as the record-setting QB he is today?

What about Vince Young's November 2011 performance with the Eagles at MetLife?

Don't forget about the venerable Charlie Whitehurst and the pre- Russell Wilson Seahawks coming to North Jersey a month earlier that season and stunning the Giants.

So instead of facing Rodgers, the 2011 NFL MVP and the most talented quarterback of his generation, the Giants are staring at a crucial opportunity to extend their winning streak to four against Tolzien, who had zero passes as a professional five days ago.

With Rodgers sidelined indefinitely with a fractured collarbone, Tolzien served as the No. 2 QB against the Eagles last weekend. But when starter Seneca Wallace injured his groin on the game's first series, Tolzien was forced into action and completed 24 of 39 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. …

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