Giants secondary with only two days to prepare

The Giants completed one of the greatest second-half performances in franchise history, but they have no time to pat themselves on the backs. Big Blue has a quick turnaround with the Panthers looming Thursday night.

The problem of trying to game plan for the Panthers’ talented roster on a short week is cumbersome enough, but with the secondary short-handed it makes for an uphill battle.

Cornerback Corey Webster said that’s just the way the quirky schedule has played out and refused to use those obstacles as excuses.

“We’re not going to get in a lot of preparation that we normally get, so it’s going to be a cut down week. But I think both teams are going through the same situation, so I think that kind of equals it out,” Webster said. “It is what it is. We’ll go out there and work hard together. … Everybody is preparing and wants to go out there and make the best of it.”

The Giants will make the best use every minute of Monday and today’s preparation days, considering they’ll have so much to cram into the game plan on such short notice. With cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Michael Coe continuing to mend, rookie Jayron Hosley still learning the ropes and Webster and Justin Tryon struggling so far, the Panthers’ multi-layered attack will be difficult to stop.

Coughlin never shows his hand, but it was apparent he has concerns about the status of his maligned secondary.

“Anytime you’re giving up long touchdowns, you [worry],” Coughlin said. “We’d obviously like to be in better position for those [deep] balls and hopefully we’ll continue to improve with regards to that. But you have to again realize that there’s some quality people on the field against you as well.”

As for Amukamara, who was a late scratch on Sunday, Coughlin said he’ll make a determination on Thursday’s game later.

Webster said he knows he’s been targeted more than usual, but added it’s not just one guy who’s letting down the defense. It’s a team effort and everyone needs to shore up things. The veteran, who acknowledged he may get the bulk of the load guarding Steve Smith, said he accepts the challenge.

“We live for the challenge [of] being a cornerback,” Webster said. “Personally, [I’m] known for putting my hands on receivers and trying to change up the timing between them at the line of scrimmage. [Officiating] is not what we’re used to, but there’s no excuses made. It’s just not what we’re used to. Those other guys do a good job — the guys that we regularly have — so it’s a little different.

“People are getting away with a little more stuff. Some people complain about [how] the DBs [defensive backs] get to have their hands on a little longer and others complained about the receivers pushing off. … Hopefully we get this thing figured, so we get our officials back.”

Big Blue notes

»Right tackle David Diehl, who injured his right knee early in the game and didn’t return, reportedly injured the medial collateral ligament (MCL). There could be more damage to other ligaments but Coughlin said he hasn’t heard the full report yet: “I don’t know much yet. I know he had some swelling and they were going to do the MRIs and all the testing. … I don’t know the extent and hopefully that’s it [a sprain].”

» The status of other players who were also injured and didn’t finish the game, including running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and wideout Domenik Hixon (concussion), is still unknown.

»If Bradshaw can’t play on Thursday, third-string running back Andre Brown may be next in line. Coughlin was non-committal on naming Brown as next man up – in favor of rookie David Wilson – but logic seems to dictate that the hard-running veteran will most likely supplant the tentative rookie in the rotation.

Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter @TBone8.

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