Giants who need to step up with Logan Ryan likely out for Monday night against Bucs

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The Giants have not been strangers to injuries and illness this season. Their latest victim came on Friday morning when the team announced that cornerback Logan Ryan tested positive for COVID-19.

With Ryan, who head coach Joe Judge said is still awaiting the results of another test, likely out for Monday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, others will have to step up in his absence.

One player in particular is Julian Love.

“Love has a significant role in the game for us anyway, so Love will be out there playing a lot,” Judge said. “Obviously, if you have Logan (out) there’s several guys on the practice squad who will be in effect, as well.”

Love, a fourth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame, has played in all nine games for the Giants this season, compiling 23 combined tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.

The 23-year-old, along with James Bradberry, will have some big shoes to fill with Ryan out as the 9-year pro had been consistently and reliably lining up against team’s top receivers all season long. And that task becomes even harder this week with the Bucs throwing players like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the field.

“We don’t want to be without any of our guys, especially a captain, a leader, but that’s something we’ve already gone through as a team,” Judge said. “Everyone has to prepare every week, we have to get the team prepared every week. Doesn’t matter who we’re playing, you want to have all your players out there, but the most important thing is everyone has to be prepared that when they go out there, they can produce.”

Another player to keep an eye out for is J.R. Reed. The Georgia-product has only played in two games this season for the Giants – Week 2 against the Los Angeles Rams and Week 9 against the Las Vegas Raiders – but has begun to impress at practice.

“He’s a guy that’s obviously gotten more familiar with our system these last few weeks,”…

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