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The Giants on Wednesday fired DC Perry Fewell and DBs coach Peter Giunta. Don't expect the Giants to suddenly turn 3-4 in their base defense, given that the 4-3 has always been a staple of Tom Coughlin teams. But a new coordinator could opt for a little more variety in his fronts and perhaps an increase in blitzing. We'll be curious to see who the Giants select, how they approach free agency -- re: Jason Pierre-Paul -- and whether they make significant changes to the LB corps and/or secondary.

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The Giants have placed rookie LB Tae Crowder on IR with the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's win over Washington. That will keep the rookie out for at least 3 games. He's not worth holding in IDP leagues. The team filled Crowder's spot on the roster by signing Jabaal Sheard off Jacksonville's practice squad. Sheard will line up at OLB for the Giants but might carry DL eligibility in many IDP leagues. That makes him worth watching. The Giants recently lost starting OLB Lorenzo Carter for the season to an Achilles' tendon tear. Kyler Fackrell has become a full-time player at the position in recent weeks, but Markus Golden has struggled to stay in the lineup. Sheard's addition might also mean that Oshane Ximines will need more time to recover from the shoulder injury that landed him on IR 2 weeks ago.

As expected, the Giants have officially ruled S Jabrill Peppers (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Rams. DB Julian Love (ankle, knee) is questionable for the game. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Giants LB Alec Ogletree (back) is active for today's game against the Eagles. He's a lower-level IDP option. CB Sam Beal (shoulder) is inactive, leaving an already terrible secondary without a starter. Slot CB Corey Ballentine (back) is active after arriving questionable.

The Giants have ruled ILBs Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Vikings. That leaves David Mayo as the top guy inside. We've moved Mayo up the LB rankings. But the situation at LB also helps the tackle outlook for Giants safeties Jabrill Peppers and Antoine Bethea.

The Giants have traded DT Damon Harrison to the Lions a day after trading CB Eli Apple to the Saints. Harrison should improve the Detroit run defense and could see a tackle increase back with a defense that works from a 4-3 base. We’ll see how quickly he can claim a starting role. Apple should soon make his way into New Orleans’ top 3 at CB but doesn’t alter the outlook for the team D.

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