“He’s a physical guy,” Jackson said. “He has the intentions of being physical, and if he was [Sean Taylor’s] size, you would see even more physical play from him. For a guy his size, he’s as physical as he can be.”
The two knee injuries cost Clark this year’s first two games. But when Pierson Prioleau injured his hamstring against Dallas, Clark was chosen over Bowen to start against Seattle. Clark’s tackles are down this year because he is being asked to play more coverage than run support.
“I think I’ve been better than last year because mentally I’m helping guys more,” he said. “Last year the coaches would compliment me for being smart, but I really didn’t have a good grasp for the defense.”
Clark’s interception against Philadelphia in Week 9 sealed a 17-10 win, and he had a career-high 11 tackles against the Giants. But that was in a 36-0 defeat. Remembering what happened at the Meadowlands on Oct. 30 and realizing what’s on the line, Clark has a good grasp of Saturday’s stakes.
“I’d be lying if I told you that game wasn’t in the back of our minds,” he said. “There are a lot of things that get you motivated for a game like this, but we definitely remember what happened.”