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“We just have to go play ball,” he said.

Fellow safety Kenny Philips said that while the Giants would like to limit their opponents’ rushing statistics, the important thing is they are winning.

“We always want to stop the run, that’s our No. 1 goal,” he said. “The Cardinals and Eagles both had good receivers, but those teams kind of thrive on the big play. But stopping the run is something we pride ourselves on and we have to get back to it.”

Veteran safety Deon Grant, who plays in the nickel package, said the run defense has not been good enough.

“I don’t know what it is,” Grant said. “It ain’t right. That’s all I have to say. I don’t know if it’s a tackling issue, or D-line not doing their job or the linebackers not doing their job or the DBs not doing their job. Whatever it is, it is not working, so that’s one of the main focuses this week. We want to make sure we fix it from here on out.”

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul seemed to sum up the situation.

“I know we are a good run team,” he said. “We just have to prove it to everybody.”

NOTES: Defensive captain Justin Tuck, who missed last weekend’s game because of neck and groin injuries, didn’t practice Wednesday. Neither did Webster, who had an undisclosed personal issue. Center David Baas (neck) and halfback Brandon Jacobs (knee) also didn’t practice.