Cornerback Michael Coe knows Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will test him when the New York Giants open defense of their Super Bowl title.
It's a given. Coe is not only the new guy in the secondary, the six-year veteran probably is the most unexpected starter for Wednesday's game.
When the Giants reported to training camp, Coe was probably the fourth choice to start opposite Corey Webster. Projected starter Terrell Thomas aggravated a knee injury that sidelined him last year and has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. Former first-rounder Prince Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain against the Bears and is out, and rookie Jayron Hosley is battling turf toe.
It leaves Coe to make his first career start at cornerback.
''I'm sure any time a new person joins the group or there is an unfamiliar face everyone is going to be watching to see how that person does and how everything jells,'' Coe said Monday after the Giants held their final practice ...