Feb 102012
 
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General Manager Jerry Reese’s Thursday Press Conference: The transcript of yesterday’s press conference with General Manager Jerry Reese is available at Giants.com. Reese made comments on the following players:

  • TE Christian Hopkins: “Christian Hopkins is a big kid that we like – practices hard every day – that our coaches like and think he has some potential to come in and compete for a job as well. He’s a big kid. He’s at least 6-5, about 275 pounds and he works hard every day at practice. He’s endeared himself to our coaches with how hard he works and he has soft hands, catches the ball nice.”
  • WR Jerrel Jernigan: “Jernigan did a couple of things for us. He came on a little bit late and helped us in the return game some. We do think he’s going to be a good receiver for us as well.”
  • OT James Brewer: “Brewer, he’s a big athlete. It takes offensive linemen, sometimes, a little longer than others, but we have high-hopes for him that he can come in next year after he’s been through a whole season.”

Tuck is Debating Shoulder Surgery: DE Justin Tuck said yesterday he may have offseason surgery on his injured shoulder.

“We are still debating that,” said Tuck. “I might have to have surgery on my shoulder, maybe. But we don’t know yet. Honestly, you don’t want to have surgery so we are doing everything we can in our power not to have surgery.”

Cruz Seeking Raise: Not unexpectedly, WR Victor Cruz, who is currently under contract through the 2012 season, is looking for a hefty pay raise from his base $490,000 salary next season.

“I think I was paid, you know, relative to where I came in this year and, you know, I came in as a free agent so that’s the salary I was on, so I don’t feel like I was underpaid,” said Cruz. “I mean, I feel like after my performance this year, you know, I feel like I deserve to be paid more money at this point. But that’s something I’ll let my agents and those people take care of and I’ll just go out there and play the game.”

“We’re in the early stages of our evaluating the team as a whole, individually,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “We have not yet discussed anything with respect to salaries.”

Article on TE Jake Ballard: Giants’ Jake Ballard Promises Diligence, Caution in Returning from Torn ACL by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

“Sights and Sounds” from Super Bowl XLVI: The “Sights and Sounds” video from Super Bowl XLVI is now available at Giants.com.

NFL Network “Sound FX” for Super Bowl XLVI: Video clips of NFL Network‘s “Sound Effects” for Super Bowl XLVI are available at NFL.com:

Super Bowl Soundtrack: Good Moves and Bad by Toni Monkovic of The New York Times highlights some of key quotes from Sound FX.

Video of the Rally at MetLife: Video clips of Tuesday’s rally at MetLife Stadium are available at Giants.com:

Feb 092012
 
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Giants Sign Nine to Roster: The Giants signed nine players yesterday. Eight of the nine finished the season on the Giants’ Practice Squad while the ninth, QB Ryan Perrilloux, was on and off the Practice Squad for much of the season. The nine players are:

  • QB Ryan Perrilloux
  • HB Andre Brown
  • WR Dan DePalma
  • WR Isaiah Stanback
  • TE Christian Hopkins
  • OT Selvish Capers
  • DT Dwayne Hendricks
  • DE/LB Adrian Tracy
  • CB Brandon Bing

Terrell Thomas in Contract Talks with Giants: Soon-to-be unrestricted free agent CB Terrell Thomas said yesterday that his agent has been in contract talks with the Giants.

“I want to come back, my man,” said Thomas. “I’ve been in talks with the organization and we’re pretty much on the same page. Obviously, we’ve got to get the job done but I definitely want to come back to the Giants. The fan base is great. First class organization. Why wouldn’t I want to come back to the 2012 Super Bowl champs? I would be a fool to leave right about now.”

“I hope (I am a priority for the Giants),” said Thomas. “And if not, I’m pretty sure another team would think so. All I need is one team to like me. That’s all I care about. The conversations are (going) well, but this is a business. It doesn’t matter until you put that ink on that paper.”

Thomas is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the preseason. “Rehab’s going good,” Thomas said. “I’m about three weeks ahead of schedule, I started running two weeks ago. Introducing myself into jumping and introducing myself into cutting and everything right about now.”

Thomas said his goal is to be fully ready to go by the season opener. “That’s when I will be ready,” Thomas said. “I can care less about OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, none of that stuff even matters. But come Week 1, whoever we line up against, I definitely will be out there.”

WFAN Interview with DE Dave Tollefson: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN interview with DE Dave Tollefson is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Article on the Giants-Patriots Game: Super Bowl XLVI Game Review: Giants Out-Battled Patriots in Competitive, Clean Game by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on TE Bear Pascoe: Pascoe Remains Last Giant TE Standing by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on the Giants’ Offseason:

Feb 082012
 
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Both Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum Tore ACLs: The Giants announced yesterday that TE Jake Ballard tore the ACL in his left knee during the Super Bowl. The team announced during the Super Bowl that TE Travis Beckum tore the ACL in his right knee.

Because the rehabilitation process is so lengthy for ACL surgery, it is likely that neither player will be available to the Giants for the 2012 season.

OT David Diehl also revealed yesterday that he played much of the season with a broken left hand.

OT Will Beatty (surgery for detached retina) says he expects to be 100 percent for the 2012 season.

Articles on the Parade and Rally:

Video of Giants at MetLife Stadium Rally: Video clips of the following player interviews following the MetLife Stadium rally are available at Giants.com:

  • HB Brandon Jacobs (Video)
  • WR Hakeem Nicks (Video)
  • DEs Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora (Video)

Giants on WFAN: Audio clips of yesterday’s WFAN interviews with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and the following players available at CBSNewYork.com:

  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Audio)
  • QB Eli Manning (Audio)
  • HB Ahmad Bradshaw (Audio)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Audio)
  • DE Osi Umenyiora (Audio)
  • DE Dave Tollefson (Audio)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Audio)

QB Eli Manning on “Late Night with David Letterman”: The video of QB Eli Manning’s Monday appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” is available at Giants.com.

Article on OT David Diehl: Giants’ David Diehl Played in Super Bowl XLVI with Injured Hand by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on DE Osi Umenyiora: Giants’ Osi Umenyiora Enjoying Super Bowl Triumph While Contract Situation Looms by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Feb 072012
 
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Parade and Rally for the New York Giants Today: New York City will host a ticker-tape parade and City Hall ceremony for the 2011 NFL Champion New York Giants today, starting at 11:00AM. The parade will begin at Battery Place and Washington Street and will continue up the Canyon of Heroes along Broadway to Worth Street. The City Hall ceremony will be held after the parade.

At 3:00PM, a rally for the Giants will be held at MetLife Stadium.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

QB Eli Manning’s Monday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with QB Eli Manning are available at Giants.com.

WFAN Interview with DE Justin Tuck: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN interview with DE Justin Tuck is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Post-Game Media With Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride: The video of the post-game media session with Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride is available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Player Media Q&As: Video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the Giants Returning Home: Giants Land in Newark to Heroes’ Welcome by Kevin Fasick, Jennifer Bain, and Bob Fredericks of The New York Post

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning: One Giant Partnership by Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on DE Justin Tuck: In Super Bowl, Giants’ Justin Tuck Displays Everything It Takes to Be a Leader by Dave D’Alessandro of The Star-Ledger

Article on LB Greg Jones: Giants’ Greg Jones Proposes to Girlfriend on Field After Super Bowl XLVI Victory by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Articles on Super Bowl XLVI:

Notes: The Giants won the eighth championship in the 87-year history of the franchise. Only Green Bay (13) and Chicago (nine) have won more titles.

The Giants are 4-1 in Super Bowls. Only the Steelers (6), 49ers (5), and Cowboys (5) have won more Super Bowls. The Packers have also won four.

The Giants are the first franchise to win Super Bowls in four consecutive decades.

This was the 48th postseason game in Giants history. That is third-most in NFL history, behind Dallas (58 postseason games) and Pittsburgh (53). The Giants evened their postseason record at 24-24.

The Giants are the first team to win a Super Bowl after losing seven games in the regular season, losing four consecutive regular-season games, finishing with a negative regular-season scoring differential (394-400), and finishing the regular season last in rushing. The Giants’ regular-season winning percentage of .562 is the lowest ever by an NFL Champion.

Only three teams have won a Super Bowl with a non-winning, regular-season home record, including the 2007 (3-5 at home) and 2011 (4-4 at home) Giants.

The Giants trailed at halftime, 10-9. They have not led at the half in any of their five Super Bowls.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin improved to 2-0 in Super Bowls as a head coach. He is the 13th coach to win multiple Super Bowls.

Coughlin is 8-3 in post-season games with the Giants, including 2-0 in  Super Bowls – the exact same record as former Giants’ Head Coach Bill Parcells.

Coughlin is the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl.

In the Giants’ four-game postseason, QB Eli Manning completed 106-of-163 passes (.650) for 1,219 yards, nine touchdowns, and one interception.

Manning completed his first nine passes, a record for consecutive completions to begin a Super Bowl.

Manning is the fifth player in NFL history to win multiple Super Bowl MVP honors.

Manning is 8-3 as a starting quarterback in the post-season, 2-0 in the Super Bowl. Manning is the 11th quarterback to win at least two Super Bowls.

HB Ahmad Bradshaw is the first player to rush for a game-winning touchdown in the final minute of a Super Bowl. Bradshaw is the fourth player to score the game-winning touchdown in the last minute of a Super Bowl, joining John Taylor (Super Bowl XXIII), the Giants’ Plaxico Burress (Super Bowl XLII), and Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl XLIII).

P Steve Weatherford set a Super Bowl record with three punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

Feb 062012
 
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Giants Win 8th NFL Championship: The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 on Sunday evening to win the franchise’s eighth NFL Championship, and fourth Super Bowl trophy. The Giants scored the game-winning touchdown drive on their final possession, driving 88 yards in nine plays to score with 57 seconds left in the game. QB Eli Manning, who finished the game 30-of-40 for 296 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions, was named the game’s MVP.

The Giants received the football to start the game. The Giants were able to gain 35 yards and three first downs, but then were forced to punt. Steve Weatherford’s kick was downed at the Patriots’ 6-yard line. On the first offensive snap for the Patriots, QB Tom Brady was flagged with intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety and a 2-0 lead for the Giants.

After New England’s free kick following the safety, the Giants drove the ball 78 yards in nine plays to take a 9-0 advantage on Manning’s 2-yard touchdown pass to WR Victor Cruz. The big gain on the drive was a 24-yard run by HB Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants got a huge break later on the drive. Cruz fumbled the ball away to the Patriots after a short 4-yard reception on 3rd-and-3. The turnover was erased however by a penalty on the Patriots as they had too many men on the field.

The Patriots responded with a 10-play, 60-yard drive on their second possession of the game to cut the Giants’ lead to 9-3.

The Giants had two more possessions in the first half but both resulted in punts after each picked up two first downs. Meanwhile, the Patriots went three-and-out on their third possession.

On New England’s final drive of the first half, Brady moved his team 96 yards in 14 plays to take a 10-9 lead with 8 seconds to go before the break. Brady hit HB Danny Woodhead for a 4-yard score on 3rd-and-3.

The Patriots extended their lead to 17-9 on their first possession early in the third quarter by driving the ball 79 yards in 8 plays as Brady found TE Aaron Hernandez for a 12-yard touchdown. The Patriots would not score again in the game.

On the Giants’ first possession of the third quarter, New York drove 45 yards in 10 plays to set up a successful 38-yard field goal by PK Lawrence Tynes. Patriots 17 – Giants 12. The key play on the drive was an 8-yard reception by WR Hakeem Nicks on 3rd-and-4.

The Patriots went three-and-out on their second possession of the half when DE Justin Tuck sacked Brady on 3rd-and-8. The Giants then responded with another field goal by driving 33 yards in 9 plays. Tynes’ 33-yard field goal cut the Patriots’ lead to 17-15. FB Henry Hynoski made a huge play on this possession by recovering a fumble by Nicks after a 17-yard reception.

On New England’s ensuing possession, LB Chase Blackburn picked off Brady at the Giants’ 8-yard line on a deep pass intended for TE Rob Gronkowski early in the fourth quarter. The Giants were able to move the football to the Patriots 38-yard line, but the drive stalled and the Giants punted. On this possession, RG Chris Snee saved the day by recovering a fumble by Bradshaw at the Giants’ 11-yard line.

With 9:24 to play, New England managed to drive 48 yards in 11 plays and take 5:38 off of the clock. But the Patriots missed an opportunity to ice the game when WR Wes Welker could not hold onto a 2nd-and-11 deep pass. The Patriots punted two plays later from the Giants’ 44-yard line.

With 3:46 to go, and trailing by two points, the Giants began their final possession of the game from their own 12-yard line. The biggest play of the drive was a phenomenal 38-yard sideline reception by WR Mario Manningham to start the possession. The play gave the Giants a first down at midfield. Two plays later, Manning found Manningham again for 16 yards. Two plays after that, Manning hit Nicks for 14 down to the New England 18-yard line with two minutes to play. Bradshaw gained 7 yards, Nicks 4 yards, and then Bradshaw 1 yard. Then on 2nd-and-goal from the 6-yard line, Bradshaw scored on a run up the middle with 57 seconds left to play. The Giants’ 2-point conversion attempt failed and New York led 21-17.

The Patriots had one last chance. After two incompletions and a 6-yard sack by Tuck, Brady was able to convert on 4th-and-16 by finding WR Deion Branch for 19 yards. He followed that up with an 11-yard reception to Hernandez that moved the ball to the New England 44-yard line with 17 seconds after Brady spiked the football. A 5-yard penalty on Tuck moved the ball to the 49-yard line, but the Patriots were not able to complete their final three passes, including a Hail Mary into the end zone on the game’s final play.

Offensively, aside from Manning’s numbers, Nicks finished the game with 10 catches and 109 yards. Bradshaw carried the football 17 times for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, LB Michael Boley led the team with 10 tackles. Tuck had both of the Giants’ sacks. Blackburn had the game’s only turnover.

Highlights/lowlights of the game are available at NFL.com.

The trophy presentation video and post-game celebration video are also available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: TE Travis Beckum left the game in the 2nd quarter with a torn ACL in his right knee. TE Jake Ballard left the game in the 4th quarter with a torn meniscus in his left knee – not the same knee with the partially-torn PCL. DE Dave Tollefson broke his hand and dislocated a finger.

Post-Game NFL Network Interviews: Video clips of NFL Network interviews with the following Giants are available at NFL.com:

  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • HB Ahmad Bradshaw (Video)
  • HB Brandon Jacobs (Video)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Video)
  • DE Justin Tuck (Video)

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were HB Da’Rel Scott, WR Ramses Barden, OC Jim Cordle, OT James Brewer, DE Justin Trattou, DT Jimmy Kennedy, and LB Mark Herzlich.

Feb 052012
 
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Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The transcript of this week’s Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at Giants.com.

NY Post Q&A With Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch: Super Bowl Q&A With Steve Tisch by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Catching On After a Last Chance by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Pierre-Paul’s Father Will Have a Different Vision of Game by Mike Lopresti of USA Today

Article on the Giants’ Safeties: Safety Group Keys Giants’ Defense by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the Giants’ Practice Squad Players: Giants Practice Squad Players Enjoying Super Bowl Ride, Despite Not Being Able to Play in Big Game by Brendan Prunty of The Star-Ledger

Giants Player Trivia: Things You May Not Know About Giants by David Satriano of The New York Post

Article on Giants’ Director of College Scouting Marc Ross: Ross’ Loss Gain for Big Blue by Mark Hale of The New York Post

Article on Ann Mara: A Matriarch on the Injured List Adds to Her Giants Highlights by Dave Anderson of The New York Times

Articles on the Giants and Previous Super Bowls:

Feb 042012
 
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February 3, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) did not practice yesterday. He is officially listed as “probable” for the game against the Patriots on Sunday.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin said Bradshaw’s foot “was a little sore…but he’s okay. He’ll be ready.”

DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) and S Tyler Sash (foot) practiced on a limited basis yesterday. Sash apparently had his foot stepped on during practice and left the field to get it wrapped. Sash said he is fine. Both players are “probable” for the game.

WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), LB Jacquian Williams (foot), and CB Corey Webster (hamstring) fully practiced. All three players are “probable.”

Saturday’s Schedule: The Giants held their final regular practice yesterday. The team will have a jog-through practice this morning. The players will have the afternoon off. In the evening, there will be 75 minutes of team meetings, an evening chapel service, and a team snack before an 11:00PM curfew.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

NFL Network Interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The video of yesterday’s NFL Network interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at NFL.com.

NFL Network Interview with Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch: The video of yesterday’s NFL Network interview with Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch is available at NFL.com.

Article on the 2011 New York Giants: Giants Are Inspiring Because They Suffer, Then Succeed by Harvey Araton of The New York Times

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Article on Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn: Giants Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn ‘One of the Guys’ by Josh Weinfuss of The Oklahoman

Article on Defensive Quality Control Coach Al Holcomb: Giants Assistant Al Holcomb and His Family Have Sacrificed to Chase a Dream by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on QB Eli Manning: Oxford Perfect Fit For ‘Just’ Eli by Rick Cleveland of The Clarion-Ledger

Article on Giants’ Scout Chris Pettit and WR Victor Cruz: Who Found Blue’s Cruz? We’ll Tell You by Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com

Articles on TE Jake Ballard:

Article on TE Travis Beckum: Giants Tight End Beckum Under the Radar by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Article on LB Mathias Kiwanuka: Giants’ Mathias Kiwanuka and His Brother Have Grown Closer After Horrifying Motorcycle Accident by Kevin Manahan of The Star-Ledger

Article Profiling a Few Giant Players: A Deeper Look at a Few Giants, from Farmer Mitch Petrus to Rodeo-Lover Bear Pascoe by Brendan Prunty of The Star-Ledger

Article on OC Jim Cordle: Ex-OSU Player Faces Off Against New England in Super Bowl by Tom Archdeacon of The Springfield News-Sun

Article on the Giants and Yoga: Yoga: How the New York Giants Prepare for the Super Bowl by Alex Crees of FOXNews.com

Article on the Giants and the Maras: For Mara Family, Owning Giants Has Provided Stabilizing Force for NFL, Rich History for Team by Sarah Portlock and Susan Todd of The Star-Ledger

Article on Giants’ Chief of Security Mike Murphy: With Coach After Coach, the Same Vigilant Face by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

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February 2, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee) practiced on a limited basis yesterday.

WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), LB Jacquian Williams (foot), and CB Corey Webster (hamstring) fully practiced.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Thursday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

WFAN Interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Media Q&A With Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: The transcript of yesterday’s media Q&A with Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell is available at The New York Post.

Media Q&A With General Manager Jerry Reese: The transcript of yesterday’s media Q&A session with General Manager Jerry Reese is available at Giants.com.

NFL Network Interview with General Manager Jerry Reese: The video of an NFL Network interview with General Manager Jerry Reese is available at NFL.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants.com Q&A With Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Palmieri: The transcript of a Q&A session with Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Palmieri is available at Giants.com.

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Where Coughlin First Laid Down the Law by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Article on Assistant Special Teams Coach Larry Izzo: Former Patriot Izzo Looking for Redemption by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Unflappable Eli Always Has Thrived in the Pressure Cooker by Albert Breer of NFL.com

Article on CB Prince Amukamara: Prince Amukamara Takes a Rough Path to Super Bowl XLVI by Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Giants’ Antrel Rolle Finally Finds Solid Ground With Help From Safeties Coach by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants’ Rookies and the Super Bowl: Rookies at Super Bowl? Preposterous by Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal

Article on Former Giants OC Shaun O’Hara: Ex-NY Giant Shaun O’Hara Still Feels For His Super Bowl Team by Bob Raissman of The Daily News

Frank Gifford Weighs In: Gifford Goes with Eli as Best Giant QB by David Fierro of GreenwichTime.co

Feb 022012
 
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February 1, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report – Everyone Practices: Aside from the 13 Giants on Injured Reserve, everyone practiced yesterday.

HB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee), LB Jacquian Williams (foot), and CB Corey Webster (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

WFAN Interview with General Manager Jerry Reese: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN interview with General Manager Jerry Reese is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Giants GM Reese Breeds Success by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: Giants’ Perry Fewell Fueled by Job Snubs by Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the Giants’ Defensive Line: Operation Terminate Tom Brady by Aditi Kinkhabwala of The Wall Street Journal

Article on HB Ahmad Bradshaw: Foot Injury Can’t Stop Ahmad by George Willis of The New York Post

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Giants D-Line Coach Grooming JPP by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Fit to a T: ‘Where Trel At?’ Spawned by Leadership of Giants’ Rolle by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on S Deon Grant: Giants’ Deon Grant Faces New England Patriots Again Looking for Another Big Play by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Tyler Sash: Giants’ Tyler Sash Thinking of Ailing Iowa Teammate by Mike Vaccaro of The New York Post

Article on P Steve Weatherford: Weatherford’s Gifts Keep on Coming to Hometown by Nancy Armour of The Associated Press

Article on the Giants and Troy, Alabama: Sizable Connection to Giants For a Small City in Alabama by Mike Tierney of The New York Times

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January 31, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: The first practice for the Giants in Indianapolis will be today, but there was some updated injury news yesterday.

LB Jacquian Williams (foot) is out of his boot and he says he is feeling better. “It’s better,” Williams said. “It is a day-to-day thing. But I will be there (on Sunday)…(The boot) was a precaution thing. I’ll practice. Whether I will be limited or not, I don’t know.”

WR Hakeem Nicks (shoulder) is also feeling better. “It feels a lot better this week,” Nicks said. “I’m just trying to go out there and play and have a good week of practice. There should be no setbacks. It’s not sore or anything. The rest helped out a lot with just my shoulder and just my body in general. I just took a couple of practices off and then would come out this week and be ready to go.”

Finally, TE Jake Ballard (knee) says he is also feeling better. “It is still a little tweaked,” Ballard said. “It feels a lot better than it has in a long time. I am running well and I am running a lot better than I have in the last three or four games.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Ballard’s potential impact. “Huge,” replied Coughlin. “Jake’s feeling better. He’s been a big part of what we do. He received an injury, fought his way through the injury. He is maneuvering better, playing better. That being that case, Eli has a lot of confidence in Jake…He was struggling a little bit, but he’s got a great heart and he did everything he could to help us a win.”

Media Day Madness: Transcripts and video of the following media Q&A sessions with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and various players are available at Giants.com:

NFL Network Interview with WR Victor Cruz and S Antrel Rolle: The video of yesterday’s NFL Network interview with WR Victor Cruz and S Antrel Rolle is available at NFL.com.

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Article on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: Giants Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell Says He Would Have Declined Head Coaching Interviews During Super Bowl XLVI Run by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on Wide Receivers Coach Sean Ryan: Secret of a Coach’s Success? Ivy League Recruiting Battles by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Giants’ Victor Cruz Rose to Surprise Stardom After Team Nearly Waived Him by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Domenik Hixon: Giants’ Domenik Hixon Puts Bad Luck in Its Place as He Recovers from Another Injury by Dave D’Alessandro of The Star-Ledger

Article on HB Brandon Jacobs and DE Osi Umenyiora: Jacobs, Osi Focus on XLVI, Not Future by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the Giants’ Rookie Class: Giants’ Overlooked Rookies Make It To Super Bowl After Missing Out On Combine by Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger

Article on LB Mark Herzlich: Herzlich, Nun Keep Faith During Cancer Fight by Kevin Armstrong of The Daily News

Article on Former Giants OLs Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara: Giants Linemen Miss Former Teammates by Justin Terranova of The New York Post

Quotes: Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride on QB Eli Manning: “When people talk about toughness, they talk about linebackers or a fullback – they don’t think of the quarterback. But it’s a totally different makeup.  You’re not inflicting the blow.  The willingness to stand in there and focus on your job, which is delivering the pass, and knowing that you’re going to get hit is a different kind of courage.  And Eli definitely possesses it.  As a coach, you appreciate the toughness that he shows and his willingness to do whatever it takes to win the game.”