Dec 212012
 

December 20, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report:HB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), OC David Baas (hip/shoulder), OG Chris Snee (hip), and DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) did not practice yesterday.

WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), WR Rueben Randle (back), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), and S Tyler Sash (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

DT Chris Canty (neck) fully practiced.

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

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants Online: The video of this week’s edition of Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Article on the 2012 New York Giants: Ex-Giant Says Team Looks ‘Mentally Drained’ by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: A Stickler for Order Finds Chaos as Usual by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Articles on the Giants’ Defensive Line:

Article on QB Eli Manning: The Big Easy by S.L. Price of SI.com

Article on S Stevie Brown:From Small Town to Big-City Playmaker, Giants’ Brown a Revelation by Dennis Dillon of SI.com

Dec 202012
 
Atlanta Falcons 34 (12-2) – New York Giants 0 (8-6)

By rnargi for BigBlueInteractive.com

Game Overview:

Here we go again.  One week after putting up the most points since 1986, the Giants got shut out in a regular season game for the first time since 1996 (they were shut out by Carolina in the 2006 playoffs).  New York was flat.  Plain and simple, from the opening return that Wilson took out of the end zone despite being around 8 yards deep, this team wasn’t on point.  They had no focus.  They looked disinterested.

Could they be reeling from the recent tragedies that have hit close to home?  This is the second time this season that the Giants have come out flat after a national tragedy hit in their area.  The first time was against the Steelers following Hurricane Sandy and this time it was after the awful shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown, CT.

When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, southwestern  Connecticut was Giants country.  The demarcation point between Giants and Patriots fandom was set somewhere in the Hartford vicinity back then, and from what I understand that is still the case.  There is no doubt in my mind that the horrible event affected the team.  They said they wanted to win for the fans after both tragedies, to allow the fans to take their minds off the situation for a few hours but both times were unable to deliver.  I know how hard it is to perform your job and/or task after a tragedy.  Focus isn’t the same and it’s harder than hell to keep your concentration.  You can’t help but have your mind wander.

I’m not giving the Giants an excuse or a get out of jail free card.  The NFL is a sixteen game schedule and every single one is of utmost importance.  You can’t have a throw away game in the NFL.  You can’t rest players like you can in the other three major leagues.  We all know the Giants can still win the East and they control their own destiny as far as the playoffs go.  If they win their next two games, they’re in despite the fact that they’ve fallen from first place to third place in the NFC East.

New York absorbed the worst shutout defeat by a defending Super Bowl Champion in history, and became just the fourth team in NFL history to score more than 50 points one week and then get shut out the next.

Wouldn’t these be great little tidbits for the 2012 America’s Game program?

Offense:

The Giants were playing without HB Ahmad Bradshaw after losing HB Andre Brown two weeks ago, leaving relatively untested rookie David Wilson to try and carry the load with help from street free agent Kregg Lumpkin.  Additionally, David Diehl is now the undisputed starter at RT, Hakeem Nicks is still not anywhere near 100%, and C Kevin Bass along with RG Chris Snee are playing through various injuries.  Let’s face it folks, this offense is beat up something fierce.  Still, they were no more beat up this week than they were in the second half against the Saints and they did a pretty good job then.

New York never got in any type of sustained groove all day.  On their second play from scrimmage, Eli Manning made the worst decision of the season to throw to Nicks despite bracket coverage that allowed his nemesis, Asante Samuel, to guess and make a play on the ball for an interception.  Naturally, the interception turned into an Atlanta touchdown and once again the Giants were down very early in the game.  On Sunday, they never recovered.  On their next drive, the Giants were unable to capitalize on a first and 10 from the Atlanta 19-yard line and then missed a 30-yard field goal.  That’s the way the game went for the offense all day.

Despite the two turnovers, New York was actually done in most by the fact that they were unable to convert two fourth-and-one opportunities when trying to claw back into the game.  Twice in the first half, HC Tom Coughlin decided against attempting field goals (granted, both were after Tynes missed the 30-yarder) and both times the Giants couldn’t convert.  Most devastating and lost in most of the commentary is the fact that both fourth down failures came after third and very short (third-and-two and third-and-one) opportunities.  The Giants had two chances on each drive to convert a short distance and failed.  Combined with the two first-half interceptions that led to 10 Atlanta points, and the missed field goal, New York was out of the game at halftime.

The second half offense isn’t even worth commenting on as there really was none.  New York’s first drive was a 9 play jaunt that gained 55 yards to the Atlanta 25 yard line, but going for it again on fourth down and two yards to go, Manning’s throw to Lumpkin was knocked down at the line of scrimmage.  That play occurred with just under seven minutes left in the third quarter.  What I’m about to write is not a typo.  Over the next 22 minutes, the New York offense ran just five plays for 18 yards, one first down, and committed another turnover on a fumble.   New York held the ball for only 1:40 the entire fourth quarter.

Do you want to hear an amazing stat?  The Giants scored no points yet only punted twice in nine possessions.  New York’s offense committed three turnovers, gave up the ball on downs three times, and missed a field goal on another drive.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Quarterback:

QB Eli Manning is not playing good football.  The problem is that there is no way to know why.  Is he not trusting his line any longer and trying to get rid of the ball too early?  Is he not in sync with his receivers?  Nicks isn’t 100% and Cruz has obviously been, well, ‘cautious’ over the middle in recent weeks.  There is no lack of running game, as the Giants fell just short of 100 yards in the game for what would have been the fifth time in a row.

So what is it?  What makes him target Hakeem Nicks despite being covered by his absolute nemesis on the second play of the game?  Why is it that his deep balls are inconsistent all of a sudden?   One is overthrown by three yards, the next is underthrown by three yards.  Then he puts one right on the money.  What is causing the inconsistency?

Manning finished his day completing just 13-of-25 passes for a whopping 161 yards.  The pressure wasn’t intense, but Manning did have pressure.  He was sacked once for a two yard loss and hit just twice.  Manning’s two interceptions helped lead him to a woeful 38.9 passer rating and an astoundingly bad and completely embarrassing 4.8 QBR.  Yes, that is correct, a 4.8 out of 100.  The only two worse this week were Chad Henne and Joe Flacco.  Even Mark Sanchez had a higher rating at 6.8.

If the Giants are to win the next two games and make a run, Manning has got to turn his game around and stop throwing early interceptions that are leading to early deficits.

Running Backs:

David Wilson got his first start, subbing for injured HBs Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown.  Wilson had his ups and downs, carrying 12 times for 55 yards with a long of 25 yards.  Unfortunately, Wilson was unable to convert a fourth-and-one play with six minutes left to play in the second quarter with the Giants trailing 17-0.  Frankly, it felt as though the game was over right then and there.  Wilson made one reception and showed some power and determination by catching the swing pass and taking on three tacklers and still getting 11 yards and a first down.

It’s important to note that Wilson got absolutely steamrolled by blitzing linebacker Sean Weatherspoon which put pressure on Manning (who was hit and dropped by Weatherspoon) and may have caused him to throw into coverage on the first interception.  Wilson was trucked, rag dolled, blown up, whatever adjective you want to use but frankly that’s why he hasn’t played on passing downs before now.  Incidentally, Manning had Bear Pascoe all alone five yards downfield across the middle on the play.  Interestingly, nobody on the broadcast noted this issue.

Kregg Lumpkin played well in his first sustained action, well, ever.  He set career highs in carries with 9, yards gained with 42, and also had a career long run of 22 yards.  The problem was that before Wilson’s failed fourth-and-one, Lumpkin gained just one yard on third-and-two.  Later, Lumpkin failed on another third-and-one that led to another failed fourth down conversion for the Giants.  Lumpkin’s fumble was a fluke play as the ball was punched out from behind.  Lumpkin didn’t even know a player was there to make that play.

Receivers:

WR Domenik Hixon once again impressed for New York, catching five of six passes for 80 yards, his most productive day in quite a while.  Hixon lately seems to be the most consistent of the wide receivers.

Victor Cruz was targeted just five times, catching three for only 15 yards while Nicks only caught three of seven balls thrown his way for 40 yards.  Both of Manning’s interceptions came on balls thrown in the vicinity of Nicks.

TE Martellus Bennett was invisible on Sunday.  Manning went his way just twice and Bennett caught one for 15 yards.

Offensive Line:

I really didn’t pay a lot of attention to the offensive line, but frankly the protection for Eli Manning seemed pretty good for most of the day.  Other than two long runs that accounted for nearly half the Giants rushing yards, the Giants ran 19 times for just 50 yards.  That’s a 2.6 ypc average.  Not good.

Defense:

Once again, New York was powerless to stop the running game and powerless to get to the quarterback.  As such, QB Matt Ryan was able to completely eviscerate the Giants secondary.  Ryan finished completing 23 of 28 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensive Front 7:

All that needs to be said about the defensive line is this:

  • 1st down at NYG16 :  14:03 Michael Turner rush to the right for 3 yards to the NYG13. Tackled by Keith Rivers.
  • 2nd down at NYG13:  13:28 Michael Turner rush to the left for 8 yards to the NYG5. Tackled by Spencer Paysinger.
  • 1st down at NYG5:  12:53 Michael Turner rush to the right for 4 yards to the NYG1. Tackled by Linval Joseph.
  • 2nd down at NYG1:  12:14 Michael Turner rush to the right for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN.

Four plays, 16 yards, one first down, one touchdown.  One lineman was in on a tackle over the four plays, Linval Joseph.  Joseph only had two other tackles on the day.  Chris Canty did his best to clog the middle, recording five solo tackles including the only Giant sack.

I have no idea what Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, or Jason Pierre-Paul did on Sunday but it wasn’t playing football.  The three of them were in on just 7 of 64 tackles during the game and never really got close to Ryan.  Osi was credited with two quarterback hits but I don’t recall them impacting the play.

The linebackers didn’t play well either, particularly Michael Boley who had just two tackles while trying to cover TE Tony Gonzalez.  Between Boley and Rolle trying to cover him, Gonzalez caught six of seven passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.  Neither could stay with Gonzalez.  Chase Blackburn continued his solid play at MIKE, making seven tackles and breaking up a third down pass to Gonzalez.  The rest of the linebackers didn’t do much to distinguish themselves, but frankly Mathais Kiwanuka is not and should never again be a linebacker.

Secondary:

Before this week’s game, Corner Forum contributor Joey in Va posted a thread in which he extolled the virtues of Giants understudies from the past several years and how they’ve been able to step up late and help the Giants move forward.  One of the players discussed, Jayron Hosley, was flat out horrible on Sunday.  I mentioned in the thread that Hosley looked like a lost colt, all arms and legs, when he was forced outside late in the Saints game.  Well on Sunday he was beaten like a red-headed step child by Julio Jones on the game sealing touchdown that opened up the second half and was picked on constantly by Ryan.  Frankly, Hosley at this point of his young career has no business as a starting CB on the outside.

Not to be outdone, Corey Webster was beaten by Jones on his second touchdown and gave up a number of deep balls to WR Harry Douglas.  Webster’s lost year continues.

Safeties Will Hill and Stevie Brown played well, but Antrel Rolle was invisible most of the game.  Rolle only had one tackle and had no impact plays.  Rolle was also beaten by Douglas.

Special Teams:

Sometimes it’s best not to read your own press clippings.  There is no way that KR David Wilson should have taken the opening kickoff out of the end zone.  His decision hurt the Giants.  On the whole, the Giants return teams did nothing spectacular.  The coverage teams basically had the day off as the Giants only punted twice and kicked off once.

K Lawrence Tynes once again missed a chip shot field goal.  The kicker who was so reliable early on is now causing everyone to hold their breath every time he kicks.

Coaching:

Who knows what actually happened to this team this week, but it’s clear that HC Tom Coughlin did not have this team ready to play on Sunday.  Yes, injuries are hurting the Giants but there is no excuse for what happened on Sunday.  Preparation has to be questioned on both sides of the ball.

Final Thoughts:

Two games left.  Win both and go to the playoffs.  I believe if they win both, they will be NFC East Champs.  It will all depend on which team decides to show up on Sunday.

(Box Score – New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons, December 16, 2012)
Dec 202012
 

December 19, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), OC David Baas (hip/shoulder), OG Chris Snee (hip), and DE Justin Tuck (shoulder) did not practice yesterday.

DT Chris Canty (neck), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), and S Tyler Sash (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

New York Giants Re-Sign Frederick to the Practice Squad: The Giants re-signed CB Terrence Frederick to the Practice Squad yesterday.

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

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the Giants’ Defense:

Article on QB Eli Manning: QB Eli Manning’s Emotions Remain Steady by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on WR Victor Cruz:

Article on PK Lawrence Tynes: Giants’ Lawrence Tynes Is Confident He’ll Get Back On Track by Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger

Dec 192012
 

Approach to the Game – New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens, December 23, 2012: Another season, another living-on-the-edge finish for the NFL Champion New York Giants.  With two regular-season games left to play, let’s statistically compare the 2011 Giants with the 2012 team:

  • Total Offense (Yards):  2011: 8th (385.1); 2012: 10th (364.6)
  • Points per Game: 2011: 9th (24.6); 2012: 6th (26.6)
  • Passing: 2011: 5th (295.9); 2012: 9th (249.6)
  • Rushing: 2011: 32nd (89.2); 2012: 15th (115.0)
  • Total Defense (Yards):  2011: 27th (376.4); 2012: 28th (377.4)
  • Points Allowed Per Game: 2011: 25th (25.0); 2012: 12th (21.7)
  • Pass Defense: 2011: 29th (255.1); 2012: 28th (253.7)
  • Rush Defense: 2011: 19th (121.2); 2012: 22nd (123.7)

I find these numbers very interesting.  They are remarkably similar except for two areas: (1) the 2012 New York Giants are better balanced offensively (more rushing yards, fewer passing yards, slightly less total yards); and (2) while the defensive stats across the board are among the worst in the NFL again, the scoring defense improved dramatically in 2012.

So the 2012 Giants have better offensive balance and improved scoring defense.

But also keep in mind where the Giants were at this time last season.  They were 7-7, having gone 1-5 after a 6-2 start.  The 2012 Giants have gone 2-4 after a 6-2 start.  Both teams got badly embarrassed in Week 15.  But both teams amazingly still controlled or control their playoff destinies.

The Giants can still do this.  But they are officially in playoff mode right now.  There is no more room for error.  They have to win every remaining game.  Can they find that magic karma that propelled them to a 6-game winning streak at the end of 2011 once again?  They do have it in them, but they have to raise their focus, intensity, and toughness.

What the 2012 New York Giants need to do is start winning the close football games again.  Screw BUILD THE BRIDGE.  The battle cry once again must be FINISH!  Finish every play…finish every series…finish every game…finish the season.

A few weeks ago, a 15-year old boy with cancer had to remind the New York Giants that they were indeed NFL Champions.  He asked them to play like it.  If this team is going to make a run, Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Corey Webster are going to have to carry this team like they did during last year’s run.  Yes, they need help from everyone on the 53-man roster, but the stars must start playing like stars again.

Eli, Victor, Hakeem, Jason, Osi, and Corey…whatever you have got going on in your personal lives, you are going to have to set aside for the next month and a half.  Yes there are wives, girlfriends, kids, Christmas, and everyday nightmares like Hurricane Sandy and Sandy Hook, but you have to compartmentalize those things and just be a FOOTBALL PLAYER.  Just for a few more weeks.  You are the ones who MUST carry this team.  If you don’t, I guarantee that years from now you’ll look back with immense regret over the tremendous opportunity lost.  Just remember the satisfaction you received when you held that trophy up or when you rode the float or when you slipped that ring on your finger.  The NFC and the AFC are not that tough.   You’ve already soundly beaten three of the most dangerous teams in the NFL.  You can do this.  This might be your last ride.  Don’t blow it.

Play like World Champions.

Dec 192012
 

New York Giants Re-Sign Selvish Capers, Waive Terrence Frederick: The Giants re-signed OG Selvish Capers to the 53-man roster yesterday. 

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN Radio: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN Radio interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

  • DE Osi Umenyiora (Audio)
  • S Kenny Phillips (Audio)

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Needs to Do What He Does Best — Lead by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Dec 182012
 

Matt Rhule Becomes Temple’s Next Head Coach: As had been rumored, Giants’ Assistant Offensive Line Coach Matt Rhule has become Temple University’s new head coach. Rhule will finish the NFL season with the Giants. Rhule joined the Giants after this past Super Bowl.

December 17, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: HB Ahmad Bradshaw missed the game against the Falcons with a sprained knee. He insists he is playing this weekend against the Ravens but Head Coach Tom Coughlin is not so sure.

“Yes. I’m planning on going this week,” said Bradshaw. “It’s healing a lot quicker than expected and my plan is to be out there Sunday…I just want to rest. That’s the plan. I’ll be ready Sunday.”

“I’m not sure (if Bradshaw will be available Sunday) yet,” said Coughlin. “I, medically, do not have that kind of feedback yet.”

OG Chris Snee injured his hip in the Atlanta game and was in and out of the lineup. Coughlin was asked if he had an update. “Not yet,” replied Coughlin. “I don’t know that we’ll get anything. It’s being treated; being looked at…the doctors are in control of that. Hopefully, he’ll feel much better tomorrow and then we’ll know that if there’s progress, then we can think that if progress continues, we would have a chance.”

DT Chris Canty suffered a burner in the game. “Just got a little banged up, nothing serious,’’ Canty said. “It happens. It was a physical football game…There’s no question about (me playing on Sunday). It’s all in, all in.’’

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.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants on WFAN Radio: Audio clips of yesterday’s WFAN Radio interviews with the following players are available at CBSNewYork.com:

Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

Article on QB Eli Manning: Having Hope, but Needing a Consistent Manning by Sam Borden of The New York Times

Dec 162012
 

Falcons Humiliate Giants 34-0, Redskins and Cowboys Now in Driver’s Seat in NFC East: The New York Giants, defending NFL Champions, decided not to play competitive football on Sunday and lost 34-0 to the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome. With the loss, the Giants fall to 8-6 overall. Worse for New York, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys both won and improved their records to 8-6. Although the Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys currently have identical records, the Redskins and Cowboys have the inside track on the division title due to their superior divisional records. The Giants can still earn a Wild Card appearance if they win their last two games against the Ravens and Eagles.

The Giants were shut out for the first time since 1996. The 34-0 drubbing is also the worst loss ever suffered by a defending Super Bowl Champion.

Given the final score, as one would expect, the statistics were completely one-sided. The Falcons out-gained the Giants in total offensive plays (67 to 47), first downs (22 to 10), total net yards (394 to 256), net yards rushing (129 to 97), net yards passing (265 to 159), and time of possession (38:57 to 21:03). In addition, the Giants turned the football over three times while the Falcons did not turn the ball over once.

The Giants had six first-half possessions. QB Eli Manning was intercepted on the second play by CB Asante Samuel who returned the football to the Giants’ 16-yard line. Four plays later, HB Michael Turner scored from one yard out. Falcons 7 – Giants 0.

The Giants drove 68 yards in 10 plays on their second drive, but PK Lawrence Tynes missed a 30-yard field goal. The Falcons followed that up with a 10-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Ryan to TE Tony Gonzalez. Falcons 14 – Giants 0.

Both teams exchanged punts and the Giants’ fourth drive quickly ended with an other interception by Manning who was picked off by S Thomas DeCoud, setting up the Falcons at the Giants’ 27-yard line. The Giants’ defense held for once, but the Falcons still kicked the 38-yard field goal to go up 17-0.

The Giants turned the ball over on downs on their final two drives of the half. After reaching the Falcons’ 32-yard line, Head Coach Tom Coughlin decided to go for it on 4th-and-1, but HB David Wilson was stuffed for no gain. The Giants drove to the Falcons’ 11-yard line on their final possession of the half, but on 4th-and-1, Manning’s pass to WR Victor Cruz fell incomplete.

At the half, Atlanta led 17-0.

The Falcons received the football to start the second half and drove 80 yards in 8 plays for a touchdown as Ryan hit WR Julio Jones for a 40-yard score. Falcons 24 – Giants 0.

The now desperate Giants drove to the Atlanta 25-yard line on their first possession of the half, but Manning’s 4th-and-2 pass to HB Kregg Lumpkin fell incomplete. The Giants were 0-for-3 on 4th down conversion attempts.

The Falcons put together a long, clock-consuming drive on their second possession of the half. The 12-play, 73-yard drive resulted in a 19-yard field goal and the Falcons now led 27-0 at the end of the third quarter.

The Giants went three-and-out on their second possession of the second half. Atlanta then drove 69 yards in 13 plays with Ryan hitting Jones for a 3-yard score and an insurmountable 34-0 advantage with just under five minutes to play. The Giants turned the football over on their final drive when Lumpkin fumbled the ball away. The Falcons then ran out the clock to win the game.

Unbelievably, the Giants only had three possessions and 14 offensive plays in the entire second half of the game.

Offensively, Manning finished 13-of-25 for 161 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. His leading receiver was WR Domenik Hixon who had five catches for 80 yards. The only two Giants to carry the ball were David Wilson (12 carries for 55 yards) and Kregg Lumpkin (9 carries for 42 yards).

Defensively, the Giants forced no turnovers and only had one sack, the latter by DT Chris Canty. QB Matt Ryan only failed to complete five passes.

Lowlights of the game are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: DT Chris Canty suffered a burner in the game and had trouble moving his right arm after the contest. CB Jayron Hosley injured an ankle but returned to the game. OG Chris Snee injured his hip in the game and was in and out of the lineup.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference is available at Giants.com.

Post-Game Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of the following player media Q&As after the game are available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were HB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), S Tyler Sash (hamstring), TE Adrien Robinson, DE Adewale Ojomo, and DT Marvin Austin.

Dec 162012
 

New York Giants to Honor Sandy Hook Shooting Victims: The Giants will honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting with the letters “S.H.E.S.” marked on the back of their helmets during today’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Michael Boley Makes Trip to Atlanta: LB Michael Boley, who is officially listed as “questionable” for today’s game against the Atlanta Falcons with a back injury, made the trip to Georgia yesterday. The only Giants not to travel were the ones officially ruled out of the game: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), and S Tyler Sash (hamstring).

New York Giants Sign Frederick to 53-Man Roster, Waive Capers: The Giants signed CB Terrence Frederick to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad yesterday. To make room for Frederick, the Giants waived OG Selvish Capers.

NY Post Q&A With FB Henry Hynoski: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with … Henry Hynoski by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the Giants and Injuries: Giants Take the Cautious Approach When It Comes to the Line Between Injured and Hurt by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger

Article on TE Martellus Bennett: Giants’ Martellus Bennett Almost Pursued a Career in Basketball by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Dec 152012
 

Temple University Will Offer Head Coaching Job to Matt Rhule: According to press reports, Temple University has decided to offer their head coaching vacancy to Giants’ Assistant Offensive Line Coach Matt Rhule. OwlScoop.com is reporting that Rhule is expected to accept the offer and a press conference to announce the hiring has been set for Monday.

December 14, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report – Bradshaw, Amukamara, Phillips, Sash Out: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), and S Tyler Sash (hamstring) did not practice yesterday. All four players have been officially ruled out of the game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) and LB Michael Boley (back) practiced on a limited basis. Nicks is “probable” for the game while Boley is “questionable.”

“I think it was Wednesday morning (that Boley’s back problems started),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “But he’s fine. I think he’ll be fine.”

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), OC David Baas (shoulder), and TE Travis Beckum (knee) fully practiced. All three players are “probable” for the game.

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.

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Heading to Atlanta by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on HB David Wilson: Showing Tireless Speed, Giants Rookie Gets Second Shot by Tom Pedulla of  The New York Times

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Victor Cruz Has Something to Prove by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on TE Martellus Bennett: Bennett Patterns Game After Falcons Great by George Willis of The New York Post

Articles on the Defensive Line:

Article on CB Jayron Hosley: Giants Need Rookie DB Jayron Hosley to Step Up by Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record

Dec 142012
 

December 13, 2012 New York Giants Injury Report: HB Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot), LB Michael Boley (back), CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), and S Tyler Sash (hamstring) did not practice yesterday.

“I definitely felt a little bit more pain after the game after the adrenaline started to come down, but I don’t know what my status will be this weekend until the coach or the trainers tell me,” said Amukamara. “(Hamstrings) can be quite lingering…I’m going to say it’s a strain. It doesn’t feel like a tear. A tear sounds more severe. So I’m going to say it’s a strain.”

“(Phillips) was back and then obviously had a setback, and now he’s working his way back again,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “The nature of the injury is such.”

WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) were limited in practice.

OC David Baas (shoulder) and TE Travis Beckum (knee) fully practiced.

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

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants Online: The video of this week’s edition of Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Article on WR Jerrel Jernigan: Jernigan Complements Wilson in Return Game by Dan Salomone of Giants.com