Aug 312013
 
Tyler Sash, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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New York Giants Reduce Roster to 53: The Giants have reduced their roster from 75 to 53 players.

As expected, due to his previously-announced drug suspension, the Giants placed S Will Hill on the Reserve/Suspended List. Hill will not be able to practice or play with the team for four weeks. Hill will be eligible to return to the active roster on September 30.

Also, as expected, the Giants placed DT Markus Kuhn (knee) on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. Kuhn was placed on the Active (preseason) PUP at the start of training camp. Kuhn is required to remain on the Reserve/PUP for at least six weeks.

WR Ramses Barden (knee) was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve.

The team also released the following 19 players:

  • QB David Carr (contract terminated)
  • RB Ryan Torain (contract terminated)
  • WR Kevin Hardy (waived)
  • WR Marcus Harris (waived)
  • WR Julian Talley (waived)
  • OL Selvish Capers (waived/injured)
  • OL Matt McCants (waived)
  • OL Stephen Goodin (waived)
  • OL Bryant Browning (waived)
  • OL Eric Herman (waived)
  • DE Adrian Tracy (waived)
  • DE Matt Broha (waived)
  • DE Adewale Ojomo (waived)
  • DT Marvin Austin (waived)
  • LB Kyle Bosworth (waived)
  • CB Charles James (waived)
  • CB Terrence Frederick (waived)
  • S Tyler Sash (waived with injury settlement)
  • S David Caldwell (waived)

“This is not my favorite day by a long shot,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “It never gets easier, because every year the principals involved are different. My gut starts bothering me about two days before. The day of it I get the headache and the whole bit that goes with it. When you speak to these kids and you work with them and you see them, you do see their effort and what they put forth and how important it is to them. It’s not an easy thing to stand there when a young man walks into his office and as soon as you put your hand out, he starts crying. It’s always difficult to let a guy go that you’ve had with you for a while.”

Coughlin made comments on the following players:

  • QB David Carr: “We simply based it on the preseason. From the standpoint of all the evaluations, it pointed to the fact that (Curtis) Painter had a better preseason. We’ll miss David Carr around here, to be honest with you. He’s done an outstanding job directing our second offense and our scout team. He has the ability to do whatever we ask of him in that regard. He can run the option, he can be the running quarterback if you want him to do that. Ryan Nassib is going to have to step up and be that guy when you’re talking about the teams we play that have a running quarterback.”
  • QB Ryan Nassib: “When we drafted (Nassib), then you have an idea that you’re going to have to develop young quarterback. That’s what his role is. So be it if that’s what it takes. From the standpoint of strategy, you have to understand that many times the balancing act stops at the quarterback position, because there is no way to trade off if in fact you are developing a young man. In our case, you have a veteran player to go along with it.”
  • DE Justin Trattou: “Trattou has the ability to help us out in a lot of different ways both from scrimmage and special teams. There were four young men who were very much in contention for that job. (Matt) Broha was very much involved in that, too. Quite frankly, it was very, very close. We made a decision really based on an individual that was ranked a little bit higher on special teams.”
  •  DTs Shaun Rogers and Mike Patterson: “They played well. They deserve it. The other night (in the preseason finale in New England) they played 20-something plays and did a nice job not only in changing the line of scrimmage, but we brought them back after the half, so they demonstrated the ability to do that.”
  • RB Michael Cox: “He has demonstrated outstanding ability as a kick returner. We put him at gunner and he was a good gunner. You send him down on kickoffs and he did a nice job with that. He has shown endurance and power and strength and the attitude anywhere you put him. We preach it all the time. You make the team because of your contributions on special teams. You have a great chance. That’s what he did.”

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Rolle Confident in Giants’ D Revival by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

Aug 302013
 
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (August 29, 2013)

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New York Giants Must Reduce Roster to 53: By 6:00PM on Saturday, the Giants must make at least 22 roster moves in order to reduce their roster from 75 to 53.

August 30, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Various press sources are reporting that RB Andre Brown, who fractured his left leg in the preseason game against the Patriots, will miss 4-6 weeks. Head Coach Tom Coughlin was less definitive. “Not really (any timetable), said Coughlin. “Not until I hear some more information. There’s MRI’s and that type of stuff going on so, when we know, you’ll know.”

Coughlin was asked if Brown could be placed on Reserve/Designated-to-Return List (temporary Injured Reserve). “He could be. Yeah. Sure,” replied Coughlin. If Brown is placed on the Designated-to-Return List, he would be ineligible to return until for eight weeks. And the Giants could only put him on temporary IR after he is first on the 53-man roster, meaning another player would have to lose a roster spot first. Teams can only use the temporary IR option once per season.

TE Adrien Robinson sprained his left foot in the preseason game against the Patriots. “Supposedly a sprain,” said Coughlin. “At this point in time and, again, you could come back in five minutes and I could say it’s a different story. There’s no surgery or anything like that to talk about…It’s not exactly mid-foot (sprain), it’s off to the side a little bit. I think he tried to turn around at halftime and go last night, but he couldn’t really get up on his toes well enough to be able to do that. ”

LB Dan Connor suffered a burner in the preseason game against the Patriots, but is not expected to miss any time. “Just shoulder tightness, nothing terrible,’’ Connor said. “I could play today, I could have played a lot more (against the Patriots).’’

S Tyler Sash suffered a concussion in preseason game against the Patriots. No word yet on how much time he might miss.

WR Victor Cruz, who suffered a heel contusion in the preseason game against the Jets, says he hopes to be able to play in the season opener against the Cowboys but is unsure if the team will let him. “I hope so,” said Cruz. “We’re still going to gauge it throughout the weekend. I’m still going to be coming in for treatment or whatnot, so we’ll see how it goes. Still doctors that have to say it’s OK. The training staff is taking it slow, but I’d like to practice and get some live work in on Monday if possible.”

OC David Baas, who sprained the MCL in one of his knees in the preseason game against the Colts, says he is improving but Baas is not sure if he will be ready for the season-opener against the Cowboys. “It’s responded really well,” Baas said. “My doctors have said they are very happy with my progress. And, like I said, this is something that we’re just going to continue to work on and keep pushing it to its max and hope for the best. We’ll take it day-to-day.”

Surgery for S Stevie Brown, who tore the ACL in his left knee in the preseason game against the Jets, has not yet been scheduled. “It’s very disappointing,” said Brown. “You work all summer getting ready for the season and just a freak accident like that to happen definitely sucks.”

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

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

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: A Kinder, Gentler Coughlin Still Makes the Giants Stand Up Straight by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on RB David Wilson: RB David Wilson Ready for Primetime Role by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on S Ryan Mundy: How Will the Giants’ Defense Use Ryan Mundy? by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Aug 302013
 
Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 29, 2013)

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Andre Brown, Adrien Robinson, and Tyler Sash Injured in Preseason Loss: The New York Giants fell to the New England Patriots 28-20 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Thursday night. The Giants finished the preseason 1-3, with three straight losses.

However, the truly bad news for the Giants was once again on the injury front. RB Andre Brown broke his left leg, TE Adrien Robinson injured his left foot, and S Tyler Sash suffered a concussion. It remains to be determined how long all three players will be out.

“It’s not that bad of a break,” said Brown after the game. “Just like a little tiny crack in it. We’ve still got to do some more tests on it. Last time when I broke it we knew immediately what the problem was…They’d let me know if it was serious, but it’s not. So definitely spirits are high, positive, and I’m looking forward to coming back this season. No (surgery). Definitely not. We’ve got to go do some more tests, but it’s not as serious as it was last year.”

X-rays on Robinson’s foot were negative, but he was on crutches and in a walking boot after the game and will have to undergo further tests. “I know it is not broken,” said Robinson after the game. “First play of game, kickoff return, somebody stepped on it.”

As for the game, the Patriots decided not to play their offensive and defensive starters. The Giants played their starters for almost all of the first quarter.

The Giants’ first-team offense continued to struggle on their first two possessions of the game, netting only 19 yards and one first down. But on their third and final drive of the evening, the first-team offense drove 91 yards in 10 plays against the Patriots’ second-team defense. The big play on the drive was a 37-yard pass from QB Eli Manning to WR Louis Murphy. RB David Wilson also had a 16-yard run. The drive culminated with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Manning to WR Hakeem Nicks on 3rd-and-goal. Manning finished the game 6-of-9 for 74 yards and one touchdown.

Meanwhile, the first-team defense did give up 50 yards and three first downs to New England’s second stringers, but they did force two punts before leaving the game. The Patriots’ second-team offense did drive 86 yards in 12 plays against a mixed first- and second-team defensive unit to tie the game 7-7 in the second quarter. It appeared CB Prince Amukamara ended that drive with a leaping interception in the end zone, but after the play was reviewed, the officials questionably ruled that Amukamara landed out-of-bounds on the play. On the very next snap, CB Corey Webster batted away an end zone pass on 3rd-and-goal, but was questionably flagged for pass interference. New England scored on the next play.

The Giants went three-and-out on their next possession with Ryan Nassib at quarterback. The Patriots went up 14-7 on their very next offensive snap on a 41-yard touchdown pass against CB Terrell Thomas, who slightly stumbled on the play.

The Giants and Patriots then exchanged punts and turnovers, with QB David Carr fumbling the ball away on one series, and LB Mark Herzlich intercepting a deflected pass on the next series.

The Giants then cut the score to 14-10 late in the second quarter by moving the ball 18 yards in seven plays to set up PK Josh Brown from 35 yards out.

In the second half, the Giants scored on their first two possessions of the third quarter, going up 20-14, after a 9-play, 37-yard drive set up a 48-yard field goal and then a 3-play, 21-yard drive finished with a 6-yard touchdown pass from QB Curtis Painter to RB Da’Rel Scott. That score was set up by a 30-yard punt return by CB Charles James.

However, the backups on offense could not score on their final six possessions of the game, turning the ball over three times on downs and punting it away three other times. The Giants were moving the ball late in the fourth quarter and appeared poised to set up a game-winning field goal, but the officials ignored an obvious defensive pass interference penalty on a deep pass on 3rd-and-5 from Painter to WR Kevin Hardy. On the very next play, Painter was sacked on fourth down, thus ending the Giants’ last real shot to win the game.

Defensively, the Giants kept the Patriots and QB Tim Tebow under wraps for most of the second half except for one play where Tebow hit his receiver over the middle. CB Trumaine McBride was beat and S Cooper Taylor failed to make the tackle in the open field as the receiver sprinted 52 yards for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Patriots led 21-20. The score would remain that way until the game was practically over. After the Giants had turned the ball over on downs at their 9-yard line with 10 seconds left, the classless Patriots threw the ball to pad the lead 28-20.

Aug 292013
 
Jerry Reese, New York Giants (December 30, 2012)

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Jerry Reese on ESPN Radio: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with General Manager Jerry Reese is available at ESPN.com.

Aaron Curry Retires: LB Aaron Curry, who was released by the Giants on Sunday, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: If Nassib is Solid, Will Giants Gamble? by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on DT Mike Patterson: Giants’ Mike Patterson Showing He Can Still Play After Undergoing Brain Surgery by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on CB Charles James: Giants’ Charles James Shares Victor Cruz’s Dream by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on the Giants’ Uniform: Giants Announce Dates for Alternate Pants by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Aug 282013
 
Brandon Myers, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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Approach to the Game – New York Giants at New England Patriots, August 29, 2013: I don’t know about others, but I find it difficult to believe that training camp, the preseason, and summer are almost over and that the regular season is less than two weeks away. But here we are, only 11 days from the opener in Dallas. Are the New York Giants ready? Only time will tell.

The loss of Stevie Brown for the season hurts, but if the Giants can get some of their walking wounded back soon, and no one gets hurt in New England, then the Giants will be in decent shape from an overall health perspective.

But the big “ifs” there are getting the walking wounded back: Victor Cruz, David Baas, Henry Hynoski, Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore, Corey Webster, Jayron Hosley, and Antrel Rolle; and no new injuries in this last preseason game.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin says the starters will play 12-15 snaps against New England. Let’s see some solid execution on both sides of the football and get out healthy.

There are some tough roster decisions to make. Ideally, the Giants would like to carry more defensive linemen, quarterbacks, tight ends, and maybe even defensive backs than they usually carry. If they are going to do that, they will need to carry fewer players at other positions.

Quarterbacks: Eli Manning will see 12-15 snaps. Then Ryan Nassib should receive his first real opportunity to show us what he has, as he will be the #2 quarterback to enter the game. It’s not the same as playing with the starters, but he won’t be playing with the third- and fourth-team guys who never really gave him a chance in the first and second preseason games. It remains to be seen who Eli’s primary back-up will be: David Carr? Curtis Painter? The long-shot dark horse obviously would be Nassib and the Giants going with only two quarterbacks again.

Running Backs: David Wilson and Andre Brown will see the bulk of the work this season barring injury. Michael Cox has flashed as a kickoff returner and running back. I think they only real question here is do the Giants risk it by going light at this position with only three halfbacks, or do they carry a fourth (someone like Ryan Torain or another veteran not currently with the team).

Wide Receivers: If everyone was healthy, the Giants would be in good shape. But Victor Cruz is still gimpy and Louis Murphy has missed a lot of time with a mysterious leg injury. Anyone who says offseason work between quarterback and receiver doesn’t matter only needs to watch how Manning and Hakeem Nicks have been off all preseason. The Giants need to get Cruz and Murphy back on the field soon, and Nicks needs to get in sync with Manning now.

The real questions here are: (1) is there really anyone worthy of the #5 receiver spot? and (2) do the Giants risk it by only carrying five receivers? Jerrel Jernigan hasn’t taken the bull by the horns. He may win the #5 job by default unless there is a dark horse candidate (Kevin Hardy, Julian Talley). I personally would not carry six. If injuries strike, re-sign Ramses Barden. No one is going to pick him up.

Tight Ends: The early rumblings coming out of the OTAs and early training camp was how well the tight ends were doing. That positive press seems to have faded. Brandon Myers has been invisible in the passing game (hopefully hiding him?) and has not stood out as a blocker. Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell look the part and could have an impact in the future, possibly even this year, but they don’t really seem ready for prime time just yet. Bear Pascoe is versatile and reliable, but he’s just a guy out there. I still think the Giants want to carry four, instead of three as they normally do, because I think they see the promise that Robinson and Donnell offer.

Offensive Line: David Diehl will be inactive for at least the first month of the season so he’s out of the picture. We have no idea when injury-prone David Baas will return. Perhaps the best line in the short-term and perhaps long-term is Will Beatty, James Brewer, Kevin Boothe, Chris Snee, and Justin Pugh. The big question mark here is obviously Brewer. He is big and athletic. I’ve seen him maul people and I’ve seen him effectively block defenders at the second level. But can he handle the complicated stunts and blitz packages teams will throw at him? When someone punches him in the mouth, will he fight back? Will he protect Eli? All of that remains to be seen. There will be growing pains with Pugh and Brewer, but will it cost New York games?

On the other hand, if Baas is out a few more weeks, and if this line miraculously performs well, do the Giants re-insert Baas into the lineup at a later date? What about Diehl?

As for the back-ups, I’m not sure I see much there other than Brandon Mosley. Maybe Stephen Goodin or Eric Herman have a shot, but I’d keep an active eye on on the waiver wire. In short, one more injury and the Giants are in deep dog poo.

Defensive Line: This is the area where I have no idea what the Giants are going to do in terms of the numbers.

You have to think that Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore, Linval Joseph, Cullen Jenkins, Shaun Rogers, and Johnathan Hankins are going to make the team. That’s eight. Carrying nine or 10 would be tough, but a case could be made for carrying 11. Yet teams can’t activate 11 defensive linemen on game day. So isn’t that a misallocation of valuable roster spots? At the same time, Marvin Austin is improving and may be finally developing. And a guy like Mike Patterson really has more to offer in the short-term than Johnathan Hankins and possibly Austin. Patterson can play in this league, but can the Giants really carry six defensive tackles? Because Jenkins can play defensive end, possibly. But they would have to part ways with Adrian Tracy, Justin Trattou, Matt Broha, and Adewale Ojomo. How good really is Tracy? Or Trattou? Or Ojomo? Would the Giants be kicking themselves for releasing any of those guys down the road? Or not really? Keep in mind that a decision also has to be made regarding Markus Kuhn in seven weeks (assuming he is placed on the regular-season PUP). Can all of these defensive tackles really play? Perhaps they will need to part ways with Patterson despite the fact he can help them in the early going.

What to do? What to do? This last preseason game is huge for all of the on-the-cusp reserves.

Linebackers: I can’t recall the Giants ever going into the final preseason game with only six linebackers on the roster, but that’s where they are at right now. It would seem the Giants have already made up their mind who will be with the team. Could they go with only five? I don’t think so, especially when you consider linebackers are often core special teams players.

Defensive Backs: Like the defensive line, there are tough roster decisions to make here. With the season-ending injury to Stevie Brown and Will Hill’s 4-game suspension, the decisions are easier at safety. Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy, Taylor Cooper, and probably Tyler Sash will make the team. The dark horse possibility is David Caldwell, but Sash’s play on special teams may provide the advantage there. Still, it was telling that when Brown was lost, it was Hill, and not Sash who came into the game.

At corner, the sure-bets would appear to be Prince Amukamara, Corey Webster, Jayron Hosley, Terrell Thomas, and Aaron Ross. But Trumaine McBride has really flashed on defense and special teams. And Charles James seems to have some talent. Could Ross’ spot be in jeopardy? Will another team claim James if he is waived?

Special Teams: I like the kicking game. We know David Wilson is a dangerous kick returner and Michael Cox has flashed in that area. I think the punt returning spot is much more unsettled. Is the job Hosley’s? I think the Giants have a nice mix of headhunters on the coverage teams. This is an area where the Giants may actually out-play opposing teams.

Aug 272013
 
David Wilson, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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New York Jets 24 – New York Giants 21 (OT)

Author’s whiny excuse: Before we get started, please note that the NFL Network replay took us from 7:37 left in the half right after Justin Tuck’s INT to 2:00 left in the half with the Giants facing a 3rd and 2 form the Jet 2. That’s one Giant and Jet offensive series and 8 more plays of another Giants drive completely cut out the broadcast. If you notice something I left out that was impactful, please keep in mind it may have happened during this Heidi like interruption and fast forward. The stinking Jets…always the stinking Jets, now on with the show.

Game Overview: The Agony of Da Feet- Ok kids, it’s only pre-season but losing to the Jets always stinks. THE JETS!! I do not expect the Giants to make Rex Ryan happy unless they change the name of MetLife Stadium to Dr. Scholl’s Field and give away dirty insoles to the coach with the whitest teeth. Disturbing foot fetishes aside, Ryan saw his rookie QB Geno Smith toss 3 ugly interceptions and saw Mark “Where’s my Hair Tie” Sanchez get knocked out of the game by…wait for it, former 2nd rounder DT Marvin Austin. Throw in an 84 yard TD run by David Wilson on the game’s first snap and you have all the makings of another Jet excuse-a-thon. Yet somehow the Giants managed to boot away this game despite some highlight reel plays by the beleaguered Giants defenders and a Wilson run that even a Hokie hater on Long Island could appreciate. (No one in particular, just musing about David Wilson).

After Wilson’s electrifying TD run, the defense saw fit to short circuit the effort with 4 straight penalties on the Jets’ second possession leading the way for Geno Smith to toss a relatively uncontested 22 yard TD pass to Ben Obomanu, tying the score at 7. After two Giant punts and one Jet punt sandwiched in between, Prince Amukamara gave the Giants life by snatching the ball out of Ryan Spadola’s presumably Capicola covered hands to give Eli and company the ball at the Jet 44 yard line. The Giants would end up kicking themselves again for a missed opportunity as Eli led his charges to a second ugly 3 and out in a row. One ill-advised outlet pass to David Wilson for a loss of 4 and floated a ball out of Hakeem Nicks cut short any chance to capitalize on Amukamara’s turnover. Stevie Brown felt the agony of da feet, as his left foot got caught awkwardly in the MetLife turf, resulting in a torn ACL and lost season for the ball hawking safety from Michigan. I won’t harp on the curse of the Jets preseason game, but can someone find a witch doctor, shaman, monk, wizard, priest, rabbi or anyone who has ridden in the Mystery Machine to find and end this thing once and for all? Personally I take it as a sign that the Jets should be disbanded and sold for parts (dibs on Rex’s teeth, I need to replace some fence posts).

Granted the dog a** Jets won the game but not without using their #1 offense until the 4th quarter and using incumbent starter Mark Sanchez to mop up against guys who will be mopping somewhere in the not too distant future. No play summed up the Jets desperate need to feel good than “Solider” TE Kellen Winslow, (who doesn’t deserve to be called junior out of respect for his supremely more accomplished father), woofing up the Giants sideline after making one catch against backups in the 3rd quarter of a pre-season game. It’s war out there though, right Kellen? You’re a perfect Jet, big name, big mouth, and little production.

I think Carl Banks summed up the Jets’ chances the best when talking about Mark Sanchez “You go from a butt fumble to a shotgun snap that you just drop”. Butt fumble, we will always love you.

Quarterbacks: I hope Olivia said there’d be says like this, because Eli had one. Hitting only 8 of 20 passes for 83 yards and just looking off the whole night, the two time Super Bowl MVP had a forgettable night. Despite three first half interceptions from his defense and an 84 yard jaunt by his 2nd year HB, the Manning led Giants offense was only able to muster 10 first half points despite a first and goal at the 4 and 3 gift interceptions that gave his offense good field position against a shaky Jets defense that jettisoned its best player in lieu of paying him. Ten years in the league and 2 rings gives a guy a pass during the preseason, but this was ugly Eli at his ugly worst.

With his helmet on, backup hopeful QB Curtis Painter reminds me of the wide eyed Tobias Beecher, thankfully he doesn’t play like him. (NTTAWT!) Painter missed his first attempt to Jerrel Jernigan (which instantly had me hoping that Adibisi would slap him in the huddle) but actually played fairly well in his first extended action despite running for his life behind a backup preseason OL. Look, I know Seal Team Six faced mortal danger in killing Osama Bin Laden, but let’s see them line up behind a 3rd string OL in mop up duty in a pre-season game and see how tough they are. Despite 7 straight missed passes Painter finished a respectable 13 for 29 for 140 yards in just over a half. It’s probably not enough to unseat David Carr, but Painter was a gamer.

Running Backs: Emerging HB David Wilson had a Barry Sanders like game, with 92 yards on 5 totes with one electrifying 84 yard TD run that was the pinnacle of the Giants evening. So that’s 4 carries for 8 yards on his other efforts, but this type of hit and miss running will show up until Wilson matures on the field a bit more and is able to set his blocks and be more efficient play to play. In the meantime, having a back that can score from anywhere on the field should keep some safeties honest and open up the middle for Victor Cruz once he’s back and healthy.

Ryan Torain may not make the squad but it won’t be for lack of effort against the Jets. The former Bronco and Redskin ran punishingly every time he got the rock. I realize 33 yards on 7 totes isn’t Jim Brown territory but Torain was downright Dorsey Levens vs. the Eagles tough out there. Andre Brown essentially took batting practice in the 2nd quarter, running 7 boring times for 17 boring yards – expect more when the bullets are live.

Wide Receivers: Minus Victor Cruz, the Giants again struggled mightily through the air. Oft dinged WR Hakeem Nicks again looked off with his QB, collecting only one catch for 34 yards and generally looking out of sync. Roster hopeful Julian Talley pulled in 3 balls for 37 yards and looked decent doing so. Certainly a long shot, Talley showed good burst off the line and good body control in his routes. Not the biggest or fastest guy out there, Talley looked like a poor man’s Ike Hilliard to me. It may be his next to last game in blue but Talley turned in a solid 2nd half. Leading the way for the Giants offense is another training room regular, Jerrel Jernigan. The 5-8 former Troy product turned in a 5 catch 66 yard performance and even drew a double team over the middle on a couple of occasions. Jernigan though, short armed a pass in the red zone (read: gator arms) which to me is inexcusable at any level, especially for a guy looking to make a name with Victor Cruz sidelined. Jernigan has the quickness and appears to have the hands, but something is missing that may never surface with the talented but underperforming WR. Jernigan doesn’t seem to trust himself or want the ball badly enough at times.

Tight Ends: Brandon Myers may have caught 79 passes in Oakland last year, but his job will be to block at times, something he just does not seem to relish. On a counter play midway through the 2nd quarter, Myers was blocking the backside and instead of walling off the play, he meekly tossed a shoulder while turning sideways. That halfhearted shoulder lunge is the mark of a man who does not relish contact and does not want to be a good blocker badly enough. I’m not Myers, it’s hard to question the toughness of an NFL caliber player for a guy who sits at a desk but compared to his peers, Myers is not willing and looks very hesitant to get dirty blocking. Adrien Robinson again had his ups and downs run blocking, looking a little unsure of who to block and when in his time out there. It should come as no surprise the coaches are harping on backup TE Larry Donnell, who has the size to be the blocking TE this team will sorely need.

Offensive Line: The OL shuffle is underway and hopefully not done yet. Center Jim Cordle took over for the again injured David Baas and the returns were awful. Cordle was shoved back like a big sack of flour by DL Muhammad Wilkerson and Damon Harrison over and over and his footwork getting to the second level against the Jets big 3-4 was just not very good. Harrison led the Jets in tackles from the NT spot, not a good sign for a center hoping to win a job.

Justin Pugh continued his solid play, despite a false start to start the 2nd half which I still dispute (T-Rex can do no wrong to me). Pugh did have a shaky play as journeyman LB Antwan Barnes got inside of Pugh on a 3rd down, but the T-Rex was able to hang on long enough to keep Barnes at bay until OL Selvish Capers was kind enough to let him off the hook with an ole’ of his own that saw Painter get planted by former Giant DT Leger Douzable. The backups overall struggled as a unit, but Brandon Mosley and Stephen Goodin both appeared to be more settled than they were a week ago. Not great by any stretch, but watching all 3 games so closely it is apparent that some of these guys are really working and improving week to week.

Defensive Line: Perhaps aware that Rex would be watching below the knee closely, happy feet infected the Giants DL early in the game, with DTs Cullen Jenkins and Linval Joseph tiptoeing across the line early on back to back plays on the Jets’ first scoring drive. DE Mathias Kiwanuka is playing the best football of his career this preseason. Kiwi showed the ability to stack and shed on the Jets’ first TD drive, ignoring the down block of LT D’Brickashaw Ferguson, avoiding a pathetic crack back by WR Jeremy Kerley and maintaining gap integrity to pull down RB Chris Ivory for a 3 yard gain. Interestingly enough, the play was from the Pistol formation and Kiwi did not jump inside and follow Ferguson, but instead flattened out, read the QB and made the play once he saw QB Geno Smith did not have the football. The Giants DEs have eaten up the dive fakes out of the Pistol and cost the defense dearly by abandoning their gaps but that appears to be on the way to being cured, or at least was against Geno and Jets. For good measure Kiwi also flew down on a first quarter punt, forcing the Jet returner out after he’d turned the corner and appeared headed for a solid gain.

Is it a coincidence that Shallow Hal was on TV at the same time the Giants were facing the Jets? New Tony Robbins acolyte Justin Tuck must have seen Jets’ QBs as Tom Brady and envisioned that it was the Super Bowl, because #91 was…dare I say…back? Tuck showed up early, closing down a run to his side with near perfect technique, keeping his outside arm free and forcing RB Chris Ivory inside where he was dropped for a 3 yard loss. Tuck’s ability to stay low, keep his shoulders square to the LOS and string plays out is what made him a premier run defender in 2010 and 2011. That play disappeared for the most part with Tuck’s litany of injuries, but if Saturday was any indication the former Golden Domer may have a comeback year under his belt. Also of note with Tuck, he seems to be doing more hand fighting with OTs play to play, a sure sign his shoulder is up to par and he’s no longer limited physically.

DT Mike Patterson again flashed inside with 3 stops and no ground given against the run. Patterson is another defender who seems to be picking it up week by week. Patterson had great inside push near the goal line and almost tossed his man right into Geno Smith’s lap.

DE Adrian Tracy has yet to make a peep and it appeared he was responsible for Ben Obomanu on the Jets first half TD. Granted that’s a precarious spot for a DE but the Giants appeared to be in man coverage with Tracy trailing the backside WR who happened to find an opening for a relatively easy score. Put that one on Perry Fewell more than Tracy. That said Tracy sure does look like Li’l Osi out there, dodging blockers and avoiding plays like he was allergic to them. Backup DE Matt Broha took an inexcusable angle near the goal line to allow an easy Jet TD in the 3rd quarter but again, it was Jet 1s vs Giants 2s and 3s so don’t be overly concerned. Marvin Austin notched an actual sack and knocked Mark Sanchez out of the game, perhaps the light is finally coming on for the heralded UNC product. One more chance to make the roster against the Pats on Thursday, expect #96 to come out guns blazing to save his NFL career.

Linebackers: Spencer Paysinger, I apologize. I called for the hook after two so so games in which the 3rd year pro made tackles, but very little impact. Paysinger played with a lot more verve in game #3, stepping up into the hole to stuff Jet runs on 2 plays of the Jets’ first scoring drive and playing solidly down field in coverage on multiple occasions. Losing Michael Boley left a big hole for someone to fill and it appears that Paysinger is taking on the challenge to fend off talented backup Jacquian Williams. Keith Rivers had his most active day as well, notching 4 stops and similar to Paysinger, looking far more aggressive than he had in the previous two weeks. Dan Connor didn’t check in to the stat sheet, but was again consistently around the ball, which may not be enough to keep the job for long. Clearly my scorn inspires players as deposed starting MLB Mark Herzlich played an outstanding game, piling up 8 tackles and a sort of sack as Geno Smith tapped his feet out bounds for a Giants safety.

It was late in the 3rd quarter that LB Jacquian Williams finally gave the G-men a Spider moment, not backing down from WR Stephen Hill who was crying about being tackled too hard. Atta boy Jacquian, you don’t take no s#*t off nobody, good for you!

Backup LB Kyle Bosworth had an impact, notching 7 total stops and a few QB hits. I must admit, I held the movie “Stone Cold” with his uncle Brian against Kyle, but I am now willing to forego that 90 minute mistake and judge Kyle on his play only. Honestly, Bosworth may have made the roster with his play against the Jets, he was everything Aaron Curry never was, quick, physical, hungry and aggressive.

Defensive Backs: Aaron Ross may be happy to be back but he’s got a weird way of showing it, by picking up his second hands to the face penalty in as many weeks. Granted last week it was a facemask, but who am I to split hairs, especially when I make Larry David look hirsute? Ross is playing aggressively but he’s got to clean up the penalties or he’ll be encroaching on Frank Walker territory. Prince Amukamara gave up a quick out on 3rd down to Jeremy Kerley that ultimately led to a Jet scoring drive, but #20 quickly made up for it by ripping the ball out of WR Ryan Spadola’s hands over the middle two drives later and forcing Smith into his first of 3 interceptions on the night.

Slowly but surely new Giant Ryan Mundy is starting to show up. Tallying 3 stops, Mundy was active in the box and generally in good position down field. Losing Brown is a blow for sure, you can’t replace 8 interceptions easily, but Mundy may be another diamond in the rough DB find for this ever vigilant personnel department. How they keep unearthing gems from other teams is beyond me, but they clearly have the formula for filling in the roster.

The return of CB Terrell Thomas from two straight ACL surgeries was an encouraging sign, but watching him pull up and avoid contact on a screen play early in the 2nd quarter was not. At first Thomas seemed to be avoiding contact on the play, but as the game wore on Thomas got more and more comfortable around the football. T2’s progression unfolded as the game did, tentative at first and then more aggressive as the game wore on, it was a great sign from where I sit. Thomas has battled back physically to make it this far back and his only remaining hurdle was mental, which after initially playing it safe, was definitely cleared by halftime with Thomas accounting for 3 stops and showing up time and again near the play. Let’s hope his body holds up, it would be a huge boost to this team to have a player of Thomas’ talent in the secondary especially with the unfortunate loss of Stevie Brown.

Special Teams: Rookie RB Michael Cox may have the Danny Kanell, “IT” minus the penchant for trolling for his teammates significant others (hopefully). Cox doesn’t have blazing speed but averaged an impressive 26 yards per return, looking quick to the hole and aggressive running the ball back. He may not have Wilson’s home run ability but Cox may have won himself the full time job with his pre-season play thus far. Thank God or Jehovah or Buddah, whoever designed the universe for the feet of Josh Brown, which have single-footedly kept the Giants in all 3 games this pre-season. Brown missed a 53 yarder but hit on a 50 yarder and was 4 for 5, by far the most efficient Giant of the evening. Former Jet, P Steve Weatherford used his feet to drop 5 of 9 punts inside the 20 yard line and hopefully showed former Jet Special Team’s coach and whiner Mike Westhoff who deserves to still be in NY.

(Boxscore – New York Jets at New York Giants, August 24, 2013)
Aug 272013
 
Marvin Austin, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

Marvin Austin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

August 27, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Tuesday were WR Victor Cruz (heel), WR Ramses Barden (knee), OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), CB Jayron Hosley (ankle), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee).

“Feeling good, feeling good,” said Cruz on Tuesday. “It’s been better, feels a lot better, a lot of the swelling has gone down. Obviously I’m out of the boot now, looking forward to better days coming.”

Cruz was also asked if he would be ready for the opener against the Cowboys. “Absolutely,” responded Cruz. “I think that’s definitely a target date for me. I think I want to come out and get some regular practice in as well once the doctors let me and the training staff lets me do so. Just taking it one day at a time.”

“In my mind (Monday) is a date that I am targeting (to practice),” Cruz said. “So I am going to work diligently this week while the team is away and focus on getting myself right and getting ready to practice potentially by next week.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Baas. “He’s working hard, and feels a little bit better each day,” said Coughlin.

WR Louis Murphy (leg) returned to practice on a limited basis.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), S Antrel Rolle (ankle), and FB Henry Hynoski (knee) remained limited in practice. Pierre-Paul and Moore participated in some team drills.

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

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

DE Justin Tuck on ESPN Radio: The audio of DE Justin Tuck’s interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday is available at ESPN.com.

Article on WR Jerrel Jernigan: WR Jerrel Jernigan Playing with Confidence by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on OG/OT James Brewer: James Brewer Will Start at Unfamiliar Spot by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on CB Charles James: Victor Cruz’s Example Fits Giants Undrafted Free Agent Charles James to a ‘T’ by Tom Rock of Newsday

Notes: Head Coach Tom Coughlin said the starters will play between 12-15 plays on Thursday against the New England Patriots. At quarterback, Eli Manning will start, followed by Ryan Nassib, David Carr, and Curtis Painter.

Aug 272013
 

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Hello Giants fans. The New BBI Front Page went live nearly two months ago. Since that time, we’ve had a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. We’ve made some changes based on that feedback with more tweaks and adjustments coming in the future.

However, it’s become clear to me that some people are still not quite sure how the new front page works and how to find the stuff they want to find. To that end, I’ve prepared this little primer to go over the various elements of the new BBI and how they work.

Broadly, the site consists of two areas, the main area and the sidebars. The main area is the large section on the left side with all the pictures and text. The sidebars are the long, skinny areas on the right with the ads and such. First, we’ll discuss the various sections of the main area, starting from top to bottom.

The Slider

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If you missed something on BBI in the past couple weeks or are just looking for some good Giants stuff to kill your productivity, this is the place to find it. Click on the title of the article to see that article or click on the See All Posts button to read all the posts in that category.

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Under the top ad is the Corner Forum Highlights. This is a small selection of the most important, interesting or relevant Corner Forum threads as selected by the BBI admins. If you live on the Corner Forum, you’ve probably seen these. But if you’re only an occasional Corner Forum visitor, you might want to peek at this box when you visit the site and see if anything piques your interest.

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And way down at the bottom of the sidebar is the Posts By Month dropdown which lists month and year and the number of posts in that month. Select one to be taken to a page with posts from just that month. This is a great way to explore BBI and Giants history in a time machine fashion. Did you know that Dorsey Levens was once impressive vs the Eagles? True story.

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If none of this makes you happy and you just want your old, News & Notes and nothing else, BBI back, there is a partial solution. Bookmark this link, http://www.bigblueinteractive.com/category/news-and-notes/. This page mostly replicates the functionality of the old BBI, showing you the full News & Notes posts and nothing else.

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Aug 262013
 
Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (August 4, 2013)

Jason Pierre-Paul – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Injury Update – Jason Pierre-Paul Activated Off of the PUP: Not practicing on Monday were WR Victor Cruz (heel), WR Louis Murphy (leg), OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), CB Jayron Hosley (ankle), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee).

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Cruz, who is no longer using crutches and the walking boot. “From my understanding, he is getting better but it’s certainly not tomorrow morning (that he will practice),” said Coughlin.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) was activated off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list and he practiced on a limited basis (individual drills) on Monday.

“Get him going,” said Coughlin. “Get him out there. Get him running around. He’s just going to do individual for now, but it won’t be long.”

“I’ve been working hard for the past couple of months since I’ve gotten my surgery,” said Pierre-Paul. “I’m taking it day-by-day and that’s all I can do. I’m not trying to rush. A back is a serious thing, a back surgery is a serious thing and you can’t try to come back too early, you’ll mess it up even more.”

“I don’t have that pain that I had before I had the surgery,” said Pierre-Paul. “That pain is all gone. At times it can get sore but that’s a regular thing; it’s not uncommon, so I feel good about it.”

“I’m not playing in any preseason games and I don’t even know about Dallas,” said Pierre-Paul. “I’m just trying to get better and test (the back) out, see how it is, taking on double teams and all of that. I’m just taking it day-by-day.”

S Antrel Rolle (ankle) and FB Henry Hynoski (knee) practiced on a limited basis. “(Rolle) managed fine,” said Coughlin. “He’s one of those guys that you’re not going to keep him down for long.”

DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), who has been out for two weeks, also practiced on a limited basis (individual drills). When Coughlin was asked if Moore was close to returning to team drills, Coughlin responded, “I hope so. My God…He came out and he was excited to be out here.”

CB Corey Webster (knee/groin), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring), and WR Ramses Barden (knee) returned to practice.

Giants May Be Re-Shuffling Offensive Line Again: At practice on Monday, the first-team offensive line had Will Beatty at left tackle, James Brewer at left guard, Kevin Boothe at center, Chris Snee at right guard, and Justin Pugh at right tackle. In a nutshell, Boothe was moved from left guard, Brewer was promoted to the starting line-up, and reserve OC Jim Cordle was sent to the bench.

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

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

Sights and Sounds from Giants-Jets Preseason Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Jets preseason game is available at Giants.com.

Articles on the Defensive Backs: