December 10, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report Includes Eli Manning: OT James Brewer (concussion), LB Jameel McClain (knee), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.
QB Eli Manning (back) and LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) practiced on a limited basis.
“I don’t know if I really got hurt,” said. “I feel good. The coach wanted to take a few reps off. It wasn’t many reps anyway, so it is not going to limit me in my practices for the week, or the game. Just kind of some of the procedures you have to go through now in the NFL.”
LB Devon Kennard Named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week”: New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard has been named the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday in the team’s 36-7 victory.
In that game, Kennard was credited with six solo tackles, two sacks, two tackles for losses, and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.
“(Kennard) has been a really outstanding player for us in the last few weeks,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He has had a number of sacks, a number of hits on the quarterback and he has played well at the linebacker level, whether it is in coverage or whatever. He is a young man who…loves to play. He is physical and he is one of those guys by just looking in his eyes you know that he wants to be on the field.”
Kennard is the first Giant defender to receive a Player of the Week award since defensive end Justin Tuck in Week 13 of the 2013 season. He is the first Giants linebacker to be honored since Mathias Kiwanuka, who played linebacker that season, in Week 9 in 2011 against New England.
Kennard is the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week.
“There have been some incredible linebackers to play for this organization,” Kennard said. “So something like that, it was definitely special. But I know that I have a long way to go and a lot of things that I want to improve and continue to develop in my game. I’m just taking it one day at a time and am grateful for that accomplishment.”
“I think I played a good game, but there are always things (to improve),” Kennard said. “Route recognition, understanding formations, just allowing myself to play faster and faster. That’s all going to come with the more reps I get, the more comfortable I’m getting. I just want to continue to get better. I’m not in any way, shape or form satisfied.”
“Kennard is a phenomenal kid,” linebacker Jameel McClain said. “Kennard is focusing on his game and he focuses on details. For him to be so young and be such a professional, it is amazing.”
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 10, 2014
December 10, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:
- QB Eli Manning (Video)
- QB Ryan Nassib (Video)
- RB Rashad Jennings (Video)
- TE Larry Donnell (Video)
- OT Justin Pugh (Video)
- DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
- DT Mike Patterson (Video)
- DT Markus Kuhn (Video)
- LB Jameel McClain (Video)
- LB Devon Kennard (Video)
- S Antrel Rolle (Video)
7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com
ESPN Radio Interview with WR Odell Beckham: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Odell Beckham is available at ESPN.com.
Article on QB Eli Manning: The truth about the new offense’s effect on Eli by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Ryan Nassib not likely to play for Giants by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com
Articles on RBs Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams:
- Giants’ Rashad Jennings proud of his ‘little brother’ Andre Williams’ improvement by Nick Powell for NJ.com
- Rashad Jennings’ workload to increase for Giants against the Redskins by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
Article on WR Odell Beckham: Odell Beckham is most talented ever, David Tyree says by Chris Wesseling for NFL.com
Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:
- Giants’ Pat Flaherty evaluates the improvement of Weston Richburg, Will Beatty, and Justin Pugh by Nick Powell for NJ.com
- Durability no longer an issue for Giants center J.D. Walton by Tom Rock of Newsday
Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Jason Pierre-Paul wants to be a ‘Giant for life’ if it’s in the cards by Nick Powell for NJ.com
Article on the New York Giants and Injuries: Giants lead NFL with 20 players on injured reserve; are these injuries preventable? by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
Giants Re-Sign DT Dominique Hamilton to the Practice Squad: The New York Giants have re-signed defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton to the team’s Practice Squad.
Hamilton originally signed with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2012 NFL Draft. The Raiders cut him and he was on NFL practice squads in 2012 (Redskins) and 2013 (Redskins and Chiefs). The Chiefs waived him in August 2014.
The Giants signed him to the Practice Squad on September 3, signed him to the 53-man roster on December 2, and waived him on December 6 when linebacker Paul Hazel was promoted to the 53-man roster.
S Antrel Rolle on WFAN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBS New York
Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:
- Firing Tom Coughlin may not be best move for NY Giants by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News
- How Tom Coughlin has kept this Giants team together despite all the losses by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com
Articles on the 2014 New York Giants Rookie Class:
- Amid Giants’ Woes, Young Players Get a Chance to Shine by Tom Pedulla of The New York Times
- In bleak season, Giants rookies Odell Beckham Jr., Andre Williams and Devon Kennard raise hopes for future by Tom Rock of Newsday
Article on QB Eli Manning: The world-class trait that sets Eli Manning apart by Steve Serby of The New York Post
Article on RB Andre Williams: Giants’ Andre Williams growing in confidence by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record
Articles on WR Odell Beckham:
- Odell Beckham Jr. leading candidate for NFL offensive rookie of the year by Tom Rock of Newsday
- Beckham Jr.’s jersey from “The Catch” now in Hall of Fame by Dan Salomone of Giants.com
Article on DT Markus Kuhn: Touchdowns translate for German fans of Markus Kuhn by Tom Rock of Newsday
Article on S Antrel Rolle: Giants should think twice about re-signing Antrel Rolle by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News
Sights and Sounds from Giants-Titans Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Titans game is available at Giants.com.
Notes: In the last six games, WR Odell Beckham has caught 49 passes. That is the highest total in a six-game span by a rookie in NFL history.
Beckham is both the first Giants player ever and the first rookie in NFL history with six consecutive games with 90 or more receiving yards.
Beckham has two games this season with at least 10 catches and 130 receiving yards. He is the first rookie in NFL history to do that.
In Tennessee, Beckham totaled 11 catches for 130 yards and running back Andre Williams rushed for 131 yards on 24 carries. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants were the first team in NFL history to have rookies with 130 rushing and receiving yards in the same game.
Quarterback Eli Manning has thrown for 3,340 yards this year. It is his 10th consecutive 3,000-yard season, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history behind Brett Favre (18), Peyton Manning (13) and Drew Brees (11).
In the last two weeks, the Giants had seven sacks at Jacksonville and eight at Tennessee. It is the first time in their history they had at least seven sacks in consecutive games.
If the Giants defeat Washington on Sunday, they will clinch third place in the NFC East.