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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (August 14, 2015)

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In addition to LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), the New York Giants have ruled the following players out of the game against the Washington Redskins on Thursday night:

  • WR Victor Cruz (calf)
  • TE Jerome Cunningham (knee)
  • DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot)
  • DT Markus Kuhn (knee)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion)

LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) is doubtful for the game while DE Robert Ayers (hamstring) is questionable.

TE Daniel Fells (foot), RG Geoff Schwartz (illness), DE/DT Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), DT Jay Bromley (knee), and LB Jon Beason (knee) are probable.


The 0-2 New York Giants will face the 1-1 Washington Redskins on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

Sep 222015
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The New York Giants have terminated the contract of wide receiver Preston Parker, who has struggled in the first two games of the regular season with dropped passes. To fill his roster spot, the Giants re-signed defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis, who the team released on September 6th.

The Giants originally signed Ellis as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets in March 2015. He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jets. In four seasons with the Jets, Ellis played in 47 games with five starts. He accrued 53 tackles and only one sack during that time.

Parker joined the team in January 2014 and became the team’s primary slot receiver last season when Victor Cruz was lost for the season. Parker played in all 16 games with seven starts. He finished 2014 with 36 catches for 418 yards and two touchdowns. Parker had five catches for 43 yards this year but he also dropped five passes.

“Preston Parker, for the majority of time he was here, was a very tough, physical football player who made plays when called upon,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “That hasn’t been the case necessarily this year. We thank him for his service.”

Not practicing on Tuesday due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Jerome Cunningham (knee), LT Ereck Flowers (ankle), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (concussion).

The good news is that Cruz was spotted running agility drills on the practice sidelines for the first time since mid-August.

“Felt good,” said Cruz. “Felt good to be on the grass a little bit, get out there and run around a little bit, so it felt good…Obviously the short week leaves you a little handicapped (to be able to play on Thursday), if you will. But we’ll see. We’ll see how it continues to progress, how I feel in the morning, and we’ll go from there.”

“I’m closer (to returning),” said Cruz. “There’s no pain in there anymore, so it’s just a matter of getting the confidence back to running on it and cutting on it, things like that. And then we’ll go from there…Hopefully I can be out there shortly, help this team win.”

DE Robert Ayers (hamstring) and DT Jay Bromley (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

TE Daniel Fells (foot), RG Geoff Schwartz (illness), DE/DT Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), and LB Jon Beason (knee) fully practiced.

“I feel pretty good, I feel fresh,” said Beason.

The transcript of Tom Coughlin’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at

The following transcripts and video of player media sessions on Tuesday are available in The Corner Forum and at


There is no media availability to the Giants on Wednesday as the team prepares for Thursday night’s home game against the Washington Redskins.

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Tom Coughlin addressed the media by conference call on Monday:

Just a couple quick things about the game. There were obviously a lot of good things, but the fourth quarter diminishes all of those positive thoughts. I thought that Shane Vereen really gave us a lift yesterday in terms of another major contributor to the offense. I thought that Dwayne Harris did an outstanding job with punt return/kickoff return. He gave us something that we can be excited about and the players can be going forward. I thought that our 17 unanswered points was a real strong position to take, particularly finishing the half, and then coming back out and scoring more points on the other end to start the second half. I thought all those things were real positive.

You look down to the numbers and you can’t help but see one-for-four in the green zone and the fact that we did not get any turnovers, they were three-for-three in the red zone, and so somewhere in there you find the deficiencies. There were lots of yards on both sides of the ball, but when it really mattered there for us, it’s a difficult thing to say, but the ball was at mid-field, just under a minute to play and two timeouts, and I was very excited about the finish of the game, and I’m very disappointed in the how it did finish.

We have a fast turnaround, we have a divisional game on Thursday night. The situation in our division is very obvious to all of you, I’m going to point that out to the team here in a couple of minutes, about how important this upcoming game is. We have to quickly, quickly, and I’m not going to dwell on yesterday’s game with our players, I’ll make a few points, and move on. With how quickly we have to turn this thing around and get headed in the right direction, I don’t have a whole lot of information for you about injuries, it’s too early in the day, those that had to be sent to the hospital would not have received any information yet. With that being said, let’s discuss this, if you like; otherwise, I have to get going.

Q: You mentioned Dwayne Harris doing a good job in the return game, he wasn’t back there on the final kickoff return, was he injured at that point?

A: Yeah, he has an issue with his toe, it was bothering him, and so he didn’t go back there for that last kickoff, which was a touchback.

Q: Is he also one of the guys that are getting checked out this morning?

A: Again, I can’t tell you that, I don’t have anything in front of me quite yet from downstairs, so I don’t know. He’s not over at the hospital, so I don’t know what that means but anyway that’s the case.

Q: It looked like Dwayne Harris had a couple of times when he slipped on the turf, was that just something that he has to get used to?

A: We had some people slipping and sliding the other day and I mentioned it to our equipment people. It looked like a couple times he got up on the side of his foot and that’s why he slipped, but there were other people out there slipping, too. I would bring the same question up.

Q: What did you see from the game last night when you went and looked at the tape? Is there anything that helps you figure out why in the fourth quarter the team is falling apart and is better in the first three quarters?

A: There are little things that you can grab ahold of. The fact that the seam ball to [Larry] Donnell might have given us the ball, definitely, inside the 30, maybe down inside the 25. You know just things like that, the pass rush obviously was very severe at that point in time, their ears were laid back, and they were coming, and there was pressure, and there was no doubt about that. You saw that happen and that was something that you really have to understand, and even in one situation where you might need to keep some people in or at least do a better job of helping and securing a couple of those spots. Not taking anything away from Atlanta’s front, they did a strong job throughout the game. We had that, we had some misfires, and just some, certainly the delay of game, and things of that nature that just don’t, they can’t happen. They just can’t happen, it’s all got to be positive going forward, and it wasn’t. You can bleed it play by play and find different people involved in different circumstances, but just by and large you have to make it happen right then.

Q: Some of the players talked about needing to learn how to finish games, is there a way that you can help?

A: We’ll continue to talk about that, we’ll continue to be positive, and we’ll continue to utilize our meeting time with positive reinforcements whether it be examples of whatever. Sooner or later, we just have to settle down and play the way we’re capable of playing when the game is on the line. I don’t know how to say it any more simpler. The information comes forth from the sideline, you have x amount of time to digest it all, but then you have to go pull the trigger. Like yesterday, the fourth quarter was 14-0, so here we are in good stead throughout, and then we had the unfortunate turnover, but the next quarter was all Atlanta scoring.

Q: I know you like to have your team focused on just the task at hand, and they’re all business, but you mentioned you were going to point out the division to them. Is that just to show them everyone else is struggling and there’s still an opportunity there for you?

A: Yes, absolutely, the opportunity. It’s just a way to try to again get over the disappointment of yesterday as fast as we can. We realize how important it is going forward.

Q: What did you think of Justin Pugh at left tackle? That’s obviously something you might need going forward here and John Jerry slipping into guard, what was your assessment of that?

A: I think there were some good plays and some plays that weren’t so good. He had an exceptional rusher, Justin did, on his outside, and he caused pressure at the worst time of the game, obviously. Justin had a couple of opportunities to work in there as we went through Ereck Flowers’ ankle injury about a week ago, and fortunately he had some snaps there, and John had moved in as well. It was good experience for them to be able to practice there and they’ll see themselves today and hopefully make some adjustments or minor thoughts as far as how they can play that position better.

Q: I know you don’t have much information on the guys who played yesterday, but is there a plan moving forward this week with Jon Beason?

A: Well, he’ll continue even though there really isn’t a lot of practice time, it’s a lot of mental work here. I’m sure they’ll continue to work Jon on the side or whatever and just see where he’s at. Hopefully he’ll continue to improve and then we’ll maybe get some kind of a word going forward here.

Q: Same question about Victor Cruz.

A: It’ll be the same answer. Nothing has been said differently about his status except the fact that they continue to extend his work, and they’re pleased with that part of it.

Q: But that doesn’t include running yet, I assume.

A: He’s been running, as I told you, on the treadmill in the water. He’s been doing that and he’s been doing some running out on the grass.

Q: How do you squeeze all of the stuff in the schedule? What is a Thursday game like for you? What do you consider the biggest challenge?

A: The biggest challenge is your next opponent. We’ve had experience with Thursday night games before and we have a routine and a process that we utilize for information to go to the players and then at the best we possibly can get the information covered on the field, in most cases just a jog thru. We’ll continue to utilize that format.

Q: How do you feel Jayron Hosley held up?

A: Hosley made some plays and didn’t make some plays, but the ones that he didn’t make, I thought he was playing against an outstanding player, obviously, and he gave perhaps sometimes a little bit too much room, but overall he competed and he played hard. I thought that was a good step forward.

Transcripts of Monday’s media conference calls with the following players:


Because of Thursday night’s game against the Washington Redskins, the Giants only hold one practice this week, on Tuesday.

Sep 202015
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Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 20, 2015)

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The New York Giants squandered another 10-point fourth-quarter lead and fell to the Atlanta Falcons 24-20 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Giants fell to 0-2. It’s the first time in team history that the Giants have started three seasons in a row 0-2. It is also the first time in NFL history that a team has lost its first two games after leading by 10 points or more in the fourth quarter. The Giants have lost their last four home openers.

Each team moved the football to start the game but was forced to punt. The Falcons then went up 7-0 after a 13-play, 86-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter. The Giants responded with a 10-play, 45-yard drive early in the second quarter that resulted in a 38-yard field goal by Josh Brown. Falcons 7 – Giants 3.

The Falcons immediately followed that field goal drive with one of their own as Atlanta went 56 yards in 11 plays to set up a 42-yard effort. The Giants quickly tied the game on a short slant pass from quarterback Eli Manning to wide out Odell Beckham who turned on the burners en route to a 67-yard touchdown play. The game was tied 10-10.

Neither team was able to move the football for the rest of the half until the Giants last possession before intermission. The Giants drove the ball 30 yards in six plays to set up a 44-yard field goal that gave New York the lead at halftime 13-10.

The Giants received the opening kickoff of the second half and moved the ball 69 yards in nine plays to go up 20-10. The big play on the drive was a 37-yard pass to running back Shane Vereen on 3rd-and-5. Three plays later, Manning hit tight end Larry Donnell for a 10-yard score on 3rd-and-4.

Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 20, 2015)

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The Giants defense forced a three-and-out and the Giants offense then let a golden opportunity to put the Falcons away slip through their fingers. After a 35-yard run by running back Andre Williams and a 12-yard run by Vereen on 3rd-and-7, the Giants were able to drive deep into Atlanta territory. But on 3rd-and-2 from the 8-yard line, Manning was sacked and fumbled the ball away to the Falcons. Instead of being up 27-10 or 23-10, the score remained 20-10. Worse for New York, after this mistake with less than five minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Giants offense basically shut down for the remainder of the game.

The Falcons immediately took advantage by driving 91 yards in 12 plays to cut the Giants lead to 20-17 with under 13 minutes to play. The 10-yard touchdown pass to wideout Leonard Hankerson came on 3rd-and-9. The Giants did reach the Falcons 38-yard line on the ensuing drive but running back Rashad Jennings’ 3rd-and-2 run was stuffed for a loss and the Giants punted.

The Giants defense held after giving up a couple of first downs and the Giants received the ball back with 4:24 to play. But New York could not pick up one first down and was forced to punt. Worse, on this series, the Giants were called for delay of game after an Atlanta timeout.

The Falcons then quickly drove 70 yards in seven plays for the game-winning touchdown with 1:14 left to play. The Giants had a glimmer of hope after a 30-yard defensive pass interference penalty against Beckham gave them the ball at midfield with 1:02 to play. But the game ended after four straight Manning incompletions, including two drops by tight end Larry Donnell and wide receiver Preston Parker.

Offensively, the Giants accrued 19 first downs and 388 total net yards (97 rushing, 291 passing). The Giants were 10-of-17 (59 percent) on 3rd down conversions. Manning finished 27-of-40 for 292 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. But his fumble on the goal line was very costly. Beckham caught seven passes for 146 yards and a touchdown while Vereen caught eight passes for 76 yards. Williams was the leading rusher with six rushes for 43 yards. Jennings was limited to 12 yards on nine carries.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 25 first downs and 402 total net yards (56 rushing, 346 passing). The Falcons were 11-of-17 (65 percent) on 3rd down conversions. New York did not force a turnover. Defensive end Robert Ayers and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins each had sacks and the Giants were credited with eight quarterback hits.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a burner early in the game, later returned, but then suffered a concussion that ended his game. Left tackle Ereck Flowers re-injured his ankle and did not return. “(Rodgers-Cromartie) has to go through the protocol,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Flowers, I hope it’s not going to be a continuous thing that bothers him all year long.”

Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and various players are available in The Corner Forum and at

Inactive for the Giants were WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Daniel Fells (foot), LB Jon Beason (knee), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), S Cooper Taylor, and OT Bobby Hart.

QB Eli Manning increased his career passing yards total to 40,240, which moved him one yard in front of Johnny Unitas (40,239) and into 14th place on the NFL’s career list. Manning is the 15th player in history to pass for at least 40,000 yards.

WR Odell Beckham increased his career reception total to 103, which is an NFL record for the first 16 games (a full season) in a career. Beckham set the mark in only 14 games.  It was the fifth time in his last six games dating back to last season that Beckham totaled at least 130 receiving yards.


Sep 182015
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has not practiced since August 17 due to a left calf injury. The injury was originally termed a “strain” and downplayed by the team but it has kept him out of practice for more than a month, the entire preseason, and at least the first two regular-season games. For the last few weeks, when questioned by the media about Cruz, Head Coach Tom Coughlin has simply said there has been no change in his status. On Friday, Cruz talked to the press for the first time since late August at a commercial promotion in Manhattan.

“If it were up to me, I would love to be back at some point within the next two weeks, whether it be (next) Thursday (against the Redskins) or the following game,” Cruz told The New York Post. “But we’ll see, that’s just me speaking. That’s not the training staff or the doctors (saying) things like that, so we’ll see.”

Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in October 2014. He was making what appeared a very rapid recovery from the injury by practicing with the team from the start of camp on July 31 until August 17. Cruz told The Post that the surgically repaired right knee “feels great” and is not the issue.

“(The calf injury) was just a little bit more than I expected,” said Cruz. “They saw a little bit of blood in there and wanted to get it out, and that set me back a little bit. So it’s just a matter of continuing the rehab, continuing to build the muscle back, and continuing to build the strength back and we’ll be good to go.”

“In due time, I’ll be joined back with my teammates and be out there playing again,” said Cruz.

Any discussion of calf injuries and blood is a bit of a red flag to the media and fans since safety Nat Berhe was lost for the season due to a blood clot in one of his calf muscles. That injury was also originally downplayed by the team.

The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at

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The Giants have officially ruled WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Daniel Fells (foot), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), and DT Markus Kuhn (knee) out of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

“Feeling a little bit better, yeah,” Cruz said. He was also asked when he might return to the practice field. “When I know, you’ll know,” responded Cruz.

LB Jon Beason (knee) is doubtful. “I want to be available to play as much as I can,” Beason said. “A lot of times, just because you feel good coming back from injury, that doesn’t mean you’re ready to play football. God forbid we have to play 80 snaps. I’m not ready for that.”

“Well, (Beason) is feeling better, he’ll tell you that, but we’re going to see,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) and LB Uani’ Unga (knee) are probable for the game.

“I’m here to play,” said Flowers. “I’m here to go out there and try and win. No injury really helps you, so my ankle is getting better. I’ve been getting treatment, so I’m ready to go this Sunday.”

Transcripts and video of the media sessions with Tom Coughlin are available in The Corner Forum and at

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at


The Giants will hold a 45-minute, full-speed practice on Saturday that is not open to the media. The team will play its home opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Sep 172015
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 13, 2015)

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The NFL has acknowledged that officials made two game-altering mistakes during the New York Giants 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night. The first was a bogus pass interference call on cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromarties on a 3rd-and-4 incomplete pass that directly led to a Cowboys touchdown in the third quarter. Worse, the officials did not call an obvious holding penalty by a Dallas defensive back against tight end Daniel Fells on the now infamous 3rd-and-goal incomplete pass by quarterback Eli Manning with 1:43 to play. If that flag had been thrown, the Giants could have simply knelt on the ball and run out the clock, winning 26-20.

Not practicing on Thursday due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Daniel Fells (foot), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), and DT Markus Kuhn (knee).

“(Cruz has been) working and he’s doing more and more,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “But they’re not even at the stage where they’re really going to bring him out and turn him loose—let him run for a while—before they make a decision on whether he can practice. So that’s all forthcoming.”

Coughlin said Odighizuwa tried to practice on Wednesday and could not go again on Thursday. “He gets going a little bit, then he gets sore and he has to come out,” said Coughlin.

LB Jon Beason (knee) returned to practice and practiced on a limited basis.

LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) and LB Uani’ Unga (knee) fully practiced.

The New York Daily News has published exclusive photographs of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s right hand that he damaged in a July 4th fireworks accident.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at


Instead of practicing, the Giants will hold a “recovery day” on Friday. The players will select two of six recovery stations, based on seniority. Their choices are massage, yoga, FMS (Functional Movement Screen) exercises designed for the individual, air compression boots, contrast bath (between a hot and cold tub), and self-massage with stick rollers and elastic bands.

The Giants will also have a 45-minute, full-speed practice on Saturday that is not open to the media.

Sep 162015
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Not practicing on Wednesday due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Daniel Fells (foot), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), and LB Jon Beason (knee).

LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) and LB Uani’ Unga (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

The New York Daily News provided the following summary on quarterback Eli Manning’s contract extension.

  • Total contract (last year plus 4-year extension): 5 years, $101.5 million
  • Signing Bonus: $31 million
  • Guaranteed Money: $65 million
  • 2015: $5.5 million salary, $500,000 workout bonus, total cap number $14.45 million
  • 2016: $17.5 million salary, $500,000 workout bonus, total cap number $24.2 million
  • 2017: $13 million salary, $500,000 workout bonus, total cap number $19.7 million
  • 2018: $10.5 million salary, $5 million roster bonus, $500,000 workout bonus, total cap number $22.2 million
  • 2019: $11.5 million salary, $5 million roster bonus, $500,000 workout bonus, total cap number $23.2 million

The new contract provides the Giants with $5.25 million in cap savings against the 2015 salary cap. Right now, including DE Jason Pierre-Paul’s Franchise tender, the Giants are $14,127,537 under the cap. They will gain an additional $871,352 for each week Pierre-Paul does not play. Any unspent money can be rolled over to next year’s cap.

The New York Giants have signed guard Vinston Painter, linebacker James Morris, and cornerback Tramain Jacobs to the Practice Squad.

Painter was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He spent the 2013 regular season on Denver’s Practice Squad and was added to the Practice Squad again in 2014. The Cleveland Browns signed Painter to their active roster in September 2014, but he was only active for three games. The Brown waived him in September 2015. Painter converted to offensive line from defensive tackle and only started one season in college. He has a nice combination of size and athletic ability, but he is still learning the game. Right now, he looks better than he plays.

Morris was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Patriots placed him on Injured Reserve in August 2014 after tearing an ACL in the final preseason game against the Giants. Morris lacks ideal size and overall athleticism, but he is instinctive, tough, hard working, and competitive.

Jacobs was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in three games as rookie after spending nine weeks on Baltimore’s Practice Squad. Jacobs finished the season on Injured Reserve with a thigh injury. The Ravens waived him in August 2015. Jacobs is an average-sized corner with good speed and quickness. He is also instinctive and competitive.

The team has also terminated the Practice Squad contracts of quarterback G.J. Kinne, linebacker Gerald Rivers, and safety C.J.  Conway.

The transcript of Tom Coughlin’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at

The following transcripts and video of player media sessions on Wednesday are available in The Corner Forum and at


A sights and sounds video from the Giants’ 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys is now available at

QB Eli Manning started his 168th consecutive regular-season game in Dallas. DT Johnathan Hankins has the team’s second-longest starting streak at 17 games.

Manning’s 193 passing yards in Dallas increased his career total to 39,948. He needs 52 yards against Atlanta on Sunday to become the 15th quarterback in NFL history with at least 40,000 passing yards.

Manning threw neither a touchdown pass nor an interception vs. the Cowboys. That’s just the eighth time that’s happened in his 168 starts. The Giants are 4-4 in those games. It was the 29th time he didn’t throw a touchdown pass. The Giants are 9-20 when Manning does not throw for a score.

When Sam Bradford lined up under center for Philadelphia last night, he became the 29th different quarterback to start for the other three NFC East teams since Manning’s starting debut on Nov. 21, 2004. The Eagles lead the pack with 11 quarterbacks, followed by Washington (10) and Dallas (9). Donovan McNabb started for both Philadelphia and Washington. He counts in each team’s total, but just once in the division total.

Left tackle Ereck Flowers and safety Landon Collins, the Giants’ first two selections in this year’s NFL Draft, each started in Dallas. It was the first time the Giants’ first and second-round draft choices started the season opener as rookies since Aug. 31, 1997, when wide receiver Ike Hilliard (first round) and running back Tiki Barber (second) started in a victory over Philadelphia.

The Cowboys scored the game-winning points on an 11-yard pass from Tony Romo to Jason Witten with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the first time a Giants opponent scored a go-ahead, game-winning touchdown with seven or fewer seconds remaining in the Super Bowl era (now in its 50th season).

The Giants had not lost a game with a turnover differential of plus-3 or better since Nov. 29, 1987 at Washington, where four takeaways and just one turnover couldn’t prevent a 23-19 defeat.

The Giants practice on Thursday and hold physical recovery cycles on Friday in advance of Sunday’s home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Sep 152015
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (October 28, 2012)

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According to ESPN, the injuries that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered to his right hand from a July 4th fireworks accident are worse than originally reported.

In addition to the right index finger amputated at the knuckle, fractured right thumb, and skin grafts, Pierre-Paul is also missing the tip of his right thumb. He also had surgery on his right middle finger three days before meeting with team officials last week. ESPN says the fractured thumb was surgically repaired on July 8th and that Pierre-Paul has undergone a “myriad surgical procedures” on his hand since the accident.

This report appears to substantiate the FOX Sports report last week that Pierre Paul had damage to three of the fingers on his right hand. FOX Sports also said Pierre-Paul had another skin graft procedure performed recently, and because Pierre-Paul has not been able to lift weights, he has lost significant muscle mass.

Pierre-Paul believes he will return to the playing field this season but there appears to be growing skepticism by team officials that he will be able to do so. The Giants have yet to rescind their 1-year, $14.813 million Franchise tender, but Pierre-Paul is not currently being paid and is losing approximately $870,000 per week now that the season has started.

Both FOX Sports and ESPN report that the Giants have told Pierre-Paul that they will re-evaluate his physical condition in five-six weeks. ESPN says that if his hand is not “healed to their satisfaction,” the Giants will consider rescinding the Franchise tender.

The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN Radio interview with cornerback Prince Amukamara is available at CBS New York.

Sep 142015
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Tom Coughlin addressed the media by conference call on Monday afternoon:

Alright, good afternoon. It certainly doesn’t feel any better this morning than it did last night. It’s remorse for opportunity lost, obviously. And again, I feel very badly for our team. I thought they played hard, gave good effort. Certainly the football wasn’t by any means perfect. In many, many categories, we were deficient compared to what Dallas accomplished. However, we were plus-three. Our defense did score one touchdown, and really put us on the one-yard line. You might as well say scored two touchdowns, and did an outstanding job of taking the ball away from a very good Dallas team. And putting us in a position where we had an opportunity to win the game.

I stand by what I said last night. The responsibility for the management of time and the play calling decisions etc. etc. are mine. Therefore the responsibility goes to me and nobody else. And all the other jibber-jabber, whatever is going on out there, simply comes down to the fact that we were within striking distance of being 10 points up. And that’s all I ever wanted—was to get back to the 10 point lead. Dallas has had success driving the ball late in the game against us for a couple years, and scoring late touchdowns to defeat us. By going up 10, that would not have been an issue. When on third and 13 we went to the air and made a first down, that obviously made me ever more the aggressor, in terms of we were thinking about being able to score and to go up 10. And then the clock under two minutes, whether it took a minute or whatever it took there for them to score. If they were, in fact, going to, we would still have the lead and there wouldn’t be any time left on the clock or they would have no timeouts.

So it was very disappointing. The thing I do regret the most for the evening really is that at 5:08, we had a 13 play, 79 yard drive and we came away with field goal rather than a touchdown. That was very disappointing to me. The third and one play, which I again take responsibility for—it should have been a run, it wasn’t. The throwing the ball away created the stoppage of the clock. The clock had been stopped many times along the way for penalties, for refusal to accept penalties, all of those things that take place within the last two minutes. So the clock hadn’t really been running. There were timeouts taken that were given back to the defensive team. The explanation to me this morning is that the referee has the right within whether he thinks it’s a sequential operational play or not, to give the timeout back to the team that has taken the timeout. Even though in the situation we talked about, we did have the personal foul.

So, all these things having been said, as I mentioned, the other thing that was most disappointing was the last two drives that Dallas had. They really didn’t—we didn’t give them much opposition. They had a six-play, 76 yard drive and later a six-play, 72 yard drive. Their final play left seven seconds on the clock. So, most-disappointing for us, and again, I really thought that we played hard, that we gave good effort, that we were physical. Both sides played hard and we were in position to win the game and didn’t win it. I’m very, very disappointed and upset about that. Our players feel very badly today, but we’ll bounce back.

Q: There was a report out there that Rashad Jennings was instructed not to score on the first three plays inside the five-yard line. Was that something that was instructed from the sidelines?

A: No. No, that was not instructed from the sidelines. In talking with Eli today, I think that he was confused by the number of timeouts that were remaining. His intention was with one timeout, that we would milk the clock the best we would. However, they had two timeouts left. So, that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Q: Was there any consideration on going for it on fourth down on the next play?

A: Was I thinking about that? If we had run the ball, I might’ve. But not in that circumstance, no. What I really didn’t want have to have happen is to—they have an outstanding kicking game, an outstanding kicker capable of 50 plus yards. I did not want to give them the opportunity to tie the game with a field goal. So my mind was in tune to put some points on the board, although as I had explained I think in great depth, my intent was to be up 10.

Q: Going back a second, when you talk about he was confused about the timeouts, were you talking about Rashad or Eli?

A: No, it was Eli.

Q: At the two minute warning, you guys had the third down. If you get a first down there, is the plan at that point to sort of run the clock down and not get in the end zone? Had that been discussed by you guys at any point?

A: Well the thing that is always discussed is we want to get them out of timeouts and then be in a position where we can kneel. That’s wasn’t the case.

Q: On that final drive—the Cowboys game-winning drive, it looked like you were in base defense for most of that drive. Is that correct and if so, what was the thinking behind that?

A: No, we weren’t in base defense, we were in nickel. Trying to match their personnel.

Q: How do you think Uani [Unga] did there? First start, playing middle linebacker.

A: You know what, he played hard, he was aggressive, he made a lot of tackles. He certainly got himself out of position a couple of times. But for a guy put in that position, I thought he responded very well.

Q: Do you have any updates on Jon Beason or Victor Cruz or any of the other injuries?

A: No I don’t. I wish I did, but I don’t.

Q: How about Ereck Flowers? He looked like he hurt his ankle.

A: They’re doing the usual number of MRI’s etc. etc. I don’t have any information in front of me about that. He did injure the ankle early on and he gutted it out and finished the game. But today is a different day.

Q: How’d you think he did playing-wise?

A: He was limited to a certain extent because of the injury, but I thought he battled away, and that’s what we always counted on—that he would battle. And he did.

Q: Was there any point in that final drive by Dallas where you thought about maybe, “I’ll call a timeout and make sure my defense is on the same page.”

A: Just one time, but they stood over the ball long enough for us to settle in. There was one time when the ball was approaching the red zone, that it looked like there was some confusion, but then the ball was not snapped right away and people were in position. And it ended up being an incomplete pass. That’s always a consideration.

Q: Eli is obviously a guy that’s always in control, and the confusion over timeouts is a little out of character for him. When something like that happens, is it easy to dismiss or do you have to change any of the process of communication late in the game because of that?

A: It’s never happened before. I completely trust Eli, I always have. He’s extremely into the game, he’s aware of all the circumstances. As he comes over to the sideline, he relates what he sees and so on and so forth, from his position. To be honest with you, nothing like that has ever happened. His mind was in the right place here, he just didn’t have all the facts right, and unfortunately we didn’t get it corrected.

Q: There was a timeout before that third down play. Is it normal for you not to communicate directly with the quarterback?

A: Well, those are 30-second timeouts. The coordinators on the headset are with the quarterback at the time as well.

Q: He came over to the sideline?

A: He came over to the sideline, I think, prior to those plays. He may have come over to the sideline right there, too.

Q: Do you regret not telling him, “Hey, we got to make sure not to throw the ball away at that point?”

A: Do I regret? If I had a minute and a half, I could have gone down through the litany. But again, it was a third-down call, we were trying to score. That was the whole idea. We were trying to score with the play that was called. Again, hindsight is 20-20. I think Eli would agree this morning that if in fact he was pressured and didn’t have an opportunity, that he would go down and let the clock run. So, that would be my position on that.

Q: You didn’t know that Rashad at the time was not trying to score, though. Is that something that you found out later and when did you find that out?

A: Well, I don’t know if that’s exactly the case. I do know that it came up after the game, which I hadn’t heard that before.

Q: How is your team today? I know it was a crazy trip back and obviously a brutal loss. You always say Monday is rough, but is this one especially rough?

A: Well they were tired. There was not much sleep, nobody got any sleep. The guys were tired, and they were sad, they were disappointed. They were relating to the sequence, as it is, following a game—your Monday, but they were doing it without any sleep. It was a different kind of day, let’s put it that way. And again as I said, we talked about yesterday’s game and about going forward and how I urged them to get to bed early tonight and again tomorrow night. Because sometimes it’s a couple of days before it really hits you. And then come to work Wednesday morning excited about looking forward not backward.

Q: What did you think about your two top picks and how they played in their first NFL game? Flowers and Landon Collins.

A: Well I thought that they both played hard, and they both handled the situation very well. To be starting and playing in a game in the NFC East division, in Dallas, in their first regular season game—I thought they handled it very well.

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The players are off Tuesday before returning to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons.