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Stansly Maponga, New York Giants (August 12 2016)

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New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Saturday to discuss the team’s 27-10 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. Coach McAdoo provided an injury update on CB Eli Apple (knee), WR Sterling Shepard (groin), WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), and TE Will Johnson (burner).

Opening Statement: I thought last night what we did well, as a team, we rolled with the punches early on with the weather delay. Something that’s challenging to do. You know, you go out, you warm-up, you cool down and you have to go back out and do it again. I thought the first units came out of the gate fairly quickly, fast, and were physical. From a substitution perspective, communication and focus was on point. We had 11 on all of our snaps, which is encouraging for the first game…easier said than done. From a game management perspective, we were clean.

Some things we need to work on: obviously the most important thing is taking care of The Duke, didn’t do a great job of that, put the ball on the ground way too much, too many turnovers. Sudden change defense, something we need to work on as well. They’re tied together there, so when the offense turns the ball over, return team turns the ball over, the defense picks it up. With that being said, we were minus-three on the turnover ratio, and if you were minus-three last year, the teams were 2-46, so tough to win football games that way. Tackling, and long stride, short stride need to improve for 60 minutes. We started well, but we let it slip as the game went on. Our blocking fundamentals and physicality and pass protecting needs to improve. We weren’t firm up inside the pocket, especially when the second group got in there, we need to firm that up. We need to cut out the pre-snap penalties. Where we go from here, we’re going to throw effort at everything. It’s going to be hot this week, we’re going to work through it and we look forward to moving on.

Q: With Ryan Nassib’s performance last night, how much of that was him and how much of that was a lack of solid protection?

A: He didn’t always have clean protection, but Ryan still had an opportunity to make some plays. He needs to throw the balls out there a couple of times and I think he would have had an opportunity to make some big plays. I would have liked to see him hit the post to Sterling (Shepard). Ryan’s going to move on, he’s going to learn from this experience and he’s going to bounce back.

Q: Speaking of Sterling, do you have an update on injured players?

A: Sterling, we don’t think it’s serious. He’s a guy that we’re going to put through individual tomorrow, we’re going to wrap him up and see if he can practice after the individual.

Q: What about some of the other guys? Eli Apple?

A: Eli went for a scan; I don’t have anything new on Eli at this point. Geremy Davis doesn’t look like he’s going to practice tomorrow but has a mild strain. Will Johnson, we’re waiting to hear more back there, but it looks like he’ll be out at this point.

Q: You said Apple’s going to get a scan?

A: Yeah, Eli Apple is going to get a scan, I haven’t heard anything since the scan.

Q: On what? What is he getting a scan on?

A: On his knee… His left knee.

Q: What positions do you feel that you are deep in? Do you feel any of the units have a big drop off?

A:  When you take a look at it, I think the receiver group is fairly decent. We are young there at some spots, but I think we have some good depth there. We have some depth at the running back position. The tight end group, I think, has some nice depth and competition. We have some young players on the defensive line; it was encouraging to see them take a step forward yesterday. The cornerback group is an interesting group as well. The second offensive line stepped in there and we need to see some more out of them, we need to make some progress there. We need to develop those guys. They certainly have it in them, but we didn’t play that way last night in the passing game. We did run the ball well, so we don’t have to throw the baby out to the bath water, if you know what I am saying. We just need to get on those guys, develop them, we get the pads on this week and get going there. The linebacker group is a group where there is a lot of competition, we just need to get healthier.

Q: How did Darian Thompson do in his first extended game action?

A: Darian had a good start. He was out there; he was 100 percent in his assignments or close to it. He communicated well. Special teams, he has some improvement to do there, so he can get better in special teams, but he had a nice night from a defensive perspective. And again, it is just a starting point.

Q: Was that what you were looking for the most? The 100 percent on his assignments.

A: Yes. We want guys to play well, grade out assignment-wise and it is about – they have to know what we are asking them to do and then being able to do it the way we are asking them to do it, so it is assignment and technique. Obviously, as a young player he has some things to clean up from a technique perspective, but his assignments were clean.

Q: Where does everyone stand behind those two guys (Landon Collins and Darian Thompson) at safety?

A: Yes, Darian and Landon, again they were solid. Nat Berhe got some good snaps in there, as did Mykkele Thompson. It is really an open competition there. Cooper Taylor, you can throw in the mix, (Andrew) Adams, Bennett Jackson and (Justin) Currie — it is an open competition there behind them.

Q: Was the touchdown before the half, is that something where Berhe needs to stick with the ball and not the player?

A: Yeah, that is a fluke play. The quarterback tried to fit it into tight coverage. You would like to see the corner hang with that number one receiver a little longer. It was more – chalk that one up to the football gods, but that was a heck of a happening there. That is what that was.

Q:  How do you feel about your depth at offensive line?

A: Again, I think that we have guys who we feel can compete at a high level. They had a bad night in pass protection last night, they played better in the run game than they did in pass protection and we need to put the pads on and get back to work. That is what I see.

Q: Is there anything more on Victor Cruz and his status?

A: We are going to throw Victor out and do individual with him and see how he gets through individual and then we will take it from there.

Q: Aside from losing the game, was there anything that was a real disappointment to you?

A: Yeah. Taking care of the football. As much time and energy as we spend on the football and taking care of The Duke in practice, for us to be that careless with the ball is very disappointing and it will be fixed and it will be addressed.


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Jonathan Casillas, New York Giants (August 12 2016)

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The Ben McAdoo era began with a 27-10 preseason defeat at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Friday night. McAdoo decided not to play quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham. Quarterback Ryan Nassib struggled in Eli’s place. But the starting defense played well and the offense did just enough to help New York take a 10-0 advantage in the first quarter. However, aided by four turnovers, the Dolphins scored 27 unanswered points to win an unexciting contest.

The Giants drove 74 yards in nine plays on their opening possession to take a 7-0 lead. The drive was highlighted by a 19-yard run by running back Shane Vereen and a diving 24-yard catch by rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard on 3rd-and-6. Two plays later, running back Rashad Jennings scored from three yards out. The Giants were fortunate, however, in that Miami was flagged with two costly penalties on this drive, including a botched shotgun snap on 3rd-and-11.

Meanwhile, the Giants defense did not allow a first down on Miami’s first five offensive possessions. The defense stopped the run and pressured the quarterback. Late in the 1st quarter, linebacker Jonathan Casillas intercepted quarterback Matt Moore at the Dolphins 30-yard line and returned it to the 11-yard line. Despite setting up a 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line, the Giants offense could not punch it in and New York settled for a 20-yard field goal to go up 10-0.

The failure to score from the 1-yard line was a bad omen. After the first drive where the Giants gained five first downs, the team did not gain more than one first down on any drive for the remainder of the game. In their final 13 possessions, the Giants gained seven first downs. Nassib was dreadful, only completing 7-of-15 passes for 75 yards. Two of his his deep throws were underthrown and intercepted. He also carelessly fumbled the ball away, setting up the Dolphins at the Giants 5-yard line. Nassib was lucky a couple of other throws were not picked off.

Nassib’s three turnovers led to 17 second quarter points by the Dolphins, one touchdown coming off of a fluke 51-yard pass where the intended receiver tipped the ball to another receiver who scored. In the second half, the Dolphins scored again on a short field after a fumble by running back Paul Perkins at New York’s 25-yard line.

New York finished the game with only 69 net yards passing (the Dolphins had 192). The Giants did out-rush the Dolphins 158 to 104. The second- and third-team players on the Giants offensive line struggled.

Some defensive highlights included:

  • Two quarterback hits by DE Olivier Vernon.
  • Three quarterback hits and two sacks by DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa.
  • One sack by DE Stansly Maponga.
  • An active game – including four tackles – by DE Romeo Okwara.
  • Four tackles and one sack by DT Greg Milhouse.
  • Seven tackles and two tackles for a loss by LB B.J. Goodson.
  • An aggressive game by CB Eli Apple, including a solid tackle short of the sticks.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at

Not playing were WR Victor Cruz (groin), DE Kerry Wynn (groin), LB Keenan Robinson (groin), LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring/PUP), and DT Jay Bromley (ankle/PUP).

CB Eli Apple (lower leg strain), WR Sterling Shepard (groin strain), WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), and TE Will Johnson (burner) all left the game and did not return.

Head Coach Ben McAdoo did not think the injuries to Apple, Shepard, or Davis were serious.

“I’m feeling fine,” said Apple. “It’s just a lower leg strain, it’s gonna be fine.”

“I feel good,” said Shepard. “It’s just sore from practice, but it’s all good now.”

Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at


Aug 042016
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Leon Hall, Cincinnati Bengals (November 29, 2015)

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The New York Giants have officially signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals). Hall visited the New York Giants on Wednesday after also visiting with the team in early May. The deal is said to be a 1-year contract worth up to $2 million.

To make room for Hall, the Giants waived cornerback Tramain Jacobs.

The 31-year old Hall was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In his nine seasons with the Bengals, Hall has played in 121 regular-season games with 105 starts. Hall started four of the 14 games he played in last season, finishing with 44 tackles, nine pass defenses, and two interceptions. He also won “AFC Player of the Week” for his performance in a December game against the St. Louis Rams.

The aging Hall is a physical press corner who tackles very well. He is very experienced and technically-sound. The strength of Hall’s game is his ability to cover receivers out of the slot position. Versatile, Hall has also played safety in some packages. Hall has suffered two Achilles’ tendon injuries (2011 and 2013) that has robbed him of some of his explosiveness. Hall also had back surgery this offseason to repair a disc injury. He is a hard worker and team leader.


Jul 282016
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Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (June 6, 2016)

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New York Giants players reported to training camp on Thursday. The first training camp practice will occur on Friday. (A complete schedule is available at; please keep in mind that in the event of inclement weather, the practice will be held inside and NOT open to the public).

New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (knee swelling), defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) have been placed on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List at the start of training camp. These players can come off the PUP at any time.

“We don’t think any of them are extremely serious at this point,” Head Coach Ben McAdoo said.

According to ESPN, Bromley had surgery to remove a bone spur earlier this summer, but he is expected to be able to practice soon. ESPN also reports that the swelling in Harrison’s knee is not uncommon due to fluid in his knee.

Defensive tackle Melvin Lewis was placed on the Non-Football Illness (NFI) List. No details were provided on Lewis.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf, knee) has been cleared to practice on Friday. He passed his medical and conditioning tests.

The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at

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Jul 272016
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Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (January 3, 2016)

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New York Giants players report to summer training camp on Thursday. The first training camp practice will occur on Friday. (A complete schedule is available at Head Coach Ben McAdoo and a number of players will address the press on Thursday.

New York Giants unrestricted free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has signed a 1-year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Desperate for veteran wide receiver help, the Giants signed then 27-year old Hakeem Nicks off of the street in November 2015. Unfortunately, the results were not good. Nicks played in six games with two starts, but finished with only seven catches for 54 yards. It’s been a precipitous decline for Nicks ever since his stellar 2010 and 2011 seasons when he compiled 155 catches for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns in 28 regular-season games.

Nicks was originally drafted by the Giants in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After two disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013 when Nicks’ production fell to 109 passes for 1,588 yards and three touchdowns in 28 regular-season games, Nicks departed in free agency for the Indianapolis Colts. Nicks’ production in Indianapolis was disappointing too as he caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He tried to catch on with the Tennessee Titans in training camp in 2015 but did not make the team. Nicks’ demise has largely been attributed to injuries, including compartment syndrome in his lower right leg in 2010 as well as a broken right foot and a poster cruciate ligament (PCL) tear in 2012.

Although not officially announced, it appears New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells has retired. Fells was placed on Injured Reserve in October 2015 after multiple career-threatening surgeries were required to address a life-threatening staph infection that developed in an injured ankle. He only played in two games in 2015 and finished with six catches for 60 yards.

Fells said on his Instagram account, “Although playing the game is no longer in the cards for me I’m grateful for the 10 year career that I was blessed to experience.”

Fells was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Falcons, Raiders, Buccaneers, Rams, Broncos, and Patriots. The Giants signed Fells to a reserve/future contract in January 2014. He played in all 16 games for the Giants in 2014 with nine starts, accruing 16 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns.

According to press report, former New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin has accepted a full-time position with the NFL’s football operations department. His exact role has yet to be announced by the League. Coughlin was de facto fired in January by the Giants after serving with the team since 2004.

Video clips of exclusive interviews with the following coaches and players are available at

  • Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan (Video)
  • Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn (Video)
  • TE Will Tye (Video)
  • DE Olivier Vernon (Video)
  • DT Damon Harrison (Video)

Transcripts of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at


This picture of me and my baby girl was taken a little over a year ago at Quest Diagnostic. I wish I was heading into battle with my brothers as Training Camp starts up this week but I also believe that everything happens for a reason. Although playing the game is no longer in the cards for me I'm grateful for the 10 year career that I was blessed to experience. Thank you all for the phone calls, text messages, emails and well wishes that I've gotten over the last few months. I'm working hard to accept my physical limitations and the mental struggles that go along with them. I know that I'm lucky to be alive so I'm determined to make the most of everyday that I have. Looking forward to cheering for my G-men and all of my former teammates on different teams around the nation this year #onceagiantalwaysagiant

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Jul 192016
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (February 5, 2012)

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The New York Giants have announced that Ernie Accorsi, Tom Coughlin, and Justin Tuck will be added to the team’s “Ring of Honor” during a halftime ceremony at the Giants-Bengals at MetLife Stadium on November 14.

The addition of these three will bring to 42 the number of team icons so honored. For a complete list, see the Ring of Honor section of the website.

Accorsi served at the Giants’ Assistant General Manager from 1994-1997 and General Manager from 1998-2006.

Coughlin served as the Giants’ wide receivers coach from 1988-1990 and head coach from 2004-2015. Coughlin helped lead the Giants to two NFL titles (2007 and 2011). He finished with 102-90 regular-season record (second most victories in franchise history) and an 8-3 post-season record (tied with Bill Parcells).

Tuck was a defensive end for the team from 2005-2015. Tuck was voted to the Pro Bowl twice and served as a team captain four times, finishing with 60.5 sacks in his Giants’ career.

“When you start working in the National Football League, this is not something you would ever dream could happen,” Accorsi said. “I’ve seen these in different stadiums, and when you see all the great players and coaches up there, it’s not something I ever thought could happen. I can’t even put into words what an honor it is, especially with this franchise. It’s overwhelming that someone who started at the bottom in this league could end up with some of the names up there, like Lawrence Taylor and Frank Gifford. It’s just incredible for me to get this.”

“It was a great privilege to be the 16th head coach of the New York Giants, and it’s a privilege and a tremendous honor to be a part of those great names in Giant folklore that are in the Ring of Honor,” Coughlin said. “It’s something Judy (his wife), my family and I very much appreciate. The New York Giants, to me, is the greatest franchise in the history of the NFL. We recognize the long history of the Giants and the greatest city in the world, the tremendous coaches and players that have represented the Giants over the years. It’s a great honor to be included in the same breath with some of these prestigious former players and coaches.”

“It’s a great honor,” Tuck said. “Anytime something like this is bestowed upon a person, you have to consider all the other guys up there, all the people that have paved the way for a small-town kid like me to have the opportunity to be put up in the rafters by what I consider to be the greatest football franchise there is. I don’t think it’s dawned on me yet how big a deal it is, but I’m sure that night there will be some emotions that come out and be very visible. I’m very, very excited about it.”

The video and transcript of an NFL Network interview with running back Rashad Jennings are available at

Video clips of exclusive interviews with the following players are available at

  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)

Transcripts of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at


Jul 122016
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Rashad Jennings and Darian Thompson, New York Giants (June 15, 2016)

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The New York Giants have announced their 2016 training camp schedule. The schedule features 11 practice sessions open to the public at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, located on the MetLife Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Practices are free. Additional information on fan guidelines, parking, autographs, kids’ zone, and rain policy is available at

New York Giants 2016 Training Camp Schedule

Friday, July 29: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Saturday, July 30: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Sunday, July 31: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Monday, August 1: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
Tuesday, August 2: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Wednesday, August 3: CAMP CLOSED
Thursday, August 4: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Friday, August 5: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Saturday, August 6: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Sunday, August 7: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
Monday, August 8: 11:10 a.m. – Practice
Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 a.m. – Practice
Thursday, August 11: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
Friday, August 12: Giants vs. Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
Sunday, August 14: 11:10 a.m. – Practice
Monday, August 15: CAMP CLOSED; end of training camp

* Please note that the schedule is subject to change and for the most up-to-date information, please visit

The video of an exclusive interview with safety Darian Thompson is available at


Jul 112016
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Brad Wing, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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The New York Giants have announced that they have extended the contract of punter Brad Wing, who was set to become a restricted free agent during the 2017 offseason. The NFL Network reports that Wing signed a 3-year, $6.45 million contract that includes $3.725 million in guaranteed money – $2 million of which is in the form of a signing bonus.

The Giants acquired Brad Wing from the Pittsburgh Steelers by trade for a conditional 7th-round draft pick in September 2015, replacing the popular-but-declining Steve Weatherford. Wing responded with a strong season, averaging 44.5 yards per punt (38.9 net). He had 33 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line, tying a team single-season record. An Australian, the left-footed Wing was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2013 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but he made the Steelers roster in 2014. Wing combines a strong leg with good directional placement skills. He also holds for both field goals and place kicks.

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Jul 072016
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (June 15, 2016)

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was ranked the NFL’s 10th best player on The NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2016.” Beckham followed up his record-breaking rookie campaign with another superlative effort in 2015, finishing with 96 catches for 1,450 yards (15.1 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns.

The NFL Network’s video presentation of Beckham as the #10 player is available at

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Summer Q&A with DT Damon Harrison by Dan Salomone of


Jun 262016
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Olivier Vernon, New York Giants (June 15, 2016)

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