Nov 122014
 
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Giants Sign RB Orleans Darkwa, Place RB Michael Cox on IR: The New York Giants placed running back Michael Cox on season-ending Injured Reserve on Wednesday. Cox fractured his lower leg in the Giants-Seahawks game on Sunday.

To fill that vacant roster spot, the Giants signed running back Orleans Darkwa off of the Practice Squad of the Miami Dolphins.

Darkwa was signed by the Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. Darkwa has average size and overall athletic ability, but he is a steady, hard-working football player with good intangibles.

Because of these moves, we have updated the TransactionsRoster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Practice Squad Moves: The New York Giants have signed cornerback Josh Victorian to the Practice Squad. To make room for Victorian, the team has terminated the Practice Squad contract of safety Kyle Sebetic.

Victorian was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Since then, he has spent time with the Patriots (2011), Saints (2012), Steelers (2012-13), Texans (2013), and Lions (2014). He has played in 12 NFL games, four for the Steelers with one start in 2012 and eight for the Texans in 2013. Victorian has average size and lacks ideal overall athleticism, but he is a hard working, instinctive football player.

November 12, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.

“(Hillis is) not good,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He and Jacquian are both still under doctor supervision. They were sent home today.”

I expect that Damontre will work tomorrow,” said Coughlin.

RB Rashad Jennings (knee), TE Daniel Fells (neck), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), and S Nat Berhe (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Jennings) will give our team an outstanding lift,” said Coughlin. “He will practice – the term is going to be limited, but we had him in that capacity a week ago. We selectively worked him. We thought he did well under those circumstances a week ago, and I think we will progress throughout the course of this week and hopefully, without a setback, now he will be ready to go.”

When asked about OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), who is still on short-term Injured Reserve, Coughlin responded, “He’s going to get a lot of work this week. We have until next Monday to make that call. His activity has increased and we’ll do the same thing this week.”

November 12, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com.

November 12, 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:

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants on WFAN: The audio of WFAN interviews with the following players from this week are available at CBS New York:

Article on State of the New York Giants: Is Coughlin a goner? Is Reese? The questions facing John Mara by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

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Article on the New York Giants Defense: Giants simplifying their defense to remedy league-worst ranking by Nick Powell for NJ.com

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

Nov 102014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 9, 2014)

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November 10, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: The Giants hope to have RB Rashad Jennings, who has missed the last four games with a knee injury, back this weekend against the San Francisco 49ers.

“I think he will, I’m hoping that he will,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He did have a good week of practice last week for what we asked him to do.  He had a weekend to continue to rehab and strengthen, so he has worked hard at that. I am going to say that we certainly do expect that he will be ready at the end of this week. But who knows? I can’t tell you 100 percent, but I think he will, and if he is ready, then obviously he will have a big share of the load.”

Coughlin was not asked about the four players injured in the game against the Seahawks: RB Michael Cox (fractured leg), RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), TE Daniel Fells (burner), and S Nat Berhe (ankle).

November 10, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday’s conference call is available at Giants.com.

November 10, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts of media conference calls on Monday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the Giants-Seahawks Game: Damontre Moore, Corey Washington disappear for Giants | Snap count observations by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Nov 092014
 
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Fan, New York Giants (November 9, 2014)

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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New York Giants 38-17 on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. With the loss, the Giants’ overall record fell to 3-6, the same record the team had after nine games last season.

The Giants led 17-14 at halftime and the game was tied 17-17 heading into the 4th quarter, but the Seahawks put the Giants away with three touchdowns in the final period and 24 unanswered second-half points.

The Giants’ offense was shutout in the second half and the defense gave up 350 total yards rushing, the most by an NFL team since 2009 and the third-most rushing yards the Giants have ever given up in a single game in team history. Seattle averaged almost eight yards per carry.

In the end, the Seahawks out-gained the Giants in first downs (27 to 20), total yards (510 to 324), rushing yards (350 to 54), and time of possession (33:12 to 26:48).

The Giants received the ball first to start the game but quickly punted. Seattle drove 80 yards in six plays on their first possession, finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Marshawn Lynch.

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The Giants punted again on their second possession but immediately got the ball back when CB Zack Bowman intercepted QB Russell Wilson at the Seattle 31-yard line and returned it to the 24. Five plays later, QB Eli Manning his WR Preston Parker for a 6-yard touchdown and the game was tied 7-7.

Seattle punted on their third drive and the Giants quickly went up 14-7 after 44 and 26 yard passes from Manning to WR Odell Beckham set up RB Andre Williams’ 3-yard touchdown run. Seattle turned the ball over again on their fourth possession after LB Jameel McClain forced a fumble that was recovered by S Antrel Rolle at the Seattle 47. New York was unable to convert this turnover into points and punted.

The Seahawks then responded with a 15-play, 85-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Lynch to tie the game at 14-14 with just under two minutes to play before halftime. On this possession, the Seahawks converted on a 4th-and-3 from the Giants’ 36-yard line.

With 1:57 left to play, the Giants were able to drive 57 yards to set up a successful 41-yard field goal from PK Josh Brown as time expired.

The Giants led 17-14 at the half.

Seattle received the ball to start the third quarter but their first drive ended when Wilson’s deep was intercepted at the Giants’ 10-yard line by S Quintin Demps. After the Giants gained two first downs and punted, Seattle drove 70 yards in seven plays to set up a 28-yard field goal late in the quarter to tie the game 17-17.

Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 9, 2014)

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Then the game really turned. The Giants picked up two first downs. On 1st-and-10 from Seattle 39-yard line, Manning threw a deep ball to Beckham who was well covered by CB Richard Sherman. The deflected ball was intercepted by S Earl Thomas in the end zone and returned 47 yards to the Seattle 42-yard line. The Giants’ defense then surrendered a third touchdown run by Lynch on a 7-play, 58-yard drive. Seattle 24 – New York 17.

The Giants went three-and-out on their next possession and Seattle then went up by two touchdowns by driving 53 yards in seven plays, with Lynch scoring his fourth touchdown with just under eight minutes to play. Seattle 31 – New York 17.

The Giants gained two first downs on the ensuring possession but the drive stalled at the Giants’ 46-yard line. The Giants turned the football over on downs after a run and three incomplete passes. Seattle put the game away with a 45-yard run by RB Christine Michael and then a 1-yard run by Wilson. Seahawks 38 – Giants 17. The Giants final possession ended with a sack-fumble-recovery by the Seahawks at the Giants 31-yard line.

Video highlights/lowlights of the game are available at Giants.com.

Michael Cox, New York Giants (November 9, 2014)

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Post-Game Injury Report: RB Michael Cox fractured his lower leg and will be lost for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. RB Peyton Hillis suffered a concussion in the first quarter and did not return. Rookie S Nat Berhe left in the second quarter with an ankle injury. TE Daniel Fells suffered a burner in the fourth quarter.

Post-Game Notes: QB Eli Manning finished the game 29-of-44 for 283 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Wide receivers Odell Beckham (7 catches for 108 yards) and Preston Parker (7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown) led the Giants in receiving. The Giants leading rusher was Andre Williams who only had 33 yards on 13 carries.

CB Zack Bowman and S Quintin Demps intercepted passes. LB Jameel McClain forced a fumble that S Antrel Rolle recovered. DE Jason Pierre-Paul and Demps also forced fumbles that the Giants did not recover. DT Johnathan Hankins and DE Robert Ayers each had one sack.

Inactive for the Giants were RB Rashad Jennings (knee), OG Adam Snyder (knee), OG Brandon Mosley, OT James Brewer, DE Kerry Wynn, DT Jay Bromley, and CB Mike Harris.

Nov 072014
 
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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (October 5, 2014)

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November 7, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Aside from the 12 players on Injured Reserve, everyone practiced on Friday.

RB Rashad Jennings (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring), CB Zack Bowman (viral gastroenteritis), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and P Steve Weatherford (ankle/back) practiced on a limited basis. Jennings is “doubtful” for the game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Bowman, Kiwanuka, and Jenkins are “questionable.” Rodgers-Cromartie and Weatherford are “probable.”

“(Jennings) practiced two days this week,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He is running around and doing all those kinds of things. We are going to have to make sure that he is ready to compete in a game. We will list him as such and then talk about him when we get inside.”

“As you would expect for a guy that has been in the hospital, (Bowman) didn’t seem to have an overly amount of energy, but he is out there and he is positive,” said Coughlin. “I think another day with a good night’s rest, some nourishment, etcetera, etcetera, hopefully he will be playing.”

OG Weston Richburg (ankle) and OG Adam Snyder (knee) fully practiced. Both are “probable.”

November 7, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Friday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Preparations for Seattle by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

November 7, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players is available at Giants.com:

  • RB Andre Williams (Video)
  • CB Zack Bowman (Video)

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning is having a good season so far, even if NY Giants are not by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Nov 062014
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 3, 2014)

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November 6, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: CB Zack Bowman (viral gastroenteritis), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), and OG Adam Snyder (knee) and did not practice on Thursday. Bowman was sent to the hospital and later released.

RB Rashad Jennings (knee), OG Weston Richburg (ankle), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and P Steve Weatherford (ankle/back) practiced on a limited basis.

“I expect (Richburg) to (play on Sunday),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He was really probably 50 percent today, and I’m hoping to go inside and find out that he can do more tomorrow.”

November 6, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

November 6, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin accepts Giant share of the blame by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on RB Michael Cox: With running game stalled, Giants think they might have a secret weapon by Nick Powell for NJ.com

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Article on the Giants-Colts Game: Film review: How to explain the Giants latest defensive flop on Monday night by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Giants Online – Giants vs. Seahawks Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Nov 052014
 
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Chykie Brown, Baltimore Ravens (November 5, 2014)

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Giants Claim CB Chykie Brown Off of Waivers: The New York Giants claimed cornerback Chykie Brown off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday. Brown was originally drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Ravens, Brown played in 46 regular-season games with two starts. He has decent size and athletic ability but he struggled in Baltimore.

The Giants also officially placed CB Prince Amukamara on season-ending Injured Reserve.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Practice Squad Moves: The New Orleans Saints signed offensive tackle Nick Becton off of the Giants’ Practice Squad. To fill that vacancy, the Giants signed safety Kyle Sebetic to the Practice Squad. Sebetic was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants waived him on August 26.

November 5, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (knee), OG Weston Richburg (ankle), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), and P Steve Weatherford (ankle/back) did not practice on Wednesday.

“(Jennings has done running, straight ahead,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “I think he started to do some cutting, but I don’t know if there is a full menu or diet of that coming. He is running though.”

“(Richburg) is, I think, progressing,” said Coughlin. “(Senior Vice President of  Medical Services) Ronnie (Barnes) said that he was pleased with the way he was and it is going to end up being day-to-day…They called it a sprain.”

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and DT Cullen Jenkins (calf) practiced on a limited basis.

November 5, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s conference call is available at Giants.com.

November 5, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts of media conference calls on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBS New York.

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: 5 questions the Giants must answer before the 2015 season by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Could NY Giants fire Tom Coughlin at end of disastrous season? by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Notes: The Giants are the only team in the NFL that has had every one of its games this season decided by more than seven points. The final margin in their three victories was 13, 31, and 10 points. The difference in their five defeats was 21, 11, 27, 10,and 16 points.

Nov 042014
 
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Prince Amukamara, New York Giants (September 25, 2014)

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November 4, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: As feared, CB Prince Amukamara, who suffered a torn biceps muscle during the game on Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts, will miss the remainder of the 2014 NFL season.

“The unfortunate thing that occurred last night was a young man that was playing very good football, Prince Amukamara, was injured and we won’t have him going forward,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “I feel very badly for Prince Amukamara, particularly the quality of the year he was having, then to have this happen. He will recover, do well, and come back, and we move on.”

Coughlin was asked if DE Jason Pierre-Paul’s shoulder injury that caused him to miss practice on Saturday affected him in the game. “It did,” replied Coughlin. “There was one occasion when he came off the field and regrouped. He had an incident with that shoulder and he came off and regrouped and then was very anxious to get back in.”

Coughlin was also asked if it was the same shoulder that caused Pierre-Paul to the last five games of the 2013 season. “I am not going to say at this point because I am not exactly sure,” said Coughlin. “I have to check on last year’s. We felt that it was something that was very controllable, so quite frankly we didn’t think a whole lot about it and perhaps now there will be more emphasis along those lines. I am not going to say which shoulder it is because I would be guessing. I am not sure.”

Coughlin was also asked about the injuries to OG Weston Richburg (ankle) and WR Preston Parker. “Richburg is having all the tests today,” said Coughlin. “He was the one that required much more to be evaluated. I think that process is still going on. Preston rolled his ankle over and hopefully we can get that one under control.”

November 4, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Tuesday’s conference call is available at BigBlueInteractive.com.

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Article on S Antrel Rolle: Rolle rants about what Giants not named Odell Beckham are missing by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Nov 042014
 
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (November 3, 2014)

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The waning seconds ticked off the New York Giants 40-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and the few hundred fans remaining in the stands headed for the exits. The enthusiasm honorary team captain Michael Strahan and many ex-Giants legends who were on hand helped to build was was now long gone.

Andrew Luck and Co. marched into East Rutherford, put up more than 400 yards of offense through the third quarter and all but ended New York’s season. It wasn’t close. It never was. And the 3-5 Giants now look headed for mediocrity once again.

“We knew full well the explosiveness of this team and the production of their quarterback,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.

After kicking a field goal to make the score 10-3 in the second quarter, Indianapolis scored on its next five possessions discounting the end of the first half. Luck connected on a 31-yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton, a 40-yard score to Reggie Wayne and a two-yarder to Dwayne Allen during a 21-point explosion in the third quarter. When the game mercifully ended, Luck was 25-of-46 for 354 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

While the Giants the Giants were able to hit Luck with a variety of blitzes, the team’s secondary couldn’t hold up. After starting cornerback Prince Amukamara was lost with a torn bicep, Luck went to work on the likes of Jayron Hosley and Zack Bowman. Nine different receivers caught passes from he former No. 1 overall pick. Six of those players caught passes of 20 or more yards.

Former Giants Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw enjoyed their first games against their former teams. Nicks caught three of the four passes thrown his way for 44 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed seven times for 50 yards and had 29 yards receiving.

“They go fast,” Coughlin said. “Whenever they make a bit play, they go fast. We talked about it all week. Our defense had prepared for it all week along. All of a sudden we weren’t getting lined up as fast as we should.”

Offensively, New York failed to establish anything on a consistent basis. While quarterback Eli Manning’s 359 passing yards and Odell Beckham Jr.’s 156 receiving yards tell one story, the game says another. On the Giants first eight possessions, the offense managed three points. It wasn’t until the third quarter, with the Colts leading 23-3, that New York found the end zone.

The running game was nonexistent. Starting running back Andre Williams rushed 12 times for 22 yards, Peyton Hillis four for 20.

There were dropped passes, fumbles, missed opportunities and more. The plays that regularly haunt a bad team popped up time and time again with the ball in the Giants’ hands.

“We continue to have the same problems,” Coughlin said. “Three points in the first half isn’t going to give you much of an opportunity to beat the No. 1 offense in the National Football League.”

New York will travel to take on the Seattle Seahawks next week.

Post-Game Notes: CB Prince Amukamara tore a bicep muscle and is likely done for the season. OG Weston Richburg left the game with an ankle injury and was wearing a walking boot and using crutches after the game. WR Preston Parker sprained his foot and was also in a walking boot.

Inactive for the Giants were RB Rashad Jennings (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), DE Kerry Wynn,  CB Mike Harris, OT Charles Brown, OT James Brewer, and OG Brandon Mosley.

Nov 032014
 
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Nov 012014
 
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Cullen Jenkins, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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November 1, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), and DT Cullen Jenkins (calf) did not practice on Saturday. Jennings and Jenkins have been officially ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. Pierre-Paul is “probable.”

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) and P Steve Weatherford (left ankle) were limited in practice. Rodgers-Cromartie is “questionable” for the game while Weatherford is “probable.”

Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Play above the X’s and O’s by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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