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THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants players return to practice on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin.

Jan 022017
 
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Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (January 1, 2017)

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MONDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins:

McAdoo: I thought we had a great mindset by the players and coaches heading into the ball game. It was a physical, hard-nosed win on the road. That’s what we needed heading into Sunday. Defensively, we held the opponent to 10 points. Excellent job there, and 38 yards rushing. That’s tough to do in this league. I thought we tackled well. Our efficiency was better tackling. Offensively, we took care of the ball. Had zero turnovers and ran the ball well. 161 total yards. It wasn’t just the line and the tight ends, but the receivers blocked better too. They’re taking steps. We hit the ‘Rule 53’ which is important for us as a football team. Special teams, we created some field position and got good pressure on the field goal kicker.

Q: Did you come out of that game healthy?

A: Healthy for this time of year.

Q: Got some contributions from guys that you haven’t had all year. What did it mean to have those contributions from those guys?

A: This time of year, you know you’re going to have some nicks, and some bumps and bruises. You have 46 players up, and you know you’re going to need 46 at some point in time in the game. It’s encouraging that when their number was called they responded. That’s exciting moving forward.

Q: How is Janoris [Jenkins]?

A: He was sore after the ball game. We will take a look at him in practice this week.

Q: Expect him to be good to practice?

A: Yes. He’ll be limited.

Q: Dwayne Harris?

A: Dwayne made it through the ball game.

Q:  How do you feel about your players going down to Miami and partying after the win?

A: Today is the players off day. We look forward to getting on to Green Bay when they get here tomorrow.

Q: Are there degrees of things that you are OK with? I ask because it looks like they were out until 6 a.m. last night.

A: Players are off until tomorrow morning. We will see them tomorrow morning and they’ll get their workout in, and we’ll get ready for Green Bay.

Q: Is there any familiarity with Green Bay, being that you have been there? Is there any insight as to how to handle that team?

A: It’s one heck of a football team that has found a winning formula. It’s a place that is tough to play. They get their crowd behind them. It’s a tough place to go in and win. We look forward to the challenge.

Q: Did all the players come home with the team last night?

A: We are excited to get everyone back here tomorrow and get everyone moving on to Green Bay.

Q: What about your familiarity with Aaron Rodgers? Any insight?

A: Aaron is playing out of his mind right now. He’s on fire, taking care of the ball, and is moving very well in and out of the pocket making all the throws. I don’t have any kryptonite. I’ve spent some time in the building with him and in the room with him. You know that when he’s on fire, the weather doesn’t really factor for him. When it’s cold and he’s outside, he plays the same game and plays very well. Maybe not the same game, maybe a little bit different outside in the elements, but he has big hands and he can handle the ball and make all the throws in the elements. We need to be ready for his best.

Q: Besides Aaron Rodgers being on fire, how different are the Packers since you last faced them?

A: They had a couple of big backs last time we faced them. They were running the ball and ran the ball well with Eddie [Lacy] and with [James] Starks. [Aaron] Ripkowski was in the mix their too. They changed things up a little bit in the back field because of health. They had too. They changed up a little bit on offense. They’ve had some guys nicked and are using a variety of players in the secondary on the other side of the ball. Dom’s [Capers] doing a nice job there playing with what he has to play with. They did a nice job yesterday in the dome against Detroit.

Q: Is this the best you’ve ever seen Aaron play?

A: Right now, I’m just in the beginning phases of watching film on Green Bay. He had some nice stretches there in 2011. I thought he was off to a nice start in 2013 before he got injured. He’s put together some nice stretches. He’s playing with a killer instinct.

Q: Is Paul Perkins your running back?

A: We went back and looked at the film. I though Paul did some good things on tape. Found some runs nicely. Rashad [Jennings] ran the ball hard and physical. We’re excited about both of those guys and also the impact Bobby Rainey can make.

Q: What clicked for your running backs that had been missing all year?

A: I don’t know that its been missing all year long. I know that we’ve taken steps to be a better running football team. We had some opportunities yesterday to run the ball. We had some good looks to run the ball. I think the guys upfront took ownership of that game yesterday. Quarterback kept us into some good runs and the backs ran hard and physical. Tight ends blocked better and the receivers took the challenge and ran with it. They blocked physical. We know how important that is moving forward.

Q: Obviously, the last two Super Bowl runs have gone through Green Bay. Do you even bring that up this week?

A: Both organizations have rich history and tradition. It’s exciting to be a part of it. I think if you have tradition, history and a chance, I think it will be one heck of a battle on Sunday. I don’t think that the 2007 or 2011 experience really helps us out one way or another, other than that there are some players that have played in those games. They know what it’s going to be like pressure-wise and condition-wise. The experience part of things will help some guys out. Other than that, we need to prepare to go play a good football team and go win a ball game.

Q: What are your clearest memories from the other side of how good Eli [Manning] was playing in Green Bay?

A: I saw a quarterback that was very consistent. He was someone that didn’t let anything around him bother him. He was in the zone. You could tell. He was pretty sharp in both of those games.

Q: Can you talk about Damon Harrison and what you saw on the impact he had on the pass rush last night?

A: He’s labeled a run stopper. That’s what he does best. It was exciting to see him have an opportunity to transition rush and get after the quarterback a little bit after he did his responsibility in the run game. He turned it on there, got after the quarterback, made him uncomfortable and got him on the ground one time. That’s exciting for us.

Q: JPP going to be able to do anything on the field?

A: When he’s ready, they’ll let me know.

Q: Is it possible that you will discipline players for Miami?

A: The players are off. They’re not working.

Q: Any personal feelings going back to Green Bay?

A: No. I try to leave feelings out of it. It’s football. We have a job to do. We need to take this last question here. I appreciate you bringing that up, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the ball game so we won’t worry about it.

Q: Thoughts on [Larry] Donnell last night?

A: I think Larry has been chomping at the bit to get his opportunity. He stepped in and did a nice job for us yesterday.

NEW YORK GIANTS 2017 REGULAR-SEASON OPPONENTS SET…
The New York Giants will play the following teams during the 2017 regular season:

Home:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins
  • Detroit Lions
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • San Diego Chargers

Away:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Denver Broncos
  • Oakland Raiders

NOTES…
The Giants were 6-10 in 2015. The five-game improvement in victories is their biggest since 2005, when they were also 11-5 one year after finishing 6-10.

The Giants finished the regular season 4-4 on the road, their best record as visitors since 2011, when they were 5-3. They were 3-5 as visitors in each of the previous four seasons.

The Giants finished 4-2 in NFC East games, their best record within the division since they were 4-2 in 2013. Their 2-1 record in division road games was their best since they were 2-1 in 2013.

The Giants scored fewer than 20 points for the fifth consecutive game, their longest such streak since they had five in a row from November 14-December 12, 2004.

The Giants did not score 30 points in a game this season, the first time that’s happened since 2001.

Ben McAdoo’s 11th victory tied Dan Reeves (1993) for the most victories by a Giants head coach in his first season with the team. The 1993 Giants also finished second behind Dallas in the NFC East.

QB Eli Manning made his 199th consecutive regular-season start and played in his 201st game. That latter figure ties him with George Martin for the third-highest total in Giants history.

Manning finished the regular season with 4,027 yards passing. Manning exceeded 4,000 passing yards for the third consecutive season, and the sixth time in his career.

Manning completed 63.0 percent of his passes in 2016, slightly less than his career-best of 63.1, set in 2014.

Manning earned his 17th victory against Washington, the highest total by any quarterback against the Redskins since the 1970 merger.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr. caught 101 catches in 2016. That is the second-highest total in Giants history, behind Steve Smith’s 107 receptions in 2009. Beckham, who caught 91 and 96 passes in his first two seasons, has three of the four-highest single-season totals in franchise history.

The Giants only had one 100-yard rushing performance in 2016 (by Paul Perkins on Sunday). They had only six rushing touchdowns all season.

PK Robbie Gould has made all 10 of his field goal attempts since joining the Giants on October 20th.

The defense finished the season with 35 sacks, 12 more than they had last year, when their 23 was a Giants record-low for a 16-game season.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the team with six interceptions in 2016, matching the career-high he set as a second-year pro with Arizona in 2009.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select New York Giants players will address the media on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin.

Jan 022017
 
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (January 1, 2017)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 19 – WASHINGTON REDSKINS 10…
In a game that did not mean much to the New York Giants, they played the role of spoiler on Sunday by defeating the Washington Redskins 19-10 in a game Washington had to win in order to make the playoffs. The Giants finished the 2016 regular season with an 11-5 record and 4-2 in the NFC East.

The Giants will face the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin in the first round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday at 4:40PM ET.

The story of the game was a New York Giants defense that shut down what had been the NFL’s 3rd-ranked offense. Washington was held to 16 first downs, 284 total net yards, and 38 net yards rushing. The defense totaled four sacks, two interceptions, and recovered a late lateral for a touchdown.

The Giants played the game fairly conservatively on offense, calling 40 rushing plays to 28 passing plays. New York accrued a season-high 161-yards rushing, while quarterback Eli Manning completed 17-of-27 passes (with one sack) for just 180 yards. But the Giants dominated time of possession (35:52 to 24:08) and did not turn the football over. The red zone continued to be an issue as the Giants were 1-of-3 (33 percent) in such opportunities.

The Redskins had six first-half possessions, with the first five resulting in punts and the last with a missed 57-yard field goal as time expired. At the half, the Redskins only had four first downs, 73 yards passing, and 10 yards rushing.

After a three-and-out on their first offensive drive, the Giants scored a total of 10 points on their next two possessions. First came a 13-play, 56 yard drive that ended with a 22-yard field goal when the possession stalled at the 4-yard line. Then came an 11-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Rashad Jennings. New York’s final two possessions of the first half resulted in punts.

The Giants had a chance to extend their 10-0 lead at the beginning of the 3rd quarter after driving 59 yards in eight plays to the Washington 16-yard line. But instead of kicking the field goal, Head Coach Ben McAdoo decided to go for it on 4th-and-2. Manning’s pass to wide receiver Odell Beckham was incomplete and the Giants turned the football over on downs.

After both teams exchanged punts, the Redskins threatened after quarterback Kirk Cousins completed a 49-yard pass to wide receiver Pierre Garcon. But cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ended this threat with an interception at the Giants 5-yard line. The Giants went three-and-out and Washington finally got on the board late in the 3rd quarter with a 32-yard field goal after a 19-yard punt return and a 5-play, 33-yard drive.

Momentum clearly shifted in the 4th quarter after another three-and-out by the Giants and then an 11-play, 76 yard drive by Washington that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to tight end Jordan Reed to tie the game at 10-10 with 8:13 left to play. After both teams went three-and-out, the Giants regained the advantage after an 8-play, 58-yard drive set up a 40-yard field goal by place kicker Robbie Gould. The big play on this drive was a 44-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Tavarres King. The Giants now led 13-10 with 2:12 left to play.

Washington quickly moved the ball to the Giants 43-yard line. But Rodgers-Cromartie all but officially sealed the game with his second interception at the Giants 25-yard line, which he returned 28 yards. The Giants then went three-and-out for the fifth time of the second half, but there was only six seconds left on the clock when the Redskins got the ball back. On Washington’s final play, cornerback Trevin Wade picked up a fumbled lateral and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown. The Giants took a knee on the 2-point conversion attempt.

Running back Paul Perkins rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries, while Jennings chipped in 52 more yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Beckham was pulled from the game in the third quarter, but had five catches for 44 yards.

Rodgers-Cromartie finished the game with two interceptions, one sack, and one tackle for a loss. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison, safety Landon Collins, and cornerback Leon Hall each had sacks as well.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were right tackle Bobby Hart (forearm), tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Ishaq Williams, and running back George Winn.

Right guard John Jerry (burner) and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (knee) both were injured in the game against the Washington Redskins but later returned to the game.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • Head Coach Ben McAdoo (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Video)
  • WR Tavarres King (Video)
  • LG Justin Pugh (Video)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)

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Dec 302016
 
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Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (September 18, 2016)

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DECEMBER 30, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) and safety Nat Berhe (concussion) have officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

“Yeah, there’s a chance (Berhe will return this season),” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “We’re keeping him on the active roster and if he gets cleared and is ready to go and is capable, we’ll use him.”

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ankle), linebacker B.J. Goodson (concussion), and tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder) are “questionable” for the game.

“(Jenkins) moved around well yesterday, had a good mental day today and tomorrow’s going to be a big day for a lot of the guys as it is this time of the year for a lot of players to get out there, get that launch speed going before we jump on the train,” said McAdoo, who indicated that Jenkins may be a game-time decision.

Tight end Will Tye (illness) is “probable” for the game.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
Transcripts of media sessions with Ben McAdoo are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland on Sunday at 4:25PM ET.

Dec 292016
 
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DECEMBER 29, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) did not practice on Thursday.

Safety Nat Berhe and linebacker B.J. Goodson remain in the concussion protocol and were limited.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) and tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

“I don’t know (if I’ll play on Sunday),” said Jenkins. “We’ll see what the coaches say. I’ve been practicing a little bit, getting in a rotation and getting a lot of reps. Continue to get the treatment… I feel better than I did last week. Coach made the decision not to play me and I went with it. I feel better this week.”

Tight end Will Tye (illness) fully practiced.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo and select players will address the media on Friday.

Dec 282016
 
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Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (December 18, 2016)

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DECEMBER 28, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) did not practice on Wednesday.

Safety Nat Berhe and linebacker B.J. Goodson remain in the concussion protocol and were limited.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) and tight end Will Tye (illness) practiced on a limited basis.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 12:20PM on Thursday. The coordinators will also address the media.

Dec 272016
 
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (November 20, 2016)

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POSSIBLE FIRST-ROUND GIANTS PLAYOFF OPPONENTS…
As the 5th seed in the NFC, the New York Giants will play one of the following teams in the first-round of the playoffs:

  • Seattle Seahawks: The Giants play at Seattle if the Seahawks lose to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, regardless of whatever else happens.
  • Green Bay Packers: The Giants play at Green Bay with a Green Bay win or tie AND a Seattle win or tie.
  • Detroit Lions: The Giants play at Detroit with a Detroit win AND an Atlanta win or tie AND a Seattle win.
  • Atlanta Falcons: The Giants play at Atlanta with an Atlanta loss AND a Seattle win AND a Detroit win.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL MIGHT RETURN SOON?…
ESPN.com is reporting that defensive end Jason Pierre Paul, who had surgery to repair a sports hernia and his groin (core muscle) earlier this month, might return for the January 7th or 8th playoff game. There appears to be more confidence that he would be ready for the next playoff game if the Giants were fortunate enough to get past the first round. Pierre-Paul injured his groin in the team’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 4th.

PRACTICE SQUAD TRANSACTIONS…
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Russell Hansbrough off of the New York Giants Practice Squad. Safety Christian Bryant was also signed off of the Practice Squad by the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants signed quarterback Keith Wenning, running back Jacob Huesman, and safety Ryan Murphy to the Practice Squad.

The Giants signed Hansbrough to the Practice Squad in December 2016. Hansbrough was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Buccaneers after the 2016 NFL Draft. Hansbrough spent time on both Tampa Bay’s Practice Squad and 53-man roster before being cut in late November.

Bryant was signed to the Practice Squad in late November. Bryant was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams waived him in September 2016. He then spent time on both the Practice Squad and active roster of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals waived him in November. Bryant has played in 11 regular-season games with no starts.

Wenning was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He has spent time with both the Ravens (2014-2015) and Cincinnati Bengals (2015). Wenning has decent size and a good arm with a quick release. He is not terribly mobile. Wenning is smart, hard-working, and tough.

Huesman is a former quarterback who the Giants are converting to running back. He was not drafted in 2016, and not signed after the draft despite working out for the Steelers and Titans. Huesman had a brief stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He has good size for a running back and was productive in college running with the football as a quarterback.

Murphy was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks waived him in their final round of cuts in September 2015. He spent time on the Practice Squad of the Denver Broncos in both 2015 and 2016. Murphy has a nice combination of size and athletic ability.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants return to practice on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Dec 262016
 
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Jonathan Casillas and Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (September 18, 2016)

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THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts of the media conference calls with the following players on Monday are available in The Corner Forum:

GIANTS-REDSKINS GAME MOVED TO 4:25PM…
The New Year’s Day New York Giants-Washington Redskins game in Landover, Maryland has been flexed from 1:00PM to 4:25PM.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select New York Giants players will address the media on Tuesday. The Giants return to practice on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Dec 242016
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 18, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS…
With the New Orleans Saints defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-24 on Saturday, the 10-5 New York Giants have officially made the playoffs. The Giants will be the NFC’s 5th seed Wild Card team. This is the first time the Giants have been in the playoffs since 2011, when the team won its eighth NFL Championship.

It remains to be determined who the Giants will play on Wild Card weekend on January 7th-8th. The primary candidates are the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Seattle Seahawks. The Giants would be the road team. While the Giants were 7-1 at home this season, they are currently 3-4 on the road.

The results of the Giants’ regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins are now meaningless from a post-season seeding perspective. The Giants are locked into the 5th seed in the NFC.

This will be the Giants’ 32nd postseason appearance, tying them with the Dallas Cowboys, who won the NFC East, for the most in NFL history. The Packers will also participate in their 32nd postseason should they qualify.

Ben McAdoo is the fourth coach in Giants’ history to lead the team to the playoffs in his first season, joining Allie Sherman (1961), Dan Reeves (1993), and Jim Fassel (1997).

ARTICLES…

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Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (December 22, 2016)

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FRIDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Friday to discuss the team’s 24-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

Opening Statement: What we did well on the defensive side of the ball, 17 points given-up and held them to a quarterback rating of 73.4. They were 4-for-12 on 3rd-down, gave up 15 1st-downs and got the ball back to the offense at the end of the ball game with a chance to win. What we need to work on, eliminate the explosive plays, too many rushing yards, tackle better and have more discipline with our rush lanes. Offensively, controlled the ball and the clock against a team that takes pride in doing so. We were 10-for-22 on 3rd-downs and scored a two-minute touchdown at the end of the first-half. What we need to work on, obviously the turnovers and green zone performance were big factors in the ball game. The perimeter, needs to catch the ball better and block better. We need some more accurate throws, some better decision making. We had a chance to win the game at the end, and had opportunities to do so and didn’t get it done, which was disappointing to the entire team. Special teams, what we did well, the snaps, the holds and the field goal kicks were on point on a windy night. Our coverage teams were strong. What we need to work on, our return game and our punt return decisions, we put the ball on the ground again. We need to tighten up our protection. With that, we’ll open it up.

Q: I know you touched upon on this last night a little bit, but I was wondering after looking at the tape, did the Eagles do something differently in the second-half that necessitated you going more to the pass and less to the run?

A: It looked to me they had a couple different plans, a first-half plan and a second-half plan almost on how they were going to defend, really, Odell is what it looked like they were doing. We felt we had some completions out there and we felt strong with the run and with the pass. We had a couple of runs come out, we still need to improve our consistency there.

Q: Are you okay with the way it turned out with 63 passes?

A: When you look at it, we had 22 3rd-downs and the few two-minute drives I think, about 40 of those snaps and we had 88 plays, so we got a lot of plays. 40 of the snaps were either a 3rd-down or a form of two-minute drives.

Q: Eli has been throwing the ball a lot the last the two games, I think he’s thrown about 91 times and that’s just in games, not including practices. I know you’ve got the long weekend coming up but is there anything extra that he can do to make sure that he doesn’t wear-out before the end of the run.

A: Well we take precautions there on our Wednesday practice. We’re smart with what we ask him to do. We minimize the throws there, we minimize the throws, he doesn’t throw on Friday and we cut-down what we do on Saturday, as well as Thursday’s. Last week he didn’t throw a ball after the game until we got to the game on Thursday. But yes, we factored that in.

Q: Were you content with the way he threw the ball yesterday? There were definitely some flutterers there. Do you attribute that the wind, arm, or how do you look at that?

A: I think each play tells its own story. I’d have to know which play you’re talking about.

Q: Is it normal on a short week like that for the quarterback to not throw?

A: Yeah, I mean going in, especially when it’s your 15th game of the season, you’re not doing a lot of full speed work or full speed activity. You have to be smart with all of your players on how much full speed stuff you ask them to do.

Q: The first two interceptions, what did you see that led to those?

A: The first play, give Malcolm Jenkins credit, I think he made a heck of a play there. Eli was getting some pressure from the edge as he stepped up, looked like he may have been blind and if you’re blind you can’t pull the trigger there. We’d like to see him eat the ball there but Jenkins made a hell of a play, you have to give him some credit. The second interception there, he under threw it a little bit, needed to get a little bit more air under it. We’ll have to sit down and talk about the decision but he under threw it.

Q: Are you content with the way he’s played this season?

A: I think everything is correctable. Any problems that we had yesterday, looking at the tape, it’s all correctable. 63 times is a lot to throw the ball but situational football, that’s how it went.

Q: On the running game, I think the numbers were amongst the best you’ve had all season. What was the biggest thing that opened things up for the running game?

A: I thought that upfront we did some good things. We had a good plan of attack, the guys were physical. We need to finish better. I think that we lost some opportunities on the perimeter, if we block better on the perimeter and finish better on the perimeter then some of those runs really could have come out big. And then the consistency of things, we just have to overall be more consistent and I think the numbers will take an even bigger jump. But we’re making strides, we’re getting better. We’re not where we want to be yet, but we just need to keep working at it.

Q: How much do you watch to see if the results work in your favor this weekend?

A: I want to stay focused. Spend a little time with the family and make sure we stay focused on Washington. We’ve got a big ball game coming up and we need to put a good plan together and put these guys in position to be successful.

Q: Would your plans change depending on if you were in the playoffs?

A: Hypothetical.

Q: Does seeding matter to you if you were five or six?

A: No, I mean we got to go down to Washington and take care of business, that’s number one. When we turn on the tape, we’ve got to look better than we looked last night. Washington’s a good team, they’re a physical team, they have a ton of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball and we need to go down there and play good football.

Q: I know you still have a few days before you hit the practice field again but I’m wondering if any of the injuries from yesterday are concerning to you?

A: Injuries, we have some guys that are still getting looked at. (B.J.) Goodson’s in the concussion protocol. It’s a quick turn around here, we’ll get a better look at these guys tomorrow.

Q: You rarely get a few days off, what was your message to the team before they left?

A: No, they didn’t leave yet. We’re going to meet tomorrow early on then send them on their way for a few days, give them a chance to get healthy. I think it’s important that that they get away from it a little bit, refresh their minds and think about the type of football they want to play moving forward.

Q: Is Damon Harrison banged up?

A: Snacks is sore, yes.

Q: What about Eli Apple?

A: From my knowledge, at this point in time without seeing him until tomorrow, he checked out okay.

Q: What about Ereck Flowers, it looked like he limped off the field?

A: Yeah he battled through it. We had a lot of guys on a short week battling through some things. Ereck’s a tough guy, plays through a lot.

Q: What was your reaction to the NFL’s penalty for the walkie-talkie violation?

A: Obviously I don’t want to rehash what happened. I made the decision in the heat of the moment and I violated the rule. I own that decision. I take responsibility for it. There are no excuses, I deserve to be held accountable for my actions. I accept the penalty and move forward.

Q: Was Thursday’s play in any way unacceptable?

A: It wasn’t our best football. I think we can play better football and we need to play better football and better team football. We had a chance to win the game at the end and I expect us to go down and win the game at the end.

Q: Victor, Odell and Sterling had 70% of the targets. Is that what you’re ideally looking for from those three guys?

A: Yeah, we have confidence in our receivers group, our tight ends group and the backs that we play in the pass game and that’s just how things worked out last night.

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There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday and the players are off on Sunday and Monday. There will be select player media conference calls on Monday.