Nov 302014
 
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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (November 30, 2014)

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The defense had their shot.

For one meaningless Sunday in November, the New York Giants defense could right so many of the wrongs that had plagued the team throughout the 2014 season. All it needed to do was not let rookie quarterback Blake Bortles lead the 1-10 Jacksonville Jaguars into field goal range.

11 plays and 55 yards later, Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee trotted onto the field and kicked a 43-yard field goal to give the Jaguars a 25-24 victory over New York in Jacksonville. The loss drops drops New York’s record to 3-9, with seven straight losses.

“I’m upset with everyone,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “I’m upset with me.”

When the game began, it appeared as if the Giants were going to snap their six-game skid. After punting on their first possession, New York scored touchdowns on its next three. Manning took the Giants on drives of 91, 54 and 63 yards. Rashad Jennings rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Manning found Preston Parker for a three-yard score in between.

With the Giants defense matching its offense’s success, shutting down the Jaguars through the early portions of the game, it was the New York offense that began to struggle. On the team’s remaining nine possessions, the Giants punted four times, missed a field goal, made a field goal, and fumbled three times, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

“We could have knelt on the ball in the second half and had a better chance to win,” said Coughlin.

Jacksonville’s comeback began with a Scobee field goal at the end of the first half. Then, a Manning fumble was recovered by J.T. Thomas in the end zone. Bortles found Marqise Lee for a 30-yard touchdown in the third quarter and then Aaron Colvin returned a Larry Donnell fumble 41 yards to put the Jaguars in front by two.

Trailing late in the fourth quarter, Manning brought the Giants back. The quarterback took New York 54 yards in eight plays to set up a Josh Brown field goal. The kick put New York up one with 3:26 to play, but Bortle’s heroics would provide the final say.

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

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Quick Hits and Observations

  • QB Eli Manning completed 24-of-34 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown. RB Rashad Jennings rushed for 91 yards on 26 carries. As a team, the Giants averaged 3.3 yards per carry.
  • WR Odell Beckham Jr. led all Giants receivers with seven catches for 90 yards.
  • LB Jameel McClain (1), S Stevie Brown (1), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (1.5), LB Devon Kennard (2), DE Kerry Wynn (0.5) and DT Johnathan Hankins (1) all recorded sacks for the Giants defense.
  • For the first time in his career, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles finished a game without throwing an interception. He came in leading the league. Bortles finished 21-of-35 for 194 yards with a touchdown.
  • RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), OG Geoff Schwartz (ankle), OT James Brewer (concussion), DE Robert Ayers Jr. (pectoral) and LB Terrell Manning (ankle) all left the game with injuries and didn’t return. The status of all five is unknown, but Schwartz is said to have tendon damage.
  • The last time Giants lost seven straight game was 2003, the last year of of the Jim Fassel era, when they dropped eight straight to end season and finished 4-12.
  • Inactive for the Giants were OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), OG Adam Snyder (knee), OG Brandon Mosley, DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion), and CB Jayron Hosley.

Nov 292014
 
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Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants (September 21, 2014)

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Mathias Kiwanuka Will Not Play Against Jaguars: New York Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), who was originally listed as “questionable” on Friday for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, did not make the trip to Jacksonville and his status has been downgraded to “out.” Robert Ayers will start at left defensive end for Kiwanuka. Damontre Moore is likely to see his workload also dramatically increase.

DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), and OG Adam Snyder (knee) were ruled out of the game on Friday.

OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), who is questionable, did make the trip but he is not expected to start at right tackle on Sunday. Geoff Schwartz is expected to start at that position for the second week in a row with Weston Richburg regaining his starting position at left guard with Snyder out.

NJ.com Q&A with CB Mike Harris: Cornerback Mike Harris ready for bigger role, wants to prove Jaguars wrong | Giants four downs by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo thinks Odell Beckham Jr. has room to improve | Weekly offensive observations by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on OG Weston Richburg: Giants’ Weston Richburg plans to rebound by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: With NY Giants future uncertain, Tom Coughlin returns to Jacksonville, where his NFL head coaching career began by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell under heavy fire | Giants defensive observations by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Nov 282014
 
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Giants Officially Eliminated from Playoff Contention: With the Detroit Lions defeating the Chicago Bears on Thursday, the New York Giants have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. This is the third season in a row and the fifth time in six years the Giants have not made the playoffs. The Giants did win the NFL Championship in 2011. The Giants are currently 3-8 and have lost six games in a row.

Odell Beckham Voted NFL Rookie of the Week: WR Odell Beckham has been voted the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. In that game, Beckham caught 10 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, including a spectacular one-handed 43-yard touchdown reception.

November 28, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), and OG Adam Snyder (knee) did not practice on Friday. All three players have been officially ruled out of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

With Snyder out, Weston Richburg regains his starting position at left guard.

OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), RT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), and DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) practiced on a limited basis. Pugh and Kiwanuka are “questionable” for the game while Schwartz is “probable.”

WR Odell Beckham (back), LB Jameel McClain (knee), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) fully practiced. All three are “probable” for the game.

November 28, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: How to win close games by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

November 28, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: The Giants Are Thankful for Beckham’s Catch…and That’s It by Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal

Article on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: Giants defensive end Damontre Moore should’ve been on field for final drive; so why wasn’t he? by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on WR Odell Beckham: The non-catch reasons the Giants love Odell Beckham by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on TE Daniel Fells: Daniel Fells grateful to be part of the team by Jeff Roberts of The Bergen Record

Article on OG Weston Richburg: Giants’ Weston Richburg back in the starting lineup after a strong week of practice by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Terrifying: Jason Pierre-Paul’s days at tight end by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on LB Jon Beason: Perry Fewell says Giants miss Jon Beason by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Nov 272014
 
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Jacquian Williams, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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November 27, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), and OG Adam Snyder (knee) did not practice on Thursday.

RT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jameel McClain (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

WR Odell Beckham (back) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) fully practiced.

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Why this milestone game is extra special for Giants’ Tom Coughlin by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on WR Rashad Jennings: Former Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings finds home with Giants by Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union

Article on WR Odell Beckham: NY Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. wants to be known for more than just ‘The Catch’ by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on on LB James Davidson: Davidson still working hard with N.Y. Giants by Gene Schallenberg of The Huntsville Item

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

Nov 262014
 
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November 26, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), LB Jameel McClain (knee), S Antrel Rolle (personal excuse), and OG Adam Snyder (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.

RT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

WR Odell Beckham (back) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) fully practiced.

Giants Sign Michael Bamiro to Practice Squad: The New York Giants have signed offensive tackle Michael Bamiro to the Practice Squad. Bamiro was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent the 2013 season on the Eagles’ Practice Squad before being waived in August 2014. Bamiro is a very raw player with an intriguing combiation of size (6’8”, 340 pounds) and overall athleticism.

“We found the biggest man we could,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “No, I’m just kidding. He is huge, he’s a big man. He worked out yesterday, worked out well. He’s in outstanding shape, so he’s here.”

November 26, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com.

Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, and Eli Manning;New York Giants (November 23, 2014)

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November 26, 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

Article on the 2014-2015 New York Giants: There are reasons to be thankful, Giants fans (yes, really) by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Here’s the right way for the Giants to part with Tom Coughlin by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on the Giants-Cowboys Game: Film Room Week 12: Cowboys’ offensive line vs. Giants’ pass rush on final drive by Nick Klopsis of Newsday

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

Nov 252014
 
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Giants Sign LB Terrell Manning from Bengals Practice Squad: The New York Giants signed linebacker Terrell Manning from the Practice Squad of the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday. Manning was with the Giants in training camp before being waived on August 30.

Terrell Manning, Green Bay Packers (August 9, 2013)

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Manning was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Manning has spent time with the Packers (2012-13), Chargers (2013), Vikings (2014), Giants (June-August 2014), Dolphins (2014), Bears (2014), and Bengals (2014). In three seasons, Manning has played in nine NFL games with no starts.

Manning lacks ideal overall athleticism and size, but he is an instinctive, aggressive, physical player who hits and tackles well.

To make room for Manning, the Giants waived linebacker Justin Anderson, who most likely will be re-signed to the team’s Practice Squad.

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBS New York

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Time for Giants to think about next year by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: Giants can’t bring back Perry Fewell next year by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Articles on Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Even Under Microscope, Catch by Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Earns Applause by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Antrel Rolle takes Perry Fewell off hook, blames blitzers by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on the Giants and Eagles: Giants tried to hire former Oregon defensive coordinator to help them beat Chip Kelly, Eagles by Eliot Shorr-Parks for NJ.com

Article on the Giants-Cowboys Game: What were the Giants doing on final defensive drive vs. Cowboys? | Film breakdown by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Nov 242014
 
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November 24, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at Giants.com.

November 24, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts of media conference calls on Monday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

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

Article on the New York Giants and the Upcoming Offseason: How these offseason fixes will make Giants contenders in 2015 by Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Giants and Tom Coughlin Near a Crossroads by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on LB Devon Kennard: Giants rookie aims high by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on S Antrel Rolle: This might be Antrel Rolle’s final Giants-Cowboys game by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on Former Giants TE Kevin Boss: Ex-Giants TE Kevin Boss to watch his old team play for first time as fan by Tom Rock of Newsday

Articles on the Giants-Cowboys Game:

Nov 242014
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 23, 2014)

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The New York Giants lost their sixth consecutive game of the season Sunday night to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-28, dropping the team’s record to 3-8 and eliminating it from from a potential NFC East divisional title.

New York got things going early. On the team’s first possession, quarterback Eli Manning marched the Giants 80 yards in 13 plays before finding receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for a three-yard score. After Dallas scored a field goal on their next possession, New York again got in the end zone.

With a first and 10 and the Cowboys 43 yard line, Manning dropped back and fired a pass deep down the right sideline in the direction of Beckham. While being interfered with, Beckham dove backwards and reached his right hand out. Beckham managed to gain control of the ball and pull it into his body for the score. On the night, Beckham finished with 10 catches for 146 yards.

Dallas was able to rebound from the Giants surge. Quarterback Tony Romo took the team 77 yards on nine plays before finding Jason Witten for a four-yard touchdown pass. On the Giants next possession, Manning again took the Giants on a scoring drive, setting up Andre Williams with a three-yard touchdown. Manning finished 29-of-40 for 338 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.

Leading 21-10 at the half, New York had the momentum, but the red-hot offense cooled off in the third quarter. The Giants punted on their first two possessions of the quarter and Manning threw an interception deep in Cowboy territory on the third. Dallas took advantage of New York’s stagnant offense, scoring a pair of touchdowns on a Romo 45-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley, then a 31-yard score to Dez Bryant.

With nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Manning finally got the offense going again. The quarterback took the team 93 yards in 14 plays before finding Adrien Robinson for a one-yard touchdown. The score put the Giants up four with just over three minutes to play.

After a touchback put the Cowboys at their own 20, Romo deflated the home crowd at MetLife. With little pressure from the Giants defensive front, Romo had near all night in the pocket. Quickly, he took the Cowboys to the Giants 13 yard line with 1:11 to play. In the shotgun, Romo moved slightly to extend the play 10 seconds before finding Dez Bryant in the back of the end zone.

The Giants had a chance to tie the game on their next possession, but went four-and-out when a pass to Rashad Jennings on fourth and two came up inches shy of a first down.

The loss drops the Giants to a two-way tie for last place in the NFC East with the Washington Redskins. Dallas remains in a two-way tie with the Philadelphia Eagles for first play. Dallas and Philadelphia play each other Thursday afternoon on Thanksgiving.

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

Nov 222014
 
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Charles Brown, New Orleans Saints (September 8, 2013)

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Giants Waive OT Charles Brown, Sign LB Justin Anderson: The New York Giants waived offensive tackle Charles Brown on Saturday. Brown played at right tackle last Sunday against the 49ers when Justin Pugh left the game early with an quadriceps injury. Brown struggled in the game. A former 2nd round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints, Brown was one of the veteran free agent offensive linemen General Manager Jerry Reese signed in the offseason in an attempt to shore up the offensive line.

With Justin Pugh still unavailable for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, it is expected that Geoff Schwartz will start at right tackle, though James Brewer also remains a possibility.

Anderson was signed from the team’s practice squad. He was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants added him to the 53-man roster last Saturday too before waiving him and re-signing him to the practice squad on Wednesday. Last week against the 49ers, Anderson did not see time on defense but played on special teams.

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

NJ.com Q&A with OT/OG Geoff Schwartz: Four Downs with Geoff Schwartz: A few butterflies expected for his first game as a Giant by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Articles on TE Larry Donnell:

 

Nov 212014
 
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Justin Pugh, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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November 21, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice on Friday. All three players have been officially been ruled out of the Giants-Cowboys game on Sunday night.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) practiced on a limited basis and is “probable” for the game.

OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) fully practiced. Both are “probable” for the game.

November 21, 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: Mindset of the team by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

November 21, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Post Interview with Former Giants Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride: Kevin Gilbride: Tom Coughlin will resurrect Giants again by Justin Terranova of The New York Post

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Rodgers-Cromartie went from free-agent coup to afterthought by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post