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Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (December 11, 2016)

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DECEMBER 21, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) and safety Nat Berhe (concussion) have officially been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee) are “questionable” for the game.

Defensive end Owagmagbe Odighizuwa (knee), linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder), offensive lineman Will Beatty (lower leg), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (shoulder), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) are “probable” for the game.

BRAD WING NAMED “NFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK” AGAIN…
For the second week in a row, New York Giants punter Brad Wing has been named the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.” Against the Detroit Lions, Wing punted seven times, averaging 42.6 yards per punt (41.0 yards net) despite a partially-blocked punt that only traveled 18 yards. In addition, for the second week in a row, two of his punts were downed inside the 5-yard line. Detroit totaled just 11 punt return yards on four punt returns.

Wing is the first Giants player to win back-to-back “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” awards since they were instituted in 1984. This is the third time a Giants player has won the award this year, with CB Janoris Jenkins earning the honors against the New Orleans Saints for his 65-yard touchdown return of a blocked field goal.

GIANTS.COM Q&A WITH BEN MCADOO…
The McAdoo Report: Short Week Strategy by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

NOTES…
The New York Giants are averaging 81.2 yards per game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is their lowest figure since they averaged 76.9 yards on the ground in 1945.

The Giants have not had an individual 100-yard rusher this year. They last played an entire season without a 100-yard rusher in 1996.

The Giants are one of five teams that has yet to score 30 points in a game this season (joining Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, and San Francisco).

The Giants are allowing 17.9 points a game, the fewest they’ve given up since 2002, when their opponents scored 17.4 points-per-game.

Giants opponents have scored touchdowns on a league-low 40 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line (16-of-40). That is their best defensive red zone performance since 2001, when they gave up touchdowns 37 percent of the time.

QB Eli Manning will play in his 200th regular-season game for the Giants on Thursday (and make his 198th consecutive start). He will become the fourth player in franchise history to play at least 200 games, following DE Michael Strahan (216), TE Howard Cross (207), and DE George Martin (201).

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Dec 202016
 
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Landon Collins, New York Giants (November 14, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS PLAYOFF SCENARIOS…
The NFL announced that the New York Giants can clinch a playoff berth this week:

  • with a win in Philadelphia
  • or a loss by ANY ONE of the following four teams: Detroit, Atlanta, Green Bay, or Tampa Bay

FOUR NEW YORK GIANTS MAKE THE PRO BOWL…
The following New York Giants have been voted to the Pro Bowl:

  • Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (3rd Pro Bowl)
  • Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (1st Pro Bowl)
  • Safety Landon Collins (1st Pro Bowl)
  • Special Teamer Dwayne Harris (1st Pro Bowl)

The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Beckham currently has 85 catches for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is the first Giants player to be voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls since guard Chris Snee from 2008-2010. Beckham is also the first Giants wide receiver chosen three years in a row since Del Shofner from 1961-1963.

“It is exciting,” Beckham said. “It is cool to be on a team with multiple Pro Bowlers, so it is a huge accomplishment for myself and my teammates.”

The Giants will send two defensive backs to the Pro Bowl for the first time since 1963, when Erich Barnes and Dick Lynch were selected. Jenkins has 48 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and is tied with cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie with a team-high 17 passes defensed.

“I feel like I had an okay year,” Jenkins said. “It took me a while to get here. I am very thankful for everyone who voted and I am just excited. The Pro Bowl was a goal of mine coming in and I just want to thank everybody for playing around me, elevating my game and making me play harder. I thought one day (in would happen). I didn’t know what day it was going to be. I am glad that it finally came, and I am truly blessed.”

Collins leads the Giants with 108 tackles and five interceptions, including one for a touchdown. He also has three sacks and 13 passes defensed. Collins is the first NFL safety with 100+ tackles, at least five interceptions, and at least 3.0 sacks since Rodney Harrison in 2000. He is the first Giants player with a at least five interceptions and 3.0 sacks since cornerback Jason Sehorn in 1996. Collins has been named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” twice this season and the “NFC Defensive Player of the Month” once.

“Oh man, it is exciting,” said Collins. “It is a blessing and all I can do is thank my brothers for staying on top of me and staying on top of my game, and just pushing me to another level. It is a milestone and I have got to put another one on top of that now. I have been on top of my craft, and what I have to do is keep paying attention to my details, and doing my job and my job-plus. (The Pro Bowl) definitely was a goal for me in the NFL. I didn’t think it was going to come this soon, but I am definitely happy that it came this soon, and I appreciate the opportunity.”

Harris has been plagued by nagging injuries most of the season. He has returned 20 punts for 126 yards (6.3 yards per return) and 19 kickoffs for 473 yards (24.9 yards per return). Harris also has a team-high seven special teams tackles.

“I have been working for this for so long,” said Harris. “I just feel like every year, something happens where I couldn’t get in, especially all the good years I have had. I just feel like one person has always gotten in front of me. But to get my first one feels amazing. It is great. It is one thing that I have been working on since I came into the league and the guys around me who helped me get to it, I put it up for them.

“I take a lot of pride in it (in playing special teams), because we have got guys around me who want to go out there and make plays, too, and that motivates me. When you have a good punter who places the ball where you can make plays, that helps a lot, too. When you have guys running on kickoff who put you in a position to make tackles, it is all them. It is not just me out there by myself, but it is a whole team effort putting me in position to make plays on special teams.

“A lot of times I am hurt or I can’t return because I am trying to not take as many hits and keep hits off of my body. But when I can go out and make an impact on teams as a gunner, it is definitely big, because I am definitely a force out there as a gunner.”

Dec 202016
 
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Ryan Nassib, New York Giants (September 1, 2016)

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GIANTS PLACE SHANE VEREEN AND RYAN NASSIB ON IR…
The New York Giants have placed running back Shane Vereen (triceps) and quarterback Ryan Nassib (right elbow) on season-ending Injured Reserve. Both will have surgery this week. To fill these roster spots, the Giants signed linebacker Ishaq Williams off of the team’s Practice Squad and signed running back George Winn.

Williams was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016. The Giants originally signed Williams after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2016 mini-camp. Williams was out of football since 2013 after being implicated in an academic dishonesty scandal at Notre Dame. Williams has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability.

Winn was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Texans (2013), New England Patriots (2013), Oakland Raiders (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2013), Dallas Cowboys (2013), and Detroit Lions (2014–2016). The Giants signed him to their Practice Squad in November and cut him on December 13th. Winn has played in 19 regular-season games with no starts, accruing just 74 yards on 23 carries (3.2 yards per carry). Winn is a hard-nosed, between-the-tackles runner. Good special teams player.

NFL PENALIZES GIANTS FOR USING WALKIE-TALKIES…
The NFL has penalized the New York Giants for “illegally” using walkie-talkies during the December 11th game against the Dallas Cowboys. Head Coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie to communicate with quarterback Eli Manning for five plays when the regular head-set communication system broke down.

The NFL has moved the Giants 4th-round pick to the end of the round, following any compensatory picks (but no more than 12 spots below where their pick would have been). The Giants were also fined $150,000 and Ben McAdoo was personally fined $50,000.

DECEMBER 20, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held another light jog-thru on Tuesday. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) is the only player who did not participate.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee), linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Will Beatty (lower leg), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (shoulder), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Jenkins) moved around a little bit on the field today, he was limited,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “We’ll see, it’s still early to tell (if he will play on Thursday)… There’s still soreness.”

“I don’t know (if I will play on Thursday),” said Jenkins. “I am just focused on getting better every day and we will see what happens… I am glad that it wasn’t anything serious and I am glad that I got the result that I got… It is just a bruise, man. That is what it is.”

Defensive end Owagmagbe Odighizuwa (knee) fully practiced.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Tuesday 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:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Wednesday. The team plays the Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Dec 192016
 
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Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (December 18, 2016)

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DECEMBER 19, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a jog-thru practice on Monday. Not practicing were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee), running back Shane Vereen (triceps), offensive tackle Will Beatty (lower leg), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (shoulder), and quarterback Ryan Nassib (right elbow).

In the game against the Lions on Sunday, Vereen re-injured his surgically-repaired triceps muscle that had caused him to miss nine games and is likely done for the season. “Yes, he re-injured his triceps,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “It’s unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was. I’m disappointed for Shane.”

McAdoo is also unsure of Jenkins’ status. “It was a nasty collision,” said McAdoo. “We took every precaution we could afterwards. Everything checked out. Right now it’s a painful bruised back… Right now, it’s too early to tell (if he will be able to play against the Eagles on Thursday night).”

Linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder), defensive end Owagmagbe Odighizuwa (knee), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) were limited.

ISHAQ WILLIAMS TO BE PROMOTED TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
NJ.com is reporting that the Giants will sign defensive end/linebacker Ishaq Williams to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants originally signed Williams after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2016 mini-camp. Williams was out of football since 2013 after being implicated in an academic dishonesty scandal at Notre Dame. Williams has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability.

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 17-6 victory over the Detroit Lions:

McAdoo: No official statement today. Quick turnaround against a division rival on the road. Our focus is Philadelphia. I’ll do as best I can to help answer your questions about Detroit, but our focus is on Philly.

Q: Obviously your defense has been playing exceptionally well. Where do they stack up with the rest of the league?

A: That’s a great question, but we don’t look at it like that. We focus on the week of preparation and executing the game plan, taking things week by week and not necessarily comparing ourselves to other teams in the league defensively. I’m not sure where that gets us.

Q: Any update on Janoris Jenkins?

A: It was a nasty collision. We took every precaution we could afterwards. Everything checked out. Right now it’s a painful bruised back.

Q: Will he be OK for Philadelphia?

A: Right now, it’s too early to tell.

Q: Did Shane Vereen re-tear his triceps?

A: Yes, he re-injured his triceps. It’s unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was. I’m disappointed for Shane.

Q: By re-injured, you’re saying he re-tore it?

A: He re-injured his triceps, yes.

Q: What are the challenges of this quick turnaround?

A: It’s a divisional opponent. We know them and they know us. That helps and makes it very competitive. The challenges are trying to get the reps physically so guys can see it and take a look at it on their feet. You want to be smart with how much they get on their feet. We will do some things and dial the speed down a little bit. We need to make sure we put our preparation in off the field, on the film as much as possible. Different guys learn different ways, so we need to do the best we can in tailoring the plan to the players and their learning styles. We’ll keep them sticking and moving as much as we can. In and out of the meeting rooms with film and slides. Whatever we can do to help them learn.

Q: With a chance to clinch on Thursday with a win, do you use that as a carrot for them?

A: We’re excited for the game this week. It’s a division rival. You could throw the records out the window. It’s going to be a physical game on a short week. We need to focus on taking care of the task at hand and focus on taking care of each day and the plan for each day. Then going out and kicking the ball off on Thursday night.

Q: What do you see out of the Eagles? They’ve struggled a lot the past few weeks. Are they doing some things on film that do concern you though?

A: I think it is a team that looks like they are getting healthy at the right time here at the end of the season. They are running the ball fairly well on offense. They had some success yesterday running the football and we will have to be ready to stop the run. They are possessing the ball for a good amount of time per ballgame. They are one of the best teams in the league, if not the best team in the league. Defensively, their defensive line makes everything go for them. It seems like we have said that a lot as of late. But their defensive line is playing well. They have Bennie (Logan) back. He didn’t play the first time against them and they have some talented playmakers there and their special teams always makes it go for them. Their special teams provide a lot of juice, a very talented group there.

Q: Damon Harrison said that not only did you bring up winning the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season, but that you bring it up every meeting. How do you go about that?

A: Well, we talk about everything is out in front of us and we have to make sure we are taking care of the task at hand and that is the important thing for us. We make sure that we focus our attention and we have to be where our feet are, especially in a week like this where every second counts and we can’t waste a second of any day leading up to the ball game. We have to make sure we are where our feet are and dial into our preparation.

Q: How do you feel about the running back time share? Is that something where Perkins can become the number one back or are you happy with having it split?

A: Yeah, we are confident in all our backs. We feel that they are a little different as far as running styles go. Perkins is a guy that is playing some good special teams for us and when he gets an opportunity to get the ball, he is doing a nice job there and he is growing.

Q: How do you approach the short week for the first time as a head coach. Will you go about it any different than maybe Tom Coughlin would?

A: Yeah, we are going to stick and move. We have had some success here the last couple years on the Thursday night game. It is a little bit later in the year, it is an opponent that we are familiar with, they are familiar with us. But we just need to stick and move. That is the most important thing that we can do. Keep things as fresh as we can keep them for the players, make sure we get them up and down, they can’t be in their seats all the time, we can’t have them on their feet all the time. We have to stick and move there.

Q: Odell tweeted that he thought if he had done what Ezekiel Elliott did last night that he would have been fined. Do you agree with him on that?

A: I’m not sure what you’re referring to, so I don’t have any comment on that.

Q: You didn’t watch the Dallas game last night?

A: I did not, no. I’m focused on our football game and trying to put our players in the best position I can on Thursday night.

Q: A couple of weeks ago after the Pittsburgh game you said you were going to send the tape to the league and I don’t think we ever followed up with you. You said you were waiting to hear what they said about what you thought were some missed calls. Were you happy with what you heard back?

A: We had communication with the league office but we keep those communications internal.

Q: Eli talked earlier today about having to take what the defense gives when they play to prevent the deeper passes. Is it an adjustment to play call against that defense? Has the team adjusted? Do you have to adjust to it and do you think it’s just the reality that you have to deal with, maybe the rest of the season.

A: I think you go into each game and you plan for each game the way it looks on film. When you get to the game, you have to be able to adjust and improvise and at the end of the day, you can’t go broke taking a profit. If it’s a two-high shell game, all game, you have to find ways to complete the ball, find ways to run the ball and adjust as you go.

Q: Back to Shane Vereen for a second, what’s the next step in the process with him at this point?

A: I just got off the practice field and we’re going to have more to talk about on Shane moving forward. It’s too early, to my knowledge, I don’t know of any surgical procedures or anything needed yet. I need to speak to the training room.

Q:  You had four rookies on the field late in the game yesterday. What does that say about your confidence to put those young guys out there in that spot?

A: Offense, defense or special teams?

Q: Offense in the fourth quarter?

A: We have faith in our young players. We got them reps early in the season. This is why we did it, because we’re going to trust them moving forward.

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

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 1:05PM on Tuesday. There is no media availability to the team on Wednesday.

Dec 182016
 
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple, New York Giants (December 18, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 17 – DETROIT LIONS 6…
The New York Giants defeated the Detroit Lions 17-6 on a rainy afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 10-4. The Giants have now won eight out of their last nine football games. The Giants have not yet clinched a playoff spot but will do so if they can win one of their last two games.

It was an unspectacular but efficient performance by the offense as the Giants accrued only 17 first downs and 300 total net yards (114 rushing, 186 passing). But New York did not turn the ball over, was 7-of-15 (47 percent) on 3rd down, and was 2-of-2 (100 percent) in the red zone.

Meanwhile, the Giants defense dominated for the second game in a row, holding the Lions to six points, 16 first downs and 324 and total net yards (56 rushing, 268 passing). The defense forced two turnovers and Detroit was 0-of-3 (0 percent) in the red zone.

The Giants had six first-half possessions. New York began the game with an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown throw from quarterback Eli Manning to wide receiver Sterling Shepard. However, the Giants offense went three-and-out on their next two possessions. After a Detroit turnover, the offense mounted an 11-play, 51-yard march that ended with a 47-yard field goal by place kicker Robbie Gould. The Giants last two possessions of the first half did not result in points.

Of Detroit’s five first-half possessions, only two gained more than 17 yards. The Lions drove 40 yards in 11 plays on their second possession to set up a 48-yard field goal. Their most serious threat came on their next drive. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hit wide receiver Golden Tate for a 67-yard passing play. But on the next snap from the Giants 11-yard line, defensive back Leon Hall forced fullback Zach Zenner to fumble after a 7-yard gain. Defensive end Olivier Vernon recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchback. The Lions only gained one first down on their final two possessions of the first half.

At the break, the Giants led 10-3.

Detroit cut into that lead on their first possession of the second half by driving 45 yards in 12 plays to set up a 33-yard field goal. But those were the last points of the day for the Lions. Detroit’s final five possessions resulted in three punts, an interception by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the end zone with just over two minutes to play, and 48 garbage-time yards after getting the ball back with 12 seconds left.

The Giants were not much more impressive offensively with four of their five possessions resulting in punts. But sandwiched in the middle of that offensive futility was an 8-play, 71 yard drive that ended with a one-handed touchdown reception by wide receiver Odell Beckham from Manning. That touchdown gave the Giants a 17-6 advantage with 5:47 to play.

The Giants did miss an opportunity to add more points when Beckham had a 4th-quarter 63-yard punt return for a touchdown nullified by an illegal block penalty on safety Eric Pinkins.

Offensively, Eli Manning completed his first 11 passes, a career-high to start a game. He finished the game 20-of-28 for 201 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.  His top targets were Odell Beckham (6 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown), Sterling Shepard, (4 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown), and tight end Will Tye (4 catches for 25 yards). Running back Paul Perkins gained 56 yards on 11 carries and running back Rashad Jennings gaine 38 yards on 18 carries.

Defensively, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was credited with 7 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 pass defenses. Cornerback Eli Apple had 7 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, and 1 pass defense that saved a touchdown. Olivier Vernon had 5 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, half a sack, 2 quarterback hits, and a fumble recovery.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), quarterback Ryan Nassib (elbow), defensive tackle Robert Thomas, linebacker Deontae Skinner, wide receiver Tavarres King, and offensive tackle Will Beatty.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins left the game in the second quarter with a back injury and did not return. “He took a knee to the back and he’s still being evaluated,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo.

POST-GAME REACTION…
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 Giants.com:

POST-GAME NOTES…
At 10-4, this is the Giants’ first season with double-digit victories since 2010, when they finished 10-6. The Giants did not make the playoffs that season.

The Giants won their sixth consecutive home game, their longest such streak since they won their first six at home in 2008.

The Giants finished 7-1 at home, their best record in the 7-year history of MetLife Stadium (previous best: 6-2 in 2012) and their best home record since they were 7-1 in Giants Stadium in 2008.

The Giants are 5-1 this season when they rush for more than 100 yards.

First-year head coach Ben McAdoo is the fourth Giants coach to win at least 10 games in his debut season, joining Allie Sherman, Dan Reeves, and Jim Fassel.

QB Eli Manning is now the seventh quarterback in NFL history with at least 4,000 completions. He is also now eighth on the NFL’s all-time pass attempt list with 6,735.

ARTICLES…

Dec 162016
 
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Shane Vereen, New York Giants (August 12 2016)

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DECEMBER 16, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Running back Shane Vereen (concussion), linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder), and safety Nat Berhe (concussion) are “questionable” for the game. Head Coach Ben McAdoo said that Vereen and Berhe are still in the concussion protocol.

“We haven’t seen (Robinson) do much this week,” said McAdoo. “He knows how to take care of his body with the injuries he’s had in the past, similar type injuries. So we’ll see more from him tomorrow to know if he can go or not.”

Left guard Justin Pugh (knee), long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring), defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (shoulder), and linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion) are “probable” for the game.

“Justin’s practiced well this week, so we’ll take a look at him again tomorrow in practice,” said McAdoo. “He’s a good player, he’s been a good player for us and when we can get him, as soon as we can get him back, we’ll take him.”

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 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 Detroit Lions at home on Sunday at 1:00PM ET.

Dec 152016
 
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Landon Collins, New York Giants (December 11, 2016)

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DECEMBER 15, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder) did not practice on Thursday.

“I’ll be fine,” Robinson told NJ.com. “I’ll be good to go Sunday.”

Three players who are in the NFL concussion protocol – running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Mark Herzlich, and safety Nat Berhe – were limited to non-contact work.

Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (shoulder), left guard Justin Pugh (knee), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

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 position coaches and players will address the media on Friday.

Dec 142016
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (December 11, 2016)

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DECEMBER 14, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.

Three players who are in the NFL concussion protocol – running back Shane Vereen, linebacker Mark Herzlich, and safety Nat Berhe – were limited to non-contact work.

Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (shoulder), left guard Justin Pugh (knee), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

“I think this is the week,” said Pugh. “I felt good last week. They eased me back into it. As long as there is no hiccups this week, I think I’ll be ready to go.”

GIANTS ADD RUNNING BACK TO THE PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed running back Russell Hansbrough to the Practice Squad. Hansbrough was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Tampa Bay 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. Hansbrough is a speedy back who lacks ideal size.

BRAD WING NAMED “NFC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants punter Brad Wing has been named “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” for his performance against the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night. In that game, Wing punted nine times, averaging 43.2 yards per punt (42.9 yard net). Five of Wing’s punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and two at the 3-yard line. The Cowboys only returned three punts for three yards.

This is this the sixth “NFC Player of the Week” award won by the Giants this season, and the second on special teams. The others were:

  • Week 2: CB Janoris Jenkins (“NFC Special Teams Player of the Week”)
  • Week 6: WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (“NFC Offensive Player of the Week”)
  • Week 7: S Landon Collins (“NFC Defensive Player of the Week”)
  • Week 9: S Landon Collins (“NFC Defensive Player of the Week”)
  • Week 12: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (“NFC Defensive Player of the Week”)

Wing is the first Giants punter to receive the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” award since Jeff Feagles in 2005.

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:

ARTICLES…

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

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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 11, 2016)

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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:

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have re-signed offensive lineman Adam Gettis to the Practice Squad. The team also terminated the Practice Squad contracts of running back George Winn and offensive lineman Laurence Gibson.

Gettis was cut on Saturday to make room for running back Shane Vereen to be activated from Injured Reserve. Gettis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has spent time with the Redskins (2012-2013), Steelers (2014), Giants (2014-2015), Raiders (2015), and Giants again (2015-2016). Gettis was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016 and to the 53-man roster in November 2016.

Winn was signed to the Practice Squad in November 2016. Winn was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Texans (2013), New England Patriots (2013), Oakland Raiders (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2013), Dallas Cowboys (2013), and Detroit Lions (2014–2016).

Gibson was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016. Gibson was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He has spent time with the Cowboys (2015), Chiefs (2015), Falcons (2016), and Bears (2016).

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions.

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Devon Kennard, New York Giants (December 11, 2016)

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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 10-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys:

We will start with the defense. What we did well, tremendous effort by the defense all night. We stayed in the moment the entire 60 minutes of the ball game. I really thought we put our foot down in the second half of the game. We tackled fundamentally sound. We held the offense to seven points, minimized explosive gains and forced turnovers. What we need to work on, we need to keep them under 100 yards rushing and keep them out of field goal range at the end of the first half.

Offensively, what we did well, we took advantage of the sudden-change opportunity. The pick by Leon (Hall) and hit Odell for the big play there. Two-for-two on fourth down and we got our rush attempts up to 31 and made them play a full game on defense. What we need to work on, we need to handle the football better all around, every position. We need to be better decision-makers with the ball in our hands. Again, that’s all around, and we need to eliminate the unforced errors, which is creeping up everywhere.

Special teams, what we did well, field position. I thought the coverage teams played extremely well, kickoff and punt. We had five punts downed inside the 20-yard line and two inside the five. Big in the ball game. What we need to work on, we need to tighten up the return units.

Where we go from here, we have to keep stacking successes by handling success. We have to have another great week of preparation like we had last week. Detroit, good team, division leader that is hot, hungry and confident. They’re best in the fourth quarter. We have to have a great week of preparation.

Q: What did you think of Eli’s performance?

A: I think it was a gritty performance. He hung in there and took some shots early in the ball game. We need to take better care of the football.

Q: We’ve seen Eli play better than he has been lately. What are some of the things you attribute the lack of consistency to?

A: When things go well, the quarterback gets a lot of credit. When things don’t, the quarterback gets a lot of the blame. Right now, things aren’t going very well on offense. We’re having consistency issues. It’s not just the quarterback. It’s the whole way around. We have to keep working at it and find a way to get that out of our system. Find a way to eliminate the unforced turnovers.

Q: You don’t see any specific issues with Eli?

A: No.

Q: You mentioned the shots that Eli took early in the game. What are your overall thoughts of the offensive line?

A: Like the rest of the offense, there’s some inconsistencies in there. You can’t always point to one guy or one moment or whether it’s a run play or pass protection. It’s almost like we’re taking turns having breakdowns.

Q: Ereck Flowers seemed to struggled a lot. Is he progressing the way you would like or is he struggling this year?

A: I think he settled down in the second half and played a better second half than he did the first half.

Q: Are you still convinced that the offense took a step forward after watching the tape?

A: We left some offense out there, obviously. I like the physicality in running the football. The 31 rush attempts, is what it ended up being. We made Dallas play a full game on defense, something they haven’t had to do a lot of this year. That was a big part of things. We don’t want the time of possession and the number of plays to get tilted to one side, so our defense can play physical and aggressive for 60 minutes. We thought that was key in the ball game. I thought we did a nice job there.

Q: On the interception, was that on Eli, Victor or just a good play by the defender?

A: I think it was a combination of things. Victor has to be more aggressive coming back to the ball. Could’ve been a little bit of the placement of the ball or he could’ve pushed it to the back. He felt the squeeze. There was an open triangle and that’s where he felt the ball should go. You’d like to see that be ours or no one’s.

Q: Some of those throws were near interceptions and dropped interceptions. What do you attribute those to? The one on the sidelines where he threw it right to the defensive player and the slant over the middle late?

A: The late slant over the middle, I think they were on the same page. I think they covered that one well. The one to (Barry) Church, we have to make a better decision.

Q: Was Andrew Adams benched after that blown coverage? How do you think he responded to that coming back in the game?

A: We were rolling different players in there like we always have at that position. He was not responsible for the blown coverage. The touchdown was not his responsibility.

Q: Did you see more production in the rushing game?

A: I thought we had some opportunities for some big plays. We had a chance to get physical, they’re a line movement type operation. They do a great job with their line movement trying to keep Sean Lee clean. He had a lot of production because of it. We played with the physicality upfront. Obviously we need to get a little bit better this week at it. Keep pounding the ball. When the elements change and you’re playing in element games and December football, you have to be able to run the ball and get to that Rule 53, which we did. We had enough rush attempts to get there. We need to keep the run game progressing.

Q: Update on Shane Vereen?

A: He’s in the (concussion) protocol.

Q: How close was Justin Pugh to playing this week?

A: I thought he made some progress this week. We’ll see how he does tomorrow.

Q: What is the most important number when you judge the rushing game?

A: Last night, it was important for us to not have the game be one-sided and tilted in time of possession. That was the key for us going into a ball game as a team. We felt that Dallas in their wins have been very successful with a bunch of rush attempts. Really holding the ball and playing the whole game like a four-minute offense. Just protecting their defense. We thought that we need to limit the number of opportunities that they had with Dallas’ offense along with all the playmakers that they have. Limit the number of touches they have and increase the number of touches that you have. Try and run the clock a little bit. We need to complete the ball a little bit better, that would also help us. The number of rushes last night was a key.

Q: When you look at the numbers after the game, did what Romeo Okwara do surprise you?

A: No. He’s a young, conscientious, hard-working player. He really takes to coaching. He learned the system quickly and plays the game hard.

Q: He played pretty close to 100 percent of the snaps. Is that what you anticipated or was that because of performance?

A: We anticipated splitting the reps up a little more than we did. With the way he was playing, he was hot. We wanted to let him roll in there.

Q: What was the key in the second half to contain Elliott?

A: They had a couple of nice cracks where he did squeak out. We did play good team run defense. We had the corners cover and the front seven and safeties do their job. In the run game, we had good fits. Caught it aggressively and got off of blocks and made some tackles. With those big physical backs, you have to tackle well.

Q: The play to Odell, the touchdown. On first glance it looks all about his speed. What else went right on that play?

A: Like a lot of other good plays in the pass game, it starts with protection. The tight end helped out a little bit with the right tackle. The protection was clean. Eli set his feet and was on time. Odell worked the corner, came out of it clean. He hit him in stride. The ball was out in front of his eyes. He had a chance to pluck it and tuck it. He’s dangerous when you have a chance to hit him in stride.

Q: Is that a reminder of what you really can be on offense? Or is the lack of consistency frustrating?

A: No. We don’t get frustrated. We’re not going to waste our time with that. We focus on getting better and we need to get better. When you have 13 (Beckham) out there, you know he can change the game in a blink of an eye. The way the defense is playing and the way the special teams covered last night, we just have to hang in there, stay in the moment, play a 60-minute game and be the best team in the league at playing the next play.

Q: This week, it looked like you put a lot more on the linebackers. How did they do with their added responsibilities?

A: I thought they had a good afternoon. We played a variety of guys. DK (Devon Kennard) played a lot more snaps than he’s used to playing on the defensive side of the ball. They handled everything well schematically. Seemed to handle everything Dallas threw at them.

Q: Do you think you can consistently win games like you did last night with the offense not doing a lot?

A: I think if you play defensive football the way we played defensive football last night, you’re always in the ballgame and have a chance to win. We have playmakers on the offensive side of the ball and on special teams. We have weapons there. They’re going to keep us in ballgames and give us a chance to win in the end.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available for media sessions on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions.