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NEW YORK GIANTS 20 – PITTSBURGH STEELERS 16
It wasn’t pretty. In fact, at times, it was downright ugly, but the New York Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-16 to improve to 2-0 in preseason play.

Eli Manning didn’t complete a pass, Victor Cruz went catch-less again and there were a few miscommunications between the quarterbacks and receivers. If it weren’t for Rashad Jennings 73-yard touchdown and Corey Washington’s game-winning, fade-route grab, there’s a chance the below list is simply filled with duds. On to the recap…

THE STUDS:

Rashad Jennings

  • Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (August 9, 2014)

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    The Giants’ free-agent acquisition from Oakland made quite the first impression in front of the home town fans taking his second carry of the game 73 yards for a score. Despite being known primarily as a down-hill runner, Jennings showed some impressive speed pulling away from all defenders on his way to the endzone.

Damontre Moore

  • It was another nice showing from the second-year pro as Moore continually got after the passer and made a few impressive plays on the run. There was a near sack of Landry Jones on third down that forced an incompletion and a chase down on a screen play that forced a punt. Granted, Moore was going up primarily against the second-team offensive line, but there were flashes of extreme potential. It may be time the coaches give Moore some looks with the starters.

Jay Bromley

  • It’s been well documented how Jay Bromley grew up a New York Giants fan. Maybe playing at MetLife Stadium lit a little extra fire inside because the rookie was all over the place. Bromley was active as a pass rusher, stuffed a few running plays and made a mockery of  Steelers’ offensive lineman Cody Wallace. At one point, Bromley pressured Landry Jones into an incomplete pass while being held.

Corey Washington

  • Another game-winning touchdown for the rookie, who seems to only catch them. On a third-and-goal from the three, Giants’ quarterback Curtis Painter threw one up in single coverage and let Washington go and grab it. The issue with Washington’s roster chances are the fact he has little value on special teams. He’s seen a few reps as a gunner and kick returner in practice, but that’s usually with the third or fourth teamers. Not to take anything away from the young man, but he’s also making these plays against a team’s fourth-string defense.

Jason Pierre-Paul

  • A little vintage JPP shown by the former All Pro. Pierre-Paul rocked Bruce Gradkowski on a drop-back pass, chased down a receiver on an end around and was a force against the run.

Prince Amukamara

  • This list could go on and on for the defense, but the final nod goes to Amukamara. The third-year pro was extremely physical against the Steelers and looks poised for a big season. He’s comfortable in the NFL now, and seems to have found his niche and is really playing some good ball.

THE DUDS:

Eli Manning

  • Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 9, 2014)

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    Maybe it was the fact Ben McAdoo continues to hold the reigns incredibly tight on the two-time Super Bowl MVP, but the fact Manning went 0-for-2 in four series is a bit alarming. Manning has yet to attempt a pass over 10 yards, has yet to find Victor Cruz and didn’t pick up a single first down. It’s either McAdoo being cautious, or Manning not taking shots. Head coach Tom Coughlin said there were more pass plays called than run, so maybe Manning’s checking out of them.

Victor Cruz

  • Granted, it’s tough to catch a pass when your quarterback throws only two in four possessions, but it’s game No. 2 without a catch for the former Pro Bowler. Cruz needs to get more comfortable with the offense. I’ll watch the film over the coming days to see if he was open on either of Manning’s two passes, but this is now seven possessions without a grab.

Jayron Hosley

  • It’s getting to be noticeably bad for the former third-round pick. Hosley has shown nothing to make him warrant a spot on the final 53-man roster even if he were not going to be suspended. He’s constantly beat for completions. When he’s not beat for completions, his receiver is still open, he just does something illegal before the pass gets to him. It was two more defensive pass interference calls against Hosley tonight.

Charles Brown

  • The Giants need Will Beatty to get healthy…and they need it to happen fast. Brown has been beat continually by Jason Pierre-Paul in practice and now it’s happening in games. Jarvis Jones beat Brown for a sack, then allowed another pressure a couple series later.

THE GOOD:

  • Nice outing for the starting defense as a whole tonight. Aside from a few nice runs by Pittsburgh, the defense played held the Steelers in check. There weren’t many open receivers and there was pressure on the quarterback.
  • While a few runs were negated because of penalties, rookie running back Andre Williams continues to impress. Wiped out by a Geoff Schwartz hold, Williams broke free on a long run on a draw play where he showed power and some speed/agility. He’s looking more and more like he can be a game breaker.
  • Jacquian Williams made a very nice play against the run early on. The linebacker came from the backside, use some nice acceleration and tackled LeGarrette Blunt.
  • On the Rashad Jennings touchdown run, credit Geoff Schwartz and J.D. Walton with two key blocks to create a huge running lane. The Giants’ offense seems to want to throw the ball, but the team has fared better running the football these first two games.
  • Walter Thurmond III had great coverage on a Ben Roethlisberger attempted pass on third down for Lance Moore. It was physical coverage, but legal, and the play resulted in an incompletion, forcing the Steelers to settle for a field goal.
  • Assuming this is a good thing, but I don’t recall the Steelers going anywhere near Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Saturday all night.
  • Ryan Nassib continues to improve each and every week. Sure, he didn’t have the highlight 50+-yard touchdown, but he’s been more calm in the pocket, shown poise and is getting better. Progress, that’s all you can ask for with Nassib.

THE BAD:

  • The Steelers screen pass to Dri Archer was set up perfectly. Sometimes that happens, which is why this goes under “The Bad” and not “The Ugly.” Kudos to Amukamara for chasing him down.
  • The run defense wasn’t the best for the Giants on the Steelers’ opening drive. There were holes, a missed tackle by Johnathan Hankins and a few poor angles.
  • As much as his teammates seem to love him, Charles James II is far from a lock on the Giants’ roster. Granted, he’s helped by the injury to Bennett Jackson and poor play of Jayron Hosley, but James needs to do everything he can to stick on the team. Muffing a punt? Not something that’s going to help. On his first opportunity, James let one go right through his hands and on the next punt it was Preston Parker back deep.

THE UGLY:

  • The offense. There really isn’t anything else to say. There was an expected learning curve when the Giants announced a transition out of Kevin Gilbride’s old offense and Ben McAdoo’s new one. But between practices, and now games, the poor offensive play is extremely noticeable. For whatever reason, things aren’t clicking and it’s alarming. In four series, Manning went 0-for-2. He threw two passes in four series. Two. Not to mention in the seven offensive series Manning has played this preseason, he has yet to throw a ball more than 10 yards. It’s not good. It’s not bad. It’s flat out ugly. Things haven’t looked good in training camp and now they aren’t looking good in the game.
  • Maybe it’s just the way the NFL is played now, but the penalties were on overload Saturday night. Defensive holdings, offensive holdings and pass interferences had it raining yellow hankies at MetLife. Again, it’s early in the preseason, but it was a bit much. A total of 10 were called on the Giants totaling 109 yards.
Aug 092014
 
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Jacquian Williams, New York Giants (July 27, 2012)

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Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning embraces major change in Giants QB preparation by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Article on LB Jacquian Williams: NY Giants LB Jacquian Williams ready to take next step toward being an every-down player by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Articles on New York Giants Cornerbacks:

New York Giants Training Camp Sights and Sounds Video: A sights and sounds video from training camp is available at Giants.com.

Aug 082014
 
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Eric Herman, New York Giants (July 28, 2013)

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New York Giants offensive lineman Eric Herman has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). If Herman makes the team, he will be eligible to return to the Giants’ active roster on September 26. Between now and the start of the regular-season, Herman can continue to practice with the team and play in the preseason.

“The NFL requires a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for permission to take certain medications,” said Herman in a prepared statement. “I have a TUE for one medication, but not another stimulant that treats the same condition. Unfortunately, a stimulant for which I don’t have a TUE was in my body, and the rules are very strict, so I am taking responsibility and I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches and the club. This won’t happen again, and I will spend the four weeks working hard to be ready to return to work.”

Herman was drafted as a guard in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent most of 2013 season on the Practice Squad before being activated to the 53-man roster in late December. The Giants shifted him from guard to center this offseason.

Over the course of the last few years, a number of Giants have been suspended by the NFL for violating various drug policies including safety Will Hill (three times, causing his release from the team this offseason), cornerback Jayron Hosley (suspended for four games this upcoming season), safety Tyler Sash (2012), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (2011), and wide receiver Brandon Collins (2013). Running back Andre Brown was also suspended but won his appeal (2012).

Aug 072014
 
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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, original-content articles from BBI today:

Peyton Hillis, New York Giants (December 1, 2013)

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August 7, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were RB Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), TE Daniel Fells (knee), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), DT Kelcy Quarles (ankle), and LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot).

The Giants have already ruled out Beckham playing in Saturday’s preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“(Beckham) is getting better,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “The (training staff) is doing a lot with him, and I think he is responding pretty well the next day. He is not that sore. I think he is close.”

“I can definitely plant, I can do all that,” Beckham said. “I don’t feel like I can reach top, top speed. Just kind of holding off, trying to get some more strength, then we will be ready to go. I feel a lot better. It is kind of one of those things where you could wake up sore, wake up feeling good. It’s a day-by-day thing, so I am just taking my time on it.”

Quarles, LT Will Beatty (coming off of a fractured leg), and CB Trumaine McBride (coming off of offseason hip surgery) will also not play against the Steelers.

August 7, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

August 7, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

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

New York Giants Practice Report: Giants training camp report: More of the same as QB’s throw endless string of interceptions by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on RB Rashad Jennings: Giants RB Rashad Jennings in a rush to cash in on opportunity by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on New York Giants Wide Receivers: Victor Cruz becomes mentor to undrafted WRs by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on DE Mathias Kiwanuka: Mathias Kiwanuka could be a Giants key by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on New York Giants Linebackers: Linebackers have Giants feeling good by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on CB Trumaine McBride: McBride the unsung hero of Giants’ CBs by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Aug 062014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (August 7, 2013)

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He could have let loose, yelled, screamed and reacted the way so many other 23 year olds would have if put in the same situation.

He could have asked ‘Why?’ Could have done back flips, run the 40-yard dash and showed all the skills that made him a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

He could have done all that and more. But David Wilson didn’t.

Instead, he climbed atop a podium overlooking the Giants’ practice fields. The same practice fields he’d collapsed to the ground on eight days before. He looked at the media, who anxiously looked backed. Then, he put everything into a perspective that was wise beyond his years.

“Even if one dream seems to fade away,” Wilson said with his signature smile spread across his face, “set another goal and set another dream and try to reach that.”

There was no remorse, no sadness and no anger in the voice of one who had every right to feel so. Even when his eyes filled with the tears that quickly rushed down his face, Wilson still managed to flash a smile and assure everyone his tears were that “of joy.”

It didn’t matter that spinal stenosis cut Wilson’s career short after just three years. The way Wilson saw it, he still got three years. He wanted to play in the NFL. He wanted to score touchdowns.

David Wilson, New York Giants (November 4, 2012)

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“And I did that,” Wilson said.

He reminisced of his goals throughout his career, starting from pee wee and moving onto the NFL. When he was young, he wanted to be the fastest kid on his team. Then, he wanted to score a touchdown and be a starter. When he reached high school, he wanted to break and set records.

He wanted to live life the right way, making both of his parents proud. With each check mark he placed next to each of his goals, more and more people began to line up behind the speedy, bubbly, personable Wilson.

He became the fastest player on his team. He became a starter. He set records and lived life the right way. He was drafted into the NFL where that same bubbly and laughable personality managed to sneak up on any that crossed his path. Rarely could a teammate encounter him and not leave with a matching grin.

Wilson hasn’t stopped smiling. His personality hasn’t been stripped of him. The only thing gone is his title as a football player. But there was much more to him than that.

He was described by teammate Victor Cruz as the “heart and soul” of the team, someone who had an impact on the Giants. But that impact was felt just as much on the field, as off.

At least half of it still will.

David Wilson, New York Giants (October 7, 2012)

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Wilson said he still isn’t sure exactly where this next phase of his life will take him. He’s thought about broadcasting and coaching. Then again, his life could take him in a completely other direction.

There’s no certainty. No guarantee. The only thing Wilson knows is that it only goes one direction from here.

“When life knocks you down, I always say plan to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up,” Wilson said. “But if you’re flat on your face, that can kill your spirit. Always think of it in that aspect – if you can look up, you can get up.

“So far, I can look up and I plan on getting up and living my dream and setting another one for me to live out.”

Aug 052014
 
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August 5, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Tuesday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), Daniel Fells (knee), TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring), DT Mike Patterson (shoulder), LB Jon Beason (PUP – foot), and CB Bennett Jackson (ankle).

RB Peyton Hillis left practice early with an ankle injury.

LT Will Beatty (headache), Eric Herman (hip), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), Spencer Paysinger (concussion), and Trumaine McBride (hip) all practiced.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin clarified that some players coming off of offseason surgery were never going to play in last weekend’s Hall of Fame preseason game.

“It was a plan that Beatty wouldn’t play in the opening game, just like it was a plan that McBride and a couple of others, Herman, wouldn’t play in this game,” said Coughlin. “(Beatty) didn’t do anything to set himself back.”

Craig Johnson, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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August 5, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

August 5, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Tuesday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

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

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on New York Giants Running Backs:

Article on WR Corey Washington: Giants WR Washington playing for family by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Article on the New York Giants Use of Tablets: Tablets on NFL sidelines get positive reviews from Giants by Tom Rock of Newsday

Aug 052014
 
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Israel Idonije, Chicago Bears (September 13, 2012)

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The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that they have signed defensive end Israel Idonije and tight end Jerome Cunningham. To make room for Idonije and Cunningham, the Giants waived defensive end Kendrick Adams. The team also waived/injured running back David Wilson on Monday and placed him on Injured Reserve on Tuesday after he cleared waivers.

Idonije was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2003 NFL Draft. He did not make the team that season but spent time on the Practice Squad of the Chicago Bears. For nine seasons, from 2004-12, Idonije was on the 53-man roster of the Bears. He started 42 games from 2010-12. In 2013, Idonije played in 11 games with the Detroit Lions as a reserve. The Bears re-signed him in March 2014 but then released him in June. The 33-year old Idonije is nearing the end of his career, but he was a fairly productive player for the Bears, including accruing 20.5 sacks in his last three seasons in Chicago. He has good size and strength. Idonije lacks suddenness and quickness as a pass rusher. He has good intangibles as he is a hard-working, high-effort player with good character.

Cunningham played college football at Southern Connecticut State University from 2009-2012, but he has not been with an NFL team in training camp. He did try out with the Arizona Cardinals in May, but was not signed. Cunningham lacks ideal size for the position; he’s built more like an H-Back.

Adams was signed to the Giants’ Practice Squad in December 2013. Adams was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2012 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Buccaneers, Lions, Browns, and Bengals.

Wilson, New York’s 1st round draft pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has been advised to retire from the NFL after re-injuring of his surgically repaired neck in training camp.

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

Aug 042014
 
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Daniel Fells, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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August 4, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: As reported earlier today, RB David Wilson’s NFL career with the New York Giants is over. Doctors have advised Wilson to never play football again. The Giants will place him on season-ending Injured Reserve.

“You naturally feel bad, you feel down,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “It is just a natural thing. I have to say when David came in and we sat and talked, he is such an up-beat young man. He is so positive. The smile is still on his face, even though he has received this kind of news…The way he expressed it was, ‘God must have something in mind for me. I want no pity. I want no one feeling sorry for me. I am not going to be down about this. No one will catch me in that frame of mind.’…I thought that was a wonderful thing for him to say and a great lesson for all of us.”

“Once a Giant, always a Giant,” said Coughlin. “He heard it earlier in the week and it is true. He’s a Giant. He’ll always be a Giant.”

The Giants did survive an injury scare to TE Daniel Fells, who is battling for a starting spot. It was thought Fells had sprained his knee or worse, but Coughlin said the injury is a bone bruise to the knee.

August 4, 2014 Tom Coughlin Conference Call: The transcript from Monday’s conference call with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at BigBlueInteractive.com.

August 3, 2014 Tom Coughlin Post-Game Press Conference: Video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference on Sunday night is available at Giants.com.

New York Giants Post-Game Player Media Sessions: Video clips of the post-game media Q&As on Sunday night with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • QB Ryan Nassib (Video)
  • RB Andre Williams (Video)
  • WR Corey Washington (Video)
  • OT Justin Pugh (Video)
  • DE Damontre Moore (Video)

Sights & Sounds from Giants-Bills Game: A sights & sounds video from the Giants-Bills preseason game is available at Giants.com.

Article on the Giants-Bills Game: 5 Giants takeaways from Hall of Fame Game vs. Bills by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Victor Cruz, NY Giants won’t be looking ahead, but still have plenty of confidence by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Article on QB Eli Manning and Former Giants DE Michael Strahan: Eli Manning appreciates Michael Strahan’s words and accomplishments by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Giants QB Ryan Nassib out to prove he can be Eli Manning’s backup by Arthur Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Articles on New York Giants Running Backs:

Article on WR Corey Washington: Giants long-shot wideout Corey Washington finds strength from a special fan by Conor Orr of The

Article on DT Markus Kuhn: After torn ACL, Giants’ Markus Kuhn gets fresh start by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on S Stevie Brown: Giants’ Stevie Brown looking to pick up where he left off by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on PK Josh Brown: Brown knows Giants job not guaranteed by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

Notes and Quotes: Head Coach Tom Coughlin on WR Corey Washington:

Wasn’t that some play by that kid? He has done that in practice a couple of times, where he has done some things that were pretty spectacular that got our attention – one as a gunner, just flat-out running and splitting the double-team and then moving on down the field to make a play on the punt returner. He did that in practice and was recognized and very noticeable, and he has made some of those catches here on the practice field, where he has gone up over the top of people and caught the ball.

The Giants will return to practice on Tuesday from 5:40-7:50 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The workout is closed to the public because of the One Direction concert at MetLife Stadium.

Aug 042014
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (July 27, 2013)

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The final chapter of David Wilson’s NFL career has been written far sooner than any expected.

Following the re-injuring of his surgically repaired neck on July 29, eight days after receiving medical clearance from spinal vertebrae fusion surgery, the team’s first-round pick in 2012 has been advised to retire by Giants’ team doctor Russell Warren and Hospital for Special Surgery spine specialist Dr. Frank Cammisa.

“Dr. Frank Cammisa Jr., our spine specialist at HSS examined David this morning and following that exam, we both sat down and shared our perspective with David,” Warren said in a statement released by the team. “David has diffuse cervical stenosis. He had a disc removed and a fusion in January. In light of last week’s episode of symptoms, sensory and motor, Frank and I both told David he should not play football any more. We let David know that by playing, he would be putting himself at risk for more episodes like last week or perhaps something more serious. ”

In a half-pads practice last Tuesday, Wilson caught a shovel pass from quarterback Curtis Painter. The back turned upfield but ran head-first into the back of Giants’ offensive lineman Eric Herman. Wilson fell to the ground, team doctors rushed over to his side and Wilson was escorted off the field. He was taken to the HSS for extensive testing and ruled out until Monday when Cammisa could review the results.

David Wilson (22), Eli Manning (10), New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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The Giants will place Wilson on Injured Reserve, allowing the running back to collect the $997,682 he’s owed in salary unless there is an injury settlement. But it sounds as if Wilson will adhere the doctors’ advice and walk away from the game.

“I’m thankful that I can literally walk away from the game and that I am healthy and capable of doing the same things I have done all my life, except play football,” said Wilson. “I always try to find the positive in everything. This morning when I saw Dr. Cammisa and Dr. Warren, I didn’t hear what I wanted to hear, but I expected that what they told me could be a possibility. I had played out both scenarios in my mind. I prayed this morning before I went to see them that they would tell me what God would tell me. He put His answer in them to relay to me.”

Wilson, 23, originally injured his neck on Oct. 6, 2013 versus the Philadelphia Eagles. After attempts to let the injury heal by itself were unsuccessful, Wilson had “vertebrae fusion” surgery in January. The Giants put Wilson through an extensive rehabilitation process before the back finally gained medical clearance on July 21, the day the Giants reported for training camp.

Wilson made it through seven practices, four with contact, before injuring his neck.

In his 21 games played, Wilson rushed the ball 115 times for 504 yards and five touchdowns. During his rookie year, Wilson established himself as one of the league’s best kick returners. On 57 attempts, Wilson gained 1,533 yards including a 97-yard touchdown.

“I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me, or pity me,” said Wilson. “I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream. Now I have a chance to dream another dream and live that, too.”

Aug 042014
 
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Ryan Nassib, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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Prior to arriving at Giants’ training camp in late July, wide receiver Corey Washington spoke to his grandmother.

The former Newberry star had been cut by the Arizona Cardinals, signed to a future contract with the Giants and was staying at home until he had to report.

Corey Washington and Eli Manning, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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So his grandmother brought him close, looked him in the eyes and told him bluntly she didn’t want to see him anytime soon.

“She said I don’t want to see you back in Charleston,” Washington recalled.

And now he’s doing everything he can to stay right where he is.

Washington hauled in a game-winning 73-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s annual Hall of Fame game to give the New York a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio.

“I beat the corner off the line—he was off a bit—and I saw him and I stutter-stepped a bit and he bit on the stutter,” Washington said. “(The corner) tried to jam me while we were running, but I slapped his hands down.”

Washington’s touchdown capped an eventful start to the Giants’ NFL season, one that included the debut of Ben McAdoo’s new West Coast Offense. There was enough displayed to long for more. Along with enough to realize the Giants have a long way to go before opening the season in Detroit.

It started with a three-and-out and followed with a sack-fumble. Then, Eli Manning and the boys got it rolling.

Led by rookie Andre Williams (seven rushes, 48 yards, one touchdown), the Giants marched 80 yards in 12 plays chewing up 7:04 of the game clock against the Bills’ second unit. Williams capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

“I thought eventually we got to where we ran the ball pretty well,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We might not have had our ones in there, but still we had some consistency in runs there.”

Andre Williams, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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Manning and the Giants worked their new no-huddle offense and showed all the up-tempo approach McAdoo has enforced on Big Blue. Was it perfect? No. Was it a step in the right direction? It appeared so.

“We’ll be trying to get in and out of the huddle fast,” Manning said “Get to the line of scrimmage, get things declared and try to push our guys and see if we can have a quick tempo and see if that will help out our play.”

Ryan Nassib relieved Manning following Williams’ touchdown and displayed the same roller coaster-like behavior he’s shown throughout the first two weeks of training camp. There’s the good, there’s the bad. The Giants’ got them both.

The second-year pro, who finished seven-of-12 for 139 yards and a touchdown, looked good when rolling out of the pocket. There was accuracy and arm strength, but also indecision and fluster. On the Giants’ first possession of the third quarter, Nassib was intercepted. While the play was overturned due to roughing the passer, Nassib’s decision was spotty at best.

Weston Richburg, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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With a hand in his face, Nassib seemed to release the ball without looking, tossing it right to linebacker Preston Brown. On a rollout on the same series, Nassib again faced pressure. This time, he threw the ball in the dirt while in the tackle box. The ref threw the flag for intentional grounding.

“That’s why we’re playing him a lot,” Coughlin said. “He’s a very serious young man who’s a talent kid who needs to play. He didn’t get to play last year, but he’ll get some time and as he does, he’ll grow and get better.”

But when Nassib needed to make the play, he did. Hitting Washington on the 73-yard strike.

Defensively, free-agent acquisition Zack Bowman recorded an interception along with Cooper Taylor. Taylor, last year’s fifth-round pick, also recorded eight tackles. Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul and Jacquian Williams had bat downs. Kerry Wynn, Damontre Moore and Jordan Stanton had sacks.

Buffalo quarterback and second-year pro E.J. Manuel completed 2-of-7 passes for 19 yards. The Giants’ held running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller to eight yards on three carries.

(Video Highlights on Giants.com)