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Jerry Reese, New York Giants (February 25, 2016)

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OCTOBER 31, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot) and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) practiced on a limited basis on Monday.

“I practiced a good amount,” Thompson said. “I was out there the whole time. Close to 10 team reps on the scout team and a little bit on defense. I knew the plan today was going to be limited regardless of how I felt… I don’t know about 100 percent, but I’m on the right track.”

“(Newhouse) was limited today,” Head Coach Ben McAdoo said. “We’ll know more on Wednesday.”

THE PAPA CAST – GIANTS CAST WITH BBI…
BigBlueInteractive (BBI) was interviewed by Bob Papa on his ThePapaCast-GiantsCast last week. We discussed the state of the Giants as well as the BBI culture.

GENERAL MANAGER JERRY REESE…
The transcript of Jerry Reese’s press conference on Monday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

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

JOHN HICKS PASSES AWAY…
Former New York Giants offensive lineman John Hicks (1974-1977) has passed away due to complications from diabetes. Hicks was 65 years old.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the Giants on Tuesday. The Giants return to practice on Wednesday.

Oct 282016
 
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Landon Collins and Steve Spagnuolo, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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LANDON COLLINS NAMED “NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants safety Landon Collins has been named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday in London. In that game, Collins accrued eight tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 44 yards for a touchdown.

The Giants have earned three “Player of the Week” winners in the season’s first seven games. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was named the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” for his Week 2 performance and wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was named “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for his Week 6 performance.

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Oct 252016
 
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Josh Brown, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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GIANTS CUT JOSH BROWN…
The New York Giants have released place kicker Josh Brown a week after new revelations about his past domestic violence issues. Brown was placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List last Friday and did not play against the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday.

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said Giants President/CEO John Mara in a statement. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.

“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father. We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.

“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

“The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life,” said Brown in a prepared statement. “My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.  I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way.  In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic.  In the interim I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have re-signed quarterback Logan Thomas to the Practice Squad and terminated the Practice Squad contract of long snapper Tyler Ott.

Thomas was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. The Dolphins claimed Thomas off of waivers from the Cardinals in September 2015 and the Giants claimed him off of waivers from the Dolphins in June 2016. Thomas has only played in two NFL games, completing one pass in nine attempts for an 81-yard touchdown.

Ott was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He did not make the team, but spent time with the Patriots again and the St. Louis Rams before the 2015 season. The Giants signed Ott in late December 2015 and he played in the regular-season finale. The Giants waived Ott in late August and signed him to the Practice Squad last week.

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 players will be off Wednesday through Sunday before returning to practice next Monday.

Oct 242016
 
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Brad Wing, New York Giants (October 23, 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 17-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams:

McAdoo: Let’s start with the game. The team – I thought it was a tough, gritty performance by our team. We showed some resiliency for the second week in a row. The defense did a nice job of holding the Rams to 10 points and it was a huge bonus for us scoring a defensive touchdown. We never let the running back get going which was a positive and something that we were focused on heading into the game. We won the line of scrimmage, our pass rush was improved and I think our ball hawks in the secondary showed up with ball skills. Landon and DRC had two picks and we also had 12 passes defensed, which was big in the ball game.

What we need to work on – we need to get off the field earlier in drives which will help us with field position. The offense had four drives start in the backed up mode. We had some bad football show up again with the penalty after the touchdown, guys are excited, but we have to eliminate that bad football. We had 25 plays in the last nine minutes of the ball game, which is too many.

Offensively, what we did well – zero penalties, completed the ball to 11 different receivers, it was good to get everyone involved that way and we had zero sacks. What we need to work on – points, didn’t score enough, we had four coming out drives and to go the long way you have to be detailed and eliminate the unforced errors, consistency needs to improve there. We need to cash in on the big-play opportunities, whether it is the run game or the pass game. With the way the game was going, we had some opportunities and we didn’t get that done.

Special teams – the punt team was on point keeping Austin under wraps all day. I thought that at 3:10 in the ball game in the 4th quarter, Wing’s punt was excellent — 49 yards out of bounds at the 25-yard line was a big plus in the ball game for us and our punt return team defended the shifts and motions well, we didn’t give them an opportunity to steal a possession there. What we need to work on – we need to get the punt return game going. We can’t press. We don’t want to press there. It is going to come down to fundamentals and trust. With that, we will open it up to questions.

Q: Can you put your finger on what the issue has been with not getting a consistent running game from week to week?

A: Yeah, the last few weeks we have struggled and it is not one position, it is not one player, it is a combination of a little bit of everything and really, we resorted to using the short passing game to compliment us, so that we can get the ball moving on first and second down. We need to get the run game going. With the way the game went, they tried to cover everyone up, cover the core up, use some line movement up front and we had some big play opportunities in the run game – it is a challenge to be consistent when you are getting those looks, but you need to cash in on those big-play opportunities.

Q: Is it a personnel thing? Do you maybe consider putting the young kid (Paul Perkins) in more?

A: Well, we are going to look at everything. We just had a staff meeting. We are going to look at personnel, we are going to look at scheme, we are going to look at a bunch of different things, personnel groups to see if we can get it jump started here over the bye week.

Q: Why have you gone three wide receivers so often?

A: Well, we felt that it put us in the best position to be successful. But again, we are going to go back to the drawing board, take a look at it and see if we can change things up heading into Philadelphia.

Q: How handcuffed are you by the 53 that you currently have? You don’t have a fullback, you have the three tight ends, their blocking skills are what they are. Do you think you may have to add someone there?

A: We are confident in the players that we have at that spot. We are going roll Jerell and Tye in there some more with Larry and let those guys compete and whoever is playing the best is who we will go with.

Q: What is your plan for the coaching staff for the bye week? What do you try to get accomplished in the next week or two?

A: We are going to take a look at – obviously we are finishing up the game right now as we speak and then we are going to take a good, long, hard look at ourselves – schematically, what has been good, what needs some work and maybe things that you need to – addition by subtraction. There may be some things that you need to tweak schematically. Then personnel, see who needs to play a little bit more, who may need to play a little bit less, so just take a long, hard look at ourselves first. That is important, self-scout is a big part of things and you have a chance to really fine tune what you are doing in all three phases and do what you do best when the games are most important here in the 2nd half of the year.

Q: Why is your offense putting up about 7 points under what it averaged a season ago?

A: That is what we are going to take the next few days and try to figure out. We certainly feel like we have plenty of talent, plenty of scheme. Consistency is a big part of things. We need to eliminate the unforced errors and turning the ball over, we are giving possessions away, so anytime that you give possessions away, that is points. We need to come out ahead of the turnover battle, that will help us. The defense played a big part in that yesterday. But we need to focus on the hand that we are dealt as an offense and if we have to go the long way then we have to go the long way. But we feel that we have plenty of scheme and plenty of talent, we just have to get it going.

Q: Would you ever consider taking a look at the play calling?

A: We’re going to take a long hard look at everything, everything is on the table. Everybody in the building wants to win and we have to do what’s best for the team; whatever we have to do that’s best for the team, we’ll take a look at.

Q: Heading into that self-evaluation, how do you view your first seven game as a head coach?

A: You are what your record says you are, we’re 4-3, so a shade above .500.

Q: Do you feel like you’re in a good a position going into Philadelphia after the bye week?

A: I feel we have a pretty resilient football team. We have guys who believe. A team that has grown together, a team that’s learning to trust each other and I like this team.

Q: What will be your message to the players when you send them out for the week?

A: I’ll keep that in-house. Generally, a bye week is, you got to get healthy but you want to make sure you’re always going forward, you don’t want to go backwards in the bye week. We got to stay on top of our conditioning; we got to take care of our bodies. Be civilian a little bit, be human beings a little bit, spend some time with our family and friends. We got to take care of ourselves and make sure we’re ready to go when we get back on Monday.

Q: Do you want to remind them that they come back to a big division game right away?

A: Yeah, I think they’ll be chomping at the bit for that one.

Q: Do you hope after the bye Darian Thompson, Nat Berhe or any of the other injured guys are back?

A: I’m looking forward to getting everybody back. I’d love to hit the practice field and have the full team practicing. I think that’s certainly a possibility.

Q: With Landon Collins, where do you see the biggest difference between the Landon the rookie and Landon the second year player?

A: Landon has always been a guy that’s had good football instincts. He’s a young player as a rookie. He was fortunate to get a lot of playing time as a rookie so that always helps. You see his instincts showing up, you see his tackling; he’s a physical football player. You can see that he loves to play, whether it’s on defense or on special teams and now he’s tracking the ball well, catching it well and you see his talent when he has his hands on the ball. I’m surprised they ever let him get to defense with those running skills.

Q: Is there any news on Josh  Brown?

A: The font office is in discussions today. I haven’t been a part of them. Either later tonight or tomorrow morning I’ll be a part of those discussions.

Q: He’s allowed in meetings at the team’s discretion, has he been around the team?

A: No.

Q: Is Rashad Jennings still your starting running back?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you like to get Paul Perkins more in the mix?

A: Paul is a young player. He’s turned into a good special teamer for us. We look forward to him growing as a runner as well.

Q: How is Odell Beckham Jr. today?

A: He’s been in treatment, he’s pretty sore.

Q: Would you like to have a decision on Josh Brown’s status before the players come back next week?

A: Again, I’ll take part in those discussions either later tonight or tomorrow morning, early and I’ll jump right in with both feet and we’ll see how it goes.

Q: To be clear, he’s not expected to be there tomorrow either?

A: He has not been around, no.

POST-GAME NOTES…
The Giants broke a two-game losing a streak in pre-bye games and are now 20-8 in such games. That ties them with the Dallas Cowboys for the second-best record in games before a regular-season bye, behind only Seattle, which is 22-6.

The Giants are 2-0 in London. They defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, in Wembley Stadium on October 28, 2007. The Giants and New England Patriots are the only franchises to win two games in London in the NFL’s international series.

S Landon Collins and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are the first pair of Giants to intercept multiple passes in the same game since safeties Kenny Hill and Terry Kinard vs. San Diego on September 14, 1986.

QB Eli Manning improved his record as a starter vs. the Rams to 5-0.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Player interviews will be held on Tuesday. The players will be off Wednesday through Sunday before returning to practice next Monday.

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (October 23, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 17 – LOS ANGELES RAMS 10…
The New York Giants defeated the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 in a defensive struggle in London, England on Sunday. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 4-3 heading into their bye week.

The Giants offense was dreadful as New York was held to 13 first downs, 232 total net yards, 196 net yards passing, and 36 net yards rushing. The Giants were only 4-of-13 (31 percent) on 3rd down conversion attempts and only held the ball for just under 25 minutes.

The Giants defense won the day, intercepting four passes (including one for a touchdown), sacking Rams quarterback Case Keenum three times, and holding Los Angeles to only 10 points.

Like last week, the game started off very poorly for the Giants as New York quickly fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter. On the Giants second offensive snap, tight end Larry Donnell fumbled the ball away at the New York 35-yard line. Seven plays later, Keenum threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-6. The Giants punted the ball away after picking up one first down on their second drive. Los Angeles then gained 62 yards in eight plays to set up a successful 36-yard field goal. These were the last points the Rams would score on the day.

After both teams exchanged punts, the Giants offense managed to put together its longest drive of the game, marching 71 yards in 14 plays to set up a 29-yard field goal by place kicker Robbie Gould. No other Giants drive on Sunday would gain more than 37 yards.

The Giants tied the game on the ensuing Rams possession. Keenum’s pass was deflected off of the hands of wide receiver Tavon Austin. Safety Landon Collins intercepted the pass and scored from 44 yards out on a spectacular interception return. Mid-way through the second quarter, the game was tied at 10-10. Neither team would score for the rest of the half as the Rams punted the ball away three more times and the Giants twice.

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Both teams continued to struggle on offense in the second half. The Rams and Giants each punted the ball away on their first three drives after intermission. The big break came in the 4th quarter when Keenum threw his second interception of the game. Linebacker Keenan Robinson deflected a pass that Landon Collins intercepted and returned to the Los Angeles 35-yard line. Facing a 3rd-and-3, quarterback Eli Manning found wide receiver Odell Beckham for a 22-yard gain down to the Rams 6-yard line. Three plays later, on 3rd-and-goal, running back Rashad Jennings scored from a yard out to give the Giants a 17-10 lead.

The Rams drove to the Giants 37-yard line on their ensuing possession, converting on a 3rd-and-22. But with just over four minutes to play, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Keenum in the end zone for a touchback. The Giants went three-and-out on offense, giving the Rams one more chance with three minutes left in the game. After converting on a 4th-and-10, Los Angeles reached the Giants 15-yard line, but on 3rd-and-10, Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Keenum in the end zone again to preserve the win.

Offensively, Eli Manning was 24-of-37 for 196 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. His leading receiving targets were wide receivers Victor Cruz (5 catches for 55 yards), Odell Beckham (5 catches for 49 yards), and Sterling Shepard (5 catches for 32 yards). Running backs Rashad Jennings was the team’s leading rusher with 13 carries for only 25 yards.

Defensively, both Landon Collins and and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each had two interceptions. Defensive tackles Damon Harrison and Jay Bromley each had sacks, and defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Kerry Wynn split a sack.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), wide receiver Tavarres King, defensive tackle Robert Thomas, linebacker Deontae Skinner, and quarterback Josh Johnson.

In the game, wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris injured his lower back but returned.

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

  • Head Coach Ben McAdoo (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • DE Olivier Vernon (Video)

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Oct 212016
 
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Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears (August 18, 2016)

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GIANTS SIGN ROBBIE GOULD; JOSH BROWN PLACED ON COMMISSIONER EXEMPT LIST…
The New York Giants have signed place kicker Robbie Gould to a 1-year contract. Gould will kick for the Giants on Sunday in London against the Los Angeles Rams. Place kicker Josh Brown did not travel with the Giants due to the public outcry surrounding new revelations about his past domestic violence issues. Brown has been placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List. While he will still collect his salary, Brown will not count against the team’s 53-man roster limit.

The 34-year old Gould was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2005 NFL Draft. After brief stints with the Patriots and Ravens, Gould signed with the Chicago Bears in October 2005. He played 11 seasons with the Bears (2005-2015). In his last season in Chicago, Gould was 33-of-39 (84.6 percent) on field goals. Forty-seven percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

OCTOBER 21, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) have been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Long snapper Zak DeOssie (ankle) is “questionable” for the game.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip), cornerback Eli Apple (groin), cornerback Trevin Wade (ankle), defensive Olivier Vernon (wrist), linebacker Keenan Robinson (knee), and running back Rashad Jennings (finger) are “probable” for the game.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com. The weekly exclusive Giants.com Q&A session with McAdoo is also available.

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

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the Giants on Saturday. The Giants play the Los Angeles Rams in London at 9:30AM ET.

Oct 202016
 
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Josh Brown, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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JOSH BROWN’S DOMESTIC PAST VIOLENCE ISSUES FLARE UP AGAIN…
New revelations about New York Giants place kicker Josh Brown’s past domestic violence issues have been made public. The ensuing public relations firestorm has caused the Giants to announce that Brown will not be traveling to London with the team for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Brown was already suspended without pay for the first regular-season game, but now the league has announced they are considering further sanctions.

“Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London,” announced the Giants in a written statement. “In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London. The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence.  Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time. We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts.”

The Giants have not announced who will replace Brown on Sunday.

OCTOBER 20, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) did not practice on Thursday.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip), cornerback Eli Apple (groin), cornerback Trevin Wade (ankle), linebacker Keenan Robinson (knee), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

“I feel better than yesterday, so we will see,” said Beckham.

“We’re very optimistic, we’re very hopeful (about Beckham playing),” Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “We’ll wait and see.”

“We’re hoping (Apple will play),” said Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. “He did a little bit more today. That’s Ben McAdoo’s call. We certainly don’t want to set him back like with what happened last time. He came off the hamstring and then it set him back with the groin, so we don’t want that to happen. We’ll have to be smart about it. I’m sure Ben will make that decision.”

Defensive Olivier Vernon (wrist) and running back Rashad Jennings (finger) fully practiced.

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

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

ARTICLES…

Oct 192016
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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OCTOBER 19, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip), safety Darian Thompson (foot), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.

“(Beckham is) pretty sore,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “I’ll take it day-by-day.”

Cornerback Eli Apple (groin), cornerback Trevin Wade (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and linebacker Keenan Robinson (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Apple) moved around well, he was limited but he moved around well in the work he got,” said McAdoo.

“Berhe, not so well, we had to pull him early,” said McAdoo. “He was limited, and yes, he’s still in the protocol.”

Defensive Olivier Vernon (wrist) and running back Rashad Jennings (finger) fully practiced.

ODELL BECKHAM NAMED “NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has been named the “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. In that game, Beckham caught eight passes for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns. The scores were from 75 and 66 yards out, the latter proving to be the game winner on 4th-and-1 with 1:24 left to play.

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.

Oct 182016
 
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (October 16, 2016)

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PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have signed long snapper Tyler Ott to the Practice Squad and terminated the Practice Squad contract of cornerback Doran Grant.

Ott was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He did not make the team, but spent time with the Patriots again and the St. Louis Rams before the 2015 season. The Giants signed Ott in late December 2015 and he played in the regular-season finale. The Giants waived Ott in late August.

Grant was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016. Grant was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers waived him in early September and he spent a week on Buffalo’s Practice Squad before being released.

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

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants return to practice at 12:10PM on Wednesday.

Oct 172016
 
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Devon Kennard and Landon Collins, New York Giants (October 16, 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 27-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens:

McAdoo: We’ll start on the defensive side of the ball. I thought what we did well, we showed great fight early in the ballgame when we were struggling as a team. I thought the goal line stand after the big play was gritty. A lot of guys showed up giving extra effort. We held them to a field goal after a second half sudden change, which was huge in the game. I thought we focused on what we can control at the end of the game with the penalties. We kept playing football, not worried about how the game was being called. Third down was improved. We were 28 percent there. What we need to work on moving forward, we need to shore up the run defense. We have to look the ball into the tuck when the ball is in the air. Had a chance to come up with some turnovers.

Offensively, what we did well, we overcame a slow start. We were 3-for-3 on fourth down, which was huge in the ballgame.  I thought we played with some good tempo once we got started and our pass protection improved. What we need to work on, we had two turnovers and then an additional one at the end of the half trying to get the ball out of bounds. We need to get the run game going.

Special teams, what we did well, I thought the punt team did a nice job flipping the field. Field goal protection was a positive versus a good rush outlet. Kickoff coverage after the penalty at the end of the ballgame, did a nice job with the kick, got the returner down on the 32-yardline. What we need to work on, again, we had the penalty on punt return. The defense stopped them afterwards, but it cost us 28, 29 yards, I believe, in field position. The punt return fundamentals and the finish needs to improve there.

As a team moving forward, we need to eliminate the bad football that’s on film. Lining up offside, unsportsmanlike conduct that forces us to kick from the 20. A drag route in two-minute, we have to get the first down there. Dropping a back in man coverage. There’s things we need to clean up that are going to come back and bite us if we don’t.

Q: Leon Hall has been in the league for a while now but before coming here he hadn’t done a lot of blitzing, what makes you think he can do it here?

A: We ask all our guys in the secondary to be able to contribute as a blitzer. He has done a nice job of it. He hasn’t done much of it, but he’s done a nice job learning it. He’s being productive.

Q: How’s Odell’s hip?

A: He’s down there getting some treatment. We’ll know more when we go and hit the field with him.

Q: You expect him to be able to get on the practice field?

A: We’ll see early in the week. I’m sure he’s going to be sore.

Q: What’s your approach to the London trip? Is it much different for you?

A: It’s going to be a little bit different at the end of the week, for sure. When we come to finalizing the plan on all three phases, a lot of that will be done on the plane or in London. We’ll have the foundation for everything set early. We just have to be smart.

Q: Any drastic difference? Scouting the surroundings, the stadium? Food?

A: We’ve done all of our homework there. It’s not the first time the Giants have been over there. It’s the first time for me. We have some coaches on the staff who have a bunch of experience. As far as the food goes, we’ve done a lot of our homework there. Made sure we’ve bridged the gap, so to speak. We need to do a good job of getting our rest early in the week. We’ve pushed back the starting time on Wednesday and Thursday. They’ll get the chance to sleep in Tuesday like they always do and today. Just to help catch up on some sleep as much as possible.

Q: You said you’d get some game plan work on the plane, is that normal?

A: Everyone usually gets some type of work done on a plane on a road game. With it being Thursday night, it’s still pretty early in the week. We’ll have some things we will need to brush up on and tighten up.

Q: Do you keep the players on the same schedule Friday, Saturday and Sunday?

A: We’ll change some things up on Friday. We’ll have our normal Fresh Friday. Just make sure we get them moving right away after we sleep on the plane. Get them going and moving. Give them a chance to recover. Get them off their feet. Saturday, we’ll change up the afternoon a little bit. Give them more time to spend with their teammates. If they want to take a nap, give them some time to do that. We will be smart with our meeting time on Saturday.

Q: What did you see on the pass interference late in the game?

A: We’re going to send that in and get some feedback from the league. Get their interpretation.

Q: Reaction to Odell penalty for taking his helmet off?

A: He came up to me right after. We had a discussion about it. Can’t have it. He knows that. He went out and wanted to fire up the kickoff coverage and the defense. He knows we can’t have it.

Q: Where do you stand on pass interference being a reviewable play?

A: I think it’s an interesting topic. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes. It seems like replay is a topic that comes up each and every offseason. Right now, it’s not, so in the offseason we’ll review it.

Q: The pass rush has been struggling. What did you do differently and how would you view their play?

A: We had some good rushes out there. There were some times we mixed in some pressure. We had them drop a little bit and we had them rush. They certainly spent a lot of time from a chip perspective trying to account for the defensive end, whether it was a tight end or a back. We took a step forward.

Q: In addition to the penalty of Odell, he had a couple of sideline fun moments with the net. Are you okay with that?

A: We need to keep our focus on the ballgame.

Q: What do you mean?

A: We, as a team, need to focus on the ballgame.

Q: What went into the decision to not punish Ereck Flowers one snap for what happened in the locker room after last week’s game?

A: We decided to handle all the discipline in-house. That’s how we handled it.

Q: Can you confirm if there was any discipline?

A: Everything that we handled with Ereck was in-house. We’re going to keep it in-house.

Q: The NFL was at the facility investigating last week. Have they told you where they stand?

A: No. I’ve gotten no feedback on the investigation.

Q: Zak DeOssie, Trevin Wade and Keenan Robinson updates?

A: Robinson is getting looked at. Zak is pretty sore right now. Two guys that are pretty sore. I don’t have any more information on either of the two.

Q: Did you have to get your passport for this trip? Have you been out of the country before?

A: Yes. When I was with the 49ers, we played in Mexico City against the Cardinals. I was part of that trip there. Yes, I had to get my passport updated. I’m not much of a world traveler.

Q: Is that a process you had to take care of for your players?

A: We took care of that as we reported for training camp.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Player interviews will be held on Tuesday. The Giants return to practice at 12:10PM on Wednesday.