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Chris Boswell, New York Giants (August 14, 2015)

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New York Giants Re-Sign Kicker Chris Boswell: The New York Giants have re-signed place kicker Chris Bosell, who the team waived on August 16. Incumbent kicker Josh Brown has a leg injury and the Giants want to rest Brown until the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 13th. The Giants final preseason game is on Thursday in New England against the Patriots.

Brown suffered a bruised leg two weeks ago when he made a tackle in the third quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars.

Boswell was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft and he briefly spent time on the team’s practice squad. The Giants signed Boswell to a reserve/future contract in January 2015. Boswell has experience both place kicking and punting.

The Giants had an available spot after on the 75-man roster after trimming their roster to 74 on Tuesday. The team must reduce their roster to 53 by 4:00PM on Saturday.

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Brandon Mosley, New York Giants (July 31, 2015)

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The New York Giants made 14 roster moves on Tuesday in order reduce the roster to 74 players – one below the NFL requirement of 75. The final roster cuts to achieve the 53-man regular-season roster must be made by Saturday, September 5th.

The Giants waived or released the following players:

  • RB Akeem Hunt (waived/injured – hamstring)
  • WR Jurion Criner
  • WR Derrick Johnson
  • TE Will Tye
  • OL Brandon Mosley (waived/injured – back)
  • OL Eric Herman
  • OL Michael Bamiro
  • DE Jordan Stanton
  • DT Jimmy Staten
  • S Justin Halley
  • P Robert Malone

Mosley (2012/4th round) and Herman (2013/7th round) were former draft picks.

The Giants placed the following players on season-ending Injured Reserve:

  • S Bennett Jackson (knee)
  • CB Josh Gordy (hip)

The Giants also put offensive tackle Will Beatty on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. Beatty, who is rehabbing after surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in May, was placed on the Active/PUP at the start of training camp. This new designation means he must sit out at least the Giants first six games of the regular season.

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

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Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (August 29, 2015)

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Not practicing due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), RT/RG Brandon Mosley (back), DE/DT Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), LB Jon Beason (knee), CB Josh Gordy (hip), CB Chykie Brown (knee), S Jeromy Miles (groin), and S Nat Berhe (calf).

“(Beason) feels better,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Yeah, he feels better. He’s got a routine now, and they get a little bit more aggressive each day with it. So he’s optimistic, let’s put it that way.”

CB Chandler Fenner (hamstring) participated in individual drills.

RT Bobby Hart (knee) returned to practice.

Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Landon Collins and Cooper Taylor remained the first-team safeties; Brandon Meriweather and Stevie Brown were the second-team safeties.
  • The first-team defensive line had George Selvie and Kerry Wynn at defensive end and Johnathan Hankins and Markus Kuhn at defensive tackle.
  • Right tackle Bobby Hart returned to practice and made a nice block on a running back Kenneth Harper carry.
  • Cornerback Trevin Wade intercepted a pass tipped by linebacker Unai’ Unga.
  • Wide receiver Odell Beckham beat cornerback Mike Harris and out-raced safety Landon Collins to the end zone.
  • Quarterback Ryan Nassib overthrew a wide open wide receiver Dwayne Harris deep.
  • Cornerback Jayron Hosley came close to picking off quarterback Ryan Nassib.
  • Safety Stevie Brown, playing alongside safety Landon Collins, intercepted a pass from quarterback Ricky Stanzi intended for tight end Will Tye and returned it for a touchdown.
  • Wide receiver Julian Talley threw a pass to wide receiver Juron Criner.
  • Wide receiver Corey Washington ended practice with a diving, one-handed reception for a touchdown.

Tom Coughlin addressed the media on Tuesday (video is available at

Q: Just a cramp for Jayron Hosley there at the end?

A: Yeah, yup.

Q: What’s your plan for the fourth game coming up against the Patriots, for the starters at least?

A: Very little. And the rest of the guys will play.

Q: Is it very little, as in it doesn’t matter what they do? Or could it be extended?

A: It’s a pitch count.

Q: Are you more watching for the guys below the starting level, the backups, guys fighting for jobs?

A: I am very interested in that, how they handle that, the situation. Some of the roster spots are definitely—decisions have to be made. It’s spelled opportunity. When you get a chance to play like this—have a game in which you can amass 60 snaps or something along those lines, plus special teams, would be a good thing.

Q: With all the nagging little injuries, does that complicate some of these decisions for either today or after the last game?

A: Well, it certainly always does. There’s no question about that part of it. Because you end up after today with your 75, and yet you still have a bunch of guys who couldn’t play. So that’s really not the intent of it, but that’s the way it happens.

Q: Any more information on Victor Cruz?

A: No. Nope. He’s not going to play in the (New England) game.

Q: We saw Jon Beason out here doing some work, it looks like he’s made some progress.

A: He feels better. Yeah, he feels better. He’s got a routine now, and they get a little bit more aggressive each day with it. So he’s optimistic, let’s put it that way.

Q: Are you guys optimistic?

A: He’s optimistic. Whatever they tell me. I’m the eternal optimist.

Q: Where does the punting situation stand right now with Steve Weatherford?

A: Where does it? Well, there’s a game to go and it’s going to be a competitive thing. Not necessarily with the guys that are here. That goes for any position. Any position. People have to understand that. You’re not competing just against the guys here, you’re competing against the waiver wire.

Q: Well, what have you wanted to see out of Steve?

A: Well, you know what we’re always after is directional, hang time, distance, location, hang, and the opportunity to put us in the best position from a coverage standpoint. Basically for me, it’s always been put it outside the numbers.

Q: How do you think he’s done with that?

A: Well, he’s been off and on. He’s had some good ones and he’s had some that aren’t so good.

Q: You talked about wanting to see more consistency in your passing game and get a little more timing and rhythm. With the starters not playing much in the last preseason game, can that be developed in practice?

A: Oh yeah, it can. If guys practice, it can. We had a couple real nice indications of that here this afternoon.

Q: With so many negative appraisals of the Giants this preseason, particularly from the outside, do you have to make sure your players believe?

A: Well, you always have to do that. But I don’t know if they’re anything like me, but I don’t read any of that stuff.

Q: What have you seen from your defense that gives you optimism that that can be a good, solid unit?

A: Well, I think that you focus on different people, different people on different days have shown the ability to do certain things. What we’ve got to do is take what we have and match it up with what they can do well. And then situationally, be able to utilize them. So I’ve seen things along those lines that are things that are positive. But there’s no doubt, we’re going to have to prove it against the best competition in football. It’s all in front of us.

Q: Do you have to do that more than usual with this group? You talk about it in regard of being able to mix and match skill sets because you don’t have a guy like Jason Pierre-Paul around.

A: There’s different ways in which you try to accomplish that. But yeah, you are going to have to—you always do that anyways. You’re going to have 16 to 18 guys that are your defensive team and they cover all the situations for you.

Q: Has the team ever gotten to the point with JPP where they have examined his hand?

A: No.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about Odell Beckham and what he is in your offense and his strengths?

A: Well, he’s very important. It’s obvious, because of the big play possibility he brings any time he touches the ball. You’re going to have an awful lot of direction, in terms of the defense, what they are trying to do about defending. That’s going to give others a chance as well.

Q: I know you probably talked about this yesterday, but Stevie Brown, you know what he can do because he’s been here before. Do you expect him to play in this game?

A: Yes.

Q: What are you looking for from him?

A: I’m looking for him to play. I’d like to see the Stevie Brown we had the year he had, what, (eight) interceptions or whatever that was. That’s what I’d like to see and that’s what we’re trying to get a feel for—where he is with his game and just see him play. Just put him in that position and see what happens.

Q: With veterans like Stevie and Brandon Meriweather and Jeromy Miles here, do you feel any better about your safety situation maybe than you did earlier in camp?

A: Well, we’ll see depending on how we do this weekend. I feel better with (Landon) Collins getting some kind of routine going. He practiced, he played, and I feel good about that. And, to be honest with you, Cooper Taylor played well the other night. So I’m excited about seeing him this weekend, too. Some of these people that are starters are still going to play a little more. They’re going to play more. Some will continue to play in the game for X amount of plays, others will come out. That’s going to give us a chance to see a little bit what they can do.

Q: Given how little that the starters will be playing as a group together, is there anything they can do success-wise or opposite that will change your opinion going into the regular season?

A: Yeah, play well. Take it and score. Stop the other guy. Stop the run. Run the ball. I’ll get some opinions based on that stuff.

The following transcripts and video of player media Q&As are available at and


The Giants travel to New England on Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s preseason finale against the Patriots.

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Giants Sign Safety Stevie Brown, Cut Linebacker Victor Butler: The New York Giants have officially signed safety Stevie Brown, who was released by the Houston Texans last week. To make room for Brown, the Giants terminated the contract of linebacker Victor Butler.

Brown was with the Giants from 2012-14, although he missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL tear. An unrestricted free agent this past offseason, Brown signed a 1-year, $3 million deal with the Texans in late April.

“Pretty exciting just being able to come back here – seems like a position of need and it is a good fit (so) definitely exciting to come back,” said Brown.

Brown played in all 16 games for the Giants in 2014. He started the first three games of the season, lost his starting job for eight weeks to Quintin Demps, then regained it for the last five weeks of the season. Brown finished with 38 tackles, one sack, and one pass defense. He suffered a Lisfranc injury in the 2014 regular-season finale.

The Giants signed Victor Butler to a Reserve/Future contract in January 2015. Butler was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Since then, he has spent time with the Cowboys (2009-12), Saints (2013), Cardinals (2014), and Colts (2014). Had he made the team, Butler would have been suspended for four games for violating the League’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).

August 31, 2015 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), RT Bobby Hart (knee), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), LB Jon Beason (knee), CB Josh Gordy (hip), CB Chykie Brown (knee), CB Chandler Fenner (hamstring), and S Nat Berhe (calf).

“They haven’t cleared me just yet,” said Cruz. “I think we’re just being careful, cautious with it. Especially, you don’t want to come out here, and calves are tricky. Once they feel healed and once they feel okay, you can go out here and mess it up again. So you want to make sure that it’s fully healed and fully recovered once you step back out there on the field…We’re still working with the training staff to continue to get the swelling down and continue to get myself back to 100 percent.”

“I haven’t been able to jog,” said Cruz. “Not that I haven’t been able to, but they don’t want me to right now. They just want me to sit down and let it heal, let it repair itself and things like that. I’ve just been working out – lower body one leg or whatever the case may be, upper body. Just doing all the things I can to stay in shape.”

“Nothing has been set in stone, in terms of playing that first week or not playing that first week,” said Cruz. “I’m still excited for Week 1 – that’s still the goal, that’s still the plan, in my opinion. Obviously, the training staff will advise if they see differently as the next week and a half comes along. But we’ll see. So, I’m just taking it one day at a time, and making sure that I’m ready to go.”

“I’ll be alright,” said Ayers. “Right now, just trying to manage things and keep things on the up and up and get better. I’ll be alright. As far as what happened, that’s a tricky question that’d I’d rather not try to get into. But I’ll be alright…We’re just taking it day-to-day.”

OC Weston Richburg (knee), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), and DE George Selvie (knee) returned to practice.

S Jeromy Miles left practice early with a groin injury.

August 31, 2015 New York Giants Practice Notes: Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The first-team safeties were Landon Collins and Cooper Taylor.
  • The first-team offensive line had Geoff Schwartz at right guard in place of John Jerry.
  • Tight end Jerome Cunningham caught a touchdown pass against the second-team defense.
  • The first-team defensive line was defensive end Kerry Wynn, defensive tackle Markus Kuhn, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, and defensive end Cullen Jenkins. Defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis also received first-team reps in place of Kuhn.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning overthrew open wide receivers Odell Beckham and Geremy Davis.
  • Tight end Will Tye made a one-handed reception.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning made a nice throw on the run to tight end Larry Donnell.
  • Linebacker Unai’ Unga, who saw first-team reps as the nickel linebacker, made a leaping interception of a pass from quarterback Ricky Stanzi.
  • Wide receiver Dwayne Harris scored on a touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning, and then Harris scored on an end around.

August 31, 2015 Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions with the following players are available on

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Article on DT Cullen Jenkins: Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins says Giants need ‘more of a killer instinct’ by James Kratch for

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Stevie Brown Visiting New York Giants: Head Coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged on Sunday that safety Stevie Brown, who was released by the Houston Texans on Friday, is visiting the Giants.

“We’re going to bring him in and give him a physical,” said Coughlin.

According to multiple media reports, Brown is visiting the Giants today and is expected to sign with the team shortly.

Brown was with the Giants from 2012-14, although he missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL tear. An unrestricted free agent this past offseason, Brown signed a 1-year, $3 million deal with the Texans in late April.

Brown played in all 16 games for the Giants in 2014. He started the first three games of the season, lost his starting job for eight weeks to Quintin Demps, then regained it for the last five weeks of the season. Brown finished with 38 tackles, one sack, and one pass defense.

August 30, 2015 New York Giants Injury Update: Head Coach Tom Coughlin did not provide an update on the three players injured before or during the team’s 28-18 loss to the New York Jets on Saturday night.

Defensive Robert Ayers suffered an ankle and/or Achilles’ tendon injury before the game during warm-ups. Both right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle – first reported as knee injury) and cornerback Josh Gordy (hip) left the game in the second half of the contest with injuries. is reporting that Hart’s ankle injury is not serious.

Meanwhile, Coughlin could not say when wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) might return to the playing field.

“Not as far as I know (that he will be back this week),” said Coughlin. “I have not been told that. Progress… yes but he has not definitely been given the green light.”

August 30, 2015 Head Coach Tom Coughlin Conference Call: Head Coach Tom Coughlin addressed the media on Sunday afternoon:

Coughlin: I’ll just start out by saying that I left a question up in the air last night that should’ve been answered properly, and it had to do with the interception. Someone asked me if you needed or you should have been throwing the ball to the sideline there rather than into the middle of the field because the assumption being there wasn’t enough time. There was plenty of time. There was 19 seconds left, and although we weren’t really right on top of field goal range, we had plenty of time to get the ball up the field and then get the clock call in to stop the clock, and then make a decision whether we wanted to throw another pass or line up for a long field goal. And I say that because remember there was 19 seconds when the ball was snapped. When we lined up for kickoff return after the interception touchdown there were 6 seconds left. So there were only 13 seconds off the clock with someone setting up and throwing the ball—the interception—and then the run back had taken a total of 13 seconds, I believe, so there was plenty of time even though we didn’t have any timeouts to keep the ball inside the field of play, provided we were ready to get up on top of the ball and clock the ball. And of course that would preclude that you were not talking about a fourth down play. So I want to make sure the understanding—there was plenty of time.

Q: How is Robert Ayers Jr. doing and what’s the status with him going to be?

A: I’m staying away from that. You know what—I don’t know a whole lot more. They were all sent out to get MRIs and that type of thing this afternoon. I’m not sure what the… I haven’t heard anything back. Let me put it that way at this point in time.

Q: What did you think of the offensive line’s performance after you got to check that out one more time – and Geoff Schwartz in particular?

A: Well, in spurts we did fine and other times we didn’t do fine. We didn’t keep as clean a pocket as we’ve been keeping back there in the two previous games. I give credit to the Jet defensive line and linebackers—they did a very good job in terms of pressure. And as I’ve said, some things we did well and other things we didn’t do as well, so one of the objectives for us in the game was to—knowing full well what we were going up against in terms of pressure—to make sure that that was an exceptional learning experience. Of course you’re always trying to hurt pressure, because there is a sense of vulnerability if you can get the ball thrown and caught with the run after the catch and that type of thing, so I think we did some things well but not consistently. One of the other questions I was asked last night was “What happened in the 14 play drive that didn’t happen later on?” Well, it was execution obviously. We had two penalties give us first downs in that drive as well, but it was execution. The execution was not consistent enough. We didn’t make enough plays one after the other, and again we left ourselves in a lot of second and longs. We didn’t do as much on first down as we wanted to do, so I would say overall it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be and there is a lot of work to be done. We did do some things okay.

Q: What did you see from the defense? Is it where they need to be at this point or do you think they still have a ways to go?

A: I think we all have a ways to go. I don’t think any of it is exactly where it should be. I think that our defense, truth be known, gave up a couple of scores period. We held them under 17 points. We gave them an interception touchdown up and a punt return touchdown up, so we were just as… you know, we had the feeling that, or I had the feeling that they were running the ball and running it with consistency, and doing a good job of that. And we didn’t make as many stops as we want to make, and so from that standpoint we have work to do. But as I say, there weren’t a lot of points scored, but there was some run yardage out there that you like to think you can stop.

Q: Are you going to sign Stevie Brown today?

A: We’re going to bring him in and give him a physical.

Q: Why do you feel the need to add another safety at this point? You’ve had I think four guys that sort of shuffled in and out there early. What’s the thinking behind having another safety in there?

A: The thinking behind that is to try and improve that position. And I’m sure that—this goes for every team in the league—but if there is a player that, in this case we know this player well, but if that player can come in there and help us then we’re interested.

Q: I know you have the next-man-up mentality on both sides of the ball, but when you have as many injuries and guys coming in and out as you’ve had on defense, does that make the process to gel a little bit longer than you’d like to see it happen?

A: Well, you don’t have a lot of continuity when there’s a lot of change and when there are a lot of people missing, and you have to create your own. And it takes a little bit of time to do that. There is no excuse—I mean we’ve been practicing long enough—but there is no question that when you are constantly changing parts that it is not quite as smooth as you’d like it to be. And many times, although our game is a game of continuously building on the present week, over the long-haul you really do have to build and build and build and allow that what someone experienced two weeks ago—if in fact it comes up again in a game—and perhaps it’s something new, then you have to be able to reach back into your toolbox and into your memory bank and understand what’s trying to take place. When those things happen, there is some shuffling around. And whether it’s a guy missing a practice or two or a week and then comes back, there is no question that you’d like to see the carry over. And you don’t have it—like the other night with [Landon] Collins and Cooper Taylor, just being given the green light to go play. That means that they’ve been in meetings all this time, but they haven’t practiced. And there is no question about the correlation—we do so many jog-throughs, so many walk-throughs. Particularly as you get toward the end of the week, but the ability to carry that over into the full speed action, I still wonder about that.

Q: What did you think of your safety play last night particularly those two young guys that you got the chance to actually get out there on the field?

A: Both of those guys made some plays — Yeah they did. They got up there and tackled — Cooper Taylor got a sack coming off the weak side and Collins had some nice plays and some hits he made a nice tackle. They got out there, they played, they got that experience in and no worse for wear.

Q: Tom, you’ve talked a lot about the downfield passing game. Are the attempts enough for you or are you still looking for that connection in the preseason?

A: No, but that is me. I come from a long line of — I like the ball thrown down the field, I like taking shots, I like all of those things and it is one thing to talk about it and another things to do it. We just haven’t done it and we haven’t that many opportunities or taken that many opportunities and it is frustrating because there were some opportunities out on the field last night for some big plays and the other thing is we are not taking advantage of some of the opportunities that are created by some of the receivers. When a receiver is open down field we’ve got to give them a chance — it is their chance as well to help our team by establishing what they can do and we are not taking advantage of that enough.

Q: Tom, do you expect to have Victor Cruz back at practice this week?

A: Not as far as I know. I have not been told that. Progress… yes but he has not definitely been given the green light.

Q: You may not have a choice with this but do you have any issue with potentially putting him in on opening night without seeing him at all in a preseason game?

A: Well everybody has issues with it. You need to practice, you really do you are not going to be as efficient as you can so I’ll just say that that wouldn’t be the preferred way.

Q: What were your thoughts on Owa? We talked about him a little during the week. It seemed like he did a good job of holding his edge on some of those plays.

A: He has done a good job to this point in time and we are obviously thinking more and more about how we might be able to utilize him to a further extent, so he is a young man that we have high expectations for.

Q: Have you seen a change from him just from the first preseason game until this preseason game? It seemed like he was a little more disciplined and the game is slowing down for him.

A: Well obviously he has had a chance to practice and he has had a chance to learn more in the system and look at himself on tape and his coach has been able to make the corrections with him. Again, that accumulative effect is what you are trying to accomplish in professional football even throughout the course of the entire season so he definitely has improved — there is still of course a lot of work to be done but he has improved.

Q: Tom, I don’t think we’ve talked to you since Nat Berhe has had his surgery he mentioned that he thinks might be able to play this year. Do you have any update on whether he will be able to play or whether he will be out a long time?

A: I don’t and I think there is more information trying to be gathered, there [are] decisions that have to be made and of course there is a very short amount of time to make them in so I appreciate very much Nat’s optimism. I wish it had a bigger factor on the healing process because he has been in a good frame of mind ever since last spring but it just… for whatever is going on down there it wasn’t to be and so now that he has had some further work done I hope that we can rectify that situation.

Q: Tom, the play where Eli missed Odell deep against Revis, it seems like that was a pass that Eli was connecting on with Odell at the end of last season. Did he just miss it [or did he] anticipate Odell to look outside?

A: No I don’t think so I think [Eli] just missed it. I think [Eli]…when Odell went by [Revis] he was expecting maybe one thing to happen but when he was clearly behind him by four or five yards then the ball had to be thrown in a different spot and it wasn’t. To be honest with you I’m not sure if Eli was already halfway through his motion or whatever but the ball obviously was not in a position where it could’ve been caught in bounds.

Q: Tom, I’m not sure there was a safety back there. Is that a play that you guys just have to connect on to be successful?

A: Oh absolutely that is points. You are talking points on the board right there and that has to happen — when you get somebody behind people and open you have to be able to get them the ball.

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Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 29, 2015)

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New York Jets 28 – New York Giants 18: The New York Giants fell to the New York Jets 28-18 on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the loss, the Giants preseason record fell to 1-2.

The Giants first-team offense played the entire first half and only had one good drive, their best of the preseason. It came in the second quarter on their third possession as the Giants drove 85 yards in 14 plays, culminating with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back Rashad Jennings. The Giants were in the no-huddle for most of the drive and having success both running and passing the football.

But other than that possession, the first-team offense sputtered. The team only picked up two first downs and 32 yards on their other four first-half possessions. Worse, quarterback Eli Manning, who otherwise had a good night, finished the first half with an interception that was returned for a defensive touchdown with only seconds to play before halftime.

Meanwhile, the first-team defense continued to struggle, having issues defending the run, rushing the passer, and covering receivers. The Jets scored touchdowns on two of their first-half possessions, including a 7-play, 64-yard drive and a 6-play, 73-yard drive.

The Jets led 21-7 at the half.

With most of the starters on the bench, the Giants received the ball to start the second half and cut the score to 21-10 as quarterback Ryan Nassib led the Giants on an 11-play, 54 yard drive that resulted in a 48-yard field goal by place kicker Josh Brown. But after stopping the Jets on offense, the Giants were forced to punt from their own 2-yard line. Robert Malone’s punt was returned 54 yards for a touchdown by the Jets as they went up 28-10.

Nassib and the Giants moved the ball well on their last possession of the third quarter, but after a 15-yard reception, wide receiver James Jones fumbled the ball away at the Jets 19-yard line. Midway through the fourth quarter, Nassib orchestrated a 10-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown throw to tight end Jerome Cunningham and a 2-point conversion on a pass to wide receiver Julian Talley. The score was cut to 28-10.

However, the Jets successfully ran out the clock in the last 7:31 of the game, driving from their own 20-yard line to the Giants 24-yard line.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 12-of-16 for 91 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. Nassib was 11-of-18 for 122 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. The Giants rushed for 106 yards, but 30 of those yards came from Nassib. The leading running back was Rashad Jennings with 28 yards on nine carries. Wide receiver Odell Beckham caught five passes for 31 yards, while wideout James Jones had four catches for 54 yards.

Defensively, the Giants did very little. They gave up 136 yards rushing, had only one sack (by safety Cooper Taylor), and forced no turnovers.

Injury Report: DE Robert Ayers suffered an ankle and/or Achilles’ tendon injury in pre-game warm-ups and did not play. RT Bobby Hart injured his knee in the third quarter and had to be helped off of the field. Cornerback Josh Gordy left the game in the second half after suffering a hip injury.

Post-Game Notes: Not playing due to injuries were WR Victor Cruz (calf), OC Weston Richburg (knee), RT/RG Brandon Mosley (back), LT Will Beatty (pectoral – on PUP), DE Robert Ayers (ankle), DE George Selvie (knee), LB Jon Beason (knee), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), CB Chykie Brown (knee), CB Chandler Fenner (hamstring), and S Nat Berhe (calf).

QB Ricky Stanzi and TE Will Tye were dressed but did not play.

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Prince Amukamara and Stevie Brown, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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Giants Express an Interest in Safety Stevie Brown: According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have expressed an interest in safety Stevie Brown, who was released by the Houston Texans on Friday. Brown was with the Giants from 2012-14, although he missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL tear. An unrestricted free agent this past offseason, Brown signed a 1-year, $3 million deal with the Texans in late April.

Brown played in all 16 games for the Giants in 2014. He started the first three games of the season, lost his starting job for eight weeks to Quintin Demps, then regained it for the last five weeks of the season. Brown finished with 38 tackles, one sack, and one pass defense.

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Aug 282015
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Nat Berhe and Ereck Flowers, New York Giants (July 31, 2015)

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The New York Giants have most likely lost yet another safety for the season. Second-year defensive back Nat Berhe will undergo surgery on his calf on Friday to remove a blood clot. The surgery is expected to land Berhe on season-ending Injured Reserve, although there is a chance he could be placed on short-term Injured Reserve. The Giants have already lost safeties Mykkele Thompson (torn Achilles’ tendon), Bennett Jackson (torn ACL), and Justine Currie (fractured ankle and leg) for the year.

Berhe originally injured his calf in May while running. He missed most of the spring practices and almost all of training camp. Berhe returned to practice on Tuesday but re-aggravating the injury and missed practice on Wednesday.

The only safeties now on the roster include Landon Collins, Cooper Taylor, Jeromy Miles, Brandon Meriweather, Justin Halley, and C.J. Conway. Both Collins (knee) and Taylor (toe) have themselves missed valuable time due to injuries. Veteran journeymen Miles and Meriweather have been starting at safety in practice this week. Halley and Conway are rookie free agent long shots who were signed after injuries began hitting the safety position. Interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: A video of a interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at

Aug 262015
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Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants (December 9, 2012)

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The New York Giants held a retirement ceremony for former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora on Wednesday. Umenyiora played for the Giants from 2003 until 2012 and was an important part of two NFL Championship teams with New York. Umenyiora played his last two seasons in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. He chose to retire as a New York Giant by signing a 1-day contract with the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

“I played 10 years here,” said Umenyiora. “There was literally no doubt in my mind about what I wanted to do. Hindsight is 20/20. I think when it was time for me to leave and go to Atlanta, I was excited about it. But once I got there, I was like, ‘damn.’ You know? You miss everything, man. There’s nothing like being a New York Giant. And I wish some of the players here would truly understand that, because it’s easy to think one thing, but once you get the chance to go someplace else and experience something, you truly realize what family is. And New York is home for me. I would literally be on the plane coming back from games, and I loved my Atlanta teammates, don’t get me wrong. We would be watching games, we’d be watching the Giants. I would be openly cheering for the Giants in a plane full of Atlanta Falcons. They would be looking at me, ‘Is this guy out of his mind? What are you doing?’ I just couldn’t help myself. It was that Giant in me. So there was no doubt about when it was time for me to retire, I was going to come here.”

“Osi is one of my all-time favorite Giants,” General Manager Jerry Reese said. “Everyone was enamored with his speed, but he was a strong, physical player, as well, in his prime. I don’t think he got enough credit for that. Because he could also use speed to power on a guy. He’d start doing that speed stuff, but he’d turn it into power, and push a guy right back into the quarterback. I’ve seen him do that many, many times. And he played the run pretty well.”

“He was fun,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin about coaching Umenyiora. “He was a good guy. The one thing that probably went below the surface [was] what a job he did preparing. He studied those left tackles and he knew them – he knew the guy he was going against inside and out and that was really, I thought, the key to his success, that and the fact that he was very fast [and] very confident. When he stepped on the field, the guys around him knew that he was a very confident player, he was a master at his craft and that gave them great confidence, as well.”

“He is fun,” said former Giants teammate defensive end Michael Strahan. “I think about Osi, and I think about his smile. The most serious I ever saw him was right before the Super Bowl. For him, everything was a joke, everything was a laugh, everything was fun. I always laughed with him and he was truly my little brother. I tell people this all the time, on the field and off the field, he is somebody who is just like me. We both are Scorpios, we both thought the same. He and I would look at each other and we knew what the other was thinking. I’ve never had that with another player on the field. He was truly an extension of myself. I think that’s why we played well together, it’s why we get along. I love him to death.”

The transcript of Umenyiora’s full remarks at his retirement press conference is available at The video is available at

The Giants also created a video tribute to Umenyiora that is available at

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Aug 242015
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (November 9, 2014)

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Report – Jason Pierre-Paul Expected to Report to the Giants Before Season: The NFL Network is reporting that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is “expected to show up at the Giants facility” before the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 13. Pierre-Paul badly injured his right hand and arm in a fireworks accident on July 4. Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated at the knuckle and he is assumed to have at least fractured his right thumb and suffered third-degree burns that required skin grafts on his lower right arm. But since Pierre-Paul remains an unsigned Franchise player, the Giants have been unable to examine him to discover the true extent of the injuries.

The NFL Network is also reporting that it is unknown if Pierre-Paul would be able to play in the opener or whether he will take “a few weeks to round into form.” Three unidentified sources told The NFL Network that Pierre-Paul is “progressing well” in his recovery.

Pierre-Paul’s 1-year, $14.813 million Franchise tender has not been rescinded by the Giants. But if Pierre-Paul signs the tender, the Giants still could put him on the Non-Football Injury (NFI) List and not pay him until for up to the first six weeks of the regular season.

Osi Umenyiora to Retire a Giant on Wednesday: Former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora will officially retire as a New York Giant at a ceremony at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Wednesday. Umenyiora played for the Giants from 2003 until 2012 and was a key part in two NFL Championship teams for New York. Umenyiora signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 and played the last two seasons there.

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