Sep 142014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 14, 2014)

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There was a key to the New York Giants turning their offense around. In fact, according to Victor Cruz, it was a simple fix.

After being dismantled by the Detroit Lions in the season opener, New York need just throw the ball in Cruz’s direction versus the Arizona Cardinals. If they did that, everything would be OK according to the former Pro Bowler.

“There needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction,” Cruz said last week.

Versus the Cardinals Sunday afternoon, those passes were thrown, but when New York needed him most, Cruz came up short. The wideout dropped three must-catch passes Sunday afternoon as Arizona defeated New York, 25-14, dropping the Giants record to 0-2 for the second consecutive season.

“Any ball in my direction, in my opinion, I’ve got to bring in,” Cruz said. “I’ve got to be able to make the play for my team and make the play whenever (Quarterback Eli Manning) looks my way. I own up to it and those are ones I have to bring in.”

After struggling on defense in its season opener, the Giants defense again got off to a slow start versus the Cardinals. Arizona marched 80 yards in 11 plays, capping the drive with a one-yard touchdown run from Jonathan Dwyer. Following an Eli Manning interception on New York’s first series, it was a 10-play, 40-yard drive that ended in a Chandler Catanzaro field goal.

Trailing by 10, the Giants offense finally found life. Manning and Co. marched 90 yards in 13 plays before the quarterback found receiver Rueben Randle for a seven-yard score past Patrick Peterson. Three series later in the second half, it was another touchdown pass from Manning, this time to Daniel Fells, to give New York its first lead of the season.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants (September 14, 2014)

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“We were confident,” Cruz said. “I think the confidence level was there. We were getting ourselves open, we were making the big play.”

But the success was short lived. Arizona answered New York’s scoring drive with one of their own when Catanzaro hit a 37-yard field goal. Then, facing a third-and-six, the game took a turn for the worse.

With time to throw in the pocket, Manning dropped back and sent a pass deep down the left sideline. Cruz was open, but dropped the ball. The punt team came on, and Ted Ginn gave Giant fans a flashback to 2013.

Steve Weatherford boomed a high, spiraling kick to the New York 29 yard line. Zack Bowman came in to wrap up Ginn, but the former first-round pick spun out of the tackle and took off up the middle of the field.

Ginn eluded Zak DeOssie and Spencer Paysinger before sprinting past Weatherford and toward the west end zone at MetLife Stadium for a 71-yard touchdown.

“It was just that point of time where we needed a play,” Ginn said. “I just went out and I just tried to make the best play that I can, and it turned out to be a touchdown.”

Ted Ginn, Arizona Cardinals (September 14, 2014)

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On the ensuing kickoff, Quintin Demps fumbled, setting up another Catanzaro field goal. The next offensive series, Manning went back to Cruz, giving the receiver a chance to make amends. Cruz responded with two more drops, leading to another Giants punt and three-and-out.

“We just need to keep working,” Manning said. “Those are physical mistakes, those things happen sometimes, a drop. That’s football…. We have opportunities to make plays, we just have to make them.”

With 9:11 remaining in the game, the Giants put together their best shot at a comeback, but came up short again. After driving 65 yards to the Arizona 17-yard line, Manning threw a pass in the flat to Rashad Jennings. As the running back cut to turn up the field, he slipped and fell to the turf. The ball popped out and Arizona recovered.

The Giants defense forced a three-and-out, getting the ball in the offense’s hands one last time, but New York went four-and-out, setting up a fourth and game-sealing Catanzaro field goal.

“You know what?” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “I look out there, they’re men. We’re all men. Stop feeling sorry four ourselves. We had an opportunity and we let it slip. There’s no one to blame but ourselves.

“You work as hard as you can, you run around like a crazy man. You get your coaches to apply themselves even harder. You get the players to apply themselves harder.”

In the loss, Manning completed 26-of-39 passes for 277 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Larry Donnell caught seven passes for 81 yards, Cruz five for 60 and Rueben Randle four for 39 and a touchdown. Defensively, New York recorded four sacks, highlighted by Jason Pierre-Paul’s 1.5. Johnathan Hankins had the first of his career.

New York middle linebacker Jon Beason left the game in the fourth quarter with a foot injury and Walter Thurmond III with a pectoral injury, neither player returned.

The following players did not suit up for the Giants: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), G Adam Snyder, T Charles Brown (shoulder), DE Kerry Wynn, T James Brewer (back), and DT Markus Kuhn (ankle).

Sep 142014
 
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Jon Beason, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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If dropping their record to 0-2 wasn’t enough, the New York Giants added injury to insult as two defensive starters exited Sunday’s game with the Arizona Cardinals and did not return.

Linebacker Jon Beason (toe) and nickel cornerback Walter Thurmond III (pectoral) each exited the game in the fourth quarter. Following the game, linebacker Jon Beason was not made available to the media, but was seen leaving the stadium in a walking boot, according to NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan.

“He has to have x-rays and MRIs again,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said in regards to Beason. “I have no idea. I don’t know the results.”

While Coughlin wouldn’t offer much in terms of clarity on Beason’s injury, he did state he believes it is related to the ligament tear and fracture the linebacker suffered early in the team’s offseason conditioning program.

Back in June, Beason jumped up in pass coverage during an OTA practice. Upon landing, Beason limped off to the sideline and was carted back to the locker room. Further tests revealed the fracture in his right foot and Beason sat out all of training camp and preseason.

Beason missed time in practice this week, but was a full-go for the game.

As for Thurmond, the cornerback said his injury occurred when he attempted to make a tackle in the fourth quarter. Thurmond went to punch the ball out, before feeling something in his upper right arm. He remained in the game for three additional plays and then removed himself.

Thurmond didn’t say how long he expected to be out or if he expected to practice this week.

“I’d say it’s tender right now,” Thurmond said. “I think I’ll get some imaging and stuff like that done and go from there.”

When Thurmond was injured, cornerback Trumaine McBride filled in. With Beason out, the Giants turned to fourth-year pro Mark Herzlich. The Boston College alumni struggled on defense.

During Herzlich’s first series on defense, the Cardinals twice ran at him for first downs. He was then flagged for a holding call, and one possession later gave up a first down in pass coverage.

After Beason was initially injured, the Giants had slid Jameel McClain over from strongside linebacker to middle and put rookie Devon Kennard in at SAM. The group played well in the preseason, but Kennard was inactive versus Arizona while he rehabs from a hamstring injury suffered in the season opener.

“It feels better, I’m trying to get better so I can get out there as soon as possible,” Kennard said. “I’ll find out more tomorrow and Tuesday with what they plan on doing. My hamstring has to be at 100 percent. I haven’t started running and stuff like that.”

If Beason is out an extended amount of time and Kennard is unable to return, New York may look to make a move at linebacker. Presently, McClain, Jacquian Williams, Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger are the only healthy linebackers on the squad. Undrafted rookie Dan Fox is on the practice squad and could be a candidate to be called up, but he is viewed as a very raw talent with his value being primarily on special teams.

Sep 122014
 
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (October 7, 2012)

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September 12, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), OT James Brewer (back), DT Markus Kuhn (ankle), and LB Devon Kennard (hamstring). Pierre-Paul is “probable” for the game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday while the other four players have been ruled out of the game.

DT Cullen Jenkins (hip), LB Jon Beason (foot), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), and P Steve Weatherford (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. Weatherford is listed as “questionable” for the game while the other three players are “probable.”

“Oh yes. Absolutely (I am ready to play),” said Weatherford. “We have 48 hours until kickoff and if we keep coming in the right direction, I could play. If I had to, I could play tomorrow. We have got two days, so that is good.”

September 12, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Friday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Making corrections by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

September 12, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Giants offensive struggles: An All-22 look at what went wrong in loss to Detroit by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Odell Beckham eyes Week 3, but that seems like a stretch by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on TE Daniel Fells: TE Daniel Fells and brother Darren to face off Sunday by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Film Room Week 1: Analyzing the Giants’ offensive line vs. Lions by Nick Klopis of Newsday

Article on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie admits to using bad technique; compares Calvin Johnson vs. Larry Fitzgerald by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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September 11, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), OT James Brewer (back), DT Markus Kuhn (ankle), LB Jon Beason (foot), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), and P Steve Weatherford (ankle).

“We’re going to go out there and test it tomorrow and see if it’s going to be good enough for me to be able to help the team on Sunday,” said Weatherford. “If it’s not, I’m not going to try to be a hero, because most importantly, it’s having somebody out there that’s going to be able to change field position and help the New York Giants. I’m not here to prove a point on how tough I am. I want to help this team and if I’m not able to do that, well I think I’ll tell them that. I’m optimistic and hopeful that I’ll be out there.”

DT Cullen Jenkins (hip) and OT Charles Brown (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

Perry Fewell, New York Giants (June 19, 2014)

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September 11, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

September 11, 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 Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants offensive line knows ‘it better click soon’ by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on the New York Giants Defense:

Article on DE Damontre Moore: Now Tom Coughlin blaming D coordinator for sitting stud by Brian Lewis of The New York Post

Giants Online – Week 2 Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Sep 112014
 
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Jon Beason, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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When the New York Giants trotted out to the team’s practice field on Thursday to continue their preparation for the Arizona Cardinals, there was a glaring omission right in the middle of the team’s linebacking unit.

Jon Beason, New York’s starting middle linebacker, was not a participant in the team’s practice. The day off for Beason was not planned, and according to head coach Tom Coughlin, was a result of Beason reporting to the team’s facility ‘sore.’

“I don’t know (if he’ll practice tomorrow),” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “They think he’ll play, but we’ll see. I think if he feels a little bit better out here on the grass. He’s sore.”

Beason broke a bone and tore a ligament in his foot during New York’s offseason conditioning program and missed the team’s entire training camp and preseason as a result.

With Beason out of the lineup in camp and the preseason, New York revamped its linebacking unit in order to make up for the absence. Free-agent acquisition Jameel McClain moved over from strongside linebacker to middle. Rookie Devon Kennard replaced McClain at SAM and Jacquian Williams maintained his position as the WILL backer.

But while Beason missed practice for the first time this week, Kennard sat out for the second straight day. Coughlin noted after practice he didn’t expect Kennard to return tomorrow.

“I wouldn’t even try to say how serious it is,” Coughlin said on Kennard’s injury. “He didn’t practice this week, we don’t expect him tomorrow.”

While the team expects Beason to play, if New York were to be without Beason and Kennard on Sunday, their biggest question mark would arise in the team’s base defense. When Beason missed time in training camp, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell elected to go with Williams and McClain as the two linebackers in the nickel formation.

In New York’s 4-3 front, the question is who plays where.

On the Giants unofficial depth chart, Mark Herzlich is listed as the team’s second string MIKE linebacker, but he has struggled immensely when he’s seen the field as a defender. If the Giants were to move McClain back to middle, linebacker Spencer Paysinger could theoretically fill the void at SAM, but he’s played primarily weak side throughout his career.

An unlikely, but possible solution, would be the transition of defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka back to the linebacker position. In 2006, the Giants moved Kiwanuka from defensive end, to SAM linebacker.

The Giants have their final practice of the week Friday morning, beginning at 11:20 AM.

Sep 102014
 
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Steve Weatherford, New York Giants (August 9, 2014)

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September 10, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), OT James Brewer (back), DT Cullen Jenkins (hip), DT Markus Kuhn (ankle), LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), and P Steve Weatherford (ankle).

The Star-Ledger is reporting that Weatherford suffered several torn ligaments in his left ankle, but he will not require surgery.

“Just trying to get healthy at this point, trying to reduce inflammation, get the range of motion back and get ready and try to go on Sunday,” said Weatherford. “It’s my plant foot, so it’s weight bearing…Right now we’re not looking for me to just get the ball off. I’m not going to tell Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin that I’m ready to go unless I know that I can help my team and I can be as good as I can be. At the same time you don’t want to have another punter come in here that’s not used to this stadium, it’s not an easy place to play. I’m going to do what’s in the best interest of the team and if I don’t feel like I can help my team, I’m going to tell them that I need another week. It’s progressing well. It actually felt better yesterday than it did on Monday night.”

“His ankle actually looks better today than it did yesterday and he’s doing jumping jacks and stuff in there now,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Hopefully, that will continue.”

LB Jon Beason (foot) and OT Charles Brown (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who suffered a neck stinger during the game on Monday, was not listed on the injury report and fully practiced.

September 10, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Wednesday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

September 10, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on New York Giants President/CEO John Mara: Giants president John Mara will make changes if necessary by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Giants’ O’s problem talent, not tactics by Johnette Howard of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Cardinals coach: It’ll take half a season to ‘re-program’ Eli by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Odell Beckham feels good but doesn’t want to rush back again by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Secondary: Giants’ secondary eager to get past Motor City meltdown by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Sep 092014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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September 9, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: P Steve Weatherford (ankle), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck), and LB Devon Kennard (hamstring) all were injured in Monday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

No, I don’t have anything yet (on Weatherford),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin on Tuesday. “He is getting the MRI’s, but I haven’t got anything.”

On Pierre-Paul, Coughlin said, “Well, I am sure we will monitor it, but he really felt good after the game and this morning, as well. We will list him as limited, but I think the fact he came back and played, played with good energy, finished the game, didn’t seem to have any issues, I think that is a good sign.”

September 9, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at BigBlueInteractive.com.

September 8, 2014 Tom Coughlin Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

September 9, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts of media conference calls with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interviews with the following New York Giants is available at CBS NewYork:

Article on DE Damontre Moore: Standup End: Damontre Moore admits being ‘out of control’ vs. Lions and that Giants don’t trust him by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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

Notes: The Giants lost their fourth consecutive season opener, the longest such streak in franchise history.

The 21-point margin was the largest in a Giants opening-game defeat since they fell to Dallas, 35-0, on Sept. 4, 1995, and their largest in an opening game on the road since a 31-2 defeat at Dallas on Sept. 19, 1965.

Sep 092014
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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DETROIT LIONS 35 – NEW YORK GIANTS 14

Please note, the observations listed below are initial gut-reactions. They are not made based on film study. That will come later in the week during our formal game review.

I’ve been critical of Eli Manning before, and at times, it was justified. Manning has a little bit of that gun-slinger mentality in him where he simply doesn’t care, he’s going to try to fit some balls into some places they shouldn’t be. He’s going to make some bad decisions.

On Monday night in Detroit, he made one of them. He shouldn’t have thrown that ball to Victor Cruz. Period.

And that’s the only complaint I have with Eli Manning. That’s it.

Joe Montana wouldn’t have success behind this offensive line. Neither could Steve Young, John Elway, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton or any other quarterback you want to throw back there.

The Giants offense lacks playmakers, lacks linemen and lacks a truly great running back. That’s not Manning’s fault.

Prince Amukamara, New York Giants (August 18, 2014)

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STUDS:

Prince Amukamara
When the New York Giants played the Detroit Lions last year, Calvin Johnson didn’t know who Prince Amukamara was. When Johnson spoke to the Giants media via conference call this week, he mentioned Amukamara by name. Monday night, Amukamara put himself on everyone else’s map, too. The former first-round pick was all over the field. Amukamara played with a newly-found physicality, made several nice plays on the ball and was, as written above, all over the field. It was a very impressive start to the season for Amukamara.

Jason Pierre-Paul
Many held their breath when Jason Pierre-Paul hit the turf with an apparent shoulder/neck injury. When he returned, he made his presence felt. Pierre-Paul may not have gotten to Lions quarterback Matt Stafford, but he did make several plays against the run. There was a stretch for awhile where the Lions offense was sputtering and Pierre-Paul was a big reason for that.

Larry Donnell
I was holding back on this until I heard after the game that both Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning admitted Manning’s first interception was on Manning. I thought Donnell was worthy of a stud. On a night filled with blemishes, duds and turds, Donnell was a nice bright spot. He made several plays down the field, and an impressive play on the fade route for a score on 4th down. Donnell was one of the few offensive players to stand out. The big question with him is blocking. If he could become a serviceable blocker, he could be the Giants ‘complete’ tight end they were so desperately looking for in training camp.

Johnathan Hankins, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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Johnathan Hankins
The one thing the Giants defense did very well was stop the run. Last year’s second-round pick was a big reason for that. Hankins was an absolute force up the middle for the Giants and disrupted several run plays and even collapsed the pocket a few times. The more I watch Hankins, the more I’m impressed. I look forward to watching the film this week to really break down his performance. He flashed a few times, which is what makes him a stud, but I’d like to see what he did on each play.

DUDS:

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
I know, he played the best receiver in the game, but I don’t believe it excuses the performance he put forth on the field. In one-on-one coverage, DRC was beat far too often with Calvin Johnson running wide open in the secondary. There were miscommunications between him and the safeties and things were just not pretty for the team’s prized free-agent acquisition. Again, I know, it was Calvin Johnson, but wasn’t Rodgers-Cromartie signed to the mega-deal because to match up with those kind of receivers?

The Offensive Line
My expectations weren’t high for the offensive line entering their match-up with the Lions. Truly, I didn’t expect much. The five who took the field for the Giants Monday night were even worse than I could have ever possibly imagined. There wasn’t a player who wasn’t beat. Will Beatty, John Jerry and J.D. Walton were utterly pathetic. For a team that was so bad up front last year, you’d think they’d have depth-on-depth-on-depth this year. Forget the Geoff Schwartz injury for a second, left guard was the least of the Giants issues. In fact, Weston Richburg may have been the best Giants lineman to take the field. Walton, Beatty and Jerry on the other hand? Wow. These were guys that were either returning, or signed, to solidify the offensive line. The group, collectively, may have looked worse Monday night than at many points a season ago. Adam Snyder should be ready to go next week, but he’s not the answer. The fact is, this is the offensive line that will be ‘protecting’ Manning for the next eight weeks. I don’t see how Manning finishes the season healthy.

Jacquian Williams
The Giants ranted and raved about Williams this offseason, signing the linebacker’s praises about the steps and progress he had made this summer. For the first time in his career, the team believed he was ready to take the next step and be an every-down linebacker. Maybe it was the fact it was Monday Night Football, but Williams did not play well for New York. Several missed tackles, poor gap control and backside containment. It wasn’t pretty for Williams. Making things even worse was the juke-out suffered at the goal line. Not by Reggie Bush, but by Matt Stafford.

Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (June 19, 2014)

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Ben McAdoo
Again, with an offensive line like the Giants, it’s hard to have success in any facet of every game, but McAdoo gets on the ‘Dud’ list for one string of plays. This could be a situation where it’s just a difference of opinion, but in my mind, on first-and-goal at the one yard line…you run the ball. You run it three straight times. If it fails on all three, then you throw.

Needing something, anything, to get back into the game and trailing by 14 points, you most certainly do not throw a fade route to an undrafted rookie. On second a goal, run the ball. If the line can’t manage one yard on three carries, then there’s a bigger issue, but you need to trust the line.

I know, Donnell came a toe nail away from making the grab on second down, but in my mind I just believe you have to run the ball. What if New York hadn’t scored on fourth down and turned the ball over?

Jerry Reese
It’s early, maybe a little premature, but I feel deserving. The Giants have no playmakers opposite Victor Cruz. The Giants have no depth across the offensive line. The Giants don’t have a tight end that can be serviceable in more than one area. The Giants don’t have a top-notch running back. The Giants “don’t have” list can go on, and on, and on. That falls square on the shoulders of Jerry Reese.

Sep 082014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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Truly, it couldn’t have gotten much worse.

If Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning and the rest of the New York Giants sat down prior to Monday’s season opener versus the Detroit Lions and listed everything they didn’t want to have happen, odds are everything on that list would have been checked off on Monday Night Football.

The Giants didn’t block, cover, tackle, pass or catch. Their worst nightmares came to fruition under the lights of Ford Field. When the dust finally settled, the Lions were walking off the field with a 35-14 victory.

“It was a nightmare performance,” Coughlin said.

New York offensive woes, the same that were displayed for five games in the preseason, were once again brought to the forefront. The dysfunctional group didn’t cross the 100-yard of total offense mark until the fourth quarter. It took a penalty-filled drive for the Giants to establish anything, and even then it wasn’t pretty.

Manning was running for his life, again. There were miscommunications, again. There were interceptions, again.

It was dismal and pathetic performance. Hardly the national debut Ben McAdoo had hoped for in displaying his new West Coast offense to a nationally televised audience.

Manning finished 18-of-33 and threw for just 163 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Rashad Jennings rushed 16 times for 46 yards. Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle caught two passes each.

“No excuses,” Coughlin said. “We played very poorly. We don’t have a lot to be proud of.”

Trailing by 14 in the first quarter, Manning marched the Giants on a 13-play, 79-yard drive. New York picked up three first downs via Lion penalties. With a first-and-goal at the one yard line, New York ran two consecutive fade routes to no avail, one to Corey Washington, and one to Larry Donnell.

After a run from Jennings netted nothing, Manning found Donnell on 4th-and-goal for his first career touchdown.

Larry Donnell, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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Following the score, the offense’s ineptitude returned. After a Lions three-and-out gave the Giants a chance to tie, the offense punted twice, threw an interception, punted again and then threw another interception.

“There’s no reason for the turnovers, it’s not part of the offense,” Manning said. “No reason to have those. Besides that, there’s a few other opportunities to make the plays, we just didn’t make them.”

Defensively, New York flashed its potential, but fell short on far to many occasions. On the Lions first possession, quarterback Matt Stafford hit Calvin Johnson for a 67-yard score on 3rd-and-9. Johnson was left wide open due to a miscommunication between Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Stevie Brown.

Rodgers-Cromartie passed Johnson off to Brown. Brown ran to the sideline to join Rodgers-Cromartie. Johnson took off to the middle of the field. There wasn’t a white jersey within thirty yards.

One possession later, Johnson struck again, catching a 16-yard score on an adjustment route in the back of the endzone on 3rd-and-13. Johnson finished with seven receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Stafford was 22-of-32 for 346 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran for an additional score.

Detroit gained 417 yards of offense, held the ball for over 36 minutes and went 10-of-15 on third downs.

“There’s a lot of work to do, obviously, in a short week,” Coughlin said. “We’ll see what we can accomplish.”

New York will face the Arizona Cardinals next week in the team’s home opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 P.M.

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

Post-Game Notes: Punter Steve Weatherford suffered a high-ankle sprain. He will have an MRI on Tuesday. DE Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a stinger but he does not think he will miss any time.

Inactive for the Giants were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), OT James Brewer (back), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), OG Adam Snyder, DT Jay Bromley, DT Markus Kuhn (ankle), and DE Kerry Wynn.

Sep 062014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) Updates: In case you missed it, articles from BBI today:

September 6, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Saturday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) and DT Markus Kuhn (ankle). Beckham and Kuhn have both been officially ruled out of the game against the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

Jon Beason (foot), OG Brandon Mosley (back), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), and OT James Brewer (back) practiced on a limited basis. Brewer has been ruled out of the game. Beason, Mosley, and Brown are “probable.”

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