Oct 122016
 
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Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (August 27, 2016)

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OCTOBER 12, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT – 11 ON INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (groin), cornerback Eli Apple (groin), safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Devon Kennard (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) did not practice on Wednesday.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist), cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (toe), and tight end Larry Donnell (concussion) were limited in practice.

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 on Thursday at 11:10AM.

Oct 112016
 
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Coty Sensabaugh, Los Angeles Rams (September 12, 2016)

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GIANTS SIGN CB COTY SENSABAUGH AND LB DEONTAE SKINNER
The New York Giants have signed cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (who was cut by the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday) and Deontae Skinner (who was on the Giants Practice Squad) to the 53-man roster.

To make room for Sensabaugh and Skinner, the Giants waived defensive tackle Montori Hughes and cornerback Michael Hunter.

The Giants also re-signed quarterback Logan Thomas to the Practice Squad.

Sensabaugh was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Rams signed him to a 3-year, $15 million contract in March. Sensabaugh has played in 61 regular-season games with 29 starts. Sensabaugh is an average-sized corner whose strength is playing the slot nickel corner spot.

“My first three years in the League, I was mostly inside,” said Sensabaugh. “My last year in Tennessee, I was mostly outside. This year with the Rams D, in games that I played, I was outside.”

Skinner was signed to the Practice Squad in September and October 2016. Skinner was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Patriots (2014-2015) and Eagles (2015-2016), the latter waiving him on August 22. Skinner is a big, instinctive linebacker with decent agility but who lacks speed.

The Giants re-signed Hughes in September 2016 after cutting him the week before. Hughes was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. In his two seasons with the Colts, Hughes played in 16 games with one start. The Colts waived him in September 2015 and the Giants then signed him to their Practice Squad. The Giants signed Montori Hughes to the 53-man roster in November 2015. He ended up playing in seven games as a reserve, and finished the season with six tackles.

Hunter was signed to the Practice Squad and later the 53-man roster in September 2016. The Giants originally signed Hunter as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft.

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.

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 return to practice at 11:40AM on Wednesday.

Oct 102016
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (October 9, 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 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers:

McAdoo: I will start by talking about the game. The defense, first, what they did well. I thought that we were ready to play a high caliber quarterback. We came away with two interceptions, which is tough to do against Aaron (Rodgers). The two-minute at the end of the half was a positive. We forced them to punt us the ball back and I thought that holding them to six points in the second half gave us a chance to win the ball game. What we need to improve on, we let the big backs get rolling down hill on us and we need to win the line of scrimmage there in the run game. Wrap tackling is also something that needs to take a step forward this week.

Offensively, what we did well was that we were 1-for-1 in short yardage, we were 5-for-5 in the screen game, had some productivity there, and in the fourth quarter we kept playing and had a two-minute drive to cut the lead to a score. What we need to improve on is winning the line of scrimmage, doing a better job of handling the movement in the run game, in the pass protection and we need to sharpen up our pass game. Finishing drives is also a big factor in the game. We had four first downs in the green area and only came away with 16 points.

Special teams, we were combative and created good field position in the return game. Where we need to improve, we still have room to grow on the kickoff return, and we have to eliminate the penalty on the punt coverage. With that, I will open it up to questions.

Q: What is your reaction to the fact that Ereck Flowers got physical with a reporter last night?

A: I talked to Ereck, Jerry (Reese) talked to Ereck and PR talked to Ereck. We had a chance to sit him down, he called and spoke with Jordan (Raanan) and apologized. He understands that he cannot behave that way, it is unacceptable and it is important for us all to have a professional relationship with the media, players and coaches.

Q: Will there be any discipline for Ereck?

A: All discipline will be handled in house.

Q: You talked about the need to win the line of scrimmage on both sides. How do you go about that?

A: Well, we have a normal week this week. We are coming off of a night road game on Sunday night, but we will have a chance to put the pads back on and that is a great place to start.

Q: Just going back to the tackles for a moment. It looked like they had a rough night last night. Was that more of a technique thing or more of what Green Bay was doing to them?

A: With the offensive tackles, we need to do a better job of maintaining the width of the pocket. We had some bull rushes and, again, they are a good front, you have to give them credit, but we need to do a better job.

Q: Is the pass protection complicated by all the injuries in the back field?

A: In the pass game, there was enough to go around. It wasn’t just pass protection. Our pass game needs to improve, whether it is depth of routes, whether it is spacing, stair steps, the quarterback sitting in there and making accurate throws – we need to finish some throws and come up with some contested plays. It isn’t just one area; it is a little bit of everything combined there.

Q: Is Eli Manning’s arm physically stable?

A: He is healthy as far as I am aware.

Q: DRC tried to gut out an aggravated groin. Apple had the groin injury. Where do those two stand and what did you think of DRC’s performance?

A: I thought it was a gutty performance by DRC. Going back out and playing for his teammates shows the type of character he has and I appreciate it personally.

Q: Where do those two stand moving forward?

A: It is early to say right now. They will get another treatment here coming up, but right now they are going to get some treatment and they will either be used in a limited role or won’t practice early in the week. We will have to wait and see. That has yet to be determined.

Q: The players keep talking about how defenses playing cover 2 is taking away from what you guys are trying to do. Is that something you have to do schematically to adjust to that or do you think you need to improve on execution?

A: We went in with a plan for cover 2, it is just that we are seeing a steady diet of it right now and when there are two high safeties you have to run the ball better and you have to have some time to complete the ball. It takes a little bit of time to complete the ball whether it is two man or two zone. It is kind of a combination of everything. The run game was not great last night. We did have a couple runs come out, but it is a combination of everything. It is not just one thing. It is just not cover 2, it is a combination.

Q: Do you have any updates on Dwayne Harris?

A: He has a sprain in his great [big] toe.

Q: What did you see from Jerell Adams?

A: Jerell did some good things. He’s going to continue to get opportunities to go out and show what he can do.

Q: Does he bring something as a receiver that you don’t have at the tight end position?

A: We have confidence in all three of those guys. He’s a young guy that can play with some good speed and some good energy and that helps us. He made a nice contested play yesterday.

Q: When you talk about the combination of things, does that make you feel like you’re farther away from that breakout game you felt might be coming on offense?

A: No, not at all.

Q: We’ve talked about turnovers and shoving incidents. Is there a point where you say to the guys, ‘enough is enough.’

A: Well, I think when you face two tough road games like we’ve had, two tough opponents, I think we need to re-group, we need surrender our ego, stay together and work to win this week.

Q: What’s your reaction to these non-football incidents?

A: I think it’s one isolated incident. I think we showed tremendous discipline on the defensive side of the ball playing against a pretty darn good quarterback last night and holding them to six points in the second half, especially with the time of possession and the way it went. There’s signs of discipline and there are other signs that we need to clean up.

Q: I mean bigger picture, like controlling your emotions.

A: It’s an emotional game, we have emotional players. We just came off of two prime time losses. There’s no excuses, but we need to be in control of our emotions at all times.

Q: Going back to Ereck Flowers, is he playing as well as he did last season?

A: The offense, last week when we were talking, the offensive line played well enough to give us a chance to win the game up in Minnesota. The pass protection was good; we ran the ball fairly well. Now, this week, we took a step backwards and you learn from it, you watch the film, you address it, you’re brutally honest with each other and then you have to move on. That’s way this league is. You’re not going to play great every week. There are going to be peaks, there are going to be valleys and when you hit the valleys, you have to learn from them. You have to correct your mistakes and you’ve got to move on and improve.

Q: Will you consider giving Will Beatty a chance at more playing time at tackle?

A: All linemen who are active have the opportunity to push for a job every week.

Q: Are you considering any changes with regards to the offensive play calling?

A: We evaluate everything and everything is on the table.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Player interviews will be held on Tuesday. The Giants return to practice at 11:40AM on Wednesday.

Oct 102016
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 9, 2016)

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GREEN BAY PACKERS 23 – NEW YORK GIANTS 16…
The New York Giants lost their third game in a row, losing to the Green Bay Packers 23-16 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday night. The Giants are now 2-3 and in last place in their division.

The Packers gained a 17-6 advantage by halftime as the Giants offense continued to struggle. In six first-half possessions, New York only gained four first downs and 93 total net yards (79 passing 14 rushing).

The Packers started the game with a 16-play, 75-yard march that took 8:42 off of the clock and culminated with a 2-yard touchdown pass. After gaining one first down, the Giants were forced to punt. Green Bay once again drove deep into Giants territory but cornerback Janoris Jenkins intercepted quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the New York 5-yard line. After both teams exchanged punts, the Giants “drove” 26 yards in five plays to set up a successful 47-yard field goal by place kicker Josh Brown. Packers 7 – Giants 3.

The Packers responded with a quick 5-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that started with a 31-yard gain by running back Eddie Lacey and ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to wide receiver Davante Adams as the Packers went up 14-3. After a three-and-out by the Giants, Jenkins intercepted Rodgers for the second time, setting up the Giants at the Green Bay 40-yard line. New York was only able to gain 17 yards on this “drive” but it was enough to set up Brown for a 41-yard field goal.

The Giants defense forced a three-and-out, but the Packers got the ball right back when quarterback Eli Manning was sacked and fumbled the ball away at the New York 31-yard line with 1:15 to play before halftime. The Packers were only able to net five yards, but it was enough to set up a successful 44-yard field goal as time expired. Packers 17 – Giants 6.

After both teams exchanged punts to start the 3rd quarter, the Giants cut the Green Bay advantage to 17-9 as New York gained 41 yards in nine plays to set up a 30-yard field goal by Brown. Both teams went three-and-out. Green Bay then extended their lead to 20-9 early in the 4th quarter on a 9-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 33-yard field goal.

The Giants gained one first down and punted again. The Packers then drove a dagger into the Giants with a 13-play, 73-yard drive that took 6:22 off of the clock and resulted in 25-yard field goal. This gave Green Bay a 23-9 lead with 6:39 left to play. The Giants finally scored their first touchdown of the night on their next, and unfortunately, last possession. New York drove 63 yards in 10 plays as Manning hit wide receiver Odell Beckham for an 8-yard touchdown with 2:54 left in the game. However, the Giants defense could not hold as the Packers gained 13 yards on a 3rd-and-10 pass to seal the contest.

Offensively, Eli Manning was held to 18-of-35 for 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. Running back Bobby Rainey was the leading receiver with six receptions for 52 yards. Beckham caught 5-of-12 passes thrown in his direction for 56 yards. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard only had two catches for 14 yards and wide receiver Victor Cruz was shut out. Giants running backs were held to an embarrassing 42 yards on 14 carries. Overall, the Giants only gained 219 total net yards and were 4-of-13 (31 percent) on 3rd down.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 406 total net yards (147 rushing, 259 passing). Jenkins did have two interceptions and the team defensed nine passes, but the Giants did not register a sack and only hit Rodgers three times.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were free safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness), running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), tight end Larry Donnell (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and quarterback Josh Johnson.

Cornerback Eli Apple, who came into the game with a hamstring injury, left in the first half with a groin injury. Wide receiver/Returner Dwayne Harris suffered jaw and toe injuries.

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 Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)

ARTICLES…

Oct 072016
 
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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OCTOBER 7, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), tight end Larry Donnell (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) have officially been ruled out of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), and running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) are “questionable” for the game.

When asked about Rodgers-Cromartie and Apple, Head Coach Ben McAdoo responded, “Tomorrow is a big test for us, those two included. I don’t want to speak too soon on it.”

“I’m going to play,” said Rodgers-Cromartie. “I’m going to give it a go… Night and day (better than last week). Way different. Last week, I was not really pounding. Rehab did a good job of getting back out there. Going Sunday.”

When asked about Jennings, McAdoo replied, “He has to demonstrate that he can protect himself, protect the ball and protect the quarterback…Tomorrow is going to be a big day for a lot of people.”

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) are “probable” for the game.

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

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

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants travel to Wisconsin on Saturday to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night at 8:30PM ET.

Oct 062016
 
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Landon Collins and Steve Spagnuolo, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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OCTOBER 6, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), tight end Larry Donnell (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) did not practice on Thursday.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), and defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) were limited in practice.

“Taking it each day, trying to be a little cautious,” Apple said. “Of course you hear it all the time, guys come back too fast and they tweak (the hamstring) even more. That is how it gets worse. The tweak is probably worse than the initial injury. So you don’t want to do that. You want to be prepared, do everything they tell you to do in the training room and take it day by day, cautious.”

“(Vernon) is battling with that hand,” Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “I don’t think people realize that it is affecting him as much as it is and he battles with it all week and then goes out there and plays.”

Defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) fully practiced.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have once again re-signed linebacker Deontae Skinner to the Practice Squad and terminated the Practice Squad contract of quarterback Logan Thomas.

Skinner was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Patriots (2014-2015) and Eagles (2015-2016), the latter waiving him on August 22.

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.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo and select position coaches and players will address the media on Friday.

Oct 052016
 
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Paul Perkins, New York Giants (October 3, 2016)

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OCTOBER 5, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a light walk-thru practice on Wednesday. Cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), tight end Larry Donnell (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and did not practice.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) were limited in practice.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) fully practiced.

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 on Thursday at 11:25AM.

Oct 042016
 
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Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (October 3, 2016)

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TUESDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Tuesday to discuss the team’s 24-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings:

McAdoo: I’ll start with a little bit about the defense and what we did well. Our first and second down run defense, stopping the run, was adequate. I thought our defense hung in there and gave us a chance to stay and hang in the ballgame. What we need to work on is our red zone defense. We were 0-for-3 there. Third and fourth down conversions, we were 50 percent. We had a drive really after we cut the score to seven. There was a big drive in the game. We enabled them to extend the lead.

On offense, what we did well, I thought our offensive line handled the noise. Zero sacks. We did have a false start, but we handled the noise well. I thought some running backs stepped up to fill the void of the loss of our number one and number two backs. Had a nice night. Some things we need to work on. We need to complete the ball better. Teams make it tough on us. They make us go a long way. We need to do a better job there. Five of six series in the first half, we stopped ourselves with penalties and other errors. We need to make the contested plays and connect on third downs. We were poor on third downs.

Special teams, what we did well, I thought we held a couple of explosive returners in check in the kicking game. What we need to work on, we need to handle the ball better and field the punt.

It’s a short week. It’s not going to get any easier for us, like I said last night. Playing at a tough venue against a good opponent. We need to have a great week of preparation in a short week.

Q: You mentioned that you guys didn’t take advantage enough of one-on-one matchups yesterday. When you reviewed the tape, what did you see there?

A: I think it’s a combination of a little bit of everything. A combination of the call, possible throws, possible reads, one-on-one matchups and making contested plays. I don’t think you can ever just say it’s one thing. I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. Again, give the opponent credit, that’s a pretty good defense.

Q: When you go back and watch the tape and see that Odell doesn’t get targeted until 22 minutes into the game, is that something you have to correct? How do you go about that?

A: Well, first thing is we have to be smart with the quarterback and his decision making. You don’t ever want him to have to force balls. That can make a lot of things worse. At the same point in time, it’s my responsibility to make sure a playmaker like Odell has the opportunity to touch the football. We’re going to continue to work at it.

Q: How do you do that? What kind of ways can you make that happen?

A: I’m not going to give you an answer to that question. That’s a game plan type question. We have to keep him in our thoughts.

Q: Were you concerned at all with what Odell said after the game about officials “targeting” him? Is that something you will talk to him about?

A: I think as an offense we need to get all the penalties and turnovers out of our play. We need to execute better as an offense and understand that the penalties are drive killers. They hold us back. We need to eliminate them from our play. Every game is officiated differently. Not all crews officiate games the same way. You have scouting reports on officials just like you do on opponents. We need to understand how the games are going to be officiated. You usually find out pretty early.

Q: What did you see when you went back and looked at the tape on that penalty?

A: I saw contact on the boundary. I thought it was going to be offsetting. They called it one way. We accept responsibility for it and we move on.

Q: Does it concern you that your player reacted like that? Especially that he has had a history of this?

A: He did not have any unsportsmanlike conduct penalties last week. The one yesterday was one that we have to eliminate from our play. We can’t have 15-yard penalties. One 15-yard penalty in a close game is usually enough to cost you a game.

Q: Odell told ESPN that he’s not having any fun right now with his role. What is your response to that?

A: I have no response.

Q: Is it concerning when your star player is coming out and saying that he’s not having any fun?

A: When we execute better, spread the ball around and everyone gets their opportunities, we’re going to have some fun. Until we execute better, hang onto the football and eliminate the penalties from our play, no one is going to be having any fun.

Q: I know you talked about how it was just one penalty, but Odell and Rhodes had other run-ins on the plays after. Was it a distraction?

A: No. It was not a distraction. Two competitive players playing the game.

Q: You guys were the only game last night and everyone is talking about Odell Beckham today. Do you recognize that this is something that you’ll have to deal with and talk about as the season goes on?

A: The most important thing for us right now is to eliminate the penalties and play as an offense. When we do that, our offense is going to have an opportunity to come to life. Right now, we’re sixth in the league in offense and we’re not executing anywhere near where we are capable of executing. We need to eliminate the mistakes, the penalties and the turnovers from our play so we have chance to showcase the type of offense we can be.

Q: Odell also said that when I’m communicating, I’m not getting the opportunity to contribute. What do you think he means by that exactly?

A: He’s a talented player who works hard in practice. It’s important to him. His teammates are important to him. He wants to win and he wants to make an impact.

Q: Do you feel like he’s unhappy that he’s not getting the ball?

A: Yes. He’s one heck of a player that wants the football.

Q: Are you guys looking into adding any type of free agent as a defensive back? Are those conversations happening?

A: Our conversations on the roster are ongoing. We worked out some players last week. We’ll look at that when the week unfolds.

Q: Do you think you have to make a move on a safety or are you optimistic Nat Berhe will be ready?

A: We’ll see. I don’t have anything new to report on that. He’s still in the concussion protocol. I’m confident in the players we have at safety right now.

Q: Are you going to talk to the NFL about what Odell said about officials potentially targeting him?

A: I’ve not been a part of any discussions like that, no.

Q: Do you have an update on Larry Donnell?

A: He’s in the concussion protocol.

Q: No other serious injuries coming out of that game?

A: Just some bumps and bruises. Nothing to report.

Q: Do you like the chances of getting at least one of your cornerbacks back this week?

A: I would like to think so. We’ll see how it goes. DRC will be limited and Eli will be limited when we hit the field tomorrow.

Q: The Dwayne Harris fumbled punt, is that just a mistake or just completely careless?

A: I do not consider it completely careless. He’s a player who wants to make an impact in the football game and do what he does best. That’s making plays on special teams. He’s very aggressive doing so. We just have to make sure we field the punt first.

Q: Do you have any intentions of talking to Odell about some of these things that he said?

A: Odell and I talk every day. We’re around each other all the time. We speak a couple times a day on different things. We’re always going to have conversations.

Q: Do you think you need to air anything out with him in regards to the targeting by the officials comment?

A: All conversations I have with Odell will be private.

Q: Eli said the penalties are brought upon by Odell himself. Is that something that you have to address with the both of them together?

A: I think that we need to get the penalties out of our play. Eliminate the turnovers, execute better as an offense. That’s the most important thing for us to be focused on right now.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have once again re-signed quarterback Logan Thomas to the Practice Squad and terminated the Practice Squad contract of linebacker Deontae Skinner.

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.

Skinner was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Patriots (2014-2015) and Eagles (2015-2016), the latter waiving him on August 22.

NOTES…
The Giants fell to 23-37-1 on Monday nights, including 15-28-1 on the road and 2-3 vs. the Vikings (0-2 in Minnesota).

QB Eli Manning’s 25 completions increased his career total to 3,796, and moved him past Vinny Testaverde (3,787) and into ninth place on the NFL’s career list.

WR Odell Beckham has not scored a touchdown in a career-long five games.

WR Sterling Shepard caught four passes for 30 yards. That pushed his season total to 20 receptions, a record for a Giants rookie in his first four games. Beckham held the previous mark with 18 two years ago.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants return to practice at 4:05PM on Wednesday.

Oct 042016
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (October 3, 2016)

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS 24 – NEW YORK GIANTS 10…
The New York Giants were soundly beaten by the Minnesota Vikings 24-10 on Monday night at new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. With the loss, the Giants fell to 2-2.

The three most telling statistics in the game were the turnover differential, 3rd-down efficiency, and time of possession. For the fourth game in a row, the Giants lost the turnover battle (2 to 0) with the New York defense yet to force a fumble or interception this season. The Giants were 2-of-12 (17 percent) on 3rd down while the Vikings were 8-of-16 (50 percent). The Giants were also 0-for-2 on 4th down. The Vikings owned the clock (35:32 to 24:28).

The Giants had six first-half possessions with the first five resulting in punts and only six 1st downs. The only points came on their last drive, an 11-play, 44-yard affair that resulted in a 40-yard field goal by place kicker Josh Brown.

Meanwhile, the Vikings scored two first-half touchdowns. The first was set up on short field after Dwayne Harris muffed a punt at the Giants 41-yard line. Six plays later, the Vikings were up 7-0 on a 1-yard touchdown run. In the 2nd quarter, Minnesota put together a 9-play, 75-yard march that gave them a 14-0 advantage on a 7-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-4.

The Giants offense remained anemic in the 2nd half. The Giants five possessions resulted in an interception, a punt, a touchdown, and two turnovers on downs. New York drove 91 yards in five plays for their only TD of the night, with the big play being a 67-yard catch-and-run by running back Paul Perkins on a pass from quarterback Eli Manning. Two plays later, running back Orleans Darkwa scored from one yard out.

The Vikings drove to the Giants 28-yard line on their first possession of the second half but missed the 46-yard field goal. Nevertheless, Minnesota got the ball right back after Manning’s interception, and they  only needed to gain 17 yards to set up a successful 44-yard field goal. The Vikings last scoring drive – an 8-play, 76-yard effort – came in the 4th quarter and resulted in a 4-yard touchdown run.

Offensively, Eli Manning finished 25-of-45 for 261 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. His top pass receiving targets were running back Bobby Rainey (7 catches for 43 yards) and wide receiver Victor Cruz (5 catches for 50 yards). Wide receiver Odell Beckham was held to a career low three catches for 23 yards. Running back Orleans Darkwa was the leading ball carrier with 48 yards on 12 carries.

Defensively, as mentioned, the Giants were shut out in the turnover department for the fourth game in a row. New York did not register a sack and quarterback Sam Bradford was officially hit only twice. The Giants also only defensed one pass.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), free safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness), running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and quarterback Josh Johnson.

Tight end Larry Donnell suffered a concussion in the game.

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 Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Video)

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OCTOBER 1, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) have officially been ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring) is “doubtful” for the game while cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) are “questionable.”

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) is “probable.”

GIANTS TO WORK OUT SAFETIES DONTE WHITNER AND SHAMIEL GARY…
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants will work out safeties Donte Whitner and Shamiel Gary on Sunday.

The 31-year old Whitner was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He has played with the Bills (2006-2010), San Francisco 49ers (2011-2013), and Cleveland Browns (2014-2015). The Browns cut him in April. Whitner was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2012-2014. Whitner has played in 146 regular-season games with 143 starts.

The 26-year old Gary was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has spent time with the Patriots (2014), Chicago Bears (2014), Boston Brawlers (2014), Miami Dolphins (2015-2016), and Minnesota Vikings (2016). He was released from the Vikings Practice Squad in September. Gary has played in six regular-season NFL games with one start.

GIANTS.COM BEN MCADOO Q&A…
The transcript of a Giants.com Q&A session with Head Coach Ben McAdoo is available at Giants.com.

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