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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (December 4, 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 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers:

Defensively, we played good run defense in the first half and we didn’t let 84 (Antonio Brown) wreck the game. What we need to work on, our second half run defense was not up to our standards. We need to clean up our tackling, defend the screen game better and get off the field on third down.

Offensively, what we did well, we took advantage of a sudden change opportunity. What we need to work on: when you’re struggling and it’s tough to move the ball, it’s hard to overcome setbacks and we have to eliminate the setbacks, the unforced errors. We had four penalties that were costly and at inopportune times, like I talked about last night. Turnovers in the green zone that changed the complexion of the game and Timmons made a tremendous play right there, but it changed the complexion of the ball game. Third and fourth down production must improve. Blocking fundamentals at every position need to get better and we need to finish and fight for every yard available.

Special teams, what we did well, no penalties and drew five on the opponent. Punt after a safety was productive. We generated field position on a couple of opportunities and we kept 84 from wrecking the game. What we need to work on, we need to eliminate the missed the tackles and tighten up the wedge spacing and timing.

Q: To be as committed to the three-receiver set as you are, why not commit to getting all three of those receivers involved?

A: That’s a good question. I’m sure you’re referring to Victor’s (Cruz) comments. When you have been as inconsistent as we have on offense, it’s a challenge. Victor, like everybody else, including myself, wants to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. So my door is always open for any of these guys that want to come in and have a conversation.

Q: The week before, it was Sterling Shepard, so it’s not as if it’s a one-time thing with one receiver. It’s been a problem all season long.

A: Yeah, we are inconsistent there. Victor played, I believe, 26 snaps and Roger Lewis played 23 and we had one reception between the two of them.

Q: How much frustration is there on the offensive side the past couple of weeks?

A: I think there’s a heightened sense of awareness that we need to get better and we need to improve and we need to keep working at it.

Q: You say keep working at it, but do you think it’s time to make some more drastic changes?

A: When we see the film, we see there are opportunities there. Again, the unforced errors and the setbacks when you’re playing inconsistent football on the offensive side, they’re hard to overcome. That’s where we are right now.

Q: I think you said last night, ‘we are who we are right now.’ At this point, is this offense you have a playoff offense?

A: Right now we believe we have the players and the scheme to make a run at this thing. We know we need to get back to work, we need to get some pads on this week if that’s the smart thing and the right thing to do based on the injury report and player health, we’ll do that. We need to play good football on Sunday.

Q: You were asked if the offense is getting frustrated, but do you sense the defense getting frustrated at all with the offenses inability to cash in on turnovers and things like that?

A: We cashed it on a turnover yesterday and the second one we didn’t convert. But no, I don’t sense any frustration or finger pointing.

Q: Do you believe it would help the offense to get Ereck Flowers some help even if that would take away from the skill players?

A: We try to give all of our offensive linemen some help. We try to create as many 2 on 1’s, 3 on 2’s and 4 on 3’s as we can. Whether it’s chip help, whether it’s help from the tight end or help with a slide.

Q: Ereck seems to be the guy giving up more pressures than anybody else. Is there a concern?

A: Ereck, we have a lot of confidence in Ereck. He needs to get better with his hand placement and just fundamentals.

Q: Odell last night said that he didn’t think that ref crew should work your games anymore because of the history they have with your team. What are your thoughts on that?

A: We don’t have any control over any of that. We have a process to gain clarification on calls that are made during the course of a game. We’re going to get plenty of use out of that process this week. Other than that, we need to focus on what we can control and learn from this game and prepare for the next.

Q: Do you sense that Odell does get targeted more by refs?

A: I would say that I thought there were a few times yesterday that he may have been interfered with, but that is part of the process. We are going to send it into New York and to the officials and let them take a look at it and get some feedback from it and some clarification.

Q: Are you okay with the amount of time he spent talking to the officials yesterday?

A: Again, we have a process that we go through. We are going to send the plays to New York that we want clarification on and we will go from there.

Q:  There has been a lot of talk about Odell being out with Antonio Brown on Saturday night and the way he reacted to Brown’s touchdown. Are you okay with all of that?

A: Odell, the reaction that I saw from the TV copy, to me was, ‘Hey, he made his play and now let’s go make ours.’ That is really the way we go about it as a team. It is, ‘Hey, we just play the next play.’ If we can just focus on playing the next play and get better as the game goes on, if we want to be the best in the league at something, let’s be in the best in the league at playing the next play and to me, that was his reaction.

Q: Do you have any injury updates on JPP and Harrison?

A: JPP is still in the process of being evaluated and we will know more sometime tomorrow afternoon.

Q: What about Damon Harrison, Dwayne Harris and Johnathan Hankins?

A: Hankins is sore. It is a quad type contusion. Dwayne has an ankle. Who was the other one you mentioned?

Q: Harrison.

A: Harrison seems to be fine. He went back in the ball game.

Q: What do you think went so wrong when you guys cut it to seven and the Steelers went right down the field on your defense?

A: I thought that Pittsburgh came out, they were aggressive, we had some opportunities to make some plays and get off the field, we didn’t get that done and you learn from it and move on.

Q: Since Week 7, your offense is 30th in the league in total offense. What is prohibiting this group that was so good a year ago and has many of the same parts back from being even a mediocre offense at this point?

A: Like I said going into the season, you can’t switch and expect to be the same type of outfit in the past. Each year is a new year and you have to earn it and up to this point, me included, we haven’t earned it. We have to find a way to be more consistent moving the ball, eliminate the setbacks and the unforced errors and take advantage of our opportunities.

Q: I think you said that you might consider wearing pads this week. Is that the case?

A: Yeah, if we have an opportunity to get in the pads, we will on Thursday.

Q: I know you have limited time that you can put the team in pads, but why would you think this week is important for that? Do you think you need to kind of get them more squared away on fundamentals and get into the more physical aspect?

A: Absolutely. It is December and anytime you look at December football, it is the physical teams, the heavy-handed teams, the teams that are good at the fundamentals, that have the chance to win and play good football in December when the weather turns. So when we have an opportunity to get the pads on, we need to take advantage of it, whether it is for part of the practice, whether it is for the whole practice. But we need to get back to fitting our pads in.

Q: Does that help your running game get on track?

A: I think that helps every position because it is not just up front, it is not just the offensive line – it is the tight ends, it is the backs, it is the wide receivers. We had some opportunities to throw some perimeter blocks that would have made a difference in the ballgame and we didn’t get that done, so it is everywhere.

Q: Is it your hope to have Shane Vereen activated for this Sunday against the Cowboys?

A: Again, we will take Shane back as soon as we can get him back, but that is more of a medical question. If it was up to me, we would have him out there rolling already.

Q: I think Odell was out there for one punt return. What goes into the decision making when to use him and why not to use him more?

A: Again, each and every week we will have a process to take a look at it and see when it is beneficial to have him back there, if it is beneficial to have him back there and we will take a look at it each and every week.

NOTES…
QB Eli  Manning has increased his season total to 3,097 passing yards, his 12th consecutive 3,000-yard season. He is the fourth quarterback in history with at least 12 straight seasons with 3,000 passing yards, behind Brett Favre (18), Drew Brees (13), and Peyton Manning (13).

WR Odell  Beckham’s 100-yard game was the 18th of his career. That broke a tie with Homer Jones for third on the Giants career list and moved him into a second-place tie with Victor Cruz. Amani Toomer holds the franchise record with 22 100-yard games.

Beckham is the first player in Giants history to begin his career with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available for media sessions on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday night’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dec 042016
 
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Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (December 4, 2016)

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PITTSBURGH STEELERS 24 – NEW YORK GIANTS 14…
The New York Giants were soundly beaten by the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-14 on Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With the loss, the Giants record fell to 8-4. The defeat all but officially ended the Giants division title hopes.

The problem for the Giants remains an offense that has struggled to score points all season. The Giants were shutout in the first half and scored a garbage touchdown very late in the game to make the score look more respectable than it actually was.

The Steelers out-gained the Giants in first downs (20 to 16), total net yards (389 to 234), net yards rushing (117 to 56), net yards passing (272 to 178), and time of possession (34:08 to 25:52). The Giants offense turned the football over twice and continued to struggle on third down (3-of-11, 36 percent). The Giants were also 0-for-3 on 4th down.

Not counting a kneel-down before intermission, the Giants had four offensive possessions in the first half. They resulted in a safety, interception, and two punts with the Giants only picking up five first downs and 91 net yards of offense. Meanwhile, the Steelers punted twice and managed three scoring drives (one touchdown and two field goals) in the first half.

Pittsburgh got on the board late in the 1st quarter when left tackle Ereck Flowers was called for a holding call in the end zone, resulting in a safety. After the free kick, the Steelers drove 38 yards in seven plays to set up a 44-yard field goal to go up 5-0.

A big turning point in the game came on the Giants third possession. New York had driven from their own 29-yard line to the Steelers 9-yard line. On 2nd-and-4, quarterback Eli Manning’s pass intended for tight end Larry Donnell was intercepted at the 2-yard line and returned 58 yards to the Giants 40-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger found wide receiver Antonio Brown for a 22-yard score. (The Steelers 2-point conversion attempt failed). The dramatic swing led to the Steelers now being up 11-0.

After a three-and-out by the Giants on their fourth, the Steelers ate up the rest of the first half with a 15-play, 64-yard drive that resulted in a 34-yard field goal. The Steelers converted on 3rd-and-17 on this possession. At the half, Pittsburgh led 14-0.

After both teams exchanged punts to start the 3rd quarter, the Giants drove deep into Steelers territory on their second possession of the second half. But Manning’s 4th-and-1 pass from the Steelers 3-yard line intended for tight end Will Tye was incomplete, and the Giants turned the football over on downs. Nevertheless, the Giants got the ball right back when linebacker Jonathan Casillas forced a fumble that cornerback Eli Apple recovered at the Steelers 17-yard line. Two plays later, Manning hit running back Rashad Jennings for a 13-yard touchdown pass. Despite everything that had gone wrong up to this point, the Giants found themselves only trailing 14-7.

Unfortunately, it was at this point that the defense gave up their longest drive of the game. Pittsburgh drove 88 yards in seven plays to take a 21-7 lead when Roethlisberger threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ladarius Green. The Giants went three-and-out on their ensuing possession but got the ball back late in the 3rd quarter when Apple intercepted Roethlisberger at the Giants 47-yard line. New York could not take advantage as Manning’s 4th-and-13 pass from the Steelers 35-yard line intended for wide receiver Sterling Shepard was intercepted at the 6-yard line.

The Steelers picked up one first down and punted. The Giants got the ball at midfield but again could not take advantage. Manning was sacked on 4th-and-9 from the Steelers 24-yard line. The Giants were now 0-for-3 on 4th down conversion attempts in the second half.

Pittsburgh ate up 5:17 on the ensuing possession, driving 48 yards in 11 plays to set up a 38-yard field goal with 1:39 left to play. After a 38-yard kickoff return by running back Bobby Rainey, the Giants drove 52 yards in five plays to put up a late touchdown on the scoreboard. Manning hit Shepard for the 1-yard score and a more respectable, but misleading, 24-14 final result.

Offensively, Eli Manning finished the game 24-of-39 for 195 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He was sacked twice. His top target was Odell Beckham who caught 10 passes for 100 yards. No other player had more than 34 yards receiving. Running backs Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings only rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries.

Defensively, the Giants allowed running back Le’Veon to rush for 118 yards and catch another 64 yards. Tight end Ladarius Green caught six passes for 110 yards. The Steelers had five scoring drives (two touchdowns and three field goals). Defensive tackle Damon Harrison led the team with nine tackles. Jonathan Casillas forced a fumble that Eli Apple recovered. Apple also had the team’s sole interception. Defensive end Olivier Vernon had both of the Giants two sacks and also had two tackles for losses. Safety Landon Collins defensed three passes.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were left guard Justin Pugh (knee), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (knee), offensive lineman Adam Gettis, wide receiver Tavarres King, and quarterback Josh Johnson.

Injured in the game were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (groin), defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (bruised thigh), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ribs), and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (ankle). Hankins returned to the game. Pierre-Paul will have an MRI on Monday.

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)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Video)

ROSTER MOVES…
On Saturday, the New York Giants signed linebacker Deontae Skinner to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. To make room for Skinner, the team waived center Shane McDermott.

Skinner has spent time on both the Giants 53-man roster and Practice Squad this year. 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 in August.

McDermott has spent two stints on the team’s Practice Squad and was signed to the 53-man roster in November. McDermott originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Cowboys cut him in September that year. After a brief stint on the Panthers Practice Squad, the Giants signed McDermott to the Practice Squad in November 2015.

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Mark Herzlich, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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DECEMBER 2, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Left guard Justin Pugh (knee), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee) have officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“(Pugh is) not there yet,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “Has a little ways to go. He’s working hard at it.”

Offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf) and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee) are “questionable” for the game.

“(Jones and Newhouse are) coming along fine,” said McAdoo. “Had some limited work yesterday… We’ll see how they do tomorrow.”

Wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (wrist) is “probable” for the game.

Running back Shane Vereen, who is on Injured Reserve with a triceps injury, continues to practice. “He caught the ball well (today),” said McAdoo. “He was moving around well. We’ll see how he does with some contact.”

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:

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday at 4:25PM ET.

Nov 302016
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 27, 2016)

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NOVEMBER 30, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a jog-thru practice on Wednesday. Safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (knee) did not participate.

Left guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee), and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (wrist) practiced on a limited basis.

“I think it depends how I come in tomorrow,” Pugh said. “I feel like tomorrow, if I can do more at practice, we’ll see how it goes from there. My goal is just to feel good every day, and keep building off that. And I think we’re heading in the right direction. I’m going to be back sooner or later.”

Although he currently remains on Injured Reserve, running back Shane Vereen returned to practice on Wednesday. Vereen was placed on IR in late September after suffering a triceps injury that required surgery. The Giants now have 21 days to activate Vereen to the 53-man roster, or his season will end on Injured Reserve.

“It was good to get him back out here in the mix with the team,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “He caught some balls…When (the medical staff) deem him ready, we’ll take a look at bringing him back.”

“Physically, I feel good. If it was just up to how I felt like, then I would have been back, but there is a lot that goes into it and we have to be smart,” said Vereen.

GIANTS SIGN SAFETY TO THE PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed safety Christian Bryant to the Practice Squad. Bryant was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Rams waived him in September 2016. He then spent time on both the Practice Squad and active roster of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals waived him on Monday. Bryant has played in 11 regular-season games with no starts. Bryant lacks ideal size and speed, but he a good athlete and an aggressive player with fine intangibles.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL NAMED “NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. In that game, Pierre-Paul was credited with seven tackles, three sacks, three QB hits, three tackles for losses, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery that he returned for a 43-yard touchdown.

This is the third time this year a New York Giants defensive player has won the award. Safety Landon Collins earned it twice earlier this season. This is Pierre-Paul’s fourth “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” award in his career. Only linebacker Lawrence Taylor (9) and defensive end Michael Strahan (5) have more in team history.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

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

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 12:20PM on Thursday.

Nov 282016
 
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Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (November 27, 2016)

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MONDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns:

McAdoo: I’ll start with the defensive side of the ball. What I thought we did well, we held them to 13 points. We played good situational football. We had some hits, pressures and sacks on the quarterback. Three forced fumbles and recoveries and the touchdown on defense. What we need to work on, we need to get back to tackling the way we’re capable of.

On offense, what we did well, two weeks in a row, we took care of The Duke. It was big in the ballgame. Touchdowns in the green zone and on first and second down, normal down and distance, we won the run 58 percent of the time.  What we need to work on, we need to put ourselves in position to score more points. We’re not getting that done. We have to be more consistent, detailed and finish better.

On special teams, what we did well, our coverage teams played fast and loud. We challenged them this week and they answered the call. I thought with all the personnel in and out of the ballgame they did a nice job stepping up with all hands on deck. What we need to work on, we need to clean up the bad football; the muff, the penalties and the missed PAT.

As a team, where do we go from here? It’s December football. This is where the real football begins. All our hard work to this point has set the table for December. It’s an exciting time against a lot of playoff teams and playoff environments. The margin for error is small. This is where our identity needs to take over.

Q:  You talk about December football and you’re playing playoff-caliber teams to finish off the season. Do you run the risk at all of looking ahead or is it still a week-to-week mentality?

A: We’re going to have a week-to-week mentality. I think it’s important to address the elephant in the room, so to speak. Everything gets cranked up a notch in December with everyone jockeying for position. We just need to make sure we play our best football moving forward.

Q: What is the elephant in the room in your estimation?

A: All of our hard work up until this point has set the table for us to be playing meaningful football in December, which is what everyone in the league shoots for.

Q: Do you view the running game to be more important in December?

A: December football, everything is important. That’s where our identity needs to take place.

Q: Do you know what that identity is yet?

A: Sound, smart and tough, committed to discipline and poise. I know you love writing about it.

Q: Have you seen enough of that to feel confident that it is heading in the right direction as we head to this home stretch?

A: Absolutely. Fundamentals, we’re getting better. We’ve been playing smarter football. Been playing tough and hanging in there mentally and physically. Playing tough. Committed to discipline and poise, absolutely.

Q: You have a lot of young players that haven’t been through meaningful December football. How do you express to them what to be ready for?

A: We’re going to rely on our veterans to lead. It’s important this time of year that the players spend time together. Spend more time together talking about their football and getting our football right. We need to be mentally dialed-in on our preparation. It starts way before game day.

Q: What are you happiest with in regards to where the defense is?

A: I think the most important stat for a defense is points. If we hold a team to 13 points like we did yesterday, that’s a great place to start. I think situational football is improving. Affecting the quarterback is something that is improving. It was nice to see us get some fumbles yesterday, recovered and score on defense, too. The situational football is important, points are obviously important and disrupting the quarterback because we’re going to see some good ones coming up.

Q: When you look at your offense yesterday, are you okay with Sterling Shepard not being targeted in the pass game?

A: We would like to see all of our players touch the ball.

Q: Why do you think it turned out that way?

A: It was a combination of a lot of different things. It’s unfortunate that that’s the way the game went. (He) actually had a nice carry there in the fourth quarter to get us in scoring range. We have some things from an offensive perspective that when you see the type of coverages we did yesterday, you would like to get the ball in his hands.

Q: Obviously you have considered the risk and reward of having Odell on punt return. Is that a tough choice for a coach? Returning punts is a pretty difficult and physical challenge. Do you want to see Odell do that more or less here?

A: We’ll take a look at it and talk through it in the game plan meetings this week.

Q: Is Sterling not having any catches just a function of your offense? It feels like we have had times this season talking about Victor not having any targets or Odell and now Sterling, is that the way it’s going to work some weeks?

A: No. We’re not completing enough balls or moving the chains as much as we need to move the chains for everyone to get involved. Our details and consistency needs to improve. Everyone wants touches. We need to get better and finish better.

Q: The decision with Odell as a punt returner, how do you balance that being that he was so successful?

A: We will get to that when we talk through our game plan meetings. That’s not something I’m going to be talking about with all of you.

Q: Do you find that punt returners are at a greater risk for injury?

A: I think every play that they’re out there on the field is a risk.

Q: Your players seemed harder on themselves after a game like yesterday than you seemed to be on them. Would you agree with that and is there a reason for that? They were totally unsatisfied with yesterday’s win and how they played. How do you explain that?

A: We have a good locker room. We have a high character locker room. They hold each other accountable. As a coach, you really appreciate that.

Q: Is Shane Vereen going to practice with you this week?

A: We will wait and see. We will take a look at that.

Q: When you say a high character locker room and appreciating that as a head coach, did you mean that they will correct and hold themselves accountable for mistakes so you don’t have to necessarily focus on that part of it as much?

A: I have the pulse of the locker room. It’s important for me to be consistent with the way you grade film and the games. You talk about what you did well and what you need to work on. You address where we need to go from there to be successful and to get better and improve. I need to be consistent week in and week out with the way we evaluate games.

Q: Any updates on the injured guys? Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Nat Berhe?

A: Nat and Mark are in the protocol. Pugh did some rehab work today. It’s too early to tell there.

Q: Do you expect Marshall Newhouse or Brett Jones to practice this week?

A: Again, it’s too early to tell. Wednesday is an eternity away.

Q: Eli Manning has hit some deep balls but he’s also had some misses on plays where receivers do have separation. What do you attribute that lack of accuracy?

A: It’s a combination of everything, really. Obviously he has some throws that he’d like to have back, so our accuracy needs to get better. The protection was good at times and not so good at times. The details on the perimeter need to take shape.

Q: Some of the players talked yesterday in the locker room about the idea that you’re fortunate to have players that can make big plays that change the game but you’re waiting for the collective performance that will be able to carry you through the entire game. Do you believe as a coach that when you have players that make those big plays that that can sustain success in December and beyond or do you need more collectively as a team?

A: I think it’s great that we have players that can change the game in one play. We need to be mentally dialed-in to play a complete game at all three phases for four-plus quarters. We really need to cash in on that in December.

Q: Do you feel that the running game is still making progress or did they take a half-step back?

A: I believe in a normal down and distance we made some progress there. We’re not where we want to be yet. We’re going to keep working our way through it. Again, it’s not just the offensive line. It’s the tight ends, receivers, the backs. Everyone is included. We all need to take steps to get better.

NOTES…
The Giants 8-3 start is their best record through 11 games since they were 10-1 in 2008.

The Giants 8-3 record is the second-best in the NFC and tied for the third-best in the NFL.

With their eighth victory, the Giants are assured of finishing with no worse than a .500 record for the first time since they finished 9-7 in 2012.

The 14-point margin of victory was the Giants largest of the season. Their previous largest margin was seven points (17-10 against the Rams in London). The Giants eight victories have been by a total of 41 points.

The seven sacks raised the Giants season total to 25, which is two more than they had in the entire 2015 season, when their 23 sacks was a franchise-low in a 16-game season.

QB Eli Manning threw at least three touchdown passes for the third time in four games, and the fifth time this season, and was not intercepted for the fifth time this season, including each of the last two games.

WR Odell Beckham has eight touchdown catches this season and 33 in his career. That ties him with Plaxico Burress for the most touchdowns by a receiver on passes thrown by Manning.

It was Beckham’s ninth career game with at least two touchdowns, tying the franchise record also shared by Homer Jones and Joe Morrison.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available for media sessions on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s away game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nov 272016
 
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (November 27, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 27 – CLEVELAND BROWNS 13…
The New York Giants won their sixth game in a row on Sunday by defeating the winless Cleveland Browns 27-13 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 8-3, two games behind the first-place Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

In a game that was close until the 4th quarter, the Browns out-gained the Giants in first downs (21 to 13), total net yards (343 to 296), net yards passing (285 to 192), and time of possession (33:51 to 26:09). But the Giants out-rushed the Browns (104 to 58) won the turnover battle (3 to 1), and scored on defense. And while Cleveland was 1-of-3 (33 percent) in red zone opportunities, the Giants were a perfect 2-of-2 (100 percent). The Giants did commit nine penalties for 100 yards.

Both teams struggled offensively for much of the first half as the score remained 0-0 until midway through the 2nd quarter. The Giants first four possessions resulted in five first downs, 65 net yards, and four punts. Meanwhile, the Browns first four possessions resulted in three first downs, 58 net yards, three punts, and a fumble. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison forced running back Isaiah Crowell to fumble, and the loose ball was recovered by linebacker Devon Kennard at the Browns 31-yard line. After an 18-yard pass from quarterback Eli Manning to wide receiver Roger Lewis, Manning then found wide receiver Dwayne Harris for a 13-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Giants defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing Browns possession but Cleveland got the ball right back when running back Bobby Rainey muffed the punt, giving the Browns the ball at the New York 30-yard line. Despite allowing Cleveland to convert on 4th-and-1 and to drive to the 2-yard line, the defense held and the Browns were forced to settle for a 20-yard field goal.

The Giants extended their lead to 14-3 late in the 2nd quarter as New York drove 69 yards in four plays and just 30 seconds. While two passing plays resulted in incompletions, Manning found wide receivers Victor Cruz for 37 yards and Odell Beckham for 32 yards and the score on the other two plays. However, with 1:13 to go before halftime, the Browns responded with an 8-play, 68 yard drive to set up a 25-yard field goal as time expired. At the half, the Giants led 14-6.

Like the start of the game, both teams struggled offensive at the start of the second half. New York’s first four possessions resulted in one first down, 32 net yards, and four punts. (Beckham had a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown erased by a holding penalty on linebacker Mark Herzlich). Cleveland’s first five possessions resulted in four first downs, 89 net yards, four punts, and a fumble. With just over 11 minutes to go in the game, defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins sacked quarterback Josh McCown, forcing a fumble that was returned 43 yards for a touchdown by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Place kicker Robbie Gould missed the extra point attempt and the Giants led 20-6.

Cleveland quickly tightened the game again by driving 75 yards in five plays. McCown found wide receiver Corey Coleman for a 21-yard touchdown to cut the score to 20-13 with 8:17 left to play.

The Giants pulled away on their ensuing possession. A 41-yard pass from Manning to Beckham followed by a 22-yard gain on an end-around by wideout Sterling Shepard moved the ball to the Browns 6-yard line. Three plays later, Manning hit Beckham on 3rd-and-goal for a 4-yard touchdown.

The final two Browns drives ended with a turnover on downs at the Giants 40-yard line and a fumble forced by Pierre-Paul on a sack. Defensive end Kerry Wynn recovered the fumble to seal the game.

Offensively, Manning completed 15-of-27 passes for 194 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Odell Beckham was the only player to catch more than two passes, as he had six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Rashad Jennings rushed for 55 yards on 15 carries and Paul Perkins rushed for 29 yards on nine carries.

Defensively, the Giants accrued seven sacks, 11 quarterback hits, eight tackles for losses, five pass defenses, three forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. Damon Harrison led the team with nine tackles, and also forced a fumble. Jason Pierre-Paul had seven tackles, three sacks, three tackles for losses, a forced fumble, and a fumble returned for a touchdown. Defensive end Olivier Vernon was credited with four tackles, 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hits, and two tackles for losses. Johnathan Hankins had three tackles, 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, and forced one fumble. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins had five tackles, one sack, two tackles for losses, and two pass defenses. Devon Kennard and Kerry Wynn recovered fumbles.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were left guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee), wide receiver Tavarres King, quarterback Josh Johnson, defensive tackle Jay Bromley, and cornerback Leon Hall.

Safety Nat Berhe and linebacker Mark Herzlich both suffered concussions in the game. This is the second time Berhe has suffered a concussion this year. Wide receiver Odell Beckham (thumb), defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (knee), and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (unknown) all left the game with injuries but returned. Cornerback Eli Apple suffered from cramps.

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)
  • RB Rashad Jennings (Video)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)
  • WR Dwayne Harris (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • LB Jonathan Casillas (Video)

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NOVEMBER 25, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Offensive guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee) have all been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

“(Pugh) had a slight setback,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “He got sore. He had a little setback and we’ll wait to see where he is next week.”

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), wide receiver Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion), offensive lineman Adam Gettis (calf), and running back Orleans Darkwa (lower leg) are “questionable” for the game.

“Jason, he would have been limited today if we would have practiced,” said McAdoo.

“Yes, I’m playing on Sunday,” Pierre-Paul said. “I’ll be out there on Sunday.”

“(Gettis) practiced this week, he’s fighting through some soreness, but we’ll see how he does tomorrow,” said McAdoo.

Wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (wrist) is “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:

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday at 1:00PM ET.

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NOVEMBER 23, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (knee), and wide receiver Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.

“JPP is sore,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “He has some swelling. He’s sore.”

Offensive guard Justin Pugh (knee) and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (wrist) and practiced on a limited basis.

“(Pugh) moved around,” said McAdoo. “We’ll take a look at him and see how he does during the week… We have a bunch of guys that are nicked up on the offensive line. We’ll play with whoever is ready to go.”

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:

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the team on Thanksgiving. Head Coach Ben McAdoo, the coordinators, and select players will address the media on Friday.

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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 22-16 victory over the Chicago Bears:

McAdoo: It was exciting to see the men in the locker room respond at halftime; 13-0 in the second half was big for us. We won the turnover battle, four penalties, and we held them to 16 points. If we do that, we are going to have a chance to be successful in a lot of games.

Defense, what I thought we did well: 101 yards, zero points in the second half, 4-of-12 on third down, a combination of 10 tackles for loss and sacks, and we ended the game with an interception in the two-minute. What we need to work on: substitution error on the goal line, can’t have it. We need to cut down on the explosive gains that are assignment related.

Offense, what we did well: the first five drives, three touchdowns and a field goal and really the other drive, if we don’t have the penalty, we were moving the ball there as well. Zero ‘gives’ for the first time this year and especially in the elements, that was big for us. We showed physicality running the football and we were at our best on fourth down when we needed it. What we need to work on: last five drives, zero points to show. It seemed like we were pressing at times and there were too many technique errors.

Our special teams, what we did well: the 46-yard kick return to start the half set the table, the punt game overall was positive and at 3:13 in the fourth quarter, the 45-yard net with zero yards on the return and the 10-yard penalty tacked on was big for us there in the punt game. What we need to work on: can’t have the substitution error on the field goal, gave up a 40-yard kickoff return, the punt return was a muff and kickoff return decision making has to improve.

Where we go from here, we have to keep focusing on improving. We have to clean our house, we have some sloppy football out there, but it is all correctable.

Q: Any expectations that Brett Jones, Roger Lewis or Marshall Newhouse will practice?

A: Roger is in the protocol. Jones, we will take a look at and see what he can do on Wednesday.

Q: What about Marshall?

A: Marshall went back into the ball game, but again, we will have to take a look at him on Wednesday as well.

Q: What about Justin Pugh?

A: He was moving around a little bit at the end of last week and, again, we will see how he looks on Wednesday. It is too early to tell.

Q: Did Odell hurt his hand on that low pass in the dirt?

A: He may have caught a finger in the turf, stubbed it a little bit. I am not 100 percent certain.

Q: What did you see on Robbie Gould’s two missed PATs. He was talking about the wind, not making an excuse, but was there something off about his technique?

A: We need to make those. You talked to Robbie yesterday. I think he hit the nail on the head and we are all on the same page there.

Q: You mentioned ‘pressing’ on those last five offensive series. Can you kind of expand on what you mean by that?

A: Just too many technique errors. We need to do what we are supposed to do, when we are supposed to do it, as well as we possibly can, all the time. We have to be on the same page.

Q: In retrospect, do you feel like your play calling got a little too conservative once you took the lead?

A: No.

Q: Why not?

A: I thought we were running the ball physically. I thought we had some opportunities to convert and complete the ball. I am fine with the way the game was called.

Q: How did you think the offensive line held up?

A: I thought the offensive line – we had zero sacks, the quarterback did take a couple shots, but I thought with all the moving parts throughout the whole week and the short week of preparation, I thought they came out and played physical in the run game.

Q: How would you describe Victor Cruz’s role in this offense?

A: He is one of the three starting receivers out there and we had some guys nicked up and he played, what did he play, 60 plays. He played a lot of football for us yesterday.

Q: Victor doesn’t get a lot of passes in his direction, but when he does, he makes them count.

A: It was tough to complete the ball outside the numbers yesterday. It was a challenge. I thought taking care of the football in those types of conditions with the winds and the gust, really the challenge was that the winds weren’t sustained. They were gusts so you didn’t know when they were going to hit or when they weren’t going to hit. I thought taking care of the ball was encouraging.

Q: Obviously with Landon Collins the picks are apparent, but overall, can you give us a sense of how well he’s playing. Would you say he’s playing at an all-pro level?

A: I can’t really speak for Landon. I think he’s playing at a high level and the teams that we see…I don’t get a chance to watch everybody in the league so I don’t have an opinion on whether he’s playing at an all-pro level, but I know he’s playing at a high level for us. He’s still learning, he’s still growing, he’s still a young player and he’s preparing well and he’s very productive.

Q: When they had the penalty on the second to last play, was that something you guys could have declined and if so, why didn’t you?

A: Any time Jay Cutler has the ball, the farther you can back him up at the end of the ball game, the better. If anyone can cut through the wind and get one in the end zone, it’s Jay.

Q: Why give him an extra chance then for five yards?

A: Felt like it was the best decision for our team.

Q: What went into the decision to have Larry Donnell inactive?

A: We were short on linemen and we wanted to make sure we had enough guys to finish the game. It’s easier to move a lineman to tight end than it is from tight end to lineman.

Q: Big picture, obviously you’re a first year head coach, when you went into this, did you imagine you could have this kind of success this early on?

A: We haven’t accomplished anything yet. The highs are high and the lows are low and you’re going have to put out three dumpster fires a day. Other than that, you need to focus on your preparation and get ready for the next opponent.

Q: They say that winning cures everything; how do you view the attitude or atmosphere around the building the last few weeks?

A: I think guys did a nice job early in the week last week focusing on their preparation. They seem positive, they seem hungry to get better and that’s encouraging moving forward.

Q: You said that you haven’t accomplished anything yet, but of course you guys do have seven wins; what do you mean by that?

A: Seven wins doesn’t get you very far. We need to keep stacking success.

Q: You said yesterday that a road trip would be good for the team; is that something that a team misses a little bit? The traveling and the camaraderie?

A: It’s an exciting week for our guys. Haven’t been on the road in a little while, so anytime you get a chance to get on the road and bond and spend some time together, some quality time together that way, your team has a chance to grow and get closer.

Q: A report out of Cleveland was that Cody Kessler may have gone into concussion protocol. How difficult does that make your preparation for this week not knowing what quarterback they might put in.

A: They’re all three very different players, so of course that will be a challenge but we have to be ready for it.

Q: Do you do work on all three as a result?

A: We have yet to go into the meeting. I have a meeting here in about seven minutes and that’s something we have to discuss.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available for media sessions on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s away game against the Cleveland Browns.

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NEW YORK GIANTS 22 – CHICAGO BEARS 16…
The New York Giants defeated the Chicago Bears 22-16 on Sunday afternoon at a windy MetLife Stadium. With the win, the Giants improved their overall record to 7-3.

The Giants slightly out-gained the Bears in first downs (19 to 17), total net yards (329 to 315), net yards rushing (102 to 93), and net yards passing (227 to 222). Chicago was 4-of-12 (33 percent) on 3rd down while New York was 5-of-14 (36 percent) on 3rd down and 2-for-2 (100 percent) on 4th down. The Bears turned the ball over once while the Giants did not turn the ball over at all.

The Bears had four possessions in the first half and scored on their first three: a 9-play, 76-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown (extra point missed); a 7-play, 39-yard drive that resulted in a 40-yard field goal; and an 8-play, 79-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was 11-of-14 for 126 yards and a touchdown in the first half with tight end Zach Miller catching three passes for 61 yards and a 19-yard score. The Giants defense also had trouble stopping running back Jordan Howard as he rushed for 72 yards on 12 carries in the first half.

Meanwhile, the Giants only had three possessions in the first half, scoring on two of them. New York drove 78 yards in 11 plays on their first drive. The Giants went for it on 4th-and-2 from the Chicago 17-yard line as quarterback Eli Manning hit wide receiver Sterling Shepard for 15 yards down to the 2-yard line. On the next snap, running back Rashad Jennings scored. The extra point was missed by ex-Bears kicker Robbie Gould. New York went three-and-out on their second possession. Then on their third and final possession before the break, the Giants drove 57 yards in 14 plays to set up a successful 46-yard field goal by Gould. This drive also included a successful 4th-down conversion as Jennings caught a 5-yard pass on 4th-and-2 at the Bears 33-yard line. Manning was 11-of-18 for 100 yards in the first half with Jennings both the leading rusher (seven carries for 34 yards) and receiver (five catches for 44 yards).

Chicago led 16-9 at halftime.

The Giants defense shut out the Bears in the second half. Five of Chicago’s second-half possessions resulted in three-and-outs. Their third possession after the break gained 47 yards in nine plays but ended with a missed 51-yard field goal early in the 4th quarter.

The Giants offense scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half. First, aided by a 46-yard kickoff return by Dwayne Harris, the Giants drove 56 yards in nine plays to tie the game at 16-16 on Manning’s 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Will Tye. Then New York drove 79 yards in seven plays to go up 22-16 midway through the 3rd quarter. The big play on this drive was a 48-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Victor Cruz. Three plays later, on 3rd-and-4, Manning hit Shepard for a 15-yard touchdown. Gould missed what could have been a very costly extra point, his second miss of the game.

Holding a 6-point lead, the Giants offense struggled for the remainder of the game as their next five drives resulted in only two first downs and five punts. Fortunately, the Bears were even more inept. Starting on their own 22-yard line, Chicago got the ball one last time at the 3-minute mark. The Bears gained 35 yards on their first play to the Giants 43-yard line. Then on 2nd-and-20, Chicago gained 23 yards to the Giants 30-yard line. But defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Cutler and a penalty pushed the Bears back into a 2nd-and-29 from the New York 49-yard line. On the next snap, safety Landon Collins saved the win with an interception at the Giants 21-yard line.

Offensively, Eli Manning finished 21-of-36 for 227 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. His leading receivers were Sterling Shepard (5 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown), wide receiver Odell Beckham (5 catches for 46 yards), and Rashad Jennings (5 catches for 44 yards). Jennings finished the game with 85 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries. The Giants did not allow a sack and did not turn the ball over.

Defensively, Jason Pierre-Paul accrued 5 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 tackle for a loss, 3 QB hits, 1 pass defense, and 1 forced fumble. Defensive end Olivier Vernon had 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 tackles for losses. Landon Collins had 6 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 pass defenses. Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins had 6 tackles, 0.5 sacks, and 1 tackle for a loss.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were left guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), tight end Larry Donnell, wide receiver Tavarres King, quarterback Josh Johnson, defensive tackle Robert Thomas, and cornerback Leon Hall.

Wide receiver Roger Lewis suffered a possible concussion. Wide receiver Dwayne Harris (wrist) and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (sprained knee) left the game with injuries but returned.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

POST-GAME NOTES…
The Giants won their fifth consecutive game, their longest winning streak since they won five in a row in 2010.

The Giants improved to 7-3 and have exceeded their victory total from each of the previous two seasons (when they were 6-10) – with six games remaining.

This is the Giants best 10-game start since they were 9-1 in 2008.

The Giants seven victories have been by a total of 27 points.

The Giants improved to 5-1 in MetLife Stadium, their highest total at home since they were 6-2 in 2012.

With the victory, the Giants concluded a 3-0 homestand. This is the first time the Giants won three games at home in consecutive weeks 1962.

The Giants did not commit a turnover, ending their NFL-long streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one giveaway.

Safety Landon Collins has intercepted at least one pass in four consecutive games, the first Giants player to do that since cornerback Phillippi Sparks also had a four-game streak in 1995.

ROSTER MOVES…
On Saturday, the New York Giants signed center Shane McDermott to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. To make room for McDermott, the team waived linebacker Deontae Skinner. The Giants also signed quarterback Logan Thomas to the Practice Squad.

McDermott was signed to the Giants Practice Squad on Thursday. He also spent time on the team’s Practice Squad in September. McDermott originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Cowboys cut him in September that year. After a brief stint on the Panthers Practice Squad, the Giants signed McDermott to the Practice Squad in November 2015. McDermott is a blue-collar, overachiever who lacks ideal athleticism and strength.

Skinner was signed to the Practice Squad in September and October 2016 and then to the 53-man roster in 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 in August.

Thomas has been added to and released from the Practice Squad multiple times in 2016. 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. Thomas is a huge, athletic quarterback with a quick release and strong arm. He has been an inconsistent performer with decision-making and accuracy issues.

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