Oct 052017
 
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Rhett Ellison, New York Giants (October 1, 2017)

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INJURY UPDATE…
Running back Paul Perkins (ribs), center Weston Richburg (concussion), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/knee), and defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) did not practice on Thursday.

“We have to be concerned (about Pierre-Paul and Vernon),” said Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. “I mean, our two top guys are ailing a little, but this is the NFL. Guys are going to get hurt, so we have to have other people step up. We have to prepare if we don’t have them. I’m hopeful that we get both or if not both, at least one.”

Wide receiver Odell Beckham (finger/ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

Running back Orleans Darkwa (back), wide receiver Brandon Marshall (toe), and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) fully practiced.

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

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

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo and select position coaches and players will address the media on Friday. There is no media availability on Saturday. The Giants play the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Oct 042017
 
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Giants fans tailgating in Tampa – Photo courtesy of Jim in South Florida

INJURY UPDATE…
Center Weston Richburg (concussion), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/knee), defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.

Running back Paul Perkins (ribs), running back Orleans Darkwa (back), wide receiver Odell Beckham (finger/ankle), and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (toe) practiced on a limited basis.

ROSTER MOVES…
The New York Giants have waived linebacker Deontae Skinner and signed offensive lineman Jon Halapio off of the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants also signed center Anthony Fabiano to the Practice Squad.

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 Giants added to and released Skinner from the Practice Squad multiple times in 2016. He also was signed to the 53-man roster in October and again in December. Skinner was cut by the Giants in September 2017 and re-signed later that month.

Halapio was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has bounced around different leagues and teams including the Patriots (2014), Boston Brawlers (2014), Denver Broncos (2014–2015), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Brooklyn Bolts (2015), and Patriots (2016) again. The Giants added him to their Practice Squad in September 2016 and again in September 2017. Halapio has not played in an NFL regular-season game.

Fabiano was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2016), Cleveland Browns (2016), and Washington Redskins (2017). The 6’1”, 303-pound Fabiano played in four games with one start for Cleveland in 2016. Fabiano is an athletic lineman who lacks ideal size and strength.

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 11:20AM. The team’s coordinators and select players will also address the media after practice.

Oct 032017
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 1, 2017)

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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:

NOTES…
Running back Wayne Gallman is the 78th different player to catch a regular-season pass from Manning. Gallman and tight end Rhett Ellison became the 47th and 48th players to catch a regular-season touchdown pass from Manning.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.’s seven receptions in Tampa increased his career total to 308. That moved him past Victor Cruz (303) and into 10th place on the franchise’s career list. Hakeem Nicks is ninth with 318 catches.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the Giants have lost consecutive games on the last play of the game since the 1970 merger.

The Giants and Buffalo Bills are the only NFL teams that have not scored a first-quarter point this season. The Giants’ 17 first-half points is the second-lowest total in the league; Miami has scored three.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants return to practice on Wednesday at 11:40AM.

Oct 022017
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (October 1, 2017)

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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 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

McAdoo: Let’s start with the game. We are 0-4 and our film verifies it. A lot of problems that are all correctable and it starts with blocking, tackling, catching the football, kicking and punting, especially in the fourth quarter. At times, we look like we are pressing, other times it looks like we’re hesitant. Really, we were fortunate to be in the ball game yesterday. Tampa missed two field goals and a PAT. We started slow on offense, which has been a theme for us. We battled back. Expended a lot of energy battling back in the second and third quarter to get back in the game and take the lead. We had some opportunities after we got the lead to extend the lead, which would have been huge for us. We didn’t do that and we didn’t finish strong on defense. We had four times in the last two ball games to do that and we failed to do it. We’re the only ones that can do anything about it. We got to get back out there on the practice field and we got to work through the fundamentals. We can’t get numb. We can never get used to this feeling or accept it. We have to get back to work. Let’s open it up.

Q: Can you shed a little bit more context of what you said after the game when you said you weren’t surprised with this 0-4 start?

A: I’ve been in this league long enough to know that it takes a lot of work, it’s hard to win in this (league). And when things aren’t going well you have to dot your i’s and cross your t’s and you have to play fundamentally sound football. And we haven’t done that. And it’s no reflection of the team, it’s just the fact it’s not surprising when things aren’t going well that you really have to buckle down.

Q: How do you deal with preventing your players from becoming hesitant or pressing?

A: We have to go back and simplify. Simplify what we are doing schematically and let these guys go out and play and showcase their ability.

Q: Do you still think that you’re a good team?

A: I think we’re a team that has a lot of work to do.

Q: Do you think that things were too complicated? Am I interpreting that correctly?

A: No, I don’t believe things are too complicated. I’m saying what you do at this point is you simplify.

Q: Are there things you have to do in this situation that are more complicated than simplify? Such as managing their attitudes?

A: Yeah, I mean, its fight or flight time. We have talented men of integrity in the locker room. It’s not going to be easy. But we have to go out there and we have to fight. I expect us to fight. We have character in the building upstairs and down. I expect us to go out there and fight. The biggest thing that I get concerned about is guys going numb. We can’t go numb. Can never accept this. You got to fight through it. You got to work for that first one. Work for the first win.

Q: Could there be a tendency that leads to players playing scared that could lead to further mistakes?

A: No, I don’t see anyone playing scared out there. We may be pressing or may be hesitant, depends on which part of the game or which phase you’re talking about. I don’t see that. Confidence is always an issue. It’s a game of confidence and you build confidence through the way you practice. And then it has to transition to game day and that’s really been where we’re struggling. Falling behind early and then hanging on late. Second and third quarters we’re playing some pretty good football. We just have to start better and finish stronger.

Q: How do you explain the idea that you haven’t scored in the first quarter?

A: Yesterday we had to make an adjustment on the second play. Things didn’t go as well as planned obviously. The three-technique factored. We had some penetration the first two runs of the ball game. We moved the ball, we just haven’t finished drives.

Q: Do you sense that the guys are giving their best efforts in regarding to tackling?

A: It’s something that we’re going to take a look at this week and find ways to change it up. And make even more of an emphasis of it. But it’s a fundamental part of things. We got to bring our arms. A lot of the tackling that you are seeing out there on the missed tackles is block tackling. We are not bringing our arms and wrapping up. And that’s a fundamental part of the game. But we need to work on when we work the drills on the practice field they show up. We have to carry it over to game day.

Q: Why has the defense looked so different from a year ago despite having majority of the same personnel?

A: Year to year things change. You can’t take 2016 and plug it into 2017 and think things are going to be the same. Teams change year to year. Players change year to year. You can’t just pick up where you left off and that’s evident.

Q: Do you think that your defense has gotten complacent?

A: I do not think that our defense has gotten complacent, no.

Q: Do you think the defense has slowed down?

A:  No. I have tremendous confidence in our defense. We’re going to right the ship and finish games strong the way that we’re capable of finishing. But the fundamental part of the game, that’s number one for us. We got to tackle better.

Q: Why do you think it has taken so long for Brandon Marshall to get going?

A: I think catching is confidence. Confidence is catching. He seems to be double catching a little bit and we just need to get through a clean game with him. He’s been catching it well in practice, we need to carry it over to game day. And that’s a part of the game for receivers.

Q: Is it surprising to you that this is happening to a veteran like him?

A: Well I think it’s a new offense. He’s doing a lot of learning. He’s still doing a lot of learning. Playing with a different quarterback. He hasn’t caught the ball cleanly in games.

Q: What did you see on the challenge that made you throw the flag?

A: I saw a catch and I saw a football move. I thought that it was worth the risk at that point.

Q: You haven’t had much success throwing the challenge flag. Do you think that system needs to be tweaked or it’s just not working out your way when you throw the flag?

A:  I think this year seems to be more difficult than years past to try to get one overturned. Fourth quarter, a big play in the ballgame like that was. It’s always worth the risk.

Q: What did you think of the double pass interference?

A: We’re going to send that in and see what kind of feedback we can get back. I think it’s challenging. When it’s OPI, then the defender just kind of hangs on for dear life at that point. I think that’s a tough two-way call. There’s not really much the defender can do at that point. You’re just playing through but we have to send that one to the league and see what type of feedback we get back.

Q: What did you think of the two-point conversion involving Odell (Beckham)?

A: I have to go back and look at the TV copy. I didn’t see where he went out of bounds. I saw it was close. A lot of defenders now are working to push receivers out of bounds. And again, we are going to send that one in and see where the line of being physical and being pass interference where that line is. Because he was being pretty physical with Odell there.

Q: Can you go over the injuries with (Weston) Richburg, (Odell) Beckham, (Olivier) Vernon and (Paul) Perkins?

A: OV re-aggravated his ankle. Weston is in the protocol. Odell is sore. He’s fighting through a bunch of things. Perkins has a contusion.

Q: What did you think of D.J Fluker at right guard?

A: I think Fluker did some good things in there. He’s a big man. He works at playing physical. He did some good things.

Q: Do you think you’ll stick to that lineup?

A: That’s something we’re going to talk about. Obviously, we had some guys, we had Weston get nicked up. So we have to sit down as a staff and talk about rotation this week. How we’re going to work guys in.

Q: Why didn’t you guys pressure Jameis Winston as much on the final drive?

A: We had some success. We made some plays on some other ones. That’s what we felt the situation dictated for us to be successful. Give him credit, he extended the play. Made a nice play, nice play there on the third down and short to get it into a chip shot for them.

NOTES…
The Giants’ 0-4 start is their worst since they were 0-6 in 2013.

Against the Buccaneers, the Giants did not have an accepted penalty for the first time since September 22, 1974 in a loss to the New England Patriots. The Giants also did not allow a sack or commit a turnover.

QB Eli Manning’s 288 passing yards increased his career total to 49,327. That moved him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon (49,325) and into seventh place on the NFL’s career list.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available to the press on Tuesday. The Giants return to practice on Wednesday.

Oct 012017
 
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Nick Folk, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (October 1, 2017)

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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 25 – NEW YORK GIANTS 23…
The losing continues for the New York Giants as the team fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. For the second week in a row, the Giants blew two 4th-quarter leads and lost the game on a walk-off field goal. The Giants are still win-less on the season with an 0-4 record.

New York went three-and-out on its first two possessions of the game. Tampa Bay took a 7-0 lead after driving 56 yards in four plays, culminating with a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston to wide receiver Mike Evans. The Giants responded by driving to the Bucs’ 30-yard line, but an incomplete pass on 4th-and-4 resulted in a turnover on downs. Two plays later, tight end O.J. Howard scored on a 58-yard reception to make the game 13-0 (the extra point was missed).

The Giants punted the ball away on both of their next two possessions. The Buccaneers punted once and missed a 46-yard field goal. New York finally got on the board in the second quarter with a 30-yard field goal by place kicker Aldrick Rosas after an 11-play, 52-yard drive. Tampa Bay went three-and-out and the Giants cut into their lead again when quarterback Eli Manning ran for a 14-yard touchdown, closing out a 7-play, 62-yard drive. But the Bucs added to their advantage late in the first half by driving 73 yards in 12 plays to set up a 20-yard field goal. It could have been worse as the defense held after facing 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line. At the half, Tampa led 16-10.

The Buccaneers missed a 49-yard field goal on their initial possession of the second half. The Giants then took the lead on their initial possession by driving 61 yards in 11 plays. Rookie running back Wayne Gallman scored on a 4-yard pass from Manning. Giants 17 – Bucs 16.

Tampa Bay went three-and-out and the Giants had a chance to extend their lead but Rosas missed a 43-yard field goal early in the 4th quarter. The Bucs turned the ball over on downs on 4th-and-2 from the Giants’ 35-yard line with safety Landon Collins breaking up the pass. The Giants could not move the ball and punted. Worse, reminiscent of last week’s lost against the Eagles, Brad Wing shanked punt only traveled 15 yards. It only took Tampa Bay four plays to drive 57 yards with Winston throwing a touchdown pass from 14 yards out. The Buccaneers now led 22-17 (the 2-point conversion failed) with less than eight minutes to play.

To New York’s credit, the offense responded with an impressive 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Rhett Ellison on 3rd-and-goal. The big play on the drive was a 42-yard strike to wide receiver Odell Beckham. Unfortunately, the 2-point conversion failed and the Giants only led 23-22 with 3:16 left to play.

The defense could not hold the lead. Tampa Bay gained 59 yards in nine plays with a crucial 26-yard pass on 3rd-and-1. Place kicker Nick Folk – who missed an extra point and two field goals in the game – then nailed the 34-yard field goal to win the game with no time on the clock.

Manning finished the game 30-of-49 for 288 yards, two touchdowns passing, one running, and no interceptions. His leading receivers were Beckham (7 catches for 90 yards) and tight end Evan Engram (6 catches for 62 yards). Gallman was the leading rusher with 11 carries for 42 yards. Manning was not sacked in the game.

Defensively, the Giants did not force a turnover and only accrued one sack.

The Giants had no return yardage. Rosas missed a field goal and Wing shanked a punt.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were RB Orleans Darkwa (back), RT Bobby Hart (ankle), QB Davis Webb, TE Matt LaCosse, DE Avery Moss, LB Deontae Skinner, and CB Michael Hunter.

RB Paul Perkins (ribs), OC Weston Richburg (concussion), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) left the game with injuries and did not return.

WR Odell Beckham (finger) and DT Damon Harrison (bruised knee) were injured but later returned to 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)
  • RB Wayne Gallman (Video)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)
  • WR Brandon Marshall (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo will address the media by conference call Monday afternoon.

Sep 292017
 
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Olivier Vernon, New York Giants (August 21, 2017)

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INJURY UPDATE…
Running back Orleans Darkwa (back), offensive lineman Brett Jones (hip), defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist) are officially “questionable” for the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Running back Shane Vereen (calf), right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin), and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) are unofficially “probable” for the game.

SHANE SMITH SIGNED TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
Rookie fullback Shane Smith, who was waived by the Giants on Thursday, has been signed to the Practice Squad.

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 media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday. The Giants play the Buccaneers in Tampa on Sunday afternoon.

Sep 272017
 
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Jonathan Casillas, New York Giants (September 24, 2017)

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INJURY UPDATE…
Running back Shane Vereen (calf), running back Orleans Darkwa (back), right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle), defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (ankle/wrist), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (groin) did not practice on Wednesday.

Linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin) practiced on a limited basis.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) 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 11:20AM. The team’s coordinators and select players will also address the media after practice.

Sep 252017
 
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Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (September 24, 2017)

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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 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

McAdoo: We’ll start off talking about yesterday’s game. We keep learning hard lessons on things we already know the answers to. When things go well, sometimes everything falls your way. When they don’t, we need to tighten up our football and play clean complementary football. We had 10 penalties on the road. Tough to win that way. Pre-snap, post-snap, celebration penalties, delay of game on a guard. It’s tough to win on the road playing that way. We dropped too many balls. Touchdown pass. Precise ball location. Things we have to clean up there. We need to be detailed with the way we carry out our responsibility the whole way around and really look no farther than the end of the ballgame where each of the three phases played a part. Shows you how precise we need to be on third down. We were just short of the sticks. We had a punt for 28 yards. Philly gets the ball. We called a timeout, talked about playing the ball on the boundary and they complete the ball and kick a 61-yarder to win the game. Tough lesson to learn. We already know the answers.

On defense, what we did well, we gave up zero explosives passes. What we need to work on, blocking structure and tackling in the run game.

Offensively, what we did well, we fought through the first three quarters. We showed some grit during the fourth quarter putting some points on the board. What we need to work on, we need to get better on third down. Be exact with what we’re doing. We need to put points on the board in the green zone, and I need to do a better job with that one as well. I need a better call there on the fourth down on the one-yard line.

Special teams, what we did well, it’s a better example of how we want to play field position football. Kickoff coverage, we did a nice job covering the kickoff from the 20-yard line, which is not easy to do. Punt return, we didn’t get the balls to return, but we blocked better, the corners and the safeties included there. We need to work on our constant technique in PAT field goal block and our frontline blocking on the kickoff return team.

Where we go from here. You know, we talked about it a little bit yesterday in the press conference, the three D’s, the cause of irritation, that’s where we are right now, we’re irritated. Deny, delay and disappointed. We need to keep fighting through. I believe in this team. I believe in the potential of this team. It starts with me and we need to keep fighting to get better and we need to keep fighting to get the win. Got to get that first one. With that, we will open it up for questions.

Q: What’s your reaction to Brandon Marshall getting into the altercation with the fan on the field before the game?

A: I don’t have a response to that at this moment.

Q: How do you approach the guys from getting too low with this kind of start to the season?

A:  We need to talk about our potential in the room. We haven’t played a complete football game and clean football in all three phases and we really haven’t earned a win yet. It’s all correctable and we need to stay positive but realistic and understand that we need to learn from these first three games and find a better way to play team football.

Q: What do you think of Odell’s display?

A: We should be talking about the way he played – he made some great plays in the ball game yesterday. Some tremendous plays, game changing plays. I’d rather be talking about that than the celebration penalty. It’s real simple, I don’t want to kick off from the 20-yard line. It doesn’t help our team. It makes it tough on the players who are covering kicks and makes an impact on field position.

Q: After the game Odell said that he didn’t really regret it and he would do it again. Does that bother you?

A: I gave you my response.

Q: Would it bother you if he did it again?

A: I’m saying I gave you my response.

Q: Can you address what he did? How does the organization feel about it? Is it embarrassing?

A: I just gave you my response

Q: But you didn’t give a response.

A: Yeah.

Q: What happened on that Brad Wing punt?

A: It looked like he just missed it.

Q: You mentioned the 4th and 1 play – Shane Smith didn’t play any offensive snaps yesterday, why not use a fullback?

A: Again, they were all hunkered down in there, whether you had a fullback on the field or not. It was going to be tough sledding. Like I said, I would like to have that call back. We did have some opportunities for one-on-ones on the outside. I take responsibility for that call.

Q: Is there still a place in your offense for a fullback?

A:  Yes. It was a game plan decision.

Q: What do you regret so much about that play call?

A: They had better angles than we had.

Q: What’s regrettable about the play call then?

A: Getting into something that gives you a little better chance, little better angles. Put the big guys in a bad spot there.

Q: Do you think you should be able to run the ball from there?

A: Like I said, I’d like to have that call back.

Q: Any updates on OV (Olivier Vernon) or (Orleans) Darkwa?

A:  Yeah, OV has an ankle. It’s still early in the week, we’ll have to see how he responds throughout the course of the week to treatment. And Darkwa is still getting examined.

Q: Any other injuries out of the game?

A: No, I think we’re fairly clean there at this point. But, players are still getting looked at.

Q: There were no sacks allowed in this game after allowing five to the Lions. Is that good enough progress or is the fact that Eli (Manning) was getting rid of the ball much quicker take away something from that?

A: I mean we couldn’t keep going down the same road we were going. We had to adjust and we adjusted. We just came up short.

Q: Do you think that style is sustainable for a full game?

A: It’s tough to sustain any one style of offensive football throughout the course of the season. Defenses adjust. There are tremendous defenses and defensive coaches in this league so it is hard to just play one way.

Q: Why didn’t you call a timeout after the completion to (Evan) Engram on the final drive?

A:  We didn’t lack composure. We had a drive starter to the drive and we were looking to transition into a tempo call, get the ball down the field and get it off quickly. Sometimes a tired d-line is a better d-line to go against.

Q: You’ve never been in this position before, 0-3, how do you keep this thing going?

A: I think number one is we can’t worry about playoffs this week, we just have to get a win. That’s number one. We can’t accomplish going to the playoffs or getting a playoff berth or anything like that this week. All we can focus on is the way we prepare so we can go down and perform well in Tampa. It’s going to be a tough ballgame. It’s going to be another warm one. That’s where our focus needs to be. We can only focus on what we can control and that’s the way we prepare.

Q: What is it that is different this year about the run defense?

A: We had a rough day yesterday defending the run. We need to be better with our blocking structure and we need to cut down on the missed tackles. We had some opportunities to tackle better and it starts with those two things.

Q: How do you fix tackling at this point of the season when there is not a lot of hitting going on at practice?

A: When you get your thud practices in on Thursday with pads on, that helps, but you have to keep drilling them.

Q: Did you get a sense from John Jerry as to what he was trying to accomplish on the delay penalty?

A: I just saw the TV copy this morning. I am going to have to have a conversation with him. I don’t know if it was just a natural reaction to a lineman running in front of his face or what it was. But I am going to have to have a conversation with John and see what he was thinking there. I have never seen that before. So, we’ll have to talk about it.

POST-GAME NOTES…
The Giants fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2013, when they lost their first six games.

The Giants have lost their last four and five of their last six games in Philadelphia, and six of seven overall to the Eagles.

The 61-yard game-winning field goal against the Giants was the longest field goal ever against the G-Men.

For the second time in three games, the Giants did not score any first-half points.

Quarterback Eli Manning’s 35 completions increased his career total to 4,158. That broke a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway and moved Manning into sixth place on the NFL’s career list.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available to the press on Tuesday. The Giants return to practice on Wednesday.

Sep 242017
 
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Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (September 24, 2017)

Eagles win on a 61-yard walk-off field goal – © USA TODAY Sports

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 27 – NEW YORK GIANTS 24…
In all likelihood, the 2017 New York Giants season ended on Sunday afternoon with the team’s devastating 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Trailing 14-0 entering the 4th quarter, the Giants scored 24 points in the final period, only to lose the lead twice. The Eagles won the game on a walk-off 61-yard field goal after a series of late-game Giants’ blunders. The Giants are now 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the NFC East.

The Giants’ offense continued to be inept in the first half. Their four offensive possessions resulted in two punts, an interception, and a turnover on downs at the Eagles’ 1-yard line just before halftime. The Eagles also had their own first-half offensive issues with two punts and a turnover on downs. But the team did put together an 18-play, 90-yard marathon of a drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run. At the half, the Giants trailed 7-0.

The 3rd quarter was not kind to New York either. Despite missing a 52-yard field goal, the Eagles extended their lead to 14-0 with a 7-play, 54-yard drive after another Manning interception. The Giants also had a three-and-out and another drive end on downs at the Eagles 13-yard line.

The game rapidly changed in the 4th quarter. The Giants scored their first touchdown on a 5-play, 55-yard drive that ended with a Manning 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. The Giants then immediately got the ball back when safety Landon Collins forced a fumble that was recovered by cornerback Eli Apple at the Eagles’ 33-yard line. Four plays later, Manning found Beckham again, this time with a one-handed 4-yard touchdown reception, and the game was tied at 14-14 with less than 11 minutes left to play.

After an Eagles punt, the Giants unbelievably went ahead 21-14 in the contest on a 77-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Sterling Shepard. But the New York defense could not hold the lead as the Eagles quickly scored on a 4-play, 75-yard drive that tied the game with less than six minutes to play.

Back came the Giants with a 7-play, 52-yard drive that set up a successful 41-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas. Giants 24 – Eagles 21. But again, the defense could not hold the lead and the Eagles tied the game on a 46-yard field goal after an 8-play, 47-yard drive.

The Giants got the ball back with 51 seconds left in regulation. After gaining seven yards on the first play, the Giants shot themselves in the foot with back-to-back penalties. Facing a 2nd-and-18 with 32 seconds to play, running back Shane Vereen stopped the clock by running out of bounds after a 3-yard run. Tight end Evan Engram came up 1-yard short of the first down after a 14-yard catch. On 4th-and-1 from the Giants’ 24, Brad Wing shanked a 28-yard punt to the Eagles’ 38-yard line. After an incomplete pass, a 19-yard pass with one second left on the clock moved the ball to the Giants’ 43-yard line. The Eagles punter then hit a 61-yard field goal to end the game.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 35-of-47 for 366 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. His leading receivers were Beckham (9 catches, 79 yards, 2 touchdowns), wide receiver Brandon Marshall (8 catches for 66 yards), and Shepard (7 catches for 133 yards, 1 touchdown). However, the Giants continued to struggle running the ball, gaining just 48 yards on 17 carries.

Defensively, the Giants did force one turnover and accrued three sacks, but the defense yielded 354 total net yards, including 193 yards rushing.

The Giants were penalized 10 times for 137 yards in the game. The Eagles out-gained the Giants in time of possession 37:32 to 22:28.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin), linebacker J.T. Thomas (groin), quarterback Davis Webb, running back Wayne Gallman, tight end Matt LaCosse, and defensive end Avery Moss.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) and running back Orleans Darkwa (back) left the game with injuries and did not return. Vernon said after the game that x-rays on his ankle were negative but he would undergo an MRI.

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 Brandon Marshall (Video)
  • WR Sterling Shepard (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (Video)

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INJURY UPDATE…
Right tackle Bobby Hart (ankle), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (groin) have officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) is “questionable” for the game.

“We’ll take a look to see how (Jenkins) does tomorrow,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “We’ll have a quick practice tomorrow and if he is able to do anything and have some productivity, we’ll take a look at him on game day.”

“It’s noticeably improved over the last week,” Jenkins said. “I got better, I’ve been getting better, just got to continue to go to treatment and see how it plays out.”

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (ankle), tight end Evan Engram (concussion), linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) are unofficially “probable.”

“(Robinson) is able to practice and he is cleared to play,” said McAdoo.

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 media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday. The Giants play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.