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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (June 18,2014)

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With the New York Giants reporting to camp in less than two weeks, BigBlueInteractive.com is breaking down each of the team’s positional groups from now until July 21. Today, let’s take a look at this year’s defensive line.

FIND A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL BREAKDOWNS HERE

POSITIONAL BREAKDOWN: Defensive Line

Mathias Kiwanuka, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

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2013 YEAR IN REVIEW: The 2013 defensive line performed adequately, helping the New York Giants finish 8th in total defense (10th against the pass and 14th against the run). But those figures may have been inflated by the Giants facing some incredibly poor quarterbacks/passing offenses. The chief problem for the Giants was their best player up front, Jason Pierre-Paul, had his second subpar season in a row. Pierre-Paul had surgery in June 2013 to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and he never seemed to fully rebound from that procedure. He flashed some of his old form in Week 10 but also suffered a shoulder injury in that game which caused him to miss the last five games of the season. He finished 2013 with only 27 tackles and 2 sacks in 11 games. Statistically, the most productive player was Justin Tuck, who rebounded with a strong season (63 tackles, 11 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 forced fumbles) after two down seasons in a row. Mathias Kiwanuka played in all 16 games, with 10 starts at right defensive end. He finished the season with 41 tackles, 6 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Damontre Moore was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft. However, an early preseason shoulder injury disrupted his development, and while Moore flashed on special teams, he did not make much noise at defensive end when given a limited number of snaps.

The Giants were pretty stout inside with Linval Joseph (59 tackles, 3 sacks, and 1 forced fumble) and Cullen Jenkins (31 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles). Backing them up were Mike Patterson (23 tackles), Shaun Rogers (9 tackles), Johnathan Hankins (16 tackles), and Markus Kuhn (1 tackle). Rogers started two games but was placed on Injured Reserve in November in a move that appeared to be designed to give Hankins more snaps as well as keep Kuhn, who had been on the PUP recovering from an ACL tear he suffered in 2012.

Overall, the slow-but-sure aging and departure of past stalwarts such as Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, and Justin Tuck – combined with two down season by JPP – has largely taken the bite out of the once-formidable outside pass rush. Tuck had 11 sacks in 2013, but six of those came against the Redskins. The other ends combined for only eight sacks on the season while the tackles chipped in with only eight as a unit.

ADDITIONS/SUBTRACTIONS: The Giants did not show much interest in re-signing 31-year old Justin Tuck and he is now in Oakland. Gone too is the Giants best defensive tackle of the last couple of seasons, Linval Joseph, who signed a big contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Again, it did not appear that the Giants made much of an effort to re-sign him. The Giants also did not choose to re-sign Shaun Rogers, who remains an unrestricted free agent.

Robert Ayers, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

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The main additions are DE Robert Ayers (UFA from Denver Broncos) and DT Jay Bromley (3rd round draft pick). The Giants also have brought in rookie free agents ends Kerry Wynn, Emmanuel Dieke, and Jordan Stanton as well as tackle Kelcy Quarles. Practice Squad DE Kendrick Adams, who has spent time with the Jaguars, Buccaneers, Lions, Browns, and Bengals, was re-signed. DT Everett Dawkins, who has spent time with the Vikings, Cowboys, and Buccaneers, was added as street free agent in June 2014.

TRAINING CAMP STORY LINES: Will Jason Pierre-Paul regain his 2011 form? Who will start opposite of him – Mathias Kiwanuka, Robert Ayers, or Damontre Moore? Who will start at defensive tackle with Cullen Jenkins? How many defensive tackles will the Giants keep?

“(Moore) made good, steady progress,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin in June. “He’s, naturally, a year later, a year more into it so he’s more comfortable with what’s going on. It’s not one of those things where you don’t notice that he’s out there because he does have a correction here or there. We like what we see. His continued development in the weight room with just some added muscle and strength, a little bit more size is something that will help a lot.”

ON THE BUBBLE: Barring injury, it would seem that JPP, Kiwanuka, Ayers, and Moore are locks to be the four defensive ends. Jenkins, Hankins, and Bromley are probably sure bets at tackle. Do the Giants keep four or five tackles? It could come down to a serious battle between Markus Kuhn and Mike Patterson.

FROM THE POSITIONAL COACH: Robert Nunn on Damontre Moore and Johnathan Hankins:  “I thought Damontre really took a step forward (this offseason) and Hankins really took off at the end of last year and has done a great job in the offseason working out, coming in in really good condition…I like where they are at now.”

Mike Patterson (93) and Kelcy Quarles (97), New York Giants (June 5, 2014)

Mike Patterson (93) and Kelcy Quarles (97) – Photo by Connor Hughes

Nunn on Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson: “They’re solid guys, solid veteran guys. And they understand where they are in this stage of their career and we’ll have to take care of them through training camp. Both of those guys have had outstanding offseasons, I thought Mike came in here in really good shape. Cullen’s always been in good shape ever since I’ve been around him. We’ll see where it goes. Again, it’s so hard to tell, we’re so limited in what we can do in the offseason now but they’re in great shape and a really good frame of mind and have done a really good job with leadership with the younger players. We’ll see where it goes.”

Nunn on Markus Kuhn: “He had an outstanding offseason, really outstanding practices. He and Hankins, they’ll definitely get more reps in training camp than Mike P and Cullen if everything goes as planned. He showed up every day. When we go out there and go in team situations Markus was, there wasn’t a day that went by that we didn’t call his name out in a positive manner.”

Nunn on Jay Bromley: “You know, he’s come in very willing to learn. He’s very green, very raw but hey, he’s got to get started. Those guys are the ones that really suffer as far as how limited we are with what we can do. He needs all the work he can get but he’s shown enough that hey, he’s got to show up when the pads come on. We’ll see when that happens.”

PREDICTIONS:

Eric Kennedy – The Giants will have problems rushing the quarterback. Unless Kiwanuka, Ayers, or Moore can get to the passer on a consistent basis, Jason Pierre-Paul may be in for a rough season. Without a viable threat opposite of him, JPP will be the focal point of other teams’ blocking schemes. Kiwanuka and Ayers have flashed throughout their veteran careers, but they have yet to become (and may never become) guys who the other teams really worry about. To be frank, when Moore played DE last year, he didn’t look good. Perhaps he will show more now that he is healthier and stronger. I think Hankins has the tools to be better than Linval Joseph and if the Giants can get another good, solid season out of Jenkins, they’ll be fine inside. I’d prefer to keep only four defensive tackles, but I think 2014 will be a redshirt season for Bromley and thus the Giants will be forced to keep both Patterson and Kuhn.

Connor Hughes - For all the questions concerning the Giants’ roster heading into training camp, the regular season and beyond, I don’t believe any have as many unknowns as the defensive line. Throughout the course of the offseason, the Giants put their emphasis on the secondary. Gone were the days of loading up on pass rushers. Instead, the team signed and signed again big-name and high profile defenders in the secondary. I agree with the change in philosophy, but I have very little faith in those up front.

Mathias Kiwanuka appears to be in the tail end of his career, who knows what JPP will take the field (if he even gets on it), Cullen Jenkins is older, Johnathan Hankins has yet to be an every-down player and Mike Patterson doesn’t have much ability outside stopping the run. Justin Tuck is in Oakland, Jay Bromley is a rookie. If one or two injuries hit the group…things could get ugly fast.

Granted, things could go the complete other/positive way. Robert Ayers could excel in a new location, JPP could be the Pierre-Paul of 2011, Kiwanuka could revitalize his career, Hankins could be a force and maybe Bromley steps up. I’ve thought long and hard about the positives of the defensive line, and I’ve come up with a bunch, but for every one good there are two negatives. Who knows, maybe the secondary can mask the guys up front. That philosophy certainly worked in the reciprocal fashion over the last seven years.

FINAL DEPTH CHART:

Eric Kennedy – Mathias Kiwanuka (LDE), Johnathan Hankins (LDT), Cullen Jenkins (RDT), and Jason Pierre-Paul (RDE). Reserves: Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley, Robert Ayers, and Damontre Moore.

Connor Hughes – Mathias Kiwanuka (LDE), Johnathan Hankins (LDT), Cullen Jenkins (RDT), Jason Pierre-Paul (RDE). Reserves: Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley, Robert Ayers, and Damontre Moore.

Apr 092014
 
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New York Giants-New York Jets Preseason (August 24, 2013)

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New York Giants 2014 Preseason Schedule Announced: The NFL has announced the 2014 preseason schedule for the New York Giants and the other 31 NFL teams. The Giants will play:

  • Week 1: Buffalo Bills (Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio), Sunday, August 3, 8:00 PM
  • Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers (August 7-10, exact date and time to be determined)
  • Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts (August 14-18, exact date and time to be determined)
  • Week 4: at New York Jets (August 21-24, exact date and time to be determined)
  • Week 5: New England Patriots, Thursday, August 28 (time to be determined)

The 2014 regular-season schedule has not been announced yet. But a list of 2014 regular-season opponents is available in the Schedule section of the website.

Article on the New York Giants and the 2014 NFL Draft: A look at the Giants’ draft needs by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Rodgers-Cromartie vs. top NFC East WR’s by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Giants.com Inside the Film Room: Video breakdowns of the following Giants players are available at Giants.com:

  • Defensive Tackle Cullen Jenkins (Video)
  • Cornerback Charles James (Video)

BBI on Giants.com Big Blue Kickoff Live: The audio of Eric Kennedy being interviewed on Giants.com’s Big Blue Kickoff Live podcast on Wednesday is available at Giants.com. Eric joins the show at the midway point of the broadcast.

Dec 192013
 
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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December 19, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Victor Cruz Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery: Not practicing on Thursday were RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), WR Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), OG David Diehl (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

The Giants surprisingly announced that Cruz underwent arthroscopic debridement on his left knee on Thursday afternoon. It is believed that the surgery removed damaged cartilage. The Giants have already officially ruled him out of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. His season is most likely over since the normal recovery time from such a procedure is 3-4 weeks.

WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), OG James Brewer (ankle), DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) were limited in practice.

December 19, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

December 19, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin’s future with Giants and the 5 most likely offseason scenarios by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle capable of being a starting WR for Giants? Let’s find out by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Linval Joseph: Tuck: Lots of teams will be looking swipe Linval Joseph by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Thomas welcomes ‘normal offseason’ by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Dec 122013
 
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New York Giants (December 8, 2013)

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December 12, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Corey Webster, and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

Brandon Jacobs Has Knee Surgery: RB Brandon Jacobs, who was placed on Injured Reserve earlier this week, underwent a cartilage graft procedure on Wednesday to repair osteoarthritis in his left knee. The 31-year old Jacobs will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season.

December 12, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com or BigBlueInteractive.com:

December 12, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants and the 2014 Offseason: Will Giants safety Antrel Rolle be a cap casualty in 2014? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning’s salary cap figure compared to other starting NFL QBs by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Left Side of Offensive Line a Problem for Giants by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Nov 252013
 
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (November 24, 2013)

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November 25, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Injury Report – Pierre-Paul and Cordle Ailing: DE Jason Pierre-Paul did not play well against the Dallas Cowboys and apparently his injured shoulder is giving him problems. Pierre-Paul injured the shoulder three games ago against the Oakland Raiders. “I think there’s no doubt (his injury is) a factor, no doubt,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He’s been injured and he’s been playing injured, he’s been playing with it.”

Meanwhile, OC Jim Cordle has a partially-torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Further testing will be done on Thursday to determine the extent of the damage. “It’s potentially something I could deal with,” Cordle said. “The doctor is coming in Thursday to re-evaluate it. It really just depends on how it is then, based on how we go forward…It’s not that bad right now, but I guess it depends on who is going to look at it. It’s definitely damaged but probably after the season it would require some attention.”

There was no word on CB Trumaine McBride, who suffered a strained groin in the game on Sunday and was forced to leave the contest in the second half.

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBSNewYork.com

New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the Giants-Cowboys Game:

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Nicks’ injury isn’t a hernia, but confusion remains by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Nov 142013
 
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Keith Rivers, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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November 14, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle).

CB Terrell Thomas (knee), RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), and TE Bear Pascoe (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

November 14, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

November 14, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on LB Keith Rivers: LB Rivers looks to make consistent impact by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Nov 112013
 
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Cooper Taylor (30), New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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November 11, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBSNewYork.com

New York Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Monday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the Giants-Raiders Game: Giants vs. Raiders snap counts: Andre Brown takes over, Terrell Thomas makes the most of limited time by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on QB Eli Manning: Giants top Raiders, no thanks to Eli by Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the New York Giants Safeties:

Oct 272013
 
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Linval Joseph, New York Giants (October 27, 2013)

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New York Giants Defeat Philadelphia Eagles 15-7: The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7 on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The victory was the second win in a row for the Giants and their first road victory in eight games. The Giants are now 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the NFC East.

With the Cowboys falling to the Lions, though New York is still in last place in the division, the Giants are unbelievably only two games out of first place in the terrible NFC East.

“The key to the turnaround has been our enthusiasm,” said safety Antrel Rolle after the game. “After the 0-6 record, the coaches and players got together and we got on the same page. There were a lot of in-depth conversations. There was a lot of speaking as men to men, understanding your strengths and weaknesses and just the coaches and players being on the same page at the same time. As well as the coaches trusting the players and the players trusting the coaches and I think it’s definitely shown in our performance.”

The Giants did not score a touchdown, but controlled the game, holding advantages in total net yards (325 to 201), net yards rushing (88 to 48), net yards passing (237 to 153), total offensive plays (71 to 58), and time of possession (38:05 to 21:55). The Giants only committed one turnover (on special teams), while forcing three turnovers. On the downside, the Giants were penalized 11 times for 92 yards and were 0-2 in red zone opportunities.

For the second game in a row, the Giants’ defense shutout an opponent. The Eagles had 11 offensive possessions in the game. Three ended in turnovers, two on downs, and six with punts.

Four of the Giants’ six first-half possessions resulted in field goals. After a three-and-out on the Giants’ first drive, New York got the ball back three plays later with an interception by Rolle. The Giants then drove the ball 57 yards in nine plays to set up a 40-yard field goal by PK Josh Brown. The Eagles went three-and-out on their second possession and the Giants responded with a 7-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a 44-yard field goal by Brown. The Eagles picked up one first down and punted and the Giants went 48 yards in 12 plays, resulting in yet another Brown field goal, this one from 33 yards out. The Eagles picked up one more first down on fourth possession and then punted. Up until this point, halfway through the second quarter, the Eagles only had accrued two first downs in the game. The Giants responded with a 9-play, 53-yard drive and a 46-yard field goal by Brown.

With 2:24 left in the half, QB Matt Barkley replaced the ineffective QB Michael Vick. The Eagles quickly drove from their own 20-yard line to the Giants’ 2-yard line with 1:14 left in the half. But on 1st-and-goal, Barkley was sacked by CB Terrell Thomas. Barkley fumbled and LB Jacquian Williams recovered the loose ball at the Giants’ 12-yard line.

At the half, the Giants led 12-0.

The Eagles received the football to start the third quarter and Philadelphia again moved the ball, driving from their own 25 to the Giants’ 26-yard line. But after a sack by DE Mathias Kiwanuka, Barkley’s 4th-and-10 pass fell incomplete and the Giants took over on downs.

Neither team could pick up a first down on each of their next two possessions, resulting in four punts. At the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter, New York put together their final scoring drive of the game, driving 32 yards in nine plays to set up a 27-yard field goal as the Giants went up 15-0 with 12:23 to play.

Both teams then exchanged punts again. The Eagles went for it on 4th-and-20 with 5:20 left in the game from the Giants’ 46, but the play only picked up five yards. The Giants could not run out the clock and with 4:19 to play, long snapper Zak DeOssie’s snap went over punter Steve Weatherford’s head and the Eagles recovered the loose ball for a touchdown. Giants 15 – Eagles 7.

Rolle recovered the Eagles’ onsides kick. Despite a delay of game penalty, the Giants were able to at least pick up one first down before punting with 36 seconds left in the game. Two plays later, safety Will Hill ended the game by picking off a deep sideline pass by Barkley at the Giants’ 38-yard line.

Offensively, QB Eli Manning finished the game 25-of-39 for 246 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Wideouts Victor Cruz (seven catches for 86 yards) and Hakeem Nicks (7 catches for 51 yards) were the leading receivers. RB Peyton Hillis carried the ball 20 times for 70 yards while RB Michael Cox chipped in with 19 yards on nine carries.

Defensively, Terrell Thomas had a team-high 11 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Safeties Antrel Rolle and Will Hill both had interceptions, and Rolle also had a sack. DE Mathias Kiwanuka and DT Linval Joseph each had sacks too. LB Jacquian Williams recovered a fumble. The Giants had four sacks overall, coming into the game with only six on the season.

On special teams, Josh Brown was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts. But the Giants gave up their fourth special teams touchdown this season.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: WR Victor Cruz left with a stinger but returned. X-rays were negative.

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

Player Post-Game Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of post-game media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), RB David Wilson (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Shaun Rogers (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

Oct 142013
 
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Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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October 14, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Monday were RB David Wilson (neck), RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), RB Da’Rel Scott (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

“Brandon, I think, will make it for (Thursday’s practice),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Today was precautionary just to keep track of him and not do something that was unnecessary.”

“It’s fine,” said Jacobs. “Day-to-day. Just go in and get treatment and do what I gotta do. But I’m not counting on being down. Hamstrings can be tricky. Just when you feel like they’re all healed and ready to go you go out and over-extend and hurt it again. So I’m just taking it precautionary. I don’t think it’s going to be an issue, though.”

OC David Baas (neck) participated in individual drills.

“It was good to get back out there,” Baas said. “I just did some limited stuff today, just did some individual. I’ll be ready to go on Thursday. I’ll talk to the doctors and the coaches and see how much I’m doing but I’ll be ready to go Thursday. I just want to help my team win, so I can’t wait to get back out there.”

TE Adrien Robinson (foot) returned to practice.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Monday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Organization: Don’t expect Giants owner to fire Coughlin or Reese by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Articles on the New York Giants Offense:

Articles on WR Hakeem Nicks Trade Rumors:

Article on LB Jon Beason: New Giants LB has confidence in middle of chaos by Brian Lewis of The New York Post

Oct 032013
 
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David Wilson and David Diehl, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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October 3, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Webster Has a Setback: Not practicing on Thursday were DT Linval Joseph (ankle/knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (knee/achilles), CB Corey Webster (hip), CB Aaron Ross (back), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot).

It looks like the Giants may be without both of their starting defensive tackles and three of their cornerbacks on Sunday.

Webster, who has missed the last two games, did not practice on Thursday after working on a limited basis on Wednesday. “(Webster) worked a couple of plays yesterday and came out today and he was sore, so they held him out,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

“(Joseph is) in a boot,” said Coughlin. “He actually has made pretty good progress, but at this point in time he does not have the green light.”

DT Shaun Rogers (back), LB Mark Herzlich (toe), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder), and OT David Diehl (thumb) fully practiced.

Diehl to Start at Right Guard: David Diehl revealed on Thursday that he will start at right guard in place of James Brewer this weekend against the Philadelphia Eagles. Will Beatty will remain at left tackle, Kevin Booth at left guard, Jim Cordle at center, and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: Jerry Reese Needs to Answer for the Giants’ 0-4 start by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin Not Immune if NY Giants Skid Continues by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Hakeem Nicks, and RB David Wilson: First-Round Fizzles Behind Giants’ 0-4 Flop by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Offensive Woes Suggest the Giants Are Behind the Times by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on OC Jim Cordle: Jim Cordle and O-Line Subs Look to Improve by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on S Will Hill: In His Own Words: Giants S Will Hill Looks for Fresh Start as Suspension Ends by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger