Aug 312013
 
 August 31, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Tyler Sash, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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New York Giants Reduce Roster to 53: The Giants have reduced their roster from 75 to 53 players.

As expected, due to his previously-announced drug suspension, the Giants placed S Will Hill on the Reserve/Suspended List. Hill will not be able to practice or play with the team for four weeks. Hill will be eligible to return to the active roster on September 30.

Also, as expected, the Giants placed DT Markus Kuhn (knee) on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. Kuhn was placed on the Active (preseason) PUP at the start of training camp. Kuhn is required to remain on the Reserve/PUP for at least six weeks.

WR Ramses Barden (knee) was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve.

The team also released the following 19 players:

  • QB David Carr (contract terminated)
  • RB Ryan Torain (contract terminated)
  • WR Kevin Hardy (waived)
  • WR Marcus Harris (waived)
  • WR Julian Talley (waived)
  • OL Selvish Capers (waived/injured)
  • OL Matt McCants (waived)
  • OL Stephen Goodin (waived)
  • OL Bryant Browning (waived)
  • OL Eric Herman (waived)
  • DE Adrian Tracy (waived)
  • DE Matt Broha (waived)
  • DE Adewale Ojomo (waived)
  • DT Marvin Austin (waived)
  • LB Kyle Bosworth (waived)
  • CB Charles James (waived)
  • CB Terrence Frederick (waived)
  • S Tyler Sash (waived with injury settlement)
  • S David Caldwell (waived)

“This is not my favorite day by a long shot,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “It never gets easier, because every year the principals involved are different. My gut starts bothering me about two days before. The day of it I get the headache and the whole bit that goes with it. When you speak to these kids and you work with them and you see them, you do see their effort and what they put forth and how important it is to them. It’s not an easy thing to stand there when a young man walks into his office and as soon as you put your hand out, he starts crying. It’s always difficult to let a guy go that you’ve had with you for a while.”

Coughlin made comments on the following players:

  • QB David Carr: “We simply based it on the preseason. From the standpoint of all the evaluations, it pointed to the fact that (Curtis) Painter had a better preseason. We’ll miss David Carr around here, to be honest with you. He’s done an outstanding job directing our second offense and our scout team. He has the ability to do whatever we ask of him in that regard. He can run the option, he can be the running quarterback if you want him to do that. Ryan Nassib is going to have to step up and be that guy when you’re talking about the teams we play that have a running quarterback.”
  • QB Ryan Nassib: “When we drafted (Nassib), then you have an idea that you’re going to have to develop young quarterback. That’s what his role is. So be it if that’s what it takes. From the standpoint of strategy, you have to understand that many times the balancing act stops at the quarterback position, because there is no way to trade off if in fact you are developing a young man. In our case, you have a veteran player to go along with it.”
  • DE Justin Trattou: “Trattou has the ability to help us out in a lot of different ways both from scrimmage and special teams. There were four young men who were very much in contention for that job. (Matt) Broha was very much involved in that, too. Quite frankly, it was very, very close. We made a decision really based on an individual that was ranked a little bit higher on special teams.”
  •  DTs Shaun Rogers and Mike Patterson: “They played well. They deserve it. The other night (in the preseason finale in New England) they played 20-something plays and did a nice job not only in changing the line of scrimmage, but we brought them back after the half, so they demonstrated the ability to do that.”
  • RB Michael Cox: “He has demonstrated outstanding ability as a kick returner. We put him at gunner and he was a good gunner. You send him down on kickoffs and he did a nice job with that. He has shown endurance and power and strength and the attitude anywhere you put him. We preach it all the time. You make the team because of your contributions on special teams. You have a great chance. That’s what he did.”

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Rolle Confident in Giants’ D Revival by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

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Aug 152013
 
 August 15, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
New York Giants Helmets (August 10, 2013)

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New York Giants Return to Practice on Friday: There was no practice on Thursday. The Giants return to practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday from 1:30-3:45PM. For a complete training camp schedule and Giants.com Q&A guide, see the Training Camp section of the website.

Giants.com Q&A With Perry Fewell: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell is available at Giants.com.

Article on QB David Carr: Giants’ David Carr Understands He is Facing a Challege by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on OL Justin Pugh: Veterans Teaching Rookie OT Justin Pugh by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Articles on the Defensive Line:

Article on LB Dan Connor: Giants Linebacker Dan Connor Won’t Tweak Cowboys by Tom Rock of Newsday

Articles on the Defensive Backs:

Article on LS Zak DeOssie: The Giants’ Secret Weapon: a Shrieking Long-Snapper by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Giants Bowling Night Sights & Sounds: A video of the Giants’ bowling night from earlier this week is available at Giants.com.

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Aug 122013
 
 August 12, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (August 10, 2013)

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August 12, 2013 New York Giants Training Camp Reports: The Giants held their 12th training camp practice on Monday afternoon at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The next practice is on Tuesday from 1:30-3:45PM. For a complete training camp schedule and Giants.com Q&A guide, see the Training Camp section of the website.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin informed the press that there are only eight more practices left before the regular season begins. “I was telling the coaches this morning and the players that as of this morning we had nine practices left before the regular season,” said Coughlin before Monday’s practice. “Can you imagine that? Nine practices. It’s ridiculous.”

Injury Update – Antrel Rolle Carted Off Field With Ankle Injury: Not practicing on Monday were WR Jerrel Jernigan (soreness), WR Brandon Collins (hamstring), OL James Brewer (concussion), OT Chris DeGeare (ankle), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), CB Corey Webster (soreness), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring), FB Henry Hynoski (PUP – knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (PUP – back), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee).

“(Moore) has a contusion of his shoulder,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “And I think he’s probably day to day, but he’s sore, he’s sore.”

Antrel Rolle was carted off the field after injuring his right ankle. Rolle will be undergoing an MRI in order to determine the severity of the injury. According to multiple press reports, the initial diagnosis is a sprain, but there is no word on whether the sprain is the more serious high-ankle variety, which can take some time to recover from.

DE Justin Tuck (back), OL Justin Pugh (concussion), and RB Ryan Torain (concussion) returned to practice.

“Obviously, missing the reps, that’s something that’s big,” said Pugh who suffered the injury on August 1st. “I wish I could get those back. But right now I’ve just got to go out there and play. I really can’t control that now.”

Roster Moves: The Giants waived/injured WR Kris Adams (broken ankle) on Monday. To fill his roster spot, the Giants signed WR Marcus Harris.

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

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

Article on the Backup Quarterbacks: Giants Veteran Backup Quarterbacks Curtis Painter and David Carr in ‘Legitimate Competition’ by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Missed Chance Magnifies Randle’s Role with Giants by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on DE Adewale Ojomo: Adewale Ojomo Knows Value of Special Teams by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on S Tyler Sash: Tyler Sash Turning Heads with Big Plays, Not Beard by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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

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Aug 082013
 
 August 8, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
New York Giants Training Camp (August 7, 2013)

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August 8, 2013 New York Giants Training Camp Reports: The Giants held their eleventh training camp practice on Thursday afternoon at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The next practice is on Monday from 1:30-3:45PM. For a complete training camp schedule and Giants.com Q&A guide, see the Training Camp section of the website.

Injury Update – Many to Miss Steelers Game: Not practicing on Thursday were DE Justin Tuck (back), OL Justin Pugh (concussion), OL James Brewer (concussion), RB Ryan Torain (concussion), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring), FB Henry Hynoski (PUP – knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (PUP – back), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee). Tuck might play against the Steelers on Saturday night, but the others will not.

When asked about Tuck, Head Coach Tom Coughlin responded, “I don’t know. Today was not what we wanted. He’s not quite as nifty and nimble as we had hoped. We’ll have to see. I actually thought he would work today.”

“It’s just a little tightness,” said Tuck. “I don’t think this is something that’s gonna be much more of an issue after this week…I’ve played in worse pain, I can tell you that. (We) just want to be smart and make sure it is nothing that will linger, that’s all.”

OG Chris Snee (hip) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee/hamstring) practiced on a limited basis. Coughlin said they will not play against the Steelers.

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

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

ESPN Radio Interviews at Training Camp: Audio clips of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following Giants’ officials and players are available at ESPN.com:

  • General Manager Jerry Reese (Audio)
  • Head Coach Tom Coughlin (Audio)
  • QB Eli Manning (Audio)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Audio)
  • CB Prince Amukamara (Audio)
  • S Antrel Rolle (Audio)

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Giants Considering Using Justin Tuck as Pass-Rush Linebacker in Some Schemes by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on LB Mark Herzlich: Easy to Pull for Giants’ Herzlich — a Tough LB on Field, and a Crusader Off It by George Willis of The New York Post

Article on CB Aaron Ross: Returning to Giants, Ross Now a Leader in Secondary by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Michael Cox: Guys Worth Cheering For: Michael Cox by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli and Peyton Manning Off the Charts with Rap Video Commercial by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Bond with Jay Z Puts Cruz in Elite Group by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on Former Giant Punters: Will a Giant Become First Punter in HOF? by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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Jul 092013
 
 July 9, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes

FB Vonta Leach Still in Play for New York Giants: According to The Star-Ledger, FB Vonta Leach, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens last month, is still considering the Giants as a possible place to sign. Leach is receiving interest from a number of teams and it is has long been expected that he will sign with the Miami Dolphins, a team with a lot of salary cap space.

WR Victor Cruz on WFAN: The audio of today’s WFAN interview with WR Victor Cruz is available at CBS New York

Giants.com Q&A With WR Victor Cruz: The video of yesterday’s Giants.com interview with WR Victor Cruz is available at Giants.com.

Giants’ Beat Reporter Paul Dottino Breaks Down Cruz’s Deal: The video of today’s NFL Network interview with Giants’ beat reporter Paul Dottino analyzing WR Victor Cruz’s new contract is available at NFL.com.

Giants.com Q&A With Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Defensive Line Coach Robert Nunn is available at Giants.com.

Star-Ledger Q&A With LB Spencer Paysinger: Giants Summer Questionnaire: Spencer Paysinger by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Hakeem Nicks Must Prove He’s Worth More Than Victor Cruz for the Giants by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

2013 Position Preview – Defensive End:video previewing the Giants’ defensive end position heading into training camp is available at Giants.com.

Quotes: WR Victor Cruz on WR Hakeem Nicks: “Oh, yeah, I’m definitely going to put the pressure on him to come back and see if he wants to play with me for the long haul. We’ll see how it goes, but Hakeem’s his own man, he’s going to make his own decision. But I’m definitely going to see if I can get him to stay with me for a couple years…I’m concerned as a teammate and a friend because I want to see Hakeem around in Giants blue for as long as we’re together in the National Football League. There’s ways to create space, there’s ways to do things. That’s a road the Giants have to cross when they get there.’’

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