Jan 092014
 
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Karl Dorrell, Houston Texans (October 20, 2013)

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John Mara and Jerry Reese on WFAN: The audio of Thursday’s WFAN interviews with New York Giants President/CEO John Mara and Senior Vice President/General Manager Jerry Reese are available at CBS New York:

An overview of Mara’s interview is available at Giants.com.

Jerry Reese on ESPN Radio: The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with New York Giants Senior Vice President/General Manager Jerry Reese is available at ESPN.com.

Neck Surgery for RB David Wilson: New York Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Jerry Reese said on Thursday that RB David Wilson will have neck surgery. Wilson will have a procedure to fuse his vertebrae on January 16 to repair a herniated disc. The Giants were hoping to avoid surgery on the chance that rest and treatment would improve his condition. That obviously is not the case.

“You have to look at him differently, because he’s got the whole neck issue hovering over him right now,” said Reese. “So he’s got to come back and be healthy, number one. He’s planning to have surgery, and we’ll see how that comes out. Our medical staff feels like he’ll be ready to play this fall, but the neck and back – that’s pretty tricky. So you never know.”

“We’re hopeful that David will be able to play for us again next year,” said Giants President/CEO John Mara on Thursday on WFAN. “Time will tell on that one.”

Wilson injured his neck on October 6 in a Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He did not play again and was placed on Injured Reserve on November 7.

Giants Will Interview Karl Dorrell for Offensive Coordinator Position: According to press reports, the Giants will interview Karl Dorrell for the team’s vacant offensive coordinator position. The 50-year old Dorrell has spent the last two season as the Houston Texan’s quarterbacks coach. Before that he was the wide receivers (2008-10) and quarterbacks coach (2011) for the Miami Dolphins. He has collegiate experience as head coach (UCLA) and offensive coordinator (Washington and Colorado).

Dorrell is the fourth candidate the Giants have or will interview for their vacant offensive coordinator position, including Mike Sullivan (ex-Buccaneers offensive coordinator), Dowell Loggains (ex-Titans offensive coordinator), and Ben McAdoo (Packers quarterbacks coach). Giants President and CEO John Mara said on WFAN on Thursday that the Giants could also interview additional candidates.

With Redskins Hiring Jay Gruden, Perry Fewell Appears Safe: The Washington Redskins hired Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden as their new head coach on Thursday. The Redskins had interviewed New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell for the position on Monday.

Tom Quinn to Remain New York Giants Special Teams Coordinator: The Star-Ledger is reporting that multiple team sources have indicated that New York Giants Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn will not be fired. Quinn has been heavily criticized by fans and the media for the Giants’ poor special teams performance in 2013, including allowing four special teams touchdowns (three by punt return, one by a bad long snap). The Giants’ kickoff and punt return games also struggled last season. Quinn became the Giants’ special teams coordinator in 2007.

Giants.com Q&A with P Steve Weatherford: The video of a recent Giants.com Q&A with punter Steve Weatherford is available at Giants.com.

Article on QB Eli Manning: Jaws: Eli Manning will benefit from new Giants offensive coordinator by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Nov 082013
 
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Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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November 8, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Friday were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee) and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle). Webster has officially been ruled “out” of the game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday; Jacobs is “doubtful.”

The Star-Ledger is reporting that the issue keeping Jacobs from practicing and playing is a chronic knee condition that flared up this week.

CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis. McBride and Hosley are “questionable” for the game; Thomas is “probable.”

“I feel good right now,” said McBride after practice. “I went out there today and I felt good running. I felt good turning. I felt good playing, so I’m ready to go for Sunday.”

WR Victor Cruz (neck) and TE Adrien Robinson (foot) fully practiced and are both “probable” for the game.

November 8, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday media session are available at Giants.com

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Eight-game schedule by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

November 8, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Hankins hankering for bigger role by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the New York Giants and Bullying: Giants team meeting on bullying: What was said, what does it mean by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Nov 072013
 
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Shaun Rogers (95), New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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Giants Place David Wilson and Shaun Rogers on Injured Reserve; Activate Andre Brown and Markus Kuhn: The New York Giants placed RB David Wilson (neck) and DT Shaun Rogers (knee) on season-ending Injured Reserve on Thursday. To fill their roster spots, the Giants activated RB Andre Brown off of the short-term Injured Reserve list and DT Markus Kuhn off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list.

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Aside from RB David Wilson and DT Shaun Rogers, not practicing on Thursday were CB Trumaine McBride (groin) and CB Corey Webster (groin).

“(McBride has) got some soreness in the groin kind of area, so we decided to hold him and see if he’s better and ready to go (on Friday),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), WR Victor Cruz (neck), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Jacobs) did some,” said Coughlin. “We’ll see what (his hamstring is) like (on Friday)…I don’t think you’d call it a setback. He just has some issues and you’re going to have to deal with them.”

TE Adrien Robinson (foot) fully practiced.

November 7, 2013 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:

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Running Game: No Marathoners in Giants’ Backfield by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on LB Jacquian Williams: Jacquian Williams likely to start at weakside linebacker for Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on CB Trumaine McBride: Perry Fewell says it’s Trumaine McBride’s job to lose at DB by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Nov 042013
 
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David Wilson (22), Eli Manning (10), New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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November 4, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – David Wilson Better, But Still Not Cleared: Not practicing on Monday were RB David Wilson (neck) and CB Corey Webster (groin).

Wilson underwent another MRI on Monday to determine if his neck has improved. Wilson originally injured his neck on October 6 in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants announced that while Wilson’s herniated disc has significantly improved, Wilson has not yet been cleared to resume football activities. The Giants say Wilson will undergo another evaluation in several weeks.

Giants Waive LB Dan Connor Off of Injured Reserve: The Giants waived LB Dan Connor off of Injured Reserve on Monday. Conner was placed on Injured Reserve on September 12 with a neck injury (burner).

Giants Sign CB Brandon Jones to Practice Squad: The Giants signed CB Brandon Jones to the Practice Squad on Monday. The Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of RB Jeremy Wright last week.

November 4, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

November 4, 2013 New York Giants 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 New York Giants Offense: Giants offense headed in new direction? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Is Eli Manning finding groove with shorter drops and attempts? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Oct 162013
 
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New York Giants Sign RB Peyton Hillis: The Giants signed RB/FB Peyton Hillis on Wednesday. Hillis has spent time with the Broncos, Browns, Chiefs, and Buccaneers since being drafted in 2008. The Buccaneers released him in September. As previously reported, the Giants waived/injured RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, was with the Giants from 2004-2011.

“I’m coming in with an open heart and open mind,” Hillis said, “and I’m looking to do whatever the coaching staff needs me to do to help this team win…From what I understand, a lot of the terminology is the same as it was in Tampa, and so it may be a quick process. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see. A lot of the plays are the same. It’s just different terminology. As long as you get the terminology down, you’ll be fine. Here though, it seems like it’s the same as Tampa’s, so it shouldn’t be that big of a (transition).”

Hillis had his best season in 2010 when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns.

“I firmly believe I never had too much of an opportunity after I left Cleveland,” Hillis said. “I was behind Jamaal Charles at Kansas City. I didn’t get too much playing time. I felt when I got in I did well, and then I was in Tampa and never really got to touch the field because of Doug Martin. He’s pretty good. I’m just here to do whatever I can to help the team win. I think that this is a good team that can turn it around.”

“I came at peace with myself and my situation long ago,” Hillis said. “All I can do is what I can right now, so I can’t look in the past. I’ve got to keep on going.”

New York Giants Sign RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad: The Giants signed RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad on Wednesday. Wright is a rookie free agent who spent three weeks with the Giants in May 2013 before being waived. As previously reported, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB LB Darin Drakeford on Tuesday. 

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Minnesota Media Conference Call: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.

QB Eli Manning’s Media Minnesota Conference Call: The transcript of QB Eli Manning’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.

Article on RB David Wilson: Sitting out best for David Wilson, team by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Giants’ Rueben Randle insists he’s on the same page with Eli Manning despite flurry of interceptions by The Star-Ledger

Article on FB John Conner: John Conner’s impact seen in ground game by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Oct 152013
 
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Da'Rel Scott, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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RB David Wilson Injury Update: According to press reports, RB David Wilson visited with a neck specialist on Monday in Los Angeles to discuss his injured neck. The injury has supposedly been diagnosed as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) and a herniated disc. As of now, surgery is not recommended. It is believed that Wilson will have to sit out the next 3-4 weeks and see how the injury responds to treatment. If Wilson’s neck does not improve, the Giants could decided to shut Wilson down for the remainder of the season. In some cases, spinal stenosis can be career ending, but it is not believed that Wilson’s malady is that severe.

Hakeem Nicks Trade Rumors Persist: Reports and rumors that the Giants may be willing to listen to trade offers for WR Hakeem Nicks persist. Nicks will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and it is widely believed that he will be seeking a huge pay day on the open market. And Nicks has not gone out of his way to say he definitely wants to return. Unless the Giants decide to slap the Franchise Tag on him, they may risk losing him and only possibly receiving a compensatory draft pick in return.

The NFL’s trade deadline is October 29.

Newsday is reporting that “a source familiar with the team’s thinking said consideration is being given to moving the wide receiver” before the deadline. When the source was asked if such trade talk was “ludicrous” or “imminent,” the source responded, “Probably right in the middle.” However, the source also said he does not think Nicks will be traded.

The Daily News is reporting that a source indicated that the Giants do not expect to trade Nicks, but the source did tell the paper that the team will listen to offers for the receiver or any veteran player.

Kim Jones of The NFL Network tweeted on Monday, “There is no truth to rumors the Giants are shopping Hakeem Nicks or open to trading him.” Bob Papa of Giants and Sirius Radio, also says the Giants are not shopping Nicks.

Roster Moves – Da’Rel Scott Waived/Injured: The Giants waived/injured RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday. Scott injured his hamstring late in the game against the Chicago Bears last Thursday. The Giants did not immediately fill Scott’s roster spot.

The Giants also terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB Darin Drakeford, who was signed on October 8th.

New York Giants Work Out Running Backs: According to press reports, the Giants worked out running backs Ryan Torain (ex-Giants), Peyton Hillis (ex-Buccaneers), D.J. Ware (ex-Buccaneers), and Jeremy Wright (ex-Giants) on Tuesday. Ware also played for the Giants from 2007-2011; Wright is a rookie free agent who was with the Giants for a few weeks in May. All four backs reportedly will have team physicals on Wednesday.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka on ESPN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interview with DE Mathias Kiwanuka is available at ESPN.com.

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: QB greats: ‘Insane’ for Giants to replace Eli in draft by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Michael Cox: Giants rookie Cox runs solo as absences mount by John DeMarzo of The New York Post

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle, Giants puzzle piece by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Oct 112013
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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RB David Wilson May Have Spinal Stenosis: RB David Wilson revealed on Friday that doctors fear he may be suffering from spinal stenosis, which is an abnormal narrowing of the spinal canal. The injury is affecting his neck and could potentially end his season. However, the New York Giants have not officially announced their medical diagnosis and Wilson will be seeking a second opinion on Monday.

Wilson was asked by a reporter if the injury was stenosis, and Wilson replied, “That’s what it is. That’s what they think it is.”

“They’re just telling me to sit out until further notice,” said Wilson. “I’m just as clueless as you all are…I feel perfectly fine but the x-rays, one vertebra is closer to my spinal chord…They said they want to be cautious and check it our further.”

Wilson was asked if season-ending surgery was a possibility. “I have to get a second opinion; we don’t know yet,” replied Wilson.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if Wilson’s injury was potentially season-ending. “That’s not the way that it was presented to me,” responded Coughlin. “He is going for a second opinion, as you know. The thing that gave me some confidence is, David had an occurrence of this in college. He talked to me exactly about how it came about. It wasn’t a top of the crown type thing, or anything of that nature  It wasn’t that type of an injury. It’s a disc issue and they will determine the severity of it and whether or not over the course of a couple weeks, three weeks, four weeks, if that can become a better circumstance, then he would have a chance to come back and play. If it’s determined that’s not the case, we’ll go from there.”

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

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

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN: The audio of Friday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Terrell Thomas on team’s attitude at 0-6: ‘I think some don’t care, who knows? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Notes: Dating back to last season, the Giants have last their last eight road games.

The Giants have trailed at halftime in all six games this season.

The Giants have committed an NFL-high 23 turnovers this year – two more than they had for all of the 2012 season. The Giants have committed at least three turnovers in all six games

The Giants have only sacked opposing quarterbacks five times this season.

Oct 092013
 
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David Wilson, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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RB David Wilson’s Injury Potentially Season Ending? The New York Post is reporting that RB David Wilson’s neck injury may be season ending. The Post says Wilson has an issue with a disc in his neck and will see a neck specialist in Los Angeles on Monday. An unidentified NFL source told the paper that there is concern the injury may require season-ending surgery. However, two other unidentified sources told The Post that the injury may not be that serious.

October 9, 2013 New York Giants Injury Update – Six Out For Bears Game: The Giants held a walk-thru practice on Wednesday. Not practicing were RB David Wilson (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), DE Damontre Moore (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder). Of these seven players, all have officially been ruled “out” of Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears except for Moore who is “doubtful.”

Practicing on a limited basis were WR Louis Murphy (ankle), TE Brandon Myers (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), and LS Zak DeOssie (back). Murphy, Myers, and Joseph are “questionable” for the game while DeOssie is “probable.”

LB Mark Herzlich (toe) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) fully practiced. Both are “probable” for the game.

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin has no blueprint for Giants’ uncharted waters by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on the New York Giants and Linebackers: Giants Visit Land of Linebackers With a Changing Cast by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

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

Sep 192013
 
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Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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September 19, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were CB Corey Webster (hip), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OG Brandon Mosley (back), OT David Diehl (thumb), and QB Ryan Nassib (foot). Webster, Mosley, and Nassib were new additions to the injury report. Robinson did not practice after practicing on Wednesday.

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:

John Madden on the Giants and QB Eli Manning: John Madden Analyzes Eli’s Turnovers by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on RB David Wilson: David Wilson Comfortable, Confident Heading into Carolina Matchup by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants’ Offensive Line: Giants Guard Kevin Boothe Calls Performance of Offensive Line ‘Shocking’ by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on P Steve Weatherford: Weatherford Aims for Bounce Back Game by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Linebacker Lawrence Taylor: The Movie That Made Lawrence Taylor Cry for What He’d Done by Greg Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com