May 052023
Brian Daboll, New York Giants (May 13, 2022)

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The first day of the New York Giants two-day rookie mini-camp was held on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There were 73 players in attendance, including the team’s seven 2023 draft picks, nine signed undrafted rookie free agents, five players previously on the roster, and 52 tryout players (including a few veterans).

“Had meetings last night with these rookies,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “There’s really kind of four groups here, if you will. There are the drafted guys, the UDFAs that we signed, the tryout players, which I’d say there’s a considerable amount of them, and then some of our players who are able to participate.

“We’ll have two days here of work. I wouldn’t say extensive work, just kind of get their feet wet. But it was good to get the players in here yesterday and get to meet a bunch of new guys. Again, you never know what you find out here. Ryder (Anderson) was a tryout guy last year and made our roster. (Tomon) Fox was a UDFA who ended up being on a roster and playing some plays. It’s good to kind of get to know these guys and for them to get to know us. I’d say that’s really the biggest thing is to get to know the player and let them know how we do things. The physical stuff, that’ll all come here in the next few weeks.”

Draft Picks (7):

  • CB Deonte Banks
  • OC John Michael Schmitz
  • WR Jalin Hyatt
  • RB Eric Gray
  • CB Tre Hawkins III
  • DL Jordon Riley
  • S Gervarrius Owens

Signed Undrafted Rookie Free Agents (9):

  • QB Tommy DeVito
  • WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton
  • TE/FB Ryan Jones
  • OLB Habakkuk Baldonado
  • ILB Dyontae Johnson
  • ILB Troy Brown
  • CB Gemon Green
  • S Alex Cook
  • LS Cameron Lyons

New York Giants “Veterans” (5):

  • RB Jashaun Corbin
  • WR Kalil Pimpleton
  • WR Makai Polk
  • CB Leonard Johnson
  • S Trenton Thompson

Undrafted rookie and veteran tryout players (52).

The Giants have signed the following three of their 2023 NFL Draft selections:

  • RB Eric Gray (5th round)
  • CB Tre Hawkins (6th round)
  • S Gervarrius Owens (7th round)

As indicated above, the Giants have officially signed nine undrafted rookie free agents:

QB Tommy DeVito, 6’2”, 210lbs, 4.64, University of Illinois (Video)
Transfer from Syracuse, where he was benched. DeVito lacks height, but he is a physically tough quarterback. However, pressure can bother him and he needs to play with more consistency.

WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton, 6’3”, 224lbs, 4.38, West Virginia University (Video)
Wheaton combines excellent size, speed, and overall athletic ability. He can can high-point a ball and win contested catches. However, he is a poor route runner and should be more productive than he has been. Inconsistent hands.

TE/FB Ryan Jones, 6’3”, 247lbs, 4.78, East Carolina University
Jones caught 41 passes for 413 yards and five touchdowns in his final collegiate season.

OLB Habakkuk Baldonado, 6’5”, 260lbs, 4.78, University of Pittsburgh (Video)
Baldonado was born in Rome, Italy. He played defensive end in a 4-3 defense in college, but projects to edge in Wink Martindale’s defense. His best season was in 2021, when he had 9.5 sacks. Baldonado has good size and strength and he plays hard. However, he lacks ideal quickness as a pass rusher.

ILB Dyontae Johnson, 6’2’’, 230lbs, 4.76, University of Toledo
Johnson had 109 tackles, eight tackles for losses, three pass defenses, three sacks, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries in his final collegiate season. He is productive and instinctive, but lacks ideal size and speed.

ILB Troy Brown, 6’1”, 220, 4.69, University of Mississippi
Brown lacks ideal size and and strength, but he diagnoses well and has proven to be productive (93 tackles in his final collegiate season).

CB Gemon Green, 6’2”, 186lbs, 4.52, University of Michigan (Video)
Green lacks ideal speed for the position, but he has experience in multiple coverages, including man. Green does not make many plays on the football. He plays a physical game but needs to be more consistent in run support.

S Alex Cook, 6’1’’, 196lbs, 4.68, University of Washington
Cook has average size and lacks ideal speed. He is an aggressive player who is better against the run. He does not make many plays on the football in the passing game. Team captain.

LS Cameron Lyons, 6’0’’, 225lbs, 5.00, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

The  transcript and video of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Friday are available in The Corner Forum and at

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

May 042023
Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants (December 5, 2021)

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The New York Giants have agreed to a contract extension for defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence. The new deal is reportedly a 4-year, $90 million contract that includes $60 million in guaranteed money. Lawrence had one year remaining on his current rookie contract that would have paid him $12.4 million in 2023. The 4-year extension now means Lawrence is under contract through the 2027 season.

Under the tutelage of new Defensive Line Coach Andre Patterson, Lawrence had a breakout season in 2022, earning second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl recognition. Lawrence started 16 regular-season games, being a healthy scratch in the regular-season finale. He played in an astounding 82 percent of defensive snaps. Lawrence was credited with 68 tackles, seven tackles for losses, 7.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, three pass defenses, and two forced fumbles. Despite being regularly double-teamed, Lawrence was a difference-maker in many contests as both a run defender and pass rusher.

The Giants drafted Lawrence in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. However, in his first three seasons with New York, Lawrence was inconsistent and had not developed into the stud presence expected of him. Built like a prototypical run-stuffing nose tackle (6’4”, 242 pounds) with excellent size and strength, previous coaching regimes surprisingly played him more at 3-4 defensive end. The current coaching staff moved him to his more natural nose tackle position and coached him up to a new level of play.

Jan 172023
Isaiah Hodgins, New York Giants (January 15, 2023)

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The Giants conducted a walk-through practice on Tuesday. The following injury report is a projection provided by the team:

WR Isaiah Hodgins (ankle), OLB Azeez Ojulari (quad), ILB/S Landon Collins (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (back), CB Fabian Moreau (hip), and S Julian Love (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

S Jason Pinnock (abdomen) fully practiced.

The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

The Giants practice on Wednesday afternoon (12:45-2:30PM). The coordinators and select players will also address the media.

Jan 132023
Adoree' Jackson, New York Giants (October 30, 2022)

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WR Marcus Johnson (knee), OC Jon Feliciano (back), RT Evan Neal (ankle), DL Leonard Williams (neck), OLB Azeez Ojulari (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), S Xavier McKinney (fingers), and S Jason Pinnock (shoulder) fully practiced on Friday. All eight players are expected to be available for Sunday’s playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.

“(Neal will) be alright,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. The NFL Network is reporting that Neal suffered the ankle injury in practice on Thursday.

“(Jackson) did good,” said Daboll. “We’ll give him another day out here and hopefully it’s moving in the right direction.”

New York Giants defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas have been voted second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

Video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available on YouTube:

  • LT Andrew Thomas (Video)

There is no media availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Vikings on Sunday in Minnesota.

Jan 122023
Jason Pinnock, New York Giants (December 24, 2022)

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WR Marcus Johnson (knee), RT Evan Neal (ankle), DL Leonard Williams (neck), OLB Azeez Ojulari (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), and S Jason Pinnock (shoulder) were limited in practice on Thursday.

OC Jon Feliciano (back) and S Xavier McKinney (fingers) fully practiced.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

The players practice again on Friday (11:45AM-1:15PM). Head Coach Brian Daboll, the position coaches, and select players will also address the media.

Jan 012023
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (January 1, 2023)

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The New York Giants easily defeated the Indianapolis Colts 38-10 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday afternoon. With the victory, the Giants not only improved their overall record to 9-6-1, but they clinched an NFC Wild Card playoff spot. This is the first time since 2016 that the Giants have had a winning record as well as making the playoffs. Regardless of the outcome of next weekend’s regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants will be the 6th seed in the first round of playoffs.

Given the score, as one would expect, the Giants also dominated overall team statistics. The Giants out-gained the Colts in first downs (26 to 14), total net yards (394 to 252), net yards rushing (217 to 128), net yards passing (177 to 124), and time of possession (31:36 to 28:24). The turnover battle was even with one apiece. New York was 4-of-7 (57 percent) on third down, while Indianapolis was 3-of-12 (25 percent). However, the Colts did convert twice on 4th down.

The first quarter was largely taken up by two drives by the Colts and one by the Giants that only resulted in three points for Indianapolis. After both teams exchanged punts, the Colts went 75 yards in nine plays to set up a 23-yard field goal and an early 3-0 lead. The big play was a contested, 49-yard bomb from quarterback Nick Foles to wide receiver Parris Campbell.

The Giants’ second possession of the game started with 2:21 left in the first quarter. On an 11-play drive that included eight runs and three passes, New York drove 71 yards. On 3rd-and-goal, quarterback Daniel Jones threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Richie James. Giants 7 – Colts 3.

After a quick three-and-out by the Colts, the Giants added to their advantage with a 9-play, 64-yard drive that ended with another 6-yard touchdown pass by Jones. This time his target was wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who caught his fourth touchdown in five weeks. A key play on this possession was a 10-yard pass to tight end Daniel Bellinger on 3rd-and-6. Giants 14 – Colts 3.

The Colts’ fourth possession of the first half started with 4:17 left on the clock. After picking up two first downs, Indianapolis faced a 3rd-and-11 from their own 46-yard line. Foles threw a pass towards the right sideline that was picked off by linebacker/safety Landon Collins, who returned the ball 52 yards four a defensive touchdown. The Giants were now up 21-3.

On the Colts’ fifth and final possession of the half, they picked up another first down. But on 3rd-and-4 from their own 48-yard line, Foles was crushed by outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux. Foles left the game with a rib injury and did not return. The Colts punted.

With just 46 seconds left on the clock and starting from their own 39-yard line, the Giants were able to drive to the Indianapolis 18-yard line. Place kicker Graham Gano kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired.

At the half, the Giants were up 24-3.

The Giants received the football to start the third quarter, but immediately turned the ball over when wide receiver Darius Slayton fumbled the ball away at the 30-yard line after a 5-yard reception. The defense only gave up one yard, however, and Indianapolis missed the 48-yard field goal. The Giants then responded with a quick, 6-play, 62-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown run by Jones. Jones also completed a 28-yard pass to James on this drive. Giants 31 – Colts 3.

With Sam Ehlinger now playing quarterback, the Colts did cut the score to 31-10 with a 16-play, 68-yard possession that last over eight and a half minutes. Indianapolis converted on both 4th-and-1 and 4th-and-6 on this drive. Giants 31 – Colts 10.

With two minutes left in the third quarter, the Giants began their final scoring drive of the game. The possession started off with a 12-yard run by running back Saquon Barkley and a 25-yard run by Jones. A 44-yard successful field goal by Gano was nullified when the Giants accepted a defensive offsides penalty, giving New York a first down. Three plays later, Jones scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, this one from 10 yards out. The Giants were up 38-10 with 12 minutes to go in the contest.

The Colts gained a couple of first downs on the ensuing possession but punted on 4th-and-11 from their own 41-yard line. On the Giants’ final drive of the game, they picked up 57 yards and three first downs with mostly back-ups in the game, including Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. Most importantly, the team took 6:40 off of the clock before the Giants turned the ball over on downs on 4th-and-2. Indianapolis got the ball back with just 1:56 left on the clock.  Three plays later the game was over.

Jones finished the game 19-of-24 for 177 yards, two passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also was the team’s leading rusher with 11 carries for 91 yards (8.3 yards per carry) and two rushing touchdowns. He scored four touchdowns in all. Running backs Matt Breida and Saquon Barkley chipped in with 59 and 58 yards, respectively. The leading receiver was James, who caught seven passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Giants were credited with two sacks, one by Thibodeaux (who also had two tackles for losses and a pass defense) and the other by defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence (who also had three hits on the quarterback). The big play of course was the defensive score by Collins.

GAME VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS are available on YouTube.

On Saturday, the Giants activated S Xavier McKinney from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List, which he had been on since November 7th after breaking his hand during the bye week. To make room for McKinney, the Giants waived WR David Sills from the 53-man roster.

The team also activated (standard elevation) FB/TE Chris Myarick and CB Zyon Gilbert from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster. Myarick was re-signed to the Practice Squad on Friday after he had been waived from the 53-man roster on Wednesday.

Inactive for the game were CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), TE Lawrence Cager, OG Jack Anderson, OG Wyatt Davis, LB Jarrad Davis, CB Rodarius Williams, and S Dane Belton.

DL Leonard Williams (burner) came out of the game in the second half and did not return.

Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Brian Daboll and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

The Giants finished 5-3-1 in MetLife Stadium, their best home record and first winning mark since they were 7-1 in 2016.

The Giants ended their NFL-long streak of 43 games without scoring at least 30 points.

The 28-point margin of victory is the Giants’ largest since December 7, 2014, when they defeated the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, 36-7.

The Giants did not allow a first-half offensive touchdown for the sixth time this season.

Brian Daboll is the fifth coach in Giants history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season, joining Allie Sherman (1961), Dan Reeves (1993), Jim Fassel (1997), and Ben McAdoo (2016). Rookie coach Earl Potteiger led the Giants to the 1927 NFL championship in the era before playoffs.

QB Daniel Jones has not thrown in interception in 12 of 16 games this season.

The Giants ended a four-game losing streak to Indianapolis and defeated the Colts for the first time since December 22, 2002, and the first time at home since December 12, 1993.

Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will address the media by conference call on Monday.

Dec 222022
Dexter Lawrence, New York Giants (October 16, 2022)

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OG Shane Lemieux (toe) and CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee) did not practice on Thursday. Both have officially been ruled out of Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

TE Nick Vannett (shoulder), OT Evan Neal (shoulder), OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (elbow), and DL Leonard Williams (neck) were limited in practice. All four players are expected to play.

WR Isaiah Hodgins (calf) fully practiced and is expected to play.

Two Giants have been voted to the Pro Bowl, including running back Saquon Barkley as a starter and defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence as a reserve. This is the second time Barkley has been voted to the Pro Bowl, the first being during his rookie season in 2018. This is the first time Lawrence has been so honored.

Four other Giants were voted as alternates to the Pro Bowl, including placekicker Graham Gano (second alternate), left tackle Andrew Thomas and center Jon Feliciano (both third alternates), and outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux (fourth alternate).

The Giants have signed inside linebacker Landon Collins to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. The Giants signed Collins to the Practice Squad in early October. Collins has played in three games for team this year, being credited with four tackles.

The team also re-signed inside linebacker Tae Crowder to the Practice Squad, two days after waiving him from the 53-man roster.

The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

  • LT Andrew Thomas (Video)
  • DL Dexter Lawrence (Video)
  • ILB/S Landon Collins (Video)

There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Friday as the team travels to Minnesota to play the Vikings on Saturday afternoon.

Dec 122022
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (December 11, 2022)

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New York Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll addressed the media on Monday to discuss his team’s 48-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (VIDEO):

Q: I wanted to ask you about special teams. It seems like the last several weeks there’s been a breakdown here and there, a problem with guys keeping their lanes. What are you seeing from them, and are you concerned that these types of breakdowns are happening this late in the season?

A: I think that there’s always a reason for each play to breakdown. Yesterday was a variety of issues, whether that was missing a tackle, whether it was getting a hat for hat on a kickoff return. We made a play on that blocked punt, but we gave up far too many yards in the kickoff return and really didn’t give ourselves a chance to get going on our kickoffs. So, certainly an area we need to improve, and we’ll continue to try to do that.

Q: Is any of that related to the fact that you have guys going in and out, maybe you’re reducing one guy’s workload and there’s no chemistry or comradery being built on those units?

A: I don’t think you make an excuse like that; every team goes through that during the season. So, whoever’s in there, we have confidence in. And we’ve got to do a better job there.

Q: I was just wondering if you could update (us on) any of the guys who left yesterday’s game. I’ll start with (wide receiver) Richie (James) – is he in the concussion protocol?

A: He is.

Q: And then (tight end Daniel) Bellinger? (Inside linebacker Micah) McFadden? Anybody else?

A: I’d say Daniel’s sore today. I’d say he’s pretty sore today, so we’ll see how he goes during the week. McFadden’s sore. They’re all sore. (McFadden’s) ankle. They’re all sore.

Q: How about some of the guys who didn’t play yesterday. I know it’s early in the week, but what’s your level of optimism on Leo (defensive lineman Leonard Williams), (cornerback) Adoree’ (Jackson), (safety Xavier) McKinney, and (guard Ben) Bredeson for this week?

A: Too early to tell.

Q: A bigger picture question then: The run game obviously has not performed or produced the way it did earlier in the season. What do you think has been, I’m sure they’re a lot of factors, what are some of the biggest issues with getting that back on track?

A: I think some of the things earlier in the year, too, is we had some good numbers but some of those were from big runs, too. So, you look at the type of game you’re playing in, whether you’re behind, whether you’re getting as many touches as you want to get. You look at the play design; you look at all 11 on the same page. I think it’s probably a variety of things. Certainly missing a few big plays out there is one of them and just being on the same page and making sure we get a hat for a hat, getting downhill and making some positive yards. I’d say some of the games we didn’t run it probably as much as we would’ve run it based on where we were at. So, all that being said, we’re just not doing a good enough job. All those other things to me, I’m giving you some examples, but we’re really not making any excuses – just got to do a better job.

Q: Did you say that (quarterback) Daniel (Jones) is pretty sore today? Is that what I heard?

A: Bellinger.

Q: Oh, Bellinger. Okay. Not the quarterback?

A: No.

Q: Daniel (Jones) obviously doesn’t miss snaps and runs the ball a lot. How is he holding up you think?

A: He’s doing well. He takes care of himself. He’s very proactive and all those types of things, but I think he’s done a nice job up to this point – both on the field and taking care of his body.

Q: Was the touchdown throw he had, rolling right and hitting (wide receiver Isaiah) Hodgins, was that designed to go there? Or did he just have to kind of break the pocket and do that?

A: Yeah, that was a loose play. That was a scramble play. They took away the first read, he moved. I think Isaiah did a good job of moving with him. He found him, so it was a loose-type scramble play.

Q: Is that what you guys often call playing above the X’s and O’s? Is that something that your quarterback has to do as far as ‘look, it’s not there’? Do you call it improvisation or just the next progression of the play?

A: There’s certain plays where it’s one, two, three, four, five. There’s certain plays where it’s a hard action – maybe one, two. Then you talk a lot about down in the red zone where if you watch all these games, you see a lot of scramble-type plays that happen. There’s a short amount of space. If you have a mobile quarterback that can either break contain or keep the play moving, that certainly helps. On that particular play he did a nice job, so did Isaiah.

Q: One more on him: There are times where he gets pressure almost immediately in his face. How is he dealing with that athletically and mentally?

A: He’s good. I think he’s (done) a nice job really since we got here. In the pocket, taking care of the football, making the right decisions. So again, when you get pressure right away in the pocket and there’s not much you can do, then the most important thing is to take care of the ball and live to see another day. There are other times he’s created lanes and made some loose plays, whether it be with his feet or throwing the ball. There are other times he’s been able to throw on time and make the right decisions. So, that’s part of playing quarterback. All those things happen, and I’d say regularly, you try to eliminate the ones that they’re right on him right now.

Q: You’ve harped on your consistency all season long and really pointed at it in staying consistent and ready and steady. How are you feeling this week just knowing the implications that are on the line for this game?

A: I feel the same. You’re upset; you’re not happy that you lost. But you have to get ready to play another game and quickly. Make the corrections that you need to make, whether that be coaching staff with the players. It’s a long season; there’s quite a bit of adversity throughout it. Maybe for some teams, it’s in the beginning. For some teams, it’s in the middle, and other teams, it’s at the end. We’re going through a little bit of it right now, and I think it’s important to stay consistent, do the things that you need to do to try to win games with your preparation and practice. You explain that to your players, which I think they all understand. Again, whether it’s the coaching staff or the players, they’ve tried to remain as consistent as you can be. And that takes some mental toughness throughout the year.

Q: You look yesterday at a Philadelphia team where the roster’s been built methodically. They clearly have an awful lot of weapons; they obviously have a quarterback playing incredibly confident football. Does any part of you allow yourself, for a moment, to say, ‘Man, a year from now, we’re going to be so much closer to being really competitive against that kind of team because we’re going to have much closer to that kind of team’?

A: I don’t. I live in the moment. Again, our moment is we didn’t play or coach well enough yesterday. You don’t make excuses; you own it. You take a look at the things you can get better at, and that’s the approach. Those thoughts that you’re talking about, that’s for another time and another place. I’m focused on the here and the now.

Q: Understood. I do wonder after yesterday, do a couple of your players need a little boost in confidence as you guys approach, obviously, a really important game Sunday night?

A: No, again, you’re just real. We got beat, and I said this last night: We got beat soundly. And you don’t want that to happen, but it happened. So, we’ve tried to, much to (a previous) question, preach consistency in our meeting rooms, in our practices. And it’s easy to do when you get the results you want. The challenge is when you don’t get the results you want. I think that’s where leadership, that’s where consistency, that’s where teamwork – all that stuff – comes in because again, this is the world we live in. We are judged on results, which I completely understand. But I’ve done this long enough. I’ve been on both ends of it. So, the really good head coaches, leaders and players that I’ve ever been around had that quality of consistency.

Q: We all know the consistency aspect, and if I could go back a couple weeks ago, we were all focused on your emotions on the sideline and how you wished you handled certain things a little differently. On the emotional aspect of it, when you’re the head coach and you’re in this position, do you strike more of a balance? Is it a conscious thing for you, at all, to think about when you’re going to lean into emotion with the team, which players you lean into emotion with, just the moments that you’ve learned from guys you’ve been around of when it’s the right time, when you want to keep emotion out of it? I’m just curious, going into a big game like this, does that play into it at all. And do you pick your spots with your team?

A: I think it depends on the team, and it depends on the players. We have a fairly young team. We have some guys that have been here for a few years that have had 10-plus (game) losing seasons however many years in a row. We have some other veterans that have been some places that have won – same with the coaching staff. But the most important thing is you develop the team – you developed it through OTAs and training camp to withstand certain things that come your way. And again, it’s really about the week you’re playing. I don’t think you can make more or less out of each and every week. Obviously, we know this is a big week. Last week was a big week. So, our focus has to be on the things that we can control – which is the here and the now – and do the things that we need to do to give ourselves the best chance and then ultimately go out there and play well and coach well on Sunday.

Q: Obviously, the big discrepancy yesterday was their ability to make explosive plays, and it’s something that if you look at through the course of the season, they’ve also had a much better capacity of doing. Is that something that you guys really need to figure out going forward, and how hard is it to become a team like that?

A: Well, explosive plays help; that’s probably one of the top five things. When you win the explosive play battle, you put yourself in position. That wasn’t the only area that we got beat in: third down, rushing. I mean, it was pretty much all the way around yesterday. But explosive plays help. They help when you’re on offense. And when you can stop them and prevent them, they help you on defense. To go consecutively 12, 13, 14-play drives, usually you have to have a lot of things that go right. And inevitably if you have one thing go wrong, it puts you behind the sticks, and now you’re into some passing situations that it’s harder to convert on. So, big plays definitely help.

Q: Is that something though that you can’t really address in the middle of a season? It gets addressed after the season. You have what you have right now, and you worry about that (later).

A: Not that we’ve created a bunch of them, but you always look for ways to do it. And there’s a variety of reasons. Yesterday, you go back and take a look at the tape. We had some opportunities where we were behind the defense – I would say four or five times – for big plays, and for one reason or another, we just couldn’t capitalize on it.

Q: Is it easier to take a game like yesterday and say, ‘Hey, let’s focus just on Washington,’ and say, ‘Let’s flush this one because it was so lopsided,’? Did you want them to, maybe even quicker than usual, to say, ‘Hey let’s put our focus on Washington,’?

A: We definitely looked at some particular plays that we have to get fixed because they’ll usually show up again, and we looked at some things that were good. And then, they’re meeting right now going through some of those things. And then we’ll turn it pretty quickly to Washington. We just played them last week; they had a bye week. You got to turn it fairly quickly this time of year anyways.

Q: I know you’ve talked about this ‘next man up’ philosophy, but in the past month or so, you’ve had guys who were out. You’ve asked guys who were your depth players to step up and be the starter. Is that asking too much? You can’t expect your ‘C’ guy to play like your ‘A’ guy, and can that be part of the problem?

A: I think that’s what happens to every team if you take a look around the league. So, we make no excuses. I think those guys that are in there for us are competing. And they’re in there for a reason. We have confidence in them. It’s our job to make sure we’re putting them in good positions. It’s their job to go out there and execute. That’s what it is.

Q: What have you learned about the NFC East so far and about Washington in particular?

A: That we played a tough, competitive game. They have a very good defensive line. They have a strong running game, an explosive receiver (Terry McLaurin), a quarterback (Taylor Heinicke) that is – like I said the last time we played him – playing with a lot of confidence. They’ve won a considerable amount of games here these past seven games. Tough opponent.

Q: What about the NFC East? You’ve been part of a lot of different rivalries, a lot of different divisions, a lot of conferences. What have you learned about the NFC East?

A: Haven’t won any games – us. So, our focus is all on Washington. I think we’ll reflect that on a little bit later, but Washington is where our focus is on.

Q: You talk to ownership regularly. Do you sense that these games do mean more to them?

A: NFC East – I’ve been in other divisions in football. I think anytime you’re playing teams that are in your division, they always mean more.

Q: I’ll end with this, but was (running back) Saquon (Barkley) addressed? Did you talk about him?

A: No, I did not.

Q: How does he feel? Obviously, he went into that game with an injury. Is it anything that you need to worry about moving forward or address (it) with him? How is that going to work?

A: Hopefully, he’s a little bit better this week than he was last week. So, I’m hopeful.

Q: Some would argue that your team is now being measured against a standard of overachievement that you might’ve set in the first half of the season. Do you welcome that standard of people now expecting the Giants to be a playoff team? And in some ways, is that a compliment of where you are in your program – maybe ahead of schedule?

A: I don’t think of it like that. We’ve got to find a way to get a win here. We’ve had some tough games here these last few weeks. Make no excuses about them. Every game we go into, we prepare, we plan, we practice with the right mindset. All the other things, (there’s) not much we can control about that. What we can control is the things we do today and this week and get ready to play a good Washington team.

Q: You want people to hold you to a certain standard, right?

A: We have our standard. And that’s coming in here ready to work, doing the right things every day and making the most of every opportunity. That’s our standard. That’s the standard that we focus on. And again, the results of some of these games, obviously, are disappointing. The way we prepare, the way these guys play hard, the way they work, I think we’ve made strides since we’ve gotten here. So again, we’ve had some wins. We’ve had some losses. But the standard really doesn’t change with the guys in our building – I would say our building – being a pro and trying to do the right stuff. We certainly appreciate our fans – the people that support us. And you want people to expect you to win. And we’re working towards that.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

The players are off on Tuesday and return to practice on Wednesday.

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Brian Daboll, New York Giants (December 11, 2022)

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The New York Giants were annihilated by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, losing 48-22. With the defeat, the Giants fell to 7-5-1 on the season and 0-3-1 in the NFC East.

Predictably, the Eagles also dominated overall team stats, out-gaining the Giants in first downs (27 to 18), total net yards (437 to 304), net yards rushing (253 to 123), net yards passing (184 to 181), and time of possession (32:30 to 27:30). The Eagles also won the turnover battle 1 to 0.

The game became a blowout almost immediately with the Eagles scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions and the Giants countering meekly with four straight punts. Philadelphia’s first possession travelled 84 yards in 14 plays and took 8:05 off of the clock. Their second possession was a 12-play, 91-yard drive that took another five minutes off of the clock. The touchdown came on a 41-yard pass on 4th-and-7. Their third drive last one play, a 33-yard touchdown pass after a botched 15-yard punt that was ruled an illegal kick. With 8:16 left in the 2nd quarter, the Eagles were up 21-0.

The Giants finally got on the board later in the quarter after linebacker Elerson Smith blocked an Eagles’ punt that set the ball up on the Philadelphia 15-yard line. Three plays later, quarterback Daniel Jones found wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins for a 2-yard score. The Eagles returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards to the New York 35-yard line. After picking up one first down, , the Eagles were stopped inside the red zone and settled for a 29-yard field goal with under a minute to play.

At the half, the Eagles led 24-7.

The Eagles extended their lead to 27-7 after their first drive of the 3rd quarter, gaining 63 yards in eight plays to set up a 39-yard field goal. The Giants responded with an 11-play, 75-yard effort that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jones on 3rd-and-goal. Eagles 27 – Giants 14.

The Eagles immediately added another touchdown, driving 63 yards in eight plays again, this time resulting in a 10-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jalen Hurts. Eagles 34 – Giants 14. After both teams punted, the Giants drove to the Philadelphia 18-yard line with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, but New York turned the ball over on downs at the 23-yard line. The Eagles scored again with a 7-play, 76-yard effort that ended with a 40-yard touchdown run by running back Miles Sanders. Eagles 41 – Giants 14.

With six minutes left in the game, the Giants brought Tyrod Taylor in at quarterback but he immediately fumbled the ball away when sacked. The Eagles recovered at the Giants’ 23-yard line. Four plays later, they added their final touchdown with running back Boston Scott scoring from three yards out.

The Giants added a garbage-time touchdown on their final possession, driving 75 yards in nine plays with Taylor throwing a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Richie James. Taylor also completed the 2-point conversion attempt to Hodgins.

Jones finished the game 18-of-27 for 169 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. He was sacked four times and ran for 26 yards on four carries, including a touchdown. The leading receiver was James, who caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Pathetically, the leading rusher was back-up quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who ran for 40 yards on two carries. Running back Saquon Barkley was limited to 28 yards on nine carries. Taylor was also sacked three times as the Giants gave up seven sacks.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 437 yards and six touchdowns. The Eagles averaged 6.6 yards per offensive play and were 6-of-11 (54.5 percent) on 3rd down and 1-of-1 (100 percent) on 4th down. The Giants did accrue four sacks, with two by outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari. The team was credited with only two pass defenses and did not force a turnover.

Special teams was a disaster, allowing a 66-yard kickoff return and botching a punt that led to an easy touchdown.

GAME VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS are available on YouTube.

On Saturday, the Giants activated (standard elevation) DL Ryder Anderson and CB Zyon Gilbert from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster.

Inactive for the game were DL Leonard Williams (neck), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), OG Josh Ezeudu (neck), OG Shane Lemieux (toe), WR David Sills, TE Lawrence Cager, and CB Rodarius Williams.

TE Daniel Bellinger (ribs) left the game and did not return. Inside linebackers Micah McFadden (ankle/neck) and Jaylon Smith (unknown) underwent x-rays after the game. WR Richie James was also evaluated for a concussion after his late touchdown catch.

Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Brian Daboll and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will address the media by conference call on Monday.

Dec 042022
Graham Gano, New York Giants (December 4, 2022)

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The big game against the New York Giants and Washington Commanders ended in an unsatisfying 20-20 tie on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants are now 7-4-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in the division.

In terms of overall team statistics, Washington held clear advantages in first downs (25 to 20), total net yards (411 to 316), net yards rushing (165 to 134), net yards passing (246 to 182), and time of possession (41:11 to 28:49). Both teams turned the ball over once with fumbles.

The Giants received the football first to start the game, picked up one first down, and then turned the ball over when quarterback Daniel Jones fumbled at the end of a 5-yard run on 2nd-and-5. Washington recovered at the New York 48-yard line. The Commanders reached the Giants’ 3-yard line but were forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal.

The Giants quickly went three-and-out on their second possession. Washington responded with an 8-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Taylor Heinicke to wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who broke a tackle on the play to score. The Commanders were now up 10-0 with just under two and a half minutes to play in the 1st quarter.

New York finally got on the scoreboard on their third possession. The Giants gained 45 yards in eight plays to set up a 48-yard field goal by place kicker Graham Gano. After a quick three-and-out by the Commanders, which was aided by an 8-yard sack by defensive lineman Justin Ellis, the Giants tied the game. Jones connected with wide receiver Darius Slayton on a 55-yard deep throw. On 3rd-and-7, Jones then ran for 10 yards down to the Washington 13-yard line. On the next snap, running back Saquon Barkley scored from 13 yards out.

The Commanders regained the lead on their next possession with a 12-play, 51-yard drive. The key play was a defensive holding penalty called on cornerback Fabian Moreau on 3rd-and-7 which gave Washington a first down. The Commanders kicked a 42-yard field goal to take a 13-10 advantage.

The Giants’ final possession of the first half began with 2:23 on the clock. After a first down and a 21-yard run by Barkley, the Giants were at the Washington 30-yard line with 1:07 left with all three timeouts. But the Giants did not handle the clock well in the last minute, despite converting on 3rd-and-10 and 3rd-and-1, and settled for a 27-yard field goal on 2nd-goal from the 9-yard line with five seconds left.

At the half, the game was tied 13-13.

The second half started well for New York. On 3rd-and-8, Heinicke was sacked by linebacker Azeez Ojulari. The ball came loose and Ojulari recovered the fumble at the Washington 20-yard line. Jones ran for seven yards on 3rd-and-4. Two plays later, he threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins as the Giants were now up 20-13. Unfortunately for New York, these would be the last points they would score on the day.

The Giants pinned Washington at their own 5-yard line on the ensuing kickoff, but the Commanders neared midfield before punting. The Giants went three and out near the end of the 3rd quarter. The Commanders then drove 40 yards but missed a 52-yard field goal with just over 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter.

After two more punts by the Giants and one by the Commanders, Washington began their game-tying drive with 3:43 left in the game. Starting from their own 10-yard line, the Commanders drove 90 yards. The key play was a 20-yard completion on 4th-and-4 from Washington’s own 27-yard line. Heinicke then completed a pass of 25 yards down to the New York 28-yard line. He then threw to wide receiver Jahan Dotson, who avoided a couple of tackles en route to the score with 1:45 left on the clock. The game was tied at 20-20.

The Giants went three-and-out again. Washington picked up two first downs but were stopped at their own 38-yard line. The Commanders punted and Jones knelt on the ball once from the New York 16-yard line with 13 seconds left. After scoring a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter on a short field, the Giants’ offense only had one first down for the remainder of the 3rd and all of the 4th quarters, netting just one yard.

The Giants won the toss, picked up one first down and then punted. The Commanders picked up one first down and then also punted. The Giants reached the Washington 45-yard line but could get no closer. Head Coach Brian Daboll decided not to go for it on 4th-and-3. The Commanders got the ball back with 1:36 but could not move the ball. Washington was very fortunate that Heinicke did not fumble the ball when he was blindsided for a sack by linebacker Kayvon Thibodeux near the end zone. The Giants got the ball back with 28 seconds left at their own 43-yard line. New York gained 17 yards. With five seconds left, Gano’s 58-yard field goal attempt came up short and the game ended.

Jones finished the game 25-of-31 for 200 yards and one touchdown. He was also the leading ground gainer for New York with 12 carries for 71 yards. Barkley ran the ball 18 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver was Slayton, who caught six passes for 90 yards.

Defensively, the Giants were credited with five sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and three forced fumbles. The sacks were by Ellis, Ojlari, Thibodeaux, defensive linemen Dexter Lawrence, and linebacker Jihad Ward.

GAME VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS are available on YouTube.

On Saturday, the Giants activated OLB Azeez Ojulari and S Tony Jefferson from Injured Reserve. The team also waived TE Tanner Hudson and signed TE Nick Vannett to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad.

The Giants activated (standard elevation) DL Vernon Butler and CB Zyon Gilbert from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster.

Inactive for the game were WR Kenny Golladay (illness), OG Josh Ezeudu (neck), OG Shane Lemieux (toe), CB Adoree’ Jackson (knee), TE Lawrence Cager, OLB Elerson Smith, and CB Darnay Holmes.

DL Leonard Williams (neck) left the game and did not return.

Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Brian Daboll and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will address the media by conference call on Monday.