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New York Giants Defense (November 15, 2020)

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GIANTS EXTEND GRAHAM GANO THROUGH 2023…
On Sunday, the New York Giants announced that they have extended the contract of place kicker Graham Gano through the 2023 NFL season.

The Giants signed Gano to a 1-year contract in August 2020. Gano spent most of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins (2009-2011) and Carolina Panthers (2012-2019). However, he missed the last four games of the 2018 season and all of the 2019 season with a knee injury. The Panthers released him in late July 2020.

The 33-year old Gano has made 21 of his 22 field goal attempts this year for the Giants, only missing a 57-yard effort. He also has made all 16 PAT attempts.

GIANTS SIGN THREE TO THE PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed running back/wide receiver Taquan Mizzell, offensive guard Kenny Wiggins, and cornerback Quincy Wilson to the Practice Squad.

The 27-year old, 5’10”, 185-pound Mizzell originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2017), Chicago Bears (2017-2018), and New Orleans Saints (2019-2020). Mizzell has played in 12 regular-season games, serving as a running back, wide receiver, and kick returner.

The Giants cut Wiggins on November 13th. The team originally signed him on November 3rd after he was cut by the Detroit Lions. The 6’6”, 315-pound Wiggins was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2011 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2011), San Francisco 49ers (2012-2013), San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2013-2017), and Lions (2018-2020). Overall, Wiggins has played in 79 regular-season games with 38 starts.

The 24-year old, 6’2”, 193-pound Wilson was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He has spent time with Colts (2017-2019) and New York Jets (2020). Wilson has played in 32 regular-season games with 11 starts, accruing 59 tackles, 8 pass defenses, and 2 interceptions.

NOVEMBER 16, 2020 JOE JUDGE PRESS CONFERENCE…
New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge addressed the media on Monday to discuss his team’s 27-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (the video is also available at Giants.com):

Q: Can you just go through what your next couple days are going to be looking like going into the bye? How much will the coaches be in the building, when the players are in, and just kind of a sense of what your schedule is?

A: We gave the players actually a victory Monday today and let them get a little bit extra rest today. Tomorrow and Wednesday, we’ll have the players in the building. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, they’ll be completely off. We’ll have some available open gym time if you would as far as the weight room and training room. There’s absolutely nothing required per rule and all. We just want to give them some time to refresh. But because a lot of these guys have to stay in town, or all of them have to stay in town obviously with the (COVID) testing on a daily basis, what I found out from a lot of other clubs who have already had their bye weeks is different than previous bye weeks in previous years, there have been a lot of guys coming through the building on the weekend basically occupying time, getting some body work done, getting an extra workout, things of that nature. So, we’ll make sure we have the facilities open for them if that’s something they want to do. Coaching wise, we’re really focusing these next few days on some self-scouting internally. We do a little bit of a deal where we’ll go ahead and have the offense scout the defense and vice versa. It gives us a little bit different perspective. Sometimes when you just self-scout yourself on offense or on defense or in the kicking game within your own schemes, at times, you’re still too close to it to really see something that an opponent may see. We wanted to go ahead and take the time to really cross reference each other and see if we can pick up on something tendency wise to illuminate something for the coaches to change going forward. Then we want to build in to really our next six opponents of things we may see schematically, and then also with our younger players, really develop them and get guys ready to play in these next six games that we go ahead and have the best plan going forward, give ourselves a bit of a jumpstart on it.

Q: Just one other thing on the idea of the players being away. I know you mentioned last week that you may give players’ families an option or even the coaches’ families the option to come to town, kind of be a part of the testing. Did any of that materialize? Did anyone take you up on that offer?

A: To be honest with you, I have to check with Ronnie (Barnes) on that. I just announced to the team, we talked in the meeting, I just let them know that hey listen, if there’s someone coming in town, obviously, we want to control who’s coming in. We want to make sure they’re smart about the number of people we expose ourselves to. We want to make sure that on the frontend, we make sure that we test and that we make sure we’re putting ourselves in the safest environment possible. At the same time, we’re realists. We want to make sure that if something does happen, we’re treating it the best way possible and that we’re doing it in the safest way possible. We made it available to the players, I’ve echoed to all the players that if they have someone coming in that they need tested, to go to our training staff and talk with Ronnie and make sure we get that arranged on the frontend. That’s both for this week coming up, as well as Thanksgiving the next week. I haven’t heard any reports back from our training staff, but I’ll double check on that today and see if there’s anyone that’s been involved with that. At the same time too, I want to make sure the players know we’re not trying to look over their shoulder and check up on who has someone coming to town. That’s not our reason at all. I just want to make sure more of the players, I don’t have any specific names, are utilizing what we’re offering to them.

Q: I know you focus a lot on the daily and weekly development and improvement of the players and coaches. I’m wondering if you can talk about where you think you’ve improved the most as a head coach throughout these past 10 weeks?

A: I think time usage. Throughout the season, you kind of figure out what times a week are most efficient to do certain deals. Early in the season, you try to do everything on the frontend of the week to be completely ahead of everything. You work ahead a good deal to give yourself a jumpstart. But you have to kind of pace your time throughout the week. What I found early on was it was taking away a little bit from my interactions with players, maybe not able to sit in with different coaching game planning meetings by trying to bombard everything on the frontend of the week and have all the answers. I’ve kind of pulled back a little bit in terms of everything on the frontend spread out throughout the rest of the week, and I’ve been able to kind of just time manage a little bit better. I think that’s something that’s helped me personally a good deal as far as managing each day. Other than that, I think it’s just more or less growing within what I’m doing on a daily basis. The interactions at practice, like I said, the first experience I had walking on the field as a head coach for any practice was in training camp. That’s a weird feeling walking out there, not having one specific position. What I found early in the process is having a plan of who you want to look at on a daily basis, making sure you get eyes on every player at some point in practice and really making sure you’re watching everyone’s growth. But it has to be something very planned out and very specific, so there’s a lot of time I dedicate before practice to going through the practice schedule and the individual scripts offensively and defensively of really identifying what schemes do I have to really evaluate in person, and what players do I really have to see do certain things on certain days, and making sure I map out my own time of why I float drill to drill at a certain point in practice.

Q: Is there anything you want to improve on further moving forward?

A: Yeah, everything. Absolutely everything. I want to find better ways to coach my players, better ways to set up scheme within games. I want to make sure that we’re efficient on time management at all points. I always want to find better ways to practice. We’re really not stuck into any specific drill or routine. I’m always looking for inventive ways and better ways of doing things. I’m watching as much tape around the league, seeing what different teams are doing, talking with as many resources as I have. I just have to keep finding better ways to help the players on the field and help the coaches off the field.

Q: I’m just curious what you guys thought when you heard that all the charges were dropped against DeAndre (Baker) today?

A: Yeah, to be honest with you, I’ve been pretty busy all day as far as watching tape. Pat Hanlon gave me kind of a quick bullet point thing before I walked in here, I saw that. Look, I wish him the best of luck in the future. We’ve made the decision that we think is best for the program, and that’s really all I have to say about that.

Q: On a separate note, what makes you guys so successful, or Daniel (Jones) so successful, with that zone read? Is it opposition based or is it something in particular that makes him good at it?

A: The coaches are doing a good job in terms of setting up the schemes based on who we’re playing. It’s never exactly the same thing. It’s similar in nature, but there are different versions of it. I think it just comes down to the blocking the offensive line creates, the threat of the running backs going vertically with the ball, and then Daniel’s ability to read it and pull the ball and make some yardage with his legs on the edge. It’s never one person. It’s a good call at the right time, it’s good blocking upfront, it’s the threat of the running backs running with the ball, and it’s Daniel’s ability to execute with the ball in his hands. It’s all the pieces that have to come together. It’s something we’ve been able to make a strength for us. We want to continue building on that and use it when the opportunity arises in each game.

Q: This isn’t meant to be a weird question at all, but the way your team played against Washington and Philly, was the way they played enough that you would have seen progress? The win obviously makes it all the better, but I think you know what I’m getting at. Did they perform in those games to a standard that alone would have pleased you?

A: Yeah, I wouldn’t stop short and say anything that we’ve arrived. I don’t think we ever want to look at something and say like ‘ok, we’ve gotten to the point we want to be at.’ There’s a lot of improvement we want to keep making. There are a lot of things that we want to clean up. I would say this though. On a weekly basis, I’ve seen a lot of improvement from our team. To me, it’s most evident when you turn the tape on. Look, there are several plays from yesterday that really encapsulate what I want our players to show everyone that watches that tape, and it’s important they look at it. Whether it’s Wayne’s (Gallman) touchdown on the fourth down and one where we drove everyone into the end zone and finished the blocks, or Wayne going over the top with good ball security. Whether it’s converting some tough, get back on track situations, defense getting off the field when they have to, special teams covering kicks and establishing field position. There were a lot of positive things to me, the effort, the urgency… look, one of the things that we’ve emphasized as a team to be honest with you that showed up yesterday that I was very proud of is you see when our players score, everyone running into the end zone celebrating with them. That’s important to me. It’s not a hot dog thing, but we don’t really want individualistic celebrations. We want the team to celebrate. It’s not about one guy getting into the end zone. It’s what did the line do to block to get you down there? What previous plays are you celebrating? It could be a receiver having a touchdown catch. Alright, well the running back should go down and celebrate because he had runs previous in the series that helped get us down there. The offensive line is a part of every play. The quarterback is obviously a big part of every play. We want the team celebrating together and acknowledging that it takes all 11 on the field every time to be successful. It takes everyone on the sideline as well, to be part of it, to be collectively successful.

Q: When you come back from the bye, will you mention the division race to your team? Someone is going to win this division and it certainly could be you guys. Will that be a bullet point of yours?

A: No, the importance needs to be improving as a team. All that other stuff will take care of itself. Cincinnati is a good team. We have to get ready and go ahead and improve ourselves internally. Turn the page and move on to Cincinnati and get ready for a tough game out there. We have a tough stretch of games coming up. We can’t go ahead and start looking at rankings and division races and all that type of stuff. We just have to focus on getting better each week. That’s what will ultimately help us in the long run.

Q: You’ve continually said this division race is irrelevant as far as what the records are. Some of the players don’t think it’s irrelevant. They are excited that they can have a share of first place. Do you think they can balance that with going about the business of improving every day?

A: One of my core beliefs is, motivation, to me, is an individual thing. As long as you’re working for something and it collectively raises the team, that’s a positive thing. It’s professional football, I don’t care if a guy is working for a paycheck or a guy is working for a championship. If both guys come out and they are giving their best every day, that’s going to make the team better. Whatever motivates these guys, that’s great. My job as the head coach is to make sure they understand the big picture goal. Right now to me, that’s improving on a daily basis and getting to be the best football team we can be at the end of the season. All that other stuff takes care of itself.

Q: You were asked about Daniel jones and the zone read. The more he runs obviously the more punishment he is going to take. How do you balance that? He took some pretty big hits near the goal line against the Eagles.

A: Daniel is a tough dude. That being said, we don’t need him to take unnecessary punishment. We’ve talked to Daniel, a lot of times there is a time to lower your shoulder and get the extra yard, and there is a time to step out of bounds, slide and protect the ball. I think he’s made pretty good decisions. When he’s had to lower his shoulder… yesterday was a very competitive game. There was a lot of positions he was in with the ball where there wasn’t really the opportunity to just slide and get down. A lot of them were close to the goal line. A few of them were on third down situations where he had to really go ahead and drop his weight to try to get that extra yard to get the first down for us. We’ve talked to him, I think he understands that. I think he’s done a good job of balancing that out. He’s definitely aggressive, very competitive dude. He’s a tough natured guy. He’s definitely a guy you have to pump the brakes on a little bit more and kind of take less hits off of him. He’s not the guy who is going to shy away from contact at any point.

Q: In victory formation yesterday, there was kind of a little bumping after one of the kneels. I couldn’t help but notice you colorfully told your guys to get back in the huddle. Is there a point where you stop coaching and you just enjoy?

A: At the point you are referring to yesterday, we don’t want our players getting mixed up in anything. It’s going to be a penalty to be honest with you. At that point in the game, you’re kneeling the ball down. You’re trying to run the clock out. The worst thing you can do is create a penalty and stop the clock. That’s an advantage you can give to the opponent. We don’t want to do anything stupid. There’s that fine line between sticking up for yourselves, sticking up for your teammates and then just crossing a line and doing something dumb that’s going to give the other team an advantage with penalty yards and stopping the clock. For us in that moment there, the smart thing to do is just get back. Get away, get into the huddle. Come back out the next play, kneel it down and then we can all go shake hands and celebrate in the locker room. (Jokingly) I didn’t realize that was on TV.

Q: When you first took the job, you talked about putting out a team that represented the people of New York and New Jersey. Being tough, being tough minded. Do you feel like you are seeing that with your team?

A: Yeah, absolutely. You talk about our team and one word I use all the time is resilient. When I think about people in this area, blue-collar people who work hard every day. It’s obviously a very competitive area to be in. That’s what you have to be up here. We want our guys to be successful on the field, but it matters to us how we’re successful. We want to play with the right attitude. We want to play a tough brand of football. We want to run the ball, stop the run, cover kicks. We want to go out there and be able to play in tough elements and be successful. We’re not going to be a team that makes excuses or comes back an says we had them, but this happened instead. That’s not the way we’re made up, that’s not what we’re going to do. I think we’re getting closer to putting a product on the field that hopefully people can see themselves in. That people are proud to put on those blue caps or t-shirts on Mondays and go to work and celebrate that they root for the Giants. That’s something that’s important to us here. We want this team to be about the area. Not just about the guys in the building.

Q: On your clock management, it seems very solid. Have you studied that over the years? Who may have underscored the importance of that?

A: I’d say probably the first time I got into it was when I took the job in New England and I started becoming more involved with it. College is much, much different in terms of clock management. It’s not really as emphasized as it probably should be in a lot of ways. Coach Saban is very thorough in what he did. I just wasn’t personally involved in that part of it at that point. When I got to New England, part of my responsibility was tied into a lot of the situations. As far as being a part of special teams, it’s a large part of what your job is. Your job and responsibility grows over time with that. Over the eight years of being there, my role and responsibility in terms of in-game clock or input in how we could better manage situations grew. That’s obviously something I emphasize for myself in how I can help the team. I’m not calling offensive plays or defensive plays and T-Mac (Thomas McGaughey) is running the kicking game. There’s a lot of things throughout the game I look to help with. Making adjustments or having an overview of things. Talking to coordinators about the flow of the game or big picture concepts. To me, controlling the clock, the timeouts, things of that nature, that’s really where I can make a positive impact for the team.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will address the media on Tuesday. Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will address the media on Wednesday.

Nov 132020
 
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Devonta Freeman, New York Giants (October 4, 2020)

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NEW YORK GIANTS MAKE SIX ROSTER MOVES…
The New York Giants have signed running back Alfred Morris, offensive lineman Kyle Murphy, and defensive back Montre Hartage from the team’s Practice Squad to the 53-man roster.

The Giants signed Morris to the Practice Squad in late September 2020. He’s played in the last two games for the Giants, carrying the ball 17 times for 95 yards. Morris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has spent time with the Redskins (2012-2015), Dallas Cowboys (2016-2017, 2019), San Francisco 49ers (2018), and Arizona Cardinals (2019).

The Giants signed Murphy as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2020 NFL Draft. Murphy was a 3-year starter in college with experience all along the offensive line.

Hartage originally signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Giants claimed Hartage off of waivers from the Dolphins in April 2020 and waived/injured Hartage in early September 2020 with a hamstring injury. The Giants re-signed him to the Practice Squad in late October.

The Giants placed running back Devonta Freeman on Injured Reserve with ankle and hamstring injuries. The Giants signed Freeman in late September 2020. He played in five games for the Giants with four starts, carrying the ball 54 times for 172 yards and one touchdown. Freeman also caught seven passes for 58 yards. Freeman was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons cut Freeman in March 2020.

The Giants have also waived tight end Eric Tomlinson and offensive guard Kenny Wiggins.

The Giants signed Tomlinson as an unrestricted free agent from the Las Vegas Raiders in March 2020. He has spent time both on the 53-man roster and Practice Squad this year, playing in only one game. Tomlinson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2015 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Eagles (2015), Houston Texans (2015-2016), New York Jets (2016-2018), Giants (2019), New England Patriots (2019), and Raiders (2019).

The Giants signed Wiggins in early November 2020 after he was cut by the Detroit Lions. The 6’6”, 315-pound Wiggins was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2011 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2011), San Francisco 49ers (2012-2013), San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2013-2017), and Lions (2018-2020).

NOVEMBER 13, 2020 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
RB Devonta Freeman (ankle/hamstring) did not practice on Friday. He was placed on Injured Reserve soon after.

WR Sterling Shepard (toe/hip), WR Golden Tate (knee), and CB Isaac Yiadom (calf) were limited in practice. Golden and Yiadom are “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Shepard is expected to play.

TE Kaden Smith (concussion) fully practiced.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

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

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday. The team plays the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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Kenny Wiggins, Detroit Lions (September 8, 2019)

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGN KENNY WIGGINS…
The New York Giants have signed offensive guard Kenny Wiggins, who was cut by the Detroit Lions last week. The 32-year old, 6’6”, 315-pound Wiggins was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2011 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2011), San Francisco 49ers (2012-2013), San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2013-2017), and Lions (2018-2020). Overall, Wiggins has played in 79 regular-season games with 38 starts.

NOVEMBER 3, 2020 JOE JUDGE PRESS CONFERENCE…
New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge addressed the media on Friday to discuss his team’s 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (the video is also available on YouTube):

Q: How many serious conversations did you guys have about players on your roster, on other rosters, and why did you end up standing pat?

A: We felt good about where we are. Obviously, there are a lot of phone calls that happen on days like this. We had a lot of calls coming in today for obviously a lot of players. But listen, there are some foundational pieces that we’re definitely looking to build with in this program. We’re happy with the way our players are working right now. We’re happy with the progress they’re making. This was a position right here that we want to keep building with this team right there. We want to keep building with the guys we have. We have a lot of confidence in the guys we have, and they’re hard work is paying off. There are a lot of calls that come in. Obviously, guys looking to fill positions they have of need. But for us, we’re not looking to go ahead and make anyone else’s roster for them.

Q: I know last night you were asked about Golden (Tate) saying ‘throw me the ball’ when he yelled into the camera after the touchdown. I’m sure you’re aware about today, his wife posted some stuff on social media saying she doesn’t think he’s been getting the ball enough. I’m just curious if you’ve had any conversations with Golden about if he’s concerned about his role or if he’s frustrated, and kind of the context of that?

A: No, I haven’t actually. Last night after the press conference when that was brought up to me, I didn’t see any players after that. They were all really out of the locker room by the time I got done with that. Then to be honest with you, just walking down the stairs to this right here, Pat Hanlon kind of brought me up to speed a little bit on some of the deals you’re referring to with social media. I haven’t had a chance to look at any of that at this point. I’ll do that at some point tonight. It’s been a very busy night and a very busy day between reviewing Tampa Bay, moving on to Washington and then having some league business in terms of people calling about players and things of that nature. It’s been a very busy whatever you want to call it, 18 hours, and it’s far from done right now. I’m not overly familiar with all of the details of that right there, so I’ll make sure I get fluent in that before I move forward with anything.

Q: With Golden though, how would you access how he has played for you guys this season? I know his numbers are obviously down from what it’s been in the past, but what have you made of his season?

A: Obviously, he’s made some big catches for us in the last few games. Golden has battled through some injuries, he’s a tough dude. He’s come to work every day and he’s worked. Again, we can only ask a guy to make production when it’s in the situation where the ball comes his way. I think our offense has done a really good job looking at the numbers from the last few games. We’re getting the ball spread around to a lot of different targets, having a lot of production from different guys. That’s always our goal, to involve everyone at the game. I want to make sure that we create scenarios where different guys have focus in different plays, that we can get them the ball. Hey look, I think Jason (Garrett) has done a good job calling the offense, and they’re moving in the right direction.

Q: You’ve talked about you’re seeing progress and obviously there are some mistakes and penalties and things like that. But if that gets eliminated, do you see this as a group that’s going to start winning games?

A: I think the first thing is you just have to eliminate the mistakes and give yourself a chance to win. Within that sense of the question you asked, yeah, we have to start doing things in that position, eliminating these mistakes, to reap the rewards of our hard work. But I see this team making a lot of progress. I see them being close, obviously, in a lot of situations. Close isn’t good enough in this business. We have to keep pushing forward and get the results that we’re working for. But it starts with eliminating those mistakes.

Q: Back to Golden for one second, what is his role right now? This a guy who’s probably doing something a little different than he’s done in the past. I think he played 54 percent of the snaps yesterday, pretty much the same the week before. This is a guy who’s used to playing a lot throughout his career to be quite frank.

A: Yeah, his role is the same as every player on our team. Show up to work, work hard, put the team first and when you have the ball come your way, to make a play on it. If you’re not involved with the ball directly at you, to block, help the quarterback. For defensive players, to make sure we play our leverage, tackle, and get the team off the field. Look, put the team first in whatever you’re asked to do. If you catch 10 balls, great. If you catch one ball, that’s great, too. On the other plays within the game, do everything you can to help the team. That’s everybody’s role.

Q: Also, I’m sure you’ve had a chance to go look back at the tape. What did you see when you saw those two interceptions from Daniel (Jones)?

A: I think there are a number of things we have to clean up on both plays. Nothing is ever one person’s fault. It kind of starts with we have to make sure as coaches, we keep making the right calls. I think Jason’s done a really good job with that right now with the offense of changing some things up and giving our offense a chance to really be multiple and move the ball around. We need to make sure we keep continuing on protecting better. Then ball security across the board has got to be an emphasis. We need to all raise our level of play.

Q: With regard to Daniel, obviously, there have been so much good to go along with the mistakes. I know you were very adamant last night about him remaining your quarterback for obvious reasons. I’m just wondering, has there been any talk with you and Jason about the potential benefit of sitting him for a game for him to kind of maybe take a step back and maybe gain more clarity or whatever? Sometimes that helps guys.

A: No.

Q: I’m wondering what your thought was on Shane (Lemieux) now that you got a chance to watch the film? Is there a point where you want to get all those rookies in the lineup full-time? How is it balancing all of that?

A: I want to play everybody. Look, when Will (Hernandez) gets back, I plan on playing all three of those guards. Shane got in last night, he definitely had a good first job out there, moving around and getting caught up with some things. There are some things to clean up with Shane, obviously. But I’ll tell you what, the level of competitiveness he plays with, some nasty, he definitely gave us some juice in there. Look, you line up for your first snap in the NFL and you’re seeing Ndamukong Suh across from you right there, that’s a ‘welcome to the NFL, buddy.’ But this guy didn’t blink. He didn’t shy away from anything. He really answered the bell for us. Look, as far as the guard position, we plan on playing all three of those guys. The tackle position, the same thing, keep rolling all three of those guys and making sure that everyone is gaining experience and staying fresh as much as we could. And I say all the time guys, I plan on everyone who goes to the game playing for us. That’s not just lip service.

Q: Sort of a technical question in your special teams wheelhouse. With the punt return and you had the funky lineup with no returners. What goes into that?

A: It’s just a situational call we feel it’s best for the team. There’s times when you want to put pressure on the opponent and there’s times when you want to have a max return type of look. Last night we thought it was good to put pressure on the opponent. It really paid off, it was a 33-yard punt. Whether you are getting a 50-yard punt with a 17-yard return or a 33 yard punt, the net is the net. We were able to go ahead and produce some field position off of pressure right there. That’s something I’ve done through my career. Tom (Quinn) and T-Mac (Thomas McGaughey) do a really good job scheming up opponents, really looking into it. Had great conversations and bounce ideas off each other. We thought this was an opportunity this week that that’s something to consider in the game plan and really come out and play aggressive with it.

Q: I guess into today’s world of social media and what not. How responsible do you hold players for things that their brothers or their fathers or wives say? Your player didn’t say it, but how much do you talk to them about the people around them and what they say?

A: I’m not going to get to particular in terms of all those answers right now. We talk to our players a lot about responsibility on social media. It’s definitely a different platform than it was I’d say if you go back 10 or 15 years. We’re very specific about keeping some things off social media in terms of how it reflects to the New York Giants and organizationally. That being said, guys obviously have their own platforms for different reasons. Some guys use it professionally in terms of marketing, some guys use it socially, some guys use it to stay connected to friends whatever it is. It’s definitely something that’s become part of society now. We talk to our players on a regular basis about their use of social media.

Q: I don’t think we ever asked you but you joined twitter like a month ago. What made you do that?

A: We just talked organizationally with our PR department and our community services and all. We thought it was a good way to kind of get out some of the messages of some of the things the team of teams are doing throughout the communities. That’s really it right there. I’m not going to be posting too many pictures of what I had for dinner and stuff like that. If there is something worth while to put on there, we will.

Q: You are halfway through the season. What do you need to see in these next eight games from Daniel that will prevent you from going into this offseason looking to improve the quarterback position either through the draft, free agency or any other way. I know you are sticking with him now. What do you need to see from him?

A: I need to see the same thing from every coach and every player and that’s continued improvement in everything we’re doing, period. It doesn’t matter who you are with the organization over the second half of the season, I expect to see a raised level of coaching and raised level of playing.

Q: What did you see from Carter Coughlin? He got some work there and Cam Brown too. They seemed like they were paired up together and doing some things.

A: They played in a couple packages for us last night on defense. Really kind of some more of third down packages. I think what Cam Brown really developing what he has is a good pass rush skill set. There’s some things that we’re kind of exposing him to that are new to him so we’re giving it to him in a little bit of small dose right now. He’s a guy that’s mainly made an impact for us in the kicking game. He’s a guy that’s really starting to go ahead and make some headway on defense for us. Carter Coughlin, he’s another guy in that same boat. He’s a high motor player. He’s got some flexibility for us as far as playing an inside stack linebacker as well as on the edge right there. He does have some pass rush value and he can also drop back to cover in some zone coverage or match a running back or tight end in man-to-man. These are both young guys who are developing. We’ve seen a lot of improvement in these guys. Really, if you look across the board, all the young guys we’re playing with and again there is no excused, I’m not alluding to that. The first part of the season (is) kind of replicating what they would’ve had in preseason of getting their feet wet to the NFL, learning the speed of the game and learning how the operation is different to what they’re use to in college. We’re starting to see a lot more production from all these guys and a raised level of play. I think TJ Brunson is another guy to highlight. That’s his second game playing, he goes out there on the kicking units, he’s making tackles every game. He’s doing a good job holding up in the return game. There’s a lot of guys that are making a lot of improvement. We’ve seen it in practice throughout the time, but now it’s starting to come to fruition in games, which is good for them to see. I see a lot of improvement, especially from these young guys across the board.

Q: Just to set the scene for today, how did it go for you guys? How involved were you on the phone compared to Dave and the personnel department? Were you guys in the same room? Were you not allowed to be? How did you guys work it all?

A: I think the thing that naturally happens with these moves, I don’t care if it’s trades, free agency, draft, whatever it may be. It’s a small league but everyone kind of has their own connections. It may be a deal you feel to call because someone has reached out to ask you something. I’ll go ahead and bounce it off Dave or he may ask my opinion on a player that I may have worked with before, something of that nature. To be honest with you, we were a lot more active in taking calls than we were in making calls today. We had a lot of people calling about our guys. Obviously, we’re going to have conversations throughout the organization about anything, that’s our responsibility to do our due diligence. Make sure we’re doing the best for the team. Today was really kind of a busier day with people calling us and having some internal conversations more so than being overly active in that.

Q: No single room you guys were in? Just kind of doing your own thing and reaching out to each other?

A: Yeah, there was a lot of times we were in the same room having conversations. This isn’t like the draft where there’s a war room or something of that nature. This is just more or less if someone calls you up, you walk to the other guys office, you have a quick exchange right there maybe involving different guys in the organization or different coaches. What you find in times like this is there’s a lot of communication throughout the league with different people they’re familiar with. You kind of talk as an organization in different avenues. Ultimately it comes down to a few guys talking in a room, making decisions and then moving on.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday. Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.