Feb 022017
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 6, 2016)

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While Odell Beckham, Jr. continued his assault on the record books as one of the game’s premiere wide receivers, more was expected from this unit in 2016. It was assumed by many that the departure of the frustratingly-inconsistent Rueben Randle would be addition by subtraction. Sterling Shepard was considered a 2nd-round steal by many. And there were high expectations about the return of Victor Cruz from three injury-sabotaged seasons in a row.

In 2015, quarterback Eli Manning’s top three wide receiver targets were Beckham, Randle, and Dwayne Harris. These three totaled 189 catches for 2,643 yards, and 25 touchdowns. In 2016, Beckham, Shepard, and Cruz totaled 205 catches for 2,636 yards, and 19 touchdowns. The telling stat was there was a 24 percent decline in touchdowns.

Opponent defensive game plans were obvious and consistent: double- and sometimes even triple-team Odell Beckham and dare the Giants to beat them with their running game or passing the ball to other targets. The Giants failed to be able to make other teams pay and the passing offense fell from 7th (271.4 yards per game) to 17th (242.4 yards per game). Much of this decline had to do with the loss of running back Shane Vereen (59 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns in 2015) and the unproductive tight ends (only 79 catches and three touchdowns as a group).

But while Beckham continued to produce, and Shepard had a respectable rookie season, it was Cruz who was the biggest disappointment. Slowed by three consecutive leg injury issues from 2013-2015, Cruz seemed miscast as an outside receiver instead of the slot position which Shepard now occupies. Cruz struggled to separate from defenders and finished the season with only one touchdown – ironically a game-winner that he scored in the opener. In other words, he was kept out of the end zone for the final 16 regular- and post-season games. Randle had 57 catches for 797 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015 as an outside receiver. Cruz had just 39 catches for 586 yards.

The nadir of Beckham’s 2016 season was obviously the playoff game. Much was expected and Beckham failed miserably to deliver (four catches for 28 yards) against a weak secondary. Exacerbating the situation – right or wrong – was his boat trip to Miami six days before the game on the players’ day off. But keep in mind that the receivers as a group went on that trip – including the veteran Cruz – and the top three all failed to perform at a high level (Cruz had three catches for 30 yards and Shepard four catches for 63 yards). None scored.

Beckham is extremely competitive and the best player on the team. But he clearly is a diva with a media target painted on his back. How much of this is self-promotion, blown out of proportion to sell newspapers, or distracting to the team are questions subject to passionate debate. If the Giants are to reach the next level, he has to continue to mature (he did with respect to his reaction to on-field taunting) and perform in the clutch in the post-season. But the Giants also have to get him more help.

THE STARTERS

Odell Beckham is one of the game’s best players and had another stellar season in his third year, starting all 16 regular-season games and finishing with 101 catches for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his first three seasons, Beckham has accrued 288 catches for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns in 43 regular-season games. Beckham’s accolades already include Pro Football Writers of America “Rookie of the Year” (2014), second-team All-Pro (2015, 2016), and Pro Bowl (2014, 2015, 2016). All of this despite constant double teams by opposing defenses. Beckham was drafted in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. While Beckham lacks classic size, his long arms, big hands, and tremendous jumping ability give him a very good catch radius. Beckham is an explosive athlete with excellent speed, quickness, and agility. He is able to play multiple positions, including the slot. Beckham runs good routes, is very quick out of his breaks, adjusts exceptionally well to the football, and regularly makes the circus catch. He is very dangerous with the football in his hands after the catch. Competitive, passionate, and hard working, Beckham’s biggest negatives are his maturity and temperament. Beckham has a target painted on his back and has to deal with other teams trying to get under his skin. He did not play well in the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers and suffered from more drops than usual in 2016, which may partly have been the result of a thumb injury.

Sterling Shepard was selected in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Giants. Shepard started all 16 regular-season games as a rookie, catching 65 passes for 683 yards (10.5 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns, mostly out of the slot. Shepard lacks ideal size, but he is strong and quick with good speed. Shepard runs good routes, is tough going over the middle, adjusts well to the football, and has good hands. He did not make many plays down the field however, with his longest reception being for 32 yards.

The good news is that Victor Cruz finally returned to the playing field in 2016 after missing most of 2014 with a career-threatening patellar tendon knee injury and all of 2015 with a calf injury – both of which required surgeries. The bad news is that Cruz no longer looks like the same player he was in 2011-2012, when he was one of the best in the game. Three lower leg surgeries in three years, including arthroscopic knee surgery in 2013, have taken their toll. In 15 regular-season games in 2016, Cruz caught just 39 passes for 586 yards and one touchdown. Signed as a rookie free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft, the rags-to-riches Victor Cruz story is well known, culminating with his impact season in 2011, first Pro Bowl in 2012, and big offseason contract in 2013. In 2011-2012, Cruz compiled 168 catches for 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns. Cruz always had ordinary size and timed speed. However, his pre-injury quickness and ability to separate from defenders appears to be gone. Cruz has good hands and is capable of making the circus catch, though he sometimes will drop the easy reception. Cruz is better suited for the slot position.

THE RESERVES

In his second year with the Giants, Dwayne Harris suffered through a frustrating, injury-plagued season. While he played in all 16 regular-season games with one start, Harris was hampered by a variety of nagging injuries all season. A year after his career-best 36 catches for 396 yards and four touchdowns, Harris caught only one pass for 13 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, his special teams return numbers plummeted with his punt return average falling from 10.0 yards to 5.9 yards and his kickoff return average falling from 28.7 yards to 24.2 yards. He also did not score a year after becoming the first Giants player in 60 years to return a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the same season. Harris did remain a force on punt coverage and he was voted to his first Pro Bowl. Harris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cowboys. The Giants signed him in free agency in March 2015. Though he lacks height, Harris is a well-built athlete with decent speed and quickness. He is tough and physical and an asset as a blocker in the running game. Harris can play in the slot and has decent hands. Harris has four career returns four touchdowns and has won the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” award four times in his career.

The Giants signed Roger Lewis as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Lewis made the team and played in 13 regular-season games with one start. He finished with just seven catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Lewis has decent size and is a good athlete. He flashed the ability to make plays down the field but he needs to become a more consistent pro-level route runner. Lewis was utilized on special teams as a gunner on punt coverage.

Tavarres King played in seven regular-season games, finishing the year with just two catches for 50 yards. He caught three passes for 73 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown pass in the playoff loss to the Packers. King was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He has spent time with the Broncos (2013), Panthers (2013-14), Jaguars (2014), and Buccaneers (2014-15) – playing in just two regular-season games. The Giants signed King to the Practice Squad in late September 2015. King is a tall, thin receiver with very good speed. He is not a physical player and is best suited as an outside receiver.

PRACTICE SQUAD

Darius Powe was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016. The Giants originally signed Powe as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Powe is a big receiver with decent overall athleticism.

Kevin Norwood was signed to the Practice Squad in November 2016. Norwood was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Norwood has spent time with the Seahawks (2014), Carolina Panthers (2014-2015), and San Diego Chargers (2016). The Chargers terminated his Practice Squad contract in November. Norwood has played in 10 regular-season games with two starts. He has nine career receptions for 102 yards. Norwood is a big (6’2”, 210lbs), physical possession receiver who runs good routes. He lacks ideal speed and quickness.

INJURED RESERVE

Ben Edwards was waived/injured and then placed on Injured Reserve in May 2016 after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in one of his knees during the rookie mini-camp. Injuries have plagued Edwards who tore an ACL in college in 2013, an injury that caused him to miss all of 2014; pulled his hamstring in a June 2015 mini-camp, an injury that led him to being waived/injured; and sprained his knee in an April 2016 mini-camp. The Giants originally signed Edwards after the 2015 NFL Draft, waived/injured him in June, re-signed him to the Practice Squad in November, and signed him to the 53-man roster in December. He played in the final two games of 2015 and finished the season with one catch for nine yards. Edwards lacks ideal size and timed speed, but he is a quick receiver who plays faster than he times. Edwards runs very good routes, adjusts well to the football, and has good hands. He has experience playing in the slot and returning punts.

Feb 022017
 
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Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (November 6, 2016)

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GIANTS.COM PLAYER INTERVIEWS…
Transcripts and video clips of exclusive Giants.com interviews with the following players are available at Giants.com:

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Jan 122017
 
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Michael Bowie, Cleveland Browns (August 13, 2015)

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GIANTS SIGN 12 PLAYERS TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACTS…
The New York Giants have signed the following players to reserve/future contracts for 2017:

  • QB Keith Wenning
  • RB Jacob Huesman
  • WR Darius Powe
  • WR Kevin Norwood
  • OT Michael Bowie
  • OT Jon Halapio
  • OG Adam Gettis
  • DE Stansly Maponga
  • DE Jordan Williams
  • CB Michael Hunter
  • CB Donte Deayon
  • S Ryan Murphy

All except Bowie were either on the team’s Practice Squad or Practice Squad/Injured Reserve (Deayon) at the end of the season.

Bowie was originally drafted in the Seattle Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in nine games with eight starts as a rookie. Bowie was waived in August 2014 and claimed by the Cleveland Browns. Bowie had shoulder issues in Cleveland and did not play in a regular-season game. The Browns placed him on the reserve/retired list in August 2016 and cut him in September. Bowie is a versatile lineman who has played both tackle and guard. He has very good size.

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Jan 082017
 
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Tavarres King and Ereck Flowers, New York Giants (January 8, 2017)

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GREEN BAY PACKERS 38 – NEW YORK GIANTS 13…
The New York Giants 2016 season came to a disappointing end on Sunday with a 38-13 drubbing by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Giants led 6-0 until late in the first half when the Packers put up a quick 14 points, including a last-second Hail Mary pass. The Giants managed to close the score to 14-13 with six minutes left in the 3rd quarter, but then the roof caved in as Green Bay scored 24 unanswered points.

The Packers out-gained, but did not hold huge advantages, in total net yards (406 to 365), net yards rushing (75 to 70), and net yards passing (331 to 295). But the Packers held a big advantage in time of possession 34:31 to 25:29 and won the turnover battle two to nothing. The Giants were also 0-for-2 in the red zone while the Packers were 3-for-4. There were too many dropped passes, including two in the end zone.

The Giants received the ball to start the game and had seven first-half possessions. Three of these resulted in three-and-outs, with another just gaining one first down. The Giants did manage a 9-play, 54-yard drive on their second possession that ended with a 26-yard field goal by place kicker Robbie Gould. Their fifth drive traveled 70 yards in seven plays and resulted in a 40-yard field goal that gave the Giants a 6-0 advantage with 7:24 left to play in the first half.

After a quick three-and-out by the Giants, Green Bay got the ball back at the Giants 38-yard line with 3:45 to play before the break. It took the Packers just three plays to travel those 38 yards and go up 7-6 after quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Davante Adams. The Giants unfortunately went three-and-out again when a 3rd-and-1 run was stuffed and Green Bay got the ball back at their own 20-yard line with 1:38 to go. The Packers managed to reach the Giants 42-yard line and with six seconds left on the clock, Rodgers tossed up a Hail Mary pass that was caught by wide receiver Randall Cobb for the touchdown with no time left. Until those two possessions, the Giants defense had held the Packers to only four first downs and had forced five consecutive punts.

Despite the heart-breaking change in momentum to end the first half, this was still a tight game in the 3rd quarter. After both teams exchanged punts, the Packers lost a yard on a 4th-and-1 rushing attempt at the Green Bay 42-yard line. Two plays after that, quarterback Eli Manning hit wide receiver Tavarres King for a 41-yard touchdown to close the score to 14-13.

But after that switch in momentum, the game was all Packers. On their ensuing drive, Green Bay drove 63 yards in four plays to take a 21-13 lead on Rodgers’ 30-yard touchdown pass to Cobb. After a screw-up by kick returner Bobby Rainey (stepping out-of-bounds at the 3-yard line), a three-and-out by the Giants offense, and a 23-yard punt return by Green Bay, the Packers drove 23 yards in five plays to set up a 32-yard field goal to go up 24-13 late in the 3rd quarter. After yet another three-and-out, the Packers drove 80 yards in 10 plays with Cobb catching his third touchdown pass, this time from 16 yards out. Packers 30 – Giants 13. On the ensuing possession, Manning was sacked and he fumbled the ball away to the Packers. They put the game away with a 9-play, 55-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run. Manning’s final pass from the Packers’ 13-yard line with 34 seconds left in the game was intercepted.

Eli Manning finished the game 23-of-44 for 299 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was held to four catches for 28 yards. Tight end Will Tye caught four passes for 66 yards, including a 51-yard reception. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard had four catches for 63 yards and wide receiver Tavarres King 73 yards on three receptions. Running back Paul Perkins carried the ball 10 times for just 30 yards. Running back Rashad Jennings had 29 yards on five carries.

Defensively, the Giants started off both halves strong but finished weak as Aaron Rodgers threw for 362 yards and four touchdown passes with no interceptions. He was sacked five times with safety Landon Collins, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, and defensive ends Kerry Wynn and Romeo Okwara all registering sacks. The defense was also credited with five tackles for losses and six pass defenses.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa (hamstring), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Ishaq Williams, tight end Jerell Adams, offensive tackle Will Betty, and running back George Winn.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a bruised thigh in the game.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • Head Coach Ben McAdoo (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)
  • LG Justin Pugh (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
New York Giants General Manager, Head Coach Ben McAdoo, and select players will address the media on Monday.

Jan 062017
 
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Landon Collins, New York Giants (October 23, 2016)

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JANUARY 6, 2017 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (hamstring) is “doubtful.”

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), right tackle Bobby Hart (forearm), and tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder) are “probable” for the game.

MARSHALL NEWHOUSE TO START AT RIGHT TACKLE?…
ESPN is reporting that Marshall Newhouse will likely start at right tackle against Green Bay on Sunday. Bobby Hart had started 13 games in a row at right tackle until a forearm injury sidelined him in the regular-season finale against the Redskins. Hart is now officially listed as “probable” for the playoff game but apparently has lost his starting job to Newhouse.

SIX GIANTS VOTED ALL-PRO…
The following New York Giants have been voted to the Associated Press All-Pro team:

  • DT Damon Harrison (1st team)
  • S Landon Collins (1st team)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (2nd team)
  • DE Olivier Vernon (2nd team)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (2nd team)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (2nd team)

Harrison and Collins are the Giants’ first AP All-Pro first-team selections since defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in 2011.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
Transcripts of media sessions with Ben McAdoo are available in The Corner Forum and 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:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin on Sunday at 4:40PM ET.

Jan 052017
 
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Damon Harrison, New York Giants (January 1, 2017)

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JANUARY 5, 2017 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) did not practice on Thursday.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (hamstring), and tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

Right tackle Bobby Hart (forearm) fully practiced.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and 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:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo and select players will address the media on Friday.

Jan 042017
 
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Tavarres King, New York Giants (January 1, 2017)

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JANUARY 4, 2017 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) did not practice on Wednesday.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (hamstring), and tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

Right tackle Bobby Hart (forearm) fully practiced.

DRC NAMED “NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) has been named the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Washington Redskins last Sunday. In that game, DRC was credited with two interceptions, a sack, and three tackles.

This is the fourth time a Giants player has won the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” award this year. Safety Landon Collins won it twice and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul once. The Giants have also earned three “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” awards (punter Brad Wing twice and cornerback Janoris Jenkins once) and one “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” award (wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.). This is the first season since 1990 that the Giants have received four “NFC Defensive Player of the Week Awards.”

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Wednesday 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:

NOTES…
The New York Giants finished second in the NFL in scoring defense – a year after they were 30th – allowing 17.8 points a game. It’s their best finish in that statistical category since 1993, when they gave up a league-low 12.8 points a game.

The Giants allowed less than 20 points eight times this season, their highest such number since they had eight in 2008. They gave up 20 points in a one-point victory against Cincinnati on November 14 and were 9-0 in games in which they allowed no more than 20 points.

On the other hand, the Giants scored fewer than 20 points nine times, their highest total of sub 20-point games since they had 10 in 2003. The Giants were 5-4 in those games. They scored exactly 20 points in their season-opening victory in Dallas, and won an NFL-high six games in which they scored 20 or fewer points.

The Giants surrendered only five fourth-quarter touchdowns this season. That was their fewest such scores allowed since 1982, when they gave up five. But the 1982 season was shortened to nine games by a players’ strike. The five touchdowns in the fourth quarter were the fewest the Giants have allowed in a season in which they played at least 10 games since 1958, when they also surrendered five.

The Giants finished with 35 sacks this season, 12 more than they had in 2015. The team’s defensive backs were responsible for eight of those sacks. That was easily the highest total by a secondary this season.

The Giants held their opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards in 10 of 16 games, their highest such total since 2001, when they also held 10 opponents under 100 yards on the ground.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr. finished third in the NFL in with 101 catches and 1,367 receiving yards, and fifth with 10 touchdown catches. He is the first Giants player to finish in the top five in all three categories in the same season since Del Shofner in 1961.

WR Sterling Shepard’s eight touchdown receptions were the second-most by an NFL rookie this season.

CB Rodgers-Cromartie led the Giants with six interceptions. S Landon Collins had five picks. This is the first season in which the Giants had at least two players with at least five interceptions apiece since 1997, when Jason CB Sehorn led the team with six picks, and S Tito Wooten and CB Phillippi Sparks each had five.

The Giants will try to keep several streaks alive Sunday when they face the Packers in Green Bay in an NFC Wild Card Game. The Giants, who defeated the Packers in Lambeau Field in the 2007 and 2011 postseasons, are the only visiting team to win consecutive playoff games in Green Bay. The Giants have won their last five postseason road games (three in 2007 two in 2011), an NFL record. Eli Manning is the only quarterback in NFL history to start and win five consecutive games as a playoff visitor.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 12:20PM on Thursday. The coordinators and select players will also address the media.

Jan 022017
 
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Ben McAdoo, New York Giants (January 1, 2017)

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MONDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins:

McAdoo: I thought we had a great mindset by the players and coaches heading into the ball game. It was a physical, hard-nosed win on the road. That’s what we needed heading into Sunday. Defensively, we held the opponent to 10 points. Excellent job there, and 38 yards rushing. That’s tough to do in this league. I thought we tackled well. Our efficiency was better tackling. Offensively, we took care of the ball. Had zero turnovers and ran the ball well. 161 total yards. It wasn’t just the line and the tight ends, but the receivers blocked better too. They’re taking steps. We hit the ‘Rule 53’ which is important for us as a football team. Special teams, we created some field position and got good pressure on the field goal kicker.

Q: Did you come out of that game healthy?

A: Healthy for this time of year.

Q: Got some contributions from guys that you haven’t had all year. What did it mean to have those contributions from those guys?

A: This time of year, you know you’re going to have some nicks, and some bumps and bruises. You have 46 players up, and you know you’re going to need 46 at some point in time in the game. It’s encouraging that when their number was called they responded. That’s exciting moving forward.

Q: How is Janoris [Jenkins]?

A: He was sore after the ball game. We will take a look at him in practice this week.

Q: Expect him to be good to practice?

A: Yes. He’ll be limited.

Q: Dwayne Harris?

A: Dwayne made it through the ball game.

Q:  How do you feel about your players going down to Miami and partying after the win?

A: Today is the players off day. We look forward to getting on to Green Bay when they get here tomorrow.

Q: Are there degrees of things that you are OK with? I ask because it looks like they were out until 6 a.m. last night.

A: Players are off until tomorrow morning. We will see them tomorrow morning and they’ll get their workout in, and we’ll get ready for Green Bay.

Q: Is there any familiarity with Green Bay, being that you have been there? Is there any insight as to how to handle that team?

A: It’s one heck of a football team that has found a winning formula. It’s a place that is tough to play. They get their crowd behind them. It’s a tough place to go in and win. We look forward to the challenge.

Q: Did all the players come home with the team last night?

A: We are excited to get everyone back here tomorrow and get everyone moving on to Green Bay.

Q: What about your familiarity with Aaron Rodgers? Any insight?

A: Aaron is playing out of his mind right now. He’s on fire, taking care of the ball, and is moving very well in and out of the pocket making all the throws. I don’t have any kryptonite. I’ve spent some time in the building with him and in the room with him. You know that when he’s on fire, the weather doesn’t really factor for him. When it’s cold and he’s outside, he plays the same game and plays very well. Maybe not the same game, maybe a little bit different outside in the elements, but he has big hands and he can handle the ball and make all the throws in the elements. We need to be ready for his best.

Q: Besides Aaron Rodgers being on fire, how different are the Packers since you last faced them?

A: They had a couple of big backs last time we faced them. They were running the ball and ran the ball well with Eddie [Lacy] and with [James] Starks. [Aaron] Ripkowski was in the mix their too. They changed things up a little bit in the back field because of health. They had too. They changed up a little bit on offense. They’ve had some guys nicked and are using a variety of players in the secondary on the other side of the ball. Dom’s [Capers] doing a nice job there playing with what he has to play with. They did a nice job yesterday in the dome against Detroit.

Q: Is this the best you’ve ever seen Aaron play?

A: Right now, I’m just in the beginning phases of watching film on Green Bay. He had some nice stretches there in 2011. I thought he was off to a nice start in 2013 before he got injured. He’s put together some nice stretches. He’s playing with a killer instinct.

Q: Is Paul Perkins your running back?

A: We went back and looked at the film. I though Paul did some good things on tape. Found some runs nicely. Rashad [Jennings] ran the ball hard and physical. We’re excited about both of those guys and also the impact Bobby Rainey can make.

Q: What clicked for your running backs that had been missing all year?

A: I don’t know that its been missing all year long. I know that we’ve taken steps to be a better running football team. We had some opportunities yesterday to run the ball. We had some good looks to run the ball. I think the guys upfront took ownership of that game yesterday. Quarterback kept us into some good runs and the backs ran hard and physical. Tight ends blocked better and the receivers took the challenge and ran with it. They blocked physical. We know how important that is moving forward.

Q: Obviously, the last two Super Bowl runs have gone through Green Bay. Do you even bring that up this week?

A: Both organizations have rich history and tradition. It’s exciting to be a part of it. I think if you have tradition, history and a chance, I think it will be one heck of a battle on Sunday. I don’t think that the 2007 or 2011 experience really helps us out one way or another, other than that there are some players that have played in those games. They know what it’s going to be like pressure-wise and condition-wise. The experience part of things will help some guys out. Other than that, we need to prepare to go play a good football team and go win a ball game.

Q: What are your clearest memories from the other side of how good Eli [Manning] was playing in Green Bay?

A: I saw a quarterback that was very consistent. He was someone that didn’t let anything around him bother him. He was in the zone. You could tell. He was pretty sharp in both of those games.

Q: Can you talk about Damon Harrison and what you saw on the impact he had on the pass rush last night?

A: He’s labeled a run stopper. That’s what he does best. It was exciting to see him have an opportunity to transition rush and get after the quarterback a little bit after he did his responsibility in the run game. He turned it on there, got after the quarterback, made him uncomfortable and got him on the ground one time. That’s exciting for us.

Q: JPP going to be able to do anything on the field?

A: When he’s ready, they’ll let me know.

Q: Is it possible that you will discipline players for Miami?

A: The players are off. They’re not working.

Q: Any personal feelings going back to Green Bay?

A: No. I try to leave feelings out of it. It’s football. We have a job to do. We need to take this last question here. I appreciate you bringing that up, but that doesn’t have anything to do with the ball game so we won’t worry about it.

Q: Thoughts on [Larry] Donnell last night?

A: I think Larry has been chomping at the bit to get his opportunity. He stepped in and did a nice job for us yesterday.

NEW YORK GIANTS 2017 REGULAR-SEASON OPPONENTS SET…
The New York Giants will play the following teams during the 2017 regular season:

Home:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins
  • Detroit Lions
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • San Diego Chargers

Away:

  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Washington Redskins
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Denver Broncos
  • Oakland Raiders

NOTES…
The Giants were 6-10 in 2015. The five-game improvement in victories is their biggest since 2005, when they were also 11-5 one year after finishing 6-10.

The Giants finished the regular season 4-4 on the road, their best record as visitors since 2011, when they were 5-3. They were 3-5 as visitors in each of the previous four seasons.

The Giants finished 4-2 in NFC East games, their best record within the division since they were 4-2 in 2013. Their 2-1 record in division road games was their best since they were 2-1 in 2013.

The Giants scored fewer than 20 points for the fifth consecutive game, their longest such streak since they had five in a row from November 14-December 12, 2004.

The Giants did not score 30 points in a game this season, the first time that’s happened since 2001.

Ben McAdoo’s 11th victory tied Dan Reeves (1993) for the most victories by a Giants head coach in his first season with the team. The 1993 Giants also finished second behind Dallas in the NFC East.

QB Eli Manning made his 199th consecutive regular-season start and played in his 201st game. That latter figure ties him with George Martin for the third-highest total in Giants history.

Manning finished the regular season with 4,027 yards passing. Manning exceeded 4,000 passing yards for the third consecutive season, and the sixth time in his career.

Manning completed 63.0 percent of his passes in 2016, slightly less than his career-best of 63.1, set in 2014.

Manning earned his 17th victory against Washington, the highest total by any quarterback against the Redskins since the 1970 merger.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr. caught 101 catches in 2016. That is the second-highest total in Giants history, behind Steve Smith’s 107 receptions in 2009. Beckham, who caught 91 and 96 passes in his first two seasons, has three of the four-highest single-season totals in franchise history.

The Giants only had one 100-yard rushing performance in 2016 (by Paul Perkins on Sunday). They had only six rushing touchdowns all season.

PK Robbie Gould has made all 10 of his field goal attempts since joining the Giants on October 20th.

The defense finished the season with 35 sacks, 12 more than they had last year, when their 23 was a Giants record-low for a 16-game season.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie led the team with six interceptions in 2016, matching the career-high he set as a second-year pro with Arizona in 2009.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select New York Giants players will address the media on Tuesday. The players return to practice on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin.

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NEW YORK GIANTS 19 – WASHINGTON REDSKINS 10…
In a game that did not mean much to the New York Giants, they played the role of spoiler on Sunday by defeating the Washington Redskins 19-10 in a game Washington had to win in order to make the playoffs. The Giants finished the 2016 regular season with an 11-5 record and 4-2 in the NFC East.

The Giants will face the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin in the first round of the NFC playoffs on Sunday at 4:40PM ET.

The story of the game was a New York Giants defense that shut down what had been the NFL’s 3rd-ranked offense. Washington was held to 16 first downs, 284 total net yards, and 38 net yards rushing. The defense totaled four sacks, two interceptions, and recovered a late lateral for a touchdown.

The Giants played the game fairly conservatively on offense, calling 40 rushing plays to 28 passing plays. New York accrued a season-high 161-yards rushing, while quarterback Eli Manning completed 17-of-27 passes (with one sack) for just 180 yards. But the Giants dominated time of possession (35:52 to 24:08) and did not turn the football over. The red zone continued to be an issue as the Giants were 1-of-3 (33 percent) in such opportunities.

The Redskins had six first-half possessions, with the first five resulting in punts and the last with a missed 57-yard field goal as time expired. At the half, the Redskins only had four first downs, 73 yards passing, and 10 yards rushing.

After a three-and-out on their first offensive drive, the Giants scored a total of 10 points on their next two possessions. First came a 13-play, 56 yard drive that ended with a 22-yard field goal when the possession stalled at the 4-yard line. Then came an 11-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Rashad Jennings. New York’s final two possessions of the first half resulted in punts.

The Giants had a chance to extend their 10-0 lead at the beginning of the 3rd quarter after driving 59 yards in eight plays to the Washington 16-yard line. But instead of kicking the field goal, Head Coach Ben McAdoo decided to go for it on 4th-and-2. Manning’s pass to wide receiver Odell Beckham was incomplete and the Giants turned the football over on downs.

After both teams exchanged punts, the Redskins threatened after quarterback Kirk Cousins completed a 49-yard pass to wide receiver Pierre Garcon. But cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ended this threat with an interception at the Giants 5-yard line. The Giants went three-and-out and Washington finally got on the board late in the 3rd quarter with a 32-yard field goal after a 19-yard punt return and a 5-play, 33-yard drive.

Momentum clearly shifted in the 4th quarter after another three-and-out by the Giants and then an 11-play, 76 yard drive by Washington that ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to tight end Jordan Reed to tie the game at 10-10 with 8:13 left to play. After both teams went three-and-out, the Giants regained the advantage after an 8-play, 58-yard drive set up a 40-yard field goal by place kicker Robbie Gould. The big play on this drive was a 44-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Tavarres King. The Giants now led 13-10 with 2:12 left to play.

Washington quickly moved the ball to the Giants 43-yard line. But Rodgers-Cromartie all but officially sealed the game with his second interception at the Giants 25-yard line, which he returned 28 yards. The Giants then went three-and-out for the fifth time of the second half, but there was only six seconds left on the clock when the Redskins got the ball back. On Washington’s final play, cornerback Trevin Wade picked up a fumbled lateral and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown. The Giants took a knee on the 2-point conversion attempt.

Running back Paul Perkins rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries, while Jennings chipped in 52 more yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Beckham was pulled from the game in the third quarter, but had five catches for 44 yards.

Rodgers-Cromartie finished the game with two interceptions, one sack, and one tackle for a loss. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison, safety Landon Collins, and cornerback Leon Hall each had sacks as well.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were right tackle Bobby Hart (forearm), tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), linebacker Ishaq Williams, and running back George Winn.

Right guard John Jerry (burner) and wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (knee) both were injured in the game against the Washington Redskins but later returned to the game.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • Head Coach Ben McAdoo (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (Video)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Video)
  • WR Tavarres King (Video)
  • LG Justin Pugh (Video)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Video)
  • S Landon Collins (Video)

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DECEMBER 28, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) did not practice on Wednesday.

Safety Nat Berhe and linebacker B.J. Goodson remain in the concussion protocol and were limited.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back) and tight end Will Tye (illness) practiced on a limited basis.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Wednesday 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…
The Giants practice at 12:20PM on Thursday. The coordinators will also address the media.