Feb 242017
 
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Paul Perkins, New York Giants (October 3, 2016)

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

  • RB Paul Perkins (Video)
  • DT Johnathan Hankins (Video)
  • LB Keenan Robinson (Video)

ARTICLES…

Feb 072017
 
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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (November 14, 2016)

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The New York Giants running backs finished the 2015 season 18th in rushing with 100.6 yards per game and averaging 4.0 yards per rush. The Giants rushed for only five touchdowns. The leading rushers on the team that year were Rashad Jennings (863 yards, three touchdowns), Shane Vereen (260 yards, zero touchdowns), Andre Williams (257 yards, one touchdown), and Orleans Darkwa (153 yards one touchdown). In addition, Vereen proved a significant weapon in the passing game with 59 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns. Jennings also contributed with 29 catches for 296 yards and one touchdown.

Despite the mediocre rushing numbers, there was optimism entering the 2016 season. Half of Jennings’ 2015 yardage (432 yards) came in the last four games of the season. The ground game – led by Jennings – seemed to peaking behind a young and improving offensive line that would remain intact coming into 2016. In addition, replacing the disappointing Andre Williams with 6th rounder Paul Perkins appeared to an upgrade. Vereen was coming off of his best pro season and expected to continue to serve a duo-purpose threat. And the Giants signed veteran hybrid fullback/tight end Will Johnson to mount a significant challenge to fullback Nikita Whitlock.

In reality, the 2016 results were a kick to the nuts. The Giants ground game not only worsened, but it fell to 29th with a paltry 88.2 yards per game and averaging 3.5 yards per rush. The Giants rushed for only six touchdowns. And pass receptions by running backs fell from 92 catches for 828 yards and five touchdowns in 2015 to 83 catches for 622 yards and one touchdown in 2016.

Why the drop? Inconsistent blocking by the offensive line and tight ends was a factor. The improvement by the line – under new offensive like coach Mike Solari – never occurred. There was not a strong blocking tight end on the team. In addition, both fullbacks were lost to injury for the season before it began and the team carried no fullbacks on the roster. As such, the Giants “bread-and-butter” running play was out of the shotgun formation.

But truth be told, it also became painfully clear that while a good guy and a strong locker room presence, Jennings was no more than an aging, backup-at-best halfback who rarely created yardage on his own either by elusiveness or breaking tackles. Starting 12-of-16 regular-season games, Jennings only averaged 3.3 yards per carry. Vereen missed the bulk of the season with a triceps injury that he also re-injured, and his absence in the passing game was very noticeable. Bobby Rainey replaced him but only had 20 receptions. Orleans Darkwa started two games but only received 30 carries and got hurt again. The only real bright spot was Perkins, but he was not a significant factor until December, gaining 271 of his 456 rushing yards in his last four regular-season games.

Yeah, the blocking was a factor, but this was also a very mediocre-at-best group of running backs.

THE STARTER

Rashad Jennings saw his production drop dramatically in 2016 after having his most productive year in the NFL in 2015. Jennings’ rushing yards (from 863 to 593) and yards per carry (from 4.4 to 3.3) fell precipitously with only three rushing touchdowns in each season. Jennings did catch six more passes (from 29 to 35) but his yards per catch dropped nearly in half (from 10.2 to 5.7). Jennings was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2013 and the Giants in 2014. Jennings missed five games with the Giants in 2014 due to knee and ankle problems. He started all 16 games in 2015, but missed three games in 2016 with a thumb injury. Jennings has good size, but he does not run with much vision, quickness, or power. Jennings does not create much yardage on his own either through elusiveness or tackle-breaking ability. He is a solid pass blocker and has good hands as a receiver. Jennings is a hard worker and a good presence in the locker room. He has had issues staying healthy throughout his career.

THE RESERVES

Paul Perkins was drafted by the Giants in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Perkins played in 14 regular-season games with one start (regular-season finale). He also started the playoff game. Perkins finished the regular season with 112 carries for 456 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and 15 catches for 162 yards (10.8 yards per catch). Perkins lacks ideal size and speed but he has good vision, quick feet, and cutting ability. Perkins is a tough runner who plays bigger than his size, but he is not a powerful runner. He catches the ball well.

The Giants signed Bobby Rainey as an unrestricted free agent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April 2016.  He played in 15 games with no starts and finished the season with 17 carries for 63 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and 20 catches for 153 yards (7.6 yards per catch). Rainey also returned six punts (6.5 yards per return) and eight kickoffs (25.5 yards per return). Rainey was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2012), Cleveland Browns (2013), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-2015). Rainey lacks size, but he is a well-built runner with good quickness. He lacks power and has had issues with ball security with 13 career fumbles. Rainey catches the ball well and has experience as a punt and kickoff returner.

Orleans Darkwa was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2016 with a lower leg injury. Darkwa played in 10 games with two starts for the Giants in 2016. He carries the ball 30 times for 111 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. Darkwa was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants signed him off of Miami’s Practice Squad in November 2014. Darkwa has average size and overall athletic ability, but he is a very physical, instinctive between-the-tackles runner. He lacks elusiveness and the ability to create on his own. Darkwa has good hands despite having only 10 career receptions.

The Giants signed George Winn to the 53-man roster in late December 2016. Winn was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Texans (2013), New England Patriots (2013), Oakland Raiders (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2013), Dallas Cowboys (2013), and Detroit Lions (2014–2016). The Giants signed him to their Practice Squad in November 2016 and cut him in mid-December. Winn has played in 19 regular-season games with no starts, accruing just 74 yards on 23 carries (3.2 yards per carry). Winn is a hard-nosed, between-the-tackles runner. Good special teams player.

PRACTICE SQUAD

Jacob Huesman was signed to the Practice Squad in late December 2016. Huesman is a former quarterback who the Giants are converting to running back. He was not drafted in 2016, and not signed after the draft despite working out for the Steelers and Titans. Huesman had a brief stint with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He has good size for a running back and was productive in college running with the football as a quarterback.

INJURED RESERVE

Shane Vereen was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) in September 2016 with a triceps injury that required surgery, activated back off of IR in December, and then placed on IR again that same month after re-injuring his triceps and needing surgery again. Vereen was originally selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2015. In 2015, serving as the team’s third-down back and playing in all 16 games with no starts, Vereen had his most productive year in the NFL as a pass receiver. He caught a career-high 59 passes for 495 yards and four touchdowns. It was the most receptions by a Giants running back in a single season since Tiki Barber. Vereen also carried the ball 61 times for 260 yards (4.3 yards per carry). However, Vereen played in just five games in 2016 and finished the season with 33 rushes for 158 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and 11 catches for 94 yards. Vereen lacks ideal size and power, but he is an elusive back with good vision and quickness. Vereen is one of the better pass-catching backs in the NFL as he runs good routes and has good hands. He is also solid in pass protection. Vereen has proven to be somewhat injury prone.

The Giants placed Will Johnson on Injured Reserve in early September 2016 with a burner that he suffered in the first preseason game. The Giants signed Johnson as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers in April 2016. Johnson was not drafted and signed with the Steelers in 2012. In four seasons with the Steelers, Johnson only missed one regular-season game, and started 20 contests. He has 31 career receptions for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson is versatile with the ability to play H-Back, tight end, and fullback. He is a good lead blocker who can also catch the football. Johnson is a solid special teams player.

The Giants waived/injured Nikita Whitlock in late August 2016 and then placed him on Injured Reserve with a mid-foot sprain (Lisfranc) that required surgery. He was then suspended in September 2016 for 10 games by the NFL for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Whitlock was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft, but was cut and signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their Practice Squad. The NFL suspended Whitlock in November 2014 for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and the Cowboys terminated his Practice Squad contract. The Giants signed him to the Practice Squad in December 2014. Whitlock surprisingly beat out fullback Henry Hynoski in training camp in 2015 and ended up playing in 14 games with five starts until he was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2015 with a knee injury. He had no touches as a rusher or receiver. Whitlock has good size for a fullback and is a physical player, but he needs to become a more consistent lead blocker. A collegiate defensive tackle, Whitlock also received a limited number of snaps at defensive tackle in pass rush situations for the Giants in 2015. He finished the season with six tackles and a sack. Although Whitlock is extremely small for a defensive tackle, he gave opposing interior linemen fits at times with his quick pass rush moves. Whitlock is a good special teams player.

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.

ARTICLES…

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

Jan 032017
 
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Paul Perkins, New York Giants (January 1, 2017)

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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…
The New York Giants players return to practice on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday’s playoff game against the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin.

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.

ARTICLES…

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.

Dec 202016
 
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GIANTS PLACE SHANE VEREEN AND RYAN NASSIB ON IR…
The New York Giants have placed running back Shane Vereen (triceps) and quarterback Ryan Nassib (right elbow) on season-ending Injured Reserve. Both will have surgery this week. To fill these roster spots, the Giants signed linebacker Ishaq Williams off of the team’s Practice Squad and signed running back George Winn.

Williams was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016. The Giants originally signed Williams after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2016 mini-camp. Williams was out of football since 2013 after being implicated in an academic dishonesty scandal at Notre Dame. Williams has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability.

Winn was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Texans (2013), New England Patriots (2013), Oakland Raiders (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2013), Dallas Cowboys (2013), and Detroit Lions (2014–2016). The Giants signed him to their Practice Squad in November and cut him on December 13th. Winn has played in 19 regular-season games with no starts, accruing just 74 yards on 23 carries (3.2 yards per carry). Winn is a hard-nosed, between-the-tackles runner. Good special teams player.

NFL PENALIZES GIANTS FOR USING WALKIE-TALKIES…
The NFL has penalized the New York Giants for “illegally” using walkie-talkies during the December 11th game against the Dallas Cowboys. Head Coach Ben McAdoo used a walkie-talkie to communicate with quarterback Eli Manning for five plays when the regular head-set communication system broke down.

The NFL has moved the Giants 4th-round pick to the end of the round, following any compensatory picks (but no more than 12 spots below where their pick would have been). The Giants were also fined $150,000 and Ben McAdoo was personally fined $50,000.

DECEMBER 20, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held another light jog-thru on Tuesday. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) is the only player who did not participate.

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee), linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Will Beatty (lower leg), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (shoulder), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Jenkins) moved around a little bit on the field today, he was limited,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “We’ll see, it’s still early to tell (if he will play on Thursday)… There’s still soreness.”

“I don’t know (if I will play on Thursday),” said Jenkins. “I am just focused on getting better every day and we will see what happens… I am glad that it wasn’t anything serious and I am glad that I got the result that I got… It is just a bruise, man. That is what it is.”

Defensive end Owagmagbe Odighizuwa (knee) fully practiced.

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

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Wednesday. The team plays the Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Dec 192016
 
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DECEMBER 19, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a jog-thru practice on Monday. Not practicing were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee), running back Shane Vereen (triceps), offensive tackle Will Beatty (lower leg), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (shoulder), and quarterback Ryan Nassib (right elbow).

In the game against the Lions on Sunday, Vereen re-injured his surgically-repaired triceps muscle that had caused him to miss nine games and is likely done for the season. “Yes, he re-injured his triceps,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “It’s unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was. I’m disappointed for Shane.”

McAdoo is also unsure of Jenkins’ status. “It was a nasty collision,” said McAdoo. “We took every precaution we could afterwards. Everything checked out. Right now it’s a painful bruised back… Right now, it’s too early to tell (if he will be able to play against the Eagles on Thursday night).”

Linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder), defensive end Owagmagbe Odighizuwa (knee), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) were limited.

ISHAQ WILLIAMS TO BE PROMOTED TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
NJ.com is reporting that the Giants will sign defensive end/linebacker Ishaq Williams to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants originally signed Williams after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2016 mini-camp. Williams was out of football since 2013 after being implicated in an academic dishonesty scandal at Notre Dame. Williams has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability.

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 17-6 victory over the Detroit Lions:

McAdoo: No official statement today. Quick turnaround against a division rival on the road. Our focus is Philadelphia. I’ll do as best I can to help answer your questions about Detroit, but our focus is on Philly.

Q: Obviously your defense has been playing exceptionally well. Where do they stack up with the rest of the league?

A: That’s a great question, but we don’t look at it like that. We focus on the week of preparation and executing the game plan, taking things week by week and not necessarily comparing ourselves to other teams in the league defensively. I’m not sure where that gets us.

Q: Any update on Janoris Jenkins?

A: It was a nasty collision. We took every precaution we could afterwards. Everything checked out. Right now it’s a painful bruised back.

Q: Will he be OK for Philadelphia?

A: Right now, it’s too early to tell.

Q: Did Shane Vereen re-tear his triceps?

A: Yes, he re-injured his triceps. It’s unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was. I’m disappointed for Shane.

Q: By re-injured, you’re saying he re-tore it?

A: He re-injured his triceps, yes.

Q: What are the challenges of this quick turnaround?

A: It’s a divisional opponent. We know them and they know us. That helps and makes it very competitive. The challenges are trying to get the reps physically so guys can see it and take a look at it on their feet. You want to be smart with how much they get on their feet. We will do some things and dial the speed down a little bit. We need to make sure we put our preparation in off the field, on the film as much as possible. Different guys learn different ways, so we need to do the best we can in tailoring the plan to the players and their learning styles. We’ll keep them sticking and moving as much as we can. In and out of the meeting rooms with film and slides. Whatever we can do to help them learn.

Q: With a chance to clinch on Thursday with a win, do you use that as a carrot for them?

A: We’re excited for the game this week. It’s a division rival. You could throw the records out the window. It’s going to be a physical game on a short week. We need to focus on taking care of the task at hand and focus on taking care of each day and the plan for each day. Then going out and kicking the ball off on Thursday night.

Q: What do you see out of the Eagles? They’ve struggled a lot the past few weeks. Are they doing some things on film that do concern you though?

A: I think it is a team that looks like they are getting healthy at the right time here at the end of the season. They are running the ball fairly well on offense. They had some success yesterday running the football and we will have to be ready to stop the run. They are possessing the ball for a good amount of time per ballgame. They are one of the best teams in the league, if not the best team in the league. Defensively, their defensive line makes everything go for them. It seems like we have said that a lot as of late. But their defensive line is playing well. They have Bennie (Logan) back. He didn’t play the first time against them and they have some talented playmakers there and their special teams always makes it go for them. Their special teams provide a lot of juice, a very talented group there.

Q: Damon Harrison said that not only did you bring up winning the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season, but that you bring it up every meeting. How do you go about that?

A: Well, we talk about everything is out in front of us and we have to make sure we are taking care of the task at hand and that is the important thing for us. We make sure that we focus our attention and we have to be where our feet are, especially in a week like this where every second counts and we can’t waste a second of any day leading up to the ball game. We have to make sure we are where our feet are and dial into our preparation.

Q: How do you feel about the running back time share? Is that something where Perkins can become the number one back or are you happy with having it split?

A: Yeah, we are confident in all our backs. We feel that they are a little different as far as running styles go. Perkins is a guy that is playing some good special teams for us and when he gets an opportunity to get the ball, he is doing a nice job there and he is growing.

Q: How do you approach the short week for the first time as a head coach. Will you go about it any different than maybe Tom Coughlin would?

A: Yeah, we are going to stick and move. We have had some success here the last couple years on the Thursday night game. It is a little bit later in the year, it is an opponent that we are familiar with, they are familiar with us. But we just need to stick and move. That is the most important thing that we can do. Keep things as fresh as we can keep them for the players, make sure we get them up and down, they can’t be in their seats all the time, we can’t have them on their feet all the time. We have to stick and move there.

Q: Odell tweeted that he thought if he had done what Ezekiel Elliott did last night that he would have been fined. Do you agree with him on that?

A: I’m not sure what you’re referring to, so I don’t have any comment on that.

Q: You didn’t watch the Dallas game last night?

A: I did not, no. I’m focused on our football game and trying to put our players in the best position I can on Thursday night.

Q: A couple of weeks ago after the Pittsburgh game you said you were going to send the tape to the league and I don’t think we ever followed up with you. You said you were waiting to hear what they said about what you thought were some missed calls. Were you happy with what you heard back?

A: We had communication with the league office but we keep those communications internal.

Q: Eli talked earlier today about having to take what the defense gives when they play to prevent the deeper passes. Is it an adjustment to play call against that defense? Has the team adjusted? Do you have to adjust to it and do you think it’s just the reality that you have to deal with, maybe the rest of the season.

A: I think you go into each game and you plan for each game the way it looks on film. When you get to the game, you have to be able to adjust and improvise and at the end of the day, you can’t go broke taking a profit. If it’s a two-high shell game, all game, you have to find ways to complete the ball, find ways to run the ball and adjust as you go.

Q: Back to Shane Vereen for a second, what’s the next step in the process with him at this point?

A: I just got off the practice field and we’re going to have more to talk about on Shane moving forward. It’s too early, to my knowledge, I don’t know of any surgical procedures or anything needed yet. I need to speak to the training room.

Q:  You had four rookies on the field late in the game yesterday. What does that say about your confidence to put those young guys out there in that spot?

A: Offense, defense or special teams?

Q: Offense in the fourth quarter?

A: We have faith in our young players. We got them reps early in the season. This is why we did it, because we’re going to trust them moving forward.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts of the media conference calls with the following players are available in The Corner Forum:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 1:05PM on Tuesday. There is no media availability to the team on Wednesday.

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NOVEMBER 17, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Offensive guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), and running back Orleans Darkwa (lower leg) did not practice on Thursday.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (ankle), wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (toe), and offensive lineman Adam Gettis (calf) practiced on a limited basis.

“The injury is doing well,” Cruz said. “I practiced today and everything feels good. I was running around, making some plays, so everything is feeling good… Sunday at one o’clock, I plan to be out there helping my team win.”

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have signed offensive center/guard Shane McDermott to the Practice Squad. To make room for McDermott, the team terminated the Practice Squad contract of wide receiver Da’Ron Brown.

McDermott was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Cowboys cut him in September that year. After a brief stint on the Panthers Practice Squad, the Giants signed McDermott to the Practice Squad in November 2015. He also spent time on the Giants Practice Squad again in September 2016. McDermott is a blue-collar, overachiever who lacks ideal athleticism and strength.

Brown was signed to the Giants Practice Squad last week. He was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He has spent time on the Practice Squads of the Chiefs (2015) and New England Patriots (2016).

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 position coaches and players will address the media on Friday.