Dec 232013
 
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Will Hill, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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December 23, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday conference call is available at Giants.com.

December 23, 2013 Player Media Conference Calls: The transcripts of the Monday’s media conference calls with the following players are available at Giants.com:

OT Justin Pugh on ESPN Radio: The audio of Monday’s ESPN Radio interview with OT Justin Pugh is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on the New York Giants-Detroit Lions Game:

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants’ Justin Pugh: O-line wanted to prove people wrong by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Notes: The Giants are 19-14-2 in regular-season overtime games since they were first played in 1974. They are 11-5-2 on the road and 8-9 at home.

The Giants have won their last five games in Detroit in 1988, 1996, 1997, 2007, and 2013.

The Giants finished 3-1 vs. the NFC North, defeating Minnesota, Green Bay, and Detroit and losing to Chicago.

QB Eli Manning’s interception was his 26th of the season, a new franchise record. He had shared the mark of 25 with Frank Filchock (1946) and Charlie Conerly (1953).

This is the 25th time Manning has led the Giants on a game-winning drive, which the Elias Sports Bureau defines as a victory in which a quarterback rallies his team from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie. Manning ranks fifth among active quarterbacks, behind Peyton Manning (50), Tom Brady (35), Drew Brees (31), and Ben Roethlisberger (29).

Dec 222013
 
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Jerrel Jernigan, New York Giant (November 24, 2013)

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Will Hill Arrested for Not Paying Child Support: Safety Will Hill was arrested on Friday in New Jersey on a warrant for outstanding child support payments. Hill did make the trip with the team to Detroit and is expected to play on Sunday. The Giants would not comment other than saying it was a private personal matter for Hill.

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Article on Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn: Giants’ special teams coordinator Tom Quinn could be on the hot seat by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Articles on New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Giants rookie is at home in Detroit by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Dec 192013
 
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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December 19, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Victor Cruz Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery: Not practicing on Thursday were RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), WR Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), OG David Diehl (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

The Giants surprisingly announced that Cruz underwent arthroscopic debridement on his left knee on Thursday afternoon. It is believed that the surgery removed damaged cartilage. The Giants have already officially ruled him out of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. His season is most likely over since the normal recovery time from such a procedure is 3-4 weeks.

WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), OG James Brewer (ankle), DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) were limited in practice.

December 19, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

December 19, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin’s future with Giants and the 5 most likely offseason scenarios by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle capable of being a starting WR for Giants? Let’s find out by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Linval Joseph: Tuck: Lots of teams will be looking swipe Linval Joseph by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Thomas welcomes ‘normal offseason’ by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Dec 182013
 
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Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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December 18, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – 10 Miss Practice: Not practicing on Wednesday were RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), WR Victor Cruz (knee/concussion), WR Jerrel Jernigan (knee), OG James Brewer (ankle), OG David Diehl (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), DT Cullen Jenkins (shin/quad), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (groin), and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

With the injuries to the offensive line, Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if he was wary about playing QB Eli Manning. “Matter of fact, we’ve talked about this,” said Coughlin. “(Eli) wants to play and he’s looking forward to playing and competing and having a better game. I wouldn’t expect anything different.”

December 18, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com.

December 18, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Scouting Department: Giant changes could come in scouting department as draft busts pile up by Conor Orr and Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants 2014 Offseason: Giants face tough offseason decisions in-house by Paul Schwarz of The New York Post

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on WR Jerrel Jernigan: Jerrel Jernigan in line for more snaps by Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on OG Chris Snee: Injury, contract situation cloud Chris Snee’s future with Giants by Tara Sullivan of The Bergen Record

Dec 152013
 
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Near Empty MetLife Stadium, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

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Seattle Seahawks 23 – New York Giants 0: The Seattle Seahawks defeated the New York Giants 23-0 on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the loss, the Giants fell to 5-9 on the season, ensuring their first losing season since 2004.

The final score was closer than the actual game. The Seahawks led 13-0 at halftime as the Giants were held to two first downs and 54 total net yards. By the end of the third quarter, the Giants had four first downs. New York did not cross midfield on offense until mid-way through the fourth quarter. By game’s end, Seattle out-gained the Giants in first downs (21 to 12), total net yards (327 to 181), net yards rushing (134 to 25), net yards passing (193 to 156), and time of possession (33:58 to 26:02).

QB Eli Manning threw five interceptions and completed 18 of 31 passes for 156 yards. He also fumbled twice (both fumbles being recovered). Manning now has 25 interceptions on the season. RB Andre Brown was the Giants’ leading rusher with 17 yards on 11 carries. WR Jerrel Jernigan was the leading receiver with seven catches for 67 yards, mostly coming in garbage time.

Given the offensive ineptitude, the defense actually played decently in holding Seattle to only 23 points and 327 yards. Seattle scoring drives were 11 yards (field goal), 62 yards (touchdown), 40 yards (field goal), 39 yards (field goal), and 16 yards (touchdown). S Antrel Rolle intercepted one pass (his sixth of the season) and the Giants sacked QB Russell Wilson four times and hit him seven times. RB Marshawn Lynch was held to 47 yards on 16 carries.

“I expected a great effort today,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin after the game. “I think defensively and with our special teams, we got it. Offensively we did not – there’s no way to sugarcoat it. A pathetic offensive performance – we didn’t block anybody, we didn’t make any plays, we didn’t create any opportunities for ourselves. I told the players who prepared and gave great effort that I appreciated what they did, and I told those that were obvious they had not, that I felt sorry for them because they’re missing the whole point.”

“Coach Coughlin can’t take any of this blame,” said Rolle after the game. “Like I said, personally, I won’t allow that. He can’t take any of this blame. Coaches coach and they did a phenomenal job getting us prepared for this. We had a great week of practice. Everything that we saw out there from their offense, we went over with our coaches, defensive coordinator, assistant coaches, so forth and so on, and they did an exceptional job preparing us for today. Coach Coughlin, he’s a coach, but he can’t coach heart, he can’t make a play or have heart, he can’t make a player have passion about this game, and that’s what we were lacking out there today. Like I said, coach can say what he wants, but personally, I won’t allow him to take that because coaches coach and the players play the game.”

“Obviously sometimes out there today, we looked like we didn’t have a pulse and you can never do that playing a game of this magnitude, playing a game that’s this physical and playing an opponent like the Seattle Seahawks that live and die by pride, swagger, confidence,” said Rolle. “We knew that coming into the game today. They imposed their will on us today.”

Video low-lights are available at at Giants.com.

Post-Game Injury Report: WR Victor Cruz left the game with a concussion and what is believed to be a sprained knee. RB Peyton Hillis also left the game with concussion symptoms. LG James Brewer left the game with an ankle injury.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, TE Adrien Robinson, OL Stephen Goodin, DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), LB Allen Bradford, CB Corey Webster (ankle), and S Cooper Taylor (hamstring).

The Giants were shut out for the first time at home in a regular-season game since 1995.

This is the first time the Giants have suffered two shutout defeats in the same season since 1996.

QB Eli Manning’s five interceptions increased his career total to 169, which is a new Giants’ record. Conerly had held the mark with 167.

The Giants have at least one turnover in all 14 games this season.

Nov 242013
 
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Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys (November 24, 2013)

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Giants Fall Short in Game, and Season: The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 24-21 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the loss, the Giants fall to 4-7 on the season (1-3 in the division). The Giants now trail both the 6-5 Cowboys (4-0 in the division) and 6-5 Eagles (3-2 in the division) with five games to play. In a nutshell, unless the Giants win their remaining games and the Cowboys and Eagles both collapse, the Giants are not going to make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The game started off slowly for both teams as the Cowboys and Giants exchanged punts twice. On the second play of Dallas’ third possession, S Antrel Rolle intercepted QB Tony Romo at the Giants’ 21-yard line. However, three plays later, WR Victor Cruz fumbled the football after a short catch at midfield, and the loose ball was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by S Jeff Heath of the Cowboys. Dallas 7 – New York 0.

On New York’s fourth possession, the Giants drove the ball 74 yards in 10 plays, but were forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal after facing a 1st-and-goal situation at the 9-yard line. The Cowboys responded with a 5-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Romo to TE Jason Witten. Cowboys 14 – Giants 3.

The Giants’ offense moved the football well again, driving 65 yards in eight plays. But again, the drive stalled in the red zone. After facing a 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line, the Giants had to settle for yet another short field goal, this time from 23 yards out.

Neither team threatened in the last four possessions of the second quarter. At the half, Dallas led 14-6.

New York received the football to start the second half and drove from their own 34-yard line to the Dallas 35. However, QB Eli Manning’s pass to Cruz on 4th-and-6 ended the drive and the Giants turned the football over on downs. Dallas then took a commanding lead by drive 65 yards in 10 plays as Romo hit Witten again, this time from two yards out. Midway through the third quarter, the Cowboys led 21-6. That drive was kept alive when a roughing-the-passer penalty on DE Mathias Kiwanuka erased a fumble that was forced by CB Terrell Thomas and recovered by S Will Hill.

The Giants immediately cut into that 15-point advantage by driving 67 yards in six plays. On 4th-and-3 from the Cowboys’ 27-yard line, Manning for TE Brandon Myers for the score. Cowboys 21 – Giants 13.

On the Cowboys’ second possession of the half, they were forced to punt the ball away after crossing midfield near the end of the third quarter. The Giants then went three-and-out, the Cowboys punted after gaining one first down, the Giants went three-and-out again, and Dallas punted the ball away again.

With just under nine minutes to play, and trailing by eight points, New York drove 58 yards in eight plays, with Manning finding WR Louis Murphy for a 4-yard touchdown with just under five minutes to go. RB Andre Brown scored on the 2-point conversion and the game was tied at 21-21.

However, the dramatic comeback was ruined when the Cowboys ended the game with a 14-play, 64-yard drive that ended with a walk-off 35-yard field goal by Dallas with no time left on the clock. The Cowboys converted on three third-down situations on the drive.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 16-of-30 for 174 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. His leading receivers were RB Andre Brown (4 catches for 11 yards), WR Rueben Randle (3 catches for 64 yards), and TE Brandon Myers (three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown). The Giants rushed for 202 yards. Brown carried the ball 21 times for 127 yards and RB Brandon Jacobs carried the ball nine times for 75 yards.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 220 net yards passing and 107 net yards rushing. The Giants sacked Romo four times with sacks by DT Cullen Jenkins (twice), DE Justin Tuck (once), and a shared sack by DT Linval Joseph and DE Mathias Kiwanuka. The only forced turnover was Rolle’s interception.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at NFL.com.

Post-Game Injury Report: OC Jim Cordle injured his knee and left the game in the first half. It is not believed to be an ACL tear, but he will undergo an MRI exam. CB Trumaine McBride was forced to leave the game with a groin injury. DE Jason Pierre-Paul had x-rays taken on his injured shoulder after the game.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Post-Game Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of post-game media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Peyton Hillis, WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen), TE Adrien Robinson, OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Markus Kuhn, and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle).

Both teams were flagged 11 time.

Dallas was 4-of-11 on third down, but three of those conversions came on their game-winning field goal drive.

Nov 242013
 
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MetLife Stadium, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Despite disastrous 0-6 start, NY Giants’ captains never scuttled the ship by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on Today’s New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys Game: Cruz says Giants have winning formula to beat Cowboys by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on the New York Giants Defense: New, improved Giants defense set for Dallas by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the New York Giants Special Teams: Giants require special effort against Cowboys by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin is reason NY Giants have meaningful game against Cowboys by Mike Lupica of The Daily News

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on RB Andre Brown: Brown hopes Giants backfield gets hot in the cold by Dan Martin of The New York Post

Articles on New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Article on LB Spencer Paysinger: Spencer Paysinger always puts the team first by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Articles on New York Giants Cornerbacks:

Nov 222013
 
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Andre Brown, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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November 22, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Webster Out, Nicks and Jacobs Questionable: No one missed practice on Friday. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (hip), CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), FB Jon Conner (hip), and WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) practiced on a limited basis.

Webster has been officially ruled “out” of the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Nicks and Jacobs are “questionable” and Pierre-Paul, Conner, Thomas, and McBride are “probable.”

November 22, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday media session are available at Giants.com

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Confidence in team by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

November 22, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts of Friday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Giants can finally see the finish line by Johnette Howard of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin’s savvy approach keeps New York Giants steady by Judy Battista for NFL.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Aw-Shucks Leader Lifts Giants With a New Scowl by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on FB John Conner: A Look at John Conner and His Impact on the New York Giants’ Rushing Game by Patricia Traina of The Bleacher Report

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle is turning into a touchdown machine by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Jason Pierre-Paul talking a big game is a good thing for Giants by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on CB Prince Amukamara: Amukamara out to show he can be a lock-down corner by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Articles on the New York Giants Safeties:

Nov 212013
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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November 21, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – All In: No one missed practice on Thursday.

“All hands on deck today,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Some limited and some not able to go all the way, but most of them worked pretty good.”

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (hip), CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), FB Jon Conner (hip), and WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Nicks) did individuals, but that was about it,” said Coughlin. “They say it’s better to explain it as an abdominal, whatever that means.”

“I feel good. I did individuals today a little bit,” said Nicks. “It has just been something all year really, on and off. I was advised by my agent just to get it checked up a bit so that’s all we did. We just wanted to get it checked up and make sure everything was good. I got good feedback and everything was fine…It’s just a little strain.”

“(Pierre-Paul) came out and did some work and was serious about it,” said Coughlin. “He did his individual stuff and then maybe we’ll get him a little bit more tomorrow.”

“I don’t know what to think (about Webster),” said Coughlin. “I’ll rely on the medical people there. He got a little bit of work yesterday and a little bit more today.”

November 21, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at BigBlueInteractive.com or Giants.com:

November 21, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

LB Jon Beason on WFAN: The audio of Thursday’s WFAN interview with LB Jon Beason is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Sorry, but the Giants (Probably) Won’t Make the Playoffs by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on Giants President/CEO John Mara: John Mara says he never lost faith in Tom Coughlin, Giants despite 0-6 start by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on QB Eli Manning: After horrible start, Eli Manning is starting to throw with confidence by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Articles on WR Hakeem Nicks:

Article on OC Jim Cordle: Giants’ Cordle center of attention by John DeMarzo of The New York Post

Article on P Steve Weatherford: Giants’ punter Steve Weatherford ready to tackle high winds at MetLife Stadium by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

Article on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan: Michael Strahan, running scared into immortality by Greg Hanlon of CapitalNewYork.com

Quotes: New York Giants President and CEO John Mara on the Giants’ season: “We were all disappointed and surprised by the slow start. I am proud of the way this team stuck together. We always want to play meaningful games around and after Thanksgiving, and that’s exactly what we have this Sunday in MetLife Stadium. I’m proud of the way the team has stuck together. That is a tribute to the head coach and the leadership in the locker room. As the players and our head coach have said repeatedly over the last month, we are taking it one game at a time. We’re moving forward and, as our coach has urged the team to do, doing our best to keep the dream alive.”

Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell on the leaders of the defense: “I think we’ve been able to dial some things up because Jon Beason and Terrell Thomas and Antrel Rolle have really taken control of our defense and they’re the voices of our defense and they’re demanding from their teammates the execution of the things that we’ve game planned each week.”

Nov 202013
 
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Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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Jason Pierre-Paul Named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week”: DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been named the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Pierre-Paul returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown in the Giants’ 27-13 victory over the Packers. Pierre-Paul was also credited with three tackles in the game.

This is Pierre-Paul’s third “NFC Player of the Week” award. He was honored in Weeks 14 and 16 of the 2011 season, following standout performances against Dallas (eight tackles, two sacks, and a blocked field goal) and the Jets (five tackles and two sacks).

Pierre-Paul joins LB Lawrence Taylor (nine times) and DE Michael Strahan (three times) as the only Giants named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” at least three times.

November 20, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Nicks and Conner Miss Practice: Not practicing on Wednesday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Trumaine McBride (hip), RB Brandon Jacobs (knee), FB Jon Conner (hip), and WR Hakeem Nicks (groin).

CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

November 20, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com, respectively.

November 20, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Sessions: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys Game:

Article on CB Prince Amukamara: Giants Spotlight: Prince Amukamara blossoming into all-around player by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com