Dec 172014
 
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Giants Sign TE Jerome Cunningham to 53-Man Roster: The New York Giants signed tight end Jerome Cunningham to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad on Wednesday. Cunningham fills the roster vacancy created when the Giants put linebacker Terrell Manning on Injured Reserve on December 2. Per an obscure NFL rule, Manning could not be replaced on the 53-man roster for three weeks after he was signed from the Bengals’ Practice Squad on November 25.

Cunningham played college football at Southern Connecticut State University from 2009-2012, but he was not with an NFL team in training camp until August 2014 when the Giants signed him. He did try out with the Indianapolis Colts in May 2013 and Arizona Cardinals in May 2014, but was not signed by either team. Cunningham lacks ideal size for the position; he’s built more like an H-Back. But he is a good athlete who catches the ball well.

Giants Sign FB Nikita Whitlock to Practice Squad: To fill the vacancy created when the Giants signed TE Jerome Cunningham to the 53-man roster, the Giants signed fullback Nikita Whitlock to the Practice Squad on Wednesday.

Whitlock, who played defensive tackle in college, was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He was cut by the Bengals in their final round of cuts and then signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their Practice Squad. The NFL suspended Whitlock in November for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) and the Cowboys terminated his Practice Squad contract. Whitlock was converted to fullback by the Bengals and he flashed in the preseason as a lead blocker with good size.

December 17, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) and LB Jameel McClain (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.

December 17, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com.

December 17, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com:

ESPN Radio Interview with WR Odell Beckham: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Odell Beckham is available at ESPN.com.

Article on Giants President/CEO John Mara: NY Giants owner John Mara will be able to tune out fans if he doesn’t fire Tom Coughlin by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Kevin Gilbride still questions overhaul of Giants offense by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on DT Johnathan Hankins: Giants’ Johnathan Hankins steps up by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article son S Antrel Rolle:

Article on the Giants and the 2015 NFL Draft: NY Giants need help on offensive and defensive lines this draft by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Dec 102014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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December 10, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report Includes Eli Manning: OT James Brewer (concussion), LB Jameel McClain (knee), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday.

QB Eli Manning (back) and LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) practiced on a limited basis.

“I don’t know if I really got hurt,” said. “I feel good. The coach wanted to take a few reps off. It wasn’t many reps anyway, so it is not going to limit me in my practices for the week, or the game. Just kind of some of the procedures you have to go through now in the NFL.”

LB Devon Kennard Named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week”: New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard has been named the “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday in the team’s 36-7 victory.

In that game, Kennard was credited with six solo tackles, two sacks, two tackles for losses, and a forced fumble that was returned for a touchdown by defensive tackle Markus Kuhn.

“(Kennard) has been a really outstanding player for us in the last few weeks,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He has had a number of sacks, a number of hits on the quarterback and he has played well at the linebacker level, whether it is in coverage or whatever. He is a young man who…loves to play. He is physical and he is one of those guys by just looking in his eyes you know that he wants to be on the field.”

Kennard is the first Giant defender to receive a Player of the Week award since defensive end Justin Tuck in Week 13 of the 2013 season. He is the first Giants linebacker to be honored since Mathias Kiwanuka, who played linebacker that season, in Week 9 in 2011 against New England.

Kennard is the first Giants defensive rookie to be honored as a Player of the Week.

“There have been some incredible linebackers to play for this organization,” Kennard said. “So something like that, it was definitely special. But I know that I have a long way to go and a lot of things that I want to improve and continue to develop in my game. I’m just taking it one day at a time and am grateful for that accomplishment.”

“I think I played a good game, but there are always things (to improve),” Kennard said. “Route recognition, understanding formations, just allowing myself to play faster and faster. That’s all going to come with the more reps I get, the more comfortable I’m getting. I just want to continue to get better. I’m not in any way, shape or form satisfied.”

“Kennard is a phenomenal kid,” linebacker Jameel McClain said. “Kennard is focusing on his game and he focuses on details. For him to be so young and be such a professional, it is amazing.”

December 10, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com.

December 10, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

ESPN Radio Interview with WR Odell Beckham: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Odell Beckham is available at ESPN.com.

Article on QB Eli Manning: The truth about the new offense’s effect on Eli by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Ryan Nassib not likely to play for Giants by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Articles on RBs Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Odell Beckham is most talented ever, David Tyree says by Chris Wesseling for NFL.com

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line: 

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Jason Pierre-Paul wants to be a ‘Giant for life’ if it’s in the cards by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants and Injuries: Giants lead NFL with 20 players on injured reserve; are these injuries preventable? by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Dec 062014
 
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Giants Sign LB Paul Hazel to 53-Man Roster, Waive DT Dominique Hamilton: The New York Giants signed linebacker Paul Hazel to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad on Saturday. To make room for Hazel, the Giants waived defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton.

The signing of Hazel is a rapid promotion for a player who was just signed to the Giants’ Practice Squad on Tuesday. But with both Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich out with concussions, the Giants are thin at linebacker with only Jameel McClain (who is also battling a knee injury), Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger, and James Davidson available. In addition, Davidson was only signed to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad on Tuesday.

Hazel was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. He was claimed by the Browns after the Jaguars waived him and he played in 13 games in 2013 for Cleveland. The Texans then claimed Hazel off of waivers from the Browns in March 2014, but he did not make the team. Hazel is a tall, thin pass rusher.

On Friday, Herzlich had been ruled as officially “questionable” for the game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but he did not make the trip.

RB Rashad Jennings Makes Trip to Tennessee: New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) remains officially “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but he did make the trip to Tennessee with the team. However, linebacker Mark Herzlich (concussion), who was also listed as “questionable” on Friday, did not make the trip and will not play.

Also not playing are OT James Brewer (concussion) and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion).

NJ.com Q&A with DT Johnathan Hankins: Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins explains breakout year, next sack dance | Giants four downs by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants and Injuries: Tom Coughlin going ‘mental’ trying to figure out NY Giants’ injury problems by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on RB Rashad Jennings: Giants running back wants to teach younger teammates lesson about finishing strong by The Associated Press

Articles on WR Odell Beckham:

Articles on TE Larry Donnell:

Dec 052014
 
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December 5, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: OT James Brewer (concussion) and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder) did not practice on Friday. Both Brewer and Williams have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/shoulder) practiced on a limited basis. Jennings and Herzlich are “questionable” for the game; Jenkins, McClain, and Rodgers-Cromartie are “probable.”

“I don’t know (if Jennings will play),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “We are going to have to watch that. I think we listed him as questionable, but he’s got a couple of days. We will see.”

WR Preston Parker (knee) and OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps) fully practiced. Both Parker and Pugh are “probable” for the game.

December 5, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Friday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Goals for next four games by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

December 5, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com and BigBlueInteractive.com:

Article on the New York Giants Offense: How Odell Beckham Jr. is being moved around to get open | Giants weekly offensive observations by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Defense: Perry Fewell emptying his bench this week vs. Tennessee Titans | Giants defensive observations by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Believe it or not, Giants offensive line markedly improved from 2013 disaster by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Articles on Damontre Moore:

Dec 032014
 
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December 3, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Rashad Jennings (ankle), OT James Brewer (concussion), and LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.

DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps) fully practiced.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin said four of the five players placed on Injured Reserve yesterday – OG Geoff Schwartz (ankle), OG Adam Snyder (knee), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), and LB Terrell Manning (ankle) – will need surgery. DT Robert Ayers (pectoral) will not.

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (November 30, 2014)

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December 3, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com.

December 3, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Antrel Rolle says Giants won’t give up by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on the Giants-Jaguars Game: How Eli Manning, Giants offense managed to blow 21-point lead to 1-10 team | Film review by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Sights and Sounds from Giants-Jaguars Game: A sights and sounds video from the Giants-Jaguars game is available at Giants.com.

Nov 272014
 
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Jacquian Williams, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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November 27, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder), OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), and OG Adam Snyder (knee) did not practice on Thursday.

RT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jameel McClain (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

WR Odell Beckham (back) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) fully practiced.

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Why this milestone game is extra special for Giants’ Tom Coughlin by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on WR Rashad Jennings: Former Jaguars RB Rashad Jennings finds home with Giants by Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union

Article on WR Odell Beckham: NY Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. wants to be known for more than just ‘The Catch’ by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on on LB James Davidson: Davidson still working hard with N.Y. Giants by Gene Schallenberg of The Huntsville Item

Giants Online – Giants vs. Jaguars Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.

Nov 192014
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 16, 2014)

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November 19, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.

I don’t know (if Pugh will practice this week), we will see, he’s day to day,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) fully practiced.

LB Justin Anderson Re-Signed to Practice Squad: The New York Giants have re-signed linebacker Justin Anderson to the Practice Squad. Anderson was signed off of the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster last Saturday but waived on Monday when the Giants activated offensive guard Geoff Schwartz from short-term Injured Reserve.

November 19, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com.

November 19, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

ESPN Radio Interview with RB Rashad Jennings: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with RB Rashad Jennings is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on the New York Giants Upcoming Offseason:

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Article on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: McAdoo wasn’t brought in as Coughlin’s head coach-in-waiting by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Walter Thurmond: Injured cornerback Walter Thurmond III ‘wouldn’t mind’ re-signing with Giants in the offseason by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Articles on QB Eli Manning and the Giants-49ers Game:

Nov 162014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 16, 2014)

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The opportunity was there.

With five minutes to play and the New York Giants trailing the San Francisco 49ers by six, Eli Manning and the offense had a first and goal at the San Francisco four yard line.

In spite of Manning’s then four interceptions, the lack of a running game and continued offensive dysfunctions, the team was still in a position to win. It needed just four yards in four plays.

New York didn’t get a yard before Manning was intercepted on fourth down, all but sealing the deal on the team’s 16-10 loss Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford.

“Four shots from the four yard line,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “It’s inexcusable that we didn’t score.”

Throughout the game’s entirety, the calm, cool and collected Manning that had taken the field for New York’s previous nine games was no where to be found. Manning missed passes low, high, inside and out. Coughlin said Manning was dealing with “accuracy issues” and the quarterback’s play made it abundantly clear.

Manning, who entered the game having thrown six interceptions all season, was intercepted five times, three of which when targeting Rueben Randle. He completed just 22-of-45 passes for 280 yards.

“You’re not going to win a game turning the ball over five times,” Coughlin said. “I can guarantee you that.”

Early in the game, it appeared as if the game was headed in the complete opposite direction as what it ended up. On the Giants first possession, Manning marched New York 63 yards in five plays before finding tight end Larry Donnell for a 19-yard touchdown. The drive was set up when Zack Bowman recovered a Frank Gore fumble.

But after New York’s touchdown, the offense went cold. The team’s ensuing drives resulted in  a punt, two interceptions and two more punts before finally getting on the scoreboard with a Josh Brown field goal in the third quarter. With the Giants offense in a rut, San Francisco did just enough to win the game.

Following Gore’s fumble, the 49ers kicked three consecutive field goals to go on top, 9-7. On their first drive of the second half, quarterback Colin Kaepernick hit receiver Michael Crabtree on a slant. The former first-round pick burst through the center of the Giants defense for a 48-yard score.

New York answered with Brown’s field goal, but were unable to put any additional points on the board after. Manning was intercepted for a fourth time at the San Francisco 20, but the most back-breaking pick came with New York deep inside 49er territory.

Starting at their own 35 with 6:18 to play, Manning marched the Giants quickly into San Francisco territory. On second down at the 49er 41, Manning went deep to Odell Beckham Jr. down the right sideline. The rookie made a leaping grab to set New York up at the four. On first down, Manning threw a fade to Beckham that was out of reach. On second down, Manning threw a fade to Randle which fell in complete. On third down, Manning threw a fade to Larry Donnell who landed hard on his shoulder and dropped the ball. On fourth down, Manning forced the ball inside to Preston Parker. As the ball hit Parker’s hands, the receiver was hit and the ball popped up and into the arms of San Francisco linebacker Chris Borland.

“We need to bounce back,” Coughlin said. “Now we’ve had a defensive fiasco, we’ve had an offensive fiasco. Perhaps maybe now we’ll be able to go out and put something together.”

The loss for New York drops its record to 3-7. It faces the Dallas Cowboys at home next Sunday night.

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Quick Hits and Tidbits

  • The Giants lost their fifth consecutive game to fall to 3-7. It is their worst record after 10 games since 1998, when they were also 3-7 and finished 8-8.
  • Inactive for New York were cornerback Mike Harris, linebacker Jacquian Williams (concussion), guard Adam Snyder, defensive end Kerry Wynn, offensive tackle James Brewer, offensive guard Brandon Mosley and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (calf). Mike Patterson started for Jenkins and Mark Herzlich for Williams.
  • Offensive tackle Justin Pugh left the game with a quad injury and did not return. Speaking after the game, Coughlin said Pugh originally hurt his quad in last week’s game against Seattle, but practiced fully all week. It acted up against San Francisco.
  • Receivers Rueben Randle and Preston Parker each left the game at various points in time with ailments. Both returned and were said to be fine after the game.
  • Of Manning’s interceptions, three were intended for Randle. Two were intercepted by Chris Borland, one by Michael Wilhoite, one by Chris Culliver and one by Eric Reid.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. finished with six catches for 93 yards. Rueben Randle caught seven passes for 112.
  • Earlier in the week, Coughlin spoke about how he wanted his “big players” to make “big plays.” The comment was in response to a question about Jason Pierre-Paul. On Sunday, Pierre-Paul had one tackle. Receiver Preston Parker had two.
  • Defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. recorded a sack bringing his season total to five. Since the start of last season, Ayers has 10.5 sacks. In his first four seasons, he had 6.5.
  • The San Francisco 49ers rushed for 148 yards on the Giants defense and averaged 4.0 yards per carry.
  • The Giants recovered an onside kick in the third quarter, their first successful onside kick since Nov. 7, 2004 vs. Chicago.

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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.

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

Video highlights/lowlights of the game are available at Giants.com.

Nov 142014
 
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Rashad Jennings, New York Giants (September 25, 2014)

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November 14, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice on Friday. All three have been officially ruled out of the game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

RB Rashad Jennings (knee), TE Daniel Fells (neck), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), and S Nat Berhe (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. All five players are officially listed as “probable” for the game.

November 14, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Friday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The Coughlin Corner: Coach’s message to the team by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

November 14, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Articles on WR Odell Beckham:

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Jason Pierre-Paul on his future with the Giants: ‘If I’m here, I’m here; if I’m not, I’m not’ by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Nov 132014
 
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Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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November 13, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RB Peyton Hillis (concussion), DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice on Thursday.

“Well, late in the (Seattle game, Jenkins) did (suffer a setback),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “That’s why he is like he is. He had some swelling.”

RB Rashad Jennings (knee), TE Daniel Fells (neck), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), and S Nat Berhe (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Jennings) did a good job again, practiced, took a lot of turns,” said Coughlin. “Did pretty well.”

November 13, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Sessions: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

November 13, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

DE Mathias Kiwanuka on ESPN Radio: The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with DE Mathias Kiwanuka is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell:

Article on RB Rashad Jennings: Returning RB Rashad Jennings last hope to save Giants by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Should Giants give underachieving Jason Pierre-Paul a sack of dough? by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on LB Jacquian Williams: Giants believe linebacker Jacquian Williams played almost three quarters with a concussion by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on the Giants-Seahawks Game: How Russell Wilson ran wild on Giants and what went wrong vs. Seattle Seahawks | Film Review by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Giants Online – Giants vs. 49ers Preview: The video of this week’s Giants Online is available at Giants.com.