Oct 232013
 
 October 23, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin react to TE Larry Donnell falling down.

It’s Been a Frustrating Season

New York Giants Place Center David Baas on Injured Reserve: The New York Giants placed center David Baas on season-ending Injured Reserve on Wednesday. Baas injured the MCL in his left knee early in the game against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Baas had injured the same MCL in the preseason, which caused him to miss two preseason games and the regular-season opener. He also missed three games with a neck injury before the game against the Vikings.

“This is similar (to the preseason injury),” said Baas. “It’s worse, though. I’m just thankful my ACL is intact because I would have been really ticked off. It’s tough. As corny as it sounds, you get knocked down, but you’ve got to get back up every time.”

Baas is expected to undergo surgery to repair the MCL.

New York Giants Re-Sign LB Darin Drakeford to the Practice Squad: The Giants re-signed LB Darin Drakeford to the Practice Squad on Wednesday. The Giants originally signed Drakeford to the Practice Squad on October 8, but terminated his contract one week later. As previously reported, the Eagles signed LB Emmanuel Acho off of the Giants’ Practice Squad on Monday.

October 23, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: The Giants held a walk-thru practice on Wednesday. Not practicing were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), RB David Wilson (neck), DT Shaun Rogers (knee), and LB Spencer Paysinger (ankle).

Practicing on a limited basis were TE Adrien Robinson (foot), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) fully practiced.

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

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Wednesday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the Giants’ Run Defense: The Giants’ Iron-Clad ‘Fence’ by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Coughlin calls out Nicks: ‘He’s got to get better’ by John DeMarzo of The New York Post

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Oct 222013
 
 October 22, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Rueben Randle, New York Giants (October 21, 2013)

Rueben Randle Scores from 24 Yards Out – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants Win Their First Game of the Season, Defeat Minnesota Vikings 23-7: The New York Giants defeated the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 on Monday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was the Giants’ first victory of the 2013 NFL season, as the Giants are now 1-6 overall.

The Giants’ defense pitched a shutout as Minnesota’s only points came on an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. The Vikings were held to 30 net yards rushing on 14 running plays and recently-acquired QB Josh Freeman, starting his first game for Minnesota, struggled all night with his accuracy. Freeman only completed 38 percent of his throws, finishing the game 20-of-53 for 190 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. And quite a few of those completions and yards came in garbage time after New York went up 23-7.

Not counting their two-play possession at the end of the first half, the Vikings had five first-half possessions. Four ended in punts and another with a missed 53-yard field goal. The Vikings only manged four first downs and 91 yards in the first half. It wasn’t much better in the second half as the Vikings only managed one first down and 23 yards on their first four possessions of the second half. Besides forcing three punts, the defense also forced a turnover when S Antrel Rolle picked off Freeman at the Giants’ 5-yard.

Minnesota only somewhat started to move the football after the Giants took a 23-7 advantage with 11 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. But each of the Vikings’ final three drives ended with a turnover on downs.

Offensively, the Giants did not exactly impress, but they did enough to win the game. The Giants were held to 64 yards rushing with recently-signed RB Peyton Hillis carrying the ball 18 times for 36 yards and a touchdown and rookie RB Michael Cox carrying the ball 11 times for 23 yards. QB Eli Manning finished the game 23-of-39 for 200 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions.

The Giants received the football to start the game and drove 68 yards in 17 plays on their opening drive to set up a 35-yard field goal. On their fourth possession of the first half, the Giants drove 82 yards in seven plays to take a 10-7 lead when Manning hit WR Rueben Randle for a 24-yard touchdown. New York did not do much offensively for the rest of the half as the Giants only picked up two first downs and 42 yards on their other five possessions, all resulting in punts, including one returned for the aforementioned touchdown.

In the second half, the Giants’ offense continued to struggle. After two three-and-outs, New York was handed a gift when the Vikings’ punt returner fumbled the ball away without being touched. Long snapper Zak DeOssie recovered the loose ball at the Minnesota 3-yard line and two plays later Hillis scored from one yard out. Giants 17 – Vikings 7.

The Giants’ best drive of the half came on the ensuing possession as New York drove 75 yards in 16 plays to set up a 23-yard field goal and a 20-7 advantage. Then DE Damontre Moore forced the Vikings’ returner to fumble the ensuing kickoff. LB Jacquian Williams recovered at the Minnesota 18-yard line. New York was not able to pick up a single yard but PK Josh Brown nailed his third field goal of the game, this one from 36 yards out and the Giants went up 23-7. The Giants could not pick up a first down when attempting to run out the clock on their next two possessions, but Minnesota’s pathetic offense could not take advantage.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report – Baas Hurt Again: OC David Baas left the game early with an injury to his left knee and will have an MRI taken on Tuesday. “I can’t catch a break,” Baas said after the game.

DE Justin Tuck dislocated a finger but said he was fine.

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

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), RB David Wilson (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), DT Johnathan Hankins, CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

Eagles Sign LB Emmanuel Acho from Giants’ Practice Squad: The Philadelphia Eagles signed LB Emmanuel Acho from the Giants’ Practice Squad on Monday. Acho was added to the Giants’ Practice Squad in September after the Eagles had waived him.

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Oct 162013
 
 October 16, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
RB Peyton Hillis – © USA TODAY Sports Image

RB Peyton Hillis – © USA TODAY Sports Image

New York Giants Sign RB Peyton Hillis: The Giants signed RB/FB Peyton Hillis on Wednesday. Hillis has spent time with the Broncos, Browns, Chiefs, and Buccaneers since being drafted in 2008. The Buccaneers released him in September. As previously reported, the Giants waived/injured RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, was with the Giants from 2004-2011.

“I’m coming in with an open heart and open mind,” Hillis said, “and I’m looking to do whatever the coaching staff needs me to do to help this team win…From what I understand, a lot of the terminology is the same as it was in Tampa, and so it may be a quick process. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see. A lot of the plays are the same. It’s just different terminology. As long as you get the terminology down, you’ll be fine. Here though, it seems like it’s the same as Tampa’s, so it shouldn’t be that big of a (transition).”

Hillis had his best season in 2010 when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns.

“I firmly believe I never had too much of an opportunity after I left Cleveland,” Hillis said. “I was behind Jamaal Charles at Kansas City. I didn’t get too much playing time. I felt when I got in I did well, and then I was in Tampa and never really got to touch the field because of Doug Martin. He’s pretty good. I’m just here to do whatever I can to help the team win. I think that this is a good team that can turn it around.”

“I came at peace with myself and my situation long ago,” Hillis said. “All I can do is what I can right now, so I can’t look in the past. I’ve got to keep on going.”

New York Giants Sign RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad: The Giants signed RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad on Wednesday. Wright is a rookie free agent who spent three weeks with the Giants in May 2013 before being waived. As previously reported, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB LB Darin Drakeford on Tuesday. 

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Minnesota Media Conference Call: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.

QB Eli Manning’s Media Minnesota Conference Call: The transcript of QB Eli Manning’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.

Article on RB David Wilson: Sitting out best for David Wilson, team by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Giants’ Rueben Randle insists he’s on the same page with Eli Manning despite flurry of interceptions by The Star-Ledger

Article on FB John Conner: John Conner’s impact seen in ground game by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

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Oct 152013
 
 October 15, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Da'Rel Scott, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

RB Da’Rel Scott – © USA TODAY Sports Images

RB David Wilson Injury Update: According to press reports, RB David Wilson visited with a neck specialist on Monday in Los Angeles to discuss his injured neck. The injury has supposedly been diagnosed as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine) and a herniated disc. As of now, surgery is not recommended. It is believed that Wilson will have to sit out the next 3-4 weeks and see how the injury responds to treatment. If Wilson’s neck does not improve, the Giants could decided to shut Wilson down for the remainder of the season. In some cases, spinal stenosis can be career ending, but it is not believed that Wilson’s malady is that severe.

Hakeem Nicks Trade Rumors Persist: Reports and rumors that the Giants may be willing to listen to trade offers for WR Hakeem Nicks persist. Nicks will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and it is widely believed that he will be seeking a huge pay day on the open market. And Nicks has not gone out of his way to say he definitely wants to return. Unless the Giants decide to slap the Franchise Tag on him, they may risk losing him and only possibly receiving a compensatory draft pick in return.

The NFL’s trade deadline is October 29.

Newsday is reporting that “a source familiar with the team’s thinking said consideration is being given to moving the wide receiver” before the deadline. When the source was asked if such trade talk was “ludicrous” or “imminent,” the source responded, “Probably right in the middle.” However, the source also said he does not think Nicks will be traded.

The Daily News is reporting that a source indicated that the Giants do not expect to trade Nicks, but the source did tell the paper that the team will listen to offers for the receiver or any veteran player.

Kim Jones of The NFL Network tweeted on Monday, “There is no truth to rumors the Giants are shopping Hakeem Nicks or open to trading him.” Bob Papa of Giants and Sirius Radio, also says the Giants are not shopping Nicks.

Roster Moves – Da’Rel Scott Waived/Injured: The Giants waived/injured RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday. Scott injured his hamstring late in the game against the Chicago Bears last Thursday. The Giants did not immediately fill Scott’s roster spot.

The Giants also terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB Darin Drakeford, who was signed on October 8th.

New York Giants Work Out Running Backs: According to press reports, the Giants worked out running backs Ryan Torain (ex-Giants), Peyton Hillis (ex-Buccaneers), D.J. Ware (ex-Buccaneers), and Jeremy Wright (ex-Giants) on Tuesday. Ware also played for the Giants from 2007-2011; Wright is a rookie free agent who was with the Giants for a few weeks in May. All four backs reportedly will have team physicals on Wednesday.

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

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: QB greats: ‘Insane’ for Giants to replace Eli in draft by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Michael Cox: Giants rookie Cox runs solo as absences mount by John DeMarzo of The New York Post

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Rueben Randle, Giants puzzle piece by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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Oct 132013
 
 October 13, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin deserves chance to go out a winner by Mark Cannizzaro of The New York Post

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Article on WR Rueben Randle: Good or Bad, Randle in Middle of Big Plays by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on LB Jon Beason: Giants’ Jon Beason shows he has plenty to offer at linebacker by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

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

Article on the 1976 New York Giants: NY Giants’ 0-6 start brings back memories of 1976 team by Hank Gola of The Daily News

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Sep 152013
 
 September 15, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
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Articles on the New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on the New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Article on LB Mark Herzlich: New Giants Starting LB Herzlich Up to Broncos Challenge by Howie Kussoy of The New York Post

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Serby’s Q&A with Giants’ Terrell Thomas by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe: Duke Coach David Cutcliffe Coached and Serves as Mentor to Peyton and Eli Manning by Kevin Armstrong of The Daily News

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Sep 122013
 
 September 12, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
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Allen Bradford – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Dan Connor’s Season is Over: The Giants placed LB Dan Connor on season-ending Injured Reserve on Thursday. Connor left Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys with a neck injury (burner).

Giants Claim LB Allen Bradford Off of Waivers from Seahawks: The Giants have claimed LB Allen Bradford off of waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.

Practice Squad Moves: The Giants have re-signed WR Marcus Harris to the Practice Squad. To make room for Harris, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of OT Steven “Sam” Baker.

Injury Update: Not practicing on Thursday were CB Prince Amukamara (concussion), OT David Diehl (thumb), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot).

“(Amukamara is) getting tested right now, but hopefully he’s going to be okay,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He seems to be fine. I can’t get him to tell me he’s had any issues, but he did the same thing the night of the game. We’ll see…I would say if he works (on Friday) and gets a good day’s work, then we would have a good chance (to play on Sunday). Barring setbacks, you know how that goes.”

OC David Baas (knee) and DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) were limited in practice.

“(Baas has) had a couple of days of practice time and he wants more every day,” said Coughlin. “That’s a good sign.”

“Right now, I’m very encouraged,” said Baas. “Today was definitely better than yesterday. Tomorrow will be a huge indicator.”

RB Da’Rel Scott (knee) fully practiced.

Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Giants’ D Can’t Expect Another Free Pass by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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Sep 082013
 
 September 8, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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Jason Pierre-Paul, Henry Hynoski, and Damontre Moore Make Trip to Texas: FB Henry Hynoski (knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), and DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) all traveled with the team on Saturday to Texas for the Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys. All three are officially listed as “questionable” for the game.

The only players to not make the trip – OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot) – have already been ruled out of the game.

CB Prince Amukamara on ESPN Radio: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with CB Prince Amukamara is available at ESPN.com.

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: The NFL’s Old Fuddy-Duddies by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: THE PERFECTIONIST: A Look at Giants Coach Tom Coughlin Through His Regimented Daily Schedule by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Giants’ Defense Wants Out of Its Rut by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Articles on RB David Wilson:

Article on RB David Wilson and WR Rueben Randle: Two ‘Country Strong’ Giants Are Finding Way in the City by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Giants’ Victor Cruz Staying Humble Despite Stardom by Tara Sullivan of The Bergen Record

Article on OT Justin Pugh: Giants Rookie Tackle Justin Pugh Gets Start for Opener, and He’s Got a Serious Case of Jitters by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on S Ryan Mundy: Signed as Depth, Mundy Looms Larger for Giants by Tom Pedulla of The New York Times

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Aug 172013
 
 August 17, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Adrian Tracy, New York Giants (August 10, 2013)

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Injury Update on TE Larry Donnell: TE Larry Donnell was carted off of the field during Friday’s practice after injuring his left knee. The Giants are saying the injury is a sprain. Donnell actually participated in Saturday’s walk-thru practice, but he will not play against the Colts on Sunday night.

Giants.com Q&A With DE Justin Tuck: One-on-One with DE Justin Tuck by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on the Running Backs:

Articles on the Wide Receivers:

Articles on OT Justin Pugh:

Articles on the Defensive Line:

Article on the Giants’ Equipment Staff: For the Giants, a Full-Gear Operation by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

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Aug 162013
 
 August 16, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Robert Nunn, New York Giants (August 10, 2013)

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August 16, 2013 New York Giants Training Camp Reports: The Giants held their 15th training camp practice on Friday afternoon at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. The next practice is on Tuesday from 3:25-5:25PM. For a complete training camp schedule and Giants.com Q&A guide, see the Training Camp section of the website.

Injury Update – TE Larry Donnell Injures Knee in Practice: Not practicing on Friday were RB Da’Rel Scott (shoulder), WR Brandon Collins (hamstring), OT Chris DeGeare (ankle), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), CB Corey Webster (soreness), S Antrel Rolle (ankle), S Cooper Taylor (hamstring), FB Henry Hynoski (PUP – knee), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (PUP – back), and DT Markus Kuhn (PUP – knee).

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about Pierre-Paul’s rehab. “If you saw him yesterday, he worked well yesterday,” responded Coughlin. “He was right out here. He’s a little sore today, so they slowed him down again. But yesterday was an outstanding day. He ran well and he worked in the weight room.”

TE Larry Donnell injured his left knee in practice, fell to the ground in obvious pain, and had to be carted off of the field. He left the facility on crutches and will be undergoing all of the necessary tests.

WR Jerrel Jernigan (soreness) returned to practice.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s press conference on Friday are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

WR Rueben Randle on ESPN Radio: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with WR Rueben Randle is available at ESPN.com.

Article on DT Shaun Rogers: Giants’ Rogers Fighting for Career After Missing Last Season with Blood Clot in Leg by Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post 

Articles on the Linebackers:

Article on S Stevie Brown: Stevie Brown Continues to Open Eyes by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

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