Nov 172013
 
 November 17, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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New York Giants Win Fourth Game in a Row, Defeat Green Bay Packers 27-13: The New York Giants beat the Green Bay Packers 27-13 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants have now won four games in a row after starting the season 0-6. The 4-6 Giants still trail the 6-5 Philadelphia Eagles and 5-5 Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

The Packers actually out-gained the Giants in total net yards (394 to 334) with 339 net yards passing. But the Giants held advantages in first downs (19 to 16), rushing yards (78 to 55), and time of possession (35:14 to 24:46). Green Bay also turned the football over three times while the Giants turned it over once, and the Packers also failed to convert on a fake punt and turned the football over on downs.

New York received the football first to start the game, picked up two first downs, but then was forced to punt. The Giants then scored 10 points on their next two possessions. The Giants first drove 42 yards in five plays with QB Eli Manning hitting WR Rueben Randle from 26 yards out for the score. The good field position on that scoring drive was also set up by a 32-yard punt return by Randle. The Giants then followed that up with an 11-play, 56-yard drive that set up a 40-yard field goal for PK Josh Brown.

Meanwhile, the Packers went three-and-out on their first two possessions of the game and fell behind 10-0. On Green Bay’s third possession, the Packers drove 76 yards in seven plays to set up a 24-yard field goal. Giants 10 – Packers 3.

New York responded with an impressive drive, moving the ball from their own 11 to the Green Bay 14-yard line. But on 3rd-and-11, WR Louis Murphy ran the wrong route and Manning’s throw was intercepted by the Packers and returned to the Green Bay 21-yard line. The Packers crossed midfield with less than a minute and half to play, but punted. The Giants went three-and-out and punted. With only 43 seconds left, the Packers moved 24 yards in four plays to set up a successful 57-yard goal.

At the half, the Giants led 10-6.

Green Bay received the football to start the second half. The Packers crossed midfield, but that drive was halted when LB Jon Beason intercepted QB Scott Tolzien at the Giants’ 41-yard line, returning the football to midfield. Manning then hit WR Hakeem Nicks for 35 yards down to the 15-yard line. The Giants’ drive stalled there and New York settled for a 28-yard field goal. Giants 13 – Packers 6.

The Packers moved the ball past midfield on their second possession of the half, but the Giants’ defense then held. On 4th-and-7, the Packers attempted a fake punt from the Giants’ 43-yard line. Green Bay was stopped just short of the first-down marker by LB Spencer Paysinger, turning the ball over on downs.

The Giants took a 20-6 lead on the ensuing possession by driving 63 yards in 10 plays, with RB Brandon Jacobs scoring from one yard out. However, that apparently comfortable lead was quickly erased as the Packers drove 83 yards in just five plays to cut the lead to 20-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The Giants went three-and-out. Momentum had definitely swung in Green Bay’s favor. But on the very first play of the Packers’ fourth possession of the half, DE Jason Pierre-Paul intercepted Tolzien’s pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. The Giants were again back up by two scores, 27-13 with less than 11 minutes to play.

The Giants’ defense forced a three-and-out. And while New York did not score on the ensuing possession, they were able to pick up two first downs and take almost four minutes off of the clock. Down by two touchdowns, the Packers started from their own 17-yard line with 4:32 to play. Using the no huddle, Green Bay did reach reach the Giants’ 34-yard line in seven plays. However, on the first play after the two-minute warning, S Antrel Rolle intercepted Tolzien at the Giants’ 13-yard line. New York went three-and-out. Green Bay got the ball back with 37 seconds left but the closest the Packers got was the New York 35-yard line as time expired.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 25-of-35 for 279 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. His leading receivers were WR Victor Cruz (8 catches for 110 yards), Nicks (four catches for 50 yards) and Randle (three catches for 37 yards and a touchdown). RB Andre Brown rushed for 66 yards on 18 carries (3.7 yards per carry). Jacobs only had nine yards on five carries, but he did score a touchdown and converted twice on 4th-and-1.

Defensively, the Giants had no sacks, but were able to get some heat on Tolzien. Beason, Pierre-Paul, and Rolle all had interceptions. The leading tacklers, with eight a piece, were CB Terrell Thomas, Beason, and LB Jacquian Williams. The Packers were held to only 55 yards rushing. RB Eddie Lacy was held to 27 yards on 14 carries.

On special teams, P Steve Weatherford rebounded with a strong performance, averaging 53 yards on five punts (42.2 yard net). Randle returned his only chance for 32 yards. RB Michael Cox was the new kickoff returner, but only averaged 17.5 yards per kickoff on two chances. Josh Brown hit both his field goal chances. And the Giants stopped the fake punt short of the first-down marker.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com. The video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game locker room speech is available at Giants.com.

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, TE Adrien Robinson, OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Markus Kuhn, LB Allen Bradford, and CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle).

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Nov 132013
 
 November 13, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Terrell Thomas, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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November 13, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Jason Pierre-Paul Says He Might Not Play Sunday: Not practicing on Wednesday were DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), and TE Bear Pascoe (ankle).

“(Pierre-Paul is) still sore, but he’s still optimistic and so are we,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “I would hope (he would practice on Thursday).”

However, Pierre-Paul was not as optimistic. “I don’t know if I’m going to play Sunday,” said Pierre-Paul. “I don’t. That’s the honest answer. At this point, I’m just taking it day-by-day and see how I feel on Sunday…I’m not going to go out there unless I feel comfortable with my shoulder…It just hurts. I’m not going to be ready (to practice on Thursday).”

Coughlin was asked about the status of Corey Webster, who hasn’t played much this season. “I thought we were over the hump a couple of weeks ago when he was able to just play a few plays, but there was an ankle injury in there and he’s still trying to recover from that.”

“Brandon Jacobs is not going to work, he’s scheduled to work (on Thursday),” said Coughlin.

Practice Squad Moves: The Houston Texans signed S Jawanza Starling from the Giants’ Practice Squad on Wednesday. Starling was added to the Giants’ Practice Squad in September after the Texans had waived him.

To fill that vacancy, the Giants signed LB Marcus Dowtin to the Practice Squad. Dowtin has spent time with the Jets, Eagles, and Bills.

November 13, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference are available at Giants.com

November 13, 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 General Manager Jerry Reese: Peace of Reese: Moves give Giants GM some respite, for now by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on the Giants-Raiders Game: Giants vs. Raiders rewind: Breaking down a third straight win by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Offense works around lack of big plays by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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Nov 102013
 
 November 10, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Andre Brown, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

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New York Giants Win Third Game in a Row, Beat Oakland Raiders 24-20:  The New York Giants defeated the Oakland Raiders 24-20 on Sunday afternoon at a windy MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the victory, the Giants have improved their record to 3-6; it is New York’s third win in a row after starting the season 0-6.

Offensive and special teams miscues by the Giants kept the game closer than it probably should have been. WR Jerrel Jernigan fumbled away the opening kickoff. The ball was recovered by the Raiders at the Giants’ 27-yard line and returned to the 5-yard line. Two plays later, QB Terrell Pryor of the Raiders scored from one yard out and the Oakland was up quickly 7-0.

The Giants went three-and-out on their first offensive possession. The Raiders crossed midfield but were pushed back a holding penalty. Four plays later, on 4th-and-15, DE Damontre Moore blocked Oakland’s punt. S Cooper Taylor recovered the loose ball at the the Raiders’ 21-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. The game was tied at 7-7.

Oakland picked up first down on their third possession, but then punted. On New York’s second possession, the Giants also picked up one first down, but were pushed back by an 11-yard sack. On 3rd-and-20, RB Peyton Hillis fumbled the ball away after a short pass from QB Eli Manning on a screen play. The ball was recovered by the Raiders at the Giants’ 21-yard line. New York’s defense held and forced a 33-yard field goal. Raiders 10 – Giants 7.

New York’s offense continued to struggle on their third possession as the Giants only picked up one first down and then punted. On the Giants’ first three offensive possessions, the Giants only gained two first downs and 20 yards, with two punts and one fumble. After the Raiders went three-and-out, the offense finally got its act together, driving 90 yards in 11 plays. The drive culminated with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Manning to WR Rueben Randle. Giants 14 – Raiders 10.

On the ensuing Raiders’ possession, Oakland picked up a couple of first downs but was forced to punt, the ball being downed at the Giants’ 3-yard line with less than five minutes to go in the half. The Giants moved the ball to their own 37-yard line. But on 1st-and-10 with 1:28 left before intermission, Manning’s pass intended for WR Victor Cruz was intercepted by CB Tracy Porter at the Giants’ 43-yard line and returned for a touchdown.

At the half, the Raiders led 17-14.

The Raiders extended their lead to 20-14 with their best offensive drive of the game on their opening possession of the third quarter. The Raiders march 74 yards in 14 plays and had the ball 1st-and-goal at the Giants’ 1-yard line. But New York’s defense held and forced a 23-yard field goal. That would be Oakland’s last points of the game.

The Giants’ offense went three-and-out on their first possession of the second half. A bad punt by P Steve Weatherford traveled only 27 yards and gave the Raiders the ball at the Giants’ 48-yard line. (Weatherford had a rough day punting, averaging only 30 yards per punt). After picking up a first down, the Raiders faced a 3rd-and-9 from the Giants’ 33-yard line. CB Terrell Thomas picked off Pryor at the 30-yard line and returned the interception 65 yards to the Oakland 5-yard line. Two plays later, RB Andre Brown scored from one yard out and the Giants regained the lead 21-20.

The Raiders went three-and-out and punted the ball away as the third quarter expired. The Giants’ offense then drove 70 yards in 13 plays, but were not able to punch the ball in after facing 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line. New York settled for a 23-yard field goal by PK Josh Brown and a 24-20 advantage.

The Raiders and Giants then exchanged three-and-outs. Weatherford’s punt was partially blocked and only travelled seven yards with less than five minutes to play in the game. Oakland picked up one first down, but on third-and-10, Pryor was sacked by DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who stripped the football loose. DT Cullen Jenkins recovered with 3:21 left in the game. The Giants successfully ran out the clock with Andre Brown carrying the load.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 12-of-22 for 140 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. His leading receivers were WR Hakeem Nicks (four catches for 49 yards), Randle (three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown), and Cruz (three catches for 37 yards). Andre Brown carried the ball 30 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, S Antrel Rolle led the team with 12 tackles, one sack, and one tackle for a loss. LB Keith Rivers had eight tackles, one sack, and one tackle for a loss. Defensive ends Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason-Pierre-Paul each had sacks as well. Thomas picked off one pass and Jenkins recovered a fumble that Kiwanuka forced.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com. The video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game locker room speech is available at Giants.com.

Injury Report: DE Jason Pierre-Paul left the game with a shoulder injury (stinger) but returned. X-rays were negative.

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 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 Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Markus Kuhn, CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

The Giants won their sixth consecutive game following a regular-season bye.

The Giants trailed at halftime, 17-14. This was their first victory in a game in which they trailed at the half since September 16, 2012 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants had lost their last 10 games when trailing at the half, including six this season.

The Giants committed only one penalty for five yards.

The game featured the Giants’ first blocked punt for a touchdown since 1988. The touchdown was also the Giants’ first non-offensive touchdown this season.

RB Andre Brown started at running back, the sixth player to start at that position this season. Brown’s 30 carries and 115 yards were both single-game career highs.

QB Eli Manning has thrown three interceptions for touchdowns this season. Manning has thrown 16 interceptions this season, one more than he had for all of 2012.

The Giants’ defense had four sacks for the second game in a row.

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Nov 072013
 
 November 7, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Shaun Rogers (95), New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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Giants Place David Wilson and Shaun Rogers on Injured Reserve; Activate Andre Brown and Markus Kuhn: The New York Giants placed RB David Wilson (neck) and DT Shaun Rogers (knee) on season-ending Injured Reserve on Thursday. To fill their roster spots, the Giants activated RB Andre Brown off of the short-term Injured Reserve list and DT Markus Kuhn off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list.

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Aside from RB David Wilson and DT Shaun Rogers, not practicing on Thursday were CB Trumaine McBride (groin) and CB Corey Webster (groin).

“(McBride has) got some soreness in the groin kind of area, so we decided to hold him and see if he’s better and ready to go (on Friday),” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), WR Victor Cruz (neck), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Jacobs) did some,” said Coughlin. “We’ll see what (his hamstring is) like (on Friday)…I don’t think you’d call it a setback. He just has some issues and you’re going to have to deal with them.”

TE Adrien Robinson (foot) fully practiced.

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media sessions with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

November 7, 2013 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Thursday’s media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Running Game: No Marathoners in Giants’ Backfield by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on LB Jacquian Williams: Jacquian Williams likely to start at weakside linebacker for Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on CB Trumaine McBride: Perry Fewell says it’s Trumaine McBride’s job to lose at DB by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

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Nov 062013
 
 November 6, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Andre Brown, New York Giants (August 18, 2013)

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November 6, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were RB David Wilson (neck), WR Victor Cruz (neck),  CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and CB Corey Webster (groin).

“I wouldn’t call it a setback (with Cruz), but when a guy is not practicing, obviously, it’s an issue,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “They’re just going to hold him to make sure that he doesn’t have any further incidents today. He feels better, quite frankly. I think he probably could practice if we really needed him to practice today, but we’re going to err on the side of precaution here in hopes that he will be prepared to go (on Thursday).”

“No concern, just some precautionary stuff,” said Cruz. “The training staff wanted me to take this one off and take another day to heal and get better and just feel better about myself…No pain, very little discomfort. In the morning it’s a little stiff but other than that it’s no pain.”

RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), DT Shaun Rogers (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis.

TE Adrien Robinson (foot), who has not played in a game this season, fully practiced. Robinson hurt his foot in the preseason.

“It’ll be up to the coaches (if I play on Sunday),” said Robinson. “I’ve been practicing. I feel better. I’m ready to go. I’m real excited to be back…It was tough because I wasn’t expecting to be out this long. It just took time.”

November 6, 2013 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference is available at Giants.com

November 6, 2013 New York Giants 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 2013 New York Giants: Midseason Report: New York Giants by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on RB Andre Brown: Andre Brown returns to crowded Giants backfield by Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Victor Cruz ready to find end zone again by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on OG Chris Snee: Giants’ Snee: I get ‘antsy and irritable’ missing Sundays by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP changes tune, fired up about 2nd half by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on CB Trumaine McBride: CB McBride has career resurgence in NY by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

 

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Oct 272013
 
 October 27, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Linval Joseph, New York Giants (October 27, 2013)

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New York Giants Defeat Philadelphia Eagles 15-7: The New York Giants defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 15-7 on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The victory was the second win in a row for the Giants and their first road victory in eight games. The Giants are now 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the NFC East.

With the Cowboys falling to the Lions, though New York is still in last place in the division, the Giants are unbelievably only two games out of first place in the terrible NFC East.

“The key to the turnaround has been our enthusiasm,” said safety Antrel Rolle after the game. “After the 0-6 record, the coaches and players got together and we got on the same page. There were a lot of in-depth conversations. There was a lot of speaking as men to men, understanding your strengths and weaknesses and just the coaches and players being on the same page at the same time. As well as the coaches trusting the players and the players trusting the coaches and I think it’s definitely shown in our performance.”

The Giants did not score a touchdown, but controlled the game, holding advantages in total net yards (325 to 201), net yards rushing (88 to 48), net yards passing (237 to 153), total offensive plays (71 to 58), and time of possession (38:05 to 21:55). The Giants only committed one turnover (on special teams), while forcing three turnovers. On the downside, the Giants were penalized 11 times for 92 yards and were 0-2 in red zone opportunities.

For the second game in a row, the Giants’ defense shutout an opponent. The Eagles had 11 offensive possessions in the game. Three ended in turnovers, two on downs, and six with punts.

Four of the Giants’ six first-half possessions resulted in field goals. After a three-and-out on the Giants’ first drive, New York got the ball back three plays later with an interception by Rolle. The Giants then drove the ball 57 yards in nine plays to set up a 40-yard field goal by PK Josh Brown. The Eagles went three-and-out on their second possession and the Giants responded with a 7-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a 44-yard field goal by Brown. The Eagles picked up one first down and punted and the Giants went 48 yards in 12 plays, resulting in yet another Brown field goal, this one from 33 yards out. The Eagles picked up one more first down on fourth possession and then punted. Up until this point, halfway through the second quarter, the Eagles only had accrued two first downs in the game. The Giants responded with a 9-play, 53-yard drive and a 46-yard field goal by Brown.

With 2:24 left in the half, QB Matt Barkley replaced the ineffective QB Michael Vick. The Eagles quickly drove from their own 20-yard line to the Giants’ 2-yard line with 1:14 left in the half. But on 1st-and-goal, Barkley was sacked by CB Terrell Thomas. Barkley fumbled and LB Jacquian Williams recovered the loose ball at the Giants’ 12-yard line.

At the half, the Giants led 12-0.

The Eagles received the football to start the third quarter and Philadelphia again moved the ball, driving from their own 25 to the Giants’ 26-yard line. But after a sack by DE Mathias Kiwanuka, Barkley’s 4th-and-10 pass fell incomplete and the Giants took over on downs.

Neither team could pick up a first down on each of their next two possessions, resulting in four punts. At the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter, New York put together their final scoring drive of the game, driving 32 yards in nine plays to set up a 27-yard field goal as the Giants went up 15-0 with 12:23 to play.

Both teams then exchanged punts again. The Eagles went for it on 4th-and-20 with 5:20 left in the game from the Giants’ 46, but the play only picked up five yards. The Giants could not run out the clock and with 4:19 to play, long snapper Zak DeOssie’s snap went over punter Steve Weatherford’s head and the Eagles recovered the loose ball for a touchdown. Giants 15 – Eagles 7.

Rolle recovered the Eagles’ onsides kick. Despite a delay of game penalty, the Giants were able to at least pick up one first down before punting with 36 seconds left in the game. Two plays later, safety Will Hill ended the game by picking off a deep sideline pass by Barkley at the Giants’ 38-yard line.

Offensively, QB Eli Manning finished the game 25-of-39 for 246 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Wideouts Victor Cruz (seven catches for 86 yards) and Hakeem Nicks (7 catches for 51 yards) were the leading receivers. RB Peyton Hillis carried the ball 20 times for 70 yards while RB Michael Cox chipped in with 19 yards on nine carries.

Defensively, Terrell Thomas had a team-high 11 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. Safeties Antrel Rolle and Will Hill both had interceptions, and Rolle also had a sack. DE Mathias Kiwanuka and DT Linval Joseph each had sacks too. LB Jacquian Williams recovered a fumble. The Giants had four sacks overall, coming into the game with only six on the season.

On special teams, Josh Brown was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts. But the Giants gave up their fourth special teams touchdown this season.

Video highlights are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: WR Victor Cruz left with a stinger but returned. X-rays were negative.

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), OC Dallas Reynolds, DT Shaun Rogers (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

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Oct 242013
 
 October 24, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants (October 21, 2013)

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New York Giants Re-Sign Center Dallas Reynolds: The Giants re-signed center Dallas Reynolds on Thursday, a day after they placed center David Baas on season-ending Injured Reserve. Reynolds had spent a few days with the Giants in early October before being waived on October 5th.

October 24, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), RB David Wilson (neck), DT Shaun Rogers (knee), and CB Corey Webster (groin).

Practicing on a limited basis were TE Adrien Robinson (foot), LB Spencer Paysinger (ankle), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) fully practiced.

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

New York Giants 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 2013 New York Giants: Ten Things That Have to Happen for Giants to Make Playoffs by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Article on Giants Treasurer Jonathan Tisch: Giants co-owner gives Tom Coughlin his endorsement by Bart Hubbuch of The New York Post

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Nicks Struggles as Free Agency Looms by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on OC Jim Cordle: Giants center matures by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP still looking to return to 2011 form by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on LB Jon Beason: Jon Beason wants to remain a Giant for life by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

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

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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 212013
 
 October 21, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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Brandon Jacobs Not Playing Against Vikings? FOXSports is reporting that RB Brandon Jacobs, who is officially “questionable” to play in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a hamstring injury, is unlikely to play. After practicing on Thursday and Friday on a limited basis, Jacobs did not practice on Saturday.

If Jacobs cannot play, Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis will be the main running backs.

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Oct 172013
 
 October 17, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (October 10, 2013)

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October 17, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Thursday were RB David Wilson (neck) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee). Wilson has already been ruled out of the game on Monday against the Minnesota Vikings. Thomas, as has been customary, is held out of one practice each week.

Practicing on a limited basis were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

RB Andre Brown (leg fracture) and DT Markus Kuhn (2012 knee surgery) also began practicing for the first time this season. Brown is currently on the Injured Reserve/Designated-for-Return List. Brown will not be allowed to play until the November 10 game against the Raiders. Kuhn has been on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List since the beginning of the season. Now that he has returned to practice, the Giants have 21 days to decide on whether to activate him, waive him, or place him on season-ending Injured Reserve.

“I did some individuals, cut, catch,” Brown said. “I even ran down there on special teams a little bit on kickoff. Just getting back into things. I’m going to take it day-by-day and if my number’s called, I’ll be ready to go. They held me back. I ran over to (Giants Senior Vice President of Medical Services) Ronnie (Barnes) and asked if I could do this and he was like, ‘No, junior.’ He calls everybody ‘junior.’ He was like ‘No, junior, individual, that’s all you have today.’ I’m definitely eager to get back out there and get with the fellas. I just can’t wait but they want me to relax a bit. We’ve got time. As long as I’m in shape and I’m continuing to show progress, I feel like it’s going to be beneficial at the end…It’s an eternity, but I really feel that way, that I’m going to be ready in Week 10.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Thursday press conference is 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:

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