Oct 082013
 
 October 8, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Brandon Jacbos and Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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October 8, 2013 New York Giants Injury Update: Not practicing on Tuesday were RB David Wilson (neck), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), DE Damontre Moore (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder), and LS Zak DeOssie (back).

Wilson has already been ruled out of Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears. “David will be week to week,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “He has a neck issue, so it will be week to week.”

It also sounds like Webster will miss his fourth straight game. “I don’t see any change there,” said Coughlin.

Practicing on a limited basis were WR Louis Murphy (ankle), TE Brandon Myers (ankle), and DT Linval Joseph (ankle).

LB Mark Herzlich (toe) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) fully practiced.

Giants Re-Sign RB Da’Rel Scott and Waive DE Justin Trattou: The Giants re-signed RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday. Scott was waived by the Giants last Tuesday. To make room for Scott, the Giants waived DE Justin Trattou.

Giants Add Two to the Practice Squad: The Giants had two vacancies on the Practice Squad to fill and they did so by signing CB Junior Mertile and LB Darin Drakeford. Mertile is a rookie free agent who was with the Giants in training camp. Drakeford was an undrafted rookie free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs who was released from the Chiefs’ Practice Squad on October 1st.

The vacancies were created when the Giants signed CB Charles James from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster and the Buffalo Bills signed LB Ty Powell from the Giants’ Practice Squad.

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

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

Article on RB Brandon Jacobs: Brandon Jacobs set for increased role by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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

Notes: Linebackers Spencer Paysinger and Jon Beason have switched jersey numbers. Beason will now wear #52 and Paysinger #54.

Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on Tuesday that 35-of-61 of the Giants’ third-down situations this year have been 11 yards or more.

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Oct 072013
 
 October 7, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Rueben Randle, New York Giants (October 6, 2013)

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October 7, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – 13 on the Injury List: The Giants had a jog-thru practice on Monday. Not “practicing” were RB David Wilson (neck), TE Brandon Myers (ankle), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), DE Damontre Moore (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (groin), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder), and LS Zak DeOssie (back).

“(Wilson is) being thoroughly evaluated and we’ll see the results,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Hopefully we’ll get some results about that. He has to have a full medical appraisal of what happened. We’ll wait on that…He did suffer some kind of tingling, so he was immediately pulled out of the game, not to return.”

“Damontre strained a hamstring and that really limited what we could do with him (in the game against the Eagles),” said Coughlin.

Practicing on a limited basis were WR Louis Murphy (ankle), DT Linval Joseph (ankle), LB Mark Herzlich (toe), and CB Terrell Thomas (knee).

Giants to Re-Sign RB Da’Rel Scott: With RB David Wilson (neck) ailing, according to press reports, the Giants will re-sign RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday.

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

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBSNewYork.com.

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

WFAN‘s Mike Francesa’s Rant on the 2013 New York Giants: The audio of WFAN’s Mike Francesa’s rant on the 0-5 New York Giants is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Article on the 2013 New York Giants: Trade Eli? Everything on table for 0-5 Giants by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Roman Oben Breaks Down the Giants-Eagles Game: Roman Oben: Plays that Changed the Game (video) by Giants.com

Notes: The New York Giants have been outscored in the fourth quarter this year 61-21.

In terms of career passing attempts, QB Eli Manning is now the franchise’s all-time leader with 4,660.

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Oct 062013
 
 October 6, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
New York Giant Fan (October 6, 2013)

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Deeper Into the Abyss, the New York Giants Fall to 0-5: The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 36-21 on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the loss, the Giants have fallen to 0-5 (and 0-2 in the NFC East).

For the second week in a row, a close game got away from the Giants late. The game started off well for New York as the Giants’ defense forced a three-and-out on Philadelphia’s first possession. And the Giants quickly went up 7-0 as the G-Men drove 62 yards in five plays. The big play was a 49-yard pass from QB Eli Manning to WR Hakeem Nicks. Two plays later, RB David Wilson scored from five yards out.

After that, however, the New York Giants’ offense went dormant for the rest of the first half as one of the worst defenses in the NFL forced the Giants to punt four times and also caused RB Brandon Jacobs to fumble.

Meanwhile, the Eagles scored 19 unanswered points in the half, with one touchdown and four field goals. The Giants’ defense only forced one other punt in the first half and embarrassingly allowed QB Michael Vick to scramble for 34 yards on 3rd-and-20 on one of the field goal drives. (For some reason, Tom Coughlin accepted a holding penalty on the play preceding this snafu instead of declining it and making it 4th-and-4 near mid-field). Vick later would be forced to leave the game late in the second quarter with a hamstring injury, but back-up QB Nick Foles had no problem carving up the Giants’ defense.

Momentum swung back in favor of the Giants in the third quarter. After a three-and-out on their opening possession of the second half, New York scored touchdowns on their next two drives, both capped off with touchdown throws from Manning to WR Rueben Randle. The first drive was a 7-play, 87-yard affair with Randle scoring from 26 yards out. The next drive was a 7-play, 51-yard effort with Randle scoring from six yards out. The Giants led 21-19 late in the third quarter.

But the Eagles scored the next 17 points to run away with the game. An 8-play, 57-yard drive set up the go-ahead 41-yard field goal to make the game 22-21. The Giants went three-and-out and then Manning turned into a turnover machine, throwing interceptions on the next three drives. The Eagles quickly put the game away after the first two of these interceptions by scoring touchdowns, including on the first play after the first interception (a 25-yard pass to TE Brent Celek) and then a 4-play, 38-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard pass to WR DeSean Jackson. Game, set, and match.

“It all comes down to the interceptions,” said Coughlin after the game. “Two of them were just… almost unbelievable… There were a couple of those plays that were terrible… He’s way, way too good a player to have these kinds of things happen.”

Offensively, Manning finished the game 24-of-52 for 334 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Nicks caught nine passes for 142 yards, Randle six passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and Victor Cruz five catches for 48 yards. Brandon Jacobs only gained 37 yards on 11 carries and David Wilson 16 yards on six carries. The Giants were held to a measly 53 yards rushing.

Defensively, the Giants allowed the Eagles to accrue 439 total net yards including 299 net yards passing and 140 net yards rushing. Backup QB Nick Foles completed nine of his first eleven passes. The Giants’ defense did not force one turnover and only had one sack.

Video lowlights are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: RB David Wilson left the game in the first quarter with a neck injury and did not return. The injury is not believed to be serious. DE Mathias Kiwanuka injured his ribs. S Cooper Taylor and LS Zak DeOssie had x-rays taken  for unknown injuries 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.

Post-Game Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of the 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, WR Louis Murphy (ankle), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), DT Linval Joseph (ankle/knee), CB Corey Webster (hip), and CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring).

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Oct 022013
 
 October 2, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Cullen Jenkins, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

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October 2, 2013 New York Giants Injury Update - 15 on Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were DT Linval Joseph (ankle/knee), DT Cullen Jenkins (knee/achilles), DT Shaun Rogers (back), LB Mark Herzlich (toe), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Aaron Ross (back), CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot)

CB Corey Webster (hip) practiced on a limited basis.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder), and OT David Diehl (thumb) fully practiced.

“With David Baas and Chris Snee, it doesn’t look like a whole lot of improvement there,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “We’re holding our breath as we move into this week. David Diehl will practice. Mark Herzlich seems to be a lot better today with the toe, and hopefully by tomorrow, he’ll be ready to go. (Jayron) Hosley’s hamstring is probably going to be an issue. (Cullen) Jenkins looked better today. He won’t practice, but he did look better today. Jason Pierre-Paul will practice. Shaun Rogers should be able to go tomorrow. Aaron (Ross) probably can’t make it. Cooper Taylor is practicing. Terrell Thomas is going to have one day a week off now. He’ll have this day. Corey Webster is going to practice and Jacquian (Williams) will practice.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday press conference is available at Giants.com.

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

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning Steady in Midst of Firestorm by Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Cruz the Lone Bright Spot for Sorry Giants by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on S Will Hill: Giants’ Hill Hopes to Spark Special Teams in Return by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

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Sep 292013
 
 September 29, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Spencer Paysinger (52), New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

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The New York Giants Fall to 0-4: The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the New York Giants 31-7 on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. With the loss, the Giants fall to 0-4. The last time the Giants started 0-4 was in 1987, with two of those losses being replacement games during the NFL strike.

“Coming into the season, if you told me I was 0-4, I wouldn’t have believed you,” WR Victor Cruz said after the game.

“Right now we’re low as you can get,” said DE Justin Tuck. “We’re going to find a way to right this ship. Or we’re going to die trying.”

The game was closer than the final score would indicate. For the most part, the Giants’ defense performed adequately but received no support from the offense and special teams.

The Chiefs led the Giants 17-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, the difference being a successful 51-yard field goal by the Chiefs, a 44-yard missed field goal by PK Josh Brown, and an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown by the Chiefs late in the third quarter. A 43-yard punt return by WR Rueben Randle was also called back by an unnecessary block-in-the-back penalty on DE Justin Trattou.

The only real significant defensive lapse for three quarters was the 11-play, 98-yard scoring drive on the Chiefs’ third possession of the game. The Giants, however, quickly responded with a 2-play, 74-yard touchdown drive with the touchdown coming on a 69-yard pass from QB Eli Manning to WR Victor Cruz.

The Giants did very little on offense the rest of the game as New York was 1-of-14 on third down (7 percent) while the Chiefs were 9-of-16 on third down (56 percent). The Giants had six first-half possessions. They had the one big scoring play, but also punted three times and turned the football over when Manning was sacked and fumbled the ball away. The Giants had a chance to tie the game at the end of the first half, but Brown missed the field goal.

In the second half, the Giants could not pick up one first down in their first five possessions of the third quarter. In all, in the third and fourth quarters, the Giants punted five times, turned the ball over twice (one interception and one fumble), and turned the ball over on downs late in the game.

Defensively in the second half, the Giants picked off QB Alex Smith twice and forced two punts in the third quarter. But in the fourth quarter, the defense finally broke by giving up a 14-play, 80-yard touchdown drive (which was extended by a special teams penalty) and a 3-play, 35-yard yard touchdown drive after a fumble by RB Da’Rel Scott.

Offensively, Manning finished the game 18-of-37 for 217 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. RB David Wilson had 55 yards on 13 carries. Cruz caught 10 passes for 164 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, linebackers Mark Herzlich (8) and Spencer Paysinger (7) led the team in tackles. Paysinger was also credited with one sack and recovered a fumble. S Antrel Rolle and CB Prince Amukamara each had interceptions.

“The coach said once we’re fed up with how we’re playing, we’ll do something about it,” Tuck said. “Obviously we’re not fed up yet.”

Video lowlights are available at NFL.com.

Injury Report: LB Mark Herzlich injured his toe in the game. X-rays were negative, but Herzlich was wearing a protective boot in the locker room. DE Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a knee contusion. DE Justin Tuck injured his neck but returned to the game. CB Jayron Hosley strained his hamstring and did not return. CB Aaron Ross injured his back and was replaced by CB Trumaine McBride.

Post-Game Press Conference Highlights from Coughlin and Manning: Video highlights from the post-game press conferences with Head Coach Tom Coughlin and QB Eli Manning are available at NFL.com.

Post-Game Player Media Q&As: Video clips of the 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, TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), DT Johnathan Hankins, CB Corey Webster (hip), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder).

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Sep 252013
 
 September 25, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
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FB John Conner – © USA TODAY Sports Image

New York Giants Place FB Henry Hynoski on Injured Reserve; Sign FB John Conner: The Giants placed FB Henry Hynoski (fractured shoulder) on season-ending Injured Reserve on Wednesday.

To fill Hynoski’s vacant roster spot, the Giants signed FB John Connor, who has played with the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals, to reportedly a 2-year deal.

“We need a fullback, we need a lead blocker,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “He is a physical guy. We think he’ll go up in the hole and clear the hole for the running back and we hope he’ll be a good pass protector and contribute on special teams as well.”

New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing on Wednesday were OC David Baas (neck), OG Chris Snee (hip), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), LB Jacquian Williams (knee), and CB Corey Webster (hip).

OT David Diehl (thumb), LB Spencer Paysinger (hip), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis.

“David Baas will not work today,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Diehl is going to work. We’re going to have him in a limited capacity. We’ll see what he can do. Hynoski…You know about that. He’s going to go on IR. Spencer Paysinger is going to work. He’ll probably take three quarters of the work. Adrien Robinson is not going to work. Chris Snee is not going to work. It’s his hip. It’s not the operated or surgically-repaired hip. Cooper Taylor has a shoulder, but he’s doing better today. He’s a little bit stronger and he will work although he is to stay out of contact. We’re going to put Terrell on the list because he needs to be managed and probably one day a week or at some point in time we’ll have to cut the reps back for him so he has decent recovery time. Corey Webster feels better, but he’s not going to get clearance to go today. We expect Jacquian (Williams) to go tomorrow.”

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

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: Giants Leaders’ ‘False Enthusiasm’ Rings True by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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Sep 242013
 
 September 24, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Antrel Rolle and Aaron Ross, New York Giants (September 22, 2013)

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September 24, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: According to Newsday, the MRI taken on OG Chris Snee’s hip showed no new damage, but if the pain does not subside, other options would have to be considered, including season-ending Injured Reserve.

“The hope is that it calms down and lets him get back to playing to his standard,” an unidentified source told Newsday. “If it doesn’t calm down, we are going to have to do something.”

Snee had offseason surgery on his hip. He decided to delay the surgery until after the Pro Bowl so he could participate in that game and was on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List until August 6.

Meanwhile, The Star-Ledger is reporting that FB Henry Hynoski’s shoulder fracture is serious and may be season-ending.

RB Andre Brown (fractured leg), who is on short-term Injured Reserve, says he’s ahead of schedule on his rehab. Under the short-term IR rules, however, Brown cannot be added to the 53-man roster until after Week 8.

New York Giants Practice Squad Moves: The New York Giants have re-signed OT Steven “Sam” Baker and signed LB Ty Powell to the Practice Squad.

To make room for Baker and Powell, the Giants have terminated the Practice Squad contracts of  DE Matt Broha and WR Marcus Harris.

New York Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

  • WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Audio)

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

Article on General Manager Jerry Reese: It Would Be Nice to Hear from Jerry Reese by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Article on QB Eli Manning: Laid-Back Eli Needs to Fire Up Giants by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on DE Mathias Kiwanuka: Kiwi: ‘All of Our Goals are Still in Front of Us’ by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on S Antrel Rolle: A Frustrated Antrel Rolle Challenges the NY Giants to Show ‘More Fight’ by Ebenezer Samuel of The Daily News

Notes: The 2013 New York Giants have allowed an NFL-high 115 points and are the third team in the last 50 years to allow at least 35 points in each of their first three games.

The Giants have rushed for 133 yards in the first three games. This is the first time in team history that the Giants have had 60 or fewer yards on the ground in three consecutive games.

DT Marvin Austin, who was waived by the Giants in the last round of cuts in early September, has signed with the Miami Dolphins.

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Sep 182013
 
 September 18, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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September 18, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: Other than the players on Injured Reserve, OT David Diehl (thumb) was the only player not to practice on Wednesday. TE Adrien Robinson (foot) was limited in practice.

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

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

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin Must Cope with the Tragic Death of His Brother by Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Giants’ Struggling Defense Lacks Passion by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: JPP of Old is Cure for Giants’ Pass Rush by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Articles on Giants’ Running Game:

Article on Former Giants Head Coach Bill Parcells: Tuna Time: Roasting Bill Parcells by Greg  Hanlon of The New York Observer

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Sep 172013
 
 September 17, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Victor Cruz, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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New York Giants Work Out Kerry Rhodes, Jonathan Goff, and Leroy Hill: According to media reports, the Giants worked out safety Kerry Rhodes (ex-Cardinals) and linebackers Jonathan Goff (ex-Redskins) and Leroy Hill (ex-Seahawks) on Tuesday. Goff was originally drafted by the Giants in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft

Giants on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

  • WR Victor Cruz (Audio)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Audio)

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

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Justin Tuck on Giants Pass Rush: ‘We Have to Find a Way to Get to the QB’ by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Rolle: Giants Face ‘Must-Win’ to Avoid 0-3 by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

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

Notes: The New York Giants have rushed for only 73 rushing yards this year – the fewest the Giants have ever had through the first two games of a season.

The Giants have also turned the football over 10 times this year – the highest the Giants have ever had through the first two games of a season.

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Sep 162013
 
 September 16, 2013  Posted by  News and Notes
Mark Herzlich (58) and Ryan Mundy (21), New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available CBSNewYork.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Can’t Add to Giants Problems by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on the Giants’ Running Game:

Shaun O’Hara Breaks Down Giants-Broncos Game: Shaun O’Hara Reviews Broncos Game Film by Giants.com

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