Sep 302016
 
Mike Sullivan and Victor Cruz, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) did not practice on Friday.

“We will miss (Rodgers-Cromartie and Apple),” said Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. “We need to get somebody else to step up in there and hopefully they can get healthy quick.”

Running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited in practice. Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) fully practiced.

“Rashad had a nice day today,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “He got some work in both with our offense and the ‘look’ team and had a productive day. He caught some balls, so he’s progressing.”

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the team on Saturday or Sunday. The Giants travel to Minnesota on Sunday to play the Vikings on Monday night.

Sep 292016
 
Nat Berhe, New York Giants (September 1, 2016)

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT – NOW NAT BERHE IS HURT…
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) did not practice on Thursday.

The Giants are now down to two healthy safeties on the roster: Landon Collins and Andrew Adams. “We have a bunch of guys who stepped in today, and some guys on offense, who contributed as well,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo.

When asked about the two injured corners, McAdoo replied, “We’ll know when we wake up tomorrow. They got some work with the trainers today, we’ll see how they respond.”

Although, running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited in practice, ESPN is reporting that Jennings is unlikely to play Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

“I think (Jennings is) going to give himself a shot on Monday night,” said McAdoo. “He makes progress every day. He looked good today, he looked better than he did last week already… At that position, you need to be able to protect yourself, protect the ball, and protect the quarterback.”

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) fully practiced.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice on Friday at 11:10AM.

Sep 282016
 
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (September 11, 2016)

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY UPDATE…
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) were injured in the game against the Washington Redskins.

Rodgers-Cromartie said there is no tear and he has begun some light running.  “Definitely (I expect to play on Monday against the Vikings),” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I feel like it is a game that we are going to need everybody, so the main thing is to stay heavy on the treatment and continue to strengthen it… It is day to day. Depending on how I wake up and how it is feeling, but the key is to go out and do some things.”

Apple said his hamstring is getting better.  “I don’t know about practice,” Apple said. “We are going to have to take it day-by-day. With a hamstring you don’t want to rush it too much and put too much pressure on it yet, but you just have to take it day-by-day and see what happens.”

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive tackle Michael Ola off of the New York Giants Practice Squad. To fill the vacant spot, the Giants signed offensive lineman Jon Halapio to the Practice Squad.

Halapio was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has bounced around different leagues and teams including the Patriots (2014), Boston Brawlers (2014), Denver Broncos (2014–2015), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Brooklyn Bolts (2015), and Patriots (2016) again. He has not played in an NFL regular-season game. Halapio is stout and strong but lacks ideal height and athleticism for tackle.

The Giants signed Ola to the Practice Squad last week. Ola is a journeyman who has bounced around different leagues and teams including the Jacksonville Sharks (2012), Montreal Alouettes (2012–2013), Miami Dolphins (2014), Chicago Bears (2014), San Diego Chargers (2015), Detroit Lions (2015), and Seattle Seahawks (2016). He has played in 23 regular-season NFL games with 19 starts.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants return to practice at 11:40AM on Thursday.

Sep 272016
 
Romeo Okwara, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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GIANTS SIGN MICHAEL HUNTER TO ROSTER; SHANE VEREEN TO IR…
The New York Giants have placed running back Shane Vereen on Injured Reserve with a triceps injury that he suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Washington Redskins. The team also signed cornerback Michael Hunter to the 53-man roster.

Like any player who have been placed on Injured Reserve since the final roster cutdown, Vereen is eligible to be designated for return to the active roster later in the season.

The Giants originally signed Hunter as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. The Giants signed him to the Practice Squad after the final preseason cuts and then signed him to the 53-man roster last week before waiving him to make room for safety Andrew Adams.

GIANTS SIGN CB DORAN GRANT TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed cornerback Doran Grant to the Practice Squad. Grant was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers waived him in early September and he spent a week on Buffalo’s Practice Squad before being released. Grant is a physical, competitive, well-built corner who runs well. He is a very good tackler.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts of media conference calls with the following players are available in The Corner Forum:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Player interviews will be held on Wednesday. The Giants return to practice at 11:40AM on Thursday.

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Sep 262016
 
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SHANE VEREEN OUT FOR THE SEASON WITH TRICEPS INJURY…
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen may miss the remainder of the 2016 season with a triceps injury that will require surgery. The Giants announced that Vereen will miss the remainder of the season, but the NFL Network is now reporting that since Vereen’s recovery time may be two months, he could come off of Injured Reserve late in the season.

“Shane is a tremendous football player and our thoughts go to him with that tough injury,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “I feel for the player. He’s a good football player. We wish him a speedy recovery… I do not know for sure (when the injury occurred). I’ll find out more when I talk to Shane. I think he was playing with it for a significant amount of time.”

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY UPDATE…
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) were injured in the game against the Washington Redskins. “It’s early in the week,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “We’re going to give them a chance to get healthy. We aren’t going to rule anyone out right now. Either of those two guys, we’ll give them a chance to get out there and get healthy.”

ESPN is reporting that free safety Darian Thompson (foot), who was injured during the Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints, does not have a Lisfranc injury and that he should return to action in two weeks.

MONDAY BEN MCADOO CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins.

McAdoo: We will start on the defensive side of the ball. What we did well, I thought we won the red zone battle there. They were 0-for-4 in the red zone. I thought we had a great effort to finish off the two-minute drive in the first half. We kept playing there. We need to work on penalties. There were two at critical times at the end of the game. Tackling, and then the rocket screen was a big play in the game on third-and-15 for a touchdown. We need to do a better job there.

On offense, what we did well, one out of every four plays was an explosive gain for us. The goal line run game was productive. We were 2-for-2. What we need to work on are the three giveaways and a potential for more. We had eight penalties. Situational football needs to improve in our green zone. We missed lots of throws, drops, and penalties seemed to creep up on us in the green zone and in two-minute. We turned the ball over twice in the two-minute. It cost us the opportunity twice to go down and win the game.

Special teams, what we did well, I thought Dwayne did a nice job on the tips, tuck and squeeze on the first punt of the game coming up with the ball. Also, Romeo (Okwara) blocking the punt. It didn’t hold up but it was one heck of a football play. What we need to work on, the kickoff location needs to improve. Tackling, on the big return we had five missed tackles on one play, and the penalties really took away the big plays and field position during the course of the game.

As a team, everything is correctable. It’s one of 16. We know the division games count as two. Next time we see them, we’ll be on their turf to end the season. After the first two games, we were number one in the league with seven penalties. Yesterday we had 11 for 128 yards in the game and a potential for 14. Five of the penalties were of the 15-yard variety, which there is no excuse for. The turnover ratio, we’re minus-six right now. We have to take care of The Duke better and come up with it on the defensive side of the ball. Tackling, we knew this was an elusive group going into the game. Our long stride, short stride needed to show up. We drilled it last week and we need to get better there.

Q: Any update on Eli Apple and DRC?

A: It’s early in the week. We’re going to give them a chance to get healthy. We aren’t going to rule anyone out right now. Either of those two guys, we’ll give them a chance to get out there and get healthy.

Q: How big a loss is Shane Vereen?

A: Shane is a tremendous football player and our thoughts go to him with that tough injury. I feel for the player. He’s a good football player. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Q: How do you fill that void?

A: By committee.

Q: Being from Western PA, do you have any Arnold Palmer stories?

A: I’ve never met him. I’ve heard stories about him. I know he’s been to my hometown. He’s shaken hands at the Homer City Community Pool a few times. I’ve never met him in person.

Q: You guys ran 21 consecutive pass plays to end the game. Was that because of Vereen’s injury?

A: We felt that we had an opportunity to take advantage of our matchups on the perimeter. We were moving the ball in the pass game. There were some runs that we may have had to get out of due to the box and to the looks. We were being aggressive trying to win the football game.

Q: When did Vereen’s injury occur?

A: I do not know for sure. I’ll find out more when I talk to Shane. I think he was playing with it for a significant amount of time.

Q: What does that say about a guy? Going out there and playing with that? Do you think that contributed to the fumble?

A: I don’t know that for sure. I know that he’s a tough player and has a warrior mindset. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Q: What did you think of how your team handled the first loss?

A: No one in the locker room was pleased afterwards. We knew that we were our own worst enemy yesterday.

Q: On Odell’s sideline behavior

A: He needs to control his emotions better and become less of a distraction to himself and to his teammates. It’s our job to help him with that process and maturing.

Q: How do you do that?

A: It takes a village.

Q: Do you have any experience with that? Players that come to the sideline and can be a bit of a distraction?

A: Yes.

Q: How did you handle that?

A: The same way. Communication. Having a variety of different people, coaches, staff members to communicate with. Just help him direct his focus.

Q: It takes time to do that?

A: It takes time.

Q: Did you say anything to him during the game?

A: There were conversations during the course of the game. He and I had conversations on two different occasions.

Q: What do you think accounted for the penalties and mistakes that spread throughout all three phases of the team?

A: We were sloppy with our play. Our discipline and poise wasn’t there like it was in the first two weeks. It’s something that we addressed in the locker room after. We have to continue to address it and work on it. Get back to the team that we were the first two weeks of the season as far as the penalties go.

Q: You mentioned the 15-yard penalties and you got to see it from a different perspective after watching the tape. Do you still think your team kept its composure?

A: I felt between the white lines it was an emotional game. I felt we kept our composure. I think we can be more disciplined and more poised. It’s disappointing to see Weston (Richburg) get thrown out of the game. We knew what type of game it was going to be. He needs to be better than that.

Q: Do you feel that your punt coverage team was completely caught off-guard on that fake punt or do you think it was just good execution on their part?

A: I think they threw a one-on-one ball up for grabs and made a heck of a play on it.

Q: When you said after the game in your statement that you have to do better as a coach. Were you speaking of anything specifically that you felt you could do better or do you mean just overall preparation?

A: When we’re not disciplined and poised, that’s a reflection on me. I need to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Q: Is Rashad Jennings any closer this week? Is Paul Perkins ready to step up?

A: Perkins is ready to step up. Rashad, it’s one day following the game. He has a long week to make some progress. We’ll take a look at that at the end of the week.

Q: How did you think Orleans Darkwa did?

A: I think Orleans played a nice game on offense.

Q: On DeSean Jackson’s touchdown, it looked that you might have knocked it loose but it was inconclusive. On that play, did you need to see something more, like help from a safety?  What did you see there?

A: I think down the field it was a one-on-one matchup at the end of the play right there. I think DRC closed well on the ball. DeSean made a nice play and hung onto it.

Q: How did Bobby Hart look?

A: Bobby Hart was out there. He battled and competed. It definitely wasn’t too big for him. He has a couple things he needs to clean up. That sack, maybe a hit there. He came out and competed. He went against some good players out there and he held his own.

Q: With the injuries, how important is it for you to add a running back or cornerback this week? Or both?

A: We’re going to evaluate the roster here. We have a long week with an extra day. We’ll evaluate the roster here this afternoon and tomorrow and as the week goes on.

Q: It looks like Justin Pugh may have gotten shaken up on the interception at the end of the game. Did he have any issues coming out?

A: Not that I’m aware of.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Player interviews will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Giants return to practice at 11:40AM on Thursday.

Sep 262016
 
Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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Washington Redskins 29 – New York Giants 27

Overview

Stating the obvious, this was a bad loss. Every team in the reinvigorated NFC East won on Sunday except for the Giants. The 2015 version of this team reared its ugly head as breakdowns on offense, defense, and special teams all contributed to a very close, heart-breaking defeat.

We’ll address the more specific factors why the team lost below, but the best indicator of success and failure in the NFL is the turnover differential. And for the third game in a row, the Giants turned the ball over more than their opponent. Through three games, the Giants have turned the ball over seven times (4 fumbles, 3 interceptions) and only have one take-a-way (which was a gimme muffed punt). You can’t keep losing the turnover battle and win. It will catch up to you and it did on Sunday.

Another factor was penalties. Coming into the game, the Giants had only committed seven (accepted) infractions on the season. On Sunday, the Giants were penalized 11 times for 128 yards. And a few of these penalties came at the worst time on offense, defense, and special teams.

Giants on Offense

Despite accruing 457 total net yards (337 passing, 120 rushing) and 28 first downs, and being a respectable 44 percent on 3rd down conversions, the Giants offense was a major factor in the loss. Significant negatives included:

  • Three turnovers (2 interceptions and 1 fumble). The RB Shane Vereen fumble occurred on the Washington 34-yard line late in the first half, possibly eliminating at least a field goal opportunity. The QB Eli Manning first interception occurred in the end zone, erasing certain points. The last interception was devastating as the Giants were attempting to set up a game-winning field goal attempt.
  • For the second game in a row, red zone offense was an issue. New York was 2-of-5 (40 percent) in red zone chances and had to settle for field goals of 29 and 30 yards. As mentioned, they also turned the football over in the red zone.
  • Killer (and dumb) penalty on center Weston Richburg for unsportsmanlike conduct. This occurred on play where Eli Manning hit Odell Beckham for a 24-yard gain down to the Washington 5-yard line. Instead, the Giants were moved back to the 20-yard line. Two plays later, Manning was intercepted in the end zone.
  • The top PRODUCTIVE receiving targets remain Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz. However, the other tight ends and backs are not making plays. The top three wide receivers caught 15-of-21 passes thrown their way for 264 yards and one touchdown. Manning was 10-of-17 on his other throws to tight ends and backs for 86 yards and two interceptions.

Overall, the Giants scored touchdowns on half of their six first-half possessions with two punts and a turnover. In the second half, the Giants scored only two field goals on five possessions with one punt and two turnovers.

Interesting note: the Giants did not run the football in the 4th quarter despite the game being close.

Giants on Defense

Losing corners Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hurt, but the overall defense took a major step backwards on Sunday. Not only did the Giants give up 403 total net yards (313 passing, 90 rushing) but they had a number of other issues:

  • For the third game in a row, the defense did not force a turnover.
  • The Redskins scored on 4-of-5 first-half possessions and would have been a perfect 5-of-5 for not the boneheaded play by Kirk Cousins to not throw the ball away on the last play of the first half.
  • The defense allowed drives of 60 (11 plays), 75 (2 plays), 56 (8 plays), 50 (3 plays), 68 (15 plays), and 56 (10 plays) yards in the game. This allowed Washington to hold a sizeable time-of-possession advantage (33:26 to 26:34). The Redskins were only forced to punt twice all day.
  • The Giants had the lead three times in the second half. The defense could not hold that lead.
  • Coming into the game, the Giants defense had only allowed three plays of over 20 yards with the longest being 23 yards. On Sunday, the Skins had six plays of 20 yards or more, including 55 yards (touchdown), 44 yards (touchdown), and 31 yards. The most-damning play was the 55-yard touchdown allowed on a WR-screen on 3rd-and-15. But the two-play, 75-yard drive after the Giants had gone up 21-9 late in the first half also hurt. The Giants defense actually held the Redskins to 0-for-4 in the red zone and 0-for-2 in goal-to-go situations. But half of the Skins points came on two plays that covered 99 yards.
  • The 15-yard roughing-the-pass penalty called on DE Olivier Vernon on an incomplete 2nd-and-14 pass on the game-winning drive may have saved the day for Washington.

Giants on Special Teams

Special teams were a major reason why the Giants lost this game:

  • The Giants gave up a 50-yard punt return early in the second quarter. The Skins only netted nine yards after the return, but it was enough to set up a successful 45-yard field goal.
  • The Redskins were able to regain the lead 26-24 after they successfully executed a fake punt that picked up 31 yards.
  • Andrew Adams’ unnecessary roughness penalty in the 4th quarter erased a blocked punt by DE Romeo Okwara that would have given the Giants the ball inside the Redskins 20-yard line.

Overall, this defeat was a team effort from the starting quarterback down to the man who was signed to the 53-man roster on Saturday. A play here or there, and the Giants would have won this game. Those words sound hauntingly reminiscent of 2015.

(Washington Redskins at New York Giants, September 25, 2016)
Sep 252016
 
Odell Beckham, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS 29 – NEW YORK GIANTS 27…
Sloppy and undisciplined football cost the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon as they fell to the division-rival Washington Redskins 29-27 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the loss, the Giants overall record now stands at 2-1 (1-1 in the NFC East).

The Giants out-gained the Redskins in first downs (28 to 20), total net yards (457 to 403), net yards rushing (120 to 90), and net yards passing (337 to 313). But for the third game in a row the Giants lost the turnover battle (3 to 1). They also committed 11 penalties for 128 yards. There were untimely mistakes in all three phases of the game.

The game was going New York’s way for most of the first half as the Giants led 21-9 with 4:12 remaining in the 2nd quarter. But the Redskins out-scored the Giants 20-6 the rest of the game.

The Giants went three-and-out on their first possession but immediately got the ball back when wide receiver/special teams ace Dwayne Harris recovered a muffed punt at the Washington 28-yard line. Three plays later, running back Shane Vereen scored from one yard out and the Giants were quickly up 7-0. The ensuing kickoff went out-of-bounds, giving the Redskins the ball at the 40-yard line. They gained 29 more yards to set up a successful 49-yard field goal. Giants 7 – Redskins 3.

The Giants went up 14-3 on the their third possession as the team drove 75 yards in eight plays. Quarterback Eli Manning found running back Bobby Rainey for a 24-yard gain, and two plays later hit wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a 23-yard score. The Redskins responded with another field goal as they drove 60 yards in 11 plays to set up a 33-yard effort. The Redskins held on the next Giants possession and Washington returned the punt 50 yards to New York’s 36-yard line. The Redskins could only gain nine yards but it was enough for a 45-yard field goal that cut the score to 14-9.

The Giants scored their last touchdown of the day on their fifth possession as New York drove 75 yards in eight plays, culminating with a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Orleans Darkwa. This was the high-point of the afternoon for the Giants as they now led 21-9 with 4:12 to go before intermission. Yet in two plays, the Redskins cut the score to 21-16 as quarterback Kirk Cousins found wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 31-yard gain and then a 44-yard touchdown.

The Giants quickly drove to the Washington 30-yard line with two minutes to go, but two negative plays pushed the Giants into a 2nd-and-27 where Vereen fumbled the ball away after a 12-yard gain. The Redskins then threatened late in the half, driving to the Giants 4-yard line, but with only seconds to go, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Cousins and the clock expired. At the half, the Giants led 21-16.

After the Redskins and Giants exchanged punts to start the 3rd quarter, Washington went up 23-21 when Cousins found wide receiver Jamison Crowder for a 55-yard score on 3rd-and-15. The Giants responded with a drive to the Redskins 10-yard line, but were forced to settle for a 29-yard field goal by place kicker Josh Brown. Giants 24 – Redskins 23.

The Redskins then regained the advantage 26-24 early in the 4th quarter after a lengthy 15-play, 68-yard drive ended with a 25-yard field goal. This drive was aided by a successful 31-yard pass on 4th-and-12 out of a punting formation.

The mistake-prone Giants quickly drove to the Redskins 5-yard line on the ensuing possession, but an 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on center Weston Richburg (which caused him to be thrown out of the game) pushed the Giants back. Manning was then intercepted in the end zone, ending the threat. The Giants then blew a big opportunity after a blocked punt was wiped out due to an unnecessary roughness penalty on safety Andrew Adams. Instead of getting the ball inside the Washington 20-yard line, New York had to start their possession at their own 30. They did drive to the Washington 12-yard line but were forced to settle for a 30-yard field goal that gave the Giants a 27-26 lead with 7:53 to go in the game.

Nevertheless, New York’s defense could not hold the lead as Washington managed another long possession, driving 56 yards in 10 plays and taking over six minutes off of the clock. The 37-yard field goal gave Washington a 29-27 lead with 1:51 to play. After the Giants converted on 3rd-and-14 with an 18-yard pass from Manning to wide receiver Victor Cruz, the game was ended when Manning was picked off over the middle by defensive back Su’a Cravens with just over a minute to play.

Offensively, Eli Manning completed 25-of-38 passes for 350 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. His leading receivers were wideouts Odell Beckham (7 catches for 121 yards), Sterling Shepard (5 catches for 73 yards), and Victor Cruz (3 catches for 70 yards). The only backs to carry the ball were Shane Vereen (11 carries for 67 yards) and Orleans Darkwa (10 carries for 53 yards).

Defensively, defensive tackle Damon Harrison led the team with 10 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. Defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon each had sacks and the two combined for 3 tackles for a loss and 4 quarterback hits as well.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were running back Rashad Jennings (thumb), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), free safety Darian Thompson (foot), defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness), quarterback Josh Johnson, wide receiver Roger Lewis, and defensive tackle Montori Hughes.

Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and Eli Apple (hamstring) left the game with injuries and did not return. There is no official word yet on the severity of either injury although Rodgers-Cromartie had a noticeable limp in the locker room after the game.

Running back Shane Vereen said after the game he had to see the doctor, but he did not disclose what his injury was.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

POST-GAME NOTES…
The Giants three games have been decided by a total of six points.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham caught his 200th career reception in his 30th game. That is the fewest number of games a player needed to reach 200 catches in NFL history. Beckham increased his career total to 3,035 receiving yards in, again, 30 games. That is an NFL record.

GIANTS SIGN ANDREW ADAMS TO 53-MAN ROSTER, CUT MICHAEL HUNTER…
The New York Giants signed safety Andrew Adams to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad on Saturday. To make room for Adams, the Giants waived cornerback Michael Hunter.

ARTICLES…

Sep 232016
 
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants free safety Darian Thompson (sprained foot), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) is “questionable” for the game while defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) is “probable.”

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Washington Redskins at home on Sunday afternoon at 1:00PM EDT.

Sep 232016
 
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Game Preview: Washington Redskins at New York Giants, September 25, 2016

THE STORYLINE:
This is a big game. Going up 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the NFC East this early would put the Giants in the early driver seat for the division title. The Redskins are the defending NFC East Champions and we’ve seen what happens when the Giants and their fans take the Redskins too lightly (see last year’s game in Landover, Maryland). The Redskins season teeters on the brink as losing would give them a 0-3 record and a 0-2 division record. Expect their best effort.

THE INJURY REPORT:

  • RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) – questionable
  • RT Marshall Newhouse (calf) – out
  • DE Olivier Vernon (wrist) – probable
  • DT Robert Thomas (illness) – out
  • FS Darian Thompson (foot) – out

NEW YORK GIANTS ON OFFENSE:
The Washington Redskins are struggling on defense, currently ranked 28th overall (21st against the pass, 27th against the run). Their defensive line is mediocre at best and the secondary has had issues. That said, there are some match-up concerns for the Giants in this game. The Redskins operate a 3-4 defense but they will switch things up quite a bit with various packages. With Marshall Newhouse out, expect the Redskins to try to isolate their best pass rusher – Ryan Kerrigan (who has given the Giants problems in the past) – on Bobby Hart or Will Beatty. Preston Smith and Trent Murhpy are two other LB/DE ‘tweeners who can rush the passer.

The Giants will likely attack the Redskins with a balanced attack, employing an equal amount of running and passing plays. Jennings’ left thumb injury is a concern as the Giants have had issues holding onto the football. The team has one solid rushing game and one poor effort so it will be interesting to see how the team is able to run the ball against a Washington defensive front that has had problems.

What we have seen through the first two games is that Ben McAdoo is heavily relying on the Eli Manning to Odell Beckham-Sterling Shepard-Victor Cruz trio. There has been talk all week about Beckham versus Josh Norman, who is clearly Washington’s best defensive back. Norman did not shadow Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant last week but there has been some reporting that he will shadow Beckham in this contest. The Giants can’t and won’t get caught up with these concerns. Beckham is talented enough to beat any cornerback in the NFL and the Giants can exploit the other defensive backs in the secondary with any of their top three receivers.

What the Giants do need to stop doing is turning the football over. That hasn’t cost them yet, but it will if it continues. They have four turnovers in first two games. They also need to get back to their Week 1 success in the redzone.

NEW YORK GIANTS ON DEFENSE:
On paper, this looks like a good match-up for the Giants. Much of the success of the Redskins offense is based on their ability to run the football. While they are currently ranked 25th in rushing in terms of yards per game, Washington is 6th in the NFL in yards-per-carry (4.7). If the Giants can duplicate their early season success in stopping the run, that will place a lot more pressure on QB Kirk Cousins, who has been shaky thus far. Cousins has had some rough moments against the Giants and the Giants are due for some turnovers (none so far despite a far more athletic, aggressive, and talented defense).

That all said, while the Cowboys get all of the attention in the division for their offensive line, the Redskins have a pretty darn strong group as well. The Men in Blue up front had better not take them lightly. Matt Jones is a very talented running back and the Giants need to keep him in check. Much of the Skins offense is also centered around play-action – look for a heavy dose of that as Washington tries to sucker the Giants young and aggressive safeties. Landon Collins and Nat Berhe are going to be on the spot.

Cousins is a strange quarterback. At times he looks terrible, at other times he looks amazing. While he has justly been criticized for a rough start (1 touchdown, 3 interceptions), he still is completing an outstanding 65 percent of his passes. Cousins tends to throw more underneath (hence his higher completion percentage) and when he throws farther down field, he tends to get into trouble. That said, the Redskins have some very dangerous outside weapons including DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, and Jamison Crowder. There will be a temptation by the cornerbacks to sit on the shorter stuff, but they need to be very careful of the occasional deep shots. In addition, Washington will employ bubble screens to the wideouts so the corners will have to be aggressive in countering that. Tight end Jordan Reed is an exceptional receiving tight end who has giving the Giants fits.

The game plan is obvious. Stop the run. Get after Cousins and force him to make bad decisions.

NEW YORK GIANTS ON SPECIAL TEAMS:
The added talent and athleticism on the Giants roster is starting to translate to special teams. For example, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins are a threat on every field goal attempt. What the Giants need to clean up is their punt coverage (kickoff coverage – knock on wood – has been good so far). Dwayne Harris is due to break one.

FROM THE COACH’S MOUTH:
Steve Spagnuolo on the safety position: “Yeah, it’s getting to be a concern. We’ll miss Darian Thompson. He kind of communicated back there and kind of glues things together. Landon’s just got to step up and help out the guy that’s next to him, whether it’s Nat Berhe or whoever it is. But, we’re getting thin at safety.”

THE FINAL WORD:
This is a game that a Tom Coughlin team (circa 2012-15) would lose. It scares the heck out of me because this is probably the Redskins season. Meanwhile, the Giants have been feeling good about themselves and talking a bit too much trash for my taste this week. The Giants are the better team, but if they don’t match the Redskins intensity, they will lose.

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Darian Thompson, New York Giants (September 11, 2016)

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT – DARIAN THOMPSON OUT…
New York Giants free safety Darian Thompson (sprained foot), who was limited in practice on Wednesday, missed practice on Thursday and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins. Worse, ESPN.com is reporting that there is “serious concern” that the injury could be a long-term problem. Thompson’s foot will officially now be evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” said Thompson, who was wearing a walking boot on his left foot. “Right now, it’s just a minor sprain… I don’t know exactly what they call it, but I just know it’s on the top of the foot and they told me it’s minor,”

Offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) did not practice on Thursday. Running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) was limited. Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) was added to the injury report but he fully practiced.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Ben McAdoo and select position coaches and players will address the media on Friday.