Oct 312016
 
Jerry Reese, New York Giants (February 25, 2016)

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OCTOBER 31, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot) and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) practiced on a limited basis on Monday.

“I practiced a good amount,” Thompson said. “I was out there the whole time. Close to 10 team reps on the scout team and a little bit on defense. I knew the plan today was going to be limited regardless of how I felt… I don’t know about 100 percent, but I’m on the right track.”

“(Newhouse) was limited today,” Head Coach Ben McAdoo said. “We’ll know more on Wednesday.”

THE PAPA CAST – GIANTS CAST WITH BBI…
BigBlueInteractive (BBI) was interviewed by Bob Papa on his ThePapaCast-GiantsCast last week. We discussed the state of the Giants as well as the BBI culture.

GENERAL MANAGER JERRY REESE…
The transcript of Jerry Reese’s press conference on Monday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Monday 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:

JOHN HICKS PASSES AWAY…
Former New York Giants offensive lineman John Hicks (1974-1977) has passed away due to complications from diabetes. Hicks was 65 years old.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the Giants on Tuesday. The Giants return to practice on Wednesday.

Oct 282016
 
Landon Collins and Steve Spagnuolo, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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LANDON COLLINS NAMED “NFC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants safety Landon Collins has been named “NFC Defensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday in London. In that game, Collins accrued eight tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned 44 yards for a touchdown.

The Giants have earned three “Player of the Week” winners in the season’s first seven games. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was named the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” for his Week 2 performance and wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. was named “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for his Week 6 performance.

ARTICLES…

Oct 252016
 
Josh Brown, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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GIANTS CUT JOSH BROWN…
The New York Giants have released place kicker Josh Brown a week after new revelations about his past domestic violence issues. Brown was placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List last Friday and did not play against the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday.

“We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh,” said Giants President/CEO John Mara in a statement. “Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.

“We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father. We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.

“We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters’ Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

“The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life,” said Brown in a prepared statement. “My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man.  I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way.  In the coming days and weeks I plan on telling more of the pain I had caused and the measures taken to get help so I may be the voice of change and not a statistic.  In the interim I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down.”

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have re-signed quarterback Logan Thomas to the Practice Squad and terminated the Practice Squad contract of long snapper Tyler Ott.

Thomas was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. The Dolphins claimed Thomas off of waivers from the Cardinals in September 2015 and the Giants claimed him off of waivers from the Dolphins in June 2016. Thomas has only played in two NFL games, completing one pass in nine attempts for an 81-yard touchdown.

Ott was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2014 NFL Draft. He did not make the team, but spent time with the Patriots again and the St. Louis Rams before the 2015 season. The Giants signed Ott in late December 2015 and he played in the regular-season finale. The Giants waived Ott in late August and signed him to the Practice Squad last week.

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 players will be off Wednesday through Sunday before returning to practice next Monday.

Oct 252016
 
Landon Collins and Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (October 23, 2016)

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New York Giants 17 – Los Angeles Rams 10

Overview

This was a dangerous game for the New York Giants given the distraction and fatigue of traveling to London combined with the media frenzy surrounding Josh Brown. Stating the obvious, this was not a “fun” week for the entire franchise.

The good news is the Giants won a game that they desperately needed to win. By improving their record to 4-3, New York remains very much in the hunt for a playoff spot. And the team now has two weeks to get healthy and concentrate on fixing those areas where it is struggling. The defense is finally starting to create turnovers and accrue sacks.

The bad news is the offense seems stuck in neutral and if this isn’t rectified quickly, the Giants will be sitting home again come playoff time.

Giants on Offense

Simply pathetic. New York was held to 13 first downs, 232 total net yards, 196 net yards passing, and 36 net yards rushing. The Giants were only 4-of-13 (31 percent) on 3rd down conversion attempts and only held the ball for just under 25 minutes. In 11 offensive possessions, the Giants longest drive was 71 yards (which resulted in a short field goal). The next longest drive was 37 yards. Ouch.

I’ll sound like a broken record but the same problems remain. The Giants can’t run the football. Teams are focusing on taking Odell Beckham out of the game and when Eli Manning and Odell Beckham can’t click on the big play, this offense becomes one of the worst in the NFL as the Giants can’t otherwise sustain drives. The longest offensive play for the Giants on Sunday was 25 yards.

The Giants have only scored more than 20 points twice this year. In this game, the defense scored once and set up the offense’s only touchdown drive at the opponent’s 35-yard line.

The Giants only ran 57 offensive plays: 37 passes, 18 runs, and 2 kneel-downs by Eli Manning. They were hampered by terrible starting field position (backed up to the goal line) three times in the second half. The Giants were not penalized once on offense.

Quarterback

The Giants literally passed twice as much as they ran the ball. Eli Manning was 24-of-37 for 196 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. For the second week in a row, he spread the ball around, connecting with 10 different targets. But the average gain per pass play was only 5.3 yards. Manning is receiving absolutely no help from his running game. But he certainly is not playing at a very high level. He needs to get his ass in gear.

Running Backs

Once again, the running game was a non factor. Giants backs carried the ball 18 times for 38 yards (2.1 yards per carry). The “leading” rusher was Rashad Jennings with 13 carries for 25 yards (1.9 yards per carry). His longest run was five yards! Paul Perkins had four carries for 12 yards with the team’s longest run of 10 yards. Most of the runs come out of the shot-gun formation and it is not working very well. It’s interesting to note that Perkins’ playing time increased this week.

Jennings caught 2-of-3 passes thrown in his direction. One went for no yards while the other picked up an impressive 24 yards. Perkins caught one pass for four yards while Bobby Rainey caught one pass for -2 yards.

Wide Receivers

I’ve contended for this offense to click, the top targets have to be the receivers. On Sunday, Eli’s top targets were Victor Cruz (5-of-8 for 55 yards), Odell Beckham (5-of-9 for 49 yards), and Sterling Shepard (5-of-7 for 32 yards). The problem was that these three receivers only averaged nine yards per catch. It is no coincidence that Cruz’s longest reception (25 yards) and Beckham’s longest reception (22 yards) led to the only offensive points of the day. Beckham’s 22-yard reception on 3rd-and-3 on the game-winning drive despite heavy contact against double-team coverage was the offensive play of the game. Cruz dropped a pass in the 1st quarter that killed a drive. The blocking by Cruz and Shepard on the flare to Beckham out of the backfield that lost six yards was pathetic. Beckham could have made a better effort on a 3rd-and-1 sideline pass that fell incomplete in the 3rd quarter.

Tight Ends

Stating the obvious, the Giants are not getting any help from their tight ends. Just like the previous game against the Ravens, the offense put the team in a hole by turning the ball over on the first possession of the contest as Larry Donnell fumbled the ball away. This turnover set up the Rams only touchdown. Donnell was targeted two other times but did not catch another pass. Will Tye caught two passes for a grand total of 14 yards. He’s been a major disappointment this year after a surprise rookie season. Rookie Jerell Adams caught one pass for five yards.

Offensive Line

The story line here remains the same. Decent pass protection and terrible run blocking. Eli Manning was not sacked. He was hit officially five times. That said, Eli isn’t holding the ball very long either. Many of the pass plays are short, quick throws – which makes the offensive line look better in pass protection than it really is. RT Bobby Hart gave up a couple of hits on Manning. The Giants only ran the ball 18 times, but when they did, they also only generated 38 yards or just over two yards per carry. The good news was there were no penalties.

Giants on Defense

This was the Giants best defensive game of the season to date. Not only did the defense do a good job of stopping the run (74 yards on 20 carries), but it picked off four passes, defensed 12 passes overall, and accrued three sacks and seven QB hits. Most importantly, the defense held the Rams to 10 points and scored on defense. The Rams were shutout in the the final three quarters of the game. The defense was only penalized three times (one offsetting). The biggest negatives were allowing first downs late in the game on 3rd-and-22 and 4th-and-10.

Defensive Line

It’s interesting to note that Jason Pierre-Paul is back at right defensive end, with Oliver Vernon now at left defensive end. The defensive line was fairly stout against the run and applied a decent amount of pass pressure. The Rams stuck with the run throughout the game but only averaged 3.7 yards per carry. Their longest run by a running back was only eight yards. Damon Harrrison (1), Jay Bromley (1), Jason Pierre-Paul (0.5), and Kerry Wynn (0.5) all registered sacks. Although Olivier Vernon did not sack the quarterback, he was a factor in pressuring the pocket throughout the game and caused a holding penalty that wiped out a big gain. This was the best pass-rush game for both JPP and Vernon so far this season. The inside guys got some good pressure too. Bromley was flagged with defensive holding.

Linebackers

Keenan Robinson (8 tackles, 2 pass defenses) had another strong game. His 4th quarter deflection of a Case Keenum pass caused an interception that set up the Giants game-winning touchdown. And Robinson’s sure open-field tackle of the ever-dangerous Tavon Austin off a bubble screen may have saved a touchdown. Jonathan Casillas was only in on three tackles, but also tipped a pass that was almost intercepted. Devon Kennard had two tackles and a QB hit. Only one tackle for Kelvin Sheppard.

Defensive Backs

Led by Landon Collins (2 interceptions, 2 pass defenses, 8 tackles) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (2 interceptions, 3 pass defenses, 4 tackles), the Giants secondary had a phenomenal day. Collins was the beneficiary of two deflections, but his 44-yard return for a score not only changed the complexion of the game, it will go down as one of the most memorable in Giants history. And while DRC’s second, game-deciding interception was a gift, the first was a fantastic play that stopped a 4th-quarter scoring threat. He also almost came down with a third interception off of a flea flicker. Janoris Jenkins gave up the longest play of the game – a 48-yard reception to wideout Brian Quick (Jenkins was also guilty of illegal contact on the play). That said, Jenkins defensed three passes and had a solid game overall. Eli Apple was flagged with a 13-yard pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-7. Safety Andrew Adams gave up the 10-yard score on 3rd-and-6 in the 1st quarter. Aside from his turnovers, Collins was laying the lumber with a couple of big hits. Collins messed up on one deep shot and was lucky the QB couldn’t connect on what should have been an 81-yard score to start the second half. The biggest negatives were allowing the Rams to convert on 3rd-and-22 and 4th-and-10 late in the game.

Giants on Special Teams

Robbie Gould replaced Josh Brown. He made his only FG attempt (29 yards). Only 1-of-4 of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Kickoff coverage was solid as the Rams longest return was 25 yards. Brad Wing punted eight times! He averaged 49.8 yards per punt (43.8 yard net) with one touchback and two punts downed inside the 20. Tavon Austin returned three punts and the Giants did give up a 19-yard punt return. Roger Lewis forced a fumble, but the Rams recovered the loose ball.

Dwayne Harris returned three punts for only 11 yards. Odell Beckham returned one punt for zero yards. Coty Sensabaugh was flagged with holding on one return. For the second week in a row, the Giants were unable to return a kickoff with all opponent kickoffs resulting in touchbacks.

(New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams, October 23, 2016)
Oct 242016
 
Brad Wing, New York Giants (October 23, 2016)

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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 17-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams:

McAdoo: Let’s start with the game. The team – I thought it was a tough, gritty performance by our team. We showed some resiliency for the second week in a row. The defense did a nice job of holding the Rams to 10 points and it was a huge bonus for us scoring a defensive touchdown. We never let the running back get going which was a positive and something that we were focused on heading into the game. We won the line of scrimmage, our pass rush was improved and I think our ball hawks in the secondary showed up with ball skills. Landon and DRC had two picks and we also had 12 passes defensed, which was big in the ball game.

What we need to work on – we need to get off the field earlier in drives which will help us with field position. The offense had four drives start in the backed up mode. We had some bad football show up again with the penalty after the touchdown, guys are excited, but we have to eliminate that bad football. We had 25 plays in the last nine minutes of the ball game, which is too many.

Offensively, what we did well – zero penalties, completed the ball to 11 different receivers, it was good to get everyone involved that way and we had zero sacks. What we need to work on – points, didn’t score enough, we had four coming out drives and to go the long way you have to be detailed and eliminate the unforced errors, consistency needs to improve there. We need to cash in on the big-play opportunities, whether it is the run game or the pass game. With the way the game was going, we had some opportunities and we didn’t get that done.

Special teams – the punt team was on point keeping Austin under wraps all day. I thought that at 3:10 in the ball game in the 4th quarter, Wing’s punt was excellent — 49 yards out of bounds at the 25-yard line was a big plus in the ball game for us and our punt return team defended the shifts and motions well, we didn’t give them an opportunity to steal a possession there. What we need to work on – we need to get the punt return game going. We can’t press. We don’t want to press there. It is going to come down to fundamentals and trust. With that, we will open it up to questions.

Q: Can you put your finger on what the issue has been with not getting a consistent running game from week to week?

A: Yeah, the last few weeks we have struggled and it is not one position, it is not one player, it is a combination of a little bit of everything and really, we resorted to using the short passing game to compliment us, so that we can get the ball moving on first and second down. We need to get the run game going. With the way the game went, they tried to cover everyone up, cover the core up, use some line movement up front and we had some big play opportunities in the run game – it is a challenge to be consistent when you are getting those looks, but you need to cash in on those big-play opportunities.

Q: Is it a personnel thing? Do you maybe consider putting the young kid (Paul Perkins) in more?

A: Well, we are going to look at everything. We just had a staff meeting. We are going to look at personnel, we are going to look at scheme, we are going to look at a bunch of different things, personnel groups to see if we can get it jump started here over the bye week.

Q: Why have you gone three wide receivers so often?

A: Well, we felt that it put us in the best position to be successful. But again, we are going to go back to the drawing board, take a look at it and see if we can change things up heading into Philadelphia.

Q: How handcuffed are you by the 53 that you currently have? You don’t have a fullback, you have the three tight ends, their blocking skills are what they are. Do you think you may have to add someone there?

A: We are confident in the players that we have at that spot. We are going roll Jerell and Tye in there some more with Larry and let those guys compete and whoever is playing the best is who we will go with.

Q: What is your plan for the coaching staff for the bye week? What do you try to get accomplished in the next week or two?

A: We are going to take a look at – obviously we are finishing up the game right now as we speak and then we are going to take a good, long, hard look at ourselves – schematically, what has been good, what needs some work and maybe things that you need to – addition by subtraction. There may be some things that you need to tweak schematically. Then personnel, see who needs to play a little bit more, who may need to play a little bit less, so just take a long, hard look at ourselves first. That is important, self-scout is a big part of things and you have a chance to really fine tune what you are doing in all three phases and do what you do best when the games are most important here in the 2nd half of the year.

Q: Why is your offense putting up about 7 points under what it averaged a season ago?

A: That is what we are going to take the next few days and try to figure out. We certainly feel like we have plenty of talent, plenty of scheme. Consistency is a big part of things. We need to eliminate the unforced errors and turning the ball over, we are giving possessions away, so anytime that you give possessions away, that is points. We need to come out ahead of the turnover battle, that will help us. The defense played a big part in that yesterday. But we need to focus on the hand that we are dealt as an offense and if we have to go the long way then we have to go the long way. But we feel that we have plenty of scheme and plenty of talent, we just have to get it going.

Q: Would you ever consider taking a look at the play calling?

A: We’re going to take a long hard look at everything, everything is on the table. Everybody in the building wants to win and we have to do what’s best for the team; whatever we have to do that’s best for the team, we’ll take a look at.

Q: Heading into that self-evaluation, how do you view your first seven game as a head coach?

A: You are what your record says you are, we’re 4-3, so a shade above .500.

Q: Do you feel like you’re in a good a position going into Philadelphia after the bye week?

A: I feel we have a pretty resilient football team. We have guys who believe. A team that has grown together, a team that’s learning to trust each other and I like this team.

Q: What will be your message to the players when you send them out for the week?

A: I’ll keep that in-house. Generally, a bye week is, you got to get healthy but you want to make sure you’re always going forward, you don’t want to go backwards in the bye week. We got to stay on top of our conditioning; we got to take care of our bodies. Be civilian a little bit, be human beings a little bit, spend some time with our family and friends. We got to take care of ourselves and make sure we’re ready to go when we get back on Monday.

Q: Do you want to remind them that they come back to a big division game right away?

A: Yeah, I think they’ll be chomping at the bit for that one.

Q: Do you hope after the bye Darian Thompson, Nat Berhe or any of the other injured guys are back?

A: I’m looking forward to getting everybody back. I’d love to hit the practice field and have the full team practicing. I think that’s certainly a possibility.

Q: With Landon Collins, where do you see the biggest difference between the Landon the rookie and Landon the second year player?

A: Landon has always been a guy that’s had good football instincts. He’s a young player as a rookie. He was fortunate to get a lot of playing time as a rookie so that always helps. You see his instincts showing up, you see his tackling; he’s a physical football player. You can see that he loves to play, whether it’s on defense or on special teams and now he’s tracking the ball well, catching it well and you see his talent when he has his hands on the ball. I’m surprised they ever let him get to defense with those running skills.

Q: Is there any news on Josh  Brown?

A: The font office is in discussions today. I haven’t been a part of them. Either later tonight or tomorrow morning I’ll be a part of those discussions.

Q: He’s allowed in meetings at the team’s discretion, has he been around the team?

A: No.

Q: Is Rashad Jennings still your starting running back?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you like to get Paul Perkins more in the mix?

A: Paul is a young player. He’s turned into a good special teamer for us. We look forward to him growing as a runner as well.

Q: How is Odell Beckham Jr. today?

A: He’s been in treatment, he’s pretty sore.

Q: Would you like to have a decision on Josh Brown’s status before the players come back next week?

A: Again, I’ll take part in those discussions either later tonight or tomorrow morning, early and I’ll jump right in with both feet and we’ll see how it goes.

Q: To be clear, he’s not expected to be there tomorrow either?

A: He has not been around, no.

POST-GAME NOTES…
The Giants broke a two-game losing a streak in pre-bye games and are now 20-8 in such games. That ties them with the Dallas Cowboys for the second-best record in games before a regular-season bye, behind only Seattle, which is 22-6.

The Giants are 2-0 in London. They defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, in Wembley Stadium on October 28, 2007. The Giants and New England Patriots are the only franchises to win two games in London in the NFL’s international series.

S Landon Collins and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are the first pair of Giants to intercept multiple passes in the same game since safeties Kenny Hill and Terry Kinard vs. San Diego on September 14, 1986.

QB Eli Manning improved his record as a starter vs. the Rams to 5-0.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Player interviews will be held on Tuesday. The players will be off Wednesday through Sunday before returning to practice next Monday.

Oct 232016
 
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (October 23, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 17 – LOS ANGELES RAMS 10…
The New York Giants defeated the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 in a defensive struggle in London, England on Sunday. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 4-3 heading into their bye week.

The Giants offense was dreadful as New York was held to 13 first downs, 232 total net yards, 196 net yards passing, and 36 net yards rushing. The Giants were only 4-of-13 (31 percent) on 3rd down conversion attempts and only held the ball for just under 25 minutes.

The Giants defense won the day, intercepting four passes (including one for a touchdown), sacking Rams quarterback Case Keenum three times, and holding Los Angeles to only 10 points.

Like last week, the game started off very poorly for the Giants as New York quickly fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter. On the Giants second offensive snap, tight end Larry Donnell fumbled the ball away at the New York 35-yard line. Seven plays later, Keenum threw a 10-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-6. The Giants punted the ball away after picking up one first down on their second drive. Los Angeles then gained 62 yards in eight plays to set up a successful 36-yard field goal. These were the last points the Rams would score on the day.

After both teams exchanged punts, the Giants offense managed to put together its longest drive of the game, marching 71 yards in 14 plays to set up a 29-yard field goal by place kicker Robbie Gould. No other Giants drive on Sunday would gain more than 37 yards.

The Giants tied the game on the ensuing Rams possession. Keenum’s pass was deflected off of the hands of wide receiver Tavon Austin. Safety Landon Collins intercepted the pass and scored from 44 yards out on a spectacular interception return. Mid-way through the second quarter, the game was tied at 10-10. Neither team would score for the rest of the half as the Rams punted the ball away three more times and the Giants twice.

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Both teams continued to struggle on offense in the second half. The Rams and Giants each punted the ball away on their first three drives after intermission. The big break came in the 4th quarter when Keenum threw his second interception of the game. Linebacker Keenan Robinson deflected a pass that Landon Collins intercepted and returned to the Los Angeles 35-yard line. Facing a 3rd-and-3, quarterback Eli Manning found wide receiver Odell Beckham for a 22-yard gain down to the Rams 6-yard line. Three plays later, on 3rd-and-goal, running back Rashad Jennings scored from a yard out to give the Giants a 17-10 lead.

The Rams drove to the Giants 37-yard line on their ensuing possession, converting on a 3rd-and-22. But with just over four minutes to play, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Keenum in the end zone for a touchback. The Giants went three-and-out on offense, giving the Rams one more chance with three minutes left in the game. After converting on a 4th-and-10, Los Angeles reached the Giants 15-yard line, but on 3rd-and-10, Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted Keenum in the end zone again to preserve the win.

Offensively, Eli Manning was 24-of-37 for 196 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. His leading receiving targets were wide receivers Victor Cruz (5 catches for 55 yards), Odell Beckham (5 catches for 49 yards), and Sterling Shepard (5 catches for 32 yards). Running backs Rashad Jennings was the team’s leading rusher with 13 carries for only 25 yards.

Defensively, both Landon Collins and and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each had two interceptions. Defensive tackles Damon Harrison and Jay Bromley each had sacks, and defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Kerry Wynn split a sack.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), wide receiver Tavarres King, defensive tackle Robert Thomas, linebacker Deontae Skinner, and quarterback Josh Johnson.

In the game, wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris injured his lower back but returned.

POST-GAME REACTION…
Video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Ben McAdoo and the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • Head Coach Ben McAdoo (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)
  • WR Victor Cruz (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • DE Olivier Vernon (Video)

ARTICLES…

Oct 212016
 
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GIANTS SIGN ROBBIE GOULD; JOSH BROWN PLACED ON COMMISSIONER EXEMPT LIST…
The New York Giants have signed place kicker Robbie Gould to a 1-year contract. Gould will kick for the Giants on Sunday in London against the Los Angeles Rams. Place kicker Josh Brown did not travel with the Giants due to the public outcry surrounding new revelations about his past domestic violence issues. Brown has been placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List. While he will still collect his salary, Brown will not count against the team’s 53-man roster limit.

The 34-year old Gould was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2005 NFL Draft. After brief stints with the Patriots and Ravens, Gould signed with the Chicago Bears in October 2005. He played 11 seasons with the Bears (2005-2015). In his last season in Chicago, Gould was 33-of-39 (84.6 percent) on field goals. Forty-seven percent of his kickoffs resulted in touchbacks.

OCTOBER 21, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) have been officially ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Long snapper Zak DeOssie (ankle) is “questionable” for the game.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip), cornerback Eli Apple (groin), cornerback Trevin Wade (ankle), defensive Olivier Vernon (wrist), linebacker Keenan Robinson (knee), and running back Rashad Jennings (finger) are “probable” for the game.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com. The weekly exclusive Giants.com Q&A session with McAdoo is also available.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the Giants on Saturday. The Giants play the Los Angeles Rams in London at 9:30AM ET.

Oct 212016
 
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Game Preview: New York Giants at Los Angeles Rams, October 23, 2016

THE STORYLINE:
Unless the Cowboys collapse, this is a “must” game for the Giants if they want to keep any division title hopes alive. This is a dangerous game for the Giants against an opponent that is very much capable of beating them, with the added distractions of playing in London and now the Josh Brown affair. Just find a way to win this game and heal up during the bye for the second-half push.

THE INJURY REPORT:

  • WR Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip) – probable
  • RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) – probable
  • RT Marshall Newhouse (calf) – out
  • DE Olivier Vernon (wrist) – probable
  • LB Keenan Robinson (knee) – probable
  • CB Eli Apple (groin) – probable
  • CB Trevin Wade (ankle) – probable
  • FS Darian Thompson (foot) – out
  • SS Nat Berhe (concussion) – out
  • LS Zak DeOssie (ankle) – questionable

NEW YORK GIANTS ON OFFENSE:
Statistically, the Rams are a middle-of-the-pack defense (17th overall, 23rd against the run, 17th against the pass). But they remain a typical Jeff Fisher defensive team – physical, aggressive, and borderline dirty. They try to get under your skin and thrive off of turnovers. The heart of the Rams defense is their defense line, which has been banged up but is unfortunately getting a bit healthier just in time for the game against the Giants. Their two best players are DT Aaron Donald and RDE Robert Quinn. Donald has three sacks, but he is leading the NFL with QB hits and pressures. Quinn has missed two games with a shoulder injury but is expected to play. Last season, John Jerry actually did a good job on Donald. Jerry and his his interior line mates will be on the spot again as will Ereck Flowers. In the back seven, the Rams utilize more run-and-hit tweeners at linebacker and safety that enhances their overall defensive athleticism and speed. In fact, their defensive depth chart lists only one starting linebacker and six defensive backs.

What we’ve seen from the Giants on offense is this: continued issues running the ball, continued issues in the red zone, and an inability to sustain drives without the big play. Like a true West Coast Offense, the Giants often use the short passing game in lieu of the run – hence the very pass-centric nature of the offense.

After last year’s game where Odell Beckham torched the Rams defense and after witnessing last week’s Ravens game, you can guarantee that Jeff Fisher is going to double- and possibly triple-team Beckham in this game. The Giants “broke out” offensively last week ONLY because of the return of the Manning-to-Beckham long-distance connection. Now if Beckham is able to still be a major factor, the Rams are toast. But more likely others are going to have to pick up the slack – especially Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz. The Giants can’t always count on Beckham to put up 150+ yards and two touchdowns per game. That’s just not realistic. And it’s time for the big boys up front – Flowers, Pugh, Richburg, Jerry, and Hart – to start moving people off the line and for the backs to gain yards. The Rams are 23rd overall against the run and 19th in yards-per-rush. If there was an opponent to finally get the ground game going, this is it.

NEW YORK GIANTS ON DEFENSE:
The Rams looked like a train wreck offensively early on in the season but have been playing better of late because their quarterback is playing much better. Ben McAdoo provided a good overview himself of the Rams offense: “Their offense is ascending. They’re getting better. (QB Case) Keenum has found his groove a little bit here over the last three weeks or so. He’s completing a high percentage of balls. Big body receivers who can catch the ball everywhere. They have great range that can come up with the catches. Their tight end is playing well, (TE Lance) Kendricks, he’s a good player and a complete player, which is tough to find in today’s game. Of course, (RB Todd) Gurley. He really has a chance to make everything go for them. We really have to stop him and commit to stopping him.”

Gurley has struggled against defenses geared up stop him, only averaging 2.9 yards per carry. But he is certainly capable of taking over a game and the Giants primary defensive task must be to keep him in check. Keenum has actually done a good job of spreading the ball around to WR Kenny Britt (30 catches, 2 TDs), WR Tavon Austin (26 catches, 1 TD), Kendricks (18 catches, 1 TD), WR Brian Quick (16 catches, 3 TDs), and Gurley (15 catches). And Keenum completed a remarkable 84 percent of his passes against the Lions last Sunday. While Britt and Quick are the bigger receivers McAdoo references, Austin is the smaller, quick-as-hiccup dynamo who can break open a game.

Game plan is simple. Stop Gurley. Make the Rams one dimensional and get after Keenum – a journeyman quarterback coming off a strong game but who someone the Giants should be able to rattle if they can pressure on him. It’s well past time for Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon to have a breakout game. With Darian Thompson and Nat Berhe out again, Andrew Adams once against will be under the microscope. He’s performed reasonably well given the circumstances – just don’t give up the big play. The return of Eli Apple should help – provided he is reasonably healthy and not too rusty.

NEW YORK GIANTS ON SPECIAL TEAMS:
Of course the big PR nightmare this week is the Josh Brown story. Statistically, Brown has proven to be one of the best place kickers in all of Giants history. Now he may not return. Robbie Gould will kick against the Rams. The game may come down to him. Benny Cunningham has six career returns over 40 yards. Tavon Austin is very dangerous on punt returns. And the Rams will use trick plays on special teams, especially out of the punt formation.

FROM THE COACH’S MOUTH:
Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan on DT Aaron Donald: “He is a fantastic football player. I don’t know if there’s another defensive tackle that’s playing at such a high level. Just the disruption that he causes in both the run and the pass, and the number of quarterback hits he has and in terms of the pass game. Then also, he’s behind the line of scrimmage in the run game as well. When you talked about someone we have to be aware of and know that we take into account from a protection standpoint, from a double team standpoint in the run game, he’s at the forefront of our mind. He’s a heck of a player and we’re going to have our hands full for sure.”

THE FINAL WORD:
There are a number of Giants who I keep expecting to have breakout games, including JPP, Vernon, Shepard, and to a smaller extent, Will Tye. The Giants defense is too talented to have this few sacks and turnovers. Something has to give soon. If the Giants win the turnover battle, they win this game.

Oct 202016
 
Josh Brown, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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JOSH BROWN’S DOMESTIC PAST VIOLENCE ISSUES FLARE UP AGAIN…
New revelations about New York Giants place kicker Josh Brown’s past domestic violence issues have been made public. The ensuing public relations firestorm has caused the Giants to announce that Brown will not be traveling to London with the team for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Brown was already suspended without pay for the first regular-season game, but now the league has announced they are considering further sanctions.

“Josh Brown will not travel with the team to London,” announced the Giants in a written statement. “In light of the news reports regarding the documents released by the State of Washington yesterday, we think it makes sense to review this newly disclosed information and to revisit this issue following our trip to London. The Giants do not condone or excuse any form of domestic violence.  Josh has acknowledged that he has issues in his life and has been working on these issues through therapy and counseling for a long period of time. We remain supportive of Josh and his efforts.”

The Giants have not announced who will replace Brown on Sunday.

OCTOBER 20, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) did not practice on Thursday.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip), cornerback Eli Apple (groin), cornerback Trevin Wade (ankle), linebacker Keenan Robinson (knee), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (ankle) practiced on a limited basis.

“I feel better than yesterday, so we will see,” said Beckham.

“We’re very optimistic, we’re very hopeful (about Beckham playing),” Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “We’ll wait and see.”

“We’re hoping (Apple will play),” said Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. “He did a little bit more today. That’s Ben McAdoo’s call. We certainly don’t want to set him back like with what happened last time. He came off the hamstring and then it set him back with the groin, so we don’t want that to happen. We’ll have to be smart about it. I’m sure Ben will make that decision.”

Defensive Olivier Vernon (wrist) and running back Rashad Jennings (finger) 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…

Oct 192016
 
Odell Beckham, New York Giants (September 25, 2016)

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OCTOBER 19, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (hip), safety Darian Thompson (foot), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday.

“(Beckham is) pretty sore,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “I’ll take it day-by-day.”

Cornerback Eli Apple (groin), cornerback Trevin Wade (ankle), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and linebacker Keenan Robinson (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

“(Apple) moved around well, he was limited but he moved around well in the work he got,” said McAdoo.

“Berhe, not so well, we had to pull him early,” said McAdoo. “He was limited, and yes, he’s still in the protocol.”

Defensive Olivier Vernon (wrist) and running back Rashad Jennings (finger) fully practiced.

ODELL BECKHAM NAMED “NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has been named the “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the Baltimore Ravens last Sunday. In that game, Beckham caught eight passes for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns. The scores were from 75 and 66 yards out, the latter proving to be the game winner on 4th-and-1 with 1:24 left to play.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Wednesday 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 at 12:20PM on Thursday.