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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 9, 2019)

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DECEMBER 11, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Right guard Kevin Zeitler (ankle) and cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday

Quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), wide receiver Golden Tate (foot), tight end Evan Engram (foot), and tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion/non-contact) were limited in practice.

“(Jones looked) good,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “He’s moving around a little bit. We just have to see how he does by the end of the week. He’s out here. He’s out of the boot, he’s into his regular shoes and he’s out here practicing. Again, we didn’t do much today. We’ll just have to see how he feels by the end of the week to see if he fits into the equation here.”

“I feel good,” said Jones. “I think I’m healing quickly, I just have to keep doing what I’m told to do in the training room and try to get back out there as quick as I can.”

Cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion) fully practiced.

PUNT SEAN SMITH RE-SIGNED TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have re-signed left-footed punter Sean Smith to the Practice Squad. Smith was briefly on the team’s Practice Squad from October 31 to November 5. Smith was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2019 NFL Draft, but waived a few days later.

HEAD COACH PAT SHURMUR…
The transcript of Pat Shurmur’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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice on Thursday, with the team’s coordinators also addressing the media.

Dec 102019
 
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New York Giants Defense (December 9, 2019)

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MONDAY PAT SHURMUR CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur addressed the media by conference call on Tuesday to discuss the team’s 23-17 (overtime) loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:

Opening Statement: Injury stuff, (Kevin) Zeitler, ankle, he’s being evaluated right now— we don’t know how serious. Just some game soreness other than that, so we’ll just have to see where it takes us. But that would be the only injury. It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to finish that game. I thought we played a solid first half, we didn’t do enough things in the second half good enough to win. Defense battled throughout, and we didn’t stay on the field on offense and convert our third downs and give ourselves a chance to move the ball and score. It’s unfortunate to lose that game that way, but we’re going to keep battling and put our efforts toward playing Miami and beating Miami this week. I’ll take your questions.

Q: There was a report yesterday from NFL Network that Daniel (Jones) is going to be out 2-4 weeks and Eli (Manning) is expected to start on Sunday against the Dolphins. Is that accurate?
A: That’s not accurate. I couldn’t tell you that at this point.

Q: So, you haven’t decided your starting quarterback for Sunday or where does that stand?
A: No. Two things. First, I haven’t been able to see Daniel move around, and then we’ll just see where he’s at to start the week. If Daniel can’t go, the second thing would be that Eli would start.

Q: Where is Daniel at right now in his rehab? Where was he at the end of last week health-wise? We saw he did more at the end of the week. What has he been able to do so far?
A: Well, obviously, he wasn’t able to make it. He was still, pretty much, in the protective boot at the end of last week. He was able to stand on the sideline without the boot. He’s making progress, but it’s hard for me to say exactly where he’s at until we see him move around tomorrow.

Q: Eli said last night that in the second half the Eagles played a lot more zone and made sure to keep everything in front of them, which I would assume is something you guys anticipated after (Darius) Slayton beat them badly in some man stuff in the first half. Why was it impossible to move the ball against that kind of a defense, on the field with a veteran quarterback, veteran receivers, and obviously a veteran head coach and veteran play caller?
A: Well, I think, first off, they did mix in some man stuff. They mixed their coverages. They played zone in the first half as well. They probably played a snap or two more in the second half. It was a smaller sample size, certainly, because we didn’t stay on the field. When you don’t execute third downs, then you don’t get the number of plays that you want. But we certainly anticipated it, we played against zone in the first half as well.

Q: You don’t use a timeout with 40 seconds left. You said that you wanted to see if you could get the ball back, the Eagles punt and all of that. Did you lose confidence in the defense, is that why you didn’t force (Eagles Head Coach Doug) Pederson to make a decision there? 
A: No, I didn’t lose confidence. It was fourth and one. Let’s say they go for it there with 40 seconds left, so what they need to do is execute a fourth and one, and then they would have time remaining to work the ball 15 or 20 yards for a field goal. So, what I wanted to do was make it less intriguing for them to go for it, but still give us an opportunity. Make them punt the ball. Had it been a little longer situation where I would be a little more certain he wouldn’t go for it, then maybe you blow it right at 40 seconds. But that was part of the decision— make them punt the ball on fourth down where anything can happen on the punt, and then if for some reason they did go for it there and didn’t get it, we still would’ve had…we had timeouts, and we would still have just a little bit of time for a play or two to get it into field goal range, which would’ve been a closest scenario for us. What I thought was going to happen happened. They chose to punt the ball. At that point there, it had nothing to do with confidence in the defense, it was just trying to dictate a little bit what they might do.

Q: We talk to you, we talk to the players, we kind of have a sense of the mood. What’s the mood like do you think in the rest of the building? If you talk to ownership, you talk to management, things like that, where is their mindset right now?
A: Well, that’s obviously a question for them. We’re all here, we’ve got the same focus to win a game and then win the next game. (Inaudible) competing for the playoffs, going further, and I think when that’s the situation, you just keep fighting and do the very best you can to win the next game. So, I sense that’s the mood in the building, but if you’re curious about that and how ownership is feeling, that’s obviously a better question for them.

Q: The final play of the game, what do you make of the fact that you have three veterans there, Michael Thomas, (Alec) Ogletree and Deone Bucannon, and it’s obviously some kind of breakdown, right? You don’t guard the best receiver on the other team. How do you sort of explain that?
A: Well, we just dropped coverage on (Zach) Ertz. That’s what happened, that’s how I explain it. There’s no other explanation than that. They were in 13 personnel and we had a big grouping on the field, and obviously, we just dropped coverage.

Q: How disappointing is that though that it’s happening with three veterans there?
A: Well, it’s disappointing when anybody makes a play, and I’ll just leave it at that.

Q: Why did you think it was possible that Doug Pederson would go for it on fourth and one and a half? It was almost closer to two yards. Why would he risk that in that moment?
A: Because he has a reputation for going for it there. That’s all.

Q: Leonard Williams is obviously a big piece of your defense, just curious why he wasn’t on the field for the first six plays of that overtime drive?
A: We had a rotation going and that’s basically it. For whatever it’s worth, I felt like the interior defensive linemen were pretty disruptive, and we liked the rotation we had to keep them fresh throughout.

Q: What’s the disappointment with Nate Solder and kind of the struggles this year, and is there any thought to maybe sitting him down for a game, giving him a chance to clear his head and just trying something different in that spot?
A: Nate’s just like everybody, we’re battling through this. When a tackle has a bad play, it’s glaring. He did a lot of good things last night. I think last night when (Kevin) Zeitler got hurt, we put (Nick) Gates in at guard, and we just feel like we’re going to still try to keep the best five guys out there.

Q: A couple of your players last night acknowledged that it feels like you guys find ways to lose games. How do you take a team that even in a game that you guys play a first half like that, you still find a way to lose and how do you turn that on its head into a team that creates its own opportunities rather than stepping on its own foot?
A: Well, we need to keep playing the games, and then we have to do it. You keep encouraging the players to play each play to the very best, and find a way to make a play by doing that. Once you do it, then you start to build confidence that it can get done.

Q: With all the losing, how do you as a head coach, if you do, remain positive and confident that the play is going to work, that down the stretch your team is going to find a way to win rather than lose?  Do you find any of these doubts creeping into you as game after game this keeps happening?
A: We try as educators to do everything in our power to give the guys the best opportunity to win a game. Each play, you call each play with the idea that it’s going to work. You practice it during the week and you call it during the game, and you trust that the players are going to execute it. Same thing. You try to look at each situation and just try to give the players the best chance to win and stay positive. I’ll continue to say that I see improvement, but it means very little until we start winning games. But you just stay positive and you just keep working with the players. This is what we do as coaches, is we coach. I understand the numbers. I get it. I get all that. But you just try to keep inspiring the players to play.

Q: Do you think it’s a fair assessment to say that the Eagles made significant halftime adjustments, and that you guys weren’t able to appropriately or effectively respond to them on both sides of the ball?
A: No, I don’t think that’s fair. I think we both made adjustments. Plays change throughout the game. They were running very similar type plays in the second half on offense as they did in the first half. We adjusted some of our calls because they were playing some zone. But what happens is, and here’s really what happened in the second half, they were able to stay on the field by gaining first downs, and that extended drives and allowed them to score the points they needed. We did not stay on the field, so some of the things you like to get to, you don’t have the opportunity to do. That’s why it sort of looks the way it does.

Q: If you look at Daniel and you think that obviously he’s not 100%, but if you think he’s ready to play, will you put him back in?
A: Absolutely. When he’s ready to play, he’ll go back in and play.

Q: Is there any thought at all at wanting to get Eli a home start here in these last couple weeks, or at least some playing time regardless?
A: No, I haven’t really thought of that. That’s not something that we discuss.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday.

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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 23 – NEW YORK GIANTS 17 (OT)…
The New York Giants are officially a (expletive deleted) train wreck. The Giants lost their franchise-record ninth game in a row, and sixth straight to the the Philadelphia Eagles, falling 23-17 in overtime on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants blew a 17-3 halftime lead, not scoring a single point in the second half of the contest. The Giants are now 2-11 on the season.

It was a game of two halves with the Giants scoring 17 points on three of their six first-half drives. After starting the game with two punts, New York took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the 2nd quarter when quarterback Eli Manning found wide receiver Darius Slayton for a 35-yard catch-and-run on 3rd-and-13. The Eagles cut the score to 7-3 on the ensuing drive with a 34-yard field goal after a 9-play, 59-yard drive. The Giants extended their advantage back to a touchdown on their very next possession with a 34-yard field goal of their own after an identical 9-play, 59-yard drive.

After two punts by the Eagles and one by the Giants, New York got the ball back with 1:46 left before halftime. On 3rd-and-8 from their own 45-yard line with 35 seconds left, Manning hit Slayton deep for a 55-yard touchdown pass.

At the half, the Giants looked very much in control, 17-3. The Eagles had been held to five first downs and 116 total net yards in the first half. Of Philadelphia’s seven first-half possession, five had ended with punts and one with a turnover.

The second half was obviously a disaster for the Giants. Aside from the kneel down on the last play in regulation, the Giants punted all six times they had the ball, gaining only two first downs and 30 yards.

While the defense forced two more Philadelphia punts to start the second half, they eventually wore down, giving up drives of 58 yards (touchdown), 58 yards (missed field goal), and 85 yards (touchdown). The Eagles tied the game at 17-17 with less than two minutes to play. The Giants’ sixth drive of the second half then ended with their sixth punt.

Philadelphia won the overtime toss and predictably and easily drove 75 yards in eight plays for the game-winning touchdown.

Offensively, the Giants only gained 11 first downs and 255 total net yards. The Giants were 2-of-12 (17 percent) on 3rd down. The Giants’ offense only held the ball for 22 minutes. Manning was 15-of-30 for 203 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. His leading receiver was Slayton who caught five passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns, but he did not have a second-half reception. Running back Saquon Barkley had 17 carries for 66 yards.

Defensively, the Giants allowed 27 first downs and 418 total net yards (118 rushing, 300 passing) despite the Eagles suffering a number of game-ending injuries to key personnel. Linebackers Oshane Ximines (twice) and Markus Golden were credited with sacks. Defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson forced a fumble on 4th-and-1 that was recovered by linebacker David Mayo.

Video highlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVES AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were QB Daniel Jones (ankle), TE Evan Engram (foot), TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), CB Corey Ballentine (concussion), RB Wayne Gallman, OT/OG Chad Slade, and OT Eric Smith.

RG Kevin Zeitler left the game with a lower body injury, having to be carted off to the locker room. He was spotted wearing a boot on his right foot with crutches after the game.

GIANTS RE-SIGN RILEY DIXON…
The Giants announced on Sunday that they have re-signed punter Riley Dixon to a 3-year contract extension. Dixon was set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Dixon was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Broncos. He was named to the All-Rookie team. The Giants traded with the Denver Broncos for Dixon in April 2018, giving the Broncos a conditional 7th-round draft pick. He had a solid inaugural year for the Giants, finishing 7th in net punting in the NFL (41.8 yards per punt) and 11th in gross punting (45.4 yards per punt). This year, Dixon is currently 5th in net punting (42.8) and 6th in gross punting (47.0).

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

  • Head Coach Pat Shurmur (Video)
  • QB Eli Manning (Video)

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Pat Shurmur will address the media by conference call on Monday.

Dec 072019
 
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Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants (September 29, 2019)

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JABRILL PEPPERS TO IR, KAREEM MARTIN TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
The New York Giants have placed safety Jabrill Peppers (back) and linebacker Chris Peace (knee) on Injured Reserve, effectively ending their seasons. To fill those roster vacancies, the Giants activated linebacker Kareem Martin from Injured Reserve and signed safety Sean Chandler from the Practice Squad.

Peppers was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was traded to the Giants as part of the Odell Beckham deal to the Browns in March 2019. Before suffering a transverse process fracture in his back in the game against the Chicago Bears in late November, Peppers started 11 games and was credited with 76 tackles, five pass defenses, one interception that he returned for a touchdown, and three forced fumbles. He also returned one kickoff and four punts.

The Giants claimed Peace off of waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers in September 2019. He played in four games with the Giants before injuring his knee. The 6’2”, 250-pound Peace was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Giants placed Kareem Martin on Injured Reserve in September 2019 with a knee injury that he suffered in the regular-season opener. The Giants signed Martin as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2018. Though not a standout in 2018, Martin has his most productive season as a pro, playing in a 16 games with seven starts, and finishing with 48 tackles (twice as much as his previous high), 1.5 sacks, and 2 pass defenses. The 6’6”, 272-pound Martin was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cardinals as a defensive end. The Cardinals moved him to linebacker after his rookie season.

Chandler was on the 53-man roster in September and October and spent most of November on the Practice Squad. The Giants originally signed Chandler as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Chandler made the team and played in all 16 games with no starts. He finished 2018 with 18 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass defense. Before he was cut in early November, Chandler played in nine games with no starts, accruing just five tackles.

DECEMBER 7, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), tight end Evan Engram (foot), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), linebacker Chris Peace (knee), and safety Jabrill Peppers (back) did not practice on Saturday. All five players have been officially ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“(Engram) pushed it as far as he could, but it’s still sore so he can’t go,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur.

“It sucks,” said Engram. “I was really excited about this week. I felt really good at the beginning of the week, felt really good in my rehab prior to the week. As the week went by, I just wasn’t ready. I made some progress but I’m not ready.”

Cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion/non-contact) was limited in practice. Ballentine has also been officially ruled out of the game.

Wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) and left tackle Nate Solder (ankle) fully practiced. Both are expected to play on Monday night.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Sunday. The Giants play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Monday night.

Dec 062019
 
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Kaden Smith, New York Giants (December 1, 2019)

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DECEMBER 6, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), linebacker Chris Peace (knee), cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion), and safety Jabrill Peppers (back) did not practice on Friday.

Tight end Evan Engram (foot) was limited in practice.

Wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) and left tackle Nate Solder (ankle) fully practiced. Tate has been officially cleared from the concussion protocol.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Saturday. Head Coach Pat Shurmur and select position coaches and players will also address the media.

Dec 052019
 
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Darius Slayton, New York Giants (December 1, 2019)

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DECEMBER 5, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), linebacker Chris Peace (knee), and safety Jabrill Peppers (back) did not practice on Thursday.

“(Jones is) getting better,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “He’s making improvements. He’s a fast healer, from what I can tell… I don’t know (if he can play against the Eagles). As you get further and further toward Monday, if he’s not out practicing, the chances would be very slim.”

Left tackle Nate Solder (ankle), tight end Evan Engram (foot), and cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion/non-contact) were limited in practice.

Wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) fully practiced.

GIANTS SIGN CENTER TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants have signed center Tanner Volson to the Practice Squad. The 23-year old, 6’4”, 306-pound Volson was originally signed by the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Chargers waived him in late August.

HEAD COACH PAT SHURMUR…
The transcript of Pat Shurmur’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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice on Friday, with the team’s coordinators also addressing the media.

Dec 042019
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (September 22, 2019)

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HIGH-ANKLE SPRAIN FOR DANIEL JONES; ELI MANNING LIKELY TO START…
The New York Giants revealed on Wednesday that quarterback Daniel Jones suffered a “moderate” high-ankle sprain in the game against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday. Jones is in a boot and is not likely to play for at least one game, possibly the remainder of the season. Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will start in his place if necessary on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“Daniel hasn’t been able to practice today,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “If we had to play tomorrow, he couldn’t play. As the week goes on, it’ll be more and more evident that he’s not going to be ready to go. As we practice, Eli takes all the reps and then we move on… Eli looks good. He’s been ready to play all year. If in fact he does play this week, he will be ready to go.”

When asked if Jones is done for the season, Shurmur responded, “No. We take everything week to week.”

“It’s pretty disappointing, especially after thinking I was going to be able to play,” said Jones. “Meanwhile, I understand it, I guess, and hopefully it’ll heal up pretty quick…I think right now I’m going to take it day by day and see how it feels and do the best I can to heal as quickly as I can.”

Manning was benched after two games this season for Jones. Ironically, Manning career regular-season win-loss record is tied at 116-116. He also is 8-4 in the playoffs.

“I knew Daniel was dealing with an injury, I didn’t know the severity since he finished the game,” said Manning. “I talked to the coaches yesterday and they said he probably wasn’t going to practice today and they didn’t know the circumstances, so (they told me) just be ready to practice this week. We’ll see where it goes for Monday night.”

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The Miami Dolphins have signed offensive center/guard Evan Brown off of the Practice Squad of the New York Giants. The Giants have signed safety Rashaan Gaulden to the Practice Squad.

Brown spent most of 2019 on the Giants’ Practice Squad, although he was active for one game in November. The Giants originally signed Brown as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. While he made the team, Brown was never on the active, game-day roster in 2018.

The 24-year old, 6’1”, 200lb Gaulden was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers waived Gaulden in late November 2019. Before that, he played in 24 regular-season games with the Panthers, accruing 20 tackles and one pass defense.

HEAD COACH PAT SHURMUR…
The transcript of Pat Shurmur’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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Thursday with Head Coach Pat Shurmur and select players addressing the media.

Dec 022019
 
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Daniel Jones, New York Giants (December 1, 2019)

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MONDAY PAT SHURMUR CONFERENCE CALL…
New York Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur addressed the media by conference call on Monday to discuss the team’s 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers:

Opening Statement: I kind of said what I needed to say last night, so I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Q: After watching the film, what are your more nuanced thoughts on Daniel’s (Jones) performance, the good and the bad, maybe that wasn’t apparent yesterday?
A: Yeah, I think he made some really good throws. He competed throughout the game even after he got his ankle twisted. Obviously, the interceptions are the focus, but he made an excellent throw on the touchdown pass and he made good throws throughout the game. Certainly, we can’t make those… the first interception he tried to fit it in and he’d want that one back. The second interception, he tried to throw the inside route on four verticals and he just overthrew Shep (Sterling Shepard). Shep ran a good route. I think certainly a completion there would’ve kept the drive alive. Then the last one he threw a go ball to (Darius) Slayton. I think he put a good throw on it, Slayton ducked inside the corner late in the down. We’ve just got to disrupt that. So, those are the ones. Certainly, we can’t throw interceptions. Sometimes they happen, but we’ve got to get it cleaned up.

Q: How’s his ankle feeling?
A: Fine. He’s got some game soreness but he’s fine.

Q: I’m sure by now you are aware of what Janoris Jenkins said after the game. I’m wondering if you can react to what seemed like him questioning (Defensive Coordinator) James Bettcher’s scheme. Have you talked to him about it and is there any validity to his question of whether he should be traveling with the other team’s top receiver?
A: Yeah, we all know, you guys have gotten to know him, and I know Rabbit (Janoris Jenkins) really well, he’s a spirited guy and he wants to have an impact on the game. I think his assessment of we’re the only team that doesn’t travel isn’t quite accurate. I just came from the Minnesota Vikings who don’t. I think there’s a lot that goes into that. Again, he’s a competitive guy and I’m sure those are just immediately after the game comments. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to talk to him, he left immediately (because) there was an illness in his family that he had to go attend to. I’m sure I’m going to have a conversation with him when he gets back.

Q: Do you have a problem with a player openly criticizing and questioning a coaching staff’s scheme like he did?
A: I’m not sure that’s what he was doing, that may be the impression. I think coaches and players talk about a lot of things behind the scenes. But obviously anything that we do we should do behind the scenes.

Q: You said you didn’t do it in Minnesota with traveling the cornerback. Is that something you believe in or is that just the way it worked out that they didn’t do it there and now you don’t do it here for the most part?
A: No, I mean there’s reason for it at times with the way teams shift and motion. It’s just philosophical in terms of just doing it that way. We did it earlier in the season and we felt with some of the guys we had out there playing, to settle down the whole unit we just felt as though it was best not to do that. That’s all.

Q: At the other corner spot I know you had a planned rotation, but was the plan to put (Sam) Beal in mid-series sometimes because of (DeAndre) Baker or what was the plan behind that?
A: No, just playing them both. That’s all.

Q: Saquon (Barkley) said after the game yesterday that he thinks you guys practice like you’re 10-2. You said a few different times that you see a lot of progress behind the scenes. Why do you think that’s not translating to Sunday? What’s not happening in the game that might be working really well in practice?
A: Well obviously we’re not getting the final result we’re looking for, but throughout the game you see a lot of really good plays on both sides of the ball. I think it’s fair to say that we did a really good job against their run game on defense. I think their longest run was a scramble by (Aaron) Rodgers. They had one other medium sized run. Then we gave up a couple of long passes for touchdowns that you obviously can’t do. But then there were a lot of plays that we defended well. Same thing on offense, we ran the ball much better, we did throw the ball with some efficiency, threw a touchdown pass, but then you have three interceptions. So, it’s one of those, it probably plays into what Saquon is saying— there are times when things look really good and then we have those mistakes that hurt us. Especially against a good football team.

Q: I’m sure that one of the points of pride for you is that the locker room has been upbeat during this losing streak. I’m wondering if in hindsight if there’s any regret in terms of all the value you guys placed on culture and whatnot if maybe you valued culture over talent a little too much this offseason, if you wish you had some more veteran players rather than all the young players?
A: Unfortunately, we don’t have the win total that we’re looking for. We believe in guys that are certainly talented enough to play that are good teammates, you know, you need both. Listen, I regret that our record isn’t much better. That’s the only thing I regret. Our job is obviously to get it better, and when it’s not, obviously it falls on my shoulders.

Q: You said after the game that it’s a historically young team. Just curious what you meant by that.
A: Well, I think we’ve got a lot of young players playing. That’s all. Again, that’s more descriptive than an excuse. But we have more than a lot of places. That’s all.

Q: Have you seen something that makes it historic? Have you seen a number or heard a number behind the scenes or anything that makes it historic in terms of the amount of snaps or rookies playing or anything?

A: We’ve had a lot of rookies playing throughout the season. We’ve had a lot of second year players certainly starting and contributing. And then we don’t quite have as many veterans as you normally see. That’s all.

Q: Did Daniel go for any tests on his ankle, an MRI or anything?
A: No, just a normal evaluation.

Q: Any other injuries out of the game? I think we saw (Aldrick) Rosas walk into the X-ray room. Any other injuries of note?
A: You saw (Corey) Ballentine, right, with the concussion. Then, let me just look through here, Jones, yeah Rosas I guess is sore, he made a tackle. That’s about it. That’s just game soreness.

Q: This year in Tampa, you did kind of have Janoris (Jenkins) track Mike Evans a little bit, if not for a large portion of the game. Mike had a really good game that day, did that play into your guys’ strategy going forward to not have Rabbit travel as much?
A: No, I think—listen, what we’re trying to do is eliminate big plays in the back end and get guys in the right places. It’s more of a total scheme thing.

Q: Is this Corey Ballentine’s second concussion? Any concern that this could be season-ending?
A: No, no concern. He was good today. But again, he’s got to go through the protocol, so we’ll see as time goes on.

Q: You mentioned yesterday, and other times, you don’t get into the feeling-type questions—how this is feeling or how that is feeling. I’m sure you would agree that emotion plays a pretty big part in success and failure. How do you kind of gauge the emotional level of your players in these games, and do you like it? Is the emotional level as you would like it? Is it higher, is it lower? What’s your sense of that?
A: I think the guys played hard throughout the game. They’re in it to win it, you know. I don’t think that’s a problem as far as gauging it. I think they’re out there playing every snap to have success and have a positive impact on the game. I don’t worry about that.

Q: Obviously, Daniel was able to play through the ankle, but what’s the readiness of your backup quarterback right now?
A: They’re ready to go. You’re talking about Eli (Manning) and Alex (Tanney)? They’re ready to go.

Q: In a game it would be Eli, yes?
A: Yeah, no, he’s ready.

Q: Is there any real chance that Eli will have to play next week?
A: Is there a real chance? I don’t know that. We’ll have to just see what the week brings.

Q: How about (Evan) Engram? Is he coming back soon?

A: We’re hopeful. He’s making progress. He’s feeling a little bit better each week, so we’ve got actually one more day this week to get him out there, so hopefully he’ll be available. Can’t say for certain, though.

Q: Just to clarify, your expectation is that Daniel is able to practice this week?
A: Yes, that is my expectation.

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

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Wednesday.

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GREEN BAY PACKERS 31 – NEW YORK GIANTS 13…
As expected, the New York Giants lost their eighth game in a row on Sunday by losing to the Green Bay Packers 31-13 at a snowy MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the defeat, the Giants fall to 2-10 on the season.

It was actually a close game for most of the contest with the Packers finally pulling away in the 4th quarter. Oddly, the Giants had more first downs (20 to 19), total net yards (335 to 322), net yards rushing (95 to 79), and time of possession (31:17 to 28:43). But the Giants lost the all-important turnover battle 3-0 and the defense kept allowing big plays on 3rd and 4th down.

The defensive issues showed up early as Green Bay scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game. After running back Saquon Barkley was stuffed in the backfield for a 3-yard loss on 3rd-and-1, the Packers easily drove 72 yards in seven plays with quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing an 8-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Davante Adams. The drive also included a 43-yard pass completion.

New York responded on their second possession with an 11-play, 71 yard touchdown drive that ended with an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones to wide receiver Sterling Shepard on 3rd-and-3. The drive was kept alive with a 12-yard reception by tight end Kaden Smith on 3rd-and-2 and an 8-yard catch by wide receiver Darius Slayton on 4th-and-5.

However, the Packers quickly regained the lead with a 5-play, 66-yard effort that ended with an easy 37-yard touchdown pass on their second possession of the game. Packers 14 – Giants 7.

With the pressure on the offense to keep pace with the red-hot Packers’ offense, Daniel Jones threw his first interception of the day on the fifth play of the ensuing drive. Green Bay only needed 24 yards to set up a successful 47-yard field goal. Packers 17 – Giants 7.

The bulk of the rest of the 2nd quarter was eaten up by an 18-play, 66-yard drive by the Giants that took nine minutes and 31 seconds off of the clock. The Giants converted a 3rd-and-6, 4th-and-1, and 4th-and-2 on this possession. Unfortunately, the Giants were forced to settle for a 27-yard field goal rather than a touchdown. The Giants’ defense finally forced a punt on Green Bay’s fourth and last possession of the half and at the break, the score was Packers 17 – Giants 10.

After allowing one first down, the New York defense forced another punt to start the 3rd quarter. The Giants pulled closer with a 10-play, 52-yard effort on their first possession of the second half, resulting in a 45-yard field goal by place kicker Aldrick Rosas. The big play was a 43-yard pass from Jones to wide receiver Cody Latimer on 3rd-and-12. The drive sputtered after that long completion however. Packers 17 – Giants 13.

At this point, the game began to get out of hand for the Giants. Green Bay launched their third long touchdown drive of the game, traveling 75 yards in 14 plays. The possession was kept alive with an 11-yard pass interference penalty on 3rd-and-6 by cornerback Sam Beal, a 15-yard completion on 4th-and-10, and a 6-yard completion on 3rd-and-2. Rodgers fittingly finished the drive with his third touchdown pass of the day, a 17-yard completion on 3rd-and-goal despite the Giants having 12 men on the field. Packers 24 – Giants 13.

Matters got only worse when Jones threw his second interception on the ensuing drive. The Packers took over at the New York 38-yard line. After converting on 3rd-and-5 and 3rd-and-9, Rodgers threw his fourth touchdown pass of the day and the Packers were now up 31-13 with just over seven minutes to play.

Jones threw his third interception on the second play of the ensuing drive. The New York defense forced its third punt of the day. On New York’s final possession of the game, the Giants drove from their own 6-yard line to the Green Bay 17. But the drive ended with an incomplete pass on 4th-and-4. The Packers then ran out the clock to end the game.

Daniel Jones completed 20-of-37 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. His two leading targets were tight end Kaden Smith (6 catches for 70 yards) and wide receiver Darius Slayton (6 catches for 44 yards). Saquon Barkley carried the ball 19 times for 83 yards.

Defensively, the Giants did not accrue a sack or force a turnover. Aaron Rodgers was only officially hit twice. Not counting the kneel down at the end of the game, Green Bay scored on five of their eight possessions.

Video highlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVES AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were WR Golden Tate (concussion), TE Evan Engram (foot), TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), S Jabrill Peppers (back), QB Alex Tanney, OT/OG Chad Slade, and OT Eric Smith.

CB Corey Ballentine left the game with a concussion and did not return.

QB Daniel Jones injured his ankle but continued to play despite a noticeable limp. “He hurt it, but he played through it,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur after the game. “Tough guy, he fought through it.”

ZAK DEOSSIE PLACED ON INJURED RESERVE…
The Giants placed long snapper Zak DeOssie on Injured Reserve on Saturday with knee and wrist issues. To fill his roster spot, the team signed long-snapper Colin Holba from the Practice Squad.

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

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Head Coach Pat Shurmur and select players will address the media by conference call on Monday.

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NOVEMBER 29, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion), tight end Evan Engram (foot), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), safety Jabrill Peppers (back), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (knee/wrist) did not practice on Friday. All five players have been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

“I think in the Jets game (DeOssie) got banged up a little bit,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “He was just fighting through it being a tough guy. He was just unable to go Thursday and Friday.”

Media reports indicate DeOssie will be placed on Injured Reserve before Sunday’s game and that the Giants will sign long snapper Colin Holba from the team’s Practice Squad to replace him.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday. The Giants play the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.