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Landon Collins, New York Giants (October 23, 2016)

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The biggest reasons for the New York Giants defense’s dramatic improvement in 2016 was the improved play of the (1) defensive line and (2) defensive backs. The Giants defense went from dead last in 2015 to tenth in yardage allowed and second in scoring allowed in 2016. And while the team’s 23rd-ranked pass defense (251.1 yards per game) does not sound impressive, the unit played at a far higher level than that, as indicated by three defensive backs earning All-Pro honors.

The secondary became a team strength because the Giants signed Janoris Jenkins in free agency, drafted Eli Apple in the first round, and watched second-year safety Landon Collins develop into an impact player at his more natural strong safety position. An inconsistent player in St. Louis, Jenkins became one of the best corners in the NFL in 2016, teaming with Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) to form perhaps the NFL’s best trio of corners. While Apple had his growing pains, he performed well enough to shut down a number of opponents and allow the coaches to move DRC to the slot corner position. Meanwhile, Collins led the Giants in tackles, was second on the team in interceptions, and third on the team in sacks. The weak spot in the secondary was free safety as promising rookie Darian Thompson and Mykkele Thompson were lost early to injuries, Nat Berhe battled concussions, and undrafted rookie Andrew Adams started the bulk of the season. While Adams didn’t embarrass himself, he did not make many plays either. Late in the season, Leon Hall – who was shifted from corner to safety – took over the position.

THE STARTERS

In his first season with the Giants, Janoris Jenkins had his best season to date, being voted to his first Pro Bowl and his first All-Pro (second-team) selection. Jenkins started every game, except for missing one game due to a back injury, and finished the season with 49 tackles, one sack, 18 pass defenses, three interceptions, and one forced fumble. Jenkins was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. The Giants signed him as unrestricted free agent in March 2016. Jenkins is an average-sized corner with excellent speed and quickness. He is a confident, instinctive coverman who has gotten better each year and has developed into an elite shut-down corner. Jenkins plays well in both man and zone coverage. He plays with swagger.

The Giants drafted Eli Apple in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He missed two games with hamstring and groin injuries, but surprisingly started 11 of the 14 regular-season games he played in. Apple finished the season with 51 tackles, seven pass defenses, one interception, and one forced fumble. Apple combines good size with excellent overall athletic ability, speed, and quickness. He flashes as a physical run defender and tackler, but needs to become more consistent in that area. Apple had a bit of an up-and-down rookie season in coverage. While he mostly handled his opponent, there were times when he gave up big plays. Apple makes a lot contact with receivers in coverage and he needs to continue to work on his technique. He has a big upside and looks to be developing into a fine player.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) had another strong year for the Giants, being named second-team All-Pro. He missed one game with a groin injury but started nine of the 15 regular-season games he played in, taking most of his snaps inside at the slot corner position. DRC finished the year with 49 tackles, one sack, 21 pass defenses, six interceptions, and one forced fumble. Rodgers-Cromartie was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and signed with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent in 2013 and the Giants in 2014. Rodgers-Cromartie combines superb size and overall athletic skills, including speed, size, and leaping ability. Rodgers-Cromartie is one of the better cover corners in the NFL and capable of shutting down even top wide receivers. He has improved his toughness as a hitter and tackler. Rodgers-Cromartie made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and in 2015, the latter as an alternate. While he has not missed many games, DRC seems to battle a lot of nagging injuries.

In his second season, Landon Collins had a break-out year, being voted to his first Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro. Collins started every game and finished the year with 125 tackles, four sacks, 13 pass defenses, and five interceptions. Collins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He is a big, tough, physical safety who lacks ideal quickness and recovery speed. Collins is good hitter and tackler and plays the run very well. He dramatically improved his play against the pass in 2016 and has rapidly developed into one of the best safeties in the NFL.

The Giants originally signed Andrew Adams as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Adams was signed to the Practice Squad, and then the 53-man roster in September 2016 after injuries hit the safety position hard. Force-fed into the starting line-up, Adams played in 14 regular-season games with 13 starts. He finished the year with 46 tackles, five pass defenses, and one interception. Adams lacks ideal height and speed but he is a well-built, athletic safety with good quickness. While Adams failed to make many plays on the ball in coverage, he was surprisingly reliable in that opposing offenses did not exploit him as much as would have been expected. That said, Adams saw his playing time decrease at the very end of the season in favor of Leon Hall.

THE RESERVES

Trevin Wade played in every game in 2016 with two regular-season starts. He received about 33 percent of defensive snaps and finished the year with 26 tackles and three pass defenses. Wade was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has spent time with the Browns (2012-13), Saints (2013-14), and Lions (2014). The Giants signed Wade to a reserve/future contract in January 2015. Wade is a decent-sized corner with only average athletic ability and speed. He can handle the slot corner position. Wade flashes solid cover skills at times but also gives up a fair share of completions.

Coty Sensabaugh was signed by the Giants in October 2016 after he was waived by the Los Angeles Rams. He played in 10 regular-season games with no starts and finished the year with 15 tackles. Sensabaugh was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Rams signed him to a 3-year, $15 million contract in March 2016. Sensabaugh has played in 72 regular-season games with 29 starts. Sensabaugh is an average-sized corner whose strength is playing the slot nickel corner spot.

The Giants signed Leon Hall in August 2016. The Giants started him off at his usual slot corner position before shifting him to safety when injuries hit that position hard. Hall played in 12 regular-season games with two starts, finishing with 31 tackles, two sacks, two pass defenses, one interception, and one forced fumble. Hall was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In his nine seasons with the Bengals, Hall played in 121 regular-season games with 105 starts. Hall is nearing the end of a productive career, but his corner cover skills have eroded due to father time and injuries (Achilles’ tendon injuries in 2011 and 2013 and back surgery in 2016). Hall’s final playing days may be best suited for safety.

Michael Hunter spent time on both the Practice Squad and 53-man roster in 2016. He played in two regular-season games and finished the season with four tackles. The Giants originally signed Hunter as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Hunter has a nice combination of size and speed. He is a physical, press corner who was up-and-down during the 2016 preseason for the Giants.

Nat Berhe had his second injury-plagued season in a row in 2016. Berhe missed nine regular-season games with two concussions. He ended up playing in seven games with two starts, finishing with 21 tackles, one pass defense, and one forced fumble. Berhe was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. But he missed all of 2015 due to a blood clot in his calf. Berhe lacks ideal size and speed, but he is a smart, physical, and aggressive defender who hits hard. The two concussions combined with his physical style of play cloud his NFL future.

Eric Pinkins was signed to the Practice Squad in October and the 53-man roster in November. He ended up playing in five games, mostly on special teams. Pinkins was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, who moved him to linebacker. Pinkins was waived by the Seahawks in September 2016. Pinkins has a nice combination of size and speed, but his instincts have been questioned.

PRACTICE SQUAD

Ryan Murphy was signed to the Practice Squad in late December 2016. Murphy was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks waived him in their final round of cuts in September 2015. He spent time on the Practice Squad of the Denver Broncos in both 2015 and 2016. Murphy has a nice combination of size and athletic ability.

INJURED RESERVE

Donte Deayon was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016 and placed on the Practice Squad/Injured Reserve in October 2016 with an unknown injury. The Giants originally signed Deayon as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. Deayon is a fluid, dimunitive corner with very good quickness and leaping ability. He is tough and confident, but struggled at times for the Giants during the 2016 preseason.

Having won the starting free safety position in the preseason, Darian Thompson missed virtually the entire season after suffering a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 2. Thompson tried to return in November, suffered a setback in practice, and was placed on Injured Reserve. The Giants drafted Thompson in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Thompson has a nice combination of smarts, maturity, size, and overall athletic ability. Thompson has natural cover skills and makes plays on the football in coverage. It remains to be seen how much the lisfranc injury affects his career.

Mykkele Thompson was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2016 after injuring his knee in Week 2. Thompson was drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He missed all of his rookie season after rupturing the Achilles’ tendon in his right foot during the preseason. Somewhat still raw, Thompson is a former quarterback and wide receiver who converted to cornerback and then safety in college. Thompson is a bit of a corner-safety ‘tweener. He is tall and thin with good speed, but he lacks ideal quickness for cornerback and ideal physicality for a safety. Thompson is versatile and smart. He is a good special teams player who blocked three punts in college. With two serious leg injuries in his first two seasons, his NFL future is cloudy.

Dec 302016
 
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Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants (September 18, 2016)

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DECEMBER 30, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle) and safety Nat Berhe (concussion) have officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

“Yeah, there’s a chance (Berhe will return this season),” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “We’re keeping him on the active roster and if he gets cleared and is ready to go and is capable, we’ll use him.”

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (ankle), linebacker B.J. Goodson (concussion), and tight end Jerell Adams (shoulder) are “questionable” for the game.

“(Jenkins) moved around well yesterday, had a good mental day today and tomorrow’s going to be a big day for a lot of the guys as it is this time of the year for a lot of players to get out there, get that launch speed going before we jump on the train,” said McAdoo, who indicated that Jenkins may be a game-time decision.

Tight end Will Tye (illness) is “probable” for the game.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
Transcripts of media sessions with Ben McAdoo are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

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

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no press availability to the team on Saturday. The Giants play the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland on Sunday at 4:25PM ET.

Nov 172016
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 14, 2016)

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NOVEMBER 17, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Offensive guard Justin Pugh (knee), offensive lineman Brett Jones (calf), and running back Orleans Darkwa (lower leg) did not practice on Thursday.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (ankle), wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (toe), and offensive lineman Adam Gettis (calf) practiced on a limited basis.

“The injury is doing well,” Cruz said. “I practiced today and everything feels good. I was running around, making some plays, so everything is feeling good… Sunday at one o’clock, I plan to be out there helping my team win.”

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have signed offensive center/guard Shane McDermott to the Practice Squad. To make room for McDermott, the team terminated the Practice Squad contract of wide receiver Da’Ron Brown.

McDermott was originally signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft, but the Cowboys cut him in September that year. After a brief stint on the Panthers Practice Squad, the Giants signed McDermott to the Practice Squad in November 2015. He also spent time on the Giants Practice Squad again in September 2016. McDermott is a blue-collar, overachiever who lacks ideal athleticism and strength.

Brown was signed to the Giants Practice Squad last week. He was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He has spent time on the Practice Squads of the Chiefs (2015) and New England Patriots (2016).

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.

Nov 102016
 
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Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (November 6, 2016)

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NOVEMBER 10, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Victor Cruz (ankle), offensive guard Justin Pugh (knee), and defensive end Kerry Wynn (concussion) did not practice on Thursday.

“I want to play in every game, but we will see how it goes, see how it feels tomorrow, and then take it from there,” said Cruz.

Safety Andrew Adams (shoulder) and quarterback Ryan Nassib (elbow) practiced on a limited basis.

ESPN is reporting that safety Darian Thompson’s foot injury is the dreaded Lisfranc. Thompson underwent surgery on Wednesday, the same day he was placed on Injured Reserve. Thompson’s recovery period will take at least six months.

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 at 11:20AM on Friday.

Nov 092016
 
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Darian Thompson, New York Giants (September 11, 2016)

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GIANTS PLACE DARIAN THOMPSON ON IR, SIGN ADAM GETTIS TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
The New York Giants have signed offensive guard/center Adam Gettis to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. To make room for Gettis, the team place safety Darian Thompson on Injured Reserve. Thompson will undergo surgery to repair a foot injury that has sidelined him since mid-September.

The Giants drafted Thompson in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He injured the foot during the Week 2 victory over the Saints and suffered a setback last week when returning to practice for the first time since suffering the injury.

Gettis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has spent time with the Redskins (2012-2013), Steelers (2014), Giants (2014-2015), Raiders (2015), and Giants again (2015-2016). Gettis has played in 14 regular-season games with no starts, 13 of those games coming with the Redskins in 2013.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have signed wide receivers Kevin Norwood and Da’Ron Brown to the Practice Squad after wide receiver Geremy Davis was signed off the team’s Practice Squad by the San Diego Chargers and Adam Gettis was signed to the 53-man roster from the Giants Practice Squad.

Norwood was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Norwood has spent time with the Seahawks (2014), Carolina Panthers (2014-2015), and San Diego Chargers (2016). The Chargers terminated his Practice Squad contract on November 1st. Norwood has played in 10 regular-season games with two starts. He has nine career receptions for 102 yards. Norwood is a big (6’2”, 210lbs), physical possession receiver who runs good routes. He lacks ideal speed and quickness.

Brown was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He has spent time on the Practice Squads of the Chiefs (2015) and New England Patriots (2016). Brown is strictly a possession receiver with ordinary size, speed, and quickness. He has great hands.

Davis was drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played in 10 games with no starts as a rookie and finished the season with only two catches for 21 yards.

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 Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday. In that game, Collins accrued 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 interception. Collins won the same honor before the bye week against the St. Louis Rams in London.

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:

NOTES…
When Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis scored against the Philadelphia Eagles, it was the first time the Giants had two rookie wide receivers with touchdown catches in the same game since October 5, 1987 when Lewis Bennett and Reggie McGowan accomplished the feat in a strike replacement game vs. San Francisco. Excluding replacement games, it had last happened on December 12, 1954, when Ken MacAfee and Bob Topp did it at Philadelphia.

The Giants are the only NFL team to have multiple rookie wide receivers (Shepard and Lewis) with two or more touchdown catches.

Safety Landon Collins leads the Giants in tackles (69), sacks (3.0) and interceptions (3). He is the only player in the NFL to lead his team in all three categories this season. No Giants player has led the team in both sacks and interceptions in a full season since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

The Giants have rushed for less than 80 yards in each of the last five games, the first time that’s happened since official rushing records were first kept in 1933.

The Giants have the best defensive red zone percentage in the NFL. They have only allowed touchdowns on 39.3% of opponent red zone trips through Week 9.

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants return to practice at 12:10PM on Thursday.

Nov 062016
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 6, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 28 – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 23…
The New York Giants defeated division rival Philadelphia Eagles 28-23 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 5-3 and their division record to 2-1.

The Eagles out-gained the Giants in first downs (21 to 16), total net yards (443 to 302), net yards rushing (96 to 54), and net yards passing (364 to 257). Both teams turned the football over twice. But the Giants blocked a field goal and also stopped the Eagles three times on 4th down, twice within the red zone.

The Giants took a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter after two Eagles turnovers. After the Giants started the game with a three-and-out, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’s second pass was intercepted by safety Landon Collins, setting up the Giants at the Eagles 31-yard line. On 2nd-and-5, quarterback Eli Manning hit wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. over the middle for a 26-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The Giants got the ball right back again when safety Andrew Adams intercepted an overthrown Wentz pass and returned it to the Eagles 30-yard line. On 3rd-and-10, Manning hit wide receiver Roger Lewis, Jr. for a 30-yard touchdown.

The Eagles mounted their first scoring drive on the ensuing possession by driving 59 yards in 10 plays to set up a 34-yard field goal. After two Giants punts and one Eagles drive being stopped on 4th-and-2, the Eagles were able to strike quickly with a 3-play, 70-yard touchdown drive, aided by a 58-yard pass. The Giants now only led 14-10.

The Giants responded with a quick strike of their own. A 46-yard pass by Manning to wide receiver Victor Cruz set up the Giants at the Eagles 9-yard line. Two plays later, Manning hit Beckham for a second touchdown and the Giants extended their advantage to 21-10.

The Giants and Eagles exchanged punts with the Eagles gaining the advantage after a 66-yard punt return by running back Darren Sproles set the Eagles up at the Giants 15-yard line. But Sproles was stuffed on 4th-and-1 at the Giants 6-yard line. After another New York punt, another Eagles scoring threat was stymied when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a 40-yard field goal with just over a minute to play before halftime. At the intermission, the Giants led 21-10.

Philadelphia tightened the game against on their first possession of the second half by driving 70 yards in six plays for a touchdown that cut the score to 21-17. New York responded with a 10-play, 75-yard effort that culminated with a 32-yard touchdown from Manning to wide receiver Sterling Shepard. The Giants now led 28-17.

The Eagles and Giants exchanged punts before the Eagles mounted a 14-play, 80-yard march that resulted in a 26-yard field goal early in the 4th quarter. Giants 28 – Eagles 20. The Eagles got the ball back after Manning’s pass intended for Beckham was intercepted at the Philadelphia 40-yard line. Both teams then exchanged punts again before the Eagles cut the Giants advantage to 28-23 after an 8-play, 26-yard drive set up a 38-yard field goal with less than four minutes to play.

The Giants offense was able to pick up one first down before Manning was intercepted on 3rd-and-4, setting up the Eagles on the Giants 34-yard line with 1:48 to play. A 17-yard pass moved the ball to the Giants 17, but the game ended with four straight Wentz incompletions.

Offensively, Manning finished 22-of-36 for 257 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. No receiver had more than 50 yards but Beckham (2), Lewis, and Shepard all had touchdown receptions. The running game struggled with Paul Perkins gaining 32 yards on 11 carries and Rashad Jennings 26 yards on 11 carries.

Defensively, Landon Collins led the defense with 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for a loss, and 1 interception. Defensive end Olivier Vernon was credited with the team’s other sack. Andrew Adams had the other interception.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at Giants.com.

INACTIVE LIST AND INJURY REPORT…
Inactive for the game were quarterback Ryan Nassib (elbow), safety Darian Thompson (foot), cornerback Leon Hall, defensive end Kerry Wynn (concussion), offensive tackle Will Beatty, wide receiver Tavarres King, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.

Left guard Justin Pugh (knee) and wide receiver Victor Cruz (ankle) left the game in the second quarter with injuries. There is no word yet on the severity yet.

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 five victories have been by a combined 20 points.

The Giants broke a 4-game losing streak to the Eagles, and improved to 2-5 in MetLife Stadium vs. Philadelphia.

The Giants are 3-1 at home, where they finished 3-5 in each of the previous two seasons.

QB Eli Manning’s 257 yards increased his career total to 46,428. That moved him past Vinny Testaverde (46,233) and into ninth place on the NFL’s career list.

ARTICLES…

Oct 072016
 
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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OCTOBER 7, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), tight end Larry Donnell (concussion), and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) have officially been ruled out of the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring), and running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) are “questionable” for the game.

When asked about Rodgers-Cromartie and Apple, Head Coach Ben McAdoo responded, “Tomorrow is a big test for us, those two included. I don’t want to speak too soon on it.”

“I’m going to play,” said Rodgers-Cromartie. “I’m going to give it a go… Night and day (better than last week). Way different. Last week, I was not really pounding. Rehab did a good job of getting back out there. Going Sunday.”

When asked about Jennings, McAdoo replied, “He has to demonstrate that he can protect himself, protect the ball and protect the quarterback…Tomorrow is going to be a big day for a lot of people.”

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) are “probable” for the game.

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 travel to Wisconsin on Saturday to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night at 8:30PM ET.

Oct 012016
 
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (August 14, 2015)

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OCTOBER 1, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Safety Darian Thompson (foot), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf), and defensive tackle Robert Thomas (illness) have officially been ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cornerback Eli Apple (hamstring) is “doubtful” for the game while cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) and running back Rashad Jennings (thumb) are “questionable.”

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist) is “probable.”

GIANTS TO WORK OUT SAFETIES DONTE WHITNER AND SHAMIEL GARY…
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants will work out safeties Donte Whitner and Shamiel Gary on Sunday.

The 31-year old Whitner was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He has played with the Bills (2006-2010), San Francisco 49ers (2011-2013), and Cleveland Browns (2014-2015). The Browns cut him in April. Whitner was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2012-2014. Whitner has played in 146 regular-season games with 143 starts.

The 26-year old Gary was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has spent time with the Patriots (2014), Chicago Bears (2014), Boston Brawlers (2014), Miami Dolphins (2015-2016), and Minnesota Vikings (2016). He was released from the Vikings Practice Squad in September. Gary has played in six regular-season NFL games with one start.

GIANTS.COM BEN MCADOO Q&A…
The transcript of a Giants.com Q&A session with Head Coach Ben McAdoo is available at Giants.com.

ARTICLES…

Sep 302016
 
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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
 
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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.