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Pat Shurmur, New York Giants (November 10, 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 34-27 loss to the New York Jets:

Opening Statement: Again, not much to add from last night. It’s disappointing that we didn’t make enough plays to win again. We’ve just got to take advantage of this time we have here, go back and look at some of the things that we’ve done well, because there were a lot of things we did well. But, we certainly made mistakes in that game that cost you and we’ve got to find a way to eliminate those. We’ve got to keep getting some of these guys that are out there playing for the first time to be more consistent throughout the game. So, that’s where we’re at. Our focus is obviously to improve and do what we can to win our next game following this bye week. I’ll take your questions.

Q: We saw Saquon (Barkley) went for an (X-ray), what can you share about where he’s at with his injury?

A: Yeah, he was in today. He’s feeling much better. He’s fine.

Q: So, the (X-ray) came back okay?

A: I don’t know how you’re going to write it, but I saw him today and he said he was feeling a lot better.

Q: Have you even talked about or considered shutting him down for this season or is that not even a consideration?

A: Absolutely not.

Q: You mentioned going with the younger players, a lot of them for the first time. What is that challenge, and I’m not making an excuse—how difficult is that to play with such young players and try to be competitive?

A: Well, the decision to go with them, in most cases, there is no decision. They are the best players at the position. The challenge is for anybody that does anything for the very first time. They are talented players, but anybody that does anything for the very first time, there is a lot to be learned. There’s, I guess, pains that come with growing and we’ve just got to be very consistent, we’ve got to raise them right, we’ve got to coach them hard, and we’ve got to do like you do with any player. But they have the ability to get experience, and we all know there is no substitute for experience.

Q: Did you have any kind of conversation yet with ownership, or any kind of state of the team type of conversation with ownership and Dave Gettleman about where you are, where you guys are going and the state here? Have you not gotten that far yet?

A: Obviously, we are less than 24 hours out from the game, this is the second time you’ve asked me this question in less than 24 hours. If I would’ve had that conversation, it’s not obviously something that I would share publicly.

Q: Some guys said you didn’t really address the team last night and you were going to do it, I guess, today or tomorrow. Why did you decide to go that route and how unusual is that for you?

A: It’s not unusual for me. I just feel sometimes I like my thoughts to be shared with the team, and only the team. Sometimes in those locker room settings there are a lot of people that I don’t recognize and I like my message to be for the team. That’s why.

Q: I’m just wondering, I know every week we ask you if there’s a common theme behind the mistakes that are being made. Having looked at it closely, do you think there might be something more with the fundamentals? I know it’s a challenge working on fundamentals in the practice time you have because you’re trying to get ready for the game, but do you think that could be behind some of the problems you’re having?

A: When you look at mistakes, sometimes there are physical breakdowns, and that happens. A guy just gets beat. In any situation, you’re always working on the fundamentals. It’s something you work on all the time. There is a lot of really good fundamental play, and then there are times when you see somebody do something right three or four or five times, then the next time it doesn’t come out the right way. That’s what you have to just keep working on.

Q: What do you want to accomplish in the last six games? What do you need to get done?

A: Put a winning effort on the field, starting with Chicago, and then build on that.

Q: Along those lines, what do you want to accomplish over the bye week in terms of your own self-reflection, where you’re going and how you can get better? I know it all starts with each individual, so what do you want to accomplish?

A: That’s what I’ll drive the team to do. Obviously, you dig into the situational football. We have two good practice days tomorrow and Wednesday. The league mandates they get their time off, so it’ll be time away. We as coaches always reflect on where you’re at and where you want to go. I think that’s natural. I’m always looking for things that I can do better to help motivate the team to play in a way where we play winning football. Each year, you’re faced with different challenges. We have some unique ones this year. We’ve got to fight through it and put an effort on the field to win.

Q: Janoris Jenkins left the field yesterday. I’m just curious his status after the game and if you guys are considering making any wholesale changes in the secondary? Getting (Sam) Beal on the field, maybe Julian Love at safety, just kind of where you guys are at there?

A: (Jackrabbit) went out with a concussion. So yeah, Beal got 10 snaps there. He actually did a pretty good job the first time back, competing on special teams a little bit. Yeah, we’re constantly working all the players. When Beal was in there, our starting three corners were a guy that didn’t play last year and two rookies. Certainly, Julian Love gets work at safety for us. We’ll just see as we move forward.

Q: What did you think about Nick Gates and the job he did after watching the film on him?

A: I thought he played well. Listen, he’s a tough, competitive guy. We were looking forward to seeing him play because we feel like he has a chance to be a good player. He battled. One thing about Nick Gates, he’s tough, he’s competitive and he tries to do things the right way. He had a lot of really good plays out there.

Q: Janoris is in the protocol?

A: Yes

Q: Is there any update on Sterling’s (Shepard) situation?

A: He’s still in the protocol, but he’ll be out there practicing (non-contact).

Q: You said after the game that you were not thinking about any coaching changes. With a night to reflect, do you still feel the same way? In your history as an assistant and as a head coach, do you find that these kinds of changes during the season can help or are they just window dressing?

A: That’s a two-part question. Having slept on it, no, I am not going to make any coaching changes. It’s important that we coach and play better, period. In terms of coaching changes during the season, I think you have to look at each one independently. Some situations they help, others they don’t.

Q: What’s the bye week to-do list you are going to send Daniel away with?

A: He has already been here, so first and foremost, we debriefed the game. We are going to practice for two days and he’s going to go through the same process we as coaches do. I think of quarterbacks in that way. He’ll go through all the situational football, he’ll look at the things he’s done well. He’s thrown 15 touchdowns, he’ll look at the eight interceptions, and look at the fumbles. You basically go through everything that you’ve done, and you try to sit back, take a breath, and try to do the things you need to do to correct them. Which we’ve been working on all along, you are just able to sit back and do it in total.

Q: Some quarterbacks wear gloves to help protect the ball, either on their throwing hand or their non-throwing hand. Eli has done that for the last couple of years on his left hand. Is that something you would consider with Daniel, and suggest that he do that?

A: I have never heard of that in terms of the ball security piece. The ball got ripped out of his hand the other night, he has to certainly secure it, though. I guess it’s something to think about. Since you brought it up, I will mention it to him. Some guys are just more comfortable wearing a glove and some guys aren’t. Regardless, he has to secure the ball.

INJURY UPDATE…
Aside from the concussions suffered by left tackle Nate Solder and cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the game against the New York Jets, tight end Rhett Ellison also suffered a concussion and is now in the concussion protocol.

GIANTS CUT EVAN BROWN, CORN ELDER SIGNED BY PANTHERS…
Two days after the Giants signed him from their own Practice Squad, the team has now waived center/guard Evan Brown. In addition, the Carolina Panthers have signed cornerback Corn Elder off of the Giants’ Practice Squad.

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. Brown has experience at guard and center.

The 5’10”, 185-pound Elder was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Panthers. The Giants signed Elder to the Practice Squad in September 2019 after he was cut by the Panthers.

NOTES…
The Giants have allowed at least 27 points an NFL-high nine times and at least 31 points six times, tying Tampa Bay for the league high.

The 23 rushing yards against the Jets was the Giants’ lowest total on the ground since September 15, 2013, when they ran for 23 yards in a 41-23 loss to Denver.

Running back Saquon Barkley has gone a career-long five consecutive games without rushing for 100 yards.

Quarterback Daniel Jones is the first Giants quarterback to twice throw four touchdown passes in a season since Eli Manning in 2010.

Wide receiver Darius Slayton leads the Giants with four touchdown catches.

The Giants trailed the Jets at the end of the first quarter, 14-0, the third time in four games they faced that exact deficit after 15 minutes. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time the Giants trailed by at least 14 points after the first quarter three times in one season.

Sunday was the third consecutive game in which the Giants’ opponent scored on a fumble return. This is the first time since the 1970 merger the Giants have allowed a defensive touchdown in each of three consecutive games.

Place kicker Aldrick Rosas has missed an extra point in three consecutive games.

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
Select players will be available to the media on Tuesday. The team is then off during the bye week and returns on November 18th.

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David Mayo, Carolina Panthers (September 9, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGN DAVID MAYO, TRADE B.J. GOODSON…
The New York Giants signed linebacker David Mayo on Monday. To make room for Mayo, the team traded linebacker B.J. Goodson to the Green Bay Packers. Trade compensation reportedly involves a swap of conditional seventh-round picks in the Giants’ favor.

“(Mayo) is an outstanding special teams player, but he also plays well from the line of scrimmage,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “In our opinion, he’s a good four-down player. That was the attraction to him.”

The 26-year old, 6’2”, 240-pound Mayo was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. After four seasons in Carolina, Mayo signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2019. He was cut by the 49ers on Saturday. Mayo has played in 59 regular-season games with four starts, accruing 61 tackles and two pass defenses. He is a good special teams player.

In his third year with the Giants in 2018, B.J. Goodson had his most productive season, playing in 15 games with 13 starts, and finishing with 61 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 4 pass defenses, and 2 interceptions. Goodson was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in 15 regular-season games with no starts. In 2017, Goodson started all seven games he played in, but missed most of the season with shin and ankle issues.

NEW YORK GIANTS SIGN TWO MORE TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
The New York Giants finalized their 10-man practice squad by signing wide receiver David Sills and cornerback Corn Elder.

The 23-year old, 6’3”, 211-pound Sills was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Buffalo Bills after the 2019 NFL Draft. The Bills waived him on Saturday.

The 24-year old, 5’10”, 185-pound Elder was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. Elder spent his rookie year on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. He played in 13 games with no starts for the Panthers in 2018, accruing just three tackles. The Panthers waived him on Friday.

NEW YORK GIANTS 2019 TEAM CAPTAINS…
On Monday, New York Giants players elected the following seven captains for the 2019 NFL season:

Offense: Eli Manning, Nate Solder, and Saquon Barkley
Defense: Alec Ogletree and Antoine Bethea
Special Teams: Zak DeOssie and Michael Thomas

This is Manning’s 13th consecutive season and DeOssie’s ninth as captains. Solder, Ogletree, and Thomas were captains last year, their first with the team. Bethea is in his first season with the Giants, and Barkley was selected in his second pro season.

“The players voted on who they want to be their captains, and I am in total agreement with them,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “They chose wisely. This is our official leadership, but there are many players on the team who have shown the ability to lead in their own way.”

INJURY REPORT…
In the portion of practice open to the media, WR Darius Slayton (hamstring), TE Garrett Dickerson (quad), and CB Sam Beal (Injured Reserve – hamstring/groin) were working on the side with trainers. LB Nate Stupar (concussion) and CB Antonio Hamilton (groin) participated in the portion of practice open to the media.

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

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players are off on Tuesday and return to practice on Wednesday.