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DECEMBER 19, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
The New York Giants held a jog-thru practice on Monday. Not practicing were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (back), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (knee), running back Shane Vereen (triceps), offensive tackle Will Beatty (lower leg), offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (shoulder), and quarterback Ryan Nassib (right elbow).
In the game against the Lions on Sunday, Vereen re-injured his surgically-repaired triceps muscle that had caused him to miss nine games and is likely done for the season. “Yes, he re-injured his triceps,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “It’s unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was. I’m disappointed for Shane.”
McAdoo is also unsure of Jenkins’ status. “It was a nasty collision,” said McAdoo. “We took every precaution we could afterwards. Everything checked out. Right now it’s a painful bruised back… Right now, it’s too early to tell (if he will be able to play against the Eagles on Thursday night).”
Linebacker Keenan Robinson (shoulder), defensive end Owagmagbe Odighizuwa (knee), safety Nat Berhe (concussion), and long snapper Zak DeOssie (hamstring) were limited.
ISHAQ WILLIAMS TO BE PROMOTED TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
NJ.com is reporting that the Giants will sign defensive end/linebacker Ishaq Williams to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants originally signed Williams after he impressed as a tryout player during the May 2016 mini-camp. Williams was out of football since 2013 after being implicated in an academic dishonesty scandal at Notre Dame. Williams has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability.
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 17-6 victory over the Detroit Lions:
McAdoo: No official statement today. Quick turnaround against a division rival on the road. Our focus is Philadelphia. I’ll do as best I can to help answer your questions about Detroit, but our focus is on Philly.
Q: Obviously your defense has been playing exceptionally well. Where do they stack up with the rest of the league?
A: That’s a great question, but we don’t look at it like that. We focus on the week of preparation and executing the game plan, taking things week by week and not necessarily comparing ourselves to other teams in the league defensively. I’m not sure where that gets us.
Q: Any update on Janoris Jenkins?
A: It was a nasty collision. We took every precaution we could afterwards. Everything checked out. Right now it’s a painful bruised back.
Q: Will he be OK for Philadelphia?
A: Right now, it’s too early to tell.
Q: Did Shane Vereen re-tear his triceps?
A: Yes, he re-injured his triceps. It’s unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was. I’m disappointed for Shane.
Q: By re-injured, you’re saying he re-tore it?
A: He re-injured his triceps, yes.
Q: What are the challenges of this quick turnaround?
A: It’s a divisional opponent. We know them and they know us. That helps and makes it very competitive. The challenges are trying to get the reps physically so guys can see it and take a look at it on their feet. You want to be smart with how much they get on their feet. We will do some things and dial the speed down a little bit. We need to make sure we put our preparation in off the field, on the film as much as possible. Different guys learn different ways, so we need to do the best we can in tailoring the plan to the players and their learning styles. We’ll keep them sticking and moving as much as we can. In and out of the meeting rooms with film and slides. Whatever we can do to help them learn.
Q: With a chance to clinch on Thursday with a win, do you use that as a carrot for them?
A: We’re excited for the game this week. It’s a division rival. You could throw the records out the window. It’s going to be a physical game on a short week. We need to focus on taking care of the task at hand and focus on taking care of each day and the plan for each day. Then going out and kicking the ball off on Thursday night.
Q: What do you see out of the Eagles? They’ve struggled a lot the past few weeks. Are they doing some things on film that do concern you though?
A: I think it is a team that looks like they are getting healthy at the right time here at the end of the season. They are running the ball fairly well on offense. They had some success yesterday running the football and we will have to be ready to stop the run. They are possessing the ball for a good amount of time per ballgame. They are one of the best teams in the league, if not the best team in the league. Defensively, their defensive line makes everything go for them. It seems like we have said that a lot as of late. But their defensive line is playing well. They have Bennie (Logan) back. He didn’t play the first time against them and they have some talented playmakers there and their special teams always makes it go for them. Their special teams provide a lot of juice, a very talented group there.
Q: Damon Harrison said that not only did you bring up winning the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season, but that you bring it up every meeting. How do you go about that?
A: Well, we talk about everything is out in front of us and we have to make sure we are taking care of the task at hand and that is the important thing for us. We make sure that we focus our attention and we have to be where our feet are, especially in a week like this where every second counts and we can’t waste a second of any day leading up to the ball game. We have to make sure we are where our feet are and dial into our preparation.
Q: How do you feel about the running back time share? Is that something where Perkins can become the number one back or are you happy with having it split?
A: Yeah, we are confident in all our backs. We feel that they are a little different as far as running styles go. Perkins is a guy that is playing some good special teams for us and when he gets an opportunity to get the ball, he is doing a nice job there and he is growing.
Q: How do you approach the short week for the first time as a head coach. Will you go about it any different than maybe Tom Coughlin would?
A: Yeah, we are going to stick and move. We have had some success here the last couple years on the Thursday night game. It is a little bit later in the year, it is an opponent that we are familiar with, they are familiar with us. But we just need to stick and move. That is the most important thing that we can do. Keep things as fresh as we can keep them for the players, make sure we get them up and down, they can’t be in their seats all the time, we can’t have them on their feet all the time. We have to stick and move there.
Q: Odell tweeted that he thought if he had done what Ezekiel Elliott did last night that he would have been fined. Do you agree with him on that?
A: I’m not sure what you’re referring to, so I don’t have any comment on that.
Q: You didn’t watch the Dallas game last night?
A: I did not, no. I’m focused on our football game and trying to put our players in the best position I can on Thursday night.
Q: A couple of weeks ago after the Pittsburgh game you said you were going to send the tape to the league and I don’t think we ever followed up with you. You said you were waiting to hear what they said about what you thought were some missed calls. Were you happy with what you heard back?
A: We had communication with the league office but we keep those communications internal.
Q: Eli talked earlier today about having to take what the defense gives when they play to prevent the deeper passes. Is it an adjustment to play call against that defense? Has the team adjusted? Do you have to adjust to it and do you think it’s just the reality that you have to deal with, maybe the rest of the season.
A: I think you go into each game and you plan for each game the way it looks on film. When you get to the game, you have to be able to adjust and improvise and at the end of the day, you can’t go broke taking a profit. If it’s a two-high shell game, all game, you have to find ways to complete the ball, find ways to run the ball and adjust as you go.
Q: Back to Shane Vereen for a second, what’s the next step in the process with him at this point?
A: I just got off the practice field and we’re going to have more to talk about on Shane moving forward. It’s too early, to my knowledge, I don’t know of any surgical procedures or anything needed yet. I need to speak to the training room.
Q: You had four rookies on the field late in the game yesterday. What does that say about your confidence to put those young guys out there in that spot?
A: Offense, defense or special teams?
Q: Offense in the fourth quarter?
A: We have faith in our young players. We got them reps early in the season. This is why we did it, because we’re going to trust them moving forward.
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts of the media conference calls with the following players are available in The Corner Forum:
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice at 1:05PM on Tuesday. There is no media availability to the team on Wednesday.