Aug 292022
Davis Webb, New York Giants (August 28, 2022)

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In their first efforts to reduce the roster to the mandatory 53-man limit by Tuesday, the New York Giants waived the following seven players on Monday:

  • WR Keelan Doss
  • WR Travis Toivonen
  • OG Josh Rivas
  • OL Eric Smith
  • CB Olaijah Griffin
  • S Yusuf Corker
  • PK Ryan Santoso

The Giants still need to make at least 20 roster moves by 4PM tomorrow.

The Giants signed Rivas and Corker as undrafted rookie free agents after the 2022 NFL Draft. Doss was signed as a journeyman street free agent in June after he impressed in mini-camp as a tryout player. Toivonen was re-signed by the Giants last week after they cut him in July. The Giants signed Smith in early August after he was cut by the Arizona Cardinals. Griffin was claimed off of waivers from the Buffalo Bills in August. Santoso was signed last week after Graham Gano suffered a concussion.

New York Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll addressed the media on Monday to discuss his team’s 31-27 loss to the New York Jets and the overall state of his team (VIDEO):

Q: We just saw the seven names of guys you released. You guys releasing anybody else today? Will you wait until tomorrow? How will you structure practice tomorrow?

A: I think that’ll be it for today. And we’ll do the rest tomorrow. I think we have until 3:59. So, these were the immediate guys that we talked to this morning, and then we’ll have some more discussions as we go throughout the night and into tomorrow.

Q: So, do you foresee practicing with whatever it is, 73 guys tomorrow, and then making the cuts after practice?

A: We probably will do it before. We probably will do it before.

Q: With (Kicker Ryan) Santoso getting waived, I presume (Kicker Graham Gano) Graham’s good to go for Week 1? Is it not official yet, or just trending in that direction?

A: It’s trending in that direction. Yeah. Santoso – he did a good job yesterday.

Q: Any further update on (Quarterback) Tyrod (Taylor)? How did he come out of it after sleeping on that?

A: Sore, but again, I think it’s really what I said yesterday: He’ll be okay. I think it’ll take a few days here. He landed pretty hard. He’s just sore.

Q: What do you want to accomplish this week? It’s kind of an in-between week. You’re going to be on the field for a couple of days with the team. I’m sure there’s still going to be roster movement. But you’re not really focused on the Titans yet, it sounds like.

A: We’re going to continue to focus on our fundamentals and do things we need to do to improve as a football team and make corrections off of the tape and compete against one another for this next week.

Q: You’ll be in pads and like training camp practices? Or how –

A: One of the days we may be. I’m going to revisit that with our sports science guys later this afternoon. So, that was the plan. But we’ll see how we ended up and where we’re at with the guys before we make the final decision.

Q: And is it going to be scripted toward cleaning up the things that you saw that you think you need to work on?

A: It’ll be a combination of both. That’s what we usually do is we do a couple of walk throughs to fix the things we need to fix from whether it’s the game or the previous night’s practice. And again, the big thing is going to be about fundamentals. So, tackling, fundamental drills on tackling, throwing, catching, blocking inside-out. All the things that you need to be good at particularly in the early part of the seasons.

Q: Obviously every training camp there’s injuries and what not. I’m just kind of wondering how debilitating this rash of injuries you guys have had this summer has made it for you to try to evaluate, and obviously a lot of these guys have not been able to play in some of these games. And I’m just kind of trying to get an idea of where you feel you’re at a week, a week and a half, two weeks away from game one.

A: Anytime the player has been out there, we’ve evaluated him. You certainly like them to be out there every practice and have all your guys available. There hasn’t been a training camp in the 20-plus years I’ve been in the league where that’s the case. I think guys are getting more healthy. And the coaches have done a good job of – whether it’s drill time or the preseason games – of really hunkering down and communicating with myself and (General Manager) Joe (Schoen) with the evaluation process.

Q: As you guys trim the roster, obviously everybody else is doing the same thing. And you’ll be looking at the waiver wire. Do you have to balance the number of guys that you bring in off the waiver wire versus actually being able to be ready to play in a week or two?

A: I think when you bring these guys in, the sooner you bring them in, the better. Throughout my years of coaching, there’s been times when I got players as a position coach on a Wednesday and had to get them ready to play on a Sunday. So, I think our coaches are well versed on that. The biggest thing is to try to improve and upgrade at as may spots as you can, whether that’s one guy, five guys, however many that is. It certainly puts a lot on a position coach and a coordinator, but that’s our job.

Q: This all comes in phases, right? For a first-time head coach, the OTAs, the preseason, the evaluation period – how anxious are you and would you say (Defensive Coordinator) Wink (Martindale) is and (Offensive Coordinator) Mike Kafka is to start doing what you guys are used to doing in these games, which is game planning to beat another team and doing what you think you do very well. How anxious is that next step for you?

A: Well, it’s important. But I’d like to try to get our roster as set as we can. I know our coaches are upstairs working on a lot of different things right now from players that could potentially be released to people on the street to some Tennessee stuff. I mean, there’s a lot of things to do in this particular week of the season, getting ready for your opener plus managing and putting together your roster. I’d say it’s always good to get into the regular season and start a normal week, but you’ve got to take care of the things first that get you there.

Q: I know there’s no such thing as a final 53, but when you have that 53 that you’re pretty sure you’re going to go into the first game with, is that going to be kind of a – I don’t know if relief is the right word – but eventually you’re going to need to work with the guys you’re going to work with. So, are you really anxious for that period also?

A: Yeah. I think it’s an exciting time. Anytime you’re starting out a season and you’re putting together a team, it’s certainly exciting. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. We know it’s never final. You’re always trying to manage your roster and upgrade the best you can, but I think all of us are ready to get going here for the regular season.

Q: Where do you consider yourself with the wide receiver position? We saw (Wide Receiver) Kenny (Golladay) play last night. Guys like (Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard) ‘Shep’ didn’t play in the preseason. We haven’t seen (Wide Receiver) Kadarius (Toney) on the field that much. (Wide Receiver Darius) Slayton’s had kind of a tough summer. How do you view that position as a whole?

A: I think it’s a competitive spot. I know we’d like all of them to be out there but circumstances, they couldn’t. I think those guys have picked up our system well. I think there’s different skillsets in that unit. I think they’re smart and I’m excited to work with them.

Q: How confident are you that Kadarius is going to be ready for the season at this point?

A: I’m hopeful. I’m hopeful. We’ll just take it one day at a time. He’s been getting better, I think he’s getting close, so I’m hopeful.

Q: How do you balance the numbers with your roster? You have certain opponents that you have to gameplan for and you want to have certain numbers probably if you are facing a run-heavy team versus a pass-happy team or do you just strictly go on performance?

A: I think where we’re at, we are trying to find the best football players we can to keep on our roster. Could we be heavy at one spot and light in another? Sure. I think our goal right now is to just find players that fit the mold that we are looking to bring in here and if that’s a certain amount at one position and a little less at one position, I think that’s okay. Are there ideal numbers? I’m not sure there’s exact numbers but I would say the best thing we can do is to try to get as many good football players that have the qualities we’re looking for in terms of intelligence, dependability and toughness.

Q: When you go through the cuts, at some point you are going to say, ‘Well, what can he do for us on special teams?’ How do you view players who are primarily on special teams? Not the specialists but guys like (Inside Linebacker) Cam (Brown) and (Inside Linebacker) Carter (Coughlin)? They seem like they have more of a special teams role than they might on defense. How much do you weigh that into these decisions?

A: I would say heavily. Guys that can contribute on four phases and that help in that area of the game are very important for our team, they’re important for every team. I’d say we place a high premium on those type of guys that really contribute in the kicking game for us.

Q: Do you think it’s important to have players who are dedicated to that role? Guys that can step in in an emergency. Is there a budget on the roster for that kind of a spot? Just a special teams guy.

A: I think when you’re team building – obviously the more people that can do different things, the better off it is because maybe you have one guy that is a backup safety that’s a four-core teams guy. Those are great guys to have. In other cases, maybe these guys are just so good in the kicking game that you can give a little bit on defense or offense because of their ability to play on fourth down for you.

Q: With regard to (Quarterback) Daniel (Jones), what are the things that you’ve learned most about him this summer as you’ve gotten to know him and what is your comfort level even though you haven’t had all those parts together with him, as you obviously would prefer to, as you get closer to the first real game?

A: I think he’s very consistent in his approach and how he does things. He doesn’t get too high or too low, which it’s easy to in training camp. He’s got a really good mindset in terms of staying even-keeled. He’s very competitive. He’s a good leader. He’s a tireless worker, he’s always in here – he’s in here early, he stays late, you see him after practice working with his teammates. I think he has a lot of good qualities that we look forward to working with and helping him develop.

Q: As a follow to that, obviously this is an evolving process, and you haven’t had everybody out there that you want in practices because of injuries, but what is your comfort level as you get close to that first game knowing what he does best and the way you want to do things with your offense?

A: I think that’s what we’ve developed here since we started back in April. We’re still working on that. It will be a work in progress here. Each day and each week, you feel a little bit better about the identity of what you’re trying to build, the plays that he feels comfortable with, the plays that you want to take out because maybe he doesn’t feel as comfortable with them. You look at your skill guys and what works for them. Each day, that’s what we’ve been trying to build on.

Q: How active do you expect the team to be in the trade market, waiver and free agency? Adding players that aren’t on the roster now.

A: I think that’s a really good question for (General Manager) Joe (Schoen), I’ll try to answer it the best I can. I think that we’re open to really improving our team in any way we can. Whether that’s active in those areas that you asked about, we’re looking to improve however we can. I think Joe and his staff, we’ve been meeting all morning on different things. They’ve been doing a really good job of their communication, talking to the coaches and looking at different players to evaluate. I think Joe is open for business.

The team practice’s on Tuesday afternoon (1:45-3:45PM). Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media. The Giants also must reduce their roster to 53 players by 4:00PM on Tuesday.

Aug 262022
Andrew Adams, New York Giants (August 11, 2022)

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The Giants have already ruled out the following injured players in the preseason finale against the New York Jets: WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles’), WR C.J. Board (ribs), LG Shane Lemieux (foot), OG/OT Joshua Ezeudu (unknown), OC/OG Ben Bredeson (elbow), OL Garrett McGhin (unknown), OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee), OLB Azeez Ojulari (calf), OLB Elerson Smith (ankle/foot), CB Rodarius Williams (unknown), S Dane Belton (broken left collarbone), and PK Graham Gano (concussion).

WR Kadarius Toney (hamstring?), WR Darius Slayton (unknown), and OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) are questionable for the game.

(Ojulari will) be day-to-day,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “We’ll just keep on grinding him through… I don’t know yet (if he will be available for the regular-season opener). Don’t know. I’d just say, again, day-to-day. That’s where he’s at. When he’s out there is when he’ll be out there.”

(Lemieux is) coming along,” said Daboll. “But I wouldn’t anticipate him anytime soon… Probably not (be ready for the opening game).”

The Giants have terminated the contract of safety Andrew Adams, who had been playing with the starters in three-safety packages. They also waived/failed physical wide receiver Bailey Gaither after claiming him off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens.

To fill these two roster vacancies, the Giants have signed wide receiver Travis Toivonen and place kicker Ryan Santoso, both of whom have previously spent time with the team. Santoso was signed as place kicker Graham Gano is still recovering from a concussion he suffered during the last preseason game.

The 6’4”, 212-pound Toivonen went undrafted in 2020. The Seattle Seahawks signed him in June 2021 and waived him in late August. The Giants signed Travis Toivonen to the Practice Squad in October 2021, cut him in November, and re-signed him to the Practice Squad in December 2021. He was re-signed in January 2022, but released in late July.

Santoso was originally signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Lions (2018-2019), Montreal Alouettes (2019, 2020), Tennessee Titans (2019, 2021), Giants (2020), Carolina Panthers (2021), Detroit Lions (2021), Los Angeles Rams (2021), and Jacksonville Jaguars (2022). The Jaguars released Santoso on Tuesday. He has played in seven regular-season NFL games.

The Giants signed Adams as an unrestricted free agent from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late July 2022. The 5’11’, 202-pound Adams was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Giants (2016-2018), three stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018, 2019-2020, and 2021), Detroit Lions (2019), and Philadelphia Eagles (2021). In all, Adams has played in 87 regular-season games with 35 starts. Seventeen of those starts came with the Giants in 2016 and 2017 and eighteen with the Buccaneers, mostly in 2019. Most of Adams’ playing time the past two seasons has come on special teams.

The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

There is no media availability to the Giants on Saturday. The team plays the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Jul 262022
Andrew Adams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (January 9, 2022)

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New York Giants veterans reported to summer training camp on Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Rookies reported last week on July 19th. The first training camp practice will be held on Wednesday. See an updated training camp schedule at

The New York Giants officially signed the following four players on Tuesday:

  • WR Marcus Kemp
  • OT Kamaal Seymour
  • DE Nick Williams
  • S Andrew Adams

In order to make room for these players, the Giants cut the following four players on Tuesday:

  • WR Travis Toivonen
  • DE Jabari Ellis
  • CB Maurice Canady
  • S Henry Black

The 26-year old, 6’4”, 210-pound Kemp was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs after the 2017 NFL Draft. Other than a brief stint with the Miami Dolphins late in 2020, Kemp was with the Chiefs from 2017 until 2021. Kemp missed the 2019 season with a torn ACL and MCL knee injury. Overall, he has played in 44 regular-season games, primarily on special teams. Kemp only four career catches for 42 yards.

The 27-year old, 6’6”, 319-pound Seymour originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Las Vegas Raiders after the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent all of his rookie season on the Practice Squad of the Raiders and missed all of 2021 with an Achilles’ tendon injury. The Raiders waived him with a non-football injury in April. Seymour has not played in a regular-season game.

The 32-year old, 6’4”, 310-pound Williams was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has spent time with the Steelers Steelers (2013-2014), Kansas City Chiefs (2014-2016), Miami Dolphins (2016-2017), Chicago Bears (2018-2019), and Detroit Lions (2020-2021). Williams has played in 75 regular-season games with 35 starts. Last season, he started all 17 games for the Lions and finished the year with 27 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

The 29-year old, 5’11’, 202-pound Adams was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Giants (2016-2018), three stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2018, 2019-2020, and 2021), Detroit Lions (2019), and Philadelphia Eagles (2021). In all, Adams has played in 87 regular-season games with 35 starts. Seventeen of those starts came with the Giants in 2016 and 2017 and eighteen with the Buccaneers, mostly in 2019. Most of Adams’ playing time the past two seasons has come on special teams.

The Giants signed Toivonen to the Practice Squad in October 2021, cut him in November, and re-signed him to the Practice Squad in December. The 6’4”, 212-pound Toivonen went undrafted in 2020. The Seattle Seahawks signed him in June 2021 and waived him in late August.

The Giants signed Ellis as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft.

The Giants signed Canady in May 2022 as an unrestricted free agent from the Dallas Cowboys. The 6’1”, 200-pound Canady was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. He has spent time with the Ravens (2016-2019), New York Jets (2019), and Cowboys (2020-2021). The Ravens cut him in November 2019 and he was then claimed by the Jets. Canady signed with the Cowboys in March 2020, but opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID.

The Giants signed Black as unrestricted free agent from the Green Bay Packers in May 2022. The 6’0”, 204-pound Black was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Green Bay Packers after the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jan 102022
Kevin Abrams, New York Giants (June 12, 2018)

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According to various press reports, the list of potential candidates for the vacant general manager position is beginning to emerge. Thus far, the Giants will attempt to interview:

  • Kevin Abrams, Vice President of Football Operations/Assistant General Manager, New York Giants
  • Ryan Cowden, Vice President of Player Personnel, Tennessee Titans
  • Monti Ossenfort, Director of Player Personnel, Tennessee Titans
  • Joe Schoen, Assistant General Manager, Buffalo Bills
  • Ryan Poles, Executive Director of Player Personnel, Kansas City Chiefs

The Giants have re-signed the following eight players to reserve/future contracts:

  • QB Brian Lewerke
  • WR Travis Toivonen
  • TE Jake Hausmann
  • OT Devery Hamilton
  • DL David Moa
  • LB Omari Cobb
  • LB Trent Harris
  • LB Niko Lalos
Dec 092021
Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (November 15, 2020)

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The New York Giants practiced on Thursday at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

The only player to not practice was CB Adoree’ Jackson (quad).

Limited in practice were QB Daniel Jones (neck), QB Mike Glennon (concussion), WR Kenny Golladay (rib), WR Kadarius Toney (oblique), RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), and WR Sterling Shepard (quad). However, according to press reports, Toney was very limited, joining trainers on the sidelines later in practice.

“At this moment, there is no information of leading us any way, shape, or form to think there’s a threat long-term,” said Head Coach Joe Judge of Daniel Jones before practice. “We’re still optimistic and pushing forward to prepare him to be back on the field this year. When the doctors clear him for contact and they say he’s good to go, we’ll have him ready to go. That’s where we’re at right now and we’ve prepared him throughout this week that if he got cleared for contact. That’s where I’m at with everything.

“I know there’s a lot of question marks around Daniel’s status. There’s a lot of question marks internally as well because a lot of this stuff is coming from doctors looking to make sure he’s making decisions on someone who’s in a position because of the neck. We’re going to be very deliberate and cautious with how we make this decision.”

The Giants have re-signed WR Travis Toivonen to the Practice Squad. The 6’4”, 212-pound Toivonen went undrafted in 2020. The Seattle Seahawks signed him in June 2021 and waived him in late August. The Giants then signed him to the Practice Squad in October and cut him in early November.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

The Giants practice again on Friday. Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will also address the media.

Nov 022021
Julian Love, New York Giants (November 1, 2021)

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New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge addressed the media on Tuesday to discuss his team’s 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

Q: Obviously, I’m sure you know a lot is going on about this headset issue, so let’s clear up a few things if you could. When you had issues last night, did somebody notify the NFL? Because the NFL is saying that they weren’t notified of issues.

A: Let’s just clear it up real simple. We’ve talked with the league, they’re looking into resolving the issues that we’ve had throughout the year. We’ll talk continuously with them. That being said, I made it very clear last night, I’m not an excuse maker. I was asked a direct question in terms of why you weren’t (calling) timeout in certain situations and that’s the reason. That’s all I’m going to say about the headsets, so beyond that I’ll answer your questions about the Chiefs and moving on to the Raiders.

Q: (Quarterback) Daniel Jones the last drive, that second down play, he takes the sack. Looked like he was maybe able to unload it there. Were you happy with that sack or do you feel he maybe should’ve unloaded?

A: You’re not happy with any sack in any situation. Obviously, in a two-minute drive we’ve got to do a better job all around the board of executing and making sure we put ourselves in the best decisions with plays and executing as best as we can. There had been a lot of plays before that that could’ve led to different opportunities. I’m not going to slice that one down to being the pivotal point.

Q: Your team has passed the test of being competitive this season, but how do you take the next step and learn to win? What does it take to win?

A: People ask that all the time in terms of learning to win. To me, it’s about the execution for the entire 60 minutes. I talk a lot about (how) there have been certain games, last night being one, where we can’t do things that eliminate our chance to have success by eliminating opportunities for ourselves or giving opportunities to the opponent. That’s really what it comes down to, just playing with good fundamentals, good execution, making sure we’re sound in the situations. As coaches, we have to put ourselves in the right call to be successful and then we go out there and we have to execute on the field. It all ties together. There’s not some magic potion, there’s not some motivational speech. It’s about going out there and doing your job for 60 minutes to make sure you do it well.

Q: It looks like you guys stood pat at the trade deadline here. How did the deadline work? How many calls were you guys a part of as far as talks? And why did you decide not to do anything?

A: I think the decisions we made were what we thought was best for the team long-term with where we’re at. Each trade deadline day, you get a lot of calls going around, but we talk about it all the time, today is the last day. You’ve had the opportunities leading up all the way through here to make any kind of roster moves or trades that you possibly could do. You get a lot of calls bouncing around from other teams inquiring about either something they maybe want or something you’d be willing to move, things of that nature. For us, we thought the decisions we made were the best for the team going forward, so we were good with just moving on with (the players that are here).

Q: The injuries last night, do you know any more about (Wide Receiver) Sterling Shepard’s injury, (Wide Receiver) Dante Pettis and even (Wide Receiver) Kadarius’s (Toney) thumb?

A: For KT, I know he got stepped on. It looked like he had a slice in his glove, had a pretty good gash on his hand, but he was able to return and play. I haven’t gotten anything final on that, whether that will be limiting this week or not. It seems like he came out okay (otherwise) on that. In terms of the other guys, they’re actually still in the process of getting looked at by doctors. Like I said last night, hopefully Shep’s isn’t too, too bad. I don’t have a final diagnosis on that. Then, we’ll see what Pettis’s looks like as he comes out, as well. Should have more information on what it’ll be as far as tomorrow or when we get into practice with the team to see if they’re going to be limited or available at all for us.

Q: Following up on the trade deadline, you gave a really interesting answer last week about how you look ahead to future depth charts. Why wouldn’t you make a trade with a guy who maybe is a free agent at the end of the season? Why wouldn’t you try to get something back when it looks like for all intents and purposes with where you are record-wise, you aren’t going to be able to get to where you want to be this year? Why not move on from a guy that is a free agent and get something in return?

A: I think it comes (to) all the information that’s available in terms of what any kind of move would entail. Like I said, every decision we make is what’s best for the team long-term going forward. There’s a number of players we have that are free agents this year. There’s nothing that’s ruling us out from being able to bring players back and continue to be a part of our team. We want to build with guys that are here, want to continue growing with the guys that are here that are established in our program as being team guys, guys that we believe have the skillset and the makeup that can help us be successful in this program as we continue to build. The decisions we make are always what’s best for the team. Are there calls and interest and different things that come up? Absolutely, but as you go through those conversations, you’ve got to consider everything involved.

Q: Big picture, you guys are back home this week and the fan base has grown quite restless. I’m curious going back to your opening press conference when you said you wanted to build a team the area would be proud of, that fans could feel like they can invest their money in the product. I’m wondering if you feel like 25 games in, you’ve done that.

A: Yeah, absolutely. I believe we’re building towards a program that’s going to be very successful for the duration of time. There’s a lot of things that we’re building and doing very well right now that I think we can continue to build on. There are things that we need to keep on correcting. I also talked in the press conference about doing it the right way and that takes time. We’ve got to make sure that we continue working hard and taking a step forward every day, building with the right guys in this program and making sure we continue to do the right things to give us the chance to have success. That doesn’t rule out things we have to correct and improve on as a team, things we have to do better as coaches or players to make sure we go out there and execute and have our opportunities to have success on the field, but we’re going to make sure that this team does it the right way. What I see is a team that goes out there and fights and competes for 60 minutes, comes to work every week intent on having success and playing as a team representing this area with the method of how they play, which is tough, hard-working and sticking it out for 60 minutes. Everything I said – I don’t just say things. When I say something, that’s my word and that’s what I’m working towards.

Q: Those taunting penalties have been a story throughout the league all year. Last night was the first time you got hit with them. What was your message to (Wide Receiver) Collin (Johnson) and (Fullback) Eli (Penny) on that? It looked like they may not have been actually taunting somebody, but they opened themselves up to those calls, right?

A: We’ve just got to understand that you’ve got to handle business the way business is being done. Sometimes, you get in chippy games and you’ve got to be smart and not put yourself in a position where you’ve given them an opportunity to throw a flag. That’s the message right there to everybody, we have to make the right decisions and if you give them an opportunity, then there’s a chance that they could throw something. We have to be better than that.

Q: To have that interception that was overturned by the offsides call – I know you’re not a guy who says the game is decided by one play, but to have that key play overturned by something as basic as that, does that add to the frustration level?

A: I think we just have to keep stressing doing all the fundamental things the right way, and that’s something we can’t have that eliminates an opportunity for us with a big play right there. To me, you move onto the next play when that happens. You have to play the next play and keep making them snap it again and have success that way. We’ve got to finish the game out. Something goes one way or another. Obviously, that was the right call in that situation. Sometimes there are calls that are maybe on the fringe and you may not always agree with, but you can’t sit there and waste your time and complain about it. You have to keep playing the next play. We’ve got to make sure we don’t have those mistakes that eliminate the opportunities. We’ve got to keep working and do a better job of coaching those and do a better job of executing those on the field so we can go out there and be successful.

The Giants have waived safety Steven Parker, who was signed to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad on Monday. The team has also terminated the Practice Squad contract of wide receiver Travis Toivonen.

Transcripts of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum:

The players return to practice on Wednesday.

Oct 202021
Andrew Thomas, New York Giants (August 22, 2021)

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On Tuesday, the New York Giants placed left tackle Andrew Thomas (foot/ankle) and wide receiver C.J. Board (broken forearm) on Injured Reserve. Players placed on Injured Reserve during the season can return to the 53-man roster in three weeks if healthy enough to do so.

To fill these roster vacancies, the Giants signed wide receiver Dante Pettis and offensive tackle Korey Cunningham from the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster.

The team also signed wide receiver Travis Toivonen, offensive tackle Derrick Kelly, and defensive tackle Woodrow Hamilton to the Practice Squad and terminated the Practice Squad contracts of tight end Jake Hausmann and offensive guard Cole Banwart.

The 23-year old, 6’4”, 212-pound Toivonen went undrafted in 2020. The Seattle Seahawks signed him in June 2021 and waived him in late August.

The 26-year old, 6’5”, 320-pound Kelly was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2019 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on the Saints’ Practice Squad, did play in six games (with no starts) in 2020. The Saints terminated his Practice Squad contract last week.

The 28-year old, 6’3”, 315-pound Hamilton was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New England Patriots after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Patriots (2016), New Orleans Saints (2017-2018), Giants (2018), Carolina Panthers (2019-2020), and Tennessee Titans (2021). The Titans waived him last week. Hamilton has played in nine regular-season games with one start.

The New York Giants practiced on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Not practicing were RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), WR Kenny Golladay (knee), WR Kadarius Toney (ankle), WR John Ross (hamstring), TE Kaden Smith (knee), and LB Azeez Ojulari (not injury-related).

Limited in practice were WR Darius Slayton (hamstring), OG Ben Bredeson (hand), and NT Danny Shelton (pectoral).

LB Elerson Smith (hamstring) and CB Aaron Robinson (core muscle), both of whom missed all of training camp and the preseason with injuries, have been designated for return and returned to practice. “To be completely transparent with you, for both guys who haven’t gone through really training camp, preseason games and all that stuff, I find it hard to believe for any rookie to come back that fast and just go ahead and jump right back in,” said Head Coach Joe Judge.

The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at

The Giants practice again on Thursday. The coordinators and select players will also address the media.