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Oct 1 Odell
Beckham Jr. may have Rashad Jennings to thank for improivng hamstring. Jennings'
routine is different, but it works. During every practice, typically after the
team-wide stretch, Jennings, 29, works through his own dynamic warmup.
With one quarter of the 2014 season completed, Larry Donnell is putting together what could become the most productive year by a tight end in Giants history. The second-year pro leads the Giants with 25 catches and four touchdowns and is second on the team with 236 receiving yards.
This high-priced Giant has rediscovered dominant form. Without a big rebound year from Will Beatty - he called his 2013 showing "an anomaly" - the rebuilt offensive line would have crumbled instead of grown on a weekly basis.
Wide receiver Mario Manningham's second stint with the Giants didn't end as gloriously as the first. The Super Bowl hero was released Tuesday from the injured reserve list. He will receive an injury settlement and is now free to sign with another team.
day off afforded what Tom Coughlin called a "live scout" of the
next opponent, Atlanta, something that can be more instinctive, more reactive
and basic but helpful nonetheless. He said there was a checklist of observations
he prepared for live scouts.
target has been set. Now it's just a matter of whether Giants rookie wide
receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can receive clearance for Sunday's game against the
Atlanta Falcons after struggling for months with a hamstring injury.
Sept 29 Two
victories have, for now, dispelled the notion the Giants are no better this
season than they were a year ago, when the offensive line marched front and center
behind the banner reading "Things That Went Bad in 2013." It looks as
if the Giants have a five-man unit capable of competing at a reasonable level,
or perhaps beyond that.
how far Manning has come in this West Coast-flavored offense. Per the Giants
weekly grade book distributed by Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Manning
went 9-for-10 for 124 yards, three touchdowns, and a perfect 158.3 passer rating
on throws 10-19 yards down field.
the two-game nightmare that opened the season; in the wins over the Houston
Texans and Washington, the secondary has made seven interceptions and forced eight
Rueben Randle is raising his game in the Nicks of time for the Giants. Tom Coughlin still rides him for his every mental lapse, and there are still plenty of critics who insist that he's an incomplete receiver.
Sept 27 Eli
Manning and the Giants offense had their most productive day on Thursday since
the 2012 season finale. They scored 45 points in a demolition of the Redskins
and Manning accounted for five touchdowns.
Giants have gone from 0-2 to 2-2 in the span of just five days. It's a remarkable
turnaround, but the Giants don't sound very surprised. "I'm not shocked by it.
I just give credit to the hard work that we put in," wideout Victor Cruz said
Friday, on a conference call with reporters.
Eli Manning has thrown nine touchdown passes this season. Seven of them have been to tight ends. Larry Donnell scored the Giants' first three touchdowns in their 45-14 dismantling of the Washington Redskins in FedEx Field. He is the first Giants tight end with three touchdown receptions in a game since Joe Walton 52 years ago. Daniel Fells scored the other touchdown, his third in as many games.
Jason Pierre-Paul: The moment the Giants knew their best defensive player had grown up. Jason Pierre-Paul was not previously viewed by his teammates as a mainstay in the film room. But over the last week, he began picking up on some of Cousins' mannerisms and couldn't help himself.
Donnell: Maybe Jerry Reese was right, the Giants do have their Julius Thomas
on the roster. Donnell had seven catches on eight targets for 54 yards and three
touchdowns on Thursday night alone. He has 25 receptions for 236 yards and four
touchdowns in four games this season.
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 45 Redskins 14.
ESPN - Manning throws short in big win.
ESPN - Eli-to-Donnell connection is clicking as Giants tailor offense to their personnel.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 45, Washington 14.
Giants.com - 3 impressions from Giants win in Washington.
NYDailyNews - Larry Donnell has three touchdowns as NY Giants rout Washington, 45-14.
NYDailyNews - Giants defense unleashes capital punishment.
NYPost - Eli Manning throws 4 TDs in Giants' rout of Redskins.
NYPost - Manning, Donnell do their best Simms-Bavaro imitation.
NYPost - Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle come up big in Giants laugher.
NYPost - Opportunistic Giants defense forces six Redskins turnovers.
NYPost - Playing it safe, Beason sits and watches happily as Giants roll.
StarLedger - Giants defense: Kirk Cousins was 'staring down' Redskins receivers all night,
StarLedger - Quintin Demps: 'I did what I was supposed to do' on hit that knocked Niles Paul out.
StarLedger - Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan: Giants 'flat out kicked our (butts)'.
StarLedger - Rapid Reaction: Giants put it all together, send notice to NFC East.
StarLedger - Studs and Duds: Giants' Larry Donnell, Eli Manning shine, Redskins QB Kirk Cousins scuffles.
StarLedger - Giants-Redskins: 10 observations, including that tight end we didn't think Big Blue had.
Newsday - Larry Donnell's 3 TD catches lead Giants in rout.
Newsday - Giants secondary gets a tip from Jason Pierre-Paul.
Newsday - Eli Manning ready to take baton from Derek Jeter as NYC's biggest star.
TheRecord - Giants blow out Redskins, 45-14, behind Eli Manning's 4 TD passes.
NYTimes - Giants' Smooth Offense Runs Redskins Ragged.
WashingtonTimes - Giant setback for Redskins in ugly nationally televised loss.
WashingtonPost - Kirk Cousins has five turnovers, Eli Manning has five TDs, and Giants top Redskins, 45-14.
WashingtonPost - Phil Simms slipped and said 'Redskins' during Redskins-Giants game.
(1-2) vs Redskins (1-2)
call, but take Redskins as favorites over Giants. Big Blue is coming off an
impressive win Sunday over Houston that featured a balanced offensive attack.
Rodgers-Cromartie understands there is one constant when it comes to covering
DeSean Jackson. It's not his speed. It's not his quickness. It's not his moves.
It's his volume.
Kirk Cousins has gone from trade bait to the potential savior of the Washington
While calling Giants game, Phil Simms says he will try to avoid Washington's offensive nicknames. While Simms will do his best to avoid saying the name, he realizes a few may slip out.
Sept 24 The
Giants signed Quintin Demps primarily to be a kick returner, but he's a safety
too, and he knows the most important thing about playing the position. "You've
got to be deeper than the deepest," Demps said Tuesday. "Deeper than the deepest,
that's what it's all about."
For two weeks, they looked like a colossal disappointment, an overpaid, underperforming defense that kept committing penalties and just couldn't get off the field. And then the Giants 'D' came out on Sunday against the Houston Texans and dominated the first half of a cruise-control victory. And now, the Big Blue defense is starting to think big things.
Sept 23 Time
is limited, practice time on a field is mostly non-existent. Monday is a Wednesday.
Tuesday is a Thursday. Such is life for an NFL team that plays on Thursday Night
are plenty of reasons to point to why the Giants' offense, defense and special
teams finally clicked in a 30-17 victory over the Texans on Sunday afternoon at
ESPN - Rapid Reaction: Giants 30 Texans 17.
ESPN - Giants' O-line gets better of Watt, Texans.
ESPN - Cruz, Giants get much-needed win, relief.
ESPN - Giants respond to Tom Coughlin's lighter touch.
ESPN - Giants defense provides turnovers, finally.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 30, Texans 17.
Giants.com - 7 takeaways from Giants Postgame Interviews (9/21).
NYDailyNews - Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings lead Giants to 30-17 win over Texans.
NYDailyNews - Rashad Jennings fueled by rush from dad.
NYDailyNews - Giants shake off special teams mistakes in win over Texans.
NYDailyNews - Victor Cruz erases boos with big day.
NYPost - Giants' offense back on track as Big Blue picks up first victory.
NYPost - Big stand made when Giants needed it most.
NYPost - Big Blue O-line pushes Texans' defense around.
NYPost - Rolle, Big Blue 'D' turnover a new lead.
StarLedger - Rapid Reaction: Giants dominate Texans, 30-17, for first win of the season.
StarLedger - Giants defense makes a statement in victory over Houston.
StarLedger - Giants vs. Texans instant observations: Running game finally makes a return.
StarLedger - Texans' J.J. Watt, Houston defense 'tapped out' and were 'worn down,' Giants say.
StarLedger - Victor Cruz: Win 'takes a lot of weight off' Giants shoulders
StarLedger - Why did Jennings run wild? 'nothing was working,' says Texans LB Brian Cushing.
StarLedger - What Tom Coughlin did this week to keep the season from slipping away.
StarLedger - Eli Manning, Giants offense solve timing issue in win over Texans.
StarLedger - Rashad Jennings dedicated his 176-yard game to his double-amputee father.
Newsday - Giants capitalize on turnovers, beat Texans for first win of season.
Newsday - Eli Manning has his best game yet in Giants' new West Coast offense.
Newsday - Victor Cruz wins back fans with big game.
TheRecord - Rashad Jennings (176 yards) leads Giants past Texans, 30-17 .
NYTimes - Giants Thrash Texans and Shake Off Gloom.
AZCentral - Cardinals top Giants, move to 2-0 on season.
AZCentral - Stanton shakes off rust, leads impressive win.
(0-2) vs Texans (2-0)
Sept 21 There are two things the Giants haven't done this year that seem to go hand in hand. The first is win a game. The second is force a takeaway on defense. They seem confident that both situations are about to be rectified.
Following a summer during which so much was made about the Giants not having a tight end capable of starting in the NFL on the roster, Larry Donnell has proven so far that they just might.
Rashad Jennings knows what he has to do to save Giants. It's on him. The holes have been there, Jennings adamantly said, and he hasn't produced.
Victor Cruz has been targeted 16 by Eli Manning this season but has only caught seven passes in the Giants' first two games. But Cruz says he no longer cares if those fans are on his side.
middle linebacker Jon Beason and the Giants held out the slimmest sliver of
hope that he'd be able to play Sunday against the Houston Texans despite a foot
injury. They've been advised it's not in his best interest.
The feeling around the Giants is that their 0-2 start is more a function of their own mishaps and lack of execution than anything the Lions and Cardinals did to beat them. As far as they're concerned, it's Giants vs. Giants. They're hoping the better team wins. So far it hasn't.
much as Tom Coughlin has earned a reputation for being terse and rigid around
players, he has a team that sees him as a chameleon of sorts that has the ability
to to motivate almost anyone.
Sept 19 You might see a Giants team you don't recognize from the first two weeks of this season when they play the 2-0 Texans Sunday at MetLife Stadium. You might see a more aggressive, angry Giants team playing with less tentativeness and more abandon than you saw in their lackluster losses to the Lions and Cardinals that so far have marred this season.
The Giants only scored 14 points again in Week 2, but offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo likes the direction his unit is headed. Eli Manning in particular looked much better against the Cardinals, completing 26 of 39 passes for 277 yards -- and he could have had a few more completions, if his receivers had held onto the ball.
Victor Cruz has not caught a touchdown pass since Week 4 last season in Kansas City -- a string of 12 games played. He missed the final two games of 2013 with a knee injury. Teammate Antrel Rolle told WFAN in a Tuesday interview: "Victor will definitely give them something to play that salsa music soon enough." Coach Tom Coughlin and Cruz met Tuesday and discussed, among other things, the Giants' need to stay positive despite their 0-2 start.
Houston Texans are 2-0 and the New York Giants are 0-2, but Giants defensive
end Jason Pierre-Paul is sleeping comfortably this week.
appears the Giants have not lost their middle linebacker after all. Jon Beason
says his injured foot "feels a whole lot better," and he is not ruling out playing
Sunday against the Houston Texans despite not practicing the past two days.
Sept 18 Special
Report - After Arizona: The good, The bad, The ugly
needs to connect with Eli, teammates. This is new for Victor Cruz, his role
as a team captain, his saying he wants the ball thrown his way more often, the
boos he heard after dropping passes last Sunday against the Cardinals. And so,
Cruz admits he's learning as he goes along.
would be the ideal week for the Giants to get Odell Beckham Jr. back on the
field. But it hasn't been an ideal kind of season, has it?. Tom Coughlin all but
ruled out the first-round pick who has been sidelined with a hamstring injury
since the spring.
Giants pride themselves on flipping every stone when it comes to finding talent.
One of their wide receivers was an afterthought from UMass. Another was buried
at Division II Newberry College. But Preston Parker? "Begging for money, that's
all," he said when asked what he was doing last year. "Trying to find a job."
Giants were busy trying to modify their roster in order to survive the season.
Injuries to starting middle linebacker Jon Beason, nickel cornerback Walter Thurmond
and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan prompted the moves.
There are no guarantees that Odell Beckham Jr.'s balky hamstring will allow him to play, but Tom Coughlin has yet to rule him out, a dramatic shift after weeks of expecting nothing from the receiver.
Giants' secondary a mess so far. Aggressive enough to be called for way too many penalties; not aggressive enough to force any turnovers.
Victor Cruz has four dropped passes this season, and the two he dropped last Sunday helped fuel the Cardinals comeback as they turned a 14-10 deficit into a 25-14 victory over the Giants.
Antrel Rolle tabbed Sunday's showdown with the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium as a "must-win" game and promised a more impactful brand of football out of Big Blue. And he asked for the Giants fan base to give the team a hand, too.
A look at the NFL officiating this season. The NFL today has many of the best possible individuals working as officials.
Eli Manning to fit into Giants West Coast offense, he needs help from receivers
Dropping the ball is a bad thing, and it's a real problem when it happens three
times in a row in the fourth quarter.
Giants, already buckling under the weight of a 0-2 start to their season,
suffered a significant injury loss on Sunday when cornerback Walter Thurmond suffered
a torn pectoral muscle, ending his season.
Giants as a whole sounded surprisingly upbeat Monday, despite losing their
home opener by 11 points to a team starting a backup quarterback who hadn't thrown
a pass in a regular-season game since 2010.
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