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    Giants' big three of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul shut out against Dallas

    Excerpt: "Each time Jason Pierre-Paul chased in pursuit of Tony Romo last week, something would detour him from the pass rusher’s ultimate prize of knocking the quarterback to the ground.In the season-opening loss to the Cowboys, Romo would elude an aggressive Pierre-Paul or throw the ball before Pierre-Paul could punish him with a hit.

    Other times, Pierre-Paul needed to wrestle his way through a lineman’s grip that went unnoticed by the replacement referees.“I don’t complain, but I was frustrated on the part of the holding situation,” Pierre-Paul said. “Anybody knows, even the guys watching TV, you can clearly see holding, but that’s the game it is. The ref’s not going to call holding and you got to find another way to get there.” Read more...

    Bucs' Doug Martin "further along" in some areas than David Wilson, Kevin Gilbride says

    Excerpt: "Kevin Gilbride gave a frank appraisal when asked to compare Doug Martin, the rookie running back drafted 31st overall by the Buccaneers, and David Wilson, the rookie running back drafted 32nd overall by the Giants.

    "Different styles. I think David has great explosion and great speed," the Giants offensive coordinator said today. "I think Doug Martin looked more -- what’s the word I want to say? -- versatile. Ready to do all aspects: pass protection, pass catching as well as running. What they did offensively and what Virginia Tech asked of David are two completely different things. In some respects, (Martin) is a little further along in those aspects at playing the position." Read more...

    Terrell Thomas undergoes 3rd ACL surgery

    Excerpt: "Earlier this week, Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas underwent his third surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to a person with knowledge of the procedure. That person requested anonymity because the Giants have not announced the surgery.

    Thomas had originally hoped to rehab what he had called an "aggravated" ACL injury sustained during camp, the same ACL that caused him to miss last season. The Giants placed him on injured reserve -- not the short-term kind -- as he began that rehab. But after a few weeks, it became clear something wasn't right." Read more...

    Jason Pierre-Paul says he was frustrated with the lack of holding calls in opener

    Excerpt: "Immediately following the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Mathias Kiwanuka said he hadn't been held that much since he was a baby.
    Add Jason Pierre-Paul to the list of those irked with the lack of holding calls in the opener.
    "I don't complain, but I was frustrated on the part of the holding situation," the third-year defensive end said. "Anybody knows, even the guys watching TV, you can clearly see holding, but that's the game. The ref's not going to call holding and you got to find another way to get there." Read more...

    Giants' Tom Coughlin says no change at left tackle at this point

    Excerpt: "Sean Locklear was the Giants' Week 1 starting left tackle while Will Beatty, hampered by a back injury for much of the offseason, played a jumbo tight end role.
    Beatty took a step forward physically this week, no longer listed on the injury report, but it sounds like Locklear is in line to start again.

    "There will be no change there unless I let you know," coach Tom Coughlin said." Read more...

    Giants' Justin Tuck says there's a sense of urgency at practice this week

    Excerpt: "Last Friday, Tom Coughlin said he wanted "renewed vigor" from his team after admitting that two of the Giants' three practices leading up to the season opener "weren't good enough." A 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys was the result and the defeat has served as a wake-up call.

    "I think practice is double of what it was last week," defensive captain Justin Tuck said. "And I think a lot of that comes from our leadership, comes from our coaching staff. Guys seem to be a little bit more excited about playing football. I think last week we were a little bit sluggish." Read more...

    Kevin Gilbride "a little bit conscious" of Hakeem Nicks' injury in play calling

    Execrpt: "Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks was ready for Week 1, as promised, after breaking a bone in his foot during the offseason. But he admitted that "certain things" -- routes or cuts -- cause him more discomfort than others.
    Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride admitted that can at times factor into his play-calling." Read more...



    Giants' WR Victor Cruz excused from practice; Hakeem Nicks, David Baas also not practicing

    Excerpt: "
    We can never give a definite practice injury report because we only see the first 20 minutes or so of practice, but it appeared as though four Giants were not practicing today.

    One is obvious: WR Victor Cruz was not at practice. A team spokesperson said he was excused from practice for personal reasons. He was presumably excused to attend his grandmother's funeral, which he said earlier in the week was scheduled for today.His grandmother, Lucy Molina, died on Monday at the age of 77." Read more...


    Practice notes: Hakeem Nicks on the bicycle yet again

    Excerpt: "If Hakeem Nicks keeps this up, he won't just be ready for the football field. He'll also be ready for the Tour de France." Read more...

    Giants find replacing wide receiver Mario Manningham difficult as Big Blue struggles without Super Bowl XLVI hero

    Excerpt: "
    In a sound bite sure to live forever on NFL Films, Bill Belichick is certain what his Patriots need to do to stop the Giants with less than four minutes left in Super Bowl XLVI.

    “This is still a (Victor) Cruz and (Hakeem) Nicks game,” he barks into his headset. “I mean, I know we’re right on ’em, it’s tight. But those are still the guys. Make ’em go to (Mario) Manningham, make ’em go to (Bear) Pascoe, all right? But let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.”

    And with that gamble, Belichick set up one of the best and most important catches in Super Bowl history.
    As the Pats continued to shade their safeties toward Cruz and Nicks, the nifty Manningham slipped up the left side and tip-toed along the sideline for a 38-yard catch, right in front of Belichick, no less. It was the key play on the go-ahead touchdown drive." Read more...

    Perry Fewell to D Line: Stop griping about the refs

    Excerpt: "One big reason why the Giants’ talented trio of defensive ends couldn’t get close to Tony Romo on opening night was because of what seemed to be an unusual amount of holding calls missed by the replacement refs.

    Perry Fewell, the Giants’ defensive coordinator, saw them too.

    His message to his players about that: Stop complaining and do something about it instead.

    “You have to play the game,” Fewell said on Thursday. “You can’t officiate the game. It’s our job to play the game. If somebody holds me, then I am going to get him off me. My take is, ‘Let’s get his a** off of me.’ Excuse my French." Read more...



    Blanked vs. Boys, Giants big three hot to hit Bucs' QB

    Excerpt: "
    The word used by Justin Tuck was “alarming.’’ Osi Umenyiora countered with “troublesome.’’ The man in charge of the defensive operation, Perry Fewell, called it “an eye-opener for me.’’

    Rarely has so much conversation been created by so little action. The Giants are accustomed to getting so much out of Tuck, Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul, and what they got out of them in the season opener was, well, nothing.

    When was the last time the Giants got shut out with these renowned pass rushers?

    “Never,’’ Pierre-Paul said. “Never.’’

    The Big Three turned into The Big Dud against the Cowboys with the least-productive game they’ve ever assembled together. The Sack Attack of Tuck, Pierre-Paul and Umenyiora failed to register a sack in a game for the first time since the middle of the 2010 season, when Pierre-Paul was just starting to emerge as a force. Now, sacks aren’t the only measure of a player’s contribution, but there’s something wrong in a game when the two interior linemen, Linval Joseph and Rocky Bernard, are able to get to the quarterback and the much-ballyhooed defensive ends get nada." Read more...

    Looking for a fresh start, Giants can't let TB game turn ugly

    Excerpt: "
    On paper, it should be a mismatch. Eli Manning going against Josh Freeman is a bit like John Wayne against Barney Fife. Manning has two Super Bowl rings, while Freeman, in his fourth NFL season, is still trying to establish himself as a reliable pro quarterback.

    You figure if Manning and his offense play to their potential when they battle the Buccaneers on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the outcome will be just what the Giants need to erase the sting of their season-opening loss to the Cowboys.

    Problem is, Manning’s primary opposition isn’t Freeman. It will be a Bucs defense that is hoping to keep the game close so its quarterback can do just enough to steal a win against the defending Super Bowl champions." Read more...

    Rookie runners ready to roll

    Excerpt: "In the long run, David Wilson might turn out to be a more productive running back than Doug Martin. But in the here and now, Martin is the more NFL-ready player.

    So says Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

    After Trent Richardson, the two top-rated running backs in the 2012 NFL Draft were Martin out of Boise State and Wilson out of Virginia Tech. They will be on display Sunday when Wilson and the Giants face the Buccaneers with Martin. Giants general manager Jerry Reese insists Wilson was the top-rated back on his draft board and that he would have been the pick even if Martin was available." Read more...



    Giants' defense promises to deliver hits

    Excerpt: "Football players, Justin Tuck reminded the media on Thursday, hate looking back, analyzing what has happened.

    The future, as in the immediate future of the next game, is all that matters.
    Still, Tuck leaned on the past – both last week and last year – to justify his confidence that the Giants’ defense will play much better Sunday against the Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium than it did in a 24-17 season-opening loss to the Cowboys on Sept. 5.

    "Right now, we know where the improvements [are]," Tuck said. "Last year, it took us a couple of weeks to stop pointing fingers. I think we’ve addressed those problems. I think we’re in a better position to play this game this week than last week."

    They’d better be, because the numbers weren’t good against the Cowboys." Read more...

    Giants' notes: Hakeem Nicks practices

    Excerpt: "WR Hakeem Nicks, who had four catches for 38 yards in the Giants’ season-opening 24-17 loss to the Cowboys, was listed as having practiced on a limited basis Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice.

    The Giants are being cautious after Nicks underwent foot surgery this spring.

    "We’re going to hope that he’s going to be able to work [on Thursdays]," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I think it was really good for him to be out here on the grass, the fields are exceptional. He moved well."

    Nicks said he wasn’t sure if he would practice today, but was hopeful he would have a busier schedule next week." Read more...


    Giants deal with loss: Kevin Gilbride's longtime mustache

    Excerpt: "Kevin Gilbride’s mustache, a legendary lip adornment that won two Super Bowl championships and was respected as one of the most enduring examples of responsible facial hair in sports, died last month in a shaving accident at the Giants’ practice facility here. It was believed to be about 41." Read more...




    GIANTS 101

    Giants face off with Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFL week 2: Insider Report

    Excerpt: "When the New York Giants faced off with NFC East division rival Dallas Cowboys last week, we were facing an opponent we all know very well. This week, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on deck, not so much. So to get a look at what we can expect out of our opponent, we turn to our good friend Wolf Heard over at" Read more...

    Giants' Justin Tuck much more pleased with practice leading up to Bucs game

    Excerpt: "New York Giants defensive end and defensive captain Justin Tuck was not happy with the way the team practiced leading up to their week one game against the Dallas Cowboys. His frustration was echoed by head coach Tom Coughlin, who said two of the three practices were less than spectacular. But following an embarrassing 0-1 start, Big Blue rounded into shape this week and Tuck was much more pleased with what he saw." Read more...



    Giants vs. Buccaneers: What to watch for

    Excerpt: "
    Here are a few things I will be looking for on Sunday when the
    New York Giants
    (0-1) host the
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    (1-0) at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET/FOX).
    "

    NY Giants' news and notes: Sense of urgency edition

    Excerpt: "
    Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Friday morning notebook.

    Giants coach Tom Coughlin was asked Thursday if his players had picked up on the sense of urgency he obviously feels about Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
    "They pretty much got it. They're right on. We talked all week about playing and practicing better, having better energy, having a sense of urgency about getting our football right, right now, as I say it," Coughlin said. "I think they've got the message." [Full transcript]" Read more...

    Giants' injury report Hakeem Nicks practices

    Excerpt: "
    Here is your New York Giants injury report for Thursday. The best news was that wide receiver Hakeem Nicksdid practice Thursday." Read more...



    Giants: Why another slow start?
    Excerpt: "The Giants defense gave up some big plays last week against Romo and the Cowboys. The Defense had a similar problem last year with giving up big plays. A late season run and great play in the playoffs made all forget about the troubles early on. Well, Monday night they all came back. Almost the exact things we saw early in the season last year. Poor coverage by the secondary, lack of the great pass rush by the big 4, not to mention the lack of a running game on offense too. So how long will it take for the team to come together this year?" Read more...

    Expert picks for Week 2

    Excerpt: "
    Last week I was a very respectable 10-6 and I was happy to see my underdog pick, the Cardinals, come through for me. However, The Giants’ loss and the Saints’ loss really surprised me. The Giants just didn’t have their act together and there isn’t much else to say about that. Would you ever believe that a rookie QB would beat the Saints in his first NFL game? As a Giants fan I have to tell you that I am really worried about Washington now. They swept the Giants last year and now they have a real QB threat. Gulp.

    Let’s take a look at my picks for this week:

    Buccaneers @ Giants
    I like the defending Super Bowl champs to return to good form and win at home." Read more...



    Giants' Sean Locklear remains starting left tackle despite Will Beatty's improving health

    Excerpt: "Despite the improving health of Will Beatty, New York Giants offensive tackle Sean Locklear has unexpectedly held onto thestarting left tackle position heading into week two of the regular season. Prior to last year, the 27 year old product out of UConn was tagged as the Giants starting left tackle of the future. However, after suffering from an eye injury that kept him out for the final third of 2011, Beatty missed most of training camp with a lingering back issue. Sean Locklear took his position from the get-go, and he has played well enough to hold onto his spot so far.

    On the field, Beatty improved significantly and became a key asset to the offensive line last season. However, his inability to stay on the field has inhibited his ability to develop into the players the Giants are hoping he will become. Although Locklear is viewed as an older veteran on the down side of his career, he did a serviceable job in blocking DeMarcus Ware in Week one. With that, he views himself as a viable option to start this season." Read more...


    Motivated Giants' defensive line ready for strong game

    Excerpt: "While no one will ever fault an athlete for trying his best in a game, sometimes there can be instances where guys overdo it and end up hurting the team.

    That appears to have been the case with the Giants defense, which last week against Dallas was unable to accomplish much of anything. In fact, the Giants’ “big three” — defensive ends Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora – were not only held without a sack, they also didn’t register a single hit or pressure against Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

    The reason for that wasn’t so much the effort, which defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said was there. It also wasn’t the fact that they tired out as the game went on.

    Rather, the players seemed to be a little too hyped up to where they were, at times, doing things outside of what they were supposed to be doing, the result being that their objectives weren’t accomplished." Read more...

    Around the lockerroom

    Excerpt: "Happy Returns

    If you were surprised to see Domenik Hixon returning punts in the season-opener after not filling that role all summer, you aren’t alone.

    Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said that Hixon was chosen for the job last week for very specific reasons. “Experience, left-footed punter played an issue in that, because the ball does spin a bit differently for those guys. Those were the two factors.”

    Will Hixon keep the job this week when the Giants go against a right-footed punter? “We’ve got three guys (Hixon, Jayron Hosley, and Rueben Randle) we feel good with right now. How much they’re being used on offense and defense all plays into it.” Read more...

    Folgers' Forecast: Giants vs. Tampa Bay Bucs

    Excerpt: "After a lackluster opening night performance, we expect the Giants to come out with a much-improved level of focus and intensity. There wasn’t a single unit that played well and it looked to us as though the entire team lacked urgency. It’s a bit unusual to get a wake-up call so early in the season. The Giants need to come out with fire in their eyes this week.

    The Bucs won their opener against Carolina at home. Ex-Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, a defensive guy, had his young defense playing fast and hard. This off-season, the team added some much-needed skill on offense.

    An important addition was former Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan, whom Schiano installed as the Bucs’ offensive coordinator. Sullivan really knows the Giants’ personnel well, and will surely scheme to keep the Giants’ pass rush from taking over this game." Read more...











    With Rivers doubtful, Boley likely to start

    Excerpt: "Linebacker Michael Boley had started 39 of the 41 games he'd played in since joining the Giants prior to the 2009 season.

    But on opening night 2012, with the Giants celebrating their Super Bowl championship and playing in front of a national TV audience, Boley had to wait his turn to get on the field.

    After Boley missed much of the preseason with a hamstring injury, coach Tom Coughlin elected to go with free-agent acquisition Keith Rivers as the starter at weakside linebacker against the Cowboys. But Boley almost certainly will be back with the first team when the Giants take on the Buccaneers Sunday at MetLife Stadium. " Read more...

    Amukamara, Coe both say they're ready

    Excerpt: "The Giants still have not determined who will start at cornerback opposite Corey Webster on Sunday against the Buccaneers.

    But the two most likely candidates, Prince Amukamara and Michael Coe, both sounded ready to go after practice on Friday.

    "I just practiced this whole week, and just did the best I can out there," Amukamara said. "I feel a lot better. I feel like I'm improving and getting healthier each day."

    "If I can compete in practice, I can play," he added.

    "I feel really good," Coe said. "It's up to the coaches. I've been practicing all week, I've been feeling good. I've been doing special teams work and everything else." Read more...


    DLine poised to make up for Dallas loss

    Excerpt: "Justin Tuck predicts you'll see a very different New York Giantsteam on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    "The energy in practice is I think double what it was last week," Tuck said Thursday. "Guys seem to be a little bit more excited about playing football. I think last week we were a little sluggish."

    The Giants lost their regular-season opener at home against the Dallas Cowboys, 24-17.

    When asked how the defending Super Bowl champions could be sluggish in Week 1, Tuck said, "You're asking the million dollar question. I don't know." Read more...

    Injury Report: Nicks back on field

    Excerpt: "Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was back on the practice field Thursday, at least during the portion the media were permitted to watch.

    Nicks sat out practice on Wednesday to rest his surgically repaired foot, but promised he would return Thursday.

    In fact, it appeared as if everyone was participating in practice, from what we were allowed to watch. (Besides DT Chris Cantyand TE Travis Beckum, who are on the PUP list. Those two were working out on the side.)" Read more

    LeGrand to participate in Sunday's coin toss

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants have asked Eric LeGrand to participate in Sunday's coin toss before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    LeGrand -- the former Rutgers player who was paralyzed during a game against Army in 2010 at MetLife Stadium -- is an honorary member of the Buccaneers, who are coached by his former college coach, Greg Schiano. " Read more...













    PFF Pick 'em: Week 2

    Excerpt: "Nathan Jahnke wasn’t messing around last week, starting off the season with a 12-win card. That was good enough to put him out front as the season’s first carrot for the rest of the pack to chase, but only a single win ahead of Neil and a pair ahead of Sam and Khaled.

    This week’s picks show some unanimous love for seven teams and three games in the middle of the schedule that divided the PFF-ers. Where do you come down on those three (MIN@IND, BAL@PHI, KC@BUF)? And, do you see any of the consensus picks losing out?" Read more...
    Power rankings: Week 2

    Excerpt: "8) New York Giants (4th)

    While Eli may still look elite and Jason Pierre-Paul was at his monstrous best, the rest of the team largely failed to show up. The secondary looks thin but more worryingly, No. 1 corner Corey Webster was all over the place. They’ll be hoping Week 1 will prove a wake-up call much like it did last year." Read more...




    Cutler caught on tape cursing at OLine

    Packers rattle Jay Cutler to top Bears 23 - 10
    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 09-14-2012, 05:51 PM.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Thanks bro.

    “Basically just stay with your man,” cornerback Janoris Jenkins said. “Follow him everywhere you go. Even if he goes to the bathroom, follow him.”


    • #3
      Football friday is here !
      Thanks RF !
      " Success is never final, but failure can be " B.P.


      • #4
        Originally posted by BeatYale View Post
        Thanks bro.
        You're welcome
        “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


        • #5
          Glad they kept Beatty out. Gotta try building some cohesivness there.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Mistanihan View Post
            Glad they kept Beatty out. Gotta try building some cohesivness there.
            Well, it could be interfering with that in the long run if the goal is to have Beatty at LT and Locklear at RT. We'll have to see how we fair on Sunday.
            “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


            • #7
              I hope it is a real sense of urgency that they feel. Certainly can't count on a crappy NFC East to slide into any post season.
              Wining has to start now.

              Thanks RF!


              • #8
                Originally posted by Old Giant View Post
                I hope it is a real sense of urgency that they feel. Certainly can't count on a crappy NFC East to slide into any post season.
                Wining has to start now.

                Thanks RF!
                “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                • #9
                  thanks Roanoke!

                  i hope Osi, Tuck and JPP can get it done fast and often!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BigBlue1971 View Post
                    thanks Roanoke!

                    i hope Osi, Tuck and JPP can get it done fast and often!
                    Your lips to God's ears
                    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1