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    Giants' Hakeem Nicks Practices for the Third Straight Day

    Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks is back out on the practice field today, which means for the first time this season he will have participated in three practices in one week. That is a very good sign, not only for Sunday's game against the Redskins, but for Nicks' long-term health this season.

    Nicks has battled a knee injury and soreness in his surgically repaired right foot. He missed three games due to the combination of injuries.

    In the other end of the spectrum, it didn't look as though running back Ahmad Bradshaw participating much in the session. Bradshaw was in uniform and stretched with the team, but was on the sideline from there on out during the portion of practice open to the media. That, of course, doesn't mean he isn't practicing. We'll know for sure shortly." Read more...

    Redskins' Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett Defends His Defense

    Excerpt: "On paper, the Redskins defense isn't very good. The unit ranks 26th in scoring defense (28.8 points per game), 27th in total defense (417.2 yards per game), and last against the pass (328.3 yards per game). They allowed 421 yards against the Vikings last week, but shut the Vikings out of a touchdown on four red zone trips – Minnesota settled for three field goals and turned it over the other time. That result led to an easy description: the Redskins defense "bends, but doesn't break." Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett doesn't want to hear it. Haslett argued that the defense played conservatively with a lead late in Sunday's win: "I don’t think we’re bend but don’t break. I wouldn’t use those terms," Haslett said via Mike Jones of the Washington Post." Read more...

    Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw Enjoying The Heavy Workload at Running Back

    Excerpt: "With each hit from the relentless 49ers defense, Ahmad Bradshaw picked himself up off the ground with a laugh. He heard the opponents’ taunts and bravado. The Giants running back told them he enjoyed the punishment, to keep the blows coming.

    The Giants made it a point to continue running the football against a defense that entered last Sunday’s marquee matchup ranked eighth against the run. Early on, the strategy was unsuccessful. Bradshaw had just 11 rushes for 23 yards at halftime. But the Giants didn’t budge from their gameplan and methodically pounded the 49ers defense into submission.

    By the end of the Giants’ 26-3 drubbing of the 49ers, Bradshaw had accumulated 27 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. The 27 rushes were the second-most of his career, three short of the previous week’s workload of 30 carries against the Browns when he also set a career mark with 200 yards on the ground.
    "

    David Diehl's Role As Jumbo Tackle "First Step" Back From Knee Injury

    Excerpt: "David Diehl played in last week's game at San Francisco for the first time since spraining his knee in Week 2. It was also the first time the 10-year veteran offensive lineman has played in a game but not started.

    Diehl played 13 snaps as a jumbo tight end against the 49ers -- what offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called "the first step of a few steps back."

    "Little by little, we’ll play it out to the point where we can lean on him full time," Gilbride said, adding: "You’re not asking him to play 75 plays, you’re asking him to play a limited number and do just a limited of things, not everything that would be required of a tackle. And he passed the first test."

    Gilbride's answer seems to indicate the Giants are phasing Diehl back in to his starting job. The Giants began the season with Diehl at right tackle and Sean Locklear at left tackle. After Diehl's injury, Locklear moved to right tackle, and Will Beatty returned from a back injury to his left tackle job." Read more...

    Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw says Foot Is Fine, Ready To Shouldner The Load ON Sunday

    Excerpt: "Foot injuries have plagued Ahmad Bradshaw in the past, but the running back told reporters today that the foot injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday was the result of someone stepping on his foot late in Sunday's win against the 49ers and not serious.

    "I feel good, man. No setbacks and I'm ready to go," said Bradshaw, who was limited in practice today after missing yesterday's session. "I just got stepped on during the game and it just hurt the bone a little bit, but I'm cool." Read more...



    Giants Say They Have New Wrinkles In Defense To Help Corral Redskins' RG III

    Excerpt: "
    Chase Blackburn noticed it on Tuesday, as soon as coaches started presenting their game plan. The middle linebacker recognized pieces of the defense his Giants would use to counteract the Redskins’ option offense, saw the same fundamental schemes his team had used in weeks before.

    “We had some new wrinkles,” he said Thursday. “But still, the principles, there’s a lot of principles that are the same.”

    The entire Giants defense has felt that same sense of familiarity throughout this week, as Big Blue prepares to face Robert Griffin III.

    He presents a dangerous challenge to the Giants defense, a dual-threat QB who commands an option attack that churns out 394 yards per game.

    But the Redskins’ wunderkind does not present a new challenge.

    The Giants will enter MetLife Stadium on Sunday having faced - and prepared for - two other option quarterbacks in their first six games this season. And that, Justin Tuck said, has the Giants feeling “we’re a little more confident, because we’ve seen those option things.

    “It’s a lot of carryover, but we’ve got our tweaks in,” the defensive end said of this week’s game plan. “We’ve got some things to kind of throw them (the Redskins) a curveball, too.”

    “Everyone is probably a little bit comfortable seeing it,” added cornerback Michael Coe.

    Few NFL teams run the option, but the Giants have seen a steady diet of it the last few weeks. In Week 3, they got their first glimpse when they faced second-year QB Cam Newton in Carolina. And last week, they crushed a 49ers team that utilizes an option package for its backup QB, Colin Kaepernick." Read more...

    Time For Giants And NFL To Get Used To Washington Redskins' QB RG III, And Fast

    Excerpt: "
    Robert Griffin III, the Redskins rookie quarterback sensation, met Eli and Peyton Manning at the ESPY awards last year. It was like meeting football royalty.

    “They’ve done a lot of great things. They’ve won big games. They’ve won Super Bowls. They’ve done many things that I hope to do in my career. You definitely appreciate that,” Griffin said.

    Manning recalls that meeting as cordial and friendly.

    “It was good meeting him. I congratulated him and I told him I’d see him a couple of times this year,” Eli Manning said with a sly smile.

    Entering the NFL with fellow quarterback Andrew Luck, the No. 1 pick of this year’s draft who went to Indianapolis, Griffin will always be compared to other great quarterbacks. But Manning will have the greatest impact on Griffin’s career because he plays in the same division and has two Super Bowl rings. The comparisons will begin when the Giants and Redskins meet in an NFC East showdown at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

    “It’s an honor to play against him or any other quarterback who has been in this league and has been as successful as he’s been,” Griffin said. “If you’re going to ask me if I plan on competing against Eli, I don’t plan on that. I got (Jason) Pierre-Paul and (Justin) Tuck and all those other guys inside to be competing with.” Read More...

    Practice Notes: Nicks practicing again

    Excerpt: "
    That’s two straight days of action for Hakeem Nicks.

    The Giants’ oft-injured big-play wideout, who has battled knee and foot injuries this season, practiced on Thursday. That marked the second straight day of practice for Nicks. Typically, he’s sat out most of the practice week then worked with the team on Thursdays in an effort to rest the foot he broke in May." Read more...



    Antrel Rolle Keeps Lighting Fire in Giants' teammates

    Excerpt: "The words came straight from the heart and poured out of Antrel Rolle’s mouth as he stood in front of his locker inside a shell-shocked locker room. The 2011 Giants had just given a shameful performance against the Redskins and had been booed out of MetLife Stadium — and a Super Bowl dream appeared shattered.

    But Rolle’s impassioned plea helped transform the Giants into champions:

    “If you’re going to go out here and play the game on Sunday, you need to be out there with your men throughout the week,” Rolle said that day. “I’ve been nicked up all year long. A lot of other people have been nicked up all year long. We go out there and we’re fighting.

    “I don’t know. I ain’t the coach, man. I’m not trying to be the coach, and I’m not trying to say what he should do or shouldn’t do. But I feel as teammates we need to hold each other more accountable. If you’re going to be in the battle come Sunday, let’s be in the battle throughout the week. That’s only going to make us better.”

    On the eve of another important divisional home game against the Redskins, I asked Rolle what compelled him to stand up that day.

    “I really don’t know, I felt like it was do-or-die that moment,” he said. “I just felt like we needed all of our guys on the field. I felt like in order for us to have any kinda shot, we needed everyone on the field. And that was the only message to that comment, because I knew what I was going through. Maybe my teammates didn’t know, but I knew what I was going through, I knew what I was battling. I just felt like if we had all of our guys out there and we have more of that attitude, we’ll just get ourselves that much over the hump.”

    Rolle had a pair of bum shoulders."

    Giants Wary of Improved Redskins

    Excerpt: "When they emerge from the MetLife Stadium tunnel on Sunday and see those burgundy and gold Redskins uniforms on the other sideline, the Giants would be well served to remember how they felt last December on the same field.

    For those who might have forgotten, here’s a sample of the exasperated sound bites that emanated from the Giants’ locker room after that game, an inexcusable 23-10 home loss that left them mired with a 7-7 record at the time and nearly derailed their Super Bowl ride:

    ***“Call it whatever you want: shocked, stunned, appalled. I can’t explain it,” linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka said.

    ***“We looked like the four-win team out there today rather than the Redskins. It’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed,” defensive tackle Chris Canty said.***“I’ve got a big knot in my stomach right now for how we just played,’’ defensive end Justin Tuck said.***“I expected to see quality, quality execution, and really, quite frankly, we didn’t get much of that,” Tom Coughlin said." Read more...

    Giants' Osi Umenyiora Now Referring To Redskins' QB As "Sir

    Excerpt: "You wouldn’t think a rookie would be knighted, but Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora bestowed the title upon Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

    Umenyiora, who famously insisted over the summer that Griffin should be called “Bob,” instead of “RG3” again playfully changed his stance today when asked how he refers to him now.

    “Sir. His name is Sir Robert Griffin. That’s what I refer to him now,” Umenyiora said." Read more...

    Giants' Bradshaw Plan On Keeping Workload Despite Injury

    Excerpt: "Given running back Ahmad Bradshaw’s health history, the Giants would love to limit his work load.
    They’d also love to win the lottery too, but hey, life’s tough.

    “If the game would allow it, that’d be different. Unfortunately we don’t get in those situations that often where you can take that as one of the factors you’re taking into consideration,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. “You’re just trying to do whatever you can to hold onto the ball.” Read more...

    Giants' Canty Aims To Suit Up vs Redskins

    Excerpt: "Defensive tackle Chris Canty practiced Wednesday for the first time since off-season knee surgery and while admitting he has “a long ways to go before I can help and contribute” he acknowledged the possibility of playing Sunday for the Giants against the Redskins.

    Canty, on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, was on the practice field the very first day he was eligible.

    “Have a lot of work to do, a lot to catch up on, that’s to be expected,” Canty said. “Obviously, I’m excited about the game on Sunday. I’m excited about this week, the opportunity to prepare to play in a football game. It’s motivation that I haven’t had in the past few weeks.’’

    His defensive-line teammates are ready to welcome him back.

    “He’s going to be a lot of help,” said Jason Pierre-Paul, “[by] taking on double teams, I don’t like doing that. But he takes on double teams very well.” Read more...

    Eli Intelligence Leads to Lack Of Sacks

    Excerpt: "David Carr never has seen it before and never has noticed anyone else do it. Only Eli Manning. It is unique, and one of the reasons why Manning is the least-sacked quarterback in the NFL.

    When the ball is thrown amid pressure in the pocket, most quarterbacks first fix their eyes downfield to see if the pass is complete. Manning looks elsewhere.

    “The biggest thing that stands out about him, and it’s kind of hard to notice if you’re not in the meeting room with him, you notice after he throws the ball, if he gets hit he looks at the number,’’ Carr, the Giants backup quarterback, said yesterday. “Who hit me? It kind of catalogues, it registers in his brain. Where was that protection? Where were we weak a little bit? Where was that breakdown? Where could it possibly have been? Can I get the ball out faster? He’s done that since I’ve been here.’’ Read more...



    Pain Can't Slow Down Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw

    Excerpt: "The walk is really more of a shuffle, a painful limp that Ahmad Bradshaw’s teammates recognize all too well.
    Nearly every Monday, they watch the running back hobble straight into the Giants training room, the beginning of a weekly regimen just to keep him playing on two surgically repaired feet.

    "You’re thinking, ‘Man, there’s no way he’s playing,’ ’’ left guard Kevin Boothe said. "And come Sunday you couldn’t tell there’s anything wrong with him.

    "He’s somebody whose toughness I’ll never question."

    Bradshaw likely will play in pain again Sunday against the Washington Redskins, having "hurt the bone" in one foot when it was stepped on late in Sunday’s 26-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. He said the injury is not related to the fractures in his feet he has suffered in the past." Read more...

    Vinny DiTrani's NFL Picks for Sunday

    Excerpt: "Giants fans must have cringed Monday night at the thought that if Eli Manning had said, "Sure, I’ll go to San Diego," they would have been stuck with Philip Rivers as their quarterback. We cringed, too, as Rivers and his Charger mates disintegrated against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, sentencing us to a second straight double-digit loss week. We again will try to turn this thing around. Positive note: With six teams enjoying the bye, there are three fewer games to lose.

    Redskins over *Giants, getting 5 1/2 — RG III is the type of quarterback who gives the Giants fits. Look at it this way: The last two times the Giants won the Super Bowl they lost at home to Washington." Read more...






    Giants Look To Bring Road Success Home

    Excerpt: "Few NFL teams rule the road like the Giants.

    Since the start of the 2007 season – which ended with the first of their two most recent Super Bowl victories – the Giants are 28-15 (.651) as visitors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the league’s second-best road record in that span, behind only New England (30-14). During that same period, the Giants are 25-18 (.581) in Giants and MetLife stadiums, the league’s 16th-best home record.

    The Giants are one of just five teams with a better road record than home record in those five-plus seasons. The others are Oakland, Miami, Philadelphia and Washington (interesting, isn’t it, that three of the five are NFC East teams)?

    So what gives?

    “I think this team is so built on the notion of backs against the wall that I think sometimes we’re kind of relaxed at home a little bit and that’s hurt us in games,” said defensive end and captain
    Justin Tuck
    . “We still feel very confident about our home crowd and how we’re able to win games at home. But we’ve had a little bit more success on the road in recent history.”

    “I was thinking about it the other day,” running back Ahmad Bradshaw said. “I don’t know what it is at home, but away, we feel like the pressure is on us and we play good under pressure. But at home, we just feel like a lot of things are just going to come to us. It’s not like we don’t work as hard or we don’t play as hard at home. I just feel like we get lackadaisical and we feel like it’s going to be handed to us.”


    GIANTS 101
    Giants Have Best Friday Injury Report We've Seen In Ages

    Excerpt: "We wrote after last week's game that the New York Giants injury situation was on the up-and-up, and while Friday's injury report still had a few big names on it (Ahmad Bradshaw, Kenny Phillips, Rocky Bernard), a closer examination confirms that the Giants are healthier than they've been all season.

    Don't believe us, let's take a look:

    Bradshaw, as we all know, got his foot stepped on last week and is sore. But this guy has a long history of missing practices to manage his perennially achy feet and he said himself he's good to go Sunday, so we're not worried.

    Phillips is the last remaining big ticket player missing in action; the only starter expected to miss this week's game. A big loss, to be sure, but they've played well in his stead and he's on the mend. That the team's biggest injury is likely only a few weeks away from returning is the biggest indicator that the injury situation is under control for now.

    Bernard, one might say, is also a starter who may not play this week. Like Phillips, though, Bernard's injury is not considered longterm. Besides, withChris Canty scheduled to come off the PUP list anytime now and Mathias Kiwanuka seeing snaps at DE and DT, it's unlikely that from here on out Bernard will be anything more than the rotational role-player that he was supposed to be anyway." Read more...


    Giants' Defensive Linemen Mathias Kiwanuka Credited with Improved Line Play

    Excerpt: "
    This morning, we wrote that the New York Giants offensive and defensive lines' improved play showed quite clearly in the 26-3 drubbing of the San Francisco 49ers. On Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News creditedMathias Kiwanuka's reinsertion into the defensive line for much of the turnaround.

    Sound familiar? That's because last week we wrote in this space that the poor play of the front four and the glut of talent at linebacker made sliding Kiwi down a no-brainer. Looks like Perry Fewell is yet another loyal reader of (we kid, we kid).

    More from Vacchiano, who points out that over the course of the season Kiwanuka was playing in less than half the defensive snaps given how often the Giants find themselves in a nickel defense in today's pass-happy NFL:
    On Sunday, however, he took 62% of the defensive snaps, including 22 at defensive end, 15 at defensive tackle and one as a linebacker standing at the line of scrimmage on the last play of the game. He had a sack and got good pressure both up the middle and around the end.

    The Giants harassed Smith all day, sacking him six times, hitting him nine times and playing a big role in his uncharacteristic three interception performance. Previously, Big Blue had only eight sacks…through five games!" Read more...

    Giants' Struggling Offensive, Defensive Line Turning Their Games Around

    Excerpt: "
    As is our unfortunate job here at Giants 101, we had no choice but to point out the severe failings of the New York Giants offensive and defensive line units as they sputtered over the first few weeks of the NFL season. These two units appeared flawed as they dropped games to NFC East rivals Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, and even sputtered during ugly stretches in victories over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns.

    So, it is our extreme pleasure to report what you've all seen over the past few games: these units have been turned their performance around…and it shows in the results.

    Let's start with the defensive line, which was easily the team's Achilles heel, falling flat on their face against LeSean McCoy and DeMarco Murray (and getting torched by Trent Richardson [67 yards in the first half] and DeAngelo Williams [4.5 yards per carry] before their teams fell behind and had to abandon the run). Furthermore, the Giants showed a shocking lack of pressure on the quarterback, picking up only eight sacks in five games and routinely giving opposing quarterbacks all the time in the world." Read more...
    Washington Redskins Call Out New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul
    Excerpt: "New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's two-sack performance against the San Francisco 49ers in Week six was an impressive performance by a player who was relatively quiet in previous games. So, on Wednesday, when Pierre-Paul commented that the WashingtonRedskins rushing attack should not run his way, most people generally agreed. Most people, besides theWashington Redskins of course. Several members of the 'Skins had no problem making light of Pierre-Paul as both teams prepare for a highly contested divisional matchup.

    Perhaps the biggest perpetrator was Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris. Morris, who is averaging 4.6 yards per carry this season, did not seem too intimidated by the notion of going up against one of the best defensive ends in the NFL.

    "I laugh at it," says Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris. "No disrespect to him, but talk is cheap. That's why everyone can afford it."

    The thing about that is, Jason Pierre-Paul backs up his talk on the field. He already has a Super Bowl ring to go along with a Pro Bowl appearance. Alfred Morris, while he is an exciting young running back, does not have nearly the credentials of JPP yet." Read more...

    Poor Eli Manning: NFL Regular Season Week 6

    Excerpt: "
    "Poor Eli Manning” is a compilation of quotes by both the media and fans aboutNew York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLII & XLVI MVP Eli Manning.

    Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to theNew York Giants on draft day of 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto, “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.

    In Sunday's 26-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Manning didn't put up the huge numbers he had over the first five weeks of the season, but he still played quite well, finishing the night 15 of 28 (54%) for 193 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, a rare Hakeem Nicks drop kept Eli from eclipsing the 200 yards mark for the 29th straight game." Read more...

    Could Giants Have Three-Headed Monster In Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, and David Wilson

    Excerpt: "
    The New York Giants finally have some exciting things going on in the running game: three 100-yard performances in the last four games, a healthy Ahmad Bradshaw, an exciting and explosive young up-and-comer in David Wilson, and a viable option in Andre Brown.

    While Brown is just returning from a concussion, we're already day-dreaming of what this stable of guys could do if they all fit nicely into their roles, especially the way the offensive line is playing.

    In Bradshaw, you have your workhorse. The Giants clearly trust him the most and he'll be the guy getting the most touches one way or another, as long as he's healthy." Read more...



    Spotlight on Washington Redskins' QB Robert Griffin III

    Excerpt: "Not many people in the football world really knew who Robert Griffin IIIwas before the 2011 season. College football analysts were not predicting him becoming a high draft pick to the NFL. If he wanted an NFL career, it wasn't going to come easy.

    Well ... that was before 2011.

    RGIII took a struggling Baylor football team and made it a winner. He became a football player that is the entire package and more: athletic, calm, speedy, and disciplined. RGIII's talents and accomplishments were recognized and he was voted the Heisman Trophy winner.

    Soon the question leading up to the draft rose: Who's more valuable at number one, Andrew Luck or RGIII? Eventually, the Washington Redskins selected RGIII as the number two overall pick, and that has given the Redskin faithful something to look forward to seeing every week." Read more...

    NY Giants' News and Nogtes: Bradshaw Ready to go

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

    Running back Ahmad Bradshaw says he is "ready to go" on Sunday and adds that he would be happy if his heavy workload the past two weeks (57 carries) continues: [Full transcript]

    "]I'm always up for it. I take pride in it. Anytime I can try to carry this team as much as I can, I'll do it. If they want to put it on my back, I'll take it."Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride on the progress of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who played Sunday against San Francisco for the first time since Week 2: [Full transcript]

    "He's getting better. Unfortunately, it's a lengthy process getting back to where he was. He is definitely better this week than he was the week before. You're encouraged by seeing him do some things maybe he couldn't have done last week. It's a matter of just continuing to see that growth and return to where he was before he was injured." Read more...

    Washington Redskins Scouting Report

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants are staying home to take on the traveling Washington Redskins on Sunday, seeking their first division win. The Redskins are playing in their first division game and there is excitement in the Washington fan base this season because of the arrival of Alfred Morris? No that's not it. The improving play of Ryan Kerrigan?

    Well, some larger than life personality has taken D.C. by storm.

    Can the Giants stay sharp and focus and take care of the Redskins, something they couldn't do either time last year?

    Let's take a look at how the team's stack up.

    Category Redskins Giants
    Points per game 29.7 (T 3rd) 29.7 (T 3rd)
    Pass Yards Per game 228 (20th) 289.7 (5th)
    Rush Attempts per game 31.8 (5th) 29.7 (13th)
    Yards Per rush 5.2 (2nd) 4.6 (6th)
    Sacks Allowed 13 (T 16th) 5 (1st)
    Time of Possession 30:40 31:38

    Category Redskins NY Giants
    Points per game 28.8 (26th) 19 (7th)
    Pass yards per game 328.3 (32nd) 256.8 (21st)
    Rush Yards per attempt 3.9 (14th) 4.6 (24th)
    Yards per game 417.2 (27th) 363 (20th)
    Turnover Ratio +9 +7
    Sacks 12 14
    "

    Victor Cruz: Redskins Punched Us In The Mouth Last Year

    Excerpt: "Overlook the Washington Redskins? With an 0-2 record in the NFC East and with the memory of a pair of 2011 losses to the Redskins still fresh, there isn't much chance the New York Giants will do that.

    Victor Cruz
    was on WFAN with Mike Francesa this week, and Francesa asked the extraordinary wide receiver about those 2011 losses:" Read more...







    Are The NY Giants The Team To Beat In The NFC?

    Excerpt: "Tom Coughlin set the stage early last week, saying nobody gave his Giants a chance to beat the San Franscisco 49ers on Sunday.

    New York emphatically closed the curtain on that stage late Sunday, evening, completing a 26-3 beat down of the team they took care of in the NFC Championship game last January.

    Now, with an impressive, dominant win over a team that many believed was the best in football, the Giants have catapulted to the top of the league’s list of best teams.
    Exactly where the Giants rank on that list is still unknown, but something certainly is known: the Giants are contenders again in 2012.

    Although New York did have a sub-par performances against the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles — two games that resulted in losses — it seems to have figured out their issues, and, heath-wise aside, everything appears to be in order heading into the middle of its season." Read more...


    Giants' "Secret Weapon" Takes Pride In Helping The Running Game Succeed

    Excerpt: "When it comes to the success of the Giants’ running game, this one unit–and no, it’s not the offensive line–is like a group of stealth bombers that largely goes unnoticed.

    The Giants’ wide receiver group, whose primary job is to catch the ball, is the running game’s secret weapon, the group of guys whose downfield blocking often can mean the difference between a 5- and a 15-yard run.

    This group is a large reason why the Giants, through six games, have 24 big runs of 10 or more yards, an average of four per game, which, at that rate, will put them on the course for 64 big-play runs—more than double the 31 big-play runs they recorded all last season.

    And of the Giants’ 2012 total so far, eight of those runs have gone for 20+ yards, the longest being a 40-yarder recorded by David Wilson against Cleveland in Week 5.

    Receivers aren’t necessarily paid for their blocking skills, but sometimes the pure motivation of helping out a fellow teammate is more than enough compensation for Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Ramses Barden, Ruben Randle, and Jerrel Jernigan.

    “We have some explosive running backs who run hard, some special guys you’re not going to see on every team,” said Barden, in his fourth season. “The way they run, you like to see them succeed, so if we can have a hand in their success, which is ultimately the team’s success, that’s something we’re going to take pride in and we’re going to do our best to give them every opportunity to make plays.”

    Although the receivers aren’t going “mano-a-mano” against 260+-pound defenders, their role as blockers isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

    “There’s an old saying that the (offensive) line blocks for first downs, but the receivers block for touchdowns,” said Nicks. “Once the running backs get past the line, it’s our turn to beat the defensive secondary who’s standing in the way of us getting a touchdown.”

    “It’s a tough job,” added Cruz. “We have to go in there and get the safeties that are sometimes ‘downhill guys’ who are bigger than we are so our running backs can get an opportunity to spring one. But we take a lot of pride in doing it.” Read more...

    Folger's Forecast: Giants vs Redskins

    Excerpt: "Maintaining the level of focus and discipline that the Giants displayed vs. the 49ers last week won’t be easy. Reading its own press clippings won’t help the team’s preparation either as it’s tough to fight human nature.

    On the plus side, the hype over Robert Griffin III –RG3– should get their attention, as should the Redskins’ sweep of the season series last year. Still, a Giants’ let down would not be unprecedented.

    The Redskins are an offense-driven team. Their defense gives up a lot of yards, especially through the air, but they don’t get blown out. Their quarterback has kept them in every game. Not too many people are giving them much of a chance this week. They’ll be “David” to the Giants’ “Goliath,” all of which makes Washington a very dangerous opponent.

    Giants on Offense

    We think the Giants’ offense is going to have to score a lot of points—probably more than usual–to win this game. We all know how strongly Tom Coughlin believes in balance. It seems the best way of achieving that is to throw early and run late. The Redskins will take their chances, but it’s accepted fact that blitzing Eli Manning is the wrong way to go.

    Thus, we think the Redskins will institute a conservative game plan, and try to force the Giants to be methodical. Manning will take the run if it’s presented to him, so expect another big rushing day from the Giants’ offense.

    André Brown could be back in the mix as the coaches really need to start limiting some of Ahmad Bradshaw’s touches. Bradshaw, who has a foot issue, probably won’t like it, but it’s the smart thing to do.

    Manning hasn’t taken many of the check down opportunities of late, but if the Redskins drop their linebackers and play soft, then Bradshaw and Brown should get some catches.

    We’re most intrigued to see David Wilson in check down mode, as getting the rookie the ball in space seems like a smart play. When these three backs are healthy, they have the potential of that great three-headed Giants running back group of 2008 that once took the league by storm.

    The Giants’ offensive line will be looking to continue their recent success, a resurgence that was sparked by the insertion of Will Beatty at left tackle. The five offensive line starters are playing well together, and with the added assistance of tight end Martellus Bennett, who is giving the team its best blocking at the position since Dan Campbell, they’re giving their head coach a legitimate chance to achieve that 50-50 run-pass balance that he treasures so much.

    The Redskins’ defense is still trying to overcome the loss of their best player, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is their only pass rush threat and will line up over Sean Locklear. Look for Bradshaw and Bennett to give Locklear a lot of help.

    Middle linebacker London Fletcher remains timeless; cornerback DeAngelo Hall remains very much a ball hawk; and ex-Giant Barry Cofield starts on the nose. Otherwise, Washington’s defense is a youthful, no-name group that is trying to make a name for itself.


    Injuries Won't Slow Down Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw

    Excerpt: "Running back Ahmad Bradshaw knows there’s a very good chance than in less than ten years, his quality of life might be severely affected given the numerous injuries he’s dealt with over the course of his six-year career.

    But the only thing he’s worried about these days is being there for his teammates, ready to carry them on his back if they need him to.

    “It’s just toughness,” he said of how he gets himself up week after week despite the many hits his body continues to take. “I feel like if I can fight through the stuff I’ve been through, I got a lot of fight and it’s going to take a lot to bring me down. “

    Bradshaw, who credits his love for the game for inspiring his heart, is dealing with an undisclosed foot injury that he refused to talk much about other than to say that the late-game injury suffered last week against the 49ers had nothing to do with the stress fracture or ankle issues he’s had in the past.

    Instead, he stands ready to carry a full workload on Sunday if called upon.

    “Oh definitely. I’m always up for it. I take pride in it,” he said. “Anytime I can try to carry this team as much as I can I’ll do it. If they want to put it on my back. I’ll take it.” Read more...

    Eli Manning Praises His Pass Protection

    Excerpt: "Quarterback Eli Manning smiled when asked what the biggest difference in his offensive line has been the last few weeks.

    “I’m not sure,” he said, “but, I’m not complaining about it.”

    And who could blame him? After all, the Giants’ offensive line has recorded four games this season in which they didn’t allow a sack, including a current three-game streak. Just as importantly though, they’ve allowed Manning time in the pocket to do what he does best, which is make the plays to move the chains.

    Because the offensive line – and by extension the fullback and tight ends – have been playing so well, the Giants have given up the fewest sacks (5) in the NFL.

    But it’s not just the blockers that are responsible for the success the passing game has had. Head coach Tom Coughlin believes the quarterback has a hand in it as well.

    “It’s recognition, it’s understanding, it’s knowledge, and it’s delivering the ball, sometimes faster than you want it delivered,” he said. “You don’t want to go backwards; you’re trying to avoid that." Read more...











    New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins Revitalized

    Excerpt: "The New York Giants have been watching Robert Griffin III from afar.

    They've seen the highlight-worthy passes, the scintillating runs, and they've been so impressed that Osi Umenyiora has practically knighted the rookie quarterback, referring to him as "Sir Robert Griffin."

    On Sunday, they'll meet RG3 in person for what likely will be the first of many battles to come.The mere thought of seeing the Redskins' newest and brightest hope -- and perhaps the fastest quarterback in the league -- for several more years made Justin Tuck let out a big sigh."Yeah, yeah ... looks like it," Tuck said, of this being the first of many encounters. "It is amazing that [Tony] Romo is the least mobile quarterback now in the NFC East that I get to play."Tuck practically shook his head while saying that. Despite the fact that Washington swept the season series last year, Giants-Redskins hasn't had the same oomph or impact as the Giants' division rivalries with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in recent years." Read more...


    Injury Report: Nickls, Bradshaw Practice

    Excerpt: "Giants' wide receiver Hakeem N icks (foot/knee) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) were on the field during the portion of the practice open to the media Friday.

    This makes three straight days of practice for Nicks, who made his return to the field last Sunday against the 49ers." Read more...

    W2W4: Giants vs Redskins

    Excerpt: "t's time for the New York Giants to finally meet Robert Griffin III and see the hype in person.

    More importantly, though, the Giants need to get on the board in the division standings. They are 0-2 in the NFC East and really need a division victory. Here's what to watch for on Sunday:

    Stop the future: RG3 may very well be the future of football given his incredible speed and talent. But the Giants can’t let him be the present on Sunday and allow him to run all over them the way he did on Minnesota last Sunday.

    Griffin had a 76-yard touchdown run that Osi Umenyiora described as “ridiculous.” Of course, JPP did challenge RG3 to run to his side of the defense.

    The Giants have faced mobile quarterbacks like Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Tony Romo and even Colin Kaepernick. But Perry Fewell and Tom Coughlin say Griffin is different. The Giants have to contain the edges better than they did against Philadelphia earlier this year.

    The Giants, who also have to slow down running back Alfred Morris, may have several battles with Griffin for years to come but they need to give the rookie a rude welcome on Sunday in his first NFC East divisional game.

    Salsa time: The Redskins' secondary has been torched several times this season. The Redskins have allowed eight wide receivers or tight ends to go for 100 yards or more receiving. Also, Danny Amendola, Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones and Percy Harvin have all had 10 or more catches in a game against Washington.

    Eli Manning should be able to go to work in this game and find Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicksand Domenik Hixon open against Washington’s defense. " Read more...

    Highlights From Gilbride, Fewell Sessions

    Excerpt: "Each Thursday, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell speak with the media.

    Here are a few highlights from those sessions this week:


    • Wideout Hakeem Nicks practiced for the second straight day on Thursday. He was limited, but that's still a promising sign. In previous weeks, Nicks has practiced just once as he tries to recover from his foot and knee injuries.

    Gilbride was asked about Nicks on Thursday: "He's getting better. Unfortunately, it's a lengthy process getting back to where he was. He is definitely better this week than he was the week before. You're encouraged by seeing him do some things maybe he couldn't have done last week. It's a matter of just continuing to see that growth and return to where he was before he was injured."

    • Rookie running back David Wilson is still trying to earn back the coaches' full trust, after that fumble in Week 1 against the Cowboys.

    Wilson had a career-high seven carries for 35 yards against the 49ers last week.

    "I think he's trying to do the right thing," Gilbride said of protecting the football. "I think he knows that's an area he's had problems with in the past. It's an area that is exploited more cleverly and with more efficiency at this level. It happened to him early in his career so he's highly sensitized to it. If it becomes a continual problem, it'll diminish his opportunities, so he's certainly conscious about it. He's trying to do the right thing and the more he continues to do the right thing, the more opportunities he'll get to play." Read more...

    "Bob" Blocks With Henry Hynoski - VIDEO

    Excerpt: "Ron Jaworski talks about the success of the Giants running game behind the blocking of Henry Hynoski." Read more...

    Next Level Preview: Giants vs. Redskins

    Excerpt: "The Giants return to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to face the Washington Redskins for the first time this season. The Redskins won both meetings between the teams in 2011.

    New York is coming off a 26-3 win at San Francisco, where the Giants ran for 149 yards while holding the Niners to 80 yards, their fewest in 2012. The Giants' defense came alive, forcing three Alex Smith interceptions and sacking the 49ers quarterbacks six times, three of which came when they sent five or more pass rushers.

    The defense will be tested again in Week 7 when it faces the explosive Robert Griffin III. Last week against the Vikings, Griffin had a career-high 138 yards rushing, with 76 of those yards coming on a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    Here are some areas to watch for in Week 7:" Read more...

    Coughlin On Return Of Diehl and Canty

    Excerpt: "Two veterans trying to work their way back into the Giants' starting lineup are offensive tackle David Diehl and defensive tackle Chris Canty.

    Diehl, who suffered a knee injury in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, returned to action last Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, getting some snaps as an extra tight end in the Giants' jumbo package.

    "He's very close," coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday, when asked if Diehl is fully healthy.

    However, when, or even if, Diehl will regain his starting job at right tackle is unclear. The Giants' offensive line, with veteran Sean Locklear filling in for Diehl at right tackle, has played very well of late. The Giants have rushed for 392 yards the past two weeks, and quarterback Eli Manning hasn't been sacked in the past three games.

    Coughlin gave no guarantees about Diehl getting back his starting job. "It's a continuous operation; he's getting more time practicing and feeling better about it," Coughlin said. "We'll see how it goes."

    Diehl had played in 142 of a possible 146 regular season games since his rookie season with the Giants in 2003, prior to the injury in Week 2 this year, and had started all 142 of those games.

    As for Canty, the eight-year veteran spent the first six weeks of the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, because of offseason knee surgery. Canty came off the PUP list and began practicing fully with the team on Wednesday.

    "He actually practiced well yesterday and today," Coughlin said Thursday. "He's in very good condition." Read more...









    Redskins WR Garcon "Long Shot" To Face Giants

    Excerpt: "
    Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahansays injured receiver Pierre Garcon is a ''long shot'' to play against the New York Giants on Sunday.Garcon missed practice a second day in a row Thursday, getting treatment for the painful swelling on the bottom of a right toe that has kept him out of three of Washington's past five games. He'll skip practice Friday, too." Read more...

    Week 7 Locks To Win - VIDEO



    Key Matchup: Redskins' QB Robert Griffin III vs Giants' Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell

    Excerpt: "Defensive coordinators still don’t know how to defend Griffin. Most teams have opted to rush four and play zone behind it, afraid of having the defensive backs’ eyes anywhere but on the backfield. With that approach, the results have been mixed. Although Griffin has thrown two interceptions with only two TD passes in 126 attempts, he’s completing almost 70 percent of his passes, per STATS LLC.

    On one of the few blitzes the Vikings sent at him last week, Griffin burned them with a 76-yard TD run. Overall on the season, Griffin has thrown the ball well, too, against five or more rushers: He has completed 17-of-24 passes with three TDs and no interceptions. Griffin’s poise in pressure situations has been obvious, and the only team to really rattle him was the Bengals in the first half when the Redskins had protection problems following the injury to OLT Trent Wiliams.

    Griffin also has benefited from the running of fellow rookie, RB Alfred Morris. A no-nonsense, one-cut zone runner, Morris has consistently gotten what is blocked for him and put Griffin in great second- and third-down situations. So, even in a game in which WR Pierre Garcon (back) might not be able to go, the passing options look to be in decent shape with the play-action potential and the increased roles for TE Fred Davis and WR Santana Moss of late." Read more...





    3FTO: Redskins @ Giants

    Excerpt: "This NFC East showdown features the 3-3 Washington Redskins traveling to the Meadowlands to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, who own a record of 4-2. This will be rookie QB Robert Griffin III’s first division game, while the G-Men have lost their first two division games to the Dallas Cowboys, at home on opening night, and to the Eagles in Philadelphia.

    The Redskins won only five games last year, yet two of those were against the Giants. Despite previously suffering through three years without a win against their New York rivals, the Redskins held Eli Manning to zero TD passes and forced four interceptions on their way to 28-14 and 23-10 victories. In another example of the scoreboard not telling the whole story, the latter win was actually the more dominant victory (the Giants would not lose another game after that embarrassing beat down).

    Will the Redskins continue to push around the arguably more talented Giants, or will things go back to the way they were during the 2008-2010 era? Let’s take a look at some matchups that will determine that answer."

    The Giants’ pass catchers have to be excited about this matchup.
    Hakeem Nicks
    has been injured, which helps explain his mere 17 catches and one score, but will be suiting up for this game and must be accounted for.
    Victor Cruz
    has been Eli’s favorite target with 43 catches, nearly 500 yards, six TD catches and six forced missed tackles — the only thing that has stopped Cruz so far has been his drops (six). Elsewhere, a finally-healthy
    Dominic Hixon
    , and
    Ramses Barden
    have combined for 31 catches and 512 yards. Barden, however, seems to have fallen out of favor after a ridiculous offensive pass interference penalty at a critical moment in the Eagles game and has seen only three snaps since. Another target the Redskins will have to worry about is former Cowboy tight end
    Martellus Bennett
    who started off hot with 15 catches and three TDs in the first three weeks, but has only five catches and no scores in the past three contests. Bennett has been dealing with an injury but is reportedly healthy, which is bad news for Fletcher and Riley especially. This matchup will perhaps be the most important factor in deciding who walks away with a victory."




    Bills, Redskins Fined $20K Each For Injury Report VIolations

    Excerpt: "
    The NFL has decided on fines for a pair of teams they believe violating the league’s procedures for reporting injury information.

    Buffalo and Washington have each been fined $20,000 for their violations. The Bills were fined for not listing defensive end Mario Williams on the injury report after he commented publicly about the left wrist injury that he said had been bothering him on the field. Even though Williams practiced fully and played in games, the league says the Bills should have put him on the injury report. Williams has appeared on the injury report the last two weeks." Read more...


    Marcus Hayes: Eagles Lead the NFL In Arrogance

    Excerpt: "
    IF, IN FACT, arrogance diminishes wisdom, then the Eagles are squandering their richest resource.

    Say what you will, but Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo are among the better coaches in the NFL in the past decade, perhaps longer. At one point or another, peers and experts hailed each as among the game's best at something: preparation, organization and hiring, in Reid's case; educating quarterbacks and implementing the West Coast offense, for Mornhinweg; and, for Castillo, the capacity to learn any of football's mysteries."

    Put the development of Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb and the revival of Michael Vick's career at the feet of Reid and Mornhinweg. Credit Castillo with turning himself into the league's most innovative offensive line coach.

    If only they would allow themselves the chance to let the game unfold before them. If only they would fire the weapons they have instead of trying to make those weapons more clever, more potent; instead of trying to make them devastating.

    If only . . .

    The 3-3 Eagles might be the 5-1 Eagles."

    Source: Garrett Reid Died Of Accidental Heroin Overdose
    Last edited by RoanokeFan; 10-19-2012, 07:12 PM.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    I don't know how to take what Canty said. He says he is a long ways to go before he can help contribute. Why would they even play him if he couldn't contribute? Am I reading that the wrong way?


    • #3
      I think Canty is saying he's not 100 percent and won't start but that doesn't mean he might not be in the rotation
      Last edited by RoanokeFan; 10-19-2012, 08:27 AM.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


      • #4
        sir robert griffin....lmao


        • #5
          Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
          I think Canty is saying he's not 100 percent and and start but that doesn't mean he might not be in the rotation
          Yeah that's what I was thinking too but to it just sounded strange the way I read it.


          • #6
            that's interesting video that Jaworski did on Hynoski
            “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


            • #7
              Originally posted by Buddy333 View Post
              Yeah that's what I was thinking too but to it just sounded strange the way I read it.
              Canty has been missed
              “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


              • #8
                Absolutely. I've notice the talk about him being over paid on the board has lightened up. Either that's because he just hasn't been mentioned or because some are realizing how important he is and what a big signing he was.


                • #9
                  Thanks R.F.!!
                  "...Running from Taylor makes you run into Banks..." - Pro Football Weekly, 1988/89

                  "But wait, theirs mooore!!!" - Osi Umenyiora


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sanntee31 View Post
                    Thanks R.F.!!
                    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


                    • #11
                      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.”


                      • #12
                        thanks Ro......
                        "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
                        You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GameTime View Post
                          thanks Ro......
                          You're welcome, Come ON Sunday
                          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BeatYale View Post
                            Thanks bro.
                            “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


                            • #15
                              Disipline and gap control are vital not just for RGIII and his antics, Morris is no joke either, he is a hard runner. Fred Davis and Santana Moss are effective. Statistically, the two defenses are not that far apart. The Giants are going to have to bring their "A" game on this one.

                              I live down here and the fans and the team like the direction they're headed in. I would love to see it stalled!

                              Thanks RF!