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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Giants' Tyler Sash returns to practice after four game suspension
Excerpt: "Four weeks may not seem like much, but for Tyler Sash, the month away from the Giants to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs was an eternity.
He returned to practice Wednesday after splitting the previous four weeks between Miami and home in Iowa where he tried to stay in shape and stay connected with the sport anyway he could.
"Like a little kid getting to run free on the playground, man," Sash said of returning to practice. "It's good to be back." Read more...
Giants' Rueben Randle bushes aside work ethic concerns
Excerpt: "Rueben Randle knows what Chris Collinsworth said about him in Sunday night's NBC broadcast. He is aware Collinsworth questioned his work ethic on national television -- a few of his Twitter followers made sure of that.
But he wasn't aware that Victor Cruz did the same in a New York Post report published today. In the article, Cruz questioned the rookie wide receiver's attitude and professionalism.
"I don’t know anything about it so I'm not sure what Victor has said," Randle said this afternoon. "It's my first time hearing about it."
Randle, a second-round pick, said coaches haven't asked him to pick up the effort, but to "play faster" and study both film and the playbook more." Read more...
David Diehl returns but Giants' practice without two starting linemen
Excerpt: "Right tackle David Diehl was back on the practice field today, taking a limited number of reps, for the first time since spraining his MCL against the Buccaneers.
But the Giants still worked without two starting offensive linemen: center David Baas (hand) and right guard Chris Snee (hip). While practice was open to the media, Baas watched position drills from the side with his right arm taped up, while Snee stayed inside working out.
Baas has a swollen hand but declined to say when it happened. He said he'll practice Thursday and is "not worried" about playing this week against the Browns. The goal today was to minimize the swelling, which he says "tends to go a lot of different places," resulting in his entire arm being taped up." Read more...
Tom Coughlin using 2008 loss to Browns as motivation for this week's game
Excerpt: "The last time the Giants played the Browns in the regular season was October 2008. Entering the game 4-0, the Giants were handed a 35-14 beatdown on Monday Night Football.
Asked if that's something his team will draw on this week, as they prepare to face the Browns at home, coach Tom Coughlin did not flinch.
"I do," he said. "I remember."
Much of the composition of his team has changed since then, but key pieces like Eli Manning and Justin Tuck are still in place.
"There’s a lot of them in the room that don’t have any recall of that," Coughlin said. "But I mentioned it to those that were here. And the fact that at one point we were 11-1 and only had the one blemish." Read more...
Giants' Ramses Barden listed with concussion on pre-practice injury report
Excerpt: "The Giants released an extensive pre-practice injury report this morning with a few new addition. Perhaps the most significant new name and injury is WR Ramses Barden, who is listed with a concussion.
It is unclear when Barden suffered the concussion. He was in on 43 of the Giants' 68 offensive snaps and played a significant role in the Giants' final drive, drawing two defensive pass interference penalties before being called for an offensive pass interference when he dragged cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha down to negate a game-ending interception. The penalty backed the Giants 10 yards and Lawrence Tynes missed the 54-yard field goal to win the game." Read more...
Osi Umenyiora says there's no counter for what offenses arfe dong to neutralize the Giants' pass rush
Excerpt: "Osi Umenyiora recorded a sack of Michael Vick Sunday, but it was just one of two on the night for the Giants and one Vick essentially surrendered to stay in bounds late in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles, Umenyiora said, countered the Giants pass rush like other teams have this season: by having the quarterback get rid of the ball quickly and providing more bodies in pass protection.
Umenyiora expressed concern when asked if there was an answer to the opposing offenses' strategy.
"There's really no counter for it, honestly," he said in an interview on ESPN Radio this afternoon. "Because if you blitz, obviously, we have some injuries in our secondary so you can't really commit too many people to a rush. If you don't do that then you're going to allow the teams to have more time because they're keeping more people in to protect." Read more...
A look back at the Giants' 19 - 17 loss to the Eagles
Excerpt: "The pass play to Ramses Barden with 25 seconds left, on which he was called for a devastating 10-yard offensive pass interference penalty, can be questioned from a couple different angles: The Giants should have run the ball, and not gone for the aggressive pass call. Manning had other options on the play, and should not have chosen Barden, the X receiver. Barden should not have allowed CB Nnamdi Asomugha to get position on him, and could have prevented a possible interception in a less egregious way. If Hakeem Nicks were healthy and playing Sunday, the Giants would never have had to throw it to Barden.
But it’s also hard to fault the Giants for sticking with the same approach that netted them seven fourth-quarter comebacks in last year’s Super Bowl season.
“We feel, quite frankly, that with our quarterback, that’s the way we should play,” Coughlin said." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Randle dismisses "work ethic" concerns
Excerpt: "Said Randle: “I’m not really sure what he’s referring to.”
“As a rookie you come in and you’re going to struggle,” said the second-round pick out of LSU. “My job here is just to continue to work hard, gain the trust of my teammates and the coaching staff and take advantage of the opportunities that they give me.”
So far it sounds like Randle is doing that – at least he is now. Though no one outwardly questioned his work ethic or agreed with Collinsworth on Wednesday, Eli Manning seemed to indicate that Randle’s attitude was something that had to improve.
“He’s young and he’s trying to figure out what it takes to compete and get mentally and physically ready for upcoming games,” Manning said. “He has talent. He’s been working better, understanding just how we work and prepare each week. He’s doing a good job of putting everything together.” Read more...
Giants are all black and blue before Browns
Excerpt: "At one point during Tom Coughlin’s press conference on Wednesday morning, as the media was quizzing him about the injury report and who would miss practice, one reporter ended the marathon session by asking “Who is practicing?”
Given the surprisingly lengthy injury report, that’s a much better question.
The Giants’ pre-practice report including 13 names, including the surprise additions of receiver Ramses Barden (concussion), guard Chris Snee (hip), defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quad) and linebacker Michael Boley (hip). None of those four are expected to practice on Wednesday afternoon, and neither is center David Baas (hand), receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee), safety Kenny Phillips (knee) nor linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring)." Read more...
NFL power rankings: Houston Texans are tops
Excerpt: "Wanted: some competition for the Texans.
Outside of swatting away a comeback attempt by Peyton Manning, the boys from Houston have been cruising and bruising against a few weak sisters. And whom they face next Monday night? The team that should have been wearing flags for all the fight they put up against the 49ers Sunday.
Think Rex Ryan's men can hand the Texans their first loss? If not, the Texans will stay atop the Daily News power rankings. Of the three unbeaten teams left in the NFL, they have been the most impressive.
As for the Jets, they tumble four spots to No. 21. The Giants, who couldn't finish in Philly, also drop four spots to ninth." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
Giants' Cruz jersey the ninth best selling in NFL
Excerpt: "Victor Cruz stormed onto the scene last year to become one of the top wide receivers in the NFL.
Now, the Giants phenom is among the most popular." Read more...
Calls for rookie Randle to step up effort
Excerpt: "Players usually take care of their own — especially when a teammate is criticized on a television broadcast by an announcer who is not around the team on a regular basis.
So, when Cris Collinsworth took a shot at rookie receiver Rueben Randle on the NBC broadcast of Sunday night’s Giants-Eagles game, it figured that those who work closely with Randle would rally around the kid.
Randle was on the field for just four offensive plays and had just one pass thrown his way, a deep ball along the left sideline that fell incomplete, although Randle did draw an illegal contact penalty on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
“Randle’s work ethic has been questioned a bit with the Giants,’’ Collinsworth said after the play. “They’re hoping that he grows up as he goes along and starts becoming a bit more of a pro.”" Read more..
Giants' Barden has concussion, unlikely to play against Browns
Excerpt: "Another week, another Giants receiver down.On an injury report crowded with 13 players, Ramses Barden is one of the newcomers to the list distributed before Wednesday’s practice. Barden, unbeknownst to anyone immediately after the game in Philadelphia, came out of the loss to the Eagle with a concussion.
It’s likely Barden will be unavailable to play in Sunday’s game against the Browns, given the medical protocol involved with gaining clearance after a player is diagnosed with a concussion. Barden gave no indication of struggling following the game. He was involved in the game’s most fateful play when he was called for offensive pass interference in the closing minute, forcing Lawrence Tynes to attempt a 54-yard field goal rather than a 44-yarder the Giants had set up for him. The kick came up just short." Read more...
Giants using Wilson as "weapon" in kick game
Excerpt: "A rookie who is buried on the depth chart can either sulk about it or else try to make something happen on special teams as a way to ingratiate himself with the coaching staff. It is obvious which direction David Wilson is taking.
“He works hard every day,’’ Giants coach Tom Coughlin yesterday said of the rookie running back. “The kid…he works hard. He’s trying to get it all figured out. He wants you to know how much it means to him and how important it is to him. He’s gone out last night and proven a few things. I mean, yeah. Is there a place for a guy that can take it at five yards and run it the rest of the way? Yes.’’
Wilson didn’t take it the rest of the way Sunday night against the Eagles, but he came close. He had kickoff returns of 43 and 53 yards and his 35-yard return gave the Giants a shot at a last-gasp drive in their 19-17 loss.
“David Wilson as a weapon, it’s quite obvious now that people are going to really have to contend for that aspect of our game,’’ Coughlin said." Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
Look ahead: Browns (0 - 4) at Giants (2 - 2)
Excerpt: "At MetLife Stadium
Sunday, 1 p.m.TV: Ch. 2 Radio: WFAN-AM 660In the spotlight
Early line: Giants by 10
The Giants are banged up and again searching for consistency on both sides of the ball, but this should be a bit of a breather with a challenging three-game stretch — at San Francisco, home versus the Redskins and at Dallas — to follow. The Browns are scoring an average of 18.3 points per game (27th in the league) and putting up an average of 311.5 yards, nearly 100 fewer than the Giants.
Giants S Tyler Sash. The second-year pro returned to the team Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, and his presence is welcome. With Kenny Phillips out with a sprained MCL in his right knee, Sash could step right in as a complement at safety to Stevie Brown and Will Hill opposite Antrel Rolle as the back line of the secondary. Sash is also a big contributor on special teams." Read more...
Giants Beat: Rookie David Wilson contributing on special teams
Excerpt: "David Wilson is doing his best to stay patient, even if his desire to contribute to the Giants as a running back during his rookie season continues to burn.Don’t mistake his absence in the offensive backfield as Wilson being invisible, however.
In Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Eagles, Wilson returned six kickoffs for 217 yards, the third-highest single-game total in franchise history. He has an NFL-high 13 kickoff returns for 393 yards and his 30.2-yard average places him third in the league.
"David Wilson as a weapon is quite obvious now," coach Tom Coughlin said.
The Giants’ 2012 first-round pick has waited his turn to star throughout his career.
At Virginia Tech, he was behind Ryan Williams and Darren Evans on the depth chart and needed those two teammates to depart before getting his chance." Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Stevie Brown steps up again
Excerpt: "When Tom Coughlin was asked today ifStevie Brown will start for the injured safety Kenny Phillipshttp://www.giants.com/assets/nflimg/...ticle-link.gif Sunday against Cleveland, he blandly responded, “We’ll see.”
That is the coach’s default response for questions he prefers not to answer. In his opinion, it’s better to leave matters regarding player deployment shrouded in mystery.
Brown played most of the game last week in Philadelphia after Phillips hurt his knee in the first half. All the public reviews have been favorable.
“I think Stevie Brown did a good job,” said Antrel Rollehttp://www.giants.com/assets/nflimg/...ticle-link.gif, the other starting safety. “There weren’t any setbacks and he did everything that he was asked to do.” Read more...
Giants' Injury Report
Excerpt: "A season-high 13 players are on the Giants’ pre-practice injury report - including newcomers such as Ramses Barden, and – and most of them will miss practice today when preparations begin for Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Browns. Chris Snee David Baas. Read more...
Inside the Numbers: Wilson's return mark
Excerpt: "RB David Wilson returned six kickoffs for 217 yards against the Eagles
The big kickoff return has seldom been an integral component of the Giants’ offensive repertoire. http://www.giants.com/
Consider that in an 88-year history that includes 1,213 regular season games, the Giants have returned 19 kickoffs for touchdowns, or one every 63.8 games. The Giants once went 20 years (1972-92) without a kickoff return touchdown. They have 10 such scores since the 1970 merger, tying them with Cincinnati for the third-fewest – behind Denver (5) and Miami (8) - in that span, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. (The Giants also have two postseason kickoff return touchdowns, both by Ron Dixon in 2000.) " Read more...
Giants vs Eagles: NFL Week 4 game analysis
Excerpt: "The New York Giants dropped to 2-2 and 0-2 in the division in brutal fashion on Sunday night, as they were about three yards short of being 3-1 on aLawrence Tynes 54-yard field goal attempt. Ramses Barden became the scapegoat late in the game. After the Giants got two pass interference calls in their favor, Barden committed an offensive pass interference that put the Giants out of field goal range. My question was – why are the Giants going deep in that situation to begin with? That type of unnecessary risk is something you rarely see from Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin in late game drives.
Today, we take a close look at the Giants' week four loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and what we saw in all phases of the game from Big Blue.
Key Reason for Loss: Poor offensive execution and decision making
First and foremost, the third down offense was just some of the worst we've seen from this Giants offensive unit in quite some time. Two for ten on third down is not going to keep you in many football games, yet the Giants still had a shot to win this game on the final drive. The running game continues to fail to be an asset for the offense which certainly isn't helping their third down production.
Eli Manning had an interception in the red zone that took points off the board after what was the Giants most impressive drive of the night to that point. Finally on the final drive, we saw something extremely rare – as Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning both made what look to be poor decisions in hindsight. They've been so good in late game situations over the past couple of seasons that it was almost shocking to see Manning throw a dangerous ball towards the end zone when the Giants had a 44 yard field goal attempt in hand, and even more shocking perhaps that Tom Coughlin did not insist that the team run the football on that second down and pick up a couple more yards to put the kick very comfortably in Lawrence Tynes range. Instead, Manning took a risk and threw the ball down the sideline, Nnamdi Asomugha got in good position to pick it off and Ramses Barden committed an offensive pass interference costing the Giants ten yards on the kick.
These are things you rarely see from this Giants football team in close games and in the fourth quarter." Read more...
Giants dominated by injuries & more from afternoon tea with Coach Coughlin
Excerpt: "An unhappy Tom Coughlin took the podium on Wednesday afternoon for his weekly press conference, and his message was clear: "2-2 is 2-2 and not where we hoped to be. But it's done. It's over. It's time to move on." And move on he did, right into the vast sea of New York Giants injuries that grew yet again this week.
There were several new additions to the growing pre-practice injury report. They included Kenny Phillips (knee), Ramses Barden (concussion), Rocky Bernard (quad), David Baas (hand), Chris Snee (hip), Keith Rivers (hammy), Antrel Rolle (knee), Corey Webster (hand), Hakeem Nicks (knee, foot), Michael Boley (hip), Michael Coe (hammy), David Diehl (knee) and Jayron Hosley (hammy)." Read more...
Giants' Victor Cruz tells teammate Rueben Randle "act like you want to be here"
Excerpt: "With one catch totaling four yards over his first four games as a member of the New York Giants, the "NFL-ready" Rueben Randle hasn't done much to d***le. On Sunday night, during a 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Randle had an opportunity to step up and make his presence felt in the absence of Hakeem Nicks, but like the one pass that went his way, he fell short. And during the NBC broadcast, analyst Cris Collinsworth made mention that the Giants have begun to question his work ethic.
Poor Eli Manning: Regular season week 4
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 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Manning completed 24 of his 42 passes (57.1%) for 309 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He led his team back down the field twice in the fourth quarter, once for a touchdown and once setting up a potential game-winning field goal. Unfortunately, a poor decision led to an offensive pass interference call, pushing the field back to 54-yards. Kicker Lawrence Tynes would come up short and the Giants would lose the game." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Rueben Randle: Does the rookie wide receiver work hard enough?
Excerpt: "Rueben Randle has an NFL-ready skill set. But, does the New York Giants' rookie wide receiver have an NFL-ready work ethic? A somewhat disturbingreport from the New York Post calls that into question.
It isn't really all that bothersome that NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth called out Randle during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, saying that his "work ethic has been questioned a bit with the Giants."
What is bothersome is that when asked about Randle, the player the rookie should be trying to emulate indicated that Collinsworth was right." Read more...
Cleveland Brown's scouting report: Young talent improving
Excerpt: "The Cleveland Browns enter the weekend contest 0-4, but coming off their best performance to date on a short week against division rival Baltimore Ravens. The Browns have not been a successful team recently, but that didn't stop them from causing the New York Giants fits when they last met in 2008, a year the Giants would end up going 12-4.
The Giants are the New York Giants, a team that defies logic. And this will probably be a game that goes down to the wire." Read more...
Giants' injury report: Thirteen an unlucky number
Excerpt: "Thirteen players are on the injury list for the New York Giants as they begin preparations for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Here is the list:
Ramses Barden (concussion), Chris Snee (hip), David Baas (hand), wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot/knee), safety Kenny Phillips (knee), defensive tackle Rocky Bernard (quadriceps) and linebackers Michael Boley (hip) and Keith Rivers (hamstring) will not practice.
Tom Coughlin: "Don't be fooled by Cleveland's record"
Excerpt: "The Cleveland Browns are 0-4. There are some who think the winless Browns are the worst team in the NFL. New York Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin, as you might expect, is not buying that line of thinking as the Giants prepare to host the Browns Sunday at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET).
"Don't be misled by Cleveland's record. They're a good young team," Coughlin said during his Wednesday morning press conference. "They played tough in all of their games." Read more...
Giants' at the quarter pole: Assessing where the champs stand
Excerpt: "The New York Giants hit the quarter-pole of the 2012 NFL season at 2-2. That is disappointing in some ways because the defending Super Bowl champions has opportunities to beat both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Then again, it took a furious fourth-quarter rally to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Eagles lead the NFC East with their 3-1 mark, while the Giants, Cowboys and Washington Redskins are all 2-2. So, nothing has been decided yet and there is plenty of exciting, crucial football yet to come in 2012." Read more...
Henry Hynoski on Henry Hynoski
Excerpt: "Giants’ fullback Henry Hynoski has a lot more in common with his father than you might think.
In addition to being his father’s namesake, Hynoski is fast becoming known in NFL circles as a conscientious, multifaceted fullback who not only clears running lanes for his running backs, but also is a threat to do damage with the ball in his hands, just as his father was for the Cleveland Browns, who this week face the Giants, during his brief career.
But that’s about where the similarities end, at least according to the elder Hynoski, a former 1975 sixth-round draft pick who saw his budding NFL career come to a premature end, thanks to a shoulder injury." Read more...
Giants - Eagles: Hits, misses, and musings
Excerpt: "While I am sure some of you are still smarting over the Giants’ 19-17 loss against the Eagles, I went looking for something – anything – to help ease the sting, if just a bit.
What I found is that the statistics show that the games between the Giants and Eagles are a lot closer than they often times seem, and that the notion of the Eagles having the Giants number is slightly exaggerated.
Allow me to explain. I went back to see just how “bad” the Giants losses were to the Eagles since 2008, when Philly’s supposed dominance kicked in. With the exception of the 2009 season, the Eagles haven’t beaten the Giants by more than 20 points in the annual series (two regular season games).
In 2008, Philly just edged the Giants 51-50 in the two games played. In 2009, it was 85-55. In 2010, 65-48.
Last year, the Giants had the upper hand (and snapped the Eagles’ win streak over them thanks to the first game in the series), 39-33. This year, the Eagles got by with just a two-point victory." Read more...
THE RED ZONE
Where are the 2 - 2 teams headed?
Excerpt: "3. New York Giants
The Giants' approach and play selection at the end of the game against Philly was curious. They needed a field goal. The chuck-and-duck approach sans Hakeem Nicks was baffling. Run the ball and put Lawrence Tynes in position to succeed. But as I penned in this space last Tuesday, the Giants still are the cream of the NFC East crop.
Bottom line: With Eli Manning, Tom Coughlin and a championship fiber, they will go 10-6 and win the division.
8. Washington Redskins
I love Robert Griffin III. Running backAlfred Morris told us on Monday's SiriusXM show that he views himself as the ideal fit for Mike Shanahan's one-cut-and-go system. He's right. But did you see Washington nearly blow that game to Tampa Bay before Billy Cundiff's kick? You can't trust the defense or Cundiff for that matter. I thinkRG3 will keep the 'Skins in a lot of games and Washington will win some you don't expect. But the defense keeps them from getting to .500.
Bottom line: I picked Washington to finish 7-9 and I'm staying with that.
Here's a nugget that will smack you right between the eyes.
Since 1990, 201 teams have started the season with a 2-2 record. Of these 201 squads, 71 have made the playoffs (about 35 percent).
There are currently 10 teams in the NFL marching to the mediocre drum. One of those teams is the Dallas Cowboys, coming off Monday night's embarrassment against theChicago Bears. Tony Romo was bad. Dez Bryant and the rest of the team were worse. I'm pretty sure a Rob Ryan-coached defense has never actually done anything. I picked them at 7-9 and still feel the same.
So the Cowboys won't be making the playoffs. Of the other nine 2-2 teams, who will? Let's take stock and predict their fate for the remainder of the season in our latest Schein Nine. I ranked them in order of confidence." Read more...
Injury Report: Boley sits with hip issue
Excerpt: " The New York Giants' injury report is loaded with players this week.
Eight Giants did not practice. Here's the complete rundown of injuries leading with Ramses Barden's concussion.
S Tyler Sash also returned to practice and the Giants have until Saturday to decide if they want him to play Sunday against Cleveland or wait until Monday to make a roster move.
Below is the injury report with a quick breakdown on the injuries:" Read more...
Stock Watch: Prince moves up
Excerpt: "RB David Wilson –- He may be getting scarce touches on offense but he’s certainly making an impact as the kick returner. He had returns of 36, 48, 45, 53, 23 and 37 yards (the 48-yard return was brought back for holding) against the Eagles and has caught Tom Coughlin’s attention now.
WR Domenik Hixon –- Returning after missing a game due to concussion, Hixon had six receptions for 114 yards with Hakeem Nicks out. Eli Manning trusts Hixon and often throws his way to give the receiver a chance to make a play. Manning targeted Hixon 11 times, second only to Cruz’s 13 targets.
CB Prince Amukamara/S Stevie Brown –- In his first start, the Prince did a solid job. He had one knock down and helped hold Jeremy Maclin to just one catch. The Giants need the Prince to be big with so many injuries in the secondary.
Brown did a nice job starting in place of the injured Kenny Phillips. He had seven tackles, two for losses. Tyler Sash is back this week but Brown has earned a role." Read more...
Wilson opening Coughlin's eyes
Excerpt: "David Wilson has only played a total of 14 offensive snaps in four games.
But Wilson is showing his worth and ability with the touches he is getting on special teams. Wilson has proven to be an explosive threat as a kickoff returner and he has definitely impressed head coach Tom Coughlin.
“We probably had as good a field position based on our kickoff return game that we’ve had in a long, long time,” Coughlin said of Wilson’s 36.2 yard average on returns against Philadelphia on Sunday night. “David Wilson as a weapon is quite obvious now [and] people are really going to have to contend with that aspect of our game.”
Wilson had returns of 36, 48, 45, 53, 23 and 37 yards although the 48-yard return was brought back for holding. Just about every time Wilson returned one, the Virginia Tech product looked like he was one step away from breaking it for a touchdown. He is averaging 30.2 yards per return and he is opening the eyes of his coaches. " Read more...
NFC East spin cycle: Week 4
Excerpt: "At the quarter pole, the Eagles, Giants and Redskins and Cowboys are all at .500 or better, although the Giants currently sit at 0-2 in NFC East games. The Eagles’ Sunday-night victory over the Giants puts them atop the division at 3-1. This still promises to be a fun divisional race this season.
What we learned: There’s nothing too fundamentally wrong with this team through a 2-2 start, but there are a few areas that need to be cleaned up. The run game remains an inconsistent venture, and the defense has not generated as many big plays as it did during its best stretch last season. The biggest problems right now sit in the secondary — and partially with the pass rush, too. The Giants failed to generate a turnover against the Eagles and Michael Vick, who had 12 in three games coming in. They played a more controlled game, sure, but the Giants didn’t make enough impact plays with their injury-plagued secondary or force enough of the action up front with their talented defensive line.
What’s in store next: The defensive shortcomings, which included allowing LeSean McCoy to rush for 121 yards on 17 carries in the second half after limiting him to two yards on six carries in the first, must be cleaned up before the Browns come to MetLife Stadium Sunday. Despite all the Browns’ flaws (they’re 0-4), they have made some plays offensively and have been competitive defensively. The Giants also hope to continue getting healthy and getting WR Hakeem Nicks, who missed the loss in Philly, back on the field. Nicks’ replacements stepped up, but his presence can make the offense hum even better.
What the heck? Interestingly, some of this team’s greatest strengths came up a little short in the loss to the Eagles. Eli Manning was mostly good, and he led a critical drive with ease to give his team a late 17-16 lead, but Manning also put his team in a bad situation by being unnecessarily greedy. With 25 seconds left, trailing 19-17 and at the Eagles’ 26-yard line — well inside PK Lawrence Tynes’ range — Manning chose to go for the carotid artery, and it ended up being a bad decision. Emboldened by two consecutive pass-interference calls against the grabby Eagles secondary, Manning chose to go for a fade route to WR Ramses Barden; the X-receiver was not his first option, Tom Coughlin later said. Manning’s throw was off target, and Barden felt the need to interfere with Asomugha, moving the ball back 10 yards (and out of Tynes’ range) to the 36. “Not a good throw by me,” Manning said. Tynes’ subsequent FG tries — one before an Andy Reid timeout, and one after — both missed and the Giants lost. Manning is still the man in the fourth quarter, but he made a mistake there." Read more...
Theismann says Romo "isn't that good"
Jets' Santonio Holmes probably lost for the season
Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones says Tony Romo can bounce back