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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
GIANTS' ROOKIE HYNOSKI BOOSTS RUN GAME BY CREATING BIG HOLES
Excerpt: "Rookie fullback Henry Hynoski isn’t one to trash talk; he usually allows his
hard-hitting play to serve as his communication on the field.
And he was doing just that last Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys,
consistently creating holes for the Giants’ stable of running backs throughout
crucial 37-34 victory.
But when Cowboys veteran linebacker Brady James, who Hynoski met head-on
throughout the night, began running his mouth, Hynoski didn’t hold back.
“I really don’t chirp unless somebody chirps at me first, so if somebody says
something to me first, that’s when I’ll kind of go back at it,” Hynoski said. “I
usually stay to myself during the game for the most part.
“Everything was just in the heat of the moment. Like after the game, we shook
hands and said good job, nice game.”
For teammates, it was a new side to the energetic 6-1, 266-pound Hynoski.
“We had to cool him down a little bit,” center Kevin Boothe said. “I’ve never
really heard him talk like that before, and the young fella was chirping at him,
and a lot of things weren’t print-worthy, but it was good energy. He was able to
harness it after that little talking incident, and he continued to play hard and
open up big holes for us.”
Those big holes have helped fuel the Giants’ resurgence the past couple weeks
since Hynoski returned to the lineup against the New Orleans Saints. Since then,
the Giants have had two of their six 100-yard rushing games, including 110 in
Sunday night’s victory.
Hynoski has provided a boost after missing five games due to a neck burner he
suffered against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5. It was the second neck burner
he sustained this season; the first came against the Arizona Cardinals the week
before, and he said that one lasted just one play.
“He played pretty well before he got hurt,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He has
a specific role, and he does a good job with that. He picks things up well.”
One wouldn’t know Hynoski dealt with a neck injury, what with his physicality
and willingness to lay his body on the line since returning to the lineup."
“He’s definitely one of those guys that enjoys the fullback position,” Boothe
said. “And I think if you enjoy the fullback position, you got to be a little
bit off.” Read more...GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK QUESTIONABLE FOR DALLAS GAME WITH TOE INJURY
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck wasn't doing interviews today. He had talked about his injured
toe on Thursday.
Instead, he let his shirt do the talking.
"My pain, your entertainment," it read.
It was like the Giants' defensive end
was channeling his inner
Anyway, Tuck practiced in a limited capacity today and is listed as
questionable for Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.
"He did okay," Tom Coughlin said. "He did a few things and he did okay. I
don't think there's any setback."
I mentioned in my game preview the Giants
have to defend the edges against the Redskins' running game, as they did in
Week 1. Tuck would be a big help to that.
"He is. Anytime you've got a player of his caliber, it's very important,"
Coughlin said. "Like you said, we knew exactly what they wanted to do by
objective and in the first game we did all right with it."
Coughlin said the Redskins have altered their running game, though.
"They made some adjustments in their game against New England," Coughlin
said, "and quite frankly they did an outstanding job of scheming it." Read more...
NY DAILY NEWS
GIANTS' ELI A MANN FOR THIS SEASON
"Eli Manning, the
quarterback who saved his worst for last a season ago, is finishing with a
flourish this year.
Excerpt: "Justin Tuck said
nothing on Friday. Instead, he let his T-shirt, emblazoned with the words “My
Pain, Your Entertainment,” do the talking for him. NY POST
GIANTS' RUNNING GAME PICKING UP STEAM, NO LONGER WEAKEST LINK
Excerpt: "Mitch Petrus is sure he and the Giants’ offensive linemen matter when it
comes to throwing the ball. But when it comes to running it, Petrus knows
just how important the O-line is.GIANTS' TUCK MAKES IT THROUGH FIRST PRACTICE
"Justin Tuck practiced yesterday for the first time this week.
PRINCE AMUKAMARA'S GIANT HEADACHE
Excerpt: "Prince Amukamara dropped to one knee in front of the Giants’ bench and hung his
Laurent Robinson had just torched him for the second time Sunday night in
Dallas, grabbing a 74-yard reception that set up a fourth-quarter touchdown
which gave the Cowboys the lead.
Veteran defensive backs Deon Grant and Antrel Rolle chewed him out for
"That’s your man!" Grant yelled at the rookie in footage the team posted on
"You got to draw that, man," Rolle tells him.
The message was delivered clearly, sparing no feelings in a game in which the
heralded rookie got exposed for the first time.
Amukamara, 22, has played in just four NFL games. But the grace period has
ended with the Giants (7-6) needing him to play a large role in their
But the 19th overall draft pick seems to be handling his first struggles
well, understanding he has to learn as he goes after missing the first nine
games with a broken left foot.
"It definitely boils under my skin," Amukamara said Friday. "But like the
guys have been telling me, ‘You have to have a short-term memory up here. ...
Just don’t let it happen again.’"
The 6-foot, 207-pound cornerback from Nebraska looks forward to redeeming
himself Sunday, when the Giants host the Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Amukamara
missed their first contest, when Rex Grossman torched the secondary for 305
yards in a Washington victory.
"I was always taught you’re only as good as your last play," Amukamara said.
"And my last play wasn’t so well, so I’m definitely hungry this game."
The Giants’ defense – ranked 30th in the NFL (391.6 yards per game) – will
need all the help it can get.
Osi Umenyiora again was ruled out and Justin Tuck is listed as questionable
with a toe injury.
Tuck did not speak to reporters after being limited in his first practice
this week, but he might have been sending a message with the black T-shirt he
wore in the locker room.
"My pain, your entertainment," it read in white lettering.
"He did OK," coach Tom Coughlin said.
"I don’t think there was any setback."
Amukamara has 12 tackles, two pass breakups — and an interception that came
in his Nov. 20 debut against the Eagles.
Despite the tough love from the veterans, he said he was thankful for the
feedback Grant, Rolle and Corey Webster have provided.
"I told him, ‘Don’t get down on yourself,’ " Rolle said.
"As a cornerback in this league, you got to have amnesia. I call it FIDO:
Forget it and drive on." Read more...
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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GIANTS VS. REDSKINS: NFL WEEK 15 PREVIEW
"Following a crucial 37-34 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in week 14, the New York
Giants head into a week 15 matchup with the Washington Redskins at 7-6 and
in control of the NFC East. Still riding a wave of momentum created in a last
second loss to the Green Bay Packers two weeks ago, Big Blue will look to avenge
a week one loss to the Redskins and further strengthen their grasp on an NFC
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs (27) evades Washington Redskins safety
Kareem Moore (41) as he makes a long run to set-up a touchdown in the first
quarter of their NFL game in East
Rutherford, New Jersey, December 5, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES
- Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
In order to ensure that their week 17 game against Dallas crowns an NFC East
champion, the Giants will have to win one of their next two games (assuming, of
course, Dallas wins theirs). And despite a paramount of recent historical
success against the Redskins, these rivalry games are generally unpredictable.
In other words, throw the team records right out the window.
Use Jake Ballard to Exploit DeJon Gomes
As Redskins 101 editor Justin Fiore alluded to in "Insider Report," Gomes is making only his second NFL start and
has already had quite a bit of trouble containing a big-bodied tight end.
Last week, the Redskins gave up 160 yards to New England Patriots tight end
Rob Gronkowski and another 84 yards to Aaron Hernandez. And while the Giants may
not share the same sort of talent or depth at tight end with the Pats, Ballard's
play has been quite impressive thus far, and far above the league average.
Ballard isn't exactly fleet of foot, but he runs great routes and finds gaps
in zone coverage. And with LaRon Landry now out for the season, and Washington's
secondary still struggling in the zone, Eli Manning, Ballard & Co. should
have a field day so long as they don't get away from what they've done up until
Contain Roy Helu on the Edges
The Redskins offense has been nearly non-existent all season, but one true
bright spot has been the play of rookie running back Roy Helu.
Helu has gained 100+ yards in each of the last three games, becoming the
first rookie in Redskins franchise history to accomplish that feat, and has done
so primarily along the edges. Accordingly, the onus of containing the
quick-footed Helu will fall on linebackers Michael Boley and Jacquian
Keep Helu in check, force Rex Grossman to beat you. That's a winning
Keep Constant Pressure on Redskins' Tackles with DE's
Everyone wants to scream "blitz! blitz!" but it's something the Giants may
not have to do early in this game. The Redskins will be without Trent Williams
(suspension) and Jammal Brown (groin), which means the starting tackles will
likely be rookie Willie Smith (replacing Sean Locklear) and Tyler Polumbus. In
other words, Jason Pierre-Paul, Dave Tollefson and (possibly) Justin Tuck should
be licking their chops.
13 games into the season, it's become obvious by now the Giants are trying to
create as much pressure as they can with a four-man rush. This Sunday, that may
be much more successful than it has been in the past, as Big Blue draws a
clearly favorable matchup.
The defensive ends need to keep their foot on the gas, and if the linebackers
can contain Helu as alluded to above, it will force Grossman to throw. Once that
happens, the Giants can feast away on young and below-average tackles, and a
rookie running back who isn't very good in pass protection.
THE GIANTS WILL WIN THIS GAME IF…
They can keep Helu from breaking off big runs and avoid making costly
mistakes. They're a much more talented team than the Redskins and should, on
paper, win this game handily. The only way Washington stays in this is if the
Giants turn the ball over, give up big plays and have mental lapses. So long as
they keep their head in this, play fundamental football and avoid the big mistakes that have plagued
them this season, they should run away with it. It will be important to focus on
missed tackles. If those are limited, you can almost guarantee the big play is
BIG GAME CANDIDATE – RB Mario Manningham
It's been a while since Super Mario had a huge game, and he's due. Expect the
Redskins to double-team Hakeem Nicks as all other opponents have this year, and
for the defense to pay closer attention to Ballard as the game moves along. If
the Giants attack Gomes as we noted earlier, it should open things up for Cruz
and Manningham, with Mario able to get free over the top for, what we assume,
will be more than a handful of big plays.
No one should under-estimate the significance of this game for the Giants. A
win on Sunday ensures, no matter what happens against the New York
Jets, that week 17 against Dallas will determine the NFC East champion.
As important as it is for the Giants, the Redskins will embrace the role of
spoiler. They know that a victory on Sunday puts that much more pressure on Big
Blue and places them in a rather precarious situation over the final two weeks
of the season. They'll come in guns blazing, ready to give New York
absolutely everything they've got.
That said, the Giants understand the situation they're in and it's doubtful a
single player in that locker-room doesn't understand the significance of this
game. They'll come out focus and ready to take care of business the Big Blue
Giants 30, Redskins 17"
GIANTS VS. REDSKINS: INSIDE REPORT - OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM
"The New York
Giants currently sit at first place in the NFC East, while the Washington Redskins act as bottom dwellers. However, one
of the Redskins' four wins this season came over those very same Giants, and
they'll look to improve to 2-0 this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Giants running back Brandon Jacobs drags Washington Redskins linbebacker Rocky McIntosh into the
end zone as Jacobs scores the first touchdown of the game in the second quarter
at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on January 2, 2010. UPI/Roger L.
It's been quite some time since the Redskins were last considered relevant in
not only the NFL, but even
the NFC East. Moreover, it's been quite some time since they put up a serious
fight against Big Blue. Their win in week one not withstanding, the Giants have
dominated the Skins in recent years and what was once a bitter and angry rivalry
has turned into a "well, you're not as bad as the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas
Cowboys" sort of affair.
To get a better understanding of New York's least-hated direct rival, we sat down with Redskins 101 lead writer and
editor-in-chief, Justin Fiore.
Giants 101: "Who is the future at quarterback for the Washington Redskins?"
Baylor Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III speaks to the media after winning the
2011 Heisman Trophy Award at the Marriott Marquis in New York
City on December 10, 2011. UPI/John Angelillo
Fiore: "He's not on this roster. I don't think he's even in the NFL yet. The
biggest debate amongst Redskins fans right now is weather or not Rex Grossman
should return next year as the starter/mentor. The Skins look like they will be
in position to draft either Matt Barkley or Robert Griffin III, and both are highly talked about here
in Washington. I think one of those two are a safe bet to be
the Redskins future quarterback."
Giants 101: "Do Redskins fans hate the Giants as much as they hate
the Cowboys? If not/if so, why?"
Fiore: "There is no team, or fan base, that is hated as much as the Cowboys
here. I think it's because of the absurd number of Dallas fans in the area.
They're everywhere – mostly repressed generations of former Redskins fans, who
get called out for having no ties to Dallas. So while there is a great dislike
for the Giants, a lot of fans are rooting for them (some to even beat the
Redskins), just to keep Dallas out of the playoffs."
Giants 101: "From the outside looking in, what are your thoughts on
Fiore: "He has all the tools, but more and more he reminds me of Rex
Grossman. Hear me out; he's at least Grossman 2.0, but he continually makes
games interesting towards the end with no guarantee of winning – just a
gun-slingers chance. He also throws passes that boggle the mind. For as much
grief as Rex gets for his turnovers, Eli isn't far behind (Rex 20, Eli 16).
Going into a game against him, you know you're going to get at least one chance
to make a play as a defense and maybe get a touchdown (as Ryan Kerrigan did in
the first meeting)."
Giants 101: "How do Redskins fans view Daniel
Snyder and his broken record offseason moves?"
Fiore: "The best part of the Mike Shanahan signing was that Dan agreed to
keep his hand out of the proverbial cookie jar. We all recognized, even Dan
finally, that you can't run a professional football team like a fantasy football
team. Look how it's turning out for the Eagles this year (we can both enjoy
Giants 101: "What do you think is the most unfavorable matchup for
the Redskins this weekend?"
Buffalo Bills George Wilson chases New York
Ballard as he runs for 24 yards to set up a Giants touchdown in the first
quarter in week 6 of the NFL season at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New
Jersey on October 16, 2011. UPI /John Angelillo
Special thanks to Justin for joining us!GIANTS' ELI MANNING AND HAKEEM NICKS IMPROVING THEIR NON VERBAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Excerpt; "Most fans of the New York Giants would agree that the tandem of Hakeem
Nicks and Eli
Manning is developing into a pleasure to watch on a weekly basis. While the
great throws and spectacular catches are on display on a week to week basis, the
hard work that goes into improving the relationship between the two goes largely
New York Giants' Hakeem
Nicks (L) is pushed out of bounds by Green Bay Packers' Morgan Burnett (C)
and D.J. Smith (R) after a pass reception in the second quarter of their NFL football
game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar
(UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
In a lot of critical games so far in the 2011 season, the combination of
Manning to Nicks has been the difference in the game.
Week three at Arizona, Nicks schooled the Cardinal defense for 160 yards, the
better part of which came on a number of back shoulder fade passes. The
effectiveness of the back shoulder fade between Manning and Nicks got both A.J.
Jefferson and Patrick Peterson biting on the shorter routes and Nicks quickly
used that as leverage to beat Peterson for the game winning touchdown.
Against the Green Bay Packers, Nicks and Manning looked like two kids in a
school yard against the Packers pass defense, but it wasn't as easy as it
looked. On a 50-yard connection between manning and Nicks in the 3rd quarter,
the Packers disguised their quarters coverage as a cover-2 directly before the
snap. Nicks was able to recognize this and break his route to the middle of the
field, while Manning yanked the safety towards Jake Ballard with a pump
Last week on the final drive of the game, Manning led a game winning drive,
but it wasn't without the help of his friend Nicks.
"We have a rule where we bang the in cut out if we can’t win the in cut,"
Nicks said. "I felt 'E' rolling out. I thought automatically he couldn’t throw
an in cut across his body, so I broke it out to the sideline and we were on the
Let's back up a second. He "felt" Manning rolling out?
"Yeah," Nicks said.
Because he saw the defenders react? Because he heard the crowd buzz in
anticipation of a sack? Because he looked up to the monster video board and saw
it with his own eyes?
"No," Nicks said. "I just felt it."
There is no question that the increase in production that Eli
Manning has seen over the past three seasons have been a result of better
relationships with his receivers. While they may not possess the physical
talents of players like PlaxicoBurress or Jeremy Shockey, the difference is
made up in trust.
Even since the last time the Giants faced the rival Washington Redskins, things have changed between Manning
and his top receivers. There is a different dynamic that exists between them
which has given way to the most prolific passing season in Giants history."
GIANTS TO BE WITHOUT DAVID BAAS, OSI UMENYIORA, MARK HERZLICH AND OTEHRS ON SUNDAY
"If you're holding your breath waiting for the New York
Giants injury situation to offer up anything positive, we suggest you inhale
right now for risk of passing out. Since day one injuries have dominated almost
all things Big Blue, and heading into a pivotal NFC East matchup with the
Washington Redskins, it's the same song and dance from previous weeks.
Giants tight end Travis
Beckum and tight end Kevin Boss (89) celebrate after Beckum caught a
touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning against the Detroit Lions in the
third quarter of their NFL game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, October 17,
2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
In addition to Osi Umenyiora, the team announced today that David
Baas (neck), Mark
Herzlich (ankle), Travis
Beckum (chest) and Derrick
Martin (back) will all miss the game this weekend, and Justin
Tuck (toe), who has been battling an array of injuries all season, is
Asked about Tuck's progress, head coach Tom Coughlin said he did "okay" and
suffered "no setbacks" this week. And while that's not exactly a ringing
endorsement, you've got to accept any silver lining that's made available at
this point. So … "not worse" is as good as it gets for this team right now.
Bradshaw (foot), Kenny
Phillips (hamstring) and Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) are listed as
probable."BIG BLUE VIEW
GIANTS VS/ REDSKINS: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
"The New York Giants (7-6) meet the Washington Redskins (4-9) Sunday at
MetLife Stadium, with the Giants looking to keep control of the NFC East and
avenge a season-opening loss to Washington. Here are my 'Five Things To Watch'
1. The Giants Secondary -- Can the Giants -- finally -- get whatever
communication/assignment issues have had all season solved? The Giants are 30th
in overall defense and only five teams have surrendered more than the 349 points
the Giants have allowed. After listening to all of the back-and-forth all week
about who was to blame, or not to blame, and the vague answers from defensive
coordinator Perry Fewell it's difficult to feel confident the Giants can
straighten this out now.
2. The Treatment of JPP -- I think you can feel reasonably certain
that the Redskins won't do what Dallas tried to do, which was block Jason
Pierre-Paul with one player. He is likely to get the star treatment --
double teams, chip blocks, etc. -- from opposing teams the rest of the way. He
has earned it.
3. The Giants Running Game -- Lots of improvement in this area the
past two weeks as the re-shuffled offensive line is opening some holes and Brandon
Jacobs seems to be running with authority. Can they keep it up? And, will
the Giants continue to lean on Jacobs, or will Ahmad
Bradshaw end up with the bulk of the work? If it's me I keep riding the
horse who has been getting it done, and that means staying with Jacobs.
4. The Play Of Rex
Grossman -- Inadequate quarterback play has been the biggest thing
holding the Redskins back this season. Grossman has 12 touchdown passes and 16
interceptions this season, leading to a 71.8 passer rating. Unfortunately,
against the Giants he has looked like Aaron Rodgers.
He threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns earlier this season, and in the 2010
season finale he passed for 336 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants need to
make Grossman look like, well, Grossman.
5. Can The Giants Slow Roy Helu? The
rookie running back has taken off for Washington the past three weeks, gaining
108, 100 and 126 yards in his past three games. Part of making Grossman look
like Grossman is taking away his running game, which means stopping Helu's
string of 100-yard games.
NFC East Standings
(updated 12.16.2011 at 4:23 AM EST)"NY GIANTS' NEWS AND NOTES: LAWRENCE TYNES, KEVIN GILBRIDE, AND MORE
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants
fans! Here is some Saturday morning reading material for you.
Finally Healthy, Having Special Season
"I’m pain-free for the first time in two or three years so I feel good," he
He added: "I feel as good as I’ve ever felt, especially this time
of year. That and obviously moving the kickoff up five yards has helped. But
yeah, I’m definitely hitting the ball better."
My take: Tynes has been spectacular t