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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Giants' Hakeem Nicks now ruled out of Panthers game
Excerpt: "Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, fresh off a 10-catch, 199-yard performance against the Buccaneers, will not play tomorrow night against the Panthers.
Nicks, who broke a bone in his right foot this offseason, was originally listed as questionable for the game but was later downgraded to out. He did not participate in this morning's jog-through and did not travel to North Carolina, according the team.
Both Nicks and coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday that Nicks would play this week. He did not practice yesterday, which Coughlin said was a planned rest day. Nicks has been playing through pain in his foot, and that pain was aggravated in Sunday's game, when Bucs safety Mark Barron accidentally stepped on his injured foot." Read more...
Giants' Hakeem Nicks named NFC Offensive Player of the week
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his career day in the Giants' 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nicks had 10 receptions for a career-high 199 yards and a 23-yard touchdown in the victory. The 199 yards surpassed his previous high of 165 yards that he set in the NFC Divisional round against the Green Bay Packers last season." Read more...
Giants' morning run: Panthers at their best when Cam Newton makes playes with legs
Excerpt: "Cam Newton's ability to make plays with his legs isn't a question. He's arguably the best running quarterback the NFL has ever seen with a unique combination of speed and size. And it's obvious that when he runs well, the Panthers are a better team. The evidence is in the first two games: after rushing for just four yards in a loss to the Buccaneers, he recorded a career-high 71 yards and touchdown in a win over the Saints. But with any dual-threat quarterback, teams are concerned about the hits they take. And while the Panthers worry, they know Newton and the team is at their best when he's making plays on the run,writes Joseph Pearson of the Charlotte Observer." Read more...
Giants' offense can't find the end zone when in the red zone
Excerpt: "Football vernacular describes the territory within the defense’s 20-yard line as the red zone. The Giants offense, however, assigns it a different color. The unit identifies it as the green zone because, as guard Kevin Boothe explained, “green means go and we want the offense to go.”
But in their first two games, the offense didn’t go where it desired once in the zone. The problem is not advancing to the green zone and tallying points; the Giants have made eight trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and scored on each visit. The issue is adding seven points instead of settling for three, particularly within the 5-yard line." Read more...
Perry Fewell knew Cam Newton was a franchise quarterback in his first preseason game
Excerpt: "The Giants played the Panthers in their first preseason game last year. That was also Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's first live NFL action, and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell came away convinced that the 2011 No. 1 overall pick was a special player.
"We opened up with them, and after that game I said he was a franchise quarterback," Fewell said today.
"The reason I said that was because I thought he had great poise for a rookie quarterback. We pressured him a lot in that first preseason game, and he seemed to handle it, and he seemed like if he missed the pass, he knew what his read was, he knew where to go with the football, he just missed the throw. He was determined that he was going to make it right." Read more...
Giants dealing with key injuries
Excerpt: "With only three days between their Week 2 win against the Buccaneers on Sunday and their Week 3 date with the Panthers in Charlotte, there isn't much time for the Giants to recuperate. And they could sure use more time.
Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), Domenik Hixon (concussion) and David Diehl (knee) all didn't practice this week and although Tom Coughlin was short on details today he did indicate their chances of playing Thursday are slim.
"We're holding out against all odds that they're going to feel better, but we're taking it day-to-day," Coughlin said when asked about Hixon and Diehl's status." Read more...
A look back at the Giants 41 - 34 win against the Buccaneers
Excerpt: "The moment of relief came in the Giants’ post-game locker room.
They had just pulled off an impressive comeback in wild fashion to defeat the Buccaneers, 41-34, and coachTom Coughlin did not hide how proud he was of his players. He told them they could make the necessary corrections, as long as they keep playing with their hearts.
“The second half you did not believe you were out of it,” Coughlin said, via video posted on Giants.com, “and you won a football game that most would have said was gone.”
And then, as his players came in to break down the huddle, he said, “We are 1-1, now. Thank God.”
There you have it. The defending Super Bowl Giants were on the brink of starting their season 0-2, until a brilliant fourth quarter in which Eli Manning passed for 243 yards and the Giants scored 25 points. And yes, they were relieved." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
With Nicks out, Barden's time is now
Excerpt: "The Giants downgraded Hakeem Nicks to out in somewhat of a surprising move after he was listed as questionable earlier in the day.
But when Nicks didn't do much in the morning walk-through, the team opted to play it safe, keep him out of the game and give him two weeks of rest before next week's game against Philadelphia on Sept. 30.
This is the right move for the long term. Nicks still feels pain in his surgically-repaired right foot. He limped badly twice late during Sunday's win vs. Tampa Bay and the Giants won't risk their star receiver by having him play twice in five days. It doesn't sound as if he has had a major setback but we'll have to see how he is feeling next week. " Read more...
Nicks declared "out" for Thursday night
Excerpt: "In a shocker, the Giants’ top receiver was downgraded to “out” on Wednesday and did not join the Giants on their trip to Carolina. He didn’t practice on Tuesday, but he and Tom Coughlin said it was just a planned day of rest, and Nicks insisted that his healing foot was just fine.
But then he was unable to participate in the team’s Wednesday morning walkthrough because his foot was still too sore. That prompted the Giants to decided he wasn’t healthy enough to play.
It is not immediately clear if Nicks suffered any set back to his right foot, which he broke during a practice back in May. Nicks played in the first two games and had a brilliant, 10-catch, 199-yard, 1-touchdown performance in the Giants’ 41-34 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday – a performance that made him the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week." Read more...
Nicks named NFC Offensive Player opf the Week
Excerpt: "Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz were all brilliant in the Giants’ 41-34 win over Tampa on Sunday, and all three of them could’ve ended up as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
The winner, though, was Nicks.
The Giants’ top receiver became the first receiver to win the award in seven years, since Plaxico Burress won it in Week 4 of the 2005 season. Nicks earned it with a 10-catch, 199-yard, one-touchdown performance that include a 50-yard catch made after a player stepped on his injured right foot.
The 199 yards was a career high, obliterating the 165 ye had in the divisional playoff game in Green Bay last season. It was also the sixth-highest total in Giants history and the most since Burress’ award-winning 204-yards against the Rams on Oct. 2, 2005." Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
Prince likely back for Giants, but plenty of pain
Nicks ruled out for Giants vs. Panthers
Excerpt: "The Giants knew they would be short-handed on offense for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers. Now they know they will be decimated.
Receiver Hakeem Nicks, earlier in the day selected as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after he wreaked havoc on the Buccaneers, did not accompany the Giants to Charlotte and has been ruled out of the game. This is a huge blow, and an unexpected one, for the Giants. Nicks has battled through ongoing soreness in his foot, a byproduct of breaking a bone in his right foot back in the spring. Despite the lack of practice time and the discomfort, Nicks managed to play in the first two games of the season and this past Sunday caught 10 passes for 199 yards and one touchdown." Read more...
Giants would be wise to employ spy to stop Cam
Excerpt: "Your injury-ravaged secondary is reeling, strafed by Josh Freeman only three days earlier. Your vaunted pass rushers aren’t getting home.
And here comes Cam Newton.
And here come the Giants and a game of I Spy. Spy Cam.
“When we face a guy like Cam and a guy like Michael [Vick], you have to have 11 guys, not just the linebackers alone. But I do like our linebackers and the speed of our backers and the way that they can run and be able to defend these guys,” Big Blue defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “You have to have all 11 guys looking at these guys and really know where these guys are, because they can bust out at any point in time.” Read more...
Newton thinks Panthers can handle the Gants' pass rush
Excerpt: "It’s a matchup of one of the league’s most mobile quarterbacks against one of its most feared pass rushes. And Cam Newton, the one with the fleet feet, knows what he has to do against the Giants’ defense Thursday night.
“It just comes down to protecting and still executing with the football,” Newton, the 2011 Offensive Rookie of the Year, said in a conference call Tuesday. “Of course we are aware of the guys that they play with a consistent pass rush, and even with their subs, but it’s just like any other game. If you protect and execute, everything will be fine.” Read more...
Excerpt: "It looked to be a case of one step forward and three steps back in the injury department for the Giants yesterday.The increasing likelihood that cornerback Prince Amukamara will be able to bolster Big Blue’s struggling secondary tomorrow night at Carolina was outweighed by the equally increasing likelihood that key pieces Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl and Domenik Hixon will all miss the game due to injuries.Consider that something you don’t have to tell Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle twice.
Tom Coughlin was circumspect about the exact condition of all three, but admitted the Giants (1-1) aren’t optimistic Bradshaw (neck), Diehl (knee) and Hixon (concussion) would be healthy enough to play because of the short turnaround from Sunday’s 41-34 win over the Buccaneers." Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
Giants' defense helped by big hits in the secondary
Excerpt: "To prevent big plays from continuing to happen, Corey Webster has called on his Giants teammates in the secondary to be more aggressive.
Truth be told neither Phillips nor Rolle remembers anyone ever asking that of them.
“No one. Never,” Rolle said with a smile. “Me and Kenny, aggressive is what we do.”
Phillips and Rolle delivered a pair of hits that sparked the Giants in Sunday’s victory over Tampa Bay, displaying the kind of ferocity and urgency Webster is hoping for across the board. Phillips’ wallop of Vincent Jackson late in the third quarter sparked a riveting comeback that began with a Webster interception one play later. Rolle later drilled Mike Williams along the sideline, jarring the ball free on what initially was ruled a 29-yard completion at the Giants' 16 before being overturned by replay as an incompletion with 12 seconds remaining in the game." Read more...
Giants' notes: Prince Amukamara ready?
Excerpt: "Prince Amukamara (high ankle sprain) believes he will make his regular season debut Thursday night, saying, "This is the week," when asked by reporters after practice."For sure, I think the team has my best interests in mind, so I would take it as that," Amukamara added." Read more...
Amukamara insisted he could have played against Tampa Bay, but with a short week to prepare for Carolina, there was consideration to make sure he was as close to 100 percent as possible.
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Giants' Hakeem Nicks downgraded to out against Panthers
Excerpt: "In a shocking and unexpected move, the New York Giants have downgraded wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to out against the Carolina Panthers. He did not make the trip with the team.
Nicks, who hauled in 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, was confident he would be able to play on Thursday. Both he and head coach Tom Coughlin said that he hadsuffered no setbacks, and that missing practice on Tuesday was his scheduled day off because of the short week." Read more...
Giants' Prince Amukamara says he's ready to play Thursday, Tom Coughlin not so sure
Excerpt: "New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is anxious to return to thefootball field, and thought he was ready on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the team thought otherwise and he was listed as inactive. Now, a few days of additional rest later, Amukamara once again has his mind set on playing; this time on Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers." Read more...
Giants' Hakeem Nicks suffers no setbacks, will play against Carolina
Excerpt: "New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was seen limping off the field several times on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In one instance, it was clear that a defender had come down on the back of his heel and that Nicks was in a significant amount of pain. However, after taking a scheduled day off from practice on Tuesday, both Nicks and head coachTom Coughlin said that no setbacks were suffered and the wideout had a green light for Thursday." Read more...
Giants' WR Hakleem Nicks names NFC Offensive Player of the Week
Excerpt: "Following a 10 catch, 199 yard and one touchdown performance against theTampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the NFL has named New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for week two of the 2012 season." Read more...
FOX Sports' Jason Whitlock takes baselsss and unfounded shot at Giants' Eli Manning
Excerpt: "How many professional athletes in the history of New York sports can you name that have had as much or more success than Eli Manning has had as the quarterback of the New York Giants? You can probably count them on your fingers, more or less.
"Despite his two Super Bowls and terrific play in the fourth quarter, Eli is not elite. Football coaches know this … The Giants proved you don’t have to be all that good in the regular season. Just make the tournament and roll the dice with your pass-happy mediocre QB."
Now, had you heard this sort of a comment from a casual NFL fan or someone who watches the game from time to time you might just brush it off as an uninformed comment from someone who doesn't really understand the position. Instead, here we have a professional sports writer, who is paid to cover the NFL game, making what is frankly one of the most bottomless statements we have heard in recent memory regarding anyone playing the quarterback position. " Read more...
Banged up: Giants joined by Cowboys and Redskins at injury parade
Excerpt: "he New York Giants added David Diehl, Ahmad Bradshaw and Domenik Hixon to their list of injured players, but Big Blue's division rivals have some injury concerns of their own with big names like Brian Orakpo,Jeremy Maclin and Gerald Sensabaugh leading a long list of injured Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins andPhiladelphia Eagles.
We've talked about how the Giants will replace Bradshaw and Diehl (and we'll have more on Hixon later today) in the short-and-maybe-long-term, but let's take a look around the division at other team's key injuries. There are big names and not-so-big names, but each team has their share of problems." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Week 3 scouting report: Giants @ Panthers
Excerpt: "After coming off a dramatic 41-34 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the New York Giants (1-1) will play their first road game of the season against the Carolina Panthers (1-1) on Thursday night.NY Giants' news and notes: W hat day is irt anyway?
The Panthers are coming off a victory themselves, and a big one over theNew Orleans Saints, 35-27. They have their star second-year quarterback Cam Newton and their star wide receiver Steve Smith doing damage on offense. The Panthers are weaker defensively, but they held up well against the Saints." Read more...
More press coverage answer to Giants' secondary woes?
Excerpt: "There has been a lot of chatter this week about the big plays being surrendered by the New York Giants' secondary. In two games, the Giants have already surrendered three plays of 40 yards or more. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, victimized for plays of 80 and 50 yards by the Giants on Sunday, have given up more. The Bucs have surrendered four.
We know the Giants are struggling at the right corner with Prince Amukamara missing the first two games with a high ankle sprain. Michael Coe has been OK, but has been limited by a hamstring injury. Justin Tryon has played only 30 snaps, been targeted eight times and surrendered two touchdowns.With Amukamara hurt and Terrell Thomas out for the season, struggles on that side can't be considered unexpected. The alarming thing has been that the Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys have not been afraid to challenge Corey Webster on the other side, and both teams have been successful doing it.On Sunday, Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson caught five passes for 128 yards, much of that against Webster, and ran by him on another potential big play where Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman misfired." Read more...
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants fans! It is Wednesday, and with the Giants playing on the road Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers that means today is a travel day for the Giants. Here are some notes for you from Tuesday's media availability." Read more...
Giants vs. Buccaneers , game rewind
Excerpt: "As you guys know, the NFL has now made 'All-22' coaches film available via its 'Game Rewind' package. So, each week we will try to review the All-22 film and see if it leads us to any different impressions than we had in 'Kudos & Wet Willies,' or if we notice anything else interesting.Gi8ants - Panthers Injury Report
A caveat. I am a writer, not a full-fledged NFL analyst. I didn't play college football and I won't pretend to be able to break down film like an NFL coach or analyst paid to do that for a living. What I can, and will, do is use the All-22 and the Pro Football Focus data to try and give you a better understanding, from my vantage point, of what might be going on with the Giants." Read more...
Excerpt: "The New York Giants are facing a long list of injuries and a short week heading into their Thursday night game with the Carolina Panthers. RB Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) and WRHakeem Nicks (foot) were among the Giants who did not participate in practice on Tuesday. Nicks was likely just resting his sore foot and is expected to play, but the status of Bradshaw and OT David Diehl, who also sat out practice is unknown. CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) was a limited participant in practice and the Giants hope he can see his first action of the season on Thursday in Charlotte.Full injury report from Tuesday below:" Read more...
NFL power rankings, Giants, mostly, in top 10
Excerpt: "Yes, I know. NFL Power Rankings mean about as much to you guys as, well, as whatever you want to fill in the blank with. And keep that to yourself, incidentally! But, here is a quick roundup of where the New York Giantsstand in power rankings released from SB Nation and a variety of other sources.[Related: Eli Manning New York Player Of The Week]SBNation.com has the Giants ranked No. 9 this week, actually falling three spots. Joel Thorman explains:Yes, they drop three spots after winning a game because I had them ranked a little too high to begin with. Eighth is a good spot for them. Good but not consistently great this season.SB Nation New York has the Giants at No. 11. Which is a lot better than 17, where they were a week ago.Other rankings from around the Inter-Google:" Read more...
Ahmad Bradshaw does not practice Tuesday
Eli Manning: "I guess certain teams you might say 'hey watch out for the cheap shot'"
Excerpt: "New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was furious at Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano on a cheap shot at trying to get the ball back during a kneel down in last Sunday’s match up. Tampa went low on the Giants offensive linemen in an attempt to put a hit on quarterback Eli Manning. In NFL circles, there is a code for conduct. You don’t smack the back of a losing coach in celebration (Jim Harbaugh), or run up the score (Bill Belichick), or try to force a fumble when a team is about to close out the game on a kneel down. Coughlin is as old school as it gets, so he knows the unspoken rules of engagement. However, hot shot newbie Schiano wants to start a new set of rules: “Guard your grill at all times,” Coughlin barked at the first year head coach. Manning talked about the situation on WFAN in New York with Mike Francesa:" Read more...
Excerpt: "The quick turnaround for this Thursday night game puts everything in a state of flux. Coming as it does so early in the season, we don’t think that recovery time will be an issue, even for the older players. The oldest unit on the Giants is the offensive line, but they played very well last week, so their confidence level should be high.
Since the Giants’ defense is struggling to get stops right now, and the Panthers have a plethora of offensive talent, it’s logical to assume that the Panthers will score many points. However, the identical situation exists on the other side of the field. We suspect a shootout is in the cards." Read more...
THE RED ZONE
Giants' Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl, Domenik Hixon rules out for Carolina game
Excerpt: "The New York Giants will be without running back Ahmad Bradshaw, offensive tackle David Diehl and wide receiver Domenik Hixon when they play the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night.
All three players were ruled out on Wednesday, along with rookie defensive end Adewale Ojomo, and will not make the trip to Charlotte." Read more...
Nicks ready for homecoming
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks is still dealing with some soreness in his right foot, but, if it's up to him, the nagging injury won't keep him from the field Thursday.
"I'm feeling pretty good," Nicks said. "I just have to keep taking it day by day and (Wednesday) should feel a little bit better and then Thursday will be game time."
Thursday will also be a homecoming of sorts for Nicks, who grew up in Charlotte and played college football at North Carolina.
He'll play his first career regular season game in Carolina, and expects to have several family members at the game. He says he grew up a Panthers fan, looking up to diminutive wideout Steve Smith for the heart Smith showed on the field.
Nicks is eager to play against his childhood idol and in front of friends and family on Thursday night." Read more...
Howard: Giants pass rush missing in action
Excerpt: "They spoke about starting this season as devastatingly effective as they ended last season -- back when the three of them were finally healthy, just in time, and they became the most awesome thing about the Giants' startling Super Bowl run besides Eli Manning. But now, with two weeks already gone in this new NFL season and elusive Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looming next on Thursday, the Giants' defense is stuck asking itself the last question it expected to have to confront: Where in the world has their pass rush been?
Or, even more specifically than that, how much longer is their Pro Bowl defensive-end threesome of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul going to be held in check?" Read more...
Prince optimistic about playing this week
Excerpt: "Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara hopes to suit up this Thursday against Carolina.
After sitting out Sunday's win over Tampa with a high ankle sprain, Amukamara's status for the Giants' Week 3 matchup against the Panthers is up in the air.
"I'm very optimistic (about playing)," the second-year CB said. "I hope this is the week but, if not, we have another break at the end of this week."
Amukamara participated in Tuesday's practice on a limited basis. The Giants will hold a walk-through on Wednesday before they fly to Charlotte, so his availability may be a game-time decision.
Rookie Jayron Hosley started in place of Amukamara while also handling slot receivers on three-wide sets against Tampa.
Amukamara said he's been splitting reps with Michael Coe and Hosley in practice. Coe was limited on Tuesday with a hamstring injury. " Read more...
Panthers want Cam to run, just not too much
Excerpt: "The Panthers know they’re walking a fine line with Cam Newton.
On one hand, the offense is clearly better when he moves around. On the other, that exposes him to hits they don’t want him taking.
For the moment, they’re OK with him with it in his hands, after he ran 13 times for 71 yards in last week’s win over the Saints. He was limited to five carries for four yards in the previous week’s loss to the Buccaneers.
“When he runs, it causes problems for defenses,” Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. “That 40-yard run he had shows you it’s not like he’s just a slow quarterback running. He’s a threat on the ground. He threw the ball well, too." Read more...
Andre Brown expected to start Thursday night
Excerpt: "Giants running back Andre Brown should start Thursday against Carolina now that Ahmad Bradshaw (neck) has been ruled out of the game. " Read more...
Giants downgrade Hakeem Nicks to out for Thursday night
Excerpt: "The Giants downgraded WR Hakeem Nicks to out, as the wideout did not make the trip to Carolina for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers.
Nicks was last week’s NFC Offensive Player of the Week after he finished with 10 catches for 199 yards and one touchdown in the Giants’ win over the Buccaneers." Read more...
New starters will toe the line for Eagles
NFL has looked at victory formation in the past, could look at it again
Excerpt: "Greg Schiano’s plan for crashing the victory formation party falls squarely within the rules. And it’s clear that the rules currently permit a defense to pin their ears back when the quarterback otherwise plans to pin his knee to the turf.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL has considered in the past possibly revising the rules to prevent defenses from teeing off in such situations. It was determined, however, that it was impossible to draw lines between when the game is truly over from the perspective of a coach or a player. Though in many respects it’s a “know it when you see it” proposition, in other situations (like when the defense can take the lead or tie the game with one score), the game truly isn’t “over” in the Yogi Berra sense of the word." Read more...