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NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Tom Couglin says there's a role for everybody after Andre Brown and Ramses Barden star
Excerpt: "After the starters were done for the night in Thursday’s lopsided win against Carolina, Ramses Barden sought out his quarterback on the sideline.The receiver couldn’t contain his happiness after a surreal nine-catch, 138-yard performance in the 36-7 victory. His target was Eli Manning, who was caught off guard when Barden came up behind him and engulfed him in a very sweet bear hug.
“I was very appreciative,” Barden said today, “of his trust and faith in my ability.” Read more...
Prince Amukamara shows Giants' teammates "fire" after unnecessary roughness penalty
Excerpt: "When Prince Amukamara was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the second half of last night's 36-7 win against Carolina, it was good news-bad news for the young Giants cornerback.
The 15-yard penalty, a highly questionable call after Amukamara returned a late shove from receiver Louis Murphy, did not affect the outcome of the game. His coaches, he said, told him to be smarter next time.
"But the players were all happy for me," Amukamara said with a big grin. "Just happy that I just don’t take anything on the field and stuff like that." Read more...
Panthers' postgame reaction: Cam Newton doesn't give the Giants much credit in loss
Excerpt: "Cam Newton didn't exactly give the Giants defense much credit for its dominant performance Thursday night. Newton went just 16-of-30 with three interceptions. He was able to rush for a score, but he only had six carries for six yards a week after rushing for a career-high 71 yards against the Saints. Yet, he believes it was more to do with the Panthers inability to execute than the Giants.
Newton: "It was nothing they did; it was all on us. Of course, they have elite defensive linemen and elite players on their defense, but it wasn’t so much what they did as what we didn’t do.” Read more...
Giants' Antrel Rolle OK after knee hits camera; Tom Coughlin not happy with how it happened
Excerpt: "As Tom Coughlin walked back to the Giants sideline, leaving an injured Antrel Rolle writhing in pain after his knee struck a camera on the sideline, he came across Ray Anderson.
In passing, an upset Coughlin let the NFL's executive vice president of football operations know he wasn't happy with what happened to his starting safety during the fourth quarter of the Giants' 36-7 win over the Panthers.
"I said, 'We're so concerned about player safety, can't we do something about this?' Coughlin recalled today with reporters. "'Can't we get people away from the sideline enough to that a guy going as fast as he was going and flying through the air doesn't put his knee into a camera?'" Read more...
Giants dominate Carolina Panthers in 36 - 7 win
Excerpt: " Eli Manning insisted it wasn’t “any big speech.”
But the words the quarterback shared with his offense early Thursday, following the walk-through at the team hotel, became the story of the Giants’ dominant 36-7 victory against the Panthers last night at Bank of America Stadium.
The group of teammates he looked out at did not include Ahmad Bradshaw, or Hakeem Nicks, or David Diehl. They were all at home nursing injuries, but Manning knew that could not be an excuse.
So Manning said confidently, “We have playmakers.” Read more...
You grade 'em: Guiants vs. Panthers
Excerpt: "Giants fans, here's your chance to grade Big Blue in their win over the Carolina PanthersAssign your grades in the polls below, and then drop down and leave a comment explaining your thinking." Read more... (VOTE)
Giants' defense contains, frustrates Panthers' Cam Newrton
Excerpt: "The Giants defense came packing kryptonite Thursday night, morphing usually-super Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton into a rather wimpy version of Clark Kent.
Newton’s one Superman touchdown celebration notwithstanding, he was nowhere near his normal stellar self in a 36-7 loss to the Giants at Bank of America Stadium.
He was held to 6 yards rushing, 37 off his career average, and was intercepted three times. His rushing lanes were closed off and many of his passes were hurried or off-balance." Read more...
[h=2] Giants' secondary keeps getting thinner and thinner because of injuries [/h] http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river
Excerpt: "The Giants secondary has been thinned by injuries all season, and the unit got no break Thursday night.Safety Antrel Rolle and cornerbacks Corey Webster and Jayron Hosley each sustained injuries in the game.Rolle’s looked to be the most serious, as he was carted off the field for X-rays after his knee squarely collided with a cameraman’s equipment on the sidelines. But coach Tom Coughlin said he did not think the injury was too serious, calling it a contusion and a laceration.
Rolle said the X-rays were negative and he did not need stitches. He thought he may need further tests today but was not sure if an MRI would be among them." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
Boothe, Baas fined for knee-jerk reaction to Bucs
Excerpt: "The Giants were furious at the Buccaneers’ actions at the end of their game last Sunday. But it was the Giants’ reaction that drew the ire of the NFL
Two Giants offensive linemen – center David Baas and guard Kevin Boothe – drew fines from the league this week for their reactions to what the Bucs’ did on the final play of the Giants’ 41-34 win. After the Bucs’ defensive linemen dove into the Giants’ offensive line and knocked over quarterback Eli Manning as he was trying to take a knee, both Baas and Boothe retaliated with what the league deemed “unnecessary roughness.”
Both players were fined $7,875, a league spokesmen confirmed." Read more...
Giants get big effort from reserves Andre Brown, Ramses Barden in drubbing of Carolina Panthers
Excerpt: "In the days before the Giants’ final roster cuts at the end of training camp, Andre Brown and Excerpt: "Ramses Barden
appeared to share a place on the roster bubble.
It’s a good thing for the Giants their bubble never burst.
If it had, the world would’ve missed the breakthrough performances of Brown and Barden on Thursday night, as they led the badly depleted Giants to a stunningly thorough 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers. Brown, who has been cut seven times by five teams in the last three years, filled in for the injured Ahmad Bradshaw by rushing 20 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Barden replaced the injured Hakeem Nicks by catching nine passes for 138 yards." Read more...
Giants' WSenster breaks hand
Excerpt: "Corey Webster finally got his wish, playing bump-and-run coverage throughout the Giants’ 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers. But the cornerback got something else, too: A broken hand.
Webster broke a bone in his right hand early in the game. He briefly left the field for X-rays, then returned with a heavy black cast on his right hand. Webster said he was not sure when the injury happened, although he said he was pretty sure it did not happen when he and Panthers wideout Steve Smith had a brief scrum on the field after a play.
“I made a tackle and came up stinging for a couple of plays,” he said. “And got it checked out, got an X-ray on it, and saw something was wrong with it.”
Webster said he does not expect to miss any time with the injury, and he pointed to the fact that he returned to the game as proof.
“I came back in the game and finished playing,” he added. “It’s probably going to be a little tough to catch. But we’re going to do our best.” Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST.
Giant contributions from Big Blue reserves
Brown, Barden take over as Giants beat up Panthers
Excerpt: "It did not bode well when one of the replacement players botched the very first play. Perhaps a rough evening was brewing for the shorthanded Giants.
“We got to a little shaky start,’’ Eli Manning said last night.
His new running back, Andre Brown, was supposed to go right and instead went left.
“So we gave him a little talk on that, kind of got him settled down a little bit,’’ Manning said. “After that he did very, very well.’’
Rather than bemoan who was not on this trip, the Giants cracked open their bench and what came pouring out was enough to overwhelm the Panthers in a thorough and complete 36-7 beatdown at Bank of America Stadium." Read more...
Eli, again, a steadying force
Excerpt: "Some of it comes off the field. This time, it was back at the team hotel, maybe four hours before the Giants would face the Carolina Panthers a few blocks away, at Bank of America Stadium. The walk-through was over. The assignments were distributed. The preparation was over.
Now it was time for Eli Manning to offer a message.
“We have playmakers on that field,” he said. “We have guys in this room who can get this done tonight.”
The Giants were banged up and bloodied. They were missing their starting running back, two receivers, a stalwart on the offensive line. The Panthers are telegenic darlings with their exciting young quarterback, and they had hammered the Saints on this very field just four days earlier. You could’ve built one hell of a case against the Giants." Read more...
Giants' safety Antrel Rolle says his left knee will be OK
Excerpt: "Antrel Rolle had a cut and contusion on his left knee, but the Giants safety said he thinks he avoided a serious injury on a strange collision midway though the fourth quarter.
With Thursday night's 36-7 victory over the Panthers long since decided, Rolle was defending a pass out of bounds to the left of the end zone when at the last minute he spotted a TV camera in his way. Rolle tried to avoid it, but instead crashed his left knee directly into the front of the camera. He had to be helped off the field.
“It will be all right,’’ Rolle said. “I was trying to jump over the camera, I don’t know, I guess I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be.Just a cut and bruise on top of the knee cap.’’ Read more...
Martellus Bennett congtributes to another Giants' win
Excerpt: "Martellus Bennett broke free over the goal line with a nifty and nimble move for a man carrying a 6-foot-6, 265-pound frame, dusted off the safety trying to cover him and caught the Eli Manning scoring pass with soft, sure hands.
The touchdown gave the Giants a 7-0 lead they eventually would balloon into a 36-7 rout of the Panthers Thursday night, but there was more significance to it.
This is exactly how both the Giants and Bennett envisioned this marriage when he signed with them after playing for the Cowboys.
Bennett had been completely overshadowed in Dallas by the Cowboys’ top tight end, Jason Witten. He wanted a chance, and he is delivering." Read more...
Excerpt: "These are the triumphs, triumphs of the human spirit, that can bring a team together and quite possibly launch a season. When you are severely undermanned and it is Giants-Against-the-World and the bond among you becomes so strong that no one, maybe except the Lombardi Packers, was going to deny you. When you walk tall and proud out of a hushed stadium, drained and exhausted at the end of one of those delicious 36-7 Road Warrior victories and filled with the satisfaction of knowing you are a fighter, and every last one of the men in the arena will fight to the death alongside you." Read more...
Giants' defense smothers Panthers' Newton
Excerpt: "The Giants limped into Charlotte appearing to be offensively challenged with four offensive starters out with injuries.
This one was going to have to be on the Giants defense and it delivered, chasing Panthers quarterback Cam Newton out of his own stadium in a decisive 36-7 rout last night at Bank of America Stadium.
So it appeared, if they were going to survive Newton and the Panthers, the Giants were going to have to do it with their defense. You could make the argument the Giants defense owed the offense one after looking awful against the Buccaneers last Sunday at MetLife Stadium." Read more...
Giants' CB Werbster plays after breaking hand
Excerpt: "Giants cornerback Corey Webster played in the second half of Thursday night’s 36-7 victory over the Panthers with a hard cast on his right hand after breaking his hand during the game" Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
NEW YORK TIMES
Understudies play starring roles in Giants; win over Panthers
Excerpt: "Strange things happen to N.F.L. teams during short weeks. Tuesdays feel like Fridays. Travel days double as workdays. And, at least in the Giants’ case, anonymous players look like stars.
Tom Pedulla, The New York Times:
o it was here Thursday night, as the Giants — consistently inconsistent in splitting their first two games — produced their most dominant performance of the season in Week 3 despite frequently using a lineup of players that entered the game with the collective wisdom of a typical freshman seminar." Read more...
Giants' Andre Broan says hello
Excerpt: "Andre Brown refused to take the hint. Teams kept saying goodbye, and he kept saying hello.
After being drafted in the fourth round by the Giants in 2009, Brown ruptured his left Achilles’ tendon during a mid-August training camp practice. The injury ended his rookie season before it began and threatened his career. He was ultimately waived by five N.F.L. teams before re-signing with the Giants and spending last season on the practice squad, admiring the eventual Super Bowl champions from a perspective that only made the field seem farther away." Read more....
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton: Giants didn't beat us, we beat ourselves
Excerpt: "If the New York Giants had a nickel for every time an opposing player claimed they beat themselves, well … they would have a lot of nickels. Instead, they've got a lot of wins. But when defeat burns deep, it's sometimes difficult to admit you were bested. And for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, he now becomes just another player who owes Big Blue a nickel.
“It was nothing they did, it was all on us,” Newton said after the loss. "If I was a fan of the Carolina Panthers I would be holding my head down in shame of the product that was out there today."
The Giants really should be quite thankful to the rest of the league, because it sure does seem like a lot of teams are beating themselves for the Giants' benefit. Last year it was the Green Bay Packers and then the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. Now, three weeks into this young season and needing a win, it was the upstart Carolina Panthers.
Perhaps they'll send pleasant Christmas cards." Read more...
Giants' Corey Webster suffers broken hand in win voer Carolina Panthers
Excerpt: "The last thing the New York Giants needed were more injuries at the cornerback position, but that's exactly what they got in Thursday nights 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Shortly after a brief scuffle with Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, cornerback Corey Webster headed to the locker-room for X-rays. He eventually emerged with a cast on his hand and it was revealed after the game that he had suffered a broken bone in his right hand.
“I made a tackle and came up stinging for a couple plays,” Webster said. “I finished playing this game, so I’m good for the next one.” Read more...
Andre Brown, Ramses Barden lead Gians to 36 - 7 win over Carolina Panthers
Excerpt: "Coming off of only three days rest, the New York Giants were missing several key components as they took on the Carolina Panthers Thursday night. Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks, Domenik Hixon and David Diehl didn't even travel with the team to North Carolina, and Michael Coe was ruled out prior to the game. As a result, the roster was shuffled and tremendous pressure was placed on the shoulders of several youngsters including Andre Brown,Ramses Barden and Jayron Hosley.
They did not disappoint.
In his first career start, Brown ran all over the Panthers, while Hosley came up with his first career interception and Barden had a game for the ages. When all was said and done, Big Blue improved to 2-1 with a dominating 36-7 victory over Cam Newton & Co." Read more...
BIG BLUE VIEW
Giants vs. Panthers: "Kudos, and wet willies" review
Excerpt: "It is time for the traditional post-game 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review. As you can guess, lots of 'Kudos' and very few 'Wet Willies' following the New York Giants
' impressive 36-7 dismantling of theCarolina Panthers
on Thursday night." Read more...Giants vs. Paanthers: number worth celebrating
Excerpt: "We have done our 'Kudos & Wet Willies' review.Now, here are some 'Reasons to Celebrate' following Thursday's impressive 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
I thought I would just give you some of the impressive stats from the Thursday game, provided by the Giants PR Department, and let you celebrate those.Celebratory numbers after the jump." Read more...
Ramses Barden: Calls career-best game "an OK start"
Excerpt: "As Thursday night's 36-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers wore on and he piled up catch after catch you could see the smile on the face of Ramses Barden grow wider and wider. And why not? This was the type of performance the Giants have waited four years to see from the 6-foot-6, 230-pound 2009 third-round draft pick.
NY Giants' news and notes: Post Game Edition
Barden caught nine passes for 138 yards, beating press coverage at the line of scrimmage, working across the middle and creating yards after catches. The nine receptions equaled his total from last season. Barden had only 15 catches total in his first three seasons." Read more...
Andre Brown: Yes, he could do it again
Excerpt: "The big question after Andre Brown had the best game of his career Sunday against Tampa Bay -- 13 carries 71 yards and a touchdown -- was could he do it again? Well, 20 carries, 113 yards and two touchdowns later in a 36-7 rout of the Carolina Panthers Thursday we know the answer.
The New York Giants' running back most certainly could."I'm just glad I responded to the bell," Brown said. "Everybody was saying it couldn't be done again, so I went out there and I ran hard. I did everything I could to go out there and make us come out of here with a win." Read more...
Excerpt: "Good morning, New York Giants' fans. It is, of course, a happy Friday morning after a 36-7 stomping of theCarolina Panthers. Here are some post-game notes and reactions.
Giants’ all-hands-on-deck approach overwhelms Panthers | Audibles
Are the Giants still updating their depth chart each week, as required by NFL rule? And if so, what’s the point?
They lost Brandon Jacobs out of their backfield in the offseason and starter Ahmad Bradshaw to injury last week, so they simply turned their run game over to Andre Brown, a player cut eight times by five different teams in his career. All Brown did Thursday night in the Giants’ 36-7 whitewash of Carolina was rush for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
New York also said farewell to wide receiver Mario Manningham over the summer and had to roll without the services of injured starter Hakeem Nicks in Carolina. Big deal. Who needs those guys when you have Ramses Barden, he of the 16 career catches? Not the Giants, apparently. Barden hauled in nine passes for 138 yards Thursday, matching and surpassing, respectively, his totals for the entire 2011 season.
Who’s in the lineup? Who’s out?
Who cares?" Read more...
Giants dominate Panthers, 36 - 7
Excerpt: "Short work week? Injured starters?
No problem, if you’re the New York Giants, who overcame the loss of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, and receiver Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon en route to a 36-7 win over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
The Giants again turned to running back Andre Brown, a player who was cut seven times in his brief career, and he responded with his first 100-yard performance, averaging 5.7 yards per carry (20 touches for 113 yards) and two touchdowns.
“For Andre to be able to know that he was going to be able to play and not come into a situation thinking he would at best get a few attempts as last week, but to prepare all throughout the week was outstanding,” said head coach Tom Coughlin.
“I m a good football player and just dedicated to being the best I can be,” Brown said when asked what he learned about himself after this week’s showing. “My family had a lot to do with it. They said, ‘You got it and you can go out there and pursue your dream, and if that’s what you want to do, go do it – we’re all behind you. And that’s what I did. Just being patient finally paid off. It’s still a long season, but I’m going to go out there and continue to get better each week.” Read more...
THE RED ZONE
Rolle on Prince: No more cold tub
Excerpt: "Prince Amukamara won't have to worry about any dips into a bucket of ice water in the future.
The second-year cornerback's teammates were thrilled to see him play with the aggressiveness, or swagger, that they had been clamoring for in Thursday night's win over Carolina. They were especially pleased about the personal foul for unnecessary roughness that he drew in what was his season debut.
Along the way, Amukamara, the focal point in the ice tub controversy, also earned his stripes as the Giants played their third game of his sophomore year, marking the end of his status among the team's veterans as a rookie.
"No more cold tub," Giants safety Antrel Rolle laughed." Read more...
Kenny Phillips fines $30K for hit on Vincent Jackson
Excerpt: "In the biggest fine for on-field misconduct that the NFL has handed down so far this season, Giants safety Kenny Phillips has been docked $30,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson.
It was a brutal hit while Jackson was in a defenseless posture, and it’s not surprising that it resulted in a hefty fine. Phillips was fined three times last season for hits to defenseless receivers, and he said after the third fine that he doesn’t plan to change the way he plays." Read more...
Friday's 60 second rant: Don't pity the Giants
Excerpt: "For anyone who was feeling sympathetic for Eli Manning and the injury-riddled Giants heading into last night’s game in Carolina, don’t worry. They’re just fine.
Not that Tom Coughlin is worried about the public perception of his team.
Despite missing four starters (RB Ahmad Bradshaw, WR Hakeem Nicks, ORT David Diehl, CB Michael Coe) and another key contributor (WR Domenik Hixon) on a short week, the Giants prepared for the Panthers like they would for any other game and did something only two of nine teams accomplished last season: a road victory on three days of rest.
And this wasn’t just a victory. It was a thumping, 37-6 statement from the defending champs, who dominated the Panthers so thoroughly that Giants backup QB David Carr had time to amass a better passer rating than Cam Newton (56.2 to 40.6). Even with the rash of injuries, we should have expected nothing less from an increasingly resilient team with a proven championship pedigree." Read more...
Schiano considered a bully, hypocrite, by NFL front office officials, coaches report says
Excerpt: "When Tom Coughlin, the Giants coach and one of the more respected head coaches in the NFL, rebuked Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano on Sunday for instructing the Buccaneers defensive line to attack the Giants offense lined up in the "victory" formation, many in the NFL were pleased,Yahoo Sports' Michael Silver wrote.
The reason was not solely that Schiano broke what is considered in the NFL to be an unwritten rule: Don't attack an offense lined up in that formation. But that the opinion of Schiano around the NFL is that the former Rutgers coach is a bully and hypocrite. Schiano, Silver writes, offended and alienated many NFL front office officials during scouting visits to Piscataway -- one official, quoted anonymously by Silver, called those trips "pure misery." Read more...
NFL and its referees, after meeting last two days, stil far apart