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    NEWARK STAR LEDGER

    Osi Umenyiora says there's no counter for what offenses arfe dong to neutralize the Giants' pass rush

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    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...


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    A loof back at the Giants' 19 - 17 loss to the Eagles

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    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...


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    Giants' David Wilson shines in return game, drops pass on only offensive play

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...l#incart_river

    Excerpt: "David Wilson's performance against the Eagles was perhaps a perfect microcosm of his brief NFL career thus far. While he teased the Giants coaches with big-play potential, he also frustrated them with another miscue.

    On the one hand, the rookie running back exhibited dynamic explosiveness as the kick returner. He averaged 36.2 yards per return on six kicks and had a long of 53. The result was consistent outstanding field position, though, as Tom Coughlin lamented today, the Giants offense didn't capitalize." Read more...

    Giants' Tom Coughlin unsure of status of Hakeem Nicks, expresses concern

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...unsure_of.html

    Excerpt: "For months, Hakeem Nicks' main health concern was his surgically repaired right foot, which he broke at organized team activities in May. But last week, an injured knee was added to the mix when he ran for the first time in over a week and the knee swelled up.

    It forced him out of Sunday's game against the Eagles, the second straight game he's missed, and Tom Coughlin is uncertain of his star wide receiver's status for Sunday against the Browns.

    "I won't know until I see what happens, where he's at as we go forward here and analyze him and the doctors get their hands on him again and he communicates with them," Coughlin said.

    When asked if Nicks' knee has improved, Coughlin said, "Not that I know of." Read more...


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    NFL power rankings: Houston Texans are tops

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1172613

    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...



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    Giants' Tom Coughlin defends deep thoughts

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1172420

    In hindsight, even
    Tom Coughlin admitted he was probably wrong.

    Maybe he should have run the ball to try to set up the potential game-winning field goal against the Eagles rather than let Eli Manning throw his ill-fated deep pass.

    That’s why when he met his beaten team on Monday morning, hours after the Giants’ 19-17 loss in Philadelphia, Coughlin told the players, “I’ll start the meeting off by talking about my sins. And that’s one I’ll confess to.”

    Just don’t mistake his confession for an apology or as a sign that his philosophy is going to change.

    Because as he accepted the blame for the bitter defeat and welcomed the inevitable second-guessing, Coughlin also strongly defended his aggressive nature. He wants his offense to always be on the attack, which is why he green-lighted a pass play on Sunday night with 25 seconds left and the Giants already in range for a field goal." Read more...


    Giants play musical safeties

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/fo...icle-1.1172423

    Excerpt: "
    The Giants’ banged-up secondary got a little thinner with safety Kenny Phillips out with a sprained knee that will likely keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks.

    Phillips was diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, according to Tom Coughlin, who described the injury as a “week to week thing.” Considering it’s the same injury that has kept right tackle David Diehl out the last two games, that figures to be the same for Phillips, too.

    Phillips got hurt early in the Giants’ 19-17 loss to the Eagles on Sunday night when he attempted to make an open-field tackle on running back LeSean McCoy. As he planted his right foot, he appeared to catch it in the turf, causing his knee to bend awkwardly.

    The good news, though, is that just as Phillips went out, safety Tyler Sash returned on Monday from his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs (Sash says he took Adderall without filing the proper paperwork). Sash said he worked out for two weeks in Miami and two weeks in his hometown in Iowa during his suspension." Read more...


    Sprained MCL has Phillips week to week

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/gia...s-week-to-week

    Excerpt: "The Giants’ banged up secondary got a little thinner on Sunday night when they lost safety Kenny Phillips to a sprained knee that will likely keep him out for a couple of weeks.

    Phillips was diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, according to Tom Coughlin, who described the injury as a “week to week thing.” Considering it’s the same injury that has kept right tackle David Diehl out each of the last two games, that figures to be the same for Phillips, too.

    Phillips suffered the injury early in the Giants’ 19-17 loss to the Eagles on Sunday night when he attempted to make an open-field tackle on running back LeSean McCoy. As he planted his right foot, he appeared to catch it in the turf, which caused his knee to bend awkwardly." Read more...

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    Giants using Wilson as "weapon" in kick game

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giant...42v1uFEysYtFdP

    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...


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    Coughlin says if he had to do it again he'd be more conservative in the final minute

    http://www.nypost.com/blogs/giantsblog

    Excerpt: "For the Giants, hindsight is 20-20, especially when the vision before them is a 19-17 loss to the Eagles.One day after a late Sunday night in which they were fashioning another comeback victory devolved into a difficult loss, the Giants gathered Monday to lick their wounds and come to grips with the way they ended the game without getting a shot at the makeable field goal they set themselves up to have.
    “If I were to do it over myself, would I be as conservative with 15 seconds?’’ Tom Coughlin asked. “Not this morning. This morning I throw it to the sideline, something of that nature, take a chance on that.’’

    With 25 seconds remaining, trailing by two points, Eli Manning had put the Giants in enviable position, with the ball on the Eagles 26-yard line, setting up a 44-yard field goal attempt for Lawrence Tynes, who had been 11 for 11 in field goals to that point in the season." Read more...
    Giants' Kenny Phillips out several weeks with MCL injury

    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giants...origFMz0mFoDcI

    Excerpt: "The Giants dodged a serious injury bullet with safety Kenny Phillips, who has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee coming out of the 19-17 loss to the Eagles.Coach Tom Coughlin on Monday said Phillips is “week to week’’ with the injury but of course that is not the case. A sprained MCL takes at least three or four weeks to heal, putting Phillips on the shelf for Sunday’s game against the Browns and very likely several more games after that." Read more...

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    Big Blue to learn from gaffes

    http://www.northjersey.com/sports/17...by_gaffes.html

    Excerpt: " Seeing on film what happened defensively against LeSean McCoy at crucial moments of the second half in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Eagles did not make the reality any easier for Chase Blackburn to accept.
    The Giants’ middle linebacker was brought back to his childhood the day after and not necessarily in a good way.

    "At times I feel like it was, if you ever watched Little League soccer, where the ball goes everyone runs, and that’s kind of the way it was at times where everyone was chasing the ball," Blackburn said of how the Giants gave up containment against McCoy, who picked up his fourth 100-yard game in seven career starts against Big Blue. "That’s what’s heartbreaking about it: We had it the whole first half. You can’t have the tale of two halves like that and we need to stay more consistent. That’s kind of been the M.O. of our team lately, since I’ve been here, the inconsistency part of it and that’s what we need to get back to: being more consistent.
    "We can’t keep doing this over and over again." Read more...

    What Tom Coughlin left unsaid: Manning made a costly blunder

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/sp...=football&_r=0

    Excerpt: "Here was Tom Coughlin as the dedicated father figure to the quarterback who doubles as his football son, covering for Eli Manning, who has taken him to the peak of twoSuper Bowl mountains and provided him with legitimate Hall of Fame coaching credentials.

    Coughlin is not an easy man to be around, much less live with, after any loss and especially after one as exasperating as the 19-17 defeat by the Eagles on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. His son-in-law, Chris Snee, may anchor his offensive line, but Manning is the Giant whom Coughlin will forever be tethered to and the one he eternally trusts.

    Manning has been there for him since the beginning in 2004, and for the last 134 games as the starter, and more recently as perhaps the N.F.L.’s premier closer." Read more...


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    Poor Eli Manning: Regular season eek 4

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/02/...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...

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    Giants' Kenny Phillips will miss 3 - 6 weeks with MCL injury

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/02/...elphia-eagles/

    Excerpt: "The hits just keep coming for this New York Giants secondary. Safety Kenny Phillips left last Sunday's game early with a knee injury. In the Monday press conference, head coach Tom Coughlin announced that Phillips' injury was in fact a sprained MCL and called his timetable "week to week," although he is expected to be out between 3-6 weeks.

    The Giants' secondary has been plagued by injuries thus far this season. They were already without rookie Jayron Hosley for the last game, and starter Terrell Thomas is out for the year with his third ACL injury. Stevie Brown replaced Phillips on the field following his injury and made several plays; however, he also missed some plays that perhaps Phillips would have made if he had not been injured." Read more...


    Giants' Tom Coughlin very cnocerned with health of Hakeem Nicks

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/02/...-hakeem-nicks/

    Excerpt: "After missing a week three game against the Carolina Panthers due to a quick turnaround, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was expected to be ready for a week four meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles. He wasn't. And not because of his foot, but because his left knee had developed some unexpected swelling. Now, with a near must-win game looming against the Cleveland Browns, head coach Tom Coughlin expressed serious concern over the status of his young wideout.

    "How much concern can I show you?" Coughlin said when asked if he was worried about Nicks missing more games. "I won’t know until I see what happens. Where he’s at as they go forward here and analyze him and the doctors get their hands on him again. He communicates with them. I can’t tell you that." Read more...
    Giants' David Baas experiencing significant hand swelling

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/02/...lling-in-hand/

    Excerpt: "There were several times during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles where New York Giants center David Baas appeared to be having trouble getting the ball back to quarterback Eli Manning in the shotgun formation. There were also a few instances where the snap exchange was less than stellar. Initially, it was chalked up to a bad day for Baas, but it sounds like the veteran may have had a legitimate excuse for his uncharacteristic struggles.

    "His hand was all swollen. He rolled three [snaps] back," head coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "David has a big old swollen hand today and that contributed to it I’m sure." Read more...


    Giants' Kenny Phillips week to week with MCL injury

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/02/...elphia-eagles/

    Excerpt: "The hits just keep coming for this New York Giants secondary. Safety Kenny Phillips left last Sunday's game early with a knee injury. In the Monday press conference, head coach Tom Coughlin announced that Phillips' injury was in fact a sprained MCL and called his timetable "week to week."

    The Giants' secondary has been plagued by injuries thus far this season. They were already without rookie Jayron Hosley for the last game, and starter Terrell Thomas is out for the year with his third ACL injury. Stevie Brown replaced Phillips on the field following his injury and made several plays; however, he also missed some plays that perhaps Phillips would have made if he had not been injured." Read more...

    Solid night by Giants' Ramses Barden overshadowed by pass interference

    http://www.giants101.com/2012/10/01/...-interference/

    Excverpt: "The New York Giants lost a tough game to a solid Philadelphia Eagles team on the road last night. It was a devastating loss because the Giants are now 0-2 in the division, which could potentially come back to haunt them in the even of a tie-breaking scenario at the end of the season. However it wasn't all bad last night.

    Giants wide receiver Ramses Barden continued showcasing his effectiveness throughout the game. Although Barden only caught two balls for 36 yards, he drew two big pass interference calls on the Eagles at the end of the game. He proved to be a viable target through the air for the Giants for the duration of the game. However, Barden night was defined by an offensive pass interference call the knocked Lawrence Tynes out of field goals range, which cost the Giants the game." Read more...


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    Giants' at the quarter pole: Assessing where the champs stand

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/2...e-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...
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    Giants' roster power rankings: Rating the Giants from 1 - 53, Week 5

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/2...ants-from-1-53

    Excerpt: "
    Here are this week's New York Giants' roster power rankings. If you haven't seen these before, each week we rank Giants' players from 1-53.

    The results are cumulative and based mostly on this season's body of work. A player's past accomplishments are also weighed into their ranking, but the most important factor is the overall contribution to this season's Giants' team.

    1. Eli Manning -- Not his best work Sunday night against the Eagles, but he is still the best and most important Giant. LW: 1

    2. Victor Cruz -- Caught nine passes against the Eagles, abusing rookieBrandon Boykin. LW: 2

    3. Jason Pierre-Paul -- Drops a slot this week. Cruz had a dominant game against the Eagles. JPP had a pedestrian one. LW: 2

    4. Michael Boley -- Moves here by default, really. With Hakeem Nicksmissing the last two games, and no one really stepping up as a dominant player, I don't know what else to do here. LW: 6

    5. Antrel Rolle -- Not sure his performance really adds up to ranking him this high. Again, though, not sure what else to do here. LW: 7" Read more...


    NY Giants' news and notes: Moving on edition

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/2...en-eli-manning

    Excerpt: "News and notes about the NY Giants from Big Blue View and pother sources for this Tuesday morning

    Reasons to celebrate David Wilson and Domenik Hixon

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...xon/in/3200177Excerpt: "The New York Giants suffered a heartbreaking 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. There were plays that were too ugly to watch, but there were other moments that can help make all Giants fans feel positive about the upcoming weeks.

    The first positive to take from the Week 4 game was David Wilson. Everyone has been waiting for the 2012 first-round draft pick to come out of his shell and give us something to see. Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride spoke endlessly during the preseason about the explosiveness and athleticism Wilson had. Wilson's first few weeks of his rookie year did not go as planned, and everyone has been waiting to see when this kid was going to produce." Read more...


    Tom Coughlin: Talkative coach discusses loss to Eagles


    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...loss-to-eagles

    Excerpt: "
    Tom Coughlin does not love speaking to the media. His answers can be short at times, and it's obvious when his patience is wearing thin. The opening statement of his press conference today, though, has to be considered nothing short of amazing. The day after the Giants lost to the Philadelphia Eagles Coughlin opened with 1,243 words worth of remarks.

    Yep. That was 1,243 words. I'd love to put a stop watch on that and see exactly how long it took. It has to, however, be some sort of record for Coughlin when it comes to speaking to the media, especially without having been asked a question.

    Coughlin said the loss, which dropped the Giants to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in the NFC East was "very, very difficult for our team." Read more...

    Kenny Phillips: Week to week with MCL injury

    http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/10/1...ith-mcl-injury

    Excerpt: "New York Giants' safety Kenny Phillips has a sprained MCL, the teamannounced via Twitter. His status will be "week-to-week."

    That is fairly vague news about the safety, injured early in the first quarter Sunday night trying to make a tackle on Philadelphia Eagles' running back LeSean McCoy.

    Stevie Brown stepped in for Phillips and played well. Tyler Sash is also scheduled to be reinstated this week following his four-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy." Read more...

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    Eli Manning being asked to do too much right now

    http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/stor...sy-football-qb

    Excerpt: "Entrusting the ball in Eli Manning’s hands is usually a formula for success for the Giants, but there’s a concern that an imbalance is seeping into the offensive flow.

    The Giants ran the ball only 19 times and passed it 42 times in their 19-17 loss to the Eagles, and it wasn’t as if the Giants were in catch-up mode all night." Read more...


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    Where are the 2 - 2 teams headed?

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...-bills-are-not

    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...
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    Wilson opening Coughlin's eyes

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...coughlins-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...



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    Sash back, hoped to play against Browns

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/gia...to-play-sunday

    Excerpt: "Tyler Sash returned to the Giants on Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.

    And he's back, it appears just in the nick of time. With Kenny Phillipspotentially out for a few weeks with an MCL injury, the Giants can certainly use another healthy body in the secondary.

    The Giants have a roster exemption for Sash, and have until Saturday at 4 p.m. to decide whether to use Sash on Sunday against Cleveland. If they choose to, they have to make a roster move to create space for Sash. If not, they have until next Monday at 4 p.m. to make a roster move.

    Sash worked out in Miami during the first two weeks of his suspension, before trying to stay in shape in his hometown in Iowa. " Read more....



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    NFC East spin cycle: Week 4

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    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.

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    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...

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    Giants' RB Brown merits more work

    http://www.profootballweekly.com/201...rits-more-work

    Excerpt: "Should the Giants give more carries to Andre Brown and fewer to Ahmad Bradshaw? With Bradshaw back in the lineup in Week Four against the Eagles following the neck injury he suffered against the Buccaneers in Week Two, he was held to 39 yards on 13 carries. Bradshaw’s long run of the game was nine yards, and he had six rushes of two yards or fewer. It’s a small sample size — one week back from a scary injury — but the feeling around the Giants after their loss to the Eagles is that Brown, the catalyst in Weeks Two and Three, could get more opportunities" Read more...


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    Thanks RF. Good Read as always. Good Morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashleymarie View Post
    Thanks RF. Good Read as always. Good Morning.
    Last day allowed for mourning, tomorrow we get stoked for the Browns
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    Yes we do. How are you today? Did you see the boys lose last night?

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    The last game is on the "mental shelf" with the other bitter Eagle losses-time to move on. 12 games to go and anything can happen.
    Sash is back at the right time. Nicks is a nagging worry-next man up.
    Tomorrow start reading about the Browns.

    Thanks for the news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashleymarie View Post
    Yes we do. How are you today? Did you see the boys lose last night?
    I did not but awoke to the glad tidings
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Giant View Post
    The last game is on the "mental shelf" with the other bitter Eagle losses-time to move on. 12 games to go and anything can happen.
    Sash is back at the right time. Nicks is a nagging worry-next man up.
    Tomorrow start reading about the Browns.

    Thanks for the news!
    We need all the help we can get in the secondary. I am hoping Hosley is healed up by Sunday
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    Thanks bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeatYale View Post
    Thanks bro.
    You're welcome
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    thanks Ro....
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