Tag:New York Giants
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:14 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2010 11:31 pm

Now we know why Aaron Ross's heel is swollen

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bad news for the Giants: cornerback Aaron Ross has plantar fasciitis, according to ESPN’s Matt Mosley.

Mosley writes: A. Ross

Eli Manning played through a bad case of plantar fasciitis last season, but it's a lot different for quarterbacks who don't have to make a ton of cuts at top speed.

I haven't heard a timetable for Ross, but I remember Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman having to miss a few weeks with a similar issue two years ago. Ross has had an excellent camp and he was expected to handle punt returns this season. The Giants were victimized in '09 by teams that used a lot of three-wide receiver sets (see Saints and Eagles). Against teams like that, Ross will be on the field about 65 percent of the time.

Ross missed a lot of time last season with hamstring issues. If he’s out again, ’09 undrafted free agent Bruce Johnson will likely serve as the Giants nickelback. Sinorice Moss or Mario Manningham will likely return punts.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 9:10 am

So much for vanilla

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

An interesting trend has emerged this preseason – defenses which normally would play fairly vanilla against offenses who were doing much of the same are being more aggressive in exhibition games.

The National Football Post takes a look at these occurrences.

In fact, when the Chargers faced the Bears, San Diego blitzed so much (I saw a report where it was six of the first eight snaps) coach Lovie Smith decided to get QB Jay Cutler the hell out of there.

The Giants blitzed 24 times against the Jets. The list goes on.

“For me, I would just say I was trying to set a mentality,” Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell told the Post. “I’m going to be very aggressive. Yes, we want to play base, fundamental defense and we want to see people take on a block, shed a block, that kind of thing.”

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers provides a dissenting opinion.

“Sometimes you can cover up some ills by blitzing all the time,” he told the Post. “If you feel like you have nothing to lose, that’s fine. But if you go into the season feeling you have to rely on the blitz all the time, sooner or later it catches up with you. Now is the time when we can see if we can play base, fundamental football. And if we can’t, and do it well, the blitzing might disguise it for a little bit. But it’s not going to disguise it for long. People figure you out too much in this game. For us, it starts with stopping the run. If we can stop the run, then we can do a lot more things.”

I’m sure this is a trend that opposing quarterbacks who are just trying to get down their timing before retiring to the sidelines for the second half would like to see end. As would their coaches.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 8:37 pm

Nicks, Taylor ejected for fighting

Posted by Josh Katzowitz
Apparently failing to realize that this is, in fact, still the preseason, Pittsburgh CB Ike Taylor and WR Hakeem Nicks were ejected from tonight’s game early in the first quarter for fighting and throwing punches.

According to the Steelers Rapid Reports , Keenan Lewis – who’s battling for a nickel CB job – has taken Taylor’s place with the first team. He’s facing off against Giants WR Mario Manningham.

UPDATE (8:34 p.m.): This is what Nicks said after he was ejected: “I’ve never been ejected from a game in my life until tonight. I was blocking downfield, and the next thing I knew (CB Ike Taylor) was throwing punches so I tried to defend myself. I let my coaches and teammates down.""

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 10:14 am
Edited on: August 20, 2010 12:15 pm

Giants sign two-time Pro Bowler

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Giants have signed OL Shawn Andrews, and it’s a fairly intriguing transaction.

As Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York wonders, what does this say about that status of guards Chris Snee and Rich Seubert?

Andrews made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2007, but he’s since suffered from depression and other injuries. He hasn’t played in two years, but apparently, New York feels he can possibly contribute.

“Our personnel staff has been monitoring Shawn's progress for a while now," general manager Jerry Reese said a statement. "He looks great and had a very good workout for us yesterday. He can play both guard and both tackle positions. We just have to take him slow for the rest of the preseason to get him into game shape. Shawn is very excited and grateful for this opportunity to play for the New York Giants."

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:49 pm

Giants turning to unfamiliar QBs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With Giants QB Eli Manning wearing his ballcap to hide the three-inch cut inflicted upon him by the Jets and with backup QB Jim Sorgi out for the next few weeks with an injured throwing shoulder, third-stringer Rhett Bomar and newly-signed Dominic Randolph got plenty of reps at practice today.

So, what happened?

From the New York Daily News :

Well, Bomar played fairly well completing some screen passes early on with no defense, making one nice throw to tight end Kevin Boss over the middle and running the two-minute drill solidly. He did a decent job in red zone offense drills as well. But he also misfired on his final two throws of the afternoon, both deep shots at the end of the two-minute drill.

Randolph was even more uneven, although you can’t blame a guy who just got to camp and didn’t even have his football equipment with him. How little stuff did Randolph have? Midway through stretching, somebody was bringing him pads.

Anyway, he did throw two touchdown passes in red zone drills, and he made a handful of good throws while running the scout team. He also missed an open receiver badly on a quick out, though.

Not that any of this really matters. Once Sorgi returns to health, Bomar most likely will return to the third team and Randolph – an undrafted free agent out of Holy Cross – will return to the wonderful world of free agency. For now, with Manning not scheduled to play Saturday, the Giants will carry four quarterbacks, and Bomar and Randolph should see all the snaps vs. the Steelers.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:45 pm

Giants forced to loosen ticket rules

Posted by Andy Benoit

A week after launching an advertising campaign to sell the remaining 1,250 club seats in their new $1.6 billion (or $1.7 billion, depending on who you ask) stadium, the New York Giants are now getting more flexible about selling individual game tickets without Personal Seat Licenses (PSL’s). USA Today writes:

With seats in their new $1.6 billion stadium still available, the New York Giants are selling a limited number of tickets for each of their eight regular-season games.

The tickets went on sale Wednesday, with current personal seat license holders getting first crack at them for the next two days.
Fans on the team's waiting list and former season ticket holders will be able to purchase the available seats on Friday and Saturday. Any remaining seats after the presale will be available for purchase by the general public on Monday.

Current PSL holders, waiting list members and former season ticket holders were made aware of the ticket opportunity through an e-mail from the team.

Individual game tickets are $25 higher than the PSL holder price per game ticket, and the range of prices available is from $110-$725.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 5:57 pm

Giants play it safe with Eli

Posted by Andy Benoit
E. Manning (US Presswire)
So much for the Big Ben-Eli Quarterback Class of ’04 reunion this weekend. After sitting out the Steelers’ preseason opener, Ben Roethlisberger is expected to take the field against the Giants. But Eli Manning won’t be doing the same.

Manning sat out practice Wednesday, recovering from the three-inch gash in his head suffered Monday night. Giants coach Tom Coughlin has decided to be cautious with his star quarterback. Right now, the Giants don’t want Manning wearing a helmet, as it would open up the stitches in his forehead. (Isn’t it ironic that Manning can’t wear a helmet the week his team is preparing to face Roethlisberger?)

With Jim Sorgi questionable, Giants third-string quarterback Rhett Bomar could get the start.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 9:19 pm

Giants take precautions with Manning

Posted by Andy Benoit

Eli Manning was bloodied but not injured against the Jets Monday night. Despite needing 12 stitches to close a gash on his head, all seemed to be well with the star quarterback. Still, the Giants aren’t taking any chances. Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News writes:

Manning spent part of Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, undergoing what Coughlin said was "a battery of tests" to make sure he suffered no other head or brain trauma as a result of his ugly and bloody injury…

 Manning was expected to return to training camp at the University at Albany Tuesday night, but his status for the Giants' preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Saturday night is in doubt.
"I'm not guessing on that," Coughlin said. "We'll wait and hear what the doctors have to say once all their examinations are concluded. He's going to go through the battery of tests that any player has who experiences any kind of a head injury. They're not going to leave any stone unturned."

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