New York Giants Make Roster Moves 8/31/10

August 31, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, the team began the process of trimming their roster down on Tuesday by making some moves. Some of them are a bit surprising to me and other Giants fans but we will need to have faith in the front office and trust that they know what they are doing. The Giants got down to the 75 player limit by making these moves and have until this Saturday by 6 PM to cut down to the league limit of 53 players.

The G-men placed three players on season ending IR today. Those players include QB Jim Sorgi (shoulder), who was brought in to be QB Eli Manning’s backup once QB David Carr bolted the team in search of a starting role elsewhere. WR Sinorice Moss (hernia) was placed on IR and this might be the most suspicious move of them all. Moss is a heck of a guy, let me make that perfectly clear but his on field production just has not been there since he arrived in New York. How he continues to be on the team is nothing short of a miracle at this point. Finally, the last player to be placed on IR is rookie LB Adrian Tracy (elbow). Both Moss and Tracy have already had surgeries and will be on the road to recovery over the course of the 2010 season.

The final two moves involved the G-Men cutting rookie WR Nyan Boateng and placing OL Kevin Boothe on the PUP list. Boothe should be able to return by week six if everything turns out to be fine with his injury (torn pec). It will be interesting to see who makes the final roster come Saturday. One thing is for sure, the fans will go atomic if rookie WR Victor Cruz does not make the final cut. The Giants play their final preseason game this Thursday at 7 PM EST against the Patriots in New Meadowlands stadium.

Are you starting to get concerned about all of the injuries plaguing Big Blue so early on in the 2010 NFL season?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants vs. Ravens Preseason Game Notes 8/29/10

August 29, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

The G-Men played the Ravens last night in Baltimore. The Giants lost 24-10 in a game that just continued to leave questions unanswered. The defense looked great throughout the game, even though the score would make the reader think otherwise. The Giants are having injury issues already. This is something that could make me physically sick if it continues into the regular season. Giants fans had to endure this stuff in 2009 and I do not know very many fans that would like to go through that again.

The biggest issue seems to be the offensive linemen. The team has three of the starting five linemen banged up. This is not good and could put QB Eli Manning’s iron man streak is serious jeopardy if they cannot protect him. I cannot begin to explain how frustrating it is to see nine or ten players on the injured list in week three of the preseason. At some point you have to look at the trainers and say “What the heck is going on?” Why does the team have a rash of groin and hamstring injuries? I’m not sure if it is just a bad luck streak or if there really is someone to blame, all I know is that I can’t take another injury plagued season.

Let’s take a look at some of the notes form last nights game.

- QB Eli Manning looked rusty and seems to need more playing time to get into a rhythm.

- WR Victor Cruz lead all wide receivers with 76 yards and a TD. He should be a lock to make the team.

- The G-Men are still dealing with multiple player injuries and had a few who could not play last night.

- S Antrel Rolle lead all tacklers on defense with seven. His signing with Big Blue this year is huge for the team.

- The defense as a whole looked very good last night despite the score. They had 5 sacks and 1 INT.

- RB Brandon Jacobs lead the team in rushing with 41 yards on 6 carries.

- Backup QB Rhett Bomar looked good once again and I feel much more comfortable with him as the backup QB. He threw for 140 yards and a TD.

- DC Perry Fewell through everything but the kitchen sink at the Ravens. I think Fewell will end up being just fine.

- The middle of the field seemed to be very open for opposing receivers last night. The zone coverage needs more work.

- S Kenny Phillips had a good game and made a few hard hits on Ravens players. it was good to see that.

- Head Coach Tom Coughlin looked like he would explode as he paced along the sidelines. I’m sure the team got an earful after the game.

- The offensive line is starting to become a problem. Once the strength of the team, it is now a question mark.

- K Lawrence Tynes hit a 42 yard FG and made his extra point kick. He has been very good this preseason.

The Giants will play their final preseason game against the New England Patriots on September 2, 2010 at 7:00 PM EST at the New Meadowlands stadium.

RD – nygreporter.com

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Possible NFL Schedule Change; 16 to 18 Games

August 25, 2010

Well hey there New York Giants fans and NYGReporter Supporters (has a nice ring to it huh?), no this article is not specifically Giants related, it effects the entire league. So, I am stepping outside my usual shell and reporting on a larger scale. Well, not so much reporting, more addressing. The difference? Reporting I might say “The NFL is considering changing the schedule from 16 to 18 games” (which it is), but in addressing that I am going to say “The NFL should change the schedule from 16 to 18 games”. See the difference?

While this almost seems like a thesis statement (do you like the scholarly new college goer wording?) it is not. However, I do strongly believe that in order for the National Football League to progress forward it is necessary to expand to 18 games. And here’s why:

  1. Preseason Games: There are too many of them! Everyone knows the 3rd one counts the most, but none of them actually count at all and considering 3 Giants have had head injuries in this preseason alone I think we can all do without two of them.
  2. Injuries: Everyone keeps saying it will create more, but did anyone stop to think it will create less? Well not exactly, but it may give guys enough time to get back, especially if the season still starts the same date it will allow two extra weeks of healing time. Just a thought.
  3. Competitiveness: If we push more division games toward the end of the season it will ensure competition. Plus, who knows maybe it will allow some bubble teams to make up ground.
  4. NFL Expansion: Everyone knows Goodell’s plan to bring the NFL world wide, the extra games could mean an extra bye week or even just more time to go more places.
  5. Competing with other Leagues: No, no other football league has a chance, but the MLB and NBA and NHL all have longer seasons and less offseason waiting around time. I know the waiting builds suspense but right around now I just don’t want to wait any longer for football and the thought that I could be watching games that matter is enticing.

So anyways, this is simply my opinion, I don’t claim to be an expert on the matter but from a fan’s perspective, I would like to see more hard hitting, meaningful football. ESPN reports that owners are “eagar” while the players “aren’t so sure”. There is a lot that goes into this change. Ultimately, I wish we would all focus on the collective bargaining agreement rather than the schedule. Schedule changes are aimed to take place in 2012, the bargaining agreement is due up this year. Prioritize league, prioritize.

Josh Berman – nygreporter.com


New York Giants Injury Report; Good News and Bad

August 23, 2010

Hey all you Giants fans! Bet you’re getting sick of injuries huh? Well me too! Here is a quick list of new developements with injuries. I stress new because I am not going to repeat the same old ones everyone already knows.

  • Eli Manning will resume practice this week, he had the tweleve stitches removed.
  • Coughlin says Manning will practice in a baseball cap for the first day or so but should be ready to go for the Ravens game. The quarterback will be non-contact in drills for now.
  • Ramses Barden has a stress fracture in his lower back, Ohm Youngmisuk is reporting. Aparently he has had back pain since before the Jets game. He will be out for the Ravens game.
  • Michael Johnson is also reporting back pain and is expected to be out.
  • Brandon Jacobs is indicating he is feeling better and should be ready to go.
  • Aaron Ross is dealing with plantar fasciitis, some may remember Manning dealing with this last season. Ross was having a good camp and even returning punts; this will slow him down and he is expected to be week to week.
  • Rich Seubert is expected back this week; he has been dealing with a broken bone in his left hand.
  • Jim Sorgi is expected to miss another week or maybe two with his shoulder injury
  • Chris Snee is expected to return from his knee issues.
  • D.J. Ware and Sha’reff Rashad (safety) both suffered concussions in the Steelers game, they will have further testing done.
  • Lastly, good news, Shawn Andrews is expected to practice after not playing since the second game of the 2008 campaign.

The injury list is long and ominous, not the way Tom Coughlin wanted to start the 2010 season. Injuries were largely attributed to the failures in the 2009 season so having such a long list already is not a good sign. I am still hopeful that the Giants will be able to pull everything together. Luckily Terrell Thomas can step up very well for Ross, Victor Cruz may find more opportunities with Barden out, and Bomar will get a greater NFL experience with the loss of Sorgi. The Giants do have some depth this seasons, something they showed very well against the Jets. I am confident that they will still have a successful season.

Josh Berman- nygreporter.com


Giants vs. Steelers Preseason Game Notes 8/22/10

August 22, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

This is going to be difficult to say but the Giants lost their first ever home opener in the new stadium to the Steelers last night 24-17. I thought the team looked a lot better as a whole, then they did against the Jets last week. The defense seemed to be getting in the backfield at will. Backup QB Rhett Bomar did a nice job handling the starter duties. The special teams still need improvement but I would give the team a B- grade for this game.

The Giants will travel to Baltimore for their next preseason game against the Ravens on August 28, 2010 at 7:30 PM EST. Ray Ray is still down there doing his thing and remains a very dangerous man on the field. Most Giants fans still have a bad taste in their mouth about the Ravens beating the G-Men in the Super Bowl back in 2000. Real Giants fans want to beat the Ravens every single time they play them. This is a category that the Carolina Panthers have also now fallen into and hey look at that, the Giants play them in week one.

Let’s take a look at some of my game notes.

- WR Hakeem Nicks got into a fistfight with Ike Taylor in the first quarter. Both were ejected. Coughlin said cooler heads must prevail in those situations.

- DE Justin Tuck had a sack (shared with Kiwi) and played a great game. He looked very fast and light on his feet last night.

- CB Corey Webster had an interception against Big Ben in the game.

- Can we please stop using CB Aaron Ross as a returner (my second request).

- DE Mathias Kiwanuka had a terrific game and seemed to be in on every play, even if he wasn’t the one who got the tackle credit.

- RB Brandon Jacobs was a late scratch from a neck injury he suffered while lifting weights (he was doing shrugs).

- Rookie WR Victor Cruz had another good game with 2 receptions for 30 yards (15 yard average).

- Backup QB Rhett Bomar had a decent game under the circumstances and is clearly not afraid to run the ball. He was 13/26 for 167 yards 0 TD’s 1 INT in the air and had 3 rushes for 21 yards on the ground.

- RB Andre Brown had an up and down game but finished strong with 61 yards and a TD on 13 carries.

- RB DJ Ware was injured early in the game and was carted off.

- Rookie LB Adrian Tracy lead all tacklers with nine on defense.

- LB Keith Bulluck and S Kenny Phillips saw their first action last night.

- RB Ahmad Bradshaw scored a TD early in the game and had 28 yards on 6 carries.

- K Lawrence Tynes hit a 42 yard FG and made both of his extra point attempts. He has been having a good year so far.

- The special teams still need a lot of work. This is going to be crucial now that there are only two more preseason games remaining.

- Giants DC Perry Fewell had a solid game plan and was making the right calls during the game.

- Backup QB Jim Sorgi will most likely miss the remainder of the Giants preseason games.

- DE Osi Umenyiora had a very good game and seemed to have his burst back. If he is healthy, he should be starting opposite Tuck.

- The secondary still seemed a bit disorganized back there but they turned things around by the end of the game.

- WR Steve Smith lead all receivers with 53 yards on two receptions and also had the play of the game for Big Blue.

- The time of possession was pretty close with Big Blue grabbing 28:25 of the game.

- The Giants defense gave up 412 total offensive yards to the Steelers.

- The New Meadowlands stadium is amazing when lit up in Giant Blue.

Did you watch the Giants play the Steelers last night? What did you think about the game?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants 2010 Camp Photo Album Vol.03

August 20, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

This will be the final installment of photos for the 2010 Giants training camp. I hope that our readers enjoyed the photos we have posted in our Camp Photo Album. If some of you were unable to attend camp yourselves, I hope we were able to bring you a little closer with the visuals.

If you have a Giants website of your own and would like to use the photos we took at camp, please send us an email with your request.

We here at the nygreporter understand how difficult it can be to have good pics to use with your articles. We had the very same issues when we started this site and would like to offer some help. Although it is not very much, it will at least be a few photos that can accompany your stories. Enjoy!

Let’s take a look at the final installment of photos for the 2010 New York Giants training camp.

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Training Camp Report 8/20/10

August 20, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

Today was the final day of the 2010 New York Giants training camp. Twenty days have come and gone and we’ve learned some interesting facts about the players. The Giants beat the Jets in their first preseason game and will now face the Steelers tomorrow night at New Meadowlands stadium at 7 PM EST.

Fans will get an opportunity to see QB Rhett Bomar lead the offense for most of the game. Bomar was taking mostly second and third string reps at training camp. QB Eli Manning will sit this one out as he heals up from the head laceration he received on Monday night. QB Jim Sorgi is also banged up and expect to miss some playing time. Now that camp is over, I expect to see a lot of player movement.

The 2010 New York Giants training camp is officially over but that doesn’t mean that Big Blue is done practicing. I expect the coaches to ramp up the intensity to prepare the team for the new season. Tom Coughlin has his lists and OC Kevin Gilbride is drawing up plays somewhere in the facility. New DC Perry Fewell is working on strategies like a mad scientist. Special teams coach Tom Quinn is facing one of the toughest challenges of the 2010 NFL season. There isn’t much time left before the first regular season game. Fans can expect to see things moving much more rapidly now.

I’m actually surprised by how many negative comments I have seen from sports “experts” about the Giants. Maybe they can’t see what the rest of us can see or maybe they are right and yet to be vindicated. I simply have to believe that the 2010 team will be much better then the injury plagued 2009 season. There have already been a few injuries in 2010 that have had fans shaking their heads. The injury list simply can’t get out of hand this season or they will have no shot.

Let’s take a look at some of the news from this week about the New York Giants.

- QB Eli Manning was cut in the Monday night game and required 12 stitches.

- QB Eli Manning will not play in the Giants second preseason game tomorrow night versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.

- The New York Giants will play their first ever home opener at the new stadium.

- Backup QB Jim Sorgi will miss 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury he got from a hit he took against the Jets.

- The Giants cut OL Cliff Louis, who they recently signed to bolster the offensive line.

- The Giants cut TE Jake Ballard to make room for QB Dominic Randolph.

- The Giants signed OL Shawn Andrews who is a former two-time pro bowler for the Philadelphia Eagles.

- Backup QB Rhett Bomar will play almost the entire game against Pittsburgh.

- WR Ramses Barden is banged up and will sit out a few practices.

- The Giants signed QB Dominic Randolph as a backup due to all of the injuries at QB.

- Rookie punter Matt Dodge seems to be having a rough time adjusting and may need more work then originally expected.

- OL William Beatty appears to be the man at left tackle, something Giants fans might see for the next eight or nine years straight.

- Rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul has reportedly already put on 12 pounds of muscle weighing in at 282 pounds.

- Safety Kenny Phillips seems to be doing very well thus far. Fans are praying that Phillips can remain healthy all season.

- 39,875 total Giants fans attended the training camp in Albany this year. It was the fifth best year since they began fifteen years ago upstate.

- Rookie WR Victor Cruz emerged and made a name for himself Monday night. This kid has star written all over him.

- LB Keith Bulluck and S Kenny Phillips are set to make their Giants debut tomorrow night versus the Steelers.

- LB Chase Blackburn and OL Chris Snee are still banged up and sidelined. Not to mention OL Rich Seubert.

Who do you think is going to win the game between the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers?

RD – nygreporter.com

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