Mike Garafolo Gives nygreporter a Shout Out on NJ.com

December 9, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans and our nygreporter readers. I have a short story to tell you about something that happened to me on Sunday. If I happen to be home watching the football games on Sunday, I like to go on twitter and talk to my fellow Giants fans and writers about the upcoming game. It has become a fun little thing to do on game days. This past Sunday, Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger (big New Jersey newspaper) asked all the Giants fans on twitter to predict the final score of the game against the Redskins. Just something to add a little spice to the day, so I decided to give him my pick which was 31-10. As you all know the final score was 31-7 in a game where the Giants played like they were in the Super Bowl. To make a short story shorter, I had the closest prediction and I won the contest.

So Mike sends me a message asking me to email him, which I do. He then offers to give a shout-out on my behalf, during his video series this week for winning the prediction of the final score. Well, Mr. Garafolo kept his word and you can find the short 6 minute video below, which he ends with a shout-out from us here at the nygreporter. Thanks Mike for keeping your word and making me laugh my butt off when I watched the video and thanks to the Star-Ledger, a great paper for local Jersey news. I’m looking forward to winning the contest again this weekend, when the Giants take on the Vikings in Minnesota. What do I win for back to back winning weeks? Stay tuned and find out next week Giants fans. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!!

My final score prediction for this Sunday is a 28-20 Giants victory against the Vikings. Check out the video below!

http://bcove.me/88waminfThe video link

RD – nygreporter.com



NYG Jacobs Throws a Tantrum; Asks to be Traded

September 20, 2010

NEW YORK – The morning after and embarrassing loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Giants’ former thousand yard rusher asks for a trade, this according to Sports Illustrated and numerous other sources. RB Brandon Jacobs, who had back to back thousand plus yard seasons in 2007 and 2008 (despite missing a few games in each season) has not seen anywhere near that success since the departure of Derrick Ward. In this still very fresh season, Jacobs is averaging 3.3 yards per carry, and only had 8 yards on 4 carries last night.

It should also be noted that he had a mishap in the third quarter in which his helmet ended about ten rows deep in the lap of a Colts’ fan. Jacobs claims he was frustrated and told reporters that he did not attempt to throw his helmet into the stands it merely got caught on his fingers. The league is investigating the incident and it is likely that Jacobs will be fined.

Jacobs did not see another carry the rest of the night after the incident occurred and ESPN reports that when asked about this Jacobs once again lost his temper. This isn’t the first time Jacobs lost his cool over playing time. In the preseason, Jacobs was demoted to backup behind RB Ahmad Bradshaw and Jacobs was furious. While that was only a short while ago, it is discouraging to see that he was not able to work through this time in his career.

While seeing a Giant who was truly a Big Blue icon turn sour is sad, it is even worse to look at the depth chart and realize trading him may not be an option. Behind Jacobs, on the roster, are DJ Ware and return man Reynaud. D.J. has shown some promise, but his running style is none too different from that of Bradshaw and would not be a good change of pace back in this situation. The only way Jacobs would be dealt is if another back was given in return.

That being said, it is hard to gauge how much interest their will be for a seemingly washed up bruiser like Jacobs. Few teams play the bruising style and it is hard to know who would be interested in his services. A few name come to immediate mind though.

Buffalo may be the most obvious option. None of their backs have seen outstanding production as injuries have pushed C.J. Spiller into the starting role. There has been some speculation that they are trying to move on of their backs though so bringing another one in, or even trading one for one, doesn’t make much sense. Another name in the mix might be Oakland, although McFadden had a decent game yesterday nothing Al Davis does can come as a surprise anymore.

It would be very difficult to see Jacobs leave, especially on these terms. Unless he can turn it around just like Osi did earlier this year, I think he has to go. There is no sense in keeping around an unruly and unhappy back if he isn’t producing, what’s the point. If the Giants can find any hint of value, I urge Jerry Reese to pull the trigger on this one.

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

New York Giants, Victor Who? Victor Cruz!

August 16, 2010

The highly anticipated first game in New Meadowlands stadium had some seriously surprising story lines. None more surprising than WR Victor Cruz. Cruz entered the game with the second team offense and burned the opposing Jets defensive backs for 6 catches 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. All three touchdowns looked very athletic and impressive. His first touchdown was a 64 yard bomb from backup quarterback Jim Sorgi in which Cruz made significant contact with Jets defenders, even wrapping his arm around a helmet but the touchdown counted. Cruz is an undrafted rookie out of the University of Massachusetts and is vying for a shot at the 53 man roster. With no clear-cut return man decided, the elusive Cruz has a real shot of being there when its all said and done. Under achievers such as Sinorice Moss are hogging rosters spots, but I feel a new wind blowing and Victor Cruz may be forcing these dead weights out.

The 6 foot 1, 200 pound, Cruz even talks a big game. On August 13th espnnewyork.com published a video interview of Cruz in which he claimed,  in jest, that he wanted to “kick the crap” out of  the Jets. Well it is no joke now, he delivered. In a contest that had a lot of smack talk back and forth, Cruz pulled through and embarrassed the opposing secondary. Keep in mind he played against second and third strings, but in a night where Ramses Barden (who is pushing to become the third receiver against Mario Manningham) dropped a sure ball, anything is possible.

It begs the question, who will be the Giants receivers? With Hixon out for the season there is roster room, I do foresee Moss missing the cut this season, and very possibly Smith and Nicks will be the starters with Barden (because of his unique height and style) pulling in at the three spot. That leaves Manningham, Hagan, and Cruz. Manningham is almost a sure bet to get a spot on the roster, but maybe he will become the return man with Cruz taking over the fourth slot and Hagan either heading to the fifth or sixth spot. These are all merely predictions but it will be interesting to watch a somewhat renewed wide receiver group battle it out.

Other notes from tonight’s game, QB Eli Manning left the game to receive 12 stitches in his head, after colliding with RB Brandon Jacobs on a botched play. The early reports indicate that he did not have a concussion and a statement from Eli indicated he was fine and ready to go; according to ESPN analysts. I do not want to go into more detail because I truly believe ESPN is milking the footage for all it is worth while hyping the incident to a larger importance than it has.

Also, Matt Dodge looked rather unimpressive. He had his first punt blocked and his next few were nothing special, he will need a lot of work before season starts.

Antrel Rolle looked good in his Giant debut picking off Mark Sanchez’s first pass of the new season and returning it to the one yard line after a 59 yard run.

Chase Blackburn left the game early with an injury, he is primarily a special teams linebacker and he hasn’t missed a game in his entire career, so we hope he can return soon. We all know the story of the Giants offseason injuries highlighted by their lone active tight end (Pascoe) in tonights game. They do not need any more injury concerns, although Bear did play well. We will continue to monitor the injuries and the progress of all players, as training camp and the preseason continues.

Josh Berman – nygreporter.com

Giants Waive WR Adam Jennings, Sign WR Nyan Boateng

August 6, 2010

The New York Giants made some roster moves today by waiving newly signed WR Adam Jennings. Jennings would have primarily played on special teams and would have been used as a backup WR if the team found itself in a jam. He was not on the team for very long (almost 3 weeks), just like his predecessor WR Chris Davis, who failed the physical.

The Giants also signed rookie WR Nyan Boateng (6’2″ 211 pounds) today. Nyan attended the Giants minicamp and was no doubt signed to bolster a shaky special teams squad. The 23 year old Boateng played college ball with the California Golden Bears. He also attended the legendary Lincoln high school in Brooklyn, New York.

It is amazing to me how often the New York Giants special teams have popped up in the news lately. This has become a legitimate area of concern for me now. I’m not sure how Coach Quinn will be able to put together this puzzle before the season starts. This going to be a huge task in my opinion and the man has his work cut out for him. The Giants are going to have to figure out this situation very quickly because their first preseason game is in ten days.

I talked about some of the concerns in a previous article but to summarize once again, Feagles is retired, rookie punter Matt Dodge is starting, Chad Jones on IR, Domenik Hixon on IR, two special teams WR’s brought in and waived, kicker Lawrence Tynes needs redemption, who will become the kick returner? who will become the punt returner? who is the Giants best special teams player? how will rookie Matt Dodge handle the pressure?

Are you concerned about the state of the New York Giants special teams?

RD – nygreporter.com


New York Giants Sign Rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul

July 31, 2010

The New York Giants have signed rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who was the last unsigned rookie from the 2010 draft class. The Giants are clearly impressed with Jason “Wild Thing” Pierre-Paul (that’s a nickname I gave him) because they made him their No.1 overall pick in 2010. JPP’s deal is worth roughly $20 million over five years with $11.6 million guaranteed. Some say that Pierre-Paul could be the steal of the draft, while others think the G-Men reached too high to grab him. Only time will tell but nobody can argue the fact that he is a raw, athletic freak of nature, something that doesn’t come around very often. Most scouts were comparing his body type to the original freak, Javon Kearse. The coaches will be particularly interested in seeing what No.90 JPP can do during training camp.

The fans were certainly impressed by the now infamous video of JPP, who made a bet with a team mate over who could do the most summersaults. Pierre-Paul then proceeds to flip over and over and over and over and just when you think he must surely stop any moment now, he does ten or fifteen more. The final count was somewhere in the mid-twenties and he won the bet. Why is this so impressive? Oh, I forgot to mention that Pierre-Paul is 6’5″ 270 pounds (see link in comment area).

Make no mistake about it, JPP is a work in progress. He is eager to learn according to the coaches but he went to a small college and didn’t start playing football until late in life. If his mind can catch up with his physicality, he could become a force in the NFL sooner then many think. Fans are very excited to see what JPP can do.

Do you think that Jason “Wild Thing” Pierre-Paul will be a starter by the end of this year or do you see him possibly developing next year?

RD – nygreporter.com


New York Giants Sign Rookie DT Linval Joseph

July 31, 2010

The New York Giants have signed 2010 second round pick DT Linval Joseph, to a four year contract. This was an expected move by the team with training camp beginning tomorrow. This is breaking news so terms have not been released on his deal, other then the fact that it was a four year deal. The team and fans expect a lot from Linval and he has been receiving praise from his coaches early on. He is a very big man who can move fairly quickly for his size (6’4″ 328 pounds) and he absolutely loves playing football. He played his college ball at East Carolina and was born in the Virgin Islands.

This means that 2010 first round draft pick DE Jason Pierre-Paul remains the only 2010 draft pick still unsigned. This is a situation that I expect will change at some point during the day. Keep an eye out for hot news on the eve of this training camp. There are still a couple of loose ends that need to be tied up before the season starts. Coach Coughlin likes to have a clear mind entering camp and he wants his players to have the same clarity when trying to retain an enormous amount of information. If JPP decides to hold out and not sign with the team, it will be the first time in a very long time, that I can remember that happening in New York.

Do you think that DT Linval Joseph will finish the year as a starter for Big Blue?

RD – nygreporter.com


New York Giants Make Roster Moves 7/30/10

July 30, 2010

The New York Giants are staying busy and trying to get as much done before the weekend as possible. The Giants have cut linebacker Kenny Ingram and defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk. Team sources confirm that cutting these two players, will free up room to sign 2010 1st round pick DE Jason Pierre-Paul and 2nd round selection DT Linval Joseph. Both of these players are expected to contribute on the field this season. How much playing time is another question entirely but these two guys will get on the field.

LB Kenny Ingram became a fan favorite and had a lot of people rooting for him to make the team. Ingram was on the Giants practice squad last year and went to Florida State University. Ingram was a big guy at 6’5″ 239 pounds and wore No.43 with Big Blue. While Okpokowuruk went to Duke University and was picked up as a rookie free agent. Both of these cuts give the team room to sign the two draft picks I mentioned earlier. These signings are something that can happen at any minute now. Especially, because of the fact that we are two days away from the start of training camp.

I imagine the team must be feeling a little better about letting a LB and DE go, since they’ve brought in other free agents. Those were two questionable areas for the upcoming training camp. The front office and coaches must be comfortable with the guys they have left at both positions.

If any deals break or get signed tonight, we will get the news to you. I very seriously doubt that this will drag out beyond tomorrow but you never know. Crazy things like that happen all of the time in the NFL, just not in New York.

Stay tuned and don’t forget to check out the “NYG REPORTER TRAINING CAMP LIVE SPECIAL” coming soon!!

RD – nygreporter.com


WR David “Helmet Catch” Tyree Signs Deal With Giants

July 30, 2010

Sometimes, I feel like the Giants organization checks out our work here on this site. I’m sure that isn’t the case but we did write an article a week or so ago called “Hey Giants, what’s wrong with David Tyree?”. I did not see this report yesterday when they broke the news about signing DE/LB Alex Hall or putting rookie safety Chad Jones on waivers. These reports showed up this morning. Now this could have meant one of two things. First, the team feels like the have someone who can contribute solely on special teams and do some work. Secondly, Tyree signed a one day deal so he can retire as a New York Giant.

The reality is that No.85 WR David Tyree has officially retired from the NFL. He signed a one day deal that would allow him to go down in the record books as retiring with Big Blue. I love that Tyree did this and I cannot think of a better way to leave the game for him. One of our contributors here, Kyle L, had mentioned this is exactly what would happen and he was dead right within weeks of it happening, nice call Kyle.

WR David Tyree will forever be remembered for “the greatest play in Super Bowl history” during the greatest upset in Super Bowl history. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 in the most exciting Super Bowl of the decade. He is a Super Bowl Champion and a Pro Bowler, nothing can ever change that. I had the pleasure of meeting David at the NFL draft party in the old Giants stadium. He was a very cool guy and very genuine. He signed a football for me, we shook hands and as I was leaving I said “thanks man, God bless”, he stopped what he was doing, looked right at me and “Thanks, God bless you too”. I knew at that moment that this was a spiritual guy. Kyle tells me that Tyree is very happy with his life and has no regrets. Good for him I say.

Everyone here at the nygreporter, wishes David Tyree and his family all of the best in all that they do.

How do you think WR David Tyree will be remembered in Giants folklore?

RD – nygreporter.com

Giants Safety Kenny Phillips in the News

July 29, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

Reports have just come out from the New York Post saying that safety Kenny Phillips will not be able to participate in full at the Giants first training camp practice on Sunday. I’m not sure how fans should take this news.

On one hand it could be no big deal and Phillips’ could return to practice in full on Monday. On the other hand, he may not be fully recovered from his injury. A micro-fracture that some have said will never be fully repaired, others say that his knee condition will digress. Others disagree with those opinions and think Phillips’ will be 100% at some point during the 2010 NFL season.

I am going to be cautious with my thoughts on this. I do not want to cross the line and make a rush judgement. Obviously, we hope that Kenny is able to play in 2010 but all of this recent news is making my stomach turn. The thought of having both Phillips and Rolle patrolling the backfield would be a dream come true. Get the highlight reels ready boys, you are going to be very busy in 2010, is what I would say. But the truth is that Kenny Phillips’ status is still uncertain and rookie safety Chad Jones is out for the year. The backfield will have some question marks during training camp. CB Aaron Ross will have to prove he can play this year too. He was also battling injuries for most of the 2009 season.

Do you think that Kenny Phillips will return this season?

RD – nygreporter.com