New York Giants Preseason Finale is Tonight

September 2, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, the preseason ends tonight for Big Blue as they face the Patriots in New Meadowlands stadium at 7 PM EST. I’m truly surprised how quickly this preseason went by. It seems like it took forever to arrive and now it will all be over by midnight. The next time the Giants get on the field it will be in a regular season game against the Carolina Panthers. The Giants will be playing their first ever “real” game at the New Meadowlands stadium. This is a game that fans will want Big Blue to win and win convincingly. Giants fans have started to hate the Panthers on a level that could rival their division foes. It seem that the Panthers have had the Giants number for the past five years or so. The Giants Nation will not want to lose this game to them.

But for now, let’s get back to the game at hand tonight against the Patriots. This is the fourth and final preseason game so don’t expect too much from the players. At this point, all they want to do is stay healthy for the regular season and the coaches would adamantly agree with them. The team has already placed five players on season ending injured reserve and one player on the PUP list. Not to mention the fact, that a handful of players are playing banged up. Still, the first quarter should be entertaining with the starters in the game, as the team gets in their final tune up before the real deal the following weekend.

The Patriots still remember the thorough beating they suffered at the hands of Big Blue in Super Bowl XLII. It was the greatest upset in Super Bowl history with the greatest play in Super Bowl history, both accomplished by the New York Giants. The Patriots are getting old and I expect them to miss the playoffs in 2010. There is a new glamour team in their division called the Jets and just like the failing Boston Red Sox, the Patriots will need to rebuild if they have any chance at the post season in the near future. Not that it matters but I will take the Giants to win over the Patriots tonight by two touchdowns.

Who do you think will win the game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots tonight at 7 PM EST?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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New York Giants QB Eli Manning Update, Status Unknown

August 18, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

New York Giants QB Eli Manning suffered a head laceration on Monday night, requiring twelve stitches to close up the three inch gash near his left temple. He was checked for a concussion and the results came back negative, so that is a good thing. You do not need your Super Bowl MVP QB having cerebral issues before the season even starts. I see absolutely no reason why Eli Manning would play in the Pittsburgh Steelers game this Saturday night. The Giants will hold their home opener this Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 7 PM EST in New Meadowlands stadium. The team announced that Manning will be going through some additional tests as a precaution but Manning has said he feels fine and is just sore.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin said that Manning’s status is up in the air for the preseason game against the Steelers on Saturday. I hope they give Manning the night off and let him work the game from the sidelines on the headset. The obvious concern for the team is the cut continuing to open up because of the fact that Eli needs to wear a helmet. It would be smart to allow that cut time to heal before Manning puts on a helmet again. Quite frankly, Manning could run the practices at training camp without a helmet. I would rest him until the fourth preseason game if it were up to me and give that cut a couple of weeks to heal, it’s a long season and you don’t want that thing opening up every weekend.

These are all preseason games mind you but it is still a football game. Without these games on TV, fans would probably never see the likes of WR Victor Cruz (6’1″ 200 pounds) burst onto the NFL scene. Cruz, who is a local New Jersey kid, made a million new fans (including me) on Monday and became the NFL leader in scoring and receiving yards overnight. If this kid does not make the team, I am going to be in awe and will say in public that the team made a big mistake. I’m sure this comment will be redundant by the time the season starts but I still felt it needed to be said. It’s time to shake thing up a little bit, even though I like all of the guys we have at WR now. Whichever receivers do not make the final cut, I wish them well in their journey and they will be a Giant forever.

All of the preseason games should be aired for free on local television stations. It is a travesty that the networks do not work something out that allows fans the opportunity to watch the games that “mean nothing”. The Giants vs. Jets game might not have meant anything in the standings but it sure was a fun game to watch. After eight months without Giants football, I’m sure I am not the only one who felt excited to watch that game.

Do you think New York Giants QB Eli Manning should play against the Steelers this Saturday night?

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Giants vs. Jets Preseason Game Notes 8/17/10

August 17, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

The New York Giants defeated the New York Jets, in the Battle for New York by the score of 31-16. I saw a lot of things that I did not like in this game and a couple of things that I thought were terrific. I’m sitting here with a page and a half of notes on the game that I will share with you. We will also discuss the post game comments from the players and coaches. Running back Brandon “The Bull” Jacobs, mentioned that the New Meadowlands stadium (the stadium is incredible) is now officially Giants stadium after beating the Jets. No Matter what name they put on that stadium or how much rent the Jets are paying to split the cost, that is still Giants stadium to the tri-state area and will be for generations.

Let’s take a look at some of my game notes and please feel free to comment in the area below, you do not need to be a member of nygreporter in order to leave a comment. These are simply my opinions on what I saw during the game. I do not mean to insult any of the players or coaches. I am just calling it like I see it.

– S Antrel Rolle intercepted QB Mark Sanchez’s pass in the first quarter. It was good to see the veteran making a play in his first real game with Big Blue.

– QB Eli Manning suffered a head laceration after a weird play where Eli lost his helmet and got whacked in the head by a defender. Manning needed 12 stitches but doesn’t have a concussion. He finished 4/8 – 77 yards.

– Special Teams mishap with rookie P Matt Dodge’s punt getting blocked. RB Andre Brown missed a block that allowed the defender to reach the ball. Special teams has issues.

– Rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul had the only Giants sack in the game. He is going to be a stud when he learns the game completely.

– RB Brandon “The Bull” Jacobs scored a TD on a run from the one yard line. It took him three attempts before he could break the plain. Yes, he did score eventually but it gave me pause to see him fail twice in a row.

– Rookie WR Victor Cruz had a break out game. No.3 scored 3 TD’s and had 145 yards (the best rookie start since Terrell Owens rookie year). He is a local kid from New Jersey and is 6’1″ 200 pounds. He has also been a star in training camp this year. Overnight, he has become the NFL leader in yards (145 yards) and scoring (18 points).

– Why is CB Aaron Ross returning kick offs? Please stop using Aaron Ross as a returner.

– The special teams were very shaky last night. The team should address this area within the next week or so by adding a player.

– LB Chase Blackburn was carted off the field in the third quarter with a leg injury. Nothing new to report as of yet but I expect we will learn more this afternoon.

– LB Gerris Wilkinson had a good game and was making plays out there. He caused a forced fumble late in the game and lead all tacklers with six.

– WR Ramses Barden had a shaky game and looks like he will need to put in some more work to get experience. He had two receptions for 12 yards.

– The New York Giants defense had one sack, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

– Kicker Lawrence Tynes made his only FG (32 yards) attempt and made all four of his extra point attempts.

– Backup QB Jim Sorgi had a shaky start but ended up having a good game. His final stats were 8/15 – 146 yards and 2 TD’s.

– WR Derek Hagan had a good game. With the emergence of WR Victor Cruz, Derek Hagan and Sinorice Moss need to be concerned for their jobs. He gained 42 yards on three receptions.

– Backup QB Rhett Bomar handled the offense well and had a nice run for a first down late in the game to seal the win. Bomar was 6/7 – 67 yards and 1 TD.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t do anything on the ground (-1 yard) but he did catch two passes for 58 yards.

– RB Andre Brown lead all Giants rushers with 26 yards on five attempts.

– Last night (8/16/10) was the first ever football game to be played in the New Meadowlands stadium. Giants win 31-16. Can we drop the word “New” from the stadium name and just call it Meadowlands stadium.

Despite the fact that the Giants beat the Jets, the offensive starters seemed a bit stale in the first quarter. This is something that had me thinking last night as I watched the first quarter. The running game needs to get on track and I expect the team to use a rotation until somebody steps up and produces consistently. Personally, I believe the number one spot could be filled by either Jacobs or Bradshaw. Both of them bring something different to the table and both are capable of starting. Special teams need work. The Giants second and third stringers clearly won this game, which would suggest that the Giants are a deeper team then the Jets.

The New York Giants will face the Pittsburgh Steelers next in their home opener. This Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 7 PM EST.

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The New York Giants Preseason Begins Tonight

August 16, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

The moment has finally arrived for the starving football fans. The Giants first preseason game will be played tonight in a brand new stadium against their inter-state rival, the Jets. Yes, I know the Hall of Fame game was played last Sunday and that there have been a lot of other preseason games that have been played throughout the week but we’re talking about New York Giants football here. We are roughly three hours away from kick off and officially starting the 2010 NFL season. Some people say that the season doesn’t start until the first regular season game but that is not how it was in my house. To me, the season begins tonight because the hits start tonight.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s article (Monday Night Football: The Battle for New York), I really enjoy the preseason games because I love to see the young players get on the field and fight for a starting role. Die hard fans spend the off season reading about and researching these players and once you have all of your homework on paper completed, the only thing left is to see them actually play. But seeing all of the player stats on paper doesn’t compare to seeing them on the field.

I also expect the stadium itself to receive a ton of coverage tonight. You don’t build a billion dollar plus stadium and not have a coming out party. I’m sure there will be plenty of “transition” material that will be worked in between commercials and the game itself.

One aspect of the stadium I found to be very cool is the lighting system. Someone had the terrific idea of using blue and green lighting to identify the home team instead of using paint. The lighting will be blue for the G-Men and green for the Jets. There is some concern surrounding the field turf. There were reports of players complaining about the turf after Giants WR Domenik Hixon went down with a season ending injury during minicamp. Apparently, there were some adjustments made to the turf and everything should be fine now.

Be sure to come back tomorrow and check out our analysis and enjoy the game!

Who is the King of New York football? The Giants or the Jets?

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Monday Night Football: The Battle for New York

August 15, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

I really like the title of this article. Doesn’t it have a terrific ring to it? I can hear the drums beating and music climbing to a crescendo when I read that title in my mind. The truth is, the Monday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants and New York Jets will not live up to the hype. It is a preseason game and we already know that the starters will not be in for more then one quarter. In fact, both teams will be missing some of their starters for this game. Some due to injuries (Giants) and some due to contract disputes (Jets). Either way, this will not be the most competitive game ever played between these two inter-state rivals.

What makes this game significant is the fact that it will be played in a brand new stadium. The old Giants stadium (it still hurts to say that) has been torn down and the New Meadowlands stadium has been built right next door to it. Once upon a time, not so long ago, fans saw the blue “GIANTS STADIUM” marquee glowing in the night sky and now it can only be seen in ones memory. I’m going to miss that old stadium.

The Giants allowed the Jets to share their home for many years and now the Jets finally feel like an equal partner with Big Blue. The Jets have been extremely vocal about how they feel and have been in the media repeatedly whining about this or that. My advice to them is to talk less and let their actions on the field do the talking. The Jets still have internal issues to work out this year and can’t continue to use last year as a crutch. If they do not sign star CB Darrelle Revis soon, they could be in a lot of trouble. The Giants learned that lesson in 2010, when most of their DB’s were injured and not on the field.

The last and final game the Giants played in the old stadium was atrocious, so much so that I will not discuss it any further. The Jets experienced a renaissance last season and now look to be the favorites in their division. Even I found myself rooting for the hapless Jets in 2009 and wishing them well. It is a shame that they do not know how to handle success with all of their trash talking because they are jinxing themselves for the 2010 season.

The truth is, there is only one King of New York and that is the New York Giants. It will be fun to see them battle it out in their annual preseason game but don’t expect too much. Tom Coughlin will not let his emotions get the better of him and will stick to the script and use his players sparingly for certain. Having his players healthy when the game counts is what is important, no matter how bad he wants to shut the Jets up. Winning the battle would be nice but winning the war is the real goal.

The following Giants players have been ruled out for the game tomorrow night, WR Steve Smith, S Michael Johnson, OL Chris Snee, LB Keith Bulluck, S Kenny Phillips, WR Tim Brown and CB Corey Webster.

Monday, August 16, 2010 – Giants vs. Jets – 8PM EST on ESPN

Who do you think will win the game tomorrow night?

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