NFL Week 17: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

January 2, 2012

NEW YORK – Happy New Year everyone! The Giants played the division rival Cowboys in a big game last night for the NFC East Championship. The G-Men and fans were looking to QB Eli Manning to take over the game and get the victory at MetLife stadium. The Giants would not disappoint as they beat the Cowboys 31-14 on a rainy night in New Jersey to make it back to the playoffs. The G-Men dominated this game from the very beginning and all that Giants fans had to do was sit back and enjoy the show. I wasn’t concerned for a moment throughout this entire game and the Giants never gave up the lead. This was a fun game to watch.

The Giants dominated this game the entire first half. It was almost sad to see how badly the Cowboys were playing. The G-Men took a 21-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and they were playing so well that I doubt there was anything to talk about. They came out for the second half and seemed determined to win the game. The Cowboys put up a better fight in the second half but could not do enough to keep the game within reach. Giants WR Victor Cruz is simply a beast and he is doing things out there that elite WR’s do. It is impossible to overlook this young man anymore. The Giants end the 2011 regular season with a 9-7 record and will play the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday at 1:00 PM EST in East Rutherford.

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning had one of his best games of the year. He finished with 346 yards 3 TD’s and 0 INT’s. Can you say elite?

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB ran the ball hard and finished with 57 yards and 1 TD. He also had 12 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a solid game and finished with 76 yards and 1 TD. The emergence of Cruz is overshadowing the Giants No.1 WR.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was causing trouble all over the field and finished with 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

LB Michael Boley – Boley is a beast. He led all defensive tacklers and had another outstanding game.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips also had a solid game and was the second leading tackler for Big Blue.

LB Mathias Kiawnuka – I have never seen Kiwi play like he did last night. He was in the zone and all around the ball.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP is a Pro Bowler and he played like it last night. He finished with 1 sack but was all over the place.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz gets my game ball again. This young man is simply frightening to opposing defenses. He finished with 178 yards and 1 TD. Good luck trying to stop this Salsa machine!

LB Chase Blackburn – Blackburn has done a great job since returning to the Giants. He was making plays again last night.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs contributed what he could but this game was all about passing. He finished with 16 yards.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was out there banging with the Cowboys and finished with 1 INT. Nice job Antrel!

TE Bear Pascoe – Pascoe got a couple of balls thrown his way as the team tries to fill in for the injured TE Jake Ballard.

CB Aaron Ross – I have to take my hat off to Ross who was thrown into the starting lineup by Terrell Thomas’ injury. Great job Aaron!

DT Chris Canty – The big dude in the middle had a great game against his former team. He finished with 1 sack.

CB Corey Webster – Webster had a tough task covering those Cowboy WR’s but he held his own and has had an outstanding season.

OL David Baas – Baas was having a tough time with the Dallas front but held his own and did a good job.

S Deon Grant – Grant hits like a Mack truck out there and last night was no different for the veteran. Solid game for Deon.

DE Osi Umenyiora – Osi returned to the field after missing a month and made himself useful with 2 sacks. Osi is a beast.

FB Henry Hynoski – The rookie FB had his best game of the year at the right time. He finished with 31 yards but was knocking people to the ground with his blocking.

CB Jacquian Williams – The rookie LB was third on the team in tackles and finished with 1 sack. Watch out, he is going to get better next year.

P Steve Weatherford – Once again, the Weatherman had a solid game and will surely see a new contract in the near future.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes missed a FG and made one. He also made all four of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense was potent and deadly last night. A solid game all the way around.

Giants Defense – The Giants defense was smothering and finished with 6 sacks, 1 INT and 1 forced fumble. They wanted this win.

Giants Special Teams – The Giants special teams still needs work but they are getting better as the year goes on.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Cowboys?

RD – nygreporter.com – Happy New Year!

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NFL Week 16: Giants vs. Jets, Game Notes

December 28, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I apologize for the delay in getting out this article but it has been a hectic Christmas for me traveling and all. The Giants played the city rival Jets in a big game on Saturday and pulled out the win as you know 29-14. The G-Men were looking to take down and shut up the loud mouth Jets with a sweet victory at MetLife stadium and they did just that. Even though MetLife (Giants stadium) had a green lighting scheme, the G-Men just had to imagine it being decorated for Christmas, because it was still a home game for Big Blue. The Battle for New York on Christmas Eve reads like a Hollywood movie script.

The game was actually pretty good all the way through and fun to watch. The first half saw both teams move the ball well but both defenses were stingy with giving up points. The stadium was filled with a sea of Green and Blue, which made the noise level even higher. Giants WR Victor Cruz had the play of the game when he scored on a 99 yard pass from Manning that was really all about Cruz and his moves. The Giants took a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime and came out blazing for the second half. The Giants scored 19 more points in the second half including a rare safety against Jets QB Mark Sanchez. The G-Men gave up a garbage TD late in the game but it would not be enough to change anything. The Giants have won bragging rights for the next 4 years. Do I think this will shut up Jets Coach Rex Ryan and his team? No. They cannot control themselves and will figure out something else to talk about. What can you do, right?

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning has officially made it to the 2012 Pro Bowl and he deserves it. He had a good game and finished with 225 yards 1 TD 1 INT. Congrats Eli! Another career season for the captain.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB is fun to watch. He barreled over defenders for 54 yards and 2 TD’s. Nice work AB!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a quiet day on Revis Island but still finished with 20 yards.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck was making plays out there and finished the game with 1 sack.

LB Michael Boley – Boley continues to be a major piece to the Giants defensive puzzle. He is a pure leader out there and had a good game.

RB DJ Ware – Ware was involved in the game and had a couple of nice runs. He finished with 20 yards.

LB Mathias Kiawnuka – Kiwi is a beast and was around the ball for most of the game, even if he wasn’t making tackles, he was making them change direction.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP is officially going to the Pro Bowl and fans can see why. He finished with 2 sacks on the day. Congrats JPP!

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz was chosen as an alternate for the Pro Bowl and has become the Giants all-time receiving yards leader. He finished with 164 yards and 1 TD. Congrats Vic!

LB Greg Jones – Jones continues to do his best out on the field as a rookie and will be a better player next year for certain.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs was hurting players out there with his hard running and finished with 42 yards rushing and 13 yards receiving.

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle was the top tackler for Big Blue and was making plays all day. He talks the talk but also walks the walk.

LB Jacquian Williams – I saw the rookie Williams in on a lot of plays and he is another player who will be better next year.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross won’t be going to the Pro Bowl but we have to applaud what he has done in 2011. Nice work Aaron!

DT Chris Canty – Canty has been turning it on lately and had a nice game. he finished with a safety/sack.

S Kenny Phillips – Phillips continues to be a leader on the field and finished the day with 1 INT.

OL Mitch Petrus – Petrus has been doing an outstanding job this year and needs to recognized for his work. Good job out there Mitch!

CB Corey Webster – Webster has had an outstanding year and does not get enough credit for his work. He finished with 1 INT. I see you Corey!

DT Linval Joseph – Joseph is one strong man. We all know that and he has started to play on another level this year.

LB Chase Blackburn – Giants fans love Blackburn and are happy he is back. He had another great game and I hope we keep him on the team.

DE Dave Tollefson – Tollefson is another guy who quietly does his job and gets no shine but I see you Dave. He finished with 1 sack. Nice game buddy!

S Tyler Sash – The rookie Sash was making plays out there and has been a welcome addition to the special teams too.

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman had another solid game and I hope we lock him down for the next decade.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes went 2/2 on FG attempts and made all three of his extra point attempts. Good Game Larry.

Giants Offense – The G-Men put up 29 points on a very good defense and they did what they had to do to win. Great game!

Giants Defense – The Giants defense won this game in my opinion. They really turned it on and finished with 5 sacks, 2 INT’s and a safety.

Giants Special Teams – The special teams had a decent game and will need to work on improving during the offseason.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Jets?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants Offensive Line is the Elephant in the Room

August 2, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants have been outstanding at the offensive line position for many years now. These guys have done such a good job protecting QB Eli Manning, that they have become almost an after thought. Fans could always rely on those guys to do their job and NFL fans acknowledged their superiority by voting the big guys into multiple Pro Bowls. We now find ourselves in an interesting predicament and completely unfamiliar territory with having to be concerned about the offensive line. Yes, the offensive line is the elephant in the room that nobody has talked about at length. If Eli Manning is going to continue his Iron Man streak for the most consecutive regular season starts, the offensive line is going to need a seamless transition into the new season.

One of the biggest player moves that really made me nervous was the acquisition of QB David Carr. I mentioned this is a previous article but I would like to explain to you why I am nervous. Eli Manning hasn’t really needed a true backup QB so far because he has proven to be extremely durable. A quiet tough guy if you will. With all due respect, Jim Sorgi and Sage Rosenfels aren’t exactly they guys you want running your team for any long period of time. Are the Giants concerned about Manning’s safety with this new offensive line? Do they lack confidence in the new group who will be taking over for Rich Seubert, Shawn Andrews and Shaun O’Hara? Are they concerned with the depth at that position if one or two guys fall to injury? Or did GM Jerry Reese just see an opportunity to sign a quality player familiar with the system?

The starters most likely will be William Beatty, David Diehl, David Baas, Chris Snee and Kareem McKenzie. The others include Mitch Petrus, Adam Koets, Kevin Boothe, rookie James Brewer and newly signed Chris White who appear to be the primary backups. There are a handful of other players on the team who will be competing for a role on the offensive line but the players I just mentioned appear to be the front runners. This is going to be the year that certain players will have to step up. I know that is an overused term but it is quite literally what will need to happen in 2011 for the Giants to stay competitive. Some have speculated that Seubert, Andrews or O’Hara could return and play for a smaller contract. With the Giants issues with the salary cap, it is a possibility but unlikely at this point.

In summary, I am very concerned about the offensive line this year. I have faith in the players talent but the lack of experience concerns me. I am also wondering how long it will take QB Eli Manning to become familiar with a new center in David Bass. If those two guys can’t get on the same page quickly, the team is going to be in trouble. If not for the salary cap issues, I would like to see the team bring in another veteran to help out this very young offensive line. Even if it were just to add depth, I would feel much better.

Are you concerned about the Giants offensive line for the 2011 NFL season?

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New York Giants 2010 Rookies, The Slate is Officially Clean

February 27, 2011

NEW YORK – I would like to announce that nygreporter has officially cleaned the slate. We have updated the Roster section of nygreporter and we have taken off all of the (rookie) title/monikers of the 2010 draft class. Congrats on making it through your first year in the NFL. We have moved people back into the Roster who were IR as well. This was a very good class of talent. Unfortunately, some of the guys had injuries (S Chad Jones, WR Victor Cruz, LB Adrian Tracy) that prevented them from playing very much last year. Hopefully, the Giants coaching staff stayed vigilant and taught these guys the playbook while they were on the mend. I believe they have and I think fans should get ready for a couple of surprises in 2011, when it comes to breakout stars.

The Giants are a very talented team and just coming into their own. We have got to see some production from the 2nd and 3rd year players or they will risk losing their jobs. It’s that simple. The Big Blue front office will not allow the team to miss the playoffs for a third year in a row and if I’m wrong, I’ll eat my hat. The Giants No.1 overall pick DE Jason Pierre-Paul, like the bionic man will be bigger, stronger and faster this season. The guy looks like a defensive tackle (285 pounds at last count) who can run like a linebacker but it actually a DE. I expect big things from JPP in 2011. Things with DE Mathias Kiwanuka seem cautious at best and JPP would be a solid fill-in for Kiwi and a legit starter candidate in his own right. The defensive end position is stacked for years, GM Jerry Reese is not playing around with the Giants pass rush. Old school theory makes your mind explode when it comes to taking away an opposing offenses passing ability. Shades of Ernie Accorsi here.

Safety Chad Jones is a question mark but he is said to be improving, fans are anxiously awaiting news on his playing status in 2011. LB Phillip Dillard looked great in training camp up close and I believe he will have a solid season. He looks like a natural leader in the MLB position and someone who is intent on winning the game. CB Brian Jackson is one of my favorites. Just a good kid looking to make some big plays and stay on the roster. Many have told me how impressed they were with his college career and I hope he can bring his game up to the next level. It looks like OL Mitch Petrus is a keeper too. DT Linval Joseph might be feeling the heat a little more then the rest of players this season because the tackle position could get thin. The coaches need Linval to perform at the highest level and contribute to the Giants defense. There is one player who didn’t have a very good rookie season and that would be P Matt Dodge. Without consistency, Coach Coughlin will explode on the sidelines all year and that means bad news for Dodge if he can’t right the ship in 2011. The fans want him to do well.

The 2011 NFL Draft is about two months away now but I am already excited about who the team will pick. You will see us talk about draft predictions and which players to watch out for, leading all the way up to draft day itself. I must mention one last ting to the rookie class of 10′. I heard it through the grapevine that you have to play one snap in year two for the rookie moniker to disappear forever, so don’t be surprised if you have to carry helmets and shoulder pads for a day or two more but after that, you’re rookies no more.

Coming Soon, be on the look out for the New York Giants rookie class of 2011 here on nygreporter.com.

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New York Giants Will Focus on Depth and Improve in 2011

February 10, 2011

NEW YORK – There is no denying the fact that the New York Giants are a very talented football team. I have been one of the fans that said the amount of injuries the team had in 2010, seriously effected their play on the field. The Giants placed 16 players on the IR List in 2010. I’m not so sure that argument applies any longer, after seeing the Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl with 15 of their players residing on the IR list. I like to believe the Giants are a deep team but maybe we have all been wrong. After back to back injury plagued seasons, fans have to wonder just how deep the team really is and what coaching changes need to be made in the conditioning department. The Giants went 8-8 in 2009 and 10-6 in 2010 respectively.

Giants GM Jerry Reese is a draft guru and I’m sure that he will be focusing on depth this year. He will certainly address the offensive line (which did an outstanding job in 2010) and get more talent to help out in that area. OL William Beatty, OL Adam Koets and OL Mitch Petrus are three guys who fans might see more of in 2011. He will focus on improving the cornerback position and quite frankly, he should. Why have a defensive coordinator who specializes in DB’s and then not get him at least two more players of his choosing to coach? This seems like a no brainer. I am comfortable with the safeties on the team but the cornerback position seems to need a little depth. CB Terrell Thomas has been outstanding on his side of the field and lead the team in tackles in 2010.

The linebacker position is another area that must be on the team radar. The current linebacker group has a lot of talented players but they certainly don’t have a Lawrence Taylor playing back there. The G-Men need the next LT to be thrown into the mix and lead that group of young men. Fans still need to see how LB Clint Sintim and LB Phillip Dillard work out but bringing in a young veteran “Patrick Willis” type of player should be a priority in my opinion. As crazy as it sounds, the Giants might need to throw another wide receiver into the mix too. It was painful to see WR after WR go down with injuries and I would not want that to happen again in 2011. NFL teams need two No.1 and two No.2 WR’s on the team these days for just that very reason. Every fourth and fifth WR should be able to start as a No.3 on any NFL team. This is an ideal situation for all NFL teams and hopefully something Big Blue can pull off.

The one area of the team that needs the most help is also the only spot on the team that does not have depth. I’m talking about special teams and boy do they need work. P Matt Dodge and K Lawrence Tynes should both be concerned for different reasons. Dodge should be concerned because of his inconsistent rookie season and Tynes might feel the heat of a team needing a change at the kicker position. The return specialists also had their fair share of problems in 2010. Special teams coach Tom Quinn should also be very concerned about his job in my opinion.

Regardless of the injuries or depth issues, the New York Giants have enough talent to make the playoffs. There is no reason why they should have been watching the playoffs on TV this season with their 10-6 record. I will not guarantee anything or jinx the team but I would be shocked if the G-Men were to miss the playoffs for a third consecutive year. If that were to happen, there would be big changes in New York for 2012. What do you think?

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New York Giants Sign Two More Rookies 6/23/10

June 23, 2010

The New York Giants kept the ball rolling on Wednesday, as the team signed two more draft picks. OG Mitch Petrus and P Matt Dodge both inked 4-year contracts today, locking them down with the team for a good deal of time. They join S Chad Jones, as part of the “4-year deal” squad. Details about the contracts of LB Phillip Dillard and LB Adrian Tracy have yet to be released.

Rookie punter Matt Dodge, beat out Australian Jy Bond for the starting punting job during minicamp practices. Bond and Dodge had one of the biggest battles on the team and most reports claim that Bond kicked the ball further but Dodge was very good at dropping the ball inside the 20 yard line. Another thing about Matt Dodge is that he does not look like your typical punter. He is in excellent shape and has been described as a gym rat. Check out the video available on Giants.com.

The signing of rookie OG Mitch Petrus does not surprise me at all. The G-Men are slowly easing new offensive linemen onto the team. They are coming in young and learning from one of the best groups of guys in the entire NFL. Second year LT William Beatty is a good example of that. Beatty and OL Rich Seubert, will be battling it out during training camp. I don’t expect Petrus to push for a starting spot in his first year but I see what the team liked about him and I believe he can learn his role well.

The offensive line gave up 30 sacks in 2009, the most of any year for QB Eli Manning. The front office and coaches are keeping a very close eye on this group in 2010. The Giants have now made nine different roster moves on the team since monday. There are still two days left in the week and two more rookies left to sign. DE Jason “Wild Thing” Pierre-Paul and DT Linval “The Anvil” Joseph, are the last two rookies needed to lock down the entire 2010 draft class.

– Mitch Petrus, OG – 5th round pick in 2010 draft – signed to 4-year deal

– Matt Dodge, P – 7th round pick in 2010 draft – signed to 4-year deal

What do you think about all of the New York Giants roster moves made this week?

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New York Giants 2010 NFL Draft RECAP

April 25, 2010

The 2010 NFL Draft is officially over and we can now step back and take a look at what the team has. Like a child ripping through his/her Birthday presents like a chainsaw, fans were getting one surprise after another. This was one of the most fulfilling drafts in recent memory. Even though my player predictions were wrong fifty percent of the time this year, I am still walking away from it knowing that the team got better. With that in mind, the joy of doing the research and scouting fades away. The New York Giants have seven new players to welcome and see what works best. This is about as exciting a group of players as the team has had in a long time. Training camp in Albany can’t come soon enough if you ask me. There are going to be some epic battles on the defensive side of the ball at the linebacker and defensive lineman positions.

My thoughts on each player selected this year. DE Jason Pierre-Paul could be the new Javon Kearse. The guy is a tremendously gifted athlete who is eager to learn. That is the kind of combination that spells solid NFL career. I can’t wait to see him on the field. DT Linval Joseph can be as good as he wants to be. The big guys in the middle have one of the toughest jobs in the NFL. There is a lot to absorb both physically and mentally in the trenches and I think Joseph is up to the task. S Chad Jones, who I believe was a steal in the third round, will prove to be a very valuable pick in the future. This kid has been on my radar for months and I’m very happy that Jerry Reese was able to grab him where they did. I think it’s safe to say that the safety position has been addressed by the G-men. LB Phillip Dillard seems to be a player that will get some time to show what he can do. He had a very good combine workout and should be in the LB fight for a starting role. OG Mitch Petrus is a big guy who fills a need area. The Giants definitely needed some depth on the offensive line and now that have it. I thought the team would have come away with a Center as well but one thing at a time I guess. LB/DE Adrian Tracy is a guy who they will be experimenting with in a couple of different positions. He also had a good combine workout and is a gifted athlete. P Matt Dodge was brought in to add some fire in the Punter competition. All-World punter Jeff Feagles is uncertain if he can continue for another year after 22 in the NFL. Jy Bond and Matt Dodge will battle it out in training camp, if Feagles can’t go another year

I want to be clear about my feeling on the new three day draft event too. I do not like this new system at all and I hope the NFL goes back to the traditional 2-day draft weekend schedule. It was a nice experiment but really way too drawn out. Having a 3-day draft weekend is like staying that extra day in Las Vegas, nothing good can come from it. Not to mention the fans on the West Coast who were probably really upset that it was 3:00 PM when the draft kicked off Friday. Please go back to the 2-day draft weekend NFL, why mess with something that wasn’t broken?

Here is a recap of who the New York Giants selected. Nicknames provided by the NYG Reporter (you heard the nicknames here first, spread the word).

ROUND 1 – DE Jason “Wild Thing” Pierre-Paul, 6’5″ 270 pounds, South Florida

ROUND 2 – DT Linval “The Anvil” Joseph, 6’4″ 328 pounds, East Carolina

ROUND 3 – S Chad “Keepin’ Up With The” Jones, 6’2″ 221 pounds, LSU

ROUND 4 – LB Phillip “Hardcore” Dillard, 6’0″ 245 pounds, Nebraska

ROUND 5 – OG Mitch “Rock” Petrus, 6’3″ 310 pounds, Arkansas

ROUND 6 – LB/DE Adrian “Yo” Tracy, 6’3″ 248 pounds, William and Mary

ROUND 7 – P Matt Dodge “Viper”, 6’1″ 225 pounds, East Carolina

What do you think about the New York Giants 2010 NFL Draft? What grade would you give them for this year? I am giving Jerry Reese and Co. an “A”. Welcome to New York!

RD – NYGReporter.com