Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Making adjustments

After hearing about WR Domenik Hixon's torn ACL, the Giants are finding ways to fill the void.

By Michael Eisen - Giants.com 9/21/11

Firing Kevin Gilbride Won't Magically Change the New York Giants

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30:  Quarterbacks coach Kevin Gilbride looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 30, 2006 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
By John Mooney - Bleacher Report 9/21/11

Giants' Victor Cruz learning to get Eli Manning out of 'hot' water

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Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a 10-yard catch on a "hot" route against the Rams on Monday. It was a sign of progress for Cruz, who wanted to "thank the Heavenly Father" he avoided getting yelled at by Kevin Gilbride.
By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 9/21/11

Giants WR Mario Manningham continues to undergo tests after suffering concussion

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Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham is still undergoing tests after suffering a concussion.
By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 9/21/11

Giants' Jerrel Jernigan says he's 'ready' to take over as punt returner for Domenik Hixon

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After a shaky preseason that included five muffed punts and fumbles, combined, Giants rookie Jerrel Jernigan believes he's ready to take over for the injured Domenik Hixon as punt returner.
By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 9/21/11

DE Tollefson feeling Special

DE Dave Tollefson has proven he is a jack of all trades after recovering a fumble on Special Teams

By Dan Salomone - Giants.com 9/21/11

Hixon tears his right ACL again

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Domenik Hixon tore his ACL making a 22-yard touchdown catch in the Giants' victory over the Rams Monday night.
By Ralph Vacchiano - NY Dailynews

Justin Tuck, NY Giants seek payback for Eagles comeback led by Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson in 2010

Eagles' DeSean Jackson scores on punt return to end game last December, earning Giants punter Matt Dodge (below) scolding from Tom Coughlin and sparking an Eagle celebration.
Eagles' DeSean Jackson scores on punt return to end game last December, earning Giants punter Matt Dodge scolding from Tom Coughlin and sparking an Eagle celebration.
By Ralph Vacchiano - NY Dailynews 9/21/11

NY Giants bench Aaron Ross in third quarter, must be concerned about secondary heading to Philly

Michael Boley #59 of the New York Giants returns a fumble 65-yards for a touchdown in the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Al Bello, Getty Images)
By Hank Gola - NY Dailynews 9/21/11

New York Giants: 4 Positions They Need to Rebuild in 2012 NFL Draft

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:   Chris Snee #76 of the New York Giants in action against the New York Jets during their pre season game on August 29, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
By Jeff Shull - Bleacher Report 9/21/11

InReeseWeTrust.com: Key Players for the Week 3 Matchup of the New York Giants vs. the Philadelphia Eagles


By Author of Mario Manningham Facebook Fan Page - InReeseWeTrust.com 9/21/11

   On September 19th of the 2011 NFL Season, the New York Giants improved their record to 1-1 with a win against the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football. The Big Blue Nation was starting to become concerned after we opened the season with a loss to the Washington Redskins. It’s imperative that the Giants defeat the Eagles in the upcoming week three. Certain players need to step up their game against the Eagles in order for us to receive a ‘W,’ in the win column. These players consist of DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Aaron Ross, and most importantly, QB Eli Manning. All of us can admit that the Eagles give the Giants a difficult game every year, especially last season. It’s the G-Men that will capture revenge this time!        

   To begin with, DE Jason Pierre Paul is a freak of nature (HT. 6-5 278 lbs). In 2010, J.P.P. was the 15th pick in the 1st round of the draft and he recorded 30 total tackles and 4.5 sacks as a rookie.  However, he seems to be quite inconsistent when it comes to producing huge plays. With DE Osi Umenyiora questionable for week 3 (knee), this former USF star needs to have a monumental day no matter who starts. During week 2, Eagles QB Michael Vick suffered a concussion on Sunday night against the Falcons.  If Vick does wind up playing, it’s extremely relevant that the Giants can force a pass rush on him. Pierre-Paul will be lining up opposite Justin Tuck on the D-line, so he will have some assistance. Health has never been an issue for Jason, learning the defensive play calls has.

   Equally Important, CB Aaron Ross has been somewhat of a disappointment since the Giants drafted him in 2007. Luckily for him, he was a part of the Giants team when they defeated the New England Patriots 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII. Ross hasn’t gone a season without an injury since 2007 and it clearly has taken a toll on his physical performance. This season, he has 6 total tackles and an enormous amount of blown coverage’s. When the Giants faced the Rams in week 2 on Monday night, Aaron Ross was benched in the 3rd quarter by Coach Tom Coughlin because of his sluggish performance.  Therefore, there is no leeway for errors this week when the Giants & Eagles go to battle at 1:00pm on Sunday. The coverage needs to be tightened up and he has to comprehend that his shoulders can’t accomplish tackles for him. Maybe his presence on the benched awoke a sleeping “Giant.”

   In addition, QB Eli Manning is the final man on the list that is obligated to have a massive game against the Eagles in week 3.  Eli threw for an unforgettable 25 interceptions last year which led the NFL, but he did throw 31 passing touchdowns.  Manning is off to a rough start this year as well, completing 36/61 for 468 yards 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions. Current offensive line hasn’t protected him at all so far, which is why his stats are poor. When a quarterback senses pressure, his gut instinct is to chuck it or take the sack. Eli’s choice is to chuck it the majority of the time, which is why interceptions occur so often. Even though the O-line hasn’t gelled together entirely yet, Eli Manning shares the blame and has made questionable decisions that continue to keep fans wondering what he’s thinking.  Inaccuracy and timing are two crucial traits a quarterback needs to possess and he is having tough luck with both. The Eagles defense is always aware of what’s around them and they have a feel for where Eli might go. This is where watching film comes in handy for the 8th year man from Mississippi.  It’s only week 3, but the Eagles are no slouches. In order for Eli to step up, he must be accurate with his passes, open-eyed with his vision, and his awareness for the defense has to be stronger than ever.

   In summary, the Giants can’t afford to fall to the Eagles this week. If they go 1-2, confidence will plunge early, attitudes will shift, and players will be moved around.  It may not appear to be a crucial game, but when you think about how the Redskins are 2-0 and the Eagles have a chance to put us 3rd or 4th in the division, parts of the team could become unglued. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, CB Aaron Ross, and QB Eli Manning are due for breakout performances this week.  The Giant’s won’t forget how last season ended, just keep that in mind. Go Giants!

Justin Tuck, Giants eager for redemption against Philadelphia after loss that will 'linger with me until I die'

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Justin Tuck and the Giants are eager for redemption against the Philadelphia Eagles after six straight losses and one infamous game-winning punt return.
By Zach Berman - Star Ledger 9/21/11

Osi Umenyiora will practice, hoping to return Sunday for Giants

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Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, seen here during training camp, is expected to return this week.
By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 9/21/11

Giants-Rams: A look back to their Monday Night Football matchup

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In their first meeting as head coaches, Tom Coughlin defeated Steve Spagnuolo, as the Giants beat the Rams 28-16.
By Mike Garafolo - Star Ledger 9/21/11

Rolle says he wants Eagles QB to play

STEP UP TO THE MIKE: Giants safety Antrel Rolle said he hopes Eagles QB Michael Vick, who suffered a concussion in Sunday night’s 35-31 loss in Atlanta, is able to play this week vs. the Giants, because Rolle doesn’t “want any excuses when we go down to Philly and put it to them the way we will.”
STEP UP TO THE MIKE: Giants safety Antrel Rolle said he hopes Eagles QB Michael Vick, who suffered a concussion in Sunday night’s 35-31 loss in Atlanta, is able to play this week vs. the Giants, because Rolle doesn’t “want any excuses when we go down to Philly and put it to them the way we will.”
By Mark Cannizzaro - NY Post 9/21/11

Eli must be Super for Giants at Eagles

EASY, ELI: Eli Manning, barking out signals in the early-going of Monday's 28-16 win over the Rams, has to play the way he did in the second half, and not the way he did in a sloppy first two quarters.
EASY, ELI: Eli Manning, barking out signals in the early-going of Monday's 28-16 win over the Rams, has to play the way he did in the second half, and not the way he did in a sloppy first two quarters.
By Steve Serby - NY Post 9/21/11

VIDEO: Hubbuch on Giants-Eagles streak

By Bart Hubbuch - NY Post 9/21/11

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