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Eli Manning is entering his twelfth season as quarterback for the New York Giants. He has seen many wide receivers, running backs, tight ends, and offensive lineman come and go during his tenure, but he has remained a mainstay, and someone who can be counted on to line up under center each and every game. Continue reading Shane Vereen Can Become Biggest Backfield Receiving Threat Since Tiki Barber
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Heading into the fourth quarter, the Giants had a 14-10 lead. Momentum was completely in their direction. After an 80 yard drive to take a 7-0 lead, and then an Eli Manning interception, it was all Giants. Manning lead an impressive 90 yard drive to throw a beautiful pass to Reuben Randle before halftime. The Giants defense tightened up to shut down the passing game, and the offense finally found a grove. A third quarter 74 yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass to Daniel Fells gave the Giants the lead and confidence that they finally found after a disastrous opening game. Then the fourth quarter came.
The Cardinals had a nice drive, and Andre Ellington was running all over the Giants Swiss cheese run defense. The score was now 14-13. Once again, the Giants got the ball back and were setting up a nice drive. It was third down and Manning threw a perfectly placed pass to Victor Cruz who completely dropped it. After clamoring to the media about how he should get the ball more, he has to catch the simple ones. Although it seemed like a harmless drop, it was the complete opposite. Opting to punt, Ted Ginn Jr was hammered right as he caught the ball, but never went down. He regained his footing and busted up the seams for a 71 yard punt return. The two point conversion failed, but it did give the Cardinals a 19-14 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, the usually explosive kick returner Quintin Demps made a fatal mistake fumbling the football. That error had awful timing and it appeared to seal the deal for the Giants. The defense rallied and held Arizona to a field goal which gave them an 8 point lead. If the Giants could regain the offensive rhythm they found earlier in the game, a comeback would be possible.
First play. Manning drops back, fires a pass to Victor Cruz and he drops it. Next play. Manning fires a bullet, right through the hands of the team’s star receiver Cruz. Although both passes could have been better, for a player paid the way he is and who has been a top 5 receiver before, he has to make them. Those plays did not hurt though as the Giants drove down the field into the red zone. Manning tossed a swing pass out to Rashad Jennings, who then lost his footing and fell, loosing the ball to the Cardinals. That just summed up the Giants day perfectly. Close, but just not quite. The Giants would get the ball back but they could not even convert a first down. The highlight was a dropped pass by Reuben Randle that would have picked up massive yardage.
The final was 25-14. Despite the disappointing results and the way they lost, some positives did arise.
The offense put some drives together. Eli Manning looked sharp, and Larry Donnell is making a name for himself at tight end. After a poor throw in the first quarter that resulted in the interception, there was no looking back for Manning. He finished with 277 yards on 26 of 39 passing and tossed two touchdowns. He threw two picks but the second was in garbage time. His top and by far most reliable receiver was surprisingly, Donnell. The tight end grabbed 7 passes for 81 yards and was a massive cog in the offense.
The pass rush was also in full force. Jason Pierre-Paul had a sack and a half, the leader for the Giants 4 sack game. Drew Stanton was also shut down, going 14 for 29 passing with 167 yards and no touchdowns.
On the negative side of things, the turnovers have to stop. The critical Demps and Jennings turnovers were key contributions to the Cardinals victory. The Giants lost this game by shooting themselves in the foot, with turnovers being the key factor. Dropped passes were also another. Cruz and Randle were supposed to be offensive leaders, but both dropped crucial passes. Andre Ellington also ran all over the Giants, finishing with 15 carries for 91 yards.
Next up for the Giants are JJ Watt and the 2-0 Texans in a must win game.
It is never easy to decide who deserves to make a team in the National Football League, even for veteran coaches like Tom Coughlin. Coughlin’s hefty task wasn’t helped out by an abundance of critical position battles in which there were no clear-cut winners.
“There were a lot of good, competitive positions, even going into Thursday night’s game with New England,” Coughlin said. “Many of the young guys were competing, not only for roster spots but for the practice squad. That is an important concept as well. It is in the best interest of the clubs to be able to go to their practice squad, if the need is there, for a player who has been in your meeting rooms the entire summer and fall.”
QB Curtis Painter, FB John Conner, TE Kellen Davis and DE Israel Idonije all had their contracts terminated on Saturday. Painter lost the backup quarterback job to Syracuse alum Ryan Nassib after Nassib appeared impressive in the preseason, leading to a game-winning drive and a couple of successful performances.
“Ryan Nassib made big strides,” Coughlin said. “I think that his third and fourth preseason games were outstanding. You see definite improvement. You see the work that he’s put in. He’s been a very good student and he’s applied that to the field. What I really liked is he did have a poor preseason game and he came back with two good ones. That showed me, he didn’t do it by talking, he did it by working.”
Conner lost the starting fullback job to Henry Hynoski, even though he possesses a superb work ethic and seemed solid in the preseason. “Two very good players,” Coughlin said. “Both guys can play in this league. Very, very close. Both of them are physical. They’ll knock the heck out of you. Utmost respect for John Conner, I think he’s a heck of a player and a great competitor and a good man. He doesn’t say a word, just goes and does his job. Give me all of those you can find.”
Veteran tight end Kellen Davis’s contract was terminated on Saturday, and to much surprise. Davis appeared to be the best blocker of the tight ends competing to make the committee. Daniel Fells, Adrian Robinson and Larry Donnell now compose of the Giants committee. “Hard decisions, they’re very hard decisions,” Coughlin said of the tight ends.
The termination of Idonije’s contract should also come as a big surprise. OT Mark Asper, RB Michael Cox, DB Chandler Fenner, LB Dan Fox, RB Kendall Gaskins, DB Thomas Gordon, OT Adam Gress, DB Bennett Jackson, G Jamaal Johnson-Webb, LB Terrell Manning, DT Kelcie Quarles, DE Jordan Stanton, WR Julian Talley and CB Bennett Jackson were all released from the team.
Veteran wide receivers Mario Manningham (calf) and Trindon Holliday (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve.
Bennett Jackson was the only 2014 Draft pick not to make the roster. It appeared that Coughlin had cut Charles James earlier in the week to clear up a roster spot for Jackson, but with a surplus of studs in their secondary, there was no need.
Kendall Gaskins was released in favor of Peyton Hillis, while Kelcie Quarles didn’t make the team despite a good preseason. Tackle Rogers Gaines (shoulder) was also waived due to injury, and both Guard Eric Herman and Cornerback Jayron Hosley were placed on the reserve/suspended list.
Herman violated the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances and was suspended for four games, and Hosley did the same.
Jon Beason, a key component to the Giants defensive success last season, passed his physical and is on the 53-man roster. Beason has been sidelined since June 12th after he suffered a foot injury during an offseason practice.
This is the Giants 53-man roster, via Giants.com, which is subject to change:
QB (2): Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib
RB (3): Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis, Andre Williams
FB (1): Henry Hynoski
WR (6): Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Odell Beckham Jr., Preston Parker, Corey Washington
TE (3): Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Adrien Robinson
OL (10): Will Beatty, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Brandon Mosley, Justin Pugh, John Jerry, Weston Richburg, Charles Brown, James Brewer, Dallas Reynolds
DL (10): Mathias Kiwanuka, Jason Pierre-Paul, Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Robert Ayers Jr., Mike Patterson, Markus Kuhn, Damontre Moore, Jay Bromley, Kerry Wynn
LB (6): Jon Beason, Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Spencer Paysinger, Mark Herzlich
DB (9): Prince Amukamara, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Walter Thurmond III, Trumaine McBride, Quintin Demps, Nat Berhe, Zack Bowman
Special Teams (3)
Kicker (1): Josh Brown
Punter (1): Steve Weatherford
Long Snapper (1): Zak DeOssie