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New York Giants Would Be Confident Enough in Jason Pierre-Paul to Use Him at Tight End

September 19th, 2014 at 8:55 AM
By Daniel Graham

Since being the New York Giants' No. 1 draft selection in 2010 (15th overall), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been a big help to the Giants defensive line, and with the offseason departure of Justin Tuck this year, JPP has been given more responsibility on the line.

After playing only 11 games in 2013, Pierre-Paul intends on being healthy for each and every game this year and continue to be the annoying presence for offensive coordinators. And his 31 sacks in his five-year career is nothing to laugh at.

But for this Sunday's matchup against the Texans, JPP may be given another assignment come gameday. The Giants have taken note that Houston Texans defensive tackle J.J. Watt has been used in the past as a tight end on goalline situations, most recently last week against the Oakland Raiders where he caught a one-yard touchdown pass, and the Giants are considering a similar gameplan to have Jason Pierre-Paul at the tight end position.

It's healthy to have a thought process where a team can attempt to mirror another team's tactic in order to try different things, and with Pierre-Paul's well-admired athleticism, it can be a great combination. New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has been open to the idea, having done it during his time with the Green Bay Packers.

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Can 2014 New York Giants Thrive Under Pressure and Erase the Doubt?

September 19th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Daniel Graham

An 0-2 start. Many New York Giants fans have seen this before, so many aren't ready to throw in the towel on their team's chances just yet. We all know what can happen when we begin to question this team and start to stack the odds against them. When the Giants get serious, they come to play. They play for respect. When a fire gets lit from underneath them, they refuse to go up in flames.

When many think of the Giants being 0-2, two scenarios pop up: the 2007 0-2 Giants and the 2013 0-2 Giants.

2007 had a lot riding on the futures of coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning. And after the first two games they came together, rose up and became the team they needed to be (and more).

The 2013 0-2 Giants were, to put it nicely, a mess. Injuries, inconsistency … you name it. It wasn't until a Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings did their fortunes change. They did step up and try to salvage the season by winning their next three games, but it was too little, too late. Yet they did finish 7-9. So before you try to decide this team's fate for 2014, wait until Week 3 is over to form your own opinion.

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New York Giants Could See Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt Lined up at Tight End

September 18th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Doug Rush

Heading into Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium, the New York Giants already had enough to deal with on their plate; injuries, turnovers, trying to stay away from an 0-3 start.

Not to mention, having to deal with the best defensive lineman and defensive end in the entire sport in J.J. Watt, whose basically an unstoppable sack machine that will likely keep some of the Giants offensive lineman up at night wondering how they will try and keep him off Eli Manning all game. Now they might have to worry about stopping Watt on the other side of the ball too.

Watt was used last Sunday on offense for the Texans and caught his first ever touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick in a blowout victory over the Oakland Raiders and with the team dealing with injuries at the position, head coach Bill O'Brien said that he is definitely open to using his best defensive lineman at tight end if the situation calls for it.

"Yeah, I think that is somebody that, whether it is goal line or the normal part of the offense, I can see us using him more and more [on offense] moving forward here," O'Brien said.

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New York Giants’ Jon Beason Says Foot is Feeling Better, Won’t Rule Out Playing on Sunday

September 18th, 2014 at 2:50 PM
By Doug Rush

A situation that started out as a possible season-ending injury has taken an unexpected turn and could end up with a positive result that keeps New York Giants' defensive captain, Jon Beason, on the field in 2014.

Beason's status with the New York Giants started out as "he will be out a while," which we all figured and expected given that he re-aggravated the foot injury originally suffered all the way back in June during the team's OTA's. Then Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said that he wouldn't rule out Beason for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans and it was likely that he would go see a foot specialist later in the week.

The Giants also had in former Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Moise Fokou earlier in the week for a workout because of the injury concern for Beason, but Fokou left the workout without a contract, which lead people to think that maybe Beason's injury isn't as serious as once thought and maybe he would be back to play soon.

On Thursday, Coughlin was again asked about Beason's availability for the game on Sunday against the Texans, in which the 68-year-old head coach gave a very vague answer.

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New York Giants Worked Out Former Eagles, Titans LB Moise Fokou This Week

September 18th, 2014 at 12:55 PM
By Doug Rush

With Jon Beason's health up in the air and a lack of depth at the linebacker position, the New York Giants are looking at all possible options before their game on Sunday against the Houston Texans.

On Tuesday, the Giants worked out former Tennessee Titans linebacker Moise Fokou, as Adam Caplan of NFL Network reported.

Despite the workout and with Beason's status unknown going forward, the 29-year-old Fokou was not offered a contract after his workout with the team.

Fokou was a former seventh-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles back in the 2009 NFL Draft and spent three seasons there before spending the 2012 season with the Indianapolis Colts and then the 2013 season in Tennessee. With the Titans, Fokou made 77 total tackles, 61 of which were solo, along with a sack and two forced fumbles in 12 games played, all of which he started.

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