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Giants’ Tom Coughlin Delivers Strong Message to Players: Get Ready, We’re Going to Make a Run

October 21st, 2014 at 8:55 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has long preached the mantra "talk is cheap, play the game" and asked that his players do the same. But on Monday afternoon, just before the team departed and headed out for their bye week, he had an uncharacteristically strong message for them. Almost as if taking a page out of the Jim Fassel playbook, Coughlin told all of his players to be ready because, upon their return, they will be gearing up for a long, successful run that will propel them into the playoffs.

"He said to prepare yourself," Mark Herzlich told The Star-Ledger. "Prepare yourself for this great run we're going to make. It wasn't a question of if we're going to make a run. It was … we're going to make a run."

That's a very strong statement considering the murderers row-like schedule the Giants have coming up. Upon their return from the bye week, they'll host the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) before heading across the country to Washington where they'll take on the Seattle Seahawks (3-3). They'll then return home for two weeks, where they'll host both the San Francisco 49ers (4-3) and Dallas Cowboys (6-1) respectively.

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New York Giants’ Jon Beason to Visit Foot Specialist in North Carolina Again Regarding Injury

October 21st, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

During the first half of the New York Giants 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, starting middle linebacker Jon Beason left the game after he re-aggravated his toe/foot injury, which is the same one he initially hurt back in June, kept him out of the entire preseason and hurt again during Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.

Beason walked back to the trainer's room and even though x-rays came back negative on the injury, the 29-year-old was unable to return for the rest of the game. Jameel McClain slid over and played in place of Beason and Devon Kennard took his spot.

With his status going forward up in the air, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced on Monday that Beason will again travel down to North Carolina to see Dr. Robert Anderson, the same doctor he saw when he first re-aggravated the foot last month following the loss to the Cardinals; Anderson is the Carolina Panthers team doctor, so at least they have a comfort level between the two.

"He will go back to see Dr. Anderson I am sure," Coughlin said.

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New York Giants DT Cullen Jenkins “Out a Couple of Weeks” with Strained Calf Injury

October 20th, 2014 at 5:45 PM
By Doug Rush

The New York Giants suffered two injuries to key starters of their defense during the first half of their 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

The first was to middle linebacker Jon Beason, who hurt the same toe that he initially hurt back in June, kept him out for the entire preseason and forced him out for three weeks; his status going forward his up in the air. The other was to defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, who suffered a calf injury and would not return for the rest of the game.

After the game, Jenkins was seen in a walking boot and on crutches and was hoping that the injury was just a strained calf that wouldn't keep him out too long. Jenkins didn't reveal the results of the MRI he underwent on Monday morning, but he did say that it was a strained calf injury and that he will be out for a couple of weeks to recover.

Jenkins is in the second year of a three-year deal he signed he signed last winter and thus far, has 10 total tackles with no sacks on the season through the first seven weeks of the season. Markus Kuhn, Mike Patterson and Robert Ayers will likely get more playing time and potential starting opportunities with Jenkins out of commission.

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New York Giants’ Will Beatty: Offensive Line Still Searching for an Identity

October 20th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Doug Rush

For the second week in a row, the New York Giants offensive line continues to be one of the problems as to why the team is not winning football games.

While they were able to keep Eli Manning upright and off his back against the Dallas Cowboys unlike the six sacks they allowed him to endure the previous week against the Philadelphia Eagles, they were unable to establish the run for the second straight game.

While not having Rashad Jennings out for the last two weeks has certainly hurt the offense, and hopefully, he will be back when the Giants return from the bye week to play the Indianapolis Colts in two weeks time, but since starting in his place, rookie running back Andre Williams has failed to be impressive in any way.

Against the Cowboys, he ran the ball 18 times for just 51 yards and at times, barely looked like the leading rusher in the nation that he was in Boston College. Instead, he was a guy getting tripped up at the line of scrimmage and having two or three guys get to him before he could make any kind of move to positive yardage. Sure, it's only his second game as a starter and he's got a long way to go being that he's only a rookie, but the offensive line gave him no lanes to run in, nor did the line give him any time to try and find room to run because he was getting wrapped up quickly.

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Mistake-Plagued New York Giants Have Become Their Own Worst Enemy

October 20th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants may be dealing with another year of significant injuries, but their 3-4 record heading into the bye week cannot be blamed on that. Rather, their four losses can really only be blamed on one thing: themselves.

Through seven weeks of the season, the Giants have seen many ups and downs, but one consistent has been mental mistakes and self-inflicted wounds. Anything from blown coverages to missed tackles, from missed assignments to crippling penalties and essentially everything else in between. It was a series of problems that, again, reared its ugly head in a 31-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night; a series of problems the Giants recognize, but can't seem to stop.

"We had opportunities. The second half, the first drive, we drive down into their territory and they go backwards. The second time we had it down there – the same way. We’re in field goal range and went backwards. There’s no excuse for that," head coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. "You say it until you’re blue in the face and out pops what, three balls today? Obviously, the final one, we’re down ten and not much time but still, it’s not a very good way to end a football game. So, we’re three-and-four."

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