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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 15

December 20th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Another week, another award for New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has now been named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his Week 15 performance against the Washington Redskins.

Against the Redskins, Beckham Jr. hauled in a career-high 12 receptions for 143 yards and another career-high with three touchdowns. It was his fifth game this season eclipsing 100 yards receiving and the seventh consecutive game with 90 yards are more.

Despite Pepsi giving him the hat tip, the NFL went a different direction with their NFC Offensive Player of the Week award, instead giving that honor to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who had eight receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Of course, Beckham Jr. was quick to congratulate Bryant.

As the honors continue to pile up for Beckham Jr. — including being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November — he appears to be getting closer and closer to the honor of being named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He'll still need two strong games to finish it out, and while he says he wouldn't vote for himself over a pair of former LSU teammates, there's no denying he's more than deserving at this point.

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St. Louis Rams’ Chris Long, Davin Joseph & Scott Wells are All Probable Vs. Giants

December 20th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The St. Louis Rams released their final Week 16 injury report on Friday evening and, unlike the New York Giants, are about as healthy as one could expect for a team in late December. In fact, they will be without a grand total of zero players as none are listed as out, doubtful or questionable. Rather, it appears like their entire 53-man roster will be available this coming Sunday.

And while defensive end Chris Long (ankle) did not practice on Friday, he is listed as probable for the Week 16 game against Big Blue.

“It's just hard with the 53,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “Last week, I think our seven inactives were all healthy.”

In addition to Long, both guard Davin Joseph and center Scott Wells missed at least one practice this week, but Fisher said they were not injury-related issues and merely scheduled days off for the veterans.

Having all 53-men available is going to be key for Fisher and the Rams, who are looking to bounce back from a close loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15 and end their home season on a high note.

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Justin Tuck Supports His Former Coach, Does not Believe New York Giants Should Fire Tom Coughlin

December 19th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Although the "Fire Tom Coughlin!" bandwagon has been filled to the brim this year, not everyone believes the New York Giants should move on from their two-time Super Bowl winning head coach. In fact, most current and former players laugh at the notion, while fans continue to insist it's the right move. But the reality is, those within the sport and those who have played under Coughlin at some point in their career think it would be the worst possible move Big Blue could make.

You can now add Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck, who played nine years of his 10-year NFL career with the Giants, to the long list of current and former players who fully support Tom Coughlin.

"Having played for him for nine years, I don’t see who they’re gonna get that can do a better job than that guy. I know how hard he works; I know how diligent he is in preparing a football team to win. I get that sometimes you just feel like you need to make a change, and again that’s completely up to the Mara and Tisch families, and I’m sure they’ll make a decision that’s best for their organization. But Coach Coughlin is definitely one of the better coaches in this league, and he’s proven that time and time again," Tuck told Sports Illustrated.

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New York Giants’ Rashad Jennings Out Vs. Rams; Jameel McClain Probable

December 19th, 2014 at 1:05 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants released their final Week 16 injury report on Friday, and as expected, the team has ruled running back Rashad Jennings (ankle) out against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

"I've been fighting them to let me play anyway, and now with this happening," Jennings told ESPN earlier this week. "I wouldn't be surprised if they said, 'Nah'."

Jennings, who missed significant time earlier this season due to an MCL injury, has shown a clear lack of frustration with the lingering injuries. And despite starting last week against the Washington Redskins, he suffered a re-injury on the very first play of the game and would not return.

Whether or not his season is over and he becomes name No. 23 to land on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) remains to be seen, but he has only days to convince the team he's healthy enough to play in the Week 17 finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Jennings' absence, the Giants will do what they've been doing, giving rookie running back Andre Williams the bulk of the carries, while Orleans Darkwa will likely back him up.

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New York Giants’ Perry Fewell Named a “Top Minority Coaching Candidate” by Fritz Pollard Alliance

December 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Doug Rush

While most fans are ready to pack Perry Fewell's bags and run him out of town as the New York Giants defensive coordinator, others think rather high of him.

The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that advocates for the promotions and hiring of minority coaching candidates, and Fewell is one of nine minority coaches that the group would like to see be promoted to an NFL head coach.

Along with Fewell, the others include:

  • Todd Bowles, defensive coordinator, Arizona Cardinals
  • Teryl Austin, defensive coordinator, Detroit Lions
  • Leslie Frazier, defensive coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Ray Horton, defensive coordinator, Tennessee Titans
  • Pep Hamilton, offensive coordinator, Indianapolis Colts,
  • Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Winston Moss, assistant head coach, Green Bay Packers
  • Mike Singletary, former San Francisco 49ers head coach

What's interesting of this list is three of these names have been head coaches in their careers; Singletary obviously with the 49ers, Frazier with the Vikings and Jackson with the Bengals, plus Fewell himself, although he was an interim head coach for 7 games with the Buffalo Bills before coming onto the Giants staffa to run the defense.

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