0:00 — GIANTS 0, PATRIOTS 0 (key stat: Eli Manning has played three series so far)
6:13 — Steve Weatherford boots a 59-year punt that rolls out of bounds, pinning the Patriots back at their own 10. It was his longest of the preseason. Good play especially on a #WeatherfordWednesday.
9:30 — Returning from a foot injury, Hakeem Nicks grabs his first reception of the preseason on the first ball thrown to him, a six-yard pickup over the middle.
10:53 — Antrel Rolle makes a nice open field tackle, wrapping up FB Eric Kattani until reinforcements arrived.
13:48 — Jacquian Williams, making his first appearance of the preseason, nearly intercepts a pass on the left sideline, which would have been a sure pick-six. Nonetheless, the ball falls incomplete, and the Giants force Patriots to punt. *Jerrel Jernigan getting his turn tonight fielding punts.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: WR Domenik Hixon, TE Bear Pascoe, LB Keith Rivers. Patriots win the toss and elect to receive. Giants will defend the west goal.
Kickoff: 7:00 pm ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
TV: NFL Network
Weather: Partly Cloudy. 79 °F, Wind: WNW 8 mph
» Sean Locklear will start at LT in place of Will Beatty
» Mitch Petrus will start at RG in place of Chris Snee
» David Wilson will start at RB in place of Ahmad Bradshaw
» Craig Marshall will start at LDE in place of Justin Tuck
» Matt Broha will start at RDE in place of Jason Pierre-Paul
» Jacquian Williams will start at LB in place of Mathias Kiwanuka
» Keith Rivers will start at LB in place of Michael Boley
» Michael Coe will start at CB in place of Prince Amukamara
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The following players are not scheduled to play tonight for the Giants:
24 CB Terrell Thomas (knee)
25 CB Bruce Johnson (shoulder)
36 CB Jayron Hosley (toe)
39 S Tyler Sash (ankle)
44 RB Ahmad Bradshaw (hand)
59 LB Michael Boley (hamstring)
65 OT Will Beatty (back)
72 DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
73 OT James Brewer (back)
73 DT Shaun Rogers (leg)
76 G Chris Snee (leg)
90 DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back)
91 DE Justin Tuck (shoulder)
94 LB Mathias Kiwanuka (groin)
96 DT Marvin Austin (back)
98 DE Adrian Tracy (hamstring)
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The Emmy-nominated documentary series A Football Life produced by NFL Films returns for a second season Wednesday, September 12 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Airing on Wednesday nights throughout the fall, the 13-episode season examines the iconic individuals, including two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Tom Coughlin, that have had an undeniable and profound impact on the history of the National Football League, offering an inside look into their untold stories.
Beginning on September 12, A Football Life focuses on the life and career of provocative subjects intertwined in the fabric of NFL history. Coughlin will be featured in the Sept. 26 episode at 8:00 PM ET.
Additional subjects profiled this season include:
» Super Bowl-winning head coaches Tom Coughlin & Jimmy Johnson
» Late Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair
» Hall of Fame running backs Marcus Allen & Barry Sanders
» Former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
» Pro Bowl linebacker Chris Spielman
» The Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome
» A celebration of “The Immaculate Reception” on its 40th anniversary
» The untold legacy of the 1995 Cleveland Browns
Below is the September and October broadcast schedule for A Football Life, airing on Wednesday nights at 8:00 PM ET:
» September 12 – Tim Tebow
» September 19 – Ray Lewis
» September 26 – Tom Coughlin
» October 3 – Cleveland ‘95
» October 10 – Fearsome Foursome
» October 17 – Steve McNair
» October 24 – Eddie DeBartolo
» October 31 – Chris Spielman
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From August 1st to September 14th, school Administrators, teachers, PTA and PTO leaders nationwide are encouraged to submit 3 essays about how their school is celebrating its NFL team pride, about their current PE environment and how their school is teaching the importance of health and wellness.
The 34 winning schools will be named NFL PLAY 60 Super Schools and receive an NFL team celebration and a $10,000 NFL PLAY 60 health and wellness grant*. Schools are allowed to submit multiple entries.
Entrants may also upload up to 3 digital photos or 1 video, showing how their school is celebrating the return of football and displaying NFL team pride. Submission of photo(s) or video is optional and will not increase the chance of winning.
Each NFL PLAY 60 Super School’s Grand Prize consists of:
» A visit to the school by one or more cheerleader(s), mascot or NFL player(s) (exact attendees determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion) for a portion of a school day.
» A $10,000 grant in the form of a check made payable to the winning school, which may be used towards improving its students’ health and wellness.
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Former NFL team executive and current NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi ranked such individuals in his annual list of blue-chip/red-chip players and coaches.
In total, seven members from the defending Super Bowl champions made the cut. But first, here’s a look at Lombardi’s qualifications:
Definition of a blue-chip player
» Demonstrates rare abilities and creates mismatches that have an obvious impact on the game.
» Is a premier player in the league and a weapon on the field.
» Combines competitiveness and skill to provide a consistent championship-level performance.
» Rates in the top five at his position in the league.
Definition of a red-chip player
» Has abilities that can create mismatches vs. most opponents in the league.
» Is a featured player on his team and has an impact on the outcome of the game.
» Can’t be taken out of the game in a one-on-one matchup.
» Is consistent from week to week.
» Plays at a championship level.
» Rates in the top 10 at his position in the league.
With that said, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning was considered a blue-chip quarterback, along with Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger. Wide receiver Victor Cruz and guard Chris Snee rounded out the three Giants on offense receiving blue-chip labels at their respective positions.
On defense, Jason Pierre-Paul was the lone blue-chipper, while Lombardi considered Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka as red-chip players.
Tom Coughlin also earned a blue chip, joining Mike McCarthy (Packers), Bill Belichick (Patriots), Jim Harbaugh (49ers), and John Harbaugh (Ravens).
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Adrien Robinson missed most of the team’s spring workouts while fulfilling academic requirements at the University of Cincinnati. The 6-foot-4, 264-pound tight end fell noticeably behind when training camp rolled around, leading to one of the rookie’s favorite Pope stories.
“One time I read the defensive coverage wrong,” Robinson recalled on Monday. “And he said, ‘I don’t know how you can read this wrong. I don’t know if we have to go to the morgue to get you a new set of eyes or what, but you have to see this.’ That was a good one.
“I just had to watch extra film to get caught back up to speed. Now that I’m starting to know more and more, I realize that those extra nine practices that I missed could have helped out a lot because it was a slower pace when everything’s being taught and brand new.”
With the help of the extra classroom work with Pope Robinson turned things around in Albany and was able to finish training camp on a high note. He then carried it 140 miles back to East Rutherford, where he found success this past Friday. On back-to-back plays late in the fourth quarter against the Bears, Robinson hauled in two passes — both for seven yards over the middle from backup quarterback David Carr.
They were his first receptions in a game since the third quarter of the Liberty Bowl last New Year’s Eve when his Bearcats beat Vanderbilt.
“I was talking to my agent about getting the monkey off my back,” Robinson said on Monday. “It felt good to get those first couple catches out of the way.”
It was the same feeling he had midway through training camp when the lights came on. He doesn’t recall a particular play or instance when it happened, but instead it has been a progression to where he is now.
“You make a lot of mistakes out there, you get tired of getting yelled at,” Robinson said. “So you just study a little bit more and come out there and do the right things. Also then you’ll be able to show what you can do and play fast.”
It will become even faster now that fellow tight end Travis Beckum was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season.
“It’s getting a lot better now,” Robinson said. “I’m starting to become more and more confident every day. Now it’s not so much knowing my assignments, it’s the small little details and reading the coverages and doing the right things consistently.”
Tags: Adrien Robinson, Mike Pope
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Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs enter the final week before the season opener.
Starters will spend most of the time on the sidelines during Wednesday’s game against New England, giving the younger players an extended opportunity. In the meantime, QB Eli Manning awaits the Sept. 5 kickoff against Dallas and players returning from injury.
“Obviously we’ve got another week before we play our first game to get guys rested. We need that and hopefully they’ll be back for the Dallas game. We’ve just got to work on getting better, the guys that are out there. Keep improving. It’s a chance for some young guys to get a lot of playing time this week and show that they’re learning this offense, learning their assignments and see if they can help us out.”
Meanwhile, WR Hakeem Nicks could be seen in the final preseason game, but nothing is for certain yet.
“Definitely can’t wait, going against some live action knowing that somebody is going to be hitting me after I catch the ball now. It will get my feet wet a little bit for this opening game. That’s what I look forward to, getting some live snaps and hopefully I get in a couple routine routes down with Eli.”
Tags: Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks
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Fans, coaches, and players never tire of re-living those moments. Themes emerge and games stick out when looking back at a championship run. Half a year removed from the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI, the MVP himself gave his take on MSG’s “Giants Chronicles,” which premiered last week.
Speaking with the voice of the Giants, Bob Papa, quarterback Eli Manning hit on what kept the team alive all season – the fourth-quarter comeback.
“We had that comfort and confidence that if it comes down to the fourth quarter and it’s a final drive, we are going to go down and score,” Manning said. “But sometimes weird things happen. In San Francisco, ball gets tipped. Against Seattle, Victor Cruz kind of slips a little bit out of a break, ball gets tipped up and intercepted and returned for a touchdown, game over. So there are always going to be those plays.
“You don’t want to have to be in that situation all the time, but I told those guys after both those circumstances, I said, ‘Hey, that was a fluke. Next time if we get in another two-minute drive, we’re going to go down and score.’ But that’s the reason you don’t want to have to be in those circumstances all the time. That’s part of football. We won a lot of them, but lost a couple.”
Then the four-game losing streak hit in November, spilling into December. But the team didn’t fall apart.
“It wasn’t that we were playing bad football – I think that was the important thing that coach Coughlin tried to get across to the players,” Manning said. “It’s not like we went through a slump and just played terrible. We had one bad game against New Orleans, they put a pretty good beating on us. But the other ones – San Francisco, a great team, we played them tough into the final minutes; Green Bay was undefeated and we played them into the final 50 seconds to a tie game; Philadelphia, same deal. We played pretty close in all those games.
“We just couldn’t find that little edge and that one- or two-play difference to get better. So that was kind of our focus – ‘hey, let’s turn up the heat a little bit more, let’s get a little more prepared, let’s work a little harder during the week and make sure we’re at our best. We’re all in at this point into this final stretch and we’re not far off from being a very good team.’”
>> CB Prince Amukamara is feeling confident after suffering a high angle sprain Friday.
>> DT Shaun Rogers may be able to return in 2012, but nothing is certain yet.
Tags: Eli Manning, Super Bowl
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Giants.com takes you around the locker room as the defending Super Bowl champs wrap up the Bears game and prepare for the final preseason game of 2012.
With his performance on Friday night, RB David Wilson was asked if he heard the buzz around New York fans.
“When you have a game on national TV and you play well or you play bad, I mean you’re on national TV so everybody gets the chance to see you and give their opinion.”
DE Adewale Ojomo is honored to be the current Giants sack leader of the preseason, but isn’t surprised the work is paying off.
“No, haven’t really been surprised. I just believe in myself, believe in the coaching that I’m getting from coach Robert Nunn, what I’m getting from these guys, that’s it. I wouldn’t be surprised if I went out and had a couple more sacks this game. It’s not surprising to me.”
CB Michael Coe, who eventually replaced injured Prince Amukamara against the Bears, talked about his increased role.
“Well I think the coaches prepare everybody to be a starter. We have a slogan, “always work like a champion.” Coach Pete (Giunta) always tells all the DBs to always prepare like a starter. You can’t be shocked to be out there. You always have to prepare like that. Coach Coughlin and all the staff prepare us well for that every week. I think all the guys out here, regardless of where you are on the depth chart, we prepare like a starter.”
Tags: Adewale Ojomo, David Wilson, Michael Coe
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