As he wrapped up his team meeting on Thursday, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin went over the usual housekeeping items the night before a game.
From a rundown of the itinerary to any final adjustments, it’s not the most exciting part the week, but a necessary one nonetheless. Then Coughlin announced the captains for last night’s game against Chicago. And after he said the names “David Diehl” and “Mathias Kiwanuka” – two veterans established within the organization – Spencer Paysinger slouched back in his chair. He assumed a second-year player like himself wouldn’t be called.
However, the thought did cross his mind.
“He was naming off the captains – Diehl, Kiwi. So I’m thinking, OK, they’re doing all older guys,” Paysinger recalled in the postgame locker room. “I’m sitting next to Tyler [Sash] and everybody. It’s kind of the mundane part of it, but in my head, I said, ‘What if he said Paysinger?’ Then he said ‘Paysinger’ and I looked at him, and he looked back at me and kind of smiled. I heard some commotion around the room, kind of laughing – ‘This is really happening.’”
And that’s how Paysinger became a captain for a night.
“Some of the younger guys came over to me – Henry [Hynoski], Tyler, Mark [Herzlich], Greg Jones – and started calling me ‘captain’ or ‘cap,’” he said. “It was a great experience, definitely a blessing.”
Despite the team’s 20-17 loss, Paysinger was worthy of the nod, leading the Giants with five solo tackles. It came at the tail end of a training camp where Paysinger has continued to evolve from a reliable special teamer as an undrafted rookie last season to competing for time on defense.
“I was captain multiple times back at Oregon, so I’m thinking it’s going to be like that and everything,” Paysinger said of walking onto the field in front of a home crowd before the game. “But the fact that the head coach had the confidence in me was pretty special to me.”
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Da’Rel Scott now has a blocked punt to go along with a fake punt run for a touchdown on his Giants preseason resume.
The second-year running back made the play of the game on special teams against the Bears on Friday night, blocking Ryan Quigley’s punt late in the first half.
Linebacker Greg Jones recovered the ball at Chicago’s 10-yard line, and two plays later, Andre Brown ran in for a one-yard touchdown for the Giants.
“It was just something we were working on during the week,” Scott said. “I tried to use my skill set to set them up, do some speed rushes. I tried to set them up again, went outside, and then it opened up. It worked out.
“It takes a lot of practice. You’ve got to understand where the punter releases the ball and kicks it because there are a lot of different ways you can try to get there. But you’ve got to try to keep your eyes on the ball to stay on the blocked punt, that’s the main thing.”
In the fourth and final preseason game last year, Scott, then a rookie, received the direct snap on a fake punt play and broke it for a 65-yard score against the Patriots. It came two weeks after he had a “traditional” 97-yard rushing touchdown, coincidentally against the Bears as well.
Once again, Scott hopes to turn his preseason success into regular-season production, which he was unable to do last season, particularly in the run game. He tried to add to his cause on Friday with a 15-yard run, but netted just one yard on four other carries. He also had a catch-and-run for 12 yards midway through the third quarter, but Scott knows special teams play is the tiebreaker when it comes to roster decisions.
“In my situation right now, I’ve got to get noticed somewhere,” he said. “If it takes special teams to stay on this team, I’ve got to make that my main thing and just try to make plays out there.”
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There were plenty of key contributors in Friday night’s third preseason game against the Bears. Vote for who you think had the biggest impact.
1) QB Eli Manning – The two-time Super Bowl MVP was all about efficiency against the Bears. In a full half of work, Manning went 17-for-21 for 148 yards and 1 touchdown in the third preseason game of 2012.
2) RB David Wilson – Fans, coaches, and Wilson himself were all anxious to see how the first-round draft choice faired against a first-team defense. He flew out of the gates with 66 total yards in the first quarter, finishing with 75 on the night. He tallied 46 rushing yards on five attempts (long of 20) and 29 yards receiving on two catches (long of 29).
3) WR Ramses Barden – Recording his first touchdown ever – preseason or otherwise – the fourth-year wideout scored on an 11-yard slant from Manning. He finished the night leading Giants receivers with 46 yards on three catches.
4) Da’Rel Scott – Special teams made its presence known on Friday night. Scott blocked a punt late in the first half deep in Bears territory, leading to Andre Brown’s touchdown. He also added 14 yards rushing on three attempts and a catch for 12 more.
5) LB Mark Herzlich — On the ensuing kickoff, Herzlich made another special teams play, forcing a fumble. On defense, the second-year linebacker also led the team with eight total tackles.
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0:00 — Giants fall to Bears, 20-17
2:00 — Coming out of the two-minute warning, WR Dan DePalma scampers for a 25-yard catch, fumbles, but recovers at the Bears 38.
2:47 — DE Adewale Ojomo, who had 2.0 sacks against the Jets, grabs another against the Bears — the first of the night for the Giants.
4:12 — Douglas has a 36-yard reception called back on an offensive holding penalty.
8:29 — TOUCHDOWN. Bears take the lead with a 12-yard passing touchdown. BEARS 20, GIANTS 17 (Drive: 11 plays, 58 yards in 4:59)
9:57 — Mark Herzlich is making his present felt on defense after making the special teams play in the first half. He’s now tied for the team lead with five tackles.
15:00 — Giants begin the quarter on their own 15.
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0:00 — Giants 17, Bears 13 (key stat: LB Keith Rivers leading the team with 5 tackles)
*Paid attendance announced: 76,077
6:01 — Making a mark on special teams already, Scott sees sustained action out of the backfield on offense. He capitalizes on his first rush, turning it into a 15-yard pickup. On the next play, he loses four yards on another rush, but makes them back with some shifty moves for a 12-yard catch-and-run.
6:12 — FIELD GOAL. Bears make 48-yard field goal. GIANTS 17, BEARS 3 (drive: 9 plays, 39 yards in 3:14)
11:06 — FIELD GOAL. Bears make 30-yard field goal. GIANTS 17, BEARS 10 (drive: 7 plays, 59 yards in 2:57)
*David Carr now in for Manning, who finishes 17/21, 148 yards, 1 TD.
15:00 — Giants will receive the kickoff to begin the second half.
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0:00 — Giants 17, Bears 7 (key stat: Big Blue has 13 first downs to Chicago’s 5)
1:04 — Specials coming through for the Giants tonight. LB Mark Herzlich forces a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Bears recover at their own 2. Not exactly last year’s NFC Championship, but an encouraging game for Tom Quinn and his squad nonetheless.
1:22– TOUCHDOWN. RB Andre Brown scores on a 1-yard rush around the left end. It’s his first touchdown since the 2010 preseason. XP is good. Giants 17, Bears 7 (drive: 1 play, 10 yards, 0:10)
1:34 — Da’Rel Scott blocks a Bears punt, LB Greg Jones recovers.
3:22 — The Giants coaching staff is taking a detailed look at Douglas as a punt returner, giving him a handful of opportunities so far. On his fourth of the night, Douglas broke one for 37 yards but was called back with two holding penalties called on the Giants.
*Manning went 7/7 on the scoring drive. He is now 15/18 for 121 yards and a touchdown.
5:41 — TOUCHDOWN. WR Ramses Barden catches his first ever NFL touchdown (preseason or otherwise). He gets in on an 11-yard slant from Manning. XP is good. Giants 10, Bears 7 (drive: 10 plays, 58 yards, 6:14.
11:47 — Victor Cruz gets on the board with two short catches. Eli so far is 10/13 for 72 yards.
15:00 — Giants begin the second quarter with the ball on their own 40.
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0:00 — Bears 7, Giants 3 (key stat: Wilson piles up 66 total yards)
1:47 — Bears get on the board with a 21-yard passing touchdown. BEARS 7, GIANTS 3.
5:13 — Tynes makes a 32-yard field goal. Tynes now 6/6 this preseason, hitting four last week. GIANTS 3, BEARS 0 (drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:07)
8:34 — Wilson shakes off a handful of tacklers for a gain of 20. Follows up with a gain of 15 also on the ground. Wilson again with a reception for another 29 yards. Crowd applauding the effort. Fans and coaches have to be excited.
9:19 — Douglas calls fair catch on his second punt return of the night. Can’t get anything going yet, but looks confident back there.
10:18 — Run defense picks up where it left off vs. the Jets. Mathias Kiwanuka makes a nice move into the backfield and stops Bears RB Matt Forte for a loss of 2.
12:13 — Rookie RB David Wilson, starting in place of Ahmad Bradshaw, gets a heavy dosage on the opening drive — run of 5 yards and a short reception for a loss of 3 on the first two plays of the game.
13:36 — Giants force a three-and-out on their first defensive stand. David Douglas returns the punt for 1 yard.
15:00 — Game Day Captains: LB Mathias Kiwanuka, OT David Diehl, LB Spencer Paysinger. Bears win coin toss and elect to receive. Giants will defend west goal.
The New York Giants (1‐1) host the Chicago Bears (1‐1) on Friday, August 24, in Week 3 of the 2012 preseason.
Kickoff: 8 pm ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Warm. 82 °F, Wind: 0.00 mph/N
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The following players are not scheduled to play tonight for the Giants:
31 Brandon Bing (CB)
36 Jayron Hosley (CB)
44 Ahmad Bradshaw (RB)
59 Michael Boley (LB)
65 William Beatty (OT)
67 Brandon Mosley (OT)
73 Shaun Rogers (DT)
88 Hakeem Nicks (WR)
90 Jason Pierre-Paul (DE)
96 Marvin Austin (DT)
98 Adrian Tracy (DE)
47 Travis Beckum (TE)
99 Chris Canty (DT)
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The New York Giants (1‐1) will host the Chicago Bears (1‐1) on Friday, August 24, in Week 3 of the 2012 preseason.
Greg Gumbel will handle the play‐by‐play duties while Dan Dierdorf will provide the color commentary. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS (WCBS, Ch. 2 in New York).
GIANTS RADIO NETWORK
The game will be broadcast by Bob Papa and Carl Banks in the booth. Howard Cross will handle the sideline duties. Anita Marks, Paul Dottino, and Jeff Feagles will handle all pregame and postgame programming, starting at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WCBS FM (101.1).
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2012-13 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE IMPORTANT DATES
August 31 — Roster cut-down to maximum of 53 players on Active/Inactive List prior to 9:00 p.m. ET. Clubs may dress minimum of 43 and maximum of 46 players for each regular season and postseason game.
September 1 — Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, ET.
September 1 — Beginning at 12:00 noon ET, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of eight players by signing free agents who do not have an accrued season of free agency credit or who were on the 46-player Active List for less than nine regular season games during each of any Accrued Seasons. A player cannot participate on the Practice Squad for more than three seasons.
September 4 — Deadline at 4:00 p.m. ET, for all NFL Player Contracts, Practice Player Contracts, tender offers, and miscellaneous amounts to fit within each club’s 2012 Salary Cap, in anticipation of the midnight expiration of the Top 51 Rule.
September 5 — At 12:00 a.m. ET, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL Clubs.
September 5 — Deadline for Clubs to submit written request to receive up to $1.5 million in additional Salary Cap Room for the 2012 League Year, in accordance with CBA Article 11, Section 5(e)(ii).
September 5, 9-10 — Regular Season opens.
September 25 — Priority on multiple waiver claims is now based on the current season’s standing.
October 15-16 — NFL Fall League Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.
October 16 — Beginning the day after the conclusion of the sixth regular season weekend and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the ninth regular season weekend, clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness for a period not to exceed 21 days. Players may be activated during the 21-day practice period or prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period.
October 16 — All trading ends at 4:00 p.m. ET.
October 17 — Players with at least four previous pension-credited seasons are subject to the waiver system for the remainder of the regular season and postseason.
November 13 — Signing period ends at 4:00 p.m. ET, for Franchise Players who are eligible to receive Offer Sheets.
November 13 — Deadline for Clubs to sign prior to 4:00 p.m. ET, their unsigned Franchise Players, including Franchise Players who were eligible to receive Offer Sheets until this date. If still unsigned after this date, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2012.
November 13 — Deadline for Clubs to sign prior to 4:00 p.m. ET, their Unrestricted Free Agents to whom tender was made on June 1. If still unsigned after this deadline, such players are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2012.
November 13 — Deadline for Clubs to sign prior to 4:00 p.m. ET, their Restricted Free Agents including those to whom tender was made on August 25. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2012.
November 13 — Deadline for Clubs to sign Drafted players prior to 4:00 p.m. ET. If such players remain unsigned after this date, they are prohibited from playing in NFL in 2012.
December 30 — Week 17.
December 31 — Clubs may begin signing free agent players for the 2013 season.
January 5-6 — Wild Card Playoff Games.
January 12-13 — Divisional Playoff Games.
January 20 — AFC and NFC Championship Games.
January 27 — AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
February 3 — Super Bowl XLVII, Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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