Cornerback Jayron Hosley was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round this past April. Throughout the season, the Virginia Tech product and Florida native will provide an inside look into his journey of making it in the NFL. This week’s post begins with Jayron recovering the late fumble forced by Chase Blackburn that all but sealed the Giants’ Week 7 victory over the Redskins.
We were in a defensive scheme to protect deep and kind of force them to throw short because we knew it was a crucial point in the game and they needed a score and to put points on the board. So we were looking for them to take a deep shot. Santana Moss came on a sort of under route right in front of Chase, who was in the middle. I saw him coming, which I’m letting that go because I’m trying to stay high. They ended up throwing to him and Chase made the tackle and stripped it out. I was right behind him at the time.
Once I saw the ball come out, it was me and another Redskin. I think he was on the ground getting up. I was like, shoot, I have to get it. I jumped and stretched out for it as far as I could and tried to just scoop it in. Then my teammates, Prince Amukamara and the defensive backs and those guys, came in and protected me. It’s a good feeling. It was one of those hard-fought games. It’s a sigh of relief. It’s kind of like we can breathe now. They came out ready to play.
It was good for our side of the ball to come through after giving up the touchdown on the drive before. All I heard coming on the sideline after that was, hey, we have the best quarterback in the league, don’t worry. They came through on Eli Manning’s touchdown to Victor Cruz. I was sitting down on the bench on that play. I actually didn’t see when the play first started, but I caught it right before he caught the pass. I saw him pulling away from the defenders. Once he caught it, I was like we can breathe for a second because it was tough giving up the touchdown before.
Now we’re getting ready for another division opponent – the Dallas Cowboys. We know what we have to do. We know what to expect. They have a talented offense. It’s time to prepare for another good quarterback. All we have to do is basically the same as the first time we played them, but we just have to tighten up on some things. It’s time to go back to the drawing board and just play disciplined ball.
You can also follow Jayron on Twitter @hosley_jayron
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DE Jason Pierre Paul
On containing Tony Romo…
“He’s an elusive quarterback, basically. He’s not like a Michael Vick, he’s not like an RGIII. He does have some elusive skills and you have to be careful when you’re rushing him.”
WR Victor Cruz
On Week One performance…
“I don’t really think about that game very much, I just want to continue playing the same way I’ve been playing these past couple of weeks. Put some positive things out there, so that’s what I’m focused on now not Game One.”
WR Hakeem Nicks
On recovery since Week One…
“I look at the San Fran game, then look at the Redskins game, I ran a whole lot better than I did that first game. Each week, I get a lot better.”
Tackle Will Beatty
On traveling to Dallas…
“We play against great teams every week, going down there and their home crowd, you got the noise advantage on their side but it’s still football.”
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The polls are now open! Fans can begin voting to select players for the 2013 Pro Bowl, the NFL’s annual All-Star Game. Voting is available online and on mobile devices by going to NFL.com/probowl.
Balloting will conclude on Monday, December 17 following the conclusion of Monday Night Football. The teams will be announced at 7:00 pm (ET) Wednesday, December 26 on NFL Network’s “Total Access”.
The 2013 Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 and televised live on NBC at 7:00 pm (ET) from Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Fans may purchase tickets starting next month at NFL.com/probowl.
The AFC and NFC All-Star squads are based on the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 43-man rosters that represent the American Football Conference and National Football Conference in the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on December 20-21.
The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its all-star teams. It was the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.
The following is a breakdown of positions and the corresponding numbers of players who will be selected in each conference (43 per conference):
OFFENSE: WR (4), TE (2), OT (3), G (3), C (2), QB (3), RB (3), FB (1)
DEFENSE: DE (3), Interior Linemen (3), OLB (3), ILB (2), CB (3), S (2)
SPECIAL TEAMS: P (1), PK (1), KR (1), Special Teamer (1), Need Player (1-Coach’s Choice)
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» Sights and Sounds: Redskins Game
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The views expressed in this article are not of the New York Football Giants but those of an independent Fantasy Expert.
Andrew Luck: 198 total yards, 2 Touchdowns, fumble
Luck’s performance on Sunday was not his best of the year. But he did manage to rush for two of his touchdowns, which was huge and made up for an otherwise average passing day. The rookie quarterback has shown the threat of running as well as throwing.
Felix Jones: 74 total yards
Jones wasn’t anything spectacular as most anticipated because he had to leave the game before the half was even over. Still he didn’t by any means have a bad week with five catches for 30 yards and 44 yard rushing before being diagnosed with bruised knee and not returning to action.
Stephen Hill: 4 catches, 55 yards, 7 targets
Hill had a productive day with the most targets he has received all season. Though he only had 55 yards, Sanchez looked his way seven times, which was good enough for second behind Kerley’s 11. It is clear that Hill has the talent. Now we just need to see the productivity when the game is on the line, where he was unable to do vs. New England.
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With their 27-23 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the Giants improved to 5-2 and maintained sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Here’s a look at what outlets across the nation are saying about the Giants and how they stack up in our weekly power rankings roundup.
Comments: One first-place vote. Voters include Gil Brandt, Bucky Brooks, Charley Casserly, Heath Evans, Daniel Jeremiah, Michael Lombardi, Willie McGinest, Shaun O’Hara, Gregg Rosenthal, Darren Sharper, Kurt Warner, Brian Webber, Steve Wyche.
NFC East: No. 13 Eagles (previously 11), No. 14 Cowboys (17), No. 15 Redskins (16)
Comments: “They have to get out of the habit of playing down to the competition, especially at home. That defense still has some major problems.” (Pete Prisco)
NFC East: No. 13 Eagles (14), No. 15 Cowboys (19), No. 21 Redskins (20)
Comments: “Befuddled most of the day by RG3 and the Redskins, the Giants still somehow managed to win. It’s what they do.” (Dan Graziano)
NFC East: No. 13 Eagles (13), No. 15 Cowboys (18), No. 18 Redskins (15)
Comments: “Eli Manning’s 23rd fourth-quarter comeback came on a 77-yard catch-and-run to Victor Cruz. To put that into perspective, Tom Brady has 25 fourth-quarter comebacks.” (Brian Billick)
NFC East: No. 13 Cowboys (10), No. 14 Redskins (11), No. 17 Eagles (15)
Comments: Two first-place votes. Who voted? A national panel of 12 voters was created by The Associated Press from the 50 sports writers and broadcasters who choose the NFL’s individual awards at the end of the season.
NFC East: No. 13 Redskins (13), No. 14 Eagles (12), No. 15 Cowboys (19)
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In this edition, Giants.com takes a look at the Top 10 Interceptors in franchise history.
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If you do something good, the fans clap. If you do something remarkable, they stand up and cheer. That’s what he had to rely on Sunday as he was decked to the turf in MetLife Stadium on the 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz.
“You can kind of hear it as you throw it,” Manning told Mike Francesa during his weekly spot on WFAN. “And then you’re kind of getting hit and you hear the crowd kind of stand up. That’s when they see, hey, he’s throwing it deep and Vic’s open. And then you’re hearing them cheering and then the cheering gets really, really loud. That’s when you know, hey, he might be running this thing. I got up in time to see him running into the end zone and obviously we hit a big play.”
He added: “I guess it’s pretty unique to think about that when you throw a pass, everybody gets to see the catch. Everybody watching the game gets to see the throw, sees the catch, except the one person that throws the ball.”
The long touchdown led to Manning’s 21st regular-season comeback victory in which the Giants rallied from a deficit or tie in the fourth quarter. Along the way, he and the coaches found out how to best prepare for those situations during the week.
“We have a meeting,” Manning said. “One of our meetings is, hey, in a two-minute this is what we’re going to run, these are the plays that we’ll call on the line of scrimmage, these are the plays that we can huddle up and call that might be a little bit different formation or guys in different spots. And then these are the coverages that they play, what they do on third down, and so you study those circumstances.
“So the plays that we ran, a lot of them in the two-minute drill are your base plays. It’s plays you run all the time. It might be plays you run on third down a lot or first down that everybody knows what to do. They should be playing fast. It’s not like a brand new play that all of a sudden if they play a different coverage, guys might not react real quickly. You want guys just seeing and reacting quickly, not having to think and the plays you feel very comfortable with.”
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» Key plays from Giants vs. Redskins
» Cruz uses rear-view mirror on long TD
» WATCH: Giants News Flash – 10/22
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Justin Tuck’s grille received a lot of attention this year. But what about Victor Cruz’s rear-view mirror?
The wide receiver’s accessory takes up more space — 3,540 square feet to be exact – and there are four just like it at his disposal.
Perched in each corner inside MetLife Stadium is a 30-by-118 video board, showing what you’d normally expect to see at a professional sporting event. But during live action, there is a feed of the game playing on the massive screens. That comes in handy when you’re a player who has now broken five touchdowns of 65 yards or more in that stadium.
Cruz, just like he did on his 99-yard touchdown against the Jets last season, used the big boards again to his advantage on Sunday when he broke a 77-yard score late in the game to put the Giants ahead of the Redskins. Without having to physically turn his head, he was able to look at the board and survey the field for any objects closing in on him.
“In college I didn’t have a jumbotron like that,” Cruz, a UMass product, said Monday. “Now that I do, I use it because when you’re looking back, it slows you down. So if you can look up and you can kind of see how far the guy is behind you, it’s easier that way.”
Cruz was using the generic term, but the video displays were actually manufactured by Daktronics and placed inside the stadium before it opened in 2010.
That was the same season Cruz signed with the Giants as an undrafted rookie. And since then, he also used the boards against Seattle, when he posted a 68-yard touchdown, and Dallas, for a 74-yarder, during the 2011 campaign.
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» Eli Manning completes another comeback win; Milestones
» Giants win 27-23 thriller over Washington
» TE Bennett gets involved vs. Redskins
» LB Blackburn seals Giants win
» Safety Brown forces key turnover in win
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Following the Giants’ victory over the Redskins, it’s time to vote for the Subway “Extra Effort” Player of the Game. Here are the nominees and their performances:
TE Martellus Bennett
5 REC, 79 YDS (15.8 AVG), 31 LNG
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
4 TCKLS (3 solo), 1.0 SACK, 1 TFL
WR Victor Cruz
7 REC, 131 YDS, 77-yard touchdown to put the Giants ahead late in the game.
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