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 provides an inside look into his journey of making it in the NFL. This week’s post begins with Hosley receiving his fifth start of the season (in place of the injured Prince Amukamara) against Atlanta, where he learned a valuable lesson in the 34-0 loss. Hosley finished the game with four tackles and one pass defended.
Obviously I didn’t do enough. There were some things I did that were good, but I saw some things in film this week that can get better and I can work on obviously from that game. Right now all I’m doing is trying to right the wrongs and basically evaluate myself.
I’m just trying to get better for this week against the Baltimore Ravens. This is another big game for us. We definitely need to win to get to where we want to be. So I have to do my part as well and hold it down. We’ve put ourselves in this position, and now it’s time to get ourselves out.
There’s not much to say after a big loss like the one down in Atlanta, other than this game takes a great deal of focus. You’ve got to be prepared for anything and everything — for whatever. On a couple plays, I realized it’s not so much about physical ability.
It’s all about your eyes. It’s about where you place your eyes. It’s about what your reads are and what you’re looking at. That plays a key part. And then how you react or how you make a play, you move around, but it’s all about your eyes. You’ve got to see things to react. It’s all tied into your reaction. That’s what I learned this week – having better eyes while I’m on the field. That can help me in the long run.
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After five years with the Texans, Jones signed with the Ravens this offseason and quickly proved his worth, notching three return touchdowns in his debut season. With two on kicks and one on a punt, Jones is the only player in the NFL with that many return touchdowns.
Under assistant coach and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, Jones leads the NFL in kick return average (32.5) and is 10th in punt return (9.6). Meanwhile, their coverage units are equally as formidable, especially in terms of the field position battle.
After kickoffs, Baltimore’s opponents have an average starting field position of the 20.3, fourth lowest in the NFL, while allowing an eighth-best 8.1 yards per punt return.
“So, they’re a talented team,” Tom Coughlin said Wednesday. “They’ve lost the three games in a row here at this point in the season, but they are in the playoffs and we certainly know, having played them in the past in the pre-season and watched their progress throughout the year, that they are a very physical football team and very, very talented.”
Jones contributes to more than just the special teams, however.
At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Jones is fifth on the team with 26 catches for 363 yards and a touchdown. With eight plays of 20-plus yards and three of 40 or more, Jones’ knack for big plays suits quarterback Joe Flacco’s touch on long passes.
“He definitely throws the deep ball,” safety Antrel Rolle said. “Definitely one of the strongest arms in the league as a quarterback and he has guys that are deep threats — Torrey Smith and Jacoby and Anquan [Boldin]. They have weapons at each and every position. He can dump it off to Ray Rice at any time.”
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On comparing this team to last year’s…
“I think you have to prepare for this year and understand what our circumstances are and who are players are, we have different teammates and different guys and it’s a new season and we just got our confidence will come from the players that we have in this locker room. Our character, our inspiration, our coaches getting us a great game plan and the fact that we can go out there and play at a high level.”
On finishing the season strong…
“This is a playoff game for us, we have to win or otherwise we out. The guys know it, I know it, and I’m going to give it my best shot.”
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In their “second season,” the Giants are 2-2 since the Week 11 bye, having alternated wins and losses. They are, however, on the down end of that trend, and Antrel Rolle was asked on his weekly WFAN spot what happened in the 34-0 loss to Atlanta.
“Basically nothing, nothing happened on our end,” Rolle told Joe and Evan on Tuesday. “I really don’t know. It just seems like wherever there’s an up, there’s a down, and I think that pretty much causes us to be a very inconsistent team. It just seems like no matter what phase of the game it was, they were extremely successful and we were very unsuccessful.”
As the Giants prepare for the Ravens – a team that has clinched a playoff spot but has lost three games in a row – Rolle won’t make any comparisons to last year’s Super Bowl run.
“We accept all challenges as Giants,” Rolle said. “We made it hard for ourselves, we made our own bed, and now we’ve got to go lie in it.”
He added: “A lot of talk is, ‘Well, the Giants have done it before , this is what they’re known for.’ Let me tell you, every year presents a different challenge. Every year, the team is going to be a different team. There is no crystal ball. There is no saying that things will happen the same way they did last year. We’ve got to go out there, we’ve got to make it happen.”
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With their 34-0 loss in Atlanta, the Giants dropped to 8-6 on the season and share the same record with Washington and Dallas, who both won on Sunday.
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:
NFL.COM POWER POLL
Comments: 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. 8 Redskins (previously 11), No. 11 Cowboys (14), No. 28 Eagles (27)
Comments: “They can win the next two and still get into the playoffs. But that game at Atlanta sure was eye opening.” – Pete Prisco
NFC East: No. 9 Redskins (15), No. 14 Cowboys (12), No. 29 Eagles (28)
Comments: “2-4 stretch still better than 1-5 run that preceded Week 16 of 2011 season.”
NFC East: No. 8 Redskins (12), No. 9 Cowboys (15), No. 28 Eagles (28)
Comments: “The Giants were shut out this weekend and are still averaging 31 points per game over the last two.” – Brian Billick
NFC East: No. 8 Redskins (11), No. 13 Cowboys (13), No. 27 Eagles (26)
Comments: “They have squandered their lead and are in danger of missing the playoffs. Something’s just not there that was there before.” – Dan Graziano
NFC East: No. 8 Redskins (12), No. 10 Cowboys (13), No. 29 Eagles (27)
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In this edition, Giants.com takes a look at the top 10 leaders in total touchdowns in franchise history:
1) Frank Gifford (1952-64) – 78 TDs (34 rush, 43 rec, 1 ret)
2) Tiki Barber (1997-06) – 68 TDs (55 rush, 12 rec, 1 ret)
3) Joe Morrison (1959-72) – 65 TDs (18 rush, 47 rec)
4) Brandon Jacobs (2005-11) – 60 TDs (56 rush, 4 rec)
5) Amani Toomer (1996-2008) – 58 TDs (1 rush, 54 rec, 3 ret)
6) Alex Webster (1955-64) – 56 TDs (39 rush, 17 rec)
7) Kyle Rote (1951-61) – 52 TDs (4 rush, 48 rec)
8) Rodney Hampton (1990-97) – 51 TDs (49 rush, 2 rec)
9) Joe Morris (1982-88) – 50 TDs (48 rush, 2 rec)
10) Ron Johnson (1970-75) – 48 TDs (33 rush, 15 rec)
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With two games left in the regular season, here is a look at the NFC playoff scenarios for Week 16:
NEW YORK GIANTS (at Baltimore)
New York clinches a playoff spot with:
1) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss + WAS loss or tie OR
2) NYG win + CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss + DAL tie
ATLANTA FALCONS (at Detroit)
Atlanta clinches a first-round bye with:
1) ATL win or tie OR
2) GB loss or tie OR
3) SF loss
Atlanta clinches home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
1) ATL win OR
2) ATL tie + SF loss or tie OR
3) GB loss or tie + SF loss
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (at Seattle)
San Francisco clinches NFC West division with:
1) SF win or tie
San Francisco clinches a first-round bye with:
1) SF win + GB loss or tie OR
2) SF tie + GB loss
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (at Philadelphia)
Washington clinches a playoff spot with:
1) WAS win + NYG loss + CHI loss + MIN loss
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (vs. San Francisco)
Seattle clinches a playoff spot with:
1) SEA win OR
2) SEA tie + NYG loss + CHI loss or tie OR
3) SEA tie + NYG loss + MIN loss or tie OR
4) SEA tie + CHI loss or tie + MIN loss or tie OR
5) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + CHI loss or tie OR
6) SEA tie + DAL loss + WAS loss + MIN loss or tie OR
7) CHI loss + MIN loss + WAS loss OR
8) CHI loss + MIN loss + DAL loss or tie + WAS tie
For the AFC postseason outlook, CLICK HERE.
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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.
Fantasy Week 16 Grades/Waiver Adds
Jonathan Dwyer: 22 yards, TD
Dwyer didn’t have the stellar performance we were all hoping for, but he did score a touchdown. In a must win game for the Steelers against the rival Bengals, Dwyer could have a big impact on whether or not they will advance to the playoffs this season.
Lions defense: 38 points allowed, Interception, sack
The Lions defense was pretty atrocious to say the very least, but it didn’t totally kill your chances of winning this week with one turnover and a sack. However, they didn’t help you win.
Danario Alexander: 0 yards
Alexander put up zeros in every category last week. After looking like he was going to be one of the top wideouts in fantasy for playoffs, he laid a giant goose egg in the most important matchup for fantasy leagues to date this season. Though you can never make up for a miserable performance like that, you can try and learn from it.
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15:00 — Giants begin final quarter with the ball on their own 25.
14:25 — Giants challenge the fumble ruling on a punt return, and the play was upheld. Giants are charged with their third and final timeout.
4:57 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Jones catches three-yard fade from Ryan in the back right corner of the end zone. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 34, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 13 plays, 69 yards in 9:14)
4:18 — Lumpkin has the ball punched out from behind for the Giants’ third turnover of the day.
FINAL: FALCONS 34, GIANTS 0
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