Accustomed to having fans chant their names, three Giants had their roles reversed on Wednesday night in the Bronx.
David Wilson, Rueben Randle, and Bear Pascoe took in the Yankees game against the Seattle Mariners with the Bleacher Creatures, assisting “Bald” Vinny Milano and the fan group in the “Roll Call” tradition.
“I’ve never witnessed anything like that. One guy screaming and the whole crowd is involved,” Wilson, a Virginia native, told MLB.com. “This was my first time being a part of something like that.”
Before the game, which the Yankees lost 12-2, the Giants trio toured the stadium and watched from the field during pregame warm-ups.
“It was really fun. That was the first time I got to be there at that level and just to see guys getting ready and preparing for the game and getting ready to go out,” Pascoe said.
“It was pretty neat. It was pretty similar to us before a game – we go out and each guy does his own thing and does what he has to do to prepare for the game.”
That included batting practice, where Wilson believed he could hit one out of the park if given some time.
“Give me a little while, a little practice,” he said. “[Give me] about a week.”
Randle, a fellow second-year draft pick, disagreed.
Tags: Bear Pascoe, David Wilson, Rueben Randle
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This week’s game is the 160th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Giants leading the series, 92-63-4. The two teams have met twice in the postseason, with the series tied, 1-1. The Giants won the first game in 2012, at MetLife Stadium in Week 7 by a 27-23 score. The Giants have a 22-32-1 record on Monday Night Football, including a 4-2 record against the Redskins.
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
Weather: Clear. 57°F. Winds light and variable.
New York Lineup Changes
» 72 Osi Umenyiora will start at RE
Washington Lineup Changes
*Keith Rivers gets the start at linebacker. That’s the fourth time of the season for Rivers in seven games played.
14:50 — An early challenge from Mike Shanahan gives the Redskins a first down. Washington challenged where Paulsen went out of bounds.
12:54 — After forcing Washington to punt on the opening drive, Eli Manning hooks up with Bear Pascoe for a first down on the first play. It was Pascoe’s first catch since Week 5 against Cleveland.
10:54 — Coincidentally, Jerrel Jernigan also gets his first catch since that same Browns game, good for nine yards and another first down.
9:40 — Expected to see a larger role, David Wilson gets his first touch — a toss which he turns into a five-yard gain.
6:27 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. Lawrence Tynes makes a 39-yard attempt. NEW YORK 3, WASHINGTON 0 (Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards in 6:32)
4:27 — TOUCHDOWN REDSKINS. Robert Griffin III rushed for 12 yards, fumbles, but is recovered by Josh Morgan, who takes it in for the score. XP is GOOD. WASHINGTON 7, NEW YORK 3
3:14 — Manning unable to hook up with Victor Cruz streaking downfield.
2:28 — Ahmad Bradshaw takes a direct snap for 14 yards. He has 40 yards on 7 carries so far.
Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Bear Pascoe, Chase Blackburn, Chris Snee, David Wilson, Eli Manning, Jerrel Jernigan, Justin Tuck, Keith Rivers, Lawrence Tynes, Victor Cruz, Zak DeOssie
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In this week’s Anatomy of a Play, Giants.com takes a look at Eli Manning’s touchdown pass to Bear Pascoe in the fourth quarter of the Giants’ 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The quotes are from the tight end, who scored his first regular season touchdown on the play.
Down and Distance: 2nd and 6 at PHI 6
Time: 6:49, 4th QTR
Personnel: 2 TE, 2 WR, RB
Situation: Trailing 16-10, two timeouts left
The Play: (Shotgun) Eli Manning pass short middle to Bear Pascoe for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
How it was drawn up: “We were in a bunch formation and it was kind of a switch release between me and Martellus Bennett and kind of all three of us, including Victor Cruz. We were all kind of switching. Marty was going first, I was coming in, Cruz was running an outside route.”
What Pascoe saw lining up: “We thought they were going to play quarters over the front with that box look, but there was the possibility that, like earlier in the game, the Mike linebacker was really flying to the curl, flying to Victor, trying to double him. And so kind of during the week we weren’t really expecting the Mike linebacker to do that. So me and Eli had talked through the week, ‘Hey, if he does fly out of there like that, get your head around quick because I’ll hit you right as you’re passing them.’”
The execution: “I came down with the sense as I started my route I was going to try to get the linebacker’s attention so it would open up Marty over the top or open up Victor. And Eli looked right at me and the ball just flew out of there. As soon as I crossed his path, I tried to get my head around. I knew Eli would see that and the ball would be on the way. I just wanted to make sure I secured the catch and I tripped my way into the end zone.”
The preparation: “We go through that every week – ‘On certain plays, if this happens, this is what we’ll do. If that happens, this is what we’ll do.’ So as soon as the linebacker flew back and I came underneath him, I had my head around looking for it.”
Outcome: Pascoe’s first career regular-season touchdown gave the Giants their first lead of the night, but it wasn’t enough as the Giants fell to the Eagles 19-17. Pascoe’s only other touchdown came last postseason in the NFC Championship against San Francisco and was a similar six-yard catch over the middle.
“It was real similar. I was coming from the other side in San Francisco. Both times I was expecting to get hit. That’s why on this last touchdown, as I caught it, I kind of got low because I was expecting that safety to be coming and laying a hit. He wasn’t there, and I just fell on my face. Hey, I fell on my face in the end zone so it wasn’t too bad.”
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15:00 — Giants begin the fourth quarter on the Eagles’ 10.
*Manning throws an interception in the end zone.
9:29 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Henery makes 35-yard attempt (Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards in 5:24). EAGLES 16, GIANTS 10
8:42 — Ramses Barden catches a 31-yard pass over the from Eli Manning to the Eagles’ 49.
8:01 — Domenik Hixon follows up with a 41-yard catch-and-run
6:49 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning 6-yard pass to Bear Pascoe in the end zone. XP is GOOD (Drive: 5 plays, 83 yards in 2:40). GIANTS 17, EAGLES 16
2:00 — Eagles have the ball on the Giants’ 4 on second down.
1:53 — Osi Umenyiora sacks Michael Vick for a loss of 6 yards, setting up fourth down.
1:52 — FIELD GOAL EAGLES. Henery makes 26-yard attempt (Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards in 4:56). EAGLES 19, GIANTS 17
*Giants begin drive on own 35.
0:15 — Lawrence Tynes misses 54-yard field goal attempt.
FINAL: EAGLES 19, GIANTS 17
Tags: Bear Pascoe, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Ramses Barden
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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
Tags: Bear Pascoe, Domenik Hixon, Hakeem Nicks, Jacquian Williams, Keith Rivers, Steve Weatherford
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