Giants waive Herman

Injuries have Quinn down to last options on special teams

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Tom Quinn’s tenure here as the Giants’ special teams coordinator has been like a Baja jeep run: Never dull, up one minute and down the next with a lot of jolts and thrills, with some complete wipeouts thrown in. Through it all, however, he’s been able to keep his job, his composure and his focus.

This year, Quinn had a slew of new talent and options in house, practically securing a big season for his units. The Giants were poised to have an explosive return game. Trindon Holliday was signed to return punts. The team’s top draft pick, Odell Beckham, Jr., was in line to challenge him. Quintin Demps, a very accomplished KR, was brought in to be paired with David Wilson, who was coming back from neck surgery, to return kickoffs.

John Brown beat out upstart Brandon McManus for the PK job. P Steve Weatherford and LS Zak DeOssie were coming back in better shape than ever. Zack Bowman, Jayron Hosley, Jerrel Jernigan, Marcus Harris, Cooper Taylor and Will Hill were all scheduled to make major contributions as gunners, returners and blockers.

Here we are in Week Three of the regular season and the grand plan has eroded. Holliday was waived/injured after battling a hamstring all summer. Beckham (hamstring) has yet to practice with the team. Wilson (neck) is gone for good and Demps has had ball security issues. Will Hill was released after another failed drug test. Hosley is still on suspension. Jernigan, Taylor and Harris are all on season-ending IR.

Weatherford has been punting on one leg after getting run into in the Week 1 loss to Detroit, stretching ligaments in his left ankle.

Last week vs Arizona, Bowman had the Cards’ PR, Ted Ginn, Jr., pinned deep only to bounce off him, allowing Ginn to streak 71-yards for s score.

Quinn has been stripped of a lot of talent once again this season. He can only work with the players the team chooses to dress each week, and the pickings have been slim. He spoke to the media on Thursday…

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Injury Report: Beason, Beckham, Kennard out Sunday

Jon Beason (foot, ankle) will not play against the Texans on Sunday.

Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) and Devon Kennard (hamstring) also will not play.

Steve Weatherford (ankle), James Brewer (back) and Charles Brown (shoulder) are questionable.

Markus Kuhn (ankle) is probable to play.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The decision to sit Beason was basically made for them when he called from the doctor’s office in North Carolina this morning.

“He (Beason) called and he was at the doctor’s,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “Our medical people, after listening to the conversation, just figured that this wouldn’t be a week to put him out there.”

There is no set timetable for Beason’s return, although Coughlin hinted the decision would be week-to-week.

“Timetables, I don’t know,” the coah revealed. “I haven’t had any conversation with… I think it will be, here’s a guy that’s tough and gritty and he’ll go out there as soon as he can…let’s just put him out of this game and then we’ll see where we are.”

Beckham is being held again and it probably looks like he’ll miss at least the first four games. He hasn’t practiced at all for the team and there’ mo way he walks on the field with just one week of practice.

No update on Kennard, who the Giants could use right now with Beason out. Coughlin did not commit to who would play MLB this Sunday, nor who would wear the defensive headset and call the signals.

Coughlin believes RB Williams will break out

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

When the Giants selected Boston College RB Andre Williams in the fourth round of last April’s NFL Draft, the rumblings were that they got themselves a steal. Williams led the NCAA in rushing in 2013 and was named the nation’s top back, winning the Doak Walker Award, and never should have slipped in the daft as far as he did.

USATSI_8093884_110579513_lowresIn preseason, Williams averaged 5.1 yards per carry (38 rushes for 195 yards) and scored twice validating those rumblings. The Giants, indeed, may have hit paydirt with Williams.

But so far in the regular season (I know, it’s only two games), Williams has not looked like that powerful back that could break off a big run at any time. He’s been hesitant and is not exhibiting the same explosiveness. He has just 13 carries for 21 yards (1.6 YPC) and two receptions for seen yards.

Head coach Tom Coughlin addressed Williams’ slow start (which could be attributed to the Giants’ offensive overall struggles) with the media on Thursday.

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Friday Notes: JPP will take on Watt if needed

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants will be back out on the field this morning in preparation for their crucial game this Sunday at MetLife vs the 2-0 Houston Texans.

The Texans have been averaging 40 running plays per game and their feature back, Arian Foster, is second in the NFL in rushing.

JPPGiants DE Jason Pierre-Paul was asked what concerns him about the Texans’ offense.

“Nothing,” JPP told reporters yesterday. “I feel like we should be able to handle their offense. Nothing concerns me.”

Last week, the Texans lined up their All-Pro defensive lineman, J.J. Watt, at TE resulting in Watt caching a TD pass.

“I will guard him,” JPP said when asked what he would if that scenario arose. “Just kidding. We will be alright. We are ready for the unexpected. That is how you prepare for a football game.”

The Giants have yet to force a turnover this season, and JPP knows how important winning the give/take battle each week is to team success.

“We need turnovers,” he said. “Turnovers win games, especially when you are on defense. We have to get turnovers, no matter what. We have to play and if [the opposing team] has the ball, we have to strip the ball and try to get fumbles. Whatever way we can get it, interceptions.”

The Giants may be without MLB Jon Beason, who re-injured his toe last week vs the Cardinals. He has not officially been ruled out for Sunday, but it has been recommended that he not play until he gets full medical clearance from specialists in North Carolina today.

Head coach Tom Coughlin reiterated there was “no new injury” for Beason and continued to admire his commitment and dedication.

“He’s here all day long. He’s one of those,” Coughlin said. “He’s in all the meetings, he doesn’t miss a thing.”

Not practicing Thursday along with Beason Thursday were WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) and LB Devon Kennard (hamstring), who will miss this week’s game as well.

T James Brewer (back), T Charles Brown (shoulder) and P Steve Weatherford (left ankle) were limited and in a bit of good news, DT Markus Kuhn (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day.

Video: McAdoo speaks; Giants’ D vs Texans’ O

Some Giants-related coverage from Thursday’s programming…

GEICO SportsNite: Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo talks about turnovers hurting the offense and how close they are to righting the ship.

LoudMouths: Adam Schein and Chris Carlin on the upcoming game between the Giants and Texans, discussing if New York’s defense can stop Houston.

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