The Giants have signed LB Terrell Manning off the Bengals practice squad.
Manning has a fifth-round pick in the 2012 Draft and was with the Giants during OTAs and training camp before being cut at the end of August.
He’s played in nine NFL games and has recorded one tackle.
John Fennelly, Lead WriterOverview:
After last season, CEO John Mara said the team wasn’t quite ready to be blown up. They made sweeping changes on offense and decided to augment the defense with upgrades to their back seven. Injuries robbed us from seeing what that defense could have done this year, so it’s unfair to say they didn’t try to make the necessary moves to better the team. That being said, the product on the field right now is not cutting the mustard. They should blow this up.
I understand they play with heart and effort and are probably overachieving even if they are one of the worst defenses statistically in the league. The way the Cowboys whisked through them to score the winning TD in the final minutes was perhaps one of the worst attempts to hold a lead I’ve seen in quite some time.
Overall Grade: D
DL: The Cowboys didn’t light up the stat sheet like some of the Giants most recent opponents, gaining 385 total yards and 119 yards rushing. The defensive line has been trying to hold it together and has basically failed in big spots. They were only on the field 24 minutes, but looked worn out on that final drive. DEs Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore had sacks and Jon Hankins had five tackles. That’s the good news. The bad news is that they applied little pressure on QB Tony Romo, hitting him a total of five times (including the two sacks). Grade: D
LB: Jameel McClain, filling in at MLB for Jon Beason, went down with a knee injury and was replaced by Mark Herzlich. That pretty much tells you where this team is at. No Beason, no Jacquian and no McClain, well, you get the picture. Spencer Paysinger and Devon Kennard actually played fairly well as did Herzlich (six tackles) but not much can be expected from these backups against one of the league’s top offenses. They’re not out there making a difference, they’re just trying to survive. Grade: C
DB: Antrel Rolle always comes to play. I’m sure the others do, too, but they allowed way too many big plays down the field. GM Jerry Reese told us years ago this was a major problem with Perry Fewell’s defense and it still is. A backup receiver named Cole Beasley beat them for two big plays and Dez Bryant continued his mastery over the Giants’ defensive backfield with two more TD catches. Injuries have reduced them to a subpar unit and what’s left isn’t getting it done. Grade: D
With another loss prompting all types of suggestions on how the Giants can win going forward, Giant fans (and just about everyone else, it seems) have turned to the positives from Sunday’s game vs Dallas.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
And by now you all know what that is.
WR Odell Beckham, Jr., the Giants’ top selection in last April’s draft and his practically impossible, one-handed TD catch on national TV on Sunday. It is the culmination of several spectacular plays by Beckham in his seven-game NFL career.
But was it the best catch in NFL history? Or even New York Giants’ history?
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GEICO SportsNite has the latest from the Giants as Coach Tom Coughlin and the Giants discussed the team’s defensive issues in Sunday’s loss.
“It was a very impressive catch. I don’t know if I have quite seen one like it. To truly catch it one-handed where you don’t have to pull it into the body and really just catch it with a couple of fingers.”
-Eli Manning, on Monday, about Odell Beckham Jr.’s amazing catch
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Overview: The Giants scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and led the ball game, 21-10, at the half.
QB Eli Manning was hot (14/16 for 191 yards and 2 TDs) and rookie WR Odell Beckham was putting on a show, reeling in all eight of his targets for 125 yards, including a one-handed TD grab for the ages. But in the second half, they came out flat, like they’ve done so many games this season.
After two three-and-outs, they drove the ball down to the Dallas 18 and were in position to score. Manning had WR Preston Parker in the clear, but threw the pass a tad too high. Parker got a hand on it, deflecting it to Dallas safety Barry Church for an INT. They would only get the ball back three more times, scoring once, but the opportunity to put the game away had already past.
Efficiency-wise, they went 11-16 (69%) on third downs, 0-1 on fourth down and 3-for-4 in the red zone.
Overall Grade: B
QB: Manning had a stellar first half, hitting his targets with precision. He was almost as good in the second. Sans the pass to Parker, and a missed opportunity to a wide open Beckham down the left sideline, he played winning football. The Giants actually passed the ball more in the second half, but with not the same success. Beckham left the game with a back bruise for a stretch and many of the passes were of the short variety to the backs and the tight ends. Grade: A
RB: Only 2.8 YPC on the ground is usually a losing stat, but in the Giants case that wasn’t the smoking gun in this game. They held the football for 35 minutes and sustained drives through short passes. They had 27 first downs to the Cowboys’ 18 and ran 74 plays to Dallas’ 53. The RBs were held in check on the ground, gaining only 89 yards and one TD. Rashad Jennings caught eight passes for 68 yards and Andre Williams had a 12-yard catch. Good, but not quite good enough. Grade: B To read more of this story, click here