Giants’ first cuts won’t be too deep

Some pre-cut notes….The Giants have 88 players on the active roster and one of those is LT Will Beatty (pec) who is on preseason PUP list and will be moved to regular season PUP this week. Whether that will be done in this round of cuts or on Saturday is still unknown. He will miss a minimum of six regular season games.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul is not on the roster at this time because he has not signed his franchise tender. Whether or not he is ready to play, it is likely he will be placed on NFI (non-football injury list) when he signs, therefore missing the first six games of the season.

Decisions still have to be made on CB Chykie Brown (knee), S Nat Berhe (calf) and DB Bennett Jackson (knee). Only one can be placed on short-term IR. I doubt they’d burn that on Brown and Jackson and Berhe are projected to be out for the entire season.

In short, the Giants will have about 8-9 actual cuts to make by Tuesday. – Fennelly

Giants face short week with long to-do list

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The preseason comes to a close this week for NFL teams with a slate of games Thursday, but first they must pare their rosters down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon.

The Giants will practice Monday and Tuesday and then travel to New England for their final preseason game vs the Patriots Thursday night.

Head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on his conference call Sunday that he did not know if WR Victor Cruz (calf) would practice this week, meaning Cruz will not have played a down in a preseason game this summer. Cruz had been in the midst of a comeback from knee surgery, and will now make his return in the regular season, quite possibly against Dallas in Week One.

“Not as far as I know. I have not been told that,” Coughlin said when asked if Cruz will practice this week. “Progress… yes but he has not definitely been given the green light.”

Other injured players were in question, too. DE Robert Ayers, Jr. injured his ankle/Achilles, rookie OL Bobby Hart has a knee and reserve DB Josh Gordy a hip. Coughlin had no real updates on any of the them.

“You know what—I don’t know a whole lot more,” the coach said. “They were all sent out to get MRIs and that type of thing this afternoon. I’m not sure what the… I haven’t heard anything back. Let me put it that way at this point in time.”

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MMQB on the Giants’ performance against the Jets

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

SI’s Peter King, author of the league-renknowned MMQB column, gave his assessment of the Giants’ 28-18 loss to the Jets in this week’s edition.

The good…

MMQB: Why’d the Giants sign Shane Vereen? Perfect example: On a third-and-three in the middle of the second quarter, with the Giants struggling to get anything going on offense, Vereen wheeled out of the backfield to the left, caught a flip from Eli Manning, and slithered for 19 …

Aug 29, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

That is exactly what Vereen gives the Giants – a viable third-down option who can slip through the cracks for big gains. He is a first-down machine the Giants will be able to rely on this season. The defense will be concentrating on the Giants’ WRs, so there will be plenty of room for Vereen to operate this season.

MMQB:  Henry Hynoski, classic fullback, waylaid a very good linebacker, David Harris, on the Giants’ first-half touchdown run …

No question, Hyno is a fine fullback and he is getting better. What remains to be seen is if he will get a chance to handle the football more this season. He is getting pushed this summer at camp by Nikita Whitlock, which is another reason why his play has been elevated.

MMQB: Darrelle Revis-Odell Beckham Jr. was fun to watch for 20 or so snaps. It’ll be more fun when they meet for real Dec. 6.

Whenever you get two players of this caliber facing off, it’s always going to be appointment TV. Revis is still in his prime, but OBJ is still ascending. As great as he was last year, we could actually be seeing just the tip of the iceberg with him.

The bad…

MMQB: A superb night for the Jets’ offensive line, while so many offensive fronts struggled this weekend. The line kept Fitzpatrick clean (zero sacks) while clearing the way for the runners to gain 4.5 yards per carry …

The Giants only had one sack the whole game, and that was on a safety blitz by Cooper Taylor. In fact, they only had three tackles for a loss. The ones were pushed around pretty good by the Jets’ starters. Not a good sign, and with no timetable for MLB Jon Beason’s return, this could become the norm.

The business…

MMQB: Fresno State free agent punter Robert Malone (two punts, 59.5-yard average) has a shot of beating out 32-year-old incumbent Steve Weatherford.

Weatherford has had his bouts with inconsistency over his career, and the Giants are clearly challenging him here with Malone. Weatherford is the ninth-highest paid player on the Giants’ roster with a $3.075M cap hit, so that is another incentive for the Giants to replace him.


NFL cutdown dates and roster deadlines

Here are the important dates football fans need to be aware of this week:

Tuesday, Sept 1 – Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 75 players on the Active List.

Thursday, Sept 3 – Final Preseason Games. The Giants will play the Patriots in Foxborough.

Saturday, Sept 5 –  Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

Sunday, Sept 6 – Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 10 players. No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.

After 4:00 p.m., New York time, a club is permitted to place a player on Reserve/Injured as “Designated for Return.”

Thursday, Sept 10 – At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs. The regular season opens the weekend of Sept 10-14. The Giants open their season on Sunday night the 13th in Dallas. 


Mistakes, inconsistency cost Giants against Jets

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

There’s not much to say about the Giants’ 28-18 loss to the Jets at MetLife Stadium. It was basically an even game statistically, but the Giants made costly mistakes and the Jets made them pay.

Two big plays by the Jets, an interception returned for a TD right before the half and a punt return for a TD in the third quater, were the difference.

“Not real complicated, we had six penalties in the first half. We kind of broke our play up, I thought,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “You know, we had an interception for a touchdown. We had a punt return for a touchdown. We were backed up and punted from the one after a sack. We couldn’t run the ball with any consistency. I thought they ran the ball well, not just in the second half, but they did basically with it what they happened to do there. So I mean, as I said, you give two scores away like that and it’s going to be most difficult to win in this league any time.”

croTDOutside of the 14 play, 89-yard TD drive that ate up eight minutes in the second quarter, the Giants lacked the consistency and the cohesion the coaches want to see come the third week of the preseason.

“Oh, I liked the drive,” Coughlin said. “I thought the drive was outstanding. I thought there were big plays made. There was consistency in terms of picking up first downs when we had to and we had a couple of penalties, but that was a good drive, a good football drive and it really was encouraging for me. I thought we would come right back out, but this one was the two-minute drill. You know we had the ball twice in the two-minute. I thought for sure that this was a great opportunity for us, not only to work on the two-minute, but to be in a game situation while we’re doing it. So I was disappointed.”

The Giants actually outgained the Jets, had more first downs and offensive plays but were not able to sustain drives outside the long one in the first half.

“Other than the fact we converted some first downs, there weren’t a lot of long chunks,” Coughlin said. “We converted some first downs and kept the play alive. We executed well. We came back in the two-minute and didn’t.”

The defense was not porous, but did not function that well, either. After the Giants scored on that long drive, they allowed the Jets to charge right back with a 73-yard scoring drive of their own.

The pass rush was non-existent, partly due to the fact that DE Robert Ayers (ankle) was scratched. The Giants only sack came on a safety blitz by Cooper Taylor.

“I really don’t know,” Coughlin said when asked what happened to Ayers. “He’s out there pregame and all of a sudden he’s on the ground and complaining about his ankle and his Achilles and whatever. That was two minutes before we came into the locker rooms prior to going out and starting.”


Damontre Moore started at RDE for Ayers. Cullen Jenkins started at LDE. With Weston Richburg resting his sore knee, Dallas Reynolds started at center. John Jerry was the starting RG again.

WR Rueben Randle, who has missed the past two weeks with tendinitis in his knees, started and caught one pass for sevenyards.

CB Prince Amukamara played for the first time since tearing his biceps last Nov. 3 vs. Indianapolis. Amukamara, who missed the first two exhibitions with a groin injury, played the entire first half, as did all of the starters.

The Giants’ leading rusher was backup QB Ryan Nassib, who gained 30 yards on three carries, including a 16-yarder.

Nassib passed well and played the entire second half, completing 11 of 18 passes for 122 yards, including a 6-yard TD in the fourth quarter to TE Jerome Cunningham.

Rookie Landon Collins started at free safety after missing one game with a knee injury sustained in the preseason opener at Cincinnati. Veteran free agent Jeromy Miles started at SS.

LB Uani Unga led the Giants defense with eight combined tackles.

Rookie OL Bobby Hart (ankle) and CB Josh Gordy (hip) left the game with injuries.


GameDay: Jets at Giants 7:00pm

The Giants host their co-tenants, the Jets, in the annual Snoopy Bowl at MetLife Stadium. It is the 47th consecutive preseason meeting between the clubs.

This week’s game is the fifth annual MetLife Bowl. The Jets won the inaugural game, 17-3, in 2011. The MetLife Bowl refers to the annual preseason game between the co-owners of MetLife Stadium, with both teams battling for the Snoopy Trophy. Snoopy is the brand icon for MetLife, the New York City-based insurance company.

Kickoff: 7:00pm Eastern
TV: WNBC 4 NY Bob Papa, Carl Banks, Howard Cross, Bruce Beck
Radio: WCBS 880AM Chris Carrino, David Diehl, Paul Dottino
Referee: John Parry
The Series: The Jets lead, 24-21-1, with the tie coming in 1972. The Giants won their 2014 meeting, 35-24.

What’s new…The Jets changed head coaches this past season, firing Rex Ryan and hiring Todd Bowles, an award-winning, well traveled NFL assistant….This will be Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr’s first square-off against the Jets. Awaiting to confront him will be returning CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie….

Old faces, new places…Giants DT Kenrick Ellis was drafted by the Jets in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft and played four seasons with the team, appearing in 47 games with 5 starts…Jets OL James Brewer played with the Giants from 2011-2014 and was drafted by the team in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Brewer appeared in 26 games for the Giants with 8 starts…

Who’s not playing tonite for the Giants vs. the Jets:

CB Chykie Brown, Safety Bennett Jackson, Safety Nat Berhe, CB Chandler Fenner, LB Jon Beason, LB Jonathan Casillas, Tackle Will Beatty, OL Weston Richburg, Guard Brandon Mosley, WR Victor Cruz, DE George Selvie and LB Mark Herzlich

Aug 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back runs past New York Giants safety Stevie Brown (27) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Stevie Brown, cut by Texans, could reunite with safety-starved Giants

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Safety Stevie Brown, who played for the Giants in 2012 and 2014, could pique the interest of his safety-starved ex-club.

From Rotoworld:

Brown opened camp as the favorite to start opposite Rahim Moore, but the Texans saw more upside in keeping Quintin Demps. Andre Hal will continue to start in base packages. Brown had just $40,000 of his veteran-minimum deal guaranteed. The safety-needy Giants should have interest in bringing back Brown.

Agree. Brown is only 28 and knows the terrain here, even though the Giants have switched defensive coordinators since he was last with the club. Dan Graziano of thinks pursuing Brown makes sense:

When you hear that Brown wanted to pursue opportunities elsewhere, it’s completely safe to assume he’s well aware of the Giants’ issues at safety. Brown didn’t want to leave the Giants and is surely in touch with former teammates and other members of the organization. He’s undoubtedly aware of the injuries to Bennett Jackson, Nat Berhe, Justin Currie and Mykkele Thompson and the fact that the likely starters in Saturday’s preseason game — Brandon Meriweather and Landon Collins — are both strong safeties. As the Giants’ deep safety in 2012, Brown collected eight interceptions.

I also think it wouldn’t hurt for the Giants to kick the tires on Brown. But that all depends on what condition he’s in. If he got beat out by Qunitin Demps, another former Giant, Brown’s game may have deteriorated to the point where he’s just a backup at this point of his career.