TE Daniel Fells has been placed on season-ending IR due to a staph infection in his ankle that requires treatment, the Giants announced (Oct. 5)
Fells, who had been dealing with chronic foot and ankle issues, had surgery on his foot this past week, according to Ian Rapoport (Oct. 5).
Fells played in two games this season, with six catches for 60 yards.
The Giants signed TE Will Tye from the practice squad after Fells did not travel with the team for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. Tye, 23, is a rookie who spent two seasons with Stony Brook, where he recorded 79 catches for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Is it time to make a trade, or sign a free agent? If there ever was a time to bring in a TE from the outside, this is it.
Tye dropped his only target in Sunday’s win in Buffalo. Jerome Cunningham has a knee as continues to be held out and Larry Donnell, although productive Sunday with five receptions, continues to be a liability as a blocker in the run game.
He also is not one to get yards after the catch, usually doing a somersault to avoid contact and losing the football. He has regressed and the Giants have to come to the realization that Donnell might simply plateau as a backup at best.
There’s not much out there, so GM Jerry Reese has to work some magic here.
The Giants evened their record to 2-2 with a 24-10 defeat of the Bills Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The Giants are now 8-1 against the AFC East under Tom Coughlin.
Here’s how the Giants graded out, according to Pro Football Focus.
Eli Manning threw for 212 yards, three touchdowns and an interception (his first of the season), but PFF handed him a -5.4. Manning got rid of the ball quickly — an average of 1.82 seconds per throw — while the league average is 2.1 seconds per throw through the first month of the season.
The offensive line stood tall against the stout Bills defensive front. Justin Pugh led the way with a +3.3 grade as he returned back to guard and finished with the one of the best grades for a guard in the NFL in Week 4. Geoff Schwartz earned a +2.2.
Devon Kennard finished 2014 with a +6.0 grade in six starts and has continued to impress. The linebacker has a +3.5 overall grade through four games and had the career day against Buffalo. Kennard ripped a pass away from tight end Charles Clay and had an interception for a +3.7 grade on the day.
Additionally, Landon Collins finished with a +2.5 and Jon Beason earned a +2.1
The Giants achieved a number of milestones in Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Bills in Buffalo as well as some other firsts. Here’a a quick breakdown of yesterday’s news notes and stats.
The Giants improved to 8-1 in regular-season games vs. AFC East opponents under Tom Coughlin The only loss was to the Patriots in the 2007 season finale, a defeat the Giants avenged five weeks later in Super Bowl XLII.
The victory was the 166th of Coughlin’s career, tying him with Hall of Famer Paul Brown for for 12th in NFL history. (Brown recorded 216 wins including his AAFC career.) Including his 12 postseason victories, Coughlin has 178 in his 20-year career.
Laundry Day: The teams combined for 28 accepted penalties (11 by the Giants, 17 by Buffalo), the highest total in a Giants game since the Giants and Washington combined for 32 penalties (15 by the Giants) on Sept. 21, 2003. The previous high total in Coughlin’s 12-year tenure with the team was 25 penalties vs. Chicago on Nov. 7, 2004 (14 for the Giants).
The Giants and Bills combined for 220 penalty yards, the highest total in the Giants game since Oct. 6, 2013 vs Philadelphia (224, including 136 by the Giants).
Buffalo’s 17 penalties were the highest total by a Giants opponent in the Coughlin era and the most since Washington had 17 on Sept. 21, 2003.
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John Fennelly, Lead Writer
After an 0-2 start, the Giants have rallied to even their record here at the quarter pole of the 2015 season. In the NFC East these days, that’s good enough for a share of first place.
If one were to examine their season to date, they could make a case the Giants could be 4-0. Then there are others that will claim they could be 1-3 or 0-4.
“Win a game, get it started,” coach Tom Coughlin said after the team’s 24-10 win over the Bills. “The process is to work hard during the week, have a great preparation, execute it on the weekend. That never stops. We’re 0-2, fight, keep fighting. That’s what we do. That’s what the thing is all about.”
And fight they have. They have held commanding leads in the fourth quarter in each of their first four games. But with no pass rush to speak of, the defense has gotten tired as the games have worn on and the offense has not been able to drive the football to sufficiently sustain drives and wind down the clock.
Sunday in Buffalo, the Giants were on their way to another collapse. This time, the defense, aided by Bills penalties, help up with two staunch red zone shutouts.
“We’re 2-2 instead of 0-2, so we’ve got some confidence going,” defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins said. “We’re finally starting to see some benefits from the hard work. The first two weeks we were working hard and we were doing good things, but we weren’t able to reap any rewards from it, because we were giving the games away at the end. Now we’re getting wins, so it’s just helping confidence-wise, mentally. It’s showing us the right way to do it and keep improving that way.”
The Giants may continue improving over the next few weeks. In league where there are few, if any, dominant teams, the Giants will line up against a slew of sub-.500 teams they should fare well against: San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, New Orleans and Tampa Bay, before hosting New England in Week 10.
“You feel like you’re back in the mix,” quarterback Eli Manning said.
Giants running back Rashad Jennings discusses Big Blue’s convincing win over the Bills and the ways in which the team can still improve.
The Giants kept Buffalo in check for three quarters and held on to beat Rex Ryan’s Bills, 24-10, Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y.
After the Bills cut the Giants’ lead to 16-10 in the fourth quarter, Rashad Jennings took a flare pass to the left flat from Eli Manning down the sideline for a 51-yard score to give the Giants a two-score lead.
Jennings evaded one tackler then stiff-armed two others for the score, which was followed by Andre Williams’ two-point conversion run with 7:41 to go.
Jennings’ score was the third touchdown pass of the day for Manning, who went 20-for-35 with 211 yards.
The Giants (2-2) seemed poised to put it away when they got to the red zone again before Manning was intercepted by Stephon Gilmore with 3:51 remaining.
Buffalo appeared to score again, but a chop block penalty on guard Richie Incognito wiped out a Bills touchdown. It was the 17th Buffalo penalty of the day and fifth personal foul.
Manning threw two first-half touchdown passes – a 21-yard throw to Dwayne Harris and an 11-yard throw to Rueben Randle – to give the Giants a 16-3 halftime lead.
The Bills also went 0-for-2 on two red-zone chances in the second half, the second when the Giants stopped them on downs.
Odell Beckham Jr. made another spectacular one-handed catch, but it was for naught as he was clearly out-of-bounds. Beckham had five catches for 37 yards.
The Giants host San Francisco next Sunday, Oct. 11, at 8:30 p.m.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Entering this game, finishing was a problem of Giant proportions. We won’t know if it is or isn’t. It could be that the Bills are an undisciplined mess and couldn’t cash in on a Giants’ team that was completely gassed in the fourth quarter.
Not to be a “glass is half-full” guy, but in watching this game, the Giants were on the verge of blowing it. Except this time, they didn’t. The Bills did. Buffalo was about as unclutch a unit as I have ever seen.
Buffalo’s penchant for penalties gave the Giants a wide canvas to work with and some big plays helped the Giants along as well. Rashad Jennings’ 51-yard catch and run for the clinching touchdown was the biggest in his uneven Giants career. He looked like he was running for his job. That’s because he was.
Both teams were pathetic on third down. The Giants went 3-for-15, the Bills, 3-for-16. The Giants made only four first downs on the ground. The Bills had only two. The Giants went 1-for-2 in the red zone while the Bills went 0-for-3.
The Giants’ 11 penalties are troubling, but when your opponent commits 17, they kind of get glossed over.
Glad to put this one in the books, but in no way should anyone come away with the feeling that the Giants have solved their finishing problem.
The following players will be inactive for the Giants this afternoon in Buffalo:
DE Robert Ayers (hamstring)
WR Victor Cruz (calf)
TE Jerome Cunningham (knee)
DT Markus Kuhn (knee)
TE Daniel Fells (ankle)
S Cooper Taylor
LB Jasper Brinkley
LT Ereck Flowers (ankle) is active and starting today.
Other lineup changes:
Rueben Randle for Victor Cruz at WR
Cullen Jenkins for Markus Kuhn at LDT
Kerry Wynn for Jenkins at LDE
George Selvie for Robert Ayers at RDE
WR Marquise Goodwin (ribs), RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring), G John Miller (groin), WR Sammy Watkins (calf), S Aaron Williams (neck) are out for the Bills today.