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Giants reporter Ralph Vacchiano discusses Jon Beason’s decision to have season-ending injury and Jerry Reese’s mid-season press conference.

GM Jerry Reese was mandated to address the trenches in the offseason by John Mara.

Reese: Not where we want to be

“At 3-4, we’re not where we want to be,” GM Jerry Reese said to open his press conference on Monday.

The GM spoke to media and expressed confidence in his team and the possibility of making the playoffs.

“It’s kind of a nine-game season for us now,” he said. “We can get back in the race. It’s not over.”

The Cowboys play Washington on Monday night and lead the division at 6-1. Philadelphia is 5-2, the Giants 3-4 and Washington is 2-5 heading into their Monday night matchup.

“It’s time for us to gel and play like a good football team,” Reese said, while dismissing injuries as a reason for up and down start to the season.

Reese said the team has enough talent, especially in Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul, but said both players could be playing better. The GM also said that Manning needs to make more deep passes down the field and the offense needs to take more chances with the ball. So far, Manning has completed 64.9 percent of his passes and has thrown one interception over his last five games.

“I think sometimes we’re too cautious offensively. We need to be more aggressive. You need to score points in this league to win,” Reese said.

The team has scored 154 points, third-best in the NFC East.

“By end of the season I believe it will be a close race in our division, with two to three teams battling,” Reese said. “I believe we’ll be one of them.”

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Reese is in a different spot than his Jets counterpart is right now. He’s got his coach, his QB and his vision in place. But he’s also looking at another season with a losing record unless his club can go 5-4 the rest of the way.  Not totally undoable but things will have to break in their favor.

He is optimistic the Giants can hang tough, and he’s probably right. The team has been largely competitive in the Tom Coughlin / Eli Manning era. Last year’s seven-win season was the first losing one in nearly a decade.

It is an uphill battle, however. The schedule is against them. Injuries have cut deep into the roster and backups and rookies must now step up and perform. Plus, two of their four losses are to Philadelphia and Dallas, the two teams they need to surpass.

Philadelphia has looked vulnerable, but the fact remains they are 5-2 and halfway to ten wins, a place the Giants probably wont get to. Dallas is 6-1 and headed for the playoffs unless their defense collapses again. But by that time, they could have nine or ten wins under their belt.

Like I’ve been saying, this season is about building. They had a pretty solid draft and a fruitful free agent signing class. They need to continue to get their youngsters some playing time and then go back to the table again next spring to bring in more talent.


Beason to have surgery, out for the year

Jon Beason will go forward with surgery on his toe. He will miss the remainder of the season.

The linebacker injured his foot in the offseason and has been working to come back from it all year. He’s been able to play sparingly, starting the first two games of the season, missing three weeks and playing again Philadelphia and Dallas before going down again. Beason did not record a tackle against Dallas.

Beason signed a three-year contract worth $16.8 million this offseason, with $6-7 million guaranteed, in the offseason.

Beason will join a league-leading ten players on injured reserve.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

They knew they were taking a risk by signing Beason and it looks like they’ve lost, so far. I have extolled Beason for his play and his professionalism, but no one can overcome the type of injury he sustained and try to play at a high level right away. In fact, they usually re-injure themselves, which is the case here.

Is there a silver lining here? Well, yes. The team still has a nice group of LBs aside from Beason. Jameel McClain, Jacquian Williams and Devon Kennard will be the starters, just as they were in preseason. Williams leads the team in tackles while McClain will continue to display what he learned at the shoulder of Ray Lewis. Kennard is over the hamstring that caused him to miss time and we look forward to seeing him getting the reps for the remainder of the year.

Giants reporter Ralph Vacchiano discusses Jon Beason’s decision to have season-ending injury and Jerry Reese’s mid-season press conference.

Giants begin second half of uneven season

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants will reassemble at QDTC this morning as they prepare for the second half of their season. They will practice this morning, followed by comments from players, head coach Tom Coughlin and yes, GM Jerry Reese.

Over the break, the Giants entertained a slew of free agents in hopes of finding some live bodies to supplement their diminishing roster. They found no one worthy at the moment.

According to the Giants they have 12 players on the IR lists, the second most in the league behind the Colts, who will be here next Monday night.

Ten players are on season-ending IR: WR Victor Cruz, CB Walter Thurmond III, CB Trumaine McBride, OL Rogers Gaines, WR Marcus Harris, CB Travis Howard, WR Jerrel Jernigan, OT Troy Kropog, S Cooper Taylor and RB David Wilson

OL Geoff Schwartz on IR/Designated for Return. CB Bennett Jackson is on Practice Squad/Injured.

LB Jon Beason will likely be placed on IR this week if he opts for surgery on his ailing foot.

The Giants are heading into the killer part of the schedule, with a gauntlet of games that no team would envy. After hosting the Colts, the Giants travel to Seattle then come home to host the 49ers and Cowboys. At 3-4, they need to split these games to have any chance to make a playoff run.

Players to watch going forward: WRs Odell Beckham, Jr. and Rueben Randle; OL Weston Richburg; DE Damontre Moore; TE Larry Donnell; LB Devon Kennard; DT Jon Hankins and RB Andre Williams.

The development of these players will determine whether the Giants have a core to build on. JPP, Stevie Brown, Antrel Rolle and Jacquian Williams are all in the final years of their contracts and will be on display the final nine games.

Talking Giants defense at the bye

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

In a nutshell: MLB Jon Beason will likely opt to have surgery on his ailing foot and miss the rest of the season. The front seven has to step up and do a better job now that the secondary has taken on some losses due to injuries.

Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) in the game at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat New York 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) in the game at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat New York 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

After a 7-9 campaign last year, many felt the Giants needed a change at defensive coordinator in the offseason. It didn’t happen and Perry Fewell and his flawed philosophy was allowed to continue forward.

The results have been much the same, even with all of the changes they made personnel-wise. Injuries have certainly restricted whatever plans Fewell and his coaches were going to try to implement.

The defensive line played the run well last season, but have been inconsistent thus far. Their level of play has dropped, even with JPP and Jon Hankins playing well in run situations. Back-to-back games vs last year’s rushing champ, LeSean McCoy, and this year’s juggernaut, DeMarco Murray, did not help and have skewed the stats in the wrong direction.

Fewell’s system is built around a strong pass rush. So, why aren’t they getting their best pass rushers on the field more often? JPP needs to be rotated around so that teams can’t gameplan for him. By shuffling him around, they can also get him into mismatches in his favor. It’s not written in stone that he has to play DE every down.

The Giants have two pass rushers that they have to give more playing time to: Damontre Moore and Robert Ayers, Jr. Both players have more upside than Mathias Kiwanuka and the Giants would serve themselves well if they allowed them to show it. Unfortunately, teams know they can make yards on the ground vs. the Giants and the shortage of passing situations has kept them both on the bench.

DL coach Robert Nunn: “The last two games we have not created a lot of pass rush situations, so his numbers have been limited. Damontré needs to continue to improve and continue to stay focused on what we are doing on first and second down. He can do it. He is a lighter body, not ideal, but he can play it. He has to stay focused and continue to improve in that area and he will get more at-bats. He is going to get more opportunities on third down and so he just has to keep coming along and improve on first and second down. If he does that, then he is going to get those opportunities in pass rush situations.”

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Talking Giants offense at the bye

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

At the beginning of the season, the Giants offense was a punch line for every talking head, pundit and blogger covering sports. Since then, they’ve turned things around, showing some prowess to attack defenses, but have hurt themselves at other times with turnovers, penalties and poor execution.

NFL: Houston Texans at New York GiantsQB Eli Manning is “good” Eli again, having cut down on sloppy mistakes while increasing his accuracy.

QB coach Danny Langsdorf: ” I think he is playing at high level and I think improved footwork has really helped out. He is obviously worked hard at that part of it, and that is a little bit different than what he was used to with the other system. We teach it a little bit differently. I think that is probably the biggest area in how fast he has been playing is his footwork.”

The offense will miss WR Victor Cruz (knee) but benefit from the return of LG Geoff Schwartz and RB Rashad Jennings.

Schwartz will assume the LG position the Giants signed him to play. Rookie Weston Richburg may be slid over to center where he is a bigger, more physical presence than JD Walton. This should immediately upgrade the middle of the line stabilize things. Schwartz is a top run-blocker and the Giants will likely regain their balance, but it’s Richburg that will be the key.

OL Pat Flaherty: “He (Richburg) is learning every day. It really is a play by play with a young player, particularly a rookie. He has the proper demeanor that we look for in a New York Giant offensive lineman. I expect him to get better each and every day.”

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