Giants work out Terrelle Pryor

The Giants are hosting a lot of players for their bye-week workouts, one of them being QB Terrelle Pryor, according to reporter Rand Getlin (Oct. 21).

Getlin notes that Pryor worked out as a quarterback.

Pryor played 11 games (nine starts) for the Raiders in 2013, throwing for 1,798 yards with seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was traded to the Seahawks in the offseason and released before the season began.

The Giants also worked out running backs Felix Jones and Alex Green.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Two reasons why the Giants would work out a QB at this time. One, they’re looking for an extra dimension to their offense, something they could use right now, and two, maybe they feel the OL isn’t going to hold up and they need someone who can avoid the rush.

The Giants will be playing some rough customers going forward and inserting a player like Pryor in a few downs a game will save Eli Manning some wear and tear as well as help tire out defenses. They’re not going to the Super Bowl this year as is, so I see no harm in having Pryor (if healthy) handling the ball a few times a game. Let’s have some fun.

As for Jones and Green, you never know what you’re going to get with these midseason free agent pickups. Both were high draft picks that washed out early on in their careers. Keep in mind, they got Brandon Jacobs off his couch last year when they were in a pinch and he worked out pretty well.

What it does tell us is that Rashad Jennings may not be ready for the Week 9 game vs the Colts.

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Giants Week 7 defensive report card, presented by Long Island University

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Although, they were tied at the half and looking as if they were going to make a game of it, the Giants fell apart on defense for the second week in row.

The Cowboys big three of QB Tony Romo, RB DeMarco Murray and WR Dez Bryant are difficult to stop and practically impossible to completely contain. The Giants hung in for as long as they could, but they simply don’t have the speed or depth on defense to go to-to-toe with Dallas. Right now, few teams do.

Long Island UniversityOverall grade: C

DL:  Cullen Jenkins left the game after 11 plays after injuring his calf. The DL rotation was upset with Jon Hankins and Mike Patterson playing additional snaps. Hankins had another strong game as did DE Jason Pierre-Paul (six tackles, two sacks), who palyed 60 of 62 snaps and took advantage  of Pro Bowler Tyron Smith (ankle). But…they could not stuff Murray as planned. He ran through and around the line with regularity, even after turning his ankle. They got some pressure on Romo, but in the end, it was not enough. Romo was able extend plays and find open receivers.

Grade: C 

LBs: With MLB Jon Beason (foot/toe) departing after just 17 plays, the unit had to shuffle up again. Jameel McClain slid into Beason’s spot and rookie Devon Kennard took over at SAM. Jacquian Williams played all 62 defensive snaps and had seven tackles (six solo). The unit was in reaction mode most of the day trying to contain Murray, who got loose a few times. Overall, an average performance.

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Giants at the bye: Tough schedule, injuries and what to expect

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants will be off until next Monday, when they begin preparations for their next game, another nationally-televised affair vs. the Colts on Monday, Nov 3 at MetLife Stadium. They will be taking full advantage of a much-needed, 15-day respite after an uneven first two months of the season.

Where they’ve been…

USATSI_8074935_110579513_lowresThe Giants began the regular season with a thud, losing the opener to the Lions in Detroit and following that up by laying an egg at home vs Arizona. They then embarked on a three-game winning streak, beating Houston, Washington and Atlanta before flatlining in Philadelphia and crumbling in Dallas.

For a team that was forecast to win 6-8 games this season, they are right on schedule at 3-4. They are a mediocre team performing in step to their expectations.

A new offense, implemented in the offseason, has been met with mixed results. They are ranked 23rd overall (15th rushing, 23rd passing), have struggled at times and were shut out by the Eagles in embarrassing fashion.

The defense was retooled and restocked during the offseason, but thus far the results have been pretty much the same. They are currently ranked 25th overall (21st rushing, 24th passing) and have looked unimpressive, to say the least, in September and October.

Injuries have played a role in the team’s stagnation. RB David Wilson was forced to retire due to a spinal condition. Geoff Schwartz, signed in the offseason to anchor the middle of the offensive line, has not played a down. He is on recallable-IR with a toe injury. And, of course the most devastating blow, the torn patellar tendon suffered by star WR Victor Cruz, ending his season.

In addition, the club’s first round selection in last April’s NFL Draft, WR Odell Beckham, Jr., missed the first four games of the season with a hamstring. Another WR, Jerrel Jernigan, in his “make-or-break” season, was lost for the year with a foot injury.

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GEICO SportsNite: Big Blue Bye

Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning, and Jason Pierre-Paul discuss the team’s attitude going forward, as they enter the bye week on a two game losing streak.

Beason to see doctor again

Linebacker Jon Beason will likely see a doctor for his foot/toe injury again, Tom Coughlin said on Monday.

Beason returned to the starting lineup on Sunday, but was removed during the game as the injury flared up.

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.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Not to say I told you so, but I told you so. Whenever a non-lineman has an injury to the foot and/or toe, you’re looking at a lost season. It takes a year off or so to let things mend. Beason came back on schedule but perhaps took on too much, too fast. He’s re-injured the affected area twice now in the span of a month. I don’t see him playing a major role for the remainder of the season.

Beason, who is in the first year of a new three-year, $16.8 million contract, is scheduled to see orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. Anderson is a team physician of Beason’s former team, the Carolina Panthers, specializing in foot and ankle injuries.

Beason suffered a torn ligament and fractured sesamoid bone in his right foot at minicamp in June and it was determined that surgery was not needed. Beason went through the 12-week rehab and maybe the decision to bypass the procedure was not the right one. He’s pretty much right where he was a few months ago.

Jenkins out for a while

Cullen Jenkins injured his calf during Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. He will miss a couple of weeks due to the injury.

Jenkins right foot is in a boot and he is on crutches at the Giants’ facility on Monday (Tasch, Oct. 20).

Jenkins, in seven starts this year, had 10 tackles and one pass defended.

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Jenkins’ injury suggests Achilles if he’s in a walking boot although calf strains are treated similarly. It could just be a precaution. The 33 year-old veteran DT has been a staple in the middle of the Giants’ line since arriving via free agency in March of 2013.

If Jenkins will be out for any significant amount of time, the Giants will likely get third-round draft pick Jay Bromley into the rotation. The other three DTs, Jon Hankins, Mike Patterson and Markus Kuhn all played extra reps in Jenkins’ absence yesterday.