EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.
What did everyone expect?
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.
What did everyone expect?
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Giants quarterback Eli Manning admitted after Thursday's 20-10 loss to the Washington Redskins that playing without much of its starting receiving corps has been difficult.
Since losing Odell Beckhma Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries in Week 5, and with Sterling Shepard missing four of the past six games, Manning has been held to under 225 yards five times, including a season-low 113 yards on Thursday.
"Well we've lost a lot of players," Manning said, according to the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard. "We're missing our three starting receivers for a lot of the season. We've got some new guys in doing some good things, we're missing some linemen, so we're missing some key players on offense, and it's tough to catch up and make up and make some of those plays with the playmakers that we lost."
It doesn't matter who calls the plays. It doesn't matter what the run-pass balance is. It doesn't really even matter how the quarterback plays anymore.
The Giants are simply too undermanned to generate any consistency on offense anymore.
Every once in a while, though, he raises his voice when he feels it's necessary. That's what he did on Sunday. And his teammates responded to what they heard.
"Pregame, he gave a fiery speech that got everybody riled up," running back Orleans Darkwa said on a conference call on Monday, one day after the Giants' 12-9 upset of the Kansas City Chiefs. "To have a guy like that who's been through so much, that's got those two Super Bowl rings, we follow him. We follow his footsteps in everything. So to have him come up there, it shows the weight that he carries on the team."...
Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis made an acrobatic catch despite being interfered with in overtime to help set up Aldrick Rosas' game-winning field goal in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium.
On fourth-and-5 from the Chiefs 36-yard line, Eli Manning fended off a blitz by throwing a deep pass to Lewis down the left sideline. Lewis, whose arm was being held by Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines, slid and reached back for the ball, catching it at the 2-yard line.
Two plays later, Rosas' 23-yard field goal sealed the victory for the Giants.
"It feels great, but one thing nobody can take away from is my big-play mentality and my ability to go make a play," Lewis said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "That's what I have to do all the time. It's a huge blessing. I just want to make plays to help the team win."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As soon as the Giants started talking about finding their Quarterback of the Future during the offseason, it was clear the Eli Manning era was not going to end well.
Now it's possible the ugliness is going to begin sooner than anyone imagined.
With the 2017 season already a complete disaster, and clearly heading nowhere after Sunday's humiliating 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the Giants have a difficult decision to make. They still have eight games left and they are sitting at 1-7, with everything they built crumbling around them. They have to decide if it makes sense to continue to play an aging quarterback when they have their possible Quarterback of the Future sitting on the sidelines.
The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.
That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...
There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard is confident he will be ready to play against the Rams after the team's bye week.
There were rumors that Shepard would be on the field for the Giants' matchup against the Seahawks last Sunday, but he was still struggling with his ankle injury.
"It wasn't Sunday, it was -- I mean, after the Thursday practice, I kind of tweaked it during that practice and it kind of carried over to Sunday and I just didn't feel ready to go, didn't feel 100 percent to go," Shepard said at the Giants' facility on Monday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It is already another lost season late in his career, undone by a startling lack of talent around him, and no one would blame Eli Manning if he finally let his frustrations boil over. Yes, he could play better, but it still might not matter when so much around him is going so unbelievably wrong.
It has to be agonizing, frustrating, infuriating. Yet there Manning was Sunday night, after one of the worst offensive performances of his career, the same picture of calmness as he's always been. He didn't lament the fact that he's lost four of his top five receivers, that his team can't run the ball consistently, or that his offensive line might get him killed.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last week's win in Denver was a nice break from the reality of this miserable Giants season. And from the way they played in their 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, it's likely to only get worse.
Because the bottom line for the Giants (1-6) is this: They could barely move the ball this season with Odell Beckham Jr. on their side, and they now can barely move it even a little without him. It's been two games now since the Giants lost Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris, and here's their grand total: 443 yards of offense and 23 points.
It doesn't matter who's calling the plays; the Giants aren't going to win many games the rest of the way if this offense continues to produce like that.
Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.
Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.
His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left...
It took Ben McAdoo far too long, but he finally made the sensible decision to hand over his play-calling sheet to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. And right out of the gate, Sullivan did a terrific job with a badly depleted offense missing one of the NFL's most dynamic players.
Honestly, squeezing even 16 points and 266 yards out of this flawed offense, minus Odell Beckham, Jr., against one of the NFL's best defenses was miraculous -- as miraculous as the Giants' unexpected, 23-10 win in Denver. It was enough to convince McAdoo that he should stick with this plan for the forseeable future. And he should...
Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.
And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.
Playing without wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram stepped up on Sunday in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos in Denver.
The 23-year-old rookie led the team with five receptions (on seven targets) for a career-high 82 yards and a touchdown. Of those 82 yards, 54 were yards after the catch, according to PFF.
Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Following the slew of injuries last week, Engram was expected to step up and be the playmaker the Giants drafted him to be. Well, he did exactly that, carrying the receiving corps on his shoulders on Sunday night.
Well, that was unexpected.
The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.
So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?
Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three of the Giants' four sacks and New York won its first game of the season with a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
After allowing an average of 24.4 points per game through their first five losses, the Giants forced three Broncos turnovers en route to their first win. Landon Collins picked off Trevor Siemian, who briefly left the game for Brock Osweiler due to injury, Eli Apple recovered a fumble and Jenkins scored a pick-six late in the second quarter that gave New York a 17-3 halftime lead.
Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 128 yards and a passing touchdown to tight end Evan Engram in the Giants' first game without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris.
With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.
Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.
Despite his most recent, season-ending injury, Giants WR Brandon Marshall has no plans on retiring after the season.
Marshall received ankle stabilization surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle, which he injured against the Chargers last Sunday. The 33-year-old is not ready to give the game up.
"I'm a competitor, and I don't want to go out like that," Marshall told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I'm definitely not going out like that."
Former Giants WR Victor Cruz is "absolutely" hoping for a call now that the team is without four of their receivers -- with three lost for the season.
"One thousand percent," Cruz said on Friday during his podcast when asked if he could help the Giants. "One thousand percent."
Cruz had signed with the Bears during the offseason, but was cut during the preseason.
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.
"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."
The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.
Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Romeo Okwara (ankle), and RB Paul Perkins (ribs) have all been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos in Denver.
S Landon Collins (ankle) is questionable.
Sherpard and Vernon both said earlier this week that they were feeling better, but remained out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
Earlier this week, the Giants placed Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle surgery), Dwayne Harris (foot), and Brandon Marshall (ankle) on season-ending IR.
Despite losing several receivers to injury, Giants QB Eli Manning said he will move on, make adjustments, and prepare for his team's Sunday night game against the Denver Broncos.
The Giants' veteran quarterback has been working with a fresh lineup of receivers, some of whom were just promoted from the practice squad this week after Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris suffered season-ending injuries during the team's 27-22 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
As Sterling Shepard's status for the game is also in jeopardy, Manning's options at the receiver position will likely include Roger Lewis, Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph, and Ed Eagan...
Hours after the Giants announced that wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Dwayne Harris will miss the rest of the season, Brandon Marshall announced that his season is over, too.
The 33-year-old Marshall revealed that he will be having season-ending surgery on his injured ankle on Tuesday, two days after he was carted off the field during New York's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. That almost certainly marks the end of Marshall's painfully short time with the Giants.
It could be the end of his 12-year NFL career, too.
Giants KR/WR Dwayne Harris will have surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture of the 5th metatarsal, the team announced Tuesday prior to placing Harris on IR.
Sterling Shepard (ankle) is day-to-day, and Brandon Marshall (ankle) is undergoing further testing today.
Like Harris, Shepard and Marshall were injured during Sunday's loss to the Chargers at MetLife Stadium.
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants grasped at whatever straw they could find on Sunday. They spoke of their fight, their heart and their professionalism. Landon Collins even pointed out how the Super Bowl isn't mathematically out of the question yet.
But after losing their best player, Odell Beckham Jr., to what might be a season-ending injury, after losing 27-22 to the previously-winless Los Angeles Chargers and falling to 0-5, there was really only one thing the Giants could cling to on Sunday: the hope that this was rock bottom, that things couldn't possibly get worse.
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' season is just about over. And now Odell Beckham Jr.'s season could be over, too.
The superstar receiver was carted off the field on Sunday after suffering a fractured left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Giants say he may need surgery, which would almost certainly end his season. A source familiar with his injury said that surgery is "likely," though a decision won't be made until after he has an MRI.
The Giants lost four wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr. to a broken ankle, to injury in Sunday's 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, meaning they only have one healthy receiver on the roster: Roger Lewis Jr.
Beckham may need surgery on a fractured left ankle he suffered in the fourth quarter when he landed awkwardly after trying to go up for a catch, and the 24-year-old receiver could miss the rest of the season.
Earlier in the game, Brandon Marshall was carted off with an ankle injury, Sterling Shepard left the game with an ankle injury and Dwayne Harris broke his foot, leaving Lewis, the second-year pro out of Bowling Green, as the last man standing.
"It hurts -- like, what, three, four of my brothers got hurt today," Lewis said after the game. "They're like big brothers to me. So, it really hurts."
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when it looks like it can't get any worse … it gets worse.
Not only have the Giants lost as many games this season (five) as they lost all of last season, but they've now lost their best player, likely for the entire season, and four-fifths of what they thought would be the best receiving corps in the league.
Giants WR Brandon Marshall drew teammates onboard his effort to shed light on mental health issues, and now some of them are even asking him for his advice on dealing with adversity amid an 0-4 start.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, says he's playing against the Chargers on Sunday.
"Of course I'm playing Sunday," Pierre-Paul told reporters. "No question."
Pierre-Paul played every snap of the Giants' loss to Tampa in Week 4, with head coach Ben McAdoo saying the shoulder issue developed earlier this week.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants appear to be bracing for another offensive line shakeup -- and maybe one on the defensive line, too.
Three key players on those lines were missing from the 0-4 team's practice on Wednesday -- center Weston Richburg and defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Richburg is in the NFL's concussion protocol and it seems unlikely he'll be available for the game against the 0-4 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Vernon is dealing with ankle injury and JPP has a shoulder injury that apparently got worse over the last few days...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants seemed more excited about the signing of Brandon Marshall than almost any free agent they had added in recent years. They were thrilled to finally land a big, experienced receiver whom they believed would help fix their struggling offense.
The biggest story of the Jets' offseason was their purge - Mike Maccagnan's systematic dismantling of the roster by getting rid of every high- or moderately-priced veteran he could find. Some were outraged, considering it to be proof that the GM didn't know what he was doing. Others thought it was proof of the Jets' plan to tank.
Just curious: Is anyone complaining now?
Never mind that the Jets are 2-2, proving that even if they're not good, they certainly are more capable than anyone gave them credit for being. Just look at the long list of veterans Maccagnan purged from his team. Look at what they're doing - or not doing in most cases. Look at how far they've fallen from what they were.
Giants WR Brandon Marshall said on Tuesday that he did not spit in an Eagles fan's face during warmups prior to Sunday's game in Philadelphia.
"No, absolutely not," Marshall said. "I think that if anybody does that -- a fan, or a player -- should be suspended, should probably pay a fine, and you should have a public apology prepared and they need to read through it on camera. So, absolutely not. But, that's the world we live in. I'm sure because there was a lot of cameras around, he had his camera, all of his buddies had their cameras out. There should be video evidence of anything on his face or on his body. So, I'm not worrying about that."
Marshall wouldn't answer what happened with the fan, but said he doesn't regret getting in to a confrontation with him.
PHILADELPHIA -- Olivier Vernon is the son of a retired police officer who served for 25 years. He's a child of immigrants, with a father who came from Jamaica and a mother who hailed from Switzerland. He has watched the racial problems he sees in this country for a while, and listened closely to the words of a man he insisted "ain't my president."
Sometime on Saturday, though, the Giants defensive end decided he had enough.
Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes that if the NFL were a game of chess, he would be the pawn "because I'm getting smacked right now."
The veteran wideout has hauled in just two of nine targets for 27 yards through the team's first two games, marking one of the worst starts to his career. He's also dropped some key passes. Still, he's optimistic that he will be able to bounce back.
"So far I haven't been able to help the way I wanted to and meet expectations, but we'll figure it out and get it going," he said.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - John Mara came out swinging at the end of the 2013 season, when he famously declared "I think our offense is broken right now." It wasn't long before Kevin Gilbride was out as offensive coordinator and Ben McAdoo was in, and sweeping changes had begun.
What's most amazing about that is that Gilbride's "broken" offense in 2013 was actually a higher scoring attack than McAdoo has produced in his 19 games in the dual role of play-caller and head coach of the Giants. Gilbride's "broken" offense averaged 17.5 points per game (once defensive and special teams touchdowns are factored out). Since the start of last season, McAdoo's offense has averaged 16.6.
Giants WR Brandon Marshall had a tough time on the field Monday night in the team's loss, but it was Broncos' LB Brandon Marshall who was getting yelled at by fans on Twitter for his actions.
Instead of telling Giants fans they were tweeting at the wrong Brandon Marshall, the Denver linebacker decided to have a little fun with the misguided fans by answering their angry tweets.
The first tweet that was mistakenly aimed toward the wrong Marshall (which has since been deleted) prompted the linebacker to tweet, "F the Giants!!"
WR Brandon Marshall had just one catch for 17 yards while being targeted five times during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.
With the Giants trailing 17-10 with just over 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Marshall dropped a pass down the sideline that would've gone for about 30 yards, and would have set the Giants up around midfield.
Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Beckham was back on the field, and I -- along with many others -- was excited to see if that made a difference for Marshall. Clearly, it wasn't a factor in the slightest.
Odell Beckham's eventual return to the Giants lineup will solve a lot of their offensive problems.
But even he can't fix the whole thing.
Giants WR Brandon Marshall did not have the debut he envisioned Sunday night as he was a non-factor in the team's 19-3 loss to the Cowboys.
With Odell Beckham Jr. inactive, many believed Marshall would pick up the slack. However, QB Eli Manning wasn't targeting Marshall, and the veteran wideout didn't want to talk about it after the game. He focused on the team loss instead.
"When the opportunities come, I'll be ready for them," Marshall told The Post's Zach Braziller. "But the only things that matters is that 'W,' and we didn't get it tonight."
Jason Witten scored the only touchdown while breaking the franchise record for yards receiving and the Dallas defense shackled a New York offense missing Odell Beckham Jr. in the Cowboys' 19-3 season-opening victory over the Giants on Sunday night. >> Read more
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The Giants (0-0) at the Dallas Cowboys (0-0) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 8:30 p.m. ET
It'll be sunny and hot all day in Texas, and dip into the comfortable 70s at night. But they can always close the roof if they want.
Opening Day is mostly a day of overreaction that doesn't mean much at all. The Giants beat the Cowboys in last year's opener, and the Cowboys won the division anyway. That said, the fast start was surely a boost to Ben McAdoo in his first season. Regardless of all that, the Giants would love to remind the Cowboys that beating them twice last year wasn't a fluke, and the Cowboys would love to exact some revenge and remind the Giants who won the division. Aside from those mind games, try not to overreact to Week 1.
WR Jeremy Kerley, who the Jets signed on Tuesday, participated in practice with the Jets on Wednesday.
Kerley, 28, spent last season with the 49ers, where he caught 64 passes for 667 yards and three touchdowns. He signed a three-year extension with the 49ers in March but was cut over the weekend.
"I didn't want to be anywhere else. …This is the place where I felt the most comfortable," Kerley told reporters Wednesday. "At the end of the day, it was kind of the perfect fit."
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On the first official day of regular-season practice, Odell Beckham, Jr. stayed back in the shadows as the Giants began preparations for Week 1.
New York's star receiver rode an exercise bike in the "injury area" in the shade by the team's field house as the rest of the team opened practice Monday morning, apparently still nursing his sprained ankle. He rode the bike as the team stretched, then went inside to work with trainers as the team began practice.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brandon Marshall has never caught a pass from Eli Manning in an actual football game. But he fully expects his first one will be coming on Sunday night.
Despite missing the last two preseason games with an injured shoulder, Marshall promised "I'll be out there" for the Giants opener in Dallas on Sunday night. He wouldn't go into specifics about the injury that the Giants have kept shrouded in mystery, and he wouldn't even say that it's completely healed.
The Giants are officially out of time to fix whatever ails their offense and to fine-tune their championship-caliber defense. They are not expected to play many of their starters in their preseason finale on Thursday night in New England, and those that play likely won't see much action at all.
So for a veteran team whose starting lineup is all but set, this game is mostly about the down-roster battles, the backups, and the bottom-of-the-roster spots. There are a few exceptions, of course, but not many.