"We had the bad injury last night to Stevie," Tom Coughlin said on a conference call yesterday. "A nice interception, something he has done extremely well, running the ball back after the interception and I don?t believe it was a contact issue. It was just something that happened. I feel badly for him. He?s worked hard. He?s prepared himself well and been in a position where he?s made a lot of plays for us. We will definitely miss him. We continue, that?s what we do."
So, what is the immediate plan to fill Brown's spot? Outside of getting Antrel Rolle (ankle) back on the field and sliding Ryan Mundy over, the Giants have few options but to trawl their roster for solutions.
"I feel bad for Stevie Brown. He?s been a tremendous addition to our team," said Tom Coughlin after the game. "The guy has another interception and then has that happen. I don?t really understand how it happened. I couldn?t see it, but evidently he just got his foot planted the wrong way. I don?t think it was a contact injury."
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In one year, Stevie Brown has gone from roster hopeful to burgeoning star. Expectations are a bit higher this time around.
"There are always going to be questions every single year," said Brown. "Until you get established or someone does it year in and year out, you?re always going to have questions if you?re going to just be a one-year guy. So I believe every single year you always have to go out there and prove yourself."
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Brown was a pleasant surprise for the Giants in 2012, starting 11 games at safety in place of the ailing Kenny Phillips. His 76 tackles, two forced fumbles. two fumble recoveries and eight INTs and an NFL-high 307 return yards were enough for the Giants to slap a second-round tender worth $2.023 million on Brown this spring. The eight INTs, by the way, are the most by a Giant since 1968, when Willie Williams racked up 10 and Spider Lockhart had eight.
Before signing with the Giants before the 2012 season, Brown had not created nor capitalized on a single turnover in his 23 games with the Raiders and Colts. That's ancient history to him, now. He is brimming with confidence these days.
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Two days ago, Woodson left his visit with Denver without receiving a contract offer, but the two sides reportedly remained in contact.
In addition to the Broncos, Woodson, 36, has visited with the Raiders, the only team known to have made an offer to the free agent.
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"He will probably play more on the defensive line" this year," the GM said.
With the shakeup along the defensive line this off-season -- losing Osi Umenyiora to the Falcons -- Kiwanuka can serve as another pass rusher to complement Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck, who will line up at numerous positions up front.
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Offensively, the team re-signed left tackle Will Beatty and added Brandon Myers to replace Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Chicago Bears. Also making the lineup is first-round selection Justin Pugh, who is penciled in at left guard, as well as Victor Cruz, who has yet to re-sign with the team for the coming season.
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The Giants had seven picks in this weekend's draft, adding depth to a number of key positions, including offensive and defensive line, running back and the secondary. Of course, a position that remained untouched was linebacker.
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Brown had been working out with the team under an injury protection agreement. In late November, Brown's season came to an end when the back was placed on injured reserve with a broken left fibula.
The team has added placekicker Josh Brown, linebacker Dan Connor, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, safety Ryan Mundy, wide receiver Louis Murphy, tight end Brandon Myers and cornerback Aaron Ross.
In addition, tackle Will Beatty,?guard Keith Boothe,?quarterback David Carr, linebacker Keith Rivers and?defensive tackle Shaun Rodgers have all re-upped with the team.
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Stevie Brown, who played linebacker at Michigan, was a revelation in place of injured Kenny Phillips last season, recording 76 tackles, eight interceptions, and two forced fumbles across 16 games, starting 11. Phillips is a free agent and unlikely to return, making Brown the obvious candidate to replace him full time. He will be paid approx $2.02 million this season.
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Victor Cruz, a restricted free agent whose future with team remains in question at the moment, represents the epitome of "working hard when no one is watching," according to Coughlin, one of the principles mentioned in his book.
When asked about Cruz's future in New York, Coughin had this to say:
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Countless times, the Giants gave up huge plays in the secondary, especially on third down, which kept the opposing offense on the field.
Big Blue was near the top of the league in giving up passing plays of more than 20 yards. Stevie Brown had a breakout season, but that was pretty much all the positive recognition this unit received.
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Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News detailed the situation between the Pro Bowl wide receiver who is set to become a restricted free agent on March 12.
In an interview with MassLive.com over the weekend, Cruz said he hopes a deal can be reached with the Giants but he continues to keep his options open.
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As the media gathers in New Orleans, New York Giants players are watching from their couches as a new king of the football world is crowned on Sunday.
Owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese expressed their dismay with the team missing out on the playoffs this season. Obviously, change is on the horizon.
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Falcons' QB Matt Ryan sustained an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in Sunday's NFC Championship Game loss to San Francisco and has dropped out of this Sunday's Pro Bowl.
Ryan is the third NFC QB to drop out of the game. Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Robert Griffin III of Washington were also forced to cancel due to injury.
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Whether it's via free agency, the draft or trades, the Giants need to upgrade their pass rush, which will allow their linebackers to focus more on stopping the revent and their defensive backs on generating turnovers.
The heart and soul of the Giants D: the defensive line. Let's begin there.
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With three years before he hits the free agent market, Giants general manager Jerry Reese is considering new ways to use ?to use Thomas, including moving him to safety.
"Terrell obviously has the multiple knee surgeries so he will have to tread lightly on that and see where he is physically," Reese said on Thursday during an interview on WFAN. "Right now, he is still rehabbing. We will definitely reach out to him and see where he is and see if he is going to be able to try to make another comeback."
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This is Brown's second such honor this season (Week 8 was the other), making him the first safety in Giants' history to named DPOW twice in the same season.
Brown had six tackles, two passes defensed and an interception returned for 48 yards in Sunday's 42-7 victory over Philly at MetLife Stadium.
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Still, the Giants came out of the gate firing.
In what would eventually prove to be their final contest of the year, the G-Men demolished the visiting Eagles, 42-7, begging the question -- where has?this been all season?
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Phillips, who has missed nine games this season due to knee injuries, including the last three, said after practicing all week he feels ready to return to the field.
He felt that way last week, however, and was ruled out.
White went on to call himself and Julio Jones to best receiving tandem in the National Football League.
Fast forward about three months and these two receiver duos are set to face off (of course, not against each other) on the same field this Sunday.
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The obvious area of emphasis was the very first drive in which the Giants allowed Andy Dalton to hit A.J. Green on 56-yard touchdown pass in which the secondary looked completely confused.
Stevie Brown was supposed to slide over in coverage, but Corey Webster should have realized, according to Giunta, what was going on as the veteran guy.
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Despite practicing on a limited basis with the team Thursday and Friday, and telling reporters he would suit up, league sources confirmed Phillips will not see the field against the Steelers.
As expected, Stevie Brown, the reigning NFC Defensive Player of the Week and team leader in interceptions, will start at safety.
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Brown and fellow defensive backfield mate Antrel Rolle have both been honored in the past three weeks.
Brown intercepted Cowboys quarterback twice, moving his season total to five. He also recovered a fumble and led the Giants in tackles with six.
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- Brown had two interceptions, recovered a fumble and had six tackles in the Giants? 29-24 win at Dallas.
- He is only the third Giant to record at least three takeaways in a game against the Cowboys, joining WILLIE Williams (1969) and Terry Kinard, who did it twice (1983 and 1987).
- Brown?s three takeaways accounted for half of the six turnovers forced by the New York defense as the Giants recorded four interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
- Two of Brown?s takeaways led to scoring drives for the Giants and his third was an interception inside the red zone with 1:03 remaining in the game and the Giants up by five points.
- Brown has an interception in four of the past six games (five interceptions). His five interceptions are already the most in a season by a Giants safety since 1999 (Percy Ellsworth, 6).
- Brown?s 168 interception-return yards are the most by a Giant since Dick Lynch in 1963 (251).
- In his third year from Michigan, this is Brown?s first career Player of the Week Award.
- He is the second Giants safety to be honored this season, joining Antrel Rolle (Week 6). Previously, no Giants safety had won the award since 1998 (Percy Ellsworth, Week 16).
- This is the first time in franchise history two Giants safeties have been named Defensive Player of the Week in the same season.
For most of the game, the Giants had a weak rushing attack, and Eli Manning was not his traditional self in Cowboys Stadium.
After the 56-yard Rueben Randle catch on the opening drive, it almost seemed as if the Giants would just steam roll the Cowboys, playing without middle linebacker Sean Lee. But that drive only yielded a field goal.
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The defense collectively had a rough day, as they allowed Tony Romo to make big plays all over the field, throwing for 437 yards. Three Dallas receivers ? Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant ? each had over 100 yards receiving on the day.
But Stevie Brown?s effort helped the Giants preserve the victory. Brown picked off two passes and recovered a fumble. He?s now second in the NFL in interceptions with five.
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- Nicks and Manning showing that they can consistently connect on these timing routes.
- Tynes 4th field goal of the game gives the Giants the lead once again. The defense must shoulder the load and stop this Cowboys offense which seems to be clicking on all cylinders.
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Given Brown's performance, does he deserve to retain the job even when Phillips is healthy?
Last year, in Phillips' fourth year he put together his best season. He had 82 tackles, four INTs, 11 passes defended, a forced fumble and a safety. And in three full games in 2012, he had 15 tackles and one pass defended.
When asked about how he plans to attack Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who shredded Big Blue for more than 300 yards and 3 TDs in the season opener, Fewell said there's not much you could do about "classic Tony."
"I just think he had a really good game against us in the first ball game.? He made some plays with his feet, which is classic Tony, and stayed alive.? I thought he and Dez (Bryant) hooked up and did a good job, and he brought (Kevin) Ogletree in the game and he did a good job against us.? I think that they had a good plan and they executed their plan better than we played."Fewell said this time around, the secondary has made tremendous strides. Corey Webster and Antrel Rolle are getting healthier, as his Kenny Phillips. In his place, Stevie Brown has collected a team-high 3 INTs.
The defensive backs will continue to incorporate more press coverage into their repertoire, which has proven to be a solid method of late.
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There's something about Manning and the fourth quarter. With Tom Brady's performance yesterday, it's hard to argue against Manning as being the most clutch quarterback in the league right now.
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The Giants defense should have had a stronghold on the Browns this afternoon, but early on they came out flat. Consequently, the Browns? rookies burned ?em.
Trent Richardson, who said he would find running lanes against the G-Men, showed he?s a man of his word.
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The severity of the MCL sprain is still unknown. Tom Coughlin said his safety is week-to-week and will get an MRI.
It's a bad sign that Phillips was unable to re-enter the game, but X-rays did come back negative.
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Brown was released by the Raiders in training camp last year and picked up by the Carolina Panthers, who cut him after a few days. He ended up playing the majority of the season for the sorry Colts.
Here is the official / unofficial release from his agent: