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Poor Eli Manning: 2014 NFL Regular Season Week 2

September 17th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

"Poor Eli Manning” is a compilation of quotes by both the media and fans about New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XLII & XLVI MVP Eli Manning.

Despite his success, negativity and doubt have followed Peyton’s younger brother since the moment he was traded from the San Diego Chargers to the New York Giants on draft day in 2004. Regardless of what he does or how well he performs – even in a league that lives and dies by the motto: “What have you done for me lately?” – he is questioned and criticized.

In Sunday's 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Manning completed 26 of his 39 passes (66.7%) for 277 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Unfortunately for him, the only statistic anyone seems to want to focus on are the two interceptions — one that came off a tipped pass during a heavy rush and the second with under 10 seconds to go when he was merely sligning it, hoping to push the team into the endzone.

What no one wants to hear is that the Giants are near the league-lead in drops through two weeks and that star wide receiver, Victor Cruz, also leads the league having dropped 36.36% of all his targets so far this year.

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New York Giants’ Jon Beason Re-Aggravated Foot Injury; May See Foot Specialist This Week

September 17th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

On Tuesday, it was reported that New York Giants starting middle linebacker Jon Beason will "be out a while" after suffering another foot injury during the third quarter of the team's 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

On Tuesday, it was revealed by the team that Beason didn't suffer a new injury to the foot, but instead, he aggravated the same exact injury he initially suffered in June during the Giants' OTA's.

The team would not announce a timetable for their defensive captain's return to the lineup, but they also didn't put him on season-ending injured reserve (IR) unlike they did with cornerback Walter Thurmond and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan. Beason told the media that he may see a foot specialist, Dr. Robert Anderson, later in the week to get another opinion on his injury.

With Beason out, the Giants activated Dan Fox from the practice squad; it's not certain who will start in place of Beason on Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. Mark Herzlich played mostly in Beason's spot against the Cardinals, so he would be the most obvious choice at the time.

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New York Giants by the Fantasy Numbers: Week 2

September 17th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Daniel Graham

Each week this season, Giants 101 will do a postgame analysis by examining each fantasy points leader for the New York Giants at their respective positions. These accumulated points are based on the fantasy point grid used on NFL.com.

QB Eli Manning: 15.58 Points
Last Week: 6.52 Points

A lot of credit has to be directed towards Eli's performance against the Arizona Cardinals. Manning went 26-for-39 with two TDs and two INTs for 277 yards. His strikes to Daniel Fells and Rueben Randle resulted in touchdowns, and in the fourth quarter the Giants were looking good. However, a dropped third-down pass by Victor Cruz (which Eli placed perfectly for him) ended up being the back-breaker. His drop not only kept the Giants from getting a first down and continuing their drive, but the subsequent punt was returned for a game-leading touchdown for the Cardinals by Ted Ginn Jr. After that, New York lost its mojo and imploded. This 0-2 start reminds fans bitterly of last season, but it is comforting to know that at least for this game, Eli Manning and the new Ben McAdoo offense showed some promise. For Week 3, a lot of the gameplan will definitely be focused on fundamentals before anything else.

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Antrel Rolle: New York Giants Will “Bring the Pain” on Sunday Vs. Houston Texans

September 16th, 2014 at 6:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants may be 0-2, but do not compare them to the 2013 Giants that started 0-6, says safety and defensive captain, Antrel Rolle. Rather, he believes there is plenty of reason for optimism, and during his weekly segment on WFAN, said he's "not worried" at all and that the team plans to "bring the pain" against the Houston Texans this coming Sunday.

“We’re going to bring the pain,” Rolle said. “This week is a must-win. There's no doubt about it. No doubt about it, it’s a must-win at all costs. There are no ifs, ands or buts.”

Although Rolle isn't interested in the comparisons to last season, it's not only the play on the field that has fans and analysts drawing those parallels … it's also the comments coming from the players. Last week it was Victor Cruz calling the Arizona Cardinals game a "must-win" along with the constant "we're going to rebound" chatter from just about everyone else.

Ultimately, it's becoming tiring for fans. And because of that, Rolle has now challenged them to make their presence felt at MetLife Stadium in a positive way.

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New York Giants Place Walter Thurmond III, Jerrel Jernigan on IR; Make 6 Other Roster Moves

September 16th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that they've made multiple roster moves, including the placement of cornerback Walter Thurmond III (pec) and wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan (foot) on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR).

Both Thurmond and Jernigan were injured in Sunday's 25-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, with Thurmond suffering a torn pectoral muscle and Jernigan suffering a mid-foot sprain.

For Thurmond, he underwent successful surgery on Tuesday morning and is now recovering. Jernigan, meanwhile, visited with Dr. Martin J. O'Malley, a foot and ankle specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and it was determined he would not need to go under the knife. Rather, he will wear a protective boot and rehab the injury.

To fill their respective places on the 53-man roster, the Giants also announced that they had signed linebacker Dan Fox and wide receiver Julian Talley from their practice squad.

In addition to those moves, the team signed wide receivers Travis Harvey and L'Damian Washington to their practice squad, while also releasing defensive end Jordan Stanton from their practice squad. This leaves them with one open open (9 of 10) that will likely be filled on Wednesday.

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