New York Giants: Steve Weatherford

Weatherford wants apology from Ross

February, 3, 2013
New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford adamantly denies claims made by Mitch Ross that he supplied Weatherford with hologram stickers known as "performance chips."

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Ross is co-owner of a company called Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (S.W.A.T.S) and says he supplied Ray Lewis with deer-antler spray -- which reportedly contains IGF-1, a substance that is banned by the NFL. Sports Illustrated reported Tuesday that Lewis sought help from Ross' company while rehabbing from a torn triceps injury during the regular season.

"I've never met Mitch Ross, I've never taken any of his products, I've never taken an illegal substance and his claims were totally unsubstantiated. And I've contacted legal council regarding his slanderous statements," Weatherford said at halftime of the Knicks-Kings game on Saturday.

Weatherford said he would like Ross to recant his statement and offer a public apology. Ross told reporters at the Super Bowl that Weatherford was one of his clients.

Performance chips aren't banned by the NFL. Their purpose, according to Sports Illustrated, is to "encode radio waves emitted near them" -- the kind of radio waves you might expect in a stadium full of cell phones. But an electrical engineering profession told the magazine the performance chips "appear to just be stickers."

Report Card: Top of the class

November, 26, 2012



The Giants' rushing attack was back. They ran for 147 yards on 31 carries. Ahmad Bradshaw looked fresh and ran hard off the bye with 58 yards on 10 carries and had a touchdown. Andre Brown ran for 64 yards on 13 carries and scored a touchdown but unfortunately broke his fibula.



Tired arm? Eli Manning ended a three-game touchdown drought with three against Green Bay. He had no interceptions and the offensive line allowed just one sack despite losing David Diehl to a burner.

Hakeem Nicks looked closer to his old self after the bye break and had a touchdown and a 30-yard catch-and-run. He might've had another touchdown if Manning didn't miss him on a bomb with an underthrown pass. Victor Cruz scored on a short touchdown, Rueben Randle added another TD and the Giants even got something out of their screen-play offense with a 59-yard catch-and-run by Bradshaw.



The Packers rushed for 116 yards on 26 carries but really it felt like they ran that much in an effort to keep the Giants off Aaron Rodgers' back.

The Packers' longest run of the night was a 12-yard run by Randall Cobb. Rodgers ran all over the field but only managed 22 yards as the Giants managed to contain the mobile quarterback.



The Giants' lone mistake was a 61-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. Otherwise, the Giants defense did a terrific job against the Packers' high-powered offense.

The Giants were concerned about Randall Cobb and it showed as they held Cob to four catches for 39 yards. They sacked Rodgers five times, hit him seven times and picked him off once. With Kenny Phillips back, the Giants brought back the three-safety wrinkle and it worked.



The Giants held Randall Cobb to just 20 yards on two punt returns and an average of 26 yards on six kickoff returns. They even used Antrel Rolle on kickoff coverage to help out.

Lawrence Tynes made a 43-yarder. Rueben Randle's one muffed punt return was really the only negative.



The Giants clearly accomplished what they wanted to during the bye. They self-scouted and tried to figure out ways to spark the team. They got creative with their personnel usage - especially on defense  and dominated Green Bay.

The defending champions started their final six-game stretch to close the season in dominant fashion.

Report Card: Giants win in Week 2

September, 16, 2012
Here are my grades for the Giants' Week 2 win over the Buccaneers:



Yes, Eli Manning threw three picks that led to three Tampa TDs in the first half. But as only Eli can do, he orchestrated yet another stirring comeback with three Giants' fourth-quarter touchdowns (two passing and one rushing). He threw for a career-best 510 yards and Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were sensational with a combined 21 receptions for 378 yards and two touchdowns. Martellus Bennett also had five catches and a touchdown. And kudos to the O-line as Manning wasn't sacked once on 51 passing attempts. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants are the first team to have two players with at least 10 catches and at least 175 yards receiving each in the same game.



Ahmad Bradshaw was knocked out of the game with a neck injury after just five carries but Andre Brown gave the Giants a spark with 71 yards on 13 carries. The Giants rushed for 94 yards total but Brown scored the game-winning touchdown after purposely going down at Tampa Bay's 2-yard line to kill more clock at the end of the game. And he also converted a critical two-point conversion. David Wilson only had three carries for six yards.



The Giants sacked Josh Freeman twice and picked him off twice, including a game-sealing interception at the end. But the defense allowed 27 points and let Freeman tie the game near the end way too easily. Charged with protecting a 34-27 lead with 3:59 remaining, Freeman only needed five plays to go 80 yards and tie the game with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams. The Giants' corners continue to struggle.



The Giants did a good job of containing Doug Martin for the most part. The rookie rushed for 66 yards but did score on an 8-yard touchdown run. The Giants also stuffed Martin on a third-and-1 at the 50 midway through the third quarter that helped start their comeback from down 27-13.



Lawrence Tynes nailed four field goals on a busy day and the Giants needed all of those points. Steve Weatherford only had to punt twice but did land one inside the 20. Rueben Randle returned punts for the first time and had an impressive 45-yard return called back due to penalty. David Wilson continues to look good as kick returner, averaging 28.7 yards per return on Sunday.



The Giants struggled early again, falling behind 27-13 with 13:14 remaining in the third. The defense gave up too many big plays again. And the offense looked flat early on. The Giants did lose three key players in the first half (Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl and Domenik Hixon) to injury but adjusted. And in the end, the Giants called the right plays to come back and win with Eli's brilliance. There's still a ton of work to be done but Tom Coughlin never stopped fighting, even letting Greg Schiano hear it at the end for Tampa charging the line on a kneeldown.

Eli leads list of ranked Giants

August, 21, 2012
Scouts Inc. and ESPN Insider's Matt Williamson have ranked players at all positions in the NFL heading into the 2012 season and the Giants are led by their two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback, Eli Manning. The signal-caller ranks at No. 15 overall and is one of eight Giants ranked in the top 200. Here's how they fared:

QB: Manning: No. 15 overall, No. 5 QB

RB: Ahmad Bradshaw: No. 28 RB

WR: Hakeem Nicks: No. 41 overall, No. 6 WR

WR: Victor Cruz: No. 156 overall, No. 23 WR

TE: Martellus Bennett: No. 32 TE

TE: Bear Pascoe: No. 39 TE

OT: Will Beatty: No. 32 OT

C: David Baas: No. 16 C

OG: Chris Snee: No. 192 overall, No. 9 OG

OG: David Diehl: No. 15 OG

OG: Sean Locklear: No. 33 OG

DE: Jason Pierre-Paul: No. 26 overall, No. 3 DE

DE: Justin Tuck: No. 58 overall, No. 8 DE

DE: Osi Umenyiora: No. 28 DE

DT: Chris Canty: No. 25 DT

DT: Linval Joseph: No. 30 DT

LB: Mathias Kiwanuka: No. 158 overall; No. 27 LB

LB: Michael Boley: No. 43 LB

CB: Corey Webster: No. 189 overall, No. 18 CB

S: Kenny Phillips: No. 11 S

S: Antrel Rolle: No. 16 S

K: Lawrence Tynes: No. 7 K

P: Steve Weatherford: No. 11 P

You can view the rankings here (Insider).

QUESTION: What do you think of these rankings for these Giants? Please let us know in the comments section below.

Steve Weatherford rips Mark Sanchez

May, 18, 2012
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Mark Sanchez has received a lot of criticism this offseason, the latest coming from an unlikely source -- the punter.

Wait, make that the ex-punter.

New York Giant Steve Weatherford, whose 15 minutes of fame have lasted five months, questioned Sanchez's maturity this week during an podcast.

"I like Mark -- I think he's a very talented quarterback -- but from my standpoint, I haven't seen a lot of maturation," said Weatherford, making the media rounds this week because the Giants received their Super Bowl rings. "When you're a quarterback and you come in, and you're expected to be the face of the franchise, and you're expected to lead the team.

"That's a lot to take on as a rookie. But as the years go on, I think you're expected to mature, skill-wise, and also mature as a leader, and to be honest with you, as much as I like the guy, I just haven't seen that."

Weatherford has been removed from the Jets for a year. He was Sanchez's teammate in 2009 and 2010, when they reached back-to-back AFC Championship Games, but the Jets decided not to re-sign Weatherford last offseason. He landed with the Giants and, lo and behold, he was a pivotal player in their championship run, landing a new contract.

Weatherford also was critical of Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff at various points during the season.

Who should stay and who should go?

February, 8, 2012

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Considering the Giants' 7-7 start this season, GM Jerry Reese may need to tweak things a bit. Do you have any recommendations?

Vote here in our Take 'Em or Trash 'Em poll.

Weatherford, Jets castoff, enjoys last laugh

February, 6, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS -- Steve Weatherford capped his season of redemption with a fantastic punting performance Sunday night in Super Bowl XLVI.

Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesSteve Weatherford's season ends with a Super Bowl title, at Tom Brady's expense.

Weatherford, cast aside by the Jets after two seasons and trashed by special-teams coach Mike Westhoff, helped the Giants win the field-position battle by putting three of his four punts inside the 9-yard line. In a close game, that was huge.

After the Giants' 21-17 win over the Patriots, Weatherford was asked about Westhoff.

"That's the furthest person from my mind right now," he said. "Actually, I appreciate the decision he made."

The Jets decided not to re-sign Weatherford because he slumped at the end of last season. But he was on his game against the Patriots. His first punt, to the 6, led to a safety when Tom Brady was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone.

"In my game, it's all confidence," Weatherford said. "The more fun I have, the more confidence I have. It's just a game. Granted, there's only a billion people watching, but it's a game. I went out there and had fun and was able to execute."

It was a storybook night for Weatherford, who grew up an hour away in Terre Haute. He's an unrestricted free agent, but you can bet he won't be returning to the Jets.