New York Giants: Aaron Ross

Combine watch: CB Justin Gilbert

February, 20, 2014
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With the NFL scouting combine set to begin this week, we're taking a look at a handful of prospects the New York Giants might consider with the No. 12 pick in the first round. After profiling offensive players in each of our first four installments, today we finally look at a defensive player.

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Why they'd take him: The Giants desperately need to improve on offense this offseason, but that doesn't mean they can ignore the defense completely. They appear to be done with Corey Webster, and while Trumaine McBride played well last year, he didn't necessarily solidify himself as the long-term starter opposite Prince Amukamara. 2012 third-rounder Jayron Hosley hasn't developed much, and starting a pair of young first-round picks at cornerback isn't a bad-sounding idea in today's pass-happy NFL. Amukamara looks like a solid player, but he's not a dominant, shut-down type of corner. Strong play on the opposite side of the field would only help him.

Where he ranks: Our pre-draft rankings have Gilbert as the No. 12 overall player and the No. 1 cornerback. Mel Kiper's latest mock draft Insider has him going No. 10 to the Lions. Todd McShay's latest mock draft Insider has him going No. 21 to the Packers.

Something positive (via ESPN's scouting report): "Excellent height and weight combination (6-0 1/4, 199 lbs) and appears to have long arms for the position."

Something negative: "Will relax on occasion and can lose leverage as a result. Will gamble jumping routes which can make him vulnerable to double moves at times."

History: The last time the Giants took a cornerback in the first round was 2011, when they took Nebraska's Amukamara with the No. 19 pick. They took Aaron Ross in the first round in 2007 and Terrell Thomas in the second round a year later.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- No surprises on the list of inactive players the New York Giants released for Sunday's 1 p.m. ET game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. The four players who'd already been ruled out Friday -- defensive tackle Linval Joseph, center David Baas, cornerback Jayron Hosley and tight end Adrien Robinson -- are inactive, as is cornerback Corey Webster, who was listed as doubtful and will miss his third game in a row with a groin injury. The other two are wide receiver Louis Murphy, who has an ankle injury, and quarterback Ryan Nassib, who's a weekly given as an inactive.

That means defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is active in spite of missing some practice time last week with knee and Achilles injuries. The Giants list Jenkins as a starter, but it remains to be seen how much he'll be able to play. Starting at the other defensive tackle spot in Joseph's place is Mike Patterson. And rookie defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is active for the first time and should see some action as the Giants try whatever they can to stop Eagles running back and league-leading rusher LeSean McCoy.

Also active for the first time this year are safety Will Hill, who missed the first four games of the season on a drug suspension, and linebacker Jon Beason, who just joined the team Friday in a trade with the Carolina Panthers. Beason is unlikely to see time on defense, since he hasn't practiced with the team yet. It's possible he could play some special teams, but it's also possible he's active just because he's healthy and so many others aren't. With the Giants' next game scheduled for Thursday in Chicago, it's possible Beason wouldn't work into the mix on defense until Week 7 at the earliest. He's basically a flyer they took to see if he could be a better option for them at middle linebacker down the road than Mark Herzlich or Allen Bradford.

David Diehl is listed as the starter at right guard in place of Chris Snee, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve Friday. Diehl will be seeing his first game action of the year. He missed the first three games following thumb surgery and didn't play last week in spite of being active for the game. Jim Cordle makes his second straight start at center in place of Baas.

Trumaine McBride gets his first start at cornerback in Webster's place. Aaron Ross, who started in place of Webster the past two weeks, was placed on season-ending IR on Saturday.

Much more to come from MetLife Stadium, so keep checking back here throughout the day as the Giants continue to look for their first win of the season

Any cornerbacks available?

October, 4, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It appears the New York Giants might be without three cornerbacks on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles as Corey Webster (groin), Aaron Ross (back) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring) all were not practicing during the portion of practice open to the media on Friday. Webster and Hosley were in the bike area.

Hosley and Ross have not practiced all week, and Webster had a limited practice Wednesday before missing Thursday. If they can't go Sunday in what's essentially a must-win game, it leaves the team with just three cornerbacks in Prince Amukamara, Trumaine McBride and Terrell Thomas. The Giants could always make a move to bring Charles James up from the practice squad.

On the positive side for the Giants, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (knee/Achilles) was practicing after missing the previous two days. Jenkins said Thursday that Friday would be a big day for him in terms of getting the work in, but still expects he'll be a game-time decision against his former team.

Jenkins could be without his fellow starting defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle/knee) as he missed his third straight day of practice. If Joseph doesn't go, it opens the door for more playing time for second-round pick Johnathan Hankins. Hankins has been inactive for the first four games of his career.

Offensive guard Chris Snee (hip), center David Baas (neck), and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) also were not practicing. Snee could possibly be put on season-ending IR on Friday, according to sources.

Offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb) was working for the third straight day.

There was also no sight of Jon Beason, who was scheduled to take a physical in the morning. The Giants are close to acquiring the Carolina linebacker, provided he can pass a physical. He could possibly replace Snee on the active roster.

Injury update: Jenkins in walking boot

September, 30, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants starting defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins was wearing a protective walking boot on his lower right leg Monday in the Giants locker room, a day after the team's 31-7 loss to the Chiefs.

When asked to describe the injury, Jenkins said, "I think just a little tendon something, knee and Achilles. ... Hopefully like I said, just a couple days, get this thing treated, and get back going."

Head coach Tom Coughlin did not have further updates yet on the other players injured against the Chiefs. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and cornerbacks Aaron Ross (back) and Jayron Hosley (hamstring) all left the game early and did not return, plus linebacker Mark Herzlich was wearing a walking boot after the game due to a toe injury.

The same goes for starting center David Baas (neck) and right guard Chris Snee (hip), who sat out Sunday's game. "I’m waiting to hear on those kinds of things," Coughlin said. "The treatment is being conducted today as usual. We’ll see."

Jim Cordle and James Brewer started for Snee and Baas, respectively. Cordle was making his first NFL regular-season start, while Brewer was making his second.

"They played against a very good front and, for the most part, they did a good job," Coughlin said. "We did have a holding penalty up there and there were some occasions where we could have obviously done a better job or finished a block better than we did. They scrapped and I was pleased with what they accomplished. I wish obviously, it would have been perfect, but they did OK."
KANSAS CITY -- New York Giants cornerbacks Jayron Hosley (hamstring) and Aaron Ross (back) left Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with their injuries and did not return to the game. No word immediately after the game on the severity of the injuries, but obviously if they linger they will leave the Giants very thin in the secondary. Ross was starting in place of Corey Webster, who missed his second straight game with a hip injury. Rookie safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) also was inactive for Sunday's game, leaving the Giants with only two active safeties.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Pierre-Paul was jogging on the sidelines late in the game and walked out of the locker room without any noticeable limp, so it seems likely the Giants dodged a bullet there. They called it a "knee contusion" and said he was probable to return, though as I mentioned here, he did not.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich was in a walking boot after the game. He had an X-Ray on his foot and has a toe injury. The X-Ray was negative, but he'll have further tests Monday.
KANSAS CITY -- Not saying they should make parade plans or anything, but the first half of Sunday's game against the Chiefs in Kansas City didn't go as horribly bad for the New York Giants as (a) many people feared it would or (b) the rest of their season has gone to this point. They trail the Chiefs 10-7 after Josh Brown missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with two seconds to go. And yes, 69 of their 182 yards came on a single play -- an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Victor Cruz. But if you're a Giants fan looking for positives as the team tries to avoid an 0-4 start, you're not bereft.

The offensive line is a shambles, with Jim Cordle starting at center and James Brewer at right guard for injured starters David Baas and Chris Snee. And it's not as though the healthy tackles are playing especially well. But it's not as bad as last week in Carolina, when the Panthers' defensive linemen were in the backfield instantaneously on every play, run or pass. Manning has faced significant pressure and been sacked twice, but he's actually been able to complete six passes to Cruz and three to Hakeem Nicks. When compared with last week's passing-game output, this is more or less the 2007 Patriots. And in the run game, they're averaging 4.7 yards per carry on their nine carries.

Defense? Again, nothing award-winning, but some stuff to make you not want to claw out your eyes. The Chiefs are picking on Aaron Ross like crazy, whether it's Dwayne Bowe or Donnie Avery lined up on him. And they did march an easy-looking 98 yards for their touchdown. But the tackling has been sound on the edge, with especially strong efforts by linebackers Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich. And rookie Damontre Moore has been a disruptive tackling and punt-blocking force on special teams. The Giants even managed to collect the Chiefs' first turnover of the season, off a bad snap.

Oh, and the Giants get the ball back to start the second half.

So yeah, that's about it. I'm not saying it looks as though they'll win and everything will be okay from here on out. The odds are still that the unbeaten Chiefs can control the ball and the clock in the second half and win the game. But Kansas City's not the kind of team that runs away with the game. And the Giants have already shown today that they can hit a big play to keep themselves in it. If you came into this day thinking there was no way for the Giants to win, you now have at least some reason to feel otherwise.

And the way this September has gone, that's about all you can ask.

Giants report: Baas, Snee, Webster out

September, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants will need several backups to help them win their first game of the season.

The Giants will be without starters David Baas (neck), Chris Snee (hip) and Corey Webster against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

David Diehl is also listed as doubtful. He was able to practice on a limited basis this week so perhaps he will be able to make his season debut as he makes his way back from thumb surgery.

Jim Cordle could get the start at center against the Chiefs. If that happens, Kevin Boothe will remain at left guard and James Brewer will likely play right guard for Snee. The Giants could always slide Boothe to center and perhaps use Brandon Mosley at left guard.

Aaron Ross is expected to start for Webster. Safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) and linebacker Jacquian Williams (knee) are questionable for Sunday but both practiced on a limited basis.


C David Baas (neck)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)
G Chris Snee (hip)
CB Corey Webster (hip)

T David Diehl (thumb, limited practice)

S Cooper Taylor (shoulder, limited practice)
LB Jacquian Williams (knee, limited practice)

LB Spencer Paysinger (hip, limited practice)
CB Terrell Thomas (knee, limited practice)
DE Justin Trattou (ankle, limited practice)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Corey Webster said his hip felt "great" Thursday, but he ran off without elaborating or taking any further questions, which may have included, "Then why haven't you practiced in more than a week?"

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that he believed Webster could practice Thursday. But the starting cornerback, who missed last week's game in Carolina with a hip injury, did not practice Thursday, and his status for Sunday's game in Kansas City is doubtful. Aaron Ross, who played well in his stead in Carolina, likely would fill in again as the starter if Webster cannot go.

Cornerback Terrell Thomas was listed as a limited practice participant because of his surgically repaired knee, which hasn't kept him out of any game action yet this year. Thomas said Wednesday the team was backing him off a bit these next few weeks because the Giants are playing three games in 12 days starting Sunday. He expects to be able to play Sunday without any trouble.

Offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb), linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hip) and safety Cooper Taylor (shoulder) also were listed as limited practice participants.

Linebacker Jacquian Williams missed a second consecutive day of practice with a knee injury. Coughlin also had said Wednesday that he thought Williams would practice Thursday. So like Webster, Williams seems not to be progressing as the Giants had hoped. Center David Baas (neck), guard Chris Snee (hip) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) were the other Giants who did not practice Thursday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The New York Giants didn't look great in their first two games of the season, which is the reason they showed up for Sunday's game here against the Panthers with an 0-2 record. But if you were thinking things couldn't get any worse, you were sorely, sorely mistaken.

The good news is that Giants quarterback Eli Manning hasn't thrown any interceptions and at no point during the final 13 minutes of the first half was he sacked. The bad news is that Manning was sacked an incomprehensible six times in the first 17 minutes of the half, and as a result the Giants have a grand total of 18 yards on 25 offensive plays and trail the 0-2 Panthers 17-0.

Almost nothing has gone right for the Giants. The offensive line is a sinkhole, with left tackle Will Beatty having the worst game of his NFL career, and the guys in the middle and on the right side looking competent only by comparison. Beatty is responsible for at least three of the sacks as well as a holding penalty that negated a 17-yard David Wilson touchdown run. (Though, to be fair, Wilson likely wouldn't have scored if not for the hold.) Manning has been under pressure on more or less every drop-back against a Carolina front that looks inspired to take over the game with the secondary decimated by injury. Carolina's defense has been in the backfield on almost every run play, too, and the Giants have 17 rush yards on 10 carries to up their season total to 90 rush yards in 10 quarters.

On defense ... I mean, I don't know. Mathias Kiwanuka had a sack early, but the line got gashed repeatedly by Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on run plays on the Panthers' first touchdown drive. Cornerback Aaron Ross has looked good filling in for the injured Corey Webster, making plays on the ball and coming up with the interception that set up Wilson's non-touchdown. And cornerback Prince Amukamara made a great play to break up a long would-be touchdown pass to Steve Smith. But Terrell Thomas got beat by Brandon LaFell for a 16-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the half. It was fairly inexcusable to be beaten there, since Carolina was out of timeouts and had to go to the end zone or risk not even getting a field goal before the half ended.

All-around horrendous effort by the Giants, who are 30 minutes away from starting 0-3 for the first time since the 1996 season. If they can't find a way to toughen up on the lines and get some control over how the game is going, Carolina should be able to put this away with DeAngelo Williams, Newton and the run game. Only three of the 115 teams that have started o-3 since the current playoff format was instituted in 1990 have reached the postseason, and none has done it since 1998.

Giants' Corey Webster officially out Sunday

September, 21, 2013
New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster's chances of playing Sunday didn't look good when he showed up on Friday's injury report as doubtful with a hip injury. On Saturday, the Giants made it official, downgrading Wesbster to "Out" for Sunday's game against the Panthers and announcing that he would not make the trip to Carolina.

In Webster's absence, the Giants are likely to lean on backup cornerback Aaron Ross, who didn't get a single defensive snap in Week 2 against the Broncos. They could also use Terrell Thomas to help on the outside, but Thomas has performed well so far as the nickel corner and their preference likely is to leave him there as much as possible.

Carolina's top receiving weapons include wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Greg Olsen. Prince Amukamara, the lone healthy starter at cornerback, is likely to see a lot of time one-on-one with Smith.

The only other Giants not making the trip are offensive tackle David Diehl (thumb) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot), both of whom were ruled out Friday.

Giants injury report: Webster doubtful

September, 20, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster missed a second straight day of practice with a hip injury and is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers in Carolina. It's unclear how the injury occurred, since Webster practiced Wednesday with no apparent problems.

"Evidently he has an issue with his hip flexor, in that area somewhere," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after Friday's practice. "He couldn't practice yesterday and he couldn't go today."

Coughlin indicated that Aaron Ross, who didn't take a single defensive snap in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, would be the first one up to take Webster's spot if Webster can't play. But the Giants might have to adjust their coverage plan to put their healthy starter, Prince Amukamara, against top Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith for the whole game. Terrell Thomas has been the slot cornerback in the first two games, but he and Coughlin declined to say whether that would continue in this one.

Both secondaries will be banged up in this one. The Panthers lost one of their starting safeties, Charles Godfrey, for the season with an Achilles injury last week, and they list the other starting safety, Quintin Mikell, as out for this game with ankle injury.

Other Giants injury and practice notes:

Thomas has held up well through two games as he completes his recovery from a third reconstructive ACL surgery on his knee. He is good friends with Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who also has had three knee reconstructions. The two text regularly and have supported each other through their recoveries. Thomas said he and Davis are the only two NFL players who have made it back from three ACL surgeries, and that he's looking forward to seeing his friend and being on the same field with him Sunday.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks missed practice, but the team said it was an excused absence for personal reasons and that Nicks is healthy and will play Sunday.

Tackle David Diehl (thumb) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) are listed as out. Guard Brandon Mosley (back) and quarterback Ryan Nassib (ankle) were listed as limited practice participants and are probable.

Giants' Aaron Ross confused about role

September, 19, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Aaron Ross is still listed as a second-stringer on the New York Giants' depth chart, but it appears he has fallen further down the list.

Ross did not play on a single defensive snap in the Giants' loss to the Denver Broncos last week. Terrell Thomas served as the Giants' third cornerback, and even when Thomas had the wind knocked out of him and left the game briefly, it was Jayron Hosley who replaced Thomas, not Ross.

In Week 1 against the Cowboys, Ross was on the field for 35 of the Giants' 77 defensive snaps. But starter Prince Amukamara went down with a concussion during that game.

When asked about the Broncos game Thursday, Ross said he has no idea why he didn't play, and that the coaches didn't say anything to him about it.

"I don’t know really what my role is, but I’m prepared for any time they call me," Ross said. "Just like [when] Prince went down in that Dallas game, they called my number, and I was ready and prepared to go in and help the team try to make plays. If my number’s not called, I’ll be in the supporting cast. And if it’s called I’ll be ready to go out there and ball."

Amukamara returned for the Broncos game, but fellow starting cornerback Corey Webster missed practice Thursday with a hip injury. Webster's status for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers is unclear at this time.

Ross, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Giants, re-signed with the team this past offseason after a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and looked good during training camp.

Injury report: Webster sidelined by hip

September, 19, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A day after the New York Giants looked like they were at their healthiest in some time, Corey Webster did not practice due to a hip issue.

Webster played the entire game on Sunday against Denver and practiced on Wednesday. He missed some time during camp with groin and knee injuries so the hip might be a new issue. Terrell Thomas or Aaron Ross, who surprisingly did not play a defensive snap against Denver, could be the next man up if Webster's hip is still an issue by Sunday.

After being the only Giant to be limited in practice on Wednesday, tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) was not able to practice on Thursday. That is not a good sign for him as far as Sunday's game is concerned against Carolina. Also, guard Brandon Mosley and quarterback Ryan Nassib were new additions to the injury report. Mosley did not practice due to a back injury and Nassib did not practice because of an ankle injury.

Tackle David Diehl remains out of practice as he recovers from thumb surgery. He was the only Giant to not practice on Wednesday.


T David Diehl (thumb)
G Brandon Mosley (back0
QB Ryan Nassib (ankle)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)
CB Corey Webster (hip)

W2W4: Giants vs. Broncos

September, 13, 2013

Manning Bowl III is here.

Eli Manning is looking for his first victory over older brother Peyton Manning after dropping their first two encounters, in 2006 and 2010. But really, the New York Giants need a win Sunday against the visiting Denver Broncos or they will fall to 0-2 and dig themselves an early hole.

Here are five things to watch for:

Wilson time: After being benched following two fumbles in Week 1, running back David Wilson became the hot topic in New York this week. It is imperative that Wilson bounces back. With his speed, Wilson can add a different dimension to the Giants' offense. But the second-year player won't be on the field if he can't hang onto the ball. Another disastrous outing for Wilson could severely affect the Giants' fortunes for the rest of the season.

Wilson has to earn back the trust of head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and it starts against the Broncos. It also remains to be seen how the Giants will use Brandon Jacobs in his second tour with the team. Jacobs or Da'Rel Scott could se action on passing downs and in the red zone. Running the ball will not only help the Giants keep the ball out of Peyton Manning's hands but also help boost Wilson's confidence. Coughlin said there's a possibility Wilson could return kickoffs, too -- something Wilson enjoyed a great deal last season.

Keep pace with Peyton: On opening weekend, Eli Manning threw for 450 yards in a losing effort at Dallas. Only one other quarterback threw for more yards -- Peyton Manning, with 462 in Denver’s victory over Baltimore. The Manning brothers combined for 11 touchdowns in Week 1.

The Giants obviously cannot let Peyton throw for another seven touchdowns. But just as important is whether Eli Manning can match his brother offensively -- and take care of the ball. Eli threw three interceptions against Dallas, and Peyton will make the Giants pay dearly for any turnovers.

[+] EnlargePerry Fewell
AP Photo/Seth WenigDefensive coordinator Perry Fewell draws the task of preparing a scheme to slow down Peyton Manning.
Fewell-injected defense: The last time Perry Fewell tried to slow down Peyton Manning, during a Giants-Colts meeting in 2010, the Giants defensive coordinator watched Eli's big brother carve up his defense. Peyton Manning completed 20-of-26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns in an Indianapolis victory. But Peyton Manning was masterful in orchestrating the Colts offense. Fewell dared the Colts to run, and Manning obliged, checking into several running plays as the Colts rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown.

"We went in with the smaller lineup," Fewell said. "And tried to say we were going to get pressure on you and do some things because you won’t run the football, and he took advantage of that. So definitely the mindset then was to stop the pass and not the run. That’s not my mindset this time."

Pass-rushers like Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and Cullen Jenkins must get pressure on Manning. Otherwise, he will carve up the Giants again.

Triple threat: The Giants receivers will get a chance to show who might have the best receiving trio in the league -- meaning Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle must come up big again. In Week 1, they became the first trio in Giants history to each have more than 100 yards receiving in the same game.

If Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker have the better game, Denver likely will be in good shape.

Secondary is primary: The Giants secondary will be put the test. Last week, the unit tried taking away Dez Bryant by shading a safety over the top and gave up short and intermediate passes to Miles Austin and Jason Witten.

It will be interesting to see how the Giants will defend Denver's passing attack. Cornerback Terrell Thomas could take on Welker in the slot. Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Ross, Antrel Rolle, Ryan Mundy and Terrell Thomas will all have to step up against Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Decker and tight end Julius Thomas. Jacquian Williams also could find himself covering Julius Thomas.