New York Giants: Matt Broha

Rapid Reaction: Patriots 28, Giants 20

August, 29, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. –- The New York Giants suffered yet another significant preseason injury Thursday, as running back Andre Brown broke his left leg during the Giants' 28-20 loss to the New England Patriots.

What it means: One week after losing safety Stevie Brown for the season to a torn ACL in a preseason game, Andre Brown breaks his left leg. It’s the same leg on which Andre fractured his fibula against the Packers on Nov. 25 last year. The Giants said Andre could have returned that season if they made it to the Super Bowl, so he could be a candidate for the injured reserve/"designated to return" spot that would allow him to come back after eight weeks.

Andre Brown’s injury is a blow to the running game. Coach Tom Coughlin wanted a one-two punch with David Wilson and Brown, who is the Giants’ most well-rounded running back. Brown could run with power and speed and catch out of the backfield and was the team’s best pass-protecting back. The team will now have to depend on and trust Wilson even more. Seventh-round pick Michael Cox might move up to the backup spot. Ryan Torain’s and Da’Rel Scott’s chances of making the team have increased with Saturday’s final cuts looming.

The Giants could also always look outside and see what is available, especially after teams make final cuts on Saturday.

More injuries: Brown wasn’t the only Giant to suffer an injury. Backup safety Tyler Sash suffered a concussion, and the Giants were already smarting there with the loss of Stevie Brown for the year. With Will Hill having to serve a four-game suspension to start the regular season, the Giants can’t afford to lose Sash for an extended amount of time. Rookie Cooper Taylor will be behind starters Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy if Sash has to miss time.

Also, tight end Adrien Robinson suffered an injury to what appeared to be his left foot. The severity of the injury wasn’t immediately known. Already this preseason, the Giants have watched starters such as Victor Cruz (heel), David Baas (left MCL), David Diehl (thumb) and the two Browns suffer injuries in preseason games.

Offense awakens: On a very small side note, the starting offense finished the preseason strong by scoring a touchdown in the red zone. After struggling in the preseason inside the opponent’s 20, Eli Manning orchestrated a 10-play, 91-yard drive that resulted in a 3-yard touchdown strike to Hakeem Nicks.

Manning opened the drive with a 37-yard completion to Louis Murphy. Manning also hit tight end Brandon Myers on a 10-yard gain, and Wilson had a 16-yard run as well on the drive.

One more time: Several Giants tried to make a final impression in the last preseason game. Defensive tackle Mike Patterson looked good, applying pressure to the quarterback several times and getting a sack and a half. Patterson might have solidified a roster spot with that performance. Marvin Austin, a second-round pick in 2011, might be fighting for a roster spot.

Middle linebacker Mark Herzlich also had a strong outing, snatching an interception off a deflection right before it hit the turf. Defensive ends Matt Broha, Justin Trattou and Adewale Ojomo all had sacks on Tim Tebow as well.

What’s next: The Giants will make final cuts on Saturday and play in Dallas in the season opener on Sept. 8.

Notebook: Coughlin explains Thomas move

September, 1, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Coach Tom Coughlin said Terrell Thomas and Shaun Rogers were placed on season-ending injured reserve in the best interest of the two players and the team.

"We felt in the best interest of the player and the team that this is the direction that we should go with both Shaun Rogers and Terrell Thomas," Coughlin said. "We have to think in not only the long-term best interest of the player but of the club and exactly where we are at."

Coughlin would not elaborate on Thomas' medical condition. The cornerback, who re-aggravated his twice-repaired right ACL early in camp, had hoped to return sometime this season to play without needing surgery.

The Giants could have designated him as their temporary injured reserve player who can come off IR after eight weeks starting next Tuesday (here is all you need to know about the new IR rule).

But in order to do that, the Giants would have had to keep Thomas on the active roster on Friday. By placing Thomas and Rogers on IR Friday, the Giants ended their seasons, with the thought that the two would not be able to help this year. Thomas will now miss two full seasons in a row on IR due to his ACL.

Coughlin said he has not decided if he will use the temporary IR slot, or who he would use it on. He said defensive tackle Marvin Austin could potentially play by Week 2, so it sounds as if the Giants could hold onto the slot and use it later in the season.

Roster moves: The Giants waived guard Mitch Petrus on Saturday after being awarded offensive tackle D.J. Jones off waivers from the Eagles. Petrus struggled in the final preseason game and the Giants are adding Jones for depth at tackle with Will Beatty and James Brewer having dealt with back issues this preseason.

The Giants also brought back several players who were cut on Friday. Offensive linemen Selvish Capers, Matt McCants and Stephen Goodin, cornerback Laron Scott, defensive ends Matt Broha and Craig Marshall, wide receiver David Douglas and tight end Larry Donnell are back on the practice squad.

Ojo makes case for spot on crowded D-line

August, 30, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the ugliest of games, Adewale Ojomo gave Giants fans reason to smile.

The rookie defensive end continued his outstanding preseason, making the biggest play of the night -- a strip-sack of New England quarterback Brian Hoyer late in the fourth quarter, leading to the game-winning field goal in the New York Giants' 6-3 victory over the New England Patriots.

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Rich Schultz /Getty ImagesAdewale Ojomo racked up four sacks in the preseason.
"I don't consider myself a surprise," said Ojomo, who went undrafted out of the University of Miami. "Maybe to the coaches, but not to myself. I believe in God, first and foremost, and I believe in myself. And once you believe in those two things, it'll all work out for the best. That's my motto."

The Giants are well-stocked at defensive end, with three veteran stars at the position: Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora. But with those three sitting out the final game of the preseason, Ojomo took advantage of his opportunity, likely securing a spot on the Giants' 53-man regular-season roster.

"We had a chance to evaluate a lot of people," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Ojo continues to do some very nice things out there."

The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder is on one heck of a roll. After recording two sacks against the New York Jets on Aug. 18, he added another one against the Chicago Bears last week. Now he has a team-leading four, after his latest highlight-reel clip -- bursting off the line of scrimmage from the right side to force a fumble, recovered by teammate Marcus Thomas deep in New England territory with less than three minutes remaining.

"It's an Osi Umenyiora move," said Ojomo, when asked to describe the play. "Chop, club, then come around the edge."

It turns out Ojomo has been studying Umenyiora's moves since high school. "I don't want to make him feel old, but sometimes I make him feel kinda old," said Ojomo, laughing.

All jokes aside, Ojomo said he has benefited a great deal from being around the Giants' veteran D-line stars. "I just pay close attention to what those guys do, and try to model my game after those guys," he said. "Those guys are the best defensive line in the NFL, so it's hard not to take from those guys and be able to make plays."

The Giants must make their final roster cut down, from 75 players to 53, by Friday. Coughlin & Co. will have tough decisions to make, particularly on the defensive line.

Adrian Tracy -- the team's sixth-round draft pick in 2010 -- has also been compared to Umenyiora, even earning the nickname "Yosi" (Young Osi). But he missed the team's final three preseason games due to a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Ojomo and fellow rookie free agent Matt Broha (3.5 sacks) have taken full advantage of the situation. Broha had 1.5 sacks against the Pats on Wednesday night.

"Yeah, those two kids have really done a nice job the entire preseason," Coughlin said of Ojomo and Broha. "They played hard, they get after the quarterback pretty good, they have done a nice job in practice. ... They don't miss a thing. They have been a very pleasant surprise."

Ojomo said it would be "a great honor" to make the team. But don't be mistaken -- this confident 23-year-old, who only started 14 games in college, believes he belongs.

"I'm confident in myself, I'm confident in my abilities," Ojomo said. "I don't think I'm a fluke. I think I can go out each and every week, every Sunday, and do what I need to do."