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Giants' Corey Webster officially out Sunday

September, 21, 2013
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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
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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.

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"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.

Ex-Giant Steve Smith retires

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Steve Smith, who once was Eli Manning's favorite target and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII, retired on Wednesday.

Smith announced his retirement through a statement from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who signed Smith for this season.

“I’ve been blessed to play the game that I love at the highest level for the past six years," Smith said in the statement. "I will always cherish my time with the New York Giants and our Super Bowl victory in 2007.

"I also want to thank the Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers organizations for the opportunities they gave me. This was not an easy decision, but it’s the right decision for me at this time.”

Smith never fully recovered after suffering a serious knee injury during the 2010 season that required microfracture and mosaicplasty surgery. That was just a year after he had his best season ever with a single-season franchise record 107 catches for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns to make the Pro Bowl in 2009.

And during his rookie season in 2007, the second-round pick out of USC helped the Giants win the Super Bowl with five catches for 50 yards, including a pivotal one to convert on a third-and-11 with 40 seconds left on the game-winning drive.

The Giants offered Smith a five-year, $35-million contract extension in 2010 with much of it not guaranteed. Smith turned down the extension hoping to see what he could get on the market before getting injured in December of that year. The following summer, Smith signed with the Eagles as a free agent for a one-year, $2 million deal that infuriated the Giants' fan base.

But Smith was never really the same player again. The Giants knew he needed time to recover when he signed with the Eagles. Smith had a total of 25 catches and one touchdown with the Eagles and Rams the past two seasons.

With Smith gone, Victor Cruz filled the Giants' slot receiver spot and emerged into a star. Now, as Cruz is trying to negotiate a lucrative long-term extension with the Giants, his predecessor has retired.

Tell us what your favorite Steve Smith memory was below.

Hosley prepares for Panthers' Smith

September, 19, 2012
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Respect all, fear none.

That's the motto Giants rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley brings with him to the field.

And it worked well in Week 2.

Hosley started in place of the injured Prince Amukamara last Sunday against Tampa. He also handled slot receivers on three-wide sets. Giants coach Tom Coughlin seemed to like what he saw from the third-round pick.

"He's a competitive, scrappy guy and flew around pretty good," the coach said earlier this week.

Hosley hopes to impress again on Thursday night.

If Amukamara can't start because of his ankle injury, Hosley is expected to replace him.

And he anticipates going up against Steve Smith, one of the top receivers in the NFL.

His attitude on Smith? He respects him, but certainly doesn't fear him.

"He’s aggressive, not a bigger receiver, but he plays like he’s 6-4, 6-5," Hosley said of the 5-9 Smith. "So you definitely have to be aggressive, be on your A game."

That would be wise against Smith.

The 12-year veteran has been phenomenal in the first two weeks of the season, tallying 10 catches for 210 yards thus far.

"He’s across from me, I have to go do my job. Coach is going to put us in good position, mix things up, so I have to step up, man, I’ve got to be ready," Hosley said.

In the Giants' lone practice this week, Amukamara, Michael Coe and Hosley shared reps opposite Corey Webster. But Hosley is preparing to line up against Smith on the Panthers' first possession.

"I’m preparing the same way as I did last week. Still working at No. 1 nickel, still working at corner, so in my head, until they tell me otherwise, I’m pretty much feeling like I’m still starting," he said.

Boss to be released by Raiders

March, 12, 2012
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Jerry Reese's search for a tight end may have just been made easier by the Raiders, who will release former Giants tight end Kevin Boss, a source told ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

Boss left the Giants in free agency last summer after the Raiders offered him a four-year, $16 million deal that included $6 million guaranteed. Boss was due $4 million this season and the Raiders still owe him $2 million guaranteed in 2012 according to Schefter.

Boss played in 14 games last season and had 28 receptions for 368 yards and three touchdowns. Those were his lowest numbers since his rookie season in 2007 with the Giants. Boss did have a knee injury early in the season and also suffered a concussion during the season as well.

Reese took a lot of heat for letting Boss and wide receiver Steve Smith leave in free agency for bigger pay days than the Giants were willing to pay. In the end, the moves paid off for the Giants, who won a Super Bowl with tight end Jake Ballard and wide receiver Victor Cruz emerging.

Now, there's a possibility that the Giants could potentially bring both Boss and Smith back. The Giants need a tight end with Ballard and Travis Beckum both recovering from ACL surgeries and likely to start the season on the PUP lists. And Mario Manningham is expected to leave in free agency and the Giants could need a third receiver. Smith never wanted to leave and was open to the idea of a reunion last fall according to Schefter.

So less than a year after Boss left in free agency, he could potentially be back if the Giants and Boss are up for a reunion. It seems to make all the sense in the world to me if Boss is healthy. I never got the impression that Boss wanted to leave but he did what was best for him and his family last summer and no one can blame him for that. Eli Manning is comfortable with Boss, who obviously knows the Giants offense. Who better to come in and fill the void left by Ballard and Beckum than the guy they were trying to replace last year?

What remains to be seen is how much money the Giants will have as they try to re-sign the likes of Terrell Thomas, Jonathan Goff and will have to pay Steve Weatherford as well.

What do you guys think?


Plaxico Burress is opening the door –- again –- for a potential reunion with the New York Giants.

In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio's Rich Gannon and Adam Schein on Tuesday, Burress was asked if he would consider a return to the Giants with Mario Manningham poised to leave via free agency.

"It's always a great possibility," the wide receiver said. "Playing in Kevin Gilbride's system is definitely one of the best. You just see the production those guys are having at the wide receiver position. Victor Cruz obviously with the year he had, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. You just look at some of the plays that those guys are making out there on the edge.

"And Eli [Manning] has really just become a man of his position, leading those guys the last few games of the season, the last five or six winning, and obviously winning the Super Bowl."

Burress met with the Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin last summer early in camp, during free agency, and was offered an incentive-based contract before accepting a guaranteed one-year deal with the Jets. Burress said it was nothing personal against the Giants.

"I don't have any regrets at all," Burress said of not signing with the Giants last year. "It was a decision that I made personally not to go back at that time. Just coming out of my situation, being away from football for two years, they were the first team that I saw. I just kind of said to myself, I just wanted to go somewhere and have a fresh start, and just go out and just let everything kind of be new to me."

Burress will be a free agent and he recently said that "nothing else would make me happier" than to join the Eagles, in an interview on the "Brian Baldinger & Harry Mayes Show" on 97.5 The Fanatic ESPN Radio.

The Eagles were on his wish list last year as well before he landed with the Jets. But now as the 34-year-old wide receiver enters free agency, he says he is open to the idea of returning to the Giants.

The Giants have high expectations for last year's third-round pick, Jerrel Jernigan, and also hope former third-round pick Ramses Barden might be able to step up if, and likely when, Manningham leaves. The team also re-signed Domenik Hixon, who is coming back from a second ACL surgery on his right knee.

But there's always the possibility that they could bring in a veteran receiver like former Giant Steve Smith as ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter pointed out last year.

And there’s Burress, who talks glowingly of the Giants' offense.

"It's definitely a great offense," Burress said in the interview today with SiriusXM NFL radio. "I haven't been able to talk to any teams as of yet, obviously, because it's not free agency time. But I'm looking at all offers and I'm just looking at the opportunity to go into an offense, be productive, and have fun, make some plays these last few years. And the goal, as always, is to win a championship."

Cashman comes to Reese's defense

August, 12, 2011
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One New York general manger who knows what it's like to be scrutinized is going to bat for the other.

While defending inconsistent starter A.J. Burnett Friday, Yankees General Manger Brian Cashman also took time to defend the New York Giants and General Manager Jerry Reese for failing to re-sign wide receiver Steve Smith. The topic arose as Cashman spoke about what he called emotional responses that don't reflect reality.

"You turn on the radio stations. The New York Giants just lost their third receiver to the Philadelphia Eagles. Not their first receiver, it's not their second receiver, it's a guy coming off microfracture surgery, relax," Cashman said. "It's the same thing with A.J. Burnett. A.J. Burnett is not pitching anywhere close to as bad as people reflect and they got him pulled out of the rotation and I just think it's a stupid reaction. That's all."

Cashman's defense of the Giants comes one day after Reese held a press conference to defend his team's lack of moves and allowing some of its top free agents, like Smith, to head elsewhere instead of being re-signed to new deal. The failure to sign Smith, who headed to rival Philadelphia, has been a much-discussed move and it seems that many fans are quite upset with the Giants front office for not re-signing Smith.

It's unknown whether Cashman would approve of the Giants letting tight end Kevin Boss go to the Raiders, though.

Cofield sees a new team in his future

July, 25, 2011
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New York Giants unrestricted free-agent defensive tackle Barry Cofield seems resigned to the fact that he’ll likely be playing elsewhere next season.

Cofield, 27, wants be paid like a “quality NFL starter,” and the five-year veteran believes he’s going to have to leave the organization to get his money.

“Yeah, if they make a competitive offer, sure (I’d listen),” Cofield told the Newark (N.J) Star-Ledger on Monday afternoon. “But based on the things I’ve been hearing, I don’t think that’s going to be the case. Hopefully, I’ll get fair-market value that other quality starters get. From what I’m hearing, I don’t think the Giants can pay that amount.

“If they were competitive, absolutely. But to say I’d take an unfair contract or be willing to be paid less than that, no way I’m going to do that.”

The Giants would love to keep Cofield in the fold, but according to ESPN.com’s John Clayton, they’re already $6.1 million over the projected salary cap of $120 million and want to keep unrestricted free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw, tight end Kevin Boss, wide receiver Steve Smith and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, along with potentially re-working the contract of disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora.

Given their limited remaining financial resources, and the fact that they’ve selected defensive tackles (Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin) in the second round of the past two drafts, the Giants appear likely to be headed in a different direction.

“I expect to hear from them. They promised they would call regardless,” Cofield told the newspaper. “Whether or not they can make a competitive offer, I expect to hear from them. If they extend the courtesy to give me a call and let me know yay or nay, to check back in with them, I’ll do that for them. They gave me an opportunity to play in this league and we did some great things together.”

The Giants are the only franchise Cofield has ever known. They selected him in the fourth round of the 2006 draft, and the 27-year-old has appeared in 79 out of a possible 80 regular season games ever since. Last season, Cofield, set career-highs for both tackles (54) and sacks (4.0).

“Being a free agent, it’s going to be a whirlwind,” Cofield told the newspaper. “If you’re a guy who’s high on the list, as soon as the clock starts ticking you’ll be talking to teams and signing. A lot of people are going to be concerned about their families and looking for places to live.

“It’s exciting and nerve-wracking, anxious, but all in all it’s a blessing to even be in this situation.”

Because the lockout was lifted on Monday, teams can begin signing all free agents on Tuesday, but the deals cannot be made official until Friday at 6 p.m. The Giants have 15 unrestricted free agents.

“It’s exciting to know we’re going to be playing football as opposed to all this courtroom stuff and all of these interviews and stuff,” Cofield told the newspaper. “Everyone, the fans and media, owners everyone, is tired of the speculation and is ready to get down to the game we love.”

Mario looking super as Giants WR go down

December, 3, 2010
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –Just four games ago, Mario Manningham was the Giants No.3 wide receiver. The third-year wideout feasted on opposing secondaries consumed with covering Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith.

How things have changed in such little time. As the Giants receivers have gone down one by one, Manningham has been thrust to the No. 1 role, playing alongside free agent pickups and undrafted free agents. The elusive receiver is now the receiver the defense’s must shut down.

And so far, Manningham has done admirably. Teammates and coaches raved this week about Manningham’s performance in the absence of Nicks and Smith, which will extend this week when both miss Sunday’s game vs. Washington.

In the three games as the No. 1 wideout, Manningham has caught 16 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

“He’s done a terrific job picking up the load, him and (tight end Kevin) Boss,” Smith said. “They’ve both done very well.”

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride praised Manningham’s explosiveness and how the team has been working with him to become more consistent. His dynamic playmaking ability lends to the Giants trying to get the ball to his hands and take advantage of his homerun potential.

“I think his explosivenss is one of the important reasons why we’re so high up in big plays as an offense,” Gilbride said. “I think guys feed off the energy, off the personality as well as off the big plays that he makes.”

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The Giants have faced their fare share of great returnmen this season. Chicago’s Devin Hester. Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson. Dallas’ Dez Bryant. Seattle’s Leon Washington. This weekend, that trend continues as the Giants will have to try and contain Washington’s explosive rookie, Brandon Banks.

Banks, an undrafted free agent, is fourth in the NFC in return average for returners who have returned more than 10 kicks. He is averaging 27 yards per kickoff return and has a touchdown. He’s fifth among punt returners with more than 10 returns, averaging 11.3 yards.

“(He’s) running past everybody,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. “Going towards the endzone faster than I would like to comment on. They count on field position with him. They had one called back last week (against Minnesota) or they have the lead in the fourth quarter. He’s done a nice job.”

While Banks has been fantastic as a rookie, theGiants return coverage has been quite good this season, allowing just 18.3 yards per kickoff return and 6.3 yards per punt. After struggling early in the season, the Giants have improved as the season has gone on with the addition of strong defensive lineman like Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson to the special teams unit.

Like he has done in the past against others, Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes said he can mix up the kicks on kickoffs.

“We’ve recognized how good he is, but I still think we’re going to kick the ball to him,” Tynes said. “We’re pretty good at what we do too. I think we’re top three in the NFL in covering kicks, so it will be a big challenge and a big part of the game. We’re going to have to do a really good job.”

Giants official injury report

December, 3, 2010
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Here's the injury report for Sunday:

OUT
T Shawn Andrews (back)
CB Will Blackmon (chest)
WR Hakeem Nicks (leg)
C Shaun O'Hara (foot)

DOUBTFUL
WR Steve Smith (pectoral)
LT David Diehl (hip/hamstring)

Probable
DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)
S Brian Jackson (hand)
CB Aaron Ross (back)

Friday early practice report

December, 3, 2010
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All of the Giants walking wounded except offensive lineman Shawn Andrews (back) were at practice during the portion open to the media Friday morning, although they were not doing much.

Andrews is all but certain to be inactive Sunday and miss his second straight game.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (leg) was on the side throwing a football around. He will miss this weekend's game against Washington but will try to play against Minnesota on Dec. 12

Left tackle David Diehl (hip/hamstring) had on pads. Diehl has missed the last three games and it is unknown whether he will play Sunday.

Center Shaun O'Hara (foot) was riding a stationary bike before pushing a cart on the side while the team practiced, an indication that he will most likely miss his fifth straight game.

Wide receiver Steve Smith (pectoral) had on pads and didn't take any reps while the offense went through some plays. He most likely will miss Sunday's game and try to make his return against Minnesota.

Cornerback/punt returner Will Blackmon (chest) was riding a stationary bike.

Giants official injury report

December, 2, 2010
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Here's the Giants injury report for Thursday.

DID NOT PRACTICE
T Shawn Andrews (back)
CB Will Blackmon (chest)
WR Hakeem Nicks (Leg)
C Shaun O'Hara (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
T David Diehl (hip/hamstring)
WR Steve Smith (pectoral)
DE Osi Umenyiora (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION
S Brian Jackson (hand)
CB Aaron Ross (back)

Giants early practice report

December, 2, 2010
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Offensive linemen David Diehl (hip/hamstring) and Shaun O'Hara (foot) were in pads and doing individual drills during the portion of practice Thursday afternoon. Fellow offensive lineman Shawn Andrews (back) was not practicing, though.

The status of the three for Sunday's game against Washington is unknown at this point.

Cornerback Aaron Ross (back) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee), who were both limited in practice Wednesday, were working with their positions. Wide receiver Steve Smith (pectoral) was catching passes with quarterback Eli Manning, but is still expected to miss Sunday's game.

Cornerback Will Blackmon (chest) was riding the bike during the open portion, while wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (leg) was not practicing.

Receivers step up without Smith in lineup

November, 14, 2010
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The Giants might not have the services of Pro Bowl receiver Steve Smith for several weeks, leaving the onus on the Giants young corps of receivers to step up. In their first game without the group’s veteran, the Giants youngsters provided admirable performance in the Giants 33-20 loss to Dallas.

The Giants receivers didn’t seem to miss a beat without Smith, finding ways to get open and helping quarterback Eli Manning rack up 387 passing yards. Mario Manningham, starting in place of Smith, led the team by tying a career-best with 10 receptions and scoring a touchdown, while Ramses Barden caught three passes for 34 yards before leaving the game with a right ankle sprain. Hakeem Nicks also caught five passes for 82 yards.

That doesn’t mean the Giants receivers wouldn’t like to see him back soon.

“We can always use him, it would’ve been better to have him out there, but I don’t know how many penalties we had. It would’ve helped to have him out there,” Manningham said. “We lost so there’s nothing we can really say or change. I know we would’ve played a better game if he was out there, that’s Steve.”

Smith is week-to-week with a partially torn pectoral muscle and indications are he will miss next week’s game against the Eagles. He is second on the Giants with 517 receiving yards and 47 catches.

With Smith out, Nicks said he saw the type of defenses he expected. There was a safety over the top on him for the majority of the game, and he would at times be in man-to-man coverage. While Nicks made a costly gaffe by not running a correct route on a slat that led to an interception return for a touchdown to give Dallas a 16-3 lead, he still topped 80 yards for the fifth time in six games.

Manningham was used primarily in short screen routes at the beginning of the game before stretching the field. He finished with 10 catches for 91 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 476 yards and four scores on the year. He caught a five-yard pass with 9:01 left in the third quarter to cut Dallas’ lead to 26-13.

Barden, the second-year receiver who has struggled to receive playing time, had his most productive day as a pro with three catches for 34 yards. His injury to his right ankle ended his day early and left him in crutches and a walking boot after the game. He praised Smith for being helpful to the Giants fellow receivers.

“He’s a huge part of this offense, he’s a great teacher, he’s done things to make sure that everybody else is up to speed and when we’re out there we got his confidence and we have each other’s back,” Barden said. “We know we’re going to do the best we can to perform in his absence.”

Manning was complimentary of his receiving unit after the game.

“I thought guys did well. They filled in and it wasn’t a case of guys running wrong routes,” Manning said. “. When you have a guy like Steve, who is so good in the slot, you have great confidence with him reading his body in game situations and you have a new guy there it is going to be a little off here or there with some things. But we have to learn. We have some young guys. I thought Mario played really well playing a new spot and did some really good things, but we can definitely learn a few things and get better.”
Giants wide receiver Steve Smith said he does not expect to be ready for next Sunday’s NFC East divisional contest against Philadelphia. Smith missed Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys with a partial tear of his pectoral muscle, an injury he suffered Thursday.

He also said that it might be a long shot for him to play against Jacksonville on Nov. 28, before adding that he’s not completely sure of how long he will be out.

“We’re going week to week with it,” Smith said. “I don’t have range or strength yet.”

During practice Thursday, Smith attempted to catch a ball and partially tore his pectoral muscle. While the injury won’t require surgery, it will take an unspecified amount of time to heal. Smith said he’s been doing little rehab, as he is trying to let the scar tissue build up as part of the healing process.

Mario Manningham started in place of Smith and led New York with 91 yards and a touchdown against Dallas, while second-year receiver Ramses Barden saw increased action and caught three passes before spraining his right ankle.

“I think Mario did good and Ramses did good too,” Smith added. “But hopefully (Barden) isn’t too banged up.”

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