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Rex Ryan hits back at Giants RB Williams

August, 20, 2014
Aug 20
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The annual preseason game between the New York Jets and New York Giants may not actually count, but you wouldn't know that for all the verbiage -- and regret -- that comes with it every season.

Jets coach Rex Ryan picked up on Giants running back Andre Williams' comments that the Giants were the "real New York team," and then Ryan shot back at the rookie. The teams square off on Friday night.

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AP PhotoCoach Rex Ryan and the Jets say they're fired up for Friday's preseason game against the Giants.
"Last time I saw him he was getting smoked by Clemson," Ryan said Wednesday, referring to an Oct. 12 game between Williams' Boston College Eagles and Clemson, the team Ryan's son Seth plays for. The Tigers won that game 24-14 and held Williams to 70 yards on 24 carries.

"I will say that kid's a good back, though. He is," Ryan said. "I was like, 'Is anybody going to tackle him?' It's great. I have a funny feeling he's going to get some Riddells [helmets] on him, but we'll see. I have a feeling he's going to be pumped up and trust me, our guys are going to be pumped up, too."

Ryan said the back and forth just shows once again that the matchup between the two New York teams means a little more than other preseason games.

"This is the only time you get to play each other," Ryan said, "and I think it amps up a little bit. I really do."

As if to back his coach up, Jets defensive lineman Damon Harrison called out Williams via social media.

"See you Friday Mr. Williams...#JetLifeeeeee," Harrison tweeted.

Now for the regret.

Last year, Ryan put likely starter Mark Sanchez in during the fourth quarter of the Jets-Giants game. The quarterback took a hit from Marvin Austin that resulted in a season-ending shoulder injury.

During his postgame news conference, Ryan got so frustrated by one persistent line of questioning that he turned sideways to answer.

"I got a lot of flak from you guys," Ryan said Wednesday. "Let's face it, they [wanted to] run me out of here. Was that my proudest moment? Probably not. It's kind of funny, I forget who I was sideways with. But you know what? I think I just got a little tired of [the questions]."

The question that got to Ryan that night: Was he ready to name Geno Smith as the starting quarterback, given the injury to Sanchez? Ryan said then he wasn't going to answer.

"Sometimes after games," the coach said Wednesday, "we tell our players to cool off a little bit, but sometimes I need to cool off, too."

Ultimately, the Jets put Sanchez on the reserve/injured list as the one player designated to return. Now he's playing backup for the Eagles, and looking a lot better.

Given an opportunity to redo the news conference, Ryan said he would do it differently.

"There's a lot of things you'd take back in life," he said. "That's probably one of them."

How Giants lured DRC away from Jets

March, 26, 2014
Mar 26
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Before visiting with the New York Giants, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie spent time at the New York Jets' facility, meeting with team officials. Giants coach Tom Coughlin wasn't worried about losing the free-agent cornerback to his local rival.

"It seemed as if he was going to continue to visit until he found what he wanted," Coughlin said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings.

Rodgers-Cromartie found it with the Giants, who gave him a five-year, $35 million contract that includes $13.98 million guaranteed. Putting the money aside for a moment, the Giants believe they landed the talented corner by providing two important elements: A specific plan for him on defense and stablity.

This will be DRC's third team in three years, and he wants to settle down with one team, according to Coughlin. The Jets didn't provide that opportunity, reportedly offering what amounted to a one-year contract for about $6 million.

"To be honest with you, he was looking for a place to sink his roots and become a guy who represented a team and stayed there, and worked his way through some things," Coughlin said. "He wanted to be part of something instead of one year here, one year there. ...He jumped on that. He wanted to be a guy who’s associated with a team and be recognized."

Rodgers-Cromartie is a talented, but inconsistent player. He played well last season for the Denver Broncos, but he was a disappointment in the two previous seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Coughlin said the Giants' coaches studied him closely, formulating a plan to maximize his strengths. He wouldn't divulge the plan.

"We have a young man that really wants to be coached," he said. "We studied and we saw some areas we can help him in, and we were very specific about how that would happen. He was very open and receptive to it. We did a good job of it. Our coaches worked their tails off. They spent a lot of time on it, a lot of time."

And the Jets still have a gaping hole at cornerback, with general manager John Idzik taking heat for failing to address a need.

Wake-up call: Combine, Day 6

February, 24, 2014
Feb 24
On Monday's schedule in Indianapolis:

New York Jets/Giants media availability: None. The prospects, too, are done with their media obligations. Ninety-five percent of the media have cleared out of Indianapolis, including yours truly.

Combine schedule: The defensive linemen and linebackers will be in Lucas Oil Stadium, participating in the 40-yard dash, agility stations and positional skill drills. ... The defensive backs will have psychological testing, the bench press and team interviews.

Players of interest: For very different reasons, the spotlight will be focused on two defensive ends -- South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney and Missouri's Michael Sam. Clowney, who told reporters his goal is to become one of the best players of all-time, could go No. 1 overall to the Houston Texans. His 40-yard dash will be a must-watch. After two weeks of intense scrutiny following his disclosure that he's gay, Sam finally can concentrate on football. Scouts are eager to see his speed and if he has the athleticism to play in space as a linebacker. He struggled in that area at the Senior Bowl.

Ebron draws interest from Jets, Giants

February, 21, 2014
Feb 21
INDIANAPOLIS -- The New York Jets and New York Giants have the hots for the same player -- Eric Ebron, North Carolina's ultra-athletic tight end.

If they both covet Ebron, the advantage goes to the Giants, who own the 12th overall pick -- six spots ahead of the Jets in the first round.

The Giants are so intrigued by Ebron (6-4, 250 pounds) that general manager Jerry Reese and vice president of player evaluation Marc Ross scouted him during the season and filed reports. The team's top two decision-makers don't do that unless there's a high degree of interest in a player. Ebron scored high grades and will be a consideration with the 12th pick.

The Giants have a glaring need, as do the Jets, who would love to pair Ebron with Jeff Cumberland, a free agent-to-be whom they're trying to re-sign.

Ebron (62 catches, 973 yards, three touchdowns last season) is the consensus top tight end in the draft, ahead of Texas Tech's Jace Amaro, whom the Giants interviewed Thursday night at the scouting combine. Ebron is a new-breed tight end, meaning he can split out as a receiver, creating a mismatch. He once said his speed is "illegal," and he told reporters that he can't be jammed at the line of scrimmage. College opponents didn't try, he said.

"I think why teams don't press me is because they can't," he said. "I will not be pressed at the line of scrimmage. That's a prideful thing of mine. It'd be best to leave the play to cover y'alls' back."

Ebron said he patterns his game after Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers. Why?

"Because [of the] similarities," he said, comparing himself to one of the best. "His speed, he's powerful, he's very strong at the line of scrimmage. Love everything about him."

Ebron isn't shy on confidence. Asked to describe his play, he replied, "Fast. I play fast. I'm a little bit faster than most."

Scouts are eager to see his time in the 40. Ebron is far from a finished product. His blocking needs work, he's had some drops and some question his toughness over the middle. But the tight end position has changed, and the good ones are deployed like wide receivers.

"I just do different things than other tight ends do," Ebron said. "If you watch film you'll probably say the same thing."

Coughlin upset with play of offense

August, 25, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Tom Coughlin's offense is sputtering, his patience is beginning to run out and there isn't much time left to get things fixed.

"We got some work to do on the offensive side of the ball," the New York Giants' coach said Saturday night, after a 24-21 overtime loss to the New York Jets. "Whatever is going on, we got to solve it and solve it fast. We don't have much time. We only have a couple of practice days this week."

Coughlin said he likely will stick to his normal plan of not playing his starters much in the fourth preseason game, against the Patriots on Thursday. But he did say "we'll see."

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Brad Penner/USA TODAY SportsIf you take away David Wilson's 84-yard touchdown scamper, the Giants' offense didn't do much.
In the biggest dress rehearsal of the preseason for the starters, Eli Manning and the offense struggled. David Wilson opened the game with an 84-yard touchdown run on the left side of the line. Take away that big run and the Giants gained just 55 yards rushing the rest of the game.

Meanwhile, Manning completed just 8 of 20 passes for 83 yards. The offense failed to punch the ball in the red zone again despite having a first-and-goal at the Jets' 4. Andre Brown was stuffed on a third-and-goal at the 2 despite the Giants using four tight ends in a big package. On fourth-and-goal, Manning failed to connect with Hakeem Nicks on a fade in the corner of the end zone.

"I choose to go for it, which means I am putting confidence in them," Coughlin said of the fourth-down play.

The Giants' starters also had a first-and-10 at the Jets' 23 off of Stevie Brown's interception, but gained only 1 yard before settling for a field goal. In the previous preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Giants had the ball four times at the Colts' 12 or better and failed to score a touchdown.

Manning also had to play behind a revamped offensive line, which included Jim Cordle at center and Justin Pugh at right tackle due to injuries to David Baas (MCL) and David Diehl (thumb). The line had some communication issues and clearly needs more time together.

Credit the Jets' defense as well.

"It's tough when I'm covered and the guards are covered and then we still got to see linebackers and they're twisting," said Cordle, who could be seen communicating regularly with Chris Snee on the line. "That's hard. We picked up a lot of it, but some of it gave us some trouble and a couple of times it was stuff that I haven't seen. But most of it we had seen. It was just we got to react a little bit faster."

"We had two plays where we just miscommunicated," Cordle added. "I wasn't sure which way we were going and the guy came through clean."

Cordle said he's confident the Giants will get things straightened out. They don't have much time before they travel to Dallas for the opener on Sept. 8.

Austin delivers knockout blow to Sanchez

August, 25, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rex Ryan was the one who put Mark Sanchez at risk. Marvin Austin was the one who knocked Sanchez out.

On Sanchez's first snap Saturday night, early in the fourth quarter, the 6-foot-2, 312-pound Austin slung the New York Jets quarterback to the ground for a sack and a 9-yard loss. Just a few minutes later, Austin drilled Sanchez into the ground immediately after a throw -- a clean-looking hit, but one that resulted in Sanchez leaving the game with a right shoulder injury.

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Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY SportsMarvin Austin got to Mark Sanchez twice.
Both Austin and fellow New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins were chasing Sanchez. "Coach called a play, and I just pretty much overlapped over Hankins," Austin said. "And then when I saw [Sanchez], s---, I just hit him. I hit him hard. I felt it."

Austin said he didn't realize Sanchez was hurt right away. "Nah, I didn't know," Austin said. "I was hurt -- when I hit him I felt it in my chest. I played it off, tried to run off, but it was a pretty hard hit. Hopefully he's healthy or whatever, I wish nobody to be hurt, but it was a hard hit."

It was the most memorable play of a rather ugly game between New York's two football teams. It also may have been the biggest play of Austin's NFL career, despite the fact that it came in a preseason game.

Austin, 24, has thus far failed to live up to the Giants' expectations after they drafted him in the second round (52nd overall) in 2011 out of North Carolina. Austin missed all of his rookie year after tearing a pectoral muscle in a preseason game, and played in just eight games last season, with eight tackles.

Austin is literally playing for his job right now. He's currently listed as a third-stringer, and the Giants arguably have more depth at defensive tackle than any other position. He knows that his time to prove himself is running out.

"I gotta be more productive, I know that, to be a part of this team," Austin said. "So I just wanted to go out there, have fun, and make plays."

Well, mission accomplished. And the Jets' coach did Austin a favor by putting Sanchez in the game, behind a backup offensive line no less. Knocking out Matt Simms or Greg McElroy wouldn't have garnered Austin nearly as much attention.

Austin admitted he was surprised to see Sanchez on the field in the fourth quarter.

"Yeah, I mean, they got a huge investment in him. So I was a little surprised," Austin said. "I just knew that I gotta go out there and hit him. I gotta go out there and perform, and show 'em that I can play in this league. Who better to do it against than the Jets' quarterback?"

Rapid Reaction: Jets 24, Giants 21 (OT)

August, 24, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Another preseason game, another starter goes down as the New York Giants lost safety Stevie Brown during a 21-18 defeat to the New York Jets.

The Jets won on a Billy Cundiff field goal in overtime.

What it means: After losing David Baas and Victor Cruz on the opening drive of their previous preseason game and David Diehl to thumb surgery during the week, the Giants watched Brown go down untouched on an interception return, clutching his left knee. He couldn't put any weight on his left knee. The team initially called the injury a knee sprain.

It was an ugly game for the Giants outside of David Wilson's 84-yard touchdown run and the defense taking advantage of a mistake-prone Jets offense that had five turnovers.

Brown down: Brown's injury could be a potentially big one for the Giants, who are already without Antrel Rolle (ankle). Rolle has been making his way back quickly and should be ready for the opener, but if Brown is out for an extended period of time, Ryan Mundy will be the next man up.

Will Hill came in with the starters alongside Mundy after Brown was injured, but Hill will serve a four-game suspension at the start of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Giants also have Tyler Sash and rookie Cooper Taylor at safety on the depth chart.

Successful return: Terrell Thomas played in his first game since tearing his right ACL on Aug. 22, 2011.

Thomas, making a third comeback from a right ACL injury after undergoing surgery again last year, mostly covered the slot receiver as an extra defensive back with Prince Amukamara and Aaron Ross starting. While Thomas made it out of the game healthy, the Giants did lose backup cornerback Jayron Hosley to an ankle injury. The defense was already playing without Corey Webster (knee/groin).

Dead zone: The offense struggled yet again in the red zone, failing to punch the ball in despite a first-and-goal at the Jets' 4. Andre Brown was stuffed on a third-and-goal at the 2 despite the Giants using four tight ends in a big package. On fourth-and-goal, an Eli Manning pass for Hakeem Nicks was broken up in the corner of the end zone.

The Giants' starters also had a first-and-10 at the Jets' 23 off of Brown's interception but gained only 1 yard before settling for a field goal. In the previous preseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Giants had the ball four times at the Colts' 12 or better and failed to score a touchdown.

Overall, Manning completed just eight of 20 passes for 83 yards while being sacked once. The revamped offensive line, which included Jim Cordle at center and Justin Pugh at right tackle, appeared to have some communication issues and needs more time together.

The Giants also had four consecutive penalties on one Jets offensive drive in the first quarter.

Wilson explodes: Wilson had his first big run of the season, taking his first carry of the game 84 yards to the end zone. Will Beatty and Brandon Myers helped open a hole on the left side, and Wilson was gone. Wilson finished with 92 yards on five carries. Brown, who also served as the team’s third-down back and goal-line back, had 17 yards rushing on seven carries.

What's next: The Giants close the preseason at New England on Thursday.

Brown, Hosley exit with injuries

August, 24, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants safety Stevie Brown and cornerback Jayron Hosley exited Saturday night's game against the Jets in the first quarter after suffering knee and ankle injuries, respectively.

Brown, one of the team's starting safeties, injured his left knee while returning an interception of Jets quarterback Geno Smith. He is out for the rest of the game with what is officially being called a sprained knee.

Brown was tied for second in the NFL last season with eight interceptions.

Hosley, the team's third-round draft choice in 2012, is also out for the rest of the game with a sprained ankle. Hosley is currently one of the Giants' second-string corners, along with Aaron Ross, and plays in some nickel and dime packages. He was also the team's primary punt returner in Saturday's game.

Injury report: Antrel out

August, 24, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Antrel Rolle on Saturday was officially added to the not-expected-to-play list for the New York Giants.

Rolle did some minor work in practice Thursday, but he did not appear on Friday's list of Giants who were unlikely to play against the New York Jets.

Joining Rolle are CB Corey Webster (knee/groin), WR Victor Cruz (heel), WR Ramses Barden (knee), WR Louis Murphy (leg), C David Baas (knee), T David Diehl (thumb surgery), FB Henry Hynoski (knee), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and DT Markus Kuhn (knee).

ESPN New York's NFL Draft preview

April, 24, 2013

Rich Cimini and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss what needs the Giants and Jets must address and who they may select at the NFL draft.

Bradshaw says Jets show interest

March, 20, 2013
Ahmad Bradshaw still wants to be a starting running back somewhere.

And although the Jets recently signed Mike Goodson to a three-year, $6.9 million deal, they would have legitimate interest if Bradshaw lowers his asking price, according to a source. Bradshaw says the Jets, Packers and Steelers have shown interest in him.

The free-agent running back is currently working out in Florida as he continues to make his way back from surgery on his foot. The former Giant hopes to find work after he shows teams how healthy he is.

"I feel great," he said on ESPN New York 98.7. "I'm getting there. I'm walking around without the boot. There are a lot of teams out there that need running backs.

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Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY SportsWill former Giant Ahmad Bradshaw join the Jets?
"I want to go to a team where I can be the number one (back) and get multiple carries every game," he added. "A couple of teams are interested. ... Pittsburgh, the Jets, the Packers, which are all teams that I feel like need a running back and I can help. It's a process and I want to take it slow."

Bradshaw wants to stay close to home and he says a return to the Giants is always a possibility.

"There's always been that chance," said Bradshaw, who mentioned after he was released that the Giants left the door open for a possible return someday.

Bradshaw reminisced about how emotional his farewell to Tom Coughlin and the Giants was when he was released in February, calling the Giants a family that he still loves.

He was asked if he could play for Rex Ryan after spending his entire career with Coughlin, since the two New York coaches are polar opposites.

"I've head from a lot of guys he is a great coach," Bradshaw said of Ryan. "It is not even about that [difference between Ryan and Coughlin] with me. He seems to get his guys going for games and for weeks."

Combine recap: Jets and Giants

February, 23, 2013

Super Bowl XLVIII schedule of events

January, 29, 2013
Super Bowl XLVIII is barely one year away.

The big game will be played on Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

In the week leading up to kickoff, several events will be held in the New York/New Jersey area. Let's take a look:

• Super Bowl Boulevard, the sports and entertainment hub of Super Bowl week, will stretch from 44th Street -- in the middle of Times Square -- down Broadway to 34th Street from Jan. 29-Feb. 1. It will be a free festival open to fans from around the world.

Thanks to an assortment of interactive activities, fans can throw a touchdown, catch a pass or kick a field goal. Fans also will be able to see the Lombardi Trophy on display, attend nightly concerts, take part in football clinics and competitions, obtain autographs from players and visit NFL-themed exhibits.

• The Super Bowl Media Center will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown. More than 5,000 media will be credentialed for the event.

• The Friday Night Party and the annual NFL Honors awards show will take place in New York on Jan. 31.

• The NFL will work out of its league headquarters on Park Avenue.

• In New Jersey, there will be a series of activities. Media Day will be held at Prudential Center in Newark on Jan. 28. The NFL's Tailgate Party will be held at the Grandstand at the Meadowlands Racetrack in the final hours before kickoff.

• Both teams will stay at hotels in New Jersey. The NFC team will practice at the Giants' facility in East Rutherford, while the AFC team will practice at the Jets' facility in Florham Park.

Ross pulls out of Jets' GM consideration

January, 16, 2013
Marc Ross isn't going anywhere after all.

A source confirmed Ross pulled out of consideration for the Jets' general manager opening, as first reported by the New York Post. Ross, the Giants' director of college scouting, interviewed with the Jets, Panthers, Chargers and Jaguars. Only the Jets have yet to fill their GM vacancy.

Jerry Reese did lose his pro personnel guru, Dave Gettleman, who left to become Carolina's GM. That will impact free agency for the Giants.

But the Giants general manager keeps Ross, the man who helps run his drafts.

Lomas Claus has gifts for Sanchez, Giants

December, 22, 2012

Lomas Brown gets into the holiday spirit by handing out gifts to some of the NFL's biggest names.