Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Status reports all around
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.
The news of the day: Giants GM Jerry Reese and all of the team's position coaches spoke to the media Tuesday for the only time all season. As I was in Bristol for "NFL Insiders," Matt Ehalt and Kieran Darcy handled the coverage in East Rutherford and have plenty of interesting stuff. Reese credits coach Tom Coughlin for holding the team together through the 0-6 start and thinks the Giants can still make the playoffs. (I agree with one of those two things.) Wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride thinks Hakeem Nicks is on the verge of a breakout. (Not sure about this one, as I think Nicks' legs aren't what they used to be and that he might at least subconsciously be trying to make sure he doesn't get hurt in his contract year.) And the Giants expect that running back Andre Brown will return to game action as soon as he's eligible in the first game after this week's bye. Will be interesting to see what move, if any, they make at running back. Wouldn't be surprised if David Wilson ends up on season-ending injured reserve before this is all over.
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Around the division: The folks at ESPNDallas.com have come up with a gallery of 21 Cowboys losses since 2005 that fit into the fun category of "crazy Cowboys losses," inspired by Sunday's loss to the Lions in which they won the turnover battle by four and still managed not to win. A little schadenfreude for Giants fans on the bye week.
Around the league: Nicks wasn't traded, of course, as the NFL's trade deadline passed Tuesday. Neither was Minnesota's Jared Allen or Cleveland's Josh Gordon or anyone else but Isaac Sopoaga, who was dealt from Philadelphia to New England. There were some interesting deals made earlier in the year, including the one that sent Trent Richardson to the Colts and the one that sent Jon Beason to the Giants. But the NFL trade deadline is not a deadline that tends to spur action. Little was expected Tuesday, and very little occurred. I think the Giants did well in the trade season, not just in acquiring Beason, who's changed their defense for the better, but in holding onto Nicks, who may still be a long-term piece of their offense and might not cost what he and they used to think he might in free agency.