New York Giants: David Douglas

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.

It's nervous time for many young Giants

August, 30, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The preseason is finally over. But before the Giants move on in earnest to start preparing for the Cowboys next Wednesday, one more important thing needs to happen:


More specifically, the Giants need to trim their roster from 75 players to 53, prior to 9 p.m. Friday.

General manager Jerry Reese, head coach Tom Coughlin and the rest of his staff have some very tough decisions to make in the next 24 hours or so.

"I feel that we put a solid group of guys together," said running back Andre Brown on Thursday. "It’s hard for them to make the choices upstairs."

Brown is one of the players who will be nervous leading up to Friday night's deadline. Originally a fourth-round draft choice by the Giants in 2009 out of NC State, Brown already has been waived eight different times in his NFL career, by five different teams.

The 25-year-old has just two regular-season carries on his resume, with the Broncos back in 2010. But in the Giants' final preseason game, Wednesday night against the Patriots, Brown carried the ball a team-high 14 times, accumulating 55 yards.

"I feel very good with my ability, and that I came out there and I produced what I did," said Brown. "I picked up my blocks, I was solid in my protection. I felt as though I put my best foot forward."

But will that be enough? The Giants already have Ahmad Bradshaw, along with first-round draft pick David Wilson. Brown, sixth-year man D.J. Ware and second-year vet Da'Rel Scott all may be competing for just one spot.

"He played well," said Coughlin of Brown. "He ran hard. He made some good, solid powerful runs. He missed a cut here or there. Of course he put the ball on the ground and Bear Pascoe really helped by being on the spot. But I liked the way in which he played and the effort he displayed and speed with which he played. He caught the ball coming out of the backfield as did Da'Rel."

"They both played a lot of special teams and showed speed and some power on special teams which is a real plus," Coughlin added, of Brown and Scott. "I think both of them distinguished themselves."

(The head coach's praise of Brown and Scott has to make you wonder about Ware's future.)

And running back isn't the only position at which there is intense competition. With a number of injuries on the defensive line, the Giants have some very difficult decisions to make in that area as well.

Defensive end Adewale Ojomo, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Miami, had a team-high four sacks in the preseason, and made the game-winning play against the Pats on Wednesday. But even he isn't feeling too sure of himself.

"Yeah, I’m really nervous right now at this point," said Ojomo. "There’s a lot banking on this."

Ojomo should survive the Friday cutdown. But two other rookie free agents who find themselves in more precarious positions are wide receiver David Douglas and defensive back Laron Scott.

Douglas -- who signed with the Giants back in May after finishing his college career at Arizona -- had just one catch for 23 yards in the four preseason games, but had some impressive moments in practice as well.

Scott -- a Georgia Southern product who was only brought into camp two weeks ago -- certainly finished the preseason on a good note, with an interception in the final minute Wednesday night to seal the Giants' 6-3 victory over New England.

"Yeah, it’s gonna be a long day tomorrow," Scott said. "Hopefully those guys decide to keep me around. But if not, I’m just happy the organization gave me a chance."

The Giants did not practice on Thursday, since they played Wednesday. The players were at the facility early in the day for team meetings. Now they're off until Saturday -- meaning all those players on the bubble have a lot of time to kill before Friday at 9 p.m.

"Last year I just sat in the room," said Brown, who was cut by the Giants last Sept. 3, before being re-signed to the practice squad the following day. "So, not gonna sit in the room and wait for the phone call (this year). I’m actually gonna go out -- probably a movie, or fish or something. Find a pond around here."

Many of the young players have been staying in a hotel near the Giants' training facility since the team returned from training camp in Albany.

"There’s a lot of us who stick around the hotel, and we’ve become good buds," said Douglas. "So we’ll all probably be hanging around."

Dreams are about to come true, and be crushed, here in East Rutherford. All that's left to do now is sit back and let the chips fall where they may.

"I felt like I came out and gave it my all every day," said Douglas. "That’s all you can really do."

Injury report: Hixon, Douglas unlikely

August, 10, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Domenik Hixon is questionable and not expected to play tonight due to a hamstring injury.

The wide receiver is making his way back from a second torn ACL and the Giants will be cautious with him.

Also, wide receiver David Douglas is not expected to play with a quad injury. Douglas has impressed in camp thus far. Ramses Barden is expected to start for Hixon. Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle, Dan DePalma, Isaiah Stanback and Brandon Collins will get more snaps.

Also, Keith Rivers is expected to start in place of Michael Boley (hamstring) at outside linebacker. Sean Locklear will start at left tackle for Will Beatty (back) and Shaun Rogers will start if Rocky Bernard (knee) does not play as expected.

Here's the list of Giants players not expected to play:

CB Terrell Thomas (knee)
WR Douglas (quad)
WR Hixon (hamstring)
RB Da'Rel Scott (thigh)
LB Jake Muasau (hamstring)
LB Boley (hamstring)
LB Jacquian Williams (hip)
LB Clint Sintim (knee)
TE Travis Beckum (knee)
DT Chris Canty (knee)
DT Bernard (knee)
WR Hakeem Nicks (foot)
DE Justin Trattou (ankle)
LT Beatty (back)

WR Douglas endearing himself to Coughlin

August, 2, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Undrafted free agent David Douglas already endeared himself to head coach Tom Coughlin, and on Thursday he may have done so with the fans.

Douglas made the play of camp so far when he hauled in a 40-yard reception with one hand while falling down, despite tight coverage by Janzen Jackson.

Douglas is trying to earn a roster spot after playing four years at Arizona. The 6-1, 205-pound receiver went undrafted and drew interest from the Dallas Cowboys but chose to sign with the Giants.

“Obviously, they’re a great team and a great organization. I’ve always heard great things about Coach Coughlin and about [the Giants] building up young players,” Douglas said. “You see players like Victor Cruz that came up and got a shot while he was an undrafted free agent, and you’ve seen the things that he was able to do. The Giants do things the right way and it was a great opportunity to come up here.”

Douglas finished his collegiate career with 148 receptions, 1,542 yards (10.4 average) and 11 touchdowns. In 2011, he caught 62 passes for 666 yards and four scores.

Douglas has been displaying athleticism and good hands in camp. Check out his athleticism with a video of him going between the legs for a dunk.

Coughlin offered unsolicited praise of Douglas on Wednesday for getting off to a strong start and impressing in camp. On Thursday, Douglas found himself surrounded by media prior to camp.

“Yeah, to be honest I didn’t even know that until I came here today. A lot of being a rookie is just learning and taking it one day at a time and giving it your all at practice,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve got a lot of great guys to learn from so you just try to pick up as many things as you can and work hard every day.”

There have been more opportunities for receivers to shine with starter Hakeem Nicks on the physically unable to perform list, but Douglas said he isn’t looking too far ahead.

“Like I said, there’s a ton of great receivers on this team,” he said. “What I’m trying to do right now is just learn from them and give them my all and do my best. That’s really all you can do.”

Camp preview: Wide receiver

July, 25, 2012
Training camp starts tomorrow. Here is the final installment of our position-by-position countdown to Giants camp.

Position: Wide receiver.

Projected starters: Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

Projected reserves: Domenik Hixon, Rueben Randle, Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan.

New faces: Randle, Brandon Collins, David Douglas and Julian Talley.

Going, going, gone: Mario Manningham, Devin Thomas and Michael Clayton.

Player to watch: Cruz. He exploded onto not just the NFL scene last year with a record-setting season but he arguably is one of the most visible and popular Giants players. But Cruz is motivated to prove that he is not a one-hit wonder. Topping 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns will be difficult.

It will be interesting to see how he adapts to more defensive attention this season. Cruz is more experienced and should continue to get better. With Nicks recovering from a broken toe, Cruz will benefit in camp by taking No. 1 reps with Eli Manning.

Last year, he felt pressure to make the team and remain in the NFL. Now he has the pressure to prove that he is a star and should be paid like one since he is in the final year of his contract.

Potential strength: The Giants have one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL with Nicks and Cruz. Nicks is expected to be ready for the season opener and when healthy he is capable of being one of the league’s dominant receivers as evidenced by his seven catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay in the playoffs. He also had 10 receptions for 109 yards in the Super Bowl and those are the type of big-game performances that could carry over to this season and catapult his game to another level.

With Nicks and Cruz at his disposal, Manning has two playmakers that can break a big play on any throw. Nicks and Cruz combined for 14 plays of 40 yards gained or more on catches last season.

Hixon has the most experience after those two and is the front-runner entering camp as the third receiver. Barden and Jernigan are eager to show what they are capable of and the Giants are excited about Randle. It remains to be seen how many receivers the Giants keep on the roster. Collins has impressed some at OTAs and minicamp. Collins, Douglas, Talley, Isaiah Stanback and Dan DePalma will be fighting for a roster spot.

Potential weakness: The loss of Manningham hurts if the team cannot find a third threat to replace him. Manningham may have been inconsistent at times but defenses had to respect his big-play ability. Nicks and Cruz, especially, benefited from Manningham being on the field.

Manningham also provided the team with a capable starter if Nicks or Cruz had to miss time due to injury. The Giants drafted Randle with hopes that the LSU receiver can replace Manningham. Until he is ready to do so, Hixon is the leading candidate to be the third wideout. But he is returning from a torn ACL for the second straight season so the team will be cautious with him.

Barden and Jernigan hope to show the coaches that they are up to the task in camp. For Barden, this is his biggest opportunity to show that he is worth the third-round pick the Giants spent on him in 2009. This is also a big camp for Jernigan, the team’s third-rounder in 2011. Jernigan has a chance to show he can be the third receiver while also potentially becoming the team’s punt returner as well. But both Barden and Jernigan have limited experience.

Wildcard: Randle. If Randle is everything he’s advertised to be –- NFL-ready with deceptive speed and big-play ability –- the Giants have their third receiver. It remains to be seen how long it will take to become comfortable with Kevin Gilbride’s offense, to learn to react to defensive coverages and adjust to Manning’s audibles. But the coaches and Manning have been impressed with Randle through OTAs and minicamp and they believe he does have the ability to stretch the field.

If Randle doesn’t win the job by the end of camp, he could emerge as a factor as the season goes on. Remember, Cruz didn’t emerge until the third game of the season although he did have two training camps under his belt whereas Randle is going through his first camp.

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