New York Giants: Training Camp 2013

Injury report: Andre says he'll be back soon

August, 30, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Andre Brown doesn't think the temporary injured-reserve spot will be necessary for him.

The New York Giants running back broke his left leg for the second straight year but he says he will not require surgery for "just a little tiny, a little crack in it." Brown is set to undergo more tests Friday.

The Giants had some other injuries that could potentially affect their decision-making for depth on Saturday's final cut day.

Backup tight end Adrien Robinson injured his left foot on the opening kickoff and was on crutches and in a walking booth after the game. Robinson will undergo further tests Friday but said his foot is not broken.

"Somebody hit me from behind," Robinson said. "I don’t know if somebody stepped on it or fell on it. I got caught up on a tackle."

"I don’t think it is that serious," he added. "I will find out more tomorrow. But I know it is not broke."

Robinson was behind Brandon Myers and Bear Pascoe on the depth chart. Larry Donnell saw added snaps in the game. If Robinson has to miss significant time, that will affect what the Giants will do Saturday at tight end.

Also, safety Tyler Sash suffered a concussion in the first half. The Giants have been hit hard at safety after losing Stevie Brown to a torn ACL for the season. With Will Hill having to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, the Giants have some depth concerns if Sash is sidelined for a while. Rookie Cooper Taylor would be the next man up after starters Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy. David Caldwell also is on the roster.

Giants report: Moore, Barden likely out

August, 29, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Damontre Moore is expected to miss another preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Moore was on the Giants' list of players not expected to play tonight against the Patriots in the preseason finale. Wide receiver Ramses Barden (knee), cornerback Jayron Hosley (ankle), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), center David Baas (knee), tackle David Diehl (thumb), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee/PUP), wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) are not expected to play.

Safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) is in uniform and likely will play.

Giants roster analysis: Position breakdown

August, 28, 2013
The final preseason game is upon us.

So let’s take a look at some positions where there are roster spots still up for grabs and potentially on the line on Thursday against New England. The Giants have to cut their roster down to 53 on Saturday and figure out who to place on IR and the practice squad.

In: Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib.
Probably in: David Carr.
On the bubble: Curtis Painter.
Analysis: Hard to envision Giants not keeping three quarterbacks while they groom Nassib. I see the Giants keeping Carr behind Manning.

Running back
In: David Wilson, Andre Brown, FB Henry Hynoski.
Probably in: Michael Cox.
On the bubble: Ryan Torain, Da'Rel Scott.
Analysis: Cox has shown enough in camp at running back and kick returner to stick. Scott may have doomed himself with a fumble against the Jets.

Wide receiver
In: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan.
On the bubble: Ramses Barden, Kevin Hardy, Julian Talley, Marcus Harris.
Analysis: There’s an opportunity for somebody to be the sixth receiver, although the Giants may need a roster spot at another position. With Murphy banged up a bit, the Giants may want one more body for depth. Barden has the experience but he’s been banged up as well. Hardy could have a chance to stick. it could come down to Thursday night.

Tight end
In: Brandon Myers, Bear Pascoe, Adrien Robinson.
On the bubble: Larry Donnell.
Analysis: Donnell has impressed in camp and even been used as a backup fullback which shows what the coaches think of his versatility. I think the Giants want to keep Donnell. The reason he’s on the bubble here is because he could be a numbers casualty if the Giants need a roster spot elsewhere.

Offensive line
In: Will Beatty, Chris Snee, David Baas, Kevin Boothe, Justin Pugh, David Diehl, James Brewer.
Probably in: Brandon Mosley, Jim Cordle.
On the bubble: Eric Herman, Selvish Capers, Matt McCants, Stephen Goodin, Bryant Browning.
Analysis: The coaching staff has given Mosley opportunities in camp and that makes me believe he is going to make the team. Cordle offers versatility and depth. If the Giants keep 10 linemen, Herman is a draft pick who can be developed. McCants falls in the same category. Capers also would be in the mix if the Giants can keep extra linemen.

Defensive line
In: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DE Justin Tuck, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, DE Damontre Moore, DE Adrian Tracy, DT Linval Joseph, DT Cullen Jenkins, DT Shaun Rogers, DT Johnathan Hankins.
Probably in: DT Markus Kuhn (on PUP).
On the bubble: DT Mike Patterson, DT Marvin Austin, DE Justin Trattou, DE Matt Broha, DE Adewale Ojomo.
Analysis: This may be the toughest group of them all. I still think the Giants should find a way to keep Austin and that he has shown enough lately in camp to find a way to stick. Austin and Patterson could be fighting for the last DT spot. But can the Giants keep five to six defensive tackles? Kuhn should end up on PUP/reserve. Trattou has shown flashes and Ojomo has potential but needs to be more well-rounded. Somebody good will get cut from this group.

In: Dan Connor, Keith Rivers, Spencer Paysinger, Jacquian Williams, Mark Herzlich.
Probably in: Kyle Bosworth.
Analysis: The Giants only have six linebackers and I can’t see them not keeping Bosworth, who has shown he can provide depth at linebacker and help on special teams. They’ll likely need six linebackers.

Defensive backs
In: CB Corey Webster, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Aaron Ross, CB Terrell Thomas, CB Jayron Hosley, S Antrel Rolle, S Ryan Mundy, S Tyler Sash, S Stevie Brown (on IR).
Probably in: S Cooper Taylor, S Will Hill (suspension).
On the bubble: CB Trumaine McBride, CB Charles James, CB Terrence Frederick, S David Caldwell.
Analysis: McBride has shown that he can stick with his play in camp. Sash has had a nice preseason and will be needed for depth. Hill will serve a four-game suspension to start the season. Taylor’s preseason has been marred by a hamstring injury but the Giants like the fifth-round pick’s potential. James has shown ability to provide depth and be a possible punt returner.

Special teams
In: K Josh Brown, P Steve Weatherford, LS Zak DeOssie.

Cruz aiming to practice next week

August, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Victor Cruz had a fresh pair of retro Air Jordans on.

This normally isn't a big deal except for the fact that exactly a week ago the wide receiver was standing in the same interview area wearing a walking boot and on crutches.

Cruz shed the boot and crutches on Tuesday and he is aiming to practice next week. Everything is on target for him to play against Dallas on Sept. 8.

"That is definitely a target date for me," Cruz said of the opener. "I think I want to come out and get some good days of practice in as well once the doctors let me do so."

"It is getting better," he added. "Feels a lot better. A lot of the swelling has gone down. Obviously I am out of the boot now. So looking forward to better days to come."

Cruz said he still experiences some swelling in the morning when he wakes up but that goes down once he gets it warmed up. The receiver has been going through numerous exercises to strengthen the heel such as running on an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, doing bike work, spending time in a hot tub, cold tub and even "picking up marbles with my feet."

"In my mind [Monday] is a date that I am targeting [to practice]," Cruz said. "So I am going to work diligently this week while the team is away and focus on getting myself right and getting ready to practice potentially by next week."

If Cruz can practice starting next Wednesday, Eli Manning will have a full week of practices to prepare for the Cowboys with his Pro Bowl receiver.

"I knew initially that it was just something that was a small bump in the road," Cruz said of his injury. "And I needed some time off to get the boot off the foot and get things going the right way. Dallas was definitely a target date for me and I knew I had to be ready for that date and now that the boot is off and it is feeling good -- I still have some time to recuperate -- it feels even better."

Coughlin report: Starters will play vs. Pats

August, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed Tuesday that he will play his starters against the Patriots, in the team's final preseason game.

Coughlin expects to play his first units for 12-15 snaps on Thursday. Rookie quarterback Ryan Nassib will come in after Eli Manning, followed by David Carr, and Coughlin hopes to play Curtis Painter as well.

The first-team offense in particular has struggled thus far in the preseason. They've scored just two touchdowns, and both came on big plays as opposed to sustained drives -- Manning's 57-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz against the Steelers, and David Wilson's 84-yard TD run against the Jets.

"I'd like to see some continuity and some execution, some performance," Coughlin said, when asked about the offense. "I'd like to see us get the ball in the end zone, I'd like to see us do well on third down. I'd like to see our passing game, with our protection, look like some type of an efficient operation. I'd like to see progress, that's what I'd really like to see [Thursday]."

The Giants are 1-2 in the preseason, have lost two in a row and have looked very mediocre in the process. Coughlin was asked if he is satisfied with what he's seen thus far from his team.

"I don't like the word, I never have. Satisfied is not a good word for me, it doesn't work and it never never has," Coughlin said. "I see things that I like, and I see things that I don't like, and I see things that have to happen, and have to move along. ... It's a work in progress, there's no question about it. It'll be a work in progress when we get ready to play the first [regular season] game, it's just been one of those [summers]."

To be fair, the Giants have had a bunch of injuries to deal with during training camp and the preseason.

"We're trying to get 11 guys to work together, [that] has not been easy," Coughlin said. "There is, I hope, a silver lining in that lots of people have played, lots of experience, lots of guys have been in positions of flexibility. So we've had some things we could see, and I'm hoping that becomes a good thing."

Injury report: Cruz sheds boot, crutches

August, 26, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants wideout Victor Cruz's bruised heel has improved to the point where he no longer needs a protective walking boot or crutches.

A source confirmed Cruz has shed the boot and crutches, which was first reported by the Newark Star-Ledger. Cruz hopes to return to practice sometime next week, before the regular-season opener against the Cowboys on Sept. 8.

Cruz injured his heel in the team's second preseason game against the Colts.

Welcome back: Safety Antrel Rolle and cornerback Corey Webster were back on the practice field Monday. Rolle is recovering from a sprained ankle, and Webster is coming off groin and knee injuries.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul went through individual drills after coming off the PUP list Monday, and rookie defensive end Damontre Moore also participated in individual drills. Moore has been out since his impressive preseason debut two weeks ago because of a shoulder injury.

"I hope so," coach Tom Coughlin said, when asked whether Moore is close to returning. "We’ll have to take a picture of him again (since he has been out for so long). He came out and he was excited to be out here."

DNP: Cornerback Jayron Hosley was unable to practice after injuring his ankle Saturday against the Jets. Wide receiver Louis Murphy (leg) and offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb) also did not practice.

Stevie injury hits Rolle hard

August, 26, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Antrel Rolle will return to the practice field Monday with his teammates.

But he won’t have good friend and fellow safety Stevie Brown on the field with him for the first time this preseason. And that's going to be hard for Rolle.

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William Perlman/USA TODAY SportsStevie Brown (left) and Antrel Rolle (right) had developed great chemistry.
In the past year Rolle and Brown have become very close, as the two worked to form the kind of bond and chemistry Rolle had with former Giant Kenny Phillips in the defensive backfield. They hung out after offseason practices, watching basketball games and playing billiards.

Brown’s season-ending torn left ACL has been hard for Rolle to digest. “It is definitely taking its toll on me,” said Rolle. “I really don’t know ... we all have to move on from the situation obviously. Like I said, it goes way deeper than football itself when you talk about Stevie Brown’s injury to me.

“That is a hard pill to swallow. You never want to see anyone go down and just to have my sidekick go down like that, it really is tough. It really is.”

The Giants will insert Ryan Mundy into the starting lineup. Mundy and Rolle have about two weeks to get on the same page before the season opener at Dallas on Sept. 8.

“I’ve already somewhat developed a chemistry with Ryan,” Rolle said. “On the field, off the field ... it is going to have to happen. We are going to find a way whether it is in the meeting room, whether it is off the field."

Mundy has experience stepping in for injured starters. He played behind Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark in Pittsburgh and subbed in whenever one or the other got hurt. He started five games last year for the Steelers.

“You can look at last year and what Stevie did was nothing short of outstanding,” Mundy said of Brown’s team-leading eight interceptions last year. “Kenny went down and he came in, stepped in and played a major role in the defense. I’m just looking to keep it going.”

Rolle and Brown said the team is still figuring out what exactly the two safeties will do now on the field. But the Giants like to have their safeties be able to play both free and strong safety roles and be interchangeable.

Mundy and Brown are different players with different skill sets, but Rolle will adapt. It just may take a little time for Rolle to get over losing his good friend on the field for the season.

“He’s a physical presence, he’s a smart guy and he understands the game,” Rolle said of Mundy. “We’re looking for Ryan to come in and do big things in this defense. We said that before. You know, Stevie got hurt and we’re going to need (Mundy) even more now. Stevie is not with us and I’m sure Ryan will come in and do a great job.”

Rolle on Phillips: Rolle said he spoke to his good friend Phillips after the Eagles released the former Giant on Sunday.

Rolle admitted he would love to see Phillips return, but trusts whatever decision the front office makes.

“Would I like to see him? Absolutely,” Rolle said. “But it is not my call to make. We have to leave it to personnel (people) and the owners and the GM. I am more than confident they will make the right choice as far as who they want to bring in or what they want to do as far as our defensive personnel.”

Coughlin report: Safety dance

August, 26, 2013
Tom Coughlin said Sunday that he will take a look at what combinations work best for the Giants at safety after losing Stevie Brown.

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AP Photo/Damian StrohmeyerCan Ryan Mundy replace Stevie Brown? We'll soon find out.
But Ryan Mundy is the next man up, and Coughlin said the veteran safety can play both safety positions and be a physical presence.

"We’ll see about that,” Coughlin said, on whether Mundy can fill Brown's shoes. “He has played well. We just have to get the people out there and get the right combination here. Ryan has played well and he certainly has proven that he can be physical and be dominant in the box. From that standpoint, yes.”

Coughlin broke down a few of his other safeties as well. Will Hill has lots of talent, but he is also facing a four-game suspension to start the season.

“(Hill) has been playing and playing well," Coughlin said. "He’s an outstanding special teams player and he’s very physical. He’s played pretty well all the way along. The fact of the matter is, we’re not going to have him for four games. While we acknowledge what he brings to the table, we certainly can’t be lured into thinking that we’re OK in any shape or form because he’s not going to be here. That’s a shame.”

Tyler Sash will have a major opportunity to show what he can do. Sash has a safety, a fumble recovery and 10 tackles thus far this preseason.

“Certainly (Sash) is going to get a lot of playing time," Coughlin said, referring to Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots. "Quite frankly, it’s really up to the production. That goes for anybody. The opportunity is certainly going to be there this Thursday night. We’ve got to take advantage of it."

Coughlin said he wants to get a good look at rookie safety Cooper Taylor as well. Taylor has been hampered by a hamstring injury.

TC on TT: Coughlin sounded more inclined to keep Terrell Thomas at cornerback rather than consider moving Thomas to safety after the Brown injury.

Thomas logged 23 snaps in his first preseason game since 2011, when he tore his right ACL for a second time in a preseason game. He is currently coming back from a third ACL surgery.

“That came up in the spring,” Coughlin said, of a possible position move for Thomas. “The No. 1 thing is to get Terrell Thomas on the field and get him to where he’s playing well and his confidence is up and that type of thing. That has been first and foremost on our minds.

"Quite frankly, we haven’t thought a lot about another spot for him other than getting him out there. Getting him confident, getting him playing again. He certainly is a talented guy and we’ll do the best we can to utilize all of the talent that we have.”

RB snaps: David Wilson had the 84-yard touchdown run. But the starter only got 13 snaps against the Jets compared to Andre Brown's 25 snaps. Brown was used quite a bit on passing downs as well.

"He’s worked a lot with our pass protection situation," Coughlin said of Brown. "You might say that happened a lot last night, even our early downs. It’s been a pretty good ratio between first/second down and then on third down, Andre’s got more of that than I think David has. Both of them are capable of first/second down, or third down. We’d like to have more production consistently and hopefully we’ll get to that."

When asked if he is more confident with Brown in pass protection than Wilson, Coughlin replied, "Not necessarily."

TC on O-line: Coughlin was asked whether he might make any changes to the already revamped offensive line, which had some communication issues against the Jets.

"We’ll see," Coughlin said. "I wouldn’t say one way or the other. I’m not about to say what we’re going to do that and you’ll just have to wait and see."

Specials impress: Coughlin may not be happy with his offense right now, but he has liked what he's seen on special teams.

“We continue to be impressed by Josh Brown and his kickoffs and his field goals as well," Coughlin said.

Brown has converted 11 of 13 field goals, with his misses coming from 38 and 53 yards out. Coughlin also praised running back Michael Cox, who had 79 yards on three kickoff returns Saturday.
The Giants lost Stevie Brown for the season, but the secondary should get much-needed reinforcements this week.

Tom Coughlin said S Antrel Rolle (ankle) and CB Corey Webster (groin/knee) will practice this week. The Giants have only two practices before traveling to play New England in the preseason finale on Thursday.

"We will get (Rolle) back on the field and get him back working again," Coughlin said in a conference call with reporters.

Rolle has been steadily working in practice toward a return with his ankle rapidly improving.

Webster did not play on Saturday night due to his injuries, but Coughlin said the veteran corner will practice this week.

"Hopefully we can work that out and get some stability there," Coughlin said of Webster.

Coughlin also said CB Jayron Hosley may see if his ankle will be good enough to practice on Monday. Hosley injured his ankle against the Jets. The head coach also hopes to see more of Cooper Taylor this week. The rookie safety has been hampered by a hamstring injury for most of camp but has been working in practice recently.

Analysis: Stevie tears ACL

August, 25, 2013
As initially feared, Stevie Brown tore his left ACL on Saturday night when he fell to the turf untouched on an interception return.

It's a big blow for a veteran who was finally hoping to show what he can do as a full-time starter in a contract year. And it's going to be yet another obstacle for a Giants defense that already has major injuries to deal with.

What it means: Brown was a playmaker on a defense that needs playmakers in the secondary. Last year, he led the team with eight interceptions and had 307 yards off those interceptions. While it remained to be seen whether or not Brown could have duplicated those numbers or not, the Giants felt Brown was good enough to be their starter full time and let Kenny Phillips and his troublesome knee walk in free agency in the first place.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesStevie Brown suffered an ACL tear in Saturday's preseason game.
Antrel Rolle is already nursing a sprained ankle, but he should be back in practice this week and will be ready for the season opener. Rolle made a concerted effort to spend as much time as he could with Brown on and off the field to develop chemistry and rapport. Now Rolle will have two weeks to get to know Ryan Mundy, Brown's replacement, even better on the field together.

The Giants' defense was already banged up. Jason Pierre-Paul, the star of the defense, is currently making his way back from back surgery in the offseason, and the hope is he will be ready for the opener on Sept. 8 at Dallas. The linebackers are healthy, but there's a question mark since the Giants lost a lot of experience in the offseason with Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn gone. And in the secondary, Corey Webster has been nursing groin and knee injuries but could practice soon. Tom Coughlin thinks Webster will be able to play in the opener. Cornerback Terrell Thomas is still making his way back from a third ACL injury as well.

What's next: Mundy will start and has experience filling in for an injured starter. In Pittsburgh, he played behind Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. The Giants have been impressed with Mundy's professionalism -- something Rolle described as a "militant" approach.

The depth at safety will be tested. Will Hill has to serve a four-game suspension to start the season. Rookie Cooper Taylor has been hampered by a hamstring injury most of camp, and Coughlin said today on a conference call that he wants to see what Taylor can do. Tyler Sash will have every opportunity to continue a solid preseason and become perhaps the third safety when the season starts.

Coughlin said the team has not discussed the idea of converting Thomas to safety since early in the offseason. The head coach reiterated that the goal is to get Thomas back on the field and feeling confident in his knee. But the coach added that he wants to get through the final preseason game and did not rule out anything.

As far as the three-safety look Perry Fewell has used in the past, the Giants have been using two linebackers and an extra defensive back more during passing situations in camp. Now with Brown gone, the Giants may go more with extra defensive backs like Aaron Ross, Thomas and/or Jayron Hosley to go with Rolle and Mundy in the secondary.

Outside possibilities: Perhaps there is always the possibility that the team could look to add a veteran safety released by another team in the near future. But any safety that comes in will have to learn a whole new system with little time left before the opener.

Many Giants fans are wondering about Phillips, who was released by the Eagles according to But as Dan Graziano tweeted earlier, the Giants had concerns about Phillips' knee when they let him sign with the Eagles, and you'd have to wonder if Phillips' health is the reason why things didn't work out in Philadelphia. Perhaps the Giants will give Phillips a look soon or later down the road since he knows the system and personnel. But the Giants have typically been right when letting a veteran player walk in free agency, especially when considering somebody with a previous health concern.

Tell us what you want to see the Giants do now that Brown is out.

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.

Injury report: They're piling up

August, 25, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The injuries just keep on coming for the Giants.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounStevie Brown was helped from the field after being injured on an interception return.
Starting safety Stevie Brown is the latest starter to go down and the full prognosis on his sprained knee might not be known until Sunday. Brown crumpled to the ground without being touched and immediately grabbed for his left knee in the first half of Saturday night's preseason loss to the Jets.

Brown tweeted later in the night, "I really appreciate all the thoughts and wishes, #StayingStrong and #Optimistic."

The secondary has been hit hard by injuries. Jayron Hosley went down with an ankle injury early and did not return. The Giants already were without cornerback Corey Webster (groin/knee) and safety Antrel Rolle (ankle).

And Prince Amukamara rolled his ankle but he returned to play and said he will be fine.

Tight end Adrien Robinson was also seen going into the X-ray room after the game with a possible hand injury.

The Giants played without wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel), offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb), wide receiver Ramses Barden (knee), wide receiver Louis Murphy (leg), center David Baas (knee), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee).

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.

Cordle has opportunity of a lifetime

August, 24, 2013
It sounds paradoxical, but if Jim Cordle has a good night against the Jets, you'll hardly notice him.

That's how it goes for centers in the NFL. And Cordle, who has never started a game in three years with the Giants, will start Saturday in the team's third preseason game.

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AP Photo/Damian StrohmeyerJim Cordle will start at center for the Giants on Saturday.
The regular starter, David Baas, suffered a knee injury last Sunday against the Colts. Cordle came on and played well in Baas' place, so coach Tom Coughlin elected to give Cordle a shot against the Jets, as opposed to shifting starting left guard Kevin Boothe to center.

"We're really excited about the way Cordle played the other night," Coughlin said earlier this week. "Hopefully he'll keep that going."

It's a huge opportunity for the 26-year-old, who went undrafted in 2010 despite being a three-year starter at Ohio State.

Cordle was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in April 2010, spent all of his rookie season on the practice squad, and spent a chunk of the following season there as well. But he ended up playing in nine games in 2011, and all 16 games last year, in a reserve/special teams role.

"To be out there with the first group is exciting," Cordle said Thursday. "And for me, I still consider it playing for my job. Looking at it that way, it's an opportunity for me to do that."

With Baas also missing practice time during the offseason because of surgeries, Cordle got some reps with Eli Manning and the rest of the starters. Manning expressed confidence in Cordle on Thursday.

"Jimmy's done a good job and [I] got a good number of snaps with him this spring, with Baas being out," Manning said. "I feel comfortable getting the snaps and he has a great knowledge of the offense in making the calls. I never really had to make any adjustments."

Cordle said it takes a little time to develop chemistry with a quarterback, in terms of snapping, but feels he and Manning have that now.

"With the under snaps you've got hand placement and where he has his hands, what's his motion of accepting the snap. But you pick it up pretty quick," Cordle said. "And in shotgun snaps he just wants consistency, which I can give to him."

Fortunately, Cordle will have some very experienced teammates on either side of him. Right guard Chris Snee has started 138 NFL games, while Boothe has played in 89 and started in 46.

"Chris and Kevin do such a good job communicating," Cordle said. "Hopefully I can help out and not be a drop-off from Baas. They have such a routine down of when they're switching twists or when they're getting the guard over on the linebacker, things like that. But we use the same vocabulary so hopefully they understand it."

Baas is aiming to be back by Week 1, but that's far from a given, considering he has a sprained MCL. With a good performance against the Jets, Cordle could prove he's capable of starting against the Cowboys.

He admitted Thursday that has crossed his mind.

"I've probably thought about it," Cordle said, smiling. "I don't know how it's going to work out, but it's in the back of my mind. I'm playing for a roster spot this game, just to stay around here. We'll see, when opening night comes up, what the lineup is."

Injury report: Receivers banged up

August, 23, 2013
Victor Cruz torched the Jets in a preseason game a few years ago.

On Saturday night against the Jets, a few young and unproven Giants receivers should get plenty of opportunities to show what they can do at MetLife Stadium.

Cruz (heel), Ramses Barden (knee) and Louis Murphy (leg) are either out or not expected to play against the Jets. Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle could play for a half with the starters but after that guys like Jerrel Jernigan, Brandon Collins and Julian Talley could see plenty of snaps.

Other Giants expected to not play include CB Corey Webster (knee/groin), C David Baas (knee), OL David Diehl (thumb surgery), FB Henry Hynoski (knee), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back, PUP) and DT Markus Kuhn (knee, PUP).