WR Jerrel Jernigan Done for the Season With Foot Injury

Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan has been placed on season-ending injured reserve with a foot sprain, Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Jernigan, whose contract ends at the end of the season, could have played his last snap as a member of the Giants.

Since 2011, Jernigan has played in 34 games, catching 38 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns. The team thought their 2011 third-round pick was finally coming around when he caught 19 passes for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the team’s final three games last season.

In Jernigan’s place, the team called up Julian Talley from the practice squad. Talley, who played alongside Victor Cruz at UMass, played in a handful of games with the Giants last season.

Cardinals at Giants NFL Week 2 Inactives

Arizona - LB Marcus Benard, LB Glenn Carson, TE Darren Fells, LB Alex Okafor, QB Carson Palmer, DE Frostee Rucker, P Dave Zastudil

NY Giants – WR Odell Beckham Jr., OT James Brewer, OT Charles Brown, LB Devon Kennard, DT Markus Kuhn, G Adam Snyder, DE Kerry Wynn

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NY Giants At Detroit NFL Week One Capsule

MONDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014

NEW YORK GIANTS AT DETROIT LIONS

SERIES

GIANTS LIONS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 20-20-1  
STREAKS Past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 4-2 Caldwell: 1-0
LAST GAME 12/22/13: Giants 23 at Lions 20 (OT). New York WR Jerrel Jernigan has 6 catches for 80 yards & TD. Giants S Will Hill records 38-yard INT-TD in 4th quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/22/13
BROADCAST ESPN (7:10 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (NYG), 93 (Det.). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Det.).

2013 STATS

PASSING Manning: 317-551-3,818-18-27-69.4 Stafford: 371-634-4,650 (3L)-29 (3C)-19-84.2
RUSHING Jennings (Oak.): 163-733-4.5-6 Bush: 223-1,006-4.5-4
RECEIVING Cruz: 73-998-13.7-4 Johnson: 84-1,492 (1C)-17.8-12
OFFENSE 307.5 392.1
TAKE/GIVE -15 -12
DEFENSE 332.3 346.6
SACKS Kiwanuka: 6 Ansah: 8
INTs Rolle: 6 (T2L) Levy: 6 (T2L)
PUNTING Weatherford: 46.9 Martin: 47.2 (3C)
KICKING J. Brown: 100 (31/31 PAT; 23/26 FG) Freese (R) (Pre.): 22 (4/5 PAT; 6/6 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: Have 49 wins in road openers, 2nd most in NFL history…QB ELI MANNING has started 151 consecutive games, longest active streak by QB. Passed for 3,818 yards last year & is only NYG QB with 9 3,000-yard seasons in row. Has won 8 of 12 starts on MNF…RB RASHAD JENNINGS set career highs last year (with Oak.) in rush yards (733), rush TDs (6), rec. (36) & rec. yards (292)…WR VICTOR CRUZ has 241 catches for 3,626 yards & 23 TDs in past 3 years, averaging 80.3 catches, 1,208.7 yards & 7.7 TDs per season. WR RUEBEN RANDLE had career-best 41 catches, 611 yards & 6 TDs last year…Pro Bowl S ANTREL ROLLE led team with 95 tackles & 6 INTs in 2013. His 6 INTs were most by S in NFL last season. CB PRINCE AMUKAMARA had career-high 13 PD last year. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had 3 INTs, incl. 75-yard TD, & 14 PD with Den. last year. DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL is only DE in NFL with INT-TD in each of past 2 seasons. DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA had 2 sacks & FF in last year’s meeting…LIONS: Host 1st MNF game on Kickoff Weekend since 1971…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 4,650 yards last year, 3rd consecutive 4,500-yard season. Only QB in NFL history with 3 4,500-yard seasons in 1st 5 years. Since 2011, has 14,655 yards, 2nd most in NFL…Last year, RB REGGIE BUSH had career-best 1,512 scrimmage yards (1,006 rush, 506 rec.). Scored 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.). RB JOIQUE BELL led team with career-high 8 rush TDs last season…Since 2011, Pro Bowl WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads NFL with 5,137 rec. yards & 111.7 rec. yards per game. Only player in NFL history with 5,000 rec. yards in 3-year span. In past 2 seasons, has 18 100-yard games. In career, has 5 200-yard games, tied for most in NFL history. Last year (with Sea.), WR-PR GOLDEN TATE was only player in NFL with 800+ rec. (898) & 500+ PR (585) yards…LB DE ANDRE LEVY had 6 INTs last year, tied for most ever by Det. LB in season. LB STEPHEN TULLOCH led team with 135 tackles. Since 2010, Pro Bowl DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 27.5 sacks, most by DT in NFC.

Eli Manning Getting Up To Speed With New Offense

Eli Manning

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has had to learn new offensive this offeseason. It has been a good challenge Manning said according to Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News.

“It’s reenergized me,” he said. “I’m trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don’t have 10 years. I have a few months.”

Eli Manning intends to improve his numbers from last season, a disappointing stretch in his career. He also recognizes the urgency of learning Bob McAdoo’s system after spending 10 years under previous coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Despite two Super Bowl victories in that decade, Manning maintains that he is inspired to return to form in 2014

There are 10 days left before camp now. Manning plans to work out over the next week, review the offense and fine-tune his throwing motion. He suffered a high left ankle sprain in the 2013 season finale, and underwent arthroscopic surgery on April 10. He insisted that he was fine and did not have limits during offseason workouts.

The 90-degree heat finally broke Friday afternoon after a lightning storm. Manning noted that he wears no helmet or pads during the passing academy, and that the East Rutherford dog days and an opportunity at a redemptive season stand before him.

“I kind of like getting in this heat,” he said. “It’s a good warmup.”

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Safety Will Hill Loses Appeal, Will Be Suspended For Six Games

Giants safety Will Hill lost his appeal and will be suspended for the first six games of the season for yet another failed drug test, Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports..

Hill will be able to return on Oct. 13, a day after the Giants play the Eagles in Philadelphia. Hill has now been suspended for both performance enhancing and recreational drug use three times since being signed by the Giants in 2012.

Giants Release QB Josh Freeman

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Quarterback Josh Freeman, a first-round draft pick by the Bucs in 2009, lasted about six weeks with the Giants as they released him today according to Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger.

It was clear Thursday during OTAs that Freeman didn’t really factor into the team’s plans. He spent most of the team drills with a helmet in his hands. On one occasion when he did get on the field, the Giants were unable to get aligned properly and never ran a play. Freeman was immediately pulled in favor of Curtis Painter

There were some serious concerns within the Giants organization about Freeman’s ability to pick up the new offense. That combined with Manning and Painter’s quick recoveries likely nudged them to this decision.

Draft night with Justin Pugh

The other night I had the unique and awesome opportunity to sit down with Giants offensive tackle Justin Pugh on Thursday night of the draft. Justin was there courtesy of Conair for Men who was keeping him looking polished and professional around the draft with their new Twin-Trim Beard and Mustache trimmer.

I sat down with Justin after the Giants had selected Odell Beckham at 12 and both of us agreed it was solid choice for the organization. With new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo coming in and implementing the west-coast offense, Beckham should fit in nicely. Justin also spoke about the team’s “next man up” mentality. He believes that brining in a guy like Beckham will foster the necessary level of competition that will force Ruben Randle to step up and become a dangerous weapon in this offense. When I asked him about what other positions the Giants needed to address through the draft he mentioned that we would be looking to select and OL, TE, DL and LB. He also mentioned that he wanted another offensive lineman to take under his wing and mentor in the same way he was mentored last season. It seems as though the Giants filled out some of the more glaring needs in the second and third days of the draft taking Richburg and Bromley with our second and third picks. I also love the selection of Williams in the fourth; I think he has the potential to be the steal of the 2014 draft.

Now having the unique opportunity to ask Justin whatever I wanted, I had to find out if Eli was as big of a prankster as everyone says. And of course, right on que Justin told me someone had changed his phone to all Chinese that morning and he suspected Eli was the man responsible for it.

Then in the spirit of the draft I asked Justin what it was like going through the entire process and everything that occurred leading up to him being selected. He spoke about how it was a very exciting, emotional and humbling experience to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL. Although he was not sure where he would end up, Justin said by the time draft night arrived he was certain it was between a handful of teams at the end of the first round. Justin also said being able to share this experience and the moment with this family was easily the greatest part of the draft.

I tried not to bring up last season because I knew it was a sore sport for him and Giants fans alike but I asked him where he was most comfortable playing on the offensive line; Pugh was drafted as an OT and started 16 games at RT last season because of the offensive line needs. Justin said that although he spent last season at RT, he is willing to play whatever position he is needed at and is dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to win. He has carried that sentiment this offseason and in his pre-season training taking on a leaner approach for the upcoming season and packing on 10lbs of pure muscle.

One of the bigger concerns I have as a fan going into this season is how the team is going to replace the leadership of Justin Tuck; a guy who has been the heart and soul of this defense for the last several seasons. When things start to go south, as they did for a large stretch of last season, there are certain cornerstone players that the team looks too to lead them back into the light. Justin, on the other hand, didn’t seem too concerned. While he addressed that losing Tuck is a big loss, he felt confident that the team has the players who can step up and fill that void. Citing guys like Jon Beason and Eli as two of the guys who will play an integral part leading this team next season.

Overall speaking with Justin was awesome. He was really happy to speak with a genuine fan like myself. I have been a staunch Giants fan my entire life and when I found out I was going to have this opportunity I decided to deck myself out with all my G-Men gear. So I showed up to the event wearing my NY Giants T-shirt and hat with a Super Bowl XLVI pin affixed. Unfortunately the majority of people did not share my exact sentiment on dress choose and instead chose to suit up. Justin did not pass on the opportunity to compliment and take a jab at my attire. After cracking a few more jokes and some small talk, I wished Justin the best of luck in this upcoming season and said my goodbye, and my hand is still hurting from his handshake.

Giants Select WR Odell Beckham, LSU

Well the 2013 Giants offense was broken according to John Mara — and Jerry Reese made a bold move to try and fix it with the 12th pick of the draft. LSU WR Odell Beckham is essentially going to be a Hakeem Nicks replacement that can also return punts and kicks. The theme to the 2014 NY Giants apparently is versatility, because the Giants have brought in 3 other guys that can return punts and kicks too. Should be an interesting camp this summer with lots of competition.

Here are Beckham’s highlights.