MetLife, New York Giants, New York Jets Kick Off “The Road to MetLife Stadium”
New York Giants Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks and Former New York Jets Star Chad Pennington bring fans “cool” treats to celebrate a special year
What: MetLife, the New York Giants and the New York Jets are serving up free snow cones, entertainment, giveaways and other surprises to local football fans to kick off The Road to MetLife Stadium.
New York Giants Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks and former New York Jets QB Chad Pennington are handing out snow cones provided by MetLife Stadium favorite, Rita’s Italian Ice. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with PEANUTS® Characters, the New York Jets Flight Crew and take photos alongside the Snoopy Trophy, which will be presented to this year’s MetLife Bowl Champion. The Road to MetLife Stadium event preludes the third annual MetLife Bowl, when the New York Giants and the New York Jets will compete this Saturday, August 24 at 7 p.m. ET.
MetLife Bowl Charitable Donation
Each year, MetLife makes a donation to two charities, one chosen by each team. This year, the New York Giants will be playing for neighborhood playground builder charity, KaBOOM! and the New York Jets will play for the Trust for Public Land. MetLife will be contributing a total of $50,000 to the charities on behalf of the New York Giants and the New York Jets.
Fans Amplify Charitable Donation through Social Media
This special season at MetLife Stadium warrants an additional fan-driven boost to the yearly MetLife Bowl Charity program. Starting Monday, August 19 through the MetLife Bowl on Saturday, August 24, for every tweet incorporating the hashtag – #Road2MetLifeStadium – MetLife Foundation will donate an additional $25 to each team's charity, up to $12,500 per team.
When : Monday, August 19, 2013
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Plaza
1095 Avenue of the Americas – between 41st street and 42nd street
Before you head to the stadium tonight, make sure you know about the new bag policy at MetLife. Starting this year, fans will be limited to bringing the following items to Giants games:
Clear bags that are 12” x 6” x 12” or less in size (1 bag per person)
Small purses/handbags (clutch-type bags) that are 4.5” x 6.5” or less in size (1 per person)
Food of any kind that is contained in a clear plastic bag
Factory-sealed, plastic bottles of water or soft drinks that are 20 oz. or less in size (caps will be removed by Safety Services team members)
Still-photography cameras with a lens that is 6″ or less in length not contained in a case
Hand-carried jackets, blankets, or other items, which will be patted down or searched
The full list of guest policies can be found here...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – It isn’t a good sign for the New York Jets that by their second preseason game, fans have already mailed in the season.
Well, at least one fan who expressed his desire to get his 2013 investment back.
Forgive this Jets fan for turning his Darrelle Revis jersey into something a bit more apropos considering what could well be a rebuilding year for the Jets. Revis, traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April, was a fan favorite and considered the best player in franchise history since Joe Namath. A little masking tape, and that "Revis" on the back became "Refund."
Yes, the Jets won on Saturday night against Jacksonville, but the 37-13 score line doesn’t begin to describe the question marks that emerged (and truthfully, only the Jets can win a blowout in preseason and come away with so many glaring issues).Quarterback Mark Sanchez, after a strong first quarter, reverted back to last year’s form as he threw a red zone interception on the game’s third series. Then he showed poor clock awareness at the end of the first half, negating any chance at a field goal by failing to throw the ball away as the play broke down. The first half ended on that play and the Jets were unable to attempt a field goal.And the Jets defense was so bad that Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert looked like an All-Pro with a 13-for-16 effort for 165 yards and a touchdown. This was a Jets defense, mind you, that was supposed to carry the team. Not good.
Revis, who is working back from last year's season-ending knee injury, should be set for Tampa Bay's Week 1 game at the Jets. That fan might just want to change the back of his shirt to read “Retreat” by the time the season is done. It might be another long one for the Jets.
Giants position players are not aware that there’s a fast-paced, no-huddle period on the schedule, which is part of the point. When the situation dictates, they need to be ready. When a defense is wary, they want to have the ability to spring into the quick set.
"MACH! MACH! MACH!"
The call forces everyone out of their drills and into an 11-on-11 situation in which Eli Manning and the offense pilot a non-two-minute, no-huddle drill. The goal is to rob the defense of any adjustment time and manipulate the clock to their advantage.
"I think we’re trying to integrate that more into our offense with the Mach," second-year wideout Rueben Randle told The Star-Ledger this week. "We’re getting a few more snaps in and keeping the defense on the sideline, letting them rest a little bit.
"We’re slowly integrating into that more fast-paced (offense), so there will may be a little bit more of that happening this season."
Last year, the Giants took just 968 snaps on offense, which was the second-lowest number in the NFL. The Patriots, by comparison, took 1,191 snaps — a difference that equates to almost three games’ worth of plays.
Teams around the league are looking to increase their snap counts to mimic New England’s rapid-fire no-huddle attack inspired by now-Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s system at the University of Oregon. The benefits — more scoring opportunities, additional chunk-play chances and restricting defensive substitutions — are well-established.
It seems to be perfectly suited for a team that has a heady quarterback, speedy wideouts with knowledge of the system and a versatile tight end.
In other words …
"I think we can," Giants receiver Victor Cruz said. "We’ve dabbled with it in certain situations, I think we have all the tools to do so, and I think if that’s something Coach (Tom Coughlin) wants to talk more about, I think we can get it done."
The conversation with tight end Brandon Myers was brief.
How has the Mach been going in practice?
"Um, It’s good."
Is it chaotic, everyone running around like that?
"It shouldn’t be, no."
Wait. Are you not allowed to be talking about this?
"I don’t think we probably should be, no."
How much the Giants plan on using the Mach remains under wraps.
Myers smiled, half-jokingly, before addressing the benefits of the no-huddle, and how having a tight end platoon like the Giants — one that includes Adrien Robinson, an above-average blocker, and Myers, who says his blocking has improved — could allow the team to be more diverse in its up-tempo play calls.
"It’s all about playing to everybody’s strength, putting a guy in the right position to make plays," Myers said. "It’s all about finding out what guys can do, and playing to their strengths."
At the least, the Giants are hoping to improve on their snap count from last year. Myers, along with Randle, said the coaching staff discussed the importance of getting more plays off, and thus, increasing their chances of scoring more points.
Part of that will depend on Myers’ ability to shore up his run blocking. Part of it, according to other players, will be an increased focus on conditioning and another will be whether or not it makes sense to use the no-huddle situationally.
"I think any time you’re on the field, you want to have a good tempo and move the ball," Myers said. "You don’t just want to be lethargic and take up a bunch of time, you want to move the ball down the field and put points on the board."
NEGATING ELI’S STRENGTH?
The Giants have traditionally been one of the league’s best two-minute drill teams but have struggled with a no-huddle outside of that specific moment in a game. It’s a point of contention for offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who is still considering the overall value.
"We tried it against Cincinnati starting the game, and that was maybe the worst game, certainly one of the two worst games we had last year," Gilbride said. "Just because you go no huddle doesn’t do anything, it just means you’re not huddling."
One of the main reasons the Giants haven’t used it in the past is because of Eli Manning’s greatest strength: The ability to adjust plays at the line.
Some of the Giants’ biggest gains have come from alterations made by Manning once he sees the defense’s coverage and tinkers with the protection and routes. Cruz can attest to that fact, and has said that he can now see a step ahead of Manning sometimes, and know when a play is going to change.
Going no-huddle the way New England did last year would rob Manning of any time at the line. The play that’s sent in would have to be run, and part of the rapport he has built with the rest of the offense will be pocketed.
"You negate the smart quarterback," Gilbride said. "You’re not allowing him to change the play. Three quarters of the training that we do with Manning is to keep educating him on what we want, maybe this is a better play, this is the look we want."
Manning, though, sees the advantages as well as the drawbacks. While he hasn’t studied the Patriots offense specifically, seeing the way they can force a defense into a corner is attractive.
"If it simplifies what a defense is doing, or gets them to declare what they’re doing a little sooner," Manning told The Star-Ledger last week. "There’s some disadvantages if you’re not getting first downs, you’re not controlling the clock much, but if you can get more plays and can get into your full offense at a fast pace it can be an advantage."
Whether or not Gilbride wants to chance it again, though, remains to be seen.
Until then, the Giants will keep the formation handy at their hip, ready to spring it on their players with one unsuspecting "MACH!"
Santonio Holmes' return to the practice field may not be that far away.
"Hopefully, we're getting close," GM John Idzik said Monday morning in an interview on WFAN radio.This was by far the most optimistic comment on a possible return from any member of the Jets' organization, which has been guarded in his comments on Holmes' rehab. Idzik confirmed what was apparent to anyone who watched the pre-game warmups Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. Holmes is running at full speed and cutting, showing "functional movement," as Idzik described it. Holmes also is running on grass, according to Idzik.
Holmes is on the physical-unable-to-perform list and hasn't provided any specific timetable with regard to his return. The trainers told Holmes he's week-to-week, according to the veteran wide receiver.Holmes underwent surgery last October to repair a serious LisFranc injury in his foot. He had a follow-up procedure in February to remove surgical screws from his foot. Less than two months ago, Holmes told reporters, "Right now, I can't run" -- an ominous remark that fueled speculation he wouldn't be ready for the season opener. That remains a question, but he apparently is close to getting back on the practice field.
It’s normally about bragging rights when the Jets and Giants face each other, even during the preseason when the games don’t count for much more.
The arrival of Rex Ryan five years ago added some juice to the intra-stadium matchup with his mandate for the Jets to become the team in New York City. We waited to see if his bluster would come true. It hasn’t.
Since then, the Giants have won another Super Bowl and the Jets are again in transition. As they prepare to face each other Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, this year’s matchup isn’t so much about bragging rights as it is about finding solutions as each team builds toward the regular-season opener in three weeks.
Tom Coughlin didn’t like much of what he saw in the Giants 20-12 loss to the Colts Sunday night. The offense was 0-for-4 in the red zone, continuing a lack of efficiency when given the opportunity to score points. The coach also wasn’t happy with his secondary that failed to take advantage of at least five opportunities for interceptions.
“I was disappointed in the fact that we didn’t make those plays,” Coughlin said during a conference call yesterday.
And there were the 10 penalties, six sacks allowed and injuries to a pair of offensive starters, wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel) and center David Baas (knee). It has made Coughlin edgy going into the third preseason game, knowing time is running out before the Sept. 8 opener at Dallas.
“We’ve got a lot of things to improve on,” the coach said.
You figured this would be the year the Giants would stomp on the Jets, who are coming off a 6-10 regular season, a tumultuous offseason and could have a half-dozen new starters on both sides of the ball — including at quarterback, as rookie Geno Smith could start ahead of incumbent Mark Sanchez. Lady Liberty figured to be draped in blue for the time being.But with Cruz hobbled, the defense still searching for its rhythm and the offense looking shaky in the red zone, Coughlin is lecturing his team not to believe the “press clippings” that have bragged about their potential. “Talk is cheap,” he repeated yesterday.
The Giants haven’t taken the Jets seriously since beating them on Christmas Eve 2011 in a highly-anticipated regular-season game that carried playoff implications. Cruz caught a 99-yard pass from Eli Manning and the Giants never looked back, eventually beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.Still, Coughlin called the 2013 Jets “a physical football team” that would provide “a very good matchup for us.” But the Giants third preseason game isn’t about the Jets. It’s more about the Giants working on their own issues.
The third preseason game is normally the final thorough tune-up before the regular season. Starters are expected to play deep into the game. The importance of this contest in the development of his team is why Coughlin isn’t in favor of limiting the preseason to just two games, which has been suggested to accommodate an 18-game schedule.“You need the four games because you don’t have the amount of practices that we once had in preseason,” Coughlin said. “These games are treated with a higher degree of appreciation than a normal practice because you’re going against someone else and you have an opportunity to put the microscope on some people in a game-type setting.
“That’s an important part of evaluation, and I think that when you look at right now, where we all are in the league after two preseason games, we’ve probably had 17 team practices — is all we’ve had — plus the two preseason games. We definitely need to have the practices and the games at this point and time in my opinion.”
This year’s Giants-Jets game isn’t about bragging rights, because at this point there’s not much to brag about.
1 - QB ELI MANNING (Giants): He isn't the best player at his position on this list, but he is the only two-time Super Bowl MVP.
2 - DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL (Giants): We're talking about the JPP who was a destructive force of nature prior to his back woes a year ago. If he's that Monster of the Meadowlands again, he might not make next Year's list. " You gotta be aware where he lines up," a respected personnel executive says. "He's a matchup dilemma in terms of protection for offensive coordinators."
3 - CB ANTONIO CROMARTIE (Jets): AlCROtraz is open for business with Revis taking his talents and moneybags to Tampa. NFL quarterbacks throw at him at their own peril. The prototypical big corner teams need to combat the Megatrons of this world. Not the run defender that Darrelle Revis was, but has grown into the leader of Rex Ryan's defense.
4 - C NICK MANGOLD (Jets): A four-time Pro Bowl center who is the Most Indispensable Jet. The best draft pick not named Revis made by Mike Tannenbaum. "In-line blocking ability, can get to the second level," Deep Personnel Throat says. "Good communicator, smart, instinctive player. You can win with him in the run game and you can win with him in pass protection."
5 - WR VICTOR CRUZ (Giants): Little brother Manning's Wes Welker. Lightning quickness and an uncanny knack of adapting to coverages and figuring out a way to get open. Gets the nod over Hakeem Nicks more for his durability than his salsa. "Big-play ability, but can also be a move-the-chains type," Deep Personnel Throat says. "Hard to cover because he's got separation quickness."
6 - LT D'BRICKASHAW FERGUSON (Jets): Has been the long arms of the law protecting the blindsides of Chad Pennington, Brett Favre and Mark Sanchez. A rock -- or brick -- every Gameday since 2006. "He's not gonna win a lot of point-of-attack battles in the run game," Deep Personnel Throat says, "but he can match up with the perceived best pass rusher."
7 - S ANTREL ROLLE (Giants): The ultimate gamer/warrior who brings intimidation and immeasurable leadership to Big Blue. "A two-way safety," Deep Personnel Throat says. "He can run support or cover."
8 - WR HAKEEM NICKS (Giants): Changes the complexion of Manning's offense when healthy. A threat anywhere on the field at any time. Big receiver with big hands. "Very good ball skills," Deep Personnel Throat says. "He can adjust to the football well. Crafty, savvy, instinctive."
9 - DT-MUHAMMAD WILKERSON (Jets): An intimidator who is on the brink of stardom entering his third season. A brute at the point of attack and a threat to become a double-digit sack threat, if Ryan can get him some help. "He's a scheme-flex player,"'Deep Personnel Throat says. "He'd be even more productive in a 4-3 scheme rather than as a block eater in a 3-4 front. This guy can be a three-down player and stay on the field on third down and give you pass rush value."
10- G CHRIS SNEE (Giants): Smart and tough as they come. "Can compete at the point of attack and can also block at the second level." Deep Personnel Throat says. "He can compete in a phone booth with strength and anchor but he can also play in space."
Geno Smith will get his chance in the New York Jets' quarterback competition when the Jets play the visitor in their 45th consecutive preseason matchup with the Giants.
Smith, the rookie second-round pick from West Virginia, was forced to sit last week as incumbent Mark Sanchez led the Jets to an easy 37-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jets moved into the win column by outscoring the Jags 27-0 over the last 30 minutes highlighted by Kahlil Bell's two third quarter touchdowns. The team also received somewhat steady quarterback play from Sanchez, who led the Jets on five scoring drives.
Sanchez played three full quarters and made some impressive throws, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland on the Jets' first drive, but also failed to get New York points on two opportunities from the Jaguars' 3-yard line. He was picked off once and ended 13-for-23 for 169 yards.
Chris Ivory made his Jets debut and looks to become the feature running back this season, but it was Bilal Powell that shined on Saturday with 68 yards on seven carries. Ivory had just 13 yards on six touches.
Promising second-year rush linebacker Quinton Coples suffered a hairline fracture of his right ankle in the game. Coples, the team's 2012 first-round draft pick, underwent surgery and is out indefinitely. Free-agent addition Antwan Barnes, who recorded 11 sacks with San Diego in 2011, is the favorite to fill in during Coples' absence.
The Giants, meanwhile, fell to 1-1 in the preseason after a 20-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Giants starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks made his preseason debut following an injury plagued 2012 season. He made a pair of 20-yard catches, both of which leading to field goals from Josh Brown, who accounted for all of New York's points in going a perfect 4-for-4 on kicks for the night.
Eli Manning played into the second quarter and ended 8-of-17 for 91 yards with an interception on the night. New York also saw some key offensive starters leave with injuries in the first quarter, with wide receiver Victor Cruz bruising his heel and center David Baas straining his left knee.
To make matters worse tackle David Diehl needs surgery to repair an unstable right thumb and will be sidelined for about six weeks.
The Giants and Jets began this preseason series in 1969 and the Jets hold a slight 23-20-1 edge. The Giants, however, trounced the Jets, 26-3, last year at MetLife Stadium.
Today is an anniversary, for Terrell Thomas, but not a happy one.
Two years ago, on Aug. 22, 2011, Thomas went down with a serious knee injury in a preseason “Monday Night Football” game against the Bears. It was a torn right anterior cruciate ligament and it ended the season before it started for Thomas, a rising star at cornerback for the Giants about to cash in with a lucrative new contract.Incredibly, Thomas hasn’t played in a game since. He’ll make his return Saturday, as Tom Coughlin yesterday said Thomas will make his preseason debut against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
“He’s going to go, he’ll play,’’ Coughlin said.
That’s the news Thomas has been long awaiting. The Giants have been careful not to overextend Thomas, who came back last summer after ACL surgery but did not make it out of the first week of training camp before re-tearing the ACL, necessitating another reconstructive surgery. It was the third right ACL surgery for Thomas, the first coming in 2005 when he played at USC.The pace of this rehab has been slower and more deliberate. Thomas experienced an immediate setback with a strained hamstring, landing him on the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp, but he has been on the field for two weeks and has been deemed ready for his first game action.
The Giants view Thomas’ return as something of a luxury, but if he can return to his previous form he will greatly bolster their secondary, adding to the cornerback mix that includes Prince Amukamara, Corey Webster, Aaron Ross and Jayron Hosley.Judging from what Thomas showed in yesterday’s final practice of camp, he appears ready. He ran step-for-step with receiver Kevin Hardy and took advantage of an overthrow by rookie Ryan Nassib for an over-the-shoulder interception, his first of the summer. Thomas then looked spry as he quickly changed direction and took off on the return.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the practice tape on that,’’ said Coughlin, adding, “He looked good yesterday too, moving around out there, really moved well out there today also.’’Thomas nearly had a second interception when he was in perfect position to haul in an Eli Manning pass intended for Jerrel Jernigan, but the ball slipped through Thomas’ hands.
Josh Brown was at a crossroads in his life. He had just been released by the Jets in the final roster cuts, losing out to Nick Folk in a close competition.
He went home to Seattle to be with his wife and kids.
As summer turned into fall and the calendar announced November, Brown waited and waited, but his phone never rang.
For the first time since Pee-Wee Football, he was staring at life without football. It was all he knew. He had been an NFL kicker since 2003, converting 231 of 284 field goals (81.3%) and played in Super Bowl XL with the Seahawks. The game had given him all he had.
Brown and his wife sat down to chart out their future.
"It was tough because you’re scared of the unknown," Brown said this week in a quite moment. "What are you going to do after football? As much as we have prepared, you ask, ‘Have you prepared enough?’
"There are job opportunities (down the road), but the decision was: ‘Do you want to give up now and go into the next phase of your life or continue.?’ There was a lot of debate between me and my wife."
With his wife’s blessings, Brown decided to press on. At the time, he was 33 years old and felt he still had lots of pop in his right leg. He promised to give himself two more years and if he didn’t hook on with a team, he would call it quits.
In December, the Bengals called looking for a replacement for the injured Mike Nugent and signed Brown. He helped kick Cincinnati into the playoffs, making 11 of 12 field-goal attempts. He was named special teams player of the month. He connected on a 43-yard game-winner against the rival Steelers to clinch a playoff berth.
After the season, Brown thought he found a home as he and the Bengals closed in on a three-year deal.
But negotiations broke down. Cincinnati decided to re-sign Nugent and Brown became a free agent.
(The Giants were like, 'Get up here. Get on a plane right now.'" -- Josh Brown
"The Giants were right there as free agency opened," Brown said. "They were like, ‘Get up here. Get on a plane right now.’"
The Giants signed Brown to a one-year deal worth just over $1 million as a replacement for Lawrence Tynes, who hit free agency and eventually signed with Tampa Bay.
"This is a great situation," said Brown, who spent his first five seasons with the Seahawks and then four more in St. Louis, before his cameo with Cincinnati last season. "I’m with one of those prime organizations, a place guys want to play. This is a great place to be."
In the preseason, Brown has been money, connecting on 7 of 8 field goal attempts.
Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn marvels at Brown’s consistency. He said he wasn’t concerned that Brown was unemployed for most of last season because no team changed kickers until Week 13 or 14. He said normally a veteran of Brown’s caliber isn’t out of work long.
Brown has big shoes to fill. Tynes, who spent six seasons with the Giants, kicked them into two Super Bowls by nailing two game-winning overtime kicks in 2007 and 2011. Tynes is the only kicker in NFL history with two overtime game-winning playoff field goals.
Brown insists he’s undaunted at the prospect of following Tynes, who was immensely popular.
New kicker Josh Brown, at Giants practice on Thursday, is in his 11th season in the NFL.
John Munson/The Star-Ledger
"Not at all," Brown said. "Lawrence did a good job here, but I’ve done a good job, too. This is my 11th year. That alone says something."
Even so, Brown has yet to face the angry winds of the Meadowlands in December with the game hanging in the balance. He has yet to feel the wrath of Giants fans after a critical miss. He says he can handle it.
Whatever happens, Brown will be facing it without his wife and three kids: They’ll remain in Seattle and visit him periodically.
The New York Giants will “host” the New York Jets on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. Both teams enter the third preseason game with an even .500 record at 1-1, but they’ve attained their victories in different fashions.
While the Giants have scored 30 points in two games combined, we put 37 points on the board in Week 2 alone.The big guys up front have been a big part of the Jets ranking sixth in the NFL in points (27.0) and seventh in yards per game (368.5) this preseason.“Making holes for the running back and protecting the quarterback are two things that we take a lot of pride in,” Austin Howard said.The Jets will face a tough challenge in accomplishing these two goals this week, as they take on a Giants team ranked third in yards allowed per game (231.0).It’s a “really good sign,” QB Mark Sanchez said, that the offensive line has been playing well even with injuries to Stephen Peterman, Brian Winters and Dalton Freeman during camp.“It’s a tough front five,” Sanchez said, “We’re excited with their preseason so far, but we’ve just got to keep working and keep improving.”
While D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Austin Howard will all return as starters along the O-line, the two guards on either side of Mangold will be new faces this season. Veterans Willie Colon and Peterman were signed as free agents, Winters was drafted in the third round, and fourth-year lineman Vladimir Ducasse has been rotating in as the starting LG the past couple days and Rex Ryan said today that Ducasse will start against the Giants.Neither injuries nor lack of experience playing together, however, has held this unit back so far.“We have a great group of veterans along the offensive line,” Howard said. “Stephen Peterman, Willie Colon, they really fit in very nicely.”
Last season, Howard benefited as a first-year starter by learning from the veteran right guard playing beside him, Brandon Moore. He sees a lot of Moore in Colon.“He’s an older vet, he’s seen every situation that’s out there possible, and he knows how to go out there and win games,” Austin said. “He knows how to play with intensity, with aggressiveness, and I think his play really motivates us to better our own play out there.”
“Our goal is to come out and set the tempo, set the tone,” Colon said.Colon’s secret to good pass protection: never stop.“We just try to train ourselves that there’s no clock out there,” he said. “And even when it’s downfield, we try to hustle down there and clean the pile up.”Both Howard and Colon felt like the offensive line specifically and the offense in general improved from the first week in Detroit to the second week at home against Jacksonville. Coming into a game against a tough Giants defense, they hope their performance keeps on trending upward.
“It’s a process,” Howard said. “We hope to progress every week. There’s not one game that’s going to be perfect. So you watch the film and you learn from it.”
“I felt like we didn’t do as well as we could have in the Detroit game,” Colon said. “We just have to pretty much get better from the week before and we were able to do that last week.”With rookie quarterback Geno Smith set to make his first NFL start, holding off the Giants' pass rush will be as important as ever.“Our objective is to keep the quarterbacks clean, keep them upright, give them a chance to do their job,” Colon said, “and if we do that, we’ll always be successful.”
According to Seth Walder, the plan is for Valdimir to start at LG with the first team this Saturday as we take on the Giants:
This isn't massive surprise on the face of it, Peterman who has started at LG for the first two weeks of the pre-season has been working as the center for the second team this week. It is likely he will shift back to LG next week and start the season as the teams LG. However to get some game reps at his emergency position, he will play with the second team on Saturday. That opens up a spot for next in line. Brian Winters has missed significant time this camp with an injury, and has yet to see any action in pre-season. So it makes sense he will be brought on slowly, and will likely play at LG with the second team on Saturday.
This is a massive opportunity for Vlad who has been labelled a bust by some. In my opinion he was just completely over-drafted by the Jets, he was a 5th round prospect that the Jets took in the 2nd round. Had he gone where many expected, the pressure to perform would be almost non-existent. If you can get a good back-up in the 5th round, you are usually pretty pleased. I did notice a marked improvement in his play last week and he has always been able to push people off the line. The important part is consistency and footwork when it comes to pass protection.
Remember he will be lining up between two pro-bowlers in Brick and Mangold so this gives him the chance to really shine. So we will see Vlad get extensive action, Winters will play too and Geno is starting. This Saturday just got a lot more interesting.
The third preseason game is supposed to be the final warmup act before the real games begin, but for Giants lineman Jim Cordle, Saturday night’s game against the Jets may as well be the Super Bowl.
A third-year center, who has played in 25 games as a backup, not only will get the start on the Giants’ injury-riddled offensive line, but also will be reunited with former Ohio State teammate Nick Mangold, the Jets’ center.“I came in [to Ohio State] and got to learn from the best: Nick Mangold,” Cordle said yesterday of backing up Mangold for three years at the Big Ten powerhouse. “He took me in and taught me a lot that definitely helped me out.”If Cordle, who turned 26 yesterday, performs well enough against the Jets, there is a chance he could start Week 1 in Dallas, depending on the injury status of incumbent David Baas, who suffered a sprained left medial collateral ligament in Sunday’s loss to the Colts.“I believe in myself, so I’m excited for the opportunity,” the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Cordle said. “To be out there with the first group is exciting. For me, I’m still playing for my job. I look at it that way.”
It will be a big opportunity for Cordle, the chance to show his wares against a blitz-happy defense.
The Giants will go with a revamped offensive line, with Cordle at center and Kevin Boothe at left guard. In recent days, starters David Diehl (broken right thumb) and Baas were injured, just as right guard Chris Snee returned to the lineup after offseason hip surgery.The members of the revamped unit only worked together a few days, so chemistry could be an issue, though things have looked good in practice.“The test will be [tomorrow] when they’re flying fast, they’re coming hard,” Cordle said. “We’ll be challenged [tomorrow]. I think all the work we’ve done will pay off.“The good thing is Chris [Snee] and Kevin [Boothe] do such a good job communicating. Hopefully I can help out and not be a drop-off.”Cordle feels comfortable he is up to the task, after receiving plenty of snaps against the Colts. During organized team activities, he took snaps with the first team, as he did in training camp a year ago, when Baas also was hurt.
When asked if he has let himself dream of the possibility of starting Week 1, Cordle broke into a huge smile.“I’ve probably thought about it,” he said. “It’s in the back of my mind.”Before that can even come into play, however, Cordle has the Jets to worry about. After all, there is still the reality his roster spot is not guaranteed.
It's that time of the summer, the annual preseason game between the Jets (1-1) and Giants (1-1). The Jets lead the preseason series, 23-20-1, having won 13 of the last 17 games. This is what we'll be watching :
1. The Geno show: Jets Nation has been waiting for this moment since late April, when the team drafted Geno Smith in the second round. Smith will start and play into the third quarter, if his tender ankle holds up. Can he win the starting job? He wouldn't be starting the most important game of the preseason if the coaches didn't think he had a chance. Everyone will analyze his stats, but the coaches will be looking at the subtle aspects to his game: His ability to communicate plays in the huddle, his cadence, his footwork, the depth of his drop-backs, etc. They also will try to gauge the "It" factor and whether he has the ability to inspire his teammates. This should be compelling stuff.
2. Defensive intensity: The Jets came out flat last week, letting Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert have his way with them. They tried to use the bad game as a learning tool, especially their struggles against the no-huddle. LB David Harris said they emphasized the no-huddle in practice, "so we don't get caught sleeping again." They'd better get used to it because they'll see plenty of no-huddle in the AFC East. CB Antonio Cromartie set a tone in practice by blasting WR Stephen Hill. Cromartie caught some grief from his offensive teammates, but maybe it served as a wake-up call for the slumbering defense.
3. Battles rage on: Aside from quarterback, three starting jobs are legitimately up in the air -- left guard (Vladimir Ducasse vs. Stephen Peterman), free safety (Antonio Allen vs. Jaiquawn Jarrett) and punter (Robert Malone vs. Ryan Quigley). Ducasse and Allen will start this game, hoping to nail down jobs. Quigley has outkicked Malone and should be closing in on the job. There's also competition at kickoff returner between Joe McKnight and Clyde Gates. McKnight, finally healthy, will make his preseason debut, trying to convince the coaches he's worth the aggravation.
4. Replacing Q: Garrett McIntyre is expected to replace Quinton Coples (fractured ankle) at outside linebacker in the base defense, but you could see a committee approach with Ricky Sapp and Antwan Barnes joining the party. They also could experiment with 4-3 fronts. Hey, why not? Watch for DE Leger Douzable; he could have an expanded role as he makes a bid to make the roster.
5. The kids are all right: When you're not watching the quarterbacks, keep an eye on the other rookies, namely: FB Tommy Bohanon, trying to secure a starting job; LG Brian Winters, making his preseason debut after missing two games with an ankle injury; undrafted WR Ryan Spadola, trying to nail down the fifth receiving spot; and DT Sheldon Richardson, attempting to build on a terrific game last week. CB Dee Milliner (calf) isn't expected to play.