T-Rock's Take on the Giants

JPP, Nicks on sideline as Giants begin prep for Cowboys

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JPP said there will be blood on Sunday. But will there be JPP?

Probably, but it’s worth noting that the defensive end was not practicing with the Giants on Wednesday, recovering from the shoulder injury that kept him out of most of last week’s workouts. Tom Coughlin did not seem too concerned about JPP’s absence today, saying that he was just sore, but it’s something to monitor this week.

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Justin Tuck: 'Hakeem is fine'

Hakeem Nicks tries to get around Tramon Williams

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Justin Tuck spoke at today’s NFL Play 60 event at Maxson Middle School in Plainfield, NJ, about how his job description as a captain has changed this season thanks to Antrel Rolle. He said he spoke to Rolle during the offseason and asked him to be more of a vocal, rah-rah type of leader “to allow me to, when need be, go talk to guys one-on-one.”

Well, the need was be-ed on Sunday when Hakeem...

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Antrel Rolle stands behind JPP's prediction: "There will be blood"

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Antrel Rolle has been the outspoken voice of the Giants defense for the last several years, but there is at least one player on the unit whose words – though rare – even he must adhere to.

“If JPP says there will be blood,” Rolle said, “then there will be blood.”

He was responding to Jason Pierre-Paul’s comments about the upcoming game against the Cowboys. After Sunday’s win over the...

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Justin Tuck is feeling good, and it shows (even off the field)

Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants

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I’ve been to many, many off-the-field events headlined by Justin Tuck over the last few years, which says a lot more about his commitment to the community than my doggedness in reporting about him. From his Tuck’s RUSH for Literacy campaign to other endeavors with school-aged kids, he always has time to talk to the students, pose for pictures, sign autographs, hand out books and, of course, give...

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Tom Coughlin says everyone shares Hakeem Nicks' frustrations

Hakeem Nicks cools off during training camp. (July

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Tom Coughlin said he hasn’t talked to Hakeem Nicks about his display of frustration during Sunday’s win over the Packers, and he sure as heck wasn’t going to talk to anyone else about it either.

“That’s something I’m not going to discuss,” the coach said on a conference call on Monday. “Those things will stay inside.”

Nicks was targeted on a pass in the end zone late in the first half...

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Giants-Redskins stays in prime time, to the delight of Jon Beason

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The NFL announced that the Dec. 1 Giants game in Washington will remain in its original 8:30 p.m. timeslot on NBC and will not be flexed out of prime time as Sunday’s game against the Packers was. The Giants see that as a positive sign.

“The reason they created the flex schedule is because they want to play meaningful games at peak hours and if you’re playing in those games then you’re doing...

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Some Giants miffed by move from prime time

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Some Giants are feeling a little insulted that NBC has deemed them not ready for prime time players. For the first time since flex scheduling came into the league in 2006, the Giants were bumped from the Sunday night spotlight. And it was a decision made before Aaron Rodgers’ injury, so they can’t even blame it on the nation’s lack of an appetite for Scott Tolzien.

“Anytime you get flexed...

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JPP sidelined in practice by sore shoulder

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Everyone raved about Jason Pierre-Paul’s practices last week and it looked as if the defensive end was finally turning a corner in his return from offseason back surgery. But just when he was starting to make strides in the game on Sunday, bringing Terrelle Pryor down for a sack and causing havoc on the line of scrimmage, Pierre-Paul injured his shoulder.

He returned to the game and wound...

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Before and after: How the Giants improved

A composite of Eli Manning after a loss,

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After a dreadful 0-6 start, the Giants have won three games in a row and suddenly find their season very much alive in a wild NFC East.

But what’s changed about this team that not so long ago looked helpless?

Equality

During their 0-6 start, the Giants favored the pass by more than a 2-1 ratio. The offense attempted 233 passes (38.8 per game) and running backs had 113 carries (18.8...

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Are the Giants a run-first team now?

Giants running back Andre Brown (no. 35) takes

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The Giants’ offense had more net rushing yards than passing yards in Sunday’s win over the Raiders, the first time that’s happened in almost three full seasons. Eli Manning said in his WFAN appearance Monday evening that was largely due to the Oakland defense, which was “stubborn” in keeping two safeties back.

“I was itching to throw the ball some more but they were staying back there,” he...

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