T-Rock's Take on the Giants

JPP on the field, but still far from a return

EAST RUTHERFORD - NOVEMBER 17, 2013: New York

Jason Pierre-Paul still seems a long way from returning to action, both in terms of distance and time. The defensive end was about as far from the practice field as a player can be without not actually being there on Wednesday, working with trainers to relieve the pain of a shoulder injury that has limited him for the last three games and sidelined him this previous Sunday.

“Anything is encouraging...

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Osi Umenyiora texts Justin Tuck about 4 sacks, tells him he's glad he didn't get 6!

Free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora speaks to

(Credit: MCT Johnny Crawford)

Justin Tuck said that when he came off the field from last night’s four-sack performance against the Redskins, one of the first texts he saw on his phone was from Osi Umenyiora. The two had been teammates for years and remain close friends even though Umenyiora is playing for the Falcons this year.

So what did Osi tell Tuck?

“It was an amazing performance from him and I told him how...

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Hakeem Nicks looks unencumbered in practice

Hakeem Nicks

(Credit: Hakeem Nicks has not scored a touchdown this season. (Jim McIsaac))

Hakeem Nicks was showing no lingering effects of the abdominal injury that sidelined him last week. The wide receiver was catching fade passes from the quarterbacks during warmups in today’s practice, stretching high for the football in a move that would seem to be impossible (or at least uncomfortable) with any kind of serious strain to the midsection.

Nicks seemed happy to be on the field....

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Terrell Thomas: 'No doubt, we're going to win this game'

Antrel Rolle (26) celebrates with teammates Will Hill

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Antrel Rolle didn’t go there. The safety said that he is not allowing himself to even imagine a loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, but he never said the words.

Jason Pierre-Paul didn’t go there either, although he came close. “I was almost going to say we’re going to win it,” he said earlier this week. “You never know.”

Today, Terrell Thomas spoke the phrase that ripples through rivalries...

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Giants holding Coat Drive at Cowboys game

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin argues

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The New York Giants, FedEx and New York Cares will host their 18th annual Coat Drive on Sunday, November 24, 2013, when they take on the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Fans are encouraged to bring their new or gently worn coats to any of the FedEx trucks and volunteers located at each stadium entrance.

All coats collected during the drive will be donated to New York Cares, a non-profit...

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Tom Coughlin recalls the JFK assassination

Three-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father's

(Credit: AP, 1963)

Here's what Tom Coughlin told Giants.com of his recollections from 50 years ago today:

“I was a senior in high school at Waterloo Central High School. I remember how it started.

"You know how you start hearing stuff when you’re walking in between classes and stuff and you’re going to your locker and you hear this “shhhh…” Finally, somebody told me and it was the shock of shocks,...

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Steve Weatherford focused on not being 'too cute' in Sunday's wind

Giants punter Steve Weatherford practices during team training

(Credit: James Escher)

The last time Steve Weatherford punted in a windy MetLife Stadium, it did not go well. That was against the Raiders two weeks ago and he had four punts that averaged 30.3 yards with a net of 30.5. With a forecast calling for cold and windy conditions Sunday, Weatherford is preparing to once again do battle with the elements. This time, though, he’ll do so largely by ignoring them.

“I’m just...

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Giants have Dallas on their side as they face the Cowboys

El quarterback de los Cowboys, Tony Romo, izquierda,

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Everybody in the Giants locker room is focused on beating Dallas. They hate Dallas. They want to crush Dallas.

What does Dallas think about that?

“I haven’t really heard anything,” he said.

That would be Dallas Reynolds, the Giants’ backup offensive lineman who was picked up earlier this season when the team was seemingly shuffling its roster a few times each week to keep up with...

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Jon Beason happy to see Panthers playing well (but thinks it should have been a penalty)

Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly blocks New England Patriots'

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Add Jon Beason to the list of people who thought that there should have been a penalty called at the end of Monday night’s game between the Panthers and the Patriots.

“Sometimes they make calls and it never ceases to amaze me,” he said. “I’m always surprised by the outcome.”

Beason said he thinks that as long as the pass is in the field of play that it shouldn’t be called “uncatchable.”...

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Loss in opener almost cost Brandon Jacobs a TV, but got him a job

Brandon Jacobs celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons.

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Brandon Jacobs remembers the opening night game against the Cowboys very well.

“I watched the first game at my house with my wife and I and I was so angry I almost broke the TV,” he said of the six-turnover exhibition the Giants had in a 36-31 loss to the Cowboys. “It was a tough night. My in-laws were there, we all watched the game together. I didn’t take that night (well), it didn’t go over...

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