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Giants Q&A: Graham kicks in place of injured Tynes

Shayne Graham, filling in for injured Giants kicker

Shayne Graham, filling in for injured Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, boots an extra point during the Giants' win over the Lions. (Oct. 17, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

Who kicked for the Giants?

That was Shayne Graham, added to the roster after a whirlwind Saturday because of Lawrence Tynes' injured left ankle. "Two people tried out Saturday morning," Tom Coughlin said of Graham and Shaun Suisham. "At 10 a.m., we made a decision on who we were going to keep, and at 10:45, that guy was lined up at a practice trying to time up our kickoff coverage team, so give him credit."

Graham wound up not having to attempt any field goals. He was 4-for-4 on extra points and handled kickoffs.

How did Shaun O'Hara play in his first game back?

He did OK. More importantly, he played the whole game and did not seem to reinjure his ankle, although that will be clearer Monday. At one point early on, he was hobbling around on the field and limping on the sideline, but that was after a hit to the knee, and he never came out of the game.

How many QBs will the Giants' defense devour this year?

They're starting to get a reputation for it. They knocked Matt Moore out in the opener, then went through Jay Cutler and Todd Collins when they faced the Bears. Sunday, a hit by Justin Tuck broke the left forearm of Shaun Hill late in the second quarter, and then another hit by Tuck nearly knocked backup Drew Stanton out. The only thing that prevented third quarterback Matthew Stafford from coming in the game at that point was the two-minute warning, which gave Stanton time to regroup.

Big weekend for Travis Beckum, huh?

His alma mater, Wisconsin, upset No. 1 Ohio State on Saturday; then he scored his first NFL touchdown on a 1-yard reception. "You never think it's going to come, especially on that down," Beckum said of the third-and-goal play from the 1. "I didn't think it was going to be a pass."

Beckum said he kept the ball. "Being patient was the key," he added. "I'm glad it happened and hopefully, there will be more."

What happened to the fishbowl?

The Giants have moved their postgame news conferences out of the glass-enclosed room in the Coaches Club at New Meadowlands Stadium where fans could gather around and watch Coughlin and other players answer questions from the media. Those interviews now will take place in another room not open to the public. The glassed-in area instead will be used as a studio for the postgame show on Channel 9. "I like close quarters," Coughlin said of the more intimate new surroundings. "It's all family-like." It may be an irritation to those who forked over $20,000 in PSL fees with the ability to watch the news conferences as a major selling point, though.

Will the Jets follow suit?

No, according to the team. They will continue to hold their postgame news conferences in full public view.


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