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The Jets appear to be entering the season with an offense that is among the league's worst.
Weatherford said on Twitter, "I want to apologize to the fans... The video I posted was distasteful. Our team is a family, and we love each other. I am sorry to the fans."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin was not pleased that the video had been posted online.
"I'm going to look into it. I'm going to talk to the parties involved," Coughlin said. "As I'm understanding it, there were some parts of it that were inappropriate. In no way is anything that occurs within this family or group, should that be a part of any kind of social media. So I'm going to address that thoroughly. I've spent a little time on that this preseason. So I'll look into it further."
SB Nation New York editor Ed Valentine weighed in on the incident earlier, calling it "disturbing."
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke Sunday to address his team's injuries and, to the relief of many, running back suffered just a hand contusion in Saturday's 26-3 victory over the New York Jets.
Coughlin, who said he doesn't know how Bradshaw suffered the injury, said Bradshaw is undergoing tests but it appears to be just a bruise.
Another injury report given out was on cornerback Jayron Hosley, who's dealing with a turf toe-like injury after returning an interception for a touchdown Sunday night.
"He's going to be very sore," said Coughlin about the Giants' third-round pick from Virginia Tech.
It is not yet known when Hosley will return to the practice field.
The back page of Sunday's Newsday says it best:
"Big Blue ... Little Green."
Let me set the record straight before I begin the diatribe: This was a preseason game. Preseason. Besides trying new things, scouting young players and fringe veterans to gauge if they have the merit to make the 53-man roster -- and above all staying healthy -- preseason games mean nothing. And before anyone can draw foregone conclusions on the 2012 New York Jets, the Wildcat offense needs to have hot chocolate and whipped cream drenched on Rex Ryan's vanilla ice cream with sprinkles.
Look no further than the 2008 Detroit Lions, who went 4-0 in the preseason before becoming the first 0-16 team in NFL history. The Jets, like everyone else, deserve a chance to perform at optimum efficiency before judgment day, but let's face it: The New York Giants have little problems, most of which can be cleaned up before September 5 against the Dallas Cowboys. The Jets have big problems.
Ice cream? Try I scream if you're a Jets fan.
Put it to you this way: A turnstile can block better than Wayne Hunter, the Jets' current right tackle, and many will endorse Giants third-string quarterback Ryan Perrilloux over Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow. Through two preseason games, the Jets have combined for nine points and no touchdowns. Big Blue waxed Gang Green, 26-3, to win the Snoopy trophy and plant serious seeds of doubt in to the mind of a Jets fan base tortured for 43 years and counting.
Sanchez (more on him later), was 9-of-11 for 59 yards, but none resembled anything close to a vertical attack and his biggest completion went 77 yards for a score -- courtesy of a pix six from Giants rookie Jayron Hosley. Sanchez was sacked three times -- Jason Pierre-Paul turning Hunter into the world's largest rag doll -- and Jets quarterbacks a total of seven. Even Tim Tebow (5-of-14, 69 yards) was a dud, throwing a pass about three yards shy of a wide open Stephen Hill in the end zone and showing absolutely nothing close to resembling an NFL quarterback.
"We have a lot more to fix than the Giants do, clearly," Ryan said. "We knew going into the game that this was one of the premiere defensive lines in all of football. If you don't stay ahead of the sticks, you're in trouble. I don't care who you are. That was the story of the day, seven sacks. They did a tremendous job. It's hard to find many positives."
Here's all you need to know about the differences between the Giants and Jets as currently constructed, besides one coming off their second Super Bowl win in four seasons and the other an 8-8 campaign, and the fact that Eli Manning wears blue and Sanchez/Tebow green. The Giants have five candidates for the No. 3 wide receiver job playing with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz: rookie Rueben Randle, Domenik Hixon, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden and David Douglas.
The Jets? Well ... they have Santonio Holmes, who quit on them in last season's final game, Hill, Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens and -- yes -- cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Ryan knows his crew has a lot of work to do. So does Tom Coughlin, for all the right reasons in addition to getting Ahmad Bradshaw (hand), Marvin Austin (back), Hosley (in a walking boot after the game) and others healed as quickly as possible. His Giants are young and deep, with their core players either peaking or in their prime.
"Some people had a chance to step up tonight and played very well, particularly on the defensive side of the ball with some individual plays that stood out offensively as well," Coughlin said. For the second preseason game I was glad to see the improvement, particularly we saw improvement on the defensive side of the ball, but we've got a lot of work to do."
The Jets' biggest problem, next to their on-field product, is their image, and they have nobody to blame but themselves. All you needed to know about the Tebow-Sanchez dynamic is that Tebow entered not only to cheers with 11:52 left in the third quarter, the public address voice announced his name with conviction. The Jets traded for Tebow to make money off merchandising and to keep the big, bad Giants off the back pages and not in the best interest of their starting quarterback.
To be fair, we'll see what kind of weapon Tebow can become once the Wildcat is fully unleashed, but it's painfully obvious that Sanchez -- the Jets drafted him fifth overall in 2009 after trading up, and gave him a three-year extension off his worst professional season -- is being set up to fail. Rather than use the majority of their draft picks on playmakers and protection for their quarterback -- instead of actually surrounding Sanchez with the tools to succeed and win -- the Jets decided to get stronger in their strongest place, on defense. And when the Jets could have used free agency to shore up the O-line and receiving, they traded for Tebow after extending Sanchez AND signing Drew Stanton as a backup.
What you have left is an unwatchable football team, and the odds of the Jets turning it around once the games are real are becoming longer. In their ongoing obsession to upstage the Giants on the New York tabloid back pages the Jets have been burned twice, first by Victor Cruz and then the night Tebowmania was crushed by Peripalooza. It's indeed Big Blue and Little Green, and the Jets' chemistry experiment to become the Jolly Green Giant is slowly building towards an explosion.
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Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez spoke with the media following what was another tough loss. According to Sanchez, head coach Rex Ryan is remaining confident.
"It obviously wasn't our best tonight. We need to put our heads down, keep working, fight through a couple of preseason games and we'll get a chance to play probably the better part of a game with our starters next week...[Ryan] stayed positive, knowing that we're a better team than we showed tonight."
Sanchez struggled to move the ball down the field, including an interception.
"I threw (the ball) a little bit behind PT (Patrick Turner) and the defensive back made a pretty good play, but I have to see it on film. I was accurate for the most part all night. (I) felt good. That just goes to show you how fragile the ball is. If you miss by a little bit in this league, (they will) take the ball back. That's one you'd like to have back and I know I can complete that pass."
The Jets have yet to score a touchdown after two preseason games, but Sanchez vowed that they will improve.
"Like I said, it's not time to hit the panic button. Are we pleased with what we put out there on film tonight? No. Is it our best? Absolutely not. Do I know we can play better than that? Of course, it's got to get better. It starts with studying this week and I know our guys will do that."
The reigning Super Bowl Champion New York Giants made easy work of their crosstown rivals last night, defeating the Jets 26-3 at MetLife Stadium. The Jets' ongoing quarterback battle between Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez seems even more muddled as a result of this loss, as neither have been able to generate any sort of successful offensive output. Over the past two games, the Jets have only scored nine points, making them the only NFL franchise without a preseason touchdown at this point.
Quarterback Tim Tebow felt that the team "really got into a rhythm," but was upset that they were not able to capitalize on their efforts with a touchdown.
His reaction to the Jets' continued failure to reach the end zone in this preseason was simple and optimistic. "I think we just want to continue to get better every single day. I feel like we are doing that. We just have to put together some of the little things that are going to get us in the end zone."
Tebow went on to explain that he was not frustrated with his offense or teammates, despite media reports to the contrary, saying "we haven’t even played a real game. When the regular season gets here then that’s when it’s for real. We’ve got to continue to show improvement and get better every day. There’s no reason to get frustrated, we just have to go and get better."
"I think in some areas we’re doing pretty good. In other areas, we’ve got to get better. It’s the little things."
When asked about the team's current state versus where he feels the team should be, Tebow was confident in saying that the Jets offense is "doing some things really well," adding "we’ve just got to do the little things right to be on the same page where you’ll see those touchdowns start to come."
"It’s hard to find many positives," said Ryan in his opening statement after the game. "I thought our defense played well, especially in the first half. I think it was 80 yards apiece at halftime. It was two good defenses going at it. Offensively, we did well. We had some moments and ran the ball decent at times. You have to be able to protect the quarterback. The one throw Mark (Sanchez) made poorly, the guy (Jayron Hosley) made a great play on. He undercut the route and it went for a touchdown. That was a huge play and put us down 13-0 when we were in field-goal range. The game got out of hand then. They did a nice job. They outplayed us."
The loss, which featured just a second-half field goal from the Jets, sparked concerns about Gang Green's offense, but no worries came from Ryan.
"No, I mean clearly we have to get more production in the regular season than we’ve gotten in these two preseason games," said Ryan, who was asked about the offense's lack of production. "There is no doubt. But I’m 100 percent sure when we kick it off for real, we will have more production. There’s absolutely no doubt about that."
One of the improvements on offense, said Ryan, needed to come on short-yardage situations.
"Yeah, it was brutal. Absolutely bad," said Ryan. "You know, you’re trying to give it to the big full back through there and they (hit him) in the backfield both times. I might’ve been more disappointed in those things than I was anything else."
And, of course, he was asked about the performance of Tim Tebow.
"Well, I thought Tim was tremendous on that first drive. We gave him some time and he was able to throw the ball around, feeling pretty good. I thought he commanded the huddle well. The one throw he missed, I think it was four-of-five in that drive, the one throw he missed, it looked like he escaped a little bit, had (Stephen) Hill in the end zone, just kind of underthrew it just a little bit. As it went on, they really put some pressure on us too. I thought at times, that first drive in particular, I thought Tim looked really good, really good."
The New York Giants defeated the New York Jets, 26-3, in dominating fashion Saturday, in a preseason showdown at MetLife Stadium. Overall, the defense put on a solid effort in the win, according to Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
"Some people had a chance to step up tonight and played very well, particularly on the defensive side of the ball with some individual plays that stood out," Coughlin said. "For the second preseason game I was glad to see the improvement, particularly we saw improvement on the defensive side of the ball, but we’ve got a lot of work to do."
The biggest question after the game was the status of running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who hurt but did not break his hand, Coughlin said. The head coach was not sure how the tailback sustained the injury.
"Hopefully they get the swelling down and the soreness out and whatever they do there is not that big an obstruction," Coughlin said. "We’ll see where he is."
What does New York need to improve on?
"I was not pleased with the interception. I was not pleased with the blocked punt. We’re going to have to go back and work on that. We certainly have a lot of work to do and a long way to go."
The 'Snoopy Bowl' was a snoozer. The New York Giants defeated the New York Jets, 26-3, Saturday at MetLife Stadium in a preseason game commonly referred to as the 'MetLife Bowl' between the stadium's co-tenants.
The Giants dominated a game in which neither offense played particularly well. The defending Super Bowl champs got four field goals, a 77-yard interception return for a touchdown by Jayron Hosley and a 14-yard pass from third-string quarterback Ryan Perrilloux to reserve fullback Joe Martinek for their scoring.
The Jets have failed to score a touchdown in their first two preseason games, totaling only nine points in loss to the Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Giants controlled the first half, taking a 13-0 lead. Tynes kicked field goals of 35 and 30 yards, and Mark Sanchez pass for the only touchdown of the half., a rookie cornerback, returned an interception of a
Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 7-of-14 passes for 62 yards with one interception while playing the entire first half. Manning could not get the Giants into the end zone, but put a positive spin on the first-half effort.
"I thought we had a couple good drives and moved the ball. We converted some third downs, had some opportunities, but didn't get in the end zone," Manning said. "Whenever you play the Jets, you're always going against a great defense. They do a lot of different things and throw a lot at you. I think we communicated well to handle that. There is definitely still a whole lot for us to work on, but we're making progress."
The Jets' first-team offense was ineffective, failing to score. Quarterback Mark Sanchez was 9-for-11, but had only 59 yards passing and threw the interception Hosley returned for a score. The Jets' quarterback was sacked three times during his half of work.
Sanchez said the Jets' offense was "a little sloppy" during an interview with Jets sideline reporter Otis Livingston. "We have to be better than that," Sanchez said.
Jets coach Rex Ryan was "disappointed" by the first-half offensive performance.
"I think initially, against the Giants, this is a team you have to stay ahead of the sticks on," Ryan said. "You have to get the placements (yard markers) back, it really hurts, they can really get after the quarterback. (I’m) definitely disappointed because we had some self-inflicted wounds. The defense is playing great, lights out, the whole defense is on. Again, it’s tough sledding in that situation, but you have to protect the football."
Tynes hit a 40-yard field goal early in the third quarter to stretch the Giants' lead to 16-0.
Tim Tebow took over at quarterback for the Jets to start the third quarter. He led the Jets to a field goal on his first drive, going 4-for-5 for 52 yards and running twice for 5 yards. Josh Brown's 30-yard kick provided the only points of the night for the Jets. Tebow ended up completing 5-of-14 passes for 69 yards.
In the fourth quarter, Tynes ended a 10-play, 53-yard drive by hitting a 45-yard field goal.
The Giants finally scored the first offensive touchdown of the night on 35-yard drive set up after the second of three consecutive poor punts by T.J. Conley of the Jets. Ryan Perrilloux hit David Douglas on a 23-yard completion, then found running back Joe Martinek in the flat for a 14-yard touchdown completion.
Victor Cruz of the Giants had five receptions for 51 yards. The Giants sacked Jets' quarterbacks seven times.
NOTES: X-rays came back negative on Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who left the game early with an apparent hand injury. Linebacker Mark Herzlich left the game with a hip pointer, and defensive end Adrian Tracy suffered a hamstring injury. The Jets were playing without wide receiver Santonio Holmes (ribs).
The New York Giants lead the New York Jets 13-0 at the half at MetLife Stadium.
The big news coming out of the game thus far is the injury to Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw. The Marshall University product left the game in the 1st quarter with an apparent hand injury after carrying the ball three times for two yards.
Bradshaw went into the locker room for x-rays, but emerged on the sideline afterward without a wrap or cast of any sort. Hey may not actually be injured.
On the field, Mark Sanchez looked sharp early when he had time to throw. unfortunately, he was picked last in the half by Jayron Hosley who returned it for a touchdown. All in all, Sanchez went 8-of-10 for 56 yards along with being sacked twice.
Victor Cruz was the star of the offense for Big Blue, hauling in five passes for 51 yards. Eli Manning was solid, hitting on 7-of-14 for 62 yards. However, Manning did throw one interception into the hands of LaRon Landry.
The second half will be coming up shortly with Tim Tebow to take the field.
Bradshaw apparently hurt himself on a play in the 1st quarter and now is being evaluated by the Giants training staff, according to Mike Garafolo via twitter.
New York is already without Hakeem Nicks due to a foot injury, so losing Bradshaw would be even more of a crippling blow that usual. In the meantime, rookie David Wilson and D.J. Ware are taking the majority of the carries against the Jets.
Last year, Bradshaw was one of the driving forces for the Giants on the way to their second Super Bowl title in four years. The Marshall University product rushed for 659 yards and nine touchdowns as the No. 1 option in the backfield alongside Brandon Jacobs.
Update: Bradshaw is on the bench with doctors still looking at his hand after emerging from the locker room with any kind of wrap or cast, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News.
For the Jets, wide receiver Santonio Holmes will be out as expected due to a rib injury. This will be the second contest in a row he's watching from the sidelines.
The other injured Jets are as follows, according to their official twitter:
QUESTIONABLE: WR Stephen Hill (finger)
Kerley says he's still available to this point, while head coach Rex Ryan has ruled him out, according to the official team site.
For the Giants, the injury list comes from Big Blue View:
OUT: WR Hakeem Nicks (knee), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), LB Jacquian Williams (hip), CB Brandon Bing (hamstring), CB Michael Coe (hamstring), TE Travis Beckum (knee), DL Chris Canty (knee), OL Will Beatty (back), DL Marvin Austin (back), DL Shaun Rogers (blood clot), LB Michael Boley (hamstring)
Giants PR director Pat Hanlon tweeted out the list of players who will not play against the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night. The list includes cornerback Terrell Thomas, who's been hobbled by a right knee issue and has been rehabbing by running in a pool. A list of those who will not dress, via Big Blue View:
Terrell Thomas (knee), Brandon Bing, Michael Coe (hamstring), Jacquain Williams (hip), Michael Boley (hamstring), Will Beatty (back), Shaun Rogers (blood clot -- he is technically still on the roster, before you ask), Marvin Austin (back).
Beatty had a back issue that's bothered him for months creep back up this week, putting him on the shelf for the team's second preseason game. Marcus Thomas, who was signed to replace Shaun Rogers, cannot play under the CBA rules.
The New York Giants (0-1) take on the New York Jets (0-1) in the second annual “MetLife Bowl” on Saturday at Met Life Stadium
Demps is a former teammate of Tim Tebow's at the University of Florida, where the Olympian was a running back and kick returner. In four seasons, Jeff Demps racked up 2,470 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, though he elected not to participate in any all-star games or NFL draft workouts during his senior year so that he could fully devote himself to Olympic training.
Demps did not compete in the 4X100 meter relay final in London, but still earned a silver medal for running in the preliminary heat.
The Jets were one of many options for Demps, whose final decision came down to Tampa Bay and New England.
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Asked if he was a Top 10 NFL quarterback, Mark Sanchez said 'Sure, you have to think that'
Rex Ryan of the New York Jets shows some respect for the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The teams meet Saturday in a preseason game.
The New York Giants announced several roster moves on Wednesday. The Giants signed defensive tackles Carlton Powell and Oren Wilson. The Giants also waived injured defensive tackle Martin Parker. Parker has a herniated disk in his back which will require surgery.
Powell (6-foot-3, 310) was a fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2008. Powell spent his rookie season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Since that season, Powell has spent time on the practice squads for the Browns and Broncos and was in training camp with the Buccaneers (2010) and Jets (2011). Powell saw three games worth of action for the Falcons last season and made one assisted tackle.
Wilson (6-foot-1, 305) is an undrafted rookie out of Akron. Wilson transferred to Akron after originally playing for Michigan State.
The Giants needed to make the depth moves after Parker and Shaun Rogers (blood clot in leg) were ruled out for the season.
Giants' star defensive end Justin Tuck, who battled shoulder issues for much of the 2011 season, considered retiring and not coming back for the 2012 campaign. Tuck is the unquestioned leader of the defense, a captain who leads both off the field and on it with consistent production.
But that was significantly hampered last year, and Tuck talked about not being able to lift his shoulder before games, and the guilt he felt by potentially hurting his team with sub-standard play for the two-time Pro-Bowler. That led to some personal reflection and discussion with his closest colleagues, family, and friends. Tuck stated that retirement was contemplated, via Steve Serby of the New York Post:
"After the hardships of last year, I did some soul-searching, and really had to ask myself if this is what I want," Tuck said. "Obviously, I'm back, and I just feel kind of refreshed mentally. I think a lot of things were weighing on me last year where I couldn't necessarily be my normal self on and off the football field. I've kind of put those things in the past now and moved forward."
Tuck also lost two family members, a grandfather and an uncle, during the season and was simply not himself. That confluence of factors pushed him to the point of considering giving up the game he loves at the age of 28.
As the Giants work through the 2012 preseason, those difficulties and retirement thoughts appear well behind Tuck. This will now be his eighth season in the NFL, all of them with the Giants.
Santonio Holmes will miss the New York Jets' second preseason game against the New York Giants after suffering a rib injury earlier this month during an intra-squad scrimmage. Holmes missed the Jets' preseason opener against theCincinnati Bengals this past Friday as well.
Ryan says Holmes, Pouha won't play this week vs. Giants.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 13, 2012
Head coach Rex Ryan has said that he expects Holmes to be ready for the regular season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 9. In the meantime, the Jets will have to make do with a shorthanded receiving corps. New York will have a chance to showcase rookie Stephen Hill in the coming few weeks, and they will have to hope that reserves Jeremy Kerley and Chaz Schilens can make an impact on their own.
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