August 18, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Giants Vs. Jets: Big Blue Shows Little Green How It's Done

The Super Bowl champion Giants were clearly the superior team Saturday night against the New York Jets

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'How Not To Build An NFL Offense' By The 2012 New York Jets

The Jets appear to be entering the season with an offense that is among the league's worst.


New York Giants Punter Steve Weatherford Issues Apology For Posting Video

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford apologized for posting a video online of Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunking teammate Prince Amukamara into a cold tub.

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."

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Ahmad Bradshaw Injury: Giants Running Back Diagnoised With Hand Contusion

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin spoke Sunday to address his team's injuries and, to the relief of many, running back Ahmad Bradshaw 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.

For more on the Giants and Jets, please be sure to check out our blogs Big Blue View and Gang Green Nation respectively along with SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.


Giants vs. Jets: Big Blue And Little Green

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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Jets Vs. Giants: Tim Tebow Reacts To Preseason Loss And Jets' Touchdown Woes

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."

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Giants Vs. Jets: Tom Coughlin Reacts To Preseason Victory

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."

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Giants 26, Jets 3: Giants Dominate MetLife Bowl

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 Hosley, a rookie cornerback, returned an interception of a Mark Sanchez pass for the only touchdown of the half.

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).

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Giants vs. Jets Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Injury Updates And More

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


Jeff Demps Signing: New York Jets Miss Out On Olympic Sprinter

According to The Star Ledger's Jenny Vrentas, the New York Jets will not be signing Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps. Instead, Fox 13's Kevin O'Donnell is reporting that Demps will sign with the New England Patriots.

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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Mark Sanchez: Where Does He Rank Among NFL Quarterbacks?

Asked if he was a Top 10 NFL quarterback, Mark Sanchez said 'Sure, you have to think that'


Rex Ryan On Giants: 'You Can't Go Up Against Anybody Better'

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.


New York Giants Sign DTs Carlton Powell, Oren Wilson, Waive Martin Parker

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.

For the latest news from Giants training camp, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream and Big Blue View.


Justin Tuck Considered Retirement After 2011 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.

For the latest news from Giants training camp, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream and Big Blue View.

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