New York Giants News & Notes: Home Cooking Edition

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Wide receiver Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants falls to the ground untouched after a reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Cardinals 31-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Good morning fellow Giants fans. In case you haven't noticed, the Giants have played away from home a lot in the first month of the NFL season. Three games on the road and just one--the Monday night contest with the Rams--at MetLife Stadium. But that pendulum now swings the other way, as the G-men are home against Seattle this weekend, Buffalo next Sunday, a bye and then home against Miami. Not that the Giants perform bad on the road. They haven't had a losing record on the road since 2004 and are 2-1 this year so far. But you always have an edge in your own building and it's certainly an emotional lift. Hopefully the Giants take advantage of that and win all three of these games before the schedule gets even tougher.

New York Giants' Justin Tuck may rest until bye, dons new pads - ESPN New York
A frustrated Justin Tuck said he is "definitely" considering the idea of resting until the New York Giants bye week due to pain in his neck.

Well, we never like to be without arguably our best player on defense, but it's better to have Tuck missing games now rather than against New Orleans and Green Bay.

New York Giants team report: Victor Cruz makes rapid progress - NFL - Sporting News
Cruz is making rapid progress after spending nearly all of his rookie year on injured reserve. Manningham remains the starter beside top receiver Hakeem Nicks, and the Giants still like his big-play potential. But while Manningham is team's most dangerous player with the ball in his hands, he must improve his consistency and route-running. His miscommunication with Eli Manning in the victory at Arizona led to an incomplete pass and a missed opportunity.

New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham still a starter - ESPN New York
Stop the speculation: Wide receiver Mario Manningham is still a starter for the New York Giants. Manningham was taken out during a series last Sunday in Arizona in favor of slot wide receiver Victor Cruz, and had just one reception while being targeted only five times, but offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said the the 25-year-old will remain a first-teamer opposite top target Hakeem Nicks.

NY Giants' Brandon Jacobs' swollen left knee feels good as he waits to be 'unleashed' at practice
Brandon Jacobs wanted to be "unleashed." And if the Giants' big back has his way, he may get back on the field Friday.

I think we all would not only like to see Jacobs unleashed, we want to see him return to the form where he is flattening defenders.

Giants Seed Need for Intensity Against Seahawks - NYTimes.com
As a rookie with the Carolina Panthers in 2000, Deon Grant spent the entire season on injured reserve with a fractured hip, but he still recalls a lesson he learned then that he has made sure to impart to his younger Giants teammates this week. Watching veterans like Reggie White and Eugene Robinson work with the Carolina defense, Grant saw an increased intensity before certain games — just not the ones he necessarily expected.

Giants vs. Seahawks: Ex-Jets player Leon Washington poses a threat on kick returns | NJ.com
One player the Giants will be certain not to overlook on Sunday is Seattle Seahawks returner Leon Washington, the former Jet who has continued as one of the NFL’s best return threats in Seattle.

I don't know about you guys, but I still get nervous every time we kick off. And I hate that feeling.

Bright lights of New York still reach New Jersey - Seahawks - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports
Yes, Pete, we understand the New York Giants’ new digs, MetLife Stadium, actually is in East Rutherford, N.J., seven miles west of midtown Manhattan. Still, it’s the first time a Carroll-led NFL team will play in the New York area since his return to the league last year. Carroll served as head coach of the New York Jets in 1994. The team had a 6-10 record and finished last in the AFC East.

The Associated Press: NFL games on Fox match best rating since 1998
Fox's NFL coverage Sunday matched the highest television rating for the single-game broadcast window since 1998. The network's eight games included the Detroit Lions' comeback against the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants' rally against the Arizona Cardinals. Among the other matchups were Panthers-Bears, 49ers-Eagles and Redskins-Rams.

And now, not to go all Disney on you guys, but I want to leave you with a real-life, heartwarming story......

New York Giants Pick, Ex-LSU Star Chad Jones, In Recovery From Car Crash, Wows With 40-Yard Dash In 4.84 " CBS New York
Chad Jones, the Giants’ 2010 draft choice whose career was placed in jeopardy by a car wreck nearly 1 ½ years ago, was timed at 4.84 seconds in a public 40-yard dash at a suburban New Orleans school on Wednesday night. "Today was a great day," said Jones, who also was celebrating his 23rd birthday. "I am pretty glad about my time even though I got about six more months of rehab. Things look good right now." Jones, a safety, was taken by the Giants in the third round. He seriously injured his left leg June 24, 2010, when his car crashed into a street car stanchion in his hometown of New Orleans. He only began running again 3 ½ months ago.

When you think about the fact that it hasn't even been 18 months since Jones' accident, and that he only began running a few months ago, this is remarkable. Hopefully we will see him in camp in 2012 with a real shot to make the team. Have a great weekend, guys, and let's escape a game we should win with just that--a win.

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