Here are a few notes for you on this Saturday morning, New York Giants fans.
Antrel Rolle was fined $20,000 for unnecessary roughness for spearing—the league’s term—tight end Fred Davis with his helmet in Sunday’s season-opening loss to Washington.
Fellow Miami alum and safety Kenny Phillips was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness for having "unnecessarily struck an opponent in the head and neck area," according to the league. The "opponent" in that case also was Fred Davis.
Osi Umenyiora went from the stationary bike to the practice field Friday. And now there's a chance - albeit a slight one - that the veteran pass-rusher could be back in uniform in time for next Sunday's showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end opened practice on a field with a trainer. He worked on lining up in three-point stance, exploding and sprinting a few steps, putting pressure on his injured knee. He also worked on rounding a corner against a blocking bag, another move that places strain on a knee that had arthroscopic surgery four weeks ago.
Last season, New York Giants opponents completed 56.7 percent of their passes for 6.4 yards per attempt when the Giants had at least five defensive backs on the field. The Giants' opponents Total QBR was 28.7 when they were in nickel or dime packages, the lowest such figure in the league. In the season opener against the Redskins, Rex Grossman completed 63.2 percent of his passes for an average of 9.4 yards per attempt and a Total QBR of 86.9 when the Giants had extra defensive backs on the field. The Giants have suffered quite a few injuries on defense, particularly in the secondary, since the start of training camp, and it seems to show up when they have to dip into their bench for defensive backs.
Chris Canty said Friday that the Giants can't worry about the loss to Washington.
"We had to put that game to bed. That game is over. There is nothing we can do about that ballgame," Canty said. "What we can do is come to work. We can come to work focused, intense in our focus, be sharper in our practices, be sharper in our meetings so we can give ourselves a better opportunity to be successful on Monday."Members of the Giants 1986 Super Bowl team will sign autographs for fans prior to Monday night's contest against the St. Louis Rams at MetLife Stadium, the team announced today. The autograph session will take place from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and will be located at the stadium's four main entrances: MetLife, Verizon, Budweiser, and Pepsi Gates. All fans in line will receive a commemorative 25th anniversary 5"x7" autograph card*.
Members of the Giants 1986 Super Bowl team will sign autographs for fans prior to Monday night's game at MetLife Stadium, the team announced today. The autograph session will take place from 7-8 p.m. and will be located at the stadium's four main entrances: MetLife, Verizon, Budweiser, and Pepsi Gates. All fans in line will receive a commemorative 25th anniversary 5 by 7 autograph card.
In addition, several members from the ‘86 team will participate in a fan Q&A session on the MetLife stage, located on the West Plaza. Hosted by NBC-4's Bruce Beck, the Q&A will take place in concurrence with the autograph session.