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New York Giants Notes: Sunday Reading Material

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Here are a few stories for you to read this morning while you wait for today's New York Giants at Houston Texans kickoff.

Wide receivers looking for big plays vs. Texans - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
The number’s don’t lie. After being torn apart in the secondary by quarterback after quarterback, the Texans are the worst-ranked pass defense team in the league, which in turns led to their worst-ranked defense in terms of yardage.

"Most teams we’ve seen run the ball and that opened up the pass," Wide receiver Mario Manningham said. "How their coverage is we can have a lot of big plays out there on Sunday."

Ronde Barber: Booing Tiki "reflects poorly on the Giants' fans" | ProFootballTalk.com
"It reflects poorly on the Giants' fans," Ronde told Sirius NFL Radio, per the New York Post. "They were there to honor him for what he did on the football field and they let what he's done post-football come into play. I think it's unfortunate."

Rookie Giants Punter Matt Dodge Is Feeling the Pressure - NYTimes.com
"It’s pretty much all mental," he said. "I get in a game, I don’t even feel myself changing my technique, but I get antsy and you change it up. The more comfortable I get, the more I can trust my technique."

Giants safety Kenny Phillips will be handled 'conservatively' in return from latest knee injury | NJ.com
The Giants and Kenny Phillips have been adamant that his latest left knee injury has nothing to do with his last one. Friday, when Phillips sat out practice after working in a limited capacity the previous two days, the Giants even got specific by saying Phillips had sprained his medial collateral ligament.

But the fact he has an injury in the same knee that required microfracture surgery last year is clearly something about which the team is concerned. And it could be a reason Phillips, who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans, sits out in Houston.

Brian Jackson ready to fill in as third safety - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
With safety Kenny Phillips questionable for Sunday’s game against Houston, cornerback Brian Jackson could see increased action as the third safety. Head coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that Jackson, a former practice squad that was signed to the active roster on Sept. 28, was taking reps at safety during practice.

"He did some nice things out here," Coughlin said. "When we first decided to bring him up we thought he was a guy who could play either corner or safety. Coaches wanted to see him at corner first, so we did that first, and this week we needed him at safety and he seemed to do well there."

New York Giants rookie defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul taking advantage of increased playing time
"We made a lot of progress with him off of last week's game," said Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. "We've just been spoon-feeding him and then last week he stepped up to the plate. He made some plays in there, he gained some confidence, we gained some confidence and we can spoon-feed him a little bit more."