Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your Friday morning headlines.
Ernie Palladino offers a five-point plan for the rest of the Giants' 2014 season:
Unless the Giants can find at least two wins in the next four games against Indianapolis, Seattle, San Francisco and Dallas, their collective gooses will be fricasseed for a third straight season. In keeping with bye-week methodology, Coughlin and his staff spent the idle time being anything but.
With any luck, the coaches have come up with the details of this five-point remedy to the current downturn.
Paul Schwartz writes the Odell Beckham Jr. seems to have always been diestined for stardom:
When he was 4, he had told his mother — an All-American track star — he was practicing for the NFL. Later, told his father — an ex-LSU running back — he wanted to be a legend.
He has reached the former and is working toward the latter, a rookie stepping up as Big Blue’s playmaker since Victor Cruz’s season-ending injury.
"I’m beyond blessed. I thank God for what he’s done for me, two athletic parents being able to [guide me]. Growing up [with] them being athletes made me more competitive," Beckham Jr. said of what his mother calls hitting the genetic jackpot. "Knowing I had so much to live up to growing up made me want it that much more."
Jordan Ranaan breaks down a few runs on Sunday where Andre Williams missed opportunities:
The preseason isn't the regular season. Over and over again, year after year, we're reminded of this statement.
Giants rookie running back Andre Williams is case and point No. 10,000,000 (or somewhere close to that). He looked so natural running the football in the preseason, averaging 5.1 yards per carry, and doing it with impressive speed and power.
For whatever reason, the success hasn't translated to the regular season. With starter Rashad Jennings (knee) sidelined, Williams has struggled running the football, the one area the Giants thought he would prosper.
The Boston College product has averaged 3.1 yards per carry the first seven games of his rookie season. He had 51 yards on 18 rushes (2.8 ypc) in Sunday's 31-21 loss to the Cowboys, and not just because the offensive line didn't get the job done (although that was the case on a fair share of plays). Some of Williams' failures were actually self-inflicted.