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Giants Morning Report: Youngsters take center stage

New York Giants headlines for Wednesday, 12/24.

Andre Williams runs through Rodney McLeod on Sunday
Andre Williams runs through Rodney McLeod on Sunday
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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Your Christmas Eve Giants Morning Report find us taking a closeup look at the future of the Giants. Which makes sense, since the Giants' present really is all about the future.

Confused? It's early, I know. This whole Fut-O-Rama theme came about because Tuesday was conference call day for Giants' players and the organization trotted out five players to speak to reporters -- Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Devon Kennard, Andre Williams and Kerry Wynn. That's two second-year players and three rookies.

"We have a lot of young players playing big roles on this team and getting better every week," said Kennard, the impressive rookie linebacker selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. "I think that is a huge testament to the organization and the guys that they have brought in, and to us players and the impact we want to have and to the future we want to have for this organization."

Hankins, a defensive tackle, was a second-round pick in 2013, and has been dominant at times during 2014.

"I feel that my [draft] class and this year's class have definitely made a big step forward contributing this year. It is looking good for the future with the guys that came in this year like [Odell] Beckham Jr., [Weston] Richburg, and [Jay] Bromley," Hankins said. "They continue to get better this year, so going into the off-season, we definitely have some good things to look forward to."

Andre Williams: 'A lot of bloody hands'

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher wants to blame the Giants for Sunday's brawl and absolve his team of any wrong-doing. Shame on the veteran coach. A more mature attitude, and probably a more correct one, was shown Tuesday by Giants' rookie running back Andre Williams:

"I don't know who is at fault, and I don't think celebrating is any reason for a fight to break out. I think the atmosphere going into that game, there was definitely some electricity in the atmosphere. You could feel it out there that it was going to be a physical game. There was a lot of talking over the ball. I am not sure what the spark was, but I don't think you can point to any one person and say, "Oh, this guy started the fight." There were a lot of bloody hands at the end of it."

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