Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your news updates for this Tuesday morning.
Prince Amukamara update
Much has been said of the defensive play of the Giants in recent weeks but expect a huge boost after the bye with the return of Prince Amukamara. Once again, the Giants have two top flight cornerbacks in the secondary. Amukamara is confident that he will return against the Washington Redskins.
"I will be ready after the bye," Amukamara said. "That was kind of the plan all along. We were looking at the fourth week, Buccaneers, seeing if I was going to be ready then. This game came and I still wasn’t ready, so it’s according to the original prognosis, which was three to six weeks and this was the fifth week. If we had a game next week, I would 100 percent be playing."
Of course, players are usually very confident in their return regardless if they are fully healthy or not. Tom Coughlin further elaborated on the status of Amukamara.
"Two more weeks, I think they will give him the green light," Coughlin said. "At least that’s my understanding today."
Tim Walton, the cornerbacks coach, spoke Monday about how big a gain it is to finally get Amukamara back.
"That helps us a lot," Walton said. "It just gives us some numbers and gives us some depth and that’s what we need going forward. It gives us an extra DB out there so when we see these teams that love to spread us out and they’re in 11 personnel or they like to use it almost as a fourth wide out with some of these tight ends. Now it just gives us an extra body to be in better position to cover for when we’re spaced out."
Disappointing loss of Victor Cruz
The Giants had high hopes for a deadly combination between Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz but it wasn't meant to be for the 2015 season. Most, if not all within the Giants organization displayed their disappointment in not having him at all, especially for his wide receiver coach Sean Ryan.
"I feel awful for him, to be honest with you," Ryan said. "I had a chance to see him yesterday before the game quickly and we just talked about it. Obviously he is a little down about it, which I understand, but like we talked about. It is not always going to go to your plan and he knows that and I think he understands it."
GM Jerry Reese also showed disappointment.
"I feel badly for Victor Cruz, he worked hard to try to get back and it’s just not working out for him," Reese said. "He’ll go through another offseason, try to get healthy and we’ll see where that goes."
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Around the league
The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
The NFL admits that officials made a mistake during the end of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars game in which the Ravens should have actually won.
The St. Louis Rams will bench quarterback Nick Foles and will promote backup Case Keenum.
Tony Romo is expected to make his return to the field this Sunday.
However, as the Dallas Cowboys get their quarterback back, the Philadelphia Eagles might lose two games from Sam Bradford.