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Giants news, 11/12: Pat Shurmur explains roster juggling, more

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! It’s a Giants game day as the face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ESPN). Let’s help you fill the void — and avoid really diving into your work week — with some Giants headlines for the day.

Let’s start with a few notes from coach Pat Shurmur’s meeting with reporters on Saturday.

On releasing guard Patrick Omameh ...

Shurmur called Omameh “one of my favorite people that I’ve met doing this.”

“Pat came in and to his credit, he’s been a good soldier. We moved him around. We brought him in. We were going to play him at left guard. We signed him before we knew we were going to draft (G) Will (Hernandez), so he moved over to right guard. He battled for us. You just make changes, and that’s just the way it goes. We’re constantly looking to try to get the right combination of guys. We don’t have a problem playing young players. We’ll constantly change the roster, and then the players that are here, we’re going to continue to develop them. That’s why they play.”

On releasing and then bringing back kick returner Quadree Henderson ...

“We hoped that he would clear and then be available for us, like he was. Put him on the practice squad, and now we bumped him up.

“In some situations, you have to do that. I think every – you can probably go and talk to every head coach in the league and they’re dealing with working their roster because of injuries sometimes and sometimes it’s because you’re just trying to get the better players.”

On the Giants’ red zone difficulties (31st in the league in touchdown efficiency) ...

“This is the hundredth time I’ve answered that question,” Shurmur said. “It’s pretty obvious that we’ve got to get the ball in the end zone. There’s other things the people that crunch the numbers will tell you that we’re doing much better (offensively) than a year ago, but it comes down to scoring and preventing scores. When we get down there and we choose to run the ball, we’ve got to make yards, and when we choose to pass the ball, we’ve either got to get a completion or we catch it and run in the end zone, or throw the ball and have it completed in the end zone. That’s what we have to do better and that’s really what we’ve been talking about now for quite some time.”

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