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Post-game quotebook: What the Giants were saying after third straight victory

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Logan Ryan of the Giants strips the ball from Cincinnati’s Drew Sample.
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What were the New York Giants saying Sunday after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-17? Let’s go to the Zoom calls to find out.

Coach Joe Judge on the team GM Dave Gettleman refers to as the “Fightin’ Joe Judges” ...

“I am proud of the way our players are working. I’m proud of the improvement they’ve made. I’m proud of how they come to work every day with the mindset of improving and going forward. We don’t make it easy on them. That’s by design. But I like the way they respond to our coaching. I like the way they respond to adverse situations within games just like we showed up today in several situations. They responded the right way and we got the results we needed. I love this group of guys. They’re a lot of fun to coach. They come to work every day. They’re tough, physically and mentally. They’re resilient and they’ve got the right mindset, which is come to work every day, do your job and improve.”

Colt McCoy on his first action of the season ...

“I felt okay. I was out all last year with an injury, felt like I had a good training camp. Again, I’m always going to be ready to play, but I hate it for DJ. He was playing really well, just like he has been the last several weeks. I just didn’t want to let our team down, I was going to be prepared and you never know when these situations pop up. I work hard in practice and I know my teammates have confidence in me, and I just tried to go out there and secure the win for us.”

Placekicker Graham Gano on giving up a 103-yard kickoff return touchdown ...

“That was all my fault. I’ve got to kick off better directionally – you know, I hit it down the middle of the field and that just puts the team in a bad position. I knew going off the field, I told coach that as well. I’ve got to put us in better position and at the end of the day, I’ve got to make that tackle, too. I thought I had him and just did a poor job tackling. I’ve made enough tackles in my career that I know what to do and I just didn’t do a good job there, so all around I feel like you could just put that on me. At the end of the day, I’ve got to have a better kick and I’ve got to make the play if it comes to me to tackle a guy.”

Gano on quarantine life after being diagnosed with COVID-19 ...

“That was terrible. I got so tired of being on my phone and on the computer or watching movies. I would sit and look out the window, just couldn’t wait to get back outside. You know, there are so many people around the world right now struggling with the same thing, so I just feel blessed and fortunate I was able to come out of it and be fine. But there are a lot of people out there that aren’t so fortunate right now, so I feel like you’ve just got to keep praying for those people and I’m just happy that I was able to have good care around me and I was able to come through. I feel pretty good right now.”

Gano on the long-term contract he signed before being diagnosed with COVID-19 ...

“It’s such a blessing for my family and me. Since day one being here, it just feels like a home with the Giants, it’s just awesome. The people from top to bottom, everybody is just fantastic, so it made our decision easy when I was talking with my wife and my agent. I’m just so excited to be here and happy to be playing football again. Like you said, about a little over a year ago, I wasn’t sure if I was going to play football again after having the surgery on my femur, so it’s just a true blessing to be able to play the game I love and I love being up here and playing with this team.”

Logan Ryan on the tough stretch of games the Giants have coming up ...

“I don’t care if a team is 0-12, I’m trying to win. I don’t care what their record is. I say winning is a mentality, and obviously we didn’t start the year hot, that’s OK. I believe that years of losing can bring a type of culture, a type of onus over a team. We dug ourselves out of that hole, we’re not front-runners, we started off in the back of the pack, and now we’re in the middle of the pack. It’s our job to finish strong; I don’t want to play with anybody who starts fast and doesn’t finish. We didn’t start fast, but we worked, we believed, and that’s where we are now. I don’t know what their records are, line them up, we have to play them,”