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7 takeaways from Giants Media Hour (12/3)


  1. Injuries take toll on Giants.**


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The Giants' injured reserve list swelled to 20 players with the addition of five more on Tuesday.

Now the Giants will make the most of the final quarter of the season with a 3-9 record and a seven-game losing streak.

"It has definitely taken its course on this team," safety Antrel Rolle said. "I don't know the reason for it; it has just been a weird year all the way around. If you would have asked me at the beginning of the season if we would have been in this situation I would have put all my chips on absolutely not. You have to take what we put ourselves in. We put ourselves in this hole; we can't blame it on anyone else. We have had several opportunities to go out there and win games and close games out and we have failed to do so as a team. At this point we have four games left, let's go out there and make the best of those four games."

2. Injury report.

Did not participate in practice: OT James Brewer (concussion), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion), and RB Rashad Jennings (ankle).

Limited: DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), LB Jameel McClain (knee), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/shoulder), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion/shoulder).

Full: OT Justin Pugh (quadriceps).

3. "Nice opportunity" for DE Damontre Moore.

Among the five players placed on injured reserve yesterday were two defensive ends: Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) and Robert Ayers (pectoral). That sets the stage for second-year pro Damontre Moore, who has three sacks this season and has not yet started a game in his professional career. Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if Moore is ready to handle the position.

"Coming out of camp, he had gotten his weight up. He dips a little bit and then comes back up," Coughlin responded. "He's got long arms and this will be a nice opportunity for him."

4. DE Kerry Wynn ready for more.

The undrafted rookie out of the University of Richmond made the most of his first NFL game last week and recorded one of the Giants' seven sacks against Jacksonville.

"It's more about just… you can't control whether you play or not," Wynn said today. "It's just being ready and preparation towards the game and being in the spot just making sure you're ready."

5. Injuries shift back the offensive line configuration.

The Giants had started the same five offensive linemen for the first 10 games of the season, but for various reasons -- injuries and otherwise -- the unit changed over the last two weeks. However, with Geoff Schwartz and Adam Snyder both landing on injured reserve this week, the group that started the year (Will Beatty, Weston Richburg, J.D. Walton, John Jerry, and Justin Pugh) is there to move forward.

"Our offensive line, the guys we'll have this week will be the guys we started Week 1," quarterback Eli Manning said. "So we should have everybody healthy there."

6.  Pugh was close last week, has "no doubt" for this Sunday.

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The second-year lineman missed the first two games of his career over the last two weeks but said today that he has no doubt about this week against the Titans.

"Yeah I was close to playing [last week], but we didn't want to re-aggravate [my quad] and to end up coming out like I did in San Fran and leaving somebody who hadn't prepared for that spot go in after me," Pugh said. "I didn't want to hurt the team and go out there and do that, but at the same time it was close."

7. Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt: I think [the Giants] are a team that is better than what their record is.

Whisenhunt, whose team has one fewer win than the Giants and is on a six-game losing streak, was asked on a conference call with Giants reporters about Big Blue's record this season.

"When I look at the team I just look at what I see on tape," Whisenhunt said. "I see a team that plays hard and make some plays and has weapons. We certainly have our concerns. You know just from looking at it what their record is, but I think they are a team that is better than what their record is." Meanwhile, like all opposing coaches, Whisenhunt is well aware of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. "Certainly he is growing as a young player," he said. "I think you can see his confidence has increased and he is making a lot of plays and he is one you certainly have to be aware of, but to me it all starts with the quarterback. He is a very good player, established player in the league and I have a lot of respect for what he has done. I think you have to make sure you that you try to contain him."

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