Skip to main content
New York Giants homepage

Giants News | New York Giants –

Postgame Notes


Ross, the Giants' new starting right cornerback, helped limit Burress to zero receptions in the Giants' 17-3 preseason loss to the Jets in MetLife Stadium.

"Myself and Corey (Webster, the other starting corner) are really good friends with Plaxico," Ross said, "but when we get on the field it's time to go to business."

Mark Sanchez threw two passes to Burress in the first quarter and one each in the second and third quarters. But the Giants' defense held Burress, who played for the team from 2005-08, without a reception.

"Well, that's a good thing, especially for us," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "You know Plaxico, he's going to have a big year for them and I'm just glad to have our corners go up and get some work against a guy like that. (He's a) 6-5 guy, you don't get a lot of work in practice against a guy like that and they were up for the challenge."

"He didn't get too many balls thrown his way this time, but I am pretty sure that as the season goes on he and Sanchez will get on the same page and start to make plays together," Ross said. "I mean, he's just a great player. I know he still has it in him, he showed it in his first preseason game. Our coaches did a great job in calling the right defense for us to keep the ball out of his hands."

*Safety Antrel Rolle, who also had a hand in Burress going without a catch, played in the slot in the nickel defense, a position he assumed when Terrell Thomas suffered a season-ending knee injury last week.

"It's going to take a little while to get comfortable at it," Rolle said. "Nickel is nothing new to my game. I've been playing it pretty much my entire career. Just to get back in the groove and the feel of things and understand my assignments and adjustments and make sure I'm on the same page as my team. I'll be good."

*Eli Manning threw his first two interceptions of the preseason. He has yet to throw a touchdown pass, though that is hardly causing him to lose sleep.

"No one ever counts how many touchdown passes you've thrown in preseason," Manning said. "It's one of those where you're on limited scouting time and you're out there running plays. We had some opportunities, there were some big plays out there - a fade to Mario (Manningham), a go-route to Mario that we missed on. We just have to get sharp on those things and the touchdowns will come."

Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if he is concerned about Manning's play.

"I'm not concerned," Coughlin said. "Would I have liked to have done better? Yeah. I'd like to think that we would have put some points on the board. Until tonight, he's been very good with the ball; very conservative with the ball."

*Justin Tuck left the game in the third quarter with what was called a stinger, then downplayed the injury after the game.

"(Vice President of Medical Services) Ronnie Barnes didn't want me to break another fingernail, so he pulled me out," Tuck said.

Tuck also said he was "good to go."

*Linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka suffered a groin injury in the first quarter and did not return. He was replaced on the strong side by Clint Sintim, who later recovered a Mark Sanchez fumble. Sintim tied for the team high with six tackles (three solo).

*Coughlin lost two replay challenges.

The first was in the opening quarter. On fourth-and-one from the Jets' 28, Shon Green ran over right guard for a short gain. The Giants thought they had stopped Green short of the first down, but the officials ruled the play a two-yard gain. Coughlin challenged the spot of the ball, but after review, referee Walt Coleman upheld the call on the field and the Jets had a first down at the 30. They punted four plays later.

In the fourth quarter, Jets quarterback Greg McElroy ran three yards around right end and fumbled. The ball was recovered by running back Joe McKnight, who gained four more yards. Coughlin challenged the loose ball recovery ruling, but Coleman again upheld the original call. The Jets ended that drive with Nick Folk's 33-yard field goal.

*The Giants' game captains were Rolle, Dave Tollefson and Chris Snee.

*The following Giants did not play due to injury: kicker Lawrence Tynes (quad), quarterback Sage Rosenfels (illness/back), cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot), defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee), safety Brian Jackson (hip) and wide receiver Duke Calhoun (hamstring).

*The Giants now trail in the preseason series, 23-19-1. The two teams will meet again in the regular season on Dec. 24. The Giants will be the visiting team. They lead the regular season series, 7-4.

*Due to logistical complications presented by the schedule change in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Giants today announced that they have canceled their annual Kickoff Luncheon.

The luncheon was scheduled to be held Wednesday in MetLife Stadium. Because of the hurricane, the Giants will play games both Monday and Thursday this week, severely limiting their practice time in the final week of the preseason. In addition, they travel to New England on Wednesday.

The Giants will schedule an event in the future to benefit the Touchdown Fund at Hackensack University Medical Center.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.