Thursday, October 30, 2014, 10:21pm
While the Giants were practicing on Thursday, RB Rashad Jennings was working with a trainer on a side field. He was running and dragging a weighted sled behind him. It was the first time he's done this since the injury. "We can build off that," Jennings said.
This is the first step in helping rebuild his strength in the knee and get his endurance to a point where he can carry a significant workload in a game.
Up next is running in zigzags. The expectation is that will come in the next couple days or so. Jennings hasn't reached the point of planting his foot in the ground and changing directions. He isn't ready to cut.
"We haven't gotten the OK for that," Jennings said.
Jennings hasn't had a setback, it's just taking a bit longer than expected for the knee to be ready for cuts.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
We were expecting more out of rookie RB Andre Williams, but he's averaging just 3.2 YPC and hasn't cracked the 60-yard mark since taking over as the starter. The Giants are coming off of their bye and facing the Colts, who are giving up 4.4 YPC, so Williams should be able to post solid RB2 numbers provided the G-Men can stay in the game.
Although Alfred Morris is having an off year, HC Jay Gruden still has confidence in him. “Well, I think from an expectation level, I think we all expected him to have probably more yards, more touchdowns and that’s a combination of things—not getting as many looks, me not calling enough runs, maybe,” he said. “Like I said, in the running game, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong. But he is where he is. He’s still a force.”
Bradshaw, who was not brought back after the 2012 season, and Hakeem Nicks, who was not re-signed after last season, will surely be determined to show their former team they made a mistake not keeping them. Because neither, particularly Bradshaw, ever wanted to leave.
This is an example of the #OldTeamTheorem that Senior Editor John Paulsen likes to talk about on Twitter (@4for4_John). Players are generally extra motivated to stick it to their old teams. It doesn't always result in a big game, but more often than not, players seem to outperform their usual production. We expect Bradshaw to play well. If Reggie Wayne misses another game, Nicks could be in the mix for a surprising game as well, though Donte Moncrief has been outplaying him thus far.
As soon as a player on a reserve list is allowed to practice, a 21-day window opens. At the end of those three weeks, a decision must be made whether to promote the player to the 53-man roster, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.
If Marcus Lattimore’s practice window opened on Monday, the 49ers would have to make a decision on Nov. 16, the day of their game at the New York Giants. Coach Jim Harbaugh said the team would be able to make a better evaluation on a Monday or Tuesday after that game.
The 49ers have been patient with Lattimore. They did not rush him back onto the field during training camp. And they waited two extra days to have him begin practice because it was the right thing to do.
Right now, Lattimore appears to be insurance for the remainder of the season. And that’s OK. The 49ers are in no rush. He figures to be a part of the organization for years to come.
Darren Sproles injured his knee in the team’s Week 6 win over the Giants and wound up being listed as questionable for last week’s game after spending the bye week rehabbing the injury. The team ultimately decided not to play him, however.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Sproles said things would be different against the Texans. Sproles practiced on Tuesday and said afterward that he will be in the lineup when the game kicks off in Houston.
With Chris Polk active, the team decided to rest Sproles another week. Polk had three carries and a catch while spelling LeSean McCoy against Arizona - his first offensive touches of the season. Sproles had seven carries in each of his last two games, but hasn't recorded a catch since Week 4.
Trent Richardson (hamstring) will be ready to go this week.
It sounds like Richardson may have been able to play against the Steelers but the team didn't want to force carries on him after not practicing all week. Richardson will go back to splitting time with Ahmad Bradshaw, with Boom Herron losing time. Indy travels to take on the Giants on Monday night.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 10:24am
But now, he has another set of instructions: Let it rip.
During his annual state of the organization on Monday, Reese said that he sees the offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo as one that is developing some cautious tendencies.
Manning, he thinks, can take things in another direction by being more aggressive.
"I just think, as an offense, we have to be more aggressive," Reese said. "I think at times we're a little bit almost too cautious with what we're doing offensively. This is the National Football League. You've got to go out there and you have to win the game. You can't think something's going to fall into your lap. You've got to go out and take the games. I think we have to be more aggressive offensively. I appreciate Eli taking care of the ball and not turning it over because that correlates to wins a lot of the time, but you can't be too cautious."
The story pointed out that under the team's previous offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, a system was in place where Manning could take more calculated shots down field than many other quarterbacks. It was the team's choice not to hire a coordinator with knowledge of that offense when Gilbride retired back in January.
It was just a light workout so not a lot of reason for concern just yet. However HC Tom Coughlin was quoted as saying he's not ready to go. The story said Jennings had hoped to be back on the field by Wednesday. Jennings planned to spend last week (the Giants' bye) running and cutting on the knee he injured against the Atlanta Falcons several weeks back. It would help owners if they also had Andre Williams, as the Giants play the Colts on Monday night in Week 9 and it's possible we don't know Jennings' status until right before the game.
“I would guarantee Tampa, most likely, unless something happens between now and then,” Gruden told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “You’ve got a good bye week, you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure it’s ready. Obviously Robert is a quick healer. He works extremely hard in the training room. So the process could be sped up a little bit depending on how he feels.”
It’s highly unlikely that Griffin will play in Dallas on Monday night, and nearly as unlikely that he’d play on a short week in Minnesota the following Sunday.
Waiting until after the bye gives Griffin more than three more weeks not only to heal but also to prepare.
Once healthy, Griffin will return to a good situation that includes Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts and a now-healthy Jordan Reed. The Redskins are currently 14th in fantasy points generated from its passing game, and Griffin adds the extra dimension of being able to run the ball. Expect low-end QB1/high-end QB2 numbers upon his return. His playoff schedule is favorable with matchups against the Rams, Giants and Eagles from Week 14 to Week 16.
"As the doctors said, they think I'm right on track to be back here soon and it's going to be a day to day [situation]," Jennings said.
The Giants leading rusher wouldn't commit to anything. He's taking it step by step. Next on the schedule is to hit the field during the bye week and begin running and cutting on the knee. He has not yet done anyone running outside the water.
"I'm going through my checkpoints. I want to see where it lays," said Jennings, who has 396 yards on 91 carries (4.4 ypc) in five games.
The Giants have struggled to run the ball in his absence and the team doesn't practice again until next Monday. That gives Jennings a week to see if he can make enough progress to be out there with his teammates for the light workout. As the story pointed out, coach Tom Coughlin hinted it's not going to be easy. Jennings has some serious strides to make here in the next week. The injury he suffered was significant. Looking ahead to Week 9, the Giants host the Colts on Monday night. It could be a tricky situation if Jennings ends up being a game-time call. For those who own both Jennings and Andre Williams, it may be a good idea to keep Williams for now, at least for a security blanket for Monday night Week 9.
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 3:09pm
Andre Williams gets the start at RB again with Jennings sidelined.
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