Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jennings was limited all last week and didn’t play on Monday night. Orleans Darkwa will likely get the start against a stout Green Bay rush defense.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:35pm
Giants TE Larry Donnell (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Donnell exited Week 4 with a concussion, so Will Tye may get the opportunity to play starter’s snaps against a shaky Green Bay pass defense. He caught four passes for 43 yards on six targets while playing 79% of the snaps (a season high) in Week 4, and that was against a tough Minnesota defense. Last year, Tye essentially took over as the Giants’ starter in Week 8, and was the #13 tight end in standard formats from that point on. From Week 9 to Week 17, he had the 10th-most targets at his position. The Giants didn’t have Sterling Shepard or Victor Cruz last year, but TE streamers could do a lot worse this week, assuming Donnell remains out.
Odell Beckham Jr. is frustrated with the increased amount of attention on his behavior during games and said he is "not having fun anymore" playing football.
The Giants star wide receiver reflected on his image and on his role in New York's offense during an interview with ESPN's Anita Marks on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a disappointing performance in a nationally televised loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
"Football is my sanctuary," Beckham told Marks. "It's where I go to escape. It's where I'm most happy. I'm not having fun anymore."
Beckham's comments came on the heels of his latest on-field meltdown Monday, when he was flagged for a taunting penalty and repeatedly clashed with Minnesota's Xavier Rhodes. Beckham had been exchanging verbal barbs with Rhodes for several plays before when the Vikings cornerback hit him out of bounds after a 4-yard catch. But it was Beckham who was called for the penalty. This is becoming an increasing popular way to get Beckham off his game.
The Vikings only gave receiver Patterson 61 offensive snaps last year and he made just two catches. He looked pretty solid on Monday night and the team gave him a chance to use his speed on several plays. It could very well mean an increased role going forward but that remains to be seen. He'll likely start to get picked up at least in deeper leagues.
Rob Demovsky tweeted the news and said he saw Cook go through the locker room on crutches but he declined to talk about the ankle. Demovsky added it still looked swollen. Richard Rodgers should be the team's TE1 for Week 5.
Jennings was a surprise scratch last week and with the loss of Shane Vereen for the season, some thought the team may push Jennings along to play this week. However, it looks like the Giants will go with a backfield of Orleans Darkwa, who is expected to start, and Bobby Rainey. Rainey should see a lot of time on third down according to reports last week.
S Nat Berhe (concussion), T Marshall Newhouse (calf), DT Robert Thomas (illness), S Darian Thompson (foot)
CB Eli Apple (hamstring)
RB Rashad Jennings (thumb), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin)
DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), TE David Morgan (knee)
Jennings (thumb) was a bit of a surprise scratch last week and is questionable coming into Week 4. With Shane Vereen on IR, the Giants may opt to let Jennings play if he's close this week. If not, Orleans Darkwa figures to possibly get a big chunk of the workload. Bobby Rainey could see passing downs, according to those who follow the team. Paul Perkins could also be a factor.
Friday, September 30, 2016, 8:26pm
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) took limited practice reps again Friday. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported on Thursday that Jennings is unlikely to play. Orleans Darkwa figures to serve as the lead back with Jennings out. Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins will also be involved.
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:45pm
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) took limited practice reps Thursday. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported on Thursday that Jennings is unlikely to play, but they’re going to re-evaluate the thumb on Friday. Orleans Darkwa figures to serve as the lead back with Jennings out. Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins will also be involved.
Packers tight end Jared Cook is expected to miss some time with a high ankle sprain.
Although there’s been no official word from the team and the Packers are on their bye this week, a high ankle sprain usually takes several weeks to heal, so it’s unlikely that he’d be on the field when they return in Week 5 against the Giants.
Cook was seen in the Packers’ locker room on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
Through three games, Cook is fourth on the team with six catches. While Cook is out, Richard Rodgers and Justin Perillo will get more playing time at tight end. Devon Cajuste could be called up from the practice squad if the Packers think they need a third healthy tight end on the roster, the story said.
Shane Vereen is one of the NFL's best pass-catching backs, and he was a safety valve for quarterback Eli Manning. Vereen also was an asset in pass protection. Bobby Rainey figures to inherit many of Vereen's passing down snaps now, but he must do a lot to fill all the roles Vereen played. Rashad Jennings and Orleans Darkwa can also catch passes out of the backfield.
Related players: Paul Perkins
But the story kind of put a damper on Rainey's potential, saying they may not be able to use the short passing game like the did with Vereen. Instead, they may depend on Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard on screen and bubble passes more. Or, they may commit more to the run. The story added the team feels Perkins is ready to step up in the passing down role but added he struggled in preseason with pass protection.
Rashad Jennings was a late scratch with a thumb injury in Week 3.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo doesn't know yet if Jennings will be ready for the Vikings game.
"It's one day following the game," McAdoo said. "He has a long week to make some progress. We'll take a look at that at the end of the week."
It appears that reports of Giants RB Shane Vereen's demise were premature. The team sent out a press release about Vereen's injury later Monday afternoon that removed the "season-ending" characterization.
Vereen will be placed on injured reserve, but there is a chance that he could be activated if he heals before the end of the season. A rule allows teams to activate one player from IR each season.
A player has to be on injured reserve for at least six weeks before he is eligible to be activated. The player can return to game action after eight weeks. The NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that Vereen's recovery time is "in the area of two months." That means Vereen could possibly return in late November for the stretch run.
The New York Giants lost more than the game against Washington on Sunday. Running back Shane Vereen is out for the season with a triceps injury that requires surgery, the team announced on Monday afternoon.
Vereen is the team's passing-down back, and he assumed feature duties on Sunday in the absence of Rashad Jennings, who missed the game with an injury of his own. He was off to an excellent start to the season, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and catching eight passes for 75 yards as well.