Gi­ants' loss con­jures up painful mem­o­ries of '15

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van AP Sports Writer

The Gi­ants’ first reg­u­lar-sea­son loss un­der Ben McA­doo looked like many of the crush­ing de­feats from their last year un­der Tom Cough­lin. The 29-27 loss to the Red­skins saw the team blow a late lead.

The Gi­ants’ first reg­u­larsea­son loss un­der Ben McA­doo looked like many of the crush­ing de­feats from their last year un­der Tom Cough­lin.

In fall­ing 29-27 to the Red­skins on Sun­day, the Gi­ants (2-1) blew a late lead, turned over the ball three times, had dumb penal­ties, and sus­tained a cou­ple of in­juries that are go­ing to leave them short-handed head­ing to Min­nesota next Mon­day night.

While Odell Beck­ham Jr. was OK on the field in his matchup with cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man, the re­ceiver had melt­downs on the side­line that McA­doo said were a dis­trac­tion. He said he talked to Beck­ham twice dur­ing the game.

“No one in the locker room was pleased af­ter­ward,” McA­doo said Mon­day in as­sess­ing the team’s mood. “We knew that we were our own worst en­emy yes­ter­day.”

The big­gest in­jury was a sea­son-end­ing torn tri­ceps sus­tained by run­ning back Shane Vereen . He started against Wash­ing­ton with Rashad Jen­nings nurs­ing a thumb in­jury. Vereen has been their third-down back, with his 59 catches last sea­son sec­ond on the team.

“Shane is a tremen­dous foot­ball player and our thoughts go to him with that tough in­jury,” McA­doo said. “I feel for the player. He’s a good foot­ball player. We wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.”

McA­doo did not know when Vereen was hurt, but he be­lieves he played with the in­jury for a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time.

McA­doo said it was too early to say if Jen­nings can play this week. Or­leans Darkwa ran for 53 yards on 10 car­ries as the backup. Rookie Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey will have to take on big­ger roles if Jen­nings misses the next game.

New York also had cor­ner­backs Eli Ap­ple (ham­string) and Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie hurt, leav­ing them un­cer­tain for the Vik­ings. McA­doo said the Gi­ants will de­cide whether they need to sign an­other cor­ner­back.

Rookie safety Dar­ian Thomp­son also had his foot ex­am­ined Mon­day and he will not need surgery. He will have to wear a walk­ing boot for now.

Beck­ham fin­ished with seven re­cep­tions for 121 yards. He showed some emo­tion on the field af­ter mak­ing two con­sec­u­tive catches against Nor­man in the fourth quar­ter, but he seemed ag­i­tated at times on the side­line.

“He needs to con­trol his emo­tions bet­ter and be­come less of a dis­trac­tion to him­self and to his team­mates,” McA­doo said. “It’s our job to help him with that process and ma­tur­ing.”

The Gi­ants can’t af­ford an­other ef­fort like that this week. Worst was 11 penal­ties for 128 yards, in­clud­ing five 15-yarders.

De­fen­sive end Olivier Ver­non was called for a hit to the hel­met on the Red­skins’ win­ning-drive.

“We were sloppy with our play,” McA­doo said. “Our dis­ci­pline and poise wasn’t there like it was in the first two weeks. It’s some­thing that we ad­dressed in the locker room af­ter. We have to con­tinue to ad­dress it and work on it. Get back to the team that we were the first two weeks of the sea­son as far as the penal­ties go,”


Gi­ants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning and Wash­ing­ton Red­skins’ Chris Baker re­act af­ter Man­ning threw an in­ter­cep­tion dur­ing the sec­ond half of Wash­ing­ton’s 29-27 win at East Ruther­ford, N.J., on Sun­day.

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