Raanan ESPN NY: Competitions on Giants' overhauled roster coming into focus
Schmeelk Giants.com: Practice Report: Jones throws 3 TDs in red zone
Salomone Giants.com: CB Jenkins among Monday's camp standouts
Schwartz NYP: Highlights from Giants practice on Monday:
Injury bug now haunting Giants’ depth receivers
Dunleavy NJ.com: Giants QBs practice report: Who lit up the red zone? Who went 0-fer? Daniel Jones or Eli Manning?
Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN)
8/12/19, 12:23 PM
Daniel Jones had encouraging red zone period today w the 2s. After Eli Manning 1st-string O struggled to put ball in end zone outside of a Wayne Gallman run, Jones threw 3 TDs to Russell Shepard (slant), T.J. Jones (fade) & Garrett Dickerson. GD also made 1-handed catch earlier
Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
8/12/19, 2:49 PM
Your Daily Jonesing: Solid day. He looked composed while completing 10-of-12 passes. T.J. Jones his favorite target with four catches. Only regret for DJ might be that one of his misses was a wide open deep ball to Alex Wesley. Regardless, a good day for the rookie QB
Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan)
8/12/19, 4:17 PM
WR T.J. Jones has done nothing but impress since arriving. Big plays in preseason game. Four catches at Monday’s practice including nice TD from Jones on fade. Watch out!
Nick Gates putting together solid practices at LT after struggles vs Jets. Had been playing guard
Other practice nuggets:
CB Antonio Hamilton got first-team reps w/Baker + Beal out
Giants FB could factor into passing game. Saw Eli Penny catch ball vs Jets. Has done it all summer. Again on Monday w/screen pass from Daniel Jones that had chance for 60-yd TD
Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21)
8/12/19, 1:56 PM
-Eli completed a few passes in the first-team period that definitely would have been sacks, which is why I try not to get hung up on stats. He was pretty good today, but had a rough red-zone period at the end of practice.
-Jones was much better than yesterday...
Nate Stupar dropped an INT on a bad pass by Jones, but otherwise he was accurate. He had a really nice fade to TJ Jones in the red zone.
-TJ Jones continues to open eyes.
-Janoris Jenkins had a slow start to camp but he's starting to turn it up. Had a few break-ups/good coverage
Willis NYP: Eli Manning can’t lose in this Giants madness
Myers The Athletic: ‘I don’t think anyone who tells you they want to sit and wait is really being completely honest’: The Athletic Q& A with Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones
PFF Sam discusses Jones' impressive preseason debut and why there is reason for optimism moving forward in New York (Audio)
Rock Newsday: Giants' Saquon Barkley hopes to learn from Jets' Le'Veon Bell
Schwartz NYP: Saquon Barkley has no problem with Giants’ quiet preseason plan
Pflum BBV: Will we see Saquon Barkley before September?
When will the Giants’ star running back get his first game action?
Lombardo NJ.com: Why Giants’ Saquon Barkley is choosing his brain over his heart
Canavan AP: Giants' Saquon Barkley cool with sitting out preseason, but ready if asked
Rock Newsday: Giants’ Cody Latimer puts football into perspective after recent personal matters
Rock Newsday: Suite life not for Darius Slayton as receiver hopes to play Friday
Lombardo NJ.com: Giants WR Amba Etta-Tawo out for the season with torn Achilles
Lombardo NJ.com: Why Giants will avoid repeating a specific offensive line mess | What it means for Saquon Barkley
Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
8/12/19, 12:28 PM
Know its the preseason, but this is Inside Zone to the right vs an Over front... Zeitler is uncovered, climbs and neutralizes the play side LB threat. This simple execution did NOT occur nearly enough to the right side last year, and will keep theO efficient
Stapleton The Record: Ryan Connelly: How NY Giants rookie linebacker is having success in quest to be everywhere
Stapleton The Record: DeAndre Baker: NY Giants exhale in relief as rookie cornerback avoids serious knee injury
Schwartz NYP: Giants dodge injury scare with rookie DeAndre Baker
Nick Turchyn (@Tmanic21)
8/12/19, 10:40 PM
Cool point from Bettch after the TD that Love gave up where he was picked "You (Baker) gotta wash him more, and you (Love) gotta align with leverage, and slide over the top, make the hit and knock _ back"...
Another look at it here, you can see Love slowly moving inside as the ball is snapped and Baker's physicality does not move the WR off his pick path enough. Ultimately these 2 need to square this away, bc I have not seen as many "Banjo" calls as other teams...
Banjo being where the outside CB reads the release and takes the outside route, inside DB reads and takes the inside route. I bet as the season goes on, Love will align a half/full step deeper to vary the depths, etc
Can see Love read the release of WR2 as he shuffles, then in a solid peddle and see him transition from the Half-Zone Turn to good closing speed for the PBU. He played mostly BC at ND and was not asked to do this is space but that does not mean he CAN'T do it
Busbee Yahoo Sports: Read and React: Best-case, worst-case scenarios for all NFC teams
“New York Giants
Best case: Either Eli Manning or Daniel Jones comes through at quarterback for New York, giving the team some measure of competence as they transition out of one era and into another. That's still not enough to get them to the playoffs. Seven wins are your ceiling here.
Worst case: How tough is your stomach? If Manning struggles, and then Jones struggles after that, this is going to be one of the nastiest seasons in recent Giants history. Not even Saquon Barkley churning through lines like they were crčme brűlée could make up for an entirely possible QB meltdown.”
Rubin CBS Sports: 2019 NFL Rule Changes: Pass interference, blindside blocks among major shifts and revisions
Rosenthal NFL.com: Preseason Week 1 winners and losers
Farrar Touchdownwire USA Today: 11 things we learned from the first week of the 2019 NFL preseason
Williamson Touchdownwire USA Today: 11 secret stars of the preseason: Week 1 edition
Clark The Ringer: Move Over, Rookies: Midlevel Veterans Are Having a Moment
“According to a study from Over the Cap, a whopping 62 percent of NFL players were on their rookie deals last season. The study also found that the average cost of a player on his first contract was $1.06 million, compared with $5.85 million for players beyond their first contract, which means a veteran team will always be a relative term. Even the Patriots’ relatively ancient roster (made older by Tom Brady) had an average age of 27.9 years, oldest in the league...
A young, cheap player who still runs a 4.3 40-yard dash is probably the best building block to stopping the NFL’s ever-improving offenses, but there are more ways to slow those units. I asked 35-year-old New York Giants safety Antoine Bethea, a three-time Pro Bowler, about experiencing the NFL’s offensive boom throughout his career. He started his career in 2006, a year before the Patriots shattered offensive records and has witnessed firsthand nearly every offensive trend over the past 13 years. But what I’m interested in is how veterans might be better equipped to fight back against modern NFL offenses, particularly the play-action-heavy offenses that are now en vogue across the league. “Veteran guys, older guys might get slower in their steps, but the one thing about them is they have great eyes and great technique. The veteran will be faster because he knows what he’s looking at,” said Bethea. “Obviously you have the politics of football, the business of football, but guys who have seen different things are going to be successful. That stuff is priceless.”
Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher tells me that training a player’s eyes is perhaps the most important thing when defending against innovative offenses—not just on play-action, but with nearly any deceptive wrinkle that a modern offense can throw at a defense. “All that stuff: Play-action, naked bootleg, it’s all eyes,” he said. “I think you can train eyes. Some guys have dirty eyes and can see ghosts, but you can train them.”
Reed The Athletic: ‘I am who I am’: The evolution of diva receivers from Michael Irvin to Antonio Brown and OBJ
Urban Cardinals.com: After Practice: When It Doesn't Count, Kyler Murray Shrugs Off Picks
Urban Cardinals.com: From All (Arm) Angles, Kyler Murray Accurately Attacks NFL
Odegard Cardinals.com: Patrick Peterson’s Role Will Dwindle As Regular Season Approaches
Ledbetter AJC: Zaccheaus turning heads with play-making ability
Shaffer Baltimore Sun: An undrafted rookie enters the Ravens’ mix at left guard; another pick-six for Lamar Jackson
Turner Cover1.net: JOSH ALLEN ‘ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY’ AGAINST THE COLTS
Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)
8/12/19, 1:48 PM
Five takeaways from the 17th team I've seen, the Carolina Panthers ...
1) The team's been pleasantly surprised with the progress of the left side of its OL, with Daryl Williams and Greg Van Noten manning those spots. Obviously, having those two spots taken care of would go a long way towards getting line fixed
2) Curtis Samuel might be the player who's taken the biggest step forward, as he continues to evolve from athlete into receiver. The staff's noticed all the extra work he's done, and him primed for a breakout third year in the league
3) Finding a backup RB is a focus, with Jordan Scarlett, Reggie Bonnafon and Cameron Artis-Payne vying for the job. The hope is they can take some of the mileage -- but not touches -- off Christian McCaffrey. Ideally, they'd delegate a lot of his short-yardage and goal-line work
4) Second-year OLB Marquis Haynes is poised to make a big jump on the other side of the ball, as a great fit for Ron Rivera's new 3-4 front. And that would give the team real good depth at those edge spots (with Bruce Irvin, Mario Addison, and Brian Burns there)
5) Eric Reid has emerged as a real leader for the secondary, and the hope is his presence helps Tre Boston be the playmaker at FS the Panthers think he can be in his return to Carolina. Forcing turnovers was a weak spot last year, and the hope is Boston addresses that
Wiederer Chicago Tribune: 5 questions as Bears training camp ends: Has the defense adjusted to Chuck Pagano? Is Mitch Trubisky progressing? And how healthy is this team?
Kane Chicago Tribune: Roquan Smith’s attitude and drive ‘to be an elite player’ have Bears coaches excited for Year 2
Gershon CincyJungle: Andy Dalton already feels comfortable in Bengals’ new offense
Shipgel NYT: For the Cleveland Browns, the Biggest Win Is Stability
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Freddie Kitchens says his camp is ‘a culture shock’ for Browns, but they’re ‘willing to pay the price’
Jones The Athletic: ‘I want to be the best player in the league’: Catching up with Browns defensive end Myles Garrett
Epstein USA Today: Team-friendly deal? Dak Prescott explains why Cowboys shouldn’t need to go that way
Moore Dallas Morning News: Numbers matter. But what really matters is that Cowboys and Dak Prescott are further apart at this point than they hoped
Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks)
8/12/19, 8:07 PM
I wonder if the same people who are appalled at the prospect of No.4 asking for $40M per year but likely getting $32-34M are upset about Derek Carr, Jimmy G., Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins making $25-$28M when that was viewed as the top of the market.. Check their resumes..
NFL Research (@NFLResearch)
8/12/19, 6:32 PM
dak - 32 wins since 2016 (2nd in NFL)
Largest QB Contracts
Per/Yr Wins Since '16
R. Wilson $35M 29
B. Roethlisberger $34M 31
A. Rodgers $33.5M 20
C. Wentz $32M 23
M. Ryan $30M 28
I’m so confused. If QB wins aren’t a stat, how are we supposed to judge QBs?
Passing yards? Those can be inflated with garbage yards in the 4Q when trailing
Passer Rating? TD:INT ratio? Rings (Kinda like QB wins, right?)?
Just looking for a criteria:
Moore Dallas Morning News: A frazzled Mike White knows he has to be better to win job with the Cowboys
Owning Dallas Morning News: Film Room: Breaking down how Connor Williams thwarted Trysten Hill in 1-on-1s during Cowboys training camp
Klis 9News Denver: In return to field, Sanders overcomes not just Achilles injury, but 'tightrope' surgery to other ankle
Birkett Detroit Free Press: Why NFL coaches are having no luck challenging pass interference
Paylor Yahoo Sports: Lions rookie doesn't have to be Rob Gronkowski clone to justify high draft selection
Silverstein Mil JS: Packers bolster depth with former Jaguars fullback Tommy Bohanon
Wilson Houston Chronicle: How Texans are adapting offense to Deshaun Watson
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' J.J. Watt, Jordan Thomas return to practice after injuries
Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero)
8/12/19, 5:19 PM
As the trade market picks up, one team to watch is the Colts, who have numbers at CB, WR, OL and are getting calls. They’re not shopping anyone, but could be active in the coming weeks if the offer’s right
Erickson Indianapolis Star: Colts camp observations: Rock Ya-Sin, Deon Cain light up shortened practice
Erickson Indianapolis Star: Insider: Nearly perfect, Colts star T.Y. Hilton is having the best camp of his career
Baldinger NFL.com/Yahoo Sports: Analyzing Jacksonville Jaguars rookie defensive end Josh Allen's NFL debut | Baldy's Breakdowns (Audio)
Pryor KC Star: Mo Claiborne welcomes opportunity to return to the football field with the Chiefs
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Miller LA Times: Philip Rivers and the Chargers are staying cautious when it comes to season predictions
LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Sean McVay and Rams have ‘a positive problem’ with cornerbacks in camp
Salguero Miami Herald: Dolphins insights: Team may have a starting left guard, a tale of two first-rounders, and what about Jadeveon Clowney?
Wilson Miami Herald: Where does Andrew Van Ginkel fit in the Miami Dolphins’ post-Cameron Wake defense?
Kelly Sun Sentinel: Dolphins sign former FSU linebacker Terrance Smith; waive/injured DE Jonathan Woodard
Tomasson Twincities.com: New position, new energy, same number: Vikings’ Hercules Mata’afa has eye on roster spot
Cronin ESPN Minn: Zimmer open to punter/kicker Vedvik doing both
“The NFL hasn't seen a full-time combo kicker since Frank Corral handled all aspects of kicking and punting for the Los Angeles Rams in 1981.”
Duffy Boston Herald: Patriots practice observations: Big day for Isaiah Wynn
Guregian Boston Herald: Patriots haven’t forgotten sting of rout by Titans last year
Curran NBC Sports Boston: Sunday Notes: The Tom Brady endgame clashes with Bill Belichick's football philosophy
Kelly Boston Globe: Tom Brady thinks people shouldn’t read into his house being on the market
Trapasso CBS Sports: Inside Tom Brady's offense: Here's how the Patriots fared using motion versus going without it
McBride Boston Globe: Patriots trade for Atlanta tight end Eric Saubert
Duffy Boston Herald: Patriots TE Ryan Izzo looking to emerge after ‘two-year offseason’
Reiss ESPN Boston: Pats LT Wynn ups workload, now closer to return
Stuart Football Prespective: 2019 Team Records (Coach, Quarterback, Rushers, Receivers) – Saints
Teope Nola.com: Saints training camp observations (Aug. 12): Butler strikes again, feisty Hendrickson, and more
Barnwell ESPN: Has the inevitable Drew Brees decline already begun?
Just Nola.com: Weekend trip home gets extended for new Saints lineman Chris Clark: 'It’s a dream come true'
NEW YORK JETS
Costello NYP: Adam Gase, Gregg Williams taking Jets battles to new extreme
Cimini ESPN NY: How Jamison Crowder can be Jets' slot machine, help Sam Darnold
Costello NYP: Jets’ cornerback horrors just keep getting worse
Mehta NYDN: Jets GM Joe Douglas needs to make a trade to upgrade at cornerback
Kawahara SF Chronicle: Raiders’ Antonio Brown loses helmet grievance, says he’ll rejoin team
Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL)
8/12/19, 5:51 PM
Raiders are scouring waiver wire and have begun contacting other clubs to gauge which guards will become available as Aug. 31 roster cutdown nears, source said. Team open to a trade before Aug. 31, which would allow it to circumvent the waiver system and address position of need
Last year, Raiders acquired a 2019 seventh-round pick when trading safety Shalom Luani to Seahawks. They could be on opposite end of similar move at guard. Gabe Jackson (knee) and Denzelle Good (back) are injured. Richie Incognito is suspended for first two games
Baldinger NFL.com/Yahoo Sports: Analyzing Oakland Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell's and safety Johnathan Abram's preseason debuts | Baldy's Breakdowns (Video)
McLane Phil.com: Eagles practice observations: Rookie Andre Dillard, Derek Barnett tussle as dog days heat up
Kempski Phillyvoice: Mailbag: Why are the Eagles seemingly content with their quarterback situation, as is?
Ford Phil Inquirer: Not playing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in preseason is risky, too
Narducci Phil Inquirer: Josh Adams battling for spot in crowded Eagles backfield
Smith Phil Inquirer: Eagles tight end Alex Ellis, a Delaware native, proving to be a quick study
Bowen Phil Inquirer: For Eagles’ Isaac Seumalo, outlook no longer seems guarded
Baldinger NFL.com/Yahoo Sports: Analyzing Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Devin Bush's NFL debut | Baldy's Breakdowns (Video)
Branch SF Chronicle: Mullens or Beathard? 49ers’ Shanahan not saying, but choice appears obvious
Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers sign OT Sam Young; place Coleman on IR
Chan NBC Bay Area: Dre Greenlaw demonstrates nose for football in 49ers preseason debut
Chan NBC Bay Area: 49ers rookie Mitch Wishnowsky withstands Levi's Stadium winds in debut
Condotta Seattle Times: What we learned from Seahawks training camp Day 13: Back on field, Lano Hill still believes in himself
Bell News Tribune: Why Seahawks Russell Wilson may play more than usual Sunday, how Gary Jennings impressed him
Condotta Seattle Times: Just in nick of time, rookie receiver Gary Jennings reminds Seahawks why they drafted him
Stroud TB Times: Bucs cornerback Mazzi Wilkins chasing receivers, NFL dream
Stroud TB Times: Injuries pile up at safety as Bucs work out Marcus Gilchrist
Keim ESPN Washington: John Keim Report: John has a deep discussion with second year RB Derrius Guice about overcoming his knee injury from last summer and tragedy in his family.
Plus, rookie WR Terry McLaurin takes us into how Colt McCoy is helping him adjust to the NFL and how he is hoping to help speed up Dwayne Haskins process to become the Redskins starter.
And John gives his impressions of the first pre-season game in Cleveland (Audio)
Keim ESPN Washington: Dwayne Haskins showing talent, how much he still must learn
Paras Washington Times: Rookie receiver Harmon turns to Norman in effort to excel
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
8/12/19, 9:37 PM
Washington has told multiple teams this summer it is not trading 7-time Pro Bowl OT Trent Williams, per sources. Williams has held out of camp, but Washington hasn’t flinched. Teams repeatedly have called about Williams, teams have inquired, and so far, teams have been rebuffed.
Kurz AP: Diminutive cornerback Moreland standing tall for Redskins
Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft: The college programs with the most 2020 draft talent
Easterling Draftwire USA Today: 2020 NFL draft: Top 50 prospects to watch this college football season
Renner PFF: 2020 NFL Mock Draft: PFF's Mike Renner's first preseason mock draft
“9. NEW YORK GIANTS – OT TRISTAN WIRFS, IOWA
The Giants’ rebuild of their offensive line continues. Wirfs topped Bruce Feldman’s freaks list over the offseason, and he simply doesn’t get overpowered on the football field. The only concern is if he can hold up at tackle in the NFL or if his future is at guard.”
Davison Fort Worth Star Telegram: TCU continues fight with NCAA over Ohio State transfer Baldwin’s immediate eligibility
Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft: Colorado's Mustafa Johnson trying to take Aaron Donald path to success
Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday)
8/12/19, 8:52 AM
Joe Namath on WFAN660 saying his physical after signing first contract with the Jets took place in the men’s room at Toots Shor’s pretty much makes my day
Giants Birthdays 8-13
Joe Koontz WR D9-San Francisco State 1968 NYG 1968 8-13-1945
1969 Giants Preview:
“Homer Jones provides the Giants' aerial game with his electricity. His catches are the talk of the league, and his speed the despair of any cornerback who's had to chase him. Jones may line up at split end a few pounds lighter this year, after having a few sluggish bouts with dropped passes last year. Joe Morrison is listed as the starting flanker, but Allie Sherman probably realized that his versatile offensive captain was slowing down when the coach traded for Pete Gent of the Cowboys. Gent is tall and fast - and injury-prone - but if he stays healthy, he could be just the man to run those deep patterns and take some of the double-coverage pressure off Jones. Morrison can better serve the cause by coming in as a troubleshooter wherever Allie needs him at the moment. If Gent shows he can handle the job, Aaron Thomas will stay at tight end where he, too, can draw attention. Butch Wilson and Freeman White are the extras at tight end, and second-year man Joe Koontz and rookie Rich Houston from East Texas State will be trying to catch on as deep receivers.”
Jack Zanger, Pro Football 1969
Troy Kyles WR UDFA-Howard 1990 NYG 1990 8-13-1968
Kyles Giants career and ultimate Super Bowl performance was saved by the advent of practice squads.
Doug Nettles CB W-BAL 1980 NYG 1980 8-13-1951
Tim Watson CB W-KC 1995 NYG 1995 8-13-1970
Ward Cuff WB/K D4-Marquette 1937NYG 1937-1945 Born 8-13–1912 Died 12-24-2002
Talk of Fame: Ward Cuff:
“Never heard of him? Get in line. Cuff played 11 seasons, from 1937 through 1947, and he played with the Giants, Cardinals and Packers, with all but two years spent in New York. The guy was durable, versatile and invaluable – capable of playing a variety of positions.
On offense, he served mostly as a wingback in coach Steve Owen’s “A-formation” offense, which was a variation of the single wing, Cuff was called on to run, catch and, of course, kick … and the results speak for themselves. Playing in over 100 games, he averaged 5.4 yards a carry for his career, once carried 80 times in a season and produced 3,410 yards from scrimmage.
Oh, yeah, he twice led the Giants in pass receptions, too.
But why stop there? A former heavyweight boxing champion at Marquette University where he was the school’s record-holder in the javelin, Cuff’s considerable athletic abilities allowed him to play almost anywhere.
So Owen lined him up as a defensive back, and Cuff responded by setting a Giants’ record in 1938 with a 96-yard interception return. Then, three years later, he led the NFL in interception return yards. The guy was so adroit that when former Giants’ owner Wellington Mara in 1976 picked his all-time Giants; team, Cuff was one of his four defensive backs.
“Ward was outstanding as a runner, a receiver and a defensive back,” said Owen. “Above all, he was an Iron Man who could play with so many injuries that he often seemed to be taped from head to toe before he put on his uniform.”
But it was special teams where he excelled, with Cuff returning kicks (he averaged 12 yards per punt return) as well as converting them. The guy was a multi-skilled handyman, but the truth is: He was more … much more … than that.
Pure and simple, he was the premier placekicker of his era, leading or sharing the NFL in field goals four times and finishing in the top five eight times. He set a Giants’ career scoring record, was named All-Pro five times (including three first-team selections) and had his number 14 jersey retired by the Giants (it was later given to Y.A., then re-retired after he left the game).
Decades later, league historian and Pro Football Journal's Chris Willis, head of the Research Library at NFL Films, named Cuff the first-team kicker on his list of pre-World War II all-stars.
Willis admits that Cuff is a borderline Hall of Famer, and I’d agree. The guy was an indispensable piece of a Giants team that won the 1938 NFL championship and four times was a division king. Yet his value lay in his versatility, not his productivity, with Cuff able to play so many positions that when the Giants lost leading rusher and scorer Bill Paschal for the 1944 league championship game, Cuff moved from wingback to running back to replace him.
Result: He carried 12 times for 76 yards and a score in a 14-7 Giants’ loss.
Cuff played in four league championship games with New York, winning one (1938), and while his versatility was remarkable it was his contributions as a kicker that gains your attention. Because if, as Willis contends, Ward Cuff was the best of the pre-World War II era, he deserves to have his candidacy heard by Hall-of-Fame voters.
No, I don’t think it happens … not even with the Hall expected to endorse 10 seniors for the Centennial Class of 2020. And you already know why: The Hall is … and has been … blind to kickers. So it almost certainly will be blind to Ward Cuff, too.
“I have a lot of fond memories of him,” Wellington Mara once said.”
Packers.com: Old Interview:
“On losing to the Packers, 27-0, in the 1939 NFL Championship Game played in Milwaukee: “(Giants coach) Steve Owen wasn’t with us that week. His mother died and he went home. The team was kind of down in the dumps. It was windy and stormy. It was a terrible day to play football. I remember I had a bad week before that. I split my hip-pointer open. I had about seven stitches in that thing. They kicked off to us and I caught that (darn) kickoff and went up through there and Baby Ray hit me just as we opened the wedge. He hit me right on the hip and took out every one of those stitches. We went back into the huddle and while they were calling the play, I was throwing up. But I kept playing.”
.”A product of Marquette University where he was one of the stars of its 1937 Cotton Bowl team, Cuff was a back and a kicker. He played with the Giants from 1937 to 1945, winning an NFL championship in 1938 and losing in three other title games. Two of the losses came against the Packers in 1939 and 1944. Cuff also was the Giants’ career scoring leader when he left. Before the 1946 season, he requested a trade because he had kids in grade school and no longer wanted to move his family from his home in Milwaukee to New York just for the football season. In April 1947, the Packers purchased Cuff from the Cardinals. At the end of the season, Cuff retired as a player and became football coach at Green Bay Central Catholic High School. He held the post for four seasons and compiled a 23-4-2 record before becoming an assistant coach at Oregon State. In 1976, former owner Wellington Mara picked Cuff as one of four defensive backs on his all-time Giants team.”
Kayo Lunday LG/C/LB UDFA Arkansas NYG 1937-1941, 1946-1947 Born 8-13-1912 Died 7-13-2005
Obituary: “He held off college for a couple of years to help take care of his dad, who had cancer, then attended Northeastern Oklahoma Agriculture and Mechanics college for two years, winning state championships in '33 and '34 transferring to the University of Arkansas in 1935 where he continued to dominate the football field. In 1937, he was signed by the New York Giants where he played from 1937-1941 and 1946-1947, playing in 3 NFL championships and winning one in 1938. In 1942, Lunday enlisted into World War II joining the Air Corps, serving as an aircraft engineer until 1946”
He had a key interception to hold off the Redskins in the 1938 Championship Game:
“Heading into the fourth quarter, the Redskins advanced to the New York 26, but Leemans intercepted a pass to end the threat. The Giants pinned the Redskins back at their five with a punt. Washington moved to the 40 before LB Kayo Lunday intercepted a pass for the Giants.”