Aug 19 Memo to Geno Smith and Josh Johnson: play better on Monday night in Cleveland. That was Ben McAdoo's message at the very least Thursday afternoon when the coach said rookie quarterback Davis Webb is not out of consideration for the No. 2 job backing up Eli Manning.
He is the Giants' first legitimate heir apparent to Eli Manning, but that doesn't mean Davis Webb is a young man in a hurry, whether he truly has a chance to overtake Geno Smith and Josh Johnson for the No. 2 job or not.
Pugh is entering his fifth season with the Giants. That may not sound like
a long time, but consider the changes that have taken place during his tenure.
There's a new head coach, he's playing a different position than he was when he
started at right tackle as a rookie, and virtually everyone who was in the locker
room to greet him in those first days with the team is gone.
Report - While the Giants toil through summer workouts - training camp wraps
up this week - there is still plenty of work to be done, especially along the
offensive line, in the running game and at backup quarterback, among other key
pressure points on the depth chart.
Aug 17 Brandon Marshall already knew Odell Beckham Jr., but Giants training camp - which broke Tuesday after three weeks - was the first time the veteran wide receiver and the superstar spent significant on- and off-field time with each other.
Banged-up Giants linebackers give two rookies chance to impress in practice. The banged-up crew is certainly a concern for what is probably the Giants' weak link in their highly touted defense, but it has opened the door for other guys to make the team, most notably Calvin Munson and Curtis Grant.
Cracking the Giants secondary as an opposing offense is a tough challenge. Even more difficult? Cracking them as a newcomer to the group. Valentino Blake has been able to do that.
Aug 16 Heading
into an 11-day span that includes three more preseason games, the team held
practice No. 14 on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
ticked-off Ben McAdoo made Geno Smith and Wayne Gallman run a lap around the
field at Tuesday's practice after two fumbles on two consecutive Smith snaps at
get a much-needed day off on Wednesday. They'll return for four days of preparation
for Monday's second preseason game against the Browns.
New York Giants held their final open practice of training camp on Monday,
so a certain three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver decided to leave the fans with
the best highlight of this summer and really any summer.
Beckham Jr. is so confident he can win a Super Bowl with the Giants that on
Monday, he said the team needs to make room for banner No. 5. It is yet another
lofty goal set by the fourth-year receiver.
coach Ben McAdoo declared Paul Perkins the team's starting running back in
May. The last few days have raised some questions, though. McAdoo went out of
his way to criticize Perkins only getting seven yards on a run to open the Giants'
first offensive series in last Friday's preseason-opening loss to the Steelers.
Aug 14 Giants coach Ben McAdoo calls QB Eli Manning 'a little bit rusty'. Giants coach Ben McAdoo knew he had a supplied a headline. And even as he tried to put the toothpaste back in the tube, McAdoo knew it was too late.
Following Friday night's preseason opener, the New York Giants resumed training camp on Sunday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Sterling Shepard practiced in full on Sunday for the first time since spraining his left ankle in a non-contract drill on Aug. 2, finally putting Ben McAdoo's full, first-team offense back on the field.
Ben McAdoo already getting restless about the mistakes on offense. McAdoo wants to see his offense - the one he calls plays for on game days - produce, clean up and step up. And it's good that he's speaking up about it earlier.
Aug 13 After months of speculation, we finally got to see the Giants in action in their preseason opener on Friday against the Steelers. The game revealed revealed where players stand on the depth chart and laid a foundation for who is on the outside looking in.
Evaluating the Giants' defense in the preseason loss to Steelers. Ben McAdoo's first-string defense dominated on Friday, with two three-and-outs and two interceptions by Valentino Blake and Devin Taylor.
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Smith takes early lead in backup battle despite ugly pick. The word Justin
Pugh used to describe going out there without Eli Manning was "strange."
Scary might be another apt description.
Giants' first-string defense picks up where it left off. Landon Collins set an early tone against the Steelers. Possibly, too, it will set the tone for the season.
Collins said he was flying to the ball to start the Giants' preseason opener
against the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday night because he is "coming out of
the gate blazing" in the 2017 NFL season.
Aug 11 The numbers that back up Eli Manning's 'best' start with Ben McAdoo. Ben McAdoo had some interesting praise for Eli Manning the other day.
Although the preseason can't be over fast enough, there are still some intriguing questions as the Giants take the field for the first time in what could be a Super Bowl season,
How Evan Engram's mom scared him into going for greatness. It took exactly one question, about her son's professional football debut Friday night,
Giants give up on draft pick who just keeps getting hurt. Sometimes it just is not meant to be. Such was the case for Mykkele Thompson's stay with the Giants, which ended Thursday, one day before the preseason opener.
Aug 10 Ben McAdoo isn't one to show his cards, but the Giants coach offered a telling clue on Wednesday about his plan for quarterback Eli Manning in Friday night's preseason opener against the Steelers.
In their final full practice before Friday night's preseason opener, the New York Giants were back on the field Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Here is a recap of the day.
The legend of Matt LaCosse grows every spring. The Giants tight end has demonstrated
a knack for standing out during Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and minicamp
when players are wearing shorts and t-shirts.
Select Giants season ticket-holders enjoyed a special treat on Monday afternoon when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Giants President/CEO/co-owner John Mara, and Super Bowl Champions Amani Toomer and Shaun O'Hara gathered for a season ticket holder town hall.
Brandon Marshall's ex-teammates with the Jets may not have anything nice to say about him, but the Giants seem to be getting along with their new addition.
Aug 8 There isn't an Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and the Giants don't have the Cowboys' offensive line. That won't stop the men in the Big Blue running backs room from believing they can run enough to see a Lombardi Trophy in the distance.
Ereck Flowers on Saturday uttered maybe the most significant words the Giants left tackle has spoken since the team drafted him ninth overall in 2015. He did something unexpected: Flowers criticized himself.
Aug 7 The Giants look like a team with Super Bowl potential on paper. Sunday's release of their star-studded first unofficial depth chart of 2017 confirmed that, ahead of Friday night's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium.
Eight practices into camp, the Giants are pretty darn good. The defense should be exceptional. With nine starters returning and locked in, the only starting battles or positions to wonder about were at middle linebacker, free safety and right defensive tackle. Well, fret not. All three spots appear as if they are well-manned.
Donte Deayon emerging as reliable depth option for the Giants at cornerback. Donte Deayon had a stall in the Giants' locker room last season off the wall, in the middle of the room. He was a practice squad rookie corner with a space in the building but no game day jersey to wear on Sundays.
Giants linemen Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers have something to prove. Both are young. Both had disappointing 2016 seasons. And both return to a starting position in training camp with a microscope on their progress.
Giants held their longest practice of training camp on Sunday. Coach Ben McAdoo
was pleased with the amount of work the team squeezed into the 2-hour, 10-minute
Aug 5 The Giants have a period in practice that they call "Opportunity Seven-on-Seven." It might as well be called The Davis Webb Show.
Goodson's high level of intensity has stood out through the early part of
training camp. He's been consistently delivering hard hits on his teammates, and
that physicality has gotten him involved in some scuffles.
Aug 4 Even when he is given a day off, Eli Manning isn't far from the action. But instead of simply observing in his baseball cap, Manning grabbed a walkie-talkie and started calling the plays like an offensive coordinator.
Sterling Shepard planted his foot while running a routine route during Wednesday's
practice, the Giants wide receiver said his left ankle rolled 90 degrees.
When the Giants reported back for training camp in late July after a six-week break, coach Ben McAdoo commended his players for staying "off the ticker." On Thursday, every player was rewarded for his good behavior with a new pair of Air Jordan 4 sneakers.
Aug 3 For
the third straight day, the New York Giants went through a full padded practice.
And for the third straight day, there were some dustups - at least three to be
exact - that occurred during team drills.
Aug 2 What a difference a year makes for Paul Perkins. Last season as a rookie, Perkins was playing catch-up with the offense and found himself way down on the depth chart behind the likes of Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwha. Now, he's the Giants' featured back at training camp.
Well, it was fun while it lasted for Aldrick Rosas. The rookie spent the first few days of his first NFL training camp as the only kicker on the Giants roster. That changed Tuesday, when the Giants signed Mike Nugent, a 13-year veteran with 158 regular-season and postseason games on his resume.
NFL career is in its infancy and this is the early stages of his first training
camp, yet Dalvin Tomlinson sees a pathway to a coveted starting job on the loaded
Giants defensive line.
Win one for Jayro. It was a rallying cry for some Giants before training camp began and now it hits even closer to home as Jayro Ponce, the 9-year-old Giants fan battling a rare form of cancer, lost his battle with the deadly disease late Monday night, his family announced.
Aug 1 Giants coach Ben McAdoo has been talking up Evan Engram's blocking ability since the team selected the tight end in the first round of the draft. The Giants plan to move Engram around frequently. They have been tinkering with a variety of looks early in training camp, including more two-tight end sets than they used last season.
It is almost as if they are linked, joined together by their age, position and career arch. They are referred to as "the two young tackles" and at times it seems as if the fall or rise of Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart is intertwined.
Steve Spagnuolo is still the Giants' defensive coordinator. Maybe because of the strides they made last season, going from the worst defense in the NFL to one of the top units, Spagnuolo is allowing the players to have more input and more say in what will happen on the field this season.
Jonathan Casillas grew up in New Jersey, right in the heart of Giants territory. And he played for seven NFL seasons and won two Super Bowls before he signed with the Giants in 2015. Yet even he did not appreciate the full scope of what it means to play defense for this franchise until he arrived with the team.
Aldrick Rosas is the only kicker in Giants' training camp. In some ways, his competition for the job come Sept. 10 in the regular season opener against the Cowboys can be found in the mirror. But that's not entirely how Rosas sees it.
camp fights are typically reserved for members of opposite sides of the ball
and usually happen during full-contact drills. Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins
and safety Eric Pinkins got into a scuffle after a wind sprint late in Sunday's
Giants rookie Jadar Johnson abruptly retires from football. The Giants rookie announced his retirement on Sunday three days into his first training camp.
Giants upped the intensity for their second training camp practice on Saturday.
While players were still only in helmets and shells, there were competitive 7-on-7
and 11-on-11 team periods.
Giants' 2017 training camp needs a new official name: The Odell Beckham Jr.
Lovefest. On Saturday, the Beckham hype machine spun into dizzying overdrive when
new Giant Brandon Marshall declared, unsolicited, that "Odell obviously is
the best player in the NFL."
Giants are going all-in on Odell. John Mara committed unequivocally Friday
afternoon to signing star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a lucrative long-term
contract extension, possibly "sooner rather than later.
Eli Manning showed some signs of fatigue Friday after the Giants held their first practice of training camp. It had nothing to do with being 36 years old. It had everything to do with discussing the fact he is 36 years old.
Conventional wisdom says the Giants can't have enough capable pass catchers, but it would be understandable if Sterling Shepard has some qualms about that logic. It seems inevitable Shepard's targets will go down. The question is just how much.
B.J. Goodson is primed to become the Giants' new middle linebacker, but it's an old, familiar face that's helping him prepare for the challenge. Former Big Blue middle linebacker Antonio Pierce was back on the practice field at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, hovering over Goodson during drills.
Mara said several times during the offseason that he wants Odell Beckham Jr.
to be a Giant for life. On Thursday, Beckham gave the team's co-owner a hint of
what that might cost.
Jerry Reese's big risk could undermine this Giants season. Jerry Reese was
in a good mood on Thursday, which is typical for everyone on the first day of
Eli Manning's workload to be managed in 2017. Through careful attention to
detail, including managing his snaps, general manager Jerry Reese is hoping that
there are still a lot of good years left in Manning's right arm.
Report - Well, Giants Nation, training camp opens up Friday, and expectations
for this team have not been this high entering the summer sessions in at least
five years, going back to 2012 (when New York was the defending world champion),
so there is a lot to be excited about in East Rutherford.
July 26 The
start of the Giants' most-anticipated season in a while is a day away. The
second year of the Ben McAdoo era will open Thursday when the Giants report to
the team facility in East Rutherford for the start of training camp.
Collins spent part of this past Friday on a high school field in Wayne, New
Jersey, working with about 200 grade school-aged football campers. He posed for
pictures, threw some soft passes and handed out a few tips and words of advice
to the kids. It was a very sweet optic. But that was not the camp on Collins'
The Giants travel to Dallas on Sept. 10 for a Sunday Night Football matchup with the Cowboys. It will be the Giants' third straight opener in Dallas. Dwayne Harris has a personal connection to the rivalry. He spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys before signing a five-year, $17.5 million contract with the Giants in 2015.
July 25 Open Letter to Odell Beckham: We've seen too many talents wasted in New York -- don't be the next one. When you report to your fourth training camp with the Giants on Thursday, your approval rating with Giants fans will be at its peak after your act of kindness last week.
July 24 Evaluating
the New York Giants running back situation. As training camp prepares to open,
several position battles become focal points.
July 23 The biggest question of Giants camp should lose training wheels. Here are five Giants to watch when training camp begins on Thursday: OT Ereck Flowers, LB B.J. Goodson, RB Paul Perkin, FS Darian Thompson, K Aldrick Rosas.
Running back Paul Perkins has the greatest potential of any Giant for a second-year breakout. In an uncharacteristic move, Giants coach Ben McAdoo named Perkins the starting running back this spring.
July 22 Landon Collins appears to be more offended by Dak Prescott's prediction of a repeat NFC East title for the Cowboys than Jason Pierre-Paul had been the previous day. The All-Pro safety fired back at Dak on Friday, saying he highly doubts the Dallas quarterback's prognostication will come true this season.
At next week's training camp, Giants' safety Landon Collins wants a chance to showcase his skills on the other side of the ball. During OTAs earlier this summer, McAdoo introduced an "opportunity period" after practice which allowed players to work with other positions. Collins said he worked with the receivers.
Pierre-Paul doesn't blame Dak Prescott for guaranteeing the Dallas Cowboys
will win the NFC East at this month's ESPY Awards. JPP is just as confident in
himself and the Giants. Plus, Prescott and the Cowboys, swept by Big Blue in last
year's season series, are going to have to prove it anyway in Week 1 this fall
down in Texas.
July 20 The Giants will open training camp in eight days (on July 27), so the 2018 offseason is a long way away. That being said, what happens between now and the end of the 2017 season will have a major impact on the future of a slew of Giants who are entering the final years of their contracts, including left guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg, linebacker Keenan Robinson and others.
Ereck Flowers dedicated himself this offseason to change his New York Giants narrative in 2017 and veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison has taken note. "I've had the chance to watch Ereck Flowers this offseason first-hand," Harrison said Tuesday on Sirius XM Radio, via Big Blue View. The guy is 100 percent committed to doing better than he did last year."
July 18 It looks like New York is finally getting to Ben McAdoo. At least fashionwise. The notoriously style-challenged Giants head coach appeared on NBC New York with Bruce Beck on Sunday night looking as though he'd undergone a full-fledged off-season metamorphosis into Pat Riley.
July 15 The development of a high-quality middle linebacker has been a longstanding issue for the Giants. The Giants have a legitimately elite defensive line and a secondary that's deserving of that same distinction. Between the front four and back four players, however, is a trio that ranked amongst the very worst in the NFL in 2017.
Marshall saw which way the Jets were going and wanted no part of losing. The
former Jets and now Giants wide receiver said in a radio interview Thursday he
asked for his release from Gang Green when he saw the team was going to rebuild.
July 10 Sometimes we don't appreciate what's in front of us. That seems to be the case with Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Manning gets picked apart more than any other two-time Super Bowl MVP.
July 9 Thirteen months back, Ben McAdoo was a 38-year-old with big eyes and nothing to lose, coaching a 2016 team on a four-year playoff drought after two-time Super Bowl winning coach Tom Coughlin was pushed out the door. But following an 11-5 debut and a 2016 playoff berth, McAdoo suddenly faces heightened outside expectations: Simply making the playoffs won't be sufficient.
July 6 Don't sweat it, Giants: 7 reasons why 2017 schedule means NFC East title. The league did space out the long flights. The Giants have at least two weeks between each of their four long flight. The Giants will travel 22,954 miles this season, according to Delta. That is the ninth-most travel miles in the NFL this season, and the most for any East Coast team that is not playing a game in London.
Several Giants asserted themselves in the offseason as sleepers to contribute on offense, including receiver Darius Powe, quarterback Geno Smith, fullback Shane Smith, running back Shaun Draughn and offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty. Here are the guys on defense to keep an eye on as training camp approaches in late July.
Jason Pierre-Paul has sold his 5,433-square-foot mansion in Boca Raton, FL, for $1.2 million-exactly the price he paid for it five years ago. The 28-year-old defensive stud grew up 10 miles south of Boca, in Deerfield Beach, FL.
July 4 Are Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins on their way to The Hall Of Fame? Will the Giants' two best young players have careers that are Canton-worthy?
July 3 The Giants' path to prominence this season is on the ground, according to Pro Football Weekly. The long-running periodical has released its 2017 NFL season preview magazine, and it projects another playoff trip for the Giants. PFW says the Giants will just miss winning the NFC East, tying the Cowboys on record (10-6) but losing the division on unspecified tiebreakers.
Report - Jerry Reese is the Giants' general manager and he is also an undeniable
optimist. "This is football," he says, "not a mathematical equation. Things happen
that you don't expect and can't predict, either way."