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Aug 20 Giants
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big topic of conversation at Giants camp Tuesday was the absence of first-round
draft pick Odell Beckham Jr., who is back on the sideline and was ruled out for
Friday's game against the Jets.
Count Giants general manager Jerry Reese among those who were excited about the 64 new jobs added in the NFL on Tuesday. The league announced the expansion of practice squads from eight to 10 players through the 2016 season.
Aug 19 Practice
report: More Beckham intrigue.
game against Jets gives Victor Cruz chance to reflect on breakout moment with
Aug 18 Tom
Coughlin concerned offensive woes will spill over into regular season.
Aug 17 TG
Note - Some did not get it right (unless it's fixed up by the time you see
Aug 16 The Giants' secondary has been saying the right things this preseason. On Saturday night, its members will see if they play the right things. The revamped unit will face its biggest test of the preseason against Andrew Luck and the Colts in Indianapolis. After facing E.J. Manuel and Ben Roethlisberger for one series each, the Giants figure to get at least a quarter of work against this starting quarterback and his playmaking receivers.
For the last few months, the talk has been fast and furious from Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants' boisterous defensive end has proclaimed that he is "110%" healthy, that he is headed for an absolutely "crazy" year and that all those who doubted his greatness are about to be "shut up." And now, it's time to prove it. On Saturday night in Indianapolis.
The Giants, who had a mere 34 sacks last season, are trying to replace longtime defensive end Justin Tuck, who had 11 of them and is now with the Raiders. Ayers is among the candidates to be that replacement, but so is longtime Giants defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka, who ranks first on the depth chart right now at left defensive end and believes it's his time to be the man opposite right defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Will this be the game the Giants finally open up the offense? Everyone is aching for the Giants to throw the ball down the field. Their starting offense has been inept at doing so in the first two preseason games and all the talk this week is about it being time for Eli Manning to get his right arm limbered up for some deep passes.
Look for Eli Manning and most of the starters to play well into the second quarter, and to try to get Victor Cruz more involved. The running back situation looks to be in pretty good hands. Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams should form a solid one-two punch. At fullback, Henry Hynoski seems to have the early edge over John Conner, who might not play due to concussion protocols resulting from the big hit he delivered last week.
In the Giants' last preseason game, the starting offense picked up one first down. In two preseason games, Eli Manning has completed six passes for 43 yards. The best receiver, Victor Cruz, does not have a catch. No starting wide receiver has more than one reception. Last year's offense was 28th in the NFL, which is why the team revamped its system, changed coordinators and ushered in six new starters. This is the new-look Giants offense?
There was a buzz in training camp that Jacquian Williams is on the verge of having a breakout season. Beason praised the youngish linebackers on the roster and used the word "especially'' to express his belief in Williams. Beason, once he returns from the foot injury that kept him out of camp and will keep him sidelined for Saturday night's preseason game against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, is a proven commodity.
Rueben Randle looked up the other day during training camp practice and spotted on the sideline what he admits was an NFL receiver's all-time snapshot. He saw Plaxico Burress talking with David Tyree talking with Mario Manningham, a three-way conversation that got Randle dreaming.
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Manning might still be the prize pupil, but he's learning the ways of Ben
McAdoo's West Coast offense just like everyone else. In some cases, those around
Manning are more comfortable with the change than he is.
the Giants wrapped up training camp Thursday, two days before their third
preseason game, Victor Cruz proudly let it be known that the new offensive playbook
has been fully installed. Now the Giants have to figure out how to use it.
A new name in Giants tight end mix: fullback Henry Hynoski. Tom Coughlin mentioned that Hynoski can at times be considered a running back, though he's only carried the ball five times in his NFL career. Hynoski also has added some responsibilities at tight end this summer and hopes the increased versatility helps him become a more desirable player.
Giants QB Curtis Painter to play ahead of Ryan Nassib vs. Colts. This doesn't look good for the second-year quarterback to fall behind Painter in the QB rotation.
Aug 14 Giants
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Here are some thoughts from and/or about the three men likely to be the Giants' starting linebackers on Monday, Sept. 8 in Detroit: Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard, Jameel McClain.
are only 11 players on the New York Giants' current roster who played for
them in Super Bowl XLVI, which is a bit startling considering the game was only
30 months ago.
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McAdoo's "we're-not-in-Green-Bay-anymore" moment came the first time he left
the New York Giants' facility at rush hour, turned his car on to Route 3 and stared
at four stopped lanes of westbound traffic coming out of Manhattan. "Lot more
people here," the Giants' first-year offensive coordinator said Tuesday.
first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. still hasn't completed a full practice
at training camp. He's making progress, but was limited again Tuesday by a hamstring
problem aggravated during the first practice of the summer.
Aug 12 Bet on Eli Manning in weak NFC East. I would take Manning over Nick Foles, Tony Romo or Robert Griffin III, who have combined for one playoff victory, one fewer than Manning's two Super Bowl rings. And because this is a quarterback league now more than ever, I think Manning gives the Giants a very good chance to win the NFC East.
There's Eli Manning, who threw 27 interceptions in the worst season of his career, and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who struggled through back and shoulder problems and recorded just two sacks in the 11 games he played. They are the biggest keys to potential success on each side of the ball for the Giants, and each has a fresh energy in this camp.
With every snap Jason Pierre-Paul takes this preseason, every play he makes in training camp and every smile he flashes on the field, there is a phrase that runs through the minds of all associated with the Giants.
was just a glimpse, but Odell Beckham Jr. finally gave the Giants reason to
be excited. Sidelined with a hamstring injury since the first day of training
camp, the first-round pick appeared on the field for individual drills during
Monday's practice, catching passes on undefended routes.
Cruz isn't concerned about being a non-factor in the Giants' offense through
two preseason games. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't mind a pass or two coming
his way. "I would love some," he said with a big smile Monday.
The Giants meet the Colts in their third preseason game on Saturday, which means seeing former offensive linchpins Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks. It means Mario Manningham seeing the sideline he tight-roped to win a championship.
Corey Washington wowed again. The 6-4, 214-pound receiver has used his size to score late, go-ahead touchdowns in back-to-back preseason games for the Giants. Well, he plays like he practices.
Curtis Painter was first off the bench just two days after leading the Giants downfield on a game-winning drive in their preseason win over the Steelers. On one hand, Tom Coughlin made it seem like a planned switch even though Ryan Nassib hasn't taken any third-string reps all summer. Could there be some trouble brewing for the 2013 fourth-round pick?
were times last year when it looked like Hakeem Nicks had become a shell of
the No. 1 receiver he used to be. It was hard to tell if he was hurt, or just
not trying. Whatever it was, he looked off. It turns out, his now-former Giants
teammates could see that too.
Giants' first-team offense didn't show enough Saturday night in the preseason
game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but there's a chance this week that it gets
Giants drafted Odell Beckham Jr. to play football. On Monday he'll be able
to. Beckham's return coincides with the installation of the next phase of the
Giants offense, which will feature more down-the-field opportunities.
offense getting better, they promise. There's no sugarcoating the fact that
the New York Giants' offense looks lousy right now.
Coughlin said there was "obviously" an issue on Saturday. "We
obviously have some issues with the signal system from the quarterback to the
receiver," he said.
officials have made it a point of emphasis this season to reduce contact between
defensive backs and receivers 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.
Aug 10 Giants
defeat Steelers, 20-16, but passing game sputters in second preseason game
getting thrown through a car windshield during a car accident a few years
back, a horrifying moment Charles James detailed to The Star-Ledger last season,
James decided he wouldn't look back if the Giants kept him.
several Giants receivers nursing injuries, Marcus Harris has taken advantage
of his opportunities to stand out. What has stood out most about Harris is --
his ability to make the right cut, create space from defenders and get open to
catch the ball..
Of the numerous tattoos Corey Washington has gotten through the years, the one that means the most remains unfinished. Upon scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Hall of Fame Game on a 73-yard strike from Ryan Nassib on Sunday, Washington pointed to the sky in celebration.
On Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, Jacquian Williams will make his second preseason start against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the latest step in securing a starting job. It's something the Giants want him to win.
In Prince Amukamara's first NFL game, on one of the first passes thrown in his direction, he jumped and made an interception against the Eagles. With Amukamara now in his fourth season, the Giants would like to see more of that first impression.
Herman will open the regular season serving a four-game suspension for a violation
of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
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about catching touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. wasn't even healthy enough to
celebrate when other people scored. On Sunday, the rookie wide receiver watched
the Giants' preseason debut on television, Beckham had to restrain himself.
Harris led the team with four receptions for 49 yards in Sunday's preseason
opener against the Bills, but it was Wednesday's practice when he truly made his
mark. With Jerrel Jernigan sidelined by a right leg injury, Harris stepped into
a starting role lining up alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. And it looked
every bit like he belonged.
The Giants will be without their (hopeful) starting left tackle again on Saturday night against the Steelers. Will Beatty, who has been easing back into the rotation following offseason surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process on his broken leg, will make a start the following week agains the Colts barring any setbacks, Tom Coughlin said. Charles Brown will continue to get the primary reps.
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day after losing running back David Wilson, the Giants backfield took another
hit when Peyton Hillis walked off the practice field without his shoe on Tuesday.
Aug 6 Giants
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the Giants' DBs playing too rough? Four different Giants cornerbacks were
called for penalties in Sunday's game, and that's absolutely a point the coaches
are stressing in meetings this week.
Rolle is a three-time Pro Bowler and Stevie Brown had eight interceptions
in 2012, tied for second most in the NFL. But when asked if any of his players
stood out in the Giants' first preseason game, safeties coach David Merritt selected
neither Rolle nor Brown.
Wilson's next career move could be return to track and field, former coach
says. In track circles, Wilson wasn't known as a burner among sprinters, but his
ability in the long and triple jump was extremely rare.
Andre Williams figures that if he's going to pattern his game after anybody, he might as well aim straight for the top. For a running back in today's NFL, that unequivocally means Adrian Peterson.
Corey Washington may be an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Military College and then tiny Newberry College in his native South Carolina, but don't tell him he doesn't belong in the NFL.
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