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May 1 Ben McAdoo had a ringside seat for the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers circus in Green Bay, when the former wouldn't retire, the latter made it clear he wanted to play, and the scene got ugly until a legend was basically forced out of town. The situation with the Giants isn't the same, and no one is expecting a similar soap opera with Eli Manning and his newly drafted heir apparent, Davis Webb. At least not yet.
In this year's draft, the Giants selected a player who eventually might replace Eli Manning, a player who eventually might replace Paul Perkins, a player who is replacing Johnathan Hankins and a player who will replace, well, the vacuum that the team has had at tight end. Yet Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart still are penciled in as the starting offensive tackles. That is not what fans of the team were hoping for.
There's often pushback on the ol' interwebs over draft grades. You need a couple years to evaluate a team's draft class, they say! Meh. That's kind of like saying you can't predict who wins the Super Bowl until you know makes the playoffs. There's no bad time for predictions - it's just that the earlier they are the less confidence we'll have in them. And that's OK!
No good. That is the draft assessment of Shaun O'Hara, the starting center for the Giants on their Super Bowl XLII championship team, a guy who used to get paid to protect Eli Manning.
Apr 30 Experts
react to Giants' 2017 draft picks
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didn't take the New York Giants long to find a replacement for defensive tackle
Johnathan Hankins. A little more than two weeks after Hankins left to sign as
a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, the Giants found a potential replacement
taking Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday
is said the true measure of a draft isn't known for at least three years.
By then, those drafted either will have proven to be productive or wasted picks.
If the Giants get their wish, Davis Webb won't even play for at least three years.
Still, he could be the most important draft pick in Jerry Reese's career as the
Giants general manager.
the second consecutive year, the Giants saw some of their top targets get
drafted just before they were on the clock. That led to a major surprise when
the Giants selected Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram with the 23rd pick in the NFL
Draft on Thursday night.
With Giants adding Evan Engram, what happens to Will Tye? Bye-bye, Will Tye? Thursday night's first-round selection of Evan Engram by the Giants - along with the free-agency acquisition of Rhett Ellison a few weeks ago - does not portend well for Stony Brook University's first foothold in the NFL.
Apr 27 Giants
unlikely to use their top pick on a quarterback. They have an interest, but
probably not until later rounds Draft analyst sees them taking offensive lineman
Manning fought back against accusations of memorabilia fraud last week in
both a press conference and a courtroom. The most recent filings in the lawsuit
have not yet been released to the public by the presiding judge.
Apr 26 Who's left on NFL free-agent market? Rashad Jennings competed on Dancing with the Stars, which is probably why things have been quiet for him in free agency. They should pick up now. Victor Cruz had a storybook return to the Giants last year after missing most of the last two seasons ... but he wasn't overly effective. Will another team give him a shot? Tony Romo may be in line to take over in the CBS broadcast booth, but he's also, technically a free agent. If he wants, he can sign with any team of his choosing.
Beckham Jr. will be with the Giants through at least the 2018 season. The
team reportedly will pick up the fifth-year option on the superstar receiver before
the deadline to do so next week, a no-brainer of a move considering the value
Beckham brings to the offense.
The Giants last month signed Jets castoff Geno Smith, who is coming off knee surgery, and coach Ben McAdoo made a few headlines not long ago saying perhaps Smith can be Eli's successor. No one associated with the Giants is really banking on that, and the desire to get a young quarterback in this draft is hotter than ever.
Apr 24 Eli Manning knows he needs to play better in 2017. Manning took a step back last season after a resurgence in the previous two seasons under the tutelage of Ben McAdoo.
When the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers in the first round two years ago, they projected him as their left tackle of the future. They figured that by around now he might be getting used to the speed of the NFL game, getting comfortable with being a pro, and be ready to make the jump to the most important position on the offensive line. Flowers' trajectory didn't work out like that.
Now that we know the Giants' 2017 schedule, it's required by law we weave down the list and predict way-too-early wins and losses for each game, as well as a final record. Will the Giants be able to navigate this pretty tough schedule for another winning year? Another playoff berth? Time to find out.
Apr 22 The Giants play four games against teams coming off bye weeks, the most of any team in the NFL. Add in a six-day turnaround to face the Eagles after a MNF game, and the Giants in 2017 will have 22 fewer days of rest than their opponents. The Lions are next on the list, at minus-12.
Giants believe that there could be a tight end out there that could come in
and help last year's 25th-ranked offense. So said Jerry Reese, who has never drafted
a tight end higher than the third round-that being failed draft pick Travis Beckum
in 2009-hinted that past coaching philosophies might have lessened the priority
of the position in the offense.
Apr 21 How the Giants' 2017 schedule is made. It doesn't happen by accident. It takes 136 computers and four league executives to create the 256-game masterpiece that is the NFL schedule, which the league just released this week for 2017.
Giants' backloaded schedule offers chance to make late run. If the Giants are embroiled in a tight NFC East race, they will need to make some noise down the stretch of their season, with three of their last four games against divisional rivals. All three, though, are home games, making the task far less daunting.
Eli Manning denies any role in scheme to pass off fake Giants memorabilia.
The normally even-mannered Manning said he has been "handling" these
allegations since 2014 but that right now he's "just more angry than anything,
having to deal with it and knowing that I've done nothing wrong and (am) still
Apr 20 Nothing says Thanksgiving like Odell Beckham vs. Josh Norman. Or Terrelle Pryor vs. Janoris Jenkins. The Redskins will host the Giants in primetime on Thanksgiving Night, according to The Washington Post.
This is the wrong draft for Giants to save their offensive line. It is going to be exceedingly difficult for the Giants to find a great deal of help for their offensive line in the upcoming NFL draft.
Steiner Sports founder to 'stand by' Giants QB Eli Manning until he gets all the facts regarding memorabilia lawsuit.
Apr 19 The Giants began the 2017 season by reliving their last, worst moment from the 2016 season. As they gathered Tuesday for the start of the voluntary offseason workout program, Ben McAdoo made sure his team did not forget the bitterness of a 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers.
Giants will be back at work Tuesday when their offseason program begins at
the team facility. The Giants are allowed to have as many as 90 men on their roster
during the offseason and into training camp. They currently have 71 on the team,
both according to NFLPA records and the team website.
Apr 15 Whether Eli Manning ultimately misled on memorabilia or not, the Giants and their starting quarterback need to resolve this lawsuit and do it now. The Giants just had turned the page on an uncharacteristically scandal- and distraction-filled season, headlined by the shocking Josh Brown domestic violence situation.
Report - It took more than a month, and it was a long-fought, nerve-rattling
battle, but the Giants finally lost their prized defensive tackle. Jonathan Hankins,
their second-round draft pick in 2013, ended the cat-and-mouse competition by
accepting a three-year, $30 million contract from the Indianapolis Colts, $14.5
million of which is guaranteed.
Giants have been like an ATM machine fixing their defense in the last 14 months,
but the really big bucks stopped with Johnathan Hankins.
attorney blisters 'unscrupulous' dealer trying to get 'big payday' from Eli
Manning. Manning has not addressed the situation since releasing a statement immediately
after the lawsuit became public in January 2014.
Apr 12 The Johnathan Hankins free agency saga finally saw some movement Tuesday as the defensive tackle visited with the Colts. This is a potentially significant development for the Giants and their incredibly patient drive to re-sign Hankins, their 2013 second-round pick.
Apr 11 In preseason Week 1 (Aug. 10-14), the Giants will host the Steelers in MetLife Stadium. It will be the third time in five years the teams will meet in the preseason, and the second time in a row in New Jersey.
Apr 10 Jason Pierre-Paul's Johnathan Hankins plea: Giants 'need that front line to stay together'. The defensive end took to Twitter on Sunday night and fired off a tweet about the situation, expressing his desire for the defensive tackle to re-sign with the Giants (he also posted the same message on Instagram).
In preseason Week 1 (Aug. 10-14), the Giants will host the Steelers in MetLife Stadium. It will be the third time in five years the teams will meet in the preseason, and the second time in a row in New Jersey..
Apr 8 Eli Manning sounds rejuvenated because he finally has a receiver he can look in the eye - Brandon Marshall. Not since he called Plaxico Burress a teammate (2005-08) has the 6-foot-4 quarterback had the luxury of throwing to a towering target.
Thirteen years ago there were three teams vying for the top quarterbacks in the draft. Everyone seemed to realize that Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers would wind up with the Giants, Steelers and Chargers. It was just a matter of who would go where and when.
Apr 7 The Giants will be tripping in 2017. This season, they play the AFC West and NFC West, meaning they will be making cross-country excursions so often their frequent-flyer miles could get cashed in and pay for some of (but hardly all of) Eli Manning's salary.
Apr 6 Owa Odighizuwa posted a new tweet Tueday that seemed to suggest he was still with the Giants, but like his initial messages, his status remained unclear and open for interpretation. John Mara said he has spoken to Odighizuwa since his social media posts were published, but he declined to discuss the situation further other than to say he remains with the club.
defensive end Owa Odighizuwa has gotten people talking with a trio of puzzling
tweets, but it's anyone's guess at this point what they mean.
The Giants will report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on April 18 for the start of their offseason workout program, a nine-week stretch intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
Apr 3 While many figure that Eli Manning, 36, can play for a couple more years like his older brother did, the numbers suggest that might not be such a reasonable expectation. Using Neil Paine's quarterback aging curve on footballperspective.com, we can get a sense of what, roughly, Manning's remaining career trajectory might look like.
Apr 1 Ben
McAdoo normally does not hit college campuses to check out NFL Draft prospects.
He leaves that assignment to Giants general manager Jerry Reese or Marc Ross,
the vice president of player evaluation, or team scouts.
Mar 31 You knew what you were getting from the Giants on offense in 2016. They put three receivers on the field more often than any team in the NFL, with Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard logging nearly every snap and Victor Cruz, or another wide receiver, right behind.
As Brandon Marshall enters his 13th NFL season - first with the Giants - he wants to add the one line missing from his resume: the postseason. Despite playing in 167 games for four different teams, none of those games have come after Week 17.
Mar 30 Ben McAdoo the offensive play-caller made life more difficult for Ben McAdoo the head coach last season. But McAdoo doesn't put much stock into the theory that his dual role had a negative impact on the offense. "There are positives and negatives with that if you look at the big picture," McAdoo said.
Ben McAdoo talks Giants lineup: Orleans Darkwa can be 'impact player'. After re-signing Darkwa, it sounds like he may finally get his shot if healthy. "He's a talented player, he's a smart player, he gives you a lot of versatility on special teams," McAdoo said.
The team's biggest challenge, McAdoo said, will be handling that success, which included boasting the franchise's highest win total since 2008, the best home record (7-1) in the history of MetLife Stadium, the No. 2 scoring defense, and a sweep of the top-seeded Cowboys in the regular season.
While after the 2016 season Jerry Reese raised the possibility of Ereck Flowers changing positions, currently the most likely scenario is the most frightening one for fans: Flowers sticking at left tackle.
Rhett Ellison's previous head coach thinks the Giants are getting a very good player. "Rhett is a great kid, number one," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday at the NFL's annual meeting in Arizona.
quarterback for the Giants, for more than the past decade and for the present
is Eli Manning. The quarterback of the future, the eventual replacement for Manning,
is ... Geno Smith?
the time, Giants coach Ben McAdoo dismissed the public outrage over the trip
to Miami made by receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard and
Roger Lewis a week before the team's 38-13 loss to the Packers in the Wild-Card
The Giants are still haunting the Patriots' Super Bowl dreams. Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said Patriots owner Robert Kraft told him he believed they wouldn't have won Super Bowl LI this year if they had to play Big Blue.
Manning is taking Brandon Marshall to chemistry class next week at Duke University.
Manning annually brings his receivers to Duke to work on timing and bonding prior
to the offseason program opening and this year Marshall will be the rookie in
the group for the session.
Nick Mangold follow Brandon Marshall and Geno Smith to East Rutherford? While
Mangold is coming off an injury-riddled 2016 -- an ankle injury limited him to
eight games -- he's still, when healthy, among the best centers in the NFL.
Mar 27 Almost
every member of the Giants' stellar defense is back in the fold for the 2017
season. Free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins remains the only missing
If John Mara has his way - and he usually does when it comes to the Giants - there will be a familiar name starting at left tackle for the Giants this season. "I'm not giving up on Ereck Flowers yet," Mara, the team's co-owner, said on Sunday at the NFL's Annual Meeting in Arizona.
Mar 26 Grading every move made by the Giants this offseason. These grades take into account the player's expected impact on the field and his contract.
Mar 25 The Giants want Johnathan Hankins back and Hankins wants to return, but those desires did not seem to mesh with the financial windfall Hankins expected to receive. If he did not get it by now, chances are he never will, at least not this time around.
Report - Spring has sprung and the NFL world moves into the quieter, final
waves of free agency, a time to tidy up the roster, figure out the last moves,
check the balance of the salary cap and make final preparations for the Great
Body Snatch, also known as the NFL Draft.
turns out Geno Smith's deal with the Giants is not as rich as had been reported.
The actual contract is a low-risk, one-year deal by the Giants that does not even
guarantee Smith's spot on the roster.
Giants are set to make another move to keep their defense intact from a year
ago. They will re-sign linebacker Keenan Robinson, a source confirmed. The 27-year-old
Robinson had 83 tackles in 2016, his first year with the Giants.
The Giants have added a veteran running back to their roster after all, but not a big name player like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount. The Giants have reportedly agreed to terms with Shaun Draughn, who scored six touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers last season.
The Giants gained a bit more relief on their salary cap space by reducing the 2017 cap figure for receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris. Harris was initially due to earn a $2.9 million base salary in 2017. The Giants trimmed $500,000 off that total. He has the opportunity to earn $600,000 in incentives if he finishes the 2017 season having averaged 10.0 per punt return.
Smith is officially a Giant. But he knows there is a big difference between
being on the team and being on the field. The former Jet will back up Eli Manning,
who has started 199 consecutive regular-season games and is coming off a season
in which he threw every pass attempted by the Giants.
newest Giants are Geno Smith, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the
Jets, and cornerback and special teams standout Valentino Blake, who has played
for Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
Pierre-Paul did the impossible by playing his way back to big money. Jerry
Reese played the negotiations smartly to keep JPP in Big Blue.
Smith and the Giants have agreed to terms on a contract that will allow the
former Jets starting quarterback to compete for the job as Eli Manning's backup.
And given that he's only 26, Smith also might be competing to be Manning's heir
first wave of NFL free agency is over and Giants free-agent defensive tackle
Johnathan Hankins remains on the market. Well, it may have something to do with
his asking price.