June 24 Odell Beckham Jr. is the best in the league after the catch. Beckham was the only elite receiver in the Top 15 of YAC+. Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Dez Bryant and others all finished well behind Beckham in this statistic.
The Giants return the core of their special teams in 2016 after a record-setting season for the outfit. From Josh Brown turning in one of the top-five scoring campaigns in team history to Dwayne Harris doing something no other Giant had done since 1955, there’s no overlooking the third phase of the game heading into 2016.
June 22 The Giants and Jets are scheduled to play their annual preseason game on August 27, but the summer showdown between the crosstown/in-state/across-the-parking lot rivals may be losing its name.
If you have two corners in this league, you're short one because of how often teams use three wide receivers. That was part of the thinking that went into drafting Eli Apple, who joined veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins in the cornerbacks room.
Orleans Darkwa spent the spring on the shelf. OTAs and minicamps went on without him. Darkwa said he could've practiced and played if necessary, but they took the safe route in the spring even though it put him at a disadvantage. This summer will be different.
June 21 Eli Manning overpaid? That's what Pro Football Focus thinks, as it laid out its case for why the Giants' franchise quarterback is the NFL's most overcompensated player on ESPN.com. Here's what PFF had to say..
June 19 For 10 weeks, the Giants gave new head coach Ben McAdoo all sorts of data, which will help him piece together a depth chart for his first training camp running the show. They stayed healthy throughout their offseason workouts and practices, incorporated their free agent defensive trio of Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon "Snacks" Harrison, and were given an early indoctrination into McAdoo's methods.
June 18 The Giants swapped quarterbacks at the back end of their roster before the end of the spring when they were awarded Logan Thomas on Friday off waivers. Thomas was released Thursday by the Miami Dolphins. He replaces quarterback B.J. Daniels on the Giants roster.
Cornerback Donte Deayon impresses Giants. Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, first-round pick Eli Apple and Trevin Wade would seem to have the top four spots on lockdown. The Giants will keep at minimum five corners and perhaps even six with the chance that they could sign another veteran such as Leon Hall, who visited earlier this spring, in advance of the season.
How Ben McAdoo and the Giants handled playcalling this spring. It was on again and off again, here and there, not with any sort of consistency or permanent designation. When McAdoo wasn't calling the offensive plays at Giants practices this spring it was offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's turn.
Why undrafted rookie Romeo Okwara has a good shot to crack Giants roster. While they are set with starters Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, the Giants have some uncertainties and depth concerns at defensive end after their two stars.
It takes a few years to properly evaluate a draft class, so it is silly to make any pronouncement after six or seven weeks. But (you knew there would be a "but") it is not too early to offer an admittedly hot-take prediction for the 2016 draft picks.
June 17 As
the Giants break for six weeks following the completion of minicamp on Wednesday,
coach Ben McAdoo hopes they will "all make smart and wise decisions."
reasons it feels like this will be the Giants' year . Odell Beckham was asked
to stop and think ahead for just a moment this week, to dream of a time when he
and Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard would all be on the field together.
31. 30. 25. No, those aren't the numbers on a Powerball ticket. They are the
Giants' respective league rankings a season ago in overall defense, pass defense,
yards-per-play, points-per-game and run defense. It all added up to the NFL's
worst defensive unit.
defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said, it's funny how you have to add
a last name to "Eli" now at practice. That's because cornerback Eli
Apple, the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, is making a name for himself.
Giants have spent the offseason looking for an upgrade at right tackle. Now,
with the offseason almost over, they may have found their man.
Cruz has never been so happy to get insulted. Victor Cruz was getting some
grief from his teammates Tuesday, and loving every bit of the ribbing.
as it is to believe, there was a time when Odell Beckham felt he didn't get
enough attention, when he craved the spotlight that some of his fellow receivers
had. "I tell people now," Beckham was saying on Tuesday, "'Be careful
what you ask for.'"
June 13 When his position coach reminds him about his veteran status, Giants tight end Will Tye looks around to make sure Kevin M. Gilbride is talking to him. When Larry Donnell is referred to as an elder statesman among the other tight ends, he flinches a bit. No one knows for certain what is going on with the Giants at tight end, as they have collected youngsters with little or no NFL pedigree. Of the five on the roster, only one, Jerell Adams, was even drafted.
Monday morning. Time for another edition of Monday Morning Giants to get you
caught up on all the weekend's news, and ready for a busy week ahead.
June 12 Special Report - It is not commonplace for NFL teams to find a gold nugget on their roster, especially one who was not drafted out of college. But the Giants might have made just such a discovery with wide receiver/H-back Darius Powe, who is 6-3, 220 and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49. The fact that he attended the University of California and caught passes from the NFL's top overall selection, quarterback Jared Goff, makes him slightly more interesting.
When the Giants close out their offseason program this week with mandatory minicamp at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center, wide receiver Victor Cruz may be doing some real work with his teammates. He could be practicing to some degree for the first time since last November.
June 10 Nine down. One to go. As spring football winds down, the New York Giants held their ninth practice of organized team activities on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. On a windy day not uncommon to East Rutherford, the longest-tenured Giant on defense intercepted the longest-tenured Giant on offense for the highlight of the afternoon.
Manning was revealed as the No. 47-ranked player Wednesday night on NFL Network
as Nos. 41-50 of the 2016 edition continued its rollout.
June 8 Entering
his third season running McAdoo's offense, Eli Manning in 2016 is looking
to follow up two of his best statistical campaigns. The Pro Bowler threw three
touchdowns in practice, including a pair from the red zone to tight end Larry
Donnell and rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
Landon Collins was the first rookie safety in franchise history to start all 16 games and the first rookie defensive player to do so since Barry Cofield in 2006. Collins led the Giants with 108 tackles and unquestionably progressed as the season went on, but will probably best be remembered for failing to secure what would have been a game-clinching interception of Tom Brady in what devolved into a crushing 27-26 loss to the Patriots.
Jason Pierre-Paul to warn kids of dangers of fireworks in advance of 4th of July. Two sources familiar with his plans told the Daily News he is planning to do some type of public service announcements in the coming weeks as a way to get the word out that he's serious: Fireworks are dangerous. Kids shouldn't play with them. After all, look what happened to him.
June 7 Head
coach Ben McAdoo has consistently insisted that there is no depth chart, nor
will there be, at least for a while. Well one guy who seems to be taking full
advantage of his opportunities is rookie safety Darian Thompson, who once again
split reps on the first-team defense with third-year player Nat Berhe.
Justin Pugh defended teammates Marshall Newhouse and John Jerry from their
very loud critics last week, it may have been one of the most important blocks
he has thrown. Not because it stopped people in the outside world from fretting
over that right side of the line, but because of what it meant inside the Giants'
offensive line room.
sound of a familiar voice barking out assignments brought some comfort for
undrafted cornerback Donte Deayon in his quest to stand out among the Giants.
won't have to worry about Jason Pierre-Paul this Fourth of July. "I'll
be gone," the Giants defensive end said of the holiday coming up next month.
"I won't even be in the United States. Where I'm going, they don't celebrate
the Fourth of July."
June 5 What do the Giants really have with Ryan Nassib? The untrained eye can see that Nassib is light-years ahead of where he was at this point two years ago when McAdoo arrived with the new Giants offense. Even the Giants can't be certain if Nassib will stick around or if he's even the answer when Manning's career eventually comes to a close.
Justin Pugh played guard (and some tackle) for the Giants last season at 310 pounds. In his estimation, it wasn't enough. He could survive long-term as a tackle at that weight, but not as a guard.
June 4 The Giants wrapped up the week with their sixth of 10 organized team activities (OTAs) on Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Players will be back on the field June 6, 7, 9, and 10 before mandatory minicamp runs June 14-16.
Andre Williams has posted some impressive numbers this offseason. He lost 12 pounds of fat and reduced his waist from 36 to 31½ inches. The Giants' third-year running back hopes the reduction in those numbers leads to an increase in others, most notably his rushing total, which dropped precipitously when he was an NFL sophomore in 2015.
latest no-name tight end to bubble to the surface with the Giants may already
be making his move at organized team activities. This is Matt LaCosse's big chance.
He was signed as an undrafted free agent last year but was waived early in training
camp when he suffered a hamstring injury. He was re-signed later in the season
and worked his way into the lineup by Week 16.
June 3 As the NFL hit 100 days to Kickoff Weekend, the Giants reached the midway point of organized team activities on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. A pair of young tight ends led what was a loaded highlight reel during the fifth of 10 OTA practices. Photos
The Giants never came out and told Geremy Davis he would be inactive for the final six games of last season. But the wideout quickly realized he was unlikely to see any more game time during his rookie season. After a nondescript first season in the league, Davis has impressed so far this offseason.
Safety first? According to both fans and media, one of the New York Giants' biggest offseason needs was the safety position. The Giants' personnel department, as is often the case, saw things differently.
Odell Beckham Jr. is more popular than Tom Brady and every non-QB in the NFL. What the list says is that quarterbacks are king when it comes to the NFL. (Not a surprise.) Of the 16 NFL players on the ESPN list, 12 are quarterbacks, with Beckham the most popular non-quarterback.
receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not show
up for Wednesday's OTA session in East Rutherford, but according to Giants head
coach Ben McAdoo, both players' absences from the nonmandatory workout were expected.
It certainly is a lot easier to make the most impressive catch of the day at Giants practice when the king of the art form, Odell Beckham Jr., is not in attendance. But Geremy Davis' sideline grab over cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Wednesday might have stood up to just about anything Mr. One-Handed-Grab could have shown.
When Darian Thompson showed up for his rookie minicamp, the Giants coaches were impressed right away with his ability to run the defense from the free safety position. In the very first workout he was yelling orders and making checks to get everyone lined up properly.
The more one sees New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo's program unfold, the more there is to like. Very early on, McAdoo once said that the goal is to train the way they want to play the game. That means at an upbeat tempo and with a focus on fundamentals.
Pugh has heard the criticisms about the right side of the Giants offensive
line, and he thinks they're unfair.Pugh's confidence stems from his intimate knowledge
of his teammates, their preparation, their work habits, the way they think, and
the kind of people they are.
One of the qualities the Giants liked about Keenan Robinson when they signed him is his ability to provide a presence in pass coverage. The Giants were routinely carved up by tight ends down field last season.
some BBQs and golfing on a long Memorial Day weekend, the Giants get back
to work on Wednesday. They'll take the field at the Quest Diagnostics Training
Center for organized team activities (OTA). The full details for this workout
which is open to the media.
continuity - which every team craves - could bite Giants. As it currently
stands, their offensive line could return intact from 2015, prompting more alarm
than glee. Three of the spots are safe and secure: Ereck Flowers at left tackle,
Justin Pugh at left guard and Weston Richburg at center.
May 29 Anthony Dable's path to the Giants' training facility is so improbable, so ridiculous that it is hard to believe it wasn't made up by a bunch of Hollywood scriptwriters.
rookie Eli Apple was finishing up his first day of organized team activities
Monday when ESPN announced that his mother, Annie, would be joining its "Sunday
NFL Countdown" pregame show as a contributor.
May 27 Andre Williams looks to move on from sophomore season bust. Do not give up on Andre Williams. That was the strong sentiment and nearly verbatim plea of coach Ben McAdoo a few weeks after a dismal season for the Giants and Williams mercifully came to an end.
Something was missing from that 2015 defense that allowed it to flounder near the bottom in most statistical rankings. Not only were they shorthanded in talent at several positions, they also clearly lacked leadership. J.T. Thomas is hoping to change that.
May 25 Special
Report - Hate to keep harping on the Giants' offensive line, but it is critical
to the health and well-being of both quarterback Eli Manning and whichever running
back offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan chooses to put on the field in what seems
to be a merry-go-round program for 2016.
Any way you look at it, the Giants need Owa Odighizuwa. He's their contingency plan off the edge for Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. He's also the best hope to be their next Justin Tuck or Robert Ayers, pass rushers who did damage from multiple spots on the defensive line.
May 25 The Giants resumed organized team activities on Tuesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Because of rain in the area, they practiced inside the fieldhouse, where we saw how deep the wide receiver competition will be this summer.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is back. The Giants top cornerback was in the building for Tuesday's OTA workout, a league source confirmed, ending a brief stir surrounding his absence a day earlier.
Why Giants' interchangeable LBs are blessing and curse. Jasper Brinkley is one of eight players at the position on the Giants roster, and seven of them have fairly extensive NFL resumes.
Giants opened up the first of 10 organized team activities on Monday at the
Quest Diagnostics Training Center. 5 things we learned from OTA practice (5/23).
absence works out just splendidly for Eli Apple. "DRC wasn't able to
make it," first-year head coach Ben McAdoo said after Monday's practice.
Annie Apple, the mother of Giants first-round pick Eli Apple and a Voorhees, N.J., resident, will join ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown as a contributor this fall, the network announced on Monday. Apple will "will offer player profiles and other stories" for the show starting in September.
May 21 The Giants get a "B" for their work this offseason. At least, that's the grade they got from the analytical website Pro Football Focus. In discussing free agency, PFF harps on the idea that the Giants failed to address needs on the offensive line and at safety.
Odell Beckham Jr. hasn't been in the NFL for long, but the Giants wide receiver has already development a reputation and stature around the NFL. No, not just for great play, hard work and highlight-reel catches. Apparently, for being one of the most hated players in the league--already.
May 20 Will Johnson was one of the Giants' least-heralded free agent signings this offseason. He also might be their most intriguing. While he is listed as a fullback on the roster currently, that is only the beginning of the impact he could have on the Giants in 2016, both in terms of on-field production and roster construction.
New Giants WR Sterling Shepard was born to run and catch. His father, a retired professional football-player-turned-coach, recognized immediately that Sterling was different from other boys his age. Derrick, who died of a heart attack in 1999, played five seasons in the NFL with the Redskins, Saints and Cowboys.
Janoris Jenkins says 5 kids with 4 women is 'a blessing'. Jenkins, the Giants' big-ticket free-agent cornerback, had four children, all under the age of 3, with three different women before he went to the Rams in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Jenkins played out his original four-year, $4.99 million contact with the Rams and struck it rich on the open market with a five-year, $62.5 million deal with the Giants that includes $29 million in guaranteed money.
May 19 The Giants most definitely do not have a competition at quarterback. But they wanted to have a competition at backup quarterback. The club was one of three teams to put in a waiver claim for former Tennessee Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
Janoris Jenkins said he's been welcomed by his new teammates, hangs out with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - his new running mate at cornerback - senses a "championship mindset" in the building and appreciates the unexpected, constant presence of general manager Jerry Reese and co-owner John Mara.
Why the Giants should look into trading Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The chances of Rodgers-Cromartie being on the 2017 Giants are incredibly small. His contract has no guaranteed money left, and he'd be a $4.5 million cap savings for them if released next spring, when he'll be turning 31.
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