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Sept 21 It doesn't get any easier now for Giants' embattled offensive line. John Greco, who'll start his first game for the Giants at center on Sunday replacing the injured Jon Halapio, understands the caldron he's entering.
Despite the fact that the Giants possess one of the most dynamic collections of skill players in the league, the offense ranks in the bottom-five in scoring heading into Sunday's Week 3 showdown between 0-2 teams in Houston against the Texans.
Close. That's the word that has been bandied about for most of the past two weeks as the Giants have slipped to 0-2 and have struggled to score points. They're close to winning, close to connecting, close to turning this around they say. They're also close to football oblivion.
Sept 20 Giants could be without two key defensive starters. Eli Apple's injured groin hasn't improved since Sunday and Olivier Vernon's high ankle sprain doesn't seem to be making much progress, either.
John Greco takes over at center for Giants after Jon Halapio's injury. A year ago, John Greco this week was at home wondering if his NFL career was over. He'd been released by the Browns after training camp and was coming to peace with the possibility of involuntary retirement while waiting to see if any teams would call. On Sunday, he'll be starting at center for the Giants.
The Giants released fullback Shane Smith on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after signing Elijhaa Penny off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Smith struggled with blocking assignments against the Dallas Cowboys, in a game Sunday night that saw quarterback Eli Manning sacked six times and hit eight more during a 20-13 loss that was never really that close.
Shurmur did not create this Giants mess, but he must fix it. The offensive
line woes are new to Shurmur but painfully familiar to those inside the building
and the paying customers.
Sept 18 The Giants are ruining what's left of Eli Manning. The whole idea, the Big Blueprint from the very top of the franchise, was to win now with Eli Manning. It was an organizational strategy steeped in romance and nostalgia and more than hope: Shore up the offensive line, get your 37-year-old quarterback a generational running back, and worry about securing your young franchise quarterback, your Next Eli Manning, sometime in the future.
After the Giants struggled to pick up blitzes and stunts and it resulted in six sacks of quarterback Eli Manning and a 20-13 loss to the Cowboys, the first-year head coach was grilled on his offense's ugly numbers during an 0-2 start. The Giants have two touchdowns on 22 offensive possessions.
Eli Manning, Pat Shurmur: These are not last year's Giants The Giants coach says the focus is on getting the starters to improve, not on looking for replacements. In many ways, it was as if last year's 3-13 record simply carried over to this season. The problem wasn't only that the Giants were 0-2 again, but that to fans, it felt a whole lot like 3-15.
Sept 17 Prescott,
Dallas D lead Cowboys to 20-13 win over Giants.
(0-1) vs Cowboys (0-1) Game Preview
Sept 16 It might be time for the Giants to go from trip to chip. One week after a tripping penalty against right tackle Ereck Flowers on the first play of the season set the tone for an ugly offensive line performance, the Giants could have to fall back today on chip-blocking Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence so he doesn't wreck the game.
The Giants are better than the Cowboys. This is a Cowboys team built with a low ceiling on its 2018 season, with an incomprehensibly anonymous skill position group assembled by Jerry Jones that affords little help to young quarterback Dak Prescott, who is not going to beat the Giants by himself.
Deal with Ezekiel Elliott on the ground and contain Dak Prescott's legs on designed and impromptu scrambles. Those are the Giants' marching orders on defense. They do not believe Prescott can beat them if he is forced to throw it 30-plus times, targeting Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams and the pesky Cole Beasley, a slot receiver pest, meaning nickel back BW. Webb is on the hot seat.
The Giants and Cowboys both lost their opening contests, meaning that (barring a tie) the loser of Sunday's clash of division rivals will have a miniscule chance of making the playoffs. Since 1990 there have been 231 teams that started a season 0-2. Only 28 of them, or 12 percent, have advanced to the postseason.
It is right there, on the highlight film, and will remain there in perpetuity. Whenever anyone views Saquon Barkley's first NFL touchdown, they will see Sterling Shepard leading the way with his lingering downfield block of Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye.
Sept 15 Odell Beckham Jr. said the Giants have a "one-play-away offense." Meaning that wherever they are on the field, wherever they are in the game, they can reach the end zone.
The film was familiar, yet foreign. There were routes Alec Ogletree remembered. There were schemes he had seen. It was the fourth time Ogletree had prepared to face the Cowboys. But it was the first time in eight years the Giants linebacker had seen Dallas' offense operating without Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
Jerry Jones still trusts Dak Prescott. The heat is on Dak Prescott to bring the Cowboys back from the dead Sunday night against the Giants, but the quarterback was given a vote of confidence - for this season and beyond - from the most important voice in the organization.
Sept 14 Dak
Prescott had two words for Landon Collins. "Challenge accepted."
Actually he had four words since he said it twice. But the meaning was certainly
Beckham Jr. has his huge contract. He has his health and his speed back after
undergoing ankle surgery last October. He has his production, having caught 11
passes for 111 yards in the opener and contributing even more yardage on plays
when the Jaguars were penalized trying to cover him.
Sept 13 If
Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Jalen Ramsey commanded the spotlight last week, the
showdown of star running backs Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott will take center
stage when the Giants and Cowboys meet in prime time Sunday.
Sept 12 Giants hopeful Olivier Vernon can play Sunday vs. Cowboys. The Giants used rookie Lorenzo Carter and Connor Barwin to replace Vernon in the 20-15 loss to the Jaguars. Shurmur said he thought the Giants' pass rush was "pretty good." The Giants had one sack in the game.
Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars brought out the worst in the Giants' offensive line, and exposed some of the team's weaknesses that head coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the staff must correct in short-order leading up to Sunday night's nationally televised game in Dallas.
Giants cornerback Eli Apple truly began to make his way back from his disastrous 2017 season. There were no major highlights, just quality and consistency across the board in a 20-15 loss to the Jaguars, no small feat considering the lack of depth in the Giants' secondary.against the Cowboys.
Sept 11 Giants and Cowboys face much more than a rivalry game. These ancient rivals will gather at Jerry's World with matching 0-1 records. Given the schedules facing both teams, it makes getting square next Sunday night almost an imperative.
Giants need to get Ereck Flowers and the offensive line fixed, or it will be another long season. Manning was under fairly consistent duress against one of the NFL's best defenses, and while there were some positive moments, there was enough offensive line ineptitude to bear out the concerns heading into the season.
The Giants should improve simply by virtue of having played a game. This is still a team with a new coaching staff teaching a 53-man roster with 30 new players, who are in turn still learning new offensive, defensive and special teams systems. It can take a game for it to become a smooth-running operation.Sept 10 Giants lose to the Jaguars 20-15
On the game. Game 1
Gamegirl ..."Today the Giants got off to a poor start. They let the Jaguars move the ball and score a field goal on the opening drive. Then when they got the ball it was 3-and-out, but not without some drama..."
Mikefan ..."So some pieces came together today, and some pieces are still broken from last year. Let's hope Pat Shurmur can glue things together before next week's game in Dallas..."
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Jacksonville Jaguars 20 - New York Giants 15.
Jaguars wide receivers seeking improvement after Sunday's performance vs. Giants.
(0-0) vs Jaguars (0-0) Game Preview
Sept 9 Possibly the largest disagreements about any NFL team in preseason punditry involve the Giants. Eli Manning and company open their season Sunday at home against the Jaguars.
Tom Coughlin has since moved on from that time he "stepped down" from the Giants' head coaching job, even though he was forced out the door by the team's co-owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch. But if it were up to him, he'd still be coaching the team in blue at MetLife Stadium.
Sept 8 If the Giants are able to run the ball on Jacksonville's stout defense Sunday, in the words of one Giants player Friday, "it's over with." If the offensive line cannot win its battle with the Jaguars' formidable front, however, it will be a long day for Saquon Barkley and Big Blue's offense in Week 1 at MetLife Stadium.
After spending months installing and practicing their new defense, the Giants will waste no time getting to see how it holds up. Leonard Fournette is knocking. The Giants will get an immediate gut check in Sunday's season opener when Fournette - who shouldered the Jaguars' top-ranked rushing offense last year all the way to the AFC Championship - comes to MetLife Stadium.
Sept 7 Eli Manning's Giants season of redemption begins against Coughlin. They were The Odd Couple, peas in a Big Blue pod, the General Pattonesque coach and the easy-like-Sunday-morning gentleman quarterback, as Tom Coughlin will be peering down from the press box at his Jaguars, Eli Manning will try to turn back the clock, to a time when no one worried that he was 37 years old.
Saquon Barkley only logged five carries during the Giants' preseason, busting one 39 yards in his debut against the Cleveland Browns, which has caused quite a dilemma for the Jaguars defense ahead of Sunday's season opener.
The chances of Olivier Vernon being able to play in the season opener are dwindling each day he misses practice, which he did again Thursday. So, look for veteran newcomer Connor Barwin and rookie Lorenzo Carter to pick up the slack at outside linebacker for the Giants against the Jaguars.
is no reason to believe the 2018 Giants will be a great team, and perhaps
they will not even be a very good one, but they figure to light it up some days
and nights, and that will be worth the price of admission.
in April, the Giants chose Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the
NFL Draft despite the opportunity to take a potential successor for 37-year-old
quarterback Eli Manning, one year after the Jaguars stuck by inconsistent signal
caller Blake Bortles and took Leonard Fournette No. 4 overall in 2017.
As Odell Beckham Jr. prepares to face an outspoken cornerback who loves to taunt opponents on the field and through the media, the Giants' receiver insists he won't make the same mistake twice. No, Beckham vs. Jalen Ramsey will not turn into another Beckham-Josh Norman fiasco.
Tight end Evan Engram was a full participant in Wednesday's workout, having been cleared from the concussion protocol, with no indication that he'll be anything but available for Sunday's opener against the Jaguars.
Sept 5 Special
Report - Now that the Giants have turned in a so-called final 53-man roster,
then tweaked it afterward in an effort to build a Week 1 depth chart, we have
to look at the surprise picks, the unclear motives and the personnel strategies
employed by general manager Dave Gettleman, head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff.
Davis Webb got a new job Tuesday, and he did not even have to look for a new place to live. The Jets signed the former Giants quarterback to their practice squad two days after Big Blue shockingly cut him. Webb signed with the Jets in the morning and was on the practice field a few hours later.
Giants 2018 game-by-game predictions: Will they catch Eagles in NFC East? After decades in the NFL, Giants co-owner John Mara had an important lesson reinforced last season. You never know.
Sept 4 Waiver
players try to adjust quickly to new home with the Giants. Six players claimed
this weekend have to learn all about the team and the facility with six days left
until the opener.
Webb, the one-time heir apparent at quarterback to New York Giants veteran
Eli Manning, is now looking for an NFL job. This preseason, the 23-year-old Webb
completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 283 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
the Giants parted ways with Davis Webb, once viewed as possible Eli Manning
successor. On a wild Sunday, Webb was the headline, but there were others, including
the release of former starting guard John Jerry, who was relegated to backup duty.
Giants go crazy on waiver wire after roster purge. They owned the No. 2 waiver priority, behind only the Browns, based on their 3-13 record last season, and made use of that lofty position by putting in six claims. They were awarded all six players. Only the Browns, with seven claims, were awarded more players on a busy day of transactions.
Team leader Mark Herzlich a most unkind Giants cut Inspirational linebacker was Big Blue's third-longest-tenured player behind Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie.
Sept 2 Davis
Webb's Giants future in doubt as Big Blue keeps 4
QBs with roster in flux; Mark Herzlich cut. The Giants are believed to have gauged
the trade market for backup QB Davis Webb, according to sources.
New York Giants announce 53-man roster. The roster will continue to evolve, and almost certainly before the Giants open their season. Because of their 3-13 finish in 2017, they are second in line behind the Cleveland Browns in claiming players who are waived by other teams.
NFL roster cuts: 15 players Giants could target immediately on waivers, free agency. NFL teams have until noon Sunday to put in a waiver claim, and players will be awarded at 4 p.m. The Giants hold the No. 2 waiver priority - just like the original 2018 NFL Draft order - so they will get at least one of their top choices.
Sept 1 Eli Manning and the Giants already preparing for Jaguars. Manning admitted he has been looking at the Jacksonville defense "the last couple of days," watching film of the Jaguars from this summer and last season. This is not a familiar foe for Manning or the Giants.
After Eli Manning, the Giants' QB depth chart is up in the air Coach Pat Shurmur has been vague about the depth chart behind Manning all summer. There is a good chance that, after the Giants trim their roster to 53 players, they'll have only one quarterback who has ever taken a regular-season snap.
England Patriots 17 - New York Giants 12.
practices during training camp are all important. The preseason games are
more important, which is why Thursday night's finale against the Patriots at MetLife
Stadium is the last chance for several players to prove they belong on the Giants'
Nate Solder didn't just join a new team this year when he left the Patriots and signed with the Giants in March. He began a new relationship. "Having Nate there for as long as I did, someone I could always count on, rely on, depend on, he was so consistent day to day," Tom Brady said last week on WEEI. The Patriots made him a first-round pick in 2011, he started 95 games over seven seasons as Brady's blind-side protector, and he appeared in four Super Bowls, winning two.
Aug 29 This is an important game for Davis Webb. In his final opportunity to showcase how the Giants would handle the ever-durable Eli Manning finally breaking down at age 37, Webb said he expects to show management - which didn't draft him - that he can be trusted.
Odell Beckham Jr. wants his legacy to be defined by more than the impressive numbers for which he is responsible in the NFL thus far. At 25, Beckham has earned mention among the league's best wide receivers. And at his best, it's debatable as to whether there is an equal to his combination of flair and productivity.
Can Giants afford Eli Manning in 2019 salary cap after paying Odell Beckham? Timeline for tough decision just sped up. The strategy for winning while fitting 53 players under the NFL salary cap is to only have one or two salary cap hits at or above the $17 million mark,. In 2019, the Giants are scheduled to have four: Manning ($23.2 million), Beckham ($21 million), linebacker Olivier Vernon ($19.5 million) and left tackle Nate Solder ($17 million).
Beckham is now Giants' pride - and NFL's Public Enemy No. 1. And with his
new five-year, $95 million deal - $65 million guaranteed - that makes him the
highest-paid receiver in the game, a new responsibility will confront Beckham,
as early as Week 1 against elite Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
the record-setting deal raises the bar for future NFL receiver contracts,
it also does something on a much deeper level: it proves that there is more than
one way to get a new deal that doesn't include holding your breath until your
face turns blue or taking your ball home out of frustration.
Aug 27 Eli Manning will never pick up the nickname "Crazy Legs," but he is going to have to move around more in coach Pat Shurmur's offense than he has in past systems.
To the naked eye, Saquon Barkley looked like, well, Saquon Barkley on Sunday. In the Giants' first practice since defeating the Jets in the third preseason game on Friday night, the second overall draft choice returned to team drills in the wake of tweaking his hamstring on Aug. 13.
The Giants unofficially named their starting center on Monday by trading away his backup and main competition for the job. Brett Jones, who had been getting second-team reps behind Jon Halapio all training camp but had played well in the recent preseason game against the Jets, was shipped to the Vikings in exchange for a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.
Olivier Vernon, the Giants' top pass rusher, an elite run stuffer and one of their premier players, left Sunday's practice on a cart with a left ankle injury and didn't return.
Aug 26 For the Giants who are not already penciled in as starters or key reserves for the regular season, there is one more chance. The final chance to make a case begins with practice today and continues through Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.
among the "unsettled" positions was finding a partner for two-time
Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. Coming out of Friday night, the Giants have a
better idea after Curtis Riley made his second consecutive start.
Giants receiver hopeful has one last chance to prove himself. Hunter Sharp said he planned to catch more than 200 passes Saturday, an off-day for the Giants.
Analysis: Deep passes, special teams lift Giants.
expect a fiery pregame speech from Pat Shurmur in the Giants' locker room
Friday night about the importance of beating the Jets.
Friday night, the Giants reconnect with Sam Darnold, the player, after much analysis, they passed over as Eli Manning's successor. Instead, the Giants' new hierarchy recommitted to the 37-year-old Manning and gifted him a prize running back, Saquon Barkley, a selection with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft that allowed the Jets, gleefully, to grab Darnold.
Aug 23 The
Giants appear to be easing Saquon Barkley back into the thick of things. In
the non-padded practice, he participated in individual drills and took a few 7-on-7
Saquon Barkley convince his Jets fan dad to be a Giants fan for a night? Alibay
Barkley has no plans to change his NFL loyalties, at least not yet, and maybe
Alec Ogletree is new to the Giants defense, but that doesn't mean he will stay quiet. The inside linebacker will be heard from plenty on a unit that hopes to be one of the best in the league.
Aug 22 Special Report - He was a breath of fresh air both on the field and off. He smiled more than most pro football players, he truly appeared to enjoy the game he was playing and the adulation he received, And now wide receiver Victor Cruz, a native of Paterson, N.J., has announced his formal retirement from the game and will immediately become part of the ESPN broadcasting team.
Manning seems to be finding playing in the NFL at 37 years old easier than
being in an NFL locker room at 37 years old. "There is a lot of dancing going
on, which I find curious," Manning said of being a decade and a half older
than some of his teammates. "I miss out on some of the music and stuff. Social
media, some of the things they're on. But for the most part I can figure it out."
B.J. Goodson has yet to finish a season how he envisioned. His rookie season ended with him tallying just nine tackles in 15 games and primarily being utilized on special teams. Last season began with a promotion to starting middle linebacker and ended with Goodson on injured reserve.
Aug 21 The
growing pains of the New York Giants offensive line have been highly visible
in recent days. There have been shaky moments throughout training camp, and part
of the reason for that is Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher keeping
his foot on the gas, no matter the drill.
seems as if Davis Webb has the job locked up as Eli Manning's backup, but
the depth chart at quarterback isn't that clear for Giants first-year coach Pat
Giants were back on the practice field for the first time since the team's
win against Detroit on Friday night. Head Coach Pat Shurmur had them in shorts
and scheduled a slightly shorter practice in overcast conditions.
Aug 19 Pat Shurmur's simple blueprint paying dividends for Giants. Shurmur said the Giants made a "boat load" of mistakes against the Lions. Whenever real adversity hit, they managed to weather it.
It is difficult not to focus on the inner-workings of an offense that has the potential to be highly-potent. Tucked into the first two preseason games is the less-heralded work of the Giants on defense.
Cornerback B.W. Webb 's addition didn't generate much buzz when the Giants signed him early in free agency, but he looks like the answer for addressing one of the team's biggest concerns.
If there were a Most Valuable Player trophy handed out by the NFL for preseason excellence, Kerry Wynn might already have a few on a shelf at home. There is a significant difference between his past summer performances and those like the show Wynn put on Friday night in the Giants' 30-17 preseason victory over the Lions at Ford Field.
beat Lions 30-17 | Reasons to be optimistic.
York Giants at Detroit Lions: What to watch. Unlike last week, when the Giants
didn't engage in game planning for the Cleveland Browns, this week, it sounds
as though that is going to change, at least based on what some of the players
Beckham Jr.'s injury advice for Saquon Barkley: Take your time. On Friday
night, Barkley will miss his first game with an injury since his freshman year
at Penn State when an ankle kept him out of two contests.
Beckham Jr. is not in a rush to do either of the two things that the rest
of the world is frantically waiting for from him. Those would be playing in an
actual game and signing a long-term contract extension. Ask Beckham "When?"
regarding either topic and he answers with Zen.