Aug 25 Today is Thursday, yesterday was Wednesday, and the game is Saturday. There is still plenty of time to go before Victor Cruz makes his official return to football for the first time since October of 2014.
Simply practicing two days in a row is a triumph for Cruz, who missed the first two preseason games with a groin injury. But now - knock on wood - the star wide receiver finally seems to be on course to play in the season opener in Dallas on Sept. 11.
Giants players and coaches are trying to not get too excited about how good Victor Cruz looked on the practice field again on Wednesday. They really are.
coach Ben McAdoo promised a physical week of practice after the team's ugly
21-0 loss to the Bills on Saturday in the second preseason game. McAdoo delivered
president and co-owner John Mara, looking visibly shaken but steadfastly resolved,
said Wednesday the organization knew about Josh Brown's 2015 domestic violence
arrest and related allegations when the team re-signed the kicker this past April,
and that the team will not cut Brown unless it's for football reasons.
Aug 24 Victor
Cruz participated in his first full practice since he injured his groin on
Aug. 9, and while the entire organization was undoubtedly happy and relieved to
see it happen, Beckham clearly was the most tickled by the return.
Bullock is walking into a unorthodox, and controversial, kicking situation.
But while most figure the former Jet to be a short-timer here with the Giants,
Bullock says he sees himself fighting with the embattled Josh Brown for a roster
If you thought Josh Norman's disdain for the Giants started last December with his infamous battle with Odell Beckham Jr., you'd be way off. As it turns out, the Redskins cornerback has held a grudge against the Giants since before he entered the NFL.
days after Tom Obarski pulled a short field goal to the left in an ugly 21-0
preseason loss to the Bills, the Giants have made a move to bolster their unconventional
kicking situation, waiving Obarski and signing veteran Randy Bullock after a successful
tryout on Monday.
Jason Pierre-Paul said the accusation of numerous acts of domestic violence made against Giants kicker Josh Brown by his now former wife in a 2015 police report "doesn't matter" and that he and his teammates "look past" those allegations.
Cruz will join Giants during Monday's practice. There's no more "hopefully."
No more "see how he feels" or "if all goes well" or "expecting."
The rehearsals have been good, but when the bright lights come on, the Giants have yet to perform to their capabilities. "We've seen some great things in practice that haven't carried over to the games yet," coach Ben McAdoo said today on a conference call. "But we still have some work to do."
The issues on offense, in the view of Ben McAdoo, are that the Giants are not physical enough, are not fundamentally strong enough and are not protecting the ball well enough. Rather than up the ante on the physical nature of his practices, the first-year head coach said he likes the drills he uses and sees no need for radical changes.
Giants attempt to reverse injury trend with new strength coach Aaron Wellman. Wellman, 42, just three years McAdoo's senior, is here because of the injury history. There is no issue more sensitive to the Giants than their inability to stay healthy for many years under Coughlin.
Giants owner John Mara and GM Jerry Reese still have not commented on the Josh Brown domestic violence suspension, related incidents and the team's re-signing of the veteran kicker. More importantly, they have not acted.
21, Giants 0: Hits, Misses and Musings. So here's the thing.
co-owner John Mara, as he exited the visitors' locker room after Saturday's
21-0 preseason loss to the Bills, had little to say about the budding controversy
surrounding kicker Josh Brown.
of the marquee names on the Giants' injury list will at least join the team
in Buffalo for Saturday's preseason game (4 p.m., MY9). Wide receiver Victor Cruz
(groin), cornerback Eli Apple (knee) and left guard Justin Pugh (shoulder) traveled
with the team to Buffalo.
heck with Rex Ryan's blitzes, even if it is preseason and even if Colts owner
Jim Irsay strongly hinted last week that Andrew Luck took a seat because the team
didn't want him subjected to Ryan's pass rush. Eli Manning wants the Bills' coach
to give him everything he's got.
Brown does not agree with the NFL's decision to suspend him for the season
opener for what he described as "just a moment'' that led to an arrest for
domestic abuse, followed by a quick dismissal of the charges stemming from an
incident that took place.
Giants may be nearing the end of training camp, but there are still competitions
to be won and lost on the depth chart. Middle linebacker is one of them.
Ben McAdoo said Eli Manning "absolutely" will play on Saturday against the Bills in the Giants' second preseason game. Manning did not play in the opener against Miami and there had been speculation the Giants might hold him out against Buffalo as well.
Cruz has a succinct message for any doubters who think his career is over.
"Tune in," the Giants receiver said after missing another practice because
of a groin injury. "That's all."
Why Giants long-time snapper Zak DeOssie is in a fight for job. DeOssie, the longest tenured Giant next to Manning, missed the final four games of the 2015 season after playing in 140 straight. He says his wrist, initially injured in Week 3, is fine now.
Giants kicker Josh Brown was suspended one game by the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy. Brown was arrested in May of 2015 on a domestic violence charge, according to documents obtained by NJ Advance Media. It is unclear if the arrest is the reason for his suspension.
Aug 17 The sky is not falling on Victor Cruz, and those calling for the Giants to cut their losses and move on from him should chill the heck out. Sometimes, where there is smoke, there is fire. Sometimes, it is merely smoke and easy to douse. All eyes Wednesday will be on Cruz when the Giants take the field.
The Giants in some ways did not get what they expected last season out of Dwayne Harris, and they realize the reason why. Harris was brought in to upgrade every aspect of the special teams,but the Giants never quite were able to utilize Harris the way they envisioned. He frequently was needed as the third receiver, and something had to give.
The Giants' 6-10 record wasn't the only thing that bothered Shane Vereen last year - he felt the running game came up short, too. Though Vereen wants the running game to improve as a whole, he is often associated more with the passing game. Last season, Vereen had nearly as many receptions (59) as he did rushes (61), and he's had at least 47 receptions in each of the last three years, dating back to his time in New England.
35,000 push-ups later, Giants' Andre Williams seeing work pay off. He started by doing 1,000 push-ups and 300 pull-ups for five straight days and gradually increased his workload until he was doing 2,500 push-ups and 600 pull-ups for five days. The results, he said, were fantastic. "It felt very good," he said this week after gaining a team-high 41 yards on nine carries, with a long of 16 yards.
With a $200 million-plus free-agent upgrade on defense, a promising first-round cornerback and a maddening sequence of narrow defeats in 2015, there is no in between this year for Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. "[The Super Bowl] is definitely the talk around here," the 30-year-old elder statesman of the secondary said.
Kelvin Sheppard knew what he was getting into when he signed with the Giants as a free agent in April. With veteran middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley returning after starting the final nine games of last season, Sheppard was prepared for a position battle. That is exactly what has unfolded in training camp.
Aug 16 Special Report - Most of you watched the Giants' offensive line try to play on Friday night. The operable word here is "try," since they didn't do all that well. But general manager Jerry Reese was satisfied, not that he wouldn't want to see the unit perform better. "It was the first game," he said, "and we have players who are experienced in this league."
McAdoo revealed he had "a nice conversation" Sunday afternoon with
Victor Cruz, the again-injured Giants receiver who missed another practice Monday
because of a sore groin.
the rest of Giants training camp pushed on without Cruz. Young receivers are
fighting for roster spots and well aware that Cruz's status will affect their
chances of making the 53-man roster and possibly the role they will play in the
In addition to Cruz, the Giants backed off a bit on receiver Sterling Shepard (groin), who didn't do any team drills. Not practicing were receiver Geremy Davis (hamstring), tight end Will Johnson (burner), fullback Nikita Whitlock (unknown), linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring/PUP), and defensive end Kerry Wynn (groin). McAdoo said that Shepard, who worked through some soreness yesterday, did not have a setback.
somebody lit a fire under this Giants training camp on Monday, those somebodies
being defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison and left guard Justin Pugh, who
exploded into a brief heavyweight scuffle that was quickly squashed but left its
mark on the sweltering practice's mood and tone.
have that sinking feeling: Victor Cruz isn't getting better. McAdoo didn't
sound as if he expected Cruz back on the field anytime soon.
While Victor Cruz continues to be bothered by a groin injury, the rest of the Giants' injury report was positive on Sunday. Rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard was a full participant in Sunday's practice. Rookie cornerback Eli Apple was dressed for practice, but worked on the side with other injured players.
of the Giants veterans have taken it upon themselves to help out the younger
guys during this training camp and Landon Collins has been no exception. The second-year
safety has taken it upon himself to mentor for rookie Darian Thompson.
Aug 14 The Giants return to practice on Sunday for what should be a tough week of practice. Temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees all week and coach Ben McAdoo is a bit ornery after the team had six fumbles (two lost) and two interceptions in Friday's 27-10 loss to the Dolphins in the preseason opener.
promised, Victor Cruz's absence won't be a long one. The Giants wide receiver
is expected to return to practice on Sunday after being sidelined since Tuesday
with tightness in his groin.
Ben McAdoo likes the Giants' depth at several positions, or at least the encouraging potential for options at wide receiver, running back, tight end and even on the defensive line, at linebacker and in what he called an "interesting" secondary. The drop off from McAdoo's first-team offensive line to his second unit in pass protection Friday night was jarring, however, in a 27-10 preseason opening loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Bill Parcells won his first preseason game as Giants head coach. Tom Coughlin won his first preseason game as Giants head coach. Ben McAdoo McAdidn't. It means nothing, of course, because Parcells went 3-12-1 in his rookie 1983 season and Coughlin went 5-11 with Kurt Warner and a rookie named Eli Manning.
Owa Odighizuwa opens up another path to QB. When the Giants flashed their
pass rush on Friday night against the Dolphins, it came from expected sources.
But the other piece of the pass rush was a bit more unexpected.
squander early lead; fall to Dolphins 27-10.
Aug 12 Giants vs. Dolphins: 10 things to watch for. Friday night will be the first time Ben McAdoo takes the sideline as head coach of the New York Football Giants. Handed the reins in January, the former offensive coordinator has worked tirelessly since then to build the team in his image: sound, smart, tough, committed to discipline and poise. Now it's time to put it to the test.
is imperative that Ryan Nassib continues to show Giants management that they
count on him if the worst case arises. That makes the play of the seldom-used,
fourth-year backup in Friday night's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins
as significant as anything that will happen at MetLife Stadium.
team resumed training camp on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training
Center for the final practice before Friday's preseason opener against Miami.
Cruz thinks he could have prevented Odell Beckham Jr.'s meltdown against Josh
Norman last year -- if only he had been there.
night is the preseason opener for the Giants, against the Dolphins at MetLife
Stadium. Ryan Nassib will be warming up in the bullpen, knowing he will replace
the starter, just like every other summer since 2013.
Giants logged another marathon practice session, going a little over two hours
in full pads Tuesday as head coach Ben McAdoo continues to get his guys ready
for the preseason opener Friday against Miami.
Cruz expected to play in the Giants' preseason opener on Friday against the
Miami Dolphins. But that was before the wide receiver experienced groin tightness
that limited his participation in Tuesday's practice.
three practices to go before Friday night's preseason opener, the Giants returned
to the fields at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center after players had Sunday
Giants kick off the preseason this Friday night against the Miami Dolphins
at MetLife Stadium. Leading up to the game, the team released its first unofficial
depth chart of the 2016 season.
Manning doesn't have a nickname. Believe that? Twelve Giants seasons, two
Super Bowls and yet no universal term of endearment like the Mets' "Dark
Knight," Matt Harvey, the Rangers' "King," Henrik Lundqvist, or
the retired Yankees' "Captain," Derek Jeter.
Aug 8 Michael Irvin says Giants receivers 'dangerous'. It has not all come together just yet, not by a long shot. Interestingly, the only one of the three receivers who has put together an unblemished and eye-opening training camp is Shepard, the rookie second-round pick from Oklahoma.
We've seen eight Giants practices over the past 10 days (well, seven practices and a walkthrough), so it's a good time to take our second official crack at projecting the Giants' 53-man roster.
Owa Odighizuwa grew up watching Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora dominate opponents and wanted to do the same. He was familiar with the lore. Which is why, despite one injury-riddled rookie season, he still feels like he is on track for greatness.
For eighth-year middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley, football and family are one in the same. On the playing field, the Thomson, Georgia native commands a presence as a 6'1", 255-pound middle linebacker who has the nickname "the Hitman" because of his explosive and fast style of play.
LB Devon Kennard hoping his system will lead to breakout season. Kennard's notebooks in training camp are filled with a rainbow of highlights that help certain topics stand out as he jots them down.
Vereen has stood out at Giants training camp not only because he is making
plays but because the versatile veteran running back never seems to come off the
the first time since training camp began, cornerback Eli Apple showcased the
coverage that led the Giants to select him with the 10th overall pick in April's
Donnell never thought his career was in jeopardy. But as the wait to be medically
cleared to play football following a serious neck injury last November dragged
on, and speculation he might never be able to play again started to spread, so
did his uncertainty.
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