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.
May 18 Alajuwon Bell recalled the thought that crossed his mind last month the first time he used the new bench-press equipment at Kennedy High School's weight room. "I wondered if Odell Beckham ever touched it," said Bell, a middle linebacker for the Kennedy Knights, referring to the star wide receiver from the National Football League.
Evolution, not revolution: What could Giants' offense look like with McAdoo as head coach? There are a number of players who are likely on the roster bubble and we won't know the final roster for months yet. However, we can make some educated guesses as to who stands the best chance.
May 17 The first nine seasons of Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie's career had been under the Tom Coughlin regime. It was all he'd known as a professional. Until now. DeOssie, the Giants second-longest tenured player on the roster, and his teammates are adapting to LPC, life post Coughlin. Even in the spring, it's massively different with Ben McAdoo as the head coach. What has really stood out to DeOssie is that players are constantly on the move.
The draft is over and so is free agency, for the most part, which means what you see with the Giants is likely what you will get. There may be a small addition or two in the coming months, especially if veterans at a few key positions become available. But for the most part, this is it. Five burning questions for Giants after busy offseason.
May 16 The Giants will open training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 28. It's the earliest date players can report.
May 15 Key Offseason Dates: What's next for Big Blue? May, June, July, August, September.
May 13 The naked eye says the Giants should be better this season after several significant offseason additions. The analytics disagree. They say they'll be the same 6-10 they were last year.
May 12 Who was responsible for that stupid, four-running back rotation they used last year: Tom Coughlin or Ben McAdoo. Hopefully it was Coughlin, and hopefully McAdoo saw that the running game worked better with one guy getting the lion's share of the workload.
Original Victor Cruz is flattered that Sterling Shepard is being labeled the
Next Victor Cruz. Cruz welcomes the addition of the rookie and in no way feels
The Giants went through another round of post-rookie minicamp roster tinkering on Tuesday, with the notable move being the decision to waive/injured linebacker Uani 'Unga.
ESPN ranked the Giants among the most improved teams of the 2016 offseason. From a big free-agent haul on defense to bringing back key veterans to drafting what they hope is a productive class, the Giants look to right the ship in 2016.
a couple days removed from the end of their rookie minicamp, the Giants made
several roster moves, adding four players who were in camp on tryout basis, and
cutting four others. The four added included quarterback B.J. Daniels, who played
quarterback, wide receiver and on special teams in eight games for two teams last
season; receivers Kardon Boone and Donte Foster, and defensive end Ishaq Williams.
Giants have a new quarterback -- another one who'll likely never play a game.
The team signed veteran free agent B.J. Daniels on Monday, according to an NFL
source, one of four players offered contracts after a weekend tryout at the Giants'
May 8 Brooklyn native Ishaq Williams signs contract with Giants to complete comeback story. The Giants signed Ishaq Williams just one day into his tryout.
The Giants are searching for a companion for Landon Collins in the back end of their defense. They have Nat Berhe, Mykkele Thompson and Bennett Jackson, three youngsters who all missed the entire 2015 season with lower leg injuries. None is assured of anything. That is why Darian Thompson has a shot.
might be expected in a rookie minicamp with more than 70 participants, Giants
coach Ben McAdoo has some very basic expectations. McAdoo said players like Apple
and Shepard most caught his eye, though not necessarily because they are the team's
marquee draft choices.
How Beckham, Cruz defy the rip that's haunted Sterling Shepard. This is what the Giants envision, three diminutive, elusive receivers scattering across the field, too slippery to catch, too fast and crafty to stop.
May 6 On Friday, new Giants head man Ben McAdoo will preside over his first rookie minicamp, a three-day session in East Rutherford that he calls "more of an orientation." It will be a crash course in his offensive and defensive philosophies, he says, but the plan is to test the newest Giants and challenge them heavily.
He kept insisting that this was just like any other NFL draft, that the pressure to unearth top-tier talent was the same. And then Giants GM Jerry Reese went out and did something different, gambling less and hunting down proven talents more. This is what happens when your owner, John Mara, tells everyone that "Jerry knows this is on him" now: You change tactics.
Super Bowl 2017 odds improve with arrival of Eli Apple, draft class. Las Vegas
was not all that impressed with the Giants' free agency haul, but their new draft
class appears to have moved the needle a bit out in the desert.
- With Jerry Reese having led a scouting department that has the fewest draft
choices they have made since 2007 still on the roster of any team in the NFL,
and with Tom Coughlin (effectively) fired after a third straight disappointing
season, one got the feeling that Reese had no more latitude left ... no more excuses,
and he and his team HAD to have a good draft this year to still be doing this
job a year from now.
The Giants took Eli Apple only after their well-documented top targets - Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd and Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin - went off the board. And both players were stolen out from under the Giants due to trade-ups. As a result, Giants general manager Jerry Reese has taken heat for his draft night actions, or lack thereof. The criticism: He was outmaneuvered by two relatively telegraphed trades, leaving the Giants with no choice but to settle for a "reach" pick with Apple.
May 3 Jerry
Reese has an answer for every knock on Giants' draft. Reese also played down
the majority outside opinion that the Giants are in trouble if they begin the
2016 season the way they ended the 2015 season, starting John Jerry at right guard
and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.
Rolle wants to return; do Giants want him to return? The pitch has been made.
Antrel Rolle is on the prowl and angling for a return to the Giants after an injury-filled
season in Chicago.
who were appalled by Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman clashing on the turf
couldn't appreciate the beauty of the situation -- at least, according to the
new Washington cornerback.
Draft grades: 'Experts' dish out mostly favorable marks to Giants. The second
the NFL draft ends, you know what's coming. Draft grades! It's too easy and too
Giants' running back plans still unclear after drafting UCLA's Paul Perkins A week after saying he had five running backs on his roster that could play in the NFL, Giants general manager Jerry Reese added a sixth.
react to Giants 2016 Draft Class.
linemen for the first time, the Giants focus on pass defense.
Apr 30 UPDATE - Giants draft South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams in the sixth round.
Apr 30 UPDATE - New Giants running back Paul Perkins is the nephew of former Cowboys running back and Ring of Honor member Don Perkins. But it is a Giants Ring of Honor member to whom some scouts compare him the most: Tiki Barber.
Apr 30 UPDATE - Giants draft UCLA RB Paul Perkins in the fifth round. Five things to know about the newest member of Big Blue.
Apr 30 UPDATE - Giants select Clemson LB B.J. Goodson in Round 4. The Giants have Devon Kennard on one side, but both Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas appear to be short-term solutions at the weak-side linebacker spot. Perhaps Goodson could develop into an answer there.
McAdoo's plan crystallizing: Make Giants offense a juggernaut. The Giants
brass insist Sterling Shepard was the top player on their board when he was drafted,
which is what they always say this time of year, when presenting a unified front
- The Giants have drafted Boise State safety
Darian Thompson with the 71st pick in the third round of the NFL Draft. Thompson
had 19 interceptions in his collegiate career. He was considered the best true
free safety prospect by some early in the draft process, and was originally projected
as a second-round pick.
- Giants draft Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard in 2nd round. Shepard caught
233 passes for 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns at Oklahoma. He had 1,288 yards receiving
and 11 touchdowns last season as the Sooners won the Big 12 title and appeared
in the College Football Playoff
Report - Giants take CB Eli Apple with first pick in draft. Let's see, what
did Jerry Reese and the Giants accomplish Thursday night with their first round
selection of Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple with the 10th overall pick?
28 UPDATE - Giants
select Ohio State CB Eli Apple with 10th pick in NFL Draft. It was the nightmare
the Giants absolutely didn't want. So they wound up with the Ohio State cornerback
who can't cook, cornerback Eli Apple.
likely to address need at linebacker by drafting Leonard Floyd. It's almost
impossible to believe that they haven't taken a linebacker in the first round
of an NFL draft in 32 years.
2 of the Giants' three-day voluntary minicamp is in the books, and as promised,
head coach Ben McAdoo advanced his team a little further, mixing in the offense
and defense in some 11-on-11 drills while a fresh playlist was piped in over the
open field in the background.
some point Thursday night, Ben McAdoo will get on the phone and introduce
himself to the team's newest player. It will be a welcome-to-the-NFL moment for
whomever the Giants select with their first-round pick, but it will also be the
first time McAdoo gets to be on that call and be part of the decision that leads
to dialing the number. So who will it be?
the Giants have a new head coach, they are permitted to have a voluntary camp
in addition to the mandatory camp they will have in June.
The Giants have picked up the fifth-year option on offensive lineman Justin Pugh. Pugh, 25, was the Giants' first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The move is a no-brainer for the Giants.
As Odell Beckham Jr. looks ahead to his third NFL season, the star receiver knows the record since he has arrived with the Giants (12-20) belies his uncommon individual success. This troubles him.
Jason Pierre-Paul said he's in the best shape of his life and has reported to the offseason program lighter than ever. "I'll be better than the player I was."
Report - All right, boys and girls. Do the Giants want an offensive tackle,
a running back, a defensive end, a linebacker, a safety or a cornerback with their
first-round pick Thursday night? The answer
is YES, all of the above, but clearly they'll have to make a choice.
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