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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.
Aug 16 Calling the Giants defense a "3-4" is like describing James Bettcher as a "coordinator." Accurate, but only on a basic level. Bettcher is a creative schemer who has shown the Giants will offer multiple looks across the front seven rather than sticking with three on the line of scrimmage and four linebackers.
Apple flashes the talent and mindset the Giants want to see. If it is not
how you start but how you finish that is most important, Eli Apple had a good
day Wednesday as the Giants and Lions went through a second joint practice.
Saquon Barkley's hamstring injury might not seem like a big deal, but Giants learned hard way with Odell Beckham. Barkley sat out the second straight day of the Giants practice sessions with the Lions here Wednesday, in full uniform with no shoulder pads.
Aug 15 The
Giants competed in their first of three practices in Detroit on Tuesday afternoon.
Running back Wayne Gallman got a few more first-team reps than usual with fellow
running back Saquon Barkley sidelined with a mildly strained hamstring.
the Giants offense stood out in a muted practice with Lions. The entire Giants
offense got the better of the Lions defense most of the day. In particular, the
protection from the first-team offense was solid.
Shurmur lays down the law to prevent Jets-like brawl. Shurmur and Lions coach
Matt Patricia have already discussed the pace and tempo they want to see in these
three joint practices, so there should be no misunderstandings.
Barkley made a spectacular play during Monday's practice and then came up
a little gimpy after hauling in a long pass thrown by Kyle Lauletta, rookie to
The most intense part of Sterling Shepard's season is already over. The Giants wide receiver and his model wife, Chanel Iman, welcomed their first child on Friday and as of Monday the 3-day-old infant had more than 7,000 followers.
backup QB competition heats up between Davis Webb, Kyle Lauletta as Eli Manning
rests. Shurmur has yet to determine the quarterback pecking order beyond Manning.
Collins knows Giants will put the right person beside him. Landon Collins
has played next to a different starting safety in each of his first three seasons
with the Giants, so a new partner every day in training camp hasn't been too jarring.
James Bettcher's example of sacrifice and dedication last week made a mark on his Giants defensive players. Bettcher's mother, Karen F. Bettcher, passed away on Aug. 4, at age 76. But five days later, the Giants' new defensive coordinator was on the MetLife Stadium sideline anyway, making his Big Blue debut with a heavy heart.
Aug 12 With one preseason game already in the books, this is a good time to look back at whether Pat Shurmur's first training camp as Giants head coach was a success, by revisiting the four goals that NJ Advance Media set out prior to the first practice last month.
Giants' new-look offensive line has room to improve. Building cohesion takes time and throwing five guys together for a spring and summer is not all it takes. So, for the first time out, the Giants did not expect, and certainly did not receive, a vintage performance.
Giants have a true ground weapon in Saquon Barkley, but the offensive line still needs to do more. Pat Shurmur proved early in Thursday's preseason opener that he wants to commit to the run. Now the offensive line needs to give him a reason to stick with it.
Pat Shurmer at home in Motown - Giants coach will be going back to his roots when the Giants spend this week in Michigan. The Giants will spend most of this week in Michigan, flying out on Monday evening before three days of practices and workouts with the Lions and then a preseason game against Detroit on Friday night.
have 'plenty to learn from' after preseason loss to Browns, Shurmur says.
Shurmur said the Giants' passing game needs improvement. "We ran the ball
well. We need to complete more passes," he said after his four quarterbacks
went a combined 22-for-45 for 193 yards.
Pat Shurmur has told us preseason games are important "because you learn about your team." Well here's what we've learned about Shurmur after the Giants' 20-10 loss to the Browns on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, his first preseason game as head coach.
The return of Mark Herzlich to the football field. On Thursday night, Herzlich played middle linebacker with the second-string defense. Herzlich played 38 defensive snaps with one tackle and one quarterback pressure. He also played 10 special-teams snaps.
Giants' Olivier Vernon, Michael Thomas put protests on hold as discussions with NFL continue. "Right now we're waiting to see how everything goes with the league and we've just been engaging in talks and seeing what everybody is talking about and seeing where everything is going to lead to," Vernon said of his decision. "For right now, it's just football right now."
preseason stock report after 20-10 loss to Browns.
things Giants fans should watch for in the preseason opener. Be it one snap
or three or seven, this is Saquon Barkley's preseason debut. Is there anybody
out there old enough to remember when the Giants used a 3-4 front as their base
defense? Let's see what Webb brings to the field.
Beckham Jr. will be limited in how much he plays this preseason, starting
with Thursday night's opener against the Browns. Likely, he will not play at all
in this first game.
Giants will play in the preseason opener? Pat Shurmur says players will get
the time 'they need'. Folks want to know how much if any they'll get to see of
Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, and Eli Manning.
Davis Webb takes his first snap in the Giants' preseason opener Thursday night
vs. the Cleveland Browns, it will have been 343 days since he last played in a
Aug 7 Eli
Manning has yet to miss a snap as the Giants approach the end of their second
week of camp. It's a different approach than the previous regime had last summer
when they sometimes limited his throws in an effort to preserve his strength.
Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher has brought more than just a 3-4
scheme; he's brought an all-in, pedal-to-the-metal attitude, fostering completion
and detail on enough little things to add up to big improvement.
Aug 6 Giants' 53-man roster projection: Which training camp stars make the cut? Head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff continue to evaluate which players are destined for jobs on the 53-man roster, and who might be looking for work next month following cutdown day.
How Giants young stars handle the pitfalls and profits of social media. Sterling Shepard admits his existence, both professional and personal, is intertwined with social media.
Aug 5 It
was a fourth straight day of training camp practice for the Giants, the third
of those four with full pads on a hot, steamy day at the Quest Diagnostics Training
Beckham Jr., speaking to the media for the first time since the Giants hired
Pat Shurmur, says the offense can be even better than before under the new coach
- possibly even Super.
The 'Carolina' Giants | 8 players who created a pipeline under Dave Gettleman. The Giants have eight players who played for Gettleman during their general manager's previous job with the Panthers.
Aug 4 Michael Thomas doesn't feel like he has it made. In fact, the Giants' newcomer will never have that mentality. Thomas is one of several players hoping to win the starting free safety job. Thomas will have a pivotal role on the Giants, anchoring special teams and being used in some capacity as a defensive back, whether it's as a safety or as an extra cornerback.
You don't know B.W. Webb. Not yet anyway. This camp, Webb has been practicing as the Giants' top backup outside corner behind starters Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. On Friday, Webb intercepted a pass for a second straight day, picking off second-string QB Davis Webb.
After practice, the Giants announced they had signed veteran cornerback Leonard Johnson, adding another player general manager Dave Gettleman had in Carolina. The 28-year-old defensive back, who started seven games for the Bills last year, was part of a group of cornerbacks who tried out for the Giants in the afternoon.
Mark Herzlich is facing another comeback head on. Mark Herzlich's current experience is simultaneously identical and dissimilar to one he had eight years ago. The Giants' veteran inside linebacker has again returned to the field after a forced year in exile. Herzlich suffered a burner in training camp last year and spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve.
the course of Thursday's practice, quarterbacks Eli Manning and Davis Webb
frequently aired it out, including a 50-yard bomb from Manning that Russell Shepard
ran under for a long touchdown.
is an overwhelming consensus among virtually everyone in pro football that
doing as much as possible to protect players from head injuries is a good thing.
Toward that end, the recent adoption of a new helmet rule is a welcome measure.
Aug 2 If the Giants win the Super Bowl this season, Zak DeOssie knows exactly what he's going to do with his championship ring. "It will definitely go straight in the safety deposit box, that's for sure," DeOssie told The Post on Wednesday. "Any and all rings are going in there from now on."
tackle Damon Harrison is not comfortable with the new defensive scheme. From
the players to the coaches to the scheme he's going to be playing, Harrison is
grappling with the adjustment.
Giants came back from their day off with another fully padded practice. There
were fewer full speed team portions than usual, but there was still plenty to
see from the sideline.
Aug 1 It's not just Josh Norman who wants a piece of Odell Beckham. Jalen Ramsey -- ranked No. 2 at his position by NFL.com and considered the best cornerback in the league by some -- eagerly is anticipating his Week 1 matchup against Beckham.
The Giants' free safety battle runs four deep. Through the first five days of practice, the Giants had four players line up at free safety with the starting unit: Curtis Riley, Michael Thomas, Andrew Adams and Darian Thompson.
Alex Tanney spent exactly three days unemployed this offseason. While other quarterbacks with dozens of career starts and even some with Pro Bowls on their resume remain unsigned, Tanney was scooped up by the Giants almost immediately after he cleared waivers.
July 31 Special
Report - And you thought Olivier Vernon was a defensive end, didn't you? Well,
not any more, at least not under the new Giants' staff whose head coach is Pat
Shurmur and whose defensive coordinator is James Bettcher. And that's just one
of the major differences you'll see this year as the team tries to crawl out from
under the 3-13 burden left for them by the departed Ben McAdoo.
Saquon Barkley isn't the correct answer. And neither is Will Hernandez. The question is: Which Giants rookie has received the most first-team reps? Going back to spring workouts, that title, actually, belongs to B.J. Hill, the defensive lineman from N.C. State who has seamlessly blended in up front in the new-look Giants defense. He's even surprised himself by how fast it happened.
Webb is having a blast. "You're playing football for a living,"
Webb said. "There aren't many things better than that." What really
makes Webb grin, though, is actually playing football. It's been a while since
he's seen this much action on a daily basis in a team setting.
The one-handed catches, game-breaking speed and stop-on-a-dime cuts have of course left an impression on Pat Shurmur through six practices. But the new Giants coach seems just as impressed by Odell Beckham Jr.'s actions away from the cameras and the adoring fans.
July 30 Is this the new Eli Manning? Giants' QB hits every target in strong practice. It was only one practice, but Manning seemed dialed in and more than ready to maximize the talent that the Giants put around him this offseason.
Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman have relished getting to pick the brain of veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, but the young Giants aren't the only ones who are gaining knowledge from the experience.
Most rookies spend their first week of training camp trying to keep up with the mental challenges that are put before them. They have to learn assignments, responsibilities, schemes. At a sleek 6-5 and 252 pounds, Lorenzo Carter seems almost custom-built for the role of pass-rusher in defensive coordinator James Bettcher's system.
July 29 The pads came on for the first time Saturday at Camp Shurmur. "You'll definitely have to embrace the thud," running back Jonathan Stewart said before practice at East "Thuderford." So it was time for Saquon Barkley to embrace the thud.
The Giants practiced in full pads for the first time Saturday, and there are plenty position battles and storylines surrounding Pat Shurmur's first training camp with the team. Here are 10 noteworthy nuggets to consider entering the first weekend of Big Blue's 2018 season.
Olivier Vernon, Connor Barwin dominate first practice in pads as offense struggles. The Giants are counting on Olivier Vernon's move to pass-rushing outside linebacker to be a foundation of the defense this season, and on Saturday, Vernon gave every reason to be optimistic.
After two strong showings in practice, there is significant buzz building about Etta-Tawo, and he appears an early front-runner for the mantle of fan favorite to make the team out of training camp and the preseason.
Teams coming off losing seasons often poach players from more successful programs in an effort to infuse a winning mentality. But besides just adding guys from playoff teams a year ago, the Giants also managed to add guys who were on playoff teams a year ago that were losing teams the year before that.
Apple is taking the first steps in repairing his reputation. New general manager
Dave Gettleman is a no-nonsense administrator but he also operates under the mantra
"you don't give up on talent.'' Apple's talent is real, and Gettleman kept
NFC East News
July 28 Saturday is not the first day of training camp for the Giants. It is actually day No. 3. But, in the hearts and minds of those paid to protect Manning and open holes for Saquon Barkley, it is the start of the real thing. Here comes the weekend, and here comes the first day in pads for the Giants.
pass thrown by Eli Manning seemed too far out in front of Odell Beckham Jr.,
for the first time targeted on a deep route Friday during the second practice
of Giants training camp.
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed Friday that his cancer is in remission and promised to keep fighting while offering his first public comments since announcing his diagnosis during an emotional and spiritual news conference.
July 27 Fans in the stands screamed out for any form of acknowledgement Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham and Janoris Jenkins. A simple wave or head tilt was met with a resounding cheer. Excitement is back for Giants football, which returned Thursday with the first full-squad practice of training camp.
Will Odell Beckham's contract negotiation with the Giants be this easy? Don't count on it. Beckham not only arrived at training camp on time, but he told his 11 million followers on Instagram that they won't be seeing much of him because his "focus is to ball n get better."
Entering his 62nd training camp with the Giants, John Mara can only think of one rookie who arrived with as much hype as Saquon Barkley. Here's a hint: He's arguably the greatest Giant of all time. "Possibly 1981, Lawrence Taylor, when he came to camp," the co-owner said of another No. 2-overall pick.
The Giants were in desperate need of a pass-rusher, and Connor Barwin was looking for a new home - preferably somewhere on the East Coast close to his family. It made perfect sense for both parties. His history, including four seasons with the rival Eagles, didn't matter.
July 26 After
passing on a quarterback such as Jets' No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold in April's
NFL Draft, the Giants spent the offseason adding to what has the chance to be
one of the NFL's most dynamic offenses around 37-year-old Eli Manning.
Giants were hoping rookie cornerback Sam Beal could hit the practice field
this summer and emerge as someone on whom they would count in the secondary this
season. Now the Giants are facing the possibility that Beal might not play at
all this year.
July 25 Here is the thing about Odell Beckham Jr. that sometimes gets overlooked: He is missed when he is not around, even when there are no games to be played. Davis Webb, entering his second year with the Giants and first as the backup to Eli Manning, says the outside perception of Beckham is "100 percent" wrong if that perception characterizes him as a distraction.
Earlier this offseason, when the Giants held a Town Hall for season-ticket holders, a selection of players and coaches were introduced to the crowd. Most were met with applause and a few cheers. One of them received a standing ovation. Eli Manning.
July 24 Veteran
outside linebacker Connor Barwin, a longtime NFC East rival as a Philadelphia
Eagle (2013-16), announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that he is signing with
July 22 Eli Manning now has everything - except an excuse. The 37-year-old quarterback reports this week for his 15th Giants training camp with greater support cushioning him than a new, extra-firm mattress.
There is a legitimate chance that No. 2 overall pick running back Saquon Barkley, second-round pick left guard Will Hernandez, third-round picks Lorenzo Carter at linebacker and B.J. Hill at defensive end could see the starting lineup Week 1 of the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley Q&A. Q: Eli Manning said recently that he wants to prove the Giants right for not drafting a quarterback with the second pick. Do you feel the same way? A: Yes.
Giants co-owner Steve Tisch told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week that his players won't be penalized if they kneel during the national anthem.
training camp schedule 2018: How and when to attend practice.
July 19 Andrew Adams or Darian Thompson? Who starts next to Landon Collins? Giants safety preview. When healthy, Collins is one of the NFL's premier and most physical safeties, and a case can be made that he is the most talented player on the Giants' roster.
When Dave Gettleman was hired to become the Giants next General Manager last December, he made no secret of the fact that he was going to try to fix a specific part of the Giants roster. "We've got to fix the o-line," Gettleman said at his introductory press conference.
July 16 The Giants open training camp when quarterbacks and selected veterans report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 22, with the full squad taking the field together for the first time on July 26. Here's an outlook for the defensive line.
This is a team in transition with new head coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula, defensive coordinator James Bettcher and new playmakers on both sides of the ball.
The decision late last season to evaluate quarterbacks on the roster not named Eli Manning was the death knell for Ben McAdoo's brief head coaching tenure with the Giants. McAdoo says he is "at peace with how I handled the decision" and stressed the benching of Manning was for the good of the franchise.
July 13 Ben McAdoo shares biggest regret coaching Giants' Odell Beckham. After the Giants fell to 0-4, Beckham revealed that opponents had already grasped the predictability of McAdoo's system.
a year or two, perhaps the Giants will look back on the gamble they took Wednesday
and nod in approval.
July 8 Six years can feel like a lifetime in the NFL - it is about twice the length of the a
verage playing career, according to the NFL Players Association's statistics - but it still is startling to see how few of the players in the Giants' starting lineup for Super Bowl XLVI are active in the NFL.
July 3 Special
Report - At this relaxed stage of the off-season - or is it the preseason?
- the Giants have plenty to think about. Among the outstanding issues: cornerback
depth, Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract situation, the ever-morphing offensive line,
the rookies and roster overall, special teams, the new systems brought in by new
coaches and, unfortunately, the infancy of what still could become an issue for
cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
June 30 Of the many things the Giants did differently this offseason than in the past, the emphasis put on the offensive line was the biggest strategic change. The Giants will have three new starters: Left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Will Hernandez and right guard Patrick Omameh.