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May 23 Most of the Giants assembled on Monday for the first Organized Team Activity (OTA) of the offseason, but there was one notable exception. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not in attendance, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Rashad Jennings has chance to win 'Dancing with the Stars'. Rashad Jennings has always looked to take up a hobby between seasons during his eight-year tenure in the NFL.
May 22 The New York Giants began Phase 3 of the offseason program, otherwise known as the OTA period, Monday. They'll also work on Tuesday in a closed setting before allowing the media in the doors for the entire workout Thursday.
Zak DeOssie was the Giants' easiest free-agent negotiation this offseason. The team wanted to keep DeOssie and the long snapper had no desire to play anywhere else, so they agreed to a two-year, $2.315 million contract on Feb. 24, two weeks before he could test the market.
May 21 The Giants are only beginning OTAs on Monday. What happens between now and the end of the 2017 season will have a major impact on the future of a slew of Giants who are entering the final years of their contracts, including left guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg, linebacker Keenan Robinson and others.
May 20 What are OTA's? Here's what you need to know. Under the rules of the offseason workout program, on-field workouts to this point have been conducted on a "“separates" basis, meaning no live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted. That's about to change.
May 16 Giants sign 'fastest man in college football' Kevin Snead after tryout. Snead worked out for the Giants as a receiver and fielded some punts at minicamp, but he also has collegiate experience as a defensive back.
After setting the Giants' over/under at nine wins for the 2017 regular season, Bovada gives Big Blue 9/1 odds to win the NFC Championship, good for fifth-best in the conference.
With free agency and the draft in the rearview mirror and organized team activities and minicamps in full swing, here's a starting lineup projection for the New York Giants.
May 15 7 Giants players put on the hot seat by draft picks. Veterans are put on notice when their team drafts a player at their position. Four draft picks should make some veterans nervous. as
May 14 Travis Rudolph is the feel-good story of rookie camp. The entire country has seen that the former Florida State wide receiver has a huge heart. And though it was recently broken by tragedy, Rudolph remains friendly, humble and optimistic, qualities that could help him overcome long odds to make the Giants' final roster.
There were plenty of times when Melinda Tomlinson couldn't watch her son Dalvin play football at Henry County High School in Georgia. She was a “concession mom,” so her game days were spent hawking hot dogs and pushing pretzels in a booster club stand that did not provide a very good view of the field. But she would hear the games. Hear the crowd cheer, hear the public address announcer say Dalvin Tomlinson's name over the loudspeakers after he made another impressive play.
Two years ago, when Steve Spagnuolo returned to the Giants as defensive coordinator, he had to teach the players a new system. Last year, the system was the same but the players were different. Again, the basics had to be taught. Now, as he enters the third year of his stint with the team, Spags would seem to have it all. The scheme has been in place and the players, for the most part, are back. Only one starter from last year no longer is on the roster.
May 13 Steve Spagnuolo expects Owa Odighizuwa to be fine after strange tweets. Odighizuwa raised eyebrows when he published a series of tweets on April 3 that indicated the 25-year-old planned to step away from the game.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is already working to dismiss a frequent knock on first-round pick Evan Engram's game. "He is not a big wide receiver," Sullivan said Friday, the first day of the Giants' three-day rookie minicamp.
You could count the touchdowns scored last season by Giants tight ends on one hand and still have two fingers left. Will Tye had one. So did Jerell Adams. Larry Donnell had one, too. That's it. Three touchdowns. No wonder the Giants want and hope to get an immediate impact out of Evan Engram, their first-round draft pick from Mississippi.
Before reading this or any rookie minicamp report, it's imperative that you remember the goal of the coaches. "We just want to introduce them to the offense, defense and special teams. Get out here and teach them how we practice, get an evaluation on some guys..."
begin weekend rookie minicamp Friday. The team's 2017 rookie class, featuring
the six draft picks, 14 (and counting) undrafted free agents, and a few dozen
tryout players take the field at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
May 11 With the dust settled on the 2017 NFL Draft, the Giants' six newest selections, along with dozens of undrafted free agents and tryout players, report Thursday for a three-day rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Giants have a new tight end on the roster. Veteran special teamer and backup
linebacker Mark Herzlich is switching numbers this offseason so he can be eligible
to suit up for Big Blue on offense.
May 10 Giants co-owner John Mara is pumping the brakes on the hype surrounding third-round pick Davis Webb. Webb became the Giants' earliest quarterback selection since 2004 when the team took Philip Rivers with the No. 4 overall pick and immediately traded him for top pick Eli Manning.
May 9 Eli Manning is the franchise. Geno Smith is the reclamation project. Davis Webb is the future. Those three Giants quarterbacks will generate most of the attention this offseason. And then there's Josh Johnson. The journeyman doesn't figure to garner many headlines. But when the dust settles, Johnson very well may be the Giants' No. 2 quarterback.
Giants left guard Justin Pugh was asked Sunday if the free-agent spending spree on offensive linemen this offseason was encouraging as he enters the final year of his contract. "Do you even know who some of those guys are that were getting paid?" Pugh asked, only somewhat rhetorically. "I feel good about where I'm at."
May 7 Brandon
Marshall has yet to play one game for the Giants, but he has already decided
that his last game will be for them.
Manning's first impression of Davis Webb is that the youngster is respectful
- perhaps too much so. In that way, Webb reminded Manning of himself. "I
just wanted to welcome him to the team, let him know if he has any questions or
needs anything in the next few days, I was here for him."
May 3 Special Report - Well, Giant Nation - another NFL draft has come and gone, and as usual, there is much to analyze about the players Jerry Reese brought in to the Big Blue locker room. Overall, I like this draft in terms of combining "need" and the hallowed "best player available" concepts, but we won't know for sure until we see them in live action next summer. So let's dive in, shall we?
Jerry Reese fires back after ex-Giant Shaun O'Hara rips NFL Draft decisions. Jerry Reese gets paid to do the NFL Draft. That was the basic message the Giants general manager had Tuesday during a radio interview as he brushed off recent comments made by ex-Giant center, now-NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara.
Despite a Giants quarterback room suddenly brimming with young players who are looking to soak up as much knowledge and advice as they can muster from the two-time Super Bowl champion, a crew that now includes free agent Geno Smith on a career do-over and third-round pick David Webb who many see as the possible eventual replacement for Manning, Ben McAdoo said the starting quarterback should not be focusing on sharing and teaching. He needs to focus on winning.
Giants' depth chart: What it looks like now. The Giants added a six-person draft class over the weekend to a roster they believe is built to compete for the NFC East title and a return trip to the playoffs. Here's where the Giants' depth chart currently stands as the offseason training program continues through OTAs over the next two months, culminating in the mandatory veteran mini-camp set for June 13-15 in East Rutherford.
Consider: the Giants added two tight ends this offseason who figure to play a lot in free-agent signing Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram, the 23rd overall pick. But Ellison is exclusively a blocker and Engram is more a receiver. So the question is: how can McAdoo play his tight ends without tipping the play call? Answer: Play them both.
May 2 You may not like the plan the Giants are putting together with their offensive line, but general manager Jerry Reese insists there is a plan, rather than the ignorance-is-bliss fear many fans believe is going down.
The Giants added just one offensive lineman in the NFL Draft, picking Pittsburgh tackle Adam Bisnowaty in the sixth round. But general manager Jerry Reese went to work immediately after the draft to stock up on offensive linemen in the undrafted free agent market. The prize of the Giants' undrafted free agent haul is USC left tackle Chad Wheeler.
Eli Manning is at a crossroads, a 36-year-old quarterback coming off a so-so season, hearing unprecedented attacks on his integrity and facing his football mortality, with a 22-year-old rookie about to enter his orbit..
Davis Webb and Geno Smith share a deeper connection than their new relationship as Giants teammates. Jake Spavital, West Virginia's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, coached both Webb and Smith at the peaks of their college careers - Webb last season at Cal and Smith in 2011 and 2012 at WVU.B
May 1 Ben McAdoo had a ringside seat for the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers circus in Green Bay, when the former wouldn't retire, the latter made it clear he wanted to play, and the scene got ugly until a legend was basically forced out of town. The situation with the Giants isn't the same, and no one is expecting a similar soap opera with Eli Manning and his newly drafted heir apparent, Davis Webb. At least not yet.
In this year's draft, the Giants selected a player who eventually might replace Eli Manning, a player who eventually might replace Paul Perkins, a player who is replacing Johnathan Hankins and a player who will replace, well, the vacuum that the team has had at tight end. Yet Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart still are penciled in as the starting offensive tackles. That is not what fans of the team were hoping for.
There's often pushback on the ol' interwebs over draft grades. You need a couple years to evaluate a team's draft class, they say! Meh. That's kind of like saying you can't predict who wins the Super Bowl until you know makes the playoffs. There's no bad time for predictions - it's just that the earlier they are the less confidence we'll have in them. And that's OK!
No good. That is the draft assessment of Shaun O'Hara, the starting center for the Giants on their Super Bowl XLII championship team, a guy who used to get paid to protect Eli Manning.
Apr 30 Experts
react to Giants' 2017 draft picks
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didn't take the New York Giants long to find a replacement for defensive tackle
Johnathan Hankins. A little more than two weeks after Hankins left to sign as
a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, the Giants found a potential replacement
taking Dalvin Tomlinson of Alabama in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday
is said the true measure of a draft isn't known for at least three years.
By then, those drafted either will have proven to be productive or wasted picks.
If the Giants get their wish, Davis Webb won't even play for at least three years.
Still, he could be the most important draft pick in Jerry Reese's career as the
Giants general manager.
the second consecutive year, the Giants saw some of their top targets get
drafted just before they were on the clock. That led to a major surprise when
the Giants selected Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram with the 23rd pick in the NFL
Draft on Thursday night.
With Giants adding Evan Engram, what happens to Will Tye? Bye-bye, Will Tye? Thursday night's first-round selection of Evan Engram by the Giants - along with the free-agency acquisition of Rhett Ellison a few weeks ago - does not portend well for Stony Brook University's first foothold in the NFL.
Apr 27 Giants
unlikely to use their top pick on a quarterback. They have an interest, but
probably not until later rounds Draft analyst sees them taking offensive lineman
Manning fought back against accusations of memorabilia fraud last week in
both a press conference and a courtroom. The most recent filings in the lawsuit
have not yet been released to the public by the presiding judge.
Apr 26 Who's left on NFL free-agent market? Rashad Jennings competed on Dancing with the Stars, which is probably why things have been quiet for him in free agency. They should pick up now. Victor Cruz had a storybook return to the Giants last year after missing most of the last two seasons ... but he wasn't overly effective. Will another team give him a shot? Tony Romo may be in line to take over in the CBS broadcast booth, but he's also, technically a free agent. If he wants, he can sign with any team of his choosing.
Beckham Jr. will be with the Giants through at least the 2018 season. The
team reportedly will pick up the fifth-year option on the superstar receiver before
the deadline to do so next week, a no-brainer of a move considering the value
Beckham brings to the offense.
The Giants last month signed Jets castoff Geno Smith, who is coming off knee surgery, and coach Ben McAdoo made a few headlines not long ago saying perhaps Smith can be Eli's successor. No one associated with the Giants is really banking on that, and the desire to get a young quarterback in this draft is hotter than ever.
Apr 24 Eli Manning knows he needs to play better in 2017. Manning took a step back last season after a resurgence in the previous two seasons under the tutelage of Ben McAdoo.
When the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers in the first round two years ago, they projected him as their left tackle of the future. They figured that by around now he might be getting used to the speed of the NFL game, getting comfortable with being a pro, and be ready to make the jump to the most important position on the offensive line. Flowers' trajectory didn't work out like that.
Now that we know the Giants' 2017 schedule, it's required by law we weave down the list and predict way-too-early wins and losses for each game, as well as a final record. Will the Giants be able to navigate this pretty tough schedule for another winning year? Another playoff berth? Time to find out.
Apr 22 The Giants play four games against teams coming off bye weeks, the most of any team in the NFL. Add in a six-day turnaround to face the Eagles after a MNF game, and the Giants in 2017 will have 22 fewer days of rest than their opponents. The Lions are next on the list, at minus-12.
Giants believe that there could be a tight end out there that could come in
and help last year's 25th-ranked offense. So said Jerry Reese, who has never drafted
a tight end higher than the third round-that being failed draft pick Travis Beckum
in 2009-hinted that past coaching philosophies might have lessened the priority
of the position in the offense.
Apr 21 How the Giants' 2017 schedule is made. It doesn't happen by accident. It takes 136 computers and four league executives to create the 256-game masterpiece that is the NFL schedule, which the league just released this week for 2017.
Giants' backloaded schedule offers chance to make late run. If the Giants are embroiled in a tight NFC East race, they will need to make some noise down the stretch of their season, with three of their last four games against divisional rivals. All three, though, are home games, making the task far less daunting.
Eli Manning denies any role in scheme to pass off fake Giants memorabilia.
The normally even-mannered Manning said he has been "handling" these
allegations since 2014 but that right now he's "just more angry than anything,
having to deal with it and knowing that I've done nothing wrong and (am) still
Apr 20 Nothing says Thanksgiving like Odell Beckham vs. Josh Norman. Or Terrelle Pryor vs. Janoris Jenkins. The Redskins will host the Giants in primetime on Thanksgiving Night, according to The Washington Post.
This is the wrong draft for Giants to save their offensive line. It is going to be exceedingly difficult for the Giants to find a great deal of help for their offensive line in the upcoming NFL draft.
Steiner Sports founder to 'stand by' Giants QB Eli Manning until he gets all the facts regarding memorabilia lawsuit.
Apr 19 The Giants began the 2017 season by reliving their last, worst moment from the 2016 season. As they gathered Tuesday for the start of the voluntary offseason workout program, Ben McAdoo made sure his team did not forget the bitterness of a 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers.
Giants will be back at work Tuesday when their offseason program begins at
the team facility. The Giants are allowed to have as many as 90 men on their roster
during the offseason and into training camp. They currently have 71 on the team,
both according to NFLPA records and the team website.
Apr 15 Whether Eli Manning ultimately misled on memorabilia or not, the Giants and their starting quarterback need to resolve this lawsuit and do it now. The Giants just had turned the page on an uncharacteristically scandal- and distraction-filled season, headlined by the shocking Josh Brown domestic violence situation.
Report - It took more than a month, and it was a long-fought, nerve-rattling
battle, but the Giants finally lost their prized defensive tackle. Jonathan Hankins,
their second-round draft pick in 2013, ended the cat-and-mouse competition by
accepting a three-year, $30 million contract from the Indianapolis Colts, $14.5
million of which is guaranteed.
Giants have been like an ATM machine fixing their defense in the last 14 months,
but the really big bucks stopped with Johnathan Hankins.
attorney blisters 'unscrupulous' dealer trying to get 'big payday' from Eli
Manning. Manning has not addressed the situation since releasing a statement immediately
after the lawsuit became public in January 2014.
Apr 12 The Johnathan Hankins free agency saga finally saw some movement Tuesday as the defensive tackle visited with the Colts. This is a potentially significant development for the Giants and their incredibly patient drive to re-sign Hankins, their 2013 second-round pick.
Apr 11 In preseason Week 1 (Aug. 10-14), the Giants will host the Steelers in MetLife Stadium. It will be the third time in five years the teams will meet in the preseason, and the second time in a row in New Jersey.
Apr 10 Jason Pierre-Paul's Johnathan Hankins plea: Giants 'need that front line to stay together'. The defensive end took to Twitter on Sunday night and fired off a tweet about the situation, expressing his desire for the defensive tackle to re-sign with the Giants (he also posted the same message on Instagram).
In preseason Week 1 (Aug. 10-14), the Giants will host the Steelers in MetLife Stadium. It will be the third time in five years the teams will meet in the preseason, and the second time in a row in New Jersey..
Apr 8 Eli Manning sounds rejuvenated because he finally has a receiver he can look in the eye - Brandon Marshall. Not since he called Plaxico Burress a teammate (2005-08) has the 6-foot-4 quarterback had the luxury of throwing to a towering target.
Thirteen years ago there were three teams vying for the top quarterbacks in the draft. Everyone seemed to realize that Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers would wind up with the Giants, Steelers and Chargers. It was just a matter of who would go where and when.
Apr 7 The Giants will be tripping in 2017. This season, they play the AFC West and NFC West, meaning they will be making cross-country excursions so often their frequent-flyer miles could get cashed in and pay for some of (but hardly all of) Eli Manning's salary.
Apr 6 Owa Odighizuwa posted a new tweet Tueday that seemed to suggest he was still with the Giants, but like his initial messages, his status remained unclear and open for interpretation. John Mara said he has spoken to Odighizuwa since his social media posts were published, but he declined to discuss the situation further other than to say he remains with the club.
defensive end Owa Odighizuwa has gotten people talking with a trio of puzzling
tweets, but it's anyone's guess at this point what they mean.
The Giants will report to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on April 18 for the start of their offseason workout program, a nine-week stretch intended to provide training, teaching and physical conditioning for players.
Apr 3 While many figure that Eli Manning, 36, can play for a couple more years like his older brother did, the numbers suggest that might not be such a reasonable expectation. Using Neil Paine's quarterback aging curve on footballperspective.com, we can get a sense of what, roughly, Manning's remaining career trajectory might look like.
Apr 1 Ben
McAdoo normally does not hit college campuses to check out NFL Draft prospects.
He leaves that assignment to Giants general manager Jerry Reese or Marc Ross,
the vice president of player evaluation, or team scouts.
Mar 31 You knew what you were getting from the Giants on offense in 2016. They put three receivers on the field more often than any team in the NFL, with Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard logging nearly every snap and Victor Cruz, or another wide receiver, right behind.
As Brandon Marshall enters his 13th NFL season - first with the Giants - he wants to add the one line missing from his resume: the postseason. Despite playing in 167 games for four different teams, none of those games have come after Week 17.
Mar 30 Ben McAdoo the offensive play-caller made life more difficult for Ben McAdoo the head coach last season. But McAdoo doesn't put much stock into the theory that his dual role had a negative impact on the offense. "There are positives and negatives with that if you look at the big picture," McAdoo said.
Ben McAdoo talks Giants lineup: Orleans Darkwa can be 'impact player'. After re-signing Darkwa, it sounds like he may finally get his shot if healthy. "He's a talented player, he's a smart player, he gives you a lot of versatility on special teams," McAdoo said.
The team's biggest challenge, McAdoo said, will be handling that success, which included boasting the franchise's highest win total since 2008, the best home record (7-1) in the history of MetLife Stadium, the No. 2 scoring defense, and a sweep of the top-seeded Cowboys in the regular season.
While after the 2016 season Jerry Reese raised the possibility of Ereck Flowers changing positions, currently the most likely scenario is the most frightening one for fans: Flowers sticking at left tackle.
Rhett Ellison's previous head coach thinks the Giants are getting a very good player. "Rhett is a great kid, number one," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday at the NFL's annual meeting in Arizona.