May 28 The Giants will be a better-coached team in 2020 than they were the past two years. This statement, at the present time, must be filed away as opinion, although a sampling of interested observers inside and outside the Giants facility are in agreement this will turn out to be a truism.
May 27 Giants move closer to returning on limited basis. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Tuesday morning that professional sports teams in the state may return to training and even competition "if their leagues choose to move in that direction."
Report - Well, Giants Nation, one of the more progressive "sports books" in
Vegas came out with the early point spreads for all games on the schedule this
season, so I thought it might be fun to dive in and see where it feels that the
"experts" are not giving the Giants enough credit, and in other cases, where they
may have given them too much respect.
May 23 It's hard to predict how things will unfold for a rookie head coach like the Giants' Joe Judge. But Judge has a good shot of winning his first game in 2020, at home against the Steelers on a Monday night, Sept. 14.
May 20 Whatever went down last week at the Miramar, Fla., house party happened in another room, and DeAndre Baker barely caught a glimpse of it. Why? Because he was playing "Madden." This is the latest defense of the Giants cornerback accused of serious crimes that, if found guilty, could detonate his NFL career.
May 19 Dave Gettleman did his part in revamping Giants' offensive line. The pursuit of the goal, oft-stated by general manager Dave Gettleman, reached a fever pitch after the Giants took offensive linemen with three of their first five picks in the 2020 NFL Draft. This, Gettleman said, hopefully solved the problems in this area "once and for all."
Baker's the victim of a 'shakedown,' says Giant cornerback's attorney Attorney
Patrick G. Patel. For now, Baker is out on $200,000 bond and temporarily staying
at Patel's house in Florida. Eventually, Patel said, they will petition the court
to transfer his bond to New Jersey so Baker can rejoin the Giants.
May 17 In the wake of DeAndre Baker's arrest on four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, much has been made about "red flags" surfacing regarding Baker prior to the 2019 NFL Draft.
May 16 Late Friday night, Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker had yet to turn himself in to Miramar Police in Florida, even after his attorney issued a statement via Instagram proclaiming his clients' innocence. The 22-year-old had a warrant issued for his arrest on Thursday with charges including four counts of armed robbery and four counts of aggravated assault.
Cornerback was a huge need for the Giants when the offseason began, which is why the biggest chunk of free-agency spending went to James Bradberry to start opposite Baker. Here is a look at the top available options.
warrants have been issued in South Florida for New York Giants cornerback
DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar in connection to
an armed robbery investigation.
are naysayers who do not believe in Daniel Jones the way Joe Judge and the
Giants believe in him, and not because of his toughness and mobility and poise
and makeup and how accurately he throws the football. It is almost entirely because
of how careless he was with the football since taking the football from Eli Manning.
He fumbled 18 times - 12 passing, six rushing. He lost 11 fumbles.
May 13 No one can say for certain when the Giants will debut their new schemes on the practice field, let alone in games. Until then, fans - and opponents - will have to wait. Joe Judge, however, just provided the best glimpse yet as to what anybody can expect.
May 12 The Giants have begun the process of scouting potential training camp sites outside of their team facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey, should it be their only option this summer.
May 11 Giants' defense shows implementation of the Patriots Way. A plan does not have to be inventive to be effective. Some teams - few, but some - are able to line up and win on defense simply by relying on players' talents and skills - their guys beating the other guys more often than not. The 2020 Giants are not going to be one of those teams.
While the three drafts overseen by Gettleman would be judged by most metrics as a success, having netted at least 10 starting-caliber players, the impact made by those players has yet to yield the dominance the organization would have hoped.
May 9 The four biggest influences on Daniel Jones as a rookie all could be gone from the Giants when his second season begins. That new reality was created by recent tinkering with the Giants' backup quarterback depth chart. It holds even if Colt McCoy's grasp on the No. 2 job remains unaffected.
The Giants finished the 2019 season having played one of the easiest schedules in the NFL. Their 0.473 strength of schedule was tied for the second-easiest among all NFL teams, but they face a beast of a schedule in 2020.
May 8 Special Report - Finally, despite the pandemic and predictions that the NFL schedule would be shortened, delayed, cancelled or otherwise tinkered with, we know when the Giants will play their 2020 opponents. We already knew who they would be facing the day the 2019 season came to an end, but this puts an official stamp of finality on it. Assuming, of course, there is a season ... partial or delayed or cancelled.
Two Monday night home games - the season-opener against Pittsburgh and another vs. Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - and a visit by the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers highlight the Giants' 2020 regular-season schedule.
May 7 He speaks to his teammates through a computer screen, but Daniel Jones is developing as a leader on the Giants in this unprecedented offseason. The Giants are conducting their offseason virtually because of the social distancing rules mandated by the coronavirus pandemic.
May 6 The Giants added another quarterback to their stable of backups behind Daniel Jones on Tuesday. For offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, it's a familiar face, too: former Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush.
May 5 Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch sent a letter to season ticket holders Monday notifying them that the next payments in their respective plans were being deferred until July 1, 2020 given the "current landscape" and economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
May 3 The NFL's 2020 scheduled is expected to be released late next week. But we already know the home and road opponents for each team. Just not the order and dates of the games. (And that doesn't matter as much as the actual opponents anyway.) Here's early game-by-game picks for the Giants, as head coach Joe Judge makes his debut and quarterback Daniel Jones enters Year 2.
May 1 The Giants are in their second week of virtual coach-player meetings, the first opportunity Joe Judge has had to talk Xs and Os with players. Judge has been impressed with how players studied playbooks and film received this month. "The thing that has flashed out so far is there a lot of guys working hard and demonstrating that they know the material," he said.
Apr 30 The Giants announced they have picked up the fifth-year options on the rookie contracts of tight end Evan Engram and safety Jabrill Peppers, virtually ensuring they will be with the team through the 2021 season.
Giants did not select a center during the 2020 NFL Draft, but that doesn't
mean the organization didn't come out of last weekend with a long-term solution
to the position of need, capable of wreaking havoc inside.
APR 28 The New York Giants elected to place a rare unrestricted free-agent tender on outside linebacker Markus Golden. The "May 5" tender still allows Golden to negotiate a deal with other teams. The Giants would not receive any compensation if he signed elsewhere, but Golden would count toward the 2021 compensatory pick formula if he signed with another team.
The inside story of how the Giants landed Andrew Thomas, the most coveted tackle in the NFL Draft. At least eight teams had Thomas ranked as their top offensive tackle, NJ Advance Media learned in recent weeks, so the Giants believed they had to grab him with the fourth pick.
APR 27 The
numbers on the field by the Giants offensive line --119 quarterback hits,
which was the third-most allowed by any offensive line last year--certainly didn't
come close to reflecting the hefty financial investment the Giants made in the
unit. The Giants' offensive line was their highest-paid unit in 2019, a trend
that continued into the 2020 offseason.
APR 26 Giants 2020 NFL Draft Report Card: Dave Gettleman's focus on O-line was clear. Here's the report card on how Gettleman did in what might just be the most important draft of his NFL career.
Giants draft speed, defense on final day. Six of the seven players the Giants acquired on the final day of the NFL Draft play defense, but the team's primary goal went deeper than simply replenishing one unit. "The theme of the day for defense was speed," general manager Dave Gettleman said after the seven-hour marathon that was the final four rounds.
Giants' Dave Gettleman boosted offensive line in 2020 NFL Draft. The phrase has an edge to it and often sounds foreboding, or a warning: "Once and for all." For Dave Gettleman, it is a vow..
APR 25 - UPDATE
- Giants draft Georgia LB Tae Crowder in Rd. 7.
APR 25 Giants trending upward with Xavier McKinney, Andrew Thomas pick. Gettleman took one more small step for Giantkind when stud Alabama safety Xavier McKinney virtually fell in his lap with the 36th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Giants doubled down on offensive line rebuild by Selecting UConn Tackle Matt Peart. A four-year starter at Uconn, Peart started all 48 games, 24 on the left side, and 24 on the right side! With head coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman talking about the importance of versatile lineman, Peart had to have been a natural choice for the Giants.
24 - UPDATE
- With the 99th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York
Giants selected UConn offensive lineman Matt Peart.
Gettleman finally did the right thing by addressing Giants' O-line in first
round of 2020 NFL Draft Andrew Thomas represents exactly what Gettleman had to
APR 23 - UPDATE - Giants draft Georgia OT Andrew Thomas with No. 4 pick.
APR 23 The Giants announced that defensive lineman Leonard Williams has signed the franchise tag offer given to him by the team last month. In eight games for the Giants, Williams managed just half a sack but also recorded 31 pass pressures (third on the team). He also had an impact on the team's run defense.
Apr 22 Giants' preference is to trade down in 2020 NFL Draft. The Giants will be finalizing their draft board over the next few days so they can decide who they could take with the fourth overall pick. But they really don't want to make the pick at No. 4.
Apr 20 Monday, April 20 marked the first day of a new era--and no, not just the Joe Judge era as Giants head coach. The start of Monday's off-season program also marked an era in which, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NFL teams will need to conduct their off-season programs remotely while stay-at-home orders and social distancing remains in place across the country. The first part of the virtual program will consist of three consecutive weeks of classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using videoconferencing technology.
Draft Week is here, football fans. Round 1 of the 85th annual National Football League player selection meeting begins virtually at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 23. Rounds 2-3 kick off at 7 p.m. the following night, and Rounds 4-7 take place starting at noon on Saturday. The 2020 NFL Draft will be presented across ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network.
Apr 19 The Giants might need more than a few seconds to make their first-round draft pick this year. General manager Dave Gettleman - known for his convictions and quick submissions to defy a 10-minute clock - is open to marrying "best player available" and team needs with pick No. 4. That means Gettleman will not just select the player atop the draft board regardless of position if there are others within a similar grade range, like a two-point margin.
Report - Giants' general manager Dave Gettleman, complete with his New England
accent, conducted a question and answer production Friday with the media, and
naturally the subject was next Thursday's first round of the NFL draft.
Apr 16 The Giants' offseason program will officially begin Monday with a team meeting, position coaches conferring with their players and the coordinators introducing their systems to the offense, defense and special teams. First-year coach Joe Judge will address his entire roster for the first time. And all communication will be done remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Giants found fortune in a 2018 undrafted free agent out of Nebraska by the name of Nick Gates. Gates was a versatile lineman for the Cornhuskers offense; he played both tackle positions and earned honorable All Big-10 team nominations in 2016 and 2017. Gates spent his rookie season on injured reserve. Last year, he was thrust into the starting lineup at right tackle after incumbent Mike Remmers suffered a minor back injury before Week 10 against the Jets.
Apr 15 The Giants taking 'by committee' approach to their pass rush. "By committee" is a phrase that often prompts cold sweats or head-shaking skepticism whenever it is uttered - and rightfully so. "By committee" often means there is no single person capable or willing to do the task, which is why a group is assembled.
Apr 14 Gettleman: Leonard Williams' franchise tag was 'prudent' move. Last month, the Giants placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on the defensive tackle for whom they sent the Jets two draft choices. Williams was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the NFL's new business year on March 18.
Apr 11 As we inch closer to the draft and the uncertainty of the 2020 NFL season, Giants fans can only sit back and wonder what the offense under Jason Garrett will look like. How will he take advantage of the offense's strengths while disguising its weaknesses?
Julian Love is spending far more time in his family garage than ever before. It is there where his makeshift workout facility is coming together, where the Giants' second-year safety is trying to stay in shape during this COVID-19 pandemic, where he will remain, in Chicago instead of the team facility in East Rutherford, N.J., for the foreseeable future.
Apr 10 How the Lions have put the Giants in a tough spot ahead of 2020 NFL Draft Detroit is open for business when it comes to the No. 3 pick.
Apr 7 The Giants have one of the NFL's best running backs in Saquon Barkley. But do they have enough behind him for the short- and long-term future? The addition of Dion Lewis gives new Giants head coach Joe Judge a player with whom he's crossed paths in New England and a still young enough veteran to serve as a mentor in the team's running backs room.
Apr 4 Dion Lewis grew up in Albany, N.Y. when the Giants' training camp was held there. Lewis and his father would drive over to the University at Albany to watch practice. Now Lewis will wear the same uniform as the heroes of his youth. The Giants last week signed the nine-year veteran to be Saquon Barkley's backup.
The Giants are moving forward with their draft preparation with all their coaches, scouts and front office executives scattered across the country. Meetings are held via video conferencing, with as many as 15-20 participants at a time.
McCoy eager to work with Daniel Jones. McCoy has played in the NFL since joining
the Cleveland Browns out of the University of Texas as a third-round draft choice
Mar 31 Why Giants' Blake Martinez says his weakness with Packers was a 'misconception', had more to do with Green Bay. His reasoning points a finger at the Packers' defensive philosophy under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
Mar 29 With the bulk of free agency in the books around the NFL, and certainly for the Giants, it is a good time to sit back and assess what general manager Dave Gettleman did and why, and where the players he added eventually will fit in.
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