July 1 Wide receiver Sterling Shepard, fresh off signing a long-term contract extension, is in line for an expanded role in 2019 and could be on the cusp of a career-season, following this spring's trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.
Which 2019 opponent will be tougher than people think? There are a lot of good candidates for this since the Giants play against so many teams with young quarterbacks, who always have a chance to take a jump and elevate their teams.
June 30 Eli Manning says Giants' offense can be better, even without Odell Beckham. Manning acknowledged that Beckham is tough to replace, but he said Saquon Barkley may have an even more productive second season, and the Giants' receiving corps remains strong.
June 29 Special
Report - There must be times when Giants' general manager Dave Gettleman would
like to pick up one of the voluminous scouting books from his desk and toss it
out the window. He is constantly riddled by doubt and uncertainty, not to mention
Eli Manning is trusting what he has been told, not what he might have heard through interpretation. The Giants told Manning he is their starting quarterback to open the 2019 season, and so Manning is not looking at this summer as an audition to keep the job he first claimed midway through the 2004 season.
June 28 How talented are Giants? Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has prioritized chemistry, culture and youth over proven talent and the accompanying egos. So, where does that leave the Giants right now? With the No. 27-most talented roster in the NFL - sixth from the bottom - according to Pro Football Focus.
Predicting stat leaders for the Giants. Who will be the leader in the following categories? Receiving yards, tackles, interceptions, sacks, catches. Who is a sleeper player to watch this season?
June 27 The huge concerns surrounding the Giants' linebacker corps. Where have all the linebackers gone? Long time passing. It feels like years and years since this area on defense was fortified enough to be considered a positive force.
June 26 This can be Eli Manning's best offensive line in a decade. No position group is more responsible for the demise of the team than this one. Look no further than the failures of high draft picks (Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg and, far more heinously, the one and only Ereck Flowers) to reveal the main reason why Eli Manning was under such duress the past few years.
June 25 Odell Beckham Jr. was targeted an average of 10.5 times a game in his 59 games with the Giants, and those throws must get divided up elsewhere. Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and tight end Evan Engram figure to command the bulk of the attention when Eli Manning is scanning the field.
What is the No. 1 storyline heading into training camp? Can the Giants find a pass rush? Once the Giants decided to trade Olivier Vernon, and even before that, improving the pass was a priority this offseason.
June 24 How the Giants stack up against Pro Football Focus' Three Key Mantras. How The Giants Stack Up Against Pro Football Focus' Three Key Mantras.
Eli Manning has made a career of maximizing tight ends like Larry Donnell, Will Tye, Jake Ballard, Kevin Boss and others who produced little elsewhere in their careers. With Beckham off to the Browns, Rhett Ellison could move up the pecking order.
June 22 After years of cycling through offensive line combinations and looking for cheap answers, the Giants have one of the best tandems of starting guards in the NFL. Pro Football Focus ranked the Will Hernandez-Kevin Zeitler pairing No. 5 before they take a regular-season snap together.
June 21 Unlike several teams that have almost completely shut the fans out of the training camp experience, the Giants will hold 10 practices this summer open to the public. All practices and parking are free of charge. As a comparison, the Eagles will allow fans in to watch their training camp practice only once this summer.
June 20 Giants announce 2019 training camp schedule open to the public. There is no cost to attend practice sessions. Fans wishing to attend practice sessions must register for complimentary tickets in advance. Fans may register for up to six (6) tickets per practice session.
June 18 Note to Giants: No need to change the uniforms. The most radical changes came during their 'nomad' years of the 1970's when they changed the logo on their helmet from a new version of the "NY" to "GIANTS" and that was to accommodate the team's move from New York to New Jersey. They changed back to the original "NY" used in the 50s, 60s and early 70s in 2000.
At MetLife Stadium this weekend -The Health & Fitness Expo, a free, non-ticketed event open to the general public. Walk on the field, tour the locker room and meet Giants players. There will also be free, on-site parking.
June 18 The Giants ended the offseason feeling pretty good about themselves, even though they arguably spent the last five months losing more talent than they gained. They are big believers in addition by subtraction, and they feel they've added some pretty good pieces, too.
Daniel Jones didn't have to throw a pass before being welcomed to The Bronx. The Giants' first-round pick out of Duke attended Monday night's Yankees game against the Rays, and received boos when he was shown on the jumbotron at the Stadium in between innings.
of the Giants' success or failure on offense this season will begin up front,
with center being a position battle to watch between Jon Halapio and Spencer Pulley
this summer to see who will be the line's anchor.
June 16 Of the four quarterbacks on the Giants' roster, Kyle Lauletta and Alex Tanney are the other guys in a room dominated by Eli Manning and rookie Daniel Jones. If Jones can convince the coaching staff he is ready to play whenever called upon, Shurmur might opt to save a roster spot for another position and go with just two quarterbacks.
How disguising coverage can help the pass rush. Offenses are sophisticated, and the counters to basic defenses are well understood around the league. Some times defensive coordinators need to give their defenders a little help in disrupting opposing offenses.
June 15 This group of 7 could make or break Giants defense after 2,000 snaps 'you can't buy'. A popular sports cliche says players make their biggest improvements between their first and second seasons.
June 14 The
Giants have a long way to go before unveiling their 2019 53-man roster. Numerous
factors will go into the team's makeup such as injuries, performance, and players
currently on other rosters who might become available and present an upgrade over
what the Giants have at a specific spot. But if the 53-man roster were to be unveiled
tomorrow, here, based on what was observed during the spring practices, is a very
early look at who's in and who's out.
June 13 Pat Shurmur gives Giants high marks for OTA attendance. There were a few excused absences. An occasional player not being present. But otherwise, the Giants had near-perfect attendance for their voluntary organized team activities this spring, a departure from recent years, when players such as Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon were no-shows.
Giants did not embrace Eli Manning only to shove him to the side just because
a shiny, new quarterback shares a room at the office with the franchise icon.
The next time the Giants take the field will be training camp next month, but battle lines for competitions for jobs and coveted spots near the top of the depth chart have already been drawn.
players were back at it again on Monday for their seventh OTA. Constant rain
forced practice inside the fieldhouse for the first practice in the final week
of the offseason program.
Scouting reports on 3 new Giants from teammate who knows them best - Markus Golden, Antoine Bethea, Olsen Pierre. the Giants have their own reunion going on around defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who was with the Cardinals from 2013-17 and called plays for his final three seasons.
June 10 Corey Coleman finds comfort again in quest to confidently show how good he can be. Humbled and hungry, having turned the page on three seasons of growing pains and potential, Coleman is poised to write a new chapter, and the Giants' hope it will be his best yet.
June 9 The Giants punted on a winning season and potential playoff berth by benching Kurt Warner and inserting rookie Eli Manning in 2004. Twitter, if it had existed then, might have imploded, especially if anyone knew how much Warner had another Super Bowl run in the tank.
June 8 Was hiring general manager Dave Gettleman the biggest mistake the New York Giants organization has made in the past decade?
The Giants will head back to the practice field Monday to begin their final stretch of spring workouts. 5 takeaways from minicamp, including what we've seen from rookie Daniel Jones.
No meaningful partnership is forged overnight. The bonding takes time, patience, and often, a fair share of agita. Just ask Giants offensive linemen Will Hernandez and Nate Solder.
June 7 Giants mandatory minicamp concluded with a third practice at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center on Thursday. It was humid and hotter than the first two days of work, with the sun out for much of practice. It was the shortest of the three practices, with the players departing this afternoon for a three-day weekend before returning next week for their final four OTAs.
Don't tell Pat Shurmur the Giants are rebuilding. Expectations haven't been this low for the Giants in a long time. General manager Dave Gettleman won't use the "R" word, but c'mon, he has been rebuilding on the fly. Shurmur will have to make the gut-wrenching changing of the guard from Manning to Jones. As fond as he is of Manning, he knows he can not afford to let sentiment for a two-time Super Bowl MVP get in the way.
Lorenzo Carter has a leg up on the rest of the Giants' pass-rushers. Or maybe it's two arms up. Unlike speed, strength and technique, the length of Carter's arms is an asset that cannot be improved through coaching, weight-lifting or practice. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Carter's arms measured 34 inches long with a wingspan of 82 inches at the 2018 NFL Combine.
Most of the Giants wide receivers don't know yet what rookie cornerback DeAndre Baker can do. But Darius Slayton knows. He lived it during two Georgia-Auburn matchups in the SEC. Baker is a physical bump-and-run cornerback who has been forced to play soft coverage off the line of scrimmage to start his NFL career because of the rules prohibiting contact in Organized Team Activities and minicamp.
June 6 Eli Manning believes experience will benefit the Giants' offense this year, and it has nothing to do with his 16 years wearing the team's uniform. The greater significance in Manning's opinion is that he and his teammates are in their second season operating coach Pat Shurmur's offense. He believes that will result in greater understanding, efficiency and production.
is a difference between what should be done and what can be done. James Bettcher,
in his debut as defensive coordinator with the Giants last season, was unable
to properly imprint the defense in his image. Anyone familiar with his work in
Arizona knows it,
June 5 The first mandatory minicamp practice is in the books, with more to come on Wednesday and Thursday. As with the previous OTAs, no contact is allowed with the players in helmets, jerseys and shorts. It was a big day for the defense getting its hands on the ball.
On a sun-splashed morning, cool and crisp, Daniel Jones took the ball, reached back to fake a handoff and then rolled to his right, where there were no defenders to prevent him from putting on a display the Giants have not seen out of one of their quarterbacks since ... Jeff Hostetler? Jones kept the ball, planted his foot into the grass and took off.
While every move made by quarterback Daniel Jones as he backs up Eli Manning is being scrutinized, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and cornerback DeAndre Baker lined up with the starting defense during 11-on-11 reps in Monday's first practice of mandatory minicamp.
June 4 Special
Report - When the Giants drafted cornerback Sam Beal in the third round of
the Supplemental Draft last summer, he was 6-1 and 177. The kid from Western Michigan
was spoken of as an under-the-radar star, and at least two scouts privately criticized
the teams for which they work for not having taken him earlier.
June 3 All quiet on the Giants front as Big Blue set for 3-day minicamp. June is here, all is quiet, and that is how the Giants want it. This was Gettleman's primary objective in jettisoning outspoken personalities such as Beckham, Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon, after all: to eliminate so-called distractions and keep the focus on the field.
June 2 Golden Tate is playing with his fourth different Super Bowl quarterback. Tate and Eli Manning both are experts in adjusting to new faces. Over Manning's 16 year-career, the face of his receiving corps has changed probably too quickly: From Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer in the early years, to Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz in the middle years, to Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard of late.
June 1 General manager Dave Gettleman made it clear when he took over at the end of the 2017 season that he would look to build the franchise through the trenches. In a little over a year, Gettleman has overhauled the entire offensive line.
May 31 The Giants intend to start Eli Manning, despite growing sentiment around the league that Manning at this stage is a fringe starting quarterback in the NFL. NBC Sports' Chris Simms has a far less favorable view of Manning, entering the 2019 regular season. Simms ranks Manning below 31 of 32 starting quarterbacks and one backup, listing the Giants' signal caller No. 34 in his preseason rankings.
May 30 Giants defensive secondary takes the lead. If the Giants have any lingering concerns about their newly revamped safety position, the last several practices have begun to eradicate those quickly.
Golden Tate is undisputed best in NFL at this important skill and it could change look of Giants' offense. The Giants' biggest free-agent addition this offseason has led the NFL in forced missed tackles in five of the last six seasons and finished second in the other.
May 29 What Daniel Jones is learning with eyes glued on Eli Manning. "I think you can learn a lot from him on the field, obviously, from a scheme standpoint, he's done it for a long time, he knows that stuff," the rookie quarterback said Tuesday after organized team activity practice No. 4, out on the grass and in the rain.
Kyle Lauletta recognizes the burdened look on the face of NFL rookies when trying to learn everything in May. Lauletta tried to hide it during Organized Team Activities last year, when he was the hyped rookie quarterback catching up to speed with teammates who had months - or, in most cases, years - worth of a head start.
The Giants offensive line surrendered 78 sacks over the last two seasons and was ranked No. 23 in the league by Pro Football Focus in 2018. To put it mildly, there wasn't anywhere to go but up. However, the Giants enter this season with plenty of optimism about a line that was fortified this offseason by the acquisition of veteran right guard Kevin Zeitler and right tackle Mike Remmers.
Giants only hope this is where Corey Ballentine heals from heartbreak. For Eli Manning, for Daniel Jones, for Saquon Barkley, for every other New York Giant, this was another football day in May, another OTA. For the kid wearing Ballentine in white letters above 25 on his blue jersey, this was much more.
May 28 Underrated Giants players to watch at each position in 2019. Who could shake up the roster? Giants coach Pat Shurmur taught us last year that his practice depth chart doesn't equate to his pecking order of players.
May 27 Left guard Will Hernandez was Mr. Reliable as a rookie last season. Hernandez, chosen by the Giants with the No. 37 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, along with left tackle Nate Solder, was one of two offensive players to play every snap.
May 26 The Giants as a team refrained from roughing up opposing quarterbacks in 2018 more blatantly than every team in the NFL, other than the Raiders. This is why Markus Golden is here. Not long ago, Golden was a rising star with the Cardinals - amassing 12.5 sacks in 2016, tied for third in the league.
May 25 Brian Baldinger, the former NFL offensive lineman who now makes his living as an analyst breaking down tape for the NFL Network, believes the New York Giants made the right choice in this year's draft by selecting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones.
one week of Organized Team Activities complete, the Giants have 10 more practices
to go (including three in mandatory minicamp) before breaking for the summer in
mid-June. They are back on the practice field Tuesday.
In C.J. Conrad, did the Giants find the next Jason Witten? University of Kentucky tight ends coach Vince Marrow Marrow said that "for sure" Conrad should have heard his name called somewhere in the first five rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.
May 23 Can't fool Eli Manning twice: Giants Sure, Manning is excited about the veteran group the Giants assembled with two new projected starters on the right side, but he and Giants co-owner John Mara were excited about last year's overhauled offensive line, too. Then the right side failed Manning, center Jon Halapio missed most of the season after leg surgery and the Giants scrambled to plug three holes from the NFL waiver wire. Manning took a career-high 47 sacks.
May 22 The Giants missed the playoffs in 17 consecutive seasons (1964-80) before ushering in big changes and a glorious run of five Super Bowl appearances and four championships from 1986-2011. In the seven seasons since, however, the Giants have played in one playoff game: A 38-13 wild-card loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The pattern is established. Dave Gettleman becomes the boss. There is little communication between boss and established veterans. Established veterans become cast-offs. It happened in Carolina, where cogs like DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith and Josh Norman were let go.
May 21 Eli Manning is a cool customer regarding one of the hot topics of the Giants' spring. Since the team selected quarterback Daniel Jones - the player who will likely one day succeed him, will the 16-year veteran be a willing mentor to the rookie who turns 22 a week from today?
Sam Beal, the second-year cornerback who was selected by the Giants with a third-round supplemental pick last spring and then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in his first practice with the team, was back on the field for the opening OTA practice on Monday.
May 20 Giants'
revamped offensive line is Eli Manning's last hope. No one can accuse the
Giants and their general manager, Dave Gettleman, of accepting the status quo
with their offensive line.
May 18 Special Report - The Giants have added another draftee to the list of players signed, when they reached agreement with cornerback Corey Ballentine, a sixth-round pick from Division II Washburn in Topeka, Kan. Ballentine, of course, is the unfortunate kid whose day of glory was cut short by a gunshot at 12:46 a.m. April 27 - hours after he was drafted.
May 17 Giants receiver coach preparing for life without Odell Beckham Jr. No one has any proof how much the Giants will miss Odell Beckham Jr. on the field. Anyone wishing to downplay his absence can point to the production (scoring 40, 0, 27 and 35 points) while Beckham missed the final four games last season as evidence the Giants can move the ball and score without his dynamism.
May 16 Minimized by all the hyperbole and consternation surrounding the offseason trade between the Giants and the Browns has been the significance of the addition of safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants' secondary.
Cornerback DeAndre Baker is poised to make an immediate impact, and the Giants wanted him enough to trade a package of draft picks to move back into the first round so they could select him with the 30th overall pick.
May 15 After the Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns this spring, Barkley is now the face of the Giants' offense and New York's most dangerous weapon.
May 14 Did Dave Gettleman finally fix the Giants' offensive line? Right tackle Mike Remmers' free agent signing this weekend completed a Gettleman do-over that the Giants hope will protect Eli Manning in 2019.
May 13 How many starts will Giants QB Daniel Jones make in 2019? What NFL Network, beat writers sayIf they are in the playoff hunt, Shurmur already declared he will not make a change. No punting on a 5-4 record like they did when benching Kurt Warner for a rookie Manning in 2004.
May 12 Giants have high hopes for Golden Tate | Redundancy or unpredictability with Sterling Shepard? the Giants' staff believes that Tate's playmaking ability after the catch combined with the fact that he and Shepard can easily be moved around will keep opposing defenses guessing.
May 11 Most teams that draft a quarterback with a top-10 pick can't wait to get that passer on the field to maximize the value of their rookie deal, but the Giants don't operate like most teams.
The New York Giants added depth to their ground game this week by signing running back Rod Smith, whose addition led to the surprising release of Robert Martin.
May 10 Suddenly Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins is the last of the Mohicans. Gone are strong veteran presences on the Giants' defense such as safety and former captain Landon Collins, EDGE rusher Olivier Vernon and known commodities like cornerback Eli Apple.
May 9 The defense James Bettcher now coaches is vastly different than the unit he inherited when he became the Giants' defensive coordinator last year. He is excited about his players' potential and capabilities.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Shula believes Daniel Jones is capable enough to start Week 1 if the Giants asked that of him.
May 8 Eli Manning came into the league in 2004 with an arm that elicited raves from talent evaluators. Jones is more of a technician, and a better athlete overall than Manning. Daniel Jones' movement in the pocket belies his size (6-foot-5, 221 pounds) and he knows all about navigating in and around a shaky pocket from his days running for his life at Duke.
May 7 Conventional wisdom suggests that the Giants' offense will take a step back in 2019, after trading way one of the NFL's most dynamic playmakers, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. However, SiriusXM NFL analyst Phil Savage isn't buying into conventional wisdom.
Who and what stood out at rookie minicamp. It's essential to not jump to sweeping conclusions from a couple days of rookie minicamp, but from the early look at their draft picks, the Giants are getting exactly what they thought they were when scouting these players in college.
May 6 Daniel Jones' throwing arm was one of the primary attributes that prompted the Giants to select him in the first round of the NFL Draft, but it's the young quarterback's legs that have received much attention at the team's rookie minicamp this week.
Odell Beckham Jr.'s No. 13 Giants jersey was a top NFL seller for years. He is a transcendent talent and was this franchise's best player for five seasons. So how much does it mean to Monmouth undrafted free agent receiver Reggie White Jr. to wear No. 13 at Giants rookie minicamp? Surprisingly, no more than any other number.
The Giants made ten selections in last month's NFL Draft, but general manager Dave Gettleman has also garnered praise for the crop of undrafted rookie free agents that will have a chance to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster this summer.
May 5 Daniel
Jones' throwing arm was one of the primary attributes that prompted the Giants
to select him in the first round of the NFL Draft, but it's the young quarterback's
legs that have received much attention at the team's rookie minicamp this week.
May 4 Giants Rookie Minicamp Notebook. The X-man, the Odell trade comparison, and best wishes to Corey Ballentine. Head coach Pat Shurmur prides himself in keeping his emotions under wraps when he deals with the media. But at one point during his press conference, Shurmur at times seemed extra careful when he spoke about the tragic shooting that injured draft pick Corey Ballentine and claimed the life of Ballentine's teammate and friend, Dwane Simmons.
Jones, the outstanding quarterback from Duke selected by the Giants with the
sixth overall selection in the NFL Draft last week, today endured that unique
rite of passage every high-profile athlete here faces: his first New York-area
quarterback Daniel Jones must have felt like he was back at Duke during the
first half of Friday's Giants minicamp practice. After all, it didn't seem like
any of the drafted wide receivers, undrafted free agents or try out players had
any realistic chance of making a catch, contested or otherwise.
May 2 A review of the Giants roster after the draft. Take a closer look at where the Giants roster currently stands after the draft and where they still have some more work to do.
May 1 The
Giants have encouraged sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine to stay home with
family and friends for now and not to worry about this weekend's rookie minicamp
in East Rutherford
Apr 30 It was clear heading into the draft that the Giants knew they had to improve their defense, and it is impossible to argue they didn't.
Apr 29 Just hours after he was drafted by the Giants, college-football standout Corey Ballentine went from a "dream" come true to a waking nightmare when he was shot in a murky attack that left his roommate and former teammate dead.
Apr 28 Special
Report - How is everybody doing? You okay? Breathing again? In the wake of
the Giants' (somewhat) surprising choice with the No. 6 pick of the first round
in the NFL 2019 Draft, there has been plenty of anger, blame and conspiracy theories
amid some half-hearted support and definite shrugs from the fan base and the media
was universal (and unfair) outrage over the Giants' first-round pick. And
as much as they needed a quarterback of the future, it's a fair point that Duke's
Daniel Jones likely won't help the Giants this year.
Apr 27 - UPDATE
tackle Chris Slayton, was selected 245th overall by the NY Giants.
took a while, and the Giants finally addressed a need for a pass rusher by
selecting Oshane Ximines of Old Dominion in late in the third round of the NFL
draft Friday. An outside linebacker, Ximines set a school record with 33 sacks
in 48 games.
Sources dispute reasons why Eli Manning is quitting weekly WFAN spot Mike Francesa claimed the Giants drafting Daniel Jones was why.
26 - UPDATE The
Giants selected defensive end Oshane Ximines of Old Dominion.
25 - UPDATE Giants
pick Georgia star CB after trading back into first round.
Apr 25 The Giants currently own 12 choices in the seven-round draft, tying them with Super Bowl champion New England for the league's highest total. And it's a good year for the Giants to have so many options, because according to general manager Dave Gettleman, this is one of the most talent-laden drafts he's seen.
Giants have needs - lots of needs - on their roster, particularly on the defensive
side of the ball. Good thing this year's draft class is dripping with talent in
that area, right?
Apr 23 Giants will have no shortage of defensive studs to choose from. No chance. Zero. That is Dave Gettleman's estimation when it comes to the Giants missing out on a stud defensive player with the No. 6 pick Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft.
Apr 21 Can New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman get the team back to the playoffs with his offseason moves in 2019? "There's more to it that just collecting talent. There is a cultural thing to it that's critical. I have not been on a team that's gone to a Super Bowl that's had a culture problem." Did he have one with the Giants? "Not any more," he said with a satisfied smile.
Apr 20 Some thoughts on the toughest stretch on the Giants schedule, and if the first four picks in the Giants draft will be split evenly between offense and defense.
Apr 19 When it comes to the all-important quarterback position, the story hasn't changed as far as Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is concerned. The Giants have been carefully investigating how the quarterbacks on their draft board have dealt with past adversities. Gettleman also mentioned the importance of having a quarterback who is mentally mature to handle the pressures that come with playing in the New York media market.
Saquon Barkley understands that some still hold to the belief that the New York Giants should have selected a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft instead of him. As for whether that makes sense to him, well that's another story all together. "Yes. I understand that. Not being cocky or anything, but if a rookie of the year doesn't sway that mindset, then I don't know what will."
Apr 18 Way-too-early game predictions for the 2019 regular season. Trying to figure out the winners and losers in games between teams that will look a lot different in two weeks following the NFL draft, let alone when the season kicks off in September.
are ruining Eli Manning's final NFL days by putting him in this spot. The
faces around Manning have changed, and changed hard and fast, but the face of
the franchise dutifully remains a smile instead of a frown. As he knows it must.
"I think we're heading in the right direction," Manning said. God bless
receiver Sterling Shepard recently agreed to a four-year, $41 million extension
and is the longest-tenured wideout on the team's roster.
Apr 12 The New York Giants front office has been under great scrutiny of late. Does this team even have any sort of plan? How could they possibly if they are rebuilding with a 38-year-old quarterback that is clearly a declining player?
Apr 10 Of the seven wide receivers who caught a pass for the Giants last season, only Odell Beckham Jr. is not back. The top three tight ends and top three running backs remain unchanged as well.
Apr 9 Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has insisted numerous times that he has a plan to fix the team and that this plan will continue to unfold before our very eyes.
Apr 8 Giants co-owner John Mara would "love to have a quarterback coming out of this draft" if the pick isn't forced. General manager Dave Gettleman "probably" will add a young quarterback in the draft "if everything works out." Will Kyle Lauletta have a place with Giants after NFL Draft? Is he still a viable Eli Manning replacement?
Apr 6 Special
Report - A while ago, someone asked how pro football has changed over the
countless seasons I have been a professional observer. It was an unanswerable
question. There have been too many changes - physically, emotionally, intellectually
- to even arrive at a few.
Apr 5 Eli Manning isn't changing his offseason routine as he heads into his 16th season, calling on running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Sterling Shepard to join him for some early April workouts.
Apr 4 It was not a shock, Evan Engram said, to see Odell Beckham Jr. traded away, but it was a bit jarring, and the Giants starting tight end said, "Losing a talent like that, you don't want to." Rather than dwell on what went out the door, Engram will enter a season for the first time without calling Beckham a teammate and is viewing this as a chance to jump-start his NFL ascension.
Apr 3 After an offseason of questionable decisions, the Giants have a chance to end on a high note by landing Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen in a trade. Here's why Rosen is worth what it will cost (second rounder?) in a potential bidding war between now and the 2019 NFL Draft.
Mar 30 Saquon Barkley bothered by Eli Manning flak: 'It's not his fault'. Saquon Barkley isn't here for the continued criticism of Eli Manning.
Mar 28 The Giants don't necessarily have to address their need for Eli Manning's successor via the NFL draft. They are among three teams "very interested" in trading for Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen, at least according to former college quarterback and current Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt.
Mar 27 The Giants are planning to investigate every possible option when it comes to finding their Quarterback of the Future, and that includes a potential trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen
Mar 26 John Mara explains why Giants' plan makes perfect sense. "It doesn't matter if Eli is going to be around [after this season] or not," Mara, the team's co-owner, said at the NFL Annual League Meeting.
Former NFL quarterback and New Jersey native Chris Simms has a theory Beckham's presence "exposed" Manning's quarterback weaknesses and that is one of the reasons he was traded by the Giants to the Browns.
Mara admits he has a soft spot in his heart for Eli Manning. Mara, though,
grew hot under the collar when it was insinuated he is keeping the 38-year-old
quarterback around because of sentiment.
Mar 24 One year ago, John Mara stood in a posh resort in Orlando, Fla., and declared, "I'm sick of answering questions about Odell's behavior and what his latest incident is." It was a clear-as-day warning, Giants co-owner to Giants star receiver: Cut it out or you don't get that fat new contract you want.
Mar 23 Kevin Zeitler learned from Browns' Joe Thomas but falls in line with Nate Solder, Will Hernandez. Since winning Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants have swung and missed almost annually at building an offensive line. Zeitler's job is to solidify the right side of the line of scrimmage.
Mar 22 Pat Shurmur loves new Giants, especially his offensive lineman. Shurmur now sees an answer for at least four of the five starting spots on the line. From left to right, the Giants have Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, either Jon Halapio (coming back from ankle surgery) or Spencer Pulley at center and Kevin Zeitler at right guard.
general manager Dave Gettleman continues to insist that he has a plan to make
the Giants into a contender sooner than later. Just don't expect him to share
any details. "Really and truly, very honestly, it's not my responsibility
to tell you guys what I'm doing," Gettleman said Monday during a conference
Mar 18 Having traded away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns last week, the Giants need to restock their receiver corps. Cody Latimer, will be re-signed. Latimer announced his return Sunday night on Twitter, posting: "Back for seconds!!!. Let's go big blue!!!" Latimer, 26, made an impression early last season before a hamstring strain in Week 6 put him on injured reserve.
Mar 17 Eli Manning gets $5M bonus from Giants and surest sign yet he is 2019 starter. Manning is due a $5 million bonus just for being on the roster on the fifth day of the 2019 NFL calendar (Sunday) under the terms of his contract. The bonus went into effect at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to ESPN. That is the close-of-business for NFL transactions, so Manning will be on the roster when Sunday begins and there is no wire on Sunday so any move wouldn't be official until Monday.
Mar 16 Grading the Giants' offseason moves so far Giants trying to replace Beckham, Collins and Vernon. Just 15 months ago, the Giants hired Dave Gettleman to fix the franchise. He earned praise for a series of early housecleaning moves.Now, suddenly, his new title is "embattled GM".
Mar 15 Giants
sign veteran safety Antoine Bethea. He has won a Super Bowl, played in three
Pro Bowls, and amassed almost 1,500 tackles in 13 NFL seasons.
Mar 14 Former
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham is gone, but certainly his impact
on the franchise won't be forgotten. Beckham, traded Tuesday to the Cleveland
Browns, posted a message Thursday on Instagram to say goodbye to the Giants
Mar 13 The
Giants are sending Beckham to the Browns in exchange for a first-round pick
and a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, plus safety Jabrill Peppers - an
East Orange native.
for Giants: They don't keep Landon Collins, and now he agrees with rival Redskins.
Where Giants general manager Dave Gettleman saw little value in paying big for
Collins, the Redskins wasted no time in making spending lavishly on him and making
Collins a centerpiece for the Giants' NFC East rivals.
Mar 10 Special
Report - So the Giants have unloaded another horrifically expensive commodity,
linebacker Olivier Vernon, and obtained a useable, productive right guard from
the Cleveland Browns, Kevin Zeitler. The trade, which includes a fifth-round draft
pick going to the Giants and a fourth to the Browns, was unofficially announced
Friday, but since the NFL's trading period doesn't start until next Wednesday,
it couldn't be termed official.
Mar 9 Dave Gettleman got off the canvas following the Landon Collins follies and made a good deal unloading Olivier Vernon for Kevin Zeitler, a quality bookend guard for Will Hernandez on an offensive line he vowed to upgrade when he arrived and a godsend for Saquon Barkley, Eli Manning and the quarterback's unidentified successor.
NFL Draft 2019: Where do Giants pick in all 7 rounds? | Enough assets to trade for Cardinals' Josh Rosen? With needs for starters at right tackle, cornerback, free safety, outside linebacker and possibly more, the Giants need to be active when free-agent negotiations begin Monday because they cannot rely on the draft to fill too many holes.
Mar 7 Separating fact from fiction in Landon Collins' departure from Giants What's Dave Gettleman's plan? Is this Eli's fault?
Mar 6 Giants
blew it not trading Landon Collins and buying 2018 playoff delusions | Olivier
Vernon next? Where's the foresight? Why are the Giants in this spot?
Mar 3 Giants scoping out defensive lineman who can make an impact. The top two in this draft, Nick Bosa of Ohio State and Josh Allen of Kentucky, figure to be off the board in the first five picks, even if quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray are taken that high.
Mar 1 The Giants will always try to win. The faces change, but the expectations remain the same. But do not be fooled by thinking that they are a win-now team just because they're riding one more time with 38-year-old Eli Manning. Which brings us to The Case For Trading Odell Beckham Jr.
Feb 28 It's
finding a franchise QB or bust for Dave Gettleman. Gettleman reminded us a
year ago when he passed on Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Rosen with
the second-overall pick that you better not draft a quarterback unless you have
a conviction on him, because you risk finding yourself in Quarterback Hell if
you swing and miss.
Feb 27 Will Giants be blown away at combine, like they were with Saquon? Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur have no buyers' remorse for taking Barkley when they did.
Feb 25 Five free agents the New York Giants should consider. The NFL calendar is about to move away from its dead period into the annual scouting combine and soon after that, into free agency.
Feb 24 These five teams would likely pursue Landon Collins if Giants let him walk Two division rivals could be on the Pro Bowler's radar. If the Giants do use the franchise tag on Landon Collins, he'll have little realistic choice but to eventually sign it.
The significant front-office, coaching and scouting personal of all 32 NFL teams gather this week in Indianapolis for the Scouting Combine, and it would be appropriate for the teams to form two lines: one for franchises searching for a quarterback, and one for those that are not. The Giants could stand in both lines.
Feb 23 The NFL awarded the Giants a fifth-round pick Friday as part of its compensatory formula. The additional pick gives the Giants 10 selections in next month's draft.
Feb 22 Pat Shurmur will need to find a new defensive backs coach. His now former one, valued assistant coach Lou Anarumo, is leaving to be the Bengals' defensive coordinator.
Report - There are two major subjects..., namely the situation with the quarterback
Eli Manning and the immediate future of safety Landon Collins. Both could go,
or both might stay. Eli may become the victim of the salary cap, since he makes
nearly $17 million a year and the cap can use a little less pressure, especially
from a 38-year-old athlete.
Feb 20 Michael Thomas has already left his stamp on the National Football League both on and off the field. And he's just getting started. An undrafted rookie out of Stanford University in 2012, Thomas got his start in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers.
Feb 19 There
are many inadequacies, front to back, within the Giants defense and, if that
defense moves forward without Landon Collins, there will be another gaping hole
Feb 16 Should the Giants pass on a QB again at the top of 1st round? Shaun O'Hara says yes, but not for reason you think. But O'Hara isn't suggesting the Giants pass on Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray for offensive tackle Jonah Williams or another top blocking prospect.
Feb 14 Giants
offensive line during Eli Manning's career: Here is a closer look at the revolving
door of offensive linemen, including all draft picks since Manning arrived in
2004 (which includes only two first-round picks and one Pro Bowler) and the notable
free agents added since the Giants' Old Guard needed replacing, beginning in 2011.
Feb 12 Kareem Martin eager to see defense in Year 2 under Bettcher. Kareem Martin played in James Bettcher's defensive system in Arizona in each of his first three NFL seasons. The Cardinals' defense ranked fifth, second and sixth in yards allowed over those three years from 2015 to 2017.
Feb 11 Here's why NY Giants could open 2019 NFL season against Super Bowl champion Patriots. We already know the Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots and the New York Giants will play each other in the regular season, and now here's something to consider: could Big Blue open the 2019 campaign in Foxborough as New England raises the banner to celebrate its sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy?
Feb 9 How can Giants' Saquon Barkley improve after winning Rookie of the Year? Pass protection? Insticts?
Feb 8 When the Giants' chief decision-makers are asked about quarterback Kyler Murray for the first time, they almost surely will be complimentary. But will their words be merely tall tales?
Feb 7 With his New York Giants looking to turn their 5-11 2018 season into a playoff spot in 2019, general manager Dave Gettleman has to avoid making the mistakes he made in his inaugural season on the job.
Feb 6 Eli Manning now has another great Super Bowl Sunday memory to add the bank. Manning and his wife Abby welcomed son Charles "Charlie" Elisha Manning just after midnight on Sunday morning, as first reported by Newsday. He is the couple's fourth child and Charlie will grow up with three older sisters.
Feb 5 Just as it took multiple years of personnel mismanagement to send the New York Giants to the bottom of the NFC East, it's going to take multiple years for the tandem of general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur to fix.
Feb 4 Not long after the confetti stopped falling on the Patriots, Saquon Barkley took to Twitter to post a simple message. "One day ...," he wrote and added the emoji of two hands clasped together in prayer. Do his Giants have a prayer to get to Super Bowl LIV in Miami?
Feb 3 Saquon
Barkley named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. What the Giants speculated
was true before the 2018 NFL Draft and what they believe was validated during
this past season was made official Saturday night: Saquon Barkley was the best.
Feb 2 Over the next several weeks, the Giants are expected to make some decisions regarding some of their biggest cap eaters for 2019. In determining whom to cut and whom to retain, general manager Dave Gettleman is certain to review everything, including injury history and production.
Feb 1 Giants quarterback Eli Manning already has as many Super Bowl rings as his older brother Peyton Manning, but one of his former teammates thinks it might be time for Eli to follow his older brother's path, if he wants to finally get bragging rights.
Jan 31 Saquon Barkley's popularity continues to soar. Another example: the Giants' sensational running back is the Pepsi Rookie of the Year, a source confirmed.
Jan 30 Connor Barwin's first season with the Giants will be his only season with the Giants. He had little impact in 2018, which is why he will be officially released in the coming days.
Jan 27 Eli Manning is not expected to go anywhere. It is believed Gettleman and Shurmur are convinced the 38-year-old can function as a more-than-competent NFL quarterback.
Manning TD passes: Here are all the Giants who have caught at least 1.
Jan 25 The Giants quietly have added 12 players to their roster -- some of whom were on the practice squad during the regular season -- since putting a bow on a disappointing 5-11 season.
Saquon Barkley was in a familiar situation during the Pro Bowl Skills Challenge - at least for one game. He was great, without a lot of help from his teammates.
Jan 22 Eli Manning's agent speaks: I think he'll return to Giants. Where the Giants go at quarterback is the decision of the offseason for a team that finished 5-11 in 2018 and again failed to make the playoffs. Manning started all 16 games and compiled a passer rating of 92.4, completing a career-high 66 percent of his passes for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Jan 21 The controversial outcome of the NFC Championship Game sent two Michael Thomases to the Pro Bowl. For Giants safety Michael Thomas, who was selected as a first alternate to the Rams' Cory Littleton in the one roster spot per conference reserved for a special teams standout, it will be the fulfillment of a career-long individual goal.
Jan 18 By the time next season begins, the Giants have to either replace Eli Manning, or know exactly how they're going to do it. They've known this was coming for years, but in each of the last two drafts, they still failed to select a replacement for Manning despite a plethora of franchise quarterbacks taken in each of the last two first rounds.
Jan 16 General manager Dave Gettleman and the Giants still have plenty of work to do, if this team plans on returning to the playoffs for the second time in the past three years in 2019, but last year's rookie class showed plenty of potential. While Gettleman's moves in free agency last offseason were a mixed bag, at best, the Giants significantly increased the talent pool of the roster during NFL Draft weekend last April.
Jan 12 Much like his team, Evan Engram played his best football after the bye week. Engram caught 22 passes for 320 yards and touchdown in the final quarter of the season. In the first three, he had 23 receptions for 257 and two scores. Engram couldn't deny his satisfaction with the way the 5-11 season ended for him individually.
Early in the spring drills, Will Hernandez was installed as the starting left guard. He might well stay in that position for the next decade. Hernandez is a rugged run blocker and sturdy pass protector who has started every game and has improved significantly from early in the season to now.
Jan 11 Special Report - The basic facts are that out of 16 games on their schedule, the Giants had eight games against 2018 Playoff teams. Given such a poor record, one might intuit that New York would have gotten "smoked" in the great majority of these games, but that just wasn't the case, in general: Here is a brief summary of their games against eventual 2018 Playoffs teams, rating each game for how competitive it was.
Before the Giants give up on quarterback Eli Manning, they might want to take another stab at improving his offensive line. At least that's how one of Manning's longtime NFC East rivals, former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, sees it.
The NFL announced that linebacker Olivier Vernon has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl team. He will replace Chicago's Khalil Mack, who is unable to participate due to injury. Vernon will join two Giants teammates - rookie running back Saquon Barkley and kicker Aldrick Rosas - at the game.
Jan 9 Although the Giants did make progress in some areas, there is still a lot more work to be done by general manager Dave Gettleman and the rest of the front office if they are to continue building on the foundation they laid in 2018.
Jan 8 Ever since the Giants 2018 season ended, there have been any number of opinions put forth regarding what went wrong. Let's peel back some more layers on some of the most common theories behind the Giants 2018 struggles to see if those arguments actually hold water.
If Giants general manager Dave Gettleman wants to maneuver his way up or down in the 2019 draft, it looks as if he will have plenty of options to use as bargaining chips at his disposal.
Jan 6 If Eli Manning's Giants run is over, he leaves an unforgettable mark. Nothing lasts forever, and he will be fine no matter how this turns out. But the Giants will never see the likes of him again.
Dave Gettleman can talk all he wants about defense as root of Giants' deficiencies, but it's a false narrative. How can a GM trade talent in the name of a belated rebuild and then blame the unit that suffered from its reduction in talent for his team's losing, while excusing the offense of blame?
conditions may Eli Manning accept in order to return with Giants? Giants may
want Manning back, but on certain terms.
Jan 4 What's next for Eli Manning and the Giants? "We believe in Eli. As we move forward here I think the plans here will reveal themselves," head coach Pat Shurmur said. "He can still play. He can still make the throws. He can still lead the offense."
Gettleman knows how to make 35 minutes fly by. The dominant storyline was
the future of Eli Manning and the quarterback position for the Giants, but unpacking
Gettleman's 35 minutes of wisecracks and namedrops revealed some interesting perspective
on a 5-11 season.
Jan 2 Eli
Manning could become the first Giant to celebrate a Sweet 16. No player in
the franchise's 94-season history of the Giants has worn the uniform for 16 seasons.
If Manning is back as the starting quarterback in 2019, it will be his 16th season
in a career that includes being the No. 1 NFL pick in the draft and winning two
Super Bowl MVPs.
Jan 1 The Eli Manning-Giants marriage sure doesn't look like it's headed for divorce. "Everyone thinks I'm nuts, but I've seen the good in Eli," head coach Pat Shurmur said. "I believe everyone around him has to do their job as well. I believe in Eli. I believe in him."
Landon Collins wouldn't fight Giants' franchise tag. Landon Collins wants to return to the Giants, the team that moved up in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft to take him out of Alabama then made him a fixture in their defensive backfield.