Jul 312023
 
Nick McCloud and Darren Waller, New York Giants (July 30, 2023)

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JULY 31, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fifth summer training camp practice of the year on Monday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT – TORN TRICEPS FOR HASSENAUER…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

WR Sterling Shepard (knee), OC J.C. Hassenauer (triceps), OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) and TE Ryan Jones (knee) did not practice.

“(Hassenauer will) be out long term,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “He got a tricep. He’s going to end up having surgery, which is too bad.”

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants are still not in full pads and were in helmets and shells.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Ben Bredeson, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • At another point in practice, the starting offensive line had Josh Ezeudu at left guard and Ben Bredeson at right guard.
  • Micah McFadden worked at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • For the second day in a row, the starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Cor’Dale Flott, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • The Giants also shifted Adoree’ Jackson to slot corner and played Deonte Banks and Tre Hawkins outside with the first unit. Cor’Dale Flott replaced Jackson for most of the team period.
  • Bobby McCain shifted from safety to slot corner with the second-team with Nick McCloud and Dane Belton playing safety.
  • Darnay Holmes played corner with the third unit.
  • In 3-on-3 passing drills, RB Saquon Barkley beat S Gervarrius Owens on an inside angle route for a big gain.
  • TE Darren Waller caught a pass against S/CB Nick McCloud over the middle.
  • In some of the 11-on-11 drills, wide receivers Jalin Hyatt and Cole Beasley started with the first unit.
  • WR Jamison Crowder stood out with a one-handed catch while keeping his balance and staying inbounds.
  • QB Daniel Jones completed the first team period going 6-of-6, highlighted by a deep pass to a diving WR Jalin Hyatt despite tight coverage by S Xavier McKinney.
  • For the second day in a row, WR Jalin Hyatt blew past the corner and safety to catch a deep touchdown pass from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • Despite tight coverage from CB Tre Hawkins, QB Daniel Jones hit WR Parris Campbell for a deep touchdown in the corner of the end zone.
  • CB Deonte Banks broke up a corner route to WR Darius Slayton and was barely targeted.
  • CB Adoree’ Jackson also broke up a pass.
  • On one play, both running backs Saquon Barkley and Eric Gray were on the field together with Gray in the backfield and Barkley in the slot. Barkley caught the pass from QB Daniel Jones.
  • WR Parris Campbell adjusted to a deep pass to make the catch while keeping his feet inbounds.
  • S/CB Nick McCloud made a diving interception on a pass from QB Tyrod Taylor in 11-on-11 drills. He had a good day in coverage.
  • QB Daniel Jones finished 11-on-11 team drills 15-of-19 with three touchdowns to WR Parris Campbell, WR Darius Slayton, and TE Daniel Bellinger. There were also a number of check downs to RB Saquon Barkley as a receiver.
  • RB Saquon Barkley scored on a run up the middle on the goal line.
  • DT Rakeem Nunes-Roches stuffed another run.
  • Giants limited the work of TE Darren Waller, DL Leonard Williams, and CB Adoree’ Jackson in full team drills outside a few snaps.
  • TE Daniel Bellinger ended the day with two touchdown receptions, including one from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor also threw scores to WR David Sills and TE Tommy Sweeney.
  • WR Jaydon Mickens caught two touchdown passes from QB Tommy DeVito.
  • Flashing into the backfield on the pass rusher were linebackers Kavyon Thibodeaux, Azeez Ojulari, and Micah McFadden. Ojulari disrupted a number of plays.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Monday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Tuesday evening (5:00-7:00PM). This will be first time the team will practice in full pads this summer. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media earlier in the day.

Jul 302023
 
Isaiah Hodgins, New York Giants (July 27, 2023)

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JULY 30, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fourth summer training camp practice of the year on Sunday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

VERNON BUTLER PLACED ON IR…
Nose tackle Vernon Butler was placed on Injured Reserve with an undisclosed injury on Saturday. Butler had failed to report to training camp and had been on the Reserve/Did-Not-Report List. The Giants signed Butler to the Practice Squad in mid-November 2022. He played in one game in Week 13 and flashed with four tackles in just 12 snaps. The 6’4”, 330-pound Butler was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He has spent time with the Panthers (2016-2019), Buffalo Bills (2020-2021), and Las Vegas Raiders (2022). The Raiders cut Butler in August 2022.

INJURY REPORT…
WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL) remain on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List.

WR Sterling Shepard (ACL) was activated off of the Physically Unable to Perform List and WR Jamison Crowder (calf) was activated off of the Non-Football Injury List. Both passed their physicals and returned to practice.

“We will limit (Shepard), relative to the amount of reps and just kind of bring him along,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “He has done a good job in the rehab process. So, he was ready to get taken off.”

WR Cole Beasley (quad), DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (concussion), and S Gervarrius Owens (unknown) returned to practice. Nunez-Roaches was in a non-contact jersey.

OLB Jihad Ward (unknown) and TE Ryan Jones (knee) did not practice. “Ryan Jones, the young tight end, we’re going to give him a day,” said Daboll. “He had a little knee. Then, we are going to give Haddy (Jihad Ward) a day… He’s got a little bit of something. But it’s not anything long-term.”

OC J.C. Hassenauer (right arm) left practice early.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants are still not in full pads and were in helmets and shells.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Tyre Phillips, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • Darrian Beavers worked at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Cor’Dale Flott, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • TE Darren Waller continued to give defensive backs fits, first beating S Bobby McCain and then CB Deonte Banks in 1-on-1 drills.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, WR Parris Campbell beat CB Darnay Holmes, WR Sterling Shepard beat CB Gemon Green, TE Chris Myarick beat S Alex Cook, WR Jalin Hyatt beat CB Rodarius Williams, and WR Cole Beasley beat CB Darnay Holmes for scores. WR Isaiah Hodgins also made a toe-tap touchdown in the right corner of the end zone.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson and Deonte Banks broke up passes. S/CB Nick McCloud broke a pass intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • CB Tre Hawkins, working with the second-team defense, broke up pass intended for WR Sterling Shepard and then caused an incompletions on a passes to WR Jalin Hyatt and WR Jeff Smith.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor connected on a deep pass to WR Jalin Hyatt who blew past the defense for a long touchdown.
  • After QB Daniel Jones ran for a good gain, he then connected with WR Darius Slayton on an out pass against CB Adoree’ Jackson. Jones got the ball deep to Slayton again on a slightly underthrown pass against CB Deonte Banks that otherwise might have been a long touchdown.
  • ILB Bobby Okereke was active, knocking down RB Saquon Barkley after a catch in the flat. He also would have had a sack on an inside blitz.
  • Starting on their own 1-yard line, QB Daniel Jones faked a handoff and then hit TE Darren Waller on a slant for a good gain, beating CB Deonte Banks.
  • TE Lawrence Cager made a one-handed catch over the middle of the defense. Cager caught a handful of passes from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • CB Darnay Holmes deflected a deep pass that was almost intercepted by S Bobby McCain.
  • Practice ended with QB Daniel Jones being picked off by S Jason Pinnock, who made a one-handed interception in the end zone. Jones would have been sacked on the play by DT Dexter Lawrence. The offense had to run a sprint as the result.
  • QB Daniel Jones finished 11-on-11, full-team drills 11-of-12. TE Darren Waller and WR Darius Slayton each had four receptions.
  • In these 11-on-11 drills, the defense got to the quarterback three times.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Sunday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Monday morning (10:00-11:45AM). Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media.

Jul 282023
 
Kayvon Thibodeaux, New York Giants (July 26, 2023)

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JULY 28, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their third summer training camp practice of the year on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
The following players remain on injury or did-not-report lists:

  • Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List: WR Sterling Shepard (ACL), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL)
  • Active/Non-Football Injury (NFI) List: WR Jamison Crowder (calf)
  • Reserve/Did-Not-Report List: DL Vernon Butler

WR Cole Beasley (quad), DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (concussion protocol), and S Gervarrius Owens (unknown) also did not practice.

“(Nunez-Roches is) making progress,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “He’s not going to do anything today. But hopefully he is getting close… (Owens) will do walk-throughs, just got a little bruise that’s still pretty stiff. Then, Cole got kneed in the quad. So, we will give him a rest day.”

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants are still not in full pads and remained in helmets and shorts for an evening practice (5:00-7:00 PM).
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Joshua Ezeudu, OC Ben Bredeson, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • John Michael Schmitz also rotated in with Bredeson with the first-team at center.
  • Tyre Phillips, who has been playing with the second unit at tackle and guard, received some first-team reps at both guard spots.
  • Korey Cunningham received some first-team reps at left tackle.
  • Darrian Beavers and Micah McFadden continue to alternate at inside linebacker next to Bobby Okereke.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Darnay Holmes, S Xavier McKinney, and S Bobby McCain.
  • Returning punts were RB Eric Gray, CB Darnay Holmes, WR Kalil Pimpleton, CB Adoree’ Jackson, WR Jayden Mickens, and WR Darius Slayton.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Daniel Jones connected twice down the field to WR Darius Slayton, beating corners Adoree’ Jackson and Deonte Banks. Jones finished this session 6-of-6.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, WR Jalin Hyatt made early catches against corners Tre Hawkins and Deonte Banks.
  • Wide receivers Jalin Hyatt and Collin Johnson received quite a bit of work with the first-team, including in 11-on-11 drills. Hyatt flashed with his route running, but had one miscommunication with QB Daniel Jones.
  • Giants used some formations that had running backs Saquon Barkley and Matt Breida on the field together, with Barkley in the slot.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, DL Dexter Lawrence broke through a triple-team to pressure QB Daniel Jones.
  • RT Evan Neal had a good practice against edge rushers Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari.
  • QB Daniel Jones would have been sacked on a a number of blitzes by free rushers, but he connected on some big plays to WR Darius Slayton and TE Darren Waller.
  • According to one report, QB Daniel Jones finished 18-of-23 passing in live drills.
  • CB Cor’Dale Flott had some issues trying to cover WR Kalil Pimpleton.
  • ILB Micah McFadden broke up a pass.

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HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players are off on Saturday and return to practice on Sunday (10:00AM-noon). Head Coach Brian Daboll ad select players will also address the media.

Jul 272023
 
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (July 26, 2023)

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JULY 27, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their second summer training camp practice of the year on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“There is good competition at some certain spots,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “You will see it out there. We’re rotating different positions and giving everybody a fair opportunity to go out there and show what they can do. Offensively, defensively, different spots in the kicking game, whether it’s on the punt team, the kickoff team. That’s the time to do it, right now, to make sure you’re giving everybody a fair shot in a competitive situation.”

GIANTS ADD ANOTHER DEFENSIVE LINEMAN…
The Giants have signed free agent defensive lineman Kevin Atkins, who last played for the XFL’s St. Louis BattleHawks in the spring. The 24-year old, 6’2”, 307-pound Atkins was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2022 NFL Draft, but waived in late August.

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
The following players remain on injury or did-not-report lists:

  • Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List: WR Sterling Shepard (ACL), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL)
  • Active/Non-Football Injury (NFI) List: WR Jamison Crowder (calf)
  • Reserve/Did-Not-Report List: DL Vernon Butler

“(Butler) didn’t report,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “We are kind of working through some things. That is really all I got for you. I understand the question, but that’s where we’re at.”

DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (concussion protocol) and S Gervarrius Owens (unknown) also did not practice.

“He is sore,” said Daboll of Nunez-Roches, who was in a car accident yesterday. “He won’t practice again today. It could have been worse, so I’m glad he’s where he is right now. I think he’s making progress.”

WR Darius Slayton injured his left foot or ankle, but later returned to practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • As expected until next week, the Giants are still not in full pads and remain in helmets and shorts.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Ben Bredeson, OC John Michael Schmitz, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal. Head Coach Brian Daboll said Schmitz and Ben Bredeson, who started at center yesterday, will rotate at starting center.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Cor’Dale Flott, S Dane Belton, and S Xavier McKinney. Yesterday, Darnay Holmes and Jason Pinnock were starting at slot corner and safety.
  • Darrian Beavers and Micah McFadden split first-team reps at inside linebacker alongside Bobby Okereke.
  • Ben Bredeson took snaps at left guard, center, and right guard.
  • Nick McCloud, who had been moved to safety in the spring, practiced some at cornerback today. He blanketed WR Darius Slayton to cause an incompletion in red-zone 1-on-1 drills. McCloud also continued to take reps at safety.
  • CB Darnay Holmes forced a throw-away in 1-on-1 drills and later broke up a pass.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, QB Daniel Jones connected on touchdowns with TE Darren Waller, WR Collin Johnson (twice), and WR Parris Campbell. Johnson beat CB Deonte Banks twice with Banks missing a jam on a fade pass.
  • Also in 1-on-1 drills, QB Tyrod Taylor threw scores to wide receivers Kalil Pimpleton (twice), Jaydon Mickens, and Jeff Smith.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, CB Deonte Banks had good coverage on a deep pass. Then S Xavier McKinney made a diving interception on an overthrown pass by QB Daniel Jones intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • CB Zyon Gilbert intercepted a pass that he tipped to himself while falling to the ground.
  • S Dane Belton broke up one pass intended for TE Darren Waller.
  • CB Tre Hawkins intercepted a pass from QB Tyrod Taylor intended from for WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton in 1-on-1 drills.
  • TE Darren Waller and WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton each dropped a pass.
  • QB Daniel Jones received 12 reps in 11-on-11, team drills and finished 7-of-9, with four of the passes being completed to TE Darren Waller. TE Daniel Bellinger and WR Darius Slayton also had catches over the middle. The two incompletions were broken up by corners Adoree’ Jackson and Deonte Banks.
  • TE Lawrence Cager made a nice leaping catch of a pass from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • CB Cor’Dale Flott looked good jamming wide receivers in the slot with the first-team unit.
  • WR Collin Johnson stood out with a deep, back-shoulder catch from QB Tyrod Taylor against CB Darren Evans.
  • CB Deonte Banks knocked away a pass late in practice before CB Amani Oruwariye intercepted another pass.

HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Friday evening (5:00-7:00PM). The practice is open to the public. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media.

Jul 262023
 
Brian Daboll and Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (July 26, 2023)

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JULY 26, 2023 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their first summer training camp practice of the year on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

“Today was really go out there and compete,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “There’s going to be a lot of mistakes that’ll be made. We’re going to try to put you in difficult situations; move on to the next play as quick as you can. Support your teammates. Go out there and play as hard and smart as you can. Again, today is kind of page one of the of the 2023 season. A long way to go, let’s just take it day by day and get better each day.”

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
The following players began training camp on injury or did-not-report lists:

  • Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List: WR Sterling Shepard (ACL), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (ACL), OG Marcus McKethan (ACL), DL A’Shawn Robinson (meniscus), DL D.J. Davidson (ACL), and CB Aaron Robinson (ACL)
  • Active/Non-Football Injury (NFI) List: WR Jamison Crowder (calf)
  • Reserve/Did-Not-Report List: DL Vernon Butler

WR Jalin Hyatt (illness and heat related) left practice early with trainers, but later returned.

DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches suffered a concussion in a car accident while leaving the team’s facility. He is currently in the concussion protocol.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The focus of Day 1 of training camp was 7-on-7 and some 11-on-11 red zone drills. The players are not in full pads yet.
  • Bobby Okereke and Darrian Beavers started at inside linebacker.
  • The starting defensive backs were CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Deonte Banks, slot CB Darnay Holmes, S Xavier McKinney, and S Jason Pinnock.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Daniel Jones scrambled and threw a touchdown pass to RB Saquon Barkley, who made a fully-extended, toe-dragging catch for the score against S Xavier McKinney.
  • TE Darren Waller stood out throughout practice as the defense had problems covering him. Waller made a juggling catch in traffic near the goal line on a pass from QB Daniel Jones. Jones later connected with Waller for two more touchdowns.
  • Both TE Darren Waller and WR Parris Campbell were used out of the backfield.
  • QB Daniel Jones threw a dart to WR Parris Campbell for a touchdown (Jones connected with Campbell on two scores). Jones then threw another dart to WR Cole Beasley on a slant pattern for a touchdown against CB Darnay Holmes. Beasley received a lot of first-team reps.
  • QB Daniel Jones threw a touchdown to a diving TE Daniel Bellinger in the corner of the end zone.
  • First-team offensive line was LT Andrew Thomas, LG Joshua Ezeudu, OC Ben Bredeson, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • QB Daniel Jones scored on a designed run on the edge of the defense.
  • WR Jalin Hyatt flashed his speed on an end-around for a touchdown.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, QB Daniel Jones threw a touchdown to WR Isaiah Hodgins against CB Deonte Banks.
  • QB Tyrod Taylor threw three touchdowns to David Sills, and one each to WR Kalil Pimpleton and WR Collin Johnson.
  • WR Bryce Ford-Wheaton flashed and caught a touchdown pass from QB Tommy Devito.
  • QB Tommy Devito also threw two touchdowns to WR Jaydon Mickens and another to RB James Robinson.
  • ILB Micah McFadden and S Dane Belton broke up a passes.
  • TE Lawrence Cager also caught a touchdown pass.
  • One caveat with all of the touchdown passes. Some came after the quarterback was forced to hold onto the ball because no one was open.

GENERAL MANAGER JOE SCHOEN AND HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
The transcript of Joe Schoen’s and Brian Daboll’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available on YouTube.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and on YouTube:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The New York Giants practice Thursday morning (10:00-11:45AM). The practice is open to the public. Head Coach Brian Daboll and select players will also address the media.

Jul 262023
 
Andrew Thomas, New York Giants (August 22, 2021)

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The New York Giants have signed left tackle Andrew Thomas to a reported 5-year, $117.5 million extension that includes $67 million in guaranteed money, the most ever for any offensive lineman.. Thomas, who had two years remaining on his rookie contract, is now under contract through the 2029 season. Thomas’ base salaries were set to be $1.01 million and $14.175 million (5th-year option) in 2024.

In his third season with the Giants, Thomas developed into one of the best left tackles in football, earning second-team All-Pro honors. A healthy scratch from the regular-season finale,  Thomas started all 16 regular-season games and the two playoff games. He was only flagged once (illegal formation).

The Giants drafted Thomas in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft. An inconsistent rookie, especially in pass protection, Thomas started 15 games at left tackle despite playing on a left ankle injury that required offseason surgery. In 2021, despite nagging foot and ankle injuries that caused him to miss four games and affected his play all year, Thomas rapidly improved.

 

Jul 252023
 
Wan'Dale Robinson, New York Giants (October 16, 2022)

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The New York Giants have made nine more roster moves in advance of tomorrow’s first summer training camp practice.

Placed on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List:

  • WR Sterling Shepard (coming off ACL tear)
  • WR Wan’Dale Robinson (coming off ACL tear)
  • OG Marcus McKethan (coming off ACL tear)
  • DL A’Shawn Robinson (coming off meniscus tear)
  • DL D.J. Davidson (coming off ACL tear)
  • CB Aaron Robinson (coming off ACL tear)

Placed on the Non-Football Injury List:

  • WR Jamison Crowder (calf)

Placed on the Reserve/Did-Not-Report List:

  • DL Vernon Butler

In addition, cornerback Leonard Johnson was waived off of Injured Reserve with an injury settlement.

Players on the PUP still count towards the 90-man roster limit.

Jul 252023
 
Tashawn Bower, Las Vegas Raiders (August 14, 2022)

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The New York Giants continue to tweak their roster with players arriving for summer training camp. The team signed unrestricted free agent outside linebacker Tashawn Bower (Las Vegas Raiders) and have waived/failed physical outside linebacker Elerson Smith and waived safety Trenton Thompson.

The 28-year old, 6’5”, 250-pound Bower originally signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Vikings (2017-2019, 2021),  New England Patriots (2019-2021), and Las Vegas Raiders (2022). Bower has played in 26 regular season games with three starts, accruing 23 tackles, two sacks, and one pass defense. His three starts came with New England in 2020.

The Giants placed Smith on Injured Reserve in mid-December 2022 due to bone spurs near his Achilles’ that required surgery. This was the fourth time in his two seasons with the team that Smith landed on Injured Reserve. Smith was placed on Injured Reserve in late August 2022 with a foot injury and was activated off of IR in late October. He played in five games in 2022, accruing just three tackles. He also blocked a punt.

The Giants drafted Smith in the 4th round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants placed Smith on Injured Reserve in early September 2021 with a hamstring injury that caused him to miss all of training camp and the preseason. He was activated from Injured Reserve to the 53-man roster in early November. The team placed him on Injured Reserve again in early January 2022 with a neck injury. As a rookie, Smith played in eight games with no starts, finishing with just eight tackles, two quarterback hits, and one forced fumble.

The Giants signed Thompson as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. Thompson played in one regular-season game, exclusively on special teams.

Jul 252023
 
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (January 15, 2023)

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A week after failing to reach an agreement on a multi-year contract, the New York Giants and running back Saquon Barkley have agreed on a new 1-year contract reportedly worth up to $11 million and which includes a $2 million signing bonus. The agreement also reportedly includes $1 million in incentives if Barkley reaches 1,300 yards, 11 touchdowns, 65 receptions, and the Giants make the playoffs. There was no provision in the contract preventing team from placing the Franchise tag on Barkley again next year.

This deal replaces the 1-year, $10.1 million Franchise Tag placed on Barkley back in early March. Barkley is now expected to report to summer training camp today on time. There will be no holdout.

Per Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) rules, the deadline for any team to sign a Franchise player to a multi-year contract was by 4:00PM on July 17th. After that date, Barkley could only sign a one-year contract with the Giants for the 2023 season. The contract cannot be extended until after the team’s last regular-season game in early January 2024.

According to previous media reports, Barkley did turn down a 3-year contract offer before the July 17th deadline with with an annual value between $11-11.5 million with $22-23 million in guaranteed money.

 

Jul 242023
 
Brandin Bryant, Buffalo Bills (August 21, 2021)

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GIANTS HIRE MIKE ADAMS AS ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS COACH
The New York Giants have hired Mike Adams as an assistant special teams coach, filling a vacancy created when Anthony Blevins left the team to become the new head coach of the XFL’s Vegas Vipers earlier this month. Adams will work under Special Teams Coach Thomas McGaughey and alongside recently-hired Assistant Special Teams Coach Stephen Thomas.

The 42-year old Adams played 16 years in the NFL as a safety for the San Francisco 49ers (2004-2006), Cleveland Browns (2007-2011), Denver Broncos (2012-2013), Indianapolis Colts (2014-2016), Carolina Panthers (2017-2018), and Houston Texans (2019). He was voted to the Pro Bowl twice. In 2021, Adams served as an assistant defensive backs coach for the Chicago Bears.

ROSTER MOVES
The Giants have signed defensive lineman Brandin Bryant, who was released by the Buffalo Bills early last month. The team also waived wide receiver Makai Polk and waived tight end Dre Miller from Injured Reserve.

The 29-year old, 6’2”, 305-pound Bryant was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Seahawks (2016), New York Jets (2016-2917), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2018), Montreal Alouettes (2019), Cleveland Browns (2019-2020), Miami Dolphins (2020), Buffalo Bills (2020–2022, 2023), and Houston Texans (2022). Bryant has played in 11 regular-season games with no starts, accruing nine tackles.

The Giants signed Polk to the Practice Squad in late September 2022. He did not play for the team in 2022. The 6’3”, 197-pound Polk was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2022 NFL Draft. The Ravens waived him in late August and he spent a brief amount of time on their Practice Squad before being cut in late September.

Miller was waived after he failed a physical in mid-June and then placed on Injured Reserve with an undisclosed injury. The Giants originally signed Miller as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2022 NFL Draft. He was placed on Injured Reserve in August 2022 with a broken forearm that he suffered in training camp and later waived with an injury settlement. The Giants then signed Dre Miller to the Practice Squad in late October 2022.