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AUGUST 6, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their eighth summer training camp practice on Saturday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • In 1-on-1 drills, cornerback Eli Apple blanketed wide receivers Victor Cruz (twice) and Dwayne Harris (once) on throws into the end zone.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie broke up a pass in the end zone intended for wide receiver Myles White.
  • In 7-on-7 drills, wide receiver Darius Powe caught two touchdown passes (VIDEO); tight ends Will Tye and Matt LaCosse each caught one touchdown pass.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receiver Odell Beckham on a deep touchdown pass down the left sideline, beating cornerback Janoris Jenkins. (VIDEO)
  • Bobby Hart received some first-team reps at right tackle.
  • Wide receiver Darius Powe caught a deep pass pass against double coverage in 11-one-11 drills from quarterback Ryan Nassib. Powe took a big hit on the play but held onto the ball.
  • Quarterback Ryan Nassib also hit wide receiver K.J. Maye deep for a big gain.
  • Cornerback Eli Apple was flagged twice for illegal-use-of-hands penalties.
  • Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie broke up a pass over the middle intended for wide receiver Geremy Davis.
  • First-team nickel linebackers were Keenan Robinson and Jonathan Casillas.
  • Cornerback Leon Hall and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie practiced with the first-team at slot corner in the nickel defense.
  • Cornerbacks Leon McFadden and Donte Deayon (against wide receiver Darius Powe) broke up passes in the end zone.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning hit tight Larry Donnell twice over the middle for decent gains.
  • Cornerback Eli Apple broke up a touchdown in the end zone against wide receiver Roger Lewis.
  • Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul picked up a loose ball fumbled by quarterback Eli Manning and returned it for a touchdown. Defensive end Olivier Vernon may have influenced the fumble.
  • Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard stuffed running back Andre Williams at the goal line.
  • In 1-on-1 drills, cornerback Janoris Jenkins had excellent coverage on wide receiver Sterling Shepard and knocked the ball away in the end zone.
  • Wide receiver Tavarres King beat cornerback Leon McFadden for a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Saturday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no practice on Sunday. The ninth training camp practice will be held on Monday from 11:10AM – 12:40PM. Only four remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather permitting) this year:

  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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AUGUST 5, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their seventh summer training camp practice on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The practice was a light jog-thru affair.

INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (left leg) and tight end Matt LaCosse (knee) returned to practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Friday’s practice was a light jog-thru before Saturday’s longest practice of camp.
  • Newly-signed cornerback Leon Hall received first-team snaps in the slot cornerback position with the outside corners being Eli Apple (left corner) and Janoris Jenkins (right corner). Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie also worked in with the first unit at the slot corner position and at left cornerback.
  • The first-team nickel linebackers were Jasper Brinkley and Jonathan Casillas. In the base defense, Devon Kennard came in as the third linebacker. Keenan Robinson also worked in as a nickel linebacker with Casillas.
  • Shane McDermott received first-team reps at guard and center.
  • Bobby Hart received some first-team reps at left tackle.
  • Davon Coleman received some first-team snaps at defensive tackle.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The eighth training camp practice will be held on Saturday from 10:40AM – 1:00PM. Only five remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather permitting) this year:

  • Saturday, August 6: 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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AUGUST 4, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their sixth summer training camp practice on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (left leg) and tight end Matt LaCosse (knee) did not practice.

Cornerback Leon Hall, who just signed today, did not practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Wide receiver Sterling Shepard made a terrific catch downfield against cornerback Leon McFadden despite pass interference. (VIDEO) Shepard then beat cornerback Matt Smalley deep. (VIDEO)
  • Linebacker Keenan Robinson blew up an attempted block by tight end Ryan Malleck, knocking him backwards.
  • Wide receiver Kadron Boone made an impressive one-handed catch but was out-of-bounds.
  • Wide receiver Tavarres King had an excellent practice. He made a diving, one-handed reception despite tight coverage from cornerback Eli Apple. King was targeted repeatedly throughout the 11-on-11 portion of practice.
  • Wide receiver Geremy Davis made a leaping grab down the right sideline against cornerback Eli Apple. (VIDEO) Davis followed that up with a nice catch of a low pass on a comeback route.
  • Cornerback Donte Deayon broke up a deep seam pass intended for wide receiver Victor Cruz.
  • Cornerback Janoris Jenkins broke up a flat pass intended for wide receiver Geremy Davis.
  • Wide receiver Victor Cruz had a few receptions on Thursday, but also had a couple of drops. He lined up both outside and in the slot.
  • Wide receiver Darius Powe made a finger tip grab against cornerback Leon McFadden.
  • Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had excellent deep coverage on wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
  • Quarterback Ryan Nassib hit wide receiver Roger Lewis for a long touchdown against cornerback Michael Hunter.
  • Defensive end Olivier Vernon flashed in run defense.
  • Running back Paul Perkins burst through the middle of the line for a huge gain. He had a couple of big runs.

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR STEVE SPAGNUOLO…
The transcript of Steve Spagnuolo’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and audio and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum, Giants.com, and ESPN.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The seventh training camp practice will be held on Friday from 11:40AM – 12:40PM. Only six remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather permitting) this year:

  • Friday, August 5: 11:40 AM – 12:40 AM
  • Saturday, August 6: 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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AUGUST 3, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fifth summer training camp practice on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The practice was not open to the public.

LEON HALL VISITS GIANTS AGAIN…
Unrestricted free agent cornerback Leon Hall (Cincinnati Bengals) visited the New York Giants on Wednesday. Hall had visited the team back in early May but obviously did not sign a contract with the team at that time.

The 31-year old Hall was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In his nine seasons with the Bengals, Hall has played in 121 regular-season games with 105 starts. Hall started four of the 14 games he played in last season, finishing with 44 tackles, nine pass defenses, and two interceptions. He also won “AFC Player of the Week” for his performance in a December game against the St. Louis Rams.

The aging Hall is a physical press corner who tackles very well. He is very experienced and technically-sound. The strength of Hall’s game is his ability to cover receivers out of the slot position. Versatile, Hall has also played safety in some packages. Hall has suffered two Achilles’ tendon injuries (2011 and 2013) that has robbed him of some of his explosiveness. Hall also had back surgery this offseason to repair a disc injury. He is a hard worker and team leader.

INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

Tight end Matt LaCosse left practice early with a right knee injury but returned. “He has a knee,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “But he came back. Came back and fought through it.”

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (left leg) did not practice. When asked if Beckham was making progress, McAdoo responded, “Absolutely… running and cutting and we will evaluate him each day… (He) looks close.”

Place kicker Josh Brown was excused for personal reasons.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Quarterback Eli Manning has had a strong start to training camp and looked sharp again on Wednesday.
  • Defensive end Kerry Wynn and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins flashed in run defense.
  • Working with the third-team defense, defensive end Romeo Okwara blew up a running play.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning hit running back Shane Vereen for a long touchdown off a wheel route. (VIDEO)
  • Linebacker Keenan Robinson worked with the first-team nickel defense and looked sharp in pass coverage.
  • Wide receiver Victor Cruz was rotated in with first-team offense. However, Cruz has yet to make many plays in practice and has not flashed his past explosiveness.
  • Cornerback Eli Apple had blanket coverage on wide receiver Geremy Davis on a go route.
  • Second-team safeties were Nat Berhe and Andrew Adams.
  • Linebacker Jonathan Casillas separated the ball from an intended receiver with a big hit.
  • Quarterback Ryan Nassib was not sharp, but he did hit tight end Matt LaCosse over the middle for a big gain.
  • Cornerback Janoris Jenkins broke up a fade pass into the end zone intended for wide receiver Roger Lewis from quarterback Eli Manning.
  • Linebacker B.J. Goodson received some second-team reps in 7-on-7 drills.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning targeted wide receiver Sterling Shepard quite a bit with success.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning hit tight end Larry Donnell deep down the right sideline, beating linebacker Jasper Brinkley. (VIDEO)
  • Defensive end Olivier Vernon gave left tackle Ereck Flowers problems with his quickness.
  • Running back Bobby Rainey broke a long run with the first-team offense out of the no-huddle.
  • Wide receiver K.J. Maye made a diving reception on a pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib.
  • Linebacker Brad Bars – a converted defensive end – flashed in run defense.
  • Cornerback Trevin Wade had a strong day playing the slot corner position.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The sixth training camp practice will be held on Thursday from 10:40AM – 12:45PM. Only seven remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather permitting) this year:

  • Thursday, August 4: 10:40 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Friday, August 5: 10:40 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Saturday, August 6: 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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New York Giants Training Camp (July 30, 2016)

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AUGUST 2, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fourth summer training camp practice on Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT – DAMON HARRISON OFF OF THE PUP…
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle) and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

Defensive tackle Damon Harrison (knee swelling) was activated from the PUP and practiced on Tuesday.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (left leg) did not practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants wore their shoulder pads but were in shorts, not full pads just yet.
  • Giants have used no-huddle offense in every practice.
  • Quarterback Logan Thomas has a strong arm and connected with some receivers, but he also looked indecisive at times and ran with the ball instead.
  • Defensive tackle Damon Harrison worked with the first-team defense and was a noticeable presence in run defense.
  • Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did a nice job of breaking up passes intended for wide receivers Tavarres King and K.J. Maye.
  • The first-team wide receivers were Geremy Davis, Myles White, and Sterling Shepard (slot). Wide receiver Victor Cruz also received some first-team snaps. Davis and Shepard looked sharp.
  • Roger Lewis and Tavarres King flashed at wide receiver.
  • Wide receiver Sterling Shepard looked good running after the catch and also made a nice diving reception.
  • Wide receiver Geremy Davis beat cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie downfield, but quarterback Eli Manning missed him.
  • Cornerback Trevin Wade had a nice breakup against wide receiver Roger Lewis.
  • Tight end Matt LaCosse had a big catch-and-run over the middle of the defense against safety Landon Collins.
  • Tight end Jerell Adams beat linebacker Kelvin Sheppard over the middle for a nice gain. (VIDEO)
  • Running back Orleans Darkwa had several nice runs.

THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

TOM COUGHLIN NAMED NFL SENIOR ADVISOR TO FOOTBALL OPERATIONS…
The NFL announced on Monday that Tom Coughlin, who served as head coach of the New York Giants from 2004-2015, has been named Senior Advisor to Football Operations.

“We are incredibly pleased to add someone of Coach Coughlin’s experience and character to our staff,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “His passion for football is evident and we are confident he will contribute a great deal to the betterment of the game for current and future players as well as for fans at every level of our sport.”

According to the NFL press release, “Coughlin will advise game-related league committees, including Competition, Health and Safety, Coaches Subcommittee, General Managers Advisory, Combine Review and NCAA Rules and Oversight. He will provide strategic guidance on other matters, including playing rules, coaching techniques, and the development of football personnel, while also providing insight on the operation of the NFL Draft and Pro Bowl.”

“I am looking forward to working with Commissioner Goodell and the talented people representing the National Football League,” Coughlin said.  “My purpose is to serve for the betterment of the great game of football.”

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The fifth training camp practice will be held on Wednesday, but it is not open to the public. Only seven remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather permitting) this year:

  • Thursday, August 4: 10:40 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Friday, August 5: 10:40 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Saturday, August 6: 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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Kerry Wynn and Olivier Vernon, New York Giants (July 30, 2016)

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JULY 31, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their third summer training camp practice on Sunday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The practice was closed to the public due to rain.

INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (knee swelling), defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. injured his left leg after getting tangled up with cornerback Janoris Jenkins on a deep pass. Beckham left practice early because of the injury.

“He got cleated and he has a cut or two,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “They’re in there taking a look at it now, so he’s probably going to be sore for a couple of days.”

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee/calf) was limited for the first time in camp.

“We dialed back his load today,” said McAdoo. “He did work, he finished practice and he got the number of reps we were looking for him to get today… That’s part of the structure… He’ll have different loads each and every day depending on the day and the workload the day before and the work load the next day.”

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Quarterback Eli Manning hit wide receiver Odell Beckham deep for a touchdown against safety Darian Thompson. Manning then found Beckham deep again, this time against cornerback Janoris Jenkins. (VIDEO)
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Trevin Wade ontinue to see time at slot cornerback.
  • Landon Collins and Darian Thompson remain the first-team safeties. Nat Behre and Mykkele Thompson are the second-team safeties.
  • Keenan Robinson saw some first-team reps at middle linebacker after Jasper Brinkley.
  • The Giants first-team no-huddle offense included Odell Beckham, Geremy Davis, and Sterling Sheppard (slot) at wide receiver; Will Tye at tight end; and Shane Vereen at running back.
  • The second-team offensive line featured Byron Stingily at left tackle, Ryan Seymour at left guard, Shane McDermott at center, Emmett Cleary at right guard, and Bobby Hart at right tackle.
  • Wide receiver Roger Lewis dropped a slant but then caught a fade pass from quarterback Eli Manning for a touchdown over cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
  • Running back Paul Perkins broke off a long run. Then running back Bobby Rainey broke off a long touchdown run.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning hit wide receiver Myles White deep down field against cornerback Janoris Jenkins. (VIDEO)
  • Cornerback Leon McFadden picked off a pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib. (VIDEO)

GENERAL MANAGER JERRY REESE…
The transcript of Jerry Reese’s press conference on Sunday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Sunday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players are off on Monday. The fourth training camp practice will be held on Tuesday from 10:40 AM – 12:15 PM. Only eight remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather permitting) this year:

  • Tuesday, August 2: 10:40 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Thursday, August 4: 10:40 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Friday, August 5: 10:40 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Saturday, August 6: 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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JULY 30, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their second summer training camp practice on Saturday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (knee swelling), defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

“He’s getting closer,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo of Thomas.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Wide receivers Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Victor Cruz all worked with the first-team offense.
  • Will Johnson worked with the tight ends and at H-Back.
  • Adam Gettis practiced at center and Brett Jones at guard. Gettis also saw first-team reps at right guard.
  • On the first play on 7-on-7 drills, linebacker Devon Kennard intercepted an underthrown pass by quarterback Eli Manning.
  • Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie worked at the slot corner position in 7-on-7 drills.
  • Wide receiver Tavarres King beat cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a slant and then caught a bomb against cornerback Tramain Jacobs from quarterback Ryan Nassib.
  • Tight end Larry Donnell flashed, including a reception down the seam and a diving reception.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning hit wide receiver Geremy Davis for a red zone touchdown.
  • Running back Orleans Darkwa ripped off a long run with the second-team offense.
  • Montori Hughes and Greg Milhouse rotated with each other alongside Johnathan Hankins at defensive tackle with the first unit.
  • Later in practice, the Giants appeared to be rotating Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, and Eli Apple at the outside corner position while Trevin Wade worked more in the slot corner position.
  • During the walkthru portion of practice, Eli Apple was the outside corner with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the slot corner position.

HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Saturday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The third training camp practice will be held on Sunday from 10:40 AM – 12:30 PM. Only nine remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather permitting) this year:

  • Sunday, July 31: 10:40 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 2: 10:40 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Thursday, August 4: 10:40 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Friday, August 5: 10:40 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Saturday, August 6: 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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JULY 29, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their first summer training camp practice on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The practice was not open to the public due to rain.

Some video clips from Giants.com on new Head Coach Ben McAdoo:

  • All Access: Coach McAdoo wired at practice (Video)
  • All Access: Coach McAdoo wired at practice (Video)

INJURY REPORT…
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (knee swelling), defensive tackle Jay Bromley (ankle), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) remain on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

ROSTER MOVES…
The New York Giants have signed defensive tackles Jermelle Cudjo and Davon Coleman. To make room for these two players, the Giants waived wide receiver Donte Foster and defensive tackle Melvin Lewis. Lewis had been played on the Non-Football Illness (NFI) List yesterday.

The 29-year old Cudjo has spent time with the St. Louis Rams (2010-13), Kansas City Chiefs (2014), and Detroit Lions (2015). Cudjo has played in 45 regular-season games with four starts. He accrued seven tackles in seven games in 2015 with the Lions.

The 25-year old Coleman has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (2014-15), Chicago Bears (2015), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2016). Coleman has played in four regular-season games with one start, accruing just three tackles.

NEW SCOUTS ADDED…
The New York Giants have announced that they have added Michael Murphy and D.J. Boisture to their scouting staff.

The 51-year old Murphy served as a pro personnel assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs (1996-99), a Midwest scout with the Seattle Seahawks (2000-04), a national scout with the Dallas Cowboys (2005-07), and a regional scout with the Miami Dolphins (2008-13).

Boisture served as a Giants pro personnel department intern in 2013-15. He has also spent time with The NFL Network as a football researcher and an intern for GM Jr. Scouting.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants did not run any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 team drills in today’s shorter-than-expected practice.
  • The first-team defensive tackles were Johnathan Hankins and Greg Milhouse. Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon were the first-team defensive ends (JPP on the left side and Vernon on the right).
  • The starting linebackers were Devon Kennard, Jasper Brinkley, and Jonathan Casillas.
  • Landon Collins and Darian Thompson were with the first team at safety, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins at cornerback. Trevin Wade worked with the first unit as the slot corner.
  • Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard started at wide receiver. Victor Cruz practiced with the second team and saw some first-team reps in the slot.
  • Larry Donnell and Will Tye were receiving most first-team snaps at tight end.
  • Nikita Whitlock saw some first-team reps at fullback.
  • Adam Gettis continues to work with the second unit at center.

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HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The second training camp practice will be held on Saturday from 10:40 AM – 12:15 PM. Only 10 remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public (weather complying) this year:

  • Saturday, July 30: 10:40 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Sunday, July 31: 10:40 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 2: 10:40 AM – 12:15 PM
  • Thursday, August 4: 10:40 AM – 12:45 PM
  • Friday, August 5: 10:40 AM – 11:40 AM
  • Saturday, August 6: 10:40 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 8: 11:10 AM – 12:40 PM
  • Tuesday, August 9: 10:40 AM – 12:55 PM
  • Wednesday, August 10: 10:40 AM – 12:20 PM
  • Sunday, August 14: 11:10 AM – 12:50 PM
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (June 15, 2016)

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It was an odd offseason for the New York Giants. One of the top three head coaches in franchise history was fired, yet much of the coaching staff remained intact. The reins were handed over to the 38-year old offensive coordinator who has never served as a head coach at any level of football.

Let’s take quick look at each overall unit and the position group of the 2016 New York Giants:

Offense: The centerpieces of the 2015 8th-ranked offense remain Eli Manning and Odell Beckham. It appears the starting offensive line will remain the same. There was little turnover at running back and tight end. Much is expected of rookie receiver Sterling Shepard and hopefully the healthy return of Victor Cruz. Three new position coaches were added: quarterbacks, wide receivers, and offensive line. And Mike Sullivan was promoted from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator.

There are three major question marks: (1) how will the offense respond with McAdoo now being the head coach and Sullivan the offensive coordinator?; (2) is Victor Cruz permanently-damaged goods?; and (3) will the offensive line be an Achilles’ heel?

Quarterbacks: It seems like just yesterday when Eli Manning came to the Giants. Now the 35-year old quarterback will be entering his 13th season. He doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Entering the third year in McAdoo’s West Coast Offense, Manning should have one of his finest seasons if he stays healthy. He’s coming off a 35-to-14 TD-to-INT ratio season. Ryan Nassib remains the primary back-up. If the Giants had another viable alternative behind Manning, Nassib would be ideal trade bait since he’s entering the last year of his contract. But third-string Logan Thomas appears to be just a camp arm. Frank Cignetti, Jr. is the new quarterbacks coach.

Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz, New York Giants (June 15, 2016)

Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Wide Receivers: Odell Beckham, Jr. is arguably the best wide receiver in football. Aside from injury, the only thing that could prevent him from becoming a legendary player is off-the-field distractions. It will also be interesting to see how he handles himself against his #1 nemesis – Josh Norman – twice per season. Keep in mind the Giants hired Beckham’s old college wide receivers coach, Adam Henry. Much is expected of rookie Sterling Shepard. So far, the early returns are extremely positive. But it will likely be the health status of Victor Cruz that ultimately determines how good this offense can be in 2016. If Cruz can return to anywhere near his 2011-12 form, the Giants will have an elite offense. Dwayne Harris is an ideal 4th receiver and special teams player. There will be tremendous competition for the fifth and possibly sixth wide receiver roster spots. Geremy Davis and Myles White saw quite a few reps with the first unit in the spring. But the other seven receivers on the roster all have talent. Keep an eye on rookie free agent Roger Lewis.

Running Backs: There are a lot of decent backs here, but is there a bell cow? Rashad Jennings has teased with extremely productive flashes like when he rushed for 432 yards in his last four games of the 2015 season. Can he stay healthy and be consistently productive? How much will McAdoo differ from Tom Coughlin in the way he rotates running backs? Regardless, Shane Vereen will remain a key element as a pass-catching back in the West Coast Offense. It’s do-or-die time for Andre Williams, the 2014 4th round draft pick, who simply hasn’t delivered the goods. If he falters, rookie Paul Perkins, productive-but-injury-prone Orleans Darkwa, or even Mike Sullivan favorite Bobby Rainey could jump up the depth chart. At fullback, Nikita Whitlock’s spot is in danger with the addition of experienced, physical fullback/H-Back Will Johnson from the Steelers.

Tight Ends: Larry Donnell came out of nowhere in 2014 but regressed in 2015, at least partially due to a neck injury that caused him to miss half the season. That, combined with Daniel Fells’ career-ending staph infection, opened the door for rookie free agent Will Tye, who looks like he has some real skills as a pass receiver. Pushing these two in spring workouts were second-year player Matt LaCosse and rookies Jerell Adams and Ryan Malleck. Adams and possibly LaCosse have shots to become legitimate two-way tight ends. But don’t discount Donnell and Tye. Regardless, there is a lot of competition at this position. And McAdoo loves using his tight ends.

Offensive Line: The biggest change here was not personnel but coaching. 61-year old Mike Solari is the new offensive line coach. He’s considered one of the best, but has only coached in the West Coast system one year (in 2015 in Green Bay). Unless someone like Bobby Hart surprises, it appears the starting five will remain the same. Most Giants’ fans are deeply concerned about the right side of the offensive line, specifically, guard John Jerry and tackle Marshall Newhouse. Jerry has reportedly worked his tail off this offseason. More good news is that Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, and Weston Richburg should continue to develop into a real team strength. Look for the running game to show much more consistency and productivity with these three leading the way. Depth remains an issue as the Giants only added a few no-names in the offseason such as Byron Stingily, Ryan Seymour, and Dillon Farrell.

Defense: The Giants made dramatic changes to their 32nd-ranked defense. The Giants spent almost $194 millon on three defensive free agents, added two much cheaper veteran free agent linebackers, and used three of their first four draft picks on defense. New position coaches were added on the defensive line and at linebacker.

The big question marks are (1) can Steve Spagnuolo regain his mojo as a defensive coordinator?; (2) how good can Jason Pierre-Paul be?; and (2) how quickly can the new pieces of the puzzle come together to form a cohesive unit? It’s been a long, long time since the Giants’ defense really scared anyone.

Defensive Line: The Giants made two major upgrades at this position, replacing defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins with Damon Harrison and Robert Ayers with Olivier Vernon. With the acquisition of Vernon, the Giants likely will move Jason-Pierre-Paul to left defensive end. Much depends on how much JPP’s permanently-damaged hand will affect his play moving forward. Can he come anywhere near his 2011 form again? Vernon was given a mammoth contract and the pressure is on him to perform at the very highest level. The Giants should be well-served by two huge, strong defensive tackles in Harrison and Johnathan Hankins. The Giants are also hoping that Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Jay Bromley provide quality depth. On paper, the defensive line looks like a very strong group. In addition, the Giants made significant changes to coaching when they let go of Robert Nunn and replaced him with rising coaching star Patrick Graham from the Patriots and added a new defensive tackle assistant coaching position with the addition of Jeff Zgonina.

Linebackers: The injury-prone Jon Beason retired. The Giants signed Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard in free agency and drafted B.J. Goodson in the 4th round. These three will compete with returning linebackers Devon Kennard, Jasper Brinkley, J.T. Thomas, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich, and Brad Bars. Kennard flashes talent, but can’t seem to stay on the field. The other returning starters seem like “just guys” who could be easily replaced. The good news is there is a lot of veteran experience in the group. Brinkley and Robinson will likely fight for the starting middle linebacker spot with Brinkley being the more physical player and Robinson the better athlete. All three starting spots are open to competition and how this all shakes out will be one of the more interesting story lines of camp. Linebacker still appears to be the weak link of what should be an improved defensive unit. The Giants replaced linebackers coach Jim Herrmann with Bill McGovern.

Darian Thompson, New York Giants (June 6, 2016)

Darian Thompson – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Defensive Backs: The Giants replaced Prince Amukamara with Janoris Jenkins, who they are paying like a shut-down corner. The pressure will be on him to play to that level. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a Pro Bowl-quality defender. The Giants also used the 10th pick in the draft on cornerback Eli Apple. So on paper, corner looks like a real strength. The big question here is can any of these three players handle the slot corner position? Otherwise we may see more of Trevin Wade than Apple on the field. Diminutive rookie free agent Donte Deayon made noise in the spring, as did his college teammate Darian Thompson at free safety. If Thompson is the real deal, that will allow the Giants to move Landon Collins to his more natural strong safety position. Those two could form a talented, albeit very inexperienced duo. Nat Berhe, Mykkele Thompson, Bennett Jackson, and Cooper Taylor have talent, but have to stay on the field. Lacking experience, the safety unit is very green.

Special Teams: Tom Quinn continues to miraculously survive assistant coaching purges, having remained with the team since 2006. The Giants probably preferred to keep Larry Izzo as assistant special teams coach, but he accepted a position with the Texans. Dwayne Stukes replaces him. Special teams were very much improved in 2015, but they also cost the Giants dearly in a few games. The core will likely remain the same: Dwayne Harris as punt/kickoff returner, Josh Brown as place kicker, Brad Wing as the punter/holder, and Zak DeOssie as long snapper.

Summary: The offense should be good, and could be exceptional if Victor Cruz returns close to 100 percent, but that’s a huge “if.” The concerns about the right side of the offensive line are probably overblown, but depth could be a real issue if injuries hit. On paper, the Giants are much improved on the defensive line and in the secondary, but the various parts need to come together quickly. It’s been a while since Steve Spagnuolo has put together a good defense. Special teams need to be a net positive throughout a 16-game+ schedule. The Giants are in what has proven to be an exceptionally weak division in recent years. It’s time to get back to the playoffs.

Jun 252016
 
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Eli Apple and Victor Cruz, New York Giants (June 15, 2016)

Eli Apple and Victor Cruz – © USA TODAY Sports Images

According to Spotrac.com, the New York Giants currently have approximately $17,855,970 in salary cap space with 91 players (one on Injured Reserve – linebacker Uani ‘Unga) currently under contract. Only the top 51 player salaries for a team count against the salary cap in the offseason.

(Note: NFL Player Association records say the Giants have $18,160,235 in salary cap room, including two players on Injured Reserve – linebacker Uani ‘Unga and wide receiver Ben Edwards).

Spotrac.com overview of the New York Giants salary cap situation:

  • 2016 NFL Salary Cap: $155,270,000
  • 2015 Rollover Cap: $11,193,231
  • Adjustment: $856,928
  • New York Giants Adjusted Salary Cap: $167,320,159
  • All Contracts: $157,308,557
  • Top 51 Contracts: $139,233,557
  • Injured Reserve Money: $525,000
  • Dead Money: $9,705,632
  • Total (All): $167,539,189
  • Total (Top 51 Contracts): $149,464,189
  • Cap Space (All):  -$219,030
  • Cap Space (Top 51 plus Draft Pool): $17,855,970
  • Cap Space (Top 51 Contracts): $17,855,970

The top five sources of the dead money are:

  • Offensive Tackle Will Beatty ($5,000,000)
  • Offensive Guard Geoff Schwartz ($1,916,667)
  • Linebacker Jon Beason ($1,466,668)
  • Punter Steve Weatherford ($875,000)
  • Defensive End Damontre Moore ($143,813)

The top-10 players currently counting the most against the team’s 2016 salary cap are:

  1. Quarterback Eli Manning ($24,200,000)
  2. Defensive End Olivier Vernon ($13,000,000)
  3. Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul ($9,400,000)
  4. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ($8,000,000)
  5. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins ($8,000,000)
  6. Defensive Tackle Damon Harrison ($6,600,000)
  7. Running Back Shane Vereen ($4,916,666)
  8. Wide Receiver Victor Cruz ($4,400,000)
  9. Linebacker J.T. Thomas ($4,000,000)
  10. Wide Receiver/Returner Dwayne Harris ($3,800,000)

NFL Player Association listing of the teams with the most salary cap room:

  1. San Francisco 49ers: $49,504,146
  2. Cleveland Browns: $42,811,540
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars: $40,839,499
  4. Carolina Panthers: $26,266,272
  5. Tennessee Titans: $25,145,195
  6. Chicago Bears: $22,048,450
  7. New York Giants: $18,160,235