Jul 172014
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Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (December 15, 2013)

Antrel Rolle – © USA TODAY Sports Images

For the first time since Antrel Rolle signed with the Giants in 2010, the 31-year-old safety played, well, primarily safety.

There was enough depth to keep Rolle in his most natural position. No more need for him to player nickel corner, outside corner or down in the box.

The result? 98 tackles (career high), two sacks (career high), six interceptions (career high), a forced fumble and the acknowledgment as the third-most dynamic safety in the league.

NFL.com analysis Bucky Brooks has spent the last week compiling a list of ‘Bucky’s Best,’ taking a look at the NFL’s best at certain attributes. A former NFL player himself, Brooks has found the NFL’s top blind-side blockers, complete running backs, clutch quarterbacks, hybrid tight ends and players with the best hand-ball skills.

Earlier, Brooks named Giants’ cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the seventh-best coverage safety. Rolle is the highest ranked Giant on any of his lists to date. Brooks has yet to debut his best “Defensive signal-callers.”

Brooks had the following to say on Rolle:

The cagey veteran remains one of the top playmakers in the game despite entering his 10th season in the league. In fact, Rolle is fresh off his best professional campaign. As a former cornerback, he’s comfortable manning up against tight ends and receivers in the slot, but he’s also adept at patrolling the deep middle. His versatility allows defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to use him in a variety of roles in the Giants’ sub-packages to keep quarterbacks guessing in the pocket. Rolle is a proven playmaker with a knack for picking off passes (23 career interceptions, including six in 2013) and creating disruption on the second level. He’s an ideal Swiss army knife to counter the versatile offenses setting the pace in today’s NFL.

The praise and accolades are not the first for Rolle this offseason. The former first-round pick was voted the No. 65 player in the NFL on the NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ countdown and was named ‘Giant of the Year’ by BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI).

BBI will present Rolle with the ‘Hope Johnson’ trophy on July 25.

Jul 172014
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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (January 28, 2014)

Jay Glazer will present Michael Strahan into the Hall of Fame – © USA TODAY Sports Images

When Michael Strahan is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 2, it’ll be long-time friend and FOXSports reporter Jay Glazer that first welcomes him to the halls of Canton.

When Strahan was initially voted into the Hall of Fame, it was Glazer that broke the news to him. Sitting around friends and family, Glazer casually glanced down at is phone before beginning to talk.

“Last year was tough because I was like, ‘You’re gonna make it,’” Glazer turned to Strahan and said. “Then I thought, maybe it’s just not going to be this year.

“But, it is this year.’”

Following around Strahan during the entire week, LIVE with Michael and Kelly caught it all on film:

Strahan, who considers Glazer one of his closest friends, described the two’s relationship in an article on Deadspin.com

Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer – © USA TODAY Sports Images

“We always argue and fight and scream. We’ve been in cars before, and I open the door and get out as he’s driving 60 miles per hour down the street,” Strahan told Drew Magary. “We do get to that point where it’s like most people, 99.9 percent who doesn’t know us, they would just go, ‘Oh, these guys are gonna fight, I don’t know if I really want to get into the middle of this.’ And I think we end up laughing at everybody else’s reaction.”

Glazer helped Strahan co-write his biography, “Inside the Helmet: My Life as an Afternoon Warrior.”

Jul 172014
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CineSport Video Update: Strahan – Inside His Journey to Canton

Giants.com Q&A with LB Jameel McClain: The video of a Giants.com Q&A session with LB Jameel McClain is available at Giants.com.

Article on OG Chris Snee: Chris Snee remains an unknown for Giants heading into training camp by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

New York Giants Training Camp Articles:

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Ryan Nassib by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Marcus Harris: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Marcus Harris by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on OC/OG Weston Richburg: Giants training camp battle No. 5: J.D. Walton vs. Weston Richburg at center Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Quarterback Y.A. Tittle: Awakening the Giant by Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com

Jul 162014
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Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, New York Giants (February 7, 2012)

Manning was ranked the No. 65 player in the NFL by CBS Sports – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Since hoisting his second Lombardi Trophy, it hasn’t been very easy being Eli Manning.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP has fronted a New York Giants team that is on a two-year playoff drought, has turned the ball over 50 times and has yet to have a completion percentage over 60 percent.

He’s now 33-years-old, is learning a brand new offense and dealing with questions on if he’s on the decline. Despite all the above, CBS Sports believes the once-elite Eli is still, well, Elite.

Answering NFL Network’s ‘Top 100′ list, CBS released on of its own and named Manning No. 65 and lone Giant on the countdown. Manning was omitted from the NFL Network’s Top 100.

“Granted he threw a lot of interceptions in 2013, but he always bounces back,” list-compiler Pat Kirwan wrote.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (50), Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck (49), Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (47), Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (45), San Diego’s Philip Rivers (34), Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (18) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (5) all ranked ahead of Manning.

Tom Brady (New England), Peyton Manning (Denver), Drew Brees (New Orleans) comprised the ‘Top 3.’

Giants’ safety Antrel Rolle, who was voted the 72nd-best player on the NFL Network’s ‘Top 100,” was not ranked by CBS.

The complete list can be viewed here.

Jul 162014
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When the Atlanta Falcons stepped up to the plate and volunteered to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks, the sigh of relief from Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese could be felt miles away.

But while this year’s New York Giants won’t be featured on the network, a team that last played 56 years ago will.

According to the New York Post, HBO will begin filming a movie entitled The Glory Game, based on Frank Gifford’s book detailing the 1958 NFL Championship.

Gene Kirkwood, Ross Elliott and Cody Gifford will produce the film. The Glory Game was originally published in 2009 and is based around what has been coined “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” In 1958, the Giants and Baltimore Colts faced off in the NFL championship.

The game, which was televised across the nation on NBC, was the first championship to go into sudden death overtime. The Colts won, 23-17, on fullback Alan Ameche’s one-yard touchdown run.

Frank Gifford, New York Giants (1957)

Frank Gifford, New York Giants (1957)

“That overtime meant a lot and moved us into a time zone where people were turning on their TVs in California and seeing NFL football,” Giants’ running back Frank Gifford told The New York Post. “Football, at that time, was a game that nobody talked about or watched on TV … and that game had a lot to do with bringing fans to the game. People turned on their TVs expecting to see the news, which was pre-empted by the game, and I think that had a lot to do with popularizing the NFL.”

The film is still in the early stages of development and has yet cast any actors or actresses.

“We’ve met with [writer John Richards] and we’re developing the story with him,” Cody Gifford told The Post. “We’re kind of taking a hands-off approach but we’re giving him everything he needs. We’re focused right now on getting the best possible story out of the book.”

Jul 152014
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

ESPN doesn’t have much faith in a bounce-back year from Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants put together arguably the most active offseason of any NFL team, signing big name after big name to fill the many vacancies left by expiring contracts.

Despite all the new faces, ESPN isn’t quite sold yet on New York being a vast improvement over last year’s team. After finishing 2013 ranked No. 23, the Giants enter 2014 ranked No. 19.

If ESPN’s pre-season power rankings prove to be entirely accurate, the Giants will finish second in the NFC East behind the ninth-ranked ranked Eagles, but fail to qualify for the playoffs. Nine NFC teams would finish ahead of New York. Theoretically, the NFC playoff picture would look as follows:

No. 1 seed: Seattle Seahawks
No. 2 seed: New Orleans Saints
No. 3 seed: Green Bay Packers
No. 4 seed: Philadelphia Eagles
Wild Card No. 1: San Francisco 49ers
Wild Card No. 2: Arizona Cardinals

Tiki Barber, New York Giants (August 2006)

Tiki Barber’s rookie year snapped the Giants last three-year playoff drought.

The Giants’ omission would be the third-straight season the team would fail to make the playoffs. New York hasn’t gone three years without qualifying for the postseason in 15 years. From 1994-1996, the Giants missed the postseason three straight times finishing 9-7, 5-11 and 6-10 before going 10-5-1 in 1997.

In the NFC East, ESPN ranked the Dallas Cowboys No. 22 and the Washington Redskins No. 28. The Cleveland Browns were ranked No. 32.

Agree or disagree Giants’ fans? Voice your opinion here. ESPN’s complete list can be viewed below.

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. New England Patriots
5. New Orleans Saints
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Indianapolis Colts
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. Philadelphia Eagles
10. Cincinnati Bengals
11 Carolina Panthers
12 Chicago Bears
13 Baltimore Ravens
14 Atlanta Falcons
15 Kansas City Chiefs
16 San Diego Chargers
17 Pittsburgh Steelers
18 St. Louis Rams
19 New York Giants
20 Detroit Lions
21 New York Jets
22 Dallas Cowboys
23 Tampa Bay Bucs
24 Miami Dolphins
25 Tennessee Titans
26 Houston Texans
27 Buffalo Bills
28 Washington Redskins
29 Minnesota Vikings
30 Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Oakland Raiders
32. Cleveland Browns

Jul 152014
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USA Today Sports Video: Giants Potential Breakout Players

Jim Herrmann, New York Giants (October 28, 2012)

Jim Herrmann – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Giants.com Q&A with Linebackers Coach Jim Herrmann: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Linebackers Coach Jim Herrmann is available at Giants.com.

Inside Football Player Q&As: Transcripts of Q&A sessions with the following New York Giants players are available at InsideFootball.com:

Article on New York Giants Training Camp Battles: Giants have plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp nears by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Article on QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr.: Eli Manning works with NY Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham at Manning Passing Academy by Kevin Armstrong of The New York Daily News

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Article on DT Mike Patterson: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Mike Patterson by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giants Linebackers:

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Article on PK Brandon McManus: North Penn grad Brandon McManus eyes opportunity to kick for Giants by Tom Layberger of The Reporter

Jul 142014
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Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (February 5, 2012)

Tom Coughlin was ranked the No. 5 coach in the NFL – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Back-to-back playoff-less seasons hasn’t done much to hurt Tom Coughlin’s rank among the upper echelon of NFL coaches.

In a recent ‘Head Coach Power Rankings’ rating by NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison, Coughlin came in at No. 5. The article ranked every NFL coach from 1-32.

In his description, Harrison admitted the difficulty in finding the appropriate ranking for Coughlin. While the 67-year-old does have two Super Bowl Championships and a pair of AFC Championship game appearances under his belt, he also has several seasons where his teams struggled.

Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

In recent memory, the Giants have failed to qualify for the postseason in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Ranked ahead of Coughlin were John Harbaugh (Ravens) at No. 4, Jim Harbaugh (49ers) at No. 3, Sean Payton (Saints) at No. 2 and Bill Belichick (Patriots) at No. 1. Within the NFC East, the Eagles’ Chip Kelly ranked No.18, Cowboys’ Jason Garrett No. 23 and Redskins Jay Gruden No. 30.

Do you believe Harrison has Coughlin correctly ranked? Agree with his NFC East counterparts? Voice your opinion here.

Jul 142014
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When the New York Giants came to terms on a five-year, $35 million contract with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team knew the corner was a risk.

Sure, ‘DRC’ had looked about as good as one could last year with the Denver Broncos and for three seasons with the Cardinals. But there were two years in Philadelphia that put everything in question.

Was Rodgers-Cromartie a chance-taking athlete who happened to guess more right than wrong last year? Or a shut-down corner?

According to Bucky Brooks, it’s the latter of the two.

In a recent column on NFL.com, Brooks ranked the 28-year-old Rodgers-Cromartie as the seventh-best cover corner in the NFL. Rodgers-Cromartie ranked one spot ahead of cousin and former Jets’ cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He was the lone corner from the NFC East on the list.

Brooks praised Rodgers-Cromartie for his ballhawking capabilities and ability to lock down any wideout.

‘Possesses the physical tools to be the top cover corner around. He is an athletic ballhawk capable of squatting on routes to produce critical turnovers, yet is also skilled enough to blanket receivers in tight man-to-man.’

Brooks continued to say that when DRC is ‘on,’ he has the potential to be a ‘Top 5′ corner in the league.

What do you think Giants fans? Should Rodgers-Cromartie be ranked higher or lower? Is his rating justified? Voice your opinion on the boards.

Jul 112014
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Video: SI – Top 5 NFL Teams Before Training Camp

Inside Football Q&A with Cornerbacks Coach Peter Giunta: The transcript of a Q&A session with RB Andre Williams is available at InsideFootball.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Safeties Coach David Merritt: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Safeties Coach David Merritt is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Player Q&As: Video clips of Giants.com Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
  • LB Devon Kennard (Video)

Article on WR Trindon Holliday: Trindon Holliday film review: Giants return specialist overrated, underrated, as expected? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Kelcy Quarles: The 10 Giants you’ll know when training camp begins: Kelcy Quarles by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Cooper Taylor: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Cooper Taylor by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Return Game: Fresh legs could bring new life to Giants’ shoddy return game by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post