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Video – SI: Giants’ New Up-Tempo Offense (from first days of camp)

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New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

July 27, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP), WR Odell Beckham (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (leg), and TE Xavier Grimble (hamstring) did not practice.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked if it was a little disappointing that Beckham has not practiced yet at camp. “It’s more than that,” replied Coughlin. “You’re trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring. It’d be nice to get him back practicing. He actually looks pretty good moving around, catching the ball, not favoring anything. I’m just hoping it’s a real short amount of time.”

“(The trainers are) not going to let him go if he’s in the danger of hurting himself,” said Coughlin. “That’s all there is to it. I can stand there and fight all I want, but it’s not going to happen. When they feel he can go and not risk any recurring injury, they’ll let him go…I think there has been (some improvement).”

Coughlin on Holliday: “He did something catching a punt. Hopefully, it’s not much.”

Coughlin on Grimble: “Minor hamstring strain a couple of days ago.”

July 27, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Sunday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

July 27, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Sunday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

7 things we found out during media hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on New York Giants Training Camp: Giants put on the pads; Linemen talk benefits by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on QB Ryan Nassib: Ryan Nassib expected growing pains, eventual improvement at Giants training camp by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on New York Giants Running Backs:

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Article on the New York Giants Linebackers: Linebackers becoming a Big Blue strength by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on Former Giants DE Michael Strahan: Move to left end early in his career set Michael Strahan on a path to the Hall of Fame by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Place Kicking Competition: Giants’ kicker battle: ‘No Tonya Hardings’ by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Jul 272014
 
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Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (July 25, 2014)

Antrel Rolle Accepts BBI Trophy – Photo by gidiefor

Antrel Rolle Receives BBI “Giant of the Year” Trophy: New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle received the 2013 BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) “Giant of the Year” Trophy on Friday after the team’s training camp practice concluded.

Rolle had his finest season as a New York Giant in 2013. He started all 16 games and finished with 98 tackles, 2 sacks, 12 pass defenses, 6 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. Rolle also played in the Pro Bowl as a second-alternate.

Based on fan voting, the award is given to the Giants’ player, coach, or member of the front office who most contributed to the team’s success on the field in a given year. The vote is held at the end of each season by members of the BBI community. With 2,920 votes cast, Rolle received 64 percent of the vote followed by linebacker Jon Beason (16 percent), defensive end Justin Tuck (7 percent), Head Coach Tom Coughlin (4 percent), Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell (4 percent), cornerback Prince Amukamara (3 percent), and place kicker Josh Brown (1 percent).

Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (July 25, 2014)

Eric Kennedy points out significance of naming trophy after Hope Johnson – Photo by Larry Schmitt

The award carries a special significance as the trophy has been renamed to honor Hope Johnson, a beloved member of the BBI community and organizer of the “Giant of the Year” presentation, who passed away in 2009.

BBI owner and editor Eric Kennedy presented the award to Rolle. Kennedy highlighted Rolle’s on-field production in 2013, but also remarked about Rolle’s maturation into a team leader during his four seasons with the Giants. He also mentioned that Rolle is the first defensive player to win the award.

“I am extremely honored, I am overly ecstatic,” said Rolle. “I am fully aware of the site BBI, my family is. And I’m not too crazy about blogs, you have to a little on the edgy side. We thank you on behalf myself and the New York Giants for being such a great supporter… Win, lose, or draw, we know you guys are always there.”

“The best is yet to come,” said Rolle. “We are looking forward to a lot of great things this year… I am extremely excited about this year, extremely excited about your site.”

Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (July 25, 2014)

Antrel Rolle with BBI Members – Photo by ChathamMark

Antrel Rolle’s comments on receiving the award are available at Giants.com.

A list of previous award winners is available in the BBI Giant of the Year section of the website.

Jul 262014
 
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Cullen Jenkins and Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

Cullen Jenkins and Jason Pierre-Paul – © USA TODAY Sports Images

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July 25, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP) and WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) did not practice. 

Beason remains optimistic that he will be ready for the regular-season opener. “There is no reason now to think I won’t be there, based on how I feel and how I’m progressing,” Beason said. “The biggest thing is getting back to football shape. Right now, we’re dotting all the I’s and crossing all the T’s.”

“We’re just being really smart about it,” said Beason. “You have bench marks, like, ‘Hey, we’re going to start doing this at six weeks, get a little more aggressive.’ I think I’m a little superhuman. I heal a little faster. At the end of the day, six weeks, that’s what the timetable calls for so you listen and try to do right.”

Beason said he would like to play in a preseason game. “I would hope so,” said Beason. “Based on how I feel, the way things are going you want to keep making baby steps. If you go too fast, you have a setback and now all of a sudden you’re pushing that timetable of September 8th so we want to be smart about it. Obviously I’m going to do what they tell me, but I would love to get in during the preseason and get some reps.”

When asked about Beckham, Head Coach Tom Coughlin said, “You’ll know before I’ll know, probably. He seems like he’s frisky enough out here. Today he was catching the ball from the machine and seemed to be moving around okay. So hopefully it’s not going to take too long.”

July 25, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: The transcripts and video from Friday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

July 25, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Friday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

6 takeaways from Giants Media Hour by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Giants Report: The Short Story of Eli’s New Offense by Peter King of SI.com

Article on RB Andre Williams: Budding Author and Inventor Emerges Quickly in Giants’ Backfield by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

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Article on LT Will Beatty and DE Jason Pierre-Paul: How Jason Pierre-Paul and Will Beatty motivate each other by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Jul 252014
 
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Will Hill, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

Will Hill Returns an Interception for a TD – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The Baltimore Ravens have come to terms on a contract with ex-New York Giant and suspended safety Will Hill. Hill will take the roster spot of another former Giant, Aaron Ross, who suffered a season-ended achilles injury yesterday during the Ravens’ conditioning test.

“If we need it, Will will provide depth in the middle of the season,” Ravens’ general manager Ozzie Newsome told Jeff Zrebiec.

Hill spent two suspension-filled seasons with the Giants after going undrafted in 2011. When Hill was on the field, the dynamic safety flashed for the Giants with his play-making ability. The issue was staying on the field.

His rookie year, Hill missed four games when he was suspended for the use of Adderall. He returned to register 38 tackles and a forced fumble. Last season, he missed four more games when he was suspended for the use of marijuana.

Even though Hill returned and recorded 77 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interceptions in 12 games, the Giants warned him he was on thin ice. One more slip up and Hill would be released.

Their warning fell on deaf ears.

Hill was suspended again on May 30 for the first six games of the regular season after failing another drug test for marijuana. He blamed second-hand smoke, but lost his appeal. The Giants released Hill shortly after his appeal was denied.

While Hill will need to sit out the first six games of the regular season, he will be eligible to practice and play in the Ravens’ preseason games. The news of Hill signing comes shortly after the announcement of Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for alleged domestic abuse.

Jul 242014
 
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Video – Peter King: 5 Things I Think About the Giants

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July 24, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP) and WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) did not practice. “Let’s face it, I don’t want it to be like it was in the spring,” Coughlin said of Beckham, who missed most of the spring offseason program with the same hamstring issue. “We need to get the guy back out here and get him on the field.”

July 24, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Thursday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com.

July 24, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Thursday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

5 takeaways from Giants player interviews by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

New York Giants Practice Reports:

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Jerry Reese, Tom Coughlin focus on Giants getting a quick start by Tom Rock of Newsday

Articles on the New York Giants Offense:

Article on QB Eli Manning: Facing long-term decisions, Jerry Reese hopes Eli Manning returns to form by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Ends:

Article on CB Bennett Jackson: Bennett Jackson happy to be back in home state by Stephen Edelson of APP.com

Jul 242014
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Tom Coughlin held a shortened practice. But why?– © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants tried something a bit different in the team’s third training camp practice.

When the team first gathered on Monday, three players were carted off of the field due to heat-related issues. As a counter, New York held a ‘water break’ 15 minutes into yesterday’s two-minute drill.

Today, there was no water break. Instead, a shortened and rep-reduced practice followed by an extended post-practice stretch.

Why? Because the “GPS” told them to.

“That was a recovery stretch,” Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. “Again, trying to enhance this soft muscle business.”

On the back of each of the Giants’ players sits a ‘GPS’ tracking device. The device registers how far each player runs, how fast and a player’s heart rate. It can even measure every step a player takes during the practice’s duration.

After studying the readings from the past two days, it was suggested that the Giants have a lighter practice. Instead of going for the normal two hour duration, camp broke after roughly an hour.

Then, the team stretched for thirty minutes. Coaches included.

“The GPS information tries to help us structure the practice and let us know when we should be doing things like this,” Coughlin said. “The purpose is to come back and have a full-speed practice tomorrow.”

While the device seems to be working, the question now remains how Coughlin is understanding all of it. When Chris Snee retired, the 67-year-old coach talked about how he “group texts” his family. Yesterday, he mentioned how understanding the Giants’ new offense was like “learning a foreign language.”

Group texting and language memorization is one thing, but GPS health navigation?

“I’m doing the best I can,” Coughlin said with a smile.

Jul 242014
 
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Marcus Harris, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Where does Marcus Harris stand on the Giants’ unofficial depth chart? – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants released their first ‘unofficial’ depth chart of training camp. Please note, this is ‘unofficial’.

Below you will find the depth chart the team has released:

OFFENSE
QUARTERBACK:
Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter

RUNNING BACK:
Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, Peyton Hillis, Andre Williams, Kendall Gaskins, Michael Cox

FULLBACK:
Henry Hynoski, John Conner

RECEIVER 1:
Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr, Mario Manningham, Trindon Holliday, Marcus Harris, Travis Harvey

RECEIVER: 2
Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker, Corey Washington

TIGHT END:
Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Xavier Grimble, Kellen Davis, Adrien Robinson

LEFT TACKLE:
William Beatty, Charles Brown, James Brewer, Roger Gaines

LEFT GUARD:
Geoff Schwartz, Dallas Reynolds, Jamaal Johnson-Webb

CENTER:
J.D. Walton, Weston Richburg, Eric Herman

RIGHT GUARD:
Brandon Mosley, John Jerry, John Sullen

RIGHT TACKLE:
Justin Pugh, Troy Kropog, DeMarcus Love

 

DEFENSE:
Left DEFENSIVE END:
Mathias Kiwanuka, Robert Ayers Jr., Kerry Wynn, Jordan Stanton

LEFT DEFENSIVE TACKLE:
Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Jay Bromley

RIGHT DEFENSIVE TACKLE:
Mike Patterson, Marcus Kuhn, Kelcy Quarles, Everett Dawkins

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END:
Jason Pierre-Paul, Damontre Moore, Kendrick Adams, Emmanuel Dieke

STRONG OUTSIDE LINEBACKER:
Devon Kennard, Dan Fox, Spencer Adkins

MIDDLE LINEBACKER:
Jameel McClain, Mark Herzlich, Terrell Manning, John Beason (PUP)

WEAK OUTSIDE LINEBACKER:
Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger, Justin Anderson

LEFT CORNERBACK:
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Trumaine McBride, Zack Bowman, Travis Howard

STRONG SAFETY:
Antrel Rolle, Cooper Taylor, Nat Berhe, C.J. Barnett

FREE SAFETY:
Stevie Brown, Quintin Demps, Thomas Gordon, Kyle Sebetic

RIGHT CORNERBACK:
Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III, Jayron Hosley, Charles James II, Bennett Jackson

 

SPECIAL TEAMS:
PUNTER:
Steve Weatherford

HOLDER:
Steve Weatherford

KICKER:
Josh Brown, Brandon McManus

LONG SNAPPER:
Zak DeOssie

KICK RETURNER:
Quintin Demps, Trindon Holliday, David Wilson, PReston Parker, Jerrel Jernigan

PUNT RETURNER:
Trindon Holliday, Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker, David Wilson

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Corey Washington and Eli Manning, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Corey Washington and Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

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July 23, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: LB Jon Beason (foot – PUP) and WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) did not practice.

Beckham aggravated the same hamstring that bothered him in OTA’s and the mini-camp on the first day of practice on Tuesday.

“He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “Obviously there is a concern…This guy has that track speed so hopefully he can get back out there pretty quickly because we’re expecting big things from him.”

“He didn’t go and who knows how long (until he returns),” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “Don’t ask me. I have no idea.”

Jameel McClain (foot) returned to practice. “He did well,” Coughlin said. “He came out and practiced and went the whole practice, so I think he’s fine. A little sore, but he was able to go.”

July 23, 2014 Jerry Reese Press Conference: The transcript and video from Wednesday’s press conference with General Manager Jerry Reese are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com.

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Tom Coughlin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

July 23, 2014 New York Giants Coach Media Q&As: The transcripts and video from Wednesday’s press conferences with the following coaches are available at Giants.com:

July 23, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video clips of Wednesday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

New York Giants WFAN Interviews: Video and audio of Wednesday’s WFAN interviews with the following New York Giants are available at CBS New York:

New York Giants Training Camp Reports:

Article on the New York Giants Offense: Eli Manning and the Giants are embracing their new direction by Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning’s career at a crossroads by Johnette Howard of ESPNNewYork.com

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Article on WR Victor Cruz: NY Giants Victor Cruz studying up on Jerry Rice as Big Blue installs West Coast offense by Gary Myers of The New York Daily News

Article on TE Adrien Robinson: Adrien Robinson the Giants’ version of Julius Thomas? That’s what they’re hoping by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (June 18,2014)

Jason Pierre-Paul – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul says sack record a possibility by Lorenzo Reyes of USAToday.com

Article on LB Devon Kennard: Giants may be onto something in rookie Devon Kennard by Howie Kussoy of The New York Post

Article on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan: Michael Strahan ready to join elite company by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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Will Beatty, New York Giants (November 10, 2013)

Will Beatty – © USA TODAY Sports Images

As New York Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin prepared for his team’s training camp, he knew offensive tackle William Beatty would be limited. What exactly “limited” meant, he hadn’t a clue.

Now that the Giants are two practices in, ‘limited’ may mean a bit more active than expected.

“He’s doing a little bit more and it’s very encouraging,” Coughlin said after practice. “I’m giving him a lot of credit for this. He isn’t over doing it, but he’s doing more than expected.”

Beatty missed the Giants’ entire offseason conditioning program while rehabbing a fractured right leg suffered in the final game of last season. Yesterday, Beatty split reps with free-agent signee Charles Brown. Today, the former second-round pick took nearly all reps with the first team.

On one play during a two-minute drill, Beatty looked like his old self for the first time. As former All-Pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul came firing off the end, Beatty matched Pierre-Paul’s jump and knocked him off balance. The block gave Manning enough time to fire a pass down the field.

“I hope he’s able to continue working his way back once we put pads on,” Coughlin said. “I do know he feels like he needs to be stronger. I would say that’s normal.”

Jameel McClain, New York Giants (June 5, 2014)

Jameel McClain – Photo by Connor Hughes

While Beatty began training camp ‘limited,’ linebacker Jameel McClain quickly found himself with the same label. McClain was carted off the field yesterday, but returned today. The ex-Raven stretched with the team, took part in some positional drills and shadowed on others.

“He’s fine,” Coughlin said. “He was a little sore but was able to go.”

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New York Giants Wide Receivers (July 23, 2014)

Odell Beckham was a practice bystander on Wednesday – Photo by Connor Hughes

It was the combination many wanted to see. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. lined up split wide and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie matched up with him one-on-one.

Beckham took off on a deep pattern, got inside position on Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Manning let it fly. Just as the ball reached it’s highest point, Beckham pulled up and Rodgers-Cromartie come away with an easy interception.

Beckham slowly walked back to the sideline with his hand on his hamstring. He sat out the remainder of the two-minute drill before fielding a punt during the next portion of practice.

During Wednesday’s practice, Beckham Jr. was held out throughout its entirety.

Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese confirmed Beckham Jr. tweaked his hamstring yesterday. Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed after practice the injury was the cause for his absence.

“He didn’t go and who knows how long (until he returns),” Coughlin said. “Don’t ask me. I have no idea.”

The tone of Coughlin’s voice said much more than his words. The coach seemed annoyed and almost depressed regarding the situation. Since being drafted by the Giants, it’s been one hamstring issue followed by another for the team’s first-round pick.

It started when Beckham ‘tweaked’ it during the team’s organized team activities which kept him out most of minicamp. Now, there’s no prognosis on when Beckham will return. While he was on the field and stretched with the team, Beckham didn’t participate in any individual or team drills.

“He missed today and he said he was sore,” Coughlin said. “That’s about all you can ask.”

Recap our LIVE coverage from today’s training camp here.