Apr 142014
 
 April 14, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes




Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks (December 23, 2012)

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New York Giants Interested in Sidney Rice: According to ProFootballTalk, the New York Giants are one of several teams interested in unrestricted free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice. The Seattle Seahawks, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers are also said to be interested in his services.

The 27-year old Rice was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. After four seasons in Minnesota, Rice signed with the Seahawks in July 2011. Last season, Rice tore the ACL in one of his knees and missed the rest of the season. The Seahawks released him in February 2014 in a salary cap-related move.

Rice – who is 6’4”, 202 pounds – had his most productive season in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns. That was his only season cracking the 1,000-yard mark. In three seasons in Seattle, Rice started 31 regular-season games and caught 97 passes for 1,463 yards and 12 touchdowns. Rice has been injury prone throughout his career. He has missed significant time with knee, hip, and concussion issues. Coming off of the ACL injury, Rice reportedly has been cleared to resume football activities.

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Apr 142014
 
 April 14, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes



Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers (December 22, 2013)

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Matt Flynn and Josh Freeman to Visit Giants on Tuesday: According to multiple press reports, unrestricted free agent quarterbacks Matt Flynn (Green Bay Packers) and Josh Freeman (Minnesota Vikings) will visit the New York Giants on Tuesday.

As we previously reported, the Giants are most likely looking for a veteran quarterback to help carry the workload during the team’s ten Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts from May 28 to June 13 as well the mandatory mini-camp on June 17-19. Quarterback Eli Manning may be out of action until the start of summer training camp in late July, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle.

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on the New York Giants and the 2014 NFL Draft: Giants draft 2014: Analyzing general manager Jerry Reese’s tendencies by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants and the 2009 NFL Draft: Giants’ last five drafts: 2009 by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: How will Giants piece together O-Line? by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on WR Mario Manningham: Manningham returns feeling tested by Kevin Connelly of Vindy.com

Article on DE Robert Ayers: Giants roster 2014: What’s the difference between Justin Tuck and Robert Ayers? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on New York Giants and Post-Football Career Planning: Josh Brown plans early for life after NFL by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

BBI on Giants.com Big Blue Kickoff Live: The audio of Eric Kennedy being interviewed on Giants.com’s Big Blue Kickoff Live podcast on Monday is available at Giants.com. Eric joins the show at the midway point of the broadcast.

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Apr 112014
 
 April 11, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers (December 15, 2013)

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New York Giants Interested in Matt Flynn: According to The New York Daily News, the New York Giants are interested in unrestricted free agent quarterback Matt Flynn and may schedule a work out with him.

The 28-year old Flynn was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. After four seasons in Green Bay, Flynn then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, was traded by the Seahawks to the Oakland Raiders in April 2013, released by the Raiders in October 2013, signed by the Buffalo Bills in October 2013, released by the Bills in November 2013, and re-signed by the Packers in November 2013.

Flynn started five games in 2013, one for Oakland and four for Green Bay. He finished the season 124-of-200 (62 percent) for 1,392 yards, eight touchdowns, and five interceptions. Flynn has average size and arm strength.

Current Giants’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo was with Flynn in Green Bay from 2008-2011 when McAdoo was Green Bay’s tight ends coach.

“I’d like to have Matt back,’’ said Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy recently. “I thought Matt was a good addition to our football team. I have great respect and admiration for him. I’m hoping financially it works out.’’

Quarterback Eli Manning underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Thursday. Manning is not expected to be able to run for at least six weeks.

Team sources have told The New York Daily News that Manning may be limited or even held out of the ten Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts (various dates from May 28-June 13) and the full-team mini-camp (June 17-19). Manning is expected to return to the practice field when training camp begins in late July.

Article on QB Eli Manning: Five lingering questions: Eli Manning by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Giants.com Inside the Film Room: Video breakdowns of the following Giants players are available at Giants.com:

  • Offensive Tackle James Brewer (Video)
  • Linebacker Jacquian Williams (Video)
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Apr 112014
 
 April 11, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Justin Tuck, New York Giants (October 21, 2013)

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Report – Josh Freeman to Visit New York Giants: According to the Bleacher Report, unrestricted free agent quarterback Josh Freeman (Minnesota Vikings) will visit the New York Giants next week, possibly as early as Tuesday. The New York Daily News is reporting that a Giants’ team official says no visit has officially been scheduled yet.

The 26-year old Freeman was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers released Freeman in October 2013 and he quickly signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

After starting 56 regular-season games for Tampa Bay in 2009-2012, Freeman only started four games in 2013. Three of those were with Tampa Bay and one was for the Vikings, ironically against the Giants. In those four games, Freeman only completed 43 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions. In the game against the Giants, Freeman was 20-of-53 for 190 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. The Giants won that game 23-7.

Freeman has great size (6’6”, 240 pounds) and a strong arm. But he has struggled with his accuracy (57.6 percent completion percentage) and turnovers (67 career interceptions) during his five NFL seasons. His best season was in 2010 when he started all 16 games, and threw for 3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. But he threw a total of 39 interceptions in 2011 and 2012.

Quarterback Eli Manning underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Thursday and he will miss the beginning of the team’s offseason workout program which begins on April 21. Manning is not expected to be able to run for at least six weeks. The Giants first Organized Team Activity (OTA) workout is on May 28.

The other quarterbacks on the roster are Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib.

Articles on Quarterback Eli Manning:

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Apr 102014
 
 April 10, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 29, 2013)

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Ankle Surgery for Eli Manning: The New York Giants announced today that quarterback Eli Manning will undergo an arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle this afternoon. The procedure is a debridement of the ankle that Manning injured in the regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins on December 29. That injury was categorized as a high ankle sprain.

Manning began working out privately this week at Duke University with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham.

“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” said Manning. “I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. (Robert) Anderson clean out the ankle. The doc tells me I should be running in about six weeks. I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the 21st. I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.”

As Manning said, the Giants’ offseason program starts on April 21, beginning with two weeks of strength and conditioning work. The team will hold Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts on May 28-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, and June 12-13. A full-team, mandatory mini-camp will be held on June 17-19.

This is a critically important offseason for Manning, who is not only coming off his worst season as a full-time starter, but also having to adjust to a new offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and new quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf.

Article on the New York Giants Pass Rush: Five lingering questions: The pass rush by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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Apr 092014
 
 April 9, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
New York Giants-New York Jets Preseason (August 24, 2013)

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New York Giants 2014 Preseason Schedule Announced: The NFL has announced the 2014 preseason schedule for the New York Giants and the other 31 NFL teams. The Giants will play:

  • Week 1: Buffalo Bills (Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio), Sunday, August 3, 8:00 PM
  • Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers (August 7-10, exact date and time to be determined)
  • Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts (August 14-18, exact date and time to be determined)
  • Week 4: at New York Jets (August 21-24, exact date and time to be determined)
  • Week 5: New England Patriots, Thursday, August 28 (time to be determined)

The 2014 regular-season schedule has not been announced yet. But a list of 2014 regular-season opponents is available in the Schedule section of the website.

Article on the New York Giants and the 2014 NFL Draft: A look at the Giants’ draft needs by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Rodgers-Cromartie vs. top NFC East WR’s by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Giants.com Inside the Film Room: Video breakdowns of the following Giants players are available at Giants.com:

  • Defensive Tackle Cullen Jenkins (Video)
  • Cornerback Charles James (Video)

BBI on Giants.com Big Blue Kickoff Live: The audio of Eric Kennedy being interviewed on Giants.com’s Big Blue Kickoff Live podcast on Wednesday is available at Giants.com. Eric joins the show at the midway point of the broadcast.

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Apr 072014
 
 April 7, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Andre Brown, New York Giants (August 18, 2013)

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Andre Brown Signs With Houston Texans: Unrestricted free agent running back Andre Brown (New York Giants) has signed with the Houston Texans. The deal is reportedly a 1-year, $645,000 contract.

The injury-prone Brown was set to vie with David Wilson for the #1 running back spot on the Giants in 2013. But he broke his left leg in the preseason, causing him to miss the first half of the season. Brown started the final eight games and finished with 139 carries for 492 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 103 yards. Brown lost three fumbles in the final four games.

Because of this move, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Losses (with scouting report) and New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard sections of the website.

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on TE Kellen Davis: Kellen Davis: What can the tight end give the Giants? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Apr 062014
 
 April 6, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Rusty Smith, Tennessee Titans (August 17, 2013)

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Quarterback Rusty Smith Visits Giants: According to the National Football Post and New York Daily News, unrestricted free agent quarterback Rusty Smith (Tennessee Titans) worked out for the New York Giants on Friday. The 27-year old Smith was drafted by the Titans in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida Atlantic University.

In four seasons with the Titans, Smith has only been active three times with one start his rookie season. He has completed 23-of-45 passes for 234 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions (29.3 quarterback rating). Smith has very good size (6’5”, 226 pounds) and a strong arm.

Robert Ayers Admires Justin Tuck: Recently signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Robert Ayers (Denver Broncos) says he admires the man he is possibly replacing: defensive end Justin Tuck, who signed with the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason.

“Justin Tuck was kind of a guy that I idolized for a lot of my career throughout college and even in the NFL,” Ayers said on a SiriusXM Radio on Saturday. “I felt like I could play the same way and be that type of guy.”

Like Tuck, the Broncos have moved Ayers around the defensive line, playing both end spots and sometimes moving inside at defensive tackle in certain situations. Unlike Tuck, the Broncos also played Ayers at linebacker for two seasons.

“(The Giants) didn’t have to sell me too much on (their) scheme,” said Ayers. “The opportunity was there and I felt I could take advantage of it.”

Ayers will wear Tuck’s old jersey number – 91 – the same number he wore in Denver.

Ayers said he received interest from the Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys in free agency.

“I feel like (the Giants were) a perfect fit,” said Ayers.

Ayers is also glad he is joining ex-Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, receiver returner Trindon Holliday, and center J.D. Walton.

“That’s gonna be huge to have some familiar faces come to New York with me,” said Ayers, “and they were some of the top players on the team.”

Quotes: Antrel Rolle on all of the new free agents the Giants have signed: “(The offseason has) been very explosive. We added some key guys to our program that can definitely help us out and help us win and contribute right away to our plan that we have going on for the 2014 season.”

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Apr 042014
 
 April 4, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Kellen Davis, Seattle Seahawks (September 22, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign TE Kellen Davis and WR Travis Harvey: The New York Giants have announced that they have officially signed unrestricted free agent tight end Kellen Davis (Seattle Seahawks) and street free agent wide receiver Travis Harvey (ex-Tennessee Titans). Davis’ deal is reportedly a 1-year contract. He is 28 years old. Davis is the 14th veteran unrestricted free agent the Giants have signed this offseason.

BBI Scouting Report on Davis:

The Giants signed Kellen Davis as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks in April 2014. Davis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Davis played five seasons with Chicago before signing with Seattle in 2013. In six seasons, Davis has played in 95 regular-season games (only missing one contest) with 39 starts. He only has 50 catches for 561 yards in his career but 12 of those catches have gone for touchdowns. Davis only had three catches last season for Seattle as their #3 tight end. Davis has good size. He is more of a blocking-type tight end than receiver.

BBI Scouting Report on Harvey:

The Giants signed Travis Harvey as a street free agent in April 2014. Harvey was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. The Titans waived him in July and he did not play football in 2013. Harvey is tall, thin receiver with good speed, quickness, and hands. However, he is very raw and needs a lot of development.

Because of these moves, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Signings (with scouting reports), New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Articles on the New York Giants and 2014 NFL Free Agency:

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Manning remains Giants’ best 2014 hope by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: DeSean Jackson vs. DRC: Can Giants’ new CB shut down ex-teammate? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Apr 032014
 
 April 3, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans (December 22, 2013)

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New York Giants Interested in Chris Johnson?: According to press reports, the Tennessee Titans are expected to release RB Chris Johnson due to his high salary. Johnson has base salaries of $8 million (2014), $8 million (2015), and $7 million (2016) still left on his contract. The Titans have been trying to trade Johnson but his high base salaries have effectively deterred other teams from making an offer. Johnson has refused to accept a pay cut in order to facilitate a trade.

FOXSports is reporting that the New York Giants were one of the teams to inquire about Johnson with the Titans. FOXSports also says the Giants would be interested in pursuing Johnson if he is released. The New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys are also believed to be interested in Johnson.

The 28-year old Johnson has rushed for over 1,000 yards in all six of of his NFL seasons. He also rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2009. He has accrued almost 8,000 yards rushing and 50 rushing touchdowns in six seasons.

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