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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Apr 032014
 
 April 3, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes




New York Giants Offseason Workout Program Schedule Set: The dates for the New York Giants offseason program schedule have been announced:

  • April 21: Start of the offseason program.
  • May 28-30: Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts.
  • June 2-3: OTA workouts.
  • June 5: OTA workout.
  • June 9-10: OTA workouts.
  • June 12-13: OTA workouts.
  • June 17-19: Mandatory, full-team mini-camp.

The Giants will not hold a rookie mini-camp this year because the 2014 NFL Draft is three weeks later than usual.

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), each club’s official, voluntary nine-week offseason program is conducted in three phases:

  1. Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
  2. Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a “separates” basis. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.
  3. Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTA workouts. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (March 26, 2014)

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Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: A lengthy Q&A session with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at Giants.com. Some key points of note:

  • Coughlin on assimilating so many new faces: “Absolutely, it is (a challenge). You’ve got a big part of our football team that has not been through our routine, the way we do things, the presentation of our values and our principles, what we believe in, how we work, how we practice, how they are  to come to work. So we have a lot of basic, fundamental teaching to do. It is definitely a year of transition, no doubt.”
  • Coughlin on the impact all these new faces will have on the team’s culture: “The culture’s going to change, too. The culture will change. Now, the principles and the values will not change, but how we go about our business has to change, because we have so many new people that have to be integrated into the system.”
  • Coughlin on what WR Trindon Holliday brings to the return game: “If we can get somebody who gives us a little bit of the spectacular – I mean, when you sit down and talk about this guy’s track speeds, are you serious? He runs 100 meters in 9.98 (seconds) or whatever the heck he ran. It’s fun to think about. Go ahead, outkick the coverage, please do. Not only for kickoff returns, but for punt returns. What it would mean to us to have some field position, a short field all of a sudden, and take care of the football, play good defense, get turnovers for us on that side of the ball, not beat ourselves, how about that one for a theme? That would be a very nice thing.”
  • Coughlin on RB Rashad Jennings: “I think he’s an all-around back. Whatever question I asked when I was looking at the tape got answered. In other words, he went 80 (yards for a touchdown last season for Oakland in a game at Houston). Is he fast enough? He goes 80. Does he catch it out of the backfield? Yes. Does he run the screens well? Yes. How is he from scrimmage as a runner? Good. First and second down, can he play on third down? Yes, he can. What does he need? Well, he’s 230 pounds with a great attitude. He needs a little work on his pass protection, but I think we can get that done. I think he’s an all-purpose guy that fits us very, very well.”
  • Coughlin on RB David Wilson: “All in due time with David. Just pray, you’re praying that he has a return to excellent health and that the doctors are totally convinced that he is recovered and ready to go. When that time comes, you’ll have another contributor who, if he gets a step, he’s gone…I’m counting on him, but I am not going to put him in any circumstance until it’s an absolute that he’s 100 percent. I’m not going to mess with that one.”
  • Coughlin on WR Mario Manningham: “It was exciting and fun to talk to him, because he’s so pleased to be back. He is more mature, physically and otherwise. He wants to be here, he wants to help us win. He’s more appreciative of his first tenure here and he certainly wants to make it even more productive this next time back – even for a guy who will go down in history as having made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.”
  • Coughlin on DE Robert Ayers: “Sure, he can (play strongside). He’s played right, he’s played left, he’s played inside on third down, he’s played in a lot of spots. He’s a powerful player. He’ll be very, very good against the run. I really, quite frankly  don’t think there are any tight ends that will block him. He’s really got exceptional hand position, does a nice job with that, and he can be used in a versatile manner and he has consistent effort. He’s got the hunger and the desire and he’ll make up for a lot with hustle.”
  • Coughlin on the impact of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo: “I’ve been in the same system since 1988. We have incorporated whatever we can from our system that we’ve always had here, but there’s a lot of new terminology. There will be lots of new teaching just in terms of the way in which it’s presented, which will force people to study and to learn and to be anxious. When the huddle breaks you’ve got to go do it. They’re going to have to learn it to be able to do it. The plays will become familiar to them once they recognize what the responsibility is. You have to be able to talk it, discuss it and communicate. That’s different.”

Giants.com Interview with DE Robert Ayers: The video of Wednesday’s Giants.com interview with defensive end Robert Ayers is available at Giants.com.

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

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Apr 022014
 
 April 2, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Robert Ayers, Denver Broncos (October 20, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign Defensive End Robert Ayers: The New York Giants announced on Wednesday that they have officially signed unrestricted free agent defensive end Robert Ayers (Denver Broncos). The deal is reportedly a 2-year, $4 million contract with $1.75 million guaranteed.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me, coming to a great organization like this,” Ayers said. “They hate losing and they’re always about getting better and preparing and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the general manager and the owners, the coaches. Everyone speaks highly of them across the league. They’re a blue-collar organization, and I’m looking forward to being part of that. I left the Denver Broncos, who were a good organization, and I feel like I’m going to just as good or better of an organization. It’s going to be good to come here and be with leaders like Jon Beason and Antrel Rolle and Eli (Manning). It’s going to be a good experience for me, and hopefully I can help this team win.”

The Giants have also signed CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, OC J.D. Walton, and WR/Returner Trindon Holliday from the Broncos this offseason.

“It definitely helps to be here with familiar faces,” said Ayers. “You kind of blend in together and find your niche and link up with guys of your liking and similarities. From what I hear, it’s a great group of defensive linemen, so I’m looking forward to meeting those guys. It’s going to be good for all of us. There’s a lot of leadership on the defense. Hopefully we can establish ourselves as leaders, too.”

BBI scouting report on Ayers:

The Giants signed Robert Ayers as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in April 2014. Ayers was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL by the Broncos. In five seasons with the Broncos, Ayers has played in 72 regular-season games with 27 starts. In 2013, he played in 15 games with three starts and finished the season with 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. Ayers never lived up to his lofty draft status in Denver. For two seasons (2009-10), he was miscast as a linebacker. Ayers has good size for a defensive end and is a decent run defender. He has flashed at times as a pass rusher, but he only has 12 career sacks. Versatile, Ayers can move inside in pass rush situations and he has experience playing in a 2-point stance given his experience at linebacker.

Ayers talked about his ability to play multiple positions. “That’s something I was able to do in Denver, something I brought to the team,” Ayers said. “I’m able to play most of the positions, whether it was right defensive end, left defensive end, inside guy. I’ve done a lot of move-around, floating type stuff. I think that’s one of the things that the Giants saw that I could do, play a lot of different things. I’ve played a lot of different positions in my five-year career. I don’t know if they’re keeping me doing that or if they want me to lock in and solidify one role. I don’t know, but whatever it is, I’m looking forward to doing it.”

Ayers is a Jersey City native.

“It’s going to be good to be able to play closer to family,” Ayers said. “The last five years were in Denver, they didn’t really get to see me play much other than on T.V. The next few years it’ll be good for them to be able to see me play and a good experience for me to have to share this time of my career with them.

“My grandma, most of my aunts, my uncles, most of my cousins are here, and then the ones that aren’t in Jersey City, they’re kind of scattered around the state. Some are in Pennsylvania, some in New York from my dad and my mom’s side. They’re all pretty much on the east coast and then there are some in Virginia. Pretty much everyone’s on this side of the tri-state area.”

“Whenever you’re with a good organization, there’s always a sense of wanting to be there,” said Ayers. “I was (in Denver) for five years and gained a lot of friends in the community, knew a lot of people, became close with guys on the team, my wife got close with the wives of players, so it was a tough situation to leave. I understand the business and also I was looking for an opportunity to come in and maximize my ability. I feel like the Giants gave me a better opportunity to do that than in Denver. I’m very happy to be here. I’m ready to put Denver in the past and move forward with the Giants. I’m looking forward to it and I’m very excited.”

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

Ayers is the thirteenth veteran unrestricted free agent the Giants have signed this offseason. Ayers will wear #91 – Justin Tuck’s old number.

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Apr 012014
 
 April 1, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Robert Ayers, Denver Broncos (September 15, 2013)

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DE Robert Ayers Visits the New York Giants: According to the National Football Post, unrestricted free agent defensive end Robert Ayers (Denver Broncos) visited the New York Giants today.

The 28-year old Ayers, a New Jersey native, was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL by the Broncos. While Ayers has never lived up to his lofty draft status, in five seasons he has played in 72 regular-season games with 27 starts. He played in 15 regular-season games with three starts in 2013, finishing the season with 29 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and one forced fumble. At 6-3, 274 pounds, Ayers is a steady run defender but he only has 12 career sacks.

Ayers has also drawn interest from the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Apr 012014
 
 April 1, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Charles Brown, New Orleans Saints (August 25, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign Charles Brown: The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that they have officially signed unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Charles Brown (New Orleans Saints). The 26-year old Brown, who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft, started 14 games for the Saints at left tackle in 2013 but was benched for the final four games (including two playoff games).

Brown is the fourth veteran offensive lineman signed by the Giants in free agency this offseason, the others being OG Geoff Schwartz (Kansas City Chiefs), OC J.D. Walton (Denver Broncos), and OG John Jerry (Miami Dolphins).

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

Article on CB Dominiquie Rodgers-Cromartie: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: How the Giants beat out the Jets for the free-agent cornerback by Jordan Raanan of NJ.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 is available at Giants.com. Eric joins the show at the midway point of the broadcast.

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Mar 312014
 
 March 31, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes



Zack Bowman, Chicago Bears (October 10, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign Zack Bowman: The New York Giants announced on Monday that they have officially signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Zack Bowman (Chicago Bears). The contract is reportedly a 1-year deal. The 29-year old Bowman, who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft, started seven games for the Bears in 2013.

The Giants have focused a lot of attention on their secondary in free agency. They re-signed CB Trumaine McBride and S Stevie Brown. And they added CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB Walter Thurmond, and S Quintin Demps from other teams.

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

New York Giants Re-Sign Mike Patterson: The New York Giants announced on Monday that they have officially re-signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Mike Patterson. Patterson was originally signed by the Giants in April 2013 after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in all 16 games last season with one start.

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

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on OG Chris Snee: Chris Snee reflects on career, talks 2014 by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Notes: According to the Giants.com roster page, offensive linemen Justin Pugh and Brandon Mosley have changed jersey numbers. Pugh now wears #67 and Mosley now wears #75.

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