Apr 192016
 
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Larry Donnell, New York Giants (December 28, 2014)

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LARRY DONNELL SIGNS HIS RESTRICTED FREE AGENT TENDER…
The New York Giants have officially announced that restricted free agent tight end Larry Donnell has signed his 1-year, $1.671 million free agent tender. Donnell also received medical clearance from team doctors on his neck, which he injured last season and caused him to be placed on Injured Reserve.

After a breakout season in 2014, Donnell had a disappointing 2015 campaign as his production dropped from 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns to 29 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He started all eight games in which he played in 2015.

Donnell originally went undrafted and unsigned in 2011. The Giants signed him as a street free agent in March 2012 and Donnell spent the 2012 season on the team’s Practice Squad. Donnell made the 53-man roster in 2013 and was active for all 16 games, starting one contest, but he only caught three passes for 31 yards.

Donnell is a big, athletic target. A former collegiate quarterback and a very raw player when he came to the Giants, Donnell is still a work in progress. As a receiver, Donnell has a good catch radius, adjusts well to the football, and is capable of making the circus catch. He needs to do a better job of holding onto the football (four fumbles in 2014) and gaining yards after the catch, where he often looks clumsy. While Donnell gives a good effort, he still has a lot of work to do to improve as a blocker.

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Apr 182016
 
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Josh Brown, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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NEW YORK GIANTS RE-SIGN KICKER JOSH BROWN…
The New York Giants have officially re-signed unrestricted free agent place kicker Josh Brown. The contract is reportedly a 2-year, $4 million deal.

“This is right where I wanted to be, this is the team I wanted to continue to play for,” said Brown. “I love the organization, and would enjoy playing here for the duration until I’m done…It worked out for both sides…I’m comfortable here, I kick well here.”

Brown’s two best seasons have come with the Giants past the age of 35. Brown made 30-of-32 field goal attempts in 2015, a franchise-record 93.8 percent success rate, and topping his own record of 92.3 percent (24-of-26) in 2014. He has also hit long field goals of 53 yards in both seasons. In just three seasons, Brown has scored 350 points, ninth best in franchise history. The only downside is that two of Brown’s misses were factors in late-game losses. In the past two years, over 61 percent of his kickoffs have resulted in touchbacks.

Brown was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Before coming to the Giants as a free agent in 2013, he kicked for the Seahawks (2003-07), St. Louis Rams (2009-11), and Cincinnati Bengals (2012). He made the Pro Bowl as an alternate after the 2015 campaign.

The Giants are currently carrying two place kickers on the roster, Brown and Tom Obarski.

INSIDE THE GIANTS NEW STRENGTH & CONDITIONING PROGRAM…
A video overview of the New York Giants new strength and conditioning program is available at Giants.com.

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Apr 142016
 
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Brad Wing, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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NEW YORK GIANTS 2016 SCHEDULE RELEASED…
The New York Giants 2016 regular-season schedule has been released. The schedule includes five prime time games: two Monday nights (at Minnesota, home vs. Cincinnati), two Sunday nights (at Green Bay, home against Dallas), and a late-season Thursday night game in Philadelphia. It is the fourth time in five seasons the Giants will open against the Cowboys.

The Giants will play six games against 2015 playoff teams: Washington (2), Minnesota, Green Bay, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

  • Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 11 – at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 18 – vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m.
  • Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 25 – vs. Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m.
  • Week 4: Monday, Oct. 3 – at Minnesota Vikings, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 9 – at Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m.*
  • Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 16 – vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23 – at Los Angeles Rams (London), 9:30 a.m.
  • Week 8: BYE WEEK
  • Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6 – vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 10: Monday, Nov. 14 – vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 20 – vs. Chicago Bears, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27 – at Cleveland Browns, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4 – at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.*
  • Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 11 – vs. Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.*
  • Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18 – vs. Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 16: Thursday, Dec. 22 – at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:25 p.m.
  • Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1 – at Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m.*

* Subject to flexible scheduling.

“It’s an exciting time in the offseason with the schedule being released,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “We’re certainly going to take them one at a time. But playing the AFC North and the NFC North, two divisions that are very competitive, not to mention the NFC East, will be a huge challenge for us.

“It’s a great opportunity opening the season at Dallas. All of us in the building are looking forward to it.

“The bye comes at a perfect time, around the mid-point of the season, and after a trip to London, – which is a tremendous opportunity, and exciting for us. It’s good for the league, and it’s good for the Giants and the Rams to play overseas. The bye coming right after it, followed by three home games vs. three good opponents in a row will be exciting for us, especially with the Monday night game against Cincinnati.”

BRAD WING SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TENDER…
New York Giants punter Brad Wing has signed his 1-year exclusive rights free agent tender.

The Giants acquired Wing from the Pittsburgh Steelers by trade for a conditional 7th-round draft pick in September 2015, replacing the popular-but-declining Steve Weatherford. Wing responded with a strong season, averaging 44.5 yards per punt (38.9 net). He had 33 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line, tying a team single-season record.

An Australian, the left-footed Wing was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2013 NFL Draft. He did not make the team but he made the Steelers roster in 2014. Wing combines a strong leg with good directional placement skills. He also holds for both field goals and place kicks.

All of the team’s exclusive rights free agents are now signed. Tight end Larry Donnell is the only unsigned restricted free agent.

JOHN MARA SAYS IT’S TIME TO PICK IT UP…
New York Giants President and CEO John Mara spoke briefly with reporters on Wednesday.

“Every draft is important, but I would say this one moreso than usual,” Mara said. “Because we’re picking so high, and because we’re coming off of three-and-a-half losing years. It’s time to pick it up. We spent all this money in free agency, I think we got better, but we’re still not there. We need some impact players coming out of this draft.”

Speaking about the upcoming NFL Draft (April 28-30), Mara said, “If the coach and GM agree on the pick, chances are I’m not going to have anything to say about it. If there seems to be some disagreement in the room, maybe with some scouts or whomever, then that might be something I want to (get involved with). But a lot of times, they work those things ahead of time.”

GIANTS.COM INTERVIEW WITH JOHNATHAN HANKINS…
The video of an exclusive interview with New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is available at Giants.com.

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Apr 122016
 
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Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (November 8, 2015)

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ORLEANS DARKWA SIGNS EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TENDER…
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa has signed his 1-year exclusive rights free agent tender.

Darkwa was the #4 running back on the Giants in 2015. He played in all 16 games with no starts and finished the season with 36 carries for 153 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and one touchdown.

Darkwa was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants signed him off of Miami’s Practice Squad in November 2014.

Punter Brad Wing is the only unsigned exclusive rights free agent. Tight end Larry Donnell is the only unsigned restricted free agent.

NICO JOHNSON CUT AFTER FAILING PHYSICAL…
New York Giants linebacker Nico Johnson has been waived after failing his physical.

The Giants signed Johnson to the Practice Squad in November 2015 and the 53-man roster in late December. Johnson was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Since then, he has spent time with the Chiefs (2013-14), Bengals (2014-15), and Redskins (2015). Johnson has played in 18 regular-season games with three starts, accruing 22 tackles.

GIANTS.COM INTERVIEW WITH SHANE VEREEN…
The video of an exclusive interview with New York Giants running back Shane Vereen is available at Giants.com.

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Apr 112016
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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NEW YORK GIANTS OFFSEASON PROGRAM BEGINS…
The New York Giants offseason program began on Monday, kicking off the 9-week “voluntary” program that by NFL rules is broken into three phases:

  • Phase One (Two Weeks): Consists of activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only.
  • Phase Two (Three Weeks): Consists of on-field workouts that 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.
  • Phase Three (Four Weeks): Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or “OTAs”. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

The Giants will hold a “voluntary” mini-camp on April 26-28. The team’s OTAs will be held on May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 6-7, and June 9-10. A mandatory mini-camp will be held on June 14-16.

NEW YORK GIANTS PLAYER MEDIA SESSIONS…
Transcripts and video clips of Monday’s media conference calls with the following New York Giants players are available in The Corner Forum section of the website and at Giants.com:

QUOTES…
Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard on coming to the Giants: “This is my sixth year in the league now, so I know the different vibes you get when you go in a facility. When I came in this one, the aura, a lot of the players weren’t here, but the aura. Then with OV signing – my boy, Olivier (Vernon) – it was a no-brainer. He’s one of the closer people I was with down with the Dolphins; sitting next to me in all the meetings and everything. When he heard I was coming up (for a visit), he was like, ‘Man, you better sign. I need you up here, it’ll be good for the team and us.’…(Dwayne Harris is) my cousin on my father’s side. He lived probably about 15-20 minutes from me (when they were growing up). He went to East Carolina, I went to LSU. We went to separate high schools but we were close.”

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Apr 112016
 
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Byron Stingily, Tennessee Titans (December 18, 2014)

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGN BYRON STINGILY…
The New York Giants have officially signed unrestricted free agent offensive tackles Byron Stingily (Pittsburgh Steelers). Following up on yesterday’s updates, the Giants have also officially confirmed the signing of unrestricted free agent running back Bobby Rainey (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and unrestricted free agent linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (Miami Dolphins).

The 27-year old, 6’5”, 318-pound Stingily was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. The Titans waived him in September 2015 and he then signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in October 2015. In five seasons, Stingily has played in 20 regular-season games with nine starts (eight at right tackle and one at tight end). Stingily is an athletic lineman with good size. He plays more of a finesse, positional game. A better pass protector than run blocker, Stingily is not a physical player.

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Apr 102016
 
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Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (December 13, 2015)

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGNING RUNNING BACK BOBBY RAINEY…
According to the player himself, the New York Giants are signing unrestricted free agent running back Bobby Rainey (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

The 28-year old, 5’8”, 212-pound Rainey was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2012 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2012), Cleveland Browns (2013), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-2015). In his four NFL seasons, Rainey has played in 46 regular-season games with 11 starts. He has has 249 career rushing attempts for 990 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. Rainey has also caught 51 passes for 377 yards and two touchdowns. In 2015 with the Buccaneers, his primary role was on special teams returning both kickoffs (24.7 yards per return) and punts (9.9 yards per return).

Rainey lacks size, but he is a well-built runner with good instincts, balance, and quickness. He lacks power and has had issues with ball security with 12 career fumbles. Rainey catches the ball well.

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Apr 102016
 
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Kelvin Sheppard, Miami Dolphins (November 29, 2015)

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGNING LINEBACKER KELVIN SHEPPARD…
According to the player himself, the New York Giants are signing unrestricted free agent linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (Miami Dolphins). Sheppard visited the Giants last Monday.

The 28-year old, 6’2”, 249-pound Sheppard was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in April 2013 and signed with the Dolphins in September 2014. In five NFL seasons, Sheppard has only missed three regular-season games, starting 45 contests. In 2015, he started 13 games and finished the season with 105 tackles and two pass defenses. Sheppard has good size, but he’s a journeyman who doesn’t make many game-changing plays.

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Apr 092016
 
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Myles White, New York Giants (November 1, 2015)

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NEW YORK GIANTS RE-SIGN WR MYLES WHITE…
New York Giants exclusive rights free agent wide receiver Myles White has signed his 1-year tender.

The Giants signed Myles White to the Practice Squad after he was waived by the Green Bay Packers in September 2015 and to the 53-man roster in October 2015. White played in 12 games with no starts and finished the season with only seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

White was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Packers after the 2013 NFL Draft. White played in seven games as a rookie, catching nine passes for 66 yards. He spent the 2014 season on Green Bay’s Practice Squad. White is an average-sized receiver with decent overall athleticism and speed. He demonstrated inconsistent hands in 2015 with the Giants. White is a good special teams player.

The only remaining unsigned exclusive rights free agents on the Giants are running back Orleans Darkwa and punter Brad Wing. Tight end Larry Donnell is the only unsigned restricted free agent.

For a complete list of all New York Giants free agents, see the 2016 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

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Apr 072016
 
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Markus Kuhn, New York Giants (December 28, 2014)

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PRESEASON SCHEDULE RELEASED…
The 2016 preseason schedule for the New York Giants has been released. Specific times have not yet been released.

  • Friday, August 12: Miami Dolphins
  • August 18-21: at Buffalo Bills
  • Saturday, August 27: at New York Jets
  • Thursday, September: New England Patriots

The team’s 2016 regular-season opponents are listed in the Schedule section of the website.

MARKUS KUHN SIGNS WITH PATRIOTS…
New York Giants unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Markus Kuhn has signed with the New England Patriots.

“I couldn’t be more happy about my time here and I’ll definitely miss that place with all the great people in this building,” wrote Kuhn. “Good byes are never fun, even if they’re just a see you later. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me. It’s time to move on and I couldn’t be more excited where life is taking me next. ”

The Giants placed Markus Kuhn on Injured Reserve with a knee injury in December 2015. In his four season with the Giants, Kuhn has steadily seen his playing time increase. In 2015, he played in 10 games with nine starts, finishing the year with 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks. Kuhn was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Giants. Kuhn was born in Germany and was only a one-year starter in college.

HAKEEM NICKS VISITS BENGALS…
ESPN is reporting that New York Giants unrestricted free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks tried out with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday.

Desperate for veteran wide receiver help, the Giants signed Nicks off of the street in November 2015. Unfortunately, the results were not good. Nicks played in six games with two starts, but finished with only seven catches for 54 yards. It’s been a precipitous decline for Nicks ever since his stellar 2010 and 2011 seasons when he compiled 155 catches for 2,244 yards and 18 touchdowns in 28 regular-season games.

Nicks was originally drafted by the Giants in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After two disappointing seasons in 2012 and 2013 when Nicks’ production fell to 109 passes for 1,588 yards and three touchdowns in 28 regular-season games, Nicks departed in free agency for the Indianapolis Colts. Nicks’ production in Indianapolis was disappointing too as he caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He tried to catch on with the Tennessee Titans in training camp in 2015 but did not make the team. Nicks’ demise has largely been attributed to injuries, including compartment syndrome in his lower right leg in 2010 as well as a broken right foot and a poster cruciate ligament (PCL) tear in 2012.

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