May 282015
 
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Jake Long, St. Louis Rams (September 14, 2014)

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According to multiple press reports, unrestricted free agent offensive left tackle Jake Long visited the New York Giants today.

The 30-year old Long was the first player selected in the 2008 NFL Draft when the Miami Dolphins picked him. Long played for five seasons in Miami and was selected to four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-11. In 2013, he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams but tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in a game in December 2013. Long then re-tore the same ACL in a game in October 2014. The Rams cut him in March 2015.

The 6’7”, 322-pound Long was once regarded as one of the best left tackles in the game, but two back-to-back ACL tears to the same knee have obviously put his career in jeopardy. It is not known if Long can even pass a team physical at this point. If he can, Long could provide competition and insurance for an offensive line that will be without starting left tackle Will Beatty for 5-6 months. Beatty tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights last week.

In the first two team Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices, the Giants first-team offensive line has had Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, Geoff Schwartz and John Jerry at right guard, and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.

 

May 272015
 
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Robert Ayers, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

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FOXSports and The New York Post are reporting that New York Giants defensive end Robert Ayers did not suffer a serious injury at the team’s first Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice on Wednesday. Ayers limped to the sidelines and was carted off of the field early at practice with injuries to his left ankle and knee.

“He hurt his ankle and his knee,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin immediately after practice. “We don’t know too much about it, except it seems like the ankle right now…It was the first play and he, for some reason, went low and got pushed down into the ground. How he did that, I am not exactly sure. This is a time when if you really understand what phase three is, which they have been told there is not any live contact and they have to play with their hands and their feet. I am disappointed in that, but I am hoping what it turns out to be is not serious.”

FOXSports tweeted: “Giants got good news on DE Robert Ayers, who was carted off today. Tests revealed no major damage to his knee or ankle.”

The New York Post tweeted: “Giants DE Robert Ayers, carted off today, did not sustain structural damage to ankle or knee and ‘things look good,’ according to source.”

This is obviously good news for the Giants and Ayers, who was playing with the first-team defense when injured. Ayers missed the last four games of the 2014 season with a torn pectoral muscle. He finished the year with 22 tackles, five sacks, one pass defense, and one forced fumble as a primary reserve defensive end and situational pass-rushing defensive tackle.

May 242015
 
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Giants to Practice Against Bengals Before Preseason Game?: According to the official website of the Cincinnati Bengals, the New York Giants and Bengals will hold “a few” joint practices at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati before the August 14 Giants-Bengals preseason game. The August 14th game is the first preseason game the Giants will play in, followed by contests against the Jaguars (home), Jets (home), and Patriots (away).

Late Update: The practices will be held on August 11 and 12.

Details for the full pre- and regular-season schedules are available in the Schedule section of the website.

Giants.com Q&A with S Mykkele Thompson: A video of a recent Giants.com interview with S Mykkele Thompson is available at Giants.com.

Article on the 2015 New York Giants: Home improvements: How much better are the Giants than at this point last year? by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on OT Ereck Flowers: Ereck Flowers’ college position coach confident he can step in for injured Will Beatty by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on S Bennett Jackson: Giants corner eager to switch positions for chance to make impact by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

May 222015
 
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New York Giants Confirm Will Beatty Will Miss 5-6 Months: On Thursday, the New York Giants officially confirmed that left tackle Will Beatty will miss 5-6 months of action after tearing his pectoral muscle lifting weights on Tuesday. If that time frame holds up, Beatty will not return to the practice field until November or possibly December.

Beatty had surgery on Wednesday, the day after he suffered the injury.

“Will said, ‘I’d like to do it (on Wednesday), because I’d like to get back, I don’t want to lose time rehabbing,'” Beatty’s agent told The New York Post. “He just bought himself another week of healing. He opted to do it right then and there.’’

“The fact it happened 24 hours ago, that the tissue itself was of excellent quality and that we got a very solid repair is in his favor,’’ the doctor who performed the surgery told The New York Post. “What I told him and members of the organization is that I would be hopeful he would be back in early, mid-November. That still gives him a good solid end of the season to contribute to the organization.”

“The short-term is about biologic healing, so there’s not a whole lot of activity in the first month, it’s basically a sling, immobilization, some light exercises,’’ said Beatty’s doctor. “Second month, he’ll get back to some aerobic-type activities, getting his wind back, range of motion of the shoulder. The third month is more of a strength and conditioning program, he’ll get back to some lifting after the 12-week mark and then it’s a sequentially increasing program of exercise.”

Despite starting 46 games in a row, the second longest streak on the team, Beatty has been somewhat injury prone since being drafted by the Giants in second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He suffered a broken foot in 2010, a detached retina in 2011, a back injury that caused him to miss offseason work in 2012, and a fractured tibia that he suffered in the 2013 regular-season finale.

The 30-year old Beatty has three years left on his current contract and is scheduled to count $8.05 million against the NFL salary cap in 2015, $9.175 million in 2016, and $9.325 million in 2017.

Giants.com Q&A with OC Brett Jones: A video of a recent Giants.com interview with OC Brett Jones is available at Giants.com.

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

May 202015
 
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Will Beatty, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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Will Beatty Tears His Pectoral Muscle, Out At Least Five Months: According to various press reports, New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights. He is undergoing surgery today and is expected to miss at least five-six months.

Potential candidates to replace Beatty in the starting line up at left tackle include Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, and Marshall Newhouse.

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

  • RB Akeem Hunt (Video)
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Article on S Landon Collins: Think Outside the Box by Jenny Vrentas of SI.com

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Article on PK Josh Brown: Kicker Josh Brown excited for new extra point rules by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on the Former New York Giants WR Stephen Baker: Stephen Baker thinks Odell Beckham Jr. and Giants receiver trio can ‘eat people alive’ if healthy by Nick Powell for NJ.com

May 172015
 
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Giants.com Player Q&As: Video clips of recent Giants.com Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Open competition: Nothing set in stone on the Giants offensive line by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa: What Owa Odighizuwa needs to do to earn playing time for the Giants this season by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

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Article on the 2007 New York Giants: Giants’ Steve Spagnuolo recalls figuring out how to beat the Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl by Nick Powell for NJ.com

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May 122015
 
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Victor Cruz, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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Victor Cruz Begins Running Routes: New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz told reporters on Tuesday evening that he has begun running pass routes. Cruz is recovering from a patellar tendon tear in his right knee that he suffered last October in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury and ensuing surgery have cast doubt in some on Cruz’s NFL future.

“Today we ran some routes and stuff like that, some intermediate stuff, some cutting, planting left and right and it felt good,’’ said Cruz. “I think the more I run routes, the more I continue to do it, the more confidence I build in my knee. I’m just excited to continue that and it feels very, very good right now.’’

Cruz is not yet running at full speed. He estimated “about three-quarters speed.”

“(I am ) doing some agility stuff, some lateral movement stuff,” said Cruz. “Knee’s feeling great, it’s responding well, there’s no swelling after agility days, things like that. It’s feeling good.

“It’s all mental at this point. The knee is strong, the muscles around it are strong, it’s just mental now in terms of just mentally now can I believe in what my knee can do and be able to trust it and move on.’’

Cruz’s target to return to the practice field remains summer training camp.

“There haven’t been any major setbacks,’’ Cruz said. “Obviously I come in sore one day here or there and they say ‘We’ll scale it back,’ things like that. But no major setbacks to where we have to push back a week or two or anything like that, thank God.

“I’m in no rush at all. I think it’s just a matter of this is the process that we’re in (of) the recovery. The plan is still intact. I just go in there day to day and (the trainers) tell me what to do.”

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Article on DT Carlif Taylor: New York Giants sign Division 2 standout Carlif Taylor by Antwan Staley of Examiner.com

Article on S Landon Collins: Rookie safety Landon Collins impressing Giants as take-charge guy by Tom Rock of Newsday

May 112015
 
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Ben Edwards, Richmond Spiders (September 1, 2012)

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New York Giants Sign WR Ben Edwards: The New York Giants have officially signed free agent wide receiver Ben Edwards (University of Richmond). Edwards was invited as tryout player to the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp that concluded on Sunday.

WR Ben Edwards, 5’10”, 197 pounds, 4.56, University of Richmond
Edwards was eligible to play in the NFL in 2014, but sat out the year recovering from an ACL knee injury. Edwards lacks ideal size and timed speed, but he is a quick receiver who plays faster than he times. Edwards runs very good routes, adjusts well to the football, and has good hands. He has experience playing in the slot.

The Giants also confirmed the signings of rookie free agent tryout players running back Kenneth Harper (Temple University), tight end Will Tye (Stony Brook University), and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor (Southern Connecticut State University).

Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

New York Giants Cut Three Players: The New York Giants announced on Monday that they have terminated the contract of running back Chris Ogbonnaya and waived linebacker James Davidson and safety Thomas Gordon.

Ogbonnaya was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since then he has played for the Rams (2009), Texans (2011), Browns (2011-13), and Panthers (2014). The Giants signed him to the 53-man roster in December 2014.

Davidson was originally signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft, but waived in August. The Giants signed him to the Practice Squad in September 2014 and the 53-man roster in December 2014.

Gordon was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The team waived Gordon in August, but re-signed him to the Practice Squad in December 2014.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Giants.com Q&A with S Bennett Jackson: A video of a recent Giants.com interview with S Bennett Jackson is available at Giants.com.

Articles on the New York Giants Rookie Mini-Camp:

Article on WR Geremy Davis: The Giants may have found David Tyree 2.0 by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Sights & Sounds – Best of Rookie Mini-Camp: A “Best of Rookie Mini-Camp” sights and sounds video is available at Giants.com.

May 102015
 
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Kenneth Harper, Temple Owls (September 6, 2014)

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New York Giants Sign RB Kenneth Harper: According The New York Daily News, the New York Giants have signed rookie free agent running back Kenneth Harper (Temple University). Harper was invited as tryout player to the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp that concluded on Sunday. As previously reported, the Giants also signed rookie free agent tryout players tight end Will Tye (Stony Brook University) and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor (Southern Connecticut State University).

RB Kenneth Harper, 5’10”, 233 pounds, 4.64, Temple University
Harper is big back with decent speed and quickness for his size. He is more of a between-the-tackles runner with little elusiveness to his game. Harper is a well-rounded back who can block and catch the ball.

Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

May 102015
 
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Will Tye, Stony Brook Seawolves (September 6, 2014)

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New York Giants Sign TE Will Tye and DT Carlif Taylor: According to various reports, the New York Giants have signed rookie free agents tight end Will Tye (Stony Brook University) and defensive tackle Carlif Taylor (Southern Connecticut State University). Both were invited as tryout players to the team’s three-day rookie mini-camp that concluded on Sunday.

TE Will Tye, 6’2”, 262 pounds, 4.57, Stony Brook University
Tye was a Florida State transfer. Tye lacks ideal height but he is well-built athlete with very good speed for a tight end. Versatile, Tye lined up at tight end, in the backfield, and split out wide at Stony Brook University where he was a very productive receiver.

DT Carlif Taylor, 6’2”, 319 pounds, 5.10, Southern Connecticut State University
Taylor is a raw Division-II prospect with a very nice combination of size and athletic ability. Taylor lacks ideal height, but he strong, quick, and plays with good natural leverage. Taylor hustles and plays hard.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

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Article on OC Brett Jones: Aspiring doctor Brett Jones is Giants’ medical center by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

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