Apr 242017
 
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Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (December 22, 2016)

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GIANTS PICKING UP OPTION ON ODELL BECKHAM, JR…
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants will pick up the fifth-year option on wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.’s rookie contract. That means that Beckham will not become a free agent until after the 2018 NFL season. Beckham will earn $1,839,027 in salary in 2017 ($3,311,063 overall cap hit, including prorated signing bonus), but will now see his salary spike to about $8,000,000 in 2018.

Beckham is one of the game’s best players and had another stellar season in his third year, starting all 16 regular-season games and finishing with 101 catches for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns. In his first three seasons, Beckham has accrued 288 catches for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns in 43 regular-season games. Beckham’s accolades already include Pro Football Writers of America “Rookie of the Year” (2014), second-team All-Pro (2015, 2016), and Pro Bowl (2014, 2015, 2016). All of this despite constant double teams by opposing defenses.

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Apr 202017
 
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NEW YORK GIANTS 2017 SCHEDULE RELEASED…
The New York Giants 2017 regular-season schedule has been released. The schedule currently includes four prime time games – two on Sunday night, one on Monday, and a Thanksgiving game (their first since 2009). The Giants will play at night three times in their first six games, twice on the road. Additional night games could be added later in the season under the NFL’s flex scheduling guidelines.

For the fifth time in six years and the third year in a row, the Giants will begin their season against the Cowboys. It is also the team’s fifth consecutive road opener. The Giants will play six games against 2016 playoff teams: Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, and Kansas City at home; and Dallas and Oakland on the road.

  • Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 10 – at Dallas Cowboys, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 2: Monday, Sept. 18 – vs. Detroit Lions, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 24 – at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m.
  • Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 1 – at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m.
  • Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 8 – vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 15 – at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.*
  • Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 22 – vs. Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.*
  • Week 8: BYE WEEK
  • Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 5 – vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 12 – at San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.*
  • Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 19 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 12: Thursday, Nov. 23 – at Washington Redskins, 8:30 p.m.
  • Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 3 – at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.*
  • Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 10 – vs. Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m.*
  • Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 17 – vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m.*
  • Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 24 – at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 31 – vs. Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m.*

* Subject to flexible scheduling.

“We open up in Dallas on a Sunday night, which will be a big game in the division,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo. “It will make training camp exciting and interesting for the players. They know we’ll have to be at our best on September 10.

“I know we have three of our first four on the road, but you can only handle them one at a time. Right now, all we have to do is focus on Dallas. We’re getting ready yesterday.

“The middle of the season is a good time for the bye. But it depends on how things shake out with the health of your football team. But being in the middle of the season is generally a good proposition.

“I think it times up interestingly in the schedule, at Washington on a Thursday night, Thanksgiving, then we get to travel to Oakland the next week. We’ll be coming off a physical game at home vs. Kansas City. You have Washington, a familiar opponent, on Thanksgiving night, and two uncommon opponents that sandwich it. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out.”

The Giants will have four long trips – Denver, San Francisco, Oakland, and Arizona – in their final 11 games. “We’ll be okay. We’ll make the best of that situation,” McAdoo said. “We have the trips spread out. No concerns there…  You like to have a little breathing room there to make sure the players have a chance to spend some time at home as well as on the road. It’s good to space those things out a little bit.

“The end of the season, the way the league has it shaking out, is going to be exciting for us. We have four NFC teams in the last four weeks, (including) three division games at home. It’s great to be at home in December. You have to be playing good football there in December.”

The preseason schedule has also been finalized. For details, see the Schedule section of the website.

Apr 202017
 
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Jerry Reese, New York Giants (August 27, 2016)

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GENERAL MANAGER JERRY REESE’S PRE-DRAFT PRESS CONFERENCE…
New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese held his annual pre-draft press conference on Thursday. The following is the transcript from the event (video is also available courtesy of Giants.com):

Reese: Good afternoon. It is draft time again. The scouts are very excited about their game day. Marc Ross and Chris Mara and all of our scouts, Kevin Abrams, all those guys are in our draft room trying to finalize our draft board and get ready for the big day. So I am ready for any questions that you guys might have.

Q: Who have you decided on?

A: We decided that we are going to take our pick at 23.

Q: Has what you have done in free agency given you some flexibility with what you can do in the draft?

A: Well, you always take that into consideration with what you have on your roster right now, but going into the draft, like I say every year, we just go in there trying to pick the best players available when we are on the clock and we will continue to use that pattern.

Q: I don’t think you have ever traded in the first round. Is there a reason for that and what is your philosophy?

A: If we have an opportunity to trade in the first round, we will do that. But right now, we will just kind of let the board fall like it does and if we feel like we want to move up to get somebody, then we will move. It costs to move up, though. If you are going to move up, then you are going to give up a lot of draft picks to move up. Even if you move up just a couple of spots, you have to give up some draft picks to do that and we like taking our picks, but if there is somebody up there that we love and we think we can move up to get, then we will keep those options open.

Q: Do you still feel like you need some help on the offensive line, whether that is early or late in the draft?

A: We feel like we can use help anywhere, at any position. We just want to create a lot of competition at every position going into the training camp, so we are going to try and upgrade at every position like we always do and offensive line is definitely a spot that we would like to upgrade as well.

Q: When you go back and look at where things stood at the combine to now, has there been that much movement as far as guys surprising you?

A: Our scouts are on top of all of these guys. At the combine, a lot of people are just now learning about these guys, but our scouts already know these people, so we don’t have a lot of surprises. Every now and then you have a couple surprises, a guy could jump up quickly out of nowhere and you have to do some extra work on him, but for the most part we don’t have a lot of surprises going into the draft.

Q: How much do you weigh what they did in college versus this three to four month process?

A: Yeah, we try to put it all together. We look at what the players do on the field. We grade the players on the field. The gymnastics stuff that they do during the combine is part of the equation, but we look at these guys as football players first and we just go on our experience as scouts and try to look at the player more than what the gymnastic numbers say. But that is part of the equation as well.

Q: D.J. Fluker is a guy who came in with 1st round pedigree. Is he someone that you think still has that potential?

A: Well, we hope so. D.J. is going to come in and battle for a position just like everyone else on the squad and hopefully the change of address and just a new scene for him will re-energize him and I know he wants to prove that he is still a number one type talent and we are looking forward to giving him the opportunity.

Q: Do you see him as better at guard or tackle?

A: Yeah, coming out, we thought he could play both. We thought that he had some versatility. We thought he could play tackle, we thought he could play guard. I think he is going to get an opportunity. I am not the coach, Coach McAdoo will make the decision of where he plays, but we think he has some versatility to play guard or tackle.

Q: At the end of last season, you spoke about considering a position change for Ereck Flowers. At this point, do you see him as the left tackle?

A: Again, it is spring and it is a long time before we play. In the spring we will experiment with different lineups and situations with our offensive line, so it is a long way to go. That is to be determined later by Ben and the coaching staff, but we will tinker with a lot of things in the spring.

Q: Despite always looking for the best available player, when you look at last season, there clearly has to be some areas that you need more help.

A: Of course. You are always trying to tie best player available with what our needs are.

Q: Do you ever do that?

A: We do it a lot. Sometimes it falls that way as this is the best player available and also ties into value and need as well. We try to tie them both together, but we are not going to reach for guys just because we think it is a need position for us.

Q: Does that tie into the cost of moving up?

A: Yeah, all of it ties into the cost of moving up.

Q: You have been in a lot of drafts. Last year there were two guys that you liked a lot that teams traded up in front of you to get. Does that make you more aggressive this year so that that won’t happen again?

A: We liked all the players that got picked in front of us last year. You are saying there were two guys, but there were a lot of guys we liked in front of us. So are you going to move up every time just because you like somebody? You pick where you are for a reason. We are at 23. We had a decent season, so we are picking farther back in the draft. If you don’t play well, then you pick up front. But again, if there is someone up there that we love, that we have to have and we are dying for and we are willing to give up our draft picks to move up to get him, then we are open to doing that.

Q: Does it get muddy when you are looking at guys who are potential late 1st round and early second round picks?

A: You never know. You never know how the players are going to come off of the board. You look at this draft and you have five or six blue chip players and then you have the second level of your first round guys and you never know how they are going to come off. Some people may see them a little different than how we like them. When you are picking later in the draft, you just kind of have to sit and wait and let somebody just start to fall and you are like, ‘Let’s move up and get this guy if we really love him that much.’ But again, if you do that, then you are going to give up draft picks and we don’t like to do that.

Q: Do you have 23 names in your first row?

A: We have 32 names in the first row. That is why we call them rows. They are not all first round picks, but they are in the first row.

Q: How many players have a draftable grade on your board?

A: I am not going to talk about how many players have draftable grades, guys.

Q: Do you consider the depth chart as one of the tools in your decision-making?

A: We are just picking the best players available. We have players on our board, we have all of our players on our team currently on the board as well to see how they fit, but we are just trying to pick the best player available when we are on the clock.

Q: With Johnathan Hankins going to the Colts, how do you rate defensive tackle in terms of depth and potential need?

A: We think that, obviously, Snacks is a good player there. We have Bromley, we have Robert (Thomas), so we have a couple more guys that we expect to step up and help fill that void and obviously we will continue to look at free agency and we will look in the draft to see if we can add some depth to that position too.

Q: Were you surprised that Hankins left?

A: No, I am never surprised about anything during free agency. Money talks and we are happy for Hank. We are big Hank fans around here and we wish him well.

Q: In 2007, your draft led to a Super Bowl title. Do you look at this year’s crop and this draft in general as something that can be a key component in building a championship team this year?

A: We hope so. We hope that the kids that we draft in this draft will help supplement the needs that we have on the roster and hopefully we can get some players in here out of this draft that can help us get over the top.

Q: You said at the end of the year that Eli was on the back nine of his career. How did you go about looking at quarterbacks this year? Was it any different from the past?

A: Not really. We evaluate everybody the same every year, regardless of what we are looking for and what we think we need and where we think the depth should come from. We are giving everybody a fair assessment as we go through all the players and we grade everyone the same, whether you are from a big school, a small school, if you are short or if you are tall, it doesn’t matter. We give everyone the same degree of consideration.

Q: Did you find yourself looking more at quarterbacks this year?

A: Myself personally? I probably looked at more quarterbacks this time then I did at other times, but there are only so many guys that you can look at. You can ask Marc Ross about anybody from any school and he can tell you in two seconds because he sees all the players and evaluates all of them. Obviously it is hard for me to evaluate every single player.

Q: When you are looking for the successor for Eli, is Geno (Smith) a candidate?

A: Well, Geno is on the roster and is going to have a fair share to compete just like everyone else. He is excited about being here and we are excited to have him and he is going to come in and compete just like everybody else, so we will see where that goes.

Q: Have you decided if you are going to exercise the fifth-year option on Odell?

A: We are going to discuss that when the time gets closer. We will keep all of our options open with respect to that.

Q: You had some critical comments about him at the end of the season. How do you think he has responded to that?

A: You guys called it critical. I don’t think it was critical. I think some of you guys framed it as critical, but I didn’t see it that way.

Q: Critiqued maybe. How do you think he responded to the general message?

A: Again, I think he is a guy that hears what we are saying and like John (Mara) said, ‘We are not worried about Odell.’ He is a young kid, he is growing up every day and we think that he is going to continue being a tremendous football player and a tremendous representative of our organization here.

Q: At the owners meeting, Ben McAdoo said that Geno compares favorably to the quarterbacks in this class. Does that change what you guys might do next week at quarterback?

A: No.

Q: How do you personally evaluate this team’s draft performance over the last three or four years?

A: It is not my job to do that. You guys can do that. We go in every year and do our best to draft the best players available and try to develop the kids that we get on the roster, so if you win, it is a good draft and if you don’t win, then it is a bad draft. You guys can evaluate that. I am not here to talk about how we are evaluating what the drafts are.

Q: If you take a quarterback next week, I am sure that you hope he doesn’t play soon, but how do you weigh taking a pick higher in the draft that is going to be a developmental guy?

A: Again, you just take the best player available and however he fits on roster – if you take a quarterback high, if you take him in the seventh round, wherever you take him, you hope that everything falls right for them. If they have to play, you hope it is the right time for them to play. But if you are worrying about when is he going to play, when is he not going play, you might miss out on the right player. You just have to take the best player available.

Q: Isn’t quarterback different though?

A: Yeah, but again, everyone has to get picked somewhere. Last year Prescott got picked and people didn’t regard him highly and he played tremendous. He was at the right place at the right time, got the right opportunity and he did a very nice job for them.

Q: Would you rule out drafting a first round quarterback?

A: We will keep all of our options open.

Q: If you draft a quarterback this year, do you think they will need two or three years to sit and develop behind Eli?

A: Again, who knows what will happen. If you draft a quarterback in the first or second round, if Eli gets hurt and we don’t have a quarterback that is ready to go and you have a quarterback on the roster, you have to get them ready to play. That is the coaches’ job to do that, it is our job to have somebody waiting in the wings to play, so you just never know. We think that Eli has some good years left to play for us and we are trying to put good people around him as well and hopefully the offense can pick up the pace more than last year.

Q: Do you agree with the consensus that the quarterbacks in this class all could use time to sit and develop?

A: That is what you say every year. It is hard to bring guys right out of college, and to play up here is such a different game and the college game is a lot different now, so it is hard for guys to just jump in and play up here right away. But we have seen guys do it, but I think you have to limit what they do and you can’t give them everything at the beginning.

Q: As you personally look at this draft of quarterbacks, where is your determining factor on if a certain player can be your guy for the future?

A: Well, again, we look at what their skillset is and we look at what we like to do and see how many guys have that skillset and what part of the draft can they be possible picks for us if we decide to pick one.

Q: What is Ben’s involvement in the draft process?

A: Just like always, all of our coaches are part of the process and everyone has an opinion on who we take, so he is a big part of it, like every coach has been here.

Q: But you have the final decision?

A: It is our decision. If it doesn’t work out, then it is my decision.

Q: Have you ever looked back at a draft pick and admitted to no one but yourself that you made a mistake?

A: Plenty of times. You don’t get all of them right. I don’t think anyone is batting 1.000 picking players. But yeah, plenty of times.

Q: How do you factor age into drafting players?

A: That is not a big issue for us. If a guy is 24 or 25, that is still super young.

Q: How has the role of the tight end changed since this team picked one in the first round with Shockey?

A: I think it is whatever your offensive coordinator is, what your head coach’s philosophy is, and I think that is what determines what your tight end role is. You look at different teams and tight ends are a big part of what they do and you look at us and we haven’t been a two tight end kind of offense under Ben. But we do feel like a tight end could come in and help us. We brought (Rhett) Ellison in to be part of that equation of helping the run game, and I think he is a very capable receiving as well, so there are some good tight ends in the draft, we believe. I like a lot of different positions, but it just depends on what the offensive coordinator thinks and how much he wants to use a tight end.

Q: Have you not used that aspect of Ben’s offense because of the personnel here?

A: You can ask Ben about that. I think that the best coaches make an adjustment to really what your personnel is and I think that is part of being a coach. You don’t always have the perfect pieces to what you want and you have to make the adjustment and I think the best coaches do that.

Q: What is the challenge in evaluating players that are multi-dimensional? Guys like Jabrill Peppers and Christian McCaffery.

A: Well, it is not the challenge, I think that when you get a player that has a skillset like McCaffery and maybe Peppers, these guys do a lot of different things for their team and you can save yourself a roster spot more than anything else. If you get a guy like that, then maybe you don’t have to go out and get a return specialist or…obviously both those guys would be tremendous on special teams, so they can do a lot of things. But to their defense a little bit, I think they get hurt a little bit because they play so many different positions and people say, ‘Well, what does this guy do?’ I think that maybe devalues them a little bit. But we like guys with a lot of versatility and those are two good players.

Q: The mock drafts say that the Giants have to take an offensive lineman at 23. To that, you would say?

A: I would say that we are going to pick the best player available.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

GIANTS INSIDER WITH RB PAUL PERKINS…
The video of a Giants Insider Q&A with running back Paul Perkins is available at Giants.com.

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Apr 182017
 
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Kerry Wynn, New York Giants (August 27, 2016)

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NEW YORK GIANTS OFFSEASON PROGRAM BEGINS…
The New York Giants offseason program began on Tuesday, 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 team’s OTAs will be held on May 22-23, May 25, May 30-31, June 2, June 5-6, and June 8-9. A mandatory mini-camp will be held on June 13-15.

KERRY WYNN SIGNS TENDER…
New York Giants restricted free agent defensive end Kerry Wynn has signed his 1-year, $1.797 million tender. Wynn was the only Giants restricted free agent who was tendered. (Running back Orleans Darkwa was not tendered but re-signed). Wynn visited the New England Patriots last week.

Wynn saw his playing time decrease in 2016 (11 percent of defensive snaps). He played in 14 regular-season games with no starts and finished the year with 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks.

Wynn was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in 34 regular-season games, with seven starts, for the Giants in his three years with the team. Wynn has a nice combination of size, strength, and overall athletic ability. Wynn is a better run defender than pass rusher as he lacks dynamic quickness on the outside pass rush. He is able to play defensive tackle in pass-rush situations.

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Apr 142017
 
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NEW YORK GIANTS INTERESTED IN JARED ODRICK…
ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have expressed interest in free agent defensive tackle Jared Odrick. The Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles are also supposedly interested in his services.

The 29-year old Odrick was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a free agent in March 2015. The Jaguars cut him in February 2017. Odrick has played in 87 regular season games with 63 starts. After not missing a game in five seasons, Odrick missed 10 games in 2016 with a shoulder injury. Odrick is big, tall lineman who can play both tackle and end. He has nice combination of quickness and power. He flashes at times on the pass rush with 23 career sacks.

 

 

Apr 142017
 
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Kerry Wynn, New York Giants (October 4, 2015)

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KERRY WYNN VISITS THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS…
New York Giants restricted free agent defensive end Kerry Wynn visited the New England Patriots on Wednesday. Wynn received an original-round tender (1-year, $1.797 million) from the Giants before free agency began, meaning that the Giants have the right to match any offer from another team. But since Wynn was an undrafted rookie free agent, the Giants would receive no compensatory pick for losing Wynn if they chose not to match the offer.

Wynn saw his playing time decrease in 2016 (11 percent of defensive snaps). He played in 14 regular-season games with no starts and finished the year with 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks. Wynn was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in 34 regular-season games, with seven starts, for the Giants in his three years with the team. Wynn has a nice combination of size, strength, and overall athletic ability. Wynn is a better run defender than pass rusher as he lacks dynamic quickness on the outside pass rush. He is able to play defensive tackle in pass-rush situations.

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Apr 132017
 
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Johnathan Hankins, New York Giants (November 27, 2016)

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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS SIGN JOHNATHAN HANKINS…
New York Giants unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. ESPN is reporting that the contract is a 3-year, $30 million deal that includes $14.5 million in guaranteed money.

The New York Post reported on Wednesday that the New York Giants offered Hankins a 4-year, $28 million contract when free agency began and that offer remained on the table. The Post also reported that Hankins was originally seeking a contract that would pay him $15 million per season, and later reduced his asking price to $10 million per season.

Hankins started every game and finished the 2016 regular season with 43 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. Hankins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Giants. Hankins has excellent size, strength, and overall athleticism. He is a stout run defender who occasionally flashes on the pass rush.

The Giants are currently very thin at defensive tackle with only three players on the roster: Damon Harrison, Jay Bromley, and Robert Thomas.

Apr 122017
 
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Johnathan Hankins, New York Giants (August 20, 2016)

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JOHNATHAN HANKINS VISITS THE COLTS…
New York Giants unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins visited the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday. The Giants and Hankins have been at a contract impasse since free agency began in early March. The Giants would very much like to re-sign him, but his asking price has been too rich for the team.

Hankins started every game and finished the 2016 regular season with 43 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble. Hankins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Giants. Hankins has excellent size, strength, and overall athleticism. He is a stout run defender who occasionally flashes on the pass rush.

NEW YORK GIANTS PRESEASON OPPONENTS ANNOUNCED…
The New York Giants 2017 preseason opponents have been announced. Specific dates and times for three of the opponents have not yet been released.

  • August 10-14: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Monday, August 21: at Cleveland Browns (8:00PM)
  • August 24-27: New York Jets
  • August 31-September 1: at New England Patriots

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Apr 072017
 
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MORE DETAILS ON THIS YEAR’S DUKE PASSING CAMP…
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning held his annual unofficial passing camp at Duke University this week. Those who attended reportedly included wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, and Roger Lewis; tight ends Rhett Ellison, Will Tye, and Jerell Adams; running back Shaun Draughn; and quarterback Josh Johnson. Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. did not attend this year due to oral surgery.

Manning told The New York Post that he is impressed with Marshall, who the Giants signed in free agency after he was cut by the New York Jets.

“I think Plaxico (Burress) was kind of the last one similar to that size,” said Manning. “They can be open when they’re not really open. You don’t want to get into a habit, it’s not a jump-ball but you can throw him open. He’s been in lots of offenses and he gets open a lot of different ways, very disciplined in his route-running and understanding concepts. I think he’ll be good for that receiver room and in our locker room, having that veteran presence.

“I was excited when we made that acquisition. He’s obviously a big target and smart, asks a lot of questions, he’s going to pick up the offense quickly. And he’s excited. He’s excited about coming to this offense and staying in New York and having a No. 1 receiver (Beckham) on the opposite side of him.”

The workouts are overseen by current Duke University head football coach David Cutcliffe, who was Eli Manning’s head coach at the University of Mississippi from 2000 to 2003. The program consists of on-field work that lasts two and a half hours per day, split into two sessions. The players also do strength and film work. For years, Cutcliffe has coached Manning on his fundamentals, including footwork and throwing motion.

The 36-year old Manning knows there has been much talk that he is nearing the end of his career. “You take it one year at a time,’’ Manning told The Post. “Right now I feel great. Feel like I can continue to play, but obviously from year to year in this league you don’t know what’s gonna happen and what can change. Work hard to stay healthy and my body feels like I can play a number of years ahead.”

JOHN MARA DOES NOT THINK OWA ODIGHIZUWA IS RETIRING…
New York Giants President and CEO John Mara was asked about speculation that 25-year old defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa may be retiring from football. Odighizuwa tweeted on Monday that “at the point and time I believe it’s in my best interest to take sometime to get away from the game.”

“I don’t think so,” said Mara. “I spoke to him, but I’d rather not comment on that. He’s still on the team, yes, but I’d rather not comment on it.”

TRANSCRIPT OF BBI DRAFT CHAT WITH GREAT BLUE NORTH DRAFT REPORT…
The transcript of Thursday’s BBI draft chat with Colin of the Great Blue North Draft Report is available in The Corner Forum section of the website.

IMPORTANT DATES SECTION UPDATED…
We have updated the important upcoming dates section of the website.

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Apr 042017
 
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IS OWAMAGBE ODIGHIZUWA RETIRING FROM FOOTBALL?…
New York Giants defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa sent out three tweets on Monday that strongly suggested that he is retiring from the NFL. The tweets read:

I have all love for everyone.. at the point and time I believe it’s in my best interest to take sometime to get away from the game. However this is the best platform to express something of the things that has been on my mind for a while. I truly apologize that it has to be made known like this.

ESPN is reporting: “The Giants were looking into the tweets and are currently unsure of Odighizuwa’s future with the team. It is believed to be a fluid situation as he deals with some ’emotional things’ at this time.'”

Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants, Odighizuwa has not developed as hoped or expected. Hamstring and foot injuries caused him to miss 12 games of his rookie season. He missed two regular-season games in 2016 with a knee injury and the playoff game with a hamstring injury.

In his 18 regular-season games, Odighizuwa has been credited with just six tackles and one pass defense. Odighizuwa looks the part. He is a strong, well-built, and athletic defensive end with long arms and huge hands. Odighizuwa has the ability to play defensive tackle in pass rushing situations. He is a hard worker who simply has not been able to put it together yet.

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