Mar 262014
 
 March 26, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (August 29, 2013)

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Tom Coughlin at the NFL Owners Meeting: New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin addressed the media at the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday morning. Some tidbits from Coughlin:

  • On installing the offense under new Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: “We’re moving. We’re better than halfway through the completion of where we want it to be. I’ll say this and the word goes forth to our players. It’s obvious. This is a whole new undertaking from an offensive standpoint because you will have some of the old and a tremendous amount of the new. I think it’s stimulating. I think it’s good for everybody. Hopefully it’s going to provide a little fire for everybody. I know it will for Eli (Manning). I know he’ll be excited about this…In the beginning, there is a lot to learn. There is a lot of be able to comprehend. I don’t care how you do it. It’s apples and oranges. It’s Chinese vs. another language. But you have to get to where you’re communicating with each other. In order to do that, he’s really going to have to focus. Now, with his intelligence, it’s not going to be real difficult.”
  • On offensive goals: “Offensively we have to get back to Giants football. When I say that, I mean (Geoff) Schwartz and (John) Jerry, big human beings in the NFC East. We weren’t very big up front last year. It’s further to run around those big guys. We’re going to have balance…Everyone wants to know what the difference is going to be? Whatever we do is going to be designed around our personnel. I mean, we have the Encyclopedia Brittanica between the systems that you are familiar with and the system that you are soon going to be familiar with. You can put your finger on anything you want.”
  • On QB Ryan Nassib: ”I think he’s going to be a good player. This is going to be an important year for him and for the Giants.”
  • On RB Rashad Jennings: “He’s a great athlete and in tremendous shape. He’s a solid 230 (pounds). The more you look, the better you like. I think he’s a good football player who will be a very solid, solid, impactful guy in our offense.”
  • On RB David Wilson, who is recovering from career-threatening neck surgery:  “I’m planning that he’s there. Until they tell me differently, he’s there. Now, to what extent is he there? Does his presence mean that you have to have another number going into camp at that spot? All of those things are possible…He’s making outstanding progress. Whenever I see him I tell David, ‘Slow down now, stay with whatever they are telling you that you can or can’t do.’ He’s been working on his legs for a month or more…Let’s get him back, let’s see. I wouldn’t rush him into anything.”
  • On Rueben Randle: ”Rueben has to continue to develop, be a better pro…We have very high expectations for him. He’s got to continue to be a better pro and show consistency.”
  • On WR Mario Manningham:  ”Mario is really excited to be a Giant again. He can hardly contain himself. He’s physically and mentally matured.”
  • On the tight end position: ”Right now, it’s a question mark.”
  • On OT John Jerry, who was implicated in the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal: ”I think he was authentic in terms of his presentation and (General Manager) Jerry (Reese) really did believe everything that he said. The investigation took place, calls were made to the league office…There was remorse, sincere remorse, and we still feel very strongly about our locker room and the players that are there for us. I don’t see anything of that nature happening with us…There is no suspension in the air or anything of that nature.”
  • On CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: “We have a young man who really wants to be coached. We studied and we saw some areas that we can really help him in and we were very specific about how that would happen and he was very receptive to it. Our coaches worked their tails off on him, spent a lot of time. A lot of time…It seemed as if he was going to continue to visit (teams) until he found what he wanted. When he came to see us, we knew we would have our chance…He was looking for a place to sink his roots and become a guy who represented a team and stayed there and worked his way through things and wanted to be a part of something other than a one-year-here, one-year-there kind of thing. He responded to that. He jumped on that. He wanted to be a guy who is associated with a team.”
  • On DE Justin Tuck, who signed with the Oakland Raiders: ”We’re going to miss Justin Tuck, period. The body of work last year was very solid. He’s an outstanding young man…Justin has had two outstanding Super Bowls and playoff runs and played very, very well even as a young man playing with Osi (Umenyiora) and (Michael) Strahan, what he learned and how he performed, so, there’s no doubt…You always hold out hope that nobody goes, you don’t want to see anybody leave. But it’s part of our game. When Justin, as an outstanding defensive end who had numbers to back it up in terms of the way he played, I’m not surprised by it…It was always realistic (to keep him). It was realistic for sure, but it didn’t work. There are 31 other teams. The Raiders have a tremendous amount of money to spend.”’
  • On WR Hakeem Nicks, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts: “I don’t know if it went awry. The entire process of production continued to be not what it was a couple of years ago…I want everybody to know we wish Hakeem nothing but success, to return to the player that we really do believe and know that he is with consistency. Maybe this is something that had to take place for Hakeem. Maybe he will deal with exactly where he is and once again return to the quality of player that he is. I wish him nothing but the best.”
  • On continuing to coach: “What else am I going to do?..I feel good, I’m healthy, (my wife) Judy is really good towards it, the family is positive and supporting. As long as I feel good, productive, energetic, and of course the players respond, I’d like to think I can keep going…I’d like to think that the seasons are all good and at some point in time the decision (when to retire) becomes mine and not somebody else’s. It’s not the paramount thought. Being the best we can be is what I’m all about … I want to coach and I want to get it right and I want to see us start to play like I think we’re capable of.”

Article on the New York Giants and 2014 Free Agency and Draft: Giants’ signings give Reese free reign in draft by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on the New Free Agent Giants: Coaches dish on ex-players signed by the Giants as free agents by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Mar 252014
 
 March 25, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes



More MMQB from Peter King

Adrien Robinson, New York Giants (July 27, 2013)

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Jerry Reese Talks Tight Ends: New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese spoke briefly to the press at the NFL owners meetings in Florida. Reese was asked about the tight end position since the only tight ends currently under contract on the team’s roster are Larry Donnell, Adrien Robinson, and Daniel Fells.

“(Tight end) still might present itself to us,” Reese said. “œIf there is somebody available, we’™ll look at it and if something happens in the draft, we’ll look at that way as well. There is a long way to go.”

There has been speculation since before free agency started that the Giants may be interested in unrestricted free agent tight Jermichael Finley (Green Bay Packers) given Finley’s ability and connection with new Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. McAdoo once coach Finley as his position coach in Green Bay. However, Finley is still recovering from a spinal injury and has not yet been cleared by doctors.

After signing 10 new players in free agency and re-signing nine, the Giants appear to be mostly done in free agency. The 2014 NFL Draft will take place on May 8-10.

“œWe’™ll see,” said Reese. “œWe’™re always trying to create competition at every position. We still have work to do.”

Article on the 2013 New York Giants and Performance-Based Pay: Will Hill tops Giants list of ‘Performance-Based Pay’ for 2013 by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Mar 242014
 
 March 24, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes



MMQB: The Owners’ Meetings

New York Giants Awarded 5th Round Compensatory Pick in 2014 NFL Draft: The New York Giants have been awarded a 5th round compensatory pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The additional pick in the 5th round will be the 174th overall selection.

“I’m excited about this fifth-round comp pick we got. That’s huge,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “We thought we’d get a seventh. It’s a complicated formula. I’m not sure all the math but we’re happy about it. That’s awesome. That is the best thing that happened today in all these long meetings. It was worth the wait. It was worth the wait.”

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. According to an NFL press release, the players who factored into the equation were:

  • Free Agent Losses: TE Martellus Bennett, DE Osi Umenyiora, LB Chase Blackburn, and WR Domenick Hixon
  • Free Agent Signings: PK Josh Brown, TE Brandon Myers, and S Ryan Mundy

The Giants have all of their own picks in the upcoming draft except for their 7th rounder, which they traded to the Carolina Panthers for Jon Beason last season. The Giants now have seven picks once again.

For a listing of previous compensatory picks awarded to the Giants from 1995 to 2013, see this article at Giants.com.

John Mara Talks More About Offseason Moves: For the second day in a row, New York Giants President and CEO John Mara talked to the press about his team’s offseason moves.

“We think we improved our team,” Mara said on SiriusXM Radio. “We obviously had a lot of holes to fill. On paper we look a little better right now. We still have some more holes we need to fill. We’ve got to have a good draft. Hopefully we’ll be a better team next year.”

Mara was asked why the Giants were more aggressive in free agency this offseason.

“There were really a couple of things,” Mara said. “One is we went into this offseason in the best cap situation we’ve ever been in , with the most room we’ve ever had. And we had a lot of holes we had to fill. There were players out there we thought could help us, so we were a little more aggressive this year than we had been in the past.”

“We’re still in pretty decent cap situation, but I think we’re just about done in terms of free agency,” said Mara. “But we’ll see what happens. If the right player presents himself, you never know.”

Marvin Austin, New York Giants (August 24, 2013)

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New York Giants Deny Serious Interest in QB Mark Sanchez: NFL.com reported on Monday that the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants were both interested in quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was released by the New York Jets last week. However, according to NJ.com, a source said the Giants have “no real interest” in Sanchez.

“We investigate everything,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “Never say never…I haven’t really studied (Sanchez) since he was a college player. It’s not fair for me to evaluate someone I haven’t studied, or give an opinion on him. I really can’t make a comment on that.”

The Giants current have three quarterbacks on under contract: Eli Manning, Curtis Painter, and last year’s 4th round selection Ryan Nassib.

Article on OT John Jerry: John Jerry faces medical evaluation before taking field for Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Mar 242014
 
 March 24, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Eli Manning and Steve Tisch, New York Giants (October 21, 2013)

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Steve Tisch Comments on the State of the New York Giants: New York Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch spoke to media on Monday at the NFL owners meetings in Florida. Some tidbits from Tisch:

  • On the team’s approach to the offseason: “When something is a little broken, you have an opportunity to fix it. Everybody at the top levels of ownership, coaching staff and our GM realized we have to go for it. This is an opportunity. Let’s take advantage of it and refocus. Do some restructuring, make changes, some of the changes aren’t always going to be popular, but I think we have created a tremendous sense of excitement and anticipating what this team will be and how well they will perform this season.”
  • On free agency: “I think the way Jerry Reese has performed during free agency is he’s always looking for value. I think he has a great eye for matching free agents, their talent, and the needs of the New York Giants. I think this season has been an unusually strong example of that because of the amount of players we’ve brought in at this point.”
  • On Head Coach Tom Coughlin: “(With) a lot of new faces and a lot of new players and a new locker room, I think Tom Coughlin is the guy to get some rookies and some of our new players to really understand how the New York Giants perform as a team, how he wants his locker room to operate, and I think he is the best guy to accept this challenge.”
  • On what still needs to be done: “With the draft coming up in May, it’s going to be the next wave of how to build the Giants to become even stronger this season and going forward.”
  • On the departure of so many important players from the Super Bowl teams: “It’s the nature of the business. It’s the way business is run and things change, you have to move on, you can’t look back, you have to look forward. I think this is the season we’re certainly doing that.”
  • On DE Justin Tuck, who signed with the Oakland Raiders: “It’s not goodbye, I think, and this is me, I think it’s see you soon. You can’t separate New York from Justin Tuck and I don’t think Justin Tuck will separate Justin Tuck from New York…He will definitely come back to the New York-New Jersey area and I think continue to be involved in football. He’s a great guy. His contributions on and off the field are wonderful. The memories he has of his years at the Giants and that John Mara and I have and all the fans have, all the coaches have, are of an exceptional, exceptional player and human being.”

Article on RB Rashad Jennings: Giants depth chart: Rashad Jennings can be the power back Tom Coughlin wants by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Offensive line: Have Giants done enough? by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

New York Giants and 2014 Compensatory Picks: Projecting the Giants’ compensatory picks by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck: Justin Tuck thanks fans in newspaper ad by Giants.com

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

  • Wide Receiver Victor Cruz (Video)
  • Tight End Bear Pascoe (Video)
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Mar 232014
 
 March 23, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
John Mara, New York Giants (January 28, 2014)

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John Mara Talks New York Giants Personnel: New York Giants President and CEO John Mara spoke to the media at the NFL owners meetings in Florida on Sunday. Some of the topics discussed included:

  • On any future free agent moves: “(We are) pretty close to done…I think we’ve improved the team. Time will tell, but we all feel good about the players we’ve added. I would say we’re pretty close to done (signing veterans). Certainly, if the opportunity presented itself with another player, we’d look at it. But I don’t anticipate there being any big-money players being signed at this point.”
  • Mara said they would not rule out re-structuring QB Eli Manning’s contract to create more cap room. However, he said, “That’s not been something we’ve discussed.”
  • The emphasis on defense by the Giants in free agency: “I think that’s more a case of that’s where the opportunities have presented themselves. There were defensive players who were available that we thought could really help us. We did add some offensive players, but we have the draft coming up, so that will be another opportunity.”
  • The focus on improving the secondary: “There were good players that were available, and obviously, if you have a real strong secondary, it allows you to do a lot of other things. I think that was an area where we felt we had to improve a little bit. It wasn’t our number one priority, but those were the players who were available. I think they should help us.”
  • On signing OT John Jerry, who was involved in the bullying controversy of Jonathan Martin: “We were certainly aware of that and did some research into him, and we’re satisfied that he’s going to be a good citizen for us. We did not talk to the league about him, but we did talk to a number of people. We did do our due diligence on him.”
  • The loss of DE Justin Tuck to the Oakland Raiders: “You expect decisions like that in this business but there are some that affect you a little bit more than others…That was very hard. He was and still is very special to us. I’m happy for him that he got that kind of contract. It will be tough to walk into that locker room and not see him there.”
  • On the need for a new defensive leader: “Somebody is going to have to step up and be a leader…Hopefully between (Jon Beason) and Antrel Rolle, and there are other guys who are capable of doing that…but we’re obviously going to miss Justin quite a bit.”
  • On the fact that there are only four players remaining from the Super Bowl XLII team still on the roster (Eli Manning, Chris Snee, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Zak DeOssie): “It is pretty hard to believe, but that’s the nature of the business. Players come and go. It’s an unfortunate part of the business, but it is what it is.”
  • On what still needs to be done: “We feel like we’ve improved the team, but we also need to have a really great draft. And we’re going too have to count on some guys to come through for us – guys that we drafted last year and the year before.”
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Mar 232014
 
 March 23, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes, Website Business



Latest CineSport NFL Update

Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (November 17, 2013)

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Antrel Rolle Wins 2013 “BBI Giant of the Year”: Safety Antrel Rolle has been voted “BBI Giant of the Year” for his performance in the 2013 NFL season. Rolle had his finest season as a New York Giant. He started all 16 games and finished with 98 tackles, 2 sacks, 12 pass defenses, 6 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. Rolle also played in the 2013 Pro Bowl as a second-alternate.

Based on fan voting, the “BBI Giant of the Year” award is given to the Giants’ player, coach, or member of the front office who most contributed to the team’s success on the field in a given year. The vote is held at the end of each season by members of the BBI community and the award is presented at a ceremony on the practice fields during training camp.

The award carries a special significance as the trophy has been renamed to honor Hope Johnson, a beloved member of the BBI community and organizer of the “Giant of the Year” presentation, who died in 2009.

With 2,920 votes cast, Rolle received 64 percent of the vote followed by linebacker Jon Beason (16 percent), defensive end Justin Tuck (7 percent), Head Coach Tom Coughlin (4 percent), Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell (4 percent), cornerback Prince Amukamara (3 percent), and place kicker Josh Brown (1 percent).

For a listing of past winners, see the BBI Giant of the Year section of the website. Rolle is the first defensive player to win the award.

Article on the New York Giants and 2014 NFL Free Agency: NY Giants break from old way of doing business and spend big in free agency by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on S Quintin Demps: Giants’ Quintin Demps plays with a song in his heart by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

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Mar 212014
 
 March 21, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes


The Latest CineSport NFL Update

John Jerry, Miami Dolphins (November 17, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign John Jerry: The New York Giants announced on Friday that they have officially signed unrestricted free agent offensive guard/tackle John Jerry (Miami Dolphins). The contract is reportedly a 1-year, $770,000 deal with $25,000 in guaranteed money. The 27-year old Jerry, who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft, started all 32 games at right guard for the Dolphins the past two seasons. He was one of the players cited in the infamous Jonathan Martin bullying case.

“We did our homework on John, like we do with every player we sign,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “We were satisfied with the answers we got about John as a player and person.”

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 Close to Signing Zack Bowman: According to ESPN, the New York Giants are close to signing unrestricted free agent cornerback Zach Bowman (Chicago Bears) to a 1-year deal. The 29-year old Bowman has played six seasons for the Bears and started seven games at corner in 2013. The Giants have already signed cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond this offseason in addition to re-signing cornerback Trumaine McBride.

Giants No Longer Interested in Anthony Spencer?: According to NJ.com, the New York Giants are no longer interested in unrestricted free agent defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer (Dallas Cowboys). Spencer visited the Giants this past Sunday and Monday. A source told NJ.com that the Giants are concerned about Spencer’s physical condition. Spencer had microfracture surgery on his left knee last year.

Eric Herman Had Hip Surgery: The Bergen Record is reporting that offensive guard Eric Herman had hip surgery after the 2013 season. He reportedly is progressing in his recovery.

Article on RB Rashad Jennings: Rashad Jennings vs. Ben Tate: Giants make right gamble at running back? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Mar 202014
 
 March 20, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Charles Brown, New Orleans Saints (August 29, 2013)

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Charles Brown Visits Giants But Leaves Without Contract: According to NJ.com, unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Charles Brown (New Orleans Saints) visited the New York Giants on Wednesday and Thursday but left without a contract. The 26-year old Brown, who was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft, started 14 games at left tackle for the Saints in 2013 before being benched.

Jersey Numbers for New Players: According to the roster page on Giants.com, the following numbers have been assigned to the newly-signed players:

  • RB Rashad Jennings (23)
  • WR Mario Manningham (86)
  • WR Trindon Holliday (15)
  • OG Geoff Schwartz (74)
  • LB Jameel McClain (53)
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (21)
  • CB Walter Thurmond (24), Jennings (23)
  • S Quintin Demps (35)

On the surface, this seems to suggest that unrestricted free agents TE Bear Pascoe (86), RB Andre Brown (35), CB Terrell Thomas (23) will not be back. Also keep in mind that jersey numbers are subject to change, especially during the final cut-down period.

Article on the New York Giants and 2014 NFL Free Agency: Contract details of Giants free agent signings by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Safety Quintin Demps: Quintin Demps still expects to be Giants’ kick returner despite Trindon Holliday signing by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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Mar 192014
 
 March 19, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Charles Brown, New Orleans Saints (September 8, 2013)

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Charles Brown to Visit the New York Giants: According to ESPN, unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Charles Brown (New Orleans Saints) is scheduled to visit the New York Giants.

Brown was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Saints. He has experience playing both right and left tackle. He started 14 games at left tackle for New Orleans until benched late in the season.

Louis Murphy Now Drawing Interest from Bengals: After wrapping a 2-day visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, unrestricted free agent wide receiver Louis Murphy (New York Giants) will meet with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

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

Article on OG Geoff Schwartz: Geoff Schwartz Shares His Firsthand View of the NFL Free-Agency Process by Geoff Schwartz for The BleacherReport.com

Articles on the New York Giants Secondary:

Article on FB Henry Hynoski: Hyno pleased to remain a Giant by Chuck Souders of NewsItem.com

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Mar 182014
 
 March 18, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers (August 18, 2012)

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Mario Manningham Signing Official: The New York Giants have officially confirmed that they have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mario Manningham (San Francisco 49ers). Manningham reportedly signed a 1-year contract.

Manningham was originally drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. After four seasons (2008-11) and a Super Bowl ring, he left the Giants in free agency for the 49ers in 2012.

“I’m happy to be back,” Manningham said. “I’m real excited. It’s just great to see everybody, be around familiar faces, knowing everybody in the past and just being comfortable around everybody. Once a Giant, always a Giant. That’s how I feel. This is a very special place. I wanted to come back.”

Manningham tore both the ACL and PCL in his left knee in December 2012. He was activated off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List in November 2013 and played in six regular-season games for the 49ers, catching only nine passes for 85 yards, before he was placed on Injured Reserve again.

“It was frustrating, but it was a learning experience also,” Manningham said. “When I got back I couldn’t do what I wanted to, I knew I needed a little bit more time. It’s coming along and I just have to work on getting stronger and getting my strength back and trusting it more. I’m doing good; it’s getting stronger.”

“If you’re an athlete, you have a chip on your shoulder already, so you’re like, ‘I’m coming back strong this year,’’ Manningham said. “I do believe it. I had a couple people who tore their ACL a couple times who said, ‘Man, you’re not going to get it back that following year, you’re going to get it back the year after that.’ I’m just trying to do what I can do to make a strong impact and win games.”

“(Eli Manning and I) get back out there and see how it goes,” Manningham said. “We haven’t been together in two years, so you can’t do anything but get better.”

“I wanted to come back,” Manningham said. “I’m comfortable around the staff members. There are some different staff members and different players. I just want to get to know them. We’re all in here for one reason and that’s to win. That’s all that matters. I just want come in and do what I’ve got to do to help us win.”

Terrell Thomas Visits Carolina Panthers: According to FOXSports, unrestricted free agent cornerback Terrell Thomas (New York Giants) is meeting with the Carolina Panthers.

Giants.com Interviews: Videos from Tuesday’s Giants.com interviews with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • WR/Returner Trindon Holliday (Video)
  • WR Mario Manningham (Video)
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