Jul 162014
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When the Atlanta Falcons stepped up to the plate and volunteered to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks, the sigh of relief from Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese could be felt miles away.

But while this year’s New York Giants won’t be featured on the network, a team that last played 56 years ago will.

According to the New York Post, HBO will begin filming a movie entitled The Glory Game, based on Frank Gifford’s book detailing the 1958 NFL Championship.

Gene Kirkwood, Ross Elliott and Cody Gifford will produce the film. The Glory Game was originally published in 2009 and is based around what has been coined “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” In 1958, the Giants and Baltimore Colts faced off in the NFL championship.

The game, which was televised across the nation on NBC, was the first championship to go into sudden death overtime. The Colts won, 23-17, on fullback Alan Ameche’s one-yard touchdown run.

Frank Gifford, New York Giants (1957)

Frank Gifford, New York Giants (1957)

“That overtime meant a lot and moved us into a time zone where people were turning on their TVs in California and seeing NFL football,” Giants’ running back Frank Gifford told The New York Post. “Football, at that time, was a game that nobody talked about or watched on TV … and that game had a lot to do with bringing fans to the game. People turned on their TVs expecting to see the news, which was pre-empted by the game, and I think that had a lot to do with popularizing the NFL.”

The film is still in the early stages of development and has yet cast any actors or actresses.

“We’ve met with [writer John Richards] and we’re developing the story with him,” Cody Gifford told The Post. “We’re kind of taking a hands-off approach but we’re giving him everything he needs. We’re focused right now on getting the best possible story out of the book.”

Jul 152014
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

ESPN doesn’t have much faith in a bounce-back year from Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants put together arguably the most active offseason of any NFL team, signing big name after big name to fill the many vacancies left by expiring contracts.

Despite all the new faces, ESPN isn’t quite sold yet on New York being a vast improvement over last year’s team. After finishing 2013 ranked No. 23, the Giants enter 2014 ranked No. 19.

If ESPN’s pre-season power rankings prove to be entirely accurate, the Giants will finish second in the NFC East behind the ninth-ranked ranked Eagles, but fail to qualify for the playoffs. Nine NFC teams would finish ahead of New York. Theoretically, the NFC playoff picture would look as follows:

No. 1 seed: Seattle Seahawks
No. 2 seed: New Orleans Saints
No. 3 seed: Green Bay Packers
No. 4 seed: Philadelphia Eagles
Wild Card No. 1: San Francisco 49ers
Wild Card No. 2: Arizona Cardinals

Tiki Barber, New York Giants (August 2006)

Tiki Barber’s rookie year snapped the Giants last three-year playoff drought.

The Giants’ omission would be the third-straight season the team would fail to make the playoffs. New York hasn’t gone three years without qualifying for the postseason in 15 years. From 1994-1996, the Giants missed the postseason three straight times finishing 9-7, 5-11 and 6-10 before going 10-5-1 in 1997.

In the NFC East, ESPN ranked the Dallas Cowboys No. 22 and the Washington Redskins No. 28. The Cleveland Browns were ranked No. 32.

Agree or disagree Giants’ fans? Voice your opinion here. ESPN’s complete list can be viewed below.

1. Seattle Seahawks
2. Denver Broncos
3. San Francisco 49ers
4. New England Patriots
5. New Orleans Saints
6. Green Bay Packers
7. Indianapolis Colts
8. Arizona Cardinals
9. Philadelphia Eagles
10. Cincinnati Bengals
11 Carolina Panthers
12 Chicago Bears
13 Baltimore Ravens
14 Atlanta Falcons
15 Kansas City Chiefs
16 San Diego Chargers
17 Pittsburgh Steelers
18 St. Louis Rams
19 New York Giants
20 Detroit Lions
21 New York Jets
22 Dallas Cowboys
23 Tampa Bay Bucs
24 Miami Dolphins
25 Tennessee Titans
26 Houston Texans
27 Buffalo Bills
28 Washington Redskins
29 Minnesota Vikings
30 Jacksonville Jaguars
31. Oakland Raiders
32. Cleveland Browns

Jul 152014
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USA Today Sports Video: Giants Potential Breakout Players

Jim Herrmann, New York Giants (October 28, 2012)

Jim Herrmann – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Giants.com Q&A with Linebackers Coach Jim Herrmann: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Linebackers Coach Jim Herrmann is available at Giants.com.

Inside Football Player Q&As: Transcripts of Q&A sessions with the following New York Giants players are available at InsideFootball.com:

Article on New York Giants Training Camp Battles: Giants have plenty of jobs up for grabs as training camp nears by Ebenezer Samuel of The New York Daily News

Article on QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham, Jr.: Eli Manning works with NY Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham at Manning Passing Academy by Kevin Armstrong of The New York Daily News

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Line:

Article on DT Mike Patterson: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Mike Patterson by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giants Linebackers:

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Backs:

Article on PK Brandon McManus: North Penn grad Brandon McManus eyes opportunity to kick for Giants by Tom Layberger of The Reporter

Jul 142014
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Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (February 5, 2012)

Tom Coughlin was ranked the No. 5 coach in the NFL – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Back-to-back playoff-less seasons hasn’t done much to hurt Tom Coughlin’s rank among the upper echelon of NFL coaches.

In a recent ‘Head Coach Power Rankings’ rating by NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison, Coughlin came in at No. 5. The article ranked every NFL coach from 1-32.

In his description, Harrison admitted the difficulty in finding the appropriate ranking for Coughlin. While the 67-year-old does have two Super Bowl Championships and a pair of AFC Championship game appearances under his belt, he also has several seasons where his teams struggled.

Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

Jayron Hosley and Tom Coughlin – © USA TODAY Sports Images

In recent memory, the Giants have failed to qualify for the postseason in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Ranked ahead of Coughlin were John Harbaugh (Ravens) at No. 4, Jim Harbaugh (49ers) at No. 3, Sean Payton (Saints) at No. 2 and Bill Belichick (Patriots) at No. 1. Within the NFC East, the Eagles’ Chip Kelly ranked No.18, Cowboys’ Jason Garrett No. 23 and Redskins Jay Gruden No. 30.

Do you believe Harrison has Coughlin correctly ranked? Agree with his NFC East counterparts? Voice your opinion here.

Jul 142014
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When the New York Giants came to terms on a five-year, $35 million contract with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the team knew the corner was a risk.

Sure, ‘DRC’ had looked about as good as one could last year with the Denver Broncos and for three seasons with the Cardinals. But there were two years in Philadelphia that put everything in question.

Was Rodgers-Cromartie a chance-taking athlete who happened to guess more right than wrong last year? Or a shut-down corner?

According to Bucky Brooks, it’s the latter of the two.

In a recent column on NFL.com, Brooks ranked the 28-year-old Rodgers-Cromartie as the seventh-best cover corner in the NFL. Rodgers-Cromartie ranked one spot ahead of cousin and former Jets’ cornerback Antonio Cromartie. He was the lone corner from the NFC East on the list.

Brooks praised Rodgers-Cromartie for his ballhawking capabilities and ability to lock down any wideout.

‘Possesses the physical tools to be the top cover corner around. He is an athletic ballhawk capable of squatting on routes to produce critical turnovers, yet is also skilled enough to blanket receivers in tight man-to-man.’

Brooks continued to say that when DRC is ‘on,’ he has the potential to be a ‘Top 5′ corner in the league.

What do you think Giants fans? Should Rodgers-Cromartie be ranked higher or lower? Is his rating justified? Voice your opinion on the boards.

Jul 112014
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Video: SI – Top 5 NFL Teams Before Training Camp

Inside Football Q&A with Cornerbacks Coach Peter Giunta: The transcript of a Q&A session with RB Andre Williams is available at InsideFootball.com.

Giants.com Q&A with Safeties Coach David Merritt: The video of a Giants.com Q&A with Safeties Coach David Merritt is available at Giants.com.

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

  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Video)
  • LB Devon Kennard (Video)

Article on WR Trindon Holliday: Trindon Holliday film review: Giants return specialist overrated, underrated, as expected? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Kelcy Quarles: The 10 Giants you’ll know when training camp begins: Kelcy Quarles by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Cooper Taylor: 10 Giants you should know when training camp begins: Cooper Taylor by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on the New York Giants Return Game: Fresh legs could bring new life to Giants’ shoddy return game by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Jul 092014
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Osi Umenyiora and Antonio Pierce, New York Giants (August 21, 2010)

Antonio Pierce – © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will be facing off just a bit earlier than the team’s first scheduled regular season match-up Oct. 19.

This Sunday, on July 13, at 3:00 PM, the ‘Doomsday Defenders’ will face the ‘NYG Hoopsters’ at The Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, New Jersey for a basketball game. The matchup will bring together both past and present Giants’ and Cowboys’ players.

Rosters are still presently being put together, but confirmed athletes dressing up for the ‘Doomsday Defenders’ will be Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, Kevin Smith, Drew Pearson, Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris. Suiting up for the ‘NYG Hoopsters’ will be Antonio Pierce, Jessie Armstead, Stephen Baker, Eric Dorsey and Bennett Jackson.

Following the game, which which runs every two years, players will be made available for an autograph signing session.

For complete information on the game and how to purchase tickets, visit Cowboy Hoops online.

Jul 092014
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CineSport Video Update: Strahan – His Life’s Journey to Canton

David Merritt, New York Giants (August 3, 2010)

David Merritt – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Inside Football Q&As with New York Giants Assistant Coaches:

Giants.com Q&A with DE Damontre Moore: The video of a Giants.com Q&A session with DE Damontre Moore is available at Giants.com.

Article on the New York Giants Fullbacks: Giants fullbacks anxiously wait for training camp to see how they’ll be used by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on OC/OG Weston Richburg: Is a starting guard slot realistic for Weston Richburg? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie film review: Giants CB overrated, underrated, as expected? by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Group chat gives Giants better communication by Peter Cappiello of Newsday

Jul 082014
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Ryan Nassib, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

The Giants have announced their training camp schedule– © USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Giants have announced the team’s 2014 training camp schedule. Camp will be held at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center (formerly Timex Performance Center) in East Rutherford. The team’s first practice will be held on July 22 and conclude August 14. As has been the case for all camps held in East Rutherford, most practices that are held outside are open to the public but may be forced inside due to inclimate weather.

The practices scheduled on Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 are closed to the public due to an ongoing event at Metlife Stadium.

Tuesday, July 22; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, July 23; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, July 24; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Friday, July 25; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Saturday, July 26; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Sunday, July 27; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Monday, July 28; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Tuesday, July 29; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, July 30; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Thursday, July 31; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Friday, August 1; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Saturday, August 2; No Practice
Sunday, August 3; Hall of Fame Game vs. Buffalo, 8:00 p.m. Canton, Ohio
Monday, August 4; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Tuesday, August 5; Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event
Wednesday, August 6; 5:40- 7:50 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, August 7; Closed Practice due to MetLife Stadium Event
Friday, August 8; No Practice
Saturday, August 9; Steelers vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 10; No Practice – Players’ Day Off
Monday, August 11; 3:20-5:30 p.m. – Practice
Tuesday, August 12; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Wednesday, August 13; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice
Thursday, August 14; 1:20-3:30 p.m. – Practice (End Camp)

Jul 062014
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New York Giants Super Bowl Trophies (June 14, 2012)

New York Giants Super Bowl Trophies – © USA TODAY Sports Images

It was a good decade for the New York Giants.

Between 2000 and 2009, the team appeared in two Super Bowls with one championship and defeated the unbeatable 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. But according to Charley Casserly, one Super Bowl-less squad was more impressive during the nine years.

The former NFL general manager ranked the Philadelphia Eagles No. 4.

Casserly placed the Indianapolis Colts (No. 3), Pittsburgh Steelers (No.2) and New England Patriots (No.1) ahead of Big Blue. The Baltimore Ravens, who defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV, tied with New York at No. 5.

During the years polled, the Giants finished a combined 88-72. The team had a winning record five times, won the division three times and made the playoffs six times.

In 2000, the Giants finished 12-4 and won both the NFC East Division and NFC Conference championships. In the Super Bowl, the Giants fell, 34-7, to the Baltimore Ravens.

Seven years later, the Giants captured their lone Super Bowl of the decade by defeating the 18-0 New England Patriots, 17-14.

“They won the Game of the Decade beating the 18-0 New England Patriots in the Super Bowl,” Casserly said.

While the team didn’t capture a Super Bowl title, the Eagles were one of more successful regular season teams during the same time period. Philadelphia had a losing record just once in the nine years, made four-straight conference championships and appeared in one Super Bowl. The team also won the NFC East in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2000 and 2006.

The Eagles combined record from 2000-2009 was an impressive 103-56-1.

Do you agree or disagree Giants with the Giants’ ranking? Feel they should be higher or lower? Voice your opinion here.