Jun 152015
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Report: Jason Pierre-Paul Expected to Skip Mini-Camp:  According to multiple media reports, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will likely not attend this week’s 3-day mandatory mini-camp that begins on Tuesday. Pierre-Paul was designated as the team’s Franchise Player in early March. Since he has not yet signed his 1-year, $14.813 million tender, Pierre-Paul cannot be fined by Giants for skipping the mini-camp.

Pierre-Paul has not attended any of the Giants voluntary offseason program workouts (which began in April) and Organized Team Activity (OTA) sessions (which ended last week). He has been working out with his own personnel trainer in Miami. Without a contract, Pierre-Paul is unlikely to risk an injury during on-field practice sessions. The New York Daily News is reporting that even if Pierre-Paul decides to show up for mini-camp team meetings, he will not participate in practices because of the injury risk.

July 15 is the deadline for all teams to sign their Franchise Players to long-term contracts. After this date, Pierre-Paul may only sign his one-year tender with the Giants and his contract cannot be extended until the 2015 season is over.

The Daily News is reporting that no serious long-term contract negotiations have taken place between the Giants and Pierre-Paul and that Pierre-Paul will likely sign his $14.813 million tender before training camp begins in late July. The paper says the Giants “are leery of entering into a long-term deal” with Pierre-Paul due to concerns about previous back injury issues that affected him in 2012 and 2013.

Article on the New York Giants OTAs: Which 5 players benefitted the most from OTAs? by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on QB Eli Manning: Another look at why Giants QB Eli Manning isn’t going anywhere by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on WR Corey Washington: How Giants’ other 2nd-year WR learns from Odell Beckham by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

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Jun 112015
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The New York Giants have signed undrafted rookie free agent linebacker Tony Johnson. Johnson fills the roster spot created when the Giants waived linebacker Ryan Jones last week with an undisclosed injury.

The 6’2”, 254-pound Johnson played collegiately at Louisiana Tech. As a senior, Johnson was credited with 69 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three pass defenses, and two forced fumbles. At his Pro Day, Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.81 range.

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

Jun 092015
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (August 16, 2014)

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Giants Have Not Approached Eli Manning About New Contract: According to The New York Daily News, the New York Giants have not yet approached quarterback Eli Manning about a new contract. The 34-year old Manning is entering the final year of his current six-year deal and is set to count $19.75 million against the team’s 2015 salary cap.

“No discussions yet,” Manning told The Daily News. “I don’t know if there will be or not.”

Manning was asked by the paper if he thinks the Giants are making him prove he deserves a new deal.

“Sure. I think you’re always proving yourself in this league,” replied Manning. “It’s always kind of what have you done lately and you got to prove that you can still play at a high level.”

In March, the Pittsburgh Steelers gave fellow 2004 NFL Draft alum Ben Roethlisberger a 5-year, $99 million contract with almost $61 million in guaranteed money. Manning’s last contract extension in 2010 was a six-year, $97.5 million deal with $35 million in guaranteed money.

Despite the Giants disappointing 6-10 record in 2014, Manning is coming off one of his best seasons, having completed a career-high 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,410 yards (second-highest total in his career), 30 touchdowns (one shy of his career-high in 2011), and 14 interceptions (13 fewer than he threw in 2013). The expectations for him are even higher in his second season in Ben McAdoo’s West Coast Offensive-based system.

Article on QB Eli Manning: How Eli Manning borrowed from baseball to develop arm ‘with pop’ by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Giants.com Feature on Wide Receivers: A video feature on the New York Giants wide receivers is available at Giants.com.

Article on CB Prince Amukamara: Giants CB Amukamara’s goal: stay healthy this year by The Associated Press

Article on Safety Cooper Taylor: For Giants’ oft-injured, mystery safety, ‘The time is now’ by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Jun 052015
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New York Giants Waive Linebacker Ryan Jones: The New York Giants have waived/injured linebacker Ryan Jones with an undisclosed injury. The Giants signed Jones in April 2015. Jones was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2014 NFL Draft, but he was waived/injured less than a month later with a foot injury. Jones had been earning reps with the second-team defense at strongside linebacker.

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

SI.com Q&A with RB Shane Vereen: The transcript of a Sports Illustrated interview with running back Shane Vereen is available at SI.com.

Giants.com Q&A with TE Jerome Cunningham: The video of a Giants.com interview with tight end Jerome Cunningham is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Feature on Tight Ends: A video feature on the New York Giants tight ends is available at Giants.com.

Article on the New York Giants Cornerbacks: Health of starting cornerbacks is paramount for Giants by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on S Cooper Taylor: Cooper Taylor could bolster safety shortage by Arthur Stapleton of The Bergen Record


Jun 032015
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Jon Beason, New York Giants (September 8, 2014)

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Jon Beason on SiriusXM Radio: The audio of New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason’s interview on SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday is available at SoundCloud.com. Some points made by Beason:

  • Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnulo’s system: “It’s the most complex system I’ve been in. This is my fifth defensive coordinator. It is the most complex because we will not sit back and be dictated to by anybody…Offenses create problems by formations, moving people around, shifts and motions…Every call we can make a change…It’s a great system. We’re going to be aggressive and we’re going to be ready for whatever an offense does.”
  • Linebacker J.T. Thomas: “I think he is an exceptional player. He is savvy…I think he loves to play football…He wants to work, he wants to learn.”
  • Linebacker Devon Kennard: “I can’t praise Kennard enough. He prepares better than any rookie I’ve ever seen…The thing I’ve noticed the most this offseason is I think he is a step or two faster, he’s quicker.”
  • Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul: “He’s working extremely hard. He’s getting the information. He will be ready to roll.”

Giants.com Q&A with LB Jonathan Casillas: A video of a recent Giants.com interview with linebacker Jonathan Casillas is available at Giants.com.

Number Changes: New York Giants safety Landon Collins has changed his jersey number from #27 to #21 in honor of late Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor. To accommodate Collins, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie changed his number from #21 to #41. Linebacker Ryan Jones switched from #41 to #46. A listing of all current jersey numbers is provided on the Roster and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Giants.com Feature on Linebackers: A video feature on the New York Giants linebackers is available at Giants.com.

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)
  • DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (Video)

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