JUNE 15, 2017 NEW YORK GIANTS MINI-CAMP REPORT…
The third and final day of the New York Giants mandatory 3-day mini-camp was held on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Thursday’s practice was more of a walk-thru. The veterans are now off until summer training camp begins in late July.
INJURY REPORT AND ABSENTEES…
Wide receiver wide receiver Kevin Snead (hamstring), tight end Rhett Ellison (calf), left guard Justin Pugh (back), right guard D.J. Fluker (unknown), linebacker J.T. Thomas (recovering from torn ACL), cornerback Eli Apple (illness), cornerback/safety Mykkele Thompson (unknown), and safety Darian Thompson (illness) did not practice.
“D.J. got nicked yesterday and he is sore, but he bounced back today,” said Head Coach Ben McAdoo.
Defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa has been excused from the mandatory mini-camp for “personal reasons.”
Some snippets from various media sources:
Thursday’s practice was more of a walk-thru affair.
With Ereck Flowers limited and Justin Pugh still out, the first-team offensive line was left tackle Chad Wheeler, left guard Adam Gettis, center Weston Richburg, right guard John Jerry, and right tackle Bobby Hart. Adam Bisnowaty also worked in at right guard for Jerry.
GIANTS SIGN EVAN ENGRAM…
The New York Giants announced on Thursday that they have signed their first-round draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, tight end Evan Engram. All six of the Giants’ 2017 draft picks are now signed.
HEAD COACH BEN MCADOO…
The transcript of Ben McAdoo’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.
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:
NEW YORK GIANTS OTA PRACTICES BEGIN ON MONDAY…
The four-week “phase three” portion of the New York Giants offseason program begins on Monday with the team’s first organized team activity, or OTA, practice. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of OTA practices. 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.
Monday’s OTA practice will not be open to the media. The first practice open to the media will be Thursday, May 25th.
The Giants’ nine-week offseason program began on April 18. The first two weeks consisted of activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation only. The next three weeks of the program consisted of on-field workouts that included individual player instruction and drills.
Interesting to hear @KimJonesSports say #Giants LT Ereck Flowers didn’t even go home this offseason. Stuck around to keep working. Good sign
GIANTS SIGN ADAM BISNOWATY… NJ.com is reporting that the New York Giants have signed their 6th-round 2017 NFL draft selection, offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty. The Giants signed defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (2nd round), quarterback Davis Webb (3rd round), and defensive end Avery Moss (5th round) earlier this month.
The only remaining draft picks unsigned are tight end Evan Engram (1st round) and running back Wayne Gallman (4th round).
GIANTS.COM PLAYER INTERVIEWS…
Video clips of exclusive Giants.com interviews with the following players are available at Giants.com:
MAY 12, 2017 NEW YORK GIANTS ROOKIE MINI-CAMP REPORT…
The first day of the New York Giants 3-day rookie mini-camp was held on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Sixty-six (66) players – draft picks, signed rookie free agents, first-year players who have not completed a season of credited service, and street and rookie free agent tryout players – were in attendance.
2017 NFL Draft Picks (6):
TE Evan Engram, Mississippi
DT Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama
QB Davis Webb, California
RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson
DE Avery Moss, Youngstown State
OL Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh
2017 Signed Rookie Free Agents (15):
FB Shane Smith, San Jose State
WR Keeon Johnson, Virginia
WR Travis Rudolph, Florida State
WR Rob Wheelwright, Wisconsin
WR Jalen Williams, Massachusetts
TE Colin Thompson, Temple
OL Jessamen Dunker, Tennessee State
OT Chad Wheeler, USC
DE Evan Schwan, Penn State
DT Josh Banks, Wake Forest
DT Jarron Jones, Notre Dame
LB Calvin Munson, San Diego State
CB Nigel Tribune, Iowa State
CB DaShaun Amos, East Carolina
S Jadar Johnson, Clemson
Contrary to previous reports, offensive linemen Sam Ekwonike (Coastal Carolina) and Armando Bonheur (Samford) were not signed after the draft. Both are present as tryout players.
New York Giants First-Year Players (8):
RB Daryl Virgies
RB Jacob Huesman
WR Darius Powe
OC/OG Jon Halapio
LB Curtis Grant
CB Donte Deayon
S Ryan Murphy
PK Aldrick Rosas
Rookie and Veteran Tryout Players (37):
QB Steve Cluley, William & Mary
QB Jeremy Johnson, Auburn
RB Jonathan Gray, Texas
RB Khalid Abdullah, James Madison
WR Nate Behar, Carleton (Canada)
WR Kevin Snead, Carson Newman
WR Alex Morrison, British Columbia
TE Justice Cunningham, South Carolina
TE Kevin Greene, USC
OC Mike Brewster, Ohio St.
OC Tobijah Hughley, Louisville
OC/OG Jake Schunke, Towson
OG Armando Bonheur, Samford
G Sam Ekwonike, Coastal Carolina
OG/OT Jeremy Zver, Regina
OT Helva Matungulu, Western Carolina
DE Omarius Bryant, Western Kentucky
DE Junior Gnokonde, Troy
DE Connor McGough, Calgary
DT Junior Luke, Montreal
DT A.J. Wolf, Duke
LB Nick Haag, Assumption
LB Frederic Chagnon, Montreal
LB Jimmy Herman, Purdue
LB Christophe Mulumba Tshimanga, Maine
LB John Stepec, Toledo
CB Keith Baxter, Marshall
CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
CB SaQwan Edwards, New Mexico
CB Tunde Adeleke, Carleton (Canada)
CB Robert Woodson, Calgary
S Nate Hamlin, Carleton (Canada)
S Trey Robinson, Furman
S Joel Wilkinson, Australian University
LS Josh Appel, Indiana St.
PK Travis Coons, Washington
P Felix Menard-Briere, Montreal
For future reference: Adam Bisnowaty worked at RT, Chad Wheeler at LT today. Both say they can + are willing to play either side. #Giants
GIANTS SIGN THREE OF THEIR DRAFT PICKS…
The New York Giants have announced they have signed the following three of their 2017 NFL Draft class:
DT Dalvin Tomlinson – 2nd round
QB Davis Webb – 3rd round
DE Avery Moss – 5th round
The remaining draft picks unsigned are tight end Evan Engram (1st round), running back Wayne Gallman (4th round), and offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty (6th round).
TREVIN WADE RECEIVES TRYOUT WITH CHICAGO BEARS…
New York Giants unrestricted free agent cornerback Trevin Wade is trying out with the Chicago Bears during the their mini-camp this week. Wade played in every game in 2016 with two regular-season starts. He received about 33 percent of defensive snaps and finished the year with 26 tackles and three pass defenses. Wade was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has spent time with the Browns (2012-13), Saints (2013-14), and Lions (2014). The Giants signed Wade to a reserve/future contract in January 2015.
BEN MCADOO AND THE COORDINATORS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:
NEW YORK GIANTS ROOKIE MINI-CAMP STARTS ON FRIDAY…
The New York Giants will hold a 3-day rookie mini-camp starting on Friday, May 12th. Head Coach Ben McAdoo, team coordinators, and select players will be available to the media on Friday.
Those players in attendance will include the Giants’ six draft picks, signed undrafted rookie free agents, players who were signed to reserve/future contracts in the offseason, and rookie and veteran street free agent tryout players.
REPORT – GIANTS ADD ANOTHER ROOKIE FREE AGENT… NJ.com is reporting that the New York Giants have signed undrafted rookie free agent cornerback DaShaun Amos.
JERRY REESE ON ESPN RADIO…
The audio of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interview with New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese is available at ESPN.com.
66 Adam Bisnowaty 88 Evan Engram 30 Wayne Gallman 91 Avery Moss 94 Dalvin Tomlinson 5 Davis Webb
Though not official, the New York Giants have reportedly signed the following 16 undrafted rookie free agents. However, sometimes these reports are in error as some of these prospects are tryout players who have not signed contracts.
The Giants will hold a rookie mini-camp on May 12-14 at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Those participating will include the team’s six 2017 NFL draft picks, signed rookie free agents, and rookie and street free agents invited on a tryout basis.
FB Shane Smith, 6’1”, 244lbs, 4.81, San Jose State University
Smith is a classic lead-blocking fullback who rarely touched the ball in college. Gym rat who is super strong. Smart. Good special teams player.
WR Travis Rudolph, 6’0”, 189lbs, 4.65 Florida State University (Video)
Rudolph lacks size, speed, and agility, but he plays better than he tests. He runs good routes, adjusts well to the football, and has good hands. Competitor who will block.
WR Keeon Johnson, 6’2”, 211lbs, 4.57, University of Virginia (Video)
Johnson is a big possession receiver.
WR Jalen Williams, 6’2”, 209lbs, 4.55 University of Massachusetts (Video)
Williams is a tall, athletic receiver with very good hands. He averaged 19.3 yards per catch in 2016. However, Williams missed all of 2015 with a leg injury and was nagged in 2016 with ankle issues. He also has had off-the-field problems (arrest in 2015).
WR Rob Wheelwright, 6’2”, 205lbs, 4.60, University of Wisconsin (Video)
Wheelright has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability. Lacks ideal speed and his hands are just so-so. He doesn’t play to his size and has been regarded as a bit of an underachiever. Good run blocker.
TE Colin Thompson, 6’4”, 254lbs, 5.01, Temple University (Video)
Thompson is a blocking tight end who rarely touched the ball at Temple.
OT Chad Wheeler, 6’7”, 306lbs, 5.49, USC (Video)
Although he did not test well athletically, Wheeler combines good size with decent overall foot quickness at left tackle. He is a solid technician who plays hard and enjoys the game. Tough and aggressive. However, he had injury and off-the-field issues in college. Wheeler is a better pass protector than run blocker and he needs to get stronger.
OT/OG Jessamen Dunker, 6’4”, 318lbs, 5.01, Tennessee State University (Video)
Dunker is a big, athletic guard who needs to get stronger and dedicate himself to the game. He does not play with much power and he needs a lot of technique work. Raw, but has an upside.
OG Armando Bonheur, 6’2”, 305lbs, 5.25, Samford University (Video)
Bonheur lacks ideal size.
OG Sam Ekwonike, 6’3”, 347lbs, 5.64, Coastal Carolina University
Raw, but massive and strong guard who needs a lot of technique work. Not a bad athlete and he has a bit of a mean streak.
DE Evan Schwan, 6’5”, 261lbs, 4.68, Penn State (Video)
Schwan is a big defensive end who was an ascending player at Penn State late in his collegiate career. Smart and hard working. He is a better run defender than pass rusher as he lacks ideal quickness.
DT Jarron Jones, 6’6”, 316lbs, 5.41, University of Notre Dame (Video)
Huge, strong defensive tackle with very long arms. He can stack at the point-of-attack against the run and flashes as a power pass rusher. Too fat and lacks ideal overall athleticism. Work ethic and competitiveness have been questioned. Jones has an upside but he has to want it.
DT Josh Banks, 6’3”, 278lbs, 4.90, Wake Forest University (Video)
Athletic, undersized defensive tackle who flashes the ability to disrupt and make plays in the backfield. Banks was suspended by his team for three games in 2015 for unspecified reasons.
LB Calvin Munson, 6’1”, 245lbs, 4.78, San Diego State University (Video)
Three-year starter who was a team leader at SDSU. Munson has good size, but lacks ideal agility. He is a better run defender than in pass coverage or blitzing. Smart, physical, aggressive, instinctive, and productive.
CB Nigel Tribune, 5’10”, 190lbs, 4.49, Iowa State University (Video)
Experienced corner who started games every year at Iowa State. He was suspended for a drunk driving arrest his senior year.
FS Jadar Johnson, 6’0”, 206lbs, 4.64, Clemson University (Video)
Johnson has a nice combination of size and overall athletic ability. Well built. He is instinctive in coverage, has good range, and makes plays on the football in the passing game. Better in zone coverage as he can struggle in man coverage. Johnson is not a physical run defender or tackler. He needs to become a tougher football player to make it.
Other players who will also reportedly attend on a tryout basis include:
RB Johnathan Gray, University of Texas
TE/DE Romond Deloatch, Temple University
PK K Felix Menard-Briere, University of Montreal
GIANTS PICK UP ODELL BECKHAM’S FIFTH-YEAR OPTION… As expected, the New York Giants have officially picked up the fifth-year option for wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. on his 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.
NEW YORK GIANTS RE-SIGN JOHN JERRY…
According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent offensive guard John Jerry to a 3-year, $10 million contract that includes $4.25 million in guaranteed money.
Jerry started every game at right guard for the Giants in 2016. Jerry was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dolphins where he started 45 games in his first four seasons in the NFL. The Giants signed Jerry as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014 and started 16 games in 2014 and eight in 2015. Jerry looks the part as he has great size and long arms. A career inconsistent performer as both a run and pass blocker, Jerry became a far more reliable and steadier player in 2016.
KEENAN ROBINSON VISITING THE BENGALS… ESPN is reporting that New York Giants unrestricted free agent linebacker Keenan Robinson is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals today.
Robinson officially only started 6-of-16 regular-season games, but he was second in playing time on the team among all linebackers (71 percent of all defensive snaps). Robinson finished 2016 with 83 tackles and seven pass defenses.
Robinson was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he missed time in 2012 (four games with right pectoral tear), 2013 (entire season with left pectoral tear), 2014 (three games with a knee injury), and 2015 (four games with a shoulder injury). The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2016.
Robinson has decent size and is a good athlete who runs well. Versatile, he can play inside and outside linebacker. Robinson is more of a run-and-hit linebacker than stout run defender at the point-of-attack. Robinson is solid in pass coverage. He only has 1.5 career sacks and has been injury prone. Robinson does not make many impact plays.
#NYG will pay Shane Vereen's $500,000 roster bonus by today's deadline. He is part of their 2017 plans, all per source informed.
Entering 2016, the New York Giants offensive line was expected to take a major step forward. While the right-side was still composed of journeymen right guard John Jerry and right tackle Marshall Newhouse, the left side and center were composed of two first-round and one second-round draft picks. With all five returning together, greater chemistry and cohesion was expected. And new offensive line coach – the well-respected Mike Solari – was supposed to make an impact.
Simply put, the offensive line continued to disappoint. Left tackle Ereck Flowers did not markedly improve and remained a significant liability in pass protection. Left guard Justin Pugh missed time for the third season in a row. Center Weston Richburg did not play as well as expected. In some ways, it was the right side of the offensive line that exceeded what admittedly were low expectations. John Jerry had a decent year and second-year lineman Bobby Hart was surprisingly steady at right tackle, replacing Newhouse after Week 2 until the end of the season. That all said, it would be misleading to say either really “played well.”
It’s always difficult to assess who is mostly to blame for a poor running game. The play of running backs, tight ends, and fullback (or in the Giants case, the absence of a fullback) all matter. But the Giants ground game fell from 18th in 2015 (100.6 yards per game) to 29th in 2016 (88.2 yards per game). The average yards-per-rush fell from 4.0 to 3.5.
In pass protection, Eli Manning survived another year without missing a snap. And his sack numbers declined from 27 to 21. But that is a misleading stat given the West Coast Offense emphasis on the short-passing game combined with Manning’s rapid decision-making and quick release. It appeared to many that Manning simply did not trust his pass protection and played some games more than a a bit gun-shy.
Injuries were somewhat of a factor. Pugh missed five games at left guard, leaving a bit of a revolving door as his replacements such as Brett Jones and Marshall Newhouse also got hurt. At one point, the team was down to their fourth-string option at right guard – Adam Gettis. Hart also missed the last regular-season game with an injury.
In summary, the offense of the Giants was a major disappointment in 2016, and the offensive line deserves a large share of the blame.
Despite starting 31 regular-season games in his first two seasons, Ereck Flowers has struggled with his technique at left tackle, allowing far too much pass pressure. Flowers was drafted in the 1st round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He is huge, strong, powerful lineman who can muscle and maul defenders in the running game. He has the feet, agility, and overall athleticism to be a sound pass protector, but he needs to dramatically improve his pass protection technique. Simply put, Flowers is too inconsistent.
Justin Pugh missed five games in the second half of the 2016 season with a knee injury. He started the other 11 games at left guard. Pugh was drafted in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Giants. He was voted to the Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team after starting all 16 games as rookie at right tackle. Pugh has had injury issues every year since, including missing two games in 2014 with a quadriceps injury and two games in 2015 with an ocular concussion. He was shifted to left guard in 2015. Pugh lacks ideal size and arm length, but he is a good athlete who plays with fine strength, technique, and leverage. Pugh is smart, aggressive, and tenacious. Though not a mauler, he can get movement on his run blocks and he has the agility to do well in pass protection, though he needs to become more consistent in that area. He can pull and block defenders at the second level. Pugh is very versatile, able to play both tackle and guard spots, and probably even center in a pinch. He needs to stay healthy.
Weston Richburg started every game at center in 2016. While he played decently, more was expected of him after a strong 2015 campaign. Richburg has started 46 regular-season games in his first three seasons, being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Richburg is an average-sized center, but he is a good athlete who plays with good leverage and tenacity. Mobile and agile, Richburg, can block at the second level and pull on outside runs. He is smart, tough, and aggressive.
John Jerry started every game at right guard for the Giants in 2016. Jerry was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dolphins where he started 45 games in his first four seasons in the NFL. The Giants signed Jerry as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014 and started 16 games in 2014 and eight in 2015. Jerry looks the part as he has great size and long arms. A career inconsistent performer as both a run and pass blocker, Jerry became a far more reliable and steadier player in 2016.
Due to an injury Marshall Newhouse, Bobby Hart became the new starter at right tackle in Week 3 until Week 17 when he sat out due a forearm injury. In all, Hart started 13 games at right tackle. Hart was drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played in nine games with one start at right tackle as a rookie. Hart is big, strong, and smart, with just enough overall athleticism to play tackle. While he was mostly steady, Hart did have issues in pass protection at times.
Marshall Newhouse started the first two games at right tackle, was sidelined by a calf injury for five weeks, started three games at left guard when injuries hit, and then started the final regular-season and post-season game at right tackle. In all, Newhouse played in 10 regular-season games with six starts. Newhouse was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was the starting left tackle for the Packers in 2011 and 2012 before losing his starting job in 2013. Newhouse signed with the Bengals as a free agent in 2014 but struggled and was benched. The Giants signed him in March 2015 and he started 14 games at right tackle that season. Newhouse looks the part. He’s big and athletic. He’s also versatile, with the ability to play both tackle and guard positions. However, Newhouse is not very powerful or physical and he lacks consistency as both a run and pass blocker.
Brett Jones was on the active roster for 14 regular-season games in 2016 and made one start at left guard, but left the game very early with an injury. Jones was originally drafted by the CFL Calgary Stampeders in 2013 and named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Rookie” after that season. Jones was also named the CFL’s “Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman” in 2014. He signed by the Giants in February 2015 and placed on Injured Reserve in September 2015 after spraining the MCL in his knee on the preseason finale. Jones lacks size but he is well built with good overall athleticism. He is a tough, aggressive lineman and very smart. Versatile, he can play both guard and center.
Adam Gettis spent the bulk of the 2016 season on the Practice Squad, but he did play in three games with one start at left guard, performing admirably. Gettis was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He has spent time with the Redskins (2012-2013), Steelers (2014), Giants (2014-2015), Raiders (2015), and Giants again (2015-2016). Gettis has played in 17 regular-season games with one start. Gettis lacks ideal size and power, but he is an athletic lineman with good mobility. Versatile, he can play both guard and center.
The Giants re-signed Will Beatty in late August 2016 after releasing him in February. However, he was only activated for six games, barely playing with no starts. Beatty was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Giants. From 2011-2014, Beatty started 57 regular-season games. But he has had issues staying healthy, including a broken foot in 2010, a detached retina in 2011, a back injury that caused him to miss offseason work in 2012, a broken leg in 2013, and a pectoral tear and rotator cuff injuries that caused him to miss all of 2015. Beatty is a big lineman with long arms and a very good athlete. When on top of his game, Beatty can mirror and slide with the best pass rushers, and is athletic enough to pull and engage defenders at the second level in the run game. However, Beatty is more of a finesse player. He does not play with a lot of strength and power and he is not a very physical or aggressive blocker. He has not proven to be very consistent or reliable.
Jon Halapio was signed to the Practice Squad in September 2016. Halapio was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He has bounced around different leagues and teams including the Patriots (2014), Boston Brawlers (2014), Denver Broncos (2014–2015), Arizona Cardinals (2015), Brooklyn Bolts (2015), and Patriots (2016) again. He has not played in an NFL regular-season game. Halapio is stout and strong but lacks ideal height and athleticism for tackle and is probably better suited for guard.
GIANTS SIGN 12 PLAYERS TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACTS…
The New York Giants have signed the following players to reserve/future contracts for 2017:
QB Keith Wenning
RB Jacob Huesman
WR Darius Powe
WR Kevin Norwood
OT Michael Bowie
OT Jon Halapio
OG Adam Gettis
DE Stansly Maponga
DE Jordan Williams
CB Michael Hunter
CB Donte Deayon
S Ryan Murphy
All except Bowie were either on the team’s Practice Squad or Practice Squad/Injured Reserve (Deayon) at the end of the season.
Bowie was originally drafted in the Seattle Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in nine games with eight starts as a rookie. Bowie was waived in August 2014 and claimed by the Cleveland Browns. Bowie had shoulder issues in Cleveland and did not play in a regular-season game. The Browns placed him on the reserve/retired list in August 2016 and cut him in September. Bowie is a versatile lineman who has played both tackle and guard. He has very good size.
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