Nov 252014
 
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Giants Sign LB Terrell Manning from Bengals Practice Squad: The New York Giants signed linebacker Terrell Manning from the Practice Squad of the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday. Manning was with the Giants in training camp before being waived on August 30.

Terrell Manning, Green Bay Packers (August 9, 2013)

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Manning was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Manning has spent time with the Packers (2012-13), Chargers (2013), Vikings (2014), Giants (June-August 2014), Dolphins (2014), Bears (2014), and Bengals (2014). In three seasons, Manning has played in nine NFL games with no starts.

Manning lacks ideal overall athleticism and size, but he is an instinctive, aggressive, physical player who hits and tackles well.

To make room for Manning, the Giants waived linebacker Justin Anderson, who most likely will be re-signed to the team’s Practice Squad.

S Antrel Rolle on WFAN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with S Antrel Rolle is available at CBS New York

Article on the 2014 New York Giants: Time for Giants to think about next year by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell: Giants can’t bring back Perry Fewell next year by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Articles on Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Even Under Microscope, Catch by Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Earns Applause by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Antrel Rolle takes Perry Fewell off hook, blames blitzers by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on the Giants and Eagles: Giants tried to hire former Oregon defensive coordinator to help them beat Chip Kelly, Eagles by Eliot Shorr-Parks for NJ.com

Article on the Giants-Cowboys Game: What were the Giants doing on final defensive drive vs. Cowboys? | Film breakdown by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Nov 222014
 
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Charles Brown, New Orleans Saints (September 8, 2013)

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Giants Waive OT Charles Brown, Sign LB Justin Anderson: The New York Giants waived offensive tackle Charles Brown on Saturday. Brown played at right tackle last Sunday against the 49ers when Justin Pugh left the game early with an quadriceps injury. Brown struggled in the game. A former 2nd round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints, Brown was one of the veteran free agent offensive linemen General Manager Jerry Reese signed in the offseason in an attempt to shore up the offensive line.

With Justin Pugh still unavailable for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, it is expected that Geoff Schwartz will start at right tackle, though James Brewer also remains a possibility.

Anderson was signed from the team’s practice squad. He was originally signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants added him to the 53-man roster last Saturday too before waiving him and re-signing him to the practice squad on Wednesday. Last week against the 49ers, Anderson did not see time on defense but played on special teams.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

NJ.com Q&A with OT/OG Geoff Schwartz: Four Downs with Geoff Schwartz: A few butterflies expected for his first game as a Giant by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Articles on TE Larry Donnell:

 

Nov 192014
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 16, 2014)

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November 19, 2014 New York Giants Injury Report: RT Justin Pugh (quadriceps), DT Cullen Jenkins (calf), and LB Jacquian Williams (concussion) did not practice on Wednesday.

I don’t know (if Pugh will practice this week), we will see, he’s day to day,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin.

DE Mathias Kiwanuka (knee) practiced on a limited basis.

OG Geoff Schwartz (toe) and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (back/hamstring) fully practiced.

LB Justin Anderson Re-Signed to Practice Squad: The New York Giants have re-signed linebacker Justin Anderson to the Practice Squad. Anderson was signed off of the Practice Squad to the 53-man roster last Saturday but waived on Monday when the Giants activated offensive guard Geoff Schwartz from short-term Injured Reserve.

November 19, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Wednesday’s press conference are available at Giants.com.

November 19, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of media sessions on Wednesday with the following players are available at Giants.com:

ESPN Radio Interview with RB Rashad Jennings: The audio of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interview with RB Rashad Jennings is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on the New York Giants Upcoming Offseason:

Articles on Head Coach Tom Coughlin:

Article on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: McAdoo wasn’t brought in as Coughlin’s head coach-in-waiting by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on CB Walter Thurmond: Injured cornerback Walter Thurmond III ‘wouldn’t mind’ re-signing with Giants in the offseason by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Articles on QB Eli Manning:

Articles on QB Eli Manning and the Giants-49ers Game:

Nov 172014
 
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Giants Activate OG Geoff Schwartz Off Short-Term IR: The New York Giants activated offensive guard Geoff Schwartz off off  Injured Reserve/Designated for Return or short-term injured reserve. Schwartz was placed on Injured Reserve on September 3 because of the dislocated right big toe he suffered in the preseason game against the New York Jets on August 22. Today was the deadline for the Giants to activate Schwartz or place him on season-ending Injured Reserve.

To make room for Schwartz, the Giants waived linebacker Justin Anderson, who was signed off of the team’s Practice Squad on Saturday.

Geoff Schwartz, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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“I am ready to go,” Schwartz said. “I had a couple good weeks of practice. Last week was real good. I took every rep for the scout team. I felt good out there. I expect I’ll be ready to go…It was a pretty significant injury. It takes a little time for it to heal. Once you get it healed, it takes a little bit of time to get your strength back and that is kind of what it took.”

Schwartz was starting at left guard before he got hurt. He has experience at right guard and right tackle as well.

“I have no preference (about what position he will play), other than getting him going,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said about Schwartz.

“I’ve started 11 games at tackle.” Schwartz said. “I played three and a half quarters last year at tackle in the last game of the season. I can play tackle. Obviously, I was signed as a guard, but I think they like my versatility, and I feel comfortable definitely playing tackle.”

That versatility should serve the Giants well as RT Justin Pugh was forced to leave the game on Sunday with a strained quad. His replacement, Charles Brown, was terrible, as was starting RG John Jerry.

November 17, 2014 Tom Coughlin Press Conference: The transcript and video from Monday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

November 17, 2014 New York Giants Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the New York Giants Upcoming Offseason: With playoffs unlikely, here are 10 questions NY Giants must address by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: As boring as it sounds, it’s still all about the offensive line by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the Giants-49ers Game: Giants snap counts vs. 49ers: Andre Williams’ snaps vanish, Devon Kennard gets more playing time by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Nov 152014
 
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Peyton Hillis, New York Giants (November 3, 2014)

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Giants Place Peyton Hillis on IR; Sign Justin Anderson to 53-Man Roster: The New York Giants placed running back Peyton Hillis on season-ending Injured Reserve on Saturday. Hillis suffered a concussion in the Giants-Seahawks game last Sunday. Hillis also suffered a concussion against Seattle last season.

Hillis is the 14th Giant to end up on season-ending Injured Reserve.

To fill that vacant roster spot, the Giants signed linebacker Justin Anderson to the 53-man roster from the team’s Practice Squad. Anderson was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants waived/injured him with a hamstring issue in August but signed him to the Practice Squad in October.

Because of these moves, we have updated the TransactionsRoster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: The video of a Giants.com interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at Giants.com.

Article on Giants CEO/President John Mara: John Mara must decide if Giants are headed in right direction by Bob Glauber of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants Defense: Giants defensive coaches make major changes ahead of 49ers game by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: Giants need more from Jason Pierre-Paul by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record

Article on LB Spencer Paysinger: Four downs with Spencer Paysinger: Linebacker talks of his increased role vs. 49ers by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on PK Josh Brown: In Flawed Giants’ Season, a Bit of Perfection by Bill Pennington of The New York Times

Article on Former New York Giants Head Coach Bill Parcells: Bill Parcells rips Giants lack of effort against the Seattle Seahawks, questions team’s talent by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Oct 292014
 
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Mike Harris, Jacksonville Jaguars (August 14, 2014)

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Giants Sign CB Mike Harris, Place LB Jon Beason on IR: The New York Giants signed cornerback Mike Harris off of the Practice Squad of the Detroit Lions.

Harris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In two seasons with Jacksonville, Harris played in 31 games with eight starts. Harris was waived by the Jaguars in August 2014 before signing with the Lions in October. Harris has decent size and athleticism. He has experience playing in the slot. Harris is a good tackler and special teams player.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Linebacker Practice Squad Moves: The Giants have terminated the Practice Squad contract of linebacker Carlos Fields. To fill that vacancy, the Giants re-signed linebacker Justin Anderson to the Practice Squad. Anderson was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants cut him on August 26.

New York Giants Conference Calls with Colts Media: The transcripts of the Colts media conference calls with the following Giants are available at Giants.com:

Articles on the 2014 New York Giants:

Article on RB Andre Williams: Patience, pause, then pop: Giants rookie adjusts running style by Tom Rock of Newsday

Notes: This season, the Giants are 3-0 when they score first, 0-4 when they don’t.

Giants opponents gained at least 400 yards four times in the first seven games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that last happened in 1948.

The Giants have not scored an opening-possession touchdown in 18 consecutive games, the NFL’s longest streak.

Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells each have four touchdown receptions this season, the first time the Giants have had two tight ends with at least that many since 1994, when Howard Cross and Aaron Pierce each finished the season with four.

Aug 262014
 
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Marcus Harris, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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The New York Giants made 15 roster moves on Tuesday in order to each the NFL roster limit of 75 players.

The Giants placed safety Cooper Taylor (foot) and wide receiver Marcus Harris (hip) on season-ending Injured Reserve. Taylor is expected to undergo surgery to repair the sesamoid bone in his foot. Harris will undergo surgery to repair the labrum in his hip. (Oddly, Harris’ injury had previously been described as a shoulder injury).

The Giants waived/injured linebacker Justin Anderson (hamstring) and defensive end Emmanuel Dieke (knee).

Lastly, the Giants waived the following 11 players:

  • WR Travis Harvey
  • TE Xavier Grimble (injury settlement)
  • TE Jerome Cunningham
  • OG John Sullen
  • DT Everett Dawkins
  • LB Spencer Adkins
  • CB Charles James
  • CB Ross Weaver
  • S C.J. Barnett
  • S Kyle Sebetic
  • PK Brandon McManus

(UPDATE: In a late move, the Giants have reportedly traded Brandon McManus to the Denver Broncos for a conditional draft pick, reportedly conditional 7th round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft).

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

The final cuts to the 53-man roster must be made by 4:00PM on Saturday, August 30th, the day after the Giants-Patriots preseason finale.

Jul 152014
 
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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

May 122014
 
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New York Giants Cut Four Players, Officially Sign Five Rookie Free Agents: The New York Giants announced on Monday that they have terminated the contract of quarterback Rusty Smith and waived linebacker Allen Bradford, cornerback Junior Mertile, and punter Jordan Gay.

The Giants also confirmed that they have signed the following five undrafted rookie free agents:

  • DE Kerry Wynn (Richmond)
  • DT Kelcy Quarles (South Carolina)
  • DT Eathyn Manumaleuna (BYU)
  • LB Justin Anderson (Louisiana-Lafayette)
  • S Thomas Gordon (Michigan)

Head Coach Tom Coughlin said on WFAN that the Giants signed 11 undrafted rookie free agents so the announcement on the other six should be released shortly. Others who the Giants have unofficially been linked to include tight end Xavier Grimble (USC), defensive end Emmanuel Dieke (Georgia Tech), defensive end Jordan Stanton (James Madison), linebacker Dan Fox (Notre Dame), and safety C.J. Barnett (Ohio State).

Scouting reports on the rookie free agents are available in the New York Giants 2014 NFL Draft Review and Rookie Free Agent Signings section of the website. We have also updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Rookies Arriving Sights & Sounds Video: A video of some of the New York Giants rookies arriving at the Timex Performance Center is available at Giants.com.

May 112014
 
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Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina Gamecocks (January 1, 2014)

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New York Giants Reportedly Sign Nine Rookie Free Agents: According to player announcements on Twitter and multiple press reports, the New York Giants have signed the following undrafted rookie free agents:

  • TE Xavier Grimble, 6’4”, 257lbs, 4.75, USC (Video)
    Grimble has good size and size potential. While Grimble is not overly quick, he is agile and has deceptive speed. As a receiver, he is a solid short-to-intermediate threat with good hands and run-after-the-catch ability. He is more of a position blocker who can struggle to get movement, but he does work at it.
  • DE Kerry Wynn, 6’5”, 266lbs, 4.87, Richmond
    Wynn has a nice combination of size, strength, and overall athletic ability. He needs to play with better leverage to make it at the next level as he is too easily blocked. Team captain.
  • DE Emmanuel Dieke, 6’6”, 261lbs, 4.81, Georgia Tech
    Dieke has a nice size combination of size and overall athleticism.
  • DT Kelcy Quarles, 6’4”, 297lbs, 5.03, South Carolina (Video)
    Quarles was a junior entry who was a 2+ year starter at South Carolina. He lacks ideal size but he has long arms and fine initial quickness and some power to his game. Quarles plays hard and hustles. He makes noise as an interior pass rusher. When he plays with leverage, Quarles flashes against the run. However, at times he far too easily blocked and needs to improve in that area in order to make it.
  • DT Eathyn Manumaleuna, 6’2”, 296lbs, 5.16, BYU (Video)
    Manumaleuna was an extremely versatile 4-year starter at BYU as he played nose tackle and defensive end in the 3-4 and defensive tackle in the 4-3. Manumaleuna lacks ideal size but he is strong, quick, and athletic. He is stout at the point-of-attack and sheds blockers well. Manumaleuna is more of a run stuffer than pass rusher. Competitive.
  • LB Dan Fox, 6’2”, 240lbs, 4.70, Notre Dame
    Fox has decent size, but he lacks ideal overall athleticism for the position. Fox is a smart, tough player who directed Notre Dame’s defense. However, he did not make many impact plays.
  • LB Justin Anderson, 6’2”, 235lbs, 4.70, Louisiana-Lafayette
    Anderson lacks ideal size, but he is deceptively athletic. Anderson was a very instinctive, productive tackler in college from the middle linebacker position.
  • S Thomas Gordon, 5’10”, 213lbs, 4.50, Michigan
    Gordon lacks ideal height, but he is well-built and a decent athlete. He is a good run defender who hits and tackles well.
  • S C.J. Barnett, 6’0”, 203lbs, 4.59, Ohio State (Video)
    Barnett lacks ideal size and athleticism. He is an aggressive, instinctive player. Barnett is a team leader who is very competitive and smart.

It is very important to note that these early unofficial reports on rookie free agent signings are often incorrect or premature.

Giants.com Interview with WR Odell Beckham: The video of a Giants.com interview with WR Odell Beckham, Jr. is available at Giants.com.

NY Post Q&A with WR Odell Beckham: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with… Odell Beckham Jr. by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on WR Odell Beckham: NFL draft: NY Giants top pick Odell Beckham Jr. has been a game changer from the very beginning by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News