Mar 062014
 
 March 6, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes



Kevin Gilbride Defends Himself: Kevin Gilbride, who retired as offensive coordinator of the New York Giants in January, spoke publicly on Thursday night at the PKD Foundation benefit in Manhattan. Some speculate that Gilbride only retired because he knew he would be fired. On the contrary, Gilbride said he told his wife before the 2013 season began he would retire unless he was offered a head coaching job in 2014.

Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants (December 9, 2012)

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“If I wanted to stay coaching I would have stayed with the Giants,” said Gilbride.

Gilbride is blamed by many for the demise of the Giants’ offense, which fell from 14th to 28th. Head Coach Tom Coughlin has said that Gilbride would not have been forced out, but team President/CEO John Mara and General Manager Jerry Reesse have said that it was time for a change on offense.

“I’m kind of surprised to hear (Jerry Reese) say that,” Gilbride said. “No one had figured that offense out for 24 years. To think that they figured it out this year would be pretty ludicrous. I think it was pretty obvious what the problems were. We had a confluence of injuries, we were very weak on the offensive line. We had some guys who struggled. We started six different offensive tailbacks, three different fullbacks, three different right guards, four different centers…You’re not going to have anything (with that). You can say it’s the offense, but it’s pretty clear what the problem was.”

“I certainly have expressed (roster talent) concerns for a number of years,” Gilbride said. “It wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when it was going to happen.”

In a shot at Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle, another issue according to Gilbride was that the Giants only had  “one guy playing” at wide receiver (Victor Cruz). Gilbride thought John Mara’s comments about it taking so long for Jerrel Jernigan to be a factor on game day were a “cheap shot”.

“I didn’t understand it,” said Gilbride. “Because (Jernigan) had chances as a kick returner and he’d played before and hadn’t played well. I think it’s a great tribute to (Wide Receivers Coach Kevin M. Gibride) and (Quarterbacks Coach Sean Ryan) that developed him and that he got on the field.”

When asked about the Giants’ prospects in 2014, Gilbride responded, “They have to get some players. If the players come back, if (Chris) Snee comes back healthy and (David) Baas comes back healthy. The running back situation is a little scary – they have to get somebody there. But if they can get somebody there and if (Kevin) Boothe comes back the inside three will be stable. I know they’re going to look for a tight end. There are a lot of holes that need to be filled.”

“If they shore up some of the supporting cast, I think they’ll be fine,” said Gilbride. “Last year we went into the year with some question marks at some spots and sure enough those question marks were all answered in a negative fashion. Between that and the confluence of injuries, it just wasn’t going to happen.”

LB Jameel McClain Visits Giants, But Leaves Without Contract: Linebacker Jameel McClain, who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens last month is a salary-cap related move, visited the New York Giants on Thursday but left without a contract. He had visited with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday and is scheduled to meet with the Minnesota Vikings next.

New York Giants Interested in Center Evan Dietrich-Smith?: FOXSports1 is reporting that the New York Giants may be interested in pursuing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Green Bay Packers) if the Packers do not re-sign him and center David Baas is released.

Jon Beason Representing Himself in Contract Talks: Soon-to-be unrestricted free agent linebacker Jon Beason recently fired his agent and will be representing himself in his contract talks.

Starting on Saturday, March 8, NFL teams are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents on other teams. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00PM ET on March 11. Because Beason will be representing himself, teams will not be able to contact him until March 11. So the Giants will have three more days to negotiate exclusively with Beason.

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

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

  • Running Back Andre Brown (Video)
  • Running Back Peyton Hillis (Video)
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Mar 032014
 
 March 3, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Linval Joseph (97), Jason Pierre-Paul (90), New York Giants (October 27, 2013)

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March 3, 2014 New York Giants Free Agency News and Rumors: According to NJ.com, the New York Giants are concentrating their efforts to re-sign linebacker Jon Beason before free agency begins on March 11. NJ.com says efforts to re-sign the Giants other unrestricted free agents “have been put on the back burner.”

NJ.com reports the Giants have not yet made an official offer to soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defensive end Justin Tuck. The website also says the Giants believe soon-to-be unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Linval Joseph “will be too costly to keep” and the chances that soon-to-be unrestricted free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks re-signing with the team are “close to zero.”

Reports – New York Giants Will Not Tender Henry Hynoski and Jim Cordle: According to ProFootballTalk, the New York Giants will not tender fullback Henry Hynoski, who is eligible to be tendered as a restricted free agent. The website says the Giants would still like to re-sign Hynoski, but at a lower rate than then restricted free agent tender. If Hynoski is not tendered, he will become an unrestricted free agent on March 11 when free agency begins.

The Star-Ledger is reporting that center Jim Cordle will also not be tendered as a restricted free agent.

For a complete listing of New York Giants 2014 free agents, see our 2014 Free Agency Scorecard.

Article on Wide Receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks: Will Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks be Giants teammates still? by Tom Rock of Newsday

Article on the New York Giants and Free Agent Running Backs: NFL free agency 2014: Who is the best blocking RB available for Giants by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Articles on the New York Giant and the NFL Combine:

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Feb 252014
 
 February 25, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (February 22, 2014)

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Articles on the New York Giants and the 2014 NFL Draft:

Article on the New York Giants and 2014 NFL Free Agency: Giants free-agent possibilities if Tuck leaves by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Tom Coughlin’s contract extension with Giants: What it really means by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Quarterback Eli Manning: Eli Manning contract thoughts by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the New York Giants Safeties: Big Blue Morning: The plan at safety by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on Current Giants and the NFL Combine: Giants fastest times in the 40-Yard Dash by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on Former New York Giants Offensive Lineman Roy Simmons: Roy Simmons, who came out as gay after NFL career, dead at 57 by George Willis of The New York Post

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Feb 222014
 
 February 22, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Jerry Reese, New York Giants (February 22, 2014)

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General Manager Jerry Reese NFL Combine Media Sessions: Video clips of General Manager Jerry Reese’s media sessions at the NFL Combine on Saturday are available at Giants.com:

  • Main Press Conference (Video)
  • Media Session (Video)

Some tidbits of note:

  • Reese on picking at #12 in the first round: “We’ll try and get the best player available on the board. We’ll keep our options open there. If someone wants to come up to 12 and entertain us moving back, we’ll consider that as well.”
  • Reese on the salary cap being raised from $123 million to reportedly $130-132 million: “Anything is better than flat. It makes a difference to me…It’s been pretty flat for the last few years. It’s hard to maintain a high-caliber roster with a flat salary cap, especially when you’re picking late and last some of the times you’re picking. It’s not a lot higher, but it’s better than nothing.”
  • Reese on approaching the free agent market: “The last couple of years it’s been a pretty saturated market. If there are guys you like and you have the money, you can go get them. But if you can hold your water there will probably be some guys available in the second and third wave (of free agency)…If you have the funds available to extend (your own) guys and tie them up, we’ve done that a lot in the past. We think right now it’s best to see what the market is and make our move from there.”
  • Reese on WR Hakeem Nicks, DE Justin Tuck, and LB Jon Beason, all who will be free agents on March 11: “I have talks with all of those guys and free agency means free agency. It means you go out and try to get as much money as you can. I’m always in favor of guys getting as much money as they can. Justin deserves to see what the market is. We’d love to have him back, but we’ll see where it goes. Beason as well. We’ve had some talks with him and hopefully we’ll be able to get him back as well. Who knows? If we can get something done maybe neither one of those guys will go, but we’ll leave our options open and I’m sure they’ll do the same.”
  • Reese on RB David Wilson, who is recovering from offseason neck surgery: “Obviously, we can’t put all our eggs in that basket. We will continue to look for running backs in free agency and the draft as well.”
  • Reese on fixing the offensive line: “You start in-house with your offensive line. We (have) drafted a few young players and hopefully they can grow into a role for us. Obviously, you look at free agency and we have a couple guys that ended on (Injured Reserve) for us last year. We’ll see what their status is moving forward and, of course, the draft there seems to be some good offensive linemen in this draft…Obviously we’ll go out in free agency and we’ll see where we can find some guys that can fill some holes for us…The No. 1 factor is who is going to be healthy. We’ve got to see Chris (Snee) and David Baas – those guys went down for us early in the season – if they are going to be healthy, if they’re going to come back and be contributors. Everything else will take care of itself after that…Both (Snee and Baas) want to play. I’ve talked to them and they want to play. They had significant injuries and right now they seem to be on a good track to recovery and we’ll see where it goes.”
  • More from Reese on OG Chris Snee: “Is he going to be healthy? That’s the number one thing. Obviously he’s got a big contract. That’s an issue as well. All of that will get hashed out when we figure out if he’s going to be healthy or not…I talked to Chris Snee and he definitely wants to play. He has significant injuries and he’s not a baby at this point in his career. That always factors in, your age.”
  • Reese on what he looks for in an offensive lineman: “You just want some big nasty guys up front who can keep our quarterback upright. We always look for versatile guys on the offensive line. The more you can do, the better you are for us. If a guy can play some guard, some tackle, some center, the more versatile, we like it.”
  • Reese on changing offensive coordinators: “It was time to make a change…(new coordinator Ben McAdoo is) a bright guy, well-prepared. I think he’s going to bring some new life. Obviously Coach (Kevin) Gilbride did a terrific job for us, but the change is going to energize our offense a little bit and get some new learning for our quarterback and our offensive staff. He’s an interesting guy. He’s very bright…It was time to make a change. I think everybody is excited about what’s going on.”

Article on the New York Giants and the 2014 NFL Draft: Ebron draws interest from Jets, Giants by Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com

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Feb 202014
 
 February 20, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Taylor Lewan, University of Michigan (December 28 2013)

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More on David Wilson’s Status: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that an unidentified source has said that running back David Wilson is ahead of schedule on his rehab from offseason neck surgery and he is expected to be ready for training camp. Wilson had a procedure to fuse neck vertebrae to repair a herniated disc on January 16.

However, The New York Daily News is reporting that Wilson’s early return is the optimistic view from Wilson’s side and that while the New York Giants remain “hopeful”, his availability for the 2014 NFL season remains unknown.

Article on Defensive End Justin Tuck: Justin Tuck’s agent: Giants star is best DE in strong free-agent class by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants and the NFL Free Agency Franchise and Transition Tags:

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

  • Center Jim Cordle (Video)
  • Cornerback Trumaine McBride (Video)
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Feb 132014
 
 February 13, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Hakeem Nicks (88), Victor Cruz (80), New York Giants (July 28, 2013)

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Victor Cruz Wants Hakeem Nicks to Return: Not unsurprisingly, Victor Cruz wants fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to re-sign with the Giants. Nicks is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11. The prevailing opinion is that he will not return to the Giants.

“I have (asked him to stay),” said Cruz on Wednesday. “Selfishly, I would love for him to stay.”

Article on the New York Giants 2014 Regular-Season Schedule: How difficult is Giants schedule in 2014? by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on Cornerback Terrell Thomas: CB: NFL not ready for gay player by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on Former Giants Linebacker Antonio Pierce: Antonio Pierce discusses move to coaching by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Quarterback Jared Lorenzen: ‘Hefty’ QB Jared Lorenzen recalls trying to make weight with Giants by Kevin Manahan of The Star-Ledger

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

  • Defensive End Justin Tuck (Video)
  • Defensive Tackle Shaun Rogers (Video)
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Feb 032014
 
 February 3, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Justin Tuck, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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Justin Tuck Comments Again on His Free Agent Future: Last Thursday, soon-to-be unrestricted free agent DE Justin Tuck told The New York Post that he would likely hit the open market when free agency begins on March 11. Last Friday, Tuck contradicted himself a bit when he said it was possible he would re-sign with the Giants before March 11. Last Saturday, Tuck told The New York Post that he and the Giants would like to get a new deal done.

“I honestly think the Giants are going to do everything in their power to make it work,” Tuck said. “They want me to be back. I think I want to be back.”

“I’ve only been here, with one team,” Tuck said. “The Giants are a great organization, but everyone understands it’s a business. We’ll do our due diligence — on both sides — and see what happens…It’s a little strange, not knowing where I’m going to be. It’s something I’ve never experienced. I’m just trying to enjoy the process…I feel great and I’ll be playing somewhere next year…I predict that next year, whatever team I’m on is going to win.”

New York Giants President/CEO John Mara on ESPN Radio: The audio of Sunday’s ESPN Radio interview with New York Giants President/CEO John Mara is available at ESPN.com.

Article on Quarterbacks Coach Danny Langsdorf: Giants challenge excites Danny Langsdorf by Kerry Eggers of the PortlandTribune.com

Article on the New York Giants and Super Bowl XLVIII: Super Bowl observations from a Giants perspective by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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

Quotes: New York Giants President/CEO John Mara on the memorabilia lawsuit brought against the Giants and QB Eli Manning: “It’s a frivolous suit. and unfortunately it’s the cost of doing business in this day and age, that people sue you and you have to defend yourselves. And unfortunately the filing of the lawsuit always brings a lot more attention than the ultimate dismissal of the lawsuit. We’re very confident that this lawsuit will be dismissed, and I just hope that it receives a little bit of attention when it does because it is tough to have to deal with lawsuits like that, particularly this week…We’re going to vigorously defend ourselves and we’re very confident that this will be thrown out of court.”

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Feb 012014
 
 February 1, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Michael Strahan, New York Giants (January 28, 2014)

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Michael Strahan Elected to Hall of Fame: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (1993-2007) was officially elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Strahan played 15 seasons for the Giants and holds the team record for most regular-season games played with 216. He was voted to seven Pro Bowls and named All-Pro six times (four times first-team, two times second-team). Strahan was also named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003. He accrued 141.5 sacks as a Giant. He still holds the NFL’s single-season sack record with 22.5 and is fifth all-time on the NFL’s career sack list.

“From the time that he retired, I always felt that he would be simply waiting for the mandatory time requirement before he became a Hall of Famer,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “That’s what I always thought he would be and rightfully so. He takes his place along with the great, great defensive players of the game and the great Giants of the game who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame”

“It’s hard to find guys with everything, but this guy had everything…size, speed, power, toughness, endurance, motor, smarts, leadership, heart, love for the game, but what I admired most about Michael was his pride,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “No matter what the circumstances were, when he walked out on that field on Sunday, he was going to give it ALL to you. There aren’t many guys who can say that.”

“I’m thrilled for Michael,” said New York Giants President/CEO John Mara. “He was one of the greatest players in franchise history. Without him, there’s no way we would have won Super Bowl XLII. Not only was he a huge part of that team because of his play on the field, he was the leader of that defense. The other players looked up to him. He established a mark for consistency during his outstanding 15-year career. Very few people played the position as well as he did, particularly because he played the run as well as being a great pass-rusher. He was a leader and a great player and I’m delighted that he is going to his rightful place in Canton.”

“He’s a Hall of Famer player,” said former Giants General Manager Ernie Accorsi. “And I said this when he played: I’m sure there are others, but I have never seen an elite pass rusher that played the run as well as he did. Because it doesn’t happen. Now believe me, I understand the strategy that a lot of it was to negate his pass rush. But I know that (Vince) Lombardi used to run at Deacon Jones. You just didn’t run at Michael Strahan. That wasn’t going to do you any good at all. You might slow down his pass rush, but he was going to make the play. I’ve never seen someone who was that good against the run, and he wasn’t that big. He played with leverage and technique and his brains. He had talent, don’t get me wrong, but he was such a smart player.”

Coaches, teammates and opponents congratulate Strahan by Giants.com.

See the Hall of Fame Giants section of BBI for a complete list of Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bob Papa on ESPN Radio: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with New York Giants radio play-by-play voice Bob Papa is available at ESPN.com.

Fullback John Conner on ESPN Radio: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with fullback John Conner is available at ESPN.com.

Article on Defensive Ends Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora: Osi Umenyiora: I told Justin Tuck he should stay with Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on the New York Giants Four Super Bowl Victories: Carl Banks recalls Giants’ four Super Bowl triumphs by Bob Herzog of Long Island Newsday

Article on Former Giants Wide Receiver David Tyree: Super Bowl 2014: Former Giant David Tyree ‘catches on’ every year during Super Bowl week by Dan Duggan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive End Leonard Marshall: Super bowl memories: Former Giants DE Leonard Marshall talks key sacks by A.J. Perez of NJ.com

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Jan 312014
 
 January 31, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Jerry Reese, New York Giants (February 23, 2013)

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Jerry Reese – Giants May Re-Sign a Few Players Before Free Agency Begins: The Giants currently have 27 players not under contract. On Thursday, General Manager Jerry Reese said the Giants may re-sign a few of those players before free agency begins on March 11.

“This is going to be a saturated free-agent market again it looks like,” said Reese. “We might be able to get a few guys done before the regular free agency starts. But we’re still evaluating players and free agents and seeing where our cap situation is going to be. So, we’ll work it out.”

On Thursday, defensive end Justin Tuck told The New York Post he is intent on testing the free agent market.

“Justin and I have talked a little bit about it,” said Reese. “I think guys deserve to go out and see what the market is when you reach free agency. It’s hard to reach free agency. When you have a chance to get there, you deserve to see what the market is. He deserves to see what the market is.”

Tuck sounded less sure when quoted by The Star-Ledger on Friday.

“There’s a chance (I might re-sign before March 11), but I’m preparing myself to get to free agency, but it might not happen,” said Tuck. “So we’ll see what happens…I think players would rather not hit free agency for the most part. That means that the team they’re playing for at the time is pretty good and they want to stay and that team is giving them the amount of money they want to play for. So, I think, obviously, most people would rather not get to free agency, but it is an exciting time for me I guess. I’ve never been a part of this, I don’t know what to expect and I’ll just go with the flow.”

For a complete list of New York Giants free agents, see the 2014 Free Agency Scorecard.

Article on Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul: Jason Pierre-Paul will likely not need shoulder surgery; thinks Giants could have No. 1 defense in 2014 by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on WR Victor Cruz, DE Justin Tuck, and LB Mark Herzlich: Documentary on Giants personal challenges by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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Jan 302014
 
 January 30, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Eli Manning, New York Giants (January 29, 2014)

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Justin Tuck Says He Will Test Free Agent Market: Defensive end Justin Tuck, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11, told The New York Post that he will not re-sign with the Giants before free agency begins.

“I will see what the market is for me,” Tuck said. “I’ve never been in this situation before, and it’s a great opportunity for myself. I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t see what the market is, and I will.”

Tuck did say he will extend the Giants the courtesy of sitting down with them in February.

“We will sit down in a couple of weeks and see what happens, but obviously, the Giants are going to do what’s best for the Giants, and vice versa with me and my family,” said Tuck. “I understand where they’re coming from and what obstacles they have to overcome this offseason. There’s no guarantee, and that’s obvious. It’s a business, and (I) understand both sides of it.”

“I’m a pretty good football player,” Tuck said, “and I’m pretty sure there will be some interest in a pretty good football player.”

Punter Steve Weatherford on ESPN Radio: The audio of Thursday’s ESPN Radio interview with punter Steve Weatherford is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on Quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants:

Article on Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul: Pierre-Paul prepared to lead Giants defense if Tuck leaves by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on Safety Antrel Rolle: Antrel Rolle: Giants needed to make changes by Zach Braziller of The New York Post

Article on Defensive Tackle Shaun Rogers and Linebacker Keith Rivers: Giants free agents: Keith Rivers, Shaun Rogers likely moving on by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive Coordinator John Fox: Broncos coach John Fox’s success stems from days with NY Giant by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Article on Former Giants Defensive Coordinator John Fox and Former Giants Running Back Coach Eric Studesville: Former NYG coaches together for SB run by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Center Shaun O’Hara: Shaun O’Hara makes most of post-NFL life by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Giants.com Video on Super Bowl XLVII: Super Bowl XLVII Flashback by Giants.com

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