Feb 202014
 
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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:

Articles on the New York Giants and the NFL Combine:

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)
Feb 132014
 
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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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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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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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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

Jan 302014
 
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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

Jan 292014
 
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Eli Manning (10), Justin Tuck (91), New York Giants (December 30, 2012)

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Eli Manning and Justin Tuck on ESPN Radio: Audio clips of Wednesday’s ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

Articles on Quarterback Eli Manning:

Article on Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks: Plaxico Burress advised Giants WR Hakeem Nicks during disappointing contract year by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Place Kicker Josh Brown: Kicker Josh Brown on verge of re-signing with Giants by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress: Plaxico Burress talks SBXLII Game-Winner by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive End Michael Strahan: Despite great numbers, stats don’t define 92 by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Defensive Tackle Keith Hamilton: Super Bowl memories: Former Giants DE Keith Hamilton doesn’t dwell on loss by A.J. Perez of NJ.com

Article on Former Giants Safety Sam Garnes: Former Giant Sam Garnes is home for SB by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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

Jan 212014
 
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Brandon Mosley, New York Giants (December 22, 2013)

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Article on Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo: Former NYG QB Sage Rosenfels on OC fit by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Articles on New York Giants Wide Receiver:

Article on Tight End Brandon Myers: Giants free agents: What should Big Blue do with Brandon Myers? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on Defensive End Justin Tuck: What will it cost to re-sign Justin Tuck? by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line and the 2014 NFL Draft: Giant bummer: Offensive line help limited in 2014 NFL Draft by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

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

  • WR Rueben Randle (Video)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Video)
  • LB Jon Beason (Video)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (Video)

Distant Replay – 1993 New York Giants at Miami Dolphins: 1993 Giants @ Dolphins by Matt in SGS of “Going Back Through the VCR…”

Article on Super Bowl XXXV: Super Bowl Rewind: Ravens 34, Giants 7 by John Harper of The New York Daily News

Article on Former Giants Running Back David Meggett: The Sordid End of David Meggett by Greg Hanlon of SBNation.com

Jan 102014
 
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Michael Strahan, New York Giants (September 5, 2012)

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The Latest on the Giants Search for a New Offensive Coordinator: Here is a rundown of known interviews the New York Giants are conducting with new offensive coordinator candidates:

  • Mike Sullivan (ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator): Met with the Giants on Wednesday.
  • Dowell Loggains (ex-Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator): Met with the Giants on Thursday.
  • Karl Dorrell (ex-Houston Texans quarterbacks coach): Meeting with Giants on Friday.
  • Ben McAdoo (Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach): Will meet with Giants on Saturday.

On Thursday, Giants President/CEO John Mara said there also may be additional candidates.

Marc Ross Will Interview With Dolphins on Sunday: As we reported on Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins have requested and received permission from the New York Giants to interview Giants Vice President of Player Evaluation Marc Ross. Both teams are considering Ross for their general manager vacancies.

NFL.com is reporting that Ross will interview with the Dolphins on Sunday.

Michael Strahan Makes Final 15 for Potential Hall of Fame Induction, George Young Does Not: Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan (1993-2007) made the cut from 25 to 15 modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame 2014 candidates on Thursday night. Those actually being entered into the Hall of Fame in 2014 will be announced on February 1st, the day before Super Bowl XLVIII, with the list first being reduced to 10 then 5.

Strahan made the cut to 10 last year, but did not make the final cut to five.

Strahan played 15 seasons for the Giants and was voted to seven Pro Bowls and named All Pro six times (four times first-team, two times second-team). He was also named the 2001 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He accrued 141.5 sacks as a Giant.

Former New York Giants General Manager George Young (1979-1997) did not make the cut. See the Hall of Fame Giants section of BBI for a complete list of Giants in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Articles on the New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Candidates:

Article on the 2013 New York Giants and Injuries: Giants were the most injured team in the NFL, study shows by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on RB Andre Brown: Giants free agents: Can Andre Brown carry the load at running back? by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Will the Giants keep Justin Tuck? Jerry Reese weighs his options by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

Article on S Stevie Brown: Giants free agents: Can Stevie Brown return to form? by Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger

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Eli Manning and Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants (September 8, 2013)

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NJ.com Reports That Kevin Gilbride Likely to Be Fired: NJ.com is reporting that “high-ranking officials in the Giants organization” believe that Giants’ offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride will soon be fired. The website is saying that the announcement may not be made official right away as organizational meetings ultimately determining Gilbride’s final fate could run into next week. NJ.com is also reporting that an unidentified source within the organization says that Head Coach Tom Coughlin is unlikely to put his job on the line to keep Gilbride.

Speculation is growing that the Giants might replace Gilbride with Mike Sullivan, Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator who was fired on Monday. Sullivan served as wide receivers (2004-2009) and quarterbacks (2010-2011) coach for the Giants under Tom Coughlin. “We obviously think very highly of him,” said New York Giants’ President/CEO John Mara on Monday.

QB Eli Manning on WFAN: The audio of Monday’s WFAN interview with QB Eli Manning is available at CBSNewYork.com

Articles on the New York Giants 2014 Offseason:

Articles on General Manager Jerry Reese:

Article on RB Brandon Jacobs: Giants RB Brandon Jacobs undecided on future, blames 49ers for misdiagnosing knee by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Articles on the New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Articles on the New York Giants Defensive Line:

Article on S Antrel Rolle: Rolle says he’s open to contract extension by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com