May 032022
New York Giants Helmet (December 12, 2021)

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The purge in the player personnel department of the New York Giants continues. A day after we learned of the firing of Director of College Scouting Chris Pettit and Senior Personnel Executive Kyle O’Brien, the team has also now fired Senior Pro Scouting Executive Ken Sternfeld and Senior Pro Scout/Football Systems Analyst Matt Shauger.

Sternfeld was originally hired by the Giants in May 2002 after spending 21 years with the New England Patriots in a variety of capacities, primarily in scouting. From 2012-2021, Sternfeld served as the Giants’ director of pro personnel. Last May, he was shifted to the newly-created position of senior pro scouting executive. According to the team’s media guide, Sterneld was “heavily involved in player evaluations, including players released during and after training camp, practice squad players, and free agents.” He also assisted in scouting opponents.

Shauger was originally hired by the Giants in 2005 as a pro personnel intern. He became a pro scout in 2007 and served as assistant director of pro personnel for eight seasons (2013-2020). Shauger’s duties as senior pro scout and football systems analyst included evaluating NFL players and free agents. He also worked with the director of football data & innovation and the Giants’ development team to design and enhance the club’s scouting applications.

May 242021
Kelvin Benjamin, New York Giants (May 14, 2021)

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The New York Giants began the third and final phase of their offseason program on Monday. The Giants held their first of eight Organized Team Activity (OTA) workouts on Monday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. They will hold another on Tuesday and another on Thursday, with media having access to the Thursday OTA.

Voluntary “Phase II” workouts for all players were held last week. These on-field workouts only included individual player instruction and non-contact, walkthrough drills. According to press reports, only about half of the Giants (approximately 45 players) showed up last week for these workouts. 

Voluntary “Phase III” workouts can be held from May 24-June 18. Activities during this 4-week period include in-person meetings and classroom instruction subject to COVID protocols and 10 days of OTAs (the Giants are only holding eight). No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed. Teams can also hold one mandatory mini-camp for veteran players.

Current schedule:

May 24-25: New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts

May 27: New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts (Media Access)

June 2-4: New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts (June 4 Media Access)

June 8-10: New York Giants mandatory Mini-Camp (Media Access)

June 14-15: New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts

Players who do not attend in person could still participate in virtual meetings if they choose to do so.

The New York Giants have hired Steven Price to be the team’s new pro personnel manager. Ken Sternfeld, who had been the director of pro personnel, was shifted to senior pro personnel executive.

The Giants also appear to have promoted Tim McDonnell from assistant director of player personnel to co-director of player personnel alongside Mark Koncz, who solely had held that title.