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March 10, 2014 New York Giants Free Agent News and Rumors: Here is the latest on the free agent front for the New York Giants:

  • The NFL Network is reporting that the Giants have offered contracts to unrestricted free agents defensive end/tackle Arthur Jones (Baltimore Ravens) and safety Ryan Mundy (New York Giants).
  • The Star-Ledger is reporting that the Giants are one of seven teams to express interest in unrestricted free agent tight end Andrew Quarless (Green Bay Packers).
  • The New York Daily News is reporting that the Giants have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent tight ends Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit Lions) and Ed Dickson (Baltimore Ravens).
  • The New York Daily News is reporting that the Giants have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent centers Evan Dietrich-Smith (Green Bay Packers) and Brian de la Puente (New Orleans Saints). The paper says the interest in Dietrich-Smith is “serious.”
  • The New York Daily News is reporting that unrestricted free agent linebacker Jon Beason (New York Giants) is likely to test the free agent market on Tuesday rather than re-sign with the Giants before then.
  • Newsday is reporting that no deal is imminent between the Giants and unrestricted free agent safety Stevie Brown, who is expected now to test the open market.
  • According to press reports, unrestricted free agent cornerback Alterraun Verner (Tennessee Titans) appears to have already determine what team he will sign with on Tuesday as he has no visits planned. The Giants are known to be one of the teams who have expressed an interest in his services. However, NJ.com is reporting that Verner’s asking price has gotten too high for the Giants.

NFL teams have been allowed to talk contract with the agents of unrestricted free agents since Saturday. These players can officially sign contracts with new teams starting at 4:00PM ET on Tuesday.

New York Giants Close to Re-Signing Josh Brown and Trumaine McBride: The Star-Ledger is reporting that the Giants are close to re-signing unrestricted free agent place kicker Josh Brown (New York Giants).

The Bergen Record is reporting that the Giants are close to a new 2-year deal with unrestricted free agent cornerback Trumaine McBride (New York Giants).

Details on Contract for Mark Herzlich: According to NFL Players Association records, linebacker Mark Herzlich’s contract is a 1-year deal with a $775,000 base salary. The Daily News is reporting that the contract also includes a $225,000 in roster and workout bonuses.

Article on the New York Giants Offensive Line: Giants offensive line tidbits by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on WR Hakeem Nicks: Big Blue Morning: Nicks’ sales pitch by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

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

  • Fullback Henry Hynoski (Video)
  • Long Snapper Zak DeOssie (Video)
Mar 072014
 
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Mark Herzlich, New York Giants (August 10, 2013)

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New York Giants Re-Sign Mark Herzlich: The New York Giants re-signed linebacker Mark Herzlich on Friday. Terms of the deal are not known. Herzlich was eligible to be tendered as a restricted free agent by the Giants, but the team had not done so, suggesting that the team would rather have him hit the market as an unrestricted free agent rather than pay him the $1.43 million right-of-first-refusal tender.

Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, New York Giants Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), and New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard sections of the website.

Free Agency Really Begins Saturday: Although a team cannot officially sign a player from another team until 4:00PM ET on March 11, free agency really begins on Saturday at 4:00PM ET as teams are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents on other teams.

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

Article on the New York Giants and 2014 NFL Free Agency: NFL free agency: Grading the Giants’ past four years of signings by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

 

Jan 312014
 
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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 282014
 
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No Shoulder Surgery for Jason Pierre-Paul: Newsday is reporting that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will not need surgery on his injured shoulder. Pierre-Paul injured the shoulder in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. He played in two more games but was then shut down for the remaining five games of the season. How the shoulder responded to treatment was to determine whether offseason surgery was necessary or not. Newsday is reporting that Pierre-Paul’s shoulder rehab has been going well.

Cornerback Terrell Thomas on WFAN: The audio of Tuesday’s WFAN interview with cornerback Terrell Thomas is available at CBS New York.

Linebacker Mark Herzlich on ESPN Radio: The audio of Tuesday’s ESPN Radio interview with cornerback Terrell Thomas is available at ESPN.com.

Articles on New York Giants President/CEO John Mara:

Article on Quarterbacks Coach Danny Langsdorf: Tom Coughlin to new QB coach: We need to get Eli Manning playing better by Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger

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

Article on Super Bowl XLVII: Super Bowl Rewind: Giants 17, Patriots 14 by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News

Giants.com Video on Super Bowl XXI: Super Bowl XXI 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 142014
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (November 25, 2012)

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New York Giants Hire Ben McAdoo as Offensive Coordinator: The New York Giants announced on Tuesday that they have hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator. The contract is reportedly a two-year deal. The 36-year old McAdoo has served as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers for the last eight years, first as tight ends coach (2006-11), then quarterbacks coach (2012-13). He interviewed with the Giants on Monday.

McAdoo replaces Kevin Gilbride, who retired on January 2.

McAdoo had drawn interest from the Browns (as head coach), Dolphins (offensive coordinator), and Ravens (offensive coordinator). The Giants also interviewed Mike Sullivan (ex-Tampa Bay offensive coordinator), Dowell Loggains (ex-Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator), and Karl Dorrell (ex-Houston Texans quarterbacks coach) last week for the offensive coordinator position.

“I think this is the best coach for the job,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “With his experiences, I think he brings a lot to the table. Our players are going to be exited to hear what he has to say…(McAdoo) is a detailed, very, very meticulous coach who has been greatly influenced by Mike McCarthy. He has a great relationship with him. The thing I was impressed by is, he’s been in San Francisco, he’s been in Green Bay, now he has an opportunity to come to the New York Giants. He thinks these clubs represent the NFL. He feels privileged to be here. He’s looking forward in a very humble way to becoming a New York Giant.”

“He’s a very detail-oriented, meticulous teacher, a fundamentalist, first and foremost,” Coughlin said. “I was very, very impressed by the presentation that he made, in terms of the fundamental details of his presentation, whether it is quarterback fundamentals, offensive philosophy. I was just very, very impressed with that.  Whether he was the tight ends or the quarterbacks coach, he has prepared for this type of an interview for a long time. He comes with two notebooks, all the things he’s put together and thought about and when given the opportunity, wanted to present.”

“Mike McCarthy is an excellent football coach,” Coughlin said. “Ben McAdoo has been with Mike in New Orleans, in San Francisco and when Mike got the job in Green Bay, he brought Ben along as the tight ends coach. He’s been in this system for quite some time. He was the tight ends coach and then he became the quarterbacks coach. He’s been the quarterbacks coach there for two years. He’s prepared for this opportunity.”

“Working for a class organization like the Giants and a championship coach like Tom Coughlin, and being able to work with Eli Manning, who is a very talented and proven quarterback, is very exciting for me,” McAdoo said. “We have a great opportunity in front of us and I can’t wait to get started. This is obviously a big step. It’s also another step in the progression of a coach’s career. It’s a golden opportunity for me. It’s an opportunity I feel I’ve been groomed for. And I look forward to it.”

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Coach McAdoo,” said quarterback Eli Manning. “I was able to talk to him over the phone last week and we had a great conversation. Obviously he’s had a ton of success in Green Bay and I look forward to working with him and improving our offense.”

In the Giants’ official press release, the team stated that the offensive players must now learn new terminology and plays. “Here’s what I expect,” Coughlin said. “I think the players will respond to this. We’re going to try to compromise the system with what we have here. However, there will be change. And that change will be very positive and very well-received by our team and our players. And if our players are scrambling around to learn a new system – good. That’s another fire in their rear end.”

“We’re going to be an up-tempo, attacking-style offense,” said McAdoo. “We’re going to play with good energy. And we’re going to rely on fundamentals.”

“This will be the first job where I call plays on Sunday,” McAdoo said. “When you get your first opportunity in this league, you start to prepare for that (calling plays). I feel like with the way we prepared with the coaches, and Mike McCarthy does a great job getting the coaches ready, we’ll respond. I’m ready to take that task head on.”

“I’ll be there to help him,” said Coughlin. “He’s obviously been influenced by Mike. And he has great respect for (Green Bay defensive coordinator) Dom Capers, so he’s seen it on both sides.”

“I spent some time looking at the Giants’ personnel last week,” McAdoo said. “It’s been a whirlwind. I look forward to meeting with the players and getting started…We need to get moving quickly. It’s a great staff. I look forward to coming in and starting with a clean slate.”

For McAdoo’s coaching resume, see the Coaching Staff section of the website.

Justin Pugh Named to All-Rookie Team: Right tackle Justin Pugh has been named to the Pro Football Writers Association 2013 All-Rookie Team. Pugh, who was drafted in the 1st round by the Giants, started all 16 games at right tackle, the first Giants’ offensive linemen to do so as a rookie since David Diehl in 2003.

Article on Center David Baas: Why cutting David Baas may not be in the Giants’ best interest by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Article on DT Linval Joseph: The cost of keeping Linval Joseph by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Article on Linebacker Mark Herzlich: Giants free agents: Mark Herzlich could be keeper because of special teams ability by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com

Sep 232013
 
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Justin Tuck, New York Giants (September 22, 2013)

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September 23, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report: There was no word on Monday about the status of FB Henry Hynoski, who fractured his left shoulder in the New York Giants-Carolina Panthers game on Sunday.

According to press reports, OC David Baas (neck) and OG Chris Snee (hip) underwent MRI’s on Monday.

“I think (Snee has) got some issues,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re trying to figure out where that is right now. Also David Baas has some issues.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Monday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

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

Articles on the 2013 New York Giants:

Sep 162013
 
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Mark Herzlich (58) and Ryan Mundy (21), New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Monday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

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

Article on QB Eli Manning: Eli Can’t Add to Giants Problems by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on the Giants’ Running Game:

Shaun O’Hara Breaks Down Giants-Broncos Game: Shaun O’Hara Reviews Broncos Game Film by Giants.com

Sep 152013
 
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Articles on the New York Giants Running Backs:

Articles on the New York Giants Wide Receivers:

Article on LB Mark Herzlich: New Giants Starting LB Herzlich Up to Broncos Challenge by Howie Kussoy of The New York Post

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Serby’s Q&A with Giants’ Terrell Thomas by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Article on Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe: Duke Coach David Cutcliffe Coached and Serves as Mentor to Peyton and Eli Manning by Kevin Armstrong of The Daily News

Sep 132013
 
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Prince Amukamara, New York Giants (August 18, 2013)

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September 13, 2013 New York Giants Injury Report – Rolle and Amukamara Questionable for Denver Game: Not practicing on Friday were S Antrel Rolle (groin), OT David Diehl (thumb), and TE Adrien Robinson (foot). Rolle is officially listed as “questionable” for the game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Diehl and Robinson will not play.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin said he expects Rolle to play on Sunday. “He’s got a little groin soreness, so we didn’t want to take a chance,” said Coughlin. “He’s reassuring everyone that it’s temporary.”

“It’s not a concern at all,” said Rolle. “I’ll be out there on Sunday. The injury is not really a concern.”

DE Damontre Moore (shoulder) was limited in practice; he is “questionable” for the game.

CB Prince Amukamara (concussion), OC David Baas (knee), and RB Da’Rel Scott (knee) fully practiced. Amukamara is “questionable” for the game while Baas and Scott are “probable.”

Coughlin was asked if Amukamara will play. “Yeah, barring any setback,” replied Coughlin. “He seemed to do well.”

When asked about Baas, Coughlin said, “I think he did more and got better each day and got a little ornery and wanted more, so that was a good thing.”

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Press Conference: The transcript and video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday press conference are available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A With Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Corner: Set for Week 2 by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Player Media Q&As: Transcripts and video of Friday’s media Q&As with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the Giants’ Defense: Defense Prepares for Peyton Manning by Michael Eisen of Giants.com