Jun 302006

Jay Fiedler Signs With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Updating yesterday’s story, unrestricted free agent QB Jay Fiedler, who the New York Giants reportedly had some interest in, has signed a 1-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers also signed TE Matt Kranchick, a player the Giants waived earlier this month.

Jun 292006

New York Giants Still Talking to QB Jay Fiedler?: According to yesterday’s St. Petersburg Times, the Giants are one of three teams currently in negotiations for the services of unrestricted free agent QB Jay Fiedler. Fiedler’s agent identified the Giants and Buccaneers as two of the teams interested in Fiedler, but he would not mention the third.

Fiedler suffered an injury to his right, throwing shoulder last season with the Jets and has only recently begun to throw again. The Jets waived him in February and there have been a number of reports since that time that the Giants might be interested in signing him. In late May, General Manager Ernie Accorsi told The New York Post, “When the time comes, we’ll work him out. We’re interested in him.” However, a few days later, the Giants signed QB Rob Johnson. The Giants currently have five quarterbacks on the roster: Eli Manning, Johnson, Tim Hasselbeck, Jared Lorenzen, and Josh Harris.

Jun 172006

New York Giants Mini-Camp Ends: The Giants’ three-day mandatory mini-camp ended yesterday. Veterans will be off until training camp starts in late July while rookies will remain at the Meadowlands for one more week (three more days of workouts). The end of the mini-camp represents the end of the Giants’ offseason program.

Article on QB Rob Johnson: Modest Steps in Recovery for Giants by Marek Fuchs of The New York Times

Quotes: Quarterback Coach Kevin Gilbride on QB Eli Manning: “I think we can get (his completion percentage up) to 60. It’s not so much with him that he made poor decisions as far as who he was throwing to (last season). Sometimes we’re asking him to throw it to a certain spot downfield and he’s about to get hit and he’s still trying to make that throw. Sometimes the best move you can make is to take the sack.”

Jun 162006

June 15, 2006 New York Giants Injury Report: As reported yesterday, FS James Butler will not practice during the ongoing three-day mini-camp due to a kidney condition. However, Head Coach Tom Coughlin says the condition is not serious and that Butler should be ready to practice by the time training camp starts in late July.

SLB LaVar Arrington (Achilles tendonitis) missed the morning practice, but did practice in the afternoon. Coughlin says he is not concerned with the injury and that the Giants are merely being cautious so the injury doesn’t develop into something more serious, causing him to miss time in training camp. “I’m fine,” Arrington said. “We are just being smart about it. I’m learning, taking a lot of mental reps, having a good time with the fellas and I practice once a day, until I get some of the soreness out of my Achilles heal, that’s all…Everybody thought I’d have trouble with my knee; I haven’t had any trouble with my knee. I just think my body’s rebalancing itself out and different areas get sore at times. We’re just being safe about it…It’s one thing for people to get nervous that I’m not running around right now. It’s another thing if I really hurt myself. Then it’s another story.”

FS Will Demps (knee) and WLB Brandon Short (knee) continue to practice once per day.

New York Giants Sign German Safety Claudius Osei: As part of the NFL’s International Practice Squad Program, the Giants have signed S Claudius Osei of Hamburg, Germany. Under the three-year-old program, this year each NFC East and AFC North team has been assigned one player to spend the season on the Practice Squad.

Notes: The Giants will not have to make special concessions for P Jeff Feagles after all in 2006. It had been widely reported that Feagles was considering retirement unless the Giants allowed him to travel back to see his family in Phoenix, Arizona on a regular basis during the season. The Giants agreed to let him do so. But Feagles has decided to move his family back to New Jersey for the upcoming season.

WR Amani Toomer spent much of his offseason in Las Vegas, doing yoga and working with a track coach.

Jun 152006

June 14, 2006 New York Giants Injury Report: FS Will Demps and WLB Brandon Short, both of whom are rehabbing from knee injuries suffered last season, are practicing once a day during the mini-camp practice sessions.

SLB LaVar Arrington (Achilles tendonitis) practiced in the morning, but not in the afternoon. Head Coach Tom Coughlin said Arrington would practice twice today if he feels better.

FS James Butler (kidney condition) will not practice at all during the three-day mini-camp.


Jun 142006

Three-Day New York Giants Veteran Mini-Camp Begins Today: The New York Giants’ three-day veteran mini-camp begins today. The Giants will hold two practices today, two on Thursday, and one on Friday. These practices are not open to the public. During the practices, the players will not be in pads and thus there will be no full contact. In addition to Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s daily media sessions, the assistant coaches will be allowed to talk to the media on Friday.

After the mini-camp concludes on Friday, the veterans will be off until they have to report to training camp in Albany, New York on July 27. Rookies will remain at the Meadowlands for one more week in June.

Jun 102006

New York Giants Interested in Australian Rules Football Player Willie Mason: The Daily Telegraph (Australia) is reporting that the Giants are one of six NFL teams who are expected to hold talks with the agent for Australian Rules football player Willie Mason. Mason would likely project to the offensive line, defensive line, or tight end in the NFL.

“Willie is super quick for a big man and, in terms of balance, he’s got beautiful co-ordination for a man of his size,” said Colin Scotts, an Australian Rules football player who played for the St. Louis Cardinals. “He’s also got those huge long arms that scouts look for in the NFL, big hands to go with them and from the look of his statistics he’s a powerful man.”

“I’ve always wondered when I’ve watched the NFL if I was born in the States how good I’d go at it,” said Mason. “There’d be heaps to learn, but for me that’s half the challenge, I just reckon the whole experience would be awesome.”

The other teams said to be interest in Mason include the Raiders, 49ers, Jets, Bills, and Chargers.

Jun 092006

New York Giants Sign TE Boo Williams: The New York Giants have officially announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent tight end Boo Williams, who was waived by the New Orleans Saints in February.

New York Giants Waive TE Matt Kranchick and SS Jamaal Brimmer: The New York Giants have officially announced that they have waived tight end Matt Kranchick and strong safety Jamaal Brimmer.


Jun 072006

New York Giants Waive OG Tony Tella: The Giants have officially announced that they have waived undrafted rookie free agent OG Tony Tella.

Giants Confirm Three Other Roster Moves: The Giants have officially confirmed three other roster moves that we reported on yesterday. The team has placed WR Jamaar Taylor on the Reserve/Retired List. They have also officially announced that they have signed HB Decori Birmingham and OG Kevin McAlmont.

No Joint New York Giants – New York Jets Practices in Albany This Year: Yesterday’s Bergen Record is reporting that the Giants and Jets will not practice against each other in Albany this summer. The two teams had practiced against each other the previous two training camps.