Jun 302009
 

Giants Sign H-Back Travis Beckum: The Giants announced yesterday that they have signed H-Back Travis Beckum, their second 3rd round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. To make room for Brown on the 80-man roster, the Giants waived DE Alex Field.

Officially, the Giants have also signed WR Ramses Barden (3rd round), QB Rhett Bomar (5th round), CB DeAndre Wright (6th round), and CB Stoney Woodson (7th round).

Press reports late last week said HB Andre Brown (4th round) has also agreed to terms, but that signing has not been officially announced yet.

Aside from Brown, remaining unsigned are WR Hakeem Nicks (1st round), LB Clint Sintim (2nd round), and OT William Beatty (2nd round).

Star-Ledger Q&A With Linebacker Danny Clark: Linebacker Danny Clark’s New York Giants Summer Questionnaire by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Star-Ledger Q&A With Wide Receiver David Tyree: Wide Receiver David Tyree’s New York Giants Summer Questionnaire by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Q&A With Eric from BigBlueInteractive.com: A Q&A session with Eric from BigBlueInteractive.com is available at FootballHangout.com

Jun 262009
 

Giants Agree to Terms with HB Andre Brown: Though not officially signed, according to various press reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with HB Andre Brown, the Giants’ 4th round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. According to The Daily News, Brown will sign a 4-year, $2.2 million contract that includes a signing bonus of approximately $430,000.

Once Brown officially signs, the Giants will have to waive a player in order to remain under the 80-man roster limit.

The Giants have officially signed four of their draft picks: WR Ramses Barden (3rd round), QB Rhett Bomar (5th round), CB DeAndre Wright (6th round), and CB Stoney Woodson (7th round). Remaining unsigned are WR Hakeem Nicks (1st round), LB Clint Sintim (2nd round), OT William Beatty (2nd round), and TE Travis Beckum (3rd round).

Barden’s Contract Details: The Star-Ledger is reporting that the contract WR Ramses Barden signed on Wednesday is a 4-year, $2.48 million deal that includes a $731,156 signing bonus.

Star-Ledger Q&A With Right Guard Chris Snee: Offensive Guard Chris Snee’s New York Giants Summer Questionnaire by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Jun 252009
 

Hip Surgery for LB Michael Boley: Linebacker Michael Boley, who the Giants signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Atlanta Falcons during free agency this offseason, underwent arthroscopic surgery yesterday to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

The Giants said in a press release that “a full recovery is expected in approximately 8-10 weeks.” Boley will likely miss all of training camp, which starts on August 2nd and ends on August 25th.

Boley had missed a week of Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices, but did participate in the recent full-squad mini-camp.

Giants Sign Barden and Bomar: The Giants have signed two more draft picks: 3rd rounder WR Ramses Barden and 5th rounder QB Rhett Bomar.

The Star-Ledger is reporting that Bomar signed a 4-year, $1.935 million contract that included a $185,183 signing bonus. No word yet on Barden’s contract details.

To make room for Barden and Bomar on the 80-man roster, the Giants waived TE George Wrighster and OL Mike Fladell.

Star-Ledger Q&A With Halfback Brandon Jacobs: Running back Brandon Jacobs’ New York Giants Summer Questionnaire by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on the 2009 New York Giants: Football Outsiders Reviews the Giants by Toni Monkovic of The New York Times

Article on WR Ramses Barden: Giants Rookie Wide Receiver Ramses Barden Made Right Call to Play Football by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on the Giants, the Jets, and the Media: Jets Beating Giants in Media Game by Toni Monkovic of The New York Times

Jun 202009
 

Giants Sign CB Stoney Woodson; Waive Rashad Barksdale: According to Giants.com, the Giants yesterday signed CB Stoney Woodson, their 7th round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Daily News is reporting that the deal is a 4-year, $1.8 million contract that could increase in value to $4 million due to incentives and escalators. Woodson is the second of the Giants’ ten 2009 draft picks to sign, with CB DeAndre Wright signing on Thursday.

In order to remain under the mandatory 80-man roster limit, the Giants waived CB Rashad Barksdale.

Update on Eli Manning Contract Talks: Quarterback Eli Manning Aiming High in Quest for Next Giant Payday by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Jun 192009
 

June 18, 2009 New York Giants Mini-Camp: The Giants’ three-day, full-squad mini-camp ended yesterday with one short morning practice. The veterans will now be off until they are required to report to training camp in Albany in early August.

Injury Report: Not practicing yesterday were DT Fred Robbins (knee), DT Barry Cofield (knee), DT Rocky Bernard (shoulder), LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), LB Clint Sintim (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (shoulder), CB Kevin Dockery (unknown), S Steve Cargile (unknown), HB Andre Brown (unknown), WR Sinorice Moss (hamstring), WR David Tyree (hamstring), WR Taye Biddle (finger), TE Kevin Boss (unknown), TE Travis Beckum (hamstring), TE Lee Vickers (unknown), and LT William Beatty (hamstring).

“I am disappointed in the number of injured guys,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “It’s not their fault. I’m not pointing the finger at anybody. I’m just saying for our team to have that many guys standing around watching practice in training would be a real setback. We couldn’t function the way we want to if that was the case.”

Giants Sign First Draft Pick: The Giants announced that they have signed the first of their 2009 NFL Draft picks, CB DeAndre Wright, who was selected in the 6th round. According to The Daily News, Wright signed a 4-year, $1.6 million contract that includes escalators and incentives that could increase the value to $4 million.

In order to remain under the mandatory 80-man roster limit, the Giants waived rookie free agent DT Dwayne Hendricks (Miami).

Article on the Giants’ Passing Game: New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning Getting Used to Throwing to Shorter Receivers by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Jun 182009
 

Yahoo! Sports Q&A With General Manager Jerry Reese: Q&A: Giants’ Reese Discusses WRs, Injury Info by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports

June 17, 2009 New York Giants Mini-Camp: The second day of the Giants’ three-day, full-squad mini-camp is in the books as the Giants held two more practices yesterday. Mini-camp practice reports:

Injury Report: Not practicing yesterday were DT Fred Robbins (knee), DT Barry Cofield (knee), DT Rocky Bernard (shoulder), LB Chase Blackburn (hamstring), LB Clint Sintim (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (shoulder), CB Kevin Dockery (unknown), HB Andre Brown (unknown), WR Sinorice Moss (hamstring), WR David Tyree (hamstring), WR Taye Biddle (finger), TE Travis Beckum (hamstring), TE Lee Vickers (unknown), and LT William Beatty (hamstring).

“There are different degrees of strain,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “But we have been looking at a couple of young guys, for example, who have been out forever. Why they have not progressed to the point that they can come back, part of it is because there is such a short window to work with them. And when they miss that amount of time it hurts them. I told them this morning again, this is the third time that they will have repeated the basic stuff. By that third time a lot of stuff is sinking in. The guys that have not participated, they are the guys that are involved in – they don’t have the pressure on them except for the classroom to perform. And it is not as good as it could be.”

“I can barely tell which leg I had surgery on half the time,” Cofield said of his offseason knee surgery. “I can see the big scar, but when I’m out there running I’m not favoring it. It feels strong. We’re trying to avoid a situation where I could fall or have someone roll up on my leg, things that happen when you’re in full-team situations. Come August, I’ll be out there just like every other D-lineman.”

CB Aaron Ross (ankle) returned to practice.

Article on Giants’ Defense: Giants’ Defensive Coordinator: Same Schemes, Better Sense of Humor by Chris Hine of The New York Times

Article on TE Kevin Boss: New York Giants Tight End Kevin Boss Looking to Mark Bavaro for Inspiration by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger

Article on Revenue Potential of New Stadium and Practice Facility: Naming-Rights Deal Puts Logos on Giants’ Practice Jerseys by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Jun 172009
 

June 16, 2009 New York Giants Mini-Camp: The first day of the Giants’ three-day, full-squad mini-camp is in the books as the Giants held two practices yesterday. Mini-camp practice reports:

Injury Report: Not practicing yesterday were DT Fred Robbins (knee), DT Barry Cofield (knee), DT Rocky Bernard (shoulder), LB Clint Sintim (hamstring), CB Corey Webster (shoulder), WR Taye Biddle (finger), TE Travis Beckum (hamstring), TE Lee Vickers (unknown), and LT William Beatty (hamstring).

CB Aaron Ross (ankle) and LB Chase Blackburn (foot) sat out the afternoon practice.

WR Sinorice Moss left the afternoon practice early with a hamstring injury. WR David Tyree left the morning practice early with a groin strain.

Giants to Name New Practice Facility Today: According to several press reports, the Giants have decided to name their new practice facility Timex Performance Center. It’s supposedly a 15-year agreement between the Giants and Timex.

Article on S Kenny Phillips: New York Giants Safety Kenny Phillips Grows Into Starting Role by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on Former Giant WR Amani Toomer: Toomer Not Blue Over Big Parting by Dan Martin of The New York Post

Jun 162009
 

Full-Squad New York Giants Mini-Camp Begins Today: The Giants’ three-day, full-squad mini-camp begins today. The Giants will hold two practices (not open to the public), one in the morning and one in the afternoon. There will be two practices on Wednesday and one on Thursday.

Article on WR Ramses Barden: Giants Receiver’s Name, the Long and Short of It by Harvey Araton of The New York Times

Giants and Burress Settle Grievance: Giants Settle Second Grievance With Former Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Jun 132009
 

June 12, 2009 New York Giants OTA: The Giants held their tenth and final Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice yesterday. The practice was not open to the press. The Giants will hold a 3-day mini-camp for veterans and rookies next week from Tuesday to Thursday.  There will be two practices on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and one on Thursday.

Speaking of the upcoming mini-camp, Head Coach Tom Coughlin said, “It is a continuation of where we are, and trying to take those areas we need the most work, that we have already introduced, and coming back to it for a second time and let’s see how the young guys respond with that information in front of them. It will be a culmination of what we have done this spring.”

“It will be under a magnified glass because the practices are rapid fire and the camp is over before it even starts,” said Coughlin. “Hopefully, it is going to give everyone an opportunity. Our veteran players know what our goals and objectives are. Our young guys are trying to learn what they can expect situationally and what they have to learn. Hopefully it will be an opportunity for all of them to come together, with the realization that this is a little bit of a longer summer for them, there is more to be responsible for in terms of strength and conditioning in order to maintain that, what they can look forward to when they come to camp, what the meaning of this first (preseason) Monday night game is to us, and how it has created some accelerated situations in between some of those preseason games.”

“A lot of our work has to be accomplished prior to that first preseason game,” said Coughlin. “A lot of it has to do with our ability to stay on the field. These soft tissues things, which are so difficult for guys to overcome, you have one or two of those, and you have young people who are going to be way behind.”

Jun 122009
 

June 11, 2009 New York Giants OTA: The media was once again allowed access to another Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice yesterday.  There will be one more OTA practice today and then a 3-day mini-camp for veterans and rookies next week, starting on Tuesday.

OTA report:

June 11, 2009 New York Giants Injury Report: Not practicing yesterday were DT Fred Robbins (knee) and DT Barry Cofield (knee).

CB Corey Webster (shoulder) was limited to individual drills.

CB Aaron Ross left practice early with an ankle sprain.

The Star-Ledger is reporting that WR Taye Biddle has been sidelined recently due to soreness and inflammation from a metal plate in his finger. The plate was implanted in his finger after Biddle was shot during a robbery in January. The Ledger says Biddle will have surgery on Monday to shorten the plate.

Article on LB Michael Boley: Youth, Experience, Skill is Boley Trinity by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on LT David Diehl and WR Hakeem Nicks: Giants’ Diehl Showing Rookie Nicks the Ropes by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post