Jun 212021
 
Eli Manning, New York Giants (January 24, 2020)

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GIANTS WILL RETIRE ELI MANNING’S #10 JERSEY
The New York Giants have announced that the team will retire former quarterback Eli Manning’s #10 jersey at halftime of September 26th’s home game against the Atlanta Falcons. Manning will also be entered into the team’s Ring of Honor.

“I think it’ll be great,” Manning said. “To have a full crowd and one final, I guess, goodbye and thank you to the fans. Because they’re the ones that make it all happen and they supported me my whole career. I think it’s fitting the Giants are playing the Falcons, who I had my first start against back in ’04. Obviously, it’s a great honor. But really, to get to do it with teammates and family and around the fans and the organization – those are the people that made this all happen, and it’s been a fun ride and it’ll be a great final farewell.”

Manning played 16 years for the Giants, from 2004 until 2019. He was a two-time Super Bowl MVP who compiled a 117-117 regular-season record and an 8-4 post-season record as a starting quarterback. He holds most of the franchise’s QB records, including passing yards (57,023) and touchdowns (366).

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ELI MANNING RETURNS TO NEW YORK GIANTS
The New York Giants have announced that former quarterback Eli Manning will work for the team in a variety of roles, including business development, marketing, and community and corporate relations.

“I wanted to take a year off anyway,” Manning said. “That was the game plan to analyze what you want to do, analyze how busy you want to be, how involved you want to be, just to give the players a break, let the coaches have a fresh start and let Daniel Jones have his fresh start. But I was hoping there would be a spot back with the organization to do the things because of what it’s meant to me. The Giants organization is what I know. Since I’ve been out of college, this is all I’ve done and all I’ve ever wanted to do was do well for the Giants and win games and represent the organization in a positive way, and hopefully I can continue to do that.

“I sat down with (team president and CEO) John Mara and kind of said, ‘Hey, I’d like to get back involved if you think there’s a spot for me or a way that I can help out.’ From there, we did some brainstorming and figured out a way for me to get back involved.

“I’m excited that I get to hold true that ‘Once a Giant, only a Giant.’ I wanted to be back here with the organization. I had a little break; I think both sides needed a little parting. But I’m excited to team back up with the Giants and help out in any way they feel they need it. Most of it will be on the business side and be with the sponsors and marketing and corporate stuff and the community service, which has been so important to me.”

Jun 102021
 
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (June 8, 2021)

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JUNE 10, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS MINI-CAMP REPORT…
The third and final day of the New York Giants 3-day mandatory mini-camp was held on Thursday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. No live contact is permitted during the mini-camp.

The two remaining Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices will be held on June 14-15, without media access. The players will then be off until reporting to summer training on July 27.

There are going to be a lot of things we talk about today logistically, getting ready for camp,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “Generally speaking, we are going to talk to the team about training, being in shape, making the right decisions off the field. There are a lot of resources for us in this building and it is important for us to stay connected throughout the summer. When they need something, we are always available. Generally that’s the message. We will meet individually with our players by position and find out what their plans for the summer are. We will close out with summer goals, training camp goals. This won’t be the last time we see everybody. We’ll still have OTAs next week on Monday and Tuesday and we will be able to meet extensively with some of the guys here as well.”

GIANTS PLANNING TO HOLD JOINT PRACTICES WITH BROWNS AND PATRIOTS…
Although not officially announced by the team, the New York Giants are planning to hold joint summer training camp practices with two of their preseason opponents: the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots. The joint practices are not expected to take place in New Jersey but at the Cleveland and New England team facilities.

“I am a big fan of (joint practices),” said Head Coach Joe Judge. “I think it’s a great time in training camp to break the monotony, to get some competition against a friendly opponent. With both programs, the Browns and the Patriots, I’ve got great relationships with both coaches, known them both for a sustained period of time. In all of our conversations, I think one of the things you try to find in this are not only teams that are going to schematically help you with some of the things you are going to see throughout the season but most importantly you want to make sure you go out there and have a good, quality practice. The guys are going to compete. You want to make sure you keep it between the lines, the guys are not doing anything dirty, outside the whistle. So it’s important you know the coaches and what kind of program you are going against.

“I think it’s great for the team, it helps you get exposure to different schemes you may not see from your own team in training camp outside having to draw cards or scout teams. It is actually a way to take something off your players at a certain time. You kind of ramp them up and build them the first few weeks of training camp and then when you go ahead and do a cooperative practice with another team, you’ve got to figure it’s no longer the offense is always going, the defense is always going. When our offense is on the field, our defense is on the sideline resting, making adjustments, talking to the coaches and then vice versa, so actually, it breaks it up for them a little.

There are some things that aren’t finalized for training camp. The thought process is it’s a opportunity to get our team on the road through training camp, stay together, but also with the change in the preseason schedule, both organizations thought it would be a good idea to exchange a little bit year by year and that way the fans would have two exposures to really deal with each team. We’ve got two home games this year. We’re fortunate. New England has got the one. Next year it will flip. This will give us an opportunity, especially when we have fans, for our fans to see us exposed against another opponent.”

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
Not practicing were WR Kadarius Toney (excused absence due to family emergency), RB Saquon Barkley (knee), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), LB Cam Brown (unknown), LB Ryan Anderson (unknown), and RB Taquan Mizzell (unknown).

(Rudolph, Brown, and Anderson) are working on different things right now,” said Head Coach Joe Judge. “Kyle is making progress every day and this guy works really, really hard. You can tell he’s a vet. He has a lot of experience. He knows his body very well. He’s in there and he’s opening up the door with the coaches every morning bright and early. He’s an early morning guy. But Kyle has done a great job for us in terms of classes and everything he can do and he’s done a great job right now with our medical staff doing everything to get ready to get back on the field as soon as he can. We’ll see what kind of ground he makes up the next few weeks leading up to training camp but like all our players, we won’t put him on the field until we know he’s fully ready to go out there and play 100 percent… Kyle obviously had the off-season surgery and we have to check with the doctors where they feel he is at a certain point. In terms of the rehab and where he’s going to be, we have to make sure they can build the conditioning and football movement and not just be pain free and make sure he’s structurally safe.”

CB Aaron Robinson (unknown) was limited, being kept out of team drills.

WR John Ross (unknown) and S Josh Kalu (unknown) left practice early.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • There was a heavy emphasis on red-zone passing drills on Thursday.

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HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Thursday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

Jun 092021
 
Lorenzo Carter, New York Giants (May 27, 2021)

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JUNE 9, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS MINI-CAMP REPORT…
The second day of the New York Giants 3-day mandatory mini-camp was held on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. No live contact is permitted during the mini-camp, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

INJURY REPORT…
Not practicing were RB Saquon Barkley (knee), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), LB Cam Brown (unknown), LB Ryan Anderson (unknown), and RB Taquan Mizzell (unknown).

WR John Ross (unknown) and CB Aaron Robinson (unknown) were limited, being kept out of team drills.

TE Nakia Griffin-Stewart left midway through practice with a trainer.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Multiple media sources said that WR Kadarius Toney had a strong practice, even beating CB James Bradberry in one drill. He demonstrated good quickness in and out of his breaks and made a number of sideline catches. Toney was also active returning punts.
  • WR David Sills saw some work with the first team.
  • Starting at inside linebacker alongside Blake Martinez was Tae Crowder.

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THE COACHES SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

Jun 082021
 
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (May 27, 2021)

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JUNE 8, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS MINI-CAMP REPORT…
The first day of the New York Giants 3-day mandatory mini-camp was held on Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. No live contact is permitted during the mini-camp, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

“The #1 focus is building our football movement, get the players in shape,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “Give them more exposure to our techniques and systems and schemes on the field. What I would really like this to do is just give these guys a jumpstart carrying into the five-week break until we head back to training camp, but they have got a feel for what they have to work on in that absence and also a feel for their conditioning and overall shape and strength they have to work on right now throughout the summer.

It’s invaluable having meeting time and being in the same room as opposed to Zoom. It’s invaluable being on the field together, and not only play and execute but also mistakes you make to know how that felt and how you have to correct those and then you develop chemistry with the players around you going forward.

“The one thing we can work on this time of year that you don’t need pads is communication. To me with the rookies, one of the most important things they can get right now is the communication with the vets, guys who understand our system a little better, have a little more experience with what we are doing and getting used to being on the field and talking with it.

“You have to remember when these guys got here a few weeks back, they are naturally just shy guys walking down the hallways trying to learn everyone’s faces and names. For them it’s not natural to sit down and have a conversation and say, hey, can we try to bridge that gap as much as we can. This is part of the process to make sure when they are on the field there’s no hesitation in having the confidence to speak up and make the right check, put yourself and be in the right play call and be all on the same page.

“In terms of this time in the spring overall with the rookies, this is really valuable. The more time you get with them here just to help them catch up, really, the goal for the rookies this time of year is just give them an opportunity when they get to training camp to be able to compete with the vets in front of them. The reality is every vet in this league has an advantage over every rookie based on maturity level, experience, expertise, they know how to handle their body better and they have seen NFL football and know the speed of the game.

“The advantage rookies have is they are younger, they are generally healthier and they recover faster with their young bodies. That’s generally their advantage right now. They have to mentally catch up and technically catch up on the field with the fundamentals to be able to compete with our vets when we get to training camp.”

ABSENTEES AND INJURY REPORT…
Not sighted at practice were RB Saquon Barkley (knee), TE Kyle Rudolph (foot), WR John Ross, LB Cam Brown, LB Ryan Anderson, and RB Taquan Mizzell. CB Aaron Robinson did not practice much. Aside from Barkley and Rudolph, it is not known if the other players are dealing with injuries. However, press reports said all were accounted for, in other words, no one was absent without permission.

Tight end/wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin left practice early with trainers with an unknown ailment.

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney slipped a few times during practice and left late after his last slip.

68-year old Running Backs Coach Burton Burns also left the field due to heat exhaustion. The team said he is fine.

In terms of where (Barkley is) at right now, he comes in every day, he attacks every day from a rehab standpoint,” said Head Coach Joe Judge. “He’s had a phenomenal attitude and great motivation, he’s been tremendously positive.

“We are going to make sure that we take Saquon’s rehab at the correct rate for his individual body and injury. It’s not any mirror of anybody else’s injury out there. We have to make sure that we let him get it at his pace and put him on the field, can play 100 percent aggressive and confident and he’s going to play safe and he can play effective. Typically we do Saquon’s rehab in the morning before practice so when the players get out there he’s already been off the field and a lot of times he’s not out there when you’re out there.

“We are getting a lot of our rehab done during some of the meeting time. Couldn’t be happier with how he is working, showing tremendous leadership this off-season. He’s chomping at the bit to get back on the field. We are taking it day-by-day and he’s getting better every day.”

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • It was a light practice with little to report.
  • Fielding punts were WR Kadarius Toney, CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Darnay Holmes, WR Dante Pettis, WR Darius Slayton, WR Sterling Shepard, and RB Corey Clement.
  • The starting offensive line remained LT Andrew Thomas, LG Shane Lemieux, OC Nick Gates, RG Will Hernandez, and RT Matt Peart.
  • RB Gary Brightwell had a nice, one-handed catch down the sideline.

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HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

Jun 082021
 

Jim Fassel

Jim Fassel, who was head coach of the New York Giants from 1997-2003, passed away Monday night in a Las Vegas hospital from a heart attack at the age of 71 after being admitted with chest pains.

Fassel was a colorful coach whose up-and-down tenure was marked by surprise performances when expectations were often at their lowest. The Giants won the NFC East twice during his tenure and reached the Super Bowl in the 2000 season. Fassel was named the NFL’s “Coach of the Year” in 1997, his first season as the team’s head coach. His overall record over seven seasons was 58-53-1 and 2-3 in the post season. His 58 regular-season wins place him fourth highest on the franchise’s all-time list of coaching victories.

Little was expected of the 1997 New York Giants as Fassel took over a team that had struggled offensively and was unsettled at the quarterback position. Despite ranking near the bottom of the league in total yards and offensive points scored, New York surprised fans and experts with a 10-5-1 record that was good enough to win the NFC East, the Giants first such title since 1990. They did so by not beating themselves, ranking tops in the league in protecting the football and defensive takeaways. Fassel was rewarded after the season with the AP’s “Coach Of The Year” award.

Two mediocre seasons followed that initial success, but they were not without notoriety.

On December 13, 1998, Fassel’s 5-8 Giants faced the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos, who were boasting a perfect 13-0 record on the season. Trailing 16-13 with under two minutes remaining, Fassel settled the situation on the sideline with his quarterback Kent Graham. Fassel said, “I told Kent, ‘Don’t read the coverage, throw it to Amani.’” Moments later Graham completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Toomer and the Broncos left the field with their first loss of the season.

The Giants revolving door at quarterback stopped at Kerry Collins late in 1999, which was a surprise to many as Collins had struggled both professionally and personally before coming to New York as a free agent and was seen as something of a reclamation project. On December 5, 1999, Collins enjoyed the best performance a Giant quarterback had displayed since Phil Simms retirement as he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-28 romp over the Jets. That moment served as a springboard to even bigger success for both Collins and the Giants. Collins later said, “I owe the turnaround that I’ve had to him. I think that Jim is a special guy.”

Fassel’s Giants teams were known for finishing strong. Their regular-season record in the month of December during his first six seasons was 19-5. Most memorable was the December push in 2000 that was sparked by his most quotable press moment.

Following a desultory home loss to Detroit, Fassel captivated the media with a surprisingly boastful press conference, espousing unconditional belief in his 7-4 team: “This is a poker game, and I’m shoving my chips to the middle of the table. I’m raising the ante, and anybody who wants in, get in. Anybody who wants out can get out. This team is going to the playoffs, OK? This team is going to the playoffs.”

After being the lead story on every sports program that week, including some who questioned Fassel’s sanity, the Giants ran the remainder of their regular-season schedule, winning five consecutive games. Not only did they capture their second NFC East title in four years, but they also entered the playoffs as the NFC’s first seed.

In that post-season, Fassel achieved something only one other coach in franchise history had attained, two home-field victories. Only Bill Parcells 1986 squad has run the table while standing on the Giants sideline though the playoffs. Like his predecessor, Fassel kept the opponent off the scoreboard in the NFC Championship, when the Giants defeated the favorited Minnesota Vikings 41-0, sending New York to their third Super Bowl. However, the joyride ended as the Giants lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-7.

Following a disappointing 7-9 campaign in 2001, Fassel’s Giants had another December run to remember in 2002.

Mired in an offensive slump and with a 6-6 record entering December, Fassel assumed play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Sean Payton. His uncanny knack for making the right move at the right time proved to be spot-on again as the Giants offense erupted for 108 points over the next three games, highlighted by Collin’s perfect quarterback rating performance in a 44-27 win at Indianapolis. A hard-fought 10-7 overtime win over division rival Philadelphia sent the Giants to the post-season for the third time in Fassel’s tenure.

A second-half collapse at San Francisco in the Wild Card game sent the Giants into a downward spiral they could not recover from. Late in the 2003 campaign, Fassel had one final slick maneuver: he preempted his inevitable forthcoming exit.

On December 17, 2003, with his team 4-10, Fassel announced he would not be returning after the final game of the season. While certainly not a surprise, the timing and source of the announcement were. Fassel philosophically said, “It’s time. They need a change, I need a change. It’s the right thing to do.”

If nothing else, Jim Fassel’s Giants tenure was unpredictable, with moments of being unforgettable.

Prior to being the head coach of the Giants, Fassel served as Giants quarterback back coach from 1991-1992, where he earned high praise from Phil Simms: “I learned more in two years with Jim Fassel than I ever knew about quarterbacking.”

Fassel was raised on the West Coast, and played football at Fullerton College, USC, and Long Beach State. He had a brief playing career at the professional level in the CFL and WFL in the early 1970s. His initial notoriety as a position coach was at Stanford University where he tutored John Elway, who became the NFL’s number one overall draft pick in 1983. He reunited with Elway as his quarterback coach in Denver in 1993-1994. Fassel’s first head coaching assignment was at the University of Utah from 1985-1989.

Fassel’s post-Giants career included a position as a Baltimore Raven’s assistant coach from 2004-2006 and again as a head coach in the United Football League, where he achieved championships with the Las Vegas franchise in 2009 and 2010.

Jun 042021
 
Evan Engram, New York Giants (May 27, 2021)

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JUNE 4, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS OTA PRACTICE REPORT…
The Giants held their sixth voluntary organized team activity (OTA) practice on Friday, and second one open to the media. No live contact is permitted during OTAs, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

Right now, it’s all about football movement, getting these guys in shape and training their bodies,” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “That’s the most important thing for us at this time as a team, and understanding the systems and the schemes.”

A mandatory mini-camp will be held June 8-10. The two remaining OTA practices will be held on June 14-15.

INJURY REPORT AND ABSENTEES…
Cornerback Aaron Robinson (unknown) was present at practice, but did not participate. Not present at Friday’s practice were:

  • RB Saquon Barkley (knee)
  • RB Corey Clement
  • RB Taquan Mizzell
  • WR Kadarius Toney
  • WR John Ross
  • TE Kyle Rudolph (foot)
  • OLB Ryan Anderson
  • OLB Cam Brown
  • CB James Bradberry
  • CB Adoree’ Jackson
  • CB Darnay Holmes
  • CB Isaac Yiadom
  • CB Sam Beal
  • S Jabrill Peppers
  • S Logan Ryan
  • S Xavier McKinney
  • S Julian Love
  • K Graham Gano

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Most of Friday’s action was limited to three-quarter speed with a focus on teaching.
  • The starting offensive line remained the same: LT Andrew Thomas, LG Shane Lemieux, OC Nick Gates, RG Will Hernandez, and RT Matt Peart.
  • The second-team offensive line was LT Chad Slade, LG Kenny Wiggins, OC Jonotthan Harrison, RG Zach Fulton, and RT Nate Solder.

HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
The transcript of Joe Judges’s press conference on Friday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

KADARIUS TONEY SIGNS
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have signed wide receiver Kadarius Toney, their 2021 NFL Draft 1st-round selection, to a 4-year, $13,719,508 contract. The deal is fully guaranteed and reportedly includes a $7.3 million signing bonus and a fifth-year option. The team’s entire 2021 NFL Draft class is now signed.

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