Aug 012018
Evan Engram, New York Giants (July 26, 2018)

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The New York Giants held their sixth full-team summer training camp practice on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The complete training camp schedule is available at

The New York Giants have claimed offensive tackle Victor Salako off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The 24-year old, 6’5”, 316-pound Salako was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent time on the Practice Squads of both the Eagles and Browns in 2017. Salako has good size but lacks ideal athleticism.

To make room for Salako, the Giants waived offensive tackle Jarron Jones, who was originally signed by the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2017 NFL Draft. The Giants cut him in September 2017, but re-signed him June 2018 after he had spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys.

Not practicing on Wednesday were safety Curtis Riley (hamstring), cornerback Donte Deayon (hamstring), linebacker Thurston Armbrister (unknown), tight end Garrett Dickerson (hamstring), and defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh (unknown – Active/Non-Football Illness list).

Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Linebacker Olivier Vernon beat left tackle Nate Solder around the edge to “sack” quarterback Eli Manning.
  • Darian Thompson teamed with Landon Collins as the first-team safeties. When the Giants went to “dime” coverage, the extra corners were William Gay and B.W. Webb.
  • Second-team defense included Grant Haley and Teddy Williams at corner and Michael Thomas in the slot.
  • Chad Wheeler practiced at second-team left tackle today with Nick Becton at second-team right tackle, flipping from where they had been lining up.
  • John Jerry was working with the third team at right tackle.
  • Quarterback Davis Webb threw a perfect deep pass to wide receiver Kalif Raymond for a 40-50 yard gain between cornerback Grant Haley and safety Andrew Adams.
  • Quarterback Kyle Lauletta hit wide receiver Marquis Bundy deep down the left sideline.
  • Returning kickoffs were Hunter Sharp, Wayne Gallman, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Odell Beckham, Jr.
  • Left tackle Nate Solder did a good job of picking up a blitz by linebacker Alec Ogletree.
  • Linebacker Mark Herzlich slammed wideout Kalif Raymond after a short catch over the middle.
  • Linebacker Alex Ogletree tipped a pass from quarterback Eli Manning that was intercepted by safety Landon Collins and returned for a touchdown during the 2-minute drill.
  • Defensive end B.J. Hill expertly sniffed out a screen pass for running back Saquon Barkley and tackled him for a loss.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. worked together after practice.

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at

Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at


Apr 042018
Bill McGovern, New York Giants (October 15, 2017)

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Transcripts and video clips of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following position coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at

Unrestricted free agent cornerback William Gay (Pittsburgh Steelers), who was cut by the Steelers in March, reportedly will visit the New York Giants on Thursday. The 33-year old, 5’10”, 187-pound Gay was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Steelers. Gay has played in every regular-season game in 10 seasons with the Steelers (2007-2011, 2013-2017) and one with the Arizona Cardinals (2012) with 101 starts. Despite all of that playing time, Gay has just 13 career interceptions. Gay is a savvy veteran who can play the slot corner position but who also is clearly in the final stages of a solid career. He lacks speed and saw his playing time markedly decline in 2017. Good locker room presence.

New York Giants unrestricted free agent safety Nat Berhe is visiting with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Berhe had his fourth nondescript season for the Giants in 2017, playing in 15 games with no starts and accruing just 12 tackles and one sack.

Berhe was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. Since then, he has proven to be an injury-prone player, missing all of 2015 with a blood clot in his leg, over half the season in 2016 with two concussions, and one game in 2017 with a hamstring injury. In all, Berhe has played in 38 games with two starts in four seasons, accruing only 47 tackles and one pass defense.


Feb 152018
Pat Shurmur, New York Giants (January 26, 2018)

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New York Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur officially announced his coaching staff today via press release. Most of the names had already been previously unofficially reported by the press. They include:

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach: Mike Shula
  • Running Backs Coach: Craig Johnson
  • Wide Receivers Coach: Tyke Tolbert
  • Tight Ends Coach: Lunda Wells
  • Offensive Line Coach: Hal Hunter
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach: Ben Wilkerson
  • Offensive Assistant: Ryan Roeder
  • Defensive Coordinator: James Bettcher
  • Defensive Line Coach: Gary Emanuel
  • Linebackers Coach: Bill McGovern
  • Assistant Linebackers Coach: Rob Leonard
  • Defensive Backs Coach: Lou Anarumo
  • Assistant Defensive Backs Coach: Deshea Townsend
  • Defensive Assistant: Bobby Blick
  • Special Teams Coordinator: Thomas McGaughey
  • Assistant Special Teams Coach: Anthony Blevins
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Aaron Wellman
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: Markus Paul
  • Performance Manager: Joe Danos
  • Director of Performance Nutrition: Pratik Patel

The bios for these coaches are available in the Coaching Staff section of the website.

“We’re thrilled to announce our coaches,” Shurmur said. “They’re all excellent people, career coaches, guys who have had success in the profession developing players. We’re excited to have them here at the New York Giants. Some of the coaches I have a history with, some were on previous staffs here, and other coaches are guys I’ve known through the profession. I took a good look at some of the coaches that were here, and we certainly wanted to make sure that some of the really fine coaches that were in the building a year ago had an opportunity to stay.

“I’ve been through this and when you’re a new coach, the process of putting together your initial staff is time-consuming. There are many, many excellent coaches out there, but you want to try to bring in the right guys that fit.”

In the team’s press release, the Giants stated that Shurmur will call the plays while Shula will play a primary role in devising game plans as well as working with the quarterbacks.

“I’ve known Mike a very long time,” Shurmur said. “He’s done an outstanding job developing and working with quarterbacks. He was the offensive coordinator of a team that was recently playing in the Super Bowl. They’ve done an excellent job on offense in Carolina. We share a vision in terms of what we want to do offensively. We’re excited that he’ll be with us. He’ll be the offensive coordinator and also work with the quarterbacks. He’ll assume all the roles that any offensive coordinator would have, and he’d obviously be in position to call it, if need be.”

Other comments from Shurmur:

  • On Hal Hunter: “(With) Hunter, there’s a little bit of a scheme fit. He’s done a good job coaching the offensive line wherever he’s been.”
  • On James Bettcher: “James coaches a defense that’s hard to score against. He had great success in Arizona, and we’re certainly glad to have him here.”
  • On Thomas McGaughey: “I knew Thomas in the profession, and after having a chance to visit with him, I knew it would be a perfect fit here. He’s an outstanding coach. He coached top 10 units in special teams.”


Jan 252018
Gary Emanuel, Indianapolis Colts (January 11, 2015)

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Although not officially announced, media sources are reporting that the New York Giants have retained Bill McGovern as linebackers coach and hired Gary Emanuel as defensive line coach, Lou Anarumo as defensive backs coach, and Anthony Blevins as assistant special teams coach.

The 55-year old McGovern joined the Giants in 2016.

  • 2016-Present: Linebackers Coach, New York Giants
  • 2013-2015: Outside Linebackers Coach, Philadelphia Eagles
  • 2009-2012: Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach, Boston College
  • 2000-2008: Linebackers Coach, Boston College
  • 1997-1999: Defensive Backs Coach, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1994-1996: Defensive Backs Coach, Boston College
  • 1992-1993: Defensive Coordinator, University of Massachusetts
  • 1991-1992: Defensive Backs/Kickers Coach, College of the Holy Cross
  • 1987-1990: Defensive Backs Coach, University of Massachusetts
  • 1986-1987: Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, College of the Holy Cross
  • 1985: Freshmen Coach, University of Pennsylvania
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Defensive Back, College of the Holy Cross (1981-1984)
  • Born December 31, 1962

The 59-year old Emanuel has served as the defensive line coach of the Indianapolis Colts since 2012.

  • 2018-Present: Defensive Line Coach, New York Giants
  • 2012-2017: Defensive Line Coach, Indianapolis Colts
  • 2011: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Purdue University
  • 2010: Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach, Purdue University
  • 2008-2009:  Defensive Line Coach, Rutgers University
  • 2007: Defensive Line Coach San Jose State University
  • 2005-2006: Defensive Line Coach, San Francisco 49ers
  • 2003-2004: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Ends Coach, Purdue University
  • 2000-2002: Defensive Ends Coach, Purdue University
  • 1997-1999: Defensive Tackles Coach, Purdue University
  • 1994-1996: Defensive Line Coach, Washington State University
  • 1991-1993: Defensive Line Coach, Syracuse University
  • 1988-1991: Defensive Line Coach, Dartmouth College
  • 1986-1988: Outside Linebackers Coach, University of Massachusetts
  • 1985-1986: Defensive Line Coach, West Chester University
  • 1982-1984: Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach, Plymouth State University
  • 1981: Assistant Offensive Line Coach, Plymouth State University
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: Offensive Guard, Westchester Community College (1976-1978)
  • Born October 30, 1958

The 51-year old Anarumo last served as defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2017. He also served as interim defensive coordinator for the Dolphins in 2015.

  • 2018-Present: Defensive Backs Coach, New York Giants
  • 2015: Interim Defensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins
  • 2012-2017: Defensive Backs Coach, Miami Dolphins
  • 2004-2011: Defensive Backs Coach, Purdue University
  • 2001-2003: Defensive Backs Coach, Marshall University
  • 1995-2000: Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Backs Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Harvard University
  • 1992-1994: Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • 1990-1991: Graduate Assistant/Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Syracuse University
  • 1990: Part-Time Running Backs Coach, Wagner College
  • 1989-1990: Part-Time Running Backs Coach, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
  • Pro Experience: None
  • Collegiate Experience: None
  • Born August 18, 1966

Blevins will work under new Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey. Blevins served as an assistant special teams coach for the Arizona Cardinals for the past five seasons.

  • 2018-Present: Assistant Special Teams Coach, New York Giants
  • 2013-2017: Coaching Assistant/Special Teams, Arizona Cardinals
  • 2012: Cornerbacks Coach, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 2009-2011: Special Teams Coach/Cornerbacks Coach, Tennessee State University
  • 2008: Cornerbacks Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, University of Tennessee-Martin
  • 2005-2007: Graduate Assistant, Mississippi State University
  • 2003-2004: Secondary Coach Meadowcreek High School (Georgia)
  • Pro Experience: Defensive Back, Mobile Admirals (1999), Birmingham Steeldogs (2000), Birmingham Thunderbolts (2000-2001)
  • Collegiate Experience: Cornerback, University of Alabama at Birmingham (1995-1998)