Aug 022019
 
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James Bettcher, New York Giants (June 5, 2019)

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AUGUST 2, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their eighth full-team summer training camp practice on Friday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The complete public training camp schedule is available at Giants.com.

INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Darius Slayton (hamstring), wide receiver Brittan Golden (groin), offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei (concussion), offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (unknown), defensive end Alex Jenkins (unknown), linebacker B.J. Goodson (hamstring), linebacker Markus Golden (load management), linebacker Oshane Ximines (unkown), linebacker Mark McLaurin (foot), cornerback Grant Haley (shoulder), cornerback Sam Beal (hamstring), and cornerback Henre’ Toliver (ankle) did not practice on Friday.

“(Haley) dove for a ball yesterday and fell on his shoulder,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “He’s going to be fine.”

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (thumb) practiced on a limited basis.

TRAINING CAMP OBSERVATIONS FROM GIDIEFOR…
It was a very warm day today. Temperatures hovered around ninety degrees. The air was dry, but the sky was overcast with dark clouds on the horizon. There was no lightening siren today, however. The entire team was out there in position groups with their coaches doing drills as we waited to get on the field. The four quarterbacks in their red shirts were to the right practicing in unison different combinations with drop backs, stepping up in the pocket then releasing passes to different sides, and tossing. The offensive tackles were one at a time taking their pre-snap position, taking their first steps after the snap, then punching pads their coach was holding, left tackles stepping and punching to the left, right tackles to the right. The offensive guards were crouching and springing forward hitting the man in front of them. The defensive players were far to the right field and I couldn’t see clearly what they were doing.

We were let onto the practice area and escorted to the far right field. The format was similar to Tuesday in that first the whole team stretched, then there were position drills, then began 4 practice sets of 11-on-11’s interspersed with special teams, installs, and position drills and then the finish was a 7-on-7 period. Each set consisted of 4 plays for each of the first, second and third teams.

I hung out where the defensive backs were practicing today. The defensive back corps have one thing in common, they all appear to have very good hands. They did a drill today where they were spotting a receiver and incoming pass and flying in and up to intercept the pass right before the receiver’s out-stretched hands. They also did a tipped ball drill. They were things of beauty to watch as each of them flew in and up and sucked in the ball, except for Jake Carlock who didn’t look graceful at this at all. They switched with the linebackers and they aren’t as smooth as the DBs but each of them sucked in the ball.

None of the cornerbacks is taller than 6’ but Corey Ballentine and Antonio Hamilton are the tallest of the lot and have the most imposing physiques of the CBs. To my eyes, Ballentine has been more of a presence than the other two rookies Deandre Baker and Julian Love who both made plays today, and also gave up as many plays as they made. Jabrill Peppers is the most solidly built of the safeties, and Sean Chandler is the guy who stands out in that group on the field when at play. Even so, I have to keep reminding myself that this is still the second week of training camp, and that the actual play out there is not with real hitting yet. The first real hitting will come when they play their first preseason game with the Jets, so I am discounting all performances until the hitting really starts.

Notes:

  • TE C.J. Conrad, even with the disclaimer above, stood out to me today. He stood out with his blocking, and he made a spectacular sideline grab that was called out-of-bounds by the referee across the field. I was looking down the line as he came down with the grab and it looked like a good catch to me, albeit close to the line.
  • WR Bennie Fowler made another outstanding catch today.
  • I keep rooting for WR Alonzo Russell. He is a big man. The biggest of the WRs. He made a clunker out of the first ball that came to him today, but after that he caught two that were pretty solid.
  • RB Saquon Barkley made another outstanding physical run right up the middle on the first play of the first set which got a roar out of the crowd.
  • TE Rhett Ellison made a really good play out of an QB Eli Manning pass for a touchdown during the two-minute drill.
  • TE Evan Engram made a nice grab in the first set of plays.
  • WR Reggie White, Jr. looked awful on a ball that thrown to him.
  • Linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin stood out to me today – they were both very active and disruptive out there.
  • S Sean Chandler made a number of plays out there including a big hit on RB Jonathan Hilliman.
  • WR Amba Etta-Tawo made a nice grab.
  • CB Deandre Baker stuck to Russell and batted the first ball thrown at him away.
  • LB Kareem Martin is an animal on special teams – they were doing box out drills and he has an unfair advantage size wise on most of the other special teamers.
  • FB Eli Penny made an outstanding block on a running play. It looked real and it had impact.
  • WR Sterling Shepard made another one-handed grab today and he is looking fast out there.
  • WR Golden Tate also made a tough catch up the middle.
  • WR Cody Latimer had a bad day missing on a big play.

MEDIA PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Brian Mihalik and Victor Salako were the second-team offensive tackles on Friday.
  • RB Saquon Barkley burst through the line on the first play of the 11-on-11 drills.
  • Initially, the starting inside linebackers were Alec Ogletree and Ryan Connelly. Then Tae Davis subbed for Ogletree.
  • Julian Love practiced with the first team at nickel corner and second team at safety.
  • Chad Slade received reps at right tackle with the first, second, and third teams.
  • QB Eli Manning threw a touchdown pass to TE Rhett Ellison from about 15 yards out.
  • CB/S Julian Love knocked down a QB Daniel Jones deep pass into the end zone.
  • QB Kyle Lauletta threw a long touchdown pass to WR Reggie White, Jr.
  • LB Jake Carlock had a nice edge rush during 11-on-11 drills and may have “sacked” the quarterback.
  • CB Janoris Jenkins knocked away an inside pass from QB Eli Manning.
  • QB Kyle Lauletta threw two more touchdown passes, this time to TE C.J. Conrad and TE Scott Simonson.
  • TE C.J. Conrad received some first-team reps.
  • Most of the passing game was short- to intermediate-level. QB Eli Manning was 10-of-12; QB Daniel Jones was 6-of-11.
  • TE Evan Engram was active catching the football.

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 052019
 
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C.J. Conrad, New York Giants (June 5, 2019)

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JUNE 5, 2019 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.

INJURY REPORT AND ABSENTEES…
Quarterback/tight end Eric Dungey (back), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (wrist), wide receiver Brittan Golden (unknown), wide receiver Alex Wesley (unknown), tight end Evan Engram (“soreness”), left tackle Nate Solder (recovering from ankle surgery), right tackle Mike Remmers (recovering from back surgery), defensive lineman Olsen Pierre (unknown), linebacker Avery Moss (unknown), cornerback Sam Beal (personal matter), safety Jabrill Peppers (tooth extraction), safety Sean Chandler (unknown), and safety Jake Carlock (unknown) did not practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • The Giants continue to alternate first-team centers. Today was Spencer Pulley, a day after Jon Halapio was with the first unit.
  • Markus Golden and Lorenzo Carter were the first-team outside linebackers. Linebacker Oshane Ximines also saw some first-team reps and did a nice job in underneath coverage on one play against wide receiver Golden Tate.
  • The starting corners were once again Janoris Jenkins and Deandre Baker, with Grant Haley playing slot corner.
  • Kamrin Moore was the first-team strong safety with Antoine Bethea at free safety.
  • Cornerback Corey Ballentine saw reps with the second-team defense.
  • At one point, quarterback Eli Manning was 10-for-10 in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, but cooled off some after that. He started off the day with a nice deep post pass to wide receiver Corey Coleman.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, quarterback Eli Manning found tight end Rhett Ellison deep against safety Kamrin Moore.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning threw touchdowns to wide receiver Golden Tate, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, and tight end Rhett Ellison in red-zone drills.
  • Tight end C.J. Conrad stood out in red-zone drills with a pair of touchdown receptions from quarterback Daniel Jones. Conrad also made a one-handed catch near the sidelines.
  • Quarterbacks Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta also threw touchdowns in red-zone drills.
  • Cornerback Grant Haley “sacked” quarterback Eli Manning.
  • Quarterback Daniel Jones threw a perfect deep pass to wide receiver Darius Slayton despite blanket coverage by cornerback Tony Lippett. Jones followed that up with a nice “dart” to tight end Scott Simonson. Jones also hit wide receiver Bennie Fowler deep down the left sideline.
  • Wide receiver Darius Slayton had a strong day and has been getting separation on deep routes. He caught a touchdown pass on a fade route
  • Safety Michael Thomas was active and stripped wide receiver Reggie White, Jr. of the ball after a reception.

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:

ARTICLES…

May 082019
 
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Rod Smith, Dallas Cowboys (December 30, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGN RB ROD SMITH…
The New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent running back Rod Smith (Dallas Cowboys). The 27-year old, 6’3”, 235-pound Smith was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Seattle Seahawks after the 2015 NFL Draft. He was released by Seattle in October 2015. The Cowboys claimed him off of waivers and he played with the Cowboys until the end of the 2018 season. Smith has played in 49 regular-season games with two starts, carrying the ball 101 times for 364 yards and five touchdowns. He also has caught 30 passes for 272 yards and one touchdown.

NEW YORK GIANTS ASSISTANT COACH MEDIA SESSIONS…
Transcripts and video clips of Wednesday’s media sessions with the following position coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

ARTICLES…

Jan 152019
 
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Avery Moss, New York Giants (October 15, 2017)

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GIANTS RE-SIGN AVERY MOSS, ADD OFFENSIVE LINEMAN…
The New York Giants have signed linebacker Avery Moss and offensive guard Chad Slade to reserve/futures contracts.

Moss, who was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Giants, spent the entire 2018 season on the team’s Practice Squad. As a rookie in 2017, Moss played in 11 games with two starts. He finished with 14 tackles, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble.

The 26-year old, 6’5”, 315-pound Slade was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Houston Texans after the 2015 NFL Draft. Slade spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve and the 2016 and 2018 seasons on the Practice Squad of the Texans. In 2017, Slade played in five games with three starts (two at right guard and one at tight end).

For a listing of other players signed to reserve/futures contracts by the Giants, see the New York Giants 2019 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

OLIVIER VERNON TO PLAY IN PRO BOWL…
New York Giants linebacker Olivier Vernon will play in the Pro Bowl as a replacement for Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack, who will not play due to an injury. Vernon was elected as a first alternate to the Pro Bowl last month. This is the first time Vernon will play in the NFL’s all-star game, joining teammates running back Saquon Barkley and place kicker Aldrick Rosas. Safety Landon Collins was also elected to play, but he will not do so as he is recovering from shoulder surgery.

Vernon missed the first five games of the 2018 season with a high ankle sprain. He started the remaining 11 games, finishing with seven sacks, 30 tackles, one pass defense, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

ARTICLES…

Dec 272018
 
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Mike Shula, New York Giants (September 30, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Not practicing on Thursday were wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (quad), wide receiver Russell Shepard (ankle), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), defensive end Mario Edwards (calf), and linebacker Alec Ogletree (concussion).

Linebacker B.J. Goodson (foot) was limited in practice.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (hip), center Spencer Pulley (calf), and defensive end Kerry Wynn (thumb) fully practiced.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have placed tight end Hakeem Valles, who was on the team’s Practice Squad, on Injured Reserve with an undisclosed injury. The 26-year old, 6’3”, 250-pound Valles was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Detroit Lions in 2017-2018. Valles has played in 15 regular-season games with one start, and has caught two passes for 11 yards.

The Giants have also re-signed left-footed punter Brock Miller to the Practice Squad. Miller went undrafted in 2014. The San Francisco 49ers signed him in January 2017 but cut him after the 2017 NFL Draft. Miller spent some time with the Jacksonville Jaguars before the 2017 AFC Championship Game, but he did not play. Miller also spent a few days on the Giants’ Practice  Squad earlier this month.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dec 202018
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (October 11, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Not practicing on Thursday were wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (quad), wide receiver Russell Shepard (ankle), center Spencer Pulley (calf), and linebacker Alec Ogletree (concussion).

Defensive end Kerry Wynn (thumb) practiced on a limited basis.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Dec 132018
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (November 12, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Odell Beckham (quad) did not practice on Thursday. Tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. Safety Curtis Riley (wrist) fully practiced.

Beckham underwent further medical evaluation on his quad injury on Thursday. “We just went in, got it scanned just to see everything and it’s doing much better than it was,” said Beckham. “Just taking it a day at a time, that’s really it…I just kind of played through it and then it’s just aggravated, so we just went in, took some looks, get some tests, want to see exactly what was going on.”

When asked if his injury was a contusion, Beckham responded, “I don’t know. It’s like saying I broke my leg, well you really fractured it. It’s just choice of words, whatever you want to call it. Shit ain’t right.”

Beckham said he is not sure if he will play on Sunday. “I honestly don’t know until Sunday gets here,” said Beckham.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Dec 062018
 
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James Bettcher, New York Giants (September 30, 2018)

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LANDON COLLINS PLACED ON IR…
The New York Giants have placed safety Landon Collins on Injured Reserve with shoulder injury that will require season-ending surgery. To fill the roster vacancy, the Giants signed safety Kenny Ladler from the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants also signed punter Brock Miller to the Practice Squad.

The Giants signed Ladler to the Practice Squad in November 2018. The 6’1”, 200-pound Ladler was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Buffalo Bills after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Bills (2014-2015), Edmonton Eskimos (2016-2017), and Washington Redskins (2018). Ladler has played in seven regular-season NFL games with no starts. Five of those games came with the Redskins in 2018. The Redskins waived him in November.

Miller went undrafted in 2014. While he has worked out for a number of teams since then, he went unsigned until the San Francisco 49ers signed him in 2017. But they cut him after the 2017 NFL Draft. Miller spent some time with the Jacksonville Jaguars before last year’s AFC Championship Game, but he did not play.

NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
With safety Landon Collins (shoulder) being placed on Injured Reserve, the only player on the 53-man roster who did not practice on Thursday was linebacker Tae Davis (ankle).

Linebacker B.J. Goodson (neck/foot) practiced on a limited basis.

Tight end Evan Engram (hamstring), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (rib), and linebacker Lorenzo Carter (hip) fully practiced.

Running back Jonathan Stewart’s three-week practice period has expired, meaning he will remain on Injured Reserve for the remainder of the season. Stewart was placed on IR in September with a foot injury. He was designated for return last month, which opened a three-week window in which the Giants had to make the decision of whether or not to place him on the active roster.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Nov 292018
 
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B.J. Hill and Landon Collins, New York Giants (November 25, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Tight end Evan Engram (hamstring) and linebacker Lorenzo Carter (hip) did not practice on Thursday.

Defensive end Kerry Wynn (concussion), linebacker B.J. Goodson (neck), linebacker Tae Davis (ankle), cornerback Grant Haley (hamstring), and safety Curtis Riley (shoulder) were limited in practice.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The Giants practice again on Friday in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Nov 232018
 
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Kerry Wynn, New York Giants (September 23, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Defensive end Kerry Wynn (concussion) was the only player to not practice on Friday. He has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

PRACTICE SQUAD MOVES…
The New York Giants have signed place kicker Marshall Koehn to the Practice Squad and terminated the Practice Squad contract of tight end Garrett Dickerson.

“No (nothing wrong with Aldrick Rosas), this time of year and you’ll see as we go through the season, we’re just kicking tires on guys,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “Obviously he competed well for us during camp and we brought him back in midseason, you just never know when you might need a guy, and kicker’s the same as any other position.”

Koehn was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2016 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Dolphins (2016), Minnesota Vikings (2017), and Cincinnati Bengals (2017). The Giants signed Koehn to a reserve/futures contract in January 2018, but waived him before the season started. He’s played in only one regular-season game with no field goal attempts.

The Giants signed undrafted rookie free agent Garrett Dickerson in June 2018. He began the season on the team’s Practice Squad, was added to the 53-man roster, and then re-signed to the Practice Squad.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday. The team plays the Eagles on Sunday in Philadelphia.