Feb 222019
 
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Lou Anarumo, New York Giants (September 16, 2018)

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BENGALS HIRE LOU ANARUMO…
The Cincinnati Bengals have hired New York Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo to be their new defensive coordinator. Anarumo joined the Giants staff last year after serving as the defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2017.

Earlier this offseason, the Giants lost Assistant Defensive Backs Coach Deshea Townsend, who was hired away by the Chicago Bears as their new defensive backs coach. The Giants hired Rutgers defensive backs coach Henry Baker to replace him.

GIANTS AWARDED 5TH-ROUND COMPENSATORY PICK…
The New York Giants have been awarded a 5th-round compensatory pick in the 2019 NFL Draft due to their free agency losses from last offseason. The Giants now have a total of 10 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, including:

  • One 1st rounder (#6 overall)
  • One 2nd rounder
  • Two 4th rounders
  • Three 5th rounders
  • One 6th rounder
  • Two 7th rounders

The Giants used their 3rd-round pick on 2018 Supplemental Draft cornerback Sam Beal, who spent the year on Injured Reserve. The Giants also traded away their own 7th-round pick for punter Riley Dixon.

The Giants acquired an extra 4th round (cornerback Eli Apple), 5th round (nose tackle Damon Harrison), and 7th round (center Brett Jones) picks by trading players away last year. They also received an extra 7th-round pick as part of the trade for linebacker Alec Ogletree.

Compensatory picks are awarded to teams that have lost more qualifying free agents than they gained the previous year in free agency. The placement of the picks is determined by a proprietary formula based on the player’s salary, playing time, and postseason honors with his new team, with salary being the primary factor.

The qualifying free agents for this years formula included four signed by the Giants (left tackle Nate Solder, safety Michael Thomas, wide receiver Cody Latimer, and linebacker Kareem Martin). The Giants lost six free agents (offensive guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg, guard D.J. Fluker, linebacker Devon Kennard, cornerback Ross Cockrell, and quarterback Geno Smith).

Feb 192019
 
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Scott Simonson, New York Giants (December 23, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS RE-SIGN SCOTT SIMONSON…
The New York Giants have officially re-signed tight end Scott Simonson, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 13. NJ.com is reporting that the contract is a 1-year deal.

Simonson had his best season in 2018 after being signed by the Giants in June 2018. Simonson played in all 16 games with four starts, finishing with nine catches for 86 yards and one touchdown. The 6’5”, 255-pound Simonson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Oakland Raiders after the 2014 NFL Draft. The Raiders waived him in June 2015 and he was then signed by the Carolina Panthers. He spent all of 2017 on Injured Reserve with a back injury. Simonson has played in 34 regular-season games with five starts. He had one catch in his NFL career before 2018.

BENGALS INTERVIEW LOU ANARUMO FOR DC POSITION…
NFL.com is reporting that New York Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo will interview with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday for their defensive coordinator vacancy. Anarumo is supposedly the front runner for the position. Anarumo joined the Giants staff last year after serving as the defensive backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2012 to 2017.

Dec 142018
 
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Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants (October 22, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Odell Beckham (quad) did not practice on Friday. He has been ruled out of the game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

“He just can’t go,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur about Beckham. “No setbacks, just can’t go…I think it’s a day-to-day thing.”

Left tackle Nate Solder (abdomen) practiced on a limited basis, but he is expected to play on Sunday.

Tight end Rhett Ellison (ankle) and safety Curtis Riley (wrist) fully practiced. Both are expected to play.

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 Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Nov 102018
 
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Patrick Omameh, New York Giants (October 7, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS CUT PATRICK OMAMEH…
The New York Giants have waived offensive guard Patrick Omameh, who was signed by the team in free agency to a 3-year, $15 million contract. Omameh started the first six regular season games at right guard for the Giants before being benched. Cutting Omameh is expected to cost about $3 million in dead money against the 2019 salary cap.

“It’s always hard when you release a veteran, especially a guy like Pat,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “Probably one of my favorite people that I’ve met doing this. Sometimes, it’s about the player. Sometimes, it’s about the situation, the numbers, and all that, but we wish Pat well… Pat came in and to his credit, he’s been a good soldier. We moved him around. We brought him in. We were going to play him at left guard. We signed him before we knew we were going to draft Will (Hernandez), so he moved over to right guard. He battled for us. You just make changes, and that’s just the way it goes. We’re constantly looking to try to get the right combination of guys.”

The 6’4”, 327-pound Omameh was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2013 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the 49ers (2013), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-2014), Chicago Bears (2015), and Jaguars (2016-2017).

To fill Omameh’s roster spot, the Giants signed wide receiver/returner Quadree Henderson from the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants had cut Henderson from the 53-man roster on Tuesday.

The 5’8”, 192-pound Henderson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2018 NFL Draft. The Steelers waived him before the season started. The Giants signed Henderson to the Practice Squad and then the 53-man roster in October 2018.

NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Jawill Davis (concussion), offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (ankle), and linebacker Alec Ogletree (hamstring) fully practiced on Saturday. All three are expected to be available to play on Monday against the San Francisco 49ers.

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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the Giants on Sunday. The team plays the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night.

Sep 212018
 
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Eli Apple, New York Giants (May 21, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT – ELI APPLE AND OLIVIER VERNON OUT…
Not practicing on Friday due to injury were linebacker Olivier Vernon (high ankle sprain) and cornerback Eli Apple (groin). Both have officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Tight end Evan Engram (ankle), wide receiver Kaelin Clay (ankle), and linebacker Connor Barwin (knee) fully practiced. All three are expected to play on Sunday.

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:

ARTICLES…

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

Jul 302018
 
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Robert Thomas and Will Hernandez, New York Giants (July 26, 2018)

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JULY 30, 2018 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fifth full-team summer training camp practice on Monday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The complete training camp schedule is available at Giants.com.

INJURY REPORT…
Not practicing on Monday were cornerback Donte Deayon (hamstring), running back Jonathan Stewart (unknown), defensive lineman R.J. McIntosh (unknown – Active/Non-Football Illness list) and tight end Garrett Dickerson (hamstring).

Safety Curtis Riley and linebacker Avery Moss left practice early with an unknown leg injuries.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • There was a heavy focus on the running game today at practice.
  • In 11-on-11 drills, linebacker B.J. Goodson clobbered running back Wayne Gallman in the backfield.
  • Running back Jalen Simmons ran over linebacker Calvin Munson.
  • Tempers flared after linebacker Olivier Vernon hit running back Wayne Gallman hard after he caught a swing pass and Gallman threw the ball at Vernon.
  • Cornerback Kenneth Durden made a couple of plays, including a diving interception in the end zone.
  • Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. made a touch catch on the run in traffic and scored in red-zone drills.
  • Quarterback Eli Manning found wide receiver Sterling Shepard for a touchdown in the red zone. Manning completed a lot of short, high-percentage passes today.
  • Returning punts were wide receivers Kalif Raymond, Hunter Sharp, Sterling Shepard, and Odell Beckham, Jr.
  • Tight end Jerell Adams beat linebacker Romeo Okwara down the seam for a catch.
  • Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo made a nice catch over cornerback Grant Haley.
  • Linebackers B.J. Goodson and Ray-Ray Armstrong were very active. Goodson came free on a blitz for a “sack.”
  • Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. beat cornerback Eli Apple one-on-one along the sideline and turned upfield for a long touchdown. Overall, Apple had a solid day in most 1-on-1 situations however.
  • Jordan Williams had back-to-back sacks.
  • Wide receiver Travis Rudolph caught a pair of touchdowns.
  • A scuffle broke out between offensive lineman Jarron Jones and defensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli.
  • Wide receiver Kalif Raymond was the first one to return kickoffs at practice.
  • Linebacker Olivier Vernon and left tackle Nate Solder practiced one-on-one after practice was over.

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:

Audio clips of ESPN Radio interviews with the following players are available at ESPN.com:

ARTICLES…

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

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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:

WILLIAM GAY VISITS THE GIANTS…
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.

NAT BERHE VISITS PITTSBURGH STEELERS…
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.

ARTICLES…

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

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NEW YORK GIANTS COACHING STAFF OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED…
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.”

ARTICLES…

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

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REPORTS – FOUR MORE NEW YORK GIANTS ASSISTANT COACHES REVEALED…
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)