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Orleans Darkwa, New York Giants (October 3, 2016)

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REPORT – NEW YORK GIANTS WILL NOT TENDER ORLEANS DARKWA…
ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants will not tender restricted free agent running back Orleans Darkwa, effectively making him an unrestricted free agent. Darkwa could re-sign with the Giants but the team was not willing to pay the required $1.797 million for an original-round one-year tender.

Darkwa was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2016 with a lower leg injury. Darkwa played in 10 games with two starts for the Giants in 2016. He carries the ball 30 times for 111 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 12 yards.

Darkwa was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft. He played in four games in September before being waived in October and signed to the team’s Practice Squad. The Giants signed him off of Miami’s Practice Squad in November 2014.

The only other potential restricted free agent on the team is defensive end Kerry Wynn, who has not been tendered yet. For a complete listing of Giants free agents, see the 2017 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

REPORT – NEW YORK GIANTS INTERESTED IN TERRELLE PRYOR…
Cleveland.com is reporting that the New York Giants are one of several teams to have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (Cleveland Browns). The Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, and Philadelphia Eagles are also said to be interested. Teams are not allowed to begin talking to players from other teams until noon on Tuesday.

The 27-year old Pryor is a converted quarterback who had a breakout season in 2016 with 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. Before 2016, he only had two career receptions. Pryor was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft by the Oakland Raiders. He has spent time with the Raiders (2011-2013), Seattle Seahawks (2014), Kansas City Chiefs (2015), Cincinnati Bengals (2015), and Browns (2015-2016). Pryor has excellent size (6’4”, 223 pounds) and is a good athlete with fine hands.

Oct 142015
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (October 11, 2015)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY UPDATE…
Although the New York Giants did not practice on Wednesday, Head Coach Tom Coughlin addressed the Philadelphia media by conference call. The full transcript is available in The Corner Forum. Coughlin provided the following injury updates:

  • WR Odell Beckham (hamstring): “Well, it’s day to day. The trainers seem to think he’s making good progress. He wouldn’t practice today, no, but hopefully we’ll get some work in before the end of the week.”
  • WR Victor Cruz (calf): “He’s rehabbing, working indoors primarily, working with the trainers, he’s in every meeting. However, he has not been cleared to be on the field.”

Coughlin was not asked about WR Rueben Randle (hamstring), LG Justin Pugh (ankle), LB Jon Beason (concussion), or any other player who was inactive last week.

NJ.com is reporting that while an MRI showed no serious tears in Beckham’s hamstring, he has been experiencing some swelling in the muscle.

DANIEL FELLS UPDATE…
ESPN is confirming previous reports that tight end Daniel Fells has undergone five surgical procedures, with more scheduled, in an effort to stop the life-threatening MRSA infection that began in his foot. ESPN reports that the procedures were to scrape the infection out of the bone, which has resulted in some bone loss. Apparently the infection also spread to the tibia in his leg, and as recently as Sunday, there was concern that his foot may have to be amputated. That no longer appears to be case as Fells is now responding to antibiotics and is improving. As others have already reported, ESPN is stating that Fells’ playing days are likely over.

ELI MANNING NAMED “NFC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK”…
Quarterback Eli Manning has been named the “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” for his performance against the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday night. In the game, Manning completed 41-of-54 passes (both career highs) for 441 yards (third highest total of his career), 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception for a QB rating of 110.2. Manning also completed 15 consecutive passes spanning the third and fourth quarters and led the Giants to the 27th fourth-quarter regular-season comeback of his career. This is Manning’s third “NFC Offensive Player of the Week” award of his career, the others being against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2006 and 2011.

ELI MANNING CONFERENCE CALL WITH PHILADELPHIA MEDIA…
The transcript of quarterback Eli Manning’s conference call with the Philadelphia media on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum.

WORKOUT WEDNESDAY…
Among those who worked out for the New York Giants on Wednesday included wide receivers Terrelle Pryor, T.J. Graham, and A.J. Jenkins. Pryor worked out with the Giants in October 2014 as a quarterback.

PRINCE AMUKAMARA ON WFAN…
Audio of Tuesday’s WFAN Radio interview with cornerback Prince Amukamara is available at CBS New York’s website.

GIANTS-49ERS: SIGHTS AND SOUNDS…
A sights and sounds video from the Giants’ 30-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers is now available at Giants.com.

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WHAT’S UP NEXT…
The players return to practice on Thursday to start preparing for Monday’s game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.