Jan 122020
 
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Patrick Graham, Green Bay Packers (June 4, 2018)

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GIANTS REQUEST INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK GRAHAM FOR DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR…
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have requested permission to interview Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Patrick Graham for the same position with the Giants. The NFL Network is also reporting that the permission is expected to be granted.

The 40-year old Graham served with new Head Coach Joe Judge on the New England Patriots staff from 2012 to 2015 until he joined former Head Coach Ben McAdoo’s staff with the Giants in 2016-2017. Graham’s first year as a defensive coordinator was 2019, when the undermanned Miami defense finished 30th in the NFL in yards allowed and 32nd in points allowed.

Before becoming Miami’s defensive coordinator, Graham was the defensive run game coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the Green Bay Packers (2018), defensive line coach for the New York Giants (2016-2017), linebackers coach for the New England Patriots (2011, 2014-2015), defensive line coach for the New England Patriots (2012-2013), defensive assistant for the New England Patriots (2010), coaching assistant for New England Patriots (2009), defensive line coach for the University of Toledo (2009), graduate assistant for the University of Notre Dame (2007-2008), tight ends coach for University of Richmond (2005-2006), defensive line coach for the University of Richmond (2004), and a graduate assistant for Wagner College (2002-2003).

REPORT – JOE JUDGE TO RETAIN TYKE TOLBERT AS WIDE RECEIVERS COACH…
The NFL Network is reporting that new Head Coach Joe Judge has decided to retain Tyke Tolbert as the team’s wide receiver coach. If earlier reports are also accurate, Tolbert is the second coach from former Head Coach Pat Shurmur’s staff to be retained, joining Special Teams Coordinator Thomas McGaughey.

The 52-year old Tolbert has served as New York’s wide receivers coach since 2018. Before that, he served in the same position with the Denver Broncos (2011-2017), Carolina Panthers (2010), Buffalo Bills (2004-2009), and Arizona Cardinals (2003). His college experience included tight ends coach at the University of Florida (2002), wide receivers coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1999-2001), tight ends coach at Auburn University (1998), tight ends coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe (1995-1997), wide receivers coach at Ohio University (1995), and a graduate assistant with the University of Louisiana Monroe (1994).

Dec 072019
 
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Jabrill Peppers, New York Giants (September 29, 2019)

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JABRILL PEPPERS TO IR, KAREEM MARTIN TO 53-MAN ROSTER…
The New York Giants have placed safety Jabrill Peppers (back) and linebacker Chris Peace (knee) on Injured Reserve, effectively ending their seasons. To fill those roster vacancies, the Giants activated linebacker Kareem Martin from Injured Reserve and signed safety Sean Chandler from the Practice Squad.

Peppers was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was traded to the Giants as part of the Odell Beckham deal to the Browns in March 2019. Before suffering a transverse process fracture in his back in the game against the Chicago Bears in late November, Peppers started 11 games and was credited with 76 tackles, five pass defenses, one interception that he returned for a touchdown, and three forced fumbles. He also returned one kickoff and four punts.

The Giants claimed Peace off of waivers from the Los Angeles Chargers in September 2019. He played in four games with the Giants before injuring his knee. The 6’2”, 250-pound Peace was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Giants placed Kareem Martin on Injured Reserve in September 2019 with a knee injury that he suffered in the regular-season opener. The Giants signed Martin as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2018. Though not a standout in 2018, Martin has his most productive season as a pro, playing in a 16 games with seven starts, and finishing with 48 tackles (twice as much as his previous high), 1.5 sacks, and 2 pass defenses. The 6’6”, 272-pound Martin was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Cardinals as a defensive end. The Cardinals moved him to linebacker after his rookie season.

Chandler was on the 53-man roster in September and October and spent most of November on the Practice Squad. The Giants originally signed Chandler as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. Chandler made the team and played in all 16 games with no starts. He finished 2018 with 18 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass defense. Before he was cut in early November, Chandler played in nine games with no starts, accruing just five tackles.

DECEMBER 7, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Quarterback Daniel Jones (ankle), tight end Evan Engram (foot), tight end Rhett Ellison (concussion), linebacker Chris Peace (knee), and safety Jabrill Peppers (back) did not practice on Saturday. All five players have been officially ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“(Engram) pushed it as far as he could, but it’s still sore so he can’t go,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur.

“It sucks,” said Engram. “I was really excited about this week. I felt really good at the beginning of the week, felt really good in my rehab prior to the week. As the week went by, I just wasn’t ready. I made some progress but I’m not ready.”

Cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion/non-contact) was limited in practice. Ballentine has also been officially ruled out of the game.

Wide receiver Golden Tate (concussion) and left tackle Nate Solder (ankle) fully practiced. Both are expected to play on Monday night.

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 Sunday. The Giants play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Monday night.

Oct 252019
 
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Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (September 22, 2019)

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OCTOBER 25, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Cornerback Corey Ballentine (concussion) did not practice on Friday and remains in the concussion protocol. He has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) practiced on a limited basis. Shepard remains in the concussion protocol, wearing a non-contact jersey. He also has been ruled out of the game.

“(Shepard) is (making progress),” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “He’s had a really good week. He’s in the (concussion) protocol. Unfortunately, it’s just an element of time.”

Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Cody Latimer (quad), and linebacker Lorenzo Carter (ankle) 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:

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday. The Giants play the Lions on Sunday in Detroit.

Sep 202019
 
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Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (September 15, 2019)

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
Wide receiver Cody Latimer (concussion) did not practice on Friday and has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Wide receiver Bennie Fowler (hamstring) practiced on a limited basis and is officially “questionable” for the game.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion), wide receiver Darius Slayton (hamstring), tight end Garrett Dickerson (quad), right guard Kevin Zeitler (shoulder), and cornerback Grant Haley (illness) fully practiced. All five are expected to play on Sunday.

“(Slayton) had a good week of practice,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “There’s a really good chance that he’ll be available.”

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…
Video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • WR T.J. Jones (Video)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (Video)

WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There is no media availability to the New York Giants on Saturday. They play an away game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Jul 282019
 
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Pat Shurmur, New York Giants (July 25, 2019)

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JULY 28, 2019 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their fourth full-team summer training camp practice on Sunday 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), wide receiver Alex Wesley (PUP List – unknown), offensive tackle George Asafo-Adjei (concussion), linebacker Mark McLaurin (broken foot), cornerback Sam Beal (hamstring/groin), and cornerback Henre’ Toliver (ankle) did not practice on Sunday.

“(Beal has) got a groin and a hamstring he’s just dealing with,” said Head Coach Pat Shurmur. “It’s nothing serious. We anticipate he’ll be back soon. Maybe not today, but soon.”

“(Slayton has) made really good progress the last couple of days,” said Shurmur. “He’ll be back soon.”

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (thumb) was limited to individual drills in practice, not catching any passes. Safety Jabrill Peppers (“workload management”) was also limited.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • In 1-on-1 drills, LB Oshane Ximines blew past LT Nate Solder; LB Markus Golden beat RT Mike Remmers to the inside. But overall, the offensive line did well in these drills.
  • RB Saquon Barkley bounced a red-zone run to the left side and scored.
  • RB Rod Smith easily scored up the middle on a red-zone rushing attempt.
  • WR Bennie Fowler caught two red-zone touchdowns from QB Daniel Jones.
  • TE Rhett Ellison caught a 5-yard touchdown from QB Eli Manning.
  • QB Kyle Lauletta rolled to his right and threw a touchdown pass to TE C.J. Conrad.
  • With S Jabrill Peppers not in pads, the first-team safeties were Antoine Bethea and Michael Thomas.
  • TE C.J. Conrad out-fought S Tenny Adewusi for a deep sideline pass from QB Alex Tanney.
  • WR Alonzo Russell and WR Cody Latimer were active catching the football.
  • QB Kyle Lauletta found WR Reggie White in the left corner of the end zone against CB Corey Ballentine.
  • LB Oshane Ximines knocked down a QB Daniel Jones pass at the line of scrimmage.
  • QB Alex Tanney hit WR Reggie White for a long touchdown down the left sideline.
  • S Jabrill Peppers, WR Cody Latimer, and CB Corey Ballentine were returning kickoffs; Peppers and WR Golden Tate were returning punts.
  • QB Eli Manning was 8-of-10 while QB Daniel Jones was 5-of-12.

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:

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…

Dec 072018
 
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Odell Beckham, New York Giants (September 23, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
All of the players on the 53-man practiced on Friday.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham (quad), linebacker B.J. Goodson (neck/foot), and linebacker Tae Davis (ankle) practiced on a limited basis. Beckham is expected to play against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, but Goodson and Davis are officially “questionable” for the game.

Tight end Evan Engram (hamstring), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (rib), and linebacker Lorenzo Carter (hip) fully practiced. All three players 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 access to the New York Giants on Saturday. The Giants play the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Oct 262018
 
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Alec Ogletree, New York Giants (June 12, 2018)

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NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT – ALEC OGLETREE RULED OUT…
Not practicing on Friday due to injury were linebacker Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and wide receiver Jawill Davis (concussion). Both players have been ruled out of the game against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Guard Patrick Omameh (knee) and wide receiver Russell Shepard (neck) fully practiced. Both are unofficially “probable” for the game 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:

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 Giants on Saturday. The team plays the Washington Redskins at home on Sunday.

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.

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

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AUGUST 1, 2018 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
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 Giants.com.

GIANTS CLAIM VICTOR SALAKO OFF OF WAIVERS…
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.

INJURY REPORT…
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).

PRACTICE NOTES…
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.

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…