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July 30 Special Report - There are unique and compelling reasons for optimism in specific areas for the 2015-2016 New York Giants, and specifically on offense, we might see wholesale performance improvement in running backs, quarterback, wide receivers, and offensive line - leaving tight ends and fullbacks as the only two looking roughly at "parity" with their 2014-2015 previous counterparts.
Tom Coughlin on Jason Pierre-Paul: 'He's decided that he doesn't want our help'. Coughlin said he has no idea when Pierre-Paul will report to the team, saying that he does not "know what to expect anymore."
Before the breakout, Larry Donnell was just another nobody in Giants training camp. But a solid camp earned Donnell the starting job, and he went on to score six touchdowns during the regular season, becoming the latest Giant to come parlay August success into meaningful production. Here are four sleepers to watch in Giants camp this year:
Mara has "no idea" when Jason Pierre-Paul will report to training
camp. Mara acknowledged it was "very disappointing to him" that Pierre-Paul
refused to see two team officials who traveled down to Florida to check on his
physical condition, and revealed no one from the organization has even seen Pierre-Paul's
damaged right hand.
The Giants bid goodbye to three veteran safeties from last year - Antrel Rolle, Quintin Demps and Stevie Brown - and are instead going with inexperienced players, most of whom have never started a game before at this level. Is that a scary thought? It could be considering that the safeties are involved in making some of the defensive calls.
July 28 With the future of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul up in the air, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is no doubt going to be looking for young leaders who can step up on this defense to become cornerstones for the future. One such young player who has shown himself to have a world of potential is second-year linebacker Devon Kennard.
July 27 A healthy Victor Cruz would be the perfect complement to Odell Beckham Jr., keeping safeties honest underneath and preventing secondaries from focusing only on OBJ. But just how healthy is Cruz?
July 26 The Eli Manning and Tom Coughlin marriage will likely end if Giants miss playoffs again. They've combined for 91 wins, five trips to the playoffs, and of course those two incredible Super Bowl championships. It's those last three years, though, that hang over them as they get ready to open another Giants training camp on Thursday afternoon.
Not much, or anything, that Markus Kuhn says sounds as if it is coming from the mouth of a typical NFL player, given his every word comes out tinged with a still-thick German accent. Imagine then, how unusual the following sentence was, in cadence, inflection and content, when spoken by Markus Kuhn: "I had a touchdown before I had a sack," he said, quickly adding, "I don't know if that's a good thing."
Eli Manning stars as 'Bad Comedian Eli Manning' in new DirecTV commercial His poor jokes include how his cable HD stands for "huge disappointment" and asks an audience if they want to see a picture of his mother-in-law. "Niether do I," he says. Pretty decent job for a "bad comedian."l
Odell Beckham Jr. did not sneak up on anyone as a rookie - he was, after all, the 12th-overall pick, from football power LSU - but year No. 2 is a whole different ballgame, as the hype for him is off the charts. Has any second-year player been so heralded? He is the newly minted "Madden NFL 16" cover-boy, and wait and see how quickly he comes off the board during your fantasy football draft.
Simms has a message for injured star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul: You
should have trusted the Giants in your time of need.
July 23 Super
Bowl trophies don't carry as much weight as they used to. ESPN polled 35 NFL
insiders to rank the league's best quarterbacks, and Eli Manning finished tied
for 12th with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Not everyone can play quarterback for the Giants. Tom Condon, the agent representing Eli Manning, believes his guy is more suited for the role than anyone else. "The Giants have always been a solid organization, and Eli obviously is a unique human being and a terrific guy, so I think he's uniquely suited to be the New York Giant quarterback," Condon said.
Odell Beckham Jr. doesn't plan on letting history repeat itself. The dynamic Giants wide receiver, who missed organized team activities because of a right hamstring injury, is doing everything he can to avoid letting it creep into training camp and affect his season.
Few Giants defensive players have expressed more excitement than Jon Beason about playing in a new scheme under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. But in order for Beason to fill the "Mike" role that Antonio Pierce did for Spagnuolo, he has to stay on the field.
Manning knew he might have to prove his worth heading into the final year
of his contract. But it's possible he won't have to prove himself at all.
Giants have announced the practice dates for 2015 Training Camp. The camp
will feature nine practice sessions open to the public at the Quest Diagnostics
Training Center, which is located at the MetLife Sports Complex.
It's not secret why the Giants signed Shane Vereen this offseason. They wanted a versatile running back who could catch the ball out of the backfield. They targeted Vereen and several other backs known for their pass-catching ability. The former Patriots draft pick was their first choice.
Justin Tuck spent four seasons with the Giants watching Jason Pierre-Paul blossom, watching the defensive end develop into a fearsome pass-rushing force. Tuck, who joined the Raiders last season, doesn't believe Pierre-Paul's stunning offseason injury will change that trajectory this season.
July 19 If there's any Giants player who deserves a mulligan for their 2014 season, it's Geoff Schwartz. The team's signature offseason acquisition - signed to a four-year, $16.8 million contract - was supposed to help solidify their interior offensive line, but instead battled through an injury-plagued season.
Report - Training camp is on the way as the Giants open the gates to the 2015
season on July 30 at their East Rutherford facility. There's already plenty of
drama to consider, like the Jason Pierre-Paul situation, the rehabilitation of
Victor Cruz, the supernova explosion of Odell Beckham Jr. and the thought that
the team at its core may be ready for greatness... or disaster.
July 16 And
then there was Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants defensive end was the only NFL
player with a franchise-player tag who failed to work out a long-term deal with
his current club by Wednesday's deadline - an entirely predictable development
in the wake of Pierre-Paul's recent fireworks injury.
July 13 The Giants always had doubts about how much of an investment they could make in Jason Pierre-Paul because of his history of back injuries, but they always believed he'd be part of their long-term future. That changed the moment he nearly blew off his hand in a fireworks accident on the 4th of July.
July 12 Ronnie
Lott on Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul finger amputation: 'It will get better'.
Though it sounds like Pierre-Paul's damage is worse - though it's hard to tell
since even the Giants haven't seen his medical records - Lott was confident about
JPP's eventual recovery.
Pierre-Paul's amputated finger is only one of many issues for him and the
Giants. Pierre-Paul suffered a variety of damage to his hands, including burns,
possible nerve damage and (as our Ed Werder reported Wednesday) thumb fractures.
bombshell report completely blindsided the Giants organization Wednesday evening
when they learned that Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated
after sustaining injuries after a Fourth of July fireworks injury.
the Giants' organization repeatedly has stressed that its primary concern
is the "well-being" of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who reportedly
was hospitalized for burns to both hands after a fireworks accident, club officials
who arrived Monday in Miami still had not been allowed to visit the defensive
end as of Tuesday night, according to a league source.
Giants do not know if Jason Pierre-Paul will be ready for the regular-season
opener after a fireworks accident Saturday in South Florida injured the defensive
end's hands. When asked Monday about Pierre-Paul's status for Week 1, the source
said, "No idea."
hard enough to understand why anyone would put their life, health and career
in jeopardy by doing something as dangerous as playing with fireworks. But it's
almost impossible to understand what was going through the mind of Jason Pierre-Paul
this weekend, considering everything else he had at stake.
Report - The rumblings, during these quiet days before training camp, continue
on the subject of quarterback Eli Manning and his final contract year. There has
been plenty of public talk that the two sides could very well begin negotiations
at any moment, negotiations that aren't expected to be contentious or drawn out
or difficult. And yet, some are beginning to wonder if the 2015 season will be
Manning's last with the team.
Could this year's passing attack surpass 2011's? Eli Manning could very well be in line to have his finest season as a pro, despite the fact that he could theoretically leave the Giants. The reason why Manning could be in line for his best year ever is because he now has an ultra-talented group of skill players around him.
Will Eli Manning set career highs in passing yards and touchdowns this year? Yes. This Giants offense is set to explode with the return of Victor Cruz, growth of Rueben Randle and star power of Odell Beckham Jr. A solid run game will keep opponents offense, and the offensive line will be good enough to keep opposing pass rushers under control in a quick release offense. He will finish with 4,150 yards and 33 touchdowns.
back Walter Thurmond, the Eagle who spent 2014 with the Giants but tore a
pectoral muscle in Week 2 and missed the rest of the season, had plenty of time
to take note of Tom Coughlin's philosophy on injuries, and according to Thurmond,
the old-school coach doesn't subscribe to "modern medicine."
Defensive tackle Markus Kuhn knows there are 'no more excuses,' it's now or never. The Giants need to see more. Kuhn knows it. It's now-or-never time for the fourth-year tackle. "I was always young to the game. But now I've been in the league three years, I'm going into my fourth year, this is the end of my rookie contract," Kuhn said during last month's minicamp."I have no more excuses.
Odell Beckham Jr. was offered a contract to be a pitcher Tuesday by the Can-Am League's Rockland Boulders. This after video of him pitching a softball (80 miles per hour or so?) at a charity event went viral over the weekend. The Boulders are an independent league team based out of Pomona, New York.
Five Giants who could be "Fantasy Superstars." Looking at NFL.com's projections, rankings, and average picks and rounds, here are five fantasy Giants you'll want on your roster this season, which begins Sept. 13 against the Dallas Cowboys.
This slideshow is designed to highlight five Giants who are most likely to be cut before the regular season begins. Just to be clear, these players have almost no chance of making New York's 53-man roster at the end of the summer. This piece is designed to give the undiscussed players some love for once. After all, this could be the only NFL shout-out they get.
June 28 It took only one season away from the NFL for Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan to get the coaching itch again. Sullivan spent 2012 and 2013 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offensive coordinator during the tumultuous tenure of former Rutgers coach Greg Schianom.
Steve Weatherford takes shots at the Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks. "I'm the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world," he said. "I mean, who wouldn't want their daughter to date a guy like that? I'll tell you want, I don't want him taking snaps for my team."
Two Giants named "Top Rookies of All Time." Odell Beckham Jr. came in fifth, one place ahead of wide receiver Randy Moss and his record-breaking year with the Vikings in 1998. Lawrence Taylor finished third, trailing only cornerback Dick "Night Train" Lane (1952) and halfback/returner Gale Sayers (1965).
June 25 Why a humbled Weston Richburg feels his second season with the Giants will be better. The competition was bigger, stronger and meaner than Weston Richburg had ever seen. The season was longer, more demanding and physically draining than he could have ever imagined.
It's all about the tone. That is what Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is saying these days after his comments from an ESPN interview turned into a serious complaint about teammates. "I have no problem with anybody on the team or inside or anything," Beckham told The Post.
Jason Pierre-Paul: I'm dropping weight like crazy. JPP posted a picture on his Instagram account this week showing a scale with a weight of 274.7 pounds. He wrote he wants to shed 10 pounds to get down to a playing weight of 265.
Like most NFL teams, the Giants will again wear an alternate uniform in the 2015 season. But they will again break from the norm and change their pants instead of their jerseys. For the third consecutive season, the Giants will wear white pants instead of their traditional gray for two home games -- Thursday, Sept. 24 vs. Washington and Sunday, Nov. 15 vs. New England.
June 23 The spring started with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo admitting the team had uncertainty about their nickel cornerback situation. The Giants didn't have a surefire starter at the position. After organized team activities and minicamp, four true candidates have emerged.
The Giants are primed to have a big year on defense in 2015, but to accomplish that and return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season, the team must get the most out of its athletic secondary.
Rueben Randle is the most underrated player on the Giants' offense. The guy is arguably the best number-three receiver in the entire NFL, but still, nobody seems to respect Randle. Last year, Randle's third as a pro, he finished the season with 71 receptions for 938 yards and 3 touchdowns.
As far as early returns go, the Giants couldn't have asked much more of their 2014 draft class. Four of the seven members became regular starters as rookies and picked up accolades throughout the season, including fifth-round pick Devon Kennard.
Ever wanted to see Odell Beckham naked? Bryce Harper, Kevin Love and Odell Beckham Jr. will be featured in ESPN The Magazine's seventh annual "Body Issue."
June 21 The football resources available to star quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning are abundant. While they have access to some of the great minds if the NFL, there's even more: In their contact lists, or sometimes just hanging out in the kitchen, is a great wealth of football knowledge -- someone who has been in their cleats. Archie Manning is only a phone call or short flight away.
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