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Mar 28 Coughlin hints at larger Giants role for Shane Vereen. Not one Giants running back had a reception of more than 27 yards last season, but Vereen topped that three times with the Patriots in 2014.
In an era where the instant evaluation of free agent signings is commonplace, even before they play a single game for their new team, criticism of the Giants acquisition of wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris is as easy as an extra point.
The Giants have already begun working out prospects ahead of the draft, and reportedly attended the workout of one player who was kicked off of his college team for a variety of off-the-field incidents. David Irving sat out the 2014 college season.
Coughlin sat at a table surrounded by a handful of reporters at yesterday
morning's NFC coaches breakfast. He struggled to pick up his potatoes with a soup
spoon, joked about his frustrations trying to get driving directions from his
iPhone, and chatted casually about the state of basketball at his alma mater,
Coughlin said he believes Victor Cruz will return to play at a high level,
he's excited about the Giants' offseason acquisitions and like everyone else,
he is interested in who will step forward at safety.
Mar 24 Rashad Jennings has huge expectations for the Giants in 2015. After they finished 10th in yards and 13th in points per game in 2014, the running back believes the Giants offense can be much better. Jennings welcomes the addition of Shane Vereen.
The NFL's super-secretive compensatory formula awarded extra picks in the 2015 NFL Draft to 14 teams, totaling 32 new selections. The Giants, Eagles and Jets did not collect any of them.
Eli Manning will be on the field just before the start of Super Bowl 50, one way or another. That's because the NFL plans to honor all 43 Super Bowl MVPs in a ceremony prior to the Golden Game on Feb. 7 at Levi's Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area. Manning won MVP for both of the Giants' two recent victories in the game, and he'll be joined by other Giants MVPs Phil Simms and Ottis Anderson.
Giants are not any closer to working out a contract extension with Eli Manning
and appear content to let him play out the final year of his deal, according to
There has been a lot of talk this offseason that 2015 will be a "win or else" year for those who run the Giants -- that coach Tom Coughlin and his staff are out if they miss the playoffs again (which is likely) or even that Reese himself could be in danger of losing his job (far less likely).
NFL meetings: Giants co-owner John Mara, a member of the league's rules committee, gave a rundown of what to expect. He included his opinion that more playoff teams are inevitable, even if it's not this year.
Selvie leaves the Cowboys to sign with Giants. The Giants keep adding small
pieces to the puzzle in the hope that, when they're all put together, they create
a much-improved team from last year.
Giants have not signed any big-time names in free agency this year. John Mara
said that's partly because of the dearth of big-time talent in the market.
Not since Ahmad Bradshaw have the Giants had a running back with the receiving ability that Vereen boasts. Even Bradshaw wasn't used that way and isn't as talented as Vereen in that area. The former New England Patriots player is going to add a new dimension to what the Giants can do because of his relatively rare skill set.
The Giants haven't done anything in free agency to address their need for pass-rush help, but they are looking. They will be paid a visit Thursday by defensive end George Selvie, who started every game the past two seasons for the Cowboys.
Giants strengthened their run defense when they signed free agent defensive
tackle Kenrick Ellis. The 6-4, 346-pound Ellis comes to the Giants after playing
his first four NFL seasons with the Jets.
Add Daniel Fells to the list of returning Giants. The veteran tight end agreed Wednesday to return on a one-year deal. Fells, 31, is coming off a solid first season with the Giants.
Mar 18 The Giants raised regular season ticket prices for season ticket holders, but other adjustments will actually result in a reduction in pricing from 2014.
General manager Jerry Reese talked last year of there being three waves of free agency. The initial burst he spoke of, where you target a few players and go out and get them, is over. Now they're into the second wave, which will drag until the draft.
There is still plenty of time for Reese to bring in one of the available safeties on the free agent market, and he certainly should not ignore the draft as a way to improve the depth at that position.
Of the five new players the Giants signed early in the free-agency period, it's possible none will be a starter in 2015. But running back Shane Vereen has the opportunity to affect the offense as a third-down back and a short-range pass-catching option out of the backfield.
would be unfair to criticize the Giants for not making moves. It's more appropriate
to criticize them for the moves that they've actually made.
Mar 15 The Giants have scoured the market for a safety, and even made some offers. None were good enough to provide some stability at a position with so much uncertainty. And now, they turn where? This year's draft features a weak crop of safeties.
Scanning the offseason depth chart -- which can be as useful as sandpaper in the ocean -- it looked as if the Giants needed to fill six holes in their lineup. It is a fairly long shopping list, and thus far the Giants have been strolling up and down the aisles but their basket is nearly empty, and the choice items are getting plucked from the shelves.
While he might have been an excellent scout, Jerry Reese behaves erratically on the resource-management front. He did this same thing last year, signing Rashad Jennings to an over-market deal on the first day of free agency instead of waiting out the running back market and taking the best option from a group of Jennings-like players once the prices settled.
For more than a decade, Manning, Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers -- the third quarterback in the 2004 draft-day drama -- have been linked, compared to each other on the field and eyeballing one another when it comes to their contracts. So the bar is set for the Giants. If they want to extend Manning, it will cost them $20 million a year to do so.
Giants continue to shop for a new safety option, but Rolle doesn't seem to
think they'll find one. Asked if any safety could be better than him, Rolle had
a quick answer. "At the end of the day," he said, "nobody."
Giants sure are taking an interesting approach to free agency. Rather than
shaking up a team that needed to finish strong to reach 6-10, they continue to
bring many of the same pieces back for at least another season. The latest example
is offensive lineman John Jerry.
Rolle is now a Chicago Bear, and there appears to be no hard feelings on his
part about the Giants making a halfhearted effort to keep him in New Jersey. But
Rolle was still somewhat surprised that the Giants, with only two safeties under
contract, didn't make more of a competitive offer.
For the second consecutive year, GM Jerry Reese allowed defensive captains - players who were integral contributors, on and off the field, to Super Bowl winning-teams - to walk out of the building, never to return. No Tuck. No Rolle. Will one of these three Giants step up to lead the 'D'? - Jon Beason, Jason Pierre-Paul and Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie.
last time Shane Vereen put on a uniform, he was playing for the Patriots in
Super Bowl XLIX. The next time he suits up, it will be coming out of the backfield
for the Giants. "This is not a step down. If anything, it is a step up,"
Vereen said Wednesday.
three straight playoff-less campaigns, Tom Coughlin will not be on the hot
seat in 2015. The Giants and their longtime coach agreed to a one-year extension
on Wednesday, setting Coughlin up to coach through 2016.
Giants have agreed to terms with linebacker Mark Herzlich. The Giants also
agreed to terms with fullback Henry Hynoski. One of the most feared defensive
players in college football in 2008 as a junior at Boston College, Herzlich was
diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma (a form of bone cancer) and missed the entire 2009
Rolle's departure inevitable, but Giants will miss him. Rolle and the Chicago
Bears have agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $11.25 million with
$5 million guaranteed.
the cash: Contract terms for Giants' free agent acquisitions. They may not
have been names you've heard before or the players you wanted, but they made some
The Giants had three of their own linebackers -- Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams -- eligible for free agency, and of the three it looks as though either none or one will be back.
Antrel Rolle's free agent tour will begin - and may end - in Chicago.Rolle has not ruled out a return to the Giants, but it seems increasingly unlikely.
Giants are hosed at safety. This year's free-agent safety market was basically
Devin McCourty and a bunch of guys, and McCourty stayed in New England despite
the best efforts of the Giants (and the Eagles) to lure him away.
Mar 8 The Giants don't have a safety on the roster that has started an NFL game and it's unlikely Antrel Rolle will return. The Giants are going directly to the top of the board at the free safety position with the hope of landing either New England's Devin McCourty or Denver's Rahim Moore.
The Giants have a little over $13 million in salary cap space right now, but while that number seems low, it shouldn't limit them in free agency. They can always create more cap space by renegotiating with players under contract, or by backloading any free agent contracts to soften he cap hit in 2015.
Rolle said he has not yet had any conversations with the Giants about a return
for the 2015 season. Rolle, 32, has said he would like to play for the Giants
for the rest of his career, but he seems to be coming to grips with the reality
that he probably won't.
Mar 5 The clock is ticking on Giants' free agents as Rolle, others head towards open market. Antrel Rolle is one of several Giants free agents who don't seem likely to re-sign by Tuesday.
Giants and Jon Beason are negotiating a pay cut, but the linebacker said he
is confident he will remain with the Giants for the 2015 season.
Coming off a breakout season that the Giants hope will be the stepping stone to a good NFL career, there was no doubt tight end Larry Donnell was returning next season. On Wednesday, they made it official.
The only question that Giants fans want Victor Cruz to answer this offseason "Will you be able to recapture your Pro Bowl form?" Cruz indicated that the toughest aspect of his rehab is more mental than physical.
bad has the Giants' offensive line been in recent years? So bad that, one
massive offseason overhaul later, it still has a handful of serious problems.
The ground game still ranked just 23rd in the NFL. And Manning still absorbed
Odell Beckham Jr. created plenty of buzz. His sensational one-handed touchdown catch ecame a worldwide sensation thanks to endless highlights and conversation on social media. But on Monday, the Giants wide receiver seemingly had enough of the endless talk.
Steve Weatherford to donate brain to research after his death The Giants punter thinks it's vital for him to join x-Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice and countless other NFL players -- he'll donate his brain to be studied after he's gone.
Fullback Henry Hynoski read books to students in North Bergen The hope is that his future will be with the Giants after a season where he played 18 percent of the team's offensive snaps in its new offense. Hynoski finished with seven carries for 13 yards in 16 games.
after the Giants committed to defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (for a lot of
money) for at least one more season, they ended their relationship with center
2 - UPDATE JPP
will play in NYC for at least one more year. JPP received a non-exclusive
franchise tag, so other teams can still work to sign him until April 24.
Mar 2 The Giants will try in 2015 to turn back the defensive clock to a better time, bringing back former coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to try to return the defense to the championship form he instilled back in 2007. Could some other old friends return to try to help Spagnuolo do that? Are Umenyiora, Canty, Cofield fits for the Giants?
Here's how Giants should handle their top five potential free agents. They have one superstar that they want to retain. And then come the questions. Get ready for the start of a different Giants offseason.
As veterans around the league are cut at a frantic pace, the clock is ticking on the Giants and middle linebacker Jon Beason. If it were easy to replace a veteran middle linebacker who serves as the quarterback and leader of the defense, the Giants likely would. Beason is an injury risk and comes at a costly price negotiated last year when he was a free agent the Giants desperately wanted back after a stellar 2013 season.
Lions release running back Reggie Bush; Giants interested?
Hillis' tenure with the Giants is over, and most likely so is his career.
The one-time Madden video game coverboy was released by the Giants on Wednesday.
What the Giants knew and learned about Odell Beckham Jr. at last year's NFL Combine. The Giants landed Beckham with the 12th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. But not before holding their breath every step of the way.
Hobart offensive tackle Ali Marpet had the fastest 40 time among the offensive linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine, and if he had his druthers, Marpet would be clearing the way for New York Giants running backs next season.
a widely expected move, the Giants released longtime defensive end Mathias
Umenyiora started his career with the Giants. And despite his many ups and
downs with that franchise, he wants to retire a Giant.
Are the Giants skeptical about the use of analytics? The analytics movement has come slower to the NFL than the other three major sports leagues, and apparently slower to the Giants than most other franchises.
Giants punter Steve Weatherford is treating five Dickinson High School students to the prom experience of a lifetime. The five students who write the top essays will be treated by Weatherford to an all expenses paid prom including tuxedos and gowns, hair stylists and accessories, and limo service to and from the prom.
New York Giants will use their franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul
if the two sides fail to reach a long-term deal by March 2.
Feb 22 Giants
not putting all their eggs in the Victor Cruz basket. The hope is to have
Odell Beckham Jr., Cruz and Rueben Randle as the top three receivers. Healthy
and focused, that would be a strong receiving corps.
at least one day, the legend of Odell Beckham Jr. did not grow. No, Jerry
Reese brought it back to earth just a little bit. The Giants' superstar receiver
did not play through that entire monstrous 2014 season with tears in his hamstring
that were never fully healed.
The Giants safety position was a revolving door of mediocrity in 2014. Jerry Reese suggested that the team could look to improve at that position could from within, with two of their recent draft picks in the mix to compete for a starting job - Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe.
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