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soon as Victor Cruz heard the Giants hired Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator,
and he would be running his version of the West Coast offense, Cruz began studying
old 49ers tapes of Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver of all time.
last time the Giants' offensive line underwent this much significant transition
was in 2011 when, just before the start of training camp, the team released Shaun
O'Hara and Rich Seubert.
the first time since shattering his leg in last year's season finale, Giants
left tackle Will Beatty was on the field Tuesday taking part in team drills. He
was "limited" and rotated in and out of the drills.
Jerry is excited for the moment you'll see him as an offensive lineman who
has started every game each of the past two seasons. He's also excited about clearing
his name following the Jonathan Martin bully-gate scandal where he was mentioned
an eye-opening 106 times.
Tyree brought more than just memories of that famous Super Bowl helmet catch
with him when he returned Tuesday to the Giants as the director of player development.
July 22 Offensive
linemen don't get stats. They don't gain yards or score touchdowns or sack
quarterbacks. Check out Chris Snee's page on ESPN.com right here and, well, you
don't see a whole lot of information. But Snee makes a strong case as the best
offensive lineman in Giants history.
Snee, of course, will be remembered for more than being Coughlin's son-in-law.
He was perennially one of the strongest players on the team, winning the weightlifting
competition year after year. He was fast for his size and maintained all his power
from snap through contact. He hated losing, and hated to be embarrassed even more.
David Wilson finally got the good news he was waiting for Monday regarding his surgically repaired neck, receiving a doctor's word that he was cleared for all football activities on the day the Giants reported for their first day of training camp.
The Giants said linebacker Jon Beason would be the only player to begin training camp on the active/physically unable to perform list, which is no surprise given that he's recovering from a broken foot. Beason has said he hopes to be ready by Week 1, and playing him on the training camp PUP list does not affect that hope.
Snee will walk into the team facility as a Giant Monday morning. He might
not walk out as one by the end of the day.
In Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, the Giants head into training camp with their franchise foundations in place, but that does not mean this is a business-as-usual summer. There is newness all around -- from the wholly redesigned playbook put together by first-year offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to the revamped defensive backfield.
The excuses were plentiful and most of them were valid, no matter whom anyone wanted to blame for last year's disaster. The offensive line was terrible. The offensive scheme was stale. Injuries destroyed the running backs. The top receiver's effort was questionable. The tight end position became a black hole.
In Ben McAdoo, Tom Coughlin seems to have gotten a younger version of himself. Both circle the field in the same way. Both can intimidate with a stone expression. Both, while not opposed to the new wave of NFL thinking, are grounded in the old school. Coughlin was a running back behind Larry Csonka and Floyd Little. McAdoo was an undersized left tackle at a high school that didn't pass..
Tom Coughlin has a contract that runs through the 2015 season and some people have opined that the two-time Super Bowl winner has earned the right to decide when his run as the team's coach comes to an end. One of the guys who pays Coughlin's salary is not one of those people.
Rashad Jennings: How he trained for his first training camp with the Giants. running back Rashad Jennings is serious about his craft. So serious that when the team dispersed for four-plus weeks between the end of the minicamp and the start of training camp, Jennings barely took a break.
Jon Beason will not participate in Monday afternoon's conditioning test when he and the Giants players report for the start of training camp, but the middle linebacker said he could if he had to and he fully expects to be ready for the start of the regular season Sept. 8.
July 20 In the wake of last season's 7-9 debacle, Giants owner John Mara talked of fixing a "broken" offense, of rethinking the offensive philosophy. And then, Mara delivered. The Giants, traditionally frugal in free agency, doled out more than $100 million in contracts, importing more than 20 new players.
Five questions for the Giants entering training camp: How quickly will the players grasp Ben McAdoo's new offense? Can Eli Manning rebound? How will David Wilson be used? When will Jon Beason be back? ho will be the five starting offensive linemen?
Eli Manning is one of the brightest minds in the game, a man with the rare ability to process reams of information even as he drops back to pass and surveys a defense. But even he acknowledges this is a daunting challenge, his biggest since those first uncertain games in his fledgling start as a rookie.
Tom Coughlin may have shown more patience during Giants practices this offseason than in all of his previous coaching career combined. A wrong route? No problem, son. A missed assignment? Let's just try it again. Miscommunication? Hey, these things happen!
The Giants report to camp Monday and hit the field for practice Tuesday, nearly a week earlier than most teams, a jump-start based on their participation in the Aug. 3 Hall of Fame Game against the Bills.
Giants Head Groundskeeper shares his insight. Millions of kids grow up with dreams of one day joining the NFL. New York Giants head groundskeeper Rob Davis is one of the lucky few to actualize that dream, even though his path to professional football was less traditional than that of a player or a coach.
July 18 John Mara likes what he sees but won't be making any more Giants predictions. "I was the same idiot who said last year it was the best team we'd had in years," Mara said Thursday, "and look what happened."
Antrel Rolle named a Top-5 Safety. Safety, cornerback, linebacker, he does it all for them in some form on defense. But on a roster, you can be listed at only one spot. For Rolle, that's safety, and after a career year, he was ranked third in the NFL at his position by Bucky Brooks.
July 17 It may be the single biggest question facing the Giants entering training camp: Will right guard Chris Snee be able to play this season? Nobody seems to know the answer.
The Giants - with over 40 new faces reporting on Monday, as well as a new offense led by Ben McAdoo - are proving to be one of the toughest teams to predict.
The Giants retooled their roster with a bevy of free agents, shoring up their secondary, offensive line and running back corps. But they're still looking for some help from within.
July 16 Special Report - As we head into the Giants' training camp, which begins Monday, there are a few areas to mention -- and this time, they aren't going to be negative ones such as who will play tight end, who will be the middle linebacker and who will start at running back? In this case, why not concentrate on those who might come up with a superlative season?
Eli Manning says he's energized and revitalized, ready and excited to learn a new offensive scheme for the first time in a decade. And next week, when the Giants open training camp in East Rutherford, their two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback will finally get to show it.
July 13 The grind begins one week from Monday. The Giants open training camp at their Quest Diagnostics Training Center leading into their 2014 season. There's a lot that will take place in the seven weeks before the 2014 campaign officially begins. Here are dates between now and then to circle on the calendar.
After a 7-9 campaign and a turnover of the Giants roster, the future still isn't so bright. "The foundation of the roster is weak," former front office executive and current analyst Louis Riddick said in ESPN's 2014 NFL Future Power Rankings.
July 12 Eli Manning works with Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham at the Manning Passing Academy going over concepts and signals from the Giants' new offense under first-time coordinator Ben McAdoo.
The outlook for the Giants secondary in 2014 has been widely optimistic, and now a ranking by NFL.com names a new member of the Giants defense as one of the best corners in the game.
July 11 For the first time in what seems like forever, the Giants will put on the field a multitude of options in their return game when they report for training camp this month.
The biggest key to the Giants' success over the next three years is a player who's only signed for two of them, and it's not a young player. Quarterback Eli Manning is as vital to his team's success as any player in the league.
Giants announced their full training camp schedule. They will hold 14 practices
open to the public, beginning on Tuesday, July 22, and ending on Thursday, Aug.
14. All practices will be at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford,
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie film review: Giants CB overrated, underrated, as expected? Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looked overrated in a film review of his 2013 season.
July 8 The right guard spot is less than certain following the spring, especially with the flare-up in Chris Snee's surgically repaired elbow. He's also coming off a second hip surgery and needs to put on 10 pounds of good weight by training camp. Brandon Mosley has been fighting for the spot in his absence, and offensive line coach Pat Flaherty has been pleased with the results so far.
July 5 A position-by-position look at the Giants' roster heading into training camp. A look at the offensive line, which was the unit most responsible for the 2013 collapse and an area they hope they've improved this offseason.
It didn't take long for rookie running back Andre Williams to get the message: the Giants need to be a cohesive unit "at all times." Thanks to group text messages -- one with his position players only and one that includes running back coach Craig Johnson -- that memo has gone mobile. The linebackers and wide receivers have also established similar group texts.
July 4 As the team's new quarterbacks coach, Danny Langsdorf had to feel out a relationship with his new quarterback; one that wasn't too reverential and one that wasn't too stern. But early on, he knew moments like this would make working with Manning easier. There was already a mutual respect.
The perception of Eli Manning among NFL insiders is all over the map. Very few view him as elite. ESPN's Mike Sando did an excellent project on NFL quarterbacks that anonymously polled 15 personnel people (including eight general managers) and 11 coaches. For the most part, the personnel people and coaches agreed. But Manning provided one of the biggest splits.
For the better part of the past 19 years, Charles Way has been a Giant. Whether it is as a fullback or involved in player development, he's been involved with the organization that drafted him out of Virginia in the 1995 NFL Draft. That will change this year because Way accepted a job as the NFL's new Head of Player Engagement.
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July 2 Stevie Brown believes his surgically repaired knee is fully healthy, and he's not expecting to be limited at all in training camp later this month. The Giants safety, who tore his ACL in preseason against the Jets last year, expects to be able to practice fully.
New Giants CB explains the difference of playing with Eli and Peyton Manning. "Both have had great success in this league, but they are two very different quarterbacks," Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie told the Bradenton Herald
The last time we saw Will Beatty, he was capping off a regressive season on the back of a training staff cart while nursing a shattered right leg. It was a long season, and Beatty admitted as much after surrendering 13 sacks in 16 games.
July 1 Under the Radar players. Make sure you watch these three players closely throughout training camp! CB Charles James. Safety Quintin Demps. TE Daniel Fells.
June 28 There are many new faces in the Giants locker room this year, particularly on the offensive line. Following the final day of the Giants' three-day mandatory mini-camp last Thursday, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty spoke about some of the new players, such as center J.D. Walton and guard/center Weston Richburg.
When the Giants allowed Linval Joseph to walk this offseason with little or no resistance, it became obvious that they viewed last year's second-round pick Johnathan Hankins as his heir apparent. Nothing that the team has said or done in the months since has altered that line of thinking. "It's his turn," coach Tom Coughlin said during OTAs. "That's why he's here."
Danny Langsdorf, the Giants new quarterbacks coach, never anticipated a realistic scenario where he'd need to divide up camp reps between five quarterbacks, even when the Giants had five on the roster. Eli Manning will obviously get a majority of the reps, but with Ryan Nassib still developing, how many each does he provide to Nassib and Curtis Painter to ensure both know the new offense?
June 27 David Wilson made it clear last week that he didn't want to answer any "neck questions." The Giants' third-year running back is hoping a July 21 exam of his surgically repaired neck will clear him for contact in time for training camp, and until that does or doesn't happen, he's right. There's not a lot more to say about it.
Safety Stevie Brown, who came to the Giants as a free agent in the 2012 offseason, is entering his fifth season as a Pro. It was with the Giants where Brown had hi breakout season in 2012, recording a team-high eight interceptions for a league-high 307 yards in addition to two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 19 pass breakups.
Odell Beckham (5-11, 198 pounds) may not be the biggest or tallest wide receiver out there, but he's expected to do some very large things for the Big Blue on the football field, beginning this season. When you're drafted 12th overall, there is no grace period. That's the burden of being such a high selection. Beckham was selected in the upper half of the first round by the Giants in last month's NFL Draft.
Over the past five years, Giants running backs have the second-most rushing touchdowns (74) and the 11th-most rushing yards (8,337) among NFL corps. Over that span, the Giants have run the ball on 55 percent of their plays from inside the 10-yard line, the seventh-highest rate in the NFL.
The Giants' ideal plan with their defensive tackles is to rotate them to keep them fresh. At this point, they project to have a four-man rotation at that position that includes veterans Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson and young players Johnathan Hankins and Markus Kuhn.
June 26 After signing his big contract extension last summer, Victor Cruz showed up at training camp and told his coaches he wanted to work to improve his blocking. Yes, that's a wide receiver, in the wake of signing his big contract, deciding he wants to work on blocking because he knows he's got to get better at it to help the team and make himself a more complete player.
The Giants have been talking about Ben McAdoo's scheme and how it will make life easier for wideouts who were uncomfortable using the visual cues in Kevin Gilbride's offense. Rueben Randle, whose miscommunication with Eli Manning on audibled routes led to several glaring mistakes last year, was among McAdoo's biggest champions.
The Giants had a plan when they released safety Will Hill following his third suspension in three years. It began with reinserting Stevie Brown into a starting role and utilizing offseason signing Quintin Demps as their third safety.
The Giants know they need Chris Snee back healthy at right guard to get the most from their offensive line this year, and they aren't worried about the missed time costing Snee time in the new offense. They think his health is more important.
June 25 Eli Manning may get together with Giants receivers before training camp. Their offseason workout program was complete and, by rule, they're not allowed on the field at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center until the start of camp on July 21.
Rueben Randle led the Giants in touchdown receptions in 2013. Now, that's a little like being the tallest dwarf, since he only had six of them and the Giants' offense was so bad that no one else could come up with more than four.
Jason Pierre-Paul continually proclaims himself fully healthy for the first time in nearly two years and says he's ready to do incredible things at defensive end for the Giants this year. Their hope and belief is that he's right.
The Giants did their best to manufacture some linebacker depth this offseason with the additions of Jameel McClain in free agency and Devon Kennard in the draft. During OTA's and minicamp. one of the most frequently-seen faces was Dan Fox, an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame.
Newly signed former Chicago Bears cornerback Zack Bowman was one of the standout stars of OTA and minicamp practices for the Giants this offseason. He will have to fight for playing time, as he sits on the depth chart behind projected starters Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and slot corner Walter Thurmond.
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