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may be the Mann for the Giants, but like a million others, he wants to be
Just Like Jeter. With much hype and fanfare, Manning took over as the Giants'
starting quarterback in the 10th game of his rookie year in 2004. He got off to
a miserable start, losing his first six games. In the middle of the streak, he
picked up his phone one day and it was Jeter, who owned four World Series rings,
calling to encourage him.
situation the Giants feared regarding running back David Wilson has become
reality, as Wilson - coming off neck surgery - was forced out of Tuesday's practice
with what Tom Coughlin described as a burner.
The Giants are not traveling to Canton, Ohio, this weekend just to play in the Hall of Fame game. They're also going there to celebrate one of their own. Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is one of seven players being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, and Giants coach Tom Coughlin had plenty of praise for Strahan following practice Tuesday afternoon.
Defensive tackle Mike Patterson's ability to twist out of tough blocks has landed him atop the Giants' depth chart. Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty described Patterson as "Gumby" for his ability to bend and twist his way through blocks.
Daniel Fells did not play in the NFL in 2013, but not by choice. Thirty-two teams with 53-man rosters had zero room for the seven-year veteran. One year later, he might be the starting tight end for the New York Giants. That doesn't speak well of the Giants' depth at that position. But it's an incredible opportunity for the 30-year-old from Anaheim, California.
quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf wants Eli Manning's competition percentage
to be 70 percent. Manning is aiming for at least the high 60s.
Manning has been a lot of things for the Giants during his career. He's a
two-time Super Bowl MVP. He's the franchise's all-time leader in touchdown passes,
completions and passing yards. He has the second-most wins by any quarterback
in the 90-year history of the organization. One thing he's never been known as
is an exceptionally accurate passer.
receiver and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. missed a portion of practice
to see doctors, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Beckham will undergo tests
on his injured hamstring.
Mario Manningham, back with the Giants after two seasons with the 49ers, isn't sure he'll make the team out of training camp as he works his way back from knee surgery.
Robert Ayers wasn't thinking about a family reunion when he signed a two-year deal with the Giants. The Jersey City-bred defensive lineman came back home - after spending the first five years of his career in Denver - to get back to the Super Bowl.
Michael Strahan began his Hall of Fame career playing American football for the Mannheim Redskins in Germany, but hardly anyone knows that. "It goes a little bit under the radar," Giants' third-year defensive tackle Markus Kuhn told Newsday. Kuhn was born in Mannheim.
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camp is known for competition. One of the closest competitions of the 2014
Giants training camp is at the fullback position. It's Henry Hynoski versus John
Conner. The "Hynocerous" versus the "Terminator."
Signing the 29-year-old running back Rashad Jennings was one of the first things the Giants did in their incredibly busy free-agent season. Rather than let the market sort itself out, they jumped to get Jennings, who tore them up a bit as Oakland's starter in Week 10 last year.
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year will be different. Rueben Randle is sure of it. He knows what everyone
is thinking. He knows nobody has forgotten his two seasons of uneven play, or
the scary fact that seven of Eli Manning's 27 interceptions last year were intended
There were moments early in their careers - probably too early - when Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams started games at linebacker for the Giants. They made plays, missed plays, stayed on the roster and did not do enough to seize control of a job.
Adrien Robinson hasn't made one catch in his two seasons in New York, but the Giants expect big things from their 3rd-year tight end. Robinson senses a "huge opportunity" with a revamped offensive coaching staff, a job up for grabs, and a seemingly tight end-friendly offense.
Rookie running back Andre Williams arrived at the Giants' training camp with a reputation for a bruising rushing style and a workhorse mentality. He has since revealed other talents.
How Jason Pierre-Paul and Will Beatty motivate each other. Each was disappointed in his performance in 2013, they were each injured when the season ended and they are determined to return to their previous high performance levels in the upcoming season.
The Giants are hoping that Ryan Nassib wins the backup job. The question is whether Nassib did anything to deserve the promotion. Even he's not 100 percent sure.
Beatty has practiced a lot more than anyone expected he would coming off the
broken leg he suffered in Week 17 last season. Beatty also has a bit more of an
edge to him when he talks to you this summer.
When former All-Pro right guard Chris Snee announced his retirement, it opened up a starting spot on the Giants offensive line that hadn't been available heading into a season for the past 10 years. Brandon Mosley, who as of Thursday was listed at the top of the unofficial depth chart at right guard, is the frontrunner for the job.
David Wilson hadn't worn shoulder pads or taken a hit since Week 5 last season. Wilson had a couple of carries, but only that one hit from from second-year safety Cooper Taylor. Which was good.
goal for Giants starting middle linebacker Jon Beason has been to be ready
for the Sept. 8 opener in Detroit. That hasn't changed.
All potential injuries aside, Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins will go into the season as the team's starting defensive tackles in the base defense. But defensive line coach Robert Nunn isn't set on letting them get a majority of the snaps. He's put extra care into making sure Johnathan Hankins and Markus Kuhn were ready.
Zack Bowman wound up spending his high school years in Anchorage, Alaska. Big-time college football recruiters don't leave too many footprints in the snow up there. Bowman wound up playing at Nebraska and his first six NFL seasons for the Bears. Now Bowman is in a Giants secondary that is getting a lot of attentions.
Spencer Paysinger has been a Giant for four years, which means he's been around long enough to know what people think about his position group.
can you tell what mood Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is in? Look down and check
out his shoes.
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intrudes on Tom Coughlin's practices. It used to be that football teams would
practice twice a day in training camp. Now the Giants barely get one of them in.
keep asking the same question: How will the Giants' new offense, under coordinator
Ben McAdoo, look different from the old offense they ran for the past decade?
If the Giants get their wish, it's going to look very, very fast.
Pierre-Paul was in a good mood Thursday, even if that meant having to talk
to reporters. The 25-year-old defensive end is one of the funniest players in
the locker room.
Kiwanuka is part of a dying breed. After Chris Snee's retirement, just Kiwanuka,
Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie remain from the Giants title teams of 2011 and 2007.
When reminded he's one of the last remnants of the 2007 group, Kiwanuka tried
to change the subject.
Wilson never once wavered about his desire to keep playing, and his upbeat
demeanor never changed. He was all full-steam ahead, risks be damned, and he was
apparently exactly the same behind the scenes.
director of player development David Tyree said that his opinions on homosexuality
have evolved from comments he made in 2011.
Reese noted that Eli Manning's age - 33 years old and entering his 11th NFL
season - is "getting up there," but said that it is not a concern for the Giants.
watching three players go down with heat-related ailments yesterday, Tom Coughlin
took a progressive step toward keeping his players off the injury cart.
Before Adrien Robinson even arrived at the Giants facility, he was dubbed the "JPP of tight ends" by general manager Jerry Reese. At the time, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was coming off 16.5 sacks in his second season. To this point, Robinson, a tight end drafted in the fourth round in 2012, has failed to live up to the hype. He has yet to catch a pass in first two professional seasons.
Odell Beckham was on the field Wednesday with his helmet and pads, but did nothing aside from stretching and warmups. It admittedly has the Giants concerned. "He missed part of spring ball with a hamstring and he tweaked it yesterday. Obviously there is a concern," general manager Jerry Reese said.
Giants have reasons to believe in a fast start. The decision to leave Albany after 16 seasons and hold their 2013 training camp at the Giants practice facility in East Rutherford was prudent. But the inaugural year of working from home produced an 0-6 start that ruined any chance of making the playoffs. Put simply, the Giants were out-coached, out-prepared and often dominated in losing to the Cowboys (36-31), Broncos (41-23), Panthers (38-0), Chiefs (31-7), Eagles (36-21) and Bears (27-21).
Tyree to speak with Michael Sam advisor over comments on gay rights, conversion
therapy. Tyree wrote on Twitter in 2011 that people are not "created gay" and
advocated for gay conversion therapy, a practice abandoned by the mental health
community and banned in New Jersey for treatment of minors.
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.
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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.
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