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can laugh about it now, 10 years and two Super Bowl championships later, but
there was a time when John Mara wasn't so sure Eli Manning was right for the Giants.
Victor Cruz knows what the Giants should do with the 12th pick of this year's NFL draft: Grab a replacement for the departed Hakeem Nicks. That's something the Giants' "definitely" need, Cruz said.
Giants finished last season a disappointing 7-9, but that didn't stop the
NFL from putting them in the spotlight early and often in 2014. The Giants will
open the regular season on Sept. 8 at Detroit on "Monday Night Football."
Puzzled but positive, Giants learn an offense that has shades of Green Bay. It is a new world for the Giants in multiple ways. Eleven years ago, when they were last required to learn an offensive system, they flipped through a thick playbook. Now, many of new coordinator, Ben McAdoo's schemes and plans have been loaded into hand-held, team-issued digital devices.
Giants view Will Hill as a rising star at safety, potentially a player who
could emerge as a fixture on their defense. But there's a chance he never plays
for them again as he faces a suspension for failing yet another drug test.
dreadful 2013 Giants season ended with the left ankle of Eli Manning in a
hard boot, protection against the serious sprain that the franchise quarterback
sustained in the final game. Four months later, Manning's ankle is still in a
Josh Freeman, 26, agreed to join the Giants last week on a one-year deal worth $795,000. The deal only contains $55,000 guaranteed. That's a far cry from a year ago when Freeman was the starting quarterback for the Bucs, and set to make over $8 million. Then everything went totally awry when he fell into Schiano's doghouse. He never really made it out.
Prince Amukamara will be with the Giants for the 2014 season. Now he wants them to tell him he's still in their plans for 2015, too. The Giants have until May 3 to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Amukamara - a decision every team is facing with their 2011 first-round picks.
Giants on Monday gathered for their first offseason workout, the official
(although "voluntary") start of the long grind preparing for the 2014
season. There is an air of change and urgency around this franchise.
The Prince Amukamara Dilemma: Giants must decide on fifth-year option. Some time in the next two weeks, the Giants brass will summon cornerback Prince Amukamara to the second floor of their facility and inform him of their decision on his future.
Apr 20 Giants Offseason Program: 5 questions to be answered when it begins Monday. What will the offense look like? Who is healthy and in shape? What did the Giants add this offseason? What happened with Eli's ankle and is it a serious concern moving forward? Why weren't Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan with Manning at Duke?
Apr 18 Longtime Giants guard Chris Snee isn't completely healthy just yet, but he's close, and all signs point to him seeing considerable action in Big Blue's offseason program. Giants OTAs begin next week, and a source said that Snee, who had hip surgery last season and had an elbow surgery earlier this offseason, will be in attendance.
talented but enigmatic Josh Freeman, who had drawn little interest on the
market, worked out with the team on Tuesday and one day later, the Giants had
added a physically gifted signal-caller with on a low-risk contract.
Apr 16 For
better or worse, it's open season right now on Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
You're either with him or against him, it seems. New Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins
is against him. Jenkins believes Manning's best days are probably "behind him."
Report - You can tell that these are the dark days before the draft, that
the free agency quality candidates have dwindled to a precious few and that all
the head coaching vacancies have been filled. Why else would a reputable outfit
like CBS Sports waste hundreds of words accusing unnamed Giants' front office
types of fearing that quarterback Eli Manning is in decline?
In the wake of the surgery quarterback Eli Manning had on his ankle last week, the Giants are bringing in some veteran quarterbacks to have a look at them. Manning is hoping to be able to run by the end of May, and if that's the case he should be fine for the start of the team's offseason practices. But in case his recovery takes longer than expected, the Giants will host former Buccaneers and Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman and former Packers quarterback Matt Flynn for visits Tuesday.
Apr 14 ESPN Insider KC Joyner is one of the first to completely buy into the Giants' rebuild-on-the-fly strategy. He's predicting a playoff appearance following a hollow 7-9 campaign. Joyner's argument is based on six key points: 1. Major turnaround in Eli Manning's turnovers 2. Improved health 3. Offensive line improvement 4. Running back upgrade 5. Better at sustaining drives 6. Greatly improved cornerbacks.
That the Giants were able to win seven games last season despite horrible luck and a slew of injuries unprecedented in the past decade speaks to just how incredibly effective their coaching staff is at working around problems. Given the wide variety of upgrades and the talent this team can bring home in the draft, Tom Coughlin and company likely won't have to perform any miracles in 2014.
can the Giants expect from Eli Manning? There are those who wonder whether
Manning is a player in decline at age 33. This is a question that has not gone
unasked within the ranks of the Giants' front office.
Manning has been durable and remarkably injury-free in his 10 years with the
Giants, starting 151 consecutive regular-season games. But he is not invulnerable.
Giants will play a longer, tougher preseason schedule than most, but it offers
them a chance to celebrate with one of their greatest players, a visit to an old
friend, and two matchups against clasic rivals.
Three games is almost 20 percent of an NFL season. Three games is an extended winning or losing streak during an NFL season. Three games is an eternity in the NFL. It was enough for wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan to convince some -- including possibly the Giants -- he's going to be one of the league's best third wide receivers this season.
Apr 9 Hakeem Nicks was a huge disappointment in 2013. Nicks is gone now, off to Indianapolis as a free agent, and the only receiver the Giants signed is former Giant Mario Manningham, who spent the past two years fighting injuries in San Francisco.
A look at how Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie fared against the NFC East in 2013. There's a reason coaches say division games are like two regular ones. They have double the importance. It's because beating your closest rivals is the surest path to the postseason. Win and you're in.
The Giants offseason workout program begins on April 21, and as much as the team will be watching their slew of new additions, they'll be keeping a closer watch on some players who are still in transition. There are five players that need to benefit from the next three months. .
The Giants hold the No. 12 pick in the first round of said draft, and they still have any number of ways they can go with it. The popular consensus at this point has them taking North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with that pick.
busy month of signings and re-signings have reshaped the Giants future, both
long and short-term. General manager Jerry Reese accomplished plenty in the first
month of free agency.
Apr 7 Giants still have issues despite pending spree. It has to be concerning that the Giants haven't come close to ansering all their questions or plugging all their holes by spending $115 on 24 players this offseaon.
Apr 6 Antrel Rolle's been keeping up with the Giants busy offseason with updates from his mother. Rolle noted that the two offseason signings he knows best are linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC and Rolle played together in Arizona from 2008-09. Those signings and all of the defensive moves received his stamp of approval.
On Wednesday, defensive end Robert Ayers signed with the Giants, bringing valuable depth to a thin defensive line. And in an interview on SiriusXM Radio on Saturday, Ayers said that he joined Big Blue in part because he believes he can replace Tuck, a versatile defender who he has long considered one of his heroes.
Apr 5 Special Report - The Giants' number is now up to 24, and nobody really knows when it will end. They signed their 14th veteran free agent Friday, and added to the 10 of their own, they have reached a couple of dozen. Friday's acquisition was a tight end (a position at which they are embarrassingly low) named Kellen Davis, who is 6-7 and weighs 265 pounds and played his first five seasons with the Chicago Bears before signing on last year with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Eli Manning remains Giants' best 2014 hope. Even after all of their dizzying free-agent activity, the Giants' hopes for a return to contention in 2014 still rest on a player who has been on their team for the past 10 years.
Giants went into the offseason with a glaring need for a tight end and on
Friday they finally signed one, but the one-year deal they gave to Kellen Davis
doesn't mean they are set at the position.
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Apr 4 The Giants have been the NFL's busiest team this offseason. It began with the retirement of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, which prompted a restructuring of the coaching staff on that side of the ball. The Giants have signed a league-high 13 free agents who played elsewhere last season and retained 10 of their own players.
Giants key dates and offseason schedule. Coach Tom Coughlin will have his players available for their nine-week offseason program beginning April 21. The NFL offseason program is a conducted in three phases. Phase 1: Strength and Conditioning. Phase 2: On-Field Workouts. Phase 3: Organized Team Activities (OTAs).
than three weeks after Justin Tuck left for the Oakland Raiders, No. 91 on
the Giants has been officially replaced. That jersey number, along with Tuck's
spot in the defensive line rotation, was given to Robert Ayers on Wednesday when
the 28-year-old free agent defensive end signed a two year deal with the Giants.
take a flyer on OL Charles Brown. The Saints decided this offseason to move
on from Brown, who was their second-round pick in the 2010 draft out of USC. Hoping
that one team's trash is another team's treasure, the Giants on Tuesday announced
that they have signed Brown to a free-agent contract.
Giants signed free agent cornerback Zack Bowman, who played his first six
NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears, and re-signed defensive tackle Mike Patterson,
who joined the team last year after eight years with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Mar 29 In his media session Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke of the departure of free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Coughlin said he wished Nicks well, and when the conversation turned to the question of replacing Nicks, the first name Coughlin mentioned was that of third-year wide receiver Rueben Randle.
Mar 28 Tom Coughlin: Giants 'have to make something happen' at tight end. Two days after general manager Jerry Reese hinted the Giants may still be looking for a tight end in free agency, coach Tom Coughlin wasn't as reserved with his opinion.
The Giants invested heavily in free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and they're going to use him accordingly. Tom Coughlin said Rodgers-Cromartie would be deployed as the team's No. 1 cornerback.
Tom Coughlin didn't give any clues about when his coaching career will end, but for the first time he did hint at where he'd like to wind up. The two-time Super Bowl champion who normally deflects such ideas admitted Wednesday morning that he has thought about his potential place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day.
Mar 27 For the first time since David Wilson underwent neck surgery in January, the Giants publicly expressed confidence that he may actually be on the field this season.
Despite a strong stable of cornerbacks, the Giants pecking order at that position seems clear. It's the newly signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and then everybody else.
Tom Coughlin and Roger Goodell had very different opinions Wednesday on the fate of newly signed Giants offensive lineman John Jerry.
The Giants lost some key players in free agency, none bigger than Justin Tuck, a heart-and-soul player from their last two Super Bowl-championship teams. The Giants will miss Tuck's intangibles in the locker room.
Mar 26 So
last week, the Giants signed offensive lineman John Jerry, who was one of
the three Miami Dolphins players implicated by name in the Ted Wells investigation
into the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. But because everybody
connected with the NFL thinks the sun shines out of the Giants' rear ends, the
focus in this case is on whether Jerry will be eligible to play when the 2014
What the Giants did most of all with their uncharacteristic free agency shopping spree was provide themselves with flexibility. They now can look ahead to the NFL Draft -- where teams are truly built -- knowing they are not obligated to force-feed their picks in order to fix their broken offense..
Under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, players who appear in regular-season games earn "Performance-Based Pay." Safety Will Hill topped the list of Giants with a paycheck that will total over $215,000.
Mar 25 Offensive
line: Have Giants done enough? With free agency two weeks old and the NFL
draft still 45 days away, here's a position-by-position look at where things stand
with the New York Giants' offensive line.
Despite his name appearing 106 times in the Ted Wells report on workplace conditions involving the Miami Dolphins and Jonathan Martin, new Giants offensive lineman John Jerry doesn't appear to be facing an NFL-imposed suspension for his part in the incident. But Jerry, signed Friday as a free agent, could still be facing time away from the field due to medical reasons.
The Giants will have Osi Umenyiora and Martellus Bennett to thank for a nice gift come draft day. The team was awarded a fifth-round compensatory pick after losing the pair -- along with Domenik Hixon and Chase Blackburn -- last offseason. The Giants now have seven picks again: 1 (1), 2 (1), 3 (1), 4 (1), 5 (2), 6 (1). They lost the seventh-round pick in the Jon Beason trade last October. The compensatory pick is No. 174 overall.
Mark Sanchez to the Giants is a long shot. It's unlikely to happen. The Giants don't have serious interest in the former Jets quarterback at this time. But the Giants are believed to have made a call when Sanchez was officially released by the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft at around 4 p.m. (ET) on Monday.
Mar 24 Justin Tuck thanks Giants fans with full-page ad. Tuck took out a full page ad thanking the New York/New Jersey area fans for their support during his time with the Giants in Sunday's edition of the New York Daily News.
Justin Tuck is no longer with the Giants because they made a business decision not to meet his price, but his departure has co-owner John Mara feeling the blues. "That was hard," Mara said. "It will be tough to walk into that locker room and not see him there."
Mar 23 The most interesting thing about the Giants' cannonball into the free-agent pool is that it's really never been their way. They prefer to build through the draft, to invest in their homegrown assets and leave the wild spending sprees to Daniel Snyder and Jerry Jones.
Incognito was exiled from the NFL for his role in the Miami Dolphins' Bullygate
scandal. John Jerry, who was named as one of his co-conspirators, was exiled to
Eli Manning and the Giants took a major step toward sacking a New Jersey memorabilia dealer Thursday, with both parties filing motions to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges the Super Bowl MVP quarterback and Big Blue sold bogus game-used jerseys and other collectibles to unwitting customers.
Mar 21 LB Mark Herzlich has a new book, "What It Takes", coming out in June. On the book and surviving cancer: "It is a book that is written as a letter in response to the thousands of people who have reached out to me over the past five years. His career highlight other than the Giants' win in Super Bowl XLVI? His first game on Sept. 11, 2011: "The Giants played the Redskins in Washington and as we stood on the sidelines for the national anthem, I got shivers as the entire crowd stood united and sung together."
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