Manning's incredible scramble and throw followed by Tyree's now-legendary 3rd down catch against his helmet, kept the winning drive alive and enabled the Giants' 17-14 victory against the previously undefeated New England Patriots, making his the most famous helmet in Super Bowl history. They are in The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.
NFL Draft Experts give their take on the Giants seven 2013 Draft selections.
Undreafted Free Agents who have made the roster under Coach Tom Coughlin.
June 20 Hakeem Nicks unsure of future: 'I enjoy being a Giant right now'. Nicks revealed Wednesday that he formally apologized to Giants coach Tom Coughlin for breaking his promise to attend voluntary workouts but isn't sorry he skipped them, with the star receiver citing injury concerns -- not his contract -- for his high-profile absence.
Eli Manning's two Super Bowl championships means the blockbuster Accorsi pulled off to get him is one of the great trades in NFL history. Accorsi gets plenty of thank yous from Giants fans when they spot him on the streets in Manhattan.
June 19 Victor Cruz has no choice between now and training camp but to sign the multi-year offer the Giants weeks ago put on the table, because playing for less than $3 million for this season makes absolutely no sense. Cruz eyed a deal that averaged at least $10 million per year and the Giants countered with a contract that would pay him more than $7 million per year. It is believed the Giants are offering $12-15 million in guaranteed money and Cruz is seeking $15-18 million in guaranteed money.
The Giants could have a spirited quarterback competition this summer. It just won't be for the starting job. Eli Manning enters his 10th Giants season as secure as any quarterback in the NFL. The two-time Super Bowl winner and three-time Pro Bowler has started 135 consecutive regular-season games, the third-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history. In 2012, Manning became the franchise leader in completions (2,612) and touchdown passes (211). He is second in passing (4,457) attempts and yards (31,527). Former GM Ernie Accorsi's Scouting Report.
June 18 What coach Mike Pope thinks about the tight ends. The JPP of tight ends: The tight end people are most curious about is Adrien Robinson, the "JPP of tight ends." Robinson has been a project, but Pope likes what he has seen this offseason. "Adrien Robinson appears to have gone into the land of the believers," Pope said recently.
Who impressed at Mini Camp? Wide receiver Rueben Randle - Victor Cruz didn't participate and Hakeem Nicks was limited. In their absence, Randle was the best receiver in camp. Not only did he catch passes running a variety of routes, Rueben, as offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride noted, has a great understanding of his responsibilities and demonstrated more professionalism than he did as a rookie. Randle could join with Nicks and Cruz to give the Giants a lethal trio of wide receivers.
June 15 Victor
Cruz still doesn't have his long-term deal with the Giants, but
he is now signed up for at least one more year. The restricted free
agent returned to the Meadowlands on Friday morning where he finally
signed his one-year, $2.879 million tender, an NFL source confirmed.
By doing so, Cruz beat a Monday deadline where the Giants had the option
of reducing his tender all the way down to $630,000.
June 14 Kevin
Gilbride says Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz harmed by time away from
Giants. 'They haven't been working, listening or growing, Gilbride
said. 'They haven't been developing. They haven't been receiving the
coaching that they need to get better. To be quite frank, both of them
The Giants wrapped up their three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday at the Timex Performance Center and won't fully return until training camp at the end of next month. Until then, there are 10 takeaways from the offseason program.
Giants are aiming for redemption on defense in 2013. Last year's
unit ranked No. 31 in the NFL, allowing 383.4 yards per game. Through
offseason practices -- including the three-day minicamp that concluded
today in East Rutherford -- the Giants defense has focused on communication.
A sense of togetherness has been formed, said Perry Fewell, the Giants'
Giants defense is aiming to make a major comeback in 2013. And cornerback
Prince Amukamara plans to be a big part of it. "I really want to be
the No. 1 corner on this team, and I feel like right now Corey [Webster]
is, and my goal is to always just try to beat him out. And I think as
soon as I establish myself as the No. 1 corner [on the team], then hopefully
just become the No. 1 corner in the whole league."
June 13 Special Report - In 2005, the Giants spent their second-round draft pick (they didn't have a first, it went to San Diego as final payment for the Great Eli Manning Robbery) and chose LSU cornerback Corey Webster. In 2007, when they did have a first round pick, they used it on Texas cornerback Aaron Ross. In 2008, their first pick was dedicated to safety Kenny Phillips of Miami (Fla.), and the second pick went for cornerback Terrell Thomas of USC. Ready for the recap?
back Terrell Thomas says he will be ready for the start of training
camp without any limitations. How much the Giants will let him do when
camp begins in late July remains to be seen. But Thomas, who missed
the past two seasons because of knee injuries, believes he will surprise
running back David Wilson has been clocked as fast as 4.29 in the
40-yard dash. He's the first Giants back since Tiki Barber to have take-it-to-the-house
speed. The table seems set for Wilson to have a breakout season in 2013
as he receives the bulk of the first-team reps during the Giants' three-day
minicamp at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, but he
doesn't want to part ways with his first love: kickoff returns.
Two fights broke out near the end of practice on Day 2 of the Giants' three-day minicamp. First, offensive lineman Bryant Browning and defensive end Damontre Moore mixed it up during 11-on-11 drills. A couple minutes later, wide receiver Jeremy Horne and cornerback Charles James tangled, causing practice to be stopped again. "Cut the [B.S.] out," coach Tom Coughlin yelled after the second scrap was broken up. "Execute the play and get credit for it." The four players involved are in their first year with the team.
Free agency can bring together disparate factions. The only battles remaining between Chris Snee and Cullen Jenkins will be friendly fire, played out this summer at training camp. The Giants with great haste targeted Jenkins after he was released by the Eagles and quickly signed him to a three-year, $8 million contract. It was a signing hailed by Snee and his mates on the offensive line.
David Carr faces a challenge from draft pick Ryan Nassib as the Giants' backup QB. Carr was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in 2002 out of Fresno State, selected by the Houston Texans, an expansion team at the time. He spent five years in Houston, but the Texans went just 24-56 during that time. And Carr took a tremendous beating -- sacked an NFL-record 76 times as a rookie, and leading the league in QB sacks in two of the next three seasons as well.
Victor Cruz's approach to restricted free agency might have been counterproductive to signing a new contract. An important date to watch with Cruz's situation is June 17. It gives the Giants a one-day window to reduce Cruz's $2.879 million restricted free agent tender to $630,000. Playing hardball with Cruz's tender could result in him missing training camp and potentially part of the regular season.
Giants second year defensive tackle Markus Kuhn has dealt with several issues that have kept him off the field. Kuhn tore his ACL in week ten last year against the Bengals, ending his promising rookie campaign. Now, Kuhn is six months into his recovery and he believes his time off has made him better.
Tom Coughlin revealed that RB Ryan Torain, who's been sidelined this camp, is dealing with a hamstring injury. Coughlin also noted that Hakeem Nicks, who's trying to gradually work his way back to full strength, did a little more work today than he did yesterday, and depending on how he responds, he'll likely do more tomorrow.
June 12 Hakeem
Nicks returns in time for the Giants mandatory minicamp. Nicks declined
to offer any apologies or explanations for his odd absence from the
Giants' 'voluntary' offseason training program the last three weeks.
Just a few lockers down from Hakeem Nicks, who was mobbed by the media on Tuesday morning, Mark Herzlich quietly discussed the biggest opportunity of his life. Nicks' presence at Day 1 of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp is the biggest story of the day. But Herzlich could be one of the biggest, and best, stories of the summer, as he tries to secure the team's starting middle linebacker job.
Coughlin said Jason Pierre-Paul has returned to New York after surgery
a week ago to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Recovery from
the procedure usually lasts three months, placing Pierre-Paul in jeopardy
of missing the Giants' season-opening game Sept. 8 against the Cowboys.
Ryan Mundy has played behind Troy Polamalu for the past four seasons and won a ring as a member of the Steelers practice squad after the 2008 season. Now he's with the Giants - who have won two Super Bowls in the past six seasons - and will play behind veteran Antrel Rolle and the emerging Stevie Brown, who had eight interceptions in a breakout 2012 season.
After four years together at Syracuse, tackle Justin Pugh and quarterback Ryan Nassib just can't seem to get away from each other. The Giants' first- and fourth-round draft picks reported to mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday morning in East Rutherford, beaming about their chance to play professional football and comforted to see a familiar face among so many new ones.
The Giants have reached out to Vonta Leach, the Pro Bowl fullback released by the Baltimore Ravens. Leach, who has a reputation as a punishing blocker and leader in the locker room, has also drawn interest from the Miami Dolphins and will visit with the team Wednesday morning, the person said.
June 11 Eli Manning expects to see his top receiver at Giants mini camp starting Tuesday. While Nicks is expected to show up for the mandatory veterans mini camp, Victor Cruz still remains unsigned as he continues to negotiate a long-term extension. Since Cruz hasn't signed his one-year RFA tender yet, he can't be fined by the team for not attending the camp.
Taylor, who was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome in
2009, was drafted in the fifth round by the Giants. The 6-foot-4, 228-pound
safety has the blend of size, speed, smarts and versatility that makes
his coaches' hearts race. The Giants are trying their big safety at
June 9 Kara Keough has already scripted how "this circus that we call life" will play out eight months from now, at least in her mind and her heart. Her fianc้, Kyle Bosworth - the newest linebacker for the Giants - is going to cap the best season of his football career by winning Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.
The sorry state of NFC East CB play. On the list of the 10 worst 2012 cornerbacks in yards allowed per pass, we find former Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at No. 2 (as in, only one worse) with 10.7 yards allowed. DeAngelo Hall, back with the Redskins this year at a reduced salary, came in fifth at 10.0 yards allowed. And Corey Webster of the New York Giants, who also had his salary cut this offseason, came in seventh-worst at 9.7 yards allowed.
Safety Stevie Brown is one of the "one years" who will make up nearly half of the Giants' regular-season roster. One-year deals have taken over the NFL, with big money reserved for a select few, which is why Kevin Boothe surveyed the open market and estimated "everybody's disappointed except for five people."
June 8 David Wilson's ascension to the starting running back job has been shoved to the background because of the attention generated by Victor Cruz's and Hakeem Nicks' absences and Jason Pierre-Paul's surgery. But how well Wilson produces in his new role will be a critical determinant in whether the Giants enjoy a successful season in 2013.
Mathias Kiwanuka is not looking to replace Jason Pierre-Paul as he steps up and into the starting role vacated by the All-Pro pass rusher. Kiwanuka is looking forward to reminding everyone what he can do while Pierre-Paul is recovering from back surgery, especially now that the former is once again a full-time defensive end with the Giants.
Every year, there are talented college football players who, for whatever the reason, go undrafted. Those players end up in a massive talent pool from which NFL teams pick with a dream of finding the next Victor Cruz, a guy that people passed over but who comes out of nowhere to capture the hearts and imaginations of the team's fan base.
June 7 Hakeem
Nicks continued his unexplained absence from the Giants' voluntary
offseason practice sessions. The final one is Friday - at the Timex
Performance Center in East Rutherford. Fellow wide out Victor Cruz,
a restricted free agent who is in talks for a long-term contract, was
also not in attendance.
Giants held their eighth OTA of the spring on Thursday, the final
one reporters were allowed to watch, before next week's mandatory minicamp.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul wasn't present following his back surgery
earlier this week, but he was still a hot topic of conversation. The
Giants worked a lot on goal-line sets and red-zone packages on Thursday.
And there were a few standout plays, and players.
June 6 Antrel
Rolle is looking forward to getting a healthy and 100 percent Jason
Pierre-Paul back. "I called [our agent] Drew Rosenhaus to get updated
with Jason Pierre-Paul's injury," Rolle said on NFL Network. "I
am just glad he is getting it taken care of now because 80 percent of
JPP is better than a lot of people at 100 percent in this league.
David Wilson and Andre Brown look to mimic some of the successful two-back systems of the recent past this season. In 2013, the Giants' top two tailbacks hope to become just the second pair of 1,000-yard backs in team history, and they could emerge as one of the NFL's most productive tailback pairings.
June 5 Let
the countdown begin for Jason Pierre-Paul, who Tuesday morning in
Los Angeles underwent what the Giants termed successful surgery to repair
a herniated disk in his lower back. The Giants say the recovery time
is approximately 12 weeks, which would be Aug. 27 - 12 days before the
Sept. 8 season-opener in Dallas.
Justin Tuck was standing on the red carpet posing for pictures with celebrities when an old friend gave him a big bear hug. Osi Umenyiora came out to attend Tuck's charity billiards event at Slate last week, and the two quickly caught up and shared some laughs.
June 4 Ramses Barden just re-signed with the New York Giants. But that won't stop the receiver from looking into what he may do once his football career is over. In a few weeks from now, Barden, punter Steve Weatherford and former Giants Jeff Feagles and Michael Clayton, all chosen as four of 24 current and former NFL players, will participate in this year's NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Friends hanging out with Giants running back Andre Brown ran out on a $1,000 bar tab during a power outage at a New Jersey club. We're told Brown and 15 pals ordered 12 bottles of vodka and several glasses of Champagne over two hours at 46 Lounge in Totowa on May 23.
Victor Cruz need a reality check? On Monday, the New York Daily
News reported that the dynamic receiver was in talks for his own reality
television program, news that quickly made the rounds on social media
and was panned by fans of the New York Giants.
June 3 Aaron
Curry is no longer seeking redemption. A lot has changed since the
former All-American linebacker was selected fourth overall by Seattle
in the 2009 draft. Now comes possibly the final chapter of an unlikely
comeback story as Curry hopes to take advantage of an opportunity with
the Giants, who can only hope for a reboot on the football field.
With the dynamic introduction of a new breed of quarterback and style of offense exemplified by Washington Redskins' quarter back Robert Griffen III running the read option, New York Giants' GM Jerry Reese has gone back to the drawing board to plug the holes in the middle by acquiring large defensive tackles.
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