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Apr 18 The Giants have an official date and time for their preseason opener. On Aug. 14, at 7:30 p.m., the Giants will face the Bengals in Cincinnati, according to the Bengals. The entire NFL schedule is expected to be released next week.
Apr 17 With the NFL draft on the horizon, the Giants made several tweaks their roster on Wednesday. In addition to announcing the signings of defensive back Josh Gordy and linebacker Ryan Jones, they waived linebacker Paul Hazel and cornerback Josh Victorian.
For 41 years, the Giants have avoided selecting a guard in the first round of the draft. They might still be traumatized from their 1974 selection, with the No. 3-overall pick, of John Hicks, a guard from Ohio State. Hicks lasted four years with the Giants and the NFL and never lived up to his college credentials. Since then, the Giants used their first-round pick on an offensive lineman only six times, most recently in 2013 on Justin Pugh. Only once did they take an interior offensive lineman, in 1989, and that was for a center, Brian Williams, out of Minnesota.
Apr 16 One of the most important questions facing the Giants in 2015 is whether second-year wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can repeat -- or even approximate -- his dazzling rookie-year performance.
Mara believes the NFL playoffs are fine the way they are, with 12 teams qualifying
for the postseason. But he knows the time may come, soon, when two additional
teams are added to increase the playoff pool to 14 teams.
The Giants finally have a player on their roster who has technically started an NFL game at safety after they agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year deal with veteran Josh Gordy, according to multiple people with knowledge of the deal.
Cruz said that his rehab from the knee injury he suffered last October has
been one of the most difficult things he's ever had to endure. So much of the
Giants' hope for 2015 rests on what they believe will be an unstoppable offense,
and so much of the hope for that rests on the healthy return of Victor Cruz.
Former Cowboys LB Victor Butler was signed by the Giants, but now he's been suspended four games for performance-enhancing drugs. For the fifth time in five seasons, a Giants player has been suspended for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Sacks aren't the only thing defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has a knack for. It turns out the 26-year-old Florida native also has an eye for design: He just listed his home in Boca Raton, Florida, for $2.1 million after an extensive -- and impressive -- amount of remodeling work. Built in 1995, the home was purchased in 2012 for $1.2 million by the player nicknamed JPP.
The Giants' preseason schedule will include only AFC opponents for the third
consecutive year. They will travel to Cincinnati and New England and host Jacksonville
and the Jets. The dates and times of the games have yet to be finalized.
greatest single roster addition for the Giants in 2015 will not likely come
from free agency or the NFL Draft, but hopefully the return of a healthy and dynamic
Andre Williams' rookie season was worse than it looked. In the four games that Jennings sat out, Williams never ran for more than 59 yards, and never surpassed 3.5 yards per carry.
Eli Manning has never strung together the consecutive dominant seasons that his brother has, and he throws a lot of interceptions for a guy considered by some to be a top 10 quarterback. But then there are those two Super Bowl rings.
Apr 8 At this point in 2014, Giants fans were screaming from the proverbial rooftops "Who is our tight end!?!" The answer ended up being Larry Donnell, who emerged as an effective receiver for the Giants in 2014 and hopes to continue his improvement in 2015.
In 10 fourth-and-one chances, Tom Coughlin went for the first down five times, which actually puts him in more aggressive company, along with the Ravens' John Harbaugh (10 out of 13 on fourth-and-one) the Saints' Sean Payton (four of six), and the Packers' Mike McCarthy (6 out of 10). But push the ball back one yard, and Coughlin gets extremely conservative.
The Giants are entering dangerous territory with quarterback Eli Manning. At 34 years of age, Manning is entering the twilight of his career. Reese and Coughlin should be making decisions with the immediate future in mind rather than the long-term.
Apr 4 Training
camp is months away, but it's never too early for NFL teammates to start building
camaraderie off the field.
Apr 1 Why do the Giants need a safety? Numbers show they can't cover tight ends. The Giants' safeties last season, Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, and Quintin Demps, all struggled in coverage at various points in the season.
Giants players don't begin their offseason conditioning program for another
three weeks, but Eli Manning believes he is already ahead of where he was last
In his 11 seasons as the Giants' head coach, the most repeated criticism of Tom Coughlin has been his reluctance to play rookies. Back when the team was winning Super Bowls, the reliance upon veteran talent was at least justified. Now getting rookies who can contribute right away is more important than ever.
Report - If head coach Tom Coughlin has a say in the
identity and position of the Giants' first round draft pick a month from now (and
who would have the temerity to say he doesn't?) then he is dropping hints like
bread crumbs on a mountain trail that he wants a defensive player.
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.
Mar 26 Tom
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.
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