July 20 The Giants will open training camp in eight days (on July 27), so the 2018 offseason is a long way away. That being said, what happens between now and the end of the 2017 season will have a major impact on the future of a slew of Giants who are entering the final years of their contracts, including left guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg, linebacker Keenan Robinson and others.
Ereck Flowers dedicated himself this offseason to change his New York Giants narrative in 2017 and veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison has taken note. "I've had the chance to watch Ereck Flowers this offseason first-hand," Harrison said Tuesday on Sirius XM Radio, via Big Blue View. The guy is 100 percent committed to doing better than he did last year."
July 18 It looks like New York is finally getting to Ben McAdoo. At least fashionwise. The notoriously style-challenged Giants head coach appeared on NBC New York with Bruce Beck on Sunday night looking as though he'd undergone a full-fledged off-season metamorphosis into Pat Riley.
July 15 The development of a high-quality middle linebacker has been a longstanding issue for the Giants. The Giants have a legitimately elite defensive line and a secondary that's deserving of that same distinction. Between the front four and back four players, however, is a trio that ranked amongst the very worst in the NFL in 2017.
Marshall saw which way the Jets were going and wanted no part of losing. The
former Jets and now Giants wide receiver said in a radio interview Thursday he
asked for his release from Gang Green when he saw the team was going to rebuild.
July 10 Sometimes we don't appreciate what's in front of us. That seems to be the case with Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Manning gets picked apart more than any other two-time Super Bowl MVP.
July 9 Thirteen months back, Ben McAdoo was a 38-year-old with big eyes and nothing to lose, coaching a 2016 team on a four-year playoff drought after two-time Super Bowl winning coach Tom Coughlin was pushed out the door. But following an 11-5 debut and a 2016 playoff berth, McAdoo suddenly faces heightened outside expectations: Simply making the playoffs won't be sufficient.
July 6 Don't sweat it, Giants: 7 reasons why 2017 schedule means NFC East title. The league did space out the long flights. The Giants have at least two weeks between each of their four long flight. The Giants will travel 22,954 miles this season, according to Delta. That is the ninth-most travel miles in the NFL this season, and the most for any East Coast team that is not playing a game in London.
Several Giants asserted themselves in the offseason as sleepers to contribute on offense, including receiver Darius Powe, quarterback Geno Smith, fullback Shane Smith, running back Shaun Draughn and offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty. Here are the guys on defense to keep an eye on as training camp approaches in late July.
Jason Pierre-Paul has sold his 5,433-square-foot mansion in Boca Raton, FL, for $1.2 million-exactly the price he paid for it five years ago. The 28-year-old defensive stud grew up 10 miles south of Boca, in Deerfield Beach, FL.
July 4 Are Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins on their way to The Hall Of Fame? Will the Giants' two best young players have careers that are Canton-worthy?
July 3 The Giants' path to prominence this season is on the ground, according to Pro Football Weekly. The long-running periodical has released its 2017 NFL season preview magazine, and it projects another playoff trip for the Giants. PFW says the Giants will just miss winning the NFC East, tying the Cowboys on record (10-6) but losing the division on unspecified tiebreakers.
Report - Jerry Reese is the Giants' general manager and he is also an undeniable
optimist. "This is football," he says, "not a mathematical equation. Things happen
that you don't expect and can't predict, either way."
June 29 A youngster asked for a picture with Steve Spagnuolo, and when the Giants' defensive coordinator obliged, the kid not only was appreciative for the photo op, but also something else. "Thanks for making our defense better," the young boy said. Spagnuolo smiled.
The Giants' offense was bailed out several times by the defense last season, but special teams played their part as well. Punter Brad Wing made facing the already daunting task of facing the Giants' defense even harder as he forced opposing offenses to begin their drives deep within their own territory.
June 28 Brandon Marshall accepts his role with the Giants. In fact, the veteran is more than OK with not being the feature receiver for the first time since 2006 when he was a rookie with the Broncos.
If Eli Manning starts every game this season, he'll tie his brother Peyton for the second-longest consecutive starts streak in NFL history behind Brett Favre's untouchable mark of 321. Not surprisingly, Manning had no idea that he was closing in on his brother's streak.
June 27 Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was ranked the league's eighth-best player by his peers this season to round out the Giants' four-man representation on the list. Safety Landon Collins (No. 28), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (No. 54) and defensive tackle Damon Harrison (No. 96) made the cut as well.
June 26 Giants assistant who coached Janoris Jenkins with Rams sees major improvement. Tim Walton was the Rams' defensive coordinator in 2013 when Janoris Jenkins was a second-year cornerback bubbling with potential but lacking consistency.
Giants' only kicker is a mystery with a leg - who likes it that way. The official NFL bio of Aldrick Rosas is not very detailed. In fact, under the categories marked "Recent games" and "career stats," the identical sentence serves as all anyone needs to know about this mystery man: "This player does not have any statistics."
June 25 The
Giants have released their training camp schedule, which includes eleven practice
sessions open to the public. These practice sessions, which will take place at
the Quest Diagnostics Training Center on the MetLife Sports Complex, begin on
Friday, July 28 at 11:40 a.m. and run through August 14.
June 23 The expiration date on Eli Manning's status as the Giants' starting quarterback has been a source of debate this offseason. And that's only among the team's front office. Strictly from a financial perspective, it would be cost prohibitive for the Giants to cut ties with Manning before 2019.
does Giants co-owner John Mara feel about star wide receiver Odell Beckham
Jr.? "I wish we had another dozen players like him," Mara said during an interview
with Mike Francesa on WFAN on Thursday afternoon.
trial over a lawsuit that accuses Giants quarterback Eli Manning of knowingly
passing off unused helmets to be marketed and sold as game-used has been delayed
indefinitely, according to a court filing.
June 21 Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard make up the NFL's top wide receiver trio, at least according to NFL Network's Kyle Brandt. During a recent episode of the "Good Morning Football" show Brandt hosts, he made his case for the New York Giants trio.
The addition of Jets' wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been perceived in two different ways, however, there are 3 reasons why the New York Giants' signing of him cannot fail.
In each of the last two seasons, Will Tye, an undrafted free agent out of Stony Brook, as emerged as the starting tight end. Tye proved to be durable and there were never any questions about his effort. However, when it came to coming close to being a difference maker, that's where things become a little sketchy.
NFL 2017 preview magazine says Giants will make playoff run. But how far? Athlon believes the Giants have the makings of a contender this season, but their offensive line could ultimately hold them back.
June 20 What does Jay Bromley see when he studies the defensive line for the Giants and spots the glaring opening at right defensive tackle? "If I'm being honest, man, I see me," Bromley told The Post recently. "I see me."
Giants coaches and players have been beating an optimistic drum when it comes to offensive tackles Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart. Their less-than-desirable play a year ago unquestionable hampered the Giants on offense, but we've heard again and again about their youth, offseason dedication and improved conditioning.
Undrafted free agents tend to get their due with the Giants. Victor Cruz, Mark Herzlich, Romeo Okwara, Will Tye - it's not uncommon for an undrafted rookie to earn a roster spot in training camp and then eventually work their way into a starting job. It won't be easy for an undrafted rookie to make the 53-man roster this year, though.
June 18 An eight-week offseason program came to an end this past week with a three-day mandatory minicamp, providing the Giants with a final look at the players they've assembled. They have gone their separate ways until July 27, when the team reconvenes for training camp.
Jonathan Casillas' Giants outlook: "It's all set up for us" in 2017. Casillas had a career year in 2016 as the Giants' defense emerged as one of the NFL's best and helped power the team's 11-5 finish.
Beckham Jr. vowed to be better than ever. At least in terms of preparation,
the wideout believes he is. And if that translates into on-field results for the
Giants that mesh with how Beckham feels? It's a thought that should terrify opposing
coming up on two years since July 4, 2015, the day that changed Jason Pierre-Paul's
life, mangling his right hand. The fireworks incident could've ended his career,
June 16 Davis
Webb has already gone through a popular NFL rookie initiation. On Thursday,
the rookie quarterback said Eli Manning made him sing a song in front of the whole
team, and the third-round pick was tasked with giving his rendition of "Buy
U A Drank" by T-Pain in front of his Giants teammates.
Flowers discussed his offseason adjustments and goals for 2017. The 23-year-old
left tackle was a mainstay at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center this offseason.
He trained diligently for months, so much so that everyone noticed when the team
hit the field for OTAs and minicamp.
June 15 Special Report - Most coaches in the NFL, and that includes coordinators and assistants, have a particular fantasy that continues to recur, although most of them never expect it to bear fruition. What is it? Well, if you're an offensive coordinator you want a proven, professional, two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback. You want a tall, fast wide receiver. You want an incredibly fast wide receiver who, despite a few lapses in judgment, can burn any defense in the league. You want a slot receiver with moves, strength and football savvy.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan raved about the team's options on offense and all the possibilities having so many weapons can create for quarterback Eli Manning. Sullivan talked about the wide receivers - Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard - rookie tight end Evan Engram and the potential in explosive second-year running back Paul Perkins. Sullivan didn't specifically mention the offensive line. Perhaps there is a reason for that.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan is tapping the brakes on praise for first-round pick Evan Engram. But just barely. While no one has actually come out and called Engram the "savior" of the offense, as Sullivan suggested, he does add a new level of variety to how the Giants can line up in 2017.
Goodson has a pretty good tutor. The second-year middle linebacker is learning
this spring from Antonio Pierce, an intern coach in the offseason who won a Super
Bowl with the Giants and spent five years in blue.
Why it's unlikely Odell Beckham Jr. will be a Giant For Life. Carl Banks, Joe Morris, Mark Bavaro, Jim Burt, Justin Tuck, Leonard Marshall, Osi Umenyiora, Amani Toomer, Victor Cruz, Brandon Jacobs, David Tyree, Pepper Johnson, Jim Burt and William Roberts, even Jeremy Shockey for a brief period, will always be considered great Giants. They all started their career with Big Blue but finished elsewhere.
Manning looks at the collection of talent on this year's roster, and he likes
what he sees. Although it's still early and nothing can be ascertained for sure
until the pads go on, Manning said he's seen some early signs of progress from
few years, Eli Manning gets asked this question: Is this the most talented
group of receivers you've ever had? Manning heard it again Tuesday, regarding
Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard (and tight end Evan Engram).
Beckham Jr.'s presence with the Giants for the first time in a public setting
since the playoff loss in Green Bay five months ago should signal the close of
another chapter as Big Blue continues to refocus on what lies ahead: the 2017
season and the ultimate quest to reach Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.
Beckham Jr. let his cleats do the talking Tuesday at his first Giants practice
since he skipped OTAs, giving a nod to several media outlets - including ESPN,
TMZ?, the Wall Street Journal? and The Post - with a pair of new Nikes that featured
their logos with "SHHHHH!!!" superimposed.
star Giants wide receiver denied he skipped the team's voluntary organized
team activity practices due to dissatisfaction with his contract situation. Beckham
did not confirm or deny, though, that he would like to see his modest rookie deal
amended with a big money extension after a historic start to his career.
Benny with the good hair is now Benny with the new hair. Giants coach Ben McAdoo, whose appearance has sometimes been as scrutinized as his play-calling, debuted a new McA-do for the opening of Giants minicamp on Tuesday.
Beckham Jr.'s return to the Giants' facility on Monday was meaningful, but
it is anybody's guess what exactly it means. Beckham had promised NFL Network
he would attend this week's mandatory minicamp, and he would have been fined $80,405
if he had skipped.
June 12 Giants
coach Ben McAdoo provided a simple explanation for naming Paul Perkins the
starting running back in May. "It was Paul and Rashad (Jennings) last year and
Rashad is no longer with us, so Paul is the next man up," McAdoo said on May 2.
The fact Odell Beckham is apparently coming to minicamp suggests his OTA absence was not all about his modest contract, as was reported by ESPN. Or if it was, Beckham is not ready to push the envelope further by missing mandatory events that would open him up to fines.
June 11 Dave Merritt says Landon Collins has the potential to be the best safety in the NFL in 2017. Collins' jump from his first season to his second one certainly has sparked those possibilities, and he has told people he wants to be considered with Lawrence Taylor as one of the best defenders in team and NFL history.
OTAs wrapped up Friday with a 10th and final practice, so now all that stands
between Big Blue and training camp in late July is next week's three-day mandatory
minicamp beginning Tuesday.
Everyone wants to know how good Paul Perkins can be. Fantasy football owners need to know if Perkins is going to command the most attention in the backfield, even after Giants coach Ben McAdoo declared he would be the team's starting running back. Scouts and draft experts alike predicted the Giants got themselves a sleeper with the selection of Perkins in the 2016 fifth-round.
to just about every week last season, someone on the Giants' offense would
say: "This is the week." It was a never-ending waiting game for the
offense to break out, connect and start producing at the level most expected.
That never happened. Through 16 games and a playoff loss, the offense never mustered
30 points in any single game.
tight end Evan Engram gripped a football as he followed his teammates into
the Giants practice facility following the final session of organized team activities.
The first-round draft pick had a pretty good handle on the ball earlier in the
afternoon, too, eluding defenders and connecting with quarterback Eli Manning
a couple of times during Thursday's seven-on-seven drills.
season after revamping the defense, the New York Giants decided to add some
firepower to their offense via free agency and the NFL draft. Two big playmakers
are now in the fold for a team with an offense that was already among the best
in the league.
not easy to remove the smile from the face of Giants tight end coach Kevin
Gilbride these days. That's what happens when your team invests a first-round
pick and significant cap space in free agency at your position.
It's understandable Beckham wants more money. He is scheduled to make $1.8 million in base salary in 2017, the final year of his four-year rookie contract, and about $8.5 million next year thanks to his fifth-year option.
More than 40 receivers in the NFL will make more money from their team this season than Beckham will get from the Giants. "He can't play for $1.8 million," an NFL source opined to The Post, citing the danger of an injury wiping out Beckham's chances for a truly record-breaking contract.
Still, what Beckham has to understand is that the timing of this is tricky, complicated by his unpredictable personality and by his playoff failure in Green Bay in January.
By this time next week, when Beckham is presumably in attendance for the Giants' mandatory mini-camp, perhaps the drama and worry about his relationship with his employers should go down a notch. Or two notches. Or maybe a hundred.
Nobody knows a football player better than his position coach. From the meeting room to the practice field, that's who they spend the most time with at the facility. And that goes double for rookies. So when the Giants' staff met with the media on Wednesday, the assistants broke down the 2017 draft picks like no one else can.
Manning is a prankster, Dalvin Tomlinson wants to sack Dak Prescott, and Plaxico
Burress still can't believe he faced single coverage when he caught the game-winning
touchdown in Super Bowl XLII. Those were just some of the many highlights at Tuesday
night's Giants Town Hall, presented by NewYork-Presbyterian.
Beckham Jr. showed his strongest sign yet Tuesday night that his absence from
Giants OTAs is about the money. And if it's not a holdout, it sure looks like
The Jets just cut the savior the Giants need. Ben McAdoo wants talented men of integrity? Meet David Harris. There would be no better mentor or insurance for second-year linebacker B.J. Goodson than Harris.
June 6 On Monday the Giants held their seventh of ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) which will continue this week until mandatory minicamp wraps up the offseason program next week. Overall, it was a good day for the offense.
Wide receiver Roger Lewis was arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired early Sunday morning in Ohio. Lewis, who was present at Giants OTAs two weeks ago, most recently made headlines as part of the Odell Beckham-headlined Miami boat trip before the team's wild-card loss to the Packers in January.
June 4 When running back Paul Perkins dropped a sure touchdown pass Thursday afternoon during team drills at the Giants' practice facility, defensive tackle Damon Harrison raised his hands in the air to celebrate. It was all in fun. Harrison greeted Perkins with a hug and a slap on the helmet as everyone else laughed. As much as learning the offensive and defensive playbooks are a focal point of offseason training activities, so is building the kind of camaraderie and unity that can last throughout a long NFL season.
Don't tell Matt LaCosse OTAs are meaningless. Established players with guaranteed contracts, such as wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon, can skip the OTAs and know they will have a spot on the team come training camp. LaCosse isn't always sure he will back the next day. The sure-handed tight end made the most of Friday's practice, making a pair of diving catches in the end zone that should earn a strong look during the upcoming training camp.
The best, worst and weirdest Giants - at playing softball. Did you know Eli Manning bats lefty? Well, he does. That was one of the revelations coming out of Friday night's Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY.
June 3 Ben
McAdoo changes his tune as Odell Beckham, others continue to stay away from
OTAs. "We did the attendance song and dance last week," McAdoo said
when asked about the challenge of inconsistency in practice with players in-and-out.
"So let's skip that this week."
that Eli Apple has an NFL season under his belt he's focused on adding some
muscle, which isn't just helping his strength but has increased his speed as well.
Bigger, stronger, faster.
With their offseason personnel moves, or lack thereof, the Giants have suggested significant faith in Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart as a starting offensive tackle duo - faith some would argue is unwarranted. Flowers, the No. 9-overall pick in 2015, has struggled in his first two years at left tackle. Hart, a seventh-round pick that year, lost his starting job late last season after an up-and-down campaign.
June 2 Special Report - So during this relatively quiet time, while Organized Team Activities continue - read: light workouts, physical training, classroom work, team-building stuff - we thought it might be a good idea to look at the team and the coming 2017 from every angle possible. This week, it seemed right to pick out one or two key additions on each unit as a litmus test to gauge how much improvement we can really expect.
June 1 No Giants position group will be more scrutinized this season than the offensive line. The unit struggled again in 2016, and its issues helped contribute to a major step-back by the offense as a whole. The Giants averaged a full touchdown less per game. That brings us to 2017, where the Giants are exuding confidence the line will take a big step forward after doing ... not much.
The NFL season is less than 100 days away. But for now, the New York Giants have reached the midway point of their organized team activities (OTAs). They held their fifth of 10 practices today at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, and it was a heavy workday with a lot of plays and work in the red zone.