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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.
May 23 Fullback Henry Hynoski injured his knee and was carted off the field during Wednesday's OTA. Hynoski was set to undergo an MRI on his knee. The Giants fullback has become a valuable component of the offense and head coach Tom Coughlin said he was praying for the best.
On the second play of an 11-on-11 drill, Hynoski took a handoff from quarterback Eli Manning and banged knees with running back Andre Brown. He went down in a heap and was carted off the field.
wide receiver Victor Cruz's absence Wednesday from the team's first OTA at
the Timex Performance Center was expected. Fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks' no-show
was not. "He should be here," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who was
Nicks sent the team a little message by not showing up for practice Wednesday.
Pay day is coming soon for Nicks, too. That was the unstated goal of Nicks' not
attending the Giants' organized team activity practice, a team source indicated
The biggest story of the Giants' first organized team activities of the offseason was the absence of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. The biggest opportunity went to the wide receivers who got increased reps in their places. Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan served as the starters in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, and new addition Louis Murphy saw plenty of action too.
Barden is back in NY Giants' picture, close to signing one-year deal with
Big Blue Despite rumored interest from the Carolina Panthers, a market for Barden
Linebacker Aaron Curry was among the players making their Giants debut Wednesday in the team's first organized team activities of the offseason. Curry lined up with the second unit, but his performance in the locker room after practice was starter-worthy.
The Giants opened their first OTA practice with Keith Rivers, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger as the starting linebackers. Jacquian Williams is expected to start, but he only participated in individual drills as he continues to take it easy with a PCL knee injury that slowed him down and forced him out of six games last year.
May 22 One of the key things being undersold on Jason Pierre-Paul's performance in 2012 is that too much focus is being placed on his "headline" pass rush number. While a drop from 17 to 7 sacks is inherently disappointing, Pierre-Paul is so much more than a pass rusher.
Approaching the most pivotal season of his Giants career, defensive captain Justin Tuck added 12 steps to his offseason regimen. Twelve steps over scorching hot coals that hovered at about 2,000 degrees. "This ain't no gimmick," Tuck said. "They were hot. You felt the heat."
There will be something different in the Giants' wide receiver meetings this season, and Hakeem Nicks knows it. The wideout has seen it already, in the Giants' handful of workouts. Younger wideouts come up to him and ask him questions about "their routes, stuff about the offense, and stuff like that," he says. And then they hang on his words.
Giants will not rush Hakeem Nicks. Hakeem Nicks is being cautious and, at this point, who could blame him? Nobody knows better how a misstep this time of year can cost you an entire season. Nicks won't be able to step on the practice field free of flashbacks to how his 2012 campaign was sidetracked for all intents and purposes a year ago this week.
The Giants and restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz apparently aren't as close to a long-term deal as some thought. Co-owner Steve Tisch said as much at the NFL meetings in Boston.
Taylor was in elementary school in the Atlanta area back in the late 1990s
when Jason Sehorn was starring for the Giants as a one-of-a-kind cornerback. Not
many rookies about to enter the NFL nowadays point to Sehorn as the player they
emulate, but there is a glaring reason why Taylor does.
Woodson is one of the many veteran free agents still available, and the Giants
are always in the market for veterans on the cheap. Woodson's agent, Carl Poston,
told ESPN's Josina Anderson that "The Giants have just put their toe in the
water again for Charles Woodson."
When Damontre Moore first arrived to the Giants facility last week, the rookie defensive end found a note in his locker stall. The note was from Justin Tuck. The defensive captain had a message for the team's newest quarterback-sacking prospect: "I hope you are ready to work."
The phrases "Aaron Curry" and "fourth pick in the draft" have appeared in the same sentence so often it wouldn't be shocking if his birth certificate has been amended to reflect the designation. Curry admits now he wasn't prepared to carry the weight of everyone else's hopes. Curry is expected to compete for a job at either middle or strongside linebacker. He has begun bonding with his new teammates in the Giants' offseason conditioning program.
were rumblings circulating Tuesday that things might be heating up with Victor
Cruz's contract negotiations. But two sources said there is nothing imminent at
the moment and that it appears it is status quo in talks between Cruz and the
Giants on a potential extension.
May 14 Eli
Manning hopes Victor Cruz will be able to join the Giants as soon as next
week, when the team ramps up its practices in OTAs. "We get into some real practices
next week," Manning said at a Guiding Eyes for the Blind event on Monday night.
"So hopefully as we get kind of into those live going-against-a-defense practices,
he will get back in so we can get back to work."
Giants rookie Damontre Moore is out to prove he won't disappoint when it comes to his practice work ethic. Moore gave his all during games, not so much in practice or in the weight room. "That wasn't one of my strong fortes," Moore said Saturday during Giants rookie mini-camp.
May 13 The Giants signed six players to the roster over the weekend. Joining new linebacker Aaron Curry will be defensive tackle Frank Okam, tight end Michael Palmer, wide receiver Jeremy Horne, cornerback Junior Mertile and safety John Stevenson. Horne, 26, was teammates with Victor Cruz at UMass and the 6-2 receiver stood out at rookie camp. So did Mertile and Stevenson. Mertile is a 6-1 rookie tryout from Florida International. Stevenson, who had an interception off Ryan Nassib in practice on Friday, is a 5-11 rookie safety from Georgia Southern.
Giants had to run for cover halfway through Saturday's afternoon practice
when thunder and lightening arrived at the Timex Performance Center field. It
was the second showing for the rookies at the Giants' rookie minicamp. The weather
may have moved things around, but several of the newbies seemed to be getting
more comfortable with the Giants' routine and playbook.
With 2013 Giants rookie minicamp in the books, here are a few takeaways. There's something special about this draft class. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I haven't been this impressed by a draft class since 2007 - and we all know how well that class turned out. What I'm getting at is I could conceivably seeing the bulk of this class contributing as soon as this year, be it at different points.
Giants believe rookie DT Johnathan Hankins will bolster their run defense. They're hoping he can fortify a unit that ranked next-to-last in the NFL in total defense last season and 25th against the run.
Giants third-round pick Damontre Moore is a first-round talent some say, if he would only listen The pass rusher out of Texas A&M slid to the Giants in the third round amid concerns he lacked emotional maturity and physical strength.
rookie QB Ryan Nassib impresses coach Tom Coughlin; club makes several roster
moves. The Giants announced the signing of six players at the conclusion of their
rookie minicamp: DT Frank Okam, TE Michael Palmer, WR Jeremy Horne, DBs Junior
Mertile and John Stevenson and LB Aaron Curry, who was signed on Friday.
May 11 It was a crowded Giants rookie minicamp Friday, with more than 60 players - most of them undrafted free agents - swarming multiple practice fields. There was a lot of young, energetic football muscle parading back and forth, a throng that often ran the wrong way or looked lost in the middle of an assignment.
The Giants began the first of four on-field practices with a combination of draft picks, undrafted free agent signings, veteran tryouts, rookie tryouts, and eligible already on the roster - 63 players all together - as head coach Tom Coughlin and the coaching staff sought to gauge how well the youngsters responded to the information being thrown at them in the classroom.
The Giants drafted Justin Pugh saying he can play guard, tackle or even center. But the fact that he was at right tackle during both practices on the first day of rookie camp could be an indication that Pugh may have a shot to be in the mix in the competition at right tackle.
It's called the "joker" position at Texas A&M, a hybrid linebacker/defensive end role in which Damontre Moore would rush from a stand-up position or with his hand on the ground. Sound familiar? The Giants have turned that job description into an art form with their use of Mathias Kiwanuka the past several seasons, and it seems the team has similar plans for Moore.
The first time Ryan Nassib talked to Eli Manning, he could barely hear a word the Giants quarterback said. "I usually don't pick up numbers I don't save but at that point I was picking up anything from New Jersey. My house was a little bit crazy, I had a tough time hearing him." Nassib hopes it's the first of many more talks over the next few years.
Seventh-round draft pick Michael Cox, a running back out of Massachusetts said he was "sort of familiar" with David Wilson's struggles last year to learn the pass blocking schemes so he could get on the field more. And he sympathizes with Wilson's plight. "There's a lot of material and everything to learn," Cox said.
Giants sign four draft picks but first-round choice Justin Pugh not among them. The Giants also announced the signing of six undrafted rookie free agents: WR Marcus Davis (Virginia Tech), LB Charles Dieuseul ((Mount Union), CB Charles James (Charleston Southern), LB Etienne Sabino (Ohio State), S Alonzo Tweedy (Virginia Tech) and RB Jeremy Wright (Louisville).
Agent LB Aaron Curry has signed on with the Giants. Curry, the fourth overall
selection of the 2009 NFL Draft who is trying to revive his career, joined a Giants
team seeking linebacker help.
top pick Justin Pugh is set to show off mean streak That tenacity is something
the Giants are hoping to see when they get their first look at Pugh and the rest
of their draft class on Friday morning for the start of a three-day rookie minicamp.
The case of Justin Tuck is a curious one. Not long ago, the New York Giants defensive end was regarded as one of the league's best young stars. The past two seasons of Justin Tuck have been a mopey muddle -- a confusing blend of injuries, ineffectiveness and a surprising, self-acknowledged struggle with motivation.
Former Browns kick return specialist and wide receiver Josh Cribbs and ex-Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry both visited the Giants but each departed without a contract. Cribbs, who has also visited the Raiders and Jets, will visit Detroit next on his free-agent tour. Curry, the No. 4 pick overall by Seattle in 2009, tweeted that his meeting with the Giants "went well ... little rough on the edges but nothing repetition and hard work can't smooth out." He later added, "my few hours with #Giants staff and players explain everything to me ... #first class."
camp is less than three months away and Victor Cruz remains unsigned, but
Giants co-owner John Mara remains "pretty confident" that a deal with
the star receiver will eventually be struck.
May 7 The Giants' search for linebacking help will continue this week when they take a look at a player who was once expected to be one of the league's best. Aaron Curry, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft, is planning to make a free agent visit to the Giants on Thursday. He hasn't played since he was cut by the Oakland Raiders last November in part due to chronic knee problems that helped derail his career.
Sintim, a linebacker who had enough potential that the Giants took him in
the second round of the 2009 NFL draft, has retired at the age of 27 after an
NFL career in which he had more torn ACLs than games started.
May 6 Why Victor Cruz holding out for more money makes no sense. Coach Coughlin, "We want a win-win. We want Victor to be proud to be a New York Giant, proud of his contract." Hopefully, both sides will come to terms soon.
May 3 What they're saying: Jerry Reese on Eric Hermann, "A big, tough, nasty guard. We really liked him. We'd been looking at him on the board for a while there and we were hoping that if he could get to the seventh row he'd be a nice pick for us at that spot. He'll create some competition at the guard position -- tough, hard-nosed, big football player."
What they're saying: Tom Coughlin on Michael Cox, "A good-sized running back that puts together the size and the speed. He will come in here and battle and compete. And that is what we need is competition at that spot."
May 2 Fans were pleading with the Giants going into the draft to address a perceived weakness at linebacker. Alec Ogletree was a hot name in mock drafts. Manti Te'o was on the Giants' first round board. Yet somewhere between the war room inside Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford and the podium inside Radio City Music Hall, the prevailing notion that the Giants needed help at linebacker fell flat.
The Giants drafted two players, Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib, who performed well at the 2013 Senior Bowl. Of the 254 players selected last weekend, 94 played in college football's all-star game in Mobile, Ala., including two of the Giants' latest picks. That's 37 percent of the 2013 class that benefited from accepting the invitation to play in late January and the most since 2002 produced 96. And while showcase games tend to be nothing more than an exhibition in other sports and levels, the Senior Bowl is part of the audition in college football.
May 1 Special Report - Now that the draft is over, you must have looked over the list of the Giants' draftees and wondered: Why this guy? Why in this round? What about him, or that, or on and on? To ask questions about any draft class is not only valid but prudent. So let's ask aloud one question about each player the Giants selected.
Coughlin and John Mara both said repeatedly that they wanted to get better
in the trenches, the offensive and defensive lines. Meanwhile Reese dropped a
clue about having had more than just a passing fancy about the time now being
right to develop a quarterback. So in looking at the Giants draft class, was it
any coincidence that four of their seven picks represented the trenches and a
fifth guy is the quarterback?
first-round draft choice Justin Pugh arrives for rookie minicamp next week,
he will be issued his Giants helmet, pads and jersey. Chris Snee suggests he bring
another piece of equipment. "Pugh, if you are reading this, get a credit
card," Snee said. Let the initiation begin.
Jerry Reese became the general manager of the Giants in 2007, the team has
drafted a total of eight linebackers in the hopes of finding at least one--if
not more--who could form the foundation at the position. Spencer Paysinger, entering
his third season out of Oregon, is hoping to be among the next of the great undrafted
free agents to get a shot at becoming a regular contributor to the Giants' defense.
The Giants rookie minicamp which is scheduled for May 10-11 will have more than just the 7 drafted rookies. It will also include guys who were on the practice squad, guys signed to reserve/future contracts who were not on an NFL roster last year, the undrafted free agents who signed the standard three-year deal, and a handful of tryout players hoping to convince the coaches to invite them to summer camp.
Victor Cruz is the only restricted free agent still unsigned by the Giants, and Tom Coughlin is concerned. Speaking on WFAN Monday afternoon, Coughlin said he hoped at this point Cruz would have signed a deal and been involved in offseason workouts. The deadline for another team to sign restricted free agents to an offer sheet was April 19. Read more: Giants' Coughlin: Cruz contract situation 'has to be a concern'.
Apr 30 The Giants did not know which specific players they would select in the NFL Draft, but they did have a definitive strategy as to what areas of need they wanted to address. Sure, they always attempt to pick the best player available when their selection rolls around, but this year - more than most years - they had a pre-set goal in mind. Get bigger and tougher up front.
It was a shocker at the time when the Giants traded up and did so for a quarterback. Drafting Ryan Nassib in the fourth round and moving up and surrendering a sixth-round pick for a guy that Jerry Reese honestly hopes never plays had a lot of fans scratching their heads. There were cornerbacks, safeties and (gasp!) linebackers available in the fourth round.
Eli Manning doesn't know Ryan Nassib, but he understands the challenges the youngster is about to face."It's not learning the stuff - you're going to learn it," he said. "It's knowing how to execute it on the field. When things break down or when your first read's not there and you have to go to your second read, you have to make good decisions and play at a high level each and every play."
Three times since 2006, and twice since 2009, the Eagles and Giants have gone after the same position in the first round of the draft. Each time the Eagles picked first and each time the Giants, as it turned out, got the better player. Did it happen again this year? Chip Kelly and Co. better hope they did better than their predecessors in head-to-head picks with Giants general manager Jerry Reese and his personnel staff. This year it happened twice."
Apr 29 Eli Manning kind of figured it would happen sooner or later. The Giants' franchise quarterback knew the team could draft a young quarterback prospect to learn behind him. So when the Giants traded up to grab Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, Manning felt it was good to finally have a highly regarded rookie in the quarterbacks room moving forward.
Giants top pick Justin Pugh grew into football out of hockey. Perhaps no one has had Pugh's best interests at heart more than his stepfather. Pugh's parents divorced when he was in kindergarten and his mother, Carolyn, remarried a few years later. Pugh was rambunctious and spoiled to the core by his mother and sister when Frank Gavaghan came into his life. Gavaghan was a law-and-order guy. He put an end to Pugh's temper tantrums.
Apr 28 Special Report - While you were you giving undivided attention to what the New York Giants were doing in the 2013 Draft -- at least, you are paying attention now -- the three other NFC East teams also feasted on the available college players, with varying success. It is important to note that while we have no idea how well these players will develop, it isn't unfair to try to gauge which team -- Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington -- may have had the best draft. We need to take a close at what Giants rivals did since they'll play each other twice each this season, so let's do it.
Report Card: Grading the Giants' draft. A lot of the players the Giants were eyeing had been picked. Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker, Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro and LSU safety Eric Reid were all gone. In fact, the Niners traded with the Cowboys to take Reid right before the Giants picked. So the Giants opted to fill a big need with an offensive lineman they feel can play tackle, guard or center.
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