Oct 31 Giants report card: Grading each position on offense and defense, coaching and front office. Even the doomsday forecasters couldn't have seen this coming. The Giants are 1-7 and out of the playoff picture with eight games to go.
Landon Collins sees no reason the Giants would consider trading him. No reason at all. "I do a lot for the team, organization, I was a draft pick," Collins said. There is no concrete evidence the Giants ever considered shipping Collins anywhere.
Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested Tuesday morning for "various motor vehicle and related disorderly persons offenses" pertaining to a traffic violation in Weehawken, New Jersey.
creak the door open for an Eli Manning benching. There are no guarantees.
Not at 1-7. Not with an offense that moves within the vicinity of the end zone
and then fails to advance.
Manning has broken every meaningful passing record in Giants history, has
achieved career numbers in line with many of the NFL's all-time greats, and has
Hall of Fame credentials, as far as I'm concerned.
On the game. Game 8
Gamegirl ..."With the way the game was going, I thought at halftime the Giants had a shot..."
Mikefan ..."Despite any trades that happened during the week, the Giants defense was holding its own..."
Redskins win third straight, behind defense and Peterson.
Instant Analysis: Offense struggles in loss to Washington.
Are Giants worst team in NFL? With this dreadful offense, it's hard to say no.
Enough already! Giants must bench Eli Manning and play Kyle Lauletta.
Saquon Barkley's brilliance has gone to waste on woeful Giants.
New York Giants takeaways from Week 8's loss to the Redskins.
Giants' offense is downright pathetic in hard-to-watch loss.
The defense the Giants have left was almost enough.
'Unacceptable protection' leaves Giants offense line fuming.
Who to blame for Redskins' 7 sacks?
All the hallmarks of a Giants debacle, in one depressing game.
The Giants' transition away from Eli Manning must begin now.
Giants report card: Holy hell this offense
(1-6) vs Redskins (4-2) Game Preview
Oct 28 Eli Manning forced to be the Giants' rock in lost season. There have been tough moments for Manning during his 15-year stay, but nothing like this. He does not offer much introspection for public consumption, yet there was a pained look in his eyes this past week as he was barraged with questions after his team traded away two defensive starters for future draft picks, the loud-as-roaring-thunder signal a rebuild is in place.
Oct 27 Giants have one game to prove they still have some life. The Giants, en route to 1-6, have insisted all along that they're thisclose to being a good team and that they're better than what their record says they are.
How did Giants-Saints Eli Apple deal go down? What was Apple's 1st reaction? The NFL trade deadline is in four days. We've already seen several deals, including a pair by the Giants, sending cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints and defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions.
Corey Coleman wants in. The last time most of the football public saw the newest wide receiver for the New York Giants, the 2016 first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns wanted out. That was nearly three months ago when Coleman was shown on HBO's "Hard Knocks" suggesting to his former coach, Hue Jackson, that the Browns should trade him - and the organization did just that, dealing him to Buffalo. Two teams later, Coleman wants to prove he's not a bust with Big Blue.
Oct 26 Is more Sterling Shepard the answer for Giants offense? Secret to his big plays. It wasn't just that Sterling Shepard had a Giants' season-high 167 receiving yards in Week 7. It was the way he got them: Catches covering 58, 53 and 38 yards. Leaping at the ball's highest point. Tip-toeing the sideline. Moving a drive into the red zone three different times.
The Giants this week traded two of his starters, but defensive coordinator James Bettcher emphatically said today he will not tolerate a decline in effort or production from anyone on his unit.
With Giants in disarray, Redskins can play to strengths. Over their last 23 games, the Giants are just 4-19. This past week, the franchise traded two defensive starters - Eli Apple and Damon Harrison - ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Washington Redskins. Quarterback Eli Manning appears washed up.
Oct 25 Don't tell the Giants about the white flag raised outside their building. After trading away their second defensive starter in as many days, the 1-6 Giants don't believe their front office is surrendering this season and thinking only about the future.
When the Giants take the field against Washington on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, the starting lineup will look drastically different than the team that took the field in Monday night's 23-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Here's a look at the most likely Giants starting lineup, now that Harrison and Apple have been dealt.
Oct 24 'Snacks' Harrison traded to Lions as Giants' fire sale picks up. Eli Apple was just the beginning. Giants GM Dave Gettleman did not wait long to sell off another piece of the defense, sending Damon "Snacks" Harrison to the Lions for a fifth-round pick.
trade Eli Apple for draft pick as rebuild gets underway | What's next move?
The third-year cornerback was dealt from the Giants to the Saints for a fourth-round
pick in 2019 and a seventh-round pick in 2020.
On the game. Game 7
Gamegirl ..."Even though the defense kept Atlanta from scoring as much as they usually do, it wasn't enough to keep the Giants from losing once again, this time 23-20..."
Mikefan ..."On their first third quarter drive, they got all the way down the field before getting too eager, going for it on fourth-and-goal from the Falcons 1-yard line, and that didn't work..."
Ryan throws for 379 yards, Falcons beat Giants 23-20.
Instant Analysis: Giants can't complete comeback vs. Falcons.
Giants saved their most embarrassing flop for prime time.
Even the Saquon Barkley silver lining wasn't there.
Eli Manning's statline is a lie.
Let's count the ways Pat Shurmur was a disaster.
Giants report card: Let us count the ways the offense failed.
Pat Shurmur lost his mind as Giants lose again in Atlanta.
Deep dive into Giants red-zone failures | Closer look at all 19 play calls.
Giants lose to Falcons, drop to 1-6.
Same old frustrations rear their ugly heads for Eli Manning and Giants' O-line.
(1-5) vs Falcons (2-4) Game Preview
Oct 22 Giants can only do one thing to change this season's narrative. The Giants will face another team Monday night that hasn't had all that many things go well for it so far this year, and the Falcons have the added burdens of both being beat up and shouldering an expectation that they'd be one of the premier teams in the NFC this season.
It's time for everybody's favorite new Giants-themed game: Name that return man! Contestants 1 and and 2 were holdovers from last season. Contestants 3 and 4 were waiver-wire additions. Contestant 5 was an undrafted rookie. And on and on down the line.
Oct 21 Giants to make another change to the starting offensive line. As a whole, the unit has struggled massively, failing to create enough holes for the running game and give quarterback Eli Manning the needed time to throw.
The Giants are in search of their second win of the season Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium, but will need to find a way to contain quarterback Matt Ryan, and wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.
So much attention has been focused on the Giants' offensive shortcomings this season. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher wants to remind you that his group isn't exactly playing up to expectations either. He reminded his players of that as well.
Oct 20 James
Bettcher's Giants defense was supposed to feature exotic blitzes and aggressive
schemes - unpredictability that players were raving about in the spring and summer.
That has yet to be the case, but there is a reason for that.
Oct 19 Pat
Shurmur still believes he can hold disaster season together. His veteran quarterback
has been attacked from many more places than simply opposing defenses: His star
receiver has rattled the team-first foundation with bizarre, self-serving rants;
his rebuilt offensive line can't block; and his high-priced defense has vastly
Report - It's tough to argue that the Giants are just going through growing
pains, though there is an argument that it might take a quarterback, let alone
other players, nearly a season before being comfortable in a new system. It's
also hard to argue that players earning $5, $10, $20 million or more can use such
years and two Super Bowls ago, the Giants made the right move trading for
Eli Manning. The question that won't go away for years and years is whether they
made the wrong move drafting Saquon Barkley with the second-overall pick instead
of Sam Darnold.
Oct 17 John
Mara rips into Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. Co-owner says OBJ needs to do more
playing and less talking, calls team's 1-5 start "embarrassing."
Rare good news for Giants offense: Engram eyes return. It did not help the Giants' anemic offense that one of their main playmakers, tight end Evan Engram, missed the past three games with a sprained knee.
Giants offensive line is a mess ... Here's how Spencer Pulley can fix it. The Giants offense has a myriad of issues that have contributed to yet another "embarrassing" 1-5 start, not the least of which is lackluster offensive line play.
it all went wrong for the Giants' offense. Nothing has worked out better than
expected, but that does not mean everything has gone wrong - other than the results
on the field, of course.
Health and a new locker room vibe have these 1-5 Giants feeling better than last year's 1-5 Giants. The Giants have had a few days off to reflect on where they are and where they might be headed.
Oct 15 If
Eli Manning continues to struggle against the Atlanta Falcons and Washington
over the next two weeks, Shurmur would be wise to making the change from Manning
to fourth-round rookie Kyle Lauletta, to at least evaluate what the Richmond product
is capable of in the NFL.
Oct 14 It
was just a few short weeks ago that everything was so shiny and new, it was
hard to not get excited about the Giants. They seemed to have all the pieces in
place to execute a quick turnaround from the 3-13 season in 2017 and become one
of those worst-to-first teams that the NFL provides just about every year.
Beckham Jr. says he has nothing to apologize for. There are several misconceptions
about what went down after the Odell Beckham Jr. interview on ESPN that upset
the Giants so strongly they fined him for his comments.
15 years, there have been rough times for Eli Manning. Plenty of them. Accolades
sure, but more recently, growing doubt on the outside, and perhaps even a little
bit on the inside, about his ability to continue to function and thrive as the
franchise quarterback of the Giants.
There will be no turning around of the season. The Giants may win a game here or there. Maybe they string a few together down the stretch. More than half the roster is comprised of first-year Giants. It is a new system on offense and defense. Quality teams can win enough during the adjustment. The Giants are not a quality team.
Saquon Barkley already is proving to be a terrific NFL running back, and nothing about his first six games suggests selecting him high in the draft was a fool's errand. What is up for debate is why he ended up with the Giants.
On the game. Game 6
Gamegirl ..."After the way the Giants hung in and almost won last week in Carolina, I was expecting so much more. Things looked like they were coming together just in time for this game, and I was very disappointed..."
Mikefan ..."Things started off as bad as they could, with Eli Manning throwing an interception on the second play of the game. It gave the Eagles great field position, and they capitalized on it..."
Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Eagles look Super vs. Giants.
Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Eagles, 34-13.
Eagles offense comes alive in 34-13 win over Giants.
Eli Manning is done and so are the Giants.
Blame the owner: John Mara is responsible for this Giant mess.
Giants are a sick organization right now.
Giants' putrid loss shows just how terrible they really are.
Odell Beckham leaves Giants' sideline early as antics return.
Giants offensive line can't blame Ereck Flowers for this debacle.
Giants vs. Eagles: The defending champs made Big Blue look like chumps.
Eagles dominate last-place Giants, dropping them to 1-5.
Eli Manning, defense are giant problems.
Giants season is over after disastrous loss to Eagles.
BYE, BYE! Odell Beckham Jr. sees enough during putrid first half.
Philadelphia Eagles 34 -New York Giants 13.
a follow up of the NFC Championship game also played at home. Back then the Eagles
beat them soundly 38-7, and went on to win in the Super Bowl. This time the Vikings
got their revenge, and left town with a 23-21 win.
Oct 11 Perhaps
the start of the Giants' season would not be as dire if outside linebacker
Olivier Vernon, their most accomplished pass-rusher, played in the first five
games. He did not, though, but he will make his 2018 debut Thursday night against
the Eagles, making the Giants' defense a more formidable unit.
Giants have the chance to torpedo the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles'
season with a victory on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. However, it is going
to take a complete game, which has been a struggle for Pat Shurmur's team through
the first five weeks of the regular season.
Oct 10 Giants vs. Eagles injury report: Will Evan Engram or Olivier Vernon play? What's the latest on Saquon Barkley? Here's an update on Barkley, Engram, Vernon, kicker Aldrick Rosas and tight end Rhett Ellison, ahead of Thursday's game.
Upbeat Giants think brutal loss could be a turning point. The Giants lost on Sunday. Just a reminder, because it might seem hard to reconcile that fact with the way the team has been acting lately. Bouncing with energy. Brimming with optimism.
Lil Wayne heard what Eli Manning said - and is not happy. A day after the Giants quarterback spoke about the rapper for perhaps the first time in his life, a bothered Lil Wayne, enormous blunt in hand, released a series of Instagram videos in which he was incredulous he was on the receiving end of a shot from one of his favorite quarterbacks.
Connor Barwin spent the 2017 season with the Los Angeles Rams before signing with the Giants this offseason on a two-year deal. With Olivier Vernon (ankle) sidelined, Barwin has been thrust into a larger role on the Giants' defensive line. Thursday, he'll match up with right tackle Lane Johnson, and try to beat his former teammates on the other side of the Eagles-Giants rivalry.
to cut or trade Ereck Flowers after draft bust 'ran its course'. Ereck Flowers'
Giants career is over earlier than expected and later than the fan base demanded.
The Giants intend to trade or release Flowers by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Eli Manning praises Pat Shurmur for handling latest Odell Beckham controversy. If 14 targets in Sunday's game didn't say it, Eli Manning did. There is no rift between him and Odell Beckham after the star wide receiver offered only a tepid endorsement for his aging quarterback in a controversial television interview with ESPN.
The longest-tenured Giants offensive lineman on the active roster is Chad Wheeler. Let that sink in. A second-year player, undrafted a year ago out of USC, and the starting right tackle for the last three games, now stands as the only player in the position group who has been with the team since the start of the 2017 season. That's how much the Giants have overhauled their offensive line.Oct 8 Giants lose to the Panthers 33-31
On the game. Game 5
Gamegirl ..."The Giants came up short today and it was some game to watch, even though we lost in the end. It was actually the very end when the Panthers kicker made a 63-yard field goal to steal this game away from the Giants..."
Mikefan ..."Credit the Panthers for their special teams play today. The Eagles are up next on a short week, but at least the game is played at home, and maybe they'll even have Olivier Vernon back to play..."
Gano's 63-yard field goal lifts Panthers over Giants 33-31.
Instant Analysis: Giants lose on last-second FG.
Stunning, miracle kick breaks Giants' heart and likely ends year.
Giants find a way for an Odell Beckham TD with perfect trick play.
Odell Beckham's future does not appear to be on special teams.
'Just not right': Giants defense is furious at the officials.
Giants got a reminder of 'the magic of Eli Manning'.
Giants blast NFL officiating after loss to Panthers.
Giants can't overcome Odell Beckham Jr.'s mistakes in wild loss.
Giants suffer heartbreaking 33-31 loss on Panthers' 63-yard field goal.
Odell Beckham Jr.'s muffed punt hands Carolina a touchdown.
Angry Giants leave Carolina feeling like victory taken from them by refs, not Panthers.
Carolina Panthers 33, NY Giants 31: What they're saying after the game.
Panthers win against Giants was pure pandemonium.
Panthers' Eric Reid returns, kneels during national anthem.
(1-3) vs Panthers (2-1) Game Preview
Oct 7 The
Giants (1-3) are staring into the face of their weakness at 1 p.m. today when
they visit the Panthers (2-1) and their premier dual-threat quarterback (Newton)
at Bank of America Stadium.
One of the reasons the Giants' offense can't seem to get started might just be where they are starting. Their return game, on both punts and kickoffs, has been virtually nonexistent. Their average starting field position through four weeks is the 24.4-yard line, which ranks 27th in the NFL.
ask Odell Beckham what he meant to say. That was the overarching message from
Giants coach Pat Shurmur after Friday's practice, as he faced an onslaught of
questions about Odell Beckham's on-video criticism of his teammates' heart and
energy and of an offense that isn't putting him in position to make big plays.
Giants and Panthers are intertwined Especially the coaching staffs, many of whom worked for the other organization or with their counterparts.One of them, undoubtedly, is Dave Gettleman. He was abruptly fired as general manager of the Panthers last summer, two seasons after taking the team to a Super Bowl. In December, he was named general manager of the Giants.
Through four games, Will Hernandez is the highest-rated rookie offensive lineman in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. On Friday, Hernandez was named the PFF Offensive Rookie of the Month. Despite struggles along the line, Hernandez is fitting the mold of "hog mollie," the term of endearment general manager Dave Gettleman assigns to tough offensive linemen.
Oct 5 It is getting late early again for the Giants, and Giants fans have flocked into the Panic Room. Odell Beckham Jr. will not be joining them in there. Not yet anyway. Not now, at 1-3 and a trip to Carolina staring the Giants in their frustrated faces.
Giants can't wait to have their 'Terminator' back on the field. Even if the Panthers know that Olivier Vernon is expected to make his season debut Sunday, Damon Harrison doesn't think they know what's coming. "It'll be a nice surprise for the Panthers, if we can get him back," the Giants tackle said Thursday.
It's a prove-it game for the Giants. On offense, prove you can move the ball against the Cover 2 defense. On defense, prove you can stop the zone read. Until the Giants do those things, they are in danger of replaying the same game over and over, including at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Panthers.
Giants' Odell Beckham on deep-ball chances: 'They're there, but they're not there'. Beckham has yet to score a touchdown this season and has been held to under 100 yards twice in four games. "You seem more concerned about the end zone than me," Beckham snapped back at a reporter. "I'm not concerned. I missed four games my rookie year, still came back and [caught 12 touchdowns]. So, end zone, it'll come."
Manning answers critics who say he needs to change tactics. Manning is adamant
he is not settling for check-down passes and that he is not getting rid of the
ball too quickly because he is concerned with the pass rush.
Eli Manning is not going to take unnecessary risks to try to jump-start the Giants' points-needy offense. In addition to touchdowns, the deep pass has become an infrequent component in the Giants' offense. Manning is tied for sixth in the league with 112 completions, but only three of them gained more than 25 yards, and none more than 37 yards.
The Cowboys and Saints held the Giants to three total scoring drives before the game was out of reach late in the fourth quarter. The common denominator is both teams played soft zone coverage, dropping safeties 20 yards off the line of scrimmage to eliminate big plays by Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.
It's time the Giants go all-in on Saquon Barkley. The Cowboys needed rescuing last Sunday against the Lions and Ezekiel Elliott rescued them. The Giants need rescuing this Sunday in Carolina and they should turn to Saquon Barkley to rescue them.
Oct 3 Eli
Manning's low-risk game plan is driving Giants nowhere fast. Years of shabby
protection has Manning at times feeling pressure that might not be there. His
pocket was fairly well-secured against the Saints, and his passer rating of 99.1
was like cubic zirconia - it looked good but was not worth much.
Oct 2 What's the deal with all of Giants' Eli Manning's check down passes? Much has been made this week of the New Orleans Saints' ability to take away Eli Manning's deep passing game by playing a soft cover-two defense in Sunday's 33-18 Giants loss.
Giants want answers after officiating debacle in loss. After every game, the Giants and every other NFL team submits plays into the league office from that week's game, seeking clarification on calls and penalties. Coach Pat Shurmur calls it "a handful of things" in a typical week. "I have a bigger handful this week," he said Monday.
Pat Shurmur rarely is critical of anyone when speaking publicly. On Monday, he was. And he pointed that condemnation at himself. "I wish I would have called more runs, all right?" he said. "That's the reality of that. I think the ball in Saquon [Barkley]'s hands is a good thing."Oct 1 Giants lose to the Saints 33-18
On the game. Game 4
Gamegirl ..."The first quarter seemed to go really fast, and the second started off with the first of four field goals by the Saints. At halftime I was glad that the Giants were keeping them out of the endzone, but New Orleans had a 12-7 lead..."
Mikefan ..."Things were looking up last week after the Giants notched their first win of the season by beating the Houston Texans 27-22. Well, up turned to down as this game with the New Orleans Saints continued on..."
Kamara runs for 3 second-half TDs, Saints beat Giants 33-18
Instant Analysis: Saints pull away from Giants.
Giants offense sputters in loss to Saints.
Odell Beckham Jr. reflective, if frustrated, after tough loss and a quiet day on the field.
Unbelievable excuse a ref gave Giants for missed calls: It's not the Super Bowl.
Pat Shurmur owns up to poor clock management in Saints loss.
Why soft zone defense is Giants' offensive Kryptonite.
Pat Shurmur out-coached badly as Giants run into familiar problems.
Landon Collins and Saquon Barkley studs, but Eli Manning and Odell Beckham.
Giants' offense shuts down, and a winnable game gets away.
Giants got what they wanted on defense before wasting it.
Why Odell Beckham feels hard work is being wasted on Sundays.
New Orleans Saints 33, NY Giants 18: What they were saying.
How the officials angered the Giants with more than just flags.
The Drew Brees weapon the Giants had no answer for.
Alvin Kamara puts it away late for the Saints in 33-18 win against the Giants
10 takeaways from the Saints' 33-18 win against the Giants.
(1-2) vs Saints (2-1) Game Preview
Six active quarterbacks rank in the Top 10 in NFL history in passing touchdowns. Two of them will be on opposite sidelines Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium when Eli Manning and the New York Giants play host to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers are the others.
New Orleans is famous for its recipes, whether it is gumbo, jambalaya and Po-boys. The Giants need a recipe for an upset today, as the Saints come to MetLife Stadium for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff as three-point favorites over the home team.
Eli Manning laments Saints game when his best was not enough. He threw a career-high six touchdown passes, but Drew Brees threw for seven and the Saints beat the Giants, 52-49. With Manning set to face the Saints on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it is impossible not to recall that shootout.
Saquon Barkley is the centerpiece addition to a team that needs every playmaker it can get. With the Giants' front office convinced that this team is good enough to win now, if only it surrounds 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning with the right talent, Barkley's early emergence is essential to that formula.
Sept 29 The receptions are impressive. So is the yardage. Both rank No. 1 in the league through three weeks. The percentage, however, is what really stands out. When Drew Brees targets Michael Thomas, a completion follows, and frequently a big play. Forty times the Saints quarterback has looked for his No. 1 receiver, and 38 times they have connected.
Secret to Saints offense? Giants have an insider hidden on roster and ready to debut. The Giants spent a week studying for one day against arguably the NFL's deadliest offense. Kamrin Moore spent his first four months in the NFL trying to crack the same code.
Olivier Vernon, Eli Apple out for Giants against Saints. The Giants will be without their starting cornerback Sunday as they try to contain Drew Brees and the Saints' explosive offense - a move that initially seemed to surprise Apple as much as anyone. As for Vernon (foot), the linebacker practiced Wednesday and Thursday, only to be held back Friday and ruled out for Sunday.
Beckham Jr. described his performance through the first three weeks as "efficient"
on Thursday, but believes that both he and the Giants' offense are on the verge
of breaking out in a big way Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Giants know they probably will have to light it up this week. The Brees-led Saints enter the meeting second in the NFL in points scored (104) and fourth in total offense (428.0 yards per game). Big Blue showed significant progress in Sunday's win over the Texans - notching season highs in total yards (379), first downs (21) and points (27).
Sept 27 The Saints may be coming to MetLife Stadium averaging 34.6 points per game, but the Giants think they have one big edge to slowing them down. Location. Sunday will be the Saints' first outdoor game this season after opening with two at home and beating the Falcons in Atlanta under a closed roof in Week 3.
It was just one week, but the results were telling. The Giants' reconstructed offensive line gave Eli Manning more time to pass Sunday and the veteran quarterback responded. Now the challenge for the offensive line is figuring out what worked so well and finding a way to do it again.
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur got the chance to meet franchise legend Mark Bavaro for the first time at the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Champions for Children Gala last Friday night. Not that Shurmur was looking to compare them as players, but Bavaro did remind him of someone he coached in Minnesota and now will rely on even more with the Giants: Rhett Ellison.
Sept 26 What Eli Manning must do to beat Brees in battle of vet QBs. If he can keep possession of the ball and sustain a few long drives Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it will go a long way toward keeping Drew Brees and his merry band of Saints off the field, which might be the only way to slow them down.
Two days after Evan Engram suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for an undetermined time period, the Giants today signed tight end Garrett Dickerson off their practice squad. In a corresponding move, wide receiver/return specialist Kaelin Clay was waived/injured with an ankle injury.
Sept 25 Special
Report - It is possible that Pat Shurmur circled the date on his desk calendar
Monday. It was, after all, the first time he was going to hold a telephone press
conference with the media after a regular-season Giants' victory.
Giants offense needs to play fast in both halves vs. Saints. As good as the Giants looked on offense at times in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Texans, they'll have to perform even better to keep winning.
The Giants squeezed everything out of five exhausted starters. Tired was not an option. Playing every single snap in a game is not easy. Most games, the entire offensive line stays in every play, if possible. On defense, a player or two in the secondary never comes off the field.
Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn is off to the best start to a season in his career. Wynn logged six total tackles with a forced fumble in Week 3, and has already picked up 13 tackles, 0.5 a sack, and the forced fumble so far this season, while playing a pivotal role in the Giants' pass rush.Sept 24 Giants win over the Texans 27-22
On the game. Game 3
Gamegirl ..."The Texans started off the game with an opening drive field goal. So far this season the Giants have won the toss, deferred, and then let the other team score. The Texans ended the half scoring another field goal. The good news was they had nothing in between!.."
Mikefan ..."Everyone knows that a quarterback needs time to throw, and a running back needs some blocking to run. The offensive line for the Giants haven't been able to do that until today. Their two biggest playmakers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, had been neutralized..."
Manning throws 2 TDs as Giants beat Texans 27-22 for 1st win.
Instant Analysis: Giants start fast, hold on for win.
Total team effort leads to 27-22 win over Texans.
What we learned from the new york Giants 27-22 win over Houston.
Giants hang on to a game and any hopes with season-saving win.
How an allegedly washed-up QB rescued the Giants' season.
The tricky first impressions of Giants' Ereck Flowers replacement.
How Eli Manning's arm and mouth gave Giants new life.
Saquon Barkley did what he had to do with season on the line.
Sterling Shepard's teammates knew he was destined to deliver.
Evan Engram injury a dark cloud hanging over Giants win.
Eli Manning report card | Vintage performance leads Giants past Texans 27-22.
Giants report card: Eli Manning gets an A but his offensive line is still average.
Finally! Giants offense shows flashes of its potential in Houston win.
Giants play well on both sides of the ball to beat Texans for first win.
Eli Manning shows he still can get job done.
Eli Manning, Giants offense finally comes alive as Big Blue takes down Texans for first win.
New York Giants 27 - Houston Texans 22.
Texans turning point: Deshaun Watson's end-zone interception.
(0-2) vs Texans (0-2) Game Preview
Sept 23 Giants bench Ereck Flowers after three years as starter. The Ereck Flowers experiment finally appears to be ending after three-plus year as a starter on the New York Giants offensive line. The 2015 first-round pick is being benched in favor of Chad Wheeler at right tackle on Sunday against the Houston Texans, a source confirmed.
Pat Shurmur has been around long enough - not with the Giants, but certainly around the NFL - to understand what happens early is not necessarily an indication of what happens late.Until the offensive line gets its act together, exploiting Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley's gifts will be a weekly struggle and Eli Manning will look older than his 37 years. With his players, he assures all who will listen outside the circle, he is forceful. "Don't misunderstand the calm," he said.
Sept 22 We've been down this road too many times before with the Giants, who have started 0-2 in four of the past five years. It might not seem like much in the span of a 16-game season, but anyone familiar with the NFL knows that 0-3 is the start of nothing to play for.
This year, Landon Collins seems a step behind for the Giants. Through two games, Collins has been almost invisible on the field, far from the standout performer many projected, or even the one he's been in the past. He's had an unremarkable 11 tackles through two games and only one pass defensed.
Texans expect Jadeveon Clowney to play, and that's bad news for Giants. After a back injury limited him all week in practice, the Houston Texans expect outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney to suit up.
Sept 21 It doesn't get any easier now for Giants' embattled offensive line. John Greco, who'll start his first game for the Giants at center on Sunday replacing the injured Jon Halapio, understands the caldron he's entering.
Despite the fact that the Giants possess one of the most dynamic collections of skill players in the league, the offense ranks in the bottom-five in scoring heading into Sunday's Week 3 showdown between 0-2 teams in Houston against the Texans.
Close. That's the word that has been bandied about for most of the past two weeks as the Giants have slipped to 0-2 and have struggled to score points. They're close to winning, close to connecting, close to turning this around they say. They're also close to football oblivion.
Sept 20 Giants could be without two key defensive starters. Eli Apple's injured groin hasn't improved since Sunday and Olivier Vernon's high ankle sprain doesn't seem to be making much progress, either.
John Greco takes over at center for Giants after Jon Halapio's injury. A year ago, John Greco this week was at home wondering if his NFL career was over. He'd been released by the Browns after training camp and was coming to peace with the possibility of involuntary retirement while waiting to see if any teams would call. On Sunday, he'll be starting at center for the Giants.
The Giants released fullback Shane Smith on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after signing Elijhaa Penny off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Smith struggled with blocking assignments against the Dallas Cowboys, in a game Sunday night that saw quarterback Eli Manning sacked six times and hit eight more during a 20-13 loss that was never really that close.
Shurmur did not create this Giants mess, but he must fix it. The offensive
line woes are new to Shurmur but painfully familiar to those inside the building
and the paying customers.
Sept 18 The Giants are ruining what's left of Eli Manning. The whole idea, the Big Blueprint from the very top of the franchise, was to win now with Eli Manning. It was an organizational strategy steeped in romance and nostalgia and more than hope: Shore up the offensive line, get your 37-year-old quarterback a generational running back, and worry about securing your young franchise quarterback, your Next Eli Manning, sometime in the future.
After the Giants struggled to pick up blitzes and stunts and it resulted in six sacks of quarterback Eli Manning and a 20-13 loss to the Cowboys, the first-year head coach was grilled on his offense's ugly numbers during an 0-2 start. The Giants have two touchdowns on 22 offensive possessions.
Eli Manning, Pat Shurmur: These are not last year's Giants The Giants coach says the focus is on getting the starters to improve, not on looking for replacements. In many ways, it was as if last year's 3-13 record simply carried over to this season. The problem wasn't only that the Giants were 0-2 again, but that to fans, it felt a whole lot like 3-15.Sept 17 Giants lose to the Cowboys 20-13
On the game. Game 2
Gamegirl ..."I don't know what weaknesses the Cowboys saw from watching game film, but they certainly did their job. Three plays into the game and the Cowboys had a touchdown. On their next possession they added a field goal. All the Giants could do was punt for the whole first half..."
Mikefan ..."The Giants will need a better offensive game plan if they hope to get their first win of the season in Houston next Sunday. Like the Giants, the Texans are also struggling and have two losses on the season..."
Prescott, Dallas D lead Cowboys to 20-13 win over Giants.
Giants' season already on the brink as offensive line struggles ... Again.
Eli Manning's offense is a Giant mess in loss to Cowboys.
Changes? What changes? Same old Giants blitzed for 6 sacks, generate no run game.
Giants offense implodes in disastrous loss to Cowboys.
Giants report card: There's enough blame to go around.
Helpless Eli Manning in middle of Giants' backfiring vision.
When will Odell Beckham Jr. start earning that Giant contract?.
Giants' offense flops vs. Cowboys as Big Blue drops to 0-2.
Big Blue in big trouble after delivering a dud in Dallas.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott hurts Giants with his arm, and legs, in win in Dallas.
Odell Beckham Jr. is made an afterthought by Cowboys' defense.
Eli Manning's and Giants' offensive futility is unacceptable.
No panic yet, but Giants know they must rebound from 0-2 start.
Dallas Cowboys 20 - New York Giants 13.
(0-1) vs Cowboys (0-1) Game Preview
Sept 16 It might be time for the Giants to go from trip to chip. One week after a tripping penalty against right tackle Ereck Flowers on the first play of the season set the tone for an ugly offensive line performance, the Giants could have to fall back today on chip-blocking Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence so he doesn't wreck the game.
The Giants are better than the Cowboys. This is a Cowboys team built with a low ceiling on its 2018 season, with an incomprehensibly anonymous skill position group assembled by Jerry Jones that affords little help to young quarterback Dak Prescott, who is not going to beat the Giants by himself.
Deal with Ezekiel Elliott on the ground and contain Dak Prescott's legs on designed and impromptu scrambles. Those are the Giants' marching orders on defense. They do not believe Prescott can beat them if he is forced to throw it 30-plus times, targeting Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams and the pesky Cole Beasley, a slot receiver pest, meaning nickel back BW. Webb is on the hot seat.
The Giants and Cowboys both lost their opening contests, meaning that (barring a tie) the loser of Sunday's clash of division rivals will have a miniscule chance of making the playoffs. Since 1990 there have been 231 teams that started a season 0-2. Only 28 of them, or 12 percent, have advanced to the postseason.
It is right there, on the highlight film, and will remain there in perpetuity. Whenever anyone views Saquon Barkley's first NFL touchdown, they will see Sterling Shepard leading the way with his lingering downfield block of Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye.
Sept 15 Odell Beckham Jr. said the Giants have a "one-play-away offense." Meaning that wherever they are on the field, wherever they are in the game, they can reach the end zone.
The film was familiar, yet foreign. There were routes Alec Ogletree remembered. There were schemes he had seen. It was the fourth time Ogletree had prepared to face the Cowboys. But it was the first time in eight years the Giants linebacker had seen Dallas' offense operating without Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
Jerry Jones still trusts Dak Prescott. The heat is on Dak Prescott to bring the Cowboys back from the dead Sunday night against the Giants, but the quarterback was given a vote of confidence - for this season and beyond - from the most important voice in the organization.
Sept 14 Dak
Prescott had two words for Landon Collins. "Challenge accepted."
Actually he had four words since he said it twice. But the meaning was certainly
Beckham Jr. has his huge contract. He has his health and his speed back after
undergoing ankle surgery last October. He has his production, having caught 11
passes for 111 yards in the opener and contributing even more yardage on plays
when the Jaguars were penalized trying to cover him.
Sept 13 If
Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Jalen Ramsey commanded the spotlight last week, the
showdown of star running backs Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott will take center
stage when the Giants and Cowboys meet in prime time Sunday.
Sept 12 Giants hopeful Olivier Vernon can play Sunday vs. Cowboys. The Giants used rookie Lorenzo Carter and Connor Barwin to replace Vernon in the 20-15 loss to the Jaguars. Shurmur said he thought the Giants' pass rush was "pretty good." The Giants had one sack in the game.
Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars brought out the worst in the Giants' offensive line, and exposed some of the team's weaknesses that head coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the staff must correct in short-order leading up to Sunday night's nationally televised game in Dallas.
Giants cornerback Eli Apple truly began to make his way back from his disastrous 2017 season. There were no major highlights, just quality and consistency across the board in a 20-15 loss to the Jaguars, no small feat considering the lack of depth in the Giants' secondary.against the Cowboys.
Sept 11 Giants and Cowboys face much more than a rivalry game. These ancient rivals will gather at Jerry's World with matching 0-1 records. Given the schedules facing both teams, it makes getting square next Sunday night almost an imperative.
Giants need to get Ereck Flowers and the offensive line fixed, or it will be another long season. Manning was under fairly consistent duress against one of the NFL's best defenses, and while there were some positive moments, there was enough offensive line ineptitude to bear out the concerns heading into the season.
The Giants should improve simply by virtue of having played a game. This is still a team with a new coaching staff teaching a 53-man roster with 30 new players, who are in turn still learning new offensive, defensive and special teams systems. It can take a game for it to become a smooth-running operation.Sept 10 Giants lose to the Jaguars 20-15
On the game. Game 1
Gamegirl ..."Today the Giants got off to a poor start. They let the Jaguars move the ball and score a field goal on the opening drive. Then when they got the ball it was 3-and-out, but not without some drama..."
Mikefan ..."So some pieces came together today, and some pieces are still broken from last year. Let's hope Pat Shurmur can glue things together before next week's game in Dallas..."
Odell Beckham is back! So are Giants' familiar problems in 20-15 loss to Jaguars.
Giants' Saquon Barkley a bright spot for offense in loss to Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Giants' Ereck Flowers nightmare continues.
Giants' Kaelin Clay on game-sealing fumble: 'A misjudgement'.
This silver lining has Pat Shurmur believing wins will come soon.
Giants defense sees evidence it's all coming together.
The same problems are haunting the Giants.
The Giants' most frustrating player got exposed - again.
Giants report card: The high-powered offense wasn't.
Positive takeaways for Giants despite season-opening loss.
Giants' defense played well, can build off this Week 1 effort going forward.
Odell Beckham Jr. still a star, without the sideshow this time.
Saquon Barkley has long run in debut, but Giants come up short in opener.
Odell Beckham Jr. shows why he was worth the wait - and the money.
In Giants loss, Saquon Barkley provides glimmer of hope.
5 Glaring concerns from 2017 season carry over into Giants' Week 1 loss to Jaguars.
Jacksonville Jaguars 20 - New York Giants 15.
Jaguars wide receivers seeking improvement after Sunday's performance vs. Giants.
(0-0) vs Jaguars (0-0) Game Preview
Sept 9 Possibly the largest disagreements about any NFL team in preseason punditry involve the Giants. Eli Manning and company open their season Sunday at home against the Jaguars.
Tom Coughlin has since moved on from that time he "stepped down" from the Giants' head coaching job, even though he was forced out the door by the team's co-owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch. But if it were up to him, he'd still be coaching the team in blue at MetLife Stadium.
Sept 8 If the Giants are able to run the ball on Jacksonville's stout defense Sunday, in the words of one Giants player Friday, "it's over with." If the offensive line cannot win its battle with the Jaguars' formidable front, however, it will be a long day for Saquon Barkley and Big Blue's offense in Week 1 at MetLife Stadium.
After spending months installing and practicing their new defense, the Giants will waste no time getting to see how it holds up. Leonard Fournette is knocking. The Giants will get an immediate gut check in Sunday's season opener when Fournette - who shouldered the Jaguars' top-ranked rushing offense last year all the way to the AFC Championship - comes to MetLife Stadium.
Sept 7 Eli Manning's Giants season of redemption begins against Coughlin. They were The Odd Couple, peas in a Big Blue pod, the General Pattonesque coach and the easy-like-Sunday-morning gentleman quarterback, as Tom Coughlin will be peering down from the press box at his Jaguars, Eli Manning will try to turn back the clock, to a time when no one worried that he was 37 years old.
Saquon Barkley only logged five carries during the Giants' preseason, busting one 39 yards in his debut against the Cleveland Browns, which has caused quite a dilemma for the Jaguars defense ahead of Sunday's season opener.
The chances of Olivier Vernon being able to play in the season opener are dwindling each day he misses practice, which he did again Thursday. So, look for veteran newcomer Connor Barwin and rookie Lorenzo Carter to pick up the slack at outside linebacker for the Giants against the Jaguars.
is no reason to believe the 2018 Giants will be a great team, and perhaps
they will not even be a very good one, but they figure to light it up some days
and nights, and that will be worth the price of admission.
in April, the Giants chose Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the
NFL Draft despite the opportunity to take a potential successor for 37-year-old
quarterback Eli Manning, one year after the Jaguars stuck by inconsistent signal
caller Blake Bortles and took Leonard Fournette No. 4 overall in 2017.
As Odell Beckham Jr. prepares to face an outspoken cornerback who loves to taunt opponents on the field and through the media, the Giants' receiver insists he won't make the same mistake twice. No, Beckham vs. Jalen Ramsey will not turn into another Beckham-Josh Norman fiasco.
Tight end Evan Engram was a full participant in Wednesday's workout, having been cleared from the concussion protocol, with no indication that he'll be anything but available for Sunday's opener against the Jaguars.
Sept 5 Special
Report - Now that the Giants have turned in a so-called final 53-man roster,
then tweaked it afterward in an effort to build a Week 1 depth chart, we have
to look at the surprise picks, the unclear motives and the personnel strategies
employed by general manager Dave Gettleman, head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff.
Davis Webb got a new job Tuesday, and he did not even have to look for a new place to live. The Jets signed the former Giants quarterback to their practice squad two days after Big Blue shockingly cut him. Webb signed with the Jets in the morning and was on the practice field a few hours later.
Giants 2018 game-by-game predictions: Will they catch Eagles in NFC East? After decades in the NFL, Giants co-owner John Mara had an important lesson reinforced last season. You never know.
Sept 4 Waiver
players try to adjust quickly to new home with the Giants. Six players claimed
this weekend have to learn all about the team and the facility with six days left
until the opener.
Webb, the one-time heir apparent at quarterback to New York Giants veteran
Eli Manning, is now looking for an NFL job. This preseason, the 23-year-old Webb
completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 283 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
the Giants parted ways with Davis Webb, once viewed as possible Eli Manning
successor. On a wild Sunday, Webb was the headline, but there were others, including
the release of former starting guard John Jerry, who was relegated to backup duty.
Giants go crazy on waiver wire after roster purge. They owned the No. 2 waiver priority, behind only the Browns, based on their 3-13 record last season, and made use of that lofty position by putting in six claims. They were awarded all six players. Only the Browns, with seven claims, were awarded more players on a busy day of transactions.
Team leader Mark Herzlich a most unkind Giants cut Inspirational linebacker was Big Blue's third-longest-tenured player behind Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie.
Sept 2 Davis
Webb's Giants future in doubt as Big Blue keeps 4
QBs with roster in flux; Mark Herzlich cut. The Giants are believed to have gauged
the trade market for backup QB Davis Webb, according to sources.
New York Giants announce 53-man roster. The roster will continue to evolve, and almost certainly before the Giants open their season. Because of their 3-13 finish in 2017, they are second in line behind the Cleveland Browns in claiming players who are waived by other teams.
NFL roster cuts: 15 players Giants could target immediately on waivers, free agency. NFL teams have until noon Sunday to put in a waiver claim, and players will be awarded at 4 p.m. The Giants hold the No. 2 waiver priority - just like the original 2018 NFL Draft order - so they will get at least one of their top choices.
Sept 1 Eli Manning and the Giants already preparing for Jaguars. Manning admitted he has been looking at the Jacksonville defense "the last couple of days," watching film of the Jaguars from this summer and last season. This is not a familiar foe for Manning or the Giants.
After Eli Manning, the Giants' QB depth chart is up in the air Coach Pat Shurmur has been vague about the depth chart behind Manning all summer. There is a good chance that, after the Giants trim their roster to 53 players, they'll have only one quarterback who has ever taken a regular-season snap.
England Patriots 17 - New York Giants 12.
practices during training camp are all important. The preseason games are
more important, which is why Thursday night's finale against the Patriots at MetLife
Stadium is the last chance for several players to prove they belong on the Giants'
Nate Solder didn't just join a new team this year when he left the Patriots and signed with the Giants in March. He began a new relationship. "Having Nate there for as long as I did, someone I could always count on, rely on, depend on, he was so consistent day to day," Tom Brady said last week on WEEI. The Patriots made him a first-round pick in 2011, he started 95 games over seven seasons as Brady's blind-side protector, and he appeared in four Super Bowls, winning two.
Aug 29 This is an important game for Davis Webb. In his final opportunity to showcase how the Giants would handle the ever-durable Eli Manning finally breaking down at age 37, Webb said he expects to show management - which didn't draft him - that he can be trusted.
Odell Beckham Jr. wants his legacy to be defined by more than the impressive numbers for which he is responsible in the NFL thus far. At 25, Beckham has earned mention among the league's best wide receivers. And at his best, it's debatable as to whether there is an equal to his combination of flair and productivity.
Can Giants afford Eli Manning in 2019 salary cap after paying Odell Beckham? Timeline for tough decision just sped up. The strategy for winning while fitting 53 players under the NFL salary cap is to only have one or two salary cap hits at or above the $17 million mark,. In 2019, the Giants are scheduled to have four: Manning ($23.2 million), Beckham ($21 million), linebacker Olivier Vernon ($19.5 million) and left tackle Nate Solder ($17 million).
Beckham is now Giants' pride - and NFL's Public Enemy No. 1. And with his
new five-year, $95 million deal - $65 million guaranteed - that makes him the
highest-paid receiver in the game, a new responsibility will confront Beckham,
as early as Week 1 against elite Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
the record-setting deal raises the bar for future NFL receiver contracts,
it also does something on a much deeper level: it proves that there is more than
one way to get a new deal that doesn't include holding your breath until your
face turns blue or taking your ball home out of frustration.
Aug 27 Eli Manning will never pick up the nickname "Crazy Legs," but he is going to have to move around more in coach Pat Shurmur's offense than he has in past systems.
To the naked eye, Saquon Barkley looked like, well, Saquon Barkley on Sunday. In the Giants' first practice since defeating the Jets in the third preseason game on Friday night, the second overall draft choice returned to team drills in the wake of tweaking his hamstring on Aug. 13.
The Giants unofficially named their starting center on Monday by trading away his backup and main competition for the job. Brett Jones, who had been getting second-team reps behind Jon Halapio all training camp but had played well in the recent preseason game against the Jets, was shipped to the Vikings in exchange for a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.
Olivier Vernon, the Giants' top pass rusher, an elite run stuffer and one of their premier players, left Sunday's practice on a cart with a left ankle injury and didn't return.
Aug 26 For the Giants who are not already penciled in as starters or key reserves for the regular season, there is one more chance. The final chance to make a case begins with practice today and continues through Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.
among the "unsettled" positions was finding a partner for two-time
Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. Coming out of Friday night, the Giants have a
better idea after Curtis Riley made his second consecutive start.
Giants receiver hopeful has one last chance to prove himself. Hunter Sharp said he planned to catch more than 200 passes Saturday, an off-day for the Giants.
Analysis: Deep passes, special teams lift Giants.
expect a fiery pregame speech from Pat Shurmur in the Giants' locker room
Friday night about the importance of beating the Jets.
Friday night, the Giants reconnect with Sam Darnold, the player, after much analysis, they passed over as Eli Manning's successor. Instead, the Giants' new hierarchy recommitted to the 37-year-old Manning and gifted him a prize running back, Saquon Barkley, a selection with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft that allowed the Jets, gleefully, to grab Darnold.
Aug 23 The
Giants appear to be easing Saquon Barkley back into the thick of things. In
the non-padded practice, he participated in individual drills and took a few 7-on-7
Saquon Barkley convince his Jets fan dad to be a Giants fan for a night? Alibay
Barkley has no plans to change his NFL loyalties, at least not yet, and maybe
Alec Ogletree is new to the Giants defense, but that doesn't mean he will stay quiet. The inside linebacker will be heard from plenty on a unit that hopes to be one of the best in the league.
Aug 22 Special Report - He was a breath of fresh air both on the field and off. He smiled more than most pro football players, he truly appeared to enjoy the game he was playing and the adulation he received, And now wide receiver Victor Cruz, a native of Paterson, N.J., has announced his formal retirement from the game and will immediately become part of the ESPN broadcasting team.
Manning seems to be finding playing in the NFL at 37 years old easier than
being in an NFL locker room at 37 years old. "There is a lot of dancing going
on, which I find curious," Manning said of being a decade and a half older
than some of his teammates. "I miss out on some of the music and stuff. Social
media, some of the things they're on. But for the most part I can figure it out."
B.J. Goodson has yet to finish a season how he envisioned. His rookie season ended with him tallying just nine tackles in 15 games and primarily being utilized on special teams. Last season began with a promotion to starting middle linebacker and ended with Goodson on injured reserve.
Aug 21 The
growing pains of the New York Giants offensive line have been highly visible
in recent days. There have been shaky moments throughout training camp, and part
of the reason for that is Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher keeping
his foot on the gas, no matter the drill.
seems as if Davis Webb has the job locked up as Eli Manning's backup, but
the depth chart at quarterback isn't that clear for Giants first-year coach Pat
Giants were back on the practice field for the first time since the team's
win against Detroit on Friday night. Head Coach Pat Shurmur had them in shorts
and scheduled a slightly shorter practice in overcast conditions.
Aug 19 Pat Shurmur's simple blueprint paying dividends for Giants. Shurmur said the Giants made a "boat load" of mistakes against the Lions. Whenever real adversity hit, they managed to weather it.
It is difficult not to focus on the inner-workings of an offense that has the potential to be highly-potent. Tucked into the first two preseason games is the less-heralded work of the Giants on defense.
Cornerback B.W. Webb 's addition didn't generate much buzz when the Giants signed him early in free agency, but he looks like the answer for addressing one of the team's biggest concerns.
If there were a Most Valuable Player trophy handed out by the NFL for preseason excellence, Kerry Wynn might already have a few on a shelf at home. There is a significant difference between his past summer performances and those like the show Wynn put on Friday night in the Giants' 30-17 preseason victory over the Lions at Ford Field.
beat Lions 30-17 | Reasons to be optimistic.
York Giants at Detroit Lions: What to watch. Unlike last week, when the Giants
didn't engage in game planning for the Cleveland Browns, this week, it sounds
as though that is going to change, at least based on what some of the players
Beckham Jr.'s injury advice for Saquon Barkley: Take your time. On Friday
night, Barkley will miss his first game with an injury since his freshman year
at Penn State when an ankle kept him out of two contests.
Beckham Jr. is not in a rush to do either of the two things that the rest
of the world is frantically waiting for from him. Those would be playing in an
actual game and signing a long-term contract extension. Ask Beckham "When?"
regarding either topic and he answers with Zen.
Aug 16 Calling the Giants defense a "3-4" is like describing James Bettcher as a "coordinator." Accurate, but only on a basic level. Bettcher is a creative schemer who has shown the Giants will offer multiple looks across the front seven rather than sticking with three on the line of scrimmage and four linebackers.
Apple flashes the talent and mindset the Giants want to see. If it is not
how you start but how you finish that is most important, Eli Apple had a good
day Wednesday as the Giants and Lions went through a second joint practice.
Saquon Barkley's hamstring injury might not seem like a big deal, but Giants learned hard way with Odell Beckham. Barkley sat out the second straight day of the Giants practice sessions with the Lions here Wednesday, in full uniform with no shoulder pads.
Aug 15 The
Giants competed in their first of three practices in Detroit on Tuesday afternoon.
Running back Wayne Gallman got a few more first-team reps than usual with fellow
running back Saquon Barkley sidelined with a mildly strained hamstring.
the Giants offense stood out in a muted practice with Lions. The entire Giants
offense got the better of the Lions defense most of the day. In particular, the
protection from the first-team offense was solid.
Shurmur lays down the law to prevent Jets-like brawl. Shurmur and Lions coach
Matt Patricia have already discussed the pace and tempo they want to see in these
three joint practices, so there should be no misunderstandings.
Barkley made a spectacular play during Monday's practice and then came up
a little gimpy after hauling in a long pass thrown by Kyle Lauletta, rookie to
The most intense part of Sterling Shepard's season is already over. The Giants wide receiver and his model wife, Chanel Iman, welcomed their first child on Friday and as of Monday the 3-day-old infant had more than 7,000 followers.
backup QB competition heats up between Davis Webb, Kyle Lauletta as Eli Manning
rests. Shurmur has yet to determine the quarterback pecking order beyond Manning.
Collins knows Giants will put the right person beside him. Landon Collins
has played next to a different starting safety in each of his first three seasons
with the Giants, so a new partner every day in training camp hasn't been too jarring.
James Bettcher's example of sacrifice and dedication last week made a mark on his Giants defensive players. Bettcher's mother, Karen F. Bettcher, passed away on Aug. 4, at age 76. But five days later, the Giants' new defensive coordinator was on the MetLife Stadium sideline anyway, making his Big Blue debut with a heavy heart.
Aug 12 With one preseason game already in the books, this is a good time to look back at whether Pat Shurmur's first training camp as Giants head coach was a success, by revisiting the four goals that NJ Advance Media set out prior to the first practice last month.
Giants' new-look offensive line has room to improve. Building cohesion takes time and throwing five guys together for a spring and summer is not all it takes. So, for the first time out, the Giants did not expect, and certainly did not receive, a vintage performance.
Giants have a true ground weapon in Saquon Barkley, but the offensive line still needs to do more. Pat Shurmur proved early in Thursday's preseason opener that he wants to commit to the run. Now the offensive line needs to give him a reason to stick with it.
Pat Shurmer at home in Motown - Giants coach will be going back to his roots when the Giants spend this week in Michigan. The Giants will spend most of this week in Michigan, flying out on Monday evening before three days of practices and workouts with the Lions and then a preseason game against Detroit on Friday night.
have 'plenty to learn from' after preseason loss to Browns, Shurmur says.
Shurmur said the Giants' passing game needs improvement. "We ran the ball
well. We need to complete more passes," he said after his four quarterbacks
went a combined 22-for-45 for 193 yards.
Pat Shurmur has told us preseason games are important "because you learn about your team." Well here's what we've learned about Shurmur after the Giants' 20-10 loss to the Browns on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, his first preseason game as head coach.
The return of Mark Herzlich to the football field. On Thursday night, Herzlich played middle linebacker with the second-string defense. Herzlich played 38 defensive snaps with one tackle and one quarterback pressure. He also played 10 special-teams snaps.
Giants' Olivier Vernon, Michael Thomas put protests on hold as discussions with NFL continue. "Right now we're waiting to see how everything goes with the league and we've just been engaging in talks and seeing what everybody is talking about and seeing where everything is going to lead to," Vernon said of his decision. "For right now, it's just football right now."
preseason stock report after 20-10 loss to Browns.
things Giants fans should watch for in the preseason opener. Be it one snap
or three or seven, this is Saquon Barkley's preseason debut. Is there anybody
out there old enough to remember when the Giants used a 3-4 front as their base
defense? Let's see what Webb brings to the field.
Beckham Jr. will be limited in how much he plays this preseason, starting
with Thursday night's opener against the Browns. Likely, he will not play at all
in this first game.
Giants will play in the preseason opener? Pat Shurmur says players will get
the time 'they need'. Folks want to know how much if any they'll get to see of
Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, and Eli Manning.
Davis Webb takes his first snap in the Giants' preseason opener Thursday night
vs. the Cleveland Browns, it will have been 343 days since he last played in a
Aug 7 Eli
Manning has yet to miss a snap as the Giants approach the end of their second
week of camp. It's a different approach than the previous regime had last summer
when they sometimes limited his throws in an effort to preserve his strength.
Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher has brought more than just a 3-4
scheme; he's brought an all-in, pedal-to-the-metal attitude, fostering completion
and detail on enough little things to add up to big improvement.
Aug 6 Giants' 53-man roster projection: Which training camp stars make the cut? Head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff continue to evaluate which players are destined for jobs on the 53-man roster, and who might be looking for work next month following cutdown day.
How Giants young stars handle the pitfalls and profits of social media. Sterling Shepard admits his existence, both professional and personal, is intertwined with social media.
Aug 5 It
was a fourth straight day of training camp practice for the Giants, the third
of those four with full pads on a hot, steamy day at the Quest Diagnostics Training
Beckham Jr., speaking to the media for the first time since the Giants hired
Pat Shurmur, says the offense can be even better than before under the new coach
- possibly even Super.
The 'Carolina' Giants | 8 players who created a pipeline under Dave Gettleman. The Giants have eight players who played for Gettleman during their general manager's previous job with the Panthers.
Aug 4 Michael Thomas doesn't feel like he has it made. In fact, the Giants' newcomer will never have that mentality. Thomas is one of several players hoping to win the starting free safety job. Thomas will have a pivotal role on the Giants, anchoring special teams and being used in some capacity as a defensive back, whether it's as a safety or as an extra cornerback.
You don't know B.W. Webb. Not yet anyway. This camp, Webb has been practicing as the Giants' top backup outside corner behind starters Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. On Friday, Webb intercepted a pass for a second straight day, picking off second-string QB Davis Webb.
After practice, the Giants announced they had signed veteran cornerback Leonard Johnson, adding another player general manager Dave Gettleman had in Carolina. The 28-year-old defensive back, who started seven games for the Bills last year, was part of a group of cornerbacks who tried out for the Giants in the afternoon.
Mark Herzlich is facing another comeback head on. Mark Herzlich's current experience is simultaneously identical and dissimilar to one he had eight years ago. The Giants' veteran inside linebacker has again returned to the field after a forced year in exile. Herzlich suffered a burner in training camp last year and spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve.
the course of Thursday's practice, quarterbacks Eli Manning and Davis Webb
frequently aired it out, including a 50-yard bomb from Manning that Russell Shepard
ran under for a long touchdown.
is an overwhelming consensus among virtually everyone in pro football that
doing as much as possible to protect players from head injuries is a good thing.
Toward that end, the recent adoption of a new helmet rule is a welcome measure.
Aug 2 If the Giants win the Super Bowl this season, Zak DeOssie knows exactly what he's going to do with his championship ring. "It will definitely go straight in the safety deposit box, that's for sure," DeOssie told The Post on Wednesday. "Any and all rings are going in there from now on."
tackle Damon Harrison is not comfortable with the new defensive scheme. From
the players to the coaches to the scheme he's going to be playing, Harrison is
grappling with the adjustment.
Giants came back from their day off with another fully padded practice. There
were fewer full speed team portions than usual, but there was still plenty to
see from the sideline.
Aug 1 It's not just Josh Norman who wants a piece of Odell Beckham. Jalen Ramsey -- ranked No. 2 at his position by NFL.com and considered the best cornerback in the league by some -- eagerly is anticipating his Week 1 matchup against Beckham.
The Giants' free safety battle runs four deep. Through the first five days of practice, the Giants had four players line up at free safety with the starting unit: Curtis Riley, Michael Thomas, Andrew Adams and Darian Thompson.
Alex Tanney spent exactly three days unemployed this offseason. While other quarterbacks with dozens of career starts and even some with Pro Bowls on their resume remain unsigned, Tanney was scooped up by the Giants almost immediately after he cleared waivers.