New York Giants News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/24/14: The New York Giants have a new backup quarterback and this could be a great move for them. The Giants signed former first round pick and starter in Tampa, Josh Freeman to carry the clipboard and back up starter Eli Manning. Freeman had some success in Tampa, and some may say he was undermined by former Bucs coach Greg Schiano. Last season was an unmitigated disaster for Freeman and perhaps his confidence is shot. This is a great chance for him to learn more about the position and get back to a starter's role. It also gives the Giants an experienced QB in case Eli goes down.
4/17/14: It happens every offseason. Several teams, particularly those with entrenched starting QBs shuffle through the files and try to find a new backup quarterback. The Giants are in that position right now, and reportedly have interest in Josh Freeman (Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay last season) and Matt Flynn (Packers, Bills, Raiders, and Seahawks). Freeman was once a first round pick and had a couple solid seasons in Tampa. Flynn is more interesting since he has shown that he is not effective outside of the Packers' offensive scheme. If given the chance, Freeman would likely be a good option and get the chance to revive his career.
4/10/14: Rather than trolling the internet or Twitter the Giants latest moves, veteran safety Antrel Rolle says his mother serves as his eyes and ears about transactions the team is making. So far, the team gets a strong passing grade from Rolle. Indeed, the Giants have made been pretty active this offseason and even have a new offensive coordinator. Rolle calls the moves 'explosive' and thinks they will make the Giants better. The NFC East is still ripe for the taking. There is a good chance the Giants would have made the playoffs last year if they did not start out so terribly.
4/3/14: Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is almost assuredly at the tail end of his career, so it is fitting to take a look at his accomplishments. If you have not been paying attention, Coughlin has had quite a career as a head coach. He rose to prominence as the head coach of Boston College, and got his break as the first head coach of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in the mid 1990's. He led the Jags to the AFC Championship Game in only their second season. Then he came to the Giants, where he won two Super Bowls. He thinks that is enough to earn consideration for the Hall of Fame, and he is right.
3/27/14: There has been a lot of speculation around the talking heads that the NFL may alter or do away with the point after touchdown. Commissioner Roger Goodell brought this issue to the media several weeks ago, which is a good way to keep people talking about the league in slowest of offseason times. Proposed changes include automatically awarding seven points for a touchdown to moving the kick further away to closing the width of the goal posts. Giants owner John Mara, among the more influential owners in the NFL, now says that it is most likely that there will be no change in the near future.
3/13/14: Kevin Gilbride is no longer the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants. He may have been fired after the Giants' lousy 2013 season, which was one of their poorer offensive showings in recent years. Instead, he opted to retire, and the Giants tabbed Bob McAdoo, a Green Bay Packers offensive assistant, to be the next head of Big Blue's offense. Gilbride is now making a few comments, but not bad about the team. He feels that if they could have been healthy then they would have been better. Not really ground breaking insights on the team, but there is probably some merit to his remarks.
3/20/14: The Hakeem Nicks era ended in New York as the team did not re-sign him and Nicks signed on with the Indianapolis Colts. Nicks was drafted in the first round a few years ago, 10 spots behind Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia Eagles). Both put up good numbers for three years. Maclin missed all of last season to injury. Nicks played but was hurt and relatively unproductive. Maclin re-signed with the Eagles for $5.5 million per year. Nicks got a one year deal for $3.5 million. That indicates that Maclin who is coming off of major injury is more valuable than Nicks, who has a Super Bowl ring. Interesting thought processes by NFL GM's.
3/6/14: The Giants retained the services of Tom Coughlin for at least one more season, and that makes sense considering he has led the team to two Super Bowl titles in his tenure. Longtime OC Kevin Gilbride retired after last season and has been replaced with former Green Bay Packers assistant Bob McAdoo. McAdoo has been stressing the need for a better tight end. That seems to indicate that the Giants may take a high draft pick on a tight end, which would give QB Eli Manning additional protection as well as give him a safety valve to dump the ball off to when needed.
2/27/14: The Giants signed head coach Tom Coughlin to a one year extension, ensuring that he will not be a lame duck coach this season. There is a lot of hesitation among teams to having a coach with a contract that will expired at season's end, primarily because players could realize that and quit if the season goes south. Coughlin is a bit different, though. He is getting near retirement, so he would not be searching for his next job, just a fishing hole or golf course. In any case, Coughlin is with the Giants for the next season and possibly beyond.
2/20/14: The Giants 2013 season was a complete train wreck. The team got off to an 0-6 start and could never recover. They almost did, though that was due in large part to playing in the weak NFC East. They have several holes to fill this offseason, and that may start with the offensive line. Any NFL QB can be successful when he has the time to make good decisions and throw the ball. And every NFL QB is terrible when he has no protection (look at Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl). The Giants are not tipping their hand on their draft plans, but do not be surprised if they draft an O-lineman in the first round, and follow that up with a few more during the draft.
2/13/14: Like many other NFL teams, the Giants have some big decisions to make on some key players. No one towers over those discussions like defensive lineman Justin Tuck. Tuck really struggled (as the entire Giants team did) for the first 10 weeks of the season. At that time, he only had one sack. He was a decent run defender, but looked like he was washed up. Then Tuck went on a defensive rampage with 9.5 sacks in the last six games, and showed his old form. So do the Giants keep him or cut bait? Fans may want him to return, but this is a tough decision for the team braintrust.
2/6/14: If there has been one thing that has been learned during head coach Tom Coughlin's career, it is that to never count him out. Coughlin has been coaching a long, long time. He knows how to adapt. He took the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC Championship game in their second year of existence. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants after they had been discarded by popular opinion. He is at it again to rebuild the Giants (again), and get them back to the playoffs and beyond. He still has Eli Manning at QB and a great group of receivers. In short, let Coughlin do his thing and New York will be happy.
1/30/14: Giants' QB Eli Manning will have a new coach next season. Actually, he will have a couple. The Giants hired Bob McAdoo as offensive coordinator after Kevin Gilbride retired. And now the team has hired Danny Langsdorf as the QB coach. Langsford has been the offensive coordinator for Oregon State, and may bring a fresh and up-tempo philosophy to the job. In other news, head coach Tom Coughlin is not going anywhere, and owner John Mara says that he wants Coughlin to be in charge for several more years to come. Coughlin is getting on in years, but is still a top tier coach with two Super Bowl rings.
1/23/14: The Giants' sputtering offense in 2013 resulted in the retirement of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and provided the big break needed for Ben McAdoo. McAdoo had served as the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, which means he Aaron Rodgers' handler. He was just hired as the Gilbride's replacement and has the charge of bringing in a more uptempo and attacking offense. One difference that is likely to manifest is the speed of the offense. The Packers went no-huddle on 22% of plays while the Giants finished at only 2%. That can lead to more plays and catching the defense off-guard.
1/16/14: The Giants seemed to have dodged a huge public relations bullet by not having to fire offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. They were lucky in that he simply retired. Many Giants fans may want the same for head coach Tom Coughlin - and it is true that he has led the Giants to the playoffs only once in the last five years - but that playoff appearance was capped by a Super Bowl victory (and another in 2008). Simply put, Coughlin isn't going anywhere unless he wants to. But New York is primed for a better season, even if Hakeem Nicks leaves.
1/9/14: Since the Giants won two Super Bowls in five years (in years they probably should not have won either), it is easy to overlook that the team has only made the playoffs once in the past five years (the year they won the Super Bowl). That means that the goodwill with the players and coaches is wearing off. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride would likely have been fired, but he retired instead. The Giants had one of their worst offensive years in the Tom Coughlin era, so change was bound to come. More changes are expected, including the possibilities of firing QB coach Sean Ryan and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn.
1/2/14: The Giants finished a disappointing 2013 campaign on a high note by defeating Washington in their final game. The win boosted their record to 7-9, which is impressive considering that they lost their first six games. The speculation about head coach Tom Coughlin's future is over. The Giants want him back and he says that he wants to return. They may be looking for a new offensive coordinator, as Kevin Gilbride could be on the hot seat. Eli Manning was hurt in the final game, but he should be fully recovered by the time 2014 comes around.
12/26/13: The Giants season is essentially over. They will not make the playoffs and they will not play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. It has been a tough season the G-Men. They started out 0-6 and eliminated themselves from the playoffs early. They did get a nice victory over Detroit (23-20) to knock the Lions out of the postseason. The big question in New York is if head coach Tom Coughlin will return next season. He has won two Super Bowls in 11 years, however the Giants have made the playoffs only once in the last five years.
12/19/13: With another loss (this time, 23-0 to the visiting Seattle Seahawks) the calls for Tom Coughlin's head coaching job are getting louder. The Giants looked simply lost against the best team in the NFC. QB Eli Manning managed only 195 yards and threw five interceptions on the day. New York's leading rusher was Andre Brown, and he only managed a paltry 17 yards on 11 carries. The loss may improve their draft position, but that is not what the players and coaches are focusing on. The Giants (5-9) visit the Detroit Lions this Sunday in Week 16.
12/12/13: The Giants started the season by losing their first six games. They briefly rebounded to put themselves in the discussion of the NFC East crown, but that was shoved to the side when Dallas beat them for the second time this year. Now, it appears that they are just playing out the string. They did not offer much resistance against the San Diego Chargers last Sunday, losing 37-14. The only good thing was they got out of the brutal northeast weather to sunny Southern California for a few days. The Giants are now 5-8 and head home to face the 11-2 Seahawks.
12/5/13: Justin Tuck was easily the most dominant defensive player in the league last week. He sacked Washington QB Robert Griffin III four times in a span of seven plays. The Giants defense was pretty solid all night and limited RG3 to very little. Meanwhile, the New York offense started humming an put up 24 points in the 24-17 win. The Giants have climbed back to 5-7 on the season after an 0-6 start. The playoffs are probably out of reach barring some major shakeups in the standings over the next month, but the team has reached a level of respectability and put a hurting on a tough divisional rival.
11/28/13: Many people thought that the Giants season was over when they started off with six consecutive losses. But they are lucky enough to be in the NFC East, which has been terrible all season. After winning four in a row (all against backup quarterbacks), the Giants had a real shot to make a playoff run when they hosted the Cowboys. Dallas got off to the early lead and the Giants got impatient. Bad penalties kept several drives alive as the Cowboys won 24-21. New York's playoff hopes are probably over with their seventh loss. The Giants head to DC to face Washington this Sunday night.
11/21/13: Everyone knows that the Giants started off 0-6, which is pretty much deathknell for a team trying to make the playoffs. But the Giants play in the NFC East, which has all the strength of a soggy paper towel. New York has been the beneficiary of some incredible luck lately, as they have not faced the regular starting quarterback of any team they have played in their four game winning streak. The latest was going up against third string QB Scott Tolzien of the Green Bay Packers. The Giants easily dispatched the Pack with a 27-13 win an moved to 4-6. Its odd to say, but they are in the thick of the division chase now. The Giants host the 5-5 Cowboys next Sunday, and will finally see what it is like to play against a starting QB again.
11/14/13: A win is a win in the NFL, even if it is against the Oakland Raiders. The Giants continued their winning streak and moved to 3-6 on the season (after losing their first six games) with a 24-20 victory over Oakland. Neither QB was effective in the game. Eli Manning threw for only 140 yards and a touchdown while Terrelle Prior managed only 122 yards and zero TDs. But the Giants defense did have a score in the third quarter, and that was the difference in the ballgame. The Giants are not out of the NFC East race and are only two games back of Dallas and Philadelphia. They host the 5-4 Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
11/7/13: The New York Giants had their bye in Week 9, sitting on only two wins on the season. The strange thing is that at 2-6, they actually still have a shot at the playoffs. The NFC East has been so week this season that Dallas is the division leader at 4-4. The Cowboys should be running away with the division but cannot seem to close out games (the Detroit game was not Romo's fault). The Giant's schedule gets a bit easier now. They still have several games in the division and return next week to host the Oakland Raiders (3-4). Now might be a good chance to get Reuben Randle more into the offense, especially since Hakeem Nicks probably will not be with the Giants next season.
10/31/13: The Giant are now on a two game winning streak after knocking off NFC East division rival Philadelphia Eagles 15-7. It may have been one of the duller games of the week as the Eagles offense again failed to live up to expectations. Eli Manning threw for 246 yards and running back Peyton Hillis added 70 on the ground. All of the Giants' scoring come from place kicker Josh Brown, which was a career high. The Giants defense limited the Eagles to only 201 yards. The Giants are back in the division race as the Cowboys lost so New York is only two games back. Giants on a bye this weekend.
10/24/13: The Giants got their first notch in the win column last Monday by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 at home. It was the first time in Monday Night Football history that the two teams playing had only one combined win through six weeks of the season. Offenses were optional in this game. QB Eli Manning only threw for 200 yards and one TD, but had no turnovers. Running back Peyton Hillis led Giants rushers with only 36 yards and a score. The Giants allowed the Vikings to beat themselves, and it worked. New York (1-6) heads down to Philadelphia (3-4) in Week 8.
10/17/13: The New York Giants continue to struggle, and fell to 0-6 on the season with a loss last Thursday night to the Chicago Bears. The Bears defense allowed 21 points, which showed that the Giants offense was able to get in the end zone. Of course, the Bears defense also had three interceptions on the night, including a pick-six. Eli Manning and the offense simply have not been on the same page this year, and the inevitable shouts for his job are sure to come shortly. The Giants are back on primetime to host the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night on October 21.
10/10/13: The nightmare season for the New York Giants continues. Aside from the fact that the team is generally not playing well, the injuries are mounting up. Six starters were inactive for the game against Philadelphia due to injury. The team did trade for John Beasly from Carolina, but that did not help last Sunday as the Eagles won 36-21. Eli Manning looked better than he had earlier in the season with two touchdowns and 334 yards passing. Still it was not enough as the Giants fell to 0-5. It gets worse though. The Giants travel to Chicago to face the Bears (3-2) on the Thursday Night game - a game that typically favors home defenses.
10/3/13: The season keeps getting tougher for the New York Giants. The Giants fell 31-7 at Kansas City, dropping their record to 0-4 on the year. The defense could not stop Alex Smith effectively and special teams gave up a punt return touchdown to Dexter McCluster. Eli Manning was essentially ineffective, tallying 217 yards passing, one TD and one pick. The only silver lining is that the NFC East is weak this season and the Giants still could win the division. Dallas leads the division with a 2-2 record. New York returns home to host the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) in a divisional showdown on Sunday.
9/26/13: Had this been a few years ago, the Giants' faithful would be calling for head coach Tom Coughlin's head. However, he has a bit of equity built upon two Super Bowl victories, so he is probably safe for now. The Giants fell to 0-3 by losing to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday 38-0. It was the worse loss in the Coughlin Era and the Giants had nothing going for them. Star WR Hakeem Nicks was upset after the game because he only had one target and no catches. The Giants are certainly better than the 0-3 record they have posted so far and all they need is one win to get going. They can get that this week on the road when they face the Chiefs (3-0) in Kansas City.
9/19/13: The New York Giants have already dug themselves a bit of a hole by starting out the season 0-2 with losses to the rival Dallas Cowboys (on the road) and Denver Broncos (at home). The Broncos game matched up the Manning brothers, Eli and Peyton. Peyton is now 3-0 against Eli, though Eli leads in Super Bowl rings 2-1. Eli threw for 362 yards and a TD, but turnovers doomed the Giants. Eli had four picks to go with the six turnovers against Dallas. The Giants go back on the road in Week 3 for a Sunday game against the Carolina Panthers (0-2).
9/12/13: The Giants committed six turnovers and lost. That type of charity usually results in a win, but the Giants actually had a chance to beat the Cowboys in their opener. Eli Manning, like his brother Peyton and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, threw for over 400 yards. In the end, the turnovers were too much to overcome as the Giants lost in Cowboys Stadium 36-31. Should the Giants learn to control the ball, then next time they should win. New York will get its chance to redeem itself on Sunday , though it will be tough going, when they host Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos (1-0).
9/4/13: The Giants let Ahmad Bradshaw walk in the offseason because they felt they could rely on David Wilson and Andre Brown as an effective running back tandem this season. Brown sustained a fracture in the same leg he broke late last year, and is out for some time now. That means they lose they best pass protector back and goal line threat. Brown may be back in a few weeks, but will likely miss the opener against rival Dallas. In the meantime, Wilson now has the opportunity to show that he can be an every down back and a goal line rusher.
8/29/13: If David Wilson had not wrapped up the starting or primary running back job, then his first play from scrimmage should have done so. Wilson took a handoff from Eli Manning and promptly ran 84 yards through the Jets defense for the touchdown. Wilson and Andre Brown will probably split carries, with Wilson getting a few more touches. They are replacing Ahmad Bradshaw who is now in Indianapolis. Injuries derailed the Giants 2012 season, so keeping the skill players healthy is especially important this season, including wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, and of course, Eli Manning.
8/22/13: There is no question that the Giants were disappointed in last year's performance. At the time, they were the defending Super Bowl champions and had the talent to dominate the NFC East. They underachieved and really struggled without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks in the red zone. So expectations are down this year - but they should not be. The Giants still have enough core talent to own the division and get to the playoffs. Everyone is in camp, though Nicks is still banged up. Once he returns fully, then expect a strong offensive showing from the Giants.
8/15/13: The Giants offense is finally healthy, almost. Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, David Wilson and Andre Brown are all in camp and at work. The only thing missing is wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. However, he is expected back very soon, so the Giants offense looks pretty good. There is a lot of debate about the starting RB position. Wilson has more talent and is a game breaker, but does not do well in pass protection. Brown, meanwhile, is not as strong of a runner, but does protect the QB. The job may be Brown's until Wilson learns to block.
8/8/13: QB Eli Manning finally has the band back together again. Wide receiver Victor Cruz is signed and in camp, while his complement Hakeem Nicks is with the team after skipping voluntary workouts a few months ago. But it is not all perfect with the Giants offense. Nicks is nursing a lower body injury and has been limited in training camp - which is just one more thing in the world that displeases head coach Tom Coughlin. Nicks is expected to heal soon. With both star WR back in the line up, the Giants offense once again looks strong enough to compete for the NFC East title this season.
8/1/13: The Giants' General Manager has put everyone on the team on notice that they must perform or they are gone - including himself. True the Giants won the Super Bowl in the 2011 season as well as the 2006 season. However, he noted that the team has only made the playoffs once in the past four years. Meanwhile, Jason Pierre-Paul continue his rehab but may not be ready for week one. He had back surgery in the offseason and is not ready to return - nor is there a public timetable set yet. Pierre-Paul says he is about 75% but will only return to play when he is ready - not something Giants' fans want to hear, but one cannot mess around with a back injury.
7/25/13: The Giants have an outstanding offer on the table for former Ravens fullback Vonte Leach. The deal is reported to be for one year at just over the veteran minimum. Leach is having a tough time finding work for the pay he wants, and may be best served to return to the Ravens. In other news, safety Will Hill has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season. He can practice with the team during training camp and play in preseason games. The Giants had hoped that he would be a bigger part of the defense this season, but the suspension is going to hurt him in that regard.
7/18/13: There is only one first round draft pick yet to be signed and that is the Giants' pick offensive tackle Justin Pugh (number 19 overall). All the picks preceding him are signed to contracts that are fully guaranteed for four years. The picks after him are guaranteed for three years with half of the fourth year guaranteed. Pugh, who has a degree in finance from Syracuse University, obviously wants that entire fourth year guaranteed, or about $750,000. Considering the number of players, even highly selected players, that do not pan out, it is a smart move by Pugh to be patient.
7/11/13: It is the Giants' turn to have a player in legal trouble. Linebacker Dan Connor (not the husband on the old Rosanne sitcom), was arrested at the Philadelphia International Airport with a switchblade knife. He was charged with possession of an offensive weapon. In better news, a deal with star wide receiver Victor Cruz may be getting worked out. Cruz tweeted that good things come to those who wait, which has some people speculating that a long term deal may coming soon. The Giants truly need him to get back to the team if they are going to have the firepower to compete in the NFC East this season.
7/4/13: Antrel Rolle is growing up. Rolle is a safety by nature, but has been asked to play a lot of cornerback for the past few years due to roster cuts and injury. Rolle freely says that he prefers to play safety, but will play where ever the team asks him to. He admitted that he would have been upset about playing corner earlier in his career because it would reduce his personal stats. Now, he wants opposing DC's to worry about him where ever he may be. This is a great story about a man growing up - learning that personal records are not as important as team accomplishments.
6/27/13: With all the mess in New England surrounding tight end Aaron Hernandez, it is nice to see an inspirational story coming from the only team to beat Tom Brady and company in the Super Bowl (twice). Mark Herzlich may be the starting middle linebacker for Big Blue this season. His career was derailed in college when he was diagnosed with cancer. The Giants signed him two years ago as an undrafted free agent. He made the team and played mostly special teams for two years. Now, it looks like he is going to get the Mike job. Congrats to Herzlich for beating cancer and getting a promotion.
6/20/13: The New York Giants and their fans can breathe a sigh of relief for now. Slot receiver Victor Cruz signed his one year, $2.9 million tender offer. Cruz wants a long-term deal, and the Giants are willing to give him one. The difference is money. Cruz wants $10 million per year and the teams is looking at about $8 million. Skipping training camp may still be an option for Cruz, perhaps hastening the negotiations while limiting his chance for injury during team workouts. Hakeem Nicks is expected to be present after missing OTAs without providing publicly any explanation.
6/13/13: The Giants do not generate the circus-like atmosphere and drama-laden publicity that the Jets do. They prefer to be the 'classy' New York franchise - the one that actually wins championships rather than press conferences. But they have not been able to avoid the news cycles lately with their two star receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, both missing voluntary OTA's. The two did work out with Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, and some Denver receivers at Duke earlier in the summer. However, Eli does not want them to think that takes the place of real team workouts.
6/6/13: After a week of OTA's, there is still no sighting of either of the two best wide receivers the team has. Both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks skipped the voluntary workouts - much to the ire of head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz was expected to skip the workouts as he is still in a contract dispute with the team. Nicks, however, was a complete surprise. Coughlin expected him to be present and there has been no word of the reason Nicks skipped the practices. This likely gets resolved in the next few weeks, but for now there are more questions than answers.
5/30/13: The NFC East is completely up for grabs this season. Any of the four teams has the opportunity and talent to win it, and each could crumble during the regular season. We saw the Giant fail last year. They won the Super Bowl the previous February, but seemed sluggish and disinterested in 2012. There will always be calls for head coach Tom Coughlin's job, even though he has won the championship twice with this team. However, once Victor Cruz gets back into the fold and the Giants figure out their running game, they should be just fine.
5/23/13: This is only a guess, but the New York Giants are a bit upset about missing the playoffs last year, only a year removed from winning the Super Bowl. The Giants simply did not play up to their potential last year, and got beaten out by a hungrier Washington team. In other news, the Giants do expect Victor Cruz to eventually sign his contract. The team and Cruz are in discussions, but it is taking time. Realistically, no other team is willing to give up the compensation to the Giants to sign Cruz. So this may take a while, but expect Cruz to be catching passes from Manning in September.
5/16/13: One of the more interesting comment of the week was by New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch feels sorry for Tim Tebow. He believes landing with the New York Jets was a mistake that may kill his NFL career. Tisch went on to say that he believes Tebow could be a good NFL QB. Could he be good enough for the Giants to pick him up? Not a likely scenario considering the Giants have a two time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning. Speaking of Manning, he needs Victor Cruz back more than anyone in the organization.
5/9/13: The Giants released linebacker Michael Boley last week. Three days later, Boley pleaded guilty to felony child abuse in Alabama. Boley is now in a diversion program in Nevada and probably pleaded guilty to get the entire situation behind him. It may be a while before he plays again, but hopefully he will get the help he needs. In other news, or really the same news, there has not been any movement on the contract for Giants' star wide receiver Victor Cruz. No other team wants to pay the price to the Giants to get him. However, the Giants and Cruz still cannot come to terms.
5/2/13: Quarterback controversy in Giants camp? Not likely when you have a two time Super Bowl winner in his prime on the roster. But the Giants did select Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib in the fourth round, so maybe he is the heir apparent. Or maybe he will be there for a few years then get traded away. New York used their first pick on a man who protected Nassib, offensive tackle Justin Puch from Syracuse (No. 19 overall). The Giants are still trying to work out a contract with star wide receiver Victor Cruz, but they still have time.
4/25/13: Head coach Tom Coughlin is a fiery guy, but he tends to keep the Giants draft strategy under his hat. New York is drafting as high as they have in several years after missing the playoffs in 2012. The G-Men have the 19th pick in the draft and need both an offensive lineman and help at running back. There is a good chance that Alabama running back Eddie Lacy, the top rated rusher in this year's crop, will be available. Many teams are reluctant to spend a high draft pick on running backs when they are becoming more like dime a dozen guys.
4/18/13: Not that it was any surprise, but Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz did not attend the team's first day of voluntary workouts. Cruz is a restricted free agent and will eventually (most likely) re-sign with the New York Giants. He is embroiled in a contract dispute. Both sides would like to reach a long term agreement, but neither is willing to bend at this time. The worst case scenario is that Cruz sits out the first ten weeks of the season and comes back to fill his contractual obligations. But, of course, both sides are hoping it does not come to that. In any case, even with seven games next season, Cruz will make more than he has in any other year.
4/11/13: Cornerback Aaron Ross is back with the Giants after a one year hiatus playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Or, as Ross puts it - a nice year long vacation in Florida. The Jags were arguably the worst team in the league last year and only won two games. Ross, however, is used to winning, and winning Super Bowls. His return helps out a secondary that gave up too many big plays last year (in particular to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers???). Ross admits he took the money when he went to Jacksonville, but now says that he wants to win again.
4/4/13: Another week and another week of no movement in the Victor Cruz contract. Free agency is essentially over, and it is unlikely that anyone will make a bid on Cruz, but the Giants want to get him under contract soon. They should have Cruz for the 2013 season regardless, but then comes the question of the regular season and 2014. Cruz could sit out the first 10 games to minimize the risk of injury, and still collect more salary than he did last year. But in 2014, that would force the Giants to make a decision on keeping Cruz or Hakeem Nicks.
3/28/13: The Giants are considered one of the more reserved and conservative franchises in the league. They have never been flashy, but are usually effective. In other words, they are the complete opposite of the New York Jets, who win every press conference but few games. So it is with some surprise that the Giants announced they would introduce an alternate uniform next season. But do not get too excited about a new look, the team will just wear white pants with their blue home jerseys instead of the traditional gray. Not really much of an alternate uniform at all.
3/21/13: Not a bad stretch for sports agent Tom Condon. The St. Louis-based agent has recently added both Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and former Broncos defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil to his client list. Cruz and the Giants have been at a standstill on a new contract, though both sides expect a deal to get done at some point. Technically he is a restricted free agent, but it is doubtful anyone will give up a first round pick for him (St. Louis?). Regardless, the Giants have taken a conspicuously low-key approach to free agency this year, searching for value rather than winning the press conference (Looking at you, Miami).
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3/14/13: The Giants are taking some shots to their roster this off season. The have likely have seen the last of Osi Umenora, while Chris Canty signed with the Baltimore Ravens, tight end Martellus Bennet is on his way to the Chicago Bears, and could not close a deal with linebacker Jasper Brinkley when he was in for a visit. New York also released kicker Lawrence Tynes and signed Josh Brown. Brown played the last four games last year with Cincinnati, but before that had scored over 1000 points in time spent between the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.
3/7/13: New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is getting frustrated about the Victor Cruz contract situation. Coughlin states that he would love to see Cruz as a Giant for his entire career. Cruz had a break out season in 2011, moving from a slot receiver to a legitimate deep threat. He backed up 2011 with an impressive 2012 campaign, especially since fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was injured for much of the season, allowing opposing defenses to key in on Cruz. Cruz wants to stay in New York, but the two sides have hit a stalemate. Chances are, they will come to an agreement soon and keep Cruz with Big Blue.
2/14/13: The Giants cut Ahmad Bradshaw last week, which was not surprising with the emergence of both David Wilson and Andre Brown last season. Running backs may be the most disposable players these days, especially since rule changes have put an emphasis on the passing game. Bradshaw says that he is interested in joining the Jets. That makes sense for him because he would not have to move. It also makes sense for the Jets because Shown Green is clearly not the game breaker or dominant rusher they thought he was a few years ago. In any case, the Giants are in good hands, and only need a retooling rather than a rebuild.
2/7/13: The Giants are not wasting any time in cutting personnel and reducing their salary obligations. On Tuesday, the team cut linebacker Michael Boley. But Wednesday had the bigger names. Defensive end Chris Canty was a casualty on Wednesday, as was starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw was drafted in 2007 and had 1015 yards this past season. However, the drafting of David Wilson last April and the emergence of Andre Brown in short yardage situations, combined with the nearly $4 million that Bradshaw was due made him expendible. But Bradshaw will find work soon, possibly with Green Bay or Cincinnati.
1/31/13: The Super Bowl is going to New York next year. More accurately, it will be in New Jersey with the New York skyline as a backdrop. With the Jets in shambles, the Giants are the only New York team that has a chance at hosting the big game. Big Blue missed the playoffs this season with a 9-6 record. They should be better next season if they can stay healthy. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was out most of the year. He had a three touchdown game early in the season and was never really seen again. He is a great red zone threat due to his size, but needs to get his knee and foot healthy for next season.
1/24/13: Everyone knows by now that the Giants will not be defending their NFL title in New Orleans this year. The Giants were eliminated from playoff contention in week 16, which surprised most NFL followers. Many expected New York to make a late season run, as they did in 2006 and 2011. But it never happened. The pass rush was a big part of it, or rather, lack of a pass rush. The Giants only recorded 33 sacks this season, and only half of those were from defensive ends. In the past, those defensive ends put much more pressure on opposing quarterbacks and affected the outcome of games.
1/17/13: Head coach Tom Coughlin seems to be on the hot seat every year. Much of that may be the Big Apple media trying to generate headlines, and the truth will probably never be known. Coughlin appears to be safe this offseason, so it is time to throw around blame and accountability to others. Chief among those is offensive Kevin Gilbride. While the Giants were statistically strong this season, and averaged 27 points per game, nit pickers will note that the G-Men ran the second fewest number of plays in the league. While Gilbride is likely not going anywhere, it is the kind of topic that gets the big city press all up in arms.
1/10/13: Despite a disappointing 9-7 season where the Giants missed the playoffs, New York's GM Jerry Reese says that is it not time to dismantle the team. Only a year ago, Big Blue was riding a hot streak to a Super Bowl Championship. Many have called for changing personnel, but the core is still in tact. A bigger issue was the injuries to skill players throughout the year. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks missed much of the season, and his counter part, Victor Cruz, spent time on the DL as well. In the one game they were both fully healthy, both had over 100 yards receiving. It may have been a tough four months for the Giants, but they will be back next year.
1/3/13: The reigning Super Bowl Champions will not have the opportunity to defend their crown as they failed to qualify for the post season tournament following a 9-7 campaign. They finished up the year taking out their frustration on the withered Eagles, their long time arch rival. The Giants embarrassed Philly in what would be Andy Reid's final game, 42-7. The Giants go into the offseason with a lot of questions. The talent that won the Super Bowl a year ago is still on the roster, but they just could not come together consistently for this season.
12/27/12: This is normally the time of year that the Giants stop struggling, come together, win some clutch December games, sneak into the playoffs, then go on a remarkable postseason run that ends with the NFL championship. Technically and mathmatically it could happen again. It is possible. But that would require the Giants beating the Eagles in Week 17 (and the Eagles have had the Giants number for the past few years), plus the Vikings have to lose, plus the Bears have to lose, and plus the Cowboys have to lose or tie. So there is a chance, though it is a small chance.
12/20/12: For those who figured it was that time of year again for the Giants to go on the road, beat a quality team, and get ready for the playoffs, Sunday was a sobering reminder that scripts are rarely followed in the NFL. Fresh off of a strong win against New Orleans, the G-Men headed to Atlanta looking to flex their muscles. However, Atlanta came to play and dominated start to finish in a 34-0 rout. Eli Manning only managed 161 yards passing and running back David Wilson only recorded 55 yards on the ground. Atlanta's defense played their best game of the season, leaving the Giants' playoff hopes in doubt. The Giants need a big win on Sunday Night at Baltimore to keep their postseason hopes alive.
12/13/12: The Giants affirmed that they are still a team to be reckoned with, especially in December, with a 52-27 thrashing of the New Orleans Saints. The game was still in question heading into the fourth quarter, with New York leading 35-27. But Eli Manning and gang went to work in the final frame and scored 17 points. Meanwhile, the defense came together at the right time and did not let New Orleans score. Saints QB Drew Breese threw for over 350 yards, but only one touchdown and two interceptions. The Giants are 8-5 and in first place in the NFC East. The next game is in Atlanta on Sunday.
12/6/12: In a week filled with close division games, the Monday Night tilt between the Giants and Redskins was among the best. Unfortunately for the G-Men, they ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard, as Washington came from behind to win 17-16. Eli Manning and company looked to be in control for most of the game, but routinely had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns when they reached the red zone. The Giants remained in first in the NFC East at 7-5, one game ahead of both Washington and Dallas. Now the Giants must regroup in a short week to host the New Orleans Saints, who are fighting for their postseason lives.
8/9/12: With the NFL Preseason starting, the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants will have a couple of battles on their hands. First round pick David Wilson will be competing with DJ Ware, Andre Brown, and Da'rel Scott for the backup running back position behind starter Ahmad Bradshaw. Second round pick Rueben Randle of LSU is in the mix for the third Wide receiver spot with Jerrel Jernigan, Domenik Hixon, and Ramses Barden. The starting tight end spot is also up for grabs as well as spots on the offensive line. As it has been since 2004, Eli Manning will be under center for a drive or two. The defense that energized the team throughout its Super Bowl run will also figure out their linebacking and cornerback corps behind its strong defensive line led by Justin Tuck, Mattias Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants will play the Jacksonville Jaguars to start the preseason.
Despite being the defending Super Bowl champions and going into this season with another piece of hardware in their trophy case, Victor Cruz and the New York Giants say that they're still heading into this year with a chip on their shoulder. Whatever the reason for that may be, it seems to be a tactic that has worked in the past for the Giants. Newcomer Martellus Bennett, the tight end the Giants acquired from the Dallas Cowboys this offseason has even gotten into the act, telling the media this week about his hatred for his former team and instantly winning over the hearts of Giants fans everywhere.
With the release of this year's Top 100 Players in the NFL list that was voted on by players across the league, the New York Giants were disappointed in Eli Manning's rather low ranking of No. 31 on the list. The Giants players felt it was particularly low, especially compared to Tom Brady who was ranked at No. 4. If you can remember, Eli Manning has now defeated Tom Brady not once, but twice in the Super Bowl in the last five seasons, but is still 27 spots behind him on the list. If there's anyone that doesn't care about his spot on the list it's probably Eli himself, but his teammates still felt the need to come to his defense because, after all, he's their quarterback.
The defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants will officially wrap up their offseason media tour following their second Super Bowl title in five years and get back to work in earnest beginning on July 30th when they head up to the University of Albany to open their training camp. For the time being however, in between minicamp practices and organized team activities, the Giants continue to enjoy their championship glow. As for their personnel heading into the 2012 season, outside linebacker Michael Boley commented to the media this week that he will remain the outside linebacker for now, despite a statement from GM Jerry Reese earlier in the offseason that he would be moving to middle linebacker.
The New York Giants placed injured tight end Jake Ballard on waivers on Tuesday to clear some space on their roster with the knowledge that Ballard will not likely play in the 2012-2013 season due to the injury he suffered in Super Bowl XLVI. However, on Wednesday, after clearing waivers for all but one team in the league, the New England Patriots came and claimed Ballard off of waivers. Although the loss was disappointing for head coach Tom Coughlin and came as a bit of a shock to the rest of the team, the Giants will head into this season with a surplus of tight ends for the first time in a few years.
The New York Giants finished up another week of settling contract extensions and re-signing key players -- and coaches. The Giants gave coach Tom Coughlin a two-year contract extension on Thursday, making his contract a three-year deal worth over $20 million. They also came to an agreement with defensive end Osi Umenyiora last Friday and the Pro Bowl agreed to end the contract dispute and return to the Giants. Umenyiora will receive an estimated $6.5 million for the 2012-2013 season after bonuses and incentives and will become a free-agent following this season. Umenyiora has said that he is open to re-signing with the Giants after his current contract is up.
Hakeem Nicks underwent surgery to repair his fractured fifth metatarsal last Friday and the surgery went as planned. Nicks said to members of the media on Thursday of this week that he fully plans on being 100% and ready to go on opening night against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants open the season on primetime national television and begin their title defense. Nicks was optimistic about his recovery and even said that he hopes to be back as soon as the start of training camp, which will open on July 26 in Albany.
5/25/12 Some bad news came out of the New York Giants OTA practices on Thursday as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal. Nicks underwent surgery early Friday morning to place a screw in his foot and repair the broken bone and he is expected to miss up to 12 weeks. Since it is still early on in the offseason practice schedule, Nicks is not expected to miss any significant playing time and will likely be healthy in time for the opening kickoff on September 5th against the Cowboys, assuming his recovery and rehab process goes according to plan.
5/18/12 The New York Giants received their Super Bowl XLVI rings on Wednesday in a ceremony held at Tiffany's in New York City. The rings, which feature all four of the Giants' Lombardi trophies centered around their NY logo in the middle, also feature the words "Finish" and "All In" on the sides, which were important rallying cries for the Giants during their 2011-2012 postseason run. The rings also contain 32 blue sapphires around the perimeter, adding a little bit of Big Blue color to the ensemble, which was lacking on the Giants' previous Super Bowl rings.
5/11/12 With their rookie mini camp beginning, the New York Giants will officially begin their title defense. No team has repeated as Super Bowl champions since 2003-2004 when the New England Patriots won back-to-back Super Bowls over the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles, so it will certainly be no easy feat for the Giants to retain their throne. Add to it the fact that the Giants will go into the 2012 season with the hardest schedule in the league and you have one tough test ahead for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.
4/28/12 - On the last day of the NFL Draft the Giants had 4 selections, two in the 4th round, one in the 6th, and one in the 7th round. With their first pick in the 4th round the Giants selected Adrien Robinson a 6'4, 267 pound Tight End from the University of Cincinatti. This was a pick the Giants were very excited about. Robinson is big and fast with a lot of upside. He did not catch a lot of balls in Cincinnati, but the team hopes he can learn and develop more with Tight Ends coach Mike Pope. With their other 4th round pick the Giants selected Brandon Mosley an Offensive Tackle from Auburn. According to the Giants, he reminds them of current Giants player David Diehl. At 6'5 and 318 pounds, Mosley is big, tough, smart and can play guard as well as tackle. In the 6th Round the Giants selected Matt McCants another offensive tackle from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He is a 6'7, 295 pound strong kid with good quickness. According to scouting reports, he moves his feet well but needs some time to develop, as his technique sometimes gets sloppy. Markus Kuhn a Defensive Tackle from North Carolina State was the Giants' last pick. He was taken in the 7th Round 239th Overall. Kuhn, a native of Germany, is considered a developmental player. At North Carolina State, Kuhn only started one season and is known more for his effort than his instinct or technique.
4/27/12 - On Day 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, selected Rueben Randle from LSU and Jayron Hosley from Virginia Tech. Randle was selected at the bottom of the 2nd Round (63rd Overall). He is a wide receiver that can make an immediate impact for the Giants and play on the outside vacated by Mario Manningham. At 6'3 and 210 pounds, Randle is an incredible athlete with great speed and great hands. He is also a good route runner and put up good numbers in college (97 passes for 1634 yards and 13 TDs) from awful QB play. He has a great chance to win the number 3 WR spot this fall. Hosley was selected in the 3rd Round (94th Overall). From Virginia Tech, Hosley adds depth to the Giants' cornerback position. At 5'10 and 178 pounds, he is a little undersized for the position but scouting reports say he has good ball skills and good zone coverage instincts to make up for his lack of size. According to General Manger, Jerry Reese, Hosley can also return punts and kickoffs. With these two picks the Giants filled some holes vacated by free agency and also could make a quick impact early next season.
5/4/12 The New York Giants addressed several needs in the later rounds of the 2012 NFL draft by picking up LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle from LSU, Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson and Auburn offensive tackle Brandon Mosley. They hope that Randle will fill the hole left by the departure of Mario Manningham, and that Hosley can replace Aaron Ross at cornerback. Also, they bolstered the tight end position with the addition of Robinson and the signing of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett in free agency.
4/26/12 - With the final pick of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, The New York Giants selected David Wilson, running back from Virginia Tech. In his final year at Virginia Tech, Wilson rushed for 1709 yards and 9 TD's. Wilson fills the void created in the backfield after the departure of running back Brandon Jacobs. At 5'9, Wilson won't run through defenses like Jacobs but he has the speed to breakaway for long runs. Wilson also improves one of the few weaknesses the Giants have, their return game. The Giants ranked 22nd in the league in Kickoff Average. Wilson provides an upgrade over last year's returners Devin Thomas and Da'rel Scott.
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After finishing the 2010-11 NFL season 10-6 and second in the Easterndivision of the National Football Conference, the New York Giantsselected Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara with the No. 19 overallpick in the 2011 NFL entry draft. With Amukamara joining likelystarters Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas along with safeties AntrelRolle and Kenny Phillips, the Giants boast one of the strongestsecondary units in the NFL. The former Husker may not have recorded apick during his senior season at Nebraska, but it may have had more todue with opposing offenses choosing to avoid him. He was only thrownat 52 times in 2010, only 18 of which were completed. His ability as acover corner and in run support should make him a fan favorite withGaints fans for years to come.
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Joining the league in 1925, the New York Giants are the league's fourth-oldest franchise. Their seven league titles, including three Super Bowls, rank third all-time, their most recent coming in 2008 in a victory over the New England Patriots considered to be one of the greatest upsets, and greatest Super Bowls, of all-time.
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Though they ended the year 10-6, Giant fans would like to put 2010 behind them. A brutal, last-second loss to the Eagles in Week 15 followed by a 45-17 whipping in Green Bay helped New York play its way out of a playoff berth. Oddsmakers indicate that the poor finish to the year will not hurt the team going forward, as the Giants and Eagles are the co-favorites to win one of football's toughest divisions in 2011. The Giants are still loaded on offense, with Hakeem Nicks developing into a number one receiver, and Steve Smith and Mario Manningham offering quarterback Eli Manning above-average options as well. Known for being solid on both sides of the line of scrimmage, the Giants possess a lethal defensive line that can be even better if second-year end Jason Pierre-Paul plays up to expectations. The secondary is a question mark in New York, and the Giants are hoping that first round Nebraska product Prince Amukamara is a remedy. Amukamara isn't as highly touted as LSU's Patrick Peterson, but at pick 19, he offered tremendous value to help improve a unit that has recently been bitten by the bugs of injury and inconsistency. After the end of the NFL Lockout, in one of the craziest free-agency periods ever, the Giants seemed to struggle a bit. Defensive power-house Osi Umenyiora is holding out for a 300% pay increase before he is resigned.
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Though they open with the division-rival Redskins, Giant fans most likely have Week 3's visit to Philadelphia circled on their calendars as the team's first big test. Head coach Tom Coughlin must find a way to keep the team buzzing as the season wears on, because the second half of the Giants' schedule is brutal. Out of conference games against the Patriots, 49ers, Saints, Packers, and a rare matchup with the stadium-sharing Jets are stiff challenges in their own right, but coupled with two matchups against the Cowboys and the second against the Eagles mean that if the Giants win the division in 2011, they'll certainly have earned it.
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