EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's a good bet that Eli Manning and Odell Beckham will spend all of Thursday night standing on the sidelines. Victor Cruz and most of the starting offensive line figure to play, though only for a series or two. Same goes for much of the starting defense.
In other words, if you want to see anything that matters, don't blink.
Tags: Andre Williams, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.
Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.
Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
The Giants have announced their inactives for Saturday's preseason game against the Bills in Buffalo.
WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), TE Will Johnson (stinger), CB Leon McFadden (bruised lower leg), LB J.T. Thomas III (PUP, hamstring), and DE Kerry Wynn (groin) are all out and will not travel to Buffalo.
WR Victor Cruz (groin), LG Justin Pugh (shoulder), and CB Eli Apple (knee) all made the trip.
However, Cruz is not expected to play.
Tags: Eli Apple, Geremy Davis, J.T. Thomas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Victor Cruz
TE Larry Donnell, OL John Jerry, and rookie CB Matt Smalley all left practice early today with injuries.
Donnell, who was carted to the locker room after running wind sprints, was dehydrated, Ben McAdoo said after practice, while Jerry was forced to leave early due to an illness.
Smalley, an undrafted free agent from Lafayette, was helped off the field after trying to defend a pass to WR Darius Powe. McAdoo later told reporters Smalley was dealing with a shoulder issue.
Tags: Eli Apple, Geremy Davis, J.T. Thomas, John Jerry, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Nikita Whitlock, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz
Everyone, from his coaches to his personal trainer to Giants executives to Victor Cruz himself, insisted his recovery was going better than expected. He looked great. He had no restrictions. He was even ahead of schedule. A return for Opening Day sounded guaranteed.
Then, almost exactly a year ago, Cruz suffered what he insisted was a very "minor" calf injury.
New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris said quarterback Eli Manning and the offense are working on throwing the deep ball more often.
Harris told the Giants team site that the team will be utilizing its receiving corps of him, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz to throw the ball downfield more often.
"I think we're getting better just throwing the ball down the field more," Harris said. "We're definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes. And [we need to get] the run game going. That's one of the key elements in our offense. We got it going later on in the season. We've just got to continue that momentum and keep carrying it in the beginning of this season."
Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Matt Eisenberg
The New York Giants will conduct their three-day mandatory minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center beginning today through Thursday.
Teams are allowed two practices totaling 3 1/2 hours on the field per day with the second practice limited to walk through activities only. The Giants had a very high attendance percentage during their organized team activities, so this week will not reveal much as no live contact is permitted. Only 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
After they break camp on Thursday, the Giants will not reconvene as a team until training camp opens on July 28.
Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Jasper Brinkley, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, John Fennelly
The New York Giants will close out the organized team activities portion of their offseason workout program this week with four sessions beginning Monday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
The club will then move on to its three-day mandatory minicamp next Tuesday. After that, the team will not convene again until training camp begins in the final week of July.
Some players that have impressed in the first six sessions include the team's two top draft picks, cornerback Eli Apple and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, as well as wide receiver Geremy Davis and backup quarterback Ryan Nassib.
Tags: Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Ryan Nassib, John Fennelly
Organized team activities prohibit full contact. No one is hit the ground. They are mundane exercises for linemen and those who are paid to hit people.
So who does the focus shift to? The quarterbacks and the wide receivers. The Giants are endowed with both, so OTAs these days can end up being fun.
Odell Beckham Jr. is a walking highlight reel. Just watching him run routes is exciting. He has challenged the Giants' new cornerbacks, free agent Janoris Jenkins and first-round draft pick Eli Apple, who have both gotten a dose of the record-setting Pro Bowler. On a side note, Jenkins and Apple have performed as advertised thus far.
Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
The Giants had a historic offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players, three of whom may help their already powerful offense become more dynamic.
GM Jerry Reese came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list to try to rebuild the Giants' league-worst defense, and they added as many as six new starters through free agency and the draft.
But what about the offense? Here's a look at what's new and different this summer.
Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
After rookie minicamp is in the books, the Giants are preparing to move into phase three of their offseason program and will begin organized team activities on May 27.
It will be the first time the rookies and the veterans will take the field as a team. The 10 OTA offseason workouts will be held on May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9 and June 11-12. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.
Mandatory Minicamp will be held from June 16-18. Training camp begins the last week of July.
Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jasper Brinkley, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
The Giants' 2015 sixth-round draft pick, WR Geremy Davis, is one of the subjects of a cable documentary revolving around the NFL Draft and the subsequent business of the recruitment and signing of players. It airs beginning tonight at 10 p.m. on Esquire Network.