David Wilson addressed the media on Wednesday, the first public comments since the announcement that he will no longer play football due to his spinal injuries. Here's what he had to say:

Hey everybody. I’m not really prepared to answer a lot of questions today but I’ll try to do my best on some of them. I’m going to start by saying that at a young age I had a dream to play in the NFL. I did that, I played in the NFL and I scored touchdowns and I broke tackles and I broke and set records. I practiced with my teammates, got to play for Coach Coughlin, got drafted by the Giants. So at no point should anybody feel like this is over because in life everything has obstacles. We all go through our own obstacles every day. The main thing is, when you’re going through those obstacles, to stay focused and embrace faith and keep your dreams. Even if one dream seems to fade away, set another goal and set another dream and try to reach that. That’s the main thing.

Any time… life will knock you down sometimes. I realize that I knew that since a young age. Everything hasn’t been smooth sailing for me hardly ever. I try to put the smile on my face and make other people happy. That’s what I enjoy in life. I continue living. When life knocks you down, I always say plan to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up. But if you’re flat on your face, that can kill your spirit. Always think of it in that aspect – if you can look up, you can get up. So far, I can look up and I plan on getting up and living my dream and setting another one for me to live out. 

Q: Is it too early to tell what it is that you want to do with the next phase of your life?

A: I know… I have a couple ideas. As far as that goes, I guess you will just have to follow closely and see where I go from there.

Q: You were so optimistic, even the day before, on Twitter. Were you shocked when the doctors told you the news or did you kind of sense that it was coming?

A: I prepared for both sides. You can’t ignore the facts. Like I said, I always try to find the best in situations so when I knew I was going into that situation, I’m looking at the best side. No need to dwell on the negative side and dwell on the negative. You start to dwell on the negative and you start to feel sorrow. You don’t want to ever dwell on that moment because at that point, you’re not living.

I’m still living and I’m still healthy and doing the things that I can do, except football. That doesn’t last forever, anyway. Mine’s been cut short and I’ve accepted that. I appreciate the opportunity from the Giants of being able to play and being up here and doing all the things I love.

Like I said, when I was a little kid growing up, my dream was to play in the NFL and I did that. I set that goal when I was real young and I set small goals in between because setting one big goal and just expecting to get there the next day, that’s very unlikely. I set small goals, like I want to be the fastest guy on my team. From eight years old, I’m speaking from when I was really young, I’d wake up and say, ‘I want to be the fastest on my team. I want to score a touchdown. I want to be the starter. I want to score the most touchdowns on the team. I want to break the records.’ I get to high school and I broke records that were set. I reached those goals. As you continue to reach more goals, the pressure builds up and when the pressure builds up, the intensity increases. It gives you a thrive and a drive to keep going. You can do great things when you get that. You start doing these things and accomplishing these goals and getting closer to your dream and then people start to support you. The thing that wakes you up every day is that you don’t want to let those people down.

When it started off, I didn’t want to let my parents down. I always tried to do the right thing by them and honor my parents. Very religious, it says, ‘honor your father and mother.’ I tried to do that to the best of my ability. More and more people started supporting me. My whole school, all my teammates… all my teammates start supporting me. Once again, I’m speaking from high school, college. Your teammates start to support you. Then a whole city gets behind you and at that point, you don’t want to let your city down, you don’t want to let your family down, your friends down, your teammates, teachers, all these people supporting you and helping you reach your dream.

Then you go to college and the whole state supports you. Then you go to the NFL and you have all these NFL players, great players that will probably be in the Hall of Fame one day, and they support you. Coaches that have won Super Bowls, they get behind you and they support you. That’s just been a great feeling, man. These are tears of joy. Don’t for a second do you all think that I’m pitying myself or sad because I got to live my dream. I’ll set another dream and be great at that because I always look at trying to be great at whatever I do. I always had the aspect because in order to get a scholarship, you’ve got to have grades. When you get those grades, you have to be the best in your class. Try to be the best in your class. My competitive spirit always raised me up to excel and do what I can there. I always say I’ll be looking at my teammates this year, and forever, that I played with wishing them the best. Every time I watch a Giants game or a football game and see people play that I actually had a chance to meet, I want to watch them go on the field and I want to see them try to be great because it can be taken away. When they go on the field I want to see them, every Sunday or Thursday or Monday… I want to see those guys do great and be great and push themselves. That’s where my joy comes from. I’ve got a long life to live. I’m 23 years old and I’ve been blessed with an amazing head start, being drafted in the first round. And to a great organization with the Giants, which supports me. I’ve been told that by the head leaders of the organization. They support me in whatever I do and if I need anything, don’t hesitate. I plan to be alright.

These are just tears of joy because as I speak, I realize how much people have helped me along the way. When you push the pause button, you get to look at that. But I plan on pushing ‘play’ real soon. Moving on in future endeavors, I’m excited.

Q: Is this the first time you’ve gotten emotional?

A: This is the first time. Like I said, it’s more joyful tears. It’s not because I can’t play anymore. Like I said, in speaking to you all, I’ve realized how many people supported me and believed in me.

Q: From last Tuesday until the final decision Monday, what was going through your mind?

A: When I tell you all I remained positive and stayed positive, that’s what I did. I’m not saying it because I’m in front of the cameras and have microphones in front of me. When I’m by myself, I stay positive. That’s what I was all the way through this whole thing. I expected to come back, I trained.  I was limited because the doctors didn’t want me to put too much strain on my body because it could affect the healing process. I had all intentions in playing the 2014 season with the Giants. I trained and prepared that way and went out to practice every day, ran hard, learned the new playbook. At no moment was I negative or thinking about not playing.

Q: When the burner happened last Tuesday to when you got the final decision, what was your process there?

A: It’s scary. It was a scary feeling, you can’t hide that fact. But at the same time I felt fine afterwards. I felt perfectly fine afterwards and was still optimistic. We said we were going to see the doctors and see what they said. They looked at the MRIs and they saw what they needed to see and they felt that nothing had really changed, but at the end of the day the doctors wouldn’t clear me because it was a risk for me to be out there with my condition. All the way up until that point I was optimistic, but at that point you just have to do what’s best for your life. The doctors did that and I prayed that the doctors would give me the same answer that God would give me if I asked straightforward. We don’t have that capability. I can ask, but God works through people. I asked him to do that with the doctors and they gave me the answer. That’s why I’m comfortable with that answer.

Q: What changed from when they cleared you a week before to what they saw on Tuesday? Did the condition get worse or was it just a stinger combined with the…?

A: No, it was… everything was fine, the MRIs. That’s what I was told. The doctors have dealt with situations like this before and they know the best answer to give me so I can live and have a healthy life. I don’t have a family yet, and I want to have one and I want to be able to enjoy it.

Q: Did you give any thought to seeing other doctors, fighting the diagnosis? I don’t even know if it’s physically possible but trying to find someone who would clear you to play?

A: That crosses your mind, but at the same time these doctors did everything they could to get me back on the field. At that point why would they tell you something that wasn’t accurate and they didn’t feel was in your best interest?

Q: Are you going to need any additional procedures on your neck?

A: No, I’m fine. Just football.

Q: Any ideas what you want to do now? Coaching, announcing, anything, staying close to the game and staying close around here?

A: Yeah, all those things come into mind. Like I said, you’ll just have to follow 4stillrunning closely to see what he does next. Whatever it is, I’m going to try to be great at it and thrive in it.

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DNL on the injury to Beckham Jr. 00:03:41
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the Giants' second preseason game and discusses the hit that injured Odell Beckham Jr. in Cleveland.

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is reportedly considering a $100 million insurance policy that includes injury protection if he doesn't receive a contract extension prior to the regular season, according to Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson.

Beckham, who suffered a sprained ankle in Monday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns and was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday after Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun hit Beckham low, was considering the insurance policy before this week's game.

The 24-year-old receiver has said earlier this offseason he believes he will become the highest-paid player in the NFL, a sentiment Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson agrees with, however Beckham said he doesn't want a contract war with the team and said his focus is on winning a Super Bowl. 

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Green Bay Packers guard Matt Rotheram reacts on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers guard Matt Rotheram reacts on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants signed offensive lineman Matt Rotheram on Tuesday, according to NJ.com's Dan Duggan.

Rotheram played one game for the Detroit Lions last season after spending several weeks on their practice squad. Before that, he was with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2015.

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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) after a catch during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) after a catch during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

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One of the Giants' two biggest nightmares occurred on Monday night when Odell Beckham, Jr. got hurt in a meaningless preseason game.

But it looks like they can breathe easy … at least for the moment.

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The Giants scheduled former Missouri LB Michael Scherer to work out for the team on Monday, per Big Blue View's Chris Pflum.

With injuries to linebackers Mark Herzlich and Keenan Robinson, the Giants need to fill some the void.

The 6-foot, 230 pound Scherer went undrafted this year after playing four seasons at Missouri. He amassed 207 tackles, half a sack, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in his college career. 

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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks off the field after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks off the field after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Giants S Landon Collins and DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison weren't pleased by a dangerous hit that sent WR Odell Beckham Jr. to the locker room in the team's 10-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns Monday night. 

At the beginning of the second quarter, Beckham took a low hit from Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun that sprained the wideout's ankle. Though it wasn't deemed an illegal hit, Collins and Snacks both took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter. 

Collins not only believes the hit was dirty, but he couldn't play next to someone that would that...
 

Click below to see the tweet

 

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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass as Cleveland Browns defensive end Jamie Meder (98) defends during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass as Cleveland Browns defensive end Jamie Meder (98) defends during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Giants were unable to find the endzone for a second game to open the preseason, but Eli Manning completed 10 of 14 passes and Jason Pierre-Paul intercepted a pass from Brock Osweiler in a 10-6 loss to the Browns on Monday night. 

The Giants played their starters early on, but kept losing wide receivers to injury as the game progessed. Odell Beckham left in the second quarter with an ankle injury, Brandon Marshall was sidelined with a shoulder injury, and Tavarres King suffered a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter. On the defensive side, CB Michael Hunter left the game with a concussion.

Manning threw for 80 yards, while Geno Smith entered in relief and went 11-for-17 with an interception. The Giants went 3-for-12 on third down and struggled to hold onto the football as RB Wayne Gallman and WR Sterling Shepard both fumbled.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Giants didn't look good in their preseason opener, but they were missing so many players it was unfair to judge. Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard didn't play and Brandon Marshall only took a handful of snaps. On defense, the starters only played sparingly, too.

Things should be different against the Browns on Monday night in Cleveland, though. Manning will get a "big chunk" of playing time, according to Giants coach Ben McAdoo, and it's a good bet most of the healthy starters will last into the second quarter.

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Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. posted videos of himself watching Monday's solar eclipse without protective glasses.

Click below for Beckham's Instagram post

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to getting a five-year contract extension to remain in his position atop the league, according to multiple reports.

According to the Sports Business Journal, Goodell will earn close to what he is during his current contract, which is set to end in 2019. Goodell has presided over the NFL since 2006 since he took over for Paul Tagliabue. The extension would keep him on as commissioner until 2024.

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(William Hauser)

Giants TE Evan Engram is officially a professional after playing in the preseason opener against the Steelers last week. However, those first-game nerves will still be there when the Giants take on the Browns Monday night. 

"It's still going to be kind of nerve-wracking and exciting," he told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "I'm really pumped about it. It was a really cool feeling out there, getting out there and having your uniform on and being out there warming up. It kind of really hit me in that moment, and I don't think it's ever going to go away. I'm really excited, I can't wait for Monday night. I think it adds to my game, the eagerness to do well and get out there and run around to make plays. I think all that adds into my performance." 

It is hard for rookies not to be shocked during their first taste of NFL action, and Engram learned that against the Steelers as he needed to come back down to Earth. 

"I had to lock in," the 22-year-old. "Just being out there, I was kind of wide-eyed and a little nervous. So, being in the huddle, I kind of had to slow down, lock in, hear the play call, get to the line. Just kind of slow everythingn down. in practice, we go through reads and just do all my stuff I usually do. But in the game, sometimes those nerves will build up, especially being a rookie and your first time out there, definitely stuff flies over your head. So, just kind of slowing everything down, locking in, get back to what you've been doing. That's probably the biggest thing I've taken away."

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:03:13
Eli Manning and Landon Collins talk about what the Giants are looking to achieve against the Browns in preseason.

 

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Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Michael Bowie (61) in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Michael Bowie (61) in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Giants offensive tackle Michael Bowie has been charged on one count of domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury to property under $1,000, according to multiple reports. 

There is a warrant for his arrest after he reportedly grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and threw her to the ground before punching a hole in the wall and breaking two television, according to News on 6. Bowie reportedly responded to the news on Friday by saying "this is false," according to Tulsa World

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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) watches from the sidelines during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) watches from the sidelines during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' first-team offense is primed to play into the second quarter of their preseason matchup against the Cleveland Browns Monday night, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Starters like QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. were in full pads on the sideline in the Giants' opener against the Steelers, but they didn't see any reps on the field. Monday night should be the exact opposite as the offense looks to get their first plays in of the season. 

"We'd like to give [Manning] a good chunk of playing time, into the second quarter," head coach Ben McAdoo said. "We'll take a look at it as it goes." 

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GEICO SportsNite: Eli update 00:01:50
As the Giants prepare for their second preseason game, the offensive and defensive coordinators discuss getting the regulars more involved.

 

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan knows that his unit's success this year is all on the offensive line. 

"We know we're going to go as far as our offensive line goes," Sullivan said Friday. 

An obvious area of emphasis this offseason, the Giants didn't do much to their line as they have confidence their current group can get the job done. Sullivan backs these claims, saying he has seen improvement from the line through training camp so far. 

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JRSportBrief: NFL work stoppage? 00:01:54
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo showed the movie "Detroit," a film that is based on Detroit's 12th Street race riots in 1967, to his team on Tuesday as a lesson in empathy, the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard writes.

The film, which premiered worldwide on Aug. 4, is based off the riots in Detroit that took place 50 years ago when 43 people died, 342 people were injured and approximately 1,400 buildings were burned as racial tensions grew.

While McAdoo, according to Leonard, intended to show the players the movie more than a week ago, he did so in the days following the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead and nearly 20 others injured.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Canaan Severin runs with the ball defended by New York Giants safety Andrew Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Canaan Severin runs with the ball defended by New York Giants safety Andrew Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants signed wide receivers Canaan Severin and Ed Eagan to replace Keeon Johnson and Kevin Snead due to injuries, the team announced.

Severin, 24, recorded two catches for 24 yards for Pittsburgh in last week's preseason game against New York. The 24-year-old receiver is in his second year out of Virginia.

Eagan was an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern State who spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns since last May.

Johnson, an undrafted free agent from Virginia, broke his foot, while Snead suffered a hamstring injury. Both were waived/injured.

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(William Hauser)

Giants G Justin Pugh believes the team's offensive line is "heading in the right direction" as the regular season approaches.

Pugh highlighted the success the team has had in practice and in the preseason opener while stressing the importance of carrying it over to games. The Steelers recorded three sacks against the Giants offense in the preseason opener on Friday.

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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has left the door open for rookie Davis Webb to be the team's No. 2 quarterback entering the season.

"I think we all have to be careful making assumptions," McAdoo said on Thursday. "Josh (Johnson) and Geno (Smith) are competing right now for the number two spot, and if that doesn't look the way we want it to look, Davis will get a crack."

Webb, a third-round pick out of the University of California, completed 8 of 16 passes with no touchdowns or interceptions during the Giants' preseason opener last Friday against the Steelers.

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning is slated to play during the Giants' second and third preseason games (on Aug. 21 and Aug. 26) head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters on Thursday.

Other notes from Giants camp...

  • CB Eli Apple sat out practice due to a sore ankle, and he's unsure whether he'll be ready to play this Monday against the Browns.
  • WR Dwayne Harris missed practice due to upper body soreness.
  • McAdoo said T Ereck Flowers was a "bright spot" during Friday's preseason opener.
  • LB B.J. Goodson (back) returned to practice.
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New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

 Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas has taken a $2.2 million pay cut for this season and will be paid $775,000, according to Field Yates of ESPN

With the move, the Giants have freed over $2 million in cap space for this season.

Yates reports that Thomas, who was supposed to earn $2.975 million for 2017, will earn a roster bonus of $20,000 and a $400,000 incentive if he takes 70 percent of the snaps this year. 

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(William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Throughout camp last year, Damon "Snacks" Harrison was used to seeing Johnathan Hankins lining up next to him for each rep. This year, though, he has seen multiple jerseys swap in and out as the Giants try to figure out who will start next to him Week 1.

Who is the leading candidate? There hasn't been one player in particular who has stood out. But, according to the Giants' depth chart, Jay Bromley is ahead of the pack.

The fourth-year veteran has only four starts so far in his career, but his work ethic this offseason is one that is reminiscent of a seasoned starter like Harrison.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants camp 00:03:14
Ralph Vacchiano and Justine Ward report from Giants training camp, where Ben McAdoo has taken a hard approach with his team.

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Tuesday. Here's what we learned...

  • McAdoo made players run to allow them to "gain their composure" because there were too many balls on the ground during practice. 
  • He said his will be the most challenging week as the team prepares for three games in 11 days. "We're going to be a little heavy-legged and we're going to be sore, but we're going to build calluses," he said.
  • LB B.J. Goodson left practice with a sore back after jamming a receiver on a crossing route. 
  • LB Devon Kennard is sore but will return on Thursday.
  • DT Corbin Bryant is dealing with an elbow injury and it is not clear how much time he will miss.
  • LB Calvin Munson, S Andrew Adams and LB Stansly Maponga received first team reps. McAdoo said they had "a great opportunity" but he will evaluate the practice to see how they performed.
  • LB Mark Herzlich, LB Keenan Robinson, and LB J.T. Thomas will need to compete and stay available in order to secure a role on the team.
  • Munson and Curtis Grant have "the best ability there is out there at this point in the linebacker group and that's availability." McAdoo praised their physicality and said they're improving because of all the snaps they are getting.
  • WR Brandon Marshall and and TE Evan Engram are still mastering the system and building chemistry with QB Eli Manning.
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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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Brandon Marshall made a spectacular, one-handed catch in practice on Tuesday with a defensive back pulling at his other arm. He's made a bunch of outstanding plays in training this summer, actually.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- More than a week after being ripped by ex-teammate Sheldon Richardson for being "drama-queenish" and quitting on the Jets last season, Brandon Marshall took the high road on Tuesday and pronounced his feud with Richardson "dead."

"I wasn't surprised," Marshall said when asked for the first time about Richardson's shots. "But there's so much good energy here and the environment is amazing, I don't really have time to go back to that. That's dead. It's dead."

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Odell the leader 00:01:21
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR makes the case for Odell Beckham Jr.'s chances to lead the Giants to a championship.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. has put up crazy numbers in his first three NFL seasons, but he won't mind at all if those numbers suddenly go down. Because there's only one number -- and one thing -- that the New York Giants star receiver really cares about.

And he made that clear as he stood in the fieldhouse on Monday and stared at the five Super Bowl championship banners hanging on the walls, and told the Giants to clear room for No. 5.

"See that banner? That's all I care about," Beckham said as he looked around the building. "Honestly, there's one, two, three, four in here. I don't where they'd put the fifth one, but they're going to have to make room because we need it."

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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have activated RB Shaun Draughn and LB J.T. Thomas off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the team announced Tuesday.

S Landon Collins was held out of practice due to illness.

The Giants also signed LB Steven Daniels.

Daniels, 24, has also spent time with the Redskins and Eagles. He was selected in the seventh round in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Giants Training Camp report 00:02:02
SNY's Michelle Yu and Ralph Vacchiano report from Giants Training Camp and discuss the expectations for Odell Beckham Jr. this season.

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one handed catch as he shows off his skills during the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown at Wide World of Sports. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one handed catch as he shows off his skills during the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown at Wide World of Sports. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The spectacular, one-handed catch that put Odell Beckham Jr. on the map as a rookie is now commonplace -- and really, just as spectacular as ever. During training camp practices, he warms up by catching passes one-handed; he fields punts one-handed; and occasionally he makes ridiculous, incredible, one-handed catches in team drills, too.

He did it again on Monday, making a leaping, one-handed, backhanded grab over Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins -- very similar to one he made on Sunday, too. The crowd roared as it does with just about everything Beckham does.

Tags: Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kim Klement)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. continues to make highlight-reel plays at training camp as he hauled in a one-handed touchdown grab on Monday. 

With CB Janoris Jenkins draped all over him, Beckham went up to snatch an Eli Manning fade with his fingertips.

Beckham has been making his signature one-handed grabs since training camp began. However, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, head coach Ben McAdoo said, "I like two hands on the ball better than one," when asked about the catch. 

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New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kerry Wynn knows he has plenty of work to do if he wants to compete for a spot at defensive end on the Giants this season, he told Newsday

Wynn recorded three tackles, including a sack, in the team's preseason opener against the Steelers on Friday. However, Wynn is battling with Romeo OkwaraDevin Taylor and rookie Avery Moss for time at the position behind starter Jason Pierre-Paul

"I'm an undrafted guy," he said. "I'm going to ride with that until my days in the league are done. I come in every day trying to prove something, trying to continue to get better. ... I couldn't take that chip off my shoulder. There are so many that if you take a few off, I'd still have tons of them on there. That's the way it is. Even if I took the one on the left off, I got three of them on the right."

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(Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have signed WR Andrew Turzilli and LB Chris Casher, and waived WR Kevin Norwood and TE Colin Thompson, per NY Post's Paul Schwartz.

Turzilli, a Rutgers University product, was an undrafted free agent that found his way on the 49ers' practice squad in 2015. He eventually made his way to the Titans that year where he totaled two catches for 25 yards in three games.

In April 2016, he was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy. This year, he signed to the Lions practice squad, but was waived on May 11. 

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)

While Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has stated that Paul Perkins has a chance to grab hold of starter's spot, Orleans Darkwa is looking to push for his own starting reps at running back. 

"I think any running back, if you don't have the mentality that you want to be the guy, then what are you doing?" Darkwa said. "Obviously, he said [Perkins] is the starter, but I try to go in with the mentality that I want to be the starter and take his job. I think that pushes everybody."

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Giants training camp report 00:02:33
Taylor Rooks and Ralph Vacchiano report from Giants training camp where head coach Ben McAdoo said Eli Manning showed some rust on the field

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Sterling Shepard ankle scare is officially over.

Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.

"They cut me loose today, so I am back to doing what I do," Shepard said in a statement released through the team. "I have been doing stuff leading up to this, so I felt like I was ready for a full practice."

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even by Odell Beckham Jr.'s standards, this was a spectacular play: a leaping, one-handed, almost-backhanded catch at the 5-yard line, followed by enough body control to hang on, switch hands and scamper untouched into the end zone. There was a gasp from the crowd, followed by the loudest cheers of the day.

There was only one problem: about 35 yards behind him, the play had already blown up.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Olivier Vernon, Pittsburgh Steelers, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson and DT Jay Bromley both showed they can make an impact on the defense this season in the preseason opener against the Steelers. 

Goodson has been aggressive and vocal since the start of camp, and that is something the Giants' coaches like to see from someone who could potentially be the starting middle linebacker this season. Leading is an area Goodson has been accustomed to.

"I'm a middle linebacker, I have no worries about taking control and being the leader of a huddle, that's what I've always done," Goodson told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton. "I was ready to go. It was just another chance to continue building what we're building, and I'm confident I can do the job, do what I need to do for us to be great."

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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) scrambles with the ball during the third quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) scrambles with the ball during the third quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants dropped their first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-12, at MetLife Stadium on Friday night. 

Here is what head coach Ben McAdoo said about his players following the matchup...

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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (33) is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) and safety Landon Collins (21) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (33) is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) and safety Landon Collins (21) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

 

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(Erich Schlegel)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The news that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL season has the potential to cause a seismic shift in the NFC East. But it didn't cause many waves in the Giants locker room.

As far as the Giants are concerned, the Cowboys will be tough to beat in the regular season opener with or without the NFL's best young running back. So the news didn't change their outlook on the season one bit.

I don't care," said Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas. "We get them how we get them. But they're still Dallas now. They still have a very good young quarterback who had a good, strong rookie year. They've got a strong receiver on the outside, one of the better slot receivers in the game, one of the greatest tight ends I ever played against. Those guys are still there. Their O-line is still intact."

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(Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's too early to make sweeping judgements, but the first impressions of the Giants offensive line on Saturday night were that they looked a lot like last year's offensive line.

And obviously that's not good.

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recaps the Giants' 2017 preseason opener where they fell to the Steelers by a score of 20-12 at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants failed to score a touchdown as they lost to the PIttsburgh Steelers, 20-12, in their first preseason game.

Offense was provided by the two kickers, Aldrick Rosas and Mike Nugent, as they alternated field goal attempts and didn't miss one. Rosas showed off his powerful leg with a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter while Nugent split the uprights with a 45-yarder. They went a perfect 4-for-4 on the night.

Josh Johnson got the start at quarterback, and couldn't get anything going to start the night. He went 5-for-10 in the air for 31 yards. 

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(William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are listed as healthy scratches for the first preseason game against the Steelers Friday. 

Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are not on the list, meaning they could see some time on the field. 

Among the injury-related scratches are WR Sterling Shepard, LB Keenan Robinson, and WR Tavarres King

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Daily News Live reacts to the news that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's conduct policy.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season under the NFL's domestic violence policy, the NFL announced Friday.

Among the games Elliott will miss include Dallas' Week 1 matchup with the New York Giants, Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals and Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers.

A former girlfriend of Elliott reportedly accused him of assaulting her multiple times in a span of a week in July 2016, however charges were reportedly not filed against Elliott.

"Even when a player is not charged with a crime, 'he may still be found to have violated the [league's personal conduct] policy if the credible evidence establishes that he engaged in conduct prohinited by this Personal Conduct Policy," the NFL wrote in a letter to Elliott.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Head coach Ben McAdoo said he plans to treat the Giants' preseason opener the same way he treated last year's. That means there'll likely be no Eli Manning, no Odell Beckham Jr., no Jason Pierre-Paul, no Landon Collins or many other starters.

And the starters that do actually play probably won't play much at all.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Buffalo Bills defensive back Corey White (30) and New York Giants defensive back Mykkele Thompson (22) during the game at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Buffalo Bills defensive back Corey White (30) and New York Giants defensive back Mykkele Thompson (22) during the game at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

 

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(William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants open the preseason on Friday night, just two weeks after they opened camp. And with a veteran team with few training camp battles, very little has changed.

In those few battles, though, some very clear lines have been drawn. The action in the preseason games will determine everything of course, but as the games begin, here's a look at where the action stands in the five big battles I identified (hand handicapped) before camp began:

Tags: Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Ralph Vacchiano
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