Marcus Kuhn left the game with an elbow injury.
Neither will return.
Marcus Kuhn left the game with an elbow injury.
Neither will return.
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"The Giants need a run game this season" is a phrase that is definitely easier said than done, and one that has been said for a few years now.
The ground game has consistently slacked for a few years now, and the Giants would like that streak to end. Just think: Ahmad Bradshaw was the last 1,000-yard rusher for this team back in 2010...
The Giants' head into the offseason unsure of what they really are. Two years ago they were an 11-5 playoff team. Last year they were a 3-13 mess with largely the same personnel.
Chances are the reality of the Giants is somewhere in between, which makes them a team like many others in the league: Talented, but flawed.
How they fix those flaws will determine how they fare in 2018 under first-year head coach Pat Shurmur. And as they get ready to begin their offseason overhaul, here's a look at their biggest needs:
Offensive line - This is everything for the Giants and the primary reason for their problems over the last six years. They need a total rebuild, especially with Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg headed to free agency...
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Pat Shurmur wasted no time at all assembling his coaching staff with the Giants, and on Thursday he made it all official when he announced the hiring of 16 assistants, including six that were holdovers from Ben McAdoo's staff.
The big names, of course, were offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who came from the Carolina Panthers, and defensive coordinator James Bettcher, who came from the Arizona Cardinals. Shula was the last coach to be added, and he'll not only help with the game planning -- as Shurmur calls his own plays -- but Shula will be the Giants' quarterbacks coach, too.
"He'll assume all the roles that any offensive coordinator would have," Shurmur said in a press release from the team. "And he'd obviously be in positon to call (plays), if need be."
"Broadway Baker" has a nice ring to top prospect QB Baker Mayfield.
The 2017 Heisman Trophy Award winner sat down with The Post's Steve Serby to talk about the prospect of playing in the Big Apple, and if he has what it takes to succeed in a market that isn't friendly to anyone.
Simply put: Mayfield loves the spotlight.
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Bobby Hart, the tackle who was cut by the Giants in late-December after refusing to practice and play in the season finale, has found a "fresh start" in Cincinnati. And he's hoping the Bengals can help him reshape a tattered reputation he believes is unfair.
The 23-year-old Hart, in quotes released by his new team, didn't deny that he refused to take the field with the Giants in the final week of their miserable 3-13 season. Instead, according to the release, he said he believed "some" in the Giants organization agreed that he shouldn't play because he was still bothered by a nagging ankle injury.
Hart didn't say who agreed with him, but it clearly wasn't new GM Dave Gettleman, who green-lighted Hart's release on Dec. 30 -- just one day after Gettleman officially started his new job...
Nine of the Top 10 rushing teams in the NFL made the playoffs last season. All but one of the 12 playoff teams finished in the Top 15. And the playoffs were littered with star running backs, too, like Todd Gurley, Leonard Fournette, Le'Veon Bell, LeSean McCoy, and super-rookies like Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara.
If only the Giants had a running back like that.
Then again, maybe they do.
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield would be a suitable option for the New York Giants in the upcoming NFL draft, Bucky Brooks of NFL.com wrote on Tuesday.
Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: I've been on the Baker Bandwagon all season long. This kid is something special in my eyes, and it isn't just the numbers as Brooks points out. It's the heart, intensity, and drive that he has every time he steps between the hashes.
And that is why Baker Mayfield is the only quarterback I would want the Giants to draft with their first-round selection.
The Giants counsel have asked to delay Eli Manning's memorabilia lawsuit until June 11, per Newsday's Jim Baumbach.
The team asked the New Jersey court for this request as their lead attorney, Michael Kelly, is undergonig treatment for a sickness and has another trial set for March. Manning's trial is currently set for March 26.
Pat Shurmur hasn't announced his coaching staff yet, but less than a month after being hired as the new head coach of the Giants he has completely filled it, according to multiple sources and reports.
Here's a look at who will be joining Shurmur in New York (though keep in mind, no official announcements have been made yet):
The Giants are projected to have somewhere around $22-23 million in salary cap space when the free-agent signing period opens on March 14. That's "healthy" as assistant GM Kevin Abrams back in December.
And during the next month, the Giants could become even healthier than that...
Pat Shurmur was unable to land his top choice - and possibly choices - for offensive coordinator. Instead, he has turned to one of Dave Gettleman's guys.
Shurmur has hired former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula as his offensive coordinator, SNY confirmed. The 52-year-old Shula will also serve as the Giants quarterbacks coach, a source told SNY.
Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: There are more pressing positions to address in the Draft this year, but with the pass game being so important in today's NFL, there can never be too many threats on the outside.
The Giants seem to be set at the wide receiver position with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall stacked on the outside. It also helps that TE Evan Engram has rare speed and agility at his position, and proved it last season as one of Eli Manning's favorite targets.
However, the 2017 season wasn't generous to this group. Beckham and Marshall underwent season-ending surgeries after both Pro Bowlers sustained injuries in the same week. Shepard was on and off the field as well, playing in 11 games this season.
One good thing about the Giants' miserable season and their recent run of (mostly) futility: They don't have a lot of free agents on their roster that they absolutely must sign.
They do have 25 players approaching free agency, though, and a little more than a month to make some decisions. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:
Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and S Landon Collins made it to Pro Football Focus' top 101 players for the 2017 NFL season.
Harrison, who has made the list four times now, was named PFF's best run defender in 2017 after hitting 40 run stops for the third time in his career. Snacks may not have made the Pro Bowl, but PFF recognizes him as one of -- if not the most -- valuable run stopper in the game.
"There is no greater run-stuffing force in the NFL than Damon Harrison, the Giants defensive tackle," PFF writes. "Harrison won PFF's best run defender award again this season, and has made run stops and run-stop percentage a statistic owned by him alone. Harrison again topped 40 run stops this season, third time in his career, or two more times than the rest of the league's interior defenders have managed since 2006. The run game has never been less important in the NFL, but Harrison is good enough to be an exception to that rule."
Giants co-owner John Mara's deposition in the Eli Manning memorabilia fraud case could show that the team turned a blind eye to the situation back in 2008.
The lawyer of Eric Inselberg -- the memorabilia dealer who is suing the Giants and Steiner Sports -- asked Mara what he did after seeing an email from equipment manager Joe Skiba about the game-used helmets. Mara claimed he didn't recall if he spoke with Skiba in-person about it. Mara also didn't go to Manning about it as well.
Inselberg's lawyer then says it is "willful blindness" for the Giants to neglect investigating the situation.
The Vikings have denied the Giants' request to interview QB coach Kevin Stefanski for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Stefanski was a top choice for the Giants, who could turn their attention to Eagles RB coach Duce Staley or former Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, though he has been pursued by the Indianapolis Colts, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
The Vikings hired Eagles' QB coach John DeFilippo for their OC job on Thursday. Stafanski was up for that job and it was assumed the Giants would be able to interview and possibly hire him, but the Vikings rejected the interview request. Stefanski has spent the last 11 years in various jobs on the Vikings' coaching staff.
Dan Duggan of NJ.com took a stab at a seven-round mock draft for the Giants that will leave fans excited if it comes to fruition. He has the Giants selecting UCLA QB Josh Rosen no. 2 overall and Georgia RB Sony Michel in the third round.
Rosen, 21, threw for career highs in yards (3,717), touchdowns (26), and completion percentage (62.5) this season. Outside of his raw talent, though, there have been questions of his "coachability" according to ESPN's Todd McShay.
Many fans have been well read on the franchise quarterbacks at the top of the draft, like Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, but there still will be talent to find after the first round. Duggan tried to show just that with the Giants taking Michel in the third round...
The Giants have officially waived T Bobby Hart from the IR, meaning his time with Big Blue is over
Hart has started 21 games in the past three seasons. This year, he's started seven times at right tackle among a much-maligned Giants offensive line.
New GM Dave Gettleman spoke at his introductory press conference about his plans for the offensive line...
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With the NFL season officially over, all attention turns to the top-rated prospects coming out of college to pursue their professional dreams.
For the Giants, their No. 2 overall pick is their top priority at the moment as they figure out what to do with the selection. Other than that top pick, though, there seems to be a consensus on what position the Giants should be addressing in this year's draft: the offensive line.
The first domino has fallen in the Giants' search for an offensive coordinator, and that could mean new Giants coach Pat Shurmur could have his top choice - and his completed staff -- in place in a few days.
Kevin Stefanski, the Vikings quarterbacks coach and the man believed to be Shurmur's top choice for offensive coordinator with the Giants, could now be free to join his old boss in New York after he was passed over by the Vikings for their offensive coordinator job. The Vikings filled that job on Thursday night when they hired Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, according to ESPN....
The Giants have claimed former Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Carter off waivers, it was announced Thursday.
The move was first reported on Jan. 23, shortly after the Giants officially hired Carter's former coach, Pat Shurmur, to be the head coach.
Carter was activated from the Vikings' practice squad in December and was cut during the playoffs when the team needed to make room for QB Sam Bradford.
Cardinals star CB Patrick Peterson is the latest player to say great things about his former defensive coordinator, James Bettcher.
The 39-year-old Bettcher was called "one of the best young coordinators in the league" by former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, and Peterson thinks the exact same way.
"He's a great young defensive coordinator," Peterson told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "He brings a lot to the table. He's extremely smart. He understands how to adjust to whatever his players know how to do. The thing that I was most impressed with Coach Bettcher was the way he was able to relate to his players. I wish him nothing but the best of luck out there in NYC."
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman is bringing in former Panthers personnel executive Mark Koncz into the fold as a consultant to assist in the scouting process, the NY Post reports.
Koncz was with the Panthers from 1994 until this past summer, when he was fired from his position as director of player personnel. He became the team's pro scouting director in 2000. Gettleman promoted Koncz to director of player personnel last May, but he was fired soon after Gettleman was relieved of his duties last summer.
The Giants finished 2017 with a 3-13 record, establishing a club-record for losses in a single season. New York will pick second in the upcoming NFL Draft where they are expected to select a QB.
The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions, but the world hasn't yet spun off its axis. So for now, at least, Super Bowl LIII is still scheduled to be played next year.
The Eagles, who were the worst team in the NFC East just one year ago, are clearly among the favorites to get back to the Super Bowl again. But is there any chance the Giants can pull off their worst-to-first trick, too?
Patriots OC Josh McDaniels has opted to remain in his current role after initially agreeing to become the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Josh McDaniels was very high on the Giants' list of head coaching candidates - definitely in the final three, and at least one source put him in the final two. Even as they seemed to be zeroing in on Pat Shurmur, there were some in the organization who wanted them to place one last call to McDaniels, just to make sure he really preferred the Colts.
Consider that a bullet dodged...
Pat Shurmur has finalized most of his Giants coaching staff already, but one significant piece is still missing. And it's possible his search for an offensive coordinator will last into next week.
That's because Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski is believed to be one of Shurmur's top targets, but he's also a candidate to get Shurmur's old job as Vikings offensive coordinator, too. Meanwhile, the Vikings are still interviewing candidates, and they appear to be interested in Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
Todd McShay has UCLA QB Josh Rosen still going to the Giants with the second overall selection in his latest mock draft.
The ESPN analyst understands new head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman backed Eli Manning as the starter for next season, but that doesn't mean they pass up on Rosen's talent.
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Former Giants QB Phil Simms remembers being in the midst of a regime change in New York, and has some advice for Pat Shurmur to insure success in his first season.
After Bill Parcells left the Giants, Ray Handley was put in charge, and New York didn't seem to be the same team. Handley coached just two seasons, posting a 14-18 record before being ousted in 1992. In Simms' last season before retirement, the Giants decided to make Dan Reeves their newest head coach in 1993.
Simms immediately saw a change in the locker room when Reeves met with the team for the first time, and he just knew Giants football was back.
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: In the closing moments one of the best Super Bowl commercials in years, Odell Beckham, Jr. comes running into Eli Manning's arms and the Giants quarterback lifts his star (and injured) receiver high above his head. It was a near-perfect replica of Patrick Swayze lifting Jennifer Grey in the big finale of the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing."
But was it real?
The short answer is: It was real enough...
Leave it to Eli Manning to steal the spotlight from Tom Brady in a Super Bowl again -- this time without even being there.
While Brady and the New England Patriots were losing Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. starred in one of the most popular and best Super Bowl commercials which aired during the game on NBC. It featured Manning and Beckham doing a choreographed touchdown celebration to the "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, complete with some of that movie's most famous moves.
Manning did most of the wildest dancing, including a head-spinning and startlingly accurate homage to Patrick Swayze's dancing in the movie's final scene. He was also joined by some of his offensive linemen. Giants safety Landon Collins made a cameo appearance in the commercial for the NFL, too...
Odell Beckham Jr. is known to be a good dancer, but even he couldn't help but to chuckle at his Super Bowl commercial with Eli Manning.
The Giants' star wideout and franchise quarterback were the talk of commercials Sunday night after they showcased their best "Dirty Dancing" moves for the millions watching.
Immediately after the airing of the commercial, Beckham posted to his Instagram story laughing with the rest of the world who just watched it.
The Giants may have missed the playoffs, but quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won the Super Bowl by showing off their dance moves.
With a little inspiration from "Dirty Dancing," Manning and Beckham showed off their moves in a commercial highlighting the NFL's touchdown celebrations.
The NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles (15-3) vs. the AFC Champion New England Patriots (15-3) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Thank goodness for domes! Outside the Super Bowl stadium the temperature won't even reach double digits, with a forecast high of 9 and a low of 0. Inside it'll be fine. Hopefully it'll be nice and toasty in front of your TV, too.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur is planning to finalize his coaching staff this week, he said at the NFL Honors Awards Show on Saturday night.
"We've got a few (assistants) in the building, and we'll finish up the hiring process (this) week," Shurmur said, according to Newsday. "Then we'll all get to work."
Add Odell Beckham Jr. to the list of players trying to recruit pending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell this offseason.
Beckham, who is spending time in Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, posted a picture with Bell to his Instagram telling the world to "welcome the newest member of the giants."
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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has been named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Associated Press for his role as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.
Giants WR Odell Beckham said he is hoping to land a contract extension as he prepares to enter his fifth season in the NFL.
Giants DT Damon Harrison admits he knows nothing about the defense that the Cardinals ran while new defensive coordinator James Bettcher coached there, but he's ready to do whatever is asked of him.
Last season, the Giants gave up the second most yards in the NFL and was tied for 28th in points conceded. Ownership decided to clean house, firing GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo. Since the organization hired Pat Shurmur to replace McAdoo, the new coach brought his own coaches in, including Bettcher to be the new defensive coordinator, replacing Steve Spagnuolo.
"I know absolutely nothing," Harrison said when asked what he knew about Bettcher's defenses in Arizona, via Paul Schwartz of NY Post...
Giants QB Eli Manning is getting a headstart, and watching some Vikings film to see how Pat Shurmur's offense works.
The Giants new head coach and veteran quarterback are prevented from watching film together until the new league year. But Manning, a stout student on and off the field, has already begun looking at Shurmur's latest film with the Vikings to see how he could be effective in his system.
"I just watched (the Vikings') offense in a couple of games from last year," Manning told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "I just tried to have the plays kind of written on the screen so I can start learning some of the terminology and put it all together, just calling plays and seeing some of the schemes that they're running."
Sitting behind Eli Manning wouldn't bother Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. In fact, it would be "an ideal situation."
While soaking in the Super Bowl festivities in Minnesota, Mayfield spoke briefly on playing for the Giants, and simply put, he would love to throw to the young receivers they have now.
"Throwing the ball to Engram, Shep and Odell wouldn't be too bad," Mayfield told Newsday's Tom Rock. "Those are some studs right there. Being there, that's a big-time franchise. The spotlight, I think I thrive on that. I think that would be an ideal situation."
Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh joins Daily News Live to discuss his future, Pat Shurmur and Super Bowl LII.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he would have no problem if New York drafted a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft in April.
"It's my job to play quarterback. It's their job to handle the draft," Manning said Friday morning on the Dan Patrick radio show, adding that he's "fine" with the Giants selecting a QB. "I know how old I am," he said. "How many years of football do I have left? who knows? ... If they want to take a quarterback number 2, it's still my job to play quarterback and go out and compete like I do every year."
The Giants are in position to draft their next quarterback of the future with the second pick, and could have said quarterback learn under the 37-year-old Manning, who has started 214 of the Giants' last 215 games since taking the reins in 2004.
Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he would look forward to working with new head coach Pat Shurmur, new defensive coordinator James Bettcher and the rest of New York's new coaching staff in 2018 if he returns to the team.
An unrestricted free agent, Kennard, 26, said on Radio Row at Super Bowl LII he hopes to hear from new GM Dave Gettleman, with whom he met once according to Newsday's Tom Rock, but understands the business aspect of football.
"I expect to hear from them in the next few weeks now that the coaching staff is established," Kennard said, according to Rock. "Maybe then, but you never know. I don't know what they're thinking because it's a new GM and head coach. I don't know where they stand."
Former Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo believes that Ben McAdoo did an 'outstanding' job with the Giants and will get another chance as a head coach in the NFL.
This season, the Giants on-field product was disastrous. With a team that many thought to be championship caliber, the team finished 3-13, earning the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They were 31st in scoring offense and 28th in scoring defense.
"It was a really tough year," Spagnuolo told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM Radio. "I want to say this up front, Ben McAdoo, who was our head coach, in my opinion will be a head coach again. He did an outstanding job. I mean, we just had things kind of snowball the wrong way this year. Sometimes when that ball gets rolling the wrong way it's hard to push it back up and get going in the middle of it..."
Selecting second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Giants will likely have their choice of either Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold, whichever quarterback isn't selected first overall by the Browns.
While many early mock drafts assume that Darnold will be taken by the Browns, the quarterback said that it'd be "amazing" should his name be called by the Giants. One reason for his excitement: Eli Manning.
"I was at the Manning Passing Academy, it was a great opportunity for me to get better, and I learned a lot from Eli," Darnold told Steve Serby of NY Post. "He's a great guy, great personality, him and Peyton both. ... It would be amazing. If I do get drafted by New York and he was there, it'd be an amazing opportunity to get better..."
In 2017, the Giants rushing attack lacked a cutting edge as it finished 26th in the league with just 1,549 total rushing yards. The blunt attack could have been better if the team had signed LeGarrette Blount last offseason as star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wanted.
Instead, Blount signed a one-year deal with the Eagles and is now preparing for the Super Bowl as the Giants prepare their draft strategy with the second overall pick, a reward for finishing 3-13.
"[Beckham] did the same thing that any really, really close friend would do, and that's try to get a close friend on the team," Blount said...