Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:
The Giants have always been intrigued by the potential of running back Orleans Darkwa -- just not enough to pay him $1.797 million.
An NFL source confirmed that the Giants will not be tendering the 25-year-old restricted free agent, making him an unrestricted free agent as of 4 p.m. on Thursday. There have been some discussions about Darkwa returning at a lesser price, but a source indicated he will test the free agent market first.
Tags: Kerry Wynn, Orleans Darkwa, Ralph Vacchiano
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:
The Giants could have somewhere near $40 million in salary cap space to play with this offseason if the cap rises all the way to $168 million, as some in the NFL project. They might even end up with more, depending on what contracts they restructure and which players they decide to cut.
And while that may not be enough to turn them into big spenders in free agency the way they were a year ago, it certainly is enough for them to re-sign some of their own unrestricted free agents. They have 17 UFAs to deal with, and several other free agents who are restricted. And a few of them could demand and command big money from someone -- particularly the two free agents on the Giants' defensive line.
Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Johnathan Hankins, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Larry Donnell, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Will Beatty, Will Tye, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv
There is no way anyone can underestimate the Giants anymore.
Maybe they did still have a lot to prove when they rode six straight wins against (mostly) inferior opponents to an 8-3 record. But on Sunday night they beat a legitimately good team in the now-11-2 Dallas Cowboys. No team had been hotter. No team is more well-constructed. And the Giants have now beaten them twice.
What does that mean? It means that even if you think the Giants are still flawed (which they are), they have to be considered one of the best teams in their conference (which they are). It also means that, if they play up to their capabilities they can probably beat anyone in the NFL. The Giants were essentially no-shows on offense on Sunday night except for one glorious moment of Odell Beckham being Odell Beckham, and they were still good enough to take the Cowboys down.
Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:
THE GAME: The Dallas Cowboys (11-1) vs. the Giants (8-4) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 8:25 p.m. ET
THE WEATHER: Welcome to winter! The temperature at kickoff should be just above freezing, but with even light Meadowlands winds it'll feel colder. Much colder. Oh, and good news! Snow is in the forecast. Right now it's not supposed to start until after midnight, so it won't be a factor unless there's overtime. But hey, you never know.
WHAT IT MEANS: First, and perhaps foremost, the Giants don't want to see the Dallas Cowboys clinch the NFC East -- and possibly a first-round bye, or even the No. 1 seed in the NFC -- against them in their home stadium. No, even with a win the Giants aren't going to win the division, but they do have plenty of pride. They also are in a tighter-than-you-think wild-card chase so they need to win to stay ahead of Washington and Tampa.
Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv
With Jason Pierre-Paul lost for the rest of the regular season, the pressure is on Olivier Vernon to carry the Giants' pass rush. And the $85 million man might even have to do it on his own.
But if he's feeling any pressure, heading into the Giants' showdown with the division-leading Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, he won't admit it. It's just business as usual, as far as he's concerned.
"We just have to go out there and play," Vernon said on Thursday. "There's going to be obstacles out there. You just have to go out and play. Do what you have to do. Hopefully the other guys are going to come in and step up. Make the plays like they have to. I know they are. Nobody is really losing any type of confidence right now."
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:
The next game Jason Pierre-Paul would likely be healthy enough to play is probably Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5.
So in other words, the Giants have seen the last of JPP this season.
Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia Wednesday morning after visiting with Dr. William Meyers.
He also underwent surgery to repair a groin injury, reports Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv.
Pierre-Paul is expected to miss "at least" six weeks, a team source told Vacchiano, meaning the NFC Championship game would be the earliest Pierre-Paul could return.
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown to help lead the Giants to their sixth straight win with a 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Tags: Cleveland Browns, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Kerry Wynn, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
The Giants released their injury report on Friday...
The following players are OUT for Sunday's game against the Eagles
- S Darian Thompson (foot)
- DE Kerry Wynn (concussion)
The following players are QUESTIONABLE for Sunday's game
- S Nat Berhe (concussion)
- QB Ryan Nassib (elbow)
- OT Marshall Newhouse (calf)
- RB Bobby Rainey (calf)
Tags: Darian Thompson, Kerry Wynn, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Ryan Nassib, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
The 53-man roster is set (for now), and the New York Giants believe they will be back on the road to success after missing the postseason the past four years. Their roster has been upgraded in many key areas, with the exception of the offensive line and a blocking tight end.
But who will be the stars and the face of this club in 2016? It's clear QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be among the top players in the league at their positions, but who else will garner Pro Bowl interest this year?
On offense, no one can possibly expect any of the linemen to get any type of recognition. Center Weston Richburg is considered one of the best players at his position, but the negative advance reviews on the Giants' offensive line is going to hurt his chances. The rest of the group has either struggled or was injured this summer, so the offense would have to play lights out for them to get any consideration.
Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Josh Brown, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Owa Odighizuwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
With final cuts looming, several Giants players are making strong cases for roster spots.
QB Ryan Nassib (16-29, 210 yards with one TD and one INT) appeared to be more poised and less erratic in his fourth preseason game. He was still sacked three times and endured much pressure in the pocket, but the experience of playing every week is beginning to pay off. Unfortunately for him, he'll be back doing sideline duty the next four months.
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
11:30am: After experiencing groin tightness on Tuesday, Cruz is sitting out again on Wednesday, and is now likely to miss Friday's preseason opener.
Robinson is also sitting out again, while DE Kerry Wynn is working on the side.
Berthe, Collins, Pierre-Paul, and Whitlock all returned to practice Wednesday.
Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Nikita Whitlock, Victor Cruz
The Giants had a banner offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players --three on each side of the ball -- who promise to add speed and depth to their sagging roster.
They came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list and an ultimatum from ownership to improve the roster with focus on the defensive side of the ball. They did that, for the most part.
The goals in improving the defense this offseason were very clear: get better at every position. They made some bold strokes and spent a small fortune in the process.