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 (Matthew Cerrone/SNY)
(Matthew Cerrone/SNY)

Here in St. Lucie, you'll find veterans Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie, but most players, coaches and team executives view the young Brandon Nimmo as having the best pitch recognition in camp.

"It was always important to my dad and coaches growing up that I swing at strikes and lay off pitches not in the zone," Nimmo told SNY, stating what seems like the obvious. "It has been a focus here, too, at least since I was drafted."

The thing is, while it may be obvious to swing at only pitches in the strike zone, Nimmo does it almost as well as anyone in baseball. According to FanGraphs.com, he swung last season at roughly 16 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, which was fifth-best among qualifying players.

Interestingly, to get as good as he is, he told me, it was more about playing catch than hitting...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Best of Mets Hot Stove 00:02:21
Mets Hot Stove had some marquee guests with Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz and Wilson Ramos. Watch the best of their interviews.

Wilson Ramos, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and Seth Lugo all stop by Mets Hot Stove to talk baseball and expectations for the 2019 season with SNY's Gary Apple.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Wilson Ramos ready for 2019 00:02:11
Wilson Ramos is healthy for spring training for the first time in awhile. He looks forward to learning about his new teammates on the Mets.

One of the Mets' biggest needs this offseason was improving the catcher position. They not only wanted a solid defensive player, but one that also made an impact in the batter's box. 

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen ended up signing veteran C Wilson Ramos, calling him "the perfect fit for us" back in December. Ramos has the power bat, strong arm, and defensive prowess at the dish that makes him the everyday catcher heading into Port St. Lucie on Tuesday, as pitchers and catchers officially reported to camp. 

Ramos said he is "100 percent" coming into camp, and has been working hard this offseason to last a full season -- the same goal he had when he signed with the Mets back in December. 

Tags: Wilson Ramos, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Early arrivals at Mets camp 00:01:10
SNY gets first look at New York Mets early arrivals to '19 Spring Training in Port St. Lucie. We see Matz and Syndergaard playing catch.

With free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still available, some fans have wondered why the Mets have not aggressively pursued the two All-Stars. 

Yet GM Brodie Van Wagenen assured that the moves they have made this winter have significantly improved the team. 

"I think fans always have their right to an opinion...but I hope the fan base recognizes the amount of work we've done this offseason and number of needs that we addressed," he told reporters on Monday.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Justin Wilson joins Hot Stove 00:00:45
New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson explains why he chose the Mets and his initial impressions of new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson joins Hot Stove and explains why he chose the Mets over offers from other teams. The 31-year-old's initial impressions of new GM Brodie Van Wagenen helped Wilson make the decision. 

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David Wright surprises NYIT 00:01:35
New York Mets legend David Wright took some time to surprise the baseball and softball teams of NYIT and give them some big league advice

David Wright likes what he sees when it comes to the Mets' new-and-improved roster. 

The former third baseman, who is now a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen, does not believe the lineup will struggle to score runs as it did last season. 

"Our lineup is certainly stronger and deeper than it was last year," he said on Friday. 

Tags: David Wright, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have had a busy offseason this winter and Mets manager Mickey Callaway is expecting things to be different in his second season in Queens.

Callaway, in an interview with MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM on Monday, says they have "significantly upgraded" the team and credits GM Brodie Van Wagenen's tireless efforts to improve the club. 

What particularly stands out to Callaway, though, is how different the lineup will be in 2019. 

Tags: Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

The Jets announced they waived WR Marquess Wilson, and signed TE Brandon Barnes.

Wilson had missed time at Jets camp due to a hip injury, and he wasn't able to play in the team's latest preseason matchup against the Lions on Saturday. 

A seventh-round pick by the Bears in 2013, Wilson hauled in 56 receptions for 777 yards and three touchdowns in four seasons with Chicago. He signed with the Jets in June after becoming a free agent. 

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are interested in acquiring left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, according to the Detroit Free Press' Anthony Fenech, however the Tigers' asking price is "very high," according to the New York Post's George A. King III

The 29-year-old Wilson, who played with the Yankees in 2015, has 12 saves, 55 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA in 41 appearances this season. He had a 3.10 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 61 innings in 2015, but was traded that offseason to Detroit for pitchers Chad Green and Luis Cessa.

Fenech reports a potential trade for Wilson would be comparable to what the Pirates received from the Nationals for Mark Melancon last year. The Tampa Bay Rays, who acquired Lucas Duda from the Mets on Thursday, are also interested in Wilson, according to King.

Even after acquiring three players from the White Sox earlier in July, GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees would remain "careful buyers" leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Tags: Justin Wilson, Luis Cessa
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Sid Wilson, the 6-foot-7 Class of 2017 wing from St. Raymond's in The Bronx, became the latest New York City standout to transfer to a prestigious out-of-area prep school when he announced he will reclass to the Class of 2018 and attend Brewster (N.H.) Academy.

"The decision to go to Brewster Academy and reclassify to the class of 2018 had to do with fully developing into a wing prospect and being able to make an impact on the next level," Wilson told MADEHoops, which first reported the news. "Coach Jason Smith at Brewster does a great job at getting guys ready for college, so I think he will prepare me for what is next."

He added: "Now being apart of the class of 2018 I will be ready to really make an impact on the college game when that time comes. With the 2017 class I don't think I will have enough time to fully develop my skill to where I would want it to be by the time college comes. Reclassifying to the 2018 class will allow me to grow as a player."

Tags: Brewster Academy, High School Transfers, Sid Wilson, Adam Zagoria
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Sid Wilson is one of the top point wings in the Class of 2017. The 6-foot-7 Wilson will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG going forward. Here is his first Player Blog.

 

What's up, everyone? This is Sid Wilson, Class of 2017. This is my first Player Blog with ZAGSBLOG.

Tags: Player Blogs, Recruiting, Sid Wilson, Adam Zagoria
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)

The New York Yankees left Nashville improved in two areas and depleted in another after making two trades, neither of which involved their most-rumored players Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller. The Winter Meetings can be considered a success for the Yankees, yet the team has plenty of business to attend to over the rest of the offseason.

The acquisition of three-time All-Star Starlin Castro stuck to the roster construction plan and put to rest the notion that the Yankees would enter spring training with a platoon at second base. Castro immediately made the infield better, but the deal put a dent in the Yankees pitching staff as they lost versatile right-hander Adam Warren.

The second trade further diminished the Yankees bullpen as they shipped lefty Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for two high-minors starters Luis Cessa and Chad Green. The Yankees were short of depth arms in the minor league system which was mostly solved with a singular trade.

Tags: Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Justin Wilson, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Yankees have traded LH reliever Justin Wilson to the Tigers, the team announced.

The trade will net the Yankees minor league RHP's Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

Speaking after the trade was finalized, Yankes GM Brian Cashman said the motivation was to secure two pitchers with a combined 12 years of team control.

Tags: Justin Wilson, Christopher Carelli
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Jul 4, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) throws to first against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 4, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) throws to first against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees have seven players eligible for arbitration this offseason. They must decide to tender or non-tender their contracts.

Those seven arbitration-eligible players are 2B/OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Nate Eovaldi, SS Didi Gregorius, RHP Ivan Nova, RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Adam Warren and LHP Justin Wilson.

MLB teams must decide by midnight Wednesday whether to tender contracts to their players under team control.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Justin Wilson, Michael Pineda, Tim Reilly
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BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- The Islanders dropped their final preseason game at Barclays Center, 3-1, to the Washington Capitals. New York now has just one game remaining before the regular season opens Oct.?9 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Monday's game was far from thrilling, but once again it gave us another look into what the team will be like once these games finally count. So here are a few things we learned:

Tags: barclays center, Islanders, Kirill Petrov, new york islanders, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals, Christian Arnold
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WASHINGTON -- Entering Thursday's Game 5 between the Islanders and Washington Capitals, there was an expectation someone was going to drop the gloves with Tom Wilson. However, it's hard to imagine anyone had Anders Lee as the Islanders' player that would fight him.

But that's exactly what happened 5:48 into the first period of the game. Lee and Wilson got tangled up near the Capitals bench and then the gloves were off.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUgmhXxa1TU]

Tags: anders lee, Islanders, new york islanders, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals
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The Islanders weren't any less upset Wednesday morning than they were the night before about Tom Wilson's questionable hit on Lubomir Visnovsky.

Much of Wednesday's post-practice media availability was spent discussing and dissecting the hit that occurred in the second period. Wilson laid a crushing hit on Visnovsky along the end boards Tuesday night in Game 4 that sent the Islanders defenseman to the locker room. It was the second game in a row a Capitals player hit Visnovsky and sent him off the ice. Except this time, he didn't return.

The team did not have any update on Visnovsky's status after practice and he is not expected to play Thursday's Game 5 in Washington with the series tied at 2. Several players were very vocal about on the hit.

Tags: Islanders, jack capuano, lubomir visnovsky, new york islanders, Tom Wilson
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Kyle Okposo didn't mince his words when talking about the hit that Washington Capitals' forward Tom Wilson laid on Lubomir Visnovsky in the second period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss.

The questionable hit occurred 5:54 into the second period as the Islanders' defenseman was trying to play the puck behind his own net. Visnovsky did not have full control of the puck and Wilson caught him in the face with his shoulder as he came flying in for the hit. Wilson was given a two-minute charging penalty and Visnovsky left the game and did not return.

"He's an idiot," Okposo said, referring to Wilson. "The guy runs around and he just hits reckless. He leaves his feet and there's no place for that."

Tags: Islanders, jack capuano, kyle okposo, new york islanders, Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals
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This Friday night's "Snoopy Bowl" features two undefeated teams in the Giants (3-0) and the Jets (2-0) but both teams are far from perfect.

The Daily News Live panel discusses the issues plaguing the Jets and Giants as they prepare for their annual preseason meeting.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=35472957&topic_id=6479520&tcid=vpp_copy_35472957&v=3

Tags: 2014 New York Giants, david wilson, New York Giants, New York Jets, sny
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Giants' RB David Wilson, who suffered a "burner" in his surgically-repaired neck in last Tuesday's practice, is scheduled to be examined today in Manhattan.

Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported the below on July 31:

Wilson will meet with Dr. Frank Cammisa, his first consultation with Cammisa since the burner. Cammisa, the doctor who performed Wilson?s spinal surgery in January, was not at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday, when Wilson was put though a battery of tests.

The Giants did their best to build a stable of running backs behind the 2012 first-round pick in case a setback occurred. The team always viewed Wilson's return this season as a bonus. Now, however, there's a good chance he will never return.Head coach Tom Coughlin, the only person authorized to speak about player injuries, has only been able to tell us that the team will wait for the doctors to make a determination on Wilson's neck before deciding Wilson's fate with the club.

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Giants GM Jerry Reese expects his 2012 first round pick, RB David Wilson, to participate fully in the team's training camp next month. Wilson is coming off neck surgery and has yet to be fully cleared by doctors.

Reese, appearing on WFAN with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Monday, seemed confident all will be well with Wilson this summer:

?We brought in Rashad Jennings and he?s definitely a bell cow type of a running back ? he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it. David Wilson is an explosive player, but first and foremost we?re concerned about his health. We do think all systems are go pretty much for him to be healthy and ready for contact during training camp. We held him out for spring, no contact at all, but unless he has a setback we expect to release him for full contact during the fall. Any time he touches the ball he can go the distance. In this West Coast Offense, we?ll try to get them ball to him in different ways and obviously he?ll help in the return game.?

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This is a fun pair of toolsy outfielders from the 2013 draft. They?re both raw, athletic types. Either might never hit in advanced-A, or either could figure it out and become an above average MLB contributor. Combined with Brandon Nimmo, these three give the Mets the most upside in centerfield that I can recall in the last 10 years.

#22 CF Champ Stuart

Bats/Throws:?Right/Right

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RB David Wilson is ahead of schedule after his recent neck surgery (Schefter).

Wilson is now expected to be ready for training camp, which was previously up in the air.

That's good news for the Giants and Wilson, who was teetering on the edge of missing this season. If he's ready to go I would not expect him to be considered a No. 1 back. Nor would I consider Andre Brown a No.1. Both have proved to be unreliable thus far in their careers. The Giants still have a need here no matter what happens with Wilson and Brown.

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Giants RB David Wilson tweeted he has his neck brace off and appears to be psyched about his rehab and recovery after undergoing surgery recently to rectify a herniated disc.

The Giants are likely pleased about Wilson's exuberance, but to be clear, they are not expecting him in camp this summer. The team has stated they are in the market for running backs even if they re-sign Andre Brown. New OC Ben McAdoo and RB coach Craig Johnson will discuss with management the type of players they will require to run the new offense. Former Green Bay RB James Starks has been rumored as a possibility having played under McAdoo with the Packers.

QB Eli Manning is excited about playing in Ben McAdoo's version of the West Coast offense. After last year's disastrous offensive showing, the ten year vet is ready to return to being a championship-level quarterback.

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Giants' RB David Wilson is optimistic that his neck surgery went well on Thursday:

https://twitter.com/4stillRunning/status/424190338795044864

In good spirits, Wilson pays homage to the denizens of NYC

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The season might be long over for the Giants, but the Seattle Seahawks, who enter MetLife Stadium on Sunday, hope to make a second trip in February with much more at stake.?Seattle has dominated for a majority of the season and holds the best record in the NFL at a solid 11-2.

With outcomes in their favor this week, the Seahawks will make themselves comfortable at home during the NFC playoffs, where they have been unbeatable, winning 15 games in a row inside of CenturyLink Stadium.

Tags: beast mode, coordinator corner, defensive coordinator, marshawn lynch, New York Giants, Perry Fewell, russell wilson
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Usually a unit that is ranked 29th in the NFL doesn?t have too much excitement surrounding it.

However, the Giants? running game, averaging just 69.9 yards per game, all of a sudden looks like a multifaceted entity that could actually be a weapon for this team.

Again, the eventual grade will be based on production up until this point, not the future. But it?s important for us to look at what this unit may look like in the second half.

Tags: Andre Brown, Brandon Jacobs, david wilson, giants, jerald ingram, New York Giants, nfc eact, NFL, NY Giants, petyon hillis, running game, rushing yards
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According to reports, Giants RB David Wilson may miss several games with a disc-related issue in his neck. From Rotoworld:

[sny-box]Citing an NFL source, the NY Daily News reports David Wilson has a disc-related neck injury and "will likely be out several weeks."

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Giants? offseason coordinator Kevin Gilbride was back at the drawing board this week, desperately trying to get his offensive unit going.

He said it?s been extremely challenging so far but that he and his guys will keep plugging away until something works.

?I think the thing that has been encouraging, yet disappointing, is you see glimpses, so you say we have a shot here,? Gilbride said. ?We?re just not stringing enough of them together and that?s what we have to get better at. That?s that consistency thing and that?s where if you can keep doing the same things over and over, you?re going to limit or reduce the number of errors and you have a much better chance of stringing together those eight to 10-play drives that have been very characteristic of us, but not this year.?

Tags: big blue, david wilson, Eli Manning, giants, Giants Offense, Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants, NFL, NY Giants, offense, offensive coordinator, Victor Cruz
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Each week, I will be taking a look at the Giants? media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.

The Giants hope to get into the win column Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host the Philadelphia Eagles, who have dropped three straight games after an opening week win.

The Giants pounded the Eagles 42-7 in Week 17 last season, but that game had no real meaning for either side. However, Sunday?s game has huge implications for two teams desperately trying to stay alive in a weak NFC East.

Tags: Chip Kelly, david wilson, eagles, Eli Manning, giants, Giants-Eagles, LeSean McCoy, media notes, micahel vick, New York Giants, NFC East, nfc least, NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride knows that just because the Carolina Panthers? secondary may be a little banged up, that doesn?t mean Sunday?s matchup will be an automatic victory.

That?s because the Giants have struggled to an 0-2 start out of the gate, with turnovers plaguing what the team has been able to muster offensively.

The focus for Big Blue has been to try to establish a running attack, but now that Carolina will be shorthanded in the secondary, hopefully the Giants will try to exploit their opponent?s weakness.

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As it turns out, it doesn't matter who carries the ball for the Giants right now. No one seems to be going anywhere.

David Wilson carried the ball 7 times for 17 yards. Explosive, right? Well, he didn't fumble so can't complain about that...Brandon Jacobs had four yards on seven carries, but one was a TD. Da'Rel Scott had 2 yards on five carries but had a 23-yard TD reception at garbage time.

Tom Coughlin admitted they didn't have much room to run today, a combination of the Giants' offensive line being subpar and the Broncos' defensive line being stout.

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David Wilson's fumbling problem has been all the rage here in NY this week. With the Giants thin at RB, they have no choice but to hope that he can shed this habit and quickly.

A few years back, another Giant RB had slippery hands as well. He overcame his issues after Tom Coughlin and crew helped him adjust his style.

Tiki Barber became a regular part of the Giants' offense in 2000 and averaged nearly nine fumbles from 2000-2003. When Coughlin arrived in 2004, Barber's fumbles went down and his production went up - way up.

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After last weekend?s performance in Dallas, not much more could go wrong for the Giants. But offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride hopes the team can improve on the mistakes that cost them an opening-week loss.

The problem is that this week, Eli Manning will be going up against his older brother Peyton, who is fresh off a game in which he threw seven touchdown passes.

However, that is for the defense to worry about. The Giants? offense has plenty more to be concerned with than Peyton Manning?s performance.

Tags: Brandon Jacobs, brandon jacobs david wilson, david wilson, david wilson fumble, Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, giants, Giants Offense, jacobs, Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants, offensive coordinator, Peyton Manning, Tom Coughlin, wilson fumble
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The frustration has gotten to Giants RB David Wilson, who came into this season with high expectations only to have a disastrous opening game...

https://twitter.com/4stillRunning/status/377562188858540032

Not the way to do it, David. The fans are not your problem. As Tom Coughlin said today, hold onto the football and the rest will take care of itself....looks like he's made amends...

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The David Wilson Era did not get off to a good start to say the least. ?He fumbled twice and it effectively cost the Giants the game. His first miscue came on a first and goal in the first quarter after the Giants drove 82 yards on four plays. It cost the Blue at least three points.

The second took place after halftime on a 2nd and 15 from the Giants' 24. Wilson was stripped of the ball, which was recovered by Cowboys' safety Barry Church, who ran it in for a TD putting Dallas up by ten.

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The Giants? undefeated streak at the new Cowboys Stadium eventually had to come to an end, but no one thought it would have ended in this fashion.

The Giants turned the ball over six times en route to an extremely frustrating 36-31 loss Sunday night to the Cowboys. Dallas scored 17 points off Giants? turnovers.

For the offense in the preseason, the two main questions involved running back David Wilson adapting to a starting role and the offensive line trying to work through a multitude of injuries.

Tags: cowboys, david wilson, Eli Manning, giants, Giants-Cowboys, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, NY Giants, rueben randle, tim coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Giants? offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is taking a wait-and-see approach to Sunday night?s opening season matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Sure, the offense has plenty to work on after an inconsistent preseason, but Gilbride wants to see his players in meaningful game action to see how they respond.

He is very excited about what second-year running back David Wilson brings to the table in a starting role. With Andre Brown out until at least midseason, Wilson will be the go-to guy in the backfield.

Tags: cowboys, cowboys defense, david wilson, Eli Manning, giants, Giants Offense, gilbride, Kevin Gilbride, monte kiffin, New York Giants, NFL, NY Giants, wilson
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All offseason and preseason, we?ve heard that the Giants will have one of the NFL?s best offenses.

On paper, I?d have to agree.

A quarterback with two Super Bowl M.V.P. awards. Two explosive and dynamic wide receivers. An up-and-coming talented receiver. A running back with blazing speed. Another power running back. And a tight end who led his team last year in receptions.

Tags: big blue, big blue offense, david wilson, Eli, Eli Manning, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, NY Giants, Victor Cruz
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The Giants lost to the Indianapolis Colts 20-12 in their second preseason game, but had it not been for a lack of production in the red zone, the outcome could have been different.

The Giants? offense started three possessions in the first half at or inside the Colts? 12-yard line. Yet, the team managed to just settle for two field goals and have a turnover on downs.

There were a few positives offensively, but overall, a lot of work still needs to be done. It didn?t help that David Baas and Victor Cruz both went down with injuries on the opening drive ? though both X-rays (Baas? left knee and Cruz?s left foot) came back negative.

Tags: David BAAS, david wilson, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, NY Giants, offense, Victor Cruz
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The running back position in the NFL has undergone major changes in recent years. Most NFL teams don't ask just one player to carry the mail for them any longer. Rushing attacks have become a collaborative effort of situational players who possess different styles. The position has also been devalued at the NFL Draft, where no running backs selected in the first round for the first time in league history this past April.

The Giants understand the need for a stable of rushers. They recently won a championship deploying a three-pronged approach called "Earth, Wind and Fire." All of those players are gone, now, and the the team is turning to two uniquely talented young men - David Wilson and Andre Brown.

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Heading into training camp, one of the themes of the 2013 New York Giants has been the upcoming reliance on a few inexperienced players to significantly contribute on both sides of the ball.

On offense in particular ? looking past Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of course ? a few young guns will be looked upon to shoulder the load.

And offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is confident that these young guns will come through.

Tags: Andre Brown, david wilson, Eli Manning, giants, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Gilbride, Louis Murphy, New York Giants, NY Giants, rueben randle, Victor Cruz
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Good news for Giant fans who were worried if Hakeem Nicks would a) show up for training camp and b) be ready for the upcoming season.

The answer to both questions is yes. Nicks has been working out on the side with Eli and plans to ramp it up as training camp nears.

From Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News:

"We've hooked up twice already this week," Nicks said Thursday during his Verizon Hakeem Nicks Football Camp for youngsters in Englewood, N.J. "We're gonna do it two, three more times before camp starts."
Nicks in entering the final year of his rookie contract and needs to sing for his supper this season, so to speak. He must perform at the level expected of a No.1 receiver in order to garner big bucks from Big Blue before next March.

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In the third round, at #76, with the compensation pick for not signing Teddy Stankiewicz last year, the Mets picked HS CF Ivan Wilson from Ruston (LA) HS. With their own pick, the Mets grabbed HS RHP Casey Meisner from Cypress Woods (TX) HS.

MLB.com's scouting report on Wilson is awfully intriguing:

Wilson's combination of tools and athleticism is among the best of this year's prep outfielders. He is listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds with good strength and plus speed. Wilson, out of Ruston H.S. (La.), has good power and can hit home runs to any part of the ballpark.
At ESPN.com, Keith Law had Wilson ranked as his #86 draft prospect.

Tags: Casey Meisner, Draft, Ivan Wilson, Toby Hyde
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In an ESPN Insider piece, Giants running back David Wilson is listed as one of five sophomore standouts poised to break out in their second season.

The article is authored by former NFL Rookie of the Year Matt Bowen, who spent seven years in the league.

From a player's point of view, Bowen concedes ball security remains an issue with Wilson, who was red flagged for fumbling problems coming out of Virginia Tech. However, Wilson has improved in that area, and his top-end speed to the edge is too valuable of a trait to keep him off of the field.

Tags: alshon jeffrey, Andre Brown, david wilson, harrison smith, janoris jenkins, Jerry Reese, New York Giants, ryan tannehill
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It appears the Giants' pursuit of Tim Hightower is ongoing. And now another team has entered the race.

Both the Redskins and the Giants have inquired about signing Hightower this off-season, according to the Washington Post.

The last team to employ the running back was Washington -- back during the 2012 pre-season -- while New York has been the primary team linked to him this off-season.

Tags: alfred morris, Andre Brown, chris thompson, da'rel scott, david wilson, Eli Manning, evan royster, jawan jamison, michael cox, Mike Shanahan, New York Giants, roy helu, ryan torain, tim hightower
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With Ahmad Bradshaw gone, the Giants' rushing attack will be relying heavily on last year's top selection in the draft, RB David Wilson, who is also the league's top kick returner.

Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn believes Wilson can handle both duties with no issue.

"I think he can do both," Quinn told reporters this morning at rookie minicamp. "We?ll see how it all plays out. Obviously, he?s tremendous at doing that and with his expanded role, we?ll see where it leads and hopefully someone else does step up. We like to have depth in those positions. We?ll see....That?s not my decision. He said he?d like to do both, but it all depends on the game and his carries and what his role is on the offense if it is expanded."

Tags: david wilson, David Wilson, New York Giants
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