Eli Manning Mentioned as One of the Best Play-Action QB’s in the NFL

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Pulling off a perfect play-action is a lost art form in the NFL, but if you have a player at the quarterback position that can pull it off, it makes it a valuable weapon for a team when they pull it off.

Luckily for the Giants, they have a player that has gotten nothing but better at pulling off the play-action the past few seasons, that being Eli Manning.

The QB is mentioned in an article by Sports Illustrated – The NFL’s Hidden Talents: Best play-action quarterbacks.

Here’s what author Doug Farrar has to say about Manning and his ability to shine when it comes to play-action:

After a fairly disastrous 2013 season in which he completed just 57.5% of his passes and threw a career-high 27 picks, Manning turned things around in Ben McAdoo’s offense last year. His completion percentage moved up to a career-best 63.1%, and he lowered his interception total to 14 with 30 touchdown passes, his best total since 2010. Having Odell Beckham, Jr. wreck every secondary he faced certainly helped, but play-action was another positive factor. In 2014, Manning went with play-action on 21.3% of his passes, with 11 touchdowns and four picks, as opposed to 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions without it. The season before, he ran the play-pass 15.8% of the time, with three touchdowns and five picks to show for it.

The Giants have helped Manning with shorter passes in those situations, as well as “levels” concepts in which he can pick the most open receiver at different tiers of the field. Then, his ability to manipulate the defense pays greater dividends. And of course, having Beckham making catches like this one against Dallas in Week 12.

It was the first play of the second quarter, and Manning had Beckham outside right with Brandon Carr covering him. That was Dallas’s first mistake. When Manning faked to Andre Williams after tight end Daniel Fells moved into the backfield pre-snap, the Cowboys’ linebackers were torn between coverage and pressure, unable to commit to either one because Manning had rolled out of the pocket. From there, it was Beckham’s turn to defy gravity, and Carr’s turn to get beaten deep, picking up a penalty for his trouble on the coverage.

It’s a solid article that talks in-depth about the lost art in the league, and while Luck is on the list for his ability to produce magic, fellow QB’s that make the list include: Andrew Luck of the Colts, Ben Roethlisberger of the Steeers and Philip Rivers of the Chargers.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Ranks 5th In NFL Jersey Sales in the Month of May

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Not only did Giants second-year WR Odell Beckham Jr. get honored with the Madden 15 cover in the month of May, but also people were buying his Giants NFL jersey at a solid pace.

The wide out ranked 5th in jersey sales according to NFL Shop, behind just Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, Buccaneers QB Jamies Winston, Patriots QB Tom Brady, and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

The ranking is based on sales on the NFL’s official online store from May 1-May 31.

Perhaps more shocking is that of Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate, finished at No. 3 in jersey sales for the month.

The ranking is surprising not only because it suggests strong support for Brady over the past month, but also because he has been in the same jersey for the past 15 seasons, more than any other player in the top 25 best-selling jerseys in May.

Rounding out to the top 10 were New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Here’s the list of the Top 10:

1. Marcus Mariota, Titans
2. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
3. Tom Brady, Patriots
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
5. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
6. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
7. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
8. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
10. Peyton Manning, Broncos
— Source: NFLShop.com

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Giants Punter Weatherford Okay After Scary Car Crash

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Giants punter Steve Weatherford went from the joy of new parenthood to the terror of a car accident in just 36 hours, Charles Curtis of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Weatherford was involved in an accident early Monday morning in which he totalled a rental car on the New Jersey Turnpike and walked away. The crash came just after Weatherford’s wife gave birth to baby Josie Jaclyn Weatherford on Sunday.

Because of thunderstorms in the Newark area, Weatherford’s plane was sent to Washington D.C. instead and he decided to drive up to join his teammates at OTAs.

Giants Expected Win Total for 2015 Right at .500 at 8-8

at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The New York Giants along with the rest of the NFC East are set to embark on another season, this after free agency, the draft, and a first look at some of the new players in OTA’s over the last few weeks.

There’s been many odds already out there as far as wins go among the four NFC East teams, as well as many places for the Full list of football and sports results.

So where do the G-Men stand when it comes to projected wins in 2015? How does 8 sound? Yes, according to many sites, the Giants are expected to be right about .500, an 8-8 season, which may be good enough to make a run at a playoff spot, but let’s be real, it’s not going to be enough to be a contender in the NFC.

Last season in their 6-10 campaign, the Giants were terrible on offense, putting up a NFC East low 380 points (23 points per game), while they allowed 400 points (25 points per game), tied for second most in the division with the Philadelphia Eagles, who by the way scored 474 points, nearly 100 more than the Giants.

As far as win totals go, right now the Dallas Cowboys are listed as the favorite in the NFC East, as they are expected to win 9.5 games in 2015, and win the division. This despite losing running back DeMarco Murray to the rival Eagles.

As for the Eagles, they are listed as a close second with nine projected wins in 2015. With a wild offseason of moves including trading quarterbacks with the St.Louis Rams, the Eagles are going to be heavily watched in 2015 as a team that can go up or down in a hurry with Chip Kelly running the show.

The Giants are a third with eight wins, followed by the Washington Redskins, who are expected as of now to win just 6 games, a team with plenty of questions including how Robert Griffin III is going to be at the QB spot this year for the team out of the Nation’s Capital.

There’s a lot of things that can happen between now and opening day, and just like always, the NFC East is going to be a fun division to keep an eye on in 2015.

The season begins on September 13th in Dallas, Texas versus the Cowboys. They will return home the following week for the home opener against the Atlanta Falcons.  Tickets on the secondary market start at $117 for the Atlanta game, according to TiqIQ.com, and you can find hotel deals near MetLife Stadium for as low as $110 Saturday evening on Hipmunk.com. make sure to check out Hipmunk hotel guide that provides tips and special offers every day.

Odell Beckham Jr. Feels NFL Players Should Earn More

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Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be on the cover of Madden NFL 16 this year.

Only in his second year, Beckham has some thought on what should change in the NFL. “I think that we should make more money, personally,” Beckham told Lucy McCalmont of the Huffington Post.

It may seem an easy comment to scoff at at first — rich young men making more money — but Beckham’s argument makes some sense. Here’s his reasoning:

“I understand that basketball plays 80-something games, baseball plays this many games, soccer plays that many games, but this is a sport that’s most-watched in America,” Beckham said. “A sport where there’s more injuries. There’s more collisions.”

“It’s not even a full-contact sport, I would call it a full-collision sport. You have people running who can run 20 miles per hour and they’re running downhill to hit you, and you’re running 18 miles per hour. That’s a car wreck.”

“It’s just the careers are shorter. There’s injuries that you have after you leave the game, brain injuries, whatever it is, nerve injuries. And it’s just something that I feel as if there’s no way someone who — even if they did their three or four years in the league — should have to worry about money for the rest of their lives.”

Beckham will hit the field for the first time on September 13th at AT&T Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys. According to TiqIQ.com, tickets start at $65 for the opener with an average price on the secondary market at $247.  Hotels near AT&T Stadium have rooms available for as low as $52, according to Hipmunk.com. Hipmunk also provides a detailed guide on flights from anywhere in the country, with Newark flights to Dallas typically cheaper than either airport in New York City.

Odell Beckham Jr. is Madden NFL 16 Cover Star

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Electronic Arts and ESPN announced New York Giants Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as the face of Madden NFL 16. Over the past two weeks, fans have voted via Madden Ultimate Team, Madden NFL Mobile and ESPN.com, culminating with Beckham being revealed as the victor during a special segment during the 6:00pm ET hour of SportsCenter. Beckham joins an exclusive fraternity of cover athletes comprised of some of the greatest NFL playmakers of all time.

Beckham is one of the NFL’s most explosive playmakers, highlighting an exceptional rookie season with an electrifying one-handed catch against the Dallas Cowboys in primetime. In his rookie season, Beckham broke out with over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns, despite playing in only 12 games.

“Odell Beckham Jr. is a true playmaker and a perfect fit for this year’s game,” said Randy Chase, Senior Director of Marketing for EA SPORTS. “He’s an unstoppable force out on the field, and the Madden NFL 16 cover is further vindication that the fans believe he’s a player to watch in the coming years.”

EA also released a first look video for Madden NFL 16 showcasing each of the playmakers featured in the Cover Vote. The video provides the first glimpse of Madden NFL 16 in action, featuring all-new playmaking tools that highlight the battle for Air Supremacy. Additional info about this year’s game will be released throughout the summer.

Madden NFL 16 is now available for pre-order at all major retailers, and fans who place their orders now will receive $15 in Ultimate Team content including 10 Pro Packs and a Playmaker Pack for use in Madden Ultimate Team. The Playmaker Pack grants fans with an Elite player who they can use to give their Ultimate Team an extra boost right out of the gate and start making the huge plays right away. Those looking for even more content can upgrade to the Deluxe Edition, which ups the ante with 36 Pro Packs and a Playmaker Pack, all for $69.99.

To learn more about Madden NFL 16, visit http://www.easports.com/madden-nfl.

Giants Snag Miami OT Ereck Flowers With 9th Pick in NFL Draft

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The Giants needed a tackle, and Thursday they got one, taking Miami OT Ereck Flowers with their first pick of the draft, 9th pick overall.

Here’s a scouting report on Flowers, who will add some huge beef to the line.

Scouts tell WalterFootball.com that they feel Flowers could be a stud who turns into a NFL difference-maker at left tackle. He already is a powerful presence in the ground game. Multiple teams told WalterFootball.com that they’ve given Flowers a first-round grade – most have him in the top 20. Many project Flowers to start out at right tackle, and they’ll see if can move to left tackle after some development.

Flowers had a strong Combine. He led all the offensive linemen in the bench press with 37 reps. Flowers plays with a lot of power, and his bench press total is even more impressive considering he has long arms (34 1/2 inches). Flowers’ 40 time was quick considering he is heavier than most of the top offensive linemen. In the field work, Flowers slid well while showing real power and shock in his hands in the pads drills. He did well in the mirror drill, but needs a little work to stay compact and not get his arms out wide. Flowers is only 20 years old and is full of potential.

Flowers finishes plays really well and has a mean streak. The only thing that might hurt him is bending and hand placement. Some times he does more waist bending rather than the knee bending that NFL teams prefer. However, that situation often comes with the territory of a big blocker. He also gets too wide with his hands at time.

Flowers put together an excellent 2014 season. The junior demonstrated excellent feet, quickness, length and agility to block on the blind side. In the ground game, Flowers opened a lot of holes for Duke Johnson. Flowers even played well while dealing with a recurring knee injury from a torn meniscus. That knocked him out against North Carolina, but he came back quickly to play well against Florida State. Flowers was absolutely dominant against South Carolina to conclude his 2014 season. He illustrated his tremendous skill set as he was rock solid in pass protection and moved defenders in the ground game

Check Out What The Giants 2015 Draft Hats Look Like

2015 New York Giants Draft Hats

When the players in attendance at this week’s NFL Draft hear their name called, they’ll come up to the stage sporting a snazzy draft hat that they’ll be given for their new team.

Here’s what the New York Giants version of this year’s draft hat will look like. The hat has the Giants logo on the front and a drawing of the city of New York underneath the brim.

You can get your hands on one by clicking the link below!

Buy your New York Giants draft hat HERE!

Giants NFL Draft Needs

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The Giants are going to be busy bees on NFL Draft weekend coming up in May, as it’s a time for their coaching staff and organization to regroup after two tough seasons without the postseason. Discover the draft first rounders and their NFL betting odds here at Mybookie.ag.

The club has plenty of needs, and will have eight picks in the May Draft in order to get it done. The draft this year is on the road for the first time in a long time, as the event will be in Chicago as opposed to New York.

New York has the following picks in this years NFL Draft, that is unless they try to do some wheeling and dealing on or before draft day to get or send picks to another team.

Round 1 (9), Round 2 (40), Round 3 (74), Round 4 (108), Round 5 (144), Round 6 (186), Round 7 (226), Round 7 (245).

The team has three big areas of need, with the biggest hole being at free safety. The G-Men lost Antrel Rolle, who is now a member of the Chicago Bears.

The Giants lost a great player and a team leader in Rolle, and will need to find a way to replace him. Although there are still some good FAs out there, their price tags are oddly very high this year, and the Giants would be better off drafting one early, and should look to fill that in the first two rounds.

They also need help at tight end. The team did tender Larry Donnell, but that’s about the only move they made at the position.

He is coming off a very good 2014 season, but he still had plenty of trouble holding onto the ball and was simply awful as a blocker. His talents began and ended with receiving. By adding a well-rounded tight end in the Draft, the Giants will gain some much-needed depth at the position.

They club also should look to fill in the linebacker spot, as they could use a big time impact player at that position. It was good to see the Giants ink a few free agents at the linebacker spot, but they need an elite player at the position, not just the spot players that have filled the roles lately.

With so many very impressive linebackers available, it would be a waste to pass on them. Jonathan Casillas and JT Thomas could be good signings by the Giants, but they can’t compare to the promise of Denzel Perryman, Benardrick McKinney, or Erick Kendricks, and all of those names could be around to the Giants come round two.

Giants Extend Coach Tom Coughlin’s Deal Through 2016

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The Giants and coach Tom Coughlin have finalized an agreement to extend Coughlin’s contract through the 2016 season.

The two-time Super Bowl-winning coach is entering his 12th season with the Giants, the second-longest head-coaching tenure in the 90-year history of the franchise. Hall of Famer Steve Owen coached the team from 1930-53.

Coughlin has the third-longest tenure with one team among active current NFL head coaches. Bill Belichick is entering his 16th season with New England and Marvin Lewis his 13th with the Cincinnati Bengals.