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Giants Add Vikings 7th Round 2017 Draft Pick Stacy Coley

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The Giants are looking for some offense right now, and today the team made a roster move that hopefully will help their early season offensive woes.

The team added Minnesota Vikings 2017 7th-round draft pick wide out Stacy Coley, who at the wide out spot hopefully will add some punch to the teams’ offense.

Through two games of the 2018 season, the Giants could use some help on the offensive side of the ball, as they’ve scored just 28 points in losses to the Jaguars and Cowboys.

With Coley aboard for the Giants, the team released fullback Shane Smith. Overall the team made no less than four roster moves this week.

They put starting center Jon Halapio on injured reserve and inked fullback Elijhaa Penny off of the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Next, with two fullbacks on the roster, they released Smith. Lastly, they claimed Coley.

If there’s one thing about Coley, he’s got speed. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the 2017 NFL Combine and has extensive experience as a special teams return man.

That’s probably where he will see the most action, as the team’s normal return man, Kaelin Clay, is dealing with an ankle injury that limited him at Wednesday’s practice.

Giants special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey told reporters the team was not going to give up on Clay despite his slow start, grabbing Coley could mean a changing of the guard at the punt return spot.

Coley did take the field in week two for the Vikings as they played in Green Bay in the Packers in a tie game, and he had one ball thrown his way, dropping it.

Standing at 6-foot, 195 pounds, Coley played in six regular-season games for the Vikings, four as a rookie and the first two of the 2018 season.

He also appeared in the Vikings’ NFC Championship Game against the eventual Super Bowl LII champion Eagles. Current Giants coach Pat Shurmur was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota at the time.

For now, expect him to have the most impact on special teams, but don’t rule out if he can work his way into the wide out rotation that he might down the road be able to have some type of impact on the team.

Giants TE Evan Engram Clears Concussion Protocol; Likely to Play Sunday

Giants tight end Evan Engram has cleared the NFL concussion protocol and is expected to start in Sunday’s season opener against the Jaguars according to the team’s official website.

Engram suffered the concussion in the team’s third preseason game but was never expected to miss Week 1. After a stellar rookie season in 2017 in which Engram cleared 700 yards receiving and scored six touchdowns, his numbers will likely take a hit with running back Saquon Barkley and a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. the main cogs in the Giants offense but his undeniable talent and Eli Manning’s penchant for throwing to tight ends will keep him in the mix. The Jags defense is a really tough one to face to start the season but are not especially dominant against tight ends.

Giants Rookie RB Saquon Barkley Ready to Get a Full Workload in Week One

It looks like rookie running back Saquon Barkley is going to get a lot of looks in his first NFL game this weekend, as ESPN reports he’s ready to not have any limitations and will have a full workload in the opener against the Jaguars.

Saquon Barkley’s first NFL game should come with no limitations.

Barkley hasn’t played since the New York Giants’ preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns. He tweaked his hamstring on Aug. 13 and wasn’t a full participant in practice until last week.

The No. 2 overall pick has looked good ever since, and doesn’t expect the hamstring to have any impact on him in Sunday’s season opener when the Giants host the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I definitely think I’m ready for a full [workload] the way I’ve been preparing and practicing,” Barkley said Monday after the Giants began preparations for the Jaguars.

It’s still unclear what a full workload will be for Barkley. He barely played in the preseason. The Giants are expected to sporadically sprinkle running backs Wayne Gallman and Jonathan Stewart into the game.

Former Giants WR Victor Cruz Announces Retirement, Joins ESPN

One of the most dynamic Giants wide outs of all-time has called it a career, as Victor Cruz has officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

“I’m excited to close down and open a new chapter and join the media world at ESPN,” Cruz said. “I’m excited for the future, I’m excited for the next chapter, I’m excited for you all to be a part of this with me, and here we go.”

Cruz joined the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of UMass.

He produced two consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons from 2011 to 2012, and was a member of the Giants’ 2011 Super Bowl-winning team. Cruz appeared in 70 games with 53 starts in New York, totaling 303 catches for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2012.

Odell Beckham Jr. Shows All Class in Talking to a Young Fan at Giants Camp

Love him or hate him, there’s no doubt that Odell Beckham Jr. is at times, one of the nicest players in all of the NFL. That side came out again at camp when he went over to chat with a young fan in a wheelchair.

Here’s the clip.

Giants to Sit Odell Beckham Jr. in Thursday Preseason Opener

As the Giants get set for tonight’s preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns at 7pm, it appears that wide out Odell Beckham Jr. will NOT be on the field for the game.

New York Giants 2018 Training Camp Capsule

Photo by Giants.com

OPEN CAMP: July 25, Quest Diagnostics Training Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey.

LAST YEAR: 2017 was fiasco one year after making playoffs. Opened season with five straight losses. Injuries to WR Odell Beckham Jr. and others, poor play, suspensions and disharmony lowlighted season. It was so bad second-year coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired in early December after QB Eli Manning was benched. Team could not win close ones it won previous season in ending four-year playoff drought.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS : GM Dave Gettleman, coach Pat Shurmur, defensive coordinator James Bettcher (and 3-4 defense), No. 2 overall draft pick RB Saquon Barkley, OT Nate Solder, LB Alex Ogletree, LB Kareem Martin, G Will Hernandez, and P Riley Dixon.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Brandon Marshall, LB Jonathan Casillas, LB Devon Kennard, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, G Justin Pugh, C Weston Richburg, RB Shane Vereen, P Brad Wing.

CAMP NEEDS: After winning three games, much needs to be fixed. All eyes will be on Barkley, who can be game breaker, and Beckham, who is coming off broken ankle. Giants believe 37-year-old Manning still has gas in tank and can run Shurmur’s offense, which was very successful in Minnesota. Will additions of Solder and Hernandez and switch of Ereck Flowers to RT fix bad O-line? Defense has talent with DE Olivier Vernon, S Landon Collins, DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison, LBs Martin and Ogletree, and CB Janoris Jenkins. Will 3-4 bring out the best?

EXPECTATIONS: Teams generally improve with new coaching staff. That said, Giants have long way to go. Much depends on how quickly they pick up new systems. Staying healthy and happy this year will help. If Barkley lives up to expectations, Beckham bounces back, and defense clicks, Giants can make playoffs. It’s long shot, but don’t forget this franchise won 11 games in 2016.

Giants Ink Veteran Guard Zac Kerin, Waive Ethan Cooper

The Giants today added experience on their offensive line when they exchanged guards, signing veteran Zac Kerin and waiving first-year pro Ethan Cooper, Michael Eisen of Giants.com reports.

Kerin has played in 14 regular-season games with one start, and has played in a postseason game. Cooper has never appeared in a regular-season game.

The 6-4, 305-pound Kerin entered the NFL in 2014 as a rookie free agent with the Minnesota Vikings, from Toledo. He spent that entire season on the Vikings’ practice squad.

In 2015, Kerin played in four games for Minnesota, making his NFL debut on Nov. 8 vs. St. Louis. He played in nine games in 2016 for the Vikings, who waived him at the end of training camp last year. He was claimed by the Detroit Lions, for whom he played one game, making his first pro start at left guard vs. Atlanta on Sept. 24. Kerin was declared a free agent on March 14.

Cooper, a product of Indiana University (Pa.), was on the Giants’ practice squad from Oct. 11, 2016 to the end of the season.

Giants DL A.J. Francis Peeved About TSA Spilling His Mothers Ashes

Giants defensive lineman A.J. Francis went on a Twitter tirade Monday after claiming that the Transportation Security Administration went through his suitcase and left open the urn carrying his mother’s ashes, Jordan Raanan of NJ Advance Media reports.

Carrie Leanne Francis died on June 26 at 46 years old, according to a post on her son’s Instagram account. A.J. Francis posted a picture Monday of his clothes covered with what appeared to be ashes after his return from a week in Arkansas and California celebrating the life of his mother.

“Hey you pieces of s**** at @TSA next time you a******* feel the need to go thru my mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes… the least you pieces of garbage can do is your f****** job,” he said in a tweet.

Francis, 28, played six games last season for the Washington Redskins and recorded 18 tackles. He previously spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.

Can Jonathan Stewart Give the Giants Much at All to Help the Run Game in 2018?

Giants running back Jonathan Stewart “looked more like a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on” during offseason practices than someone who can contribute this season according to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media.

While this seems like a harsh assessment, it is not particularly surprising considering the pedestrian 2017 Stewart posted in his last season with the Carolina Panthers.

Originally the Panthers’ first-round draft pick out of Oregon in 2008, Stewart had spent his entire NFL career with the Panthers before signing a two-year, $6.9 million contract which included an absurd $3.45 million in guaranteed money to join the Giants in March.

Now 31 years old, Stewart had some effective seasons in Carolina but struggled to stay healthy and had only one 1,000+ season there-way back in 2009. He has always been a bit of a plodder and seems to have little left at this point. Lombardo does not expect him to beat out Wayne Gallman for the backup job behind No.2-overall pick Saquon Barkley.