Odell Beckham Jr. is making a name for himself off the field, but will it cause any issues?
The Giants will have a few new names inducted into their Ring of Honor this year, as the team announced today former coach Tom Coughlin, defensive end Justin Tuck and general manager Ernie Accorsi will get the honor.
The three will officially be inducted into the Ring of Honor during New York’s Monday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals on November 14th.
Congrats to all three, as it’s a well deserved honor for three of the franchises’ best to get into the Ring of Honor, and all three very much deserve it.
Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was asked several questions, including which quarterback is his favorite to sack, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
“Tony Romo,” he said. “It’s just something when you play the Dallas Cowboys. He’s a good quarterback. … I’m looking forward to playing him in the first game back.”
Getting to Romo in September’s season opener will not be easy. Pierre-Paul credited Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith as the toughest lineman he goes against, and Smith could be between Pierre-Paul and Romo once again, depending on where Pierre-Paul lines up.
But Pierre-Paul has demonstrated a knack of getting to Romo over the years.
Pierre-Paul has seven sacks in 10 career games against the Cowboys, all on Romo, with a pair of multiple sack games. Pierre-Paul got to the quarterback twice in 2011, one sack for a safety, and he had two more in a 2014 game.
Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris says the team is working on “throwing the ball down the field more” according to Dan Salomone of giants.com.
“We’re definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes,” Harris said. According to Pro Football Focus, Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw the ball more than 20 yards downfield on just over 10 percent of his dropbacks in 2015. That placed them 25th in the league. Much of the problem with the Giants’ deep game is their offensive line, as Manning was often running for his life last season and did not have enough time to do more than dump the ball off to his first read. The Giants have attempted several upgrades to the O-line this offseason. If that group can hold up, star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie Sterling Shepard could both produce great seasons. Harris should also benefit after already posting career highs in 2015 (his first with the Giants) with 36 catches for 396 yards and four TDs plus stellar work on special teams.
Eli is coming off two of the most efficient seasons of his career so it is unlikely the Giants will tinker with their formula too much.
Ever wonder what would happen if the NFL went Pokémon style with their logos?
Well, with the new sensation Pokémon Go hitting the market, Daily Snark put out all the NFL teams if their logos were done in the style of Pokémon – with the Giant instead of being the Giants being known as the…well the New York Giants (see what I did there?).
Here’s the complete list of teams at the link HERE
Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison could be enjoying his honeymoon on a beach somewhere far away but he’s not, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Harrison and several other NFL players are grinding away, starting another week of workouts with Brian Martin, the NFL Program Director of Montclair-based Parabolic Performance and Rehab, and his staff.
It has been a whirlwind offseason for Harrison. The undrafted free agent-turned-elite nose tackle signed a five-year, $46.5 million contract to move across town from the Jets to the Giants. He made good on his lifelong promise to buy his mother, Brunella, a house. And he married his wife, Alexis, over the July 4 weekend in Florida.
But while his life has changed, Harrison has not. He still works as he did before the acclaim and money. He is “still scared that they will take my playbook if I don’t do right,” as he said earlier this spring. He approaches his career as if he still is the no-name fighting for a roster spot he once was.
“At the end of the day, I still don’t feel like I got what I deserve. And I don’t think I ever would,” Harrison said after a recent workout. “They can give me a billion dollar contract, and I’d still be out here like I’m trying to make the team, or working for a contract. That’s just the guy I am.”
Harrison was on a plane back to New Jersey from Orlando once his wedding was over, back at work with Martin soon after. Now is not the time for a honeymoon, or to enjoy the fruits of his labor.
“I’ll do that when I’m done with football,” he said. “Next offseason, we’ll go on a honeymoon. She understands that and respects that; that’s why I love my wife.”
“I know a lot of people say [they don’t change after a big contract], to make it sound cool and whatever. But that’s true to me,” Harrison said. “I want to be great. I want to be considered the best at what I do. I don’t come out here to be top three or one of the best. I come out here to be the best.”
The Giants will wear white pants with blue jerseys for all eight of their regular season home games, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
The white jersey/gray pants road game combination remains the same. Additionally, the Giants will also wear blue jerseys and gray pants in their season opener at the Dallas Cowboys, and stick with the blue/gray combo for their two home preseason games.
The Giants wore white pants at home twice last season, in a Week 3 win over the Washington Redskins and a Week 10 loss to the New England Patriots. The Giants are 2-4 in white pants over the last three seasons.
This will be the Giants’ first season with white pants as a permanent part of their uniform since 1999. That was the last year the team wore helmets with “GIANTS” on the side before returning to the iconic “NY” helmets.
At the moment, the Giants are roughly middle of the NFL pack after three straight losing seasons, however the addition of a new head coach might just be the kick in the right direction that the Giants need.
Veteran coach Tom Coughlin will not be with the giants in “any capacity” this season according to an interview with Chris Russo and Mike Francesa on their Radio City Music Hall reunion show. It had been thought that the future hall of fame coach, who led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and five playoff seasons, would take some other role within the organization, however this does not seem to be the case.
New head coach Ben McAdoo, who was previously the team’s offensive coordinator, will be keen to end the team’s current losing streak so it will be interesting to see what changes and signings he makes.
Draft-wise the Giants have a No. 10 overall pick, but the question is – will the Giants go offense or defense? Realistically the Giants should be going defense, but a lot of mock drafts are suggesting that the team will pick an offensive tackle. But why? Well this is likely due to the team’s need to protect quarterback Eli Manning from taking a hit that he can’t bounce up from – the last thing the Giants need is to lose Manning to injury. However, since the Giants defense is far from perfect and the fact they haven’t dedicated a first-round draft pick to defense since 2011, it might make more sense for the Giants to focus on defense this year. True they could wait out till day 2, but will the team find themselves a game-changing defensive star at this point? It will really come down to how much the team wants to protect Manning.
One positive for the Giants is the return of wide receiver Victor Cruz who has been sidelined with a torn patellar tendon and calf surgery since week 6 of the 2014 season. Cruz, who reportedly still couldn’t run in February of this year, released a work out video of his progress so far. The only problem is that the video doesn’t really showcase how well Cruz can cut on his repaired knee after suffering an injury that has finished many careers before. Time will tell if Cruz can handle the game later this year.
This season will also be an international one for the Giants as the team will travel to the UK to face the LA Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London this October. This means that the team may just be recipients of the coveted NFL phenomenon known as the post-Wembley wave, where teams who travel to England to play have seen an upturn in their performance on return to the States. The Giants have been privy to this phenomenon before when the team played internationally back in 2007. Although they saw more losses after their international trip, it was this year that the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. It will be interesting to see if Twickenham holds as much magic as Wembley does.
The Giants might not make it to the Super Bowl this year, but they can certainly lay down the foundations for Super Bowl 52. With the right push and signings they have every possibility of making this coming season’s playoffs. Who knows, it may even be a Super Bowl year!
The Giants on Wednesday, re-signed veteran long snapper and team captain Zak DeOssie, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
DeOssie, who will turn 32 in May, has spent his entire career with the Giants. He and Eli Manning are the only remaining Giants who were members of the Super Bowl XLII and XLVI championship teams. DeOssie was a fourth-round pick out of Brown in 2007. The contract is for one year, according to The Daily News’ Ebenezer Samuel.
DeOssie, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent, missed the final four games of the 2015 season after tearing tendons in his wrist. But prior to that injury, DeOssie had never missed a game, appearing in 149 consecutive contests over the regular season and postseason.
The Giants today announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as their director of football operations/special projects.
Mayhew, the Detroit Lions’ former general manager, will work closely with assistant general manager Kevin Abrams on all aspects of the salary cap, CBA compliance and player contract negotiations. He will also handle special projects as assigned by general manager Jerry Reese.
Mayhew spent 15 seasons with the Lions. He was the team’s general manager from late 2008 until last November.