Giants Awarded LB Nigel Harris, Waive DE Romeo Okwara

The Giants made a couple roster moves today, as the team picked up LB Nigel Harris, and waived second-year defensive end Romeo Okwara.

Nine days ago, Nigel Harris helped the Los Angeles Chargers defeat the Giants with two tackles on kickoffs in the final five minutes. Today, he joined the Giants’ roster.

The Giants were awarded Harris off waivers after the Chargers released him yesterday.

To create room on the roster the Giants placed second-year defensive end Romeo Okwara on injured reserve. Okwara sprained his knee in practice last Thursday.

Harris, 6-2 and 225 pounds, was signed by the Chargers as a rookie free agent on May 1. He played in the season’s first five games, and had eight tackles (six solo) on defense, and three stops (two solo) on special teams. Harris was inactive on Sunday, when the Chargers defeated the Raiders in Oakland.

Harris started 41 games at South Florida, where his career totals included 232 tackles and eight forced fumbles. As a senior in 2016, he was second on the team with 78 tackles (48 solo), 9.5 tackles for losses, 2.0 sacks, and two interceptions.

Harris will wear No. 53.

Okwara played in the Giants’ first five games as a reserve defensive end and had three tackles (one solo).

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Says He’s Feeling Fine After Monday Debut

Odell Beckham Jr. said Thursday that he has not experienced any setbacks with his injured ankle this week after making his debut Monday and he expects to be more involved this week against the Eagles, ESPN reports.

“I came out straight. I didn’t have any setbacks or anything like that. So, keep ramping up the rehab,” the New York Giants star wide receiver said. “Just try to get as good as you can get, you know what I mean?”

Asked about whether playing more this week was his hope or his expectation, Beckham said: “That’s what’s going to happen.”

He acknowledged that his ankle might not be 100 percent for the entire season.

“The ankle is something you get on every single day. So, you never really know, but I’m going to get as good as I can get and I know once I’m comfortable cutting off in each and every way, I don’t see that there will be any problems with it, even if it’s not 100,” he said.

Beckham was listed by the Giants as limited in practice Thursday.

Giants News: Cowboys Elliott Receives Six-Game Suspension

Well Giants fans, we thought the Week-1 match versus the Dallas Cowboys would be softened up a bit with Ezekiel Elliott possibly not playing. Then the news comes down the pipe … Ezekiel Elliott gets a six-game suspension over a long investigation over domestic violence.

But wait … don’t jump up and down with joy yet. Elliott will be able to play against the G-Men this Sunday, before the suspension is initiated. What the heck is that all about? That doesn’t seem fair at all.

So why is this happening? It was reported that Harold Henderson was under a 4 PM Tuesday, September 5th deadline to make a ruling, otherwise, the Dallas Cowboys star running back would be eligible to play against the Giants no matter what the outcome. The problem with this is that the NFL leaked that no such deadline exists. Now, depending on who you talk to there was either always such a deadline, or never a deadline.

“As his designated Hearing Officer in this matter, my responsibility is to determine whether the Commissioner’s decision on discipline of Mr. Elliott is arbitrary and capricious, meaning was it made on unreasonable grounds or without any proper consideration of circumstances. It is not the responsibility, nor within the authority of, the Hearing Officer to conduct a de novo review of the case and second guess his decision. Rather, the review is to determine whether the player was afforded adequate notice of his alleged violation, the right to representation, opportunity to present evidence, and a decision which is fair and consistent. In a case involving violation of a policy, fair and consistent means whether the process and result were in compliance with the terms of that policy. This one is, in every respect. – Elliot’s Hearing Officer

This all gets even more confounding because just like Tom Brady played the entire 2015 season under injunction for Deflategate, Ezekiel Elliott still has a good chance at getting bailed out as well.

So how fast can getting a little extra help at winning the NFC East go down the tubes? Just about the same amount of time it takes to file an injunction.

Sunday Night’s Game

In the wake of this news, the betting odds for the Giants vs. Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday Night Football have taken another step towards Dallas favoritism. The lines actually opened at 5.5 but were bet all the way down to 3.5 … and now almost universally the lines have moved to 4 points and I wouldn’t surprised to see the line inch a little further away from the Giants.

This is actually a good thing. Teams know when they are favored to win and if the lines keep moving it might get into the players’ heads—we’re expected to win. Just a slight underestimation is all it takes and perhaps Giants can catch the Cowboys sleeping.

This news gets even better for those of us who want to place a few bucks on the Giants this weekend review the odds at BetOnline before placing any action. We know that these teams always play each-other tough. The Cowboys only have a 1-game advantage since 1992. The Cowboys have taken 26 games and the Giants 25. They basically duke it out each season, trading wins. However, the Giants are on a 4-0 run against the Cowboys against the spread. Giving the G-men a four-point line against the Cowboys … I’ll take that all day!

It’s going to be a brutal game for the Giants-Cowboys opener. Whoever wins is only squeaking through by the margin of a field goal. With that in mind and the betting lines back up to four points, expect the Giants to cover the spread Sunday.

Giants Release Third-Year DE Owa Odighizuwa

Owa Odighizuwa is looking for work today, as the Giants announced they have waived the third-year defensive end. Here’s the report from the teams’ official site.

The Giants today announced they have waived third-year defensive end Owa Odighizuwa.

The moves comes one day after the NFL suspended Odighizuwa without pay for the first four games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.

“It is unfortunate that things have gone in this direction,” said general manager Jerry Reese, “but we wish nothing but the best for Owa as we all move forward.”

Odighizuwa was the Giants’ third-round draft choice in 2015, from UCLA. In two seasons with the team, he played in 18 games and had four tackles (three solo) on defense, and two tackles on special teams.

He saw limited action in each of the Giants’ first three preseason games and was not credited with a tackle.

Odighizuwa did not participate in most of the team’s spring drills, including a mandatory minicamp.

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Odell Beckham Jr.’s Status for Opener in Doubt Due to Ankle Injury

The biggest question around Giants camp Tuesday all had to do with the ankle of one Odell Beckham, and if he will be ready to go for opening day against the high powered Dallas Cowboys.

Well, for Beckham, his status is very much in doubt.

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that it looks like the ankle that was sprained for the wide out will take 1-3 weeks to heal, meaning he will miss the opener.

Odell Beckham and the Giants clearly avoided a disaster on Monday night in Cleveland, but that doesn’t mean the news was all good.

Even though it doesn’t appear that Beckham’s sprained ankle is serious, there is some concern that he won’t be available for Opening Day in Dallas, a source familiar with his injury confirmed. It’s “too early to tell” for sure, the source said, but generally the recovery time for a sprained ankle is 1-3 weeks depending on the severity.

The Giants’ opener is now only 18 days away.

Late Tuesday night, ESPN reported that it’s “not out of the question he could miss a week or two of the regular season.” After the Giants’ loss to the Browns on Monday night, Beckham reportedly laughed at a question about whether he’d be available for the Cowboys game on Sept. 10. And officially, Ben McAdoo wouldn’t even rule Beckham out of preseason action during his uninformative conference call with the media on Tuesday afternoon.

Giants Players Ticked at Browns and Fans Over Hit That Took Down WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Landon Collins and Damon Harrison ripped into both Browns DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Cleveland’s fans on Monday night for the hit on Odell Beckham and the crowd’s reaction to it, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

“You don’t ‘boo’ somebody when they get hurt,” Harrison said in a string of tweets. “Not cool Cleveland fans. Not cool at all. I know u guys were excited about winning but damn . . . I know y’all came to see him so come down to NJ if it’s that serious. U just don’t boo a injured player. Congrats on the win. Enjoy.”

Collins was livid over Boddy-Calhoun’s low hit and had no problem explaining why.

“I cannot have a teammate next to me playing that way,” Collins, a safety, said of the defensive back’s low contact. “I cannot condone it. It’s not something I seek. He had all the opportunity in the world to make a different play.

“The play wasn’t a penalty, but it’s something everyone knows . . . you don’t do,” Collins continued. “He had about 30 seconds to make a play on the ball in the air. He could’ve made a play on the ball, could’ve hit him high, but he chose a different route. I can’t respect him.”

Beckham didn’t appreciate the hit and limited his postgame remark to say: “I don’t know. It’s just football I guess. Preseason, so . . .” Coach Ben McAdoo didn’t have a problem with it.

“It’s football,” the coach said. “You can’t hit a guy high, you can’t hit a guy low. You try to hit him in the middle. It was one of those balls where Eli had to drive it and he left his feet. It’s a tough play for a DB.”

Giants WR Sterling Shepard Expected to Be Okay After Ankle Injury

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is expected to be “in the clear” after suffering an ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice, a source told Jordan Raanan of ESPN on Friday.

Shepard, who was carted off the practice field, had an MRI on Thursday. Coach Ben McAdoo, who initially described the injury as “a sprained ankle, a basketball-type ankle,” said the MRI was “due diligence.”

The injury occurred while running a route during a non-contact drill. Shepard rolled the ankle, according to McAdoo, and wasn’t able to put any pressure on the affected area. He was taken off the field on a cart.

The initial diagnosis was of a sprained ankle. But the Giants wanted to wait until the swelling went down for the final verdict. Shepard was in a boot following the injury and underwent the MRI on Thursday morning.

Giants Ink Former Bengals Kicker Mike Nugent

Mike Nugent, a 13-year veteran who has played in 158 regular-season and postseason games, was signed by the Giants today, Michael Eisen of reports. He will vie for the job with Aldrick Rosas, who has never played in a regular-season game but had been the only kicker on the Giants’ roster.

Nugent, 35, has played for the Jets, Tampa Bay, Arizona, and for the previous seven seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals. He has made 236 of 292 field goal attempts (80.8%) and 344 of 355 extra point tries for 1,052. That ties him with Nick Folk and Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith for 50th on the NFL’s career list.

Odell Beckham Jr. Wants to Be the NFL’s Highest Paid WR

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Odell Beckham Jr. has loftier goals than being the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver — he wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player, Jordan Raanan of reports.

The Giants star wide receiver made the declaration in a video posted by the UNINTERRUPTED on Thursday.

“It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it,” Beckham says in the video. “But I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to … there’s no need to not talk about it.

“I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period.”

Beckham worked out on his own this offseason in Los Angeles instead of attending OTAs and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported through sources that Beckham’s contract was part of the reason he remained away. He ended his absence when he attended mandatory minicamp last month, and was in attendance Thursday for the start of training camp.

Beckham is to make $1.8 million this season. He is set to make over $10 million this year in endorsements separate from his football income, including $5.8 million from his newly-signed Nike deal.