Giants GM and Coach Decline to Talk About Situation w/ Kicker Josh Brown

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Giants GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo declined comment Saturday on the continued employment of kicker Josh Brown, who booted the opening kickoff of a 21-0 preseason loss to the Bills at New Era Field despite facing a Week 1 suspension for a domestic violence arrest in May 2015, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

“No,” Reese said when asked for comment.

McAdoo, who had addressed the matter on Thursday, used a rehearsed answer three times to deflect questions about new information on Brown’s arrest that the Daily News has reported since he last spoke.

The News reported Friday that Brown’s now-ex-wife told authorities of more than 20 alleged physical incidents. Had McAdoo been aware of all those allegations against Brown when he first spoke?

I said everything I had to say on that situation,” the coach said.

Does McAdoo stand by what he said on Thursday, including “I stay in my lane” when it comes to whether the Giants conducted an independent investigation, and that he had not known about Brown’s incident until after the Giants re-signed him this offseason?

“I said everything I had to say,” McAdoo said.

Did McAdoo at least know that Brown was still under investigation when the Giants re-signed him? “I’ve said everything I had to say on the Josh Brown situation,” McAdoo said.

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Giants WR Victor Cruz Says Groin Injury ‘Not a Big Deal’

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Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz Wednesday’s practice due to the groin injury that limited him during Tuesday’s session, and almost assuredly will not play in Friday’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. But Cruz took to local airwaves after missing practice to reassure this is just a minor bump on his comeback road, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“It feels good. I tweaked it yesterday, just a little bit,” Cruz told Don LaGreca and Peter Rosenberg on WEPN-FM’s The Michael Kay Show.

“I didn’t want to go through practice and have the risk of injuring it even more. But I woke up today, felt good, and I’ve been getting treatment on it all day. I’m not worried about it. It’s not a big deal. It’s something that happens. But I anticipate being back out there in a few days, and getting after it again.”

Cruz has missed almost all of the last two seasons due to a pair of devastating injuries – a right patellar tear in October of 2014, and a rare injury to his left calf last August that eventually cost him the entire 2015 season.

This latest groin injury has set off alarm bells for many given the similarities to the calf injury. When Cruz sprained his calf last August in training camp, he and the Giants initially brushed the injury off as nothing of concern. It turned to be the exact opposite, leading to surgery.

Cruz said he is taking it slow with the groin in order to prevent history from repeating itself.

“It’s a process. Everybody understands that it’s a process,” he said. “That time (his return to the field) will come, and I just have to make sure I’m ready when it does come, and that I am doing all necessary things I need to do in preparation for that moment. I’ve come such a long way, that I don’t want to do anything stupid to regress my progress.”

But he vows he will be back, and he has never thought, even for a moment, that he will not return.

“Never, even throughout all the rehabilitation process, the ups, the downs. I never gave up. I never give up,” Cruz said. “It’s just not the way I was cultured, the way I brought up, the way I see my future, my career ending in this league, in this profession. I definitely feel like I have a good chunk of football left in me, and I want to go out and prove it.”

Giants Jason Pierre-Paul Looks to Be On a Mission in 2016

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A year ago, the Giants had no idea if Jason Pierre-Paul would ever play again after a July 4 fireworks accident mangled his right hand. Pierre-Paul was able to return for the final eight games of last season, but playing with a huge club on his injured hand prevented him from resembling the player who recorded 12.5 sacks in 2014.

A year to heal and another offseason surgery on his hand has Pierre-Paul confident that he’ll return to form. Pierre-Paul is now able to wear a glove on his right hand and GM Jerry Reese has seen the difference, Dan Duggan of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I just know that back in the spring during (organized team activities), I looked at him a couple of times and saw how he was moving and how he was running and I was like, ‘Wow! I haven’t seen that guy for a little while now,’ “Reese said. “He just looked big and fast and explosive and I was just happy to see that. Obviously his hand situation is something that has healed with more time and he learned how to use it better and I expect him to be a load.”

Pierre-Paul’s injury lowered his value significantly and the Giants were able to sign him to a one-year, $10 million contract in the offseason. The 27-year-old will be looking to cash if he can bounce back this season. Reese sees things trending in that direction at this point.

“Jason looks like a beast out here,” Reese said. “His motor is running hot. You are talking about a guy that looks like he is on a mission.”

What a lift it would be for this Giants defense if JPP can come out and play with a lit fire this season. It’s a defense that needs to pressure the QB, and Pierre-Paul playing at a high level can do just that.

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Giants Fans: Bud Light Has Created a Can Just For You

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With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Giants!

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Giants colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fans will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

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New York Giants Invest Heavily In Defense

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The New York Giants are entering a new era, after missing the playoffs for the past four years and then bidding adieu to Tom Coughlin, the Giants have had to open their wallets and spend like crazy.

The Giants have had to pay $40m, for this season at least, to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul and lure fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon, defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and linebacker Kennan Robinson to the team that hasn’t done anything, since beating bitter rivals the New England Patriots, in the Super Bowl in February 2012.

With the stars the Big Apple team already possess, Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. leading their attack, they have enough be at the very least relevant in the poor NFC East, following two straight 6-10 campaigns.

Despite their record and a disappointing season, they actually weren’t far off clicking. They lost six games either late in the fourth quarter or in overtime. A few solid defensive plays and they easily could’ve been wins.

Giants appointed a new defensive coordinator to help solve this problem. Steve Spaguolo has excellent talent to work with, especially on the defensive line with JPP, Vernon, Harrison and Johnathan Hankins. If he manages to get this group firing on all cylinders, fans could be in for an exciting campaign. For the best football betting options this season, be sure to check out Betway – featuring odds on who will make it to the Super Bowl.

Spaguolo is confident coming into the new season: “We are going to be better because of better coaching, less mistakes. We are going to be better because it’s the second year in the system. That’s what we fully expect to do, everything that has and what we went through last year is over and done, we are moving on.”

Defense was a massive weakness last year, justifying the major investment in that area this offseason. Another huge bonus are the highly rated drafted youngsters the Giants chose, cornerback Eli Apple and playmaking wide receiver Sterling Shepard, of which much are expected.

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Coughlin, Tuck and Accorsi All to Go Into the Giants Ring of Honor in 2016

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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.

Jason Pierre-Paul Says He’s Looking Forward to the Cowboys and Tony Romo in Week One

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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.

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Will the Giants Get Back to the Long Ball in 2016?

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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.

The Giants are coming off a 6-10 season in 2015, but are determined to get back to the top of the East in 2016. Grab this William Hill promotional code and play the G-Men each and every Sunday as they look to bring another Lombardi back to New York!

What if the Giants Logo Went Pokémon Style?

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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