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Could Rookie Daniel Jones Be Under Center Week One Against Dallas?

Giants Coach Pat Shurmur says there’s a chance that rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will be the team’s week one starter, replacing veteran Eli Manning.

Shurmur was asked Tuesday if he could see a scenario that Jones starts the team’s season opener against the Cowboys on the road in Dallas on September 8th.

“The players that give our team the best chance to win, play. Period,” Shurmur told reporters. “We’ve seen Eli do that for a long time. We’ll see what happens as we go down the road. You never know what’s going to happen.”

Shurmur also said Jones is “on track with the goal to be able to be ready to play Week 1.” He also said Manning is getting himself ready “to have an outstanding year.”

“I think we’re going to play the very best player,” Shurmur said. “I know we are dancing around the words. Right now, Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play.”

“We’ll see what happens. We feel good about where Eli is. He’s our starting quarterback. And we’ve got a young player that we think is going to be an outstanding player, getting himself ready to play.”

Jones was the 6th overall pick of the Giants in the NFL Draft, while Manning is entering his 16th season.

The two-time Super Bowl champion completed a career-high 66 percent of his throws last season for 4,299 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Manning posted a 92.4 quarterback rating in 16 starts for the 5-11 Giants.

Manning also is entering the final season of a four-year, $84 million contract with the Giants.

Giants TE Evan Engram Downplays Injury That Kept Him Out of Minicamp

Giants tight end Evan Engram downplayed the significance of the injury that sidelined him for the team’s recent minicamp according to Ryan Dunloeavy of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Engram gave no specifics about the injury but stated, “I’m good. I’m just being smart. Just the Giants being a little pre-cautious.” The missed time is a bit of concern after Engram struggled with injuries last season, but this does not sound like a long-term issue.

The No.23-overall pick in the 2017 draft out of Mississippi, Engram had a somewhat disappointing sophomore year in which he struggled with injuries and posted only 45 catches for 577 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games.

He is immensely talented, however, and still onhly 24 years old. A much better fantasy player without Odell Beckham thus far in his career, Engram could be headed for a big season in 2019.

Giants Coach Pat Shurmur Doesn’t Want to Hear About Rebuilding – Is He Crazy?

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur isn’t hearing it when it comes to last season’s last place team (yes, that would be the Giants) rebuilding this season.

The Giants appear to be in the mode of the dreaded ‘R’ word. They spent the offseason making head scratching moves that if you look at New York Giants betting lines for 2019, not many have faith in this team.

The club’s General Manager, Dave Gettleman, drew ire from just about all Giants fans when he moved popular play-making all-world former first round pick wide out Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns.

The March 12th trade of Beckham to the Browns saw the Giants net back a player and draft choices. They received a first-round pick (No. 17 overall) the second of the Browns’ third-round picks (No. 95) and safety Jabrill Peppers.

That wasn’t the only move that the Giants made with the Browns that some questioned. The team four days before the blockbuster move to trade Beckham moved outside linebacker Oliver Vernon to Cleveland for offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

The Giants wanted out of Vernon’s contract, and there’s been health issues with the linebacker, but at the same time at times teams that are looking to win need to eat contracts of players that can make plays – and when healthy, Oliver can make plays.

One last move made Giants fans go nuts this offseason, that being their first-round draft pick of a quarterback.

It’s not that the Giants drafted a quarterback with their first pick, it’s who they took.

The club snagged Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, a player who that fans were not as high on as another QB who played for Ohio State the last few seasons that was a true playmaker – Dwayne Haskins.

Haskins is a player who could lead the team into the future, and here’s something else – he wanted to come play for his hometown team in the Giants.

But Shurmur doesn’t think the team is in a rebuild.

“I like the way our team’s coming together,” Shurmur said via the New York Post. “We’re putting together a team that’s working hard and competing, and our goal is to put a winning team on the field. And I believe we can do it.”

Shurmur thinks that every season you sort of have to reset, and while they don’t want to use that ‘R’ word, it really seems like this is a team in the rebuild mode.

“Every year you re-establish your culture,” Shurmur said. “You don’t always play the next year with all the same guys from the previous year. I think more was made of it this year probably because we made so many changes.”

All fans can do is wait and see – if they fail – fans can say ‘I told you so,’ if they succeed fans can be surprised at the way this team worked out and changed this roster on the fly.

New Giants QB Daniel Jones Impressing with His Running in OTA’s

Daniel Jones displayed a different element the Giants offense hasn’t seen in 15 years under Eli Manning: A QB rush for a big gain, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

The Big Blue rookie quarterback faked out the defense during Tuesday’s minicamp with a zone-read play — something no team would attempt with a 38-year-old Manning — taking it to the paydirt against the second team defense. Even though it’s merely practice in shorts, in June, the play impressed teammates and coaches alike.

“Oh man, he pulled that thing and kicked the knees up, it was good,” receiver Sterling Shepard said, via the team’s official website. “I knew we were going to get the defense on that, but yeah, he looked great running…

“I’ve seen some tape on him running. He crossed somebody up — I forgot which team it was in college — but he was carving them up pretty good on his feet.”

Jones’ rushing ability separates him from Manning, who at this stage of his career is a sitting duck in the pocket if not protected properly. The designed elements Jones can add will provide another element the Giants can deploy when the rookie eventually takes over down the road.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was quick to point out the defense couldn’t hit Jones on the run but liked how the rookie utilized the fake to get himself into space.

“He has a red shirt on, so they aren’t going to hit him,” Shurmur said. “The initial part of the zone read was good. He got himself out in space pretty quickly.”

“He obviously moves around well,” Shurmur said. “He is down there around the 4.6 mark (in the 40-yard dash). I think he had 17 rushing touchdowns. He can move around and that is a huge part. If a quarterback can move around, not so much on just structured runs but the ability to be able to create a play within a passing play, I think he can do that.”

New York Giants Posses A New Secret Weapon Of Mass Destruction

If you have been keeping up with the recent recruitment activity following the New York Giants, you may want to register here for the upcoming season as it is already proving to be the talk of the sporting industry as the Giants are making good on some collections.

A whirlwind of news is picking up speed and making its way around the internet. It would seem the secret is out and the New York Giants are going to utilize their new found weapon; Oshane Ximines. Despite collecting a number of new players this summer, it has been said that the biggest threat to the opposition is Ximines, said to be ‘the most dangerous new weapon’ by Maurice Moton.

The young upcoming football star holds the position of rookie edge runner and has a promising career ahead of him which is one of the very many reasons the NY Giants signed Oshane. Looking at the player’s background football history, he was the first player drafted. Coming from Old Dominion, Oshane Ximines is a record holder in tackles, forced fumbles and even in sacks. His skill achievements match his athletic abilities and the combination is lethal. The player’s skills have caught the attention of renowned defense coordinator, James Bettcher. Bettcher said in a statement that the talent he saw in Oshane was a combined skill set of movement and the ability to move in space. Oshane Ximines is an outside linebacker with a track record of 145 tackles and 35 sacks. The college footballer has just signed his first biggest contract with NFL in a move he made from Old Dominion University. The Jamaican blooded footballer was born in the USA and now holds one of the most promising careers any American could dream of.

Ximines will go far with his capabilities and the obvious display of talent is apparent in his pass rushing abilities. His movement only fuels his potential and the opposition is bound to rethink their strategies going against the Giants as Oshane Ximines could more than likely intercept their plays easily through his set of skills and capabilities.

It is expected that the new power weapon will be played from the first day of the season; however the rookie will still need some shaping before becoming a forerunner for his team and leading them to success. In the meantime training will commence and with just the right amount of attention, Oshane Ximines will be the hottest new player on the team. On just his first day, the team holds high hopes for the player and Bettcher has said he fully intends to set Oshane in motion immediately.

With all the news circulating around new recruits for the New York Giants, it’s an exciting time for the team and fans alike. Don’t forget to keep up to date with the latest additions to calculate the odds of a win in the upcoming season. Start now for a guaranteed win later.

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Giants LB Markus Golden Looking to Have a Big 2019

Giants outside linebacker Markus Golden says he is back to full health according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

A second-round pick out of the University of Missouri by the Cardinals in 2015, Golden was well on his way to becoming one of the best pass rushers in the league with 12.5 sacks in 2016 before suffering a torn ACL in Week 5 of the 2017 season.

Golden returned for 11 games last season but never looked quite right and the Cardinals let him walk this offseason.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Giants worth up to $3.75 million with $2.25 million in guaranteed money hoping to rehab his value and get his career back on track.

The move reunites him with former Cardinals now Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher. “I feel like myself again,” Golden said. “I know I can help the team … That’s why I wake up and work hard.” The Giants are thin at pass rusher, so Golden getting back to form would be a big boost.

Phil Simms Sees a Fit with the Giants and New QB Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones is one of just three quarterbacks chosen by the Giants in the first-round of the NFL Draft in the past 40 years.

Jones joins new teammate Eli Manning and Phil Simms in that exclusive club, and Simms has high expectations for the Giants’ rookie quarterback, Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports.

“I think he really fits what Pat Shurmur wants,” Simms said recently, via MSG. “He’s a big guy, who can move around and has a good, solid NFL arm. He was taught really well down at Duke, and all of those things add up.”

Giants OTAs begin Monday when the offense can start practicing against the defense for the first time this offseason, and Jones has only been on the field with his veteran Giants teammates for a week, but he is making a strong impression.

“He’s picking up [the offense] really fast,” Giants tight end Evan Engram said Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, prior to the CC Sabathia and friends Celebrity Softball Game. “They’ve been trying to throw some stuff at him and he’s handled it really well.”

“First off and foremost, I want to see his physical qualities,” Simms said. “Once I see them, let’s start judging who he is as a person. Can he lead? How easy is it for him? Is

Ex Giants RB Barber Feels Saquon Barkley Can Break All Giants RB Records

Tiki Barber is not in the Hall of Fame like football icon Frank Gifford. He didn’t win a Super Bowl like New York Giants greats Joe Morris, Ottis Anderson or Rodney Hampton. But the numbers speak for themselves: Barber is Big Blue’s gold standard at running back.

The retired star says that could change in the next decade. Health and home team permitting, Barber believes second-year back Saquon Barkley will eclipse him, Adam Maya of NFL.com reports.

“If he stays healthy and he stays here, in New York,” Barber said, via Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “My records don’t have a chance.”

Barber, who spent his entire 10-year career with New York, leads the franchise in rushing yards (10,449) and all-purpose yards (17,359) and is second in rushing touchdowns (55). His 586 receptions rank second in team history and are by far the most among running backs. His 4.7 yards per carry is the highest mark of any Giant with at least 2,000 rushing yards.

And yet Barber isn’t too proud to say Barkley will be better.

“He can be one of the greatest ever,” Barber said. “Physically, he’s a freak. I’ll parallel him to Adrian Peterson. When I first met Adrian, I looked at his muscular and body structure and was just in awe. His muscles were popping out of his skin and Saquon is the same way. That portends a durability.

“When you pair that with a passion and desire to be great, you get an Adrian Peterson. Saquon is the same type of player, but he’s much better, because he’s so versatile. Adrian couldn’t catch the ball out of the backfield or line up as a wide receiver. Saquon can do that at a very high level.”

Former Giants Safety Collins Talks About the Tough Move Leaving to go to Washington

Former Giants safety Landon Collins became a very rich man when he signed a six-year, $84 million contract in free agency to join the Washington Redskins in March but he admits he was “heartbroken” the Giants decided to let him go according to Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com.

“I’m starting a new chapter and I’m on a good team,” Collins told Dunleavy. “When I left the Giants, I was kind of heartbroken. I loved the Giants. When I started there, I wanted to finish there. I wanted to be one of those guys to finish his career on one team. They didn’t give me the opportunity to do that. It’s a business. I can’t do anything about that.”

It is still somewhat of a mystery why the Giants made so little effort to retain one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Since being selected in the second round in the 2015 draft out of Alabama, Collins has been a 2016 first-team All-Pro selection and three-time Pro Bowler for the Giants. But the team signaled they were prepared to move on from Collins last fall when his name surfaced numerous times in discussions near the trading deadline in late October. After that happened, Collins publicly stated he did not want the Giants to use the franchise tag on him in 2019.

Things deteriorated from there. “They never made an offer,” Collins said. “I knew when they were about to trade me how it was going to go. Very, very eye-opening.”

The Giants seem confident in their decision to let the 25-year-old Collins walk away in the prime of his career, although you have to wonder is they felt a little uneasiness when the safety signed with an NFC East division rival. They are going to face a very motivated Landon Collins at least twice a season for the next six years.

Giants Ink Former Cowboys Backup RB Rod Smith

The Giants added depth to the running back spot on Wednesday, signing former Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith.

The 27-year-old joined the Cowboys in 2015 and has served as a back-up to workhorse running back Ezekiel Elliott for the majority of his four-year NFL career.

He entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State.

Smith visited the Bengals before signing with the Giants. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound ball-carrier had 127 yards and a touchdown on 44 carries in 16 games last season.

Smith started in the Cowboys’ regular-season finale against the Giants, rushing for 35 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in a 36-35 victory.