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Video – A Team Together: The Story of the 2018 New York Giants

The 2018 season was the New York Giants’ 94th in the National Football League, their ninth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and their first under head coach Pat Shurmur.

Giants WR Golden Tate Facing a Four-Game Suspension; Will File Appeal

The Giants Training Camp from Hell continued on Saturday, as offseason pickup Golden Tate is facing a four-game suspension, the latest drama for a team that really can’t afford any.

ESPN first reported the situation on Saturday morning and Tate issued a statement shortly after the news broke saying he would appeal the punishment because the failed test came from a fertility drug he was taking.

Tate released a statement explaining the situation, and sticking up for the appeal process which will take place before the start of the 2019 season.

“Just days later I discovered it contained an ingredient that is on the league’s banned substance list. I immediately discontinued use, I reported the situation to the Independent Administrator of the NFL Policy on Performance Enhancing Substances, and I spoke with my coaches and general manager. I did all of this well before a failed test was even confirmed.”

Tate went on to say that he and the Giants are “confident in the facts and eagerly await my appeal to put this behind us.”

How bad has camp been already for the Giants receiving core? Sterling Shepard fractured the tip of his left thumb early in the first practice and Corey Coleman tore his ACL, ending his season already.

The team worked out Kelvin Benjamin on Saturday, but with the latest news on Tate, the team is quickly going to have to look for even more help at the receiver spot.

Giants WR Corey Coleman Tears ACL, Team to Work Out Kelvin Benjamin

The hits just keep on coming for the Giants, as a day after wide out Sterling Shepard broke his thumb at camp, wide out Corey Coleman tore his ACL, ending his 2019 season way before it ever got going.

Coleman, a former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns, signed a one-year, $2.025 million contract to remain with the team in March and was looking at his best opportunity in years, entering training camp as the No.3 wideout on the depth chart.

Now he will be sidelined until 2020 and becomes a free agent in March. Coleman just turned 25 years old but time is already running out on his career.

In eight games with Big Blue, Coleman started just once and racked up five catches on eight targets for 71 yards. The receiver was also New York’s top kick returner down the stretch, returning 23 kicks for 598 yards.

With two wide outs already on the shelf, the Giants on Saturday will work out veteran receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

Benjamin is the biggest name of a group of wideouts working out in hopes of joining the Giants’ depleted wideout corps.

A first-round pick out of Florida State by the Panthers in 2014, Benjamin started his NFL career out with a bang with over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns but has never really been the same since his own ACL tear in 2015.

Giants WR Sterling Shepard Fractures Thumb on First Day of Camp

The Giants lost the services of one of their starting receivers and top players on Thursday, as Sterling Shepard suffered a fractured thumb in the very first practice of training camp, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.
He will be out of action for at least two weeks and then evaluated on a week-to-week basis.

The Giants open their regular season Sept. 8 against the Cowboys. Given this injury and the precaution the Giants will take with one of their most important players, Shepard is likely to miss most of, if not all of the preseason.

Shepard was injured when he reached down attempting to scoop up a low pass from Eli Manning, with cornerback Janoris Jenkins defending on the play. Shepard made the catch but came away holding his left hand. He was forced out of the remainder of practice and X-rays revealed the fracture.

Former Giants Lineman Mitch Petrus Dies at 32 from Heat Stroke

Former Giants offensive lineman Mitch Petrus is dead at 32 after suffering an apparent heat stroke in Arkansas, the New York Post reports.

A Super Bowl champion in 2012, Petrus had been working outside his family’s shop in Lonoke County which led to the heat stroke, according to the Pulaski County coroner.

Petrus played three NFL seasons, two with the Giants and a third split between New York, the Patriots and Titans, getting into 27 games with four starts. He played a season-high 55 snaps in the Giants’ Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots in 2012.

“We are saddened to hear of Mitch’s passing,” the Giants said in a statement on Twitter. “Our thoughts go out to Mitch’s family and friends.”

Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: New York Giants

– 4-Minute Offense – :50

– Positional Breakdown: 2:40

– Hunts Playbook: 8:52

– Fantasy Focus: 13:13

– Best Bets: 15:15

– Training Camp Quick Takes: 16:22

– Road to the Super Bowl: 20:55

Three Questions About the Giants as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Giants went 5-11 and had all kinds of growing pains in the first year with coach Pat Shurmur running the show, there’s a level of excitement about the team as 2019 approaches.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a better season in the second year of the Shurmur era.

1. The QB Spot

There’s no doubt that the future belongs to first-round draft choice Daniel Jones, but the bigger question regarding the rookie QB is when does that future begin?

Pat Shurmur has declared that Eli Manning is the man when it comes to him being the starter at QB from day one, but if Jones is going to be the future, you can bet that his time is not far behind.

Manning will have a microscope on each and every throw on him as camp moves on as well as preseason, and each mistake will get the fans calling even more for the rookie to take over.

2. Barkley Year Two

Last season the most dynamic player for the Giants was running back Saquon Barkely, who was the NFL Rookie of the Year rushing for 1307 yards and 11 scores.

He also caught another 91 passes with four more scores, and every time the team needed a big play, Barkley was the guy.

Can the Giants get an even BIGGER season from the running back, or will they look to spread the ball more in season two to other offensive stars?

For the long term benefit of Barkley, they may want to look at other players that can help out in that role.

3. Install a Winning Attitude

The Giants last season won just one of their first eight games, and the season was basically lost by the time the team was two months into the season.

This year with a club that has lost a huge star in Odell Beckham Jr. to a trade to Cleveland, it will be up to Shurmur and the coaching staff to install an attitude to make this team believe they can win and match up with the other three teams in the NFC East.

Outplayed both physically and mentally, the team has to be smarter as well as play with a better attitude when it comes to making mistakes.

Camp will go a long way in doing that.

Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Giants Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Giants player on the list was running back Saquon Barkley with a ranking of 91.

Kevin Zietler
who comes in with a mark of 89 is second for the Giants, while wide out Golden Tate III is in with a mark of 85.

Also at the top of the list for the Giants

Check out all the Giants Rankings by clicking HERE.

Giants WR Golden Tate Gives His Take on the Team’s QB Battle

Before Giants minicamp broke in mid-June, coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that, while incumbent veteran Eli Manning is still New York’s starter, rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones was “on track with the goal to be ready to play on Day 1.”

Shurmur told the New York media to “have at it”, regarding speculation about the QB position, adding, “The players who give our team the best chance to win play. Period. We’ve seen Eli do that for a very long time, so we’ll see what happens as we go down the road.”

While the coach appears to be opening the door for Jones to win New York’s starting QB job and start Week 1, Giants receiver Golden Tate says that there’s no rush for the No. 6 overall pick to start right away, not when Manning is still playing like a two-time Super Bowl champion, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

“What I can I see, Eli Manning’s got a lot of juice left,” Tate told NFL Network’s Scott Hanson on Total Access on Thursday. “He’s still got some zip on his passes.

“I’ve been impressed. I think we have a really good problem. We’ve got a Hall of Fame-type of quarterback in my mind and we also drafted a guy, a young guy, so we don’t need Daniel to come in and save the day. We just need Daniel to stay on pace, learn as much as he possibly can in a great environment and just take it day by day. We don’t need him to come in tomorrow and win a game. We just need him to stay on pace. I think that’s good news in my mind.”

Giants LT Nate Solder Says He’ll Be Ready for Training Camp

Entering his second year with the Giants, Nate Solder spent most of the offseason sidelined by an ankle injury that required arthroscopic surgery.

The well-compensated left tackle doesn’t expect to stay on the sidelines come August, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

Solder told The Athletic’s Dan Duggan that his ankle is “progressing really nicely” and he expects to be full-go for New York when training camp kicks off on July 26.

“There’s no reason to think that I won’t be there for training camp,” Solder said Saturday.

The left tackle added that he has moved on to doing less rehab and more football training.