Can Giants QB Eli Manning Have a Bounce Back Season for Big Blue?

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Many fans are looking for Giants quarterback Eli Manning to have a big 2017, as last season he threw 9 less touchdowns and two more interceptions than he did in 2015.

Sure he led the Giants to the postseason, but he just didn’t play as well as he did in 2015, when he threw 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, putting up a QB rating of 93.6.

Now at 36 years old, it’s a time where Manning has to prove it all over again that he can get the job done. Today NJ.com reported about Manning, and the feeling is he will have a big season for Big Blue.

The Giants believe Manning is due for a bounce-back season. They need it from him if they’re going to contend for a Super Bowl. But then again, they were right there in the mix last year when he was playing poorly most weeks. The Giants’ influx of offensive weapons should help Manning as long as the line is somewhat able to protect him. But Manning is 36, and quarterbacks can begin to fall off a cliff at this point in their career.

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Giants Safety Landon Collins Vows Cowboys Won’t Win the NFC East in 2017

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Giants safety Landon Collins responded confidently Friday at his Citi ProCamp about his team’s chances after Dak Prescott said last week that the Cowboys would win the division, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

“I commented right underneath his picture. I said, ‘I highly doubt that.’ They do not control the [NFC] East. It’s over with. We’re going to have a run for it. I mean, they’re not going to win, I can tell you that much. We’re definitely going to take over.”

At the ESPYS, Prescott had said: “We’re the Cowboys. We’re gonna win the NFC East.”

The Cowboys (13-3) won the division last season but lost both matchups with the Giants. Prescott threw one touchdown pass in the two games.

The NFC East has not had a repeat winner since the Philadelphia Eagles did it in 2004. The Cowboys have not won back-to-back division titles since 1995-96.

But they’re confident entering this year with an offense that is loaded with talent. Many consider Dallas’ offensive line the best in football.

It didn’t stop Collins from making his bold declaration. He’s never shy to express his opinion and confidence.

“Not at all. Coming from the program I can from, the team that I came from, the kind of player that I am, I’m not afraid to say any of those words,” he said. “My team, my guys and our organization backs it up every time.”

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Travels to Texas to Make a Young Boys Dream Come True

It’s been easy over the years for those around the NFL to take shots at Giants wide out Odell Beckham Jr. for some of his on the field conduct, but no one can say anything bad about him in terms of the story of him traveling to Texas to visit a young fan with a rare form of cancer.

A social media campaign started and eventually Beckham made his way down to Amarillo, Texas to visit the young fan and spend some time with him.

It was done without telling the media or having camera’s on hand, so the act was for sure real, and one that should show again why Beckham is one of the most misunderstood players in the league.

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Giants Co-Owner Mara Says Eli Manning Has Plenty of Gas Left in His Tank

For those that have been calling for the Giants to go out and start thinking about the quarterback of the future, think again.

New York Giants co-owner John Mara stated on radio station WFAN that the Giants are perfectly comfortable with current signal-caller Eli Manning, and that he personally feels that there’s plenty of gas left in the tank of Manning.

With Manning at the helm and a defense that is sure to be better, don’t count the Giants out though. They were a playoff team a year ago, finishing second in the NFC East to the Dallas Cowboys, and will be in the thick of things again this upcoming season.

Manning has been playing at a very high level for a long time, and Mara was quoted as saying that the franchise QB, who was drafted in the same year as Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, has “a lot of years left in him.”

In March, maybe that fact wasn’t so clear, as Mara said he was open to drafting the quarterback’s successor.

The Giants subsequently drafted quarterback Davis Webb in the third-round of the draft, but he’s still a far ways away from replacing the 36-year-old Manning, who last season threw for 4,027 yards with 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

This year the offense will be firmly in his control once again, and you can bet that until the day Manning himself calls it quits, he’s going to be the man under center for big blue.

It’s nice to see that the team’s co-owner agrees with that fact. But what was up with those shoes he was wearing? Looks like he needs to take a trip to Hudson’s Bay and get some new kicks!

Giants Make the List of Teams That Can Upset the Patriots for the Super Bowl in 2018

We all know how good the champion New England Patriots are, and people are picking the Pats to once again take home the Lombardi Trophy in February of 2018.

While the Pats are the favorites, NFL.com has a piece out about six teams that have a legit chance to unseat the champions from 2017, and the Giants have made the list.

Here’s what Conor Orr had to say about the Giants and their chances.

2) New York Giants

Regular-season matchup with the Patriots: None.

Why they can do it: This will have to go down in the Super Bowl, just like it’s meant to (or, for all you diehards who believe every down matters, Week 4 of the preseason). There is no team in the NFL deep enough at cornerback to handle the Patriots’ battery of wideouts, but the Giants do boast a layered secondary that might be able to match up well with New England’s strengths. Eli Apple is developing into an aggressive, fearless cover corner in the NFL, while Janoris Jenkins is finally starting to earn the level of recognition he deserves. Having Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to bounce around doesn’t hurt, either. Safety Landon Collins is a heavy hitter who might be able to throw Gronkowski off his routes at the line, while a thick defensive interior remains stout against the power running game — the great counterbalance of New England’s offense.

WR Odell Beckham to Be a Giant for Life if Owner John Mara Has His Way

There’s no question that the Giants want star wide out Odell Beckham to be around for a long, long time, and one big fan of that is John Mara, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Mara, the team’s president and CEO, said the team hopes to see the star receiver end his career with the Giants, according to tweets by fans attending the Giants Town Hall event Tuesday night in Midtown. Reporters were not invited to the event.

Mara also said the team has not yet begun negotiations with Beckham’s camp on a long-term extension, but those talks could begin soon.

SI Grades the Giants in Their NFC East Off-Season Report Card

Sports Illustrated has released their grades for the offseason to this point, including of course the Giants and the rest of the NFC East.

Here’s some of what the site had to say about the Giants to this point in the offseason.

Strangely enough, that Giants’ pass rush also had another upper-echelon defensive end: Jason Pierre-Paul. He was re-signed for $62 million over four years. Like Vernon, Pierre-Paul is a monster against the run. And it’s not like these two can’t put the heat on quarterbacks. Both just need to do it more regularly.

Typically an impotent pass rush fells a defense. But the Giants have something no other team has save for the Broncos: three high-quality pure cover corners: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie plus last year’s newcomers, Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. As long as these guys are on the field, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo can dial up any blitz imaginable. And he does. Spagnuolo can be especially creative with his blitzes out of two-safety coverages, which is unusual (in most blitzes there’s just one safety back).

The only tenuous thing with this defense is its depth. If any of the corners are out, it’s in trouble. Recall the playoff loss last year at Green Bay. Rodgers-Cromartie left with a thigh injury on the first series. That compromised part of the man coverage’s reliability, which wiped several blitz packages off Spagnuolo’s play sheet. Eventually Aaron Rodgers exploited this.

Grade: B+

You can read the rest of what SI has to say about the Giants, as well as the NFC East by clicking HERE

Giants Co-Owner Mara on Team’s Not Signing QB Colin Kaepernick: “It’s an Emotional, Emotional Issue”

Six years ago, Colin Kaepernick was a second-round selection of the 49ers. Three years ago, he led them to the Super Bowl. Nine months ago, everything changed when he stepped outside the bubble of sports and became a lightning rod for taking a knee during the national anthem—his way of protesting the continued oppression of minorities in the United States.

Kaepernick has not gathered much interest from NFL teams, seemingly because of perceived backlash from fans over his protest. Giants co-owner John Mara shed some light on the situation to Jenny Vrentas of MMQB.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said.. “If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.”

Mara said signing Kaepernick wasn’t discussed by his club this offseason, although the Giants never were a likely landing spot for him; they already have a franchise quarterback and were looking to find Eli Manning’s eventual successor in the draft. But the letters Mara received offer a league-wide glimpse into some of the unusual circumstances surrounding Kaepernick’s job search.

Giants to Add Two Defensive Vets – Duke Ihenacho and Devin Taylor

The Giants are making some moves on their hopeful improving defense, as NewsDay reports the team is bringing in a couple veteran defensive players.

The Giants are adding depth to a defense that is returning almost entirely intact from a season ago, agreeing to terms with two veteran free agents, safety Duke Ihenacho and defensive end Devin Taylor. Both players are expected to sign their contracts on Thursday morning and could be on the field with their new team for the OTA practice later in the day.

Ihenacho (6-1, 208) has played five NFL seasons, the last three for Washington. In 2016 he made 10 starts for the Giants’ NFC East rival and tallied 66 tackles.

Taylor (6-7, 275) played the last four seasons with the Lions. Last season he started 16 games and had 4.5 sacks.

Giants Ink 2017 Second-Round Pick Dalvin Tomlinson to a Four-Year Deal

The first member of the Giants’ 2017 rookie class signed his contract less than two weeks after the draft. Second-round pick Dalvin Tomlinson signed on Wednesday, Dan Duggan of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Tomlinson’s four-year contract is worth $4.57 million with a $1.46 million signing bonus. His salary cap hit for 2017 is $831,184.

Tomlinson and the rest of the draft class, as well as undrafted free agents and tryout players, will report to the Giants’ facility for the first time on Thursday. The team’s three-day rookie minicamp begins on Friday.