Giants Reportedly Getting Money Ready to Bring Back Jason Pierre-Paul

The Giants’ Monday releases of veteran running back Rashad Jennings and franchise icon Victor Cruz didn’t occur in a vacuum, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.

New York’s front office is freeing up salary-cap space, with designs on preventing impending free agent Jason Pierre-Paul from reaching the open market.

“I do expect them to make a legitimate run in the coming days and weeks,” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said on Monday’s edition of Up to the Minute Live. “They will try and get a deal done before he can potentially hit the free agent market.”

Pierre-Paul made it clear last month that he will not accept another one-year, prove-it contract to remain with the Giants.

He was just hitting his stride, recording 5.5 sacks over a two-game span to close out November, when he went down with a season-ending core-muscle injury that required surgery.

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Taking a Glance at the Giants Free Agents as the 2016 Season Finally Ends

The New York Giants were a playoff team in 2016, but still fell short in their attempt to get back to the Super Bowl, and will look to take a bigger leap in 2017.

Checking out the odds to win Super Bowl LII, you can see that the Giants are in the mix, but have things to overcome. If you use someone like totesport for the odds, the G-Men are 20-1 to get to the Super Bowl, behind teams like Dallas, Green Bay, Seattle, Atlanta and even Carolina.

The team has a number of free agents that they will have to make deals with to make another push in 2017, and today we run them down so you can see the things the team will have to deal with this offseason.

Unrestricted free agents (17): Free agency with no strings attached. The Giants can re-sign these players leading up to free agency. But once the new league year begins in March, they can sign with any team at any time.

The UFAs: OT William Beatty; LS Zak DeOssie; TE Larry Donnell; K Robbie Gould; DB Leon Hall; DT Johnathan Hankins; LB Mark Herzlich; RG John Jerry; QB Josh Johnson; QB Ryan Nassib; OL Marshall Newhouse; DE Jason Pierre-Paul; RB Bobby Rainey; CB Coty Sensabaugh; LB Kelvin Sheppard; LB Keenan Robinson; CB Trevin Wade.

Restricted free agents (2): Restricted free agents can negotiate with all teams, but the Giants have the right of first refusal to match any deal as long as they tender the RFAs a one-year offer worth about $1 million.

The RFAs: RB Orleans Darkwa; DL Kerry Wynn.

Exclusive rights free agents (6): Exclusive rights free agents can only sign with their current team, conditional on the team extending a minimum qualifying offer to the player. There is little risk in tendering ERFAs.

The ERFAs: WR Ben Edwards; TE Matt LaCosse; DT Robert Thomas; TE Will Tye; FB Nikita Whitlock.

Out of the unrestricted free agents, the few that the G-Men will have to look to get back go in this order. Pierre-Paul, Beatty, Sensabaugh, DeOssie, Newhouse, and then Hankins.

The good news is the team has a month to start to work out deals for those players, but they will for sure have to get the deals done as once those players hit the market, it’s going to be very tough to get them back into the mix.

They are in a solid position when it comes to free agency, but know there’s work to be done.

Rashad Jennings Feels He’ll Be Back with the Giants in 2017

Rashad Jennings is an obvious candidate to be a Giants salary cap casualty this offseason, but the veteran running back remains confident he will return for a fourth season with the team James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I expect to be back,” Jennings said on Monday evening outside Super Bowl LI Opening Night at Minute Maid Park. “And I definitely want to be back. I’ve got one more year on my contract, and I’ve got a lot to prove. I look forward to doing it in New York again.”

Jennings only rushed for 593 yards on 181 carries with three touchdowns in 2016, and gave way to rookie Paul Perkins as the Giants’ main back in the final weeks of the season. Jennings missed three games early in the year due to a fractured thumb, but he finished with 270 fewer yards than he had in 2015 (863) despite only having 14 fewer carries (195 in 2015). Jennings also averaged over a yard less per carry in 2016 (3.3 against 4.4 in 2015).

Jennings said he exited his end-of-season interview with head coach Ben McAdoo feeling good about his future.

“The exit meeting was good. It was very upbeat. It was a good conversation with McAdoo, talking about how the season progressed,” said Jennings, who is in town this week doing media appearances and work for his Rashad Jennings Foundation. He is also a finalist for the NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award, which be announced Thursday.

“He asked what things he can do better to capture the team even more. We exchanged some information about that, and he asked me, ‘How do you assess yourself?’

“I said, ‘Obviously, I didn’t have the personal year that I trained for, the personal year that I worked for. I have a hunger and a desire to come back and prove that to myself, and my teammates. We left it off on a good note, I’m excited for the offseason.”

Giants at Eagles NFL Week 16 Notes

THURSDAY NIGHT NOTES:

NEW YORK GIANTS (10-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (5-9)

December 22, 2016

Week 16 kicks off on Thursday night as the Philadelphia Eagles host the New York Giants (NBC, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM) in an NFC East showdown. The Giants, who have 10 wins for the first time since 2010, can clinch a playoff berth with a victory. New York defeated the Eagles 28-23 in Week 9 as QB ELI MANNING passed for four touchdowns, including two to WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. Beckham, who has 85 receptions for 1,173 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, joined JOHN JEFFERSON (1978-1980) and RANDY MOSS (1998-2000) as the only players in NFL history with at least 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches in each of his first three NFL seasons. Eagles QB CARSON WENTZ, the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, leads all rookies with 339 completions and ranks second with 3,385 pass yards and 13 touchdown passes, while LB JORDAN HICKS is one of two NFL linebackers (THOMAS DAVIS) with at least three interceptions (three) and a sack this season.

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  GIANTS EAGLES
SERIES LEADER 83-78-2  
STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Ben McAdoo: 1-0 Doug Pederson: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 17-6 vs. Detroit L 27-26 at Baltimore
LAST GAME 11/6/16: Eagles 23 at Giants 28. New York Giants QB Eli Manning passes for 257 yards & 4 TDs. Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has 2 TD catches.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/15: Eagles 27, Giants 7. Philadelphia RB DeMarco Murray rushes for 112 yards & TD. Eagles CB Nolan Carroll has 17-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (NYG), 81 (Phi). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (NYG), 225 (Phi).

STATS

PASSING Eli Manning: 322-508-3491-25-13-89.3 Carson Wentz (R): 339-540-3385-13-13-78.5
RUSHING Rashad Jennings: 154-497-3.2-2 Ryan Mathews: 137-615-4.5-8
RECEIVING Odell Beckham Jr.: 85-1173-13.8-10 Jordan Matthews: 71-792-11.2-3
OFFENSE 320.6 340.4
TAKE/GIVE -3 +2
DEFENSE 347.5 344.2
SACKS Olivier Vernon: 8.5 Fletcher Cox: 6.5
INTs Landon Collins: 5 Jordan Hicks, Rodney McLeod: 3
PUNTING Brad Wing: 46.2 Donnie Jones: 45.4
KICKING Robbie Gould: 30 (18/21 PAT; 4/4 FG) Caleb Sturgis: 120 (24/25 PAT; 32/37 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING has 559 pass yards (279.5 per game) with 6 TDs & 2 INTs for 94.9 rating in past 2 vs. Phi. Is 7th player in NFL history with 4,000+ career completions (4,017)…RB RASHAD JENNINGS has 394 rush yards & 2 TDs in past 5 meetings…WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 26 receptions for 354 rec. yards & 4 TDs in past 4. Has 35 TD catches since 2014, most in NFL. Is 1st player in NFL history with 80+ catches & 1,000+ rec. yards in each of 1st 3 seasons. WR STERLING SHEPARD ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 592 rec. yards & ties for 2nd with 7 TD catches. WR VICTOR CRUZ has 3 rec. TDs in 4 games at Phi…DE OLIVIER VERNON has 7.5 sacks in past 7. Has 2 sacks in past 3 vs. division. CB DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE had INT in Week 15. S LANDON COLLINS is only player with 5+ INTs (5) & 3+ sacks (3). Leads NFC safeties with 108 tackles…EAGLES: QB CARSON WENTZ ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 3,385 pass yards & 13 pass TDs. Has 88.5 rating in 6 career home games…RB RYAN MATHEWS has 5 rush TDs in past 6. RB DARREN SPROLES is only player in NFL history with 30+ rec. TDs (30), 20+ rush TDs (21), PR-TD (7) & KR-TD (2)…WR JORDAN MATTHEWS has 3 TD catches in past 4 vs. NYG. Has 26 receptions for 322 yards & 2 TDs in past 4 at home vs. division. In past 2 meetings, TE ZACH ERTZ has 17 receptions for 249 rec. yards (124.5 per game). Has 524 rec. yards (87.3 per game) in past 6 vs. NFC East…DT FLETCHER COX has 2.5 sacks in past 2. Has 6.5 sacks & FF in past 7 at home. LB JORDAN HICKS had INT in Week 15. Has 5 INTs since 2015, tied for 2nd-most among NFL LBs. CB NOLAN CARROLL aims for 3rd in row vs. NYG with INT.

Dallas Asks the NFL To Step In About the Giants Using Walkie-Talkies in Sunday’s Game

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A week after the Giants accused the Steelers of using footballs that were not fully inflated, now they are being accused of their use of walkie-talkies on the sidelines during their win over the Cowboys on Sunday night.

SI.com had the story earlier on Thursday:

At the Cowboys’ behest, the NFL is investigating the Giants’ use of walkie-talkies on the sidelines, the New York Post reports.

The league is investigating whether or not the Giants broke the rules when head coach Ben McAdoo used the device to call plays and communicate with quarterback Eli Manning during New York’s 10–7 win over Dallas on Sunday. Manning’s headset malfunctioned in the fourth quarter, causing the Giants to switch communication methods. Dallas filed a formal request for the NFL to investigate.

It will be interesting to see if anything at all comes of it, likely nothing, but nevertheless it’s another shot fired in the longtime feud between the two NFC East foes.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fined For Verbally Abusing Official After Sunday’s Loss in Pittsburgh

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One New York Giants player is going to be lighter in the pocket book after he was fined today for verbally abusing an on-field official after Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh.

Wide out Odell Beckham Jr. was hit with a fine of $12,154 for his action after the 23-13 loss, a game that snapped the G-Men six-game win streak.

You knew that ODB wasn’t happy after he went after referee Terry McAuley and his official crew to reporters after the game. Beckham had a call go against him in the first quarter that ended up pinning the Giants back, and the next play they were hit with a safety that gave the Steelers a 2-0 lead.

Beckham went so far as to suggest that McAuley and his crew not work Giants games in the future.

The report says this is Beckham’s fifth known fine of the season, but the first directly involving an official.

I don’t know about you, but the next time the Steelers face off against the Giants, I’m using a Jackpotjoy promo code and placing my money on the Steelers!

What if the Giants Logo Was Made in the Likeness of President Elect Donald Trump?

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Like it or not, next month Donald Trump will be the new President of the United States, and one thing that can’t be denied is it’s going to be an interesting four years in our country.

There’s been plenty of fun poked at the President elect, and one site – Uproxx, has taken it upon themselves to design every NFL logo in the make of our President elect.

Check out what they think the logo of the Giants will look like made in the likeness of Trump!

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Giants WR Victor Cruz Not Happy About Not Being Involved in the Offense Sunday

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It was not a good day Sunday in Pittsburgh for Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who did next to nothing in the teams’ 10-point loss to the Steelers 24-14.

The wide out was none too happy about his lack of passes thrown his way, and talked about it in the New York Daily News.

Cruz’s role on the Giants’ offense was almost completely phased out as he split time with Roger Lewis Jr. and received exactly zero targets in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Steelers.

Why wasn’t he involved?

“I have no idea,” Cruz said. “It’s not a question for me to answer.”

Cruz was clearly irked by not having the ball thrown his way at all in the loss. Does he plan to speak to Ben McAdoo or Eli Manning about it?

“I’m going to talk to somebody. Somebody’s got to give me an answer as to why.”

“Absolutely, there’s always opportunities for everybody to get the ball out there and I didn’t get those today,” he said.

Giants 6-Game Win Streak Snapped; Steelers D Dominates in 24-14 Win

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The Steelers ended the Giants’ winning streak with a familiar formula.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns, Le’Veon Bell rolled up 182 yards of total offense, and Pittsburgh’s resurgent defense harassed Eli Manning into a flurry of mistakes in a dominant 24-14 win on Sunday.

Antonio Brown edged good buddy Odell Beckham Jr. in their personal showdown, catching six passes for 54 yards and an acrobatic scoring grab at the back of the end zone. Tight end Ladarius Green added six receptions for 110 yards, both career highs, and a touchdown as the Steelers (7-5) won their third straight to keep pace with Baltimore atop the AFC North.

Manning completed just 24 of 39 passes for 195 yards with two touchdowns and two picks in the red zone for the Giants (8-4), whose six-game run ended with a thud. Beckham was largely a non-factor despite a game-high 10 receptions for 100 yards.

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Giants vs Steelers NFL Week 13 Inactives

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Here’s today’s inactives for the Steelers and Giants at Heinz Field:

NEW YORK GIANTS

QB Josh Johnson
WR Tavarres King
Safety Nat Berhe
DE Owa Odighizuwa
Guard Adam Gettis
Guard Justin Pugh
LB Mark Herzlich

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Kicker Chris Boswell
QB Zach Mettenberger
RB DeAngelo Williams
RB Daryl Richardson
OT Brian Mihalik
TE Xavier Grimble
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey