Giants Players Ticked at Browns and Fans Over Hit That Took Down WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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Landon Collins and Damon Harrison ripped into both Browns DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Cleveland’s fans on Monday night for the hit on Odell Beckham and the crowd’s reaction to it, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

“You don’t ‘boo’ somebody when they get hurt,” Harrison said in a string of tweets. “Not cool Cleveland fans. Not cool at all. I know u guys were excited about winning but damn . . . I know y’all came to see him so come down to NJ if it’s that serious. U just don’t boo a injured player. Congrats on the win. Enjoy.”

Collins was livid over Boddy-Calhoun’s low hit and had no problem explaining why.

“I cannot have a teammate next to me playing that way,” Collins, a safety, said of the defensive back’s low contact. “I cannot condone it. It’s not something I seek. He had all the opportunity in the world to make a different play.

“The play wasn’t a penalty, but it’s something everyone knows . . . you don’t do,” Collins continued. “He had about 30 seconds to make a play on the ball in the air. He could’ve made a play on the ball, could’ve hit him high, but he chose a different route. I can’t respect him.”

Beckham didn’t appreciate the hit and limited his postgame remark to say: “I don’t know. It’s just football I guess. Preseason, so . . .” Coach Ben McAdoo didn’t have a problem with it.

“It’s football,” the coach said. “You can’t hit a guy high, you can’t hit a guy low. You try to hit him in the middle. It was one of those balls where Eli had to drive it and he left his feet. It’s a tough play for a DB.”

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard Expected to Be Okay After Ankle Injury

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is expected to be “in the clear” after suffering an ankle injury during Wednesday’s practice, a source told Jordan Raanan of ESPN on Friday.

Shepard, who was carted off the practice field, had an MRI on Thursday. Coach Ben McAdoo, who initially described the injury as “a sprained ankle, a basketball-type ankle,” said the MRI was “due diligence.”

The injury occurred while running a route during a non-contact drill. Shepard rolled the ankle, according to McAdoo, and wasn’t able to put any pressure on the affected area. He was taken off the field on a cart.

The initial diagnosis was of a sprained ankle. But the Giants wanted to wait until the swelling went down for the final verdict. Shepard was in a boot following the injury and underwent the MRI on Thursday morning.

Giants Ink Former Bengals Kicker Mike Nugent

Mike Nugent, a 13-year veteran who has played in 158 regular-season and postseason games, was signed by the Giants today, Michael Eisen of Giants.com reports. He will vie for the job with Aldrick Rosas, who has never played in a regular-season game but had been the only kicker on the Giants’ roster.

Nugent, 35, has played for the Jets, Tampa Bay, Arizona, and for the previous seven seasons, the Cincinnati Bengals. He has made 236 of 292 field goal attempts (80.8%) and 344 of 355 extra point tries for 1,052. That ties him with Nick Folk and Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith for 50th on the NFL’s career list.

Odell Beckham Jr. Wants to Be the NFL’s Highest Paid WR

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Odell Beckham Jr. has loftier goals than being the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver — he wants to be the NFL’s highest-paid player, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

The Giants star wide receiver made the declaration in a video posted by the UNINTERRUPTED on Thursday.

“It’s like the elephant in the room, and you don’t want to talk about it,” Beckham says in the video. “But I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I’m like, ‘No, I’m going to … there’s no need to not talk about it.

“I believe that I will be hopefully not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period.”

Beckham worked out on his own this offseason in Los Angeles instead of attending OTAs and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported through sources that Beckham’s contract was part of the reason he remained away. He ended his absence when he attended mandatory minicamp last month, and was in attendance Thursday for the start of training camp.

Beckham is to make $1.8 million this season. He is set to make over $10 million this year in endorsements separate from his football income, including $5.8 million from his newly-signed Nike deal.

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.

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.