Player News - Giants

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ESPN New York reports the Giants don't know whether Victor Cruz will recover from his torn patellar tendon.

Cruz is just over six months removed from surgery. He was recently cleared to run on flat ground, and hasn’t had any setbacks. Cruz is targeting the start of training camp for his return, but that’s far from a given. The Giants are concerned Cruz may never regain his pre-injury form.
Apr 15 - 4:43 PM

The Giants plan to give DB Chykie Brown a look at safety.

With Antrel Rolle gone to the Bears and Quintin Demps and Stevie Brown still free agents, the Giants are left with former fifth-rounders Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor at safety. Berhe and Taylor have combined to play 37 career snaps. Brown is a natural corner and has never played safety. He'll get a look in camp.
Apr 15 - 2:27 PM

Giants WR Corey Washington must perform more consistently on special teams to earn a larger role on offense.

If you're not a top-three receiver on your respective team, you need to be able to cover kicks and punts. Washington couldn't do that as a rookie and was inactive for much of the year after a dominant preseason. With the Giants appearing to be loaded at receiver, Washington will have to have another strong summer to make the 53-man roster. He's an imposing 6'4/214.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 15 - 12:17 PM

Giants agreed to terms with CB Josh Gordy, formerly of the Colts.

A sixth-year undrafted free agent, Gordy is primarily a cornerback, but has dabbled at safety. Including the playoffs, he played 292 snaps for the Colts last season, all at corner. Gordy can also man the slot. He's a depth signing for the Giants, one who will have a legit shot at cracking the 53-man roster.
Apr 14 - 5:52 PM

NFL suspended Giants LB Victor Butler four games for violating the league's policy against performance enhancing drugs.

A promising early-career sub-rusher in Dallas, Butler has been trying to get his career on track since tearing his ACL in June of 2013. His (likely last) chance was with the Giants, who signed Butler to a reserve/future contract this past January. The team may now not think Butler is worth the trouble.
Apr 10 - 3:11 PM

Victor Cruz (knee surgery) recently began running on flat ground.

Cruz continues to say he wants to be ready for full contact when training camp opens in July. That's probably very optimistic, as the Giants will likely take it extremely slow with Cruz thanks to their solid depth out wide. Cruz admits he's still trying to build up the muscles around his knee because of all the atrophy.
Apr 10 - 11:00 AM

The Giants can save $6.1 million against the cap by cutting Victor Cruz next offseason.

Dumping a franchise favorite like Cruz would have been unthinkable a couple years ago, but a lot has changed. Odell Beckham is now the no-doubt No. 1 receiver, Cruz is rehabbing a brutal patellar tear and his production was sharply declining even before the injury. Cruz may end up having to restructure if he can't return to 2011-12 form soon.
Apr 9 - 9:34 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger's Nick Powell believes Andre Williams role is "up for question" heading into 2015.

We agree. Some seem to believe Williams has a pretty good chance at being the Giants' lead back on early downs, but we're not so sure. He was really bad as a rookie, averaging an awful 3.3 YPC on 217 totes. It was a Trent Richardson-level performance. In a perfect world, Rashad Jennings would be the Giants' lead dog with Shane Vereen mixing in on passing downs and Williams serving as an occasional hammer. Williams will likely see his carries decline significantly in 2015.
Apr 8 - 10:58 AM

Eli Manning expects to take the Giants' offense to "another level" in his second year in OC Ben McAdoo's system.

"This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already," Manning said. "It's definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it." Manning is coming off a renaissance 2014 where he finished as the overall fantasy QB8. Especially with Odell Beckham a year older and wiser, Manning enters 2015 as a QB1.
Mar 31 - 3:43 PM

Trumaine McBride is the favorite to be the Giants' nickel corner.

McBride had his 2014 cut short by thumb surgery, but he should be good to go by training camp. With McBride healthy and Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie manning the outside, the Giants have the makings of a quality cornerback corps, but their issues at safety could torpedo the secondary.
Source: Giants.com
Mar 28 - 12:26 PM

The Giants official website believes second-year S Nat Berhe will be given a shot to earn a starting role.

A fifth-round selection last season, Berhe played just 32 snaps on defense his rookie year, but was a strong contributor on special teams. After moving on from free agents Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps, the Giants are hoping Berhe's strong special teams play will translate to the defensive side of the ball. Cooper Taylor is the only other safety currently on the Giants' roster. They are expected to address the position in the draft.
Source: Giants.com
Mar 28 - 12:18 PM

A Giants assistant coach told NJ.com's Jordan Raanan that Marcus Harris was the team's "best receiver" in 2014 training camp and preseason.

Keep in mind Odell Beckham was out with a hamstring injury at this time, but Raanan has been beating Harris' drum for awhile. The Giants were reportedly considering starting Harris before he suffered a year-ending shoulder injury late last August. Undrafted out of Murray State in 2011, Harris stands 6-foot-1, 189 with an underwhelming 33-inch vertical. He does have solid agility scores, which suggests Harris could excel in the slot.
Mar 27 - 1:33 PM

NJ.com expects the Giants to utilize Shane Vereen as more than a third-down back.

The Giants were fond of three-receiver sets last season, using them 65 percent of the time on 1st-and-10. Speaking Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin praised Vereen's effectiveness out of three-receiver sets. "Quite frankly, it's something from an attack standpoint we've had some success with, but not to the extent that he has," Coughlin said. "First down, if it was zone coverage, (the Patriots) were dropping the ball down and he would scoot." It's wise of the G-Men to avoid pigeonholing their new back, but he's still third on the early-down totem pole behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 26 - 5:17 PM

NJ.com considers Victor Cruz's 2015 production off a patellar tendon tear a "crapshoot."

Cruz is five months removed from surgery and he's "nowhere near" ready for football action. The Giants hope to be able to ease him in at training camp in August, but that's far from a given. And even once Cruz does get back, the concern is that he won't have the short-area quicks that made him so effective in the slot. Patellar tears are far rarer and more difficult to overcome than ACL tears.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 26 - 8:43 AM

Coach Tom Coughlin envisions Dwayne Harris as a blocking wide receiver.

Coughlin compared him to Super Bowl hero David Tyree. Like Harris, Tyree was mostly used on special teams. Harris played 160 snaps on offense for Dallas in 2014, but his role will likely expand in New York, especially with Victor Cruz's availability in doubt. Harris made 11 special teams tackles in 2014. He's a quicker-than-fast slot receiver type on offense.
Mar 25 - 12:55 PM


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