Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Giants signed OT Will Beatty to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

Beatty made the free agent rounds, but couldn't find a new home. He'll likely begin the year as the Giants' swing tackle, but could put immediate pressure on RT Marshall Newhouse. If the G-Men grow uncomfortable with Ereck Flowers on the blindside, Flowers could be shifted to the right with Newhouse headed to the bench.
Aug 30 - 2:26 PM

Eli Apple worked as a boundary corner in the Giants' first-team nickel package Monday.

With Leon Hall (concussion) sidelined, Apple worked opposite Janoris Jenkins on the outside with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie manning the slot. Considering Hall's struggles even before his injury, it could be the lineup the Giants trot out against the Cowboys Week 1. Despite a slow start this offseason, it looks like Apple will play a big rookie role.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 10:31 AM

Giants OLB Jonathan Casillas (ribs) hopes to play Week 1.

Casillas hurt his ribs in the third preseason game, but X-rays revealed he did not suffer any cracks or breaks. "I’m not 100 percent sure, of course not, but my goal is to play in Dallas," Casillas said. "Whatever I need to do, I’m going to do so I can be ready for Dallas Week 1." Expected to start on the weak side for an extremely thin linebacking group, the Giants need Casillas healthy.
Source: Newsday
Aug 30 - 9:37 AM

Giants TE Matt LaCosse needs right knee surgery and is out indefinitely.

Having a strong camp, LaCosse was expected to have a role as a blocker behind pass catchers Larry Donnell and Will Tye. He's headed to I.R.
Aug 28 - 1:09 PM

Giants RB Andre Williams didn't touch the ball in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

Williams isn't known to be injured, and wasn't listed amongst the pre-game inactives. Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa and Paul Perkins all got run. NJ.com recently opined that Williams had "all but won" No. 2 duties, but No. 2 backs don't usually sit out the third preseason game.
Aug 27 - 11:14 PM

Giants RB Paul Perkins rushed four times for eight yards in Saturday's preseason game.

The fifth-round pick now has 14 preseason carries for 49 yards (3.5 YPC). Perkins' fifth-round pedigree means he's probably going to crack the 53-man roster, but he hasn't done much this summer to suggest he'll have a meaningful role on offense. It is worth noting that Andre Williams didn't touch the ball against the Jets, however.
Aug 27 - 11:13 PM

Tavarres King caught 2-of-3 targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns in New York's third preseason game.

Both of King's scores came with the second-team offense, but he was a rare highlight on an otherwise dismal offensive evening for the G-Men. King was really moving, almost looking like he was shot out of a cannon. It's possible he's in the mix for No. 4 receiver duties, but the Giants remain attached to Dwayne Harris. Whatever his role, King is well off the fantasy radar.
Aug 27 - 11:04 PM

Larry Donnell caught 1-of-2 targets for eight yards in Saturday's preseason game.

There hasn't been much clarity to Donnell's "battle" with Will Tye, but Donnell seemed to spend more time with the first-team offense this evening. His catch tonight was his first of the summer. If nothing else, Donnell is going to remain a big body who can box out defenders in the red zone, but it's quite possible he and Tye cancel each other out from a TE2 perspective.
Aug 27 - 10:49 PM

Will Tye caught 2-of-2 targets for -2 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Larry Donnell spent more time with the first-team offense, but Tye also got some run with the 1s before catching a pass from Ryan Nassib. Donnell appears to be ahead in the competition for No. 1 duties, but hasn't exactly separated. Both players figure to have Week 1 roles, making for a situation to avoid for TE2 streamers.
Aug 27 - 10:49 PM

Giants WR Sterling Shepard caught his lone target for one yard in Saturday's preseason game.

With the G-Men intent on getting a long look at Victor Cruz as he returned from two years in the injury wilderness, Shepard had his snaps curtailed. He was essentially invisible, but so was the Giants' entire offense on a night there the G-Men continued their trend of nightmarishly bad preseasons under Ben McAdoo. It's not a concern for the regular season. Shepard finishes August with two grabs for 25 yards. Perhaps the most-hyped rookie of the offseason, Shepard is an upside WR4.
Aug 27 - 10:20 PM

Victor Cruz caught 1-of-2 targets for four yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Making his first live appearance in nearly two years, Cruz was completely invisible, though it was far from all his fault. Cruz was open on his first target, but Eli Manning was wildly off target. Cruz finally got his grab against the Jets' second-team defense after the break. The first team had Manning on his heels all evening. The only real takeaway is that Cruz seemed to cut into Sterling Shepard's snaps, though it probably had something to do with the fact that the Giants needed to see what they have in their damaged-goods slot man. Cruz remains off the re-draft radar for Week 1.
Aug 27 - 10:12 PM

Giants FB Nikita Whitlock left Saturday's preseason game with a foot injury.

He was carted off in the second half. The extent of his injury is unclear, though the timing couldn't be worse with Whitlock fighting for a roster spot. Whitlock was a strong lead blocker last year but was made expendable when the Giants signed Will Johnson to a two-year deal this offseason.
Aug 27 - 10:11 PM

Shane Vereen rushed six times for 11 yards in Saturday's preseason game, catching 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards.

Vereen split each of the Giants' first three series with Rashad Jennings, though neither back was effective against a fired up Jets defense. Six carries will probably be Vereen's weekly cap this season. The third-down back — who whiffed on a blitz tonight, getting Eli Manning sacked — finishes August with eight carries for 22 yards, and three grabs for 24 yards. He's on the RB4/5 borderline in standard leagues.
Aug 27 - 10:06 PM

Rashad Jennings rushed six times for -1 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding two receptions for 14 yards.

Jennings couldn't find any running room against a Jets defense that wanted to prove a point in the regular season dress rehearsal. Jennings got the Giants' first two touches of the game, but split each of the team's first three series with Shane Vereen. He finishes the preseason with 13 carries for 20 yards. They're obviously awful numbers, but all signs still point to the Giants scrapping their baffling four-man committee, and committing to Jennings as their lead runner. Vereen will catch passes and see time on third down, but he's not a concern when it comes to Jennings' fantasy value. The Giants' offensive line could be, however. Jennings is a value on the RB2/3 borderline.
Aug 27 - 9:50 PM

Odell Beckham caught 1-of-4 targets for eight yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Beckham looked like he was trying to get the preseason over with. He alligator armed one of his four targets, resulting in an interception. It was a smart decision, of course. There was no need for one of the world's best athletes to take a thundering August hit. Beckham is worthy of a top-three pick in every format of fantasy.
Aug 27 - 9:46 PM


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