Player News - Giants

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The Giants gave second-year DE Owa Odighizuwa reps as an interior pass rusher at spring workouts.

Before training camp, Odighizuwa plans to seek advice from ex-Giant Justin Tuck, who was one of the NFL's fiercest inside rushers in addition to his left end role in base packages. NJ.com's Jordan Raanan compares Odighizuwa's potential usage more to that of Mathias Kiwanuka, an end-linebacker-tackle hybrid in his prime. Odighizuwa is trying to earn rotational snaps behind starters Olivier Vernon, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, and Damon "Snacks" Harrison.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 22 - 9:59 PM

Giants first-round CB Eli Apple has been getting practice time opposite Janoris Jenkins.

Just as he did at Ohio State, Apple has been getting most of his reps on the boundary. He rotated snaps with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at minicamp. Giants cornerback jobs remain up for grabs behind Jenkins. Trevin Wade is the team's best slot defender.
Jun 18 - 8:09 PM

Jasper Brinkley worked as the Giants' first-team middle linebacker "most of the spring."

Kelvin Sheppard got some time with the starters in minicamp, but NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan believes Brinkley is the favorite for the job right now. Keenan Robinson and rookie B.J. Goodson could also be in the mix.
Jun 18 - 12:48 PM

Giants WR Geremy Davis "saw a lot of time with Eli Manning" and the first-team offense during OTAs and minicamp.

Not only did Davis get "a lot" of reps with Eli, he apparently made an impression. "He knows the offense very well. He studies hard. He’s really in tune with what his assignments are. He’s got great size. He’s one of our bigger receivers. You can move him around and put him in different spots," Manning said. "Hopefully he can step up and get on a roll and make some plays for us come game time." Davis will not play a big role if Victor Cruz (knee, calf) is able to come back healthy, but that is a big if. It is not crazy to think Davis sees important targets behind Odell Beckham and rookie Sterling Shepard this season.
Source: Giants.com
Jun 18 - 10:12 AM

Giants third-round S Darian Thompson worked with the first-team defense for "most of OTAs and minicamp."

"That kind of probably says a lot that he is up there with those guys," DC Steve Spagnuolo said. "I said this before, he is still doing it, he is assertive, he is vocal, he is not afraid to make a mistake." The Giants have a trio of young safeties coming back from injury, but they would almost certainly like the rookie to win the job next to 2015 second-rounder Landon Collins. Nat Berhe could be Thompson's primary competition.
Source: Giants.com
Jun 18 - 10:01 AM

Giants claimed QB Logan Thomas off waivers from the Dolphins.

The Giants are taking a flyer on Thomas after he failed to make it to training camp with Miami. He gives them another quarterback to take into the preseason. Ryan Nassib is locked in as Eli Manning's backup, but Thomas has practice squad eligibility. B.J. Daniels was waived in a corresponding move.
Jun 17 - 5:11 PM

Giants signed fourth-round OLB B.J. Goodson to a four-year contract.

Goodson wasn't a full-time starter until his fifth-year senior season at Georgia, but has good athleticism for his size (6-foot-1, 242 pounds). Goodson is primarily a run defender, but could develop into more. His biggest rookie impact should come on special teams.
Jun 16 - 5:25 PM

Dolphins waived QB Logan Thomas.

Waived two days before last season's opener, Thomas was eventually re-signed in mid-December. Thomas has proven hopelessly overwhelmed by the speed of NFL football since the Cardinals foolishly invested a fourth-round pick in him two years ago. He's about at the end of the line.
Jun 16 - 4:30 PM

Giants S Mykkele Thompson (Achilles') is sitting out minicamp.

Thompson was supposedly "full go" in OTAs, but clearly that wasn't the case. Thompson will be a year removed from his injury in August. Barring a setback, he should be ready for training camp.
Jun 14 - 1:33 PM

Victor Cruz (calf, knee) returned to practice on Tuesday.

It's a big step for Cruz, who wasn't expected back until training camp. Cruz jogged at Monday's session but advanced to running and catching passes on Tuesday. He returned to the sideline for team drills but should be a full-go by training camp. Rookie Sterling Shepard is expected to start opposite Odell Beckham. Cruz is penciled in as the Giants' third receiver.
Jun 14 - 12:14 PM

According to the New York Daily News, second-round WR Sterling Shepard "appears to be a lock" for a starting job.

Even if Victor Cruz (calf, Achilles') finally comes back, Shepard's role should be secure in two-receiver sets opposite Odell Beckham. Per the Daily News, Shepard drew "nothing but raves" at OTAs, demonstrating "terrific speed and great hands." Shepard should finish No. 2 on the Giants in catches this year.
Jun 13 - 4:37 PM

Victor Cruz (calf, knee) is optimistic he'll be able to practice at next week's minicamp.

This conflicts with a previous report that suggested Cruz would be out until training camp. Cruz hasn't practiced since November but is hoping to take part in individual drills next week. "I ran some routes this past Friday, some full speed routes and everything went well," said Cruz. "They might throw me out there with the wolves a little bit so we'll see how it goes." Cruz should have an extremely light workload if he practices next week.
Jun 12 - 9:21 AM

Victor Cruz (calf, knee) isn’t expected to be cleared for minicamp.

The Giants aren’t taking any chances with Cruz after multiple 2015 setbacks. Cruz remains questionable for the start of training camp.
Jun 11 - 8:04 PM

The New York Daily News expects TE Larry Donnell to regain his starting job.

Donnell has been practicing without limitations at OTAs. He should be fully healthy for training camp, but his role is up in the air after his injury-filled 2015. Will Tye is strong competition for Donnell.
Jun 10 - 7:06 PM

Giants RG John Jerry and C Weston Richburg spent six weeks working out at ex-NFL C LeCharles Bentley's offensive line training center in Arizona this offseason.

Bentley initially reached out to Richburg, but Richburg then vouched hard for Jerry to join him at the invite-only academy in Scottsdale. Jerry described it as a "career-changing" offseason where he focused on lining up in a three-point stance and working on pass- and run-blocking sets. The veteran of the Giants' line, Jerry was PFF's 80th-ranked run-blocking guard in 2015.
Jun 10 - 12:50 PM


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