Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Giants signed OT Michael Bowie to a reserve/future contract.

The signing occurred two weeks ago, but we find it notable. The former Seahawks draft pick started nine games as a 2013 rookie before injuries sent his career off the rails. He spent a couple years in Cleveland but could never get healthy and actually stepped away from the game back in August. Bowie is ready to attempt a comeback, and tackle is one of the Giants' bigger needs.
Jan 24 - 6:39 PM

Giants signed C Khaled Holmes to a reserve/future contract.

Holmes spent this year out of the league after signing with Chicago in the preseason. He made seven starts with the Colts in 2015. Holmes will compete for a depth role on the interior line.
Jan 18 - 5:32 PM

NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan reports the Giants believe 2016 fourth-rounder B.J. Goodson can take over middle linebacker duties next season.

Kelvin Sheppard was the Giants' MIKE this season, playing 451 snaps, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-worst inside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers. He was particularly bad against the run and will be a free agent. The Giants' main goal on defense should be to upgrade their linebacker play. Goodson played just 13 snaps as a rookie but is viewed as a solid run defender.
Jan 16 - 9:26 AM

Impending free agent Larry Donnell is hoping to be back with the Giants next season.

"It would be an honor," said Donnell. "I started here. I'd love to finish here." Donnell played scarcely this year while falling behind Will Tye on the tight end depth chart. He didn't catch a pass after Week 7 and was only targeted once over his final eight games. The Giants seem likely to move on.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 15 - 10:26 AM

Impending free agent WLB Keenan Robinson wants to re-sign with the Giants.

Signed to a one-year deal last offseason, Robinson appeared in all 17 games, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst 4-3 outside linebacker, receiving poor marks both against the run and in pass coverage. The Giants had a dominant defense in 2016, but they need to upgrade at the linebacker spots.
Jan 13 - 10:30 AM

Giants signed S Rahim Moore, LB Curtis Grant, RB Daryl Virgies and OG Martin Wallace to reserve/future contracts.

Moore is still only 27 (next month), but spent 2016 out of the league after flopping mightily with the Texans in 2015. He'll be unlikely to crack the Giants' 53-man roster.
Jan 12 - 7:16 PM

Giants S Nat Berhe said he is "not a fan" of the concussion protocol and is "not really too worried" about the long-term effects of head injuries.

"At this point, I'm 25," Berhe said. "I've been playing the game since I was in high school. Whatever's going to happen is going to happen, if it hasn't already happened." Whoa. Perhaps Berhe is still upset he was not able to play in the final six games including the playoffs after suffering his second concussion of the season in Week 12, but these statements are shocking considering what we know about the long-term effects of concussions. As for his future with the Giants, who he is still under contract with for another season, Berhe said, "We'll see what happens."
Jan 12 - 11:40 AM

Giants signed WR Kevin Norwood, QB Keith Wenning, WR Darius Powe, OT Michael Bowie, CB Donte Deayon, OL Adam Gettis, OG Jon Halapio, RB Jacob Huesman, CB Michael Hunter, DE Stansly Maponga, DB Ryan Murphy, and DE Jordan Williams to reserve/future contracts.

A fourth-round pick by the Seahawks in 2014, Norwood was traded to the Panthers at the beginning of the 2015 season and spent all of this season on various practice squads. Older than most when he entered the league, Norwood could be nearing the end. Wenning was a sixth-round pick by the Ravens in 2014. Powe was a hot name early in training camp last August.
Source: SNY
Jan 12 - 10:41 AM

The Giants aren't expected to prioritize re-signing impending free agent DT Johnathan Hankins.

Hankins is wrapping up his rookie deal, and the Giants may not have the cash to throw at him after handing out big-money deals to fellow defensive linemen RE Olivier Vernon and DT Damon Harrison last year. LE Jason Pierre-Paul is also an impending free agent and is consider more of a priority. Hankins turns 25 in March and was one of the league's best run-stoppers in 2015.
Jan 11 - 11:20 AM

Giants GM Jerry Reese said the team will "evaluate" moving 2015 first-round pick Ereck Flowers to right tackle.

"He is an early-out junior, still a young player, but it is time for him to show us the fruits of being a first-round draft pick," Reese said. "I do think that he is a big, strong kid who has a chance to be a really good player." The Giants' insistence on keeping an overmatched Flowers at left tackle cost them the opportunity to add someone like Donald Penn in free agency last spring, and it sounds like they will not make that mistake again this offseason. If they are serious about improving the offensive line, Flowers should not be starting at left tackle next season.
Jan 10 - 9:44 AM

GM Jerry Reese said the Giants have "started to think about who is the next quarterback" after Eli Manning.

"Eli is 36," Reese said. "So we will look into that as we move into the offseason." Reese also said Manning has entered the "back nine of his career" in his season-ending press conference. It is somewhat odd to hear a general manager be this forthcoming, but Reese is correct. The Giants need to start planning for a future without Eli.
Source: ESPN
Jan 10 - 9:17 AM

When asked about Odell Beckham's latest outburst, Giants GM Jerry Reese said, "I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things he does."

A week after pictures surfaced of Beckham and teammates partying on a boat in Miami, Beckham went out and had one of the worst games of his career in a season-ending loss to Green Bay. Those two things aren't related but the way Beckham handled the loss—he reportedly punched through a wall and swore at members of the Packers' grounds crew—obviously drew the ire of Reese. "He needs to look in the mirror and be honest with himself. We’ll help him with that, but he has to help himself," said Reese. "We all had to grow up at different times in our lives. I think it’s time for him to do it now. He’s been here three years now." As talented as he is, nobody has been more meltdown-prone than Beckham over the last few seasons.
Source: Newsday
Jan 9 - 10:04 PM

Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted Monday that Eli Manning is "probably on the back nine of his career."

Reese said he doesn't think Eli is "ancient" for a quarterback at age 36, but the admission Manning is in decline is notable, and probably not something we'd hear from Bill Belichick describing 39-year-old Tom Brady or even Tom Telesco referring to 35-year-old Philip Rivers. The Giants built up their defense. They now need to structure their offense to move away from Eli as the centerpiece.
Jan 9 - 3:51 PM

Impending free agent Jason Pierre-Paul said he won't be signing a one-year, prove-it contract this offseason.

JPP played on a one-year deal this season after blowing a couple of his fingers off one of his hands in a fireworks accident two summers ago. "I've done proved it," Pierre-Paul said. "There's not a guy like me doing it with seven and a half fingers." Pierre-Paul missed the final five weeks of the season after undergoing a sports-hernia procedure, but was expected back this week if Giants made it past the Packers. Pierre-Paul is still just 28 and was PFF's No. 5-ranked 4-3 end this year.
Jan 9 - 12:33 PM

Victor Cruz said he "absolutely" wants to be back with the Giants in 2017.

"This is family," Cruz said. "This is home. I don't know anywhere else. I don't want to know anywhere else." Cruz made a remarkable comeback from a torn patellar tendon, but he didn't make much of an on-field impact. The Giants can save $7.5 million by releasing Cruz. It seems like a no-brainer move. The G-Men badly need to find an upgrade outside opposite Odell Beckham.
Source: SNY
Jan 9 - 12:02 PM


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