Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Giants selected Boise State S Darian Thompson with the No. 71 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Thompson (6'1/208) made 44 starts for the Broncos, piling up 15 tackles for loss and a school-record 19 interceptions, and earning third-team All-America honors as a senior. He sent up athletic red flags at the Combine, running 4.69 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical. Although he was a ballhawk in the Mountain West, Thompson was burned for ten touchdown passes over his final three years and lacks the range and length to hold up in NFL pass coverage. He's an undersized box safety with a questionable fit in the league. Thompson will be paired with last year's second round pick Landon Collins.
Apr 29 - 9:58 PM

Giants selected Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard with the No. 40 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Giants had to add a pass-catching complement for Odell Beckham, and Shepard was one of the best receiver prospects available. Shepard (5'10/194) made 41 starts for the Sooners, parlaying 233 career catches into 3,482 yards (14.9 YPR) and 26 touchdowns. He was voted first-team All-Big 12 by the conference's coaches as a senior. Shepard confirmed his explosive athleticism in Indy, running 4.48 with a 41-inch vertical and 10-foot-3 broad jump. Identified as the draft's best route runner by noted WR guru Matt Harmon, Shepard has been compared to Julian Edelman and Wes Welker. He has all the traits of a high-volume inside-the-numbers pass catcher.
Apr 29 - 7:51 PM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said the team will try rookie CB Eli Apple everywhere.

Apple manned the boundary at Ohio State, but because of the Giants' personnel, he may end up in the slot. NJ.com's Jordan Raanan notes that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a "disaster" in the slot when tried there in Philadelphia, while Janoris Jenkins has always played outside. The Giants reached for Apple at No. 10 after the Bears leapfrogged them for Leonard Floyd at No. 9.
Apr 29 - 1:53 PM

Giants selected Ohio State CB Eli Apple with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Apple (6'1/199) spent two years at Ohio State before turning pro as a redshirt sophomore, sprinkling 22 pass breakups and four INTs across 27 starts. He earned second-team All-Big Ten from the conference's coaches in 2015, before blazing 4.4-flat at the Combine. One of the youngest players in this year's draft, Apple doesn't turn 21 until August. A favorite of ESPN's Louis Riddick, Apple oozes long-term upside as a press-man corner and is technically sound enough to play right away. The pick is still surprising, as Apple doesn't address an immediate need and was considered a fringe first-rounder entering the draft. He'll push Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for snaps behind Janoris Jenkins as a rookie.
Apr 28 - 9:22 PM

Giants WR Myles White has been running as the outside receiver opposite Odell Beckham with the first-team offense at voluntary workouts.

Dwayne Harris has been in the slot. Obviously, once/if Victor Cruz is healthy, he'll be in the lineup with Beckham, but the drop-off behind those two is significant with Rueben Randle now gone. Harris, ideally, is more of a special teams player. White and Geremy Davis are next in line. The Giants are a candidate to take a receiver in the first three rounds of this week's draft.
Apr 27 - 3:23 PM

Giants second-year WR Ben Edwards was carted off the field with an apparent leg injury at voluntary workouts Wednesday.

Edwards is a second-year UDFA out of Richmond. He was waived-injured last summer after suffering a camp injury but later returned to spend Weeks 11-15 on the practice squad and the final two weeks on the active roster.
Apr 27 - 12:22 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac pegs Ohio State CB Eli Apple as the Steelers' "guy" at No. 25 overall.

Apple's stock appears to be on the rise, and he could be gone by the time the Steelers are on the clock. One thing appears certain; the Steelers are zeroed in on a defensive back in the first round. Houston CB William Jackson III, Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander, and West Virginia S Karl Joseph are also in play.
Apr 27 - 11:42 AM

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa is being held out of offseason workouts due to a "small fracture" in his tibia.

Darkwa is expected to sit for about a month. He should be ready well ahead of training camp this summer. Darkwa got his chances as part of the Giants' three-back committee last season, but he's on the roster bubble heading into 2016, especially if the G-Men use a high pick on a running back.
Apr 27 - 9:34 AM

Giants exercised their fifth-year team option for LG Justin Pugh.

It's worth $8.821 million, and officially keeps Pugh under team control for the next two years. The option is guaranteed for injury only, but Pugh will play under it absent a long-term extension. Pugh was a mediocre tackle the first two years of his career, but shined at guard in 2015. He helps provide stability for a line that's often lacked it.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 5:31 PM

Larry Donnell says he had a broken bone in his neck last year, and that the injury was "worse than I thought."

Donnell has since recovered, returning to the Giants on a $1.67 million restricted free agent tender. Donnell is a red zone threat, but the G-Men may have discovered a higher-upside option in Will Tye. It's hard to see Donnell having fantasy relevance in 2016.
Apr 26 - 1:17 PM

Victor Cruz did not participate in the first day of voluntary minicamp Tuesday.

Coach Ben McAdoo said Cruz is ready to practice, but the team wants to take it slow. Cruz called himself "100 percent" last week. He should be a full-go for OTAs.
Apr 26 - 1:05 PM

Safeties Mykkele Thompson (Achilles') and Nat Berhe (calf) participated in on-field drills as the Giants opened minicamp on Tuesday.

Both suffered season-ending injuries last preseason, but it looks like they will be able to participate fully or at least close to fully in the offseason program. After failing to address their free safety need in free agency, the Giants are hoping Berhe, Thompson or Bennett Jackson (ACL) can seize the starting job opposite 2015 second-rounder Landon Collins.
Apr 26 - 12:39 PM

Victor Cruz (calf, knee) said he is "100 percent."

"I feel good," Cruz said. "No injuries, no ailments, nothing hurts, no pain." GM Jerry Reese said this week he expects Cruz to be a full-go for training camp, and it looks like Cruz agrees. Still, Cruz was optimistic about his recovery last season, and he did not manage a single snap. Anything Cruz offers on the field in 2016 will be a bonus.
Apr 23 - 10:40 AM

Giants SLB Devon Kennard changed up his training this offseason in an effort to avoid the hamstring issues that plagued him in 2015.

Kennard battled hamstring issues for the entirety of last season, missing seven games and playing only 495 snaps. The No. 174 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Kennard has been an ascendant player when on the field, and will be an important part of the G-Men's defense in 2016.
Apr 21 - 12:46 PM

Giants GM Jerry Reese expects Victor Cruz (calf) to be "full go" for training camp, but admits that whatever the team gets from him in 2016 will be a "bonus."

Going on 30, Cruz hasn't appeared in an NFL game for 18 months. He could have easily lost his roster spot this offseason, but the Giants have zero depth at receiver. It's hard to see Cruz providing more than WR5 value in fantasy.
Apr 21 - 12:16 PM


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