Player News - Giants

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Impending free agent C Weston Richburg (concussion) said he was medically cleared around a month ago.

Richburg missed the final 12 games with a concussion which landed him on injured reserve, a decision with which he disagreed. He is healthy heading into free agency, however, and is the best pivot available on the open market. Like most free agents, Richburg says he wants to stay with the Giants, but it is possible he is priced out of their range.
Source: ESPN
Jan 2 - 10:22 AM

Impending free agent OL Justin Pugh (back) expects to be ready for the offseason program.

Pugh missed the final seven games because of a back injury, but he expects to be medically cleared next month. It is great news as he heads into free agency. A quality option at multiple positions along the offensive line, Pugh will have a hot market if his back checks out.
Source: ESPN
Jan 2 - 10:17 AM

Giants signed WR Amba Etta-Tawo, WR Canaan Severin, OL Ethan Cooper, DT Kristjan Sokoli, DE Jordan Williams, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, CB Tim Scott, K Marshall Koehn, and P Austin Rehkow to reserve/future contracts.

Aside from the specialists, everyone on the list finished the season on the Giants' practice squad. Koehn will push Aldrick Rosas while Rehkow is competition for Brad Wing.
Jan 2 - 9:27 AM

The Giants will interview DC Steve Spagnuolo for their head-coaching vacancy.

It's likely only because Spagnuolo is already in the house, so they may as well pick his brain. Spags was a massive disaster in his three-year stint with the Rams from 2009-2011, sandwiching a 7-9 season with 1-15 and 2-14 years. He was 1-3 as the Giants' interim coach to close out this season. Spagnuolo probably should be given a second chance as a head coach, but it may never come. New Giants GM Dave Gettleman is obviously very familiar with Spags having worked together previously in 2007 and 2008 before Spagnuolo left for St. Louis.
Jan 1 - 9:30 PM

Paul Perkins rushed three times for seven yards in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

He added a catch for 11 yards. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Perkins opened the season as the Giants’ lead back, but he gained just 61 yards on 32 carries over the first four games before a rib injury sent him to the sidelines. Aside from a handful of carries here and there, he was rightfully kept there even after he was healthy enough to return. Perkins still has some theoretical upside, but the new front office will likely look to move on this offseason.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Shane Vereen rushed three times for 14 yards in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

It is a fitting end to an almost silent contract season. Vereen was able to catch 44 passes, but he totaled just 417 yards and failed to find the end zone. 29 in March, a change of scenery could help Vereen get back on the right track, but he will likely have to settle for prove-it type deals on the open market.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Wayne Gallman rushed 15 times for 89 yards in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Even with Orleans Darkwa running well, Gallman saw his fair share of work and came within one yard of a touchdown late in the game. It was a solid finish to a rookie season which saw Gallman rush for 476 yards on 111 carries and catch 34-of-48 targets for 193 yards and a touchdown. With Darkwa a free agent and Paul Perkins out of favor, Gallman could open next season as the lead back, but new GM Dave Gettleman and the coaching staff he hires will have something to say about that.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:10:00 PM

Orleans Darkwa rushed 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Darkwa opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown, easily his longest run of the season and the longest Giants TD run since 2007, and ran well the rest of the day to secure the win. It was a nice bounce-back for a player who looked as if he had lost the No. 1 job to Wayne Gallman. The big day brought Darkwa’s season rushing total to 171 carries for 751 yards (4.39 YPC) and five touchdowns, an impressive showing considering he was not given a real role until Week 6 and faced competition for carries all season. Consistently effective when given opportunities, Darkwa should find interest on the open market despite a decent free agent class.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:05:00 PM

Travis Rudolph hauled in 1-of-4 targets for 29 yards in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Florida State, Rudolph spent the early part of his rookie season on the practice squad before being promoted in the wake of Odell Beckham’s and Brandon Marshall’s season-ending injuries. Even in a receiver corps plagued by injuries, Rudolph only garnered 21 targets all season. He turned those looks into eight catches for 101 yards. Rudolph will almost certainly be brought back as an ERFA, but he is far from a lock to crack the 53-man roster out of camp.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Davis Webb did not play a snap in Week 17.

Active for the first time in his career, Webb likely would have gotten into the game if there had been any garbage time, but it never developed. With Eli Manning now looking likely to return, the Giants do not have short-term questions at quarterback, but they need to find out if Webb can be the long-term answer.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:58:00 PM

Roger Lewis was not targeted in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Lewis was not listed on the final injury report, but he was limited all week by an ankle injury which will require offseason surgery. Despite the no-show in the finale, Lewis finishes a solid campaign with 36 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns. Still, he will be no better than roster depth behind Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard next season even if the Giants move on from Brandon Marshall.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:53:00 PM

Eli Manning completed 10-of-28 passes for 132 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the Giants' Week 17 win over the Redskins.

It is a fittingly disappointing end to a disappointing season for the two-time Super Bowl MVP. Manning failed to top 3,500 yards for the first time since 2008 while tossing fewer than 20 touchdowns for just the third time in his career – one of those was a rookie season in which he played only nine games. Even worse, Manning’s consecutive start streak ended at 210 games when the Giants uselessly started Geno Smith in Week 13. In better news for him, Manning’s future in New York looks much more secure with new GM Dave Gettleman at the helm, and it would be tough for the Giants to find a worse coach than Ben McAdoo this offseason. That plus the healthy return of Odell Beckham should help Manning bounce back, but the 37-year-old (on January 3) is clearly nearing the end. The Giants need to start planning for the future at quarterback.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Evan Engram (rib) is inactive for Week 17 against the Redskins.

Engram hoped to play in the season finale, so this injury does not appear to be one which will affect his offseason. The No. 23 overall pick in this year's draft, Engram was one of the rarest of all NFL entities, a rookie producer at tight end. Despite sitting out one game and playing in perhaps the worst offense in the league, Engram finishes his rookie campaign with 64 catches for 722 yards and six scores. Targets are unlikely to be as plentiful with Odell Beckham back healthy next season, but Engram will be solidly inside the top-ten at the position next summer.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 01:38:00 PM

Sterling Shepard (neck) is inactive for Week 17 against the Redskins.

Shepard should have taken over as the Giants' No. 1 receiver after both Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall were lost for the season in Week 5, but he suffered an ankle injury of his own that week which cost him two games, lost another two to a migraine issue, and sat out the season finale because of a neck injury. Shepard did have a few big games including an 11/139/1 performance against the Eagles in Week 15, but his 59/731/2 season total is disappointing considering the opportunity he was gifted. With Brandon Marshall unlikely to return, Shepard should serve as the No. 2 receiver in what will hopefully be an improved offense next season.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 01:29:00 PM

Davis Webb is active for Week 17 against the Redskins.

It is a first for the third-round rookie. Interim coach Steve Spagnuolo has said Eli Manning will play the entire game, but it is tough to believe Webb will ride the bench if the score gets out of hand. New York declared Sterling Shepard (neck), Evan Engram (rib), LT Ereck Flowers (groin), Geno Smith, OL Damien Mama, LB Akeem Ayers, and DE Avery Moss inactive for Week 17.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 11:35:00 AM


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