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Giants signed WR James Jones, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

With Rueben Randle ineffective and Victor Cruz rehabbing, the G-Men are giving themselves veteran insurance behind superstar Odell Beckham. Jones is reuniting with OC Ben McAdoo, whom he played for in Green Bay from 2007-13. Jones appeared withered during his lone year in Oakland last season, but offers a red-zone threat from the slot. Jones averaged a pathetic 9.1 yards per catch last year, but it was partly a function of Oakland's pop-gun offense. Jones boasted a 13.9 mark before 2014. Realistically, he's competing for No. 4 or 5 duties.
Jul 30 - 6:16 PM

Free agent James Jones is visiting the Giants.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the "hope for both sides" is a deal. A veteran of OC Ben McAdoo's system from their time together in Green Bay, Jones would provide insurance on an ineffective Rueben Randle and rehabbing Victor Cruz behind superstar Odell Beckham. Jones hadn't made any previously-known visits since getting released by the Raiders in May.
Jul 30 - 5:32 PM

Giants OL Justin Pugh confirms he's "still a guard."

The Giants' right tackle last season, Pugh was moved to left guard in OTAs, but some thought he might be switched back to tackle after LT Will Beatty tore his pec. It isn't happening. First-rounder Ereck Flowers is manning the blindside, with Marshall Newhouse the favorite at right tackle.
Jul 30 - 5:14 PM

Giants placed LT Will Beatty (torn pec) on the active/PUP list.

Recovering from late-May surgery, the question is if Beatty will avoid the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the season. Beatty will not be ready for Week 1, leaving first-rounder Ereck Flowers to begin the year on Eli Manning's blindside. We expect Beatty to hit reserve/PUP.
Jul 30 - 5:13 PM

Odell Beckham (hamstring) is beginning Giants camp on the active roster.

Per reporter Jordan Raanan, Beckham will be "eased in" after missing a good chunk of OTAs. The only thing standing between Beckham and top-five status at receiver this season is his hamstrings. He has WR1 overall upside.
Jul 30 - 5:07 PM

Victor Cruz (knee) has avoided the PUP list to begin training camp, but will be "eased in."

Cruz has made surprisingly-fast progress since tearing his patellar tendon last Week 6, and is tentatively expected to play in the preseason. He should be ready to go for Week 1. With Odell Beckham established as one of the best wideouts in the NFL, Cruz is no longer a WR1/2, but checks in as an upside WR3.
Jul 30 - 5:04 PM

A Giants team source tells the New York Daily News that extension talks with Eli Manning are going "slower than expected."

There were reports the sides hoped to have a deal done before camp, but Manning is holding out for top dollar. For his part, owner John Mara is confident a deal will get done. It would be surprising if Manning headed into Week 1 without a new contract.
Jul 30 - 3:45 PM

Giants owner John Mara emphasized Thursday that the team has "no idea" when Jason Pierre-Paul (thumb, finger) will report to camp.

"We don’t know the extent of the damage," Mara said. "That’s the problem. I don’t know how many fingers he has." It's quite a dramatic statement from JPP's boss. Mara again said he believed Pierre-Paul was getting "bad advice" from his agents, and that it is "sad." JPP's Week 1 status is clear as mud.
Jul 30 - 3:34 PM

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said DE Jason Pierre-Paul (thumb, finger) has "decided that he doesn’t want our help."

Coughlin sent a text to Pierre-Paul on July 5 saying, "How can I help you?" JPP still hasn't returned the text. He's also declined to allow any Giants medical personnel to examine him or spoken to any officials. As an unsigned franchise player, JPP apparently feels that giving the Giants any information can only hurt him. The Giants still have the right to rescind the $14.8M tender.
Source: SI.com
Jul 30 - 8:38 AM

Giants owner John Mara has "no idea" when unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul will report to training camp.

"I don’t think JPP is receiving good advice right now,’" Mara said. "He has told people that he’s fine and going to be ready to play, but until we see the hand, we’re just not sure. We obviously have to see him first and determine whether or not he’s capable of playing." Pierre-Paul was given a 6-8 week timetable, but has still yet to meet with team officials. The Giants could rescind JPP’s franchise offer or restructure his contract depending on how he checks out. Pierre-Paul is a candidate to open the season on the active/NFI list.
Jul 29 - 5:30 PM

Giants CB Prince Amukamara raved about Victor Cruz (knee) after the duo worked out together recently.

"I'm telling you, this guy looked fab... I'm telling you. Remember that I said this. This guy looks faster now than he did before," Amukamara said. "I was just looking at him and was like, 'Man, how is this possible?'" Of course, Amukamara is Cruz's teammate and friend, and he's also a very optimistic guy. We're still passing on Cruz in fantasy drafts as he comes off a devastating patellar tear.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 28 - 9:50 AM

Giants GM Jerry Reese singled out second-year WR Corey Washington as a player to watch during training camp.

Washington caught just five passes last regular season, but showed his upside in the preseason by scoring four times in five games. Still just 23 years old, the developmental project is competing to be the top backup to outside receivers Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 27 - 9:51 AM

Larry Donnell has shed his walking boot after dealing with Achilles' tendinitis this spring.

He's resumed training in Alabama and is expected to be a full-go when the Giants open training camp this week. Per beat writer Jordan Raanan, Donnell's Achilles' injury stems from college, which may be concerning in that it has never gone away. In his first year as an NFL starter, Donnell ranked as the fantasy TE12, catching six touchdown passes but finishing the season slow.
Jul 26 - 4:31 PM

According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, the Giants would like to see RCB Prince Amukamara "healthy for a full season" before extending his contract.

Amukamara has made it through a full 16-game slate only once in four NFL seasons. Eli Manning is entering the final year of his contract and remains the Giants' top priority. If New York can get Manning squared away, the G-Men can then assign Amukamara the franchise tag while they work on an extension.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 12:04 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger considers Cooper Taylor the leading candidate for the starting free safety job.

Nat Berhe missed OTAs with a calf injury, leaving Taylor to work with the first team defense. Berhe will enter training camp behind Taylor, but remains the favorite to start. Rookie Landon Collins is locked in at strong safety.
Jul 25 - 4:04 PM


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