Player News - Giants

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ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reports Orleans Darkwa's back injury is "nothing major."

Darkwa has an extensive injury history, so avoiding a serious issue is good news. Darkwa carried the ball seven times against the Eagles, managing 22 yards. It's not pretty, but Darkwa has been the Giants' best runner.
Sep 25 - 7:25 PM

Giants RE Olivier Vernon is dealing with an ankle injury.

"It’s still early in the week," coach Ben McAdoo said Monday. "We have to see how he responds to treatment." Vernon missed 17 snaps against the Eagles. Vernon hasn't become a transcendent superstar since signing his five-year, $85 million contract, but has certainly been a major asset for the G-Men. He would be a big loss for Week 4 against the Bucs.
Sep 25 - 1:38 PM

Shane Vereen rushed once for five yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

The Giants increased Orleans Darkwa's role in this game, but Darkwa went out with a fourth-quarter back injury and did not return. They may have to look into increasing Vereen's Week 4 usage against the Bucs, or involving rookie Wayne Gallman. Either way, Vereen will be a poor flex option, even in PPR leagues.
Sep 24 - 5:22 PM

Paul Perkins rushed nine times for 22 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for eight yards in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Every touch the Giants give to Perkins is basically a wasted play, but they lost Orleans Darkwa to a back injury on Sunday, and Darkwa did not return. The Giants may want to look into using rookie Wayne Gallman because Perkins is not the answer. He should not be in fantasy lineups for Week 4 at Tampa Bay.
Sep 24 - 5:20 PM

Evan Engram caught 5-of-7 targets for 45 yards in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Engram now has at least four catches in each of his first three NFL games, and is clearly this year's most valuable first-round rookie tight end over O.J. Howard and David Njoku. Engram did have a tough Week 3 matchup against a perennially strong Eagles tight end defense. Engram's matchup should loosen up in Week 4 against the Bucs, but he's still just a TE2 option.
Sep 24 - 5:16 PM

Eli Manning completed 35-of-47 passes for 366 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

The Giants have enough weaponry to elevate Eli in theory, and they nearly executed against Philly. Using an exceptionally fast, up-tempo offense with a short passing game designed for Manning to get rid of the ball quickly, the Giants moved the ball much better than they did in Weeks 1-2, and nearly pulled the upset only to lose on a last-second kick. Manning gets a better matchup in Week 4 against the Bucs. We remain skeptical of him, but he still offers fringe QB1 streamer potential versus vulnerable pass defenses. And Tampa Bay qualifies.
Sep 24 - 5:08 PM

Brandon Marshall caught 8-of-11 targets for 66 yards in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

The Giants went with a short-pass, up-tempo offense in this game in an effort to get the ball out of Eli Manning's hands quickly. It mostly worked, as the Giants scored 24 points and Marshall had run-after-catch chances, although he didn't do much with them. What's left in Marshall's tank remains up for debate. He will be a fringe WR4/flex play in Week 4 against the Buccaneers.
Sep 24 - 5:05 PM

Sterling Shepard caught 7-of-10 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Shepard took a backseat to Evan Engram as the Giants' over-the-middle target in the first two games, but he woke up on Sunday highlighted by a 77-yard catch-and-run touchdown that nearly proved the game winner. Unfortunately for the G-Men, the Eagles closed out the contest with 13 unanswered points and a game-winning 61-yard field goal by Jake Elliott. Shepard is an asset in the offense, but he will be difficult to trust in Week 4 against the Bucs due to inconsistent usage.
Sep 24 - 5:01 PM

Odell Beckham caught 9-of-13 targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Eagles.

Beckham didn't put up big yardage because the Eagles did a great job tackling him after the catch, but he compensated with a pair of spectacular touchdown grabs, toe tapping along the sideline and using one hand on the second. From a health standpoint, Beckham appears to be almost-fully over his preseason high ankle sprain. He'll be a top-three WR1 in Week 4 against the Bucs, who got lit up by both Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen on Sunday.
Sep 24 - 4:58 PM

Orleans Darkwa exited Sunday's Week 3 game against the Eagles with a back injury and will not return.

He finished with 22 yards on seven carries and an 11-yard reception. The numbers don't jump off a stat sheet, but Darkwa was arguably the Giants' most effective back in this game. The extent of his injury is not yet known.
Sep 24 - 4:17 PM

Janoris Jenkins (ankle) is active for Week 3 against the Eagles.

We would expect him to spend a lot of time chasing Alshon Jeffery while Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie runs around with Nelson Agholor. The rest of the Giants' Week 3 inactives are MLB B.J. Goodson, LB J.T. Thomas, RB Wayne Gallman, TE Matt LaCosse, QB Davis Webb, and DE Avery Moss.
Sep 24 - 11:36 AM

According to ESPN's Brian Franey, Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (questionable, ankle) is on track to play Sunday against the Eagles.

Franey was told by a team official that Jenkins "looked good" during Saturday's walkthrough and that barring a setback during warmups, he should be ready to roll against the Eagles. Jenkins will be tasked with quieting Eagles stud Alshon Jeffery, who is coming off a seven-catch, 92-yard performance in Week 2.
Sep 24 - 10:14 AM

Dan Duggan of NJ Advance Media expects Giants. CB Janoris Jenkins (questionable, ankle) to be inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Jenkins sat out Monday night's game with an ankle injury and was absent from practice this week. He'll likely test out his ankle in warmups just as he did in Week 2, though Duggan believes there's "little reason for optimism." His absence would be an upgrade to Alshon Jeffery's matchup.
Source: nj.com
Sep 24 - 9:40 AM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo will continue to call plays this week.

McAdoo considered giving up playcalling with the offense managing just one touchdown through the first two weeks. The Giants "remain committed to their plan" after McAdoo decided against giving the title to OC Mike Sullivan in the offseason. McAdoo will call plays for at least another week, but there could be some offensive changes in a must-win game with the Eagles.
Source: NFL Network
Sep 24 - 9:02 AM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan expects Odell Beckham to have a bigger target share against the Eagles this week.

Beckham played only 61 percent of snaps in his debut last week, but should be more involved after being removed from the injury report. He has a double-plus matchup against a secondary that's without Ronald Darby, Jaylen Watkins, Corey Graham and potentially starting FS Rodney McLeod. The Giants (0-2) need to feature Beckham in a must-win division game. Beckham has the makings for a Week 3 rebound.
Source: ESPN
Sep 23 - 5:02 PM


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