Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Victor Cruz was a full participant as the Giants opened training camp on Friday.

He began camp working with the twos behind Sterling Shepard, who is a starter in two-receiver sets opposite Odell Beckham. Cruz is the favorite for third receiver duties. The Giants are primarily a three-wide team, so Cruz could end up with plenty of run should he stay healthy in an otherwise thin receiver corps.
Jul 29 - 11:50 AM

Second-round pick Sterling Shepard opened Giants camp working as a starter in two-receiver sets.

As expected. The Giants have no interest in "easing in" Shepard after making him the 40th overall pick in May's draft. Shepard will open the season as the favorite to finish No. 2 on the Giants in targets behind Odell Beckham, although impressive sophomore TE Will Tye could have something to say about that. Victor Cruz opened training camp working in behind Shepard.
Jul 29 - 11:48 AM

Jason Pierre-Paul plans to play without a club on his permanently damaged right hand this season.

"My hand feels great," Pierre-Paul said. "No complaining, no nothing. I've been training hard, been getting after it and getting ready to play some football. The club isn't going to be an issue or anything. My right hand feels like my left hand." JPP had issues tackling and grabbing last season, something he may never fully solve. Losing the club will help a great deal, however.
Jul 28 - 3:05 PM

The New York Post's Paul Schwartz said Giants rookie WR Sterling Shepard "seems to be an NFL-ready receiver."

This matches every other glowing report Shepard earned throughout the offseason program. The Giants reportedly expect Shepard to be an "instant-impact player" as the No. 2 option behind Odell Beckham. Rueben Randle recorded 797 yards and eight touchdowns as Beckham's running mate last season. Shepard could easily match or even surpass Randle's catch and yardage numbers.
Jul 28 - 8:59 AM

The New York Daily News's Ralph Vacchiano would put a "healthy bet" on Victor Cruz catching fewer than 50 passes this season.

It's a reminder that even with Cruz (knee, calf) back to 100 percent, we can't assume he's going to be the player he was two years ago before all the injuries. Cruz has played all of 1.5 games with Odell Beckham since OBJ came into the league, and over all the missed time Beckham has since developed into the league's top receiver. Sterling Shepard was drafted to be the No. 2, and new coach Ben McAdoo is expected to feature the backs and tight ends more in the pass game. Cruz isn't even worth drafting in regular-sized fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 10:36 PM

NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan believes Will Tye has the edge over Larry Donnell for the starting tight end job entering camp.

Donnell was disappointing last year even before a neck injury ended his season, and Tye showed superior playmaking ability after taking over the starting job. Both players should be involved, but Tye is shaping up as the much better fantasy bet. He is a good late-round flier.
Jul 25 - 12:36 PM

Giants first-round CB Eli Apple could struggle to see the field early.

Apple got offseason reps with the first team, but isn’t expected to beat out Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for a starting job. Apple's lack of slot experience is a concern for his usage in sub-packages. The Giants could use more three safety packages until Apple is ready to contribute.
Jul 24 - 10:10 AM

Victor Cruz (calf, knee) is "ready to go" for the start of training camp.

Cruz was limited to individual drills at minicamp. The Giants will monitor his reps early, but he’s close to fully recovered. Cruz should get most of his preseason snaps in the slot, with rookie Sterling Shepard starting opposite Odell Beckham.
Jul 24 - 10:02 AM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo reportedly believes Andre Williams is poised for a bounce-back season.

If he means bounce back as into the backfield for a loss, he may have a point. The owner of a career 3.2 yards-per-carry average, Williams should not be taking work from Rashad Jennings or fifth-round rookie Paul Perkins.
Jul 23 - 2:04 PM

The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reports the Giants are optimistic Victor Cruz "can return to his old form."

Vacchiano warned to buy into that optimism "at your own risk" before adding anything the Giants get from Cruz this season "would be a bonus." Cruz has not played a snap since October of 2014 and barely got in any work during the offseason program. Even if he is able to stay healthy, he will be at best the No. 3 option in the passing game behind Odell Beckham and rookie Sterling Shepard. Cruz is a low-upside fantasy gamble.
Jul 23 - 1:53 PM

NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch believes the Giants are "comfortable enough" with Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.

It is not a ringing endorsement, but it is likely an apt description of the Giants’ position. New York has attempted to bring in veteran replacements for Newhouse multiple times this offseason, but the fact that they have not landed any of them suggests they are not desperate for an upgrade. That could change before Week 1, but for now Newhouse looks like the starter.
Jul 19 - 11:48 AM

Giants WR/KR Dwayne Harris says he’ll remain involved on offense.

Harris set career highs last year, posting a 36/396/4 line in six starts. He’s not higher than fourth on the depth chart with the addition of second-rounder Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz returning. Harris should make his biggest impact on special teams.
Source: giants.com
Jul 16 - 2:47 PM

Giants WR Dwayne Harris said the team is working on "throwing the ball down the field more."

"We’re definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes," Harris said. According to PFF, Eli Manning threw the ball more than 20 yards downfield on just over 10 percent of his 2015 dropbacks, one of the lowest rates in the league. Pushing the ball downfield more often could play to Odell Beckham and rookie Sterling Shepard's strengths, but the offensive line will need to hold up to make it happen. With Manning coming off two of the most efficient seasons of his career, the Giants should not be looking to change the formula too much.
Source: Giants.com
Jul 14 - 9:58 AM

Rashad Jennings said he feels he's entering the prime of his career.

"I've just been allowing my maturity to catch up with my age at the same time," Jennings said. "I'm excited. As I get into my latter years, I'm getting into my prime." Jennings turned 31 in March, but he entered the league as a 24-year-old and has never topped 200 carries in a season. He should have a couple more good seasons in him. Jennings is expected to be the Week 1 starter.
Jul 13 - 10:23 AM

Giants signed P Brad Wing to a three-year, $6.45 million extension through 2019.

Wing had been set for restricted free agency next spring. The deal contains a surprising $3.725 million guaranteed, including a $2 million signing bonus. Headed into his age-25 campaign, Wing was just 25th in net punting average last season. He hadn't seemed to establish himself as a long-term answer at punter, but the Giants obviously disagree.
Jul 11 - 2:01 PM


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