Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano confirmed Victor Cruz (calf, knee) is "very much in doubt" to play in Week 1.

Cruz admitted Tuesday that his availability is in question, and at this point we'd bet against him suiting up Week 1 at Dallas. Rueben Randle would handle No. 2 duties behind Odell Beckham, with Preston Parker in the slot. Cruz has no timetable for return. He's an unlikely fantasy contributor in 2015.
Sep 2 - 3:07 PM

The Giants are "optimistic" MLB Jon Beason (knee) will play Week 1.

Beason went down with a knee sprain in the Giants' second preseason game. On Tuesday, he was spotted running, backpedaling, and doing individual drills on a side field. The Giants are a better defense with Beason manning the middle.
Sep 2 - 9:55 AM

Giants placed RE Jason Pierre-Paul on the reserve/franchise player list.

JPP has not reported to the Giants, and nor has he signed his franchise tender. He lost his index finger in a July 4 fireworks accident. The Giants may be best off considering anything Pierre-Paul gives them in 2015 a bonus.
Sep 1 - 5:26 PM

Giants placed DB Josh Gordy on injured reserve, ending his season.

Gordy's injury is undisclosed. The sixth-year undrafted free agent played some important snaps for the Colts last season, but is not an impact player.
Sep 1 - 4:25 PM

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

Beatty tore his pec lifting weights in May. He was given a five-to-six month timetable when the injury occurred, so he could be ready to come off the PUP when he is first eligible October 25 against the Cowboys. Rookie Ereck Flowers will start at left tackle while Beatty is sidelined.
Sep 1 - 4:19 PM

Victor Cruz (calf) is no longer certain he will play in Week 1.

He's sitting out Thursday's preseason finale. "Nothing’s been set in stone in terms of playing that first week or not playing that first week," Cruz said. "I’m still excited for Week 1. That’s still the goal. That’s still the plan in my opinion." Cruz has been sidelined by a "minor" calf strain since mid-August and is not expected to practice this week. Cruz was already a risky fantasy bet coming off a devastating knee injury.
Sep 1 - 10:25 AM

Victor Cruz said the Giants are just being cautious with his strained calf.

Cruz said the swelling has gone down. It would be a surprise if Cruz played in the final preseason game, but it sounds like he could be ready for Week 1. Coming off a devastating knee injury and now a preseason calf concern, Cruz is a risky bet to contribute this season.
Aug 31 - 12:26 PM

Giants signed S Stevie Brown.

This was almost inevitable after Brown was released by the Texans last week. An eight-game starter with the Giants last season, Brown has a real chance to open the year opposite rookie Landon Collins in the secondary.
Aug 31 - 12:01 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano said rookie DE Owa Odighizuwa "could be a key contributor" early in his career.

With Jason Pierre-Paul sidelined indefinitely, the Giants do not have much pass-rushing pop on their defensive line. An explosive athlete who posted a 39-inch vertical at 6'4, 267 pounds, Owa has the physical upside to be a force as a pass rusher. He should open the season with a big role in the defensive end rotation.
Source: ESPN
Aug 31 - 8:38 AM

Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants' starters are expected to play in the fourth preseason game.

Most coaches give their starters the game off with the regular season barely more than a week away, but Tom Coughlin is not most coaches. Even if the starters suit up, they are unlikely to see more than a series or two.
Source: ESPN
Aug 31 - 8:16 AM

Giants coach Tom Coughlin does not expect Victor Cruz (calf) to practice this week.

The Giants insist the injuries aren't related, but Cruz is coming back from a torn patellar tendon, an injury that frequently leads to "compensation" injuries in other areas of the body. Cruz has no known timetable for return.
Aug 30 - 4:50 PM

The Giants are hosting free agent S Stevie Brown on Sunday.

Brown should be signed quickly if he passes his physical. The Giants are desperate at safety and have familiarity with Brown, who spent the last three seasons with the organization before a failed recent stint with the Texans.
Aug 30 - 1:02 PM

The New York Giants defense recorded just one sack and zero turnovers in their Week 3 preseason contest against the New York Jets.

The Giants D/ST unit is currently being drafted outside the top-20 fantasy defenses, and for good reason. The Giants were 29th in yards allowed per game in 2014, forking over 375.8 yards to opposing offenses each week. Not only is the Giants D/ST worth ignoring in drafts, but they will not be on the Week 1 streaming radar as a trip to Dallas is on the Week 1 schedule.
Aug 30 - 2:02 AM

Rashad Jennings rattled off 28 yards on nine rushes in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Jets.

He also scored a one-yard touchdown. Jennings out-touched Andre Williams nine to two, a noticeable improvement from last week when Williams had three carries to Jennings’ one. If Jennings wants to fend off Williams and Shane Vereen, he’ll have to do better than the paltry 3.8 yards per carry he averaged last season.
Aug 29 - 10:29 PM

Shane Vereen netted nine yards on three carries while also grabbing three catches for 30 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Jets.

Most of Vereen’s receiving output came on a 19-yard catch that was aided by great edge blocking. Vereen certainly has the chops to be a useful fantasy contributor but his inconsistent usage makes him a tough sell at his current ninth-round ADP. For fantasy purposes, he’s the least appealing of the Giants’ three primary backfield options.
Aug 29 - 10:12 PM


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