Player News - Giants

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Giants S Nat Berhe opened OTAs as the starter opposite Landon Collins.

Berhe probably would have opened last season in the starting lineup if not for a calf injury he suffered in training camp. Now healthy, he will get the first crack to win the job. Bennett Jackson (ACL), Mykkele Thompson (Achilles'), Cooper Taylor (sports hernia) and third-round rookie Darian Thompson will all get looks as well.
Source: Giants.com
May 23 - 7:26 PM

Giants RB Andre Williams lost 10 pounds this offseason.

He now checks in at 220 pounds. The lost weight should allow him to slam into the backs of his blockers with more velocity.
Source: Giants.com
May 23 - 6:38 PM

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie missed the first day of OTAs while attending to a personal matter.

Considering the Giants paid big money to Janoris Jenkins and spent a first-round pick on Eli Apple, it would be understandable if Rodgers-Cromartie was concerned about his role in the organization, but this incident does not seem to be related to any dispute. Rodgers-Cromartie is expected back on Tuesday, and he should open the season opposite Jenkins in the starting lineup.
May 23 - 6:07 PM

Eli Manning says second-round WR Sterling Shepard has caught "everything" in OTAs.

It's a concern if you're not catching everything in OTAs, but it's notable in that all reports on the No. 40 overall pick continue to be positive. Shepard could challenge for WR3 value as Manning's No. 2 target this season.
May 23 - 1:27 PM

Victor Cruz (calf, knee) is working on a side field at Giants OTAs.

Cruz continues his long journey back from serious calf and knee problems and still isn't ready for team drills with the Giants opening OTAs on Monday. It's possible he'll work with the offense at some point this week, but it's another reminder just how fragile he's become. Both by the team and in fantasy, anything that Cruz does in the box score this year should be considered a bonus.
May 23 - 11:26 AM

Giants S Cooper Taylor underwent sports-hernia surgery and will be sidelined until training camp.

Taylor has battled injuries since coming into the league as a 2013 fifth-rounder. This one will again cause him to fall behind in the competition at safety.
May 23 - 11:04 AM

Giants beat reporter Jordan Raanan of NJ Advance Media considers Will Tye the favorite to start at tight end in 2016.

Tye shined in Larry Donnell's absence last year, logging 42 catches for 464 yards and three touchdowns. With Donnell still recovering from a neck injury, Tye should have the inside track to start Week 1. In addition to Tye and Donnell, the Giants also have Matt LaCosse, who Ranaan considers the team's the best all-around tight end, and sixth-round pick Jerell Adams as depth options.
May 22 - 12:45 PM

The New York Daily News wouldn’t rule out MLB Jasper Brinkley starting over Keenan Robinson.

Robinson is the favorite to start, but the Giants are making him compete after his down 2015. It’s possible Brinkley ends up with more early-down snaps if Robinson struggles against the run. The Giants have an improved defensive line and secondary going into 2016, but their linebackers remain a concern.
May 21 - 7:40 PM

Giants S Mykkele Thompson (Achilles) is full-go for OTAs.

Thompson hasn’t had any setbacks since he was cleared for team drills last month. He’s competing with Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson, and third-rounder Darian Thompson to start opposite Landon Collins.
May 21 - 7:25 PM

Giants G/T Bobby Hart has lost 25 pounds since last summer.

The 2015 seventh-rounder now checks in at a svelte 315. "Just wanted to be a little quicker, a littler faster, and overall it never hurts to be in better condition," Hart said. After the Giants failed to address the right side of their line, Hart is in a great position to compete for a starting job. Both John Jerry at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle are vulnerable.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 9:12 AM

The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano does not believe the Giants view right tackle as an "emergency."

New York clearly wanted to address the right side of the line this offseason, bringing in Russell Okung and Donald Penn for visits and targeting Jack Conklin in the draft. They were not aggressive enough to land any of those players, however, and they have not been aggressive going after secondary options either. Unless someone is added over the summer, Marshall Newhouse looks like the favorite to open the season at right tackle.
May 17 - 10:30 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano expects Jason Pierre-Paul to play primarily on the left side this season.

Pierre-Paul had played most of his career at right end, but he is unable to put his right hand in the ground after injuring it last summer. The hand is not as big an issue at left end, and Pierre-Paul played his best football last season rushing from the left side. Big-money signing Olivier Vernon should take up residence at right end.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 12:42 PM

Victor Cruz (calf, knee) has been limited at voluntary workouts.

Cruz said he was healthy last month, but hasn’t been fully cleared to practice. The Giants are moving him slowly after multiple 2015 setbacks. Cruz is on track for OTAs/training camp.
May 14 - 9:10 PM

Giants.com's Michael Eisen said second-round WR Sterling Shepard will be targeted "frequently" as a rookie.

"And I believe that will be true whether or not Victor Cruz again becomes one of Eli Manning’s favorite targets," Eisen continued. There appears to be hope Cruz will contribute this season, but there is little chance he returns as the same offensive force we saw in 2012. Shepard enters the offseason program as the clear favorite for the No. 2 job, and he could easily top 100 targets as a rookie.
Source: Giants.com
May 14 - 10:24 AM

The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano believes Rashad Jennings is the "likely workhorse" in the Giants' backfield.

Vacchiano sees Jennings handling the majority of the carries after seeing just 48 percent last season. Jennings is the favorite for the lead role entering training camp, but he is 31 with a checkered injury past. It is far from a given he is able to stay healthy and hold off fifth-round RB Paul Perkins all season. Vacchiano also thinks Andre Williams will remain the secondary back over Perkins. Considering Williams is one of the worst running backs in the league, we have a difficult time believing that one.
May 12 - 9:50 AM


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