New York Giants

Odell Beckham Jr. Sends Message that Doubling Him Won’t Work

After having an absolutely amazing rookie season, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. knows he is going to draw more coverage this upcoming season.
Not one bit worried about opposing defenses limiting his productivity, OBJ issued this statement:
“I definitely expect to receive a lot more attention,” Beckham said Wednesday, via NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan. “But it’s just not going to work.”
Beckham had already been receiving double coverage towards the end of last season—a situation that caused offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to move him around in different formations. This resulted in Giants scoring an average of 29.2 points per game over the course of the team’s final six outings. It’s not a coincidence that the rookie scored nine touchdowns during that span.
We can see where Beckham’s confidence is stemming from. Opposing defenses are going to have their hands full attempting to stop Beckham while dealing with the return of Victor Cruz from injury. Some receivers just can’t be

Five NFL players who paid dearly to obtain jersey numbers

Jersey numbers are quite coveted possessions for some football players. And sometimes players are forced to give up their jersey number when they switch teams. Whether it’s a karma thing or just a sentimental attachment to a favorite number, some players have gone all out to obtain their original jersey number when they switch teams.
1. Eli Manning Traded Vacation for No. 10

Courtesy: Pro Football Reference

Want to finagle a one-week paid vacation to Florida? That is apparently what former punter Jeff Feagles did when he traded his jersey number to Eli Manning in 2004. Manning, who wore No. 10 at Mississippi, has had that very same number since he entered the NFL as a rookie more than a decade ago.
Feagles didn’t stop making deals there. He later traded No. 17 to wide receiver Plaxico Burress for a sparkling outdoor kitchen for his home.
Feagles could have made quite the business out of wheeling and dealing the jerseys he wore throughout the years.
2. Former Quarterback Donovan McNabb Ponied

New York Giants: Will Victor Cruz ever be the same?

On Oct. 13, 2014, the New York Giants suffered an unexpected and hugely impactful loss. In a division match-up against the Philadelphia Eagles – which would conclude in a 27-0 Eagles victory – Giants WR Victor Cruz tore his patellar tendon in an attempt to grab a touchdown pass. He leapt into the air, and instead of catching the pass from QB Eli Manning, he crumpled to the ground in pain and agony. Once his injury was diagnosed, it was clear he would be out for the remainder of the season.
The rupture of the patellar tendon is a relatively rare injury, especially considering the fact that Cruz experienced zero contact on the play. An article appearing on www.philly.com noted that a 2011 study conducted by the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that there were only around 20-25 isolated cases of ruptured patellar tendons from 1994-2004. The study also stated that approximately 80% of NFL players who experienced such an injury returned to play in at least one regular season game.
Cruz has scored 24

WR Odell Beckham Jr. expects more attention from opposing defenses, but says ‘it’s just not going to work’

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won’t be sneaking up on anybody in 2015, especially being the poster boy for the popular Madden video game; however, the speedy pass catcher, who was virtually impossible to cover last season says despite the expected added attention, it won’t make any difference.

“I definitely expect to receive a lot more attention,” Beckham said, via NJ.com. “But it’s just not going to work.”

“You know you have Vic and Reuben, it’s going to be hard to double or have a safety over the top with the stuff that we have going on,” Beckham said. “I don’t think it’s going to be beneficial for them.”

‘Entourage’ creator rips Eli Manning for ditching movie

 

If you’re a sports fan, chances are you have at least one compelling reason to go see the new “Entourage” movie.
 
The film based on the popular HBO show opens next Wednesday and features tons of athlete cameos, from New England Patriots teammates Tom Brady and Julian Edelman to UFC star Ronda Rousey.
In case you needed more reasons, though, “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin recently sat down for an interview on “In Depth With Graham Bensinger” and dropped some juicy tidbits about his interactions with sports’ biggest stars.
First up: An experience to remember with Brady while shooting a golf scene for season six of the show.
“It’s like 45 degrees out,” Ellin told Bensinger. “(Brady) walks up — I swear to God — he walks up to where we are on a par three, does not even take a practice swing and puts it within a foot of the hole. And we’re all sitting there going, ‘OK, this is why he’s Tom Brady.’”
We’re sure Keegan Bradley can corroborate with that sto

Giants unveil new-look offensive line at OTA’s

The New York Giants rebuilt their offensive line and put the unit on display at the start of organized team activities.

Returning just two players from last season, players have switched positions and moved along the line.

Third-year and former first round pick Justin Pugh goes from right tackle to left guard while Weston Richburg slides over from left guard to center.

Quaterback Eli Manning said that he’s still adjusting to the new look unit:

“Obviously, having a new center can be an adjustment,” Manning said, via Giants.com.

“But (Weston) Richburg was here last year and I got snaps with him last year, so that hasn’t been a big deal. Anytime you have a rookie at left tackle, it can be an adjustment.”

Odell Beckham Jr. Not Worried about the “Madden Curse”

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is the youngest player and only rookie to have been voted to the cover of a Madden game. The talented receiver had a remarkable rookie season, tallying 91 catches for 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games.
When asked if he is worried about the haunting “Madden Curse,” Beckham simply stated this (via ESPN):
“I don’t know what a jinx is. It’s definitely a blessing to be on the cover. It was a surprise to be in the running after just a year, but it’s definitely exciting.”
Let’s not mention Michael Vick, Ray Lewis, Shaun Alexander and Donovan McNabb, all of whom fell victim to the so-called “Madden Curse.”
One of the most gifted players already in the NFL, Beckham Jr. will be fascinating to watch this upcoming season. Here’s to hoping there is more of where this came from:

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WATCH: Shane Vereen Going Through Drills With the New York Giants

For the first four years of his career Shane Vereen has been one of the many weapons the New England Patriots. While he did look good at times he was never really given the chance to show whether he could be the man. He will have to compete with Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings for carries in New York So he still may not get that chance, but at least he is on a team that is a little more interested in running the ball.He is already working on making a good impression on his new coaches. WATCH: New #Giants RB Shane Vereen carries the ball at Wednesday’s OTA Practice http://t.co/FGgID8qikp — New York Giants (@Giants) May 27, 2015Read more »

Eli Manning Snubbed His Cameo on “Entourage,” Tom Brady Filled in

The movie “Entourage” will feature many athlete cameos in the spin-off of the HBO series. Since the movie’s debut is coming June 3, series creator Doug Ellin was interviewed about the project. During that interview, he answered questions about New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who was slated to have a cameo in the movie.
Ellin claimed that Manning originally wanted to be in the movie. However, when he attempted to make contact with Manning about the quarterback’s part, Manning’s people indicated that he wanted to focus on his football career.
This is how New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady received his cameo role. Regarding Manning, Ellin claimed during the interview that he really loves the Giants and would be stoked if Russell Wilson played for them instead.
Apparently, he still harbors some ill feelings regarding the snub.
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New York Giants 2015 Preview: Post Draft Offseason Wrap

Odell Beckham Jr. shone in the second half of his rookie season as he took some time to get healthy and acclimate to the NFL, while his teammates took their own time acclimating to OC Ben McAdoo’s system. The question heading into 2015 is whether he, and they, can keep up an impressive second half pace and how effectively Victor Cruz returns to the field after a torn patellar tendon and re-integrates to an offense that he may no longer be in the driver’s seat of.
New York Giants 2015 Preview: Draft Results

Round 1, Pick 9: Ereck Flowers (OG)
Round 6, Pick 186: Geremy Davis (WR)
Round 7, Pick 226: Bobby Hart (OG)
New York Giants 2015 Preview: Notable Additions

RB Shane Vereen
New York Giants 2015 Preview: Notable Subtractions

RB David Wilson
New York Giants 2015 Preview: Coaching Changes
No changes on the offensive side of the ball.
New York Giants 2015 Preview: Fantasy Fallout
With the early-offseason injury to Will Beaty, already pressing needs along the offensive line became eve

5 Things We Learned from the First Day of OTAs

1. Ereck Flowers Started with the First Team Offensive Line at Left TackleWith the devastating pectoral injury to former starting left tackle Will Beatty, who will miss at least half of the season recovering from surgery, more weight will now be placed on the shoulders of the 9th overall pick to immediately produce, and potentially start at left tackle right away. Flowers has the size and physicality to make the transition to left tackle, however has been known to display poor footwork at times and keep a high center of gravity.In order to prove that he is ready to start at left tackle opening day, he will need to display better footwork, and a strong ability to grasp the blocking scheme. He will likely get a long look at left tackle starting now all the way until the end of preseason, and these next few days will give the coaching staff a glimpse of things to come. His technique and improvement throughout OTAs will be something worth watching if he does see more playing time at left tackle.2. The Giants Reve

DE Kerry Wynn projected to have ‘breakout season’ in 2015

New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn is in a perfect position to succeed in 2015 and beyond if he can build on his 2014 performance.
Wynn, 6’5, 266 pounds, showed athleticism in his rookie season while posting some eye-popping statistics.
According to Patricia Traina of the Bleacher Report, if Wynn can bulk up and gain more playing strength, he could be the team’s next power end.
Traina writes:
‘Wynn, an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Richmond last year, was initially a college defensive tackle who made the switch to defensive end for the Giants and did not disappoint once he got on the field. Although Wynn took the fewest snaps (168, per Pro Football Focus) of the Giants’ defensive ends last year, he had the second-best run defense grade (2.5) on the team, behind Pierre-Paul. Taking things a step further, in the last six weeks of the season, which is when Wynn was activated, he actually was the Giants’ best run defender, logging an 8.9 percent run-ga…

New York Giants: Could Akeem Hunt Be The Next Dave Meggett?

Giants GM Jerry Reese only signed 6 UDFA, however; one of them was Akeem Hunt. Hunt played at the University of Purdue and starred at RB and KR. A look at his Pro Day Results (see chart below) shows that Hunt has the athletic ability that could help a time. His senior year at Purdue might not have been as impressive as some of the RB’s in this draft, however; it did indicate that Hunt has the ability to be productive. (173 carries/949 yards/6 TDS/48 receptions/293 yards/2 TDS).Pro Day Results:40-yard Dash: 4.4010-yd Split: 1.533 Cone Drill: 6.71Shuttle Run: 4.07Vertical Jump: 37.5”Broad Jump: 10’2”Bench Press (225 lbs): 14 repsHunt has terrific speed to create separation to be a weapon anytime on the field. Aside from his running abilities, hunt excelled in the passing game as he led the team in 2014 in receptions. Make no mistake, Hunt is a threat every time he touches the ball. After watching film on Hunt, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a former Giants RB/KR by the name Dave M…

NFC East: How the new PAT rule change affects the division

As many football fans know, the NFL changed the distance of kicking an extra point back to the 15-yard  line (a 33 yard attempt) while keeping the two-point conversion the same distance. The decision was made in an owners meeting last week in San Francisco where the owners voted 30-2 in favor of the change. The NFL is always looking for more ways to entertain their audience. The league hopes that this new rule will make the extra point less automatic and keep fans on their couches after touchdowns.
Along with moving the PAT back, the rule also allows defenses to return failed two-point conversions and PATs for two points. Therefore, the score could potentially be 6-2 after the opening touchdown.
99.3 percent of PATs were made last season and according to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert only 96.7 percent of kicks were made from the new kicking distance. With less than 3 percent of a difference it will be interesting to see how coaches will strategize.
Some coaches may decide to kick the extra point after every touch

Terrible: Offensive line coach savages New York Giants first round pick Ereck Flowers

If you were holding out hope that Ereck Flowers could step up and start at left tackle for the New York Giants in place of the injured Will Beatty, you’re not going to like this story.
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Apparently one veteran offensive line coach said Flowers had “terrible” technique:
“I recently spent the weekend at the Coaches of Offensive Line (COOL) Clinic in Cincinnati, and the reviews on Flowers were not good. “Some of the worst technique I’ve ever seen in a player drafted that high,” said one veteran NFL line coach. “He played for one of the best coaches, Art Kehoe, and his technique was terrible,” said another coach. “That tells me he doesn’t take coaching well. That’s a big problem because all of the recent tackles have struggled making the transition. It now takes