New York Giants

Victor Cruz working his way back from knee injury, excited to play with Odell Beckham Jr.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz held the spotlight in the Big Apple until a knee injury and a hurricane of a rookie made fans forget about the salsa dancing pass catcher.

Cruz is working his way back from a torn patellar tendon injury he sustained during a Week 6 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Gone is the limp and he’s getting his mobility back in time for offseason training activities.

“It’s about building the strength up in the knee, the quad, all the major muscles down there,” Cruz said, via NJ.com.

“That’s where I’m at right now.”

“The trainers have a game plan but they’re not telling me,” Cruz said. “They tell me weeks as they approach so I don’t look too far ahead. I think that is smart. But I’ll do light running in about two weeks or so.”

On rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr.:

“He’s a guy that is a tremendous player. He’s a guy that can make big plays, make big catches, week in and week out. I’m super-happy for him,” Cruz said. “He’s a guy …

NFC East: The Rookies Who Shined

Washington Redskins
It took until the fourth round for the Redskins to land their top rookie player. Bashaud Breeland from Clemson shined in his freshman campaign. With DeAngelo Hall staring down the end of his career and battling injuries, it was important that the team found a corner who can play press man coverage on their team. The team took statistical standout David Amerson from North Carolina State in the 2013 draft, but he has been underwhelming at times. Hitting on more late round picks like Breeland will be key the Washington squad who needs more talent and depth to get back into contention.
There were some ups and downs for the rookie, including a propensity to take penalties, but the future looks bright otherwise. He appears well ahead of the curve for a fourth-round pick. There were times when the defensive coaching staff asked him to take very good wide receivers on an island, where he had a lot of success. In an otherwise quiet rookie class for the Redskins, Breeland is the player that showed

Odell Beckham Jr. Wins 2014 NFL Offensive ROY Award

The Associated Press has named New York Giants star receiver and human highlight reel Odell Beckham Jr. its 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The news comes just a couple days after Beckham set the world record with 33 one-handed catches in a minute (Iowa’s Tevaun Smith broke OBJ’s mark the next day) and revealed how he torched Richard Sherman.

Photo Credit: Giants.com

Despite missing the entire offseason (including training camp) and the first month of his rookie season with a hamstring injury that apparently never fully healed, Beckham still found a way to take the league by storm with a whopping 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns through just 12 games—and at a position that often struggles to make the NFL transition as a rookie.
In those 12 games, the Pro bowl wide out went over 100 yards seven times—each of which occurred in November and December (the final nine games of the regular season).
Beckham won 42 of the AP’s  first-place ROY votes. The other…

Odell Beckham Jr. Named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

In what can’t be considered much of a surprise, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. won Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award at the annual NFL Honors ceremony in Glendale, Arizona.
Playing in just 12 games this past season, Beckham Jr. finished with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. His average of 108.8 yards per game led all NFL receivers.
In addition to putting up some ridiculous catches throughout the season, the first-round pick was as consistent as could be throughout his rookie campaign. He tallied six-plus catches in each of the Giants’ final nine games, recording 100-plus yards seven times in the process.
Photo: NY Post
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Making the Case for Jason Pierre-Paul

As the NFL season has come to a short and unsuccessful end for the New York Giants, there are many off-season tasks the team must complete in order to get ready for the start of the 2015 season. One of the most import ones is to resign potential unrestricted free agents. This year Big Blue’s athletic, bull-rushing pass-rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul, will be hitting the free agent market. Despite JPP’s injury-riddled 2013 and 2014 campaigns, the New York Giants need to make him an offer to help rebuild Big Blue’s defensive NASCAR blitzing scheme.
Pierre-Paul was born in Deerfield Beach, Florida. At Deerfield Beach High School, he lettered in basketball for four years and actually did not start playing football until his junior year, after he suffered a serious leg injury while playing basketball.
In college, JPP massed 49 tackles, 14 sacks, 19 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles, one interception and one fumble recovery as a freshman at College of the Canyons (California) and earned First-team All-WSC and

Vikings QB beats out Odell Beckham Jr. for Pepsi Rookie of the Year

We guess one of the greatest catches of the year by a rookie receiver didn’t sway the soft drink giant’s annual voters…

Pepsi and the NFL announced Friday that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has been named the 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year.

Bridgewater has helped spring hope in Minnesota after a decent rookie season that the team will build on in 2015. The 2014 32nd overall selection passed for 2,919 yards and 14 touchdowns in 13 games.

The Vikings went 6-6 in his 12 starts.

In addition to runner up Beckham, he beat out 3 other finalists, - Buccaneers WR Mike Evans, BengalsRB Jeremy Hill and Bills WR Sammy Watkins.

New York Giants: Should the Giants Consider C.J Spiller

The New York Giants and RB C. J Spiller have been linked together for the past year. Back in the off season of 2014, rumors of the Giants interested in Spiller after Peyton Hillis (ankle) and David Wilson (neck) sustain injuries. The Giants instead opted to sign FA Rashad Jennings and drafted Andre Williams (4th round) out of Boston College. Fast forward to now; with what has transpired in 2014 (injuries to Rashad Jennings) and the lack of depth behind Williams; should the Giants add Spiller into the fold. Before I answer that question, let’s show a tale of the tape between the 3 RB’s mentioned:                                       Games    Attempts     Yards     Att/G     TD     Rec       Yards          TD   C. J. Spiller:                    70              688         3,321     5.0        12      158      1,195          6Spiller’s best season was in 2012 when

New York Giants 2015 NFL Off-Season Preview

Positions of Need
Outside Linebacker
With Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich heading into free agency, the only linebackers the Giants have for 2015 are Jameel McClain, Jon Beason, and Devon Kennard. McClain and Beason are overpaid and could both be cap casualties. Beason can never stay healthy anyway. Kennard flashed in limited action as a 5th round rookie and could be ready for a bigger role in 2015, but the Giants still need help throughout their linebacking corps, especially on the outside.
Safety
Antrel Rolle, Quentin Demps, and Stevie Brown were the Giants’ top-3 safeties in 2014, but all three are free agents this off-season. Brown is the only one of the three who graded out above average and the only one who isn’t going into an age 30+ season, but he played the fewest snaps of the trio, getting benched for 8 games mid-season. The Giants’ safety position is very much in flux and they could easily have to add to it this off-season.
Offensive Tackle
William Beatty signed a 5-y…

Iowa WR Breaks Odell Beckham’s Record With 41 One-Handed Catches

New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made some spectacular one-handed receptions as a rookie, and the LSU product recently grabbed 33 one-…

Video: Iowa WR Tevaun Smith Breaks Odell Beckham’s World Record With 41 One-Handed Catches In A Minute

Your Guinness world record didn’t last very long, Odell Beckham. 
The New York Giants’ wide receiver set a world record on Thursday, catching 33 of New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees’ passes in a minute with one hand on ESPN’s Super Bowl set in Scottsdale, Ariz. 
Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith one-upped the NFL star on Friday, snagging 41 passes using only one hand. 

.@TevaunSmith goes for @OBJ_3‘s one-handed catch world record and snags 41 in a minute! #GoHawks #Swarm2015 http://t.co/BnLBmRNutP
— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) January 30, 2015

 Smith had two less catches in that one-minute video than he did during the entire 2014 season, during which he caught 43 passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns. 

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NFC East: Coaching Review and Power Ranking

It is hard to imagine that the two-time winning Super Bowl coach is the one with the least job security in the parody-ridden NFC East, nonetheless New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin needs a playoff appearance next season if he hopes to retain his job. However, players and coaches are more than aware that this is a results driven business, and if they do not produce wins, they will soon face the hot seat as well. Let’s take a look at the power rankings of the NFC East coaching.
4. Jay Gruden
The Washington Redskins head coach is still a relative unknown at this stage. Gruden reportedly was given a four-year deal with over 2o million dollars guaranteed from owner Daniel Snyder last year. Those kind of dollars equal job security, at least beyond one season. Former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was essentially deemed a scapegoat for the Robert Griffin III circus from last season, as the longtime successful head coach and his son Kyle, were not happy with Griffin’s play. The firing indicated that S

Evaluating the Giants’ Current & Future Tight End Situation

If the Giants’ wide receiving corps is the team’s biggest strength, the tight end position is one of their bigger weaknesses.New York carried three tight ends on its game day roster last season (Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, and Adrien Robinson) and they combined to haul in 84 catches for 861 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a unit, that 11 touchdown mark really stands out, but it’s a bit deceptive.Donnell, a former collegiate quarterback turned tight end, showed flashes of promise throughout the season but also was invisible for larger portions of games. He caught three of his six touchdowns in a Week 4 win over Washington and he had more than four receptions in just two of the team’s final 12 games. Donnell also dropped a few passes in crucial situations that would have given Big Blue a chance to win the game. Fells was the team’s “secret weapon” in the red zone. He was used primarily as a blocker between the twenties and then Ben McAdoo would draw up a play action pass from the five-yard line to get him wide ope

New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr. pro bowl analysis

Odell Beckham Jr. did not disappoint in his Pro Bowl debut. Even before the game started he was dazzling fans with his famous pregame highlights; making spectacular leaping one handed catches with ease. It has become a trend for fans to show up early just to witness the phenom that is Odell Beckham Jr. He even impressed with his legs before the game started, nailing a 46 yard field goal through posts that were slimmed by 4 feet due to an NFL experiment. It should also be noted that future hall of fame kicker Adam Vinatieri missed an extra point and a 38 yard field goal in the game. Hmm. Once the game started he got back to his normal business recording 5 catches for 89 yards including a diving 48 yd catch that set up Team Irvin for a touchdown. As we all know, Beckham Jr. is no stranger to remarkable catches.
Odell Beckham Jr. makes “The Catch”
In week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys, Beckham Jr. caught a touchdown pass that would soon be known as “The Catch,” fully extending one arm behind his head a