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NFL Notes: Evan Mathis, Giants & Redskins

Evan Mathis According to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, sources within the Rams reveal that they have “no interest” in free agent G Evan Mathis and prefer to let their younger players progress. Giants DL Markus Kuhn has appeared with the first team during OTAs, while DL coach Robert Nunn has been “very impressed” with his performance so far …The post NFL Notes: Evan Mathis, Giants & Redskins appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.

Is Victor Cruz really the New York Giants’ most overrated player?

The great thing about the internet is everyone is entitled to an opinion. The drawback is that includes people like Pete Prisco of CBS Sports.
Last week Prisco wrote his annual most-overrated-players on each NFL team list, and he chose Victor Cruz for the New York Giants. Here’s what he had to say:
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So basically Prisco is criticizing Cruz because he struggles to make plays when he’s double teamed.
Uh huh, that’s an interesting way of looking at things.
How many receivers really flourish when they get twice the attention from the defense? I have a feeling that Cruz is going to make Prisco look pretty foolish once he gets on the field together with Odell Beckham Jr.
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Being a Dallas Cowboys fan could cost Chris Christie votes

Earlier this week New Jersey governor Chris Christie declared that he is running for President in 2016. Even though he lives and works in the Giants’ backyard, Christie is a well-known and vocal Dallas Cowboys fan.
He was seen celebrating with Jerry Jones during several games last season:

Forget #bridgegate the real reason to oppose Chris Christie is his alliance w/Jerry Jones and Cowboys #NeverForget
— Nathan Leamer (@nathan_leamer) June 29, 2015

While the Cowboys might be America’s team, not everybody loves them, and that could cost Christie some votes…
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According to a story by Bryan Altman of CBS Sports, Christie is basically unelectable in at least six states because of his Cowboys fandom.

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Odell Beckham Jr.’s incredible athletic abilities has caught the eyes and interest of a New York-based independent league baseball team, says a report from NJ Advanced Media. The New York Giants wide receiver received a contract offer on Tuesday from the Rockland Boulders of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, a team based in…Read More
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Shane Vereen Could be New York Giants Difference Maker in 2015

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The New York Giants head into the 2015 season with a wide range of possibilities when it comes to the outlook for Eli Manning and his offensive unit.
A healthy squad puts Manning at the controls of a team that boasts a triple-threat of rookie sensation Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle at wide receiver, along with another trio of playmakers at running back in Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and new Giant Shane Vereen.
If those core group of players remain healthy (which they are not at the moment), the Giants have one of the deeper offensive units in the league. However, last year showed that New York still had some work to do when it comes to balancing out the offensive attack, even with a deep list of playmakers.
The Giants finished in the top 10 in passing offense despite losing Cruz for 10 games, thanks mostly to Beckham’s astronomical rise into the ranks of elite receivers. Perhaps it was an over-emphasis on passing, or the si…

Giants’ Johnathan Hankins could quietly emerge among league’s best DTs in 2015

In his second season in the NFL, defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins emerged as arguably the New York Giants’ second-best defensive player, behind only Jason Pierre-Paul. Hankins’ raw and advanced stats during the 2014 season were equally as impressive.
Hankins finished with  7.0 sacks and 51 tackles in 2014. According to Pro Football Focus’ game charters, he had the eighth-most defensive stops against the run of all defensive tackles. They also charted him with eight sacks, six quarterbacks hits, 21 quarterback pressures and three batted passes.
When they drafted Hankins in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Giants expected him to be a dominant run stopper at the one-technique defensive tackle position in their 4-3 base. What they didn’t expect was his pass rushing ability to each such a high level at this early stage of his career.
“He really surprised a lot of people with his pass rush,” said Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn, per “Everybody thought that …

The Eagles and the Giants are in mid-season form when it comes to trash talking

The mud-slinging between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants is going full force. You might think that they were getting ready for a big Monday Night Football matchup, but that won’t happen until the middle of October.
Yesterday we brought you a story about Giants punter Steve Weatherford mocking Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford. Jason Kelce later fired back on Twitter, then Weatherford responded.
Now everyone is getting in on the act. Safety Malcolm Jenkins retweeted this photoshop job last night:
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Then Walter Thurmond was interviewed by Bleacher Report and when he was asked to compare his old coaches he had some interesting things to say about Giants head coach Tom Coughlin:
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Giants feeling more comfortable in second year in OC Bob McAdoo’s system

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said during the team’s minicamp that the offense has run a lot smoother in their second-year together.

After a rough start in 2014, Manning and the unit started clicking once Odell Beckham Jr. arrived on the scene right before midseason and the return of Victor Cruz along with the addition of running back Shane Vereen has the group set up for success.

“We’re getting a feel for the offense in the second year, building on things,” Manning said, via CBS Local.

“You always like to have all your guys out there to keep working on things and for them to be getting reps and to get on the same page, and for changing plays and getting the new concepts to get familiar. But we are going to work with whoever is out there and get better at whatever we’ve got to do.”

“I feel like we are making some plays and everybody is getting a feel for the offense coming into that second year,” Manning said, “and it’s not just me, it’s the offensive line, receivers

New York Giants: Can Rashad Jennings Carry The Load

When the New York Giants signed free agent Rashad Jennings before the 2014 season; it was under the assumption that the Giants were looking for an all-purpose RB that would flourish under newly hired OC Ben McAdoo. On paper, 2013 was clearly Jennings best overall production where he rushed for 733 yards on 163 carries and added 36 receptions for 292 yards in 15 games. Despite landing on the disabled list in 2014 for the Giants, Jennings still managed to carry the ball 167 times for 639 yards.
The initial game plan was to have Jennings be more of a weapon for the Giants in 2014, however; with the emergence of Andre Williams and the signing of Vereen Shane; that game plan will be put to rest. It would make perfect sense for the Giants to employ a three-headed RB system as each player provides an asset that will complement each other. Jennings provides a combination of rushing and receiving that will create mismatches for the Giants. Williams is clearly the power RB who will excel betw…

Steve Weatherford, Jason Kelce get into Twitter beef

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said some things last week about the Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback situation that irritated a number of people. One of them was Eagles center Jason Kelce, and he let Weatherford know on Monday. During an appearance on WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton Show,” Weatherford compared Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Tim…Read More

Giants expecting big year from DT Johnathan Hankins after breakout season in 2014

New York Giants third-year defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is ready to have a huge season under new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Hankins, 6’2, 320-pounds, had a breakout campaign in 2014, totaling 51 tackles, 7.0 sacks, and a forced fumble in 16 starts in his sophomore season.

His defensive line coach Robert Nunn said he surprised a lot of people last year, but he’s ready to show even more in 2015.

“He really surprised a lot of people with his pass rush,” Nunn said, via

“Everybody thought that he was a run stopper coming out but those sacks were legit. He had some legit numbers and a lot of quarterback hits and pressures, came up big in some key situations and I really like where Hank is.

“He has got to continue to improve with technique. That is where his big improvement has got to be going into training camp but I think that it is a very good situation. He has got a chance to be a solid player for a very long time in this league.”

Eli Manning’s Agent on Client’s Contract Status: “The Quarterbacks Always Get Done”

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be playing the final season of his six-year, $97.5 million contract. Manning and the Giants have yet to begin contract negotiations for an extension that would likely keep him with the team until he retires.
However, Manning’s agent, Tom Condon, does not seem to be concerned about the lack of talks thus far:
“The quarterbacks always get done,” Condon said, via the New York Daily News. “And the Giants are not a skittish team. So it’s not one of those things where they get nervous or they jump around or anything like that. You know you’re going to go in and it’s going to get done. I’m sure at the appropriate time it’ll happen.”
Condon makes a point here with these specific examples:
“The interesting part about it is, since 1993, the inception of free agency, has there ever been an elite quarterback hit the open market? Peyton (Manning did in 2012), but he had four neck surgeries and no idea if he would ever be well enough to play. Drew Bre

Giants punter breaks down Eagles’ QB situation

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford recently spoke about new Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Tim Tebow. He’s clearly a supporter of Tebow’s off the field.

“I’m the biggest Tim Tebow fan in the world,” Weatherford said in an interview on WFAN on Friday. “I mean, who wouldn’t want their daughter to date a guy like that?”

However, when it comes to playing quarterback, Weatherford had a completely different reaction:

“I’ll tell you what,” he added. “I don’t want him taking snaps for my team.”

A little trash-talking between division rivals is pretty common. And let’s be honest here for a second, Weatherford doesn’t necessarily stand alone in his critique of the former Heisman winner.
The punter’s comments regarding Philadelphia’s quarterback situation didn’t end there. When asked to discuss how the Eagles’ situation is shaping up under center, Weatherford had this to say:

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Jason Pierre-Paul should contend for Defensive Player of the Year in 2015

All signs point to New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul having a monster season in 2015. The sixth year pro has freakish athleticism, but has been inconsistent at times during his career.
This year Pierre-Paul is angry and wants to get paid. The Giants used their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul instead of signing him to a long-term contract this off-season.
Pierre-Paul responded by skipping the Giants’ off-season workout and has been a no-show at the Giants’ mini-camp. He has yet to sign his tender and if he does not, he would have to sit out the entire season.
Pierre-Paul may be angry at the Giants, but he is not going to leave over $14 million on the table by not signing the tender. He will likely sign the tender and report to the team shortly.
In the meantime though, Pierre-Paul has not just been sitting around doing nothing. He has put himself through an intense workout program and has dropped weight to improve his explosion.
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Odell Beckham Jr. throws heat from pitcher’s mound (VIDEO)

It’s become almost routine to see Odell Beckham Jr. showing off his all-around athletic skills on social media, but here’s one that might make more than a few MLB teams take notice. Teammate Steve Weatherford posted an Instagram video of the NFL star smoking the plate with an impressive fastball at a New Jersey charity event. And, of course, OBJ hit a home run too. We’re out here for the St. Jude’s celebrity softball game and @iam_objxiii is throwing straight flames🔥 out here tonight! The sickest athlete I have ever seen! He crushed a homer ⚾️ earlier too. Just when I thought I was something special…. I’m glad he’s on my squad! #NYG #Giants A video posted by Steve Weatherford (@weatherford5) on Jun 26, 2015 at 5:32pm PDT The two Giants players were joined by wide receiver Rueben Randle, cornerback Prince Amukamara, defensive end Damontre Moore, defensive tackle Jay Bromley and running back Andre Williams on former teammate David Wilson’s team during the St. Jude Celebrity Softball