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Giants WRs Victor Cruz (calf), Rueben Randle (knee) miss practice

Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 3:12pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Star wide receiver Victor Cruz is expected to miss practice with a calf injury. It is not believed to be serious.

Coach Tom Coughlin said it's not related to the serious knee injury Cruz suffered last season against the Eagles. The calf problem is believed to be dehydration-related.

It appears so minor that quarterback Eli Manning said he didn't even know about it until informed by the media. And that was after the Giants ran a walkthrough on Wednesday morning.

The Giants thought Rueben Randle would be back after taking a few days off because of knee tendinitis. It's not happening. Randle is still struggling with the injury.

Fantasy Impact:

We were just starting to feel better about Cruz, but this doesn't sound too serious. When healthy, he'll fill the Randall Cobb role in OC Ben McAdoo's offense, so he has some upside if he can return to form.

Andre Williams working on pass-catching skills

Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 8:25pm

New York Post - [Full Article]

It wasn’t only that RB Andre Williams did not possess the best hands, it was that he seemed to lose track of the football and displayed poor depth perception when asked to come out of the backfield to catch a pass.

The Giants are working on this with Williams, their muscular second-year running back and leading rusher from 2014. Williams figures to do the heavy lifting this season, with Rashad Jennings doing a little bit of everything and newly signed Shane Vereen used mostly as a pass-catcher and safety-valve option for Eli Manning after excelling in that role for Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Williams’ primary role will not be as a pass-catcher, but if he is not somewhat of a threat, opposing defense do not have to play him honestly. So Williams has made several changes to make himself more proficient.

In mid-March, he underwent Photorefractive Keratectomy laser eye surgery and now no longer needs contact lenses.

“I don’t have to worry about the strain from the lenses, and I also don’t have to worry about getting knocked in the eye and having my contact get loose or fall out,’’ Williams said. “If your contacts are cloudy or something, it’s a problem.

“It’s cool to wake up in the morning and see right away and not go to bed with the ‘I forgot to take my contacts out and my eyes hurt.’ It’s nice. Best money I ever spent so far.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Williams also has been working on his hand-eye coordination by catching tennis balls. Before games, Williams takes part in a blind-ball drill. With his back to running backs coach Craig Johnson, Williams has to turn and quickly locate the ball in the air as Johnson flips it to him. Like the story said, Jennings and Vereen are likely to see a bulk of the passes at the RB position, but Williams will only help himself if he can at least make defense aware. His main role looks like a change of pace back who could see short yardage and goal line situations.

More on Giants RB Rashad Jennings' rumored demotion

Friday, August 7, 2015, 8:11pm

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Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on Rashad Jennings' rumored demotion: I did not see Rashad Jennings on the field with Eli Manning or the first-team offensive line either of the past two days. He did take a lot of reps with the second team, while Andre Williams and Shane Vereen got a bunch of the first-team work.

Now, I know the coaches really like Williams and the work he's done to improve this offseason. And there's a specific role for Vereen, especially on passing downs. I also know there is concern among the coaches about Jennings' health, as he's 30, missed five games last season and has never played 16 in a season. So it's possible they're just limiting his reps. However, if health were the concern with Jennings, I don't think we'd be seeing him take as many special teams reps as he's taking right now. That as much as anything might indicate a bit of a slide down the depth chart.

Friday Update: Jennings was practicing with the first team on Friday, while Williams was running with the second team.

 

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings rushed for 3.8 YPC, which was well ahead of Andre Williams (3.3 YPC), but well behind Vereen’s career 4.2 YPC. At this point, the only sure thing in the Giants backfield is Vereen's role as the passing down back, which makes him the best bet, at least in PPR formats.

Giants QB Eli Manning has been showcasing a 'mastery over his offense and his arm'

Friday, August 7, 2015, 1:20am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Eli Manning has utilized all his weapons well in training camp, showcasing a mastery over his offense and his arm. Through six days of camp, he hasn’t thrown an interception.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.

Giants want to score 27-30 points a game

Sunday, August 2, 2015, 3:04pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Giants general manager Jerry Reese seconded a notion passed along by his quarterback, Eli Manning: The Giants would like to score between 27 and 30 points per game this season.

"If you don't score 28 points, it's hard to win," Reese said, via Newsday.

It's true in theory. The Giants have only lost two games since the beginning of the 2012 season when they've scored 28 or more.

But can it really happen?

The points per game benchmark was one of the minor tidbits that might get buried in a Reese press conference that dealt with bigger picture issues like Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Fantasy Impact:

The team really started to come together toward the end of the season in the new offense, even though in Ben McAdoo's first season as offensive coordinator, the team only scored 28 points or more in six games. But a healthy WR Victor Cruz along with WR James Jones and pass-catching RB Shane Vereen give Manning a host of weapons to through to. The key, the story said, is the Giants will also go only as far as their offensive line will carry them. Right now, New York has a rookie -- albeit a potentially dominant one -- starting at left tackle. They're also in a near-constant shuffle elsewhere with former first-round pick Justin Pugh, now a guard.

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 6:48pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Shane Vereen provide the Giants and QB Eli Manning with even more weapons to go with a passing game that already boasts Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz.

“I think we have some talented guys on offense,” Manning said. “Talented running backs, guys that are very multiple at running back, catch the ball out of the backfield, move them around.”

Jennings and Vereen aren’t sure yet how the roles will shake out in Ben McAdoo’s offense. On Saturday, Williams saw some reps with the first team.

“I guess we’ll see,” Vereen said when asked what his role might be with his new team. “It’s still a waiting game. … I guess the role is kind of going to play itself out. The more we get on the field, the more practice we get, the more repetitions, I think it’ll kind of speak for itself, and the role will be cut out in some shape or form.”

Jennings wants all the running backs to prepare as if they will start and get the majority of the workload.

Fantasy Impact:

Most seem to think Jennings will get a bulk of the early down work with Vereen a pass-catching, third down back. Williams could see goal line and short yardage situations but did serve as the team's RB1 when Jennings was hurt last year.

Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:18am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan answered a question about WR Rueben Randle and his role this upcoming season.

Raanan: Giants WR Rueben Randle had a strong spring. He was the best wide receiver on the field by a wide margin, but that was because Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz were sidelined by injuries.

I think last year was pretty much what we can expect from Randle now and moving forward. He's good for 60-70 catches and 800-1,000 yards. It's just hard to see anything more given his lack of explosiveness. Randle averaged 3.2 yards after the catch last season. That was 65th out of 76 receivers who played at least 50 percent of the snaps. He also caught only 58.2 percent of the passes thrown in his direction. That was 60th out of 76 receivers. In comparison, quarterback Eli Manning completed 70.5 percent of his passes to Odell Beckham Jr.

Fantasy Impact:

Raanan went on to say that all this doesn't even take into account that there seems to be something missing with Randle. He was benched twice for the first quarter of games last season. This doesn't seem to indicate a receiver on the verge of something really big, he went on to say. He also, at times, didn't seem to be on the same page as Manning, which could also hurt his production. Randle is ranked 59th on our list of WRs.

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 4:39pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Giants QB Eli Manning, 34, signed a six-year, $97 million deal with the Giants in 2009. It's been re-worked frequently to create salary-cap room but Manning's still on the same deal. It expires after the 2015 season.

Despite his age and despite his propensity for throwing picks (he's led the league three times, including 2013), Manning has two Super Bowl MVP awards and certainly qualifies as a top-end quarterback.

Fantasy Impact:

From a fantasy perspective, Manning had one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2014, throwing for 4,410 yards with 30 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions. That he did it in a new offensive scheme is only more impressive. It was a rough start for the Giants but the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr at WR certainly helped turn around the offense. WR Victor Cruz should be back healthy and the team signed Shane Vereen as a pass-catching running back. The point of the story is more times than not, QBs tend to get deals done with their current team, so there's a good chance Manning stays in New York - and he has the potential for a nice 2015. He's ranked ninth on our QB list heading into camps. With an ADP of the 12th round, he's a potential sneaky pick because guys behind him in our rankings - Tony Romo, Ryan Tannehill, Philip Rivers and Matthew Stafford - all project to come off the board before Manning.

Giants Beat: QB Eli Manning 'is in for a big season' in second year in offense

Friday, June 19, 2015, 2:52pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan:

QB Eli Manning looked sharp this spring on the days the media was allowed inside the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. His interceptions were down (even if it's just practice). His arm looked lively. And he set the tone with an intensity you rarely see from Manning on the practice.

Usually, he's stoic. Business-like, really. This spring he was pumping his fist on touchdowns and waving his arms in self-disgust on easy misses.

Something tells me Manning is in for a big season in the second year in Ben McAdoo's offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.

Eli: Giants' offense is 'crisper...faster'

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7:46pm

NY Times - [Full Article]

On Thursday, the Giants completed a mandatory three-day minicamp that was encouraging from an offensive standpoint, despite the absence of the injured star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. The play-calling was crisp. Assignments were executed. Routes were run as designed. And Eli Manning was repeatedly on time and on target with his throws.

The Giants are operating with a certainty that was missing last year throughout the off-season, training camp and the start of the regular season. Players are no longer thinking before they act. They grasp the playbook and allow their athleticism to take over.

Manning added: “I feel we are doing things a little bit crisper, a little bit faster.”

Fantasy Impact:

Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.

If Eagles QB Sam Bradford isn't ready for training camp, 'something has gone horribly wrong'

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 2:51pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

"If I'm not ready for 11 on 11 by training camp, then something has gone horribly wrong,'' Eagles QB Sam Bradford, who is coming back from his second ACL tear in two years, said. "That's the plan right now. We're going to keep plugging away and be ready when camp starts.''

Fantasy Impact:

It appears Bradford is on track for camp. Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Eagles Beat: Sam Bradford (knee) takes 'small step forward,' participates in 7-on-7 drills

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:46am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane on the status of QB Sam Bradford:

Sam Bradford, as Chip Kelly said was likely, practiced during seven-on-seven drills. The new Eagles quarterback took about five snaps, splitting time with Mark Sanchez, with the first team on Tuesday. He didn’t participate during the second set of seven-on-seven drills and sat out all of team drills, as expected. Bradford threw the ball well. The drops he took weren’t strenuous. While his full return still appears to be a ways off, Bradford took a small step forward. That is a positive.

He warmed up to the side as most of the team went through conditioning at the start of practice. He then partook in individual drills with the other quarterbacks, jogging to the next station whenever the drill moved. I didn’t notice a hitch in his step as he ran. Bradford walked with a noticeable limp after practice last Thursday, but I didn’t get to see him walk off the fields on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense. The health of Bradford's knee is the biggest concern heading into 2015.

Chip Kelly believes QB Sam Bradford is 'right on schedule' in rehab

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 1:55pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is "right on schedule" in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, coach Chip Kelly said Thursday. Bradford has been limited during this week's first thre organized team activities. He's able to participate in individual drills, but he's not taking part in team drills.

“He is on schedule," Kelly said. "We all think there’s three phases – there’s medical rehab, performance rehab, and prepare to play.He’s probably at the tail end of medical rehab. He’ll probably start throwing some 7 on 7 next week, and I think he’s right on schedule.”

Fantasy Impact:

Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford does start for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Giants OC Ben McAdoo says offensive improvement 'usually shows up' in the second year

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 1:35pm

NY Post - [Full Article]

All of Giants QB Eli Manning’s statistics trended upward in 2014 after a sub-par 2013, with room for more growth.

“Usually when you put in changes or change the system or address fundamentals, it usually shows up in Year 2,’’ OC Ben McAdoo said. “I like the look in his eye. I am excited for what is on the plate this year.’’

Fantasy Impact:

Manning finished the season as the #10 fantasy quarterback, but was #2 over the final six weeks, when OC Ben McAdoo said that the team finally played the way it wanted to play. In Odell Beckham, Manning finally has a stud receiver. The free agent signing of receiving specialist Shane Vereen and the return of a (hopefully) healthy Victor Cruz give Manning two more weapons to utilize in the passing game. He looks like a great value for those who want to wait on the position until the 9th or 10th round.

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez believes he'll have a chance to compete for the starting job

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:10pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Eagles QB Mark Sanchez believes he'll be able to compete for the QB1 job:

“Really just talking with Coach Kelly and knowing I’m coming with the opportunity to compete for the starting job,” Sanchez said, via CSN Philly. “That was important to me. There were some other opportunities out there, but I didn’t want to switch systems again. On a one-year deal, it’s different for maybe a defensive player then for an offensive player, especially a quarterback. You’ve got to learn a whole new language again. I started to feel real comfortable and I felt like to be honest, personally, there’s some unfinished business we left out there. I know I can play a little bit better than that. I know we can get this team in the playoffs. I think we have the talent to do that.”

Fantasy Impact:

We believe that it's Bradford's job to lose. Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

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