Giants Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 12:58pm
"I think he's in a position to compete to be the guy," RB coach Jerald Ingram said when asked if Wilson can be the lead back. "He has the talent, has the speed, has a few plays from a year ago underneath his belt. Everything we gauge is kind of like in college with spring ball, but once we put the pads on, we'll see who is physical, who's determined to make plays out there."
Ingram said Wilson has also improved his pass protection, something that will keep a young RB on the field more and more. But, even if Wilson starts, it looks like Brown will get his share of touches - perhaps even goal line work, especially after his performances filling in for Ahmad Bradshaw last year. Right now we rank Wilson 25th and Brown 28th on our RB list. This could be headed to a committee situation.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:54am
Myers is an improvement over Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett who have been the Giant tight ends since 2008. Myers figures to be a red zone target for quarterback Eli Manning as Giants tight ends have averaged 5 TDs a season. Myers is ranked 12th on our list which makes him a high-end, TE2. His ADP is the 14th round so you should get an opportunity to grab him if you want him.
Victor Cruz to sign tender, holdout still possible
Friday, June 14, 2013, 1:03pm
Fresh on the heels of the news that Giants receiver Victor Cruz will sign today his one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agency tender while still trying to get a long-term deal, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that a training-camp holdout is still possible.
Since Cruz is now under contract, he will be subject to fines in the amount of $30,000 per day if he doesn’t show. But he potentially would have lost $2.289 million if the Giants had rescinded the restricted free agency tender on Monday and replaced it with an offer of $590,000.
At $30,000 per day, Cruz can afford 76 days of fines before he’d rack up $2.289 million.
This stalemate continues to linger, and it has impacted his value/ADP in early drafts. Now that he is under contract, he would forfeit a year of service if he doesn't report to camp by August 6. So he should be there for camp and good to go for the 2013 season. The contract worries may impact his performance, however.
Friday, June 14, 2013, 10:53am
"Rueben you saw emerge from a guy that showed flashes at times and always caught the ball well, but maybe didn't always run the routes as precisely, as crisply as you wanted, didn't have quite the understanding you wanted," Gilbride said. "[Over the past month] he looked like a guy that's been here for five or six years. He really benefited from the opportunity."
Ahmad Bradshaw still in walking boot, says there's "no concern"
Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 11:06am
Ahmad Bradshaw will be easy to spot on his first day at work for the Indianapolis Colts. Look for the running back with his right foot in a protective boot as Wednesday’s minicamp practice unfolds at Lucas Oil Stadium. The team signed the former New York Giants standout Tuesday to a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $2 million. The deal comes approximately six months after Bradshaw underwent surgery on his right foot.
Bradshaw, 27, insisted he’ll be ready when training camp opens July 27 at Anderson University. “With me,” he said, “there’s no concern.”
At that time, Bradshaw’s role in the offense should begin to come into focus. The potential $2 million investment indicates the Colts see him as more than an occasional contributor. He’ll push Vick Ballard, who led the team in rushing as a rookie, and 2009 first-round draft pick Donald Brown for significant playing time. Rookie Denodus O’Bryant was released to make room for Bradshaw.
“He’s strong as heck. He’s a downhill guy,” HC Chuck Pagano said. “This guy will carve himself out a role and a niche on our football team, I’m sure.”
We will continue to monitor Bradshaw's injury situation. He currently sits at RB29 in our standard scoring rankings, but could move up or down depending on how the injury situation develops.
Hakeem Nicks reports to camp, won't hold out
Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 11:14am
Update: Nicks confirmed that he won't hold out for a new contract.
This may be a sign that whatever was bothering Nicks is no longer an issue. His camp says he's not upset about his contract, but that is still the most likely reason for his recent actions.
Hakeem Nicks did not report to mandatory minicamp
Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:10pm
The camp is mandatory and Nicks was expected to report. While his camp denies reports that he's upset about his contract situation, his actions will certainly continue to fuel speculation. Reuben Randle is looking better and better each day.
Giants are going to be "a rotation-type team"
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:38am
“I think he’s in a position to compete to be the guy,” running backs coach Jerald Ingram said. “He has the talent, has the speed, has a few plays from a year ago underneath his belt.”
“Once we put the pads on, we’ll see who is physical, who’s determined to make plays out there,” Ingram said. “I think he’s grown. He has a fairly good understanding of the offense right now. He’s definitely in position to be the guy, but I think just like what we’ve done in the past here, we’re going to be a rotation type team and what certain backs do best, we’ll play. I think he’s a playmaker. He’s definitely going to contribute and help us out.
GM Jerry Reese said that David Wilson could be a "lead back," but didn't anoint him the starter in 2013. Andre Brown figures to get all of the goal line work and may eat into Wilson's touches in the Giants' base offense as well. Don't forget that Brown averaged more YPC (5.3) than did Wilson (5.0). It's no sure thing that Wilson leads the team in touches in 2013.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:58pm
The reality is big contracts rarely get done until there’s a deadline — such as June 17 when the Giants can reduce Cruz’s tender offer from $2.879 million to $630,000. There remains optimism on both sides that a deal will eventually be reached, and it’s a pretty good bet that he’ll either have a new contract or sign his tender by then
It's going to take more than optimism to get a deal done. Cruz could always sit out most of the season (a la Vincent Jackson) only to come back towards the end to accrue his year of service and become an unrestricted free agent next season. This is unlikely but not unprecedented.
Jason Pierre-Paul to have back surgery
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:08am
Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will undergo back surgery today, source says. Hopes to be ready for Week 1.
His absence would have a big impact on the Giants defense, especially the pass rush.
Contract talks with Victor Cruz have "hit a snag"
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 10:42am
Restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz has hit an impasse with the New York Giants when it comes to contract talks. Rather, Friday saw the news that the contract negotiations "hit a snag," as Cruz is looking for something in the $8 million per year range. Unfortunately for Cruz, slot receivers aren't typically paid as much as outside receivers, and it seems unlikely he'll get the number he's after.
Friday, May 31, 2013, 11:12am
Tom Coughlin may be irritated with the absence of his top two receivers from OTAs, but that also means he and the coaching staff can get a closer look at Rueben Randle.
Coughlin confirmed that Randle has a terrific opportunity this offseason to take a step forward.
"He’s moving in that direction," Coughlin said. "He’s certainly had many opportunities and if there’s a guy who really has a chance to step his game up and really show what he can do, it’s happening right now to Rueben."
Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:56am
Jake Ballard isn’t quite the player Rob Gronkowski is, but he had a solid season for New York in 2011, with 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He started in Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots, but suffered the left knee injury in the second half of the game.
New England’s OTAs are Ballard’s first on-field reps in 16 months.
Even without pads and with some limitations, he’s happy to be back.
“They’re not having me go full-go the whole practice. It’s not like they’re turning me to the wolves,” Ballard said. “I talked with the trainer and the coaches and they all tell me what I’m limited to do and what they think I’m going to be able to do. We just gradually improve from there every week and day to day.”
Ballard will be a sleeper if Gronkowski misses any regular season games. He was solid for the Giants in 2011, finishing 14th in fantasy points per game among tight ends.
Hakeem Nicks not worried about contract (yet)
Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 9:27am
That's good news for Nicks owners or those looking to draft him heading into 2013. He's coming off a nagging knee injury, but he's still going in the middle of the 4th round.
Hakeem Nicks skipped first OTA practice
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 1:27pm
There were two conspicuous no-shows to the Giants’ first on-field OTA of the offseason on Wednesday. And only one of them had a good explanation.
Nobody – not Tom Coughlin or Eli Manning or any other Giants player – expected Victor Cruz to show up as he continues to battle with the team over a long-term contract extension. But fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was supposed to be in uniform and on the field, working with “limitations” according to Coughlin.
Instead, the receiver pulled a stunning disappearing act, with absolutely no explanation.
“I don’t know,” Coughlin said, when asked why Nicks wasn’t at the practice facility. “He should be here . . . I expect everybody here. We’re trying to get our team better.”
There are mixed reports about why Nicks missed practice. He may or may not be upset about his contract. Stay tuned.