Giants Fantasy News
According to Conor Orr and Jordan Raanan of NJ.com, multiple sources believe it's a longshot that Giants RB David Wilson returns to the field. One unnamed source with knowledge of the running back's medical condition told NJ.com that Wilson "needs a miracle" to return.
This is a tough break for Wilson who was recently cleared to play after a scary neck injury. Peyton Hillis and Andre Williams will back up Rashad Jennings.
Giants RB David Wilson will not practice for the remainder of this week and will not play Sunday night, when the Giants play their preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. The Giants running back, who suffered a burner in practice yesterday, will be examined and evaluated on Monday by Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
It's not clear how long Wilson will be out, but it's a scary situation considering he was coming off of a season-ending neck injury in 2013. He was only recently cleared to practice. If he's healthy, we're only expecting a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:40pm
The Giants running backs are going to be used as pass catchers much more frequently than in the past few years. That is why it's so important to have a healthy David Wilson. In addition to screen passes, OC Ben McAdoo is asking his running backs to run all types of routes. At times, they're almost being used as wide receivers. Running back Rashad Jennings caught a pass on a crossing route the other day. Peyton Hillis snagged a ball after running a hitch. The entire route tree is in play for the running backs in this offense.
Giants WR Victor Cruz in particular should thrive in this new system. He already looks dominant catching balls from Eli Manning at practice. He caught 80-plus passes in 2011 and 2012. He was on pace for 83 receptions before an injury cut last season short. It's not hard to envision 100 catches for Cruz in OC Ben McAdoo's scheme, where Cruz's ability to get in and out of cuts sharply will serve him well.
Cruz was the #1 WR through the first four weeks thanks in large part to a 118-yard, three-TD game against the Cowboys in Week 1. (Cruz cracked the 100-yard mark twice more in the first month.) Unfortunately, his production fell off of a cliff in the final 12 games; Cruz was the #59 WR the rest of the way. The Giants’ offense should bounce back under new OC Ben McAdoo who plans to use Cruz in the Randall Cobb role in his version of the West Coast Offense.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 12:03pm
Giants TE Larry Donnell made another highlight play. Leading up to Sunday night’s preseason Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills, tight end Larry Donnell is making his case in practice. Just yesterday, the second-year pro made an acrobatic catch from Ryan Nassib and followed it up today with an impressive touchdown grab. This time it was from Eli Manning, who threw a fade pass to Donnell in the back corner of the end zone. Donnell elevated and held onto the ball as the practice referee signaled “touchdown.”
Donnell may work his way into TE2 type value if he can emerge as the Giants' starter. Manning does like to throw to his tight end in the red zone.
Tuesday, Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle didn’t take part in practice because of a hamstring issue of his own.
“He was sore in the hamstring, so we held him," Coughlin said, via Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.
Graziano reports that it didn’t sound like something the Giants think is a serious problem, but they need only look to Beckham for an example of how a seemingly minor hamstring injury can turn into something more if it doesn’t get the proper time to heal.
It hasn't been a good week for the Giants. WR Odell Beckham is already going to miss a week with a hamstring issue and RB David Wilson suffered another burner. The good news on Randle is the team doesn't feel it's serious.
Giants running back David Wilson left practice Tuesday with a "burner" according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
The location of the issue is a major source of concern for the Giants and for their former first-round pick. Wilson suffered a "burner" last season against Philadelphia that forced him on injured reserve and onto an operating table for spinal fusion surgery.
"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he could just come back and go to work," Coughlin said. "He was cleared. So we'll see. I'm not going to speculate what it is. We'll have to see what the doctors say."
Wilson went through a lengthy clearance process this spring and summer in order to get back on the field. He was finally given the green light by the medical staff the day training camp began, and went through four padded practices. This is obviously a pretty scary issue for the young back. From a fantasy perspective, Wilson was fighting for time with free agent Rashad Jennings, and the speedy back was hoping to at least get a third down role. He was ranked just 74th on our list, but was getting a late round flier in drafts according to ADPs. This is an injury obviously worth monitoring because we could be dealing with the threat of his career if serious enough.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:14pm
The Panthers didn’t really need sixth-round running back Tyler Gaffney this year anyway, so when he was injured recently, stashing him on IR made sense.
But the Patriots had other ideas.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots claimed Gaffney off waivers, even though he needs season-ending knee surgery.
It’s similar to their 2012 claim of injured Giants tight end Jake Ballard, meaning one of these days those unwritten rules are going to have to be written down.
This time a year, if a player is placed on IR he must first clear waivers before heading to IR. It's an unwritten rule, but perfectly in a team's right to make a claim on an injured player. It's likely why the Colts have yet to place Vick Ballard on IR. The Panthers tried to sneak Gaffney through waivers to sign another player, which turned out to be Fozzy Whittaker...
Monday, July 28, 2014, 5:54pm
The crux of the Giants tight end problem, with six weeks until the regular season begins, continues to be this: Their new offense wants to rely on the tight end to a significant extent, but it still doesn't really have a tight end on which it can rely.
"Right now, we're looking for that complete tight end who can do it all," Giants tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride said Monday. "But we also need guys who are role players -- guys who can be specialists in certain areas. If he's best at executing a certain block, he's going to have the opportunity to make that block in the game. If he's best at running a certain route, he's going to have the opportunity to run that route in a game. So you need to have that all-around tight end, and then you also need to have specialists, guys who are great at a particular role."
Neither Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis nor Xavier Grimble has established himself as an all-around guy. The article pointed to Fells as perhaps the early favorite.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 4:38pm
WR Mario Manningham returned to the Giants this offseason as a free agent and said Monday that he’s not feeling as confident in the condition of his knee as he’d like to feel. He had the knee scoped in January and is “just trying to get back to where I was” while testing it out during camp.
Odell Beckham, the team's first round pick this spring, is now getting tests on his hamstring and is missing valueable time. Suddenly, the Giants are becoming thin at WR behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:24pm
The Giants are setting a high goal for Eli Manning's completion percentage this season. A very high goal.
Giants quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf told reporters today that he wants Manning to reach a 70 percent completion rate this season.
Frankly, that’s preposterous. Manning completed just 57.5 percent of his passes last season, and his career completion percentage is 58.5 percent. The highest rate he’s ever had in any season was 2010, when he completed 62.9 percent of his passes.
A 70 percent completion rate has only been reached five times in NFL history: Twice by Drew Brees and once each by Ken Anderson, Steve Young and Joe Montana.
Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:14am
The Giants are looking forward to first-round wide receiver Odell Beckham having a big impact this year.
But so far, they haven’t seen him do much, and that has Giants coach Tom Coughlin moving beyond simple disappointment.
“It’s more than that,” Coughlin said, via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “Sure it is. You’re trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring.”
The “that” Coughlin was referring to was the hamstring strain that kept him out of minicamp, and came back the first day of camp. Beckham was in full pads like everybody else Sunday, but he was limited, catching punts but not running with them.
The latest on Beckham is he's going to miss another week, according to news reports Tuesday morning. Although there were no further details, it's not a step in the right direction. Beckham needs to get his reps or it's going to put him way behind the other WRs. It puts him in danger of a slow start in terms of playing time this season.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:48pm
Giants RB David Wilson fumbled a handoff from QB Eli Manning, one of several sloppy miscues by Giants skill position players.
Not what you want to be reading about Wilson even early on in camp. So far, it's been a struggle for the running game. The story did mention Rashad Jennings showed glimpses of his shifty ability to turn short passes out of the backfield into big gains.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:45pm
The aerial attack looked to be in a rhythm for the Giants when QB Eli Manning was out there, hitting on several short passes in the new up-tempo West Coast system offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo brought over from Green Bay, Manning and Victor Cruz connected several times in 11-on-11 drills, including a pretty out pattern in which Cruz laid out with a head-long dive.
If Manning can turn it around, he'd present a great, late-round value. He's ranked outside the top-20 on our QBs list and isn't getting drafted in a lot of 10-team leagues right now.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:48am
According to multiple people within the Giants organization who requested anonymity in order to speak freely on the matter, the Giants have informed their tight ends that there is a good possibility that a fullback won’t make the final 53-man roster — leaving all of those duties up to the tight ends. Though injuries, personnel shifts and observances in the preseason could change the team’s plans, they entered the year hoping to keep their best four tight ends and give themselves some options on cut-down day. Imagining a Tom Coughlin team without a hard-nosed presence at fullback is difficult to do, though it’s more a reflection of the offensive evolution around the NFL. Some scouts around the league believe that the league will eventually retreat back into a run-heavy offenses that emphasize ball control, but for now, bolstering options in the passing game make the most sense.
Free agents Kellen Davis (Seahawks) and Daniel Fells (New England) along with Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson have been asked to learn the new wrinkle. While it will likely give a job to one of these guys, none are expected to be fantasy worthy. However, it looks like the Giants will have a new look on offense running the ball.
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