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Giants' new offense has West Coast principles
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:20am
Once the Giants receivers learn the new verbiage, Ben McAdoo's offense in general should be easier to execute. Gone are the complicated route-reads the wide receivers were tasked with under Kevin Gilbride. In are the defined routes of McAdoo and his West Coast-style offense.
“As far as my route-running was concerned in the slot position, a lot of my routes were determined by what the secondary was doing, what type of coverage they were in. That would dictate my route,” Victor Cruz said. “As far as this offense is concerned, it’s a lot more of your route is your route, and you can dictate that off your coverage and know what you have and [Eli Manning] can find you within those different holes. Now it’s a lot less dependent on what my body language is.”
That should help the Giants cut down on the mistakes. It should help Manning cut down on the interceptions.
Defined routes should also help Rueben Randle, who struggled at times to stay on the same page as his quarterback. Randle was the #28 WR through the first 11 weeks, but faded down the stretch (12-151 in the final six weeks).
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Eli Manning expects to be ready for training camp
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:21pm
Manning's message, as he always tries to make it, is that there's nothing to worry about -- that the ankle surgery he had a couple of weeks ago was the right move at the right time and that it shouldn't affect the Giants' 2014 season.
"I think I'm safe to say I'll be 100 percent by the start of training camp," Manning said. "I would hope so."
Manning had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle April 10. At that time, he and the team said he expected to be cleared to start running again in six weeks. But cleared to run doesn't necessarily mean cleared to practice.
Manning is missing valuable time throwing to his receivers, specifically Rueben Randle, with whom Manning had several miscommunications during the 2013 season. The Giants are also installing a new offense; Manning surely will be getting "mental reps," but we'd feel better about the prospects of a bounce back season if he were able to throw this spring.
David Wilson expects to be ready for OTAs
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:09pm
He doesn't feel any pain in his neck, and never has. The only thing keeping him off the field are "pictures," or X-Rays that will show whether or not his spinal chord has fused properly following surgery in January.
He's not sure when that clearance will come, but has appointments for future MRI exams set up.
Nonetheless, he expects to be ready for offseason training activities, which begin in less than a month.
"For sure," he said. "I expect to. I want to."
He added: "We're just playing it by ear," he said. "I had the longest break out of anyone in this locker room. I'm just looking forward to getting back out with my teammates and competing. I love to compete. I'll always have that in me."
Given the negative comments by team officials in the last few weeks, we'll believe it when we see it. Wilson's return will certainly change the dynamic in the Giants' backfield, but for now we're expecting Rashad Jennings to be the clear RB1 with Wilson potentially rotating in as a change-of-pace back.
Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be the starter
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 11:02am
The Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be their starting running back. They believe he's ready at this stage of his career, after backing up guys like Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and Darren McFadden in Oakland, to handle a starter's workload. They believe he can catch the ball for them out of the backfield, that he can grind out yards between the tackles and that he's capable of delivering a big play. Assuming he picks up the blocking schemes and can help in pass protection, he's their guy.
That said, Wilson is still on the team, and if the 2012 first-round draft pick shows he's recovered from neck surgery, there is surely going to be a role for a player with his skills. The Giants are hearing good things about Wilson's recovery, but they know they can't count on him, so they signed Jennings and brought back Peyton Hillis in order to construct a backfield in case Wilson can't be a part of it.
I think their plan is for Jennings to get the bulk of the carries with Hillis as his backup, and if they are pleasantly surprised by Wilson's health and availability, they will find ways to work him into the offense. If healthy, he offers a lot.
Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. The team still believes in David Wilson, but Jennings is fully capable of winning the RB1 job outright. The Giants had a very difficult time running the ball in 2013, so they need to sort out the offensive line as well. Still, Jennings is a three-down back and has a relatively clear path to a starting gig. For a closer look at Jennings' potential workload and production, click here.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:01am
Former Giants OC Kevin Gilbride implied that he isn't sure Rueben Randle is a quality NFL starting WR. Coming to the defense of Eli Manning, Gilbride said, "There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, there’s been no lack of preparation and effort.” He added, "I think he’s going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line. They certainly made a move to do that by bringing in three interior offensive linemen and as soon as they get somebody that’s going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win for them.”
Giants sign Josh Freeman
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 12:10pm
Freeman will provide depth behind Eli Manning. He didn't get much of a chance to succeed in Minnesota.
Eli Manning to have scope on ankle
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3:05pm
The procedure, a debridement of the ankle, will be performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.
Manning suffered a high left ankle sprain in the Giants’ 2013 season finale against Washington and had been rehabbing the injury since.
“I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,” said Manning. “I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. Anderson clean out the ankle. The doc tells me I should be running in about six weeks. I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the 21st. I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.”
Six weeks puts Manning's return in late May. He should have plenty of time to recover before the start of training camp.
Texans sign Andre Brown
Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:01pm
The loss of Ben Tate has left a significant hole in the Houston Texans backfield, especially given starting running back Arian Foster’s injury history, so the team is looking for a relatively cheap replacement.
Brown will back up Arian Foster and offer some insurance in case Foster's injuries catch up with him.
Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:25pm
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:39pm
Tom Coughlin says he's "counting on" RB David Wilson this year, but can he? "Just pray," Coughlin said. "All in due time with David. Just pray. You’re praying that he has a return to excellent health and that the doctors are totally convinced that he is recovered and ready to go. When that time comes, you’ll have another contributor who, if he gets a step, he’s gone.
“I’m counting on him, but I am not going to put him in any circumstance until it’s an absolute that he’s 100 percent. I’m not going to mess with that one.”
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm
Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.
Friday, March 28, 2014, 11:02am
In his media session Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke of the departure of free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and when the conversation turned to the question of replacing Nicks, the first name Coughlin mentioned was that of third-year wide receiver Rueben Randle.
"We have high expectations for Rueben," Coughlin said. "Rueben has to continue to develop, continue to become a better pro -- focus, concentration, production on the field, consistency, day in and day out. Practicing. You’ve seen the plays the guy can make. He’s made great plays ... We have a lot of belief and stock in his development."
But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as quarterback Eli Manning, and some of their difficulties in that regard led to interceptions.
Randle is a former second round pick and is poised for a huge leap in production this year if he can win that WR2 job. As the story points out, he delivered at times last year with six TDs to lead the team. But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as QB Eli Manning, and that led to interceptions. This year's Giants offense is expected to be more simple, which could also help Randle's cause.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30pm
Murphy spent for the first three years of his career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He was traded to Carolina in 2012 and played for the New York Giants last season.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:01am
Wilson is coming off a neck injury and it seems like the team could turn to Rashad Jennings as their lead back. Turnovers, injuries and bad luck have really changed the outlook of the once-promising Wilson...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 8:58am
The tweet noted that the team thinks he's an 'all-purpose player' and that he's very good at screens, which leads us to believe he could potentially be a three-down back. That's something Peyton Hillis is not, and David Wilson, who is coming off a neck injury, has yet to prove. Jennings could be in store for a big workload in 2014.