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Monday, March 11, 2013, 12:50pm
The Giants intend to let RB Andre Brown split carries with David Wilson in their back field, so he’ll probably get a second-round tender ($2.02 million). Although his original round is a fourth-rounder and he’s had injury issues, so maybe this is where they try to save a few bucks, thinking no one will want to give him big money and surrender a pick that high. I’m not sure it’s worth the risk, though. For $700,000 more, why not just lock up a player who might start on Opening Day?
Hakeem Nicks has scope on left knee
Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:17pm
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks had a scope on the left knee he injured in Week 2 against the Buccaneers. Nicks suggested he may have suffered the injury, in part, because he was compensating for pain in the right foot he fractured last spring. Nicks missed three games with the foot and knee injuries, but was considerably slowed by both for the balance of the season.
Scopes (a.k.a. arthroscopic surgery) are relatively minor procedures when compared to full ligament tears. Recovery is about a month, so Nicks' summer shouldn't be much different than usual.
Friday, February 15, 2013, 11:24am
The truth sometimes hurts and Andre Brown admitted he was “sad’’ to learn he would no longer share the offensive backfield with Ahmad Bradshaw. It did not take long for that reality to set in and for Brown to set his sights on the No. 1 running back job.
“Oh yes, I’m going to prepare to be a starter,’’ Brown said. “That’s the dream job right there, to go out there and start and play for the New York Giants. I would love to do that. I’m going to put as much work as I need to put in to prepare for that role, if it happens to be me, put that faith in them that they can rely on me.’’
The Giants do not release key players without some tangible plan and, with Bradshaw purged from the roster, Brown and David Wilson are the obvious replacement parts. The two are completely disparate in their running styles; Wilson is a blur, Brown is a load.
Yet their totals from last season were similar. Brown had 73 rushing attempts, 385 yards (5.3-yard average) and a team-high eight rushing touchdowns. Wilson had 71 rushing attempts, 358 yards (5.0-yard average) and four TDs. Wilson as a first-round draft pick is a starter in waiting, but Brown was ahead of him on the depth chart before he broke his left fibula Nov. 25 in a rout of the Packers.
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 12:31pm
Giants WR Rueben Randle did finish his rookie year well, including a four-catch, two-touchdown performance in the season-ending victory over Philadelphia. He caught 19 passes in 16 games – 10 of them in 2 games (6 vs. Cleveland and 4 vs. Philadelphia). Clearly, he needs to provide more consistent production. But the Giants believe he will do that as an NFL sophomore. Right now, Randle is the heavy favorite to be the Giants’ third wideout in 2013, with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz as the starters. Assuming his stays healthy, I would be very surprised if Randle didn’t at least double his number of reception next season.
Giants release Ahmad Bradshaw
Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 5:30pm
The Giants' leading rusher the past three seasons, Bradshaw has been bothered by foot and ankle problems for years.
He was set to earn $4.25 million and became expendable with the play of rookie David Wilson.
Ahmad Bradshaw undergoes foot surgery
Sunday, February 3, 2013, 11:06am
Bradshaw is at the Super Bowl wearing a protective boot and maneuvering through crowds on a scooter after having a three-year-old screw removed from his right foot and a new screw inserted to help support two fractures.
The second fracture occurred in the 2011 season, but instead of surgery, Bradshaw tried a treatment of injecting stem cells into the area to promote bone growth last March.
"I just went through too much this year," Bradshaw said after signing autographs for fans at the NFL Experience for more than an hour. "The stem cell [treatment] wore off last year and I was able to fight through it all year and get the screw out."
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 11:37am
There was a time not so long ago when Victor Cruz had a fairy tale with the Giants, when the wideout promised never to hold out against his hometown team as he battled for a lucrative contract extension.
But now, all bets are off. And on Friday, the Giants’ Pro Bowl wideout refused to rule out the threat of a holdout if his already contentious contract talks continue to get ugly.
“I have no answer to that,” Cruz told the News when asked if he would consider a holdout.
Cruz’s ominous non-answer opens the door for things to get even uglier in contract talks that have made little progress in recent months, and it came just hours after Giants owner John Mara made it clear that the team will not break the bank to sign its star. Mara stressed that the Giants have “a limit with any player,” even a Pro Bowl wideout coming off a second straight 1,000-yard season.
This is not much of a concern at this point given the time remaining until camp, but owners should file it away nonetheless.
Saturday, February 2, 2013, 11:25am
Giants co-owner John Mara made clear that there is a limit with any player, including WR Victor Cruz, because of the salary cap and needs elsewhere on the roster. But it sounds like there is a financial disconnect between the sides, even though during the season Cruz was open about the ongoing negotiations and said there was a "structure" in place for a new contract.
Asked if Cruz's asking price is unreasonable, Mara said, "Well, right now, but that’s his agent. But that’s what agents do, and we’ve got a lot of time to work something out, and hopefully we’ll be able to come together."
Mara said "we have a year to get that worked out." Cruz has played three NFL seasons and is a restricted free agent, so the Giants could tender him to hold onto him in the short term while they continue to work on a long-term deal.
Friday, January 11, 2013, 12:19pm
David Wilson may be the lead back in 2013, but he will likely have the very productive Bradshaw waiting in the wings.
Giants GM believes David Wilson "can be the lead back"
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 7:51pm
Giants RB David Wilson may go from the doghouse to being the "lead dog" next season. General manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin discussed the state of the Giants heading into the offseason on WFAN on Thursday, and the GM believes Wilson has what it takes to start next year.
"I don’t think there’s any question that he can be that," Reese said, when asked if Wilson can be a lead back. "It’s a two- and three-back league nowadays, but do I think he can be a lead dog? I do think that."
"Because he’s not a little guy, and he has incredible balance," Reese continued. "You see guys have some big hits on him and he stays up -- he’s not an easy guy to take down. So he’s much stronger than you might think just from how he looks on the field. But he’s a sleek, well-chiseled athlete. I do believe he can be the lead back."
Perhaps that is why Ahmad Bradshaw was so uncertain about his status next year. Bradshaw is coming off a 1,000-yard season, and is under contract for the next two seasons at $3.75 and $4 million in base salary. But he Giants may ask some of their veterans to restructure their deals, including him.
This is not major news at this point, but it is a snapshot of the team's current opinion of Wilson and it also could impact Ahmad Bradshaw, who is under contract for two more seasons. If Bradshaw is with the team in 2013, expect a RBBC approach with Wilson possibly in the lead role. If Bradshaw is not back, look for Wilson to start with Andre Brown as his backup.
Thursday, January 3, 2013, 1:13pm
But the wide receiver said during his weekly spot on WFAN that both sides opted to put contract talks aside during the season after "agreeing to disagree."
"It got tabled for a couple weeks, mainly because of the two sides agreeing to disagree at the same time," Cruz said. "So it had been tabled for a couple weeks, but now that the season’s over and the statistics are what they are, I think we’re going to get back and pick up the pen again and see what we can do."
Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:58pm
This explains Nicks' lackluster performance this season. He should be back to his old self in 2013, but he has been somewhat injury-prone throughout his career.
Andy Reid fired by Eagles
Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:41pm
Andy Reid's worst coaching season with the Philadelphia Eagles ended Monday after 14 years when he was fired by owner Jeffrey Lurie, who said it was time ''to move in a new direction.''
''Andy leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future,'' Lurie said in a statement released by the team.