Giants Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 12:34pm
There's no question that, of their myriad problems, the Giants' offensive line was the biggest and most devastating. Everything else can be traced to the meltdown on the line.
You can argue that part of Eli Manning's job is to overcome adversity and raise the level of play of those around him. But even the best quarterbacks need at least some time to do that stuff, and Manning's pass protection was cripplingly bad last year.
You can make the argument that this year's starting group looks more talented than the one with which the Giants started the 2013 season -- especially if this year's version of G Chris Snee is healthy, which last year's was not. But what remains to be seen is how they'll play together and how they'll all hold up. More than any other item on the Giants' list of offseason questions, the answer to this one will determine how much the team can improve over last season.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 11:00am
Unless Giants RB Andre Williams proves quickly that he can at least block (his pass catching is likely to come along slower), Williams is unlikely to see the field much early in his rookie season. The Giants (or any NFL team for that matter) can't have a running back on the field who doesn't catch the ball or block.
Eli Manning (ankle) says he's 100 percent
Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:24pm
Once thought of as a scratch for OTA's, Manning hasn't missed one yet.
"Yeah, 100 percent, yeah," Manning said. "I don't think about it, I don't notice it. I go about practice and do everything and they're not even worried about it. It hasn't been an issue and there's no question I could play tomorrow."
"Yeah, and in all the OTA's, I've taken all the reps that I would normally take."
After eight straight top 15 finishes, Manning (and the Giants offense) tanked in 2013. He finished #21, but his play seemed even worse than that. A bounce back season is likely given his talent and the arrival of OC Ben McAdoo, who plans to install a quick hitting offense from his days in Green Bay. Hakeem Nicks is gone, but Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle are expected to emerge.
Monday, June 9, 2014, 7:00pm
Rashad 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. In 13 career games where he has seen 15+ touches, Jennings has averaged 14.4 fantasy points, or solid RB1 numbers. Jennings will be 29 to open the season, so he’s close to the end of a running back’s prime. But given the limited workload he has seen for most of his career, there should be plenty of tread left on his tires.
Monday, June 9, 2014, 6:46pm
Giants beat writer Dan Salomone said that WR Rueben Randle stood out at practice on Monday: "The third-year wide receiver made a pair of exceptional plays during OTA No. 7 on Monday. The first was a laser of a pass from Eli Manning to Randle, who was surrounded by defensive backs and managed to control the ball. The second was a sideline catch as Randle fell out of bounds during the two-minute drill."
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.
Monday, June 9, 2014, 12:17pm
The Giants like their tight end to be a reliable run-blocker and an occasional helper in the passing game. Anyone who can fit that description has a chance to be on the field -- whether it's Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Kellen Davis, whoever. I wouldn't touch any of them in fantasy football, and I wouldn't go into this season super-worried about whether the Giants have a tight end who can catch 70 passes. They don't want one. They don't think they need one. So whatever your expectations may be for Adrien Robinson this year, there's a pretty good chance the ones the Giants have are even lower. But they're also probably less worried about it than you are.
Tom Coughlin 'impressed' with Adrien Robinson
Friday, June 6, 2014, 11:13am
Giants TE Adrien Robinson in particular has looked good during the OTAs the media have been permitted to watch this spring, and Coughlin praised both Robinson and fellow tight end Larry Donnell following Thursday's practice.
"I think [Robinson's] done a really good job, in terms of just learning again, not many mental errors. I’ve been really impressed with that," Coughlin said. "[Larry] Donnell the same way. The guys have learned it, they’ve picked it up, they’re out there, they seem to be much more natural, not a lot of plodding. It seems like they’ve grasped what we want done, and let’s just hope they keep going."
The Giants desperately need one or more of these tight ends to step up.
Robinson has a golden opportunity in front of him but hasn't caught a pass in two seasons in the NFL.
Friday, June 6, 2014, 10:39am
Giants RB David Wilson worked, again, in non-contact drills, primarily returns. Tom Coughlin said of Wilson's Wednesday diagnosis, "It's not a negative report as far as we're concerned. Probably right where it should be at this point." The hope remains that Wilson will be cleared for contact by the start of training camp next month, but until he is, he's not, and it can't be assumed he ever will be. Everyone's encouraged about Wilson right now, but they need to be 100 percent sure he's safe before they put him back on the field.
Friday, June 6, 2014, 10:37am
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 4:20pm
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:14am
David Wilson’s wait continues, but today he took another significant step closer toward a full return to the football field.
The Giants’ third-year running back underwent another exam this morning – a CT scan - to gauge the progress on his surgically-repaired neck. And while Wilson wasn’t cleared for full participation, the exam revealed he is progressing to where that could occur next month.
“There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion,” said Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants’ team physician. “But the reality is it has only been four and one-half months since the surgery. We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp he will be cleared at that point.”
David Wilson (neck) not yet cleared for contact
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 11:02am
David Wilson (neck) has an MRI on Wednesday
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 2:17pm
David Wilson (neck) is scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday. He sounds sure he'll be cleared to play. "I don't even think about (the neck injury) when I’m out there," Wilson said last week. "I’m just doing everything normal. If you focus on that, it’s the wrong thing to focus on. I’m trying to focus more on building chemistry with my team and learning this playbook so we can have a better season than we did last year.
“I have no pain and there’s nothing I can do to make it better. But I want to express that I’ve never had any pain. I went home to my family and they were shocked to see me. On Memorial Day weekend, like, ‘Oh my God, is your neck…how is your neck?’ I never had any pain. I’ve been walking on my own, talking on my own, doing everything normal, running, exercising like regular. I want to express to everybody that I have never had any pain at all, zero percent. I’ve been healthy and doing well.”
Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:07am
Monday, June 2, 2014, 9:44am
This jibes with recent reports that new OC Ben McAdoo has been featuring a lot of three-WR sets in OTAs. If that's the case, then there is room for all three receivers to be fantasy relevant, provided Eli Manning has a bounce back season.