Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:36am
Davis, 28, was signed by the Giants this offseason after spending last year with the Seattle Seahawks. He was a key figure this summer in an open competition with the Giants that included Robinson, Daniel Fells and Larry Donnell.
There really doesn't appear to be a TE1 at the time for the Giants and there was talk it would be more of a committee. The offense is still a bit of a mess, so until one emerges offensively, stay away from this situation.
Friday, August 29, 2014, 5:28pm
"That is a continuous battle right now to sort that thing out; who is going to be the playmaker? Who are they?" Giants HC Tom Coughlin said of his receiving corps.
He wondered this amid a torrid stretch for undrafted free agent Corey Washington, a 6-4, 214-pound jump-baller out of Division II Newberry College who, incredibly, went four straight preseason contests with a game-winning touchdown.
He led the Giants in receiving this preseason with 10 catches for 155 yards and four touchdowns.
“He has one are area that he has done very well and this is he will go up and get the ball,” Coughlin said. “That is very noticeable.”
It was noticeable, though it didn’t lead to any significant snaps for Washington with the first string.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin has seen this too many times before. Quarterback Eli Manning staring in the direction of wide receiver Rueben Randle after an incompletion or interception, frozen in his patented Manning Face.
"I thought the worst play of the night was the misconnection between Rueben Randle and Eli," Coughlin said. "I thought, he thought, those kind of things. Everyone in this room is tired of hearing that stuff. There is no place for that."
Randle insists it's nothing that can't be fixed. Unlike last year when the wide receiver estimated 80 percent of Manning's interceptions were caused by miscommunication, this was simply a matter of their timing being off. The mistakes this year have been a result of timing.
Unfortunately, this seems to have occurred far too often this preseason for the Giants' new offense, which continues to struggle.
Quarterback Eli Manning hasn’t bought into the doom and gloom about the offense at any point this summer and his reaction wasn’t any different after Thursday’s 1-for-4, zero yard outing. Manning found silver linings wherever he could find them, including the old standby about the week of practice offering no hint of the struggles that were to come.
“Well, I thought we had a good week of practice,” Manning said, via NJ.com. “We didn’t get much going [Thursday night], but we’re getting ready for Detroit, that first game. We got the starters out healthy so that’s always the most important thing. We have to get ready for Detroit on Monday night. It should be fun.”
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:54pm
The signs point to the Colts keeping six receivers, but Da'Rick Rogers and Griff Whalen, the likely candidates for that spot, can't take anything for granted in case they have a bigger need at another position on the roster. Whalen has the edge on Rogers if the Colts do decide to keep only five receivers. Rogers has shown flashes in the preseason -- a 45-yard catch against the New York Jets and touchdown against the New York Giants -- and has more potential than Whalen. But Whalen has been more consistent going back to training camp at Anderson (Indiana) University.
The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reported Thursday that Dobson traveled with the Patriots and is expected to make his preseason debut tonight against the New York Giants. It's uncertain how much playing time Dobson will see.
A return to action is the first step as Dobson tries to regain his footing as one of the Patriots' starting outside receivers. He's battling Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell, both of whom have the early leg up. Dobson performed well down the stretch last season and possesses a brand of speed the Pats are currently lacking in the passing game.
As a rookie, Dobson caught a respectable 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns, but he flashed some big play ability in his 5-130-2 outing against the Steelers in early November. His FP/T (1.05) was average, but if he can beat out Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins for a starting job, he should produce with Tom Brady throwing the ball. He only played 63% of the snaps as a rookie.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:24pm
The Giants are looking for playmakers at the wide receiver position. Fourth-quarter preseason star Corey Washington could get a chance to show what he can do earlier in the game. Veteran Mario Manningham has this one final chance to prove he's healthy and explosive enough on the outside to merit a roster spot. Jerrel Jernigan has been coasting through camp as a guy who assumes he has a roster spot locked up, but the Giants would very much like to see him perform the way he did last December, even for one drive. Lots still to sort out at these positions with a week and a half to go.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 12:23pm
Giants TE Daniel Fells is expected to take some (if not most) of the first-team snaps on Thursday night against his former team, and is in serious contention for playing time in the tight-end-by-committee approach the Giants admittedly will employ.
"They are all going to play," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of the rotation for Thursday night, and likely this season.
The Giants TE situation is one to just stay away from right now until someone (hopefully) emerges.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:02pm
Jerrel Jernigan, who's been running with the first team in Beckham's place all summer, looks like a strong bet as well, especially since he's Cruz's primary backup at the slot receiver position. Undrafted rookie Corey Washington has caught a touchdown pass in each of the Giants' first four preseason games and has obviously helped his cause.
Preston Parker, who caught 40 passes for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2011 but was out of football last season, appears to be the primary punt returner right now with Beckham and Trindon Holliday hurt, and that could help him earn a spot as a wide receiver as well. Julian Talley also survived Tuesday's cuts and therefore remains a candidate to be kept.
One of the odd men out seems to be Mario Manningham who has struggled at times but has shown flashes lately. The team is apparently going to keep four TEs which could make it tough to keep six WRs.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 5:55pm
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:33am
Beckham hasn't been a full participant in a Giants practice since early June. He's going to need time to get up to speed and into playing shape. So, best-case scenario at this point appears to be Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals. More likely at this point appears to be even later in his rookie season.
It's reached the point where coach Tom Coughlin would settle for a single, solitary practice from his prized rookie.
"Have you seen him practice?” a seemingly perturbed Coughlin said. "How about practicing before you play?"
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:29am
McManus has been informed that Brown has won the Giants kicking job, a league source told NJ.com. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the move wasn't officially announced.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:43pm
It has reached the point where the Giants conceded they don't have a true No. 1 tight end, only four limited players (if they keep all four on the final roster) with specific skill sets they plan to use accordingly.
"That is not necessarily what the plan was [entering training camp]," coach Tom Coughlin said. "But the plan has evolved to that, where people can be utilized for their skills in different ways."
It's an ugly fantasy situation and one to stay away from, at least until someone can emerge. But the entire passing game seem to have a ways to go first. The story said Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are presumably around for the long haul of 2014. Veterans Daniel Fells and Kellen Davis are also in the mix. Every day, the order they take the field seems to change.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, that the team’s starters would play 15-18 snaps during the preseason finale.
There were some signs of life during that game, but it was still an uneven performance at best for Eli Manning and company. Complicating matters was the loss of left guard Geoff Schwartz to a dislocated toe, which will force the Giants to shuffle rookie Weston Richburg into the lineup. Right guard Brandon Mosley didn’t practice on Monday after his back tightened up on Sunday, an injury that could force the team to dig even deeper into the depth chart just before the start of the season.
Seems like a pretty serious situation, but the offense seems to need the work even if it's against second stringers. Coughlin had threatened the starters with such a scenario if their play didn’t improve in last Friday’s game against the Jets, the story said. Rookie WR Odell Beckham will not play in the game.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:33pm
Giants running back Peyton Hills practiced today for the first time since injuring his foot and ankle on Aug. 6. And how did that make him feel?
“Oh my goodness, it was nice,” Hillis said. “It was good to be out there with the guys again, just fun. I’m looking forward to hopefully playing this week (in the preseason finale vs. New England).”
Hillis missed the last three games and wasn’t certain when he would return to the field.