The Giants will get their first-round pick back on the practice field on Monday.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham has missed just about all of camp after aggravating a hamstring pull early this summer, but he’s recovered enough to take part in practice. Beckham will be limited to individual work as he ramps things back up after so much time off, although coach Tom Coughlin said that could change quickly if Beckham handles the initial workload without incident.
“He is going to practice on an individual basis and then they are going to assess where he is,” Coughlin said, via the New York Daily News. “If he can do a little more, then maybe he will do a little bit more, but if he can’t then we will keep it strictly with individual.”
Beckham’s likely questionable at best for Saturday’s game against the Colts, but Coughlin and the Giants will likely be satisfied if he gets himself on schedule to play in the third preseason game after a frustrating start to Beckham’s career with the team, the story went on to say.
After two preseason games, and three weeks of training camp, the chemistry between QB EJ Manuel and veteran WR Mike Williams is starting to develop.
In Friday’s preseason win in Carolina, the pair connected for a 28-yard pass play down the middle when Manuel threw it high and Williams went over DB Josh Norman to bring it in.
In Sunday’s after practice at training camp, Manuel and Williams were at it again. EJ found Williams in the end zone during red zone work in one of the early 11-on-11 sessions. And Williams was targeted several times in later red zone work as well.
Williams says he wants to be the quarterback’s go-to guy in the red zone, and he practically guarantees success when he’s thrown the ball.
“I always tell them there’s a 96-percent chance–the other 4-percent is their fault,” he laughed. “I always tell them, throw it to the clouds, I’m going to find a way to bring it down.”
Williams was projected to be a WR3 behind rookie Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods. But Woods was a surprise second teamer when the Bills opened the preseason against the Giants. The way it looks now, Williams and Watkins could potentially be the outsider starters to open the season, which would bump up Williams current ranking a little. It's something to continue to monitor through camp.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 7:39pm
The coaches want the ball out quick of course. But Griffin helped the offense in the two-minute situations as a rookie with his ability to make big plays with his legs, whether it was extending one against the Giants or taking off on runs downfield in other times.
During the two-minute drills Sunday, Griffin stayed in the pocket.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 10:01am
Giants WR Corey Washington has a lot to offer.
The wide receiver has now produced go-ahead touchdowns in back-to-back games for the Giants in their two victories. That’s just what an undrafted rookie from a small school needs to do to make the 53-man roster. In the Hall of Fame Game last week, he took one 73 yards to the house.
On Saturday, he used his biggest asset to go up and grab Curtis Painter’s 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:50 left in the game. And that’s his size.
“It’s a big part of my game,” Washington said. “I’m 6-4, tall and lanky. I can go up and get the ball. That helps against smaller corners. It can be big for the team this year.”
How much of a fantasy impact he makes is the big question, but given the Giants struggles on offense outside of the running game so far, and rookie Odell Beckham missing time in camp, Washington is at the very least taking advantage of his opportunity.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 9:48am
Through two preseason games, Giants TE Adrien Robinson has one catch for nine yards and two total targets. He was listed last in the team's first "unofficial" tight end depth chart released a few weeks ago and did not appear in the first half of Sunday's preseason game against the Steelers. Most of those reps went to Larry Donnell.
"We got guys that are hurt and we still got three preseason games left," he said. "So whenever I go out there I'm just going to try and make a play."
Robinson said he wasn't upset when he saw the depth chart and understood it for what it was: A motivational technique by the coaching staff to bring him along this preseason. After drafting him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft as a project pick, the team had hoped this would be his breakout season.
The good news for Robinson is no one is really standing out at the position. Beat writers say Donnell has been impressive in camp but it hasn't translated to the field. Eli Manning has always loved to target his TEs, especially in the red zone.
Saturday, August 9, 2014, 9:26pm
The Giants stuck with their starters on offense a bit longer in their second preseason outing of the season and got rewarded with a 73-yard touchdown run by RB Rashad Jennings that was sprung by a great block from aspiring right guard Brandon Mosley.
The Giants running game has looked good in both preseason games now, despite the loss of David Wilson. Jennings and Andre Williams look to be a strong point of the Giants offense so far.
Odell Beckham (hamstring) just watches, watches, watches. No throwing with quarterbacks during or after practice. He heads into the building moments after practice ends. Just some running and footwork drills on a side field early in practice. That is the rookie first round pick's day, it's apparently the look of a player "getting close."
Beckham is missing valuable reps as the team installs a new offense. OC Ben McAdoo plans to utilize a lot of three-WR sets, so there are likely starter-type snaps available for Beckham if he can get healthy and prove himself. Jerrel Jernigan figures to benefit if Beckham remains out. Rueben Randle is looking like a safe middle round pick.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:49pm
Giants beat writer Conor Orr:
Rueben Randle could eventually become a Top 20 receiver in football. His combination of size, speed and arm length, coupled with a friendly system and quarterback, could make him the next great pass catcher on the Giants roster.
I've seen it especially in longer routes over the middle this summer where Randle seems to finally be able to use his body to make the difficult catches that prolong drives.
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.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 11:46pm
Giants WR Marcus Harris was the offensive star of the day, making at least six catches that I counted. Victor Cruz praised Harris earlier in the day as a standout among the young wide receivers scrapping for a roster spot, and it's easy to see why. His cuts are crisp and he's finding space in the short-range and medium-range passing game on which the Giants will rely this season. I think I'd give him the edge right now over, say, Mario Manningham for a roster spot. Also, he did return to practice after hurting the knee, so that's a positive.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:30pm
Throughout training camp, Giants kickers Josh Brown and Brandon McManus have alternated turns at practice. During the first preseason game, McManus took and made the lone field goal attempt from 47 yards, while Brown made both extra points (more on that below). Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn was asked today if the competition is as close as it seems on the outside. “Yeah. You guys have seen it every day,” he said. “They’re both competing and have really strong legs. They both have pretty good accuracy at this point. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out.”
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:11pm
Cardinals TE Jake Ballard, who started 13 regular-season games and three postseason games for the 2011 Giants, has retired from the NFL. Ballard tore an ACL during New York’s Super Bowl XLVI win over the Patriots.
Running back David Wilson, the Giants' 2012 first-round pick, is not only out for the 2014 season with a neck injury, but has been advised to never play football again. On Wednesday, he spoke emotionally and eloquently in what amounted to a farewell press conference.
It's a wise decision to walk away after a series of scary neck injuries. We wish Wilson the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 11:06pm
It appears that Hillis has already lost the RB2 job to Andre Williams and this injury won't help matters.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 11:04pm
Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who's been out of practice with a hamstring injury since July 22, did more on the field than he's done in two weeks. He stretched with the team and did a good deal of running on his own, practicing making cuts and running not at top speed but at something quicker than a jog. It's definitely progress, though there's no timetable for Beckham's return to the field.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, "Giants doctors are shutting down RB David Wilson due to the neck injury that he sustained last year and most recently in camp. There is a belief that the injury could be career-ending."
Wilson hurt his neck in practice last week, saw some doctors about it in New York City and believed he'd get good news today after being examined by the doctor who performed his surgery in January. From a fantasy perspective, Andre Williams could get a bump in value now behind Rashad Jennings, even though he does not have a Wilson-like build to him for a third-down role. Williams saw first-team work in the Giants game with the Bills Sunday night and scored a TD. As for Wilson, it's believed he could be put on IR, or the Giants could reach an injury settlement.