Marshall was spotted on the field during the pre-game warm-ups. He appeared to be in good spirits, smiling and chatting with team personnel. He declined to say why he wouldn't be playing.
Coach Todd Bowles has closely monitored the reps of his older players throughout the preseason, but resting Marshall, 32, in the most important game would be unusual. He played only 23 snaps in the first two games, recording only two receptions for eight yards. It's possible that Marshall suffered a minor injury in practice. Practices are now closed to the media and Bowles doesn't volunteer any injury information, the story said.
Orleans Darkwa is used to being patient.
"Patience has been my life story," Darkwa said. "You're always going to be frustrated at times, but at the same time, it might be a blessing in disguise. You never know."
Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen are locked into their roles as the lead back and the third-down back, respectively. Fifth-round pick Paul Perkins is all but guaranteed a roster spot. That leaves Darkwa and fellow third-year veteran Andre Williams in a battle for what will likely be the final running back spot, the story said. Williams has got more of a look to this point so this is a Darkwa's big chance. Williams has had 15 carries for 56 yards on 35 snaps.
Anticipation for Victor Cruz’s return to game action continues to build at the facility as Ben McAdoo said the team is “very optimistic” about the chances for Saturday night. A knee injury on Oct. 12, 2014 ended one season for Cruz, a calf injury halted another, and a groin injury kept him out of the first two preseason games this year.
“I’m ready,” Cruz said. “Obviously it’s been a long time coming. I had a good week of practice, everything feels great so I’m just excited to put that out there on the game field for the first time in a long time.”
We'll see how Cruz's body holds up to game action. If he comes back at full strength, he'll alter the outlook for rookie Sterling Shepard, but at this point it seems more likely that Cruz will return to the lineup in a smaller role.
Lining up most often in the slot, Cruz caught several passes and demonstrated an impressive burst running upfield.
“Just seeing him back out there catching some balls, bursting a little bit, it feels good,” Odell Beckham said. “It feels right."
This was considered a big week for Cruz's comeback attempt and it seems to be off to a good start. HC Ben McAdoo said it's important for Cruz to be able to play in one of the final two preseason games.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz didn’t play in last Saturday’s game against the Bills, but he dressed for warmups to move closer to playing in a game than he’s been since tearing his patella tendon in the 2014 season.
The plan for this week is to take the next step and get Cruz on the field against the Jets. On Tuesday, Cruz was a participant in his first full practice since hurting his groin two weeks ago and coach Ben McAdoo said that the team will have him in the lineup if all goes well the next couple of days.
“We’ll find out more today and tomorrow, but I’m looking forward to seeing him,” McAdoo said, via the New York Daily News. “It was nice to see him in the uniform in pre-game the other day.”
The goal is to see how he plays and how his body handles playing to get a better idea of what to expect from him. This remains a big week for Cruz in his comeback attempt.
Monday, August 22, 2016, 6:12pm
Two days after Tom Obarski pulled a short field goal to the left in an ugly 21-0 preseason loss to the Bills, the Giants have made a move to bolster their unconventional kicking situation, waiving Obarski and signing veteran Randy Bullock after a successful tryout on Monday. Bullock's signing was first reported by The Record's Art Stapleton.
The organization is not wavering in its support of the embattled Josh Brown, who will be suspended for the season opener due to a violation of the personal conduct policy stemming from his May 22, 2015 arrest on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence after an altercation with his then-wife in Woodinville, Wash. The charge was dismissed five days later, the story said.
Victor Cruz's professional life rests on the results of this upcoming week. It’s the biggest week of the New York Giants wide receiver’s career since the summer of 2010, when he needed an enormous preseason performance against the New York Jets to introduce himself to the world.
Cruz is trying desperately to return to game action this week for the first time in almost two years. He’s been dealing with a nagging groin problem this summer, on the heels of calf and knee injuries the previous two years. It has been almost two weeks since Cruz last finished a practice, and almost two years since he last appeared in a game.
The former Pro Bowl receiver will practice on Monday, when the Giants run a light workout centered on conditioning. Cruz didn’t play on Saturday, but he did participate in warm-ups and run some routes before the game. That was considered a significant step in his comeback.
Monday, August 22, 2016, 8:49am
A few days after Obarski missed his only field-goal attempt against the Buffalo Bills, the Giants have decided to work out some kickers. According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, former Saints, Browns and Steelers kicker Garrett Hartley is among those in the facility Monday.
Jets RB Matt Forte did team periods Sunday for the second consecutive practice (also last Wednesday). He moved around well Sunday.
Forte sat out the Jets' first two preseason games. Will he play Saturday against the Giants? If he doesn't, he'd go into Week 1 with zero preseason game snaps. The Jets have three more practices before they face the Giants.
The story said HC Todd Bowles said Forte will play in that game "if he gets better during the week. We'll try to anticipate it in warm-ups. I'd like to get him a few snaps, if I could." If Forte doesn't play in the preseason it may be a stretch for him to see a bulk of the workload in Week 1, esp. with Bilal Powell in the picture who also excels in the passing game. It's a situation to monitor over the next few days.
Cruz made a brief return, but still felt problems with the groin and has been working on a side field with the training staff recently.
Coach Ben McAdoo said on Sunday that Cruz will take part in Monday’s brief practice with hopes that all will go well enough for him to participate in Tuesday’s full practice as well.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:53am
One of the many storylines from Friday night's game was the DNP for rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg. Coach Todd Bowles had said "the plan" was to get Hackenberg a few snaps, but he decided to play only three quarterbacks. "Coach's decision," Bowles said after the game, explaining why the second-round pick was kept in mothballs for another week. Pressed, Bowles reiterated, "Coach's decision."
It's an interesting dynamic. I'm sure general manager Mike Maccagnan would like to see the potential quarterback of the future in action, but his coach's job is to evaluate players for the present. The Jets will be closer to a regular-season mode as they prepare for the Giants, meaning another week of watching and learning for the rookie.
Hackenberg probably won't play until the preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Naturally, we'll be monitoring the division of practice reps between Geno Smith and Bryce Petty, whose emergence has added intrigue to the backup-QB situation, the story said. For now, Hackenberg seems out of the Jets QB picture.
The Giants will be without their Pro Bowl kicker for the season opener at Dallas on Sept. 11.
It was announced on Wednesday that kicker Josh Brown has been suspended for one game for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. It's unclear what Brown did to violate the conduct policy.
Tom Obarski is currently the second kicker in camp. Owners who end up with Brown on the roster should get a Plan B ready for Week 1.
Cameron didn’t catch a pass against the Giants in Friday’s preseason opener. But head coach Adam Gase isn’t panicking.
“I feel like what’s going on with him right now is that there’s a little bit of a learning curve for him,” Gase said of Cameron. “We went through some struggles there in the spring (and) a little bit at the beginning of camp. The thing about the tight end position is that there’s a lot of responsibility you have. You’re doing multiple phases of the game.”
Cameron caught 35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns in his first season with the Dolphins last year. But the goal is for Cameron to duplicate his 2013 season, when he recorded 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns for the Browns. Tight end Julius Thomas finished with 108 catches for 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns over his two seasons in Gase’s offense with the Broncos, the story pointed out. Cameron is 19th on our TE list coming into this season and has a 17th round ADP.
Cruz on the side watching practice has been standard operating procedure for the Giants since he tore his patellar tendon during the 2014 season. The questions raised by the long run of injuries were clear during an appearance by General Manager Jerry Reese on WFAN.
“We’re still not giving up on Cruz,” Reese said, via the New York Daily News. “Hopefully, he’ll make it back.”
There's been some speculation that Cruz could be cut, but it sounds like the team is going to ride this out. It may end up being a different story if the injury lingers and Cruz can't get back to a full go.
Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:34pm
The longest reception by an Eagles wideout went for 10 yards in their opening preseason game. It belonged to Paul Turner, an undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech, who also was the team's leading receiver for the evening, with six catches for 34 yards.
The two longest receptions went to tight ends - 19 yards to Zach Ertz and 16 to M.J. McFarland. With Jordan Matthews sidelined by a knee injury, the field was wide open for 2015 No. 1 pick Nelson Agholor, 2014 third-round pick Josh Huff, former Giants second-round pick Rueben Randle, or former Rams and Ravens starter Chris Givens to step up and make a case.
None of them did. Turner was the lone bright spot. Eagles quarterbacks passed for 114 yards, with several drops.
The Eagle receivers couldn't get a lot of separation against the Bucs. Randle played uninspired, admitting camp has taken a toll on him. Agholor played 32 snaps and was target twice but didn't catch a pass. This is an area to watch for potential fantasy owners to hopefully see some improvement in their next contest. Outside of Matthews, there isn't a lot of excitement from a fantasy standpoint right now.