Giants Fantasy News

Eli Manning continues to play well in camp

Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:39pm

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s first pass of live drills this summer was intercepted by linebacker Devon Kennard. Since that point, now 10 days and eight practices later, Manning has not thrown another interception.

For a quarterback with Manning's history and who two years ago, when the Giants were installing Ben McAdoo's offense, was throwing multiple interceptions every day at training camp, this is quite the accomplishment. He's a completely different quarterback now. He's in total command of the offense, and has looked poised in the pocket while picking apart the defense.

Fantasy Impact:

It appeared that way again on Monday, when Manning closed the team portion of drills by perfectly executing a no-huddle, two-minute drill. Manning completed three passes to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., including a perfectly threaded touchdown toss between cornerback Janoris Jenkins and safety Landon Collins. Collins was turned around on the play, the story said. Manning has finished #10 and #8 in the last two seasons and has five top 10 finishes in the last seven seasons. But it is his splits with Odell Beckham that make him such an attractive pick this year. In 27 games over the past two seasons, Manning has averaged 282 yards and 2.0 TD with Beckham in the lineup. Those are low-end QB1 numbers. It doesn’t hurt that he hasn’t missed a start in the last 11 seasons, either.

Saints release Hakeem Nicks

Monday, August 8, 2016, 12:28pm

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Hakeem Nicks was cut by the Saints.

According to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, coach Sean Payton announced the move after practice.

Nicks’ comeback bid didn’t even make two weeks, as the Saints apparently didn’t see enough from him to continue.

The former Giants wideout caught seven passes last year in his second stint in New York, after a less-than-stellar trip to Indianapolis. He hasn’t topped 1,000 yards since 2011, and may not get many more chances.

Giants Beat: Real Victor Cruz hasn't arrived yet

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 10:09am

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It remains early in training camp, of course, and Victor Cruz has missed an extraordinary amount of time, but at the very least, it seems safe to say he has significant ground to make up before the Giants can count on him to help them this season.

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz didn't look sharp in drills going against Eli Apple, the author noted. As we've reported and as this story pointed out, the Giants are realistic about Cruz and aren't operating any illusion it seems. But the team also said publicly it's only a matter of time before Cruz let's it rip and that he's currently knocking off the rust. That all remains to be seen. For now, he's a risky late-round pick with a lot of questions.

Steelers Beat: Jesse James is TE if season started today

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 9:51am

Tribune Review - [Full Article]

If the season began today – and, of course, it doesn’t – and/or if Ladarius Green’s surgically-repaired ankle doesn’t improve over the next five weeks… what are the Steelers options at tight end?

Jesse James would start and serve the No. 1 role. Xavier Grimble has been taking practice reps commensurate with a player who’s expected to have a not-insignificant role in the offense. David Johnson will handle duties of a hybrid Matt Spaeth/Will Johnson 2015 version, meaning mostly as a blocker. It appears Nix is being prepped for some traditional tight end-style work, and maybe someone such Mt. Lebanon native Paul Lang steals a roster spot (in lieu of a still-PUP’d Green).

Fantasy Impact:

As the story said, the unsettled situation bares watching over the next four weeks through the preseason games and up until the final cutdown day. That's especially true if Green's injury continues to keep him out.

Odell Beckham takes part in live drills

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 5:30pm

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It took all of two plays during live 11-on-11 drills for New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to make his presence felt.

Beckham participated in Friday’s walk-through-type practice after missing three days with a lower left leg injury. But Saturday was the first time he went against defenders since hurting his leg in a collision with cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The injury didn’t slow Beckham down a step. He’s still got it.

“He looked good to me,” coach Ben McAdoo said of his star receiver’s health.

Fantasy Impact:

The Pro Bowl receiver beat Jenkins for a 70-yard touchdown reception on a perfectly placed pass from quarterback Eli Manning during Saturday’s practice. The touchdown came on a deep post where Beckham used a quick deke and then outpaced Jenkins by a full five yards. Beckham was slightly limited during the practice. He skipped one-on-one drills with the cornerbacks. But McAdoo insisted he did what was planned.

Odell Beckham back at practice

Friday, August 5, 2016, 12:50pm

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New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned to practice on Friday. He had missed the past three days with a lower leg injury.

Beckham had soreness and swelling in his left leg, but did light jogging at practice on Tuesday and Wednesday with new strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman. He ran sprints Thursday.

Coach Ben McAdoo said Wednesday that Beckham was close to a return and was "absolutely" making progress.

Fantasy Impact:

Beckham was injured when he became entangled with cornerback Janoris Jenkins during Sunday's practice. He limped off the field and the Giants said afterwards he had been cleated and had lacerations on his left leg.

Giants don't necessarily want RB committee

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 12:10pm - [Full Article]

A committee, while the most obvious approach with a spare-parts unit, isn't how Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson wants to deploy his backs.

"What I've learned is that if you can have a couple of guys playing a lot, then a spare guy, that's the best way to go," Johnson said, per the team's official website.

Johnson points to Rashad Jennings' play at the end of last season as evidence the veteran might be the man to carry the workload in 2016.

"At the end of the year, he was probably playing as well as any back in football," Johnson said of Jennings.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants have a lot of options but everything seems to point back to Jennings getting the most work. Andre Williams has never found his way and Shane Vereen is more of a dynamic, third down back. Paul Perkins is a rookie and Orleans Darkwa has never rushed for 50 yards.

Sterling Shepard stands out again

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:29pm

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Giants rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard is making plays.

Shepard worked with the first-team offense and caught several passes during team drills. None were more impressive than when he plucked an Eli Manning pass out of the air in the middle of the field during a no-huddle drill.

Fantasy Impact:

He continues to be an early offseason story for the Giants and someone to really keep an eye on in the fantasy world. The author also had in the story that one NFC executive told him Shepard's "going to be a really good player." The team continues to bring Victor Cruz along slowly.

Odell Beckham returns to practice

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 10:53am - [Full Article]

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned practice on Tuesday two days after leaving a practice session early with a minor injury. Beckham was cleated in the left ankle/lower leg by cornerback Janoris Jenkins as the players jumped for a deep pass in Sunday's practice.

The Giants got a scare when Beckham remained on the turf for a few minutes and was attended to by trainers. After briefly rejoining his teammates, Beckham left practice and was carted from the field house to the team's facility.

Fantasy Impact:

Beckham suffered some cuts but was otherwise OK. We had a return earlier today he may miss more time but turns out he returned today.

Odell Beckham (leg) to miss practice time

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 8:33am

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Odell Beckham Jr.'s injured left leg was extremely sore Monday and he's likely to miss practice time this week, according to a source.

The Giants have their first full pads workout of the summer scheduled for Tuesday.

Beckham hurt his leg during Sunday's practice when he became entangled with cornerback Janoris Jenkins on a deep pass down the sideline. He limped off the field, and eventually left practice.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants said he was 'cleated' and has cuts on his leg. HC Ben McAdoo expected Beckham to be sore. Overall the team called it a 'minor setback' so it shouldn't keep him out too long.

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 3:35pm - [Full Article]

Victor Cruz' workload was lighter on Sunday than it was in Saturday's practice.

"We dialed back his load today," coach Ben McAdoo said. "He did work. He finished practice. He got the number of reps that we were looking for him to get today. That's part of the structure."

Cruz, who is trying to make a comeback after missing most of the past two seasons with injuries, didn't take any reps with the first- or second-team offenses during 11-on-11 team periods on Sunday. Before Beckham's injury, the first-team receivers were Beckham and Geremy Davis on the outside with Sterling Shepard in the slot.

Odell Beckham suffers minor injury

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 1:45pm - [Full Article]

Odell Beckham Jr. left the practice field early Sunday after suffering "a cut or two" to his leg after after colliding with teammate Janoris Jenkins while attempting to make a catch, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said.

"He's probably going to be sore for a couple days," McAdoo told reporters after practice.

Fantasy Impact:

OBJ got cleated, according to McAdoo. The star receiver landed awkwardly after going up for a deep ball. He required attention from trainers for a few minutes after. Beckham stayed on the field for a while, walking gingerly on his left leg, and he was spotted on the sideline grabbing his ankle area. Despite trying to jog it off, the Giants' superstar eventually rode a cart back into the team's facility before the practice's conclusion.

Larry Donnell makes early impression

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 8:25am - [Full Article]

Everyone wanted to see the Giants’ high-profile wide receivers perform in public today, so naturally tight end Larry Donnell all but stole the show.

Donnell made several catches in the first training camp workout fans were permitted to attend. It was a satisfying performance for a player who missed the second half of the 2015 season with a neck injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Donnell may have to knock off Will Tye for the Giants TE1 spot. Tye took over when Donnell got hurt and played well last season, and Tye has also looked good in the spring. This will be a camp battle to watch if Donnell continues to impress.

Sterling Shepard on field in two-, three-WR sets

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 4:38pm - [Full Article]

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has been lining up opposite Odell Beckham Jr. in two-receiver sets in the first two training camp practices. When the Giants use three receivers, Shepard has played outside and in the slot.

The bottom line is that the second round pick out of Oklahoma has been on the field a lot. The same was true during minicamp in the spring. So Ben McAdoo's comment about playing young players didn't come as a surprise.

Fantasy Impact:

The 5-foot-10, 194-pound Shepard has the prototypical frame and quickness of a slot receiver, but he's comfortable moving around the formation. McAdoo said he trusts Shepard and the team isn't going to be afraid to play younger players. It's not always easy for rookie WRs to make an impact, and some following the team felt Shepard's final stats may not impress this year, however that could change if Shepard keeps getting opportunities.

Victor Cruz finishes practice

Friday, July 29, 2016, 3:02pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz's first practice of the summer went off without a hitch.

Cruz participated in all the Giants' drills during their first training camp practice of the summer Friday. This was the first practice Cruz completed from start to finish since last August, when he originally felt a twinge in his calf.

Fantasy Impact:

Cruz called it a "huge accomplishment" after missing all of last year with a calf injury that admittedly was the result of overcompensation from a serious knee injury the previous season, the story said.

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