Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6:24pm
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. In the two games before his injury (in Week 5), Shepard caught 12 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. With both Odell Beckham and Brandon Marshall out for the year, Shepard and tight end Evan Engram should serve as the primary targets for Eli Manning. It’s not a particularly good matchup against the Rams (No. 7 in WR aFPA), but Shepard’s projected volume should be enough to compensate, provided he can play.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:57pm
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Shepard is looking very iffy for Week 6. That would leave Roger Lewis, Travis Rudolph, Tavarres King and Ed Eagan at receiver for Eli Manning.
Beckham has been limited in practice all week, and playing on Monday puts fantasy owners in a bind. Make sure to move Beckham to your FLEX spot in lineups to give you added options if he does not play again. Some possible emergency options that could be available in leagues include Shane Vereen, Kenny Golladay, Eric Ebron and Evan Engram. Roster one of these names, if available, if you own Beckham.
Manning has made 211 straight starts, so he's done a good job of maintaining his body to this point. But Reese said the coaching staff will take steps to preserve Manning's body and arm so he's on top of his game this season.
"You have to really try to take care of guys as they get up in age," Reese said. "You can call it a pitch count. We want to make sure that he's fresh going into the games and late in the year and hopefully going into the playoffs."
The story said Manning wants to take every snap in practice, but Reese said they have cut back on his training camp reps in recent years. Manning only appeared in two preseason games last year as well so expect more of the same this season.
Quarterback Eli Manning has organized workouts with his receivers at Duke University, which employs his coach at Ole Miss David Cutcliffe as their head coach, for the last few years. WR Odell Beckham told Newsday on Monday night that he won’t be there because he’s having oral surgery.
Beckham said that he expects to be good to go for the start of the Giants’ offseason program in a couple of weeks.
In his age-32 season, Marshall struggled with injury and inefficiency en route to 59 catches for 788 yards and three touchdowns. It wasn't all his fault, however, as the Jets struggled to throw the ball all year. One year removed from a 109-catch, 1500-yard and 14-touchdown season, he might benefit from a move to the slot, a la Larry Fitzgerald. Eli Manning is an upgrade for Marshall and vice versa. The Giants were 8th in the league in pass attempts, so Marshall should have an opportunity to bounce back. The signing is not great news for Sterling Shepard, who is unlikely to see 105 targets again with a healthy Marshall in the mix. As for Odell Beckham, he'll benefit from the defensive attention Marshall will draw, but may see a drop in targets as well.
When the New York Giants offense takes the field on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in their wild-card game at Lambeau Field, there is a good chance that Paul Perkins is standing behind quarterback Eli Manning as the starting running back. There is also a good chance he’s nervous.
Perkins was handed a starting role in the regular-season finale on the road against the Washington Redskins. All he did was become the first Giants running back to rush for 100 yards in a game this season. The rookie had 102 yards on 21 carries despite admitting he was more nervous for the game than other since high school.
Given the way things have unfolded and the progress Perkins has made -- he’s increased his yardage total each of the past six games and shown improvement with his blocking -- it’s hard to imagine he won’t be starting against the Packers. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, the story said.
Giants stars will at least dress today. They could very well see a drive or two and then get pulled as this game doesn't mean much to the Giants. As a result, their players are risky fantasy plays.
Shane Vereen is one of the NFL's best pass-catching backs, and he was a safety valve for quarterback Eli Manning. Vereen also was an asset in pass protection. Bobby Rainey figures to inherit many of Vereen's passing down snaps now, but he must do a lot to fill all the roles Vereen played. Rashad Jennings and Orleans Darkwa can also catch passes out of the backfield.
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But the story kind of put a damper on Rainey's potential, saying they may not be able to use the short passing game like the did with Vereen. Instead, they may depend on Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard on screen and bubble passes more. Or, they may commit more to the run. The story added the team feels Perkins is ready to step up in the passing down role but added he struggled in preseason with pass protection.
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will get some more work in before the preseason wraps. Cruz is expected to play approximately a series or two (8-10 snaps) in Thursday’s preseason finale against the New England Patriots, according to multiple sources.
Cruz will be paired with rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Some of the Giants' offensive starters will receive work as they try to erase the taste of a rough preseason. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning are not expected to play.
How long players play seems to be a case-by-case basis HC Ben McAdoo said in the story. Cruz has spent the last two weeks with the team's first-team offense but the entire unit has struggled for the most part in preseason.
That was Victor Cruz’s first catch since tearing his patellar tendon early in the 2014 season and even a modest gain represents a big step forward for a player who went on to miss all of last season with a calf injury. Cruz then missed the first two games of this summer with a groin injury before finally connecting with Eli Manning for the first time in a long time.
“It felt like old times,” Cruz said, via the New York Post. “I caught the ball in the flat and tried to make something happen, but I got to feel a little bit of contact, which was a great feeling. Just to come out here healthy and be in the position to make some plays and catch the football and just come out and feel healthy and feel good about myself.”
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.
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.
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.
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Geramy Davis, last year’s sixth-round pick out of UConn, played in 10 games as a rookie but recorded just two receptions for 21 yards. So he entered spring as somewhat of a question mark, but he made the most of his reps during OTAs and minicamp. Davis saw a lot of time with Eli Manning and racked up the receptions with the first-team offense. That included a tough touchdown catch this week going against veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
“Geremy is a bright guy,” Manning said. “He knows the offense very well. He studies hard. He’s really in tune with what his assignments are. He’s got great size. He’s one of our bigger receivers. You can move him around and put him in different spots. He’s going to be really keyed into what his assignment is, so that’s always helpful. Hopefully he can step up and get on a roll and make some plays for us come game time.”
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