Fantasy Football News & Views
Giants | Brett Jones should receive tender Sun Feb 18, 12:45 PM
New York Giants restricted free-agent C Brett Jones likely will receive at least the second-round tender offer, in the opinion of SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.Link to story
Giants | Ishaq Williams waived Thu Feb 15, 07:44 PM
New York Giants DE Ishaq Williams (undisclosed) was waived Thursday, Feb. 15, with a failed physical designation.Link to story
Giants | Brandon Marshall a candidate for release? Tue Feb 13, 12:04 PM
New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) finished with only 18 catches for 154 yards and played in only five games before he was lost for the season due to an ankle injury which required surgery. Given his limited effectiveness and the fact the Giants could save $5.1 million on the cap, the expectation is the Giants will cut ties with him, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.
|Footballguys view: Marshall is expected to be fully healthy from the ankle injury that cost him most of the 2017 season. He's not the player he was in 2016 for the Jets (1,500-plus receiving yards, 14 touchdowns), but Marshall could bring veteran experience for a team in need out there.|
Brandon Marshall player page
Giants | Mike Shula to have dual role Tue Feb 13, 11:14 AM
Updating an earlier report, New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula will also serve as quarterbacks coach.Link to story
Giants | Mike Shula hired by Giants Tue Feb 13, 11:13 AM
Former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula was hired Tuesday, Feb. 13, by the New York Giants in the same capacity.Link to story
Giants | Odell Beckham making progress Mon Feb 12, 12:07 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) said he is doing well in his rehab from his ankle injury and expects to be ready for the start of the 2018 season.
|Footballguys view: Beckham had ankle surgery back in October and he's been on the road to recovery since then. We should see him eased back into action near the start of training camp. We'd be surprised if Beckham does much of anything during OTAs and minicamp in the spring.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Giants | Andrew Norwell on the radar of NYG? Sun Feb 11, 11:20 PM
The New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman's top priority this offseason is upgrading the offensive line, and Jordan Raanan of ESPNNewYork.com believes Carolina Panthers impending free-agent OG Andrew Norwell could be a target.Link to story
Giants | Duce Staley likely a OC candidate Sun Feb 11, 12:04 PM
Philadelphia Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley is expected to be top candidate for the New York Giants offensive coordinator position after the Giants were denied permission to talk with Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski.
|Footballguys view: The Giants need to run the ball with more effectiveness in 2018 and beyond. Adding Staley as OC would help them do that. Staley has coached with the Eagles since 2011 and he's been their running backs coach since 2013.|
Duce Staley player page
Giants | NYG not allowed to talk with Kevin Stefanski Sat Feb 10, 03:55 PM
The Minnesota Vikings have denied permission for the New York Giants to interview Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski for their offensive coordinator position, according to a source.Link to story
Giants | Mark Koncz to serve as consultant Sat Feb 10, 10:49 AM
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has hired former Carolina Panthers director of player development Mark Koncz as a consultant.Link to story
Giants | Justin Pugh to remain with NYG? Fri Feb 9, 10:20 PM
The New York Giants will make re-signing OT Justin Pugh a priority this offseason, in the opinion of Jordan Raanan of ESPNNewYork.com.Link to story
Giants | Bobby Hart waived Fri Feb 9, 04:41 PM
New York Giants OT Bobby Hart (undisclosed) was waived from the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Feb. 9, according to a source.Link to story
Giants | Pat Shurmur has talked with Darrell Bevell Fri Feb 9, 02:08 PM
Updating a previous report, New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has talked with former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about the Giants offensive coordinator position.
|Footballguys view: Bevell was pegged to be the Colts offensive coordinator when Josh McDaniels was going to be the head coach. That fell apart when McDaniels chose to stay with the Patriots. We could see Bevell joining Shurmur with the Giants.|
Giants | Kevin Stefanski on Giants' wish list Thu Feb 8, 11:13 AM
Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski is the top target of the New York Giants for their offensive coordinator position, according to a source.Link to story
Giants | Bobby Hart placed on IR Mon Feb 5, 06:07 PM
New York Giants OT Bobby Hart (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Feb. 5. Hart was not officially waived during the season.Link to story
Giants | Two coaches join Giants Mon Feb 5, 03:50 PM
Former Tennessee Titans defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend and former Chicago Bears assisnant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson are joining the New York Giants' coaching staff. Townsend will serve as assistant defensive backs coach and Wilkerson will serve in the same position.Link to story
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Giants | Odell Beckham hopes to get extension Sun Feb 4, 01:39 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said he hopes to receive a contract extension this offseason so he does not have to worry about the situation. 'Hopefully we get it done, just to get it over with,' Beckham said. 'I really want to do it so I can move past it. It's too much to be sitting around, thinking where I'm going to be.'
|Footballguys view: The Giants should commit to Beckham and build an offensive blueprint around his influence on the game. Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram give them players to exploit the space and mismatches Beckham will leave in his wake, and they can draft their quarterback of the future at #2.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Giants | Eli Manning confident he will start in 2018 Sat Feb 3, 12:03 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has reportedly been assured from new head coach Pat Shurmur that he will be the starting quarterback in 2018.
|Footballguys view: To open the season, surely, but maybe not to close the season. The Giants should be able to find a quarterback worthy of the #2 pick in this strong class, and they shouldn't expect to be picking this high in the draft again any time soon.|
Eli Manning player page
Giants | Baker Mayfield wants to be a Giant Fri Feb 2, 11:01 PM
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield said playing for the New York Giants would be an 'ideal situation' for him, and he said there are some 'studs' in the team's current receiving corps.
|Footballguys view: Mayfield should say every situation and organization will be good for him. If a quarterback his suboptimal height goes in the top six it will be a testament to what teams see that he has to offer, and their quarterback thirst. Mayfield has at least as much to work with physically and almost certainly more than Case Keenum, and we saw what Pat Shurmur did with him in Minnesota.|
Giants | Eli Manning fine with drafting of QB Fri Feb 2, 02:19 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he would not have a problem with the Giants if they decide to select a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Manning took over for Kurt Warner when the Giants had a winning record. He showed perspective in interviews that reflected well on his team mentality last year. In the meantime, the Giants pass offense will be more viable with him than a rookie, and the Giants could always pass on quarterback at #2.|
Eli Manning player page
Giants | Baker Mayfield did not meet with NYG Fri Feb 2, 02:10 PM
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield said he was scheduled to meet with the New York Giants at the 2018 Senior Bowl, but the two sides were not able to connect.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos, holders of the #5 pick, got to coach Mayfield at the Senior Bowl. The Giants hold the #2 pick and could opt for a quarterback and keep the Broncos from taking Mayfield unless Denver trades up to #1 with Cleveland, who is also in the market for a quarterback.|
Giants | Hal Hunter named OL coach for Giants Tue Jan 30, 01:25 PM
The New York Giants hired Hal Hunter to serve as the team's offensive line coach Tuesday, Jan. 30.
|Footballguys view: Hunter was an offensive line coach and even offensive coordinator for a year with the Chargers from 2006-2012, and then assistant offensive line coach for the Colts for three years before overseeing the disaster on Cleveland's offensive line in 2016. He didn't coach last year, but will be a key figure with the Giants. Head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman have both put the offensive line at the forefront of the plan to fix the Giants.|
Giants | NYG retains two coaches Mon Jan 29, 09:45 AM
New York Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson and assistant offensive line coach Lunda Wells will return in 2018. Wells will become the new tight end's coach.Link to story
Giants | Davis Webb not in the plans Sun Jan 28, 09:39 PM
New York Giants QB Davis Webb is currently 'an afterthought' to the new front office team, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.
|Footballguys view: Most quarterbacks that fall to the third round or later are afterthoughts in the their team's long term plans. Webb could still develop into a quality backup and be a longshot to surprise if he ever is pressed into duty.|
Giants | Harold Goodwin could be OL coach Sun Jan 28, 05:43 PM
Updating a previous report, former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin could be a offensive coordinator option for the New York Giants but could also serve as the offensive line coach if he is hired. Goodwin held both positions with the Cardinals.
|Footballguys view: Goodwin would be reunited with James Bettcher, who is now the defensive coordinator for the Giants. Pat Shurmur may be assembling a Cardinals East coaching staff now that the Cardinals have become Panthers West.|
Giants | Craig Johnson expected back Sun Jan 28, 12:25 PM
New York Giants running backs coach Craig Johnson is expected to remain on the coaching staff under head coach Pat Shurmur, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Johnson has been a quarterback or running back coach in the NFL since 2002. He has been overseeing the Giants running backs since 2014 and has not had much to work with, although the team could take Penn State's Saquon Barkley #2. Barkley is widely considered to be one of the best 2-3 running back prospects in the last ten years.|
Giants | Lunda Wells to coach tight ends Sun Jan 28, 09:43 AM
New York Giants assistant offensive line coach Lunda Wells will remain with the organization as the tight ends coach under new head coach Pat Shurmur. Wells had received interest from several other clubs for coaching positions, including the Oakland Raiders, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Evan Engram had a strong rookie year and Rhett Ellison ended up being a good free agent signing for the Giants at tight end last year. Wells will inherit one of the better position groups after being part of a semi-successful effort to hold together a crumbling offensive line last year.|
Giants | Defensive coaches named Sat Jan 27, 08:41 PM
The New York Giants named Gary Emanuel to preside over the Giants' defensive line. Bill McGovern will stay on to coach linebackers and Lou Anarumo will oversee the defensive backs.
|Footballguys view: McGovern has been in charge of maybe the worst linebackers corps in the league, while Anarumo is coming from coaching a Dolphins secondary that saw Xavien Howard's breakout just as Byron Maxwell was falling apart this year (and eventually released). Anarumo also was overseeing the development of one of the best safeties in the league - Rashad Jones. Like McGovern, Emanuel has been in charge of a nondescript group as the defensive line coach in Indianapolis, and he'll have more talent at his disposal that he's ever seen in Colts uniforms. It is still not known whether new defensive coordinator James Bettcher will incorporate some 3-4 looks after that was the base set for his defense in Arizona.|
Giants | Two could be Giants OC candidates Sat Jan 27, 04:35 PM
Philadelphia Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley and former Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin could be candidates for the New York Giants offensive coordinator position, in the opinion of SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.
|Footballguys view: New head coach Pat Shurmur is calling the offense this next year, so how much it matter who is in charge only nominally important. However, it makes sense a first time or relatively inexperienced offensive coordinator could take the job to learn under Shurmur for a year or so before taking over play calling duties.|
Duce Staley player page
Giants | Kevin Stefanski may be OC candidate for NYG Sat Jan 27, 04:19 PM
Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski is expected to be a strong candidate for the New York Giants offensive coordinator position, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: It's not a shock since new head coach Pat Shurmur is from the Vikings. Stefanski has been overlooked, but he had a lot to do with Case Keenum's success this season. This would be a good hire.|
Giants | Anthony Blevins joins Giants staff Fri Jan 26, 02:31 PM
The New York Giants have hired former Arizona Cardinals assistant special teams coach Anthony Blevins as their new assistant special teams coach.Link to story
Giants | Eli Manning sticking around? Fri Jan 26, 11:40 AM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning 'has years left,' according to head coach Pat Shurmur, who says he's excited to work with him.
|Footballguys view: Manning was thought to be on the way out after being benched, but it sounds like the Giants are going to stick with him, which would deprive the Jaguars of an option to pivot to if they are ready to move on from Blake Bortles. Manning would only be a matchup streamer as a starter this year, but it would be better for Odell Beckham and company in fantasy leagues if he is the starter instead of a rookie. This could also lower the chances that Case Keenum rejoins Shurmur if the Vikings don't choose to lock him up before free agency opens.|
Eli Manning player page
Giants | NYG hires Thomas McGaughey Fri Jan 26, 01:52 AM
The New York Giants hired Thomas McGaughey (Panthers) as their special teams coordinator on Wednesday, Jan. 24.
|Footballguys view: McGaughey had success in this role with the Jets and 49ers before coming to the Panthers, and he also oversaw a strong special teams group at LSU that included Tyrann Mathieu and Odell Beckham Jr as returners.|
Giants | NYG adding to coaching staff Thu Jan 25, 03:36 PM
The New York Giants are hiring former Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo as their new defensive backs coach and Indianapolis Colts defensive line coach Gary Emanuel as their new defensive line coach, according to a source. Linebackers coach Bill McGovern will remain on the coaching staff.
|Footballguys view: A lot of changes on a defense which under-performed by leaps and bounds last season. If this doesn't spark some change, not much will.|
Giants | Terrell Watson signed by Giants Thu Jan 25, 12:49 PM
Free-agent RB Terrell Watson (Steelers) was signed to a Reserve/Future contract by the New York Giants Thursday, Jan. 25.Link to story
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Giants | Pat Shurmur to call plays Thu Jan 25, 09:36 AM
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur will call plays on offense, according to general manager Dave Gettleman.
|Footballguys view: He did a great job with Case Keenum in Minnesota, but there's a world of difference between head coaching and being a coordinator. Some guys try to do both and the result is not doing either well. We'll see if Shurmur can manage the balancing act. Of course, if the offensive line isn't fixed it might not matter.|
Giants | Tyke Tolbert joining NYG staff Wed Jan 24, 05:37 PM
The New York Giants have hired former Denver Broncos wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert as their new wide receivers coach, according to a source.Link to story
Giants | NYG settles on James Bettcher to run defense Tue Jan 23, 11:21 PM
Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher agreed to become the New York Giants defensive coordinator Tuesday, Jan. 23.
|Footballguys view: Bettcher uses the 3-4 scheme to get after the quarterback. We'll see if he switches the Giants to that system under their new coordinator.|
Giants | Kyle Carter claimed by Giants Tue Jan 23, 05:50 PM
Free-agent TE Kyle Carter (Vikings) was claimed by the New York Giants Tuesday, Jan. 23.
|Footballguys view: Carter is known mostly as a blocker, H-back type of tight end who came out of Penn State as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He follows Pat Shurmur over from the Vikings to the Giants. Carter is not much of a receiving threat, so his dynasty stock in crazy deep leagues isn't that interesting.|
Giants | James Bettcher to meet with Giants Tue Jan 23, 11:47 AM
Former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher will meet with the New York Giants Tuesday, Jan. 23, for their defensive coordinator vacancy.Link to story
Giants | Pat Shurmur hired by Giants Mon Jan 22, 05:54 PM
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was officially been hired as the new head coach of the New York Giants Monday, Jan. 22.
|Footballguys view: This has been the direction the team was leaning for quite some time. Shurmur ran a great offense with the Vikings, working through quarterback issues and getting the most out of Case Keenum. We'll see what he can do with Eli Manning and whatever young quarterback the Giants draft this year (Josh Rosen, etc).|
Giants | Pat Shurmur to have second interview with NYG Mon Jan 22, 01:53 PM
Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is scheduled to have a second interview with the New York Giants Tuesday, Jan. 23, regarding their head coaching position, according to a source.Link to story
Giants | GM wants Eli Manning to return Sun Jan 21, 01:23 PM
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman reaffirmed his desire for QB Eli Manning to return to the team next season during a meeting with him earlier this month, according to sources. Gettleman also told Manning that the team will continue to scout the quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft and compare them to QB Davis Webb.
|Footballguys view: The Giants have the #2 pick in a class that has as many as four or even five first-round graded quarterbacks. Manning could return, but he should be a bridge to the team's first-round pick.|
Eli Manning player page
Giants | Jack Del Rio top candidate for DC job Sun Jan 21, 12:12 PM
Former Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is considered the leading candidate for the New York Giants defensive coordinator position, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Del Rio managed the Denver defense before Wade Phillips turned it into a monster. He would be a safe choice for a team looking to rebuild the coaching staff from the ground up.|
Giants | Thomas McGaughey expected to join NYG Sat Jan 20, 04:32 PM
Former Carolina Panthers special teams coach Thomas McGaughey is expected to be the New York Giants' new special teams coach, according to a source.Link to story
Giants | Odell Beckham Jr. poised to shine? Fri Jan 19, 10:27 PM
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will thrive if Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur becomes the next head coach of the Giants as expected, according to WR Stefon Diggs, 'because Pat knows how to get people the ball.'
|Footballguys view: Beckham will thrive no matter who the Giants hire. We understand the logic here, but Beckham is a superstar and any coach that gets hired will know there's a mandate to get him the ball early and often.|
Odell Beckham Jr player page
Stefon Diggs player page
Giants | New York expected to hire Pat Shurmur Mon Jan 15, 02:48 PM
The New York Giants are expected to hire Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as their next head coach, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Shurmur has done a great job running the Vikings offense this year, especially as they've gone through changes at the QB position. Reports have often speculated that wherever Shurmur lands, QB Case Keenum would follow. That might not happen if Shurmur winds up with the Giants as they're expected to keep Eli Manning for one more season (for now) and perhaps select a QB with a premium pick in the 2018 NFL draft.|
Giants | NYG has fourth sleeper candidate Sun Jan 14, 09:30 AM
Updating a previous report, the New York Giants reportedly have a fourth 'sleeper' candidate for their head coaching vacancy in case their top three choices are hired by other teams, according to a source. Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are finalists for the Giants' job but they are also the favorites for the Arizona, Detroit and Indianapolis head coaching positions respectively. The identity of the fourth sleeper candidate is unknown.Link to story
Giants | NYG narrows head coaching search to three Sat Jan 13, 09:52 AM
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur are considered the three finalists for the New York Giants' head coaching vacancy.
|Footballguys view: With those three coaches in the postseason, the Giants are going to have to wait. There appear to be no surprise candidates looming and there is no clear favorite for the job.|
Giants | Eric Studesville no longer under consideration Sat Jan 13, 09:46 AM
Former Denver Broncos running backs coach and assistant head coach Eric Studesville is no longer being considered for the New York Giants' permanent head coaching job.
|Footballguys view: Studesville may wind up with the Dolphins as their running backs coach. There is also a possibility that he ends up as an assistant with whatever team Josh McDaniels finds himself coaching.|