Fantasy Football News & Views
Giants | Victor Cruz targeting training camp Tue May 24, 12:50 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) jogged around the practice field Tuesday, May 24, as the team is targeting around training camp for him to return to full participation.
|Footballguys view: It's a good sign that he's off to the side doing some work, but we'll believe it when we see it. Cruz is a favorite of everyone, but major injuries could have robbed him of his once-promising future.|
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Giants | Sterling Shepard still impressing Mon May 23, 02:43 PM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard has caught everything so far during offseason activities, according to QB Eli Manning.
|Footballguys view: We're not surprised. Shepard is an explosive athlete who has exciting run-after-the-catch ability. In college at Oklahoma, Shepard was known as a precise route-runner and as a player who his QB could rely on. We're expecting him to win the WR2 job for the Giants opposite Odell Beckham Jr. He's a WR5 for fantasy owners with the upside of at least a WR3/flex option in certain matchups.|
Giants | Victor Cruz taking it slow Mon May 23, 12:56 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) and RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) were both working on the side with trainers during practice Monday, May 23. The Giants continue to take it slow with Cruz.
|Footballguys view: We can't wait to see Cruz back near full strength...but there's no guarantee that he'll ever be able to be the same player he used to be.|
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Giants | Eli Apple works out of slot Mon May 23, 12:47 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple worked on the outside and at nickel cornerback during organized team activities Monday, May 23. 'It's going to be a challenging transition,' Apple said of working in the slot.
|Footballguys view: Apple is a big, physical corner who won't back down from a challenge. Working in the slot may not be his best fit as he's not quite as 'twitchy' as slot corners usually are. It will be interesting to see if the rookie can make plays from that position.|
Giants | Cooper Taylor had surgery Mon May 23, 10:58 AM
New York Giants SS Cooper Taylor (abdomen) had surgery to repair a core muscle recently but should be ready for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Dealing with injury is nothing new for Taylor. He's struggled to stay healthy during his short pro career, and we'll see if he can battle his way up the depth chart if he's ready by camp.|
Giants | Will Tye could start Sun May 22, 01:40 PM
New York Giants TE Will Tye's pass-catching potential and athleticism make him the favorite to start at tight end in 2016 for the Giants, in the opinion of Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. TEs Larry Donnell, Matt LaCosse and Jerell Adams will also be competing.
|Footballguys view: Donnell may be listed as the starter on most depth charts right now, but that may not be the case when we get through training camp. Tye emerged last year, and his athleticism combined with solid route-running ability make him a TE2 with upside if he wins the starting job. In the final eight games of his rookie season, Tye was targeted 50 times for 34 receptions, 387 yards and 3 touchdowns.|
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Giants | Victor Cruz limited this offseason Sun May 15, 05:18 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, calf) has received limited work during offseason workouts but hopes to be a full participant once training camp begins.
|Footballguys view: Not only is Cruz coming back from a major knee injury, but he also has this calf problem that plagued him last year to overcome. We won't feel too excited about his prospects in 2016 until we see him in camp and the preseason. Then, we'll have a better idea about his potential this season. Cruz said he believes he will be ready for the start of the 2016 season.|
Victor Cruz player page
Giants | Minimal impact from Paul Perkins? Thu May 12, 05:05 PM
New York Giants rookie RB Paul Perkins isn't expected to have much of an impact in his rookie season, in the opinion of Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Vacchiano anticipates RB Andre Williams to have the first shot at being the short-yardage running back and Jennings' backup, with RB Shane Vereen reprising his pass-catching and third-down role.
|Footballguys view: Andre Williams has been sub-impressive so far, so we're not holding our breath. In fact, nobody in this backfield should feel good about their job security. There wasn't a 1000 yard back in the group last season either meaning, again, assume nothing. Perkins won't be someone to plug in early, but he's someone who could get opportunity later in the season.|
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Giants | Rashad Jennings should remain lead back Thu May 12, 04:55 PM
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is expected to be the workhorse running back and receive the majority of carries in 2016, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Jennings saw 48.3% of the Giants' carries last season, but Vacchiano expects that to increase this season.
|Footballguys view: The rest of the group behind him is pretty unimpressive and Jennings still brings a lot to the table, so this isn't a shock. That said, if he gets up to speed quickly, rookie Paul Perkins could see a chunk of carries, especially if Jennings and the other backs struggle.|
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Giants | Uani' Unga goes to IR Wed May 11, 05:39 PM
New York Giants LB Uani' Unga (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to the Giants' Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, May 11.Link to story
Giants | Ben Edwards tore ACL Wed May 11, 12:18 PM
Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Ben Edwards (knee) is out for the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered two weeks ago.Link to story
Giants | Victor Cruz feeling good Tue May 10, 10:01 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said Tuesday, May 10, that he feels 'great', and he feels he will be ready for training camp. However, it is uncertain if that means he will be a full participant or limited.
|Footballguys view: Everyone wants to see Cruz salsa-dancing again in the end zone. Hopefully he can stay healthy and return to form in 2016.|
Victor Cruz player page
Giants | Ben Edwards placed on IR Tue May 10, 08:25 PM
New York Giants WR Ben Edwards (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, May 10.
Giants | Matt Smalley added Tue May 10, 08:10 PM
Undrafted free-agent DB Matt Smalley (Lafayette) was signed by the New York Giants Tuesday, May 10.
Giants | Waive Uani' Unga Tue May 10, 08:02 PM
New York Giants LB Uani' Unga (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 10.
Giants | Eli Manning impressed with rookie WR Tue May 10, 01:20 PM
New York Giants QB Eli Manning had nothing but good things to say about rookie WR Sterling Shepard after the two worked together Monday, May 9. 'He's a guy who is shifty and athletic,' Manning said. 'It's tough to say from six routes on air. But I hope he is a young Victor Cruz.' The Giants hope to have a solid trio of WRs Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Shepard on the field together in 2016.
|Footballguys view: Manning should be impressed with Sterling...one of our favorite WRs from this draft class. Sterling is quick, agile and athletic in the open field. He is savvy as a route-runner and can get open with ease. Sterling can play the slot, but he could win the outside job opposite Beckham Jr. in training camp.|
Giants | Sterling Shepard in position to star Tue May 10, 01:10 AM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard is in the best position of all of the team's draft picks to make a significant impact.
|Footballguys view: Shepard is one of our favorite rookie WRs because he is adept at running clean routes. Most rookies need a lot of work in that area, but Shepard can get open with ease against tight coverage. Head coach Ben McAdoo sees Shepard as a player he can use all over the formation in a variety of roles as a complement to WR Odell Beckham Jr.|
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Giants | Two WRs signed Mon May 9, 07:10 PM
Free-agent WR Kardon Boone (Colts) and WR Donte Foster (Cowboys) signed with the New York Giants Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Giants | Sterling Shepard contract details Mon May 9, 05:46 PM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard's four-year rookie deal is worth $5.944 million. It comes with $3.693 million guaranteed and a $2.523 million signing bonus.Link to story
Giants | Three waived Monday Mon May 9, 05:16 PM
New York Giants WR Ben Edwards (undisclosed) was Waived/Injured Monday, May 9. QB Josh Woodrum and TE Cedrick Lang were also waived.Link to story
Giants | B.J. Daniels signing with Giants Mon May 9, 10:18 AM
Free-agent QB B.J. Daniels (Texans) will sign with the New York Giants Monday, May 9.
|Footballguys view: Can you say camp arm? We knew you could. Daniels is a big-bodied passer with a strong arm, bad accuracy and decent athleticism.|
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Giants | Miles Shuler cut by Giants Sat May 7, 06:22 PM
New York Giants WR Miles Shuler was released Saturday, May 7.Link to story
Giants | Paul Perkins the total package? Sat May 7, 12:17 AM
New York Giants RB Paul Perkins was called a 'complete back' by the team, and Perkins said he feels he will be used to his full capability.
|Footballguys view: Perkins is one of our favorite "sleeper" RBs to watch from this draft class. He's got a game similar to that of Jamaal Charles (Chiefs). Perkins is a speed back who can make defenders miss in the open field. He can also be utilized as an effective receiver out of the backfield. Currently buried on the depth chart with the Giants, Perkins is still a player fantasy owners need to become familiar with.|
Giants | Sterling Shepard signs rookie deal Fri May 6, 12:31 PM
New York Giants WR Sterling Shepard, a second-round pick, signed his rookie deal Friday, May 6.
|Footballguys view: Shepard should start unless Victor Cruz has actually found his old game again. The Oklahoma product is an outstanding blocker with a nose for the end zone and great game in the air for a sub 6'0" receiver. He's also a great route runner considering he came out of an offense that doesn't stress precise routes.|
Giants | Eli Apple signs on dotted line Fri May 6, 12:01 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple signed his rookie contract Friday, May 6.
|Footballguys view: Apple was almost a member of the Miami Dolphins instead. The Giants got a phone call from the Jets to swap the #10 and #20 picks so the Jets could take Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil, with the Giants getting the Jets second round pick (which turned out to be Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg). The Dolphins would have likely taking Apple in that case. Instead, the Giants and Jerry Reese keep their streak of never trading down going.|
Giants | Paul Perkins inks rookie pact Fri May 6, 09:58 AM
New York Giants RB Paul Perkins signed his rookie contract Friday, May 6.
|Footballguys view: Perkins will have to cede some work to Shane Vereen on passing downs and Rashad Jennings played well at the end of 2015, but the rookie should have a chance to get the bulk of the carries by the end of the season. He's a late-round flier in redraft and Perkins is going off of the board in the second round of rookie dynasty draft.|
Giants | Two Giants cut Thu May 5, 10:21 AM
New York Giants TE Jerome Cunningham and S G.J. Kinne were waived Thursday, May 5.
|Footballguys view: Both could latch on with other teams as camp bodies. Kinne could find a new home for a team that needs a camp arm.|
Jerome Cunningham player page
Giants | Leon Hall leaves without deal Tue May 3, 11:46 PM
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) left a visit Tuesday, May 3, without a deal, and he reportedly has other offers on the table.Link to story
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Giants | Eli Apple to be tried in the slot Tue May 3, 11:45 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple, the team's first-round pick of Ohio State, will be tried working as the slot cornerback during the offseason despite the fact he has never played the position before.
|Footballguys view: We're not sure that's his best spot. Apple is a physical corner who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He lacks quick reactive skills and struggles to diagnose routes quickly. That sounds like a bad fit as a slot corner. Put him on the outside where he can play press man or press bail against taller WRs.|
Giants | Trevin Wade working in the slot Tue May 3, 11:45 PM
New York Giants CB Trevin Wade was running with the first team at slot cornerback during last week's minicamp. The team wants to make sure they have options and depth at the cornerback position.Link to story
Giants | Jerraud Powers remains option for G-Men Tue May 3, 11:45 PM
Free-agent CB Jerraud Powers (Cardinals) visited with the New York Giants last month, and he remains an option for the team.Link to story
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Giants | Leon Hall visiting Giants Tue May 3, 08:20 AM
Free-agent CB Leon Hall (Bengals) is visiting the New York Giants Tuesday, May 3.Link to story
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Giants | Bryce Williams signs with Giants Mon May 2, 09:40 AM
Undrafted free-agent TE Bryce Williams (East Carolina) signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants Monday, May 2.
|Footballguys view: He's raw as a route-runner, but Williams has an intriguing size/speed combination. Williams does a good job working his way back to the quarterback, and he could find himself on the team's practice squad with a good showing in camp.|
Giants | Signing Marshaun Coprich Sun May 1, 03:28 PM
Free-agent RB Marshaun Coprich (Illinois State) is signing an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Coprich was an incredibly productive back in college, racking up over 5,200 yards rushing in four years at ISU. He reminds many in the scouting community of Jacquizz Rodgers (Bears). Like Rodgers, Coprich is a small/compact back who runs with great foot frequency. He'll try to make the Giants roster, but could be a player they want to keep around on the practice squad. In super super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be watching him.|
Giants | Josh Woodrum signs Sun May 1, 01:40 PM
Liberty QB Josh Woodrum signed an undisclosed deal with the New York Giants Sunday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: Woodrum has size, arm strength, and athleticism, but he is a long-term project just to get to backup level. Ryan Nassib will be a free agent next year, so Woodrum might get to grow on the practice squad for a year before the Giants ask him to compete for that job.|
Giants | One big blue to another for Melvin Lewis Sat Apr 30, 09:39 PM
Undrafted free-agent DT Melvin Lewis (Kentucky) inked a deal with the New York Giants Saturday, April 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.Link to story
Giants | Jerell Adams may block more Sat Apr 30, 04:55 PM
New York Giants TE Jerell Adams is viewed as a better blocker than pass-catcher, according to general manager Jerry Reese.
|Footballguys view: The Giants will try to work with him on that and hope he can contribute as more of a move tight end in a year or two.|
Giants | Jerell Adams heading to the Big Apple Sat Apr 30, 04:03 PM
Former South Carolina TE Jerell Adams was selected by the New York Giants with the 184th pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: He can run block but he can also stretch the field. Adams' hands are a big shaky but if he can improve that, he could be a starter down the road.|
Giants | New York adds Paul Perkins Sat Apr 30, 03:01 PM
Former UCLA RB Paul Perkins was taken by the New York Giants with the 149th pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Perkins could be the starter there at some point in the next few years given the age and mediocrity of the current backfield. Perkins might not be a bell cow but he has some ankle-breaking moves and he can stay on the field on pass downs as well.|
Giants | G-Men go with WR 40th overall Fri Apr 29, 07:51 PM
The New York Giants selected Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard with the No. 40 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft on Friday, April 29.
|Footballguys view: A bit small, he might be a solid slot receiver on a team that lacks a playmaker there. He can also return kicks and punts, an area the team has wanted to address.|
Giants | Eli Apple to be tried everywhere Fri Apr 29, 02:17 PM
New York Giants CB Eli Apple will be used everywhere, and the slot is a definite possibility, according to head coach Ben McAdoo. Apple hasn't played in the slot much in the past.
|Footballguys view: It is a risk given his lack of experience, so the Giants have to get him up to speed quickly. Still, he will see a lot of time elsewhere, so he'll have plenty of impact while he gets up to speed in the slot.|
Giants | Eli Apple goes 10th overall Thu Apr 28, 09:22 PM
The New York Giants selected Ohio State CB Eli Apple with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.Link to story
Giants | G-Men to take tackle first Thu Apr 28, 01:34 PM
Michigan State OT Jack Conklin could land with the New York Giants, who are 'for sure' going to take the best available offensive tackle at No. 10 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, according to a source. Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley and Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil are expected to be drafted before No. 10.
|Footballguys view: The Giants are in desperate need for something like a professional-level offensive line, so Conklin makes all the sense in the world. We would also think pass rusher is on the table, but if Conklin is there, the Giants might make it two offensive line prospects in the first round for two drafts in a row.|
Giants | Myles Jack not an option for Giants Wed Apr 27, 08:26 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack (knee) is no longer an option for the New York Giants with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft because of his injured knee, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Jack could fall in the early first round, but it sounds like at least one team in the top 10-12 should be willing to take him knowing that they might not get a full second contract out of the ultra-versatile and intense linebacker.|
Giants | Laquon Treadwell an option for Giants Wed Apr 27, 05:43 PM
Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell is in the mix for the New York Giants at their No. 10 pick in the NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Treadwell seemed glum recently saying "I just got to accept where I go & make the most of it..You're wanted by some team so if they pick you..deal with it" today, so a fall out of the first is also possible. Either way, he should be one of the first receivers off the board in dynasty rookie drafts. He could be an ideal complement to Odell Beckham with his ability to win one-on-one.|
Giants | Ben Edwards carted off Wed Apr 27, 12:15 PM
New York Giants WR Ben Edwards (undisclosed) was carted off at minicamp Wednesday, April 27.Link to story
Giants | Orleans Darkwa sidelined Wed Apr 27, 11:28 AM
New York Giants RB Orleans Darkwa (leg) is being held out of offseason workouts due to a small fracture in his tibia. He's expected to miss about a month of workouts.Link to story
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Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul confident for 2016 Tue Apr 26, 06:43 PM
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) said he will be better than he was in 2015, adding that he is still the player he used to be. Pierre-Paul will wear a special glove on his injured hand in 2016 to help him rush better.
|Footballguys view: The defensive end said he's recovered from his offseason surgery and has no limitations. Participating in minicamp will help him, too, he admitted, as he refused to participate in offseason workouts last year.|
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Giants | Victor Cruz glad to be back Tue Apr 26, 06:21 PM
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf, knee) was glad to be back among his teammates and coaches during the Giants' first offseason workout Tuesday, April 26. Head coach Ben McAddo is taking it slow with Cruz this offseason, but said he's ready to practice. Cruz anticipates being the same player he used to be before suffering his prolonged injuries. 'I'm not in the business to go out there and be half of myself or half of what I was,' Cruz said. 'I want to go out there and be 100% and be the same player that I once was.'
|Footballguys view: Another day, and another positive report about Cruz. We get it, he's a fan favorite who is battling back from a serioius knee injury. He may never be the same player he used to be, but we're cheering for Cruz to at least be an effective starter for the Giants. We'll know more about how realistic that hope is once training camp gets here.|
Victor Cruz player page
Giants | Larry Donnell had serious injury Tue Apr 26, 05:07 PM
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell (neck) said he had a broken bone in his neck last year to a certain extent, adding that the injury was worse than he thought.
|Footballguys view: Donnell was a top-12 fantasy TE (11th) in 2014, but last year he only played in eight games and the numbers fell off. Any neck injury is a serious injury, but it sounds like Donnell is healthy and ready to compete at a high level. We'll be interested to see if he can bounce back in 2016.|
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