New York Giants News
12-28-15: The New York Giants’ offense had no chance against the Minnesota Vikings without Odell Beckham, Jr. on Sunday Night Football, but look to finish strong at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.
12-22-15: Possibly without Odell Beckham, Jr., the Giants host the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium to try and prolong their season. Beckham’s fate should be decided earlier in the week after he appealed his one-game suspension.
12-7-15: The New York Giants losing streak was extended to three games after a missed field goal in overtime in their New York rivalry game against the Jets. The Giants look to pick up the pieces against the Miami Dolphins on the road.
11-23-15: The New York Giants were winners during their bye week with the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles losing. With a two-game lead in the NFC East, the Giants have a critical game against the Redskins on Sunday before facing the New York Jets in a local rivalry matchup.
11-16-15: A last second field goal by the New England Patriots knocked the New York Giants to .500 (5-5) but they still remain atop the NFC East division. The Giants have alternated wins and losses since October 11th but are entering their bye week. They’ll face the Washington Redskins on the road on November 29th.
11-9-15: The New York Giants held their top spot in the NFC East with a road win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This week, the Giants host the undefeated New England Patriots as memories of recent history make their way back into headlines.
10-20-15: New York’s three-game win streak came to an end after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on the road on Monday Night Football. The tough rivalry division matchups continue, as the G-Men host the Dallas Cowboys who are starting quarterback Matt Cassel over Brandon Weeden.
9-29-15: Eli Manning and co. finally got a win in week three, as they played better than the visiting Washington Redskins from start to finish in a 32-21 victory. Big Blue had looked fairly strong in their previous two losses, but shot themselves in the foot with poor late play two games in a row. This past week, Manning was on top of his game, as he passed for 279 yards and two scores, while avoiding any sacks or turnovers. New York struggled to produce on the ground, but was still able to control the clock with 31 rushes, while second-year running back Andre Williams found the end-zone. New York’s defense played a helping hand in the win, as they got a safety and forced three turnovers in a must-win situation. The Giants head into week four with a chance to get to 2-2 when they face off with the Bills in Buffalo.
9-22-15: The New York Giants had a win for the second week in a row but let it get away, as the Atlanta Falcons stole a 24-20 victory in New York. Eli Manning had a fine day, passing for over 290 yards and two touchdowns, while hooking up with superstar receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on a big 67-yard score. New York held a 20-10 lead going into the game’s final stanza, but two fumbles ultimately doomed them. The G-Men only have themselves to blame for another 0-2 start, as they’ve been in position to win both games to start 2015 but haven’t been able to close the Cowboys or Falcons out. New York will shoot for a complete game and their first win of the year on Thursday Night Football, when they take on the Washington Redskins.
9-15-15: The New York Giants will be thinking about their tough week one loss for a while, both because of who they lost to and how it all went down. Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning caught heat for opting to throw on a third down late in a 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, when a run could have drained more time off the clock. That poor decision may have contributed to Dallas getting the last second win, while a solid effort by the G-Men on defense was wasted. Eli Manning struggled for most of the game, as he completed just 55% of his passes and failed to throw a touchdown. Much of his struggles had to do with the absence of Victor Cruz (calf) and the ineffectiveness of Odell Beckham Jr. (just five catches for 44 yards) due to double coverage. Rashad Jennings was nearly New York’s saving grace late in this one, as he dominated the Cowboys on the Giants’ final drive and finished with 52 rushing yards and a touchdown. New York will have to forget about this one quickly, as they move on to week two to battle a seemingly very good Atlanta Falcons team.
9-8-15: The New York Giants are inching closer to getting a deal done with injured star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (hand), although it remains “extremely unlikely” JPP suits up in week one against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. JPP lost a finger after a fireworks accident this summer and the team has yet to bring him back on a finalized deal. The two sides already met this week and could reach an agreement before this weekend. New York took a stab at some solid defensive line depth this week, as they picked up defensive tackle Louis Nix III off of waivers from Houston. Nix III has had some health woes early in his career, but was a third-round pick just last year and offers loads of potential as a run-stuffer. Things are starting to come together on the offensive side of the ball, too, as wide receiver Victor Cruz is nearing 100% and should be ready for the season opener in Dallas. The Giants still don’t know for sure what their running back rotation will look like when things get going in week one, but Rashad Jennings looks to be locked in as the early-down starter for now.
9-1-15: Eli Manning was more accurate in the New York Giants’ third preseason game, but tossed a pick-six and couldn’t produce any big plays in a 28-18 home loss to the New York Jets. Odell Beckham Jr. was relatively held in check, as he caught five balls but turned his touches into just 31 yards. New York wasn’t a whole lot better on the ground, although Rashad Jennings was able to find the end-zone in the second quarter. Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib continued his steady progress under center, as he put up 122 passing yards and New York’s only passing score on the night. The offense could get a jolt once veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz returns to the field, but that may have to wait until week one of the regular season. Cruz is said to be 100% and ready to hit the field, but the G-Men appear to be taking it slow to ensure Cruz is healthy for 2015. The same can’t be said for linebacker Jon Beason, who remains “seriously in doubt” for the first game of the year. While things haven’t been all roses for the Giants, they did get a familiar face back in town after signing safety Stevie Brown. Thanks to some injuries in the secondary, Brown could end up playing a solid role to start 2015.
8-25-15: Eli Manning and New York’s first team offense looked sluggish yet again in their second preseason game, as they could only muster a field goal in one quarter of action. Manning was all over the place, as he went 4 of 14 and had difficulty connecting with star wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. ODB finished with zero catches on five targets and will look to turn things back around when the G-Men take on the New York Jets in their third preseason game. While the offense as a whole struggled this past weekend, James Jones still ended up being a bright spot. The former Packer and Raider is trying desperately to make the Giants’ final roster and may have made a solid case for himself after catching five balls for 83 yards. Elsewhere, Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings are still neck and neck for the race to win the team’s starting running back job. That position battle should be decided in week three.
8-18-15: The first week of preseason action has been a mixed bag for the New York Giants. Big Blue lost their preseason opener to the Cincinnati Bengals (23-10) and didn’t get great play out of Eli Manning and the first team offense. The G-Men also lost rookie safety Landon Collins to a knee injury and could be without him for multiple weeks. That sparked the signing of veteran safety Brandon Meriweather, who will come in and compete for starting snaps for as long as Collins is on the shelf. On the bright side, wide receiver Victor Cruz has announced himself as “100%” and could end up seeing some playing time this preseason. Despite a weak showing in week one of the preseason, quarterback Eli Manning reportedly is hoping to become the highest paid quarterback in the entire league. The Giants and Manning have been negotiating lately and hope to have a deal done before the season begins.
8-12-15: After bouncing around New York’s first and second team units, it’s finally official: Rashad Jennings will again be the team’s starting running back in 2015. Jennings suffered through an injury-plagued 2014 debut with the team, but still figures to be New York’s most complete option at the position. The news likely makes second-year bruiser Andre Williams a strict backup, while freshly signed offensive weapon Shane Vereen should operate largely on passing downs. The Giants are loving the progress of veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee surgery), but aren’t to the point where they’re ready to activate him for a game. Cruz will sit out New York’s first preseason game, when they take on the Bengals in Cincinnati on Friday night. Jason Pierre-Paul and the G-Men still aren’t any closer to a contract agreement, but JPP and head coach Tom Coughlin did recently meet up to talk. Indications are that the two should come to terms on a deal before the season begins.
8-5-15: Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t back under contract with the New York Giants just yet and, per reports, won’t be until he can pass a physical. Everyone in the franchise wants to see the stud pass rusher back with the team in 2015 and beyond, but his status continues to be ever fluid following the loss of a finger due to an offseason fireworks accident. Rashad Jennings has been a huge bright spot for New York on the offensive side of things, as the projected starting running back has looked “big, strong, fast and quick”. Jennings largely struggled to stay healthy in his first season with the team in 2014, but if on the field, he projects as a solid difference-maker. The same could be said for veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz, who self proclaims his knee to be “93%” after tearing his patellar tendon last season. A healthy Cruz could push a very deep and versatile Giants offense over the top in 2015.
7-28-15: The New York Giants are gearing up for the 2015 NFL season and will officially go back to work when training camp opens up on July 30th. Quarterback Eli Manning will get back to work with Odell Beckham Jr. despite not having a long-term deal done. While the team has seemingly dragged their feet on a new deal previously, all signs point to the two sides trying to bang a new deal out before week one. Healthy talent around Manning could help him have another good season in 2015, as well as having ODB there for an entire camp and preseason. Beckham has moved on from a hamstring injury and should be 100% come camp. Victor Cruz could be another story as he continues to rehab a torn Achilles, although teammate Prince Amukamara raved about Cruz’s status, suggesting he’s faster now than ever. Cruz is expected to avoid the PUP list and could show up at camp. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul remains unsigned and no word has broken yet about a pending deal.
7-22-15: The New York Giants enter a lame duck year in 2015, as head coach Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning both enter make-or-break seasons with the team. Big Blue is said to be considering extending Manning, but may wait on deciding on both men’s futures with the franchise. Jason Pierre-Paul is someone else who currently has a blurry future with the G-Men, as a fireworks accident that cost the star pass rusher a finger has the team (and JPP) hesitant to come to terms on an official deal. JPP’s health and progress will be a running storyline throughout New York’s training camp, which opens for rookies and vets on July 30th. Odell Beckham Jr. is a major positive in a gloomy summer, as the new Madden cover boy will look to build on his insanely productive 2014 rookie run. ODB had a minor hamstring issue earlier this summer at OTAs, but is expected to be all systems go when camp opens. Fans will get a good look at versatile new addition Shane Vereen when camp starts, and just what kind of role he’ll have with the team. The story is similar on the defensive side, as Damontre Moore tries to make a push for a spot in the defensive end rotation and rookie safety Landon Collins looks to lockdown the starting strong safety spot.
5-4-15: Tom Coughlin probably needed a stellar draft to launch the New York Giants back into the playoff mix and at the same time save his job. He very well may have just done both with a brief but productive stay in the 2015 NFL Draft. The G-Men only exited the draft with six new players, but landed three potential impact players in offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, safety Landon Collins and defensive end, Owamagbe Odighizuwa. Flowers was a mild reach with the ninth overall pick but easily fortifies an offensive line that could use a little more pass protection, while Collins could easily end up being the steal of the draft. A day one prospect, the Giants traded up to land Collins as a potential stud starting safety. Odighizuwa rounds out their best three picks as a true specimen that could develop into a force off the edge. If that happens, Big Blue could suddenly find themselves with that elite, deep pass rush that helped them win their two most recent Lombardi Trophies. For a complete look at their draft class, read on:
Round One - Pick 9: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Round Two - Pick 33: Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Round Three - Pick 74: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE, UCLA
Round Five - Pick 144: Mykkele Thompson, S, Texas
Round Six - Pick 186: Geremy Davis, WR, UConn
Round Seven - Pick 226: Bobby Hart, OG, Florida State
4-9-15: The G-Men were quite active in the early stages of free agency, as they retained linebacker Mark Herzlich, guard John Jerry and cornerback Chykie Brown. The Giants were fairly proactive outside of their own roster, too, as they added key offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse to the o-line. Dwayne Harris was a high upside signing at wide receiver, albeit a questionable move, while the signing of former Patriots running back Shane Vereen could be the finishing touches on an offense that is ready to explode in 2015. The key for Big Blue lies within their lethargic pass rush, however, and they’ll likely need to add an impact defensive end or two in the draft.
3-9-15: The New York Giants struggled to a 6-10 finish and missed the playoffs in 2014, but they at least found a mega star in rookie sensation Odell Beckham, Jr. Beckham not only delivered numerous highlight reel plays, but he put the G-Men on his back several times as a rookie and showed poise beyond his years. With ODB in place and Victor Cruz (knee) on the mend, Eli Manning will be out of excuses heading into 2015. That could have Big Blue ready for a return to the playoffs, but not before their defense dramatically improves. New York’s pass rush has been more stagnant than they’d like, which calls for keeping stud pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (franchise tagged), as well as adding some more pass rushing talent in the draft.
12-29-14: Eli Manning attempted a whopping 53 passing attempts on Sunday against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. He completed 28 throws for 429 yards and a touchdown, but his Giants lost, 34-26. The score went to Odell Beckham Jr., who caught 12 passes for 185 yards. The rookie wide receiver was surprisingly not part of the initial Pro Bowl roster.
12-23-14: On Sunday, Odell Beckham Jr. continued his tremendous rookie season, as he caught eight passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants’ 37-27 victory at St. Louis. He owns both of the franchise’s rookie receiver records with 1,120 yards and 11 touchdowns. A late hit by Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree on the rookie standout in the second quarter sparked a fight that led to three ejections, including Giants wide receiver Preston Parker and defensive end Damontre Moore.
12-17-14: More than half of Eli Manning’s completions on Sunday went to Odell Beckham Jr. The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and his favorite receiver caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns. Although New York’s rushing game struggled, the Giants defeated the visiting Washington Redskins, 24-13.
12-9-14: The Giants jumped out to an early lead, as they scored the first 30 points of the contest en route to their 36-7 drubbing of the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday. Odell Beckham Jr. started the game strong and finished with 11 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown as New York snapped its seven-game losing streak.
12-3-14: The Giants scored the first 21 points of Sunday’s game in Jacksonville, but Eli Manning and company could not hold onto the lead as the team lost its seventh consecutive contest. New York’s defense allowed 22 straight points, but Josh Brown’s 33-yard field goal gave the Giants the 24-22 lead. However, Josh Scobee kicked the eventual game-winning field goal with 28 seconds remaining.
11-26-14: Odell Beckham Jr. shocked the world with his one-handed touchdown catch in Sunday night’s loss to the visiting Dallas Cowboys. The wide receiver finished with 10 receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns, but Tony Romo and Dez Bryant were too much for the Giants as New York fell to 3-8 on the season.
11-19-14: Only one San Francisco 49er receiver caught five passes from Colin Kaepernick on Sunday in the 49ers’ 16-10 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Eli Manning, who completed just 22 of his 45 passing attempts, was intercepted five times by the San Francisco defense as the Giants fell to 3-7 on the season.
11-12-14: Rashad Jennings’ leg injury has continued to bother him, as he missed New York’s Week 10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Giants’ offense scored 17 points in the first half, but was held scoreless in the final 30 minutes. Unfortunately, the Seahawks destroyed New York’s defense to the tune of 38 points.
11-5-14: Eli Manning and Andre Williams struggled early, as the Giants were down by multiple scores in the first half. Manning finished with 359 yards and two touchdowns, but completed just 27 of his 52 passing attempts in New York’s 40-24 loss. In addition, Tom Coughlin remained winless on Monday Night Football.
10-30-14: The Giants are hoping that their bye week will ready them for the rest of the season,but Rashad Jennings does not look ready for Week 9. He has yet to practice due to his knee injury, so it looks like Andre Williams will start against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. Unfortunately, the injury news continues as linebacker Jon Beason will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his injured right foot.
10-21-14: The Giants’ offense bounced back to score 21 points, but the Dallas Cowboys’ offense was firing on all cylinders, especially in the second half. New York allowed Dallas to score in all four quarters. While the starting quarterbacks each threw for three touchdowns, DeMarco Murray outrushed Andre Williams in this contest as the Giants fell to 3-4 on the season.
10-14-14: The Giants were not able to get much going on offense. It was such a frustrating night for Eli Manning that Ryan Nassib came in to attempt five passes. New York’s night got even worse when Victor Cruz was carted off field after suffering a torn patellar tendon; he is out for the season.
10-8-14: After losing the first two games of their season, the Giants have bounced back to win three straight contests. Even with Rashad Jennings leaving the game with a sprained knee, Andre Williams picked up where the starting running back left off and helped Eli Manning get the 30-20 victory against the visiting Atlanta Falcons.
10-1-14: Neither Eli Manning nor Larry Donnell could be stopped on Thursday in Washington. Eli Manning connected on 28 of his 39 pass attempts for 300 yards, and he scored five touchdowns. Manning targeted his tight end eight times in the 45-14 victory, and Donnell caught seven of Eli’s passes for 54 yards and three touchdowns.
9-25-14: The Giants got their first victory of the season on Sunday when they hosted the Arian Foster-less Houston Texans. New York dominated the game, and Rashad Jennings ran through the Houston defense. Jennings rushed for a career-high 176 yards and added a touchdown as well in the Giants’ 30-17 win.
9-17-14: Eli Manning looked strong early in Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but the Giants mustered only 14 points as New York fell to 0-2 on the season. Even with the lack of scoring, tight end Larry Donnell played well once again, as he caught seven receptions for 81 yards.
9-10-14: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had X-rays taken on his neck during Monday’s game, and they were negative, so he returned to play. Unfortunately, that was the extent of the Giants’ good news from Week 1. Eli Manning tossed a couple interceptions, and the Detroit Lions blew out the Giants.
9-4-14: A year after the divisional rival Washington Redskins went 4-0 in the preseason, the Giants topped them with a 5-0 preseason in 2014. Ryan Nassib was a big reason for their success, as he won the backup quarterback job. Therefore, the Giants waived Curtis Painter. The Giants also traded kicker Brandon McManus to the Denver Broncos for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.
8-26-14: With their 35-24 victory over the New York Jets on Friday, the Giants moved to an NFL-best 4-0 on the preseason. Eli Manning could have been more effective, but he did throw for a touchdown. Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for three touchdowns on just eight completions. Unfortunately, rookie receiver Odell Beckham missed the game with a hamstring injury.
8-20-14: The Giants’ first unit did not look good on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, as New York was trailing, 26-0, heading into the fourth quarter. However, the backups finished the game by scoring 27 unanswered Giants points to help the team move to 3-0 this preseason. New York went ahead with a four-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib to Corey Washington.
8-14-14: Rashad Jennings scored the first touchdown of the Giants’ preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it was an exciting run. On the first play of the second New York drive, he ran for a 73-yard touchdown. The Giants won the game, 20-16, and Jason Pierre-Paul recorded a team-high four tackles. He says that he wants to have a Pro Bowl-caliber season this year.
8-5-14: After Michael Strahan was formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Giants began their preseason schedule with a victory in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. They defeated the Buffalo Bills, 17-13, behind strong performances from third-string quarterback Ryan Nassib and backup running back Andre Williams. Unfortunately, David Wilson has been advised by doctors to permanently stop playing football after he was placed on injured reserve for the 2014 season.
7-30-14: New York Giants running back David Wilson can’t catch a break. Barely a week after finally being cleared to return to the practice field, Wilson is once again on the sidelines thanks to a new issue with his surgically repaired neck. Wilson sustained a “neck burner” in practice on Tuesday and will wait to be reevaluated on August 4th. He was pegged for a key role in New York’s offense and now could suddenly be looking at his career being in jeopardy. While Wilson could have to worry about possibly retiring, offensive guard Chris Snee already has. The G-Men lose a quality offensive lineman has opted to call it quits thanks to complications from hip and elbow surgeries. New York is also concerned about rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham, who has been missing time with a hamstring injury. Beckham is likely to sit out another week of practice and will miss the team’s first preseason game.
7-15-14: Rashad Jennings wasn’t just signed as an insurance policy for David Wilson. Per reports, the former Jaguar and Raider could be a full-fledged feature back for the G-Men. New York’s brass has referred to Jennings as a “bell cow” running back with the ability to carry an offense. New York still expects full clearance for Wilson (neck), however, and should find a role for the explosive third-year back if healthy. The Giants appear to be improved in just about every facet of the roster, but the jury is still out at the tight end spot. Big Blue failed to add a sure fire started in free agency or the draft and will field an open competition for the starting tight end gig during camp, which opens on July 21st.
6-5-14: The Giants cut ties with talented safety Will Hill recently due to a six-game suspension for substance abuse. Due to numerous league violations, the G-Men grew tired of their young safety’s antics and cut him loose. Safeties Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle will start come week one. New York got more bad news after the release of Hill, as cornerback Jayron Hosley got a suspension of his own on June 4th. To top it off, versatile running back David Wilson still couldn’t be cleared (neck) in his most recent trip to gain medical clearance from doctors. Big Blue remains hopeful that Wilson can be cleared in time for camp.
5-19-14: The New York Giants had a horrendous 0-6 starts in 2013 thanks to horrible play across the board. They really took care of most of their defensive problems in free agency, but they still had major issues on both lines, while they also could have used help in the passing game as they entered the 2014 NFL Draft. Let’s see how well they addressed those areas of concern:
Round 1. Pick 12 Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
Round 2. Pick 11 Weston Richburg, C, Colorado St.
Round 3. Pick 10 Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
Round 4. Pick 13 Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Round 5. Pick 12 Nat Berhe, DB, San Diego St.
Round 6. Pick 11 Bennett Jackson, CB, Notre Dame
Eli Manning was terrible a year ago, but a lot of it had to do with shaky pass protection and his receivers playing horribly, themselves. With that being a fact and Hakeem Nicks also gone, the G-Men were wise to bring in Odell Beckham. Beckham is a smooth route-runner who isn’t afraid to make plays on the ball or when it’s in his hands.
New York did a solid job on the remainder of the o-line in free agency, so their only glaring need there entering the draft was a long-term solution at center. Weston Richburg gives them that as this draft’s top-rated center.
The Giants went on to add some nice, young pieces for a revamped secondary, while Andre Williams might be their sleeper pick at running back. They were a mess in the backfield last season, so don’t be shocked if the productive Williams works his way into a big role.
5-9-14: The New York Giants had loads of problems that contributed to an 0-6 start and missing the playoffs in 2013. Naturally, they aimed to eradicate one of them to get the ball rolling in round one of the 2014 NFL Draft. LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham is a good step in the right direction, as the Giants desperately needed another talented receiver for Eli Manning to throw to. Hakeem Nicks left in free agency, Victor Cruz was banged up last year and there’s no guarantee that Reuben Randle is the answer at the number two spot. Landing a talented receiver like Beckham puts all of those worries to rest.
4-28-14: The New York Giants had a rough 2013 season for a litany of reasons, but two main ones were shaky offensive line play and inconsistency at the skill positions on offense. As early as round one, that could lead the G-Men to grab an offensive lineman, wide receiver or tight end, while running back is also a problem area of David Wilson (neck) can’t get back to top form. The Giants also could potentially have an issue on the inside of their defensive line with Linval Joseph jetting in free agency. That could make defensive tackle a major need and Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald an elite solution. The Giants have enough holes that they won’t be honing in on just one position to get the 2014 NFL Draft started. Instead, they’ll likely just take the top player available on their board. Depending on who that ends up being, prospects like Eric Ebron, Taylor Lewan, Odell Beckham and the aforementioned Donald could all be in play in round one.
4-7-14: The New York Giants struggled mightily in the trenches on offense in 2013, so they got to work early in free agency to address one of their biggest needs by bringing in Geoff Schwartz and Charles Brown. With the offensive line looking a little better, they turned to running back and brought in Rashad Jennings, who should compete with David Wilson to start out of the backfield. New York even signed on former Giants receiver Mario Manningham to potentially help fill the hole left by the departed Hakeem Nicks. The G-Men were just as active on the defensive side of the ball, as they held onto linebacker Jon Beason and revamped their secondary in a big way with signings of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III and Trumaine McBride.
3-21-14: The New York Giants started off 2013 in an 0-6 hole and were never able to recover. In an effort to plug the holes that aided that poor start, Big Blue went out and picked up the necessary pieces to get back to their winning ways. Running back Rashad Jennings was one of the early additions in free agency, as his presence makes Andre Brown expendable and also protects the Giants from relying on David Wilson too much, as well. New York’s major focus was actually on defense, however, where they patched up a shaky secondary with several key moves, including hanging onto safety Stevie Brown and bringing in underrated cornerback Walter Thurmond III, formerly of the Seahawks.
12-31-13: Eli Manning was knocked from the game with an ankle injury, but the Giants still got the job done at home, beating the Washington Redskins, 20-6. Jerrel Jernigan gave the G-Men the spark they needed to earn their seventh win of the year, as he put up 147 total yards and two touchdowns in the win.
12-24-13: Despite the Giants being out of the playoffs, they entered Detroit in week 16 with the hopes of playing spoiler. They did exactly that. The Giants hung close late and Will Hill returned an interception to force overtime. From there, New York’s Josh Brown nailed in a field goal to give the G-Men a 23-20 win and push the Lions out of the NFC playoff picture.
12-17-13: Eli Manning was abysmal in week 15, as he tossed five interceptions and couldn’t get anything on offense going in a crushing 23-0 shutout loss to the Seattle Seahawks at home. New York’s defense hung around as long as they could, but simply couldn’t overcome the offense’s complete lack of productivity.
12-10-13: Costly turnovers doomed New York, as they coughed up the ball three times and couldn’t muster enough offense in a rough 37-14 road loss to the San Diego Chargers. Eli Manning added to his league-leading interception total with two picks, while the G-Men simply couldn’t slow down Philip Rivers (three touchdowns) and the San Diego offense.
12-3-13: The Giants had every reason to fold up and mail it in, but they kept on fighting in week 13. Even with a shot at the playoffs likely over, Eli Manning and co. battled back and forth with the Washington Redskins until they finally claimed a 24-17 road win. Andre Brown was stuffed for most of the day, but his two rushing touchdowns played a huge role in getting New York it’s fifth win in it’s last six games.
11-26-13: Despite a horrible 0-6 start, the Giants entered week 12 with a serious chance at turning their season around if they could simply beat the Dallas Cowboys at home. And despite going down 21-6 in this one, they nearly made that happen. Eli Manning lead the 15-point comeback to tie it up at 21, all, but the G-Men couldn’t stop Tony Romo on the ‘Boys final drive and Dan Bailey ended it as the seconds ticked off in a 24-21 loss at home.
11-19-13: Eli Manning and the Giants offense did just enough to put points on the board, while it was the G-Men’s suddenly gritty defense that sealed the deal in a 27-13 home win over the Green Bay Packers in week 11. Jason Pierre-Paul put the finishing touches on a fairly dominant defensive performance, taking a Scott Tolzien interception to the house for the finishing margin.
11-12-13: Don’t look now, but the formerly 0-6 Giants are suddenly in the hunt for the NFC East. A third straight win has them within striking distance of first place in their division, thanks to putting the clamps on Terrelle Pryor and topping the Oakland Raiders at home, 24-20. Eli Manning continued to struggle and threw a pick-six in this one, but did enough overall to help get the G-Men to 3-6.
10-30-13: Eli Manning the the G-Men couldn’t score an offensive touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in week eight, but they didn’t have to. Josh Brown knocked in five field goals and Peyton Hillis helped control the clock as Big Blue worked their way to a second straight win. New York’s defense was impressive for the second week in a row, as they have no allowed zero offensive points in back to back weeks following a dreadful 0-6 start.
The New York Giants finally got off the schneid and earned their first win of 2013 by simply playing less ugly football than the Minnesota Vikings. Eli Manning survived numerous bad drops from his wide receivers to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown, while also managing to not throw an interception in a game for the first time all season. Newly signed running back Peyton Hillis was the arguable star of the day on offense, amassing 81 hard-earned yards and a touchdown in the 23-7 home victory.
10-15-13: The New York Giants appeared to finally be getting off the schneid in week six, as they chased their first win of 2013 in a tightly contested matchup on the road against the Chicago Bears. Unfortunately, despite actually establishing a surprisingly effective running game with unlikely hero Brandon Jacobs, Big Blue was done in the same way they have been all season - by turnovers. Eli Manning drove the G-Men down the field late, but a slightly overthrown pass intended for tight end Brandon Myers was tipped and intercepted, ending New York’s comeback bid in a 27-21 loss and sending them to a regrettable 0-6 hole to start the season.
10-8-13: The hits keep on coming for the New York Giants. Just when running back David Wilson seemed to be finding his place in the offense with a rushing score to give Big Blue a 7-0 lead, he exited New York’s week five NFC East battle with a neck injury. From that point on the Giants struggled on offense, as backup running back Brandon Jacobs managed just 37 yards on 11 carries and coughed up a fumble, while quarterback Eli Manning tossed three interceptions. New York managed just two touchdowns the rest of the way and could not stop Nick Foles (who entered for an injured Michael Vick) in the disappointing 36-21 home loss, sending the Giants to a horrendous 0-5 start.
10-1-13: The slide of the once mighty New York Giants continued on in week four, as a close 10-7 game against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs got broken open by a punt return for a score by KC. The Giants never recovered from that momentum-changing play, as Eli Manning took three sacks and turned the ball over three times in a 31-7 road loss to send the G-Men to an 0-4 hole. The lone bright spot in the blowout loss was star wide receiver Victor Cruz, who reeled in 10 catches for 164 receiving yards and had New York’s only touchdown in it’s last eight quarters of football - a 69-yard bomb from Manning. The Giants look to get off the schneid in week five against the 1-3 Philadelphia Eagles.
9-19-13: Eli Manning and elder brother Peyton Manning waged war in the third ever “Manning Bowl” in week two. Older brother Peyton owned a commanding 2-0 lead over Eli, and many felt the younger Manning brother would finally get a win and keep his Giants from sliding into an early 0-2 hole. That wouldn’t be the case, as the Broncos destroyed the Giants 41-23 at MetLife Stadium. The Broncos spent most of the game rattling Eli Manning and forced the younger Manning into misguided throws that resulted in four interceptions. Eli still ended up passing for over 360 yards for the second week in a row, but a lack of a running game made New York’s offense one-dimensional. The Giants look to avoid a 0-3 start when they take on the Panthers next weekend in Charlotte.
9-10-13: Eli Manning entered this matchup with a 4-0 record in AT&T stadium, but a new 4-3 Dallas defensive scheme threw a wrench in Peyton Manning’s little brother’s plans to extend that streak. Manning did end up tossing fro 450+ yards and four touchdowns, but three picks and three more turnovers from the rest of Big Blue ended up leading to New York’s demise. The final was 36-31 as the Giants fell to 0-1 on the year. Next week, Eli and co. will host Peyton Manning and the Broncos at MetLife Stadium.
9-4-13: Here are the New York Football Giants' final cuts as they prepare for the 2013 regular season: QB David Carr, OT Matt McCants, S Tyler Sash, DE Matt Broha, S David Caldwell, G Stephen Goodin, CB Charles James, T Matt McCants, CB Terrence Frederick, DT Marvin Austin, DE Adrian Tracy, DE Adewale Ojomo, LB Kyle Bosworth, OL Eric Herman, OL Bryant Browning, WR Kevin Hardy, Marcus Harris, WR Julian Talley.
8-21-13: It was a disappointing and somewhat unsettling week 2 of the preseason for Big Blue. The disappointing part was the game itself, a 20-12 loss to the Colts. The unsettling part was the injuries. Wide receiver Victor Cruz came up hobbling and had to leave the game with a bruised heel. Starting center David Baas also had to leave the game with a sprained knee.
Eli Manning wasn't very good, completing just 8 of 17 passes for 91 yards and an interception. Andre Brown ran the ball 8 times for 36 yards, while David Wilson also ran it 8 times for 34 yards. On the positive side, kicker Josh Brown was 4 of 4 on field goals including a long of 47 yards.
This week, the Giants take on the Jets for their annual preseason grudge match.
8-11-13: The NY Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-13 in their first preseason game of 2013. Eli Manning and Victor Cruz connected for a 57-yard touch down in the 1st quarter, which was the only offensive TD of the game.
Manning was just 2-for-5 for 73 yards and that Cruz TD in his only series of the game. Running back David Wilson carried the ball 5 times for 16 yards, while Andre Brown pitched in with 23 yards on 4 carries
7-10-13: The Giants missed the playoffs in 2012 after another one of their classic late season swan dives, but will enter 2013 with the majority of their lineup intact. They did lose defensive end Osi Umenyiora and running back Ahmad Bradshaw, but also drafted defensive end Damontre Moore and are expecting a big role out of second-year running back David Wilson. With Eli Manning still at the top of his game and one of the deepest defensive lines in football, the Giants stand a good chance at returning to the playoffs in 2013.
7-7-13: Victor Cruz has agreed to sign a 5-year extension with the Giants worth $43 million. $15.6 is guaranteed money.
6-12-13: The Giants usually don’t have much trouble getting fans in the seats, and that has everything to do with being one of the league’s more traditional teams in a highly populated area. Oh, and the fact that they’ve won two Super Bowls in the past six years.
Eli Manning and Big Blue sat out of post-season play in 2012 and didn’t love the feeling, so Giants fans can likely expect New York to turn right around and play 2013 with a giant (no pun intended) chip on their shoulder. New York needs to reel in restricted free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz, but otherwise there is little reason to expect the Giants to sit at home during the playoffs for two straight seasons.
2013 Giants Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 19: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Round 2, Pick 17: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Round 3, Pick 19: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Round 4, Pick 19 (from San Diego through Arizona): Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Round 5, Pick 19: Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
Round 7, Pick 19: Eric Herman, OG, Ohio
Round 7, Pick 47 (Compensatory Selection): Michael Cox, RB, Massachusetts
1/3/13: After a solid start to the season, the Giants stumbled in the 2nd half of the season. Huge losses to the Redskins, Ravens and Falcons were too much to overcome and the defending Super Bowl champions fell short of the playoffs and finished with a 9-7 record.
12/4/12: Sitting at 7-4 the defending champion New York Giants seem to be gearing up for the playoffs once again. But first they will have their work cut out for them as they try and claim the division. With the Cowboys and Redskins just a game behind at 6-6 apiece, the difficult remaining schedule for the Giants could easily drop them to second or even third place. Up next for them is the struggling Saints who are 5-7 but have a high powered offense. The Giants are only 1-1 since their unusually late bye week and need to clamp down for the reminder of the season.