Victor Cruz - WRPosted 6/27/15 12:42am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz will have to participate in a mandatory conditioning drill at the start of training camp and believes he could pass it now. Cruz still has not worked with QB Eli Manning on route running or timing drills.
Huddle Up: Cruz owner or not, you can't help but root for a healthy return for the wideout. When that happens, he'll add to an impressive cast of weapons for Eli Manning.
Rueben Randle - WRPosted 6/24/15 12:30pm ET
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle consistently made catches downfield and in traffic.
Huddle Up: With all the love being heaped on Odell Beckham Jr. it's easy to forget about Randle. But he's in a solid position to be a fantasy helper this season, at a price significantly less than what you'll have to pay to acquire OBJ.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) won't practice again until training camp opens in July. Beckham was limited to straight-line running Tuesday, June 16, but he's done for organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Remember that Beckham's rookie season started late due to hamstring issues and he still cobbled together a pretty nice campaign. So no reason to hit the panic button on his availability just yet.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 6/14/15 4:15pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell (Achilles') missed a good chunk of organized team activities (OTAs) due to an Achilles' problem. If the injury lingers, it could open the door for TEs Jerome Cunningham and Adrien Robinson to see more responsibilities in the passing game. However, long term the team feels Donnell is still on the upswing, or has plenty of upside.
Huddle Up: Donnell finished with 63 receptions for 623 yards and six TDs to finish as the 11th-best fantasy TE last season, but did most of his damage in the first half of the year while WR Odell Beckham Jr. took over late. He's a borderline TE1 prospect for this coming season, and his health in training camp and the preseason could be a deciding factor.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 6/13/15 7:28pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings is still expected to lead the Giants in touches, according to ESPN.com's Dan Graziano, despite the acquisition of RB Shane Vereen this offseason. Graziano said the Giants will give Jennings the ball as long as he can stay healthy.
Huddle Up: The Giants have a crowded backfield with Jennings, Vereen, and Andre Williams all battling for playing time. Vereen will be the pass catcher, though historically the Giants haven't thrown much to their backs. Williams saw some goal line work last season, but as it looks right now Jennings is the guy slated for the most fantasy-relevant work.
Rueben Randle - WRPosted 6/12/15 5:23pm ET
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle can be a 'dominant receiver' and will have a 'big year' in 2015, QB Eli Manning said this week.
Huddle Up: Aside from TD catches -- which fell from six to three last season -- the 2012 second-round pick has improved his numbers in each of his last two seasons and has the size (6-4, 205) needed to complement fellow WRs Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 6/11/15 1:42pm ET
New York Giants RB Shane Vereen has caught pass after pass in organized team activities, particularly in the red zone.
Huddle Up: Like he was in New England, Vereen is expected to be the Giants' pass-catching RB, further cutting into the workload of starter Rashad Jennings, who had to share touches with rookie Andre Williams a year ago.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 6/8/15 12:07am ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he understands the concepts and feels more comfortable with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system this year after offseason ankle surgery limited his reps last season.
Huddle Up: Manning seemingly grew more comfortable with each passing game last season -- of course Odell Beckham Jr's instant impact after missing the first four games didn't hurt, either -- and things should be that much better in Year Two. A top-five fantasy QB certainly isn't out of the question.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 6/2/15 4:36pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was limited during organized team activities Monday, June 1, because of hamstring soreness. Head coach Tom Coughlin said holding Beckham out was precautionary.
Huddle Up: With the memory of last season's lingering hammy issues that cost Beckham the first four games of his rookie season, Coughlin and Co. are taking no chances this time around even it sounds like it's nothing more than routine getting-back-in-the-swing soreness.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 6/1/15 11:36pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell has been dealing with tendinitis in his Achilles' tendon, which is why he is wearing a boot.
Huddle Up: The injury isn't believed to be serious, so no worries just yet. But if Donnell continues to be bothered by the injury in July and August, it'll be time to move him down the fantasy rankings.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 5/30/15 12:33pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell has been working on improving as a blocker during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Tom Coughlin makes it pretty simple: if Donnell is a better blocker, he'll be on the field more. And that means more opportunities to put up fantasy points. And that's a good thing.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 5/29/15 8:00pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said he expects to receive more attention from defenses this upcoming season but does not think it will work since the team has a lot of offensive weapons.
Huddle Up: Uh, yeah. Beckham's 17.17 fantasy points per game easily led all wideouts playing 10 or more games last season, but if Victor Cruz can return at near-full strength, the Giants will have a formidable group of pass-catchers. That said, Beckham can still expect the most attention of just about every opponent in 2015.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 5/13/15 5:40pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he will not rush his rehab in order to participate in offseason workouts and minicamps. Cruz will not participate in team practices during the Giants' minicamp, but will be doing some of his own rehabilitation work. He has already started running routes as he recovers from a torn patellar tendon and has a good chance to be ready for training camp. He is feeling good and has not reported swelling in the knee even after workouts. Cruz has begun making cuts in his routes, and he labeled himself about 75-80% in his recovery.
Huddle Up: Tough to bank on much from Cruz this year, especially with Odell Beckham Jr. emerging as the Giants' go-to receiver in Cruz's absence last year. But if he's looking like his old self in training camp, it will be a situation worth revisiting.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 5/12/15 10:37pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) did not experience swelling in his injured knee after running routes and doing some agility drills. Cruz, however, will not participate in team practices during the Giants' minicamp and will continue doing some of his own rehabilitation work.
Huddle Up: Slow and steady remains the recovery pace for the Cruz, who is bouncing back from a torn patellar tendon. The wideout is making good progress, but there are questions still remaining as to if he's going to be able to approach his pre-injury skill level.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 4/26/15 10:23pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he is not worried about his contract situation and that the two sides have not discussed an extension.
Huddle Up: Of course, nothing much fazes Eli whose 6-year, $97.5M deal expires after the coming season. Besides, waiting until after another year throwing to ODB could give the QB that much more bargaining leverage.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 4/23/15 11:20pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he believes that he will be ready to play in the season opener next season and play like he did before he suffered the injury. "Absolutely," Cruz said at a news conference Thursday, April 23. "There is not a doubt in my mind that I'll be out there playing on that field. It's just a matter of getting myself back to 100 percent, but as of now, definitely, there is zero doubt in my mind that I'll be playing in that first game, and that I'll be back to the player I was."
Huddle Up: Cruz was injured closer to the beginning of the 2014 season (Week 6) than the end, but the injury was a serious one -- tearing the patellar tendon -- and it marked the second straight season Cruz's year was cut short by a knee injury. More power to the WR and his recovery, but don't be shocked if he proves to be overly optimistic and either misses a few games or is slow in rounding into form to start the season. Either way, though, Cruz will find himself in the immense fantasy shadow of second-year teammate Odell Beckham Jr. in drafts this summer and should have mid-to later-round value.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 4/16/15 4:14pm ET
The New York Giants do not know whether and to what extent WR Victor Cruz (knee) will recover from the severe knee injury he suffered last season. He might not be ready for the start of training camp, and if he can go Cruz is expected to be on a somewhat limited program.
Huddle Up: Until further notice, fantasy GMs should be counting on Odell Beckham, Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle -- probably in that order -- to be Eli Manning's top targets this coming season while limiting their expectations for Cruz until we get a better idea of how his recovery is coming along.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 3/26/15 10:59pm ET
New York Giants RB Shane Vereen gives the Giants something they didn't have last season -- a receiving threat out of the backfield. 'I see him in that regard as a pass receiver out of the backfield,' head coach Tom Coughlin said. Coughlin added that Vereen can protect the quarterback and is a capable runner.
Huddle Up: Vereen, who's had 99 receptions over the last two seasons, will take over the team's primary pass-catching RB role from Rashad Jennings and is yet another weapon for Eli Manning, whose fantasy stock is most definitely on the rise.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 3/25/15 4:26pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) could miss the start of the 2015 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz's goal is to be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: No bueno for Cruz; if there's concern about his availability for Week 1 that means he could miss training camp reps and could need game time to work himself back into playing shape. Keep him on the back burner of your fantasy plans until we get a better look at how his rehab is progressing this August.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 3/20/15 5:24pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has not had contract extension talks with the team yet, but co-owner John Mara said something would 'obviously be done at some point.'
Huddle Up: Coming off a career-high 63.1-percent completion rate last season in which he also returned to the 4,000-plus pass-yard and 30-TD plateaus, Eli has the look of a QB back on the rise -- particularly with Odell Beckham Jr. entering his second season and injured wideout Victor Cruz due back. So certainly expect a new deal this offseason -- one that might essentially ensure he'll end his career in N.Y.
Daniel Fells - TEPosted 3/19/15 2:09pm ET
Free-agent TE Daniel Fells (Giants) has signed a one-year contract to return to the New York Giants. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Fells was only targeted 20 times and caught 16 passes for 188 yards and four TDs last season and won't be a viable fantasy option unless something happens to starter Larry Donnell.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 3/5/15 3:41pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell was on a Delta Airlines plane that skidded off the runway at La Guardia airport Thursday, March 5. Donnell was not injured in that incident.
Huddle Up: Great to hear as it was certainly a scary sight as it appears the plane skidded to a stop just yards from the water.
Peyton Hillis - RBPosted 2/26/15 1:54am ET
New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis was released Wednesday, Feb. 25. The move saves $945,000 on the 2015 salary cap.
Huddle Up: Seems like eons ago that Hills was the Madden cover boy; now he's an ex-Giant looking to catch on as a complimentary backfield option. In a year where the running back draft class appears especially deep, that might be easier said than done for Hillis.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 2/22/15 6:12pm ET
Free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants) may be pursued by the Atlanta Falcons if he hits free agency.
Huddle Up: Only the Bengals, with 20, had fewer sacks last season than the Falcons' 22, and the team could again look to a Giant DE -- a la Osi Umenyiora -- for pass-rushing help this offseason. Via free agency, the draft -- or both -- expect the Falcons to add a couple players who can turn up the pressure on opposing QBs.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 2/19/15 11:58pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) may commence running shortly, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz is recovering from a torn right patellar tendon in his right knee.
Huddle Up: If Cruz was going to suffer such a tough knee injury, at least it came somewhat early in the season (Week 6), giving him a little extra time for rehab and recovery. We'll continue to monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
Kevin Ogletree - WRPosted 2/17/15 4:21pm ET
New York Giants WR Kevin Ogletree was re-signed to a one-year deal Tuesday, Feb. 17, according to a source. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Ogletree had five receptions for 50 yards in seven games off the bench for the Giants last season but will face a fight to make the final roster, especially if Victor Cruz is able to come back healthy.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 2/8/15 4:48pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning is likely to receive a contract extension this offseason, as the team is all-in on him as their quarterback.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the Eli Era will continue in N.Y. after the QB found new life in 2014, thanks largely to stud rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. Manning topped 4,000 passing yards for the first time in three seasons, and his 30 TD tosses were the second-highest single-season total of his career.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 2/6/15 1:39pm ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's contract was voided Friday, Feb. 6, which officially makes him a free agent.
Huddle Up: JPP -- coming off a 12.5-sack, 77-tackle season -- will only be 26 in February and the Giants will have to make a decision on whether to give him the long-term deal he's looking for, retain him under the franchise tag or let him hit the market. It's a tough decision on a player who's been largely productive when healthy but also has had injury issues and has been anything but consistent during his five seasons with the G-Men.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 1/26/15 3:54pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) said he played this season with two tears in his right hamstring, which never fully healed. Beckham said he'll need to shut himself down this offseason in order to enter 2015 fully healthy and in great shape. He said he had tears to his semitendinosus and bicep belly of his hamstring this season. 'It's still not right, I'm still working on it,' Beckham said. 'I'm trying to get it 100 percent for next year.'
Huddle Up: Beckham was pretty good at less than 100 percent, so go ahead and salivate at the prospects of a fully healthy Beckham in 2015. Now wipe that drool off your cheat sheet and bump Beckham up a couple more spots.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 1/21/15 12:44pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings could have a veteran running back to complement or compete with him next season. The team could possibly add a change-of-pace back and a run-blocking offensive lineman in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Isn't Andre Williams already a complement/competition? Jennings was more than solid when healthy last year; seems counter-productive to bring in another veteran when the Giants already have two decent backs... unless the plan is to phase Jennings out? It's a situation fantasy owners will need to keep an eye on this offseason.
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