Eli Manning - QBPosted 10/23/14 10:16am ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has completed 65 percent of his passes, which would be a career high. He also has 14 touchdown passes to just five interceptions, compared to 10 touchdowns and 15 interceptions at this point last season. '(The difference is) probably in his football,' quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Wednesday, Oct. 22. 'I think he is playing at a high level and I think improved football has really helped out.'
Huddle Up: It took all of the preseason and the first couple regular season games for Manning to find his groove, but aside from last week's hiccup against the Eagles he's been as effective as ever. With the bye week to get acclimated to his receivers san Victor Cruz, the second half looks bright for Manning and the Giants' offense.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 10/23/14 10:16am ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. might be moved around over the final nine games, according to receivers coach Sean Ryan. He said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that he envisions moving Beckham around so teams cannot just key on the young playmaker, and the belief is that Beckham's skills will play well in the slot. The only thing that may prevent the team from moving him inside is that they don't want 'to overload him.'
Huddle Up: Beckham missed much of the team's offseason and preseason work due to injury, so throwing another position at him might be counterproductive. That said, expect the Giants to find ways to take advantage of Beckham's skill set and get him the ball on a consistent basis.
Preston Parker - WRPosted 10/23/14 10:16am ET
New York Giants WR Preston Parker took almost all of his snaps as the slot receiver in Week 7 game against the Dallas Cowboys, while WR Odell Beckham Jr. was sprinkled in at the spot for a few plays. Rueben Randle could also be used in the slot over the final nine games, as the team works to replace WR Victor Cruz (knee). 'The other guy that can do certain things in the slot for us is Rueben because he's smart and he's a big target in the middle of the field,' receivers coach Sean Ryan said Wednesday, Oct. 22.
Huddle Up: New York's receiver rotation likely hinges on how quickly Beckham can pick up other spots in the offense. If he's able to play X, Y and Z the Giants can interchange their receivers to take advantage of matchups--a benefit not just to Beckham but to Randle and Parker and Eli Manning as well.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 10/18/14 2:01pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) intends to start running next week in a pool and on a machine that will alleviate pressure. Jennings is hoping to return in Week 9.
Huddle Up: Andre Williams will continue to see the bulk of the carries while Jennings is out. Williams is a strong flex play option this week against Dallas even though he didn't do much in last week's blowout loss to Philadelphia.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CBPosted 10/16/14 2:26pm ET
New York Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle, hamstring) will need to make some progress if he wants to play in Week 7, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
Huddle Up: DRC still has a chance to take some strides Friday, but it's looking like a case of bad timing with the G-Men preparing to face the Dez Bryant-Terrance Williams duo, which has combined for 54 catches and 9 TDs already this season.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 10/15/14 3:28pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) will definitely not play in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Jennings sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee in Week 5. The team is hoping he can return after their bye week and play in Week 9.
Huddle Up: It looks like another week of rookie Andre Williams and Peyton Hillis in the N.Y. backfield, and expect to see more of the latter if the Giants fall behind and need the veteran Hills' superior pass-protection skills.
Preston Parker - WRPosted 10/14/14 4:08pm ET
New York Giants WRs Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. are acceptable options to replace WR Victor Cruz (knee), according to head coach Tom Coughlin, with WR Preston Parker in the slot position. The Giants are content in not trading for another receiver from outside the organization. The only other healthy receiver on the current roster is WR Corey Washington.
Huddle Up: Keep an eye on Washington, who was a preseason standout, but the fantasy owners of the top 3 wideouts, particularly Randle's and Beckham's, should see a noticeable uptick in targets.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 10/14/14 4:15pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) won't ever be the same after his season-ending knee injury, according to Dr. David Chao. "He can return to 100 percent, but it (his knee) is a car in a car accident," said Chao, a former NFL team physician. "Never brand new when fixed." There is no timetable for Cruz's rehab, and there is no prognosis for the rest of his career. His injury could rob him of his explosiveness and change-of-direction ability. A handful of NFL players have returned from this type of injury, but none of them discovered their elite form. A torn patellar tendon can't be fixed arthroscopically, so it needs a massive open procedure that will require lengthy and painful rehab. Cruz will need to rebuild the muscles around the tendon, and it'll likely be 6 months before he can even try to run again.
Huddle Up: Just a crushing turn of developments for the undrafted free agent who took the NFL by storm in 2011 when he debuted with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and 9 TDs. He was off to a 23-337-1 start this season.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 10/13/14 10:35am ET
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) was taken off on a cart after suffering a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. As he was carted off, he was sobbing on the way back to the locker room.
Huddle Up: Cruz will miss the rest of the 2014 season. It's an opportunity for Odell Beckham Jr. to claim more looks in the Giants' passing game, though as a whole New York's offense looked lousy Sunday night against the Eagles.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 10/13/14 3:46pm ET
Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his torn patellar tendon.
Huddle Up: Cruz is done for the year. Odell Beckham will move into the starting lineup with Preston Parker getting first crack at slot receiver. Beckham is a must-add in all formats if he's still on the waiver wire.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 10/8/14 9:28am ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has been asked to throw the ball away more this year by quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf in order to limit the number of times he is sacked and the number of high-risk throws he makes. The new approach has Manning completing a career-best 66.3 percent of his passes, and he is currently on pace for a career-high 36 touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Credit where credit is due: after looking like anything but a good fit in the Giants' new offense through the preseason and first couple weeks of the regular season, Manning has taken off and may be playing the best football of his career. He has a favorable schedule going forward, got Odell Beckham Jr. back from injury last week... everything's coming up Millhouse for Eli!
Andre Williams - RBPosted 10/7/14 3:04pm ET
New York Giants RB Andre Williams has the confidence of head coach Tom Coughlin and the rest of the coaching staff that he can take on a bigger workload with RB Rashad Jennings (knee) injured. 'I am very confident (in Williams taking a bigger role),' Coughlin said. 'The other thing that he did that was great was the third-and-seven first-down run. A lot of that was on his own outside the flank of our blockers. He was able to pick up that first down. That was really indicative of people trying to tackle the ball and get the ball out, and he made that play. When you have a young guy, you really get into great, great detail even more about pass protection. He has done a good job when he has been in there. He is going to have to do even better.'
Huddle Up: As a No. 2 back, the fourth-round pick and 2,177-yard rusher at Boston College last season, has rushed for 170 yards and 2 TDs on 54 carries and has even caught 4 passes for 25 yards so far. 131 of his 170 yards and both of his TDs have come over the last 2 games, and now he'll be the lead back for the new next few weeks on one of the league's most rapidly improving offenses. In other words, the rookie is definitely a must-add if he's somehow still available in your league.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 10/6/14 10:36am ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell didn't record a catch in the Week 5 game Sunday, Oct. 5, and received one target. The Atlanta Falcons paid extra attention to him in the game.
Huddle Up: Donnell's performance thus far has him on opposing defenses' radars as well as fantasy radars; now it's up to Donnell to adjust to the adjustments.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 10/6/14 4:08pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (knee) was seen with a limp and wearing a brace on his left knee.
Huddle Up: Jennings isn't expected to play in Week 6. Andre Williams will be the Giants feature back against the Eagles. He's a must add this week in all formats.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 10/1/14 3:41pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 1.
Huddle Up: The first-round pick is hoping to make his Big Blue debut this Sunday against the Falcons but will need to show more in the coming days' practices than he did Wednesday.
Mario Manningham - WRPosted 9/30/14 7:32pm ET
The New York Giants released WR Mario Manningham (calf) from their Reserve/Injured list with an injury waiver Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Huddle Up: This may be the surest sign yet that first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. and his troublesome hammy are finally ready to go for the G-Men.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 9/30/14 10:25pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is on pace to finish the year with 100 catches, 944 yards and 16 touchdowns. The single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end is currently 17.
Huddle Up: The third-year undrafted TE started strong with 5 receptions for 56 yards in the opener and hasn't let up, notching at least 6 targets and 5 receptions in each of his 4 games. His size (6-5, 269) presents big problems for defenses, particularly in the red zone, and expect Eli Manning to keep taking advantage.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 9/26/14 1:46am ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell caught six passes on six targets for 40 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of the team's Week 4 game Thursday, Sept. 25. He finished with 8 targets, 7 receptions and 54 yards.
Huddle Up: Donnell now leads the Giants with 25 catches and 4 scoring grabs and has definitely moved from intriguing TE2 to must-start range. He's a big target who'll continue to draw passes from Eli Manning, but also realize he'll now have the full attention of opposing defenses after this breakout bonanza.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 9/26/14 2:02pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning has become comfortable in the new offense, and he has worked efficiently in the no-huddle. In Week 4 against the Washington Redskins Thursday, Sept. 25, Manning was 20-for-27 on throws 10 yards or shorter, and all four of his touchdown passes came on such passes. 'Yes, starting to like the offense,' Manning said. 'It's fun. Each week we have some new things and different plays that will work. I think everybody, offensive linemen, receivers, are starting to feel the tempo of things and see what we can do in this offense. We just have to keep working.' Head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo have successfully tailored their offense to fit their personnel.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we'll agree Eli is starting to look rather comfortable and it wasn't just one night fling Thursday in D.C., either, as he's gone a combined 75-of-106 for 811 yards, 8 TDs and 3 interceptions over his last 3 games. Prediction: If he's on your league's waiver wire, he's not going to be there long.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 9/24/14 8:40pm ET
The New York Giants could use RB Andre Williams more in Week 4 if the team gets an early lead and has to rely on the running game, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN New York. The team is monitoring RB Rashad Jennings after he carried the ball 34 times in Week 3, and believe he will be at full strength, but with the short week the team could rely on Williams a bit more.
Huddle Up: The Giants win one game and now they're talking about getting big leads and rotating running backs? Don't buy it. Jennings will still see a majority of the touches. He's a high-end RB2 this week against Washington.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 9/23/14 4:02pm ET
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is targeting the team's Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons to return from a hamstring injury and make his debut.
Huddle Up: We'll believe it when we see the first-round pick actually is on the field in full uniform for a live snap in a live game. Stay tuned ...
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 9/18/14 10:02am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz had three drops in Week 2 after demanding to see the ball more before the game. He vowed to get better moving forward.
Huddle Up: Maybe the Giants should demand that Cruz catch the ball better? The new-look Giants offense is still a work in progress, as is Cruz's role in said offense.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 9/17/14 6:04pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, and coach Tom Coughlin was non-committal about the rookie's status for Week 3.
Huddle Up: Sadly nothing new here for the first-round pick.
Jerrel Jernigan - WRPosted 9/16/14 7:01pm ET
New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan (foot) has been placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 16.
Huddle Up: Tough break for Jernigan, who will finish the year with 6 catches for 40 yards. Going forward, though, this figures to mean more targets for Preston Parker, Corey Washington and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., if his hammy ever gets right.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 9/11/14 4:15pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 11.
Huddle Up: Another day same story for the Giants' top pick and just another facet of the team's hot mess of a passing game.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 9/9/14 7:31pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz thinks the offense will improve if more targets are directed his way. 'In order for us to be successful I think there needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction,' Cruz said, on a conference call with reporters. 'And other playmakers' directions, just like Rueben Randle as well, in my opinion.' Cruz had only six targets and finished with two grabs and 24 yards in the team's Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 8. Randle was targeted only three times for two catches and one yard.
Huddle Up: Cruz and Randle owners shouldn't have been expecting too much out of the gate following the first team's offensive struggles in the preseason, but 9 combined targets and 4 total receptions for the duo was nightmarish. See if things improve in Week 2 and if not, it might be time to start mapping out the quickest route to the panic button.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 9/8/14 8:59pm ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) is back on the field in the second quarter of the Week 1 game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 8. He left for X-rays after suffering a neck injury in the first quarter, and everything checked out fine.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Giants could ill-afford to be without their top pass rusher after getting riddled for two passing touchdowns in the first quarter Monday night.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 9/8/14 11:13pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell caught five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown Monday, Sept. 8 in a 35-14 Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: The second-year undrafted free agent was the surprise receiving leader for the G-Men, garnering a team-high 8 targets and finishing with more catches and and yards than WRs Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle (4-25) combined. Overall, though, the poor performances from 2013 and the 2014 preseason carried over into a dismal passing night (144 net yards, 2 interceptions) for the Giants' passing attack.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 9/22/14 9:17am ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) is officially out for Monday's game against the Detroit Lions.
Huddle Up: Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle will see a majority of the targets from Eli Manning on Monday night. Beckham has no fantasy value in redraft leagues at the moment.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 9/22/14 9:17am ET
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) appears to be making some progress. Last week at practice he was standing around and doing nothing while the team practiced. He still did not practice Friday, Sept. 5, but was seen running, jogging, high-stepping, pseudo-sprinting and route running while also catching passes.
Huddle Up: Beckham isn't on the fantasy radar in re-draft leagues right now. He's missed too much time this summer and the Giants offense is struggling. Expect Beckham to make his biggest impact as a rookie on special teams returning kicks.
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