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.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 12/29/14 7:32pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. caught 12 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17. Beckham finished the 2014 season with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games.
Huddle Up: Beckham made a huge splash as a rookie and carried the Giants--and fantasy teams--down the stretch. We'll see how if any his role changes playing alongside Victor Cruz next season, but right now he's earned a spot among the top 10 fantasy receivers heading into 2015.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/26/14 5:05pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and is probable for Week 17.
Huddle Up: It looks like Jennings will return after what's essentially been a two-game absence, making the Giants' RB situation a bit of a fantasy mess with rookie Andre Williams (shoulder) also questionable. And don't forget about Orleans Darkwa, who had six touches for 38 yards and a TD in Week 16.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/24/14 1:41pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) participated in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Good sign to see Jennings on the field this early in the week after the RB has essentially missed the last two games, but he'd be a risky fantasy start coming off the idle time.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/19/14 3:29pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice Friday, Dec. 19, and will not play in the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: The writing was definitely on the wall, and at least Jennings' owners get plenty of notice so they can get another option in place. Meanwhile, it's certainly a boost for those owning Andre Williams as the rookie will shoulder the bulk of the load Sunday in St. Louis.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/18/14 1:49pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: You're just not going to be able to trust Jennings, who started last week and then departed with a first-quarter ankle injury. Rookie Andre Williams, though, certainly moves up on the RB list if Jennings can't go Sunday in St. Louis.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 12/15/14 7:32pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. posted 12 receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns in Week 15 against the Washington Redskins. He now holds the franchise rookie receiving yards record with two games to play.
Huddle Up: Don't forget, Beckham missed much of the preseason as well as the first month of the regular season due to injuries. He has certainly made up for lost time and is establishing himself as Eli Manning's favorite target--and an elite fantasy receiver.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/15/14 8:28pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings' (ankle) status for Week 16 is uncertain, because the severity of the injury is not known, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. 'He did have a reoccurrence of the ankle and was not able to go back in the game,' Coughlin said. 'Whether or not we are all the way back to Square 1, I don't know yet. I don't have anything on that today yet.'
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs might be best served putting Jennings on the back-burner for the final two weeks as there's simply too much uncertainty to deal with -- especially in the championship rounds.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/14/14 10:29pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) left the Week 15 game against the Washington Redskins after aggravating his ankle injury.
Huddle Up: Jennings re-injured his ankle on the first carry of the game. With just two games left and the Giants out of the playoff hunt, there's a good chance Jennings is done for the season. Andre Williams will be the lead back next week against the Rams if Jennings is out. It's a tough matchup but Williams is a RB2/3.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 12/12/14 2:50pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is probable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Manning has looked better as the week has progressed and and figures to be fine for Sunday's home game against Washingtton.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 12/11/14 2:44pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (back) is participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: It was the second straight day of work for the QB and he should be good to go Sunday against the Redskins -- a team he shredded for 300 yards and 4 TDs back in the first meeting in Week 4.
Andre Williams - RBPosted 12/8/14 10:34am ET
New York Giants RB Andre Williams rushed for a season-high 131 yards in Week 14 against the Tennessee Titans, including a 50-yard touchdown scamper.
Huddle Up: Rashad Jennings was active but lightly used as the Giants rolled, so Williams saw plenty of work against the softest run D in the league--and paid dividends to fantasy owners who took a chance on him.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/6/14 1:34pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) will travel with the team for their Week 14 game. He is listed as questionable for the game.
Huddle Up: Jennings is a game-time decision but it's looking like he'll suit up against the Titans last ranked rush defense. He won't be 100 percent , however, making Andre Williams a flex play option as well.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/5/14 2:18pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) was on the practice field Friday, Dec. 5. He is listed as questionable on the injury report.
Huddle Up: It's something that likely needed to happen for Jennings to have a shot at playing Sunday, but it's still likely going to come down to a game-time decision. Keep monitoring reports and check in with the Huddle's Game-Day Inactives, Injury & Weather Report before kickoff Sunday.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/4/14 3:54pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: Two straight missed practices now for Jennings, and the clock is ticking on Week 14. We'll see if Friday brings better news.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 12/3/14 4:00pm ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) is not taking part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: Nothing Earth shattering as it's the first practice of the week, and we'll continue to monitor the situation as Sunday draws closer.
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