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Eli Manning - QB Posted 4/19/14 10:12pm et
Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on SiriusXM NFL Radio QB Eli Manning has recovered from minor procedures no one knew about in the past.
Huddle Up: No surprise that Eli's had some work done over the course of his career, and kudos for his ability to keep it off the radar. The concern now is his recent ankle surgery and whether or not that impacts his availability to get reps with Gilbride's successor, Ben McAdoo, in the Giants' new offense.

Eli Manning - QB Posted 4/14/14 12:04am et
The New York Giants are concerned QB Eli Manning is entering the decline stage of his career. The team opted not to extend his deal, which runs through 2015, even though it would grant them salary-cap relief.
Huddle Up: Going by the numbers, Manning's completion percentage and TD pass totals have declined in each of the past 4 seasons, while his QB rating has dipped in each of the last 3 years. Still, other elements such as the talent around him and the pressure he's been under --he was sacked a career-high 39 times this past season -- also have to be factored in to the equation. From a fantasy perspective, Manning remains a low-end QB2 until proven otherwise.

Eli Manning - QB Posted 4/10/14 4:01pm et
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his ankle Thursday, April 10.
Huddle Up: With today's ease of arthroscopic procedures, Manning should be fine by the time training camp rolls around, and he can get to work trying to erase his awful 2013 campaign.

Eli Manning - QB Posted 4/10/14 11:11pm et
New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) said he should be able to run again in six weeks after undergoing a 'debridement' of his left ankle Thursday, April 10. 'I went through the recovery and rehab after suffering the sprain,' Manning said. 'I was still experiencing some discomfort as I began my normal offseason preparation, and after consultation, we felt the right thing was to have Dr. Anderson clean out the ankle.' Manning's timetable should have him ready for the majority of the team's offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: As expected, the surgery -- if all goes right -- should hardly affect Manning's offseason prep, and it should be a non-issue come training camp.

Andre Brown - RB Posted 4/7/14 11:11am et
The Houston Texans are visiting with free-agent RB Andre Brown (Giants) Monday, April 7.
Huddle Up: The Texans could use some veteran Arian Foster insurance, and Brown is a viable option for that role.

David Wilson - RB Posted 4/3/14 11:47pm et
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he is counting on RB David Wilson (neck) to contribute this upcoming season but will not use him until he is 100 percent healthy.
Huddle Up: Wilson, who missed all but 4 starts a season ago, has some definite fantasy potential, but as to when he'll be fully ready to contribute remains up in the air right now. Until further notice, newly signed Rashad Jennings should be regarded as the only Giants' RB given serious fantasy consideration.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 3/14/14 10:51pm et
Updating a previous report, the Indianapolis Colts agreed to a one-year deal worth a maximum of $5.5 million with WR Hakeem Nicks, according to a source.
Huddle Up: It's a prove-it deal for Nicks, who managed to make it through the 2013 season without scoring a touchdown. He has the potential to provide a solid alternative to TY Hilton and Reggie Wayne in the Indy offense, but he'll be limited by those two as well as Indy's run-first approach--not to mention his penchant for getting hurt.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 3/13/14 10:35pm et
The Carolina Panthers remain interested in free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) but are willing to wait until next week to find better value at the position.
Huddle Up: The cash-strapped Panthers are in rough shape at WR with 2 of their leading wideouts (Steve Smith and Ted Ginn Jr.) already gone and another (Brandon LaFell) currently shopping himself on the FA market. Definitely not good news when it comes to the fantasy passing prospects for QB Cam Newton next season.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 3/9/14 3:48pm et
Doctors sent out letters clearing free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) for the 2014 season. Nicks had a screw inserted into his foot in 2012 and surgery to repair his posterior cruciate ligament in 2013.
Huddle Up: Nicks has said he'd be open to a 1-year deal and a return to the Giants to prove himself after 2 straight sub-par seasons, and that might end up being the best option given all the questions surrounding the wideout.

Victor Cruz - WR Posted 3/4/14 12:28am et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he believes he could be used like the Green Bay Packers use WR Randall Cobb, because offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo worked with the Packers in 2013. 'I do see myself as a Randall Cobb,' Cruz said. 'Hopefully I can sneak in that backfield for a couple plays. I don't know how effective that will be. But we'll definitely see where it takes us. But we'll see. I'm excited to be all over the field this year.' Cruz said he is completely recovered from the knee surgery he had in December. He has been working on weight training for now but hopes to start running routes by the end of March.
Huddle Up: The sooner Cruz gets healthy, the sooner he can start demonstrating his considerable skills first-hand for McAdoo--and the more likely McAdoo is to concoct plays to take advantage of Cruz, like the Packers have done for Cobb.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 3/3/14 1:18am et
The Carolina Panthers are not expected to pursue New York Giants impending free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks this offseason, because they likely will not be able to afford him.
Huddle Up: There has been natural speculation that the former University of North Carolina standout would be a perfect fit for the WR-needy Panthers, but the franchise simply doesn't have the under-the-cap wiggle room as it now stands.

Andre Brown - RB Posted 2/27/14 1:07pm et
There has been no progress of late between the New York Giants and impending unrestricted free agent RB Andre Brown on a new contract.
Huddle Up: Brown missed the first half of the season with a leg fracture but returned to lead the team in rushing with 492 yards and 3 TDs in 8 games. Brown shouldn't be asking for the moon, but the Giants do need to listen given the uncertainty of fellow RB David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery.

Rueben Randle - WR Posted 2/22/14 8:55pm et
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team expects WR Rueben Randle to make a significant jump next season.
Huddle Up: Randle has already moved into the spot once occupied by Hakeem Nicks. More looks, another year of experience, and improved protection for Eli Manning should help Randle build on his solid 2013 showing.

Jon Beason - LB Posted 2/18/14 12:14pm et
Free-agent LB Jon Beason is a player the New York Giants want to bring back, and the team has discussed a long-term deal with him. The franchise-tag salary for linebackers is likely to be $10 million, so they'd have to be confident about their chances of signing Beason long-term if they were to risk paying him that much on a one-year deal.
Huddle Up: Beason, who was second on the squad with 93 total tackles this past season, is in the prime of his career having just turned 29 in January so he's definitely a candidate to get a longer-term deal.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 2/15/14 8:47pm et
The New England Patriots could show interest in New York Giants impending free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks if he is available in free agency.
Huddle Up: There's no question the Patriots' receiving corps could use some upgrading, but Nicks would have to come at a discount for the Patriots to bite as he showed nothing last season the team couldn't expect from a second season from Aaron Dobson.

David Wilson - RB Posted 2/15/14 8:47pm et
New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) is doing well in his recovery from offseason neck surgery and there is no reason to believe he will not be able to play in 2014. Wilson is working out and lifting weights.
Huddle Up: Wilson has flashed considerable potential, but between the career-threatening injury and his untreated fumblitis it would be extremely difficult to bank on him as a significant fantasy contributor in 2014.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 2/13/14 8:47pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz has been lobbying for free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks to re-sign with the team.
Huddle Up: When healthy and productive, Nicks takes a lot of defensive attention away from Cruz, but Nicks has been shaky on both counts in recent seasons and that has the G-Men weighing their options.

Brandon Myers - TE Posted 2/11/14 5:20pm et
The New York Giants could be interested in re-signing free-agent TE Brandon Myers if the contract is cheap enough. The team likely will look in free agency and the draft to see if they can improve at tight end.
Huddle Up: Myers finished 2013 as a low-end TE2 with 47 receptions for 522 yards and 4 TDs, and after losing Martellus Bennett last offseason, there's a good chance the G-Men will look to keep the TE around.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 2/11/14 10:29pm et
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks is unlikely to get the team's franchise tag, in the opinion of Dan Graziano of ESPN New York. Graziano speculates the only likely way Nicks returns is if there is no market for his services and he comes back at a team-friendly price.
Huddle Up: There doesn't figure to be a glut of teams falling over themselves to sign Nicks, who has battled injury issues (5 games missed in 2012) and underwhelming production (0 TD catches in 2013) the last 2 seasons.

Victor Cruz - WR Posted 1/26/14 11:46pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he is very excited about the addition of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo because he believes McAdoo will make the offense extremely explosive.
Huddle Up: This is a situation to watch as McAdoo brings a slice of the Packers' passing game east -- maybe just the remedy after the rugged off-season the Giants just got done struggling through.

Brandon Myers - TE Posted 1/24/14 11:21pm et
The New York Giants are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent TE Brandon Myers this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Giants' offense is changing with a new coordinator, and it's not as if Myers was an invaluable component for Peyton Manning anyway. He's a solid pass-catching tight end, however, and should have fantasy value if he winds up with a team that likes to throw to the position.

Victor Cruz - WR Posted 1/24/14 11:21pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said the rehab from his knee injury is going well and that his knee is responding to treatment.
Huddle Up: No news is good news when it comes to rehab, so as long as Cruz is staying out of the headlines and off the operating table everything's A-OK in New York.

Rueben Randle - WR Posted 1/17/14 12:25pm et
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle could be helped by offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system because it uses a lot of quick slants and back-shoulder throws in the passing game. Randle also likely will receive a lot of playing time because the team is expected to use three-receiver sets.
Huddle Up: Randle also steps into the spot expected to be vacated by Hakeem Nicks' departure, so playing time shouldn't be an issue. And considering how effective Randle was when he was on the field this year, a boost from the OC would make him that much more of a fantasy helper.

Ramses Barden - WR Posted 1/16/14 10:38pm et
The Buffalo Bills signed free-agent WR Ramses Barden (Giants) to an undisclosed deal Thursday, Jan. 16.
Huddle Up: Barden, a 2009 3rd-round draft pick, had 28 catches in 29 games for the Giants from 2009-12 but sat out this past season.

Eli Manning - QB Posted 1/15/14 10:25pm et
With the hiring of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the New York Giants are admitting that they will change up their offensive approach to be more successful in 2014. 'We're going to try to compromise the system with what we have here,' head coach Tom Coughlin said. 'However, there will be change, and that change will be very positive and very well-received by our team and players. And if our players are scrambling around to learn a new system -- good. That's another fire in their rear end.'
Huddle Up: Any change to what the Giants did in 2013 would be welcome, though right now McAdoo isn't giving much in the way of specifics as to what New York will tweak.

David Wilson - RB Posted 1/10/14 12:57pm et
Updating previous reports, New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) will have a fusion of the vertebrae to repair a herniated disc in his neck Jan. 16. There is no timetable for his return, but general manager Jerry Reese said the team can't count on Wilson being ready for the start of the season.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners are already used to Wilson being unreliable, so not knowing if he'll be available for the start of the 2014 is nothing new. He'll be a risky draft pick once again, with plenty of upside if he's able to get back on the field.

David Wilson - RB Posted 1/9/14 11:26pm et
New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) will have a fusion of the vertebrae to fix the herniated disc in his neck this offseason, and the procedure will be performed Jan. 16. The Giants aren't counting on having Wilson available in 2014. 'I don't think so,' general manager Jerry Reese said. 'No. 1 we just want David to get healthy. If he gets healthy, that's a bonus. But I don't think we can go into next season saying, 'David will be ready to go. He'll be our No. 1 back.' Necks can be tricky. You have to be careful with those things.'
Huddle Up: As feared, this could be career-threatening for Wilson, but let's hope we see the RB back on the field, maybe even later next season.

Victor Cruz - WR Posted 1/8/14 12:45pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) said he'll be ready for offseason training activities. He's off crutches and doing weight work.
Huddle Up: The Giants have some rebuilding to do with regards to their passing game, so having Cruz on board for offseason activities should help them hit the ground running next fall.

Eli Manning - QB Posted 1/8/14 12:45pm et
New York Giants wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride said Tuesday, Jan. 7, in a satellite radio interview that the struggles of QB Eli Manning were due to the collapse of the offensive line. 'It just made it impossible for our quarterback to function,' Gilbride said. 'He's a guy where if you give him enough time, he's always going to be throwing the ball to the right person, he's going to know what you're doing defensively, he's going to see through your disguises, he's going to be an accurate passer. But he's not a scrambler and you've got to give him some help.'
Huddle Up: Eli had plenty of problems this season, and a banged-up offensive line certainly contributed to the issues. Perhaps that's where the Giants will focus their offseason attention, since Manning and a solid band of receivers paced by Victor Cruz will return in 2014.

Hakeem Nicks - WR Posted 1/4/14 10:41pm et
Impending free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) is not expected to be back with the team next season. Head coach Tom Coughlin is uncertain why Hicks saw a decline last season. 'Well, it just didn't happen for him and we'll all scratch our heads over that one,' Coughlin said in a radio interview Friday, Jan. 3. 'Because when Hakeem came back he wanted it more than we will ever know. He had certain things happen this year to him. I'm not talking about injuries. I'm just talking about being in situations where the ball would be there and perhaps a couple of times he didn't go for the ball. A couple of other times he just wasn't able to get himself open on a continuous basis. It just wasn't a very productive year.'
Huddle Up: Nicks failed to capitalize on his opportunity to build a strong free agency resume; in fact, he failed to score a touchdown this season. Still, he'll draw plenty of attention on the open market as a talented receiver with size and skills.

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