Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 7/31/15 12:40am ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has not reported to training camp as he continues to rehabilitate from a finger injury, much to the dismay of owner John Mara. Mara said he's disappointed Pierre- Paul has not shown up, adding that the Giants have a solid training staff that could help Pierre-Paul and he would be able to learn the new defense. "We don't know how extensive the damage is right now," Mara said at a press conference Thursday, July 30. "That is the problem. I don't (even) know how many fingers he has."
Huddle Up: JPP, who led the team with 12.5 sacks a year ago, has kept the Giants -- and just about everyone else -- in the dark about his condition since his Fourth-of-July-weekend fireworks mishap. And every day that he remains apart from the team incrementally increases the likelihood that a disappointing season is going to be the net result.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 7/30/15 11:01pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be eased into training camp as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury. Beckham recently said the hamstring feels better than it did earlier this offseason.
Huddle Up: No rush for the second-year stud, who missed the first six games last season with a balky hammy. In the meantime, though, we have a sneaky feeling a few more folks are going to stay tuned to his progress this time around.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 7/28/15 9:47pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) is supposedly faster now than he was before he tore his patellar tendon last season, according to teammate CB Prince Amukamara. Amukamara said Cruz looked fabulous when they trained together for a day earlier this offseason. Cruz is still recovering from the injury, but he is expected to be ready by training camp.
Huddle Up: If Cruz is not only ready to go but ready to return near -- or even above -- his previous performance level from the outset, it will be a big plus for Eli Manning's already rising stock and will steal a touch of steam -- well, hold on, maybe not -- from the Odell Beckham Jr. bandwagon.
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 7/23/15 4:19pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said his hamstring is feeling a lot better than it did earlier this offseason. Beckham missed some of the offseason workouts because of a hamstring problem.
Huddle Up: We'll of course soon know a lot more when camp gets off and running, but this doesn't sound like it's nearly as bad as the hammy issue whick kept OBJ out of the first four games last season. On the Huddle's current preseason standard-league WR cheat sheet, Beckham checks in at No. 2 behind Antonio Brown.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 7/17/15 2:01pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell scored three of his six touchdowns in Week 4 in 2014 and failed to find the end zone over his final six games of the season.
Huddle Up: Donnell's productivity decline essentially mirrored the ascendance of WR Odell Beckham Jr. and that could very well carry over into 2015, particularly if wideout Victor Cruz returns from his knee injury and also joins the target mix. Regard Donnell as a TE2 for now.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 7/17/15 9:56pm ET
New York Giants RBs Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Andre Williams will use training camp to determine their roles in the offense, according to running backs coach Craig Johnson. 'I think that as we get closer to games and time for the opener, we will find out more role defining roles for them,' Johnson said. 'Right now, I try to put them in every situation so I can see what they can do. I try not to say, for instance, 'Shane is only going to run the ball.' I want to see if Shane can catch the ball. I know he can, but I want to see if he can under pressure situations and vice versa. I do that for all of our guys because that way you can kind of find out what they all can do.'
Huddle Up: Two weeks before camp, the Huddle ranks Jennings the highest in standard leagues at No. 30 among all backs, while Vereen checks in three spots ahead of Jennings at No. 28 in PPR formats. In any case, look for the Giants' top back to fall in the RB3/flex range.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 7/14/15 10:44pm ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) still has had no formal contact with the team regarding his next step in rehab after having his right index finger amputated, according to a source. The recovery time from his injury is expected to be six weeks, and it's unknown if he'll train or work out in the meantime. Pierre-Paul has yet to practice in the new defense being installed by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. He's yet to sign his $14.813 million franchise tender, but the Giants have no plans to rescind it, either. New York can put Pierre-Paul on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp if he signs the tender.
Huddle Up: JPP's IDP owners have been thrown a major curveball with the DE's fireworks accident, and it sounds like the Giants' brass isn't getting much clearer information in terms of his recovery process or future plans. It'll definitely be a situation to monitor heading into training camp and likely beyond.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 7/9/15 12:21pm ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who had his right index finger amputated and also suffered thumb fractures due to a fireworks accident, could begin the 2015 season on the non-football injury list if he does sign his one-year $14.8 million tender. Pierre-Paul wouldn't be able to return before Week 7 in that scenario, and he may opt to not sign the tender and choose his own return date.
Huddle Up: First here's wishing JPP the speediest and best possible recovery, but in the meantime his IDP owners are going to have to monitor the situation as it sounds like JPP is intent on playing Week 1.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 7/7/15 11:41pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) has said all offseason he expects to be ready to go for training camp. He said Tuesday, July 7, that everyone with a say in the matter also feels confident Cruz will avoid the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when the team reports to camp. 'I don't think PUP will be an option,' Cruz said.
Huddle Up: Great news for Cruz owners, but fully realize that he's coming back to an offense where the whole WR dynamic has changed with Odell Beckham Jr. entering his sophomore season after his standout rookie campaign.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 7/7/15 11:41pm ET
Updating previous items, New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's injuries from a fireworks accident are not life-threatening, according to sources. Both of his hands were injured in the accident, and he suffered burns on the palm of one hand and the tips of three fingers. His finger is being tested for nerve damage. Doctors don't think there will be any permanent damage to his hands or disfigurement. The Giants are fine with Pierre-Paul playing out the 2015 season on his $14.8 million franchise tag and entering free agency next year. He had a career year in 2014, starting all 16 games and recording 12.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles.
Huddle Up: Other reports indicate that JPP may already have undergone surgery and will not sign his franchise tender until he's ready to play. It's early, but at the moment, it seems likely he'll be able to play Week 1.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 7/5/15 11:40pm ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) injured his hands in a fireworks accident, according to multiple sources. He was still meeting with doctors after being hospitalized for his injuries, and the extent of the injuries is unknown. The injuries are not believed to be career threatening, according to sources.
Huddle Up: JPP played a full 2014 season after missing five games the previous season and we'll have to wait and see on the prognosis here, but the good news is it doesn't sound overly serious.
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.
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