Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/31/15 12:05am ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) won't play in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots, and head coach Tom Coughlin said Cruz still hasn't been given the 'green light' to begin practicing.
Huddle Up: It looks like the Cruz Watch will continue into Week 1 of the regular season. He certainly has late-round upside with current ADP of 98 -- 36th among receivers -- but his fantasy owners are going to have to be patient as a slow start very well could follow, even after he does return to the field.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/27/15 5:43pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) won't play in the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Huddle Up: The added calf issue has thrown a wrench into Cruz's plan to return from last season's knee surgery, and he'll now turn his sights toward the Giants' fourth and final preseason tilt, where he'll likely play if he can to try and knock some rust off.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/25/15 3:15pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz doesn't know when he'll be able to return to practice as he continues to deal with inflammation in his calf. He is, however, confident that he will be able to play in the regular season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 13.
Huddle Up: Just when Cruz was feeling good about his return from last season's knee injury, the calf issue has cropped up, further complicating things. He currently owns an ADP of 88 -- 32nd among WRs.
Andre Williams - RBPosted 8/25/15 3:15pm ET
New York Giants RB Andre Williams could overtake RB Rashad Jennings as the lead back sometime this season, maybe even to open the season. Williams has worked on his receiving game this offseason and studied Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's patience with the ball.
Huddle Up: The raw numbers (5 rushes-11 yards, 1 catch-16 yards) say the second-year Williams isn't exactly tearing it up this preseason, but it sounds like he's showing some definite strides in practice. Something to definitely keep an eye on as Williams is currently the 49th RB being drafted, on average, while Jennings is 24th and Shane Vereen is 39th.
Rueben Randle - WRPosted 8/25/15 11:29pm ET
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle (knee) participated in individual drills Tuesday, Aug. 25. Randle is dealing with knee tendinitis and did not play in Week 2 of the preseason.
Huddle Up: It's been a lost preseason so far for the G-Men's top three WRs -- Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Randle -- but of the three, the latter appears to have the best chance of playing in the team's Week 3 preseason contest Saturday against the Jets.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 8/24/15 3:07pm ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) plans to report to the team before the start of the regular season but his status for Week 1 is uncertain, according to sources. Pierre-Paul is making good progress in his rehab from the injuries.
Huddle Up: The bizarre Pierre-Paul appears to be drawing near a conclusion as he plans to report to the team in the near future. It's unclear when, or if, he'll play for the Giants this season.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/20/15 5:30pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) likely will not play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz said he expects to be 100 percent in the near future.
Huddle Up: No surprise here after hearing of Cruz's setback with the calf injury earlier this week. Let's see if he can make it back for the third preseason game next week.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/19/15 1:22pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz is sitting out practice Wednesday, Aug. 19 with a calf ailment, but it isn't related to his knee injury from last season, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. The coach added the ailment was likely related to dehydration.
Huddle Up: Likely (and hopefully) just a minor bump on the comeback trail for Cruz, who injured his knee in Week 6 of last season.
Jason Pierre-Paul - DEPosted 8/19/15 5:27pm ET
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's (hand) recovery from his fireworks accident is going slowly, and he still does not plan to report to the team until he is close to playing, according to a source. Pierre-Paul could have the bandages on his hand removed soon, but it is not known how much he will be able to use his hand.
Huddle Up: Anyone who saw the photos of JPP's heavily-bandaged hand a few weeks ago understands why and realizes there are serious questions about the DE's football future -- both immediate and long-term.
Eli Manning - QBPosted 8/18/15 9:33am ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning will be re-signed by the beginning of the 2015 season, according to president/CEO/co-owner John Mara Monday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Better to have your franchise quarterback locked up as opposed to letting the contract talks push into the season or linger until afterwards. Not that it should dramatically impact his on-field play, but having the peace of mind of a few million dollars certainly won't hurt.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/17/15 6:31pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he is 100 percent healthy and believes he has a chance to play in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22. Cruz was expected to fully participate in practice Monday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: While we don't quite buy "100 percent healthy," it's still good news for Cruz and the Giants' WR corps, which has been without Rueben Randle (knee tendinitis).
Eli Manning - QBPosted 8/17/15 10:26pm ET
New York Giants QB Eli Manning wants to be the highest paid quarterback in the league, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com on Monday, Aug. 17. Later, president/CEO/co-owner John Mara said Manning will be re-signed by the beginning of the regular season.
Huddle Up: The two-time Super Bowl champ certainly has a case after Class of 2004 classmate Philip Rivers' shiny new deal, and we should know rather soon what kind of offer the Giants come up with.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 8/13/15 10:30pm ET
New York Giants RB Shane Vereen gives the Giants someone who can line up anywhere on any play. QB Eli Manning has frequently targeted Vereen on check-down passes, but New York will also have plays designed specifically for Vereen, according to Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network.
Huddle Up: With 99 receptions over the last two seasons, Vereen gives Manning a perfect underneath target to complement Odell Beckham Jr. and the WR contingent. Vereen currently owns an ADP of 99 -- 32nd among all RBs but easily leading the Giants' backs
Odell Beckham Jr. - WRPosted 8/12/15 6:28pm ET
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) should be able to play in the first preseason game Friday Aug, 14, as head coach Tom Coughlin said he doesn't see any reason why he won't.
Huddle Up: Good news for ODB owners as it looks like the WR already is well ahead of where he was at this time last season when he sat out the preseason and missed the first four games of the regular season with a hammy issue.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/12/15 6:28pm ET
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) will not play in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: Cruz reportedly still is ahead of schedule, but the Giants aren't about to push things for the preseason opener.
Rueben Randle - WRPosted 8/11/15 8:13pm ET
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle has been dealing with knee tendinitis. It is unclear how severe the tendinitis is or if Randle will miss any time.
Huddle Up: The fourth-year wideout already has enough to deal with in terms of earning his share of targets behind fantasy darling Odell Beckham Jr. and with Victor Cruz's return. Let's see if this will be an issue he can readily deal with or something that will linger.
Victor Cruz - WRPosted 8/8/15 7:47pm ET
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) is doubtful to play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 14. He will practice in team drills but won't partake in scrimmages. Cruz hasn't missed a practice yet in camp.
Huddle Up: Cruz has been doing individual drills while he recovers from a torn patellar tendon. Cruz is expected to be ready for Week 1 but his sixth round ADP still comes with some risk.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 8/7/15 9:39am ET
New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings has seen quite a bit of second-team repetitions in camp with RB Shane Vereen and RB Andre Williams seeing most with the first team.
Huddle Up: This news should be more than a little disconcerting to fantasy owners, as Williams was awful last year and Vereen is a third-down back only. Jennings was shaping up to be a value pick as the leader of Tom Coughlin's committee in New York, but if he's the third wheel on this vehicle that value is negated.
Rashad Jennings - RBPosted 8/7/15 6:24pm ET
New York Giants RBs Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen received snaps with the first-team offense during practice Friday, Aug. 7.
Huddle Up: This was a switch from most of the team's earlier practices, with second-year back Andre Williams and Vereen getting most of the first-team reps, and the Giants likely are just seeing which back looks best where for now. In the meantime, there is some definite fantasy uncertainty here, and somewhat surprisingly, Vereen owns the highest ADP (104) of the three RBs in standard-scoring leagues, just ahead of Jennings (110) and 39 spots ahead of Williams (143). Jennings, though -- if he can actually stay healthy -- should receive the most touches and looks to be the best fantasy bargain of the bunch.
Larry Donnell - TEPosted 8/5/15 3:39pm ET
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell is still not ready to run routes at this point because of an Achilles' tendon injury, according to tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride.
Huddle Up: Donnell finished 11th among TEs last season with 98 fantasy points, but there are early worries about his encore act. The Giants are concerned, too, as there isn't much (Adrien Robinson, Daniel Fells) behind him on the depth chart. Stay tuned ...
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.
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