New York Giants Roster Moves, Free Agency Signings

March 15, 2012

NEW YORK – To say that the Giants have been busy the past 48 hours is an understatement. The Giants could hit the 15-17 player signings benchmark by tonight if they continue at this pace. I see what Giants GM Jerry Reese is doing and it is fun to take this journey of evolution with him and guess what happens because he is not showing his hand. You must know the team well enough to come up with scenarios and quite frankly, if you’re one of those writers who has given up, don’t steal my formulas or ideas and print them as your own. I read everything related to the Giants daily. It’s like a kick in the gut when you put two and two together and check the timelines for story releases. If you want my work, pay me, don’t be a hack.

Now back to business, the Giants have made about a dozen deals over the last 48 hours and show no signs of stopping today. They know the cream of the crop is almost completely devoured by now and will make a couple more moves in my opinion by Friday night. It’s safe to say the Giants have addressed the tight end and cornerback areas considerably thus far. They also have S Chad Jones, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Corey Webster to work with too and TE Jake Ballard and TE Travis Beckum. How about signing both of the Andrews brothers (Shawn and Stacy)? Get those guys up to speed and on the field together and see what happens. I also think that signing DE Osi Umenyiora, S Deon Grant, LB Chase Blackburn are crucial for the defense and special teams group.

Let’s take a look at what has happened thus far. Giants GM Jerry Reese has solidified the cornerback position on defense. He knows the defensive line is fine but if a good deal presents itself, who knows? He knows the safety group is fine, maybe add one more. This tells me he will be attacking the linebacker group via the upcoming NFL draft. If he catches lightning in a bottle with a future LT, I think he will use the majority of the other picks on offense. I think it will be a LB or OL taken in round one this year. I hope it is another athletic linebacker to help out but at the same time think a ten year offensive lineman is needed right now. The recent roster moves also tell me the offensive line will be addressed via the draft and certainly the running back position.

Here are some of the recent signings by Big Blue this week. Some of the deals did not publicly state the terms.

These roster moves are valid as of 3/15/12 at 8:00 AM:

1. CB Terrell Thomas, 6’0″ 200 pounds – 4 year deal, fair and smart move.

2. WR Domenik Hixon, 6’2″ 185 pounds – 1 year deal, worth the shot.

3. CB Michael Coe, 6’0″ 190 pounds – Smart signing to bolster DB’s.

4. CB Bruce Johnson, 5’11” 185 pounds – Smart signing to bolster DB’s.

5. TE Jake Ballard, 6’6″ 256 pounds – I like this signing a lot. Well done.

6. CB Justin Tryon, 5’9″ 190 pounds – Smart signing to bolster DB’s.

7. QB David Carr, 6’3″ 215 pounds – I have always liked Carr.

8. TE Martellus Bennett, 6’6″ 270 pounds – 1 year deal, smart.

9. P Steve Weatherford, 6’2″ 211 pounds – Franchise tag, brilliant.

10. TE Larry Donnell, 6’6″ 269 pounds – No NFL experience.

11. OL Joel Reinders, 6’8″ 317 pounds – No NFL experience.

Keep an eye on players who were released, free agent markets:

1. RB Brandon Jacobs – Released by team. Surprising move and I hope he can return for a new restructured contract.

2. WR Mario Manningham – I hope we can re-sign Super Mario somehow but right now he is checking out the 49ers free agent market.

3. CB Aaron Ross – Visiting teams as we speak, Washington was the most recent. Really Aaron?

4. OL Kareem McKenzie – Restructure the contract for less money and get that 3rd ring and maybe Ring of Honor one day.

5. S Deon Grant – Both sides need to get this done. I love the way this man plays football.

6. LB Chase Blackburn – This guy is a big deal and he proved it again last season. Give him 3 years.

7. DE Dave Tollefson – He plays with the best defensive line in football and holds his own. Worth re-signing.

8. TE Kevin Boss – Rumors of him returning are doubtful after Martellus Bennett signing. Maybe not?

9. WR Plaxico Burress – Rumors of his return are most likely just that, rumors.

10. WR Steve Smith – This is an interesting possibility if they lose Mario Manningham. It’s doubtful to ever happen.

11. DE Osi Umenyiora – Pay this man the money he has earned and work it out like Manning’s contract or something.

What are your thoughts on the recent transactions made by the New York Giants? Feel free to leave a comment below.

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants Will Strike Quickly When Free Agency Begins in 24 Hours

March 12, 2012

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, the NFL free agency madness begins tomorrow. I fully expect GM Jerry Reese to have a plan in place, that will be put into motion when the clock strikes. His plan is already in motion, we are in motion right now, can you feel it? Areas that could be effected include the offensive line and the running backs. OL Kareem McKenzie might meet his replacement if reports are correct. RB Ahmad Bradshaw, RB DJ Ware and RB Da’Rel Scott should all be on the final roster. Who the fourth running back will be is a mystery. Expect Reese to dig out a solid RB from the draft in the mid-rounds. This could also be addressed via free agency where Big Blue could make a run for tier-two talent. Making a play for a solid tight end is not out of the question either. The offense would benefit from an experienced veteran at the position. An offensive lineman with experience would make sense as well. Some should check in on OL Shawn Andrews and see what he has been doing. The return of OT William Beatty will be a plus as well.

That about covers the offensive options in my opinion, on the defensive side of the ball, I see linebacker as the primary area of interest. If the Giants were to lock up DE Osi Umenyiora for 3 years and then spend a little on a solid linebacker via free agency, they may have something there. Of course, you have to include locking down LB Chase Blackburn for 3 years as well. Both of those guys are very important to what happens on the field on defense and special teams. It’s a smart move that makes sense, plus both guys want to retire as Giants one day and possibly make it into the Ring of Honor. You can go to bed at night knowing both of these guys will be worth what they are paid three years from now. DE Justin Tuck, DE Osi Umenyiora and DE Jason Pierre-Paul together for the next three years means at least one more Super Bowl ring for the Giants Dynasty Team. Another ring means all of the NFL “experts” and haters are silenced for a decade. And you know what? Eli is going to do it.

Expect Big Blue to strike like lightning and make a bold move early in the free agency period. When you have the last pick in the draft, 32nd overall, it makes sense to strike quickly in free agency to bolster your squad. At least it makes sense in my mind and justifies an aggressive approach from the onset. I am just as curious as the next guy about which direction they will take regarding talent and managing cap space. Bravo again to captain QB Eli Manning for restructuring his contract to free up over $6.5 million in cap space. What a team player and superb leader he is for this franchise and he has now become the Greatest Quarterback in New York Giants history in my opinion. Put it in the record books ladies and gentlemen. Speaking of quarterbacks, will the G-Men be looking into other backup quarterback options for Iron Man Easy Eli? Some reports say QB David Carr might be on his way out. I’ve always liked Carr and though he brought some stability to the backup QB position. We will find out soon.

Who are some of the free agent players you have your eyes on for the New York Giants?

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NFL Week 13: Giants vs. Packers, Game Notes

December 5, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants faced the undefeated Green Bay Packers in another NFC battle. The Giants desperately need some wins to keep their playoff hopes alive. Unfortunately, the G-Men were not able to pull out the win after a hard fought game. They lost to the Green Bay Packers 38-35. I have to take my hat off to Big Blue because they played their hearts out but they still need some wins and soon or they will miss the playoffs for a third straight year. Unacceptable in the City of New York. The Giants and Packers each scored in every single quarter of play and I really believe it could have gone either way at the end. The G-Men fall to 6-6 with four games left in the season.

Of course, all of Giants nation is upset with the loss because the loss effects our playoff hopes. Some of the fair weather fans were really laying into the Giants last night. Instead of saying, the Giants are playing the best team in the NFL and doing very well. They say, the Giants stink in all of this angry and unhelpful venting. The picture is very clear now. The Giants need to win all of their last four games to make it back to the playoffs. They might be able to squeak in with three wins but the NFC East is so tight right now with the Cowboys that four wins would be better.

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Manning had another outstanding game. He finished with 347 yards 3 TD’s and 1 INT.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Jacobs ran hard again yesterday and finished with 59 yards and 1 TD leading all rushers.

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks exploded for 2 TD’s and 88 yards. He is playing on a Pro Bowl level right now.

DE Justin Tuck – Defensive captain Justin “Truck” had another good game and finished with 1 sack.

LB Chase Blackburn – Blackburn made his return to the field for Big Blue yesterday and came away with an INT. Welcome home Chase!

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – Bradshaw returned to the field after missing a few games due to injury. He was rusty but finished with 38 yards.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi hits hard. He had a good game and was laying out people on the field

S Antrel Rolle – Rolle is a force to be reckoned with out there and finished 3rd on the team in tackles.

TE Jake Ballard – Ballard had another productive game and contributed 47 yards. He has stepped up big time this year.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP better make it to the Pro Bowl this year. He had another solid game causing havoc.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz should be in the Pro Bowl this year too. He had a great game finishing with 119 yards.

DT Linval Joseph – Joseph has really been playing well the past few weeks. This week, he led all tacklers on the Giants defense.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross continues to produce out there finishing 4th in tackles. He misses some plays but is doing a good job overall.

DE Dave Tollefson – Tollefson always seems to make a big play in each game he plays in. He finished with 1 sack.

LB Michael Boley – Boley returned to the field from injury and boy am I glad he is back. One of our defensive leaders returns!

TE Travis Beckum – Beckum made his one catch count, going 67 yards for the TD early in the game. Nice going Travis!

P Steve Weatherford – The Weatherman continues his great season with another solid game. You can’t deny his production.

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes made a huge FG in the 1st quarter and finished 2/2 on FG attempts and made all 3 of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – The Giants offense had a great game and put up 447 yards and 35 points on the Packers defense.

Giants Defense – The Giants defense is clearly injury depleted and doing what they can out there. They finished with 2 sacks 1 INT 0 forced fumbles.

Giants Special Teams – The Giants special teams needs work but they did a good job yesterday.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Packers?

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NFL Season Kicks Off Tonight, Giants Still Plugging Holes

September 8, 2011

NEW YORK – The 2011 NFL season has finally arrived after one of the worst off seasons I can ever remember. The two big downers were the lockout, which lasted about five months and more recently the injuries that have plagued the Giants before the season even started. The lockout was a drain on everyone associated with the NFL, including the fans who had to endure the constant threat of this season being cancelled. A lot of people were hurt financially, while the big boys argued over billions of dollars. Thankfully, with no time left to spare, both sides came to an agreement and here we are now, just hours away from the 2011 kickoff (Packers vs. Saints at 8:30 PM EST). The rest of the league will have their games played this Sunday.

The Giants mass injury epidemic is the other significant event that has occurred over the past month or so. With the recent news about the G-men losing LB Jonathan Goff for the year, it really starts to hit home when you realize that a good chunk of our defense are 2nd string players and rookies. I have a lot of faith in our players and they know they need to step up but the time for talk is over and they must perform on the field. The Giants brought in a bunch of players for workouts over the past 48 hours to try and plug some holes, including familiar faces with LB Chase Blackburn and LB Kawika Mitchell. Rookie LB Greg Jones will be practicing with the first team and will most likely get the chance to start against the Redskins this weekend. The Giants have lost 8 players (about 15% of the team) due to season ending injuries, two of them got cut and six landed on the IR list, they also have two players currently on the PUP list.

What does all of this mean? It means that fans should just sit back and watch the game on Sunday. I’m completely drained from all of the theories and analysis. When it gets this close to the first game, I tend to relax more because there is really nothing more you can do but play the game. There will be plenty of time to breakdown the Giants performance and speculate on the rest of their 2011 opponents but for now, enjoy the game. We know the situation the team faces with a lack of personnel and we will see how they adapt to that. It will be impossible to separate the significance of the date this Sunday (9/11/11) on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the start of the NFL season for most teams. There will be tributes everywhere you look, as there should be and I’m sure that George Martin will be out there walking for the 9/11 first responders. There will be a lot of emotion this weekend and a ton to digest. Never Forget! The Giants vs. Redskins game kicks off at 4:15 PM EST on Sunday.

Do you think the Giants are prepared to compete for a playoff spot in 2011?

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2011 New York Giants Linebacker Group

February 21, 2011

NEW YORK – The Giants linebacker group needs an upgrade. This is something that is a long time coming and something I expect the team will address in this years NFL draft in April. I mean no disrespect to the current Giants linebackers and I think they did a good job in 2010 but the team needs an all pro linebacker to compliment the rest of the defense. New York loves it’s linebackers and fans have stopped being polite and started demanding a top caliber linebacker for the team.

The problem I see with assessing the Giants linebackers are all of the question marks. It would be easy to make the hard choices if GM Jerry Reese and Coach Coughlin had seen all of them perform on the field but that is not the case. Some of these guys have had real game time experience and some of them haven’t. The injury bug hit the LB group just as hard as the rest of the team in 2010. Couple that with having one of the youngest LB corps in the NFL and you can see where I’m going with this. If the Giants can shore up the linebacker position by the start of this season, then the Giants defense is going to be a top 3 defense in the NFL.

Although the expectations may be somewhat unrealistic, the fans still want what they want. I would not be surprised if the Giants brought in a young and proven free agent LB before the season starts. The DE’s are solid and the safety position is squared away. You can be sure the LB’s and DT’s will be thoroughly addressed this off season. Another idea that is picking up steam is the Giants getting another stud CB as well.

Let’s take a look at the Giants linebackers as of today 2-21-11.

1. Jonathan Goff, 6’2″ 236 pounds – Goff was given the opportunity to replace all pro LB Antonio Pierce when he retired after the 2009 season. Goff did a good job at the middle linebacker spot but he wasn’t spectacular. He finished as the second best tackler among LB’s in 2010 behind only Michael Boley. I’m not sure if he will be the starting MLB at the beginning of the 2011 NFL season but it certainly will not be because he did not give it his all. He was also only one of two linebackers that played in all 16 games and remained fairly healthy in 2010.

2. Michael Boley, 6’3″ 225 pounds- Boley has been a great signing for the G-Men and lead all linebackers in tackles last season. This guy hits hard and seems to be all over the field trying to get to the ball. I expect him to have another good season in 2011 and establish some consistency to an area of the team that really needs it. Boley was also the only other linebacker who played in all 16 games in 2010.

3. Gerris Wilkinson, 6’3″ 231 pounds – Wilkinson has had an up and down career for years with Big Blue. He has been plagued by injuries for most of his young career but has enough talent to keep him on the roster. It feels like Wilkinson has been on the team forever but it has only been five years now.

4. Keith Bulluck, 6’3″ 235 pounds – Bulluck is the crafty veteran and he was brought in last season to bolster a LB group that seemed to be in trouble. He had a decent 2010 season for the time he was on the field but once again, he was a player who was effected by injuries. There are questions about him being with the team in 2011 because the Giants will most assuredly address the linebacker group as they look to get younger and faster. Still, I believe the G-Men need a veteran player to be a leader in the locker room and teach these youngsters how to be an NFL LB.

5. Clint Sintim, 6’2″ 256 pounds – Sintim is a player who coaches and fans will need to see more of on the field. Once again, the recurring theme for Big Blue is injuries, injuries and more injuries. Sintim played in 9 games in 2010 but should see more playing time in 2011 if he can stay healthy. The guy is a physical specimen and someone who has the talent and heart to make it big in the NFL.

6. Phillip Dillard, 6’0″ 245 pounds – Dillard missed most of his rookie season with an injury but was getting a lot of praise from the coaches during training camp. He was extremely vocal and seemed to grasp the middle linebacker role rather quickly. Could he be a possibility at the middle LB spot for the 2011 season? Sure, why not. Dillard is one of the guys that fans and coaches have not seen enough of on the field to make an intelligent decision about his future. I am rooting for this young man to do well.

7. Chase Blackburn, 6’3″ 247 pounds – Blackburn is hands down the best special teams player on the roster and one heck of a backup linebacker. His value to the team cannot be underestimated and fans have come to love him for the effort he gives on the field and his lack of complaining when things don’t go his way. He was banged up a bit in 2010 but I expect nothing less then another solid season from this man in 2011.

8. Zak DeOssie, 6’4″ 249 pounds – In the immortal words of the legendary film “Animal House’, Zak DeOssie is a legacy member of Big Blue because his dad played on the team back in the day. DeOssie has made a name for himself as the long snapper and a solid backup linebacker when the situation arises. He has been with the Giants since being drafted by them and continues to be a solid contributor for the team.

9. Adrian Tracy, 6’2″ 248 pounds – Tracy missed his entire rookie season due to injury in 2010 and still needs to show coaches and fans what he can do. I’m not sure what to expect from him but I’m hoping he has healed up and can help out the team in 2011.

10. Kenny Ingram, 6’6″ 229 pounds – Ingram is currently on the reserve future list and he is someone the fans were rooting for before the 2010 season started. He was no doubt brought in for depth and his status for the 2011 NFL season is up in the air for now.

What are your thoughts on the Giants linebackers and what would you do to improve this squad?

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Ongoing Activity at New York Giants Headquarters

September 15, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, things have been buzzing this week with fresh news about Big Blue. Today, they added even more drama to the week old season, with the news of OT William Beatty planning to undergo surgery and missing 2 months of the 2010 season. That means Beatty will out until at least week nine, because the Giants have their bye-week during week eight. This is a huge blow to the offensive line depth and we can only hope that Beatty will return to his old self when he gets back. OL David Diehl will be filling in at left tackle, something Diehl has done for a long time in New York, until Beatty returns. He is said to be working with pro bowl OL Shawn Andrews, on getting the position responsibilities down.

Now that the G-men have released LB Bryan Kehl (I don’t like this move) and activated TE Bear Pascoe, they have an open spot to fill on the practice squad. TE Kevin Boss has officially been ruled out the Colts game (LB Chase Blackburn will likely join him on the sidelines), TE Travis Beckum will be getting the start over Pascoe. WR Hakeem Nicks and DE Osi Umenyiora were also added to the injury list and are questionable. We can’t forget that OL Kevin Boothe is also on the PUP list and won’t return until week seven.

The Giants brought some free agent players in for a workout today. Some of those players include 11 year veteran CB Dre’ Bly and CB Brian Witherspoon and CB CJ Wilson. Big Blue seems to be looking for special teams help and depth at the DB position. I absolutely agree with these tactics and would feel much more comfortable if they had another backup. CB Aaron Ross has already missed one game, even though he is said to be ready to go for the Colts game. All together, there were about a dozen players brought in for workouts including CB’s, QB’s, RB’s.

I would not be surprised if we heard about the team signing someone tonight or first thing in the morning. Be sure to come back and check for updates on who will be added to the practice squad.

How would you feel about getting a CB added to the roster?

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New York Giants Injury Report 09/13/10

September 13, 2010

NEW YORK – The New York Giants might need to seek some alternative medical practices because they simply cannot avoid injuries as of late. I’m not suggesting getting a witch doctor on the med staff but there certainly needs to be some changes in the training process. The Giants already have eight players on the injured reserve list and we are only in week one of the 2010 NFL season.

The bad news continued to roll in today with the reports of OT William Beatty needing  surgery for a fracture in his foot. I do not need to explain how important the left tackle position is and I’m glad that the team picked up OL Shawn Andrews as insurance. OL David Diehl is more then capable of filling in at left tackle, a position he has a lot of experience with.

TE Kevin Boss suffered another concussion in the game on Sunday and the team has not said when he will be able to return. I’m not sure what to say but I know that the Giants cannot continue to lose starting players at this rate and expect to be competitive in the NFC East. TE Travis Beckum is the only other tight end on the roster. Big Blue does have TE Bear Pascoe on the practice squad but he could find himself on the bus if Boss misses significant game time.

I wish I could tell you that we were through with listing some injuries but we are not. LB Chase Blackburn was diagnosed with a sprained MCL. The team did not say how long Blackburn would be out. You would think it would be about 2-4 weeks, depending on how bad the headaches are. Blackburn has already been quoted as saying he hopes he doesn’t need to miss even one week but that is being overly optimistic in the eyes of the medical staff. Blackburn is a huge contributor on special teams and a primary backup for the MLB position.

With the recent rash of injuries on the Giants, do you think their is a solution to this problem or is just a part of football?

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