Ereck Flowers is going to be a really good player

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The Giants’ position coaches periodically speak to the media throughout the season, and today was offensive line coach Mike Solari’s turn to be grilled. Reporters asked him 11 questions – two on Justin Pugh, the left guard who is expected back in the lineup after missing five games with a knee injury, one on the team’s running game, and eight about left tackle Ereck Flowers.

After the Giants defeated the Dolphins in Miami last Dec. 14, Ereck Flowers and  New York Giants jersey china Olivier Vernon exchanged jerseys. It’s become a fairly common postgame practice in the NFL, particularly for two players with the shared connections of Flowers and Vernon, South Florida natives who each played at the University of Miami.

It was simply Solari’s turn. Head coach Ben McAdoo and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan were also questioned this week about Flowers. The second-year pro – and 2015 first-round draft choice – struggled in the first half of the Giants’ 10-7 victory last week against Dallas.

Eight months later, the two players are Giants teammates. And each day in practice, Flowers, the team’s second-year left tackle, grapples with Vernon, the right defensive end who joined the team as a free agent in the offseason.

“Flowers is going to be a really good player, man,” Vernon said today. “Right now, it is all about getting each other better. He helps me out just as far as when it comes to the pass rushing. As young as Flowers is, he is ahead of the game as far as what he knows and his athletic ability. Once he starts getting more knowledge of the game and he puts it with his athletic ability, he is going to be even better. I like going against Ereck, just to get each other better.”

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The Giants today signed three players to their practice squad: quarterback Keith Wenning, running back Jacob Huesman, and safety Ryan Murphy.

Wenning, 6-3 and 225 pounds, was a sixth-round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, from Ball State. He spent that season on the Ravens’ practice squad. After his release in June 2015, Wenning was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he did stints on both the practice squad and active roster. He has not appeared in a regular-season game. In the 2016 preseason, Wenning completed 21 of 43 passes for 212 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He was waived by Cincinnati on Sept. 3.

Huesman was a standout quarterback at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He holds school records for rushing yards with 4,051, touchdowns with 43, rushes with 788 and most 100-yard rushing games with 15. He spent time this year with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL, and has had several NFL tryouts. Nike Giants #59 Devon Kennard Royal Blue Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Limited Tank Top Jersey

Running back Shane Vereen (triceps) and quarterback Ryan Nassib (elbow) were placed on injured reserve. To take their place on the roster, the Giants signed linebacker Ishaq Williams off their practice squad, as well as running back George Winn.

For Vereen, it is a return trip to injured reserve that ends a frustrating season. He missed nine games with a torn triceps that he suffered against Washington Sept. 25. The Giants activated Vereen on Dec. 10 and he played in the victories against Dallas and Detroit. Vereen had two rushing attempts for 11 yards on Sunday against the Lions, but re-injured his triceps.

The Giants today terminated the practice squad contracts of running back George Winn and offensive lineman Laurence Gibson. They signed offensive lineman Adam Gettis to the practice squad. Gettis played in three games this season, including a start at left guard in Cleveland on Nov. 27. He was waived on Saturday, when running back Shane Vereen was activated off injured reserve.

Running back Shane Vereen has been designated for return from injured reserve

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The Giants today added two more veteran players, a quarterback and their first defensive newcomer of the offseason.

The newest Giants are Geno Smith, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jets, and cornerback and special teams standout Valentino Blake, who has played for Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

Smith, 6-3 and 221 pounds, was the Jets’ second-round draft choice in 2013, from West Virginia University. He started every game as a rookie, and 13 of the 14 games in which he played the following year. Smith was a reserve the last two seasons, appearing in one game in 2015 and two last season. He started the Jets’ victory against Baltimore on Oct. 23, but tore his ACL in the second quarter, subsequently underwent surgery, and missed the rest of the season.

“I want to remind the guys that I’m still in the room,” J.T. Thomas said. “There are a lot of times where it’s out of sight, out of mind, and I would never want anyone in the room to forget that I’m here to compete as well.”

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Thomas has actually been in the linebacker and defensive meeting rooms since training camp opened. But he hasn’t been on the field. Because of a lingering hamstring injury, he began camp on the active/physically unable to perform list, a designation he officially escaped today, when he passed his physical.

It’s unknown if Thomas will appear in a preseason game, but he is “very” confident he will be on the field when the Giants open their regular season in Dallas on Sept. 11.Nike Giants #54 Olivier Vernon White Women's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Jersey

That’s how J.T. Thomas describes his native state that year after year produces more NFL talent than anywhere else. But through his foundation, the Giants linebacker is teaching local kids that it’s not the only definition out there.

Thomas, a fifth-year veteran who signed with the Giants last season as a free agent, and Peterson achieved the ultimate dream of every football player, but not everyone will. That’s why Thomas used the NFL  cheap giants shirts platform to start his foundation.

“Our mission is to empower our youth through education,” Thomas said. “I just feel like the kids aren’t always aware or as educated as they should be because regardless of circumstance, you always have a choice. You always have a decision to make. I think that’s one of the things I was put here on earth to do. Not just be a role model for kids, but to help a specific type of person, to help a specific type of kid, to let them know that the whole world is at their fingertips these days.”

After being drafted by the Bears in 2011, Thomas took Joslyn Levell, who has spina bifida, to her eighth-grade prom in West Virginia, where he had followed in his father’s footsteps and played for the Mountaineers. And then in 2012, Thomas invited Anthony Grandberry, a Chicago teen suffering from epilepsy, to be his guest at Super Bowl XLVI, where the Giants defeated the Patriots.

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Running back Shane Vereen has been designated for return from injured reserve and returned to practice today. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 27 after injuring his triceps in the Giants’ Week 3 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Versatile running back Shane Vereen, who has missed the last nine games with a triceps injury, was activated off injured reserve/designated for return. He will be in uniform tomorrow when the 8-4 Giants host the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys. The Giants have four games remaining. They host Detroit next week before traveling to Philadelphia and Washington for their final two games.

This time last year, running back Shane Vereen was participating in his first offseason with the Giants, having left New England to sign a free agent contract with Big Blue earlier in the year.

Vereen was also coming off a victory in Super Bowl XLIX, where he caught a record eleven catches, the most by a running back in Super Bowl history.

Fast-forward to the present and Vereen, a six-year NFL veteran, is coming off a much different type of season, one in which the Giants finished below .500 and third in the NFC East.

The Giants today signed linebacker Deontae Skinner off their practice squad

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Collins’ outstanding performance against the Eagles earned him his second consecutive NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award. He was the first Giants player to win player of the week awards in successive games, the first defensive player to win player of the week awards in consecutive games since Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman in 2012, and the first safety since Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu in 2010. He had previously been honored after intercepting two passes, including one he returned 44 yards for a touchdown, and contributing eight solo tackles in the Giants’ victory against the Rams in London.

Linebacker Eric Pinkins, who was signed off the practice squad on Tuesday, made his Giants debut on special teams. It was his first regular-season game since Jan. 3, 2016, when he played for Seattle at Arizona

Another linebacker, Deontae Skinner, signed off the practice squad yesterday for the second time this season, also played in his first game in a Giants uniform, and first in the NFL since Oct. 26, 2014, when he played for New England against Chicago. Skinner was credited with two special teams tackles.

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The Giants today placed running back Orleans Darkwa on injured reserve and signed linebacker/safety Eric Pinkins off their practice squad.

Darkwa, a three-year veteran, has been plagued by lower leg soreness. He has appeared only on special teams in the last four games after not playing at all against Baltimore on Oct. 16.

Darkwa made his first two career starts at Minnesota and Green Bay when Rashad Jennings was sidelined with a thumb injury. His season totals include 30 carries for 111 yards (a 3.7-yard average) and two touchdowns – on a 2-yard run vs. Washington on Sept. 25, and a 1-yarder the following week against the Vikings. Darkwa also caught two passes 12 yards.

Signed off the Miami Dolphins’ practice squad on Nov. 12, 2014, Darkwa has played in 33 games for the Giants. He has 70 rushing attempts for 285 yards and four touchdowns, and New York Giants jersey china 10 catches for 91 yards.

Whether it was from Manning, Ryan Nassib or third-stringer Logan Thomas, it didn’t matter to Powe today. The undrafted rookie out of California caught touchdowns from all three quarterbacks today, including 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills.

Added McAdoo: “We have a lot of competition there, a lot of competition at some different positions. We’re really looking forward to seeing these guys progress in practice and play in the games.”

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There’s no question about who’s No. 1 in the wide receiver room. Two-time Pro Bowler Odell Beckham Jr. returns with the most receiving yards (2,755) through a player’s first two seasons in NFL history and is looking to add to his resume in Year 3. The 2014 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year also has launched a campaign for Sterling Shepard to take home the honor this year. Beckham has been motivating the second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma with his rookie numbers of 91 receptions, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.Nike Giants #21 Landon Collins Black Youth Stitched NFL Limited Gold Salute to Service Jersey

The Giants today signed linebacker Deontae Skinner off their practice squad and waived offensive lineman Shane McDermott, essentially reversing a transaction they made two weeks ago.

On Nov. 19, McDermott was added to the roster because linemen Justin Pugh and Brett Jones were injured and would miss the following day’s game vs. Chicago. The status of guard Adam Gettis was also uncertain. Skinner was waived and signed to the practice squad on Monday, Nov. 21.

McDermott played briefly in the last two games. But Marshall Newhouse and Gettis, who started the last two games, respectively, at left guard, are healthier, as is Jones.

Skinner did two stints on the Giants’ practice squad early this season before he was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 11. He was inactive for four games before his Nov. 19 release.

They told me that Roger Lewis scored

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The Giants signed wide receivers Kevin Norwood and Da’Ron Brown to their practice squad.

Norwood, 6-2 and 210 pounds, has played in 10 regular-season games with two starts – nine games and both starts in 2014 for the Seattle Seahawks, who drafted him from Alabama that year on the fourth round (No. 123 overall). He had nine receptions for 102 yards, with a long catch of 31 yards.

The touchdown – a 24-yard catch in the end zone late in the first half – was also the first reception of his career. Lewis, who went undrafted out of Bowling Green this past April, successfully navigated the difficult path for players in his situation to the 53-man roster this summer. He was inactive for the first three weeks of the season but eventually suited up for the first time in Minnesota. On Sunday, he was called into action when two-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. went down temporarily with a hip pointer.

“When I was in the locker room, they told me that Roger Lewis scored,” Beckham said. “For someone to be able to come in here and just make plays, that’s what we expect of everybody. One man down, next man up. He came in and started it up.”

Giants wide receivers Tavarres King and Roger Lewis have performed well under the radar throughout training camp and the preseason. With the wideout focus on Odell Beckham Jr. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard, King led the Giants with seven catches, 126 yards and three touchdowns, while Lewis contributed five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.

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Norwood was traded on Sept. 1, 2015 to the Carolina Panthers, and played one game for them last season. This year, he had eight receptions, including a touchdown, while playing in all four preseason games. He was waived on Sept. 30 and was on the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1.

Brown, 6-1 and 200 pounds, was a seventh-round draft choice (No. 233 overall) in 2015 by the Kansas City Chiefs, from Northern Illinois. He spent the entire 2015 season on the Chiefs’ practice squad. Brown was waived by Kansas City on Sept. 3, and was on the New England Patriots’ practice squad from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1

Conor McDermott knew Paul Perkins was special from their first practice together at UCLA.

The 6-foot-8, 307-pound offensive lineman is here in Indianapolis this week for the NFL Scouting Combine, a process Perkins went through a year ago before his selection in the fifth round. McDermott’s eyes lit up when he heard his former teammate’s name during Thursday’s media availability.

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While the players worked their way through the offseason program, including three weeks of organized team activities, Perkins, the running back selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, was completing his academic requirements at UCLA. He maintained a connection to the team through the small screen of his iPad, on which he watched the daily practices. That provided a long-distance crash course in the Giants’ offense.Nike Giants #13 Odell Beckham Jr Grey Pro Bowl Men's Stitched NFL Elite Team Irvin Jersey

Over that time, the NFL’s incoming class prepared for the combine, participated in the combine, held Pro
Days, anxiously awaited the draft results, and  cheap Giants jerseys reported for rookie minicamp before being thrown into the deep end with veterans during spring practices. Such is life for an athlete trying to make it to the professional level.

The rookies are now enjoying a much-needed break before reporting for training camp on July 28. So it’s a good time to gauge their progress heading into summer.

Landon Collins put together a breakout sophomore campaign for the Giants’ history books last year, garnering first-team All-Pro honors and inserting himself in the conversation for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. It will be tough to repeat that kind of success, but there are a handful of second-year candidates who will take on larger roles starting this spring. Following the release of Rashad Jennings, running back Paul Perkins will adjust to being a feature back. Safety Darian Thompson, who lost much of his promising rookie season to injury, will try to get back on track and compete for a spot opposite Collins. Meanwhile, linebacker B.J. Goodson is in line to build off his first year as a core special teamer.

Today was Matt LaCosse’s turn to get some first-team reps

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At this time last year, Devon Kennard was getting ready for his second NFL season, looking to build on a very promising rookie year.

A fifth-round pick out of USC in 2014, Kennard played in 12 games as a rookie and started six. He had 36 tackles, 4.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He looked like an impact player in the making.

Then the injury bug hit. Foot and hamstring injuries limited him to just nine games and 36 tackles last season. A hamstring also limited his play time as a rookie in 2014. Kennard suffered though injuries during his collegiate and high school career as well.

The team’s 2014 fifth-round draft choice was impressive when he was on the field, even earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his work against Tennessee as a rookie. But he missed four games that year with hamstring and toe injuries, and sat out seven more games last year with calf, foot and hamstring issues. Kennard has the potential to be one of the Giants’ best defensive players.Nike Giants #10 Eli Manning White Pink Women's Stitched NFL Limited Rush Fashion Jersey

“(I am increasing) the amount I train throughout the day and doing a lot of hamstring stuff,” Kennard said. “I have lost some weight and I am just focusing in on what I need to do. I am really not worried about the past. Everyone wants to put that statement on me. There were some unfortunate deals and some hamstrings, but that is behind me now and I am not worried about any of that.”

For me, it means tradition. You look at all the guys who came before you, how this organization has been run for as long as it’s been around, and it just makes you very proud to be a part of such an organization and to be able to put on that helmet every day and work here.

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Giants wide receivers Tavarres King and Roger Lewis have performed well under the radar throughout training camp and the preseason. With the wideout focus on Odell Beckham Jr. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard, King led the Giants with seven catches, 126 yards and three touchdowns, while Lewis contributed five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown.

Manning completed 23 of 44 passes for 299 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown to Tavarres King (which pulled the Giants to within 14-13 with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter), and one interception (with 16 seconds left in the game). The late pick ended Manning’s streak of 155 consecutive postseason passes without a pick. His most recent postseason interception had also been in Lambeau, on Jan. 15, 2012.

The Giants’ victory over the Jets in the MetLife Bowl resulted largely from the collaboration that developed last year between a backup quarterback and a practice squad wide receiver.

Ryan Nassib and Tavarres King teamed up for the Giants’ only two offensive touchdowns in the 21-20 triumph, a 27-yarder in the third quarter and the 11-yard game-winner with 2:25 remaining in the fourth. They were King’s only receptions of the game and one-third of Nassib’s six completions.

Like the wide receivers, there’s plenty of competition in the tight ends room as coaches decide the pecking order.

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Today was Matt LaCosse’s turn to get some first-team reps and he made the first highlight of practice with a leaping grab on a pass thrown by Eli Manning. LaCosse played in the final two games of 2015 for the Giants after spending most of the season on the practice squad. He caught three passes for 22 yards, all of which came in Week 16 at Minnesota.

After a productive day on Wednesday running with the first team, tight end Matt LaCosse followed it up with another on Thursday. The Illinois product, who went undrafted in 2015 and sf giants jerseys cheap spent time on the Giants’ practice squad before dressing for the final two games, had the highlight of the day, ripping down a touchdown pass from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib in the back of the end zone. On the way back to the huddle, coach Ben McAdoo yelled “good play” to the tight end, a position he coached for six seasons in Green Bay.

LaCosse was all over the field again today and turned in the highlight of practice with a leaping touchdown catch in the back of the end zone from backup quarterback Ryan Nassib. On the way back to the huddle, coach Ben McAdoo yelled “good play” to the tight end, a position McAdoo coached for six seasons in Green Bay. That’s back-to-back big days for LaCosse, who went undrafted out of Illinois in 2015 and spent time on the Giants’ practice squad before suiting up for the final two games. He ran with the first-team offense on Wednesday.

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The Giants’ outstanding season has helped four players receive one of the NFL’s most cherished individual honors.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., cornerback Janoris Jenkins, safety Landon Collins and special teamer Dwayne Harris were today named to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Beckham will play in the game for the third time in as many seasons, while it’s the first selection for Jenkins, Collins and Harris.

The Giants will send two defensive backs to the Pro Bowl for the first time since 1963, when Erich Barnes and Dick Lynch were selected.

Wide receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris elite jersey just completed his first season with the Giants, and his fifth in the NFL. Harris began his career with the Dallas Cowboys, for whom he had 33 receptions in four seasons. This season, he had 36 catches. Harris was also the Giants’ leading kickoff and punt returner. He earned a spot in their record book by becoming the first player in the franchise’s 91-year history to score touchdowns on a reception, a kickoff return, and a punt return in the same season. He is the first player since Seattle’s Nate Burleson to have four receiving touchdowns, plus scores on both a punt and kickoff return.Giants #8 Hunter Pence White 1989 Turn Back The Clock Stitched MLB Jersey

When Dwayne Harris signed last offseason, the former Cowboy said he came to the Giants because they looked at him as a receiver. He proved them right.

In 2015, Harris, while maintaining his reputation as one of the best special teamers in the game, recorded career highs in receptions (36), receiving yards (396) and touchdown receptions (four). In his four previous seasons in Dallas combined, he had 33 catches for 418 yards and three touchdowns.

Now he’s back for another round with the Giants, who open the 2016 campaign at Dallas.

My takeaway from the combine might seem obvious, but it underlines the inexact science that is talent evaluation. A group of people trained as professional evaluators looking at the same players doing the same exact things can come away with completely different opinions about those players. Where one scout might see a flaw easily overcome with their other skills, another might think that deficiency is a death knell for the player’s NFL career. The same person one scout might think is a first-round pick, another might think they are only third-round worthy.

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The 14 young men and women recognized at this year’s graduation had a special guest – Giants’ linebacker Mark Herzlich.

“When I was told about this opportunity to come and speak to this graduating class at Hackensack University Medical Center, I said, ‘wait a second, they’re getting everybody together who is graduating high school and got treatments here?’” Herzlich said.

He added: “I said, ‘that is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard.’ They’re current patients, they’re former patients, and they’re every single type of person here together that all share that badge of honor.”

The ceremony, which brought together families, friends and other guest speakers, hits near to Herzlich’s heart. In 2009 during his junior year at Boston College, Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

First-round draft pick Ereck Flowers began the rookie camp at left tackle, where the Giants’ top brass said he could compete in the future. Meanwhile, Bobby Hart, who rounded out the draft class as the sixth and final member, started at right guard. Below are the offensive line configurations (left to right) seen today. Keep in mind, they will be fluid throughout camp and beyond.

The Giants today signed three players to their practice squad: quarterback Keith Wenning, running back Jacob Huesman, and safety Ryan Murphy.

Wenning, 6-3 and 225 pounds, was a sixth-round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, from Ball State. He spent that season on the Ravens’ practice squad. After his release in June 2015, Wenning was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, with whom he did stints on both the practice squad and active roster. He has not appeared in a regular-season game. In the 2016 preseason, Wenning completed 21 of 43 passes for 212 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He was waived by Cincinnati on Sept. 3.

The Giants today placed running back Orleans Darkwa on injured reserve

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With the 184th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected tight end Jerell Adams of South Carolina.

Over that time, the NFL’s incoming class prepared for the combine, participated in the combine, held Pro Days, anxiously awaited the draft results, and reported for rookie minicamp before being thrown into the deep end with veterans during spring practices. Such is life for an athlete trying to make it to the professional level.

The rookies are now enjoying a much-needed break before reporting for training camp on July 28. So it’s a good time to gauge their progress heading into summer.

Apple, a 6-1, 199-pound cornerback from Ohio State, was the 10th overall selection. He started 27 of 28 games for the Buckeyes following a redshirt year. Apple was one of the best defensive players on Ohio State’s 2014 national championship team, and was the Defensive MVP following the Buckeyes’ victory over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.

Shepard, a 5-10, 194-pound receiver, was the 40th overall selection, from Oklahoma. In four seasons with the Sooners, Shepard caught 233 passes for 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns. In 2015, he had career-high totals of 86 catches, for 1,288 yards and 11 scores.

UCLA product Perkins was chosen 149th overall. The 5-10, 208-pounder rushed for 3,491 yards and 29 touchdowns, and caught 80 passes for 739 yards and three scores in three years with the Bruins. His 1,575 yards in 2014 is the second-highest total in UCLA history. Last year Perkins rushed for 1,343 yards and scored a career-high 14 touchdowns. He also caught 30 passes for 242 yards and a score.

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The Giants today placed running back Orleans Darkwa on injured reserve and signed linebacker/safety Eric Pinkins off their practice squad.

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The Giants have been busy since free agency began. Big Blue signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was recently released by the Jets. The Giants followed up by inking tight end Rhett Ellison (from Minnesota) and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (from San Diego). Big Blue also re-signed running back Orleans Darkwa, offensive lineman John Jerry and quarterback Josh Johnson. On Friday, the Giants signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a new contract. A free agent, JPP had received the franchise designation last month.Giants #12 Joe Panik Black Cool Base Stitched Youth MLB Jersey

The New York Giants already made some roster moves in advance of the 4 p.m. start time on March 9, notably placing the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and signing veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who was recently released by the Jets. A day later, the Giants inked tight end Rhett Ellison, who spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings.

Thus far, the Giants have addressed wide receiver (Brandon Marshall), tight end/fullback (Rhett Ellison) and the offensive line (D.J. Fluker) in free agency. Despite those moves, I could still see them drafting a player at any of those three positions. For example, on the offensive line, Newhouse has signed with the Raiders, so there’s still room for competition and depth on the roster. The two positions where I could see free agency having the biggest impact on the team’s draft plans would be defensive tackle and linebacker. Johnathan Hankins is still a free agent and so are Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard, who both saw time in the middle. Depending on how things play out with those three players, the Giants may have some voids to fill through the draft specifically two defensive starters.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard was born to play football

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For the 2015 season, the PFWA voted Giants safety Landon Collins and undrafted tight end Will Tye to the All-Rookie Team. In 2014, Odell Beckham Jr. was named the PFWA’s Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year. Those awards both went to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott this year, and Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, who led all NFL rookies in sacks, was selected as the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

A 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back, Shaun Draughn signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He has played six NFL seasons with eight different teams. Draughn most recently spent two years as a member of the San Francisco 49ers backfield.

The 5-11, 205-pound Draughn has played for six teams in six years, most recently the San Francisco 49ers. He has played in 57 games with seven starts, and his career totals include 225 carries for 723 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 80 receptions for 597 yards and two scores. He also has 17 special teams tackles.

Last November in MetLife Stadium, a first-year high school head football coach ran into his mentor and confidant, a man who just happens to be one of the best coaches in both Giants and NFL history. Rich Seubert had come to support Tom Coughlin, who was inducted into the organization’s Ring of Honor at halftime of the Giants’ victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Giants hope to significantly improve a running attack that ranked 29th in the NFL last season with an average of 88.3 yards a game. Their leading rusher, Rashad Jennings, was released on February 13. Draughn joins a backfield that includes second-year pro Paul Perkins, the team’s top returning rusher, Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen.

Draughn entered the NFL in 2011 as an undrafted rookie free agent with Washington, from the University of North Carolina. He was released at the end of training camp and signed a month later to the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad. Draughn stayed with the Chiefs for two seasons and in 2012 he rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns and caught 24 passes.

“I wanted to be converted,” Draughn said. “I played safety in high school, but running back was my primary position. Going into college, the running backs coach wanted me to play running back, the DBs coach wanted me to play safety. I went to the defensive side of the ball, because it gave me an opportunity to play earlier. But I wasn’t good at it. I told coach Butch Davis in spring ball – in ’08, I think it was – ‘I think I can help the team better at running back.’ And that’s what I did. I love it.”

Draughn began his collegiate career as a safety before converting to running back as a sophomore. He played in 44 games at North Carolina, where he rushed for 2,070 yards and 10 touchdowns on 451 carries, and caught 50 passes for 268 yards and a score. New York Giants End Around Pullover Hoodie Royal

Let’s go with wide receiver. Not many teams have a top three with the production, consistency and big-play ability of Odell Beckham, Jr., Sterling Shepard jersey, and Brandon Marshall. Dwayne Harris caught just one pass last season, but has shown he’s capable of much more, and Roger Lewis, Jr., and Tavarres King are promising youngsters.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard was born to play football. The son of a Super Bowl and NCAA champion, he followed in his father’s footsteps to a standout career at the University of Oklahoma before being selected by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. We pick up with him after the Giants’ third-straight victory, a game in which Shepard caught one of Eli Manning’s four touchdown passes…

Shepard, the 5-foot-10, 194-pound second-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, has dealt with it his whole career while climbing the ranks from high school to college and now to the pros.

Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. comes in at No. 45

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Giants safety Landon Collins made the game’s most influential plays, and was the best player on the field, as the Giants once again made themselves feel right at home in England with a 17-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. The Giants improved to 4-3 at the bye with their second straight victory – and second in as many visits to London, where they beat Miami nine years ago.

Collins, whom the Giants traded up to select with the first pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, led the Giants for the second time in as many seasons with 125 tackles, a franchise record for a safety. In 2016, Collins was twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Week as well as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Month for November. He also became the only player in NFL history to have at least 100 solo tackles, 2.0 sacks, five interceptions, and 12 passes defensed in a season.

A significant reason for the turnaround was the play of safety Landon Collins. The second-year pro became the first player in NFL history to record at least 100 solo tackles, two sacks, five interceptions and 12 passes defended in a season. The breakout year earned Collins a nod on the AP All-Pro team, the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) All-NFL team and his first trip to the Pro Bowl.

My instinct was fiction, but after going through the position, I think wide receiver is the Giants’ deepest position. Safety is close with youngsters Andrew Adams, Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson joining Landon Collins, but I like the talent at wide receiver better. Obviously, the stars at the top are unquestionable with Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall. Sterling Shepard is an excellent slot guy. Tavarres King showed his speed at the cheap Giants jerseys end of last season, and Roger Lewis Jr. has a lot of potential.

But those deficiencies were not fatal because of Collins and a defense that did not allow a point in any of the Rams’ final 11 possessions.

“Big plays right there by Landon,” Manning said. “Obviously, (on) offense we hadn’t done a whole lot. Had a turnover the second play of the game, which is never good. Defense had given up a touchdown, so we were down, but a big play right there. We drove down and got a field goal to make it 10-3, but Landon getting the interception and also putting it in the end zone and scoring right there was a huge play to tie up the game. Switched the momentum for us a little bit.”

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Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. comes in at No. 45, one of only two wide receivers to make the ranking. Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall is the other, at No. 67. Beckham set the record last season for the most receiving yards in NFL history through his first two seasons and has already totaled 25 career touchdowns.

The Steelers have done a pretty good job against opposing number one wide receivers this season. Just three have surpassed the century mark (the Redskins’ DeSean Jackson, the Jets’ Brandon Marshall, the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant) and six were held to less than 80 receiving yards. Antonio Brown has led the Steelers in receiving yards in four of their last five games with at least 85 yards in four of those five contests.NFL New York Giants Women Jeans

“I learned football by watching videos of the receivers I like on YouTube, and I like guys that are the same size as me, like Brandon Marshall,” Dable said. “I think I play like Brandon Marshall. I like how he moves after the catch, with his size.”

Dable understands it’s important for him to use his size to his advantage and that can be done both inside and outside.

Draft gurus don’t wait for the entire draft order to be set before releasing their first mock drafts, so they definitely don’t wait for free agency. They should, though, because those are the two main avenues that front offices take to fill their needs. And, naturally, they depend on each other. While this free agency period wasn’t as momentous as last year’s for the Giants – it rarely is or will be in the future – general manager Jerry Reese and company still made some major moves, notably placing the franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul and signing Brandon Marshall. So simple math says defensive end and wide receiver won’t be major needs come late April.

Beckham finished with a season-high 166 yards.

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Michael Strahan’s career in both football and entertainment has led to several notable achievements. Those include a win in Super Bowl XLII, a one-way ticket to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host on an Entertainment Talk Show (“Live with Kelly and Michael”).

We won’t find out until the NFL Honors awards show on the eve of Super Bowl LI, but the second-year safety definitely has a case to be the 2016 honoree. Collins, whom general manager Jerry Reese traded up to select with the first pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, led the Giants for the second time in as many seasons with 125 tackles, a franchise record for a safety, including 100 solo stops.

The last Giant to win the award was Strahan in 2001, the year he set the single-season sack record with 22.5. Taylor, another Pro Football Hall of Famer, won in 1981, 1982 and 1986. Houston’s J.J. Watt was looking for his third consecutive award – and fourth in five years – until a back injury limited him to three games in 2016.

Now, Strahan’s busy schedule is about to get even busier. That’s because he’s developing not one, but two new television series. The first, Hobbs, is a scripted series for ABC about a former Heisman Trophy winner turned police officer. The second, Religion of Sports, is a six-episode docuseries for DIRECTV that examines the cultural and spiritual impact sports has around the world.

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Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the 10 best players in the National Football League.
In the final installment of the “Top 100 Players of 2016” on Wednesday night, the Giants’ wide receiver came in at No. 10, the highest ranking by a Giant since NFL Network began compiling the annual list in 2011. For the sixth year, current NFL players voted to determine the rankings, which were unveiled in groups of 10 over the last few months.New York Giants End Around Pullover Hoodie Royal

During a Monday night game that was hyped around him and former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. came out on top, scoring the game-tying and game-winning touchdowns in a 31-24 victory over the Dolphins. The first was on a six-yard pass from Eli Manning that Beckham corralled while dragging both feet in the end zone. The play was initially ruled incomplete but was reversed after the Giants challenged. On the second one, Beckham broke free for an 84-yard touchdown to put the Giants ahead early in the fourth quarter. Beckham finished with a season-high 166 yards, extending his franchise record to six consecutive 100-yard games.

“It took me a while to get here,” said Jenkins, a five-year veteran. “I am very thankful for everyone who voted and I am just excited. The Pro Bowl was a goal of mine coming in and New York Giants jersey china and I just want to thank everybody for playing around me, elevating my game and making me play harder. I thought one day (in would happen). I didn’t know what day it was going to be. I am glad that it finally came, and I am truly blessed.”

Of course, big plays are nothing new to Beckham. He has nine career touchdown receptions of 50 or more yards, eight of 60 or more yards, and five of 70 or more yards. All three numbers rank first in the NFL since the start of the 2014 season.

“You can’t really worry about it. I’ve dropped a pass before. It’s not the end of the world for me, and it does not break my confidence. It’s not going to deter me from doing what I’m capable of doing. I just don’t want to have them. I don’t want to have any more drops.” The sore thumb was forgotten, and the dropped passes forgiven, in the third quarter, when Beckham caught a short Manning pass, found a different gear, and outran Carr to the end zone for a 61-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winning score.