Cruz remained absent from the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program on Thursday. Reese had no idea if he’d see the Pro Bowl standout during the program, training camp or even into the season.
Open for business, wild as it might get. The NFL’s calendar turns toward a new season Tuesday when free agency begins at 4 p.m.
An MRI discovered Ballard’s injury, and with the help of crutches, he was able to participate in Tuesday’s parade and ceremonies.
First-year tight end Jake Ballard has become somewhat of a savior for the Giants (4-2) after losing veteran tight end Kevin Boss to free agency before the season.
Tom Coughlin has kept his Giants prepared in whatever way possible. He’s been inspired by Vince Lombardi and John Wooden. Coughlin has even turned to the wisdom of Steve Jobs.
The Giants had to expect growing pains when they installed last year’s practice-squadder into the game day lineup. They’ll live with them. What they didn’t expect was Ballard’s productivity in the passing game.
The addition of veteran slot receiver Brandon Stokley gives Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning the reliable option he desperately needed. Stokley’s history of clutch receptions could be a value weapon in Big Blue’s passing attack.
Ralph Vacchiano, Giants beat writer for the New York Daily News, joined Neil for an email discussion to talk Giants football and figure out what to expect from the G-Men.
Eli Manning isn’t too worried about his dismal preseason statistics. August is a time to get used to standing in the pocket, to get adjusted to new teammates and to take a hit or two. And that’s just what the Giants quarterback says he has done.
With all the drama surrounding Osi Umenyiora’s contract saga and GM Jerry Reese’s failures in the free agency market, it’s easy to overlook the big issue for the Giants. This is a team that had chances to make the playoffs the past two seasons and fell apart down the stretch.
Jerry Reese took a half-page out of Rex Ryan’s playbook on Thursday. The Giants general manager didn’t guarantee a Super Bowl, but he did say his team will make the playoffs, despite failing to make any “sexy” moves in the free-agent market.
Question him all you like. Giants GM Jerry Reese is not one to blink. What of the mass exodus of starters from last year’s team? It’s okay. Thank you for your concern, he says.
A day after wide receiver Steve Smith signed with the rival Philadelphia Eagles, a very defensive Jerry Reese said the Giants made a responsible offer to keep Smith and tight end Kevin Boss
According to WFAN’s Paul Dottino, Kevin Boss has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, leaving the Giants with a gaping hole at tight end.
The Giants have slowly shaped their roster during the first part of training camp – with the latest entries being an agreement to retain RB Ahmad Bradshaw with a four-year, $18 million package and the signing of former Cardinals TE Ben Patrick.