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.
Many Giants fans were upset with general manager Jerry Reese for allowing Steve Smith to sign a one-year deal with the rival Philadelphia Eagles last week. After reading the wide receiver’s latest comments, Big Blue followers may find their ire directed toward Smith instead.
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.
Emotions were running high at Giants camp on Thursday, one day after Steve Smith, who had a team-record 107 catches two years ago, joined the Eagles’ “Dream Team.”
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.
Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon, who famously tweeted “talk is cheap” to Jets coach Rex Ryan earlier this year, is at it again. Hanlon’s pro-Giants twitter tour took a not-so-social turn on Wednesday after former New York wide receiver Steve Smith signed with the rival Eagles.
First, the Eagles shocked Jets fans and signed coveted free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. On Wednesday, Philadelphia surprisingly signed former Giants wide receiver Steve Smith when all signs pointed to a Big Blue return.
Steve Somers lamented the Mets’ sloppy 9-5 loss to San Diego on Wednesday night, saying the team “left more men on base than they have in their farm system!”
We heard from Giants head coach Tom Coughlin early on during Jerry Recco’s first update of the morning, and he didn’t sound too thrilled with the news that Steve Smith had shunned Big Blue in favor of the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Craig was on fire on Thursday, saying Steve Smith to the Eagles is just another case of the Giants entering the accelerated free-agency period totally unprepared.
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
Almost, yes, almost. Those of us in the press room almost had a calm and routine day at Giants camp on Monday. Then the rumor mill went into action again.
The NFL lockout appears to be coming to an end. When it does, the Jets will quickly be in the middle of the utter madness of free agency. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan will have their hands full making this team better.