Giants Roster Breakdown: Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz signs his one-year, $2.879M tender with the NY Giants, according to sources

The popular receiver has been skipping all offseason workouts during the negotiations.

131 Comments We have spent most of the offseason talking about the contract status of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz . Today we talk about Cruz as part of our look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in July. 2012 Season In Review Cruz followed a franchise record 1,536-yard 2011 season with a very good but not as sensational 86-catch, 1,092-yard 2012 season. Cruz had more touchdowns (10-9), but his yards per catch dropped from an insane 18.7 yard average to a more normal 12.7 yards per catch. Much of that was likely due to the fact that Hakeem Nicks was limited much of the season, meaning teams could focus more defensive attention on slowing Cruz. 2013 Outlook Cruz has signed his 2013 one-year tender, but we know the big story will be when, or if, he and the Giants can reach a long-term contract agreement . On the field you have to believe Cruz is capable of another 80+ catch, 1,000-yard receiving season. The question is can the return to health of Nicks and the development of Rueben Randle loosen up defenses enough to allow Cruz to make more explosive plays than he did in 2012?

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Though that may make it seem like the sides are close, the details and the guaranteed money are not known and neither side seems to believe a deal is imminent. So there is no guarantee that Cruz will show up for the start of training camp at the Meadowlands on July 26 although now that he is signed, he is subject to fines of $30,000 per day if he doesnt report. As significant as those fines are for a player who made a total of $1.3 million during his first three NFL seasons, they still are much less than the potential loss of money he was facing on Monday. The NFLs collective bargaining agreement allows teams a one-day-only option to reduce RFA tenders to 110% of the players previous year salary. Cruz made $540,000 in salary last season, but since 110% of that is less than the NFL minimum salary for a fourth-year player, his tender could only be reduced to $630,000. According to at least one source familiar with the Giants plans, the team had not ruled out reducing the tender, and its believed it informed Cruzs agents that it was at least a possibility. However, many people around the NFL were skeptical about whether the Giants would actually do so when the deadline hit. Regardless, the possibility was enough to get Cruz to blink and buy both sides some time to work out a long-term deal for a player who has 168 catches, 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns in the last two seasons. If a deal cant be worked out, the Paterson, N.J., product will be on track to be an unrestricted free agent next March at the same time fellow Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is set to hit unrestricted free agency.

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No charges for MJD Since the start of the controversy surrounding Maurice Jones-Drew ‘s alleged assault case, many have wondered whether or not Jones-Drew would be officially charged. On Tuesday, reports stated that he would not face charges for his alleged involvement in the incident. He’s currently recovering from an injury in an attempt to be 100 percent by the start of training camp. Cowboys, Spencer no longer talking extension Anthony Spencer is set to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag. Initially, the Cowboys were talking with Spencer on an extension to lower that initial contract number and keep him for the coming seasons, but on Tuesday, reports stated that the two sides have broken off extension talks. At this point, it seems a long-term deal is unlikely. As noted at Blogging the Boys , it might actually be a smart move by the Cowboys: This looks like a situation where there wasn’t really a loser, just not a deal that everyone could agree to. The team should get a good year out of Spencer, and then be able to make their decision on what to do next based on more information and less uncertainty than now.

Victor Cruz kept workout intensity up

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Mel Evans/AP Sean Donellan says that he and Victor Cruz worked out for about two hours a day in a program designed to improve Cruzs power and movement. Itll be as if hes been training with the team all along. Its funny, Donellan said. He gets all these appearances and obviously hes trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But hes very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and hes very, very good at staying grounded. Hes never lost sight of whats gotten him there, what made him successful. And hes dedicated to that. Donellan told The News that he and Cruz worked out for about two hours a day in a program designed to improve Cruzs power and movement. He also designed the program with an eye on preventing any muscle pulls when the 26-year-old finally returns to the practice field.

Victor Cruz mirrors NY Giants workouts while holding out for bigger deal

Sean Donellan says that he and Victor Cruz worked out for about two hours a day in a program designed to improve Cruz’s power and movement.

Theyll have it all figured out well before Week 1. As NFP alludes to, a lot of Cruz’s value is tied up in the ongoing contract negotiations with the Giants. If he’s there week one and if Hakeem Nicks is healthy alongside of him then the value is absolutely there. If, however, negotiations linger late into training camp or become a distraction during the season, or if Nicks is unhealthy and unable to play, Cruz’s value could, potentially, drop significantly. Speaking of Nicks, you’ll notice he is absent from this list. In fact, he’s not even a sleeper or honorable mention. And that’s just fantasy football for you. Given that he’s been able to play a full 16 game season, missed all of the team’s Organized Team Activities (OTAs), has lingering injury (foot) concerns and may also be negotiating a long-term deal, he’s not a “sure enough” bet for all the hardcore fantasy players out there. Odds are quarterback Eli Manning won’t be on many “top whatever” fantasy lists, either.

Its funny. He gets all these appearances and obviously hes trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But hes very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and hes very, very good at staying grounded. Hes never lost sight of whats gotten him there, what made him successful. And hes dedicated to that. Donellan has done the usual physical training, and has also brought in other football players to simulate what Cruz has been missing while skipping voluntary and mandatory workouts before he signed his one-year, $2.879 million tender. Among those players were former NFL quarterback Mike Teel, so there was a chance for Cruz to run routes and catch passes. Wed find him different quarterbacks to work with. Obviously theyre not Eli, but, .

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Victor Cruz kept workout intensity up

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Its funny. He gets all these appearances and obviously hes trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But hes very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and hes very, very good at staying grounded. Hes never lost sight of whats gotten him there, what made him successful. And hes dedicated to that. Donellan has done the usual physical training, and has also brought in other football players to simulate what Cruz has been missing while skipping voluntary and mandatory workouts before he signed his one-year, $2.879 million tender. Among those players were former NFL quarterback Mike Teel, so there was a chance for Cruz to run routes and catch passes. Wed find him different quarterbacks to work with.

New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Projected to Be a Top 20 Fantasy Wide Receiver in 2013

As a former punt returner, he excels at making guys miss in space and is rarely taken down by the first defender. Welker led the NFL in yards after the catch (YAC) in four of his six seasons in New England, including last year, when he amassed 702. Cruz is regarded as a standout runner in his own right. He uses exceptional stop-start quickness to avoid defenders in space, while also displaying the strength and power to run through arm tackles. Cruz’s combination of physicality and finesse makes him one of the most difficult runners to bring down in the open field, leading to several big gains for the Giants on simple catch-and-run plays over the middle. Advantage: Welker Explosiveness Most offensive coordinators in the NFL design passing plays to produce first downs, touchdowns or explosive plays (categorized as pass plays that generate gains of 20 yards or more). Elite slot receivers, therefore, must be able to consistently deliver game-changing plays, despite playing in traffic on most downs.

Victor Cruz mirrors NY Giants workouts while holding out for bigger deal

Sean Donellan says that he and Victor Cruz worked out for about two hours a day in a program designed to improve Cruz’s power and movement.

There will still be opportunities off the field, but at a reduced rate. The distinction of being an athlete in New York still holds water. Additionally, the Giants are developing a pedigree of grooming slot receivers which have proven to be expendable. Steve Smith posted 107 receptions for 1,220 yards in 2009. A year later, the Giants let him walk away. Smith’s downfall, albeit due to injuries, is an example of New York’s ability to reload at the slot position. Although Smith was a talented player, he invariably benefited from playing with quarterback Eli Manning . The same could be said for Cruz. Tight ends and receivers who operate in the middle of the field have consistently thrived with No.

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gym. The idea was to make sure that when Cruz who recently signed a one-year, $2.879 million tender decides to report to Giants training camp, it wont look like hes missed the entire offseason program. Mel Evans/AP Sean Donellan says that he and Victor Cruz worked out for about two hours a day in a program designed to improve Cruzs power and movement. Itll be as if hes been training with the team all along. Its funny, Donellan said. He gets all these appearances and obviously hes trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But hes very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and hes very, very good at staying grounded. Hes never lost sight of whats gotten him there, what made him successful.

Agent’s Take: Looking at what’s next for Victor Cruz

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Seattle is the only NFL team that has two wide receivers, Harvin and Sidney Rice , with contracts averaging more than $8 million per year. If Cruz signs a long term deal with the Giants, it should serve as a starting point for discussions on Nicks’ contract provided that he has a rebound season in 2013. Steve Smith Situation Cruz’s dispute is reminiscent of slot receiver Steve Smith’s situation with the Giants in 2010. Smith reportedly turned down a five-year, $35 million contract (with $15 million guaranteed) after catching a franchise record and NFC leading 107 passes for 1,220 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009. He played under the final year of his four-year rookie contract, which paid him $550,000 in 2010, because he wanted Greg Jennings money. Jennings signed a three-year, $26.25 million contract extension (including $16.25 million guaranteed and worth a maximum of $30.6 million with escalators and incentives) in 2009 with the Green Bay Packers. Smith suffered a serious knee injury late in the 2010 season that required microfracture surgery. He surprisingly left the Giants to join a division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles , in 2011 by signing a one-year, $2.5 million deal (worth a maximum of $4 million through incentives). He played with St.

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That old NFL = Not For Long applies to teams championship chances as well as players careers. One serious injury to He Who Shall Not Be Named and 2014 could be a write-off no matter who plays linebacker. Al Davis famous saying should really have been Just Win Now, Baby. Krow June 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM How much did GB want him to restructure? I mean I guessing he was losing half or more. With the market for LBs already established a player isnt going just give up money. This is more like the KP situation. We wanted him back but at something so cheap compared to how the player has performed int he past that the player declined.

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A healthy Nicks would be a major boost to Manning. 3 Feats toward failure 1. Offensive line doesn’t improve Injuries ravaged the offensive line, forcing the team to play David Diehl at right tackle for stretches even though Diehl is way past his prime. The Giants took steps to upgrade by drafting Justin Pugh , who may win the starting left tackle job out of the gate. If he has rookie struggles if could be another long year for Eli. 2. The defensive line gets thin again Jason Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery in the offseason and his status for the season opener is uncertain, while Justin Tuck hasn’t been fully healthy in about two seasons. A normally stout pass-rushing unit, the Giants got just 33 sacks last year, good for 22nd in the league.

That Week 14 game against the Saints served as Wilson’s coming-out party as a rookie. Wilson scored three touchdowns, gained 100 yards on only 13 carries and set a franchise record with 327 all-purpose yards. After that game, Youngmisuk reported that wide receiver Victor Cruz was effusive in his praise for Wilson: Oh man, he made some huge plays when we needed them the most. We watch him in practice just do amazing things, whether it is breaking plays or making cuts, that we only see guys that are Hall of Famers make. He definitely is the most athletic [player] on the team. Given all that, what could possibly be the problem? Could anything stand in Wilson’s way and stop him from joining the NFL ‘s elite running backs? Well, actually there are a few things.

Ex-Giants coach Parcells gets elected to New Jersey hall of fame

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In February, the “Big Tuna” was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and in June, it was announced that he was elected to the NJ hall of fame. Credits: Subscribe to Blog Remember my Info Former New York Football Giants head coach Bill Parcells has been elected to the New Jersey hall of fame according to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Commission in a release issued this week. Oates commented, “The New Jersey Hall of Fame honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. Now this new Mobile Museum brings this honor to our schools, and reinforces the message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing.” Earlier this year, Parcells was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in Canton, OH on August 3rd. In addition to the Giants, Parcells was head coach of the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. He took all of these teams to the playoffs and won two super bowl championships with Big Blue (Super Bowls XXI, XXV). Location:

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In his nine years as Big Blues head coach, Coughlin has only started a rookie in Week 1 twice. The first was Chris Snee, at right guard in 2004 , and the second occurred in 2006, when Barry Cofield started at defensive tackle . It is important to note that both guys played these respective positions in college. Pugh will get a chance to start, given where he was drafted and the vulnerability of the player in front of him. He may very well be the starter by the end of his rookie campaign. History and a lack of right tackle experience, however, are working against him as he tries to capture the right tackle spot at the beginning of the regular season. The Favorite: David Diehl Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Sorry Giants fans but David Diehl will likely be your right tackle again in 2013, at least to start the season. The 10-year veteran has plenty working against him. Hell be 33 in mid-September and is coming off a minor surgery on his right knee earlier this year.

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Escape Artists is an independently financed film production company based at Sony Pictures Entertainment. The company is a result of the merger between the Steve Tisch Company and Black & Blu. Tisch shares his partnership in the company with Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal of Black & Blu. Escape Artists has released films like The Weather Man with Nicholas Cage, The Taking of Phelam 123 with Denzel Washington and John Travolta, and The Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. Tisch joined the Giants organization in July 2005 when he was named Chairman and Executive Vice President. It wasn’t his first dealing with the organization, however. His father, Preston Robert Tisch, purchased 50% of the Giants organization in 1991. He passed away in 2005, when Steve took his place.

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Have a Giants football question? Post it below in the comments or tweet it to me @Patricia_Traina , and I’ll use some of the best ones in upcoming mailbags. Thanks! Patricia Traina is a New Jersey-based, accredited sportswriter who covers the New York Giants for Inside Football. She is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow her on Twitter @Patricia_Traina . Sports stories from the Yahoo!

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Incidentally, Manning has a career QBR of 74.5 against Washington, but his record against the Redskins is 11-6. He’ll put the Giants in position to win, as a late field goal is the difference. Giants 23, Redskins 21 Can the Giants win at least six home games this upcoming season? What are your predictions for the home schedule? Let me know in the comments section below. Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer with more than 15 years of experience covering amateur and professional sports for several print and online media outlets. He tracked the New York Giants for Yahoo!

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“Adrien was in that group who didn’t know much about working with a tackle or handling double teams, so it has taken some time to learn and develop. His speed and athletic kills hasn’t developed like he hoped and he was thinking through every single play, which was slowing him down. Now he’s developing confidence and these last few weeks have been some of the best in his Giants career, but he’s still developing.” Robinson was drafted by the Giants back in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Cincinnati, just a month after the team signed Bennett to be the starting tight end. After being picked by Reese, he was referred to as the “JPP of tight ends,” but the 24-year-old has not seen much of the field, as he only played in two games and has yet to record a catch in the NFL . photo credit: jacorbett70 via photopin cc Also Returning Soon!!!! Related posts June 27, 2013 at 2:08 PM Pretty sure this is a clear indication that those who think Robinson will displace Myers any time soon are going to be unhappy. Hes going to hopefully be a terrific #2 tight end if called upon in that capacity, and use this season to learn what he needs to know to play in the Giants offense the way theyll need him to do so. norm June 27, 2013 at 2:11 PM The Pats HAD to know about the charge of armed robbery before they drafted him. For the record, it should be noted that the morally upright Giants front office pretty much did the same thing last year when they brought Janzen Jackson into camp as a UDFA: As a freshman, Jackson was arrested for armed robbery (the charges were later dropped) and reportedly failed a few drug tests. It led to his dismissal from the Volunteers program and was a major blow to his NFL Draft status. Yes, the Giants eventually wound up releasing Jackson.

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I think we will get a huge year from both of these guys. They have every reason to make it happen. JimStoll remember when Michael held out the entire 2007 preseason and you wanted to cut him? GIANTT June 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM I am glad to see that he feels enough about his situation that he is working out with Eli in private . It tells me that he wants to make up for ANY training that he missed out on . This would bode well for his play this year with a mind set of doing the best he can and (so far) not letting any contract negotiations hamper his preseason workout and eventual season play . fanfor55years June 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM Yeah. Genius on my part. I may not always be right, but Im never wrong.

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So it is just a matter of him learning those little intricacies of what it takes to be great. I didn’t have breakaway speed like he does. I wasn’t the athlete like he is. I worked hard to get where I was. As long as he doesn’t take that for granted and works hard on top of it, he can be fantastic. It’s an assessment shared by Evan Silva of Rotoworld , who calls Wilson “vertically and laterally dangerous, possessing natural elusiveness, an outstanding ability to beat first contact, and breakaway long speed.” That speed was on display numerous times last year. Wilson gained over 350 yards on only 71 carries last year, averaging a robust five yards a carry while scoring five touchdowns. He also racked up an eye-popping 1,533 yards on kick returns, averaging nearly 27 yards a return and taking one back 91 yards for a score against the New Orleans Saints . That Week 14 game against the Saints served as Wilson’s coming-out party as a rookie.

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In 2012, Tuck recorded justfour sacks, his lowest total since 2006 when he was held without a sack. As a whole, the Giants defense managed just 35 sacks, 10th-fewest in the NFL . For whatever reason it is, I feel more alive in a football sense than I have in a long time, said Tuck, according to ESPN.com. And that is a huge motivation for me this year. That must be music to the ears of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell given the uncertainty surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul.One of the NFLs best outside rushers, Pierre-Paul recently underwent back surgery, and his availability for Week 1 remains in question. Theres no doubt that the Giants will seek to bring Tuck back once his contract expires. Tuck is a great leader and one of the games truly good guys, but New York needs him to be the dominant force he was during the teams Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Despite just five sacks in the regular season, Tuck managed 3.5 sacks during the postseason.

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It sounds as though the Giants and maybe some other teams could get competitive if they could free up the salary-cap room to compete with what the Dolphins are offering, but I don’t see how the Giants do that at this point in the offseason. They may be stuck. Valentine’s View: The snippet above comes from ESPN blogger Dan Graziano. Let’s just get over it. Leach is not going to be a Giant, even if his agent says the Giants are among the top three contenders .. Leach and his agent keep tossing the Giants into the mix in the hopes of getting some more cash out of the Miami Dolphins , who he seems almost certain to sign with. The Giants have no money to offer. Plus, the only way Leach makes sense is if Hynoski is out for the year — and no one has come remotely close to hinting at that. Here is a tweet from Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald about Leach: Expect Vonta Leach to sign with someone next wk.

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So theres really no comparison between the two deals. Id even add that comparing Myers to Bennett as players is not a strictly apples-to-apples one. They are two very different players. The Unicorn was a first rate blocker who had somewhat suspect hands. Myers is just the opposite. I suspect that the Giants will largely look to Robinson to replace Bennetts contributions as an in-line blocker (the role he was asked to play in college at Cincy) while Myers will be used more as a safety valve in the passing game. fanfor55years June 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM Agreed, but I think that Myers can get down the seam pretty well too (something that they asked Bennett to do last season). That could be a great way to clear some space for Cruz and Nicks, and even to open opportunities for Wilson and Brown out of the backfield. And at this point in his career Eli should be able to make any reasonably capable tight end look pretty good.

24) — Oddly enough, the Giants have won four straight games in Dallas while splitting their last eight contests at home against the Cowboys. It’s been a high-scoring series over the last few years with the winning team putting up at least 31 points in 10 of the last 15 meetings. History holds, as Tony Romo throws a late pick and the Giants pull it out. Giants 31, Cowboys 27 Seattle Seahawks (Dec. 15) — Last season, the Seahawks were undefeated at home. The biggest reason was Russell Wilson, who had a sizzling 123.6 quarterback rating at noisy CenturyLink Field. However, the Seahawks signal-caller’s QBR dipped to 83.1 on the road, where the Seahawks were 3-5. Giants 20, Seahawks 17 Washington Redskins (Dec. 29) — The Redskins and Giants split a pair of games last season with each team winning on the road (the two games were decided by a combined five points).

Barber: David Wilson ‘dynamic’ New York Giants back

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Friend(s) Email More Columns > Former New York Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi once labeled Tiki Barber the ” most remarkable back I have not only ever been with but that I have ever seen.” Barber is not just the Giants ‘ all-time leading rusher, but also the franchise’s most complete back since Hall of Fame r Frank Gifford inspired Fred Exley to pen football’s most poignant piece of literature . If Barber is to be believed, David Wilson could erase his records. “He is as dynamic a player at that position that the Giants have ever had,” Barber said this week, via ESPNNewYork.com. “… I didn’t have breakaway speed like he does. I wasn’t the athlete like he is. I worked hard to get where I was. As long as he doesn’t take that for granted and works hard on top of it, he can be fantastic.” After going back and watching Wilson’s 2012 film for Around The League ‘s “Making the Leap” series, it’s hard to quibble with Barber’s assessment.

New York Giants 2013 Home Schedule: Game-by-Game Predictions

So how many home games will Big Blue win this season? Here’s an early game-by-game preview of New York’s 2013 home schedule with my predictions for each game. Denver Broncos (Sept. 15) — The Broncos may be the toughest opponent on Big Blue’s schedule in 2013 (see my five toughest here ). Denver had the second-highest scoring offense in the league last season. The G-Men, who put up 132 points in their final three home games of 2012, can keep up with the Broncos, but can they stop Peyton Manning? I’m not counting on it. Broncos 31, Giants 28 Philadelphia Eagles (Oct.

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“I told them all of the essentials,” Coughlin said. “Count the days until July 26 (the start of training camp). In this day and age, it is about nutrition, about rest, about taking care of yourself; about crossing those days off the calendar. “You have to be ready to change direction and do those kinds of things,” he added. Strengths: Despite the absences of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz this spring, the Giants’ receiving corps has taken shape as one of the strongest units on the team, especially given the very noticeable growth of second-year man Rueben Randle. With two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning throwing the ball, the Giants, who also added speedster Louis Murphy to the receivers mix, now have a group that can potentially create matchup headaches for opposing defenses regarding who to double team. Weaknesses: The Giants might have quantity at linebacker, but it remains to be seen just what kind of quality they have in the unit. Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams are projected to be the starters on the outside, but both have injury histories; Williams was limited this spring as he continued to heal from a PCL injury suffered last season. In the middle, Mark Herzlich had an impressive finish after a slow start, but the coaches tempered any enthusiasm about the cancer survivor grabbing the starting inside job by reminding people that it is a completely different ballgame when players are in full pads vs.

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In 2012, Tuck recorded justfour sacks, his lowest total since 2006 when he was held without a sack. As a whole, the Giants defense managed just 35 sacks, 10th-fewest in the NFL . For whatever reason read more it is, I feel more alive in a football sense than I have in a long time, said Tuck, according to ESPN.com. And that is a huge motivation for me this year. That must be music to the ears of defensive coordinator Perry Fewell given the uncertainty surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul.One of the NFLs best outside rushers, Pierre-Paul recently underwent back surgery, and his availability for Week 1 remains in question. Theres no doubt that the Giants will seek to bring Tuck back once his contract expires. Tuck is a great leader and one of the games truly good guys, but New York needs him to be the dominant force he was during the teams Super Bowl run in 2011-12. Despite just five sacks in the regular season, Tuck managed 3.5 sacks during the postseason.

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One name who hasn’t been on the surface that could be looked at is former Tennessee Titans fullback Ahmard Hall . Hall is a 33-year-old free agent who wasn’t signed during the 2012 season after spending six seasons with the Titans and if Leach comes off the market, Hall might be a better option to consider than most of the other names out there like Ovie Mughelli, Michael Cox and Peyton Hillis. Even if the Giants do increase their offer and have Leach in for a visit, right now, all signs are pointing towards the fullback taking his talents to South Beach in 2013. June 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM Are you guys kidding? This is a guy who we KNOW shot someone in the face and we KNOW was involved in at least one other incident that could have resulted in his being in jail for a lot of years, and whom we now have reason to suspect was directly involved in the murder of an associate with whom he was seen riding in his car a few hours before the guys body shows up at a dump (and who destroyed a lot of what may have been incriminating evidence at his house as soon as he could). And for that he is stupid, or might be the bad seed? The guy is a thug, plain and simple.

This Dodger-Giants thing seems never ending. Arriving at Chavez Ravine for the first time was a religious experience. I was born just a few years after both the Dodgers and the Giants fled westward, and grew up with that legacy of heartbreak that still hovers over New York to this very day, at the loss of the two teams that so deeply typified the adoration New York has for the national past time. I will never forgive them for leaving, many fans still cry. In their next breath they will talk to anyone who will listen about their beloved Dodgers or Giants. For the son of a Flatbush girl, finding the Dodgers alive and well in the still-gorgeous setting of Dodgers Stadium after a 4,350 mile journey was, forgive the analogy, like a pilgrim reaching the holy land. Dodgers Stadium is the perfect blend of old and new. The ballpark, itself, should be getting long in the tooth.

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“You have to put Miami, Houston and the Giants in the first three. “Kansas City is also involved and Baltimore is included in this also.” The Giants have an interest in Leach not just because he is a Pro Bowl fullback, but also because Henry Hynoski is sidelined after undergoing knee surgery. Hynoski hopes to be ready by the start of the season but the Giants’ interest in Leach may indicate Hynoski may not be ready to return by early September. The Giants, though, are limited by what they can offer Leach due to their salary cap. Miami is considered the frontrunner for Leach. “To me Miami is the best fit because of their needs and their availability of [salary] cap room,” the agent said. “I think the best overall fit is Miami, but who knows.

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In February, the “Big Tuna” was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and in June, it was announced that he was elected to the NJ hall of fame. Credits: Subscribe to Blog Remember my Info Former New York Football Giants head coach Bill Parcells has been elected to the New Jersey hall of fame according to the New Jersey Hall of Fame Commission in a release issued this week. Oates commented, “The New Jersey Hall of Fame honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. Now this new Mobile Museum brings this honor to our schools, and reinforces the message to children that they can and should strive for excellence in any endeavor of their choosing.” Earlier this year, Parcells was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will be enshrined in Canton, OH on August 3rd. In addition to the Giants, Parcells was head coach of the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys. He took all of these teams to the playoffs and won two super bowl championships with Big Blue (Super Bowls XXI, XXV). Location:

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Think back to what quarterbacks are told to do when they know they are about to be sacked. See, this rivalry between Sapp and Strahan didnt start because Strahan broke the record, but because of two ordinary peoples perspective on a play that was fundamental, not scripted. Their opinion sparked the controversy, which sparked Sapps comments about Strahan not earning the record, which now brings us to June 27th, 2013 where we are still talking about Sapps dislike for Strahan twelve years later. Whats funny about this whole Sapp vs. Strahan debacle is that Sapp was elected into the Hall of Fame before Strahan. What does putting a former teammates of his over his rival do for him, a hall of famer? Nothing, except make Sapp look like, to quote former Giants running back Tiki Barber , an idiot. At the end of the day, this isnt about Rice, its about Sapp continuing to try to cement himself to be better than Strahan when all Strahan does is allow his play, his accolades, and his image speak for itself instead of his mouth.

New York Giants: Three Reasons Why Eli Manning Will Thrive in 2013

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Moreover, the rest of the unit will return intact, led by cornerstone tackle William Beatty, who signed an extension in the offseason. Improved Running Game — A potent passing game often starts with a solid ground game and the Giants’ rushing attack stands to improve from last season. David Wilson, who averaged five yards per carry in 2012, is projected to start with Andre Brown serving as the backup. Brown rushed for a team-best eight touchdowns despite missing eight games due to injury. If the Giants can move the ball on the ground, which I think they will, Manning will benefit from a balanced offense. So there you have it, three reasons why I think Manning will have a big season in 2013. And, for the Giants to make the playoffs, he might have to be at his best.

Manning Bowl III comes in Week 2

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The Greatest Rivalry That Never Existed November 2, 2012 08:14 p.m. By all rights, Sunday’s showdown between the Giants’ Eli Manning and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger should be the latest instalment in one of the league’s marquee rivalries. But it will be only the third time they’ve faced off since they were drafted in 2004. Eli Wins: Yay, Whatever October 24, 2012 11:58 a.m. Manning may not be built for New York City, but nobody cares if he keeps up his late game comebacks, Jason Gay writes. Another Ho-Hum Giants Comeback October 22, 2012 10:57 a.m. Defensive end Justin Tuck is so accustomed to Eli Manning’s fourth-quarter comebacks that he hardly reacted when he saw Victor Cruz spike the ball in the end zone. It felt like the millionth time Manning had pulled this off.

Eli Manning Will Have to Shoulder Much of The New York Giants’ Offensive Load

“Victor has to get his business handled so he can get back to work,” Manning said. Neither Nicks nor Cruz showed up for Monday’s team physicals, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Manning and Coughlin have said repeatedly that they would like to have both of their top receivers working in the offseason training program. While Cruz’s absence has been anticipated due to his contract, Nicks’ no-show was surprising because he had not given Coughlin any indication that he wasn’t coming to the voluntary workouts in previous weeks. The Giants want to extend the contracts of both receivers. Nicks is entering the final season of his deal. The last time Manning worked with both of his receivers was at Duke University in April, when he and Peyton Manning organized informal workouts with some of their wide receivers.

Eli Manning calls Ryan Nassib, welcomes Syracuse QB to NY Giants

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You care so much about both of them and for both of them, and the thrill of victory or agony of defeat is so profound, Jack Harbaugh says. So you are trying to control your emotions. Archie relates a story about how Peyton had to do the same when he was with the Colts and they were playing the Giants. Peyton normally went to sackmaster Dwight Freeney and goaded him with: Lets rattle that quarterback a little. He caught himself before he told Dwight that when they played the Giants, Archie says. As the youngest of the three brothers, Eli spent the most time at home without his siblings. Like Cooper, he followed Archie to Mississippi, while Peyton went to Tennessee. It might seem a given that all three would wind up as football players, but Eli says otherwise. Obviously I feel our parents did a great job of raising us, supporting us, and not forcing us into sports or into doing anything, he says. They told us to find something you are passionate about and give it your all, and that has been great advice. It also meant Peyton and Eli went the same route as Archie Cooper was a wide receiver, in part because when he was in high school, a young QB named Peyton came along. And both Harbaugh boys followed Jack into coaching, although Jim also was a highly successful college and pro player.

The St. Louis Cardinals selected the combo specialist who wasn’t particularly good at placekicking or punting as it turned out when they could have had Doug Williams or Ozzie Newsome. Tragically, Little was paralyzed in a car accident following his brief career. AP 25. Rick Mirer, QB, Seahawks (No. 2, 1993): For a hot minute he outplayed Drew Bledsoe, who went No. 1 that year, before fading into oblivion. H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY Sports Fullscreen 26. Bengals QBs: Carson Palmer was pretty good for nearly a decade but very much contrasted with the other quarterbacks Cincinnati reached for in the first round: Jack Thompson (1979), David Klingler (1992) and Akili Smith (1999).

Eli Manning hopes WRs attend

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“You got some work, but I was really hoping that would be a little starter course to the spring and not a substitute for what we’re doing on the field right now,” Manning said Thursday, following the team’s OTA. “This is the stuff where you’re getting to go against cornerbacks. You get to work your technique. You get to practice those things we’re gonna do in the season.” REX: Jets not close to naming starting QB That statement seemed to indicate Mannings is a bit miffed about the continued absence of Cruz and Nicks, though not nearly as agitated as coach Tom Coughlin, who has stated a few times he expected Nicks to be present. Nicks’ agent has said his client’s absence is not contract related even though Nicks is heading into the final year of his current deal. Coughlin still isn’t sure why Nicks has stayed away, though he’s hoping for answers next week. “There’s no change. I have not spoken to him,” Coughlin said.

Giants’ Eli Manning: Duke workouts with WRs ‘not a substitute’ for OTAs

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Speaking in Manhattan on Sunday morning at the March of Dimes March for Babies, Manning said he called Nassib soon after being selected and welcomed him to the team. RELATED: VACCHIANO: POSSIBLE QB OF FUTURE TOO GOOD FOR GIANTS TO PASS UP (I told him) Anything you need before you get here in May, let me know, Manning said. Looking forward to working and getting to know you. We get after it in the quarterback room. We work hard. We have great meetings. Looking forward to having you involved in this. Mannings eagerness to break in the rookie is understandable since the Giants have mostly had veterans backing him up in nine NFL seasons. With 33-year-old David Carr currently Mannings backup, and only Curtis Painter behind him on the roster, Nassib certainly has a chance to compete for the No.

New York Giants: Ranking Eli Manning

Martellus Bennett did a decent job but he would sometimes suffer from lapses in concentration, the very thing that allowed the Dallas Cowboys to allow him to walk prior to last season. Now, Bennett is gone and is united states replaced by Brandon Myers. The Giants passing game will need to bounce back in a big way after last season. A healthy Nicks will go a long way towards making that happen. A healthy Nicks means a more effective Victor Cruz and a more effective Victor Cruz means more chances for Randle or Louis Murphy to make something happen. Even Myers figures to play a huge roll in revitalizing the Giants passing game as he is coming off a year that saw him haul in 79 passes for 806 yards with the Oakland Raiders . However, no matter what happens at wide receiver and tight end it will all come down to Eli Mannings arm.

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Warner ranked Manning sixth among his top ten quarterbacks in the league. The full list was as follows: 10th. Tony Romo, 9th. Philip Rivers, 8th. Joe Flacco, 7th. Matt Ryan, 6th. Eli Manning, 5th. Ben Roethlisberger, 4th.

What Would it Take for the New York Giants to Trade Victor Cruz?

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And if the status quo holds, they’d let him walk as an unrestricted free agent and receive a fairly high compensatory pick anyway. How Quickly Can the Giants Become Hopeless? If Harvin and Darrelle Revis are worth first-round picks on the trade market, then so is Cruz. And if you’ve lost all hope in re-signing the guy and thus feel a second-rounder is better than nothing, keep in mind that the better option is probably to keep him around for a cheap year and then take that compensatory pick if nothing changes between now and next March. But just in case they don’t necessarily want to adhere to that philosophy, let’s break down the current state of negotiations in order to determine the odds that the Giants lose their patience this summer and pull the trigger. Cruz’s actual value is irrelevant, so long as he feels he’s worth $10 million-plus. The Giants had at one point reportedly offered him north of $7 million per year, which isn’t bad when you consider that top-flight slot receivers Danny Amendola and Wes Welker could only fetch $6 million per year this past March. But Cruz has been much more productive than Amendola and is significantly younger than Welker. Even in terms of sheer numbers, the only four receivers who have caught more passes for more yards than Cruz has the last two yearsWelker, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Roddy Whitearen’t doing a lot to help his cause. Welker signed for $6 million a year in Denver , Marshall is making $9 million a year in Chicago , and White is making $7 million late in his rookie contract. Only Johnson, who is coming off a record-breaking season and is one of the game’s biggest playmakers, is making eight figures (a ridiculous $18.8 million per year).

Giants WR Victor Cruz to sign RFA tender, could still be a training camp holdout

Hes never lost sight of whats gotten him there, what made him successful. And hes dedicated to that. One way or another, Cruz is going to play for the Giants in 2013. He did not attend the team’s voluntary offseason workout program, nor did he make it to mandatory mini-camp. Neither of those absences came as a surprise, but it’s still imperative to know that Cruz has maintained an elite level of fitness during the offseason so when he finally does report, his production remains at a Pro Bowl level. Although Cruz has significantly increased his media presence since he hit stardom, Donellan says that the star wideout has not lost focus on what got him to where he is today. Believe me, Donellansaid. “Every fashion shoot you see him doing, hes put in the time in the gym before or after. Victor Cruz and the Giants should have come to a long-term contract agreement months ago.

Victor Cruz rumors: Giants hold leverage in negotiations

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Even though he is looking for a long-term deal worth more than $9 million per season, he was apparently unwilling to walk away from that much. Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News Victor Cruz makes just $540,000 last season after emerging as a star in 2011. Cruzs return presumably eliminates the Giants biggest offseason headache, which has loomed over all their offseason business for months. The 26-year-old, salsa-dancing star skipped the Giants entire offseason program while contract talks dragged on, including the three-day, full-team minicamp they wrapped up on Thursday. His hope was to land the lucrative, long-term contract that has been negotiated on and off for more than eight months. According to a source familiar with the talks, they have Eli Manning Nike Jersey been largely stalled for weeks, though they are ongoing. One source who has been in contact with Cruzs camp told the Daily News the Giants latest offer is worth an average of somewhere between $8 million and $8.5 million per season.

Victor Cruz signs his one-year, $2.879M tender with the NY Giants, according to sources

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And he has one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game. Those guys will be on the same page.” Man of Steel: Tuck spoke Monday about how he’s feeling incredible — both body and mind . But he also said his good friend Jason Pierre-Paul also appears to be feeling good after back surgery. “I speak to him all the time,” Tuck said. “[He’s] doing well.” “Everybody is [also] telling me he is doing well,” Tuck later added. “I have seen him walking around and doing his rehab stuff.” Tuck said both he and Pierre-Paul expect that the Pro Bowl defensive end will be ready for the season opener against Dallas. “He does [and] I expect him back, too,” Tuck said. “He is Superman.” Reaching to Leach: Fullback Vonta Leach is still looking for a new home and the Giants are interested .

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Victor Cruz rumors: Giants hold leverage in negotiations Travel Deals Adam Stites, SBNation Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:46 AM New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz signed his one-year tender earlier in June, but is still eyeing a new deal that would pay him no less than $9 million per season . That deal doesn’t look like it’s on the way though, as one unnamed, prominent NFL agent told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post that it’s the Giants that hold all the leverage in contract talks. “I don’t see any scenario where he gets any more money than they have on the table right now,” the agent said, “unless out of the goodness of their heart they decide to throw him a couple extra million.” Cruz, 26, reportedly turned down an offer of just over $7 million per season as he continues to pursue one that would pay him closer to $10 million per year. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, Cruz is now under contract to play the 2013 season for $2.879 million. More: For extended coverage of the Giants, visit Big Blue View Of course, Cruz could play the 2013 season on the one-year deal, taking the risk that he is able to perform at a high level and maintain his high price-tag, but that wouldn’t do him any good either, according to the unnamed agent: “This year doesn’t help him at all,” the agent said. “What’s Cruz going to do this year other than become overexposed? He could go out there and have 100 receptions for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns and be the hottest thing on the market next year and then they’ll just franchise him.

New York Giants’ WR Victor Cruz Should Accept Contract Offer

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Cruz was tendered at the “first round” level, which carries a non-guaranteed base salary of $2.879 million for the 2013 season. Cruz skipped the Giants’ voluntary offseason program and this week’s mandatory minicamp, but since he had not signed a contract, he was not subject to fines by the team. Had Cruz not signed the tender by June 17, the Giants would have had the option to replace the $2.879 million tender with a “reduced” tender, which would have been worth $630,000, the minimum base salary for a player with three accrued seasons. For a player like Cruz, who has pocketed $1.479 million in on-field earnings via base salaries, workout bonuses, performance-based pay bonus, the $2.249 million reduction would have been a steep price to pay for not signing the original offer. The Giants planned to reduce the tender if Cruz did not sign it by June 17, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network. Cruz, who hired Tom Condon of CAA Football (Eli Manning’s agent) in the offseason, is still angling for a new long-term contract and signing the tender is no guarantee that he’ll report on time for training camp. According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Cruz could be a no-show when the Giants open camp at the end of July.

Victor Cruz Signs Tender, Plays For Big Contract Next Year

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Cruz clearly doesnt intend to hold out for a higher offer otherwise he wouldnt have signed the tender. The ball is no longer in his court, so to speak. Should the Giants and Cruz fail to reach a long-term deal, the 26-year-old star will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. At that point, New York will have the option to place the franchise tag on Cruz for the 2014 season, which will pay him roughly $10.5 million, according to the New York Post. Is that really a road Cruz is willing to go down? Cruzs best option is to sign a long-term deal that will keep him in Big Blue for the prime of his career. Thats also the best case scenario for the Giants, who are maneuvering to keep both Cruz and his running mate Hakeem Nicks as part of a dynamic passing offense. Nicks is set to become an unrestricted free agent at seasons end and could command a contract in the range of Mike Wallaces $60 million deal with the Miami Dolphins .

Notebook: Cruz ‘did the smart thing’

The Giants and Cruz are still very far apart as to terms for an extended contract; about $3-$4 million per yearseparates the two parties. The star wideout has strong ties to the New York metroarea. Born not far from the Meadowlands in Paterson, N.J.,Cruz has worked his way up from being an undrafted free agent to acharismaticmedia darling, dancing his way into the hearts of Giants fans with every touchdown. Hismedia presence in the nations leading market has landedlucrative endorsement deals withPepsi, Campbells Soup, Time Warner Cable and Got Milk. These endorsements are said to make him an additional $1 million per year. He even wrote a book and started his own clothing line. Youare not alone if youare thinking, What cant Cruz do. Ironically, a long-term contract with the Giants may fall into that smallcategory due to Cruzs inclination tocapitalize on his fame. What can happen in a years time? Next year, the Giants will have to signHakeem Nicksto a long-term contract.