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ESPN Ranks New York Giants Uniforms No. 12 in NFL, Calls Their Gray Pants “Too Drab”

May 22nd, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

You know it's a boring part of the offseason when people start ranking NFL uniforms, but that's exactly where we are today. And on Thursday, ESPN released their yearly uniform rankings via Uni Watch, which had the New York Giants improving three spots from a year ago to No. 12 overall.

12. New York Giants (+3)

The gray pants still feel too drab, and it still makes no sense for a team whose main color is blue to have such a red-centric road uniform (a more detailed argument on this point can be found here). But the white alternate pants are a big improvement. At the very least, let's see those pants rolled out for more games this season. Even better, let's make them the team's primary pants.

The white pants, which Equipment Director Joe Skiba brought back in 2013, have been a nice alternate touch for the Giants and do appear more appropriate for the uniform than their gray pants, though those do still flow with the gray facemasks — not that we have any real style sense here at Giants 101 or anything. Either way, the white pants variation of the uniform is leaps and bounds better than the red blob of an alternate uniform they had previously used (last worn in 2007).

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New York Giants Have Multiple In-House, Line Shuffling Options to Band-Aid the Loss of Will Beatty

May 21st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants officially confirmed what we already knew on Thursday: starting left tackle Will Beatty suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights earlier this week and required immediate surgery. He is expected to miss 5-6 months.

Needless to say, Big Blue has a problem on their hands. A big one. And at this late stage of the game, are left with precious few options to fix it.

Having already examined the very limited number of potential free agent fixes, there's no sense in beating that dead horse any further. But luckily for the Giants, they may already have some temporary fixes on their roster and could forego the addition of another offensive lineman all together — although they will need to sign another player to their 90-man roster once Beatty is either placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list or Injured Reserve (IR), depending on which direction the team ultimately chooses to go.

But we digress…

The reality of the situation is that the Giants stocked up on offensive lineman over the previous two years and have an interesting puzzle they now need to piece together. Luckily, their love of versatile players may benefit them in the end as they have several mix-and-match options along the offensive line. Let's take a quick look.

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New York Giants’ John Mara Continues His Support of Roger Goodell Following DeflateGate Decisions

May 21st, 2015 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants co-owner John Mara, who also heads the NFL’s Competition Committee, has never been one to criticize NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and that's not going to change now. In the aftermath of the New England Patriots' DeflateGate scandal, which included the loss of multiple draft picks, a $1 million fine and a four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, Mara has once again praised Goodell for a job well done and agreed with Robert Kraft's decision to drop any pending appeals that are unrelated to Brady.

“I believe [Patriots owner Bob Kraft] ultimately accepted the penalties because he knew he didn’t have anywhere to go," Mara told the New York Post exclusively.

That's not to say everything went smoothly, however. Mara was quick to admit there were some hiccups with the Ted Wells investigation, some of their conclusions and, above all else, the lengthy amount of time it took to be completed. But at the end of the day, Goodell and league did what they were supposed to do and their decisions on discipline are being supported by the New York Football Giants.

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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Clarifies Comments on Player Pay, Says He’s Grateful to NFL

May 21st, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Late last week, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made some comments regarding player pay in the NFL and how it unfairly balances out in comparison to the other three major American sports. The comments immediately sparked some controversy and outrage from fans and media alike — especially from members of military families.

"Out of the gate I feel as if there could be more money up front for the players. I’m not a player rep or anything, but speaking on what I’ve seen and I can see how those '30 for 30’s and people go broke and stuff like that. Tomorrow’s never promised," Beckham Jr. said last week. "So I feel as if that they should all have been compensated for being in the NFL and being on a team. I understand we have more players, but look, there has to be some way to balance that out."

After an avalanche of negative comments were left on his various social media pages, coupled with the countless number of articles written regarding his statement, Beckham Jr. took a moment to clarify his stance on Wednesday and ensure that everyone knows how grateful he is for the Giants, the NFL, his salary and the fans.

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New York Giants Lose Will Beatty for Five Months: Here are Some Potential Free Agent Fixes

May 21st, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants received their first bit of truly bad injury-related news on Wednesday, losing starting left tackle Will Beatty for at least five months after he suffered a torn pectoral muscle while lifting weights. It was just another in a very long line of devastating injuries in recent years, and this one occurred prior to the team even making it to mandatory minicamp.

Although the common mantra is "next man up," it remains unclear exactly who that "next man" may be. Sure, the team drafted Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers in the first-round of the 2015 NFL Draft and he is considered the franchise left tackle of the future, but in a win-or-else season, is he a realistic option to start now? He's only 22-years-old, has never played a single NFL snap and was preparing to take over for the team at right tackle. Couple that with some technique flaws — flaws that were to be worked out over the course of his rookie season — and he may not be the ideal option to protect Eli Manning's blind side.

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