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Mel Kiper Jr. Mocks Eric Ebron, Xavier Su’a-Filo to New York Giants

April 17th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN's alleged Draft expert, released his most recent two-round mock draft on Thursday and the results may (or may not) be interesting to fans of the New York Giants. And despite wide speculation that hints the Giants seem to be moving away from North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron, Kiper Jr. has the Giants snagging him in Round 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft before moving onto UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Fila in Round 2.

Round 1: Giants Select TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

“Here's a case where you can accuse me of projecting a team to take the same player I would if it was my decision. Ebron is a potential difference-maker for the next stage of Eli Manning's career, a big target in the passing game who can create constant matchup problems with his size and quickness underneath, and down the field with his speed and catch radius (again, size). The Giants have had four different tight ends catch the most passes at that position over the past four years. They could use a really good one," Kiper wrote.

Round 2: Giants Select OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

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Sidney Rice Re-Signs with Seattle Seahawks; New York Giants Had Some Interest

April 17th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Free agent wide receiver Sidney Rice did recently make a trip to New Jersey, but failed to visit the New York Giants during that time. Rather, the veteran met with Rex Ryan and the New York Jets before heading back to Washington where he officially re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Giants reportedly had some level of interest in Rice, but were considered "extreme longshots" from the onset. Ultimately, they were never able to meet with the wideout and do not appear to have offered him any sort of contract.

In addition to Rice, the Giants also worked out former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver LaRon Byrd recently, but he left without a contract and will now meet with the Dallas Cowboys.

This will not likely be the end of the Giants' interest in free agent wide receivers, as they continue to seek a veteran presence to join Ben McAdoo's new offensive system. However, they may also turn their attention to the early rounds of the NFL Draft — as many have speculated — in an effort to grab another play-making target for quarterback Eli Manning.

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New York Giants Thursday Morning Storylines: Josh Freeman a Good Signing for Big Blue

April 17th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Thursday, Giants fans! With the week slowly grinding to a close, we've returned to compiling some morning storylines for you. So before you press to get through the day, relax a bit this morning and enjoy the following New York Giants headlines over your coffee.

Josh Freeman: Why it Was a Good Signing for the Giants

Freeman has shown he can be a quality NFL quarterback. Just two years ago, he threw for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, leaving some to believe Tampa Bay had a Pro Bowl player in the making. He led the Bucs to 10 wins and the playoffs in 2010, and his career numbers are on par with Joe Flacco's.

Sure, last season was a disaster and his performance in a tough spot on a Monday night against the Giants was dreadful, but Freeman has a record of success (80 TDs, 67 INTs) that no other backup QB on the Giants roster can boast. He's thrown 80 career touchdowns, 67 career interceptions. That's comparable to Manning, who threw 98 touchdowns and 74 interceptions in his first five professional seasons.

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New York Giants Made Calls to More than 235 Free Agents

April 16th, 2014 at 2:15 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants have been the most active team in free agency this year, signing or re-signing more than 20 total free agents. But that's really just the tip of the iceberg, as General Manager Jerry Reese actually put in calls to more than half of the 471 free agents that hit the open market on March 11th.

Although the number seems vast when you put pen to paper, it's really not outside the norm for the Giants to do such intensive due-diligence. After all, this is the same team that lives by the mantra "we investigate everything" — not to mention their old fall-back mantra, "never say never."

The collective names of the players contacted by Big Blue may never be publicly known, but it would be a relatively safe bet to assume they put a call in to nearly every single player/player agent at a position of need for them. And then, of course, probably a few other 'shot in the dark calls" as well.

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New York Giants, Quarterback Josh Freeman Agree to Terms: Report

April 16th, 2014 at 11:50 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants had free agent quarterback Josh Freeman in for a visit on Tuesday, but he initially left without a contract. However, that was apparently only a temporary hiccup as the two sides agreed to terms on a contract early Wednesday afternoon, reports Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1.

Freeman was among several players to visit the Giants on Tuesday, joining defensive tackle Kevin Williams and wide receiver LaRon Byrd as the others. The team was also initially scheduled to meet with quarterback Matt Flynn, but he re-signed with the Green Bay Packers before that workout could happen.

With Eli Manning coming off of a minor ankle surgery, which will likely cause him to miss most of the offseason workout program, the Giants are in need of a veteran quarterback to join second-year player Ryan Nassib and last year's back-up, Curtis Painter.

Although much will be made of the Freeman signing, what it means for Nassib and what it says about Manning's health, the reality is the Giants had always planned to carry four quarterbacks into training camp. And like Nassib and Painter, Freeman will merely be there as competition. The team still has every intention on moving forward with Eli as the starter, while hoping Nassib takes over as No. 2.

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