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New York Giants Open OTAs with Ereck Flowers at Left Tackle, Justin Pugh at Left Guard

May 27th, 2015 at 3:22 PM
By Dan Benton

After much debate and speculation, the New York Giants opened Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Wednesday with an offensive line of Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, John Jerry at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.

That's just how they drew it up, right? Well, not exactly, but even with Will Beatty (torn pectoral) out for 5-6 months and Geoff Schwartz still slowly recovering (ankle), it does provide at least some insight into what the Giants had been planning ahead of the 2015 regular season.

As we already knew — and head coach Tom Coughlin confirmed today — Justin Pugh was going to slide inside to left guard with Geoff Schwartz moving over to right guard and Weston Richburg to center. And had Schwartz practiced on Wednesday, that's exactly how it would have looked on the field.

"I think no matter where I was going to be at, I was gonna play well this year," Pugh said, adding that he aims to be the best guard in the league. "I am for winning games this year and I think this gives us the best shot to win.

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New York Giants DE Robert Ayers Suffers Ankle, Knee Injuries on First Day of OTAs

May 27th, 2015 at 1:36 PM
By Dan Benton

Already the New York Giants have placed offensive lineman Troy Kropog on the Physically Unable Perform (PUP) list and lost starting left tackle Will Beatty for at least 5-6 months due to a torn pectoral muscle, so when defensive end Robert Ayers went down on the very first play of practice on Wednesday, it was a facepalm moment.

During non-contact drills, Ayers suffered what initially appeared to be a minor leg injury. However, he was promptly carted into the locker-room and it was later revealed by head coach Tom Coughlin that he had suffered a knee injury as well as an ankle injury — the ankle injury appearing to be the worse of the two.

"We don't know much about it right now. Hopefully it's not too serious," Coughlin said.

After suffering a torn pectoral muscle that ended his season in 2014, the veteran defensive end was looking to return and make a significant impact as part of the defensive line rotation in 2015, and was even declared "100 percent" only one week ago. He had ended the 2014 as the second-highest graded Giants defender with a +17.6 Pro Football Focus grade.

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Jason Pierre-Paul, Steve Weatherford not Participating in New York Giants’ Organized Team Activities

May 27th, 2015 at 11:36 AM
By Dan Benton

Not that it will come as any real surprise to anyone, but defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was expectedly absent when the New York Giants rook the field on Wednesday morning for the start of their Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

Pierre-Paul, who was designated as the Giants' franchise player earlier this offseason, has periodically posted videos of his intense workout regimen and appears primed for a big season. Still, despite the fact that these OTAs are entirely voluntary and it's not at all uncommon for franchise players to skip them, it's going to rile up fans who expect each and every player to attend.

To this point, Pierre-Paul has not yet signed his franchise tag (something he'd have to sign to attend voluntary workouts), which carries with it a value just under $15 million for the 2015 season. Rather, he's remained in Florida working out with Strength/Performance Coach Michael Alessi.

And while JPP skipping Day 1 of the voluntary OTAs is not at all a surprise, the absence of punter Steve Weatherford is. Generally known as a guy who loves to be around his teammates with every opportunity, it's rare to see Weatherford pass up an opportunity. However, if there was ever a valid excuse to skip the non-contact practices, Weatherford certainly has it as his wife is due to give birth at any moment.

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New York Giants’ Organized Team Activities Officially Begin: What to Watch For

May 27th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Organized Team Activities (OTAs) officially begin for the New York Giants on Wednesday and their very first practice is scheduled to begin at 11:20 AM EDT (which, of course, really means 11:15 AM EDT). It will be the first of the 10 allowed OTA practices and the very first with coach/player availability.

But beyond just the obvious locker-room interviews, there will be quite a bit for Giants fans to keep a close eye on. And as a primer ahead of the OTAs, Giants 101 takes a quick look at the Top 5 things Giants fans should be watching over the next couple of weeks.

OTAs are Voluntary, but Who Shows Up?

The New York Giants are coming off of back-to-back losing seasons, including a 6-10 finish a year ago. They've essentially been given a "win-or-else" mandate by team ownership and the future of head coach Tom Coughlin absolutely rides on the team's ability to bounce back and be competitive.

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New York Giants Wednesday Morning Storylines: Phase 3 of Offseason Workout Program Gets Underway

May 27th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Happy Wednesday, New York Giants fans! And welcome to the return of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and some actual football! Practice gets underway at 11:20 PM EDT and runs through 1:00 PM EDT. Shortly after practice concludes, head coach Tom Coughlin will be made available on the field, while players will conduct interviews in the locker-room. We'll have all of that for you this afternoon.

In the mean time, why not kick back, relax and enjoy some of these Giants-related headlines over your first cup of morning coffee?

Phase 3 of Giants' Offseason Program: What to Expect, What They Can Do, and More

The OTAs are officially voluntary, and it will be interesting to see what the level of participation is after a 6-10 season. The only mandatory aspect of the offseason program is the Giants' three-day minicamp from June 16-18. This will be the date to watch for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who, so far, has skipped the voluntary offseason program entirely to work out on his own. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign the non-exclusive franchise tag the Giants placed on him for this year, so if he skips the minicamp, it would be a pretty good indication that he may hold out at the beginning of training camp unless he receives a long-term contract extension.

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