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Kevin M. Gilbride: Tight Ends Will Play Important, “Jack of All Trades” Role in Giants Offense

July 28th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

In recent days, there's been significant speculation about the New York Giants going into 2014 without a traditional fullback and instead using the tight end in that role. It's something Larry Donnell hinted at after Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and something tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride confirmed on Monday. But he didn't just confirm it, he took it a step further and detailed, very specifically, how the tight ends will play, perhaps, the largest and most important role in Ben McAdoo's brand new offensive system.

"We're really looking to develop a number of overall tight ends who can do it all," Gilbride said. "Within this offense, we put the tight ends in the backfield. It's a big, big part of what we do within this offense.

"I would characterize [the tight end position in this offense] as the 'jack of all trade.' With having them be in the backfield, having them play that fullback role, splitting them out as a No. 1 receiver or a No. 2, as well as an inline tight end. It's a jack of all trades role."

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New York Giants’ Xavier Grimble, Trindon Holliday Each Dealing with New Injuries

July 28th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

As the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game nears, the New York Giants have been relatively lucky on the injury front. Their major loss came earlier this offseason when linebacker Jon Beason fractured his foot, while rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has also missed some time with a hamstring injury. Beyond that, they've stayed relatively healthy … at least until this past Sunday.

As Big Blue took the field over the weekend, they did so without tight end Xavier Grimble, whom head coach Tom Coughlin said was shut down with what he believes to be a "minor" hamstring strain.

"Minor hamstring strain a couple of days ago," Coughlin said.

Coughlin gave no indication how long the team expects Grimble to be out, but also announced that he wasn't the only player to sustain a new injury. In addition to Grimble, wide receiver and return specialist, Trindon Holliday, also suffered an apparent leg/knee injury on Sunday.

"Yes, he did something catching a punt," Coughlin said. "Hopefully, it’s not much."

Like Grimble, Coughlin offered no timetable on a return, but Holliday was seen on Sunday with a large ice wrap around his knee/leg.

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New York Giants’ Tom Coughlin “More than a Little” Disappointed with Odell Beckham Jr. Injury

July 28th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was not pleased when rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. "tweaked" his hamstring early in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and was forced to miss time. Now that the talented LSU product is missing training camp practices, Coughlin's patience is all but gone as he admitted on Sunday that the injury is "more than" a little disappointing.

"It’s more than [a little disappointing]," Coughlin said. "You’re trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring. It’d be nice to get him back practicing. He actually looks pretty good moving around, catching the ball, not favoring anything. I’m just hoping it’s a real short amount of time."

As impatient and disappointed as Coughlin is, the veteran coach realizes he's beating a dead horse at this point. Whether or not Beckham Jr. wants to be on the field — and whether or not Coughlin wants him to be on the field  — is irrelevant. As of now, the team's medical staff is not budging and there's nothing Coughlin nor Beckham Jr. can do about it.

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New York Giants Kicking Competition Personal, but All Business for Josh Brown, Brandon McManus

July 28th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

A year removed from arguably his best season as a professional kicker, Josh Brown suddenly finds himself in a heated competition for the New York Giants' kicking job. It's the first time in his NFL career he's truly had to beat someone else out for the starting job, but not something he's taken to heart. The 12-year NFL veteran understands it's a business and for the Giants, it's all about putting the best pieces together in an effort to return to the Super Bowl.

"Every year you’re looking to be in what puts you in the best place to win the Super Bowl so it’s my job to make them feel as if they made the correct choice in signing me to a two-year deal," Brown said on Sunday. "A lot of people have asked me, ‘You have just had the best year of your career, how does that make you feel?’ It doesn’t change the business aspect of this sport so I hope that what I’m doing and what I did last year and also the other attributes that I bring with experience and wisdom, that those things will also weigh in my way."

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2014 New York Giants Training Camp: Day 6 Recap

July 27th, 2014 at 3:30 PM
By Dan Benton

After a brief day off, the New York Giants returned to the practice field on Sunday and did so in full pads for the first time since training camp officially began earlier this week. Practice was, as expected, a little more aggressive than it had been earlier this week, and that's exactly what the coaches wanted to see with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game coming up next Sunday.

Unfortunately, not everyone was practicing. In addition to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who sat out with a lingering hamstring injury and linebacker Jon Beason (foot), rookie tight end Xavier Grimble (hamstring) also found himself firmly planted on the stationary bike. Meanwhile, Trindon Holliday was also seen with a large wrap (ice?) around his knee.

Practice Notes:

  • Right out of the gate, dropsies and fumbles got the Giants again. It began with Trindon Holliday muffing a punt, then a fumble on the exchange between David Wilson and Ryan Nassib and, finally, a dropped screen pass by Michael Cox. Apparently none of them got Tom Coughlin's "don't drop the bleeping ball" memo.
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