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New York Giants Release First “Unofficial” Depth Chart of 2014

July 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Dan Benton

As they entered their fourth day of training camp, the New York Giants officially announced their very first "unofficial" depth chart for 2014. Yes, you read that right — they officially announced their "unofficial" depth chart.

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The training camp depth chart is nothing new for the Giants (or any NFL team for that matter), but offers very little insight into what's actually happening on the field or what may happening in the future. Most players are cycled in and out throughout practice, being given reps with first-, second- and third-teams, so take what you see here with a grain of salt.

All of that being said, it is fun for speculations purpose. So… Enjoy!

OFFENSE:

  • Quarterback: Eli Manning, Ryan Nassib, Curtis Painter
  • Running Back: Rashad Jennings, David Wilson, Peyton Hillis/Kendall Gaskins, Andre Williams/Michael Cox
  • Fullback: Henry Hynoski, John Conner
  • Wide Receiver 1: Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr., Mario Manningham/Marcus Harris, Trindon Holliday/Travis Harvey
  • Wide Receiver 2: Victor Cruz, Jerrel Jernigan, Preston Parker, Corey Washington
  • Tight End: Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells, Xavier Grimble, Adrien Robinson/Kellen Davis
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2014 New York Giants Training Camp: Day 4 Recap

July 24th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
By Dan Benton

After a violent round of storms rolled through the area on Wednesday night, temperatures were much cooler as the New York Giants took the field for their third training camp practice on Thursday afternoon. However, things heated up quickly as the first fight of camp broke out, appearing to feature offensive lineman Justin Pugh as one half of it.

The situation was quickly deescalated and back to work the group went, including several no-huddle drills that saw the now fast-paced Giants offense moving even quicker than we had seen over the first two practices. It's now entirely clear that the Giants are a team who's going to run a lot of offensive plays, which also now means their defense better be well-conditioned because they may be back out on the field quickly.

As far as today's practice observations, please note that practice was ended early (right around 2:35 EST), so there wasn't as much to observe today.

Practice Notes:

  • Eli Manning looked much better after a down day on Wednesday. His passes had a lot of zip on them and appeared to be, for the most part, right on the money.
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Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul Says He’s Now 110%, but Admits Contract Status is Weighing on Him

July 24th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

As recently as mid-June, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he was not yet 100% and still had minor, but lingering, back issues. Fast forward a little more than a month and not only has JPP declared himself clear of all lingering injuries, but the now-275 lbs. defensive end says he's 110%.

"I'm feeling great. I feel like my normal self," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm awesome. I'm at 110%. I'm not really worried about my back or shoulder. All of that is good."

Looking back on 2013, JPP admitted that he had come back too early and wasn't ready to return to the field, which led to additional injuries, re-injuries and other lingering problems.

"I wasn't ready. But I felt like I needed to be out there because I was one of those guys who was a factor for the team. And with me being gone, it's a big difference. And it was," JPP said, adding that he informed Jon Beason not to return until he is 100%. "When you're injured you're [likely] to injury something else. Which I did."

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New York Giants RB Andre Williams Making a Big Impression Early in Camp

July 24th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Dan Benton

If you're among the group of fans who feel head coach Tom Coughlin is too tough on rookies and doesn't let them see the field quickly enough, it would appear as if you're now in luck. Only a few short practices into training camp and it's become abundantly obvious that the New York Giants have a very specific and involved plan for rookie running back Andre Williams.

Williams has seen almost all carries inside the 10 and in the goalline formation, but has also seen extensive work in the passing game and pass protection. And it's his unique blend of North-South running, speed and power that has his coaches and teammates impressed.

"He’s got a lot of burst, a lot of energy and he’s very fresh, so I was excited about what he did," running backs coach Craig Johnson said. "He is big, strong and physical, and that is what you are looking for. We just have to continue to practice the technique because it is not ever the same in practices and in the game. We are trying to make that as close as possible."

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Retired Giants DE Michael Strahan Feeling “Overwhelmed” as Hall of Fame Induction Nears

July 24th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

When Michael Strahan joined the New York Giants in 1993, his goals were simple. There was no Pro Bowl expectation or Super Bowl dreams and the Hall of Fame wasn't even a thought. Rather, Strahan said on Wednesday during a national conference call, he was simply hoping to make enough money so he didn't have to move back into his parents' home.

“My goals when I first started were just to make a little money so I didn’t have to move back in my parents’ house,” Strahan said via Giants.com. “I just didn’t want to live with my parents. That was my goal to try to just make my parents proud, make them happy, play hard and just do the best I could do.”

A lot changed in the blink of an eye for Strahan, and that once young man determined to leave his parents' home behind now has a new home – the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It's an honor that still created a surreal feeling for Strahan, who admits his enshrinement is a bit overwhelming.

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