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New York Giants’ J.T. Thomas Has Lofty Goals for 2015: Wants to Lead NFL in Takeaways
May 16th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Early on in free agency, the New York Giants made it a point to address depth at the linebacker position and did so with the additions of Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas -- each of whom were signed to unexpectedly large deals and widely considered two of the worst free...

Giants’ Steve Spagnuolo Won’t Promise an Immediate Turnaround: “I’m not a Magician”
May 9th, 2015 at 2:45 PM
For the first time since returning to the New York Giants earlier this offseason, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo met with the media on Saturday and immediately took steps to temper some of the expectations that have come along with his return. Rather, Spagnuolo says, it's unrealistic to expect an immediate...

New York Giants Terminate Contract of WR Kevin Ogletree, Waive LB Terrell Manning
May 7th, 2015 at 1:15 PM
The New York Giants announced two roster moves on Thursday after terminating the contract of wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and waiving linebacker Terrell Manning. ***PHOTO1*** The move comes on during the first week of rookie mini-camp and signals the end of these players' respective runs with the Giants. The #Giants have terminated the...

Jonathan Casillas Determined to Take Over as Starting Linebacker for New York Giants
April 25th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Jonathan Casillas may not be a recognizable name, but there’s no denying his success thus far. The 27-year-old linebacker has already earned two Super Bowl rings in 2009 and 2014 with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots respectively. And his key second half onside kick recovery in Super...

Revitalized New York Giants Defense “Excited” to Play for Steve Spagnuolo
April 21st, 2015 at 9:00 AM
It didn't take long for the energy and excitement to start flowing when the New York Giants arrived for the offseason workout program on Monday morning, particularly for the defensive players, many of whom got to meet the returning Steve Spagnuolo for the very first time. ***PHOTO1*** What Spagnuolo did and what...

New York Giants’ Jon Beason Expects to Play 16 Games, Believes He’s “Best in the Game”
April 20th, 2015 at 3:15 PM
Of the many New York Giants players who expressed their excitement in returning to work on Monday, perhaps none were more excited or grateful than linebacker Jon Beason. ***PHOTO1*** After being traded to the Giants in 2013 and revitalizing his career, Beason entered the 2014 season with high hopes. Unfortunately, an offseason...

New York Giants Waive Linebacker Paul Hazel and Cornerback Josh Victorian
April 16th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
The New York Giants announced a couple of minor moves on Wednesday as the team cut ties with linebacker Paul Hazel and cornerback Josh Victorian. ***PHOTO2*** Hazel, who played in just four games for the Giants in 2014 but never recorded a tackle, was waived along with Victorian, who never played a...

New York Giants’ Devon Kennard Working on His Pass Rush Skills This Offseason: Video
April 15th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Just because the New York Giants are not officially at work doesn't mean they aren't working. Already this offseason we've seen Eli Manning and his wide receivers working out at Duke University, a trio of running backs getting ready for the start of the offseason workout program and a few...

New York Giants Announce Signing of Former Montana Tech Linebacker Ryan Jones
April 15th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
The New York Giants have announced the signing of former Montana Tech linebacker Ryan Jones. ***PHOTO1*** Jones, who went undrafted back in 2014, originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens in May of last year, although he was waived a month later after suffering a foot injury. He was unable to play in...

Former Agent of New York Giants’ Devon Kennard Strikes Deal with Federal Prosecutors in Fraud Case
April 12th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Vincent Porter, the former agent of New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard, has agreed to a deal with federal prosecutors in the fraud case against him. ***PHOTO1*** Porter, along with his partner Joseph Vaccaro, who is a financial adviser to athletes and entertainers, attempted to raise money from investors to buy 13...

New York Giants Linebacker Victor Butler Suspended for Performance-Enhancing Drugs
April 10th, 2015 at 4:00 PM
New York Giants linebacker Victor Butler has been suspended by the NFL for performance-enhancing drug use. ***PHOTO1*** Butler, who was already a longshot to make the Giants' roster this season, has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The 27-year-old linebacker...

New York Giants Have Two of Pro Football Focus’ Five Worst Free Agency Signings
March 28th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Earlier this month, Grantland listed the New York Giants as having three of the Top 10 Worst Free Agency Signings -- wide receiver/return man Dwayne Harris and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas. ***PHOTO1*** Now, several weeks later, Pro Football Focus is piling on. And in agreement with Grandlant, have listed the...

New York Giants’ Jonathan Casillas, J.T. Thomas Expected to Compete for Starting Job on Weakside
March 26th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
The New York Giants have paid both J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas like starting linebackers, and at least one of them likely will be. With Jacquian Williams departing via free agency and precious few options on that side, head coach Tom Coughlin revealed on Wednesday that the duo -- who...

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gus Bradley Offers High Praise for New York Giants LB J.T. Thomas
March 25th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker J.T. Thomas is coming off the best season of his young career. Thomas, 26, had 84 tackles, five passes defended, two interceptions and two forced fumbles this past year. And not only did Thomas prove he could play; he proved he could play all three linebacker...

Jonathan Casillas Happy to Be Home; Ready to Emerge as a Star with New York Giants
March 21st, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Jonathan Casillas was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and went to New Brunswick High School before departing for college in Wisconsin. And after stops with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, he is finally returning home as a member of the New York Giants,...

J.T. Thomas Brings “Aggressive” Play, Thirst for Creating Turnovers to New York Giants
March 16th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
"Aggressive" is a term that's been thrown around by a few New York Giants free agent additions so far this offseason. Previously, it was wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris, who boasted about his love of laying down some big hits when the opportunity presents itself. But for newly signed linebacker...

New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Big Blue Completely Whiffs on Free Agent Safeties
March 15th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! And how shocked are we to be doing a "morning storylines" article in the middle of free agency? Well, the answer is very surprised. Free agency does not usually come with such a lull, and while the same can not be said for most...

New York Giants Re-Sign Linebacker Mark Herzlich
March 11th, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Only one day after adding two new linebackers and potential Special Teams contributors -- J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas -- the New York Giants have now re-signed linebacker and Special Teams standout, Mark Herzlich. ***PHOTO1*** "Danielle and I are incredibly honored and humbled to be able to call NJ/NY our home for...

New York Giants Agree to Terms with LB Jonathan Casillas
March 10th, 2015 at 4:05 PM
The New York Giants have agreed to terms with their first free agent and no, it's not running back Shane Vereen -- although that is expected to happen. Rather, the team has agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal with linebacker Jonathan Casillas. ***PHOTO1*** ***PHOTO2*** Casillas, who originally signed as an undrafted rookie...

Jon Beason Takes Pay Cut to Remain with New York Giants
March 10th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Linebacker Jon Beason said earlier this month that he and the New York Giants were working on a contract modification contract that would allow him to remain in East Rutherford, and late on Monday night, that "modified" contract became official. ***PHOTO1*** "I want to be a Giant,” Beason said in early March....