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New York Giants Release 2 Players & 1 Retires

The New York Giants were expected to nix several of their high-priced players, and after a lot of speculation, now we know who.

Reports spread quickly that linebacker Jon Beason and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz were the first to be cut, stating that they were to be released outright.

Almost simultaneously, Beason decided to take the opportunity to announce his retirement from the NFL. As it turns out, the host of injuries he has suffered from over the last four seasons has made retirement the best decision for Beason’s health at this point.

As a is a former first-round draft pick (25th overall), Beason spent his first six seasons playing for the Carolina Panthers. He broke and set a number of records as their linebacker, quickly evolving from rookie team member to leader of the Panthers defense.

In 2013, he was traded to the Giants, where he instantly made an impact. The Giant’s were facing disappointing beginning to the season at 0-6. After Beason was added to the defense, the Giants went on to win five-straight. He was named captain in both 2014 and 2015.

Beason remembers that first year fondly. As he previously stated,

When I came into the locker room and walked through Quest Diagnostics (Training Center) for the first time, I was excited and eager and ready to work, because I knew I could. The confidence and the faith that guys in the locker room had in me based on who I was and the track record made it a seamless transition to come in and be myself. I wanted to come in and not step on toes, knowing that they had great leadership and guys that won championships in the locker room. I was grateful, because I was going to a team that knew how to win championships. That was very, very exciting for me. That was something I was thoroughly looking forward to and I was ready to get to work.

That first year, it was quite a story. We experienced a lot of success once I got there. (I’m) not saying it was because of me, but the timing of it, winning seven of nine, having an opportunity to win five games straight after an 0-6 start was special, and showed the type of guys we had in the locker room. It’s just crazy what can happen when everybody buys in and gives of themselves for a cause. It couldn’t have been scripted any better for me personally.”

Beason has been an integral and dedicated Giants team member, even in the end. When doctors unanimously decided it would be best for him to retire, Beason was disappointed. He wanted to keep playing. In four of the last five seasons, he was only able to appear in five games or less due to his knee. It just wouldn’t make sense to continue, which is why at just 31 years old, he will retire.

Over the course of his career, Beason played in 93 games, recorded 526 tackles, four sacks, 10 interceptions for 116 yards, 33 passes defended, three forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. With the Giants alone, Beason had 82 tackles and one interception for nine yards, despite only appearing in 12 games his first season, four games in 2014, and five games in 2015. He was also selected to three Pro Bowls.

Following conflicting announcements of Beason’s release and then retirement, the New York Giants announced that they will also be letting go long-time veteran left tackle Will Beatty.

With all three of these releases, the Giants will save roughly $12.2 million in cap space — Beatty at $4.2 million, Schwartz at $3 million, and Beason at $5.1 million — but will also add a dead cap of around $8.4 million. It’s also possible the Giants will save an additional $2.5 million in dead cap against Beatty’s deal, if he’s designated a post-June 1st cut.

While bittersweet to see promising players go, those huge savings should make the Giants team of the future pretty exciting to see.

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Giants sign WR Hakeem Nicks

The Giants announced that they’re bringing back an old friend: a former No. 1 draft choice, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

In 2009, he was a first-round pick for the team and subsequently played for five years, making his name as the team’s leading receiver in the 2010 regular season and 2011 postseason.

Nicks is going to be a great addition to the line-up, and he already has a history with the Giants that speaks for itself. He was one of the Giants’ best players during the 2011 playoffs which lead to their victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

 

He will be replacing Victor Cruz, who announced that he will be departing due to an upcoming calf surgery. Cruz has been unable to play in a game this season due to the injury.

Nicks is excited for the return, and expressed his feelings as such,

I’m happy to be here, happy to be back in the building. I feel great, I feel hungry. I’m ready to get on that field and make some plays.

Nicks already preparing, meeting with assistant coaches to learn the offensive system put in place by Ben McAdoo last year. After going through several tryouts this year, he is just excited to get started. And he’s sure he picked the right team.

This is where I really wanted to be. I would have settled and played wherever, but my heart was here. My heart has always been here, ever since I left. That’s why I kept my place here. I feel like I’m just stepping right back into position.

Nicks first game will be in FedEx Field where he already has 16 career receptions but to date, no touchdowns. Who knows what will happen this time around! No matter what, he’s ready for whatever comes his way, and says,

I’m looking forward to it, I’m fired up about it. When you do something since you were 10 years old and there comes a time when you’ve got to sit for a while, you’re not used it and that’s something you have to overcome. I think just taking it all into consideration, being back here where I was drafted in 2009, being back home, this is the way it was supposed to be.”

The Giants have also made a few other changes as of late, including waiving linebacker James Morris from the roster and terminating the practice squad contract of wide receiver Julian Talley.

Morris has only played on special teams in three games, and hasn’t manage to have any tackles.

Talley played in two games for the Giants in both 2013 and 2014, but hasn’t had any receptions. He spent the majority of those seasons on the practice squad.

The times, they are a changin’ for the Giants. It will be great to see where they take this. The potential for great things is there. It’s just a matter of harnessing it that counts.

The New York Giants’ Week 1 Loss

The New York Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys, 27-26 in Week 1. It’s always a disappointment when the Giants lose, but it’s especially so when it’s such a close game. Luckily, there are a few pieces of silver lining we can all walk away with.

For one, it was great to see the Giants hold their own with the Cowboys, especially on defense where New York forced three fumbles and picked off two passes.

Offense was a bit of a different story, but going against Dallas’ all-world offensive line is no easy feat. The Giants registered zero sacks and just one quarterback hit. Better luck next time, boys.

While the Giants may have had the odds stacked against them when it comes to facing off against the Cowboys’ offense, it’s hard to say that’s the only reason they came up short. Going back to pre-season, New York only finished with 10 sacks, 3.5 of which were recorded by Damontre Moore, who didn’t meet expectations this week.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was allowed way too much time to dissect coverage, which ultimately allowed him to take the game in the closing minutes. This will need to improve, fast.

A second positive we can take away from this game is that for the first time in a while, the Giants’ special teams did not contribute to a losing effort. Josh Brown made every field goal and extra point attempt. New punter Brad Wing did a solid job placing his punts outside the numbers. It’s only one game, so of course we don’t want to count our chickens before they hatch, but it’s a good sign of things to come.

Another bright side: no Cowboy with the ball was able to get more than 25-yards from scrimmage. When the Cowboys made a move, at least one Giants defender was on it in no time. The Cowboys’ longest play from scrimmage was a 25-yard pass to running back Joseph Randle. While that might still seem too far, it’s a vast improvement from last year when at almost every game the Giants gave up a 30-plus yard play. It’s progress.

And the Giants run defense, which finished 30th in the league last year, allowed only 80 yards on 23 carries (3.5 avg.) While Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a tendency to destroy Giants defenders, first-year linebacker Uani’ Unga held up alright for his first NFL start. Unga led the team in tackles with 12 and picked off Tony Romo’s pass to Witten with 55 seconds left in the first half. This play would have given the Giants the ball at the Cowboys’ 21 if it weren’t for defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins getting flagged for an unnecessary-roughness penalty.

Everyone could tell that defense was exhausted in the final stretch of the game after being on the field so much, and perhaps that’s what’s really to blame for the loss. It’s only week 1, so let’s hope these silver linings turn into some real progress in the next couple of games.

2015 NY Giants Depth Chart

With the NFL season right around the corner, teams are gearing up by filling out depth charts and prepping for what should be an exciting 2015-2016 season. With a disappointing campaign last year plagued by injuries and a tough NFC East division, the New York Giants look to get back on track to their winning ways. With various key players coming back from injury, the Giants have high hopes going into camp.

The biggest loss for the Giants last year was their Pro-Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz. Cruz suffered a knee injury last season which slowed down the offense, but way quickly picked back up by rookie Odell Beckham Jr. The high flying, speedy target picked up the slack last season after Cruz went down finishing the season with 91 receptions, 12 touchdowns and 1,305 yards. The league should be concerned to cover the projected starters for the Giants in the wide receiver slot. Accompanying Beckham Jr. and Cruz will be Rueben Randle. These three will give defensive backs all season.

Behind center will be Eli Manning which should not come as a surprise to many. The playoff superstar is expected to pick up his performance this season with a full wide receiver core. Manning is excited to have his targets back which should open up the ground game this season.

Accompanying Rashad Jennings in the backfield this season will be Shane Vareen and Andre Williams. This powerful backfield should do very well this season due to the potential arial attack the Giants can have. Along with the running game, the defense is expected to be one of the top defenses in the league. With high expectations, the Giants are expected to head into the season with a chip on their shoulder in hopes of making a Super Bowl run again.

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New York Giants – 2015 1st Round Draft Pick

“With the 9th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the New York Giants select  Offensive Lineman, Ereck Flowers from the University of Miami.” The crowed cheered as commissioner Rodger Goodell announced the Giants pick. The 6′ 6″ lineman from the Hurricanes had an exceptional final season with Miami. Coach Tom Coughlin explained his excitement for the young lineman. “We are excited about him. We do have some veteran players here as well. Hopefully the best will rise to the surface.” After taking Pugh in last years draft, the Giants are focusing on surrounding Eli Manning with protection.

Flowers is also excited to join the experienced line, since he is able to play any position on the line, he believes sticking him anywhere can help him. “I’m ready to come in anywhere on the line to make a contribution. Whatever helps the team win.” His commitment to the team is evident and the whole staff is ready to get into camp and see what Flowers can do. Flowers was voted to the all-ACC second team this past season as junior and helped the Hurricanes have one of the top offensive lines in the conference.

The executives of the Giants love Flowers passion for the game. They described him as someone who always has a smile on his face and always gets into the game, even if it is just practice or a scrimmage. Besides his physical abilities and talents, Flowers is intelligent on the field, his ability to read defenses, and create running lanes for the running back is exceptional.

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