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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.

Dr. Andrew Rudin is a Cardiologist and long time Giants fan in New York. To learn more about his career, please visit his professional website.

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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Giants 2015 Draft Picks, Defense or Offense?

With the NFL Combine ending, we need to start focusing on who the New York Giants will probably be taking in the upcoming 2015 draft. They excelled with Odell Beckham Jr. last year, can they do the same this year? The Giants have been struggling in a couple of areas this season and it seems like with some new key members, they can make the turn around they need. Whenever a team official is asked, they’ll always mention that they take whoever the best player is that’s available. But anyone with a knowledge of the game will tell you that a team is always looking for whoever the best player is for the position they most desperately need is. You’re not going to draft a team of only running backs or quarterbacks. The Giants have always been Wide Receiver happy and we’ve been successful with some of the more unknown ones, hey (healthy) Victor Cruz.

Finishing at 6-10 this past season, the Giants have secured the 9th overall spot in the draft. The Giants need improvement on both the offensive and defensive line. And with no definite return date (or guarantee performance) for Victor Cruz and the inconsistency of Reuben Randle, Big Blue could definitely use some help. What are some of the picks that the Giants need?

Let’s start with the offense. We’ve been wide receiver happy for some time and for some reason this always seems to be our go to. Why not start there. Who’s available? And out of that group, who should we stick with? Pending he actually lasts to the ninth pick, my top pick will be to go with Kevin White out of West Virginia. At the combine he ran a 4.35 and at 6’3”, 215 lbs, White has remained consistent across the board and will likely remain consistent in the league. White has often been regarded as one of the most exceptional players among his counterparts. Another wide receiver making his way up the draft boards is Amari Cooper out of Alabama. Finishing the season with 71 catches, 1,727 yards, and 16 touchdowns, he would make a great follow up to Odell Beckham Jr.

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On the defensive side, the defensive end position has been on that has needed some help for a while. My top pick for this position is Shane Ray out of Mizzou. Ray has been regarded as undersized for the defensive end position, but we’ve seen some miracles happen between the combine and the draft before. He wasn’t able to perform during the combine due to an injury, but he still has until pro day to solidify his spot. Leading the SEC conference with 14.5 sacks, he’s sure to make an impact in the draft. My runner up for this position Danielle Hunter out of LSU. Danielle Hunter ran a 4.57 for the 40 yard dash, the fastest among any defensive linemen. At 6’5” and 252 lbs, Hunter finished with 13.5 tackles for loss.

Between now and the draft, a lot can happen. We’ll see what the football universe will decide to throw our way.