Two Giants writers for NJ.com project TE Will Tye to get cut this summer. Both project Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Matt LaCosse and Jerell Adams to constitute the team's TE group -- with Adams beating out Tye for the final spot. It's notable only because Tye's 70 targets ranked 4th on the team last season. His ouster would leave opportunities available for Engram and others. We're not betting on the 1st-round pick turning into an immediate fantasy starter. But the departure of last year's starter would enhance the weekly upside.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan believes the Giants are "all-in" on RB Paul Perkins after only adding 4th-round rookie Wayne Gallman to the backfield this offseason. "Any last doubts the New York Giants were serious about making Paul Perkins their feature running back should be removed now that LeGarrette Blount landed in Philadelphia," Raanan writes. The G-Men reportedly "never really made a serious play for Blount." So it's Perkins' starting job to lose. He averaged just 4.1 yards per carry as a rookie. But that looks more impressive when you consider the rest of the Giants' RBs mustered just 3.5. New York's offensive line remains a concern, but volume alone could make Perkins a fantasy starter. He's currently being drafted as RB31 in MFL10s.
Giants VP of player personnel Marc Ross confirmed what we all pretty much knew: The team drafted TE Evan Engram to catch passes. “Yeah, he’s not gonna line up on the line and just be trying to dive block people all the time," Ross said. "He’s gonna be in the backfield, he’s gonna be in the slot, he’s gonna be detached, he will be down in tradition tight end position sometimes too, but the way Ole Miss used him… He can line up in three or four positions, so I would envision we will use him in a similar fashion.” Engram didn't do much blocking in college and struggled when he did. But he caught 162 passes over 4 seasons, including 65 last year. Then he registered a 93rd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. Engram might find targets tough to come by this season in a Giants offense with 3 strong WRs. But long term, this guy has as much fantasy upside as any TE in the 2017 class.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo on Monday told reporters that RB Paul Perkins is the team's backfield starter, according to Pro Football Talk. That's no shocking revelation, but it's notable that McAdoo talks about the 2nd-year back that way rather than saying he'll need to earn the top job. Perkins followed an impressive run at UCLA by not leading the Giants in carries until Week 16. But he did finish the year starting over Rashad Jennings, including the playoff loss at Green Bay. The team drafted Clemson RB Wayne Gallman over the weekend, but he doesn't bring NFL-starter talent. And Jennings remains unsigned. RB Shane Vereen is still around and should claim plenty of receiving work -- if he can stay healthy (a big "if"). But early fantasy drafters should treat Perkins as the top back in what could easily be a top-10 scoring and yardage offense.
The Giants selected Clemson RB Wayne Gallman in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A big part of Clemson’s offense over the past 2 seasons, Gallman totaled 2,647 rushing yards, 378 receiving yards and 31 TDs. But he doesn’t stand out on tape and tested as a 22nd percentile athlete at his position. He at least finds opportunity in a Giants backfield currently spearheaded by 2nd-year RB Paul Perkins.
The Giants added QB Davis Webb in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Webb spent his first 3 college seasons at Texas Tech, starting 14 games over his first 2 years and completing just 61.9% of his passes in a QB-friendly offense. He spent 2015 backing up Chiefs 1st-rounder Patrick Mahomes before transferring to Cal and replacing Jared Goff this past year. Webb tallied 4,295 yards, 37 TDs and 12 INTs on a 61.6% completion rate for the Golden Bears — all 4 marks trailing Goff’s 2015 numbers. Like Goff, Webb operated almost strictly out of the shotgun and feasted on short passes. He does flash plenty of arm strength when given a chance, though, and actually tested as an 80th percentile athlete among QBs. The Giants hope he’s their eventual successor to the 36-year-old Eli Manning.
The Giants selected Ole Miss TE Evan Engram with the 23rd pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s surprisingly the 2nd TE off the board, ahead of Miami’s David Njoku. Engram is closer to a big WR than a traditional TE. He won’t contribute much as a blocker (at least immediately) but should be a weapon in the passing game. His 65 catches, 926 yards and 8 TDs last year all ranked 1st or 2nd among all FBS TEs. Engram is undersized for an NFL TE at 6’3 and 234 pounds, but he tested as a 93rd percentile athlete. He could develop into a Jordan Reed type — or even move to WR and operate as a big slot guy like Marques Colston. In the short term, though, Engram has a ton of target competition in Odell Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard. He won’t be more than a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
The Giants have signed RB Shaun Draughn. The 29-year-old has bandied about the league for the past 6 seasons, never making a fantasy impact. His most extensive action came in San Francisco over the last 2 years. He handled 150 total carries but mustered just 459 yards -- an ugly 3.06 yards per carry. Draughn does have some pass-catching ability -- 54 grabs over the past 2 seasons -- but Shane Vereen figures to get the 1st crack at those duties. Draughn is unlikely to emerge as a fantasy option in 2017.
The Giants have agreed to a 4-year contract with DE Jason Pierre-Paul, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. That should lock in the 28-year-old with the team into his 30s -- and perhaps for the length of his career. Pierre-Paul was scoring like a top-5 fantasy D-lineman once again last year before hitting IR with a sports hernia in December. Adam Schefter reports that his new deal includes $54 million and averages $17 million annually. That would make it very similar to the contract DE Olivier Vernon signed with the Giants last offseason -- though with $1.5 million more guaranteed over 1 fewer season. The team obviously believes that JPP will continue to produce, and we see no reason to dislike him heading into 2017 fantasy football drafts.
The Giants have signed QB Geno Smith, per the New York Post's Brian Costello. Not surprisingly, Smith didn't garner much (any?) interest as a starter. So he'll settle for a backup gig behind 36-year-old Eli Manning. If Smith makes a good impression with his new club, perhaps he'll be considered as Manning's eventual successor. That seems like a long shot, though.
WR Brandon Marshall signed a 2-year deal with the Giants worth $12 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Marshall, who turns 33 later in March, is coming off a disappointing 59-788-3 line. But he certainly dealt with awful QB play. Per Pro Football Focus, just 55% of his targets were deemed "catchable." Compare that to his mark of 72% in 2015. Moving to the Giants provides a clear upgrade at QB, despite a down 2016 from Eli Manning. Still, with Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard already in the mix -- plus a potential impact signing or draft pick at TE -- Marshall might struggle to surpass low-end WR2/WR3 range.
Jets WR Brandon Marshall confirmed reports that the team will release him by sharing a farewell message on social media late Thursday night. Marshall spent 2 years with the Jets but will now seek his 5th franchise at age 33. He's coming off a highly disappointing fantasy football season in which his team struggled to find a QB, but that followed a terrific 109-catch, 1,502-yard 2015 that also included a career-high 14 TDs. Marshall should remain productive in the right 2017 situation. We'll see where he lands before figuring out his draft value. The Jets, meanwhile, will sport Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson at the front of a WR corps that could use Devin Smith stepping up in his 3rd year -- and perhaps another quality option via free agency or the draft.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo pinned the team's offensive struggles this past year on QB Eli Manning, specifically pointing out his 20 turnovers (16 INTs, 4 fumbles). McAdoo also wants to see his QB get the ball out of his hands quicker. "He's got to play with fast feet, he's got to sit on his back foot and be ready to hitch into a throw," McAdoo said. "Things aren't always clean in this league." This follows GM Jerry Reese conceding earlier this offseason that Manning is "probably on the back nine of his career." Manning's starting job isn't in danger. But it's tough to feel good about his 2017 fantasy prospects when his own team is seemingly cooling on him.
ESPN reports that the Giants will use their franchise tag on DE Jason Pierre-Paul. It's not a surprising move given JPP's continued studly performance before injury ended his 2016 prematurely. Durability has long been his primary issue, but Pierre-Paul returned to dominance last season even with his fireworks-altered hand. He also just turned 28 in January. JPP has reportedly said he won't play on a 1-year deal. The tag gives the 2 sides until July 15 to reach a longer-term agreement. Barring a summer holdout, you should expect Pierre-Paul to rank among our top 5 IDP linemen come preseason
ESPN's Jordan Raanan expects RB Paul Perkins to start Sunday's Wild Card game against the Packers. The rookie came on down the stretch, carrying 62 times for 271 yards (4.4 YPC) over the final 4 games. That includes career highs in carries (21) and yards (102) in the finale. “We went back and looked at the film [from Sunday]," HC Ben McAdoo said. "I thought Paul did some good things on tape. Found some runs nicely." RB Rashad Jennings will remain involved, but Perkins is definitely the Giants RB to target in your playoff leagues and DFS.
Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (back) is active for today's game against Washington. He returns after missing last week's loss to Philly, but we'd be surprised if he plays the whole way in a game the Giants don't need.
Jets WR Brandon Marshall (hip, shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills. WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) is active and will start alongside Quincy Enunwa.
Jets WR Brandon Marshall (hip, shoulder) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Bills. He could be held out of the meaningless finale. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday.
ESPN's Jordan Ranaan reports that signals point to the Giants playing their starters in Sunday's regular-season finale that can't change their playoff position either way. Ranaan pointed to HC Ben McAdoo not addressing the playoffs until the end of practice, when he conveyed the message, "Be ascending going into the playoffs." Several players also said they expected the 1st-stringers to be in there. It's worth noting that the offense has yet to get on a roll and could look to build momentum before the Wild Card round. Of course, none of us will know for sure what the team will do with its top guys until we see it play out Sunday. That risk is what makes Week 17 so unsavory for many fantasy football leagues.
Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Eagles. He's a low-level IDP, though
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