The Giants are set to sign LT Nate Solder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's a huge get for a team desperate for offensive line help. Solder ranked 32nd among 81 OTs in Pro Football Focus' 2017 grades, including a 12th-place finish in run blocking. None of New York's OTs last year ranked better than 52nd in the overall grades.
The Giants have reached a 2-year agreement with RB Jonathan Stewart. The former Panther fell off to 3.8 and then 3.4 yards per carry over the past 2 years, while catching just 8 passes each season. Stewart is well past his prime and joining an offense that still has O-line questions to answer. It's tough to like him at all in fantasy football. We'll see how early the team drafts backfield competition.
ESPN and NFL Network report that the Rams have reached a deal to trade LB Alec Ogletree to the Giants for a pair of draft picks. Ogletree will obviously start for his new team and could settle into either the middle or the weak side. The Rams, meanwhile, will now have an ILB slot to fill next to Mark Barron. They'll also look to replace OLB Robert Quinn this offseason after trading him to the Dolphins last month. There's plenty of IDP production potential available to Ogletree with the Giants, behind a solid D-line and amid what has been a weak LB corps.
The Panthers have released RB Jonathan Stewart. He turns 31 in about a month and averaged a career-worst 3.4 yards per carry this past season. If he earns a role elsewhere in 2018, it'll be primarily as a short-yardage and goal-line specialist. Carolina, meanwhile, is left with Fozzy Whittaker and Cameron Artis-Payne behind Christian McCaffrey, who averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 117 attempts as a rookie. McCaffrey's rushing volume should grow this coming season, but the Panthers might also add another back behind him.
Giants HC Pat Shurmur said from the Combine on Wednesday that he doesn't know if WR Odell Beckham will be ready for training camp. He's still rehabbing the fractured left ankle he suffered on October 8. The fact that he's uncertain for the start of camp nearly 10 months later is a reminder of how serious the injury was. We'll continue to keep a close eye on OBJ's progress.
The Giants have named Pat Shurmur their new HC. The 52-year-old's stock soared after the job he did in Minnesota this season, leading the Vikings to an 11th-place finish in total offense and getting a career year out of QB Case Keenum. Shurmur's 2-season stint as Cleveland's HC from 2011 to 2012 didn't go well (9-23 record), but no one does well in Cleveland these days. In between his stops in Cleveland and Minnesota, he helped Chip Kelly's Eagles to 3 straight top-12 finishes in total offense. The biggest question in New York will be what Shurmur does at QB. He and new GM Dave Gettleman have reportedly spoken highly of QB Eli Manning, but the Giants should still consider a QB with the 2nd overall pick of April's draft.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (back) put in a full practice on Thursday. He was a surprise inactive after his back tightened up last weekend but is on track to play against the Saints on Sunday. Stewart totaled 23 carries for 102 yards (4.4 YPC) in 2 regular-season games vs. New Orleans.
Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart is inactive for today's game against the Falcons after his back tightened up on him this morning, according to the team's official website. The report adds that Carolina "will likely split carries" between Christian McCaffrey and Cameron Artis-Payne. McCaffrey will obviously dominate the pass-catching work.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is active for today's game against Washington. He entered the day questionable with finger and back issues. Pierre-Paul played through the finger injury last week, so the back problem seems like the bigger question mark. That injury adds risk, so weigh JPP against your other IDP options.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, listed with finger and back injuries. He played through the finger issue in Week 16 but missed practice all this week while dealing with the back problem. We'll update his status Sunday morning.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (neck) is out for Sunday's game against the Redskins. WR Tavarres King (concussion) is also out, leaving Roger Lewis and Travis Rudolph as New York's top 2 WRs. Lewis has racked up 32 targets and 15 catches over the past 3 weeks. He's a lower-end WR3 option in PPR leagues.
Giants TE Evan Engram (ribs) is out for Sunday's finale against the Redskins. He finishes an impressive rookie season with 64 catches, 722 yards and 6 TDs. Rhett Ellison figures to operate as New York's lead TE this weekend but would be a desperation fantasy play.
Giants HC Steve Spagnuolo said Wednesday that his "hope" is that QB Eli Manning plays all of this weekend's game against the Redskins. We're not sure why he needs to "hope" anything -- if he wants Manning to play the entire game, Manning will play the entire game. He's still not better than a low-end QB2, especially with WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram banged up.
Giants WR Sterling Shepard (neck) and TE Evan Engram (ribs) missed Wednesday's practice. Engram is dealing with bruised ribs; we haven't gotten an update on Shepard's injury. Both guys are iffy for Sunday's finale vs. the Redskins.
X-rays on Giants TE Evan Engram's ribs came back clean, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That gives the rookie a shot to play in Sunday's finale against the Redskins, although the Giants could just decide to shut him down. We'll continue to track the situation.
Giants S Landon Collins suffered a right forearm fracture in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. He didn't know as of Monday whether the injury will require surgery, but it obviously ends his 2017 season. Andrew Adams will likely start in Collins' place against Washington in Week 17.
Giants interim HC Steve Spagnuolo said QB Eli Manning will start Sunday's finale against the Redskins but suggested that QB Davis Webb could also get some action. "Eli will start, and then we'll probably take it bit by bit," Spagnuolo said. "We just take it and see how it goes." It makes plenty of sense for the Giants to get a look at their 3rd-round rookie. Webb reportedly got some 1st-team reps in practice last week. This will be a situation to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) and S Landon Collins (ankle) are active for today’s game against he Cardinals. Collins remains risky, though, after playing less than 30% of the snaps last week
Giants S Landon Collins is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He played through a "doubtful" tag in last Sunday's loss to the Eagles but perhaps shouldn't have. Collins made it through just 27% of the snaps before re-injuring the joint and leaving. Collins is too big a risk for most IDP leagues this week.
The Giants have ruled LB B.J. Goodson out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He wouldn't have been an IDP option if active, but his absence makes it easier to use Giants LB Kelvin Sheppard in fantasy lineups. Sheppard has played 78% of the snaps or more in 4 straight appearances.
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