OLB Azeez Ojulari has joined the Giants in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Ojulari racked up 9.5 sacks among 12.5 tackles for loss in 10 games last season, adding 4 forced fumbles. Pro Football Focus awarded him the 2nd-highest pass-rushing grade among 325 draft-eligible edge defenders nationally for the season. The Giants have an immediate need at the spot, and Ojulari doesn’t turn 21 until mid-June. He's a high-upside option for dynasty leagues that favor sack/pressure scoring.
The Giants wasted little time in giving their franchise player a longer-term contract. The 2 sides have agreed to a 3-year pact worth $63 million, with $45 million fully guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That contract would carry Williams through his age-29 season.
The Giants have applied the franchise tag to DE Leonard Williams, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's an unsurprising move after Williams posted 11.5 sacks in his 1st full year with the team. That beat his previous season high by 4.5 and ranked him 7th in the league. Williams turns 27 in June and looks like a good candidate for a long-term deal with the Giants.
The Giants have placed CB James Bradberry on the COVID list. He won't have time to make it back for Sunday night's game against the Browns. That obviously enhances the passing matchup for Cleveland, but it doesn't significantly alter the fantasy outlook for a game we expect to be run-heavy. We'll see if the Browns surprise by attacking the Giants' secondary.
Giants LB Blake Martinez is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He missed practice Wednesday and Friday, surrounding a limited Thursday workout -- after leaving last week's win over the Seahawks with a back injury. If Martinez is out, LB Tae Crowder gains IDP upside.
Giants LB Blake Martinez left Sunday's win over the Seahawks in the 4th quarter with a back injury and did not return. We'll see about his status heading into Week 14. If Martinez misses further time, Tae Crowder and Devante Downs would be the ILBs. Crowder started alongside Martinez at Seattle.
The Giants have placed rookie LB Tae Crowder on IR with the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's win over Washington. That will keep the rookie out for at least 3 games. He's not worth holding in IDP leagues. The team filled Crowder's spot on the roster by signing Jabaal Sheard off Jacksonville's practice squad. Sheard will line up at OLB for the Giants but might carry DL eligibility in many IDP leagues. That makes him worth watching. The Giants recently lost starting OLB Lorenzo Carter for the season to an Achilles' tendon tear. Kyler Fackrell has become a full-time player at the position in recent weeks, but Markus Golden has struggled to stay in the lineup. Sheard's addition might also mean that Oshane Ximines will need more time to recover from the shoulder injury that landed him on IR 2 weeks ago.
Giants S Jabrill Peppers is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He missed Week 4 with the low-ankle sprain and still carries some risk but is available for IDP lineups if you were planning to use him
Giants S Jabrill Peppers is questionable for Sunday's game at Dallas. He put in limited practices all week after missing last Sunday's game with a low-ankle sprain. The team will continue evaluating him through the weekend before determining his status for the game, according to NorthJersey.com. The 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday afternoon will make Peppers hard for IDP owners to wait for -- especially with the ankle adding some risk even if he does play. We'll check his status when the inactives come out.
Giants S Jabrill Peppers put in a limited practice Wednesday. That marked progress from Week 4, where he sat out every day with a low-ankle sprain and ultimately missed the game. We'll watch his progress through the week to see if Peppers is ready to return against the Cowboys this Sunday.
Giants DB Julian Love (ankle, knee) is active for today’s game against the Rams. He carries big tackle upside against a strong Rams offense, especially with S Jabrill Peppers out.
As expected, the Giants have officially ruled S Jabrill Peppers (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Rams. DB Julian Love (ankle, knee) is questionable for the game. We'll check his status Sunday morning.
Giants S Jabrill Peppers left Sunday's loss to the 49ers with an ankle injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's believed to be a low-ankle sprain. Peppers is likely headed for further evaluation Monday, so we'll see about his outlook for Week 4 and beyond. Julian Love filled in for Peppers, logging a team-high 11 tackles. He'd in play for IDP lineups vs. the Rams on Sunday if Peppers misses further time.
The Giants on Monday agreed to a 1-year deal with free-agent DB Logan Ryan. It's not yet clear where they'll play the former Titans CB, though the New York Post reports a source said, "Everywhere. He's a Swiss Army knife." Ryan has experience with HC Joe Judge and DC Patrick Graham from working with both in New England. And the Giants certainly have room -- and a need -- for Ryan throughout the secondary. He might not practice with the team until next week, but a significant Week 1 role seems likely. Ryan is worth a late shot in IDP drafts of at least moderate depth.
Giants rookie S Xavier McKinney broke his left foot and will have surgery Wednesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Field Yates. There's no word yet on his recovery timeline, but we should expect McKinney to miss at least the beginning of the regular season. Julian Love and Nate Ebner look like candidates to replace McKinney in the lineup. Fellow starter Jabrill Peppers also gains tackle upside from the injury. He's the only 1 among those 3 we'd target in IDP drafts right now.
NFL Network reports the Giants will cut K Aldrick Rosas “soon.” Rosas followed being a lackluster FG kicker with an off-season arrest for an alleged hit-and-run. Make sure you avoid him in best-ball drafts. Keep an eye on free-agent K Stephen Gostkowski, with the Giants now employing former Patriots coach Joe Judge as HC.
The Giants spent the 4th pick of Round 2 in the NFL Draft on S Xavier McKinney. The Alabama alum brings a versatile skill set to a secondary that let FS Antoine Bethea walk after the season. McKinney tallied 169 tackles, 11.5 for losses, 6 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 5 INTs over 2 seasons starting for the Tide. He'll be worth a look later in your dynasty rookie drafts and on the 2020 redraft radar.
NFL Network reports that the Giants have reached a 3-year, $30 million deal with free-agent LB Blake Martinez. The former Packer spent the past 3 years as an IDP stud after arriving in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. He now moves to a Giants D under new leadership. DC Patrick Graham has spent just 1 season to date as an NFL coordinator: 2019 with the Dolphins. We'll see exactly what his plan is for the LBs. Miami generally found more playing time last season for a 2nd ILB, though, than Green Bay did over the past 3 years. Martinez could lose some tackles off his elite totals from Green Bay -- especially if 2019 rookie Ryan Connelly is all the way back from his ACL tear by September. Expect Martinez to remain prominently in starter territory in our 2020 IDP rankings, but he might slip out of the LB1 range in our initial projections. New Packers LB Christian Kirksey, meanwhile, looks well set up for strong fantasy numbers.
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