The New York Post's Paul Schwartz considers Giants WR Odell Beckham (quad) "likely" to miss the final 2 games of the season. Beckham's quad contusion is "showing little or no improvement." And the Giants, of course, have no reason to push him back out there. TE Evan Engram has been the biggest beneficiary of Beckham's absence over the past 2 weeks, totaling 17 targets, 11 catches and 152 yards.
The Giants have ruled WR Odell Beckham out for Sunday’s game at Washington. Beckham shows up on the Friday injury report as a limited participant after sustaining a quad bruise. The team today determined that he won’t be able to play. That obviously raises the target ceilings for WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram, while also lowering the fantasy floor for QB Eli Manning. Fortunately, he didn’t look attractive for lineups anyway. The loss of 1 of the Giants’ 2 best players also raises the floor for the Washington defense, which is a decent streaming option.
The Giants selected Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Lauletta was a 3-year starter for the Spiders, finishing his college career with a 63.5% completion rate and 73 TDs vs. 35 INTs. He boosted his stock with a strong Senior Bowl performance, completing 8 of 12 passes for 198 yards and 3 TDs. Lauletta has average arm strength but a quick release and good accuracy. He also tested as a 67th percentile athlete, so there could be some hidden rushing ability. New York is a nice landing spot, where Lauletta will have a shot to develop into Eli Manning’s successor.
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 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.
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 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.
The Giants are expected to go back to QB Eli Manning following the firing of HC Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. What a mess. Manning is sitting 29th among QBs in fantasy points per game and won't be more than a lower-end QB2 for Week 14. His return at least stabilizes the fantasy outlooks for WR Sterling Shepard and TE Evan Engram.
The Giants are benching QB Eli Manning in favor of QB Geno Smith for Week 13, HC Ben McAdoo announced on Tuesday. And it sounds like Manning might be riding pine for the rest of the season because the G-Men also want to get a look at rookie QB Davis Webb. “Geno will start this week,” McAdoo said. “Over the last five games, we will take a look at Geno, and we will also give Davis an opportunity.” Manning has completed a decent 62.5% of his passes this season but averaged just 6.1 yards per attempt. How much of the blame belongs to him vs. his supporting cast is debatable. What's not debatable is that the Giants need to start planning for the future with Manning turning 37 in January. Smith's last significant action came in 2014 -- and it wasn't pretty: 59.7% completion rate, 6.9 yards per attempt, 13 TDs, 13 INTs. He brings rushing ability and has a plus matchup vs. Oakland this Sunday. But Smith can't be trusted as more than a low-end QB2.
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.
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'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.
The forecast for today's Lions-Giants game calls for a 65% chance of rain with winds of 10-20 mph. Not ideal. It's especially concerning for Lions QB Matt Stafford, who will be playing with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He's no better than a mid-range QB2 for Week 15.
Giants QB Eli Manning threw for a mere 193 yards in Sunday night's win over the Cowboys. His lone score came on a 61-yard catch-and-run that saw WR Odell Beckham do most of the work. Manning did throw an off-target INT inside the red zone and lose a fumble in the pocket despite no apparent contact. It was not a confidence-building outing for Manning's fantasy football owners, heading into a Sunday showdown with the Lions. Detroit has played QBs tough in the 2nd half, most notably holding Drew Brees to 0 TD passes and 3 INTs in Week 13.
Winds of 20-22 mph are expected for today's Bears-Giants game. That definitely hurts both Ks and is just enough to impact the passing games. We've adjusted our projections for this game a tad. Click here for updated rankings.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo believes he can get even better play from Eli Manning. "Eli, I still think his best football is in front of him," McAdoo said on Wednesday. "I still think he's going to take another jump. He really bought into the system and likes the controls he has there. Having another year under his belt with the reads, that's going to clean things up for him. He knows what he likes now, and it's natural for him." Manning’s age (35) suggests he could be declining. But since his awful, 27-INT season in 2013, he’s really flourished under McAdoo. Seeing high volume, Manning has tallied 4,400+ yards and 30+ TDs in each of the last 2 seasons. He’s also posted a manageable 14 INTs in both campaigns. He’s certainly an excellent fit for McAdoo’s system, but hopefully the Giants add some pass catching help on draft day. Regardless, Manning will likely enter the 2016 season as a low-end QB1.
The Giants have chosen to promote OC Ben McAdoo to succeed HC Tom Coughlin, according to the New York Daily News. The sides were reportedly close to a deal Wednesday night and expected to announce the move as soon as Thursday. McAdoo spent the past 2 seasons piloting an offense that jumped from 28th in both scoring and yardage in 2013 to 13th and 10th, respectively, last year and then 6th and 8th in 2015. He'll need to help figure out how to fix a defense, however, that slid down the rankings each of the past 2 years and now faces a free-agency decision on DE Jason Pierre-Paul. McAdoo's continued presence should be good news, at least, for QB Eli Manning and crew.
Giants HC Tom Coughlin has been informed that the team will be making a coaching change, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Coughlin has been with the G-Men since 2004, posting a .537 winning percentage in the regular season and winning 2 Super Bowls. He'll turn 70 in August. Coughlin's departure could also spell the end for OC Ben McAdoo, who has led the Giants' offense to 2 straight top 10 finishes.
The NFL has announced that it upheld the 1-game suspension for Giants WR Odell Beckham, according to FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo. That means the Giants will lean on Rueben Randle and Hakeem Nicks at WR. The situation also raises the target ceiling for slot WR Dwayne Harris and should only further motivate the team to run Rashad Jennings coming off arguably his 2 best games of the season. Beckham's absence also lowers the overall scoring ceiling for the Giants and QB Eli Manning.
Giants WR Victor Cruz declared his knee "100%" on Monday. "I feel good. The knee is 100 percent," he said. "[Sunday] was probably my most physically enduring practice, in terms of limitations ... I felt good. Woke up this morning, no injury, no pain, no swelling or anything. I feel like I've crossed that bridge." HC Tom Coughlin also confirmed that Cruz no longer has restrictions in practice. It's still unclear if he'll play in the preseason, which would be helpful for fantasy owners to get a look at him. We're still betting against Cruz returning to pre-injury form this season, but it at least looks like he'll make an impact for the Giants. That's good news for QB Eli Manning and bad news for WR Rueben Randle.
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