T-Rock's Take on the Giants

Giants go through whole draft without taking a tight end

Giants tight end Adrien Robinson practices during team

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If you thought the Giants’ pre-draft talk about not needing a flashy new tight end from this year’s crop of incoming players was a smokescreen, well, the joke is on you. Because seven picks later, the Giants still have the same four largely unproven players at the position (although they do appear to be signing undrafted free agent Xavier Grimble from USC, the official announcement of which will...

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10 years later, Eli Manning still at the center of the Giants' draft

2004: ELI MANNING Drafted: 1st round, No. 1

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Ten years ago he was the headliner of the Giants’ draft. This year, Eli Manning still had a strong impact on the decisions that were made. His physical status four weeks removed from ankle surgery and the urgency with which the Giants are giving him weapons to return to glory were two key matters this weekend.

First, the players that were added.

“We’re trying like heck,” Jerry Reese...

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Players 'lined up at the door' for potential openings on o-line

Chris Snee celebrates against the New England Patriots

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Our friend (and former Giants reporter) Zack Berman in Philadelphia pointed out this morning that the Eagles now have their entire offensive line signed through the 2016 season. Must be nice. Because as I pointed out in contrast, the Giants do not have a single offensive lineman that they can ink into any starting spot for the 2014 season as of right now. Sure, Chris Snee wants to return for one...

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Randle won't just step in if Nicks goes

Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle catches a pass

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Indianapolis – The heir apparent to Hakeem Nicks is not so clear.

A year ago Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he thought that Rueben Randle had the makings of a future number-one wide receiver. Now, with Nicks about to bolt in free agency, Reese seemed to backtrack from that projection of Randle’s role.

“The jury is still out on that,” Reese said on Saturday at the NFL Scouting...

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Jerry Reese: 'It was time for a change'

Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride speaks with the

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Indianapolis – Kevin Gilbride retired, you’ll recall. But Jerry Reese gave a strong indication that had he not made that decision the Giants would likely have had a new offensive coordinator anyway.

“It was time to make a change,” Reese said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

As for new play-caller Ben McAdoo, Reese said he’s been impressed.

“He’s a bright guy, well-prepared,”...

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Jerry Reese outlines 'significant changes' to roster

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (no. 91) looks

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Indianapolis – Promising that there will be “significant differences” on the roster in 2014, Giants general manager Jerry Reese spoke about some of the veteran players who are in one way or another on the verge of becoming former Giants. Among them are some mainstays on the team – Justin Tuck and Chris Snee – along with others such as Hakeem Nicks, Jon Beason and David Baas.

“It’s a big puzzle,”...

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Jerry Reese has little to say on big NFL stories

New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese speaks

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Indianapolis – Giants general manager Jerry Reese touched on the two big overarching topics of this NFL Scouting Combine when he spoke to the media on Saturday morning as only he can: Barely.

The first topic is Michael Sam, poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. Reese was asked if he’ll be accepted by NFL teams.

“I’m not talking about that,” he said. “If you want to...

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Giants not counting on David Wilson as their lead running back in 2014

David Wilson lays on the ground after missing

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Don’t count on David Wilson being in the Giants’ backfield next season. Because the Giants sure aren’t.

The second-year running back and former first-round pick missed most of this season with a disc injury in his neck as well as a diagnosis of spinal stenosis and may have surgery this offseason.

“I think we’ll have to have some contingency plans at the running back position,” general...

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Coughlin distances himself from Super Bowl countdown

Tom Coughlin looks on before the start of

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Tom Coughlin had never really embraced the idea of the Super Bowl countdown calendar in the Giants’ locker room, shrugging it off at the start of training camp when general manager Jerry Reese decided to install it as a reminder of urgency.

So now that it’s about as useful as a sundial at night, Tom Coughlin’s attitude towards the daily reminder of days remaining until Super Bowl XLVIII –...

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Tony Romo probably wouldn't like Jerry Reese's countdown to Super Bowl 48

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo celebrates his touchdown

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Hosting a Super Bowl brings with it a certain amount of pressure. The Giants are carrying that weight this year. Two years ago it was carried by the Cowboys. So how did Tony Romo handle that?

“It’s whatever you make it to be,” he said of the 2010 season that ended with the Packers beating the Steelers in his home office.

In Romo’s case, he tried to make it as little as possible.

“More...

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