2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
New York Giants
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Giants were a mess last season but still finished just two games under .500 despite the awful season. Much of this year might depend on Eli Manning, who really struggled last season. If he can get it going again, this team can be pretty dangerous. The defense is improved and offense could be good with the new weapons added for the rushing and passing games. This team should contend for a return to the playoffs.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Some might consider last season a breakout one for Rashad Jennings, but he didn't start from day one and his overall numbers weren't off the charts. We like his chances better this year for a big fantasy season. He is going to start to open the season and has a good shot for a lot of touches in both the running and passing game. Jennings is a pretty good bet to top 1,000 total yards and near double-digit scores. He seems a good fit for his new offense and ready to finally get his shot to shine.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Rueben Randle was thought to be a breakout candidate this season but the addition of Odell Beckham clouds those chances some. Randle should work out of the slot and probably won't get the same amount of targets as the other two starters for the Giants. He still might have some big games but don't expect consistent numbers in his current role. Beckham seems setup for better numbers his rookie season, starting and getting the chance to stretch the field often.

Team Notes

Mar 01, 07:12 PM New York Giants LB Jon Beason is due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the new league year, which is March 15. He is set to count $7.37 million against the salary cap in 2015. The Giants are trying to decide if he is worth keeping, and Beason is open to possibly re-working his deal. 'You're going to do what is best for you and you try to work with the team and do what is best for the team,' Beason said after the season. 'I know when it comes down to it, (assistant general manager Kevin Abrams) and I and (general manager Jerry Reese) will make it happen.'
Feb 25, 10:43 AM New York Giants RB Peyton Hillis was released Wednesday, Feb. 25. The move saves $945,000 on the 2015 salary cap.

Fantasy Impact: Hillis might have a hard time finding work for the coming season.
Feb 24, 03:33 PM New York Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka has been released Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Fantasy Impact: This was expected. He should find work but don't expect his big past numbers. His best days seem behind him.
Feb 23, 01:23 PM New York Giants WR Rueben Randle appears to have the commitment from the team heading into next season after being benched twice in 2014. However, general manager Jerry Reese left open the possibility that the team could draft another receiver this year. 'I think Rueben gets banged on a lot. Sometimes he should get banged on, but I think he gets banged on sometimes a little too much,' Reese said. 'I think he is a good, young player and all he needs are some chances. With Odell and Victor, I think he will get plenty of chances.' WRs Preston Parker, Corey Washington or Marcus Harris could be backup plans if Randle doesn't pan out.
Feb 23, 01:23 PM New York Giants WR Rueben Randle appears to have the commitment from the team heading into next season after being benched twice in 2014. However, general manager Jerry Reese left open the possibility that the team could draft another receiver this year. 'I think Rueben gets banged on a lot. Sometimes he should get banged on, but I think he gets banged on sometimes a little too much,' Reese said. 'I think he is a good, young player and all he needs are some chances. With Odell and Victor, I think he will get plenty of chances.' WRs Preston Parker, Corey Washington or Marcus Harris could be backup plans if Randle doesn't pan out.
Feb 23, 01:23 PM New York Giants WR Rueben Randle appears to have the commitment from the team heading into next season after being benched twice in 2014. However, general manager Jerry Reese left open the possibility that the team could draft another receiver this year. 'I think Rueben gets banged on a lot. Sometimes he should get banged on, but I think he gets banged on sometimes a little too much,' Reese said. 'I think he is a good, young player and all he needs are some chances. With Odell and Victor, I think he will get plenty of chances.' WRs Preston Parker, Corey Washington or Marcus Harris could be backup plans if Randle doesn't pan out.
Feb 23, 08:53 AM New York Giants impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul will be franchise tagged if the two sides can't agree to an extension by March 2, according to a team source.
Feb 23, 02:52 AM New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr., who claimed he played part of the season with two torn hamstrings, had his claim questioned by Giants general manager Jerry Reese. 'I don't know about that,' Reese said. 'I think he's trying to be a hero. I don't think you can play with two [tears in your] hamstring and run fast like that. I think our doctors would've caught that.'
Feb 22, 07:42 AM Free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants) may be pursued by the Atlanta Falcons if he hits free agency.
Feb 21, 11:12 AM New York Giants impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul has had contract talks with the Giants, according to general manager Jerry Reese.
Feb 21, 10:22 AM New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) looks good as he continues to recover from a torn right pateller tendon in his knee, according to general manager Jerry Reese. Reese said the Giants would not put all their eggs in that basket heading into next year.
Feb 20, 01:02 PM New York Giants impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul has not had any contract talks with the team to this point.
Feb 20, 10:22 AM New York Giants impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul's agents haven't met with the Giants at the NFL Scouting Combine. ESPNNewYork.com's Dan Graziano feels that's a telling sign.
Feb 19, 07:12 PM New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) may commence running shortly, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz is recovering from a torn right patellar tendon in his right knee.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has a long road back and isn't a sure thing to return to past form any time soon.
Feb 17, 03:23 PM New York Giants WR Kevin Ogletree was re-signed to a one-year deal Tuesday, Feb. 17, according to a source. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Feb 16, 11:33 PM New York Giants impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul have still not begun discussing financial numbers as of Monday, Feb. 16, according to a source.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Jameel McClain, LB; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB; Rashad Jennings, RB; Geoff Schwartz, G; Walter Thurmond, CB; Charles Brown, OT; Robert Ayers, DE. 

Losses:
Andre Brown, RB; Hakeem Nicks, WR; Linval Joseph, DT; Justin Tuck, DE. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  12 Odell Beckham Jr.WR
 # 2  11 Weston RichburgOL
 # 3  10 Jay BromleyDL
 # 4  13 Andre WilliamsRB
 # 5  12 Nat BerheDB
 # 5  34 Devon KennardLB
 # 6  11 Bennett JacksonDB
 Undrafted Chris BoswellK
 Undrafted Kerry WynnDL
 Undrafted Corey WashingtonWR
 Undrafted Orleans DarkwaRB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 14 7:10PM     at Detroit
2     Sep 20 1:00PM     Arizona
3     Sep 27 1:00PM     Houston
4     Oct 1 8:25PM     at Washington
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     Atlanta
6     Oct 18 8:30PM     at Philadelphia
7     Oct 25 4:25PM     at Dallas
-- Week 8 Bye --
9     Nov 9 8:30PM     Indianapolis
10     Nov 15 4:25PM     at Seattle
11     Nov 22 1:00PM     San Francisco
12     Nov 29 8:30PM     Dallas
13     Dec 6 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     at Tennessee
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     Washington
16     Dec 27 4:05PM     at St Louis
17     Jan 3 1:00PM     Philadelphia
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