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Expect a physical battle when the Jets and Giants square in a battle between the Big Apple’s two major football teams. Trash talk has already begun as Giants’ rookie RB Andre Williams claimed that the Giants were ‘the real New York team’. Jets’ veteran offensive lineman did not respond to Williams’ trash talk. He’d rather let his play do the talking. The Jets and Giants are collectively 5-0 so far this pre-season, but as we’ve seen years past, pre-season performance does not correlate to regular season success. Both teams must fix issues on both sides of the ball.

For the Jets, establishing an offensive early on will be critical. All signs point towards Geno Smith starting under center, so Rex Ryan and Co. will want to see the offense move the ball. In addition, Ryan is hoping his team will clean up some of their play. The Jets were flagged for seven personal fouls last weekend against the Cincinnati Bengals, who scored 40 points on the Jets last year. The Jets first round pick, safety Calvin Pryor will get the start on defense. The Jets are hoping wide receiver, Eric Decker will suit up for the first time this season.

For the Giants, the first team offense must play better! Eli Manning is just 7-for-16 for 49 yards in his three pre-season games. The Giants are installing a  new ‘West Coast’ offense under first year coordinator, Ben McAdoo. McAdoo was the quarterbacks’ coach in Green Bay last season. Many are citing Manning’s physical limitations as the main issue surrounding the offense. However, Manning hasn’t had the luxury of star WR Victor Cruz or first round WR, Odell Beckham at his disposal. Beckham (hamstring) will not play on Friday night.

Current NFL odds list this game as a straight up Pick’Em. Overall, I like the Giants in this game. The offense needs to have a big showing and I think the team will play with a sense of urgency. Take the Giants with your NFL Picks!

Selection: New York Giants -ML

Eli Manning, Shaun O'Hara Interview

Eli Manning tells former teammate that surgery has made him faster because “I can’t get any slower.”

Ex-Giant Shaun O’Hara took the stage to introduce former teammate Eli Manning.

The pair were promoting a recent “FinDD Eli” contest where a lucky fan would get to join Eli in an upcoming Dunkin Donuts commercial.

With Eli’s track record for commercials being arguably as great as his two-time Super Bowl MVP career, that’s quite a prize for DD to be giving away. (“Football Cops”, “Football On Your Phone”)

When O’Hara brought Eli up to the stage for a brief Q&A, Eli’s first question to him was, “How many munchkins did you eat today?” in which O’Hara, without hesitation, answered “27, does that sound familiar?”

A quick dig at Eli’s 27 interceptions in 2013.

Eli took it in stride and got his payback when asked about his ankle surgery. Asked if there were any truth to the rumors that the procedure would actually make Eli faster, he responded, “Yes, definitely, because I can’t get any slower.” He also explained that because he’s a traditional pocket passer, it’s more about elusiveness in the pocket and his ability to slide around tacklers like “after O’Hara would miss his blocking assignments.”

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Manning made it clear he has no reservations about the ankle at all effecting him in the upcoming season. One he believes will see them back in the playoffs and hopefully winning another championship.

“Last year we got off to such a rough start, but the way the team finished and stuck with each other, we grew up as a team last year. We gotta remember that and bring it into this season to get back to the playoffs and win another championship.”

After just 12 practices at OTA’s, Manning says the team should come into training camp ready to go.

The New Giants Offensive System

“If anyone mastered a new offense in 12 practices, it would be a pretty simple offense.”

This year will be the first that Eli is playing without offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride (retired), who has been replaced with Ben McAdoo.

Ten years in one offensive system certainly allowed Eli to get more and more advanced throughout his career and become a leader for the offense. The biggest change for Manning is the verbiage of the new system. He noted that when making quick decisions, knowing what to yell out to his teammates is key. With Cruz, now the veteran of the receiving corps, it’s easy for the two to communicate with the language they’ve both become accustomed to. Look for this to increase Cruz’s targets in games where adjustments need to be made on the fly.

With so many new guys, they’re all learning this new system and studying together. Old and new players alike have been putting in the work during OTAs to get the team chemistry going and learning each other’s personalities and on-field communication routines.

Manning feels good about where the team is now and knows the preseason games this year will be highly beneficial in solidifying that chemistry.

Potential For The Giants Receivers

The Giants have a lot of new receivers, and offensive players across the board. Along with the new system, that gives potential to see some different faces rise (and fall) to the spotlight.

Manning spoke about his receiving corps:

Rueben Randle

Rueben Randle’s gotta step up and have a great year, and has the potential to do so in his third NFL season. According to Manning, it’s time for Randle to be consistent week in and week out.

Victor Cruz

Manning will continue to look to get to Victor Cruz quickly and let him make plays with the ball.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Rookie Odell Beckham Jr has got a lot of speed and talent. Beckham’s only been out there a few times (sore hamstring), but for a rookie he’s very polished with his route running and his sticks. Manning can see that he was obviously well coached at LSU and in high school.  His knack and feel for getting open, and seeing his bursts and his route running have Eli excited.

Jerrel Jernigan & Mario Manningham

With Jernigan showing some talent last season, and bringing back Super Bowl teammate Manningham after his brief stint with the 49’ers, Eli Manning says the offense has plenty of weapons.

The 2014 season should show the New York Football Giants, when fine-tuned, playing very fast. Manning will be getting the ball out quickly letting the receivers be athletic and make plays.

Going into their eleventh season together, Coach Coughlin still always talks about being a professional and taking care of your business. Everyone knows Coughlin stresses being prepared, and Eli is no different. Sticking to the Coughlin school of work hard, be passionate and dedicated, Eli has clearly left last season in the past and ready to take on 2014 with the clarity and focus that you hear promised in commercials for energy drinks.

Manning is focused on making the players around him the best that they can be, and says he’ll have the offensive team prepared to play every week.

Dunkin Donuts “FinDD Eli” Contest

FinDD Eli event in Ramsey,N.J., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

FinDD Eli winner with Shaun O’Hara and Eli Manning (Photo/Stuart Ramson)

In May, Dunkin’ Donuts launched the “FinDD Eli” on-the-cup promotion, where specially marked medium or large beverage offered guests the chance to “find” the New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning via an exciting on-the-cup peel and reveal game and online scavenger hunt.

Thirty-one winners were invited to meet Eli Manning on Thursday, June 19th at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Ramsey, NJ, where the ultimate grand prize was announced – the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to appear alongside New York Giants Superstar QB Eli Manning in an upcoming Dunkin’ Donuts commercial.

After enjoying a Q&A between Eli Manning and his former teammate Shaun O’Hara, the thirty-one attendees each received a sealed envelope. After counting down from the number ten in honor of Manning’s jersey number, the guests all ripped open their envelopes and the grand prize winner was revealed. David Driscoll of Springfield, NJ was the lucky recipient of the “FinDD Eli” cutout, and will be preparing for his television debut in a Dunkin’ Donuts commercial with Eli Manning. All attendees received a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card, tickets to 2014 New York Giants training camp, and a photograph with Eli Manning.

Eli Manning And I Are Actually Twins

In a non-football related discovery, this was my first time meeting Eli Manning in person.

Most people will say that Eli and Peyton look very similar, which they do. Eli even told a (questionably true) story where he was in a local Dunkin Donuts one morning and some guys in the store were debating with him (not realizing who he was) whether he looked more like Eli Manning or Michael Phelps.

I was as shocked as anyone to find out that Eli Manning and I are actually twins, created from a combination of the greatest men on earth as an experiment a la Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito . Like they say, you learn something new every day.

Eli Manning Twins

 

The 5-8 New York Giants were eliminated from playoff contention after suffering 37-14 beat down at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. Eli Manning remained winless (0-3) against the team that drafted him in 2004. Manning was relentlessly booed throughout the game as New York’s offense failed to convert several scoring opportunities into seven points. Manning will not have to deal with the boo birds this weekend as his Giants host the 11-2 Seattle Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks, who are currently the NFC’s top overall seed, are coming off a hard fought 19-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.  The Giants have a tendency to ‘play-up’ to their opponents and Sunday afternoon should not be any different. “We’ll be motivated because of the nature of the team that’s coming in here,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on a conference call Monday. “We’ll be excited to play against the Seahawks. We try to be excited and motivated for every team. We didn’t play well yesterday, but that’s not going to change the way we play each game. And yes, we are excited to host a tremendous Seahawk team. It’s a tremendous gauge for our team and any team to play against a team with the kind of record and which has accomplished the things the Seahawks have.”

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On a night where the Giants honored and celebrated each of their Super Bowl championships, the Dallas Cowboys left Metlife Stadium smiling as they topped the Super Bowl Champs, 24-17. Tony Romo made clutch throw after clutch throw, compiling 300 passing yards and three touchdown strikes. Third-receiver, Kevin Ogletree, hauled in eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Touchdowns aside, Ogletree made the biggest play of the night on a 3rd-and-12 just before the two minute warning. Ogletree’s reception preserved Dallas’ lead and kept Eli Manning on the sidelines.

Defensively, it was the tale of two secondaries. During the off-season, the Cowboys revamped their secondary by signing corner, Brandon Carr and drafting corner, Morris Claiborne in the first round. On the other hand, the Giants allowed Aaron Ross to walk away and must overcome another season without Terrell Thomas and a temporary absence of Prince Awukamara. The team’s best corner, Corey Webster, didn’t look too great when Ogletree burned by him for a 40-yard TD strike. In addition, fourth corner, Justin Tyron was badly, badly beat by Miles Austin on Romo’s third touchdown pass. The Cowboys were able to slow down the explosive Giant passing attack while the Giant secondary was exposed play after play. The Giants had major issues defending the pass last season; those issues may be even bigger this year.

Offensively, the Giant receivers had a tough time getting seperation against the Dallas secondary. Even though Victor Cruz caught six passes for 58 yards, his three drops will weight heavily on the minds of fans. Coming off his injury, Hakeem Nicks looked a little out of sync while tight end, Martellus Bennett scored the Giants only TD on a nifty grab. Ahmad Bradshaw rumbled for 70 yards and a touchdown while rookie, David Wilson was benched after a first quarter fumble.

Outside of the secondary, the Giant defense had a respectable evening. Jason Pierre-Paul terrorized Tyron Smith and was always in the Dallas backfield. Pierre-Paul’s penetration allowed his team mates to pick up sacks. Linebacker, Keith Rivers looked really good until leaving with a foot injury. Justin Tuck and Osi were a bit quiet, so expect to hear their names more often next weekend.

Overall, it was a disappointing night for Giants fans. Dallas did a nice job of sustaining drives and keeping Eli Manning off the field. Giant fans haven’t watched a bad performance since Week 15 (against the Redskins), so it definitely came as a bit of a surprise. Dallas’ victory symbolizes their validity in the race for the NFC East crown.  The Giants will host the Tampa Bay Bucs next weekend, a game they must win.

One last point: Jason Witten, who is just three weeks removed from a lacerated spleen injury, played tonight. I’m all for the senimental ‘tough guy’ story, but Witten didn’t help his team tonight. Witten’s run blocking was putrid and his pass blocking was even worse. I can think of one play where JPP just threw Witten to the ground and put pressure on Romo. Witten had a few catches, but he just doesn’t look right. I’m not a doctor, but spleens don’t hear overnight. I’d keep him off the field until he could give me a ‘normal’ Jason Witten performance.

The New York Giants officially kick off their Super Bowl title defense on Wednesday night at home against the Dallas Cowboys. In the weeks leading up to this game, both sides have exchanged varying levels of trash talk. However, talk is cheap and the Giants have beaten the Cowboys seven straight times. Going into this game, Las Vegas pegged Big Blue as a four-point favorite. Here are five things to watch for on Wednesday night…

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On Sunday, Adam and I completed our first ever Fantasy Football Players’ Championship (“FFPC”) draft. For those unfamiliar, the FFPC is the premiere high-stake fantasy football league. Entrants participate in 12-team leagues where 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WRs, 1 TE, 2 Flex, 1 DEF, and 1 K are required each week. The FFPC includes bonus scoring for tight ends, rewarding 1.5 points per reception while other positions are rewarded with one point. Adam and I were awards the ninth pick and here’s how our draft went…

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QB: Eli Manning Passing: 7-14-62-0 TD / 1 INT-  Sans Hakeem Nicks, the Giants came out with their first team offense and participated in three drives. During his first drive, Manning orchestrated a 12-play drive, which included a critical special teams penalty on Joe McKnight that kept the drive alive. Following three straight completions to Victor Cruz, which were mitigated by penalties, and one short dump off to Martellus Bennett, Lawrence Tynes booted a 35-yard field goal to give the Giants a 3-0 lead. In his second drive, Manning barely missed on a touchdown strike to Victor Cruz on a third-and-one from the 16 yard line. Some will argue that corner back Kyle Wilson held Cruz, but the referee did not throw the flag. The Giants converted the fourth-and-one as Manning found Domenik Hixon, who was closely covered by Darrelle Revis, for a short four-yard strike to pick up the first down. Once again, the Giants failed to score a red zone touchdown and settled for a 30-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal to gain a 6-0 advantage. On his final drive, Manning threw an errant pass that was intercepted by safety, LaRon Landry. Despite orchestrating two lengthy drives, the interception capped a frustrating night for Manning.

RB: Ahmad Bradshaw Rushing: 3-2-0 After taking his third carry, Bradshaw left the game and went to the locker room with an apparent hand injury. X-Rays came back negative, however a cyst on his hand was broken open. Bradshaw is not expected to miss any time, but Giant fans are beginning to wonder if Bradshaw is made of glass. Bradshaw has played through chronic foot issues before, but can he effectively carry the football and take hits with a hand injury? We will see.

RB: Danny Ware Rushing: 11-15-0; Receiving 0-0 (1 Target) Ware came in for the injured Bradshaw, but didn’t find much running room. Ware broke off one nice run of seven yards, but was quickly corralled by the Jet defense. With Wilson still learning the Giant offense and Bradshaw removing himself from the game, Ware simply served a stop-gap option.

RB: David Wilson Rushing: 8-26-0 Alike Ware, Wilson did not find much running room against the stout Jet defense. Wilson was able to slash his way for two first downs, but he looked timid at times as he broke the line of scrimmage. In addition, Wilson looked a bit dumbfounded in pass blocking situations. If Wilson wants to become a substantial part of the Giant offense, he must improve his pass blocking. Wilson was utilized as the team’s kick-off return man, however, he did not have an opportunity to return a kick.

WR: Victor Cruz Receiving: 5-51-0 (8 targets) With Nicks sidelined, Cruz was the team’s top passing option, garnering eight of fourteen possible targets from Manning.  The Jet secondary took turns covering the Paterson, NJ product, and Cruz made the most of his non-Revis match-ups. As noted above, Cruz hauled in three straight passes from Manning and had a touchdown catch unjustly ripped away by Wilson. It was an impressive performance by Cruz and Nicks’ imminent return will only enhance the Giants’ passing attack.

WR: Rueben Randle Receiving: 1-49 (2 targets) Even though Randle took the field with David Carr and the second team offense, he made his presence felt. Carr and Randle hooked up for a 49-yard strike down the left sideline. Randle chose to wear #82 and his big play reminded many of another #82 (Mario Manningham) who stepped up for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

TE: Martellus Bennett Receiving: 1-7 (1 target) Manning found Bennett for seven yards on a third-and-ten from the Jet 24 yard-line, setting up Tynes’ first field goal of the evening.

Others: In the fourth quarter, running back, Joe Martinek hauled in a swing pass from third-string quarterback, Ryan Perrilloux and scampered 14 yards for a touchdown. Martinek’s score was the only offensive touchdown of the game. 

Kicker Lawrence Tynes successfully booted four field goal attempts.

QB: Mark Sanchez Passing: 9-11-59 0 TD / 1 INT- Despite completing nine of his eleven passes, Sanchez was sacked three times, failed to convert any of his six third down opportunities, and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Sanchez did not have Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley, or Chaz Schillens, but frankly, it didn’t really matter. The play by the Jet offensive line, namely Wayne Hunter, was down right embarrassing. Hunter gave way to two ugly sacks and had a third waved off due to a defensive penalty. Sanchez was constantly under duress and the sloppy offensive line play is to blame. Through two pre-season games, Sanchez’s offense has yet to register a touchdown.

QB: Tim Tebow- Passing: 5-14-69 0 TD /0 INT; Rushing: 2-5-0 Alike Sanchez, Tebow was constantly under duress. Tebow’s most memorable play happened in the fourth quarter when Giants’ safety, Will Hill rushed in unblocked and sacked him. Somehow, Tebow was able to get up, but this hit was a microcosm of how poor the Jets’ blocking adjustments were. In addition, Tebow under threw a wide-open Stephen Hill in the end zone on a second-and-ten from the Giants 25-yard-line. That drive resulted in a Josh Brown field goal, the Jets’ only points of the game. While Tebow’s 5-for-14 effort appears terrible, five of his nine incompletions were drops by receivers. In addition, Tebow threw two balls out of bounds rather than forcing the ball into tight coverage.

Overall, it was a very poor showing from the Jet quarterbacks. Despite some poor decisions, the quarterback duo absorbed seven sacks. If the Jets don’t solve their offensive line woes, it won’t matter which quarterback is under center.

RB: Shonn Greene- Rushing: 11-36-0; Receiving: 2-9-0 (2 targets) When the offense isn’t scoring, it’s difficult to find bright spots. However, Greene ran with some authority, registering five plays of five yards or more. While these plays alone aren’t going to win games, Greene’s tenacity cannot be overlooked. As pure runner, Greene is not dynamic, but given the Jets desire to run a ‘vanilla offense’, Greene can gain three-to-four yards per carry.

WR: Jordan White- Receiving: 3-28-0 (4 targets) White started in place of the injured Santonio Holmes and instantly became Sanchez’s favorite target. White hauled in three of his four targets, which included an impressive catch over safety, Antrell Rolle. Prior to the game, White was dealing with some swelling in his knee, so his condition is worth monitoring. Should Holmes not be ready for Week 1, White will start in his place.

WR: Stephen Hill- Receiving: 2-21-0 (3 targets) Hill started the game with Tebow and the Jets’ second team offense. On the first passing play, Tebow threw a pinpoint pass to Hill along the right sideline. A few plays later, Hill was wide open in the end zone, but Tebow underthrew him.

Last season with the Broncos, Tebow had a propensity for locking onto his larger receivers. Hill resembles Tebow’s favorite Denver target, Demaryius Thomas, and the two could form a nice repertoire.

TE: Dustin Keller- Receiving: 2-9-0 (2 targets) Keller was able to make two nice grabs over the middle of the field, but was not heavily featured. With Holmes out with an injury, many assumed Keller would be featured. Look for him to be more involved this week against the Carolina Panthers.

Others: Running back, Bilal Powell played with the second team offense. Powell demonstrated patience and explosion behind a leaky Jet offensive line. Powell ran six times for 21 yards. Powell’s running back counterpart, Joe McKnight, only mustered three yards on three carries.

What’s up with the G-Men this week? Training camp and preseason are still some ways away and all thoughts of winning NFL picks are on ice, however, in this article, I am going to take a look at two crucial Giants, who could either eclipse their performances from last season, or fall back down the hill a little.

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Today, we’ll finish our fantasy previews for New York Giant skill position players. Last season, Eli Manning post career highs in yards (4,933), completions (359), and attempts (589). Prior to 2011, Eli never threw for more than 4,021 yards in a single season. We can credit Victor Cruz’s emergence and big play ability as a catalyst to Eli’s lucrative yardage totals. The Giants’ ranked dead last in the NFL in rushing yards per game, so the Giants had to rely on Eli’s right shoulder. Ultimately, Eli led the Giants to their second Super Bowl title in four years and erased all doubt about his place among the game’s best. Entering 2012, are Eli’s fantasy prospects at an all-time high?

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Yesterday, we profiled Ahmad Bradshaw. Today, we’ll profile Victor Cruz. Cruz, an undrafted free agent, took the league by storm last season, hauling in 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. Entering this season, defense will focus on slowing down the speedy Paterson product. With the Giants gearing towards a more pass-heavy attack, can Victor Cruz repeat his 2011 production?

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