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Shaun Williams Will Announce Second-Round Pick for New York Giants

April 25th, 2015 at 2:55 PM
By Dan Benton

As they've done in years past, the NFL will allow each team to invite back one of their former players to announce a specified draft pick. This year, said players will be on the stage to announce all Round 2 picks for each NFL team, and getting the honor for the New York Giants is former first-round pick Shaun Williams.

Williams, who spent eight seasons with the Giants before moving onto the Carolina Panthers in the final year of his career, is an interesting choice for the Giants' announcement if for no other reason than his name has not been spoken in quite some time.

Currently the defensive coordinator at William Paterson University, Williams collected 476 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 15 interceptions over 104 career games. And while he never won a Super Bowl with the Giants (or Panthers), he was a part of the 2000 team that dominated the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game.

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New York Giants Sold Dwayne Harris with Promises of Offensive Playing Time

April 25th, 2015 at 12:55 PM
By Dan Benton

Prior to signing with the New York Giants, wide receiver/return man Dwayne Harris has several offers on the table from a multitude of different teams. Some of the offers were even in the same ballpark as the five-year, $17.5 million contract he would eventually sign with the Giants.

So what was it about the Giants that resulted in him making the switch from the Dallas Cowboys to their primary NFC East rivalries? It all boiled down to playing time and opportunity, and Harris says General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. promised him the most.

"That is exactly why I chose to come here. They do look at me as a receiver and the things I can do on the offensive end. The things I did in Dallas limited me because I was doing a lot of special team work and then outside of that I was blocking for DeMarco Murray. I was one of the guys who was on the field all the time except when the defense was on the field," Harris said earlier this week. "Being able to come here and show people I can play receiver and the things I can do when I have the ball in my hands is going to be fun for me. I think it is going to be fun for the organization to see what I can do."

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‘The Greatest Catch Ever Made’: Spike Lee Short Film Chronicles David Tyree’s Helmet Catch

April 25th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
By Tyler Henry

It’s hard to believe that it's been over seven years since David Tyree, who is now the Director of Player Development for the New York Giants, hauled down one of the most remarkable catches of all-time in the most crucial of moments. It was a catch that helped propel Big Blue to, perhaps, the greatest upset in sports history, defeating the New England Patriots, who were 18-0 at the time, 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII.

Several years later in 2014, Rob Gronkowski made a catch that his quarterback, Tom Brady, deemed “the best catch he had ever seen.” After Brady’s comments, famous director and producer, Spike Lee, was inspired to make a documentary about the true greatest catch ever. Subsequently, Lee created a short 30-minute film that examined the David Tyree catch, which premiered this past Sunday at the Tribeca Film festival. Lee’s desire to make the film was aided by his hatred for Boston teams as he mentioned at the premiere.

"Brady said it was the greatest catch he ever saw," Lee said. "I said, no, no, no, and I made this film. That's it."

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Jonathan Casillas Determined to Take Over as Starting Linebacker for New York Giants

April 25th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Billy Javed

Jonathan Casillas may not be a recognizable name, but there’s no denying his success thus far. The 27-year-old linebacker has already earned two Super Bowl rings in 2009 and 2014 with the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots respectively. And his key second half onside kick recovery in Super Bowl XLIV solidified his value as a special teams player.

The Jersey City native now finds himself playing for his hometown team and expects to be more than a special teams contributor. Perhaps the New York Giants view him as more than just that as well considering the three-year $10.5 million deal he inked with the team. If not, the Giants invested heavily in special teams this offseason as Dwayne Harris also signed a hefty contract.

Perhaps the team is going all in this season and attempting to succeed in all facets of the game, therefore investing heavily in special teams. On the other hand, it is possible the Giants view Casillas as a role player or even possibly a starter should injuries occur at the linebacker position.

Injuries or not, Casillas knows what he’s preparing for.

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New York Giants Had Requested not to Play During Rosh Hashanah, but NFL Scheduled Them Anyway

April 25th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants will open the 2015 season on the road at AT&T Stadium against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, September 13th at 8:30 PM ET — exactly one hour and 21 minutes after the official start to Rosh Hashanah. the Jewish New Year.

As a result of the schedule, observant Jewish Giants fans will almost certainly miss the game, which is something co-owner John Mara fought hard to avoid. As he does every single year, Mara put in a request to the league asking not to be scheduled for a home game during the High Holidays.

The NFL granted only half of Mara's request, scheduling their season opener on the road during primetime.

"The first item on John Mara's list of schedule considerations every year is asking that we not be scheduled for a home game during the High Holidays," a team spokesman told The Star-Ledger.

Like Mara and the Giants, Woody Johnson and the New York Jets also requested an early afternoon road game. And like Mara and the Giants, only half of their request was granted, having been scheduled for a 1:00 PM ET game at MetLife Stadium against the Cleveland Browns.

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