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New York Giants Sign Eight Players to Reserve/Futures Contracts

December 31st, 2013 at 10:00 AM
By Dan Benton

On Monday, the New York Giants announced their first series of offseason transactions with the signing of eight players to Reserve/Futures contracts. And, as is most commonly the case with the first group of Reserve/Futures players, all eight had been on Big Blue's practice squad.

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The players signed include defensive end Kendrick Adams, tackle Steven Baker, running back Kendall Gaskins, wide receiver Marcus Harris and defensive backs Travis Howard, Junior Mertile, Chaz Powell and Ross Weaver.

Of the players signed, Harris has the most NFL experience, having been with both the Giants and Detroit Lions over the last two seasons. Behind him, Powell, Weaver, Adams and Baker each have one year of experience, with Gaskins, Howard and Mertile all, essentially, rookies.

Prior to joining the Giants earlier this year, Gaskins had spent time with both the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans, while Howard spent time with the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.


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Tags: Chaz Powell, Football, Junior Mertile, Kendall Gaskins, Kendrick Adams, Marcus Harris, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ross Weaver, Steven Baker, Travis Howard

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11 Responses to “New York Giants Sign Eight Players to Reserve/Futures Contracts”

  1.  jfunk says:

    Repost, missed the update:

    Jim – Good post earlier, I agree with just about everything.

    To add to the Gilbride/Coughlin quandary though, I think perhaps that firing the coordinator can be considered a “consequence” for Coughlin’s failure in that department, as opposed to him getting off “scott free”.

    Bringing in a new coordinator is forcing a nearly full reevaluation of the offensive system and making it crystal clear to the HC that changes are required. They’re not forcing you to bring in a new guy just to call the same plays faster, they’re forcing you to re-implement your system from the top down because it is systematically “broken” as Mara said.

    In other words, you can still like Coughlin as the guy standing at the front of the room, but tell him directly that his failure to properly manage the offensive system is unacceptable. Having to go fire a guy that you appointed because the system you told him to implement failed is certainly a painful experience and one that should lead to a detailed evaluation of the entire system before you implement it again with a new guy.

    I’m not saying this is how it would go down, I’m just saying that I don’t think firing Gilbride would necessarily be tantamount to using him as a scapegoat. It would be a direct indictment of Coughlin’s offensive system and a clear message that they expect Tom to change, rather than just change the name on the coordinator’s door.

  2.  kujo says:


    The Bucs faced a similar dilemma to us in 2013–they lost several of their offensive weapons to injury (not the least of which was Doug Martin and Carl Nicks). What made them worse was they had one noodle-armed QB and another ostrich-looking “just a guy” playing QB.

    I don’t fault Sullivan for that. Put him on this team, with our weapons, and it’s a different ball game.

    Also, for a little dose of reality, Gilbride’s scheme netted us a top 10 offensive 5 of the last 7 years. Is he perfect? Hell no! Do I want him gone? Hell yes! But it’s not the scheme that’s the problem–it’s the man, and his pathological aversion to anything resembling creativity, outside-the-box thinking and adaptability. If Sullivan is different–and, judging by the results of his tutelage of Eli, I think he might be–than he could be the perfect replacement, a guy who would bring with him many of the same reads and plays, but with a few different wrinkles.

    •  kujo says:

      They also had a terrible coach in Schiano, who might be the biggest jagoff in the NFL–well, not anymore.

      So I’d be hesitant to place the lionshare of the blame for the output of the 2013 Buccaneer offense on Sullivan, in the same way I do not blame Gilbride for what happened to ours this year. The difference is that there is a specific, targeted problem with Gilbride, an issue that has been glaring for nearly his entire tenure here. And a change is needed.

    •  Krow says:

      I was going to make that same point about Gilbride … he sucked so bad we only won two Superbowls with his offense. But I do agree that his act is getting old.

      Even Fewell … we won with him too. I just hate the passive nature of his schemes.

      •  kujo says:

        8th in total defense in 2013.

        Really hope he gets a few “Rooney Rule” interviews. He’s a coordinator with a specific ideology that, when executed by a specific type of player, can be perfectly adequate. His players seem to like–not love–him, and he is a perfectly competent individual. 3 or 4 years under Coughlin will look excellent on his resume, as will the Mara family endorsement.

        Go Perry, go!

      •  kujo says:

        This issue I have with Gilbride is that he is one note and doesn’t adapt. It’s like he has a plan going into every game, and if it works, we win, but if it’s not working, he shrugs his shoulders at halftime and says “dammit, we gotta do the same thing HARDER!”

        Zero adaptability. Zero innovation. “Here’s the sandwich. Eat it.”

    •  turkish says:

      Good points about Sullivan. Especially that the philosophy would stay in tact with a different approach.

  3.  kujo says:

    But seriously…really glad to see norm pop his head up, ever so briefly. You gotta keep in touch if you can, pal. Your G101 family has been worried about its resident ombudsman.

  4.  BleedingBlueSince04 says:

    Of guard Chris Snee, who has had two hip surgeries in recent seasons and will command a hefty salary if he is on the team next year, Reese said, “He has to decide if he still wants to play.”

    Guess only way we get snee off the books is retirement

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