Happy Monday, New York Giants fans! Welcome to a new week, which is one baby step closer to the official start to NFL training camps. Although it promises to be a slow week ahead, we start your morning off with the following headlines that can be enjoyed over your first cup of coffee.
Danny Langsdorf, the Giants new quarterbacks coach, never anticipated a realistic scenario where he'd need to divide up camp reps between five quarterbacks, even when the Giants had five on the roster.
He knew Josh Freeman and Rusty Smith were insurance arms.
But Langsdorf's job doesn't get much easier from here on out when it comes to managing snaps in July. Eli Manning will obviously get a majority of the reps, but with Ryan Nassib still developing, how many each does he provide to Nassib and Curtis Painter to ensure both know the new offense?
There are many new faces in the New York Giants locker room this year, particularly on the offensive line.
Following the final day of the Giants’ three-day mandatory mini-camp last Thursday, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty spoke about some of the new players, such as center J.D. Walton and guard/center Weston Richburg.
“They’re getting better every day. They’re really taking the bull by the horn and challenging themselves to learn the new offense,” Flaherty said.
Challenging it must be too, particularly for Richburg, who Flaherty has playing both center and guard.
“You’ve got to get in there and play, especially when you’re young. You’ve got a lot of energy to do that so use your energy. It’s only going to make you better. He’s learning the position, not only at center, he’s learning at guard and he’s progressing,” Flaherty said.
According to court documents, the National Football League has reached a settlement with the more than 5,000 former players who are suing the league for allegedly covering up the dangers of concussions.
Last summer, the NFL signed off on a deal to pay retired players $765 million, a sum deemed insufficient by the presiding judge. So the league and lawyers for the plaintiffs hammered out this new plan: an uncapped agreement to cover the medical expenses of retired pros suffering from dementia and other forms of brain damage.
Many fans and pundits will greet this accord — which still has to be approved by the judge and the individual plaintiffs — with a huge sigh of relief. To them, it will be proof positive that the NFL truly cares about its employees.
Nothing could be further from the truth. What NFL officials care about is the league’s massive profit margin.
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