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New York Giants Have Two of Pro Football Focus’ Five Worst Free Agency Signings
March 28th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Earlier this month, Grantland listed the New York Giants as having three of the Top 10 Worst Free Agency Signings -- wide receiver/return man Dwayne Harris and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas. ***PHOTO1*** Now, several weeks later, Pro Football Focus is piling on. And in agreement with Grandlant, have listed the...

New York Giants’ Jonathan Casillas, J.T. Thomas Expected to Compete for Starting Job on Weakside
March 26th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
The New York Giants have paid both J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas like starting linebackers, and at least one of them likely will be. With Jacquian Williams departing via free agency and precious few options on that side, head coach Tom Coughlin revealed on Wednesday that the duo -- who...

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Gus Bradley Offers High Praise for New York Giants LB J.T. Thomas
March 25th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker J.T. Thomas is coming off the best season of his young career. Thomas, 26, had 84 tackles, five passes defended, two interceptions and two forced fumbles this past year. And not only did Thomas prove he could play; he proved he could play all three linebacker...

Jonathan Casillas Happy to Be Home; Ready to Emerge as a Star with New York Giants
March 21st, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Jonathan Casillas was born in Jersey City, New Jersey and went to New Brunswick High School before departing for college in Wisconsin. And after stops with the New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, he is finally returning home as a member of the New York Giants,...

J.T. Thomas Brings “Aggressive” Play, Thirst for Creating Turnovers to New York Giants
March 16th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
"Aggressive" is a term that's been thrown around by a few New York Giants free agent additions so far this offseason. Previously, it was wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris, who boasted about his love of laying down some big hits when the opportunity presents itself. But for newly signed linebacker...

New York Giants Sunday Morning Storylines: Big Blue Completely Whiffs on Free Agent Safeties
March 15th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Happy Sunday, New York Giants fans! And how shocked are we to be doing a "morning storylines" article in the middle of free agency? Well, the answer is very surprised. Free agency does not usually come with such a lull, and while the same can not be said for most...

New York Giants Re-Sign Linebacker Mark Herzlich
March 11th, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Only one day after adding two new linebackers and potential Special Teams contributors -- J.T. Thomas and Jonathan Casillas -- the New York Giants have now re-signed linebacker and Special Teams standout, Mark Herzlich. ***PHOTO1*** "Danielle and I are incredibly honored and humbled to be able to call NJ/NY our home for...

New York Giants Agree to Terms with LB Jonathan Casillas
March 10th, 2015 at 4:05 PM
The New York Giants have agreed to terms with their first free agent and no, it's not running back Shane Vereen -- although that is expected to happen. Rather, the team has agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million deal with linebacker Jonathan Casillas. ***PHOTO1*** ***PHOTO2*** Casillas, who originally signed as an undrafted rookie...

Jon Beason Takes Pay Cut to Remain with New York Giants
March 10th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Linebacker Jon Beason said earlier this month that he and the New York Giants were working on a contract modification contract that would allow him to remain in East Rutherford, and late on Monday night, that "modified" contract became official. ***PHOTO1*** "I want to be a Giant,” Beason said in early March....

New York Giants May Target Linebacker Brooks Reed
March 8th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
While much of the initial "legal tampering" focus has been spent on defensive linemen and safeties, the New York Giants are heading into the 2015 free agency period with an additional interest in linebackers. ***PHOTO1*** Beyond just trying to restructure the contract of Jon Beason, the Giants must also decide on the...

New York Giants’ Jameel McClain a Finalist for NFLPA’s Byron “Whizzer” White Award
March 7th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
New York Giants linebacker Jameel McClain has been named one of five finalists for the NFLPA's Byron "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award, which honors the player who best serves his team, community and country. ***PHOTO1*** In addition to McClain, other finalists include Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, Minnesota...

Linebacker Jacquian Williams not Returning to New York Giants?
March 4th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Going into 2014, Jacquian Williams knew what was at stake. The New York Giants were ready to move forward with him as their starting linebacker, but they needed to see a return on their investment. And given the opportunity to prove himself, Williams played well for several weeks -- including...

New York Giants, Linebacker Jon Beason Discussing Contract Modification
March 4th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Since the moment the 2014 NFL season came to an end, it's been common knowledge that the New York Giants would look to either re-work the contract of linebacker Jon Beason or release him outright. And with a scheduled cap hit of $7.37 million on the books for 2015, it's...

New York Giants’ Devon Kennard Switches Representation Following Suspension of Agent
February 24th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Two weeks after the NFLPA’s Committee on Agent Regulation & Discipline suspended his agent, Vinnie Porter, following a wire fraud arrest, New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard has switched his representation. Select Sports Group, who also manage Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, announced on Monday that they will now represent...

Agent of New York Giants LB Devon Kennard Suspended by NFLPA Following Wire Fraud Arrest
February 12th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
The NFLPA’s Committee on Agent Regulation & Discipline announced on Tuesday that they have "suspended agent Vinnie Porter’s certification to represent NFL players in contract talks with clubs" following his January arrest arrest for wire fraud. ***PHOTO1*** Porter, along with New York-based financial adviser, Joseph Vaccaro, were arrested by the FBI and...

Giants’ Jon Beason Believes He’ll Thrive Under New Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo
January 30th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Before he was fired, Jon Beason was very supportive of the New York Giants keeping Perry Fewell as the defensive coordinator. His best season in years (also his healthiest one too), was played under the direction of Fewell when he got traded to New York in 2013. ***PHOTO1*** But 2014 was not...

ESPN’s Mel Kiper Re-Grades the 2014 NFL Draft, Gives New York Giants an “A”
January 24th, 2015 at 11:00 AM
On May 11, 2014, one day after the 2014 NFL Draft concluded, ESPN's draft expert, Mel Kiper, weighed in his opinion on how each team did in the draft. In a draft that saw the New York Giants draft seven players that included Weston Richburg, Andre Williams, Devon Kennard and...

Agent of Giants’ Devon Kennard Arrested by FBI in Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme
January 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The agent for current New York Giants outside linebacker Devon Kennard, Vincent Porter, was arrested and charged with plotting to defraud investors in a multimillion dollar scheme. ***PHOTO1*** Porter, along with another agent, Joseph Vaccaro, were charged with the conspiracy to commit fraud by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and both have...

New York Giants Players React to Hiring of Steve Spagnuolo as Defensive Coordinator
January 16th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
On Thursday, the New York Giants made it official. Steve Spagnuolo would return to East Rutherford after six years away, having been re-hired as the team's defensive coordinator. ***PHOTO1*** Shortly after the hiring was made official, several Giants players -- including some of those who were with the Baltimore Ravens during his...

New York Giants’ Nat Berhe, Devon Kennard Named All-Pro on Special Teams via Pro Football Focus
January 9th, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Already this offseason, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been named a First Team All-Pro selection courtesy of Pro Football Focus, while defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was named All-Pro Second Team. Fullback Henry Hynoski also earned an honorable mention, but no other Big Blue players were voted...