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Sterling Shepard Wants To Improve Yards After Catch

Jun 21, 2017 8:37 AM

Sterling Shepard has dedicated his offseason work to becoming a bigger threat after the catch for the New York Giants.

"What am I looking to work on? Really just after the catch," the second-year receiver said. "I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC yardage last year. That is something that I looked at on film and I want to get better on."

Shepard ranked 78th among wide receivers with 256 yards after the catch on 65 receptions. Overall, he totaled 683 yards and eight touchdowns. His longest catch as a rookie was just 32 yards.

"The thing is we just have to create matchups and him playing outside a little bit more could be in the cards," receivers coach Adam Henry said. "Right now he has been working hard and he has been out there and he looks really good right now."

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Odell Beckham Has Never Felt More Ready For Season

Jun 19, 2017 8:27 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. skipped voluntary OTAs with the New York Giants this year, but says he's never felt more prepared for a season.

"I don't think so," the receiver said. "I think this might be the most [I've been ready] in my lifetime. In every which way, I just feel it there. ... I've really been training, and to have these next six weeks to get another opportunity to train, it's going to be great.

"Just like you said -- mentally, physically, spiritually, everything. I don't think I've been as ready as I am now."

Beckham is the only player in NFL history to top 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Flip Flops On Questions About OTA Absence

Jun 13, 2017 4:36 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. flip-flopped on questions about whether his absence from OTAs with the New York Giants were related to his contract status.

Beckham's contract was part of the reason he remained away from the Giants workouts over the past three weeks, according to Adam Schefter. Beckham is set to make $1.8 million this season.

"You probably have to ask the people who do the contracts," Beckham said when asked the first time whether the contract factored into his decision to skip OTAs. "I wouldn't be able to tell you."

When asked later in the 11:30 interview session with reporters, his first since the season ended in January with a dud in Green Bay, about whether he wanted a new deal before his fourth season, Beckham again deferred to others.

"I couldn't really tell you. Like I said, when the time comes ... Any contract question is not for me to discuss," he said. "I haven't really talked to anyone about contracts. So it's not something that has been in the air. It was kind of something that was brought up amongst other people. It was never really in my discussion. Take it a day at a time and when it comes it will come."

When pressed a third time at the end of the interview whether Beckham missed OTAs to prove a point, his answer was markedly different.

"No," he said. "I was just out in Los Angeles training. I've seen the whole holdout stuff and I've never really seen it work so it was never in my mind that I'm not going to go to OTAs to get a new contract. I don't think that really proves a point in my opinion. I was out there really taking time for myself to reflect on life and value what is really, really important. And like I said to grow and mature in life. You should be growing each and every year, each and every day."

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Odell Beckham Reports To Giants' Minicamp

Jun 12, 2017 10:35 AM

Odell Beckham Jr. has arrived at the New York Giants' facility one day before a mandatory minicamp.

Beckham had skipped the Giants' OTAs over the past month, in part to indicate his desire for a new contract.

On May 25, Beckham told NFL Network that "I love my team and am excited about the season," adding that he would "for sure" report to the Giants' mandatory minicamp.

Beckham is scheduled to make $1.8 million this season under the terms of his rookie contract.

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Giants See Paul Perkins As Viable Three-Down Back

Jun 9, 2017 7:58 AM

The New York Giants are confident in Paul Perkins as a lead running back heading into the 2017 season.

When the Giants didn't add a veteran in free agency or draft a back high in last month's draft it was a clear signal of New York's confident in the second-year player.

"Well, what he's shown is ... in our system you have to have three phases: You have to be able to run the ball. He was an effective runner last year," running backs coach Craig Johnson said. "You have to be able to catch the ball. He did a good job in that. And you have to be able to block people, because they are going to try you out. He probably improved the most in that situation. Guys were going to test him out to see if they were going to get to the quarterback. He held up very good in protection and he's continuing to do that.

"If you can do that, that allows you to be a guy that it's possible to stay on the field all three downs."

Behind Perkins, the Giants have Shane Vereen, Wayne Gallman, Orleans Darkwa and Shaun Draughn.

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Odell Beckham Skipped OTAs To Show Desire For New Deal

Jun 7, 2017 8:43 AM

Odell Beckham Jr. skipped the New York Giants' organized team activities to showcase his desire for a new contract, according to sources.

The wide receiver does not have a financial bonus tied to attending the workouts this offseason. The Giants' mandatory camp begins on Tuesday.

Beckham is scheduled to make $1.8 million this season under the terms of his rookie contract. The Giants recently picked up his fifth-year option for 2018 at what is likely to be around $8 million.

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Victor Cruz Signs One-Year Deal With Bears

May 25, 2017 3:51 PM

Victor Cruz has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Cruz, 30, joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of UMass in 2010 and quickly made his mark. He starred on their Super Bowl XLVI-winning team in 2011 and had 303 catches, 4,549 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns during his time with the Giants.

The Bears were thin at wide receiver following the departure of Alshon Jeffery.

Cruz is 2½ years removed from major knee surgery and would have counted for $9.4 million against the Giants' salary cap in 2017. New York freed up $7.5 million in cap space with his release.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Signs NFL's Richest Shoe Deal

May 24, 2017 8:00 AM

Odell Beckham, Jr. has signed a shoe deal with Nike.

According to sources with knowledge of the deal, Beckham's contract is a five-year deal worth in the neighborhood of $5 million a year -- the richest shoe deal for an NFL player.

The deal will make Beckham a larger brand spokesman for Nike, including campaigns outside of football. Adidas wanted to sign the wide receiver away from Nike, which drove up the value.

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Rashad Jennings Wins 24th Season Of 'Dancing With The Stars'

May 24, 2017 7:54 AM

Rashad Jennings and partner Emma Slater won the "Dancing with the Stars" finale on Tuesday night.

The running back edged former Major League Baseball player David Ross and Lindsay Arnold for the crown in the show's 24th season.

Jennings, a free agent, spent the previous three seasons with the New York Giants.

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Giants Aren't Ready To Call Davis Webb Eli Manning's Heir Apparent

May 10, 2017 8:21 AM

It's possible that Davis Webb, who the New York Giants selected in the third round of this year's draft, will eventually replace Eli Manning at quarterback.

The Giants, however, aren't ready to make that proclamation.

"I think it's a little premature to be anointing this guy as the heir apparent to Eli, he hasn't set foot on the field yet. But he's got a lot of talent and we're looking forward to seeing what we got when he gets here," John Mara said on The Rich Eisen Show.

"As Bill Parcells used to say, let's not get his bust ready for Canton just yet. Listen he's a talented guy, but let's let him get on the field, let's let him get on the field, let's let him play in the preseason and develop. If he's the successor, that's great. If not, we'll find somebody else."

Manning turned 36 in January.

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Brandon Marshall Plans To Play Two More Years
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall signed a two-year deal with the Giants this offseason.

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Victor Cruz Still Seeking NFL Contract
Victor Cruz had an excellent start to his career but has been slowed by injuries since 2014.

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Paul Perkins To Enter Season As Giants' Starter
The Giants used a fifth-round pick on Paul Perkins last spring and he started the team's 2016 regular season finale.

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Giants Inform Eli Manning Of Decision To Pick Davis Webb
Davis Webb becomes the fourth quarterback selected by the Giants since Eli Manning entered the NFL in 2004.

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Giants Tried To Trade Up For Patrick Mahomes
Ben McAdoo reportedly loved what he saw from Pat Mahomes and was "very upset it didn't happen."

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

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LeGarrette Blount, Giants Have Mutual Interest
LeGarrette Blount would be a good complement for the Giants alongside Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.

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Documents: Eli Manning Was Involved In Scheme To Defraud Collectors
An email shows Eli Manning participated in a scheme to defraud collectors of what they believed was game-worn equipment.

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Eli Manning Fine With Giants Drafting A Quarterback
Eli Manning, 36, says he'd have no problem with the Giants drafting a quarterback later this month.

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Giants Sign Geno Smith, Josh Johnson
Geno Smith was a second round pick by the Jets in 2013.

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Jason Pierre-Paul Agrees To Deal With Giants With $54M Guaranteed
Jason Pierre-Paul will average approximately $17 million per season.

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Brandon Marshall Signs Two-Year, $12M Deal With Giants
Playing for the Giants ensures Brandon Marshall will be able to remain in New York, where he tapes his weekly appearance on Showtime's "Inside the NFL."

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Giants Place Franchise Tag On Jason Pierre-Paul
Jason Pierre-Paul played this past season on a one-year prove-it deal worth just under $10 million.

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Giants Expect 2-3 More Years From Eli Manning
The Giants have begun to think about life after Eli Manning.

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Adrian Peterson Continues Public Flirtation With Giants
Just a few weeks after telling ESPN that the Giants are a team he's "thought about" playing for next season, Adrian Peterson tweeted late Wednesday that the club has "been making some interesting

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Giants Will Attempt To Re-Sign Jason Pierre-Paul Before Free Agency
The Giants have freed up cap space and will attempt to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul before the defender hits the free agent market.

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Rashad Jennings Will Also Be Cut By Giants
As the Giants look to shed salary, they will cut Rashad Jennings, according to a report.

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Giants Release Victor Cruz, Rashad Jennings
The Giants created $7.5 million in cap space by releasing Victor Cruz.

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Giants Re-Sign Steve Spagnuolo As Defensive Coordinator
After watching their defense bounce back this past season, the Giants have re-signed Steve Spagnuolo, according to a source.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Hates Losing, Has Learned From Packers' Game
Odell Beckham Jr. punched a hole in a wall outside the visiting locker room at Lambeau Field.

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