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Giants' last five drafts: 2009

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With the NFL draft still, painfully, more than three weeks away, we'll spend each day this week reviewing one of the New York Giants' last five drafts. Working from back to front, we'll start five years ago. The 2009 draft followed a 12-4 season that ended with Plaxico Burress' self-inflicted gunshot wound and a disappointing divisional-round playoff exit that robbed the Giants of a chance to win consecutive Super Bowls. Burress was headed off to jail, and they needed a wide receiver.

The Picks

1st round (29th overall): Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina
2nd round (45): Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia
2nd round (60): Will Beatty, OT, Connecticut
3rd round (85): Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly-SLO
3rd round (100): Travis Beckum, TE, Wisconsin
4th round (129): Andre Brown, RB, NC State
5th round (151): Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston State
6th round (200): DeAndre Wright, CB, New Mexico
7th round (238): Stoney Woodson, CB, South Carolina

Still with the Giants: Beatty

Still in NFL: Nicks (Colts), Barden (Bills), Beckum (Seahawks), Brown (Texans)

Nicks
Games played for Giants

Nicks: 74
Sintim: 24
Beatty: 66
Barden: 29
Beckum: 52
Brown: 18
Bomar: 0
Wright: 0
Woodson: 0

Review: Nicks was a top receiver in the NFL for significant portions of the early part of his career, and a huge contributor to the Super Bowl title the Giants won following the 2011 season. He is no longer on the team because he flopped in his 2013 contract year and upset the team with his cavalier attitude about his poor play. The Giants made no attempt to sign him in free agency. The only other player from this draft who played for the Giants during the 2011-12 postseason was Beckum. (Beatty and Barden were injured, the others no longer on the team.) Beckum was a contributor as a special teamer and a blocking tight end, but little more. Beatty is signed for four more years as the franchise left tackle because he was a free agent after a strong 2012 season. Sintim was a complete flop of a relatively high pick. Brown's contribution came late in his Giants tenure and was marred by injury, and the Giants replaced him in free agency this year with Rashad Jennings. Obviously, there were no late-round diamonds in the rough uncovered by Jerry Reese & Co. in 2009. All in all, the impact of this draft comes down to the high-level production Nicks delivered in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, plus the one strong year Beatty has had so far in 2012. Other than Nicks, this draft had almost nothing to do with the Super Bowl title, and its long-term impact now rests completely on the ability of Beatty to play much better than he did in 2013.

Grade: C+

Tyler Sash appears to have been cut

August, 31, 2013
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We may have our first surprise New York Giants cut of the day. At 11:17 am ET, safety Tyler Sash posted the following on his Twitter account:

This is the sort of thing players tweet when they learn their opportunity with the team is at an end. And if that's the case for Sash, it's a surprise because of the Giants' current lack of depth at safety. Starting Stevie Brown is out for the season with a torn ACL in his knee, leaving Ryan Mundy to start opposite Antrel Rolle and unproven fifth-round rookie Cooper Taylor as the only backup. Will Hill will eventually join the group, but he's serving a four-game drug suspension to start the season.

If Sash is indeed cut, that indicates to me that the Giants are impressed with the strides Taylor has made in recent weeks, that they're comfortable playing cornerback Terrell Thomas at safety in a pinch, that they may go out on the market and get a veteran safety (sure, Kenny Phillips is possible and makes some sense, but he's hurt and there are and will be other names out there), and that they feel they can hold it together for the first month without Hill.

Sash also suffered a concussion in Thursday's preseason finale, and with all of the players who are on the bubble, health-wise, for the early part of the season (Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul, Henry Hynoski, David Baas, etc.), it's possible the chance of not having Sash available to start the season played a part. Cold business, this NFL.

I had nine defensive backs making the team when I was trying to work out the 53-man roster Friday, and Sash was one of them. So was cornerback Charles James, who also just tweeted that he'd been cut.

Various reports Saturday morning indicate that the Giants also have released offensive linemen Matt McCants and Stephen Goodin, defensive end Matt Broha, safety David Caldwell and wide receiver Ramses Barden, none of which is a surprise. Barden is a 2009 third-rounder who got every chance in the world and never panned out.

That's seven of the 22 cuts the Giants needed to make by 6 p.m. today. Obviously, more to come.

Giants report: Moore, Barden likely out

August, 29, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Damontre Moore is expected to miss another preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Moore was on the Giants' list of players not expected to play tonight against the Patriots in the preseason finale. Wide receiver Ramses Barden (knee), cornerback Jayron Hosley (ankle), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), center David Baas (knee), tackle David Diehl (thumb), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee/PUP), wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) are not expected to play.

Safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) is in uniform and likely will play.

Injury report: Louis Murphy back to work

August, 27, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants got one of their injured wide receivers back on the field Tuesday, as Louis Murphy did some work after being sidelined in recent days with a leg injury.

Murphy did have to leave practice briefly, but that was due to a contact lens issue, not because of his leg. The speedy Murphy looked good in training camp, and could be another weapon at the disposal of Eli Manning.

On the other hand, wideout Ramses Barden (knee) did not practice Tuesday, after returning to practice Monday. Cornerback Jayron Hosley (ankle) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee) also did not practice. All three did some running and/or agility drills on the side.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel) did not practice, but spoke to reporters.

Offensive linemen David Baas (knee) and David Diehl (thumb) did not practice. When asked about Baas, coach Tom Coughlin said, "He’s working hard, and feels a little bit better each day."

Rookie defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) got some team reps Tuesday, after returning to practice and doing only individual work Monday. And rookie safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring), who has missed the team's first three preseason games, continued to work as well.

Coughlin indicated Taylor will play against the Patriots on Thursday, but wasn't as confident about Moore. "I don’t know; we’ll see," Coughlin said. "I’d like for him to play."

Injury report: They're piling up

August, 25, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The injuries just keep on coming for the Giants.

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AP Photo/Bill KostrounStevie Brown was helped from the field after being injured on an interception return.
Starting safety Stevie Brown is the latest starter to go down and the full prognosis on his sprained knee might not be known until Sunday. Brown crumpled to the ground without being touched and immediately grabbed for his left knee in the first half of Saturday night's preseason loss to the Jets.

Brown tweeted later in the night, "I really appreciate all the thoughts and wishes, #StayingStrong and #Optimistic."

The secondary has been hit hard by injuries. Jayron Hosley went down with an ankle injury early and did not return. The Giants already were without cornerback Corey Webster (groin/knee) and safety Antrel Rolle (ankle).

And Prince Amukamara rolled his ankle but he returned to play and said he will be fine.

Tight end Adrien Robinson was also seen going into the X-ray room after the game with a possible hand injury.

The Giants played without wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel), offensive lineman David Diehl (thumb), wide receiver Ramses Barden (knee), wide receiver Louis Murphy (leg), center David Baas (knee), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee), defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee).

Injury report: Antrel out

August, 24, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Antrel Rolle on Saturday was officially added to the not-expected-to-play list for the New York Giants.

Rolle did some minor work in practice Thursday, but he did not appear on Friday's list of Giants who were unlikely to play against the New York Jets.

Joining Rolle are CB Corey Webster (knee/groin), WR Victor Cruz (heel), WR Ramses Barden (knee), WR Louis Murphy (leg), C David Baas (knee), T David Diehl (thumb surgery), FB Henry Hynoski (knee), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and DT Markus Kuhn (knee).

Injury report: Receivers banged up

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Victor Cruz torched the Jets in a preseason game a few years ago.

On Saturday night against the Jets, a few young and unproven Giants receivers should get plenty of opportunities to show what they can do at MetLife Stadium.

Cruz (heel), Ramses Barden (knee) and Louis Murphy (leg) are either out or not expected to play against the Jets. Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle could play for a half with the starters but after that guys like Jerrel Jernigan, Brandon Collins and Julian Talley could see plenty of snaps.

Other Giants expected to not play include CB Corey Webster (knee/groin), C David Baas (knee), OL David Diehl (thumb surgery), FB Henry Hynoski (knee), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back, PUP) and DT Markus Kuhn (knee, PUP).

Injury report: Thomas will play Saturday

August, 21, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Terrell Thomas will make his season debut on Saturday against the Jets.

Head coach Tom Coughlin has been impressed with Thomas in the last couple of practices. Working largely against slot receivers, Thomas had an interception in practice on Wednesday and has been moving well.

"He looked good yesterday moving around out there, really moved well today," Coughlin said. "He is going to go [on Saturday]. He will play."

The Giants can use Thomas on the field against the Jets. Corey Webster and Antrel Rolle have not been practicing due to injuries. Both have been working on the side. Coughlin said Webster's issue has been soreness with a MCL and groin injuries but that the veteran cornerback is "getting close."

Rolle is also nearing a return to practice. He tested his ankle on Tuesday on the side by backpedaling and moving forward and side to side.

"I'm going to return to the practice field whenever I'm ready," Rolle said. "Whenever I can go out there and feel like I'm not favoring it. Right now we're ahead of schedule and things are going good."

"I don't think I expected myself to be out here, running, doing little drills, cutting and so forth and so on," he later added. "I had a preview of that yesterday and it felt alright. I can't say it felt 100 percent, but it felt alright."

Defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder), center David Baas (knee), wide receivers Victor Cruz (heel), Ramses Barden (knee) and Louis Murphy (leg) did not practice as well.

Injury report: Tuck practices

August, 20, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Justin Tuck suffered a mild hamstring injury on Sunday against the Colts but was back on the practice field on Tuesday.

The defensive end worked in practice and appears to be good. The Giants, though, are banged up elsewhere.

Besides Victor Cruz (bruised heel) and David Baas (left MCL sprain) (both on crutches), the Giants have offensive lineman David Diehl wearing a protective cast over his right hand to protect a thumb injury.

Wide receivers Louis Murphy (leg) and Ramses Barden (knee) both did not practice on Tuesday.

"Murphy’s here but he has a sore leg," Tom Coughlin said. "They’re going to do all the tests on him and see what the problem is."

Adrian Tracy also had to leave practice on a cart. Coughlin said he believed Tracy was suffering from dehydration.

Safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring) did return to practice. Wide receivers Jerrel Jernigan and Brandon Collins did practice.

Defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder), safety Antrel Rolle (ankle) and cornerback Corey Webster (soreness) did not practice. But Rolle moved very well in individual drills and is nearing a return to practice.

Practice report: Moving defensive parts

August, 13, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Tuesday that he'll get creative with his defense this season.

Tuesday's practice gave us a glimpse of what Fewell might have in store for the Giants' opponents:

• In 11's, the Giants opened with DE Mathias Kiwanuka and LB Keith Rivers standing up on the edges. DT Cullen Jenkins, DT Shaun Rogers and DT Linval Joseph were all inside with their hands in the dirt. Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger were at linebacker inside.

• Throughout practice we saw some defensive ends, like Kiwanuka, Justin Tuck, Adrian Tracy and Justin Trattou all drop back on some plays.

• Interestingly, in one 7-on-7 portion, Tuck worked as a linebacker with Paysinger and Jacquian Williams. Tuck dropped back into coverage. Trattou and Tracy also got 7-on-7 snaps with the linebackers.

• Tuck got some snaps at defensive tackle with Jenkins while Kiwanuka and Tracy were at the defensive end spots. In another formation, Tuck, Jenkins and Kiwanuka were up front, and Williams, Paysinger and Tracy were at linebacker. Aaron Ross and Prince Amukamara were on the outside at cornerback with Corey Webster sitting out due to injury. Terrell Thomas covered the slot.

• One passing defense package had Tracy, Tuck, Jenkins and Kiwanuka up front, with Paysinger and Williams at linebacker and Thomas in the slot.

• It wasn't just the starters moving all around. DT Marvin Austin, DT Frank Okam and DE Adewale Ojomo played up front while LB Kyle Bosworth and Trattou were standing up on the edges. Herzlich and LB Etienne Sabino were the inside linebackers. On another squad, DT Johnathan Hankins, DT Mike Patterson and DE Matt Broha were up on the line with LB Aaron Curry and Tracy standing up. Herzlich and Williams were the inside linebackers.

So Fewell is getting creative and seeing what his different pieces can do.

The 411: David Carr hit Ramses Barden in stride on a nice 25-yard pass play on the left sideline. ... Rueben Randle was temporarily shaken up after going for a bomb from Eli Manning with Ryan Mundy and Stevie Brown in coverage. Randle was fine and later caught a bullet pass from Manning over the middle. ... Manning hit Andre Brown on a nice little delayed dump-off pass to counter a blitz and Chris Snee did a good job of getting out as lead blocker. ... Amukamara picked off Manning on a nice play while blanketing Hakeem Nicks. ... Jayron Hosley had a strong practice, picking off Curtis Painter in 7's and breaking up a quick deep pass from Manning to Victor Cruz in single coverage in 11's. ... David Wilson showed some serious speed to the outside in what could've been a big gain in the non-tackling practice. ... Ryan Nassib threw a perfect bomb to Kevin Hardy down the left side for a touchdown on Charles James. ... Justin Pugh got some snaps at first-team right tackle while Brandon Mosley got some snaps at right guard in the team's final hurry-up drill. ... Cruz beat Thomas but couldn't haul in what would've been a touchdown catch and run.

Practice report: Pugh gets snaps at LT

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The biggest thing that happened in Monday's practice was Antrel Rolle's injury.

Rolle sprained his ankle early on, in one-on-one coverage drills, but the Giants had to go on with the rest of practice.

First-round pick Justin Pugh returned to action from a concussion and got some snaps at left tackle with the second team. Pugh previously had worked most of the time at right tackle, where he was competing with David Diehl.

The competition isn't over, but Pugh suffered the concussion 11 days ago. He missed valuable practice time and a preseason game. The Giants likely will go with Diehl at right tackle, but they could move Pugh around and prepare him in case of an injury to a starter.

Reinforcements: The Giants also welcomed back DE Justin Tuck (back) and RB Ryan Torain (concussion). OG Chris Snee (hip) and DB Terrell Thomas (knee) practiced, too. Thomas got a good deal of snaps as an extra defensive back as the team continues to ease him back into the mix.

If Thomas can stay healthy and get stronger, the Giants could have four experienced cornerbacks to turn to in Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Ross and Thomas. And Jayron Hosley should continue to get better as well.

The 411: Dan Connor got some first-team snaps at MLB. Connor and Mark Herzlich switched at times, with Herzlich getting some second-team snaps. The Giants want to look at different linebacker combinations. ... DT Cullen Jenkins continues to get snaps at DE. ... QB Ryan Nassib launched a pretty 40-yard pass toward the end zone but Keith Carlos had the ball go through his hands. ... TE Adrien Robinson continues to look like a big target in the passing game as QB David Carr hit him with a nice sideline pass in 11-on-11 drills. ... WR Rueben Randle snatched the ball out of the air in traffic across the middle on one play. ... WR Ramses Barden made an impressive one-handed catch across the middle. ... RB Michael Cox continues to run hard in practice. ... The Giants signed WR Marcus Harris to replace WR Kris Adams, who was waived/injured after suffering a fractured ankle Saturday.

Practice report: Nassib throws two picks

August, 3, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The learning curve continues for Ryan Nassib.

The rookie quarterback threw two interceptions during the hurry-up drive portion of practice on Saturday. The first pick was actually more a product of a great play by linebacker Mark Herzlich, who made a diving interception after a Nassib pass was deflected in the air by Kyle Bosworth.

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AP Photo/Seth WenigThe Giants drafted Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse in the fourth round.
The Giants continued with the two-minute drill and the practice ended with Nassib throwing a pick to cornerback Laron Scott under heavy pressure from defensive end Matt Broha and others. During the hurry-up, Nassib did connect on two passes to Brandon Collins for nice gains.

There are times when Nassib throws an impressive pass and shows nice ability to roll out and get out of trouble. There are also times when he throws a bad pass. Part of being a rookie. Of course, Nassib has the benefit of learning behind Eli Manning and David Carr and has plenty of time to grow.

Barden delivers: Ramses Barden had a couple of nice plays in practice. He made a nice leaping catch in the left corner of the end zone on a throw from Nassib in 11-on-11s. He also would later catch a pass from Manning.

Barden might be battling for a roster spot. On the unofficial depth chart, Barden and Keith Carlos are listed as third string behind Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle.

At the other wide receiver position, Victor Cruz is the starter with Louis Murphy and Jerrel Jernigan behind him.

The 411: With Corey Webster, Nicks and Justin Pugh out for practice, the Giants shuffled their depth chart a bit. Aaron Ross played with the first team and Jayron Hosley moved up to the second team at cornerback opposite Trumaine McBride. James Brewer, who has been seeing first-team snaps at right guard in place of the injured Chris Snee, received second-team right tackle snaps as well with Pugh out. Randle started for Nicks. Randle started off 11s with two nice catches over the middle.

Safety Ryan Mundy had a nice breakup on a pass by Curtis Painter in 7s. ... WR Kevin Hardy had a nice catch in 7s. ... Eli hit Brandon Myers for a nice gain across the middle in 11s. ... Prince Amukamara had a terrific breakup when he knocked down a pass that was batted up in the air while falling down, with Murphy trying to catch the ball in the corner of the end zone. ... Da'Rel Scott flashed his speed on a short pass from Carr.

Camp preview: Wide receivers

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As training camp approaches, we're counting down to camp by taking a look at the Giants, position by position.

Position: Wide receiver.

Projected starters: Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz.

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Jim O'Conno/USA TODAY SportsEli Manning and the Giants will have reason to smile if Hakeem Nicks is healthy in 2013.
Projected reserves: Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden.

New faces: Murphy, Brandon Collins, Jeremy Horne, Kris Adams, Kevin Hardy, Keith Carlos.

The departed: Domenik Hixon.

Player to watch: How important is Nicks? Though their defensive struggles were a major factor in the Giants' disappointing 2012, a healthy Nicks could've been the difference between the Giants winning 10 games and making the playoffs and winning nine games and missing the postseason. Nicks, who missed three games and struggled with foot and knee injuries, opens things up for Cruz and will be highly motivated to excel in a contract year. If Nicks is healthy again, the Giants and Eli Manning should be running on all cylinders.

Potential strength: The Giants could potentially be as deep as they have been at wide receiver in some time. Nicks and Cruz make up one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL, and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride raved about Randle's progress during OTAs and minicamp. On top of that, the Giants believe Murphy has the type of speed to give them an over-the-top threat that could make an already dangerous passing attack even more potent. During OTAs, the Giants worked on the long ball with Murphy while Cruz and Nicks skipped the voluntary workouts. They are also hoping Jernigan can provide another speedy option from time to time.

Potential weakness: Health is always a concern with the Giants. But when one receiver goes down, Manning usually makes things work with the next receiver in line. One potential weakness is experience. Super Bowl champions Nicks and Cruz have caught big-time passes on the biggest stage there is. But outside of that duo, the Giants don't have a ton of experience at receiver. Randle had just 19 catches during his rookie season. Murphy has started a total of six games in the last two seasons. Jernigan and Barden have limited experience as well, although Barden delivered in a start against Carolina last year.

Wild card: Randle showed in the season finale against Philadelphia last year that the Giants could have another potent receiving trio, like the one they had with Nicks, Cruz and Mario Manningham. The last time Manning had that at his disposal, he won his second Super Bowl MVP trophy.

Tell us what you think of the Giants' receivers entering camp.

Brandon Collins suspended

June, 24, 2013
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Backup wide receiver Brandon Collins has been suspended for the first four games of the season.

Collins violated the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. His suspension, without pay, effectively ends on Sept. 30 after the Giants play the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 5-11 Collins, who is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, saw an increase in snaps in OTAs with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks not participating in the voluntary OTAs.

The Giants currently have Nicks, Cruz, Rueben Randle, Louis Murphy, Jerrel Jernigan, Ramses Barden, Jeremy Horne, Collins, Kris Adams, Kevin Hardy and Keith Carlos.
Ramses Barden just re-signed with the New York Giants.

But that won't stop the receiver from looking into what he may do once his football career is over. In a few weeks from now, Barden, punter Steve Weatherford and former Giants Jeff Feagles and Michael Clayton, all chosen as four of 24 current and former NFL players, will participate in this year's NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

David Diehl and Shaun O'Hara are two Giants who have participated in the program.

After the Giants are done with their mandatory veteran's mini camp, Barden and Weatherford will immerse themselves in the broadcast boot camp from June 17-20. They will work with instructors from ESPN, CBS, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio and local radio and TV. They'll do tape study, editing and show preparation, and learn about radio production and field reporting among other areas.

CBS' James Brown and ESPN's Ron Jaworski are just two of the many experts to help prep the players, who tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.

The boot camp participants will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot with one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during this season.

Of the 128 players who have taken part in the boot camp from 2007-2012, 48 have landed broadcasting jobs.

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