New York Giants: Ryan Perrilloux

Reese looking at LSU prospects

March, 27, 2013
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It's that time of the year when the Giants travel all around the country to attend pro days and scout college prospects.

Today, GM Jerry Reese is at LSU's pro day, according to my man Mike Triplett, who covers the Saints for the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Giants like their LSU guys, as Reese has drafted two Tigers high in his past three drafts, taking wide receiver Rueben Randle in the second round last year and safety Chad Jones in the third round in 2010.

The Giants also drafted cornerback Corey Webster in the second round in 2005 and had former LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux floating on and off their practice squad in 2011 and in camp last year.

Thomas McGaughey, LSU's special teams coordinator, also was an assistant on Tom Coughlin's staff.

So let's take a look at who the Giants could have an eye on at LSU's pro day:

DE/LB Barkevious Mingo: Expected to be gone by the time the Giants pick at 19.

DE Sam Montgomery: Scouts Inc. has Montgomery rated as the 30th-best prospect, so perhaps a second-round consideration if he's there for the Giants that late.

LB Kevin Minter: Mel Kiper has Minter rated as the fourth-best inside linebacker.

S Eric Reid: Giants like Reid and can use a safety for the future with Antrel Rolle under contract for only two more years and Stevie Brown with the team on a one-year RFA tender.

DT Bennie Logan: Rated the 11th-best defensive tackle by Scouts Inc.

CB Tyrann Mathieu: Intriguing talent, but this risk-reward comes with baggage. Giants do have a veteran locker room and Webster to mentor Mathieu.

Tell us which Tiger you are hoping the Giants are looking hard at below.

Practice 411: Hill continues to impress

August, 21, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Safety Will Hill continues to make plays, and look like a guy who can contribute for the Giants this coming season.

Hill recorded another interception during practice on Tuesday, picking off Ryan Perrilloux on a pass intended for Rueben Randle.

"Will Hill played very well in the first preseason game, he played well after he got going a little bit in the second preseason game, and he continues to do a good job with the special teams assignments, he’s pretty much on all those teams," said head coach Tom Coughlin after Tuesday's practice. "There’s definitely improvement there."

Hill, the former high school phenom who had a rocky tenure at the University of Florida and eventually went undrafted, is currently listed as one of the Giants' two second-string safeties, behind Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips. And Tyler Sash, the other second-stringer, is suspended for the first four games of the regular season.

"It’d be a nice story for the kid," said Coughlin, "if he can put it all together."

• Hill did get beat on the final play of Tuesday's practice, however. The Giants wrapped up the session by working on the two-minute drill, and on just the second play, Victor Cruz got past Hill for a catch and touchdown that ended the day's work on the field.

• Cornerback Bruce Johnson also had an interception on Tuesday, reeling in a David Carr pass intended for Ramses Barden.

• Tight end Martellus Bennett, a.k.a. "The Black Unicorn," wants everyone to know that he's down to 269 pounds. He sidled over to reporters during practice to share that news. There was some concern about Bennett's weight at the beginning of the summer -- concern that Bennett took issue with at the time.

Camp preview: Quarterback

July, 19, 2012
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As training camp approaches, we’re counting down to camp by taking a look at the defending champions position-by-position.

Position: Quarterback.

Projected starter: Eli Manning.

Rob Tringali for ESPN.comEli Manning
Projected reserves: David Carr.

New faces: None.

Going, going, gone: None.

Player to watch: Manning. Obviously, the Giants have one of the best quarterbacks in the game, in his prime. Manning is coming off his second Super Bowl victory and second Super Bowl MVP performance. And he’s only getting better. Carr provides the team with a veteran backup. The Giants like third-string QB Ryan Perrilloux, but he'll likely have to beat out Carr since the team probably will carry two quarterbacks on the final roster.

Potential strength: Manning’s ability to make players around him better. Last year, he was charged with developing a new third receiver and new tight end. Manning helped Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard emerge as major contributors on the team. He also had to work with a revamped offensive line with no offseason team training due to the lockout. This season, Manning again has to develop a new tight end target and third wide receiver. And he will have some moving parts on the offensive line as well. After seeing what Manning did last season, there’s no reason to doubt that he could do the same thing with Martellus Bennett, Bear Pascoe, Rueben Randle, Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden or Jerrel Jernigan.

Potential weakness: Offensive line. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has said during the offseason that he is concerned about the line. While he may be overly concerned, Gilbride has a familiar face in a new place (David Diehl at right tackle) and a starting left tackle (Will Beatty) with a back issue. Beatty missed most of the offseason activities with a back problem and says he will be ready for camp. Kevin Boothe is now the full-time starter at left guard, and David Baas should be better in his second season with the Giants. The line has to protect Manning, who was sacked 28 times last season, not including the six times he was sacked by San Francisco in the NFC Championship Game.

Wild card: The running game. If the Giants can get their running game going again, Manning will be that much more dangerous. Last season, the Giants finished last in rushing. Imagine how much deadlier Manning can be with an effective running game and play-action? Manning threw for 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns last season without a top-notch running game. With an improved ground game, Manning might not need to execute so many fourth-quarter comebacks this season.

Tell us what you think of the quarterbacks entering camp below.

Draft preview: Quarterback

April, 16, 2012
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This is the first installment in a nine-part series that will analyze the Giants' needs, position by position, in the upcoming draft.

Position: Quarterback.

Depth chart: Eli Manning, David Carr, Ryan Perrilloux.

Not under contract: None.

Scouting report: Manning is coming off the finest season of his career and he no longer has to convince anyone that he is an elite quarterback. He earned Super Bowl MVP honors for the second time since 2007 and is in the prime of his career. Not only did he cut down on his interceptions from a career-high 25 the season before but he also made players around him better. He helped develop undrafted players like Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard into major contributors. He shined behind a new center (David Baas), new left tackle (Will Beatty) and new left guard (David Diehl). When injuries hit the line, Manning and the Giants’ offense still clicked.

And Manning enjoyed his best season without much of a running game. This season, Manning will have a new right tackle with Kareem McKenzie not expected to return. He also will have to work with a new third receiver with Mario Manningham gone and a new tight end in Martellus Bennett. The running game also will be different without Brandon Jacobs. But Manning will have an entire offseason to work on everything with his receivers and coaches unlike last year due to the lockout. If Manning were to ever get hurt, Carr provides the Giants with an experienced backup. The former No. 1 overall pick also is an asset on the scouting team. The Giants liked Perrilloux enough to sign him back to the practice squad so many times that everyone lost track last season.

The Last Time: The Giants last drafted a quarterback in 2009 when they selected Rhett Bomar out of Sam Houston State in the fifth round.

Potential targets: The Giants obviously do not have a need at quarterback other than to potentially develop one for the future. They clearly like Perrilloux’s physical talents. But if the Giants were to consider a developmental quarterback late in the draft, there are quarterbacks like Chattanooga’s B.J. Coleman, Oregon’s Darron Thomas, LSU’s Jordan Jefferson and Monmouth’s Alex Tanney. The Giants have reportedly had Hampton’s David Legree, Tennessee’s Matt Simms and Southern Miss's Austin Davis in for visits.

Need Rating (On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being of highest importance): 1.

Next: RB.

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