Description: Giants running back David Wilson is scheduled to undergo neck surgery on January 16th. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News
Insight: The Giants know the operation is serious so they're not banking on him to be healthy for Week 1. Wilson has collected 504 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his first two years in the league.
Description: Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has announced his retirement.
Insight: Jacobs has been slow to recover from a knee injury and has not been a factor since 2011. His best season was in 2008 when he rushed for 1,089 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Giants are still hoping that David Wilson can play in 2014.
Description: Giants wideout Jerrel Jernigan was the team's go-to receiver again in Week 17.
Insight: He recorded six catches for 90 yards and a score in New York's 20-6 victory over the Redskins. Jerrigan also added 57 yards rushing with 49 coming on a touchdown at the end of the third quarter. Jerrigan could play a pivotal role in the Giants' passing attack next season if Hakeem Nicks leaves in free agency as he's expected to.
Description: New York wideout Rueben Randle is active for Sunday's season finale against Washington.
Insight: He had been questionable with a knee injury. With Victor Cruz out for the season, Randle should see plenty of targets in Week 17. He had three catches for 20 yards against the Redskins earlier this month.
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle (knee) practiced Friday, according to Jordan Raanan of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Randle's knee "flared up" and caused him to miss practice the last two days, but he insisted Thursday that he'll play in Week 17 against the Redskins. The second-year receiver has 41 catches, 611 yards and six scores this season. He saw nine targets in Week 16 with Victor Cruz out but only had four catches for 40 yards. Fantasy owners shouldn't trust any Giants receivers in Week 17.
Description: From the looks of it, injured Giants halfback David Wilson has his work cut out for him if he wants to resume his career in the NFL. SOURCE: New York Daily News
Insight: Wilson is having trouble getting clearance following his latest neck injury and some doctors are recommending that he retire. Injuries and poor play have limited the 2012 first round pick to just 115 rushing attempts in his first two seasons.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (concussion) returned to practice on Thursday, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Brown took a shot to the head in overtime against Detroit this past week and ended up losing a fumble on the play. He should be the primary ball carrier Sunday with Peyton Hillis as his backup.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown has been diagnosed with a concussion, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Brown took a shot to the head in overtime against Detroit and ended up losing a fumble on the play. The call was upheld even though the replay showed Brown appeared to be down. He was carted to the locker room soon thereafter and his status for Week 17 is now in question. New York may have to sign Tiki Barber out of retirement.
Description: New York receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: He had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. Sunday against Detroit will be the first game Cruz has missed in three NFL seasons. He'll finish the year with 73 catches, four touchdowns and 998 receiving yards.
Description: According to a New York Daily News report, Giants receiver Victor Cruz (concussion, sprained knee) could miss the final two games of the season
Insight: If true, Cruz will finish the season two yards short of his third consecutive 1,000-yard season. The Giants have little to play for and probably won't take any chances with their best offensive weapon.
Description: The Giants are going to again be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul Sunday against San Diego.
Insight: Pierre-Paul is battling a shoulder injury. It's the second game Pierre-Paul has missed in four NFL seasons. Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks two seasons ago but is only on pace for three in 2013. Still, he's a good pass rusher and his absence should help Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing offense.
Description: The Giants are going to be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: Pierre-Paul is battling a shoulder injury. It's the first game Pierre-Paul has missed in four NFL seasons. Pierre-Paul recorded 16.5 sacks two seasons ago but is only on pace for three in 2013.
Description: Hakeem Nicks' status appears to be in doubt for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Nicks' groin injury makes him a huge question mark. If Nicks does sit out, it should mean more targets for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Keep in mind, Nicks has played all season without scoring a touchdown.
Description: New York halfback Andre Brown got a huge workload Sunday in his first game back from a broken leg.
Insight: Brown produced 115 yards on 30 carries. He even added a touchdown from a yard out late in the third quarter. New York's backfield conundrum may finally be solved. If Brown is still available, be sure to put in a waiver claim for him next week.
Description: Even with Andre Brown returning from a broken leg, Peyton Hillis has been tabbed as the starter for New York's game Sunday against Oakland. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News
Insight: The distinction of starter doesn't necessarily mean that Hillis will receive more carries. As bad as the Raiders' secondary is, their run defense has been solid. Even in a week with four teams on bye, Hillis and Brown are unlikely to draw much fantasy interest.
Description: New York wideout Victor Cruz is officially active for Sunday's contest against Oakland.
Insight: Cruz's status was in question earlier this week after sitting out Wednesday's practice with a neck injury. He returned to the field for Thursday and Friday's practice sessions, however, and should be a top-ten wideout this week versus a porous Raiders secondary.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz (neck) returned to a full practice Friday, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.
Insight: Cruz wore a red non-contact jersey at practiceThursday, but not on Friday. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Cruz will be active in Week 10 against the Raiders and is a must-start against a secondary that just allowed seven passing touchdowns to the Eagles.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (broken leg and on reserve/designated for return list) is expected to share time with Peyton Hillis in Week 10.
Insight: Brown says he feels "great" and is "ready to go." Meanwhile Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) missed Friday's practice. It will be interesting to see what kind of wokload distribution the team comes up with and which, if any, of the backs can be fantasy worthy assets. Our guess is a pretty even split with Hillis slightly ahead of Brown.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz (neck) returned to a limited practice Thursday, according to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.
Insight: Cruz wore a red non-contact jersey at practice but should take contact Friday, coach Tom Coughlin said. As long as he doesn't suffer a setback, Cruz will be active in Week 10 against the Raiders and is a must-start against a secondary that just allowed seven passing touchdowns to the Eagles.
Description: The Giants placed David Wilson (neck) on injured reserve Thursday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
Insight: The Giants released a statement saying that Wilson had made "significant" progress in his recovery from a herniated disc in his neck, but evidently they didn't think the running back would be able to return this season. Wilson is expected to avoid surgery and will enter a make-or-break year in 2014 after disappointing in each of the last two seasons.
Description: Giants coach Tom Coughlin says he will go into Week 10 against the Raiders with a "set plan" at running back, according to NJ.com.
Insight: Andre Brown will return from his fractured leg Sunday, but NJ.com expects Peyton Hillis to be the primary running back option with Brown and Brandon Jacobs mixed in. Coughlin isn't ready to turn Brown loose. "He’s ready to help," Coughlin said. "But there is a big difference between game day and practice." Brown should be owned in all leagues but shouldn't be started Sunday, while Hillis is a desperation flex option.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz won't practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jordan Raanan, NJ.com
Insight: He's still battling a neck injury. It's a little concerning because Cruz is coming off a bye and had all of last week to recover. If he can't go Sunday versus the Raiders, Reuben Randle may have to be in the WR2/flex discussion.
Description: Even though the Giants released a statement Monday regarding David Wilson's excellent progress in his recovery from a neck injury, it doesn't appear that he's close to returning. SOURCE: Giants.com
Insight: The good news is, it doesn't look like Wilson will need surgery. He's week-to-week. Andre Brown should take over as the lead back after the team's bye.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson will have another MRI this week to compare with the one he got right after his neck injury. The results will determine whether he plays again this season. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: With Andre Brown scheduled back and Peyton Hillis and Brandon Jacobs on the roster, the Giants have weathered the injury storm winning their last two games. Things are looking up for the offense.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (broken leg and on reserve/designated for return list) says he'll play in Week 10 against the Raiders. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, NY Daily News.
Insight: Brown says he feels "great" and is "ready to go." While Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) also is expected to return in Week 10, Brown should be the workhorse. Peyton Hillis, who is on his last legs, managed to produce 166 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 46 touches the last two games, so Brown will be a definite starting fantasy option in Week 10. New York has a bye in Week 9.
Description: New York wideout Victor Cruz has returned to Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: He left earlier with a neck injury but it wasn't serious. The Giants hold a 15-0 advantage in the fourth quarter and will probably be looking to run out the clock. Cruz has five grabs for 64 yards.
Description: New York running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) is officially inactive for Sunday's game with Philadelphia.
Insight: Peyton Hilliis will be the primary back against the Eagles after posting 81 yards from scrimmage and a TD Monday night versus Minnesota. He's worthy of a start, particularly in a week with six teams on a bye.
Description: New York running back Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday and it appears unlikely that he'll be ready for Week 8 against Philadelphia.
Insight: Peyton Hilliis would be the primary back against the Eagles after posting 81 yards from scrimmage and a TD Monday night versus Minnesota. Even if Jacobs makes it back onto the field, expect him to share time with Hillis and Michael Cox.
Description: Dan Graziano of ESPN.com notices that Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks can't get any separation from defenders this sesaon, likely because his legs are not the same due to multiple injuries the past few years.
Insight: Nicks dropped three passes, including a touchdown, Monday against the Vikings, but his trouble separating is the bigger concern. He's had to out-fight defenders to make most of his catches and has just 27 receptions on 56 targets (48.2%). That includes six catches on 18 targets the last two games. However, Nicks had nine catches for 142 yards on 12 targets in Week 5 against the Eagles, his opponent this Sunday. With six teams on bye, Nicks is a WR3 this week.
Description: Giants running back Peyton Hillis was suddenly pushed into a primary role Monday night just days after signing with the team, when Brandon Jacobs couldn't play.
Insight: Hillis ran the ball 18 times for 36 yards and a score and caught five balls for 45 yards. it would be better for all if he doesn't see that big a workload and the hope is that Jacobs returns to be the primary ball carrier with Hillis the third-down receiving back.
Description: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks had a finger x-ray after Monday night's game.
Insight: Nicks dropped a few passes and this could have been the cause. It isn't likely to keep him out of the next game against Philadelphia, but if he keeps dropping passes fantasy owners will have to consider not starting him down the road.
Description: New York halfback Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) won't play Monday night against the Vikings.
Insight: Jacobs will hand over the backfield duties to Michael Cox, who is making his first career start. Veteran Peyton Hillis should also be in the mix for carries. The Giants are second-to-last in the NFL in rushing yards per game this season (67.8).
Description: Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable for Monday's game against Minnesota due to illness.
Insight: Saturday's missed practice session was the second in a row and he'll be a true game-time decision. He has 15 tackles and one sack this season and apparently isn't the same guy who posted 16.5 sacks and 93 tackles in 2011.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (broken leg and on reserve/designated for return list) has begun practicing this week.
Insight: The Giants have a bye in Week 9 and Brown could return for Week 10. Given the state of the Giants running game, he should step in and be the workhorse option. If Brown is available and you have space on your roster, now is the time to stash him.
Description: The journey continues for running back Peyton Hillis. The Giants will be Hillis' fourth team in the last three seasons. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: The G-Men are looking for as much depth as they can get at running back with David Wilson (neck injury) out for the foreseeable future. Hillis hasn't been the same player since making the cover of Madden in 2011 (896 yards in 26 games). The curse strikes again.
Description: It looks like New York halfback David Wilson will avoid season-ending surgery on his injured neck. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: There's an outside chance he'll be able to play next week against the Vikings though it's probably a longshot. Brandon Jacobs had a good game in his absence last Thursday (106 rushing yards) and he could be worth a start again in Week 7.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson said that doctors fear he has spinal stenosis and is worried that his neck injury is season-ending. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News
Insight: Spinal stenosis could be a long-term concern for Wilson. He'll have a second opinion on his neck and spine Monday. Brandon Jacobs ran better than he has in years Thursday at Chicago, putting up 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, and would be the starter for the rest of the season if Wilson is out.
Description: Giants halfback David Wilson may miss multiple games with his injured neck. SOURCE: Art Stapleton, Bergen Record
Insight: He's already been ruled out for Thursday's contest and now his status for next week's game against the Vikings is also in question. Neither of Wilson's backups, Da'Rell Scott or Brandon Jacobs, have much fantasy appeal.
Description: New York running back David Wilson will miss Thursday's game against Chicago due to his neck injury, according to coach Tom Coughlin.
Insight: Wilson left Sunday's game early and now says that he feels tingling in his neck. The Giants re-signed Da'Rell Scott on Monday and he along with Brandon jacobs will make up the Giants' patchwork backfield.
Description: Giants starting running back David Wilson (neck) tweeted that he left Sunday's game as a precaution.
Insight: Wilson rushed for 19 yards and his first touchdown of the season Sunday against the Eagles but had to leave with a neck injury. The running back claims he'll back back in Week 6, but that might be tough since the Giants play Thursday against the Bears.
Description: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks caught nine of his 12 targets for 142 yards Sunday against the Eagles.
Insight: Despite getting shut out in Week 3 and catching three passes for 33 yards last week, Nicks is averaging 74.4 receiving yards and 4.2 receptions per game this season. However, he's yet to catch a touchdown while Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle have combined for six.
Description: The trade sending linebacker Jon Beason from the Panthers to the Giants is official.
Insight: Beason was traded for a late-round draft pick in 2014. The 28-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowler but he hasn't been the same in recent years after an Achilles injury and microfracture knee surgery.
Description: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks saw nine targets Sunday after getting shut out in Week 3, but he caught just three of them for 33 yards.
Insight: Nicks was frustrated after last week's zero-catch effort, saying he has no control over who Eli Manning throws the ball to. Manning threw it to Nicks more often on Sunday but it did not yield the desired results. Nicks has just 12 catches for 230 yards and zero touchdowns this season.
Description: Giants fullback Henry Hynoski has left the game against Carolina with a shoulder injury.
Insight: As if the Giants didn't have enough problems in the running game, add this to the list. Expect Eli Manning and company to throw more often than in the original game plan if Hynoski isn't there to be the lead blocker.
Description: New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks had an X-ray on his hand after he caught a pass awkwardly leaving him in pain.
Insight: Nicks missed much of preseason as a precaution, but has caught nine balls for 197 yards over the first two contests. He's yet to reach the end zone, however. The finger injury didn't keep him from finishing the game.
Description: Giants tight end Brandon Myers suffered a rib injury in Sunday's loss to Denver.
Insight: Myers will have an MRI on Monday, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. He's posted solid tight end numbers through two games with 13 receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown as the Giants No. 3 option behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.
Description: Giants starting running back David Wilson played just 24 of 79 plays against Denver and rushed for just 17 yards on seven attempts. At least he didn't fumble.
Insight: Part of the reason for the poor outing is that the team fell behind and he's not currently part of the passing package. But Brandon Jacobs' 1-yard run in the third quarter is a nightmare for David Wilson's fantasy owners. Apparently coach Tom Coughlin trusts his just- signed veteran running back more than young Wilson.
Description: Despite the addition of Brandon Jacobs to the Giants roster, Da'Rel Scott is still the handcuff for David Wilson.
Insight: Scott was solid in his time on the field against the Cowboys in Week 1 with five rushes for 23 yards and 5 receptions for 51 yards. It's still Wilson's job to lose, but should he continue to struggle or fumble, Scott could be of value.
Description: Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who left Sunday's game with a concussion, returned to practice on Friday.
Insight: Facing a Broncos' team with Peyton Manning throwing to Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and tight end Julis Thomas the Giants will need every defensive back they can get. The return of Amukamura would be a huge boost to the New York's chances of slowing Manning & Co. down.
Description: Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not go as far as naming David Wilson the starter at running back Wednesday, saying "We'll see." SOURCE: NYDailyNews.com
Insight: Coughlin also reiterated that the Giants "need" Wilson and called him "necessary." The Giants coach wants Wilson to follow the carrying technique he has been taught. "And we'll see under pressure if he can continue to do that. . . . He can do a good job of covering the ball up. He was careless and it cost us dearly. But I'm confident he's going to learn from it." Wilson is a shaky RB2 until we see what amount of trust Coughlin still has in him.
Description: Giants coach Tom Coughlin stressed that David Wilson will continue to be a factor in the offense, according to the NY Daily News. "David Wilson’s a very talented young man that we need on our football team to be productive," Coughlin said. "We’ve been down this road before. We think we can have an impact on him being a better ball-carrier."
Insight: After receiving a reduced role as a rookie due to a Week 1 fumble against the Dallas Cowboys last year, Wilson lost two fumbles in the opener Sunday night, again against the Cowboys, and was benched for the second half. While Wilson is still the Giants most talented running back by far, fantasy owners cannot trust him in Week 2 against the Broncos in what could very well be a shootout.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson fumbled twice and landed in coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse ... again.
Insight: Wilson was benched for the second half and Da'Rel Scott came on to rush five times for 23 yards and catch five balls for 51 yards. In his rookie season Wilson fumbled on opening night and it took until Week 13 for him to become part of the offense again. It probably won't take as long this time, but we hope he's learned the lesson - don't fumble.
Description: Giants RE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) is "truly a game-time decision" for Sunday night's game at Dallas.
Insight: Pierre-Paul had back surgery three months ago and missed all of camp. The Giants D/ST is not a good fantasy play; New York has a no-name linebacking corps, Stevie Brown is out for the season and Pierre-Paul is not yet in game shape.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown (broken leg) has been placed on the injured reserve/designated for return list.
Insight: The injury had a 4-6 week timetable, but this extends that schedule He'll be eligible to return after missing New York's first eight games. The Giants have a bye in Week 9 meaning he could first return for Week 10.
Description: Giants running back Andre Brown, who broke his leg Thursday in an exhibition game against New England, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with the injury, according to a ProFootballTalk report.
Insight: Obviously, the injury will help starter David Wilson, who will see a much bigger workload, but apparently it won't be a season-long change, just the half.
Description: Giants running back David Wilson, already named the starting running back, will get a boost in workload after the injury to teammate Andre Brown (broken leg).
Insight: We believed Wilson and Brown were going to get nearly an even split in work, but with the only other current options being Da'Rel Scott, Ryan Torain and Michael Cox, Wilson figures to take on a huge workload and be a high-value fantasy option.
Description: Giants halfback Andre Brown broke his leg Thursday in an exhibition game against New England. SOURCE: Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN New York
Insight: Brown could wind up missing most of the season. In all likelihood, Brown only cost fantasy owners a late round flier so it's not the end of the world. He would have been a nice handcuff for David Wilson and a candidate for goal line carries but that's about it. Mostly, the injury helps Wilson, who may have just risen to RB2 status.
Description: Giants receiver Victor Cruz (heel) said his goal is to return to practice Monday, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
Insight: "Absolutely. That's definitely a date that, a target date for me," said Cruz. "I want to come out get some days of practice in as well, once the doctors let me and the training staff lets me do so. We're just taking it one day at a time." Cruz also says he plans to play Week 1 against the Cowboys.
Description: Giants safety Stevie Brown is done for the season with a torn left ACL, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.
Insight: Brown suffered the injury without contact during Saturday's preseason game. He had eight picks, 76 tackles, two forced fumbles and 11 passes deflected last season and is a major loss for New York's defense.
Description: New York wideout Victor Cruz was seen with crutches and a walking boot, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Cruz suffered a bruised heel on Sunday and is not expected to play in the final preseason games, but is expected to be ready for the season opener against the Cowboys. No need to panic ... yet.
Description: New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (groin) will play in the team's second preseason game Sunday against the Colts. Nicks suffered a groin injury early in training camp and missed the first preseason game.
Insight: The receiver missed three preseason games last year due to a broken foot and then dealt with a knee injury for most of the year. He had just 692 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games. Nicks has WR1 upside but is better drafted as a WR2.
Description: Wideout Ramses Barden has been placed on injured reserve by the New York Giants.
Insight: At 6-foot-6, 224 lbs Barden was supposed to develop into a big-time threat, but lacked the speed to get away from NFL defenders. Rueben Randle and Louis Murphy will back up Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Description: New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (groin) will not play in Saturday's first exhibition game.
Insight: Nicks has played sparingly in OTAs and training camp, but is expected to be ready when the season opens. He's entering a contract year, so expect his best after battling injuries all last season and posting a well-below-expectation 53 receptions for 692 yards and three scores. Still, we would like to see him running around the field before spending a high draft choice for him (fantasyfootballcalculator.com ADP 50).
Description: Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger says Giants tight end Brandon Myers "seems to be the perfect fit for Eli Manning."
Insight: The two have been connecting on some long passes and have developed chemistry in goal-line drills already. Myers will likely experience a dropoff from his production last year with the Raiders when he caught 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns, but he could exceed the numbers posted by Martellus Bennett in 2012. Bennett had 55 catches for 626 yards and five scores with the Giants before signing with the Bears this offseason.
Description: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (groin) says he's ready to go and will practice on Tuesday, according to new York Daily news reporter Ralph Vacchiano.
Insight: Nicks has played sparingly in OTAs and training camp, but is expected to be ready when the season opens. He's entering a contract year, so expect his best after battling injuries all last season and posting a well-below-expectation 53 receptions for 692 yards and three scores.
Description: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks (groin) sat out practice Thursday, the first full practice he has missed so far in training camp, according to ESPNNY.com.
Insight: Nicks injured his groin Sunday and practiced in a limited capacity the next two days before the team had a day off Wednesday. "It's a day-to-day type thing," coach Tom Coughlin said. The injury is not serious, but it isn't encouraging for a player with a checkered injury history.
Description: According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants' first unofficial depth chart lists both David Wilson and Andre Brown as the starting running backs.
Insight: We're not sold that the team is ready to hand over the reigns to Wilson and expect Brown to be heavily involved, especially in the red zone. Wilson's 3.09 ADP on fantasyfootballcalculator.com is too high. Brown (7.09 ADP) has serious 10-touchdown potential.
Description: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is already injured. He's missed time with groin tightness this week, according to ESPN New York.
Insight: The injury isn't serious, but it isn't an encouraging sign for a player who has a history of getting banged up. Nicks has missed nine games in his four-year career and was plagued by a knee injury for most of last season that limited his production even when he was on the field.
Description: Early indications are that wide receiver Rueben Randle has grabbed the upper hand as the Giants No.3 receiver, according to a New York Daily News report.
Insight: Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been praising his work. Given the injury-prone status to Hakeem Nicks over the past two seasons, the No. 3 spot could have significant fantasy value. Randle is battling with Ramses Barden abd Louis Murphy for the role.
Description: According to ESPN New York, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said running back David Wilson has shown "significant" improvement from last season, but added that the second-year back "is still not 100 percent" where the team wants him to be.
Insight: "He still makes mistakes but there has certainly been some significant [growth]," Gilbride added. "Now until you get the pads on -- and he has to show that he, as a smaller guy, can do the things necessary that other small backs in this league have done -- you are still kind of holding your breath when you see him." As a 2012 first-round pick, Wilson has the inside edge to the starting job, but we think Andre Brown will get his fair share of carries, especially around the goal line.
Description: Fox's Jay Glazer is reporting that the Giants and Victor Cruz have agreed to a six-year deal that should leave the receiver smiling from ear to ear.
Insight: The deal is worth $45.879 million with $15.6 million in guaranteed money. A happy Cruz and a healthy Hakeem Nicks would make both Eli Manning and fantasy owners very excited about the possibilities. If all three are playing well, Manning is capable of 4,800 passing yards and the receivers could both reach 1,200 yards
Description: Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Giants and Cruz have the basic terms of a deal in place.
Insight: A happy Cruz and a healthy Hakeem Nicks would make both Eli Manning and fantasy owners very happy. If all three are playing well, Manning is capable of 4,800 passing yards and the receivers are each 1,200 yard guys.
Description: According to ESPN New York, Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram said David Wilson has improved with his pass protection, but he wants to see how Wilson does in full pads once training camp starts.
Insight: Ahmad Bradshaw is gone, so Wilson and Andre Brown will be competing in camp for the starting job. As a 2012 first-round pick, Wilson has the inside edge, but Brown rushed for 5.3 yards per carry and eight touchdowns last season and certainly has a shot if Wilson's fumbling or pass protection issues return.
Description: The Victor Cruz saga is over ... for now. The wide receiver reluctantly accepted his one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agent tender on Friday. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: Cruz might still hold out, though he'd lose a year toward unrestricted free agency if he doesn't report to camp by August 6th. Right now, the Giants have all the leverage in contract negotiations.
Description: Hakeem Nicks was nowhere to be found Monday at Giants mini-camp. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Nicks is playing a dangerous game right now. If he doesn't report to camp tomorrow he could be facing a hefty fine. No reason was given for why Nicks wasn't in attendance but we're guessing it has something to do with the new contract extension he's been hoping for.
Description: Free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw is working out with the Colts on Thursday. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: Bradshaw has rushed for at least 1,000 yards twice in the last three seasons. The Colts had one of the league's weakest rushing attacks in 2012 so adding Bradshaw to the fold would make plenty of sense. We'll see how his workout goes.
Description: The battle for the No. 3 receiving spot with the Giants could have fantasy significance.
Insight: Rueben Randle, Ramses Barden or Louis Murphy could end up with significant fantasy value if Nicks can't play (he's never played a full 16-game schedule) or the Giants and Victor Cruz can't come to an agreement that keeps him on the field.
Description: New York wideout Hakeem Nicks, who had a knee scope earlier this offseason, told Ralph Vacchiano he's "feeling as good as I've felt in awhile."
Insight: That's great news for Nicks' fantasy owners and Eli Manning owners too. A healthy Nicks is a top-10 fantasy receiver. Now if the Giants can just get the Victor Cruz situation under control they can have one of the league's best passing offenses.
Description: Once thought to be a first-round pick, Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib wasn't taken until the fourth round of this weekend's NFL Draft. The Giants drafted him 110th overall.
Insight: In a stunning move, Nassib's college coach Doug Marrone (now the head coach of the Bills) passed on Nassib and took Florida State's E.J. Manuel with the 16th pick of the first round. Nassib was the fifth quarterback selected. He'll back up Eli Manning and shouldn't have any fantasy value unless the two-time Super Bowl MVP gets injured.
Description: Giants restricted free agent receiver Victor Cruz was reportedly given a new offer from the team which according to a New York Daily News report is for around $7 million a year.
Insight: Cruz wants to be paid like a No. 1 receiver and looking at what Dwayne Bowe received in the offseason, Cruz hasn't gotten that level of offer. Although we expect that the two sides will eventually work out an agreement it might take Cruz sitting for a while. Don't let that change your value of Cruz, who has caught 168 balls for 2,628 yards and 19 TDs over the past two seasons.
Description: Former Raiders tight end Brandon Myers will take Martellus Bennett's place as the Giants' starting tight end in 2013.
Insight: The two sides worked out a one-year agreement on Saturday. Myers quietly had a very productive season in 2012, collecting career-highs in both receiving yards (806 yards) and catches (79). Of course a lot of those numbers came in garbage time but we wouldn't expect too big of a dropoff considering New York's penchant for airing the ball out. Meanwhile, Bennett (55 receptions, 626 yards, five touchdowns in 2012) inked a deal with Chicago earlier in the week.
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