Good morning, New York Giants fans! Training camp is creeping ever closer, with the first practice just 10 days away. Thus, only one more weekend to go before football starts again. Here are some Giants headlines to start your weekend.
Eli Manning worked with rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. this week at the Manning Passing Academy. The Giants' quarterback said he has been "re-energized" by having to learn a new offensive system:
"It’s re-energized me," he said. "I’m trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don’t have 10 years. I have a few months."
Jordan Ranaan of NJ.com has been doing film studies of various Giants. His latest is on Giants' cornerback Walter Thurmond, and he concludes that Thurmond is an underrated player:
If Thurmond can stay on the field, he looks capable of being an impact player. He can cover, make plays against the run and add a new dimension for the Giants off the edge as a pass rusher. He can also easily fill-in as a starter on the outside if something happens to Rodgers-Cromartie or Prince Amukamara.
Speaking of new Giants' cornerbacks, NFL.com ranks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as the league's seventh-best cover corner. The caveat, of course, being that it always depends on how interested DRC is at any given time:
Say what you will about Rodgers-Cromartie's enigmatic game, but there is no doubt he possesses the physical tools to be the top cover corner around. He is an athletic ballhawk capable of squatting on routes to produce critical turnovers, yet is also skilled enough to blanket receivers in tight man-to-man. When DRC is locked in and focused on playing at a high level, he enters the discussion as a potential top-five corner.
Does the 2014 season amount to a 'final run' for the Giants with Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning leading the charge? Comcast Sports Philadelphia thinks so. At least the Comcast folks are smart enough not to underestimate Manning:
Manning has bounced back before, and even at 33, he’s probably good enough with the right supporting cast. It all comes down to protection. As long as Coughlin’s Giants can find a way to keep the quarterback upright, that team always has a shot to be in the mix in the NFC East.