Good morning and happy Labor Day, New York Giants fans! Thanks for spending a little time with us before you head off to enjoy whatever activities you will partake in during the final holiday before Summer really begins to bleed into Fall. The Giants will open their NFL season one week from today when they face the Detroit Lions. So, let's look at the headlines.
The Giants set their 53-man roster on Saturday and were unable to claim any players off waivers on Sunday. That doesn't mean they did not try to claim any players. It simply means they were not awarded any players. The Giants were No. 12 on the waiver priority list, which, for now, is in the same order as the 2014 NFL Draft.
Teams could begin signing players to their 10-man practice squads on Sunday. The Giants signed seven players but lost rookie defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, claimed on waivers by the dastardly New England Patriots. Three more spots are available on the Giants practice squad. Look for those to be filled quickly.
Beason Is Back
The Giants return to the practice field Monday at 10 a.m. ET. Middle linebacker Jon Beason, off the PUP list after missing the entire preseason while rehabbing his broken sesamoid bone, is expected to practice today.
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NFL.com says the Oakland Raiders have the oldest roster in the league with an average age of 27.0. The Giants, despite shedding several veteran players in the offseason, are actually No. 2 with an average age of 26.75.
In a look at preseason highs and lows, SI.com pegs the Giants as a disappointment despite going 5-0.
SI.com has a terrific look at the dangers of playing the offensive line. The best part of this post? An explanation by Chris Snee of how he suffered his first torn labrum in 2012, first in a series of injuries that ultimately forced his retirement. Here is part of it:
Right guard Chris Snee of the Giants had missed just a single start in eight seasons -- three of them as a Pro Bowl selection -- when he lined up to block a running play against the Falcons in Week 15 of the 2012 season. As rookie back David Wilson attacked the middle of the line, Snee engaged in a stand‑up territorial draw with defensive tackle Corey Peters. But Atlanta defensive end John Abraham steamed off the corner behind Snee, wrapped up Wilson behind the line of scrimmage and bulldogged him into Snee's left hip. Snee buckled backward, walked gingerly off the field and did not return. He started the final two games of the season but underwent surgery in the offseason to repair a torn hip labrum, the first in a series of injuries that hastened Snee's retirement in late July of this year.
Fourth-year linebacker Jacquian Williams is probably still the team's most athletic linebacker. In his first three seasons, though, Williams has been primarily a situational player used to play in pass coverage. After an impressive preseason Williams hopes that has changed:
"What I did this year is what I expected to do coming into my second year," said Williams, a fourth-year player. "Obviously there were some injuries and stuff that came along, so that stopped the process."
ESPN has the Giants finishing third in the NFC East in its 2014 NFL Preview.
Setting your Fantasy Football lineup? ESPN's Mel Kiper thinks you should pass on using Giants rookie Andre Williams.
Still hoping the Giants might be able to get Pro Bowl guard Alex Boone from the San Francisco 49ers? Well, that isn't happening now that Boone and the 49ers have agreed to a new contract.
Former Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin played well enough this summer to make the 53-man roster for the Denver Broncos.