Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let's get your work week started with some Giants-related headlines sure to distract from, well, working.
BTB not buying Dez holdout chatter
Our friends over at SB Nation's Blogging The Boys aren't believing the reports that star wide receiver Dez Bryant might skip the season opener vs. the Giants if he doesn't get a long-term deal done. The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant and have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term deal. BTB says:
Negotiations 101. Put something out there, don't confirm it but just let it hang in the air. See if you can get any traction with it. The problem is, it would seem way out of character for Dez to hold out. We all know that Dez wants a long-term deal, and so do the Cowboys, But Bryant loves the game, he loves his teammates, and it's not like he's exactly going to be in the poor house this year. $12.8 million is a very nice payday.
Valentine's View: I tend to agree with the idea that this is a bluff by Bryant. It is an enticing one for Giants fans to talk about, but more than likely tossing out the possibility of skipping games is just a bluff to put some pressure on Dallas owner Jerry Jones.
Giants among teams poised for turnaround?
Our cohorts at the mothership, SB Nation.com, think so. They list the Giants as one of three teams with a losing record in 2014 who could take a step forward this season.
SBN's Danny Kelly points to -- guess what? -- injuries as a primary factor, along with the potential of the offense and some talented young players on defense.
Mandatory mini-camp begins Tuesday
The Giants will hold their three-day mandatory mini-camp beginning on Tuesday. Giants.com offers a mini-camp primer, including a few things to look for.
Pat Traina, writing for Bleacher Report, takes a look at some offseason winners and losers thus far for the Giants.
Cowboys better without DeMarco Murray?
It is hard to fathom that losing a player who ran for a league-leading 1,845 yards last season could improve its running game by letting him leave. Monday Morning Quarterback tires, however, to make the case that the Cowboys could do just that in 2015.
MMQB's Andy Benoit writes that Murray "left a lot of yards on the field" last season.
Valentine's View: Benoit might be right about Murray. He also might be wrong. You would have to watch every carry from 2014 to figure that out. Maybe it's true that Murray missed a few holes along the way -- every running back does at some point. Murray did, however, lead the league in yards after contact with 998. That's more than half the yardage he accumulated.
Top 25 free agents
Giants fans know offensive guard Evan Mathis and offensive tackle Jake Long are still looking for new teams. Anyone else on this list of the top 25 free agents interest you?