Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your headlines for this fine Friday morning.
Marshall Newhouse has a tip for Ereck Flowers
Marshall Newhouse is a veteran offensive lineman who has had his share of rough patches during his career. Per Dan Graziano of ESPN, Newhouse offered a little advice to Giants' first-round pick Ereck Flowers:
"You have to understand that it's going to get ugly," said Newhouse, a five-year NFL veteran who started 29 games at tackle for the Packers in 2011-12. "You look at the tape of the guys playing tackle in these college spread offenses, and it looks real pretty. You get out on your block, one-on-one with your guy, and you lock him up and it all works. But up here, when you look at the tape at the end of a play -- even one that was blocked well, with everybody doing their job -- and it looks ugly."
Newhouse said Flowers' footwork is going to be paramount, because footwork in NFL pass protection isn't just about getting to your spot. It's about holding your spot, and being able to react and reset when someone puts a move on you that you've never seen before and weren't expecting.
"A lot of guys realize they may not be as good an athlete as they thought," Newhouse said.
Odell Beckham helped recruit Shane Vereen
Some positive words about the organization from Odell Beckham helped convince Shane Vereen to sign with the Giants in free agency.
"He said it was a young team with a lot of talent. He loves it here, and he was excited for this upcoming season. That was really all I needed to hear. I love when guys are excited to be somewhere. That makes me want to be there and excited for the growth.
"There were other offers, but I felt like this was the right fit for me. I felt like this was the right place for me. And I haven't looked back yet. It's been a learning process, but it's been fun. I couldn't even tell you [how many offers I had] because it all happened so fast. Free agency opened and then by about noon West Coast time I was going to be a Giant. It happened so quickly, so I don't even know if there was much thought process. There were a couple offers, but once I heard the Giants were interested, I was very interested as well."
Cooper Taylor knows what he has to do
For third-year safety Cooper Taylor, the biggest obstacle thus far in his NFL career has been health. He missed all of last season after breaking his foot. There is an opportunity in front of Taylor this season, and he knows it. He just needs to stay on the field to go after it.
"I’ve got to prove it to everybody out here," said Taylor, who cracked the sesamoid bone in his left foot during a preseason game against the Colts last August. "I’m going into a year where I have an opportunity and I need to take advantage."
Reese: Giants will keep looking for OL help
The Giants recently had offensive tackle Jake Long in for a visit. General manager Jerry Reese said this week that the Giants will "continue to look around."
"Obviously, everybody has around 90 men on their roster right now, so there'll be some cuts; there will be some chances to add some offensive linemen," Reese said.