Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some morning headlines for your Thursday.
Osi believes in JPP
On Wednesday, former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora announced his retirement at the team's facility after signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of Big Blue. The former Pro Bowl pass rusher offered a vote of confidence in Jason Pierre-Paul, who has yet to report to training camp after a fireworks incident on July 4 in which his right index finger was amputated afterward. Umenyiora believes Pierre-Paul will return and even offered a lofty comparison after chatting with him on FaceTime two weeks ago.
"Whenever he's ready, he's going to be back, there's no doubt about that. This team needs him. I think he knows that, I think everybody knows that," Umenyiora said. "You've got a truly dominant football player. I haven't seen one like him since Strahan, honestly. So I think the team needs him, he needs this team. He has to come back, and I think he will come back and be strong."
Giants-Jets "quieter" without Rex Ryan
Without Rex Ryan patrolling the sidelines, the upcoming annual preseason contest between the Jets and the Giants isn't as perked up a rivalry as it was in years past. Both teams have struggled with on and off-the-field issues during the past few years, and the rivalry has simmered down a bit, according to Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
"He brought a little entertainment. It seems a little quieter this week in preparation," Manning joked. "Not as much chit-chat on both sides."
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Check out the Giants' latest depth chart leading up to their game versus the Jets.
Marshall Newhouse suffered a left ankle injury during practice. Newhouse is listed as the starting right tackle.
Odell Beckham Jr.'s catch is on a t-shirt and shows that he is truly a Human Slinky.
Speaking of Beckham, he's not changing the way he plays.
Around the NFL
Former NFL offensive tackle Jonathan Martin says he attempted suicide because of many mental difficulties.
Redskins pass rusher Junior Galette tore his Achilles in practice.
Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said teammate Mychal Kendricks could be the NFL's best inside linebacker.
Former 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was indicted on one count of rape. Current 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks was charged with sexual battery involving the same victim on the same day.