New York Giants’ players report for training camp on Thursday. Select players and head coach Ben McAdoo will be available to speak to the media, so stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, here are some headlines to help get you ready.
Is Jerry Jones just sticking his head in the sand when it comes, not only to Elliott, but to his roster as a whole?
... Jones defended his star running back, saying that his own review exonerates Ezekiel Elliott in the 2015 accusation of domestic violence by an ex-girlfriend, and as the league’s most powerful owner, he sent a pointed message to the NFL in the process.
“I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing — not one thing — that had anything to do with domestic violence,” Jones said Sunday as the Cowboys began reporting for training camp in Oxnard, Calif. “My opinion is there’s not even as issue over ‘he said, she said.’ There’s not even an issue there.”
The issue Giants’ fans will have with this list isn’t really who is on it, it’s that Paul Perkins is not on it.
Giants’ fans will like this one:
New York Giants: Evan Engram becomes the first rookie TE to make the Pro Bowl since 2002.
Rookie tight ends make the Pro Bowl about as often as new pop artists write their own music. OK, maybe that was a needless music-was-better-in-the-old-days comment (even though it was!), but it's not far off course. Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten, who have caught more balls than any tight ends in history, managed just 33 and 35 receptions, respectively, as rookies. Engram, however, could benefit from the defensive attention Giants receivers Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. will command. So many people in this industry -- be it former scouts, analysts and fantasy gurus -- are excited about Engram's potential in this offense. Plus, who are the dominant TEs in the NFC right now? Witten is aging. Martellus Bennett is in a new offense in Green Bay. We're still waiting on Jimmy Graham to break out in Seattle. Washington's Jordan Reed has been hurt a lot. That leaves Carolina's Greg Olsen and -- maybe -- Engram in the Pro Bowl.
20. New York Giants
There will likely be an odd man out in the Giants' quarterback room. With Josh Johnson, Geno Smith and Davis Webb, it will be hard for the G-Men to carry three reserves. Webb, a rookie third-round pick, could quickly become the top understudy to Eli Manning, while Johnson and Smith are likely competing for one roster spot. Smith gets a fresh start in New York, while Johnson is trying to hang on to a roster spot; he hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2013.
If this is right it means another year of crossing your fingers and hoping Eli Manning stays healthy.
Dallas Cowboys (11-5): The league should be ready for Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott — assuming he isn't suspended — this time around; that celebrated O-line is breaking in two new starters; and the defense could be a hot mess. Still, there's no denying this club's offensive firepower. The Cowboys play four of their five November games at home, a good point to make a move in the standings.
New York Giants (10-6): They open with four of six on the road. Survive that stretch and maybe establish some semblance of a ground game to complement their aerial weapons, and the Giants could contend for the division.
Philadelphia Eagles (9-7): The offensive line is intact, and Carson Wentz has some fancy new weapons. But the defensive front seven better dominate, or else that shaky secondary could be fatally exposed. Back-to-back West Coast games in December hurt.
Washington Redskins (5-11): The questions about Kirk Cousins' future will be on constant loop. And he may not enjoy the present all that much after losing two 1,000-yard receivers.