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Giants news, 1/28: Former Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt reportedly added to coaching staff

New York Giants headlines for Thursday

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Jeremy Pruitt to join Giants’ coaching staff

Giants head coach Joe Judge is adding recently-fired Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt to the team’s coaching staff, per published reports.

Pruitt was fired for cause after three seasons at Tennessee after an internal investigation “showed evidence of multiple Level I and Level II NCAA recruiting rules violations under his watch.”

The Giants have not announced the hiring and Pruitt’s exact role role is unknown, though it will be on the defensive side of the ball.

Pruitt, 46, has never coached in the NFL. He has been defensive coordinator at Florida State (2013), Georgia (2014-15) and Alabama (2016-17). He was on staff at Alabama while Judge was there from 2009-2011.

The Giants have an opening on their defensive staff after outside linebackers coach Bret Bielema took the head-coaching job at Illinois.

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Eli Manning, Giants figuring out organizational role

Last week, Manning visited the team’s training and practice facility to catch up with old friends. He spoke with co-owner John Mara, and the subject of creating some sort of role for the former franchise quarterback was discussed. Nothing definitive came out of the chat. Manning is not interested in any sort of coaching role — that takes up far too much time.

More likely, the Giants will try to incorporate Manning on the business side of team operations, serving in some sort of ambassadorship role. Perhaps there will be some involvement in the football side, dealing with players, but no one is talking about any sort of full-time or heavy-lifting position.

Whatever the role, it will be good to see Manning officially in some capacity with the Giants.

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Kevin Zeitler was a solid player at one guard spot, but the other one for the Giants was a mess. Will Hernandez and Shane Lemieux combined to create a problem spot all season long regardless of who was starting. The pair surrendered 50 total pressures and had PFF run-blocking grades below 60.0 each. They are both young players, but at this point the Giants may not have the luxury of allowing them to develop if the team values the development of quarterback Daniel Jones, who had a PFF grade of 91.5 when kept clean this season but 46.9 when pressured.

Valentine’s View: I’m not sure I’m obsessing about the guard spot the way PFF seems to be.

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