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Giants Daily News columnist Ralph Vacchiano tweeted thursday that LT Will Beatty, WR Mario Manningham and OL John Jerry will be limited at the start of training camp. This news isn't all that shocking as Manningham missed all of OTAs with a knee injury that has been setting him back since 2012 when he tore his ACL. In 2013 he played only 6 games for the 49ers again having issues with the surgically repaired knee.
The Giants will open the 2014 season with a new offense and new coordinator, Ben McAdoo. Manning expressed his feelings about the changes recently in the New York Post. "You come in to the season a little nervous - you just don't have [the same comfort]," Manning said. "We've still got a lot of work to do and a lot to improve on to get comfortable." Manning, who had ankle surgery in April, says he's fully recovered from the operation and ready to devote himself to the task of learning the new scheme.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Monday that his feel for new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system is "not to where I want it to be." The same could be said for his top wideout.
Victor Cruz told Paul Dottino of WFAN radio on Tuesday that his comfort level with the offense is currently at an eight out of 10.
Rashad Jennings is the Giants' lead running back. That is known. David Wilson, now that he has been medically cleared, should be the change-of-pace backup. That is pretty much a lock as long as he stays healthy.
But there could be room for a third consistent contributor to this running game. That is if you believe Art Stapleton, Giants reporter for the Bergen Record. He tweeted Tuesday that he "could see" Jennings, Wilson, and rookie running back Andre Williams being used in a rotation, "especially to keep Jennings fresh."
Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham took part in the team's first practice of training camp Tuesday, but he's not 100 percent.
Beckham said prior to the practice that a hamstring injury he suffered during the spring is "feeling a lot better" but it may not be fully healed. Then Beckham appeared to pull up slightly while going out on a deep route during the practice.
Wilson declared via Twitter Monday that he has been "cleared for everything." Wilson underwent neck surgery following a Week 5 injury last year versus the Eagles. It was originally feared that Wilson's career might be over. That has not proved to be the case, however, and Wilson will now be set to join fellow RB Rashad Jennings in the Giants backfield this season.
Last season, Nick Foles posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio by a quarterback who ever threw at least 250 passes in a season.
Not bad for a quarterback who entered the season as a backup and started just 10 games. Foles doesn't need to worry about a competition this season; he is entrenched as the Eagles' starter. Now the pressure ratchets up for him to prove that 2013 was fluke. He is fully aware of how much pressure is on him -- "It probably hurts me more now than it did last year because I did it, so now you've got to do it even better." But Foles says he doesn't have to repeat 27:2 to be validated. There's more to being a good player than good numbers.
"In my mind, I want to do even better," Foles told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "But I know in reality some things can happen. There could be a game where I throw two interceptions. I threw two interceptions all last season and it's like, 'Oh, gosh.' But that happens.
"Our team isn't measured by my 27:2. Can I be a good-enough leader to where I can make these guys better players around me to where it makes the team better and we win? Now, I might not ever reach those [statistics] again. . . . I hope I do. I want to get better and I want to be a better player. But if you're just looking primarily at statistics, you might not ever."
One reason why the Giants spent a first-round pick on Odell Beckham is his 4.4 speed. The Giants look forward to utilizing that speed this year, and perhaps the most prominent way they will do so is by making the rookie a decoy to help out his teammates.
"Odell Beckham was drafted to give the Giants the field-stretching threat that Hakeem Nicks did not provide last year, and the team believes he can outrun defensive backs and help open things up for Ben McAdoo's offense near the line of scrimmage," ESPN New York's Dan Graziano wrote Saturday.
"Of course, assuming they're right, Beckham can provide a big-play threat in his own right down the field. But their hope is that he has the speed to beat press coverage and stretch out defenses in a way that allows their offense to operate with a variety of quick-hitting options."
Redskins fans and Robert Griffin's fantasy owners from 2013 probably want to forget about everything Mike Shanahan following last year's fiasco. Jay Gruden is in as the new head coach. Sean McVay is in as the new offensive coordinator. But when people watch the Redskins this season, they will see something that should remind them of Shanahan:
The offense. Griffin said so.
"I think having two years' experience running an offense, a pro-level offense, West Coast type, this is very similar," Griffin told the Washington Post. "So it's not been as tough as you might think. But all the concepts translate over. They might be called something different. But the reads are similar. It's just about the philosophy of the coach. Jay has a little bit different philosophy."
According to the Washington Post, Gruden wants WR Jackson to slot into the 'Z' role - the primary deep threat - in the Redskins new offense. This was the role filled by WR A.J. Green during Gruden's time as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. The Post also mentions that Pierre Garcon is expected to be the 'X' receiver, a role characterized by short, quick routes. During Gruden's last year with the Bengals, the 'Z' role player saw 178 targets, versus 80 for the 'X' slot.