New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) participates in the organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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Giants’ Daniel Jones ‘confident’ despite declined fifth-year option

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones chose his words carefully Thursday when discussing new general manager Joe Schoen’s decision not to fully guarantee his fifth-year option for 2023.

Jones, however, was clear in saying that he remains sold on his abilities.

“Yeah, I’m certainly confident in myself. I’m confident in the team we have and the coaches and the system,” Jones said. “I think we’re all learning it, and we’re improving daily with it. There’s a lot of reasons to be confident, I think, when you look at all those pieces. We’ve got to focus on what we’re doing now. We can’t focus on results and the season. That’s a long way away.”

He missed six games last season with a neck injury.

Jones has shown glimpses of potential in the three seasons since the Giants selected him with the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Those glimpses weren’t enough, however, as Schoen elected against paying the quarterback $22.3 million in 2023.

“That was certainly out of my control, out of my hands, and that’s the business part of it. I understand that,” said Jones, who turns 25 next week.

“My job is to prepare to play as well as I can, help the team win games, and that’s certainly what I’m focused on.”

And he’ll try to do so under new head coach Brian Daboll, who previously aided in the development of Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

Jones completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,428 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 starts last season. He had seven interceptions and seven fumbles.

Through 38 games (37 starts), he owns a 12-25 record with 8,398 passing yards, 45 TDs and 29 picks.

–Field Level Media

Jun 8, 2021; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) catches a pass against cornerback Maurice Canady (28) during voluntary Organized Team Activities at the Ford Center at the Star Training Facility in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants agree to terms with pair of cornerbacks

The New York Giants agreed to terms with cornerbacks Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Both players previously competed under Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale in Baltimore. Like Canady and Dorsey, defensive tackle Justin Ellis and edge rusher Jihad Ward are also former Ravens to sign with New York this offseason.

The reported additions of Canady and Dorsey came on the same day that the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms with former Giants cornerback James Bradberry to a one-year contract.

Canady, 27, recorded six tackles while playing in eight games last season with the Dallas Cowboys. He has collected 86 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 40 career games (four starts) with the Ravens, New York Jets and Cowboys.

Dorsey, 24, registered two tackles while playing in six games with the Ravens in 2020. He did not play last season due to an undisclosed injury.

–Field Level Media

May 13, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux (5) practices a drill during rookie camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Giants first-rounders Kayvon Thibodeaux, Evan Neal to sign

The New York Giants’ first-round draft picks — No. 5 Kayvon Thibodeaux and No. 7 Evan Neal — agreed to contract terms and were expected to sign on the dotted line later Saturday, NFL Network reported.

Once they do, that will mean that all but 12 of the 32 NFL first-round draft picks will be under contract.

ESPN said Thibodeaux’s deal is fully guaranteed and for four years for $31.3 million. Neal’s contract will be for four years, $24.6 million and also is fully guaranteed, per ESPN.

Neal, who played in college at Alabama, has lined up at right tackle during this weekend’s rookie minicamp. Thibodeaux had 35.5 tackles for loss — including 19 sacks — in 31 games at Oregon.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (24) reacts after intercepting a pass against the Chicago Bears during the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Giants release CB James Bradberry

The New York Giants released Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry on Monday in a cost-savings move.

The Giants will carve out $10.2 million in cap savings and incur a dead cap hit of $11.7 million. The move comes after the club was unable to find a trade partner for Bradberry, who signed a three-year, $43.5 million deal with the Giants in March 2020.

Bradberry, 28, had a career-high four interceptions in 17 games (16 starts) in 2021 for the Giants. He had also had 17 passes defensed to go with two fumble recoveries.

He made the Pro Bowl after the 2020 season.

Bradberry has 15 career INTs and 82 passes defensed in 92 career games (91 starts) for the Carolina Panthers (2016-19) and Giants. The Panthers selected Bradberry in the second round of the 2016 draft.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) on the field for warm ups MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Report: Giants interested in trading WR Kadarius Toney

The Giants have reached out to other teams to gauge their interest in acquiring wide receiver Kadarius Toney, the New York Daily News reported.

Toney, the Giants’ first-round pick in 2021, has opted against participating in the team’s voluntary offseason program this week.

Per the Daily News, the Giants took issue with Toney’s commitment to the team and lack of preparation during an injury-riddled rookie season.

Toney dealt with bouts of COVID-19 as well as injuries to his ankle, hamstring, hand, oblique and shoulder in his first year with the Giants.

New coach Brian Daboll, however, wasn’t willing to overreact publicly to Toney’s absence on Wednesday.

“This is a voluntary camp,” Daboll said at the time. “The guys that are here, we’re going to work with. The guys that aren’t, they’re going to miss out on some things but it’s voluntary for the reason. That’s the nature of the rules. I’ve had good talks with KT.”

Toney, 23, appeared to dismiss the report with a post on his Instagram story Friday night.

“If you believe everything on the internet you (gullible),” Toney wrote.

Toney had 39 catches for 420 yards and zero touchdowns in 10 games last season, with 10 receptions for 189 yards coming in New York’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 10. He was selected by the Giants with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Florida.

–Field Level Media

Logan Ryan of the Giants as the Denver Broncos came to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and beat the New York Giants 27-13 in the first game of the 2021 season on September 12, 2021.

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Reports: Logan Ryan files grievance against Giants for $3M

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Logan Ryan filed a grievance against his former team, the New York Giants, over a portion of his 2021 salary he believes should have been guaranteed, The Athletic and ESPN reported Friday.

Ryan, 31, had $5.5 million of his salary fully guaranteed and $8.5 million guaranteed for injury. Ryan had surgery on his finger in the offseason, and the Giants released him after the surgery, per the reports.

Ryan believes that entitles him to the $3 million difference between the guarantees.

The veteran played 15 games (all starts) for New York in 2021, compiling a career-high 117 tackles, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one sack. He was a defensive captain for the Giants.

After he was released last month, Ryan signed with the Buccaneers, re-joining Tom Brady after they were teammates in New England from 2013-16.

Ryan said in his introductory press conference in Tampa Bay that his release from the Giants “wasn’t my call.”

In nine seasons with the Patriots, the Tennessee Titans (2017-19) and the Giants, Ryan has totaled 705 career tackles, 18 interceptions, 95 pass breakups, 14 forced fumbles and 13 sacks while spending time at both cornerback and safety.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) points to the crowd after the Giants' 23-16 win over the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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WR Kadarius Toney absent as Giants open voluntary minicamp

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney was not in attendance during the start of the team’s voluntary offseason minicamp on Wednesday.

While it’s hardly considered breaking news for a player to skip offseason workouts, it should be noted that Toney — the team’s first-round pick in 2021 — spent a considerable amount of time on the sideline last season.

Toney dealt with bouts of COVID-19 as well as injuries to his ankle, hamstring, hand, oblique and shoulder in his first year with the Giants.

New coach Brian Daboll, however, wasn’t willing to overreact publicly to Toney’s absence on Wednesday.

“This is a voluntary camp,” Daboll said. “The guys that are here, we’re going to work with. The guys that aren’t, they’re going to miss out on some things but it’s voluntary for the reason. That’s the nature of the rules. I’ve had good talks with KT.”

Toney, 23, had 39 catches for 420 yards and zero touchdowns in 10 games last season, with 10 receptions for 189 yards coming in New York’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 10. He was selected by the Giants with the 20th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Florida.

–Field Level Media

Mar 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Liberty quarterback Malik Willis (QB16) goes through a drill during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Take 5: Teams under most pressure to ace ’22 draft

Throughout their collective history, few NFL franchises have been more patient than the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers.

There’s no question the ongoing ownership of the Rooneys in Pittsburgh, the Maras and Tischs in New York and the Hunts in Kansas City have made their franchises rock solid through the decades. None of those ownership groups have been too hands on. Instead, they leave the work up to their coaches and general managers and coaches and allow them to do their jobs.

It’s similar in Green Bay, where ownership situation is very different. The Packers are owned by 360,584 shareholders. In relative terms, Green Bay is a small and close-knit community and team executives historically have been slow to change coaches or quarterbacks.

Although the Panthers are newer (they came along as an expansion team in 1995), their longtime owner, Jerry Richardson, came from the old-school NFL. Before Richardson was forced to sell the team in 2017 in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and the use of a racial slur, the team and the league loved to point out the fact he played in the NFL and caught a touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL Championship Game.

But the patience is gone in Carolina because current owner David Tepper is more like a modern-day owner, who doesn’t believe in sitting still. It’s commonly accepted that coach Matt Rhule must win now to keep his job.

Things aren’t quite so dire in Pittsburgh, New York, Kansas City and Green Bay. But clocks are ticking more rapidly than ever before. That means the Steelers, Giants, Chiefs, Packers, and even the Panthers, are under enormous pressure to ace the upcoming NFL draft, which starts on April 28.

Let’s take a look at each of those situations and why the draft is so critical.

The natives – and one very important non-native — truly are restless. When February 2023 rolls around it will mark 12 years since quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have won a Super Bowl. That’s 12 years longer than most Green Bay fans expected.

Rodgers has won four MVP awards, but time is running out. Rodgers is 38 and has made plenty of noise about retiring. There also have been rumors he might prefer to finish his career elsewhere.

That means the Packers have to go all-in this season and they are not quite there. Rodgers’ favorite target, Davante Adams, was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders. That means the Packers have to use either the 22nd or 28th overall pick to get a receiver that can make an instant impact.

Either Alabama’s Jameson Williams or Ohio State’s Chris Olave make sense as receivers and Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green could keep Rodgers happy.

Believe it or not, there also is a sense of urgency in Kansas City.

When you have the league’s best young quarterback (Patrick Mahomes) you’re supposed to win the Super Bowl every year. Mahomes did that in the 2019 season, but came up short the last two years.

There was a lot of head scratching in Kansas City in March when the Chiefs traded Mahomes’ favorite receiver, Tyreek Hill, to Miami. But there was logic behind the deal. Coach Andy Reid is 64 and won’t be around forever and the Chiefs have needs at multiple positions. In exchange for Hill, they got a 2022 first-round pick, a second-round pick and two fourth-round picks in addition to a 2023 sixth-round pick.

The Chiefs have three picks in the top 50, including Nos. 29 and 30. They could use one of their early picks on Williams, Olave or Georgia’s George Pickens to replace Hill, but that would be only part of the puzzle. As last year showed, the offensive line and the defense also need help.

The Chiefs need to come out of this draft with at least three players that contribute right away. Georgia defensive tackle Devonte White, Minnesota defensive end Boye Mafe and Central Michigan offensive tackle Bernhard Raimann could step right in and start.

This is a unique situation because the Steelers have had only three coaches (Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin) throughout most of the lifetimes of most of their fans. Tomlin isn’t on the immediate hot seat because he’s had only two non-winning seasons.

But quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a constant during Tomlin’s tenure, retired and that likely means there will be a step back. While most scouts agree there are no quarterbacks in this year’s draft worthy of top pick consideration, general managers, coaches and even owners have a way of using a shoehorn to fill a need.

Would it be totally outrageous for the Steelers to do something out of character? Not really. It would make a lot of sense for them to go with the quarterback from the hometown college – Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett. Given Tomlin’s job security, Pickett wouldn’t have to play right away. He could wait a year and then takeover.

Besides, does anybody really think Mitchell Trubisky is the long-term answer?

Coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen are new, but you can bet they – at least subtly – been told to get back to doing things the “Giants Way.”
Think about the nucleus of the franchise’s last two Super Bowl wins, which came after the 2007 and 2011 seasons. Pass rusher Michael Strahan was the face of the 2007 team.

Quarterback Eli Manning was the poster boy in 2011, but that’s only because guards Chris Snee and David Diehl made Manning look better than he was. In recent years, unsuccessful regimes have drafted running back Saquon Barkley, quarterback Daniel Jones and receiver Kadarius Toney. The results haven’t been great and that’s why this year’s draft is so important for the Giants.

They hold three picks in the top 36. That should translate into three first-year starters.

If Schoen and Daboll want to stick around long, they would be wise to stay away from flashy skill-position players and go with what’s tried and true in New York. Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux or Purdue’s George Karlaftis could fit the Strahan model or Alabama’s Evan Neal or N.C. State’s Ikem Ekwonu could help make Jones look like Manning.

There are rumblings around the league that Tepper is doing what several owners around the league foolishly have done in recent years. That’s encouraging your coach and general manager to take a quarterback they don’t really want.

But that might be the best thing Rhule and general manager Scott Fitterer could do. Taking Liberty quarterback Malik Willis probably won’t translate into a lot of wins in 2022. But, if Willis shows any signs of promise, Rhule still could have a job in 2023.

–By Pat Yasinksas, Field Level Media

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to throw in the first half. The Giants defeat the Eagles, 13-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants QB Daniel Jones (neck) cleared for offseason program

There will be no limitations on what quarterback Daniel Jones can do as the New York Giants begin their offseason workout program Monday.

Jones told reporters he was “cleared and ready to go” with the Giants after a neck injury cut short his 2021 season.

Jones only played 11 games for New York in 2021, his third NFL season, before the injury sidelined him and eventually got him placed on injured reserve. In those 11 games (all starts), Jones threw for 2,248 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions on a career-best 64.3 completion percentage.

He also fumbled seven times, and the Giants went just 4-7 in those games.

The Giants are under new management, with GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll opting to bring in veteran Tyrod Taylor at the position. Jones remains the starter for now.

“I’m excited. I’m excited to get going here. I appreciate the support,” he said. “But it’s my job to do my role, to prepare this team, to prepare myself to play as well as I can and put this team in position to win games. So I take that responsibility very seriously and that is what I’m focused on.”

Jones has yet to play a full season in the NFL, missing time each season with injuries while playing behind a much-maligned offensive line. Owner John Mara admitted this winter that the Giants had “done everything we can to screw (Jones) up since he’s been here.”

Soon New York will need to choose whether to pick up the fifth-year option on Jones’ rookie contract for 2023. That would be worth a costly $22.4 million.

“We’ll do that when it comes up,” Jones said Monday. “But I’m focused on what we’re doing here and preparing and taking advantage of every day we have here together.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Derrick Gore (40) runs for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Adoree' Jackson (22) during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Giants rework deal of CB Adoree’ Jackson, save $6M on cap

The New York Giants restructured the contract of cornerback Adoree’ Jackson to carve out $5.98 million in cap space, ESPN reported Monday.

The Giants had been the only team in the league with less than $1 million in cap space, per the report. The team has more work to do; the Giants will need as much as $16 million to sign their 2022 draft class.

Jackson, 26, had an interception and eight passes defensed in 13 games (12 starts) for the Giants in 2021, his first season in New York. He started 41 of 46 games for Tennessee after the Titans selected him No. 18 overall in the 2017 draft.

The Titans released him on March 16, 2021, to clear cap space. He signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Giants the following week.

–Field Level Media