Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Justin Hilliard (47) against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2021 CFP National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants LB Justin Hilliard suspended two games

New York Giants linebacker Justin Hilliard was suspended for the first two games of the 2022 season, NFL Network reported Friday, after he violated the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Hilliard, who went undrafted out of Ohio State, made his NFL debut last season and played in two games with the Giants. He played on 15 special-teams snaps.

Hilliard, 25, was waived by the San Francisco Giants on Aug. 31 of last year and signed by the Giants a day later. He was placed on injured reserve in mid-October due to an ankle injury.

He will be eligible to join the Giants on Sept. 19, one day following their Week 2 game against the Carolina Panthers.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) on the field for organized team activities (OTAs) at the training center in East Rutherford on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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Report: Giants WR Kadarius Toney had knee procedure

New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney reportedly is recovering from a minor knee procedure.

Toney was wearing a red no-contact jersey during organized team activities this week following arthroscopic surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Toney, 23, was the Giants’ first-round pick (20th overall) in 2021. He caught 39 passes for 420 yards and no scores in 10 games (four starts) during his rookie season.

He got off to a slow start last season after a July stint on the COVID-19 list and missed six of the last seven games due to an ankle injury.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins (88) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Giants agree to terms with TE Jordan Akins

The New York Giants agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent tight end Jordan Akins, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Financial details were not available for the contract, which is pending the results of a physical.

Akins, who turned 30 on Tuesday, caught 24 passes for 214 yards in 13 games (three starts) in his fourth season with the Houston Texans in 2021.

He has 114 career receptions for 1,260 yards and three touchdowns in 58 games (23 starts) since Houston drafted him in the third round in 2018.

Akins joins a tight end depth chart in New York that includes Ricky Seals-Jones, Jake Hausmann and Chris Myarick.

–Field Level Media

Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale  during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. The  Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants hiring Wink Martindale as DC

The New York Giants plan to hire former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale to fill the same position, NFL Network said Tuesday.

Martindale, 58, and former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai reportedly were the finalists to replace Patrick Graham, now the defensive coordinator of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Martindale oversaw the defense in Baltimore for the past four seasons. Starting in 2004, he spent five seasons as the Raiders’ linebackers coach before serving as the Denver Broncos’ linebackers coach in 2009 and their defensive coordinator the following year.

Martindale also was Baltimore’s linebackers coach from 2012-17. The Ravens fired Martindale on Jan. 21.

–Field Level Media

Jan 6, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale  during an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. The  Chargers defeated the Ravens 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Giants to interview Don Martindale, Sean Desai for DC job

The New York Giants are interviewing longtime NFL assistants Don “Wink” Martindale and Sean Desai among “four or so others” for their defensive coordinator opening on Saturday, the NFL Network reported.

The Giants are seeking to replace defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who reportedly has accepted the same role with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Martindale, 58, had been the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens for the last four seasons. Starting in 2004, he spent five seasons as the Raiders’ linebackers coach before serving as the Denver Broncos’ linebackers coach in 2009 and their defensive coordinator the following year.

Martindale also was the Ravens’ linebackers coach from 2012-17. The Ravens fired Martindale on Jan. 21.

Desai, 38, has spent the last nine seasons with the Chicago Bears, including 2021 as their defensive coordinator. He was Chicago’s defensive quality control coach from 2013-18 before serving as the Bears safeties coach the next two seasons.

The Bears confirmed Desai’s departure from the team on Tuesday. He was not retained by new head coach Matt Eberflus.

–Field Level Media

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, left, and head coach Joe Judge talk on the field before the game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in East Rutherford.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman announces retirement

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement Monday.

Gettleman, 70, spent four years in the role with the Giants. The team was 19-45 in his tenure, including 4-13 this season.

He informed team owners John Mara and Steve Tisch of his intentions within the past few days and announced his decision to the players and coaches on Monday morning.

“It was a privilege to serve as the general manager of the New York Giants the last four years and to have spent so many years of my career with this franchise,” Gettleman said in a statement released by the team.

“We obviously have not had the on-the-field success I expected, and that is disappointing. However, I have many fond memories here, including two Super Bowl victories, and I wish the team and organization only the best moving forward. There are many good people here who pour their souls into this organization. I am proud to have worked alongside them.”

Gettleman, who was the GM of the Carolina Panthers from 2013-17, previously worked with the Giants from 1998-2012 primarily as their director of pro personnel.

“We would like to thank Dave for his commitment to this franchise,” Mara and Tisch said in a joint statement. “He has had a highly accomplished 35-year career in the National Football League. Dave was integral in building three of our Super Bowl teams, including two championship teams, and we wish Dave, his wife Joanne and their entire family all the best in his retirement.”

The jobs of Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge were widely expected to be scrutinized by team ownership after New York missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

“It is an understatement to say John and I are disappointed by the lack of success we have had on the field,” Tisch added separately. “We are united in our commitment to find a general manager who will provide the direction necessary for us to achieve the on-field performance and results we all expect.”

The Giants have the fourth pick in the draft by virtue of their own record and they acquired the first-round pick of the Chicago Bears via trade during the 2021 draft. Chicago’s pick is No. 7 overall.

Judge, 10-23 as head coach of the Giants, reportedly ran a meeting with players Monday looking toward the future but the hold on his position could be subject to the approval of the next general manager.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; East Rutherford, N.J., USA; 
Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) runs for a 1st down against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Antonio Gibson helps Washington hand Giants sixth straight loss

Antonio Gibson rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown as the Washington Football Team closed the season with a 22-7 win over the New York Giants on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

In a defensive struggle, Washington’s Bobby McCain scored the game’s first touchdown late in the third quarter, returning an interception 30 yards as his team (7-10) snapped a four-game losing streak. McCain added another interception on the game’s final play.

It was the sixth straight loss for New York (4-13), each by double-digit margins. The Giants had hope when Jake Fromm threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton, cutting Washington’s lead to 12-7 with 11:24 left.

But Washington responded on the ensuing possession. Gibson accounted for 57 of the drive’s 78 yards, the final 18 coming on his touchdown run with 6:28 left.

Gibson averaged nearly 7.0 yards on his 21 carries as he became Washington’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Adrian Peterson in 2018. Gibson’s 21 touchdowns in his first two seasons are a franchise record, as he topped Albert Morris’ mark of 20.

Washington controlled possession much of the afternoon as it outgained New York 325-177. WFT quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 9 of 18 passes for 120 yards. Terry McLaurin caught four passes for 93 yards.

Washington limited Fromm to 15 completions on 31 attempts for 103 yards and held Saquon Barkley to 11 yards on 30 rushes. New York’s most effective weapon was Fromm’s legs as he scrambled five times for 53 yards.

In a static first half, Washington scored field goals on its first and final possessions to take a 6-0 lead. Heinicke scrambled away from pressure and threw a 30-yard pass to McLaurin to set up the first score, a 23-yard field goal by Joey Slye.

Late in the half, McLaurin made an over-the-shoulder catch near the sideline for 40 yards to set up a 43-yard field goal by Slye.

Late in the game, after Tim Settle recovered a fumble by Fromm, Slye made another field goal — from 23 yards — as he finished 12-for-12 on 3-pointers after he was picked up by Washington in November.

–Field Level Media