July 2015


New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham, whose leaping one-handed sideline catch shot him to NFL stardom last season, has lost none of his drawing power as the 2015 campaign approaches. It made for some frightening moments after an open training session on Friday when fans straining to get his autograph left some young spectators squeezed against railings before the aluminium stands where the fans were standing buckled and brought the autograph session to a quick end. Beckham, who had been methodically signing as many objects thrust toward him as he could, was hustled away with teammates when the bleachers bent several inches.
Fans straining to get autographs from receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz caused a section of temporary bleachers to buckle slightly after the New York Giants' first training camp practice Friday. The Giants said no one was injured in the incident. Beckham and Cruz were ushered away by team officials.
At the very least, the Giants have been put on notice that a Big Ben-type deal is where the Manning talks are going.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have reached a contract agreement with veteran receiver James Jones.
Even if you’re in the a-guy-with-nine-fingers-can-still-play-football camp, you might want to reconsider the idea when you see the latest pictures of Jason Pierre-Paul. The New York Daily News landed the photo scoop of JPP’s damaged right hand, the result of a July 4 fireworks accident, and it certainly doesn’t give you the warm fuzzies about his ability to play anytime soon, much less effectively. EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First look at Jason Pierre-Paul after fireworks incident. http://t.co/GDZFp6XjKU pic.twitter.com/QqtccAqpEv — NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) July 31, 2015 [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] The franchise defensive end’s thoroughly wrapped right hand and arm supported by a sling (what’s that all about?) certainly change the narrative a bit. What's underneath that wrap? How bad is it exactly? A day after New York Giants owner John Mara surreally admitted that he had no idea how many fingers his unsigned player had, we know why: there are a few pounds of Ace wrap covering up the hand in question. Throw in the fact that JPP has been on radio silence with the team, not even allowing head trainer Ronnie Barnes or Jesse Armstead to visit him in his Florida hospital room after the accident, and the mystery continues with the NFL’s weirdest offseason story (sorry, deflate-gate — you’re more annoying that weird, tbh). What happens now? Do the Giants get to unfurl that bandage or get to review his medical records? Will Pierre-Paul talk to them anytime soon? No one has much of a clue. All we have is a still-silent defensive end with an unknown number of digits and no clear path to a resolution in his contract — or playing — status. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
The New York Giants have no firsthand knowledge about the extent of the hand injuries Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sustained in a July 4 fireworks accident in Florida. A seemingly frustrated co-owner John Mara disclosed that most of the Giants' knowledge about JPP's condition has come from his agents and through text messages with the 26-year-old, who was tagged as a franchise player and due to make at least $14.8 million this season. ''I am disappointed he is not here,'' Mara said Thursday, when the Giants reported to training camp.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Linebacker Keith Rivers has decided to retire rather than report to training camp with the Dallas Cowboys.
A month ago, I never, ever thought I'd be writing that headline about an NFL player. The Jason Pierre-Paul story with the New York Giants is terrible and weird. Pierre-Paul injured himself in a July 4 fireworks accident. ESPN said Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, which was reportedly the first time the Giants heard about it. Pierre-Paul would not let the Giants see him in the hospital. None of this is sitting well with Giants co-owner John Mara, who sounded off Thursday as the Giants reported to training camp without Pierre-Paul. "We don't know how extensive the damage is right now," Mara said, according to NJ.com . "That is the problem. "I don't know how many fingers he has. We know what we've read and what we've been told, but until we actually see him and the extent of the damage, it's hard to make any sort of prediction as to what kind of condition he's in." Pierre-Paul is in an unusual position. He's not technically under contract with the Giants. The Giants gave him the one-year franchise tag and Pierre-Paul didn't sign it, hoping for a long-term deal. That obviously didn't happen after the fireworks incident. The franchise tag is still on the table (if the Giants pulled it, Pierre-Paul would become a free agent), waiting for Pierre-Paul to sign it. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Mara said he thinks Pierre-Paul is getting bad advice, and it's "sad." He said the Giants have to assume he won't be with them all season, because the team hasn't heard from Pierre-Paul and has no idea when he's coming or what his injuries are almost four weeks after the accident. The Giants have only heard about Pierre-Paul's injuries through his agent, and Mara said he doesn't believe him. "Until we see him for ourselves, that doesn't give us any comfort," Mara said, according to NJ.com. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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