January 2018


During his introductory press conference on Friday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said that he had not spoken to wide receiver Odell Beckham since taking the job but things changed over the last few days. During an interview with Mike Golic and Trey Wingo of ESPN Radio, Shurmur said that he and Beckham have since gotten in touch. Shurmur said last Friday that he was giving Beckham a “clean slate,” but feels the “need to talk to him about what we’re looking for from a guy who plays from the New York Giants.” Giants co-owner John Mara said that he wanted that conversation to happen before moving forward on further talks about a new deal.

Upon the conclusion of filming a two hour and 45 minute conversation between Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick last June 15 inside the New York Giants home locker room at MetLife Stadium, NFL Films coordinating producer Ken Rodgers knew he had witnessed something extraordinary between two legendary NFL coaches. “There was a feeling in the room, an unspoken knowledge that we were witnessing something that would never happen again, a moment in history being recorded, an official record of something so many people are interested about,” said Rodgers, an Emmy Award-winning producer of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and the director of two ESPN “30 for 30” documentaries, “The Four Falls of Buffalo” (2015) and “Elway to Marino” (2013). The conversation between Belichick and Parcells, sometimes tense and always fascinating, is at the center of the next 30 for 30 offering for ESPN Films.

Professional athletes are known for splurging on the finer things in life, especially when they get their first big paycheck. Former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal admitted that after signing his first professional contract, he went on an expensive shopping spree and blew through $1 million in an hour. Philadelphia 76ers player Ben Simmons said on a recent episode of "Kneading Dough," that after becoming a millionaire he regretfully spent $10,000 on two Savannah Cats. But one athlete who took a more conservative route with his first big check is former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz. In a recent interview with Uninterrupted, Cruz admitted that he put his first big paycheck into savings

Consider this: Of the six teams picking ahead of the Bears in this year's draft, four need quarterbacks. The Cleveland Browns (who have the Nos. 1 and 4 picks), New York Giants (No. 2), Denver Broncos and New York Jets all could be the market to draft a quarterback.

As Patriots practice began Friday, Gronkowski was not present according to reporters there . It’s possible Gronkowski joined the team after the media portion of practice was over, but that’s doubtful. Gronkowski was knocked out of the AFC championship game due to a concussion on a big hit from Jacksonville Jaguars safety Barry Church.

At next month's Super Bowl, the National Football League is aiming to avoid a repeat of a December incident when fans watched Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage return to the game just minutes after convulsing on the field from a brutal hit. The NFL has changed rules ahead of the Feb. 4 championship in Minneapolis pitting the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles, requiring players who show signs of a seizure to be pulled from the game. More neurotrauma consultants not affiliated with specific teams will be on the field and at the NFL's command center to monitor player.

At next month's Super Bowl, the National Football League is aiming to avoid a repeat of a December incident when fans watched Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage return to the game just minutes after convulsing on the field from a brutal hit. The NFL has changed rules ahead of the Feb. 4 championship in Minneapolis pitting the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles, requiring players who show signs of a seizure to be pulled from the game. More neurotrauma consultants not affiliated with specific teams will be on the field and at the NFL's command center to monitor player.

New York Giants receiver Brandon Marshall channeled his inner sports-talk radio caller this week, ranting about the dominance of the New England Patriots relative to the other teams in the NFL. “How long have Bill Belichick and Tom Brady been together?,” Marshall asked his co-hosts.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman continues to dismiss the notion that the franchise needs to move on from Eli Manning at quarterback. Gettleman said at his introductory press conference that the Giants like what they have at the position, which includes Manning at a $22.2 million salary and backup Davis Webb, a rookie in 2017. The Giants also enter the 2018 NFL Draft with the No. 2 overall pick and the class includes four players ESPN projects as first-round picks, including Southern Cal's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was listed with a concussion on the team's first injury report ahead of next week's Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury report released Wednesday was the first time the Patriots have acknowledged that Gronkowski sustained a concussion in Sunday's 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship. Gronkowski missed the second half against Jacksonville after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars safety Barry Church in the second quarter.

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