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According to Giants insider Ralph Vacchiano, DE Leonard Williams is unlikely to receive a long-term extension prior to July 15. (Source: SNY.TV)

Fantasy Impact: In that case, Williams will play the 2020 season on the franchise tag, costing the Giants approximately $16.1M. If they were to work out a long-term deal they could surely spread out his cap hit, making it lower this year, but that’s unlikely to happen according to Vacchiano. Williams is looking to be paid top dollar to the tune of $18-20M, but it doesn’t seem like the Giants are willing to get to a number that high. And with the landscape of the league right now and the uncertainty surrounding the 2021 salary cap, its become difficult to negotiate contract extensions. Based on the circumstances, it’s more than likely that Williams and the Giants pick back up after the 2020 season to work on a long-term contract extension for one of the NFL’s best defensive lineman.

Category: Rumors

Evan Engram (foot) posted a video on his personal Instagram account of him running and working on his footwork. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Engram underwent surgery on his left foot in December. He posted a video of himself running for the first time since the surgery. It is unclear at this time if Engram will be ready by training camp, but this is a step in the right direction. The Giants picked up his fifth-year option this off-season and he is expected to play a key role in New York's offense in 2020. He hauled in 44 receptions for 467 and three TDs across eight games in 2019. Engram is TE1 and is currently sixth among all tight ends in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Injury Updates

Aldrick Rosas was arrested and jailed Monday for a hit-and-run incident in Chico, California. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Rosas was arrested Monday for allegedly driving with a suspended license, hitting a car and fleeing the scene. According to police reports, the 25-year-old was going 100 MPH and driving erratically around 8:00 AM in Chico, California. “The Giants are aware of the situation and have been in contact with Aldrick,” per Jordan Raanan of ESPN. The team has no further comment at this time. Rosas made the pro bowl in 2018 and is currently 22nd among all kickers in latest expert consensus rankings. It is unclear at this time if Rosas will face any type of punishment from the league. Rosas signed a tender with the Giants this off-season. He converted 12-of-17 field goal attempts across 16 games in 2019. If found guilty, the Giants could possibly move on from Rosas all together.

Dan Duggan of The Athletic writes that Daniel Jones is working to increase his ball security this season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, was was now for turnovers in college, fumbled 18 times in 12 games as a rookie last year. Duggan reports that Jones has been adding weight this off-season will practicing drills designed for tight pocket movement. While the jury is still out on the 23-year-old as a real-life QB, he certainly flashed fantasy upside in 2019. He's an excellent QB2/streamer to begin the fantasy season.

LB Deone Bucannon has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Falcons. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former 2014 first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals will join his fourth team in what will be seven years in the NFL. In his career, Bucannon has combined for 432 tackles, seven sacks, seven forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He last played for both the Buccaneers and the Giants in 2019. Bucannon will provide depth and veteran leadership to an improving Atlanta defense.

Category: Transactions

Giants CB Deandre Baker turned himself in to authorities Saturday morning on an arrest warrant for armed robbery. His lawyer, Brad Cohen, told people in an Instagram post not to “rush to judgment” on his client. (Source: Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: On Friday, news broke that arrest warrants had been issued for Baker and Seattle CB Quinton Dunbar for their involvement in an alleged armed robbery in South Florida. As a practicing attorney for 23 years, Cohen stated about the incident, “I am a believer in the system and that if everything works the matter will be appropriately resolved.” It’s understandable that Baker and Dunbar’s defense urges people to wait to pass judgment until the process plays out, but the details of the arrest warrant are certainly cause for concern. The Giants spent a first-round pick on Baker last season. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, but struggled at times to understand defensive schemes and concepts. He also showed a lack of effort according to some players. He’ll hope to put all this behind him and start fresh, but a lot of questions marks have arisen quickly in his NFL career after being drafted out of Georgia just a year ago.

Former Michigan QB Shea Patterson has signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He’ll join Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, and Jordan Ta’amu in the Kansas City quarterback room. Patterson was a highly recruited high school quarterback who decided to attend Ole Miss his freshman season. He played two seasons there before transferring to Michigan in 2018. In his first season with the Wolverines, Patterson threw for 2,600 yards (64.6% completion), 22 TDs and seven INTs. He threw for over 3,000 yards in 2019, but saw his completion percentage drop to 56.2%. He gets the opportunity in Kansas City to learn from Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid.

Category: Transactions

The New York Giants have exercised the fifth-year option on S Jabril Pepper’s rookie contract. (Source: New York Giants on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peppers is now signed through the 2021 season. The former 2017 first-round pick out of Michigan spent two seasons in Cleveland before being traded to New York ahead of the 2019 season. For his career, he’s totaled 147 tackles, three INTs, and three forced fumbles. For those playing in IDP leagues, Peppers is ranked #12 amongst safeties in the FantasyPros consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions

Maryland RB Javon Leake is signing with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In his three-year career at Maryland, Leake averaged a ridiculous 7.9 yards per carry. He and fellow RB Anthony McFarland Jr., who was drafted by the Steelers, worked in tandem in an unconventional Maryland offense that never really utilized a workhorse back. In his final year at Maryland, Leake rushed 102 times for 736 yards and eight TDs. He also added 804 yards and two scores on kick returns. He’s lightning quick and has good burst at the second level and has a real shot to earn a roster spot with the Giants this season.

Category: Transactions

When asked about possibly moving out of the No. 4 spot in the upcoming NFL Draft, Giants GM Dave Gettleman said “it’s something I will very seriously entertain.” (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Lions have already made it clear they are shopping the No. 3 overall pick, and now the Giants are telling teams they’re putting the No. 4 overall pick on the trade block. New York has shown interest in the offensive tackles at the top of the draft, specifically guys like Tristan Wirfs, Andrew Thomas, and Mekhi Becton. Regarding the OT position, Gettleman believes, “there are tackles throughout the Draft. There is a lot of talent there.” The Giants should be able to get there guy within the top-10 picks, and thus is their rationale for being willing to trade down with a team who’s eager to move up, potentially a team with a glaring need at the QB position. Look for the phone lines to be active at the top of the Draft with the Lions and Giants shopping picks 1.03 and 1.04 respectively.

Category: Rumors

Former XFL CB Dravon Askew-Henry of the New York Guardians officially signs a two-year deal with the New York Giants. (Source: Matt Lombardo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Now that the XFL is canceled for 2020 and beyond, Askew-Henry has officially signed his two-year deal with the Giants. He originally played safety at West Virginia before being re-assigned to a cornerback role in the XFL. Askew-Henry is the cousin of All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, so he’s got some good blood lines coming into the NFL if nothing else.

Category: Transactions

Colt McCoy signs with the Giants

Wed, Apr 1st 12:22pm EDT
By Dave Kluge

Free agent Colt McCoy has officially signed with the Giants. (Source: New York Giants on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Daniel Jones has a firm hold on the starting job in New York, McCoy will be a great veteran locker room presence to fill the void left by Eli Manning's retirement. McCoy has served as a backup for the last seven seasons but given the playmakers on the Giants he could be a serviceable fantasy asset if Jones were to miss any games.

Category: Transactions

Former Cowboys and Patriots T Cameron Fleming has agreed to a one-year, $3.5M deal with the New York Giants, with $2M guaranteed. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The six-year vet was a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2014. He played four seasons in New England, adding depth to an offensive line that won two Super Bowls between 2014 and 2017. Fleming joined the Cowboys in 2018 and played two seasons for Dallas. He’s only started 25 of 72 total games in his career. He’s now on his way to New York and will be tasked with protecting young QB Daniel Jones and blocking for one of the best running backs in the game in Saquon Barkley.

Category: Transactions

James Bradberry agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract with $32 million guaranteed. (Source: ESPN )

Fantasy Impact: Bradberry last season with the Carolina Panthers had 51 tackles and three interceptions. The Giants have the veteran cornerback they so desperately needed. He immediately becomes the Giants’ No. 1 cornerback, which would improve the Giants defense.

Category: Transactions

Dan Graziano of ESPN reports Eli Manning will announce his retirement Friday. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Manning is set to hold a press conference on Friday. The two-time Super Bowl champ appeared in just four games last season as Daniel Jones claimed the Giants’ starting quarterback job. Manning, the first overall pick in the 2004 draft, finishes his career with 366 touchdown passes and two Super Bowl MVP awards.

Giants tight end Kaden Smith caught eight of his 11 targets for 98 yards in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: With Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison missing time with injuries, Smith has emerged as a potential tight end of the future for the Giants. In parts of nine games this season, Smith caught 31 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Giants wide receiver Golden Tate caught five of his eight targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Tate finishes a solid season with the Giants with 49 receptions for 676 yards and six touchdowns after finding the end zone on Sunday. He did, however, miss four games earlier this season for a suspension and another with an ankle injury.

Category: Game Recaps

Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton caught four of his nine targets for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: There was some question about whether or not Slayton would be able to suit up after being limited in practice with a knee injury last week, but he was able to avoid an injury designation by the end of the week. He finishes an impressive rookie season with 48 catches for 740 yards and eight touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard caught five of his 10 targets for 39 yards in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Shepard saw 10 targets as the Giants threw the ball 47 times, but he was only able to haul in half of them for just 39 yards. After missing six games this year, Shepard finishes the year with 57 receptions for 576 yards and three touchdowns.

Category: Game Recaps

Giants running back Saquon Barkley rushed 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Fantasy Impact: Barkley was shut down for most of the afternoon but managed to break free for a 68-yard touchdown in the second half to make his final line look much better. He finishes the year with 1,003 yards rushing on 217 carries.

Category: Game Recaps