Running backs coach Jerald Ingram said David Wilson's pass protection has improved.
As a rookie, Wilson's fumbles and struggles as a blocker led to just 75 touches from scrimmage. "He's definitely on a better track than he was a year ago in understanding our protections and doing those kinds of things," Ingram said. As long as Wilson's fundamentals are solid, he's going to see a massive boost in touches as the starter ahead of power back Andre Brown. When Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs formed a "thunder and lightning" committee in 2010, Bradshaw still ended up with 276 rushes and 47 receptions. Jacobs got 147 carries and seven catches.
Victor Cruz is reportedly seeking $15-18 million in guaranteed money on a long-term deal.
Per the New York Post, the Giants are believed to be offering something between $12 and $15 million in guarantees. Note that Percy Harvin got $25.5 million guaranteed in his new deal with the Seahawks, Mike Wallace squeezed $30 million guaranteed out of the Dolphins and Dwayne Bowe pocketed $26 million. Regardless, Cruz has given up all his leverage by signing his RFA tender. The Giants can fine him if he skips any training camp practices. He's not expected to.
Tight ends coach Mike Pope said there will be chances for Brandon Myers to get vertical in the passing game.
Myers was mostly a safety valve during his breakout campaign in Oakland last year, averaging just 10.2 YPC. "Our passing game does allow the tight end to get more vertically down the field -' flag routes, double seam routes, post routes," Pope said. "And he appears to have the skills to get those balls. He has a little bit of a jet that can accelerate and go get a ball that is a little deeper." We'll believe the plodding Myers can make plays down the field when we see it. For now, he's just a TE2.
The New York Daily News passes along "word" that Victor Cruz will settle for no less than $9 million annually on a long-term contract offer.
Cruz was initially seeking $11 million annually. He's dropped his price tag some, but the Giants have yet to meet the $9 million-per-season price. Per the NY Daily News, the club's latest offer is worth an average of more than $8 million a year. Beat writer Ralph Vacchiano does acknowledge Cruz "seems unlikely" to hold out of training camp after signing his one-year, $2.879 million tender.
Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn mentioned WRs Jerrel Jernigan and Rueben Randle as potential replacements for David Wilson on kickoff returns.
Wilson led the NFL in kickoff return yardage last season, but will likely be removed from special teams this year because he's going to be the Giants' feature back. Jernigan could save his roster spot by earning the full-time kick return role. The 2011 third-rounder has been an ineffective NFL receiver.
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is confident that NFL defenses will stop the read-option offense in 2013.
"I look at that offense kind of like the wildcat," Fewell said. "The wildcat took us by storm and then until you can see it, understand it; then you can defend it." Stopping the read option is especially pertinent in the NFC East, where Robert Griffin III's Redskins dominated with it in 2012 and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly dominated with it as head coach of the Oregon Ducks.
Because Victor Cruz is now under contract with the Giants, he would lose an accrued NFL year toward unrestricted free agency if he failed to report to training camp by August 6.
With his RFA tender signed, failing to show at least 30 days before the September 5 NFL opener would cost Cruz a year of credit. And he'd be a restricted free agent again next offseason. ESPN's Ed Werder reported on NFL Live Friday that long-term extension talks between the Giants and Cruz will resume next week. We fully anticipate Cruz will report by August 6, if not before.