Former Giants and Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress has avoided jail time for tax evasion charges, according to TMZ. (May 29, 2:09 p.m.)
Burress was charged in April for failing to pay $48,000 in state income taxes on his 2013 return and had faced up to 10 years in prison on two charges. (May 29, 4:56 p.m.)
Burress, according to TMZ, will pay back the money he owes and avoid jail.
He said he did not intentionally try to avoid paying taxes. (April 30, 2:05 p.m.)
The former receiver spent four seasons of his 11-year career with the Giants and one with the Jets.
He spent 20 months in prison from 2009 to 2011 on gun charges after he accidentally shot himself with his own gun at a nightclub in November 2008.
Geoff Schwartz joins Chris Carlin on set at SportsNite to discuss how he currently feels health-wise, as well as the Giants offensive line.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Don’t expect Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. to be leery of the Madden Curse or any other type of jinx this season.
“I don’t know what a jinx is,” Beckham said when asked about being chosen to adorn the cover of the upcoming Madden video game. “Definitely a blessing to be on the cover though…It was definitely surprising to be in the running, especially after just a year. But it’s over now. It’s already on the cover. So I’m very happy about and I’m looking forward to this season.”
Beckham expects to continue tormenting opponents with or without Victor Cruz in the lineup, but he sounds confident that Cruz will be out there as his wingman. He also expects to be the focal point of opposing defenses. He’s not concerned.
From Jordan Raanan of NJ.com:
“I definitely expect to receive a lot more attention,” Beckham said Wednesday after looking as explosive as ever in the Giants’ first organized team activities (OTA) workout of the year. “But it’s just not going to work.”
Beckham’s reasoning is more than just his electric speed and ability. He seems to be counting on veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz to return at a high level. Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee last season. He spent part of Wednesday’s OTA workout running routes and catching passes with a trainer on a side field.
Teams could not contain Beckham even when they double-teamed him. The Giants made adjustments and other players, such as Rueben Randle, got opportunities to make plays and made them.
From Chris Wesserling of NFL.com:
Opposing defenses started double-teaming Beckham late last season, just as offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo got creative, moving the game’s most dangerous wide receiver around the formation.
The result: The Giants averaged 29.2 points per game over the final six weeks of the season.
Beckham’s 606 yards in December were the most by any rookie in one calendar month. With multiple defensive backs trying in vain to contain Beckham, Rueben Randle exploded for 12 receptions and 290 yards in the final two games.
Beckham appears confident that he will not fall under any jinx or spell. The Giants are prepared to use him exclusively, but are stacked at WR should he not prevail and be relegated to a decoy. If teams wish to dedicate resources to stop Beckham, the Giants have a platoon of young wideouts drooling for the chance to get the ball in their hands.
Naturally, Randle, Cruz and Preston Parker would directly benefit, but Corey Washington, Geremy Davis, Marcus Harris and others could see a lot of touches.
McAdoo will find ways to isolate Beckham, so all of this talk could be moot.
“Everyone learns to play everywhere on the perimeter. Whether you are a running back, a tight end or a receiver, you need to learn concepts,” McAdoo told reporters recently. “You need to be able to execute those concepts. It doesn’t matter if you are a back, a tight end or a receiver, you have to be able to play one, two and three receiver. We ask that of all our guys. Whether we pull that out each week depends on who we are seeing and how we are tailoring our plan.”
And what a plan it should be with all the talent they’ve added the past two years.
Free agent offensive lineman Jake Long visited with the Giants today (May 28, 9:30 p.m.).
According to reports, the meeting was merely an introduction between the two sides.
The Giants could be a good fit for Long after losing Will Beatty to a torn pectoral. Long was released by the Rams in March after suffering back-to-back torn ACL injuries.
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
As per Mike Garafolo of FOXSports1. the Giants are just kicking the tires on Long…
He’s only seven month removed from having ACL surgery, his second in two seasons. If the Giants do bring him in, it won’t be until training camp, which will allow them to continue to explore better options in the meanwhile.
Barring a medical miracle, Long would not be a LT at this stage of his career, so his presence would not really help the Giants as much as you would think. His propensity for injury is another reason the Giants are going to wait.
This post originally appeared on numberFire.
Earlier this offseason, we took a look at Victor Cruz and what his knee injury might mean for the Giants’ offense heading into 2015. We still don’t have any definitive information regarding Cruz’s availability come Week 1, but it appears that he is making strides in the right direction.
A few weeks ago, Cruz had this to say about his recovery from the patellar tendon tear he suffered last season:
“Things are going well. I’m running more routes and patterns, feeling more confident all the time in that regard. Same schedule. Just going to take it slow for now.”
Even though Cruz is hopeful, there’s still no guarantee he’ll return to his previous level of play, or even be ready for the start of the season.
We know all about Odell Beckham by this point, but looking at early average draft position for wide receivers, another Giants’ pass-catcher stands out a possible value for fantasy owners in 2015.
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“Entourage” creator Doug Ellin is a diehard Giants fan, but his feelings have soured a bit toward quarterback Eli Manning who declined a cameo appearance in the upcoming film.
In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Ellin said Manning was supposed to have a scene in the movie, but after sending the quarterback the script did not receive word back.
In his place, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Patriots front man Tom Brady answered the call.
“I was going crazy,” Ellin told Yahoo in reference to reaching out to Manning.
“I love the Giantssomuch,but if (Seahawks star) Russell Wilson was the quarterback of the Giants, I would be a much happier person .. (Brady) was just awesome. He was easy to work with and was happy to be there. We called him for the movie and he showed up the same way.”
For a second, Manning had a very Vince moment — “Eli ain’t doing the movie!”
But in all truth, Manning is not exactly the actor his brother, Peyton, is. Eli is more of a shy fellow who has never truly relished the limelight. The younger Wilson and Brady, who has appeared on the HBO series in the past, were likely more eager for a cameo appearance than Manning would be.
Interestingly enough, Manning did tell Ellin he was interested. I guess that’s just Eli being polite.
As the Giants get ready for a new campaign, Eli Manning said he expects 2015 to be his best season (May 28, 3:47 a.m.)
Asked by Steve Serby of the New York Post if Manning’s comment meant that he’s expecting 2015 will be his best season personally, Eli said yes.
“I am,” Manning said. “I like the guys we have in the locker room, I like our talent, I like how everybody’s approaching this season, I’m looking forward to it.”
“I feel healthy, I feel good, feel confident in the offense, so I’m excited.”
Manning, who should benefit from the return of WR Victor Cruz, said that a 70 percent completion rate, throwing under 10 interceptions, and a 4-to-1 touchdown to interception rate are among his goals.
Last season for the Giants, Manning, 34, completed 379 out of 601 passes for 4,410 yards while throwing 30 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.