John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants have answered perhaps the biggest question of their offseason this week when they inked WR Victor Cruz to a six-year deal. But there are other lingering questions about players. Below are their latest statuses…
DE Jason Pierre-Paul: The last we heard of JPP was from Justin Tuck two weeks ago. ESPN NewYork’s Ohm Youngmisuk reported that Tuck had talked to JPP and said he was doing well. He was walking around and rehab has started. He expects to be ready for Week 1, but he won’t be participating in any preseason games and will be limited – or shut down – until then. What kind of football shape he’ll be in for the start of the season in questionable. But JPP is a special person and athlete. Tuck called him “Superman”, so let’s hope he doesn’t encounter any kryptonite along his path to recovery.
WR Hakeem Nicks: He’s under contract for this season and coming off injuries, so the Giants are sitting back to see where he is at physically before they commit to him long term. The consensus is that Nicks will be allowed to test the free agent waters next March. The reason? The Giants will not have the cap room to keep both him and Cruz. They can “franchise” him, but that would be counterproductive because he’d have a cap hit of around $11 million. It would be a shame to see him go, but the Giants simply can’t commit that much money to the WR position. No one can.
FB Henry Hynoski: He is said to be on the way back from his knee issue, but the question remains whether he’ll be back for the start of the season. The Giants are taking no chances, keeping their hat in the ring for the services of free agent FB Vonta Leach. They wouldn’t be interested if they thought Hyno was a slam dunk to return on time. The issue here is time. Can he participate at all in camp? If he can’t, he’ll probably start the season on PUP, hence the Giants’ need to fill the FB role with a veteran.
OL Chris Snee and David Baas: Both wandered around minicamp doing little but as much as they possibly could. Snee is rehabbing from hip surgery. Baas had a elbow issue. Both are aiming to go full tilt in camp.
OL Justin Pugh: He’s still unsigned, but participated in all aspects of the team’s offseason program, so he’s not about to hold out. Now that the players taken directly before and after him in the draft have signed, Pugh should have a contract soon.
QB Ryan Nassib: is also still unsigned. Not sure what the issue is with him, but he also participated in the offseason program. He’ll probably be under contract soon as well.
CB Terrell Thomas: Our friends at Rotoworld sums it all up…“Thomas, 28, is rehabbing his third ACL tear in his right knee. He’s been backpedaling and doing some “light cutting,” but the team is continuing to hold him out of football activities as a precaution. It’s anticipated Thomas will be moved to safety to reduce the stress on his knee, although the defensive back says his only concern right now is “getting back on the field.” He’s cleared to resume practicing at the start of camp.”…The odds are against him, folks. His health is not the only concern. Can he be the same player (or close to it) and how will he adapt to changing positions?