Oh Yeah…: Barber Burns Bridges (2007)

SNY’s Oh Yeah.. goes back to 2007, when Tiki Barber burns every bridge to the Meadowlands by criticizing former Giants teammate Eli Manning and head coach Tom Coughlin.


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Giants withdraw $60 million offer to Pierre-Paul

The Giants have withdrawn their $60 million contract extension offer to DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who suffered a hand injury while setting off fireworks over the holiday weekend (July 6).

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and NFL.com, after the fireworks incident, the Giants do not believe a long-term offer is in the best interest either party at this point.

Instead, Pierre-Paul will likely play the 2015 season on the $14.8 million franchise tag — though Pierre-Paul has yet to sign.

Pierre-Paul, who is still at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, may have nerve damage in one finger and has burns on his palm and three fingers (July 6).

According to ESPN, Pierre-Paul did not lose any fingers in the incident and he will not have permanent damage to his hand. (July 6).

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

It’s a big deal, but then again, it isn’t. The thinking is that JPP had no intention of signing that deal, so the Giants pulling it off the table is a non-issue.

The way I see it, the Giants are just pulling back any and all overtures toward signing JPP long term until they get a clearer picture of his well-being. The only move here is to keep the franchise tender in force and let JPP decide if that is a satisfactory solution for him. It is doubtful the Giants would rescind the tender, because that in essence would be the same as releasing him.

The Giants have already counted the $14.8 million into their cap number, so JPP signing the tender doesn’t change their finances for 2015.

One thing that is clear, though, is that the Giants are preparing themselves for a possible end to their relationship with the former All-Pro DE.


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Jason Pierre-Paul is the future of the Giant D-Line, but can he become the present?  Photo Courtesy of the NY POST.

Reports: Pierre-Paul still in hospital after injuring hand in fireworks accident

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul may have nerve damage in one finger and has burns on his palm and three fingers after a fireworks accident Saturday in south Florida (UpdatedJuly 5).

Pierre-Paul is still at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami on Monday morning, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports (July 6, 11:22 a.m.).

According to ESPN, Pierre-Paul did not lose any fingers in the incident and he will not have permanent damage to his hand. (July 6).

The team thinks Pierre-Paul, a two-time Pro Bowler from Deerfield Beach, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, will be OK.

The incident, first reported by Tampa sports radio host Andy Slater (July 5), indicated Pierre-Paul suffered a severe hand injury.

Pierre-Paul posted a video on his Instagram account Saturday featuring a van purportedly used to transport fireworks, but has not posted anything regarding any injuries.

Videos show that Pierre-Paul uses both hands when he gets in a three-point stance, depending on which side he lines up.

The Giants put the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul in March. He has not participated in minicamp or organized team activities this offseason.

Pierre-Paul, who had a team-leading 12 1/2 sacks last season, was reported to be seeking a long-term deal. But such a deal seems unlikely before the deadline of July 15, after which Pierre-Paul’s only option will be to sign a $14.8 million one-year deal. Camp begins July 30.


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Player Spotlight: Mykkele Thompson

Each day this summer, SNYGiants will profile a lesser-known member of the New York Giants football team. The order will rotate offensive and defensive players.

Name: Mykkele Thompson
Position: S
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 191
Uniform #: 33
College: Texas
Experience: Rookie
Acquired: Selected by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft

Profile: One of two safeties the Giants drafted in the 2015 draft, Thompson is a four-year player from Texas who boasts 31 career starts with the Longhorns. He appeared in every game during his college career and finished with 213 tackles (seven for loss), two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles.

Additionally, Thompson was a standout on special teams. He led the team with eight special teams tackles and had three career blocked punts. Thompson helped Texas lead the Big 12 in rushing defense at 96.23 yards per game, which was good for sixth-best in the nation.

Both Thompson and fellow rookie safety Landon Collins are candidates to start after the team lost Stevie Brown and Antrel Rolle in the offseason. Thompson must compete against Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor for the free safety spot next to Collins.

What’s been said: “Mykkele, I knew was a smart kid. He came here and he is a cerebral kid, that is for sure. He is going to take what I say literally and take my word for it and go out and try to execute it. Now I am starting to see that the kid actually has some football awareness, where I didn’t think he had much of it when we first started off. The [missed alignments] that started at the beginning of rookie minicamp and OTAs have drastically gone down. Mentally, he has excelled past my expectations.” – Giants safeties coach David Merritt


Previous spotlights:

Kerry Wynn

Weston Richburg

Trevin Wade

Orleans Darkwa

Devin Unga


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Hashing out the JPP scenarios

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

At this point of the summer, the Giants are usually dealing with preparations for the upcoming training camp. The players are in, as Andrew Brandt of SI’s MMQB puts it, the “submarine” mode — the six weeks between minicamp and training camp. Everyone is supposed to run silent and run deep during that period and surface unscathed in late July.

It doesn’t always work out that way. The Giants are still more than three weeks away from the opening of camp and find themselves in the midst of another crisis caused by a player’s poor judgement. Jason Pierre-Paul

This time it’s DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who injured his hand in a fireworks mishap over the holiday weekend. He reportedly has severe burns and possible nerve damage to one of his fingers. However, his injuries are said to be “non-career threatening” and even “non-season threatening.”

So where does that leave the Giants, who were expecting JPP to play as a three-down DE this season?

That depends on how long JPP will be out of action. But he has to be in, first. He is unlikely to land a long-term deal before the league’s July 15 deadline. That means he has no recourse but to sign his one-year, $14.8 million franchise tender. That is, if the Giants don’t rescind it.

If the Giants rescind the franchise tender, JPP becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign anywhere. Given the varied philosophies among teams, he would surely land a deal with someone.

It is very possible JPP is placed on the Non-Football Injury or Illness List, but he would have to be signed to a contract first. What the terms would be are anyone’s guess. But under the rules, he would have to miss the first six games of the regular season. It is still unclear if he is paid during that period.

When we get the details of his injuries and the parameters of his recovery period, we can properly map out how far this ripples across the roster.

The depth chart without JPP is full of question marks. Veteran Cullen Jenkins will likely see more reps at DE, but he’s 34 and who knows how much he can provide. Damontre Moore is expected to see more snaps, too, but he has yet to prove reliable as a three-down DE. Another option, Robert Ayers, is more of a pass-rushing specialist.

George Selvie is a useful veteran who could help out, but it could be the youngsters that provide the relief this season. Kerry Wynn is an up-and comer. Jordan Stanton could benefit from JPP’s absence, but the real winner could be third-round draft pick Owa Odighizuwa, a strong edge-setter that is still honing his pass rush skills.

This is a bad situation, and with the Giants already having doubts about JPP before this incident, it is destined to put a damper over the team this summer.

If he is going to miss six games, what would be the point of signing him to a one-year deal? Maybe it’s time to move on.


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JPP on verge of blowing up career, too

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I guess Tom Coughlin’s “Let’s be safe and smart” message to his team a the end of minicamp fell on deaf ears — again. They definitely missed the ears of veteran DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who literally almost blew up his career over the weekend playing with fireworks.

JPP reportedly sustained burns and injuries to his hand while blowing off fireworks in South Florida on the Fourth of July (July 5). This morning, those injuries, which are still undisclosed, turn out to be not as serious as the Twitter alarmists reported on Sunday.

He did not lose any fingers and is said to be expected to recover, according to several sources. The full, detailed extent of the injuries have yet to be revealed, but The Post’s Paul Schwartz reported this:

“…it is believed Pierre-Paul’s suffered significant burns on his palm and several fingers, and one finger may have sustained nerve damage, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. He was admitted to North Broward Medical Center in Deerfield Beach, Fla., for treatment.”

As we all know, JPP is technically not under contract at the moment. He is coming up on the deadline to sign a longterm deal with the Giants, something that doesn’t appear to be a possibility after this latest bonehead incident.

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He will have to play for the one-year, $14.8 million franchise tender or not play at all. That is, if the Giants don’t pull the paperwork. They have that option although they are unlikely to use it. If the franchise designation were to be rescinded, JPP would immediately become a restricted free agent and would be eligible to sign with any team.

The Giants will have to determine if JPP will be able to participate in training camp, which begins July 30, or the regular season. As an unsigned franchise player, he has already missed almost all of the Giants’ offseason program, the team drills in particular.

Since he was not injured on the job, the options are limited. He would have to pass a physical in order to participate in full. If his hand is wrapped and deemed unusable, the Giants might have to place JPP on the non-football injury list, which would keep him out of the first six regular season games (Dottino, July 5). To read more of this story, click here


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GEICO SportsNite: Latest on JPP injury

NFL insider Mike Garafolo calls into GEICO SportsNite with the latest regarding the injury to Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul


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