Jun 16, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin addresses the media during minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Steven Ryan-USA TODAY Sports

The Daily Coughlin: “Be where your feet are,” a new theme

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Day Two of training camp and head coach Tom Coughlin, who is in the slogan business, revealed what could be this summer’s theme. “Be where your feet are” has been heard often out on the playing field. So, what does it mean?

“Mindfulness. Mindfulness,” the coach explained. “If you’re going to be in the gym, be in the gym. Be where your feet are. Stay in the moment. Take care of one moment at a time. While you’re here, you deal with your football, deal with your job. It’s all the same type of theme.”

Where did it come from?

“Well, we studied it this offseason as a staff,” said Coughlin. “We’ve always had lots of statements about things of that nature. It’s just been reinforced more heavily, to the point where the guys are repeating it.” To read more of this story, click here


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Giants name Dr. Scott Rodeo head team physician

Dr Russell Warren is stepping aside as the Giants’ team physician after three decades. He will be replaced by Dr. Scott Rodeo, who has served as an associate under Warren since 2000.

“Russ Warren has been an integral part of our team for more than 31 years,” said Giants’ CEO John Mara, in a release by the team. “The care he has given to our players and staff over that period has been nothing short of extraordinary. We are delighted that he will continue to make his skills and expertise available to us this season and hopefully for years to come.”

“Dr. Warren is the best in the business,” QB Eli Manning said. “He’s been doing this a long time and he’s an important part of the Giants organization. He’s a guy I’ve seen a lot in my 11, going on 12, years about everything. He put 12 stitches in my head (after Manning was cut in a 2010 preseason game vs. the Jets), and I’ve seen him for numerous things over the years. I trust his opinion and his expertise. It’s good he’ll still be around, because I know he loves being part of the team and being there on game day.”

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Nov 29, 2014; Evanston, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini tight end Matt LaCosse (11) with the ball during the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Illinois won 47-33. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Giants waive TE Lacosse after hamstring injury

The Giants waived/injured TE Matt Lacosse after he sustained a hamstring injury during training camp.

The 6-foot-6 Lacosse impressed the Giants’ coaching staff during rookie minicamp (June 22).

Lacosse, an undrafted rookie from Illinois, was competing for the No. 3 tight end spot with Adrien Robinson, Jerome Cunningham and Will Tye.

Lacosse reached out to fans via Twitter today:

Another rookie UDFA, DE Brad Harrah, was also waived/injured with a quad injury.


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Eli Manning taking a different approach than Russell Wilson in contract talks

Sam Spiegelman

The Seattle Seahawks met Russell Wilson’s artificial deadline for a new contract, allotting the Super Bowl-winning quarterback a four-year, $87.6 million extension to make him the second-highest paid player at his position in the NFL.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning — he’s taking a different approach.

Manning has yet to announce a deadline for a new deal. In spite of ongoing reports that suggest a deal could come as soon as training camp or before the season starts, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback has stated he’s perfectly content playing out the final year of his deal.

Asked about Wilson’s deal on Friday, Manning deferred questions to the his agent or the Giants.

So …

Manning is not going to get the type of deal Wilson just inked. Wilson is 26 years old and a part of a team that’s been to the Super Bowl twice in as many years, winning it all in 2013.

Manning, 34, understands the Giants are not going to allow him to simply walk after the 2015 season. Please.

As pointed out by Yahoo, Manning will likely get a deal that is similar in nature to that of Ben Roethlisberger’s.

In May, the 33-year-old Roethlisberger agreed to a five-year, $99 million contract extension, which included a $31 million signing bonus and $64 million in guaranteed money. Additionally, another $9 million is available to the quarterback in incentives.

Big Ben’s deal essentially locks him down for the rest of his career, ensuring that he will forever be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. That framework should be identical to what the Giants hand to Manning — pay him what he deserves and ensure that he finished his career in New York.

Although Manning has not set a deadline for the team to meet and has expressed on numerous occasions he’s worry free about the whole ordeal, the Giants have to understand they need to act quickly. This cannot become a distraction into the regular season.

Not only does that pull attention away from the team, it creates stress on the part of both Manning and the Giants. The Steelers were able to take care of this much earlier in the offseason; what in the world is taking the Giants so long?

Make Manning and the Giants fan base happy and lock Manning up, and do it fast. The framework has already been established, so it’s just a matter of agreeing on the fine print. A lot of incentives, a lot of guaranteed money up front and a nice signing bonus … for the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

There are no deadlines — at least ones that Manning has set. But realistically, this needs to happen before training camp ends.


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Jan 15, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) in the second half of the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. The Giants won 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

James Jones signing: A low-risk, high reward stroke by Reese

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The signing of veteran WR James Jones is one of those mid-level moves that Jerry Reese haters will slough off when they rate his overall performance as Giants’ GM.

Let me say right here, it is anything but. Sure, the Giants have a glut of talent at the position already and the game plan will undoubtedly be to get the ball into the hands of Odell Beckham, Jr. as much as humanly possible. But, as we all know, you can never have enough playmakers.

Jones is a playmaker. His common name has probably given many a reason to dismiss him, a mistake many defenses have repeatedly made over time. He is here mainly because of his relationship with OC Ben McAdoo that stems back to their time in Green Bay. But there is more to it than that.

Reese has been slammed for not having enough depth at many positions. A misleading charge given the egregious amount of injuries the team has suffered the past three seasons. Two of those injuries, a hamstring that kept Odell Beckham, Jr. out of the first four games last season and the season-ending patellar tear that ended Victor Cruz’ season last October, were to playmakers. Reese wants to make sure he’s covered at WR.

Jones is the perfect candidate. He can line up outside and inside and is a viable red zone threat. The Giants have been inconsistent in the red zone and the addition of Jones will give Eli Manning a legitimate target.

Also, should the Giants lose any of their studs, Jones can adequately fill the bill. In short, his presence gives the Giants a nice, safe security blanket.

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JPP said this weekend, "I feel like I’m at, I’d say, 75%" and is pain-free.

Fans go wild over OBJ, Cruz; JPP gets philosophical

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The first day of Giants training camp at QDTC was a bit more surreal than usual. The pall of the JPP situation still looms over the building with no closure in sight. The WR stars, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Victor Cruz, continue to be the main attraction of for fans and he media alike.

During the post-practice autograph session, which featured the receivers group, the demand for signatures and selfies was so great the scene got out of control. In a scary moment, fans (mainly children) were crushed against the barricades, a woman suffering a seizure was stepped over and the temporary stands began to buckle. (Rock, Aug 1)

The Giants security people got Beckham and Cruz out of there as well as all the autograph-seekers, but the incident is surely going to have an effect on the future sessions.


JPP is apparently getting philosophical these days. The pictures that were released of him by the NY Daily News on Friday that showed his mangled right hand wrapped in a club-like bandage, also revealed an interesting t-shirt:

Pierre-Paul wandered outside Friday as a flatbed truck arrived to take away one of his cars. He wore a white T-shirt with a quote indicating he was taking the setback philosophically.

“Without music, life would be a mistake,” read the message lifted from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s book “Twilight of the Idols.”

Not sure what that means to him. In fact, I’m not quite sure what much of Nietzsche’s work means. It’s just another curious choice in what is becoming a long list of curious choices by JPP.

I have to say one thing after viewing these photos. JPP is a long way from returning to the field this season. A long way …


RB Shane Vereen told reporters he sees a lot of similarities between his old QB, Tom Brady, and his new QB, Eli Manning.

“I see the same pedigree. They both work extremely hard on and off the field,” Vereen said. “They’re both masters of the game, the way they look at it, the way they teach it, and the way they carry themselves. They’re both leaders. In that sense, they’re very similar.”

Vereen, who is coming over from the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, was asked what drew him to the Giants in free agency this past winter.

“They didn’t really have to say much,” he said. “Historically, this one of the best, if not the best franchise, in football. Just to have the opportunity to come here, I mean it’s kind of hard to say no.”


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