Two news stories dominated the headlines for the New York Giants last week. Johnathan Hankins signing with the Indianapolis Colts and Eli Manning’s memorabilia scandal took over all communication. However, there were a number of other interesting pieces of information that came out over the weekend in regards to the Giants. Each piece is not as buzz-worthy as Eli’s legal trouble, but they are worth reviewing nonetheless.
In no particular order:
Tight end David Njoku had his visit with the Giants scheduled for Monday canceled. There is no evident reason why the visit was canceled. Njoku and New York seem like a good fit. He is a talented player who should be selected somewhere around the Giants’ selection in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He also fits a positional need for New York. This may not be a specifically bad action, though. As ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports, NY often uses its pre-draft visits to meet with players with question marks. Perhaps the team decided Njoku checked out, so to speak, and didn’t require a meeting.
Interest Not Mutual
The Giants are not showing interest in Jared Odrick at this time. Speculated as a potential Hankins replacement, Odrick is one of the few useful defensive tackles still available on the free agent market. Despite that, New York apparently isn’t a huge fan of what Odrick would offer. It, instead, would have its sights on a tackle in the draft to challenge Jay Bromley and Robert Thomas for playing time inside.
Defensive end Kerry Wynn visited with the New England Patriots. Wynn is a restricted free agent who was tendered a $1.797 million number by the Giants, yet he has not signed the tender. This allows him to meet and possibly sign with another club. If New England makes him an offer above the Giants’ tender, the latter can match or Wynn can move on.
Health and Wellness
Safety Darian Thompson’s rehab is going exceedingly well. He is on track to be back with his teammates this spring and ready to go Week 1 of the NFL season. Thompson was drafted in the third round of last year’s draft. Many folks with the team thought he would be a rookie starter. Instead, injuries sidelined him for almost the entire year. Andrew Adams stepped in admirably, but now, the two players should have a healthy battle for starting free safety. Whoever earns the job will be deserving, and such competition in camp will only help build quality depth.