Notes, Quotes

The Sports Xchange

September 05, 2018 at 1:08 am.

–The Giants are apparently still not satisfied with their 53-man roster.

According to a NFL Network report and confirmed by a source, the Giants will host a workout at their team headquarters Tuesday that will include veteran quarterback Matt McGloin, recently released by the Chiefs; return specialists (and receivers) Quadree Henderson, an undrafted rookie free agent who spent the summer with the Steelers and JoJo Natson, who was with the Jets for seven games last season; tackle David Sharpe, recently released by the Raiders; and defensive end Daeshon Hall, a third-round pick of the Panthers last year.

McGloin spent the first four years of his career with the Raiders before joining the Texans last season.

He has completed 161 of 277 passes for 1,868 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and has been sacked 11 times over his career, which has seen him start in seven of the 13 games in which he’s played.

McGloin also has rushed for 27 yards on 16 carries but also recorded five career fumbles, two of which were lost.

The Giants currently have rookie Kyle Lauletta and young veteran Alex Tanney as their backup quarterbacks behind Eli Manning. They waived Davis Webb, who went through the entire spring and summer as the presumptive No. 2 quarterback, Sunday.

–The Giants’ players and coaches have selected quarterback Eli Manning, tackle Nate Solder, safety Landon Collins, linebacker Alec Ogletree, long snapper Zak DeOssie and safety/special teamer Michael Thomas as their 2018 season-long captains.

“We feel good about the leadership of our team,” Shurmur said. “We feel like the players and coaches have chosen well, and we look forward to having these captains lead us through the 2018 season.”

This is Manning’s 12th consecutive season and DeOssie’s eighth as captains. Solder, Ogletree and Thomas are newcomers to the team this season. Ogletree was a captain last year with the Los Angeles Rams.

The captains each of the last two seasons were Manning, DeOssie and Jonathan Casillas, who is no longer with the team. This is the first season in which the Giants will have more than three captains since 2014, when they had five (Manning, DeOssie, Victor Cruz, Antrel Rolle and Jon Beason).

–Giants edge rusher Olivier Vernon was the only member of the team absent from practice Monday. Vernon suffered a sprained ankle two weeks ago and has not been seen on the field since as he’s been receiving treatment in hopes of being ready for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Jaguars.

“We’re hopeful, but we’ll just have to see,” head coach Pat Shurmur said about Vernon’s chances of being on the field Sunday.

Tight end Evan Engram, who suffered a concussion in the preseason game against the Jets, remains in the protocol, but is getting very close to being cleared.

“Evan was out here working, as you saw,” Shurmur said. “He’s still in the protocol, but we’re hopeful.”

The Giants are not required to file an official injury report until Wednesday, when they return to practice following a player’s day off.

–Receiver Odell Beckham Jr.: Beckham is simply one of those players whose mere presence on the field makes that much of a difference. Whether he’s the primary intended target or the guy who’s drawing double and triple coverage that opens things up for others, the Giants offense can ill-afford to be without this major sparkplug to their offensive scoring machine.

–Running back Saquon Barkley: The Giants haven’t had a running game that scared opposing defenses since the days of “Earth, Wind and Fire” – Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw, who struck fear into the hearts of opposing defenses from 2007-2008. Barkley, the dynamic rookie who can not only hurt a defense with his legs but who can also be used in certain passing routes, is going to turn out to be the best gift possible the Giants could have given to 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning.