Call it extreme confidence if you will but New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning believes that his team will make the playoffs this season.
After a massive spending spree in the offseason, the Giants appear poised to improve on a dreadful 2015 campaign and Manning is a firm believer in just that. Eli Manning was asked Wednesday at a football camp at Kean University in New Jersey if he believes the Giants will return to the postseason in 2016 and he didn’t shy away from responding with confidence.
“Yeah, definitely,” Manning said, via the New York Post. “We added some great players in the offseason. We were aggressive in free agency, but still have a lot of our core guys, especially on offense, back and I think we made some good moves on defense. We’re getting some guys back healthy. It’s just a matter of, hey, the talent is there, can we put it together, can we find a way to win the games and play our best football when we need to?”
Manning has plenty of reasons to be excited. The Giants added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison in free agency and also re-signed Jason Pierre Paul. The Giants added exciting prospects cornerback Eli Apple and wide receiver Sterling Shepard in the draft.
“I guess I’m always optimistic, always feel good about our squad,” Manning said. “I don’t remember feeling differently in the years that we made the playoffs, the years we won the Super Bowl, thinking: ‘Oh, I definitely think this is a Super Bowl team.’ You never know how it’s all going to play out.
“You don’t know what the injury situation is going to be and how you’ll respond in critical situations in games. That’s something it’s hard to know until you’re in those fourth quarters. Does the level of play rise or does it go get uptight or nervous? Hopefully we have guys who know how to make the plays and rise to the occasion.”
Whether or not the Giants have improved enough to make a return to the playoffs remains to be seen, but Manning is feeling really good about their chances.
PETA Issues Statement to Odell Beckham Jr for Social Media Post
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught the ire of PETA over his post on Instagram showing him playing ball with a tiger and a chimpanzee.
Beckham was visiting with his friend Mike Holston, who specializes in animal education and conservation, who took the wide receiver to the Myrtle Beach Safari, which helps raise money for the Rare Species Fund, and rescues exotic animals from abuse.
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PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) released the following statement about OBJ’s social media post (h/t NJ.com):
“THESE SENSITIVE AND MUCH-ABUSED ANIMALS BELONG WITH THEIR FAMILIES IN NATURE, NOT PIMPED OUT AS PROPS BY SHAMELESS ROADSIDE ZOOS. WE’RE SURE THAT ODELL BECKHAM JR. HAD NO IDEA THAT THE SLEAZY SAFARI PARK WHERE THIS YOUNG CHIMPANZEE IS KEPT HAS A LENGTHY RECORD OF VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW AND USES GREAT APES AND BIG-CAT CUBS IN CHEAP PUBLICITY STUNTS LIKE THIS. THESE ENCOUNTERS ARE INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS, AND PETA URGES EVERYONE—INCLUDING BECKHAM, WHO CERTAINLY DOESN’T WANT ANOTHER INJURY—TO STEER CLEAR OF CRUEL FACILITIES THAT EXPLOIT ANIMALS.”
Giants Kyle Lauletta Arrested
New York Giants signal caller Kyle Lauletta was arrested on Tuesday morning or an incident that occurred while he driving to the team’s practice facility in East Rutherford, according to NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy.
According to the report, Lauletta, a fourth-round pick, nearly struck police with car when he failed to obey the directions of an officer.
“Sources in Weehawken with knowledge of the incident said the 23-year-old was trying to make a right turn from the wrong lane to get to Route 495 East, and was directed to keep going straight. Lauletta made the right turn and nearly ran over the officer directing traffic. He was stopped by another officer at the end of the on-ramp.”
“We are aware of the situation and are in contact with Kyle,” a Giants official said. “We are still gathering information.”
“We’re trying to do what we can to win this season and you always do what you can in the short run,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Monday when asked about Lauletta’s playing chances, according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.
“It’s hard not to look at things in the long run, but what’s important is we try to beat the 49ers [in two weeks].”
Nike Flies Trademark For Odell Beckham Jr. Logo
The future of New York Giants’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. may be living under a cloud of uncertainty, but his future with Nike took a bold, definitive step on Monday.
Rewind to May 2017 when Beckham inked the largest shoe deal ever of any NFL player, a cool $25M over 5 years, and then fast forward to today and you can see the new OBJ logo that Nike has filed.
JUST IN: Nike has filed to trademark this new “OBJ” logo for Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/I9MeYWT9B0
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 7, 2018
Beckham has already launched his first lifestyle shoe, the Special Field Air Force-1 Mid “OBJ”, so this opens the doors for even more from the newly launched brand.
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