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New York Giants
NOTES, QUOTES

  Inside Slant | Notes, Quotes | Strategy and Personnel | Player Wire

  Wide receiver Victor Cruz won't be rushed back from a torn patellar tendon and subsequent surgery last October.

Head coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday the timetable with Cruz is highly conservative, and the team is going to count on him only after seeing him back on the field.

While Cruz is running straight ahead at the team facility as part of his rehab and Coughlin said he looks "good and light," the Giants are not sure he will be on the field for the regular-season opener in September, 11 months after he was hurt.

"I think he'll be the player he was, and hopefully better," Coughlin said. "As far as when, I would be careful. Hopefully, it's the first (regular-season) game. But if it isn't, we've done that before. We just went through it."

General manager Jerry Reese said last month that Cruz is considered a bonus entering 2015. The Giants view Odell Beckham Jr., the 12th overall pick in 2014 and Offensive Rookie of the Year, as the No. 1 receiver in Ben McAdoo's offense. Rueben Randle would start opposite Beckham if Cruz is not back.

Cruz's primary asset as a slot receiver was explosive speed and change-of-direction agility. If he doesn't prove the same type of explosion in offseason workouts, the Giants will not be surprised. The team is tempering expectations and not ruling out a return after the start of the regular season.

"You're not just going to throw him to the wind," Coughlin said.

Dallas Cowboys free-agent defensive end George Selvie signed with the Giants.

Selvie agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal and he'll again play on the same defensive line as college teammate Jason Pierre-Paul.

The Giants placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul and looked at multiple pass rushers in free agency.

"I'm excited to be here," Selvie told the team's website. "It's a great opportunity for me. And I'm excited to be playing with JPP again, along with Spags (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, his first NFL head coach). I'm excited for the opportunity to be here.

"Spags is a hell of a guy. He's a fiery guy. He wants everything to be perfect. He likes to blitz and get after the quarterback. I know he loves his defensive linemen, so I'm excited to be here with him."

Switching teams should be seamless because of his familiarity with Spagnuolo.

"I've been through it (changing teams) before, so it's going to be pretty easy," Selvie said. "Spags drafted me in St. Louis, so I've played in his defense before. It's a 4-3 defense, and I'm excited about playing in it."

Selvie brings some versatility as a defensive end and defensive tackle. He primarily played left defensive end with the Cowboys.

The Giants list Robert Ayers and Damontre Moore at left end but head coach Tom Coughlin said at the Scouting Combine last month that the team is determined to get deeper and better up front after a miserable defensive effort in 2014 cost coordinator Perry Fewell his job.

Receiver Victor Cruz, in an interview with the team's in-house broadcast team, reiterated that while he wants to make sure he is not rushing himself back in his rehab from a torn patellar injury suffered in October, he still has an eye on being ready for training camp.

"I just want to take my time and continue my rehab," he said, "but training camp is definitely my goal."

Punter Steve Weatherford announced on a television spot with "Fox & Friends" that he is planning to donate his brain to research post mortem in order to help advance studies being done on head trauma injuries suffered by athletes.

Weatherford, who made the announcement with former Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice, revealed he's only had a couple of concussions over his career, but he still hopes that researchers will be able to advance their findings in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

"Just because you (haven't) had traumatic head injuries doesn't mean you don't need your brain studied because they're going to have brains to compare to other ones," the punter said during his announcement. "It's about overall health right now, but you want to pay it forward."

Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been in London to help promote the NFL overseas. While there, Beckham, who played soccer growing up as a youth, put on his customary one-handed catch show, snagging a soccer ball with one hand before it entered the net at the Tottenham training grounds.

Beckham was joined on the promotional trip by 49ers defensive tackle Lawrence Okoye, Raiders tackle Menelik Watson and Bills center Eric Wood.

Speaking of Beckham Jr., his stellar one-handed catch against the Cowboys and his 37-yard leaping reception against the 49ers were two of three plays from the Giants' 2014 season included in the NFL Network's Top 100 plays of the 2014 season.

Receiver Rueben Randle's one-handed touchdown reception against Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson in Week 2 was the third of the three plays which fans will be able to vote on between now and March 13.

Defensive end Damontre Moore was spotted during Texas A&M's Pro Day with his right arm in a sling. It's not known what Moore had done or when it was done. Last year, however, he did undergo shoulder surgery, though it's not known if it was on the same shoulder as the one currently in a sling.


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