The regular season may be over, but there is still a ton going on around the New York Giants. Here are some of the big stories surrounding the Giants from Wednesday, January 15.
George Young to be inducted into Hall of Fame
Early Wednesday morning, it was announced that former Giants general manager George Young will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Young served as GM of the Giants from 1979-1997, putting together the rosters that went on to win the franchise's first two Super Bowl Championships (XXI, XXV). Prior to joining the Giants, Young was an assistant coach for the Baltimore Colts before becoming director of player personnel for the Miami Dolphins from 1975-1978.
Young was responsible for the drafting of several all-time Giants greats, such as Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Morris and Carl Banks, in addition to bringing in Bill Parcells as the team's head coach. During his tenure as general manager, the Giants earned eight postseason berths, compiling an overall record of 155-139-2. Young was named NFL Executive of the Year a record five times.
Lawrence named to 2019 PFWA All-Rookie Team
Dexter Lawrence put together a strong rookie campaign. Playing in all 16 games, Lawrence recorded 38 tackles (24 solo), 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, one pass defended, three tackles for loss and nine quarterback hits. The 6-foot-4, 342-pound lineman has been racking up the accolades over the last few weeks. Lawrence was already named to Pro Football Focus’ 2019 All-Rookie Team, in addition to landing at No. 9 on PFF’s list of top 50 rookies.
Lawrence was selected 17th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. He joined fellow first-rounders Josh Allen (No. 7, Jaguars), Ed Oliver (No. 9, Bills) and Nick Bosa (No. 2, 49ers) as the four defensive linemen to make the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team. PFWA voted Bosa as both the overall Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year. Raiders running back Josh Jacobs was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Lawrence's selection marks the eighth consecutive year the Giants have been represented on the All-Rookie Team.
Slayton sits down with Cruz to discuss breakout rookie campaign
Victor Cruz knows a thing or two about having a breakout season out of nowhere. After appearing in just three games his rookie year, the former Giants receiver exploded for 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in his first full season back in 2011.
Cruz sat down with Giants rookie receiver Darius Slayton to discuss the latter's rookie campaign. Slayton played in 14 games this past season, catching 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. The rookie was the 171st overall pick in the 2019 draft and was the 18th wide receiver selected. However, Slayton finished at or near the top of the rookie leaderboard in just about every receiving category.
"My route running," Slayton told Cruz on what he plans on focusing on this offseason as he prepares for the 2020 season. "I don't think any receiver should ever stop working on our ability to catch the ball because obviously, that's the most important thing we do. I'm definitely going to work on those kinds of things in the offseason."