Two Giants make Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week
The Giants have already flipped their attention towards this weekend's preseason matchup against the Bengals.
However, Pro Football Focus just yesterday posted their Team of the Week for the first weekend of preseason games. The Giants had two players on the list, including one on each side of the ball.
Linebacker Austin Calitro led the way for the Giants with his 95.6 overall grade. The veteran had the Giants' only turnover of the day when he tipped a pass up to himself before coming down with the interception. Calitro added four tackles (two solo) and a quarterback hit, and wound up receiving the highest overall grade on either team. He was joined by Chicago Bears' Jack Sanborn as the two linebackers on PFF's Team of the Week.
Calitro just signed with the Giants a few weeks ago, but the 28-year-old already feels at home playing for defensive coordinator Wink Martindale.
"To be honest with you, he's one of the first coaches that I've had outside of (Former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator) Coach Norton in Seattle that really keeps it real," the linebacker said about Martindale. "He tells you where you are, why you are where you are and what you can do to get better in the things you struggle at. As an undrafted guy myself, throughout the last six years it's been difficult, but for me to finally have a coach that tells you what he needs from you and how he sees you and just being upfront and honest is really a blessing and it really puts your mind at ease as well."
On the other side of the ball, tackle Devery Hamilton made the PFF Team of the Week after earning a 90.1 overall grade on 70 offensive snaps. He received an elite 94.1 grade on 24 run block snaps, and allowed just one hurry on 46 pass block reps.
"He played a lot of plays in that preseason game, and he competed really well," Daboll said about Hamilton on Monday. "He has position-flex. Today, you'll see him inside at guard. He can play tackle. He can play inside. Another smart guy that's doing everything that we ask him to do."
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Giants to induct 7 members in 2022 Ring of Honor Class
Representatives of the Giants' storied past visited practice yesterday and learned they will receive the franchise's highest honor.
Former running backs Joe Morris, Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton and defensive end Leonard Marshall joined the team's post-practice huddle and were introduced by coach Brian Daboll. Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara then informed them they will be inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor. Mara also announced to the assembled that Ronnie Barnes, the senior vice president of medical services who has been a member of the team's medical staff for 47 years, will join this year's class of inductees.
The final two members of the 2022 Ring of Honor class - defensive back Jimmy Patton and halfback/receiver Kyle Rote - are deceased. Mara had previously contacted family members to inform them of their inclusion.
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All seven of the honorees were members of Giants championship teams: Patton and Rote in 1956; Morris in 1986; Anderson and Marshall in 1986 and 1990; Hampton in 1990; and Barnes has been with the organization for all four of its Super Bowl victories. Morris, Marshall and Anderson increase to nine the number of players from the 1986 Super Bowl XXI championship team who are in the Ring of Honor.
"We are proud to add these deserving and legendary figures in Giants history to our Ring of Honor," Mara said. "Each of the players was among the very best at his position to wear a Giants uniform. All of them helped our franchise win championships and enjoy long-term success, as has Ronnie Barnes, who has been an invaluable and beloved member of our organization for decades."
The additions increase the number of honorees in the Ring of Honor to 50. They will be formally added to the ring on Monday, Sept. 26, when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium.
Representatives of the Giants' storied past visited practice and learned they will receive the franchise's highest honor.
Giants waive 3 players; roster down to 85
The Giants yesterday released three players to reduce their roster to 85 players, the limit all NFL teams must reach by 4 p.m.
Tight end Jeremiah Hall and defensive back Gavin Heslop were waived while wide receiver Austin Proehl was waived/injured.
Hall was signed as a rookie free agent on May 12 after a four-year career at Oklahoma. He played six snaps in the preseason opener last week at New England.
Heslop was signed as a free agent on July 22. He played three games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2021 and 20 defensive and one special teams snap against the Patriots.
Proehl was signed by the Giants on Feb. 15. He has been with seven NFL organizations, but has never played in a regular-season game.
View photos of the New York Giants' 2022 roster as it currently stands.