New York Giants News: Joe Looney retires, Kenny Golladay injury update, Andy Jones signed

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The New York Giants once again had a busy news day today. Despite not practicing until the evening (begins at 5:15 pm), the Giants had a busy morning and afternoon. Recently-signed interior offensive lineman Joe Looney retired out of nowhere and head coach Joe Judge provided an injury update on star receiver Kenny Golladay. The Giants also signed another wide receiver to compete in camp today, Andy Jones.

Joe Looney retires unexpectedly

This past weekend, the New York Giants signed interior offensive lineman Joe Looney. The idea was to bring Looney in as a quality depth piece on the offensive line which has dealt with injuries and inconsistency due to inexperience. Joe Looney was a nine-year NFL veteran that could bring some stability to the team’s front line. However, the possibility of gaining stability on the offensive line from Joe Looney no longer exists.

Joe Looney shockingly retired today after two practices with the team. According to Mike Garafolo, this retirement had nothing to do with Joe Judge’s intense practices or disciplinary style. Looney had to run some laps during practice, but his retirement was not related to the laps or practices. Joe Looney made this difficult decision because his body told him to.

“Joe always felt when his body didn’t respond the way he needed it to, it would be time to step away. He has too much respect for the Giants and Coach Garrett to not do that.” – Joe Looney’s agent via Mike Garafolo

Giants fans should react to Looney’s retirement with respect and admiration. Joe could have easily played this season out, given the team some poor performances, and earned a paycheck that he did not deserve. But, out of respect for the team, Looney walked away from the sport instead. ESM wishes Joe Looney the best of luck in his retirement.

Kenny Golladay injury update

During yesterday’s hectic practice, the Giants’ new star wide receiver Kenny Golladay left the field early with an apparent leg injury. After catching an underneath reception in team drills, Kenny Golladay had the ball punched out of his hands by linebacker Tae Crowder. After fumbling the football, Golladay almost immediately reached for his hamstring and walked off the field with a trainer.

Head coach Joe Judge spoke with the media today and gave an update on Kenny Golladay’s injury. Judge said it’s not considered a significant injury and that the “worst-case scenario” seems to be avoided. Excellent news there for the Giants’ top receiving threat. Golladay will meet with a doctor and undergo some more tests since hamstring injuries can be quite tricky. But the Giants are optimistic about the initial diagnosis of Kenny Golladay’s injury.

Giants sign WR Andy Jones

The New York Giants signed wide receiver Andy Jones today. He’s played for the Detroit Lions and Houston Texans in the past. He’s a 6-1 receiver that the Giants had in for a tryout two days ago. Jones has not seen any regular-season action since 2018 when he played in 8 games for the Detroit Lions, catching 11 passes on 24 targets for 80 yards and 1 touchdown.

New York Giants get lesson in discipline under Joe Judge at training camp

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We’ve all heard about the tough guy reputation of New York Giants head coach Joe Judge. It’s something that had produced varying reactions, ranging from respect from fans who think Judge has brought the team in line with a new direction to dismissal by some national media outlets who have called Judge a parody of himself.

That reputation flared up last season when the firing of offensive line coach Marc Colombo allegedly turned heated, and a recent on the field confrontation between Judge and Kelvin Benjamin may have reminded some of that reputation once again.

But, even if it’s controversial, there’s at least one thing that Judge’s no-nonsense style is definitely good with – building discipline. That’s manifested itself this training camp in the form of players running laps for various mistakes. And sometimes, depending on the mistake, the whole unit has to run the lap around the practice field.

We saw that happen in Monday’s practice when one player made a substitution error during a field goal block. As a result, the defense including the coaches was spotted running a lap around the field.

It’s not the only time that it happened. Former Dallas lineman Joe Looney ended up running two laps also, and expected starting center Nick Gates would end up running one quickly to avoid holding things up – the Giants aren’t the deepest team at center, and their other regular option was busy working with the second team on a different field.

All in all, the laps are a minor thing but it’s still nice to see a tangible example of the culture of hard work and improvement that many Giants players have spoken about since the arrival of Joe Judge.

After all, far from considering Judge a parody of himself, every statement from the players shows that the locker room has bought in – even when they have to run laps at practice because of this no-nonsense style.

Giants’ addition Joe Looney opens up a ton of new options on the offensive line

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The New York Giants experienced a scare on the offensive line this past week when Shane Lemiuex was carted off the field with an apparent injury. As the team waited patiently on test results to return, luckily, Lemieux’s knee was cleared of any significant damage.

Head coach Joe Judge claimed that Lemieux was day-to-day and could return next week at some point. However, that didn’t stop the Giants from considering adding more depth, as former Kansas City Chiefs Center Austin Reiter came in for a visit. But the team had another player in mind, former Dallas Cowboys interior lineman Joe Looney.

Looney played in 12 games last year with Dallas, serving as a primary center and one game at right guard. He tallied 764 total snaps, recording a 50.6 overall pass-blocking grade and 50.3 run-blocking grade, per PFF. He was hit with 3.0 sacks allowed and 16 pressures, but his versatility and ability to perform at multiple interior spots gives the Giants a bit more wiggle room moving forward.

The former Cowboy brings plenty of experience in the trenches against NFC East opponents, and at 30-years-old he will be vying for starting snaps. Luckily for him, the Giants don’t have an established offensive front, giving him an opportunity to steal a starting job away from a player like a LeMieux or even center Nick Gates.

You can never have enough competition at any given position, and if Looney is able to snag the starting center job, Gates could end up competing at guard, which he’s better suited for after all. Gates stands at 6’5″ and 306 pounds, which is a bit tall for a center in the NFL. He held it down well last season after transitioning from the outside, but kicking him to left guard where he can compete with the Oregon product for starting snaps could end up being a solid strategy.

Having played several seasons under coordinator Jason Garrett, the team knows what they’re getting with Looney, which gives him an advantage. Garrett had great things to say about his former lineman last year, and the Giants nearly signed him, but he ended up sticking with Dallas for one more season. Having played 104 games in the NFL, starting 42, he’s a player to keep an eye on as training camp progresses.