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Oct 31 Giants report card: Grading each position on offense and defense, coaching and front office. Even the doomsday forecasters couldn't have seen this coming. The Giants are 1-7 and out of the playoff picture with eight games to go.

Landon Collins sees no reason the Giants would consider trading him. No reason at all. "I do a lot for the team, organization, I was a draft pick," Collins said. There is no concrete evidence the Giants ever considered shipping Collins anywhere.

Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was arrested Tuesday morning for "various motor vehicle and related disorderly persons offenses" pertaining to a traffic violation in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Former Giants
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie announced he is retiring from the NFL via his Instagram page Tuesday morning. Rodgers-Cromartie, 32, signed with the Raiders in late August after playing the last four seasons with the New York Giants.

Oct 30 Giants creak the door open for an Eli Manning benching. There are no guarantees. Not at 1-7. Not with an offense that moves within the vicinity of the end zone and then fails to advance.
At 1-7, changes for the Giants offense are inevitable, and head coach Pat Shurmur appears to at least be open to the idea of a quarterback other than Eli Manning starting in Week 10 in San Francisco against the 49ers following the Bye.

Eli Manning has broken every meaningful passing record in Giants history, has achieved career numbers in line with many of the NFL's all-time greats, and has Hall of Fame credentials, as far as I'm concerned.
Giants of garbage time? Closer look at Eli Manning, passing offense piling up empty yards, points. The Giants have a bye this weekend to clear their heads and find an answer, though it already appears to be a certainty that rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta will get an opportunity in place of Manning at some point in the near future.

Oct 29 Giants lose to the Redskins 20-13

On the game. Game 8
Gamegirl ..."With the way the game was going, I thought at halftime the Giants had a shot..."
Mikefan ..."Despite any trades that happened during the week, the Giants defense was holding its own..."

Redskins win third straight, behind defense and Peterson.
Instant Analysis: Offense struggles in loss to Washington.
Are Giants worst team in NFL? With this dreadful offense, it's hard to say no.
Enough already! Giants must bench Eli Manning and play Kyle Lauletta.
Saquon Barkley's brilliance has gone to waste on woeful Giants.
New York Giants takeaways from Week 8's loss to the Redskins.
Giants' offense is downright pathetic in hard-to-watch loss.
The defense the Giants have left was almost enough.
'Unacceptable protection' leaves Giants offense line fuming.
Who to blame for Redskins' 7 sacks?
All the hallmarks of a Giants debacle, in one depressing game.
The Giants' transition away from Eli Manning must begin now.
Giants report card: Holy hell this offense

Giants (1-6) vs Redskins (4-2) Game Preview
Last Sunday the Washington Redskins advanced their position in the NFC East division race. They were the only team in that group to finish with a win. Even better for them, it was a 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants played on Monday night with the Atlanta Falcons. Going in, it looked to be a game they could win, as the Falcons were facing a number of injuries. The Giants fell behind early, and though they managed to score 17 points in the second half, they still lost out to the Falcons 23-20.
Giants - Falcons Wrap-Up

Oct 28 Eli Manning forced to be the Giants' rock in lost season. There have been tough moments for Manning during his 15-year stay, but nothing like this. He does not offer much introspection for public consumption, yet there was a pained look in his eyes this past week as he was barraged with questions after his team traded away two defensive starters for future draft picks, the loud-as-roaring-thunder signal a rebuild is in place.

Oct 27 Giants have one game to prove they still have some life. The Giants, en route to 1-6, have insisted all along that they're thisclose to being a good team and that they're better than what their record says they are.

How did Giants-Saints Eli Apple deal go down? What was Apple's 1st reaction? The NFL trade deadline is in four days. We've already seen several deals, including a pair by the Giants, sending cornerback Eli Apple to the New Orleans Saints and defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions.

Corey Coleman wants in. The last time most of the football public saw the newest wide receiver for the New York Giants, the 2016 first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns wanted out. That was nearly three months ago when Coleman was shown on HBO's "Hard Knocks" suggesting to his former coach, Hue Jackson, that the Browns should trade him - and the organization did just that, dealing him to Buffalo. Two teams later, Coleman wants to prove he's not a bust with Big Blue.

Oct 26 Is more Sterling Shepard the answer for Giants offense? Secret to his big plays. It wasn't just that Sterling Shepard had a Giants' season-high 167 receiving yards in Week 7. It was the way he got them: Catches covering 58, 53 and 38 yards. Leaping at the ball's highest point. Tip-toeing the sideline. Moving a drive into the red zone three different times.

The Giants this week traded two of his starters, but defensive coordinator James Bettcher emphatically said today he will not tolerate a decline in effort or production from anyone on his unit.

With Giants in disarray, Redskins can play to strengths. Over their last 23 games, the Giants are just 4-19. This past week, the franchise traded two defensive starters - Eli Apple and Damon Harrison - ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Washington Redskins. Quarterback Eli Manning appears washed up.

NFL News
For the first time in the Super Bowl era, the NFL has fired a referee in the middle of a season.

Oct 25 Don't tell the Giants about the white flag raised outside their building. After trading away their second defensive starter in as many days, the 1-6 Giants don't believe their front office is surrendering this season and thinking only about the future.

When the Giants take the field against Washington on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium, the starting lineup will look drastically different than the team that took the field in Monday night's 23-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Here's a look at the most likely Giants starting lineup, now that Harrison and Apple have been dealt.

Oct 24 'Snacks' Harrison traded to Lions as Giants' fire sale picks up. Eli Apple was just the beginning. Giants GM Dave Gettleman did not wait long to sell off another piece of the defense, sending Damon "Snacks" Harrison to the Lions for a fifth-round pick.

Giants trade Eli Apple for draft pick as rebuild gets underway | What's next move? The third-year cornerback was dealt from the Giants to the Saints for a fourth-round pick in 2019 and a seventh-round pick in 2020.
Eli Apple now ranks among the Giants' biggest busts ever No. 10 overall pick in 2016 had an attitude problem and never came close to realizing his potential.

Oct 23 Giants lose to the Falcons 23-20

On the game. Game 7
Gamegirl ..."Even though the defense kept Atlanta from scoring as much as they usually do, it wasn't enough to keep the Giants from losing once again, this time 23-20..."
Mikefan ..."On their first third quarter drive, they got all the way down the field before getting too eager, going for it on fourth-and-goal from the Falcons 1-yard line, and that didn't work..."

Ryan throws for 379 yards, Falcons beat Giants 23-20.
Instant Analysis: Giants can't complete comeback vs. Falcons.
Giants saved their most embarrassing flop for prime time.
Even the Saquon Barkley silver lining wasn't there.
Eli Manning's statline is a lie.
Let's count the ways Pat Shurmur was a disaster.
Giants report card: Let us count the ways the offense failed.
Pat Shurmur lost his mind as Giants lose again in Atlanta.
Deep dive into Giants red-zone failures | Closer look at all 19 play calls.
Giants lose to Falcons, drop to 1-6.
Same old frustrations rear their ugly heads for Eli Manning and Giants' O-line.

Giants (1-5) vs Falcons (2-4) Game Preview
Last Sunday the Atlanta Falcons managed to hold off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers down near their goal line in the final seconds of their game. The 34-29 win broke the Falcons three game losing streak.
The last time the Giants played, it was a Thursday night matchup at home with the Philadelphia Eagles, with both teams needing to improve on their losing records. The Eagles got back on track, while the home crowd watched the Giants let down on both sides of the ball. The result was a 34-13 loss for the Giants.
Giants - Eagles Wrap-Up

Oct 22 Giants can only do one thing to change this season's narrative. The Giants will face another team Monday night that hasn't had all that many things go well for it so far this year, and the Falcons have the added burdens of both being beat up and shouldering an expectation that they'd be one of the premier teams in the NFC this season.

It's time for everybody's favorite new Giants-themed game: Name that return man! Contestants 1 and and 2 were holdovers from last season. Contestants 3 and 4 were waiver-wire additions. Contestant 5 was an undrafted rookie. And on and on down the line.

Oct 21 Giants to make another change to the starting offensive line. As a whole, the unit has struggled massively, failing to create enough holes for the running game and give quarterback Eli Manning the needed time to throw.

The Giants are in search of their second win of the season Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium, but will need to find a way to contain quarterback Matt Ryan, and wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

So much attention has been focused on the Giants' offensive shortcomings this season. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher wants to remind you that his group isn't exactly playing up to expectations either. He reminded his players of that as well.

Former Giants
Dick Modzelewski, a star defensive tackle who appeared in eight NFL title games with the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns during the 1950s and '60s, has died. He was 87.

Oct 20 James Bettcher's Giants defense was supposed to feature exotic blitzes and aggressive schemes - unpredictability that players were raving about in the spring and summer. That has yet to be the case, but there is a reason for that.
Did the Giants go all-in on Eli Manning as their quarterback in 2018 and beyond? The Giants are 1-5 and it appears obvious to most that their offseason plan was based on one big miscalculation: Manning would turn back the clock if given the right complementary pieces.
If Eli is not the answer, Giants have some options moving forward. The Giants are sticking with Eli Manning as their quarterback. For now. How long that commitment lasts likely rests largely in how well Manning and the Giants perform in the coming weeks and months of the 2018 season.

Oct 19 Pat Shurmur still believes he can hold disaster season together. His veteran quarterback has been attacked from many more places than simply opposing defenses: His star receiver has rattled the team-first foundation with bizarre, self-serving rants; his rebuilt offensive line can't block; and his high-priced defense has vastly underperformed.
If you want to last in this town, you have to go through the tough times, and Shurmur is already in the fight. How he battles through it will provide an early barometer of how he might be suited for the long term, however long term that might be. His players are solidly behind him.

Oct 18 Special Report - It's tough to argue that the Giants are just going through growing pains, though there is an argument that it might take a quarterback, let alone other players, nearly a season before being comfortable in a new system. It's also hard to argue that players earning $5, $10, $20 million or more can use such an excuse.
After last Thursday's debacle at home in a 34-13 loss to division rival and defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, there were cries from GiantLand that Eli Manning is finished, that rookie Kyle Lauletta should be prepped to start "to see what he can do" and that the team missed their opportunity to get their hands on a franchise quarterback for the future in the April draft.

Fifteen years and two Super Bowls ago, the Giants made the right move trading for Eli Manning. The question that won't go away for years and years is whether they made the wrong move drafting Saquon Barkley with the second-overall pick instead of Sam Darnold.
Having an old quarterback isn't the only issue facing the Giants these days. The new offense, a system that Pat Shurmur brought with him as head coach this offseason, has been slow to click.

Oct 17 John Mara rips into Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. Co-owner says OBJ needs to do more playing and less talking, calls team's 1-5 start "embarrassing."
John Mara is just as wrong for throwing Odell Beckham Jr. under the bus Tuesday as Beckham was for throwing Eli Manning under the bus nearly two weeks ago.

Rare good news for Giants offense: Engram eyes return. It did not help the Giants' anemic offense that one of their main playmakers, tight end Evan Engram, missed the past three games with a sprained knee.

Giants offensive line is a mess ... Here's how Spencer Pulley can fix it. The Giants offense has a myriad of issues that have contributed to yet another "embarrassing" 1-5 start, not the least of which is lackluster offensive line play.

Oct 16 How it all went wrong for the Giants' offense. Nothing has worked out better than expected, but that does not mean everything has gone wrong - other than the results on the field, of course.
Giants' Eli Manning as ex-quarterbacks join line of critics: 'You always get a vibe of what's being said'. Eli Manning built a reputation based on an uncanny ability to block out noise and answer his critics on the field, but the line is starting to include too many of his fraternity brothers to ignore.

Health and a new locker room vibe have these 1-5 Giants feeling better than last year's 1-5 Giants. The Giants have had a few days off to reflect on where they are and where they might be headed.

Oct 15 If Eli Manning continues to struggle against the Atlanta Falcons and Washington over the next two weeks, Shurmur would be wise to making the change from Manning to fourth-round rookie Kyle Lauletta, to at least evaluate what the Richmond product is capable of in the NFL.
Kyle Lauletta is a perfect six-for-six this season. Six games, six designations as inactive. On game days, he is on the sideline, but not in uniform. The logical conclusion to draw from this is Lauletta is the No. 3 quarterback, behind starter Eli Manning and backup Alex Tanney. Well, nothing about this sorry Giants season is very logical.

Oct 14 It was just a few short weeks ago that everything was so shiny and new, it was hard to not get excited about the Giants. They seemed to have all the pieces in place to execute a quick turnaround from the 3-13 season in 2017 and become one of those worst-to-first teams that the NFL provides just about every year.
Giants are facing harsh reality they could never picture. There is little doubt Gettleman and Shurmur - as well as ownership - viewed this as a team capable of competing for a playoff berth. The offensive line, in particular, has disappointed.
How many more winnable games do the Giants have? Things look bleak for the Giants ahead of Week 6 in Atlanta, and it's worth wondering just how many potential wins remain on the schedule.

Odell Beckham Jr. says he has nothing to apologize for. There are several misconceptions about what went down after the Odell Beckham Jr. interview on ESPN that upset the Giants so strongly they fined him for his comments.

Oct 13 Through 15 years, there have been rough times for Eli Manning. Plenty of them. Accolades sure, but more recently, growing doubt on the outside, and perhaps even a little bit on the inside, about his ability to continue to function and thrive as the franchise quarterback of the Giants.
You can't spell believe without Eli. With critics of Eli Manning mounting to include former teammates and the Giants off to a 1-5 start, coach Pat Shurmur quickly put to rest any thoughts of a quarterback change during the long layoff before an Oct. 22 visit to the Falcons. ""We believe in Eli," Shurmur said.

There will be no turning around of the season. The Giants may win a game here or there. Maybe they string a few together down the stretch. More than half the roster is comprised of first-year Giants. It is a new system on offense and defense. Quality teams can win enough during the adjustment. The Giants are not a quality team.

Saquon Barkley already is proving to be a terrific NFL running back, and nothing about his first six games suggests selecting him high in the draft was a fool's errand. What is up for debate is why he ended up with the Giants.

Former Giants
Ereck Flowers signs with Jaguars. Ex-Giants coach Tom Coughlin scoops up tackle he drafted in first round in 2015.
Ereck Flowers signs with Jaguars, his unlikeliest suitor. The Jaguars were desperate, after placing two offensive tackles (Cam Robinson and Josh Wells) on injured reserve,
Geno Smith weighs in on Eli Manning, says everyone owes Ben McAdoo an apology.

Oct 12 Giants lose to the Eagles 34-13

On the game. Game 6
Gamegirl ..."After the way the Giants hung in and almost won last week in Carolina, I was expecting so much more. Things looked like they were coming together just in time for this game, and I was very disappointed..."
Mikefan ..."Things started off as bad as they could, with Eli Manning throwing an interception on the second play of the game. It gave the Eagles great field position, and they capitalized on it..."

Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Eagles look Super vs. Giants.
Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Eagles, 34-13.
Eagles offense comes alive in 34-13 win over Giants.
Eli Manning is done and so are the Giants.
Blame the owner: John Mara is responsible for this Giant mess.
Giants are a sick organization right now.
Giants' putrid loss shows just how terrible they really are.
Odell Beckham leaves Giants' sideline early as antics return.
Giants offensive line can't blame Ereck Flowers for this debacle.
Giants vs. Eagles: The defending champs made Big Blue look like chumps.
Eagles dominate last-place Giants, dropping them to 1-5.
Eli Manning, defense are giant problems.
Giants season is over after disastrous loss to Eagles.
BYE, BYE! Odell Beckham Jr. sees enough during putrid first half.
Philadelphia Eagles 34 -New York Giants 13.

Vikings in a follow up of the NFC Championship game also played at home. Back then the Eagles beat them soundly 38-7, and went on to win in the Super Bowl. This time the Vikings got their revenge, and left town with a 23-21 win.
In their game, the Giants were up against a tough Carolina Panthers team. Despite trailing for most of the game, the Giants finally took the lead with about one minute left. The Panthers didn't have time to move the ball very far, but a 63-yard field goal gave them a 33-31 win.
Giants - Panthers Wrap-Up

Oct 11 Perhaps the start of the Giants' season would not be as dire if outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, their most accomplished pass-rusher, played in the first five games. He did not, though, but he will make his 2018 debut Thursday night against the Eagles, making the Giants' defense a more formidable unit.
The Eagles made a late addition to their injury report for Thursday night's game against the Giants. All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson was downgraded to questionable with an ankle injury. Johnson wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.

The Giants have the chance to torpedo the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles' season with a victory on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium. However, it is going to take a complete game, which has been a struggle for Pat Shurmur's team through the first five weeks of the regular season.
For frustrated Giants, all that's on the line vs. Eagles is everything. There are only so many opportunities a team can have to save its season, and time has run out here. If the Giants lose, it is sole possession of last place and a record (1-5) that signifies it is getting close to making plans for next year.

Oct 10 Giants vs. Eagles injury report: Will Evan Engram or Olivier Vernon play? What's the latest on Saquon Barkley? Here's an update on Barkley, Engram, Vernon, kicker Aldrick Rosas and tight end Rhett Ellison, ahead of Thursday's game.

Upbeat Giants think brutal loss could be a turning point. The Giants lost on Sunday. Just a reminder, because it might seem hard to reconcile that fact with the way the team has been acting lately. Bouncing with energy. Brimming with optimism.

Lil Wayne heard what Eli Manning said - and is not happy. A day after the Giants quarterback spoke about the rapper for perhaps the first time in his life, a bothered Lil Wayne, enormous blunt in hand, released a series of Instagram videos in which he was incredulous he was on the receiving end of a shot from one of his favorite quarterbacks.

Connor Barwin spent the 2017 season with the Los Angeles Rams before signing with the Giants this offseason on a two-year deal. With Olivier Vernon (ankle) sidelined, Barwin has been thrust into a larger role on the Giants' defensive line. Thursday, he'll match up with right tackle Lane Johnson, and try to beat his former teammates on the other side of the Eagles-Giants rivalry.

Oct 9 Giants to cut or trade Ereck Flowers after draft bust 'ran its course'. Ereck Flowers' Giants career is over earlier than expected and later than the fan base demanded. The Giants intend to trade or release Flowers by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The Giants are done with Ereck Flowers. For all intents and purposes, Ereck Flowers and the Giants unofficially parted ways two weeks into this season, when he was benched, yanked from his starting right tackle job.

Eli Manning praises Pat Shurmur for handling latest Odell Beckham controversy. If 14 targets in Sunday's game didn't say it, Eli Manning did. There is no rift between him and Odell Beckham after the star wide receiver offered only a tepid endorsement for his aging quarterback in a controversial television interview with ESPN.

The longest-tenured Giants offensive lineman on the active roster is Chad Wheeler. Let that sink in. A second-year player, undrafted a year ago out of USC, and the starting right tackle for the last three games, now stands as the only player in the position group who has been with the team since the start of the 2017 season. That's how much the Giants have overhauled their offensive line.

Oct 8 Giants lose to the Panthers 33-31

On the game. Game 5
Gamegirl ..."The Giants came up short today and it was some game to watch, even though we lost in the end. It was actually the very end when the Panthers kicker made a 63-yard field goal to steal this game away from the Giants..."
Mikefan ..."Credit the Panthers for their special teams play today. The Eagles are up next on a short week, but at least the game is played at home, and maybe they'll even have Olivier Vernon back to play..."

Gano's 63-yard field goal lifts Panthers over Giants 33-31.
Instant Analysis: Giants lose on last-second FG.
Stunning, miracle kick breaks Giants' heart and likely ends year.
Giants find a way for an Odell Beckham TD with perfect trick play.
Odell Beckham's future does not appear to be on special teams.
'Just not right': Giants defense is furious at the officials.
Giants got a reminder of 'the magic of Eli Manning'.
Giants blast NFL officiating after loss to Panthers.
Giants can't overcome Odell Beckham Jr.'s mistakes in wild loss.
Giants suffer heartbreaking 33-31 loss on Panthers' 63-yard field goal.
Odell Beckham Jr.'s muffed punt hands Carolina a touchdown.
Angry Giants leave Carolina feeling like victory taken from them by refs, not Panthers.
Carolina Panthers 33, NY Giants 31: What they're saying after the game.
Panthers win against Giants was pure pandemonium.
Panthers' Eric Reid returns, kneels during national anthem.

Giants (1-3) vs Panthers (2-1) Game Preview
Last week the Panthers were on an early season bye after playing in just three games. The week earlier they had hosted the Cincinnati Bengals, and won that game 31-21.
The Giants started out strong last week playing at home against the New Orleans Saints. They weren't able to sustain an early lead and took a 33-18 loss.
Giants - Saints Wrap-Up

Oct 7 The Giants (1-3) are staring into the face of their weakness at 1 p.m. today when they visit the Panthers (2-1) and their premier dual-threat quarterback (Newton) at Bank of America Stadium.
Giants activate run-stopper to face Panthers after suspension. Josh Mauro was signed by the Giants in March after he spent four years with the Cardinals, the final three playing for defensive coordinator James Bettcher during his stint in Arizona.

One of the reasons the Giants' offense can't seem to get started might just be where they are starting. Their return game, on both punts and kickoffs, has been virtually nonexistent. Their average starting field position through four weeks is the 24.4-yard line, which ranks 27th in the NFL.

Oct 6 Go ask Odell Beckham what he meant to say. That was the overarching message from Giants coach Pat Shurmur after Friday's practice, as he faced an onslaught of questions about Odell Beckham's on-video criticism of his teammates' heart and energy and of an offense that isn't putting him in position to make big plays.
Odell Beckham is right: Giants need to exhibit sense of urgency. The Giants' offense is a mess, a cruel joke, and something needs to change and better change starting Sunday in Charlotte, N.C. Eli Manning needs a big game. Badly. Immediately. Beckham needs a touchdown catch. Badly. Immediately. Manning needs to throw a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. Badly. Immediately.

Giants and Panthers are intertwined Especially the coaching staffs, many of whom worked for the other organization or with their counterparts.One of them, undoubtedly, is Dave Gettleman. He was abruptly fired as general manager of the Panthers last summer, two seasons after taking the team to a Super Bowl. In December, he was named general manager of the Giants.

Through four games, Will Hernandez is the highest-rated rookie offensive lineman in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. On Friday, Hernandez was named the PFF Offensive Rookie of the Month. Despite struggles along the line, Hernandez is fitting the mold of "hog mollie," the term of endearment general manager Dave Gettleman assigns to tough offensive linemen.

Oct 5 It is getting late early again for the Giants, and Giants fans have flocked into the Panic Room. Odell Beckham Jr. will not be joining them in there. Not yet anyway. Not now, at 1-3 and a trip to Carolina staring the Giants in their frustrated faces.

Giants can't wait to have their 'Terminator' back on the field. Even if the Panthers know that Olivier Vernon is expected to make his season debut Sunday, Damon Harrison doesn't think they know what's coming. "It'll be a nice surprise for the Panthers, if we can get him back," the Giants tackle said Thursday.

It's a prove-it game for the Giants. On offense, prove you can move the ball against the Cover 2 defense. On defense, prove you can stop the zone read. Until the Giants do those things, they are in danger of replaying the same game over and over, including at 1 p.m. Sunday against the Panthers.

Giants' Odell Beckham on deep-ball chances: 'They're there, but they're not there'. Beckham has yet to score a touchdown this season and has been held to under 100 yards twice in four games. "You seem more concerned about the end zone than me," Beckham snapped back at a reporter. "I'm not concerned. I missed four games my rookie year, still came back and [caught 12 touchdowns]. So, end zone, it'll come."

Oct 4 Eli Manning answers critics who say he needs to change tactics. Manning is adamant he is not settling for check-down passes and that he is not getting rid of the ball too quickly because he is concerned with the pass rush.
Eli Manning may be putting a strong face and a confident spin on the situation, but even the great ones start to have some self-doubt when they get to a certain age and the results they are used to attaining are no longer so easily achievable. So says Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre.

Eli Manning is not going to take unnecessary risks to try to jump-start the Giants' points-needy offense. In addition to touchdowns, the deep pass has become an infrequent component in the Giants' offense. Manning is tied for sixth in the league with 112 completions, but only three of them gained more than 25 yards, and none more than 37 yards.

The Cowboys and Saints held the Giants to three total scoring drives before the game was out of reach late in the fourth quarter. The common denominator is both teams played soft zone coverage, dropping safeties 20 yards off the line of scrimmage to eliminate big plays by Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.

It's time the Giants go all-in on Saquon Barkley. The Cowboys needed rescuing last Sunday against the Lions and Ezekiel Elliott rescued them. The Giants need rescuing this Sunday in Carolina and they should turn to Saquon Barkley to rescue them.

Oct 3 Eli Manning's low-risk game plan is driving Giants nowhere fast. Years of shabby protection has Manning at times feeling pressure that might not be there. His pocket was fairly well-secured against the Saints, and his passer rating of 99.1 was like cubic zirconia - it looked good but was not worth much.
The thing about a dink-and-dunk offense is it requires long drives to move the ball. And the thing about long drives is every play becomes an opportunity for disaster to strike in the form of a sack, a penalty, a turnover or lost yardage.
Maybe it's time to let Odell Beckham Jr. be himself again. Beckham has the 16th most receiving yards in the NFL this season (331). He's the only player in the top 16 without a reception of more than 30 yards.

Oct 2 What's the deal with all of Giants' Eli Manning's check down passes? Much has been made this week of the New Orleans Saints' ability to take away Eli Manning's deep passing game by playing a soft cover-two defense in Sunday's 33-18 Giants loss.

Giants want answers after officiating debacle in loss. After every game, the Giants and every other NFL team submits plays into the league office from that week's game, seeking clarification on calls and penalties. Coach Pat Shurmur calls it "a handful of things" in a typical week. "I have a bigger handful this week," he said Monday.

Pat Shurmur rarely is critical of anyone when speaking publicly. On Monday, he was. And he pointed that condemnation at himself. "I wish I would have called more runs, all right?" he said. "That's the reality of that. I think the ball in Saquon [Barkley]'s hands is a good thing."

Oct 1 Giants lose to the Saints 33-18

On the game. Game 4
Gamegirl ..."The first quarter seemed to go really fast, and the second started off with the first of four field goals by the Saints. At halftime I was glad that the Giants were keeping them out of the endzone, but New Orleans had a 12-7 lead..."
Mikefan ..."Things were looking up last week after the Giants notched their first win of the season by beating the Houston Texans 27-22. Well, up turned to down as this game with the New Orleans Saints continued on..."

Kamara runs for 3 second-half TDs, Saints beat Giants 33-18
Instant Analysis: Saints pull away from Giants.
Giants offense sputters in loss to Saints.
Odell Beckham Jr. reflective, if frustrated, after tough loss and a quiet day on the field.
Unbelievable excuse a ref gave Giants for missed calls: It's not the Super Bowl.
Pat Shurmur owns up to poor clock management in Saints loss.
Why soft zone defense is Giants' offensive Kryptonite.
Pat Shurmur out-coached badly as Giants run into familiar problems.
Landon Collins and Saquon Barkley studs, but Eli Manning and Odell Beckham.
Giants' offense shuts down, and a winnable game gets away.
Giants got what they wanted on defense before wasting it.
Why Odell Beckham feels hard work is being wasted on Sundays.
New Orleans Saints 33, NY Giants 18: What they were saying.
How the officials angered the Giants with more than just flags.
The Drew Brees weapon the Giants had no answer for.
Alvin Kamara puts it away late for the Saints in 33-18 win against the Giants
10 takeaways from the Saints' 33-18 win against the Giants.

Giants (1-2) vs Saints (2-1) Game Preview
Last week the New Orleans Saints battled it out with the Falcons in a high scoring game in Atlanta. It was a 37-37 tie at the end of regulation. The Saints started off with the ball in overtime, and their long drive finished with a one yard touchdown run by quarterback Drew Brees for a 43-37 win.
The Giants were on the road in Texas for the second week in a row. They had lost to the Cowboys the first time and had better luck with the Houston Texans. They scored on their opening drive, and led throughout the game to finish up with a 27-22 win, their first of the season.
Giants - Texans Wrap-Up

Six active quarterbacks rank in the Top 10 in NFL history in passing touchdowns. Two of them will be on opposite sidelines Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium when Eli Manning and the New York Giants play host to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers are the others.

New Orleans is famous for its recipes, whether it is gumbo, jambalaya and Po-boys. The Giants need a recipe for an upset today, as the Saints come to MetLife Stadium for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff as three-point favorites over the home team.

Eli Manning laments Saints game when his best was not enough. He threw a career-high six touchdown passes, but Drew Brees threw for seven and the Saints beat the Giants, 52-49. With Manning set to face the Saints on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it is impossible not to recall that shootout.

Saquon Barkley is the centerpiece addition to a team that needs every playmaker it can get. With the Giants' front office convinced that this team is good enough to win now, if only it surrounds 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning with the right talent, Barkley's early emergence is essential to that formula.

Sept 29 The receptions are impressive. So is the yardage. Both rank No. 1 in the league through three weeks. The percentage, however, is what really stands out. When Drew Brees targets Michael Thomas, a completion follows, and frequently a big play. Forty times the Saints quarterback has looked for his No. 1 receiver, and 38 times they have connected.

Secret to Saints offense? Giants have an insider hidden on roster and ready to debut. The Giants spent a week studying for one day against arguably the NFL's deadliest offense. Kamrin Moore spent his first four months in the NFL trying to crack the same code.

Olivier Vernon, Eli Apple out for Giants against Saints. The Giants will be without their starting cornerback Sunday as they try to contain Drew Brees and the Saints' explosive offense - a move that initially seemed to surprise Apple as much as anyone. As for Vernon (foot), the linebacker practiced Wednesday and Thursday, only to be held back Friday and ruled out for Sunday.

Sept 28 Odell Beckham Jr. described his performance through the first three weeks as "efficient" on Thursday, but believes that both he and the Giants' offense are on the verge of breaking out in a big way Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Because his longest gain is 30 yards and he has yet to score a touchdown, Odell Beckham, Jr. is still waiting for that otherworldly play or game-changing performance that have distinguished his Giants tenure.

Giants know they probably will have to light it up this week. The Brees-led Saints enter the meeting second in the NFL in points scored (104) and fourth in total offense (428.0 yards per game). Big Blue showed significant progress in Sunday's win over the Texans - notching season highs in total yards (379), first downs (21) and points (27).

Sept 27 The Saints may be coming to MetLife Stadium averaging 34.6 points per game, but the Giants think they have one big edge to slowing them down. Location. Sunday will be the Saints' first outdoor game this season after opening with two at home and beating the Falcons in Atlanta under a closed roof in Week 3.

It was just one week, but the results were telling. The Giants' reconstructed offensive line gave Eli Manning more time to pass Sunday and the veteran quarterback responded. Now the challenge for the offensive line is figuring out what worked so well and finding a way to do it again.

New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur got the chance to meet franchise legend Mark Bavaro for the first time at the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Champions for Children Gala last Friday night. Not that Shurmur was looking to compare them as players, but Bavaro did remind him of someone he coached in Minnesota and now will rely on even more with the Giants: Rhett Ellison.

Sept 26 What Eli Manning must do to beat Brees in battle of vet QBs. If he can keep possession of the ball and sustain a few long drives Sunday at MetLife Stadium, it will go a long way toward keeping Drew Brees and his merry band of Saints off the field, which might be the only way to slow them down.

Two days after Evan Engram suffered a knee injury that will sideline him for an undetermined time period, the Giants today signed tight end Garrett Dickerson off their practice squad. In a corresponding move, wide receiver/return specialist Kaelin Clay was waived/injured with an ankle injury.

Former Giants
Phil Simms won two Super Bowl rings with the Giants, but with the addition of rookie running back Saquon Barkley, the studio analyst for "The NFL Today" on CBS believes Eli Manning has a better collection of dynamic offensive weapons than he ever had in his career.

Sept 25 Special Report - It is possible that Pat Shurmur circled the date on his desk calendar Monday. It was, after all, the first time he was going to hold a telephone press conference with the media after a regular-season Giants' victory.
And he sounded pleased to have the opportunity. First, he outlined the injuries - not to worry, he intimated, about tight end Evan Engram's knee. It's not torn, just a sprained MCL, and if he isn't back this week (at home against New Orleans) it won't be much longer.

Giants offense needs to play fast in both halves vs. Saints. As good as the Giants looked on offense at times in Sunday's 27-22 win over the Texans, they'll have to perform even better to keep winning.

The Giants squeezed everything out of five exhausted starters. Tired was not an option. Playing every single snap in a game is not easy. Most games, the entire offensive line stays in every play, if possible. On defense, a player or two in the secondary never comes off the field.

Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn is off to the best start to a season in his career. Wynn logged six total tackles with a forced fumble in Week 3, and has already picked up 13 tackles, 0.5 a sack, and the forced fumble so far this season, while playing a pivotal role in the Giants' pass rush.

Sept 24 Giants win over the Texans 27-22

On the game. Game 3
Gamegirl ..."The Texans started off the game with an opening drive field goal. So far this season the Giants have won the toss, deferred, and then let the other team score. The Texans ended the half scoring another field goal. The good news was they had nothing in between!.."
Mikefan ..."Everyone knows that a quarterback needs time to throw, and a running back needs some blocking to run. The offensive line for the Giants haven't been able to do that until today. Their two biggest playmakers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, had been neutralized..."

Manning throws 2 TDs as Giants beat Texans 27-22 for 1st win.
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New York Giants 27 - Houston Texans 22.
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Giants (0-2) vs Texans (0-2) Game Preview
After starting off the season with two straight games on the road, the Texans have fallen to an 0-2 record. They started in New England, and then last week they were in Tennessee. The Texans were at midfield and had 17 seconds left to try to tie the game up with a field goal. Quarterback Deshaun Watson scrambled around and completed a downfield pass, but the clock ran out, leaving them with a 20-17 loss.
The Giants have also opened the season losing in their first two games. What was thought to be a talented offense, working behind a strengthened front line, hasn't translated to the field. Last week the Cowboys were ready for their arrival and scored first. The Giants trailed the entire game, kicked a field goal after a successful onside kick, but their next one failed, and the game ended 20-13 in favor of the Cowboys.
Giants - Cowboys Wrap-Up

Sept 23 Giants bench Ereck Flowers after three years as starter. The Ereck Flowers experiment finally appears to be ending after three-plus year as a starter on the New York Giants offensive line. The 2015 first-round pick is being benched in favor of Chad Wheeler at right tackle on Sunday against the Houston Texans, a source confirmed.

Pat Shurmur has been around long enough - not with the Giants, but certainly around the NFL - to understand what happens early is not necessarily an indication of what happens late.Until the offensive line gets its act together, exploiting Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley's gifts will be a weekly struggle and Eli Manning will look older than his 37 years. With his players, he assures all who will listen outside the circle, he is forceful. "Don't misunderstand the calm," he said.

Sept 22 We've been down this road too many times before with the Giants, who have started 0-2 in four of the past five years. It might not seem like much in the span of a 16-game season, but anyone familiar with the NFL knows that 0-3 is the start of nothing to play for.

This year, Landon Collins seems a step behind for the Giants. Through two games, Collins has been almost invisible on the field, far from the standout performer many projected, or even the one he's been in the past. He's had an unremarkable 11 tackles through two games and only one pass defensed.

Texans expect Jadeveon Clowney to play, and that's bad news for Giants. After a back injury limited him all week in practice, the Houston Texans expect outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney to suit up.

Former Giants
Tom Coughlin says hot seat could benefit Giants coach Pat Shurmur.

Sept 21 It doesn't get any easier now for Giants' embattled offensive line. John Greco, who'll start his first game for the Giants at center on Sunday replacing the injured Jon Halapio, understands the caldron he's entering.

Despite the fact that the Giants possess one of the most dynamic collections of skill players in the league, the offense ranks in the bottom-five in scoring heading into Sunday's Week 3 showdown between 0-2 teams in Houston against the Texans.

Close. That's the word that has been bandied about for most of the past two weeks as the Giants have slipped to 0-2 and have struggled to score points. They're close to winning, close to connecting, close to turning this around they say. They're also close to football oblivion.

Sept 20 Giants could be without two key defensive starters. Eli Apple's injured groin hasn't improved since Sunday and Olivier Vernon's high ankle sprain doesn't seem to be making much progress, either.

John Greco takes over at center for Giants after Jon Halapio's injury. A year ago, John Greco this week was at home wondering if his NFL career was over. He'd been released by the Browns after training camp and was coming to peace with the possibility of involuntary retirement while waiting to see if any teams would call. On Sunday, he'll be starting at center for the Giants.

The Giants released fullback Shane Smith on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after signing Elijhaa Penny off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad. Smith struggled with blocking assignments against the Dallas Cowboys, in a game Sunday night that saw quarterback Eli Manning sacked six times and hit eight more during a 20-13 loss that was never really that close.

Sept 19 Pat Shurmur did not create this Giants mess, but he must fix it. The offensive line woes are new to Shurmur but painfully familiar to those inside the building and the paying customers.
One move cannot fix what ails the Giants' offense. One small one was made Tuesday, as fullback
Elijhaa Penny was signed off the Cardinals practice squad. Fullbacks are not an integral part of Pat Shurmur's offensive system, used mostly as an extra blocker in the backfield, and also as special teams contributors.
Both of the Giants' games have been within reach in the fourth quarter and both have been decided by one score. That can create a dangerous imbalance in the locker room where the defense may grow frustrated by the offense.

Sept 18 The Giants are ruining what's left of Eli Manning. The whole idea, the Big Blueprint from the very top of the franchise, was to win now with Eli Manning. It was an organizational strategy steeped in romance and nostalgia and more than hope: Shore up the offensive line, get your 37-year-old quarterback a generational running back, and worry about securing your young franchise quarterback, your Next Eli Manning, sometime in the future.

After the Giants struggled to pick up blitzes and stunts and it resulted in six sacks of quarterback Eli Manning and a 20-13 loss to the Cowboys, the first-year head coach was grilled on his offense's ugly numbers during an 0-2 start. The Giants have two touchdowns on 22 offensive possessions.

Eli Manning, Pat Shurmur: These are not last year's Giants The Giants coach says the focus is on getting the starters to improve, not on looking for replacements. In many ways, it was as if last year's 3-13 record simply carried over to this season. The problem wasn't only that the Giants were 0-2 again, but that to fans, it felt a whole lot like 3-15.

Sept 17 Giants lose to the Cowboys 20-13
On the game. Game 2
Gamegirl ..."I don't know what weaknesses the Cowboys saw from watching game film, but they certainly did their job. Three plays into the game and the Cowboys had a touchdown. On their next possession they added a field goal. All the Giants could do was punt for the whole first half..."
Mikefan ..."The Giants will need a better offensive game plan if they hope to get their first win of the season in Houston next Sunday. Like the Giants, the Texans are also struggling and have two losses on the season..."

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Dallas Cowboys 20 - New York Giants 13.

Giants (0-1) vs Cowboys (0-1) Game Preview
In their season opener the Cowboys were unable to put points on the board until the fourth quarter was closing in on the halfway mark. The Cowboys trailed for the entire game and ended up with a 16-8 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants opened at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Any thoughts the fans had of seeing an explosive offense were squashed, as the Jaguars top defense played as well as they did last year. The Giants lost to the Jaguars with a 20-15 score.
Giants - Jaguars Wrap-Up

Sept 16 It might be time for the Giants to go from trip to chip. One week after a tripping penalty against right tackle Ereck Flowers on the first play of the season set the tone for an ugly offensive line performance, the Giants could have to fall back today on chip-blocking Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Lawrence so he doesn't wreck the game.

The Giants are better than the Cowboys. This is a Cowboys team built with a low ceiling on its 2018 season, with an incomprehensibly anonymous skill position group assembled by Jerry Jones that affords little help to young quarterback Dak Prescott, who is not going to beat the Giants by himself.

Deal with Ezekiel Elliott on the ground and contain Dak Prescott's legs on designed and impromptu scrambles. Those are the Giants' marching orders on defense. They do not believe Prescott can beat them if he is forced to throw it 30-plus times, targeting Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams and the pesky Cole Beasley, a slot receiver pest, meaning nickel back BW. Webb is on the hot seat.

The Giants and Cowboys both lost their opening contests, meaning that (barring a tie) the loser of Sunday's clash of division rivals will have a miniscule chance of making the playoffs. Since 1990 there have been 231 teams that started a season 0-2. Only 28 of them, or 12 percent, have advanced to the postseason.

It is right there, on the highlight film, and will remain there in perpetuity. Whenever anyone views Saquon Barkley's first NFL touchdown, they will see Sterling Shepard leading the way with his lingering downfield block of Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye.

Sept 15 Odell Beckham Jr. said the Giants have a "one-play-away offense." Meaning that wherever they are on the field, wherever they are in the game, they can reach the end zone.

The film was familiar, yet foreign. There were routes Alec Ogletree remembered. There were schemes he had seen. It was the fourth time Ogletree had prepared to face the Cowboys. But it was the first time in eight years the Giants linebacker had seen Dallas' offense operating without Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

Jerry Jones still trusts Dak Prescott. The heat is on Dak Prescott to bring the Cowboys back from the dead Sunday night against the Giants, but the quarterback was given a vote of confidence - for this season and beyond - from the most important voice in the organization.

Sept 14 Dak Prescott had two words for Landon Collins. "Challenge accepted." Actually he had four words since he said it twice. But the meaning was certainly clear.
Prescott had already been itching to get back on the field Sunday after a disappointing season opener, but Collins served up an extra bit of motivation.

Odell Beckham Jr. has his huge contract. He has his health and his speed back after undergoing ankle surgery last October. He has his production, having caught 11 passes for 111 yards in the opener and contributing even more yardage on plays when the Jaguars were penalized trying to cover him.
Continuing with the Cowboys on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas, opponents will give a little and play some Hold-ell Beckham if the alternative is watching the blond-haired dynamo erupt and rejoice in jubilation as only he can. "They don't like that," Beckham said.

Sept 13 If Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Jalen Ramsey commanded the spotlight last week, the showdown of star running backs Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott will take center stage when the Giants and Cowboys meet in prime time Sunday.
Rarely does a game contain such singular focus on one individual as the way the Giants' defense is fixated on Ezekiel Elliott. There are, of course, other players of concern for the Giants to consider, but this version of the Cowboys offense seems to be more of a one-man band than any other.
If the Dallas Cowboys offense seemed to funnel through Ezekiel Elliott the last two seasons, the Giants say that it pales in comparison to the running back's role in 2018. "Zeke's the guy," Giants safety Landon Collins said prior to Wednesday's practice. "He's the guy."

Sept 12 Giants hopeful Olivier Vernon can play Sunday vs. Cowboys. The Giants used rookie Lorenzo Carter and Connor Barwin to replace Vernon in the 20-15 loss to the Jaguars. Shurmur said he thought the Giants' pass rush was "pretty good." The Giants had one sack in the game.

Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars brought out the worst in the Giants' offensive line, and exposed some of the team's weaknesses that head coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the staff must correct in short-order leading up to Sunday night's nationally televised game in Dallas.

Giants cornerback Eli Apple truly began to make his way back from his disastrous 2017 season. There were no major highlights, just quality and consistency across the board in a 20-15 loss to the Jaguars, no small feat considering the lack of depth in the Giants' secondary.against the Cowboys.

Sept 11 Giants and Cowboys face much more than a rivalry game. These ancient rivals will gather at Jerry's World with matching 0-1 records. Given the schedules facing both teams, it makes getting square next Sunday night almost an imperative.

Giants need to get Ereck Flowers and the offensive line fixed, or it will be another long season. Manning was under fairly consistent duress against one of the NFL's best defenses, and while there were some positive moments, there was enough offensive line ineptitude to bear out the concerns heading into the season.

The Giants should improve simply by virtue of having played a game. This is still a team with a new coaching staff teaching a 53-man roster with 30 new players, who are in turn still learning new offensive, defensive and special teams systems. It can take a game for it to become a smooth-running operation.

Sept 10 Giants lose to the Jaguars 20-15
On the game. Game 1
Gamegirl ..."Today the Giants got off to a poor start. They let the Jaguars move the ball and score a field goal on the opening drive. Then when they got the ball it was 3-and-out, but not without some drama..."
Mikefan ..."So some pieces came together today, and some pieces are still broken from last year. Let's hope Pat Shurmur can glue things together before next week's game in Dallas..."

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Giants (0-0) vs Jaguars (0-0) Game Preview
The Jaguars are the defending AFC South champions. They finished 10-6 and won their division for the first time since 1999. The Tom Coughlin influence was certainly felt after he became the executive vice president of football operations last year. They hadn't won more than 5 games since 2010, but managed to win two playoff games and fell just short of going to the Super Bowl. The Jaguars season finally came to an end with a 24-20 loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game.
The Giants are coming off a disastrous 3-13 season. They started off losing five games before traveling to Denver to surprise the Broncos with a 23-10 win. The Giants took three more losses before notching their first home game win against the Kansas City Chiefs with a 12-9 overtime score. Following that, a five game losing streak included Eli Manning's consecutive starting streak being broken, and the head coach and general manager being released. Steve Spagnuolo acted as interim head coach and the team managed to close out the season with a 18-10 home win over the Washington Redskins.

Sept 9 Possibly the largest disagreements about any NFL team in preseason punditry involve the Giants. Eli Manning and company open their season Sunday at home against the Jaguars.

Tom Coughlin has since moved on from that time he "stepped down" from the Giants' head coaching job, even though he was forced out the door by the team's co-owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch. But if it were up to him, he'd still be coaching the team in blue at MetLife Stadium.

Sept 8 If the Giants are able to run the ball on Jacksonville's stout defense Sunday, in the words of one Giants player Friday, "it's over with." If the offensive line cannot win its battle with the Jaguars' formidable front, however, it will be a long day for Saquon Barkley and Big Blue's offense in Week 1 at MetLife Stadium.

After spending months installing and practicing their new defense, the Giants will waste no time getting to see how it holds up. Leonard Fournette is knocking. The Giants will get an immediate gut check in Sunday's season opener when Fournette - who shouldered the Jaguars' top-ranked rushing offense last year all the way to the AFC Championship - comes to MetLife Stadium.

Sept 7 Eli Manning's Giants season of redemption begins against Coughlin. They were The Odd Couple, peas in a Big Blue pod, the General Pattonesque coach and the easy-like-Sunday-morning gentleman quarterback, as Tom Coughlin will be peering down from the press box at his Jaguars, Eli Manning will try to turn back the clock, to a time when no one worried that he was 37 years old.

Saquon Barkley only logged five carries during the Giants' preseason, busting one 39 yards in his debut against the Cleveland Browns, which has caused quite a dilemma for the Jaguars defense ahead of Sunday's season opener.

The chances of Olivier Vernon being able to play in the season opener are dwindling each day he misses practice, which he did again Thursday. So, look for veteran newcomer Connor Barwin and rookie Lorenzo Carter to pick up the slack at outside linebacker for the Giants against the Jaguars.

Sept 6 There is no reason to believe the 2018 Giants will be a great team, and perhaps they will not even be a very good one, but they figure to light it up some days and nights, and that will be worth the price of admission.
Kurt Warner wanted to pick the Giants to win the NFC East Division this season. But every time the Hall of Fame quarterback tried, the same thing kept stopping him. The schedule. "Gosh, their first eight games are just brutal," Warner told NJ Advance Media at a season preview event with NFL Network analysts.

Back in April, the Giants chose Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft despite the opportunity to take a potential successor for 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning, one year after the Jaguars stuck by inconsistent signal caller Blake Bortles and took Leonard Fournette No. 4 overall in 2017.
Eli Manning has finally done his research. The Giants' two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback not only knows of Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is, but he was able to offer a scouting report when asked by reporters at his locker Wednesday.

As Odell Beckham Jr. prepares to face an outspoken cornerback who loves to taunt opponents on the field and through the media, the Giants' receiver insists he won't make the same mistake twice. No, Beckham vs. Jalen Ramsey will not turn into another Beckham-Josh Norman fiasco.

Tight end Evan Engram was a full participant in Wednesday's workout, having been cleared from the concussion protocol, with no indication that he'll be anything but available for Sunday's opener against the Jaguars.

Former Giants
Tiki Barber will get a firsthand view of the new-look Giants on Sunday as he handles sideline duties for Fox at MetLife Stadium with his brother Ronde and Kenny Albert in the booth.

Sept 5 Special Report - Now that the Giants have turned in a so-called final 53-man roster, then tweaked it afterward in an effort to build a Week 1 depth chart, we have to look at the surprise picks, the unclear motives and the personnel strategies employed by general manager Dave Gettleman, head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff.
First, though, a moment captured in time that should be known by all. There was Alex Tanney, young but still six years removed from his college days, sitting at the locker after the Giants' final preseason game, talking about how he planned to spend the weekend of final cuts.

Davis Webb got a new job Tuesday, and he did not even have to look for a new place to live. The Jets signed the former Giants quarterback to their practice squad two days after Big Blue shockingly cut him. Webb signed with the Jets in the morning and was on the practice field a few hours later.

Giants 2018 game-by-game predictions: Will they catch Eagles in NFC East? After decades in the NFL, Giants co-owner John Mara had an important lesson reinforced last season. You never know.

Sept 4 Waiver players try to adjust quickly to new home with the Giants. Six players claimed this weekend have to learn all about the team and the facility with six days left until the opener.
Will the additions of Saquon Barkley and several starters at key positions lead the Giants back to the postseason for the first time since 2016, or is this destined to be a rebuilding year for a team that failed to meet sky-high expectations last season?

Davis Webb, the one-time heir apparent at quarterback to New York Giants veteran Eli Manning, is now looking for an NFL job. This preseason, the 23-year-old Webb completed 52.8 percent of his passes for 283 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.
Pat Shurmur gave the most direct and blunt answer he could when he was asked why Davis Webb was cut by the Giants. He just wasn't good enough. "I feel like they are better choices for us now," Shurmur said of the two backup quarterbacks the Giants did keep on their roster, Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta.
But the spot might not be Tanney's just yet. The Giants are bringing in Matt McGloin for a workout, according to NFL Network. McGloin, who played in 13 games with seven starts from 2013-16 with the Raiders, was just released by the Chiefs.

Sept 3 Why the Giants parted ways with Davis Webb, once viewed as possible Eli Manning successor. On a wild Sunday, Webb was the headline, but there were others, including the release of former starting guard John Jerry, who was relegated to backup duty.
What transpired Sunday with the Giants, Davis Webb and several other players is a lesson on what happens when a new regime takes over. That regime wants its own players and is loyal to its own players.

Giants go crazy on waiver wire after roster purge. They owned the No. 2 waiver priority, behind only the Browns, based on their 3-13 record last season, and made use of that lofty position by putting in six claims. They were awarded all six players. Only the Browns, with seven claims, were awarded more players on a busy day of transactions.

Team leader Mark Herzlich a most unkind Giants cut Inspirational linebacker was Big Blue's third-longest-tenured player behind Eli Manning and Zak DeOssie.

Former Giants
Mark Herzlich's long Giants tenure comes to an end. In 88 career games with the Giants, Herzlich recorded 173 tackles, seven stuffs, one sack, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Sept 2 Davis Webb's Giants future in doubt as Big Blue keeps 4 QBs with roster in flux; Mark Herzlich cut. The Giants are believed to have gauged the trade market for backup QB Davis Webb, according to sources.
Webb would seem to be the most likely to go. He's the only one of the three backups who is a leftover from the previous regime, a player Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman inherited and did not select.

New York Giants announce 53-man roster. The roster will continue to evolve, and almost certainly before the Giants open their season. Because of their 3-13 finish in 2017, they are second in line behind the Cleveland Browns in claiming players who are waived by other teams.

NFL roster cuts: 15 players Giants could target immediately on waivers, free agency. NFL teams have until noon Sunday to put in a waiver claim, and players will be awarded at 4 p.m. The Giants hold the No. 2 waiver priority - just like the original 2018 NFL Draft order - so they will get at least one of their top choices.

Sept 1 Eli Manning and the Giants already preparing for Jaguars. Manning admitted he has been looking at the Jacksonville defense "the last couple of days," watching film of the Jaguars from this summer and last season. This is not a familiar foe for Manning or the Giants.

After Eli Manning, the Giants' QB depth chart is up in the air Coach Pat Shurmur has been vague about the depth chart behind Manning all summer. There is a good chance that, after the Giants trim their roster to 53 players, they'll have only one quarterback who has ever taken a regular-season snap.

Aug 31 New England Patriots 17 - New York Giants 12.
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Aug 30 The practices during training camp are all important. The preseason games are more important, which is why Thursday night's finale against the Patriots at MetLife Stadium is the last chance for several players to prove they belong on the Giants' roster.
Davis Webb was hopped up a few weeks ago when he played his first game in almost a full year. Imagine how he'll feel when he plays what might be his last game for another full year. Webb isn't thinking about that (he says) as he and the Giants approach Thursday night's preseason finale against the Patriots.

Nate Solder didn't just join a new team this year when he left the Patriots and signed with the Giants in March. He began a new relationship. "Having Nate there for as long as I did, someone I could always count on, rely on, depend on, he was so consistent day to day," Tom Brady said last week on WEEI. The Patriots made him a first-round pick in 2011, he started 95 games over seven seasons as Brady's blind-side protector, and he appeared in four Super Bowls, winning two.

Aug 29 This is an important game for Davis Webb. In his final opportunity to showcase how the Giants would handle the ever-durable Eli Manning finally breaking down at age 37, Webb said he expects to show management - which didn't draft him - that he can be trusted.

Odell Beckham Jr. wants his legacy to be defined by more than the impressive numbers for which he is responsible in the NFL thus far. At 25, Beckham has earned mention among the league's best wide receivers. And at his best, it's debatable as to whether there is an equal to his combination of flair and productivity.

Can Giants afford Eli Manning in 2019 salary cap after paying Odell Beckham? Timeline for tough decision just sped up. The strategy for winning while fitting 53 players under the NFL salary cap is to only have one or two salary cap hits at or above the $17 million mark,. In 2019, the Giants are scheduled to have four: Manning ($23.2 million), Beckham ($21 million), linebacker Olivier Vernon ($19.5 million) and left tackle Nate Solder ($17 million).

Aug 28 Odell Beckham is now Giants' pride - and NFL's Public Enemy No. 1. And with his new five-year, $95 million deal - $65 million guaranteed - that makes him the highest-paid receiver in the game, a new responsibility will confront Beckham, as early as Week 1 against elite Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
The fact that the Giants and Beckham were able to come to terms on a deal Monday ensured that the negotiations wouldn't linger over the start of the season on Sept. 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. What are the salary cap implications of Beckham's deal?

While the record-setting deal raises the bar for future NFL receiver contracts, it also does something on a much deeper level: it proves that there is more than one way to get a new deal that doesn't include holding your breath until your face turns blue or taking your ball home out of frustration.
Beckham has been impressive on and off the field since training camp began July 25, making an impact with just how good he looks between the lines and how comfortable he appears despite the glaring spotlight that comes with his desire for a new long-term contract.

Aug 27 Eli Manning will never pick up the nickname "Crazy Legs," but he is going to have to move around more in coach Pat Shurmur's offense than he has in past systems.

To the naked eye, Saquon Barkley looked like, well, Saquon Barkley on Sunday. In the Giants' first practice since defeating the Jets in the third preseason game on Friday night, the second overall draft choice returned to team drills in the wake of tweaking his hamstring on Aug. 13.

The Giants unofficially named their starting center on Monday by trading away his backup and main competition for the job. Brett Jones, who had been getting second-team reps behind Jon Halapio all training camp but had played well in the recent preseason game against the Jets, was shipped to the Vikings in exchange for a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.

Olivier Vernon, the Giants' top pass rusher, an elite run stuffer and one of their premier players, left Sunday's practice on a cart with a left ankle injury and didn't return.

Aug 26 For the Giants who are not already penciled in as starters or key reserves for the regular season, there is one more chance. The final chance to make a case begins with practice today and continues through Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.

Chief among the "unsettled" positions was finding a partner for two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins. Coming out of Friday night, the Giants have a better idea after Curtis Riley made his second consecutive start.
Pat Shurmur hasn't yet called the battle in favor of Riley, but the job is his to lose entering the final week of training camp and Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.
Shurmur also noted that the hamstring injury suffered by Darian Thompson, Riley's primary competition at free safety, is "really lingering."

Giants receiver hopeful has one last chance to prove himself. Hunter Sharp said he planned to catch more than 200 passes Saturday, an off-day for the Giants.

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Aug 24 Don't expect a fiery pregame speech from Pat Shurmur in the Giants' locker room Friday night about the importance of beating the Jets.
Much is made about the third preseason game in the NFL. That goes double when it comes to Giants vs. Jets. Inside the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, though, Pat Shurmur simply sees it as another opportunity to get better and evaluate personnel.
The Giants play their annual MetLife Stadium Bowl against the Jets on Friday night, in Week 3 of the NFL preseason, with plenty at stake for players outside the starting lineup.

Friday night, the Giants reconnect with Sam Darnold, the player, after much analysis, they passed over as Eli Manning's successor. Instead, the Giants' new hierarchy recommitted to the 37-year-old Manning and gifted him a prize running back, Saquon Barkley, a selection with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft that allowed the Jets, gleefully, to grab Darnold.

Aug 23 The Giants appear to be easing Saquon Barkley back into the thick of things. In the non-padded practice, he participated in individual drills and took a few 7-on-7 reps.
The second overall draft pick has been sidelined since he tweaked his hamstring while stretching out for a long reception in practice on Monday, Aug. 13.

Can Saquon Barkley convince his Jets fan dad to be a Giants fan for a night? Alibay Barkley has no plans to change his NFL loyalties, at least not yet, and maybe never.
The Giants have largely downplayed the opponent in Friday's game, insisting they're just focused on their own team, but Landon Collins is looking forward to lining up across from Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold. Collins said he expects the Giants starters to play about three quarters.

Alec Ogletree is new to the Giants defense, but that doesn't mean he will stay quiet. The inside linebacker will be heard from plenty on a unit that hopes to be one of the best in the league.

Aug 22 Special Report - He was a breath of fresh air both on the field and off. He smiled more than most pro football players, he truly appeared to enjoy the game he was playing and the adulation he received, And now wide receiver Victor Cruz, a native of Paterson, N.J., has announced his formal retirement from the game and will immediately become part of the ESPN broadcasting team.

Eli Manning seems to be finding playing in the NFL at 37 years old easier than being in an NFL locker room at 37 years old. "There is a lot of dancing going on, which I find curious," Manning said of being a decade and a half older than some of his teammates. "I miss out on some of the music and stuff. Social media, some of the things they're on. But for the most part I can figure it out."
Manning admitted there are conversations around him in the locker room when he simply feels out of the pop culture loop. The Giants have two younger quarterbacks, Davis Webb (23) and Kyle Lauletta (22), who can help him stay fresh as he helps them learn to navigate the NFL. One thing that crosses generations? A need to keep working until getting things just right.

B.J. Goodson has yet to finish a season how he envisioned. His rookie season ended with him tallying just nine tackles in 15 games and primarily being utilized on special teams. Last season began with a promotion to starting middle linebacker and ended with Goodson on injured reserve.

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Victor Cruz left lasting impact on Giants. Cruz, who will become an NFL analyst for ESPN, played in only 70 regular-season games. But his 303 receptions place him 11th on the franchise list.

Aug 21 The growing pains of the New York Giants offensive line have been highly visible in recent days. There have been shaky moments throughout training camp, and part of the reason for that is Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher keeping his foot on the gas, no matter the drill.
There is no doubt this line is better than the putrid 2017 version, but upgrades come in degrees. In limited work in two preseason games, the run-blocking has been so-so and the pass blocking has been better than so-so.
One of the first things Pat Shurmur did when he became the Giants' coach was to reorganize the locker assignments and put all of the position groups together. That included, perhaps most importantly, the offensive linemen, who now sit together in the same area.
Head Coach Pat Shurmur is banking on Ereck Flowers and the rest of the line developing the requisite chemistry necessary to unlock the potential of one of the more dynamic collections of skill-position players in the league.

Aug 20 It seems as if Davis Webb has the job locked up as Eli Manning's backup, but the depth chart at quarterback isn't that clear for Giants first-year coach Pat Shurmur.
Pat Shurmur insisted Sunday that when it comes to the hierarchy at the most important position on the field, "We have Eli [Manning] and then there's really no depth chart there."

The Giants were back on the practice field for the first time since the team's win against Detroit on Friday night. Head Coach Pat Shurmur had them in shorts and scheduled a slightly shorter practice in overcast conditions.
With Saquon Barkley and Jalen Simmons sidelined, and Jonathan Stewart's practice legs under monitoring, the Giants came up with an unusual solution Sunday to their short-handedness at running back. Wide receiver Kalif Raymond.

Aug 19 Pat Shurmur's simple blueprint paying dividends for Giants. Shurmur said the Giants made a "boat load" of mistakes against the Lions. Whenever real adversity hit, they managed to weather it.

It is difficult not to focus on the inner-workings of an offense that has the potential to be highly-potent. Tucked into the first two preseason games is the less-heralded work of the Giants on defense.

Cornerback B.W. Webb 's addition didn't generate much buzz when the Giants signed him early in free agency, but he looks like the answer for addressing one of the team's biggest concerns.

If there were a Most Valuable Player trophy handed out by the NFL for preseason excellence, Kerry Wynn might already have a few on a shelf at home. There is a significant difference between his past summer performances and those like the show Wynn put on Friday night in the Giants' 30-17 preseason victory over the Lions at Ford Field.

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Aug 17 New York Giants at Detroit Lions: What to watch. Unlike last week, when the Giants didn't engage in game planning for the Cleveland Browns, this week, it sounds as though that is going to change, at least based on what some of the players have indicated.
With it appearing likely that neither Giants running back Saquon Barkley nor wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will play against the Detroit Lions, the stage is set for several players to play extra and extra valuable snaps in Friday night's NFL preseason game.

Odell Beckham Jr.'s injury advice for Saquon Barkley: Take your time. On Friday night, Barkley will miss his first game with an injury since his freshman year at Penn State when an ankle kept him out of two contests.
When Giants co-owner John Mara decided to open contract negotiations with Odell Beckham, he pointed to how the star wide receiver "personally is moving in the right direction."

Odell Beckham Jr. is not in a rush to do either of the two things that the rest of the world is frantically waiting for from him. Those would be playing in an actual game and signing a long-term contract extension. Ask Beckham "When?" regarding either topic and he answers with Zen.
With three weeks to go before the opener, there is plenty of time to get the deal done. Eli Manning signed an $84 million extension two days before the season opener in 2015. The Giants need to have a similar result with Beckham before it gets messy.

Aug 16 Calling the Giants defense a "3-4" is like describing James Bettcher as a "coordinator." Accurate, but only on a basic level. Bettcher is a creative schemer who has shown the Giants will offer multiple looks across the front seven rather than sticking with three on the line of scrimmage and four linebackers.

Eli Apple flashes the talent and mindset the Giants want to see. If it is not how you start but how you finish that is most important, Eli Apple had a good day Wednesday as the Giants and Lions went through a second joint practice.
Eli Apple felt as if the Lions were picking on him a bit in Wednesday's joint practice. It may have been just coincidence that many of their passes were thrown in his direction, but the third-year cornerback still felt it.

Saquon Barkley's hamstring injury might not seem like a big deal, but Giants learned hard way with Odell Beckham. Barkley sat out the second straight day of the Giants practice sessions with the Lions here Wednesday, in full uniform with no shoulder pads.

Aug 15 The Giants competed in their first of three practices in Detroit on Tuesday afternoon. Running back Wayne Gallman got a few more first-team reps than usual with fellow running back Saquon Barkley sidelined with a mildly strained hamstring.
Despite his flashes of promise, Gallman is right back at No. 3 on the depth chart thanks to fate. Playing in 13 games with one start, Gallman finished his rookie season with 476 yards on 111 carries, a respectable 4.3 yards per carry, and added 193 yards on 34 receptions with one touchdown in the passing game.

Why the Giants offense stood out in a muted practice with Lions. The entire Giants offense got the better of the Lions defense most of the day. In particular, the protection from the first-team offense was solid.
The Giants first-team offense broke the huddle midway through Tuesday's joint practice with the Detroit Lions and Odell Beckham Jr. sprinted out wide left. For the first time this summer, Beckham was ready to test himself head-to-head against a star corner from another team.
Odell Beckham's first real test of camp couldn't have gone better. For the first time since Pat Shurmur took over as head coach, Beckham was on display, operating against a defense wearing a different jersey.

Aug 14 Pat Shurmur lays down the law to prevent Jets-like brawl. Shurmur and Lions coach Matt Patricia have already discussed the pace and tempo they want to see in these three joint practices, so there should be no misunderstandings.
Shurmur has repeatedly pointed out that he and Lions head coach Matt Patricia worked together in joint practices when they were coordinators with the Eagles and Patriots, respectively, so they have an understanding of expectations regarding tempo and intensity.

Saquon Barkley made a spectacular play during Monday's practice and then came up a little gimpy after hauling in a long pass thrown by Kyle Lauletta, rookie to rookie.
Barkley did not return to action and had his leg wrapped on the sideline. He walked off with teammates (not trainers) and without the wrap.

The most intense part of Sterling Shepard's season is already over. The Giants wide receiver and his model wife, Chanel Iman, welcomed their first child on Friday and as of Monday the 3-day-old infant had more than 7,000 followers.

Aug 13 Giants backup QB competition heats up between Davis Webb, Kyle Lauletta as Eli Manning rests. Shurmur has yet to determine the quarterback pecking order beyond Manning.
Davis Webb eager to make up for preseason dud as Giants' backup QB competition heats up. Kyle Lauletta had a solid debut and, if Webb continues to struggle, has a shot at the No. 2 job.

Landon Collins knows Giants will put the right person beside him. Landon Collins has played next to a different starting safety in each of his first three seasons with the Giants, so a new partner every day in training camp hasn't been too jarring.
Safety Andrew Adams was among the team leaders in overall snaps and led Big Blue with six tackles in Thursday's preseason premiere against Cleveland. Now, as the Giants prepare for dual practices in Detroit and a game against the Lions, Adams hopes to continue his impressive play.

James Bettcher's example of sacrifice and dedication last week made a mark on his Giants defensive players. Bettcher's mother, Karen F. Bettcher, passed away on Aug. 4, at age 76. But five days later, the Giants' new defensive coordinator was on the MetLife Stadium sideline anyway, making his Big Blue debut with a heavy heart.

Aug 12 With one preseason game already in the books, this is a good time to look back at whether Pat Shurmur's first training camp as Giants head coach was a success, by revisiting the four goals that NJ Advance Media set out prior to the first practice last month.

Giants' new-look offensive line has room to improve. Building cohesion takes time and throwing five guys together for a spring and summer is not all it takes. So, for the first time out, the Giants did not expect, and certainly did not receive, a vintage performance.

Giants have a true ground weapon in Saquon Barkley, but the offensive line still needs to do more. Pat Shurmur proved early in Thursday's preseason opener that he wants to commit to the run. Now the offensive line needs to give him a reason to stick with it.

Pat Shurmer at home in Motown - Giants coach will be going back to his roots when the Giants spend this week in Michigan. The Giants will spend most of this week in Michigan, flying out on Monday evening before three days of practices and workouts with the Lions and then a preseason game against Detroit on Friday night.

Aug 11 Giants have 'plenty to learn from' after preseason loss to Browns, Shurmur says. Shurmur said the Giants' passing game needs improvement. "We ran the ball well. We need to complete more passes," he said after his four quarterbacks went a combined 22-for-45 for 193 yards.
If there was one positive to take away from the play of Giants backup quarterbacks Davis Webb and Kyle Lauletta, it is that the fourth-round rookie showed plenty of poise in his first taste of NFL game speed. Lauletta completed six of his nine passing attempts for 48 yards.
Davis Webb knows he must calm down in next outing. Webb did not quiet those who have doubts about his ability and wonder who will be the quarterback of this team in a year or two. He was constantly out of the strike zone, launching passes too hard and too high. He ended up completing just 9 of 22 for 70 yards.

Pat Shurmur has told us preseason games are important "because you learn about your team." Well here's what we've learned about Shurmur after the Giants' 20-10 loss to the Browns on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, his first preseason game as head coach.

The return of Mark Herzlich to the football field. On Thursday night, Herzlich played middle linebacker with the second-string defense. Herzlich played 38 defensive snaps with one tackle and one quarterback pressure. He also played 10 special-teams snaps.

Giants' Olivier Vernon, Michael Thomas put protests on hold as discussions with NFL continue. "Right now we're waiting to see how everything goes with the league and we've just been engaging in talks and seeing what everybody is talking about and seeing where everything is going to lead to," Vernon said of his decision. "For right now, it's just football right now."

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Aug 9 Three things Giants fans should watch for in the preseason opener. Be it one snap or three or seven, this is Saquon Barkley's preseason debut. Is there anybody out there old enough to remember when the Giants used a 3-4 front as their base defense? Let's see what Webb brings to the field.
It's the dawning of a new era in Giants football, not just for the rookies but for the seasoned veterans. They may have played in numerous preseason openers, but none has played for new coach Pat Shurmur in MetLife Stadium in the home uniforms.
Based on what the offense has shown on the field at practice, fans should expect to see a lot more two tight end (12) personnel this season featuring Rhett Ellison and Even Engram.

Odell Beckham Jr. will be limited in how much he plays this preseason, starting with Thursday night's opener against the Browns. Likely, he will not play at all in this first game.
The easiest decision Pat Shurmur will have to make this preseason is to sit his all-world wide receiver in the preseason opener. Why would they even dream of risking their best player while he's still technically recovering from ankle surgery in this completely meaningless game?

Aug 8 Which Giants will play in the preseason opener? Pat Shurmur says players will get the time 'they need'. Folks want to know how much if any they'll get to see of Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, and Eli Manning.
A year ago, Manning did not play at all in the first preseason game. He has said he would like to play some, as this is a new offense and Shurmur is a new play-caller.
Shurmur needs to start his first unit against the Browns and let it get in a couple of series, if not the entire first quarter. Here's why: Beckham needs to get hit. He needs to run a pattern, catch a pass, get knocked down and get back up.

When Davis Webb takes his first snap in the Giants' preseason opener Thursday night vs. the Cleveland Browns, it will have been 343 days since he last played in a game.
Davis Webb revealed to WFAN's Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray that he was scheduled to play the final three games of last season before head coach Ben McAdoo was fired and replaced on an interim basis by then-defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

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Aug 7 Eli Manning has yet to miss a snap as the Giants approach the end of their second week of camp. It's a different approach than the previous regime had last summer when they sometimes limited his throws in an effort to preserve his strength.
The Giants haven't really scaled back Eli Manning's preseason reps yet, like they have for rookie Saquon Barkley. But they admit they're going to start keeping a watchful eye on the 37-year-old quarterback's workload.
Rookie running back Saquon Barkley returned to practice on the hottest day of Giants training camp, but wide receiver Sterling Shepard was a spectator during a practice that featured big plays on both sides of the ball.

New Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher has brought more than just a 3-4 scheme; he's brought an all-in, pedal-to-the-metal attitude, fostering completion and detail on enough little things to add up to big improvement.
With the new systems have come new roles for players such as Olivier Vernon, who in the last two seasons has mostly lined up at right defensive end in the Giants 4-3 defense. This year, his primary responsibility will be as an right outside linebacker.

Aug 6 Giants' 53-man roster projection: Which training camp stars make the cut? Head coach Pat Shurmur and his staff continue to evaluate which players are destined for jobs on the 53-man roster, and who might be looking for work next month following cutdown day.

How Giants young stars handle the pitfalls and profits of social media. Sterling Shepard admits his existence, both professional and personal, is intertwined with social media.

Aug 5 It was a fourth straight day of training camp practice for the Giants, the third of those four with full pads on a hot, steamy day at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
Between his brief scuffle with Evan Engram and leaving practice with an apparent left knee injury, it was an eventful practice for Eli Apple.

Odell Beckham Jr., speaking to the media for the first time since the Giants hired Pat Shurmur, says the offense can be even better than before under the new coach - possibly even Super.
He was most compelling when he talked about himself -- not the contract stuff, but the personal struggles with dealing with a serious injury for the first time in his athletic career.
As Odell Beckham Jr. runs around on the field at Giants training camp this summer, his mind will sometimes flash back to the times last year when he was furthest away from doing so.

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Aug 4 Michael Thomas doesn't feel like he has it made. In fact, the Giants' newcomer will never have that mentality. Thomas is one of several players hoping to win the starting free safety job. Thomas will have a pivotal role on the Giants, anchoring special teams and being used in some capacity as a defensive back, whether it's as a safety or as an extra cornerback.

You don't know B.W. Webb. Not yet anyway. This camp, Webb has been practicing as the Giants' top backup outside corner behind starters Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple. On Friday, Webb intercepted a pass for a second straight day, picking off second-string QB Davis Webb.

After practice, the Giants announced they had signed veteran cornerback Leonard Johnson, adding another player general manager Dave Gettleman had in Carolina. The 28-year-old defensive back, who started seven games for the Bills last year, was part of a group of cornerbacks who tried out for the Giants in the afternoon.

Mark Herzlich is facing another comeback head on. Mark Herzlich's current experience is simultaneously identical and dissimilar to one he had eight years ago. The Giants' veteran inside linebacker has again returned to the field after a forced year in exile. Herzlich suffered a burner in training camp last year and spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve.

Aug 3 Throughout the course of Thursday's practice, quarterbacks Eli Manning and Davis Webb frequently aired it out, including a 50-yard bomb from Manning that Russell Shepard ran under for a long touchdown.
Even though the overall play from the team wasn't the sharpest, Eli Manning was on his game throwing the football. Manning was sharp and looked ready for the first preseason game next Thursday.
Saquon Barkley might be in for 350 touches once the regular season starts, but the Giants are being careful not to burn out their heralded rookie during training camp. Barkley watched the final approximately 45 minutes of Thursday's practice from the sideline, but it wasn't a case of injury.

There is an overwhelming consensus among virtually everyone in pro football that doing as much as possible to protect players from head injuries is a good thing. Toward that end, the recent adoption of a new helmet rule is a welcome measure.
Under the new rule, it is illegal for a player to lower his head to initiate and make contact with the helmet on an opponent ... to the head and neck area and torso, hips and lower body as well.

Aug 2 If the Giants win the Super Bowl this season, Zak DeOssie knows exactly what he's going to do with his championship ring. "It will definitely go straight in the safety deposit box, that's for sure," DeOssie told The Post on Wednesday. "Any and all rings are going in there from now on."

Giants tackle Damon Harrison is not comfortable with the new defensive scheme. From the players to the coaches to the scheme he's going to be playing, Harrison is grappling with the adjustment.
The seven-year veteran whom everyone calls Snacks is entering his third Giants season as the team's most experienced and accomplished front seven defender. And since he is never shy about offering his opinions on almost any subject, Harrison is the unit's leader in both deeds and words.

The Giants came back from their day off with another fully padded practice. There were fewer full speed team portions than usual, but there was still plenty to see from the sideline.
Landon Collins intercepted an Eli Manning pass tipped by Alec Ogletree, intended for Evan Engram, and took it to the house during the Giants' sixth training camp practice on Wednesday as the NFL calendar turned to August.

Aug 1 It's not just Josh Norman who wants a piece of Odell Beckham. Jalen Ramsey -- ranked No. 2 at his position by NFL.com and considered the best cornerback in the league by some -- eagerly is anticipating his Week 1 matchup against Beckham.

The Giants' free safety battle runs four deep. Through the first five days of practice, the Giants had four players line up at free safety with the starting unit: Curtis Riley, Michael Thomas, Andrew Adams and Darian Thompson.

Alex Tanney spent exactly three days unemployed this offseason. While other quarterbacks with dozens of career starts and even some with Pro Bowls on their resume remain unsigned, Tanney was scooped up by the Giants almost immediately after he cleared waivers.