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The NFL Draft is over and the Giants look to be done with setting up their roster for training camp this upcoming season. But solidifying the right players for the 2020 season is far from over. 

With there no longer being a 53-man roster, two more roster slots open thanks to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that was voted on this offseason. 

So, with rookies and free agents joining the veterans already on the roster card, here is a way-too-early 55-man roster prediction for Big Blue.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Corey Ballentine, Corey Coleman, Dalvin Tomlinson, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Penny, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Jabril Peppers, Janoris Jenkins, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Riley Dixon, Ryan Connelly, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Will Hernandez, Zak DeOssie, Scott Thompson
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New Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez would obviously love to be in East Rutherford, signing the new $30.75 million contract he agreed to with the team during NFL free agency.

But, instead of the introductions to the front office and coaches, Martinez had to do everything virtually -- just like his introduction to the New York media on Monday. 

Martinez joined a conference call to explain that he had to talk to new head coach Joe Judge and a familiar face in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham over the phone. This is the first time Martinez has ever done anything like this being that it is his first time being a free agent and joining a new team after four years in Green Bay. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Scott Thompson
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The Giants weren't done improving their defense on the first day of NFL free agency. 

Former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Giants, and confirmed that when he retweeted NFL Network's Mike Garofalo. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has the details being $19 million guaranteed with $22.5 million in the first two years of the deal. It will be $14 million this season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that sources had the Giants being "very serious" about adding a free agent linebacker, and Martinez was at the top of their list. After letting Alec Ogletree go, they needed a new man to lead things in the middle of the defense, and they've found that in the 26-year-old Martinez. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Scott Thompson
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Packers LB Blake Martinez (Raj Mehta)
Packers LB Blake Martinez (Raj Mehta)

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For anyone old enough to remember the days of Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks, the Giants linebacking corps has been the source of great frustration in recent decades. It has ranged mostly from mediocre to awful, with only occasional interruptions.

It sounds like that may be about to change.

The Giants have made it known they are very serious about upgrading at linebacker, and they're willing to spend (to a point) to do it, multiple NFL sources told SNY on Monday. They had expressed some level of interest in many of the top linebackers on the free agent market -- particularly the inside linebackers. And they were shopping around outside linebackers, too.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Sep 8, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

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If Dave Gettleman is right, Jadeveon Clowney might be the only elite pass rusher available on the free agent market. And Clowney is interested in playing for the Giants.

But how much do the Giants want him?

That will be the question Gettleman has to answer when the free-agent market opens on March 18, because Clowney's price could be extraordinarily high. According to an NFL source, the Giants are one of the teams on the 27-year-old edge rusher's wish list as he heads to free agency. But according to another source, he could be looking at a contract worth $22-23 million per year, which will likely be out of the Giants' range.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Markus Golden, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Isaiah Simmons is an enigma. He can be seen on a football field taking down the quarterback, dropping back in coverage against tight ends and running backs, and even setting up on the outside with a team's top receiver. 

In short, he can literally do it all on defense. And he said as much during his media availability at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday.

"Just kinda like a Swiss Army knife," Simmons said. "[You can] move me around because then I can really show what I can do. I wouldn't say I'm really tied down to one position. So Coach [Brent] Venables really used me in a special way that most people aren't able to be used."

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INDIANAPOLIS - When the Giants added linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin in 2018, the moves made perfect sense. They needed veteran leadership on what was becoming an increasingly young defense, and respected voices for the new coaching staff to lean on in the locker room.

Two years later, the Giants have an even younger defense. But they're not looking for mentors anymore.

That's not why Ogletree and Martin were cut on Wednesday. Those were expected, salary cap-related moves. But it was a reminder of a new philosophy under new head coach Joe Judge about the kinds of players he wants on his roster. To him, age and experience are mostly irrelevant.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Jonathan Stewart, Kareem Martin, Markus Golden, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

In an expected move to clear up cap room, the Giants announced they have released ILB Alec Ogletree and OLB Kareem Martin

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano had both players on his list of potential cap casualties that could come this offseason for Big Blue. Ogletree highlighted it, as the Giants have now cleared an extra $8.25 million while leaving $3.5 million in dead money. 

As for Martin, he was brought over to fit in James Bettcher's scheme, but his production was well under-par. The Giants save $4.8 million in cap space with him being cut, while leaving $1.2 million in dead money. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Kareem Martin, Scott Thompson
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The NFL's offseason began in earnest on Monday, as the league descended on the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis to begin preparations for the NFL Draft. When the week-long meat market is over, free agency will only be two weeks away.

The Giants obviously still have plenty of holes to fill as they begin to climb from the ashes of their 4-12 season and get the Joe Judge Era off to a good start. Here's a look at the five areas -- in order of importance -- that GM Dave Gettleman will need to address the most over the next few months:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Sam Beal, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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The last time the Giants had money to burn in free agency, they burned it at an unprecedented clip. They even managed to essentially buy their way into the playoffs, though that 2016 team was famously one-and-done.

The lesson, Giants co-owner John Mara said in a recent interview on WFAN, was "You can fix some holes pretty quickly (with free agency), but long-term I'm not sure that it really works."

In other words, don't expect the Giants to be big spenders when free agency opens on March 18, even though they'll have more than $60 million in salary cap space to spend. With Mara's endorsement, GM Dave Gettleman has taken a draft-centered approach to rebuilding the Giants (mostly). They'll dip into the free agent pool, to be sure, but it won't be a cannonball-type splash.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Sam Beal, Ralph Vacchiano
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Alec Ogletree/Antoine Bethea
Alec Ogletree/Antoine Bethea

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The Giants are already projected to have about $60 million in salary cap space to spend in free agency, and the truth is they may not need it all. Giants co-owner John Mara seemed to indicate as much in a radio interview last month when he called free agency "a double-edged sword."

"If you think free agency is going to fix all your problems, you are going to be sadly disappointed," he said on WFAN. "We are not going to be hog wild in there and spend it all."

Given that, there doesn't seem to be a need for the Giants to add even more cap room over the next few months by cutting some of their more expensive, veteran players. There will undoubtedly be a few cap casualties, especially with a new coach taking over, but with no financial need for downsizing, a few of the players on the brink might be spared.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Antoine Bethea, Golden Tate, Kareem Martin, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee )
Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee )

Super Bowl LIV is finally here, as the Chiefs and 49ers square off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday night to see who will hoist the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the night. 

Both squads have their stars. Patrick Mahomes leads a stacked offense that includes Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce as his weapons. But they're going to have to face off against Richard ShermanNick Bosa and the rest of the NFL's No. 2 defense. And, of course, you can't sleep on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and the rest of that Niners offense that ran all over the Packers two weeks ago. 

But, for Giants fans, there are a few players that you might want to keep your eye on as they'll enter free agency once this game is over. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The LSU Tigers may have been crowned national champions down in New Orleans Monday night, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons was also a winner in terms of draft stock.

And that stock might have boosted all the way up to the Giants at No. 4. 

Simmons was electric for Clemson's defense, setting the tone early by getting to LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow. Overall, he had seven tackles -- two for loss -- a sack, and two passes defended. 

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Now that the Giants have finally conceded they really are rebuilding, new head coach Joe Judge faces what John Mara called "a daunting task." And that's not just because he's a 38-year-old, first-time head coach, either.

It's because the Giants went 9-23 over the last two years and could look very different by the time they hit the field for the start of next season. They do have a few good, young pieces to build around, but the reality is they still have plenty of holes.

To fill them, both Judge and GM Dave Gettleman swear it'll be a "collaborative" effort -- that they'll work together, and that their philosophy on how to build an "old school" team is already perfectly aligned. That remains to be seen, of course. But in case they need any help in getting started, here's a blueprint for them to quickly make the Giants a contender again:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Ryan Connelly, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants will be without tight ends Rhett Ellison and Scott Simonson for their Week 17 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the team announced.

Ellison has been out since Week 10 as he recovers from a concussion, while Simonson is also recovering from a concussion that he suffered during practice this week.

Rookie tight end Kaden Smith will get the start, as he is coming off a strong performance against the Washington Redskins. Smith had six receptions for 35 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Ballentine, Mike Remmers, Rhett Ellison, Sam Beal, Scott Simonson
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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had never really fired a general manager before Dec. 4, 2017, when Jerry Reese was told to clean out his office. The closest they came was in 1978, when Andy Robustelli left on his own, saving the Maras from pushing him out the door.

From 1979 through 2017, the Giants had three general managers with an average tenure of 13 seasons.

There's a reason for that kind of front office stability -- a very good reason. And no matter how frustrated John Mara and Steve Tisch may be with the last two miserable seasons, they shouldn't ignore that and change their philosophy with Dave Gettleman now.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, DeAndre Baker, Dexter Lawrence, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Julian Love, Nate Solder, Saquon Barkley, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

PHILADELPHIA - The Giants are in denial. That's the only way to explain it. They see a glass half full when it's almost completely empty. They aren't just bad, they're historically bad, riding the longest losing streak in franchise history.

And yet …

"We're going to get this thing turned around," said receiver Sterling Shepard.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Manning, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Saquon Barkley put a ridiculous spin move on Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara in the second quarter, and then nearly spun out of another tackle on the same play. It was a violent move that sure seemed to prove he wasn't still bothered by his ankle injury.

So if that's not it: What in the world is wrong with Saquon Barkley?

That question has to be asked after he had another low-impact performance in the Giants' ugly, 19-14 loss in Chicago. He gained just 59 yards on 17 carries - 22 of which came on one fourth quarter run. Coupled with his disaster against the Jets (13 carries, one yard) he now has just 60 rushing yards on 30 carries in the last two games.

Tags: Aldrick Rosas, Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Nate Solder, Prince Amukamara, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Zak DeOssie, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The Giants and Jets are a combined 3-14, one year after going a combined 9-23, one year after going a combined 8-24. That's a 20-61 record over the last 2 ½ seasons, for a "winning" percentage of .246.

So no, the Giants and Jets don't match up particularly well with the rest of the professional football world right now. But how do they match up with each other?

In advance of their big showdown on Sunday at the Meadowlands, let's take a look:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Avery Williamson, B.J. Hill, Chris Herndon, Cody Latimer, Dalvin Tomlinson, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Lorenzo Carter, Marcus Maye, Rhett Ellison, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur (left) shakes with New York Jets head coach Adam Gase after a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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The Giants and Jets are a combined 3-14, one year after going a combined 9-23, one year after going a combined 8-24. That's a 20-61 record over the last 2 ½ seasons, for a "winning" percentage of .246.

So no, the Giants and Jets don't match up particularly well with the rest of the professional football world right now. But how do they match up with each other?

In advance of their big showdown on Sunday at the Meadowlands, let's take a look:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Avery Williamson, B.J. Hill, Chris Herndon, Cody Latimer, Dalvin Tomlinson, Evan Engram, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Lorenzo Carter, Marcus Maye, Rhett Ellison, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If there was one consistent knock on Daniel Jones coming out of college, it was his penchant for turning the ball over -- including too many fumbles.

That has become his biggest problem so far in the NFL.

He added three more turnovers to his season total in a 37-18 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. He now has eight interceptions and 10 fumbles (eight lost) in his eight games (and seven starts). Both of his first two turnovers led to Cowboys field goals on Monday night, not to mention huge momentum swings. The third was returned for a garbage time touchdown that padded the final score.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Cody Latimer, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Golden Tate, Lorenzo Carter, Mike Remmers, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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The Jets may have gotten a jump on the trading deadline by shipping Leonard Williams to the Giants on Monday. But it's clear now that was only the beginning.

The Jets were holding what sure looked like a firesale in the hours leading up to the trading deadline at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, with almost everyone on their roster up for grabs, according to multiple sources.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets GM Joe Douglas
Jets GM Joe Douglas

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The Jets may have gotten a jump on the trading deadline by shipping Leonard Williams to the Giants on Monday. But it's clear now that was only the beginning.

The Jets were holding what sure looked like a firesale in the hours leading up to the trading deadline at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, with almost everyone on their roster up for grabs, according to multiple sources.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Jamal Adams, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Marcus Maye, Nate Solder, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- People around the NFL are circling the Jets like vultures, believing their roster is ripe for the picking. They see talent there, even though it's collectively not working. And they see a GM in charge of a roster he didn't choose or build.

That's a formula that usually leads to a firesale, and that's what many around the NFL are expecting from the Jets between now and the NFL trading deadline on Tuesday afternoon. They have some very interesting pieces that may not have a long-term future in New York. The big prize is Leonard Williams, but someone could get a consolation prize like receiver Robby Anderson, too.

Who else could be traded? And will it really be a case of "Everything (almost) must go!"? Here's all the latest information on the Jets' trade possibilities, including sourced material, rumors and reports on the tradeable assets they have:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)
Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants had their firesale one year ago, so they don't have a lot left to trade right now. Still, with a season going nowhere and the trading deadline less than a week away, nothing with Giants GM Dave Gettleman can be ruled out.

They do still have some valuable assets (cornerback Janoris Jenkins), some possibly valuable pieces (left tackle Nate Solder) and some real wild cards (quarterback Eli Manning, tight end Evan Engram). With the Giants still a year, maybe two, away from finishing their rebuilding project, at the right price (almost) anything may go.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Devante Downs (57) walks off the field against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Devante Downs (57) walks off the field against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Giants are bringing in some more linebacker reinforcements, as the team announced the addition of LB Devante Downs, who was signed off the practice squad on Tuesday. 

Downs, a seventh-round pick in 2018 by the Vikings, has been on the Giants practice squad since Minnesota waived him at the end of September. He played in the Vikings' Week 2 and 3 games, but was cut shortly after. 

Mainly a special teams player in 2018, Downs played in 11 games for the Vikings, collecting only three tackles. But with the Giants needing some more depth at the linebacker position, it makes sense the Cal product was promoted. 

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Dave Gettleman
Dave Gettleman

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants began building for 2020 the moment they made the switch from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones at quarterback one month ago. They said all the right things about hoping to make a run for the playoffs, and that's not out of reach. But they know their real target for contention is now next year.

That makes the Oct. 29 trading deadline an interesting one for Giants GM Dave Gettleman. It's a chance to accumulate draft picks to continue the youth movement he began back in March if he decides to get rid of some veterans and their bloated contracts. Of course, right now they're only one game out of first place in the NFC East.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 13, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports (Casey Sapio)
Oct 13, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs the ball during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports (Casey Sapio)

Once perceived as one of New York's top quarterback targets before the 2019 NFL draft, No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray has a chance to show the Giants what they missed out on Sunday when he leads the Cardinals into their Week 6 game.

The 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, figures to be pivotal for both sides with the Giants (2-4) and Cardinals (2-3-1) trending different ways from the past two weeks' results.

New York and Arizona also happen to be led by the first two quarterbacks taken off the board in April, with No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones leading the Giants into the upcoming showdown between the top-10 picks.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) walks on the field prior to the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Only one day remains for the Giants to prepare for the undefeated Patriots, who they'll face on the road in Foxborough on Thursday Night Football. And that preparation includes trying to be as healthy as possible playing on a short week. 

For the Giants' offense, it has been rough. Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard will more than likely be out with their concussions suffered from the loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Saquon Barkley's high ankle sprain has recovered remarkably with him seen cutting and running at practice for a little over a week now, but it's still uncertain that he plays. And finally, Evan Engram reportedly has a sprained MCL in his left knee, which could sideline him, too. 

Those are a lot of playmakers to be without, but luckily on the defensive side of the ball, things are a tad brighter. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Scott Thompson
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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during warm ups before a game against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur met with the media late in the afternoon Monday and gave an update on the status of multiple players after the team went through walkthroughs instead of practice.

Saquon Barkley has been making progress over the last few weeks and has been eyeing Thursday night's game against the Patriots as his return game, as first reported by SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, but Barkley was listed as "limited" for today's simulated practice, and Shurmur has yet to declare Barkley ready.

Shurmur did say "there's a possibility" Barkley plays Thursday and that he is "closer than he was last week."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - This was a big test for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, and he didn't exactly pass it. Against the first elite defense he's faced in his young career, this game proved he wasn't quite ready.

But it also proved something else important.

The Giants aren't quite ready yet, either.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Kevin Zeitler, Nate Solder, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - After a wonderful first two games as the starting quarterback of the Giants, Daniel Jones got a taste of what Eli Manning had to endure over most of the previous six years:

Life as a quarterback on a bad team.

There was pretty much nothing Jones could do with a depleted rushing attack behind him, a struggling offensive line in front of him, and a porous defense on the other side - all things that should feel very, very familiar to his current backup. He was 21 of 38 for 182 yards, which isn't exactly good, but also was about what was expected considering he was making his third NFL start and was facing the NFL's sixth-ranked defense (and maybe the league's best secondary).

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Ballentine, Daniel Jones, Darius Slayton, Eli Manning, Eli Penny, Jabril Peppers, Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Josh Bynes/Brandon Marshall
Josh Bynes/Brandon Marshall

The Giants expected it, and the MRI results confirmed that LB Ryan Connelly, the team's fifth-round pick back in April, will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. It's a shame for the Wisconsin product after the hot start he had, collecting two interceptions in back-to-back games and tallying a sack in his first start on Sunday. 

So the Giants are, once again, spread even more thin at the linebacker position. The reason Connelly got the start in the first place was due to Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) having to be sidelined with their own injuries. David Mayo was also playing next to him. 

It's unknown if those two first-teamers will be back against the Vikings this week, but head coach Pat Shurmur sounded optimistic on Monday they are trending in the right direction. 

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Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (57) runs with the ball after intercepting a pass from Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (not pictured) in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Sep 29, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants inside linebacker Ryan Connelly (57) runs with the ball after intercepting a pass from Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (not pictured) in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

There was fear on Sunday that Giants rookie LB Ryan Connelly had torn his ACL, and an MRI has confirmed those fears.

Connelly, who had been performing well this season, is now lost for the year. 

Heading into Week 4 against the Redskins, the Giants were already thin at the linebacker position. Alec Ogletree (hamstring strain) and Tae Davis (concussion) -- the team's first stringers -- were both out. But Connelly was ready for the opportunity to wear the defensive headset and get the start. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Daniel Jones reminded everyone on Sunday that he's human.

He also reminded everyone that he's resilient, too.

The Giants' 22-year-old rookie quarterback struggled a bit in his home debut and threw the first two interceptions of his NFL career. But he bounced back each time, never looked rattled, and made more than enough plays to help the Giants beat the Redskins 24-3 to improve to 2-2.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Cody Latimer, Daniel Jones, Janoris Jenkins, Ryan Connelly, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants are already down the key piece in their offense in Saquon Barkley. Now two important parts to their defense will be out in Week 4 when they host the Washington Redskins. 

On the team's final injury report released prior to Sunday's kick, linebackers Alec Ogletree (hamstring) and Tae Davis (concussion) were listed as out. Neither practiced this week. 

In their place, expect to see more of rookie Ryan Connelly, who will call defensive plays, along with David Mayo and Nate Stupar.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Saquon Barkley, Tae Davis
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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It looks like the Giants will be getting WR Cody Latimer back after the latest injury report on Thursday. 

Latimer, who had been dealing with a concussion and was out Week 3, was a full practice participant and should be set to go on Sunday against the Redskins. That would be a big return to the receiving corps that should be full go once Golden Tate returns from his suspension next week. 

Also, OLB Lorenzo Carter was upgraded to a full practice participant after being limited with an elbow injury on Wednesday. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Cody Latimer, Lorenzo Carter, Olsen Pierre, Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Tae Davis
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Sep 23, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (8) throws during the second half against the Chicago Bears at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 23, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum (8) throws during the second half against the Chicago Bears at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Giants host the Redskins in Week 4 and are hoping rookie quarterback Daniel Jones repeats his magic once again. 

But there's a bit of a question mark surrounding the Redskins QB position. Starter Case Keenum (foot) is banged up, but things don't appear to be serious.

But if he can't go, it might actually be backup QB Colt McCoy, not rookie Dwayne Haskins, taking the snaps as QB2. McCoy returned from a leg injury he suffered last season. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Tae Davis, Washington Redskins
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Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar (54) gestures after a play in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Aug 30, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar (54) gestures after a play in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

The Giants may have left Tampa with a win, but it came with a cost on the injury side. 

Saquon Barkley headlines that list, but there were also a couple defensive injuries that impact the team heading into Week 4 against the Bucs, specifically to the team's linebackers. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur revealed on Monday during his conference call that Alec Ogletree sustained a left hamstring strain in the game, and Tae Davis also had to leave and was put in concussion protocol. 

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a reception for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a reception for a touchdown against New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

No matter how the Giants arrived at Sunday's 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York desperately needed its first victory of the 2019 regular season.

The Giants got the elusive triumph, receiving help from the football gods -- as wide receiver Sterling Shepard said after the game -- in the final seconds when kicker Matt Gay's straightaway attempt on the 34-yard field goal went wide right as time expired.

But before the Giants poured onto the grass and started the postgame celebration at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, the defense nearly dropped the team to 0-3.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Antoine Bethea, Janoris Jenkins, Sterling Shepard, Tae Davis
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Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree (47) knocks down a pass by Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree injured his hamstring in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers and will not return today.

He seemed to pull his hamstring after running down the field with what he thought was a recovered fumble after Dexter Lawrence knocked the ball out of Jameis Winston's hand on a throw. Ogletree slowed down on the run and was knocked over by Jabrill Peppers, who wanted the linebacker to keep on running. 

The play was called dead and was ruled an incomplete pass by Winston. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Dexter Lawrence, Jabril Peppers, Saquon Barkley
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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur knew he had a relatively inexperienced group on defense coming into the season, and they undoubtedly struggled against the Cowboys in Week 1, allowing 494 yards of offense, including 405 yards through the air.

Shurmur knows that a young corps on defense is bound to take its lumps and believes that the issues that plagued them in the opener are fixable.

"I think we've got to coach the players constantly," Shurmur said. "Certainly, we didn't do anything well enough to win the game yesterday, so you coach them on the details of it, but also on the mindset of getting back to work. You show them where they should be better, you show them how to be better, and then you go out and practice it, so that's the process." 

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ESPN's Field Yates did some research on Thursday that Giants fans might want to look away from. 

Yates broke down the cap space that all 32 NFL teams currently possess, and well, the Giants finished last on that list. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE LIST

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Patrick Omaneh, Scott Thompson
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Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys finally ended their stalemate on Wednesday morning when he agreed to a massive six-year, $90 million deal that made him the NFL's highest-paid running back. 

That means the Giants will be seeing him on the AT&T Stadium turf this Sunday to kick off the season. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur has been preparing for a game without Elliott, the NFL's leading rusher a season ago, but that defensive gameplan might need a few tweaks now especially with him expected to receive 20-25 reps, according to NFL Network's Jane Slater

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

It's officially game week for the Giants, and as has been the case for two of the last three years, a division matchup with the Cowboys awaits them in Week 1. And the biggest storyline stemming from this game is whether or not RB Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas' top playmaker, will be on the field. 

As many know by now, the Cowboys and Elliott continue to remain at a stalemate in contract extension talks. It's the reason why Elliott has not reported to training camp at all this summer, and still isn't with the team. 

However, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Elliott is returning from Cab San Lucas, Mexico -- where he has been training and waiting -- to be ready for a return if he reaches an agreement with the Cowboys. Fox Sports' Shannon Sharpe is also hearing that Elliott is close to a seven-year deal as well.

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Heading into the season, many people outside the Giants organization might say that the most compelling storyline is if and when Eli Manning turns over the starting quarterback reins to Daniel Jones

But don't tell that to anyone inside the locker room, where you'll find players who appear to be brimming with confidence as the team prepares to open up the season against the Cowboys.

 

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) celebrates after his interception with defensive end Josh Mauro (97) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) celebrates after his interception with defensive end Josh Mauro (97) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Following the departures of some key defensive players, Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree is expected to be a presence both on and off the field this season. It's one thing to go out and play well, but being a leader in the locker room requires the ability to mentor the younger players on the roster. 

There's no shortage of those in Giants camp this season. After taking Daniel Jones sixth overall, Big Blue spent the next five picks on players on the defensive side of the ball, including DT Dexter Lawrence

Ogletree's had a keen eye on the rookies, and likes what he's seen through the first two games of the preseason.

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As he enters his second season with the Giants, linebacker Alec Ogletree knows there is room for improvement. 

The 27-year-old played in 13 games for the Giants last season, intercepting five passes while running two of them back for touchdowns. He also broke up eight passes and added a sack. Still, Ogletree knows there are areas of his game that he can step up in 2019.

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The Giants let a lot of big-name, big-talent players go this offseason. In fact, Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon were easily three of the most important players the Giants had.

How will they survive without them? The answer to that will be provided by the performances of several key players this season.

So here's a look at the Giants' 10 most important players for 2019:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 2, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (1) intercepts a pass intended for Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jalen Greene (10) during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Western Michigan 49-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Sep 2, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (1) intercepts a pass intended for Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jalen Greene (10) during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Western Michigan 49-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The 2019 New York Giants season is rapidly approaching, and there is still a lot to be sorted out along the depth chart. One of the best parts of minicamp and summer workouts is finding out which potential dark horses have a chance to make the 53-man roster and make an impact.

Here are five guys who have stood out so far:

Corey Coleman (WR/KR):

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