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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick (75) during the first half at EverBank Field. (Kim Klement)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick (75) during the first half at EverBank Field. (Kim Klement)

With Jonathan Hankins now a member of the Colts, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent defensive lineman Jared Odrickaccording to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Odrick played six games with the Jaguars last season, recording one sack, one forced fumble, and 12 combined tackles.

The 29-year old had at least 4.5 sacks in four of the previos six seasons between the Dolphins and Jaguars, and has the capability and skillset to play both outside as a run-stopping defensive end or inside as a pass-rushing tackle.

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 (Kevin Hoffman)
(Kevin Hoffman)

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The Giants wanted to bring Johnathan Hankins back and they did all the right things to try to make that happen. They made him a generous offer. They patiently waited for his response. They didn't seriously pursue other defensive tackles or (for the most part) publicly pressure him to take their deal. They let their offer sit there and gave him all the space he needed until he decided to make up his mind.

In the end, he found his riches elsewhere. They always knew that was the risk.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

PHOENIX - At the miserable end of the 2015 season, as the Giants were basically firing Tom Coughlin, John Mara wasn't willing to let his general manager completely off the hook. He officially put Jerry Reese on notice when he said "Jerry knows this is on him."

A $200 million spending spree, an 11-5 record, and a return to the playoffs later, it appears that Reese isn't on the Giants' hot seat anymore.

"There was a lot of heat on Jerry," Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said during the NFL Owners Meetings on Monday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. "John Mara, my partner, made it very clear to Jerry that 'We're watching you and we have very high expectations, and it's really your time to deliver, Jerry.' So the moves he made last season, clearly in retrospect, were hugely significant and changed the whole defense of the team. 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III fumbles the ball as he's hit by New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III fumbles the ball as he's hit by New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins during the fourth quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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PHOENIX -- The New York Giants have an offer on the table for defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins that has been there since before free agency began. And even though Hankins is obviously holding out for more money, Giants co-owner Steve Tisch indicated the team doesn't plan to pull its offer any time soon.

"No one's panicking right now," Tisch said during a break in the NFL Owners Meetings at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. "There's time. And again, by nature I'm optimistic, so I think it's going to work out. … Let me rephrase that: I would very much like this to work out."

The optimism surely comes from the obvious: Hankins has not yet signed anywhere else, and the 24-year-old defensive tackle likely isn't going to get a significantly better offer three weeks into the free-agent signing period. An NFL source told SNY that Hankins was looking for at least what the Giants gave Damon Harrison last offseason -- a five-year, $46.25 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.

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(William Hauser (USA Today))

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When the NFL free-agent signing period began, almost everyone assumed that Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was about to strike it rich. The only question seemed to be how close he'd get to the five-year, $46.25 million contract the Giants gave defensive tackle Damon Harrison last season, or whether he had a shot to exceed it.

A bit over a week after the market opened, though, the 24-year-old Hankins remains unsigned and the market for defensive tackles has collapsed around him. So now, as free-agency begins its second, far-less-lucrative wave, the big, unanswered question about Hankins is this:

What the heck happened?

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

If Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't sign a long-term contract before the start of the free-agent signing period on March 9, he will count for approximately $17 million against the New York Giants' salary cap. That would be more than 10 percent of the projected $168 million cap, and the second-highest number on the team.

It would also mean the Giants will have $33 million in cap space (or about 20 percent of the projected cap) tied up in their two starting defensive ends, and a total of about $44 million (26 percent) tied up in three-fourths of their defensive line -- with the fourth member (defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins) looking to cash in for himself when free agency starts.

The Giants are still projected to have around $15-17 million to spend in free agency, assuming the cap is set at $168 million. They can also clear more room by cutting some players in the next 10 days or restructuring some of their biggest deals.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

There was a time when the Giants didn't value defensive tackles nearly as much as they do defensive ends. They wanted a rotation of outside pass rushers and they were willing to spend money and picks to get it. Inside, they were content with a bunch of big bodies clogging up the running lanes - preferably players they developed themselves.

Of course, that hasn't been the same since Jerry Reese took over as general manager. He once made a big offer to Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and he pondered a big-money run at Ndamukong Suh in 2015. Five times in his 10 drafts he's taken a defensive tackle in the first three rounds. And last March he gave Damon Harrison a five-year, $46.25 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and safety Landon Collins were two of the six Giants listed among Pro Football Focus' top 101 players of 2016, NJ.com reported on Wednesday. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (30th) and Janoris Jenkins (40th), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (44th) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (71st) were also included on the list.

Collins (eighth) was the top-ranked Giant while Beckham was deemed to be the 51st best player this past season. Collins, Beckham and Jenkins were three of the four Giants selected to this year's Pro Bowl.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants didn't just rebuild their team last season, they also helped rebuild Steve Spagnuolo's career.

The popular defensive coordinator, whose prior two years on the job were historically bad (with the Giants in 2015 and the Saints in 2012), earned rave reviews for the way he helped revive the Giants' defense last season. And as a result, the Giants gave him a two-year contract extension, according to a league source, to ensure he'd be back for more.

That move -- first reported by ESPN -- was really a foregone conclusion. "Spags" didn't even receive a nibble in the latest round of head coaching searches, so his job options were limited even though his defense went from 32nd in the league last season to 10th overall this season as the Giants allowed the second-fewest points in the league.

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 (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Many current and former Giants -- including members of the teams that beat the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI -- took to Twitter to react to the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI...

Click below to see the tweets

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Giants S Landon Collins and DT Damon Harrison were both named in Pro Football Focus' 2016 NFL Season Award Winners, PFF announced on Tuesday.

Collins was awarded Breakout Player of the Year, finishing with a PFF grade of 92.1, beating out Atlanta's Vic Beasley and Houston's A.J. Bouye

The Giants safety was also the second runner-up for PFF's Best Player honor, trailing only New England's Tom Brady and Los Angeles' Aaron Donald, and the first runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, losing out to Donald but finishing ahead of Oakland's Khalil Mack.

Harrison was named PFF's Best Run Defender with a grade of 88.9, earning the award over Seattle's Bobby Wagner and Michael Bennett. This is the second straight season Harrison has been given this award by PFF.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins

New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Rebuilding the New York Giants' defense cost them a ton of money last offseason, and keeping it from falling apart again might cost a little more.

But it's the price they have to pay if they want to win another championship in the Eli Manning era. And that's why between now and the start of free agency in March, the Giants have to do their best to re-sign Johnathan Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Tags: Brian Winters, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

DT Damon Harrison and S Landon Collins have been named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team. 

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, and ST Dwayne Harris joined their teammates on the All-NFC team, while WR Sterling Shapard was na,ed to the All-Rookie team.

Harrison and Collins were both also named to the AP All-Pro first team, while Beckham and Jenkins were named to the second team.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dwayne Harris, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants DT Damon Harrison and S Landon Collins have been named to the AP All-Pro first team, it was announced Friday.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., DE Olivier Vernon, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were named to the second team.

Harrison and Vernon are in their first season with the Giants, having both signed as free agents this offseason.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

The New York Giants knew who they wanted to replace Tom Coughlin after they fired him last January. Even though they interviewed a slew of candidates as required by the league, their plan all along was to promote offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to have him steer the ship toward the future. 

What happened next wasn't exactly what they expected.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) celebrates in front of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) celebrates in front of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison was fined $18,231 by the NFL for a hit in last week's matchup against the Lions, reports Zac Johnson of Pro Football Talk. 

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Eagles 00:02:40
SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys to a Giants victory on Thursday in Philadelphia.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Giants (10-4) at the Philadelphia Eagles (5-9) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 8:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Clear and cold with temperatures dropping from the upper 30s to the mid-30s as the game goes on, with winds hovering around 10-15 mph.

WHAT IT MEANS: Win and in. That's the Giants' easiest path to their first playoff berth since 2011. They're probably in anyway, but they'd rather take care of business themselves. A win also keeps their slim NFC East hopes alive, if somehow the Detroit Lions can win in Dallas on Monday night. Also, keep this in mind: Since their Opening Day win in Dallas, the Giants' have won just one non-neutral-site road game -- an ugly win in Cleveland. And they played pretty bad football in road losses at Minnesota, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. They're almost certainly going on the road for the playoffs, so they could use a big road win or two down the stretch to give themselves confidence that they can win away from home.

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

As last season drew to an end, the Giants were facing another football-less January. They finished 6-10 for the second straight time and missed the playoffs for the fourth consectutive season.

The defense, decimated by injuries, was the league's worst and not befitting of wearing the Giants' vaunted blue.
Ownership had head coach Tom Coughlin fall on his sword rather than fire him and decided to give GM Jerry Reese one final chance to get his roster right -- starting with the defense.

Reese responded by getting aggressive in free agency, re-signing DE Jason Pierre-Paul and then the top DT, DE and CB available in Damon HarrisonOlivier Vernon, and Janoris Jenkins respectively. He also inked veteran LBs Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. In the draft, he landed Ohio State CB Eli Apple in the first round and took safety Damian Thompson of Boise State in Round Three.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Giants safety Landon Collins and receiver Odell Beckham are well positioned to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, but it might take a late surge of fan voting for any of their teammates to join them.

Collins and Beckham were the only two Giants players in the Top 5 in their position in the fan vote, as of the last update, last week, and the voting ends on Tuesday night. The Giants' 10-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football could provide a surge of support, but it might not be enough to get any more players in by the fan voting alone.

The players for the Pro Bowl are determined by voting from fans, coaches and players. Each voting group counts for one-third each. The players are selected regardless of conference, and the teams are divided up later.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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John Fennelly, SNY.TV

A late-season Giants-Cowboys matchup usually has playoff implications for either one or both of the clubs and this year is no different. The Cowboys (11-1) are sitting atop the NFC East with a very comfortable three game lead over the 8-4 Giants with four games remaining.

The Giants' loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday put a damper on this week's showdown with Dallas in more ways than one. It pretty much handed the Cowboys the division and put the Giants in wild card mode, a position in which they hold the top berth at the moment.

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GEICO SportsNite: JPP injury 00:01:50
As they prepare for the Cowboys, Giants players and coaches react to losing Jason Pierre-Paul for the remainder of the regular season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If there's one thing the Giants know about Jason Pierre-Paul, it's that he knows how to make a remarkable comeback.

Now their mission is to stay alive long enough for him to do it again.

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Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won, 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 27, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won, 21-20. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The next game Jason Pierre-Paul would likely be healthy enough to play is probably Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5.

So in other words, the Giants have seen the last of JPP this season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kerry Wynn, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:25
Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants much maligned defense.

Giants defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison has been making a huge impact for the Giants' much maligned defense.

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

When the leaves begin to cover the ground here in the East in late November, you can bet the NFL contenders are getting their running games in order. The Steelers are a prime example. Yes, they have an explosive passing game, but they know it's their running game that will propel them towards the postseason.

That running game is led by one of the best backs in the league in Le'Veon Bell, the fourth-year man out of Michigan State who came into this season still rehabbing from MCL/PCL surgery. He missed the first three games of the season due to another drug-related suspension and it's taken him a while to find his footing in this offense that was passing the ball nearly 65 percent of the time the first nine games of the year.

But that's changing as Bell has been heating up of late. The past two weeks, he rushed for 120 and 146 yards against Indianapolis and Cleveland respectively, and added 77 more yards in those games via 12 receptions. He is looking more and more like the weapon the Steelers had back in 2014, when Bell was a first-team All-Pro.

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There's a difference between the pretenders and the contenders in the NFL. The pretenders tease their fans with weekly dalliances with victory while the contenders find ways to close out opponents and seal those victories. As much as the 2015 Giants were pretenders, the 2016 Giants have taken on the identity of contenders.

The transformation began at the end of last season, a year in which the Giants saw six fourth quarter leads evaporate en route to a 6-10 finish. The defense was decimated by injuries and could not log in 60 full minutes of work and the letdowns were of historic proportions. The mandate from ownership was to fix the defense.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants' defense is noticeably better in 2016 than they were a year ago when it seemed like they collapsed on a weekly basis. The personnel is better for sure and the injuries have been kept to a serviceable minimum.

The addition of veterans such as Olivier VernonJanoris JenkinsDamon Harrison and Keenan Robinson, along with the emergence of safety Landon Collins, have some people comparing this defense to the great Giants' units of the past. But is it Super Bowl caliber?

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) celebrates with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after running for a game-ending first down against the Cincinnati Bengals during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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The Giants have been scratching their heads all season trying to figure out why they haven't been able to run the football, sack passers and put teams away in games.

Against the Bengals on Monday night, they finally saw progress in those first two areas but still haven't solved the third. Perhaps they will do that in their back-to-back games against two of the league's worst teams (Chicago and Cleveland).

Here's a quick rundown of the positives that came out of victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jerell Adams, Jonathan Casillas, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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At halftime, when the Giants were beginning to show signs of struggle, Ben McAdoo talked to his players about giving a "championship effort" in the second half. His point was to get them to play harder and better.

But they also went out and showed how championship teams are made.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Josh Brown 00:02:00
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down all the latest coverage and sounds from the Giants about their ex-teammate Josh Brown.

Giants GM Jerry Reese may have ducked the Josh Brown questions, or anything else even mildly controversial, but he was more than willing to talk about his 4-3 football team. It's not surprising, considering that after four straight seasons outside of the playoffs, the Giants are finally in a good position to make a run at the postseason.Here's a sampling of some of the other topics that the Giants GM was willing to address in his 11-minute session with reporters:

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants allowed 420.3 yards and 27.6 points per game in 2015. This past offseason, they spent wildly to upgrade at all positions and thus far, the strategy is working.This season, they are holding teams to 361 yards and 20 points per game. They are playing better defense in the fourth quarter, allowing six points opposed to a league-high 8.8 in 2015.Their second-half defensive numbers are also much improved, with them allowing just 8.9 point. Last season, they averaged 14.1 points allowed in the second half.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) tries to break a tackle by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu)
Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) tries to break a tackle by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) in the third quarter at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu)

Former Jets and current Giants DT Damon Harrison has switched New York teams but keeps up with how his old teammates are doing, according to James Kratch NJ.com. Harrison, who signed a deal with the Giants in the offseason, said his new teammates have made sure he is informed about the Jets.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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The Giants' defense has turned over a new leaf this season, playing stout against the run and holding their own in the trenches. A big reason for the improvement is the addition of free agent DT Damon Harrison, who came as advertised from the Jets as a big-bodied space-eater.

He is currently third on the club in tackles (19), behind LB Jonathan Casillas (26) and S Landon Collins (20).

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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Justin Pugh was right when he said "Everything you can do to lose a game today, we did." And the Giants (2-1) certainly did lose it. They were in control at the start before a plague of penalties and turnovers helped them throw their game against the Redskins (1-2) away.

And that could be costly because not only did it knock them out of first place in the NFC East -- behind the stunning, 3-0 Philadelphia Eagles -- but it robbed them of their momentum and blew a chance to really bury the defending division champions. In what is still basically a rebuilding season, every positive step matters.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

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The last time the Giants started 2-0 was in 2009. They actually started 5-0 that season. Then they finished 8-8. So the lesson is that it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

But to the Giants, after too many years of misery, a 2-0 start sure feels pretty good.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants Week 2 00:01:45
Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, as the Giants prepare to face the Saints in the home opener on Sunday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' game against the Saints last year was out of control on both sides, but it was a complete and total humiliation for the Giants' defense.

They barely provided a speed bump to a New Orleans Saints offense that put up 608 yards in a 52-49 win, and had no answer for Drew Brees, who threw for seven touchdowns and 505 yards.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

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New York Giants GM Jerry Reese rebuilt the team's defense at an enormous expense through free agency and the draft. This Sunday, the Giants will unveil it to the rest of the NFL in its season opener against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Defensive coordinator Stave Spagnuolo will get a chance to redeem himself after overseeing one of the worst defenses in the Giants' nine-decade history last year. On Thursday, he was asked if he felt like a kid in a candy store.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The 53-man roster is set (for now), and the New York Giants believe they will be back on the road to success after missing the postseason the past four years. Their roster has been upgraded in many key areas, with the exception of the offensive line and a blocking tight end.

But who will be the stars and the face of this club in 2016? It's clear QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be among the top players in the league at their positions, but who else will garner Pro Bowl interest this year?

On offense, no one can possibly expect any of the linemen to get any type of recognition. Center Weston Richburg is considered one of the best players at his position, but the negative advance reviews on the Giants' offensive line is going to hurt his chances. The rest of the group has either struggled or was injured this summer, so the offense would have to play lights out for them to get any consideration.

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Giants DT Damon Harrison is gearing up to face his old club, the Jets, for the first time this Saturday night. It will be a bit strange for him, since he recently said that he still had some "Jet blood in him."

"Well I mean, I played a few games as a Giant since that comment, I would like to think," he said on Thursday when reminded of the comment. "Yeah, it's coming along nicely. Again, it's still different, I'm a guy, I don't like change at all, I like consistency, I like everything to be the same every single day. I definitely have been embracing it a whole lot more now."

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo talking in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo talking in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The portion of training camp that involves the public -- the fun part -- is over, and now the New York Giants will be getting down to the brass tacks this week at Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

"For a little bit," head coach Ben McAdoo said when asked if he felt training camp was over. "I'm not going to give you a set date. The vets break ... the five-year, our vet select group, breaks tomorrow night. But we still have the young guys around after that. So until after the Buffalo game, we're still in training camp mode."

McAdoo called his coaching debut on Friday vs. the Miami Dolphins "sloppy" after the team recorded four turnovers and made critical fundamental errors throughout the 27-10 loss. The game also included injury scares to top two draft picks CB Eli Apple and WR Sterling Shepard.

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New York Giants quarterback coach Frank Cignetti Jr. talks with quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Eli Manning during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback coach Frank Cignetti Jr. talks with quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Eli Manning during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has not announced who will handle the offensive playcalling this season, and as the first preseason game approaches, he isn't any closer to doing so.

He told reporters he knew who would be calling the plays but would not divulge who that person was. It could be him or offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, the only two logical choices on the staff, and both of them have just four years of NFL playcalling experience between them. The only other coach on the staff with pro-level experience as a playcaller is quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr., who was the Rams' offensive coordinator last season.

"We'll have a play caller on Friday and we'll evaluate it afterwards," McAdoo said.

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On the first day of his first training camp, Ben McAdoo didn't shy away from his own high expectations. Despite taking over a team that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2011, he insisted "Our goal is still to put the fifth trophy in the case."

He wasn't talking about sometime in the future, either. The Giants entered camp believing they have a roster to make a run now.

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Snacks is back - and he couldn't be happier.

After three agonizing days where he couldn't practice with his teammates because of swelling in his left knee, defensive tackle Damon Harrison finally joined his new teammates on the field on Tuesday morning. And the former Jet, who signed a five-year, $46.25 million contract with the Giants in March, was thrilled to be out of the training room where he had been treating his swollen left knee.

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New York Giants defensive tackle Melvin Lewis (76), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) and defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) observe practice. . (Julio Cortez)
New York Giants defensive tackle Melvin Lewis (76), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) and defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) observe practice. . (Julio Cortez)

Defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison has been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list and returned to practice Tuesday.

Harrison had been sidelined with a knee injury.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo looking over the second day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo looking over the second day of training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

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Ben McAdoo survived his first three days of training camp without any major disasters - although the injury to Odell Beckham certainly gave him quite a scare. It turns out Beckham was only "cleated" during his collision with Janoris Jenkins on Sunday. Jenkins, the Giants' $62.5 million cornerback, was apparently OK, too.

So now that everyone in the Giants organization is breathing a sigh of relief, what's next for McAdoo? He opens his first full week of training camp on Tuesday morning with the first full-pads practice of his tenure. Here are three things to watch throughout the day:

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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib throws a pass while New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib throws a pass while New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks on during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

Training camp is just days away and readers and fans are beginning to get back into football mode. Over the past few weeks, we have gotten several questions and inquiries regarding the upcoming camp and preseason.

There's a lot of talk the Giants will part ways with several veterans this summer. Who right now is on the roster bubble?

It may be too early to tell, but from where I sit, there won't be many surprises. On offense, the main roster battles will be at running back and possibly at right tackle. With the addition of rookie Paul Perkins and free agent Bobby Rainey, Andre Williams will have to have a stellar camp to remain with the team.

Marshall Newhouse is the current starter at right tackle. His main competition will be second-year player Bobby Hart now that free agent Eugene Monroe decided to retire. The Giants say they are comfortable with Newhouse, but are not deep along the offensive line in general, so if anything, they could be adding, not subtracting, in this unit.

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New York Jets nose tackle Damon Harrison against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets nose tackle Damon Harrison against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison was married over Fourth of July weekend, but he won't be celebrating it with a honeymoon to a tropical island.

Harrison, instead, is returning to New Jersey to work out and make sure he is in peak physical condition for Giants training camp.

"I don't want to feel like I'm entitled to be a Giant," Harrison said in a piece done by NJ.com. "I want to earn the right."

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Odell Beckham Jr. plays catch with teammate Victor Cruz.  (Steven Ryan)
Odell Beckham Jr. plays catch with teammate Victor Cruz. (Steven Ryan)

Odell Beckham:

On Sterling Shepard: "He's going to be a phenomenal player"

On the off-field gossip: "A lot of that stuff is not so much true. It comes with the territory."

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Damon Harrison wants Giants' fans to help select what number he will wear next season.  (Andrew Weber)
Damon Harrison wants Giants' fans to help select what number he will wear next season. (Andrew Weber)

Damon "Snacks" Harrison is the NFL's best defender against the run amongst interior defenders, according to Pro Football Focus.

Last year, he recorded 72 tackles, 0.5 sacks and a forced fumble for the New York Jets.

Harrison was signed by the Giants this offseason for five years and $46 million, making him the eighth highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL.

Harrison played as nose tackle lined up directly over center for the Jets' 3-4 scheme his entire career. In Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnulo's 4-3 defense, Harrison will be lined up on one side or the other against one of the other team's offensive tackles.

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Damon Harrison (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
Damon Harrison (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Damon Harrison hasn't played a game for the New York Giants and he has already started delivering.

The Giants haven't gotten anything yet from the massive defensive tackle. His mother has.

His first gift went recently to his mom, Brunella Narcisse. The 27-year-old gave her something he has wanted to provide for a long time: her own house in Lake Charles, a city in southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border.

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New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New Giants general manger Jerry Reese, cornerback Eli Apple, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, safety Darian Thompson, head coach Ben MaCadoo, linebacker B.J. Goodson, running back Paul Perkins and tight end Jerrell Adams during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

After rookie minicamp is in the books, the Giants are preparing to move into phase three of their offseason program and will begin organized team activities on May 27.

It will be the first time the rookies and the veterans will take the field as a team. The 10 OTA offseason workouts will be held on May 27-29, June 1-2, June 4, June 8-9 and June 11-12. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Mandatory Minicamp will be held from June 16-18. Training camp begins the last week of July.

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