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(Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Just when it looks like it can't get any worse … it gets worse.

Not only have the Giants lost as many games this season (five) as they lost all of last season, but they've now lost their best player, likely for the entire season, and four-fifths of what they thought would be the best receiving corps in the league.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants appear to be bracing for another offensive line shakeup -- and maybe one on the defensive line, too.

Three key players on those lines were missing from the 0-4 team's practice on Wednesday -- center Weston Richburg and defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Richburg is in the NFL's concussion protocol and it seems unlikely he'll be available for the game against the 0-4 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Vernon is dealing with ankle injury and JPP has a shoulder injury that apparently got worse over the last few days...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Alex Brandon/AP)

During a meeting with the players on Wednesday night, Giants co-owner John Mara requested for them to stand during the national anthem but said he would support those who kneel, LB Jonathan Casillas relayed to reporters on Thursday.

S Landon Collins said the meeting was a "heart-to-heart" and that Mara was "very supportive" of the players, according to Art Stapleton of The Record.

Collins, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon all knelt during the anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Eagles in response to President Donald Trump's comments on Friday night.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants players stand during the national anthem before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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PHILADELPHIA -- Olivier Vernon is the son of a retired police officer who served for 25 years. He's a child of immigrants, with a father who came from Jamaica and a mother who hailed from Switzerland. He has watched the racial problems he sees in this country for a while, and listened closely to the words of a man he insisted "ain't my president."

Sometime on Saturday, though, the Giants defensive end decided he had enough.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants DT Damon Harrison is preparing to face a quarterback who he says is more confident and mobile and a three-dimensional running game featuring a trio who can all catch the ball out of the backfield

"They have (Darren) Sproles, who is a receiving type of back. They have (Wendell) Smallwood, who is the speed guy, and you have (LeGarrette) Blount, who is the downhill, power back," Harrison said of the Eagles' running backs. "So, they have three different guys who can do three different things and you just have to be prepared. All of them can catch the ball really, so it'll be a tough game."

Harrison also hasn't lost sight of the mobility of second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, who threw 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions his rookie season. Wentz thew for 333 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 27-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 2.

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(Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants knew they were returning almost all of their starters from last year's outstanding defense, but there was one player that Damon "Snacks" Harrison just wasn't sure about.

"I told him coming into this offseason that I wasn't a full believer in B.J. Goodson," Harrison said of the Giants new starting middle linebacker. "He was just a young guy at middle linebacker. You have to know everything. You have to get people in the right spots. He only played like 12 snaps last year so we didn't get a chance to see him. … It was just yet to be seen."

Then the 24-year-old Goodson had a strong offseason where he took control of a veteran-heavy defensive team. And then on opening night, during a 19-3 loss in Dallas, he was a dominant defensive force, making 18 tackles. Like all of the best middle linebackers the Giants have had, Goodson was all over the field.

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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants DT Damon Harrison was part of a Giants team last season that made the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, but he says many players in the locker room believe there is room for improvement heading into this season.

"We've got a bunch of guys who aren't comfortable with what they've done last year," he said on Thursday. "Whether it be [defensive tackle] Robert Thomas, or [safety] Landon Collins. Nobody is happy, or satisfied, or content - whichever word you want to use - with what they've done last year. Last year doesn't matter anymore."

Harrison can tell how driven the players are when he notices the work they do to prepare for the season -- away from the public eye.

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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks off the field after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) walks off the field after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Giants S Landon Collins and DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison weren't pleased by a dangerous hit that sent WR Odell Beckham Jr. to the locker room in the team's 10-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns Monday night. 

At the beginning of the second quarter, Beckham took a low hit from Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun that sprained the wideout's ankle. Though it wasn't deemed an illegal hit, Collins and Snacks both took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the matter. 

Collins not only believes the hit was dirty, but he couldn't play next to someone that would that...
 

Click below to see the tweet

 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Throughout camp last year, Damon "Snacks" Harrison was used to seeing Johnathan Hankins lining up next to him for each rep. This year, though, he has seen multiple jerseys swap in and out as the Giants try to figure out who will start next to him Week 1.

Who is the leading candidate? There hasn't been one player in particular who has stood out. But, according to the Giants' depth chart, Jay Bromley is ahead of the pack.

The fourth-year veteran has only four starts so far in his career, but his work ethic this offseason is one that is reminiscent of a seasoned starter like Harrison.

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New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he hopes New York's defense can maintain its high energy a year after giving up the second fewest points in the league.

"I want to see us set the tempo from ground zero, and that's me personally," Kennard said. "If safeties and linebackers are communicating well, and we are getting the things that we need to to the D-line, from a linebacker perspective, I think it starts there. If we are doing that and being physical, I like where we are headed."

The Giants bring back a strong defensive core with a defensive line that features Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon; linebackers Kennard and Jonathan Casillas; and a secondary of Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. By retaining so many defenders, Kennard said the team's familiarity with the system and each other can only help moving forward.

"We already know so much about the defense, so now we can get into the little details and nuances that maybe a year or two ago we weren't able to hit the same way because there were so many guys trying to learn the defense," said Kennard, who recorded 61 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while playing all 16 games last season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Friday. Here's what we learned...


  • DT Damon Harrison's lower body is sore, so the team will be going "slow" with him.
  • There will be no restrictions for QB Geno Smith (knee) as camp begins.
  • LB J.T. Thomas, who was placed on the PUP list as he recovers from surgery on his ACL, is making progress but not yet where he needs to be.
  • McAdoo would not address questions regarding WR Odell Beckham, Jr.'s recent comments about wanting to be the highest-paid player in the NFL.
Tags: Damon Harrison, Geno Smith, J.T. Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Tuesday. Here's what we learned...


  • The addition of new K Mike Nugent adds some competition to the position. McAdoo likes Nugent because of his experience and he "made a lot of big kicks in his career."
  • WR/KR Dwayne Harris was checked by trainers as he had an apparent shoulder issue.
  • RB Shane Vereen and DT Devin Taylor were on the sideline as they were both sore with "lower body injuries."
  • RB Wayne Gallman was "knocked around" during practice Tuesday, but got back on his feet and made a couple nice plays. McAdoo said "he's a young player, has a lot to learn, long way to go."
  • McAdoo thinks CB Eli Apple is a lot more confident entering camp, and has been taking lessons from the film room and executing on the field. 
  • DT Robert Thomas got the first shot at trying to fill the void Johnathan Hankins left in the defensive line. McAdoo said "mentally, he can handle it" which is why he's with the first team.
  • McAdoo and his staff will be wary of how much the team will have to do with pads early on. 
Tags: Damon Harrison, Geno Smith, J.T. Thomas, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants DT Damon Harrison is hoping to get to the quarterback more often this season after tallying 2.5 sacks in 2016.

"I didn't have many sacks last year," Harrison said as the Giants arrived for training camp. "I'm working my butt of this offseason, or I have been, so moving forward I change that. So if you ask me one thing that I've taking from last year, I didn't have any sacks."

Harrison acknowledged that his strength and speed will play a role in improving his sack totals, among other factors.

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(Geoff Burke)

The Giants flaunt one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football. Can they live up to their contracts? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersJason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson

Projected BackupsRobert Thomas, Romeo Okwara, Jay Bromley, Avery Moss, Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants defensive end Damon Harrison defended wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s decision to skip organized team activities in the spring.

"As long as [he] can still do what he needs to do to be prepared for the season," Harrison said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, according to the New York Post's Thomas Lipe.

"Have you seen him this offseason? [He looks] awesome."

Tags: Damon Harrison, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Four Giants players are listed among the NFL Network's 'The Top 100 Players of 2017' list, which was revealed on the NFL Network.

Giants WR Odell Beckham is listed among the top 10 players, while S Landon Collins comes in at number 28, CB Janoris Jenkins at number 54, and Damon Harrison at number 96. The players on the list are ranked by NFL players themselves.

Beckham caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Giants in 2016; Collins had five interceptions, 100 tackles, 13 passes defended, and four sacks; Jenkins had 49 tackes, one sack, three interceptions, and 18 passes defended; and Harrison had 55 tackes, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Harrison on Sheldon Richardson 00:00:20
Giants DT Damon Harrison reacts to Jets DL Sheldon Richardson?s recent comments on Giants WR Brandon Marshall.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brandon Marshall was well aware of the "15 reasons" Sheldon Richardson had to be glad Marshall is gone from the Jets, and he knew the questions were coming. He even began his first press conference with the Giants by saying "Sheldon Richardson questions, go ahead and open it up."

But Marshall tried not to open up about his running feud with his former teammate. He preferred to stay as much as possible on the high road instead.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Harrison on Sheldon Richardson 00:00:20
Giants DT Damon Harrison reacts to Jets DL Sheldon Richardson?s recent comments on Giants WR Brandon Marshall.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Brandon Marshall was well aware of the "15 reasons" Sheldon Richardson had to be glad Marshall is gone from the Jets, and he knew the questions were coming. He even began his first press conference with the Giants by saying "Sheldon Richardson questions, go ahead and open it up."

But Marshall tried not to open up about his running feud with his former teammate. He preferred to stay as much as possible on the high road instead.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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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.

Tags: Damon Harrison, 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)

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Rashad Jennings
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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)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

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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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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.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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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?

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, John Fennelly
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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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