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With the Jets on their bye week, we're going to review some of the Jets players, looking in detail at their season so far and what to expect from them coming out of the bye week. We'll look at a mixture of players who've exceeded expectations and some who have been disappointing so far. We continue today with a look at defensive lineman Leonard Williams.

 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson
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Pat Shurmur's hot seat 00:01:14
After switching to Daniel Jones, Ralph Vacchinao argues the Giants will take a hard look at Pat Shurmur and his offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Eli Manning raised his last Super Bowl trophy on Feb. 5, 2012, he was at the top of his game. He had carried the Giants that season. He insisted he was "elite" and backed it up.

He had also just turned 31, right in a quarterback's prime, poised for some of the best years of his career.

Then the Giants went out and wasted it all.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Golden Tate, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Stewart, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Patrick Omaneh, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins answers questions from media 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 cornerback Janoris Jenkins answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants' offseason has been eventful to say the least. 

Landon Collins was allowed to walk into free agency, and is now circling his calendar twice for the next six years with the Redskins for his revenge tour. Odell Beckham Jr. is now a Brown in what was the most surprising trade of the year. And Olivier Vernon joined him in a not-so-surprising trade to Cleveland.

All of this came after GM Dave Gettleman traded Eli Apple and Damon "Snacks" Harrison to the Saints and Lions respectively before the trade deadline last season. There is one Giant, though, that survived through the roster carnage. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)
Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)

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The Jets recently announced they have signed 16 undrafted free agents. While most of them are longshots, inevitably a few are likely to make an impact on the main roster, as we discussed during the week. How likely is this, though? Let's review the top 10 best undrafted players from the past 25 seasons.

Remember, this only covers players who entered the league since 1994, so great players such as Bruce Harper, Pat Leahy, Victor Green and Bill Baird aren't included.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Robby Anderson, Rontez Miles
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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher coaches against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher coaches against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The top of the first round was shaping up like a dream for James Bettcher. As the sixth overall pick got closer and closer, there were still a couple of prized, elite defensive players on the board.

And yes, the Giants defensive coordinator wanted them. He had his eyes on Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Those two have Pro Bowl potential, according to many scouts. They could've changed the makeup of the Giants' defense.

What defensive coordinator wouldn't have wanted one of them instead of Duke quarterback Daniel Jones?

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher coaches against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher coaches against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The top of the first round was shaping up like a dream for James Bettcher. As the sixth overall pick got closer and closer, there were still a couple of prized, elite defensive players on the board.

And yes, the Giants defensive coordinator wanted them. He had his eyes on Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Those two have Pro Bowl potential, according to many scouts. They could've changed the makeup of the Giants' defense.

What defensive coordinator wouldn't have wanted one of them instead of Duke quarterback Daniel Jones?

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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The decision to let safety Landon Collins walk away for nothing sent shockwaves through a Giants fan base that still seems to be trying to figure GM Dave Gettleman out. One minute acts like the Giants are close to being a contender. The next he sounds like he's rebuilding. Then he's cutting costs on players like Collins, while not blinking at the $23.2 million cap hit for aging quarterback Eli Manning.

Trying to decipher his moves the last 15 months has been like riding the Mad Tea Party ride at Disney. Just as the franchise seems to turn one direction, it lurches towards the other. Meanwhile, everyone is nauseous and wondering: Is there any real direction at all?

The answer to that is, like many things, complicated and not often clear. There's no doubt the mess Gettleman inherited - on the field, in the locker room, and to a smaller extent under the salary cap - was significant when he was hired in December, 2017. Even Gettleman may have underestimated how extensive the problems were, though he adamantly denies he did.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants trade Vernon for Zeitler 00:01:01
The Giants shipped Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns for OG Kevin Zeitler. See why SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano likes the move.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman got rid of an over-priced pass rusher he was likely about to cut and managed to get a starting guard in return, while clearing at least a little bit of salary cap space and moving back about 20 places with one of his picks on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. 

It's hard not to view that as a steal for the Giants and a big win for a general manager that has been battered by the fan base lately.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Damon Harrison, Jamon Brown, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) pressures Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) pressures Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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Landon Collins never wanted to leave the Giants. He dreamed of becoming a franchise icon, of staying in New York his entire career. It will undoubtedly be tough for him when he signs with another team in the first few days of free agency.

But he's going to get a nice consolation: A very large new deal.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Ralph Vacchiano
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This season, the Giants' offense usually had the spotlight shining bright on them.

How could it not with the aging Eli Manning analyzed with a fine tooth comb under center, the comeback of star WR Odell Beckham Jr., and rookie RB Saquon Barkley looking to prove he was worth the No. 2 overall pick over the top quarterbacks in his draft class (he's the top Rookie of the Year candidate, so that answers that question).

But what about the Giants' defense? They had a lot of intrigue entering the season with a new, aggressive coordinator, a few new pieces, and the goal of returning to the crew that was one of the stingiest in scoring back in 2016. But that wasn't the case at all.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Olivier Vernon, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general Manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- One year ago this week, the Giants did something they once thought was unthinkable. They cleaned out, firing their coach and general manager in the middle of the season.

The decision was born of desperation. The franchise had no direction. The players were lost. And the whole operation had become the butt of jokes across the NFL nation. The Giants were 2-10 at the time.

One year and two days later, they are 4-8, which is hardly much of an improvement. But to the players, executives and team personnel who endured last season's mess, the improvement has been dramatic.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement is hit by New York Giants safety Landon Collins during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement is hit by New York Giants safety Landon Collins during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants began what looked like a fire sale last week, and many around the NFL believe that they'll open for business again on Monday morning.

When they do, will safety Landon Collins be the first to go?

The possibility exists because according to a league source, the Giants have received trade offers for the 24-year-old safety, and some believe they might be willing to move him if they receive a second-day pick (Rounds 2 and 3) in the 2019 NFL Draft. The specifics of the offers they've received so far weren't immediately available, nor was it clear whether the Giants were close to making a move. But one league source said it doesn't appear the Giants have closed the door on trading anyone before on their roster before the trading deadline on Tuesday.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Odell Beckham Jr. said he's "here and I will be here," but some teams have reportedly taken an interest in picking up Big Blue's loud-mouth wide receiver.

The Giants have received "decent offers" for their star, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, who teased that the hours leading up to Tuesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline will be "even crazier" than some of the deals that have already occurred. 

At the same time, the Patriots are reportedly trying to snag a "bonafide premium wide receiver." Hm.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Damon "Snacks" Harrison has a new home. And he may want a new nickname, too. 

The veteran defensive tackle was traded to the Lions this week, as the Giants begin to trade off their assets to kickstart a rebuild. During his time in New York with the Jets and Giants, Snacks has always been the name the talented run stopper has answered too.

But it's not his true nickname as he explained.

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Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Weber)
Nov 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Weber)

Damon "Snacks" Harrison has a new home. And he may want a new nickname, too. 

The veteran defensive tackle was traded to the Lions this week, as the Giants begin to trade off their assets to kickstart a rebuild. During his time in New York with the Jets and Giants, Snacks has always been the name the talented run stopper has answered too.

But it's not his true nickname as he explained.

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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman defends New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman defends New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Washington Redskins (4-2) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

If this game had been played 24 hours earlier, it would've been in the thick of an ugly Nor'easter. Instead, it'll be just another gray, fall day with temperatures in the low 50s, moderate winds, lots of cloud cover and perhaps a little chance of some light rain later in the game.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Washington Redskins, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants trades, Giant questions 00:00:42
Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, and Dalvin Tomlinson talk about the Giants making in-season trades, as their season seemingly slips away.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur wants to move on from the trades of CB Eli Apple and DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison that went down on Wednesday. 

Why? Shurmur understands the business side of football, and like any head coach, he'd rather not lose sleep over things out of his control.

"We traded two players, and we're moving on," Shurmur said during his Wednesday press conference. "In our mind, we've got some guys that we feel like can step in and fill in."

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Scott Thompson
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: John Mara finally admitted the obvious last week when he conceded the Giants' problems run deeper than he and his front office anticipated. He didn't use the word "rebuilding." But he did say "I'm not sure it will be a quick fix."

No it won't be -- not with a team filled with bloated contracts, saddled with a 37-year-old quarterback, and having won just 4-of-its-last-23 games. It could be a painful, long and probably difficult process.

But at least they're finally doing the right thing now.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) reacts late during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have made it clear to teams around the NFL they are open for business, as they begin the process of rebuilding their overpriced and overrated roster. The belief around the league is they're willing to discuss anybody, and few players are safe.

Their plan, according to a team source, is to begin stockpiling draft picks, and to clear as much salary cap space as possible in exchange for any players they decide don't have a future with the team.

So how are they doing? Here's a look at the trades the Giants have made so far...

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New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Landon Collins (21) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former Giant and current Lion Devon Kennard is pumped up over the Damon Harrison trade, but Landon Collins isn't having it.

After Kennard tweeted "Let's go @snacks !!!!!," Collins responded with "Bruh go to sleep."

When Kennard suggested Collins was mad, he didn't hide his feelings...

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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)

A day after trading CB Eli Apple to the Saints, the Giants have traded DT Damon Harrison to the Lions for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

According to Vacchiano, the move will clear roughly $4.5 million off the salary cap.

Vacchiano notes that while the return for Harrison seems light, it's actually about right given his age (29) and amount of money remaining on his contract. The 24-year-old Apple netted the Giants a fourth-round pick in 2019 and seventh-round pick in 2020...

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 (Brad Penner)
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Not only was this a divisional game with a heated rival, but this Giants-Eagles matchup at MetLife Stadium on Thursday night was viewed as the game to save the Giants season. Sense of urgency was the word thrown around by the team leading up to tonight, but unfortunately that isn't what was seen on the field. 

The Giants lost badly in a 34-13 wallop that left fans speechless and sullen in their seats. With the exception of one dynamic rookie, the performance by the home team wasn't anything to be proud of. And to put it bluntly: What played out tonight was certainly comparable to the miserable group of last season. 

So, let's take a deeper look at what happened at each position in the Giants' fifth loss of the season...

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

WR Sterling Shepard (back), LB Connor Barwin (knee), and CB Eli Apple (groin) were all full participants for the Giants at practice on Thursday, and all look like they'll be ready when Big Blue faces the Panthers on Sunday.

Shepard had a cyst on his back removed and has missed practice on Wednesday, and Apple has missed the last two games.

DT Damon Harrison (knee) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday, while Olivier Vernon (ankle) was limited for the second straight day.

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) catches a touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) catches a touchdown pass against New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

WR Sterling Shepard (back), DT Damon Harrison (knee), LB Connor Barwin (knee), and TE Evan Engram (knee) all missed practice for the Giants on Wednesday.

Shepard had a cyst on his back removed but is expected to be ready to play on Sunday against the Panthers.

"(Sterling Shepard) had a little thing taken off the base of his back that is just going to take him a day or so to get back from, otherwise he'll be fine," head coach Pat Shurmur said.

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Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants will be without LB Olivier Vernon (ankle), CB Eli Apple (groin), WR Cody Latimer (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (foot), and TE Evan Engram (knee) on Sunday against the Saints. 

"I'm really close, but just going to keep prepping and get ready for next week," Apple said.

CB Antonio Hamilton (groin) and WR Stacy Coley (hamstring) are questionable...

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Eli Apple (groin) returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis.

LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day, while LB Connor Barwin (knee), WR Stacy Coley (hamstring), and CB Antonio Hamilton (groin) also practiced on a limited basis. 

Vernon has not played yet this season, but head coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that he and Apple were "coming along."

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Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Olivier Vernon (54) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday on a limited basis.

Vernon has not played yet this season, but head coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that he and CB Eli Apple (who remained out due to a groin injury) were "coming along."

"They're getting better," Shurmur said. "We're hopeful. They should be out there on the field. Again, we're hopeful that they'll be back. High ankle sprain and then the groin, there's not always a timeline on those.

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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 replaced by B.J. Hill for part of the second half during Week 3's win over the Texans, leading some to believe that he was dealing with an injury.

Harrison seemed to give the all-clear on Tuesday.

Click below to see his tweet...

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Sep 23, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 23, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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The Giants stepped back from the brink of yet another disastrous season with a 22-17 win in Houston on Sunday, as they put together just enough offense to improve their record to 1-2.

Here are grades for each specific position group...

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When training camp opened back in July, John Mara was admittedly still stuck in a "nightmare". It had been nearly seven months since the Giants had ended their disastrous 3-13 season. But the memories were still painfully fresh.

"I haven't gotten over last season quite yet," he said. "I have to be honest about it -- I did not see it coming. I felt very good this time last year. I think most of you predicted that we were going to have a great season, some of you even predicted we'd go to the Super Bowl. I wasn't quite buying into that but I certainly did not see 3-13 coming.

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants released their unofficial depth chart on Monday, and though it isn't set in stone, there are a few things worth noting. 

Here are the five biggest takeaways from how this roster looks early on in training camp...

1) No surprise Saquon Barkley is lead running back

Tags: B.W. Webb, Brett Jones, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Kerry Wynn, Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Aug 1, 2016; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano instructs his team in drills at training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Aug 1, 2016; Mankato, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano instructs his team in drills at training camp at Minnesota State University. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Former Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano passed away unexpectedly on Monday at age 56. 

Sparano, who has been with the Vikings as their offensive line coach for the past two seasons, joined the Jets in 2012 to be the head of their offense. Before that, he spent three seasons as the Dolphins' head coach from 2008-11. 

Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf made a statement that paid homage to Sparano's energetic nature and passionate personality for the game of football.

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Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison is never one to back down from defending his play on the field. In fact, his favorite way to do so is on Twitter. 

Another perfect example came on Saturday when Harrison retweeted a Pro Football Focus graphic that showed he had the best run-stop percentage (13.4 percent) out of any defensive tackle in the league. But an Eagles fan decided to go back at Harrison in the comments section, saying "he isn't good at all."

Well, Snacks wasn't having any of that. 

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Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Kirk Cousins (8) Damon Harrison (98) Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EA Sports released its highly-anticipated Madden NFL 19 ratings on Tuesday, and the Giants saw themselves at the bottom of the pack.

Despite some high-profile names on the roster, Big Blue came in rated 73 which is the third-worst ranking in the popular video game. The ratings do change based off team performance throughout the year. 

The highest-rated player on the Giants is WR Odell Beckham Jr., who came in at 95 overall. That makes him the third-best receiver in the game behind Steelers' Antonio Brown, who has a nearly perfect rating of 99, and Falcons' Julio Jones' 98 rating...

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On the first day of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp, Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison let rookie RB Saquon Barkley know that once the pads are on, he isn't holding back. 

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Harrison said. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

It was all meant in good faith, but Barkley understands fully what Harrison is on the Giants to do: stop the run. That is why when asked to rebuttle Harrison's comments, the rookie took the high road instead. 

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Damon "Snacks" Harrison is looking forward to a real practice so he can go against rookie RB Saquon Barkley to "see what he's made of."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Saquon Barkley has dazzled his teammates with the Giants this spring even though he hasn't taken a hit yet in the NFL.

That first hit, though, is coming soon. And it may happen long before he ever gets into a game.

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison said on the first day of minicamp Tuesday. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

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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)

In a series of tweets, Giants DT Damon Harrison reacted to the NFL's new national anthem policy on Wednesday. 

The new policy, which the NFLPA immediately fired back at, requires all team and league personnel on the field "to stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" or stay in the locker room or another inside area until the anthem is completed. Those who violate the policy will receive "appropriate discipline" from the commisioner. 

Harrison was among Giants who knelt during the anthem at points last season for social justice reasons. Click below to see his tweets...

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

For those who didn't vote for Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison in the NFL Top 100 this year -- good luck. 

It appears that Harrison, who was No. 96 on the 2017 Top 100 list, won't make it this season as the latest installment of the list (No. 80-71) didn't include him. 

Well, it is safe to say that Snacks doesn't appreciate it after warning "every lineman we play this year" that he will have no mercy. 

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The NFL Network begins its annual Top 100 Players ranking tonight, and according to The Athletic's Patricia Traina, a Giants player will be announced. 

But Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison says it better not be him. In last year's rankings, Harrison was labeled the 96th-best player in the NFL, and he didn't think that was high enough.

So, he warned NFL Network not to make the same mistake again...

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Rich Cirminiello break down the Giants' second pick of the third round of the NFL Draft, NC State DT B.J. Hill.

The Giants stuck with defense in the third round as they took N.C. State DT B.J. Hill with the 69th overall pick. 

Hill played four seasons with the Wolfpack where he totaled 183 tackles (23.5 for loss), eight sacks, nine passes defended, and two forced fumbles. 

The Giants took a defensive tackle in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft in Alabama's Dalvin Tomlinson. With Damon "Snacks" Harrison next to Tomlinson, Hill will have tough competition to see starting time next season. 

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New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) and Los Angeles Chargers' Sean McGrath (84) fight for control of the ball during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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The Jets own the third pick in this year's draft, their highest since 1996. How have they drafted in the first round over the past five years?

2017: Safety Jamal Adams, No. 6

It's too early to tell how Adams' career will pan out, but the signs so far have been promising. He started every game in his rookie year as the Jets' secondary definitely played better than it had in 2016. On the field, Adams had his ups and downs, but he showed flashes of brilliance in a versatile role. Off the field, he's played a big part in the ongoing culture change that has galvanized the team and has also been a useful tool in player recruitment.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets GM Mike Maccagnan made it clear he had no worries about the state of the Jets' defensive line heading into the offseason. Sure, they've lost a lot of talent in recent years, trading Sheldon Richardson, cutting Muhammad Wilkerson and not re-signing Damon Harrison.

But they still have Leonard Williams, the sixth pick of the 2015 draft, and despite a down season last year, the Jets have huge expectations for him.

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Three years ago, the Jets seemed to have the makings of the best defensive line in football. They added Leonard Williams to a line that already featured Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Damon Harrison. The potential seemed to be huge.

Now Wilkerson, Richardson, and Harrison are all gone, and Williams is coming off a disappointing, two-sack season. So, it makes sense that the Jets will spend a bunch of their $90 million or so of salary cap space in upgrading their defensive line

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Orleans Darkwa, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and S Landon Collins made it to Pro Football Focus' top 101 players for the 2017 NFL season. 

Harrison, who has made the list four times now, was named PFF's best run defender in 2017 after hitting 40 run stops for the third time in his career. Snacks may not have made the Pro Bowl, but PFF recognizes him as one of -- if not the most -- valuable run stopper in the game. 

"There is no greater run-stuffing force in the NFL than Damon Harrison, the Giants defensive tackle," PFF writes. "Harrison won PFF's best run defender award again this season, and has made run stops and run-stop percentage a statistic owned by him alone. Harrison again topped 40 run stops this season, third time in his career, or two more times than the rest of the league's interior defenders have managed since 2006. The run game has never been less important in the NFL, but Harrison is good enough to be an exception to that rule."

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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 admits he knows nothing about the defense that the Cardinals ran while new defensive coordinator James Bettcher coached there, but he's ready to do whatever is asked of him.

Last season, the Giants gave up the second most yards in the NFL and was tied for 28th in points conceded. Ownership decided to clean house, firing GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo. Since the organization hired Pat Shurmur to replace McAdoo, the new coach brought his own coaches in, including Bettcher to be the new defensive coordinator, replacing Steve Spagnuolo

"I know absolutely nothing," Harrison said when asked what he knew about Bettcher's defenses in Arizona, via Paul Schwartz of NY Post...

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