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Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Dec 3, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) recovers the fumble ahead of Oakland Raiders running back DeAndre Washington (33) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

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Landon Collins' season isn't over yet. But the end may be coming soon.

The Giants are still considering whether to shut down their star safety for the final three games after he re-injured his ankle on Sunday afternoon, according to interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo. Collins has been playing through a high ankle sprain since Week 5, and it he aggravated it on Sunday in the Giants' loss to the Cowboys.

Spagnuolo had already indicated on Monday that they might put the 23-year-old on injured reserve "to protect Landon from himself."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday, but was limited. 

The wideout has been battling a hamstring ailment that kept him out in the beginning of the week. 

Also, limited were RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison (elbow), and T Chad Wheeler (concussion). 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. worked out in the weight room during practice without a walking boot on his right ankle on Wednesday, according too SNY's Ralph Vacchiano..

Beckham, who had surgery to repair his fractured right ankle in October, had 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdonws this season.

In other injury news... 

Giants CB Eli Apple (hip), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist), RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB BJ Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (elbow), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger), OL Justin Pugh (back), WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring), and RT Chad Wheeler (concussion) are all on the injury report.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants ruled linebacker Jonathan Casillas out for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders due to neck and wrist injuries.

New York also listed offensive lineman Justin Pugh (back) as doubtful and defensive tackle Damon Harrison (elbow) and cornerback Eli Apple (hip) as questionable.

The Giants removed linebacker B.J. Goodson, who was limited at practice the past two days due to an ankle injury, and wide receiver Sterling Shepard, who missed the past two games due to migraines, from the injury report.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Sterling Shepard
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Aug 12, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman (62) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman (62) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

Giants OL Justin Pugh (back) returned to practice on Thursday on a limited basis. He has missed three of the last four games.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist) and DT Damon Harrison (elbow), missed practice for a second-straight day.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) was limited for a second-straight day.

WR Sterling Shepard, who has missed the last two games due to migraines, practiced in full after returning to practice on Wednesday.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Sterling Shepard
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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 LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist), DT Damon Harrison (elbow), and OL Justin Pugh (back) all missed practice on Wednesday.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle) was limited.

WR Sterling Shepard, who has missed the last two games due to migraines, returned to practice.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants will be without G D.J. Fluker (toe), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), and OL Justin Pugh (back) on Thursday night against the Redskins.

LB Calvin Munson (quad) is listed as doubtful.

WR Sterling Shepard (ilnness) is questionable. He missed practice on Wednesday after sitting out on Tuesday due to "not feeling well," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Zak DeOssie
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard sat out of practice again on Tuesday as he was "not feeling well," per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Shepard was sidelined against the Chiefs on Sunday with migraines, and it appears that he still has them. Trainers will continue "looking at all possibilities" as to why the sophomore receiver is getting them. 

The good news at practice was DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison and DE Olivier Vernon were both at practice, but were limited in what they could do. They were previously out on Monday after both suffering injuries in the win on Sunday. Vernon was said to have a shoulder injury on Sunday, but he was listed with an ankle issue which has bothered him the past few weeks. Harrison is nursing an ankle injury. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants came away with an upset, overtime win over the Chiefs, 12-9, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Here are the top plays from the game: 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Roger Lewis
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants defense climbed out of their rut from the past two weeks on Sunday, and they credit the players-only meeting during the week as the reason why.

Allowing 82 combined points over two weeks is atrocious, and yet the Giants defense allowed it to happen against the Rams and 49ers. It was rock bottom after letting up over 400 yards to the 49ers, and the defense addressed what is going wrong in a players-only meeting during the week. 

Defensive captain LB Jonathan Casillas was the man who called the meeting as he believed it was the right time to hash everything out. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled offensive lineman Justin Pugh and linebacker B.J. Goodson out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to back and ankle injuries, respectively.

New York also listed defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) and linebacker Devon Kennard (quad) questionable, while linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is doubtful to play due to a groin injury.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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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)

Giants DT Damon Harrison (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were also limited participants.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), and LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed practice for a second-straight day.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Not only did Ben McAdoo have a team meeting on Wednesday, but the Giants' defense held a players-only meeting to figure out their own problems. 

The defense has looked like a shell of itself from last season as it has consistently dropped the ball the past few weeks. They have allowed a total 82 points in the last two weeks, and after allowing over 400 yards per game this season, they are ranked 31st in total defense. 

Similar to McAdoo's meeting, effort was a main area discussed in the meeting. Every player was allowed to speak, and things were spirited in the discussions. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon
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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)

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were all limited participants.

Pugh will be out for the team's matchup against the Chiefs this Sunday, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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GEICO SportsNite: McAdoo issues 00:01:04
Ralph Vacchiano discusses the turmoil in the locker room following anonymous quotes from several Giants players regarding Ben McAdoo.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants smell a "rat" or two in their locker room, and they seem determined to flush them out.

That was the general, on-the-record reaction to the two anonymous players who ripped head coach Ben McAdoo and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in a published report on Wednesday. Several Giants players called their anonymous teammates "cowards".

And they absolutely want to find out who the leakers are.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...

WHAT IT MEANS

There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, St. Louis Rams, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

Need to Know

The Giants practice on Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Sterling Shepard appears ready for Sunday against the Rams 

Tags: Brett Jones, Damon Harrison, Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Hours after Giants' GM Jerry Reese took blame for the Giants' 1-6 start, DT Damon Harrison came to his defense and said the players are the ones resposible for the poor start. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants enter a much-needed bye week as they try to figure out how to improve on an unexpected first half of the season. 

Only the San Francisco 49ers own a worse record in the NFC (0-7) than the Giants, and following a first half of injuries and bad play on the field, head coach Ben McAdoo thinks it's best to get away from the game for a bit and regroup.

"I think we need to get away from it for a little bit," McAdoo told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "We need to get away from it, we need to clear our minds, get our bodies back and get back with a fresh outlook, as tough as that may be. We need to come back, we have a lot of football left to play. We had a lot of fight in us [Sunday] and that needs to continue."

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:01:03
Giants safety Landon Collins and tight end Evan Engram elaborate on what the team has to improve in order to get the season back on track.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last week's win in Denver was a nice break from the reality of this miserable Giants season. And from the way they played in their 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, it's likely to only get worse.

Because the bottom line for the Giants (1-6) is this: They could barely move the ball this season with Odell Beckham Jr. on their side, and they now can barely move it even a little without him. It's been two games now since the Giants lost Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris, and here's their grand total: 443 yards of offense and 23 points.

It doesn't matter who's calling the plays; the Giants aren't going to win many games the rest of the way if this offense continues to produce like that.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Damon Harrison is well aware of the way Russell Wilson utilizes his mobility to move the Seahawks offense down the field, and he says the Giants defense needs to stop him in his tracks to beat him on Sunday. 

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 (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
(Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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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)
(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)
(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)
(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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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

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)
New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

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

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(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)

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...

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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.

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