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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary first among all 32 teams this upcoming season. 

The main reason for the ranking was PFF's breakout player of 2016 in S Landon Collins. The Defensive Player of the Year runner-up lead in the Giants for the second straight season in tackles (125 combined) while totaling four sacks, five interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

Collins was also named to the 2016 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team, and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in his sophomore campaign. 

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 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

Cornerback play is expected to be one of the Giants' strengths in 2017, as was the case during the team's 2016 campaign. Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersEli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins

Projected BackupsAntwon Blake, Michael Hunter

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple celebrate after an interception against the Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple celebrate after an interception against the Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

NFL Network analyst and former Steelers cornerback, Ike Taylor, named the Giants' cornerback tandem third-best in the league. 

The Giants boasted one of the best secondaries in the NFL last season, a big change from the previous year when opposing quarterbacks torched them through the air. Free-agent signing Janoris Jenkins, rookie Eli Apple and seasoned veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were lockdown all season long. 

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Beckham misses Day 1 of OTAs 00:03:31
The DNL panel debates whether or not it is a problem that Odell Beckham Jr missed the first day of OTAs, even though they are not mandatory

The New York Giants took the field for their first time as a team this spring, but they were missing at least one of their most important players.

Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' talented and enigmatic receiver, was a no-show for the first day of organized team activities (OTAs), a team source confirmed. The reason for his absence wasn't clear, but he doesn't necessarily need to give one. All 10 of the OTA sessions the Giants will hold over the next three weeks are part of the voluntary offseason program.

The only mandatory event this offseason for Giants players is the team's three-day minicamp, which is scheduled for June 13-15.

Still, Beckham's absence is notable if only because of the way he left off last season and Giants GM Jerry Reese's postseason declaration that it was time for Beckham to finally "grow up." Beckham ended last year with a disappointing performance in the team's playoff loss in Green Bay, which was preceded by his ill-timed trip with his fellow receivers to Miami, and followed by his decision to punch a hole in the wall outside the interview area in Lambeau Field.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

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

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a number of other Giants are expected to make their return this week in Buffalo. (AP)
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a number of other Giants are expected to make their return this week in Buffalo. (AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Giants were thrilled in 2014 when they stole Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie out from under the noses of the Jets by swooping in with a five-year, $35 million deal (with about $14 million guaranteed). He was the top-tier cornerback they were looking for at the time and he was just entering his prime.

Now, DRC is about to turn 31 and he's the third cornerback on the Giants' depth chart, behind big-money free agent Janoris Jenkins and first-round pick Eli Apple. He has two years and $13 million left on his contract and carries a salary cap number of $8.5 million in 2017. If the Giants cut him, they'd save $4.5 million in cap space (but DRC would still count for $4 million on the books).

So, should he stay or should he go?

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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who left Sunday's season-ending loss during the first defensive series due to a bruised thigh and only returned on special teams, was disappointed to not finish the season with his teammates.

"It was very disappointing," Rodgers-Cromartie said, according to Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post. "Any time your season ends like that when you can't go out there and fight with your guys, man, it makes the loss that much worse."

The Giants, who led 6-0 late in the first half, were burned for 38 points, with much of the damage coming through the air.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Trevin Wade
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- In the beginning, the game couldn't have been any better for the New York Giants. Their defense was absolutely dominating the Green Bay Packers. The offense was even moving the ball.

In the end, what beat the Giants was the same thing that beat them all season long: themselves.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:02:43
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his 3 keys to a Giants' victory on Sunday vs. the Green Bay Packers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

THE GAME: The Giants (11-5) at the Green Bay Packers (10-6) in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 4:40 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Brrrrr. … I mean, really, really Brrrrr. … Of course, it won't be quite as painfully cold as it was during Ice Bowl III -- otherwise known as the 2007 NFC championship game when the kickoff temperature was minus-1 and the windchills were at minus-23 -- this will still be painfully cold. At the moment the forecast calls for a kickoff temperature in the single digits, and every time I look at it the number gets lower and lower. Right now, it looks like it could be between 6 and 9. The good news, I guess, is that the winds should be light so it's doubtful the windchills will make it feel much less than zero. … So, um … Yay?

WHAT IT MEANS: The winner, of course, advances to the divisional playoff round next weekend, either at top-seeded Dallas or second-seeded Atlanta...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

The Packers led the league by reeling in 40 touchdown receptions during the regular season and were seventh in yards with 4,199.

Meanwhile, the Giants were tied for second in the league with 17 interceptions.

That brings us to our matchup to watch...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) celebrates after intercepting a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting a pair of passes and picking up the second sack of his career in the Giants' 19-10 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

He is the first cornerback to win Defensive Player of the Week honors for three different teams (Giants, Broncos, Cardinals) since Deion Sanders

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:01:34
Eli Manning and Co. talk after the game about the team's 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.

Eli Manning led the Giants to a late scoring drive and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions as New York eliminated the Washington Redskins from playoff contention with a 19-10 win Sunday at FedEx Field.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Washington Redskins
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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

John Fennelly, SNY.TV

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

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

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants win 00:02:04
Ralph Vacchiano chats with Victor Cruz on the field after the Giants' victory against the Lions.

Ralph Vacchiano

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants' defense has been so good, especially over the last few weeks, it looks capable of carrying them all the way to the Super Bowl. So imagine how unstoppable the Giants would be if their offense was even adequate instead of just bad.

That's the irony of this team: After the offense carried it the last few seasons, the script has been completely flipped. The offense has been so bad that it had reason to celebrate on Sunday when it gained 300 total yards in the Giants' 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions -- it was the first time it hit that low total in almost a month.

Tags: Detroit Lions, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball during the second half of an NFL football game as New York Giants' Janoris Jenkins (20) and Keenan Robinson (57) defend Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jason Pierre-Paul was going to find a way to impact this game, even if he couldn't get on the field to do it. So he did it with a video he made for his team to watch on Saturday night, and again with a fiery speech in their huddle after pre-game warmups.

The message was simplly that, "Everybody needs to step up," said linebacker Devon Kennard, "and if we really wanted it we could go get this win."

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball against Dallas Cowboys corner back Brandon Carr during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

With a no-huddle offense and no-fooling-around defense, the New York Giants snapped the Cowboys' 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 victory Sunday night, preventing Dallas from clinching the NFC East.

Dallas (11-2) hadn't lost since the season opener against the Giants (9-4), who solidified their position in the NFC playoff chase as the top-wild card team. New York still hopes to catch Dallas in the division, and it can thank a stingy, aggressive defense for still having that opportunity.

Missing star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants couldn't stop rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott from rushing for 107 yards. But New York's pressure stymied the other Cowboys rookie standout, quarterback Dak Prescott, blanked receiver Dez Bryant until 2:13 remained - he fumbled away the ball on that play - and held Dallas to one conversion in 15 third-down attempts.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants defense will have its hands full with Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., a 6-foot-4, 240-pound dual threat wide receiver.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants defense 00:00:33
Landon Collins talks with Ralph Vacchiano after the victory over the Chicago Bears and discusses the improvement in the Giants defense.

Landon Collins recorded six tackles, broke up three passes, and picked up his fifth interception of the season during New York's 22-16 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Collins extended his streak of consecutive games with an interception to four, the team's longest streak since Phillippi Starks recorded a pick in four straight games in 1995.

"He's a baller - straight up," defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said of Collins. "I don't know who's playing better than him in the NFL right now. Call it luck, call it whatever. But he's in the right place at the right time."

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

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

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

The Giants' 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals was barely over on Monday night when Odell Beckham, Jr. went on ESPN and made it clear the Giants, at 6-3 and riding a wave of four straight victories, have already started dreaming big.

"We're really looking forward to Feb. 5 in Houston," Beckham said. "That's the goal, obviously."

Yes it is. The Giants have their sites set squarely on Super Bowl LI. And new coach Ben McAdoo isn't shying away from that at all.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Owa Odighizuwa, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly
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 (Steve Flynn)
(Steve Flynn)

The Giants were available for one last media session before heading out on their bye week. They will not be back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center until next Monday. QB Eli Manning has been going through an odd season, one in which he's thrown for a lot of yards but not many touchdowns. The offense, which features a slew of explosive players, is scoring just 19 points per game. He was asked what he felt needs to be fixed to unlock the struggling offense.

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) intercepts a 4 yard pass from Case Keenum (17) during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. (Steve Flynn)

The Giants are 4-3 and have won two straight games heading into their bye week, which would seem to put them in a very good position for a "second half" run.So why is it that everyone feels so badly about them?Oh, right. They're winning pretty ugly. And their vaunted offense gained a pretty pathetic 232 yards against the Rams on Sunday in London. And they still can't run the ball. And Odell Beckham wasn't very effective. And everyone is down on Ben McAdoo's play-calling. And …Well, you get the idea. All the bad, and maybe some of the good, is covered here in my takeaways from … wait, let me check … yeah, it's true, it was a Giants win.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin as Giants free safety Andrew Adams watches in the fourth quarter during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepts a pass intended for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin as Giants free safety Andrew Adams watches in the fourth quarter during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants had four interceptions Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, tripling their season total, as turnovers and pressure up front proved decisive in a 17-10 win .

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Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and safety Landon Collins (21) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) on the final play of the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and safety Landon Collins (21) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) on the final play of the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With the Giants' pass rush sitting at the bottom of the NFL, the secondary has been left to pick up the slack. Even with all the injuries, the unit has done an impressive job holding down the fort. That has not gone unnoticed. Pro Football Focus has it ranked 8th in the NFL going into Week 7.From Matt Claassen of Pro Football Focus:"Safety Landon Collins was mostly a disappointment as a rookie, but he's made great strides from his position-worst coverage grade a season ago. Receiving stats into his coverage are down across the board, and busted coverages haven't seemed like an issue this year. Leon Hall has also played well in the slot, and has been a valuable addition after sitting on the free-agent market for months."Injuries killed the Giants last season, leaving them to go find veterans who were without jobs -- not the best course of action. This year, the injury bug struck again but the club didn't panic and trusted their roster.

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Kicker Josh Brown has been placed on the commissioner's exempt list. (Kim Klement)
Kicker Josh Brown has been placed on the commissioner's exempt list. (Kim Klement)

The Giants have dry-docked kicker Josh Brown, whose domestic violence case has been reopened after new details surfaced out of his home state of Washington. The Giants have replaced Brown with veteran PK Robbie Gould for the game in London. More discipline is expected in the coming days, but the news left some of Brown's teammates and coaches stunned.

Tags: Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Josh Brown, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer."I don't know," he said. "You want to win."That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend."I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 27-23, on Sunday to even their record to 3-3 and keep them afloat in the suddenly competitive NFC East. The win was the 700th in franchise history, making them the third NFL team to reach the milestone, after the Bears and Packers.Big Blue continues to play cliffhanger-type games. Of the six games played this year, Sunday was the fifth game decided by seven points or less. The Giants' other victories were by one and three points over Dallas and New Orleans respectively. They lost a two-point game to Washington and by seven last week in Green Bay.Two big plays made by Odell Beckham, Jr. led the Giants to victory in a game that saw them on the raw end of several poor calls by the officials.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, John Fennelly
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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and safety Landon Collins (21) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) on the final play of the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) and linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and safety Landon Collins (21) break up a pass intended for Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta (88) on the final play of the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie did everything he was supposed to do, everything he's been taught as he covered Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman. He nearly picked the ball off, too.And then he saw the flag."I was like 'Maybe it's offensive pass interference,' Rodgers-Cromartie said. "Then I he called it on defense and I was like 'Aww, nah, not at this time of the game. Don't do me like that.'"But the officials did, calling a phantom penalty against DRC with 2:14 left in the game and the Giants holding a 20-16 lead. Without the flag, the Giants would've forced the Ravens into a 4th-and-4 from the Giants' 38. Instead, the 30-yard penalty put them at the 8 and three plays from a touchdown and nearly cost them the game.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Ravens-Giants 00:03:21
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies 3 keys for the Giants for their matchup against the Ravens on Sunday.

THE GAME: The Baltimore Ravens (3-2) at the Giants (2-3) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m. ET.THE WEATHER: It's supposed to be so nice that I'm almost sad that the press box is indoors. The temperature is supposed to hover around 70 with plenty of sun, no rain and only the usual light Meadowlands winds.WHAT IT MEANS: If you step back and look at the big picture, the back-to-back losses in Minnesota and Green Bay aren't a huge deal. Those are tough places to win under any circumstances. They just look worse in consecutive weeks, coming off a terrible loss to the Redskins. This, though, is a perfect spot for the Giants to get back on track, at home against a mediocre team with plenty of its own issues. We're still a long ways from must-win territory, but these are the types of games teams are supposed to win if they really want to be considered contenders.PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Victor Cruz. The zero catches from Sunday night is alarming enough, but I can't really get over the two passes thrown his direction. The Giants did a decent job of trying to get the ball to Odell Beckham Jr. (12 targets) and Sterling Shepard (seven), but the beauty of their passing attack is that they're supposed to be three-deep at receiver. No, Cruz wasn't open a ton, but he was open more than twice and they've got to get more creative about finding ways to get the ball in his hands. He's taking most of his snaps on the outside now. No, he's not the same player he was pre-injury, but he still looks pretty good and he might be able to do some damage out of the slot. If the Giants can get him going it's only going to make things easier on Shepard and on Beckham, who has been absolutely swarmed by defenses the last few weeks. So they should try to get the ball to Cruz early. And I think they will.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants provided injury updates on Friday...

  • S Nat Berhe, OT Marshall Newhouse, and S Darian Thompson will all be out on Sunday against the Ravens.
  • CB Eli Apple, WR Dwayne Harris, LB Devon Kennard, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are listed as questionable.
  • TE Larry Donnell is not on the injury list and is expected to play.
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Giants RB Rashad Jennings expects to play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after missing the last three games due to a thumb injury."We're rocking this week," Jennings told reporters after practicing on Thursday.Prior to getting hurt, Jennings picked up 102 yards on 31 carries, to go with three receptions for 16 yards.CB Eli Apple, S Nat Berhe, WR Dwayne Harris, OT Marshall Newhouse, and S Darian Thompson did not practice on Thursday. Thompson did receive some good news when he was told he no longer had to wear the protective boot on his hurt foot. The rookie safety is still considered week-to-week.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) talks with referee John Hussey (35) during pre game warmups against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) talks with referee John Hussey (35) during pre game warmups against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul was held out early at practice on Wednesday afternoon with a groin injury. 

Also not on the practice field were LB Devon Kennard (concussion), S Nat Berhe (concussion) S Darian Thompson (foot) and RT Marshall Newhouse (calf). 

RB Rashaad Jennings, who missed last week's game against the Packers with a thumb injury, has a better chance to play this week, head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters after practice. 

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (21) catches the ball in warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (John Hefti)
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (21) catches the ball in warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (John Hefti)

The New York Giants have signed CB Coty Sensabaugh to a one-year deal, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

New York will waive CB Michael Hunter to make room for Sensabaugh on the roster, per Art Stapleton of The Record.

Sensabaugh, who was signed to a 3-year, $15 million deal with the Rams this offseason, was released by Los Angeles last week.

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It's time for Ben McAdoo to go back to the drawing board, because whatever he's doing, it's just not working.

His once-dangerous offense has completely stalled, continuing a trend that really has been evident since the beginning of the season. Eli Manning is off his game. The offensive line is struggling. And on the other side of the ball his pass rush is a disaster and his secondary is falling apart.

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants cornerbacks Eli Apple and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie both left Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers with groin injuries and did not return, the team announced.

Apple and Rodgers-Cromartie were both active for the game after being listed as questionable earlier in the week. Safeties Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson were also inactive.

Wide receiver Dwayne Harris left the game with a toe injury and underwent X-rays. He left momentarily with a jaw injury but returned.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Green Bay Packers, Nat Berhe

Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (2-2) at the Green Bay Packers (2-1) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Oct. 9, 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: Call it the not-so-frozen tundra this time. It'll actually be a nice day in Green Bay with the temperature getting all the way up to 60, but when the sun goes down the temperatures will drop to the mid-40s.

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Packers 00:03:00
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano mentions that the Giants must limit big plays and use a strong running attack against the Packers on Sunday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has dominated the news cycle lately. Some of that has been justified. Some of it has been over the top and out of control.

But all of it has masked something very important about the 2-2 Giants as they prepare for their game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night:

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants CBs Eli Apple (hamstring), Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin), and RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) are all questionable for Sunday night's game against the Packers in Green Bay.

S Nat Berhe (concussion), TE Larry Donnell (concussion), OT Marshall Newhouse (calf), and S Darian Thompson (foot) are out on Sunday.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Rashad Jennings

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The Giants played last week's game against the Vikings without CBs Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple and safeties Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson. This week, DRC (groin) and Apple (hamstring) are not quite 100 percent  and Berhe (concussion) and Thompson (foot) are still not practicing.

"DRC got a little work and Eli (Apple) is working off to the side right now, but we are hopeful that we can get one and a half, three quarters, yeah, we need them back. We miss them," defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said Thursday.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Trevin Wade
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (28) covers New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (28) covers New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (87) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie CB Eli Apple told reporters his hamstring feels good after participating in individual drills on Thursday.

Apple said he hopes to take part in team drills on Saturday before attempting to suit up for Sunday night's game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

The rookie cornerback was injured during the Giants' Week 3 loss against the Washington Redskins, and was inactive for Monday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after a failed fourth down conversion during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

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This was going to be a tough spot for the Giants right from the start. Going on the road to pick up the pieces from their sloppy loss to the Redskins was going to be hard enough. But in always-loud Minnesota, against one of the NFL's best defenses, and one that has haunted Eli Manning throughout his career?

All things considered, it could've been a lot worse.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:00:49
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo discusses Big Blue's loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants.

Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins.

Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter, the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Minnesota Vikings, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Giants-Vikings 00:03:23
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants need to hold off the Vikings' ferocious defense to earn a victory Monday night.

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THE GAME: The Giants (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-0) at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, on Monday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It looks like it'll be a really nice fall night in Minnesota with temperatures in the mid-60s … but none of that will matter because the game will be played in a dome.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants may be very short on safeties when they play in Minnesota on Monday night.

They had already lost rookie Darian Thompson to a sprained foot, and now the status of his replacement, Nat Berhe, is uncertain. Berhe complained of headaches and wasn't feeling well when he reported to work on Wednesday. After doctors evaluated him he was diagnosed with a concussion and did not practice on Thursday.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie defends against Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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The New York Giants needed to come out in 2016 healthy and hearty, but instead may be poised for another season besieged by key injuries. It may be too soon to tell, but at this rate, they could be headed for another year at the top of the "adjusted games lost" column.

New York led the NFL in adjusted games lost, a metric to evaluate how teams were affected by injuries, for the third straight season in 2015, according to Football Outsiders.

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Odell Beckham, Jr. was unstoppable on the field on Sunday. Off the field, he was a little out of control.

And don't think Giants head coach Ben McAdoo didn't notice. In fact, he admitted that his star receiver needs to rein in his sideline antics, one day after Beckham had another emotional outburst during the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Redskins. Late in the game, cameras caught a furious Beckham slamming his helmet into the kicking net, which fell over and hit him square in the face.

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The Giants will likely be without rookie safety Darian Thompson for another week at least, but doctors believe his sprained foot is not a long-term injury, according to a source.

Thompson suffered a sprained left foot in the Giants' win over the Saints a week ago and did not play in the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He was reexamined by doctors over the weekend and the results were "good," a source told SNY. He is expected to "be back soon."

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, Nat Berhe, Ralph Vacchiano
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