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New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.

Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.

His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, John Jerry, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Zak DeOssie
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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.

And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three of the Giants' four sacks and New York won its first game of the season with a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

After allowing an average of 24.4 points per game through their first five losses, the Giants forced three Broncos turnovers en route to their first win. Landon Collins picked off Trevor Siemian, who briefly left the game for Brock Osweiler due to injury, Eli Apple recovered a fumble and Jenkins scored a pick-six late in the second quarter that gave New York a 17-3 halftime lead.

Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 128 yards and a passing touchdown to tight end Evan Engram in the Giants' first game without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants WR Victor Cruz is "absolutely" hoping for a call now that the team is without four of their receivers -- with three lost for the season.

"One thousand percent," Cruz said on Friday during his podcast when asked if he could help the Giants. "One thousand percent."

Cruz had signed with the Bears during the offseason, but was cut during the preseason.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Victor Cruz
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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.

"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."

The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Danny Abriano
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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Romeo Okwara (ankle), and RB Paul Perkins (ribs) have all been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos in Denver. 

S Landon Collins (ankle) is questionable.

Sherpard and Vernon both said earlier this week that they were feeling better, but remained out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Giants placed Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle surgery), Dwayne Harris (foot), and Brandon Marshall (ankle) on season-ending IR.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:02:52
Ralph Vacchiano and Eamon McAnaney provide an update on the Giants, who are trying to regroup after several receivers got injured in Week 5.

Despite losing several receivers to injury, Giants QB Eli Manning said he will move on, make adjustments, and prepare for his team's Sunday night game against the Denver Broncos.

The Giants' veteran quarterback has been working with a fresh lineup of receivers, some of whom were just promoted from the practice squad this week after Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris suffered season-ending injuries during the team's 27-22 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

As Sterling Shepard's status for the game is also in jeopardy, Manning's options at the receiver position will likely include Roger Lewis, Tavarres King, Travis Rudolph, and Ed Eagan...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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Giants KR/WR Dwayne Harris will have surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture of the 5th metatarsal, the team announced Tuesday prior to placing Harris on IR.

Sterling Shepard (ankle) is day-to-day, and Brandon Marshall (ankle) is undergoing further testing today.

Like Harris, Shepard and Marshall were injured during Sunday's loss to the Chargers at MetLife Stadium.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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GEICO SportsNite: Giant injuries 00:00:53
Ben McAdoo, wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning discuss the Giants' 0-5 start amid mounting injuries.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants grasped at whatever straw they could find on Sunday. They spoke of their fight, their heart and their professionalism. Landon Collins even pointed out how the Super Bowl isn't mathematically out of the question yet.

But after losing their best player, Odell Beckham Jr., to what might be a season-ending injury, after losing 27-22 to the previously-winless Los Angeles Chargers and falling to 0-5, there was really only one thing the Giants could cling to on Sunday: the hope that this was rock bottom, that things couldn't possibly get worse.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Beckham injury 00:02:31
The Football Night in New York crew discusses Odell Beckham Jr. fracturing his ankle in the team's loss to the Chargers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' season is just about over. And now Odell Beckham Jr.'s season could be over, too.

The superstar receiver was carted off the field on Sunday after suffering a fractured left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Giants say he may need surgery, which would almost certainly end his season. A source familiar with his injury said that surgery is "likely," though a decision won't be made until after he has an MRI.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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 (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
(Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Roger Lewis, San Diego Chargers, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith works out during training camp.  (AP)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith works out during training camp. (AP)

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The Giants are officially out of time to fix whatever ails their offense and to fine-tune their championship-caliber defense. They are not expected to play many of their starters in their preseason finale on Thursday night in New England, and those that play likely won't see much action at all.

So for a veteran team whose starting lineup is all but set, this game is mostly about the down-roster battles, the backups, and the bottom-of-the-roster spots. There are a few exceptions, of course, but not many.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Davis Webb, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geno Smith, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Ralph Vacchiano
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Daily News Live: Jets vs. Giants 00:05:18
The Daily News Live panel previews the preseason game between the Giants and the Jets.

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Normally this wouldn't be alarming, especially for a veteran team halfway through the preseason, but the Giants still haven't found the end zone this summer. They've scored six field goals in eight quarters. And they've only reached the red zone four times in 22 drives.

Now, to be fair, most of their playmakers have barely played this summer. That includes quarterback Eli Manning, who has played one half of football, and injured receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. (ankle) and Brandon Marshall (shoulder) who have barely played at all. So maybe not much should've been expected from a bunch of backups playing behind an offensive line that has been somewhere between mediocre and awful.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Geno Smith, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning is slated to play during the Giants' second and third preseason games (on Aug. 21 and Aug. 26) head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters on Thursday.

Other notes from Giants camp...

  • CB Eli Apple sat out practice due to a sore ankle, and he's unsure whether he'll be ready to play this Monday against the Browns.
  • WR Dwayne Harris missed practice due to upper body soreness.
  • McAdoo said T Ereck Flowers was a "bright spot" during Friday's preseason opener.
  • LB B.J. Goodson (back) returned to practice.
Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers
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NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., safety Landon Collins and returner Dwayne Harris starred for the NFC in a 20-13 loss in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Beckham was targeted 10 times and had six catches for 93 yards, all game highs, in his third Pro Bowl. He caught one pass for six yards from Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, one 15-yard reception from New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and four catches for 72 yards, including a 42-yard catch and run, from Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.

The 24-year-old Beckham caught a career-high 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns in his third year in the league.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

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

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

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dwayne Harris, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

The Giants will be sending four players to the Pro Bowl; WR Odell Beckham Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, S Landon Collins and Dwayne Harris for his work on special teams.

This is the third Pro Bowl Beckham has been named to in as many years while Jenkins, Collins and Harris will each be making their first appearance.

Beckham has 85 receptions, 10 touchdowns and 1,173 receiving yards this season.

"It is exciting," Beckham said after being informed of making a third straight Pro Bowl. "It is cool to be on a team with multiple Pro Bowlers, so it is a huge accomplishment for myself and my teammates."

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Tim Reilly
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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The Giants so badly wanted to prove to everyone that they were true contenders, that their six-game winning streak wasn't a mirage just because of the poor quality of some of the teams they beat. They wanted respect. They wanted to be taken seriously. They wanted to be considered one of the best.

Instead, they came out flat and played down to the diminished expectations of their doubters as they took their first real step up in class.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Nat Berhe (concussion)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (concussion)
  • DE Owa Odighizuwa (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Owa Odighizuwa
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The Giants released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • OL Justin Pugh (knee)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

  • WR Dwayne Harris (wrist)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • G Adam Gettis -- (Calf )
  • RB Orleans Darkwa -- (Lower Leg)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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The Giants released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Brett Jones (calf)
  • WR Roger Lewis, Jr. (concussion)
  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee)
  • OL Marshall Newhouse (knee)
Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Marshall Newhouse
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New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

The Giants released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • RB Orleans Darkwa (lower leg)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Victor Cruz
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Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants released their injury report after Wednesday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Adam Gettis (calf)
  • WR Dwayne Harris (toe)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Victor Cruz
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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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New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) carries the ball on a 25-yard reception against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) carries the ball on a 25-yard reception against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Before Victor Cruz injured his ankle last Sunday, it was clear his role and his snaps had been diminished. Cruz said it was just Ben McAdoo's way of "taking care of me a little bit."

Is that, perhaps, a concession to his age?

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and guard Justin Pugh left Sunday's 28-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles with leg injuries and are scheduled to undergo MRIs.

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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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.
Tags: Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe

Dwayne Harris (toe) could play a big factor Sunday against the Ravens if he is able to go.  (Jim O'Connor - USA Today)
Dwayne Harris (toe) could play a big factor Sunday against the Ravens if he is able to go. (Jim O'Connor - USA Today)

Most prognosticators are predicting a close game between the Giants and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. The defenses are playing well against the run and each team's offense is struggling in the passing game. The difference could come down to the third facet of the game - special teams.Both teams are dangerous on kickoffs and the Ravens have been especially proficient when it comes to blocking kicks, taking away points and creating havoc on special teams under veteran coordinator Jerry Rosburg."Blocked field goals, yes," Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn said on Thursday. "They've done an excellent job with that. They're really talented and put a lot of pressure on your snapper in the 'A' and 'B' gaps so you have to do a really good job with your operation and anchoring the middle of the protection....Last year I think they had 5 weeks in a row where they blocked a PAT or field goal so they're very dynamic with that."

Tags: Dwayne Harris, John Fennelly
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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

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.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings
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New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) returns a punt for touchdown against New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (85) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) returns a punt for touchdown against New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (85) at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

Giants WR and kick returner Dwayne Harris suffered a sprained toe during the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday night, Ben McAdoo told reporters on Monday.

Harris has not caught a pass yet this season, but has looked solid in the return game. Harris returned three kicks for 103 yards during yesterday's game, including one for 42 yards, and had one punt return for six yards.

Harris is currently listed as the team's fourth receiver on the depth chart.

Tags: Dwayne Harris

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)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

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.

Tags: Brad Wing, Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg
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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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(Vincent Carchietta)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's a good bet that Eli Manning and Odell Beckham will spend all of Thursday night standing on the sidelines. Victor Cruz and most of the starting offensive line figure to play, though only for a series or two. Same goes for much of the starting defense.

In other words, if you want to see anything that matters, don't blink.

Tags: Andre Williams, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.

Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

This offseason, the NFL Competition Committee voted to move the spot of a touchback from the 20 yard line to the 25. The consensus was that teams would not risk returning the ball from the end zone and take a knee instead.

The residual effect would be a reduction in injuries that result from high-speed collisions. Less returns, less injuries. Makes sense.

Not so fast, say some. Tennessee Titans kicker Ryan Succop said back in March when the rule was amended that teams will develop an alternative strategy to keep the ball in play to induce a return.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Josh Brown, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris said quarterback Eli Manning and the offense are working on throwing the deep ball more often.

Harris told the Giants team site that the team will be utilizing its receiving corps of him, Odell Beckham Jr.Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz to throw the ball downfield more often.

"I think we're getting better just throwing the ball down the field more," Harris said. "We're definitely trying to work on throwing the ball down the field, throwing more deep passes. And [we need to get] the run game going. That's one of the key elements in our offense. We got it going later on in the season. We've just got to continue that momentum and keep carrying it in the beginning of this season."

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants kicker Josh Brown is congratulated by punter Brad Wing as he kicks a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants kicker Josh Brown is congratulated by punter Brad Wing as he kicks a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants, wanting no questions or drama in regards to their specialist positions this summer, locked up the final piece Monday when they inked punter Brad Wing to a three-year, $6.45 million contract. Wing is also the holder on field goal and PATs.

The club nailed down placekicker Josh Brown with a two-year deal worth $4 million in April. Long snapper Zak DeOssie, who had not missed a game in his first eight seasons with the team but was limited to just 12 games last season due to a wrist injury, was brought back for another season with a deal worth $1.1 million.

So why did the Giants sign Wing, who was very average in his first year with the club? Simple: He may not have the strongest leg in the league, but he is exactly what the team was looking for in terms of establishing field position.

Tags: Brad Wing, Dwayne Harris, Josh Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Zak DeOssie, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

Organized team activities prohibit full contact. No one is hit the ground. They are mundane exercises for linemen and those who are paid to hit people.

So who does the focus shift to? The quarterbacks and the wide receivers. The Giants are endowed with both, so OTAs these days can end up being fun.

Odell Beckham Jr. is a walking highlight reel. Just watching him run routes is exciting. He has challenged the Giants' new cornerbacks, free agent Janoris Jenkins and first-round draft pick Eli Apple, who have both gotten a dose of the record-setting Pro Bowler. On a side note, Jenkins and Apple have performed as advertised thus far.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Odell Beckham Jr., Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan takes a knee in the end zone on Oakland Raiders kickoff during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan takes a knee in the end zone on Oakland Raiders kickoff during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)

This past offseason, the NFL Competition Committee changed the spot of the ball on a touchback after a kickoff from the 20-yard line to 25. Teams that stress special teams are going to have to shift their resources when formulating their rosters this season.

The rule will insure less kickoff returns, which means teams may choose not to employ kickoff returners and other specialists. They will just utilize what they have on their roster.

From NFL.com's Judy Battista:

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Josh Brown, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants had a historic offseason, signing big-ticket free agents and drafting six versatile and explosive players, three of whom may help their already powerful offense become more dynamic.

GM Jerry Reese came into the offseason with a long "to-do" list to try to rebuild the Giants' league-worst defense, and they added as many as six new starters through free agency and the draft.

But what about the offense? Here's a look at what's new and different this summer.

Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geremy Davis, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu evades a tackle by the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu evades a tackle by the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants are expected to target wide receiver Mohamed Sanu once free agency begins, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

Sanu, 26, had just 33 catches for 394 yards with no touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals last year, playing behind A.J. Green and Marvin Jones. He has played 57 games through his first four seasons, totaling 152 catches for 1,793 yards and 11 touchdowns.

A third-round pick out of Rutgers in 2012, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Sanu signed a four-year, $2.7 million deal after the draft. He could earn $5 million annually, La Canfora writes.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants provided injury updates on Friday...

S Craig Dahl, S Cooper Taylor, and T Marshall Newhouse are all out on Sunday.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul and KR/WR Dwayne Harris are questionable.

Tags: Cooper Taylor, Craig Dahl, Dwayne Harris, Jason Pierre-Paul, Marshall Newhouse