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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Apple might be struggling at the corner position to start this year, but that wasn't the reason why he didn't start the first three series against the Chargers last week. 

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Apple was benched because of disciplinary reasons. Sources told Garafolo that Apple had poor conduct during the Giants' practices leading up to the game and he was "speaking back to some of the coaches." 

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants don't like change. They prefer stability and patience. They prefer to give their plans a chance to work.

But they also really don't like chaos. And that's the one thing that will truly test their patience with Ben McAdoo and could end up pushing the coach straight out the door.

That may seem crazy just 17 games into his head coaching career, but McAdoo is suddenly on very shaky ground just one year after he led the Giants back to the postseason and to an 11-5 record. His job should be in no jeopardy at all just one-third of the way through Year 2, even though the Giants are 0-5 and headed towards at least 0-7.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Apple didn't think he was playing poorly and he didn't think teams were targeting him through the first four games of the season. So he certainly didn't seem to have any idea that he was in danger of being benched.

So imagine his surprise when he was.

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Giants CB Eli Apple is not worried that opposing quarterbacks target him early and often to start off the season -- he actually encourages it. 

Head coach Ben McAdoo told The Post's Paul Schwartz, "Early in the game, Eli is getting attacked." Apple doesn't see that has the case, but if everyone sees it that way, then so be it. Apple wants to make plays. 

"It's not a matter of teams just coming at me early," Apple said. "And if that is the case, I welcome it, to be honest."

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's become obvious that opposing quarterbacks are targeting cornerback Eli Apple, throwing to his side rather than deal with Janoris Jenkins. The good news, according to Ben McAdoo, is that "I haven't seen him flinch."

And Apple promised that he won't.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants' loss 00:01:52
Ralph Vacchiano gets reactions from Brandon Marshall, Jonathan Casillas and Odell Beckham Jr. after the Giants lost to the Eagles, 27-24.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Giants truly, seriously envisioned their season ending on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis, in a storm of confetti at the end of Super Bowl LII. At the very least they expected a deep run into the playoffs in January.

Never in their wildest nightmares did they consider their season would end this soon.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: OBJ 00:01:36
Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Meadowlands to get an update on the status of Odell Beckham Jr.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- On the first official day of regular-season practice, Odell Beckham, Jr. stayed back in the shadows as the Giants began preparations for Week 1.

New York's star receiver rode an exercise bike in the "injury area" in the shade by the team's field house as the rest of the team opened practice Monday morning, apparently still nursing his sprained ankle. He rode the bike as the team stretched, then went inside to work with trainers as the team began practice.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Apple, Jay Bromley, Keenan Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr., Tavarres King, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

While Eli Apple (ankle) isn't on the field taking reps with his teammates, he's confident he'll be ready to get back on the field for Week 1 when the Giants take on the Cowboys. 

"I mean, it can, but with us, we make sure we do a good job of getting mental reps during practice and watch a lot of film," Apple said. "That way, we're kind of in the game." 

Apple suffered a sprained ankle while in coverage during last Saturday's preseason matchup against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.

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(William Perlman)

The Giants have signed CB Daniel Gray and placed OL Adam Gettis on injured reserved, the team announced Monday.

The 23-year-old Gray had signed with the Cardinals in June before recently being waived.

Gray played for Utah State, playing 19 games during his career there, before going undrafted during last April's NFL Draft.

Giants CB Eli Apple left Saturday's game against the Jets after injuring his ankle.

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Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley (96) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

Giants CB Eli Apple, DT Jay Bromley, RB Shaun Draughn, and S Duke Ihenacho left the team's game against the Jets on Saturday with injuries.

Apple suffered an ankle injury, Bromley has a left knee sprain, and Draughn is being evaluated for a concussion. Ihenacho left the game with a knee injury.

Apple was ruled out for the remainder of the game, while Bromley's return was listed as questionable. There were no further updates on Draughn's condition.

Apple had previously missed time earlier in the month with an ankle injury, while Draughn is coming off ankle surgery. Draughn only had one carry for a loss of four yards before leaving the game.

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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.
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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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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust Giants 00:07:08
With camp opening today, Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate what the expectations for the Giants should be this season

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There isn't a lot of uncertainty in the Giants' lineup, but there are still some lingering questions as they head into a pivotal year. They are coming off an 11-5 season and are expected to be a Super Bowl contender. But they are far from a powerhouse team without any flaws.

So you've undoubtedly got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part III:

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

In his first year in the NFL, Giants' CB Eli Apple has impressed his mentor, New England Patriots CB Logan Ryan, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Both alumni of Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, N.J., the two corners co-hosted a Thursday Night Lights Football Camp this past week where Ryan commended Apple on his performance in his rookie campaign.

"That guy blows me away with the amount of big games he's played in and how young he is," Ryan said. "Like I said, he's a lott better and more mature than I was at 20 or 21 years old."

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(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 Eli Apple (24) warms up before an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke) (Matt Ludtke/AP)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) warms up before an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke) (Matt Ludtke/AP)

Eli Apple had a good rookie season - far better than expect from a player who wasn't the Giants' first choice for a first-round pick. He cracked the starting lineup. He was a key player in one of the best secondaries in the NFL.

But the 21-year-old Apple is still looking for more.

That's why he spent the offseason out in Arizona changing his routine and his diet so he could bulk up to become a better, stronger tackler. He said he put on about 10 pounds since the end of last season, and reported to the Giants' offseason weighing 204. But remarkably, the added weight didn't steal any of his speed.

In fact, he said, he came back even faster.

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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.

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

CB Eli Apple has been named to the NFL.com All-Rookie Team after his performance in the 2016 season.

Apple recorded 51 combined tackles with seven passes defended and an interception in 14 games during his rookie campaign. 

"Some thought the Giants reached for Apple in the draft, but I think he outplayed expectations, posting 51 tackles, a pick and a forced fumble. Apple looks like he'll be a cornerback in the NFL for a long time; he can play inside or outside," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt

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 (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Many current and former Giants -- including members of the teams that beat the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI -- took to Twitter to react to the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI...

Click below to see the tweets

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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...

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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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Vacc's 3 Keys: Redskins-Giants 00:02:32
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano believes the Giants must stop Kirk Cousins and the Redskins' passing game in order to win on Sunday.

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THE GAME: The Giants (10-5) at the Washington Redskins (8-6-1) at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. on Sunday, Jan. 1 at 4:25 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Temperatures could be near 50 during the day down near D.C., though likely in the upper 40s by kickoff and slowly falling throughout the game. No rain or wind, though.

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- Odell Beckham Jr. has spent all season battling the officials, so he certainly wasn't surprised by what he saw on Thursday. Once again, there were a series of inexplicable penalty calls and non-calls, and the Giants were pretty sure it all went against them.

"We know what it is over here," Beckham said after the Giants' 24-19 loss to the Eagles. "We know what it's always going to be. We're not looking for any calls. We've just got to play through it. That's the bottom line."

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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.

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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.

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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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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants CB Eli Apple was benched during Sunday's 28-23 win over the Eagles.

Among Apple's struggles, he was out of position during a touchdown run by Ryan Mathews in the first half and missed a tackle during a 23-yard run by Nelson Agholor in the third quarter.

Apple, whose mother, Annie, spoke out this week about the Giants' handling of the Josh Brown domestic violence situation, said his mother wasn't a distraction.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

In his first half-season as Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo has won in Dallas, ended a long Giants losing streak against the Eagles, and directed the team to a 5-3 record that puts them squarely in playoff position heading into the second half.

What more could anyone have wanted?

So for now, never mind the controversies that have swarmed around his team, the play-calling some of you hate, the questionable personnel and lack of depth on some parts of the roster. Focus on the three-game winning streak and the way the Giants held on for a 28-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday. There's a lot to digest from the somewhat impressive (and somewhat not impressive) way the Giants came out of their bye week.

Tags: Eli Apple, Keenan Robinson, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Eli Apple 00:00:47
Eli Apple says Giants are not leaning on him to control his own mother, Annie Apple's criticism of the team.

Giants rookie CB Eli Apple denied that the Giants attempted to pressure Annie Apple, his mother, by "leaning heavily" on him in the wake of her public comments criticizing the Giants' handling of the Josh Brown situation.

"She was a little bit upset, and I didn't really have a chance to talk to her," said the Giants rookie. "I guess throughout that whole thing, that's just how she felt. But I never had any chance to talk to her or anything. Maybe that's just an assumption of hers, that she just felt in her gut, but it's definitely false. Nobody's leaning on me or anything, telling me things to tell her. It's not like that at all. I think the Giants are a classy organization. I'm just happy to be here."

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Eli Apple's mother, Annie, criticized the Giants for the way they handled the domestic violence situation regarding Josh Brown, who was placed on the Commissioner's exempt list last week.

Annie Apple writes in Sports Illustrated how after she shared her personal story of dealing with domestic violence, she took a step back from the Giants, who she says were trying to silence her through her son.

"I was livid with the Giants, not just because of John Mara's comments but I was disappointed in the organization because I felt they were leaning heavily on a 21-year-old kid in an effort to control what his mother says," Apple wrote. "That's not fair."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

The Giants are having an unusual season here in 2016. They sport a winning record at 4-3 after seven games, but have deficient in many major aspects of the game. Here are several statistical areas they will improve upon in the second half of the season.Sacks. With only nine sacks in the first seven games, the Giants are next to last in the league. Pittsburgh, believe it or not, is last with eight. The pass rush has not been getting home but they've been getting close. Both Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon are among the leaders in QB pressures. It will come. They had a franchise-low 23 sacks last season without these two, so the prediction is they surpass that by a bunch, meaning they get around 20 in the final nine games. With three sacks in their last game vs the Rams, things could be about to change.Rushing Yards per Game. The Giants have just 492 rushing yards this season, a average of 70.3 yards per game. With Rashad Jennings healthier and Paul Perkins poised to get more touches, the Giants should raise that average. Head coach Ben McAdoo has vowed to run the ball more, so their fortunes almost have to change here.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jerell Adams, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, John Fennelly
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 (Steve Flynn)
(Steve Flynn)

The Giants gained ground in the NFC East this weekend simply by standing still. They entered their bye week at 4-3 and in last place in the division. After Sunday's action, they find themselves heading into Week 9 in second place.The Washington Redskins (4-3-1) are in last now after tying the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-27, in London. The Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) fell to the division-leading Dallas Cowboys (6-1), 29-23, on Sunday Night Football.The Giants hold the tiebreaker over Philadelphia by virtue of division record, 1-1 vs. 0-2, so the Giants are in second place, two games behind Dallas. The Giants defeated the Cowboys in Week 1, so the lead is basically a game and a half.

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Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The optimistic look at Ben McAdoo's first almost-half-season as Giants head coach is that they got to their bye week over .500. They have gutted out two straight wins to reverse a mini-tailspin to put themselves right in the thick of the second-half playoff chase.The pessimistic look is that the journey to 4-3 hasn't exactly been pretty. Also, they were 4-3 last year, too. That was fools' gold, though, as they proved by losing seven of their last nine.So the story of the first season of the post-Tom Coughlin Era hasn't really been written yet. And seven games into McAdoo's tenure, there are as many good signs as there are bad. Here's a look at some of them that may prove to be important as the Giants try to earn their first playoff berth since way back in 2011:

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, 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.

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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 wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner - USA Today)

WR Odell Beckham (hip) and CB Eli Apple (groin) are both active this week against the Rams. 

Beckham had been dealing with a hip injury all week but was not given a designation on the team's final injury report going into the game. 

According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, Beckham did not warm up with wide receivers but instead spent a long period of time with Giants trainers on Sunday. 

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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.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Landon Collins, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) is helped off the field after sustaining an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) is helped off the field after sustaining an apparent injury during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. and CB Eli Apple were listed as limited participants in Thursday's practice, the team announced hours before departing for London.Beckham hurt his hip during last week's win over the Ravens. However offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said the team is very optimistic that Beckham will play this week.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Apple, Keenan Robinson, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Trevin Wade, Zak DeOssie
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) talks with New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) talks with New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. USA TODAY Sports

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

  • Eli Apple (Groin, limited)
  • Odell Beckham Jr. (Hip, did not practice)  
  • Nat Berhe (Concussion, limited)  
  • Zak DeOssie (Ankle, did not practice) 
  • Rashad Jennings (Thumb, full participant)
  • Marshall Newhouse (Calf, did not practice) 
  • Keenan Robinson (Knee, limited) 
  • Darian Thompson (Foot, did not practice) 
  • Olivier Vernon (Wrist, full participant) 
  • Trevin Wade (Ankle, limited) 

 

Tags: Eli Apple, Odell Beckham Jr.

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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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) on the sideline during the game against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. (Mitch Stringer)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) on the sideline during the game against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. (Mitch Stringer)

The Giants (2-3) host the Baltimore Ravens (3-2) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium with both teams seeking to end losing streaks. The issues on both sides are, of course, injuries. With the Giants, their secondary is still undermanned while the Ravens' offensive line and wide receiver corps may not be whole for this game.

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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

 (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 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. 

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Olivier Vernon
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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.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Trevin Wade, John Fennelly, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Rick Wood)

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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.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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