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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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Rashad Jennings
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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...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins
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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.

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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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."

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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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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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.

Tags: Darian Thompson, Eli Apple, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., John Fennelly
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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.

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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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.

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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.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Devon Kennard, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Fennelly
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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)
(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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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New York Giants cornerback Michael Hunter (39) catches a pass before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants cornerback Michael Hunter (39) catches a pass before the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have re-signed CB Michael Hunter to the 53-man roster, and have placed RB Shane Vereen on the IR, the team announced on Tuesday

Hunter went undrafted in this year's draft and signed with the Giants as a rookie free agent in May. He was promoted from the practice squad last Tuesday, but was waived on Saturday when the team added practice squad S Andrew Adams to the active roster for Sunday's game against Washington.

After being placed on injured reserve, Vereen can return to practice with the team in as soon as six weeks from now, and can suit up for a game in eight weeks, assuming he's ready.

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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."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham carries the ball as center Weston Richburg tackles Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham carries the ball as center Weston Richburg tackles Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The NFL's new two-strikes-and-you're-out rule has unofficially been named after Odell Beckham Jr. But it was one of his teammates that first felt its brunt.

New York Giants center Weston Richburg became the first player ejected under the NFL's new rule in which a player would be tossed for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. He got one in the second quarter and another in the fourth of the Giants' 29-27 loss to the Washington Redskins.

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The last time the Giants started 2-0 was in 2009. They actually started 5-0 that season. Then they finished 8-8. So the lesson is that it's not how you start, it's how you finish.

But to the Giants, after too many years of misery, a 2-0 start sure feels pretty good.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants Week 2 00:01:45
Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, as the Giants prepare to face the Saints in the home opener on Sunday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants' game against the Saints last year was out of control on both sides, but it was a complete and total humiliation for the Giants' defense.

They barely provided a speed bump to a New Orleans Saints offense that put up 608 yards in a 52-49 win, and had no answer for Drew Brees, who threw for seven touchdowns and 505 yards.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sideline as they played an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sideline as they played an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

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News and notes from Ben McAdoo's conference call with reporters on Monday, one day after the Giants' 20-19 opening day win in Dallas:

  • McAdoo confirmed that Josh Brown is the Giants kicker again, now that he's been reinstated following his one-game suspension for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy (and being arrested for domestic violence). For the moment, the Giants have two kickers on their roster, including Randy Bullock who was paid $670,000 to replace Brown on Sunday and missed an extra point. As for whether Bullock will remain with the Giants, McAdoo said "Right now we have two kickers on the roster. That could change shortly. We're in the process right now of evaluating."
  • Since the moment the Giants cut MLB Jasper Brinkley on the final cut-down day there has been suspicion that they'll eventually re-sign him since, after all, he was their starting middle linebacker last season and competing for that job all summer long. With J.T. Thomas (knee) headed to injured reserve is the return of Brinkley a possibility? "Never say never," said McAdoo. As for whether another linebacker is likely, he said "We're going to take a look out there, have some conversations and see what's best for us moving forward. It's preliminary to have that discussion right now."
  • McAdoo was pleased the way his secondary held the dangerous Dez Bryant to just one catch for eight yards. It appeared that newcomer Janoris "Jackrabbit" Jenkins did most of the work on Bryant, though McAdoo insisted he had plenty of help. "I think Janoris had a heck of a day yesterday," McAdoo said. "He's not the only one that was matching up against Dez. DRC made a couple of really nice plays there, too. Jackrabbit really shadowed him for the most part of the day. He competed his tail off and it was a big, huge effort for us."
  • McAdoo on the debut of rookie CB Eli Apple, the Giants' first-round pick: "I think he was feeling his way early," he said. "He got his feet underneath him as the game wore on. Really competed at a higher level as the game wore on. Just like a lot of young players, they have to feel their way a little bit at times. You play through it and I think he made some nice tackles as the game wore on."
  • Eli Manning presented McAdoo with the game ball in the post-game locker room. So what did he do with the ball from his first victory? "I gave it to our equipment guys," McAdoo said. "They're going to take care of it for me. Not sure what they're going to do with it. It'll be a prized possession, that's for sure."
  • The Giants' good fortune in the health department continues. Other than Thomas, McAdoo reported no injuries out of the Dallas game. "We have some guys that will be limited right now," he said. "But no."
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