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Giants look ahead to 2019 00:02:27
Giants players discuss their optimism for the upcoming season while their newest additions look to fit in

The debate about the Giants' No. 2 pick from last year's NFL Draft rages on even a year later, with some still believing that Dave Gettleman and Co. should've taken a quarterback, perhaps the Jets' Sam Darnold, instead of running back Saquon Barkley.

Barkley is aware that such talk still exists and had this to say about it on Thursday.

"Yes. I understand that. I don't care for their opinions or anything, I can't change those opinions. Not being cocky or anything, but if a Rookie of the Year doesn't sway that mindset, then I don't know what will," Barkley said.

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Many experts believe the Giants will go with a defensive playmaker with their No. 6 pick, but the No. 17 pick is up in the air. Does GM Dave Gettleman go quarterback? What about another defensive playermaker? Even an offensive tackle can't be ruled out. 

For the quarterback argument, the Giants know they need a successor for Eli Manning heading into this season, and the NFL Draft has some top prospects that could be that man. One of them that has been connected to the Giants is Duke QB Daniel Jones. The 6-foot-5 gunslinger impressed during his Senior Bowl drills, and some believe the Giants could nab him with their second first-rounder. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - By the time the draft begins at 8 p.m. next Thursday, Dave Gettleman and his staff will have spent months building the Giants' big board. They will have a pretty good idea by then of what they're going to do - particularly with their two first-round picks.

Then the Arizona Cardinals will make the first overall pick, and everything could change.

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It's officially one week until the 2019 NFL Draft kicks off in Nashville, and the Cardinals will be on the clock with the first overall pick. With that top selection, many believe Arizona is going to take dual threat QB Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma to lead Kliff Kingsbury's offense in his first year as head coach. 

And those speculations about Murray taking over have not gone over the head of the Cardinals' current starter in Josh Rosen -- the 2018 first-round pick the Cardinals traded up to get at No. 10. 

Rosen has been going about his offseason like normal, but he is no stranger to the rumors involving him potentially being traded away. He admitted he has been keeping tabs on what's been reported during a segment with Sports Illustrated

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Gettleman talks draft strategy 00:02:19
New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman explains his draft strategy during his most recent press conference and how he will handle drafting a QB.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman spoke with the media for roughly a half hour during his pre-Draft press conference on Thursday afternoon. The majority of the questions were -- shocker -- about the plans at quarterback. Here are the takeaways...

On the quality of this year's QB class

"It's good. It's a good quarterback class," Gettleman said when asked, but he laughed off an attempt to get him to answer whether it was better than the 2018 QB class: "Better than last year? I'm not going there! Come on now!"

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Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)
Nov 24, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports (Greg Bartram)

Dwayne Haskins' stock soared after his pro day, but has fallen in recent weeks -- either because interested teams are trying to spread disinformation so he falls to them or due to concrete concerns about his ability to excel in the NFL.

And if Haskins winds up with the Giants -- who have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in the Draft next Thursday -- he's happy to sit and learn from Eli Manning.

"Eli Manning is a legend," Haskins said on Ian Rapoport's RapSheet and Friends podcast. "I grew up watching Eli and I'd have no problem sitting behind him and learning from him, like how I did with J.T. [Barrett] at Ohio State. Whatever team drafts me, I'll be able to sit back and learn from the guy that's there and be able to compete with him and push him, but know that a guy's there because he's a veteran, he's done it before, he's professional."

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is setting the bar as high as possible.

In an interview with Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks, Barkley was informed that his rookie-year teammate Jonathan Stewart said Barkley can be the best running back of all-time. 

Asked if he was right, Barkley said, "Yes. I believe so. I believe that I can be the best running back to ever play the game."

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Manning saw Odell trade on TV 00:01:58
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning shares he saw Odell trade on TV as well as how he would handle the Giants taking a 1st round QB

While they are putting their faith in 38-year-old Eli Manning being their starting QB in 2019 in a season where they hope to contend, the Giants didn't decide to keep him until recently.

"I had some talks with Mr. Gettleman and coach Shurmur within the last month or so," Manning said Monday during a conference call. "They told me that I would come back and be on the team this year. I got word within the last month."

As Manning prepares for his 16th season with the Giants (he said he's fine going year-to-year at this point) and ponders his future (he said he won't have a farewell tour whenever he decides to retire), he thinks the Giants are about to draft his successor.

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' voluntary offseason training program began on Monday as Pat Shurmur prepares for his second season as Big Blue's head coach. 

It is a much different team than when Shurmur walked into the building last year. 

There is no Odell Beckham Jr., no Landon Collins, no Olivier Vernon and still plenty of drama surrounding the future of Eli Manning

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November 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) is congratulated by quarterback Eli Manning (10) for scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 12, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) is congratulated by quarterback Eli Manning (10) for scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. might not have always seen eye-to-eye before Beckham was traded to the Browns, but that had no impact on Manning's first reaction when he found out about the trade while "watching TV one night."

"I wanted to try to reach out to him," Manning said Monday during a conference call. "That was my first reaction. Odell has been a teammate for five years, has been a good friend. And these circumstances, you kind of think about the person involved."

Manning said he was able to quickly reach Beckham and that the two have "been in touch a little bit."

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

There's nothing wrong with dreaming, even if the dream is silly. It's OK to wish upon a star, imagine the unimaginable, or hope against hope.

So go ahead and buy your Russell Wilson Giants jersey, because it's your money to waste. No matter what the rumor mill says, no matter what Tyrann Mathieu Tweets, no matter how many times Jimmy Fallon asks him, Russell Wilson is not going to be the quarterback of the Giants. Not this year. Not next year. Not a few years from now.

And probably not ever.

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Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Jan 5, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) in action during an NFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Cowboys and the Seahawks at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Russell Wilson is one day away from the deadline he set to work out a new contract with the Seahawks. There are rumblings that Seattle is unsure whether Wilson wants to stay, but does it go even further than that?

"Russ wants New York. But you ain't heard that from T.. ," Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu tweeted late Saturday night

Citing a league source, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio wrote Sunday that the Seahawks think Wilson "would like to play elsewhere, even if he hasn't and wouldn't ever say it. They also believe that this unspoken dynamic will cause Wilson to drive a harder bargain with them than he would with another team."

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Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws a pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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If the Giants decide to invest a draft pick in their Quarterback of the Future this year, GM Dave Gettleman made it clear he's not looking for a project. Sure, great quarterbacks have been found in almost all rounds of the NFL Draft.

But most of them have come from the first round. And that's where Gettleman plans to look...

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Mar 13, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray participates in positional workouts during pro day at the Everest Indoor Training Center at the University of Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports  (Jerome Miron)
Mar 13, 2019; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray participates in positional workouts during pro day at the Everest Indoor Training Center at the University of Oklahoma. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

Arguably the top quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft visited the Giants on Thursday in Kyler Murray

Murray confirmed the visit to East Rutherford, posting a picture to his Instagram story out in front of the facility...

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Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 28, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after being sacked by the Washington Redskins during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants have made it very clear, over and over again the last few years, that they will not force a decision on their Quarterback of the Future if they don't see one they love. They are comfortable putting it off indefinitely. They might even be on the verge of doing it again.

But that would be a mistake, no matter how good the class of quarterbacks looks in the 2020 draft. They can't keep punting this issue into the future. It's time to settle down, even if it means settling at the most important position in sports.

They need to find their Quarterback of the Future now.

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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With only two weeks left until the NFL draft kicks off, here's a look at how the Giants might use their 12 picks:

First round (6th overall) - DE/LB Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

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Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during warmups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)
Dec 30, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during warmups prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Bisig)

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Josh Rosen reported for work bright and early on Monday morning in Tempe, Ariz., beating all of his teammates to the start of the Arizona Cardinals offseason workouts, as if everything was normal.

Of course, everything is not normal for Rosen, whom many around the NFL expect to be traded in the next two weeks. And the second-year quarterback could even end up in a bidding war between the Redskins and Giants in the NFC East.

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To anyone following the NFL Draft, it is no secret that the Cardinals -- owners of the first overall selection this year -- have their sights set on Kyler Murray. That is why the prospect of Arizona trading away their first-rounder last season in Josh Rosen has swirled around NFL rumors for weeks now. 

The Giants are at the top of those rumors, being a team that needs a quarterback solution after Eli Manning and has the draft capital to make a deal happen. However, the Cardinals haven't officially put Rosen on the market, and that could be the case all the way up to or through the Draft. 

The Cardinals likely received calls already from teams looking into Rosen, and the Giants may be on that list. But what about offers thrown Arizona's way. 

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The Giants hold the No. 6 overall pick in the NFL draft, which is at least close to where GM Dave Gettleman thinks teams find "gold-jacket players". It's an enormously important pick for this semi-rebuilding franchise.

But their second first-round pick -- 17th overall -- is the most intriguing one.

That's where the Giants appear to have the most options and far more uncertainty than they'll find at the top of the draft. At 6 their choices seem to be to grab the best of what's left of the top-tier defenders or select Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins to be Eli Manning's eventual successor.

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Is Wilson a Giants target? 00:00:45
Wilson apparently wants a deal with the Seahawks or to be traded. Should the Giants entertain trading their first round picks for the QB?

The Giants are well into their search for Eli Manning's successor, and though they are hopeful that man is in the NFL Draft, there could be an option out west in Seattle. 

News broke this week that Russell Wilson's camp has given the Seahawks an April 15 deadline to hammer out a contract extension, or he will head into free agency at the end of the season. The Seahawks have reportedly known about the deadline since January, but contract negotiations have just started to come up now. 

The Giants have an intriguing pair of first-round picks that they can give up in exchange for the 30-year-old quarterback. So should GM Dave Gettleman make the call? The Daily News' Pat Leonard broke it down during SNY's "The Thread."...

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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There is less than a month to go until the Giants can use their 12 picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Here's a look at how those picks might go:

First round (6th overall) - LB Devin White, LSU

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) with a long 4th quarter 1st down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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Taking one of the five best receivers in the game out of an offense isn't the ideal recipe for success. In an NFL era where explosive passing games rule, players like Odell Beckham seem necessary. The more talent and weapons a team has, the more points they're likely to score.

So why do the Giants seem to think there's a chance their offense will be better now that Beckham is gone?

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Eli Manning is not going to play forever, even though it sometimes feels that way. And though the Giants won't dismiss the idea of him still being their quarterback in 2020, their ideal scenario remains finding his successor right now.

So who can they get? For this year, there seem to be only six possibilities, using either of their two picks in the first round of the NFL Draft, or maybe through a trade. Here's an early ranking of the contenders based on the likelihood that they'll end up as the Giants' guy:

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Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

With the Giants controlling the sixth and 17th overall picks in the NFL draft, there's no doubt the organization is at least considering selecting a quarterback at either spot. 

One such option is former Duke QB Daniel Jones, who would make more sense at No. 17 if the Giants opt to address another need at No. 6. Two NFL analysts -- ESPN's Dan Orlovsky and NBC's Chris Simms -- divulged their respective opinions on Jones last week to Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com

Here are some interesting quotes from the piece that provide possible insight into how teams are evaluating him with less than a month before the draft: 

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) and quarterback Eli Manning (10) on the field before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Saquon Barkley doesn't want to hear anyone complaining about Eli Manning, either. 

The Giants made a few controversial moves this offseason that has forced many to question if there really is a plan in East Rutherford. And while Landon Collins walked and Odell Beckham Jr. was surprisingly traded to the Browns, the team has shown continued faith in Manning. 

Manning is no stranger to fans wanting him to call it quits, but Barkley is sick of hearing he can't play the game anymore. The rookie sensation didn't hold back when asked about it.

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Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Mar 1, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke quarterback Daniel Jones (QB07) speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

As the Giants search for Eli Manning's successor, they're doing their due diligence on the quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL Draft class, and Pat Shurmur is going to get an up-close look at a possible first-round pick.

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones will visit the Giants on Thursday for a private workout, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. Giants offensive coordinator Mike Shula was at Duke's pro day on Tuesday while Shurmur was at the NFL owners meetings, so Shurmur will use Thursday as a chance to get his own look at Jones.

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PHOENIX - Perhaps you've heard, the Giants have a plan. They've been pretty insistent on that over the last week. Also, their purge of some of their most popular players was "just business". It certainly wasn't personal with Odell Beckham, whom all the key people in the organization insist they genuinely liked.

All that, of course, is part of the company line. But what have we really learned about what the Giants think and are doing over the last four days? After speaking to co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, coach Pat Shurmur, and multiple sources inside and outside of the organization, here are 10 takeaways from the Giants' time at the NFL's annual owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore hotel:

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman continues to hit back at critics who say the team should move on from Eli Manning.

Speaking on NFL Network's Good Morning Football on Wednesday, Gettleman once again came to Manning's defense and insists he can still get the job done at 38 years old.

"At the end of the day, you can't win without a quarterback. We all know it. It's just the way the game is built. You have to have a quarterback," Gettleman said. "I really believe there's been a false narrative out there that Eli's finished, he's done. He had a heck of a year. We scored a lot of points late.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Two weeks after the Giants sent shockwaves throughout the NFL by trading Odell Beckham Jr.Eli Manning revealed who he feels is his most talented teammate ever -- and you can definitely guess who it is.

Asked on Wednesday to name the most talented player he's ever played with, Manning said, "Odell," according to Newsday's Neil Best. Manning was speaking at NYIT's Brain Injury Awareness Celebrity Sports Forum in Woodbury. According to Best, Manning was not made available to reporters after the event.

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Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

PHOENIX - The Giants are not trying to rush Eli Manning out of their organization. That's not what their search for his successor is all about. Any urgency they feel is all about taking advantage of all that Manning has to offer.

They want their next franchise quarterback to learn from the master while he's still here.

"Well, I certainly believe that Eli does everything the right way behind the scenes," Pat Shurmur said at the annual NFL coaches breakfast on Tuesday morning. "And I certainly believe that's something a young quarterback can value from seeing. That's part of Eli's charm, is how well he works, how well he prepares, how professional he is about doing his job. 

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Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary (DL37) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 3, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary (DL37) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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PHOENIX -- Pat Shurmur knows that time is running out on Eli Manning's career, and he'd like to find his successor "sooner rather than later." But the Giants don't feel any urgency to do it in this year's NFL draft.

Especially not with all the pass-rushers and defensive players who could be available for them instead.

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) leaves the field after losing to the Dallas Cowboys 36-35 at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

PHOENIX - Dave Gettleman dreams of finding the Giants' next franchise quarterback, and ideally he'd have him sit and learn behind Eli Manning for a year. John Mara likes that idea too, but isn't opposed to waiting until 2020 to find that next quarterback, too.

By then, of course, Manning will be gone. Or maybe he won't be.

In other words, a quarterback transition that should have been in the works for years still isn't finalized, and might not be for a while.

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Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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PHOENIX --- The Giants have committed to Eli Manning as their starting quarterback in 2019, but what about having him back in 2020, too?

Don't laugh, because there's a scenario where it could happen that's not completely farfetched. And it's worth noting that neither of the Giants' co-owners would rule it out.

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) dances during warmups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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PHOENIX -- There was no doubt Odell Beckham Jr. could be a headache for the Giants. He had a knack for creating unwanted headlines and distractions, and he was a lightning rod for controversy -- much of which he created for himself.

But co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch wanted to make it very clear they genuinely liked their star receiver. They did not order GM Dave Gettleman to get rid of him. And they absolutely do not think that Beckham is a "bad guy".

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John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center to introduce Pat Shurmur as new head coach. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center to introduce Pat Shurmur as new head coach. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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PHOENIX -- Giants co-owner John Mara loves Eli Manning and everything he's done for the franchise. But the idea that he's keeping the 38-year-old quarterback around out of "sentimentality"?

Well, that really riles Mara up.

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PHOENIX -- Dave Gettleman has dismantled a big chunk of the Giants' roster, while spending the team's money in some odd places. He's left a fan base angry, confused, and beginning to lose patience and hope.

In the end, though, Gettleman's plan only really needs the approval of his bosses, and it's safe to say that even though team ownership doesn't meddle in football decisions, co-owner John Mara would have had to approve most of these offseason moves. There's no way a big deal such as the Odell Beckham trade would've happened if ownership wasn't in on it from the start.

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Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports  (Kevin Jairaj)
Oct 15, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler (70) during the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

Before the Giants and Browns struck the trade of the offseason with WR Odell Beckham Jr. heading to Cleveland, they made another deal where DE Olivier Vernon was on his way as well. In that deal, the Giants got G Kevin Zeitler in return, a right guard that would be plugged right into their offensive line next season. 

Zeitler didn't think he would be making the move, though. There was some speculation that the Browns had him on the trade market, but after signing a five-year, $60 million deal back in 2017 with Cleveland, he thought he would be there for the long haul. 

Instead, he saw his phone blow up during a workout, and the shock set in.

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Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Cleveland Browns offensive guard Kevin Zeitler blocks Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Channing Ward during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is excited to work with the Giants' offseason acquisitions, from safety Jabrill Peppers to wide receiver Golden Tate, but the one that stands out to him is offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.

"When you add a solid, veteran player that's established himself and he's consistent and tough and has all the attributes you're looking for in an offensive lineman to add to that crew, we got better," Shurmur said, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

While they were announced as separate deals, Zeitler's trade -- when the Giants dealt pass rusher Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns -- went into the NFL transaction log combined with the blockbuster Odell Beckham Jr. deal given both trades were agreed to before the new league year began.

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Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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The Giants now have 12 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which gives them a chance to fill a lot of holes and strengthen a lot of weak positions. It's very early, but here's a look at how those 12 picks could go:

First Round (No. 6 overall): DE Rashan Gary, Michigan

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) runs the 40 yard dash during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Ohio State hosted many NFL teams at their Pro Day on Wednesday, and though DE Nick Bosa didn't participate in any drills, top-rated QB Dwayne Haskins showcased his talents on the indoor turf. And the results were impressive. 

Experts on hand to watch the 6-foot-3, 231-pound Haskins sent rave reviews out through Twitter after watching him go through his full workout where he missed only a couple throws. The consensus was Haskins hits all the marks physically, and he showcased his arm strength and accuracy the entire time. 

SEE WHAT EXPERTS SAID

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When Giants GM Dave Gettleman faced the media over a conference call on Monday to discuss the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, he simply said the move was "purely a football decision."

"We didn't sign him to trade him, but obviously things changed," Gettleman said. "Another team made us an offer we couldn't refuse."

So what does his head coach Pat Shurmur think about one of his most lethal offensive weapons moving on to Cleveland? He is on Gettleman's side.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the number ninth overall pick to the New York Giants (Dennis Wierzbicki)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announces the number ninth overall pick to the New York Giants (Dennis Wierzbicki)

With their quarterback situation in shambles, the Redskins are "sniffing around" about trading up in the NFL Draft, reports Jason La Canfora of NFL.com

La Canfora speculates that the play for the Redskins could be to trade from No. 15 to get the Jets' pick at No. 3. That would allow them to jump ahead of the Giants at No. 6 and snatch Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins from them (if he is indeed who the Giants are targeting).

Aside from the Giants and Redskins as candidates who could try to deal with the Jets for No. 3, La Canfora mentions the Broncos and Jaguars, but doubts either would do it.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets acting ceo Christopher Wold Johnson (left) talks to general manager Mike Maccagnan before a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With their quarterback situation in shambles, the Redskins are "sniffing around" about trading up in the NFL Draft, reports Jason La Canfora of NFL.com

La Canfora speculates that the play for the Redskins could be to trade from No. 15 to get the Jets' pick at No. 3. That would allow them to jump ahead of the Giants at No. 6 and snatch Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins from them (if he is indeed who the Giants are targeting).

Aside from the Giants and Redskins as candidates who could try to deal with the Jets for No. 3, La Canfora mentions the Broncos and Jaguars, but doubts either would do it.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Dave Gettleman was absolutely right when he said "This narrative that Eli (Manning) is overpaid and can't play is a crock." Of course he can play. Just look at his numbers from last season. And he's not even one of the Top 10 highest paid quarterbacks in the league anymore.

Yet somehow over the last few years, Manning's detractors have taken his late-career decline to ridiculous extreme. They make it sound like he's a 50-year-old who can't heave the ball 10 yards anymore, while he's eating up half of the team's space under the salary cap...

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Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 2, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins (QB05) throws a pass during the 2019 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

The Giants will be well-represented at Ohio State' pro day on Wednesday. 

According to NJ.com, both Pat Shurmur and offensive coordinator Mike Shula are expected to be in attendance, presumably to focus on former Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Hakins. The Buckeyes will also have other top-tier talent performing, such as pass-rusher Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones.  

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the coaching duo were present at the Pro Days for every top quarterback in last year's NFL Draft and are expected to do the same this time around. Last month, they were at Oklahoma for QB Kyler Murray's pro day and should also be present at Drew Lock's showcase at Missouri on Friday. 

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

While Giants GM Dave Gettleman will not divulge much on what his plan is, he sounds as if he is ready to take a quarterback in the draft this April. 

After addressing reporters via conference call earlier in the day, Gettleman went on WFAN with Mike Francesa where he was asked about whether or not he still wants to find the future quarterback of the franchise. 

"Obviously we have to address it," Gettleman said. "I'd be a real clown not to admit it."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning throws in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has had enough of people criticizing Eli Manning.

During a conference call on Monday, Gettleman launched a staunch defense of Manning, who will receive his $5 million roster bonus on Monday.

"This narrative that Eli's overpaid and can't play is a crock," Gettleman said.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning reacts after throwing a interception to Indianapolis Colts free safety Malik Hooker during the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar via USA TODAY NETWORK)

By the end of the 2019 season, Eli Manning will have been paid more than any player in NFL history. And he's about to get $5 million closer to his goal.

The Giants' 38-year-old quarterback will, as expected, get his $5 million roster bonus - yet another signal that Manning will be the Giants' starting quarterback this year. According to his contract, he is due the bonus if he's on the roster by the end of the fifth day of the league year.

Technically, Sunday is five days after the start of the new league year, but Manning's bonus will kick in on Monday, according to an NFL source.

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Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 29, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman addresses the media at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Dave Gettleman has made a series of head-scratching moves that sometimes seem to contradict each other. Meanwhile, a fan base already angered by nearly a decade of failure, gets whiplash trying to figure him out.

So what is Gettleman doing? Apparently only Gettleman knows. To the media and to the paying customers, he said on Monday that it's none of our business.

He's wants everyone to trust the process. He wants everyone to trust him

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) stands next to general manager Dave Gettleman during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) stands next to general manager Dave Gettleman during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Dave Gettleman has made it clear he wants to find the Giants' Quarterback of the Future, and he seems intent on doing it sooner than later.

But don't be so sure that he'll do it in the draft this year.

Despite the fact that the Giants have two first-round picks, and are in good position at No. 6 to take one of the first quarterbacks available, multiple NFL sources caution that the Giants seem to have other things in mind. They are looking into all the first-round quarterbacks, and taking one is definitely a possibility, a team source said.

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