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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.

It didn't.

What did everyone expect?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Dallas Cowboys, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geno Smith, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning causing a fumble during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins linebacker Junior Galette sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning causing a fumble during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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It doesn't matter who calls the plays. It doesn't matter what the run-pass balance is. It doesn't really even matter how the quarterback plays anymore.

The Giants are simply too undermanned to generate any consistency on offense anymore.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If the NFL season ended today, the Giants would be picking third in the 2018 NFL draft -- their highest pick since they took linebacker Carl Banks third way back in 1984.

But if they somehow find a way to lose to the 0-9 49ers in San Francisco this Sunday, their first shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 52 years would be in play.

What would the Giants do with that unexpected gold? Would they grab their next franchise quarterback? Take the best tackle or running back instead? Or trade down with a quarterback-starved franchise for a boat-load of high picks over the next few years?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Dalvin Tomlinson, Davis Webb, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese (Frank Franklin I/AP)
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese (Frank Franklin I/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Jerry Reese's press conference on Tuesday was his first in 89 days. If form holds, it'll be 69 more days before he speaks again, if he gets the chance to speak after the season at all.

That leaves a lot to unpack from the 21 minutes he stood at the podium -- the only time he'll spend explaining the state of the franchise to his paying customers in a more-than-five-month span. And the rarity of the moment leaves every word ripe for debate, every sentence open to interpretation, including his overall theme of "Blame me."

So here's a look back at some of Reese's greatest hits, with some analysis, a few unstated facts, and plenty of questions he left unanswered and things that went unsaid...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) fumbles the ball that is recovered by the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) fumbles the ball that is recovered by the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The state of the Giants' offensive line does not look good, particularly at left tackle where former first-round pick Ereck Flowers has struggled for several seasons.

At least that's the view from outside Jerry Reese's office.

From inside his office, everything apparently looks just fine.

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard is among seven players inactive for the Giants' Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

 

Tags: Brett Jones, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-5) vs. the Denver Broncos (3-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A brisk day turns into a chilly night with temperatures in the 40s and moderate winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Ben McAdoo needs something -- even just a competitive game here -- to give everyone a chance to take a deep breath. There is a storm of chaos in and around his locker room, and players clearly aren't happy. Don't fool yourself: Things absolutely can get worse. Would a win change their outlook on the season? No. This team is still going nowhere, especially without their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. But McAdoo needs something to show them the rest of the season won't just be a death march toward a new coach in 2018. He needs to find a way to keep them playing hard and not just going through the motions. A miracle win in Denver might just do that trick.

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

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

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

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

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Wayne Gallman runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence misses a tackle during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The San Diego -- er, um -- Los Angeles Chargers (0-4) at the Giants (0-4 … Wait, is that right?) at the Meadowlands on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should rain on your pregame tailgate party and it could rain late in the game, and in between it'll be 80 degrees and cloudy as two horribly disappointing 0-4 teams play. So, in a word: Yuck.

WHAT IT MEANS

Nothing, as far as the playoffs go -- that dream is all but dead. But this game could be a tipping point for how ugly this season gets. A win and the Giants get a few days of feeling good about themselves, looking at the standings and dreaming about how there's a lot of football left to be played. Lose to an 0-4 team that has to come across country to play them, though, and … well, if you really think things couldn't get any worse, that would surely put the theory to the test.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, San Diego Chargers, Wayne Gallman, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Former Giants offensive lineman Shaun O'Hara skewered Ereck Flowers, who has struggled this season after having a poor 2016 campaign.

"I watched Ereck Flowers and it kind of goes back to what you were saying about Seattle," O'Hara said on Wednesday during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Our standard is so low it's like, 'Oh, you know, it wasn't that bad. He didn't ruin the game.' I mean, he's gotten better in pass protection but his run his run game footwork and effort is awful."

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said after the Giants' Week 2 loss that Flowers would "absolutely" remain the starting left tackle, and that's where Flowers has been during the Giants' losses in Week 3 and Week 4.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches a four-yard touchdown pass against Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-3) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1), at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It will be warm, muggy and maybe a little rainy. The temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s and there's a 60 percent chance of evening thunderstorms, which could make for a messy second half of the game.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Giants are already in deep trouble and the odds are decidedly against them. Only three teams have reached the NFL playoffs after an 0-3 start since the playoffs expanded in 1990. Right now, before they think about anything else, they need to stop the bleeding. Their last 0-3 start came in 2013, and they ran that all the way to 0-6 before they started to play to their capabilities, going 7-3 over their final 10 games. Maybe this season is already over, who knows? But they desperately need a win to make sure things don't get worse, either in the standings or in the locker room. Then they can reassess everything from there.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-2) at the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER

As if the heat wasn't already turned up high enough on the Giants, it should be near 90 degrees with lots of sun and not much wind.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Ben McAdoo accepts some of the blame for the fourth down delay of game penalty on Monday and Janoris Jenkins still questionable for Sunday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was very clear that "sloppy quarterback play" is what led to a critical delay of game penalty in New York's loss to the Lions on Monday night. And for several days he refused to back down from that assessment.

But on Friday morning, he conceded he might have had a little to do with that penalty, too.

McAdoo finally conceded that the whole operation leading up to that penalty was slower than it should have been, including his own decision to go for it on fourth down. He still blamed quarterback Eli Manning for not snapping the ball, and didn't discuss his own decision to not call a timeout. But he at least admitted that his quarterback's "sloppy" play wasn't the only thing at fault.

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 (Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)
(Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - John Mara came out swinging at the end of the 2013 season, when he famously declared "I think our offense is broken right now." It wasn't long before Kevin Gilbride was out as offensive coordinator and Ben McAdoo was in, and sweeping changes had begun.

What's most amazing about that is that Gilbride's "broken" offense in 2013 was actually a higher scoring attack than McAdoo has produced in his 19 games in the dual role of play-caller and head coach of the Giants. Gilbride's "broken" offense averaged 17.5 points per game (once defensive and special teams touchdowns are factored out). Since the start of last season, McAdoo's offense has averaged 16.6.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants LT Ereck Flowers on Thursday brushed off the negative publicity surrounding his early-season struggles and said he wants to focus on the team's Week 3 matchup against the Eagles.

"I don't have nothing to say to none of them," Flowers said to NJ Advance Media. "I could not care less. Everyone is entitled to their opinion."

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 (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Former Giants RB Tiki Barber said QB Eli Manning could end up in a "body bag" if LT Ereck Flowers is allowed to keep playing.

"If Ereck Flowers has a job on Wednesday morning, then Eli Manning might be in a body bag three weeks from now. I'm serious," Barber said during the Tiki and Tierney show on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday.

"The Philadelphia Eagles' defense is really good, and they get after the quarterback," Barber said. "If Ereck Flowers is allowed to protect Eli Manning's backside any longer, Eli is going to get killed. Ereck Flowers can't be your left tackle any longer. Ereck Flowers either has to go to tackle or has to go inside to guard or sit on the bench."

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Former Giants lineman Geoff Schwartz said the current offensive line looks the same as it did last season.

"I don't know what was expected any differently of them,'' he told Paul Schwartz of the NY Post.

The line, which struggled to protect QB Eli Manning and create holes for the running backs during Sunday night's season-opening loss to Dallas, returned intact from last season, with GM Jerry Reese hoping for improvement.

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Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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Odell Beckham's eventual return to the Giants lineup will solve a lot of their offensive problems.

But even he can't fix the whole thing.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
(Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants QB Eli Manning has faith in the team's offensive line as he prepares for the season-opener, which takes place Sunday night against the Cowboys in Dallas.

"I think the offensive line has done a good job," Manning said on Monday. "I feel very confident. They know their assignments. They've been together for a number of years now. I thought they had a good spring and they'll do a great job."

The Giants, who are hopeful of improvement from Ereck Flowers, are expected to have a starting offensive line featuring Flowers, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, John Jerry, and Bobby Hart.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith works out during training camp.  (AP)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith works out during training camp. (AP)

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

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Davis Webb, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geno Smith, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants found the end zone for the first time this preseason, but that doesn't change the story of who they still are. They are exactly what they were at the end of last season:

A team with a dominant defense and an offense with serious flaws.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Christian Hackenberg, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Daily News Live panel previews the preseason game between the Giants and the Jets.

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

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

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Geno Smith, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Giants didn't look good in their preseason opener, but they were missing so many players it was unfair to judge. Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard didn't play and Brandon Marshall only took a handful of snaps. On defense, the starters only played sparingly, too.

Things should be different against the Browns on Monday night in Cleveland, though. Manning will get a "big chunk" of playing time, according to Giants coach Ben McAdoo, and it's a good bet most of the healthy starters will last into the second quarter.

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan knows that his unit's success this year is all on the offensive line. 

"We know we're going to go as far as our offensive line goes," Sullivan said Friday. 

An obvious area of emphasis this offseason, the Giants didn't do much to their line as they have confidence their current group can get the job done. Sullivan backs these claims, saying he has seen improvement from the line through training camp so far. 

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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

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

Other notes from Giants camp...

  • CB Eli Apple sat out practice due to a sore ankle, and he's unsure whether he'll be ready to play this Monday against the Browns.
  • WR Dwayne Harris missed practice due to upper body soreness.
  • McAdoo said T Ereck Flowers was a "bright spot" during Friday's preseason opener.
  • LB B.J. Goodson (back) returned to practice.
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even by Odell Beckham Jr.'s standards, this was a spectacular play: a leaping, one-handed, almost-backhanded catch at the 5-yard line, followed by enough body control to hang on, switch hands and scamper untouched into the end zone. There was a gasp from the crowd, followed by the loudest cheers of the day.

There was only one problem: about 35 yards behind him, the play had already blown up.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Olivier Vernon, Pittsburgh Steelers, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's too early to make sweeping judgements, but the first impressions of the Giants offensive line on Saturday night were that they looked a lot like last year's offensive line.

And obviously that's not good.

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants have remained steadfastly committed to Ereck Flowers as their starting left tackle all spring and summer long. But on Wednesday afternoon, the door opened just a crack for a possible change.

Late in practice, Chad Wheeler, an undrafted rookie from USC, replaced Flowers with the first team offensive line and took the final three reps of full-team drills. The 23-year-old Flowers wasn't hurt, and there had been no previous signs of a regular rotation at tackle during the summer.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

After two seasons where he struggled, Giants LT Ereck Flowers is looking to make big improvements in his third NFL season. 

Flowers has been having a good training camp, and head coach Ben McAdoo likes what he has seen. However, he believes he has a long road to go. 

"Ereck's getting better with his punch in pass protection," McAdoo told The Post's Brian Lewis. "He's working on keeping his hips down and he's making progress. ... Development takes time, and right now ... for Ereck, third down is a big period for him. That's where he needs a lot of work, in pass protection and one-on-one versus defensive ends. And he took a step [Saturday] to get better in our third-down period and he did a nice job."

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon said LT Ereck Flowers has improved since last season.

"As far as his hands, his hands are getting better," Vernon said after practice on Thursday. "As far as technique, he's improved a whole lot, I'll say that. I know with Flowers, he's always working on his technique and asking questions about what he's doing wrong or what he's doing good on. So, that tells me he's somebody just trying to get better."

Flowers, who has been the Giants' starting left tackle for the last two seasons after being selected with the 9th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, has also been asking Vernon how he can get better.

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

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

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ereck Flowers definitely looks a little learner, and everyone has indicated that his work ethic and techiques are also much-improved.

But when the pads finally come on and the games start to matter, will any of that mean that Flowers is any better?

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the offseason with a heartbreaking playoff loss that left them with mixed feelings. They were crushed that they blew an 11-5 season and a terrific opportunity. But they were hopeful that they were on the verge of being a true contender again.

Everything they did this offseason was with that in mind. There's still a lot of work to be done when training camp opens on July 27, of course, and a lot can change between now and Opening Day on Sept. 10. But for now, here are five things we've learned about these Giants as their "offseason" officially comes to an end:

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The pads aren't on yet, so there's not a lot to go on for Giants offensive line coach Mike Solari. But he's convinced, from what he's seen this offseason, that his much-maligned left tackle will be a better player this year.

Yes, the bar is low for Ereck Flowers after the struggles he endured during his first two NFL seasons. But the 23-year-old, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, showed a renewed desire and work ethic during the offseason. Solari saw how hard he worked at the Giants' facility during the offseason.

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 (Brace Hemmelgarn)
(Brace Hemmelgarn)

From the top of the organization on down, the Giants are maintaining a faith in their starting offensive line, including in their much-maligned young tackles, Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart. Of course, there's nothing else they could say at this point after failing to upgrade at those spots during the offseason.

Flowers and Hart are what they've got.

But Hart, for one, believes this is more than just a case of the Giants being stuck with what they've got. Hart is only 22. Flowers is 23. So there's plenty of time to get better.

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

BAYONNE, N.J. - The New York Giants' offensive line seen for most of last season will likely be the same at the start of this season.

And according to left guard Justin Pugh, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

No, the Giants' line did not play well last season, and no, the team didn't do much to improve the personnel this offseason. But as Pugh, a fifth-year veteran, said on Monday, continuity "is the most important thing with offensive line play."

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Daniel Fells, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Nikita Whitlock, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Bobby Hart and guard John Jerry defend against Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants guard Bobby Hart and guard John Jerry defend against Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks during Game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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The New York Giants' biggest need heading into the NFL draft was along their battered offensive line. So it's not surprising that the biggest criticism of their draft has been Jerry Reese's failure to address that.

But Reese thinks the Giants line is in better shape than most people think.

He pointed to two young players in particular in an interview on WFAN on Monday afternoon as reasons to be hopeful about the future. Rather than stock up on young linemen from a draft class that the Giants simply thought was unappealing, he chose to ride instead with two young tackles: 23-year-old Ereck Flowers and 22-year-old Bobby Hart.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

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For the moment, Ereck Flowers appears to be the Giants left tackle by default. But Jerry Reese made it clear that is definitely subject to change.

The Giants general manager said the team will "experiment" with their offensive line lineup this spring in search of their still-to-be-determined starting five. At the moment, they have no obvious lineup, but they do have several players with the flexibility to play multiple positions.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

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PHOENIX - It's looking more and more every day like the embattled Ereck Flowers will keep his job as the Giants' left tackle. And if he does, it sounds like he's got Ben McAdoo's support.

"I think one of the best games Ereck played all year was the playoff game, the last game of the season," McAdoo said on Tuesday at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, site of the NFL Owners Meetings. "He's working hard on his technique. I'm pretty confident that he's working pretty hard right now at being a better player, putting a lot of time and energy in to it. You get to see his face a lot. He's in and out of the building a lot. I know he loves the game and I have confidence in Ereck."

McAdoo's endorsement was undoubtedly sincere, after what was a very rough sophomore season for the 22-year-old Flowers. But it also was out of necessity, since it doesn't appear that the Giants have any other viable options beyond their former first-round pick. Giants GM Jerry Reese had indicated after last season that they'd explore the idea of moving Flowers to another position. But so far they haven't brought another left tackle in to compete.

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)
(Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have re-signed OL John Jerry to a three-year deal worth $10 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

$4.25 million of the deal is guaranteed, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jerry, 30, started all 16 games for the Giants this past season.

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The DNL panel discusses what the Giants biggest remaining needs are in free agency as the NFL New Year officially begins.

The Giants have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $18 million with TE/FB Rhett Ellisonreports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

$8 million of the deal will be fully guaranteed.

Ellison, 28, had nine catches for 57 yards and one touchdown last season for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks to the media from the Scouting Combine about the status of Ereck Flowers at left tackle.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Whatever the Giants plan to do to fix their offensive line hinges on what they plan to do with Ereck Flowers. The Giants need to decide if he's a left tackle or a right tackle, or maybe even a guard.

And on Wednesday, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo wasn't ready to say.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Justin Pugh, Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

There is no doubt about what the Giants' biggest offseason need is. They need to figure out a way to fix their offensive line.

With right tackle Marshall Newhouse heading to free agency (and not likely to return -- at least not as a starter) and left tackle Ereck Flowers having struggled so much the Giants are pondering their options with him, they could be in the market for two tackles. It seems a lock that they will try to go after at least one.

But which one? That's the problem. Neither the free agent market nor the top of the NFL draft are loaded with promising tackles. The best ones in free agency are either older, damaged, or play predominantly on the right side.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants were huge spenders in free agency last March, doling out more than $200 million worth of contracts to defensive players alone. They have money to spend again this offseason, though not nearly as much.

How active will they be? That will be determined by what cuts they make (Victor Cruz, perhaps) and which of their own free agents they choose to re-sign (like Jason Pierre-Paul and/or Johnathan Hankins). They probably will have in the neighborhood of $35 million in cap room for both their own free agents and ones from other teams.

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Even after an 11-5 season there are so many questions about the Giants and their offseason plans that I had to split them into several SNY Twitter mailbags. Part I ran on WednesdayPart II ran on Thursday.

Here, as promised, is Part III … with a IVth still to come:

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Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (65) prepares to block in the third quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (65) prepares to block in the third quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

In his first mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper predicts the Giants, picking at 23, will select offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk from Wisconsin.

Ramczyk "is a 6-6, 314-pound road grader with all the traits of an NFL starter..." according to Kiper.

Kiper also notes that selecting Ramczyk would allow the Giants to put him at left tackle and move former first round pick Ereck Flowers over to the right side.

While the offensive line will likely be a top priority for GM Jerry Reese this offseason, Kiper mentions New York could also target a pass-rusher or tight end.

Tags: Ereck Flowers