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The easiest decision Pat Shurmur will have to make this preseason is to sit his all-world wide receiver in the preseason opener on Thursday night. Why would they even dream of risking their best player while he's still technically recovering from ankle surgery in this completely meaningless game?

They almost certainly won't. And that knowledge is enough to make almost everyone change the channel or keep the TV off entirely while the Giants play the Cleveland Browns. But it might be worth rethinking if that is, indeed, your plan. Because there are a few compelling reasons for you to watch this game even though No. 13 likely won't play...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Giants' offensive line is once again an area of concern this season. Yes, upgrades were made, but there are still pieces that are a cause for concern given the past few seasons. 

One of those glaring questions is whether or not Ereck Flowers will turn his career around after making the shift from left to right tackle. Flowers wasn't a big fan of the move after the acquisition of veteran LT Nate Solder pushed him over. But now he claims he doesn't mind the transition.

Flowers has been working hard this offseason on re-working his technique and footwork to play on the right side. He has been seeing improvement everyday. 

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(Bill Streicher)

The Giants added some more depth on Wednesday, as they were assigned OT Victor Salako off of waivers via the Browns, ESPN's Field Yates reports. 

The 24-year-old tackle has yet to play in an NFL game, but does have preseason experience with the Eagles last season.

At 6-foot-5, 316 pounds, Salako came out of Oklahoma State in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. He was a second-team All-Big 12 team member with the Cowboys. 

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This is the first installment of Giants position previews for the upcoming 2018 season. This will be an in-depth look at each position heading into training camp that begins on July 25.


The Rundown

Here's a good synopsis of the Giants' offensive line play last season: It was really bad. 

Tags: Adam Bisnowaty, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the first time, Ereck Flowers admitted the obvious: He wasn't happy when the Giants signed Nate Solder, or that he was forced to move from left tackle to right. "Of course," he said, it bothered him. How could it not?

So maybe it took him a little too long to get over the hurt, but Flowers is now able to dismiss that emotion. "It's … whatever, now," is how he put it. His focus instead, he insisted, is on making that transition to right tackle, trying to get better as a player, and proving to his coaches and critics that he can still play in the NFL.

And perhaps even more importantly, he wants to prove that to himself, too.

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Five Things for the Giants 00:00:31
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Giants minicamp.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveNow that Odell Beckham Jr. is planning to attend the Giants' mandatory mini-camp, a major crisis has been averted.

But that doesn't make the three-day camp any less interesting.

As the Giants continue their quick rebuild from the ashes of last year's 3-13 mess, they still have a lot of questions to answer and pieces to fit in before they get to training camp this summer. This week will begin to add some clarity to their picture...

Tags: Brett Jones, Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Omaneh, Roger Lewis, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The rebuilding of the Giants is basically over, and now they're almost ready to begin the preparation. They have a three-day, full-team mini-camp next week, and then five weeks of training camp starting in late July to find out if they really are better than 3-13.

Just with better health alone they should be. And with some of the key additions they've made, perhaps the playoffs aren't out of reach either. But they do have a bunch of questions they need to answer first.

And you had a few questions, too. So one last time before the camps begin, I'll try to answer them here:

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Shurmur sees good from Flowers 00:00:54
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur talks positive signs from OL Ereck Flowers after Giants OTAs on Tuesday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants' practice ended on Tuesday and most of the team headed towards the locker room, Ereck Flowers stayed out on the field to work with the man who replaced him at left tackle. He did the same thing last week, too.

And maybe that's a sign that the Giants' young, enigmatic tackle really is ready to take advantage of his fresh start.

That wasn't a given two weeks ago when Flowers was still in Miami refusing to take part in the Giants' offseason program. According to Landon Collins, Flowers was apparently unhappy that the Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder. And while unconfirmed, that reason seemed to make a lot of sense.

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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)

Giants T Ereck Flowers has reportedly showed up to the team's facility Monday morning for the first time this offseason, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Flowers missed the team's voluntary offseason training program, and fellow teammate Landon Collins said it was due to the fact that he is switching to right tackle following the signing of veteran LT Nate Solder. 

"He just unhappy that they picked up [Nate Solder]," Collins said. "That's it."

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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He is already considered a "gold jacket" player in the eyes of the man who drafted him, and if that wasn't enough, Giants GM Dave Gettleman said Saquon Barkley is so good he's been "touched by the hand of God."

That's a lot of hype, which is why so many expect him to put on a dazzling display - even on Day 1...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Landon Collins said offensive lineman Ereck Flowers skipped the team's voluntary offseason program last month over the signing of left tackle Nate Solder.

Collins, speaking on WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" on Friday morning, said he did not receive a text back from Flowers in the offseason, but his cousin, with whom Flowers is close, did. According to Collins, Solder's signing was the reason why Flowers wasn't with the team and was instead in Miami.

"He's just unhappy that they picked up [Nate Solder]," Collins said. "That's it."

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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 | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveEreck Flowers' decision to skip the Giants' voluntary offseason program could definitely be considered ill-advised -- assuming he was getting any advice at all.

If he was, he was getting mostly bad advice, considering his tenuous position with the Giants. He had already lost his spot at left tackle, and his attitude led to a benching late last season. And now he's so infuriated the new regime that the Giants were open to trading him during last week's NFL draft. He's also already cost himself $12.5 million, because the Giants did not pick up the fifth-year option of his contract for that amount by the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.

On all fronts it seems like his relationship has soured with the Giants past the point of no return...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants T Ereck Flowers is coming to the end of his rookie contract following the 2018 season. So, he thought it was a good time to finally find an agent. 

And he didn't just hire any NFL agent. He signed with the NFL agent. 

Flowers agreed to be represented by Drew Rosenhaus, CEO of Rosenhaus Sports Representation, on Tuesday. 

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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)

As was expected, the Giants tried to trade T Ereck Flowers during the 2018 NFL Draft. But, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, no team thought the price was worth it. 

Raanan says the Giants were looking for a mid-round pick in exchange for Flowers, but it was to no avail. Not only has Flowers' play on the field been sub-par as a former first-rounder, but he is guaranteed $2.4 million this season based on his rookie contract. 

So, it looks as if Flowers will be present at camp, but his roster spot won't be guaranteed this summer. With the addition of veteran LT Nate Solder, Flowers was informed by the Giants that he will have to compete to be the team's right tackle next season. And though new head coach Pat Shurmur said he was accepting of the new role with the team, he is the only player that hasn't shown up to any of the Giants' voluntary offseason workouts. 

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UTEP Miners offensive lineman Will Hernandez goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
UTEP Miners offensive lineman Will Hernandez goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

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ARLINGTON, Tex. -- Here come the Hog Mollies?

After all the talk about winning with big men, strengthening the lines, and rebuilding the Giants from the inside out, it's almost impossible to believe that Giants GM Dave Gettleman will go in any other direction on Day 2 of the NFL Draft. He got himself a dynamic playmaker in running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick on Thursday night.

Now it's time for what former Giants GM George Young used to call "the dance of the elephants."

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Player Name (School Name) is selected as the number XXXX overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Player Name (School Name) is selected as the number XXXX overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: With just one day left until the 2018 NFL Draft, all eyes will be on new Giants GM Dave Gettleman to see who he takes with his No. 2 overall pick.

Whether it is one of the top quarterbacks like USC's Sam Darnold, or a top position player in Penn State RB Saquon Barkley or N.C. State's Bradley Chubb, Giants fans will hope it is the right guy at the No. 2 overall pick. 

Let's take a look at who the Giants have selected as their first-rounder in the past, and how their careers have panned out so far. 

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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)

The Giants would save $2.4 million by trading OL Ereck Flowers, but he would still count for $2.1 million in dead money on their cap, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants are looking to trade Flowers during the 2018 NFL Draft, Vacchiano confirmed.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The great experiment to see if Ereck Flowers can salvage his career by moving from left tackle to right tackle is scheduled to begin this spring and last into the summer. And there's a possibility it could take longer than that.

That's because as simple as it seems on the outside, new Giants offensive line coach Hal Hunter knows better. And getting the 23-year-old Flowers to do things the complete opposite way of how he's done them for his entire pro and most of his college career is probably going to take a little bit of time.

"I don't think the assignments are that tough," Hunter said on Wednesday...

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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)

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ORLANDO - After a brutal three years as the Giants' starting left tackle, one phone call changed all that for Ereck Flowers.

When Pat Shurmur called him a few weeks ago to tell him the Giants were signing Nate Solder, his reign on the left side was over, and he was only promised a chance to "compete" on the right.

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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)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman wasn't kidding around when he said the team's offensive line needed some remodeling. He wasted no time in free agency, picking up LT Nate Solder and G Patrick Omameh

The Solder pickup is the most interesting, though, because it solidifies the Giants' thoughts on now former LT Ereck Flowers. The Giants announced they are switching him to right tackle this season, and the former first-rounder will be swimming in new waters when camp begins. 

Flowers has been playing left tackle his entire career, spanning back to his time at the University of Miami. Former Giants lineman, Justin Pugh filled in a right tackle last season for a couple games despite being the team's left guard.

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Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Four days into free agency the Giants have already filled their three biggest needs, adding a couple of offensive lineman, a play-making linebacker, and a running back too. The problem is they were a dysfunctional 3-13 mess last season, so there's still a lot of work to be done.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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Dave Gettleman said he learned a lesson a long time ago from former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi: "Don't quit on talent." Too often, teams are too quick to give up on young players with ability just because they're slow to develop.

That's as good an explanation as any for why the Giants are moving Ereck Flowers to right tackle, now that they've signed Nate Solder to replace him on the left side. Flowers was once the ninth overall pick in the NFL draft. He's still only 23 years old. He was a bust at left tackle, but Gettleman wants to give him every possible chance to show the talent he has before the Giants let him go.

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Oct 15, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Patrick Omameh (77) protects the line during the second half of a football game against the Los Angeles Rams at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Oct 15, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Patrick Omameh (77) protects the line during the second half of a football game against the Los Angeles Rams at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

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Dave Gettleman isn't kidding about fixing the Giants' offensive line quickly. And now his rebuilding effort is three-fifths complete.

Hours after agreeing to terms on a mega-deal with free-agent left tackle Nate Solder, the Giants got him some company by agreeing to terms with former Jaguars guard Patrick Omameh. The 6-4, 327-pounder is ironically the player who was displaced when the Jags signed free agent Andrew Norwell, the Giants' original top target in free agency.

Omameh started 20 games for the Jaguars over the last two years, and will likely replace the departing Justin Pugh at left guard. Pugh has long been expected to leave via free agency, and will be visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday according to a league source.

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Pat Leonard joins Daily News Live to discuss the Giants likely signing offensive lineman Nate Solder on a 4-year deal worth $62 million.

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When the Giants used the ninth overall pick of the draft on Ereck Flowers three years ago, they hoped he'd be a fixture at left tackle for them for a decade. That experiment is now apparently over.

The Giants are expected to replace him on Wednesday afternoon by signing former Patriots left tackle Nate Solder shortly after the free-agent market opens at 4 p.m., according to an NFL source. He will be getting a monster, four-year deal worth $62 million and $35 million guaranteed, the source said. The $15.5 million per year average makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league...

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(Bob Donnan)

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Dave Gettleman isn't fooling around. He's all business when it comes to fixing the Giants. And in case anyone hasn't noticed, he's going to be aggressive with his plan.

If he didn't make that clear when he cut guard Bobby Hart and benched tackle Ereck Flowers in his first days on the job last December, it was pretty clear over the last few days when he got rid of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and punter Brad Wing, and traded for linebacker Alec Ogletree. There may be more cuts to come (perhaps receivers Dwayne Harris and Brandon Marshall) too, possibly before the free-agent market opens...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brad Wing, Brandon Marshall, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Ralph Vacchiano
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The DNL panel debates if the Giants will take Saquon Barkley with the second pick and if Kirk Cousins will sign with the Jets or Vikings.

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The new Giants regime seems ready to give cornerback Eli Apple the "clean slate" they've promised him after his miserable 2017 season. And with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie now moving to safety, it even looks like Apple is penciled back in for his old starting job.

But how sure are the Giants that they can count on him? And are they really convinced all his troubles are in the past?

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(Matt Cashore)

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With the NFL season officially over, all attention turns to the top-rated prospects coming out of college to pursue their professional dreams. 

For the Giants, their No. 2 overall pick is their top priority at the moment as they figure out what to do with the selection. Other than that top pick, though, there seems to be a consensus on what position the Giants should be addressing in this year's draft: the offensive line. 

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(Scott Galvin)

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The Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl champions, but the world hasn't yet spun off its axis. So for now, at least, Super Bowl LIII is still scheduled to be played next year.

The Eagles, who were the worst team in the NFC East just one year ago, are clearly among the favorites to get back to the Super Bowl again. But is there any chance the Giants can pull off their worst-to-first trick, too?

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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)

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Dave Gettleman made it clear that one of his top priorities in rebuilding the Giants is to fix the broken offensive line. He told that to the coaches he interviewed too.

And "as soon as he said, 'Everything starts with the offensive line,'" that's the moment Pat Shurmur said he was sold.

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(Brad Rempel)

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Pat Shurmur may already know he's likely to be the next Giants coach, but for now, he's got other priorities. With the Minnesota Vikings still in the playoffs, he told reporters last week that his future has to be on the "back burner".

Once the Giants get to his front burner, though, he'll see he has a lot of work to do.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

New Giants GM Dave Gettleman wasted no time in beginning to try and shake up the Giants putrid offensive line as mere days into his tenure, he waived Bobby Hart. 

In the days since, reports have come out suggesting that Hart and Ereck Flowers weren't exactly widely respected among their peers. Each had reportedly "checked out" and asked to sit out the Giants final game. They got their wish, as Hart was waived and Flowers was inactive...

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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)

Former Giants OL Geoff Schwartz criticized a pair of his former teammates, OL Ereck Flowers and former OL Bobby Hart, on WFAN Tuesday afternoon.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

Giants OL Ereck Flowers denied that he was benched this week, reports James Kratch of NJ Advance Media.

 

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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 and TE Evan Engram lead the list of seven inactive players for the Giants in the season finale on Sunday against Washington.

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 (Brace Hemmelgarn)
(Brace Hemmelgarn)

Dave Gettleman wouldn't put a timetable on how quickly he'd be able to "fix" the Giants' terrible offensive line, but he certainly didn't take long to get started.

The new Giants GM took big steps to shake up the line on his first full day as the new Giants general manager by releasing right tackle Bobby Hart and, according to multiple team sources, approving the benching of left tackle Ereck Flowers. Both players are on the injury report as "questionable" this week, and both players refused to practice on Friday, according to a team source...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks over his offensive line during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks over his offensive line during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Dave Gettleman finally ended the charade and stated the obvious: The Giants offensive line is a mess.

"We've got to fix the o-line, let's be honest," the new Giants GM said on Friday. "Let's not kid each other. I told you at the top, big men allow you to compete and that's what we've got to fix."

As obvious as that sounds, it marks a watershed moment for a franchise that has seemingly been in denial about its offensive line problem for years. At every turn, both former GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo resisted criticizing the line they created. Reese even often defended the poorly performing players he drafted...

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Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 1, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Carolina Panters general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

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Dave Gettleman will begin his first full day as the Giants general manager on Friday, and he won't need anyone to show him around the office. He also won't need an update on the Giants' many problems.

He already knows.

The big question, though, is this: How is he going to fix this mess? How is he going to restore the Giants to what they were when he left in 2012.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks to throw against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning looks to throw against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (2-12) at the Arizona Cardinals (6-8) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

Brrrr. … It'll only be in the low 70s on Sunday with partly cloudy skies. Good thing there's a retractable roof out there to keep everyone comfortable.

WHAT IT MEANS

Nothing at all. Go enjoy your Christmas Eve dinner. Pay no attention to this mess.

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins reacts after recovering a fumble against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants S Landon Collins, who was forced to exit Sunday's loss to the Eagles due to a lingering ankle injury, missed practice again on Thursday.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), WR Tavarres King (concussion), and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) also missed practice for a second straight day..

S Nat Berhe (hamstring), CB Brandon Dixon (heel/hamstring), T Ereck Flowers (groin), and DE Olivier Vernon (not injury related) were limited participants.

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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...

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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.

 

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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.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

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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.

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