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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the aftermath of the Giants' 27-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the star of the show was asked an awkward question about the difference between being 2-4 -- as the Giants would have been if they lost -- and 3-3. It wasn't a brilliant question, and Odell Beckham, Jr. said he wasn't sure how to answer.

"I don't know," he said. "You want to win."

That's true. And now that they finally have for the first time since Week 2, the Giants want to do it again. Because, as Beckham said later, that's really the only way to answer all the questions about the Giants, to know if this win was an anomaly or the start of a trend.

"I think we're on the way," he said. "It's only one game. We have to go out next week and do the same thing. That's the only way you're going to be able to tell if you're hitting your stride."

So maybe they'll know more on Sunday morning when they face the Los Angeles Rams in London. But there were some positive signs from their win over the Ravens that show maybe they are hitting their stride. It wasn't all good. It wasn't all pretty. But it's all covered in my 10 takeaways from the Giants' win:

1.) It's hard to say much more about Beckham's performance on an injured hip than I already said in my post-game column. But one thing I did leave out was that Eli Manning explained one reason for Beckham's breakout was that they were getting "looks" from the defense that they hadn't seen in weeks. That may be true, but the Giants can be better at dictating those looks. A great example was the first touchdown when Beckham used his "whirlybird" spin move after faking an inside route. That "lulled the corner to sleep" as Manning said and moved the safety, freeing Beckham to be all alone. I know it's not easy, but Beckham is obviously such a weapon the prime task of the Giants' offense has to be to free him up. He's been the major focus of defeneses since his rookie season and that never stopped the Giants from getting him the ball in position to make a big play. It can't stop them now.

2.) Can we stop the talk of Eli Manning being "in decline" now? He was 32 of 46 for 403 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. One of those came on the last play of the first half as they were desperately trying to get into field goal range, so it did no damage, and the other came when receiver Sterling Shepard fell (and may have been interfered with earlier in his route). Here's the thing about Manning's "decline": It was all based on two bad games on the road where his offensive line wasn't good. Yes, at times he's looked off, but he can still make pinpoint throws and he doesn't appear to have lost any arm strength. So with no signs of a physical decline, it's hard to imagine he's experiencing a mental one at 35 years old. Anyway, except for a slow start, he was mostly brilliant on Sunday. And yeah, so was Beckham, but only one of Beckham's big plays was a short throw where the receiver did the rest. Manning gets some credit for Beckham's day, too.

3.) The pass-protection from the offensive line was definitely better, though the run-blocking left a lot to be desired. One note on the pass-blocking, though: Left tackle Ereck Flowers nearly got Manning killed twice, including on one of his touchdown passes. I know Terrell Suggs is a handful for anyone and it's not exactly fair to grade Flowers' entire game on a couple of plays. But that's the life of a left tackle, especially one who was a Top 10 pick. He's got to be better.

4.) WR Dwayne Harris played two offensive plays. Both were short-yardage runs. Neither worked. He was in there basically as an extra blocker. Now, aside from the fact that the Giants weren't fooling anyone -- as soon as he came in, everyone in the stadium knew it was a run since he hasn't been used in the passing game all year -- Harris is 5-10, 202. The fact that he's the extra blocker in those situations is alarming. It speaks volumes for what the Giants think about the blocking of their tight ends, and it doesn't say anything great about how ready tackle Will Beatty is to get on the field. I mean, Beatty is 6-6, 319 and has six years of NFL experience as a starting tackle. He's really not ready enough to get on the field to block for two basic running plays?

5.) The Giants' lack of a consistent pass rush is still alarming, but overall I thought the defense was much better. Until late, their only touchdown came off a short field following Beckham's fumble. And their goal-line stand was absolutely brilliant. That fourth-down play where they stretched Ravens running back Terrance West out and linebacker Jonathan Casillas shed his blocker to ram West out of bounds was a textbook definition of how to defend that play, especially since little-used linebacker Mark Herzlich was right there, too. The first-down tackle by linebacker Devon Kennard and safety Landon Collins, holding West just short of the end zone was a thing of beauty, too. So was Jonathan Hankins' third-down arm tackle of West trying to leap over the pile. They gave up almost 400 yards and West and quarterback Joe Flacco ended up having good numbers, but I don't think that really tells the story of how effective the defense was.

6.) The pass interference call on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was just … I mean … I've watched it over and over and I don't see anything. Fox's Mike Pereira, the former NFL officiating czar, theorized on Twitter that maybe the officials mixed up offense and defense -- which if true is pretty inexcusable, especially at that stage of the game. But I've looked at it many, many times and I don't see anything. On TV they theorized that DRC has his right arm around the receiver. I couldn't see that either, but there's almost no way that back judge Steve Freeman could've seen it since he had basically the same angle we had on TV. It was just a truly horrible call. … I know some fans were up in arms about the roughing the passer call a little later on Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa. Sorry, that one was good. He took two, maybe three steps after Flacco released the ball and then hit him. It's an easy call.

7.) I don't know why Dwayne Harris is fielding punts inside the 10 yard line. He made fair catches at the 8 and the 7 and fielded one at the 5 that he returned for six yards. Isn't it worth the risk to let the punt bounce? Maybe it goes into the end zone for a touchback. Maybe it bounces forward. OK yes, if he lets it go perhaps the other team downs it closer to the goal line. But if you're already at the 8 or 7, it's not like they can get much closer. The fair catches especially feel like a big waste for me.

8.) Late in the first half, the Giants stopped the Ravens on third down to force a punt and McAdoo called his final timeout, which I liked. It gave the offense a little more time to try to get into field goal range. Yes, they wouldn't have any timeouts left, but there are ways to control the clock when the ball is in your hands. But here's what I don't get: The play ended at 1:19. The timeout didn't occur until 1:09. That's a waste of 10 seconds -- 10 seconds that could've come in handy when the offense ran out of time on their final drive of the half. Their last rushed play was run from the Baltimore 45 with eight seconds left. With 10 more seconds they wouldn't have had to rush and might've had another play left. (And oh, by the way, the officials' whistle can be heard on TV at 1:11, yet the clock kept running until 1:09. Bad job by the officials again there, and someone on the Giants should've been watching that. Every second counts).

9.) Eli Manning and Victor Cruz have looked very out of sync lately. One week after Cruz had zero catches, miscommunications between the two nearly led to two interceptions. On the first, Cruz cut in and Manning seemed to be throwing him an out route. The result was a pass about five yards behind him. On another, Cruz took off on a go-route while Manning threw as if he was supposed to run a slant. He ended up throwing it right into the hands of a defender and it was nearly picked off. Cruz ended up with three catches for 31 yards on seven targets, but they really do look off.

10.) I feel like there should be more positive things to say out of a win, but the story of this game was really Eli Manning, Odell Beckham and the goal-line stand. One particularly negative thing: The Giants' rushing attack. They ran the ball just 17 times for 38 yards. And considering they threw the ball 46 times, it's like they really didn't try to run at all. Keep in mind they played with a lead most of the game and were never down more than 10 points. Yet they call plays like they're down 30 all the time. Or maybe they just don't trust their ability to run. Either way, opposing defensive coordinators can see that, too.

Tags: Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano

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(William Hauser)

The Giants kicked off their first of 10 OTAs on Monday, and Big Blue took the field to shake off the rust of the offseason and get ready for their 2018 campaign. 

One of the big stories heading in was how quickly 2018 first-rounder RB Saquon Barkley will fit into new head coach Pat Shurmur's offense as well as find chemistry with veteran QB Eli Manning. 

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has arrived at the Giants' facility for OTAs Monday, per ESPN's Dianna Russini. 

It was reported earlier that Beckham was expected to show up for the voluntary OTAs last Friday. He was also present for all three days of the Giants' offseason workout program in late April.

Last season, Beckham was one of two players ( DE Olivier Vernon) to not show up for OTAs before the start of training camp. 

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence about the legalization of sports betting that the United States Supreme Court voted in favor for on May 14.

This enormously impacts the professional sporting world as Congress could now regulate sports betting if they wish to do so. However, if they elect not to, each State is allowed to act on its own in implementing their own system.

No matter what happened, Goodell's top priority is making sure that the integrity of the game continues to flourish moving forward with the ruling...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

What can't Odell Beckham Jr. do?

We've seen the Giants star wide receiver show off his dunking ability on the court and his soccer skills on the pitch. On Friday night in Anaheim, Beckham displayed what he can do at the plate as he bashed a long ball over the left center field wall at Angels Stadium during batting practice. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will reportedly attend voluntary organized team activities on Monday, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Beckham showed up to all three days of New York's voluntary minicamp in late April, practicing for the first time since undergoing season-ending ankle surgery last year.

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Justin Tuck motions during the Giants Ring of Fame ceremony. (AP)
Justin Tuck motions during the Giants Ring of Fame ceremony. (AP)

When the Giants' 6th all-time leader in sacks is asked what the team needs, can there be any surprises when he says pass rushers?

Justin Tuck believes the 2018 iteration of the Giants could use a few more players who do what he did, but he has hope that third-round draft pick Lorenzo Carter can be what the team needs. 

"They need more pass rushers," Tuck said...

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Giants QB Eli Manning had a tough time getting any offense from his 2017 squad that went 3-13 last season. It also didn't help that the balls he got off in the pocket before it collapsed weren't caught. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Manning had the most dropped passes among qualifying quarterbacks last season with 43. The closest players to him are the Raiders Derek Carr and Chargers Philip Rivers, who both at 35 drops. 

Before the 2017 season began, this was a stat that didn't look to have Manning at the top of the list. He had Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, and rookie TE Evan Engram to work with.

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Janoris Jenkins isn't giving up his Dez Bryant-to-Giants campaign.

Jenkins tweeted again on Tuesday, hinting to the Giants that the free-agent wide receiver would make the team's offense even scarier than it looks already on paper...

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(Kirby Lee)

Former Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion David Diehl sees an entirely different Giants team this year.

And though they were one of the leagues' worst at 3-13, Diehl is confident the new pieces this season will generate more wins. 

"You're going to be looking at a completely different offense," Diehl told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo. "Now you have Saquon Barkley, to Will Hernandez, to Nate Solder, and now coming back with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., you're looking at a dangerous offense that can do a lot of things."

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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The Lions claimed T Adam Bisnowaty and the 49ers claimed DB C.J. Goodwin after both players were waived by the Giants on Monday.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

A lawsuit that alleges Giants quarterback Eli Manning committed memorabilia fraud was reportedly settled, ProFootballTalk's Michael David Smith reports.

The Giants, Manning and Steiner Sports are alleged to have falsely provided non-game-used helmets for sale as certified game-used helmets. The plaintiffs' lawyers uncovered an email last year that Manning sent to the team's equipment director in 2010 when he asked for two helmets "that can pass as game used."

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Eli has advice for Saquon 00:00:51
New York Giants QB Eli Manning tells SNY's Justine Ward what his best advice is for rookie RB Saquon Barkley.

Giants QB Eli Manning is excited to start working with his new running back. But he has some words of wisdom to the 22-year-old. 

Barkley, the Giants No. 2 overall pick, already has tons of spotlight on him. And Manning knows well that the spotlight shines at all times, which is why his advice to Barkley is to learn how to say no. 

"Just be ready to handle this whirlwind of New York. You're going to be pulled every different direction. You gotta learn how to say 'No,' " Manning told SNY's Justine Ward at last Tuesday's BTIG Charity Day. "Say the words, 'No.' Understand you got a job to do and that's learn the playbook, get in here, and being a great teammate and learning the guys. Obviously, he's got a new family and a little baby now. So make sure you have everything in order to handle your business."

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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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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Lorenzo Carter talks rookie camp 00:00:42
Lorenzo Carter talks at Giants rookie camp, and discusses the ways he wants to fit in and the adjustments he needs to make to the NFL.

Giants 2018 third-rounder LB Lorenzo Carter has reminded everyone of the team's 2017 second-rounder DT Dalvin Tomlinson. It isn't their on-the-field play, but instead, what they play off the field. 

Tomlinson was known as the Renaissance Man for his extracurricular activities off the field that included playing a few instruments. Carter is the same way as he dabbles with the cello and tubs among others. 

"In elementary school, fifth grade, I started to play the cello and it stuck with me," Carter told reporters after the Giants' rookie minicamp over the weekend. "I love the sound of wood instruments, and I just fell in love with classical music."

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have waived CB C.J. Goodwin, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Goodwin was awarded to the Giants off waived from the Cardinals just last week. However, after signing veteran CB Chris Lewis-Harristhe Giants decided to let him go. 

Goodwin played for both the Cardinals and Falcons last season, where he totaled nine tackles over 14 combined games. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Pat Shurmur 00:01:21
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur speaks on the professionalism he seeks from his young players after Day 2 of the team's rookie minicamp.

Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on sideline during first half against Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on sideline during first half against Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A trial will begin on Monday in the memorabilia fraud case surrounding Eli Manning and the Giants.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS  (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The players were not in pads, the contact was limited and there was no tackling at all. That makes it hard to evaluate anyone, particularly a running back like Saquon Barkley.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur holds a press conference at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur holds a press conference at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - More than a decade ago, Tom Coughlin stormed into the Giants' offices vowing to restore "Giants pride". And while Pat Shurmur hasn't exactly stormed into the building, he's on a similar mission: To restore the "Giants way"

Those are basically the same things: A reminder of the need for players to be professionals, to treat people with respect -- lessons he began teaching the rookies and tryout players at the rookie mini-camp this weekend. Shurmur, like Coughlin before him, believes there is simply a right way to do things...

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The Giants' Ereck Flowers appeared at the 2015 NFL combine. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
The Giants' Ereck Flowers appeared at the 2015 NFL combine. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins revealed what seemed obvious last week, that the reason Ereck Flowers is skipping the Giants' offseason program is because he's "unhappy" with the team for replacing him at left tackle with free agent Nate Solder. That had long been everyone's assumption anyway.

Still, Giants coach Pat Shurmur wishes Collins had kept that to himself.

"Yeah, well that's not for Landon to talk about," Shurmur said Saturday morning during Day 2 of the Giants' rookie mini-camp. "I think the important thing is let's let Ereck talk for Ereck when he gets here and we'll worry about that later. Really, I don't think our players should be talking about another player's situation."...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Will Hernandez seen during rookie mini camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS  (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Will Hernandez seen during rookie mini camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Will Hernandez is affable and polite off the field but when he puts on the no. 71 Giants jersey this season, he'll turn into a completely different person.

Hernandez, Giants 2018 second-round draft pick, is proud of that personality change. At Giants rookie minicamp, he was all smiles as he talked about being nasty.

"It's kind of a split personality deal," Hernandez said...

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Jul 28, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) handing of the ball to New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jul 28, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) handing of the ball to New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

RB Paul Perkins has cleared waivers and remains on the Giants reserve/non-football injury list. He will not take up a spot on the 90-man roster.

Perkins was waived by the Giants earlier this week. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last month that Perkins needed surgery after suffering a torn pectoral muscle while working out on his own before the offseason program.

The Giants never announced a timetable for Perkins' recovery, though Vacchiano noted that -- depending on the extent of the tear -- the general recovery timetable is four-to-six months. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Pat Shurmur 00:01:56
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur gives his analysis on RB Saquon Barkley and QB Kyle Lauletta after their first day of rookie mini-camp.

Lauletta talks Giants' QBs 00:02:23
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano talks to Giants rookie QB Kyle Lauletta about learning from Eli Manning and competing with Davis Webb.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The old theory on how to develop young NFL quarterbacks was to throw as much as possible at them right from the beginning. Coaches wanted to see how much they could handle and to get them used to feeling overwhelmed.

"In a former life, way back when, what you did with the rookies -- this was like shock treatment," Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said on Friday. "You blew them up physically, emotionally, mentally and then by the time Monday came around, they're like, 'Holy smokes.'"

Anyone who remembers Eli Manning's first rookie mini-camp with the Giants knows that approach could lead to short-term disaster, even though coaches were sure it fostered long-term success. Regardless, when it comes to new Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta, Shurmur's approach this weekend at the Giants' rookie mini-camp figures to be much different than that...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

RB Saquon Barkley took the field on Friday for the first time as a Giant.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There has been no easing of Saquon Barkley into the spotlight by the Giants, not when GM Dave Gettleman has already hyped him as a Hall of Fame-caliber player who has been "touched by the hand of God." That is a heavy load to place on the 21-year-old's shoulders.

But to Barkley, the second overall pick in the NFL draft, the weight of Gettleman's words and expectations don't feel like a big deal at all.

"I'm so happy that I have a guy that believes in me and believes in my talent," Barkley said. "But it's not really expectations he set for me. It's something he saw on film. He believes in me. He believes I can achieve that one day...

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New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Saquon Barkley has heard the words of those who said taking a running back No. 2 was too high. And he explained to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano what makes him such an offensive threat.

"I'm not just a running back," Barkley said. "I'm not just a guy that's gonna line up in I formation and bang his head -- I'll do that if I have to, if that's part of the game plan. But I'm a guy that can run inside, outside, catch the ball out the backfield. You can line me up in slot, pass-block. Whatever it takes, I'm willing to do." 

Barkley also spoke with Vacchiano about the Hall-of-Fame expectations being placed on him, and the potential of the Giants' offense. Watch the full conversation below... 

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South Squad quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond throws a pass during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
South Squad quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond throws a pass during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants QB Kyle Lauletta, who the team selected in the fourth round (108th overall) during last month's NFL Draft, is looking forward to picking Eli Manning's brain and will "definitely lean on him" as he adjusts to the pros and learns the new playbook. 

"I don't know if there's one specific thing," Lauletta said about what he most wants to learn from Manning. "The way he interacts with his teammates, the way he commands his team, the way he plays his position."

Lauletta said he has already met Manning, who congratulated him and welcomed him to the Giants. And Lauletta echoed his head coach Pat Shurmur when he said he believes Manning has "years left" in the league. 

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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)

The Giants signed three mid-round draft picks and 11 undrafted free agents ahead of rookie minicamp.

Second-round pick Will Hernandez, an offensive lineman from UTEP, third-round linebacker Lorenzo Carter of Georgia and fourth-round quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond all signed their rookie deals on Friday, the team announced.

Carter's deal will be for four years and include $1.049 million in guarantees, SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Thursday

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Daily News Live: Barkley's role 00:02:33
The Daily News Live panel debates what role Saquon Barkley should play in the New York Giants' offense this upcoming season.

The Daily News Live panel debates what role Saquon Barkley should play in the New York Giants' offense this upcoming season.


 (Mark J. Rebilas)
(Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants have signed third-round (66th overall) pick Lorenzo Carter to a four-year deal with $1.049 million guaranteed, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Carter will earn $480,000 in 2018, followed by $665,000 in 2019, $851,000 in 2020, and $1.036 million in 2021. 

Carter attended Georgia for four seasons, where he totaled 166 tackles (21.5 for loss) and 14 sacks. His senior season was his best year in college, with 62 combined tackles (8.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries.

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Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have waived RB Paul Perkins with a non-football injury designation, the team announced Thursday.

If Perkins clears waivers, he can be placed on IR. The 23-year-old rushed 41 times for 90 yards in 11 games last season.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: This could be a sad end to what once looked to be a promising career for Paul Perkins, a fifth-rounder the Giants took out of UCLA in 2016. When they drafted him they were convinced they had a steal. It was only a matter of time until he was going to be a dominant feature back...

Tags: Jonathan Stewart, Paul Perkins, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman
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Former New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings thinks Odell Beckham Jr. should try to become the highest paid receiver in the NFL.

Calling Odell Beckham Jr. a generational talent, former teammate Rashad Jennings said Beckham has every right to try to become the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

"Go for it. Why not? Why shouldn't he go for that? He's arguably the best receiver in the game," Jennings told SNY's Larry Ridley. "He's young, he's got a lot of future ahead of him. Go chase it. He's one player that -- he's a generational guy."

The Giants can slap the franchise tag on Beckham for 2019, 2020, and 2021 if they so choose, and while he's deserving of a contract extension, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently explained why the Giants shouldn't be in a rush to acquiesce to his demands

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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...

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Ralph Vacchiano
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Former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck chats with SNY's Justine Ward about Saquon Barkley and Eli Manning.

Former Giants DE Justin Tuck still refers to his former team like he is putting the pads on next season.

Tuck, a Giants Ring of Honor member, used "we" and "us" when asked questions about the Giants upcoming season. And, of course, one of those questions was about the team's No. 2 overall pick in RB Saquon Barkley

Tuck approves...

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Daily News Live: Giants 00:03:31
Pat Leonard joins to panel to discuss John Mara's comments on Odell Beckham Jr's contract situation and his participation in OTAs.

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Odell Beckham Jr. is back on the good side of the Giants organization again after that brief and silly trade scare back in late March. They're even back to acknowledging he is part of their future, and John Mara promised that at some point Beckham's much-anticipated contract extension "will get done."

But that doesn't mean it'll happen now or in the immediate future. Even Mara admitted to feeling no "sense of urgency" to strike a deal. The contract, he said on Tuesday night, "will get done when it's supposed to get done." And that's fine. Everybody should relax because there shouldn't be a sense of urgency...

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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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)

It takes one to know one. 

Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin has nothing but high praise for the Giants' new RB Saquon Barkley, who idolized Martin growing up a Jets fan. 

"I think he'll be a really good fit," Martin told Newsday's Tom Rock.  "If I were the Giants, that's probably the pick that I would have made. I think he'll be a great addition to the team. I think he's a unique weapon for Eli to have because he's as good a receiver as he is a running back as you're going to get coming out of the backfield, and he's one of the best runners I've seen."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants co-owner John Mara is remaining hopeful that the team will be able to come to terms with WR Odell Beckham on a new contract.

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(Robert Deutsch)

Former Giants QB Phil Simms loves what he has seen from GM Dave Gettleman and the rest of the Giants organization. And what he sees is a team in win-now mode.

The Giants could have easily set themselves up for life after Eli Manning by selecting Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, or Josh Rosen with their No. 2 overall pick. Instead, they went with dynamic RB Saquon Barkley -- a player that will make an immediate impact next season. 

Barkley was only one of Gettleman's moves that prove he wants his team in a win-now state. Simms likes that mindset.

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(William Hauser)

For those who didn't vote for Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison in the NFL Top 100 this year -- good luck. 

It appears that Harrison, who was No. 96 on the 2017 Top 100 list, won't make it this season as the latest installment of the list (No. 80-71) didn't include him. 

Well, it is safe to say that Snacks doesn't appreciate it after warning "every lineman we play this year" that he will have no mercy. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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(Kim Klement)

In the latest release of the NFL Network's Top 100 players, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. ranked No. 77 on their list. 

Beckham may have ranked No. 8 overall before the start of the 2017 season, but after playing in just four games last season due to an ankle injury, he saw his ranking fall significantly.

Though he fell, Beckham's stats up until this point in his career are still worthy of a Top 10 ranking. Since entering the league, he is second only behind Antonio Brown in touchdowns (38). He has also topped 1,300 yards in each of his first three seasons. 

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New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

By drafting running back Saquon Barkley second overall in the NFL draft, the Giants have another threat on offense, and quarterback Eli Manning is looking forward to working with the rookie.

"You like those three-down running backs," Manning said, according to NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I haven't watched a whole lot of film on him. You've got to let him get here and earn his (stripes) a little bit. I know he is very talented. I'm just excited to get him in the facility and on the practice field and work with him."

Tags: Eli Manning, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Wayne Gallman
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Feb 3, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Odell Beckham Jr. during red carpet arrivals for the NFL Honors show at Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 3, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Odell Beckham Jr. during red carpet arrivals for the NFL Honors show at Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Looking to further market Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. more, Nike has filed a trademark for his new logo. 

Beckham's logo features his "OBJ" intials warped together into one. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE LOGO

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The Giants cleared some space on their roster ahead of their rookie mini-camp this weekend, cutting five players, including safety Ryan Murphy who played in three games with them last year.

Murphy, a special teamer, was the only one of the five who had gotten a game for the Giants. They also cut guard Damien Mama, whom they signed off the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad last Dec. 23.

The other three were receiver Caanan Severin, running back Terrell Watson and punter Austin Rehkow.

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(Kim Klement)

Though the Giants' offensive acquisitions this offseason have generated the most talk, Big Blue hasn't been stingy bolstering their defense either. 

The Giants were in need of a veteran presence in their linebackers room after the departures of Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas, and one of GM Dave Gettleman's first moves was to trade for LB Alec Ogletree. At 26, Ogletree has five NFL seasons with the Rams under his belt, where he recently wore the headset as the defense's playcaller.

Ogletree will likely be paired with B.J. Goodson, who wore the headset for the Giants as the MIKE linebacker last season. However, Goodson could only call out plays in limited time due to injuries. This season, though, Goodson is hoping to show the Giants the potential they saw when he was drafted in the fourth round back in 2016. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, Scott Thompson
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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."

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Landon Collins
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Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

After signing with the Giants, defensive lineman A.J. Francis called out his former team, the Washington Redskins, on Instagram by saying they didn't appreciate him and calling their logo racist.

Francis, 27, recorded 18 combined tackles in six games with Washington last year, his second with the team and third since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

The Redskins released him last Friday, and after staying in the NFC East by joining the Giants, took to Instagram to vent:

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(Daniel Powers)

The Giants continue to add secondary depth as they were awarded CB C.J. Goodwin off waivers on Wednesday. 

The 28-year-old split time with the Falcons and Cardinals last season, where he totaled nine tackles over 14 games. He was an undrafted free agent that signed with the Steelers back in 2014. 

He joined the Falcons on their practice squad in 2015, and eventually made it to the 53-man roster the season after. Goodwin played in all three of the Falcons' postseason games including Super Bowl LI.

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