QB: A-

Let’s state the obvious. Eli Manning is the starter. Continuing with the obvious theme, Manning needs to improve.

I don’t want to hear one more excuse about the players around him, injuries, or any other outside factor. He is supposedly the chosen one, the franchise symbol. Yes, many of his interceptions last season bounced off receiver’s hands. Yes the run game bottomed out at times in 2009. Yes, two seasons ago he surpassed 4,000 yards in the air. It doesn’t matter. He’s being paid to be a leader. If a receiver can’t catch, teach him how. If a member of your offense is obnoxious and overbearing in the huddle/locker room, handle it.

David Carr is my favorite to win out the back up job. He is capable, a favorite among the coaching staff, and frankly cheaper than Sage Rosenfels.

I expect the Giants to keep 3 QBs this season and that job will go to Ryan Perrilloux . The team feels that they may have found a solid investment in the young QB out of LSU and would like to develop him further.

HB: A

Perhaps the biggest story at this position right now is the return of Andre Brown. Not to undermine the needed retention of Ahmad Bradshaw, but Coach Coughlin commented today that Brown looks better now than when they drafted him in the 4th round of the 2009 draft.

Brown reminds me of Derrick Ward. In his first three seasons with the Giants, Ward struggled to make an impact (aside from a kickoff return for a TD against Washington in 2004). His feet seemed to be restrained by cement bricks when given rushing opportunities. Brown looked similar during his limited 2010 preseason reps in New York (never saw game action because of his Achilles injury in 2009). Zero explosion or cutting ability was evident.

As you know, Ward broke out when called upon in an emergency situation during 2007’s opener in Dallas. In 2008 he rushed for 1,025 yards. Brown has yet to accomplish that feat, but his training camp performance thus far shows signs that he might be a sleeper in the Giants backfield.

Obviously, Ahmad Bradshaw is the main event star right now and I expect him to get the first hand off of the game. Brandon Jacobs will see at least 5 touches a game and if he shows that he is capable of returning to 2008 form, he may suddenly challenge for the main event spotlight once again.

What I love about this position group is the depth. At this position in this day and age, keeping backs fresh is essential but extremely difficult. I see the Giants keeping 4 running backs, but would not be surprised to see opt for 5. They did that in 2008 in order to keep both Reuben Droughns and DJ Ware.

If someone is the odd man out, my money is on Ware. Rookie Da’Rel Scott has been showing off impressive speed and he may factor in the return game immediately. Of all the problems the Giants have had thus far in 2011, they just may have to deal with the pleasant issue of a running back logjam similar to the one they maneuvered in 2008.

WR: B

I expect both Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to have big years and showcase continued growth as professional receivers. Of those two however, my eye is on Manningham in particular. He was the only man left standing last year when Nicks, Steve Smith, and Domenik Hixon were all out with injuries at the same time. With the help of now Raiders WR Derek Hagan, and TE Kevin Boss Mario helped keep a struggling offensive attack afloat.

He possess great footwork (arguably better than even Amani Toomer’s), usually soft hands, and impressive elusiveness. He’s both a deep threat and dangerous on screen passes.

But the real focus for now is on the 3rd slot and beyond. Hixon is definitely a candidate to see an increased number of snaps, but Victor Cruz and Devin Thomas are providing quite the battle. It appears that for now, Cruz is ahead of the former Redskin, as Thomas cannot practice until a dislocated finger heals. Both have been impressive and both have loads of potential.

I expect the Giants to retain 6-7 receivers (not including Steve Smith should he choose to re-sign). The obvious locks are Manningham, Nicks, Hixon, and Jerrel Jernigan. Jernigan has blown the coaching staff away by his speed. Rumor has it, he could see some time in a wildcat style formation as well.

Although Darius Reynaud has had a decent camp, I see the final two spots going to Cruz and Thomas. Both are two young and talented to cast off. I don’t see Ramses Barden in the Giants future, simply because he cannot find a way to stay on the field. He has been on PUP since the start of camp. It’s a shame because the team could certainly have used his big body now that Kevin Boss is a Raider.

TE/FB: C-

Too be fair, this was a solid C when I started writing this. Since then however, Ben Patrick retired and Kevin Boss was officially off the market.

It seems certain that Bear Pascoe will be a true TE this season. He has reportedly been only attending TE meetings. That means that Henry Hynoski will likely start at FB for the Giants this Saturday.

Getting FB out of the way, I have heard only good things about Hynoski and after watching some film on the PITT alum, I give him my vote of confidence. It doesn’t worry me that he went undrafted because FBs aren’t usually draft day priorities. Also, if Hynoski can get the playbook down fairly easily, there should only be a slight rookie transition for him. He plays physical, has decent hands, and has expressed a strong desire to clobber anyone and anything he can. Give him a helmet and send the kid in.

Still, even with FB covered, Pascoe isn’t necessarily the answer at TE. He’s a great second option and a great blocker, but I’m not quite ready to hang my hat on him.

If you’ve read my work before, you know how I feel about Travis Beckum. He isn’t a TE. He is too small to block a lineman and barely big enough to take on a medium sized LB. If anything, he’s useful out of the backfield or in the slot. But that can be handled by players like Hynoski and Jernigan. I know they won’t but the Giants should part with him.

Daniel Coates (an emergency signing after Patrick unexpectedly left the team) and Jake Ballard are decent blockers but are not known for their receiving talents. With Pascoe’s longest reception going for 12 yards, the answer at TE is not yet on the roster.

I’m for trading Osi for John Carlson in Seattle. Carlson reminds me a lot of Kevin Boss but he faltered with only 31 receptions in 2010. Big things had been expected of him after he notched over 100 total catches during his first two years as a pro. Likely, Carlson’s numbers suffered because of the QB issues that Seattle endured last season.

The Giants could use his 6’5 251 lb frame and the Seahawks are in a position to deal him. They brought in Zach Miller via free agency and are now saddled with two starting caliber receiving TE’s. Jerry Reese expects to keep Osi, but trading him to Seattle might be wiser.

OL: B

This may draw heat, but I agree with the necessary moves that cost Rich Seubert, Shaun O’hara, and Shawn Andrews their jobs. Seubert played exceptionally well in 2010, but how many devastating injuries can you expect an aging player to battle through and still perform at a high level. O’hara had been on the decline for two years. Andrews was simply too expensive for an injury prone player.

I’m excited to see what John Baas can do and I’m comforted by the fact that O’hara was also converted from G to C when he arrived in NY. Obviously Chris Snee is a star player. I also like David Diehl’s return to the G spot. He should enjoy success there.

The tackle spots worry me and I’d like to see Kareem McKenzie step up his game this season. I have more faith in Will Beatty than I used to, but the Giants wouldn’t start him at LT unless he was truly ready to go. He is the future at that spot whether we like that or not. That rhymed by accident I promise.

If Beatty doesn’t work, I’d really like to see Diehl shift back so that Mitch Petrus (baby Seubert) can get his shot at LG. I’m very excited about that young kid’s ability.

DL: B+

With or without Osi, I feel good about this group. It is time for Jason Pierre-Paul to be the starter anyway. Osi is playing on borrowed time as it is thanks to a hip injury. Right now it looks as if JPP will be the number one guy on the right side since Mathias Kiwanuka was named the started today at LOLB.

Justin Tuck. Not much to say, I just felt I needed to at least mention him. Great player, great captain. The End.

The interior of the line is youthful and promising. Remember the increased role that Jay Alford was supposed to assume in 2009 but was lost in the preseason to a chest injury? Well that’s the feel right now with Linval Joseph, who essentially red shirted his rookie season before getting significant playing time versus Washington in Week 17.

Joseph’s minimal impact last season does not change the fact that he is likely to be one of the starting two DTs come Week 1 (alongside Chris Canty). For those of you who are worried about him making the leap from bench sitter to starter, I’d kindly ask you to view footage of Manningham’s 2008 and 2009 seasons back to back. Joseph isn’t a lock to be special, but I have a good feeling about him.

He will be pushed by an eager Marvin Austin. I have and will continue to argue that the Giants stole a second 1st round pick when they got Austin. He might make an impact early.

LB: B+

Perhaps that’s over eager. But I’m excited for the young talent that the Giants boast at this position. Jonathan Goff will break out this year. He is a prototypical LB with great eyes for the ball and power behind his hits. He closes caps in the offensive line very quickly.

Michael Boley is adequate at ROLB but I see either him or Kiwanuka getting pushed by either Mark Herzlich. Herzlich is another 1st round pick quality player and I see him becoming an established member of this defense shortly.

Jaquan Williams shows promise for the future, but I see him contributing mainly on special teams in 2011.

DB: B-

Losing Prince Amukamara for an undetermined length of time is obviously a blow. But Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas are quality corners. I expect a rejuvenated and fully healed Kenny Phillips on the field and this should make Antrel Rolle look more like the star the Giants had hoped for when they signed him.

The news of the hour is the impressive showing from rookie safety Tyler Sash. Sash has been getting significant reps with the first team defense. The Giants like to keep their DB’s fresh, so I would not be surprised to see Sash rotate in early and also help bring back the 3 safety set that Perry Fewell loves to run.

When Amukamara returns he will still be behind the learning curve. However, he could contribute as a nickel corner towards the homestretch of the season.

Special Teams: B

As far as the return game is concerned, the Giants could not be happier to have Domenik Hixon back. He, Jernigan, and Scott should bring this area back to prominence.

I also love the signing of Steve Weatherford. Matt Dodge can boot them far in practice, but he should have been able to compose himself in game situations by December of last season. The Giants can’t afford to let him struggle on their watch and I expect the seasoned vet, Weatherford, to win this battle.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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There has been quarterback carnage all around the NFL early this season and plenty of teams that probably could use a veteran like Eli Manning if he were available.

But Manning has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and according to multiple sources he has no immediate plans to waive it.

At least not yet.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have officially transitioned to their rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones, with veteran signal caller Eli Manning backing him up this week down in Tampa. 

It has been 16 years that Manning has given to Big Blue as their franchise quarterback, but the Giants believe it is time for a new era in the organization. As one would expect, though, some of Manning's old teammates have come out to show their appreciation for -- and even defense -- their quarterback. 

Shaun O'Hara, who was Manning's center in his final seven seasons of his career, was one that didn't like the move at all by his former team. Here's what the NFL Network analyst had to say...

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opened the door on Monday for Daniel Jones to replace Eli Manning as the starting quarterback sooner rather than later, the team's announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning was still shocking to see.

The Eli Manning Era is over, as he will be the backup to Jones in Week 3 on Sunday when the Giants take on the Bucs in Tampa.

But why now? Here are three reasons why the Giants might have chosen this exact moment to make the change... 

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Eli Manning

When the Giants made their last big, permanent quarterback switch 15 years ago, Kurt Warner didn't see it coming. He wasn't happy. He thought he had more time. He was sure he was still the Giants best quarterback.

But as soon as they told him he was being benched for a young Eli Manning nine games into the 2004 season, Warner made it clear to the Giants they should never put him back in.

He knew then what Pat Shurmur needs to know now: Once a move this big is made, there's no turning back. No matter what happens over the next 14 games, no matter how much Jones may struggle, no matter how many losses pile up, Daniel Jones is the Giants quarterback and it has to stay that way.

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Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has been named the starter for Week 3 in Tampa, meaning the Eli Manning Era is officially over in New York. So what's next?

Manning's days with the Giants may be done under center, but that doesn't mean he can't find playing time elsewhere. There are a few quarterback-needy teams out there that could look to add the veteran signal caller. 

Now Manning does have the ball in his court with a no-trade clause, so the Giants can't simply get rid of him. Nor would they considering what he has meant to the franchise for the past 16 years. 

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Vacchiano talks Daniel Jones 00:01:55
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to Daniel Jones being named starting QB for the Giants, and looks at why they made the move now.

The Giants have named Daniel Jones their starting quarterback, the team announced Tuesday morning on Twitter.

"Eli and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said in a release issued by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."

With the Giants 0-2, Shurmur explained why now was the right time for the move.

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If the Giants are looking for the perfect spot to make the switch and give 22-year-old Daniel Jones his first NFL start, this isn't it.

But there are ideal windows coming soon.

Now, the Giants may decide that the situation doesn't matter or they may feel like they don't have a choice. They may decide to name Jones their starting quarterback for this Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, even if the situation isn't ideal. The reality is that teams can't always choose a perfect spot for a rookie quarterback to make his debut.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants fell to 0-2 after a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 on Sunday and veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins let his thoughts fly. 

Following the game, Jenkins was highly critical of his team's pass rush. 

"When you've got time [to throw] and you ain't getting no pressure, I can't cover nobody for 10 seconds," Jenkins said. "Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds? Go look at the first five seconds of the route. He's not open."

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Before the regular season began, Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines in late August when his wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated went viral.

The former Giants wide receiver told Ben Baskin of SI that New York sent him to the Browns "to die," setting off his latest disgruntled comments about his team from 2014-18.

Prior to Week 2's 8:15 p.m. kickoff against the New York Jets on ESPN, Beckham further explained those words in an interview aired during the Monday Night Football pregame show with Randy Moss.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The Giants waived RB Paul Perkins on Monday, in order to make room for rookie TE Kaden Smith, who was claimed off waivers after being let go by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Perkins, a former fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Giants, had previously been inactive for New York in both games to start the season, and missed all of the 2018 season on the reserve/non-injury list after tearing his pectoral muscle last offseason.

The UCLA product played a total of 25 games for the Giants, racking up 546 rushing yards on 153 attempts (3.6 YPA) and another 208 receiving yards on 23 catches.

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Eli Manning

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The Eli Manning Era is over, whether the Giants are ready to make it official or not.

It came to an end on Monday morning when Pat Shurmur reversed course and flung open the door he had been trying so hard to keep closed. Just 20 hours after he said it wasn't time to have the conversation, he decided "it's fair" to now talk about benching the 38-year-old Manning in favor of 22-year-old rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

At that moment, Manning was done. Only the final arrangements need to be ironed out.

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Eli addresses starting status 00:00:53
With the Giants at 0-2, Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning acknowledge the questions surrounding the starting status of Eli under center.

After saying following Sunday's loss that Eli Manning's status as the starting quarterback wasn't in question heading into Week 3 against the Bucs, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made a stunning 180 on Monday afternoon.

"We're gonna talk about everything moving forward. I think that's fair at this point," Shurmur said. "To this point what we've done hasn't been good enough."

Shurmur added that he understood what his comments would cause when it comes to media and fan reaction.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

After the Giants dropped their first two games of the season, head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday that the team will be looking at everything to make the proper changes to grab a win in Week 3. 

And that includes the quarterback position. 

When asked if Eli Manning will be the starter still this week, Shurmur wouldn't commit to his veteran quarterback.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

Eli Manning and the Giants suffered yet another loss on Sunday against the Bills, moving their season quickly to 0-2. 

But the loss also moved Manning's career record to a number he probably doesn't want to see. 

Manning is now 116-116, a .500 career record. That means next week against the Bucs on the road, Manning could dip under that mark and own a losing record for his career. 

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Time is running out on the Eli Manning Era, whether Pat Shurmur wants to talk about it or not. Pretty soon there will be nothing to play for in this lost season. The Giants, very clearly, are a mess.

Ironically, that might be the truth that sets Manning free to extend his Giants career a little longer. Because why in the world would the Giants want to throw a rookie quarterback into the middle of this?

Seriously, at this point, that's the best argument for keeping Daniel Jones, the Giants' future franchise quarterback, on the sidelines as this already miserable season unravels. For all who hope that he would be a better option than a 38-year-old Manning, the reality is that he's still a 22-year-old kid who is learning on the job. That's not always the easiest thing to do in the best of circumstances.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants' veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins was quite angry after the team's 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

"We have to make some changes, we have to make fixes. Everybody has to make corrections. Like I said, he can't just stand back there and pat the ball with no pressure," said Jenkins, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

The Bills offense racked up 388 total yards, as quarterback Josh Allen went 19 for 30 passing with 253 yards and one touchdown. Allen was sacked just three times, as the Giants defense gave very little pressure, allowing for Allen to take his time in the pocket.

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Giants fall to 0-2 00:02:10
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins and Saquon Barkley on disappointment of o-2 after today's loss to Bills

It was deja vu for the Giants. 

They put together a solid first drive of the game with Saquon Barkley capping it off with a 27-yard run. But all 75 yards came on the ground -- Barkley with 55 and Bennie Fowler getting a 20-yard sweep play as well. 

Eli Manning in the passing game during this home opener just didn't work. And the 28-14 on the scoreboard in favor of the Bills was the result. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants defense is a disaster and nothing -- not Saquon Barkley, not a quarterback change, not a miracle -- is going to help them salvage the season if the defense continues to play like this.

For the second straight week, the defense was barely a speed bump on the road to another loss, especially in the first half as the Giants fell into a deep hole. The Buffalo Bills racked up 260 yards in the first half alone and scored on three of their first four possessions, all while second-year quarterback Josh Allen was made to look like Johnny Unitas. It all unraveled in a 28-14 loss to the Bills that could have been -- and probably should have been -- worse.

And it's nothing new either. The pass rush is simply nonexistent. Linebacker Markus Golden, imported from Arizona in the hopes that he could revive his career after an ACL injury, had a sack on the second drive. That was good. That was also one of the few times the Giants' pass rush got anywhere near Allen all game. He had all day long to throw, and when he did leave the pocket, no one could catch him.

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Giants WR Cody Latimer has left today's game against the Bills with a concussion. 

Latimer made a crucial fourth-down grab, but caught a helmet to helmet tackle from Bills S Jordan Poyer. He immediately went to the Giants' medical tent to be evaluated. 

Latimer, who was initially expected to be out with a calf injury, saw three catches on five targets for 30 yards before his departure. He now joins Sterling Shepard as another receiver with a concussion. 

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Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)
Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)

If Week 1 taught us anything about who Eli Manning wants to target in the passing game this year, it's his young TE Evan Engram

Engram led the Giants with 14 targets, 11 catches, 116 yards and the lone touchdown catch of the game for the Giants. And numbers like that should continue for the third-year Ole Miss product that was drafted with the hope of putting up numbers like this. 

With Sterling Shepard out with a concussion for this week's matchup against the Bills, Engram may be relied on even more by Manning when he drops back to pass. Cody Latimer was upgraded to active, but he only saw three catches on his eight targets. Engram was creating problems for the Cowboys' linebackers, finding opening in the middle of the field to gain some solid yardage.

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it looks like one Giants receiver that was expected to be out will strap on their pads for Sunday's tilt against the Bills. 

Cody Latimer, who was initially supposed to be out with a calf injury, is actually set to play, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Latimer was expected to be on the sideline with Sterling Shepard, who is out with a concussion. 

So Latimer should be set to start opposite of Bennie Fowler to start this game today. It's unknown if he'll be limited with his injury, but with the Giants' starting receivers in Shepard and Golden Tate out, one would expect to see Latimer out there as much as he can to help the receiving corps. 

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The Giants play their home opener in the Meadowlands against the 1-0 Bills. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Sept. 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants receiver Sterling Shepard won't play in Sunday's game against the Bills, as the receiver remains in the league's concussion protocol.

But now, questions have arisen within the league about the way Shepard entered the protocol to begin with.

Shepard played the entire game against the Cowboys and it wasn't until Monday that Pat Shurmur announced Shepard had a concussion.

But the play in question occurred in the third quarter on Sunday, and despite the process the league has in place for spotting possible head injuries-- with multiple "spotters" on the field and in the press box whose sole gameday responsibility is to make sure any potential head injuries are given medical attention-- no one seemed to notice when Shepard went down

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

After the Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys in their season opener last week, a video of a young Big Blue fan went viral. The child, wearing a Giants jersey, tried to get the autograph of the Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence following the game. 

The Dallas defender wasn't having it. 

Lawrence told the kid to "get the right jersey" and blew him off. 

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After the Giants failed to generate pressure against the Dallas Cowboys, leading quarterback Dak Prescott's 405-yard passing performance in the season opener's 35-17 loss the past weekend, outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson and the New York staff hit the reset button ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

"I think everybody's looking for the same answer -- how are we going to get pressure on the quarterback?" Dawson said. "You've obviously got to make him uncomfortable, get the ball coming out faster and we've got to make him throw it under duress when he is going to throw it. And then, ultimately, we need to sack the quarterback and get there.

"So it's something that I think all the guys are hungry to get fixed, hungry to get answered. Came out and trained hard this week, so we've got to do a great job. Guys that can move, you've got to have a good aiming point, good plan on those guys and be able to get to them."

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Giants thin at wide out 00:00:47
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur discusses how the Giants will have to produce at wide receiver despite being hit by the injury bug.

Sterling Shepard spent the week in concussion protocol, but the fourth-year wide receiver was out on the field Friday as the Giants turned the page from the past weekend's 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants hoped to have Shepard back by the time Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills arrived, but they instead enter the home opener without one of their top offensive weapons.

After Friday's practice, Shurmur said that Shepard was not entirely held out of action, but there were further steps needed to gain clearance before Sunday's game.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who has been doing light activity on the side at practice this week while still in concussion protocol, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills. 

Along with Shepard, the Giants will also be without Darius Slayton, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Adding to the wide receiver injury woes, Cody Latimer is questionable for Sunday's game due to a calf injury.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Evan Engram, Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) shakes hands with head coach Sean McDermott after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) shakes hands with head coach Sean McDermott after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills just got a bit more interesting.

A day after Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that Bills quarterback Josh Allen "had a chance to be a starter," repeating the head coach's take on the Wyoming product as the Giants evaluated the position ahead of the 2018 NFL draft, the Bills took notice.

According to Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic, a tweet published by NFL Network's Kimberly Jones with Shurmur's comments about Allen appeared on televisions displayed inside the Bills' facility Thursday.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Giants' wide receiver Cody Latimer is the newest player on the injury report, after sitting out practice on Thursday.

Latimer is dealing with a calf injury, forcing him to jog lightly on the side with fellow wide reciever Sterling Shepard, who is still in concussion protocol.

In 51 career games, Latimer has 49 recpetions for 709 yards and four touchdowns. He played with the Denver Broncos from 2014-17 before joining the Giants in 2018.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

As the Giants hit the practice fields on Thursday, wide receiver Sterling Shepard remained in the league's concussion protocol.

Shepard entered the protocol following Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, and is reportedly doing "okay" according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

Shepard finished Week 1 with six catches for 42 yards, third most on the team behind Evan Engram's 116 and Cody Latimer's 74.

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Bettcher talks improving defense 00:01:16
New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher explains how improve the defense after giving up 400+ passing yards to Dallas.

The Giants defense had a 2019 debut they'd like to forget.

As a unit, the Giants allowed 494 yards of offense against the Cowboys, the most of any NFC team. Their 35 points allowed were also the most given up by any NFC team, and defensive coordinator James Bettcher believes the key to fixing the defensive issues is to put in the work during the week. 

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Josh Allen (Vincent Carchietta)
Josh Allen (Vincent Carchietta)

Just a season ago, the Giants had the chance to take one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft with their No. 2 overall pick. Josh Allen was among those quarterbacks, coming out of Wyoming. 

However, the Giants went with Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with that pick, and Allen went to the Bills seventh overall. 

On Sunday, Allen will be going up against Big Blue with Buffalo staying in East Rutherford following their come-from-behind win over the Jets in Week 1. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur commented on Allen, and though he wouldn't say whether or not he was an option for the Giants in that 2018 Draft. 

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Aug 9, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tuzar Skipper (51) celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Aug 9, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tuzar Skipper (51) celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

The Giants officially placed LB Kareem Martin on Injured Reserve on Wednesday due to knee injury suffered against the Cowboys, and while the team re-signed WR TJ Jones to fill the roster spot, the team may be looking at another recent addition to fill Martin's shoes on defense.

On Monday, the Giants claimed LB Tuzar Skipper off waivers from the Steelers. Pittsburgh had waived him to promote Johnny Holton to the active roster, and according to Skipper, they had hoped to bring him back before the Giants swooped in.

"They were short a gunner and low on wide receivers that week for New England, so they basically cut me and then they were going to bring me back to the (53-man roster) again, but the Giants claimed me," Skipper said. "They didn't think that I was going to get claimed. The Giants claimed me like the last five minutes before the deadline or something like that."

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Giants try to fix what's broken 00:01:11
Eli Manning, Jabrill Peppers, and Evan Engram discuss the urgency for the Giants to fix problems quickly in order to get a win in Week 2.

The Giants allowed 405 yards through the air to the Cowboys, a main reason why the scoreboard read 35-17 Dallas at the end of the day. 

Heading into the season, the Giants knew they were inexperienced at the position with the exception of Janoris Jenkins. It was a young yet hopeful group that the team believed would translate well. 

But that was the exact opposite outcome with the Cowboys' receivers doing whatever they wanted on the field. Dallas' social media team posted a recap video on their Twitter that proved receivers like Amari Cooper knew they had the upper hand. 

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New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) signals the line of scrimmage as Kevin Zeitler (70) and Saquon Barkley (26) look on during a NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) signals the line of scrimmage as Kevin Zeitler (70) and Saquon Barkley (26) look on during a NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

A week after the Giants' first injury report of the 2019 season was highlighted by an offensive lineman, it is once again in Kevin Zeitler, along with wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Zeitler sustained a shoulder injury in the Giants' season opener, a 35-17 loss to the Cowboys. As the Giants turn their attention to their Week 2 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, Zeitler was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, according to the team's injury report. 

But all signs are pointing to the positive in regard to the 29-year-old lineman's health. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters he believes Zeitler "will be fine." In addition, Zeitler himself said there's "no doubt" he'll play against the Bills. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver TJ Jones (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver TJ Jones (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With Sterling Shepard currently in concussion protocol and questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, the Giants made a move to shore up his spot on the roster. 

T.J. Jones, who was a standout receiver with the Giants this preseason, is back with Big Blue, according to NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton

This isn't the first time Jones was brought in after injuries struck the Giants. With Golden Tate's suspension, Corey Coleman's ACL tear and Shepard dealing with a thumb injury previously, Jones came into Giants training camp to add more depth. And he made the best of the opportunity. 

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When Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters during his Monday conference call that Sterling Shepard was in concussion protocol, many were stunned. 

When the heck did that happen on Sunday? 

Shepard played the entire game, and he wasn't brought up during the post-game press conference when Shurmur had to answer for how the Giants lost 35-17 to the Cowboys. 

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By the numbers, the Giants showed up on offense despite Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas -- just not everywhere.

Big Blue racked up 470 total yards, 319 of which came through the air and 306 from Eli Manning, who completed 30 of 44 passes (68.2 percent) and threw a one-yard touchdown to tight end Evan Engram with 8:11 left in the first quarter.

But the statistics were deceiving after New York put three scores on the board -- a garbage-time rushing touchdown by running back Wayne Gallman among them on a two-yard run with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter made no difference.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman
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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur knew he had a relatively inexperienced group on defense coming into the season, and they undoubtedly struggled against the Cowboys in Week 1, allowing 494 yards of offense, including 405 yards through the air.

Shurmur knows that a young corps on defense is bound to take its lumps and believes that the issues that plagued them in the opener are fixable.

"I think we've got to coach the players constantly," Shurmur said. "Certainly, we didn't do anything well enough to win the game yesterday, so you coach them on the details of it, but also on the mindset of getting back to work. You show them where they should be better, you show them how to be better, and then you go out and practice it, so that's the process." 

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Giants WR Sterling Shepard has a concussion and is in concussion protocol, the team said Monday. 

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said earlier Monday that Shepard "may be" dealing with a concussion, adding that he was going through tests to determine if he had one or not.

It would be a tough blow to Shepard if he misses time. He already missed a bunch of time this preseason, as he dealt with a fractured thumb.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

It is not time for Daniel Jones to start. It is not time for the Giants to surrender the season and begin looking towards the future. It is not time to finally and officially declare Eli Manning "done."

But a few more performances by the Giants like the one in Dallas on Sunday, and the start of the Daniel Jones Era might be pretty close.

That really has nothing to do with Manning, the Giants' 38-year-old currently starting quarterback. As easy a target as he may be, he wasn't the reason the Giants were blown out, 35-17, in Dallas on Opening Day. But in the end -- his end -- there seems to be an increasing possibility that his own play won't matter.

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When you look at the 35-17 final between the Cowboys and Giants on Sunday, there isn't much to be happy about from New York's standpoint. 

However, when you check the box score -- or just watch the game closely to begin with -- Giants fans should be happy about Evan Engram's production. 

This season, Engram's third since he was drafted in the first round in 2016, was supposed to be the one where he really breaks out and becomes the matchup nightmare everyone in the Giants' organization knows he can be. And that's exactly what he did in a stellar first game. 

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The game was far from over late in the third quarter when the Giants were deep in Cowboys territory. They were moving the ball, on the verge of scoring, facing a third-and-2 from the Cowboys' eight yard line.

It was the perfect time to place the ball in the hands of their best player, who just happens to be one of the most dynamic players in the league. So the Giants lined up, the ball was snapped, and Eli Manning turned and handed the ball to…

Eli Penny?

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Giants react to 35-17 loss 00:01:21
Pat Shurmur had an honest evaluation of the Giants loss while Eli Manning said the team will regroup and recover in week two.

After watching his team get thoroughly dismantled by the Cowboys in a 35-17 Week 1 loss, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur didn't have a ton of positive things to say following the game.

"We certainly didn't do well enough on offense, defense or special teams to win against a good team that played well," Shurmur said. "We didn't score enough points and we certainly gave up too many."

Big Blue started well on Sunday, scoring a touchdown on their first drive after forcing the Cowboys to punt on their first possession of the game. But it was all downhill from there, as they got outscored 21-0 in the rest of the first half and never got close the rest of the way. 

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It's possible that the Giants defense is actually worse than anyone thought.

That's hard to believe, considering how low expectations were, but it was like they were barely there in the Giants' 35-17 opening day loss in Dallas. They got no pass rush at all, and their secondary was a mess of poor coverage and broken plays. The result was a 405-yard, four-touchdown performance by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who looked like he was running a 7-on-7 drill all day.

It was embarrassing, really. Also it was not surprising. It was clear the Giants weren't going to be able to generate much of a pass rush this season, and they drew a tough assignment anyway against the Cowboys' powerful offensive line. But the coverage was worse than advertised, particularly starting corner Antonio Hamilton, who was literally shoved around throughout the game. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Late in the fourth quarter, and down 35-17 to the Cowboys, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur decided it was time for a change.

Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones made his debut, unexpectedly, after Eli Manning's day was done.

Jones completed three passes for 17 yards, with a long of six yards. The No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft ran five yards for a first down, but fumbled and the Cowboys recovered.

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The Giants kick off the 2019-2020 NFL season on Sunday against the division rival Cowboys. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Sept. 8, 2019 at 4:25 p.m. ET

NETWORK: FOX

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) during the second half at against the Carolina Panthers Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

The Giants restructured Nate Solder's contract and picked up $5 million in cap space, as Tom Pelissaro of NFL Network first reported Saturday.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed the move, which took $7.5 million of Solder's base salary and turned it into a full guaranteed roster bonus.

The 6-foot-8, 325-pound left tackle is set to receive $13 million in 2019 and 2020, followed by $14 million in 2021.

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Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley
Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Nobody on the outside really likes this Giants team, or thinks it will be any good this season. But on the inside, the feeling is much different.

Everyone in the Giants' building seems to really like what they've done with this team.

"We don't really listen to the talk outside," Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said. "We feel like we are a better team than we were a year ago. … I like the way we have built our team. I like some of the changes we made personnel wise.

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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