The Giants have been adding players to their roster almost daily since free agency began on March 12, signing an NFL-high 13 free agents from other teams and re-signing ten of their of their own.

Add in the seven draft picks they will likely retain this season, and the club's 53-man roster will contain at least 20 new faces.

Giants.com's Michael Eisen asked head coach Tom Coughlin yesterday if it is a challenge for him as a coach to assimilate so many new veterans onto the team at the same time:

“Absolutely, it is. You’ve got a big part of our football team that has not been through our routine, the way we do things, the presentation of our values and our principles, what we believe in, how we work, how we practice, how they are to come to work. So we have a lot of basic, fundamental teaching to do. It is definitely a year of transition, no doubt. I think that it must be recognized in terms of the due diligence that’s been done by pro personnel, (assistant general manager) Kevin Abrams and by (general manager) Jerry (Reese)."

The turnover in personnel will bring an entirely new beginning not just for the new arrivals, but for the holdovers and core players remaining from 2013.

“I said all along that the stimulation here, even for our veteran players, for Eli (Manning) to re-focus and to be energized by new, the new learning, the new presentation of material, the different terminology, the things that must be mastered before you even get out of the huddle. I think all of those things are stimulating," added Coughlin.

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Q: Are you more concerned with X’s and O’s, learning the offensive and defensive systems, or getting the new players accustomed to the culture you’ve created here and what you expect of them?

“The culture’s going to change, too. The culture will change. Now, the principles and the values will not change, but how we go about our business has to change, because we have so many new people that have to be integrated into the system. Am I concerned about the X’s and O’s? Yes, I’m concerned about the X’s and O’s. That whole situation in terms of the new system and our new offensive coordinator (Ben McAdoo), those things are all going to have to be presented to our team, both veterans and new people. It puts them basically in the same boat, because they’re all learning from scratch, there’s no advantage to anybody.

“Our defense has learned an awful lot about our players and how to best utilize them. We rose from 31st to eighth (in the league rankings during the course of the 2013 season), but there are a lot of changes on the defensive side of the ball. We, again, have to be in a position where we’re evaluating our talent so we know how best to go ahead and try to utilize them. Everywhere in the organization there has to be a marching to a little bit faster step, if you will, just to be able to incorporate new people in a short amount of time and to learn not only a new system on the offensive side of the ball but the defense will change according to our personnel. Now terminology isn’t going to change, but they will have new things to learn.”

Q: You alluded to this, but you have a lot to accomplish and a relatively short time to do it all. Does that make it even more challenging?

“It’s a challenge, but that’s alright. That’s good. That’s part of the challenge. We don’t have any less time than anybody else, but nevertheless, people will look at the fifth preseason game (the Hall of Fame Game) and hopefully that becomes an advantage for us. I think it’s necessary to say that perhaps the few extra practices that we’ll have will help us and then the ability to evaluate new arrivals, how particular players fit in, that’s going to be very important as well.”

Q: When the offseason began did you anticipate this much of a roster overhaul?

“It was easy to see the number of free agents that we had. That part of it was. And again, we’re all a part of the evaluation process and our team from a year ago was evaluated and the difficult assignment of making decisions on personnel takes place. Then to go out and execute it is extremely important, because if you’re going to follow through on your process and bring players in that are going to make a difference, and obviously we’ve gone through some of that and we have a ways to go, but nevertheless, that’s what this is all about.”

Q: You have brought in four offensive linemen (Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, John Jerry and Brown). Do you have an idea what position each will play, or do you plan to look at them at different spots?

“I think we have an idea where they should go. Again, we’ll have to adjust on the fly, but we need to get started in that process, no doubt, because that’s a major aspect of it. You know, the defensive line has changed also.”

Q: In addition to the newcomers, you have Chris Snee back after he played only three games last season. How important is that to have him here for the new guys, both on the field and from a leadership standpoint?

“It’s critical, in my opinion. We start out with Chris the last couple years and were not able to finish and all of a sudden he’s gone and that aspect of his leadership is removed. So now you have not only the loss of him as a player, but the loss of him in terms of his leadership role in the classroom where he helps all these young guys.

“You have a two-fold deal, because now you’ve got a lot of people striving to play in positions that they may not have a lot of experience playing - I’m talking about last year’s team. But they don’t have anybody really to rally around. That one personality, the guy who literally has taken over since (Shaun) O’Hara left, the idea of keeping the focus in the offensive line room where it should be. We need that aspect, but we also need the toughness, we need the physicality, we need the player and what he brings to the table as much as anything else. His presence will lend a lot.”

Q: Do you believe the offensive line had to be upgraded this offseason?

“Sure it did. You saw when we lost (David) Baas and Snee at the same time, we had two new people to integrate right now after what, three games? You had to go through that process with these guys. As young people, you’ve got to go play. They have to go play. It doesn’t happen any other way. One of the guys that really helped us that we will miss is Kevin Boothe, because of his flexibility.”

Q: You also revamped the secondary with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond, Quintin Demps and Bowman. Was that another target area for you?

“No doubt. The corner position more than the safety position. The fact that Antrel (Rolle) and Will Hill and Stevie Brown and Cooper Taylor (are returning at safety), that makes a lot of sense being able to come back and have those guys together. But to get (Trumaine) McBride back, to have Dominique, to have Thurmond, to have Zack Bowman, to have guys who have played and played at the highest level, been in big games - sure they have to learn the Giant way, but they’re talented and they can help us.”

Q: You have brought in a lot of players from teams that were successful last season, including Denver, Seattle, Kansas City and New Orleans. Is that important?

“They’ve been in winning organizations and they’ve been on the field in good times and bad, so they’ve been able to recognize it for what it is. Hopefully, the winning part is going to dominate in terms of what they bring to the table with the people that they will be surrounded with.”

Q: Another player from a background in winning is (linebacker) Jameel McClain (from Baltimore). Do you expect Jon Beason and him to provide leadership on defense?

“Beason’s role, having had him here for (12) games a year ago and having him back is very important, simply because of the way that Antrel and Beason were able to work together. It kind of inspired one another and therefore inspired everybody on the defensive side of the ball. That’s something we very much wanted.”

Q: When we talk on Thursdays during the season and discuss the opposing teams, it seems every one of them has a dangerous return specialist you have to stop. Now you have (former Bronco) Trindon Holliday, who’s obviously very explosive. He’s had some fumbling issues. When he was here to sign his contract, he said the two of you would get “real acquainted” regarding ball security. What was that conversation like for you?

“Spend a lot of time together. You said it. It was really simple and he accepted it and he knew what I was talking about in the bat of an eye. All that other stuff is tremendous, but the number one thing that you have to do, and you always talk about it terms of a punt returner, is ball security. Catch the ball, secure the ball for us, if nothing else. That’s something that Rueben (Randle) has done and done well. He’ll always be in that position where we can use him with regard to that, but if we can get somebody who gives us a little bit of the spectacular - I mean, when you sit down and talk about this guy’s track speeds, are you serious? He runs 100 meters in 9.98 (seconds) or whatever the heck he ran. It’s fun to think about. Go ahead, outkick the coverage, please do. Not only for kickoff returns, but for punt returns. What it would mean to us to have some field position, a short field all of a sudden, and take care of the football, play good defense, get turnovers for us on that side of the ball, not beat ourselves, how about that one for a theme? That would be a very nice thing.”

Q: Have you ever had a return specialist with this kind of potential?

“David Wilson on kickoff returns, there is no doubt about him. Dominik Hixon was a good punt returner. But this is really an exciting thing, especially for this present group of special teams coaches who haven’t had one. They haven’t had a returner like this.”

Q: And you also added Quintin Demps, who was third in the league last year in kickoff return average.

“He’s a kickoff returner who puts it up in there, he’ll lay it up in there, no doubt. Now those are real exciting. What was really interesting to me was having Bowman talking about helping on special teams, to think about Thurmond helping on special teams. There’s no reason why your starting corners and safeties, who are outstanding football players, can’t go out there and stop the opponent’s gunner from getting down the field. It’s two against one and it helps our football tremendously to have people that can do that. We’ve got to put that in everybody’s mind, too. We’ve got to get that done this year. We play against an awful lot of great returners, punt returners or kick returners, every week. But we also play against some outstanding gunners and when you look at what the Super Bowl winning team (Seattle) provided in terms of people that were outstanding gunners, who were able to cover the way they did, there’s no field position after those guys get off the line of scrimmage and make a play.”

Q: The Giants started six different running backs in 2013 – David Wilson, Da’Rel Scott, Brandon Jacobs, Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and Andre Brown. Do you think you will have some stability there with the acquisition of Rashad Jennings?

“I think he’s an all-around back. Whatever question I asked when I was looking at the tape got answered. In other words, he went 80 (yards for a touchdown last season for Oakland in a game at Houston). Is he fast enough? He goes 80. Does he catch it out of the backfield? Yes. Does he run the screens well? Yes. How is he from scrimmage as a runner? Good. First and second down, can he play on third down? Yes, he can. What does he need? Well, he’s 230 pounds with a great attitude. He needs a little work on his pass protection, but I think we can get that done. I think he’s an all-purpose guy that fits us very, very well.

“All in due time with David (Wilson). Just pray, you’re praying that he has a return to excellent health and that the doctors are totally convinced that he is recovered and ready to go. When that time comes, you’ll have another contributor who, if he gets a step, he’s gone."

Q: Is your attitude now that you can’t count on Wilson and if he comes back, it’s a bonus?

“I’m counting on him, but I am not going to put him in any circumstance until it’s an absolute that he’s 100 percent. I’m not going to mess with that one.”

Q: What are your thoughts about Mario Manningham returning to the team after two years in San Francisco?

“It was exciting and fun to talk to him, because he’s so pleased to be back. He is more mature, physically and otherwise. He wants to be here, he wants to help us win. He’s more appreciative of his first tenure here and he certainly wants to make it even more productive this next time back – even for a guy who will go down in history as having made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.”

Q: Robert Ayers started three games at right defensive end last season for Denver. Your incumbent left end, Justin Tuck, signed with Oakland. Can Ayers play on the left side?

“Sure, he can. He’s played right, he’s played left, he’s played inside on third down, he’s played in a lot of spots. He’s a powerful player. He’ll be very, very good against the run. I really, quite frankly don’t think there are any tight ends that will block him. He’s really got exceptional hand position, does a nice job with that, and he can be used in a versatile manner and he has consistent effort. He’s got the hunger and the desire and he’ll make up for a lot with hustle.”

Q: You lost several players that you coached for a number of years…

“I love what Kevin Boothe’s done for us. His contribution, you look at last year, everybody goes 'woe is me.' If it wasn’t for that kid, you could go around and talk about 'woe is me.' Great kid, very smart, will do anything you want him to do, exceptional character. He worked the room as well as anybody, was versatile in positions, great for your team, all of those things. No doubt.

“Justin Tuck has had superb playoffs when we’ve won Super Bowls and he has been a major contributor in all capacities, even in ’11 when it started with the Jets game. Go back and look, he played very, very well from that point right through the end of the season. He’s been an excellent, excellent football player, leader, person. I’m going to miss him. I’m going to miss them all. You miss the ones that you don’t have once they’re gone. But you understand the nature of the game.

“We’re going to miss Linval (Joseph). God bless him, but we’re going to miss him. We know what the game is. There’s only so much (money). They’re making decisions about how you’re going to try to operate with multiple numbers rather than a few. These things happen. What are you going to do?”

Q: How has it been working with a new group of offensive coaches?

“It’s good, because if nothing else it’s a reflection. If you take the guys that I’ve kept on the offensive side of the ball and kind of maneuvered them around into different spots, except the offensive line, you know what I mean. It’s good because you watch the guys, they’re learning. They’re like sponges. It’s a foreign language, there’s no doubt. Ben’s done a very good job of introducing every aspect of it to the staff. He’s done an excellent job with that. It’s been good and it will be good for the players, because they’re going to have to sit up in the front of their seats and get it.

“I’ve been in the same system since 1988. We have incorporated whatever we can from our system that we’ve always had here, but there’s a lot of new terminology. There will be lots of new teaching just in terms of the way in which it’s presented, which will force people to study and to learn and to be anxious. When the huddle breaks you’ve got to go do it. They’re going to have to learn it to be able to do it. The plays will become familiar to them once they recognize what the responsibility is. You have to be able to talk it, discuss it and communicate. That’s different.”

Q: You’re always excited about anything to do with football, but has all this change energized you a little bit?

“It challenges you. Yes, it energizes you, because you’re disappointed in last year and you want to change it, but you know the amount of work that has to go into it. Also know that our veteran players coming back, their attitudes, they have great attitudes, they’re coming in to change. There’s no question about it. What I recognize, what I see, what is necessary, how we tweak what we’ve done in the past. The very first year of this new CBA we won the world championship. Every year as you go on, tweaking it, maximizing your production, knowing full-well what you have. One practice a day, the manner in which you begin in shells (not full pads). Your players definitely must grasp the idea that even though it’s just one practice a day, you’ve got to maximize your intensity for the entire day. Otherwise, you’re not going to get it. You’re not going to be where you should be. That’s where I think the understanding and the energy has to come from.”

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Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants QB Eli Manning has stated numerous times that his walk into the sunset isn't anytime soon. 

Manning reiterated that fact when talking about the next two seasons, after which he will become a free agent. And when looking at the weapons he has to work with this season, Manning not only believes his run hasn't ended, but a Super Bowl isn't too far away either. 

"Obviously it has been an unbelievable run, but I want to continue doing it. It's not over," Manning told NFL Network's Kim Jones. "I know that. ...I'm excited for this upcoming year and really prove that I can still play at a high level. We can win games. We can win championships."

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

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Odell Beckham, Jr. promised he won't hold out, but sources in his camp insist a holdout is still on the table. Pat Shurmur said he expects Beckham will show up to camp on time, but team sources say they're not so sure about that. Beckham wants a new contract, but there's no indication he'll get one any time soon. And there are still five weeks to go until the Giants report for training camp, and any of that could change at any time.

So while you're biting your nails for the next few weeks wondering if the Giants' best player will show up or not, and pondering just how ugly his contract negotiations could get (or not), here's a primer on where everything stands with Beckham, the Giants, and his contract as of right now, and a look at where this whole thing may eventually go...

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The No. 2 pick is No. 1.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has the best-selling jersey in the NFL, according to the DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report.

Barkley has held the top spot for the week and last month. Eagles QB Carson Wentz is No.2, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott No.3. Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold checks in at No. 8. 

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There wasn't much to critique when looking back at Giants TE Evan Engram's rookie season. He was one of Eli Manning's top targets as he hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns, which earned him a spot on the PFWA's All-Rookie Team. 

But no one is perfect, and Engram knows there is an area of his game he can improve on. Though he led all rookie tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns, he could have more in each category if he didn't drop 11 passes. 

Engram's catch rate was 55 percent last season, and that is what he is working on in preparing for this year. It already began during the team's offseason workouts.

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This offseason, Giants QB Davis Webb's personality has been on full display. 

During practice at the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp this past week, Webb slung a pass toward TE Kyle Carter who was in one-on-one coverage. And before the ball even reached its peak in the air, he knew it was destined for a score. 

"That's six!," he yelled for The Post's Paul Schwartz and the rest watching practice to hear. 

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley will be one of many athletes to appear in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue this year. 

Barkley is another Giants' first-rounder that agreed to be in the issue, as Odell Beckham Jr. was a part of the 2015 Body Issue. The Penn State product is also the only New York athlete that will be featured. 

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Giants RB Jonathan Stewart has an idea of the conversations star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will have regarding his highly-anticipated contract extension with GM Dave Gettleman. He's been there before. 

While playing with the Panthers under Gettleman, Stewart saw his five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012 get restructured three times (2013, 2014, 2017). And during this process, Stewart knew that it was simply business done by Gettleman to help the team. 

So, Stewart's advice to Beckham is to continue working hard, and to only control the things he can control. 

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He may be only 25 years old, but Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is entering his fifth year in the NFL. And with that experience, he has taken it upon himself to act as a leader.

The Giants have been impressed by how Beckham is embracing all the new faces in the locker room, with one coach simply saying, "Odell's been awesome," according to SI's Albert Breer.

Beckham's leadership in the locker room and making new players feel at home can be added to the things he has done right this offseason ahead of a potential contract extension. He has showed up for some of the Giants' voluntary offseason workout program, has been talking to head coach Pat Shurmur all offseason, and most importantly, didn't hold out of the team's three-day minicamp this past week.

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Perhaps Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can be the franchise's next quarterback if need be.

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Ralph Vacchiano discusses Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s plans for training camp in July, and what this means for the Giants organization.

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Those were Beckham's first comments on his plans for the summer and his unresolved contract situation, and the first clue about how much of a hard line he's willing to take. Just before he left the first day of his camp, he was asked by SNY if we'd see him at training camp and he said "Yes sir. Yes you will."

So no holdout, Beckham was asked? "No," he told SNY. "No holdout."...

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Giants third-round draft pick DT B.J. Hill got his first taste of NFL football this offseason and has impressed his new coaches on their first up-close impression of the former N.C. State standout.

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Giants QB Eli Manning has been praised as the team's starter under center by GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur all offseason. But who will be his backup this season is still up in the air. 

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Though both players are gunning for the same position, Lauletta said they couldn't be any better friends. 

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during organized team activities practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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Giants head coach Pat Shurmur set the stage for the much-anticipated contract showdown between the Giants and Odell Beckham, Jr. on Thursday, when he said he expects his star receiver will report on time for training camp on July 25.

Shurmur also said he has "no reason to believe" that Beckham won't be able to fully participate -- including in the team drills he sat out this week.

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The injury to Solder, though, turned out to be nothing serious after he was examined by doctors on Thursday afternoon. "All good," according to an NFL source.

For a while, that wasn't certain. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said that after getting an on-field update "I think he's fine." However Solder sounded a little less certain of that after practice, especially since he hadn't been checked out by doctors yet.

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The Giants finished up their three-day mandatory minicamp, and they will take a hiatus before beginning training camp at the end of July. 

And when training camp begins, head coach Pat Shurmur fully believes star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be there for Day 1. Shurmur also thinks that there is "no reason to believe" Beckham won't be able to participate fully in team drills, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

During the minicamp and the rest of the Giants' offseason practices so far, Beckham has sat out of team drills as both he and the team are being cautious with his ankle rehab. Shurmur said earlier this week that Beckham has been "cleared to practice," but he was only seen during individual drills before 11-on-11 play where he was sidelined. 

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On the first day of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp, Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison let rookie RB Saquon Barkley know that once the pads are on, he isn't holding back. 

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Harrison said. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

It was all meant in good faith, but Barkley understands fully what Harrison is on the Giants to do: stop the run. That is why when asked to rebuttle Harrison's comments, the rookie took the high road instead. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs off the field during the halftime break of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs off the field during the halftime break of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two famous former Giants - and famous friends of Eli Manning - were in complete agreement on Saturday night about how the franchise they love had "wasted" the prime years of Manning's career.

Shaun O'Hara and Justin Tuck were absolutely right.

Those years were wasted with poor personnel decisions, too many draft choices that never made an impact, and an unbelievable combination of neglect and wrong moves along an offensive line that too often crumbled in front of the franchise quarterback.

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Taylor Rooks chats with Giants safety Landon Collins about his return to the field, and they welcome a special guest video-bomber.

After the second day of the Giants' mandatory three-day minicamp, SNY's Taylor Rooks had a chat with S Landon Collins. Little did she know S Andrew Adams wanted to get in the interview as well....

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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)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins wants to be an interception machine this season.

The 29-year-old, who had ankle surgery last November and also dealt with some off-field issues last season, is looking for a huge comeback in 2018 -- with a goal of eight interceptions. And he wants to return four of them for touchdowns. 

Click below to see Jenkins' boast

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)

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

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

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

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Jul 26, 2017; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Scott Simonson (80) catches a pass during training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jul 26, 2017; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Scott Simonson (80) catches a pass during training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Giants on Tuesday signed veteran TE Scott Simonson and waived rookie CB Aaron Davis, the team announced.

Simonson has played in 18 games across stints with both the Panthers and Raiders. He was sidelined by a back injury in 2017, which landed him on the injured reserve.

Simonson has caught only one pass in his career -- a 10-yard recepton in 2015, when he played in a season-high nine games. He earned his first career start in 2016 with the Panthers.

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Damon "Snacks" Harrison is looking forward to a real practice so he can go against rookie RB Saquon Barkley to "see what he's made of."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Saquon Barkley has dazzled his teammates with the Giants this spring even though he hasn't taken a hit yet in the NFL.

That first hit, though, is coming soon. And it may happen long before he ever gets into a game.

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison said on the first day of minicamp Tuesday. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham has been "cleared to practice," according to Giants coach Pat Shurmur, even though he didn't really do much practicing at minicamp on Tuesday morning. The star receiver sat out of all the team drills, which had nothing to do with his contract situation, Shurmur said.

Except that it does. Of course it does.

Let's not be naïve. Until Beckham signs on the dotted line of what he expects will be, and could be, the most lucrative contract extension for a receiver in NFL history, his contract situation will loom over everything he does -- even if this lasts into next season. If he had already signed a new deal, would he have been on the field for team drills on Tuesday, eight months after ankle surgery?

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Damon "Snacks" Harrison is looking forward to a real practice so he can go against rookie RB Saquon Barkley to "see what he's made of."

Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison is excited to see what No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley is made of. 

"The guy can play, man," Harrison said on Tuesday. "'Saquad', that's what they call him, or something like that. I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass [laughs]. See what he's made of."

"I told him, it's not Penn State," Harrison added. "He's not going up against [defensive tackle] Josh Banks at Wake Forest. But no, the guy's explosive, you can see how they will use him in the offense, which will be to our benefit."

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WATCH: Odell in action 00:00:34
Odell Beckham Jr. took the field for individual drills at New York Giants minicamp on Tuesday, as he continues his comeback from surgery.

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been "cleared to practice," head coach Pat Shurmur told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano after the team's first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. 

What exactly "cleared to practice" means, though, is up in the air as Beckham was seen doing individual drills, but wasn't on the field for team drills. Shurmur said not all players are on the same practice schedule, and clearly Beckham would be put into that category.

It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Beckham and the Giants mutually agreed the 25-year-old, who is still rehabbing his surgically-repaired left ankle, should sit out of team drills. Vacchiano added that throughout this process of getting Beckham ready for next season, both sides wanted to be cautious and they were "totally on the same page" in the decision to keep him sidelined during full team activity...

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Check back here for highlights from the Giants' first day of mandatory minicamp...

The first day of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp kicked off on Tuesday, and WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s attendance is the obvious big storyline. Here he is getting loose before practice begins...

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be present at mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but don't expect to see much of him during team drills. 

After Beckham arrived for his pre-minicamp physical on Monday, the question of whether or not he would be fully cleared for practice this week reached its peak. Head coach Pat Shurmur noted earlier that his star receiver was "pretty close" to being medically cleared to participate with the rest of the squad. 

However, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants and Beckham didn't have any intention to take team reps this week. Instead, they want to continue to be cautious, and both sides are "totally on the same page" with this decision. 

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein argue about Shaun O'Hara's statement that the Giants wasted Eli Manning's prime years.

After hearing former Giants Justin Tuck and Shaun O'Hara defend QB Eli Manning over the weekend, the veteran quarterback doesn't view the past few years with the Giants as "wasted."

Instead, Manning believes his peak years are still upon him. 

"That's not the way I look at it and I think I still have some peak years left, so we can make it right," Manning told the Daily News' Pat Leonard at the Guiding Eyes annual golf outing at Mount Kisco Country Club.

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

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

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

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

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Giants QB Eli Manning has been through the long contract negotiation period, which is why he was blunt when saying it could be a distraction to star WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Speaking at the Guided Eyes annual golf outing at Mount Kisco Country Club on Monday, Manning flashbacked to three years ago when he signed a four-year, $84 million deal after negotiations that spanned throughout training camp. The deal was made only a couple days before the regular season kicked off. 

For Beckham, the Giants could very well wait that long before they show him the dotted line. And it could affect what he decides to do this preseason. 

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Mark Herzlich (94) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Mark Herzlich (94) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants LB Mark Herzlich knows all too well what GM Dave Gettleman is about to endure as his battle with lymphoma begins. 

The 67-year-old announced his diagnosis last week, and for Herzlich, he flashed back to 2009 when he was in Gettleman's shoes having been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, while playing for Boston College. 

Embarking on this scary journey without knowing exactly what will happen in the end is something Herzlich has lived, which is why he plans on being there for Gettleman whenever he needs him. Herzlich plans on going to a chemo session with his new GM because he knows that having people around that care is the most important aspect of battling this disease...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveOdell Beckham Jr. and the Giants may be heading for a contract showdown eventually - but not right now.

The star receiver will be at the start of the Giants' mandatory, full-team mini-camp that officially begins on Tuesday morning, multiple NFL sources told SNY. And he is expected to participate at least on a limited basis during the three-day camp, even though the lucrative, long-term contract extension he's been seeking doesn't seem close at all.

In fact, according to ESPN, he checked in to the Giants' practice facility for his pre-camp physical on Monday afternoon.

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

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

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

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

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May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field with quarterback Alex Tanney (3) at the end of the fourth day of Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field with quarterback Alex Tanney (3) at the end of the fourth day of Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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POMONA, N.Y. - The idea that Eli Manning was in decline was laughable to former Giants center Shaun O'Hara. From what he's seen, his former quarterback hasn't lost anything, even at age 37.

It's just that the team around him the last few years was bad.

"To be honest with you, they've wasted the last few years of Eli's career," O'Hara said on Saturday night at the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball game at Palisades Credit Union Park. "They've wasted his prime. And it's been hard to sit and watch that happen."

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Dec 24, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) kneels during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 24, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) kneels during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

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POMONA, N.Y. - Olivier Vernon, the lone Giants player to kneel for the national anthem all of last season, said he will abide by the new NFL rules and won't kneel this season. 

But he's not happy about the league's decision to step in and force the protests to stop.

"I mean, you never want to be told what to do, really, especially when it comes to your freedom of speech," Vernon said on Saturday night. "But it is what it is."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr locks arms with punter Brad Wing and tight end Jerrell Adams (89) and offensive lineman DJ Fluker during the national anthem prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr locks arms with punter Brad Wing and tight end Jerrell Adams (89) and offensive lineman DJ Fluker during the national anthem prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL as a whole would prefer to have its players standing at attention during the national anthem, with no more player protests. For some owners, that's a patriotic gesture. For others, it's simply business. Mostly, though, NFL owners just really want this whole anthem/protest controversy to go away.

That's why it's so bizarre that the league has instead managed to make it infinitely worse.

The NFL knows it too, which is probably why Commissioner Roger Goodell remained so silent when President Donald Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles managed to turn the traditional visit to the White House by the Super Bowl champs into a political football earlier this week. Most of the Eagles weren't planning to go, so the president loudly cancelled the event.

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Nov 25, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive tackle B.J. Hill (98) celebrates a sack during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Nov 25, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive tackle B.J. Hill (98) celebrates a sack during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

Giants' third-round pick DT B.J. Hill has signed his rookie deal, which is believed to be four-years $3.4 million with a $1 million signing bonus according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

The only draft picks of the Giants Class of 2018 yet to sign are first-round pick RB Saquon Barkley and fifth-round pick DT R.J. McIntosh. 

Hill played four seasons at NC State where he totaled 183 tackles (23.5 for loss), eight sacks, nine passes defended, and two forced fumbles. 

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Giants QB Davis Webb may not have seen the field in his rookie season, but that hasn't killed his confidence in what he can do when he steps on it. 

Webb displayed that confidence when he told Sports Illustrated Wednesday that he "can throw it better than anybody. I have a great arm." 

While attending David Tyree's "Children of the City Charity Bowl" in Manhattan Wednesday night, Webb may have backed down from the "anybody" part of his arm-strength comment. But he wasn't lying about his arm either...

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

Before their OTA on Tuesday, the Giants were called into an unexpected team meeting by head coach Pat Shurmur. Players looked at one another wondering what the meeting was for. 

Shurmur had to break the news to his squad that Giants GM Dave Gettleman has been diagnosed with lymphoma, and he would be battling the cancer as soon as possible. 

The news left the room speechless as everyone was shocked to hear the sad news...

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Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

If you live in Summit, NJ, be on the lookout for a diamond-encrusted ring that has Super Bowl XLVI written on it. Giants veteran long snapper Zak DeOssie is still searching for it. 

DeOssie and his wife were in a great mood on May 2 after helping to raise $65,000 for America Needs You, a charity to supports first-generation college students who come from low-income backgrounds. The night, though, wouldn't remain joyous as the team captain realized he had lost his Super Bowls XLII and XLVI rings. 

The DeOssie family frantically tore apart their home, but it was to no avail...

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John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

All offseason, the Giants have stressed the fact that veteran QB Eli Manning still has good football left in him. That was evident when the team decided to take RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick back in April. 

Giants co-owner John Mara is also confident in Manning this season, as he hopes his team can put their 3-13 diaster-of-a-season in the past. 

"We can win with him," Mara told the Daily News' Eric Barrow at a town hall event in the city on Tuesday. "Objectively, Dave (Gettleman) and Pat (Shurmur) both said he can still play."

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Giants GM battling lymphoma 00:00:40
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to the news that Giants GM Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, and discusses how it will affect the team.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: New Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday that he was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and will begin treatment "in the very near future."

The cancer was discovered during the 67-year-old's annual physical, Gettleman said in a statement. Doctors are still working to determine the exact course of his treatment, but Gettleman said he plans to continue to work during the process.

"The doctor's outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive," he said. "And so am I."

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

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

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

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

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