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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Nov 24, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins strong safety Duke Ihenacho (29) cannot make an interception in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 24, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins strong safety Duke Ihenacho (29) cannot make an interception in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants are expected to sign safety Duke Ihenacho and defensive end Devin Taylor to one-year deals, a league source confirmed to SNY.TV. 

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Neither one of these signings are going to make headlines or get anyone overly excited, but they're the kind of additions that are important this time of year. They are depth players, players with potential upsides, who fill out positions that are otherwise thin.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham spent Monday hanging out with rapper Iggy Azalea instead of participating in the team's OTAs, according to the New York Daily News

A Daily News source saw Beckham with Azalea at Bowlero Woodland Hills in Los Angeles on Monday, the first day of the Giants' OTAs. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Odell Beckham isn't spending his spring catching passes from Eli Manning. But he did have time to catch a few from Johnny Manziel.

While the Giants' enigmatic star receiver skipped the first two days of the organized team activities (OTAs) this week, he was reportedly working out with Manziel, the troubled ex-NFL quarterback. On Tuesday, Beckham's "custom cleat artist," who goes by the name "Kickasso," posted a picture of himself hanging with a shirtless Beckham and Manziel on an outdoor football field.

Then, on Wednesday morning, TMZ posted the picture and reported that Beckham and Manziel "hit the gridiron for some passing drills", along with several other unnamed receivers.

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The DNL panel speculates how Brandon Marshall will respond to Sheldon Richardson's comments about how the Jets are better off without him.

Giants WR Brandon Marshall blew off the jab made by former Jets teammate Sheldon Richardson on Tuesday in an interview with Newsday. 

After the Jets first day at OTAs, Richardson said "let's just say there are 15 reasons why" the atmosphere in the locker room is better this season, alluding to Marshall's No. 15 that he wore with the Jets. 

The room burst into laughter, Richardson said "that's enough, I'm out of here," and walked away. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. agrees to a shoe deal with Nike worth $5 million, the biggest shoe deal in the NFL.

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has signed an endorsement deal with Nike, per Nice Kick's Nick DePaula.

The brand took advantage of their contract's 10-day "match clause" window, allowing them to fully match Adidas' edorsement proprosal for Beckham.

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(Brad Penner)

Roger Goodell announced the NFL will be more laid back when it comes to touchdown celebrations this season, according to his Commissioner Letter. 

The NFL has been harsh when it came to players getting creative in the end zone, and after speaking with over 80 current and former players, Goodell decided it was time for that to change. 

"We are relaxing our rules on celebrations to allow players more room to have fun after they make big plays," Goodell said in his letter.

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New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was ranked 54th in the latest installment of the NFL Network's Top 100. 

Jenkins was unranked last year by the network, but his 2016 campaign boosted his status among the league's top corners. In 15 games, he recorded three interceptions, one sack and had 18 passes defended, which was seventh-best in the league. 

He also allowed the third-lowest completion percentage by opposing quarterbacks at 58.6 percent in 2016. 

The Giants signed Jenkins prior to last season to a five-year, $62.5 million contract with $28.8 million guaranteed. 

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Ralph Vacchiano chats with Zak DeOssie and Justin Tuck at the Giants' golf outing about their hopes for the future of the franchise.

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BAYONNE, N.J. - Justin Tuck was right there to witness the best of Jason Pierre-Paul -- his breakout, 16 1/2-sack season that was now six long years ago. JPP has been through a lot since then, including multiple surgeries on his hand, groin and back.

The injuries and time have undoubtedly taken a toll. But Tuck still believes his old teammate is even better than he was before.

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The DNL panel debates whether or not it is a problem that Odell Beckham Jr missed the first day of OTAs, even though they are not mandatory

The New York Giants took the field for their first time as a team this spring, but they were missing at least one of their most important players.

Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants' talented and enigmatic receiver, was a no-show for the first day of organized team activities (OTAs), a team source confirmed. The reason for his absence wasn't clear, but he doesn't necessarily need to give one. All 10 of the OTA sessions the Giants will hold over the next three weeks are part of the voluntary offseason program.

The only mandatory event this offseason for Giants players is the team's three-day minicamp, which is scheduled for June 13-15.

Still, Beckham's absence is notable if only because of the way he left off last season and Giants GM Jerry Reese's postseason declaration that it was time for Beckham to finally "grow up." Beckham ended last year with a disappointing performance in the team's playoff loss in Green Bay, which was preceded by his ill-timed trip with his fellow receivers to Miami, and followed by his decision to punch a hole in the wall outside the interview area in Lambeau Field.

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

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

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

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

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(Kim Klement)

BAYONNE, N.J. - Aldrick Rosas may be a complete unknown to just about everyone outside the Giants organization, but it sounds like he's made quite an impression on his new team this spring.

"He's having one of the most memorable offseasons that I can recall," Giants long-time long-snapper Zak DeOssie said in an interview with SNY. "On that note, it's a different thing when they're kicking in front of an entire stadium. But I have full faith in him that he can get the job done."

That's quite a compliment coming from the 11-year veteran, especially for a first-year player who has yet to kick in an NFL game. But the Giants seem to have a strong belief in the 22-year-old who last kicked regularly for Southern Oregon, an NAIA school. He is the only kicker on their roster at the moment, and there's been no indication that they plan to bring in anyone else.

That would be an odd choice for a team that believes it's a Super Bowl contender. But so far, DeOssie -- speaking at the Newark Mentoring Movement golf outing at the Bayonne Golf Club -- really likes what he sees...

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San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Gerald Hodges (51) during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. (Kyle Terada)
San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Gerald Hodges (51) during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. (Kyle Terada)

Former 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges will visit with the Giants on Tuesday, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

Hodges played in 15 games for San Francisco last season, recording 83 combined tackles, 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions.

Hodges will visit with Buffalo today before heading to the Meadowlands on Tuesday.

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Detroit Lions defensive end Devin Taylor (98) walks in the bench area during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Tommy Gilligan)
Detroit Lions defensive end Devin Taylor (98) walks in the bench area during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Tommy Gilligan)

Former Lions defensive end Devin Taylor is visiting with the Giants today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

In 16 games for Detroit last season, Taylor racked up 4.5 sacks, along with 28 combined tackles and one forced fumble.

In four years with the Lions, Taylor recorded 15.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, and 92 combined tackles while missing only three games.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (66) during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (66) during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

The Giants have signed their sixth-round pick, offensive lineman Adam Bisnowatythe team announced Friday morning.

Bisnowaty started 43 games during his time at the University of Pittsburgh, including 13 games at left tackle his senior year where he earned first-team All-ACC honors.

"Wherever my name is at, I'll play and I'm excited just to be out on the field," said Bisnowaty. "I also played a little bit of guard in college, so I'm comfortable playing either position, either side. Either way, I'll be out there and play as hard as I can."

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the Giants could reach a settlement in the memorabilia lawsuit against them, according to the New York Daily News

According to the report, Manning and others affiliated with the Giants could avoid testifying in the case because of the possible settlement. 

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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

The Eagles have signed RB LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal worth up to $2.8 million, the team announced Wednesday morning.

The Giants had been linked to Blount earlier in the offseason, and had an offer out to the veteran power back, along with the Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports New York's offer to Blount was a "token minimum-salary" offer.

Blount carried the ball 299 times for 1,161 yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns for the Patriots last season.

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(Jeff Hanisch)

The Giants currently have 9-to-1 odds to reach Super Bowl LII, according to a list released by Bovada sportsbook in Las Vegas.

The teams with better odds in the NFC are the Cowboys (9-to-2), Packers (11-to-2), Seahawks (11-to-2), and Falcons (6-to-1).

The Giants currently have 20-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII. They opened at 25-to-1 odds shortly after the Super Bowl in February, and had 18-to-1 odds on April 1.

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The Giants have signed WR Kevin Snead and waived OL Martin Wallace, the team announced Monday.

Snead spent last weekend at the Giants' rookie minicamp.

Known as the fastest player in college football while at Carson-Newman, Snead ran a 4.22 second 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine.

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The Giants' third-round pick, quarterback Davis Webb, is off to a solid start in rookie mini-camp.

Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 20, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The long shot of a rookie camp tryout paid off for three players as the Giants signed running back Khalid Abdullah, cornerback SaQwan Edwards and safety Trey Robinson after their final practice of mini-camp on Saturday.

Two of the new players are small-school finds. Abdullah (5-10, 220) had a monster season at James Madison last year, rushing for 1,809 yards and 22 touchdowns. Robinson (6-1, 217) is a rookie out of Furman University in South Carolina.

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Mississippi Rebels tight end Evan Engram (17) is tackled for a loss during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mississippi Rebels tight end Evan Engram (17) is tackled for a loss during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The friendship began at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., when the quarterback with the big arm seemed to like throwing to the tight end with the deep speed.

"Yeah, it is funny because Evan was my favorite player at the Senior Bowl and I told him that there," said the newest Giants quarterback, Davis Webb. "And a couple months later we are on the same team. So that's really cool."

Though it may be three years before Webb and Evan Engram are playing catch again in a game that matters, they are indeed on the same NFL team after Engram was drafted in the first round by the Giants, and then Webb was drafted in the third. They are on vastly different tracks: Engram is expected to have an immediate impact as an offensive weapon, while Webb figures to sit behind quarterback Eli Manning until at least 2020.

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo talking in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and New York Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo talking in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants didn't do much this offseason to fix their offensive line, which was their biggest issue last season. But that doesn't mean it won't be better. In fact, offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has already seen some signs of how it might improve.

Sullivan gave credit to tackles Ereck Flowers and Bobby Hart for the work they've put in during the Giants' offseason training program. He conceded that's early, and they haven't done any live drills yet, but he definitely can see improvement in the two young tackles who might be the starters this year.

"Both Ereck and Bobby spent a lot of time here working out in the weight room," Sullivan said. "I think if you see Ereck, his body is a lot leaner. It's very early and we didn't get a chance to practice against the defense yet, but you do see some increased quickness. I'm just very pleased that both those young men have made that commitment to try to improve their game physically, and do the things that they need to do to their bodies to mature and grow."

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Travis Rudolph was once the picture of everything that is good, not only about sports, but about humanity. He became a national sensation nine months ago for a simple act of kindness -- his decision to sit and have lunch in a middle school cafeteria with an autistic boy who was eating alone.

A picture was taken. The boy's mom posted it on Facebook. And soon everyone knew who the Florida State receiver was.

That should have been the sole focus of his story as he prepared for the NFL Draft -- a talented receiver, brimming with high character, famous for all the right reasons. And it was, until April 21 -- one week before the draft -- when Rudolph's father was accidentally shot and killed.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:53
The Giants opened rookie camp Friday, and Ralph Vacchiano was there to report on Evan Engram, Davis Webb and others.

California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb warms up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb warms up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Davis Webb is apparently a quick study and he's already learned his first lesson from Eli Manning. He was scolded, mildly and publicly by Manning, after their first conversation.

But since then? "I haven't said 'Sir,'" Webb said.

So yes, he got the message that Manning prefers to be called by name, just like he plans to get every other message Manning is willing to give him. Webb, the Giants' third-round pick and the heir apparent to Manning, is anxious to learn everything from the current franchise quarterback that he can.

"Obviously he's one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game, so I want to be a sponge around him," Webb said Friday after his first practice of rookie mini-camp. "I don't want to nag him and be that little rookie. But at the same time, if I have a question that can be asked, I'm going to ask it."

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New York Giants middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley (53) talking with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. (William Hauser (USA Today))
New York Giants middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley (53) talking with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. (William Hauser (USA Today))

When Steve Spagnuolo was brought back to run the Giants defense two years ago the cupboard of talent was pretty bare and he was asked to build something out of nothing. Last year, thanks to a $200 million offseason spending spree, his job was to make all his new pieces fit.

This year there's a whole new challenge with the Giants coming off their best defensive season since Spagnuolo's first tour of duty with the Giants in 2007-08. Not only are they a bonafide top 10 unit, they also are returning with their lineup almost completely intact.

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It would seem odd for a team like the Giants, who believe they are a legitimate Super Bowl contender, to go into a season with an unproven kicker. But it's not out of the question, according to special teams coordinator Tom Quinn.

"No. It's very simple," Quinn said. "You have to be accurate. We've done a good job around here and we have to continue that trend. We have a guy that's a good snapper (Zak DeOssie) and a good holder (punter Brad Wing). Now, we just have to find a kicker. We like working with Aldrick so far."

Quinn was talking about Aldrick Rosas, the only kicker on their roster and whose NFL experience is limited to the Tennessee Titans training camp last summer. Rosas showed off a strong and accurate leg during his time at Southern Oregon, but the NAIA is a long way from the NFL. So even if he continues to show promise this summer, how can the Giants be sure he's ready to handle all the kicking duties in a real NFL game?

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When the Giants took Evan Engram in the first round of the draft, they touted him as a dangerous weapon, a big target, and a player who they envisioned running deep routes up the middle of the field.

From what offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan can see, though, Engram can be much more than that.

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Here is a full and official list of the undrafted free agent signees and the tryout players in attendance at the Giants' rookie mini-camp this weekend. Among the notable names among the tryouts are a veteran kicker (Travis Coons, formerly of the Cleveland Browns), and an Australian Rules Football Player who had a two-month tryout with the Arizona Cardinals last offseason (Joel Wilkinson):

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JR Sport Brief: Victor Cruz 00:01:58
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR tells former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz where to sign for next season.

Free agent WR Victor Cruz is drawing interest from the Jaguars,Ravens, and Bears, according to multiple reports. 

He will meet with Bears next Monday, according to Art Stapleton of The Record, and the Jaguars on May 23, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Cruz met with the Panthers earlier this offseason.

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Sep 17, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (7) passes against the Texas Longhorns in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Cal won 50-43. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Sep 17, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (7) passes against the Texas Longhorns in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Cal won 50-43. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

The Giants have signed QB Davis Webb, DE Avery Moss, DT Dalvin Tomlinson, and 14 undrafted free agents, the team announced on Thursday.

The undrafted free agents were DT Josh Banks, OT Jessamen Dunker, CB DaShaun Amos, S Jadar Johnson, WR Keeon Johnson, DT Jarron Jones, LB Calvin Munson, WR Travis Rudolph, DE Evan Schwan, RB Shane Smith, TE Colin Thompson, CB Nigel Tribune, WR Rob Weelwright, and WR Jalen Williams.

The players reported to Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Thursday ahead of Friday's three-day minicamp, which featues rookies, undrafted free agents, and tryout players.

The Giants selected Tomlinson in the second round, Webb in the third round, and Moss in the fifth round.

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Mississippi Rebels tight end Evan Engram (17) is tackled for a loss during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mississippi Rebels tight end Evan Engram (17) is tackled for a loss during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The San Francisco 49ers offered the Giants a second round pick and two fourth picks in exchange for New York's first round pick in this year's NFL draft, according to SI's Peter King.

The Giants instead decided to keep their first round pick and went on to select tight end Evan Engram.

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With the Giants rookies due to report on Thursday for the start of their first rookie camp, the team has agreed to terms with the first of their six draft picks.

Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, a second-rounder out of Alabama, agreed to his rookie deal, according to his agents at Sports Trust Advisors. He is expected to officially sign his deal before the players hit the field on Friday morning.

Tomlinson's four-year deal is expected to be worth $4.57 million with a signing bonus of about $1.5 million...

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New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) during the preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

After an injury plagued first season with the Giants, J.T. Thomas finally felt healthy heading into the opener last year. He was ready for what he believed would be a big season.

But he didn't even last a full half of the first game before he was carted off the field with a torn ACL and torn meniscus in left knee. Sitting out and having to watch as his teammates returned to the playoffs hurt Thomas "more than words can describe."

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the pregame warmups for their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith throws a pass during the pregame warmups for their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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Geno Smith said he will not only be ready for New York Giants training camp at the end of July; he'll be ready to fight for a job.

He'll have to be because the Giants quarterback room is a little more crowded after the team drafted Cal quarterback Davis Webb in the third round of the NFL Draft last week. With Webb and Eli Manning locks to make the roster, it leaves veteran Josh Johnson and Smith battling for the backup quarterback job.

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

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Mark Herzlich jumped at the chance to wear his old college number, 94, for the New York Giants when Mathias Kiwanuka retired after the 2014 season. So it wasn't easy a few weeks ago when the Giants told him he had to give it up.

But he really had no choice.

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California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb warms up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb warms up before the game against the Oregon Ducks at Memorial Stadium. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants co-owner John Mara said he is looking forward to seeing third-round pick Davis Webb step onto the field for the first time, but would not commit to him to being Eli Manning's heir apparent given the team's commitment to the two-time Super Bowl champion.

"I think it's a little premature to be anointing this guy as the heir apparent to Eli -- he hasn't set foot on the field yet," Mara said Tuesday on "The Rich Eisen Show." "But he's got a lot of talent, and we're looking forward to seeing what we've got when he gets here. But let's not, as Bill Parcells used to say, let's not get his bust ready for Canton just yet.''

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple celebrate after an interception against the Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple celebrate after an interception against the Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

 

The Giants will open the preseason against the Steelers at Metlife Stadium on Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m. 

New York then travels to face the Browns in Cleveland on Monday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. before hosting the Jets at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m.

The Giants wrap up the preseason against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in New England on Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh blocks Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Deandre Coleman in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants guard Justin Pugh said he expects to stay at left guard in the 2017 season as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

"I'm not working anywhere else, but I know that if they need me to play tackle, I can play tackle," Pugh told NJ.com's Dan Duggan. "And I know if they ask our tackles to play guard, they can play guard. That's the thing with the Giants' offensive linemen: They're always willing to step up and do whatever it takes to win because this is a team that can go and make some noise once we get into the playoffs."

Pugh, 26, is entering the final year of his rookie deal after New York picked up his fifth-year option worth $8.8 million. A first-round pick in 2013, the Giants signed him to a four-year deal worth $8.3 million.

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Hansen talks Webb 00:01:06
New York Jets rookie wide receiver Chad Hansen talks about his college teammate at Cal, New York Giants rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Chad Hansen caught 92 passes from the Giants' quarterback of the future last season at Cal, and knows that Davis Webb is a "super-competitive" player. And that could make things tough for Webb, who figures to spend his first three NFL seasons standing on the sidelines waiting for his chance to play.

But Hansen, the Jets' fourth-round selection, believes that his former college quarterback will handle it well once he realizes that watching and learning from Eli Manning will turn out to be the best thing for his career.

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Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell tackles New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell tackles New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall spoke at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo at Metlife Stadium on Saturday and revealed that he plans to retire from football after his contract expires in two years. 

According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, Marshall is expected to focus solely on changing the world of mental health after retirement, but hopes to win a Super Bowl in the meantime.

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(Noah K. Murray)

Giants GM Jerry Reese responded to former Giants C Shaun O'Hara, who was critical of the Draft strategy the team employed last month.

O'Hara said it was a "waste" to select QB Davis Webb in the third round.

"You're going to draft a quarterback that's not going to play for three to four years? Eli (Manning) hasn't missed a game in his entire career-not one game," O'Hara said on the NFL Network, according to Yahoo!

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Daily News Live: Eli on Webb 00:03:58
The Daily News Live panel discusses the Giants' future after Eli Manning broke his silence about new Giants quarterback Davis Webb.

Giants QB Eli Manning has welcomed fellow QB Davis Webb and TE Evan Engram to the team.

"I just wanted to welcome him to the team, let him know if he has any questions or needs anything in the next few days, I was here for him," Manning said about his phone call with Webb. "He responded to that with, 'Yes, sir.' I told him we were off to a bad start. Please do not refer to me as sir. I appreciate the manners, but we're teammates. I was always taught the same thing. Anyone older than me, I have to call them sir. But hopefully, we straightened that out."

The Giants drafted the 22-year-old Webb in the third round of last month's Draft out of the University of California, where he completed 382 of 620 passes for 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 12 games last season.

Manning also welcomed Engram, who the Giants drafted with the 23rd overall pick...

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(James Snook)

Davis Webb's high school and college coaches recently heaped praise on the Giants' third-round selection.

Jake Spartival, who coached Webb at the University of California, and Ken Scott, who coached Webb at Prosper High School, talked about what makes Webb special.

"You're getting a kid with an incredible work ethic, a very driven person. Very motivated," Spavital said, according to NJ.com. "He burns it at both ends. He's going to be in that facility. He'll probably be one of the first ones in, and one of the last ones to leave."

Spatival also discussed how Webb would respond to learning from QB Eli Manning.

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Mississippi Rebels tight end Evan Engram (17) is tackled for a loss during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Mississippi Rebels tight end Evan Engram (17) is tackled for a loss during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Giants first round pick Evan Engram, who is used to Ole Miss' incredibly up-tempo offense, will have to quickly learn Ben McAdoo's West Coast system in order to make an early impact with the Giants.

"The offense is going to be vastly different than what he's used to,'' McAdoo told Paul Schwartz of the New York Post this week.

Engram thrived in the offense at Ole Miss, finishing his career with the most receptions (162), receiving yards (2,320), and touchdowns (15) for a tight end in school history. But the system run at Mississippi, led by head coach Hugh Freeze, was a no-huddle, spread offense which fit the tight end's skill-set perfectly. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during first half against Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) during first half against Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Davis Webb might be the Giants' quarterback of the future, but the Giants are really still all about the present. They are absolutely convinced they have one more championship run in them during the Eli Manning Era. They have no thoughts about pushing Manning out the door just yet.

That's why Ben McAdoo was absolutely right when he told reporters on Tuesday that Manning's job isn't to develop Webb. His job is to play well and win. This isn't another situation like it was in 2004, when Kurt Warner was here and winning was secondary because everyone knew Manning was the Giants' immediate future.

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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

The Giants are one of two finalists for free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports. He lists the Lions as the other team most likely to land the former Patriot.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last week that the Giants and Blount were talking about a potential deal.

Blount appeared in 16 games for the Patriots last season and carried the ball 299 times for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry, and a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns (the highest rushing touchdown total for any NFL player since Adrian Peterson in 2011).

With New England's recent signings of RB Mike Gillislee and RB Rex Burkheard this offseason, it seems likely that Blount's career with the Patriots is over.

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(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Giants currently have 20-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LII, according to a list released by Bovada sportsbook in Las Vegas.

They opened at 25-to-1 odds shortly after the Super Bowl in February, and had 18-to-1 odds on April 1.

Among the Giants' NFC East rivals, the Cowboys have 12-to-1 odds (tied for second-best in the NFL), while the Redskins and Eagles are both 50-to-1.

The Patriots have the best odds at 7-to-2, with the Browns and 49ers (both 200-to-1) having the worst.

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Loud Mouths: Jets, Giants Drafts 00:02:24
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss if fans should care that the Jets didn't take a QB and the Giants waited to take a lineman in the draft

Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss if fans should care that the Giants waited to take a lineman in the Draft and that the Jets didn't take a quarterback. 

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