The Daily News Live panel is joined by Giants insider Ralph Vacchiano to discuss Victor Cruz's new five-year contract with the Giants.

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(Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Adrian Peterson sent the hearts of Giants fans fluttering Wednesday night when he sent out the Tweet heard 'round the tri-state area. "The Giants been making some interesting moves," he wrote. And all of a sudden, many pictured him running through the Meadowlands, wearing blue.

But aside from the fact that the Giants haven't made many moves and that none of them have really been that interesting, there is the reality that Peterson -- a Hall of Fame-bound running back -- isn't a free agent. At least at the moment. Maybe he will be in the coming weeks, but even that is far from a guarantee.

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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis (28) during the first half at Heinz Field. (Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Giants in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. Last week we looked at DE Jason Pierre-Paul. This week we move on to a position of need for the Giants:

The tight ends.

It's been a long time since the Giants traded up a spot in the 2002 draft to take Jeremy Shockey, a player then-general manager Ernie Accorsi hailed as more of a "weapon" than just a tight end. He was a controversial person to be sure and probably hindered the early development of Eli Manning. But he was a dynamic player for the Giants - maybe the last truly dynamic tight end the Giants had.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brad Rempel)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brad Rempel)

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson sent out a cryptic tweet about the Giants on Wednesday.

The tweet is likely in reference to the release of veteran RB Rashad Jennings and WR Victor Cruz, moves that freed up $10 million in cap space for New York.

Peterson is set to receive a base salary of $11.75 million for the 2017 season. The running back's roster bonus of $6 million kicks in on March 11, meaning the Vikings have until then to make a decision on the 31-year old back. In addition to the base salary and roster bonus, Peterson will also earn a $250,000 workout bonus for participating in OTA practices and mandatory minicamps. If Minnesota keeps Peterson on his current contract, it would result in an $18 million cap hit.

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(Jeff Hanisch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Giants as they prepare to make the 23rd overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Giants' potential needs change:

1.) OT Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin - The Giants' need along the offensive line is obvious, and they are likely to pursue both a tackle and a guard this offseason as they attempt to upgrade the right side of their line. Going young and through the draft is always a good idea, and this 6-6, 314-pound left tackle gives them options. He could play left or right, which means they could move their incumbent (and struggling) left tackle Ereck Flowers. They could even move Flowers inside if they decide to add a free agent (like, perhaps, Andrew Whitworth), too. Scouts in general are not high on this class of offensive linemen, so the Giants could have their pick of several at their spot in the first round. (Last week: 2)

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Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) in action during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive end Derek Barnett (9) in action during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

University of Tennessee DE Derek Barnett will be the Giants' pick in this year's NFL draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said in his second mock draft. Kiper had New York selecting Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk with the 23rd pick in his first mock draft.

"If you're shocked this isn't an offensive tackle, I don't think you'll be surprised by the end of April when you've heard plenty about the blocking talent in this class," Kiper said. "Barnett has been tremendously productive as a pass-rusher, and even if Jason Pierre-Paul is back, the Giants could use the help. If he's not, then a pass-rusher is a must."

Barnett had a school-record 32 sacks during his three years at Tennessee, including a career-high 13 this past season.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

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Two years ago the Giants hit Jason Pierre-Paul with the "franchise tag" with the hopes that it would only be a place-holder until he agreed to a long-term deal. It almost happened, too, with talks that continued well into the summer - right up until his infamous fireworks accident on the 4th of July.

Then last year the Giants didn't use the tag on him when he was still recovering from his hand injuries and his value was obviously low, and it worked out when they lured him back for just $10 million and one year.

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New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
New York Giants tight end Will Tye (45) catches a pass against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Will Tye, the Giants starting tight end at the end of last season, will be returning for 2017 to at least compete for the job again.

Tye has re-signed with the Giants for one year and a salary of $615,000, NFL Players Association records show. He is one of three "exclusive rights" free agents re-signed by the Giants, joining the two whose deals were reported Tuesday -- tight end Matt LaCosse and defensive tackle Robert Thomas.

The Giants have declined to make the ERFA qualifying offer of a one-year, minimum-salary deal to two other ERFAs - receiver Ben Edwards (as reported by SNY on Tuesday) and fullback Nikita Whitlock.

Tags: Jerell Adams, Larry Donnell, Nikita Whitlock, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Matt LaCosse had made a good impression as an undrafted rookie free agent. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Matt LaCosse had made a good impression as an undrafted rookie free agent. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants will undoubtedly be looking for help at tight end this offseason and they may need reinforcements at defensive tackle, too. But they've decided to bring back a couple of their own players at those positions to see if they can get any help from within.

Both tight end Matt LaCosse and defensive tackle Robert Thomas have re-signed with the Giants, according to NFL sources. Both were "exclusive rights" free agents, meaning all it took for the Giants to bring them back was to offer a minimum salary and a one-year deal.

For LaCosse, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, that's worth a 2017 salary of $465,000. For Thomas, his salary will be $540,000.

Meanwhile, the Giants have decided not to tender receiver Ben Edwards, another of their ERFAs, according to another NFL source. The 24-year-old missed all of last season with a torn ACL, after playing two games (and catching one pass) for them in 2015. The Giants have not ruled out inviting him to training camp or even mini-camp later in the spring if he hasn't signed elsewhere by then.

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(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants cleared some cap room when they released veteran receiver Victor Cruz on Monday, but they also created a hole -- and not just in fans' hearts.

Even with diminished skills and production, Cruz was the Giants' third-best receiver last season and with him gone they need a replacement on the outside. They may give unreliable rookie Roger Lewis a shot to compete after his seven-catch, 97-yard, two-touchdown season. Or they could give an actual shot to veteran Tavarres King, who had two catches for 50 yards in the regular season before his 3-73-1 explosion in the Giants' playoff game.

But really, they can probably do better on the market if they're willing to pay the price. There are some good, young, and -- perhaps most importantly -- tall receivers available. Here's a look at some of the ones the Giants could turn to when the market opens to fill Cruz's shoes on Odell Beckham, Jr.'s other side...

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(Andrew Weber)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Victor Cruz will surely retire as a Giant someday, probably right before he's inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. It will be a very emotional moment and a celebration of his legacy. The Giants will be thrilled to welcome him back home.

But not today.

For now, the 30-year-old Cruz is intent on continuing his career, even though he knows the checkered history of former Giants trying to prolong their careers elsewhere. From Cruz's perspective he's just not done. In fact, since he's healthy for the first offseason in three years, he believes last season could turn out to be just the beginning of a late career revival...

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It was always impossible to root against Victor Cruz, right from the very beginning, when he was an NFL nobody in the summer of 2010, an undrafted longshot trying to make the New York Giants. His out-of-nowhere rocket to stardom has been one of the best Giants stories of the last seven years.

It was easy to root for him to succeed, whether he was a budding star or making it all the way back from injuries that ruined two years of his career. He was a great guy, always the pleasant, smiling kid out of Paterson, New Jersey, even as he starred in commercials, hit the fashion shows and traded texts with Jay Z. Even now, it was hard not to hold out hope the Giants would find a way to bring him back for one more season.

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(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Giants, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been a remarkable, hard-to-believe, storybook ride for Victor Cruz and the Giants since he burst onto the scene seven years ago. And no, it wasn't exactly a happy ending when he and running back Rashad Jennings were released by the Giants on Monday.

But most of the memories are happy. And, as Cruz said, those can never be taken away.

"It's been an amazing journey," Cruz said in a release from the Giants. "I pretty much grew up in front of this entire organization. The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It's very much a family atmosphere and it's very much like leaving your family. That's what it feels like...

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after stopping the Philadelphia Eagles on fourth down during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

CB Eli Apple has been named to the NFL.com All-Rookie Team after his performance in the 2016 season.

Apple recorded 51 combined tackles with seven passes defended and an interception in 14 games during his rookie campaign. 

"Some thought the Giants reached for Apple in the draft, but I think he outplayed expectations, posting 51 tackles, a pick and a forced fumble. Apple looks like he'll be a cornerback in the NFL for a long time; he can play inside or outside," wrote NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) almost intercepts a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) almost intercepts a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

After the success of this past season, cornerback Janoris Jenkins would like to see the Giants keep the defense together for another season, he told The Record. 

In 2016, the Giants allowed the second fewest points per game (17.8) in the league and were third best in rushing yards allowed a contest (88.6). With this in mind, Jenkins would like to see the same group return. 

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and safety Landon Collins were two of the six Giants listed among Pro Football Focus' top 101 players of 2016, NJ.com reported on Wednesday. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (30th) and Janoris Jenkins (40th), defensive tackle Damon Harrison (44th) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (71st) were also included on the list.

Collins (eighth) was the top-ranked Giant while Beckham was deemed to be the 51st best player this past season. Collins, Beckham and Jenkins were three of the four Giants selected to this year's Pro Bowl.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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Aug 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A detailed view of a New York Giants logo on the helmet during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Aug 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; A detailed view of a New York Giants logo on the helmet during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals in a preseason NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

As John Lynch, the new GM of the San Francisco 49ers, and his new coach, Kyle Shanahan begin assembling their staffs, they have plucked two pieces off of the Giants.

Martin Mayhew will be leaving the Giants' front office to become a senior personnel executive in San Francisco, Lynch announced on Thursday. And Jeff Zgonina, who spent last year as the Giants' assistant defensive line coach, reportedly is leaving to become the defensive line coach on Shanahan's staff.

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(Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Giants in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. This week we begin with the intriguing figure that may hold the key to all of the Giants' offseason plans:

DE Jason Pierre-Paul.

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Loud Mouths weighs the pros and cons of bringing back the Giants' injury-plagued wideout.

The Loud Mouths crew discusses the pros and cons of the Giants bringing back WR Victor Cruz.

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Sep 3, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Eric Martin (53) and New York Giants linebacker Uani' Unga (47) exchange words during the second half at Gillette Stadium. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 3, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Eric Martin (53) and New York Giants linebacker Uani' Unga (47) exchange words during the second half at Gillette Stadium. (Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

Uani 'Unga, who came out of nowhere to briefly become the Giants starting middle linebacker in 2015, officially became an ex-Giant on Wednesday when he was waived after a lost year.

The 29-year-old 'Unga was waived with a "failed physical" designation after spending the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. He was placed on the list after he was waived/injured in May following the team's rookie mini-camp. His injury was never disclosed.

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(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants didn't just rebuild their team last season, they also helped rebuild Steve Spagnuolo's career.

The popular defensive coordinator, whose prior two years on the job were historically bad (with the Giants in 2015 and the Saints in 2012), earned rave reviews for the way he helped revive the Giants' defense last season. And as a result, the Giants gave him a two-year contract extension, according to a league source, to ensure he'd be back for more.

That move -- first reported by ESPN -- was really a foregone conclusion. "Spags" didn't even receive a nibble in the latest round of head coaching searches, so his job options were limited even though his defense went from 32nd in the league last season to 10th overall this season as the Giants allowed the second-fewest points in the league.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Alabama's O.J. Howard tries to get past Clemson's T.J. Green after a catch during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)  (David J. Phillip/AP)
Alabama's O.J. Howard tries to get past Clemson's T.J. Green after a catch during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

For the first time in three years the Giants will be picking outside the Top 10 of the NFL draft. In fact, they'll be in the bottom half of the first round for the first time since 2013. They're glad to be there, of course, picking 23rd thanks to their 11-5 record.

It just makes it a little more difficult to figure out who they're going to take.

It's early, of course - very early - and a lot can change during free agency. But here's a look at five players the Giants might have their eyes on in the first round of the NFL draft, which takes place on April 27. SNY will be taking a weekly look at this board and charting who is rising and falling throughout the combine and Pro Day season, and as the Giants' potential needs change:

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Victor Cruz speaks about his future with the Giants at the Thurman Munson Awards Dinner in New York.

Victor Cruz hasn't had any contact with the Giants in the month since their season ended. He didn't even have the standard exit interview with coach Ben McAdoo the day after the playoff loss.

Yet even though his future in New York hangs in the balance, Cruz has no plans to force the issue and start the conversation about whether they want him back next season. And if and when they do talk, he doesn't feel the need to pitch the Giants about his worth.

"There's no grand pitch," Cruz said Tuesday evening before he was honored at the 37th annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan. "I mean they've known me for seven years. They know what I bring to the table. They know what type of person I am.

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(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Giants were huge spenders in free agency last March, doling out more than $200 million worth of contracts to defensive players alone. They have money to spend again this offseason, though not nearly as much.

How active will they be? That will be determined by what cuts they make (Victor Cruz, perhaps) and which of their own free agents they choose to re-sign (like Jason Pierre-Paul and/or Johnathan Hankins). They probably will have in the neighborhood of $35 million in cap room for both their own free agents and ones from other teams.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Super Bowl is over and the offseason has begun, meaning the Giants can start reshaping their roster in the hopes they can make a run at Super Bowl LII. And even though they went 11-5 and returned to the playoffs last season, there's a lot of work to be done.

So here are some of the biggest questions the Giants must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how the Giants are doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

1.) How are they going to fix their offensive line?

Considering how their poor offense dragged them down this season, this is the Giants' most important question. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning and one of the biggest weapons in the game in Odell Beckham, Jr.. If Manning could get better protection and a few holes could be open in the running game, maybe the offense could live up to the expectations.

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Weston Richburg, Will Tye
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Falcons fan Sal Licata vents his frustrations after the Falcons' loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell of the Seahawks may forever be known for the single dumbest play call in Super Bowl history, when they called for a pass instead of a run from the 1 yard line at the end of Super Bowl XLIX, leading to a Malcolm Butler interception and handing the Patriots a championship.

But Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan of the Falcons gave that inexplicable decision a run for its money on Sunday night.

Their brain-frozen play calling with four minutes left in Super Bowl LI snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and gift-wrapped a championship opportunity to the Patriots again. In a span of three mind-boggling plays, they went from being well within range of a game-sealing field goal to punting the ball away and putting it back in Tom Brady's hands...

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(Matt Rourke/AP)

The Giants have opened at 25/1 odds to win Super Bowl LII, according to a list released by Bovada sportsbook in Las Vegas.

Among the Giants' NFC East rivals, the Cowboys have 9/1 odds (the second-best in the NFL), while the Redskins and Eagles are both 50/1.

The Patriots have the best odds at 5/1, with the Browns and 49ers (both 150/1) having the worst.

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(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Many current and former Giants -- including members of the teams that beat the Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI -- took to Twitter to react to the Patriots' 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI...

Click below to see the tweets

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Rashad Jennings
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The guys on FNNY discuss what went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, as well as Tom Brady's place in NFL history.

What went wrong for the Falcons in the second half of the Super Bowl, and what is Tom Brady's place in NFL history?

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Former Jet Chad Cascadden joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss the Patriots' exhilarating comeback Super Bowl victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Despite trailing 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points, ending with James White's 2-yard touchdown rush in overtime as New England beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, to win Super Bowl LI.

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(Don Wright)

Speaking publicly for the first time in a month, Odell Beckham Jr. said Sunday on ESPN he might have "regrets" about the day trip Giants receivers took to Miami the Monday before they lost to the Packers in the playoffs.

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(Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Here's a look at Super Bowl LI …

NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons (13-5) vs. AFC Champion New England Patriots (16-2)

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald speak to the media after being named co-winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award Saturday. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Giants quarterback Eli Manning and Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald speak to the media after being named co-winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award Saturday. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: Eli Manning's value to the Giants has always gone beyond just football. It's also been about his leadership, his professionalism, and all his charity work behind the scenes.

On Saturday night, Manning was finally honored for all his good off-field work when he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He actually shared the award with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, became the first Giants player in the 47-year history of the award to win it. 

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(David J. Phillip/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It was eight years ago today, Friday, that the Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history and knocked off the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Then, four years and two days later in Super Bowl XLVI, the Giants did it to the Patriots again.

The Patriots are now in their seventh Super Bowl in the 16 seasons of the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady Era of dominance. They've won four of their first six. Their only two losses have come to the Giants. And while those two Giants teams were very different, despite having the same coach (Tom Coughlin) and quarterback (Eli Manning) the gameplan they used each time was largely the same.

Equally important was this: Both times the Giants went in completely unafraid...

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Kurt Warner spent the 2004 season with the Giants. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Kurt Warner spent the 2004 season with the Giants. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Kurt Warner and Morten Andersen, who both spent a brief time of their NFL careers with the Giants, were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night, along with running backs LaDanian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, defensive end Jason Taylor, safety Kenny Easley and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:  Landon Collins' second season in the NFL vaulted him to a status among the league's elite defenders. But he fell just short of winning the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award.

Collins, 23, was a finalist for the award that went to Khalil Mack, the linebacker/defensive end for the Oakland Raiders, at the NFL Honors ceremony in Houston on Saturday night. Mack had 11 sacks, an interception, three passes defensed and five forced fumbles during the season. He was also credited with 26 quarterback hits, which the NFL said was second in the league.

Of course, Collins had some outstanding numbers too. He had five interceptions - including one returned for a touchdown -- 13 passes defensed and four sacks as he helped the Giants go from the NFL's worst defense a year ago to one of the best in the league.

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(AP)

Jason Pierre-Paul has settled the lawsuit he filed against ESPN for posting his medical records, according to the NY Post.

Pierre-Paul "amicably resolved the pending litigation," his attorney, Mitchell Schuster, said.

A Miami federal judge had refused in August to dismiss the case, which stemmed from Pierre-Paul's 2015 fireworks accident.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) defends Washington Redskins corner back Josh Norman (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) defends Washington Redskins corner back Josh Norman (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Redskins CB Josh Norman continued his trash talking of Giants WR Odell Beckham prior to Super Bowl LI.

"S--t, when I'm going against an Odell Beckham, hell, I'm just trying to stay alive and not have this guy do some crazy s--t," Norman told Bleacher Report's Tyler Dunne in an interview about Falcons WR Julio Jones. "I'm looking over my shoulder like, 'What the f--k are you doing?'"

In their Week 17 matchup, Beckham caught 5 receptions for 44 yards while sitting out most of the second half as the Giants had already clinched the 5-seed.

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(Vincent Carchietta (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Victor Cruz reiterated Thursday that he wants to return to the Giants and even sounded like he understood he might need to take another pay cut to make it happen. But he also hinted that his willingness to reduce his salary might have limits this time around.

"Last year, coming off two injury-riddled seasons, I know that (a pay cut) was coming," Cruz told reporters at a Nickelodeon event in Houston. "Even this year I understand the business side of it and I understand what my numbers are, what I'm due to make next year. I understand all that stuff."

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Ben Mcadoo (Andy Clayton-King)
Ben Mcadoo (Andy Clayton-King)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY: The Giants undoubtedly underwent a remarkable turnaround this season, from 6-10 last year (and coming off three straight losing season) to 11-5. It was about as good a debut as anyone could have expected from rookie head coach Ben McAdoo.

And that's why, in an interview on WFAN on Wednesday, Giants running back Rashad Jennings said "When people talk about the Coach of the Year award, I'm wondering why nobody mentions my coach."

It's true, almost no one mentions McAdoo in connection with the NFL Coach of the Year award, which will be handed out Saturday night in Houston during the NFL Honors awards show. The reality is he's not going to win it and that's probably fair. There are several candidates with stronger cases to make for the awards.

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(Brett Davis)

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff thinks the Giants can be a Super Bowl contender next season.

"I always think Seattle. I like what Jerry Reese has done there in New York," Dimitroff told the NY Post about which teams could threaten the Falcons in the NFC next season. "We all have to go through those recovery times, right? There's been some rocky roads, and if you can pull through that, usually those organizations have a really good view of what was happening during those tough times."

The Giants finished 10-6 this season, losing to the Packers in the wild-card round in Green Bay...

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New York Giants kicker Josh Brown (3) watches his field goal during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)
New York Giants kicker Josh Brown (3) watches his field goal during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Josh Brown insisted the NFL "has known everything" about his domestic violence history, and he's upset that his own admissions in his private journals were "used against me" as the Giants and the NFL pushed him out of the league.

In his first interview since last August, just after the NFL announced his one-game suspension stemming from a year-old domestic violence arrest, the 37-year-old kicker seemed most upset that his journals - first released by SNY.tv in October - became public and are now evidence in the NFL's investigation. Despite admitting to physically abusing his now ex-wife Molly in those journals, he insisted to ABC's Good Morning America that he never actually hit her.

Those journals, he said, were his attempt to "heal".

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during warm ups before a game against Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during warm ups before a game against Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Odell Beckham finished fourth in the NFL's list of top merchandise sellers from March through November 2016, the NFL Players Association announced on Thursday.

Patriots QB Tom Brady was the top player in all merchandise sales among NFL players, followed by Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliot and WR Dez Bryant.

Beckham ranked fourth overall in merchandise thanks to the strong sales precense in numerous categories, including jerseys for pets.

The star wide receiver trailed only Brady in overall jersey sales. 

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Former Giants kicker Josh Brown will address domestic abuse allegations against him on Good Morning America.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Josh Brown, the disgraced ex-Giants kicker, is looking to get back into the NFL, and he began his campaign by insisting that he "never" hit his wife.

"The world now thinks that I beat my wife," Brown said. "I never hit her. Never once."

That is a stunning claim that would seem to run counter to Brown's own words that he wrote in his own personal journals, which SNY.TV and other outlets published in October. In those journals, the kicker wrote that "I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man" and he circled the words "I have abused my wife."

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NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
NFC wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and AFC running back Melvin Gordon of the San Diego Chargers talk prior to the game at Citrus Bowl. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

Odell Beckham Jr.'s behavior during Pro Bowl week was praised by NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent, ESPN reported on Wednesday.

"I would be remiss not to acknowledge how engaging and professional Odell Beckham Jr. was during the entire week of the Pro Bowl," Vincent wrote in a letter obtained by ESPN. "By far and away, he represented the New York Football Giants and the NFL with great poise, congeniality, and professionalism."

The letter was sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Giants owner John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese, coach Ben McAdoo, director of player development David Tyree and Beckham's agent, Zeke Sandhu.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter recently added his name to the growing list of people offering to help guide Odell Beckham. The list of his "mentors" now includes Michael Irvin, Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant, among others. And many others - including Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis - have offered unsolicited advice.

Mentors and well-intentioned advice are never bad things, of course -- even if in some of these cases they have to take a "Do as I say, not as I did" flavor. And maybe Beckham will be more inclined to listen to former players, rather than, say, his general manager and coach. There's certainly no doubt Beckham could use a little guidance as he tries to channel his emotions and learn how to be a professional.

But, to quote a coach who missed a golden opportunity to really help Beckham in his first two NFL seasons: "Talk is cheap."

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New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. addresses the media at press conference at the Syon House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. addresses the media at press conference at the Syon House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. (Kirby Lee)

Odell Beckham Jr. has been added to ESPN's Postseason NFL Countdown special on Super Bowl Sunday.

Beckham will join co-host Suzy Kolber and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young inside Houston's NRG Stadium on Sunday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Joining the ESPN set for their Super Bowl coverage helps build the wide receiver's resume for a second career, but it also opens Beckham up to some possible criticism. The star receiver has not spoken publicly since putting a hole in the wall at Lambeau Field, as he was unavailable to the media on Giants breakup day, and will certainly face some questions about that incident come Sunday.

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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) after the game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Despite struggling this past season, RB Rashad Jennings thinks he will be back with the Giants next year.

"I expect to be back," Jennings said, via NJ.com. "And I definitely want to be back. I've got one more year on my contract, and I've got a lot to prove. I look forward to doing it in New York again."

The veteran running back ran for only 593 yards on 181 carries and three touchdowns in 2016, averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry, and gave way to rookie RB Paul Perkins as the team's primary back towards the end of the season.

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New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)
New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper)

Patriots TE Martellus Bennett, a pending free agent and former Giant, might be willing to consider a return to New York this offseason.

"Haha. I don't know," said Bennett when asked if he would contemplate signing with the Giants. "But I always loved it there. (General manager) Jerry Reese and all those guys are great, the Mara and Tisch families are one of the best owners in the world. I liked it up there."

New York took a chance on Bennett in 2012, giving the tight end his first opportunity to start after he was the backup to Jason Witten in Dallas for four years. Bennett caught 55 passes for 626 yards and five touchdowns that season, providing the Giants with some rare offensive production from the tight end position. Due to salary cap issues, the Giants were unable to re-sign Bennett the following offseason, and the Houston-native joined the Bears.

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