David Wilson addressed the media on Wednesday, the first public comments since the announcement that he will no longer play football due to his spinal injuries. Here's what he had to say:

Hey everybody. I’m not really prepared to answer a lot of questions today but I’ll try to do my best on some of them. I’m going to start by saying that at a young age I had a dream to play in the NFL. I did that, I played in the NFL and I scored touchdowns and I broke tackles and I broke and set records. I practiced with my teammates, got to play for Coach Coughlin, got drafted by the Giants. So at no point should anybody feel like this is over because in life everything has obstacles. We all go through our own obstacles every day. The main thing is, when you’re going through those obstacles, to stay focused and embrace faith and keep your dreams. Even if one dream seems to fade away, set another goal and set another dream and try to reach that. That’s the main thing.

Any time… life will knock you down sometimes. I realize that I knew that since a young age. Everything hasn’t been smooth sailing for me hardly ever. I try to put the smile on my face and make other people happy. That’s what I enjoy in life. I continue living. When life knocks you down, I always say plan to land on your back because if you can look up, you can get up. But if you’re flat on your face, that can kill your spirit. Always think of it in that aspect – if you can look up, you can get up. So far, I can look up and I plan on getting up and living my dream and setting another one for me to live out. 

Q: Is it too early to tell what it is that you want to do with the next phase of your life?

A: I know… I have a couple ideas. As far as that goes, I guess you will just have to follow closely and see where I go from there.

Q: You were so optimistic, even the day before, on Twitter. Were you shocked when the doctors told you the news or did you kind of sense that it was coming?

A: I prepared for both sides. You can’t ignore the facts. Like I said, I always try to find the best in situations so when I knew I was going into that situation, I’m looking at the best side. No need to dwell on the negative side and dwell on the negative. You start to dwell on the negative and you start to feel sorrow. You don’t want to ever dwell on that moment because at that point, you’re not living.

I’m still living and I’m still healthy and doing the things that I can do, except football. That doesn’t last forever, anyway. Mine’s been cut short and I’ve accepted that. I appreciate the opportunity from the Giants of being able to play and being up here and doing all the things I love.

Like I said, when I was a little kid growing up, my dream was to play in the NFL and I did that. I set that goal when I was real young and I set small goals in between because setting one big goal and just expecting to get there the next day, that’s very unlikely. I set small goals, like I want to be the fastest guy on my team. From eight years old, I’m speaking from when I was really young, I’d wake up and say, ‘I want to be the fastest on my team. I want to score a touchdown. I want to be the starter. I want to score the most touchdowns on the team. I want to break the records.’ I get to high school and I broke records that were set. I reached those goals. As you continue to reach more goals, the pressure builds up and when the pressure builds up, the intensity increases. It gives you a thrive and a drive to keep going. You can do great things when you get that. You start doing these things and accomplishing these goals and getting closer to your dream and then people start to support you. The thing that wakes you up every day is that you don’t want to let those people down.

When it started off, I didn’t want to let my parents down. I always tried to do the right thing by them and honor my parents. Very religious, it says, ‘honor your father and mother.’ I tried to do that to the best of my ability. More and more people started supporting me. My whole school, all my teammates… all my teammates start supporting me. Once again, I’m speaking from high school, college. Your teammates start to support you. Then a whole city gets behind you and at that point, you don’t want to let your city down, you don’t want to let your family down, your friends down, your teammates, teachers, all these people supporting you and helping you reach your dream.

Then you go to college and the whole state supports you. Then you go to the NFL and you have all these NFL players, great players that will probably be in the Hall of Fame one day, and they support you. Coaches that have won Super Bowls, they get behind you and they support you. That’s just been a great feeling, man. These are tears of joy. Don’t for a second do you all think that I’m pitying myself or sad because I got to live my dream. I’ll set another dream and be great at that because I always look at trying to be great at whatever I do. I always had the aspect because in order to get a scholarship, you’ve got to have grades. When you get those grades, you have to be the best in your class. Try to be the best in your class. My competitive spirit always raised me up to excel and do what I can there. I always say I’ll be looking at my teammates this year, and forever, that I played with wishing them the best. Every time I watch a Giants game or a football game and see people play that I actually had a chance to meet, I want to watch them go on the field and I want to see them try to be great because it can be taken away. When they go on the field I want to see them, every Sunday or Thursday or Monday… I want to see those guys do great and be great and push themselves. That’s where my joy comes from. I’ve got a long life to live. I’m 23 years old and I’ve been blessed with an amazing head start, being drafted in the first round. And to a great organization with the Giants, which supports me. I’ve been told that by the head leaders of the organization. They support me in whatever I do and if I need anything, don’t hesitate. I plan to be alright.

These are just tears of joy because as I speak, I realize how much people have helped me along the way. When you push the pause button, you get to look at that. But I plan on pushing ‘play’ real soon. Moving on in future endeavors, I’m excited.

Q: Is this the first time you’ve gotten emotional?

A: This is the first time. Like I said, it’s more joyful tears. It’s not because I can’t play anymore. Like I said, in speaking to you all, I’ve realized how many people supported me and believed in me.

Q: From last Tuesday until the final decision Monday, what was going through your mind?

A: When I tell you all I remained positive and stayed positive, that’s what I did. I’m not saying it because I’m in front of the cameras and have microphones in front of me. When I’m by myself, I stay positive. That’s what I was all the way through this whole thing. I expected to come back, I trained.  I was limited because the doctors didn’t want me to put too much strain on my body because it could affect the healing process. I had all intentions in playing the 2014 season with the Giants. I trained and prepared that way and went out to practice every day, ran hard, learned the new playbook. At no moment was I negative or thinking about not playing.

Q: When the burner happened last Tuesday to when you got the final decision, what was your process there?

A: It’s scary. It was a scary feeling, you can’t hide that fact. But at the same time I felt fine afterwards. I felt perfectly fine afterwards and was still optimistic. We said we were going to see the doctors and see what they said. They looked at the MRIs and they saw what they needed to see and they felt that nothing had really changed, but at the end of the day the doctors wouldn’t clear me because it was a risk for me to be out there with my condition. All the way up until that point I was optimistic, but at that point you just have to do what’s best for your life. The doctors did that and I prayed that the doctors would give me the same answer that God would give me if I asked straightforward. We don’t have that capability. I can ask, but God works through people. I asked him to do that with the doctors and they gave me the answer. That’s why I’m comfortable with that answer.

Q: What changed from when they cleared you a week before to what they saw on Tuesday? Did the condition get worse or was it just a stinger combined with the…?

A: No, it was… everything was fine, the MRIs. That’s what I was told. The doctors have dealt with situations like this before and they know the best answer to give me so I can live and have a healthy life. I don’t have a family yet, and I want to have one and I want to be able to enjoy it.

Q: Did you give any thought to seeing other doctors, fighting the diagnosis? I don’t even know if it’s physically possible but trying to find someone who would clear you to play?

A: That crosses your mind, but at the same time these doctors did everything they could to get me back on the field. At that point why would they tell you something that wasn’t accurate and they didn’t feel was in your best interest?

Q: Are you going to need any additional procedures on your neck?

A: No, I’m fine. Just football.

Q: Any ideas what you want to do now? Coaching, announcing, anything, staying close to the game and staying close around here?

A: Yeah, all those things come into mind. Like I said, you’ll just have to follow 4stillrunning closely to see what he does next. Whatever it is, I’m going to try to be great at it and thrive in it.

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The Giants selected Davis Webb with the 87th overall pick in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

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Dalvin Tomlinson highlights 00:00:47
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of the season from the Giants' second-round pick, defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.

The Giants selected Dalvin Tomlinson with the 55th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

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Daily News Live: NFL Draft 00:06:20
The Daily News Live panel assesses the first-round picks of the Giants and Jets and the needs of each team going into Rounds 2 and 3.

The panel analyzes the first round picks of the Giants and Jets and their needs that have to be addressed going into Round 2.

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Drafting good players in the first round is easy. Doing it in other rounds is hard. And the general managers who run the most successful NFL franchises know they really earn their money in Round 2 and beyond. That's where they not only fill out their roster, but can find hidden gems that everyone else overlooked. Those may be hard to find late in the draft -- and even after the draft -- but when one is uncovered, the player is truly a scout's delight.

With that in mind, here are my choices for some of the top draft steals in Giants history …

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(Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Drafting a successor to Eli Manning was never really in play for the Giants on Thursday night. There were quarterbacks they liked as an option in the first round -- particularly Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes -- but they were long gone by the time they picked at 23. So they never really had a chance to find their Quarterback of the Future.

Of course, that was only Day 1.

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(Matt Bush)

TE Evan Engram, who the Giants selected with the 23rd overall pick during the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, says the team has been missing a piece like him.

"I know I'm ready to come in and make an immediate impact," Engram said in a press release issued by the Giants. "I know for a fact. I've been watching the Giants, they're on TV all the time. I sit down and watch them, especially this past year. I've been really analyzing teams and certain offenses. The Giants have been missing a piece like me."

"I know my skillset," Engram continued. I'm confident in my game and how hard I work. Just the weapons around me, I can't wait to come in and contribute. Learn from all those guys and take advantage of the opportunity to be a great player for this team."

Engram, 22, had 65 catches for 926 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games last season during his senior year at Ole Miss...

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The Football Night in New York crew analyzes Jamal Adams and Evan Engram, the first-round picks of the Jets and Giants respectively.

The Football Night in New York crew analyzes Evan Engram and Jamal Adams the first-round picks of the Giants and Jets respectively.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of the season from the Giants' first-round draft pick, tight end Evan Engram.

The Giants selected tight end Evan Engram with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.


THE VITALS:

AGE:  22

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The Giants have picked up WR Odell Beckham, Jr.'s fifth-year option, the team announced Thursday.

It was not much of a tough decision at all.

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The Giants have never been very good at hiding their intentions when it comes to the first round of the NFL draft. Usually by the time Draft Day rolls around, either their pick is pretty clear, or it's been narrowed down to a small handful of names.

That is most definitely not the case this year for a very good reason: In the days leading up to the draft, even the Giants didn't seem sure of what they were going to do.

Don't mistake that for confusion, though. It's more a reflection of their options. They don't have many areas of obvious need as they have in year's past. Also, they're picking lower than they've picked since 2012 and that always increases the variables. There's even more variety this year because a lot of scouts think the difference between the 10th and 30th player on most boards is pretty minimal. So with the Giants sitting at pick No. 23, they can't really be sure how the first 22 will go...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in the press room after being named the co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in the press room after being named the co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kirby Lee)

The lawyers of Giants quarterback Eli Manning have provided emails between the quarterback and the team's equipment manager, Joe Skiba, that suggest there was no plan to fabricate game-used memorabilia, according to Darren Rovell and Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

"Did you put my helmet somewhere?" Manning wrote in a 2012 email sent from his phone to Skiba shortly after Super Bowl XLVI. "It was not in my locker. If you could hold on to it and my spare one as well, that would be great."

One of the plaintiffs in the fraud lawsuit against Manning purchased what was said to be Manning's backup helmet from SUper Bowl XLVI in 2012 from Steiner Sports. The other two plaintiffs in the lawsuit bought a helmet on the secondary market that they were told were worn during a game in the 2007-2008 season.

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SNY NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline joins Ralph Vacchiano to discuss whether the Jets should trade down and who the Giants are targeting.

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Many people around the NFL consider this to be one of the hardest first rounds to project in years. That's at least partly due to the uncertainty about where the quarterbacks will go, but also because of deep top tier of talent (perhaps 10 or 11 picks deep) and because many scouts don't see much of a difference between players ranked in the 10-15 range and those they rank down near 25-32.

After consulting with many NFL sources and experts (and my own imagination), here is my final answer on the first round: My SNY Mock Draft 3.0. I feel pretty good that the Cleveland Browns will indeed make the first overall selection. Other than that … no guarantees and I reserve the right to change my mind:

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SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

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Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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The Class of 2017: Quarterbacks 00:05:06
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and draft analyst Tony Pauline take a close look at the quarterbacks available in the 2017 NFL Draft

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After not doing a Mock Draft in about a decade, I've now done two versions in less than three weeks - with a third (and final) version still to come. So with eight days to go until the draft, here's my SNY Mock Draft, version 2.0. The information comes from NFL sources, draft experts, and in some cases my own mind:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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Draft options for Giants 00:04:49
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and Draft Analyst Tony Pauline share some names for the Giants to consider later in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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The Giants are convinced that their 11-5 season in 2016 was only the beginning. They don't see it as a fluke. They see themselves as realistic Super Bowl contenders.

And when they look at their roster, they don't see many holes.

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One last look at the top players on the board for the Giants as they prepare to make the 23rd overall pick on April 27:

1. OT Garett Bolles, Utah - The Giants know they need help at tackle, but they don't plan to reach for one if the value isn't there. This 6-5, 297-pounder might be the best fit, though. He's 25, but that doesn't seem to bother the Giants. More concerning is his lack of experience (only one year in FBS). The Giants have seemed to like him best among the top offensive linemen throughout this process. He might not get past the Denver Broncos at 20. Whether the Giants take him or not may depend on who else is there and how much "need" really matters to them this year.  (Last report: 2)

2. LB Jarrad Davis, Florida - He might actually be No. 1 on the Giants' wish list, but his stock is seemingly rising to the point where the Giants might have to move up to get him (something they're not likely to do). He's a 6-1, 238-pound outside linebacker with the skills and intelligence the Giants have been looking for at that spot for several years. Scouts also rave about his character, which makes him even more attractive. It wasn't that long ago that some scouts pegged him as more of a second-round pick, but that doesn't seem likely anymore. (Last report: N/A)

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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)

There is mutual interest between the Giants and free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, and a deal could be made before this weekend's NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

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.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)

After it was reported that the Giants plan to pick up his fifth-year optionOdell Beckham, Jr. vowed to work harder than he ever has before to be the very best player he can be.

"Just wanna say today I woke up feeling extremely blessed. The start of a new chapter in my life began this [past] week," Beckham wrote on his verified Twitter account. "I will be workin harder than I ever have, to be the best that I ever have been. I'm more motivated now then I have ever been."

Beckham, 24. is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the fifth-year option for the 2018 season will pay him the average salary of the third-through-25th highest paid wide receivers in the NFL, which is currently estimated to be around $8 million.

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(Frank Franklin I/AP)

During his pre-draft press conference last week, Giants GM Jerry Reese used the phrase "best player available" nine different times. He made it clear, as he does every year, that will be the Giants' philosophy when they make their first-round draft pick.

And this year, he might really mean it.

Normally, "best player available" is a bit of a myth. The Giants, like most teams, almost always make their selections with "need" in mind, especially in the first round. They've done that with almost every first-round pick over the last two decades, to at least some degree. Even Reese admitted "You're always trying to tie 'best player available' with what our needs are."

The problem is that this year, one team source said "We don't have a ton of needs" -- and definitely none that match up well with the players who'll be available when they make the 23rd overall selection. They know they need help on the offensive line, but most scouts believe this is the weakest class of linemen (especially top of the class) in years. They know they need a play-making tight end, but the best one -- maybe even the best two -- might not reach them...

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Giants, Jets eye tight ends 00:05:01
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

The Giants are interested in drafting former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, according to the New York Post.

McCaffrey, seen as a versatile option out of the backfield, averaged 6.3 yards per carry in 2016 and scored 13 touchdowns. In 2015, McCaffrey's 3,864 all-purpose yards were the most in a season in NCAA history. He was named the AP College Football Player of the Year that same year.

His father, Ed McCaffrey, was drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft.

The Giants have the 23rd overall pick in the draft, but it is not yet clear whether or not McCaffrey would still be remaining on the draft board that late in the first round. If the Giants are able to draft him, they would reportedly seek to utilize his versatility by weaving him into both offense and special teams, according to the New York Post. They would aim to give him about 20 touches per game through carries, catches, kick returns, and punt returns.

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Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline predict whom the Giants might take at No. 23 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline predict whom the Giants might take at No. 23 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

For the moment, Ereck Flowers appears to be the Giants left tackle by default. But Jerry Reese made it clear that is definitely subject to change.

The Giants general manager said the team will "experiment" with their offensive line lineup this spring in search of their still-to-be-determined starting five. At the moment, they have no obvious lineup, but they do have several players with the flexibility to play multiple positions.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Weston Richburg was one of the bright spots on the Giants' offensive line last season, but that's not the way he saw it. The Giants center wasn't happy with his overall performance, which was due in part to an injury that he never revealed.

Richburg said he tore ligaments in his right hand in the Giants' second preseason game. He played the entire season with the injury, which eventually needed surgery.

Tags: Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

In the last two full games Jason Pierre-Paul played last season, he was a monster. He forced two fumbles, he had 5 ½ sacks. He was everywhere on the field, as disruptive as he had been in years.

"I was just getting warmed up, man," JPP said on Thursday. "I was just starting to get on a roll."

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GEICO SportsNite: Eli Manning 00:01:52
Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the latest news regarding the memorabilia scandal accusations surrounding Giants quarterback Eli Manning
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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; The New York Giants take the field before the start of their NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; The New York Giants take the field before the start of their NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Coming off their most successful season since their last Super Bowl championship, the Giants hope to get off to a fast start this season. But the schedule-makers didn't make that easy to do.  

The Giants will not only open the season on the road - and in Dallas for the third straight opener - but they'll be on the road for most of the first month of the 2017 season. Three of their first four games and four of their first six are away games. And to add to the challenge, three of those are in prime time. 

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Jerry Reese was the one who first said back in January that the Giants would use this offseason to at least think about finding Eli Manning's successor. And he was serious about taking a look. In fact, the Giants GM said "I probably looked at more quarterbacks this time" than he has in year's past.

That doesn't mean the Giants will draft their next franchise quarterback next week, though.

Tags: Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch)

The Giants will open the 2017 season in Dallas on Sunday night, September 10, and wrap things up in Week 17 on New Year's Eve against the Redskins at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants' full schedule, which an NFL source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, is as follows:

Sept. 10: @ Dallas (Sunday night football)

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Manning denies allegations 00:03:31
The DNL panel discusses the Eli Manning memorabilia controversy after he vehemently denied the allegations to reporters earlier today.

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An angry and hurt Eli Manning defended himself against allegations that he participated in a phony memorabilia scheme, insisting "I've done nothing wrong, and I have nothing to hide."

Speaking out on the subject for the first time -- and letting his emotions show for one of the few times in his 13-year NFL career -- Manning opened up his press conference on Thursday morning by proclaiming his innocence. He said that emails that purportedly show him participating in the scheme -- filed in Bergen County Superior Court as part of a civil racketeering suit against him, the Giants and their equipment managers -- were "taken out of context."

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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)

Latest Update (April 20)

11:30AM: The Giants will finish the preseason against the New England Patriots on Thursday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stands on the field prior to the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stands on the field prior to the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

The Giants will take on the Redskins in Washington D.C. on Thanksgiving night, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

The game will take place on Nov. 23, and represents New York's 15th Thanksgiving Day contest since 1926. 

The Giants last played on Thanksgiving in 2009 against the Denver Broncos.

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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  (William Hauser (USA Today))
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser (USA Today))

If Owa Odighizuwa really did need time "to get away from the game," two weeks was apparently enough. 

The Giants defensive end, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, was among the players in attendance for the first day of the Giants offseason workout program on Tuesday morning. And while that doesn't clear up the mystery of what the 25-year-old was tweeting about, it at least means that he's intent on continuing his NFL career. 

Tags: Devon Kennard, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Owa Odighizuwa, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard
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Miami tight end David Njoku discusses his senior season and how he is handling the pressure that comes with being a top draft pick.

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(Trevor Ruszkowski)

 

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Here is the most up-to-date information on what the Giants have done during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The signing period will continue through the NFL draft and right up until the start of training camp in July, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates.

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New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Restricted free agent DE Kerry Wynn will sign his tender with the Giants and participate in the team's offseason program, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

In 14 games last season, Wynn made 12 combined tackles to go with 0.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Wynn will earn $1.797 million for the 2017 season. The contract is not guaranteed.

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At MetLife Stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. hosted the Van Cortlandt Titans, who were the winners of Dunkin' Donuts Catch of a Lifetime Program.
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Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The world of mock drafters still believes the Giants will select an offensive lineman in the first round later this month, but it's not quite as convinced as it once was.

As of Monday, 53 percent of the 32 mock drafts examined by SNY have the Giants taking an offensive lineman in the first round, which begins in just 10 days. That's down from 60 percent just two weeks ago. The favorite player, though, remains the same. The consensus is that they'll take Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk, who was selected in 12 of the 32 mock drafts.

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Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. (Mark Zerof)
Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. (Mark Zerof)

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire is visiting with the Giants on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

McGuire ran for 1,127 yards on 232 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, and seven touchdowns during his senior year last season, adding 29 receptions for 238 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

The 5-foot-10, 214-pound running back was named the 2014 Sun Belt Player of the Year, along with the 2014 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku.

The New York Giants' scheduled meeting with Miami tight end David Njoku was canceled, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Njoku, 20, was scheduled to meet with the Giants for a second time on Monday, according to The Record's Art Stapleton, but instead the New Jersey native will meet with the New York Jets.

Njoku is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft later this month. He had a formal interview with the Giants at the NFL Combine in February.

With the Hurricanes last season, Njoku had 43 receptions ånd eight touchdowns.

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick (75) during the first half at EverBank Field. (Kim Klement)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick (75) during the first half at EverBank Field. (Kim Klement)

With Jonathan Hankins now a member of the Colts, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent defensive lineman Jared Odrickaccording to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Odrick played six games with the Jaguars last season, recording one sack, one forced fumble, and 12 combined tackles.

The 29-year old had at least 4.5 sacks in four of the previos six seasons between the Dolphins and Jaguars, and has the capability and skillset to play both outside as a run-stopping defensive end or inside as a pass-rushing tackle.

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The DNL panel discusses a possible controversy surrounding Eli Manning and whether he was involved in false game-worn memorabilia scheme.

An e-mail from Giants QB Eli Manning proves that he helped defraud collectors who were led to believe they were receiving game-used equipment, according to the New York Post.

Manning allegedly asked equipment manager Joe Skiba on April 27, 2010 to obtain equipment that appeared as if it was used in games. "2 helmets that can pass as used. That is it, Eli," Manning said in the e-mail.

Within 20 minutes, Manning then sent an e-mail to his marketing agent telling him that he "Should be able to get them for tomorrow."

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(Kevin Hoffman)

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The Giants wanted to bring Johnathan Hankins back and they did all the right things to try to make that happen. They made him a generous offer. They patiently waited for his response. They didn't seriously pursue other defensive tackles or (for the most part) publicly pressure him to take their deal. They let their offer sit there and gave him all the space he needed until he decided to make up his mind.

In the end, he found his riches elsewhere. They always knew that was the risk.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Free agent DT Johnathan Hankins has agreed to a four-year deal with the Colts worth $30 million, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Hankins, who visited with the Colts on Tuesday, will get $14.5 million guaranteed.

The Giants' offer to Hankins was for $28 million over four years, according to Paul Schwartz of the NY Post.

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(Trevor Ruszkowski)

The Giants have expressed interest in Jackson State LB Javancy Jonesreports Patricia Traina of the Journal Inquirer.

Jones played in 34 combined games for Jackson State form 2013 to 2015, but played in just three games last season.

The 6' 2", 230-pounder played in the East-West Shrine game after the season, notching four tackles (including one for a loss).

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Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (65) prepares to block in the third quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)
Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (65) prepares to block in the third quarter against the Western Michigan Broncos at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman)

Wisconsin offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk is visiting with the Giants today, according to Kimberly Martin of Newsday.

Ramczyk attended Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he was a two-time all-conference pick at left tackle, before deciding to transfer to Wisconsin-Madison.

After sitting out the 2015 season, Ramczyk started every game at left tackle for the Badgers in 2016, earning All-Big Ten honors along with Associated Press All-American acolades.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning discusses the possibility of the team looking for his potential successor in the NFL Draft.

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If the Giants want to draft Eli Manning's eventual replacement later this month, that's just "fine" with him.

Manning, the 36-year-old quarterback, said he had no issues with the Giants pondering their future at his position, even if it means he'd have to work with his successor for several seasons. He said its all "just part of it". And no matter who the Giants draft, he knows he still has to do his job.

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When Ben McAdoo was asked two weeks ago if there was any way Geno Smith could be the eventual heir to Eli Manning, the Giants head coach created a few headlines when he answered "I can't see why not."

John Mara, though, can see why not -- or at least why not yet.

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