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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Cam Robinson highlights 00:01:24
SNY.tv takes a look at the highlights of Alabama OT Cam Robinson.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Now that the big-money part of NFL free agency is over, teams have begun increasingly focusing on the NFL draft, and their first-round targets are becoming a little clearer. So here's 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:

1.OT Garett Bolles, Utah - After dissecting the Giants' free-agent activity, it's hard to see them not focusing on a tackle in the first round (or least somewhere in the first couple of rounds). Yes, they'll say they take the "best available player," but "need" is always a strong factor in their pick and how they organize their draft board. The fact is they have questions at both tackles - Ereck Flowers needs a lot of work on the left side, and no one knows who the right tackle will be (presumably it's D.J. Fluker, but he said he was signed to play guard). Also, Fluker and left guard Justin Pugh (a potential tackle candidate) are unsigned beyond this season. They desperately need a young tackle and Bolles, a 6-5, 297-pounder who will make a pre-draft visit to the Giants, might be the best of an underwhelming group. (Last report: 1)

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The NFL's free-agent signing period is open, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates on what the Giants are doing with their own free agents and with free agents from other teams, and for updates on their available salary cap space and contract numbers.

GIANTS SALARY CAP SPACE

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Giants beat writer Pat Leonard joins Daily News Live to discuss the Giants' signings of Geno Smith, Shaun Draughn and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to pass against the Green Bay Packers during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

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Giants GM Jerry Reese was at North Carolina's Pro Day on Tuesday, which in itself isn't news - after all, that's what general managers do. Maybe it means something. Maybe it doesn't.

But since the star of UNC's Pro Day was quarterback Mitch Trubisky, it sure did get some people wondering: Are the Giants preparing to draft Eli Manning's replacement in this draft?

It would seem unlikely, especially in a high round, but it can't be completely ruled out since Reese himself said he would consider trying to find his next franchise quarterback this offseason. There are some good reasons not to do it this year, and some good reasons why now might be the time.

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It wasn't Adrian Peterson or even LeGarrette Blount, but the Giants have found the veteran running back they've been searching for this offseason.

Shaun Draughn, a 29-year-old journeyman who spent the last season-and-a-half with the San Francisco 49ers, has agreed to terms on a contract with the Giants, the team announced Wednesday. The 5-11, 205-pounder is a power back, who has some skills as a receiver.

He's also joining his ninth team in his seven-year NFL career...

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(Jerome Miron)

University of Tennessee DE Derek Barnett will be the Giants' pick in this year's NFL draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. predicted in his third Mock Draft.

The Giants have the 23rd overall pick.

Kiper also had the Giants selecting Barnett in his second mock draft. He had New York selecting Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk in his first mock draft...

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WR Brandon Marshall, who the Giants signed earlier this month, will wear No. 15 this coming season...

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New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson (Adam Wesley/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson (Adam Wesley/Green Bay Press Gazette via USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants announced their deal with LB Keenan Robinson, which is for one year and is worth up to $4 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Robinson recorded 54 total tackles (83 combined) in his first season with the Giants in 2016.

New York had been trying to re-sign him prior to free agency beginning, though Robinson reportedly visited with the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills. 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Keenan Robinson
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Geno Smith signed on to be the backup -- or possibly even the third-stringer -- behind a quarterback who has started every game since Nov. 21, 2004. He likely will never see the field. It's possible he won't even be on the active roster.

Still, the ex-Jets starter said the Giants represented "a perfect scenario for me."

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich reacts after stopping Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich reacts after stopping Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Mark Herzlich has made a career out of defying the odds and exceeding everyone's expectations. Now it appears he's done it again.

The 29-year-old linebacker will be back for his seventh season with the Giants after signing a new contract with the team on Monday. He was used almost exclusively on special teams last season, though he has proven at times to be a useful fill-in at linebacker, where he's started 17 games in his six years.

In his career, though, Herzlich has become one of the leaders in the Giants locker room -- a respected and steady veteran voice, who is popular among his teammates, coaches and ownership. He's been a team favorite since making the Giants as an undrafted rookie back in 2011.

Tags: Mark Herzlich, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants added some depth in the secondary and some help on special teams when they signed cornerback Valentino Blake on Monday.

The 5-9, 198-pounder -- formerly known as Antwon Blake before deciding to go by his middle name last year -- has spent time with the Jaguars, Steelers, and Titans during his five-year NFL career. He started 16 games for the Steelers in 2015, picking off two passes -- one of which he returned 70 yards for a touchdown -- forcing one fumble and recording one sack...

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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Geno Smith still envisions himself as a starting quarterback, which is one thing the Giants absolutely don't need. In fact, the Giants don't expect to need one until at least the 2020 season, when Smith will turn 30 and will probably be long gone.

That's why Smith's decision to sign with the Giants -- and to a lesser extent, the Giants' decision to sign Smith -- is so strange. For a player looking for a fresh start, hoping to re-establish his value, and desperate to compete for a starting job, the last thing that makes sense is for him to remain in New York to be the second- or maybe third-stringer behind Eli Manning, who hasn't missed a game in his 13-year NFL career.

Yet here we are, with the 26-year-old ex-Jets quarterback now officially a Giant after he passed his physical on Monday and is expected to sign what the NFL Network says is a one-year, $2 million deal. The Giants also signed backup quarterback Josh Johnson on Friday, so as long as Smith's repaired ACL is strong enough, it'll be a heck of a training camp battle between the two to see who gets to hold Manning's hat.

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When the NFL free-agent signing period began, almost everyone assumed that Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins was about to strike it rich. The only question seemed to be how close he'd get to the five-year, $46.25 million contract the Giants gave defensive tackle Damon Harrison last season, or whether he had a shot to exceed it.

A bit over a week after the market opened, though, the 24-year-old Hankins remains unsigned and the market for defensive tackles has collapsed around him. So now, as free-agency begins its second, far-less-lucrative wave, the big, unanswered question about Hankins is this:

What the heck happened?

Tags: Damon Harrison, Johnathan Hankins, Ralph Vacchiano
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On the latest edition of Timeout with Taylor Rooks, former Jets QB Geno Smith sits down with Taylor to discuss his time with the Jets and his decision to join the Giants.

"I think it's just a first class organization. They will have a great shot at winning the Super Bowl in the next 2-3 years."

Click below to listen...

 

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano discuss Jason Pierre Paul's decision to stay with the Giants and the addition of Geno Smith.

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It was just over 20 months ago that the first call was made to the Giants' offices with a scary report that lacked many important details. Their star defensive end had been involved in a fireworks accident, and no one could tell them how bad it really was.

In the days that followed, as they struggled to get information, the anger inside their offices grew. By the time the extent of the damage to Jason Pierre-Paul's right hand was clear, his NFL future was in doubt. And if he had one, it sure looked like his bridge back to the Giants had been burned.

Less than two years later, JPP's miracle return is complete. He's not just an NFL player, he's again one of the NFL's premier pass rushers, and a key cog in the Giants' defense. He's also once again a big part of the Giants' future, which they secured on Friday when they signed him to a massive, four-year, $62 million deal...

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(Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have agreed with DE Jason Pierre-Paul on a four-year deal, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The deal has a base of $62 million and can be worth up to $66 million, according to Vacchiano. $40 million is guaranteed.

The Giants placed the nearly $17 million franchise tag on Pierre-Paul earlier this offseason, but did so with the hope that they'd be able to reach a long-term deal before the deadline, Vacchiano reported on March 3.

"We're going to create history," Pierre-Paul said in a statement released by the team. "We made it to the playoffs, but unfortunately I wasn't there to play. But I'm looking to get back to the playoffs this year with that great defensive line that we have, and the great defense that coach Spags (coordinator Steve Spagnuolo) is going to put out there."

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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)

The Giants are expected to sign former Jets QB Geno Smith, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Smith, who met with the Giants last Saturday, has played in three games over the past two years with the Jets. Since New York drafted him in the second round in 2013, he has played in 33 games, throwing for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

In addition, New York has agreed to a two-year contract with QB Josh Johnsonper his agent Doug Hendrickson.

Tags: Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins (95) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

In today's Giants mailbag, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano talks about the club re-signing Jonathan Hankins and if the signing of free agent Rhett Ellison really solved the Giants' tight end issues...

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Any chance the Giants re-sign Hankins -- @gpbloom

My standard answer to this is that as long as he's unsigned, there's always a chance. And that's true, even in this case. But the situation is a bit complicated.

First, nearly everyone I talked to around the league thought Hankins was in for a big-money free agent deal - one that would be close to, but probably not exceed what the Giants gave DT Damon Harrison last March. Suffice to say, a lot of people are stunned that his market never developed and it's looking more and more like he's going to have to play next season on a one-year, "prove-it" deal...

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Bobby Hart went from a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft to a mainstay in the Giants' starting lineup the next year. And he gets to cash a big check for that.

The 22-year-old Hart, who started 13 games at right tackle last season for the Giants, led his team in performance-based compensation from the NFL, getting a bonus of $361,072 for his efforts. The bonus was so big, in fact, that it ranked 19th among all performance-based pay recipients in the NFL for 2016.

The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap. Hart, in the second year of his rookie deal, earned a $525,000 salary in 2016, so his bonus was worth about 69 percent of that...

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Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts to a referee's call during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts to a referee's call during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It's funny (or not), but a week into free agency the questions about the Giants are largely the same ones most people had at the end of the season. A few things have cleared up, but not much has changed.

So let's get right to it. Here's the latest offseason edition of our SNY Giants Twitter Mailbag - the first since free agency began:


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Are the Giants forced to spend a 1st or 2nd rd pick on OL given we didn't land any of the top FAs -- @D_Ricker81

I don't know if they're forced to do anything, really. I think an offensive lineman in one of those spots would be a good idea, and I think they're likely to do it...

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(Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants have re-signed OL John Jerry to a three-year deal worth $10 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

$4.25 million of the deal is guaranteed, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Jerry, 30, started all 16 games for the Giants this past season.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg
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The Giants don't have a ton of salary cap room. In fact, at the moment they really don't have any. So even if they make some cuts or restructure some contracts, they're likely to shop mostly in free agency's bargain bin.

The thing about the bargain bin, though, is that you can sometimes find real bargains -- valuable players that can actually help, for a price that is pretty low. So here are five still-available players the Giants might want to consider -- if, of course, their price is right:

RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) - He's 30 years old and his body has taken a beating over the years, so even though he's coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2010 (1,161 yards), no one thinks he's a No. 1 back anymore. What he is is a 250-pound battering ram and a terrific goal-line back who had 18 touchdowns last season. The Giants, who have been a disaster in goal-line and short-yardage rushing in recent years, sure could use that kind of power in the backfield, and he could be the ideal complement to the smaller, speedier, shiftier, Paul Perkins...

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(AP)

The Giants will pay RB Shane Vereen's $500,000 roster bonus prior to Monday's deadline, ensuring he will be on the roster.

He is due $3.6 million this coming season, with a cap hit of $4.9 million.

The 28-year-old Vereen tore his triceps last September. He returned in December but re-injured his triceps and missed the remainder of the season.

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Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; The New York Giants offense huddles during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)
Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; The New York Giants offense huddles during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Hanisch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Giants haven't been big spenders in the first few days of the NFL's free-agent frenzy, but they have been players, adding a receiver, a blocking tight end, and a starting offensive lineman. Not surprisingly, all their work has been on the side of the ball that struggled the most.

So what's next? There's still work to do as the Giants try to build themselves into a true Super Bowl contender to take advantage of the final few years of Eli Manning's career. And with that in mind, here's another look at some of the biggest questions facing the Giants as they move into free agency's second wave. Some of them have been hovering over the team all offseason. Some of them are new.

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Jan 1, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive guard D.J. Fluker (76) blocks Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins (94) as quarterback Philip Rivers (17) receives the ball during the second half of the game at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chiefs won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Jorge Ramirez)
Jan 1, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive guard D.J. Fluker (76) blocks Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins (94) as quarterback Philip Rivers (17) receives the ball during the second half of the game at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chiefs won 37-27. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Jorge Ramirez)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The top priority for the Giants heading into their offseason figured to be fixing their beleaguered offensive line. On Saturday night, on the third day of free agency, they took their first steps in that direction.

The Giants agreed to terms with D.J. Fluker on a one-year contract, an NFL source confirmed. The deal was reportedly to be worth only $3 million, making it a bargain for the Giants, and giving the former 11th overall pick (in the 2013 draft) a chance to re-establish his value and reset his career.

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(Matt Kartozian)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

The Jets still haven't ruled out bringing Geno Smith back to compete for their starting quarterback job next season. But the Giants may be taking a shot at him first.

Smith, the former Jets second-round pick, is making a free agent visit across town to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, an NFL source confirmed. The Giants are in the market for a backup to Eli Manning, with both Josh Johnson and Ryan Nassib currently unrestricted free agents.

A big part of the visit, according to one source, is so the Giants can get a sense for where the 26-year-old Smith is in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last October in his lone start last season with the Jets. In a recent interview with NFL Network, Smith said he was on track to be ready for the start of training camp in July, but likely wouldn't be ready for football activities before that.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

The Giants are short on salary cap space. Now they're short on offensive linemen too.

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(Orlando Jorge Ramirez)

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With almost no salary cap space left to spend - at least at the moment - the Giants are still trying to upgrade their offensive line. And their first step will be to meet with former first-round pick D.J. Fluker.

The Giants are interested in the 6-5, 339-pound guard/tackle who was released by the Chargers on Tuesday, according to an NFL source, and they are bringing him in for a free agent visit. They are serious about signing him, another source said, assuming the price is right.

Fluker, the 11th overall pick in 2013, would be a big addition for the Giants. Though he never quite lived up to his draft status, he was a solid four-year starter in San Diego. He started all but five games, including 21 at tackle and 28 at guard - exactly the kind of versatility the Giants like to have...

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Oakland Raiders tackle Menelik Watson (71) celebrates as he runs off the field after a 19-16 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. (Jake Roth)
Oakland Raiders tackle Menelik Watson (71) celebrates as he runs off the field after a 19-16 win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. (Jake Roth)

The Giants have expressed interest in former Raiders offensive tackle Menelik Watsonaccording to Seth Walder of New York Daily News.

Per Walder, the talks are still in a preliminary stage.

Watson was taken by Oakland in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. After starting 12 games during his first two seasons, Watson tore his Achilles during the 2015 campaign and missed the entire season. The injury seemed to linger last year as the tackle struggled throughout the whole season.

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Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants place kicker Robbie Gould (5) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants place kicker Robbie Gould (5) kicks a field goal against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Giants free agent K Robbie Gould will sign a two-year deal with the 49ers, the team confirmed Thursday night.

New York signed Gould last Oct. 20 after Josh Brown was suspended and ultimately released due to domestic abuse allegations.

The 35-year-old connected on all 10 of his field goal tries and was successful on 20-of-23 extra point attempts in 10 regular season games with the Giants. He remained perfect with two more field goals and a successful extra point attempt in New York's 38-13 Wild Card loss to the Packers.

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Giants addressing needs in FA? 00:02:34
The DNL panel discusses what the Giants biggest remaining needs are in free agency as the NFL New Year officially begins.

The Giants have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $18 million with TE/FB Rhett Ellisonreports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

$8 million of the deal will be fully guaranteed.

Ellison, 28, had nine catches for 57 yards and one touchdown last season for the Minnesota Vikings.

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(Andrew Weber)

RB Orleans Darkwa has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants, reports Kimberly A. Martin of Newsday.

The Giants didn't initially tender a contract to the 25-year-old Darkwa, who was a restricted free agent. He had been set to become an unrestricted free agent today at 4 p.m. 

There had been some discussions about Darkwa returning at a lesser price, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last week, but a source recently indicated he was planning to test the free agent market first...

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Free agent TE Anthony Fasano has agreed to re-sign with the Dolphins, reports Jeff Darlington of ESPN.

Paul Schwartz of the NY Post reported Tuesday that the Giants had interest in Fasano.

Fasano, 32, is used mostly as a run-blocker.

He had eight receptions for 83 yards to go along with two touchdowns in 16 games last season for the Titans, in what was the final year of his two-year deal...

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New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)
New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) looks on in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser)

WR Brandon Marshall does not believe the Giants' young receivers would have gone to party in Miami following their Week 17 victory over the Redskins had he been a member of the team at the time.

"You know what? No, it doesn't happen," Marshall said on NFL Network's 'Good Morning Football' Thursday morning. "Well, I can't say that. Everyone is different. But I would have been against that, and partly because of my pains, right? I've been in the league so long and I've never made the playoffs. so for me, I'm a guy … I'm in year 11 (in that scenario), and I'm all-in, because I know this opportunity doesn't come around often. But then you have younger guys."

Marshall followed that comment up with an explanation of how a younger football star might think differently that a veteran in such situations.

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LM on star receivers joining up 00:03:26
Jon and Marc analyze what impact the veteran WR Brandon Marshall will have on the young Odell Beckham Jr..

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

It may be showtime for the Giants offense now that Brandon Marshall has signed on, but his appearances on Showtime may be over.

Marshall, who had been one of the highest profile Jets the last two years and a weekly panelist on Showtime's "Inside the NFL," said he plans to cut back on his media appearances now that he's signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Giants. It was unclear if that was his choice or something the Giants asked him to do.

But he certainly sounded like he was done with Showtime show.

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Marshall's impact on Giants 00:03:13
Marc and Jon debate whether adding a star wideout in Brandon Marshall makes the Giants immediate Super Bowl contenders

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

After 11 seasons in the NFL with not a single taste of the playoffs and a string of mediocre (or worse) quarterbacks throwing him passes, Brandon Marshall had enough. That's why he insisted his trip to free agency wasn't going to be driven by money.

And he said he proved that by signing with the Giants when he had a chance to go elsewhere and make more.

"They definitely didn't offer me the most money," Marshall said on a conference call with the media on Wednesday. "It was probably the least money. It was all about championships, to get straight to the point. It was all about a championship. They presented the best opportunity to be in a championship organization."

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Marshall inks deal with Giants 00:04:14
SNY insider Pat Leonard breaks down what the Brandon Marshall signing means for the Giants' team chemistry.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Giants made a much bigger splash into the free agent pool than anyone expected, landing one of the biggest receivers they've had in years.

On the eve of the opening of the free-agent signing period, the Giants signed receiver Brandon Marshall, an 11-year veteran who was released last week by the Jets. The 6-4, 230-pounder is exactly the kind of big target on the outside the Giants have so desperately needed to take some of the heat off of Odell Beckham, Jr..

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vacc and Pauline on Giants draft 00:03:38
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com discuss the Giants' needs in this year's NFL Draft.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com discuss the Giants' needs in this year's NFL Draft.

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The NFL free agency period is about to start, and the Giants are expected to spend it sitting on the sidelines. Prices, as usual, already seem out of control and the Giants just don't have the salary cap room to spend.

That doesn't mean that nothing of interest will happen with or to the Giants when the market opens. So now that teams are legally allowed to talk, here are five things to watch in the hours before 4 p.m. Thursday when the signing period officially starts:

1. The explosion of the market for DT Johnathan Hankins. Never underestimate the crazy sizes of NFL deals, not when the market is loaded with mediocre players and teams have over $1 billion in cap room to spend. Hankins, all of 25 years old, is probably one of the three best defensive tackles on the market. And another one, Dontari Poe, is reportedly seeking $10 million per season. A month ago, an NFL agent told me Hankins wouldn't get near the five-year $46.25 million contract the Giants gave Damon Harrison last year. But I wouldn't bet against it.

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Should the Giants pursue Pryor? 00:04:06
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss if the Giants should pursue wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

The two-day legal tampering period began on Tuesday and the Giants are among the teams with interest in free agent WR Terrelle Pryoraccording to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

The Steelers, 49ers, Titans, and Eagles are also expressing interest in Pryor, according to Cabot.

Pryor, 27, caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Browns last season.

He had six receptions for 131 yards on Nov. 27 when the Browns lost to the Giants...

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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))

The Giants emailed season ticket holders their invoices for 2017 on Tuesday and they included price increases across a large portion of the available seating options.

These increases will mark the first for non-club PSL members since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010.

The Giants summarized their season ticket plan for 2017 as such:

  1. All club prices remain the same as 2016 pricing.
  2. Field 1 pricing increases by $10. Preseason pricing remains at 50% of regular season pricing.
  3. All other non-club prices have increased by $5 for all regular season games. Preseason pricing remains at approximately 50% of the regular season price.

The average ticket increase is four percent and further specifics are expected to be released in the near future. 

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The Giants have tendered a contract to restricted free agent DE Kerry Wynnreports Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

The tender is worth $1.797 million.

Wynn, 26, had 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 14 games for the Giants last season...

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Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith tackles New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith tackles New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa during the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The Giants have always been intrigued by the potential of running back Orleans Darkwa -- just not enough to pay him $1.797 million.

An NFL source confirmed that the Giants will not be tendering the 25-year-old restricted free agent, making him an unrestricted free agent as of 4 p.m. on Thursday. There have been some discussions about Darkwa returning at a lesser price, but a source indicated he will test the free agent market first.

Tags: Kerry Wynn, Orleans Darkwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Steve Tisch (left) and John Mara. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Steve Tisch (left) and John Mara. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

A year ago the Giants were the headliners of the free-agent market. They dove into the pool head first and made a huge, $200 million splash.

That was nice. But don't expect it to happen again.

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(Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants promoted Rob Leonard to assistant defensive line coach to replace Jeff Zgonina, the team announced Friday.

Leonard, who had spent the previous four years as a defensive assistant, fills the void left by Zgonina, who joined the San Francisco 49ers in February.

The Giants also hired Bobby Blick, former director of player personnel for Army, as defensive assistant, and Pratik Patel, the University of Oregon's former sports nutrition coach, as director of performance nutrition/assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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Marshall a fit with Giants? 00:02:42
The Daily News Live panel discusses if recently released Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall would be a good fit for the Giants next season.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

INDIANAPOLIS - In a perfect (and uncapped) world, Brandon Marshall would make perfect sense for the Giants. He's the big receiver they've needed for years, a potential mentor for the young and turbulent Odell Beckham, and with a personality that proved to be a good fit for New York.

And while the Giants' salary cap situation could make it complicated, now that Marshall is an ex-Jet, a move to the other locker room at the Meadowlands makes too much sense for the Giants not to at least try.

Begin with the football aspect of it. The Giants are in need of an outside receiver after cutting Victor Cruz, who was a bad fit on the outside anyway. They need one accomplished and dangerous enough to take some pressure off Beckham. And they need one with size, since the book on quarterback Eli Manning since his college days has always been that when he misses his target, more often than not he misses high.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: McAdoo in Indy 00:01:22
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo hints that the Giants may look to add help on the offensive line in the draft to aid Eli Manning.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

INDIANAPOLIS - Ben McAdoo may have blamed Eli Manning for some of the Giants' offensive problems on Wednesday, but he knows his quarterback isn't the biggest problem. That honor belongs to the offensive line.

And the Giants seem intent on trying to fix it.

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Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts to a referee's call during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts to a referee's call during the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ben McAdoo was thrilled to learn that Jason Pierre-Paul would be back with the Giants and he was unconcerned with the nearly $17 million cost. And never mind that the cost is more than half of the Giants' available cap space.

McAdoo believes that won't hinder the Giants as they go about their offseason business at all.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants free agency plans 00:01:43
Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Giants plans heading into free agency, including the possibility of signing running back Adrian Peterson.

The Giants got a big jump on their offseason business when they slapped the "franchise tag" on Jason Pierre-Paul on Monday, but that's likely to only be the start. They have a lot more work to do as they try to load up for one more Eli Manning-led Super Bowl run.

The NFL scouting combine gives them their first look at who they might draft with the 23rd overall pick, though there are many other things they can accomplish at what is essentially the NFL's annual convention this week. They have some of their own players to try to take care of before the start of free agency, so they can have the salary cap space to get some of the offensive help they need.

So, with Giants coach Ben McAdoo set to talk to the media on Wednesday - and with GM Jerry Reese declining to speak at the combine this year, for the first time since he took over in 2007 - here are five questions the Giants are going to be trying to answer this week:

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Ralph Vacchiano
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