The Giants, for better or worse, had a very Giants-like draft. Jerry Reese and the rest of the draft-day decision makers selected seven players befitting of the team-first, no-nonsense Big Blue mold. Some of these players will be asked to fill immediate needs, make meaningful plays in meaningful game situations right away, while others can and will be excused should they not impact the Giants’ season in any sort of visible, tangible way this season.

By all accounts, it was good draft—or, at least we hope it was. That’s really all that we can do with these unproven players: speculate, conjecture, hype, criticize. Until the new draftees and new UDFAs prove themselves on an NFL field, the best we can do is fill our brains with cup-half-full projections and prognostications and assure ourselves that a bright future awaits each player.

Until we have a considerable sample size of evidence that demonstrates each player’s worth at the pro level, it would be downright unfair to predict with absolute certainty how each player from the 2012 draft class will fare as an NFL player. David Wilson’s blend of speed and athleticism could give the Giants a new dimension on offense, sure, and Jayron Hosley has the physical and mental tools to thrive as a physical bump-and-run corner in Perry Fewell’s DB-heavy schemes. We won’t know until it actually happens, in a real, this-one-counts NFL game.

Predicting the fates of newly drafted players is one thing. Reviewing and reflecting on previous draft classes is a completely different and altogether more logical course of action. The 2011 class—the group of players subject to the same type of scrutiny, projection analysis just one year ago—seems like the sensible starting point.

After just one year of NFL experience, the 12 players (including UDFAs) have all made their presence felt in one way or another, whether that be a game-winning, fumble-inducing special teams tackle or a season ending training camp injury—ahem, Mr. Austin. To judge these players on one year’s performance may not be the most fair, let alone the most accurate, strategy. In fact, some of the second-year Giants could completely reinvent themselves and start anew in 2012.

My assessments could be spot-on or they could be very, very wrong. Without further ado, here is my 2011 draft class review, with an eye towards which of these players will make an impact in 2012.

Prince Amukamara—1st round pick

Prince’s rookie campaign took a turn for the worst almost immediately, when he broke his foot in his second training camp workout last summer. The injury sidelined him until the Giants’ week 10 game against Philadelphia, at which point he was asked to learn the playbook, neglect his rookie anxiety as well as the massive expectations heaped upon any first-round pick and grapple with one of the league’s most explosive receivers, DeSean Jackson, right away. Prince responded with an interception, a perfect way to announce his arrival on the NFL scene.

Unfortunately, that early success was not something Prince could sustain. It was clear from the start that the former Nebraska star was never truly comfortable in Perry Fewell’s complex defense. While his size, speed and athleticism were more than adequate for dealing with NFL receivers, Prince struggled to grasp new concepts, coverages and other important defensive principles.

This came as no surprise. Few can make the transition from college to the NFL a seamless one, and Prince, clearly, was no exception. Quarterbacks picked on the rookie DB and his playing time dwindled down the stretch as a result. It wasn’t as much his inability to bear down, engage and shut down a receiver as it was mental ineptitude, a glaring weakness in route recognition and a lack of familiarity with basic, yet wholly important defensive concepts.

The good news is that there’s reason to expect Prince to take a huge leap forward in 2012. For one, he never seemed fully healthy last season and the fact that he underwent a second procedure on the same injured foot in March supports that claim. With a full—hopefully—slate of training camp under his belt, Prince will have ample time to refine his playbook acumen and learn from his more-experienced peers. For another, those massive first-round pick expectations—now bestowed upon David Wilson—have subsided, which allows Prince to focus not on things that he can’t control, but his responsibilities on the field.

Prince will begin to realize his immense potential and could make a push for a starting spot by season’s end.

Marvin Austin—2nd Round Pick

You have to feel for this guy.

Austin firmly established himself as a top-10 draft pick after a stellar junior season, one in which he dominated the ACC with his unique space-eating, pass-rushing abilities. Austin’s draft stock took a major hit when he learned that he—along with 13 other North Carolina players—would be suspended the entire 2010 season.

He entered the 2011 draft, hoping that scouts would look past his character and maturity issues, disregard his season-long suspension, see him for the dominant player he was in 2009 and draft him accordingly.

The Giants thought highly enough of the 6-2, 310-lb tackle to take him with their second-round pick. Before Austin could validate his top-10 talent, he tore his pectoral muscle in a preseason game against the Bears, an injury that kept him out for all of last season. Pity.

Austin hasn’t played a meaningful down in two years—unless you count the 2011 East-West Shrine Game, a college all-star game—and Big Blue is in no dire need of defensive line depth. If his ability bears any resemblance to what it was in 2009, though, Austin, needless to say, becomes a huge asset, another additive component in an already cohesive, well-oiled pass-rushing machine.

Jerrel Jernigan—3rd Round Pick

If not for Victor Cruz’s emergence as one of the league’s most explosive slot receivers, Jernigan’s abominable 2011 campaign might have been a much bigger deal than it really was.

Whether it was running simple routes or returning punts, it was long since clear that the skills Jernigan exhibited in college failed to carry over into the NFL. There were times when he looked disappointed and downright frustrated with his hopeless case of the dropsies. There were also times when he looked completely lost, like he had no business being on the field—or on the team, for that matter.

Jernigan will need to undergo a complete transformation, an about-face at the most basic level, if he hopes to contribute in some form or another this season. Problem is, the Giants have a bevy of wideouts—all who have proven more reliable in game situations—that could derail Jernigan’s hopes at a bounce-back season before it begins.

James Brewer—4th round pick

Brewer is yet to play a single down, but he could see some playing time this season. Will Beatty returns after sustaining a season-ending eye injury and should reclaim his starting spot at left tackle. Free agent signee Sean Locklear, a 31-year-old stop-gap solution, probably gets the nod at right tackle.

Brewer will battle Brandon Mosely and Mathew McCants, this year’s fourth and sixth-round picks, respectively, for playing time and—given the slight edge in experience and scheme familiarity—should win out.

Greg Jones—6th Round Pick (1)

For a defense that spent most of its time last season cobbling together an unstable LB core and relying on db-heavy schemes, Jones was a welcome addition. The speed, strength and high football IQ that he exhibited throughout his college career translated to the pro game.

He recorded 31 tackles in 20 games and developed into one of the Giants’ more valuable coverage men on special teams. This year, Jones can take his game to another level, but first, he needs to outplay a spate of talented LBs with a similar goal in mind, including Jacquain Williams, Spencer Paysinger, Clint Sintim, Adrian Tracy and Mark Herzlich.

As John wrote yesterday, the Giants now have a deep, talented group of LBs. For the defense as a whole, this is good news. For Jones, it means that every lifting session, sprint, position meeting and training camp rep becomes a battleground for playing time.

Jones has the physical tools and natural football instincts to be a starter, and a very good one at that. Having potential is one thing; realizing it, channeling it and drawing upon that potential during meaningful game situations are completely different ones.

Tyler Sash—6th Round Pick (2)

Most everyone criticized Sash for leaving Iowa after his junior season. I’d say it was a pretty good decision: get drafted by one of the most steady, functional franchises in the NFL, play for a no-nonsense, workman-like coach who demands excellence and resembles Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz in more ways than one, develop into a truly valuable asset on special teams coverage, and, oh yeah, win a Super Bowl. That’s more than most would ask for in their rookie seasons, I’d wager.

The Giants re-stocked at safety this offseason, plucking Jojo Nicolas and Will Hill out of the UDFA pool and agreeing to terms with veterans Stevie Brown and Chris Horton. Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle are the unquestioned starters, which leaves Sash as a viable third option, provided he builds upon his successful 2011 season and outplays his new competition in training camp.

I still can't get enough of this play.

Jacquain Williams—6th Round Pick (3) 

There’s little doubt that Williams, at least in year one, was the prize of the 2011 draft class. While he often struggled in coverage, the South Florida product amassed 78 tackles, played with a relentless motor and was immune to the usual slow, and often painful, rookie transition process. More importantly, he may have saved the Giants’ season with his overtime strip of 49ers return man Kyle Williams in the NFC championship game.

With Keith Rivers joining the fray, Williams may see his playing time dip—especially if Mathias Kiwanuka, as expected, takes over at outside linebacker. His role this season, believe it or not, could hinge on Osi Umenyiora’s status with the team. If Osi returns, Kiwi, in all likelihood, plays outside linebacker; if Osi leaves (this is just a “what if” scenario—he’s given no indication that he will), Kiwi fills in at defensive end and Williams takes his spot at OLB.

Either way, Williams proved himself as one of Big Blue’s best LBs last season, so Fewell will find ways to put his talents to good use.

Da’Rel Scott—7th Round Pick

Speed has been Scott’s calling card throughout his football career. He proved it in the 2011 preseason, when he scampered for a 97-yard touchdown against the Bears and a 65-yard score on a fake punt against the Patriots. That big-play explosiveness didn’t manifest itself in the regular season, as Scott recorded just 16 rushing yards on five carries.

In a recent interview with John Schmeelk of Giants.com, Scott said that last year’s shortened offseason hurt his development and that he’s ready to take a big step forward this season. If Scott makes good on his word, benefits from a full slate of preseason workouts and recalls last year’s preseason success, he could be in for an increased workload.

Henry Hynoski—UDFA

Hynoski suffered a hamstring injury at the combine, which torpedoed his draft stock, stunted his physical and mental development and made him undraftable for all 32 teams. Before the injury, Hynoski was one of 2011’s top fullback prospects, and a player that filled an immediate and dire need for the Giants.

Not only did Hynoski provide the grit, toughness and mean streak required of today’s NFL fullbacks, he was a reliable target for Eli, and he proved it the final eight games of the season, when he caught 12 passes for 83 yards. Although the Giants were the league’s worst rushing team last season, Hynoski, a well-principled lead blocker and pass protector, was not to blame.

He improved towards the end of the season, and with a summer’s worth of OTAs and preseason workouts, Hynoski will develop a rapport with Eli and the rest of the offense.

Spencer Paysinger—UDFA

The speedy former Oregon linebacker was a major contributor on special teams last season, where he tied for fourth on the team with eight tackles. He played just 50 defensive snaps and recorded five tackles.

With the Giants’ surprisingly deep LB core, Paysinger will be fighting for every snap he gets. He’s quick enough to make plays in space and has a knack for running down ball carriers. If he shows signs of improvement in camp, Paysinger could be in for some more work at OLB this season.

Mark Herzlich—UDFA

Herzlich’s inspiring fight against cancer is well-entrenched in his football narrative, so I won’t rehash it here. What you should know is that, prior to contracting the disease, he was a first-round talent. There were times last season when that talent was on full display, but a broken right ankle cut his season short.

The Giants resigned Chase Blackburn, and either Michael Boley or Keith Rivers could get the nod over Herzlich at middle linebacker. Either way, he will find a way to make impact plays, to influence the game in some tangible way—whether that be on special teams or on defense.

I can’t help but root for this guy and hope that his second NFL season goes more smoothly than his first.

Justin Trattou—UDFA 

Trattou registered just two tackles in six games last season. He was the scout team’s top pass rusher and will benefit from another year of training camp.

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Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Giants head coach Joe Judge certainly knew what he was getting when he brought in Jerry Schuplinski as his quarterbacks coach. The two coached together with the Patriots for six years from 2013-2018.

Schuplinski joined the Dolphins in 2019 as their assistant quarterbacks coach, where former Jet quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of his charges. The 14-year NFL veteran was more than impressed with what he saw from him.

"I got to see it from two different sides," Fitzpatrick told The Post. "He had to talk to me, treat me and coach me a different way than maybe he had to treat young guys like Josh Rosen and Jake Rudock in our room. His ability to know who he was teaching and the way that guy learned - and adapt based on who he was talking with - is one of his huge strengths."

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Giants have hired Burton Burns as their new running backs coach, according to Alex Marvez of Sirius XM NFL Radio.

Burns, 67, was the associate head coach and running backs coach at Alabama from 2007 until 2018.

His ties to Giants head coach Joe Judge go back to Alabama, where Judge was a special teams assistant from 2009 to 2011.

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Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants added an experienced former head coach to Joe Judge's staff on Friday, hiring Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator.

Giants fans likely know all about Garrett's tenure as Cowboys head coach, as he went 85-67 over 10 seasons with Dallas.

But here are some things you may not know about the Giants' new OC ...

- Garrett, 53, was born in Abington, PA. He spent time growing up in Ohio and New Jersey, before playing quarterback at Princeton University, where he majored in history. In 1988, Garrett was named the Ivy League Player of the Year.

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The Giants bosses thought enough of Jason Garrett that they planned to interview him for their head coaching job last week. They always knew he'd be tough to sell to their fan base, though.

Selling him as their new offensive coordinator is going to be a lot easier. And it makes much more sense.

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Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett smiles before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the Giants offensive coordinator, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed.

The news was first reported by ESPN's Ed Werder, and later made official by the team. The Giants also offically announced Patrick Graham as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator and Thomas McGaughey as special teams coordinator.

Garrett was let go by the Cowboys on Jan. 5 after going 85-67 over 10 seasons as the team's head coach, and his contract officially expired on January 14.

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers former player Odell Beckham, Jr. in attendance before the College Football Playoff national championship game against the Clemson Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

On Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN that an arrest warrant was issued to former Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., accusing him of simple battery of a police officer.

Beckham was in New Orleans on Monday night to attend the College Football Playoff National Championship, and was seen handing out money to LSU players while celebrating with the team after the game. 

While celebrating with the team in the locker room, Beckham was also seen slapping a male police officer on the butt. And now some sportsbooks have released odds on Beckham being fined for battery or even being sentenced to jail time in 2020.

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo adjusts his headset during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo adjusts his headset during the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has interviewed for with the Panthers and Jaguars this week as he looks to return to an NFL sideline for the first time since 2017.

The Athletic's Joe Person reported Thursday that new Panthers head coach Matt Rhule brought in McAdoo to interview for an unspecified role. Former LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady has already been brought on as the new Carolina offensive coordinator.

However, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McAdoo met with the Jaguars this week specifically about their offensive coordinator position. Jacksonville fired fromer OC John DeFilippo after one year with the team.

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Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 16, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on the field before the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

The Giants' search for assistants to fill out Joe Judge's staff is ongoing. Here's the latest on the offensive coordinator job...


Jan. 17, 8:45 AM:

Former Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will be interviewing with the Giants this weekend, reports Chris Mortensen.

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) runs for a touchdown past Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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Darius Slayton had exactly the same reaction as almost everyone else when he heard the Giants new head coach was going to be Joe Judge.

Who?

"Yeah, I had not heard of him prior to the Giants hiring him," Slayton told SNY in an interview on Thursday. "But you know he's coming from a really good organization. Everybody I've heard speak about him has glowing things to say about him, so I'm sure he'll be a good guy for the job."

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Odell Beckham Jr. is already in trouble with LSU and the NCAA for handing out wads of cash to players after the NCAA football championship on Monday night.

Now he's in trouble with police, too.

An arrest warrant was issued for the former Giants receiver on Thursday morning, the New Orleans Police Department confirmed to ESPN, accusing Beckham of simple battery of a police officer. The charge is based on a video that showed him slapping a male officer on the butt in LSU's post-game locker room.

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Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 29, 2018; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before a game against the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

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Joe Judge seems likely to hire an experienced offensive coordinator, and it might turn out to be Jason Garrett. But the new Giants coach had hoped to talk to Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll about the job first.

The 44-year-old Daboll, who was on the New England Patriots staff with Judge from 2013-16, was high atop Judge's wish list when he was hired by the Giants, multiple sources told SNY. The Giants requested permission for Judge to interview Daboll, the sources said, but that permission was denied by the Bills.

That wasn't surprising, considering it would've been a lateral move for Daboll, who was a big part of why the Bills finished 10-6 this past season and made the playoffs for just the second time in the last 20 years. He's also earned rave reviews for his work with second-year quarterback Josh Allen. Daboll was so highly regarded that he interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job last week, and was reportedly a "sleeper" candidate before they hired Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski instead.

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Odell Beckham Jr. (Mark J. Rebilas)
Odell Beckham Jr. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Former Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants the media to leave him alone, yet he found himself in the spotlight yet again following the National Championship where his alma mater LSU Tigers came away victorious. 

Beckham, who was joined by LSU and Browns teammate Jarvis Landry among other former Tigers players, was able to celebrate with the team on the field and in the locker room after the game. And during that celebration, Beckham was seen handing out cash to players as he shook their hands for winning the contest over Clemson. 

LSU was quick to say the money was fake, but their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow killed that claim during the latest episode of Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

The main news coming from the Giants facility Wednesday is that former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is in the building to interview for the offensive coordinator job, but that wasn't the only information coming out of East Rutherford.

The Giants let go of outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson, defensive backs coach Evertt Withers and offensive assistant Ryan Roeder, according to The Athletic's Dan Duggan. These coaches join the likes of tight ends coach Lunda Wells, inside linebackers coach Bill McGovern, and others as those who have left as new head coach Joe Judge builds his own staff. 

The remaining coaches from Pat Shurmur's staff include running backs coach Craig Johnson, offensive line coach Hal Hunter, assistant offensive line coach Ben Wilkerson, defensive assistant Bobby Blick and special teams assistants Tom Quinn and Anthony Blevins

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A general view of an NFL game between the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild)

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The man who helped resurrect the Giants franchise and built their first two Super Bowl champions will finally take his long-overdue place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The late George Young, the general manager of the Giants in the 1980s and '90s, was selected to the Hall's special "Centennial Class" of 2020 on Wednesday morning. He was chosen by a "blue ribbon" panel as one of three "contributors" in what will be a monster, 20-person class when he's officially inducted later this year.

"George Young's career is the very definition of a Hall of Famer," said former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who was Young's assistant and later his successor. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of George or something I learned from him. The only bittersweet part is that he's not here."

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells, whose status with the team was up in the air with new head coach Joe Judge still assembling his staff, is leaving to become the tight ends coach for the Cowboys, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Wells had been with the Giants since 2012.

His first role with the Giants was as an offensive assistant in 2012. He then served as their assistant offensive line coach from 2013-2017 before becoming tight ends coach prior to the 2018 season.

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The Giants have given new head coach Joe Judge the freedom to choose his own assistants, though his bosses have certainly made their preference for an experienced staff clear. John Mara even said publicly that "having experienced people on both sides of the ball is going to be critical," and that an assistant with head coaching experience "would be great," too.

Judge didn't meet that criteria when he hired Patrick Graham as his defensive coordinator. That's why his next big hire -- offensive coordinator -- will be so interesting to watch.

There are many experienced candidates available for the 38-year-old Judge, including a few that sources say he is considering. It's unknown whom he plans to hire, or if he feels any pressure to bring in someone with head coaching experience. But it's expected that his choice will become clear by the end of the week.

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Patrick Graham isn't just going to be the Giants' defensive coordinator. He's going to be their assistant head coach, too.

The 40-year-old has been given both those titles by new Giants head coach Joe Judge, according to multiple sources. That's not only a sign of the respect Judge has for his new top assistant, but it also explains why he wasn't blocked from leaving his job as defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. They couldn't block Graham from leaving for a job that is technically a promotion.

Graham also will likely get a raise over the normal salary for a defensive coordinator, though the terms of his deal with the Giants were not available. It's also unclear what other duties Judge will give his "assistant head coach."

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) celebrates after sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (not pictured) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Pro Football Writers of America have released their All-Rookie Team for the 2019-20 season, and one Giant has made the list. 

DL Dexter Lawrence, the 17th overall pick by New York in the 2019 NFL Draft, has made the cut after a solid rookie season. 

Lawrence was actually Pro Football Focus' top-graded rookie after the first six weeks. He had totaled two sacks, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss in those contests. 

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The LSU Tigers may have been crowned national champions down in New Orleans Monday night, but Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons was also a winner in terms of draft stock.

And that stock might have boosted all the way up to the Giants at No. 4. 

Simmons was electric for Clemson's defense, setting the tone early by getting to LSU's Heisman Trophy-winning QB Joe Burrow. Overall, he had seven tackles -- two for loss -- a sack, and two passes defended. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants linebackers coach Bill McGovern before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants will not be bringing back linebackers coach Bill McGovern or defensive line coach Gary Emanuel next season, per The Post's Ryan Dunleavy.

Moving on from Emanuel was a given after new head coach Joe Judge brought on Ole Miss defensive line coach Freddie Roach on Monday. This will be his first NFL coaching job after spending time with Alabama along with Ole Miss, which is how the two coaches have a connection. 

As for McGovern, it does make sense to get a breath of fresh air at linebackers coach. This unit has been sub-par for a few years now, and Judge recognized that. New defensive coordinator Patrick Graham also has a history as a linebackers coach.

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Now that the Giants have finally conceded they really are rebuilding, new head coach Joe Judge faces what John Mara called "a daunting task." And that's not just because he's a 38-year-old, first-time head coach, either.

It's because the Giants went 9-23 over the last two years and could look very different by the time they hit the field for the start of next season. They do have a few good, young pieces to build around, but the reality is they still have plenty of holes.

To fill them, both Judge and GM Dave Gettleman swear it'll be a "collaborative" effort -- that they'll work together, and that their philosophy on how to build an "old school" team is already perfectly aligned. That remains to be seen, of course. But in case they need any help in getting started, here's a blueprint for them to quickly make the Giants a contender again:

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Dexter Lawrence, Kevin Zeitler, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Nate Solder, Ryan Connelly, Will Hernandez, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jerry Schuplinski is expected to be hired as the Giants' new quarterbacks coach, reports Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

Schuplinski coached with the Patriots during the same time as new Giants head coach Joe Judge. From 2013-18, he first served as an offensive assistant and then as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

He spent the 2019 season with the Dolphins as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants are hiring Freddie Roach to be their defensive line coach, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

This will be Roach's first NFL coaching job. He served as the defensive line coach at Ole Miss for the last three seasons.

Roach has also coached at Alabama, with his time there overlapping new Giants head coach Joe Judge's tenure there as a special teams assistant from 2009-2011.

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Before he was ultimately hired by the Giants as head coach, Joe Judge nearly missed his interview for the job.

Judge opened up on his hectic process, interviewing with Mississippi State before he did the same for the Giants, in Peter King's Football Morning in America column.

Upon interviewing with the Giants last Monday morning, Judge got off at the wrong train station.

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John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)
John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)

As the Giants continue their search for a new offensive coordinator, the Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo, adding another potential candidate to the pool Big Blue was already considering.

The firing of DeFilippo was first reported by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

According to Rapoport, the firing came as a surprise.

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Patrick Graham, right, who coached linebackers the past two years, is the new Giants defensive line coach. Graham is pictured with Pats defensive coordiantor Matt Patricia. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (Jim Dedmon)
Patrick Graham, right, who coached linebackers the past two years, is the new Giants defensive line coach. Graham is pictured with Pats defensive coordiantor Matt Patricia. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) (Jim Dedmon)

New Giants head coach Joe Judge wasted no time in getting a key hire added to his coaching staff Sunday, when he reportedly brought Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham aboard for the same position with New York.

Graham, who turns 41 on Jan. 24, joins Judge just three days after the Giants introduced the former New England Patriots assistant.

The two coached together under longtime Patriots head coach Bill Belichick from 2012-15, but perhaps Graham's Giants ties make for the more intriguing aspect of Judge's move to bring him on to run the defense.

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The most important hire Joe Judge will make for his new Giants coaching staff will be his offensive coordinator, who will be entrusted with the development of franchise quarterback Daniel Jones. Perhaps nobody will end up being more important to the long-term success of the franchise.

His new defensive coordinator, though, could come close.

Patrick Graham, who spent last year as the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, will get that job with the Giants, a source confirmed, and will be entrusted with the growth of a very young and incredibly underachieving defense. That unit has been the real Achilles heel of the Giants the last three years, including two ugly seasons under outgoing defensive coordinator James Bettcher.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is expected to be the next offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported and SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

SNY sources say Shurmur had several options, but the Broncos made a big push because they really wanted an experienced play-caller.

The Vikings, Browns and Bears had reported interest in Shurmur, but it look like he'll be heading to Denver.

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The Giants are searching for their next defensive coordinator under Joe Judge. Here is the latest on potential candidates for the job...


Jan 12, 5:36 PM:

The Giants are hiring former Miami Dolphins DC Patrick Graham for their defensive coordinator role, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Graham becomes Joe Judge's first big hire as head coach. The Dolphins are reportedly expected to promote cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer to DC.

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Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur coaches against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski accepting the Browns' head coach position on Sunday, former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur could be finding his way back to Minnesota next season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano is hearing from a source that Shurmur is expected to be a candidate to fill Stefanski's role as the team's offensive coordinator. It's the same role that he held with the Vikings in 2017 before he became the Giants' head coach. 

If Shurmur were to return to an offensive coordinator job after serving as a head coach, it would be the second time he's done so. He joined the Browns in 2011 as their new head coach, but would only last two seasons. He, then, went to Philadelphia to become the Eagles' offensive coordinator for three seasons. 

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Giants head coach Joe Judge is getting his roster of coaches together on his staff, but at least one will be an in-house hire.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Giants will retain wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert under Judge.

Former Giants coach Pat Shurmur brought Tolbert to the Giants in 2018 when he was first hired by the team. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs in the second against Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23) at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

After a combined nine wins in his first two NFL seasons, there's no doubt Saquon Barkley wants to help lead the Giants out of the rut in which they're currently stuck.

After a rookie season which saw him lead the league with 2028 yards from scrimmage, the Penn State product finished the season with 1003 rushing yards, despite missing three games with an ankle injury. 

That injury was initially expected to keep him out for longer, but Barkley wowed the Giants medical team to return much faster than anticipated.

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The 2019 season was widely expected to be the final one in Eli Manning's career, but the 16-year veteran quarterback has yet to make a decision on his future and has left the door open to possibly coming back.

Giants co-owner John Mara spoke to WFAN early Friday morning and said that although Manning's role as starting quarterback is over (with the ascension of Daniel Jones), there are still other options available for him to stick around.

"I haven't closed any doors on that," Mara said about Manning finding another role within the organization during an appearance on WFAN's Moose and Maggie Show. "Eli came to see me a few days ago, and we had a nice, long talk, but I don't think he's fully decided yet what he wants to do. And I've told him just take his time, think about it some more and then come back and see me again."

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New head coach Joe Judge's contract with the Giants is for five years, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The financial details of the contract have not yet been reported.

Judge, 38, was introduced on Thursday at MetLife Stadium, with John Mara saying Judge's interview was perhaps the best he's ever been a part of and Judge following that introduction with an intense and at times riveting press conference.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - From the moment Dave Gettleman learned he wasn't fired, he vowed to do whatever his bosses wanted in the best interests of the team. If that meant giving up some of his power or even final say over personnel decisions, he said he'd do it.

In the end, he didn't have to. And it turns out, no one asked.

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On Thursday, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum talked to SNY's Jonas Schwartz about the Giants new head coach Joe Judge, going over the challenges that Judge could face.

"Well I think that's really a big part of the interview process," Tannenbaum said. "I want to know what's your first 90 days like or what is it going to be like if Saquon Barkley doesn't show up on the first day of the voluntary offseason program? What's your message to him? Whats's your message to the team? What's your message to the media?"

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Giants head coach Joe Judge
Giants head coach Joe Judge

There are many words you can use to describe how Joe Judge sounded during his introductory press conference as Giants head coach: intense, passionate, to-the-point, and inspiring are among them.

In fact, Judge looks like he's going to be a walking quote card during his tenure with the Giants, as he had some brilliant lines while making his opening remarks and answering questions from the media in attendance.

While there are a plethora to choose from, here are 10 of the best quotes from Judge that shed light on what type of man and coach the Giants have hired…

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge poses for photos after his press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge poses for photos after his press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin had people wanting to run through a wall for him five minutes into his introductory press conference back in 2004. Three years later, he was nearly run out of town, one year before winning a Super Bowl.

Ben McAdoo was mocked for his goofy haircut and ill-fitting suit in 2016, then went 11-5 as a rookie head coach before the walls caved in one year later.

And two years ago, Pat Shurmur looked every bit the "adult" the Giants needed -- a mature, calm, football lifer. Two years later, he was out with a record of 9-23.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano chats with new Giants head coach Joe Judge about his process and plans for Big Blue.

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After being introduced by John Mara on Thursday as the new head coach of the Giants, Joe Judge hit the ground running, outlining exactly who he is and exactly how he'll coach the team during an incredibly intense, focused half hour press conference.

And Judge understood that one of the big questions coming into it was who he was. He asked that question and answered it during his opening remarks.

"What I'm about is an old school, physical mentality," Judge explained. "We're gonna put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are proud of. This team will represent this area. We will play fast. We will play downhill. We will play aggressive. We'll punch you in the nose for 60 minutes. We'll play every play like it's a history in a life of its own with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves."

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One of the biggest questions surrounding the hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants' next head coach is whether or not he'll have any say in the players he has on his 53-man roster. 

And the reason behind that question is because of how old school GM Dave Gettleman is. But Gettleman doesn't understand where that comes from. 

"It's going to be collaborative," Gettleman told reporters after Judge was officially introduced as the 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday. "I don't understand where that notion comes from. It's got to be coming from people who have never worked with me."

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Giants co-owner John Mara was sold on Joe Judge the second his interview to become head coach finished Monday afternoon. That's exactly what he said in his opening remarks to introduce Judge as the 19th head coach in franchise history.

After speaking with co-owner Steve Tisch on Tuesday morning, Mara said Tisch felt the exact same way. Tisch said "the more homework we did, the more Joe Judge's character stood out."

Reports surfaced that explained how Judge provided that wow factor in his interview, and Mara took it a step further with this remark:

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Freddie Kitchens
Freddie Kitchens

While breaking down who Joe Judge could add to his Giants coaching staff this season, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano pointed out the possibility that recently-fired Browns HC Freddie Kitchens could be a good match on the offensive side. 

Vacchiano heard Kitchens coming up in some circles from his sources, and ESPN's Jordan Raanan followed that up this morning saying the Giants do expect to speak with Kitchens about a spot on their staff next season. 

Kitchens lasted just one year as the Browns head coach after Cleveland failed to reach the high expectations placed on them. They ended up with a 6-10 mark for the season, and their offense -- full of weapons like Bradley Chubb, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry -- sputtered as the 22nd-ranked group in the NFL. 

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SNY went around and asked random people on the street who Joe Judge is, and some of the answers were pretty out there.

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Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)
Joe Judge and Bill Belichick (Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants will be officially making Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge their 19th head coach in franchise history on Thursday, as he'll take the podium to introduce himself to the media at MetLife Stadium. 

Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch as well as GM Dave Gettleman were quick to pivot to Judge after Baylor head coach Matt Rhule signed with the Panthers to fill their head coach vacancy. This came after Judge wowed the Giants in his interview on Monday, which convinced Giants brass that he was the guy for them. 

However, Judge is still foreign to many Giants fans, who are still trying to figure out exactly who the 38-year-old is and what he brings to the table. And there's no better platform to fill in the blanks than this press conference. 

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Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)
Jan 8, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers new head coach Matt Ruhle holds up a jersey at Atrium Health Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Dedmon)

It's no secret that Matt Rhule was the Giants' top candidate to fill their head coach vacancy. And the Panthers knew that when owner David Tepper, GM Marty Hurney and communications/external affairs director Steven Drummond traveled to Waco, TX to meet with Rhule on Monday. 

The Athletic's Joseph Person chronicled the Panthers' journey that led to Rhule standing on a podium Wednesday to be introduced as the team's new head coach.

Instead of going to his home like the Panthers, Giants brass had a plane waiting for Rhule in Waco that was set to bring him to New York. Because of that, Tepper added on an extra year to his initial six-year offer, bringing it to seven years and a whopping $62 million. 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

New Giants head coach Joe Judge will have the freedom to choose his staff, and that staff will include Thomas McGaughey, who will be staying on as the special teams coordinator, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McGaughey, 46, has been working in that capacity with the Giants since 2018, and oversaw a group in 2019 that was among the bright spots for a Giants team that went 4-12.

Before joining the Giants, McGaughey served as the special teams coordinator for the Panthers (2016-17), 49ers (2015), and Jets (2014). He has also served as an assistant special teams coordinator with the Giants (2007-10), Broncos (2005-06), and Chiefs (2002).

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Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New England Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Patriots won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

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There were only five head coaching jobs available in the NFL this cycle in what even Giants co-owner John Mara called "the deepest group of quality candidates I can recall." There was a Super Bowl winner, a Super Bowl loser, some of the hottest college coaches in the country, and a slew of accomplished, well-respected assistant coaches, too.

That the Giants dipped into that deep pool and ended up with Joe Judge, a 38-year-old, relatively unknown special teams coach who had never interviewed for a top job before, stunned many around the NFL, to say the least. He wasn't in demand. His name wasn't being tossed around the media or inside NFL circles.

To many, it was as if the Giants pulled Judge out of thin air.

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Joe Judge/Bill Belichick (Winslow Townson)

The hiring of Joe Judge as the Giants next head coach brought many questions, the main one being how did this special teams coordinator that most haven't heard of become the next man to lead Big Blue on the field? 

When you break down Judge's coaching resume, one thing that pops out is his championship pedigree. He won two National Championships during his time with Alabama as a special teams coach. Then, during his eight seasons with the Patriots, he has three Super Bowl rings to show for his services. 

And those men that led those two powerhouse teams in Nick Saban and Bill Belichick have nothing but praise for Judge. 

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