New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo speaks to quarterback Geno Smith and quarterback Eli Manning on the bench during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo speaks to quarterback Geno Smith and quarterback Eli Manning on the bench during the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

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For the first time in 13 years, Eli Manning got to stand on the sideline and watch his Giants teammates play. And what he saw sure must have looked familiar.

Despite the new quarterback, it was the same ugly result for the Giants, proving pretty clearly that he was far from this team's biggest problem. The Giants couldn't run; their receivers couldn't get open with any regularity; and the offensive line, as usual, couldn't block.

Geno Smith? He did just fine. But his offense managed a measly 265 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders.

While Ben McAdoo got to realize his dream of having a mobile quarterback with a stronger arm to run his offensive scheme, it turns out these Giants are exactly what we thought they were. They are a team with a flawed roster, a neglected offensive line and a lineup decimated by injuries.

In other words, don't blame this mess on the quarterback -- either of them. Also, good luck getting a real, fair evaluation of the young quarterbacks down the strength. This roster doesn't exactly give them a great chance to succeed.

That said, here are a few more thoughts from the Giants 10th loss in 12 games this year:

  • First thing's first: Was it enough to save McAdoo? Time will tell. But honestly, if John Mara and Steve Tisch needed to see what happened in this game to make their decision, the result of this felt inconclusive. The Giants showed fight. The quarterback switch wasn't a huge spark for the offense, but Smith played well. The problems the Giants had -- the defense, the offensive line -- were basically the same ones they had all season. Nothing really embarrassing happened (at least that we're aware of yet). If McAdoo is fired, then Mara and Tisch already had their minds made up. If not, maybe they're just waiting for the next cartoon anvil to drop on the Giants' heads.
  • When the Giants decide the fate of GM Jerry Reese, they should keep this in mind: No matter who the quarterback is, they have no chance playing behind the same terrible offensive line. At this point the line is so battered by injuries it's not even fair. They were without guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg and guard D.J. Fluker. But it hasn't been good all season, and left tackle Ereck Flowers continues to play terribly. The amount of times their running backs were hit in the backfield, before they even got to the line of scrimmage, was mindblowing. Two sack fumbles came from devastating hits on Smith. And no matter how much he tried to create room to throw with his feet, it seemed like Khalil Mack or Bruce Irvin was too close for comfort. Surely, Manning can relate.
  • That said, Smith was not terrible. He probably could've been a little more careful with the ball on the two fumbles, especially the one deep in Raiders territory at the end of the first half. But he was everything his teammates said he was. He has a strong arm. He was relatively accurate with his throws. And he extended plays with his legs, particularly on the Giants' touchdown drive in the first half. In the end, Smith completed 21 of 34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. Most of the passes were short, and they tried to roll him out a lot to create something, so it's hard to tell if he proved a lot either way. But for his first full game in two years, it wasn't bad, especially given the supporting cast around him.
  • It was nice to see Paul Perkins back in the lineup and getting carries for the first time since Week 4. His appearance lends a little more credence to McAdoo's assertion that the benching of Manning was about looking at new players at every position. Yes, Perkins, who was anointed the starting running back in the preseason, was terrible early in the season, but he's only 23 years old, too young to bury completely. Why not give him a few carries down the stretch? Perkins had only three carries for 12 yards, but at least that's more productive than keeping him glued to the bench.
  • Sterling Shepard makes some plays that make it look like he's going to be a star someday, or at the very least a dangerous No. 2 option with Odell Beckham Jr. if this Giants offense ever fixes its issues. Sunday's exhibit came in the fourth quarter when he ran a crossing route over the middle and Smith threw a pass behind him. Somehow, Shepard turned, leaped, made the catch and didn't seem to break stride at all. It turned into a 47-yard gain that set up a touchdown. Shepard finished with three catches for 56 yards.
  • A very overlooked part of the Giants' collapse this season has been the deterioration of the run defense, which came into the game ranked 31st in the NFL. It remained terrible. The 51-yard touchdown run up the middle by Marshawn Lynch (17 carries, 101 yards) was totally inexcusable, and the short touchdown by DeAndre Washington in the third quarter was just as bad given the way he broke through the defensive line with ease. Maybe it's all the linebacker injuries. But back to front, the tackling from the Giants' defense has been suspect all year.
  • If tight end Evan Engram had hit the rookie wall the last few weeks, he bounced off it nicely on Sunday with seven catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also made a ridiculous, one-handed grab over the middle and in traffic in the fourth quarter. His sixth touchdown of the season set a record for a Giants rookie tight end.
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With the Eli Manning era officially over for the Giants thanks to his recently official retirement, everything is now in the hands of quarterback Daniel Jones

Moving forward, Jones will have at least one go-to option in the coming years in a fellow rookie from 2019, Darius Slayton

Recently speaking on the latest happenings with the Giants' quarterback room, the wideout expressed loads of confidence in his QB heading into the 2020 offseason. 

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It was reported earlier last week that Giants new head coach Joe Judge was bringing on former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens, but his role was not yet determined. Until now. 

Sources confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Kitchens will be coming to New York to be the Giants' new tight ends coach. This is the same position Kitchens held at Mississippi State when Judge was playing out his senior year. When Judge came on as a graduate assistant during the 2005 season, Kitchens transitioned to running backs coach. 

For Kitchens, it's a step backward. He worked his way on to the Browns staff two seasons ago as their offensive coordinator, and his group did enough for now-former GM John Dorsey to make him the team's head coach last season. But, with a very talented roster, Cleveland failed to make the playoffs after a 6-10 record fell upon Kitchens. 

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Sep 21, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers special teams coach Kevin Sherrer during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 21, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers special teams coach Kevin Sherrer during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Joe Judge has reportedly added another piece to his coaching staff, as he is expected to bring Tennessee inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Kevin Sherrer to the Giants, according to Patrick Brown of GoVols247.

Brown is reporting that Sherrer will become the new inside linebackers coach in New York.

Judge and Sherrer have been together on a coaching staff in the past, having spent two years together at Alabama under Nick Saban in 2010 and 2011. Judge served as a special teams assistant for Saban, while Sherrer was the director of player personnel.

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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

On the same day that Eli Manning retired from the game of football after a 16-year career with the Giants, another star New York quarterback sang some high praises for the two-time Super Bowl champion.

Joe Namath, who played 12 seasons in New York with the Jets and brought the city it's first Super Bowl back in 1969, believes that Manning might just be the best quarterback to ever play here.

"I was pretty good and did some things. Eli, I marveled at. He was remarkable," Namath told The Post Friday morning. "I wouldn't compare myself to Eli. He's done far more than I ever did on the field."

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Former NFL quarterback Archie Manning spoke to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Friday after watching his son Eli Manning officially retire from the NFL.

Manning played his entire 16-year career with the Giants, and his father explained why it important for him to retire with the team.

"Well I was proud of Eli, I'm proud of his decision, we think he made the right decision, and I think most people do," Archie Manning said. "I think it's very evident today to see how Eli sincerely means what he says, that it was important to him to retire a New York Giant. So I thought his comments were appropriate and good, and as always, we're very proud of Eli."

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From 1998-2006, Ernie Accorsi oversaw a Giants team that reached Super Bowl XXXV, while also laying the framework for the Giants' Super Bowl XLII and XLVI titles.

And while Accorsi acquired key players like Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Antonio Pierce, and Plaxico Burress, the biggest move of his tenure as general manager is unquestionably his trade for Eli Manning during the 2004 NFL Draft.

As Manning officially retired from the NFL on Friday, Accorsi was there to celebrate the quarterback's illustrious career.

"First of all, I'm happy he's retiring a Giant. I'm happy he's going out the way he's going out," Accorsi told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "He expressed it better than I can. I feel great for him. I always said that I took a lot of heat for that trade and so did he, and it wasn't his fault. I put him in that situation and he had no control over it. I'm glad it worked out."

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The first impression of Eli Manning was that he wasn't very good at first impressions.

That wasn't just back in 2004, either, when he introduced himself to the NFL by seemingly offending everyone outside of New York because he refused to play for the San Diego Chargers. It wasn't even from his terrible first practices, or his bland first press conferences and what seemed like endless mountains of clichés.

The first time I thought I had a chance to really get to know Eli Manning was in the spring of 2006, at a posh house in North Caldwell, N.J., right across the street from the house The Sopranos used for the mobster, Johnny Sack. Eli and Peyton were there to film a Reebok commercial, the first commercial that would feature the two of them and their father, Archie, together. I somehow got one of the first exclusive interviews with Peyton and Eli together.

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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement with the two Vince Lombardi trophies he won for the Giants on display during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement with the two Vince Lombardi trophies he won for the Giants on display during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Eli Manning officially announced his retirement on Friday in typical Eli Fashion. He choked up a bit but didn't shed a tear, was matter-of-fact about the end of his career, and thanked everyone who helped him along the way.

"I'll miss hearing the first roar of the crowd, triggering the knowledge that we have been given one more opportunity to go win a football game," Manning said. It's impossible to explain the satisfaction -- actually the joy -- I've experienced being a Giant. From the very first moment, I did it my way. I couldn't be someone other than who I am."

After a retirement speech that was about six minutes long, and finished strong -- "Wellington Mara always said, 'Once a Giant, always a Giant.' But for me, it's only a Giant." -- Manning took questions from reporters on hand. Here are the takeaways...

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The Eli Manning/Hall of Fame debate will rage until he either makes it or doesn't when he hits his first year of eligibility, but one of Manning's former teammates tried to end the debate on Friday.

Speaking after Manning's retirement press conference, Plaxico Burress -- who caught the game-winning touchdown from Manning in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLII when Big Blue took down the undefeated Patriots -- had some thoughts.

Asked about anyone who thought Manning only "might" be a Hall of Famer, Burress was blunt.

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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, and Giants CEO John Mara pose for photos at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, left, and Giants CEO John Mara pose for photos at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

As his retirement ceremony commenced, Eli Manning held a Q&A with the media for the final time, and addressed his possible future with the Giants in a new role.

As John Mara had previously said, the Giants would welcome Manning into the organization in some capacity, and it seems that Manning is interested in the idea of coming back.

"Yeah, it would definitely be something that I'd be interested in," Manning said. "So I'd just have to discuss that and talk to Mr. Mara and see in what way -- and I've got to see in what way." 

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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions with the two Vince Lombardi trophies he won for the Giants on display during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning answers questions with the two Vince Lombardi trophies he won for the Giants on display during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Patriots legend Tom Brady joined the ranks of stars to congratulate Eli Manning on his career as he retired from the game after 16 seasons, and the connection between the two is like no other.

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring from the NFL, and during a press conference Friday discussed his career with Big Blue and what he'll remember most during his time in the league.

Watch his entire speech from the Giants facility, where he was among family, teammates and friends.

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Before introducing Eli Manning on Friday as the legendary Giants quarterback called it a career, co-owner John Mara took what was assumed and made it official.

"No Giant will ever wear number 10 again," Mara said, adding that Manning will also be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor during the 2020 season.

Mara had earlier choked back tears while recounting the final game his father, Wellington, watched before passing away in 2005, when the elder Mara told his son that it looked like the Giants had found their guy with Manning.

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As Eli Manning announces his retirement from the game of football Friday morning, the debate on whether the two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP deserves to make the Hall of Fame has been a topic of discussion all week.

His brother and fellow quarterback Peyton Manning begs to differ on his odds to make it to Canton.

"To me, it's the time to look back and reflect. Everybody else wants to look ahead and have this debate. And I understand, that's just the world we live in. I know Eli doesn't think like that, and I don't think like that either. But I certainly have my strong feelings and opinions on it," Peyton said. "When you're the Super Bowl MVP twice against the greatest dynasty of all-time, the New England Patriots, Tom Brady/Bill Belichick, and you join a list that includes Terry Bradshaw, Bart Starr, Tom Brady and Joe Montana, Eli Manning as the only (multiple) Super Bowl MVPs.

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It would be easy to say Eli Manning is one of the greatest players in Giants history, simply because he is. But it's also been a long and storied history for the franchise that includes 21 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 42 members of their own Ring of Honor, and four players named to the NFL's 100th anniversary all-time team.

That makes choosing a Top 5 anything but simple. And Manning's position is debatable, to say the least.

It's an incredibly difficult task to limit the greatest to five, and not just because of the number of players to consider, either. It's hard to compare players from different eras, and tough to judge the worthiness of players at different positions. Some selections transcend that, of course -- like Lawrence Taylor, for example -- but a lot of players could take a claim to the other four spots.

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It was announced Wednesday that Giants legend Eli Manning will be retiring from the NFL, with a press conference set for Friday at 11 a.m. for Eli to make it officially official. 

Now that the final farewell is set, many are wondering how the usually stoic Manning will react.

With that in mind, SportsBetting.ag has created a number of prop bets in advance of Friday...

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Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; South defensive lineman Terrell Lewis of Alabama (24) reacts during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)
Jan 21, 2020; Mobile, Alabama, USA; South defensive lineman Terrell Lewis of Alabama (24) reacts during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports (Vasha Hunt)

For a reminder of how important the Senior Bowl is to the Giants' draft process, just look back at last year. At Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was sold on Duke's Daniel Jones. Now, after his promising rookie season, he's the Giants' quarterback of the future.

With the start of practices Tuesday, the Giants are on the ground in Mobile, including Gettleman and new head coach Joe Judge, looking for any possible gems going into the 2020 NFL draft. Ahead of Saturday's 2:30 p.m. kickoff, here are five primary players at each position that the Giants could keep an eye on.

Also of note: Arizona State's Brandon Aiyuk was among the five players to pull out of the Senior Bowl after Tuesday morning's physical examinations. Auburn offensive tackle Prince Tega Wanogho and Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis were two others to withdraw. LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton left Monday and Washington offensive tackle Trey Adams did not come because of a hamstring injury.

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As reports of Giants assistant coaching hires continue to circulate, it now appears that Giants have found their next offensive line coach.

The Giants are moving towards hiring Marc Colombo as the team's offensive line coach, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Colombo, 41, served as the Coboys offensive line coach for the past two season, and was their assistant offensive line coach in the three seasons prior to that.

Vacchiano has previously written about Colombo as an option, noting his ties to new Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett in Dallas.

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; (from left) New York Giants CEO John Mara, new head coach Joe Judge, and co-owner Steve Tisch pose for photos at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; (from left) New York Giants CEO John Mara, new head coach Joe Judge, and co-owner Steve Tisch pose for photos at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Since the New York Giants hired Joe Judge as their new head coach Jan. 8, the past two weeks have been a whirlwind. As the former New England Patriots assistant fills out his first coaching staff, he does so down in Mobile, Ala., at the Senior Bowl.

While the Giants' evaluation process falls more on the shoulders of general manager Dave Gettleman and the scouting department, Judge looks to complete his cabinet of assistants, which started off by hiring offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham in the past week.

Where Judge goes with the rest of his staff remains to be seen as the process continues throughout the week in Mobile, but the first-time head coach knows what he wants when delving into each candidate.

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Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (L) talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (L) talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) prior to their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Rather than play a final year or two for a different team, Eli Manning will officially announce his NFL retirement on Friday morning, after playing all 16 seasons with the Giants.

After the news broke of Manning's plans to retire, former teammates, coaches, and other members of the NFL world congratulated Manning on everything he achieved during his professional career.

Here's a sampling of how the NFL reacted to Manning officially calling it a career ...

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This remarkable story began at old Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi, on a freezing-cold day in early November 2003. Ernie Accorsi was given a seat outside in the auxiliary press section. He "almost froze to death," he recalled years later, and practically begged the Sports Information Director to let him come in every few minutes just to warm up.

What happened down on the field, though, got his blood flowing in a way that wouldn't stop for nearly six months, until the next NFL draft. He was there watching a young Eli Manning lose a game to Auburn on an end-zone interception near the end of the game. Manning went 26 of 46 for 286 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

But Accorsi saw so much more.

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It is the end of an era for the Giants, as long-time quarterback Eli Manning plans on announcing his retirement during a news conference on Friday, the team announced. The news conference will take place at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ at 11 a.m.

As the Giants transitioned to rookie QB Daniel Jones last season, the writing was on the wall for Manning, who spent the past 16 seasons leading New York on the field. It was speculated that Manning may look elsewhere around the league to see if his services are needed.

Instead, he'll hang up his cleats and finish his illustrious career as a Giant for life. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, center, is surrounded by photographers as he celebrates his team's 21-17 win against New England Patriots after the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, center, is surrounded by photographers as he celebrates his team's 21-17 win against New England Patriots after the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

On Friday morning, Eli Manning will offically announce his retirement via a press conference at the Giants' facility.

Manning, who played all 16 seasons with Big Blue, retires as the franchise leader in all major passing categories. As Manning hangs up his cleats, let's take a look back at 10 moments that defined Manning's career ...

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The Giants are expected to bring in former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens to join Joe Judge's coaching staff, it was reported by AL.com's Matt Zenitz on Tuesday night.

It is unclear as of now what Kitchen's role is, but he has been a tight ends coach in the past -- which is one of the remaining spots on the offensive side of the ball that's missing a coach. Kitchens has coached in just about every spot possible on offense since starting his coaching career in 1999.

Aside from Kitchens, Fox Sports and The Athletic's Bruce Feldman reported and SNY's Ralph Vacciano confirmed that former Alabama director of player personnel and UAB OL coach Jody Wright will also be joining Judge's staff in an unconfirmed role.

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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)

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Joe Judge's top job at the Senior Bowl this week will be scouting the players who could be part of the Giants' future. But he also still has some work to do in assembling his coaching staff.

Judge is expected to hold several job interviews down in Mobile, Ala., this week as he attempts to fill the final holes on his first staff with the Giants. He has several jobs still to figure out, most seemingly on the defensive side. He also has to choose a coach for the offensive line.

So far, the Giants have only announced Judge's coordinators -- Jason Garrett (offensive), Patrick Graham (defensive) and Thomas McGaughey (special teams). According to multiple sources, Judge has also hired Jerry Schuplinski as quarterbacks coach, Burton Burns as running backs coach and is retaining Tyke Tolbert as receivers coach. McGaughey indicated that Tom Quinn will return as assistant special teams coach, too.

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman knows there is much work to do this offseason to upgrade a roster that has many holes to fill. The 2020 NFL Draft will hopefully shore up some of those, but with a little over $61 million to work with at the moment in cap space, according to Over The Cap, Gettleman can also be aggressive on the free agent market. 

Looking at the Giants roster needs and the current free agent class, adding a pass rusher (or maybe even two) is definitely in the cards for Big Blue. 

It's no secret at this point that the Giants would love to add more defensive ends or outside linebackers that can get in the backfield and disrupt the quarterback. The defensive line is solid against the run, coming in seventh in the NFL this past season, according to Football Outsiders. Rookie Dexter Lawrence teaming up with second-year men Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill showed tremendous upside in clogging up the interior. 

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Nov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo sits on the bench prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)
Nov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo sits on the bench prior to the game against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports (Matthew Emmons)

With Bill Callahan off the market, another name has surfaced as the Giants seek to fill their offensive line coach vacancy. 

The Giants plan on interviewing former Cowboys offensive line coach Marc Colombo for the spot sometime this week, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan

Colombo served underneath new Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett in Dallas since 2016, first as an assistant offensive line coach, before taking over the reins of that position group in 2018. When the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy, it was announced that Colombo would not return to the Cowboys.

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Dec 7, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) reacts during the second half against the Baylor Bears in the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Jairaj)

The offseason continues and NFL mock drafts continue to update themselves, as the top prospects officially declare for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Now that the Giants coaching search is all done and Joe Judge's staff is basically complete, Giants GM Dave Gettleman has all his focus on who to select with the No. 4 overall pick. 

Here's who experts believe Gettleman will call on in Vegas this April in the first round...

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As the Giants look to fill out the rest of their Joe Judge's staff, the Browns have made a move to hire one of their targets to coach the offensive line.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Bill Callahan is expected to be announced as Cleveland's offensive line coach. Callahan's interest in the role with the Giants may have waned after the team hired Jason Garrett as its offensive coordinator.

Callahan was on Garrett's staff with the Cowboys from 2012-2014, serving as both offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. He was the team's primary offensive play caller in 2013, but was stripped of those duties before his final season in Dallas.

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Rick Gosselin, a 47-year veteran of analyzing special teams, releases a yearly review and ranks the 32 units across the NFL. 

Gosselin's system has long been a highly-respected system to grade out the league's specialists. Teams are ranked in 22 kicking-game categories and assigned points according to their standing -- one for best, 32 for worst.

For their efforts in the 2019 season, the Giants finished ranked as Gosselin's seventh-best special teams unit with 314 total points. That's an improvement from the year prior, as Gosselin's system tabbed the Giants 15th in special teams grouping. 

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The Giants landed a promising gem with defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.

The 17th overall pick from the 2019 NFL draft was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team recently and adding to that is an honor from Pro Football Focus

The football analytics outlet named Lawrence the NFL's best rookie interior defensive lineman in 2019. 

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Aug 9, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo reacts during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Colts defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 9, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo reacts during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. The Colts defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Giants will interview Dave DeGuglielmo for their vacant offensive line coach position on Tuesday, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano

SNY reported last week that Big Blue had interest in DeGuglielmo.

DeGuglielmo began his NFL coaching career with the Giants in 2004 as their assistant offensive line coach and in an offensive quality control position. One of his two Super Bowl wins came during his tenure with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII when the Giants upset the undefeated Patriots, 17-14. 

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Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo looks on from the field prior to the game against the the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo looks on from the field prior to the game against the the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Steve Spagnuolo is back in the Super Bowl, and his return to the NFL's biggest stage is nothing short of remarkable given how he spent the 2018 season.

The two-time Giants defensive coordinator, nearing the completion of his first year in the same capacity with the Chiefs, helped Kansas City clinch the AFC Championship Game thanks to Sunday's 35-24 win over the Tennessee Titans.

While the Chiefs' offense gets the well-deserved shine, led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the skill players at the unit's disposal, Spagnuolo has guided Kansas City's quiet turnaround on defense throughout the 2019 campaign.

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Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys veteran tight end Jason Witten could possibly join former head coach Jason Garrett with the Giants, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Witten, 37, has played his entire 16-year career with the Cowboys. He briefly retired after the 2017 season to join ESPN's Monday Night Football as an analyst, but returned to play with the Cowboys for the 2019 season.

Mortensen added that since Witten is obviously familiar with Garrett's offense, he could be an ideal veteran presence to a young team.

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) reacts as he leaves the field after losing the College Football Playoff national championship game against the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons announced on Saturday that he will forego his senior season and has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

"And now, it's time for me to take the next step in my journey," Simmons said in a statement he posted to his social media accounts. "Today, it is with great humility and gratitude that I announce that I will be declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. While I am incredibly excited about the opportunities and challenged that await me, please know that a part of my heart will always remain here in Clemson, South Carolina."

Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker has seen his draft stock soar, particularly after a very strong performance in the National Championship game against LSU, a game in which he may have played himself into consideration for the Giants with the fourth overall pick.

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Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

On Friday, the Giants officially announced the hiring of Jason Garrett as the team's offensive coordinator under head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett joined the Giants Huddle podcast to discuss returning to the team he once played for, his initial conversations with Judge, and his opinion on Daniel Jones.

During his playing career, Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Giants from 2000-03, and now that he's back with Big Blue, he's excited to get to work with such a storied franchise.

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It appears Odell Beckham Jr.'s wild night following LSU's national championship victory won't land him in any trouble with the New Orleans Police Department after all.

On Thursday, the NOPD issued an arrest warrant for the former Giants wide receiver, accusing the wide receiver of simple battery on a police officer after he was caught spanking a member of the department in the LSU locker room following the game.

But ESPN reports that the officer has signed an affidavit saying that he does not want to pursue charges. The arrest warrant could be withdrawn as early as this weekend.

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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)
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)
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)
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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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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