New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants quarterback Ryan Nassib (12) passes against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 21-20. (Vincent Carchietta)

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Like Shane Vereen said, everybody "Relax", OK? Sure, the Giants have been awful this preseason, especially on offense. Yeah, the offensive line has major issues. OK, they're paper thin at pretty much every position. And yes, the regular season is now just 11 days away.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh, right. Relax and stop panicking. There's still another preseason game to go. Yeah, maybe the starters won't play much. And the Giants do have a bunch of nagging injuries already.

You know what? Never mind. Let's just get to the Q&A …

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A lot has been made about the ineptitude of the Giants O-Line. What sort of additions or changes could be made to improve it? -- @Roto_Wizard

A lot has been made about it. In fact, it's been one of the biggest storylines of the summer. The line has struggled mightily and the only group that's struggled more is the backup offensive line. So what can be done about that?

Nothing. At least, not much.

The Giants did just re-sign tackle Will Beatty, and have pretty much told him that the starting right tackle job is his for the taking. It's unclear just how much of an improvement this will be, though. Beatty was a better-than-you-remember left tackle for the Giants. But he's now 31 and last May he tore his pectoral muscle lifting weights, which led to him tearing the rotator cuff in his shoulder while undergoing rehab in November. His last game was the last game of the 2014 season. So who knows what he's got left or how he'll physically hold up?

Really, though, the Giants have nothing else. Their top backup was Bobby Hart, but the second-year pro has struggled in his time with the starting lineup while left guard Justin Pugh has been out. And while it's nice that the Giants keep saying they'll scour the waiver wire and look at the tackles and guards that other teams cut, does anyone really expect a starting-caliber lineman - or even a real quality backup - to be just cast aside? If one is, there's probably a good reason for that.

So what you see is likely what you're going to get. The best hope is that the more the Giants' linemen play and play together, the more they'll improve.

I don't trust Nassib. You think they will look for a vet Backup QB? Eli still tough but he is 35 -- @tonymaff

I've said many times before that I think the Giants would be better served to have a veteran backup - someone who's played before, who has experienced live action, and who won't be experiencing an NFL game for, really, the first time if he's called on to step in for Eli Manning in a key stretch of the season. Yet the Giants have remained committed to Ryan Nassib as their backup for several years.

Whether they are still committed to him is a good question. Remember, they put in a waiver claim for Zack Metenberger back in May, and he could've given Nassib a run for the money for the backup job. The fact that they did, when the new coach was the old offensive coordinator who would've worked closely with Nassib for a couple of years, may be an indication that Ben McAdoo at least is open to trying someone else.

That said, there aren't a lot of good veteran options on the market, and there probably won't be many released in the final cuts. Plus, at this point, a new quarterback of any kind would need time to learn the Giants' offense, which would mean they'd have to keep Nassib around anyway, just in case Manning got hurt in the first couple of games.

So, to answer your question, I think the Giants will look, but I don't expect them to find anything. I think the most likely answer is that Nassib will be Manning's backup again.

Which running backs will the Giants keep? -- @Neilschoolnik

Start with the starters: Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen (who is locked into the third-down/two-minute role). And you can bet they'll keep Paul Perkins, because they're not going to cut him after drafting him in the fifth round.

After that it's a little murky. I would've said Andre Williams, and he's probably still the favorite, since McAdoo has said really nice things about him ever since getting the Giants job. Williams even looked like a new man in the preseason opener when he rushed nine times for 41 yards.

And then? Well, in Buffalo he gained just 15 yards on six carries and lost a fumble. Then on Saturday against the Jets he took just two snaps with the offense and didn't run or catch the ball once. McAdoo said that was just part of the plan, that he wanted to look at other players. That, of course, is always what coaches say. You'd think he'd need to see more of Williams, especially after his miserable second season. Plus, it's not like he saw a lot of Perkins (14 snaps, 4 carries, 8 yards), Orleans Darkwa (11 snaps, one carry, minus-3 yards) or Bobby Rainey (nine snaps, no carries, one 4-yard catch) - the other three running backs on the team.

I still think they'll keep Williams over Darkwa and Rainey, who's best chance to make the team might be as a return man. He's a former fourth-round pick and the Giants don't usually give up quickly on players they draft that high.

Who do you think will, and who do you think should be calling the plays for the Giants offense -- @TheKeysuccess

I don't know, but I wish Ben McAdoo would just tell us. I think he's enjoying this little game of cat-and-mouse with the press.

Seriously, the end result is a bit of a mystery. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan called the plays in the first two games. In the third, McAdoo called the plays. Oddly, Sullivan was down on the field for the first half of that game and then in the booth for the second half, so clearly there's a little bit of experimenting going on.

I have always thought that McAdoo would eventually call the plays, and I will stick by that for now. But admittedly I'm far less sure of that than I was when camp started. As for who should call the plays? With all due respect to Sullivan, who I think is a terrific coach will actually make a fantastic head coach someday, I think it has to be McAdoo.

Remember, the success of the offense the last two years is a huge reason McAdoo got the job. The Giants liked McAdoo's head-coaching potential, but they loved the way Manning has thrived in his offense and they didn't want to mess anything up for their 35-year-old quarterback heading into the home stretch of his career. Letting Sullivan call the plays likely wouldn't mess anything up, but it's McAdoo's offense. Nobody knows it as well as he does. He was successful calling the plays the last two years (when the Giants' offense ranked 10th and eighth in the NFL). Why change anything?

I'd stick with what works.

The end of preseason always provides interesting cuts. Who can you see as possible surprises? -- @richnyc18

Not only does the end of preseason provide interesting cuts, but they are often even more interesting - and surprising - when it involves a new coach. A new coach has his own ideas about which players fit into his plan and system. There will be guys he likes that the old coach didn't, and vice versa. So I'd bet anything that somewhere on the roster is a guy that was kept around mostly because of Tom Coughlin that McAdoo will decide not to keep.

And really, who knows who that will be? I'm not sure you'll see him cut anybody really crucial, mostly because this isn't exactly a deep team. It's impossible to find a first-string player anywhere that he could afford to cut at this stage. But there are a few players to wonder about.

A lot of people have speculated about Mark Herzlich, because many thought he was a Coughlin favorite. But he's a very valuable special teamer and has played a lot at linebacker this summer, so I'd be surprised if he's going anywhere. The fact that Williams didn't touch the ball on Saturday got my attention and made me wonder if McAdoo had given up on him. But I still don't think the Giants will cut a former fourth-round pick, and as I wrote earlier, it's not like the guys behind him on the depth chart played a lot. And then there's Dwayne Harris, who was the Giants' third receiver last season. Assuming Victor Cruz is healthy he's now the fourth receiver at best, and it looks like Tavarres King and Geremy Davis have passed him on McAdoo's depth chart. Harris, interestingly, has only taken eight snaps on offense this summer - all in the opening preseason game.

Could they cut him and let Rainey be their main return man? Probably not, considering they signed Harris to a five-year, $17 million contract just one year ago and it would actually cost them an extra $1.5 million in cap space to cut him. But if nothing else it sure does look like he's now relegated to just special teams.

I know, you asked for possible surprises and I just basically talked my way out of saying any of those three will be cut. I do think there will be one surprise name on the cut list on Saturday just because that often happens when there's a new coach. But … well, if I knew who, it wouldn't be a surprise.

Tags: Andre Williams, Bobby Hart, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Geremy Davis, Justin Pugh, Mark Herzlich, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Ryan Nassib, Shane Vereen, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-2) at the Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER

As if the heat wasn't already turned up high enough on the Giants, it should be near 90 degrees with lots of sun and not much wind.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to throw a pass during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) (Ron Jenkins/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) drops back to throw a pass during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins) (Ron Jenkins/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It was a decade ago now, but the memories are still fresh for those who were there, like Eli Manning and Steve Spagnuolo. They remember well how their Super Bowl season began with an 0-2 disaster, where nothing went right and the whole season seemed to be lost from the start.

What happened next has become legend: The goal-line stand in Washington, the remarkable turnaround of the defense, the sudden growth of a franchise quarterback, all leading up to one of the greatest upsets in NFL history. It was an incredibly dramatic season, even if the lessons learned from 2007 don't sound dramatic at all.

"I think you've just got to believe that going through tough times will make you stronger as a team," Manning said. "But you've got to get through them. That's kind of the situation we're in. There's always going to be ups and downs of a season. Hopefully we've kind of hit the rough patch and we'll work ourselves out of it. But it's just going to come through our hard work, our dedication, our commitment to fix things."

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 (Julio Cortez/AP)
(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants rookie TE Evan Engram has been cleared from the concussion protocol and removed from the team's injury report.

Engram, who had been in the NFL's concussion protocol since Wednesday, had been listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : It's good to see Engram cleared and ready for play Sunday because the Giants are going to need all of their weapons to get out of this slump. 

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 (Ron Jenkins/AP)
(Ron Jenkins/AP)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle) is improving but is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

"Noticeably improved over the last week," Jenkins said. "I've been getting better. Just got to continue to go to treatment and we'll see how it plays out."

"I practiced a little bit (last week). I just didn't feel comfortable. I let the guys know it and then got on treatment a little heavier."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Evan Engram, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts to a bad play late in the fourth quarter against the Lions at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts to a bad play late in the fourth quarter against the Lions at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was very clear that "sloppy quarterback play" is what led to a critical delay of game penalty in New York's loss to the Lions on Monday night. And for several days he refused to back down from that assessment.

But on Friday morning, he conceded he might have had a little to do with that penalty, too.

McAdoo finally conceded that the whole operation leading up to that penalty was slower than it should have been, including his own decision to go for it on fourth down. He still blamed quarterback Eli Manning for not snapping the ball, and didn't discuss his own decision to not call a timeout. But he at least admitted that his quarterback's "sloppy" play wasn't the only thing at fault.

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants DT Damon Harrison is preparing to face a quarterback who he says is more confident and mobile and a three-dimensional running game featuring a trio who can all catch the ball out of the backfield

"They have (Darren) Sproles, who is a receiving type of back. They have (Wendell) Smallwood, who is the speed guy, and you have (LeGarrette) Blount, who is the downhill, power back," Harrison said of the Eagles' running backs. "So, they have three different guys who can do three different things and you just have to be prepared. All of them can catch the ball really, so it'll be a tough game."

Harrison also hasn't lost sight of the mobility of second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, who threw 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions his rookie season. Wentz thew for 333 yards and two touchdowns in the team's 27-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 2.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants rebound 00:02:17
After starting the season 0-2, Ralph Vacchiano talks to the players about what they think can be done to fix their current offensive woes.

 

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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) talk during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports  (William Hauser)
Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) talk during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall believes that if the NFL were a game of chess, he would be the pawn "because I'm getting smacked right now."

The veteran wideout has hauled in just two of nine targets for 27 yards through the team's first two games, marking one of the worst starts to his career. He's also dropped some key passes. Still, he's optimistic that he will be able to bounce back.

"So far I haven't been able to help the way I wanted to and meet expectations, but we'll figure it out and get it going," he said.

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(Scott Galvin)

Giants LT Ereck Flowers on Thursday brushed off the negative publicity surrounding his early-season struggles and said he wants to focus on the team's Week 3 matchup against the Eagles.

"I don't have nothing to say to none of them," Flowers said to NJ Advance Media. "I could not care less. Everyone is entitled to their opinion."

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(Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - John Mara came out swinging at the end of the 2013 season, when he famously declared "I think our offense is broken right now." It wasn't long before Kevin Gilbride was out as offensive coordinator and Ben McAdoo was in, and sweeping changes had begun.

What's most amazing about that is that Gilbride's "broken" offense in 2013 was actually a higher scoring attack than McAdoo has produced in his 19 games in the dual role of play-caller and head coach of the Giants. Gilbride's "broken" offense averaged 17.5 points per game (once defensive and special teams touchdowns are factored out). Since the start of last season, McAdoo's offense has averaged 16.6.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan in action against the New York Jets during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan in action against the New York Jets during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo can hand off his oversized play card to his offensive coordinator if he wants, but Mike Sullivan still could run into the same problems with the Giants offense. Because in the end, it doesn't matter what a coach calls if the players don't make the plays.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) plays against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. came through his 34-snap performance on Monday night without any setbacks. He feels so good, in fact, that he said "I look to play a lot more this week."

He's hoping to look a little more like his old, dominant self, too.

"My mind is on another level," Beckham said on Thursday. "I think I can take over a game any time, no matter the ankle or anything like that. So it's just a matter of getting those opportunities and making the most of them."

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(Tim Heitman)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the second straight day, injured cornerback Janoris Jenkins wasn't even outside for Giants practice, casting a huge shadow of doubt over whether he'll be able to play in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon.

Jenkins suffered a hand and ankle injury in the Giants' opener, which apparently got worse as he practiced last week. Because despite practicing fully all week, he was unable to play in the Giants' loss to Detroit on Monday night. He tried to test out his injured ankle with trainers watching about two hours before the game, but they ultimately decided he could not go...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Evan Engram, J.T. Thomas, Janoris Jenkins, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:11
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice, where Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning discussed their Week 3 preparation.

 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo insisted he is still trying to decide whether he will call the plays for the Giants offense this Sunday in Philadelphia.

He also insisted that when he does make up his mind, he has no plans to tell the outside world.

So the mystery remains as to whether McAdoo will hold onto the reins of his offense, which has been one of the worst in the NFL since he was promoted to head coach, or whether he'll hand them off to his offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. He said only "We'll see" when asked about his play-calling plans. He also vowed "We'll do anything we can do to help us move the ball."

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Tension between McAdoo/Manning? 00:04:10
The Daily News Live crew asks if there is any tension between Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning wasn't bothered at all by Ben McAdoo's strong words about some of his play on Monday night, just like he hasn't been bothered when his coach has criticized him in the past.

In fact, the Giants franchise quarterback said, he wants to hear it from McAdoo when he does something wrong.

"Hey, it's part of being in the NFL. You can't be sensitive," Manning said on Wednesday. "I think everybody's gotten very sensitive -- players and everybody -- if anyone says anything negative about you or if you did something wrong. Coach McAdoo and I have a great relationship. I think he understands, and I told him when he first got here, I enjoy being coached. If I screw something up, let me know. I want to be coached."

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Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lions might have come away with a win over the Giants Monday, but tight end Eric Ebron is still not pleased with at least one play that occurred in the first half. 

Giants safety Landon Collins unleashed a big hit on Ebron in the early portion of the game, which still has the tight end stewing. That, however, didn't stop Ebron from catching a touchdown during the second quarter of action.

"I was pissed off," Ebron told the Detroit News. "I was pissed off at that little punk of a safety that got over there. ... I just told him good hit. He may have said some other things, but it's cool.

"Collins, he played a good game, that hit just pissed me off and I didn't feel like celebrating. I wasn't in that kind of joyful mood. It was still a good game. He played his butt off trying to guard me. I commend him for that."

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was limited in practice on Wednesday, as the team had a jog-thru in advance of Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Beckham made his season debut Monday night against the Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.

He had been a limited participant in practice last Thursday and Friday.

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 (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Former Giants RB Tiki Barber said QB Eli Manning could end up in a "body bag" if LT Ereck Flowers is allowed to keep playing.

"If Ereck Flowers has a job on Wednesday morning, then Eli Manning might be in a body bag three weeks from now. I'm serious," Barber said during the Tiki and Tierney show on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday.

"The Philadelphia Eagles' defense is really good, and they get after the quarterback," Barber said. "If Ereck Flowers is allowed to protect Eli Manning's backside any longer, Eli is going to get killed. Ereck Flowers can't be your left tackle any longer. Ereck Flowers either has to go to tackle or has to go inside to guard or sit on the bench."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning was hammered hard on Monday night, much like he was for most of last season. At this point, the hits are pretty much expected.

What's unexpected is that some of the biggest ones keep coming from his own head coach.

It's a bizarre strategy by Ben McAdoo, but for some reason, while choosing to go soft on most of his other players, he has made a conscious choice to come down hard his franchise quarterback. He refuses to single out others by name no matter how poor their play is, and he stubbornly backs some of his faltering players to a fault.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Giants coach Ben McAdoo has not ruled out the possibility of giving up play-calling duties, but the "feeling internally" Monday night was that it likely would not happen anytime soon, reports Art Stapleton of The Record.

McAdoo said on Tuesday that changes could come to the offense, and "if that means me giving up play calling duties, that's something we will look at, that we'll talk about."

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After the predictability and lack of creativity last season from McAdoo, we all knew his play-calling was going to be an area of emphasis this year. And, as of right now, it looks like the "offensive guru" is continuing his slump. 

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(Brad Penner)

Giants QB Eli Manning said he can handle the criticism from head coach Ben McAdoo. "Hey, you lose games, you only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism," Manning said during an appearance on WFAN.  "Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it."

McAdoo placed the bame squarely on Manning for the delay of game penalty the team took when they were going for it on 4th-and-goal at the Lions' 2-yard line with roughly five minutes left in the third quarter.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Forget whether or not the Giants should have gone for it on fourth down. This is a communication issue between head coach and quarterback. 

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Pugh on the Giants' loss 00:05:57
Giants offensive linemen Justin Pugh joins the show to discuss what exactly went wrong in their loss to the Lions in the home opener.

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The beating Ereck Flowers has taken on the field during the first two games of this season is nothing compared to the beating he's taken from the media and the fans.

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that Flowers is "absolutely" still the starting left tackle.

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GEICO SportsNite: Engram 00:01:53
Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram gives his take on the team's 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Rookie TE Evan Engram was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for grabbing his crotch after scoring his first-career touchdown during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Engram said after the game that the penalty was "bullcrap," and that he didn't try to do anything intentionally.

"I don't know what they were talking about, I did nothing intentional, but that was bull crap," Engram said. "That was not the intention, that was obvious. I haven't seen it, so I guess I'll look at it."

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Giants WR Brandon Marshall had a tough time on the field Monday night in the team's loss, but it was Broncos' LB Brandon Marshall who was getting yelled at by fans on Twitter for his actions. 

Instead of telling Giants fans they were tweeting at the wrong Brandon Marshall, the Denver linebacker decided to have a little fun with the misguided fans by answering their angry tweets. 

The first tweet that was mistakenly aimed toward the wrong Marshall (which has since been deleted) prompted the linebacker to tweet, "F the Giants!!"

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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants defense may have allowed only 17 points to the Lions Monday night, but the way the defense is taking the loss wouldn't indicate such a performance. 

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who led the team with eight combined tackles, was only focused on the loss following the game rather than individual perfomances. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | :As per usual, the Giants defense was solid despite the loss. However, if we want to pick on something, the secondary could have easily stopped the Lions touchdowns. 

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What went wrong for the Giants? 00:02:20
Willie Colon talks about what happened to the Giants in their loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

WR Brandon Marshall had just one catch for 17 yards while being targeted five times during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

With the Giants trailing 17-10 with just over 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Marshall dropped a pass down the sideline that would've gone for about 30 yards, and would have set the Giants up around midfield.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Beckham was back on the field, and I -- along with many others -- was excited to see if that made a difference for Marshall. Clearly, it wasn't a factor in the slightest. 

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New York Giants' Eli Manning warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Manning warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning failed to lead the struggling offense in the team's 24-10 loss to the Lions Monday night. 

It was a night to reflect on one of Manning's greatest perfomances as the Giants honored the 10-year anniversary of Super Bowl XLII. But Manning couldn't channel the past as the offense continued to be lackluster. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : I never thought it would come to this, but I am really questioning if Eli can play at the high level he says he can. After a mediocre season opener, the stage was set at home with his best receiver on the field to do some damage. But Manning and the rest of the offense heard boos throughout the night...

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Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham was back on the field with the Giants on Monday night, but the real Odell Beckham might still be a week or two away.

The Giants star receiver did manage to play in the home opener, just four weeks after spraining his right ankle, but he clearly wasn't as effective as he's used to being. He was limited, both in terms of his snap count and in what he was able to do on the field. And his final numbers - four catches for 36 yards - weren't much of a help to the struggling Giants' offense at all.

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants got Odell Beckham back, and somehow their offense managed to look even worse than it did in the opener. Their pass protection is bad, their running game is nonexistent, their receivers aren't reliable and their quarterback is shaky.

There are literally dozens of things that went wrong in the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions in their home opener on Monday night. But Ben McAdoo made it clear in his search for answers that he knew exactly where to start.

"I'll tell you the same thing I told my players," McAdoo said. "Put this game on me."

That's a good place to start, but it's not completely fair to the rest of the people in the Giants locker room who deserve blame for this loss and this disastrous 0-2 start to the season. Almost all of them, by the way, reside on offense where, as guard/tackle Justin Pugh said, "right now, not much is going right."

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Head coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning discuss what went wrong in the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday night.

The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance in a season where so much was expected. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively. >> Read more

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Giants guard Bobby Hart (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants guard Bobby Hart (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants right tackle Bobby Hart left Monday's game against the Detroit Lions after two offensive snaps after he re-injured his ankle.

Hart initially sprained his ankle in New York's Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week. He missed practice on Thursday and was a limited participant on Friday.

The Giants moved Brett Jones to left guard and Justin Pugh to right tackle once Hart left the game. The team announced Hart will not return.

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(Robert Deutsch)

Giants director of player development and former WR David Tyree recalled his famous catch with its 10-year anniversary coming this February. 

Tyree, along with many former Giants, attended former head coach Tom Coughlin's Jay Fund Champions for Children dinner at Cipriani in New York City. The 37-year-old continues to hear about his great catch, and he believes that it has created a standard for the best catches of all time. 

"If it's not the best, it's certainly the standard," Tyree told NY Daily News' Pat Leonard

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will make his season debut Monday against the Detroit Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.

Beckham will tape his ankles for stability for the first time in his career, according to ESPN's Eric Lundsten. Before the game, he was catching passes from quarterback Eli Manning and was seen stretching with strength coach Aaron Wellman alongside cornerback Janoris Jenkins and offensive guard D.J. Fluker.

Though Beckham was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, he will play in a game for the first time since Aug. 21 as the Giants look to avoid an 0-2 start.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr.
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SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano joins Loud Mouths to break down the Giants' Monday night matchup against the Detroit Lions.

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THE GAME

The Detroit Lions (1-0) at the Giants (0-1) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

At the moment it looks to be a cloudy and probably cool night, with light winds and temperatures around 70. But keep one eye on pesky Tropical Storm Jose in the Atlantic Ocean, which forecasters think is heading in this general direction. The current forecast says it shouldn't impact the New York area until Tuesday, but if that changes it could at the very least amp up the winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Probably nothing, because the New York fans and media wouldn't overreact if this Super Bowl-ready Giants team started 0-2, right? … Right?!? … OK, so the pressure is on, a little bit, for the Giants to get this thing going in the right direction -- especially on offense, and especially if Odell Beckham, Jr. plays. And if you don't think it's important, try to imagine what next week would be like if the Giants are 0-2, facing a short week and a game in Philadelphia, desperately trying to avoid 0-3. … On second thought, don't look ahead. It might be too depressing...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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(Scott Galvin)

Before Monday night's game against the Lions, the Giants have promoted LB Curtis Grant and waived WR Tavarres King.

Grant, who has never played in a regular-season game, was expected to be promoted after it was known LB B.J. Goodson would likely be inactive Monday night due to a shin injury. Grant was waived by the Giants prior to the start of the season where they immediately signed him to their practice squad the next day.

He entered the league with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2015 where he was eventually waived. in 2016, he bounced around the league starting with the Titans for training camp, and then served on the practice squad for the Raiders and 49ers throughout the season. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson is out for the team's home opener against the Lions due to a shin injury, confirms SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.

Goodson, who had a great season opener against the Cowboys, was a surprise to see listed as questionable on the team's injury report Saturday. However, head coach Ben McAdoo said it is an injury that occurred Friday at practice. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : This one hurts. If the defense had any bright spot last week against the Cowboys, it was B.J. Goodson and his 18 tackles. He was all over the field, and said that performance is what he brings to the table every night. 

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(AP)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul said the potential return of WR Odell Beckham, Jr. on Monday night against the Lions could lift up the team, but that they can't rely on it to carry them.

Beckham is listed as questionable due to a high-ankle sprain.

"I feel like anybody with a special talent lifts up the whole team," Pierre-Paul said. "You can't look towards one guy to lift up a team. That's not what 'team' is. 'Team' is every guy coming together and playing together as one. We can't depend on one guy, otherwise you'll never find yourself in the same place. Odell is a special kind of player and hopefully he is able to go, but if he's not, the next guy has to step up. That's basically what it is."

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The Giants could be without CB Janoris Jenkins in their home opener against the Lions Monday night. 

Jenkins was demoted to "questionable" in the Giants injury report due to ankle and hand issues. He was seen with a wrap around his hand following the Giants' season opener against the Cowboys. 

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The Giants may tout one of the best cornerback tandems in the league. Unfortunately, they can't say the same about their depth at the position. 

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will go through warmups before a decision is made on his availability for tonight's game against the Lions at MetLife Stadium.

He has been listed as questionable for the game. 

Beckham has been nursing a high ankle sprain, and the team is more confident about him playing Monday night than they were heading in to last Sunday night's game, head coach Ben McAdoo said last week...

Tags: B.J. Goodson, D.J. Fluker, Janoris Jenkins, Keenan Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr.
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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand) has been downgraded to questionable for the Giants' Monday night matchup with the Lions at MetLife Stadium.

Jenkins' had a wrap on his hand following the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, but indicated that it wouldn't be an issue moving forward, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported. The Giants revealed on Wednesday that Jenkins was dealing with an ankle injury, but it is not clear when the injury occurred. Jenkins went on to practice fully on Thursday and Friday.

Jenkins registered one tackle in the team's 19-3 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1.

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The Giants defense and head coach Ben McAdoo discuss what ways they need to improve prior to their home opener against the Lions.

 

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Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)

WR Odell Beckham Jr. posted a message for fantasy football owners on Twitter this afternoon. 

The injured star said, "No offense. I could care less about ur fantasy teams. This is my Real Life. Focusing on getting healthy and gettin better. 1 day at a time." 

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Steve Spagnuolo and Damon "Snacks" Harrison discuss the threat of Matt Stafford and the Lions and what they need to do to lock in a win.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has one of the strongest arms in the league, and Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows the secondary needs to be weary of it Monday night. 

"Definitely. He definitely trusts his arm," Rodgers-Cromartie said on Stafford's abilities in the pocket. "You can see on film, he has tight coverage, but somehow he zips it in there. When he's healthy, he's got a real strong arm."

Stafford is without his favorite target last season in Anquan Boldin, but with rookie WR Kenny Golladay showing out in his NFL debut, he has another viable deep threat in Rodgers-Cromartie's eyes. 

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(Brad Penner)

Giants RB Orleans Darkwa is hoping for more of a workload against the Lions on Monday night.

Darkwa was limited to only three carries last Sunday against the Cowboys even though he broke out a 12-yard run on his first touch. However, he doesn't mind who gets more touches in the backfield as long as positive yards are gained. 

"Yeah, I hope so," Darkwa said on if he hopes to get more carries Monday. "Running backs want to be able to get carries, but we have a lot of talented backs in the room and I think everybody deserves carries and opportunities. So, when we get those opportunities, we've just got to make the most of them."

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(Robert Deutsch)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants knew they were returning almost all of their starters from last year's outstanding defense, but there was one player that Damon "Snacks" Harrison just wasn't sure about.

"I told him coming into this offseason that I wasn't a full believer in B.J. Goodson," Harrison said of the Giants new starting middle linebacker. "He was just a young guy at middle linebacker. You have to know everything. You have to get people in the right spots. He only played like 12 snaps last year so we didn't get a chance to see him. … It was just yet to be seen."

Then the 24-year-old Goodson had a strong offseason where he took control of a veteran-heavy defensive team. And then on opening night, during a 19-3 loss in Dallas, he was a dominant defensive force, making 18 tackles. Like all of the best middle linebackers the Giants have had, Goodson was all over the field.

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Odell Beckham Jr. practiced for the second straight day and the DNL panel discuss how far the Giants should push him to play on Monday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has taken yet another step towards his return to the Giants.

The star receiver was out on the field again on Friday as the Giants began their second full practice of the week, participating in all the individual drills during the half hour the practice was open to the media. He was joined by right tackle Bobby Hart, who missed practice on Thursday with his own sprained ankle.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brett Jones, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Elie Bouka (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Elie Bouka (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants worked out defensive backs Elie Bouka and Robert Nelson this week, according to Inside Football's Patricia Traina.

Bouka, 25, who spent last year on the Arizona Cardinals' injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, was waived in August with an ankle injury. He worked out with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the month, according to 3 Down Nation's Justin Dunk.

Bouka was a third-round pick by the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Nelson, 27, has played 18 games over the past three seasons, recording 17 total tackles, two passes defensed and one interception in 11 games with the Texans in 2016.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sacked by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sacked by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon knows the team's defense will have their hands full when they face veteran QB Matthew Stafford and the Lions on Monday night.

Stafford threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions' 35-23 win over the Cardinals in Week 1, and he also ran the ball twice for 14 yards. Vernon praised Stafford for his mobility and awareness as a veteran quarterback.

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