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)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

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

Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball against the Washington Redskins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants QB Eli Manning has stated numerous times that his walk into the sunset isn't anytime soon. 

Manning reiterated that fact when talking about the next two seasons, after which he will become a free agent. And when looking at the weapons he has to work with this season, Manning not only believes his run hasn't ended, but a Super Bowl isn't too far away either. 

"Obviously it has been an unbelievable run, but I want to continue doing it. It's not over," Manning told NFL Network's Kim Jones. "I know that. ...I'm excited for this upcoming year and really prove that I can still play at a high level. We can win games. We can win championships."

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Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 22, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Philadelphia Eagles won 24-19. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

Here is Part 2 of what to look forward to when Giants training camp begins...

An aggressive, happy defense

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants have high expectations for a big, bounce-back season, which means they'll head to training camp this summer with plenty of optimism. Camp begins on July 25 when the full team reports, though rookies, quarterbacks, and injured players will come in a few days earlier, on July 22.

Here is Part 1 of what to look forward to when Giants training camp begins, which will be followed by Part 2 on Friday...

A healthy and motivated Odell Beckham, Jr.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

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Odell Beckham, Jr. promised he won't hold out, but sources in his camp insist a holdout is still on the table. Pat Shurmur said he expects Beckham will show up to camp on time, but team sources say they're not so sure about that. Beckham wants a new contract, but there's no indication he'll get one any time soon. And there are still five weeks to go until the Giants report for training camp, and any of that could change at any time.

So while you're biting your nails for the next few weeks wondering if the Giants' best player will show up or not, and pondering just how ugly his contract negotiations could get (or not), here's a primer on where everything stands with Beckham, the Giants, and his contract as of right now, and a look at where this whole thing may eventually go...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS  (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The No. 2 pick is No. 1.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley has the best-selling jersey in the NFL, according to the DICK's Sporting Goods Jersey Report.

Barkley has held the top spot for the week and last month. Eagles QB Carson Wentz is No.2, with Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott No.3. Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold checks in at No. 8. 

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Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)
Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)

There wasn't much to critique when looking back at Giants TE Evan Engram's rookie season. He was one of Eli Manning's top targets as he hauled in 64 receptions for 722 yards and six touchdowns, which earned him a spot on the PFWA's All-Rookie Team. 

But no one is perfect, and Engram knows there is an area of his game he can improve on. Though he led all rookie tight ends in receptions, yards and touchdowns, he could have more in each category if he didn't drop 11 passes. 

Engram's catch rate was 55 percent last season, and that is what he is working on in preparing for this year. It already began during the team's offseason workouts.

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Eli Manning (10) Davis Webb (5) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Eli Manning (10) Davis Webb (5) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

This offseason, Giants QB Davis Webb's personality has been on full display. 

During practice at the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp this past week, Webb slung a pass toward TE Kyle Carter who was in one-on-one coverage. And before the ball even reached its peak in the air, he knew it was destined for a score. 

"That's six!," he yelled for The Post's Paul Schwartz and the rest watching practice to hear. 

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants RB Saquon Barkley will be one of many athletes to appear in ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue this year. 

Barkley is another Giants' first-rounder that agreed to be in the issue, as Odell Beckham Jr. was a part of the 2015 Body Issue. The Penn State product is also the only New York athlete that will be featured. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE PREVIEW 

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Jonathan Stewart (28) Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jonathan Stewart (28) Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Giants RB Jonathan Stewart has an idea of the conversations star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will have regarding his highly-anticipated contract extension with GM Dave Gettleman. He's been there before. 

While playing with the Panthers under Gettleman, Stewart saw his five-year, $36.5 million contract he signed in 2012 get restructured three times (2013, 2014, 2017). And during this process, Stewart knew that it was simply business done by Gettleman to help the team. 

So, Stewart's advice to Beckham is to continue working hard, and to only control the things he can control. 

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He may be only 25 years old, but Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is entering his fifth year in the NFL. And with that experience, he has taken it upon himself to act as a leader.

The Giants have been impressed by how Beckham is embracing all the new faces in the locker room, with one coach simply saying, "Odell's been awesome," according to SI's Albert Breer.

Beckham's leadership in the locker room and making new players feel at home can be added to the things he has done right this offseason ahead of a potential contract extension. He has showed up for some of the Giants' voluntary offseason workout program, has been talking to head coach Pat Shurmur all offseason, and most importantly, didn't hold out of the team's three-day minicamp this past week.

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Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs the ball against New York Giants cornerback Trevin Wade (31) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 24-14. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs the ball against New York Giants cornerback Trevin Wade (31) during the second half at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 24-14. (Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports)

Perhaps Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can be the franchise's next quarterback if need be.

At his youth camp on Sunday, the Giants' star receiver showed he's not only an expert at catching the ball, but also at throwing it.

WATCH:

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Ralph Vacchiano discusses Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s plans for training camp in July, and what this means for the Giants organization.

METUCHEN, N.J. - Odell Beckham Jr. promised he will be in training camp with the Giants this summer and that he won't be a holdout when camp opens on July 25 in an interview with SNY at his youth football camp on Saturday morning.

Those were Beckham's first comments on his plans for the summer and his unresolved contract situation, and the first clue about how much of a hard line he's willing to take. Just before he left the first day of his camp, he was asked by SNY if we'd see him at training camp and he said "Yes sir. Yes you will."

So no holdout, Beckham was asked? "No," he told SNY. "No holdout."...

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Giants third-round draft pick DT B.J. Hill got his first taste of NFL football this offseason and has impressed his new coaches on their first up-close impression of the former N.C. State standout.

At minicamp and OTAs, Hill was just focused on proving himself-- and will stay focused when he returns for training camp in a month.

"I'm just trying to prove myself to the vets and the coaches that - if I'm starting or not - I can play in this league and get quality minutes," Hill said...

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Kyle Lauletta Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Kyle Lauletta Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants QB Eli Manning has been praised as the team's starter under center by GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur all offseason. But who will be his backup this season is still up in the air. 

The two candidates -- 2017 third-rounder Davis Webb and this year's fourth-round pick Kyle Lauletta -- will be in heated competition when training camp kicks up at the end of July.

Though both players are gunning for the same position, Lauletta said they couldn't be any better friends. 

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With reports of Giants linemen Will Hernandez and Damon Harrison fighting at mini-camp, how does it affect the team?

May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during organized team activities practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during organized team activities practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: It's your move, Odell.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur set the stage for the much-anticipated contract showdown between the Giants and Odell Beckham, Jr. on Thursday, when he said he expects his star receiver will report on time for training camp on July 25.

Shurmur also said he has "no reason to believe" that Beckham won't be able to fully participate -- including in the team drills he sat out this week.

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Nate Solder (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)
Nate Solder (Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -The Giants dodged a major injury scare on Thursday after Nate Solder, their $62 million left tackle, hurt his right leg when he ended up in a pile of bodies on one of the final plays of minicamp - right before rookie guard Will Hernandez and veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison ended up in a wild fight on the field.

The injury to Solder, though, turned out to be nothing serious after he was examined by doctors on Thursday afternoon. "All good," according to an NFL source.

For a while, that wasn't certain. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said that after getting an on-field update "I think he's fine." However Solder sounded a little less certain of that after practice, especially since he hadn't been checked out by doctors yet.

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The Giants finished up their three-day mandatory minicamp, and they will take a hiatus before beginning training camp at the end of July. 

And when training camp begins, head coach Pat Shurmur fully believes star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be there for Day 1. Shurmur also thinks that there is "no reason to believe" Beckham won't be able to participate fully in team drills, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

During the minicamp and the rest of the Giants' offseason practices so far, Beckham has sat out of team drills as both he and the team are being cautious with his ankle rehab. Shurmur said earlier this week that Beckham has been "cleared to practice," but he was only seen during individual drills before 11-on-11 play where he was sidelined. 

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On the first day of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp, Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison let rookie RB Saquon Barkley know that once the pads are on, he isn't holding back. 

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Harrison said. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

It was all meant in good faith, but Barkley understands fully what Harrison is on the Giants to do: stop the run. That is why when asked to rebuttle Harrison's comments, the rookie took the high road instead. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs off the field during the halftime break of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) runs off the field during the halftime break of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Two famous former Giants - and famous friends of Eli Manning - were in complete agreement on Saturday night about how the franchise they love had "wasted" the prime years of Manning's career.

Shaun O'Hara and Justin Tuck were absolutely right.

Those years were wasted with poor personnel decisions, too many draft choices that never made an impact, and an unbelievable combination of neglect and wrong moves along an offensive line that too often crumbled in front of the franchise quarterback.

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Taylor Rooks chats with Giants safety Landon Collins about his return to the field, and they welcome a special guest video-bomber.

After the second day of the Giants' mandatory three-day minicamp, SNY's Taylor Rooks had a chat with S Landon Collins. Little did she know S Andrew Adams wanted to get in the interview as well....

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins wants to be an interception machine this season.

The 29-year-old, who had ankle surgery last November and also dealt with some off-field issues last season, is looking for a huge comeback in 2018 -- with a goal of eight interceptions. And he wants to return four of them for touchdowns. 

Click below to see Jenkins' boast

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) blocks during an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For the first time, Ereck Flowers admitted the obvious: He wasn't happy when the Giants signed Nate Solder, or that he was forced to move from left tackle to right. "Of course," he said, it bothered him. How could it not?

So maybe it took him a little too long to get over the hurt, but Flowers is now able to dismiss that emotion. "It's … whatever, now," is how he put it. His focus instead, he insisted, is on making that transition to right tackle, trying to get better as a player, and proving to his coaches and critics that he can still play in the NFL.

And perhaps even more importantly, he wants to prove that to himself, too.

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Jul 26, 2017; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Scott Simonson (80) catches a pass during training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Jul 26, 2017; Spartanburg, SC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Scott Simonson (80) catches a pass during training camp held at Wofford College. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The Giants on Tuesday signed veteran TE Scott Simonson and waived rookie CB Aaron Davis, the team announced.

Simonson has played in 18 games across stints with both the Panthers and Raiders. He was sidelined by a back injury in 2017, which landed him on the injured reserve.

Simonson has caught only one pass in his career -- a 10-yard recepton in 2015, when he played in a season-high nine games. He earned his first career start in 2016 with the Panthers.

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Damon "Snacks" Harrison is looking forward to a real practice so he can go against rookie RB Saquon Barkley to "see what he's made of."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Saquon Barkley has dazzled his teammates with the Giants this spring even though he hasn't taken a hit yet in the NFL.

That first hit, though, is coming soon. And it may happen long before he ever gets into a game.

"I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass," Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison said on the first day of minicamp Tuesday. "See what he's made of. I told him, it's not Penn State. He's not going up against (DT) Josh Banks at Wake Forest."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham has been "cleared to practice," according to Giants coach Pat Shurmur, even though he didn't really do much practicing at minicamp on Tuesday morning. The star receiver sat out of all the team drills, which had nothing to do with his contract situation, Shurmur said.

Except that it does. Of course it does.

Let's not be naïve. Until Beckham signs on the dotted line of what he expects will be, and could be, the most lucrative contract extension for a receiver in NFL history, his contract situation will loom over everything he does -- even if this lasts into next season. If he had already signed a new deal, would he have been on the field for team drills on Tuesday, eight months after ankle surgery?

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Damon "Snacks" Harrison is looking forward to a real practice so he can go against rookie RB Saquon Barkley to "see what he's made of."

Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison is excited to see what No. 2 overall pick Saquon Barkley is made of. 

"The guy can play, man," Harrison said on Tuesday. "'Saquad', that's what they call him, or something like that. I'm excited to get out there in training camp, so I can hit his ass [laughs]. See what he's made of."

"I told him, it's not Penn State," Harrison added. "He's not going up against [defensive tackle] Josh Banks at Wake Forest. But no, the guy's explosive, you can see how they will use him in the offense, which will be to our benefit."

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WATCH: Odell in action 00:00:34
Odell Beckham Jr. took the field for individual drills at New York Giants minicamp on Tuesday, as he continues his comeback from surgery.

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been "cleared to practice," head coach Pat Shurmur told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano after the team's first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. 

What exactly "cleared to practice" means, though, is up in the air as Beckham was seen doing individual drills, but wasn't on the field for team drills. Shurmur said not all players are on the same practice schedule, and clearly Beckham would be put into that category.

It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Beckham and the Giants mutually agreed the 25-year-old, who is still rehabbing his surgically-repaired left ankle, should sit out of team drills. Vacchiano added that throughout this process of getting Beckham ready for next season, both sides wanted to be cautious and they were "totally on the same page" in the decision to keep him sidelined during full team activity...

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Check back here for highlights from the Giants' first day of mandatory minicamp...

The first day of the Giants' three-day mandatory minicamp kicked off on Tuesday, and WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s attendance is the obvious big storyline. Here he is getting loose before practice begins...

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will be present at mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, but don't expect to see much of him during team drills. 

After Beckham arrived for his pre-minicamp physical on Monday, the question of whether or not he would be fully cleared for practice this week reached its peak. Head coach Pat Shurmur noted earlier that his star receiver was "pretty close" to being medically cleared to participate with the rest of the squad. 

However, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants and Beckham didn't have any intention to take team reps this week. Instead, they want to continue to be cautious, and both sides are "totally on the same page" with this decision. 

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Did Giants waste Eli's prime? 00:01:00
Dan Graca and Jon Hein argue about Shaun O'Hara's statement that the Giants wasted Eli Manning's prime years.

After hearing former Giants Justin Tuck and Shaun O'Hara defend QB Eli Manning over the weekend, the veteran quarterback doesn't view the past few years with the Giants as "wasted."

Instead, Manning believes his peak years are still upon him. 

"That's not the way I look at it and I think I still have some peak years left, so we can make it right," Manning told the Daily News' Pat Leonard at the Guiding Eyes annual golf outing at Mount Kisco Country Club.

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Five Things for the Giants 00:00:31
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reveals the five most interesting things to watch for during this week's New York Giants minicamp.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveNow that Odell Beckham Jr. is planning to attend the Giants' mandatory mini-camp, a major crisis has been averted.

But that doesn't make the three-day camp any less interesting.

As the Giants continue their quick rebuild from the ashes of last year's 3-13 mess, they still have a lot of questions to answer and pieces to fit in before they get to training camp this summer. This week will begin to add some clarity to their picture...

Tags: Brett Jones, Cody Latimer, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Nate Solder, Odell Beckham Jr., Patrick Omaneh, Roger Lewis, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants QB Eli Manning has been through the long contract negotiation period, which is why he was blunt when saying it could be a distraction to star WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Speaking at the Guided Eyes annual golf outing at Mount Kisco Country Club on Monday, Manning flashbacked to three years ago when he signed a four-year, $84 million deal after negotiations that spanned throughout training camp. The deal was made only a couple days before the regular season kicked off. 

For Beckham, the Giants could very well wait that long before they show him the dotted line. And it could affect what he decides to do this preseason. 

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Mark Herzlich (94) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Mark Herzlich (94) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants LB Mark Herzlich knows all too well what GM Dave Gettleman is about to endure as his battle with lymphoma begins. 

The 67-year-old announced his diagnosis last week, and for Herzlich, he flashed back to 2009 when he was in Gettleman's shoes having been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, while playing for Boston College. 

Embarking on this scary journey without knowing exactly what will happen in the end is something Herzlich has lived, which is why he plans on being there for Gettleman whenever he needs him. Herzlich plans on going to a chemo session with his new GM because he knows that having people around that care is the most important aspect of battling this disease...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveOdell Beckham Jr. and the Giants may be heading for a contract showdown eventually - but not right now.

The star receiver will be at the start of the Giants' mandatory, full-team mini-camp that officially begins on Tuesday morning, multiple NFL sources told SNY. And he is expected to participate at least on a limited basis during the three-day camp, even though the lucrative, long-term contract extension he's been seeking doesn't seem close at all.

In fact, according to ESPN, he checked in to the Giants' practice facility for his pre-camp physical on Monday afternoon.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The rebuilding of the Giants is basically over, and now they're almost ready to begin the preparation. They have a three-day, full-team mini-camp next week, and then five weeks of training camp starting in late July to find out if they really are better than 3-13.

Just with better health alone they should be. And with some of the key additions they've made, perhaps the playoffs aren't out of reach either. But they do have a bunch of questions they need to answer first.

And you had a few questions, too. So one last time before the camps begin, I'll try to answer them here:

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May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field with quarterback Alex Tanney (3) at the end of the fourth day of Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 29, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field with quarterback Alex Tanney (3) at the end of the fourth day of Organized Team Activities. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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POMONA, N.Y. - The idea that Eli Manning was in decline was laughable to former Giants center Shaun O'Hara. From what he's seen, his former quarterback hasn't lost anything, even at age 37.

It's just that the team around him the last few years was bad.

"To be honest with you, they've wasted the last few years of Eli's career," O'Hara said on Saturday night at the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball game at Palisades Credit Union Park. "They've wasted his prime. And it's been hard to sit and watch that happen."

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Dec 24, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) kneels during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Dec 24, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) kneels during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

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POMONA, N.Y. - Olivier Vernon, the lone Giants player to kneel for the national anthem all of last season, said he will abide by the new NFL rules and won't kneel this season. 

But he's not happy about the league's decision to step in and force the protests to stop.

"I mean, you never want to be told what to do, really, especially when it comes to your freedom of speech," Vernon said on Saturday night. "But it is what it is."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaves the field after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The rebuilding of the Giants is basically over, and now they're almost ready to begin the preparation. They have a three-day, full-team mini-camp next week, and then five weeks of training camp starting in late July to find out if they really are better than 3-13.

Just with better health alone they should be. And with some of the key additions they've made, perhaps the playoffs aren't out of reach either. But they do have a bunch of questions they need to answer first.

And you had a few questions, too. So one last time before the camps begin, I'll try to answer them here:

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr locks arms with punter Brad Wing and tight end Jerrell Adams (89) and offensive lineman DJ Fluker during the national anthem prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr locks arms with punter Brad Wing and tight end Jerrell Adams (89) and offensive lineman DJ Fluker during the national anthem prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe NFL as a whole would prefer to have its players standing at attention during the national anthem, with no more player protests. For some owners, that's a patriotic gesture. For others, it's simply business. Mostly, though, NFL owners just really want this whole anthem/protest controversy to go away.

That's why it's so bizarre that the league has instead managed to make it infinitely worse.

The NFL knows it too, which is probably why Commissioner Roger Goodell remained so silent when President Donald Trump and the Philadelphia Eagles managed to turn the traditional visit to the White House by the Super Bowl champs into a political football earlier this week. Most of the Eagles weren't planning to go, so the president loudly cancelled the event.

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Nov 25, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive tackle B.J. Hill (98) celebrates a sack during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Nov 25, 2016; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive tackle B.J. Hill (98) celebrates a sack during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

Giants' third-round pick DT B.J. Hill has signed his rookie deal, which is believed to be four-years $3.4 million with a $1 million signing bonus according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

The only draft picks of the Giants Class of 2018 yet to sign are first-round pick RB Saquon Barkley and fifth-round pick DT R.J. McIntosh. 

Hill played four seasons at NC State where he totaled 183 tackles (23.5 for loss), eight sacks, nine passes defended, and two forced fumbles. 

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Giants QB Davis Webb may not have seen the field in his rookie season, but that hasn't killed his confidence in what he can do when he steps on it. 

Webb displayed that confidence when he told Sports Illustrated Wednesday that he "can throw it better than anybody. I have a great arm." 

While attending David Tyree's "Children of the City Charity Bowl" in Manhattan Wednesday night, Webb may have backed down from the "anybody" part of his arm-strength comment. But he wasn't lying about his arm either...

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Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dave Gettleman - Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Before their OTA on Tuesday, the Giants were called into an unexpected team meeting by head coach Pat Shurmur. Players looked at one another wondering what the meeting was for. 

Shurmur had to break the news to his squad that Giants GM Dave Gettleman has been diagnosed with lymphoma, and he would be battling the cancer as soon as possible. 

The news left the room speechless as everyone was shocked to hear the sad news...

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Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Zak DeOssie (51) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

If you live in Summit, NJ, be on the lookout for a diamond-encrusted ring that has Super Bowl XLVI written on it. Giants veteran long snapper Zak DeOssie is still searching for it. 

DeOssie and his wife were in a great mood on May 2 after helping to raise $65,000 for America Needs You, a charity to supports first-generation college students who come from low-income backgrounds. The night, though, wouldn't remain joyous as the team captain realized he had lost his Super Bowls XLII and XLVI rings. 

The DeOssie family frantically tore apart their home, but it was to no avail...

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John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, speaks to reporters in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

All offseason, the Giants have stressed the fact that veteran QB Eli Manning still has good football left in him. That was evident when the team decided to take RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 pick back in April. 

Giants co-owner John Mara is also confident in Manning this season, as he hopes his team can put their 3-13 diaster-of-a-season in the past. 

"We can win with him," Mara told the Daily News' Eric Barrow at a town hall event in the city on Tuesday. "Objectively, Dave (Gettleman) and Pat (Shurmur) both said he can still play."

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Giants GM battling lymphoma 00:00:40
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to the news that Giants GM Dave Gettleman has lymphoma, and discusses how it will affect the team.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: New Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday that he was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, and will begin treatment "in the very near future."

The cancer was discovered during the 67-year-old's annual physical, Gettleman said in a statement. Doctors are still working to determine the exact course of his treatment, but Gettleman said he plans to continue to work during the process.

"The doctor's outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive," he said. "And so am I."

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Shurmur sees good from Flowers 00:00:54
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur talks positive signs from OL Ereck Flowers after Giants OTAs on Tuesday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants' practice ended on Tuesday and most of the team headed towards the locker room, Ereck Flowers stayed out on the field to work with the man who replaced him at left tackle. He did the same thing last week, too.

And maybe that's a sign that the Giants' young, enigmatic tackle really is ready to take advantage of his fresh start.

That wasn't a given two weeks ago when Flowers was still in Miami refusing to take part in the Giants' offseason program. According to Landon Collins, Flowers was apparently unhappy that the Giants signed left tackle Nate Solder. And while unconfirmed, that reason seemed to make a lot of sense.

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