Since Tom Coughlin took over as Giants head coach in 2004, the Giants have finished in the top 10 in total offense six times and finished twice more in the top 15. In 2013, the Giants dropped to 28th in overall offense (19th passing, 29th rushing).

The sudden drop in production and success can be attributed to a number of factors. Injuries, age, poor planning, lack of depth and dearth of talent due to failures in the draft all converged on the Giants last summer. They opened the season with six straight defeats but managed to recover thanks to a soft schedule that saw them play a string of teams who were without their starting quarterbacks.

They finished 7-9 but there was no avoiding the obvious - an overhaul on the offensive side of the ball was needed...

Scoring: 18.1 PPG Rank: 28th - 2013 saw the lowest point output in the Coughlin Era, after ranking in the top 10 every season since 2008. Only four teams ranked lower: The Jets, with a rookie QB, and the Texans, Jaguars and Bucs - all who drafted in the top seven in last week's draft.

Turnover Ratio: -15. Second-worst in the NFL after Houston (-20). The Giants committed a league-high 44 turnovers, (29 INT, 15 fumbles). It could have been worse had the Giants not amassed 29 takeaways of their own. Eli Manning set a franchise record with 27 INTs.

Completion Pct: 57.3% - Tied for 28th in the league. Inexcusable when you have a QB with a cap number near $20 million and a Pro Bowl receiver surrounded by No. 1 and No. 2 draft picks.

Passing TDs: 18 - Tied for 27th in the NFL. By far the lowest output of Manning's career.

Receiving TDs: WR Hakeem Nicks had 56 receptions but none in the end zone. Rueben Randle led the team with six, and Victor Cruz and TE Brandon Myers scored four apiece.

Passer Rating: 67.6. Another inexcusable showing. It was next to last in the NFL. Only the Jets were lower, at 66.6.

Sacks: Eli Manning was sacked 39 times, a career high, as compared to just 19 times in 2012. Curtis Painter was sacked once, raising the team total to an even 40.

Rushing: Ranked 29th in the NFL in yards gained and were also 29th in YPC with 3.5. The Giants also fumbled 12 times on rushing plays, losing seven.

Third Down Pct: 32.7% (30th in the NFL). The Giants went 6-for-12 in fourth down attempts. For the record, they finished 27th in the league in first downs.

Red Zone Efficiency (TD only): 47.2%, which was good for 30th in the league. By comparison, big brother Peyton's Broncos had a RZ percentage of 72.7.

So, what happened?

Injuries, injuries and more injuries. The Giants led the league in starter games lost to injury with 91, with 26 of those games along the offensive line. By Week 17 they were down to just three of the eleven opening day starters on offense.

It's a miracle that this team finished 7-9. They actually could have had an even better record had they not thrown their two games against Dallas in the trash and let the Bears off the hook in Chicago.

The offense moved slowly. From the inception of the play and the deliverance of it to the huddle, to the execution. OC Kevin Gilbride and his staff regularly took too long to call a play and get it into Eli, forcing him to hustle to get the team lined up and giving him less time to audible. As the season went on and the faces changed, it's widely suspected that many of the players on the field did not know their assignments on many plays, hence the miscommunication in the passing game.

Eli also called way too many time outs as a result, crushing any momentum the team had built. They also committed eight false starts, fourth highest in the league.

The offensive line had a rash of injuries. All-Pro guard Chris Snee (hip) was lost for the season, as was center David Baas (knee). The Giants countered with players such as Jim Cordle and James Brewer, who were overwhelmed at times. To add the to the misery, OT Will Beatty had a sub-par season.  As a result, the Giants offense was sluggish and out of sync for most of the year. Manning was under constant pressure and the rushing attack screeched to a halt. Not having fullback Henry Hynoski for the entire season didn't help, either.

It's difficult to call the rushing game an attack at all. Andre Brown and David Wilson were supposed to split the carries, but that plan was quickly scrapped when Brown re-injured his leg before the season and missed the first eight games. Wilson lasted only five weeks before being shelved with a potential career-threatening neck injury. The Giants turned to Da'Rel Scott, but he stayed true to form by getting injured in his first taste of duty.

The team had no choice but to bring back Brandon Jacobs and sign veterans Jon Conner and Peyton Hillis. Those players infused some life back into the offense and were shortly joined by Brown in Week 9 to stabilize the rushing game.

The passing game was littered with a slew of disconnects and breakdowns. Manning was not sharp and made far too many risky throws. Nicks was productive, but he never quite seemed to be the same player he was before his injuries. Randle was inconsistent, running incorrect routes and even looking confused at times. Cruz had to deal with extra defenders blocking his routes and limiting his ability to break off long gains.

Brandon Myers was brought in to take over the TE duties. He proved to be a below-average blocker and a station-to-station receiver. Myers never clicked with Eli and missed on some big plays which cost the Giants in several games.

What's being done to fix the offense?

Coaching: OC Kevin Gilbride retired and Coughlin fired old cronies TE coach Mike Pope and RB coach Jerrald Ingram. He hired Green Bay assistant Ben McAdoo to replace Gilbirde, and brought in Danny Langsdorf as the new QB coach. Craig Johnson was hired to coach the RBs. The overhaul didn't stop there. Sean Ryan (QBs) was moved back to WR coach, replacing Kevin Gilbride, Jr., who will take over the TEs. OL coaches Pat Flaherty and Lunda Wells are the only mainstays from 2013.

McAdoo's system will be a Giant-sized version of the west coast offense. The general impetus will be to put pressure on the defense by adapting an "up-tempo" pace. Eli has always performed well in a spread-out, no-huddle environment. It will keep him focused through simplification and hopefully help him maintain sharpness with shortened pass routes and higher-percentage throws.

Langsdorf will be a refreshing voice in Eli's ear, keeping him on task, helping him to cut down on mistakes and avoid taking too many risks. Johnson will bring a new wrinkle to the team's running backs, emphasizing both the rushing and receiving aspects of the game.

Flaherty is one of the game's top OL coaches and will be charged with the task of integrating the old with the new. Gilbride, Jr. is considered one of the league's top young coaches and is being given the difficult task of not only following in Pope's footsteps, but making something out of an under-performing unit. Ryan is back handling the wideouts, where he helped Victor Cruz become a star a few years back.

Quarterback:  The mission this offseason is to get Eli some much-needed help, which management did by getting him new coaches, new players and and a risk-proof strategy. Now it is up to him to break his old habits of locking his eyes on receivers, telegraphing passes and trying to fit throws into unreasonable windows. He also must take his leadership role more seriously and be more demanding of his teammates.

Offensive Line: This has been the area pundits have been pointing at the most as the main culprit of the downfall of the offense, but things are looking up.

In free agency, Jerry Reese signed the massive Geoff Schwartz to play LG, JD Walton to play center, and veteran starters Charles Brown and John Jerry to supply some depth. In the draft, Reese grabbed Colorado State center Weston Richburg in the second round. Richburg is perfect for McAdoo's system - a mobile lineman that can pull and get to the second level. He can play guard as well. The plan is for Richburg to take over the center position.

Returning are Justin Pugh, who started all 16 games as a rookie at RT. He has gained ten pounds over the offseason and is gaining both confidence and skill with each game. Will Beatty's season ended with a broken tibia and his status for 2014 remains uncertain. If he's healthy, he'll start at either left or right tackle.

Chris Snee plans to return for one more season as the elder statesman. His hip appears to have healed and he will either start at RG or provide backup. The starting lineup, if all goes well, will be: LT Beatty, LG Schwartz, C Richburg, RG Snee and RT Pugh. With veterans like Jerry, Brown and Walton, the Giants' line will be back in business in 2014.

Running Back: A complete retooling. Brown and Scott are gone. Former Raider and Jaguar Rashad Jennings and NCAA rushing champ and Heisman finalist Andre Williams are in. Michael Cox and Hillis are both returning. David Wilson has yet to be cleared by doctors. Hynoski has re-signed to challenge Conner at fullback.

The Giants traditionally keep four RBs and on FB. All questions will be answered should Wilson not be cleared by training camp. Jennings is both a productive rusher and receiver. Williams is a hammer that gains positive yards. However, his receiving skills need to be honed. Hillis is a tough runner whose best asset is receiving the ball via short passes. Cox is a big runner with a lot of potential and is valuable on special teams. If Wlison makes it back, he'll be relegated to third-down duty.

The Giants needed more versatility and durability in this unit and it looks like they've gotten it. Jennings is a multi-pronged weapon that will see the majority of the snaps. Williams will get his shots in as well, softening the defense while shoring up the short yardage and goal line packages. Coughlin should have no issues with this group. Everyone, with the exception of Wilson, blocks well.

Tight End: We will find out shortly if Reese is right about Adrien Robinson. It appears to be his job to lose. He'll be pushed by Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells and Xavier Grimble in training camp. Kellen Davis is a proven blocker and short-yardage and red zone option.

Gilbride, Jr. will try to unleash the speed of Robinson and the size of Donnell. If that looks to be too tall a task, they could go with the other two players. Fells has produced in a previous life and Grimble was reportedly misused at USC and could end up being a pleasant surprise.

A veteran, most notably Jermichael Finley, could come into the mix this summer should things not work out among this group. No matter who gets the job, the TE is integral to the offense and someone must produce at this position for the Giants to be successful.

Wide Receiver: The team's No. 1 - Hakeem Nicks - is gone, off to Indianapolis via free agency. The Giants decided to use the draft to replace him by taking Odell Beckham, Jr. with the 12th overall pick. Beckham is a dynamic player who, like Nicks, simply makes plays. He runs solid routes, has big hands and has a 40-inch vertical leap.

Beckham will line up in Nicks' spot, but could also line up in the slot, if needed. He will take the pressure off Cruz and Randle, which is key. Cruz performs better from the slot and Randle struggles to get separation in double coverage.

The depth is solid with Mario Manningham returning and Jerrel Jernigan becoming more of a known quantity. Mario is not quite 100% so his participation is questionable at this point. Trindon Holliday was brought here to return kicks but can also play wideout, if needed. Former UMass product Julian Talley has been quietly waiting his turn and could factor into the mix.

 

Tags: New York Giants, New York Giants Offense

The NFL draft may be over, but the search for rookies is still ongoing, with teams scrambling to sign undrafted free agents to fill out their roster. The Giants have 78 players on their roster including their six new draft picks. So, without releasing anybody else, they have room to sign 12 UDFAs.

Below is a running list of UDFAs who have reportedly signed with the Giants, plus some players who have been invited to their rookie mini-camp (May 12-14) for a tryout. The list has been compiled from NFL sources, published reports, and sometimes straight from the players themselves.

Check back often, as this list will be updated constantly over the next few days. It can also change quickly as players and teams back out of agreements. Nothing is official until a player actually signs on the dotted line:

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Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; California quarterback Davis Webb gets measured during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Mar 4, 2017; Indianapolis, IN, USA; California quarterback Davis Webb gets measured during the 2017 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Davis Webb will begin his NFL career knowing he won't be competing for a starting role anytime soon.

But the Giants' third-round pick out of California is ready to embrace the role as Manning's understudy.

" I am just glad that I ended up at such a great organization and so many great players on the Giants team and obviously great coaches," Webb said Friday. "I am just looking forward to being a great teammate and being a prepared quarterback.

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California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants center Shaun O'Hara was critical of the team's decision to draft California quarterback Davis Webb in the third round instead of selecting an offensive lineman to protect Eli Manning.

"You're going to draft a quarterback that's not going to play for at least 3-4 years? Eli hasn't missed a game in his entire career - not one game," O'Hara said on the NFL Network. "They still have some holes on the offensive line."

On Saturday, the Giants took Pitt offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty in the sixth round with what proved to be their final pick in the draft. New York moved up seven spots in the sixth round in a deal with Tennessee that also sent the Giants' seventh-round pick to Tennessee.

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Sep 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty (69) in pass protection against the Villanova Wildcats during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Sep 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty (69) in pass protection against the Villanova Wildcats during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 28-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Giants selected Adam Bisnowaty with the 200th overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday as part of a deal that ended their 2017 draft with only six selections.

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Nov 2, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Avery Moss (94) scores a touchdown after intercepting a pass against the Northwestern Wildcats in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Thorson)
Nov 2, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers defender Avery Moss (94) scores a touchdown after intercepting a pass against the Northwestern Wildcats in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Thorson)

The Giants selected Avery Moss with the 167th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) runs with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) runs with the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Giants selected Wayne Gallman with the 140th overall pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

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The Road to the NFL Draft 00:03:29
SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

SNY shares the stories of three paths to the NFL Draft: Miami's David Njoku, Ohio State's Curtis Samuel and Anthony Cioffi from Rutgers.

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Sep 17, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (7) passes against the Texas Longhorns in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Cal won 50-43. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Sep 17, 2016; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Davis Webb (7) passes against the Texas Longhorns in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Cal won 50-43. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

The Giants selected Davis Webb with the 87th overall pick in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants draft 00:02:56
Bob McAdoo and Jerry Reese discuss having landed a possible successor to Eli Manning in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Dalvin Tomlinson highlights 00:00:47
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of the season from the Giants' second-round pick, defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.

The Giants selected Dalvin Tomlinson with the 55th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.

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Daily News Live: NFL Draft 00:06:20
The Daily News Live panel assesses the first-round picks of the Giants and Jets and the needs of each team going into Rounds 2 and 3.

The panel analyzes the first round picks of the Giants and Jets and their needs that have to be addressed going into Round 2.

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(Kevin Jairaj)

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Drafting good players in the first round is easy. Doing it in other rounds is hard. And the general managers who run the most successful NFL franchises know they really earn their money in Round 2 and beyond. That's where they not only fill out their roster, but can find hidden gems that everyone else overlooked. Those may be hard to find late in the draft -- and even after the draft -- but when one is uncovered, the player is truly a scout's delight.

With that in mind, here are my choices for some of the top draft steals in Giants history …

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 (Christopher Hanewinckel)
(Christopher Hanewinckel)

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Drafting a successor to Eli Manning was never really in play for the Giants on Thursday night. There were quarterbacks they liked as an option in the first round -- particularly Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes -- but they were long gone by the time they picked at 23. So they never really had a chance to find their Quarterback of the Future.

Of course, that was only Day 1.

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(Matt Bush)

TE Evan Engram, who the Giants selected with the 23rd overall pick during the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, says the team has been missing a piece like him.

"I know I'm ready to come in and make an immediate impact," Engram said in a press release issued by the Giants. "I know for a fact. I've been watching the Giants, they're on TV all the time. I sit down and watch them, especially this past year. I've been really analyzing teams and certain offenses. The Giants have been missing a piece like me."

"I know my skillset," Engram continued. I'm confident in my game and how hard I work. Just the weapons around me, I can't wait to come in and contribute. Learn from all those guys and take advantage of the opportunity to be a great player for this team."

Engram, 22, had 65 catches for 926 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games last season during his senior year at Ole Miss...

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GEICO SportsNite: NFL Draft 00:04:36
The Football Night in New York crew analyzes Jamal Adams and Evan Engram, the first-round picks of the Jets and Giants respectively.

The Football Night in New York crew analyzes Evan Engram and Jamal Adams the first-round picks of the Giants and Jets respectively.

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TE Evan Engram highlights 00:01:04
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of the season from the Giants' first-round draft pick, tight end Evan Engram.

The Giants selected tight end Evan Engram with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.


THE VITALS:

AGE:  22

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(Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants have picked up WR Odell Beckham, Jr.'s fifth-year option, the team announced Thursday.

It was not much of a tough decision at all.

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The Giants have never been very good at hiding their intentions when it comes to the first round of the NFL draft. Usually by the time Draft Day rolls around, either their pick is pretty clear, or it's been narrowed down to a small handful of names.

That is most definitely not the case this year for a very good reason: In the days leading up to the draft, even the Giants didn't seem sure of what they were going to do.

Don't mistake that for confusion, though. It's more a reflection of their options. They don't have many areas of obvious need as they have in year's past. Also, they're picking lower than they've picked since 2012 and that always increases the variables. There's even more variety this year because a lot of scouts think the difference between the 10th and 30th player on most boards is pretty minimal. So with the Giants sitting at pick No. 23, they can't really be sure how the first 22 will go...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in the press room after being named the co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning speaks to the media in the press room after being named the co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year during the 6th Annual NFL Honors at Wortham Theater. (Kirby Lee)

The lawyers of Giants quarterback Eli Manning have provided emails between the quarterback and the team's equipment manager, Joe Skiba, that suggest there was no plan to fabricate game-used memorabilia, according to Darren Rovell and Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

"Did you put my helmet somewhere?" Manning wrote in a 2012 email sent from his phone to Skiba shortly after Super Bowl XLVI. "It was not in my locker. If you could hold on to it and my spare one as well, that would be great."

One of the plaintiffs in the fraud lawsuit against Manning purchased what was said to be Manning's backup helmet from SUper Bowl XLVI in 2012 from Steiner Sports. The other two plaintiffs in the lawsuit bought a helmet on the secondary market that they were told were worn during a game in the 2007-2008 season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Draft analysis 00:01:59
SNY NFL Draft Insider Tony Pauline joins Ralph Vacchiano to discuss whether the Jets should trade down and who the Giants are targeting.

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Many people around the NFL consider this to be one of the hardest first rounds to project in years. That's at least partly due to the uncertainty about where the quarterbacks will go, but also because of deep top tier of talent (perhaps 10 or 11 picks deep) and because many scouts don't see much of a difference between players ranked in the 10-15 range and those they rank down near 25-32.

After consulting with many NFL sources and experts (and my own imagination), here is my final answer on the first round: My SNY Mock Draft 3.0. I feel pretty good that the Cleveland Browns will indeed make the first overall selection. Other than that … no guarantees and I reserve the right to change my mind:

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Jets or Giants draft QB first? 00:03:14
Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Daily News Live predicts which New York football team is more likely to take a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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The Class of 2017: Quarterbacks 00:05:06
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and draft analyst Tony Pauline take a close look at the quarterbacks available in the 2017 NFL Draft

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After not doing a Mock Draft in about a decade, I've now done two versions in less than three weeks - with a third (and final) version still to come. So with eight days to go until the draft, here's my SNY Mock Draft, version 2.0. The information comes from NFL sources, draft experts, and in some cases my own mind:

1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

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Draft options for Giants 00:04:49
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano and Draft Analyst Tony Pauline share some names for the Giants to consider later in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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The Giants are convinced that their 11-5 season in 2016 was only the beginning. They don't see it as a fluke. They see themselves as realistic Super Bowl contenders.

And when they look at their roster, they don't see many holes.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

One last look at the top players on the board for the Giants as they prepare to make the 23rd overall pick on April 27:

1. OT Garett Bolles, Utah - The Giants know they need help at tackle, but they don't plan to reach for one if the value isn't there. This 6-5, 297-pounder might be the best fit, though. He's 25, but that doesn't seem to bother the Giants. More concerning is his lack of experience (only one year in FBS). The Giants have seemed to like him best among the top offensive linemen throughout this process. He might not get past the Denver Broncos at 20. Whether the Giants take him or not may depend on who else is there and how much "need" really matters to them this year.  (Last report: 2)

2. LB Jarrad Davis, Florida - He might actually be No. 1 on the Giants' wish list, but his stock is seemingly rising to the point where the Giants might have to move up to get him (something they're not likely to do). He's a 6-1, 238-pound outside linebacker with the skills and intelligence the Giants have been looking for at that spot for several years. Scouts also rave about his character, which makes him even more attractive. It wasn't that long ago that some scouts pegged him as more of a second-round pick, but that doesn't seem likely anymore. (Last report: N/A)

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New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

There is mutual interest between the Giants and free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, and a deal could be made before this weekend's NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Blount appeared in 16 games for the Patriots last season and carried the ball 299 times for 1,161 yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry, and a league-leading 18 rushing touchdowns (the highest rushing touchdown total for any NFL player since Adrian Peterson in 2011).

With New England's recent signings of RB Mike Gillislee and RB Rex Burkheard this offseason, it seems likely that Blount's career with the Patriots is over.

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) takes the field for action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)

After it was reported that the Giants plan to pick up his fifth-year optionOdell Beckham, Jr. vowed to work harder than he ever has before to be the very best player he can be.

"Just wanna say today I woke up feeling extremely blessed. The start of a new chapter in my life began this [past] week," Beckham wrote on his verified Twitter account. "I will be workin harder than I ever have, to be the best that I ever have been. I'm more motivated now then I have ever been."

Beckham, 24. is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the fifth-year option for the 2018 season will pay him the average salary of the third-through-25th highest paid wide receivers in the NFL, which is currently estimated to be around $8 million.

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(Frank Franklin I/AP)

During his pre-draft press conference last week, Giants GM Jerry Reese used the phrase "best player available" nine different times. He made it clear, as he does every year, that will be the Giants' philosophy when they make their first-round draft pick.

And this year, he might really mean it.

Normally, "best player available" is a bit of a myth. The Giants, like most teams, almost always make their selections with "need" in mind, especially in the first round. They've done that with almost every first-round pick over the last two decades, to at least some degree. Even Reese admitted "You're always trying to tie 'best player available' with what our needs are."

The problem is that this year, one team source said "We don't have a ton of needs" -- and definitely none that match up well with the players who'll be available when they make the 23rd overall selection. They know they need help on the offensive line, but most scouts believe this is the weakest class of linemen (especially top of the class) in years. They know they need a play-making tight end, but the best one -- maybe even the best two -- might not reach them...

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Giants, Jets eye tight ends 00:05:01
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline discuss whether the Giants or Jets will select a tight end in the NFL Draft.

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Christian McCaffrey highlights 00:01:10
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.

The Giants are interested in drafting former Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, according to the New York Post.

McCaffrey, seen as a versatile option out of the backfield, averaged 6.3 yards per carry in 2016 and scored 13 touchdowns. In 2015, McCaffrey's 3,864 all-purpose yards were the most in a season in NCAA history. He was named the AP College Football Player of the Year that same year.

His father, Ed McCaffrey, was drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 1991 NFL Draft.

The Giants have the 23rd overall pick in the draft, but it is not yet clear whether or not McCaffrey would still be remaining on the draft board that late in the first round. If the Giants are able to draft him, they would reportedly seek to utilize his versatility by weaving him into both offense and special teams, according to the New York Post. They would aim to give him about 20 touches per game through carries, catches, kick returns, and punt returns.

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Forecasting the Giants' pick 00:05:21
Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline predict whom the Giants might take at No. 23 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Ralph Vacchiano and Tony Pauline predict whom the Giants might take at No. 23 overall in the upcoming NFL Draft.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

For the moment, Ereck Flowers appears to be the Giants left tackle by default. But Jerry Reese made it clear that is definitely subject to change.

The Giants general manager said the team will "experiment" with their offensive line lineup this spring in search of their still-to-be-determined starting five. At the moment, they have no obvious lineup, but they do have several players with the flexibility to play multiple positions.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg (70) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

Weston Richburg was one of the bright spots on the Giants' offensive line last season, but that's not the way he saw it. The Giants center wasn't happy with his overall performance, which was due in part to an injury that he never revealed.

Richburg said he tore ligaments in his right hand in the Giants' second preseason game. He played the entire season with the injury, which eventually needed surgery.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

In the last two full games Jason Pierre-Paul played last season, he was a monster. He forced two fumbles, he had 5 ½ sacks. He was everywhere on the field, as disruptive as he had been in years.

"I was just getting warmed up, man," JPP said on Thursday. "I was just starting to get on a roll."

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GEICO SportsNite: Eli Manning 00:01:52
Ralph Vacchiano weighs in on the latest news regarding the memorabilia scandal accusations surrounding Giants quarterback Eli Manning
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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; The New York Giants take the field before the start of their NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium.  (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))
Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; The New York Giants take the field before the start of their NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland (USA Today))

Coming off their most successful season since their last Super Bowl championship, the Giants hope to get off to a fast start this season. But the schedule-makers didn't make that easy to do.  

The Giants will not only open the season on the road - and in Dallas for the third straight opener - but they'll be on the road for most of the first month of the 2017 season. Three of their first four games and four of their first six are away games. And to add to the challenge, three of those are in prime time. 

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Jerry Reese was the one who first said back in January that the Giants would use this offseason to at least think about finding Eli Manning's successor. And he was serious about taking a look. In fact, the Giants GM said "I probably looked at more quarterbacks this time" than he has in year's past.

That doesn't mean the Giants will draft their next franchise quarterback next week, though.

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(Jeff Hanisch)

The Giants will open the 2017 season in Dallas on Sunday night, September 10, and wrap things up in Week 17 on New Year's Eve against the Redskins at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants' full schedule, which an NFL source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, is as follows:

Sept. 10: @ Dallas (Sunday night football)

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Manning denies allegations 00:03:31
The DNL panel discusses the Eli Manning memorabilia controversy after he vehemently denied the allegations to reporters earlier today.

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An angry and hurt Eli Manning defended himself against allegations that he participated in a phony memorabilia scheme, insisting "I've done nothing wrong, and I have nothing to hide."

Speaking out on the subject for the first time -- and letting his emotions show for one of the few times in his 13-year NFL career -- Manning opened up his press conference on Thursday morning by proclaiming his innocence. He said that emails that purportedly show him participating in the scheme -- filed in Bergen County Superior Court as part of a civil racketeering suit against him, the Giants and their equipment managers -- were "taken out of context."

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple celebrate after an interception against the Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple celebrate after an interception against the Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (April 20)

11:30AM: The Giants will finish the preseason against the New England Patriots on Thursday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stands on the field prior to the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stands on the field prior to the Giants' game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke)

The Giants will take on the Redskins in Washington D.C. on Thanksgiving night, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

The game will take place on Nov. 23, and represents New York's 15th Thanksgiving Day contest since 1926. 

The Giants last played on Thanksgiving in 2009 against the Denver Broncos.

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Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium.  (William Hauser (USA Today))
Sep 1, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) chasing down New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser (USA Today))

If Owa Odighizuwa really did need time "to get away from the game," two weeks was apparently enough. 

The Giants defensive end, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, was among the players in attendance for the first day of the Giants offseason workout program on Tuesday morning. And while that doesn't clear up the mystery of what the 25-year-old was tweeting about, it at least means that he's intent on continuing his NFL career. 

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Njoku discusses the NFL draft 00:05:15
Miami tight end David Njoku discusses his senior season and how he is handling the pressure that comes with being a top draft pick.

 (Trevor Ruszkowski)
(Trevor Ruszkowski)

 

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Here is the most up-to-date information on what the Giants have done during free agency, including contract details and salary cap information. The signing period will continue through the NFL draft and right up until the start of training camp in July, so bookmark this page and keep checking back for frequent updates.

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New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Restricted free agent DE Kerry Wynn will sign his tender with the Giants and participate in the team's offseason program, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

In 14 games last season, Wynn made 12 combined tackles to go with 0.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Wynn will earn $1.797 million for the 2017 season. The contract is not guaranteed.

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GEICO SportsNite: ODB program 00:01:19
At MetLife Stadium, Odell Beckham Jr. hosted the Van Cortlandt Titans, who were the winners of Dunkin' Donuts Catch of a Lifetime Program.
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Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)
Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk speaks to the media during the 2017 NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The world of mock drafters still believes the Giants will select an offensive lineman in the first round later this month, but it's not quite as convinced as it once was.

As of Monday, 53 percent of the 32 mock drafts examined by SNY have the Giants taking an offensive lineman in the first round, which begins in just 10 days. That's down from 60 percent just two weeks ago. The favorite player, though, remains the same. The consensus is that they'll take Wisconsin tackle Ryan Ramczyk, who was selected in 12 of the 32 mock drafts.

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Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. (Mark Zerof)
Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half at Commonwealth Stadium. (Mark Zerof)

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire is visiting with the Giants on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

McGuire ran for 1,127 yards on 232 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, and seven touchdowns during his senior year last season, adding 29 receptions for 238 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

The 5-foot-10, 214-pound running back was named the 2014 Sun Belt Player of the Year, along with the 2014 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year.

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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former Miami Hurricanes tight end David Njoku.

The New York Giants' scheduled meeting with Miami tight end David Njoku was canceled, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Njoku, 20, was scheduled to meet with the Giants for a second time on Monday, according to The Record's Art Stapleton, but instead the New Jersey native will meet with the New York Jets.

Njoku is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft later this month. He had a formal interview with the Giants at the NFL Combine in February.

With the Hurricanes last season, Njoku had 43 receptions ånd eight touchdowns.

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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick (75) during the first half at EverBank Field. (Kim Klement)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick (75) during the first half at EverBank Field. (Kim Klement)

With Jonathan Hankins now a member of the Colts, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent defensive lineman Jared Odrickaccording to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Odrick played six games with the Jaguars last season, recording one sack, one forced fumble, and 12 combined tackles.

The 29-year old had at least 4.5 sacks in four of the previos six seasons between the Dolphins and Jaguars, and has the capability and skillset to play both outside as a run-stopping defensive end or inside as a pass-rushing tackle.

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