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.

 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning drops back to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Last week's win in Denver was a nice break from the reality of this miserable Giants season. And from the way they played in their 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, it's likely to only get worse.

Because the bottom line for the Giants (1-6) is this: They could barely move the ball this season with Odell Beckham Jr. on their side, and they now can barely move it even a little without him. It's been two games now since the Giants lost Beckham, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris, and here's their grand total: 443 yards of offense and 23 points.

It doesn't matter who's calling the plays; the Giants aren't going to win many games the rest of the way if this offense continues to produce like that.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman blocks a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning and the New York Giants recorded 177 yards of total offense as they fell to 1-6 with a 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium.

A week after totaling 148 rushing yards against the Denver Broncos, New York's ground game recorded 46 rushing yards, led by Orleans Darkwa's 35. 

Russell Wilson threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns, including a 38-yard pass to Paul Richardson on a fourth-quarter flea flicker after Manning lost a fumble.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Orleans Darkwa, Seattle Seahawks
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Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham catches a pass against New York Giants middle linebacker B.J. Goodson at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker B.J. Goodson and offensive lineman Justin Pugh left Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks due to injuries.

Goodson suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter and was ruled out, while Pugh suffered a back injury and was listed as questionable to return.

Safety Nat Berhe also left the game and is being evaluated for a possible concussion.

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard is among seven players inactive for the Giants' Week 7 matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-5) vs. the Seattle Seahawks (3-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It might actually feel a little like fall by kickoff: a day with temperatures in the low 70s with partly cloudy skies and some moderate Meadowlands winds should be in the 60s by kickoff, heading down from there.

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New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (76) during a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and G D.J. Fluker are expected to play despite their injuries, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Fluker was a late addition to the Giants' injury report as he has a knee injury. However, it isn't that severe to have him sidelined against the Seahawks.

Fluker has played in five of six games this year (starting in two) and helped the Giants run for 148 yards last week against the Broncos.

Shepard, who was out last week with an ankle injury, is ready to give the Giants the boost they need at wide receiver. Being the only Opening Day starter on the field, he should be targeted by QB Eli Manning throughout the game. 

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Jason Pierre-Paul and Ben McAdoo discuss Sunday's game against Russel Wilson and the Seahawks as they try to keep momentum.

 

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (57) sack Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports  (Ron Chenoy)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) and linebacker Keenan Robinson (57) sack Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

After a slow start to the season, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul sparked the defense with his best performance of the season. 

It was the JPP the Giants expected to see on the field when they signed him to a four-year, $62 million this offseason. Pierre-Paul got to Broncos QB Trevor Siemian three times, and disrupted him throughout the game. He tied his career-high in sacks with his breakout performance of the 2017-2018 campaign.

Defensive end coach Pat Graham is used to seeing the intensity Pierre-Paul displayed on Sunday night. His "juice," as he calls it, is what has made him such a prolific threat off the edge. 

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Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
Olivier Vernon (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon will miss his third straight game due to an ankle injury when New York faces the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants ruled Vernon, center Weston Richburg, running back Paul Perkins and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and Calvin Munson out, while listing wide receiver Sterling Shepard as questionable as the Giants look to win their second straight game.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Olivier Vernon missed practice Thursday after participating on Wednesday. Eli Apple returned after not showing up Wednesday due to personal reasons. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Damon Harrison is well aware of the way Russell Wilson utilizes his mobility to move the Seahawks offense down the field, and he says the Giants defense needs to stop him in his tracks to beat him on Sunday. 

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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice on Thursday after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Vernon missed last Sunday's game against the Broncos due to the injury.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), and C Weston Richburg (concussion) also missed practice.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants got a lot of good years out of Eli Manning, but there is a sense that his time here is ending - or at least that it should. More than a few fans think it's time to turn the page, before he's too old to even think about another playoff run.

I've always thought that to be crazy. Franchise quarterbacks aren't easy to find. And more likely, everyone in New York is really, really, really going to miss Manning when he's gone.

So with that said, here's Part II of my Twitter mailbag, with a focus on the future of the Giants' franchise quarterback, and a look at what might come next.

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Ben McAdoo (AP)
Ben McAdoo (AP)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned to the Giants, and was apologetic for his actions that led to his suspension. WR Sterling Shepard also returned to practice. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie returns to the Giants following his one-game suspension from the team for locker room misconduct.

 

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - I get the sense that Giants fans don't know what to feel right now. They were despondent over the team's 0-5 start and angry over the chaos around the locker room. Then they were euphoric over the stunning win in Denver before lamenting all that might have been.

Now? Is it all positive and defiant, as you dream of a miracle run for the playoffs? Is it all negative and hopeless as you dream of a top pick in next year's draft?

All I know for sure is you've got plenty of questions to fill up my latest Twitter mailbag. So now I will try to answer a few in Part I of this week's edition.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Giants QB Eli Manning was voted the most overrated quarterback in the NFL by players in a quarterbacks poll. 

Reporters received 155 player polls on different categories involving quarterbacks in the NFL. Manning won the most overrated category by receiving 14 percent of votes. As noted in the ESPN article, Manning has ranked No. 30 in QBR since he has turned 31. The Giants are also 31-39 in that span. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: There's no shot Eli is the most overrated quarterback in the league. Yes, his play has diminished since his Super Bowl victories. But age affects everyone not named Tom Brady, so Manning shouldn't be atop of these rankings. 

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo ceded control of the offensive play-calling last week to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, but Giants co-owner John Mara said that ownership did not force the move. 

After starting the season 0-5, New York went on the road to beat the Broncos, 23-10, without much of its starting offense. 

"I certainly did not speak to Ben and I know [Steve Tisch] did not about giving up the play-calling," Mara told reporters at the NFL owners meeting, according to NJ.com. "That's got to be the coach's decision at the end of the day."

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(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was fuming at his coach, packing up his locker and storming out of the Giants' practice facility. It was hard to explain such insubordinate behavior.

But on Wednesday, he had a pretty good explanation.

"I'm dramatic, man. I'm crazy," DRC said. "I do stuff over the top, man.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

According to co-owner John Mara, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s latest injury won't have an effect on a long-term deal. 

Beckham needed season-ending surgery to repair a fractured ankle in Week 5. He was on his way to a big payday with the Giants, but many saw the injury as a setback for that. Mara, on the other hand, doesn't see the injury having any say in that matter. 

"I don't think that will have any effect because I think he's going to make a full recovery," Mara told NJ.com at the NFL owners meeting. 

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New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.

Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.

His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, John Jerry, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Zak DeOssie
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Giants co-owner Steve Tisch backed head coach Ben McAdoo after his team came away with their first victory in Denver. 

Tisch was in Battery Park City on Tueday for the NFL owners meeting where he touched on McAdoo's decision to give up play-calling to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. Tisch, and co-owner John Mara, knew of McAdoo's decision and thought it was a smart one. 

"I think it was a very good adjustment the coach made," Tisch told The Post's Alex Squadron

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Justin Pugh joins Daily News Live to discuss the rejuvenated defense and his possible new position on the offensive line after Sunday's win.

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

The Giants claimed LB Nigel Harris, and placed DE Romeo Okwara on the IR

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice, and will be posting the latest news, notes, and opinion later on. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings at practice.

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Daily News Live: Colon 00:01:10
Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon, during an appearance on SNY, said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

"Nothing got done," Colon said when describing what he heard from the meeting. "It was pretty much a waste of a Tuesday."

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August 31, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tim Hightower (22) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nigel Harris (58) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
August 31, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tim Hightower (22) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nigel Harris (58) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Giants claimed former Chargers LB Nigel Harris off waivers on Tuesday and placed DE Romeo Okwara on the injured reserve.

 

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (David Butler II)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (David Butler II)

Giants scout Whitey Walsh strongly urged the team to select QB Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but then-GM Ernie Accorsi didn't act.

"He was very forceful," Accorsi recently told ESPN. "Fought hard. No one listened. ... It's my fault that I didn't act on his urging to draft Brady. Truly, the Brady story is one of the great mysteries of all time. It's not like he was playing at Augustana. He threw four touchdown passes in the Orange Bowl against Alabama. ... We were all asleep."

After the Giants passed on Brady with the 177th overall pick -- instead taking Dhani Jones -- the Patriots selected Brady with the 199th pick.

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Jon and Marc discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hand over play-calling duties to Mike Sullivan and what it means for the Giants going forward.

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It took Ben McAdoo far too long, but he finally made the sensible decision to hand over his play-calling sheet to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. And right out of the gate, Sullivan did a terrific job with a badly depleted offense missing one of the NFL's most dynamic players.

Honestly, squeezing even 16 points and 266 yards out of this flawed offense, minus Odell Beckham, Jr., against one of the NFL's best defenses was miraculous -- as miraculous as the Giants' unexpected, 23-10 win in Denver. It was enough to convince McAdoo that he should stick with this plan for the forseeable future. And he should...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Evan Engram, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had his indefinite suspension lifted on Tuesday, the team announced.

The Giants waived/injured CB Michael Hunter in order to make room on the roster for Rodgers-Cromartie.

Rodgers-Cromartie was set to meet with head coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday to discuss his suspension. After the decision, DRC will rejoin the Giants on Wednesday for practice. 

The 31-year-old was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday following a confrontation with McAdoo. He didn't travel with the team to Denver for their Sunday night game against the Broncos. Rodgers-Cromartie later admitted to ESPN that he "handled (the situation) the wrong way."

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(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants are off today, and will resume practice on Wednesday.

Dominique Rodgers Cromartie will meet with head coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday to revisit his suspension. >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Sal Licata and Marc Malusis break down how Ben McAdoo's relinquishing of play-calling duties helped the Giants against the Broncos.

 

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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.

And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be back at the team's facility on Tuesday morning for a meeting with head coach Ben McAdoo, according to a source, and if all goes well his suspension could be lifted by the end of the day.

The 31-year-old cornerback was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday, one day after he stormed out of the Giants facility after an apparent confrontation with the Giants head coach. McAdoo had always promised to "revisit" the suspension sometime this week, and Rodgers-Cromartie's teammates expect that he'll be reinstated.

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(Ron Chenoy)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul dedicated his three-sack performance on Sunday night to a 7-year-old boy battling cancer. 

Before the Giants traveled to Denver, Pierre-Paul met Hayden on a visit through The Garden of Dreams Foundation last Friday. Hayden decided to show JPP his best dance moves, and the defensive end knew exactly when he would showcase it on Sunday night. 

"You know what? If I get a sack -- which I am going to get a sack -- I'm going to do your dance," Pierre-Paul said. 

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(Ron Chenoy)

The Giants need to make big plays against the Broncos on the road, and CB Janoris Jenkins provided them throughout the night in the team's first win of the season. 

Entering Sunday night's contest, Jenkins had no interceptions on his stat sheet which was not expected at this point in the season. But that changed in the second quarter when he not only jumped a route picking off Broncos QB Trevor Siemian, but took it to the house for a 43-yard touchdown. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Now, that's the Jackrabbit Giants fans fell in love with last season. The self-proclaimed "Clamp God" has held receivers in check so far this season, but has yet to come up with a turnover. Well, a pick-six and a forced fumble definitely makes up for the lack of production in that area. 

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Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)
Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)

Orleans Darkwa had 21 carries for 117 yards in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.

Darkwa, whose longest run of the day was 47 yards, amassed all of his yardage while playing just 27 of the team's 54 offensive snaps, Jordan Raanan of ESPN noted.

"That's what you dream of as a back, you know, you want to get fed, and that was our game plan going in," Darkwa told reporters after the game. "It was going to be a grind-it-out game, and we were able to have success off of that. And the O-line, tight ends, wide receivers, they did a hell of a job blocking. That's on them. All of that yardage is on them, because there were a lot of plays I didn't get touched. I owe them all the credit for that."

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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(Ron Chenoy)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul led the pass rush in the team's win against the Broncos on Sunday night. 

Pierre-Paul entered Week 6 with just 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble through five games. However, he turned up the intensity in Denver as he led the Giants with three sacks and eight combined tackles while notching a forced fumble as well.

Pierre-Paul's three sacks ties his career best that he put up against the Browns in Cleveland last season.  

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

Playing without wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram stepped up on Sunday in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos in Denver.

The 23-year-old rookie led the team with five receptions (on seven targets) for a career-high 82 yards and a touchdown. Of those 82 yards, 54 were yards after the catch, according to PFF.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Following the slew of injuries last week, Engram was expected to step up and be the playmaker the Giants drafted him to be. Well, he did exactly that, carrying the receiving corps on his shoulders on Sunday night. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three of the Giants' four sacks and New York won its first game of the season with a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

After allowing an average of 24.4 points per game through their first five losses, the Giants forced three Broncos turnovers en route to their first win. Landon Collins picked off Trevor Siemian, who briefly left the game for Brock Osweiler due to injury, Eli Apple recovered a fumble and Jenkins scored a pick-six late in the second quarter that gave New York a 17-3 halftime lead.

Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 128 yards and a passing touchdown to tight end Evan Engram in the Giants' first game without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan took over New York's play-calling responsibilities from head coach Ben McAdoo for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

Sullivan, who took over for McAdoo after the Giants' 0-5 start, led New York to a field goal and touchdown on two of his first three drives on Sunday.

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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-5) vs. the Denver Broncos (3-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A brisk day turns into a chilly night with temperatures in the 40s and moderate winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Ben McAdoo needs something -- even just a competitive game here -- to give everyone a chance to take a deep breath. There is a storm of chaos in and around his locker room, and players clearly aren't happy. Don't fool yourself: Things absolutely can get worse. Would a win change their outlook on the season? No. This team is still going nowhere, especially without their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. But McAdoo needs something to show them the rest of the season won't just be a death march toward a new coach in 2018. He needs to find a way to keep them playing hard and not just going through the motions. A miracle win in Denver might just do that trick.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants fans (AP)
Giants fans (AP)

Heading in to the 2017 season, the expectation was that the Giants would be one of the best teams in the league and the Jets would be one of the worst.

Well, the injury-ravaged Giants are 0-5, and the Jets are 3-2.

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(Robert Deutsch)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could have his indefinite suspension last only one week, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says that Rodgers-Cromartie will rejoin the Giants at some point this week. Following talks with head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, he is confident he will be reinstated for the team's home matchup against the Seahawks in Week 7. 

McAdoo said he will revisit the indefinite suspension when he speaks to Rodgers-Cromartie next week, the Giants' head coach said on Friday.

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(Noah K. Murray)

Despite his most recent, season-ending injury, Giants WR Brandon Marshall has no plans on retiring after the season. 

Marshall received ankle stabilization surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle, which he injured against the Chargers last Sunday. The 33-year-old is not ready to give the game up. 

"I'm a competitor, and I don't want to go out like that," Marshall told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I'm definitely not going out like that."

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris (32) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris (32) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the season believing they'd have one of the best receiving corps in football.

On Sunday night in Denver they might unveil the worst.

At the very least, the new-look Giants receiving corps would be the least-known and least-heralded in the NFL, after they were hit with a series of major injuries on Sunday afternoon. In one game, the Giants lost Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (foot) for the season. They also lost Sterling Shepard (sprained ankle) too..

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Apple might be struggling at the corner position to start this year, but that wasn't the reason why he didn't start the first three series against the Chargers last week. 

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Apple was benched because of disciplinary reasons. Sources told Garafolo that Apple had poor conduct during the Giants' practices leading up to the game and he was "speaking back to some of the coaches." 

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The New York Giants prepare for their Week 6 matchup with the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants WR Victor Cruz is "absolutely" hoping for a call now that the team is without four of their receivers -- with three lost for the season.

"One thousand percent," Cruz said on Friday during his podcast when asked if he could help the Giants. "One thousand percent."

Cruz had signed with the Bears during the offseason, but was cut during the preseason.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Victor Cruz
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