What I liked about this draft: They covered a lot of needs with quality young men who are mature enough to step right into NFL life. Favorite pick was center Weston Richburg in Round 2.

What I didn't like about this draft: They whiffed on getting a big, pass-catching TE, an OT to push Will Beatty and reached in Round 3 with DT Jay Bromley.


WR Odell Beckham Jr.: I spoke with NBCSports' Josh Norris before the draft and we talked mainly about Taylor Lewan, Zack Martin and Beckham. We liked all three and Josh expounded on the virtues of Beckham. He is a Hakeem Nicks-type that plays more like Victor Cruz. At the same time, Gil Brandt was saying that he thought Beckham could end up being the most productive WR to come out of this draft. That is not as crazy as it sounds, because the two wideouts taken in front of him -- Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans -- will be playing in offenses headed by young QBs, neither who has played a full season in this league.

Beckham will do several things for the Giants. He will line up in Nicks' old spot and make play after play. He will push the newly-signed returners to the limit, if not take one of their jobs. His presence keeps Victor Cruz -- in my opinion the best slot receiver in the game -- in the slot, while taking the pressure off Rueben Randle on the other side.

Personally, I would have liked to have seen the Giants land OT Taylor Lewan, who went to the Titans the pick before the Giants took Beckham. He has an edge to him and would bring an intelligence and toughness to the Giants' offense they haven't had here in awhile. But, Beckham brings some positives too. I've never heard anyone say a player stretches the field "both ways" until this season when listening to the scouting reports on Beckham.

Grade: B+


C Weston Richburg: I was reminded this week that the center touches the ball before the QB on every play. He gets everyone lined up and sets the tone and timbre of the offensive line. All winter long, Giant fans were wondering what the plan was at center. They can wonder no more. The plan is this: Weston Richburg. I know they signed JD Walton this offseason, and by admission Jerry Reese said Walton was looking good at OTAs, but make no mistake -- Richburg will be running the Giants' O-Line before long.

He was the highest-rated center in this draft by many and the first one selected. I love this pick and no one can knock me off my pins about it. I think he is the best part of the Giants' 2014 draft class.

Grade: A


DT Jay Bromley: There were at least three rounds worth of draftable DTs left when the Giants called Bromley and interrupted his Friday movie night. Even Bromley was taken aback when the Giants called. He was watching the film "Gravity" with his girlfriend when he picked up the phone and thought he was being punk'd. I thought I was being punk'd, too.

Bromley will not be asked to hold back all waters on the DL, but there were some better options at DT and other positions at Pick 74. Notre Dame's Louis Nix and UNC's Kareem Martin were still on the board. So was Miss State's Donte Moncrief, a big, vertical receiver that will now catch passes from Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. Either way, Bromley is a leader and a hard-worker and that is what the Giants are willing to  sacrifice by prioritizing character over talent.

Grade: C


RB Andre Williams: The Giants got the BC star in Round Four, and no one around me or whom I spoke with had a problem with the pick. Nobody really sees him as the feature back he was in college, but he will not turn down carries and will persistently pound away between the tackles as well as look to bust a long run. Much has been made of his lack of receiving skills, but the Giants will look to get him up to speed on that.  Williams was eyed by the Giants ahead of LSU's Jeremy Hill, who many see as a star in the making.  I personally would have preferred Hill, but since the carries are going to be split between 3-4 backs here this season, there's not much of a difference.

Tom Coughlin and the rest of the front office decided to go with the BC legacy pick and the cleaner player. Williams comes highly accompished as the Doak Walker winner and let us not forget, he led the nation in rushing, gaining 2177 yards while scoring 18 TDs. Nice job by the Giants here.

Grade: B


DB Nat Berhe: A bit of a surprise at the time, but not so much now that we know what the Giants were looking for in their draftees. Another team captain who is mature and understands the role he will play. He's a bit smaller than you would like, but has a great motor and uses his intelligence to get by where his physical attribute come up short. He's a box safety at this level because of his height and may not be able to cover receivers downfield. Not sure who's spot he takes on the roster. Giants will likely use Berhe as a backup safety and in sub packages as well as hope he can develop into a special teamer as a gunner although he does not have a lot of experience on special teams. On the surface, Behre appears to be a more refined version of Jayron Hosely rather than a replacement foe Will Hill.

Grade: C+


LB Devon Kennard: Many were wondering when the Giants were going to address LB or DE in the draft. They did both with this pick in the fourth round. Kennard is another high-character, team captain that can play all three LB spots, DE and special teams. Another quality athlete coming out of the dumpster fire USC became in the wake of the the Lane Kiffin era. He is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Derek Kennard and will have no problem acclimating to the pro atmosphere.

His physical skill set is not what you would prefer for an NFL OLB and his pass rush game needs work, so he's sizing up to be a STer at first. Consistent with the trend in this Giants' draft class, but we'll have to wait and see how the Giants plan to use him.

Grade: B


CB Bennett Jackson: A former WR that was converted to corner at Notre Dame. Considered a "long" corner at 6'0", 195. Still developing as a defender but can play a role in special teams coverage and return teams. Also served as a team captain. The Giants are looking to catch lightning in a bottle here. With few roster spots available this summer, not sure if he makes the club. May end up as a practice squad player.

Grade: C


Overall Grade: B-

No TE, no OT and did little to help the pas rush. Yes, they covered several needs, but the team had fallen fallow in so many areas, one draft just wasn't going to cover all the. Given the full-throttle effort by Jerry Reese in free agency, there are very few openings on the roster and the players selected in this draft - outside of the first two picks - are all at positions where the team employs a rotation.

Beckham and Richburg are projected to be starters but the rest look to be simply part-time players , STers and general depth. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but other teams in the league managed to fare much better in the draft than the Giants did this weekend.  They are bringing in quality human beings, and I respect that, but I can't help thinking of the words of Leo Durocher ("Nice guys finish last") and Vince Lombardi ("Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing.")

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. took a trip to Texas on Saturday to visit a nine-year old boy who is dealing with a rare form of cancer, according to ESPN.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Four years ago, Giants GM Jerry Reese put a Super Bowl "countdown clock" on a board outside of the Giants' locker room. It was a bold move, a premature one, and maybe a little bit crazy too. It looked ridiculous when the Giants finished that season 7-9.

There's no way he'd repeat that public relations nightmare and pull that old clock out of the trash bin.

But for the first time since that season, he certainly could.

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard will try to improve on dropped passes and yards after the catch this upcoming season. 

While hosting a Hyundai NFL Youth Camp in Waldwick, N.J., Shepard told NY Daily News' Pat Leonard it was uncharacteristic play dropping as many passes as he did last season (4). 

"I definitely think (I had) too many dropped balls," Shepard said. "I came out of college and I had only dropped six balls my whole career, so that was something I felt I definitely needed to hone in on over the offseason. So I've been catching a lot of balls, and I also wanted to work on a lot of after-the-catch stuff. I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC yardage than what I did, just from the (film) review I did."

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Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants are a veteran team primed for a Super Bowl run with very few obvious holes in their lineup. But that doesn't mean the rookie class won't have a chance to help out.

Ben McAdoo, now entering his second year as Giants head coach, hasn't been shy about leaning on young players and he's got several who could have an impact as he gets set to open training camp on Thursday. Not many jobs are open at the moment. But that could change. And there are definitely roles the rookies can fill.

So with that in mind, here's a look at the Giants' Class of 2017 and their potential impact on the 2017 season and beyond:

TE Evan Engram (first round, 23rd overall)

He was simply dazzling in the spring, with teammates (and coaches) marveling at his speed down the field and his ability to make difficult catches. He seemed to have instant chemistry with QB Eli Manning and was far more sure-handed than any of his recent predecessors at his position. Even his blocking skills drew praise (though it's early and the pads haven't been put on yet). Let's face it, though: He's here because of his receiving skills and the Giants plan to use him a lot, definitely down the field and maybe in the red zone. He'll be the starting tight end, and the only thing that could limit his production is the fact that the Giants seem loaded at receiver. If Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard all stay healthy, there may not be a lot of balls left over for Engram to catch...

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Landon Collins fired back at Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who recently predicted Dallas would repeat as NFC East champions.

"I commented right under his picture. I said, 'I highly doubt that,'" Collins said Friday, according to NJAM. "They do not control the East. That's over with. We're going to have a run for it, but they're not going to win. I can tell you that much. We're definitely going to take over."

The Giants, who swept last year's season series from the Cowboys, finished 11-5, losing to the Packers in the first round of the playoffs. The Cowboys finished 13-3, had a first round bye, and then lost to the Packers in the divisional round.

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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-USA TODAY Sports
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-USA TODAY Sports

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said at a charity event on Thursday that he believes the Giants can improve upon last season's success, reports Brian Heyman of Newsday.

"I feel like no spot is weak," Pierre-Paul said. "I feel like with the players that we have, as long as we all work together, we'll be undefeated. Nobody can defeat you when you all are working together."

Most of the team's defense from last season remains the same besides the loss of Johnathan Hankins, and they've added offensive players like veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and rookie Evan Engram.

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(Matthew Emmons)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants to meet with 9-year-old cancer patient Jayro Ponce after receiving pleas on social media. 

The first attempt to reach Beckham was from Amarillo, Texas radio personality Tommy Joe who wrote on his "Hacker Morning Show" Facebook page pleading the 24-year-old to meeet with his biggest fan. 

"Jayro is a fighter, hero and loved by many! As we all know he is battling cancer. ...With the power of God, Miracles, Radio and Social Media I think we can make this little guy smile at this point in his life," Tommy Joe wrote. "His dream is to meet New York Giants Odell Beckham. PLEASE help me try to make this happen."

Beckham Jr. didn't see this post directly. Instead, he received the plea from Danny Richburg, the father of Giants center Weston Richburg. 

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Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary as the best going into 2017. (Seth Wenig)
Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary as the best going into 2017. (Seth Wenig)

Pro Football Focus has the ranked the Giants' secondary No. 1 in the NFL. 

Elsewhere,The Yankees beat the Twins and immediately after made a trade to aid in their playoff run, Carmelo Anthony wants to be traded to the Rockets and the Mets drop another game to the Cardinals. 

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(William Hauser)

Tight end production was dismal for the Giants last season. Can their first-rounder turn things around in 2017? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersEvan Engram

Projected BackupsWill Tye, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams

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(Brad Penner)

Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary first among all 32 teams this upcoming season. 

The main reason for the ranking was PFF's breakout player of 2016 in S Landon Collins. The Defensive Player of the Year runner-up lead in the Giants for the second straight season in tackles (125 combined) while totaling four sacks, five interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

Collins was also named to the 2016 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team, and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in his sophomore campaign. 

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(William Hauser)

Giants' great, Mark Bavaro, liked his former team spending their first round pick on TE Evan Engram as the team's recent players at the position have not worked out. 

Speaking at a golf event benefitting the Ottis Anderson Scholarship Foundation in West Orange, N.J., Bavaro told The Post's George Willis it is about time the Giants acquired a playmaker at tight end. 

"The way the game is today, you need a big pass-catching tight end, a guy who can run like a wide receiver," Bavaro said. "That's the way the game is. But for some reason they wouldn't get anybody."

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could reportedly be suspended one or two games stemming from a 2016 domestic violence accusation and was reportedly involved in a separate altercation at a bar in Dallas on Sunday.

Elliott received a report from the NFL regarding its investigation, and he is expected to submit a response soon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

A former girlfriend of Elliott, according to ESPN, accused him of assaulting her multiple times in a span of a week, however charges were not filed against Elliott, according to ESPN.

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(David Butler II)

WR Brandon Marshall said he requested his release from the Jets because he couldn't deal with the team not having a chance this season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Marshall was on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show Thursday, where he admitted his former team wasn't going to have a good 2017 season, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

"I wouldn't have made it through an entire season, knowing we didn't have a chance," Marshall said. 

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(Matt Cashore)

The Giants are hoping they can convert rookie DT Jarron Jones to offensive tackle, per Pro Football Talk's Curtis Crabtree

Jones said that coaches approached him near the end of OTAs expressing their interest to change his position. That change happened immediately as the next day he switched to the offensive side of the line. 

"Right before the end of OTAs, the coaching staff pulled me into the office and said they wanted me to switch. The next day I was taking snaps at offensive tackle," Jones said. "If you get that vote of confidence to switch positions, I'll take it."

The reason for the switch is due to Jones's physical attributes. Standing at 6-foot-6, 316 pounds, he is quick on his feet and has the arm length (35 1/2" inches) to block. He was also rated as an offensive lineman coming out of high school.

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GEICO SportsNite covers the New York Giants' collaboration with Rise Against Hunger on Wednesday to package 20,000 meals for the hungry.

GEICO SportsNite covers the New York Giants' collaboration with Rise Against Hunger on Wednesday to package 20,000 meals for the hungry.

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Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram is ready to get the season started and wants to make an impact in New York in his first season on the field. 

The Giants selected Engram with the 23rd overall pick in the draft after he recorded 65 receptions (eight touchdowns) for 926 yards in his senior season at Ole Miss. As training camp approaches, Engram said he hopes to be an impact player in year one. 

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(Geoff Burke)

The Giants flaunt one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football. Can they live up to their contracts? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersJason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson

Projected BackupsRobert Thomas, Romeo Okwara, Jay Bromley, Avery Moss, Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa

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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants defensive end Damon Harrison defended wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s decision to skip organized team activities in the spring.

"As long as [he] can still do what he needs to do to be prepared for the season," Harrison said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, according to the New York Post's Thomas Lipe.

"Have you seen him this offseason? [He looks] awesome."

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New York Giants tackle Justin Pugh (67) in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)
New York Giants tackle Justin Pugh (67) in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)

Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh took to Twitter to take some playful jabs at the Jets and their fans, but not before Jets defensive Muhammad Wilkerson chimed in.

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(Noah K. Murray)

The Giants are looking to turn around their running game in 2017. Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StarterPaul Perkins

Projected BackupsShane Vereen, Wayne Gallman, Shaun Draughn

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants WR Brandon Marshall has been working with QB Eli Manning via FaceTime as the team prepares for the start of training camp.

Marshall signed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Giants this offseason after he was released by the Jets.

Near the end of a recent FaceTime session with Manning, Marshall says he'd like to work with him one or two more times before training camp starts.

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(Noah K. Murray)

In his first year in the NFL, Giants' CB Eli Apple has impressed his mentor, New England Patriots CB Logan Ryan, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Both alumni of Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, N.J., the two corners co-hosted a Thursday Night Lights Football Camp this past week where Ryan commended Apple on his performance in his rookie campaign.

"That guy blows me away with the amount of big games he's played in and how young he is," Ryan said. "Like I said, he's a lott better and more mature than I was at 20 or 21 years old."

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(Noah K. Murray)

Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs, believes the Giants have the team to win the Super Bowl this season, per Christian Red of NY Daily News. 

Jacobs knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl having notched two in his eight years with the Giants. For this year's Giants to make it to the championship game, he thinks its the offensive line that makes or breaks the team.

"If the offensive line can block, I've got (the Giants) in the final game," Jacobs said at mariano Rivera's charity golf outing at Winged Foot Golf Club Monday. "If the offensive line can come alive and they run the ball a little more effectively this year than they've done in the past, I think there should be no one out there to stop the Giants."

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SNY's Willie Colon catches up with Giants QB Eli Manning to talk about Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr. and Big Blue's offensive line.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is not annoyed with Odell Beckham after the receiver missed the team's OTAs this spring. 

Manning said on "The Jim Rome Show" that he and Beckham are in constant communication, and he was aware Beckham was going to miss the workouts and spend time in California. 

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SNY's Willie Colon catches up with Giants QB Eli Manning to talk about Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr. and Big Blue's offensive line.

SNY's Willie Colon catches up with Giants QB Eli Manning to talk about Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Big Blue's offensive line.

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SNY's Willie Colon chats with Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall about his off-season workouts and playing with Odell Beckham Jr.

SNY's Willie Colon chats with Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall about his off-season workouts and playing with Odell Beckham, Jr.

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Odell Beckham Jr is the eighth-best player in the NFL according to NFL Network. (Seth Wenig)
Odell Beckham Jr is the eighth-best player in the NFL according to NFL Network. (Seth Wenig)

Odell Beckahm Jr. was named the eighth best player in the NFL by NFL Network

Elsewhere, the Nets held press conferenced for Jarrett Allen, Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell, the Mets trade rumors continue and the Yankees get a much-needed victory.  

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(Brad Mills)

New Giants S Duke Ihenacho has been thoroughly impressed with his new teammates as he transitions into his new defense, per Dan Duggan of NJ.com. 

Ihenacho spent the past three seasons with the Redskins, so naturally, he looked at his new teammates with distain during his time there. However, he has found that they are not a bad group after all.

"When you're on the other side, you just see these guys as the enemy," Ihenacho said. "You don't know the guys so you have a little more animosity toward them. I would have never though that a lot of these guys were pretty cool people - just genuine, down-to-earth people. Because when you're on the other side, you just never know. But just being in the facility and being around the guys, it's been a surprise."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL Network ranked New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the No. 8 player in the league in its reveal Monday night.

Beckham, 24, has recorded at least 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons in the league since New York drafted him 12th overall in 2014.

He recorded 10 touchdowns, 1,367 yards and 101 receptions in 2016 en route to his third consecutive Pro Bowl season. As a rookie in 2014, he led the league in receiving yards per game (108.8) as he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Three other Giants were listed in the top 100. Safety Landon Collins was ranked 28th, cornerback Janoris Jenkins 54th and defensive tackle Damon Harrison 96th.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Hall of Famer and Giants Ring of Honor member, Michael Strahan, believes WR Odell Beckham Jr. has his head on straight, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

At the JustRivals.com Golf Classic Monday, Strahan said he spoke with Beckham this offseason, and thinks he did nothing wrong this offseason. 

"He busts his ass," Strahan said. "I've seen this kid work. I've talked to him this offseason. His head is where it needs to be."

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(Mark Hoffman)

Cornerback play is expected to be one of the Giants' strengths in 2017, as was the case during the team's 2016 campaign. Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersEli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins

Projected BackupsAntwon Blake, Michael Hunter

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(William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning, 36, believes he has four or more season left in his NFL career.

While hosting the 22nd annual Manning Passing Academy with brother Peyton Manning, he was asked if could surpass Peyton's 18 seasons in the league. He is confident it will happen.

"No doubt, no doubt," Manning said. "Maybe [more]. You know, I take it one year at a time in this league, but yeah, the body feels great right now."

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(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants' cornerbacks coach, Tim Walton, says CB Janoris Jenkins has shown tremondous growth, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan

Walton previously coached Jenkins in 2013 when he was the Rams' defensive coordinator. Joining the Giants in 2015, he was a main proponent in getting Jenkins to the Giants once he hit free agency. When they landed him, Walton was impressed by how much he improved. 

"He just keeps maturing," Walton said. "The more you play in the league and the more you've been around, the more you learn, you grow as a player. That's what he's done. He's a smart player. He works hard at understanding the game and we already know he's athletic and has good movement skills. But he really works at the knowledge of the game and the details and that's the thing that helps separate him from a lot of guys. He puts a lot of time into that."

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(William Hauser)

The Giants' wide receiving corps is expected to be an asset in 2017. Let's take a closer look...


Projected Starters: Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon MarshallSterling Shepard

Projected Backups: Roger Lewis, Jr.Tavarres KingDwayne Harris

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss (91) running during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss (91) running during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

The Giants released their training camp schedule on Friday, announcing that camp will open at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, July 28.

The camp will feature 11 practice sessions open to the public at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, located on the MetLife Sports Complex.

Training camp will conclude on Tuesday, August 15.

There is no admission charge for watching training camp workouts.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants president and co-owner John Mara on Thursday acknowledged that WR Odell Beckham has had issues in the past but that "he's working on that" and said "I wish we had another dozen players like him."

Speaking on Mike Francesa's radio show on WFAN, Mara said he had a "great conversation" with Beckham during the team's recent minicamp.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning's trial for allegedly selling fabricated game-used memorabilia has been delayed, Newsday's Jim Baumbach reports.

The trial was originally set to begin on Sept. 25, and Manning's deposition -- which was supposed to take place on June 27 -- will now be done sometime between the beginning of August and the end of September.

 

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(William Hauser)

The Giants recently signed DE Devin Taylor to a deal worth only $40,000 guaranteed, reports Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Taylor, 27, had 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 16 games for the Lions last season after amassing seven sacks in 15 games for the Lions in 2015.

He had spent the entirety of his four-year career with the Lions after being drafted out of South Carolina in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Four Giants players are listed among the NFL Network's 'The Top 100 Players of 2017' list, which was revealed on the NFL Network.

Giants WR Odell Beckham is listed among the top 10 players, while S Landon Collins comes in at number 28, CB Janoris Jenkins at number 54, and Damon Harrison at number 96. The players on the list are ranked by NFL players themselves.

Beckham caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Giants in 2016; Collins had five interceptions, 100 tackles, 13 passes defended, and four sacks; Jenkins had 49 tackes, one sack, three interceptions, and 18 passes defended; and Harrison had 55 tackes, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Hall of Famer and Giants Ring of Honor member, Lawrence Taylor, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence last August, according to NY Daily News' John Annese. 

On Sept. 2, 2016, Taylor hit a cop car and a motor home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as he attempted to merge onto the Florida Turnpike. He, then, failed a roadside sobriety test, blowing a 0.082 blood-alcohol content which is over the 0.08 limit. 

The 58-year-old will receive a year of probation as well as having to pay $1,500 in fines and court fees. He will also enroll in DUI courses, have an ignition interlock in his car, and perform 75 hours of community service. 

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The Giants' offseason moves revolved around WR Odell Beckham Jr. instead of revamping the offensive line, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

Raanan gave the Giants a "B" as Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't acquire a top talent in the draft to put into the offensive line. However, with the Giants scoring only 19.4 points per game last season, new weapons for QB Eli Manning to use isn't a bad thing whatsoever.

The additions of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Evan Engram will hopefully open things up for Beckham as they both create a matchup challenge for opposing defenses along with WR Sterling Shepard

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(William Hauser)

Giants rookie QB Davis Webb is determined to excel in the Giants offense, and it shows in his unique work ethic, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Webb, the Giants' third round pick in this year's draft, is always trying to learn on the job which is why he had questions for each quarterback and coach at OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

"I have a ton of questions. I write them out every day," Webb said following minicamp. "I have Eli [Manning] quesitons, Coach [Mike] Sullivan questions, Coach [Frank] Cignetti questions, Josh [Johnson] questions and Geno [Smith] questions. You have it all different. They've all been responsive. I'm just thankful and blessed to have that type of room around me. Some guys don't have that."

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(William Hauser)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said "it's a responsiblity" to be a good role model, according to NY Post's Paul Schwartz.

Beckham, who hosted his Citi Odell Beckham Jr. Football ProCamp at Kean University in Union, N.J. Saturday, understands that many look up to him, and he wants to set a good example. 

"It's a responsibility," Beckham said. "I say it all the time, I remember when I was young and I looked up to somebody, little do we know the things that we do have a huge impact on 'em. So always be mindful of what you're doing, try to be the best person you can be and in turn hopefully that will be a good role model for somebody else."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ereck Flowers definitely looks a little learner, and everyone has indicated that his work ethic and techiques are also much-improved.

But when the pads finally come on and the games start to matter, will any of that mean that Flowers is any better?

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The Daily News Live crew discuss if Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants can stay drama free until training camp begins next month.

The Daily News Live crew discuss if Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants can stay drama free until training camp begins next month.


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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the offseason with a heartbreaking playoff loss that left them with mixed feelings. They were crushed that they blew an 11-5 season and a terrific opportunity. But they were hopeful that they were on the verge of being a true contender again.

Everything they did this offseason was with that in mind. There's still a lot of work to be done when training camp opens on July 27, of course, and a lot can change between now and Opening Day on Sept. 10. But for now, here are five things we've learned about these Giants as their "offseason" officially comes to an end:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride chats with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano about rookie Evan Engram.

Evan Engram, the Giants' first-round draft pick, will throw out the first pitch before the Mets game at CitField on Friday night.

After that, for the rest the Giants rookies who'll be there too, drinks are on him.

The 22-year-old Engram, whom the Giants selected 23rd overall in April, officially signed his rookie contract on Thursday, making him the last of the Giants' six-man draft class to sign. Engram's deal will be worth $10.7 million over four seasons, with a signing bonus of $5.9 million and a fifth-year team option for 2021.

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The Giants finalized the rookie contract with tight end Evan Engram on Thursday.  (Julio Cortez/AP)
The Giants finalized the rookie contract with tight end Evan Engram on Thursday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Giants signed Evan Engram on Thursday, finalizing the last of their draft pick signings. 

Elsewhere, Juan Lagares broke his thumb in a Mets' loss, the Jets starting quarterback job is up for grabs and the Yankees fall in 10 innings. 

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Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants minicamp, where Jason Pierre-Paul and Ben McAdoo talk about getting ready for the season.

Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants minicamp, where Jason Pierre-Paul and Ben McAdoo talk about getting ready for the season.