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 Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis catches an overtime long pass despite interference from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines to lead to a field goal and a win for the Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis made an acrobatic catch despite being interfered with in overtime to help set up Aldrick Rosas' game-winning field goal in Sunday's 12-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium.

On fourth-and-5 from the Chiefs 36-yard line, Eli Manning fended off a blitz by throwing a deep pass to Lewis down the left sideline. Lewis, whose arm was being held by Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines, slid and reached back for the ball, catching it at the 2-yard line.

Two plays later, Rosas' 23-yard field goal sealed the victory for the Giants.

"It feels great, but one thing nobody can take away from is my big-play mentality and my ability to go make a play," Lewis said, according to the New York Post's Zach Braziller. "That's what I have to do all the time. It's a huge blessing. I just want to make plays to help the team win."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Maybe there's no way for Ben McAdoo to save his head coaching job at this point. Or maybe there's just a sliver of hope that he can convince his bosses to give him one more season.

If there is, he took the first tiny steps toward salvation with his best coaching week of the year.

Sure, the bar was pretty low heading in, but even the most strident McAdoo critics have to give him credit for this. Coming off the worst back-to-back performances by the Giants in recent memory, including a loss to a winless team in which some of his players were accused of outright quitting, McAdoo found some buttons to push, both midweek and in-game on Sunday.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Kansas City Chiefs, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There was no quit in Janoris Jenkins this time.

The Giants cornerback, who was severely criticized for his perceived lack of effort last Sunday in San Francisco, responded with one of his finest games of the season in New York's 12-9 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He had a huge interception with 2:07 remaining in regulation to set up the Giants' go-ahead field goal. He nearly added another 30 seconds later, but it was nullified on a questionable offensive pass interference call instead.

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New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas celebrates a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs with New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas celebrates a field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs with New York Giants punter Brad Wing during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was screaming in the post-game locker room, celebrating his players for a "Great team win." Then he called Eli Manning to the center of the room to gather his teammates around him. Even his excitement bubbled over.

"Enjoy it," Manning yelled in a video the Giants posted after their 12-9 overtime win over the Kansas City Chiefs. "Feel good about it. We deserve this win. We deserve to feel this good."

Yes they do, after enduring a season of misery, controversy and questions about their heart. And after two weeks of questionable efforts, they "flipped the script" to quote one of McAdoo's favorite clichés. They fought and scratched and clawed their way to a win no one expected them to have.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Kansas City Chiefs, Olivier Vernon, Roger Lewis, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants defense bounced back and Roger Lewis made a sliding catch in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal to help New York beat the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday by a score of 12-9. >> Box score

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and CB Eli Apple are among seven players who will miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs, the team announced.

OL Justin Pugh, LB BJ Goodson, QB Davis Webb, LB Kelvin Sheppard, and OT John Grego are also inactive for the Giants. 

Shepard, who has suffered from migraines, was already not likely to play. The Giants were originally going to see how Shepard was during his pre-game routine, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

THE GAME

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) vs. the Giants (1-8) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It could be worse. The forecast calls for a game-time temperature right up around 50, though it'll feel colder thanks to partly cloudy skies and a brisk, 20 miles-per-hour wind.

Tags: Evan Engram, Janoris Jenkins, Kansas City Chiefs, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants owners held their fire on Ben McAdoo this week and announced they would re-evaluate everything at the end of the season, New Year's Day became a key day on the team calendar. That's the day after the end of the regular season -- and the day McAdoo would be fired.

Maybe.

Even though it feels inevitable, and is being reported as virtually a done deal, the truth is John Mara and Steve Tisch have not definitively made up their mind on the future of McAdoo and the franchise yet. Most team sources believe McAdoo will be fired, but they simultaneously warn that there is a lot of time left for that to change...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King (12) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) tackles New York Giants wide receiver Tavarres King (12) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Since being re-signed by the Giants in week six, following season-ending injuries to Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, Tavarres King has gotten more of an opportunity than ever before in his nomadic four year NFL career.

King, 27, has seven catches this season in four games played for the team and is desperate to take advantage of an opportunity that injuries have provided him...

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It doesn't sound like the Giants are getting ready for Davis Webb to make his debut any time soon.

The rookie quarterback has spent the entire season holding the clip board as the third-string quarterback, and all indications are that will continue to be his role. Giants quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. said on Friday that Webb is still in the "same routine" he's had for every week this season -- mostly working on the scout team and splitting those reps with backup quarterback Geno Smith.

If the Giants were planning to play Webb, even in mop-up action late in a game down the stretch, they'd likely change his practice routine and begin to get him extra practice reps. But Cignetti indicated -- and several players have confirmed this week -- that hasn't happened yet.

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GEICO SportsNite: JPP on pride 00:01:51
Ralph Vacchiano talks to Jason Pierre-Paul about the Giants being accountable for their rough season and playing for team pride.

 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe most important football game for New York will not take place at the Meadowlands on Sunday. It will take place 2,800 miles away at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the future of one or both of the New York teams may be on display Saturday night.

And yes, both the Giants and Jets will both have scouts in the press box watching UCLA take on USC - along with 18 other NFL teams. Their eyes will be fixed on Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen and Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold - the odds-on favorites to be the first and second picks of the 2018 draft.

The Jets, of course, are desperate to find their franchise quarterback. And the Giants are searching for the heir to their 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. Right now, the Giants seem to be in the best position to grab the quarterback they desire. But a few more losses over the final six games, and perhaps a trade up, and the Jets could be in position, too.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are four home games remaining for the Giants -- including three in December -- and not many reasons for Giants fans to show up. But Ben McAdoo issued a plea to come on out to MetLife Stadium on Sunday anyway.

And he promised that anyone who pays to watch the 1-8 Giants take on the 6-3 Chiefs won't be disappointed that they did.

"We want your support," the embattled coach said on Friday, when asked what he'd say to fans who weren't sure they wanted to attend. "Come out, watch a great show. We plan on playing great football on Sunday and getting a win."

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East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (63) (Brad Penner)
East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (63) (Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Injuries and ineffectiveness have turned the Giants' struggling offensive line into a carousel of personnel this season. And now a rookie might be getting his first ride.

Chad Wheeler, an undrafted rookie out of USC, might be the starting right tackle when the Giants take on the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. With Justin Pugh out with a back injury and Bobby Hart having been ineffective most of the season, the Giants seem ready to turn to the 6-7, 312-pound Wheeler.

And he certainly sounds ready if they do...

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants ruled offensive lineman Justin Pugh and linebacker B.J. Goodson out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to back and ankle injuries, respectively.

New York also listed defensive tackle Damon Harrison (ankle) and linebacker Devon Kennard (quad) questionable, while linebacker Kelvin Sheppard is doubtful to play due to a groin injury.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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Beckham Jr. back with Giants 00:05:35
Pat Leonard reports from Giants practice where Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the team and Eli Apple was excused from practice.

A lot of the talk surrounding the Giants in recent weeks has been more about off-field conduct and team meetings, but Eli Manning isn't too concerned. He says the meetings are business as usual in the NFL.

After being on the losing end of the 49ers first win of the season, the 1-8 Giants now have the joint second-fewest wins in the league, bettering only the winless Browns, sparking team meetings.

"I thought the meeting was great and right to the point, knowing that we got to play better football," said Manning. When asked if it was the meeting was a necessity at this stage of the season, Manning said: "I think all meetings have to be had, so that's just part of football..."

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GEICO SportsNite: Jenkins 00:05:04
The Football Night in New York crew break down Janoris Jenkins' comments on his effort and discuss if the team should release him or not.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Players like to say that the film doesn't lie. But to Janoris Jenkins, the truth about his film from Sunday is open to interpretation.

Because while almost anyone who watched his performance in the Giants' 31-21 loss in San Francisco questioned his effort, and some even suggested he quit, Jenkins saw something completely different.

"I played to the best of my ability," the Giants cornerback said on Thursday. "It wasn't like lack of effort. I just think it was lack of technique."

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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)

Giants DT Damon Harrison (ankle) returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after missing practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were also limited participants.

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), and LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed practice for a second-straight day.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon tries to tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Not only did Ben McAdoo have a team meeting on Wednesday, but the Giants' defense held a players-only meeting to figure out their own problems. 

The defense has looked like a shell of itself from last season as it has consistently dropped the ball the past few weeks. They have allowed a total 82 points in the last two weeks, and after allowing over 400 yards per game this season, they are ranked 31st in total defense. 

Similar to McAdoo's meeting, effort was a main area discussed in the meeting. Every player was allowed to speak, and things were spirited in the discussions. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon
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Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Sep 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) runs out of the pocket to avoid New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Thursday

Ben McAdoo held a team meeting on Wednesday >> WATCH

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

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There is plenty of doubt swirling around Ben McAdoo right now - doubt about his team, about his abilities as a head coach, about whether he'll still be a head coach after this season.

But McAdoo had a simple answer when he was asked on Wednesday if any self-doubt has started to creep in.

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GEICO SportsNite: McAdoo meeting 00:02:13
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where head coach Ben McAdoo discussed the team meeting he had with his players on Wednesday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo held what he called a "brutally honest" team meeting on Wednesday. He showed film clips of both the offense and defense to everyone, including a few when specific players seemed to lack the "desire" - to use his word - to finish plays.

The players swear they got the message. They said it was eye-opening to see so many bad plays on film. They said McAdoo's accompanying words were direct and harsh, and they took them to heart.

Tags: D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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McAdoo holds team meeting 00:03:54
Pat Leonard joins Daily News Live to discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hold a team meeting and watch film from the Giants' losses.

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

LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), LB Kelvin Sheppard (groin) all missed Giants practice on Wednesday.

CB Donte Deayon (ankle), G D.J. Fluker (knee), LB Devon Kennard (quad), LB Calvin Munson (quad), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), and DT Dalvin Tomlinson (ankle) were all limited participants.

Pugh will be out for the team's matchup against the Chiefs this Sunday, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been more than 41 years now since the Giants fired Bill Arnsparger seven games (and seven losses) into the 1976 season. It was the last time Giants ownership changed coaches midseason. And on Monday, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch made it clear they have no plans to do it again now.

When they did, with their statement of "support" for the embattled Ben McAdoo, they essentially ignored the mob with the fire and pitchforks gathering outside the gates of MetLife Stadium. They put aside their own anger at what they called this "extremely disappointing season" and the "inexcusable and frustrating" performance the last two weeks. And Mara suppressed what we know from his past statements is his own inner urge to fire everyone in the middle of disasters like this.

They also put off what seems to be inevitable -- the firing of McAdoo and the reset of a franchise that has clearly lost its way.

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 (Jonathan Dyer)
(Jonathan Dyer)

Yesterday, I came across the thought that Odell Beckham, Jr. is the reason this Giants team has gone from good to god awful. It might have been the funniest thing I've read in a long time. 

Are we really going to blame the Miami boat trip from last season as the reason this Giants team has fallen into the biggest hole in recent history? And we're going to blame a man who broke his ankle in Week 5 -- who has zero impact on the outcome of games from that point forward -- as the reason players haven't been giving maximum effort on the field? 

It's laughable. 

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes 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 offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants G Justin Pugh will be out with a back injury for the team's matchup against the Chiefs, per NFLN's Ian Rapoport. 

Pugh sustained the injury against the 49ers on Sunday as he exited the game and didn't return. It looks to be a week-to-week injury, and could sideline the veteran guard for a few weeks. 

It will be a huge loss to the Giants as Pugh served as a versatile asset that could play anywhere on the line. He becomes the second starter next to C Weston Richburg to miss time this season. 

The Giants signed G John Greco on Monday to fill Pugh's void.  

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

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants return to practice after recovering from their West Coast trip. 

Kickers Andrew Franks and Jason Myers worked out for the team on Tuesday >> Read more

Tags: Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants worked out kickers Jason Myers and Andrew Franks on Tuesday, according to Sirius XM's Adam Caplan.

Myers, whom the Jacksonville Jaguars released earlier this season, was 11-for-15 in six games this season. He made all five attempts between 40 and 49 yards in his third professional season, but has missed all three attempts from beyond 50 this season. He has converted on 15 of 17 extra points.

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New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson tackles Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson tackles Denver Broncos wide receiver Jordan Taylor in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants placed linebacker Keenan Robinson on injured reserve on Tuesday and signed linebacker Akeem Ayers and offensive guard John Greco, the team announced.

Robinson, 28, recorded 32 combined tackles and two passes defensed in six games this season before he suffered a season-ending quad injury in New York's game against the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 5.

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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Giants 00:03:50
The Football Night in New York panel discusses John Mara's decision to keep Ben McAdoo as the head coach for the rest of the 2017 season.

Giants ownership has stuck up for head coach Ben McAdoo all season, and it continued with their official statement reiterating they will not make any in-season changes with their staff. 

So, now that McAdoo knows he will be the coach for the last seven games of the season, his focus is entirely on getting the Giants out of their rut in any way he can. During his weekly conference call with reporters, McAdoo says only time will tell if Giants ownership having his back will help get his team some wins. 

"I don't know. Only time will tell," McAdoo said. "We'll have to see how everybody responds, but again, my focus is as it always is. It's on the week of preparation and trying to put a good plan together and help these coaches and players in any way I can putting a good product on the field and finding a way to get better."

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Scott Thompson
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(Stan Szeto)

The Giants have announced they promoted WR Kalif Raymond to the 53-man roster.

Raymond, who signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2016, was on the Jets' roster to start the season. However, the Jets waived him at the end of Septemeber. The Giants would pick him up on their practice squad where he has been since. 

The Holy Cross product has only seen return time in regular season play as he notched 38 yards on five attempts with the Jets. 

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(Sergio Estrada)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants give the 49ers their first win of the season in 31-21 loss on the road >> Recap here

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

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveWith a storm of chaos and losses swirling around their franchise, the Giants owners made it clear on Monday that Ben McAdoo is still their head coach and almost certainly will be for the rest of this miserable season.

But their statement of "support" of the embattled McAdoo clearly only lasts until Jan. 1, 2018.

That's the day after the end of what Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch admitted in a statement has been "an extremely disappointing" season so far. Their Giants are 1-8, coming off back-to-back "inexcusable and frustrating" losses, including the disaster in San Francisco on Sunday where the previously winless 49ers beat them 31-21.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Mark J. Rebilas)

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Ben McAdoo was high on the list of endangered head coaches even before the debacle in San Francisco on Sunday. It seems a lock that he will be fired at the end of the season now.

Chances are Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch know it, too. And chances are they've already begun thinking at least a little bit about who they'll hire to replace him. In fact, Mara has said in the past that he's always eyeing potential head coaching candidates, just in case. So he probably already has a list...

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Janoris Jenkins had his worst outing as a Giant on Sunday, and he didn't want to talk about it to reporters after the game. 

Jenkins, who returned from his suspenion for not showing up on time following the bye week, looked lost on Levi's Stadium. He was picked on all game long, and was held accountable for two, big touchdown passes by the 49ers. 

After his dismal performance, reporters wanted to get a word as to why Jenkins faltered so much on Sunday. "I'll be back," is all they got from him as he walked out of the locker room and never returned. He was the only secondary player to not talk to reporters. 

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Jonathan Casillas, Olivier Vernon
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(Kyle Terada)

After losing to the previously winless 49ers on Sunday, the Giants need to take a good, long look in the mirror according to RT Justin Pugh

It was an embarrassing loss for the Giants as they gave the 49ers their first win of the season. It hasn't been good for the Giants all season long, and after this loss in particular, Pugh knows that performance from here on out will determine if a player has a job next season. 

"Everybody's gotta do their jobs better or we'll be looking for new jobs," Pugh told the Daily News' Pat Leonard. "I mean, you lost to an 0-9 team. We're 1-8, so I guess you could say we're on the same level. But we're different. They're rebuilding. We're a different team. We should have won today. So we need to take a hard look in the mirror and figure it out because in this business, games like this, seasons like this do not help your job security."

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

The Giants lost to the 49ers on Sunday, 31-21, to fall to 1-8 on the season. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants give the 49ers their first win of the season in 31-21 loss on the road >> Recap here

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

Tags: Davis Webb, Scott Thompson
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Everything everyone knows about the Giants and John Mara indicates he's not going to make a rash decision on his coach. He doesn't want to fire a coach in-season. He especially doesn't want to do it when he's angry.

But this may be the angriest he's ever been.

That's certainly the way he looked from high up in Levi's Stadium in San Francisco as the cameras caught him watching another inexplicable, inexcusable defeat. The Giants were humiliated by the previously winless 49ers, 31-21 on Sunday. That came on the heels of a 51-17 embarrassment at home against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. That's 82-38 in two weeks, and some pretty convincing evidence on film that some of his defensive players have quit.

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November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) catches a touchdown pass against San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
November 12, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) catches a touchdown pass against San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Giants looked lost in San Francisco as they gave the 49ers their first win of the season in a 31-21 loss.  >> Box score


 

Tags: Eli Manning, Olivier Vernon, Roger Lewis
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants RT Justin Pugh is questionable to return against the 49ers with an apparent back injury, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Pugh had been dealing with back pain all week as he was limited with what he could do in practice. The 27-year-old has only missed one game this season. Bobby Hart took over for Pugh at right tackle.

Newly signed LB Kelvin Sheppard is also questionable to return with a groin injury.

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Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo reacts during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

There is "talk in league circles" that the Giants could fire coach Ben McAdoo on Monday if the team loses to the 49ers on Sunday, reports Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

 

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(Danny Wild)

Giants QB Eli Manning will tie his brother, Peyton Manning, with his 208th consecutive regular season start on Sunday when the Giants face the 49ers. 

The Manning brothers sit behind only Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who had 297 consecutive starts in his career. Manning's goal from the beginning was to always stay healthy and have a chance to give his team a victory every week.

The record means nothing if that can't happen.

"I mean, I guess yes and no," Manning told The Post's Paul Schwartz. "I'm happy to be out there each and every week with my teammates. That's a goal of mine to stay healthy, to play through injuries, to be accountable. But, it's not about breaking a record though."

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Giants announced that they have waived TE Matt LaCosse and elevated FB Shane Smith from the practice squad.

LaCosse is a special teams player, as he has zero receptions and has only been targeted once. He has three receptions (on four targets) for 22 yards and zero touchdowns in his career. 

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(Danny Wild)

Giants running backs coach, Craig Johnson, had some tough love to give to rookei Wayne Gallman during the team's blowout loss this past Sunday. 

During the Giants' awful offensive performance, Gallman fumbled and turned the ball over on a carry. On his way to the sidelines, he had Johnson in his ear to give the rookie some advice that he needs to keep in mind going forward. 

"What I told him when he came off the field is there is no excuse ever in my mind for a back ever to turn the ball over," Johnson told The Post's Fred Kerber. "I refuse to accept that. That being said, when it happens, you can't change the past, but you can go forward. So what I'll tell him is, 'You know what? Don't dwell on it, move on, trust yourself, trust your fundamentals, but understand that ball security is a really critical element. But when you're on the field, you got to play.' I don't want any player being timid and being scared about playing with a football. They got to make sure they protect it and go on and help us win."

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(Scott Galvin)

Recently signed LB Kelvin Sheppard is already expected to make an impact this week as the Giants take on the 49ers on the road. 

Sheppard was a spectator of the NFL last week, but now, he has a chance to showcase his skills once again with the Giants. It was a quick transition for the 29-year-old who said he got a call Monday from the team. 

"They literally called me (on) Monday," Sheppard told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "And they asked my agent if I would be willing to come up for a workout, and I was like, 'Yep,' and came up, worked out and they signed me after the workout."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Keenan Robinson
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GEICO SportsNite: Fake News? 00:01:26
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo gives his thoughts on rumors from this week and the team's game plan going into Sunday's game vs. the 49ers.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-7) at the San Francisco 49ers (0-9) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

The football may stink, but the weather should be gorgeous. The forecast calls for temperatures around 70 at kickoff with mostly sunny skies and little winds. Enjoy!

WHAT IT MEANS

At this point, the dysfunctional Giants desperately need a win just to change the conversation and give them something to feel good about. It's not going to change their fate or put them into the playoff race, but maybe it'll make them less grumpy to be around. In the bigger picture, though, a loss here probably takes the Giants out of the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. It's hard to imagine the 49ers or Browns getting two wins at this point.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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McAdoo calls quotes 'fake news' 00:00:42
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo uses the term "fake news" to describe quotes from anonymous disgruntled players.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Giants head coach Ben McAdoo classified the quotes from anonymous players ripping him as "fake news," while speaking with the media on Friday.

On Thursday, the day after two anonymous players blasted him to a reporter, McAdoo's response boiled down to one simple question:

Why didn't the unhappy player come to him first?

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