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Ben Mcadoo (Andy Clayton-King)

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The Giants undoubtedly underwent a remarkable turnaround this season, from 6-10 last year (and coming off three straight losing season) to 11-5. It was about as good a debut as anyone could have expected from rookie head coach Ben McAdoo.

And that's why, in an interview on WFAN on Wednesday, Giants running back Rashad Jennings said "When people talk about the Coach of the Year award, I'm wondering why nobody mentions my coach."

It's true, almost no one mentions McAdoo in connection with the NFL Coach of the Year award, which will be handed out Saturday night in Houston during the NFL Honors awards show. The reality is he's not going to win it and that's probably fair. There are several candidates with stronger cases to make for the awards.

What's odd, though, is what seems like a complete lack of support for a man who engineered such an impressive turnaround. In fact, when Bovada released odds on who would win the award, it listed six possible candidates. McAdoo wasn't even on the board.

So here's a look at Coach of the Year cases that can be made for those six candidates, as well as the case for McAdoo. I'll even add in my prediction for who will win, below.

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

The NFL took away his starting quarterback - one of the greatest of all time - for four games, and not only did the Patriots survive, they went 3-1. Then, after the return of Tom Brady they went on their usual tear through the regular season. Also, Belichick hasn't won this award since 2010. Yet he's been to the AFC championship game six straight times, reached the Super Bowl three times in those six years and has a chance to win his second in that span. Unfortunately for him, some still consider him a cheater. It also doesn't help that this award often goes to coaches whose teams start with lower expectations.

Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders won 12 games for the first time since 2000, and it was their first winning season since 2002. In two years he's helped turn around this franchise from a 3-13 mess to an AFC power. His case might have been strengthened if they had won the AFC West, though they probably would have if quarterback Derek Carr didn't hurt in Week 16. The Raiders surge wasn't a complete surprise since they've long been one of the NFL's biggest underachievers, but Del Rio deserves credit for succeeding where so many others have failed.

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys went 4-12 a year ago, mostly because they lost Tony Romo to injury. Then the first thing that happens to them this year is they lose Romo again. But this time, Garrett guided them to an 11-1 start and a 13-3 record overall. Yes, they lucked out with Dak Prescott who was better than expected and was a fourth-round quarterback that everyone overlooked. Garrett still gets credit for helping his quick development and transition. And even though they had been building this team - and it's powerful offensive line - for some time, Garrett's job seems even more impressive when you consider he had a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back and had more than a few run-ins with the mercurial Dez Bryant.

Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins

The rookie head coach took over a team that hadn't had a winning season or been to the playoffs since 2008 (their only playoff berth in a span of 15 years) and guided them to a 10-6 record and wild-card berth. And it wasn't easy. He had to bench his star running back (Jay Ajayi) early and he lost his quarterback (Ryan Tannehill) in Week 14 and he somehow got Matt Moore to guide them the rest of the way. They got off to a very rocky 1-4 start, but went 9-2 the rest of the way.

Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

This was the third time in four seasons that the Chiefs had double-digit wins (12-4) under Reid, and that won't help his case. What should help his case is that despite a team that had plenty of injuries and a very average quarterback in Alex Smith, they won a division that featured the defending Super Bowl champs (Denver Broncos) and the upstart Raiders. It helped that Carr got hurt in Oakland, but the Chiefs rode a 5-1 surge at the finish to the AFC West title.

Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons

After finishing a disappointing 8-8 a year ago, this former defensive coordinator put it all together with the help of his MVP-worthy quarterback (Matt Ryan). Getting to 11-5 wasn't as easy as it looked either, considering they lost three of five before their bye week and were just 6-4 at Thanksgiving. Boy, did they kick it into gear after that, though, finishing 5-1 and putting on the best offensive show in the NFL. Yes, they had more weapons than anyone in the NFL, but they've had those before and still not won.

Ben McAdoo, New York Giants

It certainly helped that he was the beneficiary of a $200 million offseason spending spree on defense - and that probably hurts his chances more than anything - but he took what had become a losing franchise and instilled a new confidence and positive attitude. His changes in schedule and his conditioning program also helped keep his team healthy for the first time in years. The result was team that was fresh at the end of the season and at the end of games - protecting fourth-quarter leads they routinely blew a year ago. If he could have ever gotten his offense on track, he might have ended up a lock for this award. His team could have ended up in the Super Bowl, too.

And the winner is …

The PFWA writers gave the award to Jason Garrett, and he remains the favorite to win the big award on Saturday night. The nine-win turnaround after again losing his starting quarterback and having to navigate a season with rookie starters at quarterback and running back will be hard to beat. My vote, if I had one, would've gone to Jack Del Rio for succeeding in a place that has been a pit of failure for more than a decade. He had a more accomplished quarterback than Garrett did, but only slightly, and he was working with less talent overall in poor conditions with a franchise that might have had one foot out of Oakland's door. There's a reason no one has been able to succeed there. Winning there is an amazing feat.

 


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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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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(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."

Tags: Damon Harrison, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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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.

Tags: Justin Pugh, Muhammad Wilkerson
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(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

Tags: Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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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."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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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. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr.
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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

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins
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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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(William Hauser)

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:

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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.


May 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants stretch at the beginning of practice during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
May 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants stretch at the beginning of practice during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Everything Aldrick Rosas has done so far this offseason has impressed his Giants teammates and coaches, and they have faith he can be a reliable kicker.

But the truth is, they can't possibly know that for sure because the 22-year-old Rosas has never kicked in an NFL game.

"I think that you kind of check boxes as you go along," Giants special teams coach Tom Quinn said at minicamp this week. "Are his times in the range? Yes. The height, the rotation, handling the wind? The different scenarios we put him in? The next step is handling the games. So that will be the next big thing."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Every NFL coach gives the same speech this time of year, as minicamp ends and the long, six-week wait until training camp begins. They beg their players to be careful, to stay safe and out of trouble.

Ben McAdoo's speech, though, couldn't possibly resonate as much as the example of what happened two years ago to Jason Pierre-Paul.

"I'm pretty sure they get the picture," the Giants defensive end said on Thursday, as the Giants officially concluded their three-day minicamp. "They understand the message. We had team meetings with a list of instructions with the better opportunities you are going to get. Trust me I am living proof of it. You know, two years ago … I probably wouldn't even be here."

Two years ago, JPP was about halfway through the six weeks between minicamp and training camp when a fireworks accident left him with a badly damaged right hand. He lost a finger and parts of several others. He said his life was in jeopardy at one point. And at the time, his career -- and any hope of a long-term contract he once seemed sure to land -- were in jeopardy.

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