After an embarrassing two weeks, the New York Giants are very likely only 6 days away from beginning preparations for 2011. With the new year approaching, I thought it would be smart to go through some of the current members of the organization whose futures with the club are either hot button issues or otherwise in doubt. The piece is a long one and it is broken up into three sections: Out/On The Bubble/ In. As always feel free to let GFB know what you think.

OutHC Tom Coughlin: While ragging on Coughlin has been an overused go-to option for writers and pundits league wide lately, the blade is swinging ever closer to his neck after yesterday’s loss. There is an argument for keeping him of course. His tenure thus far in New York has been an upgrade from a bleak stretch of time in the team’s history that spanned from 1992 through 2003. After a rebuilding period in 2004, Coughlin fielded an overall competitive squad from 2005 through 2008 and obviously brought New York an impressive Super Bowl win. But things have not been quite the same for the Giants since jumping out to an 11-1 start in 2008. Following up a Super Bowl run with 3 months of utterly dominant football, the Giants stumbled at home against Philadelphia that season and ultimately lost to the Eagles again in their first appearance of the playoffs. 2009 saw a 5-0 start turn into a 3-5 finish and 2010 saw a historical single game collapse, an unspeakable rash of turnovers, and an overall failure to execute on special teams. Coughlin, who is historically quite reliable when it comes to challenges, blew the Giants final challenge of yesterday’s game on an obvious unfavorable ruling and thus was unable to protest against at a late Eli interception on a key drive that was clearly caught out of bounds.

With the Giants now needing help from Chicago to stumble into the playoffs (a tournament that they really don’t deserve a spot in), Coughlin’s time here may be up. The X-factor is the single year remaining (after this season) on his contract. The Giants would prefer not to allow a head coach to continue his duty with no job security ahead of him (lame duck situation) and with Coughlin’s age and recent performance mixing into the equation, it does not appear that the front office will be willing to recommit to him long term. This is especially true with NFL icon and multiple Super Bowl winning coach Bill Cowher expressing a serious interest in returning to work. Cowher, also a tough-minded coach and proponent of ground game football, would be the perfect fit for a team stocked with talent and ready to be serious contenders immediately. The Giants fit that description. When Coughlin took them over, they declared roster bankruptcy and rebuilt. There will be no need for major overhauls this time and Cowher has expressed interest in being the Giants next leader.

ST Tom Quinn/OC Kevin Gilbride: With Coughlin likely on his way out, these coordinators won’t be far behind. You can make an argument to save Gilbride’s job but the play calling hasn’t been stellar or even consistently effective for that matter. Quinn on the other hand is done regardless. Forget Matt Dodge’s struggles, those are out of the coordinator’s hands. Blocking on specials has been atrocious in 2010. Don’t blame the lack of production on losing Domenik Hixon or the ineffectiveness of Darius Reynaud. Even explosive returners like DJ Ware, Will Blackmon, and Aaron Ross were unable to find any room to make a play this year. Both of these guys will be replaced by whoever the new coach (Cowher) brings in.

C Shaun O’hara: Once a poster boy for a franchise that prides itself on swampland Jersey roots and conservative/hardnosed play, Hillsborough product Shaun O’hara was the key cog on a stellar offensive line. Times have changed. The aging center who arrived in 2004 as part of the revamped Giants roster, sat out 6 games this season due to injury. His absence, despite occurring during a plague of O-line injuries, was actually not a blow to the team’s offensive performance. With Adam Koets and then eventually Rich Seubert proving to be suitable alternates, Shan Andrews and Kevin Boothe helped shore up the left side. It was during this time that both Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs starting enjoying consistent rushing success. O’hara will be entering his 12th NFL season and while he will only be 34 years old, it may be time for him to move on to another squad at least. Barely making it through training camp in 2010, O’hara appears to have “lost a step” on the field and is unable to generate enough momentum to sustain key blocks on the interior. While Adam Koet’s trip to IR denied the Giants an extended look at his abilities and thus a replacement isn’t necessarily on the roster yet, it is very likely that the Rutger’s alum will not be in a Giant uniform in 2011.

KR Darius Reynaud: Acquired in a trade with the Vikings that was the result of a sudden need for Sage Rosenfels following Jim Sorgi’s trip to IR, Reynaud was expected to be an apt fill-in for Domenik Hixon. Instead, Reynaud (who was tossed into the deal with New York as an afterthought) could barely handle signaling for a fair catch let alone muster a sizeable return. Unlike Hixon, he is not an effective option as a receiver either. The writing was on the wall today when Coughlin opted to sit Reynaud despite the unavailability of a true PR option today because of Will Blackmon’s injury. Don’t count on Reynaud making an appearance in camp next spring.

WR Michael Clayton: If he hasn’t been used as a receiver yet, it is unlikely he ever will. So far, Clayton’s contributions have been limited to blocking on run plays and special teams duties. It is hard to imagine him being a part of a crowded receiver competition next spring.

WR Duke Calhoun: Calhoun didn’t make the roster as a receiver. He squeaked into the 53rd spot because the Giants felt he could be a solid contributor on special teams because of his athletic build and quickness. They were wrong. If he couldn’t stand out this year, a season where no one had stepped up until Michael Coe and Devin Thomas came to town in late November, he is expendable for next year.

QB Jim Sorgi: Sorgi was brought in to be the immediate backup behind Eli Manning. Though he wasn’t given much time to show his stuff, his body of work in the preseason was not impressive before his injury. Ideally, a veteran backup QB has playing experience and Sorgi doesn’t since he spent the bulk of his career behind the other Manning in Indianapolis. A damaged arm and no real experience won’t be enough to bring him back.

FB Madison Hedgecock: See Bear Pascoe.

DE/OLB Mathias Kiwanuka: The neck injury that Kiwanuka suffered is very similar to what ended the career of a relatively young Antonio Pierce during the 2009 season. Therefore, not only is Kiwi out, he quite possibly will never play professional football again. This is a blow for the Giants because you would have to think that they were hoping to not have to worry too much about the DE position after spending several high draft picks on it recently. However, the key to the Giants defensive success (when they don’t collapse) is rotating pass rushers so that they stay fresh throughout the season and ideally playoffs. With Osi Umenyiora admitting that his chronic hip problems will eventually force him to take time away from the game, the Giants may very well be down to Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck as the main event with just Dave Tollefson in 3rd. Either a draft a pick or a free agent pickup will be needed to round out this position group should Kiwanuka be unable to return.

BubbleWR/KR Domenik Hixon: I know it seems crazy to think the Giants wouldn’t want him back after a disastrous season in the return game….and I agree it is. Of course the Giants will want to find a way to resign the soon to be FA Hixon. The catch is, Hixon may not want to return. Hixon started training camp in 2009 as a starting receiver opposite Steve Smith. He had shown flashes of potential at the position in ’08 but also had a key drop in a fateful game against Philadelphia as December began. Mario Manningham’s quick transformation from bumbling rookie to nifty threat with Amani Toomer-like footwork eventually sent Hixon back to the reserve ranks behind Hakeem Nicks. He headed into 2010’s camp as a star return man but governed by a 4th at best opportunity on the depth chart. Assuming that he makes a full recovery from his ACL injury (if it ever will fully heal it will be before camp because the injury will be over 13 months old by then), Hixon could find himself receiving attention from other teams that have openings at the second and third receiver positions. Teams like the Rams, Browns and Bears among several others could all use some help at receiver. Many of the options will be legitimate contenders but even if they aren’t, the young Hixon already has a Super Bowl ring to fall back on and a chance to do more than return might lure him away from Jerry Reese’s best maneuvers. He’s on the bubble because the Giants will do everything they can to keep him but his status is far from certain. The next bubble selection will have a lot to do with Hixon’s future.

WR Steve Smith: Steve Smith followed up a career year in ’09 with a slower but steady start in 2010. Teaming with Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, Smith rounded out the top three receiving rotation referred to as “Jet Blue.” Before injuring his pectoral muscle in November, Smith had transitioned to a more possession type role and served as Eli’s main target when short gains were needed to move the chains. He wasn’t considerably tall or the fastest receiver on the field but his reliable hands (especially in traffic) helped draw defenders’ attention away from the explosive Nicks and Manningham. His latest injury, an MCL tear, could possibly keep him out until next preseason or later. Even then, his conditioning/speed/cutting ability may be still hampered. Add in the fact that he was playing in the final year of his rookie contract this season and his status is now a big question mark. What do the Giants do if Smith is unready to compete in training camp? What if he will be available but not quite 100% ready talent wise until 2012? Even if his job is claimed to be open for him when he can return, a strong showing by another receiver in training camp (a receiver that is healthy and ready to contribute immediately) won’t be ignored or unrewarded.

If Smith won’t be 100% ready for a return by July, the most likely scenario will be that he signs a 1 year deal with the Giants (they won’t want to give him away for free and other teams will not be as willing to shell out a big contract yet) and begins the season on the PUP with hopes of returning by November and earning a long term deal with New York or another club in 2012. His absence would create a hole in the top 3 rotation, a role that Hixon may stick around to fight for. Even then however, he will be battling a healthy Ramses Barden who will be given a shot to earn a more prominent role. Barden may ultimately be the better option over Smith anyway because of his size. If he can stay injury and mistake free (if his pre-injury performance against Dallas was an accurate preview), a big target for Manning to throw to could persuade the Giants to downgrade Smith’s offensive role. As the past two seasons have shown, Manning plays better down the stretch when he has a tall receiver that he can just throw the ball somewhat towards to bail him out of a jam.

WR Derek Hagan: Despite being cut after camp this season, Hagan was rushed back to duty after Steve Smith and Ramses Barden were injured. While Hagan lacks the speed and big play ability of the current “Jet Blue” trio, he has reliable hands and is quite sizable for a receiver. He is on the bubble because as a receiver, he’s the equivalent of a QB saddled with the label of “game manager.” He won’t lose the game for you, but he won’t necessarily win it either. Should Barden prove that he’s finally learned how to catch the ball consistently and that he can stay out of the trainer’s office, the quota for large Big Blue receivers might be filled without Hagan.

LB Keith Bulluck: The accomplished OLB from Syracuse made a name for himself in Tennessee after a decade of terrorizing offenses. A year ago he suffered an ACL injury and likely signed on with the Giants this summer before it had fully healed. Allowed to play his natural outside position after Jonathan Goff proved himself in August, Bulluck is currently near the end of a 1 year deal with his hometown team. The Giants had hoped that Clint Sintim would progress this year to the point that he could be utilized as a starting weak side backer but instead the UVA alum took a step back and was contributed mainly on special teams until his own ACL injury ended his season two weeks ago. Moral of story, Bulluck may get invited to stick around while the Giants give Sintim one more year to groom. If Sintim is healthy enough to return on time for camp, the Giants won’t likely feel comfortable handing him the keys before a couple months of marked improvement. If Bulluck wants to keep playing, the Giants should be happy to have him

DC Perry Fewell: He’s on the bubble because his performance throughout the majority of the season was quite impressive and a better position may open up elsewhere. However, his December collapse will likely keep him from obtaining a head coaching position for a bit longer.

InQB Eli Manning: I know I’m stating the obvious here so hold on and let me explain. Manning’s overall successes between late 2007 and present day; including a Super Bowl win/MVP, a 11-1 start in 2008, an over 4,000 yard season in 2009, and 30 TD tosses in 2010; have helped cushion the blow of his over 20 interceptions this year. A franchise QB with a historically lucrative contract, Manning isn’t going anywhere in 2011. He is on this list because of his overall future.

Three years ago, the great debate regarding Eli and Peyton had serious fuel to burn with. Both Mannings had won their first and only Super Bowls thus far in consecutive years. Eli had engineered a once in a lifetime miracle drive that helped beat the highly favored team that had also tried to stand in the way of Peyton’s Super Bowl hopes only a year before. The younger brother had also managed to glide through three playoff games without so much an intercepted pass (no really, take my word for it). His lone Super Bowl interception was the result of a ball thrown directly into the chest of a rookie Steve Smith who simply bobbled the ball into a defender’s grasp. As I’ve already gone over, 2008 was an overall success despite a late season loss of momentum and 2009 saw Eli have the best statistical season of his career despite a dismal record 8-8 record. But now, not only are the Giants caving inward, their QB’s 30 touchdown passes are nearly rivaled by his 26 turnovers. Peyton on the other hand has overcome mid season struggles to right the ship of a shambled offense and place the Colts within one win of the playoffs. A poor statistical showing for Eli in 2011 (especially one plagued with poor decisions and turnovers) could be a large straw on a tiring camel’s back. Perhaps placing Eli on the bubble this time next year won’t seem like a crazy notion if his falters carry into a consecutive season. True, a lot of improvement is needed from his targets and route runners, but improvement must occur for Manning to see the end of his blockbuster contract.

TE Kevin Boss: Why is Boss in question? Inconsistency. Boss has the size and wingspan needed to be a Pro Bowl caliber TE. Unfortunately, mental mistakes severely hampered him this season. After a minor bump in the road on the injury front early in the season, Boss has proven to be more durable than ever in 2010. Unfortunately he has also proven to be a slow starter. While he may make a clutch catch or a big play somewhat regularly, that big play usually follows a bad first half of dropped balls and other slip ups. Against Jacksonville, for example, Boss dropped two passes and committed a critical holding penalty that erased a Manningham TD early on. He would later rebound to make the game winning score after a brilliant stiff arm move. He’s big and tall and that’s just how Manning likes him. He’s unquestionably tough and a great ambassador for the team on and off the field but he needs polish. Boss would be well served to spend several weekends this offseason tossing the ball around with Eli so that he can master his craft and have a breakout 2011. The Giants need upgraded play at the TE position.

G/C Rich Seubert: Many wrote Seubert off going into this season. The longest tenured Giant and a fan favorite, Seubert fought back from a severely fractured leg in 2003 to return to the starting lineup four years later at left guard. As part of one of the most dominant offensive lines of all time, Seubert took home a Super Bowl title in 2007 and helped both Derrick Ward and Brandon Jacobs reach the 1000 yard rushing milestone in 2008. After playing through pain in 2009 and suffering a broken hand in training camp this August amidst talk of sending him to the bench in favor of Will Beatty, the veteran lineman rivals Kenny Phillips for comeback of the year. Not only did he hold down his starting guard spot, he also proved to be a more than serviceable center when both Shaun O’hara and Adam Koets were lost. While his partner, O’hara is likely headed towards the door, Seubert may just have made a big enough impression to ensure a shot at next year’s starting O-line as well. That said, his presence on next year’s roster may once again be as a backup as the Giants will be eager to give Shawn Andrews an opportunity to entrench himself as a long-term option inside of David Diehl.

RB Brandon Jacobs: It looked like the 265 lb monster was headed towards the door earlier this season when a dismal 2009 and a demotion in 2010 left the big back looking more and more like Ron Dayne every snap. A mid to late season surge in the running game thanks to the contributions of both he and Ahmad Bradshaw will likely help keep Jacobs in a Giants uniform. However, New York would be wise to pick up some insurance for their feature backs. That insurance may already be on the roster in DJ Ware but don’t be surprised to see New York look to bolster this position group in the draft. Also, Bradshaw will obviously be offered a contract extension shortly (scheduled to be a FA) and there is no reason yet to believe that he won’t opt to stay with the Giants should they meet his salary requirements.

WR Devin Thomas: In 2008, Thomas was a rising star out of Michigan State who was looking to make a name for himself on the Redskins roster. Small but versatile, the athletic Thomas has lots of potential and was reportedly high on the Giants draft board but was made unavailable before they were able to select him. After barely more than two lackluster seasons, the Redskins released Thomas a couple months ago. After a couple week stint in Carolina, Thomas was released again and eventually added to the Giants roster to help shore up a battered receiving corps. He made an impact in his first game in a blue jersey, ironically against Washington. He blocked a punt deep in the opponent’s territory and provided a special teams spark that the team has been lacking overall throughout the season. Thomas will be likely be offered a short contract extension to see what he can do both on offense as well as on special teams with a full training camp of playbook memorization behind him. Thomas should have a legitimate shot at becoming a major weapon in the passing game next season. While the Giants may not be a long-term fit for him, he will need a place like New York to establish himself as a good investment for other offenses.

WR Victor Cruz: It is unfortunate that a rash of injuries at other positions forced the Giants to place Cruz on IR instead of letting him wait out a hamstring injury. Being activated only for games that already featured a healthy top 4 receivers, Cruz was not given much opportunity to show if he could run with first string defenses. The answer would have likely been no. While the young player displayed great ball skills and impressive speed against 3rd string opposition this past August, he has yet to be tested against skilled defensive backs. Still, he is explosive and likely full of potential talent waiting to be tapped. The Giants like him and the fans will riot if he gets cut without another season to prove himself. Who knows…with Smith hampered he could very well be a future Giants starter. Regardless of his depth chart positioning though he will be returning in ’11.

FB Bear Pascoe: He’s earned it folks. Despite getting cut after camp in favor of a 1 ½ TE roster (Travis Beckum), Pascoe found himself quickly called back into duty from the lowly practice squad when Kevin Boss suffered a concussion. What could have been a brief tour of duty on the main roster became a long-term stay when Madison Hedgecock went down with a hamstring injury. Pascoe filled in beautifully at fullback and provided more than just reliable run blocking. Pascoe’s skills as a tight end gave him the ability to provide the out of the backfield threat that the Giants had always tried to get from Hedgecock. Eventually banished to IR, it is unlikely Hedgecock returns to the Giants in 2011. Pascoe won’t be going anywhere and the Giants never spend a roster spot on a true backup FB.

P Matt Dodge: Dodge has talent. What he doesn’t have is consistency. For those of you (like me) who are worried that if he isn’t comfortable by now he may never be, I have a small piece of consolation. Think about how many young, inexperienced punters you’ve seen in the league (compared to all other positions) over the past couple of decades. There haven’t been many. Most of us are accustomed to experienced veterans handling their jobs well. Only time will tell if that will eventually be Dodge. He’ll get one more year to settle down and my guess is that he’ll have a successful campaign next in 2011.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Devin Thomas, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Keith Bulluck, Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, Mathias Kiwanuka, Matt Dodge, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, Steve Smith, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback draft pick Daniel Jones (8) passes the ball during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback draft pick Daniel Jones (8) passes the ball during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Giants' newest wide receiver has some high hopes for the eventual Eli Manning to Daniel Jones transition. 

Golden Tate, whom the Giants signed this offseason after trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, spoke highly of the rookie quarterback in a SiriusXM NFL Radio interivew on Thursday. 

The 30-year-old receiver said that Jones should benefit a great deal from learning behind Manning and envisions a Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers-type changing of the guard. 

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Last season, GM Dave Gettleman decided to take a risk in the supplemental draft, and select CB Sam Beal out of Western Michigan. And many lauded the move despite it costing the Giants' a third-round pick this season. 

First, the Giants needed cornerback depth behind Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple, and Beal was said to be the best supplemental draft pick since Josh Gordon. So why not take the risk? 

Well, it didn't work out so well for the Grand Rapids, MI native in his rookie season. In one of his first practices with his new team, Beal aggravated a shoulder condition the team was aware of when they drafted him. Instead of trying to rehab it, he underwent season-ending surgery to repair it. 

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants' offseason has been eventful to say the least. 

Landon Collins was allowed to walk into free agency, and is now circling his calendar twice for the next six years with the Redskins for his revenge tour. Odell Beckham Jr. is now a Brown in what was the most surprising trade of the year. And Olivier Vernon joined him in a not-so-surprising trade to Cleveland.

All of this came after GM Dave Gettleman traded Eli Apple and Damon "Snacks" Harrison to the Saints and Lions respectively before the trade deadline last season. There is one Giant, though, that survived through the roster carnage. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center to introduce Pat Shurmur as new head coach. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
John Mara, owner of the New York Giants, during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center to introduce Pat Shurmur as new head coach. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants co-owner John Mara has heard all the criticism toward his team this offseason, but he is not entertaining any of it. 

In his first comments since the NFL Draft, Mara, who was in Florida for owners meetings on Tuesday, said he likes where his team is headed despite the frustrations the fan base may hold. 

"Absolutely, I think we're moving in the right direction," he told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "I certainly don't think we're a finished product yet, but I am happy with the direction of the team, contrary to popular opinion."

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Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

When RT Mike Remmers signed with the Giants, it didn't come as a surprise. 

The veteran tackle visited with the team twice, and with his connections to head coach Pat Shumur and GM Dave Gettleman having played under them over his career, it seemed like a no-brainer. 

That's why when the signing finally came true, fans were most likely saying, "It's about time." For Remmers, who was sitting in free agency awaiting a call from his next time, he was basically thinking the same thing. 

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When it comes to the Giants' roster, Dave Gettleman has made it a point to eliminate what he perceives as "distractions."

The general manager and former safety Landon Collins appear to have different definitions of the word. 

Collins, now with NFC East rival Washington, told ESPN's Jordan Raanan the reason he, Olivier Vernon and Odell Beckham Jr. were not brought back because they provided too much of a presence in the locker room.

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Manning on pressure & mentoring 00:02:12
Manning answered questions after the first OTA session about whether he feels more pressure with Daniel Jones and mentoring him.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur may have said that Eli Manning is the team's starting quarterback, but the 38-year-old spent more time answering questions about Daniel Jones than the upcoming season after Monday's OTA. 

It was the first time Manning and Jones took the field together since the Giants drafted the Duke quarterback with the sixth overall pick in April's NFL Draft, and afterward Manning was asked about the dynamic between him and the future franchise quarterback, particularly if he is comfortable mentoring the soon-to-be 22-year-old rookie. 

"I think I've been doing that the last 11, 12 years," Manning said. "I don't know when you become a mentor, or when that's official. I think if you've been in the league longer than any guy in the quarterback room I think you should be a mentor in that sense where if you know a little bit more and be helpful. 

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Best of Giants OTAs 00:00:32
Giants hit the field for the first official practice of OTAs this season. Highlights include Daniel Jones and Eli Manning passing.

Barring something unforeseen, Eli Manning will be the Giants' starting QB when they face the Cowboys in Week 1 in Dallas on Sept. 8 -- no matter how many times Pat Shurmur said Monday that Daniel Jones needs to get ready to potentially play Week 1.

"I view the quarterback position -- you have a starter in Eli, guys behind him and specifcally Daniel Jones that needs to do everything he can to get ready to play Week 1," Shurmur said Monday when asked if it was an open competition. "And that's where we're at."

What about Jones?

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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Dave Gettleman may have built a winner in the NFC East, but not the Giants. 

Just ask Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman about it. 

Norman went on The Rich Eisen Show this week and was asked about the connection he, Landon Collins and Dwayne Haskins have for being Washington Redskins. 

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder on the field before facing the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle but is expected to be ready for training camp, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport and Mike Garafolo.

Solder, 31, played all 16 games with the Giants last season, his first with New York after seven with the Patriots.

Solder, who played on the left side, was rated the No. 21 offensive tackle by Pro Football Focus last year.

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Barber on Odell and Jones 00:01:25
Tiki Barber is a fan of Daniel Jones and his future with the Giants. The former Giant also has faith in Gettleman and the Odell trade.

Tiki Barber has been an Eli Manning critic in the past, but he was singing a different tune on Thursday night.

Heading into CC Sabathia's second annual Celebrity Softball Game, Barber gave his thoughts on the Giants' offseason, including the selection of Daniel Jones and the trade of Odell Beckham Jr.

On Jones, the former Giants running back said that the way Jones handles himself will suit him well at the next level.

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Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson (21) looks on against the Chicago Bears during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sep 23, 2018; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson (21) looks on against the Chicago Bears during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Giants just can't seem to catch a break this offseason.

Earlier today, the NFL announced a six-game suspension for Arizona Cardinals shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson, who violated the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Peterson has dropped his appeal and will serve the full six-game suspension.


Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; North defensive back Corey Ballentine of Washburn (1) before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; North defensive back Corey Ballentine of Washburn (1) before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

The Giants signed sixth-round pick Corey Ballentine, the defensive back who was shot the morning after he was drafted, to a rookie contract, the team announced Thursday.

Ballentine missed rookie mini-camp while he was recovering from a gunshot wound to the glute in a shooting that left his friend and former Washburn teammate Dwane Simmons dead.

Ballentine, who is expected to make a full recovery, joined the Giants earlier this week for the first time. The Giants told him to spend time with friends and family as he recovered from the non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

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Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

Mike Remmers is officially a Giant. 

The team formally announced the signing Tuesday, and the expectation is that the 30-year-old will assume the starting right tackle job in a revamped right side of the line that includes guard Kevin Zeitler

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last week the deal is a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Remmers is guaranteed $1 million and also has another $1.5 million in incentives, which would make the deal worth a maximum of $4 million. 

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Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; North defensive back Corey Ballentine of Washburn (1) before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 26, 2019; Mobile, AL, United States; North defensive back Corey Ballentine of Washburn (1) before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

Giants draft pick Corey Ballentine joined his teammates for the first time on Monday since he was wounded in a shooting the morning after he was drafted, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. 

The defensive back out of Washburn, who was selected by the Giants in the sixth round, was shot in the glute and had missed rookie mini-camp from May 3-5 despite being released from the hospital. The Giants told him to spend time with his friends and family as he recovered from the non-life-threatening gunshot wound. 

Ballentine's friend and former teammate, Dwane Simmons, was killed in the shooting. The two were leaving a party when strangers asked them if they had marijuana on them. After telling them no, the strangers left but returned minutes later and shot both men. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants announced three signings on Monday, including two of their 2019 NFL Draft picks.

Big Blue inked fifth-rounders Ryan Connelly, a linebacker out of Wisconsin, and Darius Slayton, a wide receiver from Auburn. They also re-signed defensive tackle John Jenkins

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Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith (3) throws on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Dec 2, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith (3) throws on the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Former Jets and Giants quarterback Geno Smith will have yet another new team this season. 

The 28-year-old quarterback is expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

Smith, who was drafted in the second round by the Jets in 2013, joins Paxton Lynch as the potential backup options for Russell Wilson in Seattle. 

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Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Giants finally have their new right tackle. 

Big Blue agreed in principle to a deal with free agent Mike Remmers on Saturday, his agent announced on Twitter and confirmed he will be moving back to his natural position of right tackle.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed the deal as a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Remmers will get $1 million fully guaranteed, and have another $1.5 million in incentives to bring the maximum value up to $4 million.

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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Kurt Warner was there, 15 years ago, in the most unenviable spot for a starting quarterback. He knew he could still play. He knew he could still win.

And he knew his replacement was standing right behind him.

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Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Dec 2, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Mike Remmers (74) at the line of scrimmage during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Giants signed offensive lineman Mike Remmers on Saturday, his agent announced, and he is likely the final piece of Big Blue's o-line puzzle. 

Here is what you need to know about the 29-year-old, six-year veteran, Remmers:

1) He has versatility

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Jun 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and New York Giants free safety Landon Collins (21) run catching drills during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Jun 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and New York Giants free safety Landon Collins (21) run catching drills during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The football world couldn't believe their eyes this offseason when the Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Giants GM Dave Gettleman said on multiple occasions they "didn't sign him to trade him," but here they were getting Jabrill Peppers, the Browns' first-rounder, and a third-rounder in exchange for the dynamic wide receiver. 

But while everyone tried to come to grips with the biggest move of the offseason, another former Giant in Landon Collins wasn't the least bit surprised Beckham and the Giants parted ways.

"Was I shocked with Odell? No, honestly, not," Collins told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "They felt like he was a problem the whole time. Ever since Odell stepped into the league with them, they felt like he was a problem, I felt like from the outside."

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts after being called for pass interference during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

From the beginning of the offseason to the start of the 2019 NFL Draft, Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins has been linked to the Giants with their No. 6 overall pick. But, as the weeks turned into days, reports that Duke QB Daniel Jones was "their guy" which shifted perspective about that first pick.

But as Big Blue went on the clock down in Nashville, former Giants S Landon Collins was certain it was going to be Haskins who got the call. Instead, he was seen back home in Maryland shaking his head as Jones walked his way on stage to take the jersey from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

A few picks later, though, Haskins found himself in the same boat as Collins this offseason: Two suspected Giants turned Redskins.

Tags: Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Landon Collins (SNY)

Heartbroken. 

That's how Landon Collins felt when the Giants didn't want him back this offseason. He had become a mainstay on the Giants' defense, a hard-hitting safety that led the team in tackles for the four seasons he wore the blue and white. 

But that will change in 2019 when he wears a division rival's colors in the Redskins, who signed the Pro Bowler to a lucrative six-year, $84 million deal. While Collins accepts the new threads he'll don this season, he does admit it was hard to let go from the franchise that drafted him with the first pick of the second round back in 2015.

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs after a catch in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs after a catch in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

When Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert walked to the podium during coaches availability on Wednesday, it was expected the slew of Odell Beckham Jr. questions were going to come his way. But with him now on the Browns, Tolbert wanted to talk about who he actually will be coaching in the new season.

"I'm going to say this about Odell, I don't want this to be an Odell Q/A," Tolbert said affirmatively. "Odell was a great player for us, with the Giants. We all love Odell, we respect him as a player and wish him nothing but the best with the Cleveland Browns."

For the Giants, though, it isn't as simple as replacing Beckham in the offense this season. He had over 1,000 yards receiving in four of the last five seasons, and was Eli Manning's favorite target when he was on the field. 

Tags: Cody Latimer, Corey Coleman, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants quarterback draft pick Daniel Jones looks to pass during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback draft pick Daniel Jones looks to pass during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)

For as many headlines as the Giants' pick of quarterback Daniel Jones made on draft night, he's just one of the players now.

"You don't say anything. He doesn't say anything. He comes into work every single day," safety Michael Thomas said, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, about how the team is accepting him. "So, nah, Daniel Jones is one of our teammates now. If he can help us win, he'll help us win like every other draft pick."

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The NFL Draft has come and gone, and the only man the Giants added to their depth chart at right tackle was seventh-rounder George Asafo-Adjei. Many saw GM Dave Gettleman going after a tackle higher in the draft, but that wasn't the case as more defensive reinforcements found their way to the Giants. 

Chad Wheeler, then, is the Giants' starting right tackle as training camp inches closer by the day. He struggled last season manning the right side, earning a 47.4 Pro Football Focus grade, which is considered below average. 

So are the Giants settled with their right tackle despite it potentially being their weak spot again? Offensive line coach Hal Hunter doesn't seem worried. He'll work with whoever comes into training camp on Day 1. 

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher coaches against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher coaches against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The top of the first round was shaping up like a dream for James Bettcher. As the sixth overall pick got closer and closer, there were still a couple of prized, elite defensive players on the board.

And yes, the Giants defensive coordinator wanted them. He had his eyes on Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver. Those two have Pro Bowl potential, according to many scouts. They could've changed the makeup of the Giants' defense.

What defensive coordinator wouldn't have wanted one of them instead of Duke quarterback Daniel Jones?

Tags: Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Ralph Vacchiano
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Mike Shula addressed the Media for the first time since the Draft. He shared his impression of the team and Eli's reaction to drafting a QB.

The Giants are expected to not only start the season with Eli Manning as their QB, but end the season with him there if everything goes according to plan. 

But could No. 6 overall pick Daniel Jones be a starter from Day 1 on a team that needed him to start right away?

"I think he'd be ready to go" OC Mike Shula said Wednesday at the Giants' facility. "He has that capability."

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Eli Manning reacted in a very Eli Manning way upon learning the Giants took Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall in the NFL Draft.

At least according to offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who phoned Manning when the Giants decided they were picking Jones. Manning was apparently preoccupied with his son, Charlie, at the time.

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Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith (45) celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith (45) celebrates after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants added depth to their backfield by bringing in someone they're familiar with.

Big Blue signed former Cowboys running back Rod Smith on Wednesday, adding to the mix of players who will compete for the backup job behind 2018 Rookie of the Year, Saquon Barkley.

Smith, 27, appeared in 16 games for Dallas last season but didn't get much run, finishing with 127 yards rushing and a touchdown along with 60 yards receiving.

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley scores a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

After trading Odell Beckham Jr. and letting Landon Collins walk, the Giants' odds to win Super Bowl LIV dropped from 50/1 to 80/1, and their fresh odds to win the NFC East are right in line with the above expectations.

Big Blue has 16/1 odds to win the division this season, per BetOnline.ag -- the worst odds of the four teams in the NFC East.

The Eagles are the even bet at 1/1, the Cowboys have 5/4 odds, and the Redskins are 10/1.

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

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Sixteen new players were drafted by the Jets and Giants two weeks ago, and both teams are confident they landed an outstanding class. Of course, it's early and they won't know for sure until training camp begins which of their rookies will be able to immediately help them out.

It's not hard to project, though, based on talent and - perhaps most importantly - opportunity. So here's a look at the 16 members of the Giants and Jets Draft Class of 2019, ranked in the order they're expected to make an impact on New York football this year.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Brandon Shell, Damon Harrison, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Ralph Vacchiano
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

After being involved in a single-car accident last week, the prognosis could be better for Jason Pierre-Paul

The Buccaneers DE suffered a fractured neck that could cause him to miss the entire 2019 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported

Per Schefter, Pierre-Paul will visit with neck specialists this week in an effort to save his season, but the expectation is that he will undergo surgery to repair the injury. 

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) adjusts his helmet during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) adjusts his helmet during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants shocked the NFL when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns earlier this offseason, but the star receiver actually expected a trade to go down a long, long time ago.

Saying that he's "probably the happiest" he's ever been in his entire life, Beckham told GQ that he thought he was going to get traded two years ago -- before he signed his massive extension.

After signing the extension but feeling something in his "gut" and not being "very happy," Beckham thought he was going to get traded in 2018. Instead, it took until March.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley, Danny Abriano
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Giants running back Saquon Barkley met a couple of familiar faces at the Met Gala on Monday night.

Barkley posed for a photo with former teammate Odell Beckham Jr. and current Patriots stars Tom Brady and Julian Edelman.

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Austin Droogsma of Florida State poses after winning the shot put during the 124th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Austin Droogsma of Florida State poses after winning the shot put during the 124th Penn Relays at Franklin Field. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants signed Austin Droogsma to be an offensive guard on Monday after rookie minicamp.

Droogsma is 6-foot-4, 345 pounds, so he has the size to be an NFL lineman.

Yet while it could be cliche to say he isn't like most players trying to win a roster spot for a pro football team team, it is accurate in this case.

How so?

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Sep 6, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (26) reacts to his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 6, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (26) reacts to his touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Giants did not have a lot of salary cap space, so this offseason was always going to be about the draft for them. Anything else they added was likely come out of the bargain bin of free agency.

And their bargain shopping is about to begin.

Starting on Tuesday, the Giants figure to be in the market for a right tackle, maybe an edge rusher, and probably plenty of depth, when the free-agent signing period heats back up again. That's the first day that free-agent signings do not count against the NFL's compensatory draft pick formula, which determines comp picks for the next draft, and takes into account free agent signings, losses, money spent and performance. Any player a team signs Tuesday won't count against his new team.

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Daniel Jones is selected as the No. 6 overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)
Daniel Jones is selected as the No. 6 overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

While some believe the Giants reached by taking Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft, there is reportedly at least one team that was not sure he was good enough to be a quarterback. 

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, there was one team that wanted to work out Jones as a tight end at the combine because they did not think he was good enough to be an NFL starting quarterback. 

While it is not uncommon for coaches to suggest moving players to a different position, Jones was never really thought of in this matter publicly before the draft despite some skepticism he was worthy of a first-round pick. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Anderson has already enjoyed one successful season in northern New Jersey. Will he have the chance for another one? 

The Giants signed the former Rutger punter Sunday after a tryout during rookie minicamp last week. Anderson punted for the Scarlet Knights during the 2017 season as a graduate transfer. 

Before landing at Rutgers, the lefty kicker played Division II ball at Saginaw Valley State in his native Michigan and spent his junior and senior seasons at Division III Olivet. For the Scarlet Knights, Anderson set the all-time single-season punting average mark (44.4 yards per attempt), was named to the Ray Guy Award watch list and earned first team All-Big Ten honors. 

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker draft pick Oshane Ximines (53) looks on during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker draft pick Oshane Ximines (53) looks on during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft, the Giants needed to address their pass rush. Ranking 30th in the league last year just doesn't cut it, and with Olivier Vernon -- the team's best option off the edge -- traded to the Browns this offseason, it became that much more of a priority. 

And when Josh Allen, arguably the best edge rusher in the Draft, fell to the Giants at No. 6, it seemed liker a no-brainer. But GM Dave Gettleman wanted his quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones, and made their pick. Montez Sweat was also on the board at No. 16, but Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence heard his name called instead. 

It wasn't until the third round that the Giants got their edge rusher in Oshane Ximines, the first player to ever be drafted out of Old Dominion. He may be from a small school, but he totaled 32.5 sacks over his four-year career with the Monarchs. 

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Rookies on an NFL team will always remember their first time walking into the team facility to get their new equipment, and of course, their first professional number. 

For Giants undrafted WR Reggie White Jr., that number comes with very high expectations. 

White was seen wearing No. 13 at the Giants' rookie minicamp -- yes, Odell Beckham Jr.'s old number. 

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Nov 24, 2018; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) runs past Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Nov 24, 2018; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) runs past Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

As the Giants began their rookie mini-camp on Friday, all the attention was on Daniel Jones, but there was another quarterback who raised some intrigue.  

That was Syracuse's Eric Dungey.

Dungey was not just there to get in reps as a quarterback, but he was also listed as a tight end as he tries to find a way to make an NFL roster. 

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Daniel Jones takes next steps 00:01:34
Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones talks about Day 2 of rookie minicamp, and coach Pat Shurmur chats about the work of Jones and Eli Manning

Nothing ever seems to faze Eli Manning

Giants GM Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur had called their 38-year-old starting quarterback to let him know they were about to draft his eventual successor, Daniel Jones, with the sixth overall pick in the draft. 

On Saturday, Shurmur was asked about Manning's response to that decision. 

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Baker and Lawrence talk Big Blue 00:00:50
Giants 1st round picks DeAndre Baker and Dexter Lawrence meet the media at rookie minicamp and talk about what they will bring to Big Blue.

The Giants' rookies were front and center at Quest Diagnostics Training Facility in East Rutherford on Friday morning, as they were introduced to the New York media for the first time face-to-face. 

And one of the first questions that come their way is how they play on the gridiron. For the 16th overall pick in DT Dexter Lawrence, he doesn't just consider himself simply a brute force in the trenches that his career at Clemson showcased.  

"Smart, physical, instinctive defensive lineman," Lawrence said. "Tough, none quitting dude. Just ready to work, work every day and be great."

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Giants introduce Daniel Jones 00:01:20
Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones meets the media at rookie minicamp and addresses the people who think the Giants shouldn't have drafted him.

Daniel Jones officially began his first day of work with the New York Giants as rookie mini-camp started in East Rutherford on Friday. 

The Giants' sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft was introduced to the media and spoke for the first time since he was being drafted. 

Here are the takeaways from what he had to say:

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Daniel Jones chats with SNY 00:01:59
Pat Leonard talks 1-on-1 with Giants QB Daniel Jones at rookie minicamp to chat about coming to Big Blue and working alongside Eli Manning.

Giants rookie QB and sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft, Daniel Jones, goes 1-on-1 with SNY's Pat Leonard about his expectations as a rookie, what it means to him to join Big Blue and also learning behind two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson looks on during player introductions prior to the game against the Boston College Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson looks on during player introductions prior to the game against the Boston College Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

One New York team drafted a tall Duke star in the first round.

Will the Knicks be the second?

The Knicks will find out on May 14 whether they win the draft lottery (and ultimately the Zion Williamson sweepstakes), but for now, New York has one former Blue Devil who may be the next face of the franchise: Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman speaks to the media during the 2019 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman spent most of the NFL Draft defending his selection of Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick -- which has arguably made the criticism worse. 

Per ESPN's Mike Sando, who spoke with executives, coaches and talent evaluators around the league, many seem confused by Gettleman's difficulty to rationalize the pick. 

On a scale of most objectionable to least objectionable thing the Giants have done, the most was passing on Sam Darnold in favor of Saquon Barkley last year, but the least was taking Jones sixth overall once they decided that he was their guy. 

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Daniel Jones (Duke) is selected as the number six overall pick to the New York Giants and poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Daniel Jones (Duke) is selected as the number six overall pick to the New York Giants and poses for a photo with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

One week after the Giants made the controversial decision to select Duke quarterback Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall, they added another rookie QB to the fold.

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is one of 13 undrafted free-agent signings the Giants announced ahead of this weekend's rookie minicamp. 

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