Here is what we culled from the annals of the Arizona Cardinals' media vault. Just about everything you need to know, or want to know about this longstanding NFL franchise who host our Giants tomorrow afternoon at 4:15pm...

The Cardinals once hailed from Chicago before moving to St. Louis in 1960, where they played in Busch Stadium until 1987. They moved west to Phoenix in 1988 and officially changed their name to the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.

They were longtime division rivals of the Giants until being moved to the NFC West Division in 2002 as part of the league's geographical realignment.

This week’s game between the Cardinals and Giants is the 125th meeting between the two teams in a series that dates back to 1926. It is the Cardinals third-oldest rivalry (Chicago, Green Bay) and the Cardinals have faced the Giants more times than any other NFL franchise. The Giants lead the series, 80-42 with two ties.

From the Arizona Cardinals Media Dept:

Overview

The Cards are 1-2 in their first three contests of 2011. In each of the last two weeks, they appeared to have a tough road win within their reach but let each slip away with a late fourth quarter turnover. Last week in Seattle, it was a 13-10 loss to the Seahawks that spoiled a defensive effort that limited Seattle to 261 yards of total offense and produced four sacks and constant pressure on QB Tarvaris Jackson. Arizona’s lone TD came on a spectacular leaping grab by WR Larry Fitzgerald between two defenders that established a new franchise record in that category. Four Cardinals drives that penetrated Seattle territory ended without points – two culminating with INTs and another two on missed FGs (49 & 51 yards).

This Week:

A win this week would give the Cardinals four consecutive home victories for the first time since 2007-08 (7) and it would mark the second-longest home win streak in 24 seasons in Arizona.

A win this week would give the Cardinals a 25-12 record (postseason included) at home under head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

  • The Cardinals will wear their black jerseys this week, the team’s third uniform option that debuted in 2010. The Cardinals last wore the black jersey vs. SF (12/11/10).
  • WR Larry Fitzgerald: With 35 receiving yards this week, Fitzgerald would pass Roy Green (8,497) and become the franchise’s all-time receiving yardage leader. Fitzgerald enters the game with 8,463 career receiving yards.
  • With 100 yards receiving this week, Fitzgerald would have 28 career 100-yard games and set a franchise record.
  • With two TDs this week, Fitzgerald would have 69 career TDs and tie Roy Green for the franchise TDs record.
  • TE Todd Heap: With five receptions this week, Heap would pass former Cardinals all-time great Jackie Smith (480) for 11th place on the all-time receptions list for TEs.
  • LB Joey Porter: With two sacks, Porter would become the 26th player to reach 100 career sacks. He would join Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor, Derrick Thomas and Andre Tippett as the only players on that list who played exclusively at LB.
Offense

With a 93.8 passer rating through the first three games, QB Kevin Kolb ranks in the top 10 among NFL passers in 2011. Kolb has led a Cardinals offense that has shown the ability to strike quickly. Three of Kolb’s TD passes have come on either first or second down and the Cardinals (3) join the Ravens (4), Texans (3) and Raiders (3) as the only teams in the NFL with three “quick strike” scoring drives— defined by Stats, Inc. as a drive of four plays or fewer.

In addition to the three quick strike drives, the Cardinals also had a five-play drive that ended on a 70-yard TD pass to WR Early Doucet in week one.

Cards Quick Strike Attack

Arizona’s eight offensive scoring drives have averaged 5.25 plays, covered 61.4 yards and taken 2:29 off the clock. The average NFL scoring drive this season has consisted of 7.77 plays, covered 58.2 yards and taken 3:29 off the clock.

With his 73-yard connection to WR Larry Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter in week two,

Kolb became the first Cardinals QB to throw a TD pass of 70+ yards in back-to-back games since Tom Tupa in 1989.

Kolb also had a 21-yard TD strike to TE Jeff King against the Redskins and his five TD passes through the first three games have covered a total of 194 yards. He is averaging 38.8 yards per TD pass so far this season.

Defense

The Cardinals defense is one of just eight in the NFL that is allowing fewer than 20.0 points per game this season. Arizona’s opponents have averaged just 18.7 points per game so far in 2011, the eighth-best total in the NFL.

Much of the reason for the Cardinals success is the performance in the red zone. Arizona has given up just four TDs on 11 opponent red zone possessions and the Cards 36.4 red zone efficiency percentage is the sixth-best total in the NFL.

Special Teams

In 2010, the Cardinals had one of the NFL’s most dangerous kickoff return units, led by RB LaRod Stephens-Howling, who led the NFL with 1,548 KOR yards and tied a franchise record with two KOR TDs. Overall, the Cardinals led the NFL with 2,084 total KOR return yards on the season.

In 2011, the Cardinals KOR unit is again proving a strong suit for the team. Arizona’s average drive has started at the 27.8 yard line after kickoffs so far this season, the second-best starting position in the NFL behind the San Francisco 49ers (29.6).

Led by rookie Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals punt return unit is also one of the best in the NFL. Peterson’s 147 punt return yards rank second in the NFL behind the 49ers Ted Ginn, Jr. (156) and the Cards 147 punt return yards rank third overall in the NFL behind Denver (175) and San Francisco (156)

One of the more overlooked aspects of the Cardinals special teams units is the team’s ability to block kicks. Dating back to 2008, the Cardinals have blocked eight FG attempts, the most in the NFL over that period. The Cardinals led the NFL in blocked FGAs in both 2009 (3) and 2010 (3).

Arizona blocked the first FG of the 2011 season in week two at Washington when DE Calais Campbell got a hand on K Graham Gano’s 30-yard attempt late in the second quarter.

Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt

  • Head coach Ken Whisenhunt had an impressive run in his first four-plus seasons with the Cardinals. Prior to the 2010 season, Whisenhunt earned a four-year contract extension with a team option for a fifth.
  • Arizona’s win during week one vs. Carolina gave Whisenhunt a 3-2 record in season openers. The win also improved the Cardinals record to 24-12 at University of Phoenix Stadium under Whisenhunt (including postseason).
  • Below is a look at an impressive list of achievements that Whisenhunt has put together during his time in Arizona:
  • The Cardinals earned NFC West titles in 2008 and ‘09, earning their first back-to-back division titles since 1974-75.
  • Arizona’s win over Green Bay in the 2009 Wild Card matchup gave the Cardinals wins in the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in franchise history.
  • The Cardinals have won twice as many playoffs games under Whisenhunt (4) as they had won in their total playoff history (2) prior to his tenure. Under Whisenhunt, the Cardinals appeared in six playoff contests between 2008-09, after appearing in seven total postseason games in the franchise’s history prior to his arrival.
  • Arizona finished with a 10-6 record in ‘09, giving the Cardinals 10+ wins in the regular season for the first time since 1976 (10-4).
  • Whisenhunt was the first head coach in franchise history with a .500 record or better in each of his first three seasons. The Cardinals were 8-8 in 2007, 9-7 in 2008 and 10-6 in ‘09.
Player Focus

With his 12-yard TD reception in the second quarter last week in Seattle, WR Larry Fitzgerald established a franchise record with 67 career TD receptions, surpassing the previous record of 66 held by Roy Green (1979-90).

With that TD reception last week, Fitzgerald also moved into sole possession of fifth place among active players in the category as well. Fitzgerald has appeared in fewer games (111) than any player in the top 10.

WR Early Doucet is off to the best start of his career in 2011, having caught 10 passes for 175 yards (17.5 avg.) and a TD in the first three games, including a 70-yard TD reception in week one vs. Carolina. His 105 receiving yards vs. the Panthers marked the first 100-yard game of his career.

Doucet has been particularly good on third down. Of his 10 receptions this season, six have come on third down and seven have resulted in first downs (including the TD). His six third down receptions are tied for fifth in the NFL and his 134 yards rank as the top total in the NFL on third down.

After a difficult 2010 campaign, RB Beanie Wells is poised for a breakout season in 2011. In his first two games, Wells, who missed last week’s game in Seattle due to a hamstring injury, totaled 32 carries for 183 yards (5.7 avg.) and two TDs.

In week two at Washington, Wells had 14 attempts for 93 yards and a TD, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. His 93 rushing yards ranked as the second-best total of his career (110 yards at Detroit, 12/20/09) and his 6.6 average was the best of his career (min. 10 carries).

Wells was particularly impressive in the second half against the Redskins, when he carried the ball 11 times for 87 yards (7.9 avg.) and a TD. The 87 yards were the most ever in a single half for the third-year back.

The performance in Washington followed up an 18-carry, 90- yard outing in week one that included a seven-yard TD run in the first quarter. He also established a career-high with four receptions against the Panthers.

All-Pro DT Darnell Dockett had another standout season for the Cardinals in 2010, recording 51 tackles, five sacks, eight tackles for loss, a pass defensed, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, five QB pressures and 11 QB hits. For his efforts, Dockett earned his third career trip to the Pro Bowl (2007, ’09), becoming the first defensive lineman in franchise history to appear in three Pro Bowls.

Dating back to 2004, no player at his position has appeared in more games (114) than Dockett. He has started 113 of 114 career games and has missed just one contest in his first seven-plus seasons.

Dockett has led the NFL in sacks among DTs twice in his career, recording 9.0 sacks in 2007 and 7.0 sacks in 2009.

Since 2007, Dockett is among the league leaders in many categories at the defensive tackle position. Below is a look at Dockett’s sack total since then compared to some of the more well-known defenders at the position.

Now in his 11th NFL season, SS Adrian Wilson is the team’s most tenured player and has been with Arizona since the team selected him in the third round (64th overall) in the 2001 NFL Draft. In that time, Wilson has become one of the league’s best safeties and most feared defenders.

After missing all four preseason contests due to a torn biceps injury suffered early in training camp, Wilson has started all three contests this season and has posted 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, an INT and three passes defensed.

Wilson’s accomplishments during his first 10 seasons include four Pro Bowl appearances and numerous NFL single-season records. One of the most significant is his inclusion on an exclusive list of NFL players who have recorded at least 20 INTs and 20 sacks in their career. In 2009, Wilson reached the career milestone, becoming just the 10th player in NFL history with at least 20 sacks and 20 interceptions. With two sacks and two INTs in 2010 and an INT this season, Wilson has added to those totals.

Some Giants/Cardinals connections:

  • Cardinals K Jay Feely played for the Giants from 2005-06. He made 62 field goals in two seasons, including a career-high 35 in 2005. That season he scored 148 points, the most in the NFL by a kicker that year. Feely as played for the NY Jets for two seasons (2008-09) before coming to Arizona. In two seasons with the Jets, Feely connected on 54-64 FGAs and scored 233 points.
  • Giants S Antrel Rolle played for the Cardinals from 2005-09. He was the Cardinals’ first-round pick (8th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft, and he played in 69 games (60 starts) with 378 tackles and 12 INTs over his five years in Arizona. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2009, his final season with the Cards.
  • Cardinals Special Teams coach Kevin Spencer is a native of Queens, NY and was a graduate assistant at SUNY-Cortland from 1975-76 and at Cornell University from 1979-80 as well as the head freshman coach at Ithaca College from 1981-85 and the offensive coordinator in 1986.
  • Cardinals DBs coach Louie Cioffi is from Queens, NY and attended college at SUNY-Stony Brook.
  • Giants Secondary/Safeties coach David Merritt played LB for the Cardinals from 1993-96.
  • Cardinals TE Jim Dray is a native of Paramus, NJ and was a two-time All-State selection at Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ) High School.
  • Cardinals LS Mike Leach hails from Jefferson Township, NJ and was named first-team All-State at Jefferson Township High School.
  • Giants CB Prince Amukamara hails from Glendale, AZ and attended Apollo High School, where he scored nearly 50 TDs during his final two seasons. As a senior, he was named the state High School Player of the Year and a first-team Class 4A All-State pick by the Arizona Republic.
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Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 6, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General overall view of the NFC Wild Card playoff logo during a football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Changes are reportedly coming to the NFL's playoff structure.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the current CBA proposal includes seven teams from each conference making the the playoffs (currently six teams from each conference make the playoffs), with only one team per conference getting a bye.

The new rule would add one more Wild Card team per conference (meaning the Steelers and Rams would have made the playoffs last season), while putting extra importance on securing the number one seed.

Also of note in the new CBA, the players on the teams with a first-round bye would now be compensated for that weekend, whereas they currently are not. 

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The Giants could be in the market to upgrade their secondary this offseason. Lions cornerback Darius Slay was placed on the trade block recently, according to reports on Monday

Could the Giants be a suitor to land him via trade? 

It could be costly both in trade assets and against the salary cap. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Giants will have long snapper Colin Holba back, according to The New York Post

Holba, 25, appeared in five games for the Giants last season. He was signed off the team's practice squad in November, replacing the injured Zak DeOssie. When signing to the 53-man roster, Holba signed a two-year deal, not a one-year contract, as first anticipated. 

Holba will be restricted free agent after the 2020 season. DeOssie, who's been with the Giants since 2007, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. 

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The Giants' secondary was young and left plenty to be desired in 2019. But could help be on the way?

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Lions have placed cornerback Darius Slay on the trade block and have talked to "multiple teams" about dealing the All-Pro defender. Could the Giants be one of those teams? 

So far, the Giants have yet to be connected to a deal for Slay, but one thing to consider, like any trade scenario, would be the compensation. 

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Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema stands win the sidelines before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema stands win the sidelines before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

It was reported earlier last week that Giants OLBs coach Bret Bielema had "definite interest" in the Michigan State head coaching vacancy, but the Spartans filled it with Mel Tucker

Well, now Bielema could be filling Tucker's vacancy left at Colorado. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Bielema is interviewing for that head coaching job with the Buffaloes. 

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As he continues to pursue his dream of playing in MLB, Mets minor league prospect and former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow addressed the media on Sunday afternoon and made some positive comments on the two young quarterbacks playing in New York.

When asked if he was "yay or nay" on Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, Tebow laughed at the question and then gave an encouraging answer on the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft.

"I think he's got a lot of talent," Tebow said of Jones. "I think he was coached really well in college. I think he will continue to improve. I think continuing to get him more weapons and confidence is pretty critical."

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) lines up against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) lines up against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams made only 20 tackles with the team in seven games after being acquired from the Jets in a trade on Oct. 28.

The Jets drafted him sixth overall in the 2015 NFL draft out of USC, but he's struggled in recent years after being named to the Pro Bowl in 2016. The 25-year-old is set to be a free agent, as the Giants have until March 18 to sign Williams to a contract extension.

Looking to get back to his Pro Bowl form, Williams recently sought out the help of former New England Patriots defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

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Kevin Gilbride
Kevin Gilbride

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When Kevin Gilbride retired after the 2013 season, he didn't spend much time looking back. He was happy to put a 40-year coaching career behind him and focus on his grandchildren instead.

That's why when Oliver Luck, the commissioner of the new XFL called to see if he was interested in coaching again, Gilbride said no. But it didn't take the 68-year-old former Giants offensive coordinator long to change his mind.

Now, after 25 years in the NFL, 10 years with the Giants and two Super Bowl championships, Gilbride is back on the sidelines as the head coach and general manager of the XFL's New York Guardians, who won their debut game, 23-3 over the Tampa Bay Vipers at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

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A former Patriots quarterback-turned radio host believes Tom Brady could be the next quarterback of the Giants. Or at least Scott Zolak said on Boston's 98.5 The Sports Hub he was told by a "very connected" source not to "fall asleep" on the possibility.

But at the very least, you can probably hit the snooze button once or twice.

Really, though, at this point who knows what Brady's future plans entail? As he drags out what is fast becoming the most painfully overhyped, overanalyzed decision since LeBron James went on TV to announce he was taking his talents to South Beach, Brady is either riding the slippery slide toward free agency on March 18, or he's not. He's either heading to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville, East Rutherford, or staying put in Foxboro, Mass.

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he seems to be content with that for now, it's fair to wonder if he could be a fit in New York.

"I wouldn't mind being in Detroit for a while," Golladay told USA Today's Doug Farrar. "Everything should work itself out. I'm enjoying myself."

Originally a third-round pick of the Lions in 2017, Golladay has been tremendous with Detroit. surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three pro seasons. In 2019, he caught 65 passes for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns, proving to be one of the league's best young wide receivers. He's also proven to be a big-play threat, as his 18.3 yards per reception ranked second in the NFL. 

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Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)
Leonard Williams (Brad Penner)

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Dave Gettleman has steadfastly stood by the most controversial trade of his reign, insisting that sending two draft picks to the Jets for a two-month rental of Leonard Williams was smart because "the juice was worth the squeeze."

The truth, though, is that it remains to be seen just how good the juice actually was. And it all really depends on what happens over the next five weeks. Maybe the juice was worth it for the Giants if they re-sign the 25-year-old Williams to a reasonable contract between now and the start of free agency.

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Tom Brady (Greg M. Cooper)
Tom Brady (Greg M. Cooper)

So, here we are, in a world where Tom Brady's future with the Patriots is actually up in the air after spending 19 seasons in New England. The future Hall of Famer said he isn't going anywhere in a Super Bowl commercial, but that is only in reference to hanging up his cleats for good. Changing teams is definitely in the cards. 

Could that be to the Giants? 

It seems like an enormous stretch, especially after the team drafted Daniel Jones sixth overall and he took over for Eli Manning as the franchise quarterback after two games into the 2019 season. But, according to Boston radio host Scott Zolak, there's a possibility. 

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Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson (Jay Biggerstaff)
Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Giants seem pretty set at wide receiver, with Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton all under contract for the 2020 season. But they're reportedly looking for more help.

According to Matt Lombardo of NJAM, the Giants are expected to pursue Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson, who is set to hit free agency.

Robinson, 25, started 10 games for the Chiefs during the regular season in 2019, hauling in 32 catches for a career-high 449 yards and four touchdowns.

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Kevin Gilbride
Kevin Gilbride

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

When Kevin Gilbride retired after the 2013 season, he didn't spend much time looking back. He was happy to put a 40-year coaching career behind him and focus on his grandchildren instead.

That's why when Oliver Luck, the commissioner of the new XFL, called to see if he was interested in coaching again, Gilbride said no. But it didn't take the 68-year-old former Giants offensive coordinator long to change his mind.

Now, after 25 years in the NFL, 10 years with the Giants and two Super Bowl championships, Gilbride is back on the sidelines as the head coach and general manager of the XFL's New York Guardians, who won their debut game, 23-3, over the Tampa Bay Vipers at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

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Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema stands win the sidelines before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Nov 3, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New England Patriots defensive line coach Bret Bielema stands win the sidelines before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Well, it looks like Giants outside linebackers coach and senior assistant Bret Bielema will be staying in his current role. 

It was reported on Monday by the Detroit Free Press' Rainer Sabin that Bielema has "definite interest" in Michigan State's head coaching vacancy following the retirement of Mark Dantonio. But, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, the job seems to be filled.

Colorado head coach Mel Tucker, after initially turning the job down, has reportedly agreed in principle to become the next Spartans head coach. 

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has been named the next quarterbacks coach of the Jaguars, ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported Tuesday night

This upcoming season will be now McAdoo's first time on an NFL sideline since 2017.

Last month, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, McAdoo met with the Jaguars about their offensive coordinator position, after Jacksonville fired former OC John DeFilippo after one year with the team. But instead McAdoo will just focus on the quarterbacks, as former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was named OC a few weeks ago.

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Darius Slay (Kirby Lee)
Darius Slay (Kirby Lee)

The Giants may be confident in their extremely young secondary, but GM Dave Gettleman should be looking around for a veteran cornerback to balance out that group heading into the new season. 

And Giants WR Darius Slayton is trying to help him out. 

Lions CB Darius Slay is in his final year with Detroit before coming a free agent in 2021, and he has made it quite clear that he wants to be the highest-paid corner in the league. Over the weekend, he responded to a suggestion from a Lions writer that said he would receive an extension that would pay out around $15-16 million per season -- that would make him the highest-paid. 

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

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Dave Gettleman has presided over seven NFL drafts with two different franchises, and he still has never done it. Many other teams have, from the first round to the last, in an attempt to acquire extra draft picks.

But Gettleman, the Giants GM, has still never traded down.

This, though, could be the year he breaks that streak -- and possibly very early. He "seems more open to the idea" of trading back this year -- even in the first round, according to a source familiar with the Giants thinking. And a team source, while saying it's all wildly premature and there have been no actual trade discussions, acknowledged a rare trade back in the first round can't be ruled out.

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May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has been steadfast in keeping his spot in the NFL Drafts he has lead for the Panthers and Giants over his career. Opportunities to trade back have come up, when he could've had more draft stock to work with. But, ultimately, he took the player of his choice.

This year, though, that could change after seven years of keeping his picks.

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, a source with familiarity of the Giants' thinking said Gettleman "seems more open to the idea" of trading back, and that includes his No. 4 overall pick. A team source added that a trade back "can't be ruled out."

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The NFL season officially came to a close last Sunday, as the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the San Francisco 49ers to bring capture the Lombardi Trophy.

So that's it for football until training camp opens in July, right?

"Not so fast," says the XFL.

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Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 22, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL former player Michael Strahan is seen before a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

More than 18 years after Michael Strahan broke Mark Gastineau's single-season sack record, the former Jets pass-rusher wants the world to know that he thinks the record should still belong to him.  

"I just want to be recognized for the record," Gastineau told ESPN on Monday. "You wouldn't want your son getting a record like that. I don't think it's good for the NFL. It was never good for the NFL, and I'm surprised the NFL didn't step in."

Strahan's sack in question came against the Packers during the final game of the 2001 season. Sitting at 21.5 sacks, Strahan needed just one to break Gastineau's record. With the Packers up 34-25 late in the game, Strahan blew past Packers tight end Bubba Franks and had a free shot at Favre, who went down to give Strahan the single-season record.

 

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Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive line coach Pepper Johnson gives direction as New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Pepper Johnson, was has been affiliated with both the Giants and Jets in his football career, was abruptly fired from his XFL gig only hours removed from the league's beginning over the weekend. 

Johnson, 55, was employed by the Los Angeles Wildcats as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. The team announced he was relieved of his duties on Monday.

The Wildcats had lost their inaugural game, 31-17, to the Houston Roughnecks, a game which featured winning quarterback PJ Walker tossing four touchdown passes. 

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Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)
Daniel Jones/Saquon Barkley (Geoff Burke)

Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are, unsurprisingly, considered longshots at best to win NFL MVP in 2020. Jones comes in at 66-1, while Barkley is listed at 100-1, according to BetOnline.ag.

After taking over at quarterback in Week 3 last season, Jones will enter the season as the undisputed starter following the retirement of Eli Manning. He'll hope to build on the relationship he developed with fellow rookie Darius Slayton, who also debuted in Week 3 and finished the season with 48 catches for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. Jones finished the season with 3027 yards passing and a 61.9% completion percentage. Other players at 66-1 include incoming quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa.

Barkley took the league by storm in 2018 and led the entire NFL in yards from scrimmage, but missed three games with an ankle sprain in 2019. He finished the season with 1003 yards rushing and added 52 catches for 438 yards out of the backfield, but remains one of the most explosive running backs in the league. Barkley joins Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and former Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr. among the players listed at 100-1.

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Nov 24, 2017; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema prior to leaving the field after the game against the Missouri Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Missouri won 48-45. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)
Nov 24, 2017; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema prior to leaving the field after the game against the Missouri Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Missouri won 48-45. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports (Nelson Chenault)

The Giants announced last week that Joe Judge's coaching staff was officially complete. But they might have to replace one position already. 

Bret Bielema, who was named the Giants' outside linebackers coach as well as senior assistant, is said to have "definite" interest in taking over the Michigan State Spartans after Mark Dantonio retired last week, per the Detroit Free Press' Rainer Sabin.

Michigan State was expected to see Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell be their top candidate, but he decided to stay with the Bearcats. Now the search is back to square one. 

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Feb 9, 2020; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride coaches against the Tampa Bay Vipers during the third quarter of an XFL football game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 9, 2020; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride coaches against the Tampa Bay Vipers during the third quarter of an XFL football game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

A February afternoon of football graced MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was the center of attention in the home locker room after the game.

With the Giants in the NFL from 2004-13 -- starting out as the quarterbacks coach over the first three years before becoming the offensive coordinator for the final eight seasons, including two Super Bowl-winning campaigns in 2007 and '11 -- Gilbride was back at his old stomping grounds as he led the New York Guardians into the weekend's XFL opener.

Coming back to coaching after a seven-year retirement, Gilbride's return was a successful one with Sunday's 23-3 win over the Tampa Bay Vipers (0-1) before an announced crowd of 17,634. Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin welcomed Gilbride back accordingly after the game, awarding the head coach with the game ball.

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(Bill Streicher)

Should former Giants quarterback Eli Manning make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Saquon Barkley says yes. 

Manning retired following the 2019 season and his candidacy is a hot-button topic as of late. 

But the running back, who played the past two seasons with Manning, thinks it's not even a question worth asking. There's no doubt Barkley thinks Manning should be enshrined one day. 

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Dec 22, 2019; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is congratulated by Giants head coach Pat Shurmur after throwing a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Dec 22, 2019; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) is congratulated by Giants head coach Pat Shurmur after throwing a touchdown pass against the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

At a press conference on Thursday, former Giants head coach and current Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur spoke about the similarities between Broncos quarterback Drew Lock and Daniel Jones.

Shurmur reflected on his draft process memories of Lock, who was the No. 42 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft -- 36 picks after the Giants took Jones.

He said the Giants' decision to draft Jones sixth overall was an "organizational decision," according to Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk, while also adding that the Giants had "a very, very high opinion" of Lock.

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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

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The last time the Giants had money to burn in free agency, they burned it at an unprecedented clip. They even managed to essentially buy their way into the playoffs, though that 2016 team was famously one-and-done.

The lesson, Giants co-owner John Mara said in a recent interview on WFAN, was "You can fix some holes pretty quickly (with free agency), but long-term I'm not sure that it really works."

In other words, don't expect the Giants to be big spenders when free agency opens on March 18, even though they'll have more than $60 million in salary cap space to spend. With Mara's endorsement, GM Dave Gettleman has taken a draft-centered approach to rebuilding the Giants (mostly). They'll dip into the free agent pool, to be sure, but it won't be a cannonball-type splash.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, DeAndre Baker, Jabril Peppers, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Leonard Williams, Markus Golden, Sam Beal, Ralph Vacchiano
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February 6, 2020; Pebble Beach, California, USA; Peyton Manning (left) and Eli Manning (right) walk on the third hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Madrid)
February 6, 2020; Pebble Beach, California, USA; Peyton Manning (left) and Eli Manning (right) walk on the third hole during the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament at Spyglass Hill Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports (Michael Madrid)

On Thursday, recently retired Giants quarterback Eli Manning, joined by his brother Peyton Manning, joked with media about his improved golf game at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am PGA TOUR golf tournament.

"I think he might've snuck out for a couple rounds this season," Peyton Manning said.

"Had a little more free time than I wanted to," Eli Manning said. "Took advantage of it."

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Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up as head coach Pat Shurmur walks past before the game against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 1, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) warms up as head coach Pat Shurmur walks past before the game against the Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

The 2019 Giants season ended up being a start of a rebuild, and as often happens in such cases, the team underwhelmed in the win column. In their own right, the Jets weren't rebuilding and had higher hopes heading into last season, but didn't have the year their fans had hoped for, either. 

Despite both teams hitting their unders in 2019, the two are trending in opposite directions in the eyes of oddsmakers early in the 2020 offseason. 

The Giants, entering 2019 with a win total of six and missing that with four wins, see their over/ under increase to 6.5, according to OddsShark. 

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Alec Ogletree/Antoine Bethea
Alec Ogletree/Antoine Bethea

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The Giants are already projected to have about $60 million in salary cap space to spend in free agency, and the truth is they may not need it all. Giants co-owner John Mara seemed to indicate as much in a radio interview last month when he called free agency "a double-edged sword."

"If you think free agency is going to fix all your problems, you are going to be sadly disappointed," he said on WFAN. "We are not going to be hog wild in there and spend it all."

Given that, there doesn't seem to be a need for the Giants to add even more cap room over the next few months by cutting some of their more expensive, veteran players. There will undoubtedly be a few cap casualties, especially with a new coach taking over, but with no financial need for downsizing, a few of the players on the brink might be spared.

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Antoine Bethea, Golden Tate, Kareem Martin, Nate Solder, Rhett Ellison, Ralph Vacchiano
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Vic Beasley
Vic Beasley

The Falcons made it known Monday that they wouldn't be pursuing any contract negotiations with 2015 first-round pick OLB Vic Beasley, meaning he'll head to free agency looking for another suitor.

Could that be the Giants? It makes tons of sense when you break it down. 

Beasley had his fifth-year option picked up by Atlanta, and he knew he needed to have a better 2019 season than his previous two that saw average production. Well, he did just that with eight sacks, 42 combined tackles, 12 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles over 16 games. 

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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants head coach Joe Judge announced his coaching staff on Wednesday, filling in some blanks while weighing in on his new assistants.

"Everybody brings a different type of experience to the job. I didn't set out to hire anyone with former head coaching experience," Judge said while referring to Jason Garrett and Freddie Kitchens. "That ended up being a plus of what different guys brought to their area."

Here's the full breakdown of the Giants' coaching staff:

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Stephen Brown (Kirby Lee)
Stephen Brown (Kirby Lee)

The Giants have made a slew of coaching hires since new head coach Joe Judge took over, and they're not quite done.

According to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM, the Giants are hiring Stephen Brown as an offensive assistant.

Brown had been with the Cowboys since before the 2016 season, when he was hired to assist with the coordination of the running game. He also served as a "point person" for then-head coach Jason Garrett on "research projects and day-to-day operations."

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Due to NFL rules, Giants quarterback Daniel Jones hasn't been able to chat to his new offensive coordinator in Jason Garrett just yet about scheme.

So he did the next best thing, he talked to Garrett's last quarterback, Dak Prescott

Jones revealed he caught up with the Cowboys quarterback down in Miami during Super Bowl week and fired away some questions about his new OC. 

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Pro Fooball Focus released their second mock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft following Super Bowl LIV. In it, there's a doozy of a trade. 

The Dolphins jump ahead of the Giants, and in the process, potentially do the G-men a favor. 

In order to snag quarterback Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama, the Dolphins moved into the third pick in a trade with the Lions. Good news: The Giants don't need a quarterback with Daniel Jones under center.

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With the 2019 season in the history book after the Chiefs' win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the Giants and the Jets have some of the most salary cap to make their moves before next season. 

According to Spotrac, the Giants and Jets are both in the top 10 in terms of NFL teams with the most salary cap space heading into the offseason. 

The Jets round out the top 10, while the Giants slide in at No. 6. 

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Kyle Van Noy (Dale Zanine)
Kyle Van Noy (Dale Zanine)

Joe Judge has another endorsement from a former player, as DE Kyle Van Noy had glowing remarks for him on the latest version of The Pat McAfee Show

Van Noy is heading into free agency after spending the past three and a half seasons with the Patriots. It was with New England that Van Noy got to see just how obsessed Judge is with the game. 

Rob Gronkowski called Judge "out of control," and that sort of energy is something Van Noy can definitely agree with. 

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

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There are still nearly three months to go until the NFL draft, and teams are a long ways away from having their draft meetings and finalizing their boards. It's too early to know anything, really, especially with the scouting combine still three weeks away.

But it's never too early to take a look, so here's a projection of how the first 11 picks of the 2020 NFL draft will go, including the picks for the Giants (at 4) and Jets (at 11). Their needs are easy to figure out, even it's still too difficult to zero in on the players:

1. Cincinnati Bengals - LSU QB Joe Burrow

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman has a plethora of options to work with at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and that's mainly because there are holes left and right on his current roster.

One of the biggest to fill, though, is on the offensive line -- an area the Giants have been trying to shore up for years. 

Tags: Kevin Zeitler, Mike Remmers, Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Scott Thompson
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Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Chiefs beating the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, the 2019-20 NFL season officially came to a close. And with the season over, it's time to look ahead to the 2020-21 season and Super Bowl LV, taking place on Feb. 7, 2021 in Tampa.

The Chiefs are the favorites to repeat, with the Ravens and 49ers right behind them.

As far as the Giants -- who finished the season 4-12 -- their odds are among the worst in the league.

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As the Chiefs clung to their 11-point lead in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl LIV against the 49ers, they got one last key defensive stand that sealed the deal.

On second-and-10 from their own 25-yard line, the 49ers' last stand came short when they saw quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's deep pass over the middle was intercepted by Chiefs safety Kendall Fuller.

The game-sealing play wrapped the Chiefs' 31-20 victory against the 49ers, one that saw Kansas City (15-4) come clawing back past San Francisco (15-4) with 21 unanswered points, sparked behind stops by defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's unit.

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Saquon Barkley has been vocal about what type of personal impact Kobe Bryant had, and he expanded his thoughts in an interview that aired Sunday on ESPN.

Ahead of Super Bowl LIV during ESPN's pregame programming, Barkley was among four past and present NFL players -- including all-time great wide receiver Jerry Rice (1985-04), Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (2012-present), Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (2013-present) -- to reflect on the late NBA legend.

Bryant, 41, died last Sunday in a southern California helicopter crash that killed his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Beyond the NBA, the 20-year Los Angeles Lakers star from 1996-16 inspired the generation that Barkley came up in.

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Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee )
Jan 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) celebrates a sack against Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (not pictured) in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee )

Super Bowl LIV is finally here, as the Chiefs and 49ers square off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday night to see who will hoist the coveted Vince Lombardi trophy at the end of the night. 

Both squads have their stars. Patrick Mahomes leads a stacked offense that includes Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce as his weapons. But they're going to have to face off against Richard ShermanNick Bosa and the rest of the NFL's No. 2 defense. And, of course, you can't sleep on Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, and the rest of that Niners offense that ran all over the Packers two weeks ago. 

But, for Giants fans, there are a few players that you might want to keep your eye on as they'll enter free agency once this game is over. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 9, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Introductory press conference of New York Giants new head coach Joe Judge at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman was a runaway winner of this year's Assistant Coach of the Year Award, but Giants' new head coach Joe Judge was one of just seven coaches to receive a vote.

Roman took home 41 of the 50 votes from the national media members, but Judge, along with Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, and Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, received one vote.

San Francisco DC Robert Saleh took home three votes, while Don "Wink" Martindale, the Ravens' DC who interviewed this offseason with the Giants, received one vote.

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Giants Saquon Barkley appears on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors awards presentation at Adrienne Arsht Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Saquon Barkley is in attendance for Saturday night's NFL Honors ceremony in Miami, Fla.

The Giants running back walked the red carpet for the event sporting a Los Angeles Lakers jacket, which he explained was a nod to the late Kobe Bryant

"I wanted to respect Kobe and pay my respects to Kobe," Barkley told Bleacher Report. "Jack Hamilton, the guy who made this, it's actually an original jacket from 2000 year when he won an NBA championship. You know me well, and everyone who knows me well knows how much Kobe meant to me. My people were able to pull some strings for me. It's sad to see him go, but not only with tonight do I want to represent him, but I also want to pay my respects with the rest of my career."

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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Eli Manning officially called it a career at a Jan. 24 press conference, but he's still earning some accolades from his NFL peers.

On Saturday, Manning received the Athletes In Action/Bart Starr Award, given to the player who "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community." 

Manning was announced as the 2020 recipient in early January, but received the award in Hollywood, Fla. on Saturday morning. 

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Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was down in Miami this week for Super Bowl festivities, including talking to kids at the Citi Football ProCamp at Miami Central High School on Saturday morning.

Despite not playing in the big game, Jones mentioned how he can sense the excitement and energy around it.

"It's exciting to see it and kind of feel the buzz around it and feel the energy around it,'' Jones told the New York Post. "It does kind of get you excited and that's certainly the goal, to be playing in one of these.''

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) blocks against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

As Joe Judge puts the finishing touches on building his first coaching staff as head coach of the New York Giants, he'll likely also rely on some veterans to help lead by example.

One of those veterans is tackle Nate Solder, who spent six seasons with Judge in New England.

Solder knows Judge as well as anyone on the current Giants' roster, and he is a big fan of Big Blue's new head coach.

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