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The Eagles staved off a late run by RGIII and the Redskins to take sole possession of first place. They will get a bye in Week 12. Washington, feeling the wrath of having a drawn a first-place schedule, host San Francisco next Monday night.

The Cowboys were off yesterday, a much-needed bye to say the least. They play the Giants at MetLife this coming Sunday. A Cowboys win moves them into a first-place tie with Philadelphia. A Giants win drops Dallas into a second place tie with New York.

Notes and statistics from the Giants’ 27-13 victory over the Packers:

The Giants won their fourth consecutive game after a 0-6 start. They are the second team in NFL history to follow a start of 0-6 or worse with four consecutive victories. The 2009 Tennessee Titans lost their first six games and won the next five.

The Giants have put together a four-game winning streak for the second year in a row. In 2012, they went 4-0 in October by defeating Cleveland, San Francisco, Washington and Dallas.

The Giants’ defense held the Packers to 55 rushing yards, the third opponent in four games to run for fewer than 60 yards. Eddie Lacy, who entered the game as the NFL’s eighth-leading rusher with an average of 73.3 yards a game, was held to 27 yards on 14 carries. He had run for at least 70 yards in each of the previous six games.

The defense held the Packers to two field goals in the first half. It was the third time in their four-game winning streak the Giants did not give up a first-half touchdown (also vs. Minnesota on Oct. 21 and at Philadelphia the following week). Oakland scored a first-half touchdown last week, but traveled just five yards after recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff.

Lacy scored the Packers’ second touchdown on a four-yard run with 12:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was the first second half touchdown allowed by the Giants’ defense since Oct. 6, when Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson scored on a five-yard pass from Nick Foles with 8:24 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Tom Coughlin won his 155th regular-season game as an NFL head coach. That broke a tie with Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs and moved Coughlin into 15th place on the league’s career list, three wins behind Bud Grant – who is also in the Hall of Fame. Coughlin has also won 12 postseason games for a total of 167 victories. That puts him in 16th place, one behind Grant.

Eli Manning completed 25 of 35 passes for 279 yards, a touchdown and an interception that Coughlin said was not his fault. It was the fourth time this season Manning completed at least 25 passes in a game. His passer rating of 92.4 was his second-highest of the season; he had a rating of 102.3 on opening night in Dallas.

Victor Cruz had team-high totals of eight receptions for 110 yards, the Giants’ first 100-yard receiving performance since Hakeem Nicks had 142 yards on nine catches against Philadelphia on Oct. 6. It was Cruz’s fourth 100-yard game of the season and the 16th of his career in the regular season. The Giants are 8-8 in those games. They are 29-26 in regular-season games under Coughlin when at least one receiver has 100 or more yards.

Rueben Randle caught three passes for 37 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown. It was his sixth score of the season, which is two more than Cruz and Brandon Jacobs have.

Randle’s touchdown was set up by his career-long 32-yard punt return. His previous long return was an 18-yarder at Philadelphia on Sept. 30, 2012. Randle’s longest return this season had been a 14-yarder at Dallas on Sept. 8.

Andre Brown led the Giants’ rushing attack with 18 carries for 66 yards. Though he has played in only two games, Brown leads the Giants with 181 rushing yards. His 48 carries are one less than Jacobs’ team-leading total.

Jacobs played for the first time since Oct. 10 in Chicago, where he ran for 106 yards. He missed the previous three games with hamstring and knee injuries. Jacobs scored the Giants’ second touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter. It was his 60th career rushing touchdown, extending his franchise record. Tiki Barber is second in Giants history with 55 rushing touchdowns.

Jacobs twice converted fourth down opportunities, first with a five-yard run in the opening quarter and with a two-yard run in the second quarter.

Jason Pierre-Paul scored the Giants’ final touchdown when he intercepted a Scott Tolzien pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown with 10:49 remaining in the game. It was the Giants’ first defensive touchdown since Nov. 4, 2012, when Michael Boley returned a fumble 70 yards for a score against Pittsburgh. It was the team’s first score on an interception return since Oct. 28, 2012, when Pierre-Paul picked off a Tony Romo pass and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown in Dallas.

Linebacker Jon Beason intercepted his first pass since being acquired in a trade on Oct. 4. It was his 10th career interception and first since Sept. 16, 2010 for Carolina against New Orleans.

Antrel Rolle got the Giants’ third interception when he picked off Tolzien with 1:49 remaining in the game. Rolle has four interceptions this season, one shy of his career high set in 2007 with Arizona and his highest total since he had four in 2009 with the Cardinals. No other Giant has more than one pick this year.

This was the Giants’ first three-interception game since Oct. 14, 2012, when Rolle had two and Prince Amukamara one in a victory in San Francisco.

Terrell Thomas, Jacquian Williams and Beason each had a team-high eight tackles. Thomas had seven solo tackles, while Williams and Beason had six apiece. Prince Amukamara also had six solo tackles.

On the final play of the first half, Green Bay’s Mason Crosby kicked a 57-yard field goal that was the longest ever against the Giants. The previous long was a 55-yarder by Washington’s Brett Conway on Oct. 7, 2001 in Giants Stadium. Crosby’s field was also the longest kicked in the four-year history of MetLife Stadium.

Tolzien, starting for the injured Aaron Rodgers, completed 24 of 34 passes for 339 yards, no touchdowns and those three interceptions. Tolzien was the first opposing quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards against the Giants since Sept. 15, when Denver’s Peyton Manning had 307 yards (Philadelphia’s Michael Vick and Nick Foles combined for 302 yards on Oct. 6). Tolzien’s 339 yards was the highest total by a Giants opponent since New Orleans’ Drew Brees threw for 354 yards on Dec. 9, 2012.

The Giants are 15-16 in regular-season games under Coughlin when an individual opposing quarterback throws for at least 300 yards.

Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson caught eight passes for 117 yards. The eight receptions were a season high by a Giants opponent and the yardage total trails only Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson, who finished with 132 yards on Oct. 6. The Giants are 20-20 in regular-season games under Coughlin when at least one opposing receiver has 100 or more yards.

Steve Weatherford punted five times for a 53.0-yard gross average and a 42.2-yard net average. The net average was his highest of the season; the gross average trailed only his 54.7-yard average on Sept. 8 in Dallas.

The Packers attempted a fake punt in the third quarter, but M.D. Jennings was tackled by Spencer Paysinger after running for six yards, one short of a first down.

The game was played in 2:45, the Giants’ shortest regular-season game since Dec. 5, 2004, when a 31-7 loss in Washington was also completed in 2:45. The Giants’ 2005 NFC Wild Card Game loss to Carolina was played in 2:39.

The Giants’ inactive players were running back Peyton Hillis, cornerback Corey Webster (groin/ankle), linebacker Allen Bradford, tight end Adrien Robinson, offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds, defensive tackle Markus Kuhn and quarterback Ryan Nassib.

Notes courtesy Giants Public Relations Dept

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Yannick Ngakoue
Yannick Ngakoue

While Giants GM Dave Gettleman upgraded his defense with players like James Bradberry and Blake Martinez, he didn't address the need of an elite pass rusher. That's why ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Giants could be a potential landing spot for DE Yannick Ngakoue, the disgruntled edge rusher the Jaguars continue to hold under the franchise tag, in a trade. 

Schefter spoke on 97.5 The Fanatic on Ngakoue's status with Jacksonville, saying he can't see the team hanging on to the Pro Bowler after the NFL Draft.

"There will be people in the organization, like the owner [Shad Khan], who will not want to move him," Schefter said, "which means that they'll be firmer in their price. But if they don't trade him, they've got a mess on their hands."

In a trade package, Schefter is saying the Jaguars could be looking for "a first-rounder, maybe then some." But what if it's the No. 4 overall pick in the draft? 

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Treated Image by SNY)
Giants GM Dave Gettleman (Treated Image by SNY)

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When the Jets made their last big NFL draft trade to move up three spots in the first round for quarterback Sam Darnold, they did it more than a month before the draft.

But if the Giants make a big move in the first round this year, they almost certainly won't be able to do it until they're on the clock.

Because while the Giants are interested in moving down, as SNY has reported, and there will be teams looking to move up for a quarterback, there are other factors working against anyone moving up too soon. The biggest problem for the Giants is the Detroit Lions, who are scheduled to pick third, but are also "open for business," as their GM said last week.

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Yannick Ngakoue (Douglas DeFelice)
Yannick Ngakoue (Douglas DeFelice)

Jaguars stud defensive end Yannick Ngakoue still hasn't been granted his wish of finding a new team this offseason. Jacksonville hit him with the franchise tag, and according to CBS Sports, owner Shad Khan is not really willing to move him at the moment. 

But with the NFL Draft kicking off in two weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Jaguars have to move Ngakoue either before or during it, or "they've got a mess on their hands," he told 97.5 The Fanatic.

Ngakoue has been very vocal in saying his time with the Jaguars is up. 

Among the teams Schefter believes would be a potential landing spot? The Giants. 

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Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs
Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs

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It is no secret that both the Giants and Jets have been studying offensive linemen in this draft, and it's no mystery why. Both teams are determined to rebuild their lines and may use multiple picks on the first two days to do it.

And yes, both teams are eyeing the Big Four tackles at the top of the first round.

In fact, it's a good bet that both the Giants (at No. 4) and the Jets (at No. 11) will take one of those tackles with their first pick in the NFL Draft on April 23, and they both are looking at the exact same players. Based on conversations with a variety of scouts and team officials, there are four tackles who have risen above the others -- Iowa's Tristan Wirfs, Alabama's Jedrick Wills, Louisville's Mekhi Becton and Georgia's Andrew Thomas.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) celebrates a field goal against the Chicago Bears with New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) celebrates a field goal against the Chicago Bears with New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Not that the move comes as much of a surprise, but Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas officially signed his second-round RFA tender on Wednesday, bringing him back for another year with Big Blue.

Following the 2019 season, Rosas became a restricted free agent. The Giants placed a second-round tender on him, costing roughly $3.3 million, meaning if any other team had signed the kicker away, the Giants would have received a second-round pick should they have chosen not to match.

Rosas, a 25-year-old who played his college football at Southern Oregon, has been the Giants kicker for the last three seasons. Overall, he's connected on 62-75 career field goal attempts (82.7 percent), while knocking through 91.5 percent of his extra-point attempts.

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

If the Giants keep the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft -- and GM Dave Gettleman has done nothing to suggest they won't -- they will almost certainly take either an offensive lineman or Isaiah Simmons at No. 4.

So prepare for Simmons, Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills, or Andrew Thomas to become Big Blue's 2020 first-rounder.

After that selection, the Giants have 10 picks from the second-through-seventh rounds where they can try to fill some of their other big needs (pass-rushing help, another wide receiver, additional help for the offensive line even if they take someone at No. 4).

Let's take a look at some potential later-round steals...

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Nov 24, 2018; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears safety Ashtyn Davis (27) runs the ball for an interception return and touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Nov 24, 2018; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears safety Ashtyn Davis (27) runs the ball for an interception return and touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

In his latest seven-round mock draft, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano had the Giants selecting California safety Ashtyn Davis in the second round. It was a pick that his predicted trade with the Dolphins landed, but nevertheless, it was one that made tons of sense. 

Because Davis could be the perfect complement the Giants are looking for next to Jabrill Peppers at safety.

When you think of top safeties in this year's draft class, you think Alabama's Xavier McKinney or LSU's Grant Delpit. Both of those players should be going in the first round, or very early in the second round.

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Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 2, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs offensive lineman Andrew Thomas (71) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The prevailing wisdom is that Giants GM Dave Gettleman will take an offensive lineman with the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft or opt for versatile defender Isaiah Simmons.

And with the draft roughly two weeks away, the Giants have a meeting set up with one of the "big four" offensive linemen.

Georgia's Andrew Thomas, who will likely go in the first half of the first round along with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs, and Jedrick Wills, has a meeting set with the Giants for this week, reports Jordan Reid of The Draft Network.

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Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry
Jedrick Wills/Lloyd Cushenberry

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Dave Gettleman has never traded down in the seven NFL Drafts he's been a general manager, but the sense around the NFL is that he's never been more willing to do it. That's partly due to a new philosophy in the Giants' front office and a willingness to break old habits.

But it's mostly because a unique opportunity should be there.

In some ways, the Giants are in a powerful position since they don't need a quarterback in a draft that has three who should go in the Top 10 -- maybe even the Top 5. There are several teams -- including two right below them -- who might be jockeying for position to get the quarterback they want. And the Giants could drop a few spots and still get the player they would've taken at No. 4 overall.

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On the latest Loud Mouths, Eamon McAnaney and Chris Williamson ask, "who do you have more faith in next season: Adam Gase or Joe Judge?"

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James Bradberry (Bob Donnan)
James Bradberry (Bob Donnan)

The newest additions to the Giants' roster have selected their numbers for the upcoming season, and here's what they will sport at MetLife Stadium come game day: 

Click below to see

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Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Clemson Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons (11) in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The Giants are so far sitting tight at No. 4 in the 2020 NFL Draft, where most -- if not all -- of the highest-rated offensive linemen should be waiting.

It's also likely that Isaiah Simmons will be waiting at No. 4 if the Giants want to go that route. Or they could trade back and potentially still get their top choice.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his seven-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

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Jan 25, 2020; Mobile, AL, USA; North wide receiver Chase Claypool of Notre Dame (83) warms upbefore the 2020 Senior Bowl college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)
Jan 25, 2020; Mobile, AL, USA; North wide receiver Chase Claypool of Notre Dame (83) warms upbefore the 2020 Senior Bowl college football game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports (Chuck Cook)

It may not be a priority for the Giants heading into this year's NFL Draft, but the wide receiver position could use some sort of upgrade if it makes sense for Big Blue. 

In fact, one player in particular could force GM Dave Gettleman's hand at the end of the month to solidify his offensive weapons for QB Daniel Jones

Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool has been rising in mock drafts, and he very well might be on the Giants' radar when draft day comes around. The 6-foot-4, 238-pounder lit up the NFL Combine with a 4.42 40-yard dash, 40.5 vertical leap and 19 reps on the bench press.

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Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons sacks LSU QB Joe Burrow (Stephen Lew)
Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons sacks LSU QB Joe Burrow (Stephen Lew)

When you analyze Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons, you clearly see an extremely versatile player that can help an NFL defense immediately this upcoming season. But the biggest question for whoever decides to draft him is where exactly does he play? 

That could be the question facing Giants GM Dave Gettleman and Giants coaches at the moment, as it is very likely Simmons will be on the board for them to select at No. 4 overall on April 23 when the 2020 NFL Draft kicks off. The Giants have been looking for that defensive difference-maker, and Simmons could easily be that man -- if they can deploy him correctly. 

It would make sense for him to play at middle linebacker, but new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham doesn't have to keep him in that box. Instead, it would be much more advantageous to use him strategically where the Giants need tons of help.

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Taking a look at this year's NFL Draft class, the top tackle prospects have dominated most of the headlines, but there are some very strong interior linemen set to join the NFL ranks later this month as well. And Michigan center Cesar Ruiz may just top the list.

According to a report from Jordan Reid of The Draft Network, the former Wolverine has already met with 20 NFL teams and has virtual meetings set up with the Giants and Jets in the coming days.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano mocked Ruiz to the Giants in the second round of his Giants three-round mock draft earlier this offseason and then mentioned him again as a possibility in his latest seven-round mock draft. 

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The Giants filled a lot of holes in free agency, but purposely weren't really big spenders. That's because GM Dave Gettleman's intention has always been to rebuild his team through the draft.

And with 10 picks over three days, beginning on April 23, he'll have plenty of chances to do it.

So with a month to go, here's one look at how those picks might go in SNY's first Giants seven-round Mock Draft:

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December 8, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth 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 running back Dion Lewis (33) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

New Giants running back Dion Lewis said Friday that he signed with Big Blue because of the "perfect and unique opportunity" it presented, while also talking about how he'll be able to help Saquon Barkley and what new head coach Joe Judge brings to the table.

"I think we can help make each other better," Lewis said during a conference call. "With all the running backs I've played with, I've learned things from (them) and they have learned things from me. Me being a little older guy, I have some experience with some things. He's a great player, there's not much he can't do. I'm looking forward to working with him, competing with him, learning from him and just doing that relationship with him. Build a great relationship with him so we can make the room better and hopefully make the team better."

When it comes to what his role will be behind Barkley, Lewis said "I'm just going to do what I've always done, go in there compete, work hard, build relationships in the running back room and take it from there."

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Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

When Cam Fleming hit the open market as a free agent, there were so many connections between the offensive tackle and the Giants that it just made too much sense for a deal not to happen. 

Originally a fourth-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 2014, Fleming spent two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after leaving the Pats before signing a one-year deal with the Giants on March 18.

Along the way, Fleming played for three current members of the Giants' coaching staff -- head coach Joe Judge, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, and offensive line coach Marc Colombo -- and his relationship with that trio played a huge role in him signing with Big Blue. 

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January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

Kyler Fackrell began his introductory conference call on Thursday by being very straight-forward. 

Flashing back two seasons ago, Fackrell collected a career-high with 10.5 sacks and 42 tackles from his outside linebacker position. But the Packers went and picked up Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith after that 2018 season, which took tons of snaps away from Fackrell. 

In turn, Fackrell collected just one sack as a depth player with 23 tackles.

"It was obviously not ideal," he said.

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano knows what the Giants and Jets should do with their first-round picks. Oh, and did you know he got to interview the late Don Rickles? That and much more....

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Thursday, April 2 called They Might Be Giants...

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On Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Eamon McAnaney and Jonas Schwartz look at Big Blue and ask, "should the Giants pursue Tua Tagovailoa?"

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Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons
Chase Young/Isaiah Simmons

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I've said it before, but I'll say it again: The Giants really can't go wrong at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has options, and he'll likely explore all of them before he has to make his pick 22 days from now. The big question at the end of the day, though, is what position he wants to fill right away and which prospect he believes will be the perfect fit. 

The Giants' "Big Board," then, will hold the answers to that question as Gettleman and his team rank the best prospects in order based off their importance to fill needs and their overall skill level. Gettleman has always been one to say you can't go into a draft looking to fill a need, so how exactly should he stack that board? 

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Special teams play is Joe Judge's calling card, and the Giants made an upgrade on that front on Wednesday afternoon.

The team announced the signing of long snapper Casey Kreiter on Wednesday, inking the former Broncos' Pro Bowl selection.

The 29-year-old former Iowa Hawkeye began his NFL career the way just about all long snappers do, as an undrafted free agent. After spending two training camps with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 and 2015, Kreiter signed with Denver in 2016 and won the starting job there.

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Oct 6, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes the ball against the New England Patriots at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Oct 6, 2019; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) passes the ball against the New England Patriots at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The 33-year-old Colt McCoy knows why he was signed by the Giants to a one-year deal for the upcoming season: to serve as Daniel Jones' backup. And he doesn't need the coaching staff to publicly say Jones is the starter to realize that. 

New head coach Joe Judge has said in the past that it isn't fair for him to give any starting role to anyone without evaluating everyone personally beforehand. That statement included the No. 6 overall pick from 2019 in Jones and the clear favorite RB Saquon Barkley. Of course, this sounds a lot like coach speak, but McCoy is definitely reading between those lines. 

"I'm assuming Daniel is the starting quarterback, he was the sixth pick in the draft and he has a super bright future," McCoy said Wednesday during a conference call. 

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Giants legend Eli Manning sent a special message to the entire healthcare team at New York-Presbyterian hospital systems (more than 47,000 employees) -- as the workers there are on the front lines helping to battle the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

"I just wanted to give a special call-out to all the caregivers and really the entire healthcare team at New York Presbyterian Hospital," Manning said. "Thank you so much for everything you're doing. We read about it every day, and your selflessness, your determination, your willingness to act and go above and beyond was expected. ... to help out New York and so many people.

"When everybody else in the world is being asked to stay at home and to sit back and do nothing, you've been asked to step up. And you're doing that in every way. We can not thank you enough and just want you to know how much we all appreciate what you're doing to the benefit of so many others. So please stay safe, stay healthy, and God bless." 

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If there's anyone on the Giants that knows how new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will run his defense in his first year at the helm, it's his former linebacker Blake Martinez

During his time linebackers coach with Green Bay, Graham got to work with Martinez exclusively and you can understand why the Giants were looking to nab him in free agency this offseason. Graham only spent a year with the 26-year-old, but Martinez said their bond came immediately. 

"We had that year together and we became super close, he was my inside linebacker coach," Martinez said during his introductory conference call on Monday. "For me, what made me so excited to work with him this year and the following years is how smart he is. I think he is probably the smartest coach I've ever been around."

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There's a strong chance that if the Giants keep the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft that the big four offensive linemen -- Tristan Wirfs, Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills, Andrew Thomas -- will be there waiting for them.

If the Giants stick at No. 4 and aren't tantalized enough by Isaiah Simmons to take him there, they could very likely wind up with Wirfs, a physical specimen that many experts have as the best offensive lineman in the draft.

Click below to see Wirfs straight up jumping out of a pool, doing back flips, and other insane things a man of his size shouldn't be able to do...

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Nate Ebner
Nate Ebner

Giants new special team catalyst Nate Ebner knows what it takes to become an Olympian, which is why he's hoping that the postponed 2020 Olympic Games will indeed take place in 2021 in Tokyo.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Games, originally scheduled for July 24-August 9 of this year, are being pushed back to July 23, 2021, and are set to close August 8, 2021.

The 31-year-old Ebner played on the United States rugby team at the 2016 Games in Rio.

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Yannick Ngakoue clearly doesn't want to be a Jacksonville Jaguar, nor does he want to play under the $19.3 million franchise tag. He even scolded his team on Twitter on Tuesday for preventing him from "taking care of his family" and begged them "Let's move on."

So yes, teams are circling to see if the Jags have had enough and are willing to trade their 25-year-old pass-rushing star. At the moment, there's no indication that they are, but things could always change. And if it does, one thing is clear about this situation:

Trading for Ngakoue is going to cost a lot.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The NFL held a remote presser today to discuss a few bits of news for the upcoming NFL Draft and regular season schedule, and the draft will continue to run on schedule. 

The draft will be "held from a hub," per MSG's Madelyn Burke, where picks for all 32 teams will be able to come in and get relayed to the players. The NFL is doing this, obviously, to remain in accordance with social distancing. 

Team "war rooms" will also be limited with the amount of people in it. NFL executive Peter O'Reilly said the draft "will focus on good role modeling," according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, and that means no more than 10 people in rooms. That also includes in players' homes during Draft Day. 

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Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons (LB34) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons (LB34) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Most mock drafts around the country are pegging the Giants to take an offensive tackle at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

But, according to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, that isn't the case at all. Instead, he has the Giants "zeroing in" on Clemson LB/S Isaiah Simmons with that pick. 

In the latest edition of his Stick To Football podcast, Miller said he is hearing "many NFL scouts" who believe Dave Gettleman & Co. have their eyes set on the versatile linebacker. Miller has him ranked as his fourth-best prospect in the draft, so it would be fitting. 

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Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons
Tristan Wirfs/Isaiah Simmons

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The Giants and GM Dave Gettleman really are sitting pretty at No. 4 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. They don't need to draft a quarterback after doing so last year at No. 6. And with a few more holes to fill, any top prospect will be an immediate help next season and after. 

But what truly is the right pick here? 

Of course, Gettleman could easily trade down and still get a solid prospect while collecting draft capital. Some believe that he should focus on that in the first place. In this scenario, though, let's go with what experts believe he'd do at No. 4, and that is take an offensive tackle. 

Tags: Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Solder, Oshane Ximines, Ryan Connelly, Scott Thompson
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New Giants inside linebacker Blake Martinez would obviously love to be in East Rutherford, signing the new $30.75 million contract he agreed to with the team during NFL free agency.

But, instead of the introductions to the front office and coaches, Martinez had to do everything virtually -- just like his introduction to the New York media on Monday. 

Martinez joined a conference call to explain that he had to talk to new head coach Joe Judge and a familiar face in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham over the phone. This is the first time Martinez has ever done anything like this being that it is his first time being a free agent and joining a new team after four years in Green Bay. 

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In this edition of Loud Mouths: Great Debate, Jon Hein and Justine Ward break down who they believe caused more drama while playing in New York City -- Odell Beckham Jr. or Matt Harvey...

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By winning a few games at the end of the season, the Giants almost certainly cost themselves a chance at drafting game-changing edge-rusher Chase Young.

But Big Blue is still in good position at No. 4 in the NFL Draft and should be able to come away with a cornerstone player.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently made his three-round mock. Here's how the other latest mocks see things shaking out...

Tags: Jon Halapio, Nate Solder, Will Hernandez, Danny Abriano
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Newest Giants CB James Bradberry can't introduce himself to the fans how he might want to with coronavirus not allowing him to make his way to New York. So, instead, he took some time out of his day on Sunday to answer fan questions on the team's Reddit page. 

Here are some of the highlights from the questions asked...

1) @Celestrial2: You had to match up with Julio [Jones], Mike Evans and Michael Thomas twice a year. Which of the three was hardest to guard?

Tags: Janoris Jenkins, Julian Love, Scott Thompson
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The Giants are re-signing tight end Eric Tomlinson, he announced Saturday via Instagram.

Tomlinson, who had been cut by the Giants in September, also spent time with the Raiders and Patriots in 2019.

The 27-year-old Tomlinson spent the first three seasons of his career -- from 2016 to 2018 -- with the Jets.

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Eli Manning knows the New York-New Jersey area just about as well as any athlete.

Since getting traded to the Giants on draft day back in 2004, Manning has called northern New Jersey home, and despite the current coronavirus outbreak, Manning knows that the area will come back as strong as ever.

"We're doing everything possible to get through this," Manning told the New York Post's Steve Serby in a Q&A. "We're taking the right steps, and obviously, this is an uncertain time. But, I think this country, and the Northeast and New Jersey and New York, are resilient and we're tough and we kind of find a way to fight through things. That's what we're gonna have to do. 

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Through the first wave of free agency, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman demonstrated he was willing to spend to improve Big Blue's defense.

The biggest addition to the group is cornerback James Bradberry, who signed a lthree-year, $45 million deal with nearly $32 million of that money guaranteed. 

Bradberry spoke via a conference call on Friday afternoon, making his first public comments since being signed as the key addition to the Giants' secondary. The former Panther said he was a bit surprised when the Giants' offer came in, but he's ready to be a leader in a very young Giants DB room.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants legend Eli Manning, who knows a thing or two about beating Tom Brady in big games, recently reacted to the 42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer's decision to bolt the Patriots for the Buccaneers.

"I was surprised, how it all worked out," Manning told Steve Serby of the New York Post. "I just did not imagine him leaving, them letting him go and him going somewhere else, just from my experience. But for him to have had all the success, do everything he'd done in New England and did it with one organization, I guess you just kind of wonder what was the reasoning? I don't know if he felt unappreciated, or just wanted to try something different, but was surprised that this went down."

But while Brady is gone from New England and the team currently has only quarterbacks who profile as backups on its roster, Manning doesn't think Bill Belichick and the Pats' reign of Kings of the AFC East is necessarily over.

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

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Dave Gettleman stunned the NFL back on April 20, 2016 when he did what many thought was unthinkable. He had an All-Pro cornerback, generally considered one of the best in the NFL, on an ascending team coming off a loss in Super Bowl 50. And he had him locked up for the next season with the franchise tag.

Then, he pulled that tag right out from under Josh Norman's feet.

Gettleman's decision to rescind the franchise tag that day was bold, bizarre, and almost universally criticized. But from Gettleman's view, as the Carolina Panthers general manager, it was a responsible and necessary thing to do.

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Here's a player-by-player report card for the Giants' free agent signings so far


CB James Bradberry (three years, $45 million, $31.8 million guaranteed)

The Giants needed big-time help at this spot after dumping Janoris Jenkins in December, and they got arguably the second-best corner on the market at a somewhat reasonable price.

Bradberry is big (6-foot-1, 212 pounds), fast (4.45 40-yard dash), and he'll be a big help for an otherwise young secondary that includes last year's first-rounder DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal. If they were going to spend "big" money, it had to be either at corner or pass-rusher, and once most of the top pass-rushers were tagged, they wisely got aggressive here.

Tags: DeAndre Baker, Janoris Jenkins, Leonard Williams, Sam Beal, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Giants are signing free agent DT Austin Johnson, reports Dan Duggan of The Athletic.

Johnson, 25, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans, where he played 58 games (13 starts).

He made just one start last season after making nine starts in 2018.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) celebrates a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) celebrates a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A former Giants wide receiver is staying within the division. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, former Big Blue receiver Cody Latimer has agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins. 

Latimer, 27, spent the last two seasons with the Giants, totaling 35 catches for 490 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 29 kicks for the Giants over those two seasons, averaging 23.8 yards per return. 

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Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz
Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz

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The Giants have 10 draft picks, thanks to the three compensatory picks they earned, but only three of those will come in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. For a team with many needs still to fill, it puts a premium on those selections in the first three rounds.

With a month until the draft, it's still hard to know exactly what the Giants will do and how the draft will shake out. But here's an early projection, based on the team's needs, what sources have said about players they might like, and what scouts have said about the value of certain players in the draft.

Tags: Daniel Jones, Jon Halapio, Julian Love, Saquon Barkley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

It's always fun to watch how the free agent market materializes over time, but that's from an outside perspective. 

As a player, it's a little more nerve-racking. 

Some players are still out there on the market, and at this moment, they're likely watching their expected price tag drop with most players already joining new teams. That includes DE Jadeveon Clowney, who isn't expected at this point to hit his $22-23 million, but he'll remain patient. 

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XFL players are allowed to sign with NFL teams, and the Giants took advantage of that by signing DB Dravon Askew-Henry to a two-year deal, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Askew-Henry played for the New York Guardians, so he already knows what it's like to play at MetLife Stadium. And clearly he did enough for the Giants to believe he can crack the 53-man roster next season.

The former West Virginia Mountaineer is the cousin of legendary CB Darrelle Revis, and Rapoport added that he should compete for the nickel cornerback role that Corey Ballentine is currently slated for. 

Tags: Corey Ballentine, DeAndre Baker, Sam Beal, Scott Thompson
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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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Quarterbacks have always been the key to whether the Giants will be able to trade down in the first round of the NFL Draft, and whether any offers will even be tempting. Teams without a franchise quarterback can get desperate. That's why quarterbacks always make the prices go way up.

This year, there are three generally considered to be at the top of the class, but only one team ahead of the Giants -- the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1 -- seeming like a lock to take one. And with the quarterback-needy Miami Dolphins positioned right behind the Giants at No. 5, it puts Big Blue in the sweet spot for teams looking to move up.

Or so it seems.

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