Special teams coach Tom Quinn met the media yesterday at Quest to discuss the state of his units. Last year, his groups fared well. Kickoff returns were stellar with rookie David Wilson leading the league in return yardage.  The overall coverage on kickoffs and punts was good and K Lawrence Tynes was second in the league in scoring.

The only area that needed improvement was the punt returner position. Quinn said yesterday the position is still open:

"It’s wide open," declared Quinn.  "We’ve got Rueben. We’ve got Jayron Hosley. We’ve got Jernigan. David is taking some reps back there and then we also have some young guys that we’re interested about like Hardy. Kevin Hardy is one receiver. Laron Scott… So those are the guys that are in the mix right now. Just getting them enough reps to see what they can do, especially in the game, because obviously we didn’t make a very good decision last game."

Hosley was drafted with punt returner on his resume. He's not going to see as many reps as a third round DB would normally receive because he can't line up with the longer, taller wideouts on the outside. He's strictly a slot corner or a nickel back. Quinn acknowledged Hosley would get a long look at PR....

"He had the first three this time. So he only had one opportunity (a four yard gain). But we’ve got to try and get those guys who we think have a shot and enough reps to see what we’ve got back there."

But now, Quinn is also faced with losing Wilson on kickoffs and dealing with a new kicker, Josh Brown, since Tynes and the Giants could not come to terms on a contract this spring.  Tynes recently signed with Tampa Bay.

Last week, four of the five kickoffs the Giants lined up to return went for touchbacks. Quinn was asked how kickoff returns would change without the explosiveness of Wilson...

"We expect it to be the same way with whoever we put back there. David did an excellent job, but I think there was good blocking too."

That doesn't seem possible given the fact that Wilson may be one of fastest people on the planet. The two probables on kickoff returns this year are WR Jerrel Jernigan (who returned a KO 27 yards vs the Steelers last week) and rookie RB Michael Cox.

"He’s looked good in practice.," said Quinn of Cox. "We’ve just got to see him in the game when it is full speed live tackling. He does have the ability to make people miss and he is explosive. So we’re excited to see him and hopefully we get some balls that we can return."

[sny-accordion title= "More from Tom Quinn" ]Q: What have you seen from Josh Brown?

A: With Josh Brown, you see a consistent veteran kicker and he would have liked to have two of those kicks back… So it’s something to work on this week.

Q: The one where he missed the field goal?

A: The one before that wasn’t struck as well as he had liked to and the one after that was obviously missed. Those are the two that he would like to have back. Under that distance, you have to make them all.

Q: When he was signed this year, were you concerned at all that he only played four games last year?

A: Not necessarily. It was a different year as far as kickers. I don’t think anyone changed kickers until week 13 or 14. It was deep into it because guys made kicks and then the young guys made kicks. I think there were three new rookies on rosters and so there wasn’t a lot of turnover. Usually, there’s more turnover. Usually a guy like Josh, who didn’t make a team, would have been picked up earlier, so I think that was a surprise to everyone. We didn’t really focus on that part of it.

Q: What did you think of some of the rule changes this offseason? Did it affect any of the stuff that you’re trying?

A: Not really. I think the field goal rule is a good rule. It’s not doubling up. A lot of times there are four guys on one or four guys on two guys. You see a lot of injuries right there. It’s all safety driven and we’re good with all of it.

Q: How excited were you to get a punt block on the first series?

A: I wasn’t very happy because the first punt return we didn’t block it very well and we got nothing and then we got a re-do and re-do’s are always nice. …and we took advantage of it.

Q: When you have a new kicker or any part of that three-part process, there is an acclimation process.

A: There is. Yeah.

Q: How has that been going?

A: It’s gone really well. I think Zak and Steve have done a good job. I think they’re better than they were last year, so that made the transition a little bit easier. With the kicker, you’ve got to have enough time to see the ball and the ball is on the right spot, right lane, right tilt, so we’ve been pleased with that.

Q: Why are they better than they were last year?

A: They keep working. It’s a never-ending process, so they’re always striving to be the best they can be and they just keep working at it and got better.

Q: Is Josh like other kickers you have worked with?

A: They’ve been easy. The guys I’ve had have been pretty easy. Easy to please. It’s tough because, regardless of the snap or the hold, it’s all about the kick and so they know the pressure is on them to make the kick. People don’t see the hold. They don’t want to hear about the hold. So we’ve got to do a good job of having a good snap, good hold, so we can have a good kick.

Q: There is a lot going on in a short period of time involving three people.

A: It is, but we get a lot of reps at it and we have a lot of practice. It’s a very important job for Steve and Zak. They’ve got to continue to improve.

Q: Has Steve Weatherford worked with Josh prior to coming here?

A: When they train in the offseason in San Diego, Josh had trained with him. So they’ve had some prior experience together.

Q: How much does Steve help in general? Do you feel like guys follow him and push themselves a little bit more?

A: Yeah. He does fancy himself as a bodybuilder, but it doesn’t get any punting points. His job is still to punt the ball with great location and hang and distance. But I think ever since I’ve coached special teams, regardless of the level I’ve been at, you always try to really reinforce those guys that you’re a member of this team and the way they can see it is in the weight room. We want to be below the radar and we work just as hard as everyone else. We’re not going to sweat. We’re not going to get hit. We’re not going to do the things that the other guys are doing, so at least they see that you’re putting time in… Zak is a tremendous worker too and Josh has been really following those two guys, so it’s pleasing to see how they work.

Q: Of the new guys you’ve had join the team, has anybody stood out special teams wise?

A: Damontre Moore. He does a good job of listening and he tries to do exactly what you tell him to do. He’s athletic and then there are unusual traits that he has just with his size. He creates matchup problems, so I’ve been pleased with him. More mental in the meeting room than anything else. Cox has been good. This has been a pretty good young group as far as their attention to detail.[/sny-accordion]

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Hall of Famer and Giants Ring of Honor member, Michael Strahan, believes WR Odell Beckham Jr. has his head on straight, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

At the JustRivals.com Golf Classic Monday, Strahan said he spoke with Beckham this offseason, and thinks he did nothing wrong this offseason. 

"He busts his ass," Strahan said. "I've seen this kid work. I've talked to him this offseason. His head is where it needs to be."

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Cornerback play is expected to be one of the Giants' strengths in 2017, as was the case during the team's 2016 campaign. Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersEli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins

Projected BackupsAntwon Blake, Michael Hunter

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(William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning, 36, believes he has four or more season left in his NFL career.

While hosting the 22nd annual Manning Passing Academy with brother Peyton Manning, he was asked if could surpass Peyton's 18 seasons in the league. He is confident it will happen.

"No doubt, no doubt," Manning said. "Maybe [more]. You know, I take it one year at a time in this league, but yeah, the body feels great right now."

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(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants' cornerbacks coach, Tim Walton, says CB Janoris Jenkins has shown tremondous growth, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan

Walton previously coached Jenkins in 2013 when he was the Rams' defensive coordinator. Joining the Giants in 2015, he was a main proponent in getting Jenkins to the Giants once he hit free agency. When they landed him, Walton was impressed by how much he improved. 

"He just keeps maturing," Walton said. "The more you play in the league and the more you've been around, the more you learn, you grow as a player. That's what he's done. He's a smart player. He works hard at understanding the game and we already know he's athletic and has good movement skills. But he really works at the knowledge of the game and the details and that's the thing that helps separate him from a lot of guys. He puts a lot of time into that."

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(William Hauser)

The Giants' wide receiving corps is expected to be an asset in 2017. Let's take a closer look...


Projected Starters: Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon MarshallSterling Shepard

Projected Backups: Roger Lewis, Jr.Tavarres KingDwayne Harris

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New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss (91) running during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss (91) running during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

The Giants released their training camp schedule on Friday, announcing that camp will open at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, July 28.

The camp will feature 11 practice sessions open to the public at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, located on the MetLife Sports Complex.

Training camp will conclude on Tuesday, August 15.

There is no admission charge for watching training camp workouts.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants president and co-owner John Mara on Thursday acknowledged that WR Odell Beckham has had issues in the past but that "he's working on that" and said "I wish we had another dozen players like him."

Speaking on Mike Francesa's radio show on WFAN, Mara said he had a "great conversation" with Beckham during the team's recent minicamp.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning's trial for allegedly selling fabricated game-used memorabilia has been delayed, Newsday's Jim Baumbach reports.

The trial was originally set to begin on Sept. 25, and Manning's deposition -- which was supposed to take place on June 27 -- will now be done sometime between the beginning of August and the end of September.

 

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(William Hauser)

The Giants recently signed DE Devin Taylor to a deal worth only $40,000 guaranteed, reports Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Taylor, 27, had 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 16 games for the Lions last season after amassing seven sacks in 15 games for the Lions in 2015.

He had spent the entirety of his four-year career with the Lions after being drafted out of South Carolina in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Four Giants players are listed among the NFL Network's 'The Top 100 Players of 2017' list, which was revealed on the NFL Network.

Giants WR Odell Beckham is listed among the top 10 players, while S Landon Collins comes in at number 28, CB Janoris Jenkins at number 54, and Damon Harrison at number 96. The players on the list are ranked by NFL players themselves.

Beckham caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Giants in 2016; Collins had five interceptions, 100 tackles, 13 passes defended, and four sacks; Jenkins had 49 tackes, one sack, three interceptions, and 18 passes defended; and Harrison had 55 tackes, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble.

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(The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)

Hall of Famer and Giants Ring of Honor member, Lawrence Taylor, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence last August, according to NY Daily News' John Annese. 

On Sept. 2, 2016, Taylor hit a cop car and a motor home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as he attempted to merge onto the Florida Turnpike. He, then, failed a roadside sobriety test, blowing a 0.082 blood-alcohol content which is over the 0.08 limit. 

The 58-year-old will receive a year of probation as well as having to pay $1,500 in fines and court fees. He will also enroll in DUI courses, have an ignition interlock in his car, and perform 75 hours of community service. 

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(William Hauser)

The Giants' offseason moves revolved around WR Odell Beckham Jr. instead of revamping the offensive line, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

Raanan gave the Giants a "B" as Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't acquire a top talent in the draft to put into the offensive line. However, with the Giants scoring only 19.4 points per game last season, new weapons for QB Eli Manning to use isn't a bad thing whatsoever.

The additions of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Evan Engram will hopefully open things up for Beckham as they both create a matchup challenge for opposing defenses along with WR Sterling Shepard

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(William Hauser)

Giants rookie QB Davis Webb is determined to excel in the Giants offense, and it shows in his unique work ethic, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Webb, the Giants' third round pick in this year's draft, is always trying to learn on the job which is why he had questions for each quarterback and coach at OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

"I have a ton of questions. I write them out every day," Webb said following minicamp. "I have Eli [Manning] quesitons, Coach [Mike] Sullivan questions, Coach [Frank] Cignetti questions, Josh [Johnson] questions and Geno [Smith] questions. You have it all different. They've all been responsive. I'm just thankful and blessed to have that type of room around me. Some guys don't have that."

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(William Hauser)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said "it's a responsiblity" to be a good role model, according to NY Post's Paul Schwartz.

Beckham, who hosted his Citi Odell Beckham Jr. Football ProCamp at Kean University in Union, N.J. Saturday, understands that many look up to him, and he wants to set a good example. 

"It's a responsibility," Beckham said. "I say it all the time, I remember when I was young and I looked up to somebody, little do we know the things that we do have a huge impact on 'em. So always be mindful of what you're doing, try to be the best person you can be and in turn hopefully that will be a good role model for somebody else."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ereck Flowers definitely looks a little learner, and everyone has indicated that his work ethic and techiques are also much-improved.

But when the pads finally come on and the games start to matter, will any of that mean that Flowers is any better?

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Can Beckham Jr. stay drama free? 00:02:15
The Daily News Live crew discuss if Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants can stay drama free until training camp begins next month.

The Daily News Live crew discuss if Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants can stay drama free until training camp begins next month.


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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the offseason with a heartbreaking playoff loss that left them with mixed feelings. They were crushed that they blew an 11-5 season and a terrific opportunity. But they were hopeful that they were on the verge of being a true contender again.

Everything they did this offseason was with that in mind. There's still a lot of work to be done when training camp opens on July 27, of course, and a lot can change between now and Opening Day on Sept. 10. But for now, here are five things we've learned about these Giants as their "offseason" officially comes to an end:

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants tight ends coach Kevin M. Gilbride chats with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano about rookie Evan Engram.

Evan Engram, the Giants' first-round draft pick, will throw out the first pitch before the Mets game at CitField on Friday night.

After that, for the rest the Giants rookies who'll be there too, drinks are on him.

The 22-year-old Engram, whom the Giants selected 23rd overall in April, officially signed his rookie contract on Thursday, making him the last of the Giants' six-man draft class to sign. Engram's deal will be worth $10.7 million over four seasons, with a signing bonus of $5.9 million and a fifth-year team option for 2021.

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The Giants finalized the rookie contract with tight end Evan Engram on Thursday.  (Julio Cortez/AP)
The Giants finalized the rookie contract with tight end Evan Engram on Thursday. (Julio Cortez/AP)

The Giants signed Evan Engram on Thursday, finalizing the last of their draft pick signings. 

Elsewhere, Juan Lagares broke his thumb in a Mets' loss, the Jets starting quarterback job is up for grabs and the Yankees fall in 10 innings. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants camp 00:01:38
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants minicamp, where Jason Pierre-Paul and Ben McAdoo talk about getting ready for the season.

Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants minicamp, where Jason Pierre-Paul and Ben McAdoo talk about getting ready for the season.


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

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

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

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

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(William Hauser)

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

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: NYG mini-camp 00:01:46
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest news from Giants' mini-camp as they finished day two of mandatory workouts.

Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) waits for the snap during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker B.J. Goodson (93) waits for the snap during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Bills beat the Giants 21 to 0. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The middle linebacker is supposed to be the leader of the defense, calling the plays and making sure everyone is lined up correctly. And B.J. Goodson, a second-year pro, seems to be settling into that role nicely with the Giants.

In fact, he might be settling into it a little too much.

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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Dave Merritt, the Giants safeties coach, talked to Landon Collins about his potential, he told him he could be one of the all-time greats. And Collins agreed, saying, "My ultimate goal is to wear that [gold] jacket" given to Hall of Famers.

And he might, as long as he can learn to walk away from the banana pudding first.

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(William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - As if there weren't already enough worries about the Giants' offensive line, now injuries can be added to the mix.

The thin line became even thinner this week as two starters, and one veteran backup have missed all, or part of, the first two days of the three-day minicamp.

Left guard Justin Pugh hasn't been able to practice with what he described as a "tweak" in his back, while left tackle Ereck Flowers and backup guard D.J. Fluker left practice on Tuesday with undisclosed injuries.

It's early, so no one is hitting the panic button. But with training camp only six weeks away, those injuries will certainly be something to watch.

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JRSportBrief: Big Blue Offense 00:01:32
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR calls on the Giants offense to step up and put more points on the board this season.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR calls on the Giants offense to step up and put more points on the board this season.

QB Eli Manning should have one of the best receivings corps in the league, with newly-signed Brandon Marshall joining Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard.

The Giants also drafted receiving TE Evan Engram, and have Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen as a potentially-potent RB duo.

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Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media and explains his skipping of OTAs. 

Elsewhere, Ben McAdoo debuts a new hairstyle, and the Yankees and Mets have their respective win streaks snapped. 

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May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10) and Davis Webb (5) look on during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 25, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10) and Davis Webb (5) look on during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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If Eli Manning was bothered when the Giants drafted his potential successor, he's not showing it or saying it at all.

Speaking for the first time since the Giants drafted Cal quarterback Davis Webb in the third round of this year's NFL draft, Manning seemed completely unaffected. Despite all the issues that come with having the Giants possible quarterback of the future on the roster while Manning still has three years left on his contract, he seemed to give the entire topic one big shrug.

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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo speaks during press conference at mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo speaks during press conference at mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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Benny with the good hair is now Benny with the new hair.

Giants coach Ben McAdoo, whose appearance has sometimes been as scrutinized as his play-calling, debuted a new McA-do for the opening of Giants minicamp on Tuesday. It was a slicked back look, a la Pat Riley, and a big departure from his old, more moppy hairstyle with a part in the middle

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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during press conference at mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) during press conference at mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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Odell Beckham may have gotten all the headlines, but he wasn't the only Giant to make his offseason debut on Tuesday. Olivier Vernon finally showed up after skipping the team's offseason program, too.

His absence was much quieter, though, and for a variety of reasons - including the biggest one, which is that he's not quite the superstar that Beckham has become. It also helped that Vernon wasn't a fixture at the NBA Finals and wasn't active on social media. Also, there was little mystery in Vernon's absence, since he just signed an enormous contract with the Giants last offseason.

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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with ball during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs with ball during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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Odell Beckham is back and at least kind of, sort of indicated he's not at war with the Giants over his contract, so the spring distraction is over and all is (mostly) right in the Giants' world.

Now the trick is to keep it that way. And there's only one real way for Beckham to do that.

He needs to make sure he heeded GM Jerry Reese's words from January. He needs to "grow up".

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New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. talks about his contract status and explains why he skipped Big Blue's OTAs last week.

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. was at the team's mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and spoke for the first time since skipping OTAs.

It had been suggested that Beckham, who worked out elsewhere while his teammates were at OTAs, stayed away to protest his salary.

Beckham said it was never in his mind to skip OTAs because of his contract.

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(William Hauser (USA Today))

Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa's absence from training camp is excused because of personal reasons, head coach Ben McAdoo said on Tuesday.

Odighizuwa, who appeared to be hinting about retirement back on April 3, had attended the Giants' offseason workouts in mid-April.

On April 3, he had tweeed what appeared to be a farewell statement. He wrote "At the point and time I believe it's in my best interest to take sometime to get away from the game." He even apologized for announcing that on Twitter, but added "this is the best platform to express something of the things that has been on my mind for a while."

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Early Bird Beckham 00:03:34
The DNL panel discusses the arrival of Odell Beckham Jr and what it means that he showed up a day early for Giants' mandatory minicamp

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(William Hauser)

First-round pick, Evan Engram, thoroughly impressed his coaches and teammates during OTAs, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

The Ole Miss product has been showcasing his play-making abilities already. During the final OTA practice last Friday, he leaped over his defender, LB Jonathan Casillas, to haul in a spectacular grab. Casillas recognized first-hand what the rookie can do.

"He's such a dynamic player playing the tight end position with his skill set," Casillas said. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. warms up before a playoff game. (AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. warms up before a playoff game. (AP)

Odell Beckham is back on Giants turf, so everyone can now stand down and move onto some of the other issues facing his team - assuming, of course, that he takes part in minicamp and doesn't bring more attention onto himself.

What other issues are facing the Giants, and what questions can be answered during their three-day, mandatory, full-team mini-camp that takes place beginning Tuesday morning? Here are five questions that they can begin to answer this week...

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Giants QB coach Frank Cignetti Jr talks about rookie signal caller Davis Webb, and how he can develop behind Eli Manning.

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New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants RB Shane Vereen said he is being cautious this offseason, and "taking it day by day" after rushing back onto the field last season, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

Vereen was lowkey at OTAs as he continues his rehab on the triceps he tore twice last season. The first tear came in Week 3 against the Redskins, where the Giants originally deemed him inactive for the rest of the season. Instead, he returned in Week 14 against the Cowboys, and eventually tore it again against the Lions the following week.

The 28-year-old admitted it was a mistake to return early.

"I'm not a doctor, but I think I rushed it a little bit too quick the first time," Vereen said. "So this time around, we're definitely taking our time, we're definitely making sure the muscle is strong enough and the tendons are strong enough. So that way I don't miss any more time on the field."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has arrived at the team's facility for his physical, SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed Monday morning.

DE Olivier Vernon, who was the other prominent Giant to skip the team's OTAs, has also arrived at the facility for his physical, according to Art Stapleton of The Record.

After taking a break from the public eye, Beckham proclaimed his return Sunday night, posting a video of his offseason training with the hashtag "ImBack." 

Beckham made headlines recently by skipping the team's 10 voluntary OTA practices.

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JRSportBrief: Odell a hold out? 00:01:05
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR argues why Giants WR Odell Beckham should hold out for a contract extension.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR argues why Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. should hold out for a contract extension.

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports on the Giants newest offensive weapon Evan Engram and Bob McAdoo's confidence in running back Paul Perkins.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Paul Perkins made just one start last season, but he was impressive enough that Giants head coach Ben McAdoo didn't even wait for spring practices to start to name the 22-year-old the new starting running back. Perkins was understandably glad to hear that.

And then he went back to work.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - In the end, Odell Beckham got close to the Giants' OTAs, just not close enough.

Despite being a mere nine miles away from the Meadowlands on Thursday night, at a promotional event in Manhattan, the Giants' star receiver did not show up at his team's 10th and final organized team activity session (OTA) on Friday. That completes what is believed to be his perfect non-attendance. He was definitely not at any of the three sessions open to the media over the last three weeks, including the one on Friday, and team sources say he has not shown up to any of them at all.

Of course, these are voluntary sessions, according to NFL rules. The only mandatory offseason activity for Giants players comes next week, when all players are required to show up for a three-day mini-camp (Tuesday through Thursday) or they can be fined. Beckham has promised to attend that mandatory camp (though it's not known if he'll actually participate in any drills).

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Good morning. Here's what you need to know for today in New York sports. 

The Yankees earned a 9-1 win over the Red Sox on Thursday night after a strong seven innings from starter Michael Pineda and a two-homer, five-RBI performance from Gary Sanchez. 

Elsewhere, Odell Beckham, Jr. could command the largest wide receiver contract ever, and the Jets are engaged in trade talks about Eric Decker. 

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Whether he ever attends another OTA or not, Odell Beckham, Jr. is almost certainly going to get a lucrative new contract in the relatively near future.

And when he does, it's going to be big.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The pads aren't on yet, so there's not a lot to go on for Giants offensive line coach Mike Solari. But he's convinced, from what he's seen this offseason, that his much-maligned left tackle will be a better player this year.

Yes, the bar is low for Ereck Flowers after the struggles he endured during his first two NFL seasons. But the 23-year-old, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, showed a renewed desire and work ethic during the offseason. Solari saw how hard he worked at the Giants' facility during the offseason.

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Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant (97) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant (97) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Giants have signed former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Corbin Bryant to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday morning.

To make room on the roster, the Giants have waived center Khaled Holmes.

Bryant, 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, appeared in only eight games for the Bills last season due to a shoulder injury. He recorded 11 combined tackles.

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GEICO SportsNite: Odell Beckham 00:01:14
Ralph Vacchiano gives his take on Odell Beckham Jr.'s absence from OTAs and talks about how this might affect his contract negotiations.

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As Odell Beckham, Jr. skips his third week of OTAs, there is an increasing belief that he's "holding out" to send a message to the Giants that he wants a lucrative new contract.

If that's true, he's getting bad advice because the only message he's actually sending is that the Giants should think twice before giving him a lucrative, long-term deal.

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