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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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) watches from the sidelines during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) watches from the sidelines during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants' first-team offense is primed to play into the second quarter of their preseason matchup against the Cleveland Browns Monday night, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Starters like QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr. were in full pads on the sideline in the Giants' opener against the Steelers, but they didn't see any reps on the field. Monday night should be the exact opposite as the offense looks to get their first plays in of the season. 

"We'd like to give [Manning] a good chunk of playing time, into the second quarter," head coach Ben McAdoo said. "We'll take a look at it as it goes." 

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GEICO SportsNite: Eli update 00:01:50
As the Giants prepare for their second preseason game, the offensive and defensive coordinators discuss getting the regulars more involved.

 

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (74) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan knows that his unit's success this year is all on the offensive line. 

"We know we're going to go as far as our offensive line goes," Sullivan said Friday. 

An obvious area of emphasis this offseason, the Giants didn't do much to their line as they have confidence their current group can get the job done. Sullivan backs these claims, saying he has seen improvement from the line through training camp so far. 

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JRSportBrief: NFL work stoppage? 00:01:54
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo showed the movie "Detroit," a film that is based on Detroit's 12th Street race riots in 1967, to his team on Tuesday as a lesson in empathy, the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard writes.

The film, which premiered worldwide on Aug. 4, is based off the riots in Detroit that took place 50 years ago when 43 people died, 342 people were injured and approximately 1,400 buildings were burned as racial tensions grew.

While McAdoo, according to Leonard, intended to show the players the movie more than a week ago, he did so in the days following the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead and nearly 20 others injured.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Canaan Severin runs with the ball defended by New York Giants safety Andrew Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Canaan Severin runs with the ball defended by New York Giants safety Andrew Adams during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants signed wide receivers Canaan Severin and Ed Eagan to replace Keeon Johnson and Kevin Snead due to injuries, the team announced.

Severin, 24, recorded two catches for 24 yards for Pittsburgh in last week's preseason game against New York. The 24-year-old receiver is in his second year out of Virginia.

Eagan was an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern State who spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns since last May.

Johnson, an undrafted free agent from Virginia, broke his foot, while Snead suffered a hamstring injury. Both were waived/injured.

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(William Hauser)

Giants G Justin Pugh believes the team's offensive line is "heading in the right direction" as the regular season approaches.

Pugh highlighted the success the team has had in practice and in the preseason opener while stressing the importance of carrying it over to games. The Steelers recorded three sacks against the Giants offense in the preseason opener on Friday.

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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has left the door open for rookie Davis Webb to be the team's No. 2 quarterback entering the season.

"I think we all have to be careful making assumptions," McAdoo said on Thursday. "Josh (Johnson) and Geno (Smith) are competing right now for the number two spot, and if that doesn't look the way we want it to look, Davis will get a crack."

Webb, a third-round pick out of the University of California, completed 8 of 16 passes with no touchdowns or interceptions during the Giants' preseason opener last Friday against the Steelers.

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning is slated to play during the Giants' second and third preseason games (on Aug. 21 and Aug. 26) head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters on Thursday.

Other notes from Giants camp...

  • CB Eli Apple sat out practice due to a sore ankle, and he's unsure whether he'll be ready to play this Monday against the Browns.
  • WR Dwayne Harris missed practice due to upper body soreness.
  • McAdoo said T Ereck Flowers was a "bright spot" during Friday's preseason opener.
  • LB B.J. Goodson (back) returned to practice.
Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers
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New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants outside linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

 Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas has taken a $2.2 million pay cut for this season and will be paid $775,000, according to Field Yates of ESPN

With the move, the Giants have freed over $2 million in cap space for this season.

Yates reports that Thomas, who was supposed to earn $2.975 million for 2017, will earn a roster bonus of $20,000 and a $400,000 incentive if he takes 70 percent of the snaps this year. 

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(William Hauser)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Throughout camp last year, Damon "Snacks" Harrison was used to seeing Johnathan Hankins lining up next to him for each rep. This year, though, he has seen multiple jerseys swap in and out as the Giants try to figure out who will start next to him Week 1.

Who is the leading candidate? There hasn't been one player in particular who has stood out. But, according to the Giants' depth chart, Jay Bromley is ahead of the pack.

The fourth-year veteran has only four starts so far in his career, but his work ethic this offseason is one that is reminiscent of a seasoned starter like Harrison.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants camp 00:03:14
Ralph Vacchiano and Justine Ward report from Giants training camp, where Ben McAdoo has taken a hard approach with his team.

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo spoke with reporters after practice on Tuesday. Here's what we learned...

  • McAdoo made players run to allow them to "gain their composure" because there were too many balls on the ground during practice. 
  • He said his will be the most challenging week as the team prepares for three games in 11 days. "We're going to be a little heavy-legged and we're going to be sore, but we're going to build calluses," he said.
  • LB B.J. Goodson left practice with a sore back after jamming a receiver on a crossing route. 
  • LB Devon Kennard is sore but will return on Thursday.
  • DT Corbin Bryant is dealing with an elbow injury and it is not clear how much time he will miss.
  • LB Calvin Munson, S Andrew Adams and LB Stansly Maponga received first team reps. McAdoo said they had "a great opportunity" but he will evaluate the practice to see how they performed.
  • LB Mark Herzlich, LB Keenan Robinson, and LB J.T. Thomas will need to compete and stay available in order to secure a role on the team.
  • Munson and Curtis Grant have "the best ability there is out there at this point in the linebacker group and that's availability." McAdoo praised their physicality and said they're improving because of all the snaps they are getting.
  • WR Brandon Marshall and and TE Evan Engram are still mastering the system and building chemistry with QB Eli Manning.
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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) 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 Brandon Marshall (15) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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Brandon Marshall made a spectacular, one-handed catch in practice on Tuesday with a defensive back pulling at his other arm. He's made a bunch of outstanding plays in training this summer, actually.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- More than a week after being ripped by ex-teammate Sheldon Richardson for being "drama-queenish" and quitting on the Jets last season, Brandon Marshall took the high road on Tuesday and pronounced his feud with Richardson "dead."

"I wasn't surprised," Marshall said when asked for the first time about Richardson's shots. "But there's so much good energy here and the environment is amazing, I don't really have time to go back to that. That's dead. It's dead."

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Odell the leader 00:01:21
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR makes the case for Odell Beckham Jr.'s chances to lead the Giants to a championship.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Odell Beckham Jr. has put up crazy numbers in his first three NFL seasons, but he won't mind at all if those numbers suddenly go down. Because there's only one number -- and one thing -- that the New York Giants star receiver really cares about.

And he made that clear as he stood in the fieldhouse on Monday and stared at the five Super Bowl championship banners hanging on the walls, and told the Giants to clear room for No. 5.

"See that banner? That's all I care about," Beckham said as he looked around the building. "Honestly, there's one, two, three, four in here. I don't where they'd put the fifth one, but they're going to have to make room because we need it."

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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have activated RB Shaun Draughn and LB J.T. Thomas off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, the team announced Tuesday.

S Landon Collins was held out of practice due to illness.

The Giants also signed LB Steven Daniels.

Daniels, 24, has also spent time with the Redskins and Eagles. He was selected in the seventh round in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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Giants Training Camp report 00:02:02
SNY's Michelle Yu and Ralph Vacchiano report from Giants Training Camp and discuss the expectations for Odell Beckham Jr. this season.

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one handed catch as he shows off his skills during the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown at Wide World of Sports. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. makes a one handed catch as he shows off his skills during the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown at Wide World of Sports. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The spectacular, one-handed catch that put Odell Beckham Jr. on the map as a rookie is now commonplace -- and really, just as spectacular as ever. During training camp practices, he warms up by catching passes one-handed; he fields punts one-handed; and occasionally he makes ridiculous, incredible, one-handed catches in team drills, too.

He did it again on Monday, making a leaping, one-handed, backhanded grab over Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins -- very similar to one he made on Sunday, too. The crowd roared as it does with just about everything Beckham does.

Tags: Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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(Kim Klement)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. continues to make highlight-reel plays at training camp as he hauled in a one-handed touchdown grab on Monday. 

With CB Janoris Jenkins draped all over him, Beckham went up to snatch an Eli Manning fade with his fingertips.

Beckham has been making his signature one-handed grabs since training camp began. However, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, head coach Ben McAdoo said, "I like two hands on the ball better than one," when asked about the catch. 

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New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn (72) reacts after recovering a fumble by the Carolina Panthers during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Kerry Wynn knows he has plenty of work to do if he wants to compete for a spot at defensive end on the Giants this season, he told Newsday

Wynn recorded three tackles, including a sack, in the team's preseason opener against the Steelers on Friday. However, Wynn is battling with Romeo OkwaraDevin Taylor and rookie Avery Moss for time at the position behind starter Jason Pierre-Paul

"I'm an undrafted guy," he said. "I'm going to ride with that until my days in the league are done. I come in every day trying to prove something, trying to continue to get better. ... I couldn't take that chip off my shoulder. There are so many that if you take a few off, I'd still have tons of them on there. That's the way it is. Even if I took the one on the left off, I got three of them on the right."

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(Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have signed WR Andrew Turzilli and LB Chris Casher, and waived WR Kevin Norwood and TE Colin Thompson, per NY Post's Paul Schwartz.

Turzilli, a Rutgers University product, was an undrafted free agent that found his way on the 49ers' practice squad in 2015. He eventually made his way to the Titans that year where he totaled two catches for 25 yards in three games.

In April 2016, he was suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substance policy. This year, he signed to the Lions practice squad, but was waived on May 11. 

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) rushes against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings win 24-10. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)

While Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has stated that Paul Perkins has a chance to grab hold of starter's spot, Orleans Darkwa is looking to push for his own starting reps at running back. 

"I think any running back, if you don't have the mentality that you want to be the guy, then what are you doing?" Darkwa said. "Obviously, he said [Perkins] is the starter, but I try to go in with the mentality that I want to be the starter and take his job. I think that pushes everybody."

Tags: Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins
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Giants training camp report 00:02:33
Taylor Rooks and Ralph Vacchiano report from Giants training camp where head coach Ben McAdoo said Eli Manning showed some rust on the field

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Sterling Shepard ankle scare is officially over.

Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.

"They cut me loose today, so I am back to doing what I do," Shepard said in a statement released through the team. "I have been doing stuff leading up to this, so I felt like I was ready for a full practice."

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers prepares to block Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith during the first half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even by Odell Beckham Jr.'s standards, this was a spectacular play: a leaping, one-handed, almost-backhanded catch at the 5-yard line, followed by enough body control to hang on, switch hands and scamper untouched into the end zone. There was a gasp from the crowd, followed by the loudest cheers of the day.

There was only one problem: about 35 yards behind him, the play had already blown up.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Olivier Vernon, Pittsburgh Steelers, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Jeff Hanisch)
(Jeff Hanisch)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson and DT Jay Bromley both showed they can make an impact on the defense this season in the preseason opener against the Steelers. 

Goodson has been aggressive and vocal since the start of camp, and that is something the Giants' coaches like to see from someone who could potentially be the starting middle linebacker this season. Leading is an area Goodson has been accustomed to.

"I'm a middle linebacker, I have no worries about taking control and being the leader of a huddle, that's what I've always done," Goodson told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton. "I was ready to go. It was just another chance to continue building what we're building, and I'm confident I can do the job, do what I need to do for us to be great."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Devon Kennard, Jay Bromley
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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) scrambles with the ball during the third quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith (3) scrambles with the ball during the third quarter of a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants dropped their first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-12, at MetLife Stadium on Friday night. 

Here is what head coach Ben McAdoo said about his players following the matchup...

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Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (33) is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) and safety Landon Collins (21) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 11, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (33) is tackled by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) and safety Landon Collins (21) during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

 

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(Erich Schlegel)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The news that Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for the first six games of the NFL season has the potential to cause a seismic shift in the NFC East. But it didn't cause many waves in the Giants locker room.

As far as the Giants are concerned, the Cowboys will be tough to beat in the regular season opener with or without the NFL's best young running back. So the news didn't change their outlook on the season one bit.

I don't care," said Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas. "We get them how we get them. But they're still Dallas now. They still have a very good young quarterback who had a good, strong rookie year. They've got a strong receiver on the outside, one of the better slot receivers in the game, one of the greatest tight ends I ever played against. Those guys are still there. Their O-line is still intact."

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(Brad Penner)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It's too early to make sweeping judgements, but the first impressions of the Giants offensive line on Saturday night were that they looked a lot like last year's offensive line.

And obviously that's not good.

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Paul Perkins, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants' first preseason game 00:00:48
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recaps the Giants' 2017 preseason opener where they fell to the Steelers by a score of 20-12 at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants failed to score a touchdown as they lost to the PIttsburgh Steelers, 20-12, in their first preseason game.

Offense was provided by the two kickers, Aldrick Rosas and Mike Nugent, as they alternated field goal attempts and didn't miss one. Rosas showed off his powerful leg with a 52-yard field goal in the second quarter while Nugent split the uprights with a 45-yarder. They went a perfect 4-for-4 on the night.

Josh Johnson got the start at quarterback, and couldn't get anything going to start the night. He went 5-for-10 in the air for 31 yards. 

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are listed as healthy scratches for the first preseason game against the Steelers Friday. 

Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are not on the list, meaning they could see some time on the field. 

Among the injury-related scratches are WR Sterling Shepard, LB Keenan Robinson, and WR Tavarres King

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr.
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Daily News Live: Ezekiel Elliott 00:02:59
Daily News Live reacts to the news that Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended six games for violating the NFL's conduct policy.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season under the NFL's domestic violence policy, the NFL announced Friday.

Among the games Elliott will miss include Dallas' Week 1 matchup with the New York Giants, Week 3 game against the Arizona Cardinals and Week 5 game against the Green Bay Packers.

A former girlfriend of Elliott reportedly accused him of assaulting her multiple times in a span of a week in July 2016, however charges were reportedly not filed against Elliott.

"Even when a player is not charged with a crime, 'he may still be found to have violated the [league's personal conduct] policy if the credible evidence establishes that he engaged in conduct prohinited by this Personal Conduct Policy," the NFL wrote in a letter to Elliott.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Head coach Ben McAdoo said he plans to treat the Giants' preseason opener the same way he treated last year's. That means there'll likely be no Eli Manning, no Odell Beckham Jr., no Jason Pierre-Paul, no Landon Collins or many other starters.

And the starters that do actually play probably won't play much at all.

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Buffalo Bills defensive back Corey White (30) and New York Giants defensive back Mykkele Thompson (22) during the game at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Buffalo Bills defensive back Corey White (30) and New York Giants defensive back Mykkele Thompson (22) during the game at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants open the preseason on Friday night, just two weeks after they opened camp. And with a veteran team with few training camp battles, very little has changed.

In those few battles, though, some very clear lines have been drawn. The action in the preseason games will determine everything of course, but as the games begin, here's a look at where the action stands in the five big battles I identified (hand handicapped) before camp began:

Tags: Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Ralph Vacchiano
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Minnesota Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison (85) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Lions won 22-16 in overtime. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)
Minnesota Vikings tight end Rhett Ellison (85) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Lions won 22-16 in overtime. (Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports)

After spending the first five years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, tight end Rhett Ellison is now with the Giants and wants to win a championship. 

The 28-year-old signed a four-year, $18 million contract to sign with New York this offseason. During his time with the Vikings, the team participated in just two playoff games.

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Giants training camp 00:01:42
Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the latest from Giants training camp as the backup QB competition heats up between Geno Smith and Josh Johnson.

 

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New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) during game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Statdium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

After finishing in third for NFL Defensive Player of the Year award last season, Giants safety Landon Collins wants to take home the prize this year, he told the New York Daily News

"It's a dream of mine. It's a goal of mine," Collins said "I was shut out of it in college. I was mad about that, with the Thorpe Award. They gave it to some kid, wherever he came from, and I don't think he's doing nothing now in the league. I rightfully should have won it then, and at the same time I feel like I was robbed last year."

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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

As the Giants prepare for their opening preseason game against the Steelers on Friday, rookie Davis Webb is hoping to make an impression at quarterback. 

Davis, a third-round pick out of the University of California, hopes he gets the opportunity to play under center at MetLife Stadium. 

"I feel ready to go, studied my butt off, gotten every rep this entire camp," Webb said. "I might not be in there, but mentally I've been pretty into every single rep. So, I haven't missed one. I feel good about it, and just looking forward to playing again. It's been a while."

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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) 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 Brandon Marshall (15) during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning says WR Brandon Marshall reminds him of Plaxico Burress, who played with Manning and the Giants from 2005 to 2008.

"Yeah, I mean, they're both similar height," Manning said about Marshall and Burress, according to ESPN. "And just smarts on football, body control, being able to go up and get the ball. So yeah, I'd say some definite similarities there. Obviously with Plaxico, [I] had a number of years playing with him, so I knew what he was going to do, knew how to read his body. I knew whether it was going to be a back shoulder versus a fly or a jump ball. So we need more live reps doing that."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The last time the world saw Geno Smith on a football field he was the embattled, former starting quarterback of the Jets, briefly given his job back by default. Then, he was carted away with a torn ACL and his time with the Jets - and maybe as an NFL starter - were over.

But here he is again, getting ready for another game at a familiar stadium, this time in a battle for the job of backup quarterback with the Giants. He feels better, stronger, smarter and healthier, and he certainly seems a lot happier than he was.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants have remained steadfastly committed to Ereck Flowers as their starting left tackle all spring and summer long. But on Wednesday afternoon, the door opened just a crack for a possible change.

Late in practice, Chad Wheeler, an undrafted rookie from USC, replaced Flowers with the first team offensive line and took the final three reps of full-team drills. The 23-year-old Flowers wasn't hurt, and there had been no previous signs of a regular rotation at tackle during the summer.

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Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the bench during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Aug 20, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the bench during the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

The Giants have announced they signed OL Corin Brooks, and waived/injured OL Jessamen Dunker. 

Brooks went undrafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, but signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a rookie free agent. He only lasted a few days before being released. 

The University of Texas-Permian Basin (Division 2) alumni stands at 6-foot-3, 312 pounds, and primarily plays left tackle. He also had stints of playing guard in college. 

Dunker missed one practice last week due to a foot injury. He left Monday's practice early, and did not participate on Tuesday. If he is not claimed off waivers, the Giants will send him to the IR. 

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Taylor Rooks and Ralph Vacchiano report from Giants camp on the Richardson-Marshall feud and speculate on a front-runner for backup QB.

 

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New York Giants co-owner John Mara looks on during Game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants co-owner John Mara looks on during Game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants owner John Mara took to the airwaves on Tuesday to slam the notion that teams are blackballing QB Colin Kaepernick, but said that there are "issues" with signing the veteran quarterback that have "scared some teams away."

 

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins believes he can play better than he did last year, and he knows it doesn't hurt that he's been practicing against a talented group of playmakers on the offensive side.

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Is Eli Manning a hall of famer? 00:02:43
The DNL panel discusses Eli Manning's case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Giants' ceremony to honor the Super Bowl 42 team.

 

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Jun 13, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) talk 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 Sterling Shepard (87) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) talk during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Losing can bring out the worst in people. It can make others see the worst in people, too. And that might explain why the Giants see Brandon Marshall as a leader who can bring their locker room together, while Sheldon Richardson sees him as a "drama queen" who ripped the Jets apart.

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