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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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Damon Harrison is well aware of the way Russell Wilson utilizes his mobility to move the Seahawks offense down the field, and he says the Giants defense needs to stop him in his tracks to beat him on Sunday. 

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New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (William Hauser)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) missed practice on Thursday after participating on a limited basis on Wednesday.

Vernon missed last Sunday's game against the Broncos due to the injury.

LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB Calvin Munson (quad), and C Weston Richburg (concussion) also missed practice.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants got a lot of good years out of Eli Manning, but there is a sense that his time here is ending - or at least that it should. More than a few fans think it's time to turn the page, before he's too old to even think about another playoff run.

I've always thought that to be crazy. Franchise quarterbacks aren't easy to find. And more likely, everyone in New York is really, really, really going to miss Manning when he's gone.

So with that said, here's Part II of my Twitter mailbag, with a focus on the future of the Giants' franchise quarterback, and a look at what might come next.

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Ben McAdoo (AP)
Ben McAdoo (AP)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned to the Giants, and was apologetic for his actions that led to his suspension. WR Sterling Shepard also returned to practice. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie returns to the Giants following his one-game suspension from the team for locker room misconduct.

 

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - I get the sense that Giants fans don't know what to feel right now. They were despondent over the team's 0-5 start and angry over the chaos around the locker room. Then they were euphoric over the stunning win in Denver before lamenting all that might have been.

Now? Is it all positive and defiant, as you dream of a miracle run for the playoffs? Is it all negative and hopeless as you dream of a top pick in next year's draft?

All I know for sure is you've got plenty of questions to fill up my latest Twitter mailbag. So now I will try to answer a few in Part I of this week's edition.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Giants QB Eli Manning was voted the most overrated quarterback in the NFL by players in a quarterbacks poll. 

Reporters received 155 player polls on different categories involving quarterbacks in the NFL. Manning won the most overrated category by receiving 14 percent of votes. As noted in the ESPN article, Manning has ranked No. 30 in QBR since he has turned 31. The Giants are also 31-39 in that span. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: There's no shot Eli is the most overrated quarterback in the league. Yes, his play has diminished since his Super Bowl victories. But age affects everyone not named Tom Brady, so Manning shouldn't be atop of these rankings. 

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo ceded control of the offensive play-calling last week to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, but Giants co-owner John Mara said that ownership did not force the move. 

After starting the season 0-5, New York went on the road to beat the Broncos, 23-10, without much of its starting offense. 

"I certainly did not speak to Ben and I know [Steve Tisch] did not about giving up the play-calling," Mara told reporters at the NFL owners meeting, according to NJ.com. "That's got to be the coach's decision at the end of the day."

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was fuming at his coach, packing up his locker and storming out of the Giants' practice facility. It was hard to explain such insubordinate behavior.

But on Wednesday, he had a pretty good explanation.

"I'm dramatic, man. I'm crazy," DRC said. "I do stuff over the top, man.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants president, CEO, and co-owner John Mara before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

According to co-owner John Mara, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s latest injury won't have an effect on a long-term deal. 

Beckham needed season-ending surgery to repair a fractured ankle in Week 5. He was on his way to a big payday with the Giants, but many saw the injury as a setback for that. Mara, on the other hand, doesn't see the injury having any say in that matter. 

"I don't think that will have any effect because I think he's going to make a full recovery," Mara told NJ.com at the NFL owners meeting. 

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New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.

Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.

His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left...

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, John Jerry, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Zak DeOssie
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Giants co-owner Steve Tisch backed head coach Ben McAdoo after his team came away with their first victory in Denver. 

Tisch was in Battery Park City on Tueday for the NFL owners meeting where he touched on McAdoo's decision to give up play-calling to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. Tisch, and co-owner John Mara, knew of McAdoo's decision and thought it was a smart one. 

"I think it was a very good adjustment the coach made," Tisch told The Post's Alex Squadron

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Justin Pugh joins Daily News Live to discuss the rejuvenated defense and his possible new position on the offensive line after Sunday's win.

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants practice Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

The Giants claimed LB Nigel Harris, and placed DE Romeo Okwara on the IR

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out at practice, and will be posting the latest news, notes, and opinion later on. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings at practice.

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Willie Colon's sources at the meeting between NFL owners and Roger Goodell on anthem protests say no progress was made Tuesday.

SNY's Willie Colon, during an appearance on SNY, said sources told him that players felt "nothing was accomplished" during a meeting on Tuesday between the NFL, executives, players, and the NFL Players' Association.

"Nothing got done," Colon said when describing what he heard from the meeting. "It was pretty much a waste of a Tuesday."

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August 31, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tim Hightower (22) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nigel Harris (58) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
August 31, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Tim Hightower (22) catches a pass in front of Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Nigel Harris (58) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Giants claimed former Chargers LB Nigel Harris off waivers on Tuesday and placed DE Romeo Okwara on the injured reserve.

 

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (David Butler II)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (David Butler II)

Giants scout Whitey Walsh strongly urged the team to select QB Tom Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but then-GM Ernie Accorsi didn't act.

"He was very forceful," Accorsi recently told ESPN. "Fought hard. No one listened. ... It's my fault that I didn't act on his urging to draft Brady. Truly, the Brady story is one of the great mysteries of all time. It's not like he was playing at Augustana. He threw four touchdown passes in the Orange Bowl against Alabama. ... We were all asleep."

After the Giants passed on Brady with the 177th overall pick -- instead taking Dhani Jones -- the Patriots selected Brady with the 199th pick.

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Jon and Marc discuss Ben McAdoo's decision to hand over play-calling duties to Mike Sullivan and what it means for the Giants going forward.

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It took Ben McAdoo far too long, but he finally made the sensible decision to hand over his play-calling sheet to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. And right out of the gate, Sullivan did a terrific job with a badly depleted offense missing one of the NFL's most dynamic players.

Honestly, squeezing even 16 points and 266 yards out of this flawed offense, minus Odell Beckham, Jr., against one of the NFL's best defenses was miraculous -- as miraculous as the Giants' unexpected, 23-10 win in Denver. It was enough to convince McAdoo that he should stick with this plan for the forseeable future. And he should...

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had his indefinite suspension lifted on Tuesday, the team announced.

The Giants waived/injured CB Michael Hunter in order to make room on the roster for Rodgers-Cromartie.

Rodgers-Cromartie was set to meet with head coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday to discuss his suspension. After the decision, DRC will rejoin the Giants on Wednesday for practice. 

The 31-year-old was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday following a confrontation with McAdoo. He didn't travel with the team to Denver for their Sunday night game against the Broncos. Rodgers-Cromartie later admitted to ESPN that he "handled (the situation) the wrong way."

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

The Giants are off today, and will resume practice on Wednesday.

Dominique Rodgers Cromartie will meet with head coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday to revisit his suspension. >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Sal Licata and Marc Malusis break down how Ben McAdoo's relinquishing of play-calling duties helped the Giants against the Broncos.

 

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New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants tight end Evan Engram celebrates with wide receiver Roger Lewis after a touchdown in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Ben McAdoo has preached for a long time about his desire for a "heavy-handed" offensive football team. The Giants finally played like one on Sunday night in Denver.

And if they want to win any more games in this miserable season, they'll have to play that way again and again.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, D.J. Fluker, Dwayne Harris, Evan Engram, John Jerry, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be back at the team's facility on Tuesday morning for a meeting with head coach Ben McAdoo, according to a source, and if all goes well his suspension could be lifted by the end of the day.

The 31-year-old cornerback was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday, one day after he stormed out of the Giants facility after an apparent confrontation with the Giants head coach. McAdoo had always promised to "revisit" the suspension sometime this week, and Rodgers-Cromartie's teammates expect that he'll be reinstated.

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul dedicated his three-sack performance on Sunday night to a 7-year-old boy battling cancer. 

Before the Giants traveled to Denver, Pierre-Paul met Hayden on a visit through The Garden of Dreams Foundation last Friday. Hayden decided to show JPP his best dance moves, and the defensive end knew exactly when he would showcase it on Sunday night. 

"You know what? If I get a sack -- which I am going to get a sack -- I'm going to do your dance," Pierre-Paul said. 

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

The Giants need to make big plays against the Broncos on the road, and CB Janoris Jenkins provided them throughout the night in the team's first win of the season. 

Entering Sunday night's contest, Jenkins had no interceptions on his stat sheet which was not expected at this point in the season. But that changed in the second quarter when he not only jumped a route picking off Broncos QB Trevor Siemian, but took it to the house for a 43-yard touchdown. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Now, that's the Jackrabbit Giants fans fell in love with last season. The self-proclaimed "Clamp God" has held receivers in check so far this season, but has yet to come up with a turnover. Well, a pick-six and a forced fumble definitely makes up for the lack of production in that area. 

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Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)
Orleans Darkwa (Isaiah J. Downing)

Orleans Darkwa had 21 carries for 117 yards in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday night in Denver.

Darkwa, whose longest run of the day was 47 yards, amassed all of his yardage while playing just 27 of the team's 54 offensive snaps, Jordan Raanan of ESPN noted.

"That's what you dream of as a back, you know, you want to get fed, and that was our game plan going in," Darkwa told reporters after the game. "It was going to be a grind-it-out game, and we were able to have success off of that. And the O-line, tight ends, wide receivers, they did a hell of a job blocking. That's on them. All of that yardage is on them, because there were a lot of plays I didn't get touched. I owe them all the credit for that."

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 (Ron Chenoy)
(Ron Chenoy)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul led the pass rush in the team's win against the Broncos on Sunday night. 

Pierre-Paul entered Week 6 with just 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble through five games. However, he turned up the intensity in Denver as he led the Giants with three sacks and eight combined tackles while notching a forced fumble as well.

Pierre-Paul's three sacks ties his career best that he put up against the Browns in Cleveland last season.  

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Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)
Evan Engram (Ron Chenoy)

Playing without wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram stepped up on Sunday in the Giants' 23-10 win over the Broncos in Denver.

The 23-year-old rookie led the team with five receptions (on seven targets) for a career-high 82 yards and a touchdown. Of those 82 yards, 54 were yards after the catch, according to PFF.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Following the slew of injuries last week, Engram was expected to step up and be the playmaker the Giants drafted him to be. Well, he did exactly that, carrying the receiving corps on his shoulders on Sunday night. 

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

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Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley celebrates the touchdown of cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Janoris Jenkins returned an interception for a touchdown, Jason Pierre-Paul recorded three of the Giants' four sacks and New York won its first game of the season with a 23-10 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

After allowing an average of 24.4 points per game through their first five losses, the Giants forced three Broncos turnovers en route to their first win. Landon Collins picked off Trevor Siemian, who briefly left the game for Brock Osweiler due to injury, Eli Apple recovered a fumble and Jenkins scored a pick-six late in the second quarter that gave New York a 17-3 halftime lead.

Eli Manning went 11-for-19 with 128 yards and a passing touchdown to tight end Evan Engram in the Giants' first game without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris.

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan took over New York's play-calling responsibilities from head coach Ben McAdoo for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, according to the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.

Sullivan, who took over for McAdoo after the Giants' 0-5 start, led New York to a field goal and touchdown on two of his first three drives on Sunday.

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New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants center Weston Richburg blocks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

With center Weston Richburg among seven Giants players inactive for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, New York adjusted its offensive line to feature Brett Jones at center, DJ Fluker at right guard, John Jerry at left guard and Justin Pugh at right tackle.

Richburg is out due to a concussion after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Giants also ruled defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (neck), defensive end Romeo Okwara (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs) and quarterback David Webb out.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brett Jones, Denver Broncos, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning fumbles the ball during first quarter against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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THE GAME

The Giants (0-5) vs. the Denver Broncos (3-1) at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

A brisk day turns into a chilly night with temperatures in the 40s and moderate winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Ben McAdoo needs something -- even just a competitive game here -- to give everyone a chance to take a deep breath. There is a storm of chaos in and around his locker room, and players clearly aren't happy. Don't fool yourself: Things absolutely can get worse. Would a win change their outlook on the season? No. This team is still going nowhere, especially without their best player, Odell Beckham Jr. But McAdoo needs something to show them the rest of the season won't just be a death march toward a new coach in 2018. He needs to find a way to keep them playing hard and not just going through the motions. A miracle win in Denver might just do that trick.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Denver Broncos, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants fans (AP)
Giants fans (AP)

Heading in to the 2017 season, the expectation was that the Giants would be one of the best teams in the league and the Jets would be one of the worst.

Well, the injury-ravaged Giants are 0-5, and the Jets are 3-2.

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(Robert Deutsch)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could have his indefinite suspension last only one week, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says that Rodgers-Cromartie will rejoin the Giants at some point this week. Following talks with head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, he is confident he will be reinstated for the team's home matchup against the Seahawks in Week 7. 

McAdoo said he will revisit the indefinite suspension when he speaks to Rodgers-Cromartie next week, the Giants' head coach said on Friday.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Despite his most recent, season-ending injury, Giants WR Brandon Marshall has no plans on retiring after the season. 

Marshall received ankle stabilization surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle, which he injured against the Chargers last Sunday. The 33-year-old is not ready to give the game up. 

"I'm a competitor, and I don't want to go out like that," Marshall told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "I'm definitely not going out like that."

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris (32) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants wide receiver Roger Lewis (18) makes a catch over New York Jets cornerback Juston Burris (32) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants began the season believing they'd have one of the best receiving corps in football.

On Sunday night in Denver they might unveil the worst.

At the very least, the new-look Giants receiving corps would be the least-known and least-heralded in the NFL, after they were hit with a series of major injuries on Sunday afternoon. In one game, the Giants lost Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (foot) for the season. They also lost Sterling Shepard (sprained ankle) too..

Tags: Roger Lewis, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Apple might be struggling at the corner position to start this year, but that wasn't the reason why he didn't start the first three series against the Chargers last week. 

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Apple was benched because of disciplinary reasons. Sources told Garafolo that Apple had poor conduct during the Giants' practices leading up to the game and he was "speaking back to some of the coaches." 

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Giants preparing for Week 6 00:01:49
The New York Giants prepare for their Week 6 matchup with the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants WR Victor Cruz is "absolutely" hoping for a call now that the team is without four of their receivers -- with three lost for the season.

"One thousand percent," Cruz said on Friday during his podcast when asked if he could help the Giants. "One thousand percent."

Cruz had signed with the Bears during the offseason, but was cut during the preseason.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Victor Cruz
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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.

"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."

The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Danny Abriano
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Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (Roger Steinman/AP)
Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) sacks New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (Roger Steinman/AP)

Five offensive linemen tried out with the Giants Friday and two more visited as the winless Giants try to do something about their pourous offensive line.

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Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)
Olivier Vernon (Eric Hartline)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), C Weston Richburg (concussion), DE Romeo Okwara (ankle), and RB Paul Perkins (ribs) have all been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Broncos in Denver. 

S Landon Collins (ankle) is questionable.

Sherpard and Vernon both said earlier this week that they were feeling better, but remained out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Giants placed Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle surgery), Dwayne Harris (foot), and Brandon Marshall (ankle) on season-ending IR.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Harris, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon offer their thoughts on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension during their 0-5 start to the season.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon hopes to see the team's defensive players stepping up in the absence of CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Vernon, who called Rodgers-Cromartie a "great leader," said he is not certain of the details surrounding the suspension but said the team needs to focus on preparing for the Denver Broncos.

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), S Landon Collins (ankle), RB Paul Perkins (ribs), C Weston Richburg (concussion), WR Sterling Shepard (ankle), and DE Olivier Vernon (ankle) all missed practice on Thursday for a second consecutive day.

DE Romeo Okwara (knee) was a limited participant.

Shepard, who sparined his ankle against the Chargers last Sunday, said earlier this week he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

Tags: Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg
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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Giants getting off to a winless start to the season, things have been a little more difficult in the locker room, according to Justin Pugh

"[It's] as good as you can be being 0-5. I mean, I think we've gotten tighter," Pugh said after Wednesday's practice. "I can speak just specifically for the offensive line. Hasn't been the easiest year. I've been through something like this before and you just have to stick together and keep working and good things will eventually start to go our way."

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Justin Pugh
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants don't like change. They prefer stability and patience. They prefer to give their plans a chance to work.

But they also really don't like chaos. And that's the one thing that will truly test their patience with Ben McAdoo and could end up pushing the coach straight out the door.

That may seem crazy just 17 games into his head coaching career, but McAdoo is suddenly on very shaky ground just one year after he led the Giants back to the postseason and to an 11-5 record. His job should be in no jeopardy at all just one-third of the way through Year 2, even though the Giants are 0-5 and headed towards at least 0-7.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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Ralph Vacchiano on Giants' chaos 00:01:16
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano covers the chaos around Ben McAdoo and the Giants, including the suspension of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The Giants suspended CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for leaving the team on Wednesday, head coach Ben McAdoo said, before refusing to reveal the length of the suspension.

The cornerback decided to leave after having conversations with McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese over the last two days, according to McAdoo.

The timeline went as follows, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano:

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New York Jets wide receiver Kalif Raymond (84) runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Kalif Raymond (84) runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

Dealing with injuries to their wide receiver corps, the Giants signed WR Kalif Raymond to their practice squad on Tuesday. 

Earlier this week, the Giants placed Brandon Marshall (ankle), Odell Beckham (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (foot) on injured reserve. On Tuesday, the team worked out Raymond along with Philly Brown, Demarcus Ayers, Jeremy Ross and Canaan Severin, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, DE Olivier Vernon, and S Landon Collins were among many notable players on the team's injury report Wednesday. 

Shepard, who sparined his ankle in the matchup against the Chargers last Sunday, said he has "no idea" if he will be ready for the Giants' primetime game against the Broncos on Sunday night. However, Shepard does feel the ankle healing.

"I'm doing a lot better," he said. "Feels a lot better than it did yesterday, so that's a good start."

Tags: Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon, Sterling Shepard
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