After an offseason marked by injury woes, rumors of Tom Coughlin’s not-so-secure job security, a contractual dispute with Osi Umenyiora and another nondescript, trademark Jerry Reese free agency period, the Giants shocked most preseason prognosticators in 2011 by winning the NFC East with a 9-7 record.

The “Dream team” Philadelphia Eagles were everyone’s preseason darlings, bolstered by the additions of highly-coveted cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers Cromartie, defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin, and running back Ronnie Brown, among others. The Cowboys, meanwhile, were the trendy pick for a second place finish and a wildcard playoff spot, a belief grounded mostly in the hopes that Jason Garrett, in his first full year as head coach, could push the right buttons and harness that team’s big-time potential into a deep playoff run—that he could, you know, do everything that Wade Phillips couldn’t do.

None of that proved to be true, as we all now know. Ironically, it was the Rex Grossman/John Beck-led Redskins that gave Big Blue the most trouble last season. The Giants won three out of four against Dallas and Philadelphia, in no small part because of their well-thought-out—albeit quite unpopular—offseason blue print. The old adage “Super Bowls aren’t won in March” never rang more true than for the 2011 Giants, who watched several key contributors from their Super Bowl XLII championship squad walk—including Steve Smith and Kevin Boss—and appeared to fall short of atoning for those losses.

This year’s free agency period has a similar feel to it, what with Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs joining the San Francisco 49ers and no major free agent acquisitions to show for. The only difference is that, unlike last season, the media wouldn’t dare heap scorn upon a general manager who employed a similar strategy last season and, well, we all know how that turned out.

The Giants made a few small, but potentially significant, free agent moves, including signing tight end Martellus Bennett and offensive tackle Sean Locklear. Needs were filled in last week’s draft, with speedy running back David Wilson, wide receiver Rueben Randle, and offensive tackle Brandon Moseley set to contribute right away, if need be, for Jacobs, Manningham, and Kareem McKenzie.

But, much like last season, Reese’s minor offseason transactions failed to grab headlines. Philadelphia and Dallas, meanwhile, took center stage once again with their offseason moves.

Philadelphia got help where it needed it most: on defense. It added two-time Pro Bowl linebacker DeMeco Ryans in free agency, and was the consensus A-grade draft hero last weekend, trading up for Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first round, and landing California linebacker Mychal Kendricks and Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry with its two second round picks.

The Cowboys also upgraded on defense, most notably when they traded up for blue chip LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, who will be paired with new free agent signee Brandon Carr, one of the better young cover corners in the league.

Even Washington took a major step in the right direction after a disappointing 2011 season, mortgaging three first round picks—three!—for former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

With full minicamps set to begin in just over a month, it’s highly unlikely that we will witness any other major offseason transactions—or at least anything that will have a major impact on the 2012 NFC East race. Now that most, if not all, of the big name free agents have either stayed at home or found new homes, I will pick out each team’s biggest-impact offseason move, the one potential game-changer that—when postseason football arrives—we can look back and point to as the reason for that team’s success.

Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III

Three first round picks and a second round pick is quite the bounty—are we not allowed to use that word anymore?—for a quarterback with durability issues and no more than one good year under his belt. That said, it was one really, really good year, and RGIII is the perfect fit for Mike Shanahan in the nation’s capitol. Even if he’s not a first year Pro Bowler, anything is better than a Rex Grossman-John Beck platoon, especially in a division when you have to face Eli Manning, Michael Vick and Tony Romo twice each year.

RGIII has drawn comparisons with Vick, but they’re two completely different players. Sure, they’re both mobile. But Griffin is a passer by trade who can run—and boy, can he run—if need be, but who prefers to do most of his damage from the pocket. Unfortunately for the Heisman Trophy winner, he will have few weapons at his disposal. Running back Roy Helu showed promise as a rookie last season and should get the brunt of the workload in year two, and wideout Pierre Garcon, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, was a nice pickup. But that’s not near enough for Griffin to make a run at a division crown in his first year under center.

So for those Washington fans looking for immediate results, remember to temper your expectations. RGIII is a Pro Bowl-caliber player, the type of uplifting personality that can revive the Redskins and the city of Washington from its post-Joe Gibbs doldrums. Results will come, it’s just going to take some time.

Philadelphia Eagles: DeMeco Ryans

Ryans left Houston as the franchise’s all-time leader in tackles (637) and was a key cog in its defensive revival under first-year coordinator Wade Phillips in 2011. He recorded at least 85 solo tackles in his first four seasons before missing most of 2010 after tearing his Achilles. His tackle numbers fell in 2011, mostly because the Texans switched to a 3-4 scheme, which meant that Ryans—normally accustomed to swallowing up ballcarriers and occupying the middle of the defense—was joined by another middle linebacker for the first time in his career.

Philadelphia defensive coordinator Juan Castillo prefers the 4-3, so expect Ryans return to his do-it-all, tackling machine-self. More importantly, the 27-year-old solidifies the Eagles linebacking corps, its biggest weakness last season.

Although the Eagles got off to a 4-8 start—much of that due to poor defense—they rallied to an 8-8 finish with wins over Miami, New York (Jets), Dallas and Washington. Philadelphia gave up no more than 20 points in those final four games, an indication that their offseason acquisitions began to acclimate themselves to Castillo’s scheme. With Ryans in the fold in 2012, that defense has the potential to be one of the NFC’s best.

Dallas Cowboys: Morris Claiborne

The Cowboys ranked 23rd in average pass yards allowed per game last season with 244.1, so it was no surprise that secondary help was priority No. 1 at last week’s draft. But it was a surprise that Dallas traded up for the consensus best defensive prospect in this year’s class, Claiborne. Slightly overshadowed by his less skilled but more exciting teammate Tyrann Mathieu, Claiborne was as lockdown as you can be at the college level, continually forcing opposing quarterbacks to throw away from his side of the field.

His wonderlic score of four is a concern, not least because he reportedly stopped taking the test after 15 questions. It was also a “concern” for Patrick Peterson, last year’s first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, and he was one of the league’s best defensive rookies. Claiborne and Brandon Carr will form one of the NFC’s best cornerback tandems—music to the ears of Rob Ryan, who needs elite cornerback play to facilitate his overload blitz schemes.

With Claiborne and Carr set to step in as starters, Dallas has the perfect antidote for the division’s cadre of high-tier qbs, a huge upgrade from the Terrance Newman-Michael Jenkins duo of years past. The Cowboys’ secondary will make huge strides during year two of the Ryan regime.

New York Giants: David Wilson

Reese somewhat unexpectedly did something completely un-Reeseian (not sure if that’s a word), taking need over value in the first round. Wilson was an extremely productive college player—his nine-touchdowns and 1,709 receiving yards attest to that—and was near the top of a weak running back draft class, but could the Giants have traded down? Taken him in round two? That, we will never know. What we do know is that Wilson fills an immediate need, not only because Brandon Jacobs bolted for San Francisco but, with Ahmad Bradshaw’s declining health, Big Blue’s rushing attack needed some new legs.

Wilson cannot replace Jacobs, nor is it likely that he will ever be an every-down bellcow back in this league, but he gives the Giants the kind of home run threat out of the backfield that it hasn’t had in quite some time. Wilson is an explosive runner, the type of player who can score every time he touches the ball. So expect offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to get him the ball in space as much as possible, including screen passes and reverses.

The former Virginia Tech star could have an immediate impact, especially if Bradshaw’s injury problems resurface early in the season. He could also contribute on special teams, where the Giants have lacked an explosive kick/punt returner in recent years. Wilson may not be the ideal first-round pick, but he has the potential to be a star down the road and, if Bradshaw continues to wear down, could be getting the brunt of the workload before we know it.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning will go down as the greatest quarterback in Giants history, an icon of the franchise, and a symbol of their most recent championship era. It is a lock, obviously, that he will one day be placed in the Giants Ring of Honor.

But it is far from a lock that he will end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

He may have a Hall of Fame-caliber resume: two championship rings and gaudy career statistics that rank him in the NFL's Top 10 of all-time. But he is not viewed universally as a sure-fire Hall of Famer. Among the 48 voters who will eventually decide his fate, there is considerable doubt that could even derail his candidacy completely.

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Dave Gettleman/Eli Manning
Dave Gettleman/Eli Manning

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants believed they had a chance to be a playoff contender this season, and they made a huge bet that Eli Manning could be the one to lead them there. GM Dave Gettleman believed he could do it with a better offensive line in front of him. Pat Shurmur said multiple times he thought Manning had "years" left in his stellar career.

They were so sure that they brought Manning back despite an $11.5 million salary, a $5 million roster bonus, and the fact that he would cost them $23.2 million under the NFL's salary cap.

What a colossal waste of money that turned out to be.

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Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws the ball during the first half against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It makes complete sense that Daniel Jones' odds to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award would take a pretty big jump after being named the Giants starting quarterback over Eli Manning this week. 

But exactly how much have they moved?

According to BetOnline via Odds Shark, Jones has jumped to the second-best odds to win the hardware. 

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy while celebrating his team's 21-17 win over New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip)

The Eli Manning Era with the Giants has come to an end after 15 years and two Super Bowl titles.

Click below to take a look back at 10 moments that defined Manning's career with Big Blue...

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Jones on being named Giants QB 00:01:49
New York Giants new starting quarterback Daniel Jones discusses his new promotion and what he's learned from former starter Eli Manning

For the first time in his NFL career, Daniel Jones walked up to the podium on Wednesday afternoon as the starting quarterback of the New York Giants. 

Head coach Pat Shurmur made the move from Eli Manning to Jones after just two games, with the Giants falling quickly to 0-2. The torch is now passed to the young Duke product the team drafted No. 6 overall, and he stood confidently on that podium to say he's ready for the opportunity. 

"I'm ready to embrace it," Jones told reporters when asked about the responsibility of being the Giants' starting quarterback. "I think focusing on what we're doing here, focusing on what we're doing in the building in the preparation with my teammates and coaches. To be here in the moment, this week is important with that. Certainly feel like I can embrace that and looking forward to the opportunity."

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

While speaking on Wednesday about being replaced as the Giants' starting quarterback by Daniel Jones and serving as his mentor, Eli Manning also left the door open to waiving his no-trade clause and winding up elsewhere before the season ends.

"Haven't thought much past this week, so just kind of taking it day-by-day and figuring that out," Manning said when asked if he anticipated being with the Giants for the remainder of the season.

"I'm just taking it day by day and figuring out how to run the scout team," Manning said when asked point blank if he would waive his no-trade clause.

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Shurmur, Eli on Jones promotion 00:01:10
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur and quarterback Eli Manning discuss Daniel Jones being the Giants new starting quarterback.

Giants QB Eli Manning was relatively stoic while speaking to reporters for roughly six minutes on Wednesday morning -- one day after being replaced as the starter by Daniel Jones.

Here are the takeaways...

On his reaction to the news and how things ended up:

"You can wish all you want. That's not the way it played out. In some ways, I signed up for this knowing when you draft a young quarterback, this can happen. ... Knew it was a possibility. Just said, 'hey I'll handle it. I'll support Daniel,' do what I'm told. ... When you're a football player, you do what your told."

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Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur

The Giants are transitioning to rookie QB Daniel Jones as their starter heading into Tampa Bay for Week 3 against the Bucs. It took head coach Pat Shurmur only two games with veteran Eli Manning leading the offense to think a switch was needed, and he explained why he made the call now.

The official announcement came Tuesday via the Giants' Twitter account that Jones was being named the starter this week, and Shurmur said that it was a decision he told both parties about before getting right back to his weekly routine. 

"I talked to all the parties involved yesterday morning and then I quickly got back to work," Shurmur said.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

On Monday, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur shocked many when he refused to name Eli Manning the Giants' starter for Week 3. On Tuesday, Shurmur went all the way, naming Daniel Jones the starter -- effectively ending the Eli Manning Era in New York.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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 (Jerome Miron)
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As rookie quarterback Daniel Jones takes over the Giants' offense for 17th-year veteran Eli Manning, a decision announced Tuesday by New York, the crosstown starter has an idea of what the transition will be like.

Just last year, fresh off the Jets making him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Sam Darnold ascended to the top of the depth chart and began his rookie season with the Jets as the team's starter.

Now in his second year with New York while he works back from mononucleosis, Darnold understands that the news can be tough for Manning to process, but the development should only help Jones as the Giants move forward.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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There has been quarterback carnage all around the NFL early this season and plenty of teams that probably could use a veteran like Eli Manning if he were available.

But Manning has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and according to multiple sources he has no immediate plans to waive it.

At least not yet.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have officially transitioned to their rookie quarterback in Daniel Jones, with veteran signal caller Eli Manning backing him up this week down in Tampa. 

Manning has given Big Blue 16 years as their franchise quarterback, but the Giants believe it is time for a new era in the organization. As one would expect, though, some of Manning's old teammates have come out to show their appreciation for -- and even defense -- their quarterback. 

Shaun O'Hara, who was Manning's center in his final seven seasons of his career, was one that didn't like the move at all by his former team. Here's what the NFL Network analyst had to say...

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

While Giants head coach Pat Shurmur opened the door on Monday for Daniel Jones to replace Eli Manning as the starting quarterback sooner rather than later, the team's announcement on Twitter on Tuesday morning was still shocking to see.

The Eli Manning Era is over, as he will be the backup to Jones in Week 3 on Sunday when the Giants take on the Bucs in Tampa.

But why now? Here are three reasons why the Giants might have chosen this exact moment to make the change... 

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

When the Giants made their last big, permanent quarterback switch 15 years ago, Kurt Warner didn't see it coming. He wasn't happy. He thought he had more time. He was sure he was still the Giants best quarterback.

But as soon as they told him he was being benched for a young Eli Manning nine games into the 2004 season, Warner made it clear to the Giants they should never put him back in.

He knew then what Pat Shurmur needs to know now: Once a move this big is made, there's no turning back. No matter what happens over the next 14 games, no matter how much Jones may struggle, no matter how many losses pile up, Daniel Jones is the Giants quarterback and it has to stay that way.

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Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)
Eli Manning (Jerome Miron)

Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has been named the starter for Week 3 in Tampa, meaning the Eli Manning Era is officially over in New York. So what's next?

Manning's days with the Giants may be done under center, but that doesn't mean he can't find playing time elsewhere. There are a few quarterback-needy teams out there that could look to add the veteran signal caller. 

Now Manning does have the ball in his court with a no-trade clause, so the Giants can't simply get rid of him. Nor would they considering what he has meant to the franchise for the past 16 years. 

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Vacchiano talks Daniel Jones 00:01:55
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reacts to Daniel Jones being named starting QB for the Giants, and looks at why they made the move now.

The Giants have named Daniel Jones their starting quarterback, the team announced Tuesday morning on Twitter.

"Eli (Manning) and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said in a release issued by the team. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."

With the Giants 0-2, Shurmur explained why now was the right time for the move.

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 (Jerome Miron)
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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

If the Giants are looking for the perfect spot to make the switch and give 22-year-old Daniel Jones his first NFL start, this isn't it.

But there are ideal windows coming soon.

Now, the Giants may decide that the situation doesn't matter or they may feel like they don't have a choice. They may decide to name Jones their starting quarterback for this Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, even if the situation isn't ideal. The reality is that teams can't always choose a perfect spot for a rookie quarterback to make his debut.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants fell to 0-2 after a loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 2 on Sunday and veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins let his thoughts fly. 

Following the game, Jenkins was highly critical of his team's pass rush. 

"When you've got time [to throw] and you ain't getting no pressure, I can't cover nobody for 10 seconds," Jenkins said. "Who can cover somebody for 10 seconds? Go look at the first five seconds of the route. He's not open."

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) stretches during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Before the regular season began, Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines in late August when his wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated went viral.

The former Giants wide receiver told Ben Baskin of SI that New York sent him to the Browns "to die," setting off his latest disgruntled comments about his team from 2014-18.

Prior to Week 2's 8:15 p.m. kickoff against the New York Jets on ESPN, Beckham further explained those words in an interview aired during the Monday Night Football pregame show with Randy Moss.

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports  (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets linebacker Blake Cashman (53) tackles New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

The Giants waived RB Paul Perkins on Monday, in order to make room for rookie TE Kaden Smith, who was claimed off waivers after being let go by the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Perkins, a former fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft by the Giants, had previously been inactive for New York in both games to start the season, and missed all of the 2018 season on the reserve/non-injury list after tearing his pectoral muscle last offseason.

The UCLA product played a total of 25 games for the Giants, racking up 546 rushing yards on 153 attempts (3.6 YPA) and another 208 receiving yards on 23 catches.

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Eli Manning
Eli Manning

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The Eli Manning Era is over, whether the Giants are ready to make it official or not.

It came to an end on Monday morning when Pat Shurmur reversed course and flung open the door he had been trying so hard to keep closed. Just 20 hours after he said it wasn't time to have the conversation, he decided "it's fair" to now talk about benching the 38-year-old Manning in favor of 22-year-old rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

At that moment, Manning was done. Only the final arrangements need to be ironed out.

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Eli addresses starting status 00:00:53
With the Giants at 0-2, Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning acknowledge the questions surrounding the starting status of Eli under center.

After saying following Sunday's loss that Eli Manning's status as the starting quarterback wasn't in question heading into Week 3 against the Bucs, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur made a stunning 180 on Monday afternoon.

"We're gonna talk about everything moving forward. I think that's fair at this point," Shurmur said. "To this point what we've done hasn't been good enough."

Shurmur added that he understood what his comments would cause when it comes to media and fan reaction.

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

After the Giants dropped their first two games of the season, head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday that the team will be looking at everything to make the proper changes to grab a win in Week 3. 

And that includes the quarterback position. 

When asked if Eli Manning will be the starter still this week, Shurmur wouldn't commit to his veteran quarterback.

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Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (Vincent Carchietta)

Eli Manning and the Giants suffered yet another loss on Sunday against the Bills, moving their season quickly to 0-2. 

But the loss also moved Manning's career record to a number he probably doesn't want to see. 

Manning is now 116-116, a .500 career record. That means next week against the Bucs on the road, Manning could dip under that mark and own a losing record for his career. 

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Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning
Giants quarterbacks Daniel Jones and Eli Manning

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Time is running out on the Eli Manning Era, whether Pat Shurmur wants to talk about it or not. Pretty soon there will be nothing to play for in this lost season. The Giants, very clearly, are a mess.

Ironically, that might be the truth that sets Manning free to extend his Giants career a little longer. Because why in the world would the Giants want to throw a rookie quarterback into the middle of this?

Seriously, at this point, that's the best argument for keeping Daniel Jones, the Giants' future franchise quarterback, on the sidelines as this already miserable season unravels. For all who hope that he would be a better option than a 38-year-old Manning, the reality is that he's still a 22-year-old kid who is learning on the job. That's not always the easiest thing to do in the best of circumstances.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) reacts after the final play of the game against the Chicago Bears during overtime at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants' veteran cornerback Janoris Jenkins was quite angry after the team's 28-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

"We have to make some changes, we have to make fixes. Everybody has to make corrections. Like I said, he can't just stand back there and pat the ball with no pressure," said Jenkins, according to Tom Rock of Newsday Sports.

The Bills offense racked up 388 total yards, as quarterback Josh Allen went 19 for 30 passing with 253 yards and one touchdown. Allen was sacked just three times, as the Giants defense gave very little pressure, allowing for Allen to take his time in the pocket.

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Giants fall to 0-2 00:02:10
Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins and Saquon Barkley on disappointment of o-2 after today's loss to Bills

It was deja vu for the Giants. 

They put together a solid first drive of the game with Saquon Barkley capping it off with a 27-yard run. But all 75 yards came on the ground -- Barkley with 55 and Bennie Fowler getting a 20-yard sweep play as well. 

Eli Manning in the passing game during this home opener just didn't work. And the 28-14 on the scoreboard in favor of the Bills was the result. 

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Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants defense is a disaster and nothing -- not Saquon Barkley, not a quarterback change, not a miracle -- is going to help them salvage the season if the defense continues to play like this.

For the second straight week, the defense was barely a speed bump on the road to another loss, especially in the first half as the Giants fell into a deep hole. The Buffalo Bills racked up 260 yards in the first half alone and scored on three of their first four possessions, all while second-year quarterback Josh Allen was made to look like Johnny Unitas. It all unraveled in a 28-14 loss to the Bills that could have been -- and probably should have been -- worse.

And it's nothing new either. The pass rush is simply nonexistent. Linebacker Markus Golden, imported from Arizona in the hopes that he could revive his career after an ACL injury, had a sack on the second drive. That was good. That was also one of the few times the Giants' pass rush got anywhere near Allen all game. He had all day long to throw, and when he did leave the pocket, no one could catch him.

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 (Jerome Miron)
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Giants WR Cody Latimer has left today's game against the Bills with a concussion. 

Latimer made a crucial fourth-down grab, but caught a helmet to helmet tackle from Bills S Jordan Poyer. He immediately went to the Giants' medical tent to be evaluated. 

Latimer, who was initially expected to be out with a calf injury, saw three catches on five targets for 30 yards before his departure. He now joins Sterling Shepard as another receiver with a concussion. 

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Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)
Evan Engram (Jerome Miron)

If Week 1 taught us anything about who Eli Manning wants to target in the passing game this year, it's his young TE Evan Engram

Engram led the Giants with 14 targets, 11 catches, 116 yards and the lone touchdown catch of the game for the Giants. And numbers like that should continue for the third-year Ole Miss product that was drafted with the hope of putting up numbers like this. 

With Sterling Shepard out with a concussion for this week's matchup against the Bills, Engram may be relied on even more by Manning when he drops back to pass. Cody Latimer was upgraded to active, but he only saw three catches on his eight targets. Engram was creating problems for the Cowboys' linebackers, finding opening in the middle of the field to gain some solid yardage.

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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Well, it looks like one Giants receiver that was expected to be out will strap on their pads for Sunday's tilt against the Bills. 

Cody Latimer, who was initially supposed to be out with a calf injury, is actually set to play, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Latimer was expected to be on the sideline with Sterling Shepard, who is out with a concussion. 

So Latimer should be set to start opposite of Bennie Fowler to start this game today. It's unknown if he'll be limited with his injury, but with the Giants' starting receivers in Shepard and Golden Tate out, one would expect to see Latimer out there as much as he can to help the receiving corps. 

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The Giants play their home opener in the Meadowlands against the 1-0 Bills. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Sept. 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. ET

NETWORK: CBS

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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants receiver Sterling Shepard won't play in Sunday's game against the Bills, as the receiver remains in the league's concussion protocol.

But now, questions have arisen within the league about the way Shepard entered the protocol to begin with.

Shepard played the entire game against the Cowboys and it wasn't until Monday that Pat Shurmur announced Shepard had a concussion.

But the play in question occurred in the third quarter on Sunday, and despite the process the league has in place for spotting possible head injuries-- with multiple "spotters" on the field and in the press box whose sole gameday responsibility is to make sure any potential head injuries are given medical attention-- no one seemed to notice when Shepard went down

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

After the Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys in their season opener last week, a video of a young Big Blue fan went viral. The child, wearing a Giants jersey, tried to get the autograph of the Cowboys' Demarcus Lawrence following the game. 

The Dallas defender wasn't having it. 

Lawrence told the kid to "get the right jersey" and blew him off. 

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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

After the Giants failed to generate pressure against the Dallas Cowboys, leading quarterback Dak Prescott's 405-yard passing performance in the season opener's 35-17 loss the past weekend, outside linebackers coach Mike Dawson and the New York staff hit the reset button ahead of Sunday's 1 p.m. matchup with the Buffalo Bills.

"I think everybody's looking for the same answer -- how are we going to get pressure on the quarterback?" Dawson said. "You've obviously got to make him uncomfortable, get the ball coming out faster and we've got to make him throw it under duress when he is going to throw it. And then, ultimately, we need to sack the quarterback and get there.

"So it's something that I think all the guys are hungry to get fixed, hungry to get answered. Came out and trained hard this week, so we've got to do a great job. Guys that can move, you've got to have a good aiming point, good plan on those guys and be able to get to them."

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Giants thin at wide out 00:00:47
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur discusses how the Giants will have to produce at wide receiver despite being hit by the injury bug.

Sterling Shepard spent the week in concussion protocol, but the fourth-year wide receiver was out on the field Friday as the Giants turned the page from the past weekend's 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants hoped to have Shepard back by the time Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium against the Buffalo Bills arrived, but they instead enter the home opener without one of their top offensive weapons.

After Friday's practice, Shurmur said that Shepard was not entirely held out of action, but there were further steps needed to gain clearance before Sunday's game.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Evan Engram, Golden Tate, Odell Beckham Jr., Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Giants WR Sterling Shepard, who has been doing light activity on the side at practice this week while still in concussion protocol, has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills. 

Along with Shepard, the Giants will also be without Darius Slayton, who is dealing with a hamstring injury.

Adding to the wide receiver injury woes, Cody Latimer is questionable for Sunday's game due to a calf injury.

Tags: Cody Latimer, Evan Engram, Russell Shepard, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) shakes hands with head coach Sean McDermott after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) shakes hands with head coach Sean McDermott after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff at MetLife Stadium between the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills just got a bit more interesting.

A day after Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that Bills quarterback Josh Allen "had a chance to be a starter," repeating the head coach's take on the Wyoming product as the Giants evaluated the position ahead of the 2018 NFL draft, the Bills took notice.

According to Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic, a tweet published by NFL Network's Kimberly Jones with Shurmur's comments about Allen appeared on televisions displayed inside the Bills' facility Thursday.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, Daniel Jones, Eli Manning, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley
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Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants receiver Cody Latimer (12) makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys safety Jeff Heath (38) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Giants' wide receiver Cody Latimer is the newest player on the injury report, after sitting out practice on Thursday.

Latimer is dealing with a calf injury, forcing him to jog lightly on the side with fellow wide reciever Sterling Shepard, who is still in concussion protocol.

In 51 career games, Latimer has 49 recpetions for 709 yards and four touchdowns. He played with the Denver Broncos from 2014-17 before joining the Giants in 2018.

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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

As the Giants hit the practice fields on Thursday, wide receiver Sterling Shepard remained in the league's concussion protocol.

Shepard entered the protocol following Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, and is reportedly doing "okay" according to head coach Pat Shurmur.

Shepard finished Week 1 with six catches for 42 yards, third most on the team behind Evan Engram's 116 and Cody Latimer's 74.

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Bettcher talks improving defense 00:01:16
New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher explains how improve the defense after giving up 400+ passing yards to Dallas.

The Giants defense had a 2019 debut they'd like to forget.

As a unit, the Giants allowed 494 yards of offense against the Cowboys, the most of any NFC team. Their 35 points allowed were also the most given up by any NFC team, and defensive coordinator James Bettcher believes the key to fixing the defensive issues is to put in the work during the week. 

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Josh Allen (Vincent Carchietta)
Josh Allen (Vincent Carchietta)

Just a season ago, the Giants had the chance to take one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft with their No. 2 overall pick. Josh Allen was among those quarterbacks, coming out of Wyoming. 

However, the Giants went with Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with that pick, and Allen went to the Bills seventh overall. 

On Sunday, Allen will be going up against Big Blue with Buffalo staying in East Rutherford following their come-from-behind win over the Jets in Week 1. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur commented on Allen, and though he wouldn't say whether or not he was an option for the Giants in that 2018 Draft. 

Tags: Saquon Barkley, Scott Thompson
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Aug 9, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tuzar Skipper (51) celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)
Aug 9, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tuzar Skipper (51) celebrates a fourth quarter sack against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports (Philip G. Pavely)

The Giants officially placed LB Kareem Martin on Injured Reserve on Wednesday due to knee injury suffered against the Cowboys, and while the team re-signed WR TJ Jones to fill the roster spot, the team may be looking at another recent addition to fill Martin's shoes on defense.

On Monday, the Giants claimed LB Tuzar Skipper off waivers from the Steelers. Pittsburgh had waived him to promote Johnny Holton to the active roster, and according to Skipper, they had hoped to bring him back before the Giants swooped in.

"They were short a gunner and low on wide receivers that week for New England, so they basically cut me and then they were going to bring me back to the (53-man roster) again, but the Giants claimed me," Skipper said. "They didn't think that I was going to get claimed. The Giants claimed me like the last five minutes before the deadline or something like that."

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Giants try to fix what's broken 00:01:11
Eli Manning, Jabrill Peppers, and Evan Engram discuss the urgency for the Giants to fix problems quickly in order to get a win in Week 2.

The Giants allowed 405 yards through the air to the Cowboys, a main reason why the scoreboard read 35-17 Dallas at the end of the day. 

Heading into the season, the Giants knew they were inexperienced at the position with the exception of Janoris Jenkins. It was a young yet hopeful group that the team believed would translate well. 

But that was the exact opposite outcome with the Cowboys' receivers doing whatever they wanted on the field. Dallas' social media team posted a recap video on their Twitter that proved receivers like Amari Cooper knew they had the upper hand. 

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New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) signals the line of scrimmage as Kevin Zeitler (70) and Saquon Barkley (26) look on during a NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Manning (10) signals the line of scrimmage as Kevin Zeitler (70) and Saquon Barkley (26) look on during a NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth/AP)

A week after the Giants' first injury report of the 2019 season was highlighted by an offensive lineman, it is once again in Kevin Zeitler, along with wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Zeitler sustained a shoulder injury in the Giants' season opener, a 35-17 loss to the Cowboys. As the Giants turn their attention to their Week 2 opponent, the Buffalo Bills, Zeitler was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday, according to the team's injury report. 

But all signs are pointing to the positive in regard to the 29-year-old lineman's health. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters he believes Zeitler "will be fine." In addition, Zeitler himself said there's "no doubt" he'll play against the Bills. 

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Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver TJ Jones (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver TJ Jones (2) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

With Sterling Shepard currently in concussion protocol and questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, the Giants made a move to shore up his spot on the roster. 

T.J. Jones, who was a standout receiver with the Giants this preseason, is back with Big Blue, according to NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton

This isn't the first time Jones was brought in after injuries struck the Giants. With Golden Tate's suspension, Corey Coleman's ACL tear and Shepard dealing with a thumb injury previously, Jones came into Giants training camp to add more depth. And he made the best of the opportunity. 

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When Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters during his Monday conference call that Sterling Shepard was in concussion protocol, many were stunned. 

When the heck did that happen on Sunday? 

Shepard played the entire game, and he wasn't brought up during the post-game press conference when Shurmur had to answer for how the Giants lost 35-17 to the Cowboys. 

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By the numbers, the Giants showed up on offense despite Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas -- just not everywhere.

Big Blue racked up 470 total yards, 319 of which came through the air and 306 from Eli Manning, who completed 30 of 44 passes (68.2 percent) and threw a one-yard touchdown to tight end Evan Engram with 8:11 left in the first quarter.

But the statistics were deceiving after New York put three scores on the board -- a garbage-time rushing touchdown by running back Wayne Gallman among them on a two-yard run with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter made no difference.

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman
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 (Jerome Miron)
(Jerome Miron)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur knew he had a relatively inexperienced group on defense coming into the season, and they undoubtedly struggled against the Cowboys in Week 1, allowing 494 yards of offense, including 405 yards through the air.

Shurmur knows that a young corps on defense is bound to take its lumps and believes that the issues that plagued them in the opener are fixable.

"I think we've got to coach the players constantly," Shurmur said. "Certainly, we didn't do anything well enough to win the game yesterday, so you coach them on the details of it, but also on the mindset of getting back to work. You show them where they should be better, you show them how to be better, and then you go out and practice it, so that's the process." 

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