Just three weeks left of the NFL season and the playoff picture in the NFC is still very much in flux. Both the Seahawks and the Panthers suffered losses this past week, but which hurts more than the other? In a battle in the blizzard, the Eagles were able to secure a huge win against the Lions, and coupled with a Cowboys loss, Philly is in the driver seat in the NFC East. Speaking of the NFC East, the Giants and the Redskins embarrassed themselves over this past week with blowout losses, while the cross-country Niners are inching closer to becoming the best of the best in the conference. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 14...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (11-2): Say what you want about the Seahawks. Yes, they lost to the Niners this past week. Yes, they are still at the top of my list in the NFC. Yes, they are still the BEST team in the NFC right now, and if Seattle can clinch home-field advantage this weekend, the odds of them booking a flight to New Jersey for the Super Bowl are very high. If not for a busted defensive play that setup the Niners in FG range late in the game, Seattle might be singing a different tune, but nonetheless they are still the team to beat in the NFC. Believe me, the Seahawks will learn from this road loss and only get better, because that is the type of team that they are. Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (10-3): It was an equal mix of offense and defense for the Saints on Sunday night as they routed the Panthers and took sole possession of first place in the NFC South. Drew Brees racked up 313 yards through the air with four touchdowns, while the Saints defense led by defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, put a stranglehold on the Panthers offense, giving up just 239 yards and sending Carolina home with their first loss in eight games. Brees became the fifth quarterback to eclipse 50,000 career passing yards and the Saints look unstoppable at home, but it looks like they will be on the road if they make it to the NFC Championship game with Seattle having home-field advantage as the standings are right now. New Orleans will take on the Panthers one more time on the road in week 16, which could be a huge game if the Seahawks falter down the stretch. Rankings last week: 3

 

3. San Francisco 49ers (9-4): A huge win for the Niners at home as they kept their playoff hopes alive in the NFC by handing the Seahawks just their second loss of the season. It looks like the NFC playoffs will run through Seattle, but the Niners are doing everything they can to change that. Frank Gore had another big week, rushing for 110 yards on 17 carries, including a 51-yarder that set the Niners up in FG territory to drive home the game winner with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter. Colin Kaepernick didn't have perfect day, but he didn't have to; San Francisco was able to find a gritty win that was well deserved in my book. This group of guys is starting to look like the team that went to the Super Bowl last year....watch out NFC, the Niners might have your number. Ranking last week: 4

 

4. Carolina Panthers (9-4): An unfamiliar feeling for the Panthers as they were destroyed by the Saints on Sunday night by a final score of 31-13. Cam Newton and the Carolina offense stumbled all game against a stingy Saints defense, with Newton finishing the day with just 160 yards and a single touchdown. The defense has no answer for Drew Brees and the Saints attack, since not many teams do, but the 31 points allowed were the most all season, and a team that allows under 220 yards passing, gave up over 300 to the future Hall of Famer Brees. Can Carolina hang with the big boys in the NFC? A win against the Niners tells me yes, but the demolishing by the Saints, tells me no. Ranking last week: 2

 

5. Philadelphia Eagles (8-5): It was easily the most interesting game of the week due to the snowy weather conditions in Philly, the Eagles came away with a big win against the Lions to give them sole possession of first place in the NFC East. With poor visibility conditions and the field being covered in inches of snow, LeSean McCoy had himself a day running the ball, rushing for a franchise-record 217 yards on 29 carries with two critical touchdowns, one that tied the game and the other that put the Eagles in the lead. Nick Foles threw his first interception of the season after throwing 19 consecutive touchdowns, and the weather was easily to blame for his sloppiness. While neither team expected that much snow, it was the Eagles who were more prepared to deal with the wintery conditions and McCoy running was the only thing pretty about the game. Ranking last week: 6

 

 6. Chicago Bears (7-6): The Bears offense looked unstoppable against the Cowboys on Monday night, which isn't really saying much. Josh McCown had his best game of the season, throwing for 348 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions, while Matt Forte supplied a strong running game, racking up 102 yards on 20 carries in the cold tundra that is Chicago. With the combination of McCown, Forte, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffrey, this Bears team won't have a problem scoring; it is the defense we have to worry about. Ranking last week: 9

 

 7. Detroit Lions (7-6): The Lions have dealt with their fair share of snow in Detroit, but they were definitely not ready for the weather conditions they faced in Philly. With snow falling fast, the Lions were down even before the game started, as Reggie Bush re-aggravated a calf injury during warm-ups when he slipped on the field; and the day would only get worse for the Lions. While they had the lead with less than a quarter to go, the Lions couldn't find a way to stop LeSean McCoy and by the time the final whistle had blown, the Eagles had blown the doors off the game. It was a tough due for Matthew Stafford and the offense as they had a difficult time finding any momentum with such bad playing conditions. Stafford finished the game with just 148 yards, completing 10-of-25 passing with no touchdowns and no interceptions, but fumbled the ball a whopping FIVE times, coupled with backup Joique Bell's two fumbles; the offense was really fighting themselves for most of the game. Ranking last week: 5

 

8. Arizona Cardinals (8-5):  Carson Palmer picked apart the Rams defense and led his team to their eighth victory of the season, throwing for 269 yards with one touchdown, while completing 84% of his passes. The Cardinals defense, which has been a strong point all season, picked off Clemens twice, returning one for a touchdown, and held the Rams to just a single touchdown until a meaningless TD late in the fourth quarter. I said it a couple of weeks ago, this team is not going to be an easy out, come playoff time. Ranking last week: 8

 

9. Dallas Cowboys (7-6): Everyone knew how bad Dallas' defense is, but are they really THAT terrible? In the Monday night football game against the Bears, the Cowboys defensive unit allowed 490 yards, 45 points and didn't force a punt from Chicago the entire game. While everyone can blame Tony Romo, as they usually do, this one isn't on him; their offense had one heck of a game. The Cowboys find themselves in a tough spot as they are one game behind the NFC East leading Eagles with three games left. Looking at the schedule, games against the Packers and Redskins shouldn't be as difficult as once imagined; which would cue an division title matchup against Philly in the last week of the season. Ranking last week: 7

 

  10. Green Bay Packers (6-6-1): Matt Flynn heard a serious case of the boo-birds raining down from Lambeau Field at halftime as the Packers trailed by double-digits, but found a way to lead his team to victory against the lowly Falcons. Flynn was able to connect with eight different receivers, finishing with 248 yards and went 24-for-32 passing with one touchdown and one interception on the day, while the defense did a good job of holding Matt Ryan and Atlanta scoreless in the second half. Will Aaron Rodgers come back and somehow find a way to get the Pack into the playoffs? If anyone can do it, it's him. Ranking last week: 11

 

  11. New York Giants (5-8): The team that started the season with six straight losses has finally returned. Eli Manning and the Giants couldn't find the endzone until the third quarter, while their defense couldn't put a lid on Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense in a game that was over by halftime with San Diego up 24-0. Do the changes start at the top with GM Jerry Reese? Will Tom Coughlin be around next season? Has DC Perry Fewell and OC Kevin Gilbride sealed their fate? Sounds like it might be a fire-sale for Big Blue in the offseason. Ranking last week: 10

 

12. St. Louis Rams (5-8): Another blowout for the Rams as Kellen Clemens two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and 25 yards on 14 carries by Zac Stacy was about the only offensive contribution by St. Louis in their loss against Arizona. Questions exists on both sides of the ball, and even with Sam Bradford healthy behind center, this team needs some more weapons. Ranking last week: 12

 

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9): Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers only needed 90 yards through the air to seal a victory against the Bills on Sunday. Bobby Rainey had another stellar game on the ground, rushing for 127 yards on 22 carries; and racked up most of the yards on an 80-yard carry on the first drive of the game. The Tampa Bay defense was able to pick off E.J. Manual four times and held Buffalo to just two FG's. Ranking last week: 13

 

 14. Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1): The NFL world held their collective breathe as Adrian Peterson went down holding his leg late in the game, but to the hopes of many, an MRI the next day showed no ligament damage. AP might call it a day (see what I did there) and sit out the next couple of games since the Vikings season is down the drain anyway. Minnesota is another team in the race for the #1 draft pick in the draft and a chance at a top QB could be all but signed as of right now. Ranking last week: 14

 

15. Atlanta Falcons (3-10): The Falcons are poised for a very high draft pick this offseason and tanking the final three games might be useful to them. Their loss to the Packers this past weekend showed faults on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. It is tough to tell how the Falcons will rebuild once all of their players become healthy, while uncertainty definitely exists with the future of Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez.  Ranking last week: 16

 

16. Washington Redskins (3-9): It doesn't get much worse for the Redskins as they were blown out by the Chiefs at home by a final score of 45-10. It is doubtful that head coach Mike Shanahan will be around next season, especially if he is thinking about shutting down RGIII for the remainder of the season. About 25 fans stuck around after halftime, I wonder how many will be around next season. Ranking last week: 15

 

Where do you think these teams rank?

Tags: New York Giants, nfc power rankings, panthers, saints, seahawks

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(William Hauser)

Giants TE Evan Engram is officially a professional after playing in the preseason opener against the Steelers last week. However, those first-game nerves will still be there when the Giants take on the Browns Monday night. 

"It's still going to be kind of nerve-wracking and exciting," he told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "I'm really pumped about it. It was a really cool feeling out there, getting out there and having your uniform on and being out there warming up. It kind of really hit me in that moment, and I don't think it's ever going to go away. I'm really excited, I can't wait for Monday night. I think it adds to my game, the eagerness to do well and get out there and run around to make plays. I think all that adds into my performance." 

It is hard for rookies not to be shocked during their first taste of NFL action, and Engram learned that against the Steelers as he needed to come back down to Earth. 

"I had to lock in," the 22-year-old. "Just being out there, I was kind of wide-eyed and a little nervous. So, being in the huddle, I kind of had to slow down, lock in, hear the play call, get to the line. Just kind of slow everythingn down. in practice, we go through reads and just do all my stuff I usually do. But in the game, sometimes those nerves will build up, especially being a rookie and your first time out there, definitely stuff flies over your head. So, just kind of slowing everything down, locking in, get back to what you've been doing. That's probably the biggest thing I've taken away."

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Eli Manning and Landon Collins talk about what the Giants are looking to achieve against the Browns in preseason.

 

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Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Michael Bowie (61) in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Aug 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Michael Bowie (61) in a preseason NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Giants offensive tackle Michael Bowie has been charged on one count of domestic assault and battery and two counts of malicious injury to property under $1,000, according to multiple reports. 

There is a warrant for his arrest after he reportedly grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and threw her to the ground before punching a hole in the wall and breaking two television, according to News on 6. Bowie reportedly responded to the news on Friday by saying "this is false," according to Tulsa World

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(William Hauser)

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

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

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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

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

Other notes from Giants camp...

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

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

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

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

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(William Hauser)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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(William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

The Giants also signed LB Steven Daniels.

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

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

 

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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(Kim Klement)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Vincent Carchietta)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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

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

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

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

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

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(Jeff Hanisch)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

And obviously that's not good.

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recaps the Giants' 2017 preseason opener where they fell to the Steelers by a score of 20-12 at MetLife Stadium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Darian Thompson, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Mark Herzlich, Owa Odighizuwa, Ralph Vacchiano
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Buffalo Bills defensive back Corey White (30) and New York Giants defensive back Mykkele Thompson (22) during the game at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)
Buffalo Bills defensive back Corey White (30) and New York Giants defensive back Mykkele Thompson (22) during the game at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports)

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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