Another brutal week for some teams in a Sunday that was packed with upsets and several close calls that resulted in late game finishes. The Detroit Lions were the biggest surprise of the weekend, as they forced three turnovers from the undefeated Chicago Bears in a win that ties them atop the NFC North. The Washington Redskins finally notched their first win of the season, while the Eagles, Cowboys and Giants all suffered losses. Last night, New Orleans hosted the Miami Dolphins and completed the rout that pushed them to 4-0; making a case that they will strongly compete for the NFC conference (the Saints meet the Seattle Seahawks in week 13 in a much anticipated matchup).  Here are my NFC Power Rankings for Week 4...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (4-0): Not much to say except that the Seahawks were handed a gift on Sunday against the Houston Texans. What looked like their first loss of the season was anything but that. Down 20-3, the Seahawks were able to rally and beat the Texans in overtime. A key play; CB Richard Sherman picked off Texans QB Matt Schaub for a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a poorly thrown ball and an even worse play call by Houston. Seattle has shown that it can win tight games and faces a tough test next week when they travel to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck and the Colts. Seattle's 62-point score differential speaks for itself; this team can score and their defense is one of the best in the NFL.  Ranking last week: 1

2. New Orleans Saints (4-0):  All of the focus this year has been on the play of Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who is on pace to have a record-breaking year in almost every category. Behind the scenes, QB Drew Brees and the Saints are rolling; enacting some revenge after a disastrous last season in which the team finished with a 7-9 record. Last night, the Saints hosted the Dolphins and the battle of undefeated teams was as lopsided as they come. Brees threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns without an interception and the Saints cruised to a 38-17 victory. The New Orleans defense looks revitalized under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and they make a serious case for the top spot in the NFC this week.   Rankings last week: 3

 3. Chicago Bears (3-1): A tough loss for the Bears as they couldn't find an answer to stop Lions RB Reggie Bush (18 carries, 139 yards, one touchdown). QB Jay Cutler had his worst performance of the year throwing three interceptions and the Bears were already being blown out by halftime 30-13. On a positive note, it looks as if second-year WR Alshon Jeffrey could be a viable option at receiver and take some pressure off of superstar WR Brandon Marshall; Jeffrey finished the day with 107 yards and one touchdown in the loss.  Ranking last week: 2

 

  4. Green Bay Packers (1-2):  The Packers were off this week and host the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field this Sunday, an NFC North matchup that is crucial for the standings. If the Packers can't come away with a victory and start the season 1-3, questions about the strength of this team are going to arise. The loss to the Cincinnati Bengals is still stuck in the minds of Green Bay, so look for them to come out swinging. Ranking last week: 4

 

5. San Francisco 49ers (2-2): RB Frank Gore finally had a breakout game, rushing for 153 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown, as the Niners demolished the St. Louis Rams 35-11 on Thursday night. Even better, San Francisco held the Rams to just 188 yards total, and 18 yards on 19 attempts rushing. QB Colin Kaepernick (15-for-23 passing, 167 yards, two touchdowns) was able to spread the ball around the field and it looks as if both the Niners offense and defense is back in sync again. Ranking last week: 5

 

 6. Detroit Lions (3-1): Reggie Bush has finally found the perfect offense in Detroit. After sitting out last weekend due to injury, Bush had another stellar performance in the Bears victory, running for over 130 yards . People are starting to take note of the Lions; with the Packers struggling, the Lions are going to compete for the division, one way or another. WR Calvin Johnson was held to just 44 yards on four catches and the Lions still racked up 40 points against the gritty Bears defense....scary. Ranking last week: 8

 

7. Atlanta Falcons (1-3): Struggles again in the red zone have plagued the Falcons so far this season, and it was evident against the New England Patriots on Sunday night as they were just 1-6 in red zone efficiency. The Falcons attempted a comeback, but failed to reach the end zone to force OT. Obviously WR Roddy White's ankle injury is still bothering him, but the teams believes that he is getting closer to 100 percent, and they hope so; over the past four weeks he has been a non-factor, totaling just 84 yards and has yet to score a touchdown.  The next couple of weeks are critical for the Falcons as they host the New York Jets before their bye week, and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after. Ranking last week: 6

 

8. Dallas Cowboys (2-2): Looks like Dallas has a problem closing games out, as they allowed the final 20 points against the San Diego Chargers to fall to 2-2. The Chargers racked up more than 500 yards and QB Philip Rivers had a field day, throwing for 401 yards with three touchdowns and one pick (that was returned for a touchdown by LB Sean Lee). WR Dez Bryant was the only option on offense (six receptions, 81 yards, two touchdowns) and with WR Miles Austin fighting through a hamstring injury, Dallas is going to have to utilize other options such as RB DeMarco Murray and TE Jason Witten if they have any chance of winning games. Ranking last week: 7

 

9. Washington Redskins (1-3):  There's a first time for everything. The Redskins were able to collect their first win of the season against the Oakland Raiders, a team starting backup QB Matt Flynn that provided him with basically an invisible offensive line. The Redskins were able to sack Flynn seven times and force an interception in their comeback win that had them down by two touchdowns. RGIII played well and injury to RB Albert Morris doesn't appear to be too bad. Ranking last week: 14

 

10. Arizona Cardinals (2-2): Talk about a barn-burner. The Cardinals hadn't scored a point in what felt like an eternity, and it took them until the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in their 13-10 victory. CB Patrick Peterson had two interceptions late in the game and WR Larry Fitzgerald caught a 13-yard pass with less than five minutes remaining to tie the game. The Cardinals would eventually kick the game winning field-goal and leave Tampa with a victory. This Arizona team has been tough to figure out; without a solid running game and the inconsistent play of QB Carson Palmer, I am shocked that this team has two wins. It doesn't get any easier for the Cards; the next couple of weeks are down right harsh as they face off against San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta and Houston....all in a row. Ranking last week: 12

 

11. Carolina Panthers (1-2):  The Panthers, along with the Packers, were off this week; not necessarily a good thing after their explosive offensive performance against the Giants just a week ago where they scored 38 points and kept Big Blue off the board. Carolina has a pretty easy schedule over the next couple of weeks as they look to gain ground in the NFC South with the Falcons reeling. Their next four games pits them against the Cardinals, Rams, Vikings and Bucs. Ranking last week: 11

 

12. St. Louis Rams (1-3):  Just a bad performance from the Rams all around. They were only able to muster up 188 yards on offense, and their defense gave up several big plays to the Niners. The team had hopes of RB Daryl Richardson (12 carries, 16 yards) filling in nicely with the loss of RB Steven Jackson to the Atlanta Falcons, but so far, he has been a bust. Ranking last week: 9

 

 13. Minnesota Vikings (1-3): It's about time someone other than RB Adrian Peterson (23 carries, 140 yards, two touchdowns) made a big play for the Vikings. WR Greg Jennings caught two touchdowns for 92 yards in Minnesota's first victory of the season over the Pittsburgh Steelers that took place at London's Wembley Stadium. QB Matt Cassel took over the role as starting quarterback with the injury to Christian Ponder and performed well, throwing for 248 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings move into their bye week at the bottom of the NFC North, but Cassel could find a permanent role as QB, which might turn things around for the boys in purple. Ranking last week: 13

 

14. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3): Not much can be said when your team gets trounced by one of the best teams in the NFL in the Denver Broncos. QB Peyton Manning had his way with the Philadelphia defense and while the game was still close at halftime, the Broncos blew the doors off and were able to put 52 points on the scoreboard. Philly hasn't looked like a steady team since the first quarter of their first game against the Redskins and head coach Chip Kelly needs to get this team back on track if he has any chance of keeping his job in the offseason, or it's back to college he goes. Ranking last week: 10

 

  15. New York Giants (0-4): Once again, the Giants were in the game at halftime, and then let the Kansas City Chiefs roll right through them in the second half to remain undefeated. Even after forcing the Chiefs to make their first turnovers of the season, the Giants couldn't gather any momentum on offense. At times, it looked like RB David Wilson (13 carries, 55 yards) would finally break free for a long run, but was tripped up on several occasions. The team was 1-14 on third downs and besides the 69-yard bomb to WR Victor Cruz (10 catches, 164 yards, one touchdown) in the second quarter, Big Blue's offense was anemic and failed to reach the red zone during the game. Still winless, the Giants host the Eagles and with a win, accompanied by a Dallas Cowboys loss (the Cowboys host the Broncos), the G-Men will  sit only two games back of first place in the NFC East with 3/4 of the season left to be played. Ranking last week: 16

 

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4): Tough to drop the Bucs to the last spot in the NFC, but after the debacle that QB Josh Freeman has caused and the team handing over a victory to the Arizona Cardinals on a silver platter, they deserve it. Backup QB Mike Glennon (24-for-43 passing, 193 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions) didn't play terrible for his first start, but if RB Doug Martin (27 carries, 45 yards) doesn't have consistent weeks running the ball, this team is doomed. Ranking last week: 15

 

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Giants new DE Josh Mauro is grateful he can still call himself a Giant in the first place. 

The former Cardinal is suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the NFL's PED policy. This announcement came just weeks after the Giants signed Mauro, but they stuck with him.

That is why he has been brutally honest with what got him suspended in the first place...

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The Giants have added some depth to their wide receiver corps as they signed veteran WR Russell Shepard, the team announced Tuesday.

Shepard has been in the NFL for five seasons, spending time with the Bucs and Panthers. He was with the Bucs from 2013-16, where he totaled 634 yards and four touchdowns on 47 receptions over 72 regular-season games. 

Last season with the Panthers, Shepard played in 15 games, earning three starts along the way. He had 17 receptions for 202 yards and one touchdowns. He was released by the team last week.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants OTAs 00:05:35
Larry Ridley, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata discuss the latest on Odell Beckham Jr. and how Saquon Barkley is fitting in at Giants OTAs.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley carries the ball during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley carries the ball during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants rookie Saquon Barkley has already impressed head coach Pat Shurmur. And he's far from the only person to praise the No. 2 pick.

Hall of Famer Curtis Martin called Barkley "one of the best runners I've seen." Brandon Jacobs said the former Penn State running back "the total guy." Giants GM Dave Gettleman said he had Hall of Fame potential when the team drafted him.

And Barkley's current teammates are impressed, too.

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(Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Eli Apple is embarrassed yet grateful. 

His embarrassment stems from a sophomore season that saw tumult, both on and off the field. He threatened to leave the team facility after players and coaches called out his effort in a film session, was caught tweeting while on the sideline during a game, and eventually caused enough distraction and trouble in the locker room that teammate Landon Collins called him a "cancer."

Looking back now that a new season is upon him, Apple knows that 2017 just wasn't his year...

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(William Hauser)

The Giants kicked off their first of 10 OTAs on Monday, and Big Blue took the field to shake off the rust of the offseason and get ready for their 2018 campaign. 

One of the big stories heading in was how quickly 2018 first-rounder RB Saquon Barkley will fit into new head coach Pat Shurmur's offense as well as find chemistry with veteran QB Eli Manning. 

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. has arrived at the Giants' facility for OTAs Monday, per ESPN's Dianna Russini. 

It was reported earlier that Beckham was expected to show up for the voluntary OTAs last Friday. He was also present for all three days of the Giants' offseason workout program in late April.

Last season, Beckham was one of two players ( DE Olivier Vernon) to not show up for OTAs before the start of training camp. 

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence about the legalization of sports betting that the United States Supreme Court voted in favor for on May 14.

This enormously impacts the professional sporting world as Congress could now regulate sports betting if they wish to do so. However, if they elect not to, each State is allowed to act on its own in implementing their own system.

No matter what happened, Goodell's top priority is making sure that the integrity of the game continues to flourish moving forward with the ruling...

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. acknowledges fans before a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

What can't Odell Beckham Jr. do?

We've seen the Giants star wide receiver show off his dunking ability on the court and his soccer skills on the pitch. On Friday night in Anaheim, Beckham displayed what he can do at the plate as he bashed a long ball over the left center field wall at Angels Stadium during batting practice. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will reportedly attend voluntary organized team activities on Monday, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Beckham showed up to all three days of New York's voluntary minicamp in late April, practicing for the first time since undergoing season-ending ankle surgery last year.

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Justin Tuck motions during the Giants Ring of Fame ceremony. (AP)
Justin Tuck motions during the Giants Ring of Fame ceremony. (AP)

When the Giants' 6th all-time leader in sacks is asked what the team needs, can there be any surprises when he says pass rushers?

Justin Tuck believes the 2018 iteration of the Giants could use a few more players who do what he did, but he has hope that third-round draft pick Lorenzo Carter can be what the team needs. 

"They need more pass rushers," Tuck said...

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Giants QB Eli Manning had a tough time getting any offense from his 2017 squad that went 3-13 last season. It also didn't help that the balls he got off in the pocket before it collapsed weren't caught. 

According to Pro Football Focus, Manning had the most dropped passes among qualifying quarterbacks last season with 43. The closest players to him are the Raiders Derek Carr and Chargers Philip Rivers, who both at 35 drops. 

Before the 2017 season began, this was a stat that didn't look to have Manning at the top of the list. He had Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall, and rookie TE Evan Engram to work with.

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Janoris Jenkins (20) runs back an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Janoris Jenkins isn't giving up his Dez Bryant-to-Giants campaign.

Jenkins tweeted again on Tuesday, hinting to the Giants that the free-agent wide receiver would make the team's offense even scarier than it looks already on paper...

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(Kirby Lee)

Former Giants offensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion David Diehl sees an entirely different Giants team this year.

And though they were one of the leagues' worst at 3-13, Diehl is confident the new pieces this season will generate more wins. 

"You're going to be looking at a completely different offense," Diehl told NJ.com's Matt Lombardo. "Now you have Saquon Barkley, to Will Hernandez, to Nate Solder, and now coming back with a healthy Odell Beckham Jr., you're looking at a dangerous offense that can do a lot of things."

Tags: Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard
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(Brad Penner)

The Lions claimed T Adam Bisnowaty and the 49ers claimed DB C.J. Goodwin after both players were waived by the Giants on Monday.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

A lawsuit that alleges Giants quarterback Eli Manning committed memorabilia fraud was reportedly settled, ProFootballTalk's Michael David Smith reports.

The Giants, Manning and Steiner Sports are alleged to have falsely provided non-game-used helmets for sale as certified game-used helmets. The plaintiffs' lawyers uncovered an email last year that Manning sent to the team's equipment director in 2010 when he asked for two helmets "that can pass as game used."

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Eli has advice for Saquon 00:00:51
New York Giants QB Eli Manning tells SNY's Justine Ward what his best advice is for rookie RB Saquon Barkley.

Giants QB Eli Manning is excited to start working with his new running back. But he has some words of wisdom to the 22-year-old. 

Barkley, the Giants No. 2 overall pick, already has tons of spotlight on him. And Manning knows well that the spotlight shines at all times, which is why his advice to Barkley is to learn how to say no. 

"Just be ready to handle this whirlwind of New York. You're going to be pulled every different direction. You gotta learn how to say 'No,' " Manning told SNY's Justine Ward at last Tuesday's BTIG Charity Day. "Say the words, 'No.' Understand you got a job to do and that's learn the playbook, get in here, and being a great teammate and learning the guys. Obviously, he's got a new family and a little baby now. So make sure you have everything in order to handle your business."

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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. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
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. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants T Ereck Flowers has reportedly showed up to the team's facility Monday morning for the first time this offseason, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Flowers missed the team's voluntary offseason training program, and fellow teammate Landon Collins said it was due to the fact that he is switching to right tackle following the signing of veteran LT Nate Solder. 

"He just unhappy that they picked up [Nate Solder]," Collins said. "That's it."

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Daily News Live: Sports gambling 00:03:44
Eric Chemi of CNBC joins Daily News Live to discuss the legalization of sports gambling and the ramifications of this newly amended bill.

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. "The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make," the Supreme Court announced. "Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own."

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have "introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome." 

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday's potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront...

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Lorenzo Carter talks rookie camp 00:00:42
Lorenzo Carter talks at Giants rookie camp, and discusses the ways he wants to fit in and the adjustments he needs to make to the NFL.

Giants 2018 third-rounder LB Lorenzo Carter has reminded everyone of the team's 2017 second-rounder DT Dalvin Tomlinson. It isn't their on-the-field play, but instead, what they play off the field. 

Tomlinson was known as the Renaissance Man for his extracurricular activities off the field that included playing a few instruments. Carter is the same way as he dabbles with the cello and tubs among others. 

"In elementary school, fifth grade, I started to play the cello and it stuck with me," Carter told reporters after the Giants' rookie minicamp over the weekend. "I love the sound of wood instruments, and I just fell in love with classical music."

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A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants have waived CB C.J. Goodwin, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Goodwin was awarded to the Giants off waived from the Cardinals just last week. However, after signing veteran CB Chris Lewis-Harristhe Giants decided to let him go. 

Goodwin played for both the Cardinals and Falcons last season, where he totaled nine tackles over 14 combined games. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Pat Shurmur 00:01:21
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur speaks on the professionalism he seeks from his young players after Day 2 of the team's rookie minicamp.

Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on sideline during first half against Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) on sideline during first half against Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A trial will begin on Monday in the memorabilia fraud case surrounding Eli Manning and the Giants.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS  (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The players were not in pads, the contact was limited and there was no tackling at all. That makes it hard to evaluate anyone, particularly a running back like Saquon Barkley.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur holds a press conference at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur holds a press conference at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - More than a decade ago, Tom Coughlin stormed into the Giants' offices vowing to restore "Giants pride". And while Pat Shurmur hasn't exactly stormed into the building, he's on a similar mission: To restore the "Giants way"

Those are basically the same things: A reminder of the need for players to be professionals, to treat people with respect -- lessons he began teaching the rookies and tryout players at the rookie mini-camp this weekend. Shurmur, like Coughlin before him, believes there is simply a right way to do things...

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The Giants' Ereck Flowers appeared at the 2015 NFL combine. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
The Giants' Ereck Flowers appeared at the 2015 NFL combine. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins revealed what seemed obvious last week, that the reason Ereck Flowers is skipping the Giants' offseason program is because he's "unhappy" with the team for replacing him at left tackle with free agent Nate Solder. That had long been everyone's assumption anyway.

Still, Giants coach Pat Shurmur wishes Collins had kept that to himself.

"Yeah, well that's not for Landon to talk about," Shurmur said Saturday morning during Day 2 of the Giants' rookie mini-camp. "I think the important thing is let's let Ereck talk for Ereck when he gets here and we'll worry about that later. Really, I don't think our players should be talking about another player's situation."...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Will Hernandez seen during rookie mini camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS  (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Will Hernandez seen during rookie mini camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Will Hernandez is affable and polite off the field but when he puts on the no. 71 Giants jersey this season, he'll turn into a completely different person.

Hernandez, Giants 2018 second-round draft pick, is proud of that personality change. At Giants rookie minicamp, he was all smiles as he talked about being nasty.

"It's kind of a split personality deal," Hernandez said...

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Jul 28, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) handing of the ball to New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
Jul 28, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) handing of the ball to New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

RB Paul Perkins has cleared waivers and remains on the Giants reserve/non-football injury list. He will not take up a spot on the 90-man roster.

Perkins was waived by the Giants earlier this week. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last month that Perkins needed surgery after suffering a torn pectoral muscle while working out on his own before the offseason program.

The Giants never announced a timetable for Perkins' recovery, though Vacchiano noted that -- depending on the extent of the tear -- the general recovery timetable is four-to-six months. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Pat Shurmur 00:01:56
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur gives his analysis on RB Saquon Barkley and QB Kyle Lauletta after their first day of rookie mini-camp.

Lauletta talks Giants' QBs 00:02:23
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano talks to Giants rookie QB Kyle Lauletta about learning from Eli Manning and competing with Davis Webb.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The old theory on how to develop young NFL quarterbacks was to throw as much as possible at them right from the beginning. Coaches wanted to see how much they could handle and to get them used to feeling overwhelmed.

"In a former life, way back when, what you did with the rookies -- this was like shock treatment," Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said on Friday. "You blew them up physically, emotionally, mentally and then by the time Monday came around, they're like, 'Holy smokes.'"

Anyone who remembers Eli Manning's first rookie mini-camp with the Giants knows that approach could lead to short-term disaster, even though coaches were sure it fostered long-term success. Regardless, when it comes to new Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta, Shurmur's approach this weekend at the Giants' rookie mini-camp figures to be much different than that...

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

RB Saquon Barkley took the field on Friday for the first time as a Giant.

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May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley speaks to a reporter before rookie minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS (Danielle Parhizkaran)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There has been no easing of Saquon Barkley into the spotlight by the Giants, not when GM Dave Gettleman has already hyped him as a Hall of Fame-caliber player who has been "touched by the hand of God." That is a heavy load to place on the 21-year-old's shoulders.

But to Barkley, the second overall pick in the NFL draft, the weight of Gettleman's words and expectations don't feel like a big deal at all.

"I'm so happy that I have a guy that believes in me and believes in my talent," Barkley said. "But it's not really expectations he set for me. It's something he saw on film. He believes in me. He believes I can achieve that one day...

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New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

Saquon Barkley has heard the words of those who said taking a running back No. 2 was too high. And he explained to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano what makes him such an offensive threat.

"I'm not just a running back," Barkley said. "I'm not just a guy that's gonna line up in I formation and bang his head -- I'll do that if I have to, if that's part of the game plan. But I'm a guy that can run inside, outside, catch the ball out the backfield. You can line me up in slot, pass-block. Whatever it takes, I'm willing to do." 

Barkley also spoke with Vacchiano about the Hall-of-Fame expectations being placed on him, and the potential of the Giants' offense. Watch the full conversation below... 

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South Squad quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond throws a pass during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)
South Squad quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond throws a pass during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. (Glenn Andrews/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants QB Kyle Lauletta, who the team selected in the fourth round (108th overall) during last month's NFL Draft, is looking forward to picking Eli Manning's brain and will "definitely lean on him" as he adjusts to the pros and learns the new playbook. 

"I don't know if there's one specific thing," Lauletta said about what he most wants to learn from Manning. "The way he interacts with his teammates, the way he commands his team, the way he plays his position."

Lauletta said he has already met Manning, who congratulated him and welcomed him to the Giants. And Lauletta echoed his head coach Pat Shurmur when he said he believes Manning has "years left" in the league. 

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UTEP Miners offensive lineman Will Hernandez goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)
UTEP Miners offensive lineman Will Hernandez goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants signed three mid-round draft picks and 11 undrafted free agents ahead of rookie minicamp.

Second-round pick Will Hernandez, an offensive lineman from UTEP, third-round linebacker Lorenzo Carter of Georgia and fourth-round quarterback Kyle Lauletta of Richmond all signed their rookie deals on Friday, the team announced.

Carter's deal will be for four years and include $1.049 million in guarantees, SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Thursday

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Daily News Live: Barkley's role 00:02:33
The Daily News Live panel debates what role Saquon Barkley should play in the New York Giants' offense this upcoming season.

The Daily News Live panel debates what role Saquon Barkley should play in the New York Giants' offense this upcoming season.


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(Mark J. Rebilas)

The Giants have signed third-round (66th overall) pick Lorenzo Carter to a four-year deal with $1.049 million guaranteed, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Carter will earn $480,000 in 2018, followed by $665,000 in 2019, $851,000 in 2020, and $1.036 million in 2021. 

Carter attended Georgia for four seasons, where he totaled 166 tackles (21.5 for loss) and 14 sacks. His senior season was his best year in college, with 62 combined tackles (8.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries.

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Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Giants 24-10. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have waived RB Paul Perkins with a non-football injury designation, the team announced Thursday.

If Perkins clears waivers, he can be placed on IR. The 23-year-old rushed 41 times for 90 yards in 11 games last season.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: This could be a sad end to what once looked to be a promising career for Paul Perkins, a fifth-rounder the Giants took out of UCLA in 2016. When they drafted him they were convinced they had a steal. It was only a matter of time until he was going to be a dominant feature back...

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Jennings on Odell contract 00:00:33
Former New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings thinks Odell Beckham Jr. should try to become the highest paid receiver in the NFL.

Calling Odell Beckham Jr. a generational talent, former teammate Rashad Jennings said Beckham has every right to try to become the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.

"Go for it. Why not? Why shouldn't he go for that? He's arguably the best receiver in the game," Jennings told SNY's Larry Ridley. "He's young, he's got a lot of future ahead of him. Go chase it. He's one player that -- he's a generational guy."

The Giants can slap the franchise tag on Beckham for 2019, 2020, and 2021 if they so choose, and while he's deserving of a contract extension, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently explained why the Giants shouldn't be in a rush to acquiesce to his demands

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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He is already considered a "gold jacket" player in the eyes of the man who drafted him, and if that wasn't enough, Giants GM Dave Gettleman said Saquon Barkley is so good he's been "touched by the hand of God."

That's a lot of hype, which is why so many expect him to put on a dazzling display - even on Day 1...

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Justin Tuck on Barkley, Manning 00:01:34
Former Giants defensive end Justin Tuck chats with SNY's Justine Ward about Saquon Barkley and Eli Manning.

Former Giants DE Justin Tuck still refers to his former team like he is putting the pads on next season.

Tuck, a Giants Ring of Honor member, used "we" and "us" when asked questions about the Giants upcoming season. And, of course, one of those questions was about the team's No. 2 overall pick in RB Saquon Barkley

Tuck approves...

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Daily News Live: Giants 00:03:31
Pat Leonard joins to panel to discuss John Mara's comments on Odell Beckham Jr's contract situation and his participation in OTAs.

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Odell Beckham Jr. is back on the good side of the Giants organization again after that brief and silly trade scare back in late March. They're even back to acknowledging he is part of their future, and John Mara promised that at some point Beckham's much-anticipated contract extension "will get done."

But that doesn't mean it'll happen now or in the immediate future. Even Mara admitted to feeling no "sense of urgency" to strike a deal. The contract, he said on Tuesday night, "will get done when it's supposed to get done." And that's fine. Everybody should relax because there shouldn't be a sense of urgency...

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Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Saquon Barkley (Penn State) is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

It takes one to know one. 

Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin has nothing but high praise for the Giants' new RB Saquon Barkley, who idolized Martin growing up a Jets fan. 

"I think he'll be a really good fit," Martin told Newsday's Tom Rock.  "If I were the Giants, that's probably the pick that I would have made. I think he'll be a great addition to the team. I think he's a unique weapon for Eli to have because he's as good a receiver as he is a running back as you're going to get coming out of the backfield, and he's one of the best runners I've seen."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham looks on before a play against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants co-owner John Mara is remaining hopeful that the team will be able to come to terms with WR Odell Beckham on a new contract.

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Former Giants QB Phil Simms loves what he has seen from GM Dave Gettleman and the rest of the Giants organization. And what he sees is a team in win-now mode.

The Giants could have easily set themselves up for life after Eli Manning by selecting Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, or Josh Rosen with their No. 2 overall pick. Instead, they went with dynamic RB Saquon Barkley -- a player that will make an immediate impact next season. 

Barkley was only one of Gettleman's moves that prove he wants his team in a win-now state. Simms likes that mindset.

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For those who didn't vote for Giants DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison in the NFL Top 100 this year -- good luck. 

It appears that Harrison, who was No. 96 on the 2017 Top 100 list, won't make it this season as the latest installment of the list (No. 80-71) didn't include him. 

Well, it is safe to say that Snacks doesn't appreciate it after warning "every lineman we play this year" that he will have no mercy. 

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(Kim Klement)

In the latest release of the NFL Network's Top 100 players, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. ranked No. 77 on their list. 

Beckham may have ranked No. 8 overall before the start of the 2017 season, but after playing in just four games last season due to an ankle injury, he saw his ranking fall significantly.

Though he fell, Beckham's stats up until this point in his career are still worthy of a Top 10 ranking. Since entering the league, he is second only behind Antonio Brown in touchdowns (38). He has also topped 1,300 yards in each of his first three seasons. 

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New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants first-round draft pick Saquon Barkley during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Catalina Fragoso/USA TODAY Sports)

By drafting running back Saquon Barkley second overall in the NFL draft, the Giants have another threat on offense, and quarterback Eli Manning is looking forward to working with the rookie.

"You like those three-down running backs," Manning said, according to NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I haven't watched a whole lot of film on him. You've got to let him get here and earn his (stripes) a little bit. I know he is very talented. I'm just excited to get him in the facility and on the practice field and work with him."

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Feb 3, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Odell Beckham Jr. during red carpet arrivals for the NFL Honors show at Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 3, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Odell Beckham Jr. during red carpet arrivals for the NFL Honors show at Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Looking to further market Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. more, Nike has filed a trademark for his new logo. 

Beckham's logo features his "OBJ" intials warped together into one. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE LOGO

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