Another shift in the rankings this week as we witnessed the New Orleans Saints being taken down by the New England Patriots late yesterday, and in turn, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers both churning out victories. This week, we will take a look at the rankings by the numbers, as they do a justified job of telling the story in the NFC. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 6...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (5-1):  The number - 11 - The number of consecutive games the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson have won at home. They always talk about the 12th man on the field, but playing in Seattle may be the hardest thing any team has to do all season. If the Seahawks can claim home-field advantage in the NFC, they just might the easiest road to the Super Bowl. Even with five fumbles yesterday against the Tennessee Titans and no touchdowns for Wilson, the Seahawks were able to rattle off their fifth win of the season. Ranking last week: 2

2. San Francisco 49ers (4-2): The number - 281 - The number of yards that TE Vernon Davis and RB Frank Gore combined for yesterday against the Arizona Cardinals. QB Colin Kaepernick finished the day with 252 yards through the air, while Gore had another solid game on the ground, rushing for 101 yards on 25 carries. Last season, much was said about the rough relationship between Kap and Davis (8 catches, 180 yards, two touchdowns), but it seems that their problems have been hashed out, as Davis is tied for second among the league's tight-ends in touchdowns with six. The Niners defense couldn't get a grip on Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (Six catches, 117 yards, one touchdown), but it didn't matter when it was all said and done. Ranking last week: 33. New Orleans Saints (5-1):  The number - 0 for 6 - The completion number for Saints QB Drew Brees when targeting TE Jimmy Graham, including one interception. The Saints couldn't stop a last minute drive from the Pats in Foxborough, as they suffered their first loss of the season. It was the first time in 46 games that Graham was held to no catches and it was the difference between a victory and a loss for New Orleans. The Saints had a hard time finding any momentum on offense with Graham being a non-factor and Brees ended up throwing for just 236 yards with two touchdowns and one pick; while being sacked five times. Opposing teams may look to this game when searching for a formula to beat the Saints; contain Graham and get to Brees seems to be the solution. Rankings last week: 1

 

 4. Chicago Bears (4-2):  The number - 11 - The number of times Bears QB Jay Cutler targeted WR Brandon Marshall on Thursday night against the lowly New York Giants. Marshall and Cutler hooked up nine times for 87 yards and two touchdowns that led Chicago to their first win in three games. The Bears were on the verge of blowing the game, when their defense came up big, as CB Tim Jennings picked off Giants QB Eli Manning with less than two minutes left and the team driving, his second interception of the game. With Detroit and Green Bay both pulling out victories on Sunday, the Bears held their position tied for first place in the NFC North. Ranking last week: 5

 

  5. Green Bay Packers (3-2):  The number - 120 - The amount of rushing yards that RB Eddie Lacy ran for on 23 carries in the Packers 19-17 win against the Baltimore Ravens. With QB Aaron Rodgers losing WR Randall Cobb and WR James Jones to injuries before halftime, Rodgers needed another offensive weapon, and he got it out from Lacy. Even with two out of three of his main targets on the sidelines, Rodgers still managed to throw for 315 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Green Bay defense stepped it up with LB Clay Matthews out of the game and held the Ravens to 2-of-14 on third down attempts. Ranking last week: 4

 

6. Dallas Cowboys (3-3):  The number - 222 - The total number of yards that WR Dwayne Harris had returning both punts and kickoffs, including one touchdown, in the Cowboys victory over their NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins. The Cowboys defense came up big against RGIII who finished the game without a touchdown, while the defense forced one interception, one fumble and three sacks. QB Tony Romo threw for just 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but Dallas won the special teams battle and kept pace with the Eagles in the division. However, the already depleted defensive line lost DE DeMarcus Ware to a quad injury in the second quarter and gave up 216 yards rushing between RGIII and RB Alfred Morris. Ranking last week: 7

 

 7. Detroit Lions (4-2): The number - 3 - The number of touchdowns that backup TE Joseph Fauria had in the Lions win against the Cleveland Browns. Fauria was a force to be reckoned with on Sunday as he scored a touchdown each time he was targeted by QB Matthew Stafford (25-for-43 passing, 248 yards, four touchdowns, one interception). Detroit is lucky that Fauria picked up the slack for WR Calvin Johnson, who had just three catches for 25 yards and didn't seem to be completely recovered from a lingering knee problem. Ranking last week: 6

 

8. Atlanta Falcons (1-4): The number - 580 - The number of yards that WR Julio Jones has accrued through five games so far this season...as if things couldn't get worse for Atlanta; Jones was placed on IR and will undergo foot surgery, causing him to miss the rest of the season. The Falcons were off this week and host the Buccaneers come Sunday, a much needed opponent, as Atlanta has struggled this season and it will only get more difficult without Jones suited up. Ranking last week: 8

 

9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3): The number - 9.5 - The average yards that QB Nick Foles threw for on each pass completion against the Tampa Bay Bucs in their 31-20 victory. Once again we witnessed head coach Chip Kelly's high-powered offense as Foles threw for almost a first down each down a completion was made. WR DeSean Jackson caught nine balls for 114 yards with two touchdowns, while RB LeSean McCoy ran for 116 yards on 25 carries. For the sixth straight week, the Eagles offense tallied over 400 yards of total offense, just the third team in history to do so. Ranking last week: 10

 

10. St. Louis Rams (3-3):  The number - 24:50 - The possession time of Rams as they completely demolished the reeling Houston Texans by a final score of 38-13. Even with the Texans having the ball for 10+ minutes more than the Rams, the St. Louis defense played a huge part in the victory; returning one pick for a touchdown and scored again with a fumble recovery. QB Sam Bradford was flawless against a Texans defensive line that has been invisible for most of the season; Bradford finished the game 12-for-16 passing with 117 yards and three touchdowns. Ranking last week: 12

 

11. Washington Redskins (1-4):  The number - 104 - The number of yards that Redskins acquired from penalties alone in their loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night. What an ugly performance from the Skins as they continue to fall from grace after what was a spectacular run last year into the playoffs. RGIII played better compared to the rough start that he has had to the season (19-for-39 passing, 246 yards, one interception), but did not throw a single touchdown and was effective running the ball (77 yards rushing). The Redskins defense and special teams is just god awful and they made sure to showcase it last night. As we noted earlier, WR Dwayne Harris of the Cowboys combined for 222 yards on both punt and kickoff returns....yikes! Ranking last week: 9

 

12. Carolina Panthers (2-3):  The number - 4 for 4 - The completion attempts in the red zone that the Panthers capitalized on in their rout against the Minnesota Vikings. Perhaps the most inconsistent team in the NFL, the Panthers were rock solid as they had a 35-3 lead in the fourth quarter on the back of QB Cam Newton who finished the day with 242 yards and three touchdowns. WR Brandon LaFell had a big day, catching 4 balls for 107 yards and one touchdown. With Atlanta struggling, the Panthers sit just two games out of a wildcard spot, but inconsistencies from game-to-game have haunted them. Ranking last week: 13

 

13. Arizona Cardinals (3-3):  The number - 403 - The total number of yards the Cardinals managed to tally against a stingy Niners defense. A good sign was the production from the dual RB set that Arizona put on the field with Rashad Mendenhall and Andre Ellington. The two combined for 96 yards and one touchdown (Ellington) and although they didn't crack the century mark, it was more than the Cards have seen from their ground game over the past couple of weeks. WR Larry Fitzgerald had a big game with 117 yards and one touchdown, but the Cardinals couldn't help turn the ball over four times. Ranking last week: 11

 

 14. Minnesota Vikings (1-4): The number - 3 - The number of points the Vikings had until a late touchdown in the fourth quarter when a loss was already chalked up against the Carolina Panthers. Minnesota's offense was straight up pathetic and tallied a total of 290 yards on offense. RB Adrian Peterson, who ran with a heavy heart, rushed for only 62 yards on 10 carries with his team behind on the scoreboard from the opening minutes. The Vikings, who were picked by many to compete for the division, have looked like a shell of themselves and the expectations that they have not even came close to meeting. Good news for Minnesota; they play the winless Giants next Monday night in what might be the least watched football game in the past five years. Ranking last week: 14

 

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5): The number - 43 - The total number of passes that Bucs QB Mike Glennon threw on Sunday against the Eagles in their fifth consecutive loss to start the season. When you have a stud running back behind you in Doug Martin (16 carries, 67 yards), it boggles my mind as to why Tampa Bay was so pass-heavy. It could be because WR Vincent Jackson had a stellar game, catching 9 balls for 114 yards with two touchdowns, but Martin has to get more touches. Tampa Bay kept the game close, but the defense couldn't put a lid on backup QB Nick Foles and the Eagles offense, giving up 425 yards of total offense. Ranking last week: 15

 

  16. New York Giants (0-6): The number - 15 - The number of league-leading interceptions that QB Eli Manning has thrown in just six games this season for the Giants; all resulting in losses. It seems like weeks ago, but it was just last Thursday that Big Blue couldn't seal the deal for their first win of the season against the Bears in which Manning threw another three interceptions, and a costly one with less than two minutes left that ended the game. With no running game, no offensive line, no pass rush and absolutely no momentum, the Giants might as well chalk this season up as massive failure with not even half of the games played yet in the regular season. Can anyone say "fire sale" when it comes to the Giants coaching staff? Ranking last week: 16

Where do you think these teams rank?

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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."

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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...

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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(Robert Deutsch)

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. 

Tags: Damon Harrison, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr.
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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."

Tags: Eli Manning, Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, Wayne Gallman
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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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The Giants cleared some space on their roster ahead of their rookie mini-camp this weekend, cutting five players, including safety Ryan Murphy who played in three games with them last year.

Murphy, a special teamer, was the only one of the five who had gotten a game for the Giants. They also cut guard Damien Mama, whom they signed off the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad last Dec. 23.

The other three were receiver Caanan Severin, running back Terrell Watson and punter Austin Rehkow.

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(Kim Klement)

Though the Giants' offensive acquisitions this offseason have generated the most talk, Big Blue hasn't been stingy bolstering their defense either. 

The Giants were in need of a veteran presence in their linebackers room after the departures of Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas, and one of GM Dave Gettleman's first moves was to trade for LB Alec Ogletree. At 26, Ogletree has five NFL seasons with the Rams under his belt, where he recently wore the headset as the defense's playcaller.

Ogletree will likely be paired with B.J. Goodson, who wore the headset for the Giants as the MIKE linebacker last season. However, Goodson could only call out plays in limited time due to injuries. This season, though, Goodson is hoping to show the Giants the potential they saw when he was drafted in the fourth round back in 2016. 

Tags: Alec Ogletree, B.J. Goodson, Scott Thompson
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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Robert Ayers rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Landon Collins said offensive lineman Ereck Flowers skipped the team's voluntary offseason program last month over the signing of left tackle Nate Solder.

Collins, speaking on WFAN's "Boomer and Gio" on Friday morning, said he did not receive a text back from Flowers in the offseason, but his cousin, with whom Flowers is close, did. According to Collins, Solder's signing was the reason why Flowers wasn't with the team and was instead in Miami.

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

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Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Redskins defensive tackle A.J. Francis during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. (Derik Hamilton/USA TODAY Sports)

After signing with the Giants, defensive lineman A.J. Francis called out his former team, the Washington Redskins, on Instagram by saying they didn't appreciate him and calling their logo racist.

Francis, 27, recorded 18 combined tackles in six games with Washington last year, his second with the team and third since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

The Redskins released him last Friday, and after staying in the NFC East by joining the Giants, took to Instagram to vent:

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The Giants continue to add secondary depth as they were awarded CB C.J. Goodwin off waivers on Wednesday. 

The 28-year-old split time with the Falcons and Cardinals last season, where he totaled nine tackles over 14 games. He was an undrafted free agent that signed with the Steelers back in 2014. 

He joined the Falcons on their practice squad in 2015, and eventually made it to the 53-man roster the season after. Goodwin played in all three of the Falcons' postseason games including Super Bowl LI.

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveEreck Flowers' decision to skip the Giants' voluntary offseason program could definitely be considered ill-advised -- assuming he was getting any advice at all.

If he was, he was getting mostly bad advice, considering his tenuous position with the Giants. He had already lost his spot at left tackle, and his attitude led to a benching late last season. And now he's so infuriated the new regime that the Giants were open to trading him during last week's NFL draft. He's also already cost himself $12.5 million, because the Giants did not pick up the fifth-year option of his contract for that amount by the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.

On all fronts it seems like his relationship has soured with the Giants past the point of no return...

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Aug 19, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Aug 19, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Alex Tanney (11) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

QB Alex Tanney has signed with the Giants, he announced on Twitter on Wednesday.

Tanney, 30, has spent time with the Chiefs, Browns, and Titans during his career, appearing in one game for the Titans in 2015.

The Giants also signed DT A.J. Francis, the team announced...

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) waves to fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 18-10. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) waves to fans after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won 18-10. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Turmoil. Whilrwind. Chaos.

Any synonym to those words would describe what Eli Manning and the Giants went through last season. 

For Manning, though, it was the first time in his 14-year career that he thought he was done, that his days as the Giants' quarterback were to be put to bed. He admitted to Mike Francesa, who returned to WFAN on Tuesday, that he had no clue what his future held as the Giants spiraled into an abyss last season...

Tags: Eli Manning, Scott Thompson
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