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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Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

In its latest Power Rankings, ESPN ranked the Giants 23rd out of the 32 teams. 

This version of their rankings comes after analyzing each team's draft picks, and the Giants rose a few spots. They were at No. 26, but after drafting players like RB Saquon Barkley and G Will Hernandez, they rose up the ranks. 

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan also gave his veteran player that could be in jeopardy of losing their roster spot at the end of camp. It was LB Mark Herzlich that Raanan chose, as he believes younger backers like Calvin Munson and Tae Davis could beat him out. 

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Saquon Barkley Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said rookie RB Saquon Barkley is day-to-day after suffering a mild hamstring strain on Monday.

Barkley was a non-participant at joint practice with the Lions on Tuesday, though he was seen dressed without pads during the session. This was the expected move for the rookie after Shurmur noted the team was going to be smart with him moving forward.

"Running back Saquon Barkley left practice early after stretching out for a long reception," Shurmur said in his statement. "His left leg was wrapped the remainder of practice. Saquon has a mild strain, and we'll be smart with him as we move along here."

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants kicked off their first of three joint practice sessions with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, and star WR Odell Beckham Jr. was out in full pads ready to go. 

But before he took the field, he walked over to a spectating section, where he gave one fan a special gift. 

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley left practice Monday with a mild hamstring strain, head coach Pat Shurmur said this afternoon. 

After making a great catch on a wheel route (in the play below), Barkley pulled up gingerly as he walked off the field. Trainers checked him out and his leg was wrapped.

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On the first play of practice, Will Hernandez, the Giants' feisty rookie guard, ended up grabbing the facemask of a linebacker, and they looked ready to fight until teammates and coaches rushed in to break it up.

That was Monday. The linebacker was his teammate, B.J. Goodson. And the practice was being run at half speed.

So imagine what could happen when the Giants and Lions begin three days of intense joint-practices in Allen Park, Mich., on Tuesday morning.

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Giants WR Sterling Shepard and his wife, model Chanel Iman, welcomed their baby girl -- Cali Clay Shepard -- into the world on August 10. 

Both Shepard and Iman posted pictures at the hospital on Sunday to make the announcement.

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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb throws the ball during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb throws the ball during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants backup quarterback Davis Webb looks to rebound from his rough preseason opener when New York faces the Detroit Lions on the road Friday night.

The 23-year-old Webb threw for 70 yards on 9-of-22 passing with no touchdowns or interceptions, accumulating a 49.4 passer rating in the Giants' 20-10 preseason-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns last Thursday.

Though he took most of the snaps ahead of starter Eli Manning and rookie Kyle Lauletta, Webb said he felt he needed to calm down on his throws and be more accurate with his targets.

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With the Giants' first preseason game on Thursday, head coach Pat Shurmur still hasn't said who will and will not be playing against the Browns. 

"Every player will receive the consideration necessary with regard to the play time," he said after practice on Tuesday. "They're all at different stages of being ready to play in Week 1. We'lljust try to balance it and make good decisions."

The obvious player that every Giants fan has an opinion on when it comes to playing in preseason games is star WR Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham's tumultuous 2017 season started to take a downfall in Week 2 of the preseason last year against the same Cleveland opponent. He suffered an ankle sprain that held him out of the season opener, and was the preempitve injury to his eventual fractured ankle in Week 5 of the regular season. 

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Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Eli Manning (10) Saquon Barkley (26) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley delivered in his very first NFL touch Thursday night, breaking out for a 39-yard run that electrified MetLife Stadium. It was stirred up a storm on Twitter. 

Many reacted to the 21-year-old's dazzling run, and these are just a few who did so. The first comes from his alma mater, who was watching closely to their former star's first NFL game. 

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah during first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah during first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Leave it to Eli Manning, the savvy veteran and picture of calmness, to add the perspective to what Saquon Barkley did on Thursday night. Barkley's debut run was dazzling, a 39-yard showcase of patience, smarts, elusiveness, burst and speed. It was everything everyone was expecting from the Giants' super-hyped rookie.

Right?

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Saquon Barkley, Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning discuss Barkley's NFL debut in the Giants' preseason opener against the Browns.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley sent the football world in a frenzy by taking his first NFL preseason rush for a 39-yard gain.

That run was all it took. He looked like everything that has been promised since the Giants made him the No. 2 overall pick at the 2018 NFL Draft.

"It felt weird, the feelings are hard to describe,'' Barkley said after the game.

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) runs from Cleveland Browns defensive end Nate Orchard (44) and defensive end Chris Smith (50) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) runs from Cleveland Browns defensive end Nate Orchard (44) and defensive end Chris Smith (50) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The man who some believe is the apparent heir to Eli Manning's throne in New York got off to a rough preseason start.

Davis Webb handled the majority of the Giants' snaps in their 20-10 preseason week one loss to the Browns and was unable to impress. The 23-year-old completed just 9 of his 22 passes for 70 yards, with overthrows and missed targets aplenty.

"I just got to calm down and play, the guys know I can do it, there's no doubt about that," Webb said after the game. "I showed signs of it tonight."

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Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall (23) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) rushes against Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall (23) during first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Saquon Barkley just might be the most hyped rookie in Giants history, and the first time he touched the ball in a Giants uniform he certainly lived up to it all.

It may have only been one moment, but it was a great moment - a 39-yard run by the second overall pick on the first play from scrimmage. Yeah, so he only had four yards on his other four carries in the Giants SCORE loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. But that one run was enough to delight the sparse crowd - especially the many (and there were a lot of them) who showed up wearing his No. 26 jersey.

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Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fans cheer during the second half between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fans cheer during the second half between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Browns QB Baker Mayfield threw his first preseason touhdown against the Giants, a dart to TE David Njoku, and the tight end celebrated at MetLife Stadium by tossing the ball to a lucky fan in the crowd.

Well, lucky depending on who you ask. The fan, presumably rooting for the Giants, was none too interested. WIthin a few seconds of catching, they threw it back on the field.

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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)

It's early, and it's one preseason rush, but, it would appear that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is ready for the NFL.

Barkley's first rush went for 39-yards. It was the kind that would have resulted in a loss of yards in years past-- But not with No. 26 in the backfield.

WATCH BELOW.

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Since April, Giants fans have been itching to see their No. 2 overall pick don the Big Blue jersey, and light up MetLife Stadium. Finally, that time is here. 

The Giants are set to take on the Browns for their first preseason matchup on Thursday night, and Barkley is expected to be out on the field. As for how long, it is uncertain what head coach Pat Shurmur wants to do with the high-profile rusher, but the educated guess would say not too many reps. 

Those limited reps -- a teaser if you will -- should give a glimpse at how the Giants want to use Barkley this season. So far at camp, he has been lining up as a regular running back, standing in an I-formation behind QB Eli Manning. But the Giants have also thrown him on the outside to line up as a receiver. 

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The easiest decision Pat Shurmur will have to make this preseason is to sit his all-world wide receiver in the preseason opener on Thursday night. Why would they even dream of risking their best player while he's still technically recovering from ankle surgery in this completely meaningless game?

They almost certainly won't. And that knowledge is enough to make almost everyone change the channel or keep the TV off entirely while the Giants play the Cleveland Browns. But it might be worth rethinking if that is, indeed, your plan. Because there are a few compelling reasons for you to watch this game even though No. 13 likely won't play...

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) throws the ball during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) throws the ball during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

The Giants' new regime took a chance. They trusted that QB Davis Webb had the skills necessary to be Eli Manning's backup, and a potential quarterback of the future despite watching zero game tape. 

Now, Thursday night's bout against the Browns in the first preseason matchup is Webb's chance to prove Gettleman and Co. they were right. 

Webb has been doing well at training camp so far, but what the Giants really want to see first-hand is how he plays against real opponents. He has been stuck practicing for over a year now, which is why there's no surprise he's ready to finally take the MetLife Stadium field for real again...

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Over the next month (or months) there will be a lot of talk about Odell Beckham's contract. There will be leaks about the negotiations. There will be debates about his value. And there will be confusion, because sometimes "talks" don't mean they're talking, and "value" might depend on how you do the math.

So how will you survive the seemingly endless news cycle until Beckham gets the money he is so sure he deserves? And how can you possibly join (and win) the debate when there's so much seemingly conflicting news?

Here's how: Our guide to separating fact from fiction when it comes to the Odell Beckham contract … a.k.a. How to sound smart when arguing about Odell's inevitable (and lucrative) deal:

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Giants rookie DT B.J. Hill has impressed early on at training camp. But the real first test comes on Thursday night when the Browns come to to town.

Hill couldn't be more excited to put his Giants helmet on officially for the first time. 

"Oh yeah," he said after practice Monday when asked if he looked at this preseason bout as his NFL debut. "It's going to be my first game in the NFL and I'm just excited to get out there and compete with the best."

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

If not for the fan uproar surrounding Eli Manning's benching last season -- leading to his return as the starter -- it seems the Giants were about to give Davis Webb a three-game look as the starter.

Webb said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN on Carlin, Maggie, and Bart that then-head coach Ben McAdoo had informed him that the plan was for Webb to start the final three games of the season in place of Manning.

Instead, Geno Smith started one game with Manning as the backup. That situation went down after Manning had been brought to tears earlier in the week -- a scene that led most of the Giants fanbase to lose their collective minds...

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Maria Marino and Marc Malusis are foaming at the mouth over Odell Beckham Jr.'s contract extension negotiations with the New York Giants.

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The first round of talks between the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr.'s agent didn't produce a deal, which is absolutely no surprise to anyone who understands anything about how contract talks work. It's also not surprising that the Giants' initial offer was low -- or at least lower than they know they'll eventually have to pay. And it's also probably not a surprise that Beckham's camp has leaked details, apparently in the hope that it will pressure the Giants to immediately up their offer (Spoiler alert: It won't).

Try to ignore the noise, though, and see the bigger picture. The Giants are intent on signing Beckham to a long-term deal and according to a team source they understand it will likely make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL when it's done. They hope they can get a deal done by Opening Day, or at the latest early in the season. That position hasn't changed...

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New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
New York Giants offensive tackle Ereck Flowers warms up before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Giants' offensive line is once again an area of concern this season. Yes, upgrades were made, but there are still pieces that are a cause for concern given the past few seasons. 

One of those glaring questions is whether or not Ereck Flowers will turn his career around after making the shift from left to right tackle. Flowers wasn't a big fan of the move after the acquisition of veteran LT Nate Solder pushed him over. But now he claims he doesn't mind the transition.

Flowers has been working hard this offseason on re-working his technique and footwork to play on the right side. He has been seeing improvement everyday. 

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants released their unofficial depth chart on Monday, and though it isn't set in stone, there are a few things worth noting. 

Here are the five biggest takeaways from how this roster looks early on in training camp...

1) No surprise Saquon Barkley is lead running back

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Odell Beckham Jr (13) Jarvis Landry (14) Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Innerarity)

On Sunday, the Browns struck a deal with the Bills to trade WR Corey Coleman. With that, the Browns now have a spot open on their roster. 

So, what does this matter for the Giants? Well, Browns WR Jarvis Landry still has hopes of playing with his former college teammate Odell Beckham Jr. 

Landry lobbyed for the Browns to trade for the Pro-Bowl wideout in the past, and the same can be said now with a roster spot open in Cleveland. Also, Beckham has yet to sign a contact extension with the Giants, and the start of talks between his agent and the front office haven't been productive so far.

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks onto the field during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks onto the field during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is known to be one of the most interesting personalities off the football field as well as on it. From his fashionable wardrobe to his star-studded friend group, Beckham is a clear standout in the NFL. 

But, he decided to stand out even more with his latest fashion statement. 

Beckham decided to implant a diamond cross into his teeth (yes, you're reading that correctly). TMZ filmed the surgery, which cost $5,000, that Dr. Lee Gause performed. 

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Oct 10, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive back Teddy Williams (21) lines up during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 10, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive back Teddy Williams (21) lines up during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium. The Bucs defeated the Panthers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

Giants CB Teddy Williams has requested his release from the team in light of a family health issue, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday. 

Williams has been away from the team for a few days dealing with the issue, and he has decided now is the time to separate himself from the game to become fully attentive to it. 

Williams' agent, David Canter, took to Twitter to thank the Giants and GM Dave Gettleman for their compassion during this time. 

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Odell Beckham finally spoke to the media on Saturday, taking questions (with the exception of a brief, two-question interview in June) for the first time in 10 months. So for the first time we gained insight into how he feels about his ankle, his contract, and those wild trade rumors from back in March.

Here are some of the biggest and most important quotes from the Giants' biggest and perhaps most important star:

On how his surgically repaired ankle feels: "I don't really feel it. I don't really feel it, I don't think about it much. Well, I try not to. It's still always there, but I'm getting back as close to 100 [percent] as I can for right now. So it's been a long process. I can say that."

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May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) after practice at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Eli Apple left Saturday's practice with an apparent knee injury, reports Tom Rock of Newsday.

Apple needed help hobbling to the sideline after he tangled with WR Hunter Sharp and fell. Apple, who remained at practice and stood on the sideline, was eventually able to jog.

Earlier in practice, Apple was involved in a scuffle with TE Engram Evans. On a play when Engram hauled in a short catch, Apple shoved Engram and Engram threw the football at him. 

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Odell Beckham Jr. on potential new contract with Giants: "Yeah, I'm optimistic. I'm confident it'll all work itself out. Life always does."

Giants WR Odell Beckham is still searching for a new contract, but unlike fellow superstars Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell, he's never threatened a holdout. 

When speaking about his contract, Beckham has proven to be publicly reasonable, nuanced and reserved. He hasn't put his name to any outlandish claims nor demands. What goes on with his agent behind the scenes, of course, isn't public knowledge.

"Who doesn't to get more money?" Beckham said, via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com."Everybody does. You just have to be realistic with yourself. You see what happened over the offseason. You can't really worry about anybody else. Just let them figure it out."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eight newly minted Pro Football Hall of Famers will officially take their place in Canton on Saturday night, and it's easy to envision Eli Manning doing the same sometime around 2025.

The truth, though, is his road to Canton may not be so easy after all.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The NFL is doing its best to prevent players from dangerously banging their heads into each other this season. But the result of their effort is going to be a lot of people banging their heads against a wall.

That's because not even the players are completely clear about what is and isn't a penalty under the NFL's new helmet rule - a rule that makes "lowering the head and initiating contact" with any part of an opponent's body, not just the head, a 15-yard penalty at least.

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Oct 22, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Leonard Johnson (24) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Oct 22, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Leonard Johnson (24) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Giants are signing veteran CB Leonard Johnson, who played for Dave Gettleman's Panthers in 2016 and started seven games for the Buffalo Bills last season, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The Giants had a big workout today as part of their search for cornerback help after they lost Sam Beal for the season to shoulder surgery.

Johnson, 28, had 52 combined tackles and one forced fumble in 15 games last season for the Bills.

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Urban Meyer, one of the most successful college football coaches of this generation, is suddenly under fire at Ohio State, where he's been accused of ignoring and covering up allegations of domestic abuse against one of his assistant coaches. He's been placed on paid leave, while the university investigates his behavior.

Meanwhile, his reputation among his former players remains strong.

Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins became the latest to express that loyalty on Friday, when he hailed Meyer as "a great coach" and "nice guy" despite the allegations against him.

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New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo coaches against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo coaches against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants interim head coach and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo thinks his former team will bounce back after a 3-13 season in which the Giants defense gave up the second-most yards and fifth-most points.

"I think they're gonna bounce back and be fine," Spagnuolo said, according to the New York Post's Steve Serby.

The Giants cleaned house last season, firing head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese midway through the season. New York's 2018 staff includes Dave Gettleman as GM, Pat Shurmur as head coach, Mike Shula as offensive coordinator and James Bettcher as defensive coordinator.

"Pat's a good teacher," Spagnuolo said. "He's a good man."

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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple (24) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Current Giants and former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple said he didn't know if a report that said head coach Urban Meyer knew of domestic violence allegations a member of his staff was facing and failed to act on them was true, but called the situation "very surprising."

"It's a crazy, unfortunate situation," Apple said Thursday, according to NJ Advance Media's Matt Lombardo. "I just hope it gets worked out." 

College football reporter Brett McMurphy reported earlier this week that Meyer, who has coached the Buckeyes since 2012, knew of 2015 allegations of domestic violence that Courtney Smith brought against her husband, assistant coach Zach Smith.

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants have always wanted to strike a long-term deal with Odell Beckham, and they've always understood the cost will be incredibly expensive. There's no way around that with the man who almost certainly will be the highest-paid receiver in the league.

But can the Giants really afford to give Beckham a five-year deal worth $90 million or more, with perhaps as much as $60 million guaranteed? And how much will that hurt them under the salary cap, both now and in future years?

"It could be a little complicated, but it's definitely workable," one NFL agent told SNY. "Teams can always find room under the salary cap if they really want to. And the salary cap is always going up."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball after a catch and tries to avoid a tackle by Buffalo Bills strong safety Duke Williams during the first half at New Era Field. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports)

This is the news Giants fans have been waiting to hear all offseason.

It appears Big Blue has finally begun contract talks with star WR Odell Beckham Jr., SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. ESPN's Jordan Raanan was the first to report it on Thursday.

Vacchiano is hearing the talks are "very, very preliminary," but it is worth noting his agent, Zeke Sandhu, was seen at camp speaking with the Giants' front office staff including assistant GM Kevin Abrams. His mother and father are there as well, however, they are regulars at camp.

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants co-owner John Mara said last week that the team was prepared to speak with the agents for Odell Beckham Jr. "sooner rather than later" regarding a contract extension. But will that extension be done before training camp ends?

"Depends on how reasonable they want to be," Mara said Wednesday on WFAN's Morning Show with Boomer and Gio.

Mara wouldn't give a timetable last week, either, but said he expected negotiations to start fairly soon -- and that the Giants knew what it would take.

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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)

On May 11th, Will Hernandez signed a four year contract worth $7.5 million. The UTEP product was drafted with the 34th pick by the Giants and plants to play on the left side of the line with newly signed Nate Solder.

The 22-year-old Hernandez plans to be a big addition to an improved offense with a new identity involving the offensive line. 

Hernandez celebrated this new career path with a reward for him and his family: a house. This is a humbling change for the 6-foot-2, 327 pound linemen. According to northjersey.com, Hernandez and his family had to one point live in a shed they bought from Home Depot during economic hardships.

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The Giants added some more depth on Wednesday, as they were assigned OT Victor Salako off of waivers via the Browns, ESPN's Field Yates reports. 

The 24-year-old tackle has yet to play in an NFL game, but does have preseason experience with the Eagles last season.

At 6-foot-5, 316 pounds, Salako came out of Oklahoma State in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. He was a second-team All-Big 12 team member with the Cowboys. 

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When it comes to this season's Giants rookies, the main spotlight shines all over first-rounder Saquon Barkley. And even second-round G Will Hernandez is expected to be an immediate impact player this season. 

But what about third-round DT B.J. Hill?

Hill has been highly impressive in the first few days of training camp, and among all rookies, he is the one getting the most first-team reps. So, a defensive tackle rotation of run-stuffing machine Damon "Snacks" HarrisonDalvin Tomlinson, and Hill seems to be what the Giants are preparing for early on in camp.

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Eli Manning (10) Will Hernandez (71) Nate Solder (76) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Training camp has just kicked off, but Vegas has been all over preparing their books for the upcoming NFL season. And their over/under totals are already out for fans to bet on. 

For the Giants, Vegas is predicting they make an improvement on the season with their over/under set at 7.5 wins this season, according to Westgate SuperBook. 

Big Blue obviously had tons of issues on and off the field last season, and it resulted in an awful 3-13 record in the end. Before the season began, many had the Giants ticketed for another postseason berth with the potential to reach the Super Bowl as plausible. 

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is filing a countersuit against a man who was allegedly trying to extort him for nearly $1 million, TMZ reports.

Beckham is suing Ishmael Temple, who alleges one of Beckham's bodyguards beat him up at a Beverly Hills house party in January. Temple allegedly tried to extort Beckham, alleging Beckham tried to offer a girl $1,000 to sleep with her. 

Temple, according to Beckham and his attorney, Daniel Davillier, initially wanted $999,999 in a settlement to cover up Beckham's alleged involvement, but lowered the amount to $225,000.

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Davis Webb (5) Eli Manning (10) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants QB Davis Webb's training camp in his sophomore season is more of the same. Veteran Eli Manning is entrenched as the team's starter, which means Webb continues to learn from the two-time Super Bowl champ. 

But he doesn't mind. Webb wants to soak in as much as possible from his mentor.

"Eli? He's the best I've ever seen throw it," Webb said after Giants practice on Monday. "I mean, he has total command of the offense -- attention wise, route wise, teaching everybody on the fly on the field and off the field. He's ready to rock and roll. We'll all try to keep up. He sets the tone, and I know he's going to play his best."

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Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley talks to SNY's Taylor Rooks about dealing with rookie hype, and all the fans wearing his jersey.

Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley spoke with SNY's Taylor Rooks about the hype surrounding him, what it feels like to see fans wearing his jersey, and more...

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Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looked healthy and strong during Monday's Big Blue practice, hauling in passes from Eli Manning.

The Giants' offense is already generating tons of buzz with the overload of weapons available on the depth chart. And for other teams around the league, fear is starting to set in. 

Led by star WR Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants possess above-average player at every position. Along with Beckham, Sterling Shepard will be another option in the receiving corps. At tight end, Evan Engram burst onto the scene last year as a pass-catching threat as well as one of Eli Manning's top end zone targets. And to round it all up, we all know what rookie RB Saquon Barkley is expected to bring to the table.

Looking at all of these options to work with, one AFC scout wouldn't want any defense to have to defend this group. So what should teams do?

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The Giants have re-signed CB Kenneth Durden, reports Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com.

Durden was with the Giants until they waived him to make room for 21-year-old CB Sam Beal, who has been knocked out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Durden was signed by the Riders in 2016 as an undrafted free agent beore moving on to sign with the Titans in 2017. He was released in October of 2017 and signed with the Giants this June.

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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)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins on Sunday spoke publicly for the first time about the death of his close friend and the charges against his brother for his alleged involvement in the death.

"I haven't talked to [my brother], to be honest," said Jenkins, according to ESPN. The 29-year-old CB described the incident as "shocking."

"But I will to see where his head was at. As far as that, I'll just leave that off the field."

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