Even with four teams in the NFC having off this past week, there was still some outcomes that affected my rankings. Seattle was able to turnaround a disastrous start against Tampa Bay and inch out a victory in overtime against the still winless Buccaneers; keeping them at the top spot in the NFC. The Saints however, were not so lucky as they suffered a stunning loss to the New York Jets on the road and showed that Drew Brees is indeed human. More importantly, the Green Bay Packers were without their star QB Aaron Rodgers for a majority of their Monday night loss against the Chicago Bears and will lose Rodgers for several weeks with a broken collarbone; shaking up the rankings even more. Here are my NFC Power Rankings for week 9...

 1. Seattle Seahawks (8-1): The Seahawks have been cutting it close when it comes down to these games. Each week they have been on the brink of defeat, and this week was no different. Down 21 points to the winless Buccaneers, all signs pointed to Seattle facing their first defeat at home since 2011. But the Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson were able to muster up a stunning comeback and leave CenturyLink Stadium with an overtime victory, keeping their streak at home alive. This team has shown tremendous resilience when they needed it the most. RB Marshawn Lynch had his way with the Tampa Bay defense, carrying the ball 21 times for 121 yards. Should Seattle be worried? I don't think so. The way the Seahawks have strung together this steak is amazing and when their backs have been up against the wall, even against teams like the Rams and Buccaneers, they have found a way to walk away with a victory. This team is STILL the cream of the crop in the NFC. Ranking last week: 1

2. San Francisco 49ers (6-2): Luckily the Niners were off this week as they will need all the time they have to prep for their upcoming game against the surging Carolina Panthers. San Francisco faces a tough test these next weeks, after hosting the Panthers on Sunday, they travel to New Orleans and then onto Washington. The Niners rank last in the NFL when it comes to passing, but first overall on the ground. With WR Michael Crabtree cleared to begin practicing and WR Mario Manningham returning from injury; look for San Francisco to start balancing their offense on the arm on QB Colin Kaepernick. Ranking last week: 3

 

3. New Orleans Saints (6-2):  I said last week that I always contemplate putting the Saints at the top of my list and taking the Seahawks down from their perch in the NFC...well this week, New Orleans made me eat my words. A stunning loss to the Jets signifies that when the Saints are up against a stout defense such as the Jets, they are going to have a tough time developing some momentum. QB Drew Brees threw two interceptions in the loss and the Saints defense couldn't find an answer to stopping former Saints RB Chris Ivory, who ran for 139 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown. Just two weeks until the Saints go up against the Niners and we see what this team is really made of. Rankings last week: 2

 

 4. Detroit Lions (5-3): The Lions entered the bye week after their last-second victory against the Cowboys a week earlier, and watched their NFC North division rival lose their star quarterback on Monday night. Talk about winning without having to even step on the field. The Lions quickly become favorites in the NFC North with Rodgers and Cutler both sidelined. Ranking last week: 5

 

5. Dallas Cowboys (5-4):  The Cowboys were able to bounce back from a crushing loss to the Lions a week earlier...in clutch fashion as well. QB Tony Romo threw a late touchdown that secured a win for the Cowboys against the struggling Minnesota Vikings, keeping them atop the NFC East. All eyes were on WR Dez Bryant after his tirade on the sidelines last week, but he was kept relatively quiet on the field, catching just 6 passes for 64 yards. It is about time TE Jason Witten finally got some attention from his QB; Witten led the team in receptions, as he racked up one touchdown and 102 yards on eight receptions. Dallas is going to be tested as they travel to the Big Easy and take on the Saints on primetime this Sunday night. Ranking last week: 6

 

6. Carolina Panthers (5-3): Panthers QB Cam Newton did not have his greatest game, but Carolina was still able to reel out another victory against their NFC South rival and struggling Atlanta Falcons. Even with two interceptions and just one touchdown thru the air, the Panthers were able to rely on their defense and hold the Falcons to just 289 yards of total offense. For the first time all season, the Panthers allowed a touchdown in the first half, a statistic that has basically gone unnoticed. As a lot of the top teams are searching for replacements due to injuries, Carolina has remained healthy and continues their turnaround from a rough start to the season. Four straight wins and counting; the Panthers will travel to San Francisco in what should be a battle of defenses against the Niners. Ranking last week: 8

 

 7. Chicago Bears (5-3): The Bears moved along just fine without QB Jay Cutler at the helm, with much of that being due to the fact that their opponent, the Packers, lost their quarterback in the first quarter. But I will give it to Bears backup QB Josh McCown; he played well for the circumstances, as he completed 22-of-41 passing for 272 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Chicago relied heavily on the ground game from RB Matt Forte as he carried the ball 24 times for 125 yards and one touchdown. The Bears shouldn't be without Cutler for much longer as he begins to practice this week, but they need him back in quick fashion if they have any shot of making the playoffs. Ranking last week: 7

 

  8. Green Bay Packers (5-3): "All is well in Packer land" were my exact words last week as I wrote about the Packers. If I could conjure up the exact opposite of that statement, I would. The Packers will be without Aaron Rodgers for a couple of weeks as he recovers from a broken collarbone and basically crushes any chance that Green Bay has to compete in a tough NFC North division. Backup QB Seneca Wallace is going to have a tough time with a majority of his receivers out due to a injury and will rely heavily on the running game between RB Eddie Lacy and James Starks. Even worse, the Packer defense gave up a total of 442 yards to the Bears last week in their loss. Get ready for a Green Bay team that we haven't seen in a LONG time. Ranking last week: 4

 

9. Washington Redskins (3-5): A game decided by inches; the Redskins were able to knock off the San Diego Chargers in overtime after a last second drive in the fourth quarter by the Chargers fell short at the one-yard line. Washington is getting help from everyone on their roster as FB Darrel Young found the endzone three times, and considering Young has carried the ball seven times all season, it was a good day for the back. More importantly, the Redskins were able to utilize their high intensity running game, combining for 209 rushing yards, while RB Alfred Morris did most of the work, finishing the day with 121 yards on 25 carries. QB RGIII is still struggling as he has thrown an interception in his last four games and has only reached the endzone three times in that span. Luckily the Redskins will get a break as they take on the Vikings this Sunday night. Ranking last week: 9

 

10. Arizona Cardinals (4-4): At 4-4, the Cardinals are just that; a team that is average. Their defense has led the way to their semi-success this season, while they still have many questions on offense. Without a solid passing game and an inconsistent running game, the Cardinals need to find that balance if they wish to move to the next level in the NFL. Off this past week, the Cardinals will travel to Houston to take on the Texans. Ranking last week: 10

 

11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5): Now before you hop aboard the Nick Foles train, take a step back and just breathe. Yes, Foles did throw seven touchdowns and tallied 406 yards through the air, but this just symbolizes the inconsistencies of the Eagles. Head coach Chip Kelly said that the quarterback position is still a week-by-week decision somehow, even with QB Michael Vick banged up. Luckily, the Eagles are in a mediocre division where a winning streak could be the difference between the bottom of the division or the top. This team is one of the hardest to judge when it comes to their overall play because there are some many changing variables it boggles my mind. Ranking last week: 12

 

12. St. Louis Rams (3-6):  The Rams put up a fight against the Tennessee Titans, but couldn't find a way to come away with a victory. However, the Rams may have found their next franchise running back as Zac Stacy had another solid game, rushing for 127 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns. With QB Sam Bradford on the sidelines, the Rams are going to have a tough time finding offense through the air, but Stacy will help take some of the load off of backup QB Kellen Clemens.  Ranking last week: 11

 

  13. New York Giants (2-6):  Another team that was off this week. The Giants are looking for their third straight win against the Oakland Raiders this week and keep pace in the NFC East with every other team pulling out a victory on Sunday. Big Blue will get RB Andre Brown back this week as he claims he is 100 percent recovered from his broken leg injury, as the team looks to bolster their struggling ground game. Ranking last week: 14

 

14. Atlanta Falcons (2-6):  Not much more to be said about the Falcons this year. They have lost four out of their last five, QB Matt Ryan has thrown seven interceptions in his last two games, the Falcons have absolutely no offense without WR Julio Jones and a healthy WR Roddy White, their running game is shot, and their defense has been abysmal, giving up 20+ points in each game. Should I go on? Ranking last week: 13

 

 15. Minnesota Vikings (1-7):  For the first time since the end of September, the Vikings gave the ball to RB Adrian Peterson 20+ times and finally took everyone's advice. AP finished the day with 140 yards on 25 carries and a lone touchdown, but the Vikings had a tough time finding the endzone otherwise, registering just two touchdowns on four attempts in the redzone. Minnesota was in control of this game in the late minutes of the fourth quarter, but their defense couldn't stop a Cowboys drive capped by a touchdown with less than a minute left. Ranking last week: 15

 

16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8): It looked like the Buccaneers were on the brink of their first win of the season against one of the NFC's best teams, the Seattle Seahawks....and then they forgot to show up in the second half. Tampa Bay gave up 20 points in their overtime loss to Seattle and have started the season winless through eight weeks of the season for the first time since 1985. Ranking last week: 16

 

Where do you think these teams rank?

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants corner back Sam Beal answers questions from media during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Of the many position battles at Giants training camp, the cornerbacks competition may be the most intriguing to watch this season. 

Giants GM Dave Gettleman brought in three rookies in the 2019 NFL Draft, all of which will be vying for a starting role opposite veteran incumbent Janoris Jenkins.

The biggest spotlight will shine on Georgia product Deandre Baker, who the Giants traded back into the first round to snag. There is also Notre Dame's Julian Love -- arguably one of the top steals in the Draft -- and Washburn's Corey Ballentine, who will certainly be a fan favorite to make the team after the unfortunate events that saw his best friend shot and killed, while he was left in the hospital as well. 

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

Say what you want about your opinion on the Giants trading away star WR Odell Beckham Jr. His former teammates miss him. 

"Just his presence," Sterling Shepard told The Post's Paul Schwartz, adding that there has been an adjustment period to get used to him not in the locker room. "He's a great guy, he's loved around this facility. Just his presence, I guess."

Beckham has always been one of a kind since entering the league, and it showed in his awe-inspiring play that was matched with an exuberant personality as well. Whether it was making his signature one-handed grabs like it was just another day on the gridiron, or dancing in around practice with players like Shepard and Saquon Barkley, Beckham was always keeping things light and fun. 

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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) screams before a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) screams before a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Odell Beckham Jr. is attempting to smooth over his comments about the Giants in a Complex Magazine interview earlier this week. 

After revealing that he was never going to live up to his potential "mentally, physically, spiritually," in New York, the Browns receiver tweeted multiple times on Saturday afternoon about his love for New York and the Giants organization, but also thanked the "haters" he dealt with, too. 

"I'm thankful GOD gave me and opportunity to play my first years where he did," Beckham tweeted. "I'm thankful for every memory and experience I had there. The good and the bad. I'm thankful for every hater and supporter, for every fan. I will always have luv 4 that place. But we ALL have moved on."

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Offensive Rookie of the Year winner Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants during media availabilities for the NFL Honors show at the Fox Theatre. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Offensive Rookie of the Year winner Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants during media availabilities for the NFL Honors show at the Fox Theatre. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Baker Mayfield is true to his word. 

The Browns quarterback followed through on a friendly wager he had with Giants running back Saquon Barkley on who will win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

The two agreed that the loser would have to buy the winner a chain, but the loser gets to pick what the chain says. 

 

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) runs to the locker room during the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns three months ago, but the star receiver is still not done talking about his former team. 

Beckham, who has expressed some bitterness with the Giants since being traded, vented some more about Big Blue in a Q&A with Complex Magazine this week where he sounded as if he was the one who wanted out of New York. 

"I just felt with the Giants I was just stuck at a place that wasn't working for me anymore," he said in a Q&A with Complex Magazine. "I felt like I wasn't going to be able to reach my full potential there; mentally, physically, spiritually, everything I felt capable of doing, I just couldn't see it happening there.

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) speaks to media during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) speaks to media during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones has seemed unflappable since being selected No. 6 overall in the NFL Draft. And his demeanor hasn't changed now that he's heard boos at Yankee Stadium before taking a single snap for Big Blue.

"I certainly don't pay a whole lot of attention to it," Jones said Tuesday during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show . "You're aware of it. I'm focused on what we're doing here and focused on trying to practice as well as I could these past six weeks and show some progress over these six weeks. So, at the end of the day, I'm grateful to be part of this franchise, get this opportunity and looking forward to keeping it going."

After getting booed on Monday night by what amounted a smattering of a subset of fans in the Bronx, two of Jones' teammates came to his defense.

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Monday night at Yankee Stadium, Giants rookie QB Daniel Jones was enjoying the Yankees and Rays game when he was showed on the jumbrotron in between innings. But instead of cheers for the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft from the Giants fans in attendance, he heard a chorus of boos instead

Well, his teammates aren't too happy about that. 

Tight end Evan Engram quote tweeted our news story about the incident, and he wants an explanation from the fans...

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback draft pick Daniel Jones (8) looks on during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports  (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback draft pick Daniel Jones (8) looks on during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

It did not take long for Giants QB Daniel Jones to experience his first Bronx Cheer. 

Big Blue's rookie quarterback was at Monday's Yankees game against the Rays when he was showed on the Yankee Stadium jumbotron and was welcomed with a chorus of boos, according to those in attendance at the game. 

Jones, 22, has not even been a member of the Giants for two months despite the harsh greeting by New York. 

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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warm up during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones (8) and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) warm up during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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The Giants ended the offseason feeling pretty good about themselves, even though they arguably spent the last five months losing more talent than they gained. They are big believers in addition by subtraction, and they feel they've added some pretty good pieces, too.

It'll be a few more months until we know whether GM Dave Gettleman's plan was genius or ill-conceived, and whether his big makeover of the team's culture will result in any more wins. But during the spring organized team activities and mini-camp, there were a few hints about which direction the Giants were headed.

So here are 5 things we've learned about the Giants this spring:

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New York Giants offensive lineman Jon Halapio (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive lineman Jon Halapio (Isaiah J. Downing/USA TODAY Sports)

When Jon Halapio beat out Brett Jones for the starting center job on the Giants' offensive line last training camp, expectations were high for the 27-year-old. 

He didn't have much of a chance to live up to them, going down with a fractured ankle during in Week 2 against the Cowboys and missing the remainder of the season. Halapio watched from the sidelines as the team stumbled to a 5-11 record and the play of the offensive line initially drew criticism, before continuity led to more rushing success for Saquon Barkley later in the season. 

"He was really playing well for us before he got hurt a year ago," coach Pat Shurmur said earlier this offseason. "So we had high hopes for him last season. It appears he has come back 100 percent and is back in there just like he was when he left us."

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Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) reacts after a first down catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles won 35-30. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Jan 3, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) reacts after a first down catch against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles won 35-30. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It has been four years since Hakeem Nicks played football professionally, but the former Giants wide receiver hopes he still has something left in the tank. 

All it took was a little push from Eli Manning to find out. 

Nicks worked out at the XFL's "Summer Showcase" on Friday at Montclair State University in front of XFL New York/New Jersey coach Kevin Gilbride, Nicks' former offensive coordinator, hoping to make a return to professional football. 

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Sep 2, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (1) intercepts a pass intended for Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jalen Greene (10) during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Western Michigan 49-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Sep 2, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Western Michigan Broncos defensive back Sam Beal (1) intercepts a pass intended for Southern California Trojans wide receiver Jalen Greene (10) during a NCAA football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated Western Michigan 49-31. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The 2019 New York Giants season is rapidly approaching, and there is still a lot to be sorted out along the depth chart. One of the best parts of minicamp and summer workouts is finding out which potential dark horses have a chance to make the 53-man roster and make an impact.

Here are five guys who have stood out so far:

Corey Coleman (WR/KR):

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New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Former Giants WR Hakeem Nicks isn't done with his football career just yet. 

The XFL is hosting Summer showcases all over the country to find the best players for their inaugural season in 2020. And the Super Bowl champion will be among the participants in the New York tryout on Friday, according to the official Twitter account. 

Nicks last played in the NFL on a contract with the Saints. However, he was waived on Aug. 8, 2016 and hasn't been in the league since. But the 31-year-old isn't about to hang up his cleats for good just yet. 

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Pat Shurmur might as well have fired a starter's pistol into the air on Tuesday to signal the beginning of a quarterback controversy that will last through Giants training camp and beyond.

His words had the same jolting effect. After he was asked if rookie quarterback Daniel Jones could beat out Eli Manning and be the opening day starter, he could have just said "No."

Instead, he said this: "I think we are going to play the very best player and I know we are dancing around the words there. Right now, Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel is getting ready to play. You see what happens with it."

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Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Evan Engram (88) carries the ball during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants TE Evan Engram just can't catch a break. 

The Ole Miss product didn't have the sophomore season he was hoping for after a solid debut back in 2017. Injuries that included a concussion as well as hamstring and knee ailments kept him out five games. And when he was in the game, Engram didn't seem like his normal self as he battled back to full strength. 

Unfortunately, his third year isn't getting off to the best start either. Engram has been dealing with another hamstring injury that has kept him out most of the OTAs as well as the three-day minicamp last week...

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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said rookie QB Daniel Jones could be ready to start Week 1 but Eli Manning is the current starter.

It's been great to see and hear that the Giants' sixth overall pick in Daniel Jones has been impressing during the team's voluntary practices as well as their three-day minicamp. 

Jones' new teammates and coaches have noticed by the day that he became more comfortable with the offense, and in turn, his confidence rose. 

"You can see him getting confident," Evan Engram said of Jones after minicamp. "Anytime you're coming in as a rookie, you're going to be a little shaky or a little nervous. You kind of see him starting to brush that off, get into his groove and take advantage of everything he's given."

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Aug 1, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins 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 strong safety Landon Collins (21) and running back Saquon Barkley (26) react after an intercepted pass by Collins during training camp in East Rutherford. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

There was a time when Landon Collins wouldn't want to hit Saquon Barkley during practice. Well, now he doesn't have a choice with the Redskins. 

Collins, who once praised Barkley's physical attributes that made him such a tough running back to bring down, will now be tasked to keep him in the backfield twice a year. And he says he's ready for that commitment. 

"I've been ready to tackle Saquon," Collins told NorthJersey.com's Art Stapleton at the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game over the weekend. "That's my guy, though. All love to him and he's been doing his thing as we all know. But when I get to meet him in the hole this time, it's going to be full-go."

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs between drills during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) runs between drills during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

It may not be much, but minicamps give a quick glimpse into what the new pieces to a team can bring in the upcoming season. 

Daniel Jones, the Giants' No. 6 overall selection back in April, may be the exception as he is currently behind Eli Manning on the depth chart. But his development this season will be a major storyline, even if he isn't on the field getting NFL reps. 

During the three-day minicamp in East Rutherford, Jones surprised in many facets like his foot speed, arm strength that didn't appear average like the scouting reports said, and his overall performance during team drills. Working with the second team, Jones was very efficient while going through his progressions quickly and fire strikes across the gridiron.

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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POMONA, N.Y. - Landon Collins spent the first four years of his NFL career in Giants blue, dreaming of staying in that uniform forever. 

Less than three months after joining the Redskins, though, all those warm, fuzzy feelings for the Giants are gone.

"Honestly, I feel more of a Redskin now after going through OTAs, being there for a while, hanging out with them and having a great time," Collins said. "I feel like I'm at home.

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Jan 30, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Shaun O'Hara at NFL Network press conference at Georgia World Congress Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 30, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Shaun O'Hara at NFL Network press conference at Georgia World Congress Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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POMONA, N.Y. - The former Giants who won championships with Eli Manning have long been his biggest defenders. But even they understand that the end is coming for their quarterback.

They just don't think the end is here yet.

"I chuckle at the reports you hear weekly about how Eli can't play quarterback and he's washed up," said former Giants center Shaun O'Hara. "Nothing could be further from the truth. The Giants have lost a lot of games the last few years, but they're not all Eli's fault -- and none of them are because Eli can't throw the ball."

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Lorenzo Carter (59) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Giants' pass rush has long been one of the franchise's trademarks. From Lawrence Taylor to Michael Strahan to Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, the Giants' defense does its best work when it's rushing the passer.

It's no coincidence that the Giants' defense has declined recently as the pass rush disappeared.

The Giants have been a bottom-five team in sacks in three of the last four years. The one time they were better, they made the playoffs.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants long snapper Zak DeOssie (51) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

As preliminary negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement are underway in the NFL, the push for an 18-game schedule has once again entered the conversation. 

And once again, it is being met with resistance by the players' union. 

Zak DeOssie, the Giants long snapper and member of the NFLPA executive committee as vice president, vocalized his opposition to that idea on Thursday at Giants minicamp. 

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Dec 28, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Darius Slayton (81) catches a pass and rushes for a touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half of the 2018 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)
Dec 28, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Darius Slayton (81) catches a pass and rushes for a touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers during the first half of the 2018 Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Brown)

Behind Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, there is an opportunity for somebody to step up and grab the Giants' No. 3 wide receiver spot. If rookie Darius Slayton performs in training camp this summer like he did this week, he'll have a shot.

By all accounts, the fifth-round pick out of Auburn had a strong minicamp this week, rebounding from what was a rough showing during rookie camp. 

"The guy that's made huge improvements in my eyes has been Slayton, he's done a really good job," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday. "I think we were all here during rookie minicamp when he kind of had the yips, drops and what not. He's really smoothed it out and he's been making plays. He's the first guy that comes to mind. This time of year, it's more about throwing and catching and less about blocking and tackling. I think the young guys in the secondary have been competing, all of the new players. That's a good thing."

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Saquon Barkley 1-on-1 00:03:45
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley believes QB Daniel Jones 'will be a threat' and comments on Odell Beckham's Eli Manning comment.

When Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. talked on Wednesday about having to get used to new QB Baker Mayfield's arm strength, many took it as a dig at Eli Manning.

Saquon Barkley did not.

"I saw his comments. I don't think Odell was making a shot at Eli or anybody," Barkley told SNY's Jonas Schwartz on Thursday after shaking his head at the situation. "You have to get used to a new quarterback," Barkley explained, likening the situation to how he got used to the Giants' reshuffled offensive line during the second half of last season.

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Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Pat Shurmur Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Giants finished up their three-day minicamp in East Rutherford on Thursday, head coach Pat Shurmur wasn't just fielding questions about his current 90-man roster. He was also asked about one of his former players. 

Odell Beckham Jr. has been taking part in his own minicamp with his new team, the Cleveland Browns. After the session on Wednesday, the star receiver looked to have taken a shot at his former quarterback Eli Manning with this comment. 

"I'm going to have to get adjusted to the speed because he has an arm,'' Beckham told reporters. "He's throwing that ball hard. Just catching him from the first day, it was like, 'Wow! This is completely different.' It just takes time."

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Daniel Jones on being a Giant 00:02:58
Ralph Vacchiano talked to Daniel Jones after Giants practice. The QB elaborated on how practices have been and what he's learning from Eli.

While the expectation is that Eli Manning will be under center for the Giants in Week 1, head coach Pat Shurmur hasn't totally closed the door on the possibility of rookie Daniel Jones playing from Day-1. 

On Wednesday, Jones spoke with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano about not being ruled out as the starter for Week 1 and whether he thinks he's in competition for the job.

"I think my approach is to make sure I'm ready to play if I need to and prepare like everyone on the team is expected -- prepare like you're gonna play," Jones said. "Obviously Eli is a guy who's had a whole lot of success. He's the guy. And my job is to prepare and to improve every day and put myself in the best position to help the team.

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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) screams before a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) screams before a game against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It seems as if Odell Beckham Jr. is taking shots at Eli Manning from Cleveland.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday from Browns OTAs, Beckham said that he needed to adjust to Baker Mayfield's arm strength, seeming to take a dig at Manning. 

"I'm going to have to get adjusted to the speed because he has an arm,'' Beckham told reporters. "He's throwing that ball hard. Just catching him from the first day, it was like, 'Wow! This is completely different.' It just takes time."

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Eli Manning talks Daniel Jones 00:00:44
New York Giants QB Eli Manning talks about what he's seen so far with rookie Daniel Jones after Giants minicamp on Wednesday afternoon.

With all eyes on the Giants' quarterback situation, Eli Manning is simply focusing on doing his job.

Speaking on Wednesday, the veteran QB was asked about OTAs have been going, and of course, about rookie signal caller Daniel Jones.

"I think it's going well. I think we're doing some good things," Manning said. "I feel like we're getting some good plays, throwing the deep ball and some of those things well. Always some room for improvement."

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Daniel Jones on being a Giant 00:02:58
Ralph Vacchiano talked to Daniel Jones after Giants practice. The QB elaborated on how practices have been and what he's learning from Eli.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There is no quarterback controversy with the Giants. Eli Manning isn't in danger of losing his starting job. And neither Pat Shurmur nor Dave Gettleman really want to head into the season with a rookie starter anyway.

At least not yet.

And that caveat is the part that's going to make things really interesting this summer, in what figures to be an otherwise quiet training camp for the rebuilding Giants. Because while the depth chart with the 38-year-old Manning far ahead of rookie Daniel Jones almost certainly won't change at least until they're deep into the regular season, no one around the Giants can or will say that for sure.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Sterling Shepard enters his fourth year with the Giants, which makes him the receiver with the most experience playing with Eli Manning.

So when Shepard joined Manning for his annual spring throwing program, this year it was in New Jersey, he noticed there was something different about the 38-year-old veteran. 

"Yeah, he's the same guy but I think he's just upped it a little bit more," Shepard said Tuesday at Giants minicamp. "I saw him after every single throwing session, he was doing a conditioning session without us. I've always seen him do conditioning, but afterwards he was getting after it, that was a little different from what I saw previous years."

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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Reggie White Jr. (13) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Reggie White Jr. (13) makes a catch during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

There's more to Giants undrafted rookie Reggie White Jr. than a familiar name, a familiar number, and familiar stomping grounds.

No, White Jr. is not the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White, but the other Reggie White who played defensive line in the NFL in the 1990s.

No, he did not ask to wear No. 13 on the Giants as a rookie, becoming the first player to wear the number made famous by ex-Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. since his trade in March.

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Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers answers questions from media during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants free safety Jabrill Peppers answers questions from media during mini camp at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

One of the key players to watch this season for the Giants will be new safety Jabrill Peppers

Peppers, a former first-round pick, joins the Giants from the Cleveland Browns as part of Big Blue's return in the shocking Odell Beckham Jr. trade.

The third-year safety's numbers were pedestrian with the Browns, recording an interception in each of his first two seasons, but GM Dave Gettleman regards Peppers as a first-round talent. 

 

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New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones watches Eli Manning during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones watches Eli Manning during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There will be no Odell Beckham Jr., no Landon Collins and no Olivier Vernon on the field for the Giants this week. Eli Manning will of course still be there, but his eventual replacement will likely be standing in his shadow the whole time.

So it'll be a new, interesting and somewhat confusing look for the Giants as they begin their three-day, full-team, mandatory minicamp on Tuesday morning. It's either the beginning of the end of the Manning Era, a new start for the Dave Gettleman Era, or maybe even a little bit of both.

One thing's for sure: There will be plenty of interesting storylines. Here are a Top 5:

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Justin Tuck on Collins and Jones 00:02:23
Justin Tuck says Giants fans should be patient with Daniel Jones and that it's a shame that Landon Collins isn't a Giant this season.

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BAYONNE, N.J. -- Like most Giants players from the Super Bowl XLII and XLVI teams, Justin Tuck is a huge Eli Manning supporter. He believes in the 38-year-old quarterback's ability, and he wants the Giants to ride with him as long as they can.

But if the Giants are going to replace Manning in the near future, Tuck is fine if "Little Eli" turns out to be the guy.

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Cory Booker talks Big Blue 00:00:33
Senator Cory Booker shares his hopes and concerns surrounding the Giants, and how he'd love to welcome them to the White House as President

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) may be skeptical regarding some of the Giants' moves this offseason, but remains a diehard at heart. 

Speaking to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano at an event for the Newark Mentoring Movement, the presidential candidate said his dream would be to host the Giants for a White House visit, which would mean two things need to happen: 1) for Booker to win the presidency, and 2) the Giants to win it all when he's in office. 

"Becoming the president is obviously a life aspiration," he said. "Having [the Giants] come as the Super Bowl champions when I'm there? That would be one of the greatest moments of my life." 

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Justin Tuck on Collins and Jones 00:02:23
Justin Tuck says Giants fans should be patient with Daniel Jones and that it's a shame that Landon Collins isn't a Giant this season.

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BAYONNE, N.J. - Justin Tuck can see exactly what Giants GM Dave Gettleman is trying to do with his old team. He knows Gettleman is trying to rebuild the Giants the way they were built back in the 2000s, when they emerged as one of the best franchises in the league.

Of course, that doesn't mean he's happy about every move Gettleman has made.

"I love Landon (Collins)," Tuck said on Monday. "That's probably the one that I'm most pissed about."

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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL-wide shock of Giants GM Dave Gettleman selecting Duke QB Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick in the NFL Draft has (for the most part) settled. Odell Beckham Jr. is a member of the Cleveland Browns, and yes, the organization will probably never hear the end of it. If there's something that Giants fans can take solace in, it's that Saquon Barkley is still just 22 years old and going into his second season as a pro.

Giants Twittersphere will never tell you this, but there are in fact a few reasons to feel optimistic eye for the upcoming season...

Saquon Barkley's continued development

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Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 24, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball during NFC practice for the 2019 Pro Bowl at the Visa Athletic Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

If Kevin Durant decides to play for the Knicks, he may have a local ally in Saquon Barkley

The Giants running back was giving his thoughts on the NBA Finals at his youth football camp in North Caldwell, NJ on Saturday when he had a Freudian slip discussing the injured Warriors forward. 

"If KD comes back, I mean, KD's the best player in the world," Barkley said, before quickly correcting himself. "I mean one of the best players in the world. It's him and LeBron [James]."

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Saquon talks Giants football 00:01:48
Giants RB Saquon Barkley takes time out from his youth football camp to talk playoffs, personal stats and 1st round pick, Daniel Jones.

Saquon Barkley is beaming with confidence over the team's future franchise quarterback, as well as the outlook for the 2019 season despite all the naysayers. 

The Giants running back and 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year is a believer in 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones and said the former Duke quarterback is already making an impression at OTAs. 

"Daniel Jones went crazy yesterday in practice. He had himself a day," Barkley told reporters at his youth football camp in North Caldwell, NJ on Saturday. "I believe in him. He's in the perfect position ... just to be behind Eli [Manning], a two-time Super Bowl MVP, a quarterback who does everything right, whose a captain and a leader -- when [Jones'] opportunity comes he's just gotta be ready for it."

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New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins calls a play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Landon Collins has not been shy about his displeasure over the way things ended with the Giants, but the new Washington Redskins safety seems pretty happy he's on a team where he's "wanted."

In an ESPN episode of "Hang Time," Collins appeared to throw a little more shade the Giants' way when asked why he was no longer in New York. 

"I really couldn't tell you what happened," he said. "I'm happy we're [filming] in D.C. because I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here."

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May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback draft pick DeAndre Baker (35) runs during a drill during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

Heading into the offseason, the Giants knew they needed to fill some holes to return to a competitive team in 2019. 

The secondary was certainly one of those holes, as the unit struggled for Big Blue last season. Janoris Jenkins wasn't himself with his ankle injury when he was on the field, and the Eli Apple trade led to players like B.W. Webb to step in. 

And that was only at cornerback. The Giants' offseason saw Landon Collins and Curtis Riley -- the Giants' starting safeties -- walk into free agency. So GM Dave Gettleman had some work to do to shore up a group that mostly contributed to the team being second-to-last in pass defense (252.4 yards allowed per game) in 2018. 

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is back playing at MetLife Stadium, where he won a Super Bowl as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2014. 

It was the night before that Super Bowl, though, when there was a reported fight between Tate and teammate Percy Harvin

Harvin and Tate reportedly came to blows the night before beating the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, but that is not entirely true. 

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Jul 26, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) calls signals as offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) and offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) prepare for the snap during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Jul 26, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) calls signals as offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) and offensive tackle Nate Solder (76) prepare for the snap during training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

If casual football fans know the names of their offensive linemen, it's either for a very good reason or a very bad reason.

That's why it was special that every Giants fan knew the team's Super Bowl-winning offensive line from 2006-2010. The bruising group of Diehl-Seubert-O'Hara-Snee-McKenzie will live on in Giants lore forever.

Over time, the team added new faces, but things remained the same. The Giants pounded the run and gave Eli Manning time to look deep on passes, which led to the team winning their second Super Bowl in five years.

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Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Oct 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) walks off the field after a 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

For the first time, it appears the Browns aren't thrilled with Odell Beckham.

First-year head coach Freddie Kitchens was asked Thursday what he wants to see from Beckham next week for the Browns' mandatory minicamp.

"I just want to see him," Kitchens said, according to Cleveland.com.

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After a tornado exerted severe damage on Dayton, Ohio, and the surrounding areas, Cody Latimer returned to his hometown. 

The Giants wideout left the team after Tuesday's practice and likely won't be on the field the rest of this week during OTAs as he provides aid to Dayton residents. Latimer was born and raised in the city and still has family that resides in the area. 

According to the Dayton Daily News, Latimer is one of several professional athletes giving back to the community. The former Jefferson High School standout helped provide meals for storm victims Wednesday through a partnership with a local pizzeria. 

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The back end of the Giants' defense is going to have a very different look this season, and veteran safety Antoine Bethea believes that he and Jabrill Peppers can play off of each other very well for Big Blue.

Bethea, signed by the Giants in March, believes his style of play matches up very well with Peppers, one of the key pieces of the Odell Beckham Jr. trade.

"Peppers, he likes to play down in the box, get his hands on guys, he can cover," Bethea said. "I can play on the back end, and do a multitude of things. I think we can play off of each other very well."

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May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate makes a catch during organized team activities at Quest Diagnostic Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Appearing as a guest on the RapSheet and Friends podcast, Giants wide receiver Golden Tate touched on a variety of topics, from his free agency experience, to his early impressions of his new team, and more.

"Something definitely feels special about being here," Tate told Ian Rapoport. "I've known for a long time that this fan base is incredible. After playing in this division last year for a little bit, I think that this is the best division in football to be a part of, and that's exciting." 

The 30-year-old wideout signed a four-year, $37.5 million contract with the Giants in March. The former Seahawk, Lion, and Eagle signed with the Giants just two days after the Odell Beckham Jr. trade became official.

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Jan 31, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks during the NFLPA press conference in advance of the Super Bowl LIII where the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3, 2019 at Mercedes_Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)
Jan 31, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks during the NFLPA press conference in advance of the Super Bowl LIII where the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3, 2019 at Mercedes_Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (John David Mercer)

The NFL Players Association sent out an email on Tuesday morning warning all NFL agents of a possible work stoppage 'less than two years away,' according to a report from Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Daily.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith advised all agents to encourage their player clients to begin planning ahead for 'a work stoppage of at least a year in length.'

This latest memo from the NFLPA comes after an earlier report on Tuesday from the New York Times that seemed to indicate talks between the NFL and NFLPA were progressing towards a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current CBA, a 10-year agreement, was agreed to by both sides in August 2011, after a lockout of about four and a half months.

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Barkley, Jones speak at OTAs 00:02:18
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkely spoke highly of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones after their most recent OTA session.

It's always a little bit easier the second time around. 

That's how Saquon Barkley is feeling as he participates in his second batch of OTAs as a Giant. Speaking with reporters Tuesday, he addressed a litany of topics, including the revamped offensive line, Le'Veon Bell signing with the Jets, Odell Beckham Jr.'s departure and advice for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. 

Here's a closer look at what he had to say: 

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