The NFL Draft continues Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. The selection time windows will be shorter than the 10 minutes allotted in Round One. Round Two will be seven minutes per selection while Round 3 will be only five minutes per.

The Giants have the No. 11 selection in Round Two (No. 43 overall) and the No. 10 pick in Round Three (No. 74 overall). They took care of their WR need last night by selecting LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. For those who doubt that this was a reach, please stop. Several draft experts I spoke with last night overtly endorsed the pick, one telling me, "Giant fans are going to love this kid."

There ares still several positions on the roster where the Giants need a turnkey solution, with TE topping the list. Only one was taken last night: UNC's Eric Ebron, who went to Detroit at No. 10.

Gil Brandt, the former Cowboys' GM and official NFL Draft oracle is always a good place to start when it comes to ranking the talent. Here's who Brandt lists as his best available TEs going into tonight:

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington

Brandt: Seferian-Jenkins (6-foot-5 1/2, 262 pounds) is still recovering from a foot injury and did not run or jump for teams in the pre-draft process. The Huskies ran more in 2013, which contributed to him catching only 36 passes for eight touchdowns. He can and will block. He served a one-week suspension last season after a DUI arrest in the spring.

Fennelly: Eli can't miss this guy he's so big. A blocker, which will appease Tom, but how will equate to Ben McAdoo's offense where the TEs are asked to run some longer routes and get up the seams?

Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

Brandt: Amaro (6-foot-5 3/8, 265 pounds) will be a tough matchup in the NFL. He caught 106 passes and seven touchdowns last year. He wasn't asked to block a lot at Tech and will need work in that area. At the combine, he ran a hand-timed 4.63 seconds in the 40, but his stock dropped a bit after he interviewed poorly. He also has had some off-field problems in the past.

Fennelly: Another monster that would really go a long way in re-establishing the offense. Not sure the Giants want the baggage, though. Will Hill's most recent transgression has them backpedalling on reclamation projects, especially this high in the draft. His blocking could be a deal breaker as well.

Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

Brandt: Niklas (6-foot-6 1/2, 268 pounds) is a three-year player who played linebacker in 2011 as a true freshman. He can block and catch (32 receptions, 498 yards, five TDs in 2013) and is very athletic. He did not run for teams after having double-hernia surgery in March.

Fennelly: My personal choice. Niklas is coming out early, so I'm assuming he might not be done growing. That's scary. The best combination of blocker/receiver of the three TEs listed here. Round Two may be a bit too high for Niklas, but if he's there in Round Three, the Giants should take him.


 

The Giants have more than a dozen offensive linemen on their roster, so if they grab one tonight, he can't be a project. Here are Brandt's top three:

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Brandt: Measured 6-foot-7 and 321 pounds at his pro day, and ran 5.42 and 5.53 seconds in the 40. Some issues remain concerning Kouandjio's knee, but Dr. James Andrews, the renowned orthopedic surgeon, tried to alleviate them with a letter he sent to all 32 teams, explaining how many years he expected the tackle to be able to play. Kouandjio needs work on his pass protection vs. speed rushers, but is still a good player. If you have any doubt, put on the LSU tape from last year; he was dominating. He had 25 lifts at his pro day but was only credited with 21 because he didn't "lock out" on four attempts. I could see him going as high as 20th overall in the draft. Could be a perfect pick for a team like the Seahawks at the back end of the first round.

Fennelly: A Bama writer told me last night the knee is worrying a lot of teams, hence the drop into the second round. If his knee is right, he's a player that will occupy a lot of space and pancake defenders on run plays. The Giants need pass protectors and Kouandjio may struggle with that at the pro level.

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA

Brandt: Su'a-Filo (6-foot-4 1/8, 307 pounds) played some left tackle in 2013, but his best NFL position will be guard. He did not play football in 2010-11 because he was serving on a Mormon mission, but he started all 14 games as a true freshman. He ran the 40 in 4.90 seconds (hand-held) and had 25 strength lifts at the combine.

Fennelly: Again, the glut in the middle of the Giants' line, especially at guard, could keep the Giants away. Then again, if they see him as a significant upgrade, it wouldn't be the worst cad scenario.

Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Brandt: There are some questions about Moses' work habits and toughness, but he has outstanding size for the position (6-foot-6, 314 pounds) and very long arms (35 3/8 inches). He played right tackle before moving to the left side in 2013.

Fennelly: Huge guy who resembles former Giant Kareem McKenzie. Has all the attributes but if the Giants took him, where would he play? Is he a left tackle? Does it matter? They need another tackle and a guy they can build with. A real possibility.


 

The Giants have eight defensive lineman under contract and don't have a lot of room for many more. They really need another pass rusher with JPP at a crossroads.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Brandt: Ealy (6-foot-4, 273 pounds) is a very athletic player with great quickness and a lot of upside. He came to Mizzou at 217 pounds; at his pro day he weighed 265. A two-year starter, Ealy had one good year, in 2013, which included a great game against Auburn: two forced fumbles and three tackles for loss. He ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds at his pro day.

Fennelly: The vibes have been inconsistent these days when it comes to Ealy. Some say he's the next Aldon Smith, while others have slapped a caveat emptor on his file. I think the Giants see through the smoke here and stay away.

Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame

Brandt: Tuitt (6-foot-5 1/2, 304 pounds) could be a real steal in the draft. He wasn't as good in 2013 as he was in 2012, but he plays the run well, is athletic and can play end in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He has 34 3/4-inch arms and had 31 reps in the bench press at the combine.

Fennelly: A steal is putting it kindly. Tuitt can play anywhere along the line. Offensive lineman who plan on moving him out of the way better pack a lunch. No way he gets past Jerry Reese tonight. The guy has 10" hands for Pete's sake.

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman (6-foot-5 7/8, 310 pounds) has size, power and explosion but lacks consistency, otherwise he would be ranked higher. He might be too tall to play defensive tackle in the NFL but is good enough to convert to end. At the combine, he ran the 40 in a hand-timed 4.97 seconds. He has 34 1/4-inch arms and posted 32 reps in the bench press.

Fennelly: Just a big, strong, athletic young man. Hageman is even bigger than Tuitt. Already 24, scouts have their doubts on how well he'll adapt to pro coaching and some do not predict success in the NFL for him.


 

The Giants added Rashad Jennings this offseason and re-signed Peyton Hillis. Michael Cox is a developing player and David Wilson's health has yet to be determined. The Giants could see the need to add another RB. Not sure they do it this high, but in cad they do, here are Brandt's top available:

Jeremy Hill, LSU

Brandt: Hill (6-0 5/8, 233 pounds) is a big back with speed, quickness and power. He worked out very well at his pro day, looking good catching the ball and running the 40-yard dash in a hand-timed 4.53 seconds. He's had some off-the-field troubles, but his coaches say he's a good young man.

Fennelly: Will Jerry go back the well and take another Tiger? Hill is a top talent and a perfect compliment to Jennings. They won't have to worry about the RB for a few years with those two. Hill would give the Giants four backs with above-average size. The smallest? Cox at 6'0", 220.

Carlos Hyde, Ohio State

Brandt: Hyde (5-foot-11 7/8, 230 pounds) ran for 1,521 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. He's a power runner who has the quickness needed to be successful in the NFL. He ran the 40 in a hand-timed 4.62 seconds at the combine and had 19 bench-press reps.

Fennelly: Basically a pile-pusher, a battering ram. The Giants have Hillis to do that, but McAdoo wants an attack offense and Hyde will put some blood in the mouth of defenders. His blocking is above-average and he can also catch the ball. A physical player. Would make a mockery of anyone who tried to arm tackle him and is built to score inside the five. I wouldn't mind having a real football player, a workhorse, on offense for a change.

Bishop Sankey, Washington

Brandt: Sankey (5-foot-9 1/2, 209 pounds) has good quickness and running skills and will work hard on every play. He ranked No. 1 in the nation last year at breaking tackles. He has good hands and can be an every-down back. At the combine, he posted a hand-timed 4.45-second 40 and 41 1/2-inch vertical.

Fennelly: A fine athlete, but not in Round Two. Round Three, well, that's another story.


The Giants are stockpiling defensive backs. At corner, they brought in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond and Zach Bowman, extended Prince Amukamara and re-signed Trumaine McBride. Antrel Rolle anchors the safeties, but Will Hill is going to be suspended and Stevie Brown is coming back from an ACL that wiped out his entire season. They might look to do something early here to offset that. If they can't get a safety, they might draft a CB who they fell they can covert. Here are Brandt's top DBs on the board:

Keith McGill, CB, Utah

Brandt: In addition to his height, McGill (6-foot-3 1/8, 213 pounds) has long arms (33 inches) and big hands (10 inches). He had 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups in 2013 and played well at the Senior Bowl. One question for him is why he didn't have more interceptions at Utah (one in two seasons).

Fennelly: Big, with long arms but may need to use his size and get more physical and upgrade his ballhawking skills at the pro level to be effective.

Dion Bailey, S USC

From Nolan Nawrocki: Rare size (6'0", 201) with extremely long arms and large hands -- looks every bit the part. Very good athletic ability. Explosive -- recorded 39-inch vertical jump and 10-foot, 9-inch broad jump. Versatile and can play safety or corner. Lacks the physicality and toughness desired at safety. Does not support the run aggressively or play to his size.

Fennelly: Don't see it happening. Giants would need him to play physical and in the box. Doesn't appear to do that.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB Nebraska

From Nawrocki: Physically impressive on the hoof -- looks every bit the part with outstanding size and length to mix it up with bigger receivers. Good balance and body control. Jumps routes. Has good hands to intercept and can highpoint throws. Flashes functional strength to reroute receivers, discard blocks and tackle ball carriers. Has relatively small hands. Not especially strong for his size (6-foot-2 5/8, 218).

Fennelly: Mike Mayock likes Jean-Baptiste and sees him as a "Seattle-type" corner and a possibility to move to safety if needed. Someone will take him Round Two just on his dimensions alone.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:11
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice, where Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning discussed their Week 3 preparation.

 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo insisted he is still trying to decide whether he will call the plays for the Giants offense this Sunday in Philadelphia.

He also insisted that when he does make up his mind, he has no plans to tell the outside world.

So the mystery remains as to whether McAdoo will hold onto the reins of his offense, which has been one of the worst in the NFL since he was promoted to head coach, or whether he'll hand them off to his offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. He said only "We'll see" when asked about his play-calling plans. He also vowed "We'll do anything we can do to help us move the ball."

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The Daily News Live crew asks if there is any tension between Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning wasn't bothered at all by Ben McAdoo's strong words about some of his play on Monday night, just like he hasn't been bothered when his coach has criticized him in the past.

In fact, the Giants franchise quarterback said, he wants to hear it from McAdoo when he does something wrong.

"Hey, it's part of being in the NFL. You can't be sensitive," Manning said on Wednesday. "I think everybody's gotten very sensitive -- players and everybody -- if anyone says anything negative about you or if you did something wrong. Coach McAdoo and I have a great relationship. I think he understands, and I told him when he first got here, I enjoy being coached. If I screw something up, let me know. I want to be coached."

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Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) runs with the ball against New York Giants safety Darian Thompson (27) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Lions might have come away with a win over the Giants Monday, but tight end Eric Ebron is still not pleased with at least one play that occurred in the first half. 

Giants safety Landon Collins unleashed a big hit on Ebron in the early portion of the game, which still has the tight end stewing. That, however, didn't stop Ebron from catching a touchdown during the second quarter of action.

"I was pissed off," Ebron told the Detroit News. "I was pissed off at that little punk of a safety that got over there. ... I just told him good hit. He may have said some other things, but it's cool.

"Collins, he played a good game, that hit just pissed me off and I didn't feel like celebrating. I wasn't in that kind of joyful mood. It was still a good game. He played his butt off trying to guard me. I commend him for that."

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(Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was limited in practice on Wednesday, as the team had a jog-thru in advance of Sunday's game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Beckham made his season debut Monday night against the Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.

He had been a limited participant in practice last Thursday and Friday.

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(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Former Giants RB Tiki Barber said QB Eli Manning could end up in a "body bag" if LT Ereck Flowers is allowed to keep playing.

"If Ereck Flowers has a job on Wednesday morning, then Eli Manning might be in a body bag three weeks from now. I'm serious," Barber said during the Tiki and Tierney show on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday.

"The Philadelphia Eagles' defense is really good, and they get after the quarterback," Barber said. "If Ereck Flowers is allowed to protect Eli Manning's backside any longer, Eli is going to get killed. Ereck Flowers can't be your left tackle any longer. Ereck Flowers either has to go to tackle or has to go inside to guard or sit on the bench."

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(Brad Penner)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning was hammered hard on Monday night, much like he was for most of last season. At this point, the hits are pretty much expected.

What's unexpected is that some of the biggest ones keep coming from his own head coach.

It's a bizarre strategy by Ben McAdoo, but for some reason, while choosing to go soft on most of his other players, he has made a conscious choice to come down hard his franchise quarterback. He refuses to single out others by name no matter how poor their play is, and he stubbornly backs some of his faltering players to a fault.

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Ben McAdoo looking on during a game against the Dallas Cowboys.  (AP)
Ben McAdoo looking on during a game against the Dallas Cowboys. (AP)

Giants coach Ben McAdoo has not ruled out the possibility of giving up play-calling duties, but the "feeling internally" Monday night was that it likely would not happen anytime soon, reports Art Stapleton of The Record.

McAdoo said on Tuesday that changes could come to the offense, and "if that means me giving up play calling duties, that's something we will look at, that we'll talk about."

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : After the predictability and lack of creativity last season from McAdoo, we all knew his play-calling was going to be an area of emphasis this year. And, as of right now, it looks like the "offensive guru" is continuing his slump. 

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(Brad Penner)

Giants QB Eli Manning said he can handle the criticism from head coach Ben McAdoo. "Hey, you lose games, you only score 10 points, you deserve some criticism," Manning said during an appearance on WFAN.  "Coach McAdoo knows I can handle it."

McAdoo placed the bame squarely on Manning for the delay of game penalty the team took when they were going for it on 4th-and-goal at the Lions' 2-yard line with roughly five minutes left in the third quarter.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Forget whether or not the Giants should have gone for it on fourth down. This is a communication issue between head coach and quarterback. 

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Giants offensive linemen Justin Pugh joins the show to discuss what exactly went wrong in their loss to the Lions in the home opener.

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The beating Ereck Flowers has taken on the field during the first two games of this season is nothing compared to the beating he's taken from the media and the fans.

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that Flowers is "absolutely" still the starting left tackle.

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Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram gives his take on the team's 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Rookie TE Evan Engram was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for grabbing his crotch after scoring his first-career touchdown during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Engram said after the game that the penalty was "bullcrap," and that he didn't try to do anything intentionally.

"I don't know what they were talking about, I did nothing intentional, but that was bull crap," Engram said. "That was not the intention, that was obvious. I haven't seen it, so I guess I'll look at it."

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Giants WR Brandon Marshall had a tough time on the field Monday night in the team's loss, but it was Broncos' LB Brandon Marshall who was getting yelled at by fans on Twitter for his actions. 

Instead of telling Giants fans they were tweeting at the wrong Brandon Marshall, the Denver linebacker decided to have a little fun with the misguided fans by answering their angry tweets. 

The first tweet that was mistakenly aimed toward the wrong Marshall (which has since been deleted) prompted the linebacker to tweet, "F the Giants!!"

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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter 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 safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants defense may have allowed only 17 points to the Lions Monday night, but the way the defense is taking the loss wouldn't indicate such a performance. 

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who led the team with eight combined tackles, was only focused on the loss following the game rather than individual perfomances. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | :As per usual, the Giants defense was solid despite the loss. However, if we want to pick on something, the secondary could have easily stopped the Lions touchdowns. 

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What went wrong for the Giants? 00:02:20
Willie Colon talks about what happened to the Giants in their loss to the Detroit Lions on Monday night.

WR Brandon Marshall had just one catch for 17 yards while being targeted five times during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

With the Giants trailing 17-10 with just over 14 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Marshall dropped a pass down the sideline that would've gone for about 30 yards, and would have set the Giants up around midfield.

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Beckham was back on the field, and I -- along with many others -- was excited to see if that made a difference for Marshall. Clearly, it wasn't a factor in the slightest. 

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New York Giants' Eli Manning warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants' Eli Manning warms up before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning failed to lead the struggling offense in the team's 24-10 loss to the Lions Monday night. 

It was a night to reflect on one of Manning's greatest perfomances as the Giants honored the 10-year anniversary of Super Bowl XLII. But Manning couldn't channel the past as the offense continued to be lackluster. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : I never thought it would come to this, but I am really questioning if Eli can play at the high level he says he can. After a mediocre season opener, the stage was set at home with his best receiver on the field to do some damage. But Manning and the rest of the offense heard boos throughout the night...

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Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. runs the ball during the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. (AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham was back on the field with the Giants on Monday night, but the real Odell Beckham might still be a week or two away.

The Giants star receiver did manage to play in the home opener, just four weeks after spraining his right ankle, but he clearly wasn't as effective as he's used to being. He was limited, both in terms of his snap count and in what he was able to do on the field. And his final numbers - four catches for 36 yards - weren't much of a help to the struggling Giants' offense at all.

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(Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants got Odell Beckham back, and somehow their offense managed to look even worse than it did in the opener. Their pass protection is bad, their running game is nonexistent, their receivers aren't reliable and their quarterback is shaky.

There are literally dozens of things that went wrong in the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions in their home opener on Monday night. But Ben McAdoo made it clear in his search for answers that he knew exactly where to start.

"I'll tell you the same thing I told my players," McAdoo said. "Put this game on me."

That's a good place to start, but it's not completely fair to the rest of the people in the Giants locker room who deserve blame for this loss and this disastrous 0-2 start to the season. Almost all of them, by the way, reside on offense where, as guard/tackle Justin Pugh said, "right now, not much is going right."

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:06:10
Head coach Ben McAdoo and quarterback Eli Manning discuss what went wrong in the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns, rookie Jamal Agnew broke the game open with an 88-yard punt return in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions beat the New York Giants 24-10 on Monday night.

The Lions (2-0) sacked Eli Manning five times and Stafford put together another big game while sending the Giants (0-2) to a second straight disappointing performance in a season where so much was expected. Star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned from a sprained left ankle, but New York still struggled offensively. >> Read more

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New York Giants guard Bobby Hart (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants guard Bobby Hart (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants right tackle Bobby Hart left Monday's game against the Detroit Lions after two offensive snaps after he re-injured his ankle.

Hart initially sprained his ankle in New York's Week 1 loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week. He missed practice on Thursday and was a limited participant on Friday.

The Giants moved Brett Jones to left guard and Justin Pugh to right tackle once Hart left the game. The team announced Hart will not return.

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(Robert Deutsch)

Giants director of player development and former WR David Tyree recalled his famous catch with its 10-year anniversary coming this February. 

Tyree, along with many former Giants, attended former head coach Tom Coughlin's Jay Fund Champions for Children dinner at Cipriani in New York City. The 37-year-old continues to hear about his great catch, and he believes that it has created a standard for the best catches of all time. 

"If it's not the best, it's certainly the standard," Tyree told NY Daily News' Pat Leonard

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

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will make his season debut Monday against the Detroit Lions after he tested his sprained ankle during pregame warmups at MetLife Stadium.

Beckham will tape his ankles for stability for the first time in his career, according to ESPN's Eric Lundsten. Before the game, he was catching passes from quarterback Eli Manning and was seen stretching with strength coach Aaron Wellman alongside cornerback Janoris Jenkins and offensive guard D.J. Fluker.

Though Beckham was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, he will play in a game for the first time since Aug. 21 as the Giants look to avoid an 0-2 start.

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Vacchiano previews Giants-Lions 00:06:25
SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano joins Loud Mouths to break down the Giants' Monday night matchup against the Detroit Lions.

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THE GAME

The Detroit Lions (1-0) at the Giants (0-1) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J., Monday, Sept. 18 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

At the moment it looks to be a cloudy and probably cool night, with light winds and temperatures around 70. But keep one eye on pesky Tropical Storm Jose in the Atlantic Ocean, which forecasters think is heading in this general direction. The current forecast says it shouldn't impact the New York area until Tuesday, but if that changes it could at the very least amp up the winds.

WHAT IT MEANS

Probably nothing, because the New York fans and media wouldn't overreact if this Super Bowl-ready Giants team started 0-2, right? … Right?!? … OK, so the pressure is on, a little bit, for the Giants to get this thing going in the right direction -- especially on offense, and especially if Odell Beckham, Jr. plays. And if you don't think it's important, try to imagine what next week would be like if the Giants are 0-2, facing a short week and a game in Philadelphia, desperately trying to avoid 0-3. … On second thought, don't look ahead. It might be too depressing...

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(Scott Galvin)

Before Monday night's game against the Lions, the Giants have promoted LB Curtis Grant and waived WR Tavarres King.

Grant, who has never played in a regular-season game, was expected to be promoted after it was known LB B.J. Goodson would likely be inactive Monday night due to a shin injury. Grant was waived by the Giants prior to the start of the season where they immediately signed him to their practice squad the next day.

He entered the league with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2015 where he was eventually waived. in 2016, he bounced around the league starting with the Titans for training camp, and then served on the practice squad for the Raiders and 49ers throughout the season. 

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(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Giants LB B.J. Goodson is out for the team's home opener against the Lions due to a shin injury, confirms SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano.

Goodson, who had a great season opener against the Cowboys, was a surprise to see listed as questionable on the team's injury report Saturday. However, head coach Ben McAdoo said it is an injury that occurred Friday at practice. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | : This one hurts. If the defense had any bright spot last week against the Cowboys, it was B.J. Goodson and his 18 tackles. He was all over the field, and said that performance is what he brings to the table every night. 

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(AP)

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul said the potential return of WR Odell Beckham, Jr. on Monday night against the Lions could lift up the team, but that they can't rely on it to carry them.

Beckham is listed as questionable due to a high-ankle sprain.

"I feel like anybody with a special talent lifts up the whole team," Pierre-Paul said. "You can't look towards one guy to lift up a team. That's not what 'team' is. 'Team' is every guy coming together and playing together as one. We can't depend on one guy, otherwise you'll never find yourself in the same place. Odell is a special kind of player and hopefully he is able to go, but if he's not, the next guy has to step up. That's basically what it is."

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The Giants could be without CB Janoris Jenkins in their home opener against the Lions Monday night. 

Jenkins was demoted to "questionable" in the Giants injury report due to ankle and hand issues. He was seen with a wrap around his hand following the Giants' season opener against the Cowboys. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Giants may tout one of the best cornerback tandems in the league. Unfortunately, they can't say the same about their depth at the position. 

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Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will go through warmups before a decision is made on his availability for tonight's game against the Lions at MetLife Stadium.

He has been listed as questionable for the game. 

Beckham has been nursing a high ankle sprain, and the team is more confident about him playing Monday night than they were heading in to last Sunday night's game, head coach Ben McAdoo said last week...

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Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) is interfered with by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Sep 10, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) is interfered with by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

Giants CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand) has been downgraded to questionable for the Giants' Monday night matchup with the Lions at MetLife Stadium.

Jenkins' had a wrap on his hand following the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, but indicated that it wouldn't be an issue moving forward, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported. The Giants revealed on Wednesday that Jenkins was dealing with an ankle injury, but it is not clear when the injury occurred. Jenkins went on to practice fully on Thursday and Friday.

Jenkins registered one tackle in the team's 19-3 loss to the Cowboys in Week 1.

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Giants on their need to improve 00:01:06
The Giants defense and head coach Ben McAdoo discuss what ways they need to improve prior to their home opener against the Lions.

 

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Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)
Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media after skipping OTAs. (Seth Wenig/AP)

WR Odell Beckham Jr. posted a message for fantasy football owners on Twitter this afternoon. 

The injured star said, "No offense. I could care less about ur fantasy teams. This is my Real Life. Focusing on getting healthy and gettin better. 1 day at a time." 

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants-Lions 00:00:50
Steve Spagnuolo and Damon "Snacks" Harrison discuss the threat of Matt Stafford and the Lions and what they need to do to lock in a win.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has one of the strongest arms in the league, and Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows the secondary needs to be weary of it Monday night. 

"Definitely. He definitely trusts his arm," Rodgers-Cromartie said on Stafford's abilities in the pocket. "You can see on film, he has tight coverage, but somehow he zips it in there. When he's healthy, he's got a real strong arm."

Stafford is without his favorite target last season in Anquan Boldin, but with rookie WR Kenny Golladay showing out in his NFL debut, he has another viable deep threat in Rodgers-Cromartie's eyes. 

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Giants RB Orleans Darkwa is hoping for more of a workload against the Lions on Monday night.

Darkwa was limited to only three carries last Sunday against the Cowboys even though he broke out a 12-yard run on his first touch. However, he doesn't mind who gets more touches in the backfield as long as positive yards are gained. 

"Yeah, I hope so," Darkwa said on if he hopes to get more carries Monday. "Running backs want to be able to get carries, but we have a lot of talented backs in the room and I think everybody deserves carries and opportunities. So, when we get those opportunities, we've just got to make the most of them."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants knew they were returning almost all of their starters from last year's outstanding defense, but there was one player that Damon "Snacks" Harrison just wasn't sure about.

"I told him coming into this offseason that I wasn't a full believer in B.J. Goodson," Harrison said of the Giants new starting middle linebacker. "He was just a young guy at middle linebacker. You have to know everything. You have to get people in the right spots. He only played like 12 snaps last year so we didn't get a chance to see him. … It was just yet to be seen."

Then the 24-year-old Goodson had a strong offseason where he took control of a veteran-heavy defensive team. And then on opening night, during a 19-3 loss in Dallas, he was a dominant defensive force, making 18 tackles. Like all of the best middle linebackers the Giants have had, Goodson was all over the field.

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Daily News Live: Say it Ain't O! 00:03:21
Odell Beckham Jr. practiced for the second straight day and the DNL panel discuss how far the Giants should push him to play on Monday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham, Jr. has taken yet another step towards his return to the Giants.

The star receiver was out on the field again on Friday as the Giants began their second full practice of the week, participating in all the individual drills during the half hour the practice was open to the media. He was joined by right tackle Bobby Hart, who missed practice on Thursday with his own sprained ankle.

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Arizona Cardinals cornerback Elie Bouka (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Elie Bouka (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Giants worked out defensive backs Elie Bouka and Robert Nelson this week, according to Inside Football's Patricia Traina.

Bouka, 25, who spent last year on the Arizona Cardinals' injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, was waived in August with an ankle injury. He worked out with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the month, according to 3 Down Nation's Justin Dunk.

Bouka was a third-round pick by the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Nelson, 27, has played 18 games over the past three seasons, recording 17 total tackles, two passes defensed and one interception in 11 games with the Texans in 2016.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sacked by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) sacked by New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon (54) in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Giants DE Olivier Vernon knows the team's defense will have their hands full when they face veteran QB Matthew Stafford and the Lions on Monday night.

Stafford threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns in the Lions' 35-23 win over the Cardinals in Week 1, and he also ran the ball twice for 14 yards. Vernon praised Stafford for his mobility and awareness as a veteran quarterback.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants spent $5 million guaranteed for this season on Brandon Marshall, and they spent the offseason bragging about what a great addition he is going to be.

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Can OBJ be a difference-maker? 00:02:35
Odell Beckham Jr. described his ankle sprain as a "six-to-eight week thing," but returned to practice Thursday.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: OBJ returns 00:01:27
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice after Odell Beckham Jr. participated for the first time in over a month.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Just in time, perhaps, to save the Giants' offense, Odell Beckham Jr. is back.

And it turns out, he wasn't expected to be back nearly this soon.

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Odell on ankle injury 00:01:09
Odell Beckham Jr. gives an update on the status of his ankle and discusses the rumors of a dance off with Russell Westbrook.

Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since injuring his ankle during the preseason on Aug. 21.

Beckham has a high ankle sprain that could take as little as four weeks or as many as 12 to fully heal, he clarified to SNY's Taylor Rooks after earlier telling reporters it's a six-to-eight week injury.

He was limited during practice, according to head coach Ben McAdoo, who said he's more optimistic this week than last about Beckham playing.

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants place holder Brad Wing (9) holds the ball for kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) 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 place holder Brad Wing (9) holds the ball for kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Giants K Aldrick Rosas watched via FaceTime as his girlfriend gave birth to the couple's daugther early Sunday morning, prior to Rosas' NFL debut against the Cowboys in Dallas that night.

Rosas' girlfriend, Tiffany Lopez, had been scheduled to be induced on Monday in California with Rosas there, but went into labor late Saturday night, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

"I got to be there," Rosas said on Wednesday. "It was a little grainy, but it was good to kind of be there in support. It was an amazing feeling."

Rosas, who visited his daughter earlier this week, told Raanan he had decided in advance that he would stay with the team if Lopez went into labor early.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:33
Following the Giants' loss in Dallas last weekend, Ralph Vacchiano joins Eli Manning and crew as they look ahead to their home opener.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - They didn't score a touchdown. They had just 233 total yards. Their quarterback was under pressure almost the entire game and they couldn't run the ball at all. It's a continuation of the same problems the Giants had all summer, and most of the same ones they had last season, too.

So for anyone prone to panicking, now would be a good time. But Eli Manning just isn't a panicky guy.

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Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bobby Hart turned his right ankle on the Giants second offensive series Sunday night and it clearly bothered him the rest of the game. Obviously he didn't want to come out of the first game of the season.

He also probably knew that he couldn't.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) celebrates his touchdown run against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Odell Beckham and Russell Westbrook might play different sports, but the two both have dance moves that they put on display the Catch NYC bash, according to the the New York Post. 

The Post reports that Beckham and the Oklahoma City Thunder star were spotted busting moves on the dance floor while rapper Wyclef Jean performed on stage.

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The Yankees will recognize the 10th anniversary of the Super Bowl XLII Champion Giants this Saturday, it was announced.

Over 40 members of the Giants' championship team will be part of a pregame ceremony that will take place prior to the Yankees' 4:05 p.m. game. against the Orioles.

"The Yankees and the Steinbrenner family look forward to welcoming the New York Football Giants and the Mara and Tisch families back to Yankee Stadium," Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost said in a press release. "This is a unique opportunity to highlight the 10-year anniversary of the Giants historic 2007 Super Bowl run. To have so many of the players here in this setting - and to celebrate their remarkable accomplishment - will make for a special and entertaining day."

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Former Giants lineman Geoff Schwartz said the current offensive line looks the same as it did last season.

"I don't know what was expected any differently of them,'' he told Paul Schwartz of the NY Post.

The line, which struggled to protect QB Eli Manning and create holes for the running backs during Sunday night's season-opening loss to Dallas, returned intact from last season, with GM Jerry Reese hoping for improvement.

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CBS announcer Phil Simms greets Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
CBS announcer Phil Simms greets Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after in Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Running back Tiki Barber and quarterback Phil Simms are among 108 player nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2018 class. 

Barber, who spent all of his 10 NFL seasons with the Giants, rushed for 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns during his pro career before retiring at the end of the 2006 season.

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Giants backup QB Geno Smith ripped WFAN's Craig Carton, who was arrested last week stemming from charges that he was involved in a Ponzi scheme.

Smith wrote the following on Twitter:

"Same guy who was calling me a thug on some lame radio station was running a Ponzi scheme?? Funny how life works, can't believe these fools!"

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The Giants defense may have been on the field for too long due to lack of offense, but they are not using it as an excuse for allowing 19 points in their loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night. 

In the first half, the defense saw 47 plays from the Cowboys as the offense couldn't get anything going. The unit, which many believe to be one of the best in the NFL this season, looked fatigued. However, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn't want to hear that after the game. 

"At some point you have to suck it up," Rodgers-Cromartie told The Post. "You just have to find a way to get off the field. We didn't get off the field enough."

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