Two days into free agency, the Giants are on their way to filling the many gaping holes left behind after their disappointing 7-9 2013 campaign. So where do they stand right now and what can we expect them to do next in free agency?

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Offense

Thus far, GM Jerry Reese has followed John Mara's directive to fix the "broken" offense. In the first two days of free agency, Reese has signed a massive offensive lineman in Geoff Schwartz and a dynamic RB in Rashad Jennings.

This is on top of several other recent moves and decisions made by Reese. He revamped the offensive coaching staff and set his priorities early on: moving on from C David Baas and TE Brandon Myers; Jon Conner over Henry Hynoski at FB; retaining RB Peyton Hillis and shedding the team of the unhappy Hakeem Nicks.

But there is more to do. The clamoring to upheave the offensive line has become a bit of a parlor game. Schwartz and Justin Pugh are the current constants. Will Beatty, Chris Snee and the vacant center spot are the variables.

The Giants signed a center yesterday: former Bronco JD Walton, who is more of a reclamation project than anything else. Rams OG Shelley Smith came in for a visit yesterday and could be a possible add down the road.

Needs

Any upgrade on the offensive line, especially at center and backup tackle. All the top centers are still available. Evan Dietrich-Smith, Brian De La Puente and Ryan Wendell remain unsigned. Alex Mack has a transition tag on him, but a clever team can still make a play to pry him away from Cleveland.

The tackle market is thin this season. Best bet is to grab one in the draft. The Giants, at 12, may be able to land Michigan's Taylor Lewan. Securing a top center and then Lewan would put most of their o-line fears to bed.

TE is still wide open. The Giants expressed interest in Green Bay's Andrew Quarless, but had not made a public offer as of yesterday. Brandon Pettigrew and Jermichael Finley are also still out there.

They are in need of a fourth wide receiver. Jacoby Jones decided to stay with the Ravens, so he's out. James Jones is still looking for a home, but the pickings are slim. The Giants could look backwards and bring back Domenik Hixon or Mario Manningham, but the draft is loaded with WRs this year, so they may be best served to look there.

They could also use a fourth RB. If there's one thing we learned, it's you can't have enough depth after running out of bodies last year. It's very possible David Wilson is healthy enough to play this year. If not, Andre Brown could be brought back should he go unsigned.

Defense

Reese is off and running after re-signing MLB Jon Beason, CB Trumaine McBride and S Stevie Brown. LBs Spencer Paysinger (RFA tender) and Mark Herzlich also have been retained.

DT Linval Joseph signed with Minnesota, S Ryan Mundy left for Chicago and LB Keith Rivers was signed by Buffalo.

DE Justin Tuck and CB Terrell Thomas visited the Raiders yesterday. Tuck, who was expected to be favoring a return to New York, stayed to hear all of the Raiders' overtures  over dinner (per Ralph Vacchiano). T2's future is less certain.

Needs

You can never have enough corners in this business and currently the Giants are below the required minimum. Prince Amukamara, McBride, Jayron Hosley and Charles James are your depth chart. No good.

The Giants would like to get bigger, younger, faster, you get the picture. The market for CBs this season is outrageously high. The top names were snatched up quickly nonetheless. The Giants met with Tracy Porter, but their best bet is the draft and UDFA market.

If Tuck returns, DE is not as big an issue, but make no mistake, the Giants want to improve their pass rush. They wished for Arthur Jones, then whiffed on O'Brien Schofield. I don't see Julius Peppers as a possibility since the Giants are looking for younger players this offseason. That being said, Robert Ayers might be a fit.

Joseph's departure leaves a vacancy. They have Cullen Jenkins, Jon Hankins and Markus Kuhn all ready to go and can bring back Mike Patterson, if needed. The market right now is not an attractive one, so the Giants might be wise to see if the draft yields some candidates.

They always can use LBs. They have five, the three we mentioned above, Jacquian Williams and Allen Bradford but could always use an upgrade. If they had intended Schofield to be a LB, they may take a second look at him at what will now be a fraction of what they were originally willing to pay. Jameel McClain, who visited the Giants last week, is still available.

Stevie Brown gives the Giants a fourth safety. Antrel Rolle, Will Hill and Cooper Taylor are the others. I don't see them bringing in another via free agency.

Special Teams

K Josh Brown is back on a two-year deal. P Steve Weatherford took a pay cut to stay in the team's good graces. LS Zak DeOssie appears to be a Giant lifer.

Needs

The openings are in the returner positions. Jacoby Jones would have filled the bill, but it wasn't meant to be. If David Wilson is healthy, he can resume his kickoff duties since he won't be the featured back any longer no matter what the circumstances are.

If Wilson cannot start the season, the Giants may look at Ted Ginn, Jr. or even Devin Hester or Josh Cribbs. An inexpensive option could be Oakland's Jacoby Ford, a former star at Clemson who is only 26.[/sny-details]

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The Giants announced multiple roster moves on Tuesday, including the signings of WR Hunter Sharp and OL Damien Mama

Both players are eligible to make their debut with the Giants' this Sunday against the Eagles.

Sharp comes over from the Broncos' practice squad, where he has spent time throughout the season. He was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 18, but later released and re-signed to the practice squad.

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Giants QB Eli Manning can't help but to feel sorry for Eagles QB Carson Wentz, who is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Wentz left his game against the Rams on Sunday after a hard hit as he dove into the endzone. An MRI revealed a torn ACL, and despite the Eagles clinching the NFC East with the win in L.A., they lost their starter who was making a great case to be the league MVP this season. 

Wentz's injury shocked everyone throughout the league, including a division rival in Manning. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants insist they are doing everything they can to get Davis Webb ready to play. And the rookie quarterback insists he prepares each week like he's a starter.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants QBs 00:01:38
Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where the team is preparing Davis Webb to play although Eli Manning will remain the starter.

The Giants (2-11) lost to the Cowboys, 30-10, on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

Need to Know

Spagnuolo isn't sure what would be gained to have Davis Webb play >> Read More

Eli Apple could be disciplined by Giants, NFL after tweeting on sideline Sunday

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins has struggled this season through a high ankle sprain that has bothered him for most of the year, and he reinjured it on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

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New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10), Geno Smith (3) and Davis Webb (5) work out during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants quarterbacks Eli Manning (10), Geno Smith (3) and Davis Webb (5) work out during NFL football training camp, Saturday, July 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It is sounding more and more like the Giants will finish out this season without ever getting a meaningful look at rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Ralph Vacchiano
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The fall has come fast for Eli Apple, from first-round draft pick loaded with potential, to a suddenly troubled NFL player in the midst of a turbulent year. He's been benched, declared inactive, shunned by some teammates. He's had to deal with his mother's health crisis, and a slew of injuries of his own.

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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Giants 00:02:08
The Football Night in New York crew breaks down the Giants' continued lack of offense in their 30-10 loss to the Cowboys.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Steve Spagnuolo is a longshot to be the Giants' head coach next season, because it's hard to envision John Mara endorsing anything that resembles the status quo. Maybe a few wins would improve his chances. Maybe.

But that's not going to happen if he continues playing ultra-conservative football. What the Giants need -- what Spagnuolo needs -- is to think big and bold.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Evan Engram, Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb passes the ball during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The damage has already been done to Eli Manning. His feelings were already hurt. His streak was already snapped. The Giants already looked like clowns for the way they handled things.

Now that it's over, they need to take advantage of the miserable situation they created.

They need to take a look at rookie quarterback Davis Webb.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning on the sidelines during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When Eli Manning took the field to a standing ovation on Sunday, there was hope that his return would provide a boost to the Giants' sagging offense.

It didn't.

What did everyone expect?

Tags: Bobby Hart, Brandon Marshall, Dallas Cowboys, Davis Webb, D.J. Fluker, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Geno Smith, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Roger Lewis, Sterling Shepard, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning escapes pressure by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning escapes pressure by Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Whatever good feelings there were inside the Meadowlands at the start of Sunday's game were completely gone by the end of it. The fans that bothered to stick around were either booing or cheering the Cowboys. For the Giants, it was just another miserable loss.

But they've reached the point in their season where they can win for losing, and on Sunday they did. Their 30-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, plus the San Francisco 49ers' 26-16 win in Houston, helped solidify the Giants' position in the 2018 draft, where right now they'd have the second pick.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Orleans Darkwa, Roger Lewis, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:01:21
Giants quarterback Eli Manning and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo discuss the team's limp effort in its 30-10 loss to the Cowboys.

The Giants and Cowboys were neck-and-neck throughout a divisional matchup on Sunday, but Dak Prescott threw a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and Dallas ran away with a 30-10 win at MetLife Stadium. >> Box score

 

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Scott Galvin)

Former Giants WR Victor Cruz was seen wearing an Eli Manning jersey at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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Aug 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 26, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Former NFL head coach Rex Ryan during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Former Giants K Lawrence Tynes slammed former Jets head coach Rex Ryan after he compared QB Geno Smith's chin to a marshmallow on the set of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown.

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs for a 77-yard touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia defeated New York 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran/Northjersey.com via USA TODAY NETWORK (Danielle Parhizkaran)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard and DE Jason Pierre-Paul are active for the team's matchup with the Cowboys on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Tags: Davis Webb, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, San Francisco Giants, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King
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Former Giants executive Dave Gettleman is emerging as the favorite to become the next Giants general manager, especially now that another top choice - former Chiefs GM John Dorsey - has been hired by the Browns.

Gettleman and Dorsey had been the top two names on the list of former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, who is consulting on the Giants' search, as SNY reported last week. But Dorsey came off the board on Tuesday when the Cleveland Browns fired their executive vice president, Sashi Brown, and quickly tabbed Dorsey as his successor.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

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THE GAME

The Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at the Giants (2-10) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Dallas Cowboys, Davis Webb, Eli Manning, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Geno Smith's father, Geno Smith Jr., received a death threat in the wake of his son's start against the Raiders last Sunday, per The Post's Hannah Withiam. 

It was another day at work for Smith Jr. when he got the call from his son that he would be making the start against the Raiders. However, soon after, Smith Jr. would receive a death threat from an anonymous caller last Tuesday. 

"I was just at work," Smith Jr. said. "I answered and he was like, 'Geno? Is this Geno?' I was like, 'Yeah.' He was like, 'Your son better not start or we're going to kill you.' I kind of just laughed and then he hung up."

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GEICO SportsNite: Spagnuolo 00:02:04
Steve Spagnuolo describes his first week of practice as interim Giants coach.

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. will make his return to MetLife Stadium for the team's Week 14 game against the Cowboys on Sunday. 

Beckham has been at the Giants facility all week as he continues to rehab his surgically repaired ankle. He sustained the injury during the Giants' Week 5 contest against the Chargers at MetLife Stadium. 

The biggest storyline of the game this week is the return of Eli Manning to his starting role, and like many, Beckham wants to see his quarterback succeed. There are expected to be many former players in attendance to watch Manning return under center for the Giants. 

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Jason Pierre-Paul suffered another injury to his already mangled right hand, but he insisted he will be ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

He made that declaration on Friday after practicing for the first time this week. He did not give any details about how he suffered the injury, or if was football-related. But he had the middle finger of his right hand tightly wrapped, and mostly kept it in his pocket during his interview.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Bobby Hart, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings speaks on radio row at the Super Bowl LI media center at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings speaks on radio row at the Super Bowl LI media center at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rashad Jennings has told the story before of how he was once a chubby 6-year-old with asthma and some seemingly unlikely NFL dreams. He thought of that kid again on Friday, as his eight-year NFL career officially came to an end.

"It's not every day you can ask a kid that's 6 years old and say, 'What do you want to do when you get older?' and you talk to him at 32 years old and he tells you that's exactly what he's been doing," Jennings said. "And because of that I'm full, I'm complete, I'm humble. I have no regrets. If I could rewind the tape, I would do it the exact same way."

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GEICO SportsNite: Spagnuolo 00:01:00
Steve Spagnuolo discusses the adjustments he's had to make after being named the interim head coach of the New York Giants this month.

Steve Spagnuolo discusses the adjustments he's had to make after being named the interim head coach of the New York Giants this month.


New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Mark Herzlich has been nominated as the Giants' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, reports Sports Illustrated.

 

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OBJ makes comparison to Brady 00:04:43
The Daily News Live crew speculates on Odell Beckham Jr. comparing his passion on and off the field to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The Daily News Live crew speculates on Odell Beckham Jr. comparing his passion on and off the field to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.


Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan talks to quarterback Eli Manning (10) during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants interim head coach/defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will rely on offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and QB Eli Manning with certain things on the offensive side of the ball, he told reporters on Thursday.

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(Sergio Estrada)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) returned to practice on Thursday, but was limited. 

The wideout has been battling a hamstring ailment that kept him out in the beginning of the week. 

Also, limited were RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), DT Damon "Snacks" Harrison (elbow), and T Chad Wheeler (concussion). 

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Damon Harrison, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard, Wayne Gallman
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(Brad Penner)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. continued his comparsion to Patriots QB Tom Brady on Instagram. 

Beckham took to Twitter on Monday to call out a double standard based off the emotion both him and Brady exude during games. Brady was seen yelling at his offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, on Sunday and Beckham pointed out that he wasn't scolded by anyone for it. 

He said on Monday that he is just trying to emulate Brady's passion on the field, and he posted a video to Instagram to show that comparison...

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The Giants face off against the Cowboys in Week 14 on Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

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Spagnuolo ready to lead the Giants for the rest of the season >> Read More

Jonathan Casillas placed on season-ending IR >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:04:00
Ralph Vacchiano gets reactions from the Giants after it was announced that Eli Manning would be starting for the Giants on Sunday.

With the news that Eli Manning has once again been named the Giants' starting quarterback, rookie Davis Webb again finds himself on the outside looking in. 

Just one week after ex-coach Ben McAdoo benched Manning in favor of Geno Smith while simultaneously opening up the possibility of Webb receiving playing time to see what the club had in the rookie from Cal.

After McAdoo's firing on Monday, interim coach Steve Spagnuolo reversed course and reinstated Manning as the Giants' top QB with Smith sliding into the backup role once again.

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May 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Justin Tuck retirement press conference during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)
May 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Justin Tuck retirement press conference during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports (William Hauser)

Former Giant Justin Tuck continues to keep close tabs on his old team.

With the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese coming on the heels of the Eli Manning debacle, the 34-year-old knows what type of personality he wants to see roaming Big Blue's sideline next season at MetLife Stadium.

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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Steve Spagnuolo during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants Steve Spagnuolo during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a time when Steve Spagnuolo imagined being the head coach of the Giants, and maybe even hoped for the chance someday. He remembered that on Wednesday, as he conducted his first practice as the interim coach.

He just never wanted that opportunity to happen like this.

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Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension that will extend his role as NFL commissioner through 2024.

According to the Washington Post, Goodell could earn up to $40 million per year, with roughly 90 percent of that total incentive based.

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith looks to throw a pass against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When Geno Smith survived the firestorm created last week when he replaced Eli Manning as the starting quarterback of the Giants, he never imagined the decision would be reversed one week later.

And he wasn't happy when it was.

"I wasn't," Smith said on Wednesday, one day after he found out that his streak of consecutive games as the Giants starting quarterback would end at one. "Any competitor wouldn't be. To be put in that situation where you get a chance to play and then you're being pulled, but it's not because you played bad so you try to figure out why. But you've got to understand that some things happen in this business, and you've just got to roll with it."

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) waits for the snap against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) waits for the snap against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Giants linebacker Jonathan Casillas has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Casillas has been dealing with wrist and neck issues, which forced him to miss Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Raiders. Casillas had missed three consecutive games earlier this season with neck soreness.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants are doing their best to undo the mess they've created, by giving Eli Manning his starting job back. It's the right thing to do, and the only way to really quell the mob building at their gates.

But what ever happened to their grand plan to take a look at their younger quarterbacks? Is that suddenly just not important anymore?

That's a reminder of just how badly the Giants continue to bungle the whole Manning Mess, and just how lost and dysfunctional this franchise has become. A week ago their season was lost, they were eying a Top 3 draft pick, and they were insistent -- from ownership on down -- that it was time to take a look at the young quarterbacks on their team...

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Giants to start Manning again 00:05:03
The DNL panel discusses Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo's decision to start Eli Manning against the Cowboys on Sunday.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The first decision Steve Spagnuolo made as interim coach of the Giants will likely be his biggest, and he didn't really have to give it much thought.

When Spagnuolo decided to reinstate Eli Manning as the starting quarterback of the Giants, he simply went with his "gut."

"All I can tell you is this," Spagnuolo said in his first press conference since taking over for the fired Ben McAdoo. "When John Mara and I talked, one of the first things he asked me was about the quarterback situation and I said, 'John, my gut right now is that Eli should be the starter.'

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, right, talks to team owner John Mara during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Ben McAdoo, who was fired as Giants head coach on Monday along with GM Jerry Reese, released a statement on Wednesday.

"It was a privilege and an honor to serve as the head coach of the New York Giants and be a member of the organization for four years," McAdoo said. "I thank the Mara family, the Tisch family, and Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin for taking a chance on a first time offensive coordinator and enabling me to take an important step in my career."

After becoming head coach in 2016, McAdoo went 13-16, which included the playoff loss to the Packers last season. 

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Back to normal for Giants? 00:03:16
The DNL panel discusses how the Giants might choose to move forward after the dismissals of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: After his streak of 210 consecutive starts at quarterback for the Giants was snapped on Sunday, Eli Manning's streak of consecutive games as the Giants backup quarterback will end at one.

Manning has been given his old starting job back by interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo in the wake of the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese -- a development that had been expected since Monday

Manning said on Monday that part of him was "taken away" when he was benched, and that he had told Spagnuolo that he wanted to start this Sunday.

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Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) makes a one handed catch during warm up before game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr. worked out in the weight room during practice without a walking boot on his right ankle on Wednesday, according too SNY's Ralph Vacchiano..

Beckham, who had surgery to repair his fractured right ankle in October, had 25 catches for 302 yards and three touchdonws this season.

In other injury news... 

Giants CB Eli Apple (hip), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck/wrist), RB Wayne Gallman (hip), LB BJ Goodson (ankle), DT Damon Harrison (elbow), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger), OL Justin Pugh (back), WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring), and RT Chad Wheeler (concussion) are all on the injury report.

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Jul 27, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Chris Snee (76) with offensive line coach Pat Flaherty during training camp at the Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim OConnor)
Jul 27, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Chris Snee (76) with offensive line coach Pat Flaherty during training camp at the Timex Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports (Jim OConnor)

Former Giants center Chris Snee knew his bond with Eli Manning was unwavering after seeing him shaken up on national TV following the news he would be benched. 

Manning's 210 consecutive start streak ended last week when Geno Smith took over the starting role. When Snee -- who was at personnel meetings with the Jaguars where he is a consultant -- saw the video, he admits he was emotional. 

"When I saw the hurt and emotion on his face and in his eyes it triggered something with me and the rest of my teammates," Snee told the NY Post's Paul Schwartz. "These are the bonds we will always have together, the love we have for each other and what we think of Eli. There's a way to go about doing things and that's not the way I would have gone about doing it."

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Back to normal for Giants? 00:03:16
The DNL panel discusses how the Giants might choose to move forward after the dismissals of Jerry Reese and Ben McAdoo.

The Giants lost their 10th game of the season to the Raiders, 24-17, in Oakland. Here's what's going on today...

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Spagnuolo will remain very invovled with defensive game-planning while serving as interim head coach >> Read More

With McAdoo out, interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo is reportedly starting Eli Manning on Sunday >> Read More

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Giants President John Mara and Chairman Steve Tisch sent a letter to season ticket holders on Monday after firing head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, reports the New York Daily News.

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(William Hauser)

The Giants will undergo changes to their practice schedule under interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who is implementing practices on Fridays.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo works with defensive line players during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo works with defensive line players during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo is still listed as the team's defensive coordinator, and a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano that Spagnuolo will remain in that role while staying very involved in game-planning on defense for the time being.

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Amani Toomer on Giants turmoil 00:04:06
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano chats with former Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer about the turmoil surrounding the organization.

Former Giants WR Amani Toomer weighed in on the state of the franchise and the benching of Eli Manning while speaking to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano on Tuesday, saying it hurts to see the team this way.

"The reason why it hurts isn't because of their record, it's because of the whole cloud around the organization," Toomer said. "Think of the fact that this was a lot of people's Super Bowl picks, and all of a sudden now, they're 2-10."

"It's just a downer for everybody, and I hope that the Giants can bounce back as quickly as possible."

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New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese (Frank Franklin I/AP)
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese (Frank Franklin I/AP)

Former Giants GM Jerry Reese, who was fired along with head coach Ben McAdoo on Monday, released a statement on Tuesday.

"I would like to thank the New York Football Giants for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing franchise for the past twenty-three years," Reese said. "My time here has been filled with many great memories. Thank you John and the Mara family, Steve and the Tisch family for your confidence in me for so many seasons.

"I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo for their commitment to the NYG and my time working with them," Reese continued. "I'm thankful to the late George Young, who hired me, and to Ernie Accorsi for grooming me."

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Patriots OC Josh McDaniels dodged a question on Tuesday regarding whether he's interested in the Giants' head coaching job.

"I'm just interested in the Dolphins (this week's opponent) right now," McDaniels said during a conference call, according to Dan Duggan of NJ.com. "That's where my focus is at and that's where it's going to stay."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Expect McDaniels to be the hottest name for the Giants between now and the end of the season. An ex-Patriots tandem of Scott Pioli at GM and McDaniels as coach makes a lot of sense (especially since Pioli was more of a serious candidate for the GM job when Reese was hired in 2007 than most people remember). McDaniels might have been a candidate for the Giants coaching job in 2016, but he declined all interview requests that offseason >> Read more on McDaniels and other potential Giants head coaching candidates.

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Archie Manning on Eli 00:00:35
Father of Eli Manning, Archie Manning, talks about Eli and the difficult season he has endured on the field.

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: When Archie Manning comes to the Meadowlands on Sunday to watch his son play, he knows it might be one of the final times he sees Eli at quarterback for the Giants.

Or maybe not.

The patriarch of the Manning family insisted that his youngest son has not decided anything about his future in the wake of his shocking benching by the Giants and ex-coach Ben McAdoo last week. Archie said Eli was hurt by the decision, but not angry at the coaches or the organization.

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