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Adrian Peterson sent the hearts of Giants fans fluttering earlier this month when he sent out the Tweet heard 'round the tri-state area. "The Giants been making some interesting moves," he wrote. And all of a sudden, many pictured him running through the Meadowlands, wearing blue.

Even though Peterson is suddenly available, and even if he's willing to come to the Giants at a reasonable price, is it smart for a Giants team with so many needs to invest anything at all in a soon-to-be 32-year-old back who played all of three games last season (and rushed just 37 times for 72 yards) because he needed surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee?

Yes, the Giants are going to try desperately to win another Super Bowl in the next three years before Eli Manning's contract expires. And yes, their running game last season was a mess. But that had as much to do -- and maybe more to do -- with their poor offensive line than with the play of their running backs.

Sure, Peterson rushed for an impressive 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 30 passes for 222 yards in 2015. But that was two years and one knee surgery ago.

The Giants need to think younger and healthier as they look for a running back to split time with young Paul Perkins. And they need to focus on their offensive line, not on an all-time great player who is nearing the end of his career.

Now, keep in mind there might not be a lot to this Peterson-wants-to-come-to-the-Giants hysteria anyway. It started a few weeks back when he went on ESPN and admitted "New York was one" of the teams he has thought about joining. Giants fans -- some at least -- went crazy (mostly because Twitter is a crazy place).

Never mind that he also said "I see myself finishing off (my career) in purple," and that "A lot has to take place" for him to consider going anywhere else. Never mind that the only reason that the Giants came up at all was that one of the hosts kept shouting that the Giants could use him. Peterson agreed. He also mentioned the Bucs and the Texans before admitting "I'm just throwing random names out there."

It didn't matter because with that a Twitter storm was born, and it only got worse on Wednesday night -- whether or not Peterson really found the Giants' decision to cut Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings "interesting", whether he meant that in a good or bad way, or whether he was talking about the New York Giants or the ones in San Francisco or Tokyo, or even the jolly green one and his friends.

Only Peterson knows what he meant, whether he meant anything, or whether it was part of a leverage play to help along his eventual return to Minnesota. But it's really hard to imagine his Tweets got the Giants attention, other than some amused curiousity. There might not be an available running back out there with the skills of Adrian Peterson, but that's only true if at his age and after knee surgery all those skills are really still there.

And it's not really worth any kind of significant financial risk for the Giants to find out.

But again, it may never get that far anyway. Peterson has a $6 million roster bonus due on March 11, and if the Vikings pick that up it triggers another $12 million in salary and bonuses and locks them into a salary cap number of $18 million. That's a ridiculous figure for Peterson at this stage of his career. The Vikings won't pay that, of course, but they likely will try to strike a renegotiated deal.

All indications are that both sides are motivated to do that. Whether they can meet somewhere in the middle remains to be seen. But Peterson has to know that his value at this stage of his career is likely higher in Minnesota than it will be anywhere else.

If not and he goes free, is he worth some consideration at the right price? Well, consider one more important factor: Peterson missed most of the 2014 season because he was suspended by the NFL for beating his young son with a stick. Yes, he paid a price for that, and yes sports fans tend to be forgiving and forgetful when it comes to players they like on their own teams.

But the Giants are still reeling in some ways from the Josh Brown/domestic violence mess -- a story that isn't over yet, since co-owner John Mara has refused to talk to the press about it (or anything, really) since before Brown was released. Bringing in a child abuser so soon after being so willing to allow a wife-beater to play for their team may not be the look that the Giants want.

So sure, the idea of Adrian Peterson on the Giants may sound great, but the reality is much different. The Giants are going to be much better off letting Perkins see what he can do, and bringing in a younger veteran back to play alongside of him. Then the Giants can use their resources to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul and maybe Johnathan Hankins and strengthen their offensive line.

That -- far more than an aging running back -- is what the Giants really need to do before the Manning window is closed.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Paul Perkins, Ralph Vacchiano

Will Odell be a distraction? 00:04:36
The panel debates whether they think Odell Beckham Jr. will continue to be a distraction to the Giants or if he will become a team leader.

 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

High expectations meet the Giants heading into training camp, and they come from past Super Bowl champions who believe the team can do great things this season.

Participating at a charity golf event to support the Ottis Anderson Scholarship Fund, Billy Ard, a guard on the 1986 Super Bowl champion Giants squad, thinks just making the playoffs isn't enough this season. 

"I think this should be a championship-type team," Ard told The Post's George Willis. "It's not just getting into the playoffs and lose in the first round. This should be an NFC Championship type of team and I think anything less would be upsetting to management, the fan base and the players."

Former wide receiver Stephen Baker, who also played with the 1990 Super Bowl Giants, believes it was a good step for this current squad to make the playoffs last season. However, the end result should make them want to go further this year...

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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The Giants' confidence heading into this season comes largely from the fact that they return almost every key player from an 11-5 season. That means, as players report to camp on Thursday, very few positions in the lineup are up for grabs.

There are some, though, and the battles for those spots could be fierce, even if they're not very high-profile. Here's a quick look at the five biggest battles that will take place during camp...

Tags: Bobby Hart, Darian Thompson, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

The Giants' Super Bowl aspirations hinge on the belief that they will build off last season when they went 11-5 and made the playoffs for the first time in five years. They also hinge on the belief that the players who played so well last season won't go backward, and those that overachieved will step back up.

So here's a look at some of the key players whose performances could be key to the Giants' 2017 fortunes. Some underachieved last season, some overachieved, and some are newcomers with big shoes to fill.

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Marc Malusis and Jon Hein go Boom or Bust on whether they think the New York Jets or Giants have bigger character issues to address.

Giants WR Roger Lewis had his OVI charge in Licking County, Ohio dismissed on Monday, reports James Kratch of NJ.com.

According to the report, Lewis has ultimately been fined $150 with additional court fees for driving in marked lanes, while also getting an extra $25 fine for having tinted windows.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. took a trip to Texas on Saturday to visit a nine-year old boy who is dealing with a rare form of cancer, according to ESPN.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Four years ago, Giants GM Jerry Reese put a Super Bowl "countdown clock" on a board outside of the Giants' locker room. It was a bold move, a premature one, and maybe a little bit crazy too. It looked ridiculous when the Giants finished that season 7-9.

There's no way he'd repeat that public relations nightmare and pull that old clock out of the trash bin.

But for the first time since that season, he certainly could.

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. (Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard will try to improve on dropped passes and yards after the catch this upcoming season. 

While hosting a Hyundai NFL Youth Camp in Waldwick, N.J., Shepard told NY Daily News' Pat Leonard it was uncharacteristic play dropping as many passes as he did last season (4). 

"I definitely think (I had) too many dropped balls," Shepard said. "I came out of college and I had only dropped six balls my whole career, so that was something I felt I definitely needed to hone in on over the offseason. So I've been catching a lot of balls, and I also wanted to work on a lot of after-the-catch stuff. I feel like I could have gotten a lot more YAC yardage than what I did, just from the (film) review I did."

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants are a veteran team primed for a Super Bowl run with very few obvious holes in their lineup. But that doesn't mean the rookie class won't have a chance to help out.

Ben McAdoo, now entering his second year as Giants head coach, hasn't been shy about leaning on young players and he's got several who could have an impact as he gets set to open training camp on Thursday. Not many jobs are open at the moment. But that could change. And there are definitely roles the rookies can fill.

So with that in mind, here's a look at the Giants' Class of 2017 and their potential impact on the 2017 season and beyond:

TE Evan Engram (first round, 23rd overall)

He was simply dazzling in the spring, with teammates (and coaches) marveling at his speed down the field and his ability to make difficult catches. He seemed to have instant chemistry with QB Eli Manning and was far more sure-handed than any of his recent predecessors at his position. Even his blocking skills drew praise (though it's early and the pads haven't been put on yet). Let's face it, though: He's here because of his receiving skills and the Giants plan to use him a lot, definitely down the field and maybe in the red zone. He'll be the starting tight end, and the only thing that could limit his production is the fact that the Giants seem loaded at receiver. If Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard all stay healthy, there may not be a lot of balls left over for Engram to catch...

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants safety Landon Collins fired back at Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who recently predicted Dallas would repeat as NFC East champions.

"I commented right under his picture. I said, 'I highly doubt that,'" Collins said Friday, according to NJAM. "They do not control the East. That's over with. We're going to have a run for it, but they're not going to win. I can tell you that much. We're definitely going to take over."

The Giants, who swept last year's season series from the Cowboys, finished 11-5, losing to the Packers in the first round of the playoffs. The Cowboys finished 13-3, had a first round bye, and then lost to the Packers in the divisional round.

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said at a charity event on Thursday that he believes the Giants can improve upon last season's success, reports Brian Heyman of Newsday.

"I feel like no spot is weak," Pierre-Paul said. "I feel like with the players that we have, as long as we all work together, we'll be undefeated. Nobody can defeat you when you all are working together."

Most of the team's defense from last season remains the same besides the loss of Johnathan Hankins, and they've added offensive players like veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and rookie Evan Engram.

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(Matthew Emmons)

Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. wants to meet with 9-year-old cancer patient Jayro Ponce after receiving pleas on social media. 

The first attempt to reach Beckham was from Amarillo, Texas radio personality Tommy Joe who wrote on his "Hacker Morning Show" Facebook page pleading the 24-year-old to meeet with his biggest fan. 

"Jayro is a fighter, hero and loved by many! As we all know he is battling cancer. ...With the power of God, Miracles, Radio and Social Media I think we can make this little guy smile at this point in his life," Tommy Joe wrote. "His dream is to meet New York Giants Odell Beckham. PLEASE help me try to make this happen."

Beckham Jr. didn't see this post directly. Instead, he received the plea from Danny Richburg, the father of Giants center Weston Richburg. 

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Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary as the best going into 2017. (Seth Wenig)
Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary as the best going into 2017. (Seth Wenig)

Pro Football Focus has the ranked the Giants' secondary No. 1 in the NFL. 

Elsewhere,The Yankees beat the Twins and immediately after made a trade to aid in their playoff run, Carmelo Anthony wants to be traded to the Rockets and the Mets drop another game to the Cardinals. 

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(William Hauser)

Tight end production was dismal for the Giants last season. Can their first-rounder turn things around in 2017? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersEvan Engram

Projected BackupsWill Tye, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants' secondary first among all 32 teams this upcoming season. 

The main reason for the ranking was PFF's breakout player of 2016 in S Landon Collins. The Defensive Player of the Year runner-up lead in the Giants for the second straight season in tackles (125 combined) while totaling four sacks, five interceptions, and one fumble recovery.

Collins was also named to the 2016 Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team, and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in his sophomore campaign. 

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants' great, Mark Bavaro, liked his former team spending their first round pick on TE Evan Engram as the team's recent players at the position have not worked out. 

Speaking at a golf event benefitting the Ottis Anderson Scholarship Foundation in West Orange, N.J., Bavaro told The Post's George Willis it is about time the Giants acquired a playmaker at tight end. 

"The way the game is today, you need a big pass-catching tight end, a guy who can run like a wide receiver," Bavaro said. "That's the way the game is. But for some reason they wouldn't get anybody."

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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott runs the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could reportedly be suspended one or two games stemming from a 2016 domestic violence accusation and was reportedly involved in a separate altercation at a bar in Dallas on Sunday.

Elliott received a report from the NFL regarding its investigation, and he is expected to submit a response soon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

A former girlfriend of Elliott, according to ESPN, accused him of assaulting her multiple times in a span of a week, however charges were not filed against Elliott, according to ESPN.

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(David Butler II)

WR Brandon Marshall said he requested his release from the Jets because he couldn't deal with the team not having a chance this season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

Marshall was on WFAN's Boomer and Carton Show Thursday, where he admitted his former team wasn't going to have a good 2017 season, and he didn't want to be a part of it.

"I wouldn't have made it through an entire season, knowing we didn't have a chance," Marshall said. 

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(Matt Cashore)

The Giants are hoping they can convert rookie DT Jarron Jones to offensive tackle, per Pro Football Talk's Curtis Crabtree

Jones said that coaches approached him near the end of OTAs expressing their interest to change his position. That change happened immediately as the next day he switched to the offensive side of the line. 

"Right before the end of OTAs, the coaching staff pulled me into the office and said they wanted me to switch. The next day I was taking snaps at offensive tackle," Jones said. "If you get that vote of confidence to switch positions, I'll take it."

The reason for the switch is due to Jones's physical attributes. Standing at 6-foot-6, 316 pounds, he is quick on his feet and has the arm length (35 1/2" inches) to block. He was also rated as an offensive lineman coming out of high school.

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GEICO SportsNite covers the New York Giants' collaboration with Rise Against Hunger on Wednesday to package 20,000 meals for the hungry.

GEICO SportsNite covers the New York Giants' collaboration with Rise Against Hunger on Wednesday to package 20,000 meals for the hungry.

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Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)
Giants rookie TE Evan Engram (William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram is ready to get the season started and wants to make an impact in New York in his first season on the field. 

The Giants selected Engram with the 23rd overall pick in the draft after he recorded 65 receptions (eight touchdowns) for 926 yards in his senior season at Ole Miss. As training camp approaches, Engram said he hopes to be an impact player in year one. 

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Giants flaunt one of the highest-paid defensive lines in all of football. Can they live up to their contracts? Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersJason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Dalvin Tomlinson

Projected BackupsRobert Thomas, Romeo Okwara, Jay Bromley, Avery Moss, Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa

Tags: Dalvin Tomlinson, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Jay Bromley, Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison hitting practice dummy during mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants defensive end Damon Harrison defended wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.'s decision to skip organized team activities in the spring.

"As long as [he] can still do what he needs to do to be prepared for the season," Harrison said on NFL Network's Good Morning Football, according to the New York Post's Thomas Lipe.

"Have you seen him this offseason? [He looks] awesome."

Tags: Damon Harrison, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon
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New York Giants tackle Justin Pugh (67) in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)
New York Giants tackle Justin Pugh (67) in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. (Andrew Weber)

Giants offensive lineman Justin Pugh took to Twitter to take some playful jabs at the Jets and their fans, but not before Jets defensive Muhammad Wilkerson chimed in.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Giants are looking to turn around their running game in 2017. Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StarterPaul Perkins

Projected BackupsShane Vereen, Wayne Gallman, Shaun Draughn

Tags: Wayne Gallman, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen
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(Julio Cortez/AP)

Giants WR Brandon Marshall has been working with QB Eli Manning via FaceTime as the team prepares for the start of training camp.

Marshall signed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Giants this offseason after he was released by the Jets.

Near the end of a recent FaceTime session with Manning, Marshall says he'd like to work with him one or two more times before training camp starts.

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(Noah K. Murray)

In his first year in the NFL, Giants' CB Eli Apple has impressed his mentor, New England Patriots CB Logan Ryan, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Both alumni of Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, N.J., the two corners co-hosted a Thursday Night Lights Football Camp this past week where Ryan commended Apple on his performance in his rookie campaign.

"That guy blows me away with the amount of big games he's played in and how young he is," Ryan said. "Like I said, he's a lott better and more mature than I was at 20 or 21 years old."

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(Noah K. Murray)

Former Giants RB Brandon Jacobs, believes the Giants have the team to win the Super Bowl this season, per Christian Red of NY Daily News. 

Jacobs knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl having notched two in his eight years with the Giants. For this year's Giants to make it to the championship game, he thinks its the offensive line that makes or breaks the team.

"If the offensive line can block, I've got (the Giants) in the final game," Jacobs said at mariano Rivera's charity golf outing at Winged Foot Golf Club Monday. "If the offensive line can come alive and they run the ball a little more effectively this year than they've done in the past, I think there should be no one out there to stop the Giants."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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SNY's Willie Colon catches up with Giants QB Eli Manning to talk about Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr. and Big Blue's offensive line.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is not annoyed with Odell Beckham after the receiver missed the team's OTAs this spring. 

Manning said on "The Jim Rome Show" that he and Beckham are in constant communication, and he was aware Beckham was going to miss the workouts and spend time in California. 

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SNY's Willie Colon catches up with Giants QB Eli Manning to talk about Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr. and Big Blue's offensive line.

SNY's Willie Colon catches up with Giants QB Eli Manning to talk about Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Big Blue's offensive line.

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SNY's Willie Colon chats with Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall about his off-season workouts and playing with Odell Beckham Jr.

SNY's Willie Colon chats with Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall about his off-season workouts and playing with Odell Beckham, Jr.

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Odell Beckham Jr is the eighth-best player in the NFL according to NFL Network. (Seth Wenig)
Odell Beckham Jr is the eighth-best player in the NFL according to NFL Network. (Seth Wenig)

Odell Beckahm Jr. was named the eighth best player in the NFL by NFL Network

Elsewhere, the Nets held press conferenced for Jarrett Allen, Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell, the Mets trade rumors continue and the Yankees get a much-needed victory.  

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(Brad Mills)

New Giants S Duke Ihenacho has been thoroughly impressed with his new teammates as he transitions into his new defense, per Dan Duggan of NJ.com. 

Ihenacho spent the past three seasons with the Redskins, so naturally, he looked at his new teammates with distain during his time there. However, he has found that they are not a bad group after all.

"When you're on the other side, you just see these guys as the enemy," Ihenacho said. "You don't know the guys so you have a little more animosity toward them. I would have never though that a lot of these guys were pretty cool people - just genuine, down-to-earth people. Because when you're on the other side, you just never know. But just being in the facility and being around the guys, it's been a surprise."

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. works out at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL Network ranked New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the No. 8 player in the league in its reveal Monday night.

Beckham, 24, has recorded at least 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons in the league since New York drafted him 12th overall in 2014.

He recorded 10 touchdowns, 1,367 yards and 101 receptions in 2016 en route to his third consecutive Pro Bowl season. As a rookie in 2014, he led the league in receiving yards per game (108.8) as he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Three other Giants were listed in the top 100. Safety Landon Collins was ranked 28th, cornerback Janoris Jenkins 54th and defensive tackle Damon Harrison 96th.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) during warmups before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Hall of Famer and Giants Ring of Honor member, Michael Strahan, believes WR Odell Beckham Jr. has his head on straight, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

At the JustRivals.com Golf Classic Monday, Strahan said he spoke with Beckham this offseason, and thinks he did nothing wrong this offseason. 

"He busts his ass," Strahan said. "I've seen this kid work. I've talked to him this offseason. His head is where it needs to be."

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 (Mark Hoffman)
(Mark Hoffman)

Cornerback play is expected to be one of the Giants' strengths in 2017, as was the case during the team's 2016 campaign. Here's a closer look at what to expect...


Projected StartersEli Apple, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins

Projected BackupsAntwon Blake, Michael Hunter

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning, 36, believes he has four or more season left in his NFL career.

While hosting the 22nd annual Manning Passing Academy with brother Peyton Manning, he was asked if could surpass Peyton's 18 seasons in the league. He is confident it will happen.

"No doubt, no doubt," Manning said. "Maybe [more]. You know, I take it one year at a time in this league, but yeah, the body feels great right now."

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(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants' cornerbacks coach, Tim Walton, says CB Janoris Jenkins has shown tremondous growth, per NJ.com's Dan Duggan

Walton previously coached Jenkins in 2013 when he was the Rams' defensive coordinator. Joining the Giants in 2015, he was a main proponent in getting Jenkins to the Giants once he hit free agency. When they landed him, Walton was impressed by how much he improved. 

"He just keeps maturing," Walton said. "The more you play in the league and the more you've been around, the more you learn, you grow as a player. That's what he's done. He's a smart player. He works hard at understanding the game and we already know he's athletic and has good movement skills. But he really works at the knowledge of the game and the details and that's the thing that helps separate him from a lot of guys. He puts a lot of time into that."

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Giants' wide receiving corps is expected to be an asset in 2017. Let's take a closer look...


Projected Starters: Odell Beckham, Jr.Brandon MarshallSterling Shepard

Projected Backups: Roger Lewis, Jr.Tavarres KingDwayne Harris

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard
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New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss (91) running during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)
New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss (91) running during rookie mini camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser)

The Giants released their training camp schedule on Friday, announcing that camp will open at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, July 28.

The camp will feature 11 practice sessions open to the public at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, located on the MetLife Sports Complex.

Training camp will conclude on Tuesday, August 15.

There is no admission charge for watching training camp workouts.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)

Giants president and co-owner John Mara on Thursday acknowledged that WR Odell Beckham has had issues in the past but that "he's working on that" and said "I wish we had another dozen players like him."

Speaking on Mike Francesa's radio show on WFAN, Mara said he had a "great conversation" with Beckham during the team's recent minicamp.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Giants quarterback Eli Manning's trial for allegedly selling fabricated game-used memorabilia has been delayed, Newsday's Jim Baumbach reports.

The trial was originally set to begin on Sept. 25, and Manning's deposition -- which was supposed to take place on June 27 -- will now be done sometime between the beginning of August and the end of September.

 

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(William Hauser)

The Giants recently signed DE Devin Taylor to a deal worth only $40,000 guaranteed, reports Jordan Raanan of ESPN.

Taylor, 27, had 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 16 games for the Lions last season after amassing seven sacks in 15 games for the Lions in 2015.

He had spent the entirety of his four-year career with the Lions after being drafted out of South Carolina in the fourth round (132nd overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 18, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores a touchdown against Detroit Lions during second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants won 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Four Giants players are listed among the NFL Network's 'The Top 100 Players of 2017' list, which was revealed on the NFL Network.

Giants WR Odell Beckham is listed among the top 10 players, while S Landon Collins comes in at number 28, CB Janoris Jenkins at number 54, and Damon Harrison at number 96. The players on the list are ranked by NFL players themselves.

Beckham caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Giants in 2016; Collins had five interceptions, 100 tackles, 13 passes defended, and four sacks; Jenkins had 49 tackes, one sack, three interceptions, and 18 passes defended; and Harrison had 55 tackes, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble.

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Hall of Famer and Giants Ring of Honor member, Lawrence Taylor, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence last August, according to NY Daily News' John Annese. 

On Sept. 2, 2016, Taylor hit a cop car and a motor home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as he attempted to merge onto the Florida Turnpike. He, then, failed a roadside sobriety test, blowing a 0.082 blood-alcohol content which is over the 0.08 limit. 

The 58-year-old will receive a year of probation as well as having to pay $1,500 in fines and court fees. He will also enroll in DUI courses, have an ignition interlock in his car, and perform 75 hours of community service. 

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(William Hauser)

The Giants' offseason moves revolved around WR Odell Beckham Jr. instead of revamping the offensive line, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. 

Raanan gave the Giants a "B" as Giants general manager Jerry Reese didn't acquire a top talent in the draft to put into the offensive line. However, with the Giants scoring only 19.4 points per game last season, new weapons for QB Eli Manning to use isn't a bad thing whatsoever.

The additions of WR Brandon Marshall and TE Evan Engram will hopefully open things up for Beckham as they both create a matchup challenge for opposing defenses along with WR Sterling Shepard

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(William Hauser)

Giants rookie QB Davis Webb is determined to excel in the Giants offense, and it shows in his unique work ethic, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan.

Webb, the Giants' third round pick in this year's draft, is always trying to learn on the job which is why he had questions for each quarterback and coach at OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

"I have a ton of questions. I write them out every day," Webb said following minicamp. "I have Eli [Manning] quesitons, Coach [Mike] Sullivan questions, Coach [Frank] Cignetti questions, Josh [Johnson] questions and Geno [Smith] questions. You have it all different. They've all been responsive. I'm just thankful and blessed to have that type of room around me. Some guys don't have that."

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(William Hauser)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. said "it's a responsiblity" to be a good role model, according to NY Post's Paul Schwartz.

Beckham, who hosted his Citi Odell Beckham Jr. Football ProCamp at Kean University in Union, N.J. Saturday, understands that many look up to him, and he wants to set a good example. 

"It's a responsibility," Beckham said. "I say it all the time, I remember when I was young and I looked up to somebody, little do we know the things that we do have a huge impact on 'em. So always be mindful of what you're doing, try to be the best person you can be and in turn hopefully that will be a good role model for somebody else."

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ereck Flowers definitely looks a little learner, and everyone has indicated that his work ethic and techiques are also much-improved.

But when the pads finally come on and the games start to matter, will any of that mean that Flowers is any better?

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